The 2022 Major League Baseball season will begin March 31 with 15 games featuring all 30 teams.
Per the league's official announcement, Opening Day will feature 11 games between division opponents, including the Boston Red Sox hosting the Tampa Bay Rays, and one interleague series between the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros.
2022 MLB Team Schedules
Key 2022 MLB Dates
March 31: Opening Day
April 15: Jackie Robinson Day (All 30 teams playing)
July 18-20: All-Star break (All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on July 19)
Oct. 2: End of regular season
The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will be heavily featured in prime-time broadcasts next season. The National League West rivals have five weekend series in 2022, including two in September (Sept. 2-4 at Dodger Stadium; Sept. 9-11 at Petco Park).
Another notable series involving the Padres will be their final set of the season at home against the Chicago White Sox. That will mark the first time Fernando Tatis Jr. plays against the team that signed him as an international free agent in 2015.
The White Sox traded Tatis, who had yet to play in a professional game, and Erik Johnson to San Diego for veteran starter James Shields in June 2016 as they looked to make a push for the playoffs.
Shields posted a 5.31 ERA in 77 appearances for the White Sox from 2016 to 2018.
Even though that deal quickly turned out badly for Chicago, things have worked out well for both sides. Chicago and San Diego each have loaded rosters with young, exciting talent.
One of baseball's marquee rivalries—New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox—is heavily backloaded next season. The Yankees will open their home schedule against Boston on April 7, but the two teams don't play again until a four-game series at Fenway Park from July 7 to 10.
The Yankees will play 18 of their final 27 games against American League East competition from Sept. 2 to Oct. 2.
Mike Trout and Bryce Harper will renew their friendly rivalry for the first time since Aug. 2017, with Shohei Ohtani thrown into the mix. The Los Angeles Angels will travel to Citizens Bank Park for a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies from June 3 to 5.
Next season will also mark the debut of Cleveland's new nickname. The franchise announced last month it will be known as the Guardians starting in 2022. They will play their first game under the new moniker at Progressive Field vs. the Kansas City Royals.
There also figure to be many old faces in new places, though we won't know for sure until the offseason.
Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Marcus Stroman, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, Marcus Semien and Freddie Freeman are among the notable players who will be eligible for free agency.
If more teams get involved in free agency this offseason, the number of potential playoff contenders could significantly increase before March 31, 2022.