MLB Schedule 2021: Opening Day, Spring Training Start Dates Revealed

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2020

Opening Day logo painted on the field with the black ribbon in support of the Black Lives Matter movement prior to a baseball game between the Miami Marlins and the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-2. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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MLB's 2021 action will begin with spring training Feb. 27, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.

The regular season will start April 1, with all 30 teams competing that day.

The league released the full 162-game schedule for each team in July, hoping to return to normal after a shortened 60-game season in 2020.

This year will also feature an expanded 16-team playoff field and neutral-site postseason games, but the World Series is scheduled to end Oct. 28 at the latest, comparable to other years. Even with the coronavirus pandemic causing numerous changes to the 2020 campaign, the offseason and upcoming season could remain on schedule.

It's a stark contrast to the NBA, which will end its playoffs in October instead of the usual June, pushing back offseason events like free agency and the draft. The 2020-21 NBA season isn't expected to begin until at least Christmas.

MLB will hope to get back on track next year, although it's not yet known whether fans will be able to attend games after spectators were banned in 2020.

If everything goes according to plan, next spring will mark the first time every club will open on the same day since 1968, per the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).

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All 30 teams were scheduled to open the season on March 26 this year until play was suspended because of the pandemic.