St. Louis Cardinals release
The St. Louis Cardinals announced their 2021 Spring Training schedule today in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s league-wide release. The team’s 30-game Grapefruit League slate is set to begin on Saturday, February 27 at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium when the Cardinals face the Miami Marlins and will conclude on Sunday, March 28 at the Washington Nationals.
The Cardinals 2021 Spring Training schedule features 15 home dates and 15 road games, including four games as the visiting team against stadium co-tenants Miami Marlins (Feb. 27, March 13, 17, & 22), giving them 19 total games at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. The Cardinals and Marlins will play a total of seven games next spring.
The Cardinals will host six different Grapefruit League opponents in 2021, including home games against the Minnesota Twins (Tuesday, March 2) and Atlanta Braves (Tuesday, March 9). The club will also host the Marlins (three games), Nationals (four games), Houston Astros (three games), and New York Mets (three games).
The Redbirds will travel to the state’s Gulf Coast to face the Atlanta Braves at CoolToday Park in Venice (Wednesday, March 3) and the Minnesota Twins at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers (Thursday, March 4).
The Cardinals will play at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on all five Saturday spring dates, three as the home team (March 6, 20, & 27) and two as the visiting team (Feb. 27 & March 13). Additionally, the team’s 2021 spring slate will feature two split-squad dates featuring home-and-away games on Sunday, February 28, (at Mets & vs. Nationals) and Sunday, March 21 (at Astros & vs. Nationals).
The Cardinals will break camp on Sunday, March 28, following their game against the Nationals and will open their regular season schedule on Thursday, April 1, at Cincinnati. The 2021 spring schedule will mark the 24th year that the Cardinals will train at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter, Florida.
The Cardinals will make future announcements regarding 2021 Spring Training game times, ticket availability and player report dates and a later time. The complete 2021 Cardinals Spring Training schedule can be viewed at cardinals.com and follows.
Brian Walton’s take
Wouldn’t it be great if these games can be played under normal conditions?
This schedule is closer to a traditional spring schedule, with the opener a week later than in 2020, for example. Yet, the 30 games in total is comparable to recent seasons.
One difference is the shortage of distant opposition. With the exception of the aforementioned home games with Minnesota and Atlanta and one contest at the Braves’ stadium, 27 of the 30 contests will be held with the familiar nearby Marlins, Mets, Astros and Nationals.
The television and radio schedules may not be released until after the first of the year.
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