July 9, 2020 at 12:16 pm #132547
Opener April 1, 2021 vs. the Reds. Detailed team schedule coming…
The 2021 @MLB regular season schedule will begin with all 30 Clubs scheduled to play on Thursday, April 1st; @Mets & @Yankees to play on 9/11 for first time in observation of 20th anniversary. pic.twitter.com/4jHIptbIWf
— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) July 9, 2020July 9, 2020 at 12:28 pm #132548
Good strategy to have next year’s schedule ready to be used to help convince 2020 ticket buyers to roll over their money to next year.July 9, 2020 at 12:30 pm #132549
Cardinals Announce 2021 Regular Season Schedule
Team to Open Season on April 1; Home Opener Set for Thursday, April 8 vs. Brewers
The St. Louis Cardinals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s league-wide release, today announced their 2021 regular season schedule. The home opener is set for Thursday, April 8, against Milwaukee as part of a six-game home stand with the Brewers (April 8, 10-11) and Washington (April 12-14).
The Cardinals will open the 2021 season on the road with a three-game series at Cincinnati beginning on Thursday, April 1, followed by a three-game series at Miami (April 5-7).
Among the key home dates for 2021 are a pair of three-game weekend series visits by the Chicago Cubs on May 21-23 and to conclude the regular season on October 1-3. The Cubs will also visit St. Louis for a four-game series July 19-22. Additionally, the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in St. Louis on Saturday, April 10, will mark the 15th anniversary of the first game played at Busch Stadium III (also against the Brewers).
The 2021 season will feature 26 home series and 26 road series, including 13 weekend series at Busch Stadium: April 8, 10-11 vs. Milwaukee, April 23-25 vs. Cincinnati, May 7-9 vs. Colorado, May 21-23 vs. Chicago Cubs, June 3-6 vs. Cincinnati, June 24-27 vs. Pittsburgh, July 16-18 vs. San Francisco, July 30-August 1 vs. Minnesota, August 6-8 vs. Kansas City, August 20-22 vs. Pittsburgh, September 10-12 vs. Cincinnati, September 17-19 vs. San Diego, and October 1-3 vs. Chicago Cubs.
The Cardinals 20-game interleague schedule will feature a pair of three-game home-and-home series with in-state rival Kansas City on consecutive weekends (August 6-8 at Busch Stadium & August 13-15 at Kansas City), marking the first time the Cardinals have hosted a three-game weekend series against the Royals since 2015. The interleague schedule also features a pair of two-game home-and-home series against the Cleveland Indians (June 8-9 at Busch Stadium & July 27-28 at Cleveland) and the Detroit Tigers (June 22-23 at Detroit & August 24-25 at Busch Stadium). Additionally, the Redbirds will host a three-game interleague series versus the Minnesota Twins (July 30-August 1) and travel to Chicago for a three-game interleague series against the White Sox (May 24-26).
The Cardinals are scheduled to play 41 of their 81 home games before the July 12-14 All Star Break, playing 13 home games in April, 12 in May, 16 in June, 9 in July, 15 in August, and 16 in September/October. The club is scheduled to host holiday games on Mother’s Day (May 9 vs. Colorado) and Labor Day (September 6 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers).
The Cardinals longest home stand of the 2021 consists of nine games (July 30-August 8) with three games against each of the Twins, Atlanta Braves, and Royals. Their longest road trip consists of two 10-game trips from May 24-June 2 and before the All-Star Break from July 1-11. The team has two stretches that will see them play 17 consecutive games without a day off from April 23-May 9 and May 21-June 6.
The Cardinals will make future announcements regarding game times, ticket pricing and ticket availability for the 2021 season. The complete 2021 regular season schedule can be viewed at cardinals.com/schedule.July 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm #132550
AL Central again for interleague…
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS 2021 HOME SCHEDULE
April 8, 10-11 vs. Milwaukee
April 12-14 vs. Washington
April 23-25 vs. Cincinnati
April 26-29 vs. Philadelphia
May 3-6 vs. New York Mets
May 7-9 vs. Colorado
May 18-19 vs. Pittsburgh
May 21-23 vs. Chicago Cubs
June 3-6 vs. Cincinnati
June 8-9 vs. Cleveland
June 14-16 vs. Miami
June 24-27 vs. Pittsburgh
June 28-30 vs. Arizona
July 16-18 vs. San Francisco
July 19-22 vs. Chicago Cubs
July 30-August 1 vs. Minnesota
August 3-5 vs. Atlanta
August 6-8 vs. Kansas City
August 17-19 vs. Milwaukee
August 20-22 vs. Pittsburgh
August 24-25 vs. Detroit
September 6-9 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
September 10-12 vs. Cincinnati
September 17-19 vs. San Diego
September 28-30 vs. Milwaukee
October 1-3 vs. Chicago CubsJuly 9, 2020 at 12:35 pm #132551David MartinParticipantPaid - AnnualJuly 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm #132554stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
I feel like the Cards play at Cincinnati far too frequently to start the season.July 9, 2020 at 12:50 pm #132556November 3, 2020 at 10:40 am #146702
As folks probably know, MLB has published normal spring training and regular season schedules for 2021. A report last week from The Athletic said that only Triple-A may begin on time to cut down on the number of players in camp. (That article link is over on the 2021 Minor League Schedule thread.)
A new report from former scout Bernie Pleskoff goes much further. It is something I have not seen elsewhere, but because it is subscriber-only content at Rotowire, I am not going to copy it here. The gist is this:
Spring training will not start until May and will be held in home cities.
Camps would end mid-June and be followed by a 100-game regular season.
Bernie calls this a PLAN rather than a proposal. However, he also acknowledges that the Players Association must approve.
My personal take:
Players will fight hard against another season of less than 162. So may owners in cities that expect they can run at full capacity. I really wonder if all owners are ready to bag 62 games this early.
I wonder if what Bernie is writing about is the private Plan A or if it is Plan B. What we have heard so far from Cardinals executives is hope for a plan that begins on time with partial seating and evolves to full capacity later in the season. They are NOT talking about fewer than 162, at least publicly.
This feels more to me like a fallback scenario. Though it could end up being a realistic one depending on what you believe our environment will be like in the spring.November 3, 2020 at 11:53 am #146705gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
I find it hard to believe they couldn’t have partial attendance in April considering that other sports are already doing that.November 3, 2020 at 1:28 pm #146713
Even MLB had partial attendance – at the end – in Texas and California. But no sport is opened up in all locations. Not even close. No one knows for sure where we will be in the spring, so contingency planning is a good idea, IMO.November 5, 2020 at 8:11 am #146792Minuteman3ParticipantFree
There were lots of things to dislike about this past season but as time wore on I found my greatest dislike to be something unusual………………those darn cardboard fans always staring out at you and even including horses, dogs, cats and other forms of wildlife. I was hoping we could have a huge barn fire out behind second base and have people donate to throw photos into the fire.December 9, 2020 at 12:16 pm #149166
Information for prospective season ticket buyers on partial seating and opting out, among other possibilities…
More on #stlcards message to season-ticket buyers including the info on opt-out for 2021 and what they'll do for dibs on tickets for limited-space crowds, if permitted at Busch. Plus, #MiLB info. https://t.co/iRFi22hQhr @stltoday #Cardinals
— Derrick S. Goold (@dgoold) December 9, 2020December 12, 2020 at 2:17 pm #149395
The Cheap Seats blogger in the Belleville paper is urging Cardinals season ticket holders to not renew.December 29, 2020 at 5:54 pm #150751January 4, 2021 at 8:01 am #151108
Another positive snippet of news about the start of camps… Although I am pretty sure the CBA dictates teams cannot require players to come in early. It is voluntary, and many choose to do it.
I don’t know how widely this has been reported, but at least one MLB team is having some of its players report to Spring Training as early as this Wednesday.
Sounds like a lot of teams will have its players report in waves prior to next month. To clear testing protocols, etc.
— Prospects 365 ⚾️ (@Prospects365) January 4, 2021January 4, 2021 at 2:48 pm #151115January 7, 2021 at 11:30 am #151265
Andrew Miller making the Union stance clear. Play 162.January 11, 2021 at 6:55 pm #151546
From Goold’s chat…
The Cardinals are making season ticket holders either pay 25% of the cost for season tickets in 2021 in exchange for the ability to buy tickets in 2022 or pay in advance for the entire 2021 season by January 15, 2021 . Failure to do either results in loss of PSL. This will give them millions of dollars in loans from fans. They have the money!!!!
Correct. And then they have to be ready to pay some of that money back when games aren’t happening. It’s likely all of that money is going to go into a separate account that is paid out from if/when the schedule is shortened or there’s a lockout that erases some of the 2022 season. Fun times.January 13, 2021 at 9:42 am #151640
An interesting spin, and if MLB could latch onto it as a reason to justify starting the regular season later, they would be all over it. Not going to happen, though…
In Arizona, public funding paid for a wave of ballparks, with tourist dollars supposed to provide the return on investment. Should spring training be delayed so more tourists can come? https://t.co/pjPukEQusg
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) January 13, 2021January 13, 2021 at 10:24 am #151650gscottarParticipantPaid - Annual
There are two things about that article that come to mind.
1. Publicly financed baseball complexes and stadiums. The next time someone refers to “spending other people’s money is easy” just remember that the owners are also good at spending other people’s money, i.e. the taxpayers.
2. I have never been to a spring training game but my assumption is that the majority of the crowds are made up of people age 60 and over. Those are the exact people that are now being or soon will be receiving the covid vaccines, therefore, it should lessen the problem of having them attend games right?January 13, 2021 at 2:48 pm #151683
Agreed. Owners in all pro sports have been working over municipalities for handouts for years. The spring training battles have been especially pitched. For example, for the Cubs, Mesa won a battle with Naples, Florida.
Having been to countless spring training games, I agree there are plenty of retirees who may already live in the area, but the other half (roughly) are families who follow the teams and came down from the North, hence the tourism benefit/exposure mentioned.
The quantity of over 60 people who have received both shots and feel comfortable going to an MLB stadium in March is going to be pretty low, in my estimation.
Anyway, the whole concept of the article is dumb, IMO. It has about the same chance pf happening as the Cardinals acquiring Arenado. 😉
(What I mean is that if spring training is delayed, it won’t be because MLB is feeling sorry for local towns in Florida and Arizona.)
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