MLB releases tentative schedule; DBacks Dodgers open in Australia

Arizona and Los Angeles will be carted out as the most recent international money-making MLB circus. Photo: Dodgers will face Diamondbacks in Australia in 2014/AP

LOS ANGELES, September 10, 2013 — The Los Angeles Dodgers will open their 2014 season against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia on March 22 and 23, according to MLB.com. Major League Baseball has released the tentative 2014 schedule.

This is not the first time Major League Baseball has opened the season in a country other than the U.S. or Canada.


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The first year they did this was 1999 when San Diego Padres played the Colorado Rockies in Monterrey, Mexico. The following year, the Chicago Cubs faced the New York Mets in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo also hosted the MLB opener in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Puerto Rico saw the Texas Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001. Then in 2003 and 2004, MLB even had the MLB-owned Montreal Expos play 22 games per year in Puerto Rico.

The rest of the MLB teams will start their seasons a week later on March 31 and April 1.

The interleague series will be the NL West versus the AL Central, AL West versus the NL East and the AL East versus the NL Central. Of note is the Yankees five-game trip in Chicago where they will face both Chicago teams in the same trip for the first time.


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The All-Star game will take place on July 15 in Minneapolis. The season will end in October, similar to this year.

The final schedule will be released in January.

Major League Baseball continues to try to gain international interest in the sport. It is clear that baseball will never be what soccer is to most humans on earth. That is fine. There is no need for baseball to be the international juggernaut that is soccer.

Every foray into international waters seems to smell more of money-making opportunities for all parties involved than the stated mission to globalize baseball. A positive that can be gleamed from this is that for Dodger and Diamondback fans, their 2014 baseball season starts early.

Kevin J. Wells is the Sports Editor for The Washington Times Communities and also writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music. Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

 


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Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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