A common question asked by baseball fans is when does the 2017 MLB season start? The 2017 regular season will get started on April 2nd when the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs travel to play at St. Louis for a three game series. The game will be shown on ESPN as the first Sunday Night Baseball game of the season. All of the MLB teams will start play by April 3rd, and the regular season will conclude on October 1st this season. The 2017 MLB Playoffs are scheduled to kick off with the Wild Card round of play on October 3rd. The MLB All Star Game will take place on July 11th, 2017 at Marlins Park. This will be the 88th MLB All-Star Game, and the winning league will retain home field advantage for the World Series that will start on October 24th, 2017. After the regular season is over, the 2017 MLB Draft will take place on June 12th, 2017. If you would like to check out the schedule of your favorite team, we have them posted here as information becomes available from MLB.
2017 MLB Schedule Highlights
MLB will be retaining the same scheduling format that has been in use since 2013. All teams will play their respective division opponents 19 times for a total of 76 games during the regular season. Then, each team will play either six or seven games against each of the other ten same-league opponents for a total of 66 additional games. Each team will also have 20 interleague games, and four games against a pre-designated interleague rival. The primary interleague matchups are the AL Central vs NL West, AL West vs NL East, and AL East vs NL Central.
2017 MLB TV and Radio Broadcasts
The 2017 MLB regular season will be the fourth under the current TV deal signed between MLB and TBS, ESPN, and Fox Sports. Fox will show eight weeks of Saturday Night Baseball through to and including the 2017 All Star Game. The last four weeks of the season, Fox will shift to Saturday afternoon games. Fox Sports 1 will show goes on Tuesday Nights and Saturday afternoon and evenings. TBS will show Sunday afternoon games the last 13 weeks of the season, and ESPN will show Sunday Night baseball as well as games on Monday and Wednesday evenings. For the postseason, ESPN will show the AL Wildcard, TBS will show the NL Wildcard, Divisional Series, and NLCS, and Fox Sports 1 and the MLB Network will show the ALDS. The ALCS will be shown on Fox Sports 1, and the World Series will be shown on Fox for the 18th consecutive year. ESPN Radio will continue its 20th season of national coverage to include the entire postseason, Sunday Night games, Saturday and Holiday games, and Opening Day festivities.