29-game slate begins Sunday, February 28
ATLANTA – The Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball today announced the club’s revised 2021 Grapefruit League schedule. The Braves’ 29-game slate is scheduled to begin on Sunday, February 28 in Port Charlotte against the defending American League champion Tampa Bay Rays.
All of Atlanta’s 29 games will be played against five different teams – the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay.
The schedule features 14 games at the Braves’ spring facility, CoolToday Park in North Port, Fla. The home opener is slated for Tuesday, March 2 at 1:05 p.m. ET against Minnesota. All day games will begin at 1:05 ET. Atlanta will play two home games under the lights, first on Friday, March 19 against Minnesota, and then on Saturday, March 27 against Baltimore. The first pitch of both of those games is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET.
Atlanta will wrap up its spring schedule with consecutive games against Boston, including the finale on Tuesday, March 30 in Fort Myers.
The three-time defending National League East Champions will open the regular season in Philadelphia on April 1, the fourth time in five seasons the Braves begin the regular season on the road.
Ticket information for Braves’ games at CoolToday Park will soon be available at www.braves.com/springtraining.
Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced yesterday that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from today, on July 23rd or July 24th.
The announcement follows confirmation today that the MLB Players Association has accepted the health and safety protocols that will guide MLB’s return to play and that players will be able to report for training by July 1st. The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return.
MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.
Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”