Spring training games get underway in just over two weeks on February 28th. With live action fast approaching, MLB announced a revised schedule for the exhibition slate, designed to reduce travel as team’s navigate their Florida and Arizona circuits.
You can check out the full slate of games on MLB’s website. For the Yankees, the realigned schedule sees them facing just the Orioles, Tigers, Blue Jays, Phillies and Pirates. Eagerly awaited matchups with the division rival Rays and Red Sox will have to wait for the regular season.
The Yankees are scheduled to play 28 exhibition games, concluding the slate on March 29th. This represents a small reduction from the usual number of games; the Yankees played at least 30 spring training games every year from 2015 to 2018. As of now, it looks as though the Yankees will do away with split-squad doubleheaders, and instead play single matchups throughout the month.
Yankees new spring training schedule is out— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) February 12, 2021
First game is Sunday 2/28 in Tampa against the Blue Jays
Get comfortable with the Blue Jays, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates and Tigers...those are the only 5 Grapefruit League opponents this year pic.twitter.com/sG6Cvr58nd
With the Yankees squaring off with just five other teams, I imagine we’ll all be pretty sick of seeing Pirates yellow and Orioles orange by the end of the month. In any event, I’d gladly take feeling tired of seeing the same few teams repeatedly over sitting here waiting patiently for baseball to return.