MLB Kick-Off

Austin Gatlin

April 11, 2021

The MLB season kicked off its season last Thursday, April 1st. The league has a full 162 game season scheduled along with fan attendance. Each stadium is only allowing a certain amount of fans into games, with the exception of the Texas Rangers who are allowing full capacity. Non-the less the 2021 MLB season is in full swing and has had plenty of exciting moments already.

The 2021 Major League Baseball season is officially underway. Thursday, April 1st, 2021 marked the start of the new season. But more exciting, there is a full 162 game season on the board. Last years COVID season consisted of a shortened 80 game season and restructured playoffs. But not this year. Spring training was a success and now the time has come. State and city law officials have worked continuosly with the MLB to make sure all state, city, and MLB laws and protocols are followed. Twenty-nine of the thirty stadiums are only allowing under 51% of stadium capacity to be filled. The lowest being the Toronto Blue Jays at 12% capacity. The one team that is allowing above 51% is the Texas Rangers at 100% capacity. While there may be many concerns with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic the season got off to a strong start with only one team having COVID difficulties resulting in their first two games being postponed. Those games will be made up with two doubleheaders. As far as player news goes, many players have started off their seasons on the right foot. Whitesox designated hitter started off the season 6 for 6! Texas Rangers 1st baseman Nate Lowe has 14 RBI’s in 6 games. Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber has 24 strikeouts in 2 starts! As far as teams go, The Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, and Baltimore Orioles all started their seasons off by sweeping their first series. The Astros and Phillies are tied for first place in the league along with the Cincinnati Reds after the first week of play. Also, on Tuesday, April 6th the Boston Redsox revealed a jersey design they will be wearing on Patriots Day weekend. The uniforms are Boston Marathon themed and are honoring all first responders as well as victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.