2023 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 30 – October 1, 2023
Number of games162
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)Fox/FS1
TBS
ESPN/ABC
MLB Network
Apple TV+
Peacock
YouTube
Draft
Picked byPittsburgh Pirates
Regular season
Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons
2024 →

The 2023 Major League Baseball season is scheduled to begin on March 30, with the regular season planned to end on October 1.[1] The 93rd All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on July 11, hosted by the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington.[2] The postseason is scheduled to begin on October 3 and would end with a potential World Series Game 7 on November 4.

Schedule

Major League Baseball released their 2023 schedule on August 24, 2022. All teams are scheduled to play 162 games. This will be the first MLB season of a new balanced schedule in which every team will play each other at least once like in the NBA and NHL. The new balanced schedule includes 13 games against their division rivals and 52 games overall against division opponents. Each team will play six games against six opponents and seven games against four opponents in the same league for a total of 64 games. Each team will also play 46 interleague games. Teams will also play a four-game home-and-home series.[3]

As part of the "MLB World Tour", the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres are scheduled to play a two-game series at Alfredo Harp Helú Stadium in Mexico City on April 29–30, while the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs are scheduled to play a two-game series at London Stadium in London on June 24–25. The 93rd All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on July 11, hosted by the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Washington.[3] The MLB Little League Classic will feature the Philadelphia Phillies against the Washington Nationals on August 20.[4]

The MLB at Field of Dreams game will not be held due to the construction of a new youth baseball and softball complex at the Field of Dreams site in Dyersville, Iowa.[5]

Rule changes

On September 8, 2022, MLB announced a set of rules changes that will take effect in 2023.[6]

Managerial changes

General managers

Off-season

Team Former GM Reason For Leaving New GM Notes
Detroit Tigers Al Avila Fired Scott Harris On August 10, 2022, Avila was fired after a seven year tenure as the general manager of the team. Sam Menzin was named interim general manager. On September 19, San Francisco Giants general manager Scott Harris was named the new GM of the Tigers.[7]
San Francisco Giants Scott Harris Hired by the Detroit Tigers Pete Putila Harris left the Giants for the President of Baseball Operations role in the Tigers organization. On October 10, 2022, Houston Astros assistant general manager Pete Putila was named the new General Manager of the Giants.[8]
Seattle Mariners Jerry Dipoto Promoted to Director of Operations & Front Office Justin Hollander Dipoto resigned from his General Manager role and was promoted to the director of operations and the front office. On October 2, 2022, Assistant General Manager Justin Hollander was named the new General Manager of the team.[9]
Houston Astros James Click Contract expired TBA On November 11, 2022, the team announced that Click will not be retained.[10]

Field managers

Off-season

Team Former Manager Interim Manager Reason For Leaving New Manager Notes
Philadelphia Phillies Joe Girardi Rob Thomson Fired Rob Thomson On June 3, 2022, the Phillies fired Girardi. In two-plus seasons as manager of the Phillies he compiled a record of 132–141 (.484) with no playoff appearances. Thomson, the bench coach, was named interim manager on June 3. This is his first managerial position.[11]

On October 10, the team announced that they had signed Thomson as manager through the 2024 season after he guided the team to the 2022 World Series in the team's first postseason appearance since 2011.[12]

Los Angeles Angels Joe Maddon Phil Nevin Phil Nevin On June 7, 2022, the Angels fired Maddon. In two-plus seasons with the Angels he compiled a record of 130–148 (.468) with no playoff appearances. Nevin, the third-base coach, was named the interim manager on June 7.[13] This is his first managerial position.

On October 5, the Angels announced Nevin would be retained as manager for the 2023 season.[14]

Toronto Blue Jays Charlie Montoyo John Schneider John Schneider On July 13, 2022, after losing 10 of their last 13 games, the Blue Jays fired Montoyo. In four-plus seasons with the Blue Jays he compiled a record of 236–236 (.500) with one wild card playoff appearance in 2020, losing in the Wild Card Series.

Schneider, the bench coach, was named the interim manager on July 13. This is his first managerial position.[15] On October 21, Schneider got the permanent job, and he was signed to a three-year deal.[16]

Texas Rangers Chris Woodward Tony Beasley Bruce Bochy On August 15, 2022, the Rangers fired Woodward. In three-plus seasons with the Rangers he compiled a record of 211–287 (.424) with no playoff appearances and no winning records. Beasley, the third-base coach, was appointed the interim manager on the same day. This is his first managerial position.[17]

On October 21, the Rangers announced Bruce Bochy as the 20th manager in franchise history, signing a three-year deal. In 25 seasons as the manager of the San Diego Padres (1995-2006), and San Francisco Giants (2007-2019), Bochy compiled a 2003–2029 (.497) record with six division titles, eight playoff appearances, and a playoff record of 44–33 (.571), winning three World Series championships with the Giants.[18]

Miami Marlins Don Mattingly None Contract Expired Skip Schumaker On September 25, 2022, the Marlins announced that Mattingly will not return to manage the team in 2023 after seven seasons with the team and only one playoff appearance in 2020.[19]

On October 25, St. Louis Cardinals bench coach and former Major League Baseball player Skip Schumaker was named the new manager of the team.[20] This is his first managerial position.

Chicago White Sox Tony La Russa Miguel Cairo Retired Pedro Grifol On October 2, 2022, the White Sox announced that La Russa would retire because of health issues. He guided them to the 2021 AL Central Division title, making his only postseason appearance with the team in his second stint.[21]

Grifol was hired on November 1. Previously an assistant coach for the Kansas City Royals, this is his first managerial position.[22]

Kansas City Royals Mike Matheny None Fired Matt Quatraro On October 5, 2022, hours after the season ended, the Royals announced that Matheny would not return to the team for a fourth season after three years with the team and no playoff appearances.[23] Matheny ended his three-year tenure with a record of 165–219 (.430).

On October 30, Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro was named the new manager of the team.[24] This is his first managerial position.

Uniforms

Wholesale Changes

Anniversaries and special events

Team Special occasion
All Teams Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
Pink Ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 14, Mother's Day)
Patch for Armed Forces Day (May 20) and Camouflage Caps for Armed Forces Day Weekend (May 19–21)
Poppy for Memorial Day (May 29)
"4–ALS" patch for Lou Gehrig Day (June 2)
"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 9–11)
Blue Ribbons for prostate cancer (June 18, Father's Day)
Gold Ribbons for childhood cancer (August 25)
#21 patch for Roberto Clemente day (September 15)
Arizona Diamondbacks 25th Anniversary season[26]
Baltimore Orioles 40th Anniversary of 1983 World Series championship
Boston Red Sox 120th Anniversary of 1903 World Series championship
105th Anniversary of 1918 World Series championship
10th Anniversary of 2013 World Series championship
5th Anniversary of 2018 World Series Championship
Cincinnati Reds 20th Anniversary of Great American Ballpark
Colorado Rockies 30th Anniversary season
Houston Astros 2022 World Series championship (March 30)
Los Angeles Dodgers 35th Anniversary of 1988 World Series championship
Miami Marlins 20th Anniversary of 2003 World Series championship
30th Anniversary season
New York Yankees 25th Anniversary of 1998 World Series championship
45th Anniversary of 1978 World Series championship
Oakland Athletics 50th Anniversary of 1973 World Series championship
Philadelphia Phillies 15th Anniversary of 2008 World Series championship
Seattle Mariners 2023 MLB All-Star Game
Tampa Bay Rays 25th Anniversary season
Toronto Blue Jays 30th Anniversary of 1993 World Series championship

Broadcast rights

Television

National

This will be the second year of the current seven year deals with ESPN, Fox, TBS, Apple TV+, and MLB Network; and the second and final year of the deal with NBC Sports/Peacock:[27]

During the postseason, the ESPN networks will air all four Wild Card Series.[30] TBS will then broadcast the National League Division Series and the National League Championship Series,[29] and Fox and FS1 will carry the American League Division Series and the American League Championship Series. The World Series will then air on Fox for the 24th consecutive year.[28]

Local

Radio

National

Local

See also

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