The MLB officially released its schedule for 2023, and there will be several positive changes. For the first time, all 30 teams will play each other.
The MLB officially released the 2023 schedule, and it’s the most balanced it’s ever been. There are several positive changes in the upcoming season. The biggest note is that for the first time, all 30 teams will play each other.
According to sports and esports broadcaster Jeff Eisenband, the season will also decrease to 52 divisional games, 64 intraleague games and increase to 46 interleague games.
According to MLB chief operations and strategy officer Chris Marinak, the reason for the changes is to create more equal opportunities for postseason success and to increase entertainment value by allowing stars from different divisions to face each other.
"“This new format creates more consistent opponent matchups as Clubs compete for Postseason berths, particularly in the recently expanded Wild Card round. Additionally, this fan-friendly format provides fans with the opportunity to see more opponent matchups, with a particular focus on dramatically expanding our most exciting Interleague matchups, and offers more national exposure to the star players throughout our game.” -Chris Marinak, via MLB.com"
MLB fans will get to watch stars among different divisions face each other
Stars among the National League and the American League will now directly face each other in the regular season, which will be an exciting change for many.
Some star matchups that don’t currently happen will include Juan Soto vs. Aaron Judge and Shohei Ohtani vs. Jacob deGrom.
The unbalanced schedules were implemented in 2001, so the 2023 season will be vastly different for many fans who haven’t watched anything different.