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2024 MLB TV Schedules, News & How to Watch

2024 MLB TV Schedules, News & How to Watch

It’s time for hot dogs, peanuts, cracker jacks, and grand slams again. Whether you’re rooting for the home team, or cheering for all the teams like us, you want to keep up with all things Major League Baseball. Find 2024 MLB schedules, fun facts, news, and answers to all your lingering MLB questions.

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MLB 2024 Season Expectations

The 2024 MLB schedules will consist of the standard 162 games and will for the first time feature a “balanced schedule” which means that every team will play each other at least once. 

This schedule will stay the same as last year and include 13 games against division rivals, and 52 games against division opponents. The 162 games will also include 46 interleague games, making for more interesting match-ups all season long.  The 2023 rules that were decided on Sept. 8, 2022 will continue with a few tweaks that go into effect this season. 

MLB 2024 New Rules

After a largely successful first season for Major League Baseball’s sweeping rule changes, the league announced several tweaks for 2024, focusing on further improving the pace of play.

In 2023, nine-inning games averaged 2 hours and 39 minutes, down nearly 25 minutes from 2022, and the shortest since 1985 (2:40).

Some of the changes for 2024 will include shortening the pitch clock with runners on base and decreasing the number of mound visits.

Here’s what to know about the rule changes that baseball announced for 2024:

  • Pitch clock tweak– The time between pitches with runners on base is now 18 seconds, down from 20. With the bases empty, the pitch clock remains 15 seconds.
  •  Mound Visits – The number of mound visits per team will be reduced from five to four.
  • Pitchers who warm up must face a batter – A pitcher who’s sent to the mound to warm up between innings must now face at least one batter. MLB says there were 24 occasions last season that a pitcher warmed up between innings and was replaced before throwing a pitch, “adding approximately three minutes of dead time per event.” 
  • Wide runner’s lane – The runner’s lane towards first base will now include the space between the foul line and the infield grass. That adds 18 to 24 inches to the runner’s lane, which MLB explains “allows batters to take a more direct path to first base while retaining protection from interference.” 

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Key MLB Schedule Dates

  • Pitchers and catchers report: Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Spring Training begins: Thursday, Feb. 22
  • MLB World Tour: Seoul Series Mar 20
  • Opening Day 2024: Thursday, Mar. 28
  • Jackie Robinson Day: April 15, 2024
  • MLB Draft: TBD July 2024
  • MLB All Star Game: Tuesday, July 12, 2024 
  • Roberto Clemente Day: Sept. 15, 2024
  • Regular Season Ends: Sept 29, 2024

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MLB Schedule

With 30 Major League Baseball teams, each playing 162 games, it’s a safe bet that there is almost always a game to watch. Whatever team you root for, keep track of your MLB schedules so you can plan your spring and summer accordingly.

Where to Watch Baseball?

Of course, most baseball fans prefer to get into the game at the ballpark or stadiums, but when that’s not an option, there are many ways to watch MLB. Whether you have a sports package or not, you can catch as many MLB games as possible via sports streaming or on satellite. Below are a few places where you can watch baseball.

REGIONAL SPORTS LINEUP (only available in some areas) 

FOX (Check local listings)

FOX SPORTS 1 – DIRECTV 219

MLB NETWORK® DIRECTV 213

ESPN 

TBS

MLB EXTRA INNINGS®

Apple TV+ (Select Friday Night Baseball Games) 

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MLB Teams

A common question is how many Major League Baseball teams are there? There are 30 teams in the MLB, split evenly with 15 each in the National League and American League. Click on your team below to view the latest schedule, stats, tweets, videos, and more. 

Arizona Diamondbacks Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves Minnesota Twins
Baltimore Orioles New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox New York Mets
Chicago Cubs Oakland Athletics
Chicago White Sox Philadelphia Phillies
Cincinnati Reds Pittsburgh Pirates
Cleveland Guardians San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies San Francisco Giants
Detroit Tigers Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros St. Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals Tampa Bay Rays
Los Angeles Angels Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers Toronto Blue Jays
Miami Marlins Washington Nationals 

MLB Mascots

MLB mascots

Mascots are a large part of the fandom of baseball teams, and all but three MLB teams have one to rally behind. The costumed characters range from humanoid baseballs to undefined creatures, each doing their part to amp up the ballpark crowds. Learn about the various MLB mascots and decide which one is your favorite

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MLB Top Questions

Where are MLB playoffs being played?

We’ll know details about the postseason as the regular MLB schedule comes to a close.

How long does a baseball game last?

To play nine innings in a regular MLB schedule game usually takes about three hours, with extra innings taking longer. The longest MLB game ever recorded was eight hours and six minutes, and took place over two days, with the Chicago White Sox eventually beating the Milwaukee Brewers in the 25th inning. This epic showdown took place in 1984.

However, with the implementation of the pitch clock, baseball games just got a lot quicker. 

Can MLB games end in a tie?

Although rare, MLB games can end in a tie, but only due to inclement weather or extraneous circumstances. Most games play extra innings until a winner is determined.

Are baseball bats hollow?

The official MLB rulebook states, “The bat shall be a smooth, round stick not more than 2.61 inches in diameter at the thickest part and not more than 42 inches in length. The bat shall be one piece of solid wood.”

How many perfect games in MLB history?

A perfect game is when the opposing team doesn’t reach base. Since MLB’s induction, there have only been 24 perfect games recorded, with the most recent perfect game achieved on June 28, 2023. While you’re pondering this, check out this inspiring movie on the topic, The Perfect Game.

How many no hitters in MLB history?

Like a perfect game, a no-hitter means that no hits are recorded, but the opposing team can still reach base via a walk. There have been 322 no-hitters in MLB’s storied history, with four achieved during the 2023 season.

What is MLB EXTRA INNINGS®?

For fans who want to watch the most games possible, MLB EXTRA INNINGS® is a home run. Learn more here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many games are in the MLB season?

Each of the 30 MLB teams play 162 games each season. That means that there are 2,430 games to enjoy in the 2024 season.

What MLB team has the most championships?

The New York Yankees have won the World Series 27 times and played in 40 championship games.

When does 2024 Spring Training start?

2024 Spring Training begins on February 22nd.

When is 2024 MLB opening day?

Opening day for 2024 season begins on March 28th.

When do MLB playoffs start?

The post season MLB schedules will be released toward the end of the regular season on September 29th.

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