First Pitch: MLB Releases 2021 Schedule

On Thursday afternoon, Major League Baseball released the 2021 schedule. It seemed a little early to release it so I checked with last year’s schedule release and that happened on August 12th. I also remember last year seeming early, but it was only ten days earlier than the 2019 release. Anyway, here are some highlights to the schedule, which can be found here.

The regular season opens up on April 1st in Chicago against the Cubs. After a trip to Cincinnati, the Pirates have their home opener on April 8th against the Cubs.

The interleague schedule begins on April 20th and the Pirates will face the AL Central again. They play a series in Detroit, then Minnesota, before coming home to face the Kansas City Royals. Then after some NL games, the Pirates are in Kansas City for two games (May 31-June 1). The Indians and White Sox come into PNC Park in mid-June, then we go all the way until August 31st/September 1st for two games in Chicago against the White Sox. Finally, the Tigers come into town during the first week in September.

The regular season wraps up with three October (1st-3rd) games against the Cincinnati Reds. The road schedule winds up with four games against the Phillies (Sept 23-26). That will end a two-year drought of no games in Philadelphia. The Pirates last played there in August of 2019 and they won’t play there this year.

The Pirates will make three separate trips to California to play the Padres, Giants and Dodgers, so the schedule makers did them no favors in that regard.

**We will have at least four articles today, including the one you’re currently reading. If any news comes up, we will have more. The other scheduled articles for today are as follows:

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Two great shortstops born on this date, one spent his entire career with the Pirates, while the other played one game with the team. Here’s a hint: He was the first player to complete a very rare feat in baseball history.

Pittsburgh Pirates Seasons – Going back to the Alleghenys days for the first time in this series to look at the best pitching season in franchise history

1979 Season Recap – Pirates and Houston Astros battle it out in the series opener

Hope everyone has a great weekend!




John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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