All it took was a handful of games to be snowed out or canceled and Indians fans appear to have gotten their wish. With the 2010 MLB schedule being released today, not only will there not be a home game until the middle of April, there will only be seven home games for the entire month. Starting the season in Chicago, the Indians will host the Texas Rangers and White Sox for a six-game stint before hitting the road again.
This season, we had a summer that featured a lot of games front- or back-loaded with a west coast trip sandwhiched near the All-Star break. Next season will provide us with a lot more opportunities to catch some baseball in the middle of the summer as there will be 16 home games in May, 13 in June, 14 in July and 17 in August before the Tribe finish up September with 14 games at Progressive Field.
Interleague play will feature the NL East as well as the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates – once again being held at PNC Park. As Anthony Castrovince points out, there is a chance that the Tribe could face their former ace in Cliff Lee when they head to Philly following home games against the Nationals and Mets.
Given what sort of year we could all be in for, most fans will likely be looking forward to the promotional schedule as bobbleheads and blankets could rival the actual product on the field in terms of attendance draw. Unfortunately, we have to wait until later this year for said schedule to come out so stay tuned. –
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