We don’t know who will make up the entirety of the Detroit Tigers‘ roster when the season opens next April, but we now know where they will play: Miami.
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The Detroit Tigers, and the rest of Major League Baseball, has issued its schedule for the 2016 season and the Tigers will not have to go very far from their Spring Training home of Lakeland, Florida when they open up the 2016 season.
For the first time in the 116-year history of the franchise, the Tigers will play a National League team on Opening Day, the Miami Marlins, on Tuesday, April 5.
This means that we will have to watch other teams on Opening Day as the Tigers-Marlins will not play on the traditional Opening Day of Monday, April 4 (The season traditionally opens with a Sunday night ESPN game), and instead play on Tuesday and Wednesday in Miami.
The Tigers will take another day off on Thursday and come home to face the New York Yankees in the always popular Friday Home Opener at Comerica Park on April 8. That is part of an early brutal schedule for Detroit that will see them play likely 2015 playoff teams: New York, Pittsburgh (2 home, 2 road), at Houston and at Kansas City.
The Tigers will also play 4 of their first 10 games in National League ballparks.
- The Tigers might see Max Scherzer next season as they face play the Nationals on the road from May 9-11
- Other home interleague series includes Phillies (May 23-25), Marlins (June 28-29), Mets (Aug. 5-7)
- The Tigers will also play the Braves (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) at Turner Field for the last series of the regular season and the last series ever for the Braves’ home since 1997.
- Two West Coast trips are on the agenda for May 27-June 1 (vs A’s and Angels) and Aug. 8-10 (vs. Mariners)
- Detroit has several long road trips, with the longest coming from June 30 to July 10 with stops in Tampa, Cleveland and Toronto.
- The longest homestand is nine games and happens twice in the year (May 16-25 vs Twins, Rays and Phillies, and June 20-29 vs Mariners, Indians and Marlins)
Which teams are you looking forward to seeing at Comerica Park next year, fans? Other than, of course, a fully rebooted Detroit Tigers team ready to compete for the 2016 AL Central title.