The only “save the date” I’m the most excited to receive is the one for the upcoming Detroit Tigers season .
The Detroit Tigers released their schedule for 2022, and probably to the dismay of the late-game naysayers, the Tigers lead off the season with seven games on the West coast.
With a four-game stint against the Seattle Mariners on March 31, followed by a three-game series against the Oakland A’s, the Tigers will return to Comerica Park for the home opener against the Chicago White Sox on April 8.
I’m at the age where staying up past 10 p.m. is likely out of the question, and while many might be displeased about getting the ball rolling with late games, it’s best to round them off in the first half when teams are just warming up.
Time difference aside, the weather certainly plays a significant factor too, and that hasn’t always been on the Tigers’ good side and likely still won’t be, given that the first series is in Seattle.
Unlike the Toronto Blue Jays home at Rogers Centre, Comerica Park doesn’t come equipped with a retractable roof and scheduling becomes somewhat of a conflict.
If it’s not a game delay because of a downpour, it’s battling snow and frigid temperatures.
Remember last Opening Day in Detroit when Miguel Cabrera blasted his first home run of the season on a picturesque snowy day?
Avoiding rain delays in March and April is generally unthinkable, but it remains a question of how the league can counter these occurrences with future schedules.
Could beginning the season against Interleague teams like the San Diego Padres or San Francisco Giants be a smarter alternative?
For teams that struggle with April weather being unreliable, Interleague season starts could seem more attractive.
To save the Tigers 2022 schedule, click here.