Every MLB team will open the season on the same day in 2018, but the first pitch still won’t be thrown in Cincinnati.
According to a press release from ESPN, the Cubs and Marlins will play at 12:30 p.m. on opening day while the Reds list the start time of their home game against the Washington Nationals as 4:10 that afternoon.
The first game being held in Cincinnati was a tradition for many years that ended when ESPN began telecasting a Sunday night game ahead of the traditional Monday openers across the league.
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However, changes to the labor deal between MLB and the players association mean beginning next year every team will play its first game March 29, a Thursday.
According to the Reds, the season has started on a Thursday 11 times before, including 2011.
The last time every team opened the season on the same date was 1968.