MLB-Start LIVE on TV: What you need to know
Baseball fans watch out: SPORT1 US broadcasts the Major League Baseball LIVE. The season opener is Thursday, with all the facts about the start of the league in advance.
Starting shot for the MLB season: The first ball of the season 2018 will fly on Thursday, 29. March at 6.30 pm at the Miami Marlins’ encounter against the 2016 champions, the Chicago Cubs (LIVE on TV on SPORT1 US).
SPORT1 shows selected games LIVE on TV on SPORT1 US during the entire season. Record champion with 27 titles are the New York Yankees, in 2017 the Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time.
SPORT1 has all the important information about the start of the MLB season.
Houston Astros: The defending champion remains one of the favourites for the new season, as he was able to keep the core of the team together. Gerrit Cole, who has all-star potential, also joined the Texans. In Minute Maid Park, the next championship banner is being sought.
New York Yankees: After a year of transition – in which the World Series was only one victory away – the Yankees will now start attacking the title. Hopes are pinned on Aaron Judge, who set two new records for home runs and strikeouts in his rookie season. Together with numerous other up-and-coming talents and stars, the great success is now expected.
Los Angeles Dodgers: The Dodgers lost to the Astros in the World Series and want to make the leap to the title this year. But it all depends on how well the Californian team coped with the low blow against Houston.
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Mike Trout: He’s the best baseball player in the world and just 26 years old. Already twice “The Millville Meteor” was elected MVP of the MLB All-Star Games by the Los Angeles Angels. In 2014 the Center Fielder was even the MVP in the American League.
Mookie Betts: This all-rounder impresses with its great all-rounder qualities. The 25-year-old in the service of the Boston Red Sox showed a strong season in 2017 with an average of .264 and 24 home runs. Moreover, he is not only a top talent in baseball – he also knows how to convince in bowling and has already managed three perfect games.
Clayton Kershaw: One of MLB’s best casters today, delivers strikeouts on the assembly line. Even passed the incredible 300 mark in 2015. However, has to fight again and again with injury problems. If he stays healthy, no one will fool him on the mound.
Kris Bryant: On the field there are only a few who can keep up with his sporty class. But Bryant is also one of the fans’ absolute favourites in his private life, and with his likeable manner, the striking young star is well received by the people and is one of the fresh faces of the league. And at the latest as an MVP and cursebreaker he almost has god status in Chicago anyway.
Jose Altuve: Hardly any other player delivers more consistently than Altuve, who has achieved at least 200 hits in a row in the last four seasons. The 27-year-old was instrumental in the Houston Astros winning the World Series in 2017. In the playoffs in particular, he blossomed last season and hit two or more home runs in each of the three series. The deserved reward: Altuve became MVP of the American League.
From a German perspective, all eyes are on Outfielder Max Kepler.
The 25-year-old is the first big German shooting star. Two years ago, as the fifth player in his franchise, the Minnesota Twins, he made three home runs in one game, which is why he was named American League Week Player of the Year for the first time.
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This season, the strong Berliner, whose potential is still not exhausted, is expected to take the next development step in Minnesota.
The start of the season is just the beginning. For the first time since 1976, all teams will be in action on the first day of the Regular Season. There will be 15 games on Thursday to mark the start of the 2018 MLB season.
As before, the MLB is divided into American League and National League with 15 teams each. The 30 teams are divided into five divisions, with the first-placed team moving directly into the playoffs. In the regular season each team plays 162 games.
In the playoffs, the top six teams of the regular season will meet the winners of the wildcard games in best-of-five series. The MLB champion will then be determined in the World Series in a best-of-nine series.
Also new: Before the All-Star-Break there will be no Sunday Night Game on ESPN in the coming season. The All-Star Game takes place at Nationals Park in Washington/DC – last guest in 1969 in the US capital.
Another aspect to relieve the players is the early start of the season, which will give the teams three to four additional days off in 2018.
In addition, the MLB goes on short visits abroad. For the first time since 2010, an MLB game will take place in Puerto Rico. At the Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, the Minnesota Twins await the Cleveland Indians, and the doubles of the two rivals are scheduled for 17th place. and 18. April is scheduled.