Angels News: The 2021 Schedule Has Been Released, Highlights

Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

The Los Angeles Angels and Major League Baseball revealed their 2021 schedules to the world on Thursday.

It’s hard to believe that it has been just over a week since players began reporting to the Big A, reconvening for Summer Camp after the Coronovirus pandemic shut down baseball in March. In just over two weeks’ time, the Angels and the rest of baseball will officially start their 2020 season.

It seems like the perfect time to begin discussing the 2021 season.

That is the mentality that the league apparently had. After three months of “will they or won’t they,” the 2020 season is moving forward. However, Major League Baseball decided they didn’t want to put all of their eggs into a 60-game basket. Instead, the league also opted to give fans a tease to the next full season, releasing the 2021 schedule for each team. The Angels shared their team schedule on Twitter.

Oddly enough, every team is slated to begin play on the same day, April 1st. Of course, this can change, and likely will as the big networks’ have a desire for a nationally televised game to start the year. However, there is an opportunity here to make Opening Day special by having it run simultaneously throughout the league.

With that all being said, let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the 2021 Angels Schedule.

When is Opening Days for the Angels in 2021?

As discussed, all teams are currently scheduled to start the season on April 1st. For the Angels, that means they will start their season at home against the Chicago White Sox. After dropping their last six season openers, the Halos are undoubtedly happy to see that they will start their season somewhere other than Oakland. The Angels have started each of the last three seasons in Oakland and will be doing so again in 2020. Starting the year at home and against a different opponent will undoubtedly be a welcome sight.

What will interleague play look like for the Angels in 2021?

Interleague play will get underway quickly for the Angels, and with a familiar foe. The team is slated to host the visiting Dodgers on weekend May 7 to 9th. Their full interleague schedule will be as follows:

  • Los Angeles Dodgers – May 7 through 9th
  • San Francisco Giants – May 31 to June 1st
  • Arizona Diamondbacks – June 11 to 13th
  • San Francisco Giants – June 22 to 23rd
  • Colorado Rockies – July 26 to 28th
  • Los Angeles Dodgers – August 6 to 8th
  • San Diego Padres – August 27-28th
  • San Diego Padres – September 7 to 8th

As you can see, the interleague schedule looks like it will focus only on regional match-ups. That may be a byproduct of the ongoing pandemic, with the league wanting to limit travel and possible exposure.

When and where is the MLB All-Star Game in 2021?

The 2021 All-Star Game will be played on July 14th. The game will be held at Truist Field in Cumberland, Georgia, home of the Atlanta Braves. The 2022 game will be played at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, a result of the 2020 game being canceled after it was scheduled to be in Chavez Ravine.

Other interesting notes on the 2021 Angels schedule

The Angels toughest month comes in May when there are only three scheduled off days. That will be a rough stretch after finishing the month of April on their longest road-trip of the season, a 10-game jaunt through Houston, Texas, and Seattle.

While that road trip may be the team’s longest, the worst section of the schedule will be a spate of games that spans 13 days in Tampa and New York, and then returns to Anaheim to face the Orioles and Red Sox. It’s odd enough to see a road trip to the east coast followed by a return home to face the same division on the west coast. To have it happen without a travel day between will make it a tough two weeks for the Angels.

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So here you go. The Angels have yet to begin playing the 2020 season, but we can already start looking forward to the 2021 campaign. What do you think about their schedule?