Major League Baseball unveiled the preliminary 2022 schedule on Wednesday, which means we finally have a date for the long-awaited All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium. The midsummer classic next year will be played on Tuesday, July 19.
That’s the latest on the calendar an MLB All-Star Game has been since 1981, when an in-season labor stoppage pushed the game to August 9. Other than that, the last All-Star Game played that late in the year was 1977, a July 19 game at Yankee Stadium. Don Sutton was game MVP.
Dodger Stadium last hosted the All-Star Game in 1980. The midsummer classic was originally scheduled to be played in Los Angeles in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic wiped that away, pushing the Dodgers’ hosting duties to 2022.
As for the regular season, the Dodgers open and close 2022 the same way — with a series against the Colorado Rockies. The opener is Thursday, March 31, a four-game set at Dodger Stadium, the final three games of the season are September 30-October 2 in Los Angeles.
The National League West plays the American League Central in interleague play in 2022, though every team still plays their “natural rival” as well. For the Dodgers that means four games against the Angels — June 14-15 in Los Angeles, and July 15-16 in Anaheim. That last series is the weekend before the All-Star break, with the Dodgers having that Sunday off.
The rest of the interleague schedule includes:
- at Twins April 12-13
- vs. Tigers April 29-May 1
- at White Sox June 7-9
- vs. Cleveland June 17-19 (the series finale on Father’s Day)
- vs. Twins August 9-10
- at Royals August 12-14
It’s the Twins, Tigers, and Cleveland’s first visit to Dodger Stadium since 2014, and the Dodgers’ first trip to Kansas City since 2014.
The Dodgers’ first series against the Padres is April 22-24 in San Diego, and the first series against the Giants is May 3-4 at home. Other than that, the Dodgers don’t play either team again in the first 10 weeks of the season. The second half of the schedule is chock full of matchups against the divisional rivals, including two September series against the Giants and three series versus the Padres in the final month.
The longest homestand for the Dodgers is 10 games, from June 30-July 10 against the Padres, Rockies, and Cubs. Los Angeles’ longest road trip is also 10 games, a May 20-29 journey to play the Phillies, Nationals, and Diamondbacks.