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Winter Storm Could Impact 2018 MLB Opening Day

Winter Storm Could Impact 2018 MLB Opening Day

July Fourth is the most popular grilling day of the year across the United States, with roughly 87% of people planning some type of outdoor grilling event for the day. For years, another specific day has been right up there with the most popular grilling days of the year, an American staple: Major League Baseball’s Opening Day.

This year, however, Opening Day across the East Coast might not involve too much outdoor BBQ.

According to USA Today, another major storm has made its way toward the East Coast, canceling flights and impacting millions of plans. The storm comes exactly one week prior to baseball’s opening day on March 29, 2018.

“As the storm intensifies, travel conditions will be tremendously difficult through the evening,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We urge New Yorkers to stay off the roads — if you do not need to be out, do not go out. Let us give our sanitation crews the opportunity to do their jobs effectively.”

Some MLB teams across the country aren’t all that worried about a snowy opening day. There are roughly 95,471 miles of shoreline in the United States and its territories, and those teams located near the sunny beaches are ready to enjoy the weather for the next few months. Teams like the Orioles, however, might not be as lucky.

“Hopefully we’ll have some nice sunshine over the next 24 hours to help melt the snow currently on the field,” said Greg Bader, spokesperson for the Baltimore Orioles.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Camden Yards has been hit hard by the snow storm and has to be prepared for a doubleheader between Army and Navy a few days prior to MLB’s Opening Day.

Despite the winter storm, the Orioles say they will not alter their Opening Day preparations and the game will go on as planned.

The March 29 date will be the earliest Opening Day in league history. Additionally, all 30 MLB clubs will be in action on Opening Day for the first time in 50 years.

Here are the match-ups slated for the day:

Astros at Rangers

Angels at Athletics

Indians at Mariners

White Sox at Royals

Red Sox at Rays

Yankees at Blue Jays

Pirates at Tigers

Twins at Orioles

Rockies at Diamondbacks

Giants at Dodgers

Brewers at Padres

Cubs at Marlins

Nationals at Reds

Cardinals at Mets

Phillies at Braves

Additionally, here are the MLB Power Rankings for the 2018 season:

  1. Houston Astros
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. New York Yankees
  4. Cleveland Indians
  5. Chicago Cubs
  6. Washington Nationals
  7. Boston Red Sox
  8. Arizona Diamondbacks
  9. St. Louis Cardinals
  10. Los Angeles Angels
  11. Milwaukee Brewers
  12. Minnesota Twins
  13. Colorado Rockies
  14. Seattle Mariners
  15. Toronto Blue Jays
  16. San Francisco Giants
  17. Texas Rangers
  18. San Diego Padres
  19. New York Mets
  20. Oakland Athletics
  21. Baltimore Orioles
  22. Atlanta Braves
  23. Philadelphia Phillies
  24. Tampa Bay Rays
  25. Pittsburgh Pirates
  26. Chicago White Sox
  27. Cincinnati Reds
  28. Kansas City Royals
  29. Detroit Tigers
  30. Miami Marlins