When Cleveland’s baseball team takes the field as the Guardians for the first time in 2022, it will be against a thematically appropriate team: The Kansas City Royals.
Major League Baseball released schedules for all 30 teams next year, including a Guardians one with the new script lettering that was revealed along with the name last month.
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The Guards will open 2022 on a romp through central divisions, following their series against the Royals with another at home against the Twins, followed by the Royals again, and the first of two two-game sets against the Reds.
After that, they will embark on one of their longest stretches of the season — 17 straight games, and 25 in 26 days.
The AL Central will be paired with the NL West for interleague play next year, which means Fernando Tatis Jr. will make his first trip to Progressive Field and we’ll get to see one of the toughest divisions in baseball with the Dodgers, Padres, Giants, and Rockies, and Diamondbacks all playing the Guardians throughout the season.
The 2022 campaign will end just as it began, with a home series against the Royals.
Tickets for Opening Day will likely go on sale in February. Since the team re-emerged as relevant in the mid-2010’s, they have had no trouble selling out their home opener — sometimes even before they were made available to the public. That is, until 2020 when they went days without selling out (well before we knew a global pandemic would scratch half the season anyway).
After starting 2021 with limited capacity fans and a brand new team identity coming for the 2022 season, we’ll see if they can get back to packing Progressive Field full of fans on Opening Day again. Go Guards.