Diamondbacks to Open in Colorado After All

When Major League Baseball announced the 2011 schedule they did so amidst a cloud of uncertainty surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks. There were rumors that MLB was in negotiations to have two teams open the season internationally with Opening Day being in Taiwan.

The teams were identified as the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Francisco Giants. Baseball fans were warned that this was not finalized and it could change. As time went on it began appearing as though this trip would become a reality.

As part of the deal, the Arizona Diamondbacks would lose two Spring Training games and two home games. This would mean that Season Ticket Holders would lose four games out of their existing package.

The two Spring Training games would be the final two of the season that are typically held at Chase Field. The two home games would against the San Francisco Giants at some point during the season.

While I support baseball expanding to the International market and I understand that this opportunity could bring a lot of interest both from a fan perspective and also from potential International players, I couldn’t help but hope that this trip would not be finalized.

I already struggle with the fact that there are only 81 home games and two Spring Training games at Chase Field. Losing four games so that the team could play against each other in a country I’ll probably never visit was almost more than I could stand.

As the post season moved along and the Giants continued to win and move forward, it seemed less likely the World Champions would be asked to begin the season outside of the United States.

Major League Baseball validated that today when it was announced that a deal could not be worked out between the United States and Taiwan officials for playing this four game series. As a result the current schedule stands and the Diamondbacks will open the season in Denver Colorado on April 1 against the Colorado Rockies.

This will be the first time Arizona will start the season on a Friday night as baseball moves Opening Day to an earlier time so as to finish the World Series before November.

After a three game series against the Rockies the Diamondbacks will play three games against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. The home opener is scheduled for Friday April 8 against the Cincinnati Reds.

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