After the new collective bargaining agreement was agreed to, it was reported that Major League Baseball’s schedule would look different moving forward. Those changes are now known, and the new structure will begin starting with the 2023 season.
There will be less divisional games during the regular season with each team set to play 14 against each of their division foes. This is five less than the current slate of 19 games. The reason for this is because starting next season, every team will play at least one three-game series against the other 29 teams in the league.
With the current structure, every National League teams plays every National League team and the same goes for the American League. For interleague play, each division typically cycles through playing each of the divisions from the opposite league once every three years, though there are exceptions — for example, the Pirates play the Tigers every season.
With this new structure, the league will improve on something that has drawn criticism over time, and that is that MLB will finally improve exposure. Instead of waiting three years at a time to see the game’s best players from the opposite league, the fan bases of every team will get to see every player throughout the season.