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MLB 2016 Season
The new season approaches and will start with interesting events and special series.
The New York Mets visit the Kansas City Royals, the rematch between the two World Series contenders last year. The two teams with the best record in 2015, the St. Louis Cardinals (100) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (98) also face each other.
This season will be the 20th since the start of interleague play, each club currently competes in 20 games against an opponent from the other league. The only interleague series that has not been played is the San Diego Padres vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, and will be held in July of 2016 (these teams have played all 3 series against each other in San Diego's ballpark 2004/10/13).
The Chicago Cubs, the franchise with the longest time without being crowned World Champions (108 years) will celebrate their 100th year playing at Wrigley Field, and start off the season hosting the same team with which they first opened the park (Cincinnati Reds).
The Atlanta Braves will play their twentieth and final season at Turner Field, they will open a new stadium in 2017 which will be called Suntrust Park.
David Ortiz announced his retirement after what will be his twentieth season in the majors. Before this season starts, he already has accumulated 503 home runs and 1,641 RBI (MLB Rank #27 and 30), he also owns the records in those categories and in hits for all Designated Hitters. He helped the Boston Red Sox claim three titles World Series after 86 years (2004/07/13).
Ken Griffey Jr. will be honored by the Seattle Mariners to retire the #24 which he wore on his uniform; he will be the first in the history of the club to have his number retired.