Hey there baseball enthusiasts, gear up for an extraordinary 2024 MLB Calendar season as we highlight pivotal dates and matchups featuring the dynamic Shohei Ohtani. This season promises to be a historic one, with Ohtani making waves after joining the Dodgers on a groundbreaking 10-year, $700 million deal. Let’s dive into the key dates to mark on your calendar, placing Ohtani at the heart of the action! ⚾🗓️
Feb. 22 (Spring Training opener at Padres) The most anticipated Spring Training game in MLB history kicks off, and all eyes will be on Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Ariz., as Ohtani potentially takes the field for the Dodgers.
March 20 (vs. Padres in Korea) Pack your bags for Seoul, South Korea, as the Dodgers and Padres face off in the first MLB regular season games played in Korea. Ohtani is set to make his team debut on the international stage.
March 26 (exhibition matchup at Angels) A quick turnaround as Ohtani might return to Angel Stadium for the Dodgers’ spring exhibition series against the Angels. The anticipation is building for his encounters with his former team.
March 28 (home opener vs. Cardinals) Ohtani’s official Dodgers debut happens at Dodger Stadium against the Cardinals. Get ready for the two-way superstar’s true coming-out party with his new team.
April 5 (at Cubs) Ohtani steps onto the iconic Wrigley Field for the first time as the Dodgers take on the Cubs. Remember, the Cubs were reportedly among the finalists to sign him.
April 26 (at Blue Jays) Toronto gets a taste of Ohtani as he visits as a Dodger. The Blue Jays thought they had him at one point, but fate had other plans.
May 3 (vs. Braves) A clash of the MVPs as Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr. share the field when the Dodgers face the Braves, setting the stage for a potential NL supremacy battle.
May 13 (at Giants) The Giants face Ohtani, their former target turned rival, at Oracle Park. Brace yourselves, Giants fans; you’ll be seeing a lot of him over the next decade.
May 27 (at Mets) Ohtani heads to the Big Apple as a Dodger to take on the Mets. The series gains extra intrigue if the Mets manage to sign another Japanese star, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, in free agency.
June 7 (at Yankees) A star-studded matchup at Yankee Stadium as Ohtani, Mookie Betts, and the Dodgers face off against Judge, Soto, and the Yankees. The Yankees are eyeing Yamamoto too, adding another layer of excitement.
June 11 (vs. Rangers) The Rangers, coming off a World Series title, face the Dodgers with Ohtani in their lineup. Can Ohtani replicate the success the Rangers found in free agency?
June 21 (vs. Angels) Ohtani returns to face his former team, the Angels, for the first time in regular-season play when the Dodgers host a two-game series.
Sept. 3 (at Angels) A crucial date as Ohtani makes his long-awaited return to Angel Stadium for his first regular-season games as a visiting player. How will the Angels’ faithful receive their former star?