There were many things that were changed as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), which the MLB owners and MLBPA agreed upon on Thursday afternoon. When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred officially announced that a deal had been agreed upon just after 4:30 PM M.T., he fielded questions from a gaggle of reporters.
One of the things that he revealed as part of that Q&A was that starting in the 2023 season, each and every team will face each other at least once, meaning that the Colorado Rockies will face some teams that they haven’t faced in many years from the American League in interleague play. Even further, the Rockies could conceivably visit each MLB stadium and all other MLB teams could come to Coors Field.
That could be a great way to grow the game of baseball for younger fans.
The Colorado Rockies will likely face every MLB team in 2023
The Colorado Rockies will likely face every MLB team in 2023, breaking many years-long streaks where they haven’t faced some American League teams in interleague play. That means that fans will be able to see some of the best players in baseball at least once a year.
For example, Rockies fans will be able to see Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on the Angels at least once a year. They can see Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Bo Bichette (the son of Rockies legend Dante Bichette) on the Toronto Blue Jays at least once a year too.
Those games will generate hype and intrigue that, often, only happens every three or six years. With the pandemic and the schedule being geographically based in 2020, for some teams, it has been longer.
With the news, we decided to look back at the last time the Colorado Rockies faced each American League team at Coors Field and at the opposing team’s stadium.
The first date listed is the last time the AL team played at Coors. The latter date is the last time the Rockies played at the opposing team’s stadium. Bold indicates that the Rockies will face the team at that venue in 2022.
- Baltimore: 5/26/19 at Coors Field; 7/27/16 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards
- Boston: 8/28/19; 5/15/19
- Chicago: 7/9/17; 6/15/08
- Cleveland: 6/7/17; 8/9/17
- Detroit: 8/30/17; 8/3/14
- Houston: 4/21/21; 8/11/21
- Kansas City: 8/20/14; 8/24/17
- Los Angeles: 9/13/20; 7/28/21
- Minnesota: 7/13/14; 5/18/17
- New York: 6/15/16; 7/21/19
- Oakland: 6/6/21; 7/29/20
- Seattle: 7/21/21; 6/23/21
- Tampa Bay: 7/20/16; 4/3/19
- Texas: 6/3/21; 9/1/21
- Toronto: 6/2/19; 6/19/13
The longest drought for the Rockies traveling to a stadium is with the Chicago White Sox as they last played there in 2008.
Oddly enough, the Colorado Rockies have played 4,534 regular season games in their franchise history and they have only played three (3) at Guaranteed Rate Field, or just that one series in 2008. The Rockies will be going back there for two games on September 13 and 14.
The next longest drought for the Rockies haven’t been at a stadium is Toronto’s Rogers Centre, as they were last there in 2013 but they won’t face them at all in 2022.
The Royals and Twins are the two teams with the longest droughts without visiting Coors Field. The Royals will visit Coors Field from May 13 through May 15 as they will be the first team to visit Coors in a three-game homestand. Barring any changes with the schedule, it will be the longest homestand of the year for the Rockies.