The Vancouver Canadians hope next season is a treat for fans as the club has released its 2023 schedule on Halloween.
The season opener is scheduled for Friday, April 7 at the Spokane Indians will be the opposition at Nat Bailey Stadium for a start of a three-game series. It is the exact opposite of the 2022 schedule when the C’s were in Spokane for the opening three-game set. After Spokane leaves town, the C’s will continue their homestand against the Tri-City Dust Devils for a six-game set beginning on April 11. The only road trip in April is a six-game series in Everett against the AquaSox on April 18-24. The Eugene Emeralds will be in Van City to end the month from April 26-30.
The C’s will spend most of May on the road with just eight games at home and 18 on the road as they will head to Hillsboro, Tri-City and Spokane. Things balance out with 13 home games in June with the first half of the 132-game schedule ending in Eugene on June 22. The second half of the year resumes at P.K. Park for the final three games of that six-game series.
The Canada Day homestand will see Spokane back in town for a series that begins on June 27 and runs until July 2. There are 11 home games in July with a four-day break from July 10-13.
Monty’s Mounties will have 15 games on the home schedule in August including back-to-back six-game showdowns against Spokane and Hillsboro that begins on August 22 and spills into the first three days of September. After Labour Day Monday, September 4, the C’s conclude their regular season schedule with six games in Tri-City on September 5-10.
Game times have not been announced. The club may opt to go with last season’s schedule format in which Tuesday to Thursday games began at 7:05 p.m. and Friday to Sunday games started at 1:05 p.m. for April and May. Saturday games from June to September moved up to 7:05 p.m. for Fireworks Nights.
Things have been dark at csplusbaseball.ca after the disappointing conclusion to an otherwise successful 2022 season that saw the Canadians reach the Northwest League final.
During my hiatus, I had a chance to see a couple of Toronto Blue Jays games and a couple of wins by the good guys during the team’s last homestand of 2022. I was fortunate to catch a major league first for 2018 Vancouver Canadians infielder Otto Lopez as he picked up his first MLB hit, a single against 2018 C’s teammate Josh Winckowski.
There are a few more C’s Chats on deck as I caught up with a few more players from the 2022 Canadians during the last homestand of the season. Those will be coming up in the weeks to follow after the conclusion of the World Series.