WORCESTER – Ahead of Monday’s release, ThisWeekinWorcester.com has been given an exclusive look at the Worcester Bravehearts’ 2018 schedule.
The schedule, published by the Future Collegiate Baseball League Commissioner Chris Hall, has the Bravehearts beginning their fifth season on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Fitton Field in Worcester against the Nashua Silver Knights – the team that beat them in the 2017 Championship Series.
The Bravehearts will also be hosting the Bristol Blues the following day – May 31 – marking the earliest dates the team has ever opened a season.
The 2018 Futures League will include the Bravehearts, Silver Knights Blues, and the North Shore Navigators, Brockton Rox, Martha’s Vineyard Sharks, and Pittsfield Suns. The Seacoast Mavericks and Wachusett Dirt Dawgs will sit out the 2018 season.
“We’re very proud of the league we’ve become,” said Commissioner Chris Hall. “Our ownership groups, facilities and the communities we play in have been recognized as some of the best in the country and our attendance proves that. That success presented us the opportunity to host the National Collegiate Teams from the USA and Japan in 2017 and provided our top prospects the opportunity to play against Team USA,” Hall continued. “Each of our teams is an integral part of their communities and we’ll continue work tirelessly to make our host communities proud.”
The Bravehearts will play at 56-game regular season [28 home games, 28 away] and will have an off day every sixth day — besides a 12-game stretch in the middle of June and an 11-game stretch following the All Star Break in July.
The Bravehearts will also play five Friday night games at home — beginning on June 15 and ending on August 3 — and four Saturday night and four Sunday afternoon games. On the 4th of July, the Bravehearts will host Nashua.
The regular season ends on Sunday, Aug. 5 and will be followed by the Futures League Playoffs. On July 17, the Nashua Silver Knights will host the 7th Annual Futures League All-Star Game. This will be the second time the Silver Knights host the league all-star game as they hosted the inaugural game in 2012.
“The Futures League far and away runs the best Scout Day and All-Star Game in the country,” said one Major League Scout. “I always look forward to attending their All-Star Games.”
The Bravehearts won the FCBL Championship in 2014 and 2015. In 2014, 2016 & 2017, they were also voted FCBL Organization of the Year.
The full 2018 schedule can be seen here.