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Spikes’ schedule released; now what about Curve?

While affiliated minor league teams across the country — including the Altoona Curve — are still waiting to find out about their 2021 schedules, the State College Spikes were able to release their full schedule today.

The Spikes will open up May 24 and play a 68-game regular season in the new MLB Draft League, which will be comprised of college standouts preparing for the draft. The Spikes will have 34 home games, with the home and season opener set for May 24 against regional rival Williamsport.

The other teams in the new league are Trenton, Williamsport, Mahoning Valley, West Virginia and Frederick.

The Spikes are fortunate from the standpoint that they already have a set schedule and can begin planning. Because the league will include college players, plans can be made further ahead of time with more certainty.

Many of the 120 affiliated teams, such as the Curve, are still in the dark with regards to their schedules. It’s still not exactly clear when most minor league players will be able to begin and end spring training.

Double-A and Single-A minor leaguers will not be allowed to start spring training until after MLB spring training ends, hence the uncertainty. Things should become more clear in that regard in the coming days or weeks.

RELATED: A good overview of key baseball dates this year, from Ballpark Digest

For now, the only thing certain is that the Double-A minor league season will not begin in early April, the traditional starting time period. Early or mid-May is more likely

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We reached out to the Eastern League for some clarity or a time frame with regards to the Curve’s schedule but have not received any information yet.

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