Blue Jays unveil 2018 spring schedule

 The Toronto Blue Jays announced their 2018 spring training schedule on Friday. Photo Credit: Global News.

The Toronto Blue Jays announced their 2018 spring training schedule on Friday. Photo Credit: Global News.

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

The Toronto Blue Jays will open their 2018 spring training schedule with a customary 1:07 p.m. tilt against the Philadelphia Phillies at Dunedin Stadium on February 23.

Highlighted by visits from the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and the Canadian Junior National Squad on March 17, a total of 16 games are set to be played at the Blue Jays' Florida-based facility next spring.

The Blue Jays will also take part in a trio of split-squad contests while --continuing a tradition kickstarted by longtime front office employee Howard Starkman in 2014-- finishing their exhibition schedule with a pair of weeknight games at Olympic Stadium in Montreal.

Three-game packs, group sales and season tickets will go on sale starting November 13. Single-game tickets will be made available beginning at 9:00 a.m. on December 6.

To purchase tickets, fans are encouraged to phone the team's toll-free number (1-888-525-JAYS) or visit www.bluejays.com. Those interested in attending the fourth annual Montreal showcase series can purchase tickets via www.evenko.ca.

A full spring training schedule, including both home and away dates, will be available in early 2018. The Blue Jays complete home schedule can be found below.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.