by Mitch Brunner
Professional baseball is returning to Smith’s Ballpark this week. The Salt Lake Bees continue their Triple-A affiliation with the Los Angeles Angels of the MLB. The team roster has started taking shape with many more transactions expected in the coming days. Below is an overview of the season as the Bees navigate a 120-game schedule.
MLB affiliate – Arizona Diamondbacks
The Bees open the season May 6, 2021 by hosting Reno for a six-game series in Salt Lake City. The two teams will meet a total of 18 times during the year. The Bees host the Aces 12 times and will visit Greater Nevada Field, home of the Aces, for six games. The Bees start, and conclude their season with the Aces. Their final series will begin on September 16, 2021
MLB affiliate – Seattle Mariners
Tacoma visits the Bees on May 13, 2021 for six games which concludes their first 12-game homestand of the season. That is the lone visit Tacoma makes to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake makes three different stops at Cheney Stadium, home of the Aces, for a total of 18 games.
Las Vegas Aviators:
MLB affiliate – Oakland Athletics
The Bees hit the road for the first time on May 24, 2021 and head to Las Vegas Ballpark to take on the Aviators for a six-game series. They will play each other 24 times during the year with 12 games at home and the other half in Las Vegas.
Round Rock Express:
MLB affiliate – Texas Rangers
After a quick series on the road, the Bees return home on 5/27/21 to face the Round Rock Express in a six-game series. This is the lone series with the team from the Lone Star State.
MLB Affiliate – Colorado Rockies
These clubs will play 12 total games split between two series. The first series is at Smith’s Ballpark on June 10, 2021. The return trip to Albuquerque begins on July 29, 2021.
Sacramento River Cats:
MLB affiliate – San Fransico Giants
These two teams play 24 times. The first matchup does not come until June 17, 2021. On that day, the Bees will make a trip to Sacramento for a six-game series. These felines will visit Salt Lake during the dog days of summer. One series starts July 8, 2021 and the other begins August 12, 2021. To conclude the regular season matchup with the River Cats, the Bees travel to Sacramento on September 2, 2021.
Oklahoma City Dodgers:
MLB affiliate – Los Angeles Dodgers
The Bees will spend the Fourth of July weekend in Oklahoma City playing the Dodgers in a six-game series starting on July 1, 2021. The Dodgers come to Salt Lake City September 9, 2021 for a six-game series that concludes the team’s regular season matchups.
Featured image courtesy Trent Nelson, The Salt Lake Tribune