2011 Major League Baseball season

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2011 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationMarch 31, 2011 – October 28, 2011
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Ryan Braun (MIL)
AL: Justin Verlander (DET)
League postseason
AL championsTexas Rangers
  AL runners-upDetroit Tigers
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Brewers
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upTexas Rangers
World Series MVPDavid Freese (STL)
MLB seasons
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2011 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationMarch 31, 2011 – October 28, 2011
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Ryan Braun (MIL)
AL: Justin Verlander (DET)
League postseason
AL championsTexas Rangers
  AL runners-upDetroit Tigers
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Brewers
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upTexas Rangers
World Series MVPDavid Freese (STL)
MLB seasons

The 2011 Major League Baseball season began on Thursday, March 31, and ended on Wednesday, September 28.[1] This marked the first time a season began on a Thursday since 1976, and the first time a regular season ended on a Wednesday since 1990. The 82nd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12 with the National League defeating the American League for the second straight year, by a score of 5–1. As has been the case since 2003, the league winning that game has home field advantage in the World Series. Accordingly, the 2011 World Series began on October 19, and ended on October 28, with the St. Louis Cardinals winning in seven games over the Texas Rangers.[1]

Only two teams were unable to complete the entire 162-game regular season schedule, as the make-up game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 8 was cancelled due to rain and was decided not to make up any further, owing to scheduling constraints and the game inconsequential to the playoffs.[2]


Green backgrounds indicate teams that made the postseason. Numbers in parentheses indicate seedings for the postseason, determined by won-lost records.

American League[edit]

AL EastWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(1) New York Yankees9765.59952–2945–36
(4) Tampa Bay Rays9171.562647–3444–37
Boston Red Sox9072.556745–3645–36
Toronto Blue Jays8181.5001642–3939–42
Baltimore Orioles6993.4262839–4230–51
AL CentralWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(3) Detroit Tigers9567.58650–3145–36
Cleveland Indians8082.4941544–3736–45
Chicago White Sox7983.4881636–4543–38
Kansas City Royals7191.4382440–4131–50
Minnesota Twins6399.3893233–4830–51
AL WestWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(2) Texas Rangers9666.59352–2944–37
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim8676.5311045–3641–40
Oakland Athletics7488.4572243–3831–50
Seattle Mariners6795.4142939–4528–50

National League[edit]

NL EastWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(1) Philadelphia Phillies10260.63052–2950–31
Atlanta Braves8973.5491347–3442–39
Washington Nationals8081.49721½44–3636–45
New York Mets7785.4752534–4743–38
Florida Marlins7290.4443031–4741–43
NL CentralWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(2) Milwaukee Brewers9666.59357–2439–42
(4) St. Louis Cardinals9072.556645–3645–36
Cincinnati Reds7983.4881742–3937–44
Pittsburgh Pirates7290.4442436–4536–45
Chicago Cubs7191.4382539–4232–49
Houston Astros56106.3464031–5025–56
NL WestWLPct.GBHomeRoad
(3) Arizona Diamondbacks9468.58051–3043–38
San Francisco Giants8676.531846–3540–41
Los Angeles Dodgers8279.50911½42–3940–40
Colorado Rockies7389.4512138–4335–46
San Diego Padres7191.4382335–4636–45

Game 162[edit]

On the last day of the 2011 regular season, the post-season fate of four teams across both leagues was decided.[3] In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated their National League Central division rival Houston Astros to win the National League wild card berth after the Atlanta Braves lost to their National League East division rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.[4] In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated their American League East division rivals the New York Yankees with dramatic home runs in the 9th inning by Dan Johnson and later in extra innings by Evan Longoria to win the American League wild card berth after the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Boston Red Sox, both also rivals in the American League East, on a walk-off single.[5][6] This has been cited as the "most thrilling 129 minutes in baseball history."

They will go down as the most thrilling 129 minutes in baseball history. Never before and likely never again—if we even dare to assume anything else can be likely ever again—will baseball captivate and exhilarate on so many fronts in so small a window the way it did September 28, 2011.[7]

— Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated

The Rays returned to the playoffs for the second consecutive year despite losing many players from the year before. The Red Sox and Braves suffered two of the most epic collapses their franchises had due to their losing the playoff spot the last day despite leading the next contending teams by multiple games the last month of the season.[8] The Cardinals eventually rode the momentum of their win to win the NLDS and NLCS on their way to defeating the Texas Rangers for their 11th World Series title in the 2011 World Series.[9][10][11]

American League wildcard race[edit]

Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 7:05 pm (EDT) at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland

WP: Jim Johnson (6–5)   LP: Jonathan Papelbon (4–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Dustin Pedroia (21)
BAL: J. J. Hardy (30)
Attendance: 29,749
Notes: The game was delayed in the middle of the 7th for 1:26 due to rain

The Red Sox were favored by pundits to win the American League pennant prior to the start of the season due to acquisitions of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Bobby Jenks.[12][13][14] Despite a slow start, Boston darted to the top of the division during the summer months. Injuries plagued the team and they slowly lost first place to the Yankees, but were still in comfortable contention for the wild card. The month of September started an epic slump for the team where the team had allowed the Rays to get back into contention.[15] However, Boston still controlled its own destiny going into their final series with the last place Orioles, but wound up having the season come down to the last game.[16]

The Red Sox had taken a lead for a good part of the game, but the Orioles mounted a comeback. The game was interrupted by a rain delay in the middle of the 7th with Boston ahead 3–2. After play had resumed almost an hour and a half later, the Orioles still trailed by a run in the bottom of the 9th. When leading after eight innings, the Red Sox were 77–0 in 2011.[17] Facing closer Jonathan Papelbon, Chris Davis and Nolan Reimold hit back-to-back doubles with two outs, which tied the game. The next batter, Robert Andino, hit a line drive to left field which Carl Crawford was unable to catch, allowing Reimold to score and the Orioles walked off with the win.[18][19]

After the Orioles won, Andino, who had been a Red Sox killer of late, said, "End of season like this, to make Boston go home sad, crying, I'll take it all day."[20][21]

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 7:10 pm (EDT) at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida

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WP: Jake McGee (5–2)   LP: Scott Proctor (2–6)
Home runs:
NYY: Mark Teixeira 2 (39), Andruw Jones (13)
TB: Evan Longoria 2 (31), Dan Johnson (2)
Attendance: 29,518

The Yankees had already won the American League East several days prior to this contest.[22] The Rays had been in third place behind both the Yankees and the Red Sox for much of the season.[23] However, Boston had slowly started to lose many games in September due to poor starting and relief pitching, disappointing hitting from newly acquired free agent Carl Crawford throughout the year, and injuries to key players like Kevin Youkilis. The Rays, who had won the division in 2010, had lost many of their players to free agency. Despite the losses, the Rays had crawled back into contention and faced the Yankees in the final series of the year.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that he would approach the final games so that the team's pitching staff would be set up for the 2011 ALDS against the Detroit Tigers.[24] Suspicions rose to whether or not the Yankees would compete intensely due to them wanting to rest their aging players for the playoffs and to keep the Red Sox out, their fierce rivals whom they had a lopsided losing record to that season.[25] Girardi indicated that many of his post-season pitchers would not be pitching that game. The Yankees, however, started the game strong by taking a 5–0 lead by the 2nd inning. Their lead grew to 7–0, which they held as the game entered the bottom of the 8th inning. In the 8th inning, the Rays scored six runs, capped off by a three-run home run by Evan Longoria. In the bottom of the 9th inning, down to his final strike, struggling Rays first baseman Dan Johnson hit a solo home run to tie the game. Already depleted from wanting to get pitchers who were not going to be on the post-season roster in, the Yankees went into extra innings with struggling pitchers. During Tampa Bay's half of the 12th inning, Evan Longoria hit his second home run of the game, a walk-off home run that cleared a short wall near the left field foul pole to win the game for the Rays just minutes after the Orioles' victory over the Red Sox.[26] The win clinched the American League Wild Card for the Rays.[27]

Seat No. 10 in the first row behind the right-field foul pole has been painted white in honor of Dan Johnson's, game-tying, ninth-inning, pinch-hit blast during Game 162. They have also renamed the section beyond the left field foul pole "162 Landing" in honor of Longoria's game winning, 12th-inning home run.[28]

National League wildcard race[edit]

The National League wildcard race came down to the fate of two games on the last day of the regular season.

St. Louis Cardinals at Houston Astros[edit]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 7:05 pm (CDT) at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas

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WP: Chris Carpenter (11–9)   LP: Brett Myers (7–14)
Home runs:
STL: Allen Craig (11)
HOU: None
Attendance: 24,359

The National League Central had been a two way race late into the season with the Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers vying for contention. After the Reds had fallen off, the Brewers had clinched the division.[29][30] The Cardinals battled back despite perennial all-star Albert Pujols serving on the disabled list and not having pitcher Adam Wainwright.[11] Upon Pujols' return, the Cardinals came within one game by defeating the Astros under nine innings of dominant pitching by ace pitcher Chris Carpenter.[31]

Philadelphia Phillies at Atlanta Braves[edit]

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 – 7:10 pm (EDT) at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia

WP: Justin De Fratus (1–0)   LP: Scott Linebrink (4–4)   Sv: David Herndon (1)
Home runs:
PHI: None
ATL: Dan Uggla (36)
Attendance: 45,350

The Philadelphia Phillies had clinched a playoff berth, the division title, and the best league record for weeks. For most of the season, the Atlanta Braves had been in 2nd place in the National League East by a good margin and well ahead in the wildcard standings.[32] The Phillies had something to play for, a franchise record in wins. They battled back to force the game into extra innings where they won and in effect, not only eliminated the Braves from post-season contention,[33] but also set that record with 102, surpassing the previous record of 101 set back-to-back in 1976 and 1977 during their run of three straight division championships from 1976–1978.[34][35] Charlie Manuel also became the winningest manager in the history of the Phillies with 646 wins, surpassing Gene Mauch, the manager of the Phillies when they collapsed in a similar way the Braves did in 1964.[34]


 Division Series
League Championship Series
TV: Fox (ALCS);
World Series
TV: Fox
 1 NY Yankees2 
3 Detroit3 
 3 Detroit2 
American League
 2 Texas4 
2 Texas3
 4 Tampa Bay1 
  AL Texas3
 NL St. Louis4
 1 Philadelphia2 
4 St. Louis3 
 4 St. Louis4
National League
 2 Milwaukee2 
2 Milwaukee3
 3 Arizona2 

Note: Two teams in the same division cannot meet in the Division Series

League Division Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2011 American League Division Series
Texas Rangers defeat Tampa Bay Rays 3–1
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1September 30Rays 9, Rangers 00–1Rangers Ballpark50,4983:0084 degrees, sunny
2October 1Rangers 8, Rays 61–1Rangers Ballpark51,3513:2883 degrees, clear
3October 3Rangers 4, Rays 32–1Tropicana Field32,8283:5172 degrees, dome
4October 4Rangers 4, Rays 33–1Tropicana Field28,2993:0572 degrees, dome
2011 American League Division Series
Detroit Tigers defeat New York Yankees 3–2
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1September 30Yankees 9, Tigers 31–0Yankee Stadium50,9403:26 (1:17 delay)55 degrees, cloudy
2October 2Tigers 5, Yankees 31–1Yankee Stadium50,5963:3461 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 3Tigers 5, Yankees 41–2Comerica Park43,5713:1456 degrees, cloudy
4October 4Yankees 10, Tigers 12–2Comerica Park43,5273:1061 degrees, clear
5October 6Tigers 3, Yankees 22–3Yankee Stadium50,9603:3462 degrees, clear

: Suspended in bottom of the 2nd inning; resumed October 1

National League[edit]

2011 National League Division Series
St. Louis Cardinals defeat Philadelphia Phillies 3–2
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 1Phillies 11, Cardinals 61–0Citizens Bank Park46,4802:5564 degrees, cloudy
2October 2Cardinals 5, Phillies 41–1Citizens Bank Park46,5753:2250 degrees, cloudy
3October 4Phillies 3, Cardinals 22–1Busch Stadium46,9143:1380 degrees, clear
4October 5Cardinals 5, Phillies 32–2Busch Stadium47,0712:3480 degrees, clear
5October 7Cardinals 1, Phillies 02–3Citizens Bank Park46,5302:2950 degrees, few clouds
2011 National League Division Series
Milwaukee Brewers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 3–2
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 1Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 11–0Miller Park44,1222:4867 degrees, roof closed
2October 2Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 42–0Miller Park44,0663:2973 degrees, roof closed
3October 4Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 12–1Chase Field48,3123:0175 degrees, roof closed
4October 5Diamondbacks 10, Brewers 62–2Chase Field38,8303:2575 degrees, roof closed
5October 7Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 2*3–2Miller Park44,0283:4178 degrees, roof closed
*: 10 innings

League Championship Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2011 American League Championship Series
Texas Rangers defeat Detroit Tigers 4–2
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 8Rangers 3, Tigers 21–0Rangers Ballpark50,1143:07 (1:50 delay)74 degrees, partly cloudy
2October 10Rangers 7, Tigers 3*2–0Rangers Ballpark51,2274:2574 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 11Tigers 5, Rangers 22–1Comerica Park41,9053:0865 degrees, partly cloudy
4October 12Rangers 7, Tigers 3*3–1Comerica Park42,2344:00 (2:13 delay)59 degrees, rain
5October 13Tigers 7, Rangers 53–2Comerica Park41,9083:2164 degrees, partly cloudy
6October 15Rangers 15, Tigers 54–2Rangers Ballpark51,5083:3280 degrees, clear

*: 11 innings
: postponed to October 10 due to rain

National League[edit]

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers squared off in a season long division race and by the beginning of August, they were only a few games apart in the division. The Brewers would pull away for the crown, and the Cardinals continued poorly until they were 10 12 games back of the wild card on August 25. They made a historical comeback in September to win the wild card from the Atlanta Braves on the last day of the season. Both teams would advance through the NLDS in five games setting up a 1982 World Series rematch.[36] The Cardinals won the pennant in six games, clinching the series on the road.

2011 National League Championship Series
St. Louis Cardinals defeat Milwaukee Brewers 4–2
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 9Brewers 9, Cardinals 61–0Miller Park43,6133:3576 degrees, clear
2October 10Cardinals 12, Brewers 31–1Miller Park43,9373:3669 degrees, partly cloudy
3October 12Cardinals 4, Brewers 31–2Busch Stadium43,5843:1066 degrees, cloudy
4October 13Brewers 4, Cardinals 22–2Busch Stadium45,6063:2567 degrees, partly cloudy
5October 14Cardinals 7, Brewers 12–3Busch Stadium46,9043:0963 degrees, cloudy
6October 16Cardinals 12, Brewers 62–4Miller Park43,9263:4367 degrees, roof closed

World Series[edit]

Main article: 2011 World Series
2011 World Series
St. Louis Cardinals defeat Texas Rangers 4–3
LocationAttendanceTimeWeather (°F)
1October 19Cardinals 3, Rangers 21–0Busch Stadium46,4063:0649 degrees, clear
2October 20Rangers 2, Cardinals 11–1Busch Stadium47,2883:0450 degrees, cloudy
3October 22Cardinals 16, Rangers 72–1Rangers Ballpark51,4624:0480 degrees, partly cloudy
4October 23Rangers 4, Cardinals 02–2Rangers Ballpark51,5393:0768 degrees, clear
5October 24Rangers 4, Cardinals 22–3Rangers Ballpark51,4593:3172 degrees, clear
6October 27[37]Cardinals 10, Rangers 9*3–3Busch Stadium47,3254:3353 degrees, partly cloudy
7October 28Cardinals 6, Rangers 24–3Busch Stadium47,3993:1750 degrees, clear

: postponed from October 26, due to rain
*: 11 innings

Managerial changes[edit]

General managers[edit]


TeamFormer GMNew GMFormer job
New York MetsOmar MinayaSandy AldersonCEO of San Diego Padres until March 2009.[38]


DateTeamFormer GMNew GMFormer job
August 19Chicago CubsJim HendryRandy BushBush was the assistant GM and served as his interim replacement until the team hired Theo Epstein in October.

Field managers[edit]


Four teams announced that a new manager will be hired for the 2011 season after the former manager retired from baseball.

TeamFormer managerNew managerStory
Atlanta BravesBobby CoxFredi GonzálezCox announced in 2009 that the 2010 season would be his last as manager of the Braves. In two terms, first from 1978 through 1981 and from mid-1990, replacing Russ Nixon as manager through 2010, Cox has led the team to fourteen division titles, five pennants and the 1995 World Championship. Cox retires as the manager with the fourth highest number of wins (2,504) along with the most ejections in baseball history (158).
Chicago CubsLou PiniellaMike QuadeAfter six decades in baseball as a player, coach, manager and television commentator, Piniella announced on June 19, 2010, his intentions to retire. He has managed the New York Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds (including their 1990 World Series championship), the Seattle Mariners (including a record 116 win season in 2001), the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Cubs. The official retirement came on August 22 as Piniella stepped down due to his mother's failing health, and Quade, the Cubs' third base coach, was named interim manager, and was named permanent manager October 19.
Los Angeles DodgersJoe TorreDon MattinglyTorre announced on September 17 that he would not be returning to the Dodgers for the 2011 season. With his contract expiring and club ownership being contested in divorce court, Torre chose not to negotiate an extension.[39] At the same time, the Dodgers announced that Mattingly, the team's hitting coach, will be promoted to manager.[39] Mattingly was best known as an outstanding first baseman with the New York Yankees.
Toronto Blue JaysCito GastonJohn FarrellAfter being lured out of retirement by team president Paul Beeston, Gaston announced on October 29, 2009, that he would step aside after the completion of the 2010 season and remain in a consulting position. In his first term as the Jays' skipper, he led the team to their greatest success, winning back-to-back Fall Classic in 1992 and 1993. His second term started as he replaced John Gibbons in the middle of the 2008 season. Farrell comes over after serving as the pitching coach for the AL East rival Boston Red Sox.

At the end of the 2010 season, three teams fired their managers and made replacements:

TeamFormer managerNew managerStory
Milwaukee BrewersKen MachaRon RoenickeMacha announced to the Associated Press that the Milwaukee Brewers had declined to pick up his Club Option for 2011.[40] Roenicke was named in November 2010 as the team's new field leader coming over from the Los Angeles Angels serving 11 seasons as Mike Scioscia's third base coach.
New York MetsJerry ManuelTerry CollinsManuel, along with general manager Omar Minaya, were fired following the end of the 2010 season on October 4, 2010. Since making the 2006 National League Championship Series, the team has fallen short of expectations, which include back to back season ending collapses in 2007 and 2008, followed by back-to-back injury plagued seasons in 2009 and 2010.[41] Collins, a feisty and intense manager, was named the team's new manager November 2010 and returned to being a field manager in the majors after 12 years. He previously managed the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels from 1994 to 1999.[42]
Pittsburgh PiratesJohn RussellClint HurdleRussell was fired after three losing seasons, compiling a total record of 186–299 in those three seasons. The Pirates have not had a winning season since 1992, which was also the last time they made the playoffs. They have also endured six different managers during that span.[43] Hurdle last managed the Colorado Rockies in 2009 before being replaced.

The following managers who were interim managers for 2010 will lead their respective teams in 2011:

TeamManager that started 2010 seasonReplacementStory
Arizona DiamondbacksA. J. HinchKirk GibsonGibson, who started the season as bench coach, filled in for the final 83 games. New GM Kevin Towers made the decision to keep Gibson as the manager for 2011.[44] Hinch was "demoted" from his position as Director of Player Development in 2009 when he took over for Bob Melvin.
Kansas City RoyalsTrey HillmanNed YostAfter coming to Kansas City to be a consultant, the Royals named Yost on May 13 to replace Hillman. Prior to that, Yost served as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers for much of the 2008 season, only to be sacked in mid-September when the team was struggling to make the post-season. Hillman had previous success in Japan, leading the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to the Japan World Series championship in 2006.
Baltimore OriolesDave Trembley;
Juan Samuel (interim)
Buck ShowalterThe no-nonsense Showalter, who had previously managed the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on the brink of success before being replaced, served as a commentator for ESPN's Baseball Tonight before agreeing to return to the dugout with the Orioles on August 3, and turned the fortunes of the Maryland ball club. Trembley was in the manager's seat until June 4, when third-base coach Samuel replaced him on an interim basis before Showalter's arrival.
Florida MarlinsFredi GonzálezEdwin RodríguezOn May 23, González, who had coached under Bobby Cox in Atlanta, was fired from his position. Rodríguez had spent the past 1½ years managing the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate. Cox made discouraging comments about the handling of the dismissal shortly afterward, and as a result, was not honored by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria when the Braves visit to Miami in September as part of Cox's retirement tour.
Chicago CubsLou PiniellaMike Quade(See Above)

One team has hired a new manager:

TeamManager that started 2010 seasonInterim ManagerReplacementStory
Seattle MarinersDon WakamatsuDaren BrownEric WedgeWakamatsu, the first MLB manager of Asian-American descent, was fired on August 9 and replaced by Brown, at the time in his fourth season managing the Mariners' AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers. The team was expected to contend for the American League West title with the addition of Chone Figgins and Cliff Lee, but stumbled out of the starting gate. Wedge, who last managed with the Cleveland Indians in 2009, was reportedly hired by the Mariners according to a report by SI.com on October 15, 2010,[45] and made official three days later.

In-season changes[edit]

DateTeamFormer managerReasonReplacementPrevious Job and Story
June 9Oakland AthleticsBob GerenFiredBob MelvinMelvin previously was the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Geren was fired after June 8 game.[46]
June 19Florida MarlinsEdwin RodríguezResignedJack McKeonAfter a losing streak and slump in June, Rodriguez announced his resignation on June 19.[47] McKeon at age 80 became the oldest manager since Connie Mack to manage in the majors; he had won the 2003 World Series with the Marlins. McKeon announced his second retirement allowing Ozzie Guillén to become Marlins' skipper.
June 26
(June 23)
Washington NationalsJim RigglemanResignedDavey Johnson
(John McLaren)
McLaren, who was previously the Nationals bench coach, was named interim manager, but he is not expected to fill the role for the remainder of the season.[48] Davey Johnson was named the full-time manager three days after Riggleman resigned and two days after McLaren was named interim manager.[49]
September 26Chicago White SoxOzzie GuillénReleasedDon CooperGuillen was released from his contract after the White Sox game on September 26 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Guillen became the Marlins new manager with the retirement of Jack McKeon at the end of the season.[50] Cooper, the current pitching coach for the White Sox, managed the final two games of the season.[51]

League leaders[edit]

American League[edit]

National League[edit]

Batting leaders[edit]

AVGJose Reyes (NYM).337
HRMatt Kemp (LAD)39
RBIMatt Kemp (LAD)126
RMatt Kemp (LAD)115
HStarlin Castro (CHC)207
SBMichael Bourn (ATL)/(HOU)61





Other accomplishments[edit]


Awards and honors[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the YearCraig Kimbrel (ATL)Jeremy Hellickson (TB)
Cy Young AwardClayton Kershaw (LAD)Justin Verlander (DET)
Manager of the YearKirk Gibson (ARI)Joe Maddon (TB)
Most Valuable PlayerRyan Braun (MIL)Justin Verlander (DET)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
PitcherClayton Kershaw (LAD)Mark Buehrle (CWS)
CatcherYadier Molina (STL)Matt Wieters (BAL)
1st BaseJoey Votto (CIN)Adrian Gonzalez (BOS)
2nd BaseBrandon Phillips (CIN)Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd BasePlácido Polanco (PHI)Adrián Beltré (TEX)
ShortstopTroy Tulowitzki (COL)Erick Aybar (LAA)
Left fieldGerardo Parra (ARI)Alex Gordon (KC)
Center fieldMatt Kemp (LAD)Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS)
Right fieldAndre Ethier (LAD)Nick Markakis (BAL)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated HitterDaniel Hudson (ARI)David Ortiz (BOS)
CatcherBrian McCann (ATL)Alex Avila (DET)
1st BasePrince Fielder (MIL)Adrian Gonzalez (BOS)
2nd BaseBrandon Phillips (CIN)Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd BaseAramis Ramírez (CHC)Adrián Beltré (TEX)
ShortstopTroy Tulowitzki (COL)Asdrúbal Cabrera (CLE)
OutfieldRyan Braun (MIL)Curtis Granderson (NYY)
Matt Kemp (LAD)Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS)
Justin Upton (ARI)José Bautista (TOR)

Player of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilJosé BautistaRyan Braun
MayJosé BautistaJay Bruce
JuneAdrian GonzalezPrince Fielder
JulyDustin PedroiaEmilio Bonifacio
AugustCurtis GrandersonDan Uggla
SeptemberAdrián BeltréRyan Braun

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilJered WeaverJosh Johnson
MayJeremy HellicksonJair Jurrjens
JuneJustin VerlanderCliff Lee
JulyCC SabathiaClayton Kershaw
AugustRicky RomeroCliff Lee
SeptemberDoug FisterJavier Vázquez

Rookie of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilMichael PinedaDarwin Barney
MayJeremy HellicksonJustin Turner
JuneBen Revere
Jemile Weeks
Craig Kimbrel
JulyEric HosmerFreddie Freeman
AugustMike CarpCraig Kimbrel
SeptemberEric HosmerDee Gordon

Other awards[edit]

Fielding Bible Awards
PitcherMark Buehrle (CWS)
CatcherMatt Wieters (BAL)
1st BaseAlbert Pujols (STL)
2nd BaseDustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd BaseAdrián Beltré (TEX)
ShortstopTroy Tulowitzki (COL)
Left FieldBrett Gardner (NYY)
Center FieldAustin Jackson (DET)
Right FieldJustin Upton (ARI)



Two more teams have joined the growing cable-exclusive telecast teams in 2011. Fox Sports Midwest will produce and televise all St. Louis Cardinals games on the cable station, along with selected areas of the Cardinals' DMA outside St. Louis including Fox Sports Tennessee in Tennessee, Fox Sports Indiana in parts of Indiana, and SportsSouth in Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma.[61] The 2010 season was their last season of splitting games with KSDK.[62]

The Minnesota Twins will also join the group, with Fox Sports North becoming their exclusive local home starting this year.[63] The 2010 season was their last season of splitting games with WFTC.

Also starting this season, Atlanta Braves games that air on WPCH-TV will be produced by (and simulcast on) Fox Sports South or SportSouth, marking the first season since 1972 which local Braves telecasts won't be produced by Turner Sports.[64]

The national telecast breakdown is as follows, along with the maximum number of appearances per team:

In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet. RSN also holds the Canadian rights to air the Fox and ESPN/ESPN2 games if they do not conflict with Blue Jays games, and additional regular season games on a regional basis on Rogers Sportsnet One as well as the All-Star Game and the entire postseason. TSN2 holds rights to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.

In Australia, it is free to air channel One HD and shows up to five games live per week, and European channel ESPN America broadcasts games as well.

For international viewers, MLB International will broadcast the All-Star Game, the NLCS and the World Series.


ESPN Radio will once again serve as MLB's national radio network, broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as selected Saturday and holiday games during the regular season, the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, and all postseason series. ESPN Deportes Radio holds the Spanish language rights to the Fall Classic.

Uniform changes[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]



Alternate jerseys[edit]

Special jerseys[edit]


Angels' 50th anniversary[edit]

The Los Angeles Angels celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2011. Founded by Gene Autry in 1961, the team played at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field in their first season, then shared Dodger Stadium (called "Chavez Ravine" by Angels management) with the Dodgers before moving to Anaheim in 1966 and their own stadium, Anaheim Stadium (later to become Edison International Field of Anaheim and finally Angel Stadium of Anaheim). That year, the team name was altered to the California Angels. After being purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 1997, the team name was changed to the Anaheim Angels and after Arte Moreno purchased the team, the name was changed to its current moniker to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005. For the season, in addition to the patch, the Angels changed the color of the halo from silver to gold on their uniforms, just as it looked from 1971 through 1996.[77] In addition, on selected Friday night games, the team donned replicas of five of the six styles of uniforms they have worn, the most notable omission being that of the "Periwinkle Blue" era from 1997 to 2001, when Disney owned the team.


This was the Florida Marlins' final season at Sun Life Stadium, after 19 years,[78] they will move to their new ballpark in downtown Miami, where they'll become the Miami Marlins.

Venue changes[edit]

Due to the U2 360° Tour concert scheduled June 29 at Sun Life Stadium and the needed time to set up the stage, the Marlins were forced to move their scheduled home games for June 24–26 against the Seattle Mariners to the Mariners' park at Safeco Field. As the Marlins were the home team, NL rules (no designated hitter) were applied. Mariners and Marlins would not meet again in Miami until 2014.

Team purchases[edit]

The Houston Astros were sold by Drayton McLane for US $680 million to a group led by Jim Crane, the founder of a transit logistics company.

Retired numbers[edit]

The Detroit Tigers retired Sparky Anderson's #11 on June 26.[79]

Bert Blyleven, elected to the Class of 2011 of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was honored with the retirement of his uniform #28 by the Twins on July 16.[80]

Roberto Alomar, also a 2011 Hall of Fame class member, became the first member of the Toronto Blue Jays to have his number (#12) retired on July 31.[81]

The Atlanta Braves retired Bobby Cox's #6 prior to their game against the Chicago Cubs on August 12.[82]

Trevor Hoffman, who had been the all-time saves leader until Mariano Rivera surpassed him on September 19, had his #51 retired by the San Diego Padres on August 21.[83]


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