2014 Major League Baseball season

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2014 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 22, 2014 – September 28, 2014
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2014 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 22, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Regular season
Season MVPAL:
NL:
League Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons
2015 →

The 2014 Major League Baseball season began on March 22 in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1] The North American part of the season will start on March 30 and end on September 28.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 85th edition will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Twins. The winning league will once again receive home-field advantage during the World Series, something that has happened since the 2003 season.

This year the Houston Astros will host the Civil Rights Game on May 30 at Minute Maid Park. They will play host to the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

This will also be the final season of Bud Selig as the Commissioner of Baseball. Selig served as the Executive Council Chairman from 1992 to 1998, acting as the commissioner, and then was appointed as the official commissioner in 1998.[3]

Schedule[edit]

No significant changes were made to the 2014 schedule. As was the case in 2013, teams will play 19 games against each division opponent for a total of 76 games, and 6 or 7 games against each team from the other two divisions in its league for a total of 66 games. All teams will play 20 interleague games, with the majority of match-ups following the divisional rotation that has been in place since 2004. For 2014, the matchups will be AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West, and AL West vs. NL East. Teams will play four games against a designated "rival" in two back-to-back two-game series, one home and one away. Unlike 2013, where all of these series were played during the same week, these rivalry series will be spread from early May through mid-August. The table below shows the interleague rivals for the 2014 season.

AL EastNL EastAL CentralNL CentralAL WestNL West
Red SoxBravesWhite SoxCubsMarinersPadres
YankeesMetsIndiansRedsAngelsDodgers
Blue JaysPhilliesTigersPiratesAthleticsGiants
RaysMarlinsTwinsBrewersRangersRockies
OriolesNationalsRoyalsCardinalsAstrosDiamondbacks

Rule changes[edit]

On August 15, 2013, Major League Baseball announced that it will expand its video review process for the 2014 season, and MLB clubs unanimously approved the new rules on January 16, 2014. Managers are now able to challenge certain plays no more than twice per game, including force plays, fair or foul balls, and batters hit by a pitch, among others. If a manager exhausts his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make the final ruling.[4][5]

On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers.[6] On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put into effect as Rule 7.13 was released.[7]

Managerial changes[edit]

Field managers[edit]

Off-season[edit]

At the end of the 2013 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.

TeamFormer managerReason for leavingNew managerStory/Accomplishments
Seattle MarinersEric WedgeResignedLloyd McClendonWedge declined to return on September 27, 2013 as he missed part of the season with a partial stroke. He finished with a 213–273 record in three seasons.[8] McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013.[9] McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001–2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.[10]
Chicago CubsDale SveumFiredRick RenteriaFired by the Cubs after two seasons and a record of 127–197.[11] Renteria was named manager on November 7, 2013 after being the bench coach for the San Diego Padres the last two seasons.[12]
Washington NationalsDavey JohnsonRetiredMatt WilliamsAnnounced on November 12, 2012 that the 2013 season would be his last. He finished with a record of 224–183 in his three seasons.[13] Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.[14]
Cincinnati RedsDusty BakerFiredBryan PriceFired by the Reds after six seasons and a record of 509–463.[15] Price has served as the Reds pitching coach for four seasons.[16][17]
Detroit TigersJim LeylandResigned and RetiredBrad AusmusResigned on October 21, 2013 and then retired the next day with a record of 700–597 (.540) with three division titles (2011–13) and two AL pennants (2006 and 2012).[18] Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.[19]

Uniforms[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]

Patches[edit]

Anniversaries and special events[edit]

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:

TeamSpecial occasion
Atlanta BravesTo commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run
Baltimore Orioles60th anniversary in Baltimore
Boston Red SoxTo commemorate their 2013 World Series championship
Chicago CubsWrigley Field's 100th anniversary
Minnesota TwinsHost city of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game
New York MetsRemembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Ralph Kiner[29]
Oakland Athletics25th Anniversary World Series Champions Reunion
San Diego PadresRemembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Jerry Coleman

Throwbacks[edit]

In addition to ten Cubs throwbacks to mark the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, selected teams will wear throwbacks throughout the season:

Television[edit]

National[edit]

United States[edit]

This will be first year of the new eight-year TV contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports, and TBS. ESPN will air Sunday Night Baseball, some Monday Night games and Wednesday night games, Fox Sports will air Saturday games and TBS will air Sunday games.

Contract provisions in ESPN's contract will virtually eliminate local blackouts among the network's Monday and Wednesday night games, allowing ESPN coverage to co-exist with that of the local broadcasters in home markets.[31][32] Sunday Night Baseball blackout rules will still apply.

Fox Sports' contract also covers Fox Sports 1, which will begin its first year of Major League Baseball coverage, airing regular-season games over 26 Saturdays. As a result, MLB regular season coverage on the Fox network will be reduced to 12 weeks beginning in 2014.[33] [34]

In the post-season, TBS and ESPN will air two Wild Card Games. TBS and Fox Sports will air the Division Series, while TBS will air the American League Championship Series. Fox Sports will air the All-Star Game, National League Championship Series, and World Series.

Canada[edit]

This will also be the first year of new eight-year contracts for national broadcasts in Canada. Sportsnet, owned by Rogers Communications (and sister company of the Toronto Blue Jays), continues to be the primary rightsholder, retaining rights to the All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby, and all postseason games. In total (including Canada-wide rights to all Blue Jays games which are acquired directly from the team), Sportsnet's various channels will carry almost 300 MLB games per season until 2021.[35] As part of the deal, Rogers Cable became the Canadian launch partner for MLB Network, which was not previously available in Canada.

Separately, TSN announced its own eight-year deal to expand its MLB coverage. Having carried ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball since 2010 under sublicense from Sportsnet, TSN and TSN2 will now carry all of ESPN's regular-season coverage (ESPN being a minority partner in TSN), adding Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball, totalling over 75 games per year.[36]

Local[edit]

Radio[edit]

Local[edit]

The New York Yankees left WCBS, which was their radio home for 12 years, but the rights remained with CBS Radio's New York cluster, as they moved to WCBS's sister station WFAN with a new rights agreement, which allows an FM simulcast with WFAN-FM.[38] The move to WFAN means that the New York Mets will move to WOR (purchased by Clear Channel in late 2012) for the 2014 season, as they had been on WFAN since 1987.[38]

Retirements[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Houston Astros to host 2014 Civil Rights Game | MLB.com: News
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  8. ^ Eric Wedge informs Seattle Mariners he won't return in 2014 | Mariners.com: News
  9. ^ Mariners name Lloyd McClendon next manager | MLB.com: News
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  13. ^ Nationals announce 2013 season will be Davey Johnson's last as manager - Washington Times
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