2014 Major League Baseball season

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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
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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

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 started on March 30 and will end on September 28.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 85th edition was held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Twins. The American League (AL) beat the National League (NL) 5–3. With the win, the AL champion earned home-field advantage during the World Series.

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

This is also 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] On August 14, 2014, Rob Manfred was selected by voting unanimously to become the new Commissioner of Baseball starting next year.[4]

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

American LeagueNational League
AL EastWLPct.GBHomeRoad
Baltimore Orioles85590.59043–2842–31
Toronto Blue Jays75690.5211039–3136–38
New York Yankees73690.5141136–3537–34
Tampa Bay Rays70750.48315½33–4237–33
Boston Red Sox63820.43422½31–4332–39


AL CentralWLPct.GBHomeRoad
Kansas City Royals79640.55238–3241–32
Detroit Tigers80650.55238–3242–33
Cleveland Indians74690.517543–3031–39
Chicago White Sox64800.44415½35–3729–43
Minnesota Twins62820.43117½30–4232–40


AL WestWLPct.GBHomeRoad
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim89550.61847–2442–31
Oakland Athletics81630.562845–2736–36
Seattle Mariners79650.5491037–3742–28
Houston Astros64810.44125½35–3929–42
Texas Rangers54900.3753525–4429–46


NL EastWLPct.GBHomeRoad
Washington Nationals82610.57346–2736–34
Atlanta Braves74710.510940–3134–40
Miami Marlins71720.4971140–3431–38
New York Mets70750.4831335–3535–40
Philadelphia Phillies67770.46515½34–3933–38


NL CentralWLPct.GBHomeRoad
St. Louis Cardinals80650.55244–2836–37
Pittsburgh Pirates75690.52144–2831–41
Milwaukee Brewers74710.510637–3637–35
Cincinnati Reds68770.4691238–3530–42
Chicago Cubs64810.4411635–3629–45


NL WestWLPct.GBHomeRoad
Los Angeles Dodgers82630.56639–3543–28
San Francisco Giants79650.54939–3340–32
San Diego Padres67770.46514½40–3127–46
Arizona Diamondbacks59850.41022½29–4330–42
Colorado Rockies59860.4072339–3520–51


Schedule[edit]

The Diamondbacks and Dodgers play in Sydney, March 23

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 six or seven 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.[5][6]

On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers.[7] On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put into effect as Rule 7.13 was released.[8]

Managerial changes[edit]

Field managers[edit]

In-season[edit]

TeamFormer managerInterim managerReason for leavingStory/Accomplishments
Houston AstrosBo PorterTom LawlessFiredPorter was fired on September 1 along with bench coach Dave Trembley. Lawless was named the interim manager. Porter finished with a 110–190 in under two seasons.[9]
Texas RangersRon WashingtonTim BogarResignedWashington resigned on September 5 for personal reasons after eight seasons with the Rangers. He finished with a 664–611 record and is the franchise's all-time leader in regular season wins and games managed. Washington led the Rangers to four straight 90-win seasons, three playoff appearances, and back-to-back American League championships during his tenure.[10] Bogar, who is the current bench coach, was named the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season.

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.[11] McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013.[12] McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.[13]
Chicago CubsDale SveumFiredRick RenteriaSveum was fired by the Cubs after two seasons and a record of 127–197.[14] Renteria was named manager on November 7, 2013 after being the bench coach for the San Diego Padres the last two seasons.[15]
Washington NationalsDavey JohnsonRetiredMatt WilliamsJohnson announced on November 12, 2012 that the 2013 season would be his last. He finished with a record of 224–183 in his three seasons.[16] Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.[17]
Cincinnati RedsDusty BakerFiredBryan PriceBaker was fired by the Reds after six seasons and a record of 509–463.[18] Price served as the Reds pitching coach for four seasons.[19][20]
Detroit TigersJim LeylandResigned and RetiredBrad AusmusLeyland resigned on October 21, 2013 and then retired the next day with a record of 700–597 (.540) with three division titles (2011–13), one AL wild card (2006) and two AL pennants (2006 and 2012).[21] Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.[22]

League leaders[edit]

(updated through September 9)

American League[edit]

National League[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Batters[edit]

Pitchers[edit]

No-hitters[edit]

Other Accomplishments[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Monthly Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilJosé AbreuTroy Tulowitzki
MayEdwin EncarnacionYasiel Puig
JuneMike TroutAndrew McCutchen
JulyJosé AbreuJayson Werth
AugustVíctor MartínezJosh Harrison
September  

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilSonny GrayJose Fernandez
MayMasahiro TanakaMadison Bumgarner
JuneFélix HernándezClayton Kershaw
JulySonny GrayClayton Kershaw
AugustMatt ShoemakerMadison Bumgarner
September  

Rookie of the Month[edit]

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
AprilJosé AbreuChris Owings
MayGeorge SpringerKolten Wong
JuneJosé AbreuBilly Hamilton
JulyJosé AbreuJacob deGrom
AugustMatt ShoemakerKyle Hendricks
September  

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
Remembrance of the life of longtime announcer Pete Van Wieren
Baltimore Orioles60th anniversary in Baltimore
Remembrance of the life of former part-owner Tom Clancy
Boston Red SoxTo commemorate their 2013 World Series championship [home opener only]
Chicago CubsWrigley Field's 100th anniversary
Chicago White SoxRemembrance of the life of David Reinsdorf, son of owner Jerry Reinsdorf
Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimRemembrance of the life of former shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Milwaukee BrewersRemembrance of the life of scouting director Bruce Seid
Minnesota TwinsHost city of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
New York MetsRemembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Ralph Kiner[100]
Remembrance of the life of former general manager Frank Cashen
Oakland Athletics25th Anniversary World Series champions reunion
Remembrance of the life of former pitcher Bob Welch (July 19)
Philadelphia PhilliesRemembrance of the life of part-owner Claire Betz
Remembrance of the life of former manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Pittsburgh PiratesRemembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Ralph Kiner[101]
San Diego PadresRemembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Jerry Coleman
Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Tony Gwynn
Tampa Bay RaysRemembrance of the life of senior adviser Don Zimmer
All 30 teamsMay 11, Mother's Day - Breast cancer awareness
All 30 teamsJune 15, Father's Day - Prostate cancer awareness
All 30 teamsJuly 4 - patches with ALS and Lou Gehrig in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's speech [102]
All 30 teamsJuly 27–75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Cubs and Cardinals wore the patches July 26.

Throwbacks[edit]

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

Other uniforms[edit]

Television[edit]

National[edit]

United States[edit]

This is 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.[107][108] Sunday Night Baseball blackout rules will still apply.

Fox Sports' contract also covers Fox Sports 1, which began its first year of Major League Baseball coverage. Fox Sports 1 will televise 40 regular-season games (mostly on Saturdays) and possibly up to 15 playoff games. The increase in televised games from previous years is due to a provision in the contract that allows for Fox Sports 1 to take a game between two teams in which Fox operates the teams' individual RSNs and elevate it into a national broadcast. As a result, MLB regular season coverage on the Fox network will be reduced to 12 weeks beginning in 2014.[109]

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 is the first year of 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.[110] 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.[111]

French-language rights, previously held exclusively by TSN's French-language sister channels RDS and RDS2, will now be split with TVA Sports, with each group airing approximately 70 games per season (TVA Sports also carries additional Blue Jays games acquired directly from the team). RDS will continue to carry the All-Star Game and the World Series, but the remaining postseason rights will be split equally between RDS and TVA Sports.[112][113]

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, which would mark the first time the Yankees are heard on FM radio in their hometown.[115] The move to WFAN means that the New York Mets moved to WOR (purchased by Clear Channel in late 2012) for the 2014 season, as they had been on WFAN since the station had adopted the all-sports format in 1987.[115]

This will be the final year in which the Chicago Cubs will air on WGN. WGN has had some form of broadcast relationship with the Cubs since 1925 and has been the exclusive broadcaster of the team since 1958; for many years, the Cubs and WGN were both owned by Tribune Company. The spin-off of the Cubs to new ownership, combined with continued financial losses, the Cubs' persistent on-field futility and the pending end of the rival Chicago White Sox's contract with WSCR after the 2015 season, prompted Tribune to end its relationship with the Cubs. Cubs broadcasts will move to CBS Radio's WBBM for 2015 and, if the White Sox do not renew with WSCR, to WSCR for 2016 and beyond.[116]

Retirements[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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