2012 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 2012 throughout the world.

Champions[edit]

Major League Baseball[edit]

  • Regular Season Champions
League Eastern Division Champions Central Division Champions Western Division Champions Wild Card Qualifier 1 Wild Card Qualifier 2
American League New York Yankees Detroit Tigers Oakland Athletics Texas Rangers Baltimore Orioles
National League Washington Nationals Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals
  • Postseason
  Wild Card Game
TV: TBS
Division Series
TV: TBS;
MLB Network
League Championship Series
TV: TBS (ALCS);
Fox (NLCS)
World Series
TV: Fox
                                     
    1  NY Yankees 3  
4  Texas 0     5  Baltimore 2    
  1  NY Yankees 0  
5  Baltimore 1     American League
  3  Detroit 4    
2  Oakland 2
   
  3  Detroit 3  
    AL  Detroit 0
  NL  San Francisco 4
    1  Washington 2    
4  Atlanta 0     5  St. Louis 3    
  5  St. Louis 3
5  St. Louis 1     National League
  3  San Francisco 4  
2  Cincinnati 2
   
  3  San Francisco 3  

Other Champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Woman Executive of the Year (major or minor league): Darlene Giardina, Rochester Red Wings, International League

Major League Baseball[edit]

BBWAA awards

Major League Baseball awards

Sporting News Awards

Players Choice Awards

Silver Slugger Awards

American League National League
Player Team Position Player Team
Billy Butler Kansas City Royals DH / Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
A.J. Pierzynski Chicago White Sox Catcher Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 1st baseman Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Robinson Canó New York Yankees 2nd baseman     Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3rd baseman Chase Headley San Diego Padres
Derek Jeter New York Yankees Shortstop Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers Outfielder Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
Josh Willingham Minnesota Twins Outfielder Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates

Gold Glove Awards

American League National League
Player Team Position Player Team
Hellickson/Peavy TB Rays/CHI White Sox Pitcher Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles Catcher Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 1st baseman Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Robinson Canó New York Yankees 2nd baseman     Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
Adrián Beltré Texas Rangers 3rd baseman Chase Headley San Diego Padres
J. J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles Shortstop Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals Left fielder Carlos González Colorado Rockies
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles Center fielder Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics Right fielder Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves

Other Awards

Minor League Baseball[edit]

Events[edit]

January[edit]

February[edit]

  • February 6 - Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido were soundly defeated by Venezuela's Tigres de Aragua, 7–0, but still clinched the 2012 Caribbean Series title when Mexico's Yaquis de Obregón lost to Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayagüez in the early game, 4–3, to play itself out of contention.[5]
  • February 23 - 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun wins appeal against 50-game suspension. The suspension was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das. The Braun case marks the first time a big leaguer has successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance. According to ESPN sources, Major League Baseball is weighing the possibility of suing in federal court to reverse the decision.[6]

March[edit]

  • March 2 - Major League Baseball expanded its playoff format to 10 teams for the 2012 season, adding a second wild card in each league. The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records.[7]
  • March 16 - Andy Pettitte comes out of retirement to a $2.5 million deal with the New York Yankees.
  • March 28 - At Tokyo Dome, Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki had four hits and drove in a run, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics in Major League Baseball season opener.[8]
  • March 30 - At 49 age, Jamie Moyer became the oldest starting pitcher ever on an Opening Day roster. Moyer joined the Colorado Rockies on this date, which was the 20th anniversary of his being released by the Chicago Cubs. At that time, he had been released three times in three years. He will be 50 in November.[9]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Deaths[edit]

January[edit]

  • January   2 - Howie Koplitz, 73, pitcher for the Tigers and Senators in parts of five seasons spanning 1961-1966, who also was named Southern Association MVP and TSN Minor League Player of the Year in 1961.
  • January   8 - Glenn Cox, 80, pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics from 1955 to 1958.
  • January 17 - Marty Springstead, 74, former American League umpire from 1966 to 1985, who at the age of 36 in 1973 became the youngest umpire crew chief in World Series history, and also worked in three Series, three All-Star Games and five AL championship series.[129]
  • January 21 - Cliff Chambers, 90, pitcher for the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals from 1948 to 1953.
  • January 21 - Troy Herriage, 81, pitcher for the 1956 Kansas City Athletics.
  • January 22 - Andy Musser, 74, play-by-play broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies during 26 seasons from 1976 through 2001.
  • January 26 - Bud Byerly, 91, pitcher who played for the Cardinals, Reds, Senators, Red Sox and Giants for parts of 11 seasons spanning 1943-1960.
  • January 31 - Rick Behenna, 51, pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians in parts of three seasons from 1983 through 1985.

February[edit]

  • February  1 - Herb Adams, 83, backup outfielder who played from 1948 to 1950 with the Chicago White Sox.
  • February  7 - Danny Clyburn, 37, outfielder who played parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the late 1990s.
  • February 11 - Gene Crumling, 89, catcher for the 1945 St. Louis Cardinals, one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the majors during World War II conflict.
  • February 16 - Gary Carter, 57, Hall of Fame catcher principally with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets. His two-out, tenth-inning single for the Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, started one of the most improbable rallies in postseason history.
  • February 17 - Howie Nunn, 76, relief pitcher for the Cardinals and Reds in parts of three seasons from 1959 to 1962.
  • February 24 - Agnes Allen, 81, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher.
  • February 24 - Terry Mathews, 47, relief pitcher for the Marlins, Orioles, Rangers and Royals in part of eight seasons spanning 1991-1999.
  • February 24 - Jay Ward, 73, pitcher for the Twins and Reds in parts of three seasons between 1963 and 1970, who later managed several successful minor league teams.
  • February 25 - Dave Cheadle, 60, relief pitcher for the 1973 Atlanta Braves.

March[edit]

  • March  3 - Lloyd Hittle, 88, pitcher for the Washington Senators from 1949 to 1950.
  • March  3 - Jim Obradovich, 62, first baseman who played briefly for the Houston Astros in 1978.
  • March  4 - Don Mincher, 73, two-time All-Star first baseman and member of the 1972 Oakland Athletics World Series champions, who also has the distinction of being the only major leaguer to play with the Washington Senators franchise that became the Minnesota Twins, and then play with a second incarnation of the Senators which became the Texas Rangers.
  • March  6 - Helen Walulik, 82, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and outfield/infield utility.
  • March  9 - Harry Wendelstedt, 73, National League umpire who worked five World Series and four All-Star games during his 33-year career from 1966 through 1998.
  • March 11 - Hub Andrews, 89, relief pitcher for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1948.
  • March 15 - Dave Philley, 91, outfielder and pinch-hitting specialist for eight different teams between 1941 and 1962, who still holds the major league records for most consecutive pinch-hits in a season (nine, 1958) and for most at-bats in an 18-inning double-header (13, 1951), while also holds an American League record for the most pinch-hits in a season (24, 1961).[130]
  • March 18 - Furman Bisher, 93, sportswriter who authored several books, including an autobiography of Hank Aaron.
  • March 20 - Mel Parnell, 89, two-time All-Star pitcher and the winningest left-hander in Boston Red Sox history with 123 wins from 1947 to 1956, who also posted a 25-7 record in 1949 and hurled a no-hitter in 1956.
  • March 24 - Dennis Bennett, 72, pitcher for the Phillies, Red Sox, Mets and Angels between 1962 and 1968.
  • March 29 - Ray Narleski, 83, two-time All-Star reliever with the Cleveland Indians, and part of a brilliant bullpen that featured Don Mossi and Hal Newhouser, during the historic 1954 season.
  • March 30 - Janet Anderson, 90, Canadian pitcher for the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • March 31 - Jerry Lynch, 82, Pirates and Reds outfielder, whose 116 career pinch-hits is the 10th-most in Major League Baseball history.

April[edit]

  • April  2 - Allie Clark, 88, outfielder who played from 1947 through 1953 for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox.
  • April  8 - Al Veigel, 95, pitcher for the 1939 Boston Bees.
  • April 10 - Andy Replogle, 58, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1978 to 1979.
  • April 17 - Stan Johnson, 75, backup outfielder who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Athletics between 1960 and 1961.
  • April 18 - John O'Neil, 92, backup shortstop for the 1946 Philadelphia Phillies, who spent more than 45 years spanning 1939-1986 as player, player/manager, manager, general manager and scout.
  • April 24 - Fred Bradley, 91, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1948 to 1949.
  • April 26 - Bill Skowron, 81, eight-time All-Star first baseman and part of five World Series champion teams.
  • April 29 - Daisy Junor, 92, Canadian outfielder who played from 1946 through 1949 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

May[edit]

  • May  5 - Don Leshnock, 65, relief pitcher for the 1972 Detroit Tigers.
  • May  8 - Jerry McMorris, 71, principal owner of the Colorado Rockies from 1992 through 2005.
  • May  9 - Carl Beane, 59, public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park since the 2003 season.
  • May 11 - Frank Wills, 53, pitcher for the Royals, Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays from 1983 through 1991, who won the American League pennant-winning game for Toronto in the 1989 season.
  • May 16 - Kevin Hickey. 56, pitcher for the White Sox and Orioles in part of six seasons spanning 1981-1991.
  • May 16 - Thad Tillotson, 71, relief pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1967 to 1968, who also pitched for the Nankai Hawks in Japan during the 1971 season.
  • May 28 - Harry Parker, 64, a spot starting pitcher who was an integral contributor for the 1973 New York Mets National League champions.[131]

June[edit]

  • June   3 - Pedro Borbón, 65, Dominican reliever for the Cincinnati Reds during 10 seasons, and a key member on the bullpen of the Big Red Machine that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.
  • June   5 - Hal Keller, 84, backup catcher for the Washington Senators between 1949 and 1952, and later a front office executive for the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners in a 25-year career from 1961 through 1985.
  • June   9 - Hawk Taylor, 73, backup catcher for the Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, California Angels and Kansas City Royals in parts of 11 seasons spanning 1959-1970.
  • June 10 - Warner Fusselle, 68, broadcaster particularly remembered for his groundbreaking contribution to This Week in Baseball.
  • June 11 - Dave Boswell, 67, pitcher who posted a 68-56 record and a 3.52 ERA for the Twins, Tigers and Orioles from 1964 through 1971, while leading the American League with a .706 winning percentage in 1966.
  • June 14 - Al Brancato, 93, shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics in part of four seasons spanning 1939–45.
  • June 17 - Patricia Brown, 81, pitcher for the Chicago Colleens and the Battle Creek Belles of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • June 24 - Darrel Akerfelds, 50, pitcher for the Athletics, Indians, Rangers and Phillies from 1986 through 1991, and later a bullpen coach for the San Diego Padres from 2001 to 2011.
  • June 28 - Doris Sams, 85, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder/pitcher; a five-time All-Star and two-time Player of the Year Award winner, who won a batting crown and one home run title, while throwing a perfect game and one no-hitter in a career that spanned from 1946 through 1953.

July[edit]

  • July   1 - Mike Hershberger, 72, Kansas City Athletics right fielder, who led all American League outfielders in assists both in 1965 and 1967.
  • July   2 - Ed Stroud, 72, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators from 1966 to 1971.
  • July   7 - Doris Neal, 83, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder/outfielder from 1948 to 1949.
  • July   8 - Chick King, 81, backup outfielder for the Tigers, Cubs and Cardinals in five seasons between 1954 and 1959.
  • July 11 - Art Ceccarelli, 82, pitcher for the Kansas City A's, Cubs and Orioles in part of five seasons spanning 1955-60.
  • July 18 - Robert W. Creamer, 90, one of the original Sports Illustrated writers, who also wrote biographies of Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel.
  • July 21 - Marie Kruckel, 88, outfielder and pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • July 22 - Ed Stevens, 87, first baseman who played from 1945 through 1950 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates, and also gained induction into the International League Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • July 23 - Louise Nippert, 100, owner of the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era.
  • July 24 - Nancy Mudge Cato, 82, All-Star infielder who played for five different teams of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

August[edit]

  • August   1 - Don Erickson, 80, relief pitcher for the 1958 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • August 13 - Johnny Pesky, 92, a 61-year member of the Boston Red Sox spanning 1940-2012, while serving them as a player, manager, coach, broadcaster, and well-esteemed team ambassador.
  • August 22 - Bob Myrick, 59, relief pitcher who played from 1976 through 1978 for the New York Mets.
  • August 29 - Les Moss, 87, catcher who played from 1946 through 1958 for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, and later managed in the minor leagues in 11 seasons spanning 1963-1980.

September[edit]

  • September   8 - Bob Hale, 78, first baseman who played from 1955 through 1961 with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
  • September 10 - Tom Saffell, 91, backup outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics in parts of four seasons spanning 1949-1955, who later served as President of the Gulf Coast League from 1979 to 2009.
  • September 11 - Bruce Von Hoff, 68, relief pitcher for the Houston Astros in the 1965 and 1967 seasons.
  • September 13 - Bob DiPietro, 85, backup outfielder for the 1951 Boston Red Sox.
  • September 13 - Jack Pierce, 64, first baseman for the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers in parts of three seasons spanning 1973-75, who also played in Japan with the 1977 Nankai Hawks.
  • September 18 - Jack Kralick, 77, All-Star pitcher and one of the original Minnesota Twins, who posted a 67-65 record and a 3.56 ERA in eight seasons which included stints with the Washington Senators and the Cleveland Indians, while hurling a no-hitter against the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.
  • September 21 - Tom Umphlett, 82, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators from 1953 through 1955, and later a minor league manager from 1967 to 1970.
  • September 23 - Roberto Rodríguez, 70, Venezuelan pitcher who played for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs between the 1967 and 1970 seasons.

October[edit]

  • October 11 - Champ Summers, 66, outfielder who played 10 seasons in the majors for six different teams, mainly for the Detroit Tigers from 1979 to 1981, and also a hitting coach for the New York Yankees.
  • October 12 - Jim Kremmel, relief pitcher who played from 1973 to 1974 for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
  • October 16 - Eddie Yost, 86, All-Star third baseman who led the American League in walks six times during an 18-year career, 14 of them with the Washington Senators spanning 1944-1958.
  • October 20 - Dave May, 68, All-Star outfielder who spent 12 seasons in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1967–78, and also the player that was sent by Milwaukee to Atlanta in exchange for Hank Aaron.
  • October 25 - Les Mueller, 93, starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers 1945 World Series championship team, who hurled 19 2/3 innings in a regular game against the Philadelphia Athletics, which remains the longest outing since 1929 when another Tigers pitcher, George Uhle, logged 20 innings against the Chicago White Sox.[132]

November[edit]

  • November   1 - Pascual Pérez, 55, Dominican All-Star pitcher who compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 and a 3.44 ERA with the Braves, Pirates, Braves, Expos and Yankees over an 11-season span from 1980-1991.[133]
  • November   2 - Joe Ginsberg, 86, catcher for the original 1962 New York Mets, who also had stops with the Indians, Kansas City A's, Orioles and White Sox during a 13-year career.
  • November   9 - Harold Gould, 88, Minor league pitcher who had a seven season career between 1942 and 1949, most prominently for the Negro League Philadelphia Stars in 1946 and 1948.
  • November   9 - Lee MacPhail, 95, longtime Major League Baseball executive and the oldest living Hall of Fame member, who also was part of the only father-son duo in the hall along with his father, Larry MacPhail, the man credited with bringing night games to the majors in 1935.
  • November 14 - Gail Harris, 81, first baseman for the New York Giants and Detroit Tigers from 1955-1960, who holds the distinction of being the last player to hit a home run for the Giants before they moved to San Francisco.
  • November 17 - Freddy Schmidt, 96, pitcher who played 15 seasons of professional seasons, four of them for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs spanning 1944-47, also a member of the World Champion Cardinals in 1946 and the Phillies' oldest alumnus.
  • November 22 - Ken Rowe, 78, who pitched professionally for 15 seasons, appearing in the majors from 1963 through 1965 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles, and later worked during 21 years in the Cleveland Indians organization at virtually every level of the Indians’ minor-league system.
  • November 23 - Chuck Diering, 89, outfielder in part of nine seasons from 1947-56 for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, who was named Orioles Most Valuable Player in their first year in Baltimore after the St. Louis Browns moved there.
  • November 23 - Hal Trosky, 76, who pitched briefly for the Chicago White Sox during the 1958 season.
  • November 24 - Jimmy Stewart, 73, utility man who played every position except pitcher in parts of ten seasons spanning 1963-73, which included stints with the Cubs, Reds, Astros and White Sox.
  • November 27 - Marvin Miller, 95, executive director of the MLB Players Association from 1966 to 1982, who turned the union into one of the most powerful in the country, after negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement in sports history in 1968.
  • November 30 - Rogelio Álvarez, 74, Cuban-born American first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in parts of the 1960 and 1962 seasons.

December[edit]

  • December 17 - Frank Pastore, 55, middle reliever who posted a 48-58 record with a 4.29 ERA and six saves in 220 games for the Reds and Twins from 1979 to 1986.
  • December 19 - George O'Donnell, 83, pitcher for the 1954 Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • December 21 - Boyd Bartley, 92, shortstop for the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • December 22 - Ryan Freel, 36, outfielder/infielder who played with five different teams in a span of eight seasons, most prominently for the Cincinnati Reds from 2003 through 2008.
  • December 24 - Brad Corbett, 75, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980.

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