2013 Major League Baseball season
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||March 31, 2013 – September 29, 2013|
|Season MVP||AL :
The 2013 Major League Baseball season started on March 31 with a Sunday night game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. Opening Day for most clubs was a day later on April 1. The season is scheduled to end on September 29.
The 2013 season is the first with the Houston Astros as a member of the American League (AL) in the West Division. This marks the first growth in the number of American League teams since the 1977 Major League Baseball expansion added the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. When the then-named Tampa Bay Devil Rays were added to the AL in 1998, the Milwaukee Brewers were reassigned to the National League (NL) the same year, keeping the AL at 14 teams. Owing to the Astros' league switch, both leagues have fifteen teams, necessitating inter-league games to be played throughout the entire season for the first time in MLB history.
The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 84th edition will be held on July 16 at Citi Field in Queens, New York City, home of the New York Mets. The winning league will once again receive home-field advantage during the World Series, something that has happened since the 2003 season.
American League 
|New York Yankees||26||16||0.619||—||14–9||12–7|
|Boston Red Sox||25||17||0.595||1||13–10||12–7|
|Tampa Bay Rays||21||20||0.512||4½||14–8||7–12|
|Toronto Blue Jays||17||25||0.405||9||9–12||8–13|
|Kansas City Royals||20||18||0.526||2||10–8||10–10|
|Chicago White Sox||19||21||0.475||4||8–9||11–12|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||15||27||0.357||12||8–13||7–14|
National League 
|New York Mets||16||23||0.410||6||9–12||7–11|
|St. Louis Cardinals||27||14||0.659||—||13–7||14–7|
|San Francisco Giants||24||18||0.571||—||15–7||9–11|
|San Diego Padres||18||23||0.439||5½||10–10||8–13|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||17||23||0.425||6||11–13||6–10|
Rule changes 
Several minor rule changes have been scheduled to take effect for the 2013 season. As of January 14, 2013, these changes have been approved by MLB owners; unless otherwise noted, they will also need the approval of the players' union.
- When visiting the pitcher's mound, managers and coaches will be allowed to bring interpreters for the benefit of pitchers not fluent in English.
- Teams will be allowed to have seven uniformed coaches in the dugout, up from six last season. This change came about after many teams hired second hitting coaches.
- The pickoff move in which a right-handed pitcher fakes to third base and throws to first base would be considered a balk. This new rule had been approved by MLB's senior committee for the 2012 season, but the union voted against it pending further discussion. This change can be implemented for 2013 without the union's approval, but an ESPN report indicated that the owners hoped that the players would agree to the change.
Managerial changes 
Field managers 
At the end of the 2012 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.
|Team||Former manager||Interim manager||Reason for leaving||New manager||Story/Accomplishments|
|Boston Red Sox||Bobby Valentine||N/A||Fired||John Farrell||Valentine was dismissed from the Red Sox after one season on October 4, 2012. On October 21, the Red Sox officially announced Farrell as their new manager. Farrell was Boston's pitching coach from 2007-2010 and was manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011-2012.|
|Cleveland Indians||Manny Acta||Sandy Alomar, Jr.||Fired||Terry Francona||Acta was fired September 27, 2012 after three seasons with a record of 216-266 (.448). The Indians struggled throughout the second half of the 2012 season falling from playoff contention in July to the worst record in the American League. On October 6, the Indians hired Francona, who managed the Boston Red Sox from 2004-2011, and won World Series championships with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.|
|Colorado Rockies||Jim Tracy||N/A||Resigned||Walt Weiss||Tracy resigned his post as manager after four seasons October 7, 2012. On November 7, 2012, the Rockies hired Walt Weiss as their new manager|
|Houston Astros||Brad Mills||Tony DeFrancesco||Fired||Bo Porter||On September 27, 2012, the Astros announced that the Washington Nationals third-base coach will become the manager of the Astros after the Nationals finish their postseason run.|
|Miami Marlins||Ozzie Guillén||N/A||Fired||Mike Redmond||On October 23, 2012, the Marlins fired Guillén one season into a four-year $10 million contract. They finished with a 69–93 record. On November 1, 2012, the Marlins hired Mike Redmond as their new manager.|
|Toronto Blue Jays||John Farrell||N/A||Traded to Red Sox||John Gibbons||On October 21, 2012, the Blue Jays officially announced that they had released Farrell from his contract in the same agreement that sent David Carpenter to the Red Sox in exchange for Mike Aviles. On November 20, 2012, Gibbons was named Blue Jays next manager.|
Scheduling changes 
The Houston Astros' move to the American League West created two 15-team leagues each separated into three five-team divisions. With an odd number of teams in each league, interleague games will be played nearly every day during the season (with the only exception being when not every team has a game). For this season, each team will play 20 interleague games (up from 15-18 games in 2012) in eight series. Each team will play one three-game series against four teams from one division in the other league, and two two-game series (one home, one away) against the remaining team in that division (for 2013 the match-ups are AL East vs. NL West, AL Central vs. NL East, and AL West vs. NL Central, meaning the changes of the Astros and the small increase in interleague play will not affect the yearly rotation, also the Astros will play all of their former NL Central rivals in 2013). The remaining four games will be played against a team's "natural rival" in two back-to-back two-game series from May 27–30. Teams will play in one city May 27 and 28, then travel to the other city for games on May 29 and 30. It will be the first season that every team has an interleague rivalry, according to the table below, with new rivalries for this season shown in italics.
|AL East||NL East||AL Central||NL Central||AL West||NL West|
|Red Sox||Phillies||White Sox||Cubs||Mariners||Padres|
The remaining 142 games will be played within the league. Each team will play its four division rivals 19 games (up from 15-18 in 2012) for a total of 76 games. Each team will play either 6 or 7 games against the ten teams in the two other divisions in its league, for a total of 66 games. In 2012, these season series ranged anywhere from five to ten games, creating large disparities between teams' strengths of schedule.
Aside from the natural rivalries, teams from the same division will play the same opponents for roughly the same number of games. The only variation occurs in interleague match-ups (either 3 or 4 games) and same-league interdivision match-ups (either 6 or 7 games).
League leaders 
(updated through May 15)
American League 
National League 
- Bryce Harper (WAS):
- Todd Frazier/Zack Cozart (CIN):
- Chris Davis (BAL)
- Became just the fourth player in Major League history to start the season off with four homers in as many games.
- Albert Pujols (LAA):
- Chris Davis/John Buck:
- Aaron Hicks (MIN):
- B.J. Upton/Justin Upton (ATL):
- John Buck (NYM):
- Juan Pierre (MIA):
- Texas Rangers:
- Washington Nationals:
- Joe Nathan (TEX):
- Adam Wainwright (STL):
- Became the first pitcher in modern Major League history (since 1900) to throw a shutout with at least a dozen strikeouts and no walks allowed, while also collecting three or more hits as a batter. He did this against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 13.
- Became the first pitcher in modern Major League history (since 1900) to accumulate over 30 strikeouts before issuing his first walk of the season. He struck out 35 batters before walking Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals on April 23.
- Matt Harvey (NYM):
- Became the first pitcher in modern Major League history (since 1900) to win each of his first three starts of a season, with at least 25 strikeouts and six or fewer hits allowed over those three games.
- Became the first pitcher in modern Major League history (since 1900) to win his first four starts while allowing no more than ten hits in those four starts combined.
- Roy Halladay (PHI):
- A.J. Burnett (PIT):
- Anibal Sanchez (DET):
- Set the Tigers franchise record and interleague record for most strikeouts in a game by striking out 17 Atlanta Braves on April 26. He broke the team record of 16 that was held by Mickey Lolich on May 23, 1969 and June 9, 1969. He broke the interleague record of 16 that was held by Pedro Martinez in 1999 and Curt Schilling in 1997.
- Tim Hudson (ATL):
- Alex Cobb (TB):
- Matt Harvey/Shelby Miller/Jon Lester/Chris Sale:
- Sale, of the Chicago White Sox, allowed only one runner to reach base on May 12. This makes it the fourth time in the last six days that a pitcher didn't allow a run or more than one baserunner while throwing at least nine innings. The Cardinals Miller and Red Sox Lester each did that in their shutouts on May 10 and the Mets Harvey had a start like that on May 7. This is the first month in the modern era (1900 to date) in which four pitchers had starts of nine or more shutout innings with no more than one batter reaching base via hit, walk or hit by pitch.
- Houston Astros:
- Became the first team in Major League history to strikeout at least 13 times in each of four consecutive games of one season. Houston's batters totaled 13 strikeouts on Opening Night (March 31 against the Texas Rangers), followed by 15 (April 2 vs. Rangers), 15 (April 3 vs. Rangers) and 13 (April 5 vs. Oakland Athletics) in the next three games.
- With their 14 team strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics on April 7, they increased their season total to 74. This is the most for any major league team through its first six games of a season in the modern era (since 1900).
- With their loss on May 14 to the Detroit Tigers, Houston's record fell to 10–30. That's the Astros' worst mark through 40 games in team history. Their previous low was 13 wins through 40 games in 1967 and 1975.
Awards and honors 
Monthly Awards 
Wholesale changes 
The Houston Astros unveiled a new/old identity at a fan event November 2, 2012 at Minute Maid Park, as the team reverted to the orange and navy colors used from their foundation in 1962 through 1993. There are four uniforms and three hats. Houston will wear white uniforms with orange piping at home, and gray ones with blue piping on the road. There's an orange alternate jersey with blue piping that can be worn at home or on the road, as well as a blue jersey to be worn for Sunday games.
On November 14, the New York Mets introduced two new blue alternate jerseys. The home alternate features the "Mets" script, player numerals and names in orange outlined in white, while the road alternate features the "NEW YORK" script, player numerals and names in gray outlined in orange. The team also introduced a new alternate cap with a blue crown and an orange brim, with an orange "NY" logo outlined in white.
On November 19, the St. Louis Cardinals introduced an alternate uniform to be worn for Saturday home games. The uniform is off-white and the jersey features the "St. Louis" script on the front. This is the first time in 80 years the city name appears in the team's uniforms.
On December 14, the Pittsburgh Pirates introduced an alternate uniform to be worn for Sunday home games. It is the same uniform that the team wore from mid-1970 through 1976 and was worn doring their championship season of 1971. The hat that goes with this uniform is mustard gold with a black bill.
On January 24, 2013, the Chicago White Sox announced they will be wearing 1983 throwback uniforms on Sunday home games to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1983 division title. The uniforms replaced the 1972 red pinstriped throwbacks from last season.
On January 24, the Milwaukee Brewers promoted their special edition 'gold-out' uniforms to alternate status. The uniforms were first used on September 10, 2011 against the Phillies, but did not wear them last season. The Brewers have also worn a Latin Nights version of the gold uniform (with 'Cerveceros' wordmark) the last two seasons, and are expected to wear them again this season. They also wore a fan-designed uniform for two spring training games, featuring an updated version of the Beer Barrel Man logo in the current colors, and classic typeface design.
As part of the franchise's 20th anniversary, the Colorado Rockies wore their original grey away uniforms at Coors Field on April 16 against the Mets. The uniforms, complete with the inaugural season patch, team name and purple piping, were the uniforms the Rockies used on their inaugural 1993 season. Though it was a home game, they wore the grey throwbacks to correspond to the franchise's first game at Shea Stadium. The Mets wore corresponding throwback white pinstripe uniforms with an underscore below the word 'Mets'.
The Brewers wore the 1913 American Association throwbacks on May 5 against the Cardinals, who wore wear corresponding throwbacks.
The Minnesota Twins will wear the 1948 St. Paul Saints uniforms on May 30 against the Brewers. Even though the game will be held at Target Field, the Twins will wear the road grey versions of the throwbacks, while the Brewers will wear the home whites.
Other uniforms 
The San Francisco Giants wore special uniforms to commemorate their 2012 World Series win on April 7. Similar to their commemoration of their 2010 World Series championship, the jerseys, instead of bearing the familiar "GIANTS" across the chest, displayed the interlocking "SF" logo on the front of the jersey's left side in gold. The Giants also wore caps with the "SF" logo also in gold.
Cinco de Mayo saw two teams don Hispanic-flavored uniforms. The Giants wore their cream home uniforms with 'Gigantes' in front against the Dodgers, while the Houston Astros wore their current home uniforms with 'Los Astros' in front against the Detroit Tigers. The Cincinnati Reds wore red jerseys with 'Los Rojos' in front for their May 11 game against Milwaukee.
Anniversaries and special events 
The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:
|Colorado Rockies||20th Anniversary of the franchise|
|New York Mets||Host city of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game|
|San Francisco Giants||To commemorate their 2012 World Series championship|
|All 30 Teams||To commemorate December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (Opening Day series only)|
- The Baltimore Orioles are wearing a patch honoring former manager Earl Weaver, who died on January 19. The circular patch is in orange with a black and white border, with Weaver's No. 4 in black surrounding his name and Hall of Fame designation.
- The St. Louis Cardinals are wearing a patch honoring former player Stan Musial, who died on January 19. The patch features Musial's No. 6 in red with navy trim, along with his signature and a red and navy border. Three versions of the patch will be used: a white one for home uniforms, a grey one for away uniforms, and a cream one for their new alternate uniforms. These will be worn on the left sleeve.
- The Boston Red Sox sported black armbands on their right sleeve (during their road trip to Cleveland from April 16-18) to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The Red Sox and Kansas City Royals wore a patch commemorating the victims for their series on April 20 and 21 at Fenway Park. The circular patch is navy with a white border saying "B Strong", with the red B in the classic font featured on the Red Sox's caps.
This is the seventh and final year of the current TV contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports and TBS, before the new eight-year TV contracts begin in 2014. ESPN will air games on Sundays, most Mondays, and Wednesdays, in addition to a four-game Opening Day schedule. ESPN will also air the Home Run Derby during All-Star week. TBS will carry Sunday afternoon games, along with two League Wild Card Games, League Division Series, and National League Championship Series. Fox will air games on Saturday afternoons and select Saturday nights, and will also air the All-Star Game, American League Championship Series, and World Series. The MLB Network will have a Thursday game of the week and several simulcasted games from local channels during the season.
On March 1, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth announced they have picked up 45 more Atlanta Braves games, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV. This will be the first season in 40 years without locally produced Braves games on over-the-air TV.
- Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees announced on March 9 that he will be retiring at the conclusion of the season.
Retired numbers 
- Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves will have his #10 retired by the team on June 28 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will be the 11th player to have his number retired by the Braves.
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