2014 Major League Baseball season

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2014 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 22, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Regular season
Season MVP AL:
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 League National League
AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 92 60 0.605 49–29 43–31
New York Yankees 77 74 0.510 14½ 38–35 39–39
Toronto Blue Jays 77 74 0.510 14½ 41–33 36–41
Tampa Bay Rays 74 79 0.484 18½ 35–43 39–36
Boston Red Sox 66 86 0.434 26 31–44 35–42


AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 84 68 0.553 41–33 43–35
Kansas City Royals 83 68 0.550 ½ 41–36 42–32
Cleveland Indians 78 73 0.517 45–30 33–43
Chicago White Sox 69 83 0.454 15 39–38 30–45
Minnesota Twins 65 87 0.428 19 32–43 33–44


AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 95 57 0.625 51–26 44–31
Oakland Athletics 83 68 0.550 11½ 45–29 38–39
Seattle Mariners 81 70 0.536 13½ 38–40 43–30
Houston Astros 67 85 0.441 28 36–41 31–44
Texas Rangers 59 92 0.391 35½ 28–46 31–46


NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 87 64 0.576 46–28 41–36
Atlanta Braves 76 76 0.500 11½ 41–33 35–43
Miami Marlins 74 77 0.490 13 40–34 34–43
New York Mets 73 80 0.477 15 38–40 35–40
Philadelphia Phillies 70 82 0.461 17½ 36–42 34–40


NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 84 68 0.553 48–29 36–39
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 70 0.536 48–29 33–41
Milwaukee Brewers 79 73 0.520 5 41–37 38–36
Cincinnati Reds 71 82 0.464 13½ 40–35 31–47
Chicago Cubs 68 84 0.447 16 38–36 30–48


NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 66 0.566 40–35 46–31
San Francisco Giants 84 68 0.553 2 42–35 42–33
San Diego Padres 70 81 0.464 15½ 42–32 28–49
Arizona Diamondbacks 62 90 0.408 24 32–46 30–44
Colorado Rockies 61 91 0.401 25 41–36 20–55


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 East NL East AL Central NL Central AL West NL West
Red Sox Braves White Sox Cubs Mariners Padres
Yankees Mets Indians Reds Angels Dodgers
Blue Jays Phillies Tigers Pirates Athletics Giants
Rays Marlins Twins Brewers Rangers Rockies
Orioles Nationals Royals Cardinals Astros Diamondbacks

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]

Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Houston Astros Bo Porter Tom Lawless Fired Porter 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 Rangers Ron Washington Tim Bogar Resigned Washington 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 in 2010 and 2011.[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.

Team Former manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
Seattle Mariners Eric Wedge Resigned Lloyd McClendon Wedge 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 Cubs Dale Sveum Fired Rick Renteria Sveum 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 Nationals Davey Johnson Retired Matt Williams Johnson 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 Reds Dusty Baker Fired Bryan Price Baker 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 Tigers Jim Leyland Resigned and Retired Brad Ausmus Leyland 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 17)

American League[edit]

Hitting leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
AVG José Altuve (HOU) .344
HR Nelson Cruz (BAL) 39
RBI Mike Trout (LAA) 107
R Mike Trout (LAA) 109
H José Altuve (HOU) 213
SB José Altuve (HOU) 53

Pitching leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Jered Weaver (LAA) 17
L Kevin Correia (LAD)/(MIN)
Colby Lewis (TEX)
13
ERA Felix Hernandez (SEA) 2.14
K David Price (DET)/(TB) 255
IP David Price (DET)/(TB) 232.1
SV Fernando Rodney (SEA) 45

National League[edit]

Hitting leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
AVG Justin Morneau (COL) .320
HR Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 37
RBI Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 106
R Anthony Rendon (WAS) 108
H Hunter Pence (SF) 178
SB Dee Gordon (LAD) 62

Milestones[edit]

Batters[edit]

  • Albert Pujols (LAA):
    • Recorded his 1,500th career RBI with a home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox on April 8. He became the 52nd player to reach this mark.[25]
    • Recorded his 500th career home run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals on April 22. He became the 26th player to reach this mark.[26]
    • Recorded his 550th career double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 4. He became the 26th player to reach this mark.[27]
    • Recorded his 1,500th career run scored with a home run in the third inning on September 6 against the Minnesota Twins. He became the 71st player to reach this mark.[28]
    • Recorded his 2,500th career hit with a double in the ninth inning on September 6 against the Minnesota Twins. He became the 98th player to reach this mark.[28]
  • Raúl Ibañez (KC)/(LAA):
    • Recorded his 2,000th career hit with a home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets on April 12. He became the 278th player to reach this mark.[29]
  • Elvis Andrus (TEX):
    • Set team record for stolen bases in career on April 18. Setting the record with his 173 stolen base, breaking the record which was set by Ian Kinsler.[30]
  • Adrián Beltré (TEX):
    • Recorded his 500th career double in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners on April 27. He became the 59th player to reach this mark.[34]
    • Recorded his 2,500th career hit with a single in the second inning on June 24 against the Detroit Tigers. He became the 97th player to reach this mark.[35]
  • Nolan Arenado (COL):
    • With a double in the first inning on May 7 against the Texas Rangers, Arenado extended his hit streak to 27 games which tied the team record set by Michael Cuddyer in 2013.[36] Arenado set the team record with a single in the third inning the next night against the Rangers.[37] Arenado's streak came to an end the very next night as the Cincinnati Reds held him hitless.
  • George Springer (HOU):
    • With his home run on May 29 against the Baltimore Orioles, Springer has hit seven home runs in his last seven games. He became the second rookie in Major League history to hit seven home runs over a seven-game span in one season. Rudy York accomplished this in August 1937.[39]
  • Ryan Howard (PHI):
    • Recorded his 1,000th career RBI with a home run in the seventh inning on May 31 against the New York Mets. He became the 276th player to reach this mark.[40]
  • Matt Holliday (STL):
    • Recorded his 1,000th career RBI with a single in the fifth inning on June 16 against the New York Mets. He became the 277th player to reach this mark.[43]
  • David Ortiz (BOS):
    • Recorded his 450th career home run in the third inning against the New York Yankees on June 29. He became the 37th player to reach this mark.[44]
    • Recorded his 1,500th career RBI with a home run in the first inning on July 23 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He became the 53rd player to reach this mark.[45]
  • Derek Jeter (NYY):
    • Tied Lou Gehrig for most doubles in franchise history with his 534th career double in the fourth inning on July 1 against the Tampa Bay Rays.[46] Jeter set the team record on July 22 against the Texas Rangers with a double in the ninth inning.[47]
    • Set a Major League record for most starts at shortstop when he started at short against the Cincinnati Reds on July 18. This was Jeter's 2,610th career start which broke the record that was held by Omar Vizquel.[48]

Pitchers[edit]

No-hitters[edit]

  • Josh Beckett (LAD):
    • Pitched the first no-hitter of his career on May 25 against the Philadelphia Phillies. In 128 pitches, he struck out six batters, and walked three. It was the 24th in Dodgers' team history and the 11th since moving to Los Angeles.[56]
  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD):
    • Pitched the first no-hitter of his career on June 18 against the Colorado Rockies. In 107 pitches, he struck out 15 batters, and walked none. He lost his perfect game when Hanley Ramírez committed a throwing error in the seventh inning. It was the 25th in Dodgers' team history and the 12th since moving to Los Angeles.[57]
  • Cole Hamels/Jacob Diekman/Ken Giles/Jonathan Papelbon (PHI):
    • Hamels went six innings on September 1 against the Atlanta Braves throwing 108 pitches. Diekman threw 15 pitches in the seventh and Giles also threw 15 in the eighth. Papelbon came on in the ninth and retired the side on nine pitches. This no-hitter was the 12th in team history and the first since Roy Halladay's no-hitter in the 2010 playoffs. The pitchers combined to strikeout 12 batters and Hamels walked five batters.[60] This was also the 11th combined no-hitter in Major League history.[61]

Other Accomplishments[edit]

  • Yu Darvish (TEX):
    • Became the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts in his career as he reached it in 40123 innings on April 6. He broke Kerry Wood's record of 40423 innings.[62]
  • Masahiro Tanaka (NYY):
    • Set the franchise record for most strikeouts for any pitcher in their first two starts as a Yankee. Tanaka 18 strikeouts broke the record of 17 that was held by Charles Hudson (April 1987), Dennis Rasmussen (May 1984) and Bob Turley (April 1955).[63]
    • Became the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to record at least eight wins and 80 strikeouts (has 88) in his first 11 career starts in the majors. He reached this milestone on May 31 against the Minnesota Twins.[64]
  • Zack Greinke (LAD):
    • Has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last 20 starts, the longest streak in Major League history (since 1876). The previous record holder belonged to Ferdie Schupp, who allowed fewer than three runs in 16 consecutive games started for the Giants in 1916 and 1917.[65] His streak ended after 21 starts when the New York Mets scored three runs on May 22.[66]
  • Jeff Samardzija (OAK)/(CHC):
    • Became the first pitcher in Major League history (since 1876) to go winless in his first eight starts of a season despite not allowing more than three runs in any outing.[65] That ended on his ninth start when he allowed four runs to the Milwaukee Brewers on May 16 in the first two innings.
  • Joe Nathan (DET):
    • Recorded his 350th career save by closing out a 4–1 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on May 13. He became the ninth player to reach this mark.[67]
  • Craig Kimbrel (ATL):
    • By closing out the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 18, Kimbrel recorded his 150th career save in his 248th career appearance. This is the fewest appearances needed to reach this milestone.[68]
  • Aroldis Chapman (CIN):
    • With his strikeout of Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning on July 11, Chapman set the Major League record with at least one strikeout in 40 consecutive relief appearances. The streak dates back to last season. The previous record was held by Bruce Sutter who set the record in 1977.[75] His streak came to an end at 49 games on August 15 against the Colorado Rockies as he failed to record a strikeout.[76]
  • Corey Kluber (CLE):
    • Became the first pitcher in Major League history to face 28 or fewer batters in back-to-back starts of at least nine innings with his complete game against the Seattle Mariners on July 30. He also faced one batter over the minimum on July 24 against the Kansas City Royals.[79]
  • Jacob deGrom (NYM):
    • Tied the Major League record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin the game by striking out eight Miami Marlins on September 15. He tied the record that was set by Jim Deshaies on September 23, 1986.[86]
  • Dellin Betances (NYY):
    • With two strikeouts on September 17 against the Tampa Bay Rays in a scoreless eighth inning, Betances set the single-season franchise record of 132 strikeouts by a reliever breaking the record of 130 set by Mariano Rivera in 1996.[87]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • The Detroit Tigers recorded their 9,000th franchise victory with a win against the Kansas City Royals on September 8. They become the 12th franchise to amass this many victories.[84]

Awards and honors[edit]

Monthly Awards[edit]

Player of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April José Abreu Troy Tulowitzki
May Edwin Encarnacion Yasiel Puig
June Mike Trout Andrew McCutchen
July José Abreu Jayson Werth
August Víctor Martínez Josh Harrison
September    

Pitcher of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April Sonny Gray Jose Fernandez
May Masahiro Tanaka Madison Bumgarner
June Félix Hernández Clayton Kershaw
July Sonny Gray Clayton Kershaw
August Matt Shoemaker Madison Bumgarner
September    

Rookie of the Month[edit]

Month American League National League
April José Abreu Chris Owings
May George Springer Kolten Wong
June José Abreu Billy Hamilton
July José Abreu Jacob deGrom
August Matt Shoemaker Kyle Hendricks
September    

Uniforms[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]

  • The Atlanta Braves introduced a new patriotic/military themed alternate jersey.[93]
  • The Boston Red Sox changed their road jersey to have red lettering with blue trim.[94]
  • The Chicago Cubs, in addition to the ten throwback jerseys they'll wear throughout the season, added an alternate road jersey.[95]
  • The Cleveland Indians announced that they are changing their primary logo from Chief Wahoo to the block "C".[96]
  • The Kansas City Royals announced their new road alternate jersey. The classic KC logo returns.[97]
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers added an alternate road jersey with "Dodgers" across the chest.[98]
  • The New York Mets added a Mr. Met sleeve patch to their blue alternate home and road jerseys.[99]
  • The Oakland Athletics will have a new green alternate jersey to start the 2014 season. Gone is the script "Athletics" across the chest, in its place is the white "A's" cap logo on the left side of the chest with gold piping, basically a reverse of the current gold jersey. It was announced last season, and unveiled on February 8, 2014 during the A's FanFest at Oracle Arena.[100]
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they are changing their primary logo from the pirate to the gold "P" that is on their caps.[101]
  • The San Francisco Giants gave a sneak peek on Instagram of a new orange alternate jersey featuring the team's old script logo utilized in the 70's.[102]

Patches[edit]

Anniversaries and special events[edit]

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:

Team Special occasion
Atlanta Braves To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run
Remembrance of the life of longtime announcer Pete Van Wieren
Baltimore Orioles 60th anniversary in Baltimore
Remembrance of the life of former part-owner Tom Clancy
Boston Red Sox To commemorate their 2013 World Series championship [home opener only]
Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary
Chicago White Sox Remembrance of the life of David Reinsdorf, son of owner Jerry Reinsdorf
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Remembrance of the life of former shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Milwaukee Brewers Remembrance of the life of scouting director Bruce Seid
Minnesota Twins Host city of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
New York Mets Remembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Ralph Kiner[103]
Remembrance of the life of former general manager Frank Cashen
Oakland Athletics 25th Anniversary World Series champions reunion
Remembrance of the life of former pitcher Bob Welch (July 19)
Philadelphia Phillies Remembrance of the life of part-owner Claire Betz
Remembrance of the life of former manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Pittsburgh Pirates Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Ralph Kiner[104]
San Diego Padres Remembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Jerry Coleman
Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Tony Gwynn
Tampa Bay Rays Remembrance of the life of senior adviser Don Zimmer
All 30 teams May 11, Mother's Day - Breast cancer awareness
All 30 teams June 15, Father's Day - Prostate cancer awareness
All 30 teams July 4 - patches with ALS and Lou Gehrig in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's speech [105]
All 30 teams July 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:

  • The Braves wore 1974 throwbacks on April 8, the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
  • The Diamondbacks wore the uniform of the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League against the Cubs on April 23, the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. The Diamondbacks' logo was on each player's left sleeve. The Cubs, as one of ten throwbacks they will wear during the season, wore the uniforms of the Chicago Whales.
  • The Braves and Giants wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on May 3. The Braves wore the uniforms of the Atlanta Black Crackers, while the Giants wore uniforms of the San Francisco Sea Lions.
  • The Royals and Orioles wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on May 18. The Royals wore uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs, and the Orioles wore the uniforms of the Baltimore Black Sox.
  • The Tigers and Rangers wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on May 24. The Tigers wore uniforms of the Detroit Stars, while the Rangers wore the uniforms of the Fort Worth Black Panthers.
  • The Padres wore 1984 throwbacks on consecutive days May 23 and 24. They wore their home throwbacks on May 23, and their away uniforms May 24.
  • Both the Astros and Orioles wore Negro League throwbacks at the Civil Rights Game on May 30. The Astros wore the uniforms of the Houston Eagles, while the Orioles wore a Negro League throwback for the second time in 13 days, donning the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants.[106]
  • The Mariners and Astros wore 1979 uniforms on May 24.[107]
  • The Twins and Brewers wore 1984 uniforms on June 3 and 5 as part of a home-and-home series.[citation needed]
  • The Phillies wore 1964 throwbacks on June 13 and 15. The Cubs, their opponents, wore 1964 throwbacks on June 13, but not June 15.
  • The Mets and Pirates wore Negro League throwbacks on June 29. The Pirates wore the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, while the Mets wore the uniforms of the Brooklyn Royal Giants.
  • The Orioles wore 1954 uniforms on August 8, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the team in Baltimore.
  • The Braves and Athletics wore 1914 throwbacks on August 16, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the franchise (then based in Boston)'s World Series title.
  • The Angels wore 1970s throwbacks on August 30.

Other uniforms[edit]

  • On September 14th, the Orioles wore Star Spangled Banner commemorative uniforms with a red white and blue Baltimore logo
  • On April 15, players, managers and coaches on all teams wore #42 on the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day.
  • On April 21 (Patriots' Day), the Boston Red Sox wore home white jerseys with "BOSTON" written on the front on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • The New York Mets will wear special camouflage jerseys for five games to honor U.S. military personnel.[108]
  • On May 3, the Astros wore Spanish-language Los Astros uniforms.
  • All teams wore camouflage caps and jerseys on May 26, Memorial Day in the United States. The Pirates and Cubs wore the uniforms again on June 10. The Rockies wore the uniforms again on July 6, and the Yankees wore them again on July 20.
  • The Reds wore all-camouflage caps and jerseys on June 11, June 22 and July 5. The uniforms had the "Reds" script wordmark on them, instead of the player's number and the Reds' logo. The American flag was on the player's left sleeve. The Reds' wishbone C was on the players' right sleeve instead of their mascot, Mr. Redlegs.
  • The Blue Jays wore a red uniform on July 1, Canada Day. They wore a red uniform again on August 10.
  • The Nationals wore an all-blue uniform on July 4 and September 11. The "W" logo was red, white and blue.
  • Twenty-nine teams wore patriotic caps on July 4. AL teams wore red caps, and NL teams wore blue caps. Each cap had their teams' respective logo and a piece of the American flag, which was surrounded by a star. The Blue Jays wore a red cap with a maple leaf.
  • Each player participating in the All-Star Game (representing each of the 30 clubs from both leagues) wore a team-designated cap that was inspired by the 1970s-era batting helmet of the Minnesota Twins, the club hosting the All-Star Game. The caps were jointly designed by Major League Baseball and the New Era Cap Company.[109]
  • The Mets wore Spanish-language "Los Mets" uniforms July 29 and September 12.
  • The Twins wore their red batting practice uniforms August 1. The jerseys did not have their last name on the backs.
  • The Tigers wore Spanish-language "Tigres" uniforms August 2. The jerseys were based on the 1960 Tigers home uniforms, which had the Tigers name in script and the player's number on it.
  • The Brewers wore Spanish-language "Cerveceros" uniforms August 10.
  • The Reds wore Irish Heritage night uniforms September 5. The uniforms' numbers and letters were green. The uniforms had the "Reds" script wordmark on them, instead of the player's number and the Reds' logo. A shamrock was on the unfiorm sleeves.
  • The Reds wore Spanish-language "Los Rojos" uniforms September 7.
  • All 30 teams wore caps with the flag of the United States on the left side on September 11, the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The Blue Jays' caps had both the U.S. and Canadian flags.

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 games, some Monday Night games and Wednesday night games, while 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.[110][111] 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.[112]

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.[113] 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.[114]

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.[115][116]

Local[edit]

Radio[edit]

ESPN Radio airs its 17th season of national coverage, including Sunday night games, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason.

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.[118] 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.[118]

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.[119]

Retirements[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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