2014 Major League Baseball season

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2014 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 22, 2014 – October 29, 2014
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Mike Trout (LAA)
NL: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
League Postseason
AL champions Kansas City Royals
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions San Francisco Giants
  NL runners-up St. Louis Cardinals
World Series
Champions San Francisco Giants
  Runners-up Kansas City Royals
World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner (SF)
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 ended 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, the franchise owners selected Rob Manfred 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
(2) Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593 50–31 46–35
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 12 43–38 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 13 46–35 37–44
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 19 36–45 41–40
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 25 34–47 37–44


AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 45–36 45–36
(4) Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 5 48–33 37–44
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 17 40–41 33–48
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 20 35–46 35–46


AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605 52–29 46–35
(5) Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 10 48–33 40–41
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 11 41–40 46–35
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 28 38–43 32–49
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 31 33–48 34–47


NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593 51–30 45–36
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 17 42–39 37–44
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 17 40–41 39–42
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 19 42–39 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 23 37–44 36–45


NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
(4) Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 2 51–30 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0.506 8 42–39 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 14 44–37 32–49
Chicago Cubs 73 89 0.451 17 41–40 32–49


NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 0.580 45–36 49–32
(5) San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 6 45–36 43–38
San Diego Padres 77 85 0.475 17 48–33 29–52
Colorado Rockies 66 96 0.407 28 45–36 21–60
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 98 0.395 30 33–48 31–50


Postseason[edit]

  Wild Card Game
TV: TBS (ALWCG);
ESPN (NLWCG)
Division Series
TV: TBS (ALDS);
Fox Sports 1/MLB Network (NLDS)
League Championship Series
TV: TBS (ALCS);
Fox (Games 1, 6),
Fox Sports 1 (Games 2-5, 7) (NLCS)
World Series
TV: Fox
                                     
    1  LA Angels 0  
4  Kansas City 1     4  Kansas City 3    
  4  Kansas City 4  
5  Oakland 0     American League
  2  Baltimore 0    
2  Baltimore 3
   
  3  Detroit 0  
    AL  Kansas City 3
  NL  San Francisco 4
    1  Washington 1    
4  Pittsburgh 0     5  San Francisco 3    
  5  San Francisco 4
5  San Francisco 1     National League
  3  St. Louis 1  
2  LA Dodgers 1
   
  3  St. Louis 3  

Wild Card Game[edit]

American League[edit]

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Oakland Athletics 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 13 0
Kansas City Royals 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 2 9 15 0
WP: Jason Frasor (1–0)   LP: Dan Otero (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: Brandon Moss (2)
KC: None
Attendance: 40,502

National League[edit]

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 – 8:07 p.m. (EDT) at PNC Park in Pittsburgh

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0 4 0 1 2 1 0 8 11 2
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
WP: Madison Bumgarner (1–0)   LP: Edinson Volquez (0–1)
Home runs:
SF: Brandon Crawford (1)
PIT: None
Attendance: 40,629

Division Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2014 American League Division Series
Kansas City Royals defeat Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3–0
Game Date Score Series
(KC–LAA)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 2 Royals 3, Angels 2 * 1–0 Angel Stadium of Anaheim 45,321 4:05 93 degrees, clear
2 October 3 Royals 4, Angels 1 * 2–0 Angel Stadium of Anaheim 45,361 3:48 93 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 5 Royals 8, Angels 3 3–0 Kauffman Stadium 40,657 3:38 69 degrees, partly cloudy

*: 11 innings

2014 American League Division Series
Baltimore Orioles defeat Detroit Tigers 3–0
Game Date Score Series
(BAL–DET)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 2 Orioles 12, Tigers 3 1–0 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 47,842 3:42 70 degrees, cloudy
2 October 3 Orioles 7, Tigers 6 2–0 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 48,058 3:41 66 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 5 Orioles 2, Tigers 1 3–0 Comerica Park 43,013 3:41 53 degrees, partly cloudy

National League[edit]

2014 National League Division Series
San Francisco Giants defeat Washington Nationals 3–1
Game Date Score Series
(SF–WAS)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 3 Giants 3, Nationals 2 1–0 Nationals Park 44,035 3:55 70 degrees, overcast
2 October 4 Giants 2, Nationals 1 * 2–0 Nationals Park 44,035 6:23 61 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 6 Nationals 4, Giants 1 2–1 AT&T Park 43,627 2:47 77 degrees, sunny
4 October 7 Giants 3, Nationals 2 3–1 AT&T Park 43,464 3:15 65 degrees, cloudy

*: 18 innings

2014 National League Division Series
St. Louis Cardinals defeat Los Angeles Dodgers 3–1
Game Date Score Series
(STL–LAD)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 3 Cardinals 10, Dodgers 9 1–0 Dodger Stadium 54,265 3:57 96 degrees, sunny
2 October 4 Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2 1–1 Dodger Stadium 54,599 3:27 90 degrees, clear
3 October 6 Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1 2–1 Busch Stadium 47,574 3:04 72 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 7 Cardinals 3, Dodgers 2 3–1 Busch Stadium 46,906 3:05 78 degrees, sunny

League Championship Series[edit]

American League[edit]

2014 American League Championship Series
Kansas City Royals defeat Baltimore Orioles 4–0
Game Date Score Series
(KC–BAL)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 10 Royals 8, Orioles 6 * 1–0 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 47,124 4:37 59 degrees, overcast
2 October 11 Royals 6, Orioles 4 2–0 Oriole Park at Camden Yards 46,912 4:17 57 degrees, overcast
3 October 14 Royals 2, Orioles 1 3–0 Kauffman Stadium 40,183 2:55 62 degrees, clear
4 October 15 Royals 2, Orioles 1 4–0 Kauffman Stadium 40,468 2:56 65 degrees, sunny

*: 10 innings
: postponed from October 13 due to rain

National League[edit]

2014 National League Championship Series
San Francisco Giants defeat St. Louis Cardinals 4–1
Game Date Score Series
(SF–STL)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 11 Giants 3, Cardinals 0 1–0 Busch Stadium 47,201 3:23 58 degrees, cloudy
2 October 12 Cardinals 5, Giants 4 1–1 Busch Stadium 46,262 3:41 61 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 14 Giants 5, Cardinals 4 * 2–1 AT&T Park 42,716 3:10 70 degrees, overcast
4 October 15 Giants 6, Cardinals 4 3–1 AT&T Park 43,147 3:53 66 degrees, partly cloudy
5 October 16 Giants 6, Cardinals 3 4–1 AT&T Park 43,217 3:03 66 degrees, partly cloudy

*: 10 innings

World Series[edit]

Main article: 2014 World Series
2014 World Series
San Francisco Giants defeat Kansas City Royals 4–3
Game Date Score Series
(SF–KC)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 21 Giants 7, Royals 1 1–0 Kauffman Stadium 40,459 3:32 66 degrees, clear
2 October 22 Royals 7, Giants 2 1–1 Kauffman Stadium 40,446 3:25 67 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 24 Royals 3, Giants 2 1–2 AT&T Park 43,020 3:15 67 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 25 Giants 11, Royals 4 2–2 AT&T Park 43,066 4:00 65 degrees, cloudy
5 October 26 Giants 5, Royals 0 3–2 AT&T Park 43,087 3:09 67 degrees, clear
6 October 28 Royals 10, Giants 0 3–3 Kauffman Stadium 40,372 3:21 58 degrees, clear
7 October 29 Giants 3, Royals 2 4–3 Kauffman Stadium 40,535 3:10 55 degrees, clear

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]

General managers[edit]

In-season[edit]

Team Former GM New GM Reason for leaving Former job
Atlanta Braves Frank Wren John Hart (interim) Fired Hart was a former Indians and Rangers general manager and was the current Braves senior advisor.

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.
Arizona Diamondbacks Kirk Gibson Alan Trammell Fired Gibson was fired on September 26 after four years as manager of the Diamondbacks. He finished with a 353–375 record and led the Diamondbacks to the division title during the 2011 season while capturing the National League Manager of the Year award. Trammell, who previously was the bench coach, will take over as manager for the final three games of the season.[11]

Off-season[edit]

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

Team Former manager New manager Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Seattle Mariners Eric Wedge Lloyd McClendon Resigned 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.[12] McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013.[13] McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.[14]
Chicago Cubs Dale Sveum Rick Renteria Fired Sveum was fired by the Cubs after two seasons and a record of 127–197.[15] Renteria was named manager on November 7, 2013 after being the bench coach for the San Diego Padres the last two seasons.[16]
Washington Nationals Davey Johnson Matt Williams Retired 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.[17] Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.[18]
Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker Bryan Price Fired Baker was fired by the Reds after six seasons and a record of 509–463.[19] Price served as the Reds pitching coach for four seasons.[20][21]
Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland Brad Ausmus Resigned and Retired 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).[22] Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.[23]

League leaders[edit]

American League[edit]

Hitting leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
AVG José Altuve (HOU) .341
HR Nelson Cruz (BAL) 40
RBI Mike Trout (LAA) 111
R Mike Trout (LAA) 115
H José Altuve (HOU) 225
SB José Altuve (HOU) 56

Pitching leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Corey Kluber (CLE)
Max Scherzer (DET)
Jered Weaver (LAA)
18
L Colby Lewis (TEX) 14
ERA Félix Hernández (SEA) 2.14
K David Price (DET)/(TB) 271
IP David Price (DET)/(TB) 248.1
SV Fernando Rodney (SEA) 48

National League[edit]

Hitting leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
AVG Justin Morneau (COL) .319
HR Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 37
RBI Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 119
R Anthony Rendon (WAS) 111
H Ben Revere (PHI)
Denard Span (WAS)
184
SB Dee Gordon (LAD) 64

Pitching leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 21
L A.J. Burnett (PHI) 18
ERA Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 1.77
K Johnny Cueto (CIN)
Stephen Strasburg (WAS)
242
IP Johnny Cueto (CIN) 243.2
SV Craig Kimbrel (ATL) 47

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.[26]
    • 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.[27]
    • 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.[28]
    • 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.[29]
    • 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.[29]
  • 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.[30]
  • 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.[31]
  • José Abreu (CWS):
    • Set the rookie record for home runs in April by hitting his ninth on April 25 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He broke the record of eight set by Albert Pujols, Carlos Delgado and Kent Hrbek.[32] Abreu finished April with ten home runs.
    • Set the rookie record for RBI in April by raising his total to 31 on April 27 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He broke the record of 27 set by Albert Pujols.[33] Abreu finished April with 32 runs batted in.
    • Tied the franchise rookie record for home runs with his 35th homer in the ninth inning on September 14 against the Minnesota Twins. He tied the record that was set in 1983 by Ron Kittle.[34] He set a new record with his 36th home run on September 27 against the Kansas City Royals.
  • 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.[35]
    • 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.[36]
  • 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.[37] Arenado set the team record with a single in the third inning the next night against the Rangers.[38] 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.[40]
  • 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.[41]
  • 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.[44]
  • 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.[45]
    • 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.[46]
    • By driving in his 100th run of the season on September 19 against the Baltimore Orioles, Ortiz recorded his eighth 30/100 season as a member of the Red Sox and set a franchise record passing Ted Williams.[47]
  • 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.[48] Jeter set the team record on July 22 against the Texas Rangers with a double in the ninth inning.[49]
    • 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.[50]
  • Billy Hamilton (CIN):
    • Set the franchise rookie record by recording his 55th steal in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles on September 2. He broke the record that was set by Bob Bescher in 1909.[56] Hamilton finished the season with 56 stolen bases.
  • José Altuve (HOU):
    • Set the Astros franchise record with most hits in a season by collecting his 211th hit in seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians on September 16. He broke the record that was set in 1998 by Craig Biggio.[57] Altuve finished the season with 225 hits.
  • Jonathan Lucroy (MIL):
    • Tied the Major League record for most doubles in one season as a catcher when he hit his 45th double on September 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning. He tied the record set by Ivan Rodriguez in 1996.[58] Lucroy hit his 46th double as a catcher on September 27 against the Chicago Cubs establishing a new Major League record.[59]
  • Denard Span (WAS):
    • Set the Nationals franchise record for hits in a season with his 184th hit on September 27 against the Miami Marlins. Span, who broke Cristian Guzman's team record, broke the record with a double in the third inning.[60]

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.[61]
  • 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.[62]
  • 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.[65] This was also the 11th combined no-hitter in Major League history.[66]
  • Jordan Zimmermann (WAS):
    • Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter, and the first since the Nationals return to Washington, D.C., on September 28 against the Miami Marlins. Zimmermann threw 104 pitches and struck out ten batters while walking one.[67] This is the fifth no-hitter in the Expos/Nationals franchise history and the first since Dennis Martinez's perfect game in 1991 when the team was in Montreal.

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.[68]
  • 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).[69]
    • 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.[70]
  • 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.[71] His streak ended after 21 starts when the New York Mets scored three runs on May 22.[72]
  • 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.[71] 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.[73]
  • 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.[74]
  • 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.[81] His streak came to an end at 49 games on August 15 against the Colorado Rockies as he failed to record a strikeout.[82]
  • 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.[85]
  • Madison Bumgarner (SF):
    • Set the franchise record for most strikeouts in a season by a left-hander by striking out his 207th batter of the season, Juan Uribe, on September 12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[91] Bumgarner finished the season with 219 strikeouts.
  • 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.[92]
  • 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.[93] Betances finished the season with 135 strikeouts.
  • Phil Hughes (MIN):
    • Set the Major League single-season strikeout-to-walk ratio record of 11.63 (186 strikeouts and 16 walks) breaking the record of 11.0 set in 1994 by Bret Saberhagen.[94]
  • Cleveland Indians:
    • Set the Major League record for most strikeouts by pitchers in a season when Corey Kluber struck out David DeJesus of the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning on September 26. Kluber's strikeout was the team's 1,429th strikeout of the season breaking the record set by Detroit Tigers set in 2013.[95] The Indians finished the season with 1,450 strikeouts.

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.[90]

Awards and honors[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom (NYM) José Abreu (CWS)
Cy Young Award Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Corey Kluber (CLE)
Manager of the Year Matt Williams (WAS) Buck Showalter (BAL)
Most Valuable Player Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Mike Trout (LAA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Zack Greinke (LAD) Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Salvador Pérez (KC)
1st Base Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) Eric Hosmer (KC)
2nd Base DJ LeMahieu (COL) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Nolan Arenado (COL) Kyle Seager (SEA)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ATL) J.J. Hardy (BAL)
Left field Christian Yelich (MIA) Alex Gordon (KC)
Center field Juan Lagares (NYM) Adam Jones (BAL)
Right field Jason Heyward (ATL) Nick Markakis (BAL)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Madison Bumgarner (SF) Víctor Martínez (DET)
Catcher Buster Posey (SF) Yan Gomes (CLE)
1st Base Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) José Abreu (CWS)
2nd Base Neil Walker (PIT) José Altuve (HOU)
3rd Base Anthony Rendon (WAS) Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Ian Desmond (WAS) Alexei Ramírez (CWS)
Outfield Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) José Bautista (TOR)
Justin Upton (ATL) Michael Brantley (CLE)
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Mike Trout (LAA)

Other awards[edit]

Fielding Bible Awards
Position Player
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy (MIL)
1st Base Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)
2nd Base Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Josh Donaldson (OAK)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ATL)
Left Field Alex Gordon (KC)
Center Field Juan Lagares (NYM)
Right Field Jason Heyward (ATL)
Multi-position Lorenzo Cain (KC)

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 Miguel Cabrera Matt Kemp

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 Corey Kluber Adam Wainwright

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 Collin McHugh Jacob deGrom

Uniforms[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]

  • The Atlanta Braves introduced a new patriotic/military themed alternate jersey.[102]
  • The Boston Red Sox changed their road jersey to have red lettering with blue trim.[103]
  • The Chicago Cubs, in addition to the ten throwback jerseys they'll wear throughout the season, added an alternate road jersey.[104]
  • The Cleveland Indians announced that they are changing their primary logo from Chief Wahoo to the block "C".[105]
  • The Kansas City Royals announced their new road alternate jersey. The classic KC logo returns.[106]
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers added an alternate road jersey with "Dodgers" across the chest.[107]
  • The New York Mets added a Mr. Met sleeve patch to their blue alternate home and road jerseys.[108]
  • 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.[109]
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they are changing their primary logo from the pirate to the gold "P" that is on their caps.[110]
  • 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.[111]

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[112]
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[113]
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[114]
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.[115]
  • The Mariners and Astros wore 1979 uniforms on May 24.[116]
  • 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 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.[117]
  • 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.[118]
  • 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.
  • The Orioles wore uniforms with a Red, White and Blue "Baltimore" wordmark September 14, the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key writing The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • The Diamondbacks wore black Spanish-language "Los D-Backs" uniforms September 27.

Television[edit]

National[edit]

United States[edit]

This was 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.[119][120] 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.[121]

In the post-season, TBS and ESPN will air two Wild Card Games. TBS, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network will air the Division Series, while TBS will air the American League Championship Series. The Fox network and Fox Sports 1 will air the National League Championship Series, and the Fox network will exclusively air the All-Star Game and the 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.[122] 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.[123]

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.[124][125]

Local[edit]

Radio[edit]

ESPN Radio aired 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.[127] 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.[127]

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.[128]

Retirements[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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