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2014 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 22, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Regular season
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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 will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Twins. The winning league will once again receive home-field advantage during the World Series, as has been the case since the 2003 season.

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]

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

American League National League
AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 51 41 0.554 25–22 26–19
Toronto Blue Jays 49 45 0.521 3 25–21 24–24
New York Yankees 46 46 0.500 5 18–23 28–23
Boston Red Sox 42 51 0.452 23–26 19–25
Tampa Bay Rays 42 53 0.442 10½ 20–28 22–25


AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Detroit Tigers 52 37 0.584 25–22 27–15
Kansas City Royals 47 45 0.511 21–24 26–21
Cleveland Indians 46 46 0.500 28–18 18–28
Chicago White Sox 44 50 0.468 10½ 24–21 20–29
Minnesota Twins 42 50 0.457 11½ 21–22 21–28


AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 58 35 0.624 30–15 28–20
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 55 37 0.598 32–15 23–22
Seattle Mariners 50 43 0.538 8 23–25 27–18
Houston Astros 39 55 0.415 19½ 20–27 19–28
Texas Rangers 38 55 0.409 20 18–28 20–27


NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Washington Nationals 49 42 0.538 28–19 21–23
Atlanta Braves 50 43 0.538 25–19 25–24
Miami Marlins 44 48 0.478 27–22 17–26
New York Mets 43 50 0.462 7 23–23 20–27
Philadelphia Phillies 42 51 0.452 8 19–27 23–24


NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 52 42 0.553 24–23 28–19
St. Louis Cardinals 51 43 0.543 1 27–20 24–23
Cincinnati Reds 50 43 0.538 26–20 24–23
Pittsburgh Pirates 48 45 0.516 29–20 19–25
Chicago Cubs 40 52 0.435 11 20–20 20–32


NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 51 42 0.548 27–24 24–18
Los Angeles Dodgers 52 43 0.547 23–24 29–19
San Diego Padres 41 52 0.441 10 24–25 17–27
Colorado Rockies 40 53 0.430 11 24–23 16–30
Arizona Diamondbacks 39 55 0.415 12½ 17–31 22–24


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.[4][5]

On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers.[6] On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put into effect as Rule 7.13 was released.[7]

Managerial changes[edit]

Field managers[edit]

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.[8] McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013.[9] McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001–2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.[10]
Chicago Cubs Dale Sveum Fired Rick Renteria Sveum was fired by the Cubs after two seasons and a record of 127–197.[11] Renteria was named manager on November 7, 2013 after being the bench coach for the San Diego Padres the last two seasons.[12]
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.[13] Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.[14]
Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker Fired Bryan Price Baker was fired by the Reds after six seasons and a record of 509–463.[15] Price served as the Reds pitching coach for four seasons.[16][17]
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).[18] Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.[19]

League leaders[edit]

(updated through July 11)

American League[edit]

Hitting leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
AVG Adrian Beltre (TEX) .341
HR José Abreu (CWS)
Nelson Cruz (BAL)
28
RBI Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Nelson Cruz (BAL)
74
R Brian Dozier (MIN) 66
H Jose Altuve (HOU) 128
SB Jose Altuve (HOU) 41

Pitching leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) 12
L Kevin Correia (MIN) 11
ERA Chris Sale (CWS) 2.08
K David Price (TB) 159
IP Felix Hernandez (SEA) 144.1
SV Fernando Rodney (SEA) 27

National League[edit]

Pitching leaders[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Alfredo Simon (CIN) 12
L Eric Stults (SD) 11
ERA Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 1.78
K Stephen Strasburg (WAS) 140
IP Johnny Cueto (CIN) 137.2
SV Craig Kimbrel (ATL)
Trevor Rosenthal (STL)
28

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.[22]
    • 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.[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • 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.[25]
  • 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.[29] Arenado set the team record with a single in the third inning the next night against the Rangers.[30] 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.[32]
  • 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.[33]
  • 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.[36]
  • Adrián Beltré (TEX):
    • 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.[37]

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.[40]
  • 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.[41]

Other Accomplishments[edit]

  • Yu Darvish (TEX):
    • Became the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strike outs in his career as he reached it in 40123 innings on April 6. He broke Kerry Wood's record of 40423 innings.[44]
  • Masahiro Tanaka (NYY):
    • Set the franchise record for most strike outs for any pitcher in their first two starts as a Yankee. Tanaka 18 strike outs broke the record of 17 that was held by Charles Hudson (April 1987), Dennis Rasmussen (May 1984) and Bob Turley (April 1955).[45]
    • 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.[46]
  • 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.[47] His streak ended after 21 starts when the New York Mets scored three runs on May 22.[48]
  • 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.[47] That ended on his ninth start when he allowed four runs to the Milwaukee Brewers on May 16 in the first two innings.
  • 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.[49]

Miscellaneous[edit]

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    
August    
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    
August    
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    
August    
September    

Uniforms[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]

  • The Atlanta Braves introduced a new patriotic/military themed alternate jersey.[55]
  • The Boston Red Sox changed their road jersey to have red lettering with blue trim.[56]
  • The Chicago Cubs, in addition to the ten throwback jerseys they'll wear throughout the season, added an alternate road jersey.[57]
  • The Cleveland Indians announced that they are changing their primary logo from Chief Wahoo to the block "C".[58]
  • The Kansas City Royals announced their new road alternate jersey. The classic KC logo returns.[59]
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers added an alternate road jersey with "Dodgers" across the chest.[60]
  • The New York Mets added a Mr. Met sleeve patch to their blue alternate home and road jerseys.[61]
  • 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.[62]
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they are changing their primary logo from the pirate to the gold "P" that is on their caps.[63]
  • 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.[64]

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
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
Minnesota Twins Host city of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game
New York Mets Remembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Ralph Kiner[65]
Remembrance of the life of former general manager Frank Cashen
Oakland Athletics 25th Anniversary World Series Champions Reunion
Philadelphia Phillies Remembrance of the life of part-owner Claire Betz
Pittsburgh Pirates Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Ralph Kiner[66]
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 [67]

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.[68]
  • The Mariners and Astros wore 1979 uniforms on May 24.[69]
  • 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.

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.
  • 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 US military personnel.[70]
  • 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 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.
  • The Nationals wore an all-blue uniform on July 4. 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.

Television[edit]

National[edit]

United States[edit]

This is first year of the new eight-year TV contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports, and TBS. ESPN will air Sunday Night Baseball, some Monday Night games and Wednesday night games, Fox Sports will air Saturday games and TBS will air Sunday games.

Contract provisions in ESPN's contract will virtually eliminate local blackouts among the network's Monday and Wednesday night games, allowing ESPN coverage to co-exist with that of the local broadcasters in home markets.[71][72] 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.[73]

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.[74] 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.[75]

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.[76][77]

Local[edit]

Radio[edit]

Local[edit]

The New York Yankees left WCBS, which was their radio home for 12 years, but the rights remained with CBS Radio's New York cluster, as they moved to WCBS's sister station WFAN with a new rights agreement, which allows an FM simulcast with WFAN-FM, which would mark the first time the Yankees are heard on FM radio in their hometown.[79] 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.[79]

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.[80]

Retirements[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

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