2019 Major League Baseball season

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2019 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 20 – October 30, 2019
Number of games162
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pickAdley Rutschman
Picked byBaltimore Orioles
Regular season
League Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons
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The 2019 Major League Baseball season began on March 20 and is scheduled to end on September 29. It is the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, dating back to the 1869 foundation of the Cincinnati Reds. The postseason will begin on October 1. The World Series is set to begin on October 22 and a potential Game 7 will be played on October 30. The entire schedule was released on August 22, 2018.[1]

The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on July 9 at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.

Schedule[edit]

As has been the case since 2013, teams were scheduled to 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 for a total of 66 games. The primary inter-league match-ups are to be AL East vs NL West, AL Central vs NL East and AL West vs NL Central.[2]

The International season began on March 20 and 21 with the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners playing in Tokyo, Japan, at the Tokyo Dome.[3]

Excluding international openers, March 28 was the earliest Opening Day in history. The previous earliest was March 29 of the 2018 season.[4]

The second annual Mexico Series of games will feature four matchups during the season. The first featured the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds and two games were played at Monterrey, Mexico's Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey on April 13 and 14. The other series, also in Monterrey, featured two games between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels on May 4 and 5.[5]

The Kansas City Royals faced the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, two days before the College World Series.[6] This was the first Major League baseball game played in the state of Nebraska.[7]

The London Series will commence with the Boston Red Sox hosting the New York Yankees at London Stadium in London, England, on June 29 and 30 making it the first ever regular season series in London under a two-year commitment.[8]

The MLB Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the Little League World Series, will return to the schedule for the third straight year. It will be played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on August 18.[9]

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

American League National League
American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 44 27 0.620 23–13 21–14
Tampa Bay Rays 43 29 0.597 20–18 23–11
Boston Red Sox 40 34 0.541 17–17 23–17
Toronto Blue Jays 26 46 0.361 18½ 12–23 14–23
Baltimore Orioles 21 51 0.292 23½ 9–28 12–23
American League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 47 24 0.662 23–12 24–12
Cleveland Indians 37 34 0.521 10 20–17 17–17
Chicago White Sox 34 36 0.486 12½ 20–17 14–19
Detroit Tigers 25 43 0.368 20½ 11–24 14–19
Kansas City Royals 24 48 0.333 23½ 14–23 10–25
American League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 48 25 0.658 27–11 21–14
Texas Rangers 39 33 0.542 25–12 14–21
Oakland Athletics 37 36 0.507 11 20–17 17–19
Los Angeles Angels 36 37 0.493 12 19–18 17–19
Seattle Mariners 31 45 0.408 18½ 13–23 18–22
National League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 43 30 0.589 23–16 20–14
Philadelphia Phillies 39 32 0.549 3 23–14 16–18
New York Mets 34 38 0.472 20–14 14–24
Washington Nationals 33 38 0.465 9 17–17 16–21
Miami Marlins 25 45 0.357 16½ 13–25 12–20
National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 40 32 0.556 22–13 18–19
Chicago Cubs 39 32 0.549 ½ 24–11 15–21
St. Louis Cardinals 37 34 0.521 21–13 16–21
Cincinnati Reds 32 38 0.457 7 17–17 15–21
Pittsburgh Pirates 32 39 0.451 13–18 19–21
National League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 48 25 0.658 28–9 20–16
Colorado Rockies 37 34 0.521 10 22–15 15–19
Arizona Diamondbacks 38 35 0.521 10 14–16 24–19
San Diego Padres 36 37 0.493 12 19–20 17–17
San Francisco Giants 31 39 0.443 15½ 15–21 16–18

Managerial changes[edit]

General managers[edit]

Offseason[edit]

Team Former GM Reason For Leaving New GM Story/Accomplishments
New York Mets Sandy Alderson Health Brodie Van Wagenen On June 26, 2018, Alderson took a permanent leave of absence due to recurrence of cancer. He was hired as general manager in 2010 and saw the team win the National League Pennant in 2015.[10] On October 28, 2018, after having three interims finish the rest of the season, the Mets agreed to have former agent Brodie Van Wagenen be their 13th general manager in franchise history.[11]
San Francisco Giants Bobby Evans Fired N/A On September 24, 2018, the Giants fired Bobby Evans after almost four seasons as General Manager.[12] The Giants made the playoffs in 2016, but are 166–224 (.426) since taking a major league-best 57–33 (.633) record into the All-Star break that year.
Baltimore Orioles Dan Duquette Contract Not Renewed Mike Elias On October 3, 2018, the team announced that Duquette, along with manager Buck Showalter, would not be retained for the 2019 season after the Orioles had the worst record in franchise history at 47–115 (.290). Duquette was hired as general manager after the 2011 season.[13] On November 16, 2018, Mike Elias was named the team's new General Manager.[14]
Los Angeles Dodgers Farhan Zaidi Resigned N/A On November 7, 2018, Zaidi left the Dodgers to become the President of Baseball Operations for the San Francisco Giants.[15] Since taking over in 2014, he oversaw the Dodgers win the NL West all five times, and the NL pennant twice from 2017–2018.

Field managers[edit]

Offseason[edit]

Team Former Manager Interim Manager Reason For Leaving New Manager Story/Accomplishments
Cincinnati Reds Bryan Price Jim Riggleman Fired David Bell Price was fired on April 19, 2018, after starting the season with a 3–15 (.167) record. In four seasons, Price finished with a 279–387 (.419) record with no playoff appearances. Bench Coach Jim Riggleman served as interim manager for the remainder of the 2018 season.[16] On October 21, 2018, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager, signing him to a three-year contract with a club option for 2022.[17]
Texas Rangers Jeff Banister Don Wakamatsu Chris Woodward Banister was fired on September 21, 2018, after four seasons with a record of 325–313 (.509). Banister finished in first place in his first two seasons as manager and amassed a 2–6 (.250) in the playoffs. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu served as interim manager for the remainder of the 2018 season.[18] On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Chris Woodward would be named the Rangers manager.[19]
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons None Contract Not Renewed Charlie Montoyo On September 26, 2018, the team announced that manager John Gibbons will not be retained for the 2019 season. In his second stint with the team, Gibbons finished with a 498–494 (.502) record and two playoff appearances.[20] On October 25, 2018, the Blue Jays announced that Charlie Montoyo will be the new manager for the 2019 season, inking him a three-year deal with a club option for 2022.[21]
Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia Resigned Brad Ausmus On September 30, 2018, it was announced that Mike Scioscia will be stepping down as manager of the Los Angeles Angels after 19 years with a 1650–1428 (.536) record. He led the Angels to six division titles and won the 2002 World Series. He also won the American League Manager of the Year twice during his tenure.[22] On October 21, 2018, it was announced that Brad Ausmus would be the new manager of the Angels.[23]
Minnesota Twins Paul Molitor Reassigned Rocco Baldelli On October 2, 2018, it was announced that Paul Molitor will be offered a new role in the Twins organization and will be out as manager after four years. Molitor finished with a 305–343 (.471) record with one playoff appearance in 2017, in which he was named the American League Manager of the Year after the season.[24] On October 25, 2018, it was announced that Rocco Baldelli will be the new Twins manager.[25]
Baltimore Orioles Buck Showalter Contract Not Renewed Brandon Hyde On October 3, 2018, the team announced that manager Buck Showalter will not be retained for the 2019 season after being the manager for almost nine seasons with a record of 669–684 (.494). Showalter led the Orioles to the postseason three times, including the 2014 American League Championship Series, where they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. In his final season with the Orioles, they went 47–115 (.290) during the season.[26] On December 14, 2018, the Orioles officially announced that Brandon Hyde will be the new manager of the Orioles.[27]

League leaders[edit]

(updated through June 17)

American League[edit]

National League[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Batters[edit]

  • Paul Goldschmidt (STL):
    • Became the first player in Major League history to hit three home runs in either his first or second game with a new team. He accomplished the feat on March 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.[28]
  • Christian Yelich (MIL):
    • With a home run in the first inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 31, Yelich became the sixth player in Major League history to hit a home run in each of his team’s first four games of the season.[29]
    • With his 14th home run of the season on April 27 against the New York Mets, Yelich tied a Major League record for the most home runs in a single season before May 1. He tied the record that was set by Albert Pujols (2006) and Alex Rodriguez (2007).[30]
  • Zack Greinke (ARI):
    • At age 35, became the oldest pitcher since 1957 to hit multiple home runs in the same game on April 2 against the San Diego Padres.[31]
    • Became the first pitcher since 1930 to have at least five extra-base hits through the team's first 26 games on April 25 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Greinke also became the first pitcher since 1906 to hit for the cycle in the month of April.[32]
  • Chris Davis (BAL):
    • With his line drive out in the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics on April 8, Davis set the Major League record with his 47th consecutive hitless at-bat. He broke the record that was set by Eugenio Vélez at the end of the 2010 season and the beginning of the 2011 season.[33] Davis finally was able to put an end to the streak at 54 consecutive hitless at-bats with a single in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox on April 13.[34]
  • Pablo Sandoval (SF):
    • On May 6 against the Cincinnati Reds became only the second player since 1900 to post a scoreless outing, hit a home run and steal a base in the same game, joining fellow Giant Christy Mathewson, who accomplished the feat on May 23, 1905.[40]
  • Robinson Canó (NYM):
    • Recorded his 2,500th career hit against the San Diego Padres on May 7 with a double in the first inning. He became the 101st player, and sixth Dominican-born, to reach this mark.[41]
  • Joey Gallo (TEX):
    • With his 100th career home run, Gallo became the first player in Major League history to amass 100 home runs before reaching it in singles (93) on May 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[42]

Pitchers[edit]

No-hitters[edit]

  • Mike Fiers (OAK):
    • Threw his second career no-hitter, and the 13th in franchise history, by defeating the Cincinnati Reds 2–0 on May 7. Fiers struck out six and walked two, throwing 83 of his 131 pitches for strikes. Fiers becomes the 35th pitcher with multiple no-hitters in his career, including the post-season. This was also the 300th no-hitter in Major League history.[50]

Other pitching accomplishments[edit]

  • In the opening game between the Mets and the Nationals, Jacob deGrom (NYM) had 10 strikeouts and Max Scherzer (WAS) had 12. This is the second time in Opening Day history where both starting pitchers in the same game had ten or more strikeouts. The only other time this happened was on April 7, 1970, when Dave McNally of the Baltimore Orioles had 13 strikeouts in a complete-game win and Sam McDowell of the Detroit Tigers struck out 11 in ​6 13 innings.[51]
  • Trevor Bauer (CLE):
    • Became the first pitcher in Major League history to go five-plus innings in back-to-back starts to begin a season and give up only one total hit on April 4 against the Toronto Blue Jays.[55]
  • Shane Greene (DET):
    • Became the fastest pitcher in Major League history to earn his seventh save by closing out a game April 7 against the Kansas City Royals. Greene accomplished this in his team's first ten games.[56]
  • Stephen Strasburg (WAS):
    • With his 1,500th strikeout on May 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals, Strasburg became the fastest pitcher in Major League history to reach this mark accomplishing it in 1272​13 innings. Chris Sale previously held the record in 1290 innings.[61]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Los Angeles Dodgers:
    • On March 28, the Dodgers set a Major League record for most home runs (eight) on Opening Day, in their 12–5 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.[70] The Dodgers tied the Major League record for most home runs in a team's first six games with 17.[71]
    • On April 17, the Dodgers tied a Major League record by hitting a home run in 32 straight home games against the Cincinnati Reds. A.J. Pollock hit the record tying home run in the sixth inning. The streak started, and only includes the regular season, on August 21, 2018. This tied the record that was previously held by the 1999 Colorado Rockies.[72] The Dodgers set the new record their next home game on April 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Cody Bellinger's home run in the first inning.[35] The streak came to an end, at 33 consecutive games, the very next game against the Pirates.[73]
  • Minnesota Twins:
    • Became the first team in Major League history to have five games with at least five home runs before the start of June after their game against the Seattle Mariners on May 18.[81]
    • With their second eight home run day of the season on May 23 against the Los Angeles Angels, the Twins had hit 98 home runs in their first 49 games, matching the most hit by a team through its first 49 games in Major League history. They tied the record set by the 1999 Seattle Mariners and the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals.[82]
  • In May, there were 1,135 home runs hit, setting a Major League record for most in a month. The record was set in August 2017, when there were 1,119 home runs hit.[85]
  • Washington Nationals:
    • Became the first franchise in Major League history to hit back-to-back-to-back-to-back home runs on more than one occasion on June 9 against the San Diego Padres. They also accomplished this feat on July 17, 2017 against the Milwaukee Brewers. This was the ninth time in Major League history that four consecutive home runs were hit.[86]
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks became the second team in Major League history to hit three straight home runs to start a game on the road on June 10 against the Philadelphia Phillies. The first team to accomplish this was the Milwaukee Brewers on September 9, 2007.[87]
    • Three Major League firsts were also accomplished in this game:
      • The Diamondbacks are the first team to hit eight home runs in a game and surrender eight in a game (March 28 against the Los Angeles Dodgers) in the same season.[88]
      • Back-to-back-to-back home runs by a team on three consecutive days. The Los Angeles Angels on June 8, the Washington Nationals on June 9 and the Diamondbacks on June 10.[89]
      • Thirteen combined home runs in a single game.[90]

Awards and honors[edit]

Monthly awards[edit]

Uniforms[edit]

Wholesale changes[edit]

On November 16, 2018, the Miami Marlins unveiled a new logo, team colors, and uniform for 2019, as part of changes instituted by the team's new CEO Derek Jeter. The new design replaces one used since their 2012 move to Marlins Park and rebranding from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins, and utilizes shades of red, blue, black, and slate.[92]

On January 29, 2018, Major League Baseball stated that the Cleveland Indians had agreed to stop using their "Chief Wahoo" logo—which has attracted controversy as a stereotype of Native Americans—on their uniforms in 2019, as it was deemed to be "no longer appropriate for on-field use".[93][94] The block C cap insignia will officially become the team's main logo; on November 19, 2018, the team unveiled new uniforms excluding the Chief Wahoo logo, as well as new hats with red brims for home games, a new red-colored home alternate jersey (marking the team's first red jersey since the 1970's), and sleeve patches commemorating their hosting of the 2019 All-Star Game. In order to maintain trademarks and prevent it from falling into the public domain, the logo will continue to be used on a limited amount of team merchandise.[95][96][97]

Anniversaries and special events[edit]

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions

Team Special occasion
All Teams 150th anniversary of Major League Baseball
#42 patch for Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 12, Mother's Day)
"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 1–2)
Blue ribbons for prostate cancer awareness (June 16, Father's Day)
No July 4th uniforms this season but special Stars and Stripes fauxback caps July 4th-July 7th
Gold ribbons for childhood cancer (August 30)
Baltimore Orioles #20 patch in memory of Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox 2018 World Series Championship (April 9)
Cincinnati Reds 150th anniversary of professional baseball
#20 patch in memory of Frank Robinson
Cleveland Indians 2019 All-Star Game
#20 patch in memory of Frank Robinson (April 1)
Los Angeles Dodgers #36 patch in memory of Don Newcombe
Milwaukee Brewers 50th Anniversary of the franchise
New York Mets 50th Anniversary of 1969 World Series Championship
New York Yankees Black armband on left sleeve in memory of Mel Stottlemyre
Philadelphia Phillies "DPM" patch in memory of team chairman David Montgomery (From May 13 onwards)
Pittsburgh Pirates Department of Public Safety patches (April 20)
San Diego Padres 50th Anniversary in San Diego
San Francisco Giants "PETER" patch in memory of former team president Peter Magowan
"STRETCH 44" patch in memory of Willie McCovey
Texas Rangers Final Season at Globe Life Park in Arlington
Toronto Blue Jays Canadian flag patch for Canada Day (July 1)

Other uniforms[edit]

The Minnesota Twins added a new navy blue alternate home uniform with red lettering and a gold trim outline. This uniform will replace the cream pinstripe throwback uniform that the Twins have been wearing at home since 2010.[98]

Players, coaches and umpires wore #42 on April 15 and 16 to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors.

All teams wore caps with pink trim and pink brims on May 12, Mother's Day.

All teams wore camouflage caps May 17–19 to mark Armed Forces Day.

All teams wore a patch with a poppy and the words "LEST WE FORGET" on May 27, Memorial Day. They wore a cap with a MLB Memorial Day logo.

The Reds wore their camouflage cap and uniform June 14.

The Blue Jays will wear a red jersey and cap on July 1, Canada Day.

All teams will wear caps with the American flag embedded within throwback logos July 4–7. The caps will also show what league they play in.[99]

Throwbacks[edit]

The Cincinnati Reds announced on November 5, 2018, that they will wear fifteen throwback uniforms to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Red Stockings becoming the first professional baseball team. They wore 1902 uniforms on May 4 (the 150th anniversary of the Red Stockings' first game), 1911 road uniforms May 5, 1912 uniforms May 19, 1919 June 2, and will conclude with 1999 uniforms September 22.[100]

The St. Louis Cardinals will debut new throwback jerseys that will look like their classic powder blue jerseys from the late 70s and early 80s. They will be worn during Saturday road games.[101]

The Tampa Bay Rays announced on February 7, that they will wear their 1990's Devil Rays throwback jerseys four times during the season: May 11, June 15, August 17, and September 21.[102] They wore their throwback jerseys on April 21.

The Mariners will wear Seattle Pilots uniforms June 22.[103]

The Phillies will wear a 1979 all-maroon uniform on July 27.[104] They were previously worn only once—on May 27, 1979.[citation needed]

The Mariners and Astros will wear 1980s throwbacks on August 2.[105]

Venues[edit]

This is the Texas Rangers' final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington (formerly known as the Ballpark in Arlington and Ameriquest Field), where the team is scheduled to play its final regular season home game against the New York Yankees on September 29 before moving to Globe Life Field in 2020.[106]

The stadium of the Seattle Mariners was renamed T-Mobile Park for the mobile provider (including its magenta-pink logo color as part of the park's branding atmosphere), after Safeco's contract with the team to call the venue Safeco Field expired at the end of the 2018 season.[107]

The home field of the San Francisco Giants had its fourth name in its history since opening in 2000, but its first name outside the same company, as Oracle will pay an unknown but significant amount for a twenty-year agreement to rename the former AT&T Park as Oracle Park. It also keeps Oracle's name on a Bay Area sports venue, as the Golden State Warriors will depart Oakland's Oracle Arena for the Chase Center .75 miles (1.21 km) south of Oracle Park at the end of the 2018-19 NBA season.[108]

Broadcast rights[edit]

Television[edit]

National[edit]

This is the sixth year of the current eight-year deals with Fox Sports, ESPN, and TBS. Fox will air eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Nights leading up to the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which will also air on Fox. Fox then will televise Saturday afternoon games for the final four weeks of the season. FS1 will televise games on Tuesday and on Saturday both during the afternoon and night. ESPN will televise games on its flagship telecast Sunday Night Baseball as well as Monday and Wednesday nights. TBS will televise Sunday afternoon games for the last 13 weeks of the regular season. Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive; all other national telecasts will be subject to local blackout.[citation needed]

TBS will televise the National League Wild Card Game, Division Series, and the Championship Series. ESPN will televise the American League Wild Card. FS1 and MLB Network will televise the American League Division Series. Fox and FS1 will televise the American League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on Fox for the 20th consecutive year.[citation needed]

Local[edit]

Under an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox, the Fox Sports Regional Networks were required to be sold off to third parties by June 18, 2019.[109] Fox also invoked a clause to give Yankee Global Enterprises the rights to buy their stake back in the YES Network.[110] Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks broadcast games for 15 of the 30 MLB teams.[111] On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion.[112] Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.[113]

Radio[edit]

Local[edit]

National[edit]

Digital[edit]

MLB's contract with Facebook Watch has been further downsized, now only consisting of six games (reduced from 25). In addition, the games will no longer be exclusive to the service, and subject to blackout in-market.[115][116] The league also reached a new digital partnership with the streaming service DAZN, who now airs a daily studio program, ChangeUp, which features live look-ins on games in progress.[117][118]

Retirements[edit]

  • CC Sabathia announced on November 2, 2018 that he will retire at the end of the season.[119]
  • Jake Peavy, who has not pitched professionally since 2016, officially announced his retirement on May 5.[124]
  • Koji Uehara, who last pitched in the majors in 2017, announced his retirement on May 19.[126]

Retired numbers[edit]

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