2019 Major League Baseball season
|2019 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||March 20 – October 30, 2019|
|Number of games||162|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Adley Rutschman|
|Picked by||Baltimore Orioles|
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 Schedule
- 2 Standings
- 3 Managerial changes
- 4 League leaders
- 5 Milestones
- 6 Uniforms
- 7 Venues
- 8 Broadcast rights
- 9 Retirements
- 10 Retired numbers
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
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.
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.
The Kansas City Royals faced the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, two days before the College World Series. This was the first Major League baseball game played in the state of Nebraska.
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.
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.
|American League||National League|
|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. 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.|
|San Francisco Giants||Bobby Evans||Fired||N/A||On September 24, 2018, the Giants fired Bobby Evans after almost four seasons as General Manager. 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. On November 16, 2018, Mike Elias was named the team's new General Manager.|
|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. Since taking over in 2014, he oversaw the Dodgers win the NL West all five times, and the NL pennant twice from 2017–2018.|
|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. 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.|
|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. On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Chris Woodward would be named the Rangers manager.|
|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. 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.|
|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. On October 21, 2018, it was announced that Brad Ausmus would be the new manager of the Angels.|
|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. On October 25, 2018, it was announced that Rocco Baldelli will be the new Twins manager.|
|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. On December 14, 2018, the Orioles officially announced that Brandon Hyde will be the new manager of the Orioles.|
(updated through June 17)
- Paul Goldschmidt (STL):
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- Cody Bellinger (LAD):
- Set the Major League record for total bases in March/April with 88 on April 26 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He finished March/April with 97 total bases.
- With his 14th home run of the season on April 28 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bellinger 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), Alex Rodriguez (2007) and this year by Christian Yelich.
- By collecting his 37th RBI on April 29 against the San Francisco Giants, Bellinger set the Major League record with the most RBI by May 1. He broke the record that was held by Mark McGwire and Juan Gonzalez, who both set the record in 1998.
- Juan Soto, Víctor Robles and Carter Kieboom (WAS):
- Pablo Sandoval (SF):
- Robinson Canó (NYM):
- Joey Gallo (TEX):
- Albert Pujols (LAA):
- Trevor Story (COL):
- Austin Riley (ATL):
- With his eighth home run of the season on June 1 against the Detroit Tigers, Riley joined Rhys Hoskins, Carlos Delgado and Trevor Story as the only players in Major League history to homer at least eight times through the first 16 games of a career. Riley also tied the mark for the most RBIs through his first 16 games, with 22 (done by Jim Greengrass and Mandy Brooks).
- Edwin Encarnacion (NYY)/(SEA):
- Shohei Ohtani (LAA):
- Yordan Alvarez (HOU):
- With his home run on June 15 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Alvarez tied a Major League record by hitting at least four home runs in his first five career games. In becoming the fourth player to achieve this mark, Alvarez joins Trevor Story (six in 2016), Yasiel Puig (four in 2013) and Mike Jacobs (four in 2005).
- Charlie Blackmon (COL):
- 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.
Other pitching accomplishments
- 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 1⁄3 innings.
- Merrill Kelly and Jon Duplantier (ARI):
- Jacob deGrom (NYM):
- Trevor Bauer (CLE):
- Shane Greene (DET):
- Taylor Clarke (ARI):
- Adam Wainwright (STL):
- Max Scherzer (WAS):
- CC Sabathia (NYY):
- Stephen Strasburg (WAS):
- Pat Venditte and Sam Dyson (SF):
- Félix Hernández (SEA):
- Chris Sale (BOS):
- By striking out 17 Colorado Rockies in seven innings on May 14, Sale set a Major League record by striking out 17 or more batters in a start lasting seven innings or fewer.
- Became the second pitcher in Major League history to record two immaculate innings in the same season by accomplishing this in the eighth inning on June 5 against the Kansas City Royals. Sale also did this on May 8 against the Baltimore Orioles. He joins Lefty Grove who did this during the 1928 season.
- Ryan Pressly (HOU):
- With his scoreless outing on May 16 against the Detroit Tigers, Pressly has made 38 straight scoreless appearances, tying the Major League record set by Craig Kimbrel in 2001. Pressly set the new record the very next night against the Boston Red Sox. Pressly's streak came to an end at 40 games on May 24 against the Boston Red Sox.
- Zack Greinke (ARI):
- 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. The Dodgers tied the Major League record for most home runs in a team's first six games with 17.
- 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. 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. The streak came to an end, at 33 consecutive games, the very next game against the Pirates.
- Elvis Luciano (TOR):
- The Seattle Mariners set a Major League record for hitting a home run in a record 15 straight games to open the season, breaking the mark set by the 2002 Cleveland Indians. Dee Gordon hit the home run in the sixth inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 11. The Mariners were able to extend the record to 20 straight games but were unable to hit a home run in a loss to the Cleveland Indians on April 17.
- Edwin Jackson (TOR):
- The San Diego Padres broke the record for the longest no-hitter drought with 8,020 games on May 16 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The drought started with the team's inaugural game on April 8, 1969. They broke the record that was set by the New York Mets, that ended with Johan Santana's no-hitter in 2012.
- With the Houston Astros win against the Boston Red Sox on May 18, the Astros became the third team in Major League history to have two winning streaks of at least 10 games before June 1 of a season, following the 1941 St. Louis Cardinals and 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Baltimore Orioles gave up their 100th home run of the season on May 21 against the New York Yankees. The Orioles pitching staff did it in 48 games, which was nine games faster than the previous fastest held by the 2000 Kansas City Royals.
- On May 22, the New York Yankees became the first team in Major League history to hit at least three home runs in six consecutive games in the same ballpark (Oriole Park at Camden Yards).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Thirteen combined home runs in a single game.
- Three Major League firsts were also accomplished in this game:
- The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies scored 92 runs during their four-game series from June 13 to June 16 to set a Major League record. They broke the record of 88 runs that was set in May 1929 by the Philadelphia Phillies and Brooklyn Robins.
Awards and honors
Player of the Month
Pitcher of the Month
Rookie of the Month
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.
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". 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.
Anniversaries and special events
The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions
|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)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. They wore their throwback jerseys on April 21.
The Mariners and Astros will wear 1980s throwbacks on August 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Fox also invoked a clause to give Yankee Global Enterprises the rights to buy their stake back in the YES Network. Including YES, the Fox Sports Regional Networks broadcast games for 15 of the 30 MLB teams. On March 8, YES was sold to a consortium including Yankee Global Enterprises, Amazon, and Sinclair Broadcast Group for $3.5 billion. Then on May 3, Sinclair and Entertainment Studios agreed to purchase the rest of the Fox Sports Regional Networks.
- The New York Mets moved from iHeartMedia's WOR (710) to Entercom's WCBS (880), returning the team to the fold of the former CBS Radio New York cluster after five years with WOR (the team previously had a decades-long association with WFAN).
- ESPN Radio will air its 22nd season of national coverage, including Sunday Night Baseball, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game, and Home Run Derby, and the entire Major League Baseball postseason.
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. 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.
- Bruce Bochy announced on February 18 that he will retire from managing the San Francisco Giants at the end of the season.
- Jake Peavy, who has not pitched professionally since 2016, officially announced his retirement on May 5.
- Adrián Beltré had his #29 retired by the Texas Rangers on June 8. It was the fifth number retired by the franchise.
- Joe Mauer had his #7 retired by the Minnesota Twins on June 15. It was the ninth number retired by the franchise.
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