2014 Major League Baseball season


The 2014 Major League Baseball season began
on March 22 in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The North American part of the season started
on March 30 and will end on September 28. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game’s
85th edition was held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the
Minnesota Twins. The American League beat the National League
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. 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. Standings
Division Schedule 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. Rule changes
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. On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee
voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers. On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put
into effect as Rule 7.13 was released. Managerial changes
Field managers Off-season
At the end of the 2013 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers. League leaders
(updated through July 31) American League National League Milestones
Batters Evan Longoria:
His home run in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3 gives him
163 for his Rays’ career. This ties the team record held by Carlos Peña. Longoria set the franchise record with his
164th home run on April 19 against the New York Yankees. Miguel Cabrera:
Recorded his 2,000th career hit with a home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore
Orioles on April 4. He became the 277th player to reach this mark. Albert Pujols:
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. 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. Raúl Ibañez/(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. Elvis Andrus:
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. Troy Tulowitzki:
Tulowitzki recorded the 1,000th hit of his career on May 3 against the New York Mets
with a single up the middle in the seventh inning against reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka. José Abreu:
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. 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. Abreu finished April with 32 runs batted in. Nolan Arenado:
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. Arenado set the team record with a single
in the third inning the next night against the Rangers. Arenado’s streak came to an end the very next
night as the Cincinnati Reds held him hitless. Alfonso Soriano:
With his single in the second inning on May 12 against the New York Mets, Soriano became
the seventh player in Major League history to amass 1,000 hits in both the American and
National Leagues. He joins Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson, Vladimir
Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Carlos Lee, and Orlando Cabrera. Edwin Encarnacion:
With his multi-homer game on May 29 against the Kansas City Royals, Encarnacion tied a
Major League record with his fifth multi-homer game this month. That ties the record that was set by Harmon
Killebrew in May 1959 and Albert Belle in September 1995. George Springer:
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. Ryan Howard:
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. Adam Dunn:
Recorded his 450th career home run with his homer in the ninth inning on June 6 against
the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He became the 36th player to reach this mark. Jimmy Rollins:
With his single in the fifth inning on June 14 against the Chicago Cubs, Rollins became
the all-time franchise leader in hits with 2,235. He broke the record that was held by Mike
Schmidt. Matt Holliday:
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. Adrián Beltré:
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. David Ortiz:
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. 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. Derek Jeter:
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. Jeter set the team record on July 22 against
the Texas Rangers with a double in the ninth inning. 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. Madison Bumgarner/Buster Posey:
Became the first batterymates to hit a grand slam in the same game in Major League history
on July 14 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Adrian Gonzalez:
Recorded his 250th career home run in the seventh inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates
on July 22. He became the 209th player to reach this mark. Pitchers
No-hitters Josh Beckett:
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. Clayton Kershaw:
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. Tim Lincecum:
Pitched his second no-hitter of his career on June 25 against the San Diego Padres. In 113 pitches, he struck out six batters,
and walked one. It was the 16th in Giants’ team history and
the 8th since moving to San Francisco. Lincecum joins Christy Mathewson as only the
second Giant pitcher to throw two no-hitters in his career. He also becomes the fourth pitcher in Major
League history to pitch multiple no-hitters and win multiple Cy Young Awards joining Sandy
Koufax, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay. Other Accomplishments
Yu Darvish: Became the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strike
outs in his career as he reached it in 401.66666666667 !4012⁄3 innings on April 6. He broke Kerry Wood’s record of 404.66666666667
!4042⁄3 innings. Masahiro Tanaka:
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, Dennis Rasmussen and Bob Turley. Became the first pitcher in the modern era
to record at least eight wins and 80 strikeouts in his first 11 career starts in the majors. He reached this milestone on May 31 against
the Minnesota Twins. Zack Greinke:
Has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last 20 starts, the longest streak
in Major League history. 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. His streak ended after 21 starts when the
New York Mets scored three runs on May 22. Jeff Samardzija/(CHC):
Became the first pitcher in Major League history to go winless in his first eight starts of
a season despite not allowing more than three runs in any outing. 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:
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. Jonathan Papelbon:
Recorded his 300th career save by closing out a 5–2 victory against the San Diego
Padres on June 10. He became the 26th player to reach this mark. Tampa Bay Rays:
With Brad Boxberger striking out Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki in the 12th inning on June 30,
the Rays set the Major League record for most strike outs by a pitching staff in any month. The Rays’ pitching staff struck out 287 batters
in June, breaking the record set by the Chicago Cubs in August 2002. Aroldis Chapman:
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. Fernando Rodney:
Recorded his 200th career save by closing out a 4–3 victory against the Baltimore
Orioles on July 26. He became the 45th player to reach this mark. Rafael Soriano:
Recorded his 200th career save by closing out a 4–2 victory against the Cincinnati
Reds on July 27. He became the 46th player to reach this mark. Corey Kluber:
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. Miscellaneous
The Oakland Athletics set a Major League record by losing their tenth straight opener with
their loss to the Cleveland Indians. Ron Gardenhire:
Recorded his 1,000th career managerial victory with his win on April 5 against the Cleveland
Indians. He became the 60th manager to reach this mark. The Chicago Cubs became the third Major League
team to amass 10,000 losses with their loss to the Atlanta Braves on May 11. The Cubs join the Philadelphia Phillies and
Atlanta Braves as the only teams to reach that mark. The Atlanta Braves, with their win against
the Philadelphia Phillies on July 18, have won their first game after the All-Star break
in nine consecutive seasons, which tied a Major League record. They tied the record that is held by the Montreal
Expos and New York Yankees. Awards and honors
Monthly Awards Uniforms
Wholesale changes The Atlanta Braves introduced a new patriotic/military
themed alternate jersey. The Boston Red Sox changed their road jersey
to have red lettering with blue trim. The Chicago Cubs, in addition to the ten throwback
jerseys they’ll wear throughout the season, added an alternate road jersey. The Cleveland Indians announced that they
are changing their primary logo from Chief Wahoo to the block “C”. The Kansas City Royals announced their new
road alternate jersey. The classic KC logo returns. The Los Angeles Dodgers added an alternate
road jersey with “Dodgers” across the chest. The New York Mets added a Mr. Met sleeve patch
to their blue alternate home and road jerseys. 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. The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they
are changing their primary logo from the pirate to the gold “P” that is on their caps. 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. Patches
Anniversaries and special events The following teams will wear commemorative
patches for special occasions: Throwbacks
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. The Mariners and Astros wore 1979 uniforms
on May 24. The Twins and Brewers wore 1984 uniforms on
June 3 and 5 as part of a home-and-home series. 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
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, 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. 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. 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. Each player participating in the All-Star
Game 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. The Mets wore Spanish-language “Los Mets”
uniforms July 29. Television
National United States
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. 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 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. 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
This is the first year of eight-year contracts for national broadcasts in Canada. Sportsnet, owned by Rogers Communications,
continues to be the primary rightsholder, retaining rights to the All-Star Game, the
Home Run Derby, and all postseason games. In total, Sportsnet’s various channels will
carry almost 300 MLB games per season until 2021. 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, adding Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball, totalling
over 75 games per year. 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. 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. Local
Los Angeles Dodgers games moved to the new Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA, which is equally
owned between the Dodgers’ ownership group and Time Warner Cable. As part of their new 25-year deal with existing
rights partner Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, over-the-air Philadelphia Phillies telecasts
moved from MyNetworkTV affiliate WPHL-TV to CSN Philadelphia’s sister broadcast station
WCAU-TV, which are both owned by Comcast. Radio
Local 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. The move to WFAN means that the New York Mets
moved to WOR for the 2014 season, as they had been on WFAN since the station had adopted
the all-sports format in 1987. 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. Retirements
Paul Konerko announced that 2014 would be his last season. Derek Jeter announced that 2014 would be his
last season. Jason Bay announced his retirement on March
31. Darnell McDonald announced his retirement
on April 5. Joe Blanton announced his retirement on April
13. Jason Bartlett announced his retirement on
April 19. Clay Hensley announced his retirement on April
27. Matt Treanor announced his retirement on May
8. Chris Getz announced his retirement on May
15. Eric Chavez announced his retirement on July
30. Retired numbers
Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies will have his #17 retired by the team on August 17 against
the Cincinnati Reds. He will become the first player to have his
number retired by the Rockies. Joe Torre, manager of the New York Yankees
from 1996 to 2007, will have his #6 retired by the team on August 23. This will be the 17th number retired by the
Yankees. References External links
2014 Major League Baseball season schedule

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