The 2009 Major League Baseball season began on April 5, 2009, the regular season was extended two days for a one-game playoff between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins to decide the American League Central Division champion. The postseason began the next day with the Division Series. The 2009 World Series began on October 28, and ended on November 4, with the New York Yankees defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. This was the second time the season was completed in November. The only other occasion was the 2001 World Series, that because of the delaying of the end of that season because of the September 11 attacks as November baseball would be guaranteed when Game 4 was played on Sunday, November 1. Had the 2009 World Series gone the full seven games, Game 7 would've been played on November 5, the latest date ever scheduled for a World Series game. American League champion had home field advantage for the World Series by virtue of winning the All-Star Game on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, 4–3. In addition, the annual Civil Rights Game became a regular season game, and was played June 20 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, when the host Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago White Sox in an interleague game, 10–8. Both teams wore replicas of their 1965 uniforms in the contest.
|2009 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 5 – November 4, 2009|
|Top draft pick||Stephen Strasburg|
|Picked by||Washington Nationals|
|Season MVP||AL: Joe Mauer (MIN) |
NL: Albert Pujols (STL)
|AL champions||New York Yankees|
|AL runners-up||Los Angeles Angels|
|NL champions||Philadelphia Phillies|
|NL runners-up||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Champions||New York Yankees|
|World Series MVP||Hideki Matsui (NYY)|
The New York Yankees, with 103 wins, clinched Major League Baseball's best record in the 2009 season, and the #1 seed in the American League by winning the AL East. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won the second seed with a 97–65 record, while a 95–67 mark was enough to win the wild card spot for the Boston Red Sox. In the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins defeated the Detroit Tigers in a one-game playoff for the division championship and the #3 seed.
|(1) New York Yankees||103||59||0.636||—||57–24||46–35|
|(4) Boston Red Sox||95||67||0.586||8||56–25||39–42|
|Tampa Bay Rays||84||78||0.519||19||52–29||32–49|
|Toronto Blue Jays||75||87||0.463||28||44–37||31–50|
|(3) Minnesota Twins||87||76||0.534||—||49–33||38–43|
|Chicago White Sox||79||83||0.488||7½||43–38||36–45|
|Kansas City Royals||65||97||0.401||21½||33–48||32–49|
|(2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||97||65||0.599||—||49–32||48–33|
The Los Angeles Dodgers had the National League's best record (95–67), clinching the top seed in the Senior Circuit. The NL East champion Philadelphia Phillies, who were defending their 2008 title, was the #2 seed with a 93–69 record. The St. Louis Cardinals, from the NL Central, notched a 91–71 record, and the wild card went to the Colorado Rockies from the NL West.
|(2) Philadelphia Phillies||93||69||0.574||—||45–36||48–33|
|New York Mets||70||92||0.432||23||41–40||29–52|
|(3) St. Louis Cardinals||91||71||0.562||—||46–35||45–36|
|(1) Los Angeles Dodgers||95||67||0.586||—||50–31||45–36|
|(4) Colorado Rockies||92||70||0.568||3||51–30||41–40|
|San Francisco Giants||88||74||0.543||7||52–29||36–45|
|San Diego Padres||75||87||0.463||20||42–39||33–48|
|League Championship Series
Note: Major League Baseball's playoff format automatically seeds the Wild Card team 4th. Normally, the No. 1 seed plays the No. 4 seed in the Division Series. However, MLB does not allow the No. 1 seed to play the 4th seed/Wild Card winner in the Division Series if they are from the same division, instead having the No. 1 seed play the next lowest seed, the No. 3 seed.
|2009 American League Division Series|
(1) New York Yankees def. (3) Minnesota Twins, 3–0
|1||October 7||Yankees 7, Twins 2||1–0||Yankee Stadium||49,464||3:38||62 degrees, cloudy|
|2||October 9||Yankees 4, Twins 3†||2–0||Yankee Stadium||50,006||4:22||68 degrees, cloudy|
|3||October 11||Yankees 4, Twins 1||3–0||HHH Metrodome||54,735||3:25||–|
|2009 American League Division Series|
(2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim def. (4) Boston Red Sox, 3–0
|1||October 8||Angels 5, Red Sox 0||1–0||Angel Stadium||45,070||3:09||65 degrees, clear|
|2||October 9||Angels 4, Red Sox 1||2–0||Angel Stadium||45,223||3:11||67 degrees, partly cloudy|
|3||October 11||Angels 7, Red Sox 6||3–0||Fenway Park||38,704||3:49||56 degrees, sunny|
|2009 National League Division Series|
(1) Los Angeles Dodgers def. (3) St. Louis Cardinals, 3–0
|1||October 7||Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3||1–0||Dodger Stadium||56,000||3:54||63 degrees, clear|
|2||October 8||Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2||2–0||Dodger Stadium||51,819||3:07||71 degrees, sunny|
|3||October 10||Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1||3–0||Busch Stadium||47,296||3:02||57 degrees, clear|
|2009 National League Division Series|
(2) Philadelphia Phillies def. (4) Colorado Rockies, 3–1
|1||October 7||Phillies 5, Rockies 1||1–0||Citizens Bank Park||46,452||2:48|
|2||October 8||Rockies 5, Phillies 4||1–1||Citizens Bank Park||46,528||3:41|
|3||October 11||Phillies 6, Rockies 5||2–1||Coors Field||50,109||4:06|
|4||October 12||Phillies 5, Rockies 4||3–1||Coors Field||49,940||3:41|
|2009 American League Championship Series|
(1) New York Yankees def. (2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, 4–2
|Most Valuable Player: CC Sabathia, P, New York|
|1||October 16||Yankees 4, Angels 1||1–0||Yankee Stadium||49,688||3:18|
|2||October 17||Yankees 4, Angels 3†||2–0||Yankee Stadium||49,922||5:10|
|3||October 19||Angels 5, Yankees 4‡||2–1||Angel Stadium||44,911||4:21|
|4||October 20||Yankees 10, Angels 1||3–1||Angel Stadium||45,160||3:38|
|5||October 22||Angels 7, Yankees 6||3–2||Angel Stadium||45,133||3:34|
|6||October 25||Yankees 5, Angels 2||4–2||Yankee Stadium||50,173||3:40|
|2009 National League Championship Series|
(2) Philadelphia Phillies def. (1) Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–1
|Most Valuable Player: Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia|
|1||October 15||Phillies 8, Dodgers 6||1–0||Dodger Stadium||56,000||4:02|
|2||October 16||Dodgers 2, Phillies 1||1–1||Dodger Stadium||56,000||3:05|
|3||October 18||Phillies 11, Dodgers 0||2–1||Citizens Bank Park||45,721||3:12|
|4||October 19||Phillies 5, Dodgers 4||3–1||Citizens Bank Park||46,157||3:44|
|5||October 21||Phillies 10, Dodgers 4||4–1||Citizens Bank Park||46,214||3:40|
|2009 World Series|
(AL1) New York Yankees def. (NL2) Philadelphia Phillies, 4-2
|Most Valuable Player: Hideki Matsui, DH, New York|
|1||October 28||Phillies 6, Yankees 1||0–1||Yankee Stadium||50,207||3:27|
|2||October 29||Yankees 3, Phillies 1||1–1||Yankee Stadium||50,181||3:25|
|3||October 31||Yankees 8, Phillies 5||2–1||Citizens Bank Park||46,061||3:25|
|4||November 1||Yankees 7, Phillies 4||3–1||Citizens Bank Park||46,145||3:25|
|5||November 2||Phillies 8, Yankees 6||3–2||Citizens Bank Park||46,178||3:26|
|6||November 4||Yankees 7, Phillies 3||4–2||Yankee Stadium||50,315||3:52|
Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden resigned on March 1 amid allegations that he was skimming bonus money from Latin American players. Team president Stan Kasten first took over the bulk of his duties before transferring them to assistant GM Mike Rizzo, who had served as acting GM, and was named as the full-time general manager on August 20.
During the last days of the regular season, two teams fired their general managers, effective at the end of the season. On October 3, the Toronto Blue Jays fired J. P. Ricciardi after eight seasons. The following day, the San Diego Padres axed Kevin Towers, who had been the longest-tenured GM in Major League Baseball at 14 seasons.
Two teams announced new managers in the offseason:
|Date||Team||New manager||Replaced||Former job|
|October 30, 2008||Milwaukee Brewers||Ken Macha||Dale Sveum||Macha was a former manager of the Oakland Athletics, and served as a part-time anaylist for NESN.|
|November 19, 2008||Seattle Mariners||Don Wakamatsu||Jim Riggleman||Wakamatsu, the first Major League Baseball manager of Asian descent, was the Athletics' bench coach.|
Cito Gaston and Jerry Manuel both entered their first full season as managers of the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, respectively, after taking over for managers dismissed in the middle of the 2008 season. Gaston had previously been the Blue Jays' manager from 1989 until 1997.
|Date||Team||Former manager||Replacement||Previous Job|
|May 8||Arizona Diamondbacks||Bob Melvin||A. J. Hinch||Vice president of player development|
|May 29||Colorado Rockies||Clint Hurdle||Jim Tracy||Bench coach|
|July 13||Washington Nationals||Manny Acta||Jim Riggleman||Bench coach|
|September 20||Houston Astros||Cecil Cooper||Dave Clark||Third base coach|
On January 15, the owners of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs approved two rule changes governing the playing of postseason and one-game playoff games.
The 2009 season marked the opening of two new stadiums, both in New York City; Citi Field for the Mets and the new Yankee Stadium for the Yankees. They respectively replaced Shea Stadium (which was dismantled during the 2008–09 offseason) and the original Yankee Stadium (which will become a public park after it is demolished). Because of the smaller seating capacities in these new parks, Dodger Stadium is now the largest capacity park in use with 56,000 seats, and is also the third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. Citi Field opened with a night game on April 13 as the Mets hosted the San Diego Padres losing 6–5. In that game, Jody Gerut of the Padres became the first player in major league history to open a new ballpark with a leadoff homer. Three days later, the Cleveland Indians inaugurated New Yankee Stadium against the Bronx Bombers. The Indians won 10–2. On Jackie Robinson Day (April 15), a rotunda at Citi Field was named in honor of Jackie Robinson and was dedicated prior to the Mets–Padres game that day.
The 2009 season also marked the final season of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome as the home for the Minnesota Twins, where they had played since 1982. In 2010, the team moved to Target Field, their new baseball-only stadium located a short distance across town. Previously, since moving from Washington, D.C. in 1961, the franchise has shared, first Metropolitan Stadium, and then the Metrodome with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings; they also shared tenant rights at the Metrodome with the University of Minnesota's football team. The Golden Gophers started to play on-campus at TCF Bank Stadium in 2009. The Metrodome's last scheduled regular season game was to be played on Sunday, October 4, 2009, but the Twins tied the Detroit Tigers necessitating a one-game playoff between the two teams on October 6.
While not a new stadium, Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium completed a two-year renovation. The first year saw a new video board dubbed "Crown Vision" and refitting of several sections. Improvements for 2009 include a new glass and brick facade to the exterior of the ballpark, newly expanded team Hall of Fame, a new sports bar/restaurant, improved sightlines, new luxury suites and refurbished press and radio/TV facilities to name a few.
In late March, the Florida Marlins had their funding for a new stadium at the former site of the Miami Orange Bowl approved by Miami-Dade County commissioners. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on July 18, with an opening by 2012, at which time the team will be renamed the Miami Marlins.
|Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards|
|BBWAA Award||National League||American League|
|Rookie of the Year||Chris Coghlan (FLA)||Andrew Bailey (OAK)|
|Cy Young Award||Tim Lincecum (SF)||Zack Greinke (KC)|
|Manager of the Year||Jim Tracy (COL)||Mike Scioscia (LAA)|
|Most Valuable Player||Albert Pujols (STL)||Joe Mauer (MIN)|
|Gold Glove Awards|
|Position||National League||American League|
|Pitcher||Adam Wainwright (STL)||Mark Buehrle (CHW)|
|Catcher||Yadier Molina (STL)||Joe Mauer (MIN)|
|1st Base||Adrian Gonzalez (SD)||Mark Teixeira (NYY)|
|2nd Base||Orlando Hudson (LAD)||Plácido Polanco (DET)|
|3rd Base||Ryan Zimmerman (WSH)||Evan Longoria (TB)|
|Shortstop||Jimmy Rollins (PHI)||Derek Jeter (NYY)|
|Outfield||Michael Bourn (HOU)
Matt Kemp (LAD)
Shane Victorino (PHI)
|Torii Hunter (LAA)|
Adam Jones (BAL)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
|Silver Slugger Awards|
|Position||National League||American League|
|Pitcher/Designated Hitter||Carlos Zambrano (CHC)||Adam Lind (TOR)|
|Catcher||Brian McCann (ATL)||Joe Mauer (MIN)|
|1st Base||Albert Pujols (STL)||Mark Teixeira (NYY)|
|2nd Base||Chase Utley (PHI)||Aaron Hill (TOR)|
|3rd Base||Ryan Zimmerman (WSH)||Evan Longoria (TB)|
|Shortstop||Hanley Ramírez (FLA)||Derek Jeter (NYY)|
|Outfield||Ryan Braun (MIL)
Matt Kemp (LAD)
Andre Ethier (LAD)
|Torii Hunter (LAA)|
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Jason Bay (BOS)
|Month||American League||National League|
|April||Evan Longoria||Albert Pujols|
|May||Joe Mauer||Justin Upton|
|June||B. J. Upton||Albert Pujols|
|July||Bobby Abreu||Ryan Ludwick|
|August||Kendry Morales||Ryan Howard|
|September||Billy Butler||Derrek Lee|
|Month||American League||National League|
|April||Zack Greinke||Johan Santana|
|May||Justin Verlander||Trevor Hoffman|
|June||Félix Hernández||Tim Lincecum|
|July||Jarrod Washburn||Wandy Rodríguez|
|August||CC Sabathia||Chris Carpenter|
|September||Félix Hernández||Jair Jurrjens|
|Month||American League||National League|
|April||Scott Richmond||Brian Barden|
|May||Rick Porcello||Gerardo Parra|
|June||Nolan Reimold||Tommy Hanson|
|July||Gordon Beckham||Garrett Jones|
|August||Andrew Bailey||Chris Coghlan|
|September||Brett Anderson||Casey McGehee|
This would have marked the first full season in the USA for baseball games to be telecast as the transition from analog to digital television that was to have been made on February 17. However, the transition took place June 12.
A new entrant in the baseball television rights marketplace debuted on January 1 when the MLB Network, owned by Major League Baseball, joined Fox, ESPN and TBS not only televising games, but also other baseball-related programming from their studio in Secaucus, New Jersey, formerly the studios of MSNBC. MLB was the last of the four major team sports to start its own television channel. The national telecast breakdown, along with the maximum number of appearances per team, is:
In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet and TSN. RSN also holds the Canadian rights to air the Fox and ESPN/ESPN2 games if they do not conflict with Blue Jays games, as well as the All-Star Game and the entire postseason.
In Australia free to air channel One HD shows up to 5 games live per week, and European channel ESPN America broadcasts games as well.
ESPN Radio will once again serve as MLB's national radio network, broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as selected Saturday and holiday games during the regular season, the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, and all postseason series.
As stated earlier, the Mets and Yankees wore patches commemorating the inaugural seasons of their new parks, the Twins wore patches commemorating their final season at the Metrodome, and the Cardinals, hosting the All-Star Game, wore a patch to celebrate that event.
Other teams' memorials and accomplishments on their sleeves:
The Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox led the Majors in wearing throwback uniforms. On May 2 at Safeco Field, the Athletics and Seattle Mariners honored 1939 by wearing special uniforms. The Mariners honored the Seattle Rainiers and the Oakland Athletics honored the Oakland Oaks from that season. Both teams played in the Pacific Coast League that season. The A's then wore a 1980s styled uniform in St. Petersburg on July 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays, who wore uniforms from their inaugural season of 1998 when they were known as the "Devil Rays". Finally, On August 16, the Athletics and White Sox used vintage throwbacks. The A's wore uniforms from their Philadelphia period, with blue caps and a large A on the front of their jerseys. The White Sox wore their jerseys with a large S with a lowercase O in the top loop and a lowercase X in the bottom loop.
On June 14, the Tigers and Pirates wore throwback uniforms to commemorate the 100th anniversary of both Forbes Field and the 1909 World Series between the two teams. That game also featured a throwback atmosphere: no music or flashy graphics, no mascots (meaning no Jolly Roger or Pirate Parrot), and a hand-operated scoreboard. One modern item occurred in the pre-game: The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins made a surprise visit and brought the trophy with them. The Pirates and the Kansas City Royals also honored the Negro Leagues on June 26 and 27 with the Pirates wearing the Homestead Grays uniforms and the Royals donning Kansas City Monarchs replicas. The Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds recreated their 1979 National League Championship Series uniforms on August 21 as part of the Buccos' 30th anniversary celebration of their World Series championship. The Bucs wore their gold pillbox hat with a gold jersey and black pants, a faux pas from the uniforms that season as a black cap was worn that year with the gold jersey.
In addition to the aforementioned Civil Rights Game and game in Oakland, the White Sox, originators of the genre of replica throwback uniforms, commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of their 1959 American League Championship on June 25 against the team that they played in that World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who opted to wear their regular uniforms instead, as manager Joe Torre did not want to create hype of a World Series that was 50 years ago.
The Tigers and the Cleveland Indians played in Negro League replicas twice, with the Tigers in Detroit Stars uniforms, and the Indians outfitted in Cleveland Buckeyes replicas. In a "home-and-home" style series, the Tigers hosting the Tribe July 11 at Comerica Park, with the Tigers in 1920 Stars uniforms and the Indians in the 1948 Buckeyes road grays, while the Indians played host August 1 at Progressive Field seeing Cleveland wearing Buckeyes home whites and the Tigers in the gray Stars uniform.
The 2009 American League Central tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2009 regular season, played between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins to determine the champion of the American League's (AL) Central Division. It was played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 6, 2009. The Twins won the game 6–5 in extra innings and advanced to the 2009 AL Division Series where they were swept by the New York Yankees; the Tigers failed to qualify for the postseason.
A tie-breaker was necessary after both teams finished the season with identical win–loss records of 86–76. The Twins, who had won the regular season series against the Tigers, 11 games to 7, were thus awarded home field due to a rules change prior to the 2009 season. It was the third tie-breaker played in MLB from 2007–2009. It was also the second consecutive tiebreaker for the AL Central title after 2008, when the Chicago White Sox defeated the Twins to win the division. The Twins became the first (and, as of 2018, only) MLB team to contest tie-breaker games of any sort (divisional and/or wild card) in consecutive seasons. The tie-breaker is counted as the 163rd regular season game played by both teams and all events in the game are added to regular season statistics. This was the Twins' final regular season game at the Metrodome as the team moved to Target Field for the 2010 season. The tie-breaker was later named the Best Regular-Season Game of the Decade by Sports Illustrated.2009 American League Championship Series
The 2009 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2009 American League playoffs, was a best-of-seven game series matching the two winners of the 2009 American League Division Series. The AL East Division champions, the New York Yankees, defeated the AL West Division champions, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, four games to two, to advance to the 2009 World Series, their first since 2003.
This was the third time that these two teams faced each other in the playoffs. They met in the 2002 ALDS and 2005 ALDS with the Angels winning both series by 3–1 and 3–2.
New York, with a better regular-season record than Los Angeles, held home-field advantage. The series, the 39th in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 25. Fox Sports carried all games with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth. Starting with the 2009 season, weeknight games began 40 minutes earlier as suggested by Commissioner Bud Selig.The Yankees won the series four games to two, and went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 4–2 in the World Series.2009 American League Division Series
The 2009 American League Division Series (ALDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 American League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The ALDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Sunday, October 11. The matchups were:
(1) New York Yankees (East division champions, 103–59) vs. (3) Minnesota Twins (Central division champions, 87–76): Yankees win series, 3–0.
(2) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (West division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Boston Red Sox (Wild Card qualifier, 95–67): Angels win series, 3–0.The Twins and Detroit Tigers finished the 162-game schedule in a first-place tie atop the American League Central and played a one-game playoff at the Metrodome on Tuesday, October 6 that was won by the Twins, 6–5, in twelve innings, giving them the division championship and a postseason berth.
The Yankees, by virtue of finishing with the best record in the American League, were given the choice of playing an eight-day series (with three off-days) or a seven-day series (with two off-days) and opted for the former.
This is the third consecutive season—and the fourth since 2004—that the Angels and Red Sox have met in the ALDS. The Red Sox swept the Angels in 2004 and 2007, and defeated the Angels 3–1 in 2008. The Twins and Yankees last met in the postseason in the 2004 ALDS, which the Yankees won 3–1.
The Angels and Yankees each swept their respective series in three games. Since the advent of division series play in 1995, this was the first time that the winners of both divisional series swept their opponents (Royals and Orioles swept both of their ALDS series in 2014, defeating the Angels and Tigers respectively). The Yankees went on to defeat the Angels 4–2 in the ALCS, and defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4–2 to win the 2009 World Series.
Game 3 of the Twins–Yankees series was the final Major League Baseball game at the Metrodome, as the Twins moved into their new home stadium, Target Field, starting with the 2010 season.
TBS carried the tie breaker game and also televised all Division Series games in the United States.2009 Arizona Diamondbacks season
The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2009 season is the franchise's 12th season in Major League Baseball.2009 Atlanta Braves season
The 2009 Atlanta Braves season was the 44th season in Atlanta and the 139th overall. The Braves were once again skippered by Bobby Cox, then in his 24th season managing the team. It was the Braves' 44th season in Atlanta, and the 138th season overall for the franchise.2009 Boston Red Sox season
The 2009 Boston Red Sox season was the 109th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, eight games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox qualified for the postseason as the AL wild card, but were swept by the American League West champion Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS.2009 Chicago Cubs season
The 2009 Chicago Cubs season was the 138th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 134th in the National League and the 94th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs, attempting to win the NL Central division for the third consecutive season, fell short by finishing in second place with a record of 83–78.2009 Cincinnati Reds season
The Cincinnati Reds' 2009 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Cincinnati Reds attempting to win the NL Central after finishing fifth in the division the previous year. For the second year, the Reds were managed by Dusty Baker. The Reds played their seventh season of home games in Great American Ball Park. The Reds finished the 2009 season 78-84, only four wins more than the 2008 season.2009 Detroit Tigers season
The 2009 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 109th season. The Tigers' new slogan for 2009 was "Always a Tiger." It replaced the 2006–2008 slogan "Who's Your Tiger?"
The Tigers ended the season on October 6 with a 6–5 loss in 12 innings to the Minnesota Twins in the tie-breaker game to win the AL Central. The Tigers spent 146 days in first place and became the first team in Major League history to lose a three-game lead with four games left to play.2009 Houston Astros season
The Houston Astros' 2009 season is the 48th season for the franchise in the National League in Houston, Texas and their 10th season at Minute Maid Park. The Houston Astros attempted to win the NL Central for the fifth time (1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001), but failed.2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 80th midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals. The game was the first All-Star Game held in St. Louis since 1966. This was the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determined home field advantage in the World Series, with the American League winning all seven games up to and including 2009 under this format. After the game, the National League led the series, 40–38–2, but had not won since 1996. Fox televised the contest, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast, joined at the bottom of the 2nd inning by President Barack Obama. Pre-game coverage began at 5 PM US EDT on MLB Network, with ESPN joining in at 7 PM US EDT. Outside the USA, Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) carried MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.
The Cardinals had hoped to use the event to show off its planned Ballpark Village residential and entertainment complex to be built on the site of the former Busch Memorial Stadium across the street from the new ballpark. However the plans had not materialized by the time of the game and the Cardinals opted to use the site for a softball field and parking lot instead.On April 22, 2009, All-Star balloting began on MLB.com with eight position players (excluding pitchers and designated hitters) from each of the 30 teams being nominated for fans to vote. As with the prior year, only 25 email ballots could be cast and voting officially ended at 11:59 ET on July 2. Final rosters, with the exception of the final vote, were announced on July 5.
Fans voted for up to three players per league to participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. For the first time, the batting practice sessions were telecast on the self-owned MLB Network.
By length of time, this was the shortest MLB All-Star game (2:31) since 1988. At one point during the game, the American League retired 18 straight batters, the second most in All-Star game history.2009 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby
The 2009 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship as the State Farm Home Run Derby) was a home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball (MLB) between four batters each from the National League and American League. The derby was held on July 13, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the host location of the 2009 MLB All-Star Game. ESPN (United States), Rogers Sportsnet (Canada), and ESPN America (Europe) telecast the event, while ESPN Radio broadcast on radio.
The winner of the event was Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers.2009 National League Championship Series
The 2009 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven baseball game series pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Philadelphia Phillies for the National League Championship and the right to represent the National League in the 2009 World Series. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers four games to one. Los Angeles, whose NL-best 95–67 record topped Philadelphia's 93–69 record, retained home-field advantage. The series, the 40th in league history, began on October 15 and finished on October 21. TBS carried the championship on television.
The Phillies won the series, four games to one, advancing to the World Series for the second consecutive year. They were, however, defeated by the New York Yankees, 4–2.
This was the second consecutive NLCS between the Dodgers and Phillies and the fifth overall. The first two meetings were won by the Dodgers in 1977 and 1978, and the third by the Phillies in 1983; none of the three resulted in a World Series Championship by either team. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in five games in 2008 en route to their 2008 World Series title. This match-up is the most frequent in the history of the NLCS (as of 2009) tied with the Pirates vs Reds.
In 2009, the Dodgers won the regular season series, four games to three, outscoring the Phillies 26–25.
The Phillies would go on to lose to the New York Yankees in the World Series in six games.2009 National League Division Series
The 2009 National League Division Series (NLDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The NLDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Monday, October 12. TBS televised all games in the United States. The matchups were:
(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 91–71): Dodgers win series, 3–0.
(2) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 93–69) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 92–70): Phillies win series, 3–1.This marked the second postseason meeting between the Phillies and Rockies in three seasons; the Rockies swept the Phillies in the 2007 NLDS. The Dodgers and Cardinals last met in the postseason during the 2004 NLDS, which the Cardinals won 3–1.
The Dodgers and Phillies won their respective series—the Dodgers three games to none and the Phillies three games to one. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS by a series score of 4–1, and lost the 2009 World Series to the New York Yankees, 4–2.2009 Oakland Athletics season
The Oakland Athletics' 2009 season was their 41st in Oakland, California. It was also the 109th season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 75-87.
The Athletics entered the season with a measure of hope. During the 2008-09 offseason, the team added numerous hitters through both trades and free agent signings. The most notable addition was that of outfielder Matt Holliday. Holliday was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for rookie outfielder Carlos González, starting pitcher Greg Smith, and closer Huston Street. Oakland also added a handful of veterans via free agency; these included Orlando Cabrera, Nomar Garciaparra, and former Athletics superstar Jason Giambi. The signings were meant to improve the team's offense, which was the American League's worst (as measured by number of runs scored) in 2008.
While the Athletics' offense improved considerably in 2009, its gains were largely offset by inconsistent pitching. All told, Oakland would finish the season with a third consecutive losing record.2009 San Diego Padres season
The 2009 San Diego Padres season was the 41st season in franchise history.2009 San Francisco Giants season
The 2009 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 127th year in Major League Baseball, their 52nd year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 10th at AT&T Park. After four consecutive losing seasons, the team finished in third place in the National League West with an 88-74 record, 7 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. Following Peter Magowan's retirement, Bill Neukom served as general managing partner of the Giants. After a season with the fewest home runs of any team since the 1993 Florida Marlins, general manager Brian Sabean said the Giants would attempt to bring in a power hitter as well as strengthening a bullpen that held a 4.45 ERA in 2008, fourteenth in the National League.After leading the National League Wild Card race for most of the season, the Giants were ultimately passed by the Colorado Rockies. The team finished third in the NL West and second in the Wild Card. Though they missed the playoffs, the Giants surpassed most expectations for their season; for example, Sports Illustrated projected that the Giants would finish with a record of 77–85. Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins noted San Francisco's promising farm system (including products Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner) and the perceived weakness of the NL West as reasons to be optimistic about the Giants' potential. Additionally, the Giants' starting rotation boasted three Cy Young Award winners: Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, and Barry Zito. After the season ended, Lincecum won his second straight Cy Young. The Giants would build on their surprising 2009 season the following year, winning the World Series. It would be their first in San Francisco.Mark Buehrle's perfect game
Mark Buehrle of the Chicago White Sox pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays by retiring all nine batters he faced three times each on Thursday, July 23, 2009. This event took place in U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago in front of 28,036 fans in attendance. This game took 2:03 from 1:07 PM CT to 3:10 PM CT.
It was the eighteenth perfect game and 263rd no-hitter in MLB history, second perfect game and seventeenth no-hitter in White Sox history. The previous perfect game in MLB history was on May 18, 2004 when Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitched a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The previous occasion a White Sox pitcher threw a perfect game was on April 30, 1922 when Charlie Robertson pitched a perfecto against the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field (later known as Tiger Stadium); that was the fifth perfect game in MLB history.
Buehrle also logged his second career no-hitter; the first was against the Texas Rangers on April 18, 2007. He became the first pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters since Johnson. Buehrle did this in the midst of setting a Major League record by retiring 45 consecutive batters over three games.The umpire, Eric Cooper, who stood behind the plate for this perfect game was the same home plate umpire when Buehrle threw his first career no-hitter. Ramón Castro was the catcher.
At the time, the Rays were tied for the second-highest on-base percentage (.343) of any team, so they were one of the least likely to allow a perfect game. Buehrle’s perfect game was to become the first of three perfect games and the first of four no-hitters allowed by Rays in less than three years:
the second was delivered by Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics on May 9, 2010 (Mother's Day)
the third was pitched by Edwin Jackson of the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 25, 2010
and the fourth, which meant the Rays tied the Dodgers as the only MLB franchise to allow three perfect games, being delivered by Félix Hernández on August 15, 2012.
2009 MLB season by team