2010 Major League Baseball season

The 2010 Major League Baseball season began April 4, with the regular season ending on October 3. The 2010 All-Star Game was played on July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The National League ended a 13-game winless streak with a 3–1 victory. Due to this result, the 2010 World Series began October 27 in the city of the National League Champion, the San Francisco Giants, and ended November 1 when the Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series, four games to one.

2010 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 4 – November 1, 2010
Draft
Top draft pickBryce Harper
Picked byWashington Nationals
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Joey Votto (CIN)
AL: Josh Hamilton (TEX)
League postseason
AL championsTexas Rangers
  AL runners-upNew York Yankees
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
World Series
ChampionsSan Francisco Giants
  Runners-upTexas Rangers
World Series MVPÉdgar Rentería (SF)

Standings

Green backgrounds indicate teams that made the playoffs. Numbers in parentheses indicate seedings for the playoffs, determined by won-lost records.

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Tampa Bay Rays 96 66 0.593 49–32 47–34
(4) New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 1 52–29 43–38
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 7 46–35 43–38
Toronto Blue Jays 85 77 0.525 11 45–33 40–44
Baltimore Orioles 66 96 0.407 30 37–44 29–52
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Minnesota Twins 94 68 0.580 53–28 41–40
Chicago White Sox 88 74 0.543 6 45–36 43–38
Detroit Tigers 81 81 0.500 13 52–29 29–52
Cleveland Indians 69 93 0.426 25 38–43 31–50
Kansas City Royals 67 95 0.414 27 38–43 29–52
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Texas Rangers 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
Oakland Athletics 81 81 0.500 9 47–34 34–47
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 80 82 0.494 10 43–38 37–44
Seattle Mariners 61 101 0.377 29 35–46 26–55

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Philadelphia Phillies 97 65 0.599 54–30 43–35
(4) Atlanta Braves 91 71 0.562 6 56–25 35–46
Florida Marlins 80 82 0.494 17 41–40 39–42
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 18 47–34 32–49
Washington Nationals 69 93 0.426 28 41–40 28–53
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Cincinnati Reds 91 71 0.562 49–32 42–39
St. Louis Cardinals 86 76 0.531 5 52–29 34–47
Milwaukee Brewers 77 85 0.475 14 40–41 37–44
Houston Astros 76 86 0.469 15 42–39 34–47
Chicago Cubs 75 87 0.463 16 35–46 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 105 0.352 34 40–41 17–64
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) San Francisco Giants 92 70 0.568 49–32 43–38
San Diego Padres 90 72 0.556 2 45–36 45–36
Colorado Rockies 83 79 0.512 9 52–29 31–50
Los Angeles Dodgers 80 82 0.494 12 45–36 35–46
Arizona Diamondbacks 65 97 0.401 27 40–41 25–56

Postseason

Bracket

  Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                           
  1 Tampa Bay 2  
3 Texas 3  
  3 Texas 4  
American League
  4 NY Yankees 2  
2 Minnesota 0
  4 NY Yankees 3  
    AL3 Texas 1
  NL2 San Francisco 4
  1 Philadelphia 3  
3 Cincinnati 0  
  1 Philadelphia 2
National League
  2 San Francisco 4  
2 San Francisco 3
  4 Atlanta 1  
  • In first round of Playoffs two teams in the same division cannot play each other

League Division Series

American League

2010 American League Division Series
(3) Texas Rangers defeat (1) Tampa Bay Rays, 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(TEX-TB)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 6 Rangers 5, Rays 1 1–0 Tropicana Field 35,474 3:06 indoors
2 October 7 Rangers 6, Rays 0 2–0 Tropicana Field 35,535 3:10 indoors
3 October 9 Rays 6, Rangers 3 2–1 Rangers Ballpark 51,746 3:38 84 degrees, sunny
4 October 10 Rays 5, Rangers 2 2–2 Rangers Ballpark 49,218 3:22 82 degrees, sunny
5 October 12 Rangers 5, Rays 1 3–2 Tropicana Field 41,845 3:00 indoors
2010 American League Division Series
(4) New York Yankees defeat (2) Minnesota Twins 3-0
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-MIN)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 6 Yankees 6, Twins 4 1–0 Target Field 42,032 3:47 63 degrees, clear
2 October 7 Yankees 5, Twins 2 2–0 Target Field 42,035 2:59 73 degrees, clear
3 October 9 Yankees 6, Twins 1 3–0 Yankee Stadium 50,840 3:06 63 degrees, clear

National League

2010 National League Division Series
(1) Philadelphia Phillies defeat (3) Cincinnati Reds, 3–0
Game Date Score Series
(PHI-CIN)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 6 Phillies 4, Reds 0 1–0 Citizens Bank Park 46,411 2:34 61 degrees, partly cloudy
2 October 8 Phillies 7, Reds 4 2–0 Citizens Bank Park 46,511 3:39 72 degrees, clear
3 October 10 Phillies 2, Reds 0 3–0 Great American Ball Park 44,599 3:00 82 degrees, clear
2010 National League Division Series
(2) San Francisco Giants defeat (4) Atlanta Braves, 3–1
Game Date Score Series
(SF-ATL)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 7 Giants 1, Braves 0 1–0 AT&T Park 43,936 2:26 61 degrees, partly cloudy
2 October 8 Braves 5, Giants 4 (11) 1–1 AT&T Park 44,046 3:47 65 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 10 Giants 3, Braves 2 2–1 Turner Field 53,284 3:23 84 degrees, sunny
4 October 11 Giants 3, Braves 2 3–1 Turner Field 44,532 2:56 76 degrees, partly cloudy

League Championship Series

American League

2010 American League Championship Series
(3) Texas Rangers defeat (4) New York Yankees, 4–2
Game Date Score Series
(TEX-NYY)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 15 Yankees 6, Rangers 5 0–1 Rangers Ballpark 50,930 3:50 80 degrees, clear
2 October 16 Rangers 7, Yankees 2 1–1 Rangers Ballpark 50,362 3:52 83 degrees, sunny
3 October 18 Rangers 8, Yankees 0 2–1 Yankee Stadium 49,480 3:18 53 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 19 Rangers 10, Yankees 3 3–1 Yankee Stadium 49,977 4:05 54 degrees, clear
5 October 20 Yankees 7, Rangers 2 3–2 Yankee Stadium 49,832 3:48 59 degrees, cloudy
6 October 22 Rangers 6, Yankees 1 4–2 Rangers Ballpark 51,404 2:57 77 degrees, cloudy

National League

2010 National League Championship Series
(2) San Francisco Giants defeat (1) Philadelphia Phillies, 4–2
Game Date Score Series
(SF-PHI)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 16 Giants 4, Phillies 3 1–0 Citizens Bank Park 45,929 2:59 59 degrees, clear
2 October 17 Phillies 6, Giants 1 1–1 Citizens Bank Park 46,099 3:01 70 degrees, clear
3 October 19 Giants 3, Phillies 0 2–1 AT&T Park 43,320 2:39 62 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 20 Giants 6, Phillies 5 3–1 AT&T Park 43,515 3:40 62 degrees, partly cloudy
5 October 21 Phillies 4, Giants 2 3–2 AT&T Park 43,713 3:15 61 degrees, overcast
6 October 23 Giants 3, Phillies 2 4–2 Citizens Bank Park 46,062 3:41 61 degrees, clear

World Series

2010 World Series
(NL2) San Francisco Giants defeat (AL3) Texas Rangers, 4–1
Game Date Score Series
(SF-TEX)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 27 Giants 11, Rangers 7 1–0 AT&T Park 43,601 3:36 62 degrees, overcast
2 October 28 Giants 9, Rangers 0 2–0 AT&T Park 43,622 3:17 65 degrees, cloudy
3 October 30 Rangers 4, Giants 2 2–1 Rangers Ballpark 52,419 2:51 70 degrees, fair
4 October 31 Giants 4, Rangers 0 3–1 Rangers Ballpark 51,920 3:09 77 degrees, clear
5 November 1 Giants 3, Rangers 1 4–1 Rangers Ballpark 52,045 2:32 68 degrees, clear

The Year of the Pitcher

For much of the season, 2010 was frequently labeled the Year of the Pitcher (though this title is also taken by the 1968 season). 2010 saw many prominent pitching occurrences, including:

  • Six no-hitters were thrown. They were thrown by Ubaldo Jiménez (April 17), Dallas Braden (May 9), Roy Halladay (May 29), Edwin Jackson (June 25), Matt Garza (July 26), and Halladay again, this time in Game 1 of the NLDS. It was only the third time in major league history that at least six no-hitters were thrown in a single season. Braden's no-hitter and Halladay's first were both perfect games.
  • Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game (June 2), in which Galarraga set down the first twenty-six Cleveland Indians batters in order before umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled Jason Donald safe at first on a ground ball. If not for Joyce's mistaken call, Galarraga's would have been the third perfect game in a season (an MLB record, but it was later done in 2012 by Philip Humber, Matt Cain, and Félix Hernández), and the third in less than a month.
  • MLB pitchers combined for 329 shutouts (the most since 1972, when there were 357) and a record 34,306 strikeouts (an average of 1,144 per team).[1][2]
  • A record-tying 15 pitchers recorded 200 or more strikeouts.
  • Neftalí Feliz of the Texas Rangers earned 40 saves, breaking the record for most saves in a season for a rookie (previously held by Kazuhiro Sasaki).
  • Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals struck out 41 batters in his first four major league starts, a major league record.

Managerial changes

General managers

Off-season

Team Former GM New GM Former job
San Diego Padres Kevin Towers Jed Hoyer Hoyer served as the Boston Red Sox assistant GM.
Toronto Blue Jays J. P. Ricciardi Alex Anthopoulos Anthopoulos was Riccardi's assistant GM in Toronto.

In-season

Date Team Former GM New GM Former job
July 1 Arizona Diamondbacks Josh Byrnes Jerry Dipoto Dipoto was assistant GM.
September 22 Arizona Diamondbacks Jerry DiPoto Kevin Towers Towers signed a two-year deal in September.

Field managers

Off season

Team Former manager New manager Former job
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge Manny Acta Was manager of Washington Nationals 2007–2009.
Houston Astros Dave Clark * Brad Mills Bench coach for Boston Red Sox.

* Served as interim manager, replacing Cecil Cooper.

The following managers who were interim managers for 2009 will lead their respective teams in 2010:

Team Manager that started 2009 season Replacement Job prior to becoming manager
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle Jim Tracy Bench Coach for the Rockies during the 2009 season. After Hurdle was fired, Tracy took over as interim manager and won Manager of the Year in the National League, and will continue to serve as the manager for the 2010 season.
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin A. J. Hinch Director of player development for the Diamondbacks. Melvin was fired during the 2009 season and Hinch served as the interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Washington Nationals Manny Acta Jim Riggleman Bench Coach for the Nationals during the 2009 season. Riggleman took over as interim manager for the 2009 season after Acta was fired during the All-Star Break.

In-season changes

Date Team Former manager Replacement Previous Job
May 13 Kansas City Royals Trey Hillman Ned Yost Yost last managed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. Yost signed a two-year extension July 31 to remain manager.
June 4 Baltimore Orioles Dave Trembley Juan Samuel Third base coach; serving on an interim basis from June 4 through August 3, when Buck Showalter replaced him.
June 23 Florida Marlins Fredi González Edwin Rodríguez Spent the past 1½ years managing the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate.
July 1 Arizona Diamondbacks A. J. Hinch Kirk Gibson Best known for his dramatic walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gibson was the D-Backs' bench coach.
August 3 Baltimore Orioles Juan Samuel Buck Showalter Showalter, who was with ESPN as an analyst on Baseball Tonight, last managed with the Texas Rangers in 2006.
August 9 Seattle Mariners Don Wakamatsu Daren Brown Brown was in his fourth season managing the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate.
August 22 Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella Mike Quade Piniella stepped down early from an earlier announcement of his retirement at the end of the season to tend to his mother's failing health.[3] Quade served as the third-base coach of the Cubs and was named interim manager for the remainder of the season.

League leaders

American League

Batting leaders
Stat Player Total
AVG Josh Hamilton (TEX) .359
HR José Bautista (TOR) 54
RBI Miguel Cabrera (DET) 126
R Mark Teixeira (NYY) 113
H Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) 214
SB Juan Pierre (CHW) 68
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Total
W CC Sabathia (NYY) 21
L Kevin Millwood (BAL) 16
ERA Félix Hernández (SEA) 2.27
K Jered Weaver (LAA) 233
IP Félix Hernández (SEA) 249.2
SV Rafael Soriano (TB) 45

National League

Batting leaders
Stat Player Total
AVG Carlos Gonzalez (COL) .336
HR Albert Pujols (STL) 42
RBI Albert Pujols (STL) 118
R Albert Pujols (STL) 115
H Carlos Gonzalez (COL) 197
SB Michael Bourn (HOU) 52
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Total
W Roy Halladay (PHI) 21
L Rodrigo Lopez (ARI) 16
ERA Josh Johnson (FLA) 2.30
K Tim Lincecum (SF) 231
IP Roy Halladay (PHI) 250.2
SV Brian Wilson (SF) 48

Milestones

Reached

Batters

  • Manny Ramirez (CHW)/(LAD):
    • As a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez recorded his 2500th career hit with a single in the 5th inning against the Florida Marlins on April 10. Ramirez became the 91st player to reach this mark.[4]
    • Ramírez hit his 550th career home run in the 2nd inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 31. He became the 14th player to reach this mark.[5]
  • Iván Rodríguez (WSH):
    • Recorded his 550th career double in the 6th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 12. "Pudge" became the 23rd player to reach this mark.
  • Johnny Damon (DET):
    • Recorded his 1000th career RBI with a double in the 5th inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 14. Damon became the 264th player to reach this mark.
    • Scored his 1500th career run in the 1st inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 30. He became the 68th player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 2500th career hit with a single in the 3rd inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 6. He became the 92nd player to reach this mark.
    • Collected his 100th career triple against the Texas Rangers on September 15. He became 160th the player to reach this mark.
  • José Guillén (KC):
    • Recorded his 200th career home run in the 7th inning against the Detroit Tigers on April 14. Guillen became the 296th player to reach this mark. On August 13, Guillen was traded to the San Francisco Giants.
  • Magglio Ordóñez (DET):
    • Recorded his 1000th career run scored in the 3rd inning on a Carlos Guillén ground out against the Los Angeles Angels on April 22. Ordonez became the 303rd player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 2000th career hit with a single in the 4th inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 29. He became the 260th player to reach this mark.
  • David Wright (NYM):
    • Becomes the youngest in Mets history to record his 1000th hit. He reached that mark with a single in the 5th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of a doubleheader on April 27.
  • Orlando Cabrera (CIN):
    • Recorded his 200th career stolen base in the 6th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 30. Cabrera became the 337th player to reach this mark.
  • Vernon Wells (TOR):
    • Recorded his 200th career home run in the 5th inning against the Oakland Athletics on April 30. Wells became the 297th player to reach this mark.
  • Jason Kendall (KC):
    • Was hit by a pitch for the 250th career time on May 12 against the Cleveland Indians. Fausto Carmona was the pitcher that hit him in the 4th inning as Kendall became the 5th player to reach this mark.
    • Scored his 1000th career run on a Mike Avilés single in the 3rd inning against the Cleveland Indians on May 19. He became the 304th player to reach this mark.
  • Lance Berkman (NYY)/(HOU):
    • As a member of the Houston Astros, Berkman walked for the 1000th career time on May 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 5th inning by David Bush. Berkman became the 110th player to reach this mark.
    • Berkman, also as a member of the Astros, scored his 1000th career run on a home run on July 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He became the 306th player to reach this mark.
    • Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees on July 30.
  • Mark Teixeira (NYY):
    • Recorded his 250th career home run in the 7th inning against the Cleveland Indians on May 30. Teixeira became the 197th player to reach this mark.
  • Bobby Abreu (LAA):
    • Recorded his 500th career double in the 1st inning against the Kansas City Royals on June 2. Abreu became the 51st player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his ninth 20–20 season (20 home runs-20 stolen bases) by hitting his 20th home run on September 19. This is the third-most in history. Bobby Bonds and Barry Bonds hold the record by having ten 20–20 seasons.[6]
  • Ichiro Suzuki (SEA):
    • Scored his 1000th career run in the 5th inning against the Los Angeles Angels on June 5. Ichiro became the 305th player to reach this mark.
    • Extended his own record of consecutive 200-hit seasons to ten with a single in the 5th inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 23. He has tied Pete Rose for most 200-hit seasons in Major League history.
  • Derrek Lee (ATL)/(CHC):
    • As a member of the Chicago Cubs, Lee recorded his 300th career home run against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 9. Lee became the 126th player to reach this mark.
    • Also as a member of the Cubs, Lee scored his 1000th career run against the Colorado Rockies on July 31. He became the 307th player to reach this mark.
    • Lee was traded to the Atlanta Braves on August 18.
    • As a member of the Braves, collected his 1000th career RBI against the Colorado Rockies on August 25. He became the 267th player to reach this mark.
  • Carlos Peña (TB):
    • Hit his 129th home run as a member of the Rays setting the franchise record against the Toronto Blue Jays on June 10. Pena broke the record that was previously held by Aubrey Huff.
  • Alfonso Soriano (CHC):
    • Hit his 300th career home run in the 2nd inning against the Chicago White Sox on June 11. Soriano became the 127th player to reach this mark.
  • Jorge Posada (NYY):
    • Hit his 250th career home run in the 3rd inning against the Houston Astros on June 12. Posada became the 198th player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 1000th career RBI in the 1st inning against the Kansas City Royals on July 23. He became the 265th player to reach this mark.
  • Michael Young (TEX):
    • Collected his 1748th hit as a Ranger with a single in the 8th inning against the Florida Marlins. He broke the record that was previously held by Iván Rodríguez.
  • Chone Figgins (SEA):
    • Collected his 300th career stolen base against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 26. Figgins became the 156th player to reach this mark.
  • Jim Thome (MIN):
    • Scored his 1500th career run against the Detroit Tigers on June 28. Thome became the 69th player to reach this mark.
  • Scott Rolen (CIN):
    • Hit his 300th career home run against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 28. Rolen became the 128th player to reach this mark.
  • Corey Patterson (BAL):
    • Collected his 200th career stolen base against the Detroit Tigers on July 5. Patterson became the 338th player to reach this mark.
  • Matt Stairs (SD):
  • Torii Hunter (LAA):
    • Hit his 250th career home run against the Oakland Athletics on July 9. Hunter became the 199th player to reach this mark.
  • Andruw Jones (CHW):
    • Hit his 400th career home run against the Kansas City Royals on July 11. Jones became the 46th player to reach this mark.
  • Brooks Conrad (ATL):
  • Paul Konerko (CHW):
    • Hit his 350th career home run against the Seattle Mariners on July 28. Konerko became the 80th player to reach this mark.
  • Carl Crawford (TB):
    • Collected his 400th career stolen base against the New York Yankees on July 31. Crawford became the 68th player to reach this mark.
    • Collected his 100th career triple against the Texas Rangers on August 17. He became 159th the player to reach this mark.
    • By hitting his 100th career home run on August 29, Crawford becomes the eighth Major League player since 1900 to reach 100 home runs, 100 triples and 400 stolen bases for his career. He joins Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Lou Brock, Frankie Frisch, Kenny Lofton, Paul Molitor and Tim Raines as the only players to reach this milestone.
  • Dan Uggla (FLA):
    • Hit his 144th career home run as a Marlin to set the team record on August 1. Uggla broke the record that was previously held by Mike Lowell. Uggla hit the home run off of the Padres Kevin Correia.
    • Became the first second baseman in Major League history to record four 30-homer seasons by hitting a two-run homer in the 8th inning on September 13 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Alex Rodriguez (NYY):
    • Hit his 600th career home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4. Rodriguez became the 7th player to reach this mark. Rodriguez is the youngest player to hit 600, at 35 years and eight days—a year and 188 days younger than Babe Ruth was when he swatted 600. Rodriguez is fourth-quickest to the mark in terms of at-bats. He hit 600 in his 8,689th at-bat, behind Ruth (6,921), Barry Bonds (8,211) and Sammy Sosa (8,637).[8] It was also the same day of the year that he hit his 500th career home run.
    • Collected his 300th stolen base on August 8 against the Boston Red Sox. He became the 158th player to reach this mark.
    • Collected his 100th RBI of the season on September 6 against the Baltimore Orioles on a sacrifice fly in the 6th inning. Rodriguez has reached 100 RBI for a Major League record 14th season.
    • With his 30th home run on September 29 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Rodriguez extended his record of 30 home runs and 100 RBIs seasons to 14.
  • Chipper Jones (ATL):
    • Scored his 1500th career run against the New York Mets on August 4. Jones became the 70th player to reach this mark.
  • Juan Pierre (CHW):
    • Collected his 500th career stolen base against the Detroit Tigers on August 5. Pierre became the 37th player to reach this mark.
  • Omar Vizquel (CHW):
    • Collected his 1000th career free pass by walking in 3rd inning on August 5 against the Detroit Tigers. Vizquel became the 111th player to reach this mark.
  • Scott Podsednik (LAD)/(KC):
    • Collected his 300th career stolen base on August 8 against the Washington Nationals. Podsednik became the 157th player to reach this mark.
  • Aramis Ramírez (CHC):
    • Collected his 1000th career RBI in the 1st inning against the San Francisco Giants on August 10. Ramirez became the 266th player to reach this mark.
  • Albert Pujols (STL):
    • Pujols became the first player in major league history to begin a career with 10 straight 30-plus homer seasons by hitting a home run on August 15.
    • Hit his 400th career home run against the Washington Nationals on August 26. He became the 47th player to reach this mark. He became the third youngest player to reach this mark. Alex Rodriguez is the youngest player to get to 400 homers, having done so at 29 years, 316 days. Ken Griffey, Jr. reached the benchmark at 30 years, 141 days. Pujols reached it at 30 years, 222 days.
  • Luis Castillo (NYM):
    • Scored his 1000th career run against the Chicago Cubs on September 4. Castillo became the 308th player to reach this mark.
  • Adam Dunn (WSH):
    • Hit his 350th career home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 5. Dunn became the 81st player to reach this mark.
  • Ryan Howard (PHI):
    • Hit his 250th career home run against the Florida Marlins on September 8. Howard became the 200th player to reach this mark. Howard's home run came in his 855th career game and is the fastest player in terms of games played to reach 250 career home runs in Major League history. The previous record was held by Ralph Kiner, who did it in 871 games.[9]
  • Adrián Beltré (BOS):
    • Collected his 1000th career RBI in the 2nd inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 8. Beltre became the 268th player to reach this mark.
  • Carlos Lee (HOU):
    • Scored his 1000th career run against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 13. Lee became the 309th player to reach this mark.
  • José Bautista (TOR):
    • Tied the Blue Jays team record for home runs in a season by hitting his 47th home run in the 1st inning against the Baltimore Orioles on September 15. He tied the team record that was set in 1987 by George Bell.
    • Set the team record by hitting his 48th home run in the 6th inning against the Boston Red Sox on September 17.
    • Became the 26th player in Major League history to hit 50 home runs in a single season on September 23 against the Seattle Mariners. His home run against Mariners Félix Hernández marked the 42nd time (22nd in the American League) that a player has reach the 50 home run plateau.[10]
    • With a walk in the first inning on October 2 against the Minnesota Twins, he became the seventh player in major league history to record at least 50 home runs, 100 walks and 30 doubles in the same season. Bautista joins Luis Gonzalez, Sammy Sosa, Hack Wilson, Jimmie Foxx, Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth in accomplishing this feat.
  • Miguel Tejada (SD)/(BAL):
    • Hit his 300th career home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 22. Tejada became the 129th player to reach this mark.
  • David Ortiz (BOS):
  • Austin Jackson (DET):
    • Became the fourth rookie since 1901 with 100 runs, 180 hits, 30 doubles, 10 triples and 25 stolen bases in a season with a single on September 29 against the Cleveland Indians. He joins Joe Jackson (1911), Juan Samuel (1984) and Hanley Ramírez (2006) as the only rookies to accomplish this feat in Major League history.
  • Jay Bruce (CIN):
    • On September 29, Bruce joined Bobby Thomson (Giants, 1951), Hank Aaron (Braves, 1957), Alfonso Soriano (Yankees, 1999) and Steve Finley (Dodgers, 2004) as the only players in major league history to hit a home run that clinched their team's postseason berth.

Pitchers

  • Dallas Braden (OAK):
  • Roy Halladay (PHI):
    • Exactly 20 days later, on May 29, Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in Major League history, defeating the Florida Marlins 1–0. This achievement marked the first time in the modern (post-1900) era that two perfect games were pitched in the same season. In 1880, both Lee Richmond and John Montgomery Ward both hurled a perfect game five days apart. It was also the first perfect game for the Phillies since Jim Bunning's Father's Day perfect game on June 21, 1964, beating the New York Mets, 6–0.
  • Armando Galarraga (DET):
    • Galarraga threw what would have been a third perfect game on June 2 against the Cleveland Indians. However, first base umpire Jim Joyce made an errant call on Galarraga's coverage of first base on a flip throw by first baseman Miguel Cabrera, which would have been the final out. "I just cost [Galarraga] a perfect game", Joyce replied. "I thought he beat the throw. I was convinced he beat the throw, until I saw the replay. It was the biggest call of my career. I don't blame them a bit or anything that was said. I would've said it myself if I had been Galarraga. I would've been the first person in my face, and he never said a word to me." The 17,738 fans—as well as players and manager Jim Leyland—argued following the game.[11]
  • Ubaldo Jiménez (COL):
    • Threw the first no-hitter in the Rockies 18-year history by blanking the Atlanta Braves 4–0 on April 17. It was also his first career no-hitter and the first no-hitter of the season.
  • Edwin Jackson (CHW)/(ARI):
    • Threw a no-hitter as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks against the Tampa Bay Rays in a 1–0 win on June 25. It was the second no-hitter in Diamondbacks history and his first in his career. The only other pitcher to have a no-hit game was Randy Johnson against Atlanta, and that was a perfect game in 2004.
    • Jackson was traded to the Chicago White Sox on July 30.
  • Matt Garza (TB):
    • Threw the franchise's first no-hitter facing the minimum 27 batters (surrendering a walk in the 2nd inning) beating the Detroit Tigers 5–0 on July 26.
  • Roy Halladay (PHI):
    • Recorded his 150th career victory with a 2–1 complete game victory over the Houston Astros on April 11. Halladay became the 240th player to reach this mark, and also recorded his 50th career complete game.
  • Bobby Jenks (CHW):
    • Recorded his 150th career save closing out a win against the Seattle Mariners on April 25. Jenks became the 69th player to reach this mark.
  • Roy Oswalt (PHI)/(HOU):
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout as a member of the Houston Astros against the Cincinnati Reds on April 29. Bronson Arroyo was the victim as he struck out in the 4th inning. Oswalt became the 171st player to reach this mark.
    • Oswalt was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies on July 29.
    • Recorded his 150th career victory with a 9–1 victory against the Washington Nationals on September 17. He became the 245th player to reach this mark.
  • Tim Hudson (ATL):
    • Recorded his 150th career victory with 6.2 innings of work in a 10–1 victory against the Houston Astros on May 1. Hudson became the 241st player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout against the Florida Marlins on August 28. Logan Morrison was the victim as he struck out in the 1st inning. He became the 175th to reach this mark.
  • A. J. Burnett (NYY):
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout against the Baltimore Orioles on May 4. Luke Scott was the victim as he struck out in the 4th inning. Burnett became the 172nd player to reach this mark.
  • Jamie Moyer (PHI):
    • Became the oldest pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout in Major League history when at the age of 47 years, 170 days, he beat the Atlanta Braves, 7–0 on May 7 at Citizens Bank Park. Phil Niekro at age 46 years, 188 days was the oldest pitcher to do that beforehand, while Satchel Paige at age 46 years, 75 days, was the oldest non-knuckleball throwing pitcher to accomplish the feat for the St. Louis Browns in 1952.[12] Moyer also became the first pitcher to pitch complete game shutouts in four decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s).
    • On June 22, allowed his record-tying 505th home run in the 2nd inning to Russell Branyan of the Cleveland Indians. Moyer ties the record that was held by Robin Roberts. In his next start five days later, Moyer allowed his Major League record breaking 506th career home run in the 3rd inning to Vernon Wells of the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Jeff Weaver (LAD):
    • Recorded his 100th career victory in a 6–5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on May 7. Weaver pitched one-third of an inning to get the victory. Weaver became the 572nd player to reach this mark.
  • Tim Wakefield (BOS):
    • Recorded his 2000th career strikeout against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 12. Vernon Wells was the victim as he struck out in the 4th inning. Wakefield became the 64th pitcher to reach this mark.
  • Francisco Rodríguez (NYM):
    • Recorded his 250th career save by closing out a 5–3 victory against the New York Yankees on May 22. Rodriguez became the 29th player to reach this mark.
  • Trevor Hoffman (MIL):
    • Pitched in his 1000th career game on May 23 against the Minnesota Twins. Hoffman worked the 8th inning in the 4–3 victory. Hoffman became the 14th pitcher to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 600th career save by closing out a 4–2 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 7. He became the 1st player to reach this mark.
  • Joakim Soria (KC):
    • Recorded his 100th career save by closing out a win against the Texas Rangers on May 26. Soria became the 121st player to reach this mark.
  • Brian Wilson (SF):
    • Recorded his 100th career save by closing out a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 4. Wilson became the 122nd player to reach this mark.
  • Stephen Strasburg (WSH):
    • On June 8, becomes the first player in Major League history with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks in a major league debut in a 5–2 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Strasburg, who worked seven innings, fell one strikeout short for most strikeouts in a major league debut since 1920 held by J. R. Richard and Karl Spooner.
    • On June 18, Strasburg set another record by recording a total of 32 strikeouts in his first three professional starts by striking out 10 Chicago White Sox and broke the record held by Richard.
    • In his next start (June 23), Strasburg set another record by recording a total of 41 strikeouts in his first four professional starts. He struck out nine Kansas City Royals and broke the record of 40 that Herb Score set in his first four starts in 1955 as a member of the Cleveland Indians.
  • Kevin Gregg (TOR):
    • Recorded his 100th career save by closing out a win against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 10. Gregg becomes the 123rd player to reach this mark.
  • Jake Peavy (CHW):
    • Recorded his 100th career victory in a 10–5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on June 11. Peavy became the 573rd player to reach this mark.
  • Derek Lowe (ATL):
    • Recorded his 150th career victory in a 6–4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on June 18. Lowe became the 242nd player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout against the Washington Nationals on September 13. Roger Bernadina was the victim as he struck out in the 4th inning. He became the 177th player to reach this mark.
  • Brad Lidge (PHI):
    • Recorded his 200th career save by closing out a win against the Cleveland Indians on June 22. Lidge became the 40th player to reach this mark.
  • Billy Wagner (ATL):
    • Recorded his 400th career save by closing out a win against the Detroit Tigers on June 25. Wagner, who struck out the side, became the 5th player to reach this mark.
  • Vicente Padilla (LAD):
    • Recorded his 100th career victory in an 8–2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on June 30. Padilla became the 574th player to reach this mark.
  • Octavio Dotel (COL)/(LAD)/(PIT):
  • Javier Vázquez (NYY):
    • Recorded his 150th career victory in a 10–6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on July 21. Vazquez became the 243rd player to reach this mark.
  • Ryan Dempster (CHC):
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 25. Jon Jay was the victim as he struck out in the 6th inning. Dempster became the 173rd player to reach this mark.
    • Recorded his 100th career victory in a 1–0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on September 11. He became the 577th player to reach this mark.
  • Cliff Lee (TEX)/(SEA):
    • Recorded his 100th career victory in a 5–1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on August 6. Lee became the 575th player to reach this mark.
  • CC Sabathia (NYY):
    • Recorded his 150th career victory in a 5–2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on August 7. Sabathia became the 244th player to reach this mark.
  • David Price (TB):
  • Mariano Rivera (NYY):
    • Recorded his 550th career save by closing out a win against the Texas Rangers on August 11. Rivera became the 2nd player to reach this mark.
  • Kerry Wood (NYY)/(CLE):
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout against the Detroit Tigers on August 18, this after being traded to the Yankees by the Cleveland Indians on July 31. Ramon Santiago was the victim as he struck out in the 7th inning. Wood became the 174th player to reach this mark.
  • Bronson Arroyo (CIN):
    • Recorded his 100th career victory in a 5–2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 22. Arroyo became the 576th player to reach this mark.
  • Félix Hernández (SEA):
  • Matt Capps (MIN)/(WSH):
    • Recorded his 100th career save by closing out a win against the Detroit Tigers on August 31. Capps became the 125th player to reach this mark.
  • Randy Wolf (MIL):
    • Recorded his 1500th career strikeout on September 5 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jayson Werth was the victim as he struck out in the 3rd inning. Wolf became the 176th player to reach this mark.
  • Ubaldo Jiménez (COL):
    • Set the Rockies team record by recording his 18th victory of the season by defeating the Cincinnati Reds on September 6. Jimenez broke the previous record of 17 wins that was shared with Jeff Francis (2007), Pedro Astacio (1999) and Kevin Ritz (1996).
  • Mat Latos (SD):
    • Set a record with his 15th straight start with five or more innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 7. Latos broke the record of 14 straight starts held by Greg Maddux (1993–94) and Mike Scott (1986).

Miscellaneous

Awards and honors

Regular Season

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Buster Posey (SF) Neftalí Feliz (TEX)
Cy Young Award Roy Halladay (PHI) Félix Hernández (SEA)
Manager of the Year Bud Black (SD) Ron Gardenhire (MIN)
Most Valuable Player Joey Votto (CIN) Josh Hamilton (TEX)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo (CIN) Mark Buehrle (CHW)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (NYY)
2nd Base Brandon Phillips (CIN) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (CIN) Evan Longoria (TB)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos González (COL) Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Michael Bourn (HOU) Carl Crawford (TB)
Shane Victorino (PHI) Franklin Gutiérrez (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Yovani Gallardo (MIL) Vladimir Guerrero (TEX)
Catcher Brian McCann (ATL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Miguel Cabrera (DET)
2nd Base Dan Uggla (FLA) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) Adrián Beltré (BOS)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL) Alexei Ramírez (CHW)
Outfield Carlos González (COL) Josh Hamilton (TEX)
Ryan Braun (MIL) Carl Crawford (TB)
Matt Holliday (STL) José Bautista (TOR)

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Robinson Canó Kelly Johnson
May David Ortiz Troy Glaus
June Josh Hamilton David Wright
July Delmon Young
José Bautista (tie)
Buster Posey
August José Bautista Albert Pujols
September Alex Rodriguez Troy Tulowitzki

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Francisco Liriano Ubaldo Jiménez
May Jon Lester Ubaldo Jiménez
June Cliff Lee Josh Johnson
July Gavin Floyd Roy Halladay
August Clay Buchholz Tim Hudson
September David Price Derek Lowe

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Austin Jackson Jason Heyward
May Brennan Boesch Jason Heyward
June Brennan Boesch Gaby Sánchez
July Wade Davis Buster Posey
August Brian Matusz Daniel Hudson
September Neftalí Feliz Pedro Alvarez

Other awards

New stadium

Target Field April 2010
Target Field celebrated the return of outdoor Major League Baseball to Minnesota for the first time since September 30, 1981.

The Minnesota Twins inaugurated Target Field, their new 39,504-seat home field, in an exhibition game on April 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals (the Twins lost 8–4). On April 12, the Twins played their first regular season game in their new ballpark with a 5–2 win over the Boston Red Sox. The team moved from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which they shared with the Minnesota Vikings since the stadium opened in 1982 and also with the University of Minnesota football program until the Golden Gophers returned to their campus and opened TCF Bank Stadium in September 2009. The Twins last played outdoor baseball at home in 1981 when Metropolitan Stadium (where the Mall of America now stands) closed.

Target Field is also the first stadium to have been built specifically for the Twins since their arrival in the Twin Cities in 1961, and the first stadium to have been built specifically for the franchise since Griffith Stadium was built for the original Washington Nationals in 1911. Also, the 2010 season was the first since 1936 in which the Twins/Senators franchise did not share its stadium with a NFL team.

Ownership change

The Texas Rangers were sold at an auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on August 5 to a group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan from former owner Tom Hicks. The ownership change was approved by MLB owners on August 12.

Broadcasting

Television

The 2010 season marked the first full season in the USA for baseball games to be telecast in the digital format. The national telecast breakdown is as follows, along with the maximum number of appearances per team:

  • FOX: Saturday afternoon Game of the Week on a regional basis; nine appearances per team. In addition, the network will broadcast the All-Star Game (which was also broadcast in 3-D), NLCS, and World Series. The network starts their telecasts on Saturdays at 4 PM US ET/1 PM US PT, except for three dates (April 10, May 1 and 8) due to NASCAR coverage, when those games started at 3 PM ET/12 noon PT. Two prime time dates were on the schedule on both May 22 and June 26, both starting at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT. Fox Sports en Español holds Spanish broadcast rights to the World Series.
  • ESPN/ESPN2: Sunday Night Baseball on a weekly basis; five appearances per team. In addition, there are games on Monday and Wednesday nights (with the Monday games moving to either Wednesday nights to form a doubleheader or Friday nights when the 2010 NFL season begins), Opening Day games on April 5, and the Home Run Derby on July 12, which was also broadcast on ESPN 3D. ESPN Deportes holds Spanish rights to the Sunday night package.
  • TBS: Sunday afternoon games starting on April 11; 13 appearances per team. In addition, the network will carry the announcement of the All-Star Teams in the National and American Leagues on July 4 as well as the Division Series and the ALCS as per the alternating contract with FOX. Blackout rules will again apply here as Headline News will be broadcast in the teams' markets during the regular season.
  • MLB Network: The network will again air a weekly Thursday Night Game of the Week and Saturday Night Game of the Week, and for the first time, selected afternoon games. Thursday Night games are produced in-house, while Saturday Night games and midweek day games (except for the Civil Rights Game, May 22 and June 26) will usually come off the home team's video production. Blackouts will again apply here, as viewers in the competing team's markets will telecast an alternate game off the home team feed of selected teams. In addition, holiday games on Memorial Day (May 31) and day games on July 5 and in addition, commencing on September 5 (Labor Day), expanded coverage of the pennant races will be taking place with additional games broadcast.

In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet and Rogers Sportsnet One. 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. Starting May 16, TSN2 holds rights to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.

In Australia free to air channel One HD shows up to 5 regular season games live per week (no postseason coverage), and European channel ESPN America broadcasts games as well.

Radio

ESPN Radio will 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. ESPN Deportes Radio holds the Spanish language rights to the Fall Classic.

Uniforms, patches, and logo changes

Uniforms

New uniforms and uniform changes

  • The Florida Marlins, as part of the team's rebranding to the Miami Marlins as part of their preparation for the 2012 opening of their new ballpark, has dropped "Florida" from their road uniforms that had been with the team since its inception, using the team name instead.
  • The Minnesota Twins became the first team to unveil changes for the season. On November 16, 2009, the team unveiled a new logo with a revamped wordmark, and introduced throwback alternates based on their 1961 home uniforms, which were worn on Opening Day and on Saturdays. The Twins also unveiled their first road uniform change since 1987, dropping the pinstripes, and changing to a script "Minnesota" with lettering and numbering in navy with white and red trim. The new wordmark also appears on a revamped logo, with a baseball design and the words "Minnesota Twins Baseball Club" incorporated onto a navy circle.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers debuted a road alternate jersey with "Milwaukee" on the front, marking the first time the city name will appear on a road jersey since 1999.[14]
  • The New York Mets introduced an alternate pinstripe home uniform for the 2010 season. The new uniforms are cream-colored instead of white, and are based on the original Mets uniform, when the team debuted in 1962. The Mets continue to wear their non-pinstriped white uniforms and their black alternate jerseys at Citi Field as well.
  • The San Francisco Giants unveiled an orange alternate jersey for 2010 worn on "Orange Friday" games at home. The jersey will have the Giants name in black with a white outline along with a two-stripe black trim around the neck and sleeves. The team also changed their socks, adding three orange stripes to the black stockings already worn (while not wearing their "pajama pants.")
  • The Tampa Bay Rays added a long-rumored light blue alternate jersey for the 2010 season, to be worn on Sundays at home. In June, the team added two mid-calf white/light blue/white stripes to their navy blue socks.
  • The New York Yankees changed the MLB logo used on jerseys, apparel and equipment from the standard blue white and red to blue white and gray. The last time the Yankees used gray white and blue MLB logos was in 1996 for a short time.

Retired numbers

Throwbacks

  • To celebrate their 40th Anniversary season in Milwaukee, the Brewers wore replicas of their previous uniforms during three home games, first donning their 1972 uniforms on May 14 versus the Philadelphia Phillies, who wore replicas of their powder blue outfits that night; their 1982 uniforms against the Seattle Mariners on June 25, who donned their pullovers from that season, and their 1998 uniforms against the Washington Nationals on July 23. They also wore Milwaukee Bears uniforms on May 30 against the New York Mets as part of Negro League Tribute night. The Mets wore replicas of the New York Cubans' road outfits.[21]
  • The Houston Astros, in honor of their 45th year as the Astros, wore their 1965 jerseys on April 10 against the Phillies, who also wore replicas of their 1965 uniforms on that date. In addition, members of the ground crew donned replicas of the "spacesuits" worn by groundskeepers at the Astrodome and several female members were attired in replicas of the Astros' usherettes uniform. The team wore their "Rainbow Shoulders" uniform worn from 1985 through 1995 against the Cincinnati Reds July 24 as well.
  • For the Civil Rights Game May 15, the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals wore replicas of their uniforms from 1954, the year in which both teams fielded their first black players.
  • The San Diego Padres held "Throwback Thursdays", featuring the uniforms worn in both 1978, when the team recorded their first winning record, and from 1984, when the team won their first pennant in the National League. Several teams – notably the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates – joined in by wearing replicas from that season.
  • The Oakland Athletics and the Pittsburgh Pirates wore 1970's uniforms in Oakland on June 26. The Bucs wearing the 1979 championship season black ensemble, while the A's wore an all gold uniform from 1974. Also that day, the Baltimore Orioles celebrated the 40th Anniversary of their 1970 World Series triumph wearing replicas of the uniforms as the Nationals donned the second coming of the Washington Senators uniforms from that season.
  • The Orioles wore an all-orange uniform on August 13 at the Tampa Bay Rays, who donned uniforms of the Tampa Tarpons from that 1970 season as well. Orioles skipper Buck Showalter criticized the uniforms, and said they will never wear them again for a turn back the clock game.
  • The Nationals and Cleveland Indians wore throwback uniforms on June 12 to commemorate each city's first World Series wins in 1920 and 1924, respectively (the Washington team were then the American League Washington Senators franchise). The Indians also wore black armbands to commemorate Ray Chapman's passing, also taking place 90 years ago. Also on June 12, the Pirates and Detroit Tigers played the annual Negro Leagues tribute game at Comerica Park. The hosts wore the 1920s Detroit Stars uniforms, while the Pirates donned the 1931 road colors of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. The Buccos wore the Crawfords' home uniforms on their Negro League Tribute Night August 21 against the Mets, who wore a second New York Cubans road outfit. The Kansas City Royals' Negro League Tribute game was held on July 31 as the Royals donned the 1949 Kansas City Monarchs uniforms, while the Orioles wore 1940s Baltimore Elite Giants outfits.[22]

Patches

Anniversaries

  • The Houston Astros wore a patch commemorating their 45th season since changing their name from the Houston Colt .45s. The patch featured the "tequila sunrise" stripes from the team's Rainbow Guts uniforms as its background.
  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim wore a patch for hosting the All-Star Game.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers had a patch commemorating 55 years since winning their first World Series when the franchise was located in Brooklyn, New York. The patch features "1st World Championship" in red lettering above an oval, the center has the year (1955) and the Dodgers' logo with the Brooklyn Bridge shadowing both sides, and underneath has "55 since '55" in red/blue/red lettering.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers are wearing a patch commemorating their 40th season in Milwaukee.
  • The Minnesota Twins had two patches, one commemorating their 50th season in Minnesota on their road uniforms, and another honoring their new stadium on their home uniforms.

Memorials

  • Following the death of Colorado Rockies' president Keli McGregor on April 20, the team started wearing a patch with his initials ("KSM") on their uniforms.
  • On May 5, the day after the death of longtime Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster Ernie Harwell, the Tigers began wearing a patch on the right sleeve in his memory, inscribed with the broadcaster's initials.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies wore a patch with the number "36" on their right sleeve, honoring Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, who died on May 6.
  • After the passing of former National League umpire John Kibler, all MLB umpires have worn a black square patch with his initials ("JK") in white for a short time. The same item came about when Satch Davidson passed on in August with a small square patch with the initials "SD".
  • Following the passing of long-time public address announcer Bob Sheppard and owner George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees wore a black armband in memory of both men at the All-Star Game. Starting with their series at home against Tampa Bay, the team would have two patches, one with the initials "GMS" on their left chest for Mr. Steinbrenner, and on the left sleeve, a patch honoring Mr. Sheppard.[23] When Ralph Houk died July 21, the team added a black armband on their left sleeve.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates honored former general manager Joe L. Brown following his death with his initials in yellow on a black circle.

Caps

  • All teams have new batting practice/spring training caps for the season.
  • The Kansas City Royals unveiled a new powder blue alternate cap, which will be worn with their powder blue alternate jersey.
  • The San Francisco Giants introduced a new alternate cap, featuring the traditional SF monogram with an orange bill to be worn on Sundays
  • All teams again donned a special cap with the team cap logo in a stars-and-stripes motif (or in the case of the Toronto Blue Jays, a maple leaf motif) on Memorial Day, July 4 (July 1 – Canada Day – for the Blue Jays) and September 11 (June 23 in the case of the Blue Jays, as Canada remembers all those who died in acts of terrorism on that day), which will be white with either a red or blue bill.[24]
  • The Tampa Bay Rays introduced caps with a plaid brim for a batting practice hat in late September, then wore the hats for one game, the last home game of the regular season against the Baltimore Orioles.
  • The Boston Red Sox dropped the alternate 'hanging socks' cap in favor of the more popular 'B' cap.

Retirements

Venue changes

  • Due to the 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit, the Toronto Blue Jays along with Major League Baseball decided to hold their three-game interleague series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park rather than at Rogers Centre on June 25 through 27 as originally planned. This series was played under American League rules with a Designated Hitter and the Blue Jays as the home team for both scoring and statistical purposes. It was the first time the Designated Hitter rule was used in a National League ballpark (other than exhibition games and all-star games) since Game 2 of the 1984 World Series. As a result, during the 2011 season, the Phillies will visit Rogers Centre on Canada Day weekend (July 1 through 3).

See also

External links

References

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  2. ^ "1972 Major League Baseball Standard Pitching". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Lou Piniella, Former Yankees Manager and Player, Will Retire as Manager of Cubs at End of Season, New York Daily News, July 20, 2010
  4. ^ "Manny reaches 2,500-hits milestone". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
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  12. ^ Record-Setting Moyer Fires Two-Hit Shutout, philadelphia.phillies.mlb.com, May 7, 2010
  13. ^ "Félix Hernández becomes fourth-youngest pitcher to record 1,000 strikeouts". NBCSports.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  14. ^ Brewers Introduce Alternate Road "Milwaukee" Jersey, milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com February 17, 2010
  15. ^ Irvin's 20 to be Retired, Henry Schulman, San Francisco Chronicle, May 27, 2010
  16. ^ Cardinals Retire Herzog's No. 24, Rick Hummel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 23, 2010
  17. ^ Glavine to Have Number retired by Braves, Mark Bowman, atlanta.braves.mlb.com, May 11, 2010
  18. ^ D-Backs to Retire Gonzo's Number August 7, Andrew Pentis, arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com, June 23, 2010
  19. ^ White Sox to Retire Uniform No. 35 in Honor of Frank Thomas; Announce "Frank Thomas Day" Will Be Celebrated August 29, chicago.whitesox.mlb.com, February 12, 2010
  20. ^ Vizquel to Wear Aparicio's No. 11, Scott Melkin, chicago.whitesox.mlb.com, February 8, 2010
  21. ^ Brewers Announce Plans to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Season, milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com, January 20, 2010
  22. ^ Royals in Monarch Duds: Interview with Curt Nelson, Kansas City Baseball History Blog, July 19, 2010
  23. ^ Well, That Didn't Take Long Archived July 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, UniWatchBlog.com, July 12, 2010
  24. ^ UniWatch 2010 MLB Preview, Paul Lukas, ESPN.com, April 1, 2010
2010 American League Championship Series

The 2010 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was the best-of-seven game series pitting the winners of the 2010 American League Division Series for the American League Championship. The American League wild card-winning New York Yankees faced the American League West Division champions Texas Rangers. The Rangers won the 2010 ALCS and faced the National League champion San Francisco Giants in the 2010 World Series, the franchise's first ever appearance in the World Series, but would go on to lose to the Giants in five games. The series, the 41st in league history, began October 15 and ended on October 22. The Rangers had home field advantage in the series, as the wild-card team defers home field advantage in the LDS and LCS regardless of regular-season record.

The Rangers and Yankees had met in the postseason in each of the Rangers' three previous postseason appearances; the Yankees had won all previous meetings, 3–1 in the 1996 ALDS, and 3–0 in the 1998 and 1999 ALDS.

2010 American League Division Series

The 2010 American League Division Series (ALDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2010 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth "Wild Card" team (the team with the best record among teams not winning their division) played in two series from October 6 to 12. TBS televised all games in the United States.Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups for the 2010 ALDS were:

(1) Tampa Bay Rays (Eastern Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Texas Rangers (West Division champions, 90–72): Rangers win series, 3–2.

(2) Minnesota Twins (Central Division champions, 94–68) vs. (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card qualifier, 95–67): Yankees win series, 3–0.This was the second consecutive season and fourth season overall in which the Twins and Yankees met in the ALDS; the Yankees won all their previous series, 3–1 in 2003 and 2004, and 3–0 in 2009. The Rays and Rangers had never met previously in the postseason, with Tampa Bay making only their second postseason appearance in franchise history (after 2008) and Texas making their fourth appearance (and first since 1999).

The Rangers' win was the first postseason series victory in franchise history; the series also became the first MLB postseason series in which the visiting team won every game. On the other side, the Yankees extended their postseason dominance over the Twins to four consecutive series wins.

2010 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2010 season, the franchise's 13th season in Major League Baseball, included the team's attempt to make the playoffs for the first time since 2007. On July 1, 2010, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired Manager A. J. Hinch following a 31-48 start to the 2010 season and promoted Kirk Gibson who had served as the bench coach of the team since the 2007 season. Along with the dismissal of Hinch came the firing of General Manager Josh Byrnes.

2010 Chicago Cubs season

The 2010 Chicago Cubs season was the 139th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 135th in the National League and the 95th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League Central with a record of 75–87.

The Cubs played 10 extra inning games during the season, the fewest of any MLB team in 2010.

2010 Cleveland Indians season

The 2010 Cleveland Indians season marked the 110th season for the franchise, with the Indians attempting to improve on their fourth-place finish in the AL Central in 2009. The team played all of its home games at Progressive Field. In addition, this was the second season for the Indians playing their spring training games in Goodyear, Arizona. Manny Acta took over as the manager in 2010, after the Indians fired Eric Wedge at the end of his seventh season managing the Indians. Acta was formerly the manager of the Washington Nationals. Fausto Carmona represented the team at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

2010 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2010 season, the franchise's 18th in Major League Baseball, was a season in American baseball. It featured the club's attempt to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time in the history of the franchise. The club finished 3rd overall in the NL West with a record of 83-79.

2010 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2010 season was the 18th season for the Major League Baseball franchise. The Marlins played their home games at Sun Life Stadium. On June 23, 2010, Fredi González was fired as manager and replaced with Edwin Rodríguez. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history, and 2nd of the season, at Sun Life Stadium, on May 29, 2010. They failed to make the playoffs for the 7th consecutive season.

2010 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2010 was the 42nd for the Royals franchise. It was also the 25th anniversary of their first World Series championship (1985).

The Royals' payroll as the 2010 season opened was $70 million (21st in the major leagues).

2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 81st 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 13, 2010, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, the home of the American League Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and was telecast by Fox Sports in the US, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the broadcast booth. Fox also teamed with DirecTV to produce a separate 3D broadcast, the first ever for a network Major League Baseball game. Kenny Albert and Mark Grace called the 3D telecast. ESPN Radio also broadcast the game, with Jon Sciambi and Dave Campbell announcing. The National League won the game 3–1, ending a 13-game winless streak.This was the third All-Star Game hosted by the city of Anaheim, California, which previously hosted the game in 1967 and 1989. From 2003-16, the winning team earned home field advantage for the World Series. This was the first All Star Game the National League won since 1996, giving the NL said advantage in the World Series for the first time since 2001 – ironically, the winning pitcher, Washington Nationals closer Matt Capps, would go on to participate in the American League playoffs after his trade to the Minnesota Twins just a couple of weeks following the Midsummer Classic.

A short memorial honoring George Steinbrenner, the owner of the New York Yankees who died early that morning, was held prior to the game.

2010 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2010 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 American League and National League. The derby was held on July 12, 2010, at the site of the 2010 MLB All-Star Game, Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The event was broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN 3D, and ESPN Deportes. It was also broadcast internationally on Rogers SportsNet in Canada, and ESPN America in Europe. David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox won the event.

2010 Major League Baseball draft

The 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held on June 7–9, 2010 at the MLB Network Studios in Secaucus, New Jersey.

2010 Minnesota Twins season

The 2010 Minnesota Twins season was the 50th season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 110th overall in the American League.

It was their first season in their new stadium, Target Field, which made its regular-season debut on April 12 as the Twins defeated the Boston Red Sox 5–2. This marked the return of outdoor professional baseball to the state of Minnesota for the first time since the end of the 1981 season, the last played at Metropolitan Stadium. 3,223,640 fans attended Twins games, setting a new franchise record.

The Twins clinched their sixth AL Central division championship in nine seasons on September 21 after a win against the Cleveland Indians and a Chicago White Sox loss. They were again swept by the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series to end the season.

2010 National League Championship Series

The 2010 National League Championship Series (NLCS) was a best-of-seven game Major League Baseball playoff series that pitted the winners of the 2010 National League Division Series—the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants—against each other for the National League Championship. The Giants won the series, 4–2, and went on to win the 2010 World Series. The series, the 41st in league history, began on October 16 and ended on October 23. The Phillies had home field advantage as a result of their better regular-season record. The Phillies hosted Games 1, 2 and 6, while the Giants were at home for Games 3, 4 and 5.

The Giants would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship since 1954, and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City back in 1958, ending the Curse of Coogan's Bluff.

2010 National League Division Series

The 2010 National League Division Series (NLDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2010 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—a "Wild Card"—played in two series from October 6 to 11. TBS televised all games in the United States.Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups were:

(1) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 91–71): Phillies won the series, 3–0.

(2) San Francisco Giants (West Division champions, 92–70) vs. (4) Atlanta Braves (Wild Card qualifier, 91–71): Giants won the series, 3–1.The Phillies and Reds had met in the postseason once before: in the 1976 NLCS, which the Reds won 3–0. The Giants and Braves also had one prior postseason series—the 2002 NLDS—which the Giants won 3–2.

2010 World Series

The 2010 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2010 season. The 106th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League (AL) champion Texas Rangers and the National League (NL) champion San Francisco Giants; the Giants won the series, four games to one, to secure their first World Series championship since 1954 and their first since relocating to San Francisco from New York City in 1958. The series began on Wednesday, October 27, and ended on Monday, November 1.

In their respective League Championship Series, the Rangers and the Giants eliminated the 2009 World Series teams—the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies—each in six games. The Rangers' victory in the AL Championship Series gave the franchise its first World Series appearance in its 50-year history, dating from their inauguration as the second Washington Senators club in 1961. Meanwhile, the victory in the NL Championship Series gave the Giants their fourth World Series appearance since moving to San Francisco prior to the 1958 season; their most recent appearance had been in the 2002 World Series, when they lost to the Anaheim Angels in seven games. Coincidentally, the Giants and Rangers faced off in the first regular-season interleague game, on June 12, 1997, at the Ballpark in Arlington; Rangers reliever Darren Oliver, in his first stint with the club, threw the game's first pitch.

The Giants had home-field advantage for the World Series (the first NL champions to since 2001), because the NL won the All-Star Game, 3–1, on July 13. For the second consecutive year, Series games were scheduled for earlier start times in hope of attracting younger viewers. First pitch was just before 8:00 p.m. EDT for most games, with Game 3 starting at 7:00 p.m. EDT as part of a "family night" promotion and Game 4 starting at 8:20 p.m. EDT to accommodate Fox's NFL coverage.San Francisco landmarks, such as Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, and San Francisco City Hall, were illuminated with orange lighting at night during the postseason. An exclusive VIP party was held on the eve of the World Series at the California Academy of Sciences (in Golden Gate Park); most media were not allowed near the event. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom made a friendly wager with Arlington mayor Robert Cluck, agreeing that "the losing city's mayor will travel to the winning city and join the winning city's mayor in a day of support for local youth and community service initiatives, with both mayors wearing the jersey of the World Series Champion team." With three games slated in Arlington, this marked the 5th time the same city hosted both a World Series game and the upcoming Super Bowl (Los Angeles 1966–67, Minneapolis 1991–92, Atlanta 1999–2000, Tampa 2008–09).

Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game

In a Major League Baseball game played on June 2, 2010, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga nearly became the 21st pitcher in Major League history to throw a perfect game. Facing the Cleveland Indians, Galarraga retired the first 26 batters he faced, but his bid for a perfect game was ruined one out short when first base umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled that Indians batter Jason Donald reached first base safely on a ground ball. Galarraga instead finished with a one-hit shutout in a 3–0 victory. He faced 28 batters and threw 88 pitches (67 strikes and 21 balls), striking out three. The game is sometimes referred to as the "28-out perfect game", the "Imperfect Game", or simply the "Galarraga game".Joyce was tearful and apologetic to Galarraga after the game upon realizing he had made the incorrect call. Galarraga was forgiving and understanding of the mistake. Without irony, he told reporters after the game, "Nobody's perfect." Galarraga was the most prominent of the many people throughout Major League Baseball who subsequently voiced their support for Joyce. Unusually, the umpire met with both the pitcher and the media after the game to apologize for his error. The sportsmanship demonstrated by Galarraga and Joyce earned them both widespread praise for their handling of the incident.

Dallas Braden's perfect game

On May 9, 2010, Major League Baseball pitcher Dallas Braden pitched a perfect game. Braden, a member of the Oakland Athletics, pitched the game against the Tampa Bay Rays and retired all 27 batters. The game took place on Mother's Day in the United States and Braden's grandmother, Peggy Lindsey — who raised him after his mother died of cancer when he was in high school — was in attendance. Braden's battery mate during the game was Landon Powell, who was called up from the minor leagues 18 days before. It was the nineteenth perfect game in baseball history. Braden, who was 26 at the time, was the youngest pitcher to throw a perfect game since Mike Witt in 1984. The game was the Athletics' first no-hitter since 1990 when Dave Stewart did so on June 29, 1990, against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Roy Halladay's perfect game

On May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies pitched the twentieth perfect game in Major League Baseball history, against the Florida Marlins in Sun Life Stadium. He retired all 27 batters, striking out 11. This was the first time in the modern era that two pitchers (Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics being the other) threw perfect games in the same month and that multiple perfect games had been achieved in the same season.

The Cheap Seats (TV series)

The Cheap Seats was a television show on FOX Sports that mostly consisted of interviews with pro baseball players at home via Skype. It debuted during the 2010 Major League Baseball season with Chris Rose as its host, becoming best known for the many appearances by San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson, including the first on-camera showing of "The Machine". The host for 2011 was former pitcher David Wells.

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