2012 Major League Baseball season

The 2012 Major League Baseball season began on March 28 with the first of a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.[1] On November 22, 2011, a new contract between Major League Baseball and its players union was ratified, and as a result, an expanded playoff format adding two clubs will be adopted no later than 2013 according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.[2] The new format was finalized for the 2012 season on March 2, 2012, and will use the 2–3 game schedule format for the Division Series for the 2012 season only.[3] The restriction against divisional rivals playing against each other in the Division Series round that had existed in previous years was eliminated, as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees squared off in one of the best-of-5 LDS series in the American League. The stateside portion of the regular season started April 4 in Miami with the opening of the new Marlins Park, as the newly renamed Miami Marlins hosted the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The regular season ended on Wednesday, October 3.[4] The entire master schedule was released on September 14, 2011.

The Major League Baseball postseason was expanded to include a second wild card team in each league beginning in the 2012 season.[5] The season marked the last for the Houston Astros as a member of the National League. Following the sale to new owner Jim Crane, the Astros agreed to move to the American League effective in the 2013 season, and would be assigned to the American League West, joining their in-state rivals, the Texas Rangers.[6]

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 83rd edition was held on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, with the National League winning the All-Star Game for the third consecutive year in an 8–0 shutout of the American League.[7] With the win, the National League champion earned home field advantage for the 2012 World Series, which began on October 24 and ended on October 28 when the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers. The Civil Rights Game was held on August 18 at Turner Field, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the host Atlanta Braves, 6–2.[8]

2012 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 28 – October 28, 2012
Draft
Top draft pickCarlos Correa
Picked byHouston Astros
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Miguel Cabrera (DET)
NL: Buster Posey (SF)
League postseason
AL championsDetroit Tigers
  AL runners-upNew York Yankees
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsSan Francisco Giants
  Runners-upDetroit Tigers
World Series MVPPablo Sandoval (SF)

Standings

Division

American League National League
AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) New York Yankees 95 67 0.586 51–30 44–37
(5) Baltimore Orioles 93 69 0.574 2 47–34 46–35
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0.556 5 46–35 44–37
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0.451 22 41–40 32–49
Boston Red Sox 69 93 0.426 26 34–47 35–46
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 50–31 38–43
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 3 45–36 40–41
Kansas City Royals 72 90 0.444 16 37–44 35–46
Cleveland Indians 68 94 0.420 20 37–44 31–50
Minnesota Twins 66 96 0.407 22 31–50 35–46
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580 50–31 44–37
(4) Texas Rangers 93 69 0.574 1 50–31 43–38
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89 73 0.549 5 46–35 43–38
Seattle Mariners 75 87 0.463 19 40–41 35–46
NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Washington Nationals 98 64 0.605 50–31 48–33
(4) Atlanta Braves 94 68 0.580 4 48–33 46–35
Philadelphia Phillies 81 81 0.500 17 40–41 41–40
New York Mets 74 88 0.457 24 36–45 38–43
Miami Marlins 69 93 0.426 29 38–43 31–50
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Cincinnati Reds 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
(5) St. Louis Cardinals 88 74 0.543 9 50–31 38–43
Milwaukee Brewers 83 79 0.512 14 49–32 34–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 18 45–36 34–47
Chicago Cubs 61 101 0.377 36 38–43 23–58
Houston Astros 55 107 0.340 42 35–46 20–61
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) San Francisco Giants 94 68 0.580 48–33 46–35
Los Angeles Dodgers 86 76 0.531 8 45–36 41–40
Arizona Diamondbacks 81 81 0.500 13 41–40 40–41
San Diego Padres 76 86 0.469 18 42–39 34–47
Colorado Rockies 64 98 0.395 30 35–46 29–52

Postseason

Bracket

  Wild Card Game
(ALWCG, NLWCG)
Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                                     
    1 NY Yankees 3  
4 Texas 0     5 Baltimore 2    
  1 NY Yankees 0  
5 Baltimore 1     American League
  3 Detroit 4    
2 Oakland 2
   
  3 Detroit 3  
    AL3 Detroit 0
  NL3 San Francisco 4
    1 Washington 2    
4 Atlanta 0     5 St. Louis 3    
  5 St. Louis 3
5 St. Louis 1     National League
  3 San Francisco 4  
2 Cincinnati 2
   
  3 San Francisco 3  

Wild Card Game

American League

Friday, October 5, 2012 – 8:37 pm (EDT) at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
(5) Baltimore Orioles 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 8 2
(4) Texas Rangers 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 2
WP: Joe Saunders (1–0)   LP: Yu Darvish (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: none
TEX: none
Attendance: 46,931

National League

Friday, October 5, 2012 – 5:07 pm (EDT) at Turner Field in Atlanta

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
(5) St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 6 6 0
(4) Atlanta Braves 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 12 3
WP: Kyle Lohse (1–0)   LP: Kris Medlen (0–1)   Sv: Jason Motte (1)
Home runs:
STL: Matt Holliday (1)
ATL: David Ross (1)
Attendance: 52,631

Division Series

American League

2012 American League Division Series
(1) New York Yankees defeat (5) Baltimore Orioles 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-BAL)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 7 Yankees 7, Orioles 2 1–0 Camden Yards 47,841 3:31 52 degrees, overcast
2 October 8 Orioles 3, Yankees 2 1–1 Camden Yards 48,187 3:11 51 degrees, cloudy
3 October 10 Yankees 3, Orioles 2 (12) 2–1 Yankee Stadium 50,497 3:31 62 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 11 Orioles 2, Yankees 1 (13) 2–2 Yankee Stadium 49,307 4:31 56 degrees, clear
5 October 12 Yankees 3, Orioles 1 3–2 Yankee Stadium 47,081 2:52 52 degrees, cloudy
2012 American League Division Series
(3) Detroit Tigers defeat (2) Oakland Athletics 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(OAK-DET)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 6 Tigers 3, Athletics 1 0–1 Comerica Park 43,323 2:56 49 degrees, cloudy
2 October 7 Tigers 5, Athletics 4 0–2 Comerica Park 40,684 3:28 48 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 9 Athletics 2, Tigers 0 1–2 O.co Coliseum 37,090 2:33 65 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 10 Athletics 4, Tigers 3 2–2 O.co Coliseum 36,385 3:21 58 degrees, partly cloudy
5 October 11 Tigers 6, Athletics 0 2–3 O.co Coliseum 36,393 2:56 56 degrees, overcast

National League

2012 National League Division Series
(5) St. Louis Cardinals defeat (1) Washington Nationals 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(WSH-STL)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 7 Nationals 3, Cardinals 2 1–0 Busch Stadium 47,078 3:40 51 degrees, sunny
2 October 8 Cardinals 12, Nationals 4 1–1 Busch Stadium 45,840 3:27 61 degrees, sunny
3 October 10 Cardinals 8, Nationals 0 1–2 Nationals Park 45,017 3:32 64 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 11 Nationals 2, Cardinals 1 2–2 Nationals Park 44,392 2:55 62 degrees, sunny
5 October 12 Cardinals 9, Nationals 7 2–3 Nationals Park 45,966 3:49 54 degrees, partly cloudy
2012 National League Division Series
(3) San Francisco Giants defeat (2) Cincinnati Reds 3–2
Game Date Score Series
(CIN-SF)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 6 Reds 5, Giants 2 1–0 AT&T Park 43,492 3:27 61 degrees, clear
2 October 7 Reds 9, Giants 0 2–0 AT&T Park 43,505 3:14 59 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 9 Giants 2, Reds 1 (10) 2–1 Great American Ball Park 44,501 3:41 59 degrees, partly cloudy
4 October 10 Giants 8, Reds 3 2–2 Great American Ball Park 44,375 3:35 58 degrees, sunny
5 October 11 Giants 6, Reds 4 2–3 Great American Ball Park 44,142 3:52 57 degrees, sunny

League Championship Series

American League

2012 American League Championship Series
(3) Detroit Tigers defeat (1) New York Yankees 4–0
Game Date Score Series
(NYY-DET)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 13 Tigers 6, Yankees 4 (12) 0–1 Yankee Stadium 47,122 4:54 49 degrees, cloudy
2 October 14 Tigers 3, Yankees 0 0–2 Yankee Stadium 47,082 3:18 72 degrees, sunny
3 October 16 Tigers 2, Yankees 1 0–3 Comerica Park 42,970 3:28 53 degrees, clear
4 October 18 Tigers 8, Yankees 1 0–4 Comerica Park 42,477 3:27 59 degrees, partly cloudy

: postponed from October 17 due to rain

National League

2012 National League Championship Series
(3) San Francisco Giants defeat (5) St. Louis Cardinals 4–3
Game Date Score Series
(SF-STL)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 14 Cardinals 6, Giants 4 0–1 AT&T Park 42,534 3:21 61 degrees, partly cloudy
2 October 15 Giants 7, Cardinals 1 1–1 AT&T Park 42,679 3:10 69 degrees, clear
3 October 17 Cardinals 3, Giants 1 1–2 Busch Stadium 45,850 3:02 (3:28 delay) 65 degrees, cloudy
4 October 18 Cardinals 8, Giants 3 1–3 Busch Stadium 47,062 3:17 58 degrees, cloudy
5 October 19 Giants 5, Cardinals 0 2–3 Busch Stadium 47,075 3:03 51 degrees, cloudy
6 October 21 Giants 6, Cardinals 1 3–3 AT&T Park 43,070 2:55 62 degrees, cloudy
7 October 22 Giants 9, Cardinals 0 4–3 AT&T Park 43,056 3:35 62 degrees, cloudy

World Series

2012 World Series
(NL3) San Francisco Giants defeat (AL3) Detroit Tigers 4–0
Game Date Score Series
(SF-DET)
Location Attendance Time Weather (°F)
1 October 24 Giants 8, Tigers 3 1–0 AT&T Park 42,855 3:26 62 degrees, partly cloudy
2 October 25 Giants 2, Tigers 0 2–0 AT&T Park 42,982 3:05 64 degrees, partly cloudy
3 October 27 Giants 2, Tigers 0 3–0 Comerica Park 42,262 3:25 47 degrees, clear
4 October 28 Giants 4, Tigers 3 (10) 4–0 Comerica Park 42,152 3:34 44 degrees, cloudy

Managerial changes

General managers

Off-season

Team Former GM New GM Former job
Boston Red Sox Theo Epstein Ben Cherington Cherington previously served as the Assistant General Manager of the Red Sox.
Chicago Cubs Randy Bush Jed Hoyer[9] Hoyer previously served as the General Manager of San Diego Padres.
San Diego Padres Jed Hoyer Josh Byrnes[9] Byrnes previously served in the Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Padres.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tony Reagins Jerry DiPoto DiPoto previously served in several scouting departments, most recently with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Minnesota Twins Bill Smith Terry Ryan (interim)[10] Ryan previously served as General Manager of the Twins from 1994–2007.
Baltimore Orioles Andy MacPhail Dan Duquette [11] Duquette previously served as General Manager of the Montreal Expos from 1991–1995 and Boston Red Sox from 1995–2002.
Houston Astros Ed Wade Jeff Luhnow Luhnow had previously been employed by the St. Louis Cardinals.

Field managers

Off-season

The following managers were hired for the 2012 season after the former manager retired from baseball.

Team Former manager New manager Story
Miami Marlins Jack McKeon Ozzie Guillén On September 28, 2011, the Marlins announced that Ozzie Guillén has signed a four-year contract to manage the team beginning in the 2012 season. He replaces Jack McKeon, who served as interim manager since June 2011. Two minor league prospects were sent to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Guillén's rights.
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa Mike Matheny On October 31, just three days after winning the 2011 World Series, Tony La Russa announced his retirement.[12] The Cardinals announced the hiring of former catcher Mike Matheny as its new manager on November 13. Matheny, who had no previous managerial experience, played in 13 Major League seasons from 1994–2006, and was a four-time Gold Glove Award winner.[13]

At the end of the 2011 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.

Team Former manager New manager Story
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona Bobby Valentine On September 30, 2011, the Red Sox decided not to exercise their 2012 option on Terry Francona's contract and both parties decided to part ways. Francona led the team to two World Series championships in 2004, which ended the Curse of the Bambino, and 2007. However, in 2011, the Red Sox went 7–20 in the month of September, blowing a 9-game wild card lead as they were eliminated from playoff contention.[14] Valentine, whose previous managerial jobs were with the Texas Rangers from 1985–92 and the New York Mets from 1996–2002, was an analyst for Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN at the time of his hiring. Ironically, on December 6, Francona would take over for Valentine on SNB in 2012, after working as a color commentator for the first two games of the 2011 ALCS on Fox.
Chicago Cubs Mike Quade Dale Sveum The Cubs hired Dale Sveum as their new manager on November 17, replacing Mike Quade. Sveum had been a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers at various capacities (bench, third base, hitting) since 2006, and was also a former third base coach of the Boston Red Sox from 2004–05. His previous managerial experience was as an interim manager for the Brewers late in 2008, guiding the Brewers to a wild card berth that year. Quade served as manager of the Cubs from August 2010 until September 2011, succeeding Lou Piniella; however his only full season saw the Cubs finish 71–91 and in fifth place in the NL Central.[15]
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén/Don Cooper Robin Ventura On October 6, 2011, the White Sox named Robin Ventura as their new manager. Ventura, a former two-time All-Star third baseman, played for the White Sox from 1989 till 1998.[16] Cooper served as the White Sox' interim manager for the last two days of the season, after Ozzie Guillén was hired as the Miami Marlins' new manager.

In-season changes

Date Team Former manager Reason Replacement Previous Job and Story
August 18 Houston Astros Brad Mills Fired Tony DeFrancesco (interim) At the time of promotion, DeFrancesco was serving as manager of the Astros' AAA Pacific Coast League affiliate Oklahoma City RedHawks. Mills was fired after two-plus seasons at the helm, which included a franchise-record 106 losses in 2011. Hitting coach Mike Barnett and first base coach Bobby Meacham were also fired.[17]
September 27 Cleveland Indians Manny Acta Fired Sandy Alomar, Jr. (interim) Alomar was serving as Acta's bench coach when Acta was fired.[18]

League leaders

American League

Hitting leaders
Stat Player Total
AVG Miguel Cabrera (DET) .330
HR Miguel Cabrera (DET) 44
RBI Miguel Cabrera (DET) 139
R Mike Trout (LAA) 129
H Derek Jeter (NYY) 216
SB Mike Trout (LAA) 49
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Total
W David Price (TB)
Jered Weaver (LAA)
20
L Ubaldo Jiménez (CLE) 17
ERA David Price (TB) 2.56
K Justin Verlander (DET) 239
IP Justin Verlander (DET) 238.1
SV Jim Johnson (BAL) 51

National League

Hitting leaders
Stat Player Total
AVG Buster Posey (SF) .336**
HR Ryan Braun (MIL) 41
RBI Chase Headley (SD) 115
R Ryan Braun (MIL) 108
H Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 194
SB Everth Cabrera (SD) 44
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Total
W Gio González (WAS) 21
L Tim Lincecum (SF) 15
ERA Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 2.53
K R.A. Dickey (NYM) 230
IP R.A. Dickey (NYM) 233.2
SV Craig Kimbrel (ATL)
Jason Motte (STL)
42

** Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was ineligible to win the batting title, at his request, due to being suspended for testing positive for testosterone. He finished the season with a .346 average.[19]

Milestones

Reached

Batters

  • Adam Dunn (CHW):
    • Tied the Major League record for most opening-day home runs by hitting his eighth against the Texas Rangers on April 6. He tied the record held by Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey, Jr..[20]
    • Set the Major League record to strikeout at least once in each of his team's first 15 games of a season, by striking out in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners on April 22.[21] He broke the record that was held by Howie Goss, who struck out in each of Houston's first 14 games in 1963. Dunn continued to 32 games before not striking out May 11 against the Kansas City Royals.[22]
    • Recorded his 1000th career RBI in the ninth inning on August 13 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He became the 273rd player to reach this mark.[23]
    • Hit his 400th career home run against the Kansas City Royals on August 18. He became the 50th player to reach this mark.[24]
  • José Reyes (MIA):
    • Recorded his 100th career triple in the ninth inning against the Cincinnati Reds on April 8.[25] He became the 162nd player to reach this mark.
  • Alex Rodriguez (NYY):
    • Tied Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth place on the career home run list with his 630th home run on April 13.[26] Then one week later on April 20, Rodriguez hit his 631st home run to pass Griffey for fifth place on the career home run list.[27]
    • Tied Lou Gehrig for most career grand slams with his 23rd against the Atlanta Braves on June 12.[28]
  • Adrián Beltré (TEX):
    • Scored his 1000th career run in the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 14.[29] He became the 314th player to reach this mark.
  • Todd Helton (COL):
    • Recorded his 350th career home run in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 21.[30] He became the 85th player to reach this mark.
  • Rafael Furcal (STL):
    • Scored his 1000th career run in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs on April 24.[31] He became the 315th player to reach this mark.
  • Paul Konerko (CHW):
    • Hit his 400th career home run against the Oakland Athletics on April 25. He became the 48th player to reach this mark.[32]
  • Miguel Cabrera (DET):
  • Torii Hunter (LAA):
    • Scored his 1000th career run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins on May 2.[34] He became the 316th player to reach this mark.
  • Josh Hamilton (TEX):
    • Hit four home runs in a game against the Baltimore Orioles on May 8.[35] He became the 16th player in Major League history to accomplish this feat.
    • Became the first player in Rangers' franchise history to exceed 20 home runs by the end of May.[36]
  • Plácido Polanco (PHI):
    • Recorded his 2000th career hit with a two-run home run in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros on May 14.[37] He became the 269th player to reach this mark.
  • Jamie Moyer (COL):
    • With his two-run single against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 16, Moyer (at age 49 years, 180 days) became the oldest player in Major League history to record an RBI.[38]
  • Albert Pujols (LAA):
    • Hit his 450th career home run against the Seattle Mariners on May 24, becoming the 35th player and fourth-youngest to reach this mark.[39]
  • Melky Cabrera (SF):
    • Set the Giants' franchise record for most hits in May with his 50th hit on May 29 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.[40] He broke the record that was set by Willie Mays. On May 30, Cabrera singled in the eighth inning and tied the franchise record for most hits in any month with 51 that was set by Randy Winn in September 2005.[41]
  • Steve Lombardozzi, Jr./Bryce Harper (WSH):
    • Became the first pair of rookies in Major League history to hit back-to-back home runs beginning with a first-inning leadoff shot on June 3 against the Atlanta Braves.[42]
  • Carlos Beltrán (STL):
    • Became the first switch hitter in Major League history with 300 home runs and 300 steals with his stolen base on June 15 against the Kansas City Royals.[43]
  • Ichiro Suzuki (NYY)/(SEA):
    • Recorded his 2500th MLB career hit in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 19.[44] He became the 95th player to reach this mark.
  • Jim Thome (BAL)/(PHI):
  • José Bautista (TOR):
    • With his home run against the Boston Red Sox on June 27, Bautista set the Jays' franchise record for most home runs in a calendar month with 13. He broke the record that he shared with Carlos Delgado (August 1999), José Cruz, Jr. (August 2001) and himself from May and August 2010.[46] Bautista finished the month with 14 home runs.
  • Aaron Hill (ARI):
  • Yasmani Grandal (SD):
    • Became the first player in Major League history to hit a home run from each side of the plate for his first two Major League hits.[48]
  • David Ortiz (BOS):
    • Hit his 400th career home run in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 4. He became the 49th player to reach this mark.[33]
  • Derek Jeter (NYY):
    • With two hits on August 11 against the Toronto Blue Jays, Jeter increased his season total to 150 and joined Hank Aaron as the only players in Major League history to post 150 or more hits in each of 17 consecutive seasons.[49]
  • David Wright (NYM):
    • Hit his 200th career home run on August 24 against the Houston Astros, becoming only the third player in Mets history do accomplish this feat.[50]
    • Set the franchise record for most hits in team history on September 26 with 1,420. He broke the record that was held by Ed Kranepool.[51]
  • Mike Trout (LAA)
    • With his 25th home run on August 28 against the Boston Red Sox, Trout became the youngest player in Major League history and first rookie to amass 25 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a single season.[52]
    • Became the first rookie in Major League history to amass at least 30 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season. At age 21, he also became the youngest player in Major League history with a 30–30 season.[53]
    • Became the first player in Major League history to hit 30 homers, steal 45 bases and score 125 runs in one season.[54]
  • Bryce Harper (WSH):
    • Became the third teenager in Major League history to record at least two multi-homer games in a single season with this two home runs against the Chicago Cubs on September 5. The other teenagers that accomplished this feat were Mel Ott (1928) and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1989).[55]
  • Ryan Braun (MIL):
    • With his 200th career home run on September 16 against the New York Mets, Braun reached the combination of 200 home runs and 100 stolen bases faster than anyone else in Major League history (five years, 114 days after his major-league debut).[56]
  • Ryan Howard (PHI):
    • With his 300th home run against the Atlanta Braves on September 22, Howard (also the 135th player to reach this mark) reached the 300-homer plateau in his 1093rd game, which is the second-fewest games that any player in Major League history has needed to get to that milestone. Ralph Kiner needed 1087 games to hit 300 home runs.[57]

Pitchers

[60]

Miscellaneous

  • Toronto Blue Jays/Cleveland Indians:
    • Played the longest opening-day game ever in the major leagues on April 5. The game lasted 16 innings[80] and the Blue Jays won 7–4. The game eclipsed the previous longest openers between Cleveland and Detroit on April 19, 1960 (15 innings), and between Philadelphia and Washington on April 13, 1926 (15 innings).
  • Cincinnati Reds:
    • Became the sixth franchise to reach 10,000 wins in Major League history with a 9–4 win against the Chicago Cubs on April 20.[81] The Reds amassed a record of 10,000–9,710.
  • Kansas City Royals:
    • With their loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on April 23, the Royals lost all ten games on their homestand. Only two other teams in Major League history went 0–10 or worse on a homestand: the Seattle Pilots went 0–10 on a homestand in August 1969, and the Arizona Diamondbacks went 0–11 on a homestand in July 2004.[82]
  • Baltimore Orioles:
    • Became the first American League team in Major League history to start a game with three consecutive home runs by doing this against the Texas Rangers on May 10 in the first game of the doubleheader.[83] Ryan Flaherty, J. J. Hardy and Nick Markakis hit the record setting home runs against Colby Lewis.
    • With their victory on September 13 against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles won their 81st game of the season which officially ended a franchise-record run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.[84]
    • Chris Davis became the first position player to be credited with a win since Rocky Colavito pitched in 1968. The May 6 game was also notable in that both teams used a position player to pitch in relief, the first time since 1925.[85]
  • Los Angeles Dodgers:
    • By being shutout in the three-game series against the San Francisco Giants June 25 through June 27, this marked the first time in franchise history that the Dodgers failed to score in a series of three or more games.[46]
  • New York Yankees:
    • Set a franchise record by scoring at least three runs in their 39th consecutive game on July 15 against the Los Angeles Angels. This broke a team record set in 1933. Only two other Major League teams have scored three runs or more in each of at least 39 straight games in one season: the 1994 Indians (48 games) and 1930 Athletics (41).[86] The streak ended at 43 games after a 3–2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on July 20.
  • St. Louis Cardinals:
    • Tied a Major League record seven doubles in one inning in the seventh inning against the Chicago Cubs on July 21. They tied the mark set by the Boston Bees in 1936. The 12 runs they scored in the inning also tied a franchise record set by the 1926 Cardinals.[87]
  • Washington Nationals:
  • Chicago Cubs/Houston Astros:
    • On September 11, 2012, the Cubs and Astros combined to use 11 pitchers in a game in which Houston came away with a 1–0 victory at Minute Maid Park. It is the most pitchers used in a 1–0 nine-inning game in Major League history breaking the record of ten pitchers in games of that type: Colorado vs. San Diego on September 17, 2008, San Francisco vs. San Diego on September 10, 2010, and the Pittsburgh vs. Houston on June 14, 2011.[89]
  • Oakland Athletics:
    • Set the American League record for most team strikeouts in a season by passing the record of 1,324 strikeouts that the Tampa Bay Rays set in 2007. Chris Carter was the victim as the Rangers right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt struck out Carter in the third inning on September 26.[90] The Major League record is 1,529 strikeouts and is currently held by the 2010 Arizona Diamondbacks.[91]
    • Set the Major League record for wins by rookie pitchers with their 53rd win against the Texas Rangers on October 2.[92]
  • Pittsburgh Pirates:
    • With their loss to the Cincinnati Reds on September 30, the Pirates extended their record for most consecutive losing seasons to 20. Their last winning record was in 1992.[93]
  • Division Series:
    • This postseason marks the first time that all four division series went the full five games since the divisional round and wild cards were introduced in 1995.[94]

Awards and honors

Regular season

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Bryce Harper (WSH) Mike Trout (LAA)
Cy Young Award R.A. Dickey (NYM) David Price (TB)
Manager of the Year Davey Johnson (WSH) Bob Melvin (OAK)
Most Valuable Player Buster Posey (SF) Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Mark Buehrle (MIA) Jeremy Hellickson (TB)
Jake Peavy (CHW)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Matt Wieters (BAL)
1st Base Adam LaRoche (WSH) Mark Teixeira (NYY)
2nd Base Darwin Barney (CHC) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Chase Headley (SD) Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (PHI) J. J. Hardy (BAL)
Left field Carlos González (COL) Alex Gordon (KC)
Center field Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Adam Jones (BAL)
Right field Jason Heyward (ATL) Josh Reddick (OAK)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Stephen Strasburg (WSH) Billy Butler (KC)
Catcher Buster Posey (SF) A. J. Pierzynski (CHW)
1st Base Adam LaRoche (WSH) Prince Fielder (DET)
2nd Base Aaron Hill (ARI) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Chase Headley (SD) Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Shortstop Ian Desmond (WSH) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Ryan Braun (MIL) Josh Willingham (MIN)
Jay Bruce (CIN) Josh Hamilton (TEX)
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Mike Trout (LAA)

Other awards

Fielding Bible Awards
Position Player
Pitcher Mark Buehrle (MIA)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL)
1st Base Mark Teixeira (NYY)
2nd Base Darwin Barney (CHC)
3rd Base Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Brendan Ryan (SEA)
Left Field Alex Gordon (KC)
Center Field Mike Trout (LAA)
Right Field Jason Heyward (ATL)

Monthly Awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Josh Hamilton Matt Kemp
May Josh Hamilton Giancarlo Stanton
June José Bautista Andrew McCutchen
July Mike Trout Andrew McCutchen
August Miguel Cabrera Chase Headley
September Adrián Beltré Chase Headley

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Jake Peavy Stephen Strasburg
May Chris Sale Gio González
June Matt Harrison R.A. Dickey
July Jason Vargas Jordan Zimmermann
August Félix Hernández Kris Medlen
September Justin Verlander Kris Medlen

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Yu Darvish Wade Miley
May Mike Trout Bryce Harper
June Mike Trout Andrelton Simmons
July Mike Trout Anthony Rizzo
August Mike Trout Todd Frazier
September Yoenis Céspedes Bryce Harper

Uniforms

New uniforms

Wholesale changes

Five teams have made wholesale changes to their uniforms in 2012, while a sixth has new road uniforms. Two other teams added alternate uniforms to their existing set.

The San Diego Padres were the first team to announce changes to their logos and uniform set on November 9. The new primary features the "SD" cap logo inside a navy circle with the words "San Diego Padres Baseball Club" encircling it. The "swinging friar" logo was also revived, albeit in the current colors. Another secondary logo features the Padres script from last season below the depiction of Petco Park in sand and above the year of establishment; a blue and white version is used on the away and alternate uniforms. The front of the home uniform remains the same, except that the sand trim in "Padres" is now in trim instead of a drop shadow and the addition of navy piping. Originally they'll use the sand Petco patch on the left sleeve, but upon unveiling the uniforms, the "swinging friar" patch was placed instead. The road uniforms now feature "San Diego" in an arched position with navy piping. The alternate blue uniforms feature the "SD" cap logo on the left chest with white piping. All three uniforms now feature the block numerals on the reverse side. The digital camouflage uniforms were retained, save for the change to block numerals. The caps with the sand "SD" were retired.[97]

The Marlins unveiled their changes on November 11, 2011, as the team was rebranded as the Miami Marlins,[98] complete with a new logo featuring a stylized Marlin jumping over an art deco colored "M" in coral, yellow and blue. "MIAMI" will grace the primary white uniform, and there will be an orange home alternate which feature the team name, while the black alt had been reduced to road alternate jersey. The black cap is used for the regular home, away and black alternates, while the orange cap is paired with the orange alternates. The Marlins become the second team to use the city (or state) name on the home uniforms, after the Texas Rangers.

November 15 saw the Baltimore Orioles redesign their road and home uniform sets and returned to a version of the cartoon logo used from the mid-1960s to 1988.[99] The home caps are white in front and black on the back with an orange bill, while the away caps will be all black with an orange bill, both featuring the cartoon bird. They also unveiled a modernized version of the orange alternate uniforms last worn in 1992, and were worn on select home games, but retained the black alternate uniforms paired with the black and orange cap with the "O's" script.[100]

As part of their golden anniversary season, the New York Mets modified their home and road uniforms to resemble the style worn in 1962, having their unveiling November 16.[101] The black drop-shadow trim was removed from the team/city script logos, player numerals and name lettering on the off-white pinstriped home uniforms (now the primary home uniform), the white alternate home uniforms, and the grey road uniforms, all of which were worn only with the team's traditional blue cap with orange "NY" crest and blue undersleeves, belts and socks. In addition, the black alternate jersey (which will be worn occasionally on the road in 2012) is being phased out, to be replaced by a blue alternate starting in 2013. The solid black cap with the blue/white/orange crest will also be retained for one more season, to be worn only with the black alternate jersey. The black cap with blue bill and blue/orange crest has been eliminated. In addition, the Mets have removed the color black from their batting-practice jerseys and caps; both will be blue with orange lettering/logos outlined in white.

The Toronto Blue Jays unveiled new uniforms on November 18, returning to a variation of their vintage logo used from 1977 through 1996.[102] The new logo is similar to the original used from 1977–96, with a few exceptions: a more prominent maple leaf, a sleeker-looking blue jay, serifed modern lettering on the team name, and a split-line blue circle enclosing the logo. The new uniforms are similarly based on the set used from 1989–96; a white home uniform with "Blue Jays", a grey road uniform with "Toronto", and a blue alternate uniform with "Blue Jays". The team/city name is arched above the secondary logo of the blue jay with the maple leaf, sans the baseball, situated on the left side. The secondary logo is also placed in the blue cap. The uniforms use the breathable double-knit polyester fabric, claiming the previously lighter Climate Base fabric became too heavy, once players began to sweat.[103]

The Colorado Rockies replaced their purple road pinstripes with a more traditional solid gray uniform which was unveiled at RockiesFest in Denver in January 2012.

The San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves added alternate uniforms to their set. The Giants wear a Sunday road game grey alternate based on the road uniforms they wore during their 1989 World Series run, with the interlocking 'SF' logo on the left chest and black neck-hoop piping. The black piping was also incorporated into the team's normal road gray uniforms. The Braves unveiled a cream (heritage white) home alternates based on the uniforms worn in their first season in Atlanta. The uniform has the 'Braves' wordmark without the tomahawk with the uniform number below on the left chest and navy piping. The sleeves have a logo commemorating the Braves franchise's first season in 1876.

A new, slightly altered Los Angeles Dodgers logo made its way to the Dodgers dugout wall at Dodger Stadium and for their "Social September" promotion in September 2011.[104] The baseball and flight lines have been thickened, while the "o" in the script "Dodgers" no longer has a line on the bottom left. The home uniform script continues to use the previous script, though.

Caps and jerseys

After reviving the popular Northwest Green jerseys at home, the Seattle Mariners are bringing back their navy with teal bill caps, last worn in 2002, for Monday and Friday home contests. Also, their navy road alternate will now have "SEATTLE" on the jersey front.[105]

The Royals unveiled minor tweaks to their light blue home alternate jersey, with all numbers and lettering now white with royal trim, and a revamped away uniform (changed to a darker blue-gray color and a revamped "Kansas City" script). In addition, the team has dropped their light blue caps.[106]

The Cleveland Indians made minor tweaks to the home and alternate uniforms. The white home uniform features navy collar piping and the 'Indians' script in red and navy trim, removing the white inner trim as well as the navy piping on the button lines. The navy alternate features gray collar piping and the 'Indians' script in red and white trim, removing the navy inner trim as well as the grey piping on the button lines.[107]

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim revert to the silver halo after changing it to gold the previous year. They also added a sleeve patch that says 'Angels Baseball' with the foundation year (1961) separated by the current logo in between. The logo is wrapped in a red, navy and silver circle. This patch will be placed on all uniforms.

Throwbacks

As part of their 40th anniversary in Arlington, the Texas Rangers will wear replicas of the four different uniforms they've worn throughout the team's history, the most notable of which are the two uniforms worn during the ownership of then-future President of the United States George W. Bush.

As part of their 50th anniversary, the Astros will wear throwbacks throughout the season, including a game with Colt .45s uniforms.

The Red Sox and the Yankees wore 1912 throwbacks on April 20 to mark the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. It marked only the second time the Yankees have worn throwbacks; the first was in 1996, when they wore New York Black Yankees uniforms at a Negro League tribute game in Detroit.

The Red Sox and Athletics wore 1936 uniforms on May 2 at Fenway Park.

The Twins wore Minneapolis Millers uniforms on June 30 in the second game of a make-up doubleheader against the Royals, who wore the uniforms of the Kansas City Blues.

The Nationals wore the uniforms of the 1924 Washington Senators on July 5 against the Giants, who wore the 1924 New York Giants uniforms.

The Athletics wore the PCL Oakland Oaks uniforms, and the Mariners the Rainiers, on July 8.

The Brewers will wear Milwaukee Bears Negro League uniforms on July 28.

The Diamondbacks will wear a throwback uniform on September 15. Fans decided online that their 1998 purple uniform will be worn.

The White Sox are wearing 1972 uniforms on Sundays at home this season.

The Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates wore throwback uniforms paying tribute to the Negro league baseball teams Detroit Stars and Pittsburgh Crawfords on May 19.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Seattle Mariners wore throwback uniforms of defunct Pacific Coast League teams Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Rainiers on May 26.

The Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants wore 1912 throwback uniforms on June 2.

The Pirates and Royals wore Negro League uniforms on June 9 – the Pirates, the Homestead Grays and the Royals, the Kansas City Monarchs.

The Tampa Bay Rays wore 'faux-back' 1979 throwback jerseys on June 30 against the Tigers, who also wore throwback jerseys from the same year. Due to the fact the Rays did not exist as a franchise in 1979, their uniform design was inspired from popular uniform styles such as pullovers and two-tone caps.[108]

The San Diego Padres and New York Mets wore 1989 throwback uniforms on August 3.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers celebrated the 30th anniversary of the 1982 World Series by wearing throwback uniforms on August 4. The Cardinals also added a 30th anniversary patch commemorating their World Series victory, exclusive to their throwback uniforms.[109] The next night, the Cardinals wore their road blue uniforms against the Brewers.[110]

The Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies wore throwback uniforms from the 1991 season on August 22. Ironically, on June 16, 1991, the Reds and Phillies had worn 1957 uniforms at Veterans Stadium. The Reds won both games.

Other uniforms

The Cardinals wore special uniforms to commemorate their 2011 World Series win on April 13–14. The 'STL' on the caps was gold with navy trim, while the word 'Cardinals' and the block numbers on the uniforms were gold with navy trim. The Cardinals wore them during the unfurling of their championship flag on April 13, and the presentation of the Commissioner's Trophy and World Series rings on April 14.

MLB players wore No. 42 on April 15, the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's MLB debut. The Dodgers wore a Brooklyn-era cap and batting helmet that day, as well.

The Pirates and Orioles donned camouflage uniforms during Memorial Day weekend.

The Brewers wore an Italian-language batting practice uniform with the word "Birrai" on July 1; their opponents Arizona Diamondbacks ('I D-Backs') also wore Italian-language uniforms. They also wore the Cerveceros uniforms on June 2 against the Pirates ('Piratas').

Players wore special caps on Memorial Day and Independence Day; the Blue Jays also wore special caps on Canada Day, along with a specialized red uniform. This year, a camouflage design was used in lieu of the American and Canadian flags.

In commemoration of the September 11 attacks, all American teams wore caps with the American flag sewn on the left; the Blue Jays sported both the American and Canadian flags on both sides of their caps.

As part of Cinco de Mayo the San Francisco Giants ("Gigantes") and Houston Astros ("Los Astros") wore Spanish-language home uniforms for the game.

On July 6, the New York Mets ("Los Mets") wore blue Spanish-language jerseys for the game against the Chicago Cubs. They wore the uniforms again on August 24 against the Astros.

The Chicago White Sox wore a variation of their home uniforms on September 7 against the Royals, as part of the "Halfway to St. Patty's" promotion. The uniform substitutes the traditional black color for green.

The Athletics and Diamondbacks wore Spanish-language uniforms in celebration of Mexican Independence Day on September 16, against the Orioles and Giants, respectively. The A's used their primary home uniform, with "Atléticos" substituting for "Athletics", while the D-Backs used their black alternate uniform, with "Los D-Backs" substituting for the secondary "A" logo.

Patches

Anniversaries and special events

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:

Team Special occasion
Boston Red Sox 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park and #6 patch after the death of Johnny Pesky
Los Angeles Dodgers 50th Anniversary of Dodger Stadium
Baltimore Orioles 20th Anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Houston Astros 50th Anniversary of the franchise
New York Mets 50th Anniversary of the franchise
Seattle Mariners 35th Anniversary of the franchise
Texas Rangers 40th Anniversary in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Kansas City Royals Host city of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game
St. Louis Cardinals To commemorate their 2011 World Series championship
30th Anniversary of their 1982 World Series championship (worn only from August 4–5)
Miami Marlins Inaugural season of Marlins Park
Colorado Rockies 7-20 patches to remember all who lost their lives during the Aurora shooting. (Worn only on the night of July 20.)

Memorials

  • The New York Mets wore a patch honoring Gary Carter, who died of brain cancer on February 16, 2012. The patch features a black inverted home plate with Carter's number 8 and "KID" inscribed on it.[111]
  • The Chicago White Sox sported two black diamond patches on the right sleeve in honor of Bill Skowron (BMS) and Kevin Hickey (HIC MAN). Skowron died on April 27 of heart failure following a long battle with lung cancer, while Hickey died on May 16 of undisclosed causes.
  • The Major League umpires wore black patches honoring former umpires Marty Springstead (MS), who died January 17, 2012, and Harry Wendelstedt (HW), who died March 9, 2012.
  • The San Diego Padres added a black circle patch with the number 48 in honor of the passing of bullpen coach Darrel Akerfelds on June 24.
  • The Boston Red Sox added a black circle patch with the number 6 in honor of legend Johnny Pesky, who died on August 13. The patch only applies to their home and alternate uniforms; the road uniforms were fitted with a black armband. On August 21, against the Angels, all Red Sox players and coaches wore No. 6 in Pesky's memory, similar to the approach of all players and coaches wearing No. 42 during Jackie Robinson Day. The Angels also wore the same black patch in Pesky's memory for the game, even though Pesky never worked for the Angels.
  • The Oakland Athletics added a black circle patch with the initials "GJN" for pitcher Pat Neshek's day-old son, Gehrig John, who died right before the playoffs.
  • At Comerica Park, underneath the American flag on the outfield flagpole, the Detroit Tigers flew a plain white flag with the initials CJ in the center. This was in memory of Charles P. Jones, the team's vice president, who died on August 13.

New stadium

Marlins First Pitch at Marlins Park, April 4, 2012
Opening day at Marlins Park.

The Florida Marlins vacated Sun Life Stadium at the end of the 2011 season and moved into Marlins Park, which was built on the site of the old Orange Bowl stadium. The team officially adopted its new name of Miami Marlins on November 11, 2011.

Anniversaries

The 2012 season marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Boston's Fenway Park. In addition, Dodger Stadium—home of the Los Angeles Dodgers—celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and the Baltimore Orioles home, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, also celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Mets, Astros golden anniversaries

The 2012 season also marked the 50th anniversary for the New York Mets and the Houston Astros, but the 51st season for both teams.

The Mets began play four years after the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants moved west in 1958, leaving New York City with only one MLB team in the Yankees. In 1959, New York City attorney William Shea, with support from baseball figures including former Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, proposed a third major league called the Continental League. Houston and New York City were both among the announced CL cities. MLB responded to the threat by placing new franchises in several of these cities, and offered a National League franchise to the owners of the proposed New York CL team, who accepted. With Shea's goal of bringing a second major-league team to New York successful, he abandoned the new league, which officially folded in 1960 without ever playing a game. The Mets began play in 1962 at the Giants' former home of the Polo Grounds in Manhattan, moved in 1964 to Shea Stadium (named after the aforementioned William Shea) in Queens, and opened their current home of Citi Field, adjacent to the former Shea Stadium site, in 2009.

The Astros were also enfranchised as a direct response to the plans to launch the CL. They began play in 1962 as the Houston Colt .45s; following a dispute with Colt Firearms over revenues from souvenir sales and licensing fees, the team moved to the Astrodome in 1965 and renamed itself the Astros. In 2000, they opened their current home, now known as Minute Maid Park. In honor of the Astros' 50th anniversary, they donned different throwback uniforms at home on Friday night themed to each decade.

Television

National

Major League Baseball enters the 6th year of seven-year contracts it signed with its broadcast partners prior to the 2007 season. This year, Fox will televise the Saturday Game of the Week (which will be shown in prime time each week from May 19 to July 7), the All-Star Game, the National League Championship Series, and the World Series. TBS will show a Sunday Game of the Week, the All-Star Selection Show, all but two Division Series games, the American League Championship Series, and the new wild card elimination games. ESPN will show games on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday nights (with Monday and Wednesday Night Baseball airing on ESPN2 during April, May and early June due to ESPN's priority to the NBA regular season and playoff coverage, and then Monday Night Baseball moving to form either a Wednesday night doubleheader or a simultaneous airing of a Monday Night game on ESPN and a Wednesday Night game on ESPN2 when the NFL season starts, to accommodate Monday Night Football), and the All-Star Home Run Derby. They will also air 10 spring training games, as well as five nationally televised games on Opening Week from April 4–6. The MLB Network will air a national Game of the Week broadcast every Thursday and the two Division Series games not shown on TBS. Major League Baseball International will air in syndication the All-Star Game, the ALCS, and the World Series to global markets.

Local

The Padres have switched from Cox Cable-owned 4SD to a new channel called Fox Sports San Diego, which the Padres also have a minority stake in.[112]

This is the last season of Houston Astros games on Fox Sports Houston and KTXH. Starting next season, all games will be on Comcast SportsNet Houston, a new channel the Astros will co-own with the Houston Rockets.[113]

The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), which broadcasts Orioles and Nationals games, became the latest network to adjust its score box to the 16:9 aspect ratio for high-definition television broadcasts. The adjustment, which began with Fox Sports' MLB coverage in 2010, was later adopted to other networks, notably ESPN, TBS, Fox Sports Net (except Fox Sports South and some terrestrial television broadcasts produced by Fox Sports), and Root Sports during the 2011 season. As of this season, only the YES Network, New England Sports Network, Comcast SportsNet, SportsNet New York and SportsTime Ohio have yet to move to the newly adjusted high definition broadcast.

Team purchases

Retirements

Retired numbers

See also

List of Major League Baseball Players who debut in 2012

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2012 American League Championship Series

The 2012 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the New York Yankees against the Detroit Tigers for the American League pennant and the right to play in the 2012 World Series. The series, the 43rd in league history, began on Saturday, October 13 in New York and ended on Thursday, October 18 in Detroit. The Tigers swept the Yankees, winning the series 4–0. TBS televised all games in the United States. In global markets, MLB International broadcast the ALCS in its entirety, with long-time Baltimore Orioles announcer Gary Thorne and ESPN's Rick Sutcliffe calling the games.

This was the third postseason meeting between the Yankees and the Tigers, but the first in the ALCS. The Tigers previously beat the Yankees in the 2006 ALDS (3–1) and the 2011 ALDS (3–2). The last appearance for each team in the ALCS resulted in a loss to the Texas Rangers; the Yankees in the 2010 ALCS and the Tigers in the 2011 ALCS.

The Tigers would go on to lose in a sweep to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

2012 American League Division Series

The 2012 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2012 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series. TBS carried most of the games, with some on MLB Network or TNT.

The series used the 2–3 format for 2012 because on March 2 the league had implemented the new "wild card" playoff, eliminating the travel day between Games 4 and 5. The 2–3 format was used for best-of-five Championship Series rounds prior to 1985 and for the Division Series rounds from 1995–1997. The matchups for the 2012 ALDS were:

(1) New York Yankees (East Division champions, 95–67) vs. (4) Baltimore Orioles (Wild Card Game winner, 93–69): Yankees win series, 3–2.

(2) Oakland Athletics (West Division champions, 94–68) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 88–74): Tigers win series, 3–2.The restriction on teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series was removed prior to the 2012 season. Therefore, the Yankees and Orioles, both from the East Division, were able to meet in the Division Series. Under the format used from 1998-2011, (1) New York would have faced (3) Detroit in one Division Series, and (2) Oakland would have faced (4) Baltimore in the other.

This was the third postseason match-up between the Athletics and the Tigers, and previously the Tigers had defeated the A's 4–0 in the 2006 ALCS. The Yankees and Orioles were meeting in the postseason for the second time; the Yankees had beaten the Orioles 4–1 in the 1996 ALCS, which witnessed the controversial Jeffrey Maier incident in Game 1.

2012 American League Wild Card Game

The 2012 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2012 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild-card teams, the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles. It was held at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, on October 5, 2012, at 8:37 p.m. EDT. The Orioles won by a 5–1 score and advanced to play the New York Yankees in the AL Division Series. The game was televised on TBS.

2012 Arizona Diamondbacks season

The Arizona Diamondbacks' 2012 season, was the franchise's 15th season in Major League Baseball and also their fifteenth season at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks finished with a record of 81-81, third place in the NL West.

2012 Colorado Rockies season

The Colorado Rockies' 2012 season was the franchise's 20th in Major League Baseball. It involved the Rockies' 18th season of playing their home games at Coors Field.

2012 Kansas City Royals season

The Kansas City Royals' season of 2012 was the 44th for the Royals franchise. The Royals hosted the 83rd MLB All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium, where the team played its 40th season of home games. The Royals finished 72-90, 3rd place in the AL Central.

Prior to the 2013 Kansas City Royals season (during the offseason), the Royals donated over $4 million in funds raised during the 2012 All-Star game for various projects in the Kansas City area communities, including building two baseball facilities for disabled children.[1][2]

Alex Gordon signed a $37.5 million four-year deal with the Royals.

Jeremy Guthrie signed a $25 million three-year deal in November 2012 to stay with the Royals.

2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 83rd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on July 10, 2012, during the 2012 Major League Baseball season at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, home of the Kansas City Royals. This marked the third time the Mid-summer Classic had been played in Kansas City, with Kauffman Stadium (then named Royals Stadium) last hosting the event in 1973, the stadium's first year of existence. The event was also held at Municipal Stadium in 1960, when the Athletics were still based there, one of two played that season. The game was televised in the United States by Fox.

The National League shut out the American League for the sixth time in All-Star Game history. It was the third-largest margin of victory for any Mid-summer Classic. The TV ratings fell even further than the 2011 edition, earning a 6.8 rating and 12 share on Fox. The total number of viewers who watched any portion of the game was up 7 percent from the previous year, however, with 27.7 million total viewers.

2012 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2012 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 9, 2012, at the site of the 2012 MLB All-Star Game, Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Prince Fielder won the derby with five home runs in the first round, eleven home runs in the second round, and twelve runs in the finals. His twelve home runs in the final round ties Robinson Canó's record for final round home runs, set in 2011. Fielder beat Toronto outfielder José Bautista in the final round, 12–7.

2012 Major League Baseball draft

The 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 4 through June 6, 2012 from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Houston Astros, with the first overall pick, selected Carlos Correa from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School.

2012 Milwaukee Brewers season

The Milwaukee Brewers' 2012 season was the 43rd season for the franchise in Milwaukee, the 15th in the National League, and 44th overall. The Brewers finished the season with an 83–79 record and third place in the Central Division of the National League. They did not make the playoffs.

The Brewers struck out 10 or more opposing batters in each of eight consecutive games between August 20 and August 28, the longest such streak in MLB history as of 2016.

2012 National League Championship Series

The 2012 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the San Francisco Giants against the St. Louis Cardinals for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2012 World Series. The series, the 43rd in league history, began Sunday, October 14, and ended Monday, October 22, with Fox airing all games in the United States. The Giants came back from 3–1 deficit and outscored the Cardinals, 20–1, over the final three games to win the series, 4–3.

This was the third postseason meeting between the Giants and the Cardinals, and also marked the first time in MLB history since the creation of the League Championship Series in 1969 that the last two World Series champions faced off against each other for the pennant. The Giants won in 2010 while the Cardinals won in 2011. Coincidentally, the last two postseason meetings between the two teams occurred in the NLCS, which both ended on October 14, the day of Game 1. The Cardinals won Game 7 of the 1987 NLCS, while the Giants triumphed in the pennant-clinching Game 5 of the 2002 NLCS.

The Giants would go on to sweep the Detroit Tigers in the World Series in four games.

2012 National League Division Series

The 2012 National League Division Series were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2012 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two separate series.

This series with the Washington Nationals was their first playoff berth since moving to Washington D.C. and the first franchise playoff berth since 1981 when they were the Montreal Expos. TBS carried most of the games, with some on TNT. The Wild Card Game was held on October 5, 2012. The series used the 2–3 format (three consecutive games at home for the team with home field advantage preceded by two consecutive games at home for the other team) for 2012 because Major League Baseball implemented the second wild card slot on March 2, 2012, long after the 2012 regular season schedule had been set, leaving no room for the 2–2–1 format which requires a travel day between Games 4 and 5. The 2–3 format was used for best-of-five Championship Series prior to 1985 and for the Division Series from 1995 to 1997. The matchups for the 2012 NLDS were:

(1) Washington Nationals (East Division champions, 98–64) vs. (4) St. Louis Cardinals (Wild Card Game winner, 88–74): Cardinals win series, 3–2.

(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champions, 97–65) vs. (3) San Francisco Giants (West Division champions, 94–68): Giants win series, 3–2.Both series saw the first postseason meetings between the respective clubs and both went to the maximum five games.

2012 National League Wild Card Game

The 2012 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2012 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves. It was held at Turner Field in Atlanta, on October 5, 2012, at 5:07 p.m. EDT. The Cardinals won by a 6–3 score and advanced to play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series. In addition to being the inaugural NL Wild Card Game, it is notable for being the final game of Chipper Jones's career, as well as for a controversial infield fly rule call made by umpire Sam Holbrook. The game was televised on TBS.

2012 Seattle Mariners season

The 2012 Seattle Mariners season was the 36th season in franchise history. The Mariners played their 13th full season (14th overall) at Safeco Field and finished with a record of 75-87, 4th place in the AL West.

2012 Texas Rangers season

The 2012 Texas Rangers season was the 52nd season in the overall history of the franchise and the 41st since the team relocated to Arlington, Texas. The Rangers entered the season as the two-time defending champions of the American League and the AL West. They led the division for most of the season and had a 13-game lead on June 30, but faltered down the stretch. They finished 93-69, but were swept in the last series of the season by the Oakland Athletics and wound up second to the Athletics in the division. They then lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card Game and were eliminated from the playoffs.

Fourth outfielder

In baseball, a fourth outfielder is a backup outfielder, who does not have the hitting skills to regularly play in the corner outfield, but does not have the fielding skills to play center field; for these players, this often leads to playing time that has been called "erratic and unpredictable". Often, fourth outfielders are outfield prospects who have not settled on one outfield position when arriving in the Major Leagues, veteran players seeking additional playing time to extend their careers, or part-time position players who double as designated hitters.A recent example would be Gerardo Parra of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011 and 2012. Considered among the best defensive outfielders and a Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in 2011, Parra was employed among all three outfield positions during the 2012 Major League Baseball season.In contrast, the term fifth infielder does not refer to a backup or reserve infielder, but to a defensive shift where a fielder from the outfield is brought into the infield, leaving a team with only two players in the outfield.

Félix Hernández's perfect game

On August 15, 2012, Seattle Mariners pitcher Félix Hernández pitched the 23rd and most recent perfect game in Major League Baseball history and the first in Mariners' franchise history. Pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington, Hernández retired all 27 batters that he faced and tallied 12 strikeouts in a 1–0 victory.This was the third perfect game of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, following perfect games thrown by Philip Humber and Matt Cain, marking the first time that three perfect games were thrown in one MLB season. Also, as the Mariners were the losing team in Humber's perfect game, this was the first time that a team was on the losing and winning end of a perfect game in the same season. As Philip Humber's perfect game took place when the White Sox were visiting Safeco Field, this marked the first time two perfect games were thrown in the same park in the same season. It was also the second time in 2012 that the Mariners had pitched a no-hitter at Safeco Field; they pitched a combined no-hitter on June 8, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, also 1–0, making it the first time that a team pitched a combined no-hitter and complete game no-hitter in the same season. It also marked the third time the Tampa Bay Rays had been on the receiving end of a perfect game in four seasons, having previously failed to reach first base against Dallas Braden in 2010 and Mark Buehrle in 2009. Evan Longoria, Carlos Peña, Melvin Upton, Jr. and Ben Zobrist all played for the Rays in all three games, tying Alfredo Griffin's dubious mark for most losing perfect games played in.

Matt Cain's perfect game

On June 13, 2012, Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants pitched the 22nd perfect game (no opposing batters reach first base) in Major League Baseball (MLB) history and the first in Giants' franchise history. Pitching against the Houston Astros at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California, Cain retired all 27 batters that he faced and tallied 14 strikeouts, tied for the most strikeouts in a perfect game with Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1965. Following Philip Humber's perfect game earlier in 2012, Cain's performance marked just the third season in MLB history in which multiple perfect games were thrown. In June 1880, Lee Richmond and John Montgomery Ward both threw perfect games; in May 2010 Dallas Braden and Roy Halladay both accomplished the feat.Two notable defensive plays by Cain's teammates kept the perfect game intact. Melky Cabrera made a running catch at the wall in left field in the top of the sixth inning, while Gregor Blanco made a diving catch in right-center field to start the top of the seventh.It was the first Giants no-hitter since left-hander Jonathan Sánchez threw one on July 10, 2009, against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. The Astros were no-hit for the fifth time in franchise history, and the first time since Carlos Zambrano threw a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs on September 14, 2008 at Miller Park (Milwaukee) (moved from Minute Maid Park because of Hurricane Ike). It was the second time the Astros were no-hit by the Giants; Juan Marichal did it on June 15, 1963. It was also the first time in Astros history that no one reached base safely.

Cain surpassed his previous personal best of 12 strikeouts in a single game, which he set in 2006. Cain's 125 pitches were the most thrown in a Major League perfect game. The Giants recorded 10 runs, the most by any team in a perfect game. By scoring a run in the 5th inning, Cain became the only pitcher to have scored a run in his perfect game.

The final out was made by Astros pinch-hitter Jason Castro. Castro chopped a 1-2 pitch to third base where it was fielded deep behind the bag by third baseman Joaquin Arias. Arias successfully made the long throw across the diamond to first baseman Brandon Belt, who then tucked the ball in his back pocket before joining his teammates on the mound in celebration.

Philip Humber's perfect game

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox pitched a perfect game against the Seattle Mariners by retiring all 27 batters he faced on April 21, 2012, as the White Sox defeated the Mariners 4–0. It was the 21st perfect game in Major League Baseball (MLB) history and the third by a member of the White Sox. It was Humber's first career complete game, although he had come close to achieving no-hitters on several occasions at several levels of organized baseball. The game was played in Seattle and broadcast regionally by Fox Sports in the two teams' metropolitan areas.

Humber, a top pitching prospect from a Texas high school, attended Rice University, where he had a successful career. A high draft pick by the New York Mets, he debuted in MLB for the Mets before headlining a group of four prospects traded to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. After two ineffective seasons with the Twins, Humber pitched a season for the Kansas City Royals. Acquired on waivers by the Chicago White Sox in 2011, Humber had his first successful season in an MLB starting rotation. The perfect game, Humber's 30th career start and his second of the 2012 season, totaled 96 pitches.

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