2012 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 2012 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Champions

Major League Baseball

  • Regular Season Champions
League Eastern Division Champions Central Division Champions Western Division Champions Wild Card Qualifier 1 Wild Card Qualifier 2
American League New York Yankees Detroit Tigers Oakland Athletics Texas Rangers Baltimore Orioles
National League Washington Nationals Cincinnati Reds San Francisco Giants Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals
  • Postseason
  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  

Other Champions

Awards and honors

  • Woman Executive of the Year (major or minor league): Darlene Giardina, Rochester Red Wings, International League

Major League Baseball

BBWAA awards

Major League Baseball awards

Sporting News Awards

Players Choice Awards

Silver Slugger Awards

American League National League
Player Team Position Player Team
Billy Butler Kansas City Royals DH / Pitcher Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals
A. J. Pierzynski Chicago White Sox Catcher Buster Posey San Francisco Giants
Prince Fielder Detroit Tigers 1st baseman Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Robinson Canó New York Yankees 2nd baseman     Aaron Hill Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers 3rd baseman Chase Headley San Diego Padres
Derek Jeter New York Yankees Shortstop Ian Desmond Washington Nationals
Josh Hamilton Texas Rangers Outfielder Ryan Braun Milwaukee Brewers
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Jay Bruce Cincinnati Reds
Josh Willingham Minnesota Twins Outfielder Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates

Gold Glove Awards

American League National League
Player Team Position Player Team
Hellickson/Peavy TB Rays/CHI White Sox Pitcher Mark Buehrle Miami Marlins
Matt Wieters Baltimore Orioles Catcher Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Teixeira New York Yankees 1st baseman Adam LaRoche Washington Nationals
Robinson Canó New York Yankees 2nd baseman     Darwin Barney Chicago Cubs
Adrián Beltré Texas Rangers 3rd baseman Chase Headley San Diego Padres
J. J. Hardy Baltimore Orioles Shortstop Jimmy Rollins Philadelphia Phillies
Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals Left fielder Carlos González Colorado Rockies
Adam Jones Baltimore Orioles Center fielder Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh Pirates
Josh Reddick Oakland Athletics Right fielder Jason Heyward Atlanta Braves

Other Awards

Minor League Baseball

Events

January

February

  • February 6 – Dominican Republic's Leones del Escogido are soundly defeated by Venezuela's Tigres de Aragua, 7–0, but still clinched the 2012 Caribbean Series title when Mexico's Yaquis de Obregón loses to Puerto Rico's Indios de Mayagüez in the early game, 4–3, to play itself out of contention.[5]
  • February 23 – 2011 National League MVP Ryan Braun wins his appeal against a 50-game suspension. The suspension was overturned by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das. The Braun case marks the first time a big leaguer has successfully challenged a drug-related penalty in a grievance. According to ESPN sources, Major League Baseball is weighing the possibility of suing in federal court to reverse the decision.[6]

March

  • March 2 – Major League Baseball expands its playoff format to 10 teams for the 2012 season, adding a second wild card in each league. The decision establishes a new one-game, wild-card round in each league between the teams with the best records.[7]
  • March 16 – Andy Pettitte comes out of retirement to a $2.5 million deal with the New York Yankees.
  • March 28 – At Tokyo Dome, Japanese baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki has four hits and drives in a run, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics in Major League Baseball season opener.[8]
  • March 30 – At the age of 49, Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest starting pitcher ever on an Opening Day roster. Moyer joined the Colorado Rockies on this date, which was the 20th anniversary of his being released by the Chicago Cubs. At that time, he had been released three times in three years. He would turn 50 in November 2012.[9]

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

  • January 2 – Howie Koplitz, 73, pitcher for the Tigers and Senators in parts of five seasons spanning 1961–1966, who also was named Southern Association MVP and TSN Minor League Player of the Year in 1961.
  • January 8 – Glenn Cox, 80, pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics from 1955 to 1958.
  • January 17 – Marty Springstead, 74, former American League umpire from 1966 to 1985, who at the age of 36 in 1973 became the youngest umpire crew chief in World Series history, and also worked in three Series, three All-Star Games and five AL championship series.[130]
  • January 21 – Cliff Chambers, 90, pitcher for the Cubs, Pirates and Cardinals from 1948 to 1953.
  • January 21 – Troy Herriage, 81, pitcher for the 1956 Kansas City Athletics.
  • January 22 – Andy Musser, 74, play-by-play broadcaster for the Philadelphia Phillies during 26 seasons from 1976 through 2001.
  • January 26 – Bud Byerly, 91, pitcher who played for the Cardinals, Reds, Senators, Red Sox and Giants for parts of 11 seasons spanning 1943–1960.
  • January 31 – Rick Behenna, 51, pitcher for the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians in parts of three seasons from 1983 through 1985.

February

  • February 1 – Herb Adams, 83, backup outfielder who played from 1948 to 1950 with the Chicago White Sox.
  • February 7 – Danny Clyburn, 37, outfielder who played parts of three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the late 1990s.
  • February 11 – Gene Crumling, 89, catcher for the 1945 St. Louis Cardinals, one of many ballplayers who only appeared in the majors during World War II.
  • February 16 – Gary Carter, 57, Hall of Fame catcher, principally with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets, whose two-out, tenth-inning single for the Mets in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series started one of the most improbable rallies in postseason history.
  • February 17 – Howie Nunn, 76, relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds in parts of three seasons from 1959 to 1962.
  • February 19 – Dick Smith, 72, outfielder and first baseman who played from 1963 through 1965 for the New York Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • February 24 – Agnes Allen, 81, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher.
  • February 24 – Terry Mathews, 47, relief pitcher for the Florida Marlins, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals in part of eight seasons spanning 1991–1999.
  • February 24 – Jay Ward, 73, pitcher for the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds during three seasons between 1963 and 1970, who later managed several successful minor league teams.
  • February 25 – Dave Cheadle, 60, relief pitcher for the 1973 Atlanta Braves.

March

  • March 3 – Lloyd Hittle, 88, pitcher for the Washington Senators from 1949 to 1950.
  • March 3 – Jim Obradovich, 62, first baseman who played briefly for the Houston Astros in 1978.
  • March 4 – Don Mincher, 73, two-time All-Star first baseman and member of the 1972 Oakland Athletics World Series champions, who also has the distinction of being the only major leaguer to play with the Washington Senators franchise that became the Minnesota Twins, and then play with a second incarnation of the Senators which became the Texas Rangers.
  • March 6 – Helen Walulik, 82, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and outfield/infield utility.
  • March 9 – Harry Wendelstedt, 73, National League umpire who worked five World Series and four All-Star games during his 33-year career from 1966 through 1998.
  • March 11 – Hub Andrews, 89, relief pitcher for the New York Giants from 1947 to 1948.
  • March 15 – Dave Philley, 91, outfielder and pinch-hitting specialist for eight different teams between 1941 and 1962, who still holds the major league records for most consecutive pinch-hits in a season (nine, 1958) and for most at-bats in an 18-inning double-header (13, 1951), while also holding an American League record for the most pinch-hits in a season (24, 1961).[131]
  • March 18 – Furman Bisher, 93, sportswriter who authored several books, including co-writing an autobiography of Hank Aaron.
  • March 20 – Mel Parnell, 89, two-time All-Star pitcher and the winningest left-hander in Boston Red Sox history with 123 wins from 1947 to 1956, who also posted a 25-7 record in 1949 and hurled a no-hitter in 1956.
  • March 24 – Dennis Bennett, 72, pitcher for the Phillies, Red Sox, Mets and Angels between 1962 and 1968.
  • March 29 – Ray Narleski, 83, two-time All-Star reliever with the Cleveland Indians, and part of a brilliant bullpen that featured Don Mossi and Hal Newhouser, during the historic 1954 season.
  • March 30 – Janet Anderson, 90, Canadian pitcher for the Kenosha Comets of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • March 31 – Jerry Lynch, 82, Pirates and Reds outfielder, whose 116 career pinch-hits is the 10th-most in Major League Baseball history.

April

  • April 2 – Allie Clark, 88, outfielder who played from 1947 through 1953 for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Athletics and Chicago White Sox.
  • April 8 – Al Veigel, 95, pitcher for the 1939 Boston Bees.
  • April 10 – Andy Replogle, 58, pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers from 1978 to 1979.
  • April 17 – Stan Johnson, 75, backup outfielder who played for the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Athletics between 1960 and 1961.
  • April 18 – John O'Neil, 92, backup shortstop for the 1946 Philadelphia Phillies, who spent more than 45 years spanning 1939–1986 as player, player/manager, manager, general manager and scout.
  • April 24 – Fred Bradley, 91, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1948 to 1949.
  • April 26 – Bill Skowron, 81, eight-time All-Star first baseman and part of five World Series champion teams.
  • April 29 – Daisy Junor, 92, Canadian outfielder who played from 1946 through 1949 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

May

  • May 5 – Don Leshnock, 65, relief pitcher for the 1972 Detroit Tigers.
  • May 8 – Jerry McMorris, 71, principal owner of the Colorado Rockies from 1992 through 2005.
  • May 9 – Carl Beane, 59, public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park since the 2003 season.
  • May 11 – Frank Wills, 53, pitcher for the Royals, Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays from 1983 through 1991, who won the American League pennant-winning game for Toronto in the 1989 season.
  • May 16 – Kevin Hickey. 56, pitcher for the White Sox and Orioles in part of six seasons spanning 1981–1991.
  • May 16 – Thad Tillotson, 71, relief pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1967 to 1968, who also pitched for the Nankai Hawks in Japan during the 1971 season.
  • May 28 – Harry Parker, 64, a spot starting pitcher who was an integral contributor for the 1973 New York Mets National League champions.[132]

June

  • June 4 – Pedro Borbón, 65, Dominican reliever for the Cincinnati Reds during 10 seasons, and a key member on the bullpen of the Big Red Machine that won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976.
  • June 5 – Hal Keller, 84, backup catcher for the Washington Senators between 1949 and 1952, and later a front office executive for the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners in a 25-year career from 1961 through 1985.
  • June 9 – Hawk Taylor, 73, backup catcher for the Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets, California Angels and Kansas City Royals in parts of 11 seasons spanning 1959–1970.
  • June 10 – Warner Fusselle, 68, broadcaster particularly remembered for his groundbreaking contribution to This Week in Baseball.
  • June 11 – Dave Boswell, 67, pitcher who posted a 68-56 record and a 3.52 ERA for the Twins, Tigers and Orioles from 1964 through 1971, while leading the American League with a .706 winning percentage in 1966.
  • June 14 – Al Brancato, 93, shortstop for the Philadelphia Athletics in part of four seasons spanning 1939–45.
  • June 17 – Patricia Brown, 81, pitcher for the Chicago Colleens and the Battle Creek Belles of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • June 24 – Darrel Akerfelds, 50, pitcher for the Athletics, Indians, Rangers and Phillies from 1986 through 1991, and later a bullpen coach for the San Diego Padres from 2001 to 2011.
  • June 28 – Doris Sams, 85, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder/pitcher; a five-time All-Star and two-time Player of the Year Award winner, who won a batting crown and one home run title, while throwing a perfect game and one no-hitter in a career that spanned from 1946 through 1953.

July

  • July 1 – Mike Hershberger, 72, Kansas City Athletics right fielder, who led all American League outfielders in assists both in 1965 and 1967.
  • July 2 – Ed Stroud, 72, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox and the Washington Senators from 1966 to 1971.
  • July 7 – Doris Neal, 83, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder/outfielder from 1948 to 1949.
  • July 8 – Chick King, 81, backup outfielder for the Tigers, Cubs and Cardinals in five seasons between 1954 and 1959.
  • July 11 – Art Ceccarelli, 82, pitcher for the Kansas City A's, Cubs and Orioles in part of five seasons spanning 1955-60.
  • July 18 – Robert W. Creamer, 90, one of the original Sports Illustrated writers, who also wrote biographies of Babe Ruth and Casey Stengel.
  • July 21 – Marie Kruckel, 88, outfielder and pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
  • July 22 – Ed Stevens, 87, first baseman who played from 1945 through 1950 for the Brooklyn Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates, and also gained induction into the International League Hall of Fame in 2009.
  • July 23 – Louise Nippert, 100, owner of the Cincinnati Reds during the Big Red Machine era.
  • July 24 – Nancy Mudge Cato, 82, All-Star infielder who played for five different teams of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

August

  • August 1 – Don Erickson, 80, relief pitcher for the 1958 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • August 13 – Johnny Pesky, 92, a 61-year member of the Boston Red Sox spanning 1940–2012, while serving them as a player, manager, coach, broadcaster, and well-esteemed team ambassador.
  • August 22 – Bob Myrick, 59, relief pitcher who played from 1976 through 1978 for the New York Mets.
  • August 29 – Les Moss, 87, catcher who played from 1946 through 1958 for the St. Louis Browns, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, and later managed in the minor leagues in 11 seasons spanning 1963–1980.

September

  • September 8 – Bob Hale, 78, first baseman who played from 1955 through 1961 with the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.
  • September 10 – Tom Saffell, 91, backup outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Kansas City Athletics in parts of four seasons spanning 1949–1955, who later served as President of the Gulf Coast League from 1979 to 2009.
  • September 11 – Bruce Von Hoff, 68, relief pitcher for the Houston Astros in the 1965 and 1967 seasons.
  • September 13 – Bob DiPietro, 85, backup outfielder for the 1951 Boston Red Sox.
  • September 13 – Jack Pierce, 64, first baseman for the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers in parts of three seasons spanning 1973-75, who also played in Japan with the 1977 Nankai Hawks.
  • September 17 – Pauline Dennert, 86, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.
  • September 18 – Jack Kralick, 77, All-Star pitcher and one of the original Minnesota Twins, who posted a 67-65 record and a 3.56 ERA in eight seasons which included stints with the Washington Senators and the Cleveland Indians, while hurling a no-hitter against the Kansas City Athletics in 1962.
  • September 21 – Tom Umphlett, 82, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators from 1953 through 1955, and later a minor league manager from 1967 to 1970.
  • September 23 – Roberto Muñoz Rodríguez, 70, Venezuelan pitcher who played for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs between the 1967 and 1970 seasons.
  • September 25 – Audrey Deemer, 81, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.

October

  • October   6 – Irene DeLaby, 90, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.
  • October 11 – Champ Summers, 66, outfielder who played 10 seasons in the majors for six different teams, mainly for the Detroit Tigers from 1979 to 1981, and also a hitting coach for the New York Yankees.
  • October 12 – Jim Kremmel, 63, relief pitcher who played from 1973 to 1974 for the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs.
  • October 16 – Eddie Yost, 86, All-Star third baseman who led the American League in walks six times during an 18-year career, 14 of them with the Washington Senators spanning 1944–1958.
  • October 20 – Dave May, 68, All-Star outfielder who spent 12 seasons in the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1967–78, and also the player that was sent by Milwaukee to Atlanta in exchange for Hank Aaron.
  • October 25 – Les Mueller, 93, starting pitcher for the Detroit Tigers 1945 World Series championship team, who hurled 19 2/3 innings in a regular game against the Philadelphia Athletics, which remains the longest outing since 1929 when another Tigers pitcher, George Uhle, logged 20 innings against the Chicago White Sox.[133]

November

  • November 1 – Pascual Pérez, 55, Dominican All-Star pitcher who compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 and a 3.44 ERA with the Braves, Pirates, Expos and Yankees over an 11-season span from 1980–1991.[134]
  • November 2 – Joe Ginsberg, 86, catcher for the original 1962 New York Mets, who also had stops with the Indians, Kansas City A's, Orioles and White Sox during a 13-year career.
  • November 9 – Harold Gould, 88, Minor league pitcher who had a seven-season career between 1942 and 1949, most prominently for the Negro League Philadelphia Stars in 1946 and 1948.
  • November 9 – Lee MacPhail, 95, longtime Major League Baseball executive and the oldest living Hall of Fame member, who also was part of the only father-son duo in the hall along with his father, Larry MacPhail, the man credited with bringing night games to the majors in 1935.
  • November 14 – Gail Harris, 81, first baseman for the New York Giants and Detroit Tigers from 1955–1960, who holds the distinction of being the last player to hit a home run for the Giants before they moved to San Francisco.
  • November 17 – Freddy Schmidt, 96, pitcher who played 15 seasons of professional ball, four of them for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs spanning 1944-47, also a member of the World Champion Cardinals in 1946 and the Phillies' oldest alumnus.
  • November 22 – Ken Rowe, 78, who pitched professionally for 15 seasons, appearing in the majors from 1963 through 1965 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Baltimore Orioles, and later working during 21 years in the Cleveland Indians organization at virtually every level of the Indians’ minor-league system.
  • November 23 – Chuck Diering, 89, outfielder in part of nine seasons from 1947-56 for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, who was named Orioles Most Valuable Player in their first year in Baltimore after the St. Louis Browns moved there.
  • November 23 – Hal Trosky, 76, who pitched briefly for the Chicago White Sox during the 1958 season.
  • November 24 – Jimmy Stewart, 73, utility man who played every position except pitcher in parts of ten seasons spanning 1963-73, which included stints with the Cubs, Reds, Astros and White Sox.
  • November 27 – Marvin Miller, 95, executive director of the MLB Players Association from 1966 to 1982, who turned the union into one of the most powerful in the country, after negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement in sports history in 1968.
  • November 30 – Rogelio Álvarez, 74, Cuban-born American first baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in parts of the 1960 and 1962 seasons.

December

  • December 17 – Frank Pastore, 55, middle reliever who posted a 48-58 record with a 4.29 ERA and six saves in 220 games for the Reds and Twins from 1979 to 1986.
  • December 19 – George O'Donnell, 83, pitcher for the 1954 Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • December 21 – Boyd Bartley, 92, shortstop for the 1943 Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • December 22 – Ryan Freel, 36, outfielder/infielder who played with five different teams in a span of eight seasons, most prominently for the Cincinnati Reds from 2003 through 2008.
  • December 24 – Brad Corbett, 75, who owned the Texas Rangers from 1974 to 1980.

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2011–12 Cuban National Series

The 2011–12 Cuban National Series was the 51st edition of the tournament. It began on Sunday, November 28 with a game between Ciego de Avila and Pinar del Río, with Villa Clara winning 6-5. The All-Star Game was played on February 24, 2011. The regular season finished on March 24.

2012 15U Baseball World Championship

The 2012 15U Baseball World Championship was the first under-15 international baseball competition held in Chihuahua, Mexico, from August 16 to August 26, 2012.

2012 18U Baseball World Championship

The 2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Championship was an international baseball competition held in Seoul, South Korea from August 30 to September 8, 2012.

2012 Asia Series

The 2012 Asia Series was the sixth time the Asia Series was held. The tournament was held in Busan, South Korea, and began on 8 November 2012 with the Final held on 12 November.The tournament included six teams, a two team increase from the previous tournament. As has been the case in previous tournaments, the winners of NPB's 2012 Japan Series, Korea Baseball Organization's (KBO) 2012 Korean Series, Chinese Professional Baseball League's (CPBL) 2012 Taiwan Series and the Australian Baseball League's 2012 Championship Series qualified. The China Baseball League (CBL) returned to the Asia Series, with the 2012 Champion representing the country, and the host team, Busan's Lotte Giants, also participated in the tournament.

2012 Asian Baseball Championship

The 2012 Asian Baseball Championship is an international baseball competition to be held in Taiwan from November 28 to December 2, 2012. It will be the 26th edition of the tournament. Qualification will not begin until after the completion of the 2012 London Olympics.

2012 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2012 proceeded according to rules most recently revised in July 2010. As in the past, the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted by mail to select from a ballot of recently retired players, with results announced on January 9, 2012. The Golden Era Committee, the second of three new era committees established by the July 2010 rules change, replacing the Veterans Committee, convened early in December 2011 to select from a Golden Era ballot of retired players and non-playing personnel who made their greatest contributions to the sport between 1947 and 1972, called the "Golden Era" by the Hall of Fame.The induction class consists of Ron Santo, elected by the Golden Era Committee, and Barry Larkin, elected by the BBWAA.The induction ceremonies were held on July 22, 2012 at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. On July 21, the Hall presented two awards for media excellence—its own Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters and the BBWAA's J. G. Taylor Spink Award for writers.

2012 Big League World Series

The 2012 Big League World Series took place from July 25-August 1 in Easley, South Carolina, United States. San Juan, Puerto Rico defeated Easley, South Carolina in the championship game.

2012 Caribbean Series

The fifty-fourth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) baseball competition was played in 2012. It was held from February 2 through February 7 with the champions teams from Dominican Republic (Leones del Escogido), Puerto Rico (Indios de Mayagüez), Venezuela (Tigres de Aragua) and Mexico (Yaquis de Obregón). The format consisted of twelve games, in a double round-robin format with each team facing each other twice. The games were played at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

2012 European Baseball Championship

The 2012 European Baseball Championship was an international baseball tournament being held from September 7 to September 16, 2012. The Confederation of European Baseball selected the Netherlands to host the tournament.

2012 FCBL season

The 2012 FCBL season was the second season of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a wood bat collegiate summer baseball league. The FCBL expanded from the original four teams to nine teams. The Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide and the North Shore Navigators were recruited from the New England Collegiate Baseball League; the Brockton Rox were originally in the Can-Am League; and the Pittsfield Suns and Wachusett Dirt Dawgs were expansion teams. The Nashua Silver Knights repeated as FCBL Champions, defeating the North Shore Navigators in the FCBL Championship Series, 2 games to 0.

2012 Final Four (baseball)

The 2012 European Champion Cup Final Four was an international baseball competition being held in Nettuno, Italy on August 29-30, 2012. It featured the 4 best teams of the 2012 European Cup.

2012 Haarlem Baseball Week

The 2012 Haarlem Baseball Week was an international baseball competition held at the Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem, the Netherlands from July 13–22, 2012. It was the 26th edition of the tournament.

In the final Cuba won over Puerto Rico, becoming champions for the fifth time.

2012 Junior League World Series

The 2012 Junior League World Series took place from August 12–18 in Taylor, Michigan, United States. Rockledge, Florida defeated Oranjestad, Aruba in the championship game. It was Florida's second straight championship.

2012 Korea Professional Baseball season

The 2012 Korea Professional Baseball season was the 31st season in the history of the Korea Professional Baseball. The Samsung Lions won the regular season and Korean series.

2012 Korean Series

The Best-of-7 2012 Korean Series began on Tuesday, October 24, at the Daegu Baseball Stadium in Daegu, South Korea. It featured the Samsung Lions, who had claimed homefield advantage by finishing in first place at the end of the regular season, and the SK Wyverns, who finished second during the regular season and defeated the Lotte Giants in a best-of-5 playoff series (3 games to 2) to advance to the Finals. The Samsung Lions won the series in six games to collect their fifth Korean Series championship.

2012 Little League World Series

The 2012 Little League World Series started in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on August 16 and ended on August 26. Eight teams from the United States and eight from throughout the world competed in the 66th edition of this tournament. Tokyo Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan, defeated Goodlettsville Baseball Little League of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, 12–2 in the World Championship game. For the country of Japan, it was the eighth LLWS championship overall, and the second in three years. This was the last World Series to feature players born in the 1900s.

2012 NECBL season

The 2012 NECBL season was the 19th season of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, a wood bat collegiate summer baseball league. Changes for 2012 included two of the league's East Division franchises from the 2011 season, the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide and one of the NECBL's charter franchises, the North Shore Navigators leaving the NECBL to join the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. As a result, the league has been reduced to 10 teams, with the Mystic Schooners moving to the East Division.

In the postseason, eight teams (4 from the NECBL East and West Divisions) qualified for the playoffs. In the quarterfinals, Newport defeated Sanford (2 games to 1), New Bedford defeated Laconia (2 games to 0), Keene defeated Vermont (2 games to 0), and Danbury defeated North Adams. In the semifinals, Newport defeated New Bedford (2 games to 0) to advance to their eighth championship series in Newport (9 overall). Also, the Danbury Westerners defeated the Keene Swamp Bats (2 games to 0) to advance to their fourth championship series. In 2 games, the Newport Gulls defeated the Westerners (G1: 9-2, G2: 8-1) to win their fifth Fay Vincent Sr. Cup.

2012 Senior League World Series

The 2012 Senior League World Series took place from August 12–18 in Bangor, Maine, United States. Guatemala City, Guatemala defeated Lemon Grove, California in the championship game.

2013 World Baseball Classic – Qualification

The Qualifying Round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic was held from September 19 to November 19, 2012. Although the 2006 and 2009 editions of the World Baseball Classic were contested by the same pre-selected field of 16 teams, for the 2013 tournament only the 12 teams that won at least one game in 2009 were guaranteed a berth in the main tournament. The other four (Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama, and South Africa) contested the qualifying round along with 12 additional teams invited by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).The qualifiers were organized as four independent modified double-elimination tournaments featuring four teams each. The final game was winner-take-all, even if won by the team emerging from the loser's bracket. That is, the team emerging from the winner's bracket might be eliminated despite losing only one game (as, in fact, happened to Israel in Qualifier 1).

Canada and Chinese Taipei dominated in Qualifiers 2 and 4 to advance easily. In Qualifier 1, Spain and Israel both won in the first round, then Israel beat Spain in the winner's bracket. Spain then eliminated South Africa (the only team in the qualifier to have previously contested the WBC) to earn a rematch with Israel, which was without its several Major League players due to the qualifier taking place during the MLB season. Spain won the winner-take-all final game, 9–7 in 10 innings, to advance to the main tournament.

In Qualifier 3, favorites Panama and Nicaragua lost in the first round, and Panama then eliminated Nicaragua. After both teams defeated Colombia, underdog Brazil defeated Panama 1–0 to advance to the main tournament.

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