This was also the final season of Bud Selig as the Commissioner of Baseball. Selig served as the Executive Council Chairman from 1992 to 1998, acting as the commissioner, and then was appointed as the official commissioner in 1998. On August 14, 2014, the franchise owners selected Rob Manfred to become the new Commissioner, starting in 2015.
No significant changes were made to the 2014 schedule. As was the case in 2013, each team played 19 games against each division opponent for a total of 76 games, and six or seven games against each team from the other two divisions in its league for a total of 66 games. All teams played 20 interleague games, with the majority of match-ups following the divisional rotation in place since 2004. For 2014, the matchups were AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West, and AL West vs. NL East. Teams played four games against a designated "rival" in two back-to-back two-game series, one home and one away. Unlike in 2013, when all of these series were played during the same week, these rivalry series were spread from early May through mid-August. The table below shows the interleague rivals for the 2014 season.
On August 15, 2013, Major League Baseball announced that it would expand its video review process for the 2014 season, and MLB clubs unanimously approved the new rules on January 16, 2014. Managers were now able to challenge certain plays no more than twice per game, including force plays, fair or foul balls, and batters hit by a pitch, among others. If a manager exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the umpire crew chief could choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. Calls that were challenged were reviewed by an umpiring crew at MLB headquarters in New York City, which made the final ruling.
Washington resigned on September 5 for personal reasons after eight seasons with the Rangers. He finished with a 664–611 record and is the franchise's all-time leader in regular season wins and games managed. Washington led the Rangers to four straight 90-win seasons, three playoff appearances, and back-to-back American League championships in 2010 and 2011. Bogar, who is the current bench coach, was named the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season.
Gibson was fired on September 26 after four years as manager of the Diamondbacks. He finished with a 353–375 record and led the Diamondbacks to the division title during the 2011 season while capturing the National League Manager of the Year award. Trammell, who previously was the bench coach, will take over as manager for the final three games of the season.
At the end of the 2013 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.
Wedge declined to return on September 27, 2013 as he missed part of the season with a partial stroke. He finished with a 213–273 record in three seasons. McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013. McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.
Johnson announced on November 12, 2012 that the 2013 season would be his last. He finished with a record of 224–183 in his three seasons. Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.
Leyland resigned on October 21, 2013 and then retired the next day with a record of 700–597 (.540) with three division titles (2011–13), one AL wild card (2006) and two AL pennants (2006 and 2012). Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.
His home run in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3 gives him 163 for his Rays' career. This ties the team record held by Carlos Peña. Longoria set the franchise record with his 164th home run on April 19 against the New York Yankees.
Set the rookie record for RBI in April by raising his total to 31 on April 27 against the Tampa Bay Rays. He broke the record of 27 set by Albert Pujols. Abreu finished April with 32 runs batted in.
Tied the franchise rookie record for home runs with his 35th homer in the ninth inning on September 14 against the Minnesota Twins. He tied the record that was set in 1983 by Ron Kittle. He set a new record with his 36th home run on September 27 against the Kansas City Royals.
With a double in the first inning on May 7 against the Texas Rangers, Arenado extended his hit streak to 27 games which tied the team record set by Michael Cuddyer in 2013. Arenado set the team record with a single in the third inning the next night against the Rangers. Arenado's streak came to an end the very next night as the Cincinnati Reds held him hitless.
With his multi-homer game on May 29 against the Kansas City Royals, Encarnacion tied a Major League record with his fifth multi-homer game this month. That ties the record that was set by Harmon Killebrew in May 1959 and Albert Belle in September 1995.
He hit 16 home runs in May, tying the American League record for home runs in May set by Mickey Mantle in May 1956.
With his home run on May 29 against the Baltimore Orioles, Springer has hit seven home runs in his last seven games. He became the second rookie in Major League history to hit seven home runs over a seven-game span in one season. Rudy York accomplished this in August 1937.
Recorded his 450th career home run in the third inning against the New York Yankees on June 29. He became the 37th player to reach this mark.
Recorded his 1,500th career RBI with a home run in the first inning on July 23 against the Toronto Blue Jays. He became the 53rd player to reach this mark.
By driving in his 100th run of the season on September 19 against the Baltimore Orioles, Ortiz recorded his eighth 30/100 season as a member of the Red Sox and set a franchise record passing Ted Williams.
Tied Lou Gehrig for most doubles in franchise history with his 534th career double in the fourth inning on July 1 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Jeter set the team record on July 22 against the Texas Rangers with a double in the ninth inning.
Set a Major League record for most starts at shortstop when he started at short against the Cincinnati Reds on July 18. This was Jeter's 2,610th career start which broke the record that was held by Omar Vizquel.
With his double in the second inning on September 1 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Soler became the third player in the last one hundred years to record at least one extra-base hit in each of his first five games in the majors. Soler joins Enos Slaughter (1938) and Will Middlebrooks (2012).
Set the franchise rookie record by recording his 55th steal in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles on September 2. He broke the record that was set by Bob Bescher in 1909. Hamilton finished the season with 56 stolen bases.
Set the Astros franchise record with most hits in a season by collecting his 211th hit in seventh inning against the Cleveland Indians on September 16. He broke the record that was set in 1998 by Craig Biggio. Altuve finished the season with 225 hits.
Tied the Major League record for most doubles in one season as a catcher when he hit his 45th double on September 18 against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning. He tied the record set by Iván Rodríguez in 1996. Lucroy hit his 46th double as a catcher on September 27 against the Chicago Cubs establishing a new Major League record.
Set the Nationals franchise record for hits in a season with his 184th hit on September 27 against the Miami Marlins. Span, who broke Cristian Guzmán's team record, broke the record with a double in the third inning.
Pitched the first no-hitter of his career on May 25 against the Philadelphia Phillies. In 128 pitches, he struck out six batters, and walked three. It was the 24th in Dodgers' team history and the 11th since moving to Los Angeles.
Pitched the first no-hitter of his career on June 18 against the Colorado Rockies. In 107 pitches, he struck out 15 batters, and walked none. He lost his perfect game when Hanley Ramírez committed a throwing error in the seventh inning. It was the 25th in Dodgers' team history and the 12th since moving to Los Angeles.
Pitched his second no-hitter of his career on June 25 against the San Diego Padres. In 113 pitches, he struck out six batters, and walked one. It was the 16th in Giants' team history and the 8th since moving to San Francisco. Lincecum joins Christy Mathewson as only the second Giant pitcher to throw two no-hitters in his career. He also becomes the fourth pitcher in Major League history to pitch multiple no-hitters and win multiple Cy Young Awards joining Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and Roy Halladay.
Hamels went six innings on September 1 against the Atlanta Braves throwing 108 pitches. Diekman threw 15 pitches in the seventh and Giles also threw 15 in the eighth. Papelbon came on in the ninth and retired the side on nine pitches. This no-hitter was the 12th in team history and the first since Roy Halladay's no-hitter in the 2010 playoffs. The pitchers combined to strikeout 12 batters and Hamels walked five batters. This was also the 11th combined no-hitter in Major League history.
Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter, and the first since the Nationals return to Washington, D.C., on September 28 against the Miami Marlins. Zimmermann threw 104 pitches and struck out ten batters while walking one. This is the fifth no-hitter in the Expos/Nationals franchise history and the first since Dennis Martínez's perfect game in 1991 when the team was in Montreal.
Set the franchise record for most strikeouts for any pitcher in their first two starts as a Yankee. Tanaka 18 strikeouts broke the record of 17 that was held by Charles Hudson (April 1987), Dennis Rasmussen (May 1984) and Bob Turley (April 1955).
Became the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to record at least eight wins and 80 strikeouts (has 88) in his first 11 career starts in the majors. He reached this milestone on May 31 against the Minnesota Twins.
Has not allowed more than two runs in any of his last 20 starts, the longest streak in Major League history (since 1876). The previous record holder belonged to Ferdie Schupp, who allowed fewer than three runs in 16 consecutive games started for the Giants in 1916 and 1917. His streak ended after 21 starts when the New York Mets scored three runs on May 22.
Became the first pitcher in Major League history (since 1876) to go winless in his first eight starts of a season despite not allowing more than three runs in any outing. That ended on his ninth start when he allowed four runs to the Milwaukee Brewers on May 16 in the first two innings.
By closing out the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on May 18, Kimbrel recorded his 150th career save in his 248th career appearance. This is the fewest appearances needed to reach this milestone.
With Brad Boxberger striking out Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki in the 12th inning on June 30, the Rays set the Major League record for most strikeouts by a pitching staff in any month. The Rays' pitching staff struck out 287 batters in June, breaking the record set by the Chicago Cubs in August 2002.
With his strikeout of Jordy Mercer of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth inning on July 11, Chapman set the Major League record with at least one strikeout in 40 consecutive relief appearances. The streak dates back to last season. The previous record was held by Bruce Sutter who set the record in 1977. His streak came to an end at 49 games on August 15 against the Colorado Rockies as he failed to record a strikeout.
Became the first pitcher in Major League history to face 28 or fewer batters in back-to-back starts of at least nine innings with his complete game against the Seattle Mariners on July 30. He also faced one batter over the minimum on July 24 against the Kansas City Royals.
Set the Major League record for most consecutive batters retired by striking out Charlie Culberson of the Colorado Rockies on August 28. Petit retired 46 batters in a row breaking the record held by Mark Buehrle (45 consecutive) set in 2009. Petit set this record over seven appearances.
Set the franchise record for most strikeouts in a season by a left-hander by striking out his 207th batter of the season, Juan Uribe, on September 12 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bumgarner finished the season with 219 strikeouts.
Tied the Major League record for most consecutive strikeouts to begin the game by striking out eight Miami Marlins on September 15. He tied the record that was set by Jim Deshaies on September 23, 1986.
With two strikeouts on September 17 against the Tampa Bay Rays in a scoreless eighth inning, Betances set the single-season franchise record of 132 strikeouts by a reliever breaking the record of 130 set by Mariano Rivera in 1996. Betances finished the season with 135 strikeouts.
Set the Major League record for most strikeouts by pitchers in a season when Corey Kluber struck out David DeJesus of the Tampa Bay Rays in the eighth inning on September 26. Kluber's strikeout was the team's 1,429th strikeout of the season breaking the record set by Detroit Tigers set in 2013. The Indians finished the season with 1,450 strikeouts.
The Oakland Athletics will have a new green alternate jersey to start the 2014 season. Gone is the script "Athletics" across the chest, in its place is the white "A's" cap logo on the left side of the chest with gold piping, basically a reverse of the current gold jersey. It was announced last season, and unveiled on February 8, 2014 during the A's FanFest at Oracle Arena.
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they are changing their primary logo from the pirate to the gold "P" that is on their caps.
In addition to ten Cubs throwback uniforms to mark the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field, selected teams wore throwbacks throughout the season:
The Braves wore 1974 throwbacks on April 8, the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run.
The Diamondbacks wore the uniform of the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League against the Cubs on April 23, the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field. The Diamondbacks' logo was on each player's left sleeve. The Cubs, as one of ten throwbacks they will wear during the season, wore the uniforms of the Chicago Whales.
The Tigers and Rangers wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on May 24. The Tigers wore uniforms of the Detroit Stars, while the Rangers wore the uniforms of the Fort Worth Black Panthers.
The Padres wore 1984 throwbacks on consecutive days May 23 and 24. They wore their home throwbacks on May 23, and their away uniforms May 24.
Both the Astros and Orioles wore Negro League throwbacks at the Civil Rights Game on May 30. The Astros wore the uniforms of the Houston Eagles, while the Orioles wore a Negro League throwback for the second time in 13 days, donning the uniforms of the Baltimore Elite Giants.
The Mariners and Astros wore 1979 uniforms on May 24.
The Twins and Brewers wore 1984 uniforms on June 3 and 5 as part of a home-and-home series.
The Phillies wore 1964 throwbacks on June 13 and 15. The Cubs, their opponents, wore 1964 throwbacks on June 13, but not June 15.
The New York Mets will wear special camouflage jerseys for five games to honor U.S. military personnel.
On May 3, the Astros wore Spanish-language Los Astros uniforms.
All teams wore camouflage caps and jerseys on May 26, Memorial Day in the United States. The Pirates and Cubs wore the uniforms again on June 10. The Rockies wore the uniforms again on July 6, and the Yankees wore them again on July 20.
The Reds wore all-camouflage caps and jerseys on June 11, June 22 and July 5. The uniforms had the "Reds" script wordmark on them, instead of the player's number and the Reds' logo. The American flag was on the player's left sleeve. The Reds' wishbone C was on the players' right sleeve instead of their mascot, Mr. Redlegs.
The Blue Jays wore a red uniform on July 1, Canada Day. They wore a red uniform again on August 10.
The Nationals wore an all-blue uniform on July 4 and September 11. The "W" logo was red, white and blue.
Twenty-nine teams wore patriotic caps on July 4. AL teams wore red caps, and NL teams wore blue caps. Each cap had their teams' respective logo and a piece of the American flag, which was surrounded by a star. The Blue Jays wore a red cap with a maple leaf.
The Mets wore Spanish-language "Los Mets" uniforms July 29 and September 12.
The Twins wore their red batting practice uniforms August 1. The jerseys did not have their last name on the backs.
The Tigers wore Spanish-language "Tigres" uniforms August 2. The jerseys were based on the 1960 Tigers home uniforms, which had the Tigers name in script and the player's number on it.
The Brewers wore Spanish-language "Cerveceros" uniforms August 10.
The Reds wore Irish Heritage night uniforms September 5. The uniforms' numbers and letters were green. The uniforms had the "Reds" script wordmark on them, instead of the player's number and the Reds' logo. A shamrock was on the uniform sleeves.
The Reds wore Spanish-language "Los Rojos" uniforms September 7.
All 30 teams wore caps with the flag of the United States on the left side on September 11, the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The Blue Jays' caps had both the U.S. and Canadian flags.
Contract provisions in ESPN's contract virtually eliminated local blackouts among the network's Monday and Wednesday night games, allowing ESPN coverage to co-exist with that of the local broadcasters in home markets. Sunday Night Baseball blackout rules will still apply.
Fox Sports' contract also covers Fox Sports 1, which began its first year of Major League Baseball coverage. Fox Sports 1 televised 40 regular-season games (mostly on Saturdays) and possibly up to 15 playoff games. The increase in televised games from previous years is due to a provision in the contract that allows for Fox Sports 1 to take a game between two teams in which Fox operates the teams' individual RSNs and elevate it into a national broadcast. As a result, MLB regular season coverage on the Fox network was reduced to 12 weeks beginning in 2014.
This is the first year of eight-year contracts for national broadcasts in Canada. Sportsnet, owned by Rogers Communications (and sister company of the Toronto Blue Jays), continues to be the primary rightsholder, retaining rights to the All-Star Game, the Home Run Derby, and most postseason games. In total (including Canada-wide rights to all Blue Jays games which are acquired directly from the team), Sportsnet's various channels will carry almost 300 MLB games per season until 2021. As part of the deal, Rogers Cable became the Canadian launch partner for MLB Network, which was not previously available in Canada, and did not secure carriage on any Canadian providers other than Rogers that year. Despite this, MLB Network's Division Series telecasts were kept exclusive to that channel in Canada as well.
French-language rights, previously held exclusively by TSN's French-language sister channels RDS and RDS2, will now be split with TVA Sports, with each group airing approximately 70 games per season (TVA Sports also carries additional Blue Jays games acquired directly from the team). RDS will continue to carry the All-Star Game and the World Series, but the remaining postseason rights will be split equally between RDS and TVA Sports.
The New York Yankees left WCBS, which was their radio home for 12 years, but the rights remained with CBS Radio's New York cluster, as they moved to WCBS's sister station WFAN with a new rights agreement, which allows an FM simulcast with WFAN-FM, which would mark the first time the Yankees are heard on FM radio in their hometown. The move to WFAN means that the New York Mets moved to WOR (purchased by Clear Channel in late 2012) for the 2014 season, as they had been on WFAN since the station had adopted the all-sports format in 1987.
This will be the final year in which the Chicago Cubs will air on WGN. WGN has had some form of broadcast relationship with the Cubs since 1925 and has been the exclusive broadcaster of the team since 1958; for many years, the Cubs and WGN were both owned by Tribune Company. The spin-off of the Cubs to new ownership, combined with continued financial losses, the Cubs' persistent on-field futility and the pending end of the rival Chicago White Sox's contract with WSCR after the 2015 season, prompted Tribune to end its relationship with the Cubs. Cubs broadcasts will move to CBS Radio's WBBM for 2015 and, if the White Sox do not renew with WSCR, to WSCR for 2016 and beyond.
The 2014 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Baltimore Orioles against the Kansas City Royals for the American League pennant and the right to play in the 2014 World Series. The Royals won the series four games to zero. The series was the 45th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States. Even as the Royals swept the series, each game was decided by two runs or fewer.
To reach the 2014 ALCS, the Orioles (East Division champions, 96–66) defeated the Tigers (Central Division champions, 90–72) in the ALDS, 3 games to 0. The Royals (Wild Card, 89–73) defeated the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game and then defeated the Angels (West Division champions, 98–64) in the ALDS, 3 games to 0.It was the first-ever postseason meeting between the two teams. It was the first ALCS since 2005 not to feature the Yankees, Red Sox, or Tigers.
The Royals would go on to lose to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
The 2014 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 American League Championship Series. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Baltimore Orioles, and Detroit Tigers (divisional winners, seeded 1–3 based on regular season record) as well as the Wild Card game winning Kansas City Royals played in the two series. TBS carried all the games.
These matchups were:
(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (West Division champions, 98–64) vs. (4) Kansas City Royals (Wild Card winner, 89–73)
(2) Baltimore Orioles (East Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Detroit Tigers (Central Division champions, 90–72)This was the first postseason played under the current divisional alignment, going back to 1995, in which neither the Boston Red Sox nor the New York Yankees competed in an ALDS. It was also the Royals' first appearance in the current version of the ALDS, as their last previous postseason appearance had come in 1985, prior to its conception (although the team had played in one of the 1981 ALDS necessitated by that year's player strike and the resulting split season). It was also the Orioles' first ALDS win since 1997.
Both the Angels and the Royals, and the Tigers and the Orioles, met for the first time in the postseason.
The 2014 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. It was held on September 30, 2014. The Royals won by a score of 9–8 in 12 innings, and advanced to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 American League Division Series.This was the second postseason meeting between the Athletics and Royals, having first met in the 1981 ALDS (Athletics won 3–0).
The 12-inning contest tied the then record for the longest (by innings) "winner-take-all" game in postseason history, shared with Game 7 of the 1924 World Series. This record was subsequently broken by the 2018 National League Wild Card Game .
The 2014 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 18th season of home games at Turner Field, 49th season in Atlanta, and 144th season overall. Before September, the Braves had two winning months and three non-winning months that they played, and briefly reached first place in their division. The team's performance declined in September, as the team lost 16 out of the first 20 games they played that month. They finished tied in 2nd place with a 79–83 record, 17 games back in second place in the division, and failed to make the playoffs.
The 2014 Chicago Cubs season was the 143rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 139th in the National League and the 99th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs began the season on the road against the Pittsburgh Pirates on March 31, 2014 and finished the regular season on September 28, 2014, on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs finished the season with a 73–89 record in last place in the National League Central Division in Rick Renteria's first and only season as manager.This season marked the 100th season of play at Wrigley Field, though the Cubs did not start playing there until 1916. To mark the occasion, the Cubs wore different uniforms to represent each decade during ten homestands throughout the season.
The season marked the third year of the Cubs rebuild under President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer which would result in the Cubs breaking their 108-year World Series drought and lead the Cubs to the 2016 World Series championship.
During the season, the Cubs drafted Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick of the 2014 Draft who would play an important role in the 2016 World Series.
The 2014 Houston Astros season was the 53rd season for the franchise in Houston, their 50th as the Astros and their 15th season at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros failed to make the playoffs, but made a nineteen win improvement from the previous season, finishing 70-92. The Astros also avoided last place in the AL West, finishing three games ahead of the Rangers. It was the first time since 2010 that the Astros did not finish in last place for their division, and featured the best overall season record since that season as well.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 2014 season was the franchise's 54th season and 49th in Anaheim (all of them at Angel Stadium).
The Angels achieved a historically significant milestone during the course of the season by improving their all-time winning percentage to above the .500 mark. The Angels won their 89th game of the season on September 9 to ensure that they would become the first post-1960 expansion team to finish a season with an all-time winning record since the Houston Astros at the conclusion of the 2006 MLB season.They finished the season with the best record in all of Major League Baseball, but they were swept by the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series.
The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.
The 2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship as the Gillette Home Run Derby) was a home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball (MLB) between five batters each from the American League and National League. The derby was held on July 14, 2014, at the site of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Yoenis Céspedes was the winner, repeating his winning performance in 2013 to join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win consecutive Home Run Derbies.In June, MLB named José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies the Home Run Derby captains. On July 8, 2014, the captains each made their first three picks, while saving their final pick for July 10. Tulowitzki selected Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, and would later select his teammate Justin Morneau who played in Minnesota for ten seasons. Bautista selected defending home run derby champion Céspedes of the Oakland Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins, and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, and added Oakland's Josh Donaldson as his fifth AL selection.
The 2014 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft was held from June 5 through June 7, 2014, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The first two rounds were conducted on June 5, followed by rounds three through ten on June 6, and the last 30 rounds on June 7. It was broadcast from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The draft order was the reverse order of the 2013 MLB regular season standings. As the Astros finished the 2013 season with the worst record, they had the first overall selection for the third consecutive year. In addition, the Toronto Blue Jays got the 11th pick, as compensation for failing to sign Phil Bickford, the 10th overall selection of the 2013 MLB Draft. The St. Louis Cardinals got bumped from #30 to #31 because although tied with the Boston Red Sox for most wins in the 2013 regular season, the Red Sox had fewer wins in 2012.
Kansas City Royals first round draft pick Brandon Finnegan made his Major League debut on September 6, 2014, the first player to reach the majors from the 2014 draft class, with Carlos Rodon the second. Rodon first appeared for the Chicago White Sox on April 21, 2015. Finnegan became the first player to play in both the College World Series, for TCU, and the MLB World Series, for Kansas City, in the same year. Kyle Schwarber was the first position player to reach the majors from the 2014 draft class doing so June 16, 2015.
The Miami Marlins' 2014 season was the 22nd season for the Major League Baseball franchise, and the third as the "Miami" Marlins. They finished 77–85, 19 games back in third place in the division. They failed to make the playoffs for the 11th consecutive season.
The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers season was the 45th season for the Brewers in Milwaukee, the 17th in the National League, and 46th overall. After leading the central division for much of the season, the Brewers collapsed in the second half and missed the playoffs. They finished 82–80, in third place.
The 2014 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Francisco Giants for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2014 World Series. The series was the 45th in league history with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–5 in the United States. Game 1 was simulcast on Fox Sports 1 and was hosted by Kevin Burkhardt, Gabe Kapler and C.J. Nitkowski, who offered sabermetric analysis of the game.To reach the 2014 NLCS, the Cardinals (Central Division champions, 90–72) defeated the Dodgers (West Division champions, 94–68) in the NLDS, 3 games to 1. The Giants (Wild Card, 88–74) defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Wild Card Game and then defeated the Nationals (East Division champions, 96–66) in the NLDS, 3 games to 1.This was the fourth time the two teams have met in the postseason (1987 NLCS, 2002 NLCS, and 2012 NLCS). The Cardinals, by virtue of being a division winner, had the home field advantage. The Giants clinched their third pennant within a five-year span, with NLCS wins in 2010 and 2012.
The Giants would go on to defeat the Kansas City Royals in the World Series in seven games, winning their third World Series championship in five years.
The 2014 National League Division Series was two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2014 National League Championship Series. The Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals (seeded 1–3 based on record, respectively) and San Francisco Giants—played in two series. Fox Sports 1 carried most of the games, with two of the games on MLB Network.
These matchups were:
(1) Washington Nationals (East Division champion, 96–66) vs. (5) San Francisco Giants (Wild Card Winner, 88–74)
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champion, 94–68) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champion, 90–72)This was the first postseason meeting between the Nationals and Giants. The Dodgers and Cardinals met in the postseason for the fifth time, with the Cardinals having won three of the first four matchups, including the previous year's NLCS which the Cardinals won 4 games to 2.
The 2014 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2014, starting at 8:07 p.m. EDT. After both teams finished the regular season with identical records of 88–74, the Pirates were awarded home field for the game, as they won the season series against the Giants, four games to two. Despite this advantage, the Giants won by a score of 8–0 and advanced to play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series. In addition to being the third NL Wild Card Game played, it is notable for the first postseason grand slam hit by a shortstop. The game was televised on ESPN, and was also broadcast on ESPN Radio.
The 2014 San Diego Padres season was their 46th season in Major League Baseball (MLB), and their 10th at Petco Park. After finishing with a 76-86 record in 2013, they only managed to improve by just one game in 2014, finishing the season with a 77–85 record. After winning the season opener and starting the season 1–1, the Padres never returned to .500.San Diego entered the season with the highest payroll in franchise history, yet still ranked in the bottom third in MLB. They finished the season with its best home record (48–33) since the opening of Petco in 2004. They tied their World Series team of 1984 with 48 home wins, which had only been exceeded by its 1978 team and their pennant-winning 1998 squad.
The Tampa Bay Rays 2014 season was the Rays' 17th season of Major League Baseball and the seventh as the "Rays" (all at Tropicana Field). The team finished at 77-85, their first losing season as the Rays.
The 2014 Texas Rangers season was the Rangers' 54th season of the franchise and the 43rd since the team relocated to Arlington, Texas. The Rangers suffered from injuries throughout the season and spent a substantial part of the season in last place in the American League (AL), at one point having a streak of 8–34. Manager Ron Washington resigned on September 5, citing personal issues. Despite finishing the season with a 13–3 stretch, The Rangers were unable to escape the AL cellar, but did manage to finish 67–95 and third worst in Major League Baseball (MLB), ahead of the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks of the National League (NL).
The Rangers used 40 different pitchers during the season, thus setting a new MLB record. The team played seven extra inning games, the fewest of any MLB team in 2014.
Saint Louis Ballpark Village (BPV) is a dining and entertainment district in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, owned by the investment group that controls the St. Louis Cardinals, the city's professional baseball team. Located on the 200 and 300 blocks of Clark Street, it sits across the street from and is meant to complement Busch Stadium, the team's home field, on the site of the demolished Busch Memorial Stadium.First proposed in the late 1990s, the development is being executed in two phases by primary developer Cordish Company of Baltimore, Maryland. The first phase, opened before the start of the 2014 Major League Baseball season, is a $100 million, 150,000-square-foot facility that includes bars, restaurants — several with a view onto the field — events venues, 720 parking spaces, and the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. Construction is underway on a second phase, which is to include an apartment building, a hotel, and other facilities.
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