2014 Major League Baseball season

The 2014 Major League Baseball season began on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks.[1] The North American part of the season started on March 30 and ended on September 28.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 85th edition was held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, home of the Minnesota Twins. The American League (AL) beat the National League (NL) 5–3. With the win, the AL champion earned home-field advantage during the World Series.

This year the Houston Astros hosted the Civil Rights Game on May 30 at Minute Maid Park. They played host to the Baltimore Orioles.[2]

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.[3] On August 14, 2014, the franchise owners selected Rob Manfred to become the new Commissioner, starting in 2015.[4]

2014 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 22 – October 29, 2014
Number of games162
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pickBrady Aiken
Picked byHouston Astros
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Mike Trout (LAA)
NL: Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
League Postseason
AL championsKansas City Royals
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series
ChampionsSan Francisco Giants
  Runners-upKansas City Royals
World Series MVPMadison Bumgarner (SF)

Standings

Division

American League National League
AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Baltimore Orioles 96 66 0.593 50–31 46–35
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 12 43–38 41–40
Toronto Blue Jays 83 79 0.512 13 46–35 37–44
Tampa Bay Rays 77 85 0.475 19 36–45 41–40
Boston Red Sox 71 91 0.438 25 34–47 37–44
AL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 45–36 45–36
(4) Kansas City Royals 89 73 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Cleveland Indians 85 77 0.525 5 48–33 37–44
Chicago White Sox 73 89 0.451 17 40–41 33–48
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 20 35–46 35–46
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 98 64 0.605 52–29 46–35
(5) Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 10 48–33 40–41
Seattle Mariners 87 75 0.537 11 41–40 46–35
Houston Astros 70 92 0.432 28 38–43 32–49
Texas Rangers 67 95 0.414 31 33–48 34–47
NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
(1) Washington Nationals 96 66 0.593 51–30 45–36
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 17 42–39 37–44
New York Mets 79 83 0.488 17 40–41 39–42
Miami Marlins 77 85 0.475 19 42–39 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0.451 23 37–44 36–45
NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
(3) St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
(4) Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 2 51–30 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0.506 8 42–39 40–41
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 14 44–37 32–49
Chicago Cubs 73 89 0.451 17 41–40 32–49
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
(2) Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 0.580 45–36 49–32
(5) San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 6 45–36 43–38
San Diego Padres 77 85 0.475 17 48–33 29–52
Colorado Rockies 66 96 0.407 28 45–36 21–60
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 98 0.395 30 33–48 31–50

Postseason

Bracket

  Wild Card Game
(ALWC, NLWC)
Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                                     
    1 LA Angels 0  
4 Kansas City 1     4 Kansas City 3    
  4 Kansas City 4  
5 Oakland 0     American League
  2 Baltimore 0    
2 Baltimore 3
   
  3 Detroit 0  
    AL4 Kansas City 3
  NL5 San Francisco 4
    1 Washington 1    
4 Pittsburgh 0     5 San Francisco 3    
  5 San Francisco 4
5 San Francisco 1     National League
  3 St. Louis 1  
2 LA Dodgers 1
   
  3 St. Louis 3  

Schedule

Major League Baseball at Sydney Cricket Ground, 2014
The Diamondbacks and Dodgers play in Sydney, March 23

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.

AL East NL East AL Central NL Central AL West NL West
Red Sox Braves White Sox Cubs Mariners Padres
Yankees Mets Indians Reds Angels Dodgers
Blue Jays Phillies Tigers Pirates Athletics Giants
Rays Marlins Twins Brewers Rangers Rockies
Orioles Nationals Royals Cardinals Astros Diamondbacks

Rule changes

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.[5][6]

On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers.[7] On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put into effect as Rule 7.13 was released.[8]

Managerial changes

General managers

In-season

Team Former GM New GM Reason for leaving Former job
Atlanta Braves Frank Wren John Hart (interim) Fired Hart was a former Indians and Rangers general manager and was the current Braves senior advisor.

Field managers

In-season

Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Houston Astros Bo Porter Tom Lawless Fired Porter was fired on September 1 along with bench coach Dave Trembley. Lawless was named the interim manager. Porter finished with a 110–190 in under two seasons.[9]
Texas Rangers Ron Washington Tim Bogar Resigned 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.[10] Bogar, who is the current bench coach, was named the interim manager for the rest of the 2014 season.
Arizona Diamondbacks Kirk Gibson Alan Trammell Fired 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.[11]

Off-season

At the end of the 2013 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.

Team Former manager New manager Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Seattle Mariners Eric Wedge Lloyd McClendon Resigned 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.[12] McClendon was announced as the new manager on November 5, 2013.[13] McClendon previously managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001 to 2005 and compiled a 336–446 record.[14]
Chicago Cubs Dale Sveum Rick Renteria Fired Sveum was fired by the Cubs after two seasons and a record of 127–197.[15] Rentería was named manager on November 7, 2013 after being the bench coach for the San Diego Padres the last two seasons.[16]
Washington Nationals Davey Johnson Matt Williams Retired 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.[17] Matt Williams was announced on October 31, 2013 as the new manager.[18]
Cincinnati Reds Dusty Baker Bryan Price Fired Baker was fired by the Reds after six seasons and a record of 509–463.[19] Price served as the Reds pitching coach for four seasons.[20][21]
Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland Brad Ausmus Resigned and Retired 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).[22] Ausmus was announced as the next manager on November 3, 2013.[23]

League leaders

American League

Hitting leaders
Stat Player Total
AVG José Altuve (HOU) .341
HR Nelson Cruz (BAL) 40
RBI Mike Trout (LAA) 111
R Mike Trout (LAA) 115
H José Altuve (HOU) 225
SB José Altuve (HOU) 56
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Total
W Corey Kluber (CLE)
Max Scherzer (DET)
Jered Weaver (LAA)
18
L Colby Lewis (TEX) 14
ERA Félix Hernández (SEA) 2.14
K David Price (DET)/(TB) 271
IP David Price (DET)/(TB) 248.1
SV Fernando Rodney (SEA) 48

National League

Hitting leaders
Stat Player Total
AVG Justin Morneau (COL) .319
HR Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 37
RBI Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) 119
R Anthony Rendon (WSH) 111
H Ben Revere (PHI)
Denard Span (WSH)
184
SB Dee Gordon (LAD) 64
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Total
W Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 21
L A. J. Burnett (PHI) 18
ERA Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 1.77
K Johnny Cueto (CIN)
Stephen Strasburg (WSH)
242
IP Johnny Cueto (CIN) 243.2
SV Craig Kimbrel (ATL) 47

Milestones

Batters

Pitchers

No-hitters

  • Josh Beckett (LAD):
    • 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.[61]
  • Clayton Kershaw (LAD):
    • 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.[62]
  • Tim Lincecum (SF):
    • 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.[63] 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.[64]
  • Cole Hamels/Jacob Diekman/Ken Giles/Jonathan Papelbon (PHI):
    • 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.[65] This was also the 11th combined no-hitter in Major League history.[66]
  • Jordan Zimmermann (WSH):
    • 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.[67] 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.

Other Accomplishments

  • Yu Darvish (TEX):
    • Became the fastest pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts in his career as he reached it in 40123 innings on April 6. He broke Kerry Wood's record of 40423 innings.[68]
  • Masahiro Tanaka (NYY):
    • 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).[69]
    • 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.[70]
  • Zack Greinke (LAD):
    • 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.[71] His streak ended after 21 starts when the New York Mets scored three runs on May 22.[72]
  • Jeff Samardzija (OAK)/(CHC):
    • 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.[71] That ended on his ninth start when he allowed four runs to the Milwaukee Brewers on May 16 in the first two innings.
  • Joe Nathan (DET):
    • Recorded his 350th career save by closing out a 4–1 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on May 13. He became the ninth player to reach this mark.[73]
  • Craig Kimbrel (ATL):
    • 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.[74]
  • A. J. Burnett (PHI):
    • Recorded his 150th career win with a victory against the Miami Marlins on May 20. He became the 249th player to reach this mark.[75]
  • Bartolo Colón (NYM):
    • Recorded his 2,000th career strikeout by striking out Ike Davis of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth inning on May 28. He became the 70th player to reach this mark.[76]
    • Recorded his 200th career win with a victory against the Philadelphia Phillies on August 8. He became the 115th player to reach this mark.[77]
  • Huston Street (LAA)/(SD):
    • Recorded his 250th career save by closing out a 4–1 victory against the Chicago White Sox on May 30. He became the 33rd player to reach this mark.[78]
  • Jonathan Papelbon (PHI):
    • Recorded his 300th career save by closing out a 5–2 victory against the San Diego Padres on June 10. He became the 26th player to reach this mark.[79]
  • Tampa Bay Rays:
    • 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.[80]
  • Aroldis Chapman (CIN):
    • 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.[81] His streak came to an end at 49 games on August 15 against the Colorado Rockies as he failed to record a strikeout.[82]
  • Fernando Rodney (SEA):
    • Recorded his 200th career save by closing out a 4–3 victory against the Baltimore Orioles on July 26. He became the 45th player to reach this mark.[83]
  • Rafael Soriano (WSH):
    • Recorded his 200th career save by closing out a 4–2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on July 27. He became the 46th player to reach this mark.[84]
  • Corey Kluber (CLE):
    • 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.[85]
  • John Lackey (STL)/(BOS):
    • Recorded his 150th career win with a victory against the Milwaukee Brewers on August 3. He became the 250th player to reach this mark.[86]
  • Tim Hudson (SF):
  • Yusmeiro Petit (SF):
    • 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.[88]
  • Jake Peavy (SF)/(BOS):
  • Justin Verlander (DET):
    • Recorded his 150th career win with a victory against the Kansas City Royals on September 8. He became the 251st player to reach this mark.[90]
  • Madison Bumgarner (SF):
    • 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.[91] Bumgarner finished the season with 219 strikeouts.
  • Jacob deGrom (NYM):
    • 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.[92]
  • Dellin Betances (NYY):
    • 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.[93] Betances finished the season with 135 strikeouts.
  • Phil Hughes (MIN):
    • Set the Major League single-season strikeout-to-walk ratio record of 11.63 (186 strikeouts and 16 walks) breaking the record of 11.0 set in 1994 by Bret Saberhagen.[94]
  • Cleveland Indians:
    • 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.[95] The Indians finished the season with 1,450 strikeouts.
  • Brandon Finnegan (KC):

Miscellaneous

Awards and honors

Regular season

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Jacob DeGrom (NYM) José Abreu (CHW)
Cy Young Award Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Corey Kluber (CLE)
Manager of the Year Matt Williams (WSH) Buck Showalter (BAL)
Most Valuable Player Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Mike Trout (LAA)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Zack Greinke (LAD) Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Salvador Pérez (KC)
1st Base Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) Eric Hosmer (KC)
2nd Base DJ LeMahieu (COL) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Nolan Arenado (COL) Kyle Seager (SEA)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ATL) J. J. Hardy (BAL)
Left field Christian Yelich (MIA) Alex Gordon (KC)
Center field Juan Lagares (NYM) Adam Jones (BAL)
Right field Jason Heyward (ATL) Nick Markakis (BAL)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Madison Bumgarner (SF) Víctor Martínez (DET)
Catcher Buster Posey (SF) Yan Gomes (CLE)
1st Base Adrian Gonzalez (LAD) José Abreu (CHW)
2nd Base Neil Walker (PIT) José Altuve (HOU)
3rd Base Anthony Rendon (WAS) Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Ian Desmond (WSH) Alexei Ramírez (CHW)
Outfield Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) José Bautista (TOR)
Justin Upton (ATL) Michael Brantley (CLE)
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Mike Trout (LAA)

Other awards

Fielding Bible Awards
Position Player
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy (MIL)
1st Base Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)
2nd Base Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Josh Donaldson (OAK)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ATL)
Left Field Alex Gordon (KC)
Center Field Juan Lagares (NYM)
Right Field Jason Heyward (ATL)
Multi-position Lorenzo Cain (KC)

Monthly Awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April José Abreu Troy Tulowitzki
May Edwin Encarnación Yasiel Puig
June Mike Trout Andrew McCutchen
July José Abreu Jayson Werth
August Víctor Martínez Josh Harrison
September Miguel Cabrera Matt Kemp

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Sonny Gray Jose Fernandez
May Masahiro Tanaka Madison Bumgarner
June Félix Hernández Clayton Kershaw
July Sonny Gray Clayton Kershaw
August Matt Shoemaker Madison Bumgarner
September Corey Kluber Adam Wainwright

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April José Abreu Chris Owings
May George Springer Kolten Wong
June José Abreu Billy Hamilton
July José Abreu Jacob deGrom
August Matt Shoemaker Kyle Hendricks
September Collin McHugh Jacob deGrom

Uniforms

Wholesale changes

  • The Atlanta Braves introduced a new patriotic/military themed alternate jersey.[103]
  • The Boston Red Sox changed their road jersey to have red lettering with blue trim.[104]
  • The Chicago Cubs, in addition to the ten throwback jerseys they'll wear throughout the season, added an alternate road jersey.[105]
  • The Cleveland Indians announced that they are changing their primary logo from Chief Wahoo to the block "C".[106]
  • The Kansas City Royals announced their new road alternate jersey. The classic KC logo returns.[107]
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers added an alternate road jersey with "Dodgers" across the chest.[108]
  • The New York Mets added a Mr. Met sleeve patch to their blue alternate home and road jerseys.[109]
  • 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.[110]
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they are changing their primary logo from the pirate to the gold "P" that is on their caps.[111]
  • The San Francisco Giants gave a sneak peek on Instagram of a new orange alternate jersey featuring the team's old script logo utilized in the 1970s.[112]

Patches

Anniversaries and special events

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:

Team Special occasion
Atlanta Braves To commemorate the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th home run
Remembrance of the life of longtime announcer Pete Van Wieren
Baltimore Orioles 60th anniversary in Baltimore
Remembrance of the life of former part-owner Tom Clancy
Boston Red Sox To commemorate their 2013 World Series championship [home opener only]
Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary
Chicago White Sox Remembrance of the life of David Reinsdorf, son of owner Jerry Reinsdorf
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Remembrance of the life of former shortstop and manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Milwaukee Brewers Remembrance of the life of scouting director Bruce Seid
Minnesota Twins Host city of the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
New York Mets Remembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Ralph Kiner[113]
Remembrance of the life of former general manager Frank Cashen
Oakland Athletics 25th Anniversary World Series champions reunion
Remembrance of the life of former pitcher Bob Welch (July 19)
Philadelphia Phillies Remembrance of the life of part-owner Claire Betz
Remembrance of the life of former manager Jim Fregosi (August 12)
Pittsburgh Pirates Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Ralph Kiner[114]
San Diego Padres Remembrance of the life of long time broadcaster Jerry Coleman
Remembrance of the life of Hall-of-Fame OF Tony Gwynn
Tampa Bay Rays Remembrance of the life of senior adviser Don Zimmer
All 30 teams May 11, Mother's Day – Breast cancer awareness
June 15, Father's Day – Prostate cancer awareness
July 4 – patches with ALS and Lou Gehrig in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Gehrig's speech[115]
July 27–75th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Cubs and Cardinals wore the patches July 26.

Throwbacks

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 Braves and Giants wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on May 3. The Braves wore the uniforms of the Atlanta Black Crackers, while the Giants wore uniforms of the San Francisco Sea Lions.
  • The Royals and Orioles wore Negro Leagues throwbacks on May 18. The Royals wore uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs, and the Orioles wore the uniforms of the Baltimore Black Sox.
  • 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.[116]
  • The Mariners and Astros wore 1979 uniforms on May 24.[117]
  • 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 Mets and Pirates wore Negro League throwbacks on June 28. The Pirates wore the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Crawfords, while the Mets wore the uniforms of the Brooklyn Royal Giants.
  • The Orioles wore 1954 uniforms on August 8, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the team in Baltimore.
  • The Braves and Athletics wore 1914 throwbacks on August 16, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the franchise (then based in Boston)'s World Series title.
  • The Angels wore 1970s throwbacks on August 29.

Other uniforms

  • On April 15, players, managers and coaches on all teams wore #42 on the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors to commemorate Jackie Robinson Day.
  • On April 21 (Patriots' Day), the Boston Red Sox wore home white jerseys with "BOSTON" written on the front on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • The New York Mets will wear special camouflage jerseys for five games to honor U.S. military personnel.[118]
  • 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.
  • Each player participating in the All-Star Game (representing each of the 30 clubs from both leagues) wore a team-designated cap that was inspired by the 1970s-era batting helmet of the Minnesota Twins, the club hosting the All-Star Game. The caps were jointly designed by Major League Baseball and the New Era Cap Company.[119]
  • 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.
  • The Orioles wore uniforms with a Red, White and Blue "Baltimore" wordmark September 14, the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key writing The Star-Spangled Banner.
  • The Diamondbacks wore black Spanish-language "Los D-Backs" uniforms September 27.

Television

National

United States

This was first year of the new eight-year TV contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports, and TBS. ESPN will air Sunday night games, some Monday Night games and Wednesday night games, while Fox Sports will air Saturday games and TBS will air Sunday games.

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.[120][121] 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.[122]

In the post-season, TBS and ESPN aired two Wild Card Games. TBS, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network aired the Division Series, while TBS aired the American League Championship Series. The Fox network and Fox Sports 1 aired the National League Championship Series, and the Fox network exclusively aired the All-Star Game and the World Series.

Canada

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.[123] 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.[124]

Separately, TSN announced its own eight-year deal to expand its MLB coverage. Having carried ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball since 2010 under sublicense from Sportsnet, TSN and TSN2 will now carry all of ESPN's regular-season coverage (ESPN being a minority partner in TSN), adding Monday Night Baseball and Wednesday Night Baseball, totalling over 75 games per year.[125]

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.[126][127]

Local

Radio

ESPN Radio aired its 17th season of national coverage, including Sunday night games, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason.

Local

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.[129] 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.[129]

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.[130]

Retirements

Retired numbers

See also

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2014 American League Championship Series

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.

2014 American League Division 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.

2014 American League Wild Card Game

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 .

2014 Atlanta Braves season

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.

2014 Chicago Cubs season

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.

2014 Houston Astros season

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.

2014 Los Angeles Angels season

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.

2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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.

2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

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.

2014 Major League Baseball draft

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.

2014 Miami Marlins season

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.

2014 Milwaukee Brewers 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.

2014 National League Championship Series

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.

2014 National League Division Series

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.

2014 National League Wild Card Game

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.

2014 San Diego Padres season

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.

2014 Tampa Bay Rays season

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.

2014 Texas Rangers season

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.

St. Louis Ballpark Village

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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