The 2017 Major League Baseball season began on April 2, 2017 with three games, including the 2016 World Series champions Chicago Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals, and ended on October 1. The postseason began on October 3. The 2017 World Series began October 24 and Game 7 was played on November 1, in which the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5–1, to capture their first World Series championship in franchise history.
The 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held on July 11 at Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins. For the first time since 2002 when the game ended in a tie, the All Star Game did not determine home field advantage for the World Series. Instead, home field advantage was awarded to the team with the better regular season record. The American League won 2–1 in 10 innings.
|2017 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 2 – November 1, 2017|
|Number of games||162|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||Royce Lewis|
|Picked by||Minnesota Twins|
|Season MVP||AL: José Altuve (HOU) |
NL: Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)
|AL champions||Houston Astros|
|AL runners-up||New York Yankees|
|NL champions||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|NL runners-up||Chicago Cubs|
|Runners-up||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|World Series MVP||George Springer (HOU)|
As has been the case since 2013, all teams played their four division opponents 19 times each for a total of 76 games. They played six or seven games against each of the other ten same-league opponents for a total of 66 games, and 20 inter-league games. The primary inter-league match-ups were AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West, and AL West vs. NL East. Teams also played four games against a designated interleague rival.
On March 9, it was announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals would play a game at the minor league BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on August 20. The game coincided with the Little League World Series, held annually in nearby South Williamsport, and was exclusively attended by Little League players and their families.
As a consequence of Hurricane Harvey damaging the Houston area, the three-game Lone Star Series between the Texas Rangers and Houston Astros from August 29 to 31 was moved from Minute Maid Park to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Although the Astros were the designated home team, they wore their away uniforms during the series while the Rangers wore their home uniforms. The Astros returned to Minute Maid Park for a three-game series with the New York Mets, beginning with a split doubleheader on September 2.
The Tampa Bay Rays' three-game set with the New York Yankees from September 11 to 13 was moved from Tropicana Field to Queens' Citi Field due to Hurricane Irma's impending landfall on the Tampa Bay Area.
Irma's damage to South Florida also forced the Miami Marlins' three-game set with the Milwaukee Brewers from September 15 to 17 to move from Marlins Park to the Brewers' home field at Miller Park, with the Marlins as the designated home team. Similar to the Rangers–Astros series in Tampa Bay, the Marlins wore their away uniforms as the 'home' team, while the Brewers wore their home uniforms as the 'away' team.
|American League||National League|
|Wild Card Games
|League Championship Series
|4||NY Yankees||1||4||NY Yankees||3|
In March 2017, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association agreed to seven rule changes.
|Team||Former GM||Reason For Leaving||New GM||Story/Accomplishments|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Dave Stewart||Fired||Mike Hazen||On October 3, 2016, General Manager Dave Stewart was fired, along with field manager Chip Hale.|
On October 16, 2016, Mike Hazen agreed to become the Executive Vice President and General Manager.
|Boston Red Sox||Mike Hazen||Resigned||Dave Dombrowski||On October 16, 2016, Mike Hazen agreed to become the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.|
Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations, assumed the role without making a formal announcement.
|Minnesota Twins||Rob Antony||Interim||Thad Levine||On November 3, 2016, The Twins hired Thad Levine as their new Senior VP and General Manager. Levine will replace interim GM Rob Antony.|
|Team||Former Manager||Reason For Leaving||New Manager||Story/Accomplishments|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||Chip Hale||Fired||Torey Lovullo||On October 3, 2016, Chip Hale was fired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hale finished with a 148–176 record with no playoff appearances in his two seasons as manager.|
On November 4, 2016, Torey Lovullo was hired as the new manager.
|Atlanta Braves||Fredi González||Brian Snitker||On October 11, 2016, Brian Snitker was named as the new manager of the Atlanta Braves after completing the 2016 season as the interim manager. Snitker took over for Fredi Gonzalez on May 17, 2016 and finished the season with a 59–65 record.|
|Chicago White Sox||Robin Ventura||Resigned||Rick Renteria||At the conclusion of the 2016 regular season, Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura resigned.|
On October 3, 2016, Rick Renteria became the team's new manager. Ventura finished his five seasons in Chicago with a record of 375–435 with no playoff appearances.
|Colorado Rockies||Walt Weiss||Bud Black||On October 3, 2016, Walt Weiss resigned as manager of the Colorado Rockies after four years without a winning record or a playoff appearance. Weiss finished with a 283–365 record during his tenure.|
On November 6, 2016, the Rockies announced they were hiring Bud Black as manager.
|Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards|
|BBWAA Award||National League||American League|
|Rookie of the Year||Cody Bellinger (LAD)||Aaron Judge (NYY)|
|Cy Young Award||Max Scherzer (WAS)||Corey Kluber (CLE)|
|Manager of the Year||Torey Lovullo (ARI)||Paul Molitor (MIN)|
|Most Valuable Player||Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)||José Altuve (HOU)|
|Gold Glove Awards|
|Position||National League||American League|
|Pitcher||Zack Greinke (ARI)||Marcus Stroman (TOR)|
|Catcher||Tucker Barnhart (CIN)||Martin Maldonado (LAA)|
|1st Base||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)||Eric Hosmer (KC)|
|2nd Base||DJ LeMahieu (COL)||Brian Dozier (MIN)|
|3rd Base||Nolan Arenado (COL)||Evan Longoria (TB)|
|Shortstop||Brandon Crawford (SF)||Andrelton Simmons (LAA)|
|Left field||Marcell Ozuna (MIA)||Alex Gordon (KC)|
|Center field||Ender Inciarte (ATL)||Byron Buxton (MIN)|
|Right field||Jason Heyward (CHC)||Mookie Betts (BOS)|
|Silver Slugger Awards|
|Pitcher/Designated Hitter||Adam Wainwright (STL)||Nelson Cruz (SEA)|
|Catcher||Buster Posey (SF)||Gary Sanchez (NYY)|
|1st Base||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)||Eric Hosmer (KC)|
|2nd Base||Daniel Murphy (WAS)||Jose Altuve (HOU)|
|3rd Base||Nolan Arenado (COL)||Jose Ramirez (CLE)|
|Shortstop||Corey Seager (LAD)||Francisco Lindor (CLE)|
|Left Field||Marcell Ozuna (MIA)||Justin Upton (LAA)|
|Center Field||Charlie Blackmon (COL)||George Springer (HOU)|
|Right Field||Giancarlo Stanton (MIA)||Aaron Judge (NYY)|
|Fielding Bible Awards|
|Pitcher||Dallas Keuchel (HOU)|
|Catcher||Martin Maldonado (LAA)|
|1st Base||Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)|
|2nd Base||DJ LeMahieu (COL)|
|3rd Base||Nolan Arenado (COL)|
|Shortstop||Andrelton Simmons (LAA)|
|Left Field||Brett Gardner (NYY)|
|Center Field||Byron Buxton (MIN)|
|Right Field||Mookie Betts (BOS)|
|Multi-position||Javier Baez (CHC)|
Player of the Month
Pitcher of the Month
Rookie of the Month
For the 2017 season, the TrackMan component of Major League Baseball's Statcast platform has replaced the previous PITCHf/x system for official measurements of pitch speed. The new system uses a doppler radar to calculate pitch speed based on maximum velocity (typically from the release of the pitch), rather than the speed measured 55 feet (17 m) from home plate. The change in data source has led to discrepancies in pitch speed reports between those reported in 2016 and 2017, with some pitches registering slightly higher speeds than with the previous system.
The Arizona Diamondbacks tweaked their uniform set that was unveiled last season. The pant stripes now reach to the hip, while the gradient below was removed. The road uniform lettering is also changed to improve visibility.
The San Diego Padres unveiled new home and road uniforms, with noticeable changes such as the team name and the removal of yellow on the home uniforms, the bowtie-shaped lettering in the city name on the road uniforms, and the interlocking "SD" on both uniforms.
The Kansas City Royals unveiled an updated version of their gold-trimmed white uniform, featuring gold numbers and blue lettering. It was paired with a blue cap featuring the gold 'KC' lettering, and was worn on Friday home games.
The Washington Nationals unveiled a white alternate uniform featuring the 'curly W' logo in a Stars and Stripes design. It was paired with two caps featuring the 'curly W' Stars and Stripes design: a navy cap with red brim, and a red cap with navy brim. The uniforms was worn during patriotic-themed and weekend day games.
Coinciding with Canada's 150th anniversary, the Toronto Blue Jays unveiled a red alternate uniform featuring a monochrome red rendition of the team's logo, complete with red belts, socks and cleats, and a red cap featuring the maple leaf logo. It was worn on Sunday home games and select other games in the month of July. They also promoted their white-paneled home caps to alternate status after wearing them once the past two seasons.
The Cleveland Indians retired their cream alternate uniforms. The red caps that were formerly paired with the cream uniforms will now be worn with the navy alternates at select home games.
The Cincinnati Reds changed their caps on Military Appreciation nights from camo to olive, with a white horseshoe "C".
The Pittsburgh Pirates changed their caps on Thursday home games to mustard, while still wearing their camo jerseys.
All Spring Training uniforms in 2017 featured a pattern on the names and numbers. The pattern was the same for all 30 teams. In addition, seven teams unveiled new caps to be worn for Spring Training. The New York Yankees introduced a home cap with a pinstripe visor and a road cap with a grey crown and a navy visor. The Seattle Mariners replaced their compass logo with their original 'M'-shaped trident updated in current team colors. The Chicago Cubs added an alternate cap featuring an "angry cub" logo. The Atlanta Braves added a solid navy cap with a tomahawk. Tampa Bay Rays added a powder blue cap with a white front panel, featuring their starburst logo. Cleveland Indians changed the front panel of their cap from white to red. The New York Mets replaced the "Mr. Met" logo with their "NY" logo.
The following teams wore commemorative patches for special occasions:
|All teams||Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 13–14, Mother's Day weekend)|
|"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 3–4)|
|Blue ribbons for prostate cancer awareness (June 17–18, Father's Day weekend)|
|Gold ribbons for childhood cancer awareness (September 1)|
|Atlanta Braves||First season at SunTrust Park|
|Baltimore Orioles||25th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards|
|Boston Red Sox||15th anniversary of the Red Sox Foundation (August 18–20)|
|Chicago Cubs||2016 World Series Championship (April 10 and 12)|
|Chicago White Sox||Mark Buehrle number retirement (June 24)|
|Cincinnati Reds||Pete Rose statue dedication (June 17)|
|Cleveland Indians||Frank Robinson number retirement (May 28)|
|Detroit Tigers||"Mr. I" patch in memory of Mike Ilitch|
|Houston Astros||"Houston Strong" patch in memory of the victims of Hurricane Harvey (from September 2 onwards)|
|Kansas City Royals||"ACE 30" patch in memory of Yordano Ventura|
|Los Angeles Angels||In memory of Don Baylor (from August 11 onwards)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||AIDS awareness ribbons (May 15)|
|Miami Marlins||2017 All-Star Game|
|Number 16 patch in memory of José Fernández|
|"FELO" patch in memory of Felo Ramírez (from August 30 onwards)|
|Minnesota Twins||30th anniversary of 1987 World Series championship|
|In memory of pitching prospect Yorman Landa (April 3)|
|New York Yankees||Derek Jeter number retirement (May 14)|
|Black armband on left sleeve in memory of Gene Michael (from September 7 onwards)|
|Philadelphia Phillies||"DP" patch in memory of Dallas Green|
|St. Louis Cardinals||50th anniversary of 1967 World Series championship (May 16)|
|San Francisco Giants||AIDS awareness ribbons (May 15)|
|Seattle Mariners||40th anniversary of the franchise|
|Edgar Martínez number retirement (August 12)|
|Texas Rangers||Iván Rodríguez Hall of Fame induction (July 28–30)|
The Cubs wore gold-trimmed numbers and letters on the backs of their shirts April 10 and 12 to mark their winning the 2016 World Series title.
Players, managers, coaches and umpires wore #42 on April 15, the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors.
On April 17 (Patriots' Day), the Boston Red Sox wore home white jerseys with "BOSTON" written on the front to mark the four-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The uniform also sported the 2013 navy-blue circular patch with a white border on the left shoulder saying "B Strong" (with the red B in the classic font featured on the Red Sox's caps).
The Padres wore camouflage uniforms on April 23, Air Force Appreciation Day. They wore them again on June 25, Naval Appreciation Day.
The Reds and Giants wore Spanish language "Los Rojos" and "Gigantes" uniforms May 5, Cinco de Mayo. The Reds wore them again on September 22. The Reds' "Los Rojos" uniforms have "Los Rojos" in the style of the Reds' script wordmark, and do not have the player's number or the "C" on them.
All 30 teams wore pink-colored caps and jerseys, undershirts and socks May 13 and 14, Mother's Day.
The Reds wore camo uniforms May 20, June 6 (the 73rd anniversary of D-Day), August 4 and September 19. The uniforms had the "Reds" script wordmark on their front, instead of the player's number and their "C" logo.
The Orioles wore a uniform with the Flag of Maryland May 20. Their caps featured the Maryland flag, as well.
Teams wore green-colored caps and jerseys, undershirts and socks May 27, May 28 and May 29, Memorial Day in the United States. The Blue Jays didn't wear them on May 27 and 28, but did May 29, even though Memorial Day is not a holiday in Toronto, the province of Ontario, or anywhere in Canada. The Rockies wore them again on July 9, which was Military Appreciation Day.
The Rays wore blue "fauxback" uniforms for the first game of a doubleheader against the Athletics June 10.
All teams wore blue-colored caps and jerseys, undershirts and socks June 17 and 18, Father's Day. The Dodgers and Reds wore the uniforms on June 18 only.
All teams wore patriotic jerseys, undershirts and socks July 1–4. The Brewers did not wear them July 1. The Blue Jays wore red caps July 3–4, and their jerseys included a flipped US flag on one sleeve and a Canadian flag on the other during that time.
The Tigers wore their Spanish-language "Tigres" uniforms August 12. The uniforms were based on the uniforms that the Tigers only wore during the 1960 season.
The Mariners wore Spanish-language "Marineros" uniforms September 9.
The Braves wore Spanish-language "Los Bravos" uniforms September 17.
The Reds wore green uniforms September 23. The uniforms have a shamrock on the right sleeve and the Reds script wordmark on the front, instead of the player's number and the "C" logo.
The weekend of August 25–27 was the inaugural Players Weekend, organized jointly by MLB and the MLB Players Association, during which all 30 teams wore special uniforms. The first use of the special uniforms was on August 20 by the Cardinals and Pirates for the MLB Little League Classic, played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania during the 2017 Little League World Series in nearby South Williamsport. Players Weekend also coincided with the final days of the LLWS. The uniforms dramatically differed from regular uniforms in several respects:
The Padres wore 1990s throwbacks June 14 and August 2.
The Astros and Mariners wore 1977 throwbacks June 24.
The Indians and Tigers wore Negro Leagues throwbacks July 1. The Indians wore the uniforms of the Cleveland Buckeyes, and the Tigers wore the uniforms of the Detroit Stars.
The Padres and Phillies wore 1983 throwbacks July 7 and July 9.
The Angels and Rangers wore 1977 throwbacks July 8. The Rangers wore their away throwbacks, even though they were the home team.
The Phillies and Brewers wore 1982 throwbacks July 14–16 as part of a weekend where members of the Brewers' 1982 AL champion team reunited.
The Indians wore red 1970s throwbacks August 12. Their opponents, the Rays, wore their "fauxbacks".
The Reds and Brewers wore Negro Leagues throwbacks August 12. The Reds wore the uniforms of the Cincinnati Tigers (which were hand-me-downs from the Reds in the 1930s), and the Brewers wore the uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears.
The Rangers and Astros wore 1999 throwbacks August 12 as part of the Rangers retiring the #7 of 1999 AL MVP Ivan Rodriguez, who played for the 1999 AL West-winning Rangers (the Astros were in the NL Central in 1999, which they won).
The Astros wore 1997 Major League Baseball season throwbacks August 19. The uniforms appeared with the Jackie Robinson 50th anniversary patch, which all teams wore that season.
The Orioles wore 1992 Major League Baseball season throwbacks on August 19. The uniforms were preceded to honor the first season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
This was the Atlanta Braves' first season at SunTrust Park in Cumberland, Georgia. It succeeds Turner Field as the Braves' home ballpark. The first regular season game at SunTrust Park was on April 14, 2017, against the San Diego Padres.
There were plans to host some games at Olympic Stadium in London, England during the season but the plans were dropped after a lack of time for negotiations. There will be a series played in London in 2019, Between the Yankees and the Red Sox.
This was the fourth year of the current eight-year deals with Fox Sports, ESPN and TBS. Fox aired eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Night leading up to the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which also aired on Fox. Fox then televised Saturday afternoon games for the last four weeks of the regular season. Fox Sports 1 televised games on Tuesday nights and on Saturdays both during the afternoon and night. ESPN televised games on its flagship telecast Sunday Night Baseball, as well as Monday and Wednesday nights. TBS televised Sunday afternoon games for the last 13 weeks of the regular season. Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive; all other national telecasts will be subject to local blackout. ESPN also had national exclusivity for the Cubs home opener and World Series/NLCS pennant raising ceremony on April 10.
TBS televised the National League Wild Card Game, Division Series, and Championship Series. ESPN televised the American League Wild Card, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network televised the American League Division Series, and Fox and Fox Sports 1 televised the American League Championship Series. The World Series aired exclusively on Fox for the 18th consecutive year.
ESPN Radio aired its 20th season of national coverage, including Sunday Night Baseball, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game, and Home Run Derby, and the entire Major League Baseball postseason.
Most of the changes were regarding issues that had been discussed for weeks, but one surprising twist is that home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be tied to the All-Star Game, as first reported by The Associated Press. Instead, the pennant winner with the better regular-season record will get home-field advantage in the Fall Classic.
The 2017 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Houston Astros against the New York Yankees for the American League pennant and the right to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2017 World Series. The Astros defeated the Yankees in 7 games after falling behind 3 games to 2. The home team won every game in the series.
This was the first time in history that the ALCS and NLCS teams were from the four most populous U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; this ALCS was sponsored by Camping World and was officially known as the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.The Astros would go on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series in seven games, winning their first World Series championship in franchise history.2017 American League Division Series
The 2017 American League Division Series were two best-of-five-games series held to determine the participating teams in the 2017 American League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff—played in two series.
These matchups were:
(1) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (4) New York Yankees (Wild Card Game winner)
(2) Houston Astros (West Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)The higher seeded team in each series hosted Games 1, 2, and 5. and the lower seeded team hosted Games 3 and 4. For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; Doosan acquired presenting sponsorship to the ALDS, and thus the series was officially known as the American League Division Series presented by Doosan.2017 American League Wild Card Game
The 2017 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 postseason that was played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the New York Yankees and the Minnesota Twins. The game was televised nationally by ESPN. The game took place on October 3 at Yankee Stadium, with the Yankees winning 8–4, thus eliminating the Twins from the postseason and advancing the Yankees to the AL Division Series (ALDS), in which they defeated the Cleveland Indians, 3–2.2017 Colorado Rockies season
The 2017 Colorado Rockies season was the franchise's 25th in Major League Baseball. It was the 23rd season the Rockies played their home games at Coors Field. The Rockies finished the season 87–75 in third place in the National League West Division, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They did, however, receive the second wild card spot in the National League and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. In the Wild Card Game, they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks.2017 Kansas City Royals season
The 2017 Kansas City Royals season was the 49th season for the franchise, and their 45th at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals opened the season at the Minnesota Twins on April 3, 2017 and finished the season at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 1. They failed to make the playoffs for the second consecutive season.2017 Los Angeles Angels season
The 2017 Los Angeles Angels season was the 57th season of the Los Angeles Angels franchise and the 52nd in Anaheim (all of them at Angel Stadium). The Angels began the season on April 3 against the Oakland Athletics and finished the season on October 1 against the Seattle Mariners. They improved upon their record from last season, but still failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season, finishing 5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for the second wild card spot.2017 MLB Little League Classic
The 2017 MLB Little League Classic was a Major League Baseball (MLB) game held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, during the 2017 Little League World Series on August 20, 2017.The game was featured on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, and was also available on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, and MLB Network. The game was part of MLB's effort to get more children interested in and involved with baseball at a younger age.2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
The 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 88th edition of the Major League Baseball All Star Game. The game was hosted by the Miami Marlins and was played at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017. It was televised nationally by Fox. The game was the first since 2002 whose outcome did not determine home-field advantage for the World Series; instead, the team with the better regular-season record will have home-field advantage. The Marlins were announced as the hosts on February 10, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; the game was the Marlins' first time hosting, leaving the Tampa Bay Rays as the only MLB franchise not to have hosted an All-Star game.
The Marlins initially were slated to host the 2000 All-Star Game, prior to having it revoked by then-National League president Len Coleman due to the concerns of both the franchise's long-term viability in the South Florida market, along with the habitually low attendance figures at Pro Player Stadium. That game was eventually moved to Turner Field in Atlanta.
The American League won, 2–1, in 10 innings. Robinson Canó, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, hit the game winning home run for the American League and was named the 2017 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby
The 2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby was a home run hitting contest between eight batters from Major League Baseball (MLB). The derby was held on July 10, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, the site of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. On July 5, the participants were announced. Aaron Judge won, becoming the first rookie to win the event outright.2017 Major League Baseball draft
The 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft began on June 12, 2017. The draft assigned amateur baseball players to MLB teams. The first 36 picks, including the first round and compensatory picks, were broadcast on MLB Network on June 12, while the remainder of the draft was live streamed on MLB.com on June 13 and 14.With the worst record in the 2016 MLB season, the Minnesota Twins received the first overall pick. Compensation picks were distributed for players who did not sign from the 2016 MLB Draft. Also, fourteen small-market teams competed in a lottery for additional competitive balance picks, with six teams receiving an additional pick after the first round, and eight teams receiving an additional pick after the second round. The Twins selected Royce Lewis with the first overall selection.2017 Minnesota Twins season
The 2017 Minnesota Twins season was the 57th season for the franchise in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, their eighth season at Target Field and the 117th overall in the American League. The Twins began the season on April 3 at home against the Kansas City Royals and finished the year on October 1 at home against the Detroit Tigers.
On September 27, the Twins clinched the second wild-card berth to become the first team in Major League Baseball history to reach the postseason after losing 100 games the previous season. They lost to the New York Yankees in the Wild Card Game.2017 National League Championship Series
The 2017 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Los Angeles Dodgers against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs for the National League pennant and the right to play in the 2017 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 2016 NLCS, which Chicago won four games to two en route to their first World Series victory since 1908. This was just the 10th time two teams have met in at least two straight League Championship Series, which have existed since divisional play began in 1969. The Dodgers beat the Cubs in five games to win the NL pennant for the first time in 29 years, their last one in 1988.
This was the first time in history that the NLCS and ALCS teams were from the four most populous U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; this NLCS was sponsored by Camping World and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Camping World.The Dodgers would go on to lose to the Houston Astros in the World Series in seven games.2017 National League Division Series
The 2017 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams of the 2017 National League Championship Series. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and a fourth team—the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff— played in two series.
These matchups were:
(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions) vs (4) Arizona Diamondbacks (Wild Card Game winner)
(2) Washington Nationals (East Division champions) vs (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions)The higher seeded team in each series hosted Games 1, 2, and 5 (if necessary), and the lower seeded team hosted Games 3 and 4 (if necessary).
For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; T-Mobile US acquired presenting sponsorship to the NLDS, and thus the series was officially known as the National League Division Series presented by T-Mobile.2017 National League Wild Card Game
The 2017 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 postseason that was played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The game was televised nationally by TBS. The game took place on October 4 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. with the Diamondbacks winning 11–8, thus eliminating the Rockies from the postseason and advancing the Diamondbacks to the NL Division Series (NLDS) in which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3–0.2017 Philadelphia Phillies season
The 2017 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 135th season in the history of the franchise, and its 14th season at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies opened the season against the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park on April 3 and finished the season on October 1 against the New York Mets in Philadelphia. They were coached by Pete Mackanin in his third year as manager of the Phillies. On September 17, 2017, the Phillies were mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. They finished the season 66–96 to finish in last place in their division for the third time in four seasons, failing to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.
Manager Pete Mackanin was reassigned to a front office position following the season.2017 Tampa Bay Rays season
The Tampa Bay Rays 2017 season was the Rays' 20th season of Major League Baseball, and the 10th as the "Rays" (all at Tropicana Field). Although they improved upon their record from last season, they still finished in third place in the American League East and did not make the playoffs.2017 Texas Rangers season
The 2017 Texas Rangers season was the franchise's 57th overall, their 46th in Arlington, Texas and their 24th at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers began the season on April 3 against the Cleveland Indians and finished the season on October 1 against the Oakland A's.2017 World Series
The 2017 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2017 season. The 113th edition of the World Series, it was played between October 24 and November 1. The series was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the American League (AL) champion Houston Astros. It was sponsored by the Internet television service YouTube TV and officially known as the 2017 World Series presented by YouTube TV.The Astros defeated the Dodgers, four games to three, to win their first World Series in franchise history, also becoming the first team from Texas to do so. It was the first time since 2001-2002 when two consecutive World Series went to seven games. Both teams set a World Series record with a combined total of 25 home runs throughout the entire series, including a team record 15 home runs by the Astros, and hit a combined total of eight home runs in Game 2 to set the single game World Series mark. Houston outfielder George Springer was named as the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) after hitting five home runs in the series to tie a World Series record with Reggie Jackson in 1977 and Chase Utley in 2009.This was the first World Series in which home-field advantage was decided by the regular season record of the two pennant winners. From 1903 to 2002, home-field advantage had been determined by coin flips and by alternating between the AL and NL. From 2003 to 2016, it was determined by results from that season's All-Star Game, when it was awarded to the team from the winning league. The Dodgers earned home-field advantage over the Astros. The series was played in a 2–3–2 format, with the Dodgers hosting Games 1, 2, 6, and 7; and the Astros hosting Games 3, 4, and 5.Defensive Runs Saved
Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) is a baseball statistic that measures the number of runs a player saved or cost his team on defense relative to an average player. Any positive number is above average, and the best fielders typically fall into a range of 15–20 for a season. The statistic was developed by Baseball Info Solutions and the data used in calculating it first became available in 2003.As of the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the record for most Defensive Runs Saved in a single season was held by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who saved 42 runs in 2015. Matt Kemp set the record for fewest Defensive Runs Saved in a season when he cost the Los Angeles Dodgers 33 runs as a center fielder in 2010. Third baseman Adrián Beltré has the most Defensive Runs Saved in a career with 212. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has the distinction of being the worst fielder ever measured by DRS; he accumulated -152 Defensive Runs Saved between 2003 and the end of his career.Fielding percentage is the statistic that has traditionally been used to measure defensive ability, but it fails to account of a fielder's range. Fielders with ample range on defense are able to make plays that most players would not have the chance to make. Defensive Runs Saved was created to take into account range when measuring a player's defensive ability. The table below shows a comparison between the top 10 shortstops in terms of fielding percentage and the top 10 shortstops in terms of defensive runs saved from 2002 to 2017. The table shows that only three players appear on both lists, exemplifying that there is a difference in what the two statistics measure.To calculate Defensive Runs Saved, for each ball hit, points are either added or subtracted to the fielder's rating depending on whether or not they make the play. For example, if a ball hit to the center fielder is expected to be caught 30 percent of the time, and it is caught, the fielder gains 0.7 points. If the center fielder does not catch the ball, he loses 0.3 points.
2017 MLB season by team
Part of the 2017 Major League Baseball season
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