2018 Major League Baseball season

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2018 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 29 – October 31, 2018[1]
Number of games 162
Number of teams 30
Top draft pick Casey Mize
Picked by Detroit Tigers
Regular season
League Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons
2019 →

The 2018 Major League Baseball season began on March 29, 2018, and is scheduled to end on September 30. The postseason will begin on October 2. The 2018 World Series is set to begin on October 23, and a potential Game 7 is scheduled for October 31.[2]

The 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on July 17 at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals.


As has been the case since 2013, all teams will play their four division opponents 19 times each for a total of 76 games. They will play six or seven games against each of the other 10 same-league opponents for a total of 66 games, and 20 inter-league games. The primary inter-league match-ups are AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central, and AL West vs NL West. Since "natural rivalry" matchups are part of the three-year divisional rotation, the schedule format for interleague games will be different from previous years. The 20 interleague games each team will play will consist of two three-game series (one home, one away) against its natural rival (total of six games), two two-game series (one home, one away) against each team for two other opponents (total of eight games), and a single three-game series against each team for the last two (one home, one away; total of six games).

Under the new collective bargaining agreement reached in December 2016, the regular season has been extended to 187 days in order to add four additional off-days for all teams. All teams were scheduled to play Opening Day, March 29–the earliest domestic start of a regular season in MLB history. There will no longer be a Sunday-night game on the final Sunday before the All-Star Game. A single, nationally televised afternoon game will be played on the Thursday after the All-Star Game (which for 2018, will be played between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs), before all other teams return from break the next day.[3][4][5]

The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians played a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 17 and 18,[6] while the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres played a three-game series at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico from May 4 to 6.[7] The Little League Classic game at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the Little League World Series, will return to the schedule. It will be played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets on August 19.[8]

Rule changes

Beginning in the 2018 season, MLB implemented new pace of play rules, which include limiting the number of mound visits for each team to six per nine innings. Teams will receive an additional visit for every extra inning played.[9]



American League National League
American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 48 22 0.686 27–11 21–11
Boston Red Sox 49 25 0.662 1 23–11 26–14
Tampa Bay Rays 34 39 0.466 15½ 15–16 19–23
Toronto Blue Jays 34 39 0.466 15½ 20–20 14–19
Baltimore Orioles 20 51 0.282 28½ 11–23 9–28

American League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 40 33 0.548 24–13 16–20
Detroit Tigers 36 39 0.480 5 23–17 13–22
Minnesota Twins 32 37 0.464 6 18–17 14–20
Chicago White Sox 24 49 0.329 16 12–24 12–25
Kansas City Royals 22 51 0.301 18 10–28 12–23

American League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 49 26 0.653 20–15 29–11
Seattle Mariners 46 27 0.630 2 25–14 21–13
Los Angeles Angels 39 35 0.527 18–19 21–16
Oakland Athletics 37 36 0.507 11 20–20 17–16
Texas Rangers 31 44 0.413 18 15–24 16–20

National League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 43 30 0.589 21–13 22–17
Washington Nationals 39 32 0.549 3 17–17 22–15
Philadelphia Phillies 39 33 0.542 24–13 15–20
New York Mets 31 39 0.443 10½ 13–21 18–18
Miami Marlins 29 45 0.392 14½ 14–21 15–24

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 42 29 0.592 21–14 21–15
Milwaukee Brewers 43 30 0.589 21–14 22–16
St. Louis Cardinals 38 34 0.528 21–18 17–16
Pittsburgh Pirates 36 37 0.493 7 21–17 15–20
Cincinnati Reds 28 45 0.384 15 13–23 15–22

National League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Arizona Diamondbacks 40 33 0.548 23–16 17–17
Los Angeles Dodgers 38 35 0.521 2 20–19 18–16
San Francisco Giants 36 38 0.486 20–12 16–26
Colorado Rockies 35 38 0.479 5 12–20 23–18
San Diego Padres 34 41 0.453 7 18–22 16–19

Managerial changes

General managers


Team Former GM Reason For Leaving New GM Story/Accomplishments
Atlanta Braves John Coppolella Resigned Alex Anthopoulos John Coppolella resigned from the Braves on October 2, 2017, because of a Major League Baseball investigation.[10] On November 12, 2017, Alex Anthopoulos was hired as the new general manager of the team.[11] On November 21, 2017, Coppolella was banned for life from baseball as a result of the investigation.

Field managers


Team Former manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
Detroit Tigers Brad Ausmus Contract not renewed Ron Gardenhire The Tigers announced on September 22, 2017, that Ausmus' contract would not be renewed. Ausmus compiled a 314–332 (.486) record in four years as manager with one playoff appearance.[12] The Tigers hired former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on October 19, 2017. As the Twins' manager from 2002 to 2014 he compiled a record of 1068–1039 (.507), and 6–21 (.222) in six post-season appearances. He also won AL Manager of the Year in 2010.[13]
Philadelphia Phillies Pete Mackanin Reassigned Gabe Kapler It was announced on October 1, 2017, that Mackanin would be removed as manager but he managed the final three games of the 2017 season. Mackanin had a record of 174–238 (.422) in his two and a half seasons as manager with no playoff appearances. It was also announced he would remain with the organization as a special assistant to the general manager.[14] On October 29, 2017, the Phillies announced the hire of former Dodgers' Director of Development Gabe Kapler. He has no previous major league managerial or coaching experience.[15]
New York Mets Terry Collins Retired Mickey Callaway Collins announced on October 1, 2017, that he would retire after the last game of the season. He will move to the Mets' front office. Collins finished with a 551–583 (.486) record in seven years with club, with two playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series and lost the Wild Card to the San Francisco Giants in the following season.[16] The Mets named Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager on October 22, 2017. Callaway has no previous managerial experience.[17]
Boston Red Sox John Farrell Fired Alex Cora Farrell was fired on October 11, 2017. Farrell during his five years as manager compiled a 432–378 (.533) record and earned three division titles in 2013, 2016 and 2017. He led the Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title.[18] Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora was named manager on October 22, 2017, and formally assumed the role after the Astros' win in the 2017 World Series.[19] He has no previous managerial experience.
Washington Nationals Dusty Baker Contract not renewed Dave Martinez The Nationals announced on October 20, 2017, that Baker would not be returning for the 2018 season. Baker led the Nationals to the postseason in each of his two seasons with the club but couldn't get past the NLDS. The Nationals were 192–132 (.593) under Baker.[20] The Nationals hired Dave Martinez to be their new manager on October 29, 2017. Martinez was previously the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, and has no managerial experience.[21]
New York Yankees Joe Girardi Aaron Boone The Yankees announced on October 26, 2017, that Girardi would not return for the 2018 season. Girardi led the Yankees to three division titles and one World Series championship during his ten years of managing the club. The Yankees were 910–710 (.562) under Girardi.[22] On December 1, 2017, radio announcer Aaron Boone was hired as the team's new manager.[23] He has no previous coaching or managerial experience.


Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
Cincinnati Reds Bryan Price Jim Riggleman Fired TBA Price was fired after starting the season with a 3–15 (.167). In four seasons, Price finished with a 279–387 (.419) record with no playoff appearances. Bench coach Jim Riggleman was selected as the interim manager. His previous managerial experience includes stints with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Nationals. He has been a Manager in the Reds' minor league system since 2012.[24]

League leaders

Updated through June 18

American League

National League



  • George Springer (HOU):
    • With his Opening Day lead-off home run on March 29 against the Texas Rangers, Springer became the first player in Major League history to lead off back-to-back seasons with a home run.[25]
  • Joe Panik (SF):
    • Became the first player in Major League history to hit a home run in consecutive 1–0 victories by his team.[26]
  • Adrian Beltre (TEX):
    • With a second-inning double on April 5 against the Oakland Athletics, Beltre became the all-time leader in hits by a player from Latin America. Beltre, from the Dominican Republic, passed Rod Carew of Panama with the 3,054th hit in his career.[27]
    • With a fourth-inning double on June 13 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Beltre beacme the all-time leader in hits by a non-U.S. native, passing Ichiro Suzuki.[28]
  • Joe Mauer (MIN):
    • Recorded his 2,000th career hit with a single in the seventh inning against the Chicago White Sox on April 12. He became the 287th player to reach this mark.[29]
  • Ryan Braun (MIL):
    • Recorded his 1,000th career RBI with a pinch-hit home run in the sixth inning against the Miami Marlins on April 19. He became the 285th player to reach this mark.[30]
  • Rajai Davis (CLE):
    • Recorded his 400th career stolen base by stealing second base in the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 3. He became the 75th player to reach this mark.[31]
  • Shin-Soo Choo (TEX):
    • Became the all-time leader in Major League history for most home runs hit by a player from Asia by hitting his 176th career home run in the 10th inning against the Kansas City Royals on May 26. He passed Hideki Matsui for the record.[34]



  • Sean Manaea (OAK):
    • Threw his first career no-hitter by defeating the Boston Red Sox 3–0 on April 21. Manaea walked two and threw one wild pitch, throwing 108 pitches, 75 for strikes, and striking out ten. One other runner reached on an error. There was also a controversial call in which a runner was called out for exiting the base path near first base, after having originally been called safe.[35]
  • Walker Buehler/Tony Cingrani/Yimi Garcia/Adam Liberatore (LAD):
    • Threw the first combined no-hitter in franchise history by defeating the San Diego Padres 4–0 on May 4. Buehler walked three, throwing 93 pitches (59 for strikes), and struck out eight over six innings of work. Cingrani walked two, throwing 24 pitches (13 for strikes), and struck out one over one inning. Garcia did not walk a batter, throwing 14 pitches (11 for strikes), and struck out two over one inning. Liberatore did not walk a batter, throwing 15 pitches (10 for strikes), and striking out two over one inning. This was the 12th combined no-hitter in Major League history and the 23rd no-hitter in franchise history[36]
  • James Paxton (SEA):
    • Threw his first career no-hitter by defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 5–0 on May 8. Paxton walked three, throwing 99 pitches, 64 for strikes, and striking out seven. This was the sixth no-hitter in Seattle Mariners' franchise history. This was the second no-hitter ever thrown by a Canadian-born player, joining Dick Fowler of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1945.[37]

Other pitching accomplishments

  • Max Scherzer (WAS):
    • Became the second pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to pitch a shutout, strike out at least 10 batters and steal a base in the same game by accomplishing this feat on April 9 against the Atlanta Braves. He joins Nolan Ryan who did this against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 16, 1984.[38]
    • Became the first pitcher in Major League history to finish with no more than 6​13 innings and strike out 15 batters in a 5–4 win against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 6. He did not factor into the decision. [39]
    • Recorded his 150th career win with a victory against the Baltimore Orioles on May 30. He became the 259th player to reach this mark[40]
  • Roberto Osuna (TOR):
    • On April 10, at the age of 23 years and 62 days, Osuna became the youngest pitcher in Major League history to acquire his 100th career save. Osuna was over a year younger than the previous record holder Francisco Rodríguez. Rodríguez had accomplished the feat at the age of 24 years and 246 days.[41]
  • Josh Hader (MIL):
    • Became the first pitcher in Major League history to strike out eight batters in an outing of less than three innings. Hader struck out eight Cincinnati Reds on April 30 in 2​23 innings.[42]
  • Craig Kimbrel (BOS):
    • Recorded his 300th career save by closing out a 6–5 win over the Texas Rangers on May 5. He is the 29th player, and the fastest, to reach this mark.[43]


  • For the first time in Major League history there were more strikeouts in a month than hits in a month. At the end of April, there were 7,335 strikeouts and 6,992 hits.[48]
  • The Houston Astros broke the record for the fewest runs allowed since 1920 (live ball era) in a 50-game span with 126 runs. The previous record was 128 set by the Cleveland Indians in 1968.[49]

Awards and Honors

Monthly Awards


Wholesale changes

The Detroit Tigers modified the Olde English D on the home jersey to match the D on the cap. This is the first major change to the Tigers' home jersey since 1934 (not counting the hiatus in 1960). [50]

The Cleveland Indians have confirmed this will be final season using the Chief Wahoo logo on its uniforms. It will be replaced at the start of the 2019 season.[51]

Alternate changes

The Oakland Athletics added a kelly green alternate jersey to commemorate the franchise's 50th anniversary in Oakland. The uniforms are used during every Friday home game.[52]

The Washington Nationals added a second navy blue jersey to commemorate the team's hosting of the 2018 All-Star Game. The uniform features the script "Nationals" in white with red trim and numerals in red with white trim. [53]

Both the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates replaced their camouflage uniforms with new white alternate jerseys featuring olive and military green logos, letters and numbers.[54][55]

Anniversaries and special events

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:[citation needed]

Team Special occasion
All Teams "MSD" patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (February 23)
#42 patch for Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 13, Mother's Day)
"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 2–3)
Blue ribbons for prostate cancer awareness (June 17, Father's Day)
Players Weekend (August 24–26)
Gold ribbons for childhood cancer awareness (August 31)
Atlanta Braves 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4)[56]
Arizona Diamondbacks 20th anniversary of the franchise
Chicago Cubs "MSD" patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (March 29)
Colorado Rockies 25th anniversary of the franchise
Houston Astros 2017 World Series Championship (April 2)
Kansas City Royals 50th season of the franchise
Los Angeles Dodgers 60th anniversary in Los Angeles
Miami Marlins 25th anniversary of the franchise (began as the Florida Marlins)
“MSD” patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (March 29-April 1)
New York Mets Autograph patch in memory of Rusty Staub (from March 31 onwards)
Oakland Athletics 50th anniversary in Oakland
San Diego Padres KT and RP patches in memory of Kevin Towers and Rob Picciolo (May 12, and other Wednesday home games)
San Francisco Giants 60th anniversary in San Francisco
St. Louis Cardinals #2 patch in memory of Red Schoendienst (from June 11 onwards)
Tampa Bay Rays 20th anniversary of the franchise (originally Devil Rays)
Toronto Blue Jays #32 patch in memory of Roy Halladay
Washington Nationals 2018 All Star Game

Other uniforms

The Astros wore gold-lettered uniforms at their home opener April 2 and April 3 to mark them winning the 2017 World Series title.[57]

Players, managers and coaches wore #42 on April 15, the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors.[58]

The Orioles wore special caps and green uniforms on April 22, Earth Day.[59]

The Reds and Diamondbacks wore Spanish language "Los Rojos" and "Los D-backs" uniforms May 5, Cinco de Mayo.[60][61]

The Royals will wear an alternate uniform with a crown atop the R, and a cap with a crown instead of the "KC", on June 30 in Seattle.[62]


The Phillies will wear their 1980s powder blue uniforms for select Thursday home games.[63]

The Athletics and White Sox wore 1968 throwbacks April 17 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Athletics' first season in Oakland.[64]

The Tigers and Royals wore Negro Leagues throwbacks May 6. The Tigers wore the uniforms of the Detroit Stars, and the Royals wore the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs.[65]

The Padres wore 1998 throwbacks May 12 to mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 NL title.[66] They will wear them again at select Wednesday games.

The Royals wore 1969 throwbacks May 19 to mark the franchise's 50th season. The uniforms also had the MLB 100th anniversary patch, which all teams wore that season.[67]

The White Sox and Brewers wore 1980s throwbacks June 2 and 3.[68]

The Marlins will wear 1993 throwbacks June 8-10 to mark their 25th anniversary.[69]

The Mariners will mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 "Turn Ahead the Clock" promotion by wearing the uniforms from that game June 30 against Kansas City.[70]

The Rays wore throwbacks from their inaugural season on March 31 against the Boston Red Sox. They will wear these throwbacks again on June 9 against the Seattle Mariners, June 23rd against the New York Yankees and on September 8th against the Baltimore Orioles.

Broadcast rights



This is the fifth year of the current eight-year deals with Fox Sports, ESPN and TBS. Fox will air eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Nights leading up to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which will also air on Fox. Fox will then televise Saturday afternoon games for the last four weeks of the regular season. FS1 will televise games on Tuesday and on Saturdays both during the afternoon and night. ESPN will televise games on its flagship telecast Sunday Night Baseball as well as Monday and Wednesday Nights. TBS will televise 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.

TBS will televise the American League Wild Card Game, Division Series and Championship Series. ESPN will televise the National League Wild Card. FS1 and MLB Network will televise the National League Division Series. Fox and FS1 will televise the National League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on Fox for the 19th consecutive year.



  • The Minnesota Twins returned to Entercom's WCCO/Minneapolis after twelve years on KSTP, followed by the Twins-owned FM station KQGO;[71] WCCO has been the flagship for the Twins' network for 46 of the team's 58 years of existence. Entercom will also take over all existing play-by-play contracts from their newly acquired stations from CBS Radio after the two companies merged their radio assets on November 17, 2017.
  • The Chicago White Sox took on a new flagship station in Tribune Broadcasting's WGN/Chicago, after Cumulus Media asked to void their agreement to carry the team's games on WLS as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and Cumulus ending several high-profile talent and sports rights agreements due to their cost. The deal allows WGN to return to MLB play-by-play after a three-year hiatus after the end of their long association with the Chicago Cubs, who moved to WBBM in the 2015 season, then WSCR in 2016. WGN had previously carried White Sox broadcasts from 1927 until 1943.[72][73][74]
  • The San Diego Padres obtained a new flagship station after Entercom moved the team's broadcasts from KBZT to KEGY (both FM stations), which had flipped from a contemporary hit radio format to a short-lived hot talk format at the beginning of the season. After the team and fans reacted negatively to the schedule and personalities surrounding Padres games following a controversial social media post (to the point of consideration by the Padres to void the broadcast contract only three games into the season), Entercom switched KEGY within two weeks to a straight sports radio format and new calls in KWFN.[75][76][77][78][79][80][81]



Nine regular season games will be broadcast exclusively in the United States on Facebook Watch, beginning with the April 4 game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.[82]


  • Aaron Laffey announced his retirement on June 7 after allowing 14 runs (12 earned) in a minor league game.[85]

Retired numbers

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External links

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