2019 Major League Baseball season

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2019 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 20 – October 30, 2019
Number of games 162
Number of teams 30
Draft
Top draft pick TBD
Picked by Baltimore Orioles
Regular season
League Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons
2020 →

The 2019 Major League Baseball season will begin on March 20 and is scheduled to end on September 29. It is the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, dating back to the 1869 foundation of the Cincinnati Reds. The postseason will begin on October 1. The World Series is set to begin on October 22 and a potential Game 7 will be played on October 30 if necessary. The entire schedule was released on August 22, 2018.[1]

The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on July 9 at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.

Schedule

As has been the case since 2013, teams were scheduled to play 19 against each division opponent for a total of 76 games, and six or seven games against each team from the other two divisions for a total of 66 games. The primary inter-league match-ups are to be AL East vs NL West, AL Central vs NL East and AL West vs NL Central.

The International season will begin on March 20 and 21 with the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners being played in Tokyo, Japan, at the Tokyo Dome.[2]

Excluding international openers, March 28 will be the earliest Opening Day in history. The previous earliest was March 29 of the 2018 season.[3]

The second annual Mexico Series of games will feature four matchups during the season. The first will feature the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds and two games will be played at Monterrey, Mexico's Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey on April 13 and 14. The other series, also in Monterrey, will feature two games between the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Angels on May 4 and 5.[4]

The Kansas City Royals will face the Detroit Tigers at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13, two days before the College World Series.[5]

The London Series will commence with the Boston Red Sox hosting the New York Yankees at London Stadium in London, England, on June 29 and 30 making it the first ever regular season series in London under a two-year commitment.[6]

The MLB Little League Classic at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the Little League World Series, will return to the schedule for the third straight year. It will be played between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs on August 18.[7]

Managerial changes

General managers

Offseason

Team Former GM Reason For Leaving New GM Story/Accomplishments
New York Mets Sandy Alderson Health Brodie Van Wagenen On June 26, 2018, Alderson took a permanent leave of absence due to recurrence of cancer. He was hired as general manager in 2010 and saw the team win the National League Pennant in 2015.[8] On October 28, 2018, after having three interims finish the rest of the season, the Mets agreed to have former agent Brodie Van Wagenen be their 13th general manager in franchise history.[9]
San Francisco Giants Bobby Evans Fired TBA On September 24, 2018, the Giants fired Bobby Evans after almost four seasons as General Manager.[10] The Giants made the playoffs in 2016, but are 166–224 (.426) since taking a major league-best 57–33 (.633) record into the All-Star break that year.
Baltimore Orioles Dan Duquette Contract Not Renewed Mike Elias On October 3, 2018, the team announced that Duquette, along with manager Buck Showalter, would not be retained for the 2019 season after the Orioles had the worst record in franchise history at 47–115 (.290). Duquette was hired as general manager after the 2011 season.[11] On November 16, 2018, Mike Elias was named the team's new General Manager.[12]
Los Angeles Dodgers Farhan Zaidi Resigned TBA On November 7, 2018, Zaidi left the Dodgers to become the President of Baseball Operations for the San Francisco Giants.[13] Since taking over in 2014, he oversaw the Dodgers win the NL West all five times, and the NL pennant twice from 2017–2018.

Field managers

Offseason

Team Former Manager Interim Manager Reason For Leaving New Manager Story/Accomplishments
Cincinnati Reds Bryan Price Jim Riggleman Fired David Bell Price was fired on April 19, 2018, after starting the season with a 3–15 (.167) record. In four seasons, Price finished with a 279–387 (.419) record with no playoff appearances. Bench Coach Jim Riggleman served as interim manager for the remainder of the 2018 season.[14] On October 21, 2018, the Reds named David Bell as their new manager, signing him to a three-year contract with a club option for 2022.[15]
Texas Rangers Jeff Banister Don Wakamatsu Chris Woodward Banister was fired on September 21, 2018, after four seasons with a record of 325–313 (.509). Banister finished in first place in his first two seasons as manager and amassed a 2–6 (.250) in the playoffs. Bench coach Don Wakamatsu served as interim manager for the remainder of the 2018 season.[16] On November 2, 2018, it was announced that Chris Woodward would be named the Rangers manager.[17]
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons None Contract Not Renewed Charlie Montoyo On September 26, 2018, the team announced that manager John Gibbons will not be retained for the 2019 season. In his second stint with the team, Gibbons finished with a 498–494 (.502) record and two playoff appearances.[18] On October 25, 2018, the Blue Jays announced that Charlie Montoyo will be the new manager for the 2019 season, inking him a three-year deal with a club option for 2022.[19]
Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia Resigned Brad Ausmus On September 30, 2018, it was announced that Mike Scioscia will be stepping down as manager of the Los Angeles Angels after 19 years with a 1650–1428 (.536) record. He led the Angels to six division titles and won the 2002 World Series. He also won the American League Manager of the Year twice during his tenure.[20] On October 21, 2018, it was announced that Brad Ausmus would be the new manager of the Angels.[21]
Minnesota Twins Paul Molitor Reassigned Rocco Baldelli On October 2, 2018, it was announced that Paul Molitor will be offered a new role in the Twins organization and will be out as manager after four years. Molitor finished with a 305–343 (.471) record with one playoff appearance in 2017, in which he was named the American League Manager of the Year after the season.[22] On October 25, 2018, it was announced that Rocco Baldelli will be the new Twins manager.[23]
Baltimore Orioles Buck Showalter Contract Not Renewed Brandon Hyde On October 3, 2018, the team announced that manager Buck Showalter will not be retained for the 2019 season after being the manager for almost nine seasons with a record of 669–684 (.494). Showalter led the Orioles to the postseason three times, including the 2014 American League Championship Series, where they were swept by the Kansas City Royals. In his final season with the Orioles, they went 47–115 (.290) during the season.[24] On December 14, 2018, the Orioles officially announced that Brandon Hyde will be the new manager of the Orioles.[25]

Uniforms

Wholesale changes

On November 16, 2018, the Miami Marlins unveiled a new logo, team colors, and uniform for 2019, as part of changes instituted by the team's new CEO Derek Jeter. The new design replaces one used since their 2012 move to Marlins Park and rebranding from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins, and utilizes shades of red, blue, black, and slate.[26]

On January 29, 2018, Major League Baseball stated that the Cleveland Indians had agreed to stop using their "Chief Wahoo" logo—which has attracted controversy as a stereotype of Native Americans—on their uniforms in 2019, as it was deemed to be "no longer appropriate for on-field use".[27][28] The block C cap insignia will officially become the team's main logo; on November 19, 2018, the team unveiled new uniforms excluding the Chief Wahoo logo, as well as new hats with red brims for home games, a new red-colored home alternate jersey (marking the team's first red jersey since the 1970's), and sleeve patches commemorating their hosting of the 2019 All-Star Game. In order to maintain trademarks and prevent it from falling into the public domain, the logo will continue to be used on a limited amount of team merchandise.[29][30][31]

Anniversaries and special events

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions

Team Special occasion
All Teams 150th anniversary of Major League Baseball
#42 patch for Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 12, Mother's Day)
"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 1-2)
Blue ribbons for prostate cancer awareness (June 16, Father's Day)
American Flag patch as well as all teams wearing patriotic theme jerseys, undershirts and socks for Independence Day. (July 1-4)
Gold ribbons for childhood cancer (August 30)
Atlanta Braves 20th Anniversary of the 1999 World Series team
Baltimore Orioles Memorial patch for Frank Robinson
Boston Red Sox 15th Anniversary of the 2004 World Championship
2018 World Series Championship (April 9)
Cincinnati Reds 150th anniversary of professional baseball
Memorial patch for Frank Robinson
Cleveland Indians 2019 All Star Game
Detroit Tigers 35th Anniversary of 1984 World Championship
Milwaukee Brewers 50th Anniversary of the franchise
New York Mets 50th Anniversary of 1969 World Championship
New York Yankees 20th Anniversary of 1999 World Championship
10th Anniversary of 2009 World Championship
Oakland A's 30th Anniversary of 1989 World Championship
Philadelphia Phillies 10th Anniversary of 2009 World Series Team
Pittsburgh Pirates 40th Anniversary of 1979 World Championship
San Diego Padres 35th Anniversary of 1984 World Series Team
50th Anniversary in San Diego
San Francisco Giants 30th Anniversary of 1989 World Series Team
Memorial patch for Willie McCovey
St. Louis Cardinals 15th Anniversary of 2004 World Series Team
Texas Rangers Final Season at the Ballpark in Arlington

Other uniforms

The Minnesota Twins added a new navy blue alternate home uniform with red lettering and a gold trim outline. This uniform will replace the cream pinstripe throwback uniform that the twins have been wearing at home since 2010.[32]

Throwbacks

The Reds announced November 5 that they will wear fifteen throwback uniforms to mark the 150th anniversary of the Cincinnati Red Stockings becoming the first professional baseball team. They will wear 1902 uniforms on May 4 (the 150th anniversary of the Red Stockings' first game), 1911 road uniforms May 5, and will conclude with 1999 uniforms September 22.[33]

The St Louis Cardinals will debut new throwback jerseys that will look like their classic powder blue jerseys from the late 70s and early 80s. They will be worn during Saturday road games.

Venues

This will be the Texas Rangers' final season at Globe Life Park in Arlington (formerly known as the Ballpark in Arlington), where the team is scheduled to play its final regular season home game against the New York Yankees on September 29 before moving to Globe Life Field in 2020.

The stadium of the Seattle Mariners will be renamed T-Mobile Park for the mobile provider (including its magenta-pink logo color as part of the park's branding atmosphere), after Safeco's contract with the team to call the venue Safeco Field expired at the end of the 2018 season.[34]

The home field of the San Francisco Giants will see its fourth name in its history since opening in 2000, but its first name outside the same company, as Oracle will pay an unknown but significant amount for a twenty-year agreement to rename the former AT&T Park as Oracle Park. It also keeps Oracle's name on a Bay Area sports venue, as the Golden State Warriors will depart Oakland's Oracle Arena for the Chase Center .75 miles (1.21 km) south of Oracle Park at the end of the 2018-19 NBA season.[35]

Broadcast rights

Television

National

This will be the sixth 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 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which will also air on Fox. Fox then will televise Saturday afternoon games for the final four weeks of the season. FS1 will televise games on Tuesday and on Saturday 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 National League Wild Card Game, Division Series, and the Championship Series. ESPN will televise the American League Wild Card. FS1 and MLB Network will televise the American League Division Series. Fox and FS1 will televise the American League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on Fox for the 20th consecutive year.

Radio

Local

National

Retirements

Retired numbers

See also

References

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External links

  • 2019 Major League Baseball season schedule
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