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2013 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2013 throughout the world.
For the first time since 1996 (and just the third time since 1960), the BBWAA election resulted in no selections. Three individuals were elected and subsequently inducted in voting by the Pre-Integration Era panel of the Veterans Committee:
February 18 - For the first time since salary arbitration began in 1974, none of the MLB players who file wind up arguing their cases. After peaking at 35 hearings in 1986, the number of salary arbitration cases argued had not reached double digits since 2001. The total of cases dropped to a record low of three in 2005, 2009 and 2011, and there were none at all in 2013. All 133 players who filed in January settled, gaining an average increase of 119 per cent, according to a study by The Associated Press.
March 5 - Major League Baseball intends to expand the use of instant replay for the 2014 season and will be studying over the course of this year which calls to review and how to do it. League officials plan to visit Miami during the World Baseball Classic and various spring training sites to examine camera angles and other factors that will help them develop a plan.
March 19 - At AT&T Park, the Dominican Republic blanks Puerto Rico, 3-0, to complete the most dominant championship run in the brief history of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominican team, managed by Tony Peña, caps an 8-0 unbeaten run to become the first undefeated champion team in the tournament. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Canó earns MVP honors, after batting an average of .469 (15-for-32) with two home runs and six RBI, while Tampa Bay Rays closer Fernando Rodney finishes for his seventh save to extend his own Classic record. The losing team would congratulate the winner on the field, a sportsmanlike and uncommon gesture in MLB playoff games.
April 26 - At Comerica Park, Aníbal Sánchez of the Detroit Tigers breaks Mickey Lolich's 44-year franchise record for most strikeouts in one game, striking out 17 Atlanta Braves in eight innings in the Tigers' 10-0 victory. Sánchez sets the mark by recording a three-strikeout eighth inning, after which he is pulled. Lolich had held the previous franchise record of 16 strikeouts, doing so twice in 1969.
Major League Baseball announces that Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Chris Davis are named players of the month for April in the National League and American League, respectively. In his first season in Atlanta, Upton batted a .299 average with 12 home runs and 19 RBI while leading the Braves to a 17-9 April record. Davis is in his third season with the Orioles, but has finally tapped into his potential. Through the first month of the season, he hit .348 with nine home runs and 28 RBI while posting an OPS of 1.141.
Clay Buchholz of the Boston Red Sox is named the American League Pitcher of the Month. In his five starts, Buchholz registered a perfect 5-0 record with a 1.19 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 13 walks over innings of work, to help the Red Sox match a club record with 18 wins in April, a month mark also achieved in 1998 and 2003. This is Buchholz's second 'pitcher of the month' award. He previously won the honor in August 2010. Meanwhile, his counterpart Matt Harvey of the New York Mets is voted the Pitcher of the Month in the National League. Harvey went 4-0 in six starts, while his 1.56 ERA ranked third and his 46 strikeouts tied for fourth in the league. Harvey also becomes the first pitcher in the modern era to win his first four starts while allowing 10-or-fewer hits in that span.
Justin Grimm of the Texas Rangers is named the American League Rookie of the Month for April. Grimm posted a 2-0 record and a 1.59 ERA, striking out 15 batters while walking four in 17.0 innings over three starts. Grimm was tied for first among AL rookie pitchers in wins, finishing fourth overall in innings pitched, and limiting his opponents to a .239 average. In the National League, Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis earns Rookie of the Month honors for the month of April. In 21 games, Gattis led all major league rookies with six home runs, 16 RBI, a .566 slugging percentage and 43 total bases, while hitting .250 (19-for-76). The 26-year-old, who was selected by the Braves in the 23rd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, ranked third among qualifying NL rookies in hitting, was tied for second with nine runs scored and finished fourth in hits. He also led all rookies with a club-high five game-winning RBI in his first month in the majors.
Jon Lester hurls a one-hit, complete gameshutout, to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 5-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Almost perfect, Lester retires the first 17 batters he faces before giving up a double to Maicer Izturis in the bottom of the sixth inning. After that, he retires the last Toronto 10 batters in succession. Besides, it is the 9,000th regular season victory in Red Sox history.
Alex Cobb of the Tampa Bay Raysstrikes out 13 in innings against the San Diego Padres, recording 12 of the 14 outs by strikeouts, four of them in the third inning, when a wild pitch on strike three allows Will Venable to reach base. The other outs are recorded on grounders to shortstop in the first and third base in the fourth. The Rays won, 6-3, but Cobb does not get a decision. Nevertheless, Cobb becomes the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 13 while failing to complete five innings.
May 12 - Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox is not perfect against the Los Angeles Angels, but he is about as close as possible. Sale gives up just one hit to Mike Trout in the top of the seventh inning in a dominant 3-0 win. He walks no one, strikes out seven, and faces just one more batter than the minimum.
May 14 - The Philadelphia Phillies have signed 17-year-old German outfielder Julsan Kamara to a seven-year minor league contract, according to Philipp Wuerfel of Mister Baseball.com. Considered one of Germany's best prospects, Kamara attended the MLB European Academy in Tyrrhenia, Italy. He is a member of the German Junior National Team, and competed in last winter's International Power Showcase at Marlins Park in Miami.
Miguel Cabrera belts three home runs in a losing cause against the Texas Rangers, who collect 18 hits en route to an 11-8 victory over the visiting Detroit Tigers. Cabrera, the 2012 AL Triple Crown winner, becomes the 23rd player in MLB history to go 4-for-4 with at least three homers, five RBI and four runs scored. The previous 22 all were on the winning team.
Jacoby Ellsbury of the Boston Red Sox steals a team-record five bases in a 9-2 victory against the host Philadelphia Phillies. However, none of the steals leads to any runs. The five stolen bases are the most for a major league player since Tampa Bay's Carl Crawford stole six bases against the Red Sox on May 3, 2009.
Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies are named Player of the Month in the American League and National League respectively. The reigning Triple Crown winner and defending American League MVP batted .379 (44 for 116) with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 33 runs batted in and 23 runs scored in 28 games. Cabrera also becomes the first player in Major League history to enter June batting at least .340 with 15 homers and 60 RBIs. Also in 28 games, Brown led the National League with 12 home runs and 25 RBI, tying Cabrera for the Major League lead in homers while ranking fourth overall in RBI. In addition, he had 89 total bases which was good for third in the Majors, and was slugging at .688 for the second-highest mark in the National League, while posting a .303 (33 for 109) batting average.
Jason Vargas of the Los Angeles Angels and Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks earn Pitcher of the Month honors in their respective leagues. Vargas compiled a perfect 5-0 record with a 2.30 earned run average, one shutout, 31 strikeouts and 14 walks in 43.0 innings pitched over six starts, and qualified among AL starters with a minimum of 27.0 innings pitched, ending first in wins and second in innings pitched and ERA. Like Vargas, Corbin was a perfect 5-0 in five May starts. His 1.53 ERA was the lowest among qualifying NL pitchers and ranks second in the majors. With an undefeated 9-0 record in 2013, Corbin led the majors in wins while his 2.06 ERA ranked fourth among qualifying starters.
Nate Freiman of the Oakland Athletics is voted American League Rookie of the Month for May. The Athletics have now claimed two of the last three rookie honors after Yoenis Céspedes was selected in September 2012. Freiman batted .351 (13 for 37) with three doubles, one home run and nine RBI in 14 games, tallying four multi-hit games during the stretch. He compiled a career-best four-game hitting streak from May 26-29, going 6-for-11 (.545) with seven RBI as Oakland goes 4-0 during the streak. Among AL rookies, the 26-year-old first baseman finished second in RBI, tied for fourth in doubles, for sixth in hits and homers, and was eighth overall in at-bats.
In the National League, Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis is named Rookie of the Month for May. This is his second monthly award after being voted NL Rookie of the Month for April; he becomes the first player to win back-to-back NL rookie honors since his Atlanta teammate Jason Heyward earned the distinction in April and May 2010. In 22 games in May, Gattis led all Major League rookies with 16 RBI, while his six home runs were tied for first with San Diego Padres infielder Jedd Gyorko. Gattis also ranked among MLB rookie leaders with 11 extra-base hits (T-2nd), 13 runs scored (T-3rd), 43 total bases (T-3rd) and five doubles (T-5th), while hitting .303 (20-for-63) with a .683 slugging percentage and a .362 on-base percentage.
Officials of Nippon Professional Baseball admit that they had introduced new, livelier balls for the current season, after previously denying that a marked increase in home runs from last season was due to changes in the ball.
June 15 - Henry Blanco debuts with the Seattle Mariners in grand fashion, batting the first pitch he sees from A. J. Griffin, for a grand slam that account for all of Seattle's runs in a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics at The Coliseum. The blast breaks a scoreless tie in the sixth inning and was more than enough to help Félix Hernández improve to 8-4 after dealing his fourth scoreless outing of the season. The 41-year-old Blanco, in his 16th Major League season with 11 teams, is best known as a defensive specialist catcher, with a career 40.7 percent caught-stealing rate. A .226 hitter in 936 games, he also becomes the oldest Mariner to ever hit a grand slam.
Jason Kipnis of the Cleveland Indians is named the American League Player of the Month Award for his performance at the plate in June. The second baseman earns the recognition after batting .419 (39 for 93) with 12 doubles, four home runs, 25 RBIs and 17 runs scored. He reached base in all 27 games in which he appeared and compiled a .517 on-base percentage and a .699 slugging percentage.
Cuban infielder José Iglesias becomes the first Boston Red Sox player to win the American League Rookie of the Month Award since Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007. The 23-year-old rookie put together a career-high 18-game hitting streak from May 27-June 18 and finished the month first in batting average (.395), on-base percentage (.453), slugging percentage (.523), on-base plus slugging (.976), at-bats (86), base hits (34) and runs scored (17) among qualifying AL rookies with at least 81 plate appearances. He also collected four doubles, two triples, one home run, six RBIs and two stolen bases.
July 12 - Jarred Cosart of the Houston Astros nearly pitches a no-hitter against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays in his MLB debut, to end the Rays' season-best eight-game winning streak. The first hit allowed by Cosart is a one-out single to Ben Zobrist in the seventh inning. The 23-year-old right-hander finishes with eight innings of shutout ball and allows just two hits in Houston's 2-1 win. José Veras, who gives up an unearned run, is credited with the save.
At Comerica Park, the Texas Rangers defeat the Detroit Tigers 7-1 and hand Max Scherzer his first loss of the season in 15 decisions. Scherzer was bidding to become the first pitcher to begin a season 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986, as well as become the first pitcher to enter the All-Star break 14-0, breaking Dave McNally's 44-year record for best undefeated record at the All-Star break. McNally had gone 13-0 into the All-Star break in 1969; he would eventually go 15-0 before finally losing one.
July 16 - Mariano Rivera, pitching in his final MLB All-Star Game, throws 11 of his 16 pitches for strikes in the eighth inning, as the American League defeats the National League, 3-0. In his 19-year career, Rivera pitched nine All-Star innings and never allowed an earned run while collecting four saves. In this game he earns a hold, and then the 2013 All-Star Game MVP award.
July 22 - Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers is suspended for the remainder of the regular season-65 games--for his connection to Biogenesis of America, a clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs. The 65-game ban is 15 games more than the ban that Braun, the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, avoided in 2012; in that case, an arbitrator overturned his positive test for elevated testosterone because the urine sample had been improperly handled.
July 28 - David Ortiz goes 4 for 4, including a three-run home run, to help the Boston Red Sox beat the host Baltimore Orioles, 6-0. It is the 11th year Ortiz has hit at least 20 home runs in a Red Sox uniform, which ties him with Jim Rice and Dwight Evans for the second most in Red Sox history. The franchise record of 16 seasons is held by Ted Williams. No other player has more than eight.
Andre Rienzo of the Cleveland Indians becomes the first Brazilian-bornpitcher to play in the major leagues. Rienzo does not allow an earned run and gives up only five hits in seven innings, as he picks up a no-decision in the Indians' 7-4 victory against the visiting Chicago White Sox. Rienzo also faces Yan Gomes, the first Brazilian-born player in major league history, who collects a hit in their first confrontation.
Adrián Beltré of the Texas Rangers and Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals are named Player of the Month in the American League and National League respectively. Beltré earns his third such honor with the Rangers and fourth overall, while batting a .369 average with four doubles, nine home runs, 19 RBIs and 13 runs scored over 26 games, which includes 69 total bases and his seventh career walk-off homer. Werth amassed ten multi-hit games over the course of the month, ending with a second-best .367 average, 56 total bases, 17 runs scored and a .622 slugging percentage (fourth). It is the first career Player of the Month Award for Werth and the first ever for the Nationals. Vladimir Guerrero was that franchise's last player to receive the honor while with the Montreal Expos in 2003.
Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers earn Pitcher of the Month honors in their respective leagues. Archer also becomes the sixth player to win the Pitcher and Rookie of the Month awards since the latter was introduced in 2001, after posting a perfect 4-0 record with a 0.73 ERA, two shutouts, seven walks and 22 strikeouts in 37 innings of work. Kershaw went 4-1 in six starts and leads the National League with a 1.34 ERA, allowing only seven earned runs in 47 innings, also a league lead. He notched 43 strikeouts for the month and issued just two walks, tying for first in wins while holding opposing hitters to a .161 batting average. The NL Rookie of the Month award is presented to José Fernández of the Miami Marlins, who posted a 3-1 record and a 2.06 ERA through five starts. The highest point of his stellar month was his July 28 outing against the Pittsburgh Pirates and his fellow prospect Gerrit Cole, by surrendering two runs on five hits in eight innings and striking out 13 batters without any walks. Fernández joins Gary Nolan (15 strikeouts, 1967), Dwight Gooden (two 16-strikeout games, 1984) and Kerry Wood (20 strikeouts, 1998) as the only pitchers younger than 21 to strike out 13 batters or more without a walk in a single game. Fernández also turned in a perfect inning of relief in the All-Star Game on July 16, when he retired current MLB home run leader Chris Davis and former American League Most Valuable Player Award winners Dustin Pedroia and Miguel Cabrera.
August 7 - The MLB Players Association files a formal appeal of the 211-game suspension that Major League Baseball levied against Alex Rodriguez for his relationship with the Biogenesis of America clinic. The suspension was to begin on August 8 and last through the 2014 season, but Rodriguez will be allowed to play until the grievance has been heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, which is not expected until at least November.
August 9 - Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick puts an end to his 0-for-20 slump in a powerful way, hitting three home runs in a 13-6 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.
August 10 - Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics belts two home runs in a loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, to become the first big leaguer since 2004 and just the 23rd ever to hit five home runs over two consecutive games with multiple homers in each contest, a feat which has been accomplished only 25 times since the 1916 season.
August 16 - Charlie Manuel, the winningest manager in Philadelphia Phillies history, is dismissed just four days from earning his 1,000th career managerial victory. The Phillies' third-base coach Ryne Sandberg is named interim manager. Manuel ends his nine-year tenure as Phillies manager with a 1,416-780 record, five straight National League East titles from 2007-2011 and two National League pennants, while guiding his team to the 2008 World Series title, the second in franchise history. Nevertheless, he becomes the first victim of a disappointing season for the Phillies, in which injuries and widespread underperformance lead the team to a 53-67 record at the time of his dismissal. Previously, Manuel spent three years as manager with the Cleveland Indians, leading them to the AL Central title in 2001, compiling a 220-190 record as Indians manager.
August 17 - Miguel Tejada is suspended for 105 games after testing positive for an amphetamine which was in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension is the third-longest non-lifetime suspension handed out by Major League Baseball, after the 211-game ban handed to Alex Rodriguez on August 5 of this season and a 119-game ban handed to Steve Howe in 1992.
Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers and Martín Prado of the Arizona Diamondbacks are named Player of the Month in the American League and National League respectively. Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP and 2012 Triple Crown winner, earns his fourth career monthly award and second of the current season. He posted a .356 batting average with a .430 on-base percentage for the month and a .733 slugging percentage, which included 11 home runs, five doubles and 31 RBI. Cabrera's month was highlighted by a four-game stretch of multiple-hit games from August 9-12, including a .538 average while hitting a double, three homers, five RBI and four runs in three games against the New York Yankees. Prado, acquired by Arizona prior the season, led the National League with 30 RBI and 43 hits, while his .375 average was the fourth-best mark in the league and his 65 total bases were the second-highest number in the circuit. He also tied for fifth in runs (19), while his slugging percentage (.565) and on-base percentage (.425) both ranked him ninth.
Iván Nova of the New York Yankees and Zack Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers earn Pitcher of the Month honors in their respective leagues. Nova finished the month with a perfect 4-0 record and a 2.08 ERA, including one complete-game three-hit shutout. He also collected 12 walks and 31 strikeouts in innings over six starts to claim his first career monthly award. Greinke, who previously won an AL Pitcher of the Month Award in April 2009 as a member the Kansas City Royals, went 5-0 with 30 strikeouts and eight walks over innings of work, posting a 1.23 ERA in the process. For the second consecutive month, a Dodgers pitcher takes home NL Pitcher of the Month honors. Clayton Kershaw claimed the Award for July.
Martín Pérez of the Kansas City Royals is voted American League Rookie of the Month for August. The 22-year left-handed pitcher won all five of his starts in the month, while collecting a 3.06 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 11 walks in innings pitched, to become the only Texas rookie ever to win five consecutive starts and the first pitcher overall to do so since Ryan Dempster won five straight from August 20-September 12 of 2012. Pérez also led AL rookies in wins, ending second in innings and fourth in strikeouts.José Fernández of the Miami Marlins is named Rookie of the Month in the National League, to become the first rookie pitcher to receive the Award in back-to-back months since Josh Johnson in May and June 2006. Fernández went 3-1 in six starts, allowing six earned runs in 39 innings for a 1.15 ERA - the second lowest among qualifying rookie pitchers (Alex Wood, 0.90) and the third lowest in the league overall (Clayton Kershaw, 1.01) in August. Fernández also held opposing hitters to a paltry .158 batting average, the lowest mark among qualifying Major League pitchers. He also struck out 49 batters in 39 innings, allowing 11 walks, while breaking his own franchise rookie record with 14 strikeouts against the Cleveland Indians on August 2. He previously set the franchise mark with 13 strikeouts in his final July start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 6 - In defeating his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-0 at AT&T Park, Yusmeiro Petit of the San Francisco Giants has a bid for a perfect game broken up with two out in the ninth and a two-strike count. After retiring the first 26 batters, Petit, who strikes out seven, gets to a 2-2 count on Eric Chavez and narrowly misses throwing the next pitch for the third strike. One pitch later, Chavez lines a ball to right field that falls in for a hit despite Hunter Pence's attempt to make a diving catch (ironically, Pence, who scores all three Giant runs including an eight-inning home run, had made a diving catch to preserve Tim Lincecum's no-hitter on July 13). The hit is the only baserunner Petit allows; he retires the next batter, A. J. Pollock, for the final out. With teammate Matt Cain having pitched his perfect game a year earlier, the Giants would have joined the New York Yankees as the only teams to record perfect games in back-to-back seasons, David Wells having pitched his in 1998 and David Cone pitching his in 1999. It is also the first time that two perfect game bids were broken up with two out in the ninth in the same season, Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers having his bid broken up on April 2.
September 14 - Vladimir Guerrero formally announces his retirement after failing to secure a contract this season. A nine-time All Star, the Dominican slugger spent 16 major league seasons as an outfielder and designated hitter from 1996-2011, playing for the Montreal Expos, Anaheim/Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, while winning the 2004 American MVP Award and eight Silver Slugger trophies. Guerrero posted a .318 career average with 449 home runs and 1,496 RBIs in 2147 games, which included 2,590 hits, 1,328 runs scored, 181 stolen bases, and 4,506 total bases.
The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the host Arizona Diamondbacks, 7-6, to capture the National League West Division title, while becoming the first team to claim a playoff berth in 2013. The Dodgers were in last place in the West through most of May and all of June, trailing by as many as games, after their 30-42 start. Since then, the Dodgers posted a Major League-best 58-23 and extended their margin over second-place Arizona by games. This will be the first appearance for the Dodgers in the postseason since 2009, when they lost the National League Championship Series to the Philadelphia Phillies, four games to one. They have not been to the World Series since winning it all in 1988.
The Pittsburgh Pirates clinch their first playoff berth since 1992 when they beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, while the Washington Nationals are eliminated by the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cincinnati Reds also clinch at least a wild card berth when they defeat the New York Mets 3-2 in 10 innings. The Pirates and Reds, both with a 90-67 record, now trail St. Louis by two games in the National League Central division with five games to go. As a result, the three clubs qualify for the playoffs and will at least be wild card game participants.
The Detroit Tigers clinch their third consecutive American League Central Division with a 1-0 victory over the host Minnesota Twins. Max Scherzer scatters two hits and strikes out 10 batters over seven scoreless innings to improve his major league-best record to 21-3, while Torii Hunter drives in the winning run with a single in the first inning. With this victory, Jim Leyland earns his 700th win as manager of the Tigers, becoming the third manager in Detroit history to reach at least 700 wins, joining Hall of Famers Sparky Anderson and Hugh Jennings.
The New York Yankees fail to claim one of the ten playoff berths when they are mathematically eliminated before the final of an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees are trailing 7-3 in the eighth inning when they drop out of playoff contention as the Cleveland Indians complete a 7-2 victory against the Chicago White Sox. Despite having the highest opening-day payroll at $230 million, the Yankees are hindered by age, an assortment of injuries and subpar performances, failing to make the postseason for the first time since 2008 and for only the second time in 19 years.
Will Middlebrooks powers the attack with seven RBI and two home runs, including a grand slam, as the Boston Red Sox crush the Colorado Rockies, 15-5, in the final game of Colorado Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton at Coors Field. The seven RBI are a career high for Middlebrooks, while the slam is his second this season and third of his career. Helton, who announced his retirement two weeks before, is the longest-tenured and arguably greatest player in Colorado history. He goes 2 for 3, including one homer, a double and three RBI. At the time of his retirement, he leads the Rockies in several statistical categories after playing for them during 17 seasons.
The government of Cuba announces that it is lifting many of the restrictions placed on the ability of its athletes, including its baseball players, to sign contracts with teams abroad. Cuban baseball players will be allowed to sign with clubs in foreign countries as long as they also fulfill commitments to play domestically. While this represents a significant change in policy, it is unlikely to immediately impact player availability to Major League Baseball.
The hapless Houston Astros set a franchise record reaching 109 losses this season. After their 3-2 loss to the New York Yankees, they set another franchise record for futility, losing their 13th consecutive game. The Astros have not won a game since a 9-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on September 13. Two of these losses were in extra innings, and one came in a rain-shortened seven-inning game.
The St. Louis Cardinals clinch their first National League Central Division title in four seasons with a 7-0 victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs. With this victory, the Cardinals are assured of home-field advantage when the NL Division Series starts.
Andy Pettitte closes out his 18-season career with a one more vintage performance, pitching his first complete game in more than seven years to lead the New York Yankees to a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. The left-handed Pettitte, 41, allows one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out five, to outduel Astros rookie starter Paul Clemens, who was making only his fifth start and carries a shutout into the sixth inning before a cut on his right hand becomes an issue. A three-time All-Star and a member of five Yankees World Champion teams, Pettitte posted a 256-153 career record and a 3.86 ERA in 3,316 innings of work, ending his career without a losing season.
Josh Donaldson of the Oakland Athletics and Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants are named Player of the Month in the American League and National League respectively. The third baseman earns his first such honor after batting .337 with eight doubles, five home runs and 16 RBI in 25 games to help the Athletics win the AL West Division title. Donaldson had 11 multi-hit efforts, while his 17 extra-base hits ranked him seventh in the AL, ending the season with 56 multi-hit games, the third-most in Oakland history behind Mark Kotsay (57 in 2004) and Miguel Tejada (57 in 2002). In 27 games, Pence batted .293 with a .393 on-base percentage and an MLB-leading .667 slugging percentage, also leading MLB with 32 RBI while tying for the lead with 11 home runs. Pence, who started all 162 games this season, became the first Giants player to do so since Alvin Dark in 1954, when the season was 154 games long. The right fielder finished the season in his NL-leading 171st consecutive game overall, hitting a walk-off single to give San Francisco a 7-6 victory against the San Diego Padres at AT&T Park. After that, Pence was rewarded with a five-year, $90 million contract by the Giants.
Ubaldo Jiménez of the Cleveland Indians and Kris Medlen of the Atlanta Braves earn Pitcher of the Month honors in their respective leagues. Jiménez, who wins his third distinction, posted a perfect 4-0 mark with a 1.09 ERA in six starts, striking out 51 and walking only seven in innings of work. He finished first among AL hurlers in innings and strikeouts, second in ERA and ranks fourth in the league with 11.1 strikeouts per nine innings, while opposing batters hit only .230 against him. On the final day of the regular season, the Dominican pitcher tossed shutout innings with a season-best 13 strikeouts against the Minnesota Twins to ensure the Indians a spot in the AL Wild Card Game. Medlen, who previously claimed the honor in August and September 2012, went 4-0 in five starts to tie for the NL lead in wins and posted a league-best 1.00 ERA over 36 innings. He also tied for first with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke with a 0.92 WHIP and ranked sixth limiting opponents to a .197 batting average, while striking out 33 against eight walks. Medlen finished the season with a 3.11 ERA and set career highs in innings (197), wins (15) and strikeouts (157), while helping the Braves finish off their first NL East title since 2005 and claim home-field advantage in the NL Division Series against the Dodgers.
Wil Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays is voted American League Rookie of the Month. In September, Myers hit a slash line (BA/OBP/SLG) of .317/.360/.558, including 13 doubles and four home runs in 27 games to help the Rays advance to the AL Wild Card tiebreaker against the Texas Rangers. The 22-year-old outfielder finished first among AL rookies in hits (33), runs (18), doubles, extra-base hits (17) and total bases (58), while tying for first in homers (13). He also ranked second in RBI (53), average (.293), OBP (.354) and SLG (.478). He put together an eight-game hitting streak from September 11-18, during which he batted .387 with five doubles, two homers and seven RBI, and notched his second career multi-homer game. The National League Rookie of the Month award is presented to Gerrit Cole, whose strong finish helps the Pittsburgh Pirates into their first playoff berth since the 1992 season. The 23-year-old pitcher goes 4-0 in five September starts to tie for the league lead in wins, and also leads qualifying rookie pitchers with a 1.69 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 32 innings, while issuing only 10 walks and finishing second with a .212 opponents' batting average. Cole finishes his rookie season with a 10-7 record, 100 strikeouts, and a 3.22 ERA in innings of work.
David Price pitches a seven-hit complete game and Evan Longoria contributes with three hits and two RBI, including one home run and a double, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers, in the American League tiebreaker game at Rangers Ballpark. With the victory, Tampa Bay secures the second wild card spot and will visit the Cleveland Indians in order to meet the Boston Red Sox in the American League Division Series.
October 2 - Alex Cobb pitches scoreless innings in his first career postseason start, and the Tampa Bay Rays move on to the American League Division Series after beating the Cleveland Indians, 4-0, at Progressive Field. Over the course of four days, Tampa Bay had to win three consecutive games on the road at Toronto, Texas and Cleveland in order to avoid playoff elimination. Delmon Young hits his ninth postseason home run and Desmond Jennings adds a two-run RBI double, while three relievers combine for innings to complete the second postseason shutout in Tampa Bay franchise history. The Rays' other shutout was in Game 1 of the 2011 American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.
October 7 - The Los Angeles Dodgers take a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, and are propelled into the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2009.
October 8 - The Boston Red Sox defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, to advance to the American League Championship Series for the first time in five years.
October 10 - The Detroit Tigers take charge of the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, 3-0, advancing to the American League Championship Series for the third consecutive season.
October 13 - Down 5-1 late in the game, David Ortiz hits a game-tying grand slam and the game results in a walk-off win for the Boston Red Sox to tie the ALCS 1-1.
October 18 - The St. Louis Cardinals score four times in the third and add five more runs in a disastrous fifth inning, en route to a 9-0 annihilation of the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. The Cardinals, who fell one win shy a year ago, advance to the World Series for the second time in three years and the fourth time in the past decade. Michael Wacha (22), in his 12th big league start, beats Kershaw for the second time this series, allowing just two hits in seven scoreless innings and winning Most Valuable Player honors. Setup man Carlos Martínez (22) pitches a 1-2-3 eighth inning, while closer Trevor Rosenthal (23) retires the side in order in the ninth. All three Cardinals pitchers are rookies.
October 19 - The Boston Red Sox take a definitive 5-2 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the seventh inning on a Shane Victorino grand slam, to win Game 6 of the American League Championship Series and advance to the World Series for the third time in the last 10 years. Koji Uehara, who inherits the closer job after the team's first two choices were injured, delivers the last three outs and is named Most Valuable Player after posting three saves and a win in the series.
October 30 - The Boston Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 at Fenway Park and win their eighth World Series title and third in the last 10 seasons, to become the first team to win three world championship titles in the 21st century. Red Sox icon David Ortiz earns MVP honors. Ortiz becomes the first player since Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer in the 1983 World Series to win three World Series rings with the same team and to have never played for the Yankees in his career. The last time Boston clinched the World Series at Fenway Park was in 1918, a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Game 6. The Red Sox also joined the 1991 Minnesota Twins as the only teams to win a World Series following a last-place finish in the previous season.
November 3 - The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles clinch their first Japan Series championship title in their nine-year history, blanking the defending champion Yomiuri Giants, 3-0, in a decisive Game 7. The Giants are the oldest and most successful team in Japanese baseball with 22 championships, and the Eagles win the title in their first trip to the championship series, providing a dramatic lift to an area still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
November 14 - Major League Baseball takes the first vote in a two-step process, unanimously approving funding for expanded instant replay in the 2014 MLB season. They plan to approve the new rules when they meet on January 16 in Paradise Valley, Arizona, after agreements with the unions for umpires and players. The instant replay was first used by the NFL in 1986, the NHL in 1991, the NBA in 2002 and Wimbledon in 2006. Even the Little League World Series put replay in place for 2008. MLB allowed it starting August 2008 but in a limited manner, only to determine whether potential home runs were fair or cleared fences.
December 4 - Joe Garagiola is named as the 2014 recipient of the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, presented every three years by the Hall of Fame "for extraordinary efforts to enhance baseball's positive impact on society". He will receive the award on July 26, 2014 at the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, the day before induction ceremonies. Garagiola, a former player and broadcaster who received the Hall's Ford C. Frick Award in 1991, was specifically cited for his role as a founder of two organizations--the Baseball Assistance Team, a charity which aids needy members of the professional baseball community, and the National Spit Tobacco Education Program, which advocates against the use of smokeless tobacco.
December 9 - Managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox are elected to the Hall of Fame, and will be inducted on July 27, 2014. The three managers, who won a combined 7,558 wins and eight World Series, are all unanimously selected by the 16 voters on the Expansion Era Committee. Torre won 2,326 games and four World Series (1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000) with the New York Yankees; La Russa won 2,728 games and three World Series, in 1989 with the Oakland Athletics and in 2006 and 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals; Cox won 2,504 games and led the Atlanta Braves to 14 consecutive division titles and the 1995 World Series title.
December 10 - Roger Angell, senior editor for The New Yorker, is announced as the 2014 recipient of the J. G. Taylor Spink Award, awarded by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) "for meritorious contributions to baseball writing." He will also receive his award at the Awards Presentation. Angell, who has written on the sport for more than 50 years, has published multiple best-selling books that included many of his New Yorker pieces. He is also the first recipient of the Spink Award to have never been a BBWAA member.
December 11 - Eric Nadel, radio announcer for the Texas Rangers since 1979. is named as the 2014 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, presented by the Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence. He will also receive his award at the Awards Presentation.
December 15 - Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine determine that Ryan Freel, at the time of his death, had stage two chronic traumatic encephalopathy; a progressive degenerative disease better known as CTE. Freel was found dead at his Jacksonville, Florida home as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 22, 2012. He is reported as the first Major League Baseball player diagnosed with CTE.
December 16 - Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball announce major changes to the posting system under which NPB teams can offer players currently under contract and not yet eligible for free agency to MLB teams. The most significant changes are:
Instead of posting fees set by a blind bidding process among MLB teams, fees will be set by NPB teams, with a cap of US$20 million.
Once posted, a player can negotiate with any MLB team willing to pay the fee during a 30-day window. Previously, a player could only negotiate with the team that submitted the highest posting fee. As in the previous scheme, the fee is paid only if an MLB team ultimately signs the player.
December 22 - Alex Cabrera of the Tiburones de La Guaira blasted a historic home run in the Venezuelan League, breaking the league's 33-year-old record for the most home runs in a season set by Leones del Caracas' catcher Bo Díaz. Cabrera hit his 21st homer of the season in his 57th game, a grand slam off pitcher Daryl Thompson, in a 4-3 victory over the Caribes de Anzoátegui. With four games left on La Guaira's regular-season schedule, Cabrera is on pace to become the first Triple Crown winner in the 67-year history of the league. At this point, he is leading the circuit in homers with a .396 batting average and 58 RBI.
January 2 - Lee Eilbracht, 88, baseball coach at University of Illinois and a Chicago Cubs minor league player, who won four Big Ten titles during his coaching career, served as an analyst on baseball broadcasts, and was hired as an adviser for the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
January 5 - Joe Padilla, 48, National League umpire during the 1995 season.
January 7 - Jim Cosman, 69, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs in parts of three seasons between 1966 and 1970.
January 7 - Al Kenders, 75, catcher for the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies.
January 11 - Fred Talbot, 71, pitcher who played from 1963 through 1970 for the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Athletics, New York Yankees and Seattle Pilots.
January 12 - Bubba Harris, 86, pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Athletics and Cleveland Indians in part of three seasons spanning 1948-1951.
January 13 - Enzo Hernández, 63, Venezuelan shortstop who played from 1971 through 1978 for the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers.
January 15 - Bill Glynn, 87, first baseman who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Indians in part of five seasons spanning 1949-54.
January 19 - Milt Bolling, 82, shortstop who spent seven seasons in the majors from 1952 to 1958, and afterwards worked for the Boston Red Sox organization during 30 years.
January 19 - Stan Musial, 92, one of the best hitters in Major League history and a Hall of Fame outfielder/first baseman, who spent a 22-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals spanning 1941-1963, one of the players from the MLB All-century team, taking seven National League batting titles and three MVP awards, while helping the Cardinals capture four NL Pennants and three World Series titles in the 1950s.
January 19 - Earl Weaver, 82, Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games as Baltimore Orioles skipper, while leading the team to the World Series four times over 17 seasons, winning the Series championship title in 1970.
January 20 - Ron Fraser, 79, College Baseball Hall of Fame coach, who posted a 1,271-438-9 record for the Miami Hurricanes from 1963 through 1992, including two CWS tiles in 1982 and 1985.
January 23 - Ed Bouchee, 79, first baseman who played with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1956-1960 and the Chicago Cubs in 1960 and 1961 before joining the New York Mets in 1962.
January 24 - Harry Taylor, 77, relief pitcher for the 1957 Kansas City Athletics.
January 27 - Chuck Hinton, 78, All-Star outfielder who played between 1961 and 1968 for the Washington Senators, Cleveland Indians and California Angels.
January 27 - Barney Mussill, 93, relief pitcher for the 1944 Philadelphia Phillies.
January 28 - Lonnie Goldstein, 94, first baseman who played with the Cincinnati Reds in parts of the 1943 and 1946 seasons.
January 28 - Earl Williams, 64, 1971 National League Rookie of the Year, and catcher from 1970 to 1977 for the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Montreal Expos and Oakland Athletics.
January 30 - George Witt, 79, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels and Houston Colt .45's from 1957-1962.
January 31 - Tony Pierce, 67, pitcher for the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics in 1967 and 1968.
January 31 - Fred Whitfield, 75, first baseman who played from 1962 through 1970 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos.
February 2 - Lavonne Paire Davis, 88, All-Star catcher who set several batting and fielding records during her 11-year career in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, as well as an inspiration for the central character in the 1992 film A League of Their Own.
February 2 - Edith Houghton, 100, former baseball prodigy and first female scout in Major League history.
February 3 - Steve Demeter, 78, infielder for the 1959 Detroit Tigers and the 1960 Cleveland Indians, who also was an eight-time minor league All-Star, managed a first-place team in the Carolina League, coached in the majors, and gained induction to the International League Hall of Fame.
February 5 - Shelby Whitfield, 77, sports director for Associated Press Radio and ABC Radio, and play-by-play announcer for the Washington Senators from 1969 to 1970.
February 10 - Jake Thies, 86, pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 1954-1955 seasons.
February 17 - Sophie Kurys, 87, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League MVP and four-time All-Star, a speedy infielder who set several all-time records, including 1,114 career stolen bases and five steals in a single game.
February 20 - Neil Wilson, 77, catcher for the 1960 San Francisco Giants.
February 22 - Mario Ramírez, 55, Puerto Rican infielder who played with the New York Mets and San Diego Padres from 1980-1985.
March 28 - Gus Triandos, 82, four-time All-Star catcher who played from 1953 through 1965 for five different teams, most prominently with the Baltimore Orioles.
March 30 - Bob Turley, 82, three-time All-Star and Cy Young Award-winning pitcher, who lifted the New York Yankees, trailing 3 games to 1, to a come-from-behind victory over the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 World Series.
April 1 - Norm Gigon, 74, utility player for the 1967 Chicago Cubs.
April 1 - Bob Smith, 82, pitcher for the Red Sox, Cardinals, Pirates and Tigers in part of four seasons spanning 1955-1959.
April 11 - Grady Hatton, 90, third baseman for six teams in 12 seasons from 1946-1960, and later a manager for the Houston Astros from 1966 to 1968.
April 12 - Takumi Otomo, 88, Japanese Baseball League and NPB pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants and Kintetsu Buffalo from 1949 to 1960.
April 16 - Jack Daniels, 85, right fielder for the 1952 Boston Braves.
April 25 - Rick Camp, 59, relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves during nine seasons between 1976 and 1985.
April 27 - Brad Lesley, 54, relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers from 1982-1985, who in 1986 became the first American closer to pitch in Japan when he signed with the Hankyu Braves.
May 3 - Joe Astroth, 90, backup catcher for the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics in a span of 10 seasons between 1945 and 1956, who also served during World War II.
May 11 - Mike Davison, 67, pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in the 1969 and 1970 seasons.
May 15 - Fred White, 76, Kansas City Royals broadcaster over 25 years, who helped call six division championships, an American League pennant in 1980 and the Royals' World Series championship in 1985.
May 16 - Frankie Librán, 65, Puerto Rican infielder who played briefly with the San Diego Padres during the 1969 season, who also excelled in Puerto Rican baseball, basketball, volleyball, track and field, and softball.
May 18 - Neil Chrisley, 81, outfielder who played from 1957 to 1961 with the Washington Senators, Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Braves.
May 21 - Cot Deal, 90, pitcher for the Red Sox and Cardinals in part of four seasons spanning 1947-1954, who spent 48 years in baseball as a player (20), manager (5), coach (22) and executive (1).
May 23 - Epy Guerrero, 71, Dominican MLB scout who worked for the Astros, Yankees, Blue Jays and Brewers organizations.
May 23 - Luis Zuloaga, 90, legendary Venezuelan professional pitcher, who played in winter baseball, the Caribbean Series, and led the Venezuelan national team to win the gold medal in two Baseball World Cup tournaments.
May 24 - John Miles, 90, legendary Negro League slugger inducted into a number of Hall of Fames, who gained notoriety by hitting 11 home runs in an 11-game span.
May 25 - Lewis Yocum, 65, orthopedic surgeon who achieved prestige by extending the careers of several Major League Baseball players.
May 26 - Larry Johnson, 62, backup catcher who played with the Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos and Chicago White Sox in parts of five seasons between 1972 and 1978.
May 31 - Richie Phillips, 73, general counsel and executive director of the Major League Umpires Association from 1978 to 2000.
June 18 - Gene Freese, 79, third baseman for six different teams during 12 seasons, who posted career numbers with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs in 1961, to help the Cincinnati Reds win their first National League pennant since 1940.
June 19 - Danny Kravitz, 82, backup catcher who played from 1956 through 1960 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Kansas City Athletics.
July 8 - Dick Gray, 81, third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals from 1958 to 1960, who became the first Dodgers player to hit a home run after the club moved to Los Angeles for the 1958 season.
July 14 - Matt Batts, 91, defensive specialist catcher who played from 1947 through 1956 for the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Redlegs.
July 16 - Marv Rotblatt, 85, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox in parts of three seasons spanning 1948-1951, who was also the inspiration for Carleton College's annual 100-inning, one-day, nine-hour marathon softball game they christened Rotblatt in the spring of 1967.
July 26 - Bob Savage, 91, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and St. Louis Browns in part of five seasons spanning 1942-1949.
July 28 - Drungo Hazewood, 53, backup outfielder who played briefly for the 1980 Baltimore Orioles.
July 28 - George Scott, 69, a three-time All-Star first baseman and eight-time Gold Glove winner who played from 1966 through 1979 with four teams, most prominently for the Boston Red Sox, whose career included an American League leading 36 home runs and 109 RBIs during the 1975 season.
August 1 - Babe Martin, 93, backup outfielder/catcher for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox in a span of six seasons between 1944 and 1953.
August 17 - Rod Craig, 55, backup outfielder who played with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox in parts of four seasons spanning 1979-1986.
August 17 - Jack Harshman, 96, pitcher for four teams between 1952 and 1960, mainly for the Chicago White Sox from 1954-1957, who holds the White Sox's single-game record by striking out 16 Boston Red Sox in 1954; hurled a 1-0, 16-inning shutout against the Detroit Tigers in the same season, and threw a one-hit, 1-0 shutout over the Baltimore Orioles in 1956.
August 28 - Frank Pulli, 78, National League umpire from 1972 to 1999, who officiated in four World Series and two All-Star games, as well as 3,774 regular games along with other playoff series; also the first umpire in MLB history to use instant replay to reverse a home run call in 1999; also worked on the field for Roberto Clemente's 3,000th hit in 1972, and for Hank Aaron's record-breaking 715th home run in 1974.
September 6 - Santiago Rosario, 74, Puerto Rican first baseman and corner outfielder who played for the Kansas City Athletics in the 1965 season.
September 13 - Dan Osinski, 79, middle relief pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics, Milwaukee Braves, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and Houston Astros in parts of eight seasons spanning 1962-1970.
September 19 - Hiroshi Yamauchi, 85, Japanese businessman and majority owner of the Seattle Mariners since 1992.
September 20 - Walt Linden, 89, backup catcher for the 1950 Boston Braves.
September 25 - Bill Stewart, 85, outfielder for the 1955 Kansas City Athletics.
September 26 - Denis Brodeur, 82, iconic Canadian sports photographer and baseball author.
October 1 - Ellis Burton, 77, center fielder who played with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs in parts of five seasons spanning 1958-1965.
October 3 - Bob Chance, 73, first baseman who played from 1963 to 1969 with the Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators and California Angels.
October 8 - Andy Pafko, 92, five-time All-Star center fielder who posted a .285 average with 213 home runs and 976 RBIs in 17 seasons for the Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves, while also appearing in 24 World Series games, including the Cubs' visit to the Series in 1945.
October 13 - Mario Picone, 87, pitcher for the New York Giants and Cincinnati Redlegs in part of three seasons spanning 1947-1954.
October 14 - Wally Bell, 48, veteran umpire during 21 Major League Baseball seasons who worked the 2006 World Series, three All-Star Games, four league championship series, and seven division series, as well as the first active MLB umpire to die since John McSherry died on the field on Opening Day in 1996.
October 15 - Rudy Minarcin, 83, pitcher who appeared in 70 games from 1955 to 1957 for the Cincinnati Redlegs and Boston Red Sox, previously a two-sport star at Vandergrift High School, and also a Korean War veteran.
October 22 - Mark Small, 45, relief pitcher for the Houston Astros during the 1996 season.
October 27 - Eddie Erautt, 89, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals in a span of six seasons from 1947 to 1953.
October 28 - Tetsuharu Kawakami, 93, Japanese player who won five batting titles, two home run crowns, three RBI titles and had six titles for the most hits in a season, while leading the Yomiuri Giants to nine consecutive championships from 1965 to 1973 as a manager.
October 30 - Bill Currie, 84, relief pitcher for the 1955 Washington Senators.
October 31 - Johnny Kucks, 80, pitcher for the New York Yankees and Kansas City Athletics from 1955 to 1960, who hurled a three-hit shutout in a 9-0 Yankees victory against the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 7 of the 1956 World Series, in the last World Series game ever played at Ebbets Field.
November 2 - Russ Sullivan, 90, outfielder for the Detroit Tigers from 1951 to 1953, whose mammoth home run into the third deck of Briggs Stadium's right field pavilion in 1952 helped Detroit pitcher Hal Newhouser win his 200th career game.
November 8 - Rod Miller, 73, pinch-hitter for the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1957 season.
November 17 - Zeke Bella, 83, backup outfielder who played for the New York Yankees in 1957 and the Kansas City Athletics in 1959.
November 19 - Babe Birrer, 85, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers in a span of three seasons from 1955-1958, who also had a distinguished 18-year career in the Minor leagues, Canadian baseball and the Caribbean winter leagues.
November 21 - Mike Palagyi, 96, relief pitcher for the 1939 Washington Senators.
November 21 - Michael Weiner, 51, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association since 2009, who led the negotiations in 2011 for the then-current collective bargaining agreement, which ran through 2016.
November 21 - George Werley, 75, relief pitcher for the 1956 Baltimore Orioles.
November 23 - Al Forman, 85, National League umpire who worked in 778 games during a seven-year career, including the 1962 MLB All-Star Game.
November 24 - Charlie Bicknell, 85, pitcher who played from 1948 to 1949 for the Philadelphia Phillies.
November 25 - Lou Brissie, 89, a decorated World War II hero who overcame serious combat injuries to become an All-Star pitcher, while playing for the Philadelphia Athletics and the Cleveland Indians between the 1947 and 1953 seasons.
December 10 - Don Lund, 90, outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers, St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers between 1945 and 1954, and also a University of Michigan three-sport athlete and Hall of Honor inductee.
December 10 - Pete Naton, 82, backup catcher for the 1953 Pittsburgh Pirates.
December 12 - Jim Burton, 64, Boston Red Sox relief pitcher who posted a 1-2 record with a 2.75 ERA and one save in the 1975 and 1977 seasons, who is better known for being the losing pitcher in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series.
December 26 - Paul Blair, 69, All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove center fielder, who played for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cincinnati Reds in 17 seasons spanning 1964-1980, and also a member of four World Series champion teams.