2007 Major League Baseball season

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2007 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
DurationApril 1 – October 28, 2007
Number of games162
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pick David Price
Picked by Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
NL: Jimmy Rollins (PHI)
League Postseason
AL champions Boston Red Sox
  AL runners-up Cleveland Indians
NL champions Colorado Rockies
  NL runners-up Arizona Diamondbacks
World Series
Champions Boston Red Sox
  Runners-up Colorado Rockies
World Series MVP Mike Lowell (BOS)
MLB seasons

The 2007 Major League Baseball season began on April 1 with a rematch of the 2006 National League Championship Series; the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets played the first game of the season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, which was won by the Mets, 6–1. The regular season concluded with seven teams entering the postseason who had failed to reach the 2006 playoffs including all National League teams, with only the New York Yankees returning; a dramatic one-game playoff between the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres; and the largest September collapse for a leading team in baseball history, with the Mets squandering a 7-game lead with 17 to play, losing on the final day of the regular season, and the Philadelphia Phillies capturing the National League East for the first time since 1993. The season ended on October 28, with the Boston Red Sox sweeping the World Series over the Rockies, four games to none.

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A special exhibition game known as the "Civil Rights Game" was played on March 31 in AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, between the Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians to celebrate the history of civil rights in the United States. The 2007 season commemorates the 60th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's entry into the game, breaking the color barrier.

For the fourth consecutive season, MLB regular season attendance increased by comparison with the previous year. In 2007, an all-time attendance record of 79,502,524 (32,785 per game) was set. [1]

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

 Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(NLCS, ALCS)
World Series
              
 1 Boston 3 
3 LA Angels 0 
 1Boston4 
American League
 2Cleveland3 
2 Cleveland 3
 4 NY Yankees 1 
  AL1Boston4
 NL4Colorado0
 1 Arizona 3 
3 Chi Cubs 0 
 1Arizona0
National League
 4Colorado4 
2 Philadelphia 0
 4 Colorado 3 

Note: Two teams in the same division could not meet in the division series.

Stats

American League

National League

Accomplishments

Barry Bonds surpasses Hank Aaron

Barry Bonds, left fielder for the San Francisco Giants, surpassed Hank Aaron as the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball history with his 756th career home run off Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning of their game August 7 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. The 3–2 pitch with one out and nobody on base was hit at 8:51 PM US PDT and according to hittrackeronline.com was estimated to have gone 422 feet. However, the Nationals came back and won the game, 8–6. Through his final home game (and last game of the season), on September 26, Bonds has hit 762 home runs.

The baseball that was hit for the record was caught by Mets fan Matt Murphy, who put the ball up for auction online. The winning bidder was fashion designer Marc Ecko, who purchased the baseball for $752,467 (US) and let fans decide what to do with it in an internet poll. Options included donating the ball to the Baseball Hall of Fame as-is, donating it marked with an asterisk (reflecting the widely held belief that Bonds used performance-enhancing drugs to break the record), or sending the baseball into space. The vote decided that an asterisk would be added, and the ball donated to Cooperstown. In an interview that aired on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann on November 1 and 2, Bonds stated to interviewer Jim Gray that if the ball were to be put on display with the asterisk, he would boycott his own Hall of Fame induction if he were elected.

Other career milestones

Team milestones

Other accomplishments

No-hitters

Three no-hitters were pitched during the 2007 regular season. This is the most in a single season since the three pitched in 2001. All three no-hitters in 2007 were in the American League, which is the most in a single league since the record-tying 1991 season when the two leagues combined for seven no-hitters (4 AL, 3 NL).

Fielding

  • Troy Tulowitzki, a shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, turned an unassisted triple play on April 29 against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. [5] The play occurred during the 7th inning of a 9–7 victory. Tulowitzki became the 13th player in Major League Baseball history to accomplish this feat.
  • Plácido Polanco, a second baseman for the Detroit Tigers, set a new Major League record by playing in his 144th consecutive errorless game on August 13, in a 7–2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Polanco appeared to have his streak snapped at 147 games when he was charged with an error in the first inning of the August 24 game vs. the New York Yankees. [6] However, the next day, after conferring with the umpiring crew, the official scorer determined the error was instead charged to first baseman Marcus Thames. [7] This extended the streak to 149 games. Polanco also broke the record for consecutive chances without an error by a second baseman July 31. He passed Luis Castillo's mark of 647. Polanco finished the 2007 season without making an error, thereby becoming the first everyday second baseman in MLB history to play an entire season without committing an error. [8]

Hitting

  • On April 22, Boston Red Sox players Manny Ramírez (left fielder), J. D. Drew (right fielder), Mike Lowell (third baseman) and Jason Varitek (catcher) hit four consecutive home runs in a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. This marked the fifth time in Major League history that this feat was accomplished. All four home runs were hit off of Chase Wright in the 3rd inning.
  • Chone Figgins, third baseman for the Los Angeles Angels, went 6-for-6 on June 18 against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. [9] Figgins drove in the game-winning run on a triple in the ninth inning to win the game 10–9. He became the second player in team history to go 6-for-6; then-California Angels outfielder Garret Anderson accomplished this feat on September 27, 1996. Figgins also became the first player in Major League history to go 6-for-6 with a walk-off hit in a regulation nine-inning game.
  • Ichiro Suzuki, the center fielder for the Seattle Mariners, hit the first Inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history on July 10 for the American League against the National League at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Even though the game doesn't count towards a player's career statistics, it was Ichiro's first career inside-the-park home run.
  • Willie Harris, a left fielder for the Atlanta Braves, went 6-for-6 on July 21 at Turner Field as the Braves routed the St. Louis Cardinals, 14–6. [10] He hit two triples with six RBIs during the night, both career-highs. Harris became the seventh player in franchise-history to go 6-for-6 and the fourth player in Major League history since 1950 to go 6-for-6 with 6 RBIs.
  • Garret Anderson, a left fielder for the Los Angeles Angels, set a franchise record and became the first player since April 2005 to get 10 RBIs in a game on August 21 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, leading the Angels to an 18–9 victory over the New York Yankees. [11] Anderson broke the Angels' franchise record for RBIs in a game, previously set by his teammate, Vladimir Guerrero, who had nine RBIs on June 2, 2004, against the Boston Red Sox. Anderson also became the first player since Alex Rodriguez to hit 10 RBIs in a game, doing so on April 26, 2005, ironically in a game against the Angels at Yankee Stadium. The 10 RBIs also was a career-high, eclipsing his previous mark of seven which he set on September 5, 2002, in an Angels' 10–1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
  • On September 9, the Milwaukee Brewers became the first team in recorded Major League history to open a game with three consecutive home runs. The three home runs were hit in order by Rickie Weeks, J. J. Hardy, and Ryan Braun at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Reds pitcher Phil Dumatrait notched the loss after submitting the three home runs in only 10 pitches. [12]
  • Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers became the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit 50 home runs in a season. Prince hit his record-breaking home run at the age of 23 years, 4 months, and 18 days. His father, Cecil Fielder, hit 50 home runs in 1990 with the Tigers.
  • Two new members of the 20–20–20–20 club (20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases) were entered in 2007. Curtis Granderson, Detroit Tigers center fielder, was the first to join (and third overall) this exclusive group when he stole his 20th base of the 2007 season, doing so September 9. On September 30, the last scheduled day of the regular season, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins joined Granderson as the fourth player to accomplish this feat by hitting his 20th triple of the 2007 season.
  • Kazuo Matsui hit his first ever grand slam and became the second person in MLB history to do so in the post-season.

Other accomplishments

  • Bobby Cox, manager of the Atlanta Braves was ejected from his 132nd game on August 14 against the San Francisco Giants, surpassing John McGraw of the New York Giants for the all-time record.
  • Trever Miller, a relief pitcher for the Houston Astros, shattered Scott Aldred's record for most appearances in a season without a win or a loss, with 76. The previous record was 48, set by Aldred in 1998 as a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

All-Star game

On July 10, 2007, at AT&T Park in San Francisco, the American League defeated the National League by a score of 5–4. The victory was the tenth consecutive (excluding the 2002 tie) for the AL, and their eleven-game unbeaten streak matches only the NL's streak from 1972 to 1982 in All-Star history.

Ceremonial games

Jackie Robinson

On April 15, Major League Baseball celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of the debut of Jackie Robinson at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, breaking the color barrier. Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. asked Robinson's widow, Rachel, and commissioner Bud Selig for permission to wear Robinson's number 42 in honor of him. He was granted permission, and Selig later said that any player who wanted to wear number 42 on his jersey could. The jersey was worn without the players' name on the back, as was the case when Robinson played with the Brooklyn Dodgers. All jerseys that were worn were auctioned off with all the proceeds donated to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, an organization which awards scholarships to African-American high school graduates to further themselves in colleges academically.

The Dodgers, Cardinals, and Brewers elected to have the entire team wear number 42 in his honor. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Phillies, and Astros were also scheduled to share that honor, but their games were postponed due to rain. The Phillies and Astros honored Robinson on April 23 when they made up their postponed game as originally planned, while the Pirates waited until April 27 to honor Robinson by wearing #42 as a team against the Reds.

Larry Doby

On August 10, the Cleveland Indians paid tribute to Larry Doby, the first African-American to play in the American League at Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Ohio. Every player on the Indians wore number 14, the number Doby wore during his career with the Indians.

Farewells

The Nationals played their final game at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium on September 23, beating the Phillies 5–3. The team's new home, Nationals Park, formally opened on March 30, 2008.

Retiring players

Craig Biggio
Biggio joined the 3,000 hit club during the 2007 season, and became the first player to be called out in the same play that they got their 3000th hit. He was tagged out while trying to stretch his hit into a double. He announced his retirement on July 24, about a month after achieving the milestone. He finished his career with 668 doubles, good for 5th all-time at the time he retired. In the penultimate game of his career, on September 29, he was brought in as a catcher, playing the position for the first time in 15 years.
Jeff Conine
Conine, then of the New York Mets, announced his retirement on September 20, right before their last road trip to visit the Florida Marlins. The Marlins, fans of which refer to him as "Mr. Marlin", honored him for his contribution to their two World Series titles in 1997 and 2003. Ironically, losses to the Marlins contributed to the Mets failing to make the playoffs.
Mike Lieberthal
Shawn Green

Awards

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the Year Ryan Braun (MIL) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
Cy Young Award Jake Peavy (SD) CC Sabathia (CLE)
Manager of the Year Bob Melvin (ARI) Eric Wedge (CLE)
Most Valuable Player Jimmy Rollins (PHI) Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher Greg Maddux (SD) Johan Santana (MIN)
Catcher Russell Martin (LAD) Iván Rodríguez (DET)
1st Base Derrek Lee (CHC) Kevin Youkilis (BOS)
2nd Base Orlando Hudson (ARI) Plácido Polanco (DET)
3rd Base David Wright (NYM) Adrián Beltré (SEA)
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (PHI) Orlando Cabrera (LAA)
Outfield Carlos Beltrán (NYM)
Jeff Francoeur (ATL)
Andruw Jones (ATL)
Aaron Rowand (PHI)
Torii Hunter (MIN)
Grady Sizemore (CLE)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Micah Owings (ARI) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Russell Martin (LAD) Jorge Posada (NYY)
1st Base Prince Fielder (MIL) Carlos Peña (TB)
2nd Base Chase Utley (PHI) Plácido Polanco (DET)
3rd Base David Wright (NYM) Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (PHI) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos Beltrán (NYM)
Matt Holliday (COL)
Carlos Lee (HOU)
Vladimir Guerrero (LAA)
Magglio Ordóñez (DET)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)

Other awards

Player of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Alex Rodriguez José Reyes
May Justin Morneau Prince Fielder
June Alex Rodriguez Alfonso Soriano
July Hideki Matsui Ryan Braun
August Magglio Ordóñez Mark Teixeira
September David Ortiz Matt Holliday

Pitcher of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Roy Halladay John Maine
May Dan Haren Jake Peavy
June J. J. Putz Ben Sheets
July Érik Bédard Carlos Zambrano
August Andy Pettitte Jake Peavy
September Fausto Carmona Jake Peavy

Rookie of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Hideki Okajima Josh Hamilton
May Dustin Pedroia Hunter Pence
June Brian Bannister Ryan Braun
July Billy Butler Ryan Braun
August Brian Bannister Troy Tulowitzki
September Jacoby Ellsbury James Loney

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team NameWinsHome attendancePer GameEst. Payroll
New York Yankees [13] 94-3.1%4,271,0830.5%52,729$207,039,0456.4%
Los Angeles Dodgers [14] 82-6.8%3,857,0362.6%47,618$108,454,52410.2%
New York Mets [15] 88-9.3%3,853,95514.0%47,580$116,181,66314.4%
St. Louis Cardinals [16] 78-6.0%3,552,1804.3%43,854$90,286,8231.6%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [17] 945.6%3,365,632-1.2%41,551$109,251,3335.6%
Chicago Cubs [18] 8528.8%3,252,4624.1%40,154$101,670,3327.7%
San Francisco Giants [19] 71-6.6%3,223,2153.0%39,793$90,219,0560.2%
Philadelphia Phillies [20] 894.7%3,108,32515.0%38,374$89,428,2131.3%
Detroit Tigers [21] 88-7.4%3,047,13317.4%37,619$95,180,36915.2%
Houston Astros [22] 73-11.0%3,020,405-0.1%37,289$87,759,000-13.0%
Boston Red Sox [23] 9611.6%2,970,7551.4%36,676$143,026,21419.1%
Milwaukee Brewers [24] 8310.7%2,869,14422.8%35,422$70,986,50022.5%
San Diego Padres [25] 891.1%2,790,0744.9%34,445$58,110,567-16.9%
Atlanta Braves [26] 846.3%2,745,2077.6%33,891$87,290,833-3.2%
Chicago White Sox [27] 72-20.0%2,684,395-9.2%33,141$108,671,8335.8%
Seattle Mariners [28] 8812.8%2,672,2237.7%32,588$106,460,83321.0%
Colorado Rockies [29] 9018.4%2,376,25012.9%28,979$54,041,00031.1%
Toronto Blue Jays [30] 83-4.6%2,360,6442.5%29,144$81,942,80014.8%
Texas Rangers [31] 75-6.3%2,353,862-1.5%29,060$68,643,6750.6%
Arizona Diamondbacks [32] 9018.4%2,325,24911.2%28,707$52,067,546-13.2%
Minnesota Twins [33] 79-17.7%2,296,3830.5%28,350$71,439,50012.7%
Cleveland Indians [34] 9623.1%2,275,91213.9%28,449$61,673,26710.1%
Baltimore Orioles [35] 69-1.4%2,164,8220.5%26,726$93,174,80828.4%
Cincinnati Reds [36] 72-10.0%2,058,593-3.6%25,415$68,524,98012.5%
Washington Nationals [37] 732.8%1,943,812-9.7%23,998$36,947,500-41.5%
Oakland Athletics [38] 76-18.3%1,921,844-2.8%23,726$79,366,94022.4%
Pittsburgh Pirates [39] 681.5%1,749,142-6.0%21,594$38,537,833-17.5%
Kansas City Royals [40] 6911.3%1,616,86717.8%19,961$67,691,50041.9%
Tampa Bay Devil Rays [41] 668.2%1,387,6031.4%17,131$24,623,500-29.5%
Florida Marlins [42] 71-9.0%1,370,51117.7%16,920$30,507,000107.9%

Apparel

Uniforms

Commemorative patches

Josh Hancock

Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals, died on April 29 in a car accident outside St. Louis, Missouri. The 29-year-old pitcher was killed within a couple of minutes after impact when the SUV he was driving crashed into a towing vehicle on Interstate 64. This marks the second time in five years that a Cardinals pitcher lost his life before a game, the other being Darryl Kile, who died suddenly on June 22, 2002. The team postponed their game scheduled for later that day against the Chicago Cubs to pay respect to Hancock.

A police report revealed that Hancock was intoxicated at the time of his fatal accident with a blood-alcohol level of 0.157, nearly double the legal limit in Missouri. Police also found 8.55 grams of marijuana along with a glass smoking pipe in his vehicle, although toxicology tests later proved no drugs were in his system except alcohol. In addition, Hancock was talking on a cell phone when the accident occurred and was not wearing a seatbelt. An accident reconstruction team determined that Hancock was driving 68 mph in a 55 mph zone. [43]

Managers

American League

TeamManagerComments
Baltimore Orioles Dave Trembley Sam Perlozzo was fired during the season;
Trembley signed an extension through the 2008 season.
Boston Red Sox Terry Francona
Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge
Detroit Tigers Jim Leyland
Kansas City Royals Buddy Bell Announced resignation effective at end of 2007 season;
Trey Hillman named new manager for 2008.
Los Angeles Angels Mike Scioscia
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire
New York Yankees Joe Torre Torre rejected a one-year extension of his contract, which expired at the end of the 2007 season.
Joe Girardi named new manager for 2008.
Oakland Athletics Bob Geren
Seattle Mariners John McLaren Mike Hargrove resigned during the season;
McLaren will return for the 2008 season.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays Joe Maddon
Texas Rangers Ron Washington
Toronto Blue Jays John Gibbons

National League

TeamManagerComments
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox
Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella
Cincinnati Reds Pete Mackanin Jerry Narron was fired during the season;
Dusty Baker takes over in 2008.
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle
Florida Marlins Fredi González
Houston Astros Cecil Cooper Phil Garner was fired during the season;
Cooper will return for the 2008 season.
Los Angeles Dodgers Grady Little Little resigned after the season;
Joe Torre named manager for 2008 on October 30.
Milwaukee Brewers Ned Yost
New York Mets Willie Randolph
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel
Pittsburgh Pirates Jim Tracy Tracy was fired after the season ended:
John Russell named manager November 5 for 2008 season.
St. Louis Cardinals Tony La Russa La Russa signed a new two-year contract October 22, through 2009.
San Diego Padres Bud Black
San Francisco Giants Bruce Bochy
Washington Nationals Manny Acta

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