|2007 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 1 – October 28, 2007|
|Number of games||162|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||David Price|
|Picked by||Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Season MVP|| AL: Alex Rodriguez (NYY)|
NL: Jimmy Rollins (PHI)
|AL champions||Boston Red Sox|
|AL runners-up||Cleveland Indians|
|NL champions||Colorado Rockies|
|NL runners-up||Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Champions||Boston Red Sox|
|World Series MVP||Mike Lowell (BOS)|
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.
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.
|League Championship Series|
Note: Two teams in the same division could not meet in the division series.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards|
|BBWAA Award||National League||American 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|
|Position||National League||American 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|
|Position||National League||American 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)
|Month||American League||National 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|
|Month||American League||National 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|
|Month||American League||National 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|
|Team Name||Wins||%±||Home attendance||%±||Per Game||Est. Payroll||%±|
|New York Yankees||94||-3.1%||4,271,083||0.5%||52,729||$207,039,045||6.4%|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||82||-6.8%||3,857,036||2.6%||47,618||$108,454,524||10.2%|
|New York Mets||88||-9.3%||3,853,955||14.0%||47,580||$116,181,663||14.4%|
|St. Louis Cardinals||78||-6.0%||3,552,180||4.3%||43,854||$90,286,823||1.6%|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||94||5.6%||3,365,632||-1.2%||41,551||$109,251,333||5.6%|
|San Francisco Giants||71||-6.6%||3,223,215||3.0%||39,793||$90,219,056||0.2%|
|Boston Red Sox||96||11.6%||2,970,755||1.4%||36,676||$143,026,214||19.1%|
|San Diego Padres||89||1.1%||2,790,074||4.9%||34,445||$58,110,567||-16.9%|
|Chicago White Sox||72||-20.0%||2,684,395||-9.2%||33,141||$108,671,833||5.8%|
|Toronto Blue Jays||83||-4.6%||2,360,644||2.5%||29,144||$81,942,800||14.8%|
|Kansas City Royals||69||11.3%||1,616,867||17.8%||19,961||$67,691,500||41.9%|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||66||8.2%||1,387,603||1.4%||17,131||$24,623,500||-29.5%|
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.
|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|
|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|
The 1999 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees sweeping the Atlanta Braves in the World Series.
The 2008 Major League Baseball season began on March 25, 2008, in Tokyo, Japan with the 2007 World Series champion Boston Red Sox defeating the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome 6–5 in the first game of a two-game series, and ended on September 30 with the host Chicago White Sox defeating the Minnesota Twins in a one-game playoff to win the AL Central division. The Civil Rights Game, an exhibition, in Memphis, Tennessee, took place March 29 when the New York Mets beat the Chicago White Sox, 3–2.
The 1990 Major League Baseball season saw the Cincinnati Reds upset the heavily favored Oakland Athletics in the World Series, for their first title since 1976.
The 1979 Major League Baseball season. None of the post-season teams of 1977 or 1978 returned to this year's postseason. In a re-match of the 1971 World Series, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles in seven games in the 1979 World Series.
The 1939 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 17 to October 8, 1939. The Cincinnati Reds and New York Yankees were the regular season champions of the National League and American League, respectively. The Yankees then defeated the Reds in the World Series, four games to none. The Yankees became the first team to win the World Series four years in a row.
The 1978 Major League Baseball season saw the New York Yankees defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers to win their second consecutive World Series, and 22nd overall, in a rematch of the prior season's Fall Classic. The Yankees overcame clubhouse turmoil, a mid-season managerial change, and a 14-game mid-July deficit in the American League East en route to the championship. All four teams that made the playoffs in 1977 returned for this postseason; none of the four would return to the postseason in 1979.
The 1977 Major League Baseball season. The American League (AL) had its third expansion as the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays began play. However, the National League (NL) did not expand, remaining at 12 teams compared to the AL's 14, until the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins joined the NL in 1993.
The 1971 Major League Baseball season was the final season for the Senators in Washington, D.C., before the team's relocation to the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb Arlington for the following season, as the Texas Rangers, leaving the nation's capital without a baseball team of its own until 2005.
The 1958 Major League Baseball season was played from April 14 to October 15. It was the first season of play in California for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Three teams had relocated earlier in the decade: the Milwaukee Braves, Baltimore Orioles, and Kansas City Athletics. New York went without a National League team for four seasons, until the expansion New York Mets began play in 1962.
The 1961 Major League Baseball season was played from April 10 to October 12, 1961. That season saw the New York Yankees defeat the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the World Series. The season is best known for Yankee teammates Roger Maris' and Mickey Mantle's pursuit of Babe Ruth's prestigious 34-year-old single-season home run record of 60. Maris ultimately broke the record when he hit his 61st home run on the final day of the regular season, while Mantle was forced out of the lineup in late-September due to a hip infection and finished with 54 home runs.
The 1976 Major League Baseball season was the last season of the expansion era until 1993 in which the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) had the same number of teams. The season ended with the Cincinnati Reds taking the World Series Championship for the second consecutive season by sweeping the New York Yankees in four games; they are the only team to go undefeated in the postseason since the advent of the divisional era in 1969. It would be the Reds' last title until Lou Piniella guided the club in 1990, and the second time that the Yankees were swept in World Series history. The only team to do it before was the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 2009 Major League Baseball season began on April 5, 2009, the regular season was extended two days for a one-game playoff between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins to decide the American League Central Division champion. The postseason began the next day with the Division Series. The World Series began on October 28, and ended on November 4, with the New York Yankees defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games. This was the second time the season was completed in November. The only other occasion was the 2001 World Series, because of the delaying of the end of that season due to the September 11 attacks as November baseball would be guaranteed when Game 4 was played on Sunday, November 1. Had the 2009 World Series gone the full seven games, Game 7 would've been played on November 5, the latest date ever scheduled for a World Series game. American League champion had home field advantage for the World Series by virtue of winning the All-Star Game on July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, 4–3. In addition, the annual Civil Rights Game became a regular season game, and was played June 20 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, when the host Cincinnati Reds lost to the Chicago White Sox in an interleague game, 10–8. Both teams wore replicas of their 1965 uniforms in the contest.
The 2010 Major League Baseball season began April 4, with the regular season ending on October 3. The 2010 All-Star Game was played on July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The National League ended a 13-game winless streak with a 3–1 victory. Due to this result, the World Series began October 27 in the city of the National League Champion, the San Francisco Giants, and ended November 1 when the Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers, four games to one.
The 2011 Major League Baseball season began on Thursday, March 31, and ended on Wednesday, September 28. This marked the first time a season began on a Thursday since 1976, and the first time a regular season ended on a Wednesday since 1990. The 82nd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12 with the National League defeating the American League for the second straight year, by a score of 5–1. As has been the case since 2003, the league winning that game has home field advantage in the World Series. Accordingly, the World Series began on October 19, and ended on October 28, with the St. Louis Cardinals winning in seven games over the Texas Rangers.
The 2012 Major League Baseball season began on March 28 with the first of a two-game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. On November 22, 2011, a new contract between Major League Baseball and its players union was ratified, and as a result, an expanded playoff format adding two clubs will be adopted no later than 2013 according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new format was finalized for the 2012 season on March 2, 2012, and will use the 2–3 game schedule format for the Division Series for the 2012 season only. The restriction against divisional rivals playing against each other in the Division Series round that had existed in previous years was eliminated, as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees squared off in one of the best-of-5 LDS series in the American League. The stateside portion of the regular season started April 4 in Miami with the opening of the new Marlins Park, as the newly renamed Miami Marlins hosted the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The regular season ended on Wednesday, October 3. The entire master schedule was released on September 14, 2011.
The 2013 Major League Baseball season started on March 31 with a Sunday night game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros. Opening Day for most clubs was a day later on April 1. The regular season ended on September 30, extended one day for a one-game playoff between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Texas Rangers to decide the second American League Wild Card winner.
The 2014 Major League Baseball season began on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The North American part of the season started on March 30 and ended on September 28.
The 2015 Major League Baseball season began on April 5 with a Sunday night game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and ended on November 1 with the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series. This was Rob Manfred's first season serving as Commissioner of Baseball.
The 2017 Major League Baseball season began on April 2 with three games, including the 2016 World Series champions Chicago Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals, the regular season ended in late September. The postseason began on October 3. The World Series began October 24 and Game 7 was played on November 1, in which the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, to capture their first World Series championship in franchise history.
The 2018 Major League Baseball season began on March 29. The regular season ended on October 1, extended a day for tiebreaker games to decide the winners of the National League Central and National League West divisions. The postseason began on October 2. The World Series began on October 23, and ended on October 28 with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series championship.