2009 Major League Baseball season

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2009 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
DurationApril 5 – November 4, 2009
Number of games162
Number of teams30
Draft
Top draft pick Stephen Strasburg
Picked by Washington Nationals
Regular Season
Season MVP AL: Joe Mauer (MIN)
NL: Albert Pujols (STL)
League Postseason
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Los Angeles Angels
NL champions Philadelphia Phillies
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
Champions New York Yankees
  Runners-up Philadelphia Phillies
World Series MVP Hideki Matsui (NYY)
MLB seasons

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.

Contents

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

 Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
              
 1 NY Yankees 3 
3 Minnesota 0 
 1NY Yankees4 
American League
 2LA Angels2 
2 LA Angels 3
 4 Boston 0 
  AL1NY Yankees4
 NL2Philadelphia2
 1 LA Dodgers 3 
3 St. Louis 0 
 1LA Dodgers1
National League
 2Philadelphia4 
2 Philadelphia 3
 4 Colorado 1 

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

League leaders

American League

National League

Managing changes

General managers

The Seattle Mariners named Milwaukee Brewers scouting director Jack Zduriencik its new general manager on October 22, replacing interim GM Lee Pelekoudas.

Washington Nationals GM Jim Bowden resigned on March 1 amid allegations that he was skimming bonus money from Latin American players. Team president Stan Kasten first took over the bulk of his duties before transferring them to assistant GM Mike Rizzo, who had served as acting GM, and was named as the full-time general manager on August 20.

During the last days of the regular season, two teams fired their general managers, effective at the end of the season. On October 3, the Toronto Blue Jays fired J. P. Ricciardi after eight seasons. The following day, the San Diego Padres axed Kevin Towers, who had been the longest-tenured GM in Major League Baseball at 14 seasons.

Field managers

Off-season changes

Two teams announced new managers in the offseason:

DateTeamNew managerReplacedFormer job
October 30, 2008 Milwaukee Brewers Ken Macha Dale Sveum Macha was a former manager of the Oakland Athletics, and served as a part-time anaylist for NESN.
November 19, 2008 Seattle Mariners Don Wakamatsu Jim Riggleman Wakamatsu, the first Major League Baseball manager of Asian descent, was the Athletics' bench coach.

Cito Gaston and Jerry Manuel both entered their first full season as managers of the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets, respectively, after taking over for managers dismissed in the middle of the 2008 season. Gaston had previously been the Blue Jays' manager from 1989 until 1997.

In-season changes

DateTeamFormer managerReplacementPrevious Job
May 8 Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin A. J. Hinch Vice president of player development
May 29 Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle Jim Tracy Bench coach
July 13 Washington Nationals Manny Acta Jim Riggleman Bench coach
September 20 Houston Astros Cecil Cooper Dave Clark Third base coach

Rule changes

On January 15, the owners of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs approved two rule changes governing the playing of postseason and one-game playoff games.

Milestones

Reached

Randy Johnson's 300th career win on June 4, 2009. Randy Johnson joins 300 win club.jpg
Randy Johnson's 300th career win on June 4, 2009.

New stadiums

Opening Night at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 Citi Field Home Opener.JPG
Opening Night at Citi Field on April 13, 2009
Four F-16s Fly Over the new Yankee Stadium on its Opening Day on April 16, 2009 Yankee Stadium Opening Day Fly Over.jpg
Four F-16s Fly Over the new Yankee Stadium on its Opening Day on April 16, 2009

The 2009 season marked the opening of two new stadiums, both in New York City; Citi Field for the Mets and the new Yankee Stadium for the Yankees. They respectively replaced Shea Stadium (which was dismantled during the 2008–09 offseason) and the original Yankee Stadium (which became a public park after its demolition). Because of the smaller seating capacities in these new parks, Dodger Stadium is now the largest capacity park in use with 56,000 seats, and is also the third oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball behind Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. Citi Field opened with a night game on April 13 as the Mets hosted the San Diego Padres losing 6–5. In that game, Jody Gerut of the Padres became the first player in major league history to open a new ballpark with a leadoff homer. [3] Three days later, the Cleveland Indians inaugurated New Yankee Stadium against the Bronx Bombers. The Indians won 10–2. On Jackie Robinson Day (April 15), a rotunda at Citi Field was named in honor of Jackie Robinson and was dedicated prior to the Mets–Padres game that day.

The 2009 season also marked the final season of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome as the home for the Minnesota Twins, where they had played since 1982. In 2010, the team moved to Target Field, their new baseball-only stadium located a short distance across town. Previously, since moving from Washington, D.C. in 1961, the franchise has shared, first Metropolitan Stadium, and then the Metrodome with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings; they also shared tenant rights at the Metrodome with the University of Minnesota's football team. The Golden Gophers started to play on-campus at TCF Bank Stadium in 2009. The Metrodome's last scheduled regular season game was to be played on Sunday, October 4, 2009, but the Twins tied the Detroit Tigers necessitating a one-game playoff between the two teams on October 6.

While not a new stadium, Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium completed a two-year renovation. The first year saw a new video board dubbed "Crown Vision" and refitting of several sections. Improvements for 2009 include a new glass and brick facade to the exterior of the ballpark, newly expanded team Hall of Fame, a new sports bar/restaurant, improved sightlines, new luxury suites and refurbished press and radio/TV facilities to name a few.

In late March, the Florida Marlins had their funding for a new stadium at the former site of the Miami Orange Bowl approved by Miami-Dade County commissioners. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on July 18, with an opening by 2012, at which time the team will be renamed the Miami Marlins.

Awards

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA AwardNational LeagueAmerican League
Rookie of the Year Chris Coghlan (FLA) Andrew Bailey (OAK)
Cy Young Award Tim Lincecum (SF) Zack Greinke (KC)
Manager of the Year Jim Tracy (COL) Mike Scioscia (LAA)
Most Valuable Player Albert Pujols (STL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
Gold Glove Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher Adam Wainwright (STL) Mark Buehrle (CHW)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Adrián González (SD) Mark Teixeira (NYY)
2nd Base Orlando Hudson (LAD) Plácido Polanco (DET)
3rd Base Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) Evan Longoria (TB)
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (PHI) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Michael Bourn (HOU)
Matt Kemp (LAD)
Shane Victorino (PHI)
Torii Hunter (LAA)
Adam Jones (BAL)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
PositionNational LeagueAmerican League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Carlos Zambrano (CHC) Adam Lind (TOR)
Catcher Brian McCann (ATL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (NYY)
2nd Base Chase Utley (PHI) Aaron Hill (TOR)
3rd Base Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) Evan Longoria (TB)
Shortstop Hanley Ramírez (FLA) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Ryan Braun (MIL)
Matt Kemp (LAD)
Andre Ethier (LAD)
Torii Hunter (LAA)
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Jason Bay (BOS)

Player of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Evan Longoria Albert Pujols
May Joe Mauer Justin Upton
June B. J. Upton Albert Pujols
July Bobby Abreu Ryan Ludwick
August Kendry Morales Ryan Howard
September Billy Butler Derrek Lee

Pitcher of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Zack Greinke Johan Santana
May Justin Verlander Trevor Hoffman
June Félix Hernández Tim Lincecum
July Jarrod Washburn Wandy Rodríguez
August CC Sabathia Chris Carpenter
September Félix Hernández Jair Jurrjens

Rookie of the Month

MonthAmerican LeagueNational League
April Scott Richmond Brian Barden
May Rick Porcello Gerardo Parra
June Nolan Reimold Tommy Hanson
July Gordon Beckham Garrett Jones
August Andrew Bailey Chris Coghlan
September Brett Anderson Casey McGehee

Other Awards

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team NameWinsHome attendancePer GameEst. Payroll
Los Angeles Dodgers [4] 9513.1%3,761,6550.8%46,440$102,117,592-13.9%
New York Yankees [5] 10315.7%3,719,358-13.5%45,918$210,330,039-0.9%
Philadelphia Phillies [6] 931.1%3,600,6935.2%44,453$115,479,04618.0%
St. Louis Cardinals [7] 915.8%3,343,252-2.6%41,275$90,928,409-8.7%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [8] 97-3.0%3,240,386-2.9%40,005$118,169,000-0.9%
Chicago Cubs [9] 83-14.4%3,168,859-4.0%39,611$139,652,00016.0%
New York Mets [10] 70-21.3%3,168,571-21.6%39,118$151,994,23710.3%
Boston Red Sox [11] 950.0%3,062,6990.5%37,811$125,439,499-6.0%
Milwaukee Brewers [12] 80-11.1%3,037,451-1.0%37,499$81,384,5020.6%
San Francisco Giants [13] 8822.2%2,862,110-0.1%35,335$91,944,45020.0%
Colorado Rockies [14] 9224.3%2,665,0800.6%32,902$79,250,20015.4%
Detroit Tigers [15] 8616.2%2,567,165-19.8%31,693$119,510,145-13.9%
Houston Astros [16] 74-14.0%2,521,076-9.3%31,124$105,804,41420.3%
Minnesota Twins [17] 87-1.1%2,416,2374.9%29,466$67,804,26619.1%
Atlanta Braves [18] 8619.4%2,373,631-6.3%29,304$99,593,166-2.7%
Chicago White Sox [19] 79-11.2%2,284,163-8.7%28,200$101,081,000-16.6%
Seattle Mariners [20] 8539.3%2,195,533-5.8%27,105$100,134,166-14.9%
Texas Rangers [21] 8710.1%2,156,01610.8%26,617$79,723,54817.2%
Arizona Diamondbacks [22] 70-14.6%2,128,765-15.2%26,281$75,920,66614.7%
San Diego Padres [23] 7519.0%1,919,603-20.9%23,699$50,954,200-30.8%
Baltimore Orioles [24] 64-5.9%1,907,163-2.2%23,545$69,904,1664.0%
Toronto Blue Jays [25] 75-12.8%1,876,129-21.8%23,162$83,964,500-14.1%
Tampa Bay Rays [26] 84-13.4%1,874,9623.5%23,148$67,270,33449.6%
Washington Nationals [27] 590.0%1,817,226-21.7%22,435$64,384,00017.1%
Kansas City Royals [28] 65-13.3%1,797,89113.9%22,196$76,817,33329.2%
Cleveland Indians [29] 65-19.8%1,766,242-18.6%21,805$85,224,8667.9%
Cincinnati Reds [30] 785.4%1,747,919-15.1%21,579$78,979,0006.5%
Pittsburgh Pirates [31] 62-7.5%1,577,853-1.9%19,480$51,912,5006.6%
Florida Marlins [32] 873.6%1,464,1099.7%18,075$40,029,00083.5%
Oakland Athletics [6] 750.0%1,408,783-15.4%17,392$65,945,00037.5%

Broadcasting

Television

This would have marked the first full season in the US for baseball games to be telecast as the transition from analog to digital television that was to have been made on February 17. However, the transition took place June 12.

A new entrant in the baseball television rights marketplace debuted on January 1 when the MLB Network, owned by Major League Baseball, joined Fox, ESPN and TBS not only televising games, but also other baseball-related programming from their studio in Secaucus, New Jersey, formerly the studios of MSNBC. MLB was the last of the four major team sports to start its own television channel. The national telecast breakdown, along with the maximum number of appearances per team, is:

In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet and TSN. RSN also holds the Canadian rights to air the Fox and ESPN/ESPN2 games if they do not conflict with Blue Jays games, as well as the All-Star Game and the entire postseason.

In Australia free to air channel One HD shows up to 5 games live per week, and European channel ESPN America broadcasts games as well.

Radio

ESPN Radio served as MLB's national radio network, broadcasting Sunday Night Baseball as well as selected Saturday and holiday games during the regular season, the Home Run Derby and All-Star Game, and all postseason series.

Uniforms, patches, and caps

Patches

As stated earlier, the Mets and Yankees wore patches commemorating the inaugural seasons of their new parks, the Twins wore patches commemorating their final season at the Metrodome, and the Cardinals, hosting the All-Star Game, wore a patch to celebrate that event.

Other teams' memorials and accomplishments on their sleeves:

The Phillies' patch honoring Harry Kalas HKPatch.png
The Phillies' patch honoring Harry Kalas

Uniforms

Turn Back The Clock

The Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox led the Majors in wearing throwback uniforms. On May 2 at Safeco Field, the Athletics and Seattle Mariners honored 1939 by wearing special uniforms. The Mariners honored the Seattle Rainiers and the Oakland Athletics honored the Oakland Oaks from that season. Both teams played in the Pacific Coast League that season. The A's then wore a 1980s styled uniform in St. Petersburg on July 11 against the Tampa Bay Rays, who wore uniforms from their inaugural season of 1998 when they were known as the "Devil Rays". Finally, On August 16, the Athletics and White Sox used vintage throwbacks. The A's wore uniforms from their Philadelphia period, with blue caps and a large A on the front of their jerseys. The White Sox wore their jerseys with a large S with a lowercase O in the top loop and a lowercase X in the bottom loop. [36]

On June 14, the Tigers and Pirates wore throwback uniforms to commemorate the 100th anniversary of both Forbes Field and the 1909 World Series between the two teams. That game also featured a throwback atmosphere: no music or flashy graphics, no mascots (meaning no Jolly Roger or Pirate Parrot), and a hand-operated scoreboard. One modern item occurred in the pre-game: The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins made a surprise visit and brought the trophy with them. The Pirates and the Kansas City Royals also honored the Negro leagues on June 26 and 27 with the Pirates wearing the Homestead Grays uniforms and the Royals donning Kansas City Monarchs replicas. The Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds recreated their 1979 National League Championship Series uniforms on August 21 as part of the Buccos' 30th anniversary celebration of their World Series championship. The Bucs wore their gold pillbox hat with a gold jersey and black pants, a faux pas from the uniforms that season as a black cap was worn that year with the gold jersey.

In addition to the aforementioned Civil Rights Game and game in Oakland, the White Sox, originators of the genre of replica throwback uniforms, commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of their 1959 American League Championship on June 25 against the team that they played in that World Series, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who opted to wear their regular uniforms instead, as manager Joe Torre did not want to create hype of a World Series that was 50 years ago.

The Tigers and the Cleveland Indians played in Negro league replicas twice, with the Tigers in Detroit Stars uniforms, and the Indians outfitted in Cleveland Buckeyes replicas. In a "home-and-home" style series, the Tigers hosting the Tribe July 11 at Comerica Park, with the Tigers in 1920 Stars uniforms and the Indians in the 1948 Buckeyes road grays, while the Indians played host August 1 at Progressive Field seeing Cleveland wearing Buckeyes home whites and the Tigers in the gray Stars uniform.

  • For their series against the San Francisco Giants beginning on August 14, the New York Mets wore cream-colored jerseys featuring an oversized blue "NY" on the front and a Mr. Met patch on the right sleeve. The throwback uniforms are similar to the ones the Giants wore in the early 20th century when they played at the Polo Grounds, where the Mets played their first two seasons. [37]
  • On September 5 against the Rangers, the Orioles paid homage to the Baltimore Elite Giants by wearing replicas of their uniforms from 1949.

Caps

See also

Notes

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  2. Justin Kubatko (August 27, 2009). "1000+ Hits for Multiple Teams » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  3. Gagne, Matt (April 14, 2009). "Padres' Jody Gerut opens Citi Field with a bang, homering on third pitch". Daily News . Retrieved June 26, 2009.
  4. "Los Angeles Dodgers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  5. "New York Yankees Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. 1 2 "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  7. "St. Louis Cardinals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  8. "Los Angeles Angels Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  9. "Chicago Cubs Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. "New York Mets Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. "Boston Red Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. "Milwaukee Brewers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  13. "San Francisco Giants Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  14. "Colorado Rockies Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  15. "Detroit Tigers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  16. "Cleveland Indians Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  17. "Minnesota Twins Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  18. "Atlanta Braves Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  19. "Chicago White Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  20. "Seattle Mariners Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  21. "Texas Rangers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  22. "Arizona Diamondbacks Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  23. "San Diego Padres Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  24. "Baltimore Orioles Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  25. "Toronto Blue Jays Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  26. "Tampa Bay Rays Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  27. "Washington Nationals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  28. "Kansas City Royals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
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  30. "Cincinnati Reds Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  31. "Pittsburgh Pirates Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  32. "Florida Marlins Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com . Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  33. MLB 4♦ALS site
  34. Urban, Mychael (April 8, 2009). "A's to honor slain OPD officers". Oakland Athletics official website. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  35. Martino, Andy; Salisbury, Jim (April 15, 2009). "Kalas' son recalls final meeting". Philly.com. Archived from the original on July 30, 2009. Retrieved April 15, 2009.
  36. "White Sox's lineup Sunday vs. Oakland, turn-back-the-clock uniforms". Chicago Tribune. August 16, 2009.
  37. "Mets to wear New York throwback uniforms to honor National League Heritage August 14–16 at Citi field | mets.com: Official Info". Archived from the original on August 15, 2009. Retrieved August 13, 2009.
  38. "MLB pulls Chief Wahoo off Cleveland's 2009 Stars". Yahoo! Sports.

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