|2021 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 1 – November 3|
|Number of games||162|
|Number of teams||30|
|Top draft pick||TBD|
|Picked by||Pittsburgh Pirates|
The 2021 Major League Baseball season began on April 1 and is scheduled to end on October 3. The 91st All-Star Game scheduled to be held on July 13 was supposed to be held at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, but league officials have moved the game to Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, following the passage of the Georgia Senate Bill 202 by the Georgia General Assembly, which MLB considered to be restrictive of voting rights.The World Series is scheduled to begin on October 26 and a potential Game 7 is scheduled for November 3. The entire schedule was released on July 9, 2020. For the second consecutive year, cross-border travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic have forced the Toronto Blue Jays to open their home schedule in the U.S., first in Dunedin, Florida, and then in Buffalo, New York starting on June 1.
This year is the final season of the Cleveland Indians competing with that nickname. On December 14, 2020, the team announced that they would unveil their new moniker and associated uniform and stadium changes before the 2022 season to replace the 106-year-old nickname.
Major League Baseball announced the 2021 regular season schedule on July 9, 2020.A full 162-game season is planned. As has been the case since 2013, all teams will play their four division opponents 19 times each for a total of 76 games. They will play six or seven games against each of the other ten same-league opponents for a total of 66 games, and 20 interleague games. For the second season in a row, interleague play will be between corresponding regions (AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, and AL West vs. NL West) rather than continue the annual rotation. This will include the New York Mets and New York Yankees being scheduled to play a series from September 10–12, which will feature commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in 2001. The 20 interleague games each team will play will consist of two three-game series (one home, one away) against its natural rival (total of six games), two two-game series (one home, one away) against each team for two other opponents (total of eight games), and a single three-game series against each team for the last two (one home, one away; total of six games).
The MLB at Field of Dreams game, originally scheduled for 2020 but cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will feature a matchup between the New York Yankees and the Chicago White Sox at a purpose-built ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa on August 12.
The 2021 MLB Little League Classic will feature a matchup between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania on August 22.
On February 9, Major League Baseball announced the following temporary rule changes for the 2020 season would continue in the 2021 season:
An increase of the active roster size to 26 players, originally planned for the 2020 season, took effect. Other changes that had also been planned—a limit of 13 pitchers on active rosters and restrictions on position players pitching—were waived for 2021.
COVID-19 protocols remain in effect, but may be eased by teams once 85% of their tier 1 staff are fully-vaccinated.
|Team||Former GM||Reason For Leaving||New GM||Notes|
|Los Angeles Angels||Billy Eppler||Fired||Perry Minasian||On September 27, 2020, the Angels fired Billy Eppler after five seasons as general manager just after the 2020 season, with one year remaining on his contract after they were quietly extended over the summer. Eppler was hired after the 2015 season. Under his tenure, the Angels had five straight losing seasons with no playoffs appearance. On November 12, the Angels hired Perry Minasian as his replacement.|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Matt Klentak||Resigned||Sam Fuld||On October 3, 2020, Matt Klentak stepped down after a third straight September collapse left the team out of the postseason for the ninth consecutive season. The 40-year-old was reassigned to another position in the organization while Ned Rice served as interim general manager until the Phillies hired Dave Dombrowski as President of baseball operations. On December 22, Fuld was announced as the next GM of the Phillies.|
|New York Mets||Brodie Van Wagenen||Fired||Jared Porter||On November 6, 2020, the Mets parted ways with Brodie Van Wagenen after two seasons as general manager, hours after Steve Cohen became the new owner of the team. On December 13, the Mets announced Jared Porter as their new general manager.|
|Jared Porter||Zack Scott (interim)||On January 18, ESPN revealed that Porter had sent inappropriate images to a female reporter. On January 19, Steve Cohen tweeted that Porter had been fired. On January 27, the Mets named Zack Scott as acting general manager.|
|Miami Marlins||Michael Hill||Contract Not Renewed||Kim Ng||Michael Hill was not retained by the Marlins after the 2020 season. On November 13, 2020, the Marlins hired Kim Ng as his replacement, making her the first female and Asian-American general manager in league history.|
|Chicago Cubs||Theo Epstein||Resigned||Jed Hoyer||On November 17, 2020, Theo Epstein announced that he will step down from his role with the Cubs. Jed Hoyer was promoted to take his place.|
|Texas Rangers||Jon Daniels||Chris Young||On December 4, 2020, Jon Daniels, who remains president of baseball operations, announced that he step down from his role as general manager. Chris Young was hired to take his place.|
|Team||Former Manager||Interim Manager||Reason For Leaving||New Manager||Notes|
|Detroit Tigers||Ron Gardenhire||Lloyd McClendon||Retired||A. J. Hinch||On September 19, 2020, Gardenhire announced his retirement due to health concerns. Lloyd McClendon was named interim manager for the rest of the season that same day. Gardenhire finished with a 132–241 (.354) record in just under three seasons. The Tigers did not make the playoffs during his tenure. The Tigers hired A.J. Hinch on October 30 as their new manager. In seven seasons, Hinch has accumulated a 570–472 (.547) record while managing the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks. He led the Astros to two World Series appearances, winning in 2017 against the Los Angeles Dodgers and losing in 2019 to the Washington Nationals, both in seven games.|
|Boston Red Sox||Ron Roenicke||None||Contract Not Renewed||Alex Cora||On September 27, 2020, the Red Sox announced that Roenicke would not be retained for the 2021 season after only one season following the team and Alex Cora parting ways. Roenicke finished his only season with a 24–36 (.400) record and did not make the postseason. Cora was re-hired on November 6 after serving a one-year suspension imposed by MLB for his role in the Houston Astros sign stealing scandal. Prior to his suspension, Cora was 192–132 (.593) in two seasons with the Red Sox, leading the team to a World Series win in his first season.|
|Chicago White Sox||Rick Renteria||Fired||Tony La Russa||On October 12, 2020, the White Sox announced that Renteria will not return, ending his tenure with the team after four years with one year remaining on his contract. Renteria finished with a record of 236–309 (.433) and one playoff appearance. On October 29, it was announced that Tony La Russa would return to the White Sox as manager. La Russa managed the White Sox from 1979–1986, compiling a 522–510 (.506) and one playoff appearance. At the age of 76, La Russa became the oldest manager in the majors. He had not managed any team since the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.|
(Updated through games on June 17)
Player of the Month
Pitcher of the Month
Rookie of the Month
|All teams||#42 patch for Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)|
|Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 9, Mother's Day)|
|Patch for Armed Forces Day (May 15)|
|Poppy for Memorial Day (May 31)|
|"4-ALS" patch for Lou Gehrig Day (June 2)|
|"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 5–7)|
|Blue ribbons for prostate cancer (June 20, Father's Day)|
|Gold ribbons for childhood cancer (August 27)|
|Atlanta Braves||Sesquicentennial Season|
In memory of Hank Aaron
In memory of Phil Niekro
2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game (April 1)
|Arizona Diamondbacks||20th anniversary of 2001 World Series championship|
|Baltimore Orioles||55th anniversary of 1966 World Series championship|
|Boston Red Sox||Patch for Earth Day (April 22)|
|Cincinnati Reds||45th anniversary of 1976 World Series championship|
#8 patch in memory of Joe Morgan
|Colorado Rockies||2021 Major League Baseball All-Star Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||40th anniversary of 1981 World Series championship|
2020 World Series championship (April 9)
#2 patch in memory of Tommy Lasorda
#20 patch in memory of Don Sutton
|Los Angeles Angels||60th anniversary season|
|Milwaukee Brewers||#44 patch in memory of Hank Aaron|
|Minnesota Twins||30th anniversary of 1991 World Series championship|
In memory of Mike Bell
|New York Mets||35th anniversary of 1986 World Series championship|
#41 patch in memory of Tom Seaver
|New York Yankees||25th anniversary of 1996 World Series championship|
60th anniversary of 1961 championship
65th anniversary of 1956 championship
#16 patch in memory of Whitey Ford
80th anniversary of 1941 World Series championship
|Oakland Athletics||110th anniversary of 1911 World Series championship|
|Philadelphia Phillies||#15 patch in memory of Dick Allen|
|Pittsburgh Pirates||50th anniversary of 1971 World Series championship|
|San Francisco Giants||100th anniversary of 1921 World Series championship|
|St. Louis Cardinals||15th anniversary of 2006 World Series championship|
10th anniversary of 2011 World Series championship
#45 patch in memory of Bob Gibson
90th anniversary of 1931 World Series championship
The Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park was renamed American Family Field after Madison, Wisconsin-based American Family Insurance outbid the Miller Brewing Company for the ballpark's naming rights. Miller's 20-year contract expired at the end of the 2020 season.
On February 18, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that they will open their home portion of their schedule at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida due to COVID-19 travel restrictions between the Canada-US border. If the border remains closed after May, the team will play the summer at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, where the team played its 2020 season.On May 5, it was announced, that starting on June 1, the Blue Jays will return to Sahlen Field in Buffalo.
On March 31, the Miami Marlins announced that Marlins Park would be renamed to LoanDepot Park, as the naming rights were sold to Lake Forest, California-based LoanDepot.
Unlike 2020, where all games (excluding the NLCS and World Series) were played behind closed doors, all MLB teams are allowing in-person attendance this season, with the exact capacity determined by teams and local health officials, and expected to increase over the course of the season if active cases decline and more local residents receive COVID-19 vaccines.To help promote vaccination, a number of teams announced that they would sponsor walk-in clinics at their home games (with the Seattle Mariners being the first to do so), and offer incentives such as free tickets to games for those who use the clinics (Atlanta, New York Mets and Yankees), or other promotions for vaccinated spectators at games.
|Arizona||Initial: Capped at 25% capacity.|
From May 25: Full capacity.
|Atlanta||Initial: Capped at 33% capacity.|
From April 23: Capped at 50% capacity.
From May 7: Full capacity.
|Baltimore||Initial: Capped at 25% capacity.|
From June 1: Full capacity.
|Boston||Initial: Capped at 12% capacity.|
From May 10: Capped at 25% capacity.
From May 29: Full capacity.
|Chicago Cubs||Initial: Capped at 20% capacity. |
From June 11: Full capacity.
|Chicago White Sox|
|Cincinnati||Initial: Capped at 30% capacity.|
From April 30: Capped at 40% capacity.
From June 2: Full capacity.
|Cleveland||Initial: Capped at 30% capacity.|
From May 7: Capped at 40% capacity
From June 2: Full capacity
|Colorado||Initial: Capped at 42.6% capacity.|
From June 1: 70% capacity.
From June 28: Full capacity.
|Detroit||Initial: Capped at 20% capacity.|
From June 1: Full capacity.
|Houston||Initial: Capped at 50% capacity.|
From May 25: Full capacity.
|Kansas City||Initial: Capped at 30% capacity.|
From May 31: Full capacity.
|Los Angeles Angels||Initial: Capped at 33% capacity.|
From May 19: Capped at 67% capacity.
From June 17: Full capacity.
|Los Angeles Dodgers||Initial: Capped at 33% capacity.|
From May 5: Capped at 67% capacity.
From June 15: Full capacity.
|Miami||Initial: Capped at 25% capacity.|
From July 5: Full capacity.
|Milwaukee||Initial: Capped at 25% capacity.|
From June 25: Full capacity.
|Minnesota||Initial: Capped at 25% capacity.|
From July 5: Full capacity.
|New York Mets||Initial: Capped at 20% capacity with negative COVID-19 PCR test within past 72 hours, negative COVID-19 rapid antigen test within past 6 hours, or vaccination completed no fewer than 14 days prior to the game.|
From May 19: Stadium sections that are not reserved to fully-vaccinated spectators are capped at 33% capacity. All other sections have no capacity limit.
From June 18: Full capacity
|New York Yankees|
|Oakland||Initial: Capped at 33% capacity. Tickets sold to California residents only.|
From June 9: Capped at 67% capacity.
From June 29: Full capacity.
|Philadelphia||Initial: Capped at 20% capacity.|
From May 21: Capped at 16,000 spectators.
From June 12: Full capacity.
|Pittsburgh||Initial: Capped at 20% capacity.|
From July 1: Full capacity.
|San Diego||Initial: Capped at 20% capacity.|
From April 7: Capped at 33% capacity.
From June 9: Capped at 67% capacity.
From June 17: Full capacity.
|San Francisco||Initial: Capped at 33% capacity.|
From May 5: Capped at 67% capacity.
From June 25: Full capacity.
|Seattle||Capped at 9,000 spectators.|
|St. Louis||Initial: Capped at 32% capacity.|
From May 21: Capped at 60% capacity.
From June 14: Full capacity.
|Tampa Bay||Capped at 9,000 spectators.|
|Toronto||Capped at 15% capacity for played at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Florida. Games at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York were capped at 50% capacity to start; this increased to 80% capacity by June 24 |
|Texas||On March 11, it was announced that the team would not limit attendance for their home opener, but will voluntarily offer designated "distanced seating" sections afterwards. All mandatory capacity restrictions and mask requirements in Texas were lifted on March 10 via executive order, but the team will still mandate masks to be worn by spectators.|
|Washington||Initial: Capped at 5,000 spectators.|
From April 15: Capped at 10,000 spectators.
From June 10: Full capacity.
This will be the eighth and final year of the current contracts with Fox, ESPN, and TBS before the new seven-year deals begin in 2022. FS1 will televise games on Tuesday nights and on Saturday, both during the afternoon and evening. Fox will also air some Saturday night games. ESPN will televise games on its flagship Sunday Night Baseball as well as Monday and Wednesday night games and holiday games on Memorial Day and Labor Day. ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive.
TBS will televise 13 straight weeks of Sunday afternoon games and will also televise the National League postseason (NL Wild Card Game (barring any postseason format changes), the NLDS, and the NLCS). The American League postseason will be broadcast among ESPN, Fox, FS1, and MLB Network (AL Wild Card on ESPN (barring any postseason format changes), the ALDS split between FS1 and MLB Network, and the ALCS on Fox and FS1). For the 22nd straight year, the 2021 World Series will air exclusively on Fox.
A three game series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants, whose regional television rights are both held by the NBC Sports Regional Networks, aired exclusively and nationally on NBC's streaming service Peacock. The first time that NBC Sports produced a nationally televised Major League Baseball game since the year 2000.
The following players retired during the 2021 season and before the start of 2022 campaign:
Mark Alan Buehrle is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played the majority of his Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the Chicago White Sox, playing twelve seasons for the team and winning the World Series with them in 2005. Buehrle also pitched for the Miami Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays.
Francisco Liriano Casillas is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, and Detroit Tigers. Liriano was an MLB All-Star in 2006, and is a two-time winner of the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award.
Sunday Night Baseball is an exclusive weekly telecast of a Major League Baseball game that airs Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN during the regular season.
David Taylor Price is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Price was selected first overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and made his MLB debut in September 2008. He has also played for the Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox.
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 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.
Christopher Allen Sale is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox, with whom he made his major league debut on August 6, 2010. As a power pitcher, Sale excels at achieving high numbers of strikeouts, and has set a number of strikeout-related records. He bats and throws left-handed, stands 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m), and weighs 180 pounds (82 kg).
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 2016 Major League Baseball season began on April 3, 2016 with a Sunday afternoon matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the two teams with the best regular-season records in 2015, at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The regular season ended on Sunday, October 2, 2016, and the postseason on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, with the Chicago Cubs coming back from a three games to one deficit to defeat the Cleveland Indians in the World Series and win their first championship since 1908.
Tanner Lee Houck is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was drafted by the Red Sox with the 24th overall pick in the 2017 MLB draft. Listed at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and 230 pounds (100 kg), he throws and bats right-handed.
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.
The 2019 Major League Baseball season began on March 20, while the regular season ended on September 29. It was the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, dating back to the 1869 foundation of the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The postseason began on October 1. The World Series began October 22 and ended October 30 with the Washington Nationals defeating the Houston Astros in seven games to win their first World Series championship. The entire schedule was released on August 22, 2018.
The 2020 Major League Baseball season began on July 23 and ended on September 27 with 60 games amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The full 162-game regular season was originally scheduled to begin on March 26. However, the pandemic caused Major League Baseball (MLB) to announce on March 12 that the remainder of spring training was canceled and that the start of the regular season would be delayed by at least two weeks. On March 16, MLB announced that the season would be postponed indefinitely, following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to restrict events of more than 50 people. This was the first time that MLB games have been put on hold since the 2001 season, when the season was paused for over a week after the September 11 attacks.
The 2020 American League Wild Card Series were four best-of-three series in Major League Baseball (MLB) to determine participating teams in the 2020 American League Division Series. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB expanded the postseason instead of holding the regular Wild Card Game for each league. All games for each series were played at the higher seeded team's home ballpark.