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2015 Major League Baseball season

This article is about the 2015 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 2015 in baseball.
2015 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 5 – October 4, 2015
Number of games 162 per team, 2430 total
Number of teams 30
Regular season
Season MVP AL: TBD
NL: TBD
League Postseason
AL champions TBD
  AL runners-up TBD
NL champions TBD
  NL runners-up TBD
World Series
Champions TBD
  Runners-up TBD
World Series MVP TBD
MLB seasons
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The 2015 Major League Baseball season began on April 5, 2015 with a Sunday night game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and will end on October 4, 2015.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 86th edition will be held on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, home of the Cincinnati Reds.

This year the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the annual Civil Rights Game on April 15 against the Seattle Mariners, the first time the game was held on Jackie Robinson Day.[1][2] The Dodgers won the game 5–2.

This is also Rob Manfred's first season serving as Commissioner of Baseball.

Standings

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Record vs. opponents

2015 AL Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 4–3 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–3 0–0 1–2 0–0 3–4 0–0 2–1 5–4 0–0 3–6 1–4
Boston 3–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–3 2–4 2–1 2–2 2–4 2–5 3–3 4–2
Chicago 1–2 0–0 3–2 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0
Cleveland 0–0 0–0 2–3 1–4 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–2 0–0
Detroit 0–0 0–0 2–1 4–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 1–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1
Houston 3–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–4 4–0 0–0
Kansas City 0–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 3–3 2--4 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 0–0
Los Angeles 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–3 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 0–0 4–2 2–2 0–0
Minnesota 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–3 0–0 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
New York 4–3 4–2 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 4–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 6–4 0–3 2–4 2–1
Oakland 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 1–2 3–4 1–1 0–0 1–2 0–0 4–3 0–0 0–0
Seattle 1–2 2–2 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–6 0–0 2–4 1–2 0–0 5–1 3–0 5–1 2–1 1–4
Tampa Bay 4–5 4–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 0–0 2–2 6–1 2–1
Texas 0–0 5–2 0–0 3–3 0–0 4–2 2–2 2–4 0–0 3–0 3–4 1–5 2–2 0–0 1–1
Toronto 6–3 3–3 2–1 2–2 0–0 0–4 0–0 2–2 0–0 4–2 0–0 1–2 1–6 0–0 1–2
2015 NL Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–1 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–3 3–4 4–3 0–0 1–2 1–1
Atlanta 0–0 0–0 3–4 0–0 0–0 7–2 3–1 2–4 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–5 3–2
Chicago 0–0 0–0 4–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 4–3 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0
Cincinnati 0–0 0–0 1–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 1–3 1–5 3–0 0–0
Colorado 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 6–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
Los Angeles 1–2 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–7 0–0 0–0 3–0
Miami 0–0 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0-0 0–0 0–4 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–2
Milwaukee 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–3 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–5 0–0 0–3 2–4 0–0 0–0
New York 0–0 4–2 0–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–2 2–1 5–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–4 3–2
Philadelphia 3-0 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 0–0 1–5 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–4 1–2
Pittsburgh 3–0 0–0 3–4 0–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 5–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2
San Diego 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–4 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 0–0 0–0
San Francisco 3–4 0–0 0–0 3–1 3–6 7–2 2–2 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 0–0 4–1
St. Louis 0–0 0–0 4–2 5–1 0–0 0-0 0–0 4–2 0–0 3–1 4–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 3–3
Washington 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–3 0–0 0-0 1–3 0–0 1–2 4–3 0–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 1–2


Schedule

As was the case in 2014, teams are scheduled to play 19 games against each division opponent for a total of 76 games, and six or seven games against each team from the other two divisions in its league for a total of 66 games.

All teams are scheduled to play 20 interleague games throughout the season. For 2015, the interleague matchups will be AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central, and AL West vs. NL West. Since "natural rivalry" matchups will be part of the three-year divisional rotation (for the first time), the schedule format for interleague games is different from other years. The 20 interleague games each team will play 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; one of the matchups takes place back-to-back within the same week), and a single three-game series against each team for the last two (one home, one away; total of six games).

During the final day of the regular season, all games are scheduled to start simultaneously at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time, reminiscent of the English Premier League's last-day "Survival Sunday" scheduling.[3][4] MLB hopes that this will add excitement and drama during the final day, and limit teams from resting starters at the last minute based on early game results.[5]

Managerial changes

General managers

Offseason

Team Former GM New GM Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Colorado Rockies Dan O'Dowd Jeff Bridich Resigned O'Dowd resigned as general manager on October 8, 2014, after 15 seasons at the position, and Bridich was immediately named his replacement. Bridich spent 10 seasons in the Rockies' front office before becoming the general manager.[6]
Tampa Bay Rays Andrew Friedman Matt Silverman Resigned On October 14, 2014, it was announced that Friedman would leave the Rays to become the President of Baseball Operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Los Angeles Dodgers Ned Colletti Farhan Zaidi Promoted On October 14, 2014, Colletti was removed from his position as General Manager of the Dodgers but would remain with them in a new position of Senior Advisor to the President. Former Rays GM Andrew Friedman was named President of Baseball Operations the same day.[7] He hired Farhan Zaidi to be the new GM.

In-season

Field managers

Offseason

At the end of the 2014 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.

Team Former Manager Interim Manager Reason for leaving New Manager Story/Accomplishments
Houston Astros Bo Porter Tom Lawless Fired A.J. Hinch Porter was fired on September 1, 2014 along with bench coach Dave Trembley. Lawless was named the interim manager. Porter finished with a record of 110–190 in under two seasons. A.J. Hinch was announced as the new manager on September 29, 2014.[8]
Texas Rangers Ron Washington Tim Bogar Resigned Jeff Banister Washington resigned on September 5, 2014 for personal reasons, later revealed to be an affair, after eight seasons with the Rangers. He finished with a 664–611 record and is the franchise's all-time leader in regular seasons wins and games managed. Washington led the Rangers to four straight 90 win seasons, three playoff appearances, and back to back American League championships during his tenure. Banister was named the manager on October 16, 2014.[9]
Arizona Diamondbacks Kirk Gibson Alan Trammell Fired Chip Hale Gibson was fired on September 26, 2014 after four years as manager of the Diamondbacks. He finished with a 353–375 record and led the Diamondbacks to the division title during the 2011 season while capturing the National League Manager of the Year award. Former Athletics and Mets coach Chip Hale was named manager on October 13, 2014.[10]
Minnesota Twins Ron Gardenhire N/A Fired Paul Molitor Gardenhire was fired on September 29, 2014 after 13 years as manager of the Twins. He finished with a 1,068–1,039 record and led the Twins to six division titles and was American League Manager of the Year after the 2010 season.[11] Paul Molitor was announced as the new manager of the Twins on November 4, 2014.[12]
Tampa Bay Rays Joe Maddon N/A Resigned Kevin Cash Maddon exercised an opt-out clause on October 24, 2014 and resigned from the Rays. He managed them for nine years and finished with a 754–704 record with two division titles and led them to four post-season berths and the 2008 World Series. Maddon was American League Manager of the Year after the 2008 and 2011 seasons.[13] On December 5, 2014 Kevin Cash was named the new manager of the Rays.
Chicago Cubs Rick Renteria N/A Fired Joe Maddon Renteria finished the season with a 73–89 record. He was fired on October 31, 2014. Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon was hired as his replacement.[14]

In-season

Date Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
May 3 Milwaukee Brewers Ron Roenicke N/A Fired Craig Counsell Roenicke was fired after starting the season with a 7–18 record, which was the worst record in baseball at the time. Roenicke in four-plus seasons finished with a 342–331 record.[15] Counsell, with no managerial experience, was most recently a special assistant to Brewers GM Doug Melvin.[16]
May 17 Miami Marlins Mike Redmond Dan Jennings Fired TBD Redmond was fired after starting the season with a 16–22 record and finished with a 155–207 record in a little over two season. Bench coach Rob Leary was also dismissed.[17] Jennings, who was the current general manager for the Marlins, moved from the front office to the managerial position. Jennings has no previous managerial experience.[18]

League leaders

(updated through June 1)

American League

Hitting leaders

Stat Player Total
AVG Prince Fielder (TEX) .359
HR Nelson Cruz (SEA) 18
RBI Josh Donaldson (TOR)
Mark Teixeira (NYY)
39
R Josh Donaldson (TOR) 43
H Prince Fielder (TEX) 74
SB Jose Altuve (HOU) 15

Pitching leaders

Stat Player Total
W Felix Hernandez (SEA) 8
L CC Sabathia (NYY)
Chris Tillman (BAL)
7
ERA Dallas Keuchel (HOU) 1.76
K Corey Kluber (CLE) 96
IP Dallas Keuchel (HOU) 81.2
SV Glen Perkins (MIN) 19

National League

Hitting leaders

Stat Player Total
AVG Dee Gordon (MIA) .370
HR Bryce Harper (WAS) 18
RBI Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 44
R Bryce Harper (WAS) 42
H Dee Gordon (MIA) 78
SB Billy Hamilton (CIN) 21

Pitching leaders

Stat Player Total
W Gerrit Cole (PIT)
Bartolo Colon (NYM)
8
L Andrew Cashner (SD) 8
ERA Zack Greinke (LAD)
Shelby Miller (ATL)
1.48
K Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 90
IP Cole Hamels (PHI) 74.1
SV Drew Storen (WAS) 16

Milestones

Batters

  • Paulo Orlando (KC):
    • Became the first player since 1900 to record triples for his first three big league hits.[19]
  • Mike Trout (LAA):
    • Became the youngest player in Major League history with 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases after hitting two home runs against the Houston Astros on April 17. At 23 years and 253 days old, Trout became the youngest player in history to reach the feat and broke the mark set by Alex Rodriguez (23 years, 309 days old).[21]

Pitchers

Awards and honors

Monthly Awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Nelson Cruz Adrian Gonzalez
May    
June    
July    
August    
September    

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Dallas Keuchel Gerrit Cole
May    
June    
July    
August    
September    

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Devon Travis Alex Guerrero
May    
June    
July    
August    
September    

Uniforms

Wholesale changes

The New York Mets changed their home jersey from a cream shade to white and took away the home white alternate jersey.[33]

The Minnesota Twins took away the pinstripes from their home jersey and added a gold trim to the "Twins" wordmark. A hat was also added highlighting the "Twin Cities" logo in gold.[34]

The Pittsburgh Pirates introduced a new camouflage alternate jersey in honor of the U.S. Military which will be worn during all Thursday home games. A new camo-style hat also accompanies this uniform with a black bill and black "Pittsburgh" logo.[35]

The Seattle Mariners have added an alternate cream color jersey with blue and yellow, the original colors of the team from 1977-1992. An alternate light blue hat with a gold "Seattle" logo will accompany the uniform as well.

The San Francisco Giants have added an alternate black jersey.

The Cleveland Indians have added a new dark navy alternate jersey along with a return to their dark navy "Chief Wahoo" home and alternate road hats.

Anniversaries and special events

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:

Team Special occasion
All 30 teams Breast cancer patch on May 10, Mother's Day
Arizona Diamondbacks In memory of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller (March 3–8)
Atlanta Braves 50th year in Atlanta
Chicago Cubs In memory of Ernie Banks
Chicago White Sox In memory of Minnie Minoso
Cincinnati Reds 25th anniversary World Series champions reunion
2015 All Star Game
Cleveland Indians In memory of Al Rosen
Houston Astros 50th anniversary of the Astrodome
Kansas City Royals #28 in memory of Ernie Banks, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs (May 17)
30th anniversary of their winning the 1985 World Series (May 24) - on their caps and jerseys
New York Yankees #28 in memory of Ernie Banks (May 17)
Retirement of Bernie Williams' #51 (May 24) - on their caps and jerseys
Philadelphia Phillies In memory of Sara L. Buck
St. Louis Cardinals In memory of Oscar Taveras[36]
70th anniversary of Red Schoendienst's MLB debut (April 17)
San Francisco Giants In memory of Lon Simmons
Washington Nationals 10th year in Washington

Throwbacks

The Astros and Angels wore 1965 uniforms on April 18 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Astrodome and the 50th anniversary of the renaming of the team to Astros.

The Reds and Cubs wore 1990 uniforms on April 24 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Reds' winning the 1990 World Series.

The Tigers and Indians wore Negro League throwbacks on April 25. The Tigers wore the uniforms of the Detroit Stars, while the Indians wore the uniforms of the Cleveland Buckeyes.

The Red Sox wore 1975 uniforms on May 5 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Red Sox AL Championship and trip to the 1975 World Series. The uniforms had the Massachusetts bicentennial patch.

The Mariners and Red Sox wore Negro League throwbacks on May 16. The Red Sox wore the uniforms of the Boston Royal Giants, and the Mariners wore the uniforms of the Seattle Steelheads.

The Cubs and Royals wore 1915 Federal League throwbacks on May 31 (originally, they were supposed to have worn them on May 30, but the game was postponed due to rain). The Cubs wore the uniforms of the Chicago Whales, while the Royals wore the uniforms of the Kansas City Packers.

Other uniforms

Players, coaches, and umpires at all games wore #42 on April 15, the 68th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors.

The Giants wore uniforms with gold "Giants" script lettering and numbering on April 18 to celebrate their 2014 World Series title.

On April 20 (Patriots' Day), the Boston Red Sox wore home white jerseys with "BOSTON" written on the front to mark the two year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. The uniform also sported the 2013 navy-blue circular patch with a white border on the left shoulder saying "B Strong" (with the red B in the classic font featured on the Red Sox's caps).

The Milwaukee Brewers wore their batting practice jerseys as an alternate on April 21. The front has the Brewers' "M" logo on front, and has gold trim on the side.

The Giants wore Spanish-language "Gigantes" uniforms on May 5, Cinco de Mayo.

The Orioles wore a special uniform May 11, the first game at Camden Yards with spectators since April 26 due to the riots that took place in the city in April. The uniforms were in their home whites, but had their road "Baltimore" script on the front instead of the usual "Orioles".

The Reds wore camouflage uniforms and caps on May 16. The uniforms had the "Reds" script on the front, instead of the player's number and the Reds' logo.

All teams wore camouflage uniforms on May 25, Memorial Day in the United States. Although Memorial Day is not a legal holiday in Ontario, the Blue Jays wore camouflage.

The Royals will wear Spanish-language "Los Reales" uniforms on July 23.

Television

National

United States

2015 marks the second year of MLB's eight-year deal with Fox Sports, ESPN, & TBS. The Fox network will televise Saturday night games for eight consecutive weeks, leading up to the All Star Game, which will also air on Fox. Fox will then televise Saturday afternoon games for the last four weeks of the regular season. Fox Sports 1, in its second year, will televise games on Tuesday nights and Saturdays, both during the afternoon and at night. ESPN will televise games on its flagship telecast, Sunday Night Baseball, as well as Monday and Wednesday nights. TBS will televise Sunday afternoon games for the last thirteen weeks of the regular season. Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive; all other national telecasts will be subject to local blackout.

TBS will televise the National League Wild Card Game, Division Series, and Championship Series. ESPN will televise the American League Wild Card Game, Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network will televise American League Division Series, and Fox and Fox Sports 1 will televise the American League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on the Fox network for the sixteenth consecutive year. All postseason games will air on ESPN Radio.

Local

The Chicago Cubs opted to re-negotiate its terrestrial television contracts for the 2015 season through 2019, when all the Cubs' television rights contracts will expire, including their cable deal with Comcast SportsNet Chicago. WGN-TV will still hold rights to 45 Cubs games per season, and its overflow broadcasts will move to WPWR-TV in place of WCIU-TV. WGN will be joined by ABC-owned station WLS-TV, which will now broadcast 25 games per season.[37][38][39] Broadcast Cubs games among the three stations in the market, along with White Sox games (which will also have games move from WCIU to WPWR) will be carried in the Indianapolis market among Media General's duopoly of WISH-TV and WNDY-TV, in addition to a regional network in Iowa and downstate Illinois.[40]

The cable network WGN America will no longer carry Chicago White Sox or Chicago Cubs games, as the network has phased out Chicago sports programming as part of its transition towards becoming a nationally-focused entertainment network. This brings an end to the "superstation" era of cable broadcast, started in 1976 when WTCG (later to become WTBS) broadcast Atlanta Braves games, followed by WGN and other stations such as WOR-TV (New York Mets), WSBK-TV (Boston Red Sox) and KTLA (California Angels) airing simulcasts via satellite or cable.

After an absence of over a decade, New York Yankees telecasts will return to WPIX, sharing time with the Mets after WWOR-TV gave up its contract due to the rejection of a contract extension. Both teams' games on WPIX will still be produced by the YES Network and SportsNet New York respectively.

Radio

ESPN Radio will air its 18th season of national coverage, including Sunday Night Games, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game, and Home Run Derby, and the entire postseason.

Local

WBBM will be the new radio home of the Chicago Cubs starting in April 2015 after long time home WGN gave up the broadcasting rights after 90 years.

WJZ-FM, for the second time, will become the flagship radio station for the Baltimore Orioles. WJZ-FM held the rights for the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Rule changes

New rules were made to increase the pace of the game.[41][42]

  • Managers must initiate all instant replay calls from the dugout.
  • Batters must keep at least one foot in the batter's box at all times.
  • Games will resume promptly after every commercial break.

Retirements

Retired numbers

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