2015 Major League Baseball season
|2015 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||April 5 – October 4, 2015|
|Number of games||162 per team, 2430 total|
|Number of teams||30|
|World Series MVP||TBD|
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. The Dodgers won the game 5–2.
- 1 Standings
- 2 Schedule
- 3 Managerial changes
- 4 League leaders
- 5 Milestones
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 Uniforms
- 8 Television
- 9 Radio
- 10 Rule changes
- 11 Retirements
- 12 Retired numbers
- 13 References
- 14 External links
|American League||National League|
|Template:MLB standings||Template:MLB standings|
Record vs. opponents
2015 AL Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-Head
2015 NL Records
Source: NL Standings Head-to-Head
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. 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.
|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.|
|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. He hired Farhan Zaidi to be the new GM.|
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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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. Paul Molitor was announced as the new manager of the Twins on November 4, 2014.|
|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. 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.|
|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. Counsell, with no managerial experience, was most recently a special assistant to Brewers GM Doug Melvin.|
|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. 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.|
(updated through June 1)
- Paulo Orlando (KC):
- Became the first player since 1900 to record triples for his first three big league hits.
- Giancarlo Stanton (MIA):
- 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).
- Jose Bautista (TOR):
- David Ortiz (BOS):
- Alex Rodriguez (NYY):
- Tied Willie Mays for fourth all-time career home runs by hitting his 660th home run in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 1. Rodriguez hit his home run off of Junichi Tazawa. Rodriguez passed Mays by hitting his 661st home run against the Baltimore Orioles on May 7. He hit his home run off of Chris Tillman.
- Adrian Beltre (TEX):
- Miguel Cabrera (DET):
- Adrian Gonzalez (LAD):
- Mark Buehrle (TOR):
- Francisco Rodríguez (MIL):
- Felix Hernandez (SEA):
- Jonathan Papelbon (PHI):
Awards and honors
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.
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:
|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|
|70th anniversary of Red Schoendienst's MLB debut (April 17)|
|San Francisco Giants||In memory of Lon Simmons|
|Washington Nationals||10th year in Washington|
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- Tim Hudson announced he was "pretty sure" that 2015 will be his last season.
- LaTroy Hawkins announced that 2015 would be his last season.
- A.J. Burnett announced that he would retire after the 2015 season.
- Aramis Ramirez announced that he would retire after the 2015 season.
- Carlos Quentin announced his retirement on May 1.
- Jeff Karstens announced his retirement on May 3.
- Bruce Chen announced his retirement on May 18.
- Rafael Furcal announced his retirement on May 19.
- Kevin Slowey announced his retirement on June 2.
- Don Zimmer #66 was retired by the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6. It is the third number retired by the organization.
- Paul Konerko had his #14 retired on May 23 before a game against the Minnesota Twins. He became the tenth player to have his number retired by the Chicago White Sox.
- Bernie Williams had his #51 retired by the New York Yankees on May 24.
- Randy Johnson will have his #51 retired by the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 8. It will be the third number retired by the organization.
- Jorge Posada will have his #20 retired by the New York Yankees on August 22.
- Andy Pettitte will have his #46 retired by the New York Yankees on August 23.
- Former commissioner and Milwaukee Brewers founder/owner Bud Selig will have #1 retired by the team at an unknown date in 2015. He will become the fifth person to have a number retired by the Brewers.
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