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2010 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 4 – November 1, 2010
Number of games162
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)Fox, TBS, ESPN, MLB Network
Draft
Top draft pickBryce Harper
Picked byWashington Nationals
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Joey Votto (CIN)
AL: Josh Hamilton (TEX)
League postseason
AL championsTexas Rangers
  AL runners-upNew York Yankees
NL championsSan Francisco Giants
  NL runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
World Series
ChampionsSan Francisco Giants
  Runners-upTexas Rangers
World Series MVPÉdgar Rentería (SF)
MLB seasons

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.

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

  Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                           
  1 Tampa Bay 2  
3 Texas 3  
  3 Texas 4  
American League
  4 NY Yankees 2  
2 Minnesota 0
  4 NY Yankees 3  
    AL3 Texas 1
  NL2 San Francisco 4
  1 Philadelphia 3  
3 Cincinnati 0  
  1 Philadelphia 2
National League
  2 San Francisco 4  
2 San Francisco 3
  4 Atlanta 1  

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

The Year of the Pitcher

For much of the season, 2010 was frequently labeled the Year of the Pitcher (though this title is also taken by the 1968 season).[1][2] 2010 saw many prominent pitching occurrences, including:

Managerial changes

General managers

Off-season

Team Former GM New GM Former job
San Diego Padres Kevin Towers Jed Hoyer Hoyer served as the Boston Red Sox assistant GM.
Toronto Blue Jays J. P. Ricciardi Alex Anthopoulos Anthopoulos was Riccardi's assistant GM in Toronto.

In-season

Date Team Former GM New GM Former job
July 1 Arizona Diamondbacks Josh Byrnes Jerry Dipoto Dipoto was assistant GM.
September 22 Arizona Diamondbacks Jerry DiPoto Kevin Towers Towers signed a two-year deal in September.

Field managers

Off season

Team Former manager New manager Former job
Cleveland Indians Eric Wedge Manny Acta Was manager of Washington Nationals 2007–2009.
Houston Astros Dave Clark * Brad Mills Bench coach for Boston Red Sox.

* Served as interim manager, replacing Cecil Cooper.

The following managers who were interim managers for 2009 will lead their respective teams in 2010:

Team Manager that started 2009 season Replacement Job prior to becoming manager
Colorado Rockies Clint Hurdle Jim Tracy Bench Coach for the Rockies during the 2009 season. After Hurdle was fired, Tracy took over as interim manager and won Manager of the Year in the National League, and will continue to serve as the manager for the 2010 season.
Arizona Diamondbacks Bob Melvin A. J. Hinch Director of player development for the Diamondbacks. Melvin was fired during the 2009 season and Hinch served as the interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Washington Nationals Manny Acta Jim Riggleman Bench Coach for the Nationals during the 2009 season. Riggleman took over as interim manager for the 2009 season after Acta was fired during the All-Star Break.

In-season changes

Date Team Former manager Replacement Previous Job
May 13 Kansas City Royals Trey Hillman Ned Yost Yost last managed with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2008. Yost signed a two-year extension July 31 to remain manager.
June 4 Baltimore Orioles Dave Trembley Juan Samuel Third base coach; serving on an interim basis from June 4 through August 3, when Buck Showalter replaced him.
June 23 Florida Marlins Fredi González Edwin Rodríguez Spent the past 1+12 years managing the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate.
July 1 Arizona Diamondbacks A. J. Hinch Kirk Gibson Best known for his dramatic walk-off home run in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Gibson was the D-Backs' bench coach.
August 3 Baltimore Orioles Juan Samuel Buck Showalter Showalter, who was with ESPN as an analyst on Baseball Tonight, last managed with the Texas Rangers in 2006.
August 9 Seattle Mariners Don Wakamatsu Daren Brown Brown was in his fourth season managing the Tacoma Rainiers, the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate.
August 22 Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella Mike Quade Piniella stepped down early from an earlier announcement of his retirement at the end of the season to tend to his mother's failing health.[5] Quade served as the third-base coach of the Cubs and was named interim manager for the remainder of the season.

League leaders

American League

National League

Milestones

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Reached

Batters

Pitchers

Perfect games
No-hitters
Postseason no-hitter
Other accomplishments

Miscellaneous

Awards and honors

Regular season

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Buster Posey (SF) Neftalí Feliz (TEX)
Cy Young Award Roy Halladay (PHI) Félix Hernández (SEA)
Manager of the Year Bud Black (SD) Ron Gardenhire (MIN)
Most Valuable Player Joey Votto (CIN) Josh Hamilton (TEX)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Bronson Arroyo (CIN) Mark Buehrle (CHW)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Mark Teixeira (NYY)
2nd Base Brandon Phillips (CIN) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Scott Rolen (CIN) Evan Longoria (TB)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL) Derek Jeter (NYY)
Outfield Carlos González (COL) Ichiro Suzuki (SEA)
Michael Bourn (HOU) Carl Crawford (TB)
Shane Victorino (PHI) Franklin Gutiérrez (SEA)
Silver Slugger Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Yovani Gallardo (MIL) Vladimir Guerrero (TEX)
Catcher Brian McCann (ATL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL) Miguel Cabrera (DET)
2nd Base Dan Uggla (FLA) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Ryan Zimmerman (WSH) Adrián Beltré (BOS)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL) Alexei Ramírez (CHW)
Outfield Carlos González (COL) Josh Hamilton (TEX)
Ryan Braun (MIL) Carl Crawford (TB)
Matt Holliday (STL) José Bautista (TOR)

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Robinson Canó Kelly Johnson
May David Ortiz Troy Glaus
June Josh Hamilton David Wright
July Delmon Young
José Bautista (tie)
Buster Posey
August José Bautista Albert Pujols
September Alex Rodriguez Troy Tulowitzki

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Francisco Liriano Ubaldo Jiménez
May Jon Lester Ubaldo Jiménez
June Cliff Lee Josh Johnson
July Gavin Floyd Roy Halladay
August Clay Buchholz Tim Hudson
September David Price Derek Lowe

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Austin Jackson Jason Heyward
May Brennan Boesch Jason Heyward
June Brennan Boesch Gaby Sánchez
July Wade Davis Buster Posey
August Brian Matusz Daniel Hudson
September Neftalí Feliz Pedro Alvarez

Other awards

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game Est. Payroll
Philadelphia Phillies[17] 97 4.3% 3,777,322 4.9% 44,968 $141,928,379 22.9%
New York Yankees[18] 95 -7.8% 3,765,807 1.2% 46,491 $210,733,389 0.2%
Los Angeles Dodgers[19] 80 -15.8% 3,562,320 -5.3% 43,979 $95,358,016 -6.6%
St. Louis Cardinals[20] 86 -5.5% 3,301,218 -1.3% 40,756 $93,540,751 2.9%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[21] 80 -17.5% 3,250,814 0.3% 40,134 $104,963,866 -11.2%
Minnesota Twins[22] 94 8.0% 3,223,640 33.4% 39,798 $97,559,166 43.9%
Chicago Cubs[23] 75 -9.6% 3,062,973 -3.3% 37,814 $146,609,002 5.0%
Boston Red Sox[24] 89 -6.3% 3,046,445 -0.5% 37,610 $164,507,333 31.1%
San Francisco Giants[25] 92 4.5% 3,037,443 6.1% 37,499 $98,641,333 7.3%
Colorado Rockies[26] 83 -9.8% 2,875,245 7.9% 35,497 $90,677,000 14.4%
Milwaukee Brewers[27] 77 -3.8% 2,776,531 -8.6% 34,278 $81,108,278 -0.3%
New York Mets[28] 79 12.9% 2,559,738 -19.2% 31,602 $134,422,942 -11.6%
Atlanta Braves[29] 91 5.8% 2,510,119 5.8% 30,989 $84,423,666 -15.2%
Texas Rangers[30] 90 3.4% 2,505,171 16.2% 30,928 $56,474,374 -29.2%
Detroit Tigers[31] 81 -5.8% 2,461,237 -4.1% 30,386 $124,039,928 3.8%
Houston Astros[32] 76 2.7% 2,331,490 -7.5% 28,784 $93,216,000 -11.9%
Chicago White Sox[33] 88 11.4% 2,194,378 -3.9% 27,091 $107,195,000 6.0%
San Diego Padres[34] 90 20.0% 2,131,774 11.1% 26,318 $37,799,300 -25.8%
Seattle Mariners[35] 61 -28.2% 2,085,630 -5.0% 25,749 $86,510,000 -13.6%
Cincinnati Reds[36] 91 16.7% 2,060,550 17.9% 25,439 $75,321,542 -4.6%
Arizona Diamondbacks[37] 65 -7.1% 2,056,697 -3.4% 25,391 $61,368,166 -19.2%
Tampa Bay Rays[38] 96 14.3% 1,864,999 -0.5% 23,025 $71,923,471 6.9%
Washington Nationals[39] 69 16.9% 1,828,066 0.6% 22,569 $67,701,000 5.2%
Baltimore Orioles[40] 66 3.1% 1,733,019 -9.1% 21,395 $81,612,500 16.7%
Kansas City Royals[41] 67 3.1% 1,615,327 -10.2% 19,942 $73,105,210 -4.8%
Pittsburgh Pirates[42] 57 -8.1% 1,613,399 2.3% 19,919 $37,443,000 -27.9%
Florida Marlins[43] 80 -8.0% 1,524,894 4.2% 18,826 $57,454,719 43.5%
Toronto Blue Jays[44] 85 13.3% 1,495,482 -20.3% 19,173 $62,734,000 -25.3%
Oakland Athletics[45] 81 8.0% 1,418,391 0.7% 17,511 $57,904,900 -12.2%
Cleveland Indians[46] 69 6.2% 1,391,644 -21.2% 17,181 $61,203,966 -28.2%

New stadium

Target Field celebrated the return of outdoor Major League Baseball to Minnesota for the first time since September 30, 1981.
Target Field celebrated the return of outdoor Major League Baseball to Minnesota for the first time since September 30, 1981.

The Minnesota Twins inaugurated Target Field, their new 39,504-seat home field, in an exhibition game on April 2 against the St. Louis Cardinals (the Twins lost 8–4). On April 12, the Twins played their first regular season game in their new ballpark with a 5–2 win over the Boston Red Sox. The team moved from the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which they shared with the Minnesota Vikings since the stadium opened in 1982 and also with the University of Minnesota football program until the Golden Gophers returned to their campus and opened TCF Bank Stadium in September 2009. The Twins last played outdoor baseball at home in 1981 when Metropolitan Stadium (where the Mall of America now stands) closed.

Target Field is also the first stadium to have been built specifically for the Twins since their arrival in the Twin Cities in 1961, and the first stadium to have been built specifically for the franchise since Griffith Stadium was built for the original Washington Nationals in 1911. Also, the 2010 season was the first since 1936 in which the Twins/Senators franchise did not share its stadium with an NFL team.

Ownership change

The Texas Rangers were sold at an auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on August 5 to a group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan from former owner Tom Hicks. The ownership change was approved by MLB owners on August 12.

Broadcasting

See also: List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

Television

The 2010 season marked the first full season in the US for baseball games to be telecast in the digital format. The national telecast breakdown is as follows, along with the maximum number of appearances per team:

In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet and Rogers Sportsnet One. 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. Starting May 16, TSN2 holds rights to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.

In Australia free to air channel One HD shows up to 5 regular season games live per week (no postseason coverage), and European channel ESPN America broadcasts games as well.

Radio

ESPN Radio will again serve 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. ESPN Deportes Radio holds the Spanish language rights to the Fall Classic.

Uniforms, patches, and logo changes

Uniforms

New uniforms and uniform changes

Retired numbers

Throwbacks

Patches

Anniversaries

Memorials

Caps

Retirements

Venue changes

See also

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