2011 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 31 – October 28, 2011
Number of games162
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)Fox, TBS, ESPN, MLB Network
Draft
Top draft pickGerrit Cole
Picked byPittsburgh Pirates
Regular season
Season MVPNL: Ryan Braun (MIL)
AL: Justin Verlander (DET)
Postseason
AL championsTexas Rangers
  AL runners-upDetroit Tigers
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upMilwaukee Brewers
World Series
ChampionsSt. Louis Cardinals
  Runners-upTexas Rangers
World Series MVPDavid Freese (STL)
MLB seasons

The 2011 Major League Baseball season began on Thursday, March 31, and ended on Wednesday, September 28.[1] 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 had been the case since 2003, the league winning that game had 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.[1]

The season is notable for its wild card chase on the last day of the regular season.

Only two teams were unable to complete the entire 162-game regular season schedule, as the make-up game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 8 was cancelled due to rain and not made up, owing to scheduling constraints and the game being inconsequential to the playoffs.[2]

Standings

Postseason

Main article: 2011 MLB Postseason

Bracket

Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
         
1 NY Yankees 2
3 Detroit 3
3 Detroit 2
American League
2 Texas 4
2 Texas 3
4 Tampa Bay 1
AL2 Texas 3
NL4 St. Louis 4
1 Philadelphia 2
4 St. Louis 3
4 St. Louis 4
National League
2 Milwaukee 2
2 Milwaukee 3
3 Arizona 2

Managerial changes

General managers

Off-season

Team Former GM New GM Former job
New York Mets Omar Minaya Sandy Alderson CEO of San Diego Padres until March 2009.[3]

In-season

Date Team Former GM New GM Former job
August 19 Chicago Cubs Jim Hendry Randy Bush Bush was the assistant GM and served as his interim replacement until the team hired Theo Epstein in October.

Field managers

Off-season

Four teams announced new managers for the 2011 season after the former manager retired from baseball.

Team Former manager New manager Story
Atlanta Braves Bobby Cox Fredi González Cox announced in 2009 that the 2010 season would be his last as manager of the Braves. In two terms, first from 1978 through 1981 and from mid-1990, replacing Russ Nixon as manager through 2010, Cox has led the team to fourteen division titles, five pennants and the 1995 World Championship. Cox retires as the manager with the fourth highest number of wins (2,504) along with the most ejections in baseball history (158).
Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella Mike Quade After six decades in baseball as a player, coach, manager and television commentator, Piniella announced on June 19, 2010, his intentions to retire. He has managed the New York Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds (including their 1990 World Series championship), the Seattle Mariners (including a record 116 win season in 2001), the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Cubs. The official retirement came on August 22 as Piniella stepped down due to his mother's failing health, and Quade, the Cubs' third base coach, was named interim manager, and was named permanent manager October 19.
Los Angeles Dodgers Joe Torre Don Mattingly Torre announced on September 17 that he would not be returning to the Dodgers for the 2011 season. With his contract expiring and club ownership being contested in divorce court, Torre chose not to negotiate an extension.[4] At the same time, the Dodgers announced the promotion of Mattingly, the team's hitting coach, to manager.[4] As a player, Mattingly was best known as an outstanding first baseman with the New York Yankees.
Toronto Blue Jays Cito Gaston John Farrell After being lured out of retirement by team president Paul Beeston, Gaston announced on October 29, 2009, that he would step aside after the completion of the 2010 season and remain in a consulting position. In his first term as the Jays' skipper, he led the team to their greatest success, winning back-to-back Fall Classic in 1992 and 1993. His second term started as he replaced John Gibbons in the middle of the 2008 season. Farrell comes over after serving as the pitching coach for the AL East rival Boston Red Sox.

At the end of the 2010 season, three teams fired their managers and made replacements:

Team Former manager New manager Story
Milwaukee Brewers Ken Macha Ron Roenicke Los Angeles Angels serving 11 seasons as Mike Scioscia's third base coach.
New York Mets Jerry Manuel Terry Collins Manuel, along with general manager Omar Minaya, were fired following the end of the 2010 season on October 4, 2010. Since making the 2006 National League Championship Series, the team has fallen short of expectations, which include back to back season ending collapses in 2007 and 2008, followed by back-to-back injury plagued seasons in 2009 and 2010.[6] Collins, a feisty and intense manager, was named the team's new manager November 2010 and returned to being a field manager in the majors after 12 years. He previously managed the Houston Astros and the Anaheim Angels from 1994 to 1999.[7]
Pittsburgh Pirates John Russell Clint Hurdle Russell was fired after three losing seasons, compiling a total record of 186–299 in those three seasons. The Pirates have not had a winning season since 1992, which was also the last time they made the playoffs. They have also endured six different managers during that span.[8] Hurdle last managed the Colorado Rockies in 2009 before being replaced.

The following managers who were interim managers for 2010 will lead their respective teams in 2011:

Team Manager that started 2010 season Replacement Story
Arizona Diamondbacks A. J. Hinch Kirk Gibson Gibson, who started the season as bench coach, filled in for the final 83 games. New GM Kevin Towers made the decision to keep Gibson as the manager for 2011.[9] Hinch was "demoted" from his position as Director of Player Development in 2009 when he took over for Bob Melvin.
Kansas City Royals Trey Hillman Ned Yost After coming to Kansas City to be a consultant, the Royals named Yost on May 13 to replace Hillman. Prior to that, Yost served as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers for much of the 2008 season, only to be sacked in mid-September when the team was struggling to make the postseason. Hillman had previous success in Japan, leading the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to the Japan World Series championship in 2006.
Baltimore Orioles Dave Trembley;
Juan Samuel (interim)
Buck Showalter The no-nonsense Showalter, who had previously managed the New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on the brink of success before being replaced, served as a commentator for ESPN's Baseball Tonight before agreeing to return to the dugout with the Orioles on August 3, and turned the fortunes of the Maryland ball club. Trembley was in the manager's seat until June 4, when third-base coach Samuel replaced him on an interim basis before Showalter's arrival.
Florida Marlins Fredi González Edwin Rodríguez On May 23, González, who had coached under Bobby Cox in Atlanta, was fired from his position. Rodríguez had spent the past 1+12 years managing the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate. Cox made discouraging comments about the handling of the dismissal shortly afterward, and as a result, was not honored by Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria when the Braves visit to Miami in September as part of Cox's retirement tour.
Chicago Cubs Lou Piniella Mike Quade (See Above)

One team has hired a new manager:

Team Manager that started 2010 season Interim Manager Replacement Story
Seattle Mariners Don Wakamatsu Daren Brown Eric Wedge Wakamatsu, the first MLB manager of Asian-American descent, was fired on August 9 and replaced by Brown, at the time in his fourth season managing the Mariners' AAA affiliate, the Tacoma Rainiers. The team was expected to contend for the American League West title with the addition of Chone Figgins and Cliff Lee, but stumbled out of the starting gate. Wedge, who last managed with the Cleveland Indians in 2009, was reportedly hired by the Mariners according to a report by SI.com on October 15, 2010,[10] and made official three days later.

In-season changes

Date Team Former manager Reason Replacement Previous Job and Story
June 9 Oakland Athletics Bob Geren Fired Bob Melvin Melvin had been the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Geren was fired after June 8 game.[11]
June 19 Florida Marlins Edwin Rodríguez Resigned Jack McKeon After a losing streak and slump in June, Rodriguez announced his resignation on June 19.[12] McKeon at age 80 became the oldest manager since Connie Mack to manage in the majors; he had won the 2003 World Series with the Marlins. McKeon announced his second retirement allowing Ozzie Guillén to become Marlins' skipper.
June 26
(June 23)
Washington Nationals Jim Riggleman Resigned Davey Johnson
(John McLaren)
McLaren, who was previously the Nationals bench coach, was named interim manager, but he is not expected to fill the role for the remainder of the season.[13] Davey Johnson was named the full-time manager three days after Riggleman resigned and two days after McLaren was named interim manager.[14]
September 26 Chicago White Sox Ozzie Guillén Released Don Cooper Guillen was released from his contract after the White Sox game on September 26 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Guillen became the Marlins new manager with the retirement of Jack McKeon at the end of the season.[15] Cooper, the current pitching coach for the White Sox, managed the final two games of the season.[16]

League leaders

American League

National League

Milestones

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Batters

Pitchers

No-hitters

Other accomplishments

Miscellaneous

Awards and honors

Regular season

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel (ATL) Jeremy Hellickson (TB)
Cy Young Award Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Justin Verlander (DET)
Manager of the Year Kirk Gibson (AZ) Joe Maddon (TB)
Most Valuable Player Ryan Braun (MIL) Justin Verlander (DET)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Mark Buehrle (CWS)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Matt Wieters (BAL)
1st Base Joey Votto (CIN) Adrián González (BOS)
2nd Base Brandon Phillips (CIN) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Plácido Polanco (PHI) Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL) Erick Aybar (LAA)
Left field Gerardo Parra (AZ) Alex Gordon (KC)
Center field Matt Kemp (LAD) Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS)
Right field Andre Ethier (LAD) Nick Markakis (BAL)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Daniel Hudson (AZ) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Brian McCann (ATL) Alex Avila (DET)
1st Base Prince Fielder (MIL) Adrián González (BOS)
2nd Base Brandon Phillips (CIN) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Aramis Ramírez (CHC) Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL) Asdrúbal Cabrera (CLE)
Outfield Ryan Braun (MIL) Curtis Granderson (NYY)
Matt Kemp (LAD) Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS)
Justin Upton (AZ) José Bautista (TOR)

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April José Bautista Ryan Braun
May José Bautista Jay Bruce
June Adrián González Prince Fielder
July Dustin Pedroia Emilio Bonifacio
August Curtis Granderson Dan Uggla
September Adrián Beltré Ryan Braun

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Jered Weaver Josh Johnson
May Jeremy Hellickson Jair Jurrjens
June Justin Verlander Cliff Lee
July CC Sabathia Clayton Kershaw
August Ricky Romero Cliff Lee
September Doug Fister Javier Vázquez

Rookie of the Month

Month American League National League
April Michael Pineda Darwin Barney
May Jeremy Hellickson Justin Turner
June Ben Revere
Jemile Weeks
Craig Kimbrel
July Eric Hosmer Freddie Freeman
August Mike Carp Craig Kimbrel
September Eric Hosmer Dee Gordon

Other awards

Fielding Bible Awards
Position Player
Pitcher Mark Buehrle (CWS)
Catcher Matt Wieters (BAL)
1st Base Albert Pujols (STL)
2nd Base Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Adrián Beltré (TEX)
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
Left Field Brett Gardner (NYY)
Center Field Austin Jackson (DET)
Right Field Justin Upton (AZ)

Home field attendance and payroll

Team name Wins Home attendance Per game Est. payroll
Philadelphia Phillies[27] 102 5.2% 3,680,718 -2.6% 45,441 $172,976,379 21.9%
New York Yankees[28] 97 2.1% 3,653,680 -3.0% 45,107 $206,275,028 -2.1%
San Francisco Giants[29] 86 -6.5% 3,387,303 11.5% 41,819 $124,198,333 25.9%
Minnesota Twins[30] 63 -33.0% 3,168,116 -1.7% 39,113 $112,737,000 15.6%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[31] 86 7.5% 3,166,321 -2.6% 39,090 $138,543,166 32.0%
St. Louis Cardinals[32] 90 4.7% 3,093,954 -6.3% 38,197 $105,433,572 12.7%
Milwaukee Brewers[33] 96 24.7% 3,071,373 10.6% 37,918 $86,636,333 6.8%
Boston Red Sox[34] 90 1.1% 3,054,001 0.2% 37,704 $166,662,475 1.3%
Chicago Cubs[35] 71 -5.3% 3,017,966 -1.5% 37,259 $136,547,329 -6.9%
Texas Rangers[36] 96 6.7% 2,946,949 17.6% 36,382 $93,799,264 66.1%
Los Angeles Dodgers[37] 82 2.5% 2,935,139 -17.6% 36,236 $103,785,477 8.8%
Colorado Rockies[38] 73 -12.0% 2,909,777 1.2% 35,923 $91,648,071 1.1%
Detroit Tigers[39] 95 17.3% 2,642,045 7.3% 32,618 $106,875,231 -13.8%
Atlanta Braves[40] 89 -2.2% 2,372,940 -5.5% 29,296 $93,855,132 11.2%
New York Mets[41] 77 -2.5% 2,352,596 -8.1% 29,044 $151,897,309 13.0%
Cincinnati Reds[42] 79 -13.2% 2,213,588 7.4% 27,328 $77,297,134 2.6%
San Diego Padres[43] 71 -21.1% 2,143,018 0.5% 26,457 $45,869,140 21.3%
Arizona Diamondbacks[44] 94 44.6% 2,105,432 2.4% 25,993 $54,823,166 -10.7%
Houston Astros[45] 56 -26.3% 2,067,016 -11.3% 25,519 $71,110,500 -23.7%
Chicago White Sox[46] 79 -10.2% 2,001,117 -8.8% 24,705 $127,789,000 19.2%
Washington Nationals[47] 80 15.9% 1,940,478 6.1% 24,256 $68,492,928 1.2%
Pittsburgh Pirates[48] 72 26.3% 1,940,429 20.3% 23,956 $45,047,000 20.3%
Seattle Mariners[49] 67 9.8% 1,896,321 -9.1% 23,411 $86,110,600 -0.5%
Cleveland Indians[50] 80 15.9% 1,840,835 32.3% 22,726 $49,426,566 -19.2%
Toronto Blue Jays[51] 81 -4.7% 1,818,103 21.6% 22,446 $64,567,800 2.9%
Baltimore Orioles[52] 69 4.5% 1,755,461 1.3% 21,672 $88,299,038 8.2%
Kansas City Royals[53] 71 6.0% 1,724,450 6.8% 21,290 $35,712,000 -51.1%
Tampa Bay Rays[54] 91 -5.2% 1,529,188 -18.0% 18,879 $41,053,571 -42.9%
Florida Marlins[55] 72 -10.0% 1,520,562 -0.3% 18,772 $57,694,000 0.4%
Oakland Athletics[27] 74 -8.6% 1,476,791 4.1% 18,232 $67,094,000 15.9%

Broadcasting

See also: List of current Major League Baseball broadcasters

Television

Two more teams joined the growing cable-exclusive telecast teams in 2011. Fox Sports Midwest produced and televised all St. Louis Cardinals games on the cable station, along with selected areas of the Cardinals' DMA[clarification needed] outside St. Louis including Fox Sports Tennessee in Tennessee, Fox Sports Indiana in parts of Indiana, and SportsSouth in Arkansas and parts of Oklahoma.[56] The 2010 season was their last season of splitting games with KSDK.[57]

The Minnesota Twins also joined the group, with Fox Sports North becoming their exclusive local home.[58] The 2010 season was their last season of splitting games with WFTC.

Atlanta Braves games that aired on WPCH-TV were produced by and simulcast on Fox Sports South or SportSouth, marking the first season since 1972 which local Braves telecasts weren't produced by Turner Sports.[59]

The national telecast breakdown is as follows, along with the maximum number of appearances per team:

In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games were televised on Rogers Sportsnet, which also held the Canadian rights to air the Fox and ESPN/ESPN2 games if they did not conflict with Blue Jays' games, and additional regular season games on a regional basis on Rogers Sportsnet One as well as the All-Star Game and the entire postseason. TSN2 held rights to the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts.

In Australia, it was free to air channel One HD and showed up to five games live per week, and European channel ESPN America broadcast games as well.

For international viewers, MLB International broadcast the All-Star Game, the NLCS and the World Series.

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. ESPN Deportes Radio held the Spanish language rights to the Fall Classic.

Uniform changes

Wholesale changes

Throwbacks

Patches

Alternate jerseys

Special jerseys

Other

Angels' 50th anniversary

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2011. Founded by Gene Autry in 1961, the team played at Los Angeles' Wrigley Field in their first season, then shared Dodger Stadium (called "Chavez Ravine" by Angels management) with the Dodgers before moving to Anaheim in 1966 and their own stadium, Anaheim Stadium (later to become Edison International Field of Anaheim and finally Angel Stadium of Anaheim). That year, the team name was altered to the California Angels. After being purchased by The Walt Disney Company in 1997, the team name was changed to the Anaheim Angels and after Arte Moreno purchased the team, the name was changed to its current moniker to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005. For the season, in addition to the patch, the Angels changed the color of the halo from silver to gold on their uniforms, just as it looked from 1971 through 1996.[72] In addition, on selected Friday night games, the team donned replicas of five of the six styles of uniforms they have worn, the most notable omission being that of the "Periwinkle Blue" era from 1997 to 2001, when Disney owned the team.

Stadiums

This was the Florida Marlins' final season at Sun Life Stadium, after 19 years,[73] they moved to their new ballpark in downtown Miami, where they became the Miami Marlins.

Venue changes

Due to the U2 360° Tour concert scheduled June 29 at Sun Life Stadium and the needed time to set up the stage, the Marlins were forced to move their scheduled home games for June 24–26 against the Seattle Mariners to the Mariners' park at Safeco Field. As the Marlins were the home team, NL rules (no designated hitter) were applied. Mariners and Marlins did not meet again in Miami until 2014.

Team purchases

The Houston Astros were sold by Drayton McLane for US $680 million to a group led by Jim Crane, the founder of a transit logistics company.

Retired numbers

The Detroit Tigers retired Sparky Anderson's No. 11 on June 26.[74]

Bert Blyleven, elected to the Class of 2011 of the Baseball Hall of Fame, was honored with the retirement of his uniform No. 28 by the Twins on July 16.[75]

Roberto Alomar, also a 2011 Hall of Fame class member, became the first member of the Toronto Blue Jays to have his number (#12) retired on July 31.[76]

The Atlanta Braves retired Bobby Cox's No. 6 prior to their game against the Chicago Cubs on August 12.[77]

Trevor Hoffman, who had been the all-time saves leader until Mariano Rivera surpassed him on September 19, had his No. 51 retired by the San Diego Padres on August 21.[78]

See also

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