2013 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 31 – October 30, 2013
Number of games162
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)Fox, TBS, ESPN, MLB Network
Draft
Top draft pickMark Appel
Picked byHouston Astros
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Miguel Cabrera (DET)
NL: Andrew McCutchen (PIT)
Postseason
AL championsBoston Red Sox
  AL runners-upDetroit Tigers
NL championsSt. Louis Cardinals
  NL runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
World Series
ChampionsBoston Red Sox
  Runners-upSt. Louis Cardinals
World Series MVPDavid Ortiz (BOS)
MLB seasons

The 2013 Major League Baseball season started on March 31 with a Sunday night game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros.[1] 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 2013 season was the first with the Houston Astros as a member of the American League (AL), playing in the West Division. This marked the first growth in the number of American League teams since the 1977 Major League Baseball expansion added the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays. When the then-named Tampa Bay Devil Rays were added to the AL in 1998, the Milwaukee Brewers were reassigned to the National League (NL) the same year, keeping the AL at 14 teams. With the Astros' move to the AL, giving both leagues 15 teams, interleague play occurred throughout the entire season for the first time in MLB history.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 84th edition was held on July 16 at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, with the AL defeating the NL, 3–0. With the win, home field advantage at the World Series was awarded to the AL.

Standings

Postseason

Main article: 2013 MLB Postseason

Bracket

Wild Card Game
(ALWC, NLWC)
Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
1 Boston 3
4 Cleveland 0 5 Tampa Bay 1
5 Tampa Bay 1 American League1 Boston 4
3 Detroit 2
2 Oakland 2
3 Detroit 3
AL1 Boston 4
NL1 St. Louis 2
1 St. Louis 3
4 Pittsburgh 2
National League1 St. Louis 4
4 Pittsburgh 1 3 LA Dodgers 2
5 Cincinnati 0 2 Atlanta 1
3 LA Dodgers 3


Rule changes

Several minor rule changes took effect during the 2013 season. These changes were approved by MLB owners; unless otherwise noted, they will also need the approval of the players' union.[2]

Managerial changes

Field managers

Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving Story/Accomplishments
Philadelphia Phillies Charlie Manuel Ryne Sandberg Fired Manuel, who managed the Phillies to one of their most successful eras in recent memory, including five straight division championships, two pennants and the 2008 World Series Championship, was fired on August 16, and replaced for the remainder of the season by the Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg.[3] Sandberg was named the manager after signing a three-year contract on September 22.[4]

Off-season

At the end of the 2012 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers.

Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
Boston Red Sox Bobby Valentine Fired John Farrell Valentine was dismissed from the Red Sox after one season on October 4, 2012.[5][6] On October 21, the Red Sox officially announced Farrell as their new manager. Farrell was Boston's pitching coach from 2007–2010 and was manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011–2012.[7]
Cleveland Indians Manny Acta Sandy Alomar Jr. Fired Terry Francona Acta was fired September 27, 2012, after three seasons with a record of 216-266 (.448).[8] The Indians struggled throughout the second half of the 2012 season falling from playoff contention in July to the worst record in the American League.[8] On October 6, the Indians hired Francona, who managed the Boston Red Sox from 2004–2011, and won World Series championships with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007.[9]
Colorado Rockies Jim Tracy Resigned Walt Weiss Tracy resigned his post as manager after four seasons October 7, 2012.[10] On November 7, 2012, the Rockies hired Walt Weiss as their new manager
Houston Astros Brad Mills Tony DeFrancesco Fired Bo Porter On September 27, 2012, the Astros announced that the Washington Nationals third-base coach will become the manager of the Astros after the Nationals finish their postseason run.[11]
Miami Marlins Ozzie Guillén Fired Mike Redmond On October 23, 2012, the Marlins fired Guillén one season into a four-year $10 million contract. They finished with a 69–93 record.[12] On November 1, 2012, the Marlins hired Mike Redmond as their new manager.[13]
Toronto Blue Jays John Farrell Traded to Red Sox John Gibbons On October 21, 2012, the Blue Jays officially announced that they had released Farrell from his contract in the same agreement that sent David Carpenter to the Red Sox in exchange for Mike Avilés.[14] On November 20, 2012, Gibbons was named Blue Jays next manager.

Scheduling changes

The Houston Astros' move to the American League West created two 15-team leagues each separated into three five-team divisions. With an odd number of teams in each league, interleague games were played nearly every day during the season, the only exception being when not every team had a game. For this season, each team played 20 interleague games (up from 15-18 games in 2012) in eight series. Each team played one three-game series against four teams from one division in the other league, and two two-game series (one home, one away) against the remaining team in that division (for 2013 the match-ups are AL East vs. NL West, AL Central vs. NL East, and AL West vs. NL Central, meaning the changes of the Astros and the small increase in interleague play will not affect the yearly rotation, also the Astros played all their former NL Central rivals in 2013). The remaining four games were played against a team's "natural rival" in two back-to-back two-game series from May 27–30. Teams played in one city May 27 and 28, then traveled to the other city for games on May 29 and 30. It was the first season that every team has an interleague rivalry, according to the table below, with new rivalries for the season shown in italics.

AL East NL East AL Central NL Central AL West NL West
Red Sox Phillies White Sox Cubs Mariners Padres
Yankees Mets Indians Reds Angels Dodgers
Blue Jays Braves Tigers Pirates Athletics Giants
Rays Marlins Twins Brewers Rangers Diamondbacks
Orioles Nationals Royals Cardinals Astros Rockies

The remaining 142 games will be played within the league. Each team will play its four division rivals 19 times (up from 15-18 in 2012) for a total of 76 games. Each team will play either 6 or 7 games against the ten teams in the two other divisions in its league, for a total of 66 games. In 2012, these season series ranged anywhere from five to ten games, creating large disparities between teams' strengths of schedule.

Aside from the natural rivalries, teams from the same division will play the same opponents for roughly the same number of games. The only variation occurs in interleague match-ups (either 3 or 4 games) and same-league interdivision match-ups (either 6 or 7 games).

League leaders

American League

National League

Milestones

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 José Fernández (MIA) Wil Myers (TB)
Cy Young Award Clayton Kershaw (LAD) Max Scherzer (DET)
Manager of the Year Clint Hurdle (PIT) Terry Francona (CLE)
Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Adam Wainwright (STL) R. A. Dickey (TOR)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Salvador Pérez (KC)
1st Base Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) Eric Hosmer (KC)
2nd Base Brandon Phillips (CIN) Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Nolan Arenado (COL) Manny Machado (BAL)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ATL) J. J. Hardy (BAL)
Left field Carlos González (COL) Alex Gordon (KC)
Center field Carlos Gómez (MIL) Adam Jones (BAL)
Right field Gerardo Parra (ARI) Shane Victorino (BOS)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Zack Greinke (LAD) David Ortiz (BOS)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL) Joe Mauer (MIN)
1st Base Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) Chris Davis (BAL)
2nd Base Matt Carpenter (STL) Robinson Canó (NYY)
3rd Base Pedro Álvarez (PIT) Miguel Cabrera (DET)
Shortstop Ian Desmond (WSH) J. J. Hardy (BAL)
Outfield Jay Bruce (CIN) Torii Hunter (DET)
Michael Cuddyer (COL) Adam Jones (BAL)
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Mike Trout (LAA)

Other awards

Fielding Bible Awards
Position Player
Pitcher R. A. Dickey (TOR)
Catcher Yadier Molina (STL)
1st Base Paul Goldschmidt (ARI)
2nd Base Dustin Pedroia (BOS)
3rd Base Manny Machado (BAL)
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ATL)
Left Field Alex Gordon (KC)
Center Field Carlos Gómez (MIL)
Right Field Gerardo Parra (ARI)

Monthly Awards

Home Field Attendance & Payroll

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game Est. Payroll
Los Angeles Dodgers[124] 92 7.0% 3,743,527 12.6% 46,216 $254,161,000 43.6%
St. Louis Cardinals[125] 97 10.2% 3,369,769 3.3% 41,602 $112,583,000 0.5%
San Francisco Giants[126] 76 -19.1% 3,369,106 -0.2% 41,087 $139,845,667 18.9%
New York Yankees[127] 85 -10.5% 3,279,589 -7.4% 40,489 $246,534,750 24.5%
Texas Rangers[128] 91 -2.2% 3,178,273 -8.1% 38,759 $139,261,200 12.2%
Detroit Tigers[129] 93 5.7% 3,083,397 1.8% 38,067 $154,407,000 17.5%
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[130] 78 -12.4% 3,019,505 -1.4% 37,278 $116,532,500 -17.4%
Philadelphia Phillies[131] 73 -9.9% 3,012,403 -15.5% 37,190 $150,860,000 -12.0%
Boston Red Sox[132] 97 40.6% 2,833,333 -6.9% 34,979 $175,395,500 58.9%
Colorado Rockies[133] 74 15.6% 2,793,828 6.2% 34,492 $73,768,000 -2.3%
Washington Nationals[134] 86 -12.2% 2,652,422 11.9% 32,746 $112,493,250 21.8%
Chicago Cubs[135] 66 8.2% 2,642,682 -8.3% 32,626 $67,874,166 -21.2%
Atlanta Braves[136] 96 2.1% 2,548,679 5.3% 31,465 $95,618,750 10.9%
Toronto Blue Jays[137] 74 1.4% 2,536,562 20.8% 31,316 $124,517,800 51.2%
Milwaukee Brewers[138] 74 -10.8% 2,531,105 -10.6% 31,248 $86,945,000 -9.2%
Cincinnati Reds[139] 90 -7.2% 2,492,101 6.2% 31,151 $106,255,535 32.3%
Minnesota Twins[140] 66 0.0% 2,477,644 -10.8% 30,588 $63,042,500 -36.4%
Baltimore Orioles[141] 85 -8.6% 2,357,561 12.1% 29,106 $100,832,000 29.4%
Pittsburgh Pirates[142] 94 19.0% 2,256,862 7.9% 27,862 $99,230,000 41.6%
San Diego Padres[143] 76 0.0% 2,166,691 2.0% 26,749 $65,988,600 18.9%
New York Mets[144] 74 0.0% 2,135,657 -4.8% 26,366 $69,425,860 -24.2%
Arizona Diamondbacks[145] 81 0.0% 2,134,895 -2.0% 26,357 $80,060,500 19.4%
Oakland Athletics[131] 96 2.1% 1,809,302 7.8% 22,337 $69,440,000 13.5%
Chicago White Sox[146] 63 -25.9% 1,768,413 -10.0% 21,832 $81,401,900 -31.1%
Seattle Mariners[147] 71 -5.3% 1,761,546 2.3% 21,747 $78,887,000 0.8%
Kansas City Royals[148] 86 19.4% 1,750,754 0.6% 21,614 $87,426,250 41.6%
Houston Astros[149] 51 -7.3% 1,651,883 2.7% 20,394 $14,672,300 -61.0%
Miami Marlins[150] 62 -10.1% 1,586,322 -28.5% 19,584 $24,761,900 -77.0%
Cleveland Indians[151] 92 35.3% 1,572,926 -1.9% 19,419 $87,342,433 10.7%
Tampa Bay Rays[152] 92 2.2% 1,510,300 -3.2% 18,646 $71,163,500 12.3%

Uniforms

Wholesale changes

All 30 teams are wearing new batting practice caps. The new caps provided by the New Era Cap Company are of the 59Fifty style instead of the 39Fifty used in seasons past.[153] In addition to batting practice and spring training games, Major League Baseball has also allowed the use of the new caps during regular season play.[154]

The Houston Astros unveiled a new/old identity at a fan event November 2, 2012, at Minute Maid Park, as the team reverted to the orange and navy colors used from their inception in 1962 through 1993. There are four uniforms and three hats. Houston will wear white uniforms with orange piping at home, and gray ones with blue piping on the road. There's an orange alternate jersey with blue piping that can be worn at home or on the road, as well as a blue jersey to be worn for Sunday games.[155]

On November 14, the New York Mets introduced two new blue alternate jerseys. The home alternate features the "Mets" script, player numerals and names in orange outlined in white, while the road alternate features the "NEW YORK" script, player numerals and names in gray outlined in orange.[156] The team also introduced a new alternate cap with a blue crown and an orange brim, with an orange "NY" logo outlined in white.[157]

On November 19, the St. Louis Cardinals introduced an alternate uniform to be worn for Saturday home games. The uniform is off-white and the jersey features the "St. Louis" script on the front. This is the first time in 80 years the city name appears in the team's uniforms.[158]

On December 14, the Pittsburgh Pirates introduced an alternate uniform to be worn for Sunday home games. It is the same uniform that the team wore from mid-1970 through 1976 and was worn during their championship season of 1971. The hat that goes with this uniform is mustard gold with a black bill.[159]

On January 24, 2013, the Chicago White Sox announced they will be wearing 1983 throwback uniforms on Sunday home games to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1983 division title.[160] The uniforms replaced the 1972 red pinstriped throwbacks from last season.

On January 24, the Milwaukee Brewers promoted their special edition 'gold-out' uniforms to alternate status. The uniforms were first used on September 10, 2011, against the Phillies, but did not wear them the previous season. The Brewers have also worn a Latin Nights version of the gold uniform (with 'Cerveceros' wordmark) the last two seasons, and would wear them again on June 8 against the Phillies.[161] They also wore a fan-designed uniform for two spring training games, featuring an updated version of the Beer Barrel Man logo in the current colors, and classic typeface design, designed by Ben Peters of Richfield, Minnesota.[162]

Throwbacks

As part of the franchise's 20th anniversary, the Colorado Rockies wore their original grey away uniforms at Coors Field on April 16 against the Mets. The uniforms, complete with the inaugural season patch, team name and purple piping, were the uniforms the Rockies used in their inaugural 1993 season. Though it was a home game, they wore the grey throwbacks to correspond to the franchise's first game at Shea Stadium. The Mets wore corresponding throwback white pinstripe uniforms with an underscore below the word 'Mets'.

The Detroit Tigers donned Detroit Stars throwbacks for Negro leagues tribute night against the Atlanta Braves on April 27. The Braves wore Atlanta Black Crackers throwbacks.

The Brewers wore the 1913 American Association throwbacks on May 5 against the Cardinals, who wore corresponding throwbacks.

The San Diego Padres wore their orange, gold and brown home throwbacks from the 1984 season against the Washington Nationals on May 17. On June 14, they wore their 1998 navy alternates against the Arizona Diamondbacks. On July 12, they wore throwbacks of the 1948 Padres of the Pacific Coast League against the Giants.

The Minnesota Twins wore the 1948 St. Paul Saints uniforms on May 30 against the Brewers. Even though the game was held at Target Field, the Twins wore the road grey versions of the throwbacks, while the Brewers will wore the home whites.

Four teams – the Pirates, the Reds, the Nationals and the Braves – wore Negro leagues throwbacks on June 1. The Pirates wore the Homestead Grays uniforms, while the Reds wore the Cincinnati Tigers uniforms. The Nationals and Braves wore Negro leagues throwbacks that day as well, the Nationals wearing Grays uniforms, and the Braves donning Black Crackers uniforms. (The Grays called Pittsburgh and Washington home.) On July 20, the Brewers wore the Negro league Milwaukee Bears uniforms against the Marlins, who wore the uniforms of the International League Marlins. The Nationals again represented the Grays on August 24 against the Royals, who wore Kansas City Monarchs uniforms.

The Seattle Mariners wore the 1909 Seattle Turks uniforms for their interleague matchup with the Chicago Cubs on June 29. The Cubs wore their 1909 throwbacks, as well.

The Kansas City Royals wore their 1985 powder blue pullover uniforms on June 9 against the Astros.

The Tampa Bay Rays wore their faux-back 1970s uniforms on July 6 against the White Sox, who wore the previous season's Sunday home throwback jerseys from the 1972 season.

The Cleveland Indians wore the 1902 Cleveland Bronchos uniforms on July 13, in a non-televised game against the Royals. Despite the game taking place at Progressive Field, the Indians wore the road version of the Bronchos uniforms (navy jersey, cap, and pants, with black socks).

The White Sox, in celebration of their 1983 AL West champion team, donned 1983-replica jerseys during each Sunday home game, as well as other select occasions.

The Angels and Athletics wore 1969 throwbacks on July 27. The Angels then wore a hybridized version of their 1980s throwbacks (with buttons, belts and California patch on the left sleeve) on August 16, and then their 1961–65 throwbacks the following day against the Astros. The 1961–65 throwbacks were worn again on September 5 against the Rays to pay tribute to Bobby Knoop's induction to the Angels Hall of Fame.

The Philadelphia Phillies wore their 1991 home pinstripe throwbacks on August 23 against the Diamondbacks, who wore their 1999 black alternate throwbacks. The Diamondbacks also wore the said throwback uniforms on August 31 against the Giants.

Other uniforms

The San Francisco Giants wore special uniforms to commemorate their 2012 World Series win on April 7. Similar to their commemoration of their 2010 World Series championship, the jerseys, instead of bearing the familiar "GIANTS" across the chest, displayed the interlocking "SF" logo on the front of the jersey's left side in gold. The Giants also wore caps with the "SF" logo also in gold.

On April 20 and 21, the Boston Red Sox wore home uniforms with "BOSTON" on the front of the jerseys instead of the familiar "RED SOX" to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Cinco de Mayo saw two teams don Hispanic-flavored uniforms. The Giants wore their cream home uniforms with 'Gigantes' in front against the Dodgers, while the Houston Astros wore their current home uniforms with 'Los Astros' in front against the Detroit Tigers. The Cincinnati Reds wore red jerseys with 'Los Rojos' in front for their May 11 game against Milwaukee. The Giants again wore the 'Gigantes' uniforms against the Diamondbacks on September 7. On the same day, the Seattle Mariners wore a modified version of their white uniforms against the Rays, featuring 'Marineros' in front.

The Pittsburgh Pirates wore desert camouflage uniforms for their games against the Astros May 17 and 18.

All teams wore uniforms with camouflaged logos, names and numerals on May 27, Memorial Day in the United States.

The Milwaukee Brewers wore special batting practice uniforms against the Braves on June 23 for Polish Heritage Day. The uniform is white with red striping, featuring "Piwowarzy" in front. They also wore red fielding caps.

The Toronto Blue Jays wore red jerseys against the Detroit Tigers on July 1, Canada Day in Canada.

The Arizona Diamondbacks wore special black uniforms during their homestand from July 5–14 to commemorate the 19 firefighters who perished in the Yarnell Hill Fire. The style was similar to their alternate black uniforms, except the front read 'Arizona' in brick red, and had black and sand trim.[163]

All teams wore special caps with an American (or Canadian) flag on July 4. The Reds, whose game was rained out that day, wore the caps on July 5 against Seattle.

The New York Mets wore a special orange 'Los Mets' jersey on July 24 against Atlanta.

The Tigers wore a Hispanic-flavored home uniform against the White Sox on August 3 as part of the 'Fiesta Tigres' promotion. The uniform is similar in style to the 1960 script uniforms, but read 'Tigres' in front.

The Washington Nationals wore US Navy caps on September 17 during pre-game before the first game of a doubleheader against Atlanta to commemorate the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. The first game was a makeup game for the one scheduled for September 16 which was postponed due to the shooting.

Patches

Anniversaries and special events

The following teams wore commemorative patches for special occasions:

Team Special occasion
Colorado Rockies 20th Anniversary of the franchise
New York Mets Host city of the 2013 MLB All-Star Game
San Francisco Giants To commemorate their 2012 World Series championship
All 30 Teams To commemorate December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting (Opening Day series only)
All 30 Teams Breast cancer awareness ribbons (May 12 – Mother's Day).
All 30 Teams Prostate cancer awareness ribbons (June 16 – Father's Day).

Memorials

Television

National

This was the seventh and final year of the current TV contracts with ESPN, Fox Sports and TBS, before the new eight-year TV contracts begin in 2014. ESPN aired games on Sundays, most Mondays, and Wednesdays, in addition to a four-game Opening Day schedule. ESPN also aired the Home Run Derby during All-Star week. TBS carried Sunday afternoon games, along with two League Wild Card Games, League Division Series, and National League Championship Series. Fox aired games on Saturday afternoons and select Saturday nights, and also aired the All-Star Game, American League Championship Series, and World Series. MLB Network had a Thursday game of the week and several simulcasted games from local channels during the season.

Local

The Houston Astros switched from Fox Sports Houston to Comcast SportsNet Houston starting this season.[164]

On March 1, 2013, Fox Sports South and SportSouth announced they have picked up 45 more Atlanta Braves games, ending the team's contract with WPCH-TV. This will be the first season in 40 years without locally produced Braves games on over-the-air TV.[165]

This is the final season of Los Angeles Dodgers games on Prime Ticket and KCAL-TV. They will move to a new channel called SportsNet LA in 2014.[166]

Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan sold SportsTime Ohio to Fox Sports Networks on December 28, 2012, and it was rebranded as Fox SportsTime Ohio on April 1, 2013.[167]

Retirements

Retired numbers

See also

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