2024 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationMarch 20 – September 29, 2024
Number of games162
Number of teams30
TV partner(s)Fox/FS1
TBS/Max
ESPN/ABC
MLB Network
Apple TV+
Draft
Top draft pickCleveland Guardians
Regular season
Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons

The 2024 Major League Baseball season (MLB) is scheduled to begin on March 20–21 with a two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres held in Seoul, South Korea before the regular season proper runs from March 28 to September 29.[1] The 94th All-Star Game is planned for July 16 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The postseason is then scheduled to begin on October 1 with a potential World Series Game 7 set for November 2. Going into the season, the defending World Series champions are the Texas Rangers.

The Oakland Athletics were approved by MLB owners to relocate to Las Vegas. The timeline of the move is still under discussion.[2]

Schedule

On July 13, 2023, Major League Baseball released its 2024 schedule. There are 162 games scheduled for all teams. As has been the case since 2023, each team will play 13 games against their division rivals, totaling 52 games. Each team will play six games against six opponents and seven games against four opponents in the same league for a total of 64 games. Each team will also play 46 interleague games, including a four-game home-and-home series against their designated interleague rival.[3][1]

As part of the MLB World Tour, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres are scheduled to open the season in Seoul in Spring Training on March 20–21, in the first-ever MLB regular season games played in South Korea. Opening Day on the U.S. mainland is then planned for March 28, with all 30 clubs in action. Other MLB World Tour series include the Houston Astros and the Colorado Rockies at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú in Mexico City on April 27–28, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at London Stadium in London on June 8–9,[3][1] and the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in Spring Training at Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo on March 9–10.

The San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, on June 20, in a game honoring the Negro leagues and hall of fame outfielder Willie Mays. The 94th All-Star Game is planned for July 16, hosted by the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The MLB Little League Classic at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania is scheduled for August 18 with the New York Yankees taking on the Detroit Tigers.[3][1]

Rule changes

On December 21, 2023, MLB announced a set of rule changes that will take effect in 2024.[4]

Managerial changes

General managers

Off-season

Team Former GM Reason For Leaving New GM Notes
Chicago White Sox Rick Hahn Fired Chris Getz On August 22, 2023, Hahn and Executive Vice President Kenny Williams, who both held their previous titles since 2012, were fired.

On August 31, Chris Getz was named the new general manager and senior vice president of the team.[5]

Boston Red Sox Brian O'Halloran Reassigned Craig Breslow On September 14, 2023, O'Halloran accepted the position of senior vice president of baseball operations with the team.[6]

On October 25, Breslow was hired to the position of Chief Baseball Officer, which encompasses the duties of general manager.

New York Mets Billy Eppler Resigned David Stearns On October 5, 2023, Eppler resigned as general manager as a result of MLB opening an investigation into his potentially improper use of the injured list.[7]

On October 1, Stearns was hired to the position of President of Baseball Operations, which encompasses the duties of general manager.

Miami Marlins Kim Ng Peter Bendix On October 16, 2023, Ng resigned as general manager after three years. The Marlins made one postseason appearance during her tenure.[8]

On November 5, Bendix was hired by the Miami Marlins to be their President of Baseball Operations.[9]

Tampa Bay Rays Peter Bendix Hired by the Miami Marlins TBA On November 5, 2023, Bendix was hired by the Miami Marlins to be their President of Baseball Operations, which encompasses the duties of general manager.[9]

Field managers

Off-season

Team Former Manager Interim Manager Reason For Leaving New Manager Notes
San Francisco Giants Gabe Kapler Kai Correa Fired Bob Melvin On September 29, 2023, the Giants fired Kapler. After four seasons with the team, he compiled a record of 295–248 (.543) and made the playoffs once in 2021.

Bench coach Kai Correa was named interim manager for the final three games of the 2023 season.[10] Melvin was hired on October 25. This will be his fifth managerial position, previously managing in Seattle, Arizona, Oakland, and San Diego, compiling a lifetime managerial record of 1,517–1,425 (.516).[11]

New York Mets Buck Showalter N/A Carlos Mendoza On October 1, 2023, Showalter that announced he would not return to manage the Mets for the 2024 season. According to team owner Steve Cohen and general manager Billy Eppler, the Mets informed Showalter that they did not plan to bring him back for next season, even though he had one year left on his contract. He compiled a record of 176–148 (.543) in two seasons with the team with one playoff appearance.[12]

On November 13, Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza was named the new manager of the team.[13]

Los Angeles Angels Phil Nevin Option not picked up Ron Washington On October 2, 2023, the Angels announced they would not be picking up Nevin's option for 2024. After taking over as manager in June 2022, he compiled a record of 119–149 (.444) with no playoff appearances.[14]

Washington was hired on November 8. This will be his second managerial position, previously managing Texas from 2007–14, going 664–611 (.521) and winning the AL pennant in back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011.[15]

Cleveland Guardians Terry Francona Resigned Stephen Vogt On October 3, 2023, Francona announced he was stepping away as manager of the Guardians. In 11 seasons with Cleveland, he compiled a record of 921–757 (.549) with six playoff appearances, three AL Central division titles, and a World Series appearance.[16]

Vogt was hired on November 6. This will be his first managerial position.[17]

San Diego Padres Bob Melvin Hired by the San Francisco Giants Mike Shildt Melvin was granted permission from the Padres to become the manager of the San Francisco Giants on October 24, 2023. In his tenure with the Padres, he compiled a record of 171–153 (.528), with one playoff appearance, advancing to the NLCS in 2022.[11]

On November 21, Mike Shildt was named the new manager of the Padres. This will be his second managerial position.[18]

Houston Astros Dusty Baker Retired Joe Espada On October 25, 2023, Baker announced his retirement after four seasons with the Astros and 26 years overall as a manager. He finished his tenure with the Astros with a 320–226 (.586) record, winning the 2022 World Series.[19]

On November 13, Joe Espada was named the new manager of the team. This is his first managerial position.[20]

Chicago Cubs David Ross Fired Craig Counsell On November 6, 2023, the Cubs fired Ross after four seasons with the Cubs. he finished his tenure with a 262–284 (.480) record, with one playoff appearance, winning the NL Central in the 2020 season.

Counsell was hired on the same day. As the Brewers manager, he compiled a record of 707–625 (.531), with three NL Central division titles and five overall playoff appearances.[21]

Milwaukee Brewers Craig Counsell Contract expired Pat Murphy Counsell’s contract with the Brewers expired on November 1, 2023. The Brewers’ offered a contract extension to Counsell weeks prior, before the 53-year-old became a free agent and interviewed with other clubs. Counsell became the manager of the Chicago Cubs on November 6. As the Brewers manager for nine seasons, he compiled a record of 707–625 (.531), with three NL Central division titles and five overall playoff appearances.[22]

On November 15, Pat Murphy was named the new manager of the team. This will be his second managerial position.[23]

Uniforms

Wholesale changes

City Connect

Through the 2023 season, there are 20 teams participating in the City Connect alternate jersey program. The Mets,[31] Phillies,[32] Cardinals,[33] and Blue Jays[34] will reveal their City Connect uniforms and wear them for the first time during the 2024 season.

Anniversaries and special events

Team Special occasion
All Teams Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
Pink Ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 12, Mother's Day)
Patch for Armed Forces Day (May 20) and Camouflage caps for Armed Force's Day Weekend (May 19–21)
Poppy for Memorial Day (May 27)
"4–ALS" patch for Lou Gehrig Day (June 2)
"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 7–9)
Blue Ribbons for prostate cancer (June 16, Father's Day)
Gold Ribbons for childhood cancer (September 1)
#21 patch for Roberto Clemente Day day (September 15)
"MLB Debut" patch for players who play their first Major League game
Arizona Diamondbacks Inaugural season of the Arizona Diamondback team Hall of Fame.

Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson will be the 1st inductees.[35]

Atlanta Braves 50th Anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th Home Run
Baltimore Orioles 70th Anniversary Season
Boston Red Sox 20th Anniversary of 2004 World Series Championship
Detroit Tigers 40th Anniversary of 1984 World Series Championship
New York Mets 55th Anniversary of 1969 World Series Championship
New York Yankees 15th Anniversary of 2009 World Series Championship
25th Anniversary of 1999 World Series Championship
Oakland Athletics 35th Anniversary of 1989 World Series Championship
50th Anniversary of 1974 World Series Championship
Philadelphia Phillies 20th Anniversary of Citizens Bank Park
Pittsburgh Pirates 45th Anniversary of 1979 World Series Championship
San Diego Padres 20th Anniversary of Petco Park
Jersey patch for owner Peter Seidler, who passed away on November 14, 2023[36]
San Francisco Giants 10th Anniversary of 2014 World Series Championship
St. Louis Cardinals 60th Anniversary of 1964 World Series Championship
Texas Rangers 2024 MLB All-Star Game
2023 World Series championship (March 28)
Washington Nationals 5th Anniversary of 2019 World Series Championship

Venues

The Oakland Athletics lease with the Oakland Coliseum expires after the end of the season. On June 15, 2023, the team officially announced they would begin the relocation process to Las Vegas. The move was approved by the other MLB owners on November 16. The Athletics would move into a new 30,000-seat partially retractable ballpark by the 2028 season.[2]

Broadcast rights

Television

National

This is the third year of the existing seven-year deals with ESPN, Fox, TBS, Apple TV+, and MLB Network.[37]

Linear television

Streaming

Postseason

During the postseason, the ESPN networks, including ABC (with Spanish–language simulcasts on ESPN Deportes) will air all four Wild Card Series.[43] TBS (with Spanish-language simulcasts on MLB Network) will then broadcast the American League Division Series and the American League Championship Series,[41] and Fox Sports (Fox and FS1, with Spanish-language simulcasts on Fox Deportes) will broadcast the National League Division Series, the National League Championship Series, and the World Series.[39]

Local

AT&T SportsNet closure

Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) wound down its AT&T SportsNet regional sports network (RSN) business prior to the start of the 2024 season.[53] The move affected the Colorado Rockies on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, the Houston Astros on AT&T SportsNet Southwest, and the Pittsburgh Pirates on AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh.

The Astros and the NBA's Houston Rockets took over AT&T SportsNet Southwest and rebranded it to the Space City Home Network after the end of the Astros' regular season on October 3, 2023.[54] Fenway Sports Group, owners of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Red Sox, took over AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, rebranding it to just SportsNet Pittsburgh on October 2, 2023.[55] On December 13, 2023, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced they would jointly own SportsNet Pittsburgh beginning on January 1, 2024. NESN, through Fenway Sports Group, will operate the network.[56][57] The Colorado Rockies have yet to announce television coverage plans for the 2024 season.[57]

WBD had owned a 29% share of Root Sports Northwest, the Mariners' RSN, through the end of the 2023 season, and had produced Mariners telecasts. Beginning on January 1, 2024, the Mariners will own 100% of Root Sports Northwest.[58]

Diamond Sports bankruptcy

See also: Diamond Sports Group § Bankruptcy

This would be the second season affected by the February 2023 bankruptcy of Diamond Sports Group, owners of the Bally Sports regional sports networks. Diamond Sports Group may cut ties with additional teams it previously had deals with. The rights of those teams that Major League Baseball took over from Diamond midway through the 2023 season, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the San Diego Padres, could also change in 2024.[59] Diamond's deal with the Minnesota Twins also expires before the season.[60]

Retirements

The following players and coaches retired during the 2024 season and before the start of the 2025 campaign:

Retired numbers

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