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This article is about the 2010 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 2010 in baseball.
2010 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 4, – October 31 (earliest)-November 4 (latest), 2010
Regular Season
Season MVP AL:
NL:
League Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons

← 2009

The 2010 Major League Baseball Season, the 110th consecutive season that will be played by the American and National Leagues simultaneously, is scheduled to begin on Sunday night, April 4 when the Boston Red Sox will host their long-time rivals, the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees at Fenway Park that evening on ESPN 2. The master schedule with all scheduled games was released on September 15, 2009, with the season ending on October 3, 2010. The 2010 All-Star Game will be played on July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. The game will decide home field for the 2010 World Series, which will begin (tentatively) on October 27, and end no later than November 4 if the series goes all seven games. In addition, the annual Civil Rights Game will take place on May 15 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio with the host Cincinnati Reds playing the St. Louis Cardinals.

Contents

Regular Season

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American League

  
AL East
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 0 0 0–0 0–0
Boston Red Sox 0 0 0–0 0–0
New York Yankees 0 0 0–0 0–0
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 0–0 0–0
Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 0–0 0–0
  
AL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Sox 0 0 0–0 0–0
Cleveland Indians 0 0 0–0 0–0
Detroit Tigers 0 0 0–0 0–0
Kansas City Royals 0 0 0–0 0–0
Minnesota Twins 0 0 0–0 0–0
  
AL West
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 0 0 0–0 0–0
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0–0 0–0
Seattle Mariners 0 0 0–0 0–0
Texas Rangers 0 0 0–0 0–0

National League

  
NL East
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0–0 0–0
Florida Marlins 0 0 0–0 0–0
New York Mets 0 0 0–0 0–0
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 0–0 0–0
Washington Nationals 0 0 0–0 0–0
  
NL Central
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0–0 0–0
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 0–0 0–0
Houston Astros 0 0 0–0 0–0
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 0–0 0–0
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0–0 0–0
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 0–0 0–0
  
NL West
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 0–0 0–0
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0–0 0–0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0–0 0–0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0–0 0–0
San Francisco Giants 0 0 0–0 0–0

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.

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 Dugout 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 reminder 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.

Milestones

Forthcoming

Batters

600 Home Runs

500 Home Runs

400 Home Runs

300 Home Runs

1500 Runs Batted In

1000 Runs Batted In

500 Doubles

100 Triples

Pitchers

200 Wins

150 Wins

100 Wins

600 Saves

550 Saves

250 Saves

200 Saves

150 Saves

100 Saves

New stadium

The Minnesota Twins will inaugurate Target Field, their new 39,504 seat home field on April 12 against the Boston Red Sox. The franchise moves from the Metrodome, which they shared with the Minnesota Vikings since the stadium opened in 1982 and also with University of Minnesota football program until the Gophers returned to their campus and opened TCF Bank Stadium in September 2009. The Twins last played outdoor baseball in 1981 when Metropolitan Stadium (where the Mall of America now stands) closed.

Broadcasting

Television

The 2010 season will mark the first full season in the USA 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:

  • FOX: Saturday afternoon Game of the Week on a regional basis; nine appearances per team. In addition, the network will broadcast the All-Star Game, NLCS, and World Series. The network starts their telecasts on Saturdays at 4 PM US ET/1 PM US PT, except for three dates (April 10, May 1 and 8) due to NASCAR coverage, when those games will start at 3 PM ET/12 noon PT. Two prime time dates will be on the schedule on May 22nd and June 26th, both starting at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT.
  • ESPN/ESPN2: Sunday Night Baseball on a weekly basis; five appearances per team. In addition, there are games on Monday and Wednesday nights (with the Monday games moving to either Wednesday nights to form a doubleheader or Friday nights when the 2010 NFL season begins), Opening Day games on April 5, and the Home Run Derby on July 12.
  • TBS: Sunday afternoon games starting on April 11; 13 appearances per team. In addition, the network will carry the announcement of the All-Star Teams in the National and American Leagues on July 4 as well as the Division Series and the ALCS as per the alternating contract with FOX. Blackout rules will again apply here as Headline News will be broadcast in the teams' markets during the regular season.
  • MLB Network: The network will again air a weekly Thursday Night Game of the Week and Saturday Night Game of the Week. Thursday Night games are produced in-house, while Saturday Night games (except for the Civil Rights Game, May 22 and June 26) will usually come off the home team's video production. Blackouts will once again apply here, as viewers in the competing team's markets will telecast an alternate game off the home team feed of selected teams. In addition, holiday games on Memorial Day (May 31) and day games on July 5th and in addition, commencing on September 5 (Labor Day), expanded coverage of the pennant races will be taking place with additional games broadcast.

In Canada, Toronto Blue Jays games will be televised on Rogers Sportsnet and TSN. 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.

In Australia free to air channel One HD shows up to 5 games live per week, and European channel ESPN America broadcasts games as well.

Radio

ESPN Radio will once 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.

Uniforms, patches and logo changes

Uniforms

New uniforms and changes

  • All teams will have new batting practice/spring training caps for the season.
  • The Florida Marlins, as part of the team's rebranding into the Miami Marlins as part of their preparation for the opening of their new ballpark for the 2012 season, will drop the state name on their road uniforms and use the team name instead.
  • The Minnesota Twins became the first team to unveil changes for the season. On November 16, the team unveiled a new logo with a revamped wordmark, and introduced throwback alternates based on their 1961 home uniforms, which will be worn on Opening Day and Saturdays. The team also unveiled their first road uniform change since 1987, dropping the pinstripes on the road, and changing to a script "Minnesota" with lettering and numbering in navy with white and red trim. The new wordmark also appears on a revamped logo, with a baseball design and the words "Minnesota Twins Baseball Club" incorporated onto a navy circle.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers unveil a new road alternate jersey with "Milwaukee" on the front, marking the first time the city name will appear on a road jersey since 1999.[1]
  • The New York Mets will introduce a new alternate pinstripe home uniform for the 2010 season. The new uniforms are cream colored instead of white and are based on the original Mets uniform when the team debuted in 1962. The team will continue to wear their non-pinstriped white uniforms and their black alternate jerseys at Citi Field as well.
  • The San Francisco Giants will have an orange alternate jersey this year. The jersey will have the Giants name in black with a white outline along with a two-stripe black trim around the neck and sleeves. The team has also changed their socks, adding three orange stripes to the black stockings already worn (whilst not wearing their pajama pants.)
  • The Tampa Bay Rays have added a long-rumored light blue alternate jersey for the season, to be worn on Sundays at home.

Retired numbers

The Chicago White Sox have announced that Frank Thomas' #35 will be retired on August 29th before their game against the New York Yankees. "The Big Hurt" officially retired as a White Sox member on February 12.[2] The Pale Hose are unretiring the #11 made famous by Luis Aparicio and allow Omar Vizquel to wear it this season.[3] This is due to the fact that manager Ozzie Guillen already wears number 13, which Vizquel has worn through his career in tribute to Guillen.

Throwbacks

  • To celebrate the 40th Anniversary season in Milwaukee, the Brewers will wear replicas of their previous uniforms during three home games, first donning their 1972 uniforms May 14th versus the Philadelphia Phillies, who will break out replicas of their powder blue outfits that night, wearing their 1982 duds against the Seattle Mariners on June 25, who will don their pullovers and their 1998 outfits against the Washington Nationals (disguised as the Montreal Expos) on July 23. They will also don Milwaukee Bears uniforms on July 10 against the New York Mets as part of Negro League Tribute night. The Mets are scheduled to wear replicas of the New York Cubans' road outfits.[4]
  • The Houston Astros, in honor of their 45th year as the Astros, will wear their 1965 jerseys on April 10 against the Phillies, who will wear replicas of their 1965 uniforms on that date.
  • For the Civil Rights Game May 15th, the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals will wear replicas of their 1954 uniforms.

Patches

  • The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will wear a patch for hosting the All-Star Game, and a patch in memory of play-by-play announcer Rory Markas, who passed away in January.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers will wear a patch commemorating 55 years since winning their first World Series. The patch features "1st World Championship" in red lettering above an oval, the center has the year (1955) and the Dodgers' logo with the Brooklyn Bridge shadowing both sides, and underneath has "55 since '55" in red/blue/red lettering.
  • The Milwaukee Brewers will wear a patch commemorating their 40th season in Milwaukee.
  • The Minnesota Twins will wear a patch commemorating their 50th season in Minnesota on their road uniforms, and a patch honoring their new stadium on their home uniforms.

Caps

  • The Kansas City Royals unveiled a new powder blue alternate cap, which will be worn with their powder blue alternate jersey.
  • The San Francisco Giants will introduce a new alternate cap, featuring the traditional SF monogram with an orange bill.

Notes

  1. ^ Brewers Introduce Alternate Road "Milwaukee" Jersey, milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com 17 February 2010
  2. ^ White Sox to Retire Uniform No. 35 in Honor of Frank Thomas; Announce "Frank Thomas Day" Will Be Celebrated August 29, chicago.whitesox.mlb.com, 12 February 2010.
  3. ^ Vizquel to Wear Aparicio's No. 11, Scott Melkin, chicago.whitesox.mlb.com, 8 February 2010
  4. ^ Brewers Announce Plans to Celebrate 40th Anniversary Season, milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com, 20 January 2010

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