2018 Major League Baseball season
The 2018 Major League Baseball season began on March 29, 2018, and is scheduled to end on September 30. The postseason will begin on October 2. The 2018 World Series is set to begin on October 23, and a potential Game 7 is scheduled on October 31.
|2018 MLB season|
|League||Major League Baseball|
|Duration||March 29 – October 31, 2018|
|Number of games||162|
|Number of teams||30|
As has been the case since 2013, all teams will play their four division opponents 19 times each for a total of 76 games. They will play six or seven games against each of the other 10 same-league opponents for a total of 66 games, and 20 inter-league games. The primary inter-league match-ups are AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central, and AL West vs NL West. Since "natural rivalry" matchups are part of the three-year divisional rotation, the schedule format for interleague games will be different from previous years. The 20 interleague games each team will play will consist of two three-game series (one home, one away) against its natural rival (total of six games), two two-game series (one home, one away) against each team for two other opponents (total of eight games), and a single three-game series against each team for the last two (one home, one away; total of six games).
Under the new collective bargaining agreement reached in December 2016, the regular season has been extended to 187 days in order to add four additional off-days for all teams. All teams were scheduled to play Opening Day, March 29–the earliest domestic start of a regular season in MLB history. There will no longer be a Sunday-night game on the final Sunday before the All-Star Game. A single, nationally televised afternoon game will be played on the Thursday after the All-Star Game (which for 2018, will be played between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs), before all other teams return from break the next day.
The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians played a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 17 and 18, while the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres will play a three-game series at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico from May 4 to 6. The Little League Classic game at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the Little League World Series, will return to the schedule. It will be played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets on August 19.
Beginning in the 2018 season, MLB implemented new pace of play rules, which include limiting the amount of mound visits for each team to six visits per nine innings. Teams will receive an additional visit for every extra inning played.
|Team||Former GM||Reason For Leaving||New GM||Story/Accomplishments|
|Atlanta Braves||John Coppolella||Resigned||Alex Anthopoulos||John Coppolella resigned from the Braves on October 2, 2017, because of a Major League Baseball investigation. On November 12, 2017, Alex Anthopoulos was hired as the new general manager of the team. On November 21, 2017, Coppolella was banned for life from baseball as a result of the investigation.|
|Team||Former manager||Reason for leaving||New manager||Story/Accomplishments|
|Detroit Tigers||Brad Ausmus||Contract not renewed||Ron Gardenhire||The Tigers announced on September 22, 2017, that Ausmus' contract would not be renewed. Ausmus compiled a 314–332 (.486) record in four years as manager with one playoff appearance. The Tigers hired former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on October 19, 2017. As the Twins' manager from 2002 to 2014 he compiled a record of 1068–1039 (.507), and 6–21 (.222) in six post-season appearances. He also won AL Manager of the Year in 2010.|
|Philadelphia Phillies||Pete Mackanin||Reassigned||Gabe Kapler||It was announced on October 1, 2017, that Mackanin would be removed as manager but he managed the final three games of the 2017 season. Mackanin had a record of 174–238 (.422) in his two and a half seasons as manager with no playoff appearances. It was also announced he would remain with the organization as a special assistant to the general manager. On October 29, 2017, the Phillies announced the hire of former Dodgers' Director of Development Gabe Kapler. He has no previous major league managerial or coaching experience.|
|New York Mets||Terry Collins||Retired||Mickey Callaway||Collins announced on October 1, 2017, that he would retire after the last game of the season. He will move to the Mets' front office. Collins finished with a 551–583 (.486) record in seven years with club, with two playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series and lost the Wild Card to the San Francisco Giants in the following season. The Mets named Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager on October 22, 2017. Callaway has no previous managerial experience.|
|Boston Red Sox||John Farrell||Fired||Alex Cora||Farrell was fired on October 11, 2017. Farrell during his five years as manager compiled a 432–378 (.533) record and earned three division titles in 2013, 2016 and 2017. He led the Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title. Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora was named manager on October 22, 2017, and formally assumed the role after the Astros' win in the 2017 World Series. He has no previous managerial experience.|
|Washington Nationals||Dusty Baker||Contract not renewed||Dave Martinez||The Nationals announced on October 20, 2017, that Baker would not be returning for the 2018 season. Baker led the Nationals to the postseason in each of his two seasons with the club but couldn't get past the NLDS. The Nationals were 192–132 (.593) under Baker. The Nationals hired Dave Martinez to be their new manager on October 29, 2017. Martinez was previously the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, and has no managerial experience.|
|New York Yankees||Joe Girardi||Aaron Boone||The Yankees announced on October 26, 2017, that Girardi would not return for the 2018 season. Girardi led the Yankees to three division titles and one World Series championship during his ten years of managing the club. The Yankees were 910–710 (.562) under Girardi. On December 1, 2017, radio announcer Aaron Boone was hired as the team's new manager. He has no previous coaching or managerial experience.|
|Team||Former manager||Interim manager||Reason for leaving||New manager||Story/Accomplishments|
|Cincinnati Reds||Bryan Price||Jim Riggleman||Fired||TBA||Price was fired after starting the season with a 3–15 (.167). In four seasons, Price finished with a 279–387 (.419) record with no playoff appearances. Bench coach Jim Riggleman was selected as the interim manager. His previous managerial experience includes stints with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Nationals. He has been a Manager in the Reds' minor league system since 2012.|
Updated through April 22
- George Springer (HOU):
- Joe Panik (SF):
- Became the first player in Major League history to hit a home run in consecutive 1–0 victories by his team.
- Adrian Beltre (TEX):
- Joe Mauer (MIN):
- Sean Manaea (OAK):
- Threw his first career no-hitter by defeating the Boston Red Sox 3–0 on April 21. Manaea walked two and threw one wild pitch, throwing 108 pitches, 75 for strikes, and striking out ten. One other runner reached on an error. There was also a controversial call in which a runner was called out for exiting the base path near first base, after having originally been called safe.
Other pitching accomplishmentsEdit
- Max Scherzer (WAS):
- Roberto Osuna (TOR):
- On April 10, at the age of 23 years and 62 days, Osuna became the youngest pitcher in Major League history to acquire his 100th career save. Osuna was over a year younger than the previous record holder Francisco Rodríguez. Rodríguez had accomplished the feat at the age of 24 years and 246 days.
The Detroit Tigers modified the Olde English D on the home jersey to match the D on the cap. This is the first major change to the Tigers' home jersey since 1934 (not counting the hiatus in 1960). 
The Oakland Athletics added a kelly green alternate jersey to commemorate the franchise's 50th anniversary in Oakland. The uniforms are used during every Friday home game.
The Washington Nationals added a second navy blue jersey to commemorate the team's hosting of the 2018 All-Star Game. The uniform features the script "Nationals" in white with red trim and numerals in red with white trim. 
Anniversaries and special eventsEdit
The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:
|All Teams||"MSD" patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (February 23)|
|#42 patch for Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)|
|Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 12–13, Mother's Day weekend)|
|"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 2–3)|
|Blue ribbons for prostate cancer awareness (June 16–17, Father's Day weekend)|
|Players Weekend (August 24–26)|
|Gold ribbons for childhood cancer awareness (August 31)|
|Atlanta Braves||50th anniversary of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4)|
|Arizona Diamondbacks||20th anniversary of the franchise|
|Chicago Cubs||"MSD" patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (March 29)|
|Colorado Rockies||25th anniversary of the franchise|
|Houston Astros||2017 World Series Championship (April 2)|
|Kansas City Royals||50th season of the franchise|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||60th anniversary in Los Angeles|
|Miami Marlins||25th anniversary of the franchise (began as the Florida Marlins)
“MSD” patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (March 29-April 1)
|New York Mets||Autograph patch in memory of Rusty Staub|
|Oakland Athletics||50th anniversary in Oakland|
|San Francisco Giants||60th anniversary in San Francisco|
|Tampa Bay Rays||20th anniversary of the franchise (originally Devil Rays)|
|Toronto Blue Jays||#32 patch in memory of Roy Halladay|
|Washington Nationals||2018 All Star Game|
The Royals will wear an alternate uniform with a crown atop the R, and a cap with a crown instead of the "KC", on June 30 in Seattle.
The Phillies will wear their 1980s powder blue uniforms for select Thursday home games.
The Mariners will mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 "Turn Ahead the Clock" promotion by wearing the uniforms from that game June 30 against Kansas City.
The Rays wore throwbacks from their inaugural season on March 31 against the Boston Red Sox. They will wear these throwbacks again on June 9 against the Seattle Mariners, June 23rd against the New York Yankees and on September 8th against the Baltimore Orioles.
This is the fifth year of the current eight-year deals with Fox Sports, ESPN and TBS. Fox will air eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Nights leading up to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which will also air on Fox. Fox will then televise Saturday afternoon games for the last four weeks of the regular season. FS1 will televise games on Tuesday and on Saturdays both during the afternoon and night. ESPN will televise games on its flagship telecast Sunday Night Baseball as well as Monday and Wednesday Nights. TBS will televise Sunday afternoon games for the last 13 weeks of the regular season. Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive; all other national telecasts will be subject to local blackout.
TBS will televise the American League Wild Card Game, Division Series and Championship Series. ESPN will televise the National League Wild Card. Fox Sports 1 and MLB Network will televise the National League Division Series. Fox and Fox Sports 1 will televise the National League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on Fox for the 19th consecutive year.
- The Minnesota Twins will return to Entercom's WCCO/Minneapolis after twelve years on KSTP, followed by the Twins-owned FM station KQGO; WCCO has been the flagship for the Twins' network for 46 of the team's 58 years of existence. Entercom will also take over all existing play-by-play contracts from their newly acquired stations from CBS Radio after the two companies merged their radio assets on November 17, 2017.
- The Chicago White Sox will have a new flagship station in Tribune Broadcasting's WGN/Chicago, after Cumulus Media asked to void their agreement to carry the team's games on WLS as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and Cumulus ending several high-profile talent and sports rights agreements due to their cost. The deal allows WGN to return to MLB play-by-play after a three-year hiatus after the end of their long association with the Chicago Cubs, who moved to WBBM in the 2015 season, then WSCR in 2016. WGN had previously carried White Sox broadcasts from 1927 until 1943.
- The San Diego Padres will have a new flagship station, as they moved from Entercom's KBZT to KEGY (FM), the latter of which flipped from contemporary hit radio to hot talk branded as "97.3 The Machine".
- ESPN Radio will air its 21st season of national coverage, including Sunday Night Baseball, Saturday games, Opening Day and holiday games, the All-Star Game, and Home Run Derby, and the entire Major League Baseball postseason.
- Roy Halladay had his #32 retired posthumously by the Toronto Blue Jays on March 29.
- Barry Bonds will have his #25 retired by the San Francisco Giants on August 11.
- Jack Morris will have his #47 retired by the Detroit Tigers on August 12.
- Alan Trammell will have his #3 retired by the Detroit Tigers on August 26.
- October 31 is the date of a potential Game 7 of the World Series. The earliest the season can end is October 27.
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