YEAR IN REVIEW : 2010 National League

Off the field...

The largest environmental disaster in U.S. history occurs on April 20, 2010, when an explosion occurs at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, killing eleven workers, causing the rig to sink two days later and initiating a massive ongoing offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The BP Oil Spill was finally stopped 86 days after oil started leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.

At the 82nd Academy Awards, The Hurt Locker wins six Oscars including the first Directing award for a female director, Kathryn Bigelow, beating hopefuls Avatar and Up in the Air.

Thirty-three miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days.

In the American League...

Dallas Braden threw the 19th perfect game in Major League history, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 4–0 on May 9, 2010, which happened to be Mother's Day. Symbolically and coincidentally (as he had lost his mom to breast cancer while in high school), players wore pink wristbands and ribbons on this day to raise breast cancer awareness.

A-Rod hit his 600th career home run against the Toronto Blue Jays on August 4, 2010. Rodriguez became the seventh player to reach this mark and the youngest player to hit 600, at 35 years and eight days - a year and 188 days younger than Babe Ruth was when he swatted 600. Rodriguez is fourth-quickest to the mark in terms of at-bats. He hit 600 in his 8,689th at-bat, behind Ruth (6,921), Barry Bonds (8,211) and Sammy Sosa (8,637).

The Toronto Blue Jays became the fourth team in Major League history to hit 250 home runs in a season (finishing the 2010 season with 257). They joined the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264), the 2005 Texas Rangers (260) and the 1996 Baltimore Orioles (257).

In the National League...

Exactly 20 days after the Braden perfecto (mentioned above), on May 29, 2010, Roy Halladay threw the 20th perfect game in Major League history, defeating the Florida Marlins 1–0. This achievement marked the first time in the modern (post-1900) era that two perfect games were pitched in the same season. In 1880, both Lee Richmond and John Montgomery Ward both hurled a perfect game five days apart.

The Chicago Cubs played their 20,000th game in their history on June 26, 2010, but lost to their crosstown rivals the Chicago White Sox, 3–2 at U.S. Cellular Field. Their record was 10,197–9,643 (with 160 games tied games). The Atlanta Braves played their 20,000th game in their history on August 6, having started in 1876 in Boston, transferring operations to Milwaukee in 1953 and coming to Atlanta in 1966, losing in 11 innings, 3–2 to the San Francisco Giants at Turner Field. Their record was 9,916–9,930 (with 154 tied games).

The Pittsburgh Pirates extended a dubious record; 2010 was their 18th consecutive losing season, a record for North American major professional sports teams. The Pirates matched the 1963 New York Mets for the worst road record in a 162-game season at 17–64.

Around the League...

Bobby Cox, manager of the Atlanta Braves, became the fourth manager in Major League history to win 2,500 games as the Braves defeated the Washington Nationals on September 25. He joined Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony LaRussa as the only managers to reach this milestone. Cox had managed the Braves for 25 years (1978–81, 1990–2010) and the Toronto Blue Jays (1982–1985) for four years leading them to a Major League record of 16 playoff appearances, as well as the Braves' only World Series title in Atlanta (the franchise's first two titles came in Boston and Milwaukee respectively). All throughout the season baseball fans knew this would be the final season for the future Hall of Fame manager.

The Texas Rangers were sold at an auction in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on August 5, 2010 to a group led by Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan from former owner Tom Hicks. The ownership change was approved by Major League Baseball owners on August 12, 2010.

Many uniform based memorials were worn by teams in 2010; Following the death of Colorado Rockies' president Keli McGregor on April 20, the team started wearing a patch with his initials KSM on their uniforms; On May 5, the day after the death of longtime Detroit Tigers radio broadcaster Ernie Harwell, the Tigers began wearing a patch on the right sleeve in his memory, inscribed with the broadcaster's initials; The Philadelphia Phillies wore a patch with the number 36 on their right sleeve, honoring Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, who died on May 6; The Pittsburgh Pirates honored former general manager Joe L. Brown following his passing with his initals in yellow on a black circle; Following the passing of long time public address announcer Bob Sheppard and owner George Steinbrenner, the New York Yankees wore a black armband in memory of both gentlemen at the All-Star Game. Starting with their series at home against Tampa Bay, the team would have two patches, one with the initials GMS on their left chest for Steinbrenner, and on the left sleeve, a patch honoring Sheppard. When Ralph Houk died July 21, the team added a black armband on their left sleeve.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I imagined early in the year I'd be in the N.L.C.S., playing at Citi Field. Instead I'll be in the A.L.C.S." - Jeff Francoeur in the New York Times (Pat Borzi, 10/14/2010, 'Francoeur Misses His Friends but Is Happy in the Playoffs', Link )

2010 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Milwaukee
114
Colorado
.336
Philadelphia
46
Colorado
197
St. Louis
42
Cincinnati
.424
St. Louis
118
St. Louis
115
Cincinnati
.600
Houston
52
Colorado
351
Colorado
14

2010 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
9
Florida
2.30
New York
92
San Francisco
48
Philadelphia
4
San Francisco
231
Colorado
.704
Philadelphia
21

2010 National League

Team Standings

97
65
0
.599
--
$141,927,381
91
71
0
.562
6
$84,423,667
80
82
0
.494
17
$55,641,500
79
83
0
.488
18
$132,701,445
69
93
0
.426
28
$61,425,000
91
71
0
.562
--
$72,386,544
86
76
0
.531
5
$93,540,753
77
85
0
.475
14
$81,108,279
76
86
0
.469
15
$92,355,500
75
87
0
.463
16
$146,859,000
57
105
0
.352
34
$34,943,000
92
70
0
.568
--
$97,828,833
90
72
0
.556
2
$37,799,300
83
79
0
.512
9
$84,227,000
80
82
0
.494
12
$94,945,517
65
97
0
.401
27
$60,718,167
2010 National League Final Standings
Seasonal Events: All-Star Game | Home Run Derby | World Series
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Roy Halladay twirled the first postseason no-hitter since Don Larson had his perfect game in the fifth game of the 1956 World Series leading the Phillies to a 4-0 win in the first game of the 2010 National League Division Series at Citizens Bank Park over the Cincinnati Reds . Halladay walked Jay Bruce in the fifth inning as the only blemish on the record. Halladay threw 104 pitches, 74 of them for strikes, striking out eight in becoming the first pitcher to have two no-hit games in the same calendar year with one of them occurring in the postseason.

Did you know that Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to pitch a complete game shutout in Major League history when at the age of 47 years, 170 days, he beat the Atlanta Braves , 7-0 on May 7 at Citizens Bank Park? Phil Niekro at age 46 years, 188 days was the oldest pitcher to do that beforehand, while Satchel Paige at age 46 years, 75 days, was the oldest non-knuckleball throwing pitcher to accomplish the feat for the St. Louis Browns in 1952. Moyer also became the first pitcher to pitch complete game shutouts in four decades (1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s).

On September 8, 2010, against the Florida Marlins , Ryan Howard hit his 250th career home run. Howard became the 200th player to reach this mark and it came during his 855th career game -- the fastest player in terms of games played to reach 250 career home runs in Major League history. The previous record was held by Ralph Kiner , who did it in 871 games.

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