Year In Review : 2014 National League

O ff the field...

An outbreak of Ebola started in West Africa and began to spread rapidly in 2014, mainly across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The global health crisis took the lives of 6,000+ people, infected more than 17,000, and made the World a much smaller place.

On March 8, 2014, a script from a Hollywood television series actually occurred when a Malaysian Airline flight from Kuala Lumpur simply vanished, leaving no evidence of it's existance, no crash site to investigate and no trace of 239 passengers who were on board the still not found airliner.

I n the American League...

The Kansas City Royals chose not to listen to pre-season predictions, book making experts, and statistical experts - who had proven their WAR was not on par with the Orioles, the Angels, the Tigers, and hardly even in the same league with everyone else, which made for a great Cinderella story throughout the year and deep into the playoffs. Though they lost the World Series 3-4 to the war-proven Giants, they left all the underdog rooting traditional fans with a great war story...

The Cleveland Indians brok the record set by the 2013 Detroit Tigers for strikeouts in a season by a pitching staff when Corey Kluber struck out David DeJesus in the eighth inning of a game on September 26, 2014. It was the Indians 1,429th strikeout of the season, breaking the tie with the Tigers, and they finished the year with 1,450.

The Oakland Athletics started the 2014 season setting a new (not so desirable) Major League record when the lost their tenth straight home opener, this time courtesy of the Cleveland Indians.

I n the National League...

The Chicago Cub - playing in their 100th season in Wrigley Field - lost to the Atlanta Braves on May 11, 2014, their 10,000 loss in franchise history joining two other senior circuit teams in the "10,000 Games Lost Club", the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves.

The New York Mets were one of several National League teams in 2014 to wear patriotic / military themed jersyes, throwback jerseys, and commemorative patches (one for Ralph Kiner and one for Frank Cashen), but they added their mascot, Mr. Met, to their alternate home jersey (blue) and road jerseys.

The San Francisco Giants like even numbered years as they won their third World Championship in the previous five years, adding World Series titles to their truly historic franchise for 2010, 2012 and 2014.

A round the League...

The 2014 Major League Baseball season began on March 22, 2014, in Sydney, Australia, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the first time in baseball history where the season opener was played in that particular continenet.

The 2014 season was the final for it's reigning Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, who had been steering the ship since 1992. From 1992 through 1998, Selig was the acting commissioner, and in 1998 he was (finally) appointed the official Commissioner of Baseball.

The 2014 season featured an expanded video review process that allowed maangers to challenge certain plays no more than twice per game, including force plays, fair or foul balls, and batters hit by a pitch. If the manager exhausted his abilty to challenge a play the Crew Chief could, after the completion of the sixth inning, choose to invoke instant reply themselves.

"The '90s were difficult. We had a lot of headaches. We lost the 1994 World Series. That was a sad thing. … But history has proven that set up the next 21 years of labor peace. I can say the sport has never been more popular. In the last 10 years, we have had the most attendance ever. We have a labor peace that was unheard of. When I took over, the game's revenues were $1.7 billion. They are now $8.5 billion. People refer to the post-war era as the Golden Age of Baseball. Any way you look at it, this is the Golden Age of Baseball." - Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig (Tracy Ringolsby, 05/02/2014, 'Selig having fun in his farewell tour of ballparks', Source )

2014 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

St. Louis

95

Batting Average

Colorado

.319

Doubles

Milwaukee

53

Hits

Philadelphia

184

Washington

Home Runs

Miami

37

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.952

RBI

Los Angeles

116

Runs

Washington

111

Slugging Average

Miami

.555

Stolen Bases

Los Angeles

64

Total Bases

Miami

299

Triples

Los Angeles

12

2014 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Los Angeles

6

ERA

Los Angeles

1.77

Games

Milwaukee

78

Pittsburgh

Saves

Atlanta

47

Shutouts

Miami

4

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

242

Washington

Winning Percentage

Los Angeles

.875

Wins

Los Angeles

21

2014 National League

Team Standings

Washington Nationals 96 66 0 .593 -- $134,704,437
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0 .488 17 $110,897,341
New York Mets 79 83 0 .488 17 $89,051,758
Miami Marlins 77 85 0 .475 19 $47,565,400
Philadelphia Phillies 73 89 0 .451

23

$180,052,723

St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0 .556

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$111,020,360

Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0 .543 2 $78,111,667
Milwaukee Brewers 82 80 0 .506 8 $103,844,806
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0 .469

14

$112,390,772

Chicago Cubs 73 89 0 .451

17

$89,007,857

Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 0 .580 -- $235,295,219
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0 .543 6

$154,185,878

San Diego Padres 77 85 0 .475 17 $90,094,196
Colorado Rockies 66 96 0 .407 28 $95,832,071
Arizona Diamondbacks 64 98 0 .395

30

$112,688,666

2014 National League Final Standings



Not one no-hitter was thrown in the American League in 2014; however, the National League pitchers were on fire: #1. Josh Beckett ( May 25, 2014 ), #2. Clayton Kershaw ( June 18, 2014 ), #3. Tim Lincecum ( June 25, 2014 ), #4. Cole Hamels / Jake Diekman / Ken Giles / Jonathan Papelbon ( September 1, 2014 ), #5. Jordan Zimmerman ( September 28, 2014 ). [All N.L. No Hitters ]

Did you know that when Madison Bumgarner (P) and Buster Posey (C) each hit a grand slam in the same game on July 14, 2014, they became the first batterymates with grand slams in the same game in Major League history?

On August 17, 2014 , Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle while wearing a Colorado Rockies (NL) uniform. Five years earlier, Cuddyer hit for the cycle wearing a Minnesota Twins (AL) uniform making him one of only three players (joining John Olerud & Bob Watson ) in baseball history to hit for the cycle in each league .

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