Year In Review : 2018 American League

Off the field...

The year started with some history making news in the National Football League as the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history, defeating the heavily favored (yet again) New England Patriots, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII, ending a 57-year championship drought.

In the American League...

The Detroit Tigers modified the Olde English D on their home jersey to match the D on the cap. This was the first major change to the Tigers' home jersey since 1934.

A "feel good" story of the year surrounded the return of Atlanta Braves pitcher Jonny Venters. The Tampa Bay Rays stuck with the determined lefty who had Tommy John surgery three times and successfully returned to the mound on April 25, 2018 - the first pitcher to make it back to the majors after three such operations.

In the National League...

The 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals.

The National League & American League had a combined 7,335 strikeouts and 6,992 hits during the month of April. Never in Major League history had their been a month with more strikeouts than hits, until 2018!

Around the League...

All thirty Major League Baseball teams were scheduled to play an Opening Day game on March 29, 2018, the earliest start of a regular season in baseball history.

Major League Baseball implemented new pace of play rules in 2018, 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.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement reached in December 2016, the 2018 regular season was extended to 187 days in order to add four additional off-days for all teams.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Twenty years ago, when you talked to National League owners about the DH, you'd think you were talking some sort of heretical comment," Manfred told reporters Thursday at the owners meetings in Coral Gables, Fla. "But we have a newer group. There's been turnover. And I think our owners in general have demonstrated a willingness to change the game in ways that we think would be good for the fans, always respecting the history and traditions of the sport." - New York Daily News Staff Peter Botte (01/21/2016, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says National League could implement DH by 2017 , Source )

2018 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Los Angeles Angels
122
Batting Average
Boston Red Sox
.346
Doubles
Houston Astros
50
Hits
Kansas City Royals
192
Home Runs
Oakland Athletics
48
On Base Percentage
Los Angeles Angels
.460
RBI
Boston Red Sox
130
Runs
Boston Red Sox
129
Slugging Average
Boston Red Sox
.640
Stolen Bases
Kansas City Royals
45
Total Bases
Boston Red Sox
358
Triples
Chicago White Sox
10
Tampa Bay Rays
10

2018 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Minnesota Twins
2
Cleveland Indians
2
Cleveland Indians
2
Seattle Mariners
2
New York Yankees
2
ERA
Tampa Bay Rays
1.89
Games
Minnesota Twins
77
Houston Astros
Saves
Seattle Mariners
57
Shutouts
Minnesota Twins
1
Cleveland Indians
1
Houston Astros
1
Los Angeles Angels
1
Cleveland Indians
1
Oakland Athletics
1
Oakland Athletics
1
Seattle Mariners
1
New York Yankees
1
New York Yankees
1
Houston Astros
1
Strikeouts
Houston Astros
290
Winning Percentage
Houston Astros
.833
Wins
Tampa Bay Rays
21

2018 American League

Final Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 108 54 0 .667 -- $206,247,686
New York Yankees 100 62 0 .617 8.0 $161,305,917
Tampa Bay Rays 90 72 0 .556 18.0 $69,605,999
Toronto Blue Jays 73 89 0 .451 35.0 $164,122,200
Baltimore Orioles 47 115 0 .290 61.0 $148,160,873
Cleveland Indians 91 71 0 .562 -- $136,652,167
Minnesota Twins 78 84 0 .481 13.0 $129,560,000
Detroit Tigers 64 98 0 .395 27.0 $111,286,000
Chicago White Sox 62 100 0 .383 29.0 $86,050,333
Kansas City Royals 58 104 0 .358 33.0 $115,483,116
Houston Astros 103 59 0 .636 -- $172,038,900
Oakland Athletics 97 65 0 .599 6.0 $62,652,500
Seattle Mariners 89 73 0 .549 14.0 $165,303,943
LosAngelesAngels 80 82 0 .494 23.0 $171,248,332
Texas Rangers 67 95 0 .414 36.0 $128,821,249
2018 American League Final Standings
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George Springer ( 2018 Astros ) hit a lead-off home run on Opening Day , March 29, 2018 , and became the first player in Major League history to lead off back-to-back seasons ( April 3, 2017 ) with a home run.

On April 5, 2018 , Adrian Beltre became the all-time leader in hits by a player from Latin America. Beltre , from the Dominican Republic , passed Rod Carew of Panama ( Canal Zone ) with his 3,054th career hit.

Did you know that Roberto Osuna became the youngest pitcher in Major League history to reach 100 career saves in 2018? Osuna , on April 10, 2018 , recorded his 100th save, reaching the plateau a year younger than the previous record holder, Francisco Rodriguez .

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