The 2019 Major League Baseball season began on March 20, 2019, and is the 150th anniversary of professional baseball, dating back to the 1869 foundation of the Cincinnati Reds.
Four rule changes went into effect in 2019. The time between innings was reduced from 2:05 to 2:00 in local games, and 2:25 to 2:00 in nationally televised games. The August trade deadline was cancelled, leaving just one trade deadline in Major League Baseball, July 31, 2019. The last two were related to the Midsummer Classic, the first is a two-round voting method for fans to select All-Stars, the second will award the winner of the Home Run Derby a $1,000,000 bonus!
The Cleveland Indians agreed to stop using their "Chief Wahoo" logo on January 29, 2018. On November 19, 2018, the team unveiled new uniforms excluding the Chief Wahoo logo, as well as new hats with red brims for home games, a new red-colored home alternate jersey (marking the team's first red jersey since the 1970's), and sleeve patches commemorating their hosting of the 2019 All-Star Game.
The regular season began on March 20, 2019, when the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners played a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan, at the Tokyo Dome.
A London Series was played on June 29-30, 2019, when the Boston Red Sox faced-off against the New York Yankees at London Stadium in London, England, on June 29 and 30 making it the first ever regular season series in London under a two-year commitment.
Derek Jeter, CEO of the Miami Marlins, unveiled a new logo, team colors, and uniform on November 16, 2018, for the 2019 season. The new design replaced the one used after the team moved to Marlins Park in 2012, and switched from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs played a game on August 18, 2019, coinciding with the Little League World Series. The MLB Little League Classic was played at BB&T Ballpark, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the third straight year.
Opening Day for all teams took place on March 28, 2019, the earliest Opening Day in baseball history when you exclude international season openers. The previous earliest Opening Day was on March 29, 2018.
The second annual Mexico Series of regular season games featured four matchups in 2019. The first match-up was the National League St. Louis Cardinals versus the Cincinnati Reds. The two-game series was played at Monterrey, Mexico's Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey, on April 13 and 14, 2019. The second two-game series, also in Monterrey, featured the American League Houston Astros versus the Los Angeles Angels on May 4 and 5, 2019.
The 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held on July 9, 2019, at Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians.
"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 )
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2019 American League
|East||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|New York Yankees||103||59||0||.636||--||$208,084,848|
|Tampa Bay Rays||96||66||0||.593||7.0||$60,444,931|
|Boston Red Sox||84||78||0||.519||19.0||$222,171,123|
|Toronto Blue Jays||67||95||0||.414||36.0||$112,037,006|
|Central||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|Chicago White Sox||72||89||0||.447||28.5||$89,354,534|
|Kansas City Royals||59||103||0||.364||42.0||$100,658,316|
|West||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|Los Angeles Angels||72||90||0||.444||35.0||$159,378,583|
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Two National League starting pitchers in the same game had 10-or-more strikeouts on Opening Day in 2019; Jacob DeGrom (10 Ks) and Max Scherzer (12 Ks) on March 28, 2019. The last time it happened was on April 7, 1970 , when Dave McNally of the Baltimore Orioles had 13 strikeouts and Sam McDowell of the Detroit Tigers had 11 strikeouts.
Did you know that when Elvis Luciano made his Major League debut with the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31, 2019, he became the first ballplayer born in the 2000s to play in a regular season game?
Two American League All-Stars are having their number retired during the regular season: Adrian Beltre, who will have his #29 retired by the Texas Rangers on June 8, 2019, and Joe Mauer, who will have his #7 retired by the Minnesota Twins on June 15, 2019.