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 National League
|East||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|New York Mets||86||76||0||.531||11.0||$158,999,270|
|Central||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|St. Louis Cardinals||91||71||0||.562||--||$162,830,430|
|West||Team [Click for roster]||Wins||Losses||Ties||WP||GB||Payroll|
|Los Angeles Dodgers||106||56||0||.654||--||$196,729,548|
|San Francisco Giants||77||85||0||.475||29.0||$178,286,222|
|San Diego Padres||70||92||0||.432||36.0||$99,205,017|
|2019 National League Standings|
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On March 29, 2019, Paul Goldschmidt , who was traded from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the St. Louis Cardinals during the off-season, became the first player in Major League history to hit three home runs in either his first or second game with a new team.
Did you know that Merrill Kelly and Jon Duplantier (Arizona Diamondbacks) were the first teammates in Major League history to make their major league debuts in the same game (April 1, 2019), with one pitcher earning the win and the other earning a save?
The Los Angeles Dodgers set a Major League record for most home runs on Opening Day, crushing eight long balls on March 28, 2019.