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2019 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 2019 throughout the world.

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Major League Baseball

  • Baseball Hall of Fame Honors



  • January 3 – Veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki signed a one year contract with the New York Yankees after missing the entire 2018 season due to bone spurs. The Yankees will pay Tulowitzki the major league minimum salary for 2019 ($555,000), and the contract includes a no-trade clause.[11] For the Yankees, Tulowitzki offered a lost-cost solution to their hole at shortstop, as Didi Gregorius will miss at least the first part of 2019 while he rehabs from Tommy John Surgery.[12]
  • January 11 – The Boston Red Sox and American League MVP Mookie Betts settled on a one year deal worth $20 million. The salary figure is a record for a player in his second year of arbitration eligibility,[13] with Betts still having one more year of arbitration-eligibility to go. Betts won his arbitration case with the Red Sox a year ago, securing $10.5 million, and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.[13]
  • January 15 – Longtime Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster and former pitcher Steve Blass announces that the 2019 season will be his 60th and last season however he will remain with the team as an ambassador Blass, 76 led the Pirates to a World Series title in 1971 on September 28th Blass the Pirates final homestand of the season Blass will be honored with a player/broadcaster bobblehead giveaway and an on-field ceremony.
  • January 21 – The Cincinnati Reds acquire veteran starting pitcher Sonny Gray from the New York Yankees, which was followed by signing him to a three year extension of $30,500,000 that includes a $12 million club option for 2023. Reiver Sanmartin, a minor league pitcher, also came to Cincinnati along with prospect second baseman Shed Long winding up in Seattle after being traded by the Yankees. New York also received an undisclosed draft pick.[14]
  • January 22 – For the second consecutive year, the Baseball Writers' Association of America elects four players into the Hall of Fame, including the first player ever selected unanimously, Mariano Rivera, Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader, who was listed on all 425 ballots cast. Rivera is joined by Roy Halladay and Edgar Martínez, both of whom receive 363 votes (85.4%), and Mike Mussina, who receives 326 votes (76.7%). Rivera and Halladay are both elected in their first year on the ballot, while Mussina is elected in his sixth year and Martínez in his tenth and last. Halladay, who died in a plane crash in November 2017, also becomes the first player to be elected posthumously by the BBWAA since Roberto Clemente in 1973. Also in his final year of eligibility, Fred McGriff was unable to receive enough votes to be elected in to Cooperstown by the BBWAA.[15]
  • January 26 – The Los Angeles Dodgers signed free agent center fielder A. J. Pollock a four-year, $55 million deal, plus a $10 million player option for a fifth year. If Pollock declines that option, the Dodgers must buy out his fifth year for $5 million.[16]


  • February 8
    • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred indicated at the annual owner's meeting that the league is not open to the introduction of the designated hitter rule to the National League. It emerged recently that MLB and the MLB Players Association were exchanging proposals on a variety of significant potential rules changes before the upcoming season. Some of those, including the introduction of a twenty-second pitch clock and a rule requiring any pitcher that enters a game to face at least three hitters, were set forth by the league.[17]
    • The Philadelphia Phillies acquired All-Star catcher J. T. Realmuto in a four-player transaction with the Miami Marlins. In exchange, the Marlins received right-handed pitcher Sixto Sánchez, catcher Jorge Alfaro, lefty-handed pitching prospect Will Stewart and international bonus slot money.[18]
  • February 18 – Giants manager Bruce Bochy announces that the 2019 season will be his last Bochy is ranked 11th in all time manegerial wins with 1,926 career victories.
  • February 22 – The San Diego Padres announced the signing of free agent Manny Machado. The 10-year deal will pay Machado $30 million annually through the 2028 season, and contain a six-team no-trade clause. He will play at third base for San Diego.[19]
  • February 26 – The Colorado Rockies and third baseman Nolan Arenado agreed to an eight-year, $260 million contract with an opt-out in three years. A four-time All-Star and six-time Gold Glove Award winner, Arenado will receive the highest annual salary of $32.5 million, surpassing the $31 million of Detroit Tigers designated hitter Miguel Cabrera, and behind the top earner in Major League Baseball, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke, at $34.4 million for the largest in MLB history.[20]


  • March 1 – The Philadelphia Phillies reached an agreement to sign free agent outfielder Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330 million contract.[21] Harper will receive a $10 million salary and a $20 million signing bonus for the upcoming season. He will then be paid $26 million annually from 2020 through 2028 and $22 million annually from 2029 to 2031.[22] In addition, Harper received full no-trade rights and does not possess any opt-out opportunities. It now stands as the largest fully guaranteed contract in the history of North American team sports, surpassing the 10-year, $300 million contract that Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres just the previous week, as well as the 13-year, $325 million deal that Giancarlo Stanton signed with the Miami Marlins in 2014.[21] Mexican boxer Canelo Álvarez signed an 11-fight contract worth $365 million in 2018, but the contract is not guaranteed.[21][23]
  • March 9 – In a 5–2 victory over Virginia Tech in the second game of a doubleheader, Mike Martin became the all-time winningest baseball coach in Florida State history with his 2,000th career win and the first ever coach to reach the 2,000 win mark.
  • March 14 – Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced an agreement on significant changes to MLB roster rules that will take effect in 2020. Specifically:[24]
    • Active rosters, currently limited to 25 players prior to September 1 (with very limited exceptions), will increase to 26 players.
    • The "expanded roster", which takes effect on September 1 of each season, will be reduced from 40 to 28 players.
    • Players will be specifically designated as "pitchers" or "position players", with one exception. Players who have pitched at least 20 innings and started at least 20 games in the field or as a designated hitter during their MLB careers (most notably Shohei Ohtani) will instead be designated as "two-way players". From 2020, players designated as "position players" will be prohibited from pitching unless a game is in extra innings, or either team has a lead of at least 7 runs.
    • A joint MLB/MLBPA committee will make recommendations on limiting the size of pitching staffs that, if approved, will also take effect in 2020. MLB has proposed limiting pitching staffs to 13 through August 31, and 14 from September 1 to the end of the regular season.
  • March 20 – The Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 1–0 in the first game of the 2019 regular season at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan. This was the first of a two-game series that was widely expected to be the finale for Ichiro Suzuki as a player.
  • March 21 – Immediately after the Mariners' 5–4 12-inning victory over the Athletics in the second and final game of their Tokyo series, Ichiro announced his retirement, ending a playing career in both NPB and MLB that spanned 27 seasons.
  • March 23 – The Diablos Rojos del México (Red Devils) opened their new Alfredo Harp Helú baseball stadium in Mexico City.[25]


Upcoming events


  • April 15: Jackie Robinson Day


  • May 12: Mother’s Day
  • May 27: Memorial Day




  • August 15–25: 2019 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania
  • August 18: 2019 MLB Little League Classic
  • August 23–25: MLB Players Weekend
  • August 31: Postseason-eligible trading deadline


  • September 1: Rosters expand
  • September 2: Labor Day
  • September 6: European Championships
  • September 29: End of regular season
  • September 30: Make-up and tiebreaker games, if necessary



  • October 1: AL Wild Card Game
  • October 2: NL Wild Card Game
  • October 3: NLDS begins
  • October 4: ALDS begins
  • October 11: ALCS begins
  • October 12: NLCS begins
  • October 22: 115th World Series
  • October 30: Game 7 of World Series (if necessary)


  • November 15 (tentative): Day to file lists for all Major and Minor League Levels.
  • Immediately after World Series: Eligible players become free agents.
  • Third day after end of World Series: Deadline for team and player options to be exercised.
  • Fifth day after end of World Series: Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible. former players who become free agents.
  • Sixth day after end of World Series: First day that free agents may sign contracts with a club other than a former club.
  • 12th day after end of World Series: Last Day for article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club (midnight ET).





  • January 1 – Walt McKeel, 46, reserve catcher who played for the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies in a three-season span from 1996–2002.
  • January 2 – Jerry Buchek, 76, backup middle infielder and third baseman who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets over seven seasons spanning 1961-1968, also a member of the 1964 World Series Champion Cardinals.
  • January 5 – Rick Down, 68, a long time and successfully minor league manager and well-respected hitting coach for the Yankees, Orioles, Dodgers, Red Sox, Angels and Mets.
  • January 6 – Lenny Green, who died on his 86th birthday, a speedy outfielder whose career spanned 12 years from 1957 to 1958, beginning with the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Senators before they relocated to Minnesota as the Twins, following stints with the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox, while ending his major league career with his hometown Detroit Tigers, where he was a steady contributor in part of two seasons.[27]
  • January 10 – Johnny Hetki, 96, long relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns and Pittsburgh Pirates in all or parts of eight seasons spanning 1945–1954, who made history during the longest game played in Winter League history in 1952, as he battled to a 3–3, 18–inning tie game which lasted three hours and ten minutes while pitching all 18 innings, setting a record for a WL pitcher that still stands.[28][29]
  • January 12 – Larry Koentopp, 82, majority owner of the PCL Las Vegas Stars, who was responsible for bringing Las Vegas its first-ever Triple-A baseball franchise.
  • January 13 – Mel Stottlemyre, 77, five-time All-Star pitcher who played from 1964 though 1974 for the New York Yankees, winning 20 games on three separate occasions before becoming one of the most respected and successful pitching coaches in the game, most notably for the New York Mets (1984–1993) and Yankees (1996–2005), appearing in only one World Series as a player (the 1964 Fall Classic won by the St. Louis Cardinals) while winning five world championships as a coach for the Mets (1986) and Yankees (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000), being honored with a plaque at Monument Park in 2015.[30]
  • January 14 – Dick Brodowski, 86, pitcher who played for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians in a span of six seasons from 1952–1959.
  • January 14 – Eli Grba, 84, pitcher for the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels over the course of five seasons from 1959–1963, who made history as the first Angel player to throw out the first-ever pitch in the franchise’s history, while pitching a 7–2 complete game victory over the host Baltimore Orioles on April 11, 1961.[31]
  • January 16 – Tom Hausman, 65, steady long reliever and spot starter who played for the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets and Atlanta Braves across seven seasons between 1975 and 1982.
  • January 17 – Helen Smith, 97, infielder for the Kenosha Comets and Grand Rapids Chicks of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League between 1947 and 1948, who also served in the Army during World War II before joining the league.
  • January 23 – Jim McKean, 73, Canadian umpire who officiated at three World Series, five American League Championship Series, three American League Division Series and three All-Star Games, also the home plate umpire for the first interleague game in MLB history between the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers in 1997,[32] serving later as an MLB umpire supervisor and umpiring consultant for ESPN, while being inducted in the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • January 27 – Peter Magowan, 76, businessman and managing general partner of the San Francisco Giants from 1993 through 2008, who is considered the man who saved Major League Baseball in the San Francisco area, when his management group purchased the team from previous owner Bob Lurie who had planned to sell the franchise to a group from St. Petersburg, Florida.[33]
  • January 27 – Matt Turner, 51, hard-throwing reliever who played from 1993 to 1994 for the Florida Marlins and Cleveland Indians, whose promising career was cut short by Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
  • January 27 – Betty Carveth, 93, Canadian pitcher, who was one of the 57 players born in Canada to join the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in its twelve years history.



* A specific date or a cause of death has not been reported.[48]



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