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2020 in baseball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following are the baseball events of the year 2020 throughout the world.

Years in baseball

2020 in sports

Champions

Major League Baseball

  Wild Card Series
(ALWC, NLWC)
Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                                     
1 Tampa Bay 2
8 Toronto 0
1 Tampa Bay 3
5 NY Yankees 2
4 Cleveland 0
5 NY Yankees 2
1 Tampa Bay 4
American League
6 Houston 3
3 Minnesota 0
6 Houston 2
6 Houston 3
2 Oakland 1
2 Oakland 2
7 Chi White Sox 1
AL1 Tampa Bay 2
NL1 LA Dodgers 4
1 LA Dodgers 2
8 Milwaukee 0
1 LA Dodgers 3
4 San Diego 0
4 San Diego 2
5 St. Louis 1
1 LA Dodgers 4
National League
2 Atlanta 3
3 Chi Cubs 0
6 Miami 2
6 Miami 0
2 Atlanta 3
2 Atlanta 2
7 Cincinnati 0

Other Champions

International competition

Cancelled events

The following events and seasons scheduled to be played this year were cancelled or postponed to the following year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Tournaments

Domestic seasons

College

Little League Tournaments

National Leagues

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball

  • Baseball Hall of Fame honors

Events

January

February

  • February 4 – The Philadelphia Phillies announce that they will retire Roy Halladay's number 34 on May 29, Halladay who was killed in a plane crash in November 2017 will be the ninth team member to have his number retired. It will be retired on the 10th anniversary of Halladay's perfect game.
  • February 26 – Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan, NPB announced that their remaining 72 preseason games would be held behind closed doors and would not allow spectators to attend.[45]

March

  • March 9 – NPB announces the postponement the March 20 start of the regular season because of coronavirus. The league ultimately set its return date for June 19.[46]
  • March 12 – MLB cancelled the remaining spring training games and announced that the start of the regular season would be delayed indefinitely, due to the coronavirus pandemic.[47]

April

May

June

July

  • July 1 – First day of MLB Summer Camps, also known as "Spring Training 2.0".
  • July 10 – NPB begins allowing up to 5,000 fans in attendance at each game.
  • July 22 – Mookie Betts signs a 12-year, $365 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Dodgers. [50]
  • July 23 – MLB announces an expanded playoff structure that includes eight teams from each league, up from five in previous seasons. [51]
  • July 23 – 2020 Major League Baseball season begins with the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees. Dr. Anthony Fauci throws out the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park with no fans in attendance. Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is left off the Opening Day roster after testing positive for COVID-19. [52]
  • July 27 – Two games are postponed after as many as 13 members of the Miami Marlins test positive for COVID-19. The Marlins, who had just finished a three-game series in Philadelphia, were scheduled to return home to face the Baltimore Orioles. The Phillies' game against the New York Yankees is also postponed.[53]

August

September

  • September 13 - At Miller Park, Alec Mills of the Chicago Cubs no-hits the Milwaukee Brewers 12–0. He throws 74 of 114 pitches for strikes, walking three and striking out five for the 16th no-hitter in Cubs history. Jake Arrieta had pitched the Cubs' last no-hitter prior to this game, doing so for the second of his second career on April 21, 2016. The no-hitter is also the Cubs' second at Miller Park, Carlos Zambrano having pitched it against the Houston Astros almost a full 12 years earlier, on September 14, 2008; that game had been moved to Milwaukee from Houston due to Hurricane Ike.[56]

October

November

[57]

Deaths

January

  • January 1 – Don Larsen, 90, pitcher renowned for his perfect game in the 1956 World Series,[58] at the time of his death the only perfect game and no-hitter in World Series history; although most known as a New York Yankee, his MLB career lasted 14 years (1953–1965 and 1967) as a member of seven different clubs, compiling an 81–91 career record in 412 appearances.
  • January 9 – David Glass, 85, owner of the Kansas City Royals from 2000 to 2019 who helped lead the team to back-to-back pennants in 2014 and 2015 while winning the World Series in the latter year.
  • January 9 – Hal Smith, 89, infielder, catcher and utilityman for five clubs between 1955 and 1964, best known as a member of the 1960 World Series Pittsburgh Pirates.[59]
  • January 28 – Don Hasenmayer, 92, infielder in 11 total games for 1945–1946 Philadelphia Phillies.

February

  • February 4 – Gil Coan, 97, speedy outfielder who appeared in 918 games between 1946 and 1956 for Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox and New York Giants; placed in top ten among American League base-stealers six times between 1948 and 1954.
  • February 4 – Dick Koecher, 93, left-handed pitcher who appeared in seven games during three trials for Philadelphia Phillies (1946–1948).
  • February 11 – Katsuya Nomura, 84, Hall of Fame NPB catcher and manager who played for 26 seasons with three teams, primarily the Nankai Hawks, and managed four teams, including Yakult Swallows, who he led to three Japan Series titles.
  • February 15 – Tony Fernández, 57, a shortstop who played for seven major league baseball franchises and winning a championship with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993 and currently ranks first in Blue Jays history in hits and games played.[60]
  • February 28 – Johnny Antonelli, 89, left-handed pitcher primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants who posted a 21–7 record with a National League best 2.30 ERA in 1954 while helping the team win the World Series that year.

March

  • March 25 – William Bartholomay, 91, owner of the Braves from 1962 to 1975 who spearheaded the club's controversial move from Milwaukee to Atlanta, finally completed in 1966; continued to serve as Braves' board chairman after Ted Turner purchased the team.
  • March 26 – Jimmy Wynn, 78, All-Star outfielder nicknamed the "Toy Cannon" who hit 291 home runs in 15 major league seasons, who was most prominently known for his time with the Houston Astros.

April

  • April 6 – Al Kaline, 85, Hall of Fame right fielder who spent his entire 22-season career with the Detroit Tigers from 1953 to 1974, collecting 3,007 hits and hitting 399 home runs while winning 10 Gold Glove Awards along the way.
  • April 12 – Jim Frey, 88, manager who led the Kansas City Royals to their first pennant in 1980 and the 1984 Chicago Cubs to their first postseason appearance in 39 years; he later led the Cubs to the playoffs again as general manager five years later; previously, a minor league outfielder and longtime Baltimore Orioles coach under Earl Weaver.
  • April 15 – Dámaso García, 63, second baseman who played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos.

May

June

July

  • July 3 – Tyson Brummett, 35, pitcher who appeared in one game with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2012.
  • July 28 – John McNamara, 88, manager for six different MLB teams over 19 seasons between 1969 and 1996; led Boston Red Sox to 1986 American League pennant, and Cincinnati Reds to 1979 NL West Division title.

August

September

October

  • October 2 – Bob Gibson, 84, Hall of Fame pitcher who spent his entire MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals; nine-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion and MVP, two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, and 1968 NL MVP.
  • October 2 – Ron Perranoski, 84, pitcher who played 13 seasons in MLB with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and California Angels. Was the Dodgers pitching coach from 1981 to 1994 and a coach for the San Francisco Giants from 1997 to 1999.
  • October 3 – Charlie Haeger, 37, knuckleball pitcher for three MLB teams from 2006 to 2010.
  • October 7 – Kim Batiste, 52, infielder who spent parts of five seasons in MLB with the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.
  • October 8 – Whitey Ford, 91, Hall of Fame pitcher nicknamed "The Chairman of the Board" spent his entire MLB career with the New York Yankees; ten-time All-Star, six-time World Series champion and 1961 World Series MVP, and AL Cy Young Award winner in 1961.
  • October 11 – Joe Morgan, 77, Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds who won back to back World Series in 1975 and 1976, being named NL MVP during both championship seasons, and ten-time All-Star.
  • October 20 – Derryl Cousins, 74, Major League Baseball umpire whose career spanned 34 seasons.

November

December

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