2018 Major League Baseball season

2018 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration March 29 – October 31, 2018[1]
Number of games 162
Number of teams 30
Top draft pick Casey Mize
Picked by Detroit Tigers
Regular season
League Postseason
World Series
MLB seasons
2019 →

The 2018 Major League Baseball season began on March 29, 2018, and is scheduled to end on September 30. The postseason will begin on October 2. The 2018 World Series is set to begin on October 23, and a potential Game 7 is scheduled for October 31.[2]

The 89th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held on July 17 at Nationals Park, the home of the Washington Nationals. The American League won 8–6 in 10 innings.


As has been the case since 2013, all teams will play their four division opponents 19 times each for a total of 76 games. They will play six or seven games against each of the other 10 same-league opponents for a total of 66 games, and 20 inter-league games. The primary inter-league match-ups are AL East vs NL East, AL Central vs NL Central, and AL West vs NL West. Since "natural rivalry" matchups are part of the three-year divisional rotation, the schedule format for interleague games will be different from previous years. The 20 interleague games each team will play will consist of two three-game series (one home, one away) against its natural rival (total of six games), two two-game series (one home, one away) against each team for two other opponents (total of eight games), and a single three-game series against each team for the last two (one home, one away; total of six games).

Under the new collective bargaining agreement reached in December 2016, the regular season has been extended to 187 days in order to add four additional off-days for all teams. All teams were scheduled to play Opening Day, March 29–the earliest domestic start of a regular season in MLB history. There will no longer be a Sunday-night game on the final Sunday before the All-Star Game. A single, nationally televised afternoon game will be played on the Thursday after the All-Star Game (which for 2018, will be played between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs), before all other teams return from break the next day.[3][4][5]

The Minnesota Twins and the Cleveland Indians played a two-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on April 17 and 18,[6] while the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres played a three-game series at Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico from May 4 to 6.[7] The Little League Classic game at BB&T Ballpark in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, coinciding with the Little League World Series, will return to the schedule. It will be played between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets on August 19.[8]

Rule changes[]

Beginning in the 2018 season, MLB implemented new pace of play rules, which include limiting the number of mound visits for each team to six per nine innings. Teams will receive an additional visit for every extra inning played.[9]



American League National League
American League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 69 30 0.697 34–13 35–17
New York Yankees 63 34 0.649 5 34–14 29–20
Tampa Bay Rays 49 48 0.505 19 26–18 23–30
Toronto Blue Jays 45 52 0.464 23 26–25 19–27
Baltimore Orioles 28 71 0.283 41 16–33 12–38

American League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cleveland Indians 53 43 0.552 31–19 22–24
Minnesota Twins 44 51 0.463 29–22 15–29
Detroit Tigers 41 58 0.414 13½ 25–24 16–34
Chicago White Sox 33 63 0.344 20 19–29 14–34
Kansas City Royals 28 68 0.292 25 12–35 16–33

American League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 65 35 0.650 32–21 33–14
Seattle Mariners 59 39 0.602 5 32–17 27–22
Oakland Athletics 55 43 0.561 9 24–22 31–21
Los Angeles Angels 49 49 0.500 15 24–24 25–25
Texas Rangers 41 57 0.418 23 19–29 22–28

National League East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 54 42 0.562 31–16 23–26
Atlanta Braves 53 42 0.558 ½ 25–20 28–22
Washington Nationals 48 49 0.495 22–25 26–24
Miami Marlins 42 57 0.424 13½ 23–28 19–29
New York Mets 40 56 0.417 14 19–32 21–24

National League Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 57 39 0.594 30–16 27–23
Milwaukee Brewers 55 44 0.556 30–19 25–25
St. Louis Cardinals 49 48 0.505 24–24 25–24
Pittsburgh Pirates 49 49 0.500 9 29–24 20–25
Cincinnati Reds 43 54 0.443 14½ 21–27 22–27

National League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 54 43 0.557 28–24 26–19
Arizona Diamondbacks 53 45 0.541 26–24 27–21
Colorado Rockies 52 45 0.536 2 23–23 29–22
San Francisco Giants 51 48 0.515 4 31–19 20–29
San Diego Padres 40 60 0.400 15½ 20–31 20–29

Managerial changes[]

General managers[]


Team Former GM Reason For Leaving New GM Story/Accomplishments
Atlanta Braves John Coppolella Resigned Alex Anthopoulos John Coppolella resigned from the Braves on October 2, 2017, because of a Major League Baseball investigation regarding signing bonuses of international prospects.[10] On November 12, 2017, Alex Anthopoulos was hired as the new general manager of the team.[11] On November 21, 2017, Coppolella was banned for life from baseball as a result of the investigation. The Braves were also penalized with a loss of 13 prospects, a 2018 Rule 4 draft (third round) pick, and subsequent penalties for the next two international signing periods.

Field managers[]


Team Former manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
Detroit Tigers Brad Ausmus Contract not renewed Ron Gardenhire The Tigers announced on September 22, 2017, that Ausmus' contract would not be renewed. Ausmus compiled a 314–332 (.486) record in four years as manager with one playoff appearance.[12] The Tigers hired former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on October 19, 2017. As the Twins' manager from 2002 to 2014 he compiled a record of 1068–1039 (.507), and 6–21 (.222) in six post-season appearances. He also won AL Manager of the Year in 2010.[13]
Philadelphia Phillies Pete Mackanin Reassigned Gabe Kapler It was announced on October 1, 2017, that Mackanin would be removed as manager but he managed the final three games of the 2017 season. Mackanin had a record of 174–238 (.422) in his two and a half seasons as manager with no playoff appearances. It was also announced he would remain with the organization as a special assistant to the general manager.[14] On October 29, 2017, the Phillies announced the hire of former Dodgers' Director of Development Gabe Kapler. He has no previous major league managerial or coaching experience.[15]
New York Mets Terry Collins Retired Mickey Callaway Collins announced on October 1, 2017, that he would retire after the last game of the season. He will move to the Mets' front office. Collins finished with a 551–583 (.486) record in seven years with club, with two playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016, where they lost to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series and lost the Wild Card to the San Francisco Giants in the following season.[16] The Mets named Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway as their new manager on October 22, 2017. Callaway has no previous managerial experience.[17]
Boston Red Sox John Farrell Fired Alex Cora Farrell was fired on October 11, 2017. Farrell during his five years as manager compiled a 432–378 (.533) record and earned three division titles in 2013, 2016 and 2017. He led the Red Sox to the 2013 World Series title.[18] Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora was named manager on October 22, 2017, and formally assumed the role after the Astros' win in the 2017 World Series.[19] He has no previous managerial experience.
Washington Nationals Dusty Baker Contract not renewed Dave Martinez The Nationals announced on October 20, 2017, that Baker would not be returning for the 2018 season. Baker led the Nationals to the postseason in each of his two seasons with the club but couldn't get past the NLDS. The Nationals were 192–132 (.593) under Baker.[20] The Nationals hired Dave Martinez to be their new manager on October 29, 2017. Martinez was previously the bench coach for the Chicago Cubs, and has no managerial experience.[21]
New York Yankees Joe Girardi Aaron Boone The Yankees announced on October 26, 2017, that Girardi would not return for the 2018 season. Girardi led the Yankees to three division titles and one World Series championship during his ten years of managing the club. The Yankees were 910–710 (.562) under Girardi.[22] On December 1, 2017, radio announcer Aaron Boone was hired as the team's new manager.[23] He has no previous coaching or managerial experience.


Team Former manager Interim manager Reason for leaving New manager Story/Accomplishments
Cincinnati Reds Bryan Price Jim Riggleman Fired TBA Price was fired on April 19 after starting the season with a 3–15 (.167) record. In four seasons, Price finished with a 279–387 (.419) record with no playoff appearances. Bench coach Jim Riggleman was selected as the interim manager. His previous managerial experience includes stints with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Nationals. He has been a manager in the Reds' minor league system since 2012.[24]
St. Louis Cardinals Mike Matheny Mike Shildt Matheny was fired on July 14 after starting the season with a 47–46 (.505) record. In seven seasons, Matheny finished with a 591–473 (.555) record with four playoff appearances, winning the National League pennant in 2013. Hitting coach John Mabry and assistant hitting coach Bill Mueller were also dismissed, and bench coach Mike Shildt was named interim manager. Shildt has no major league managing experience, but has managed in the Cardinals minor league system.[25]

League leaders[]

Updated through July 19

American League[]

National League[]





Other pitching accomplishments[]


Awards and honors[]

Monthly awards[]


Wholesale changes[]

The Detroit Tigers modified the Olde English D on the home jersey to match the D on the cap. This is the first major change to the Tigers' home jersey since 1934 (not counting the hiatus in 1960). [53]

The Cleveland Indians have confirmed this will be final season using the Chief Wahoo logo on its uniforms. It will be replaced at the start of the 2019 season.[54]

Alternate changes[]

The Oakland Athletics added a kelly green alternate jersey to commemorate the franchise's 50th anniversary in Oakland. The uniforms are used during every Friday home game.[55]

The Washington Nationals added a second navy blue jersey to commemorate the team's hosting of the 2018 All-Star Game. The uniform features the script "Nationals" in white with red trim and numerals in red with white trim. [56]

Both the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates replaced their camouflage uniforms with new white alternate jerseys featuring olive and military green logos, letters and numbers.[57][58]

Anniversaries and special events[]

The following teams will wear commemorative patches for special occasions:[citation needed]

Team Special occasion
All Teams "MSD" patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (February 23)
#42 patch for Jackie Robinson Day (April 15)
Pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness (May 13, Mother's Day)
"Play Ball" patch in partnership with USA Baseball and USA Softball (June 2–3)
Blue ribbons for prostate cancer awareness (June 17, Father's Day)
American flag patch as well as all teams wearing patriotic themed jerseys, undershirts and socks for Independence Day. (July 2–4)
Gold ribbons for childhood cancer awareness (August 31)
Atlanta Braves 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. (April 4)[59]
Arizona Diamondbacks 20th anniversary of the franchise
Chicago Cubs "MSD" patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (March 29)
Colorado Rockies 25th anniversary of the franchise
Houston Astros 2017 World Series Championship (April 2)
Kansas City Royals 50th season of the franchise
Los Angeles Dodgers 60th anniversary in Los Angeles
Miami Marlins 25th anniversary of the franchise (began as the Florida Marlins)
“MSD” patch in memory of the victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting (March 29-April 1)
Milwaukee Brewers "Nellie" patch in memory of Dave Nelson (June 21–24)
New York Mets Autograph patch in memory of Rusty Staub (from March 31 onwards)
Oakland Athletics 50th anniversary in Oakland
San Diego Padres KT and RP patches in memory of Kevin Towers and Rob Picciolo (May 12, and other Wednesday home games)
San Francisco Giants 60th anniversary in San Francisco
St. Louis Cardinals #2 patch in memory of Red Schoendienst (from June 11 onwards)
Tampa Bay Rays 20th anniversary of the franchise (originally Devil Rays)
Toronto Blue Jays #32 patch in memory of Roy Halladay
Washington Nationals 2018 All Star Game

Other uniforms[]

As is the custom for the reigning World Series champions, the Astros wore gold-lettered uniforms at their home opener April 2 and April 3.[60]

Players, managers and coaches wore #42 on April 15, the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson's debut in the majors.[61]

The Orioles wore special caps and green uniforms on April 22, Earth Day.[62]

The Reds and Diamondbacks wore Spanish language "Los Rojos" and "Los D-backs" uniforms May 5, Cinco de Mayo.[63]

The Royals wore an alternate uniform with a crown atop the R, and a cap with a crown instead of the "KC", on June 30 in Seattle.[64]

The Blue Jays wore red uniforms July 1, Canada Day. They wore a cap with a gold maple leaf, as well.[65]


The Phillies will wear their 1980s powder blue uniforms for select Thursday home games.[66]

The Athletics and White Sox wore 1968 throwbacks April 17 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Athletics' first season in Oakland.[67]

The Tigers and Royals wore Negro Leagues throwbacks May 6. The Tigers wore the uniforms of the Detroit Stars, and the Royals wore the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs.[68]

The Padres wore 1998 throwbacks May 12 to mark the 20th anniversary of their 1998 NL title.[69] They will wear them again at select Wednesday games.

The Royals wore 1969 throwbacks May 19 to mark the franchise's 50th season. The uniforms also had the MLB 100th anniversary patch, which all teams wore that season.[70]

The White Sox and Brewers wore 1980s throwbacks June 2 and 3.[71]

The Marlins wore 1993 throwbacks June 8–10 to mark their 25th anniversary.[72]

The Braves wore 1974 throwbacks June 22 and 23 to celebrate Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend.[73]

The Mariners marked the 20th anniversary of their 1998 "Turn Ahead the Clock" promotion by wearing the uniforms from that game June 30 against Kansas City.[74]

The Brewers and Pirates wore Negro League throwbacks July 13. The Brewers wore the uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears, and the Pirates wore the uniforms of the Pittsburgh Crawfords.[75]

The Rays wore throwbacks from their inaugural season on March 31 against the Boston Red Sox, on June 9 against the Seattle Mariners, and on June 23 against the New York Yankees. They will wear these throwbacks once more on September 8 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Broadcast rights[]



This is the fifth year of the current eight-year deals with Fox Sports, ESPN and TBS. Fox will air eight weeks of baseball on Saturday Nights leading up to the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game which will also air on Fox. Fox will then televise Saturday afternoon games for the last four weeks of the regular season. FS1 will televise games on Tuesday and on Saturdays both during the afternoon and night. ESPN will televise games on its flagship telecast Sunday Night Baseball as well as Monday and Wednesday Nights. TBS will televise Sunday afternoon games for the last 13 weeks of the regular season. Fox and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecasts will be exclusive; all other national telecasts will be subject to local blackout.

TBS will televise the American League Wild Card Game, Division Series and Championship Series. ESPN will televise the National League Wild Card. FS1 and MLB Network will televise the National League Division Series. Fox and FS1 will televise the National League Championship Series. The World Series will air exclusively on Fox for the 19th consecutive year.





Nine regular season games will be broadcast exclusively in the United States on Facebook Watch, beginning with the April 4 game between the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.[87]


Retired numbers[]

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