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Major League Baseball

Professional baseball organization that constitutes one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America add

Category: Baseball

Founded in 1869.

Countries: United States (69%), India (15%), (4%)

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1869

Baseball's first professional team was founded in Cincinnati in 1869 add something


1870

The modern Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves franchises trace their histories back to the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in the 1870s add something

 

There were several challenges to MLB's primacy in the sport between the 1870s and the Federal League in 1916; the last attempt at a new major league was the aborted Continental League in 1960 add something


1871

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, often known as the National Association , was formed in 1871 add something


1875

This document has undergone several incarnations since 1875, with the most recent revisions being made in 2012 add something


1876

In 1876, the National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs was established after the NA proved ineffective add something


1880

In the late 1880s, the Detroit Wolverines and Washington Nationals of the National League and the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association were the first to wear striped uniforms add something

 

In what was later referred to as "The Noble Experiment", Robinson was the first black baseball player in the International League since the 1880s, joining the Dodgers' farm club, the Montreal Royals, for the 1946 season add something


1900

By 1900, both home and away uniforms were standard across the major leagues add something


1901

At a meeting at the Leland Hotel in Chicago in 1901, the other baseball leagues negotiated a plan to maintain their independence add something

 

In 1901, the NL adopted the foul strike rule, and the AL followed suit in 1903 add something

 

MLB teams play in the American League and National League , which operated as separate legal entities from 1901 and 1876 respectively add something

 

Not counting the short-lived Federal League, Montreal is the only city granted an MLB franchise since 1901 that does not currently host a team add something

 

One of the most famous involved star second baseman Napoleon Lajoie, who in 1901 went across town in Philadelphia from the NL Phillies to the AL Athletics add something


1902

After 1902, the NL, AL and NA signed a new National Agreement which tied independent contracts to the reserve-clause national league contracts add something


1903

Five teams in each league advance to a four-round postseason tournament that culminates in the World Series, a best-of-seven championship series between the two league champions that dates to 1903 add something

 

From 1903 to 1953, the two major leagues consisted of two eight-team leagues add something


1907

Known as the Boston Americans until 1907 add something


1908

Al Lopez - "'Alfonso Ramon "Al" Lopez"' was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977


1909

Stan Hack - "'Stanley Camfield Hack"' , nicknamed "Smiling Stan," was an American third baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago Cubs and was the National League's top third baseman in the late 1930s and early 1940s


1910

Archibald Butt - Butt accompanied President Taft when he threw out the first ball at the first home game of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals in 1910 and 1911


1920

Baseball rose in popularity in the 1920s, and survived potential downturns during the Great Depression and World War II add something

 

Baseball's popularity increased in the 1920s and 1930s add something

 

In 1920, the weak National Commission, which had been created to manage relationships between the two leagues, was replaced with the much more powerful Commissioner of Baseball, who had the power to make decisions for all of professional baseball unilaterally add something

 

The 1920 season was notable for the death of Ray Chapman of the Cleveland Indians add something

 

The period before 1920 in baseball was known as the dead-ball era; players rarely hit home runs during this time add something

 

Lefty Grove - After having success in the minor leagues during the early 1920s, Grove became a star in Major League Baseball with the American League's Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox, winning 300 games in his 17-year MLB career


1921

Cap Anson - Anson retired from vaudeville in 1921, and continued to refuse a pension from Major League Baseball, despite having no other income


1922

Alvin Dark - "'Alvin Ralph Dark"' , nicknamed "Blackie" and "The Swamp Fox", is a former shortstop and manager in Major League Baseball who played for five National League teams from 1946 to 1960


1925

Hughie Jennings - Jennings suffered a nervous breakdown in 1925 that forced him to leave Major League Baseball


1927

Yankees slugger Babe Ruth had set the single season home run record in 1927, hitting 60 home runs; a few years earlier, Ruth had set the same record with 29 home runs add something


1930

Affected by the difficulties of the Great Depression, baseball's popularity had begun a downward turn in the early 1930s add something

 

By the end of the 1930s, the team had appeared in 11 World Series, winning eight of them add something


1931

Before 1931, they were known as the Atlantics, Grays, Bridegrooms, Grooms, Superbas, Trolley Dodgers, Dodgers, and Robins add something


1932

By 1932, only two MLB teams turned a profit add something


1933

The first All-Star Game was held as part of the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, Illinois, and was the brainchild of Arch Ward, sports editor for "The Chicago Tribune" add something

 

Nick Altrock - He was the second oldest pitcher ever to play Major League Baseball when he played his last season in 1933

 

Lefty Grove - In 1933, Grove became the first player in Major League Baseball history to strike out five times in a nine-inning game

 

Bill Robinson - The team was a successful member of the Negro National League until it disbanded in 1948, after Major League Baseball was desegregated and began to absorb the top Black talent available


1937

Joseph Carr - By 1937 the National Football League and Major League Baseball were almost identical, with 9 out of 10 NFL franchises in MLB cities


1940

Roy Campanella - Widely considered to have been one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, Campanella played for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1940s and 1950s, as one of the pioneers in breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball


1942

These rules limited traveling and night games to the point that the 1942 season nearly had to be cancelled add something

 

With the approval of President Roosevelt, spring training began in 1942 with few repercussions add something

 

Ted Williams - Williams was talented as a pilot, and so enjoyed it that he had to be ordered by the Navy to leave training to personally accept his American League 1942 Major League Baseball Triple Crown

 

On January 14, 1942, MLB Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis wrote a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and pleaded for the continuation of baseball during the war in hopes for a start of a new major league season add something

 

Fritz Peterson - "'Fritz Fred Peterson"' is a former Major League Baseball player who played for the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, and Texas Rangers from 1966 to 1976


1945

Happy Chandler - Aside from his political positions, he served as the second Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1945 to 1951 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982


1946

Happy Chandler - Chandler deterred players from considering Mexican League offers by imposing a five-year ban from Major League Baseball to anyone who played in the Mexican League and did not return by April 1, 1946


1947

Beginning in 1947, the eight position players in each team's starting lineup have been voted into the game by fans add something

 

On April 15, 1947, Robinson made his major league debut at Ebbets Field before a crowd of 26,623 spectators, including more than 14,000 black patrons add something


1949

Happy Chandler - In 1949, Danny Gardella, who had left the New York Giants for the Mexican League in 1946, filed suit against Major League Baseball, claiming Chandler's ban on players who went to the Mexican League had denied him a means of pursuing his livelihood


1950

The 1950s and 1960s were a time of expansion for the AL and NL, new stadiums and artificial turf surfaces began to change the game in the 1970s and 1980s add something

 

Connie Mack - After Mack's retirement in 1950, Major League Baseball passed two rules that would have affected Mack today

 

J. R. Richard - "'James Rodney Richard"' is a former right-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career, from 1971 to 1980, with the Houston Astros


1953

In 1953, the NL's Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves add something


1954

In 1954, the St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles add something

 

Previously located in Philadelphia through 1954 and in Kansas City from 1955 to 1967 add something


1955

In 1955, the Philadelphia Athletics became the Kansas City Athletics add something


1956

Ubaldo Heredia - "'Ubaldo José Heredia Martínez"' is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Montreal Expos in 1987


1957

The fan voting was discontinued after a 1957 ballot-box-stuffing scandal in Cincinnati: seven of the eight slots originally went to Reds players, two of whom were subsequently removed from the lineup to make room for Willie Mays and Hank Aaron add something

 

Brett Butler (baseball) - "'Brett Morgan Butler"' is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for five different teams from 1981 through 1997


1959

From 1959 to 1961, two games were held, one in July and one in August add something


1960

In the 1960s, expansion added eight teams, including the first non-U.S. team add something

 

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, as baseball expanded, NFL football had been surging in popularity, making it economical for many of these cities to build multi-purpose stadiums instead of single-purpose baseball fields add something

 

Nolan Ryan - He was the final active player from the 1960s to retire from Major League Baseball, outlasting Carlton Fisk by three months

 

Rob Murphy - "'Robert A. Murphy, Jr."' is a former American professional baseball player who was a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for eleven seasons in the 1980s and 1990s


1961

Known as the Los Angeles Angels from 1961 to 1965; California Angels from 1965 to 1996; Anaheim Angels from 1997 to 2004 add something


1962

The NL added the Houston Astros and the New York Mets in 1962 add something

 

Ward's contribution was recognized by Major League Baseball in 1962 with the creation of the "Arch Ward Trophy", given to the All-Star Game's Most Valuable Player each year add something


1963

Sandy Koufax - In 1963, Major League Baseball expanded the strike zone


1964

Jim Bunning - Bunning pitched the seventh perfect game in Major League Baseball history on June 21, 1964, against the New York Mets


1965

After Willie Mays hit 52 home runs in 1965, only one player reached that mark until the 1990s add something

 

Jackie Robinson - In 1965, Robinson served as an analyst for ABC's "Major League Baseball Game of the Week" telecasts, the first black person to do so

 

Nolan Ryan - In 1965, after graduating from Alvin, Texas High School, Ryan was drafted by the New York Mets in the 12th round of the 1965 Major League Baseball Draft


1966

In 1966, the major leagues moved to the "Deep South" when the Braves moved to Atlanta add something

 

Larry Munson - In 1966, the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team hired Munson as part of their initial broadcast team, the franchise having moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta


1968

In 1968, the Kansas City Athletics moved west to become the Oakland Athletics add something

 

Bob Gibson - The overall pitching statistics in MLB's 1968 season, led by Gibson's individual record setting performance, are often cited as one of the reasons for Major League Baseball's decision to alter pitching related rules

 

Following these pitching performances, in December 1968 the MLB Playing Rules Committee voted to reduce the strike zone from knees to shoulders to top of knees to armpits and lower the pitcher's mound from 15 to 10 inches, beginning in the 1969 season add something


1969

From 1969 through 1993, each league consisted of an East and West division add something

 

In 1969, the American and National Leagues both added two expansion franchises add something


1970

Fan voting was reinstated in 1970 and has continued ever since, including Internet voting in recent years add something

 

Two teams were added in the 1970s add something

 

Jackie Robinson - Despite the success of these two Robinsons and other black players, the number of African-American players in Major League Baseball has declined since the 1970s


1971

Jorge Posada - "'Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta"' is a retired Puerto Rican baseball catcher who played 17 years in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2011


1973

In 1973 the American League, which had been suffering from much lower attendance than the National League, sought to increase scoring even further by initiating the designated hitter rule add something


1974

Mickey Mantle - Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999

 

Mickey Mantle - Mantle was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999


1975

Lee Smith (baseball) - A native of Jamestown in Bienville Parish in north Louisiana, Smith was scouted by Buck O'Neil and drafted by the Cubs in the 1975 Major League Baseball Draft


1977

In 1977, baseball expanded again, adding a second Canadian team, the Toronto Blue Jays, as well as the Seattle Mariners add something

 

Bert Blyleven - Then, following an incident in which Blyleven blatantly gave the finger to a television camera obviously focused on him during one of the Rangers' rare nationally-broadcast games, Blyleven was again traded on December 8, 1977 to the Pittsburgh Pirates as part of the first four-team trade in Major League Baseball history


1979

Tim Raines - He played as a left fielder in Major League Baseball for six teams from 1979 to 2002 and was best known for his 13 seasons with the Montreal Expos


1980

Duke Snider - Besides his selection to the Hall of Fame in 1980, in 1999 Snider was ranked 84 on The Sporting News's list of "100 Greatest Players" , and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team


1981

Jack Del Rio - Del Rio was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays Major League Baseball team out of high school in 1981, but he opted instead to attend college


1982

Harmon Killebrew - Killebrew is the model for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, an organization which Killebrew helped found in 1982

 

Happy Chandler - The Major League Baseball Veterans Committee chose Chandler for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982


1986

Between 1986 and 2006, a team of MLB All-Stars made a biennial end-of-the-season tour of Japan, playing exhibition games against the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Stars in the MLB Japan All-Star Series add something

 

Barry Bonds - He debuted in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 and joined the San Francisco Giants in 1993, where he stayed through 2007


1988

Debbie Gibson - In October 1988, Gibson sang the national anthem for Game One of the Major League Baseball World Series


1989

The designated-hitter rule was used in the All-Star game for the first time in 1989 add something


1990

Home runs dominated the game during the 1990s, and media reports began to discuss the use of anabolic steroids among MLB players in the mid-2000s add something

 

Routinely in the late 1990s and early 2000s, baseball players hit 40 or 50 home runs in a season, a feat that was considered rare even in the 1980s add something

 

Since the 1990s, the changeup has made a resurgence, being thrown masterfully by pitchers such as Trevor Hoffman, Greg Maddux, Jamie Moyer, Tom Glavine, Johan Santana, Pedro Martínez and Tim Lincecum add something

 

Subsequently, no new teams were added and no teams moved until the 1990s add something

 

Bo Schembechler - From 1990 to 1992, Schembechler was president of the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball

 

Bo Schembechler - Schembechler left the University of Michigan in 1990 to take a job as president of Major League Baseball's &Detroit_Tigers, which he held until 1992


1991

Tom Glavine - Starting in 1991, Tom Glavine served as the Atlanta Braves team representative to the Major League Baseball Players Association, succeeding former NL Most Valuable Player and Braves icon Dale Murphy in the position


1992

Derek Jeter - As a scout for the Houston Astros, Hal Newhouser evaluated Jeter extensively prior to the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft

 

Mariano Rivera - His rehabilitation coincided with Major League Baseball's 1992 expansion draft to fill the rosters for the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies expansion teams


1993

In 1993, the NL added the Florida Marlins in the Miami area and the Colorado Rockies in Denver add something


1994

A third division was added in each league in 1994 add something

 

Lawyer Milloy - In 1994, he played baseball on a Washington team that played Georgia Tech in the College World Series regional finals and featured future Major League Baseball players Jason Varitek and Nomar Garciaparra


1995

Jason LaRue - After being selected in the 5th round of the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft out of Dallas Baptist University, LaRue debuted with Cincinnati on June 15, 1999 and became Cincinnati's starting catcher in 2001

 

J. R. Richard - By 1995, Richard was eligible for his pension from Major League Baseball

 

Roy Halladay - He was the Blue Jays' first draft selection in the 1995 Major League Baseball Draft, the 17th pick overall, and played for the team from 1998 through 2009, after which he was traded to Philadelphia


1996

Through 1996, the two leagues met on the field only during the World Series and the All-Star Game; in 1997, regular-season interleague play was introduced add something

 

Chad Moeller - He was drafted in the 7th round of the 1996 Major League Baseball Draft by the Minnesota Twins

 

Jillian Reynolds - Reynolds was married to former Major League Baseball player Bret Barberie from 1996 to 2002


1997

In early 1997, MLB decided to assign one new team to each league: Tampa Bay joined the AL and Arizona joined the NL. The original plan was to have an odd number of teams in each league add something

 

MLB planned to introduce interleague play in 1997, but with each league having an odd number of teams, interleague play would have had to be used throughout the entire season, to allow every team to play every day add something

 

The channel covered baseball beginning on its opening night in 1997, but for financial reasons, the decision was made not to pick up MLB for the 2009 season add something

 

Wayne Gretzky - Gretzky's jersey number 99 is only the second number ever to be retired league-wide by a major North American sports league, the other being Jackie Robinson's number 42, which was retired by Major League Baseball in 1997

 

Honus Wagner - Wagner was selected the shortstop on the Major League Baseball All-Time Team in 1997, and was one of three shortstops named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999

 

Jackie Robinson - On April 15, 1997, Robinson's jersey number, 42, was retired throughout Major League Baseball, the first time any jersey number had been retired throughout one of the four major American sports leagues


1998

In 1998, both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa hit more than the long-standing single-season MLB record of 61 home runs add something

 

It was unclear, though, if interleague play would continue after the 1998 season, as it had to be approved by the players' union add something

 

McGwire later admitted that he used a steroid hormone that was still legal in baseball during the 1998 season add something

 

Barry Larkin - On September 27, 1998 Barry, his brother Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, and third baseman Aaron Boone all played the infield at the same time for the last game of the 1998 season, making it the first time in Major League Baseball that two sets of siblings were on the field at the same time


1999

Jackie Robinson - Also in 1999, he ranked number 44 on the "Sporting News" list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players and was elected to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team as the top vote-getter among second basemen

 

Bob Gibson - At one time a special instructor coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, Gibson was later selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999

 

Mordecai Brown - In 1999, 83 years after his last game and 51 years after his death, he was named as a finalist to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Yogi Berra - In 1999, Berra appeared at No. 40 on "The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and fan balloting elected him to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Roy Campanella - In 1999, Campanella ranked number 50 on "The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Paul Molitor - In 1999, Molitor ranked No. 99 on "The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and he was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Babe Ruth - In 1999, baseball fans named Ruth to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Paul Waner - In 1999, he ranked Number 62 on "The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Al Simmons - In 1999, he ranked number 43 on "The Sporting News"' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was a nominee for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Jackie Robinson - In 1999, he was posthumously named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team

 

Harmon Killebrew - In 1999, he was ranked 69th on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players and was nominated as a finalist for Major League Baseball's All-Century Team

 

Stan Musial - Known for his modesty and sportsmanship, Musial was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999


2000

In 2000, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball add something


2001

After the 2001 season, the team owners voted in favor of contraction add something

 

Barry Bonds topped the record in 2001 with 73 home runs add something


2002

Baseball's original steroid testing policy, in effect from 2002 to 2005, provided for penalties ranging from a ten-game suspension for a first positive test to a one-year suspension for a fourth positive test add something

 

Plans for MLB contraction were halted when the Twins landlord was awarded a court injunction that required the team to play its 2002 home games at their stadium add something

 

The 2002 contest in Milwaukee controversially ended in an 11-inning tie add something


2003

Since 2003, the league which wins the All-Star game gets home-field advantage in the World Series: the league champion hosts the first two games at its own ballpark as well as the last two add something

 

Alex Rodriguez - An official statement by Major League Baseball made shortly after Rodriguez's test results became public expressed "grave concern" without naming Rodriguez, noting that "because the survey testing that took place in 2003 was intended to be non-disciplinary and anonymous, we can not make any comment on the accuracy of this report as it pertains to the player named

 

Alex Rodriguez - The report was compiled as part of Major League Baseball's 2003 survey to see whether mandatory random drug testing program might be necessary


2004

Former Montreal Expos relocated after 2004 season; owned by Major League Baseball from 2002 to 2004 add something

 

The report said that after mandatory random testing began in 2004, HGH treatment for athletic enhancement became popular among players, as HGH is not detectable in tests add something

 

Brad Wilkerson - He appeared once more in a Montreal Expos uniform during the Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series shortly after the 2004 regular season

 

Daniel Mongiardo - Mongiardo ran in the 2004 U.S. Senate election to unseat incumbent first-term Senator Jim Bunning, a former Major League Baseball player


2005

The Expos became the first franchise in over three decades to move when they became the Washington Nationals in 2005 add something

 

Matt Lawton - After the 2005 season, he received a ten games suspension by Major League Baseball after testing positive to performance-enhancing drugs

 

Dan Kolb - At the 2005 Major League Baseball Winter Meetings, Kolb was traded back to Milwaukee in exchange for reliever Wes Obermueller

 

Vladimir Guerrero - Guerrero appeared at Game Four of the 2005 World Series, where he was introduced as a member of Major League Baseball's &Latino_Legends_Team

 

Roberto Clemente - In 2005, Clemente was named a member of Major League Baseball's &Latino_Legends_Team

 

Alex Rodriguez - Rodriguez was named the shortstop on the Major League Baseball &Latino_Legends_Team in 2005

 

Gabe Kapler - On August 8, 2005, while playing for the Red Sox, Kapler took the field in the 9th inning along with Kevin Youkilis and Adam Stern, setting a "record" for the most Jewish players on the field at one time in American League history and the most in Major League Baseball history since four Jews took the field for the New York Giants in a game in 1941


2006

A 2006 book, "Game of Shadows" by "San Francisco Chronicle" investigative reporters Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada, chronicled alleged extensive use of performance enhancers, including several types of steroids and growth hormone by baseball superstars Barry Bonds, Gary Sheffield, and Jason Giambi add something

 

In 2006, an investigation known as the Mitchell Report implicated many MLB players in the use of performance-enhancing substances, including at least one player from each MLB team add something

 

MLB owners agreed to hold off on reducing the league's size until at least 2006 add something

 

Ashley Eckstein - She married former Major League Baseball player and 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein on November 26, 2005, in his hometown of Sanford, Florida, followed by a reception at Walt Disney World

 

Roberto Clemente - At the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on July 11, 2006, many of the players on both teams wore yellow wristbands with the initials "RCW" in honor of Clemente


2007

In 2007, TBS began its exclusive rights to any tiebreaker games that determine division or wild card champions; it airs exclusive coverage of the Division Series round of the playoffs add something

 

The day before the Mitchell Report was to be released in 2007, Selig said, "I haven't seen the report yet, but I'm proud I did it add something

 

Ken Griffey, Jr. - At the beginning of the 2007 Major League Baseball season, Ryan Freel took over center field for the Reds, and Griffey Jr. was moved to right field

 

Paul Rudd - He is a fan of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals and National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs, for whom he narrated the 2007 HBO special "Hard Knocks"

 

Alyssa Milano - In 2007, Milano launched her signature "Touch" line of team apparel for female baseball fans, selling it through her blog and Major League Baseball's website

 

Lee Smith (baseball) - In 2007, Smith participated as a coach in the second annual European Baseball Academy for Major League Baseball International in Tirrenia, Italy

 

Luis Castillo (baseball) - In the 2007 season Castillo set a new Major League Baseball record, going 143 games at second base without an error

 

Vladimir Guerrero - Making his 8th Major League Baseball All-Star game appearance, Guerrero subsequently won his first career Home Run Derby in the 2007 season, highlighted by a home run

 

Alyssa Milano - Milano was part of TBS's special coverage installment "Hot Corner" for the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs

 

Babe Ruth - On page 34 of the spring, 2007, edition of the Chicago Cubs game program, there is a full-page ad showing a partially unwrapped Baby Ruth in front of the Wrigley ivy, with the caption, "The official candy bar of Major League Baseball, and proud sponsor of the Chicago Cubs

 

Gabe Kapler - On September 20, 2007, after only one season as a manager, Kapler announced that he would like to return to play Major League Baseball in 2008

 

Cal Ripken, Jr. - In October 2007, Ripken began working as a studio analyst for TBS Sports during the 2007 Major League Baseball playoffs


2008

In 2008, MLB played the MLB China Series in the People's Republic of China add something

 

Known as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays until 2008 add something

 

Since 2008, Fox Sports has broadcast MLB games on "Fox Saturday Baseball" throughout the entire season; Fox previously only broadcast games from May to September add something

 

Phill Jupitus - During the 2008 Major League Baseball season, Jupitus presented a feature during the seventh inning stretch of Channel Five's featured Sunday night game


2009

In 2009, allegations surfaced against Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz, and Manny Ramirez received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for banned substances add something

 

In January 2009, MLB launched the MLB Network, featuring news and coverage from around the league, and airing 26 live games in the 2009 season add something

 

Vladimir Guerrero - It was not until March 2009 that he revealed to Major League Baseball that he was born February 9, 1975

 

Harry Wright - The lots, over 20 in total, were part of a live auction Hunt Auctions was conducting during the Major League Baseball FanFest on July 14, 2009


2010

Since 2010, the DH rule has been in effect regardless of venue add something

 

The National League did not win an All-Star game and thus gain home-field advantage until 2010; it was able to overcome this disadvantage and win in three of the seven World Series from 2003 to 2009 add something

 

Tony La Russa - After the retirement of Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox in 2010, La Russa was the longest tenured manager in Major League Baseball, and with the resignation of longtime NBA head coach Jerry Sloan from the Utah Jazz on February 10, 2011, La Russa had been the longest tenured bench boss among all the Big Four sports leagues, until his retirement following his 2011 World Series victory with the Cardinals

 

Roy Halladay - In June, Halladay was presented the Best Major League Baseball Player ESPY Award, for his performance since June 2010

 

Ken Griffey, Jr. - On June 2, 2010, weeks after being taken out of the lineup due to a lack of productivity, Griffey released a statement through the Seattle Mariners organization announcing his retirement from Major League Baseball effective immediately

 

George Steinbrenner - On July 13, 2010, the morning of the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, George Steinbrenner died of a heart attack at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida, Florida


2011

Following the 2011 season, MLB announced its plan to move the Houston Astros from the NL Central to the AL West for the 2013 season, resulting in both leagues having three divisions of five teams each and allowing all teams to have a more balanced schedule add something

 

Known as the Florida Marlins until 2011 add something

 

Larry Doby - In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service announced that Doby would be one of the four baseball players to appear on a postage stamp in 2012, as part of its "Major League Baseball All-Stars" series

 

In April 2011, TSN2 began carrying ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" in Canada add something

 

In early April 2011, Ramirez retired from baseball rather than face a 100-game suspension for his second positive steroid test add something

 

MLB played the MLB Taiwan Series in Taiwan in November 2011 add something


2012

MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with nearly 75 million spectators in 2012 add something


2013

Before 2013 interleague play was structured differently: there would be one weekend in mid-May and another period consisting typically of the last two-thirds of June in which all teams played interleague games , and no interleague games were scheduled outside those dates add something

 

ESPN continues to broadcast MLB games through 2013 as well, beginning with national Opening Day coverage add something

 

Prior to the 2013 season, MLB reorganized its league alignment, moving the Houston Astros from the National League to the American League, which put 15 teams in each add something

 

They agreed to implement a new test to reveal the use of testosterone for the 2013 season add something

 

On January 10, 2013, MLB and the players union reached an agreement to add random, in-season HGH testing add something

 

Alex Rodriguez - On September 20, 2013, Rodriguez hit his 24th career grand slam, the most by any player in Major League Baseball history, passing Lou Gehrig's 23

 

In October 2013, Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune wrote that MLB was considering postseason all-star tours in Taiwan and Korea; baseball is increasing in popularity in both countries add something


2014

The Arizona Diamondbacks opened the 2014 season against Los Angeles Dodgers on March 22-23 in Australia add something


2015

MLB has the highest season attendance of any sports league in the world with more than 73 million spectators in 2015 add something


2017

Since 2017, home-field advantage in the World Series is determined by regular-season records of the two league champions, replacing a system used for the prior 14 seasons where the champion of the league that won the All-Star Game add something


2018

As of 2018, there have been no female professional players in the MLB. add something


2019

In 2019 the Red Sox are due to host the inaugural MLB London Series add something