2012 Major League Baseball season

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  1. Major League Baseball [2012]

    Major League Baseball [2012]


    The 2012 Major League Baseball season began on March 28 with the first of a two game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. On November 22, 2011, a new contract between Major League Baseball and its players union was ratified, and as a result, an expanded playoff format adding two clubs will be adopted no later than 2013 according to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The new format was finalized for the 2012 season on March 2, 2012, and will use the 2–3 game schedule format for the Division Series for the 2012 season only. The restriction against divisional rivals playing against each other in the Division Series round that had existed in previous years was eliminated, as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees squared off in one of the best-of-5 LDS series in the American League. The stateside portion of the regular season started April 4 in Miami with the opening of the new Marlins Park, as the newly renamed Miami Marlins hosted the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. The regular season ended on Wednesday, October 3. The entire master schedule was released on September 14, 2011.

  2. Washington Nationals [2012]

    Washington Nationals [2012]


    The Washington Nationals' 2012 season was the eighth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the fifth season at Nationals Park, and the 44th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec. After finishing the previous season in third place with an 80–81 record, out of last place in the NL East for the second time since moving to Washington, the Nationals made several moves to pursue playoff contention in 2012 and beyond. Despite being plagued with injuries, the Nationals had an impressive start to the season, never dropping below the .500 mark and consistently holding first or second place in their division. On September 3, the Nationals won their 82nd game of the season, making this season their first winning season since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005 and the first for the franchise since 2003. On September 20, the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the franchise's first postseason berth since 1981, and the first for a Washington-based team since the Washington Senators won the American League pennant in 1933. On October 1, the Nationals clinched the National League East division. On October 3, they went on to clinch the best record in Major League Baseball at 98-64. They finished the season with a 98-64 record and played the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Series. On October 12, in Game 5 of the NLDS, they lost to the Cardinals 9-7 and were eliminated.

  3. Toronto Blue Jays [2012]

    Toronto Blue Jays [2012]


    The 2012 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 36th season of Major League Baseball's Toronto Blue Jays franchise, and the 23rd full season of play (24th overall) at the Rogers Centre. Their opening game was played on April 5 against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland. The Blue Jays finished 73–89, in fourth place in the American League East.

  4. Texas Rangers [2012]

    Texas Rangers [2012]


    The 2012 Texas Rangers season was the 52nd season in the overall history of the franchise and the 41st since the team relocated to Arlington, Texas. The Rangers entered the season as the two-time defending champions of the American League and the AL West. They led most of the season and had a 13 game lead on June 30 but faltered down the stretch. They finished 93-69 but were swept in the last series of the season by the Oakland Athletics and wound up second to the Athletics in the division. They then lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card Game and were eliminated from the playoffs.

  5. Tampa Bay Rays [2012]

    Tampa Bay Rays [2012]


    The Tampa Bay Rays 2012 season was the team's 15th season of baseball, and the fifth as the "Rays" (all at Tropicana Field). The Rays hoped to improve on their 91–71 record from 2011 and make the postseason for a franchise record third straight season. They finished the season 90–72, third place in the AL East, and third place in the AL Wild Card, missing the postseason for the first time since 2009.

  6. St. Louis Cardinals [2012]

    St. Louis Cardinals [2012]


    The St. Louis Cardinals 2012 season was the 131st season for the franchise in St. Louis, Missouri, the 121st season in the National League, and the seventh at Busch Stadium III. The Cardinals made their 25th trip to the postseason in 2012 after taking the NL Wild Card title by one game over the Atlanta Braves on the last day of the regular season in 2011. They began the 2012 season away against the Miami Marlins on April 4. St. Louis was coming off a 90–72 (.556) season, a second-place finish in the NL Central, the aforementioned Wild Card berth, and their National League-leading 11th World Series championship.

  7. Seattle Mariners [2012]

    Seattle Mariners [2012]


    The 2012 Seattle Mariners season was the 36th season in franchise history. Their last playoff appearance was in 2001. The Mariners played their 13th full season (14th overall) at Safeco Field and finished with a record of 75-87, 4th place in the AL West.

  8. San Francisco Giants [2012]

    San Francisco Giants [2012]


    The San Francisco Giants are an American baseball team. Their 2012 season marked their 130th year in Major League Baseball, as well as their 55th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and the thirteenth at AT&T Park. The Giants finished with a record of 94–68, 1st place in the NL West, and beat the Cincinnati Reds in five games in the Division Series thereby becoming the first National League team (8th in MLB History) to come back from a 2–0 deficit in a best-of-five series by sweeping three games in the opponent's park. The Giants defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games after overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the NL Championship Series and advancing to the 2012 World Series to face the Detroit Tigers. They swept the Tigers in four games to win their second World Series title in three years.

  9. San Diego Padres [2012]

    San Diego Padres [2012]


    The San Diego Padres' 2012 season was their 44th season in MLB, and their eighth at PETCO Park. The Padres finished with a record of 76-86, fourth place in the NL West.

  10. Pittsburgh Pirates [2012]

    Pittsburgh Pirates [2012]


    The 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the Pirates' 126th season as a member of the National League and 131st season overall. The Pirates were playing their 12th season at PNC Park. Despite being 67-54 on August 19, the Pirates finished the season 79-83, a Major League Baseball record twentieth consecutive losing season.

  11. Philadelphia Phillies [2012]

    Philadelphia Phillies [2012]


    The Philadelphia Phillies 2012 season was the 130th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies attempted to defend their 5th-straight NL East title, following a season in which they set a franchise record for wins, with 102. The 2012 Phillies were mediocre throughout April and May, but a June and early July slump opened a huge hole for winning the division and making the playoffs. The Phillies were hot throughout August and September, but the hole proved too big for the Phillies, as they would get eliminated from winning the division on September 16, and were eliminated from the Wild Card race on September 28, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

  12. Oakland Athletics [2012]

    Oakland Athletics [2012]


    The Oakland Athletics' 2012 season was the organization's 45th in Oakland, California and the 112th in club history. The team finished with a final record of 94–68, claiming first place in the American League West and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2006. After winning their last game of the season, they took sole possession of the division for the first time all year, overtaking the Texas Rangers. The A's had trailed Texas by 13 games on June 30, and had a five-game deficit with nine days left in the season. The 2012 team, who led the league with 15 walk off wins, managed this with the second lowest payroll in baseball, at $59.5 million. They lost to the Detroit Tigers in the Divisional Series.

  13. New York Yankees [2012]

    New York Yankees [2012]


    The 2012 New York Yankees season was the 112th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees began the season in St. Petersburg, Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 6. They finished the season 95-67, 1st place in the AL East. They began their post-season run by beating the Baltimore Orioles in five games in the Division Series. They advanced to play the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series, but were swept in four games by the Tigers.

  14. New York Mets [2012]

    New York Mets [2012]


    The New York Mets' 2012 season was the franchise's 51st season and its fourth at Citi Field. The team celebrated its 50th anniversary, as they became a team in 1962. Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, 2012. The Mets missed the postseason for a 6th straight year.

  15. Minnesota Twins [2012]

    Minnesota Twins [2012]


    The 2012 Minnesota Twins season was the 52nd season for the franchise in Minnesota, and the 112th overall in the American League. The Twins wound up with a 66-96 record, 5th (last) place in AL Central.

  16. Milwaukee Brewers [2012]

    Milwaukee Brewers [2012]


    The Milwaukee Brewers' 2012 season was the 43rd season for the franchise in Milwaukee, the 15th in the National League, and 44th overall. The Brewers finished the season with an 83-79 record and third place in the Central Division of the National League. They did not make the playoffs.

  17. Miami Marlins [2012]

    Miami Marlins [2012]


    The 2012 Miami Marlins season was the 20th season for the Major League Baseball franchise. The Marlins moved into Marlins Park for the 2012 season; as part of the agreement, they changed their name from the "Florida Marlins" to the "Miami Marlins".

  18. Los Angeles Dodgers [2012]

    Los Angeles Dodgers [2012]


    The Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 season was the 123rd for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 55th season in Los Angeles. The Dodgers celebrated the Golden Anniversary of Dodger Stadium, their home since 1962. It was a transitional year as the sale of the team from Frank McCourt to Guggenheim Baseball Management was not finalized until May 1. The new ownership group put their stamp on the team quickly by making a number of big trades and putting more money into the team than McCourt did. After a fast start, the team faded down the stretch and finished eight games behind the World Series Champion Giants.

  19. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [2012]

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim [2012]


    The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 2012 season was the franchise's 52nd season and 47th in Anaheim (all of them at Angel Stadium of Anaheim).

  20. Kansas City Royals [2012]

    Kansas City Royals [2012]


    The Kansas City Royals' season of 2012 was the 44th for the Royals franchise. The Royals hosted the 83rd MLB All-Star Game on July 10 at Kauffman Stadium, where the team played its 40th season of home games. The Royals finished 72-90, 3rd place in the AL Central.

  21. Houston Astros [2012]

    Houston Astros [2012]


    The Houston Astros 2012 season was the 51st season for the franchise in the National League in Houston, their 48th as the Astros and their 13th season at Minute Maid Park.

  22. Detroit Tigers [2012]

    Detroit Tigers [2012]


    The 2012 Detroit Tigers season was the team's 112th season. On October 1, 2012, the Tigers clinched the AL Central title, the club's first repeat title since 19341935. They finished the regular season 88–74. They defeated the Oakland Athletics in the American League Divisional Series, 3 games to 2. It was the Tigers' second consecutive ALDS win. The Tigers went on to sweep the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series before being swept themselves by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

  23. Colorado Rockies [2012]

    Colorado Rockies [2012]


    The Colorado Rockies' 2012 season was the franchise's 20th in Major League Baseball. It involved the Rockies' 18th season of playing their home games at Coors Field.

  24. Cleveland Indians [2012]

    Cleveland Indians [2012]


    The 2012 Cleveland Indians season was the 112th season for the franchise. The team attempted to improve on its 2011 campaign in which was 80-82 and finished 2nd in the American League Central division. The team was also looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The team played all of its home games at Progressive Field, which will be in its 19th season.

  25. Cincinnati Reds [2012]

    Cincinnati Reds [2012]


    The 2012 Cincinnati Reds season was the 123rd season for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their tenth at Great American Ball Park. The Reds improved on their record of 79–83 in 2011 and became the first team to clinch playoff berth in 2012 by defeating the Cubs 5–3 on September 20. They clinched the NL Central division with a 6–0 victory over the Dodgers on September 22. Their final record was 97-65 and they subsequently lost in five games to the San Francisco Giants in the Division Series.

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