2007 Major League Baseball season

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The 2007 Major League Baseball season is the 107th since the American and National Leagues combined to form Major League Baseball. It began on April 1st with a rematch of the 2006 NLCS; the St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets played the first game of the season at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, which was won by the Mets, 6-1.

A special exhibition game known as the "Civil Rights Game" was played on March 31 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cleveland Indians to celebrate the history of civil rights in the United States.

[edit] Regular season standings

American League
Rank Club W L Pct.   GB
East Division
1st New York Yankees 2 2 .500    --
2nd Tampa Bay Devil Rays 2 2 .500    --
3rd Toronto Blue Jays 2 2 .500    --
4th Boston Red Sox 2 3 .400    ½
5th Baltimore Orioles 1 4 .200    1½
Central Division
1st Minnesota Twins 3 1 .750    --
2nd Cleveland Indians 2 1 .667    ½
3rd Chicago White Sox 2 2 .500    1
4th Detroit Tigers 2 2 .500    1
5th Kansas City Royals 2 3 .400    1½
West Division
1st Los Angeles Angels 5 1 .833    --
2nd Seattle Mariners 2 1 .667    1½
3rd Texas Rangers 2 3 .400    2½
4th Oakland Athletics 2 4 .333    3


National League
Rank Club W L Pct.   GB
East Division
1st New York Mets 4 1 .800    --
2nd Atlanta Braves 4 1 .800    --
3rd Florida Marlins 3 2 .600    1
4th Philadelphia Phillies 1 4 .200    3
5th Washington Nationals 1 5 .167    3½
Central Division
1st Cincinnati Reds 4 1 .800    --
2nd Chicago Cubs 3 2 .600    1
3rd Pittsburgh Pirates 3 2 .600    1
4th Milwaukee Brewers 2 3 .400    2
5th Houston Astros 1 4 .200    3
6th St. Louis Cardinals 1 4 .200    3
West Division
1st Arizona Diamondbacks 4 2 .667    --
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers 4 2 .667    --
3rd Colorado Rockies 3 2 .600    ½
4th San Diego Padres 3 2 .600    ½
5th San Francisco Giants 1 4 .200    2½

[edit] Possible milestones

[edit] Individual

Information on players approaching career milestones is maintained during the regular season at the Major League Baseball website. [1]

[edit] Batting

[edit] Pitching

  • The following pitchers have a chance at reaching significant milestones in 2007:
    • Pedro Martínez is two strikeouts away from 3000 for his career. However, he will probably not reach that milestone until sometime in July 2007, as he underwent shoulder surgery immediately after the 2006 season.
    • Tom Glavine is 9 wins away from 300 for his career.
    • Fifteen wins by Roger Clemens, if he does not retire, will tie him with Warren Spahn for the most career wins by a pitcher in the post-1920 live-ball era, with 363.
    • Trevor Hoffman, already the all-time leader in saves, needs 18 more to become the first pitcher with 500 in his career.
    • Randy Johnson is 20 wins away from 300 this upcoming season. However, he started the 2007 season on the disabled list, and may not reach that milestone until 2008.

[edit] Team

  • The Cincinnati Reds need 19 wins to reach the 10,000 win mark. The Reds currently have 9,981 wins and 8,870 losses for their 132 seasons in Cincinnati.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies need 44 losses to reach the 10,000 loss mark. The Phillies currently have 8,768 wins and 9,956 losses for their 124 seasons in Philadelphia.

[edit] Uniforms and commemorative patches

[edit] Uniforms

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks change from purple, copper and turquoise to a modern Sedona Red, sand and black design, re-colored primary and alternate logos, and new scripts and sleeve insignia.
  • The Chicago Cubs have restored player names to the back of their home jerseys and removed their blue alternate jerseys.
  • The Los Angeles Dodgers have restored player names to the back of their jerseys and removed the white trim from their road uniforms.
  • The Pittsburgh Pirates add a red alternate jersey to be worn on Friday nights, paying tribute to the city's "Redd Up" cleanup campaign.

[edit] Commemorative patches

  • The Atlanta Braves will remember the lives of Lew Burdette and Johnny Sain, who were traded for each other in 1951 in a deal between the then-Boston Braves and the New York Yankees, with their initials ("JS" on the left and "LB" on the right) between the number they shared, "33".
  • The Minnesota Twins will wear a black armband during their first home stand and a patch in memory of Herb Carneal, their radio play-by-play announcer from 1962 until 2006, who died on April 1, 2007.
  • The Philadelphia Phillies will wear a black patch with "VUK" written in white in memory of longtime team player, coach and scout John Vukovich, who died during Spring Training.

[edit] See also