|2014 Season News|
January 8 – Pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, and first baseman/designated hitter Frank Thomas were enshrined into the Hall
of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Maddux saw his name appear on 97.2 percent of the ballots, falling short of the
all-time mark still held by Tom Seaver, who was elected on 98.84 percent of the vote in 1992. Glavine received 91.9 percent of the vote while Thomas was
elected with 83.7 percent.
February 12 – Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees announces that he will retire at the end of this season. The American League Rookie of the Year winner (1996),
and Most Valuable Player both in the All-Star Game (2000) and in the World Series (2000), Jeter ranks first in franchise history for the
most games played, at-bats and hits.
May 14 - Major League Baseball announced that the original scoring decision made on May 9 at Arlington Park had been reversed, and that
David Ortiz had been awarded a hit for the fly ball that fell between two Texas Rangers fielders. Ortiz came to bat with two outs
in the bottom of the seventh inning. At that point, Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish had retired 20 straight Boston Red Sox hitters. Ortiz hit
a high pop into right field, then second baseman Rougned Odor, who was playing in shallow right field in a defensive shift, got under
the ball as Alex Ríos started coming toward him. Ríos backed off and Odor could not catch the ball as it dropped just beyond his glove.
The dropped ball was originally scored an error on right fielder Ríos by official scorer Steve Weller, while Darvish still took a
no-hitter into the ninth inning, but Ortiz broke it up with a two-out single. Ortiz and the Red Sox appealed the controversial
decision to Major League Baseball and it was overturned after a review.
June 29 – Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers completed one of the most impressive calendar months for a pitcher in Major
League history, striking out 13 batters in seven scoreless innings in a 6–0 win over the St Louis Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw
went 6–0 with an 0.82 ERA and 61 strikeouts in the month, including his first career no-hitter on June 18, while completing the first
six-win month for a Dodgers pitcher since Hideo Nomo in 1995. Besides, he became the only pitcher to be unbeaten with that many
wins, that many strikeouts and an ERA that low in a single calendar month, extending also his personal streak to 28 consecutive
scoreless innings, exceeded in Los Angeles history only seven times, led by Orel Hershiser's MLB-record 59. Previously, only three other
pitchers have gone 6–0 with a sub-1.00 ERA and 50 or more strikeouts in a month: the aforementioned Nomo (June 1995), Randy Johnson
(April 2000) and Justin Verlander (June 2011).
July 11 – Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds struck out Jordy Mercer in the ninth inning of a 6–5 victory over the
Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park to set a Major League record. Dating back to 1900, Chapman became the pitcher with the
most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout, fanning at least a batter in his 40th consecutive game during a streak that
began on August 21, 2013. He achieved the feat while striking out 83 in 42.0 innings of work. Chapman surpassed Bruce Sutter, who did so
in 39 straight games from June 1 to October 2, 1977. Along his ascent to the top of the list, he also surpassed Jeff Montgomery (32
straight games from June 18 to September 5, 1989) and Eric Gagné (35 games from July 18, 2003 to April 10, 2004).
July 13 - Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey became the first pitcher-catcher battery in Major League history to each hit a grand
slam in the same game, boosting the San Francisco Giants to a 8–4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Bumgarner also
became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a single season. Previously, he hit a slam on April 11 against the
Colorado Rockies. The last pitcher to launch two slams in a season was Tony Cloninger, who hit two grand slams in a single game for the
Atlanta Braves on July 3, 1966, against the Giants at Candlestick Park.
August 9 - Derek Jeter hit a single off Cleveland Indians starter Corey Kluber, and in the process surpassed Honus Wagner for
sole possession of 6th place on the Major League Baseball all-time hits list. It was the 3,431 hit of Jeter during his 19 seasons with
the New York Yankees. Even though the Yankees lost at home, 3–0, it was a historic achievement for the shortstop who has been the icon
of the franchise for such long time. Jeter, who announced this would be his final season on February 12, entered the year with 3,316
hits. He had passed Paul Molitor and Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time list this season before moving past Wagner on this game.
The only players in Major League history with more hits than Jeter are Pete Rose (4,256), Ty Cobb (4,191), Hank Aaron (3,771), Stan
Musial (3,630) and Tris Speaker (3,514).
September 21 – Brett Gardner connected for the 15,000th home run in New York Yankees franchise history, lining a solo shot to right field off Drew
Hutchison in New York's 5–2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. According to research performed by the Elias
Sports Bureau, the Yankees became the first team to reach the milestone. The total starts in 1903, the first year the franchise
started play as the Highlanders in New York.
September 25 – Derek Jeter played his final home game at Yankee Stadium, the current incarnation of the stadium being
nicknamed "The House that Jeter built". Jeter made it in a remarkable way, while delivering a game-winning, RBI single in the
bottom of the ninth inning, as the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles, 6–5, just minutes after they had blown a
three-run lead. For the record, Jeter went 2 for 5 with a double, three runs batted in and a run scored, to add another signature
moment to a long list of achievements over his 20-year career for the Yankees.