2005 in baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 2005 throughout the world. Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros to win the 2005 World Series. 2005 marked the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals, who relocated from Montreal and were known as the Expos. This is Washington, D. C.'s first time having a baseball team since the Washington Senators became the Texas Rangers following the 1971 season. Chris Burke ended the 2005 NLDS with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 18th inning; the Astros went from 15-30 to the 2005 World Series. They went 22-7 in July. Regular season ChampionsWorld Series Champion – Chicago White Sox Postseason – October 4 to October 26Click on any series score to link to that series' page. Higher seed has home field advantage during League Championship Series. American League has home field advantage during World Series as a result of American League victory in 2005 All-Star Game. National League is seeded 1-3/2-4 as a result of NL regular season champion and NL wild card coming from the same division.
Postseason MVPs World Series MVP – Jermaine Dye ALCS MVP – Paul Konerko NLCS MVP – Roy Oswalt All-Star Game, July 12 at Comerica Park – American League, 7-5. Jerry Coleman wins the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasters. Peter Gammons receives the J. G. Taylor Spink Award for sportswriters. Major League Baseball awardsNote: The Comeback Player of the Year Award was voted on for the first time by fans. Gold Glove Awards: AL: Kenny Rogers, Jason Varitek, Mark Teixeira, Orlando Hudson, Eric Chavez, Derek Jeter, Ichiro Suzuki, Torii Hunter, Vernon Wells NL: Greg Maddux, Mike Matheny, Derrek Lee, Luis Castillo, Mike Lowell, Omar Vizquel, Jim Edmonds, Andruw Jones, Bobby Abreu Player of the Month – April: Brian Roberts, Derrek Lee. Boggs receives 474 votes. Sandberg receives 393 votes, six more than the needed number. Relief pitchers Bruce Sutter and Rich "Goose" Gossage, outfielders Jim Rice and Andre Dawson, are the only other players to be named on at least half of the ballots cast. January 21 – Roger Clemens and the Houston Astros agree to an $18 million, one-year contract.
Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, agrees to a deal that makes him the highest-paid pitcher for the fifth time, following deals with the Boston Red Sox in 1989 and 1991.
José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball. He played 11 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he was a three-time National League Most Valuable Player and nine-time All-Star, he made his 10th All-Star appearance with the Angels in 2015. A right-handed batter and thrower, Pujols weighs 235 pounds. Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1996. After one season of college baseball, he was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft; as a rookie for the Cardinals in 2001, he was unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. Pujols played for the Cardinals, contributing to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. After the 2011 season, Pujols signed a 10-year contract with the Angels. Pujols was at the height of his career a regarded hitter who showed a "combination of contact hitting ability and raw power."
He is a six-time Silver Slugger who has twice led the NL in home runs, he has led the NL once each in batting average, doubles and RBI. He is above-average in career regular season batting average, walk rate and Isolated Power, he holds the MLB all-time record for most times grounded into a double play. With 14 seasons of 100 or more RBI produced, he is tied with Alex Rodriguez for the most in MLB history. Pujols got his 3,000 th career hit in 2018. Pujols became the fourth member of the 3,000-hit club to hit 600 home runs, joining Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Alex Rodriguez in this exclusive club, he is a strong future candidate for the Hall of Fame. Pujols was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic by his grandmother, America Pujols, 10 of his uncles and aunts, he was an only child. His father, Bienvenido Pujols, was a softball pitcher, but he was an alcoholic. Albert had to take his father home when his father got drunk following the games. Growing up, Pujols practiced baseball using a milk carton for a glove.
Pujols, his father and his grandmother immigrated in 1996 to New York City, where Albert witnessed a shooting at a grocery store. Because of the shooting, they moved to Independence, two months to join some relatives. Pujols played baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence and was named an All-State athlete twice; as a senior, he was walked 55 times in protest because opposing coaches believed he was older than 18, but he still hit eight home runs in 33 at bats. One of his home runs travelled 450 feet. After graduating from high school a semester early in December 1998, he was given a baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College. Pujols hit a grand slam and turned an unassisted triple play in the first game of his only college season. Playing shortstop, he batted.461 with 22 home runs as a freshman before deciding to enter the Major League Baseball draft. Few teams were interested in Pujols because of uncertainty about his age, which position he would play, his build. Tampa Bay Rays scout Fernando Arango recommended that his team sign Pujols, quit his job when Tampa Bay failed to do so.
Pujols was not drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball Draft, when the St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the 402nd overall pick. Pujols turned down a $10,000 bonus and spent the summer playing for the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk Collegiate League; when the Cardinals increased their bonus offer to $60,000, he signed. Pujols began his minor league career in 2000 playing third base with the Peoria Chiefs of the single-A Midwest League, he batted.324 in 109 games. He finished second in the league in batting, tied for ninth in doubles, tied for fourth in triples, tied for sixth in home runs and sixth in RBI, he was named to the All-Star team. Pujols played 21 games with the Potomac Cannons in the high-A Carolina League that year, batting.284 with 23 hits, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He finished the 2000 season with the Memphis Redbirds in the AAA Pacific Coast League, after appearing in three regular season games with them, he batted.367 in the playoffs and was named the postseason Most Valuable Player as the Redbirds won their first PCL title.
During spring training in 2001, incumbent first baseman Mark McGwire said to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa that if he did not promote Pujols to the major league roster, "it might be one of the worst moves you make in your career." La Russa recounted the "myth" that Pujols only made the Opening Day roster in 2001 because Bobby Bonilla was injured. According to La Russa, he and the rest of Cardinals management were impressed enough by Pujols that they decided to promote him to the big league club before Bonilla's injury. Although the team did not require Pujols to fill any particular position, the Cardinals activated him to the Opening Day roster, he started all season at either third base, right field, left field, or first base. On Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies on April 2, he recorded his first career hit, a single against pitcher Mike Hampton in an 8–0 loss. Four days lat
New York Mets
The New York Mets are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of Queens. The Mets compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division; the Mets are one of two Major League clubs based in New York City. One of baseball's first expansion teams, the Mets were founded in 1962 to replace New York's departed NL teams, the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants; the Mets' colors are composed of the Dodgers' blue and the Giants' orange, which form the outer two bands of the New York City flag. During the 1962 and 1963 seasons, the Mets played their home games at the Polo Grounds. From 1964 to 2008, the Mets' home ballpark was Shea Stadium. In 2009, they moved into Citi Field. In their 1962 inaugural season, the Mets posted a record of 40–120, the worst regular season record since MLB went to a 162-game schedule; the team never finished better than second to last until the 1969 "Miracle Mets" beat the Baltimore Orioles in the 1969 World Series in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in World Series history.
Since they have played in four additional World Series, including a dramatic run in 1973 that ended in a seven-game loss to the Oakland Athletics, a second championship in 1986 over the Boston Red Sox, a Subway Series loss against their cross-town rivals the New York Yankees in 2000, a five-game loss to the Kansas City Royals in 2015. The Mets qualified to play in the Major League Baseball postseason in 1988 and 2006, coming within one game of the World Series both years. After near-misses in 2007 and 2008, the Mets made the playoffs in 2015 for the first time in nine years, won their first NL pennant in 15 years; the team again returned to the playoffs in this time with a wild card berth. This was the team's second back-to-back playoff appearance, the first occurring during the 1999 and 2000 seasons; as of the end of the 2018 MLB season, the Mets overall win-loss record is 4362–4732, good for a.480 win percentage. After the 1957 season, the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants relocated from New York to California to become the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants leaving the largest city in the United States with no National League franchise and only one major league team, the New York Yankees of the American League.
With the threat of a New York team joining a new third league, the National League expanded by adding the New York Mets following a proposal from William Shea. In a symbolic reference to New York's earlier National League teams, the new team took as its primary colors the blue of the Dodgers and the orange of the Giants, colors featured on the Flag of New York City; the nickname "Mets" was adopted: it was a natural shorthand to the club's corporate name, "The New York Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.", hearkened back to the "Metropolitans", its brevity was advantageous for newspaper headlines. For the first two years of its existence, the team played its home games at the historic Polo Grounds in Upper Manhattan. In 1964, they moved into newly constructed Shea Stadium in Flushing, where the Mets played until the 2008 season. In 2009, the club moved into Citi Field, adjacent to the former Shea Stadium site. During their history, the Mets have won two World Series titles, five National League pennants and six National League East titles.
The Mets qualified for the postseason as the National League wild card team in 1999, 2000, 2016. The Mets have appeared in five World Series, more than any other expansion team in MLB history, their two championships are the most titles among expansion teams, equal to the tallies of the Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals. The Mets held the New York baseball single-season attendance record for 29 years, they broke the Yankees' 1948 record by drawing nearly 2.7 million spectators in 1970. The Mets broke their own record five times before the record was regained by the Yankees in 1999; the 1962 Mets posted a 40–120 record, a record for the most losses in a season since 1899. In 1966, the Mets famously bypassed future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the amateur draft, instead selecting Steve Chilcott, who never played in the majors, but the following year, they acquired future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver in a lottery. Seaver helped the 1969 "Miracle Mets" win the new National League East division title defeat the Atlanta Braves to win the National League pennant and the favored Baltimore Orioles to win the 1969 World Series.
In 1973, the Mets rallied from 5th place to win the division, despite a record of only 82–79. They shocked the favored Cincinnati Reds "Big Red Machine" in the NLCS and pushed the defending World Series champion Oakland Athletics to a seventh game, but lost the series. Notably, 1973 was the only NL East title between 1970 and 1980 that wasn't won by either the Philadelphia Phillies or the Pittsburgh Pirates. Star pitcher Tom Seaver was traded in 1977, on a day remembered as "the Midnight Massacre", the Mets fell into last place for several years; the franchise turned around in the mid-1980s. During this time the Mets drafted slugger Darryl Strawberry and 1985 Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden. In addition, former National League MVP and perennial Gold Glove winner Keith Hernandez was obtained by the Mets in 1983. In 1985, they acquired Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter from the Montreal Expos and won 98 games, but narrowly missed the playoffs. In 1986, they won the division with a record of 108–54, one of the best in National Le
In baseball, a home run is scored when the ball is hit in such a way that the batter is able to circle the bases and reach home safely in one play without any errors being committed by the defensive team in the process. In modern baseball, the feat is achieved by hitting the ball over the outfield fence between the foul poles without first touching the ground, resulting in an automatic home run. There is the "inside-the-park" home run where the batter reaches home safely while the baseball is in play on the field; when a home run is scored, the batter is credited with a hit and a run scored, an RBI for each runner that scores, including himself. The pitcher is recorded as having given up a hit, a run for each runner that scores including the batter. Home runs are among the most popular aspects of baseball and, as a result, prolific home run hitters are the most popular among fans and the highest paid by teams—hence the old saying, "Home run hitters drive Cadillacs, singles hitters drive Fords.
In modern times a home run is most scored when the ball is hit over the outfield wall between the foul poles before it touches the ground, without being caught or deflected back onto the field by a fielder. A batted ball is a home run if it touches either foul pole or its attached screen before touching the ground, as the foul poles are by definition in fair territory. Additionally, many major-league ballparks have ground rules stating that a batted ball in flight that strikes a specified location or fixed object is a home run. In professional baseball, a batted ball that goes over the outfield wall after touching the ground becomes an automatic double; this is colloquially referred to as a "ground rule double" because the rule is not written into the rules of baseball, but is rather a rule of the field being used. A fielder is allowed to reach over the wall to attempt to catch the ball as long as his feet are on or over the field during the attempt, if the fielder catches the ball while it is in flight the batter is out if the ball had passed the vertical plane of the wall.
However, since the fielder is not part of the field, a ball that bounces off a fielder and over the wall without touching the ground is still a home run. A fielder may not deliberately throw his glove, cap, or any other equipment or apparel to stop or deflect a fair ball, an umpire may award a home run to the batter if a fielder does so on a ball that, in the umpire's judgment, would have otherwise been a home run. A home run accomplished in any of the above manners is an automatic home run; the ball is dead if it rebounds back onto the field, the batter and any preceding runners cannot be put out at any time while running the bases. However, if one or more runners fail to touch a base or one runner passes another before reaching home plate, that runner or runners can be called out on appeal, though in the case of not touching a base a runner can go back and touch it if doing so won't cause them to be passed by another preceding runner and they have not yet touched the next base; this stipulation is in Approved Ruling of Rule 7.10.
An inside-the-park home run occurs when a batter hits the ball into play and is able to circle the bases before the fielders can put him out. Unlike with an outside-the-park home run, the batter-runner and all preceding runners are liable to be put out by the defensive team at any time while running the bases; this can only happen. In the early days of baseball, outfields were much more spacious, reducing the likelihood of an over-the-fence home run, while increasing the likelihood of an inside-the-park home run, as a ball getting past an outfielder had more distance that it could roll before a fielder could track it down. Modern outfields are much less spacious and more uniformly designed than in the game's early days, therefore inside-the-park home runs are now a rarity, they occur when a fast runner hits the ball deep into the outfield and the ball bounces in an unexpected direction away from the nearest outfielder, or an outfielder misjudges the flight of the ball in a way that he cannot recover from the mistake.
The speed of the runner is crucial as triples are rare in most modern ballparks. If any defensive play on an inside-the-park home run is labeled an error by the official scorer, a home run is not scored. All runs scored on such a play, still count. An example of an unexpected bounce occurred during the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at AT&T Park in San Francisco on July 10, 2007. Ichiro Suzuki of the American League team hit a fly ball that caromed off the right-center field wall in the opposite direction from where National League right fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. was expecting it to go. By the time the ball was relayed, Ichiro had crossed the plate standing up; this was the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history, led to Suzu
2014 Major League Baseball season
The 2014 Major League Baseball season began on March 22 at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The North American part of the season started on March 30 and ended on September 28; the Major League Baseball All-Star Game's 85th edition was held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis, home of the Minnesota Twins. The American League beat the National League 5–3. With the win, the AL champion earned home-field advantage during the World Series; this year the Houston Astros hosted the Civil Rights Game on May 30 at Minute Maid Park. They played host to the Baltimore Orioles; this was the final season of Bud Selig as the Commissioner of Baseball. Selig served as the Executive Council Chairman from 1992 to 1998, acting as the commissioner, was appointed as the official commissioner in 1998. On August 14, 2014, the franchise owners selected Rob Manfred to become the new Commissioner, starting in 2015. No significant changes were made to the 2014 schedule.
As was the case in 2013, each team played 19 games against each division opponent for a total of 76 games, six or seven games against each team from the other two divisions in its league for a total of 66 games. All teams played 20 interleague games, with the majority of match-ups following the divisional rotation in place since 2004. For 2014, the matchups were AL East vs. NL Central, AL Central vs. NL West, AL West vs. NL East. Teams played four games against a designated "rival" in two back-to-back two-game series, one home and one away. Unlike in 2013, when all of these series were played during the same week, these rivalry series were spread from early May through mid-August; the table below shows the interleague rivals for the 2014 season. On August 15, 2013, Major League Baseball announced that it would expand its video review process for the 2014 season, MLB clubs unanimously approved the new rules on January 16, 2014. Managers were now able to challenge certain plays no more than twice per game, including force plays, fair or foul balls, batters hit by a pitch, among others.
If a manager exhausted his ability to challenge plays during the game and after the beginning of the seventh inning, the umpire crew chief could choose to invoke instant replay on any reviewable call. Calls that were challenged were reviewed by an umpiring crew at MLB headquarters in New York City, which made the final ruling. On December 11, 2013, the Playing Rules Committee voted overwhelmingly to outlaw home-plate collisions between runners and catchers. On February 24, 2014, the new rule was put into effect. At the end of the 2013 season, the following teams made replacements to their managers. Evan Longoria: His home run in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 3 gives him 163 for his Rays' career; this ties the team record held by Carlos Peña. Longoria set the franchise record with his 164th home run on April 19 against the New York Yankees. Miguel Cabrera: Recorded his 2,000th career hit with a home run in the eighth inning against the Baltimore Orioles on April 4, he became the 277th player to reach this mark.
Albert Pujols: Recorded his 1,500th career RBI with a home run in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox on April 8. He became the 52nd player to reach this mark. Recorded his 500th career home run in the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals on April 22, he became the 26th player to reach this mark. Recorded his 550th career double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on August 4, he became the 26th player to reach this mark. Recorded his 1,500th career run scored with a home run in the third inning on September 6 against the Minnesota Twins, he became the 71st player to reach this mark. Recorded his 2,500th career hit with a double in the ninth inning on September 6 against the Minnesota Twins, he became the 98th player to reach this mark. Raúl Ibañez /: Recorded his 2,000th career hit with a home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets on April 12, he became the 278th player to reach this mark. Elvis Andrus: Set team record for stolen bases in career on April 18.
Setting the record with his 173 stolen base, breaking the record, set by Ian Kinsler. José Abreu: Set the rookie record for home runs in April by hitting his ninth on April 25 against the Tampa Bay Rays, he broke the record of eight set by Carlos Delgado and Kent Hrbek. Abreu finished April with ten home runs. Set the rookie record for RBI in April by raising his total to 31 on April 27 against the Tampa Bay Rays, he broke the record of 27 set by Albert Pujols. Abreu finished April with 32 runs batted in. Tied the franchise rookie record for home runs with his 35th homer in the ninth inning on September 14 against the Minnesota Twins, he tied the record, set in 1983 by Ron Kittle. He set a new record with his 36th home run on September 27 against the Kansas City Royals. Adrián Beltré: Recorded his 500th career double in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners on April 27, he became the 59th player to reach this mark. Recorded his 2,500th career hit with a single in the second inning on June 24 against the Detroit Tigers.
He became the 97th player to reach this mark. Nolan Arenado: With a double in the first inning on May 7 against the Texas Rangers, Arenado extended his hit streak to 27 games which tied the team record set by Michael Cuddyer in 2013. Arenado set the team record with a single in the third inning the next night against the Rangers. Arenado's streak came to an end the next night as the Cincinnati Reds held him hitless. Alfonso Soriano: With his single in the second inning on May 12 against the New York Mets, Soriano became the seventh player in Major League hi
Christopher John Carpenter is an American retired professional baseball starting pitcher. He played 15 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals from 1997 to 2012. A Cy Young Award winner and two-time World Series champion, he was a three-time All-Star selection. In addition, he was twice named the Sporting News National League Pitcher of the Year, voted for a number of Comeback Player of the Year awards for surmounting injury; the Blue Jays selected Carpenter in the first round of the 1993 amateur draft from Trinity High School in New Hampshire, he made his MLB debut in 1997. However and ineffectiveness delayed his career before the Blue Jays released him in 2002. After the Cardinals signed him, he emerged as an ace in 2004, winning the Cy Young Award in 2005 and helping lead the Cardinals to World Series titles in 2006 and 2011. For much of his career, Carpenter relied on his cutter that produced a heavy bore and finished with a sharp drop, a 12-to-6 curveball and a sinker.
Multiple injuries that were deemed career-threatening – including three surgeries on his elbow, two on his shoulder and another on his rib cage – caused Carpenter to miss nearly five full seasons. However, he returned to pitch after each of these injuries. In nine seasons playing for the Cardinals, he won 95 regular-season games and compiled a 3.07 ERA in 197 starts and 1348 2⁄3 innings pitched. His.683 winning percentage during that period led the Major Leagues. In 18 postseason starts, he won 10 games with a 3.00 ERA over 108 innings. Chris Carpenter was born in Exeter, New Hampshire but grew up in Raymond, New Hampshire moving to Bedford, he played in the American Legion Baseball. While attending Trinity High School in Manchester, New Hampshire, he was selected all-state for three years in both baseball and hockey; as a junior in 1992, his baseball team won the state championship. He was selected for The Boston Globe All-Scholastic team as a senior. In 1993, his senior campaign, he earned Athlete of the Year honors.
He committed to play college baseball for Creighton. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Carpenter in the first round and 15th overall pick of the 1993 Major League Baseball draft, he was the first player from New Hampshire taken in the first round of the draft. He signed for $580,000. Standing 6 feet, 6 inches tall, scouts saw potential in his size, low-90s fastball, power curveball. However, he needed to develop his control and changeup – he struggled with his control early in his career, he began his professional career in 1994 in Minor League Baseball with the Medicine Hat Blue Jays of the short-season Pioneer League. In his debut against the Great Falls Dodgers, he tossed six scoreless innings of one-hit ball, fanning nine along the way; when he defeated the Lethbridge Mounties, he claimed the July 2 Pitcher of the Week award. His early success continued throughout the season as he finished with a 2.56 earned run average with 80 strikeouts, 39 bases on balls and 76 hits allowed in 84 2⁄3 innings pitched.
He ended the season with a win–loss record of 6–3 and turned in the league's third-lowest ERA. He was picked as the Pioneer League's number-three prospect by league managers, behind Aaron Boone and Ray Brown; the Blue Jays promoted Carpenter to the Class-A Advanced Dunedin Blue Jays of Florida State League in 1995. Baseball America rated him the #100 prospect in all the minor leagues before the season, he made 15 starts and yielded a 2.17 ERA in 99 1⁄3 IP. In thirteen of those starts, he yielded. However, he posted a poor strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.12, with 56 SO and 50 BB. After a promotion to the AA Knoxville Blue Jays of the Southern League, he struggled with a 5.18 ERA, 53 SO and 31 for 1.17 K/BB. Returning to Knoxville the next season, Carpenter's Baseball America rating moved up to #82 among all minor leaguers, was third in the organization. Pitching against the Carolina Mudcats on May 17, he struck out six batters in the sixth and seventh innings, 10 total in a 5–0 win. For the month of May, he was Knoxville's Pitcher of the Month after allowing a 1.91 ERA and a 3–0 W–L.
He spent the entire season there, starting 28 games, pitching 171 1⁄3 innings, allowing 161 hits, 75 earned runs, 91 BB while striking out 150 and compiling a 1.61 K/BB. He struck out eight or more batters in nine different games and led the club in starts, IP and SO; the strikeout total tied him for third in club history behind Alex Sanchez' 166 recorded in 1988 and were third in the organization. Playing for Phoenix Desert Dogs in the off-season Arizona Fall League, he posted a 2–0 W–L in ten starts, 2.33 ERA and 43 SO. He was named that club's most valuable player, his command continued to be problematic, although his changeup improved. In 1997, Baseball America promoted Carpenter's prospect ranking to 28th in the minor leagues, he started the season with the AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs of the International League, where he made his first seven starts of the season for a 3.88 ERA and 1–3 record. The Blue Jays purchased his contract on May 10. Carpenter made his Major League Baseball debut as a starter against the Minnesota Twins on May 12, 1997, completing three innings with eight hits, seven runs and three BB, while striking out five, in a 12–2 loss.
His first strikeout victim was Paul Molitor. At 22 years and 18 days old, he became the sixth-youngest starting pitcher for the Blue Jays. After two more appearances with a 12.71 ERA and 0–2 W–L, he returned to Syracuse. Carpenter's second round at Syracuse consisted of 12 more s
The Tennessee Smokies are a Minor League Baseball team based in the Knoxville, metropolitan area. The team, which plays in the Southern League, are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Smokies Stadium, the team's ballpark, is located in the suburb of Kodak, seats up to 8,000 fans; the team was based in Knoxville and called the Knoxville Smokies for many years before moving to Kodak and changing its name prior to the 2000 season. The team's nickname refers to the Great Smoky Mountains mountain range. Knoxville's first organized baseball franchise, the Appalachians, played in the original South Atlantic League in 1909; the club dropped out of the "Sally League" that season, but—after Knoxville fielded teams in the Class D Southeastern and Appalachian leagues—returned to the South Atlantic loop, now Class B, as the Smokies from 1925 to 1929. On July 22, 1931, the Mobile Bears franchise of the A1 Southern Association moved to Knoxville and played as the Smokies through July 5, 1944, when the club returned to Mobile.
The transfer marked the end of Knoxville's membership in the Southern Association. In 1946, the Smokies joined the Class B Tri-State League and played in it until the loop folded in 1955, but in July 1956, when the Montgomery Rebels of the Class A South Atlantic League needed a new home, they transferred to Knoxville. The Smokies' manager that season was Earl Weaver, elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996; the Smokies were reclassified as Double-A with the rest of the Sally League in 1963, were charter members of the Sally's successor, the Southern League, in 1964. Apart from a four-year hiatus, they have continued in the Southern loop since. Knoxville returned in 1972 as the Knoxville White Sox or Knox Sox, the Chicago White Sox's Double-A club, they transferred their affiliation to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1980, a link that lasted until 1999. For the first 13 of those years, the team was known as the Knoxville Blue Jays, or locally referred to as the K-Jays; the historic Smokies moniker was reintroduced beginning in the 1993 season.
From 1954 to 1999, Knoxville baseball teams played in Bill Meyer Stadium known as Knoxville Municipal Stadium, on Don Ridley Field. The stadium was named for former Pittsburgh Pirates manager Billy Meyer. Prior to 2005, the Smokies were the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and before that the Toronto Blue Jays. However, when the Cardinals purchased the El Paso Diablos, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Double-A affiliate, the Diamondbacks retained the Smokies as their new Double-A affiliate. On September 21, 2006, the Chicago Cubs, who had had a Double-A affiliation with division rival West Tenn Diamond Jaxx, reached a two-year player development contract with the Smokies through the 2008 season. In December 2008, Hall of Famer and former Chicago Cubs All-Star second baseman Ryne Sandberg was named manager for the 2009 season. Sandberg led the Smokies to a second-half Southern League North Division crown and a 3–1 divisional playoff series win over the Huntsville Stars; the Smokies would fall 3-games-to-1 to the Jacksonville Suns for the 2009 Southern League Championship.
In June 2013, the then-Smokies' ownership group, led by Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, sold the team to Randy Boyd, a local Knoxville businessman. Though a devoted baseball fan, Boyd is not involved in the day-to-day management of the team, delegating those responsibilities to CEO Doug Kirchhofer and General Manager Brian Cox. In 2016, speculation began that Boyd was wanting to move the Smokies back to Knoxville after he had purchased several parcels in downtown Knoxville. Boyd said he has envisioned a baseball stadium on that site, but has no plans to bring the baseball team back to Knoxville until 2025, when the current stadium contract expires, at the earliest. On July 11, 2014, The Chicago Cubs and Tennessee Smokies announced an extension to their Player Development Contract for the maximum possible term of four years; the agreement means. On October 22, 2014 the Smokies revealed new logos and uniforms that reflected their ongoing relationship with the Chicago Cubs organization. Smokies Stadium experienced its largest crowd of 7,958 on May 13, 2017, against the Montgomery Biscuits.
The Smokies lost the game 3–1, Star Wars Night. The previous attendance record was the 7,866 on July 2015, against the Chattanooga Lookouts; the Smokies won the game 8–4, Toy Story Night and Daddy-Daughter Date Night. All Tennessee Smokies games are shown live on MiLB. TV; the current voice of the Smokies is Mick Gillispie. The secondary broadcaster is Spencer Siegel; the pre and postgame shows are hosted by Greg Young. All games are broadcast on Talk Radio 92.3 and AM 760 WETR in Knoxville. Bear Trax is a weekly television show hosted by Mick Gillispie and Charlie Walter about the Smokies and airs at 11pm ET on WTNZ Fox43. * Due to Hurricane Ivan the finals series was cancelled. Tennessee and Mobile were declared co-champions. 2013: Lost to Birmingham 3–2 in semifinals. 2011: Defeated Chattanooga 3–0 in semifinals. 2010: Defeated West Tenn 3–1 in semifinals. 2009: Defeated Huntsville 3–1 in semifinals. 2007: Lost to Huntsville 3–2 in semifinals. 2004: Defeated Chattanooga 3–1 in semifinals. 2003: Lost to Carolina 3–1 in semifinals.
1999: Lost to Orlando 3–1 in semifinals. 1998: Lost to Jacksonville 3–0 in semif