David Lee Wells, nicknamed "Boomer", is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher. Wells was considered to be one of the game's better left-handed pitchers during his years with the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays, he pitched the 15th perfect game in baseball history. He is tied only with Kenny Lofton for appearing in the post-season with six teams. Wells is a broadcaster on MLB on TBS and the host of The Cheap Seats on FOXSports.com. Wells was born in California, his parents were never married and he was thus raised by his mother. Wells grew up with the belief that David Pritt, was dead. However, at the age of 22, he learned that Pritt was alive and tracked him down to start a new relationship with him. Growing up in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach where he attended local public schools, Wells was dependent on his mother who worked numerous jobs to support him and his four siblings, he graduated from Point Loma High School, where he played baseball and basketball, in 1982 and was a self-described "gym rat" who spent most of his time at the Ocean Beach Recreation Center and Robb Field.
Wells threw a perfect game his senior year. Wells debuted for the Toronto Blue Jays in 1987 as a reliever and did not secure a job as a full-time starter until he was 30 years old. During his six seasons with the Blue Jays, Wells compiled a 47 -- a 3.88 ERA altogether. Wells was part of the first time he got a championship ring, he was released by the Blue Jays during spring training on March 30, 1993. A few days after he was released by the Blue Jays, Wells signed with the Detroit Tigers on April 3, he emerged as a top-flight pitcher in 1995, when he was 32. After starting the year at 10–3 for the struggling last-place Tigers, Wells made his first All-Star Game appearance. Wells had a 26 -- a 3.78 ERA during his tenure with the Tigers. On July 31, Wells was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for C. J. Nitkowski, Mark Lewis, minor leaguer Dave Tuttle. With Cincinnati, Wells compiled a 6–5 record and a 3.59 ERA. After the 1995 season, Wells was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Curtis Goodwin and minor leaguer Trovin Valdez.
In 1996, he pitched a then-career high 224 innings but finished with an 11–14 record and a 5.14 ERA. In 1997, Wells signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees, his favorite team because of a lifelong interest in baseball legend Babe Ruth, he asked for uniform number 3, Ruth's long-retired number, was of course denied. He ended up taking 33 for the Yankees. On June 28, 1997, Wells took the mound wearing an authentic 1934 Babe Ruth hat, which he had bought for $35,000. Manager Joe Torre made Wells take it off after the first inning because it didn't conform to uniform standards. Wells blew a 3–0 lead as the Cleveland Indians won 12–8. After posting a 16–10 mark in 1997, Wells pitched well in the Yankees' record-setting 1998 season, he rang up an 18–4 record, finished fifth in the league in ERA, was third in voting for the Cy Young Award, won a second World Series ring. On May 17, 1998, Wells pitched the 15th perfect game in baseball history, when he blanked the Minnesota Twins, 4–0. Wells attended the same San Diego high school, Point Loma High School, as Don Larsen, whose perfect game for the Yankees in the 1956 World Series was the only perfect game or no-hitter thrown in postseason play until 2010, was until the only perfect game thrown by a Yankee.
David Cone would add a third Yankee perfect game in 1999. Wells claimed. Comedian Jimmy Fallon, who had partied with Wells the night before the game, has backed up this claim. On September 1, 1998, Wells came close to recording a second perfect game. Pitching against the Oakland Athletics, he allowed no walks and only two hits, the first of which came with two outs in the seventh inning when Jason Giambi fought off an 0–2 count and singled. After the season, Wells returned to the Blue Jays as part of a trade for Roger Clemens, along with Homer Bush and Graeme Lloyd, he continued to win north of the border, with records of 17 -- 20 -- 8 over the next two years. During this stint with the Blue Jays, Wells managed to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated just prior to the 2000 All Star Game. Though Wells said it was an honour to be on the cover, he blasted the story itself, "The David Wells Diet: Chips and American League batters" written by Jeff Pearlman, saying all Pearlman did was talk about how fat he was and not about his accomplishments.
Wells along with fellow pitcher Matt DeWitt were traded to the Chicago White Sox, in a deal, mired in controversy. The primary player being traded by the White Sox, starting pitcher Mike Sirotka, was injured at the time of the deal, he never pitched in the major leagues again. Toronto's general manager, Gord Ash, had not made the deal contingent on the results of a medical examination, MLB ruled in favor of the White Sox; the Blue Jays thus received only Kevin Beirne, Brian Simmons, minor leaguer Mike Williams, the mistake cost Ash his job. The deal did not turn out well for the White Sox, either, as Wells struggled with back problems in 2001 and pitched only 100⅔ innings. Wells went 5–7 with a 4.47 ERA during his year with the White Sox. After a short season with the White Sox, Wells returned to the Yankees, a deal, again immersed in controversy as he had reached an oral agreement to join the Arizona Diamondbacks. Despite having lost some velocity from his fastball, he retained his excellent curveball and his control, posted an outstanding 19–7 record in 2002.
Wells was the subject of some controversy prior to t
2000 Major League Baseball season
The 2000 Major League Baseball season ended with the New York Yankees defeating the New York Mets in five games, for their third consecutive World Series title. The 2000 World Series was known as the Subway Series because both fans and the two teams could take the subway to and from every game of the series. A then-record 5,693 home runs were hit during the regular season in 2000. Ten teams hit at least 200 home runs each, while for the first time since 1989 and only the fifth since 1949 no pitcher pitched a no-hitter. Postseason MVPs World Series MVP – Derek Jeter ALCS MVP – David Justice NLCS MVP – Mike Hampton All-Star Game, July 11 at Turner Field – American League, 6–3. Commissioner Bud Selig says he will listen to what the doctors say before deciding what punishment—if any—will be handed down to the pitcher. January 11 – The baseball writers elect catcher Carlton Fisk and first baseman Tony Pérez to the Hall of Fame. Fisk is chosen in his 2nd year on the ballot. January 31 – Braves reliever John Rocker is suspended from baseball until May 1 by Commissioner Bud Selig for his racial and ethnic remarks in an article published in Sports Illustrated last month.
He's fined $20,000 and ordered to undergo sensitivity training. February 10 – The Seattle Mariners accommodate center fielder Ken Griffey, Jr. trading him to his hometown Cincinnati Reds in exchange for four players. Cincinnati resisted giving up infielder Pokey Reese. February 29 – Manager Sparky Anderson, 19th-century star Bid McPhee, Negro League player Norman "Turkey" Stearnes are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. March 1 – Independent arbitrator Shyam Das cuts Braves pitcher John Rocker's suspension from 28 days to 14 days. Rocker, allowed to report to spring training with the team has his fine cut. March 29 – The Chicago Cubs open the major league season in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, by defeating the New York Mets 5–3, in the first big league game played outside of North America. Jon Lieber gets Mike Hampton takes the loss. Shane Andrews hits the first home run of the season. Mark Grace and Mike Piazza homer. April 3 – Andrés Galarraga hits a home run in his first game back after missing the entire 1999 season following cancer surgery.
Atlanta defeat the Colorado Rockies 2–0. April 3 – The Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the Montréal Expos 10–4, behind Eric Karros' grand slam. Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero hits a pair of home runs for Montreal as a new major league record for Opening Day is set with five players having multiple home run games. April 4 – Expos closer Ugueth Urbina strikes out the Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning on nine pitches, tying a major league record. April 7 – A total of 57 home runs are hit in the 15 games played, for a new major league record; the previous mark of 55 was set in 17 games on August 13, 1999. There were 36 homers hit in the AL. April 7 – The Tampa Bay Devil Rays open their home schedule playing home games at Tropicana Field on the new FieldTurf artificial surface, the first professional baseball venue to use that material, they lose to the Cleveland Indians, 14–5. April 9 – The Minnesota Twins defeat the Kansas City Royals 13–7. In the process, they become the first teams in major league history to each hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the same game.
Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones, Matt LeCroy hit consecutive homers for Minnesota in the 6th inning, followed by three in a row by Carlos Beltrán, Jermaine Dye, Mike Sweeney of Kansas City an inning later. April 10 – Colorado beats Cincinnati 7–5, despite Ken Griffey, Jr.'s 400th career home run. At age of 30, Griffey is the youngest player in major league history to reach that milestone. April 11 – The Los Angeles Dodgers edge the San Francisco Giants 6–5 in the first game played at Pacific Bell Park in San Francisco. Shortstop Kevin Elster leads the Dodger attack with three home runs. April 11 – The Detroit Tigers sink the Seattle Mariners 5–2 in the first game played at Comerica Park in Detroit. April 15 – The Baltimore Orioles defeat the Twins 6–4, as Cal Ripken, Jr. gets the 3,000th hit of his career. Ripken goes 3-for-5 in becoming the 24th player to reach the milestone, the 7th to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs. April 16 – Cleveland Indians starter Chuck Finley, the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time, striking out Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning.
Finley beats the Texas Rangers 2–1 with the help of back-to-back ninth-inning home runs from Manny Ramírez and Jim Thome. April 21 – The Anaheim Angels down the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 9–6. Mo Vaughn and Tim Salmon hit back-to-back home runs for Anaheim in the fourth inning do so again in the ninth. Troy Glaus homers in both the fourth and the ninth; this the first time in major league history that three players homer in the same inning on two occasions in the same game. The Angels' three players with two home runs. April 23 – In the New York Yankees' 10–7 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays, Yankees Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada each hit home runs from both sides of the plate, marking the first time in major league history that a pair of teammates accomplish the feat in the same game. April 29 – The San F
World Series television ratings
The highest average rating for an entire World Series is tied between the 1978 Series featuring the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers and the 1980 Series featuring the Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals. Both Series, each of which went six games, averaged a national rating of 32.8 and a share of 56. However, the 1978 Series had a larger total viewership than 1980; the highest-rated individual game in Series history was Game 7 in 1986, as the New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox at Shea Stadium in New York City. The game had a 55 share; this broke the record established two nights before, in which 52% of televisions in use in the US were tuned in to see the Mets' famous Game 6 comeback that forced a Game 7. The lowest-rated World Series game came in 2008, as only 9.836 million people watched Game 3 between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays. It had an all-time low rating of 6.1, matched by Game 3 in 2012 between the San Francisco Giants and the Detroit Tigers.
The least-watched World Series was in 2012, a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers by the San Francisco Giants that averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians saw the highest rating in 25 years, averaging 40 million viewers and more than 75 million viewers saw at least part of the game. A total of 115 million viewers watched the Series at some point; the following shows the World Series with the highest average viewership. Figures are in millions; the following table shows the viewership records — both highest and lowest — for games one through seven in a World Series. Figures are in millions. Figures are expressed as ratings/share. Ratings represent the percentage of U. S. households that watched the game on television. Share represents the percentage of television sets in use. Super Bowl television ratings NBA Finals television ratings Stanley Cup Finals television ratings "World Series Ratings Chart". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved October 24, 2018
DirecTV is an American direct broadcast satellite service provider based in El Segundo, California and is a subsidiary of AT&T. Its satellite service, launched on June 17, 1994, transmits digital satellite television and audio to households in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, its primary competitors are cable television providers. On July 24, 2015, after receiving approval from the United States Federal Communications Commission and United States Department of Justice, AT&T acquired DirecTV in a transaction valued at $67.1 billion. As of Q1 2017, DirecTV U. S. had 21 million revenues of $12 billion. On November 30, 2016, DirecTV Now, their internet streaming TV service, was launched. In 1953, Howard Hughes created the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, to which he transferred full ownership of Hughes Aircraft. Ostensibly created as a non-profit medical research foundation, HHMI was accused of being used by Hughes as a tax shelter. Following Hughes' death in 1976, HHMI was incorporated in 1977, litigation ensued to determine whether it would be allowed to maintain its interest in Hughes Aircraft.
In 1984, the court appointed a new board for HHMI, which proceeded to sell off Hughes Aircraft to General Motors on December 20, 1985, for an estimated $5.1 billion. General Motors merged Hughes Aircraft with its subsidiary Delco Electronics to create Hughes Electronics Corporation; the new subsidiary was composed of four units: Delco Electronics Company, Hughes Aircraft Company, Hughes Space and Communications Company, Hughes Network Systems. Stanley E. Hubbard founded United States Satellite Broadcasting in 1981 and was a leading proponent for the development of direct-broadcast satellite service in the United States. USSB was awarded five frequencies at the coveted 101-degree west satellite location. Hughes Communications, Inc. was awarded 27 frequencies at the same 101-degree location. After many years, the technology was developed to enable the building of high-power satellites, digital compression standards were developed that allowed multiple digital television channels to be sent through each satellite frequency.
Hughes attempted to create a joint venture with NBC, News Corp. and Cablevision in 1990, to launch the first high-power digital television service called Sky Cable. Failing to do so, the company instead created DirecTV as a separate division and secured an agreement with USSB to build and launch the first high-power direct-broadcast satellite system. DirecTV's name is a portmanteau of "direct" and "TV". Hughes/DirecTV turned to Thomson Consumer Electronics to develop the digital satellite system for the service that would be capable of receiving 175 channels on a small 18-inch dish; these dishes utilized a new generation of smaller, lighter receiver dishes based on military technology introduced by the Global Broadcast System, which predated DirecTV's viability by ten years. Hughes was awarded the contract to build and launch the new high-powered satellites, USSB and DirecTV agreed that the new satellites would carry the two separate programming services: USSB and DirecTV; the USSB and DirecTV programming services were launched on June 17, 1994.
Digital Equipment Corporation provided the hardware for DirecTV, Matrixx Marketing provided customer care via the Matrixx Plus department, DBS Systems created the billing software. In December 1998, DirecTV acquired USSB for $1.3 billion, combined the two satellite services. In 1999, DirecTV acquired PrimeStar, a competitor in the satellite television industry, for $1.83 billion increasing its share of the satellite television market in the US. In September 1996, Hughes purchased 70% of PanAmSat for $3 billion. In 1997, GM transferred it to Delphi Automotive Systems; that same year, Hughes Aircraft was sold to Raytheon for $9.5 billion. Raytheon filed a lawsuit in 1999 accusing Hughes of overstating the value of Hughes Aircraft by $1 billion. A $635.5-million settlement was reached in 2001. In 2000, Hughes Space and Communications was sold to Boeing for $3.75 billion, which it claimed had been overvalued by Hughes. Hughes settled with Boeing for $360 million; these sales left DirecTV, PanAmSat and Hughes Network Systems as the remaining components of Hughes Electronics.
Direct satellite broadcaster were mandated in 1992 to set aside 4% of its channel space for noncommercial educational and informational programming. DirecTV selected C-SPAN, EWTN and the Trinity Broadcasting Network from its current channel lineup plus request additional proposals from other programmers. DirecTV had given PBS Kids, PBS's original application, carriage that did not count against the set aside six weeks before the deadline. DirecTV selected an additional six channels. In 2000, DirecTV introduced the first live in-flight television service for airlines. In September 2000, GM executives, under pressure from GM's shareholders as a result of its poor performance and the greater market worth of Hughes, authorized Hughes executives to begin seeking buyers. In 2001, News Corporation began negotiations to acquire Hughes Electronics in a deal worth $8 billion, which would allow News Corp. to expand its Sky Global Networks satellite television operations into the United States. Negotiations with News Corp. failed, Hughes entered into an agreement on October 28, 2001 to be purchased for $26 billion
Major League Baseball Game of the Week
The Major League Baseball Game of the Week is the de facto title for nationally televised coverage of regular season Major League Baseball games. The Game of the Week has traditionally aired on Saturday afternoons; when the national networks began televising national games of the week, it opened the door for a national audience to see particular clubs. While most teams were broadcast, emphasis was always on the league leaders and the major market franchises that could draw the largest audience. In 1953, ABC-TV executive Edgar J. Scherick broached a Saturday Game of the Week-TV sport's first network series. At the time, ABC was labeled a "nothing network" that had fewer outlets than CBS or NBC. ABC needed paid programming or "anything for bills" as Scherick put it. At first, ABC hesitated at the idea of a nationally televised regular season baseball program. ABC wondered how the Game of the Week would reach television in the first place and who would notice if it did? In April 1953, Edgar Scherick set out to sell teams rights but instead, only got the Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox to sign on.
To make matters worse, Major League Baseball barred the Game of the Week from airing on any TV stations within 50 miles of any ballpark. Major League Baseball, according to Scherick, insisted on protecting local coverage and didn't care about national appeal. ABC though, did care about the national appeal and claimed that "most of America was still up for grabs." In 1953, ABC earned an 11.4 rating for their Game of the Week telecasts. Blacked-out cities had 32% of households. In the rest of the United States, 3 in 4 TV sets in use watched Dizzy Dean and Buddy Blattner call the games for ABC. In 1955, CBS took over the Game package, adding Sunday telecasts in 1957. NBC began its own Sunday coverage in 1957 and 1959, respectively. In 1960, ABC resumed Saturday telecasts; as ABC's Edgar Scherick observed, "In'53, no one wanted us. Now teams begged for "Game"'s cash." That year, the NFL began a US$14.1 million revenue-sharing pact. Dean and Blattner continued to call the games for CBS, with Pee Wee Reese replacing Blattner in 1960.
Gene Kirby, who'd worked with Dean and Blattner for ABC and Mutual radio contributed to the CBS telecasts as a producer and announcer. By 1965, Major League Baseball ended Game of the Week blackouts in cities with MLB clubs and other cities within fifty miles of an MLB stadium, got $6.5 million for exclusivity, split the pot. On March 17, 1965, Jackie Robinson became the first black network broadcaster for Major League Baseball. According to ABC Sports producer Chuck Howard, despite Robinson having a high, stabbing voice, great presence, sharp mind, all he lacked was time. In 1965, ABC provided the first-ever nationwide baseball coverage with weekly Saturday broadcasts on a regional basis. ABC paid $5.7 million for the rights to the 28 Saturday/holiday Games of the Week. ABC's deal covered all of the teams except the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies and called for three regionalized games on Saturdays, Independence Day, Labor Day. ABC blacked out the games in the home cities of the clubs playing those games.
Chris Schenkel, Keith Jackson, Merle Harmon were the principal play-by-play announcers for ABC's coverage. In 1966, NBC the New York Yankees, who in the year before played 21 Games of the Week for CBS, joined NBC's package, as did the Philadelphia Phillies; the new package under NBC called for 28 games compared to 1960's three-network combination of 123. On October 19, 1966, NBC signed a three-year contract with Major League Baseball; the year before, NBC lost the rights to the Saturday-Sunday Game of the Week. In addition, the previous deal limited CBS to covering only 12 weekends when its new subsidiary, the New York Yankees, played at home. Under the new deal, NBC paid US$6 million per year for 25 Saturday games and prime-time contests on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day; this brought the total value of the contract up to $30.6 million. NBC, replacing CBS, traded a circus for a seminar. Pee Wee Reese said "Curt Gowdy was its guy, didn't want Dean – too overpowering. Curt was worried about mistakes.
Diz and I just laughed." Falstaff Brewery hyped Dean as Gowdy in return said "I said,'I can't do "Wabash Cannonball." Our styles clash'"-then came Pee Wee Reese. Gowdy added by saying about the pairing between him and Reese "They figured he was fine with me, they'd still have their boy."To many, baseball meant CBS' 1955–1964 Game of the Week thoroughbred. A year NBC bought ABC's variant of a mule so to speak. "We had All-Star Game. 1966–1968's "Game" meant exclusivity," said NBC Sports head Carl Lindemann. Lindemann added by saying " Chet Simmons and liked him with the Sox and football"-also, getting two network sports for the price of one; as his analyst, Gowdy wanted his friend Ted Williams. NBC's lead sponsor, Chrysler said no when Williams, a Sears spokesman, was pictured putting stuff in a Ford truck. A black and white kinescope of a July 12, 1969 between the Philadelphia Philles and Chicago Cubs is believed to be the oldest surviving complete telecast of the Saturday afternoon Game of the Week.
The Nielsen ratings for the Game of the Week from 1966–1968 as well as the World Series fell by 10 and 19%, respectively. Only the All-Star Game nixed the growing view that baseball was too bland for a hip and
Christopher "Chris" Rose is an American sportscaster for the MLB Network and NFL Network. He is a commentator for the Discovery Channel series BattleBots. Rose, born and raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, an eastside Cleveland, Ohio suburb, attended University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio during high school and spent his childhood summers at North Star Camp. Rose attended Miami University in Oxford and graduated in 1993, he served as station manager at the student-run radio station, WMSR. He adores the Cleveland Indians. Rose is known on Fox Sports Net. Except for a brief period in 2004 and 2005, Rose hosted the show from its inception in 2001. Rose has hosted the poker show Million Dollar Challenge. In 2007, Rose became a play-by-play announcer for Fox's coverage of the NFL. In 2006, he did Gamebreaks for the NFL coverage while Joe Buck and Curt Menefee hosted the studio coverage from the game site, he was the studio host for Fox's BCS coverage. In 2007, he was the #7 play-by-play announcer for Fox's coverage of the NFL.
A year he was demoted to #8 play-by-play but promoted again to #7 in 2009. On Sunday, November 8, 2009, Rose did Gamebreaks for the NFL on Fox while the Fox NFL Sunday crew did the pregame show from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Trent Green and John Lynch were among the analysts who worked with Rose. in 2004 Rose was a fight announcer and narrator on the reality sports series The Next Great Champ as well late a Ringside Commentator for Golden Boy Boxing in 2012 airing on Fuel TV Rose took over the revamped Fox Saturday Baseball pre game show in 2009. Rose was the host for the World Series pre game show, he presented the World Series trophies from 2009 to 2011. He called select games as well as field reporting for MLB on FOX, he hosted Big Shots: Titans at the Tee. During the 2010 Major League Baseball season he hosted the inaugural season of The Cheap Seats. David Cone took over the show following the 2010 season. On March 21, 2012, it was announced Matt Vasgersian would become the new pre-game host and Rose would no longer be working with the network.
Rose has been criticized for appearing to be too friendly with players he has interviewed during Fox's baseball coverage. For example, during the 2009 World Series, Rose referred to Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees as "Jeets". One year during the World Series, Rose referred to both Brian Wilson and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants as "his friends." Rose was hired by MLB Network in April 2010. A year he began co-hosting Intentional Talk with Kevin Millar. Intentional Talk has become one of the most popular shows on MLB Network. On August 28, 2012, NFL Network announced, he is a studio host for the channel. Rose is the host of NFL GameDay Highlights, NFL GameDay Final, as well as the postgame edition of NFL Total Access following the network's Thursday Night Football, he will continue doing Intentional Talk on MLB Network though MLB Network is in New Jersey while the NFL Network is in Los Angeles. In 2015, Rose was named as the play-by-play announcer for ABC's revival of the robot combat series BattleBots, joined by UFC commentator Kenny Florian.
Rose continued his role on the revival's third season. Glory Road Mr. 3000 The Comebacks Garfield Chris Rose's Sound Offs Chris Rose on IMDb Chris Rose on Twitter
2010 Major League Baseball season
The 2010 Major League Baseball season began April 4, with the regular season ending on October 3. The 2010 All-Star Game was played on July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in California; the National League ended a 13-game winless streak with a 3–1 victory. Due to this result, the 2010 World Series began October 27 in the city of the National League Champion, the San Francisco Giants, ended November 1 when the Giants defeated the American League Champion Texas Rangers in the 2010 World Series, four games to one. Green backgrounds indicate teams. Numbers in parentheses indicate seedings for the playoffs, determined by won-lost records. In first round of Playoffs two teams in the same division cannot play each other For much of the season, 2010 was labeled the Year of the Pitcher. 2010 saw many prominent pitching occurrences, including: Six no-hitters were thrown. They were thrown by Ubaldo Jiménez, Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Edwin Jackson, Matt Garza, Halladay again, this time in Game 1 of the NLDS.
It was only the third time in major league history that at least six no-hitters were thrown in a single season. Braden's no-hitter and Halladay's first were both perfect games. Armando Galarraga's near-perfect game, in which Galarraga set down the first twenty-six Cleveland Indians batters in order before umpire Jim Joyce incorrectly ruled Jason Donald safe at first on a ground ball. If not for Joyce's mistaken call, Galarraga's would have been the third perfect game in a season, the third in less than a month. MLB pitchers combined for a record 34,306 strikeouts. A record-tying 15 pitchers recorded 200 or more strikeouts. Neftalí Feliz of the Texas Rangers earned 40 saves, breaking the record for most saves in a season for a rookie. Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals struck out 41 batters in his first four major league starts, a major league record. * Served as interim manager, replacing Cecil Cooper. The following managers who were interim managers for 2009 will lead their respective teams in 2010: Manny Ramirez /: As a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ramirez recorded his 2500th career hit with a single in the 5th inning against the Florida Marlins on April 10.
Ramirez became the 91st player to reach this mark. Ramírez hit his 550th career home run in the 2nd inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 31, he became the 14th player to reach this mark. Iván Rodríguez: Recorded his 550th career double in the 6th inning against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 12. "Pudge" became the 23rd player to reach this mark. Johnny Damon: Recorded his 1000th career RBI with a double in the 5th inning against the Kansas City Royals on April 14. Damon became the 264th player to reach this mark. Scored his 1500th career run in the 1st inning against the Los Angeles Angels on April 30, he became the 68th player to reach this mark. Recorded his 2500th career hit with a single in the 3rd inning against the Baltimore Orioles on July 6, he became the 92nd player to reach this mark. Collected his 100th career triple against the Texas Rangers on September 15, he became 160th the player to reach this mark. José Guillén: Recorded his 200th career home run in the 7th inning against the Detroit Tigers on April 14.
Guillen became the 296th player to reach this mark. On August 13, Guillen was traded to the San Francisco Giants. Magglio Ordóñez: Recorded his 1000th career run scored in the 3rd inning on a Carlos Guillén ground out against the Los Angeles Angels on April 22. Ordonez became the 303rd player to reach this mark. Recorded his 2000th career hit with a single in the 4th inning against the Minnesota Twins on April 29, he became the 260th player to reach this mark. David Wright: Becomes the youngest in Mets history to record his 1000th hit, he reached that mark with a single in the 5th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second game of a doubleheader on April 27. Orlando Cabrera: Recorded his 200th career stolen base in the 6th inning against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 30. Cabrera became the 337th player to reach this mark. Vernon Wells: Recorded his 200th career home run in the 5th inning against the Oakland Athletics on April 30. Wells became the 297th player to reach this mark. Jason Kendall: Was hit by a pitch for the 250th career time on May 12 against the Cleveland Indians.
Fausto Carmona was the pitcher that hit him in the 4th inning as Kendall became the 5th player to reach this mark. Scored his 1000th career run on a Mike Avilés single in the 3rd inning against the Cleveland Indians on May 19, he became the 304th player to reach this mark. Lance Berkman /: As a member of the Houston Astros, Berkman walked for the 1000th career time on May 27 against the Milwaukee Brewers in the 5th inning by David Bush. Berkman became the 110th player to reach this mark. Berkman as a member of the Astros, scored his 1000th career run on a home run on July 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates, he became the 306th player to reach this mark. Berkman was traded to the New York Yankees on July 30. Mark Teixeira: Recorded his 250th career home run in the 7th inning against the Cleveland Indians on May 30. Teixeira became the 197th player to reach this mark. Bobby Abreu: Recorded his 500th career double in the 1st inning against the Kansas City Royals on June 2. Abreu became the 51st player to reach this mark.
Recorded his ninth 20–20 season by hitting his 20th home run on Septem