There have been so many great moments in this 2012 Major League Baseball season. I am giving you my top 10 stories of the 2012 MLB season.
Here is the list:
# 10 Chipper Jones getting a base hit in his final regular season at bat.
At the start spring training, longtime Atlanta Braves 3rd baseman Chipper Jones announced that 2012 would be his final major league season. And what a final season he had, hitting .287 with 14 homeruns and 62 rbi’s. And in his final regular season at bat he picked up a pinch hit single against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
# 9 The season opening series between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners in Tokyo, Japan.
The start of the 2012 season began in Toyko, Japan with a 2 game series between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics. It was a homecoming for Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzki. The Mariners took game 1 3-1 in 11 innings on 4 hits from Ichiro. The Athletics answered back and won the 2nd game 4-1 on the 1st major league homerun for Cuban rookie Yoenis Cespedes.
#8 The defending champion Cardinals open up Marlins Park by beating the Miami Marlins.
The stateside portion of the 2012 regular season started on April 4th as the defending world series champion St.Louis Cardinals played their first game of the season on the road against the newly renamed Miami Marlins at their new ballpark Marlins park. Kyle Lohse, making his first career opening day start, went 7 and 1/3 innings of 1 run ball and didn’t give up his first hit until the 6th inning as the Cardinals beat the Marlins 4-1
#7 The All-Star game in Kansas City.
The 83rd All-Star game was held at Kaufman stadium in Kansas City. The Homerun derby was held the night before which was won by Prince Fielder for the 2nd time as he beat Jose Bautista in the final round. He had also won it in 2009 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The All-Star game was won by the National League for the 3rd straight season 8-0. The MVP was Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants. With the win, the National League secured home field advantage in the World Series for the 3rd consecutive season.
#6 Bryce Harper and Mike Trout burst on the Major League scene.
In 2012 two of the most talked about prospects in baseball, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, both burst on the Major league scene for the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim respectively. Harper made his debut on April 28 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, grounding out to pitcher Chad Billingsley. He ended his first major league season hitting .270 with 22 homeruns and 59 rbi’s while helping the Nationals to their first ever playoff appearance since moving to Washington and is the favorite to win National league rookie of the year. Trout finally got his first shot at being an everyday player and boy did he deliver. He was brought back up to the Majors on April 28th and had one of the greatest seasons in a long time. He finished with 35 homeruns and 99 rbi’s and is one of the top favorites for American league MVP
#5 The Melky Cabrera PED suspension.
Melky Cabrera was having a career year in 2012. He made his first All-Star game and won the All-Star game MVP. But on August 15th he was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for PED’s. Not only will he be ineligible for the NL batting title, but also ineligible to play for the Giants in the postseason. He also took a huge hit to any chance he has of him getting a big contract this offseason when he will be a free agent.
#4 The Rangers collapse to lose the AL west
On June 30th, the Texas Rangers had a 13 game lead on the Oakland Athletics in the AL west. Over the last 3 months of the season the A’s were able to keep close and on the final series of the season, with the help of a sweep, came all the way back and overtook the Rangers for the AL west crown
# 3 The 7 no hitters and 3 perfect games
2012 was most definitely the year of the pitcher. Seven no hitters where thrown, including 3 perfect games. The first perfect game was on April 24th thrown by the Chicago White Sox’s Phillip Humber against the Seattle Mariners. The 2nd perfect game was thrown on June 13th by Matt Cain of the San Fransisco Giants against the Houston Astros. The 3rd and final perfect game was thrown on August 15th by Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners against the Tampa Bay Rays. There were also 4 other no hitters. Jered Weaver on May 2nd against the Twins, Johan Santana on June 1st against the St.Louis Cardinals, a 6 pitcher combined no hitter by the Seattle Mariners on June 8th against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Homer Bailey on September 28th against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
#2 Players who retired in 2012
In 2012, 2 future hall of famers played their final major league season. And one future hall of famer called it quits. First it was Chipper Jones announcing that 2012 was his final season during spring training on March 22nd. Then future hall of fame Ivan ” Pudge ” Rodriguez announced his on April 23rd after 21 big league seasons. And finally Omar Vizquel announced on June 26th that 2012 would be his final season.
#1 Miguel Cabrera hits for the Triple Crown
Miguel Cabrera became the first player since Carl Yastrzemski to hit for the Triple Crown. He led the AL with 44 homeruns, 139 rbi’s and a league leading .330 average. He will more than likely be the MVP of the 2012 season.
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