The Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season is coming to a close. The season started on April 7 after there was a lockout of the players due to a disagreement between the owners and Players’ Association. They weren’t able to come to an agreement on certain things, such as set pay for the players and a draft for international players. This was lifted on March 10, allowing the season to finally get back on track, according to an article written by Kerry Flynn for CNN. This season has not only seen many great teams and players, but it has also witnessed broken records and is expecting more.
Albert Pujols, first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, passed Alex Rodriquez on the all career home run list, hitting 698 as of this writing. If Pujols is able to reach 700, he will join only three other players to do so: Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.
Aaron Judge, center fielder for the New York Yankees, is on track to break the single season record for home runs in the American League. Judge is currently sitting at 59 home runs as of this writing, with the record being 61 by Roger Maris in 1961. The single season home run record for the MLB, however, is currently held by Barry Bonds with 73 in 2001, and Judge might have a hard time reaching that.
Teams are gearing up for the playoffs with many still trying to secure their spot for postseason baseball. The Los Angeles Dodgers is currently the only team that has clinched a playoff berth. In the National League East division, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves have been in a neck and neck race expected to last to the very end of the season.
Postseason baseball is often exciting for baseball fans, and this year should be no different. This postseason will see even more teams as the tournament expands from 10 to 12 teams. This means one additional team from each league will be able to make the playoffs.
The first round of playoffs is currently scheduled to start on Oct. 7. The World Series is scheduled to begin on Oct. 28 and will be nationally televised on FOX.