Introduction to 2017 MLB Season
The 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) season officially opened on April 2, 2017 and ended on November 1, 2017. This was the first season that the two additional teams, the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays, participated in the MLB.
MLB Teams and Divisions
MLB consists of two leagues, the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The AL consists of three divisions, East, Central, and West. The NL also consists of three divisions, East, Central, and West. Each division has five teams.
Key Events during the 2017 MLB Season
The 2017 MLB season began with the traditional Opening Day on April 2. The first game was the Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees. The 2017 MLB season was the first season for the two additional teams, the Miami Marlins and the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 2017 All-Star Game was held at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida on July 11. The AL team won over the NL team 2-1.
The 2017 postseason began on October 3, 2017 with the AL Wild Card Game. The World Series began on October 24 and ended on November 1. The Houston Astros won the 2017 World Series.
MLB Players in 2017
The 2017 season saw many talented and intriguing players. Some of the key players include:
- Bryce Harper (Washington Nationals)
- Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
- Manny Machado (Baltimore Orioles)
- Nolan Arenado (Colorado Rockies)
- Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)
MLB Awards in 2017
The 2017 season saw some amazing performances from individual players and teams. Here is a list of some of the awards given out in 2017:
- MVP – José Altuve (Houston Astros)
- Cy Young Award – Corey Kluber (Cleveland Indians)
- Rookie of the Year – Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
- Gold Glove Award – Mookie Betts (Boston Red Sox)
- Silver Slugger Award – José Altuve (Houston Astros)
Notable Records and Achievements in 2017
The 2017 season saw some amazing achievements by teams and players. Here are some of the most notable ones:
- Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals won the Home Run Derby.
- Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees set the rookie home run record with 52.
- The Houston Astros won the World Series for the first time in franchise history.
- The Cleveland Indians set the AL record for most consecutive wins with 22.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers set the NL record for most consecutive wins with 11.
MLB’s Impact in 2017
The 2017 MLB season was a great success for the league. The season saw a record-breaking attendance of 74,859,268. This was the eighth straight season that attendance had increased. The 2017 season also saw a record-breaking revenue of $10.3 billion. This was the ninth consecutive season of revenue growth.
Criticism of the 2017 MLB Season
The 2017 MLB season saw its share of criticism. Many fans were unhappy with the new pace of play rules that were implemented in the 2017 season. The new rules were intended to speed up the game, but many fans felt that they slowed the game down instead. Additionally, some fans were unhappy with the new replay system, which they felt was too slow and inefficient.
The 2017 MLB season was a great success for the league. The season saw record-breaking attendance and revenue, as well as some amazing performances by teams and players. Despite some criticism of the new pace of play rules and replay system, the 2017 MLB season was a success overall.
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