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Receiving 25 of 32 first-place votes, Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal is selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. Furcal, the only player listed on all 32 ballots, easily outdistances Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel and Mets outfielder Jay Payton.

Receiving 25 of 32 first-place votes, Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal is selected by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the National League Rookie of the Year Award winner. Furcal, the only player listed on all 32 ballots, easily outdistances Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel and Mets outfielder Jay Payton.

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The teams required to pay the luxury tax are announced, with the Dodgers leading the way, as their total salary outlay this year amounted to $244 million. They are joined by the Yankees for the 15th straight year, as their salary mass was the second-highest in the majors and the only other to top $200 million. Boston, the Cubs, Detroit and San Francisco are also assessed the tax, the latter two teams in spite of finishing last in their respective divisions.

The teams required to pay the luxury tax are announced, with the Dodgers leading the way, as their total salary outlay this year amounted to $244 million. They are joined by the Yankees for the 15th straight year, as their salary mass was the second-highest in the majors and the only other to top $200 million. Boston, the Cubs, Detroit and San Francisco are also assessed the tax, the latter two teams in spite of finishing last in their respective divisions.

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With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play, and some believe, the catch, in the eventual Giants’ 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.

With one out in the top of the eighth inning and a runner on third base in a 1-1 tied game, Willie Mays, running at full speed, makes an incredible catch of Carl Furillo’s drive to deep centerfield. After grabbing the ball, the rookie outfielder turns counterclockwise and throws a perfect strike to home to nail a surprised Billy Cox at home to complete the double play, and some believe, the catch, in the eventual Giants’ 3-1 Polo Grounds victory over the Dodgers, is the impetus for the beginning of the team’s incredible comeback from an 11.5 game deficit to win the National League pennant.

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A joint meeting held in Chicago, that was foreseen as a formality, turns into a four-hour fierce debate when American League and National League owners strongly disagree on implementing divisional play for next season. The AL owners had unanimously agreed to the plan earlier in the day, but Senior Circuit brass makes it perfectly clear they believe their league will oppose any effort by the American League to implement the plan by itself, citing the possibility that an AL division winner could be a fourth-place club (under the present standings) that would play a first-place team in the World Series.

A joint meeting held in Chicago, that was foreseen as a formality, turns into a four-hour fierce debate when American League and National League owners strongly disagree on implementing divisional play for next season. The AL owners had unanimously agreed to the plan earlier in the day, but Senior Circuit brass makes it perfectly clear they believe their league will oppose any effort by the American League to implement the plan by itself, citing the possibility that an AL division winner could be a fourth-place club (under the present standings) that would play a first-place team in the World Series.

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MLB hands out a bevy of suspensions following one of the most violent on-field brawl in recent years which occurred on July 30th in a game between the Reds and Pirates. The longest suspensions go to Pirates pitcher Keone Kela who gets 10 games for starting the whole fracas by throwing at the head of Derek Dietrich, and to Reds P Amir Garrett, who distinguished himself by taking wild swings at opponents, who gets 8. Cincinnati manager David Bell will be out for 6 games after returning to the field following a prior ejection to take part in the fisticuffs, and OF Yasiel Puig who gets 3 games after joining in the fight in spite of having been traded shortly beforehand. Others being punished include Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and players José Osuna, Kyle Crick and Jared Hughes. A number of other players escape with only fines. There had already been a total of 9 ejections during the game itself.

MLB hands out a bevy of suspensions following one of the most violent on-field brawl in recent years which occurred on July 30th in a game between the Reds and Pirates. The longest suspensions go to Pirates pitcher Keone Kela who gets 10 games for starting the whole fracas by throwing at the head of Derek Dietrich, and to Reds P Amir Garrett, who distinguished himself by taking wild swings at opponents, who gets 8. Cincinnati manager David Bell will be out for 6 games after returning to the field following a prior ejection to take part in the fisticuffs, and OF Yasiel Puig who gets 3 games after joining in the fight in spite of having been traded shortly beforehand. Others being punished include Pirates manager Clint Hurdle and players José Osuna, Kyle Crick and Jared Hughes. A number of other players escape with only fines. There had already been a total of 9 ejections during the game itself.

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Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

Although the Blue Jays already display his uniform digits on the Level of Excellence, the team officially retires Roberto Alomar’s No. 12 jersey, making the infielder the first player so honored in this manner in the 35-year history of the franchise. The newly inducted member of the Hall of Fame played five seasons with Toronto, including the back-to-back 1992-93 World Series championship teams.

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On the penultimate day before the trading deadline, a major three-team deal moves P Trevor Bauer from a contending team, the Indians, to a non-contending one, the Reds, with Cleveland taking in a haul of players, including OFs Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes and P Logan Allen, while San Diego receives top OF prospect Taylor Trammell from the Reds. Bauer had worn out his welcome with a series of incidents, the latest being his heaving a baseball over the centerfield fence in frustration after having been removed from a game, an incident that also cost him a fine from Major League Baseball. Bauer is the second top starting pitcher in three days to move to a non-contender, following the surprising trade of Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays to the Mets on July 28th.

On the penultimate day before the trading deadline, a major three-team deal moves P Trevor Bauer from a contending team, the Indians, to a non-contending one, the Reds, with Cleveland taking in a haul of players, including OFs Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes and P Logan Allen, while San Diego receives top OF prospect Taylor Trammell from the Reds. Bauer had worn out his welcome with a series of incidents, the latest being his heaving a baseball over the centerfield fence in frustration after having been removed from a game, an incident that also cost him a fine from Major League Baseball. Bauer is the second top starting pitcher in three days to move to a non-contender, following the surprising trade of Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays to the Mets on July 28th.

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Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs bid with the club lowest in the league to get the first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31st.

Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick sets a waiver rule to bar inter-league deals until all clubs bid with the club lowest in the league to get the first pick. He sets the price at $10,000. He also bars all other deals after July 31st.

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One day after their surprise acquisition of Marcus Stroman, the Mets deal with their surplus of starting pitchers by sending Jason Vargas to the Phillies in return for AA catcher Austin Bossart, who is hitting .195.

One day after their surprise acquisition of Marcus Stroman, the Mets deal with their surplus of starting pitchers by sending Jason Vargas to the Phillies in return for AA catcher Austin Bossart, who is hitting .195.

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2019 – The Blue Jays make a couple of trades, first sending 2B Eric Sogard across the diamond to their opponents for today’s game, the Rays, then after the game dealing their ace, P Marcus Stroman, to the Mets in return for two prospects, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson. That last trade raises some questions, as the Mets are also out of the race, but seemingly could not resist acquiring a top-notch starting pitcher for at relatively low cost.

2019 – The Blue Jays make a couple of trades, first sending 2B Eric Sogard across the diamond to their opponents for today’s game, the Rays, then after the game dealing their ace, P Marcus Stroman, to the Mets in return for two prospects, Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson. That last trade raises some questions, as the Mets are also out of the race, but seemingly could not resist acquiring a top-notch starting pitcher for at relatively low cost.

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2019 – Israel qualifies for their first European Championship. In a playoff for the 12th and final spot in the 2019 European Championship, Israel tops fellow 2019 B-Level European Championship victor Lithuania 15-0 in a 5-inning mercy rule rout. American import Gabe Cramer allows one hit in five and Simon Rosenbaum drives in five.

2019 – Israel qualifies for their first European Championship. In a playoff for the 12th and final spot in the 2019 European Championship, Israel tops fellow 2019 B-Level European Championship victor Lithuania 15-0 in a 5-inning mercy rule rout. American import Gabe Cramer allows one hit in five and Simon Rosenbaum drives in five.

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OF Stevie Wilkerson of the Orioles becomes the first position player to earn a save as he pitches a perfect 16th inning to preserve a 10 – 8 victory over the Angels. The 10th pitcher of the night for Baltimore, he uses slow lobs never topping 55 mph to put an end to a game that lasts over 6 hours. Jonathan Villar throws out the potential winning run at the plate in the 15th, then in the top of the 16th hits a two-run homer off Griffin Canning, the Angels’ scheduled starter for the next day’s game. The win is a rare highlight this year for an Orioles team that was 0-62 when trailing after 7 innings before erasing such a deficit for the first time today.

OF Stevie Wilkerson of the Orioles becomes the first position player to earn a save as he pitches a perfect 16th inning to preserve a 10 – 8 victory over the Angels. The 10th pitcher of the night for Baltimore, he uses slow lobs never topping 55 mph to put an end to a game that lasts over 6 hours. Jonathan Villar throws out the potential winning run at the plate in the 15th, then in the top of the 16th hits a two-run homer off Griffin Canning, the Angels’ scheduled starter for the next day’s game. The win is a rare highlight this year for an Orioles team that was 0-62 when trailing after 7 innings before erasing such a deficit for the first time today.

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The Red Sox author another chapter in the long saga that is their rivalry with the Yankees by defeating them by a score of 19 – 3 at Fenway Park. Masahiro Tanaka allows 12 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, the most by a Yankee pitcher against the Sox. Xander Bogaerts sets the tone with a three-run homer in the 1st as part of a four-hit night in which he adds another long ball, against C Austin Romine pitching mop-up relief in the 8th. The 19 runs by the Red Sox are the most they have scored in the 117-year history of facing the New Yorkers.

The Red Sox author another chapter in the long saga that is their rivalry with the Yankees by defeating them by a score of 19 – 3 at Fenway Park. Masahiro Tanaka allows 12 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings, the most by a Yankee pitcher against the Sox. Xander Bogaerts sets the tone with a three-run homer in the 1st as part of a four-hit night in which he adds another long ball, against C Austin Romine pitching mop-up relief in the 8th. The 19 runs by the Red Sox are the most they have scored in the 117-year history of facing the New Yorkers.

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An unusual substitution causes a dispute in Tampa Bay as manager Kevin Cash’s decision to move P Adam Kolarek to 1B with one out in the 8th to bring in P Chaz Roe causes confusion, as it is not clear which of the two replaces DH Austin Meadows in the batting order, and which one takes 1B Ji-Man Choi’s spot. The ensuing discussions between home plate umpire Angel Hernandez and Red Sox manager Alex Cora last 20 minutes, and not receiving satisfaction, Cora plays the remainder of the game under protest. The Rays hang on to their 3 – 2 lead until the end of the game. The Red Sox will drop their protest, realizing they have no chance to win as there was no clear rule violation.

An unusual substitution causes a dispute in Tampa Bay as manager Kevin Cash’s decision to move P Adam Kolarek to 1B with one out in the 8th to bring in P Chaz Roe causes confusion, as it is not clear which of the two replaces DH Austin Meadows in the batting order, and which one takes 1B Ji-Man Choi’s spot. The ensuing discussions between home plate umpire Angel Hernandez and Red Sox manager Alex Cora last 20 minutes, and not receiving satisfaction, Cora plays the remainder of the game under protest. The Rays hang on to their 3 – 2 lead until the end of the game. The Red Sox will drop their protest, realizing they have no chance to win as there was no clear rule violation.

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2019 – The Yankees defeat the Twins, 14 – 12 in 10 innings in a game that features 5 lead changes and the Yankees coming back from 6 runs down at one point. Didi Gregorius has 5 hits and 7 RBIs, while Aaron Hicks ends it with a great diving catch in centerfield, robbing Max Kepler with the bases loaded. Both Taylor Rogers and Aroldis Chapman blow save opportunities in the 9th to force extra innings.

2019 – The Yankees defeat the Twins, 14 – 12 in 10 innings in a game that features 5 lead changes and the Yankees coming back from 6 runs down at one point. Didi Gregorius has 5 hits and 7 RBIs, while Aaron Hicks ends it with a great diving catch in centerfield, robbing Max Kepler with the bases loaded. Both Taylor Rogers and Aroldis Chapman blow save opportunities in the 9th to force extra innings.

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