On February 15 2012 — Major League Baseball sets up a vetting committee chaired by Bill Bartholomew, chairman emeritus of the Atlanta Braves and including six other major league owners, to evaluate the merits of the various bids to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. 11 groups have cleared the initial round of qualification. The final choice is to be made by current owner Frank McCourt, who will first select five bidders to be submitted to the newly-formed committee for approval; the final sale also requires the approval of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross. The complex process must be completed by April 30th, when McCourt is required to pay a $131 million divorce settlement to his ex-wife Jamie.
Terry Collins resigns as Angels manager and Joe Maddon is named interim for the remainder of the season. The Angels were 51-82 under Collins this year, with a 220-237 record since he took over in 1977. Maddon also served as interim manager towards the end of the 1996 season, with an 8-14 record.
September 3, 1999
2017 – In his first plate appearance at home as a member of the Yankees, Todd Frazier hits into one of the rarest plays in baseball: a triple play that actually scores a run. Batting with the bases loaded and none out in the 2nd, he hits a hard grounder to SS Jose Peraza, who steps on second and throws to first for the first two outs. Meanwhile, Didi Gregorius, who was on second base, freezes up between second and third, thinking Peraza may catch the ball on the fly. 1B Joey Votto throws to third and catches Gregorius in a rundown. He is called out for leaving the base line – but not before Matt Holliday has crossed the plate. Because the final out was not the result of a force out, the run stands. The Yankees go on to beat the Reds, 4 – 2.
July 25, 2017
In a play that is emblematic of the struggling Mets, first baseman Marv Throneberry’s apparent first inning triple becomes an out on an appeal play for missing second base in an 8-7 loss to the Cubs at the Polo Grounds. When New York manager Casey Stengel questions the call, he is told by the umpire, according to legend, “Don’t bother arguing, Casey, he missed first base, too.”
June 17, 1962
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