On August 31, 1990 — Refusing to part with Triple-A third baseman Scott Cooper to get Larry Andersen from the Astros for the stretch run, Red Sox general manager Lou Gorman trades the Eastern League’s MVP Jeff Bagwell for the right-handed relief pitcher. The University of Hartford standout will go on to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award (1991) and will become the league’s MVP the same year Andersen, who hurled only 15 innings during his time in Boston, retires from the Phillies (1994).

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