On August 4, 1988 — Seattle’s John Rabb is suspended indefinitely for “failing to comply with the major league drug testing program.”
The Yankees split with the Orioles, losing, 4 – 3, before winning, 5 – 2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in 4th place, just one-half game out of first place. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren’s three-run homer in the first game, off Fritz Peterson, is the big blow while the Yankees take the nitecap behind the three hits, including a homer, by Bobby Murcer.
September 4, 1972
2018 – As has been rumored for some time, the Dodgers trade for All-Star SS Manny Machado, who will become a free agent at the end of the season. The price is steep for what amounts to a short-term rental: five prospects, including AA OF Yusniel Diaz, one of the stars of the most recent Futures Game. The Dodgers have a gaping hole to fill, however, having recently lost SS Corey Seager for the remainder of the season.
July 18, 2018
Tony Horton unexpectedly takes himself out of the lineup during the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader against California. The game will prove to be his last in the major leagues, as a deep slump and the constant harassment from the Cleveland fans take a personal toll on the promising 25 year-old first baseman.
August 28, 1970
Dwight Gooden becomes the second consecutive Met player to be named the National League’s Rookie of Year. The 19 year-old right-hander, who compiled a 17-9 record along with a 1.53 ERA and a league-leading 268 strikeouts, joins his teammate and close friend Darryl Strawberry to be honored the coveted freshman award.
November 18, 1984