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2008 – Astros release pitcher Shawn Chacon a day after he grabbed General Manager Ed Wade by the throat and threw him to the floor in a pre-game altercation. Chacon had become increasingly defiant after getting yanked in the first inning of a start in Milwaukee then later getting dropped from the starting rotation. On the field, the news was better in a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers but a sour month had left the club in fifth place, five games below .500 at 37-42. 

2008 – Astros release pitcher Shawn Chacon a day after he grabbed General Manager Ed Wade by the throat and threw him to the floor in a pre-game altercation. Chacon had become increasingly defiant after getting yanked in the first inning of a start in Milwaukee then later getting dropped from the starting rotation. On the field, the news was better in a 7-2 win over the Texas Rangers but a sour month had left the club in fifth place, five games below .500 at 37-42. 

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2008 – Hunter Pence goes 5-for-5 and Miguel Tejada blasts a two-run homer to pace an 8-2 win in St. Louis behind seven strong innings from Shawn Chacon. The Astros and Cardinals are in a tie for second in the division behind Chicago. 

2008 – Hunter Pence goes 5-for-5 and Miguel Tejada blasts a two-run homer to pace an 8-2 win in St. Louis behind seven strong innings from Shawn Chacon. The Astros and Cardinals are in a tie for second in the division behind Chicago. 

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2008 – Jose Valverde takes a line drive off the face  yet stays in the game to notch his league-leading 15th save in a 4-3 triumph against the Phillies. Hunter Pence had drilled two solo homers and Brandon Backe allowed just one run over 7-1/3rd innings but Valverde steals the spotlight with his amazing toughness. 

2008 – Jose Valverde takes a line drive off the face  yet stays in the game to notch his league-leading 15th save in a 4-3 triumph against the Phillies. Hunter Pence had drilled two solo homers and Brandon Backe allowed just one run over 7-1/3rd innings but Valverde steals the spotlight with his amazing toughness. 

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2008 – Lance Berkman’s incredible month continues during a 6-3 win at San Francisco. He hits a two-run homer to give him a majors-leading 14. He also leads the National League in RBIs (40), runs (43) and OPS (1.264). He’s batting .580 for the month and his current batting average (.388) is second overall. Miguel Tejada and Brad Ausmus drive in the other runs. The next day, Berkman homers into McCovey Cove  to complete an 8-7 comeback. Houston has won 18 of their last 24 after a 6-12 start. 

2008 – Lance Berkman’s incredible month continues during a 6-3 win at San Francisco. He hits a two-run homer to give him a majors-leading 14. He also leads the National League in RBIs (40), runs (43) and OPS (1.264). He’s batting .580 for the month and his current batting average (.388) is second overall. Miguel Tejada and Brad Ausmus drive in the other runs. The next day, Berkman homers into McCovey Cove  to complete an 8-7 comeback. Houston has won 18 of their last 24 after a 6-12 start. 

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2008 – Hunter Pence breaks up a no-hit bid in Los Angeles with a single after two outs in the seventh. The bats wake up and clobber the Dodgers with an 8-5 thrashing. Houston wins their eighth game in their last nine while climbing within 1-1/2 games of the division lead. 

2008 – Hunter Pence breaks up a no-hit bid in Los Angeles with a single after two outs in the seventh. The bats wake up and clobber the Dodgers with an 8-5 thrashing. Houston wins their eighth game in their last nine while climbing within 1-1/2 games of the division lead. 

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2008 – Consecutive homers by Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee highlight a 7-4 victory over Milwaukee. The feat happens in the sixth off Carlos Villarreal. Tejada’s blast comes after he promised a homer to a child with muscular dystrophy before the game. Hunter Pence accounts for the other three tallies with a pair of long balls. 

2008 – Consecutive homers by Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkman and Carlos Lee highlight a 7-4 victory over Milwaukee. The feat happens in the sixth off Carlos Villarreal. Tejada’s blast comes after he promised a homer to a child with muscular dystrophy before the game. Hunter Pence accounts for the other three tallies with a pair of long balls. 

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2008 – A triple by Miguel Tejada and a solo homer by Carlos Lee key a three-run rally in the ninth off Jason Isringhausen to stun the Cardinals, 3-2.  After starting the season 6-12, the revamped Astros notch their sixth win in a row to climb back to the .500 mark. 

2008 – A triple by Miguel Tejada and a solo homer by Carlos Lee key a three-run rally in the ninth off Jason Isringhausen to stun the Cardinals, 3-2.  After starting the season 6-12, the revamped Astros notch their sixth win in a row to climb back to the .500 mark. 

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2008 – Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL, which was home for 60 years to the Dodgers, bids them farewell. The Astros make Dodger fans bluer in the finale with a 12-10 win, keyed by five home runs including a game-winning two-run shot from Nick Gorneault in the ninth. 

2008 – Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL, which was home for 60 years to the Dodgers, bids them farewell. The Astros make Dodger fans bluer in the finale with a 12-10 win, keyed by five home runs including a game-winning two-run shot from Nick Gorneault in the ninth. 

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2008 – The first full day of spring training is a rough one for a trio of Astros. Outfielder Hunter Pence arrives with cuts all over his hands and knees after crashing through a sliding glass door while leaving the hot tub of his rental home. Shortstop Miguel Tejada is grilled by the press about his legal troubles stemming from the Mitchell Report and infielder Mark Loretta learns he has lost his arbitration case, receiving $2.75 million in salary instead of the $4.9 million he sought. 

2008 – The first full day of spring training is a rough one for a trio of Astros. Outfielder Hunter Pence arrives with cuts all over his hands and knees after crashing through a sliding glass door while leaving the hot tub of his rental home. Shortstop Miguel Tejada is grilled by the press about his legal troubles stemming from the Mitchell Report and infielder Mark Loretta learns he has lost his arbitration case, receiving $2.75 million in salary instead of the $4.9 million he sought. 

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2008 – Hurricane Ike, a massive Category 2 storm, crashes into Galveston Island doing damage throughout the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts. Minute Maid Park survives with little damage but Houston fans learn that a key three-game series with the Cubs delayed by Ike will be moved to Milwaukee. The Astros have crept within 2-1/2 games of the Brewers in the wild card race after winning 14 of their last 15 before the weather disaster but lose five straight when forced to hit the road. Ultimately, they finish third in the Central Division with an 86-75 record. 

2008 – Hurricane Ike, a massive Category 2 storm, crashes into Galveston Island doing damage throughout the upper Texas and Louisiana coasts. Minute Maid Park survives with little damage but Houston fans learn that a key three-game series with the Cubs delayed by Ike will be moved to Milwaukee. The Astros have crept within 2-1/2 games of the Brewers in the wild card race after winning 14 of their last 15 before the weather disaster but lose five straight when forced to hit the road. Ultimately, they finish third in the Central Division with an 86-75 record. 

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2008 – Roy Oswalt spins a one-hitter, blanking the Rockies, 2-0. A single by Brad Hawpe is the only Colorado safety. Oswalt fans six and walks two. Hunter Pence’s two-run homer provides the only runs of the game. The Astros are 28-11 since July 26th but remain in fourth place in their division with only faint playoff hopes. 

2008 – Roy Oswalt spins a one-hitter, blanking the Rockies, 2-0. A single by Brad Hawpe is the only Colorado safety. Oswalt fans six and walks two. Hunter Pence’s two-run homer provides the only runs of the game. The Astros are 28-11 since July 26th but remain in fourth place in their division with only faint playoff hopes. 

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2008 – Mark Loretta drills a grand slam off Aaron Heilman in the eighth to give the Astros a 7-3 victory over the Mets. Solo homers by Kaz Matsui, Brandon Backe and Carlos Lee supply the other three tallies. Doug Brocail picks up the win in relief. 

2008 – Mark Loretta drills a grand slam off Aaron Heilman in the eighth to give the Astros a 7-3 victory over the Mets. Solo homers by Kaz Matsui, Brandon Backe and Carlos Lee supply the other three tallies. Doug Brocail picks up the win in relief. 

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2008 – Mark Loretta and Hunter Pence crash into New York catcher Ramon Castro at almost the same time, scoring the tying runs in the bottom of the ninth. Geoff Blum has the single off ex-Astro Billy Wagner that brought the runs home . In the tenth, Darin Erstad’s liner to left allows Lance Berkman to tag up and score the winning run in a 5-4 thriller. 

2008 – Mark Loretta and Hunter Pence crash into New York catcher Ramon Castro at almost the same time, scoring the tying runs in the bottom of the ninth. Geoff Blum has the single off ex-Astro Billy Wagner that brought the runs home . In the tenth, Darin Erstad’s liner to left allows Lance Berkman to tag up and score the winning run in a 5-4 thriller. 

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2008 – Geoff Blum smacks two homers and Brad Ausmus goes 4-for-4 to lead Houston out of the division cellar in an 11-6 win at Milwaukee. Randy Wolf makes his Astros debut but can’t last long enough to qualify for the victory. Chris Sampson claims it in relief. 

2008 – Geoff Blum smacks two homers and Brad Ausmus goes 4-for-4 to lead Houston out of the division cellar in an 11-6 win at Milwaukee. Randy Wolf makes his Astros debut but can’t last long enough to qualify for the victory. Chris Sampson claims it in relief. 

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2008 – 44-year-old Randy Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award winner, signs with his hometown San Francisco Giants for $8 million (with $5 million in incentives) for one season. Johnson is five wins shy of 300 for his career.

2008 – 44-year-old Randy Johnson, a five-time Cy Young Award winner, signs with his hometown San Francisco Giants for $8 million (with $5 million in incentives) for one season. Johnson is five wins shy of 300 for his career.

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2008 – One at-bat in a Cuban Serie Nacional game takes 85 minutes – without a rain delay or other interruption. Down 3 – 0 in the first, Sancti Spiritus manager Juan Castro summons veteran Dany Gonzalez from the bullpen to face David Remedios of the Industriales. Unfortunately, Gonzalez is ineligible to play because he is the one man on the Sancti Spiritus 27-man roster who is a “scratch” from today’s game. Industriales manager German Mesa comes onto the field before Gonzalez throws a pitch, protesting that Sancti Spiritus has violated the rules, as Gonzalez was required to pitch to one batter after coming into the game. To try to prevent a forfeit, Castro tells Gonzalez to stall for time in hopes of bad weather or some other event that would cancel the game before he has officially and illegally faced a batter. After almost an hour and a half, Castro finally allows Gonzalez to pitch to Remedios, who he fans on 3 pitches.

2008 – One at-bat in a Cuban Serie Nacional game takes 85 minutes – without a rain delay or other interruption. Down 3 – 0 in the first, Sancti Spiritus manager Juan Castro summons veteran Dany Gonzalez from the bullpen to face David Remedios of the Industriales. Unfortunately, Gonzalez is ineligible to play because he is the one man on the Sancti Spiritus 27-man roster who is a “scratch” from today’s game. Industriales manager German Mesa comes onto the field before Gonzalez throws a pitch, protesting that Sancti Spiritus has violated the rules, as Gonzalez was required to pitch to one batter after coming into the game. To try to prevent a forfeit, Castro tells Gonzalez to stall for time in hopes of bad weather or some other event that would cancel the game before he has officially and illegally faced a batter. After almost an hour and a half, Castro finally allows Gonzalez to pitch to Remedios, who he fans on 3 pitches.

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The 2008 Hoofdklasse awards are given out. Mark Duursma becomes the first Pioniers player to win MVP honors after having hit .386 to lead the league. Rob Cordemans, the leader in ERA and strikeouts, wins his 5th Pitcher of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year is Rikkert Faneyte, the former major leaguer who led the Amsterdam Pirates to the 2008 Holland Series title in his first year at the reins.

The 2008 Hoofdklasse awards are given out. Mark Duursma becomes the first Pioniers player to win MVP honors after having hit .386 to lead the league. Rob Cordemans, the leader in ERA and strikeouts, wins his 5th Pitcher of the Year Award. The Coach of the Year is Rikkert Faneyte, the former major leaguer who led the Amsterdam Pirates to the 2008 Holland Series title in his first year at the reins.

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Agreeing to stay in Anaheim, Juan Rivera (.246, 12, 45) agrees to a $12.7 million, three-year deal to roam the outfield for the Angels. The 30 year-old Venezuelan, who was the team’s best pinch hitter, going 5-for-14, including two game-winning hits, could also be used as the club’s designated hitter.

Agreeing to stay in Anaheim, Juan Rivera (.246, 12, 45) agrees to a $12.7 million, three-year deal to roam the outfield for the Angels. The 30 year-old Venezuelan, who was the team’s best pinch hitter, going 5-for-14, including two game-winning hits, could also be used as the club’s designated hitter.

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The Philadelphia Phillies, fresh off their World Series title, sign Raúl Ibáñez for $31.5 million over three years. The veteran slugger had 43 doubles and 110 RBI in 2007 and will replace Pat Burrell in left field.

The Philadelphia Phillies, fresh off their World Series title, sign Raúl Ibáñez for $31.5 million over three years. The veteran slugger had 43 doubles and 110 RBI in 2007 and will replace Pat Burrell in left field.

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The Red Sox unveil their new, but familiar “Hanging Sox” logo. Originally sewn on uniforms in 1931, the pair of red socks will now appear on most of the club’s letterhead and signs, diminishing the use of the circular trademark which contain the words “Boston Red Sox”.

The Red Sox unveil their new, but familiar “Hanging Sox” logo. Originally sewn on uniforms in 1931, the pair of red socks will now appear on most of the club’s letterhead and signs, diminishing the use of the circular trademark which contain the words “Boston Red Sox”.

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The New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians conduct a twelve-player deal at the winter meetings. New York gets J.J. Putz, Jeremy Reed and Sean Green from Seattle, the Mariners pick up Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera and Maikel Cleto from New York and Franklin Gutierrez from Cleveland, and the Indians add Luis Valbuena from Seattle and Joe Smith from New York.

The New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians conduct a twelve-player deal at the winter meetings. New York gets J.J. Putz, Jeremy Reed and Sean Green from Seattle, the Mariners pick up Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera and Maikel Cleto from New York and Franklin Gutierrez from Cleveland, and the Indians add Luis Valbuena from Seattle and Joe Smith from New York.

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The Mets complete a $37 million, three-year contract with free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez. The former Angels’ closer, who fills a big void in the New York bullpen due to Billy Wagner’s injury, set a major league record last season, recording 62 saves.

The Mets complete a $37 million, three-year contract with free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez. The former Angels’ closer, who fills a big void in the New York bullpen due to Billy Wagner’s injury, set a major league record last season, recording 62 saves.

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*2008 With the fourth richest deal in major league history, the most ever offered to a pitcher, the Yankees and free-agent CC Sabathia agree on a $161 million, seven-year contract, with an opt-out clause after three years. The 28 year-old right-hander’s $23 million average annual salary eclipses the agreement the Mets inked with Johan Santana in February.

*2008 With the fourth richest deal in major league history, the most ever offered to a pitcher, the Yankees and free-agent CC Sabathia agree on a $161 million, seven-year contract, with an opt-out clause after three years. The 28 year-old right-hander’s $23 million average annual salary eclipses the agreement the Mets inked with Johan Santana in February.

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The New York Yankees reach an agreement with free agent hurler CC Sabathia for a seven-year, $161 million deal, a new record for a pitcher. Sabathia had gone 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA for the Brewers after starting the season with Cleveland where he won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award.

The New York Yankees reach an agreement with free agent hurler CC Sabathia for a seven-year, $161 million deal, a new record for a pitcher. Sabathia had gone 11-2 with a 1.65 ERA for the Brewers after starting the season with Cleveland where he won the 2007 American League Cy Young Award.

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2008 – The Baltimore Orioles free up a spot for top prospect Matt Wieters by trading Ramon Hernandez to the Cincinnati Reds. Baltimore acquires Ryan Freel, Justin Turner and Brandon Waring in the deal.

2008 – The Baltimore Orioles free up a spot for top prospect Matt Wieters by trading Ramon Hernandez to the Cincinnati Reds. Baltimore acquires Ryan Freel, Justin Turner and Brandon Waring in the deal.

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Joe Gordon becomes the first player elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee since it was reconstituted. It had been 7 years since Bill Mazeroski had been the most recent pick by the Committee. The new Committee had been criticized for not enshrining anyone in their first elections.

Joe Gordon becomes the first player elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee since it was reconstituted. It had been 7 years since Bill Mazeroski had been the most recent pick by the Committee. The new Committee had been criticized for not enshrining anyone in their first elections.

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Greg Maddux announces his retirement. The four-time Cy Young Award winner set all-time records for putouts by a pitcher (546), double plays (98) and seasons with 15+ wins (18). He finishes with a record of 355-227 with a 3.16 ERA (132 ERA+) and ranks in the top 10 all time in wins (8th) and starts (740, 4th). Maddux, like 354-game winner Roger Clemens, began his career while sportswriters were bemoaning the fact that no one would ever reach 300 wins again.

Greg Maddux announces his retirement. The four-time Cy Young Award winner set all-time records for putouts by a pitcher (546), double plays (98) and seasons with 15+ wins (18). He finishes with a record of 355-227 with a 3.16 ERA (132 ERA+) and ranks in the top 10 all time in wins (8th) and starts (740, 4th). Maddux, like 354-game winner Roger Clemens, began his career while sportswriters were bemoaning the fact that no one would ever reach 300 wins again.

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2008 – It is a big night in Italian baseball. The Italian national team announces their coaching staff and preliminary roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic: Mike Piazza, Mike Hargrove and Tom Trebelhorn will be among those assisting manager Marco Mazzieri. The new inductees are honored in the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame, including former national team skipper Giampiero Faraone and slugger Giuseppe Carelli. Giuseppe Mazzanti is honored as the MVP for Serie A1 in 2008.

2008 – It is a big night in Italian baseball. The Italian national team announces their coaching staff and preliminary roster for the 2009 World Baseball Classic: Mike Piazza, Mike Hargrove and Tom Trebelhorn will be among those assisting manager Marco Mazzieri. The new inductees are honored in the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame, including former national team skipper Giampiero Faraone and slugger Giuseppe Carelli. Giuseppe Mazzanti is honored as the MVP for Serie A1 in 2008.

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2008 – Seibu Lions hitting coach Hiromoto Okubo resigns after being accused of striking a female friend last month. Okubo was credited with helping Seibu’s offense lead the Pacific League in homers in 2008; the team went on to win the 2008 Japan Series and 2008 Asia Series.

2008 – Seibu Lions hitting coach Hiromoto Okubo resigns after being accused of striking a female friend last month. Okubo was credited with helping Seibu’s offense lead the Pacific League in homers in 2008; the team went on to win the 2008 Japan Series and 2008 Asia Series.

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Junichi Tazawa becomes the first blue chip Japanese prospect to skip the NPB draft and sign directly with a Major League Baseball team. He inks a three-year, $3.3 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. A member of Japan’s squad in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, he is projected to start 2009 at AA.

Junichi Tazawa becomes the first blue chip Japanese prospect to skip the NPB draft and sign directly with a Major League Baseball team. He inks a three-year, $3.3 million deal with the Boston Red Sox. A member of Japan’s squad in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, he is projected to start 2009 at AA.

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Reflecting the worldwide economic crisis, Rogers Communications, owner of the Blue Jays, announces plans of corporate layoffs, which includes employees from the team’s sales staff. The team cites a decline in advertising revenue as the reason for the staffing cuts.

Reflecting the worldwide economic crisis, Rogers Communications, owner of the Blue Jays, announces plans of corporate layoffs, which includes employees from the team’s sales staff. The team cites a decline in advertising revenue as the reason for the staffing cuts.

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After being declined salary arbitration by the Cubs earlier in the week, Bobby Howry agrees to a $2.75M, one-year deal with the Giants. Chicago plans to use the right-handed reliever as the club’s primary setup man.

After being declined salary arbitration by the Cubs earlier in the week, Bobby Howry agrees to a $2.75M, one-year deal with the Giants. Chicago plans to use the right-handed reliever as the club’s primary setup man.

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Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says the new ballpark’s name will remain Citi Field regardless of the suggestion of two New York City council members who think the name should be Citi/Taxpayer Field due to the government’s bailout of the struggling financial institution. Citigroup is paying the franchise $400 million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon says the new ballpark’s name will remain Citi Field regardless of the suggestion of two New York City council members who think the name should be Citi/Taxpayer Field due to the government’s bailout of the struggling financial institution. Citigroup is paying the franchise $400 million over 20 years for naming rights to the stadium.

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2008 – The post-season Serie A1 All-Star team and award winners for 2008 are announced. Batting champ Giuseppe Mazzanti wins MVP honors while Gustavo Martinez is named the best pitcher. All-Stars are C Kelly Ramos, 1B Dean Rovinelli, 2B Renato Imperiali, SS Seth La Fera, 3B Mazzanti, RF Claudio Liverziani, CF Richard Austin, LF Willie Vasquez, DH Max De Biase and P Martinez. Doriano Bindi is named Manager of the Year and Alessandro Cappuccini Umpire of the Year.

2008 – The post-season Serie A1 All-Star team and award winners for 2008 are announced. Batting champ Giuseppe Mazzanti wins MVP honors while Gustavo Martinez is named the best pitcher. All-Stars are C Kelly Ramos, 1B Dean Rovinelli, 2B Renato Imperiali, SS Seth La Fera, 3B Mazzanti, RF Claudio Liverziani, CF Richard Austin, LF Willie Vasquez, DH Max De Biase and P Martinez. Doriano Bindi is named Manager of the Year and Alessandro Cappuccini Umpire of the Year.

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2008 – The 2008-2009 Cuban season opens on a bad note for last year’s champs. Santiago de Cuba loses, 11 – 3, to Pinar del Rio. Last year’s MVP, Alexei Bell, is injured in his first plate appearance when a Yunieski Maya pitch hits him in the face. Luis Giraldo Casanova wins his managerial debut.

2008 – The 2008-2009 Cuban season opens on a bad note for last year’s champs. Santiago de Cuba loses, 11 – 3, to Pinar del Rio. Last year’s MVP, Alexei Bell, is injured in his first plate appearance when a Yunieski Maya pitch hits him in the face. Luis Giraldo Casanova wins his managerial debut.

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Chase Utley is expected to need four to six months to recover from arthroscopic hip surgery performed today at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. Despite battling the injury for much of the year, the All-Star Phillies second baseman, played a pivotal role in the team’s World Championship this season.

Chase Utley is expected to need four to six months to recover from arthroscopic hip surgery performed today at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery. Despite battling the injury for much of the year, the All-Star Phillies second baseman, played a pivotal role in the team’s World Championship this season.

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2008 – The Pittsburgh Pirates become the first major league team to sign a player from India. They ink pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who had not touched a baseball prior to this year, when they participated in a reality show from India, “The Million Dollar Arm Hunt”.

2008 – The Pittsburgh Pirates become the first major league team to sign a player from India. They ink pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who had not touched a baseball prior to this year, when they participated in a reality show from India, “The Million Dollar Arm Hunt”.

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Japan’s baseball writers announce the major award winners for 2008. Alex Ramirez of the Yomiuri Giants is named Central League MVP after leading the loop in RBI and finishing second in home runs and slugging; he is the first foreigner to win in 7 years, since fellow Venezuelan Roberto Petagine. Hisashi Iwakuma becomes the first member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles to be named Pacific League MVP, after a 21-4 season; he is the third MVP from a 5th-place team in league history. No one had won 21 games in the CL or PL since 1985. Former Arizona Diamondbacks farmhand Tetsuya Yamaguchi is named Rookie of the Year in the CL.

Japan’s baseball writers announce the major award winners for 2008. Alex Ramirez of the Yomiuri Giants is named Central League MVP after leading the loop in RBI and finishing second in home runs and slugging; he is the first foreigner to win in 7 years, since fellow Venezuelan Roberto Petagine. Hisashi Iwakuma becomes the first member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles to be named Pacific League MVP, after a 21-4 season; he is the third MVP from a 5th-place team in league history. No one had won 21 games in the CL or PL since 1985. Former Arizona Diamondbacks farmhand Tetsuya Yamaguchi is named Rookie of the Year in the CL.

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For the first time in its 27-year history, the Korea Baseball Organization has a trade rejected. The Woori Heroes had sent ace hurler Won-sam Jang to the Samsung Lions for Sung-hun Park and $2.1 million. The other six teams appealed, as Woori had agreed not to trade players for cash during its first five years in the league.

For the first time in its 27-year history, the Korea Baseball Organization has a trade rejected. The Woori Heroes had sent ace hurler Won-sam Jang to the Samsung Lions for Sung-hun Park and $2.1 million. The other six teams appealed, as Woori had agreed not to trade players for cash during its first five years in the league.

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    On October 12, 1971 The Baltimore Orioles took the first games of the World Series out scoring the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6. Game 3 shifted to Three Rivers Stadium and with Steve Blass available, The Pirates were up 2-1 in the Bottom of the 7th as Frank Robinson had just homered to make it a one run game for the […]
  • The Chairman of the Board Whitey Ford on Tops in Sports
    "If the World Series was on the line and I could pick one pitcher to pitch the game, I'd choose Whitey Ford every time." - Mickey Mantle Generally considered to be the greatest starting pitcher in the history of the New York Yankees, Whitey Ford was among the premier hurlers of his time. A fierce […]
  • Jackie Robinson's last hit - a walk off vs the New York Yankees
    On October 9, 1956 --In a 10-inning scoreless pitching duel with both starters going all the way, Jackie Robinson's walk-off single to left in the bottom of the 10th won the game for Clem Labine and kept the Dodgers' championship hopes alive. Tough-luck loser Bob Turley gave up a 10th-inning walk to Jim Gilliam, a […]
  • Game 6 1934 World Series - Paul Dean faces School Boy Rowe
    On October 8, 1934 At Navin Field the St Louis Cardinals Paul Dean won his second game of the series, Dean pitched a complete game 7 hitter, he will go 2-0 in his only World Series appearance. The Tiger's came into the game up 3 games to 2 and pitched ace Schoolboy Rowe who had […]
  • Lew Burdette faces off vs Whitey Ford Game 5 1957 World Series
    Whitey Ford and Lew Burdette, facing each other, Game 5 was expected to be a low-scoring affair. However, the game started out with the Yankees looking to score in the first inning. After a leadoff single by Hank Bauer and a sacrifice bunt by Tony Kubek, Gil McDougald hit a line drive that turned into […]
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