Tag: 2012

2012 – San Francisco’s Matt Cain tosses a 10-0 perfect game which signals Houston’s slide into a three-year abyss of 100-loss seasons. A credible 26-36 and 8-1/2 games out of the NL Central race, the Astros would tumble to a 29-81 record after this humiliating defeat. 

2012 – San Francisco’s Matt Cain tosses a 10-0 perfect game which signals Houston’s slide into a three-year abyss of 100-loss seasons. A credible 26-36 and 8-1/2 games out of the NL Central race, the Astros would tumble to a 29-81 record after this humiliating defeat. 

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2012 – Astros sign Carlos Pena to be the team’s first regular Designated Hitter, which the club will need with their move to the American League. Pena, the 2009 AL home run champ with Tampa Bay, bats .209 with eight homers before he was released. 

2012 – Astros sign Carlos Pena to be the team’s first regular Designated Hitter, which the club will need with their move to the American League. Pena, the 2009 AL home run champ with Tampa Bay, bats .209 with eight homers before he was released. 

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2012 – It’s back to the future as Astros reveal a return to the orange and navy blue colors of their earlier decades and a wardrobe look designed off their uniforms of the 1960s. The change is met with great approval. 

2012 – It’s back to the future as Astros reveal a return to the orange and navy blue colors of their earlier decades and a wardrobe look designed off their uniforms of the 1960s. The change is met with great approval. 

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2012 – Brad Mills is fired after watching the core he agreed to manage sold off beneath him. In just under three years, he compiled a 171-274 (.384) record. Tony DeFrancesco was brought up from AAA to serve as interim manager. The change did not bring immediate results as Houston lost to Arizona, 12-4, and completed the month on a 1-13 run. 

2012 – Brad Mills is fired after watching the core he agreed to manage sold off beneath him. In just under three years, he compiled a 171-274 (.384) record. Tony DeFrancesco was brought up from AAA to serve as interim manager. The change did not bring immediate results as Houston lost to Arizona, 12-4, and completed the month on a 1-13 run. 

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2012 – OF Hideki Matsui announces his retirement at a press conference in New York, NY. He had hit .304 with 332 home runs as a three-time MVP during his prime in Japan, then added 175 homers, a World Series MVP award and a .282 average winding down his career in the US.

2012 – OF Hideki Matsui announces his retirement at a press conference in New York, NY. He had hit .304 with 332 home runs as a three-time MVP during his prime in Japan, then added 175 homers, a World Series MVP award and a .282 average winding down his career in the US.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates deal away two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan and middle infield prospect Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox for four former prospects who have struggled in the last couple of years: Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, Jerry Sands and Iván DeJesús Jr.

The Pittsburgh Pirates deal away two-time All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan and middle infield prospect Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox for four former prospects who have struggled in the last couple of years: Mark Melancon, Stolmy Pimentel, Jerry Sands and Iván DeJesús Jr.

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Ryan Freel, who was a victim of numerous head traumas during his nine-year major league career with the Reds and four other teams due his aggressive style of play, is found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Within a year, a study of the 36 year-old’s brain will reveal he suffered from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a condition believed to be triggered by repeated concussions that has been linked to suicide.

Ryan Freel, who was a victim of numerous head traumas during his nine-year major league career with the Reds and four other teams due his aggressive style of play, is found dead from what appears to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound. Within a year, a study of the 36 year-old’s brain will reveal he suffered from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a condition believed to be triggered by repeated concussions that has been linked to suicide.

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2012 – The Pirates sign P Francisco Liriano for two years at $14 million. However, the deal is not officially announced and rumors soon surface that Liriano has suffered a serious injury to his non-throwing arm, negating the purported deal.

2012 – The Pirates sign P Francisco Liriano for two years at $14 million. However, the deal is not officially announced and rumors soon surface that Liriano has suffered a serious injury to his non-throwing arm, negating the purported deal.

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The Miami Marlins sign .299 career hitter Placido Polanco for a one-year, $2.75 million deal, hoping his .257 mark from 2012 was not a sign of decline at age 37. In other signings, P Tom Gorzelanny inks a deal with the Brewers, while C A.J. Pierzynski goes to Texas.

The Miami Marlins sign .299 career hitter Placido Polanco for a one-year, $2.75 million deal, hoping his .257 mark from 2012 was not a sign of decline at age 37. In other signings, P Tom Gorzelanny inks a deal with the Brewers, while C A.J. Pierzynski goes to Texas.

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In a seven-player swap, the Mets acquire highly-regarded minor leaguers Travis d’Arnaud, a catcher, and right-hander Noah Syndergaard, in addition to backstop John Buck and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. New York decided to deal their 38 year-old knuckleballer, last season’s NL Cy Young award winner with a year remaining on his contract, to procure two of Toronto’s top prospects.

In a seven-player swap, the Mets acquire highly-regarded minor leaguers Travis d’Arnaud, a catcher, and right-hander Noah Syndergaard, in addition to backstop John Buck and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra from the Blue Jays in exchange for right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. New York decided to deal their 38 year-old knuckleballer, last season’s NL Cy Young award winner with a year remaining on his contract, to procure two of Toronto’s top prospects.

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Torii Hunter signs a two-year, $26 million contract with the Tigers, the team the free-agent clearly wanted to play for after leaving the Angels. The deal, completed in less than an hour, brings the well-respected Gold Glove outfielder to the Motor City in the pursuit of a World Championship, a prize yet to be realized in the All-Star’s 16-year major league career.

Torii Hunter signs a two-year, $26 million contract with the Tigers, the team the free-agent clearly wanted to play for after leaving the Angels. The deal, completed in less than an hour, brings the well-respected Gold Glove outfielder to the Motor City in the pursuit of a World Championship, a prize yet to be realized in the All-Star’s 16-year major league career.

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The Mets trade Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto, provided the Jays can reach a contract extension with Dickey. They will do so on December 17th, the two sides agreeing to a two-year deal worth $25 million, that will make the deal official. Cs Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas accompany Dickey to Toronto, while Cs Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck and Ps Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra head to the Big Apple.

The Mets trade Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey to Toronto, provided the Jays can reach a contract extension with Dickey. They will do so on December 17th, the two sides agreeing to a two-year deal worth $25 million, that will make the deal official. Cs Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas accompany Dickey to Toronto, while Cs Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck and Ps Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra head to the Big Apple.

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In other signings, the Yankees retain OF Ichiro Suzuki by agreeing to a two-year deal with the outfielder they acquired from Seattle at the trading deadline, while the Cardinals add utility player Ty Wigginton, also with a two-year deal.

In other signings, the Yankees retain OF Ichiro Suzuki by agreeing to a two-year deal with the outfielder they acquired from Seattle at the trading deadline, while the Cardinals add utility player Ty Wigginton, also with a two-year deal.

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Kevin Youkilis, best known for being a member of the Red Sox World Championship teams in 2004 and 2007, signs a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees, once considered the ‘Evil Empire’ by his former club. The 33 year-old infielder, who was traded to Chicago’s south side by Boston in June, will help fill the void at third base while Alex Rodriguez recuperates from hip surgery.

Kevin Youkilis, best known for being a member of the Red Sox World Championship teams in 2004 and 2007, signs a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees, once considered the ‘Evil Empire’ by his former club. The 33 year-old infielder, who was traded to Chicago’s south side by Boston in June, will help fill the void at third base while Alex Rodriguez recuperates from hip surgery.

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2012 – 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton, fresh off a 43-homer season, leaves the Texas Rangers to sign with the Los Angeles Angels for 5 years and $125 million, while Andres Torres signs with the Giants for one year and a considerably smaller salary.

2012 – 2010 AL MVP Josh Hamilton, fresh off a 43-homer season, leaves the Texas Rangers to sign with the Los Angeles Angels for 5 years and $125 million, while Andres Torres signs with the Giants for one year and a considerably smaller salary.

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In a three-team trade, the Reds obtain OF Shin-Soo Choo and IF Jason Donald from the Indians, sending OF Drew Stubbs to Cleveland and SS Didi Gregorius to the Diamondbacks. Arizona sends Ps Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to the Indians and also receives 1B Lars Anderson and P Tony Sipp from the Tribe.

In a three-team trade, the Reds obtain OF Shin-Soo Choo and IF Jason Donald from the Indians, sending OF Drew Stubbs to Cleveland and SS Didi Gregorius to the Diamondbacks. Arizona sends Ps Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to the Indians and also receives 1B Lars Anderson and P Tony Sipp from the Tribe.

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The Texas Rangers trade away their all-time leader in hits, runs, doubles and triples, Michael Young, a seven-time All-Star who had become a utility player. He goes to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

The Texas Rangers trade away their all-time leader in hits, runs, doubles and triples, Michael Young, a seven-time All-Star who had become a utility player. He goes to the Philadelphia Phillies for pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

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The Rays trade their ace, James Shields, along with fellow P Wade Davis, to the Royals for OF Wil Myers, last year’s Minor League Player of the Year, and Ps Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery and 3B Patrick Leonard.

The Rays trade their ace, James Shields, along with fellow P Wade Davis, to the Royals for OF Wil Myers, last year’s Minor League Player of the Year, and Ps Jake Odorizzi and Mike Montgomery and 3B Patrick Leonard.

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The 2012 Hoofdklasse awards are given out. The big winner is Amsterdam Pirates ace Rob Cordemans. Following a season in which he had a minuscule 0.22 ERA, Cordemans takes home his 7th Pitcher of the Year award and his first MVP award. Hans Lemmink is named Coach of the Year.

The 2012 Hoofdklasse awards are given out. The big winner is Amsterdam Pirates ace Rob Cordemans. Following a season in which he had a minuscule 0.22 ERA, Cordemans takes home his 7th Pitcher of the Year award and his first MVP award. Hans Lemmink is named Coach of the Year.

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Italy also hands its own annual awards. Danilo Sanchez of Godo wins the MVP, while Pierfranco Leone is named umpire of the year and Doriano Bindi Manager of the Year. All-Stars are C Simone Albanese, 1B Renato Imperiali, 2B Francesco Imperiali, SS Juan Carlos Infante, 3B Giuseppe Mazzanti, RF Mario Chiarini, CF Carlos Duran, LF Lorenzo Avagnina and utility man Gabriele Ermini. The Gold Gloves go to P Juan Figueroa, C Juan Pablo Angrisano, 1B Luca Bischeri, 2B Alessandro Vaglio, SS Jack Santora, 3B Andrea D’Amico, RF Chiarini, CF Leonardo De Donno and LF Avagnina. Pitchers Enzo Lauri and Alfredo Lauri are inducted into the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Italy also hands its own annual awards. Danilo Sanchez of Godo wins the MVP, while Pierfranco Leone is named umpire of the year and Doriano Bindi Manager of the Year. All-Stars are C Simone Albanese, 1B Renato Imperiali, 2B Francesco Imperiali, SS Juan Carlos Infante, 3B Giuseppe Mazzanti, RF Mario Chiarini, CF Carlos Duran, LF Lorenzo Avagnina and utility man Gabriele Ermini. The Gold Gloves go to P Juan Figueroa, C Juan Pablo Angrisano, 1B Luca Bischeri, 2B Alessandro Vaglio, SS Jack Santora, 3B Andrea D’Amico, RF Chiarini, CF Leonardo De Donno and LF Avagnina. Pitchers Enzo Lauri and Alfredo Lauri are inducted into the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame.

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The Rule V Draft is held on the last day of the Winter meetings in Nashville, TN. Former first-round draft choice Josh Fields is picked first overall, by the Astros. An interesting selection is made by the Indians, who pick 1B Chris McGuiness, MVP of the Arizona Fall League, from the Rangers.

The Rule V Draft is held on the last day of the Winter meetings in Nashville, TN. Former first-round draft choice Josh Fields is picked first overall, by the Astros. An interesting selection is made by the Indians, who pick 1B Chris McGuiness, MVP of the Arizona Fall League, from the Rangers.

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The Yankees see two potential replacements for injured 3B Alex Rodriguez slip away, as Eric Chavez, who was A-Rod’s back-up over the last two seasons, signs with Arizona while Jeff Keppinger, whom the Yankees were also pursuing, agrees to a three-year deal with the White Sox.

The Yankees see two potential replacements for injured 3B Alex Rodriguez slip away, as Eric Chavez, who was A-Rod’s back-up over the last two seasons, signs with Arizona while Jeff Keppinger, whom the Yankees were also pursuing, agrees to a three-year deal with the White Sox.

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2012 – In the second day of the annual Winter Meetings, the Red Sox sign free agent OF Shane Victorino to a three-year contract and the Nationals sign P Dan Haren for one year. On the trade front, the Astros send P Wilton Lopez to Colorado for Ps Alex White and Alex Gillingham and the Marlins trade SS Yunel Escobar, acquired in last month’s 12-player blockbuster deal with Toronto, to Tampa Bay for minor leaguer Derek Dietrich.

2012 – In the second day of the annual Winter Meetings, the Red Sox sign free agent OF Shane Victorino to a three-year contract and the Nationals sign P Dan Haren for one year. On the trade front, the Astros send P Wilton Lopez to Colorado for Ps Alex White and Alex Gillingham and the Marlins trade SS Yunel Escobar, acquired in last month’s 12-player blockbuster deal with Toronto, to Tampa Bay for minor leaguer Derek Dietrich.

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