Tag: 2015

2015 – After singling the night before in his major league debut, 20-year-old Carlos Correa homers in the ninth inning off Zach Duke in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox. He also gets his first stolen base and first multi-hit game. The former overall first pick in the 2012 draft would go on to win Rookie of the Year honors. 

2015 – After singling the night before in his major league debut, 20-year-old Carlos Correa homers in the ninth inning off Zach Duke in a 4-2 loss to the White Sox. He also gets his first stolen base and first multi-hit game. The former overall first pick in the 2012 draft would go on to win Rookie of the Year honors. 

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2015 – Despite a 5-for-5 night from George Springer and five shutout innings from Vincent Velasquez in his major league debut, the Astros fall to the White Sox, 4-1, for their seventh straight defeat. Up by six games in the AL West the week before, Houston’s lead shrinks to two before regaining their balance. 

2015 – Despite a 5-for-5 night from George Springer and five shutout innings from Vincent Velasquez in his major league debut, the Astros fall to the White Sox, 4-1, for their seventh straight defeat. Up by six games in the AL West the week before, Houston’s lead shrinks to two before regaining their balance. 

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2015 – Astros turn a 5-4-3 triple play in Detroit which sparks a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Chris Carter perform the trifecta off the bat of Ian Kinsler. 21-year-old Lance McCullers, Jr., earns his first big league win. 

2015 – Astros turn a 5-4-3 triple play in Detroit which sparks a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Chris Carter perform the trifecta off the bat of Ian Kinsler. 21-year-old Lance McCullers, Jr., earns his first big league win. 

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2015 – A two-run double by Jose Altuve keys a five-run eighth and a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. The 8-6 Astros lead the AL West and have won four straight. Collin McHugh claims his third victory of the season. 

2015 – A two-run double by Jose Altuve keys a five-run eighth and a 6-3 victory over the Mariners. The 8-6 Astros lead the AL West and have won four straight. Collin McHugh claims his third victory of the season. 

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2015 – Astros deal outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. Valbuena belts 25 homers while splitting time between third base and first base that season. 

2015 – Astros deal outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Cubs for infielder Luis Valbuena and pitcher Dan Straily. Valbuena belts 25 homers while splitting time between third base and first base that season. 

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2015 – Lacking a closer, the Astros deal former overall number one draft choice Mark Appel, along with Brett Oberholtzer, Vincent Velasquez and two other prospects to Philadelphia for closer Ken Giles and infield prospect Jonathan Arauz. While sometimes shaky in relief, Giles has proved more reliable than anyone the Astros gave up for him. 

2015 – Lacking a closer, the Astros deal former overall number one draft choice Mark Appel, along with Brett Oberholtzer, Vincent Velasquez and two other prospects to Philadelphia for closer Ken Giles and infield prospect Jonathan Arauz. While sometimes shaky in relief, Giles has proved more reliable than anyone the Astros gave up for him. 

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2015 – Outfielder Colby Rasmus surprises the front office by agreeing to a qualifying offer for the 2016 season. Since the collective bargaining feature began, no MLB player had opted for the offer rather than become a full free agent. The Astros offered in anticipation that Rasmus would decline and cost his new team a draft pick to sign him. Instead, the Astros are on the hook for a $16.9 million one-year deal. The Georgia native hit .206 with 15 homers in his final full season before retirement. 

2015 – Outfielder Colby Rasmus surprises the front office by agreeing to a qualifying offer for the 2016 season. Since the collective bargaining feature began, no MLB player had opted for the offer rather than become a full free agent. The Astros offered in anticipation that Rasmus would decline and cost his new team a draft pick to sign him. Instead, the Astros are on the hook for a $16.9 million one-year deal. The Georgia native hit .206 with 15 homers in his final full season before retirement. 

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2015 – Kansas City eliminates the Astros with a 7-2 verdict in Game 5 of the A.L.D.S. to close out Houston’s Cinderella season. Luis Valbuena takes Johnny Cueto deep as the Astros build an early 2-0 lead but the Royals roar back against Collin McHugh then tee off against Dallas Keuchel who appears on short rest. The Royals roll on to win the World Series. 

2015 – Kansas City eliminates the Astros with a 7-2 verdict in Game 5 of the A.L.D.S. to close out Houston’s Cinderella season. Luis Valbuena takes Johnny Cueto deep as the Astros build an early 2-0 lead but the Royals roar back against Collin McHugh then tee off against Dallas Keuchel who appears on short rest. The Royals roll on to win the World Series. 

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2015 – The Astros take a 2-1 edge in the A.L.D.S. after Dallas Keuchel tames the Royals, 4-2, before 42,674 at Minute Maid Park. Jason Castro’s two-run single in the fifth put Houston ahead to stay. An RBI single by Carlos Gomez and a solo homer from Chris Carter add insurance. The Astros need win just once more to move on to their first A.L.C.S. 

2015 – The Astros take a 2-1 edge in the A.L.D.S. after Dallas Keuchel tames the Royals, 4-2, before 42,674 at Minute Maid Park. Jason Castro’s two-run single in the fifth put Houston ahead to stay. An RBI single by Carlos Gomez and a solo homer from Chris Carter add insurance. The Astros need win just once more to move on to their first A.L.C.S. 

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2015 – Minute Maid is jumping as the Astros build a 6-2 lead with six outs to go in order to wrap up the A.L.D.S. but Kansas City decimates the Houston bullpen for seven runs to take a 9-6 verdict and force a decisive Game 5. Carlos Correa drilled two homers and a double with four RBIs while Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez smashed solo shots before the retractable roof caves in, adding to the city’s legacy of excruciating postseason collapses. 

2015 – Minute Maid is jumping as the Astros build a 6-2 lead with six outs to go in order to wrap up the A.L.D.S. but Kansas City decimates the Houston bullpen for seven runs to take a 9-6 verdict and force a decisive Game 5. Carlos Correa drilled two homers and a double with four RBIs while Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez smashed solo shots before the retractable roof caves in, adding to the city’s legacy of excruciating postseason collapses. 

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2015 – In Game 1 of the A.L.D.S. in Kansas City, Collin McHugh gives the Astros a leg up in the series with a 5-2 victory. The Astros jump on Yordano Ventura for three runs in the first two innings before a 49-minute rain delay. George Springer and Colby Rasmus later go deep. McHugh works around the raindrops for six innings of four-hit pitching before a quartet or relievers close it out. 

2015 – In Game 1 of the A.L.D.S. in Kansas City, Collin McHugh gives the Astros a leg up in the series with a 5-2 victory. The Astros jump on Yordano Ventura for three runs in the first two innings before a 49-minute rain delay. George Springer and Colby Rasmus later go deep. McHugh works around the raindrops for six innings of four-hit pitching before a quartet or relievers close it out. 

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2015 – In a one-game Wild Card playoff, the Astros travel to New York and eliminate the Yankees, 3-0, behind the three-hit pitching of Dallas Keuchel over six innings and three innings of shutout relief. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez provide the offense with solo homers off Masahiro Tanaka. 

2015 – In a one-game Wild Card playoff, the Astros travel to New York and eliminate the Yankees, 3-0, behind the three-hit pitching of Dallas Keuchel over six innings and three innings of shutout relief. Colby Rasmus and Carlos Gomez provide the offense with solo homers off Masahiro Tanaka. 

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2015 – Dallas Keuchel wins his 20th game of the year in grand style. The lefty was supported by a club record 21 runs at Arizona. Carlos Correa sets a franchise rookie record with his 22nd homer of the season and he’s joined by George Springer, Colby Rasmus and Luis Valbuena with long balls in the 21-5 blowout. Houston would finish at 86-75 and earn the second AL wild card spot, their first postseason appearance in ten years. 

2015 – Dallas Keuchel wins his 20th game of the year in grand style. The lefty was supported by a club record 21 runs at Arizona. Carlos Correa sets a franchise rookie record with his 22nd homer of the season and he’s joined by George Springer, Colby Rasmus and Luis Valbuena with long balls in the 21-5 blowout. Houston would finish at 86-75 and earn the second AL wild card spot, their first postseason appearance in ten years. 

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2015 – Down 3-0 with nobody on and two outs in the ninth, the Astros create a Hollywood ending in Anaheim. After Preston Tucker homered off Huston Street, George Springer tripled and Jose Altuve singled him home. Carlos Correa slapped a base hit before pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie drove a pitch into the right field seats for a 5-3 miracle finish. Chad Qualls claims the win in relief. Houston keeps a 1-1/2 game lead over the Rangers in the Wild West. 

2015 – Down 3-0 with nobody on and two outs in the ninth, the Astros create a Hollywood ending in Anaheim. After Preston Tucker homered off Huston Street, George Springer tripled and Jose Altuve singled him home. Carlos Correa slapped a base hit before pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie drove a pitch into the right field seats for a 5-3 miracle finish. Chad Qualls claims the win in relief. Houston keeps a 1-1/2 game lead over the Rangers in the Wild West. 

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2015 – Collin McHugh wins his 15th in an 8-0 whitewash of the Twins. Backup catcher Hank Conger goes deep, becoming the tenth Astro to bash ten or more homers during the season, a franchise record. Five days later, Marwin Gonzalez would join the club to tie a major league record for most players with double-digit homers on one team. 

2015 – Collin McHugh wins his 15th in an 8-0 whitewash of the Twins. Backup catcher Hank Conger goes deep, becoming the tenth Astro to bash ten or more homers during the season, a franchise record. Five days later, Marwin Gonzalez would join the club to tie a major league record for most players with double-digit homers on one team. 

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2015 –  Less than a month from being acquired in trade from Milwaukee, Mike Fiers no-hits the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0, while striking out ten. It is the first no-hitter in the history of Minute Maid Park and keeps a 3-1/2 game lead over the Angels for the AL West title. Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Evan Gattis provide the scoring. 

2015 –  Less than a month from being acquired in trade from Milwaukee, Mike Fiers no-hits the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-0, while striking out ten. It is the first no-hitter in the history of Minute Maid Park and keeps a 3-1/2 game lead over the Angels for the AL West title. Home runs by Jake Marisnick and Evan Gattis provide the scoring. 

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2015 – Jason Castro belts a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that knocks out Anaheim, 3-0, to push Houston two games in front in the AL West chase. Newly-acquired Scott Kazmir blanks the Halos for 7-2/3rd innings but it is Luke Gregerson who inherits the win. The Astros also ship four prospects to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers. 

2015 – Jason Castro belts a dramatic three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that knocks out Anaheim, 3-0, to push Houston two games in front in the AL West chase. Newly-acquired Scott Kazmir blanks the Halos for 7-2/3rd innings but it is Luke Gregerson who inherits the win. The Astros also ship four prospects to Milwaukee for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers. 

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2015 – The Dodgers sign free agent pitcher Scott Kazmir to a three-year $48 million contract. The signing gives the Dodgers a potential all-lefthanded starting rotation as Kazmir joins Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu and Alex Wood.

2015 – The Dodgers sign free agent pitcher Scott Kazmir to a three-year $48 million contract. The signing gives the Dodgers a potential all-lefthanded starting rotation as Kazmir joins Clayton Kershaw, Brett Anderson, Hyun-jin Ryu and Alex Wood.

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2015 – Can a team ever have too much relief pitching? Already sporting the terrific late-game duo of Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, the Yankees trade for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in return for four prospects: Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. The Bronx Bombers make the trade even though Chapman is currently under investigation for a domestic violence incident that could result in an extensive suspension.

2015 – Can a team ever have too much relief pitching? Already sporting the terrific late-game duo of Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances, the Yankees trade for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in return for four prospects: Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis, Eric Jagielo and Tony Renda. The Bronx Bombers make the trade even though Chapman is currently under investigation for a domestic violence incident that could result in an extensive suspension.

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Los Angeles finalizes the team’s plans for a likeness of Jackie Robinson to appear at Dodger Stadium. The 9-to-10 feet tall statue, to be created by former Brooklyn resident Branly Cadet, will be the first-ever sculpture dedicated at the Chavez Ravine ballpark.

Los Angeles finalizes the team’s plans for a likeness of Jackie Robinson to appear at Dodger Stadium. The 9-to-10 feet tall statue, to be created by former Brooklyn resident Branly Cadet, will be the first-ever sculpture dedicated at the Chavez Ravine ballpark.

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The Seattle Mariners hire Amanda Hopkins to be an area scout, covering the southwestern United States. A graduate of Major League Baseball’s scouting development school, she becomes the first full-time female scout since the 1950s.

The Seattle Mariners hire Amanda Hopkins to be an area scout, covering the southwestern United States. A graduate of Major League Baseball’s scouting development school, she becomes the first full-time female scout since the 1950s.

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Tyler White is named Dominican League MVP, the first American to win since Eric Byrnes in 2001-2002. White hit .297/.421/.494 for the Estrellas Orientales, leading the league in homers, OBP, slugging, walks and runs and finishing second in RBI.

Tyler White is named Dominican League MVP, the first American to win since Eric Byrnes in 2001-2002. White hit .297/.421/.494 for the Estrellas Orientales, leading the league in homers, OBP, slugging, walks and runs and finishing second in RBI.

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2015 – The Navegantes del Magallanes top the Tigres de Aragua, 4-3, with Hassan Peña‎ saving José Mijares’s first win of the season. It is Peña‎’s 22nd save of the year, breaking Santos Hernandez’s Venezuelan Winter League single-season record, set back in 1997-1998.

2015 – The Navegantes del Magallanes top the Tigres de Aragua, 4-3, with Hassan Peña‎ saving José Mijares’s first win of the season. It is Peña‎’s 22nd save of the year, breaking Santos Hernandez’s Venezuelan Winter League single-season record, set back in 1997-1998.

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In other deals, the Royals sign free agent P Edinson Volquez for two years and $20 million after a great comeback season with the Pirates and the Marlins add OF Michael Morse for two years and $16 million.

In other deals, the Royals sign free agent P Edinson Volquez for two years and $20 million after a great comeback season with the Pirates and the Marlins add OF Michael Morse for two years and $16 million.

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A busy off-season continues with the Rays pulling off a couple of trades involving 11 players. First, they get C Rene Rivera, 1B Jake Bauers and P Burch Smith from San Diego along with P Joe Ross and IF Trea Turner in return for OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan and Ps Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo, then they flip Ross and Turner to the Nationals for OF Steven Souza and P Travis Ott .

A busy off-season continues with the Rays pulling off a couple of trades involving 11 players. First, they get C Rene Rivera, 1B Jake Bauers and P Burch Smith from San Diego along with P Joe Ross and IF Trea Turner in return for OF Wil Myers, C Ryan Hanigan and Ps Gerardo Reyes and Jose Castillo, then they flip Ross and Turner to the Nationals for OF Steven Souza and P Travis Ott .

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2015 – The Dodgers acquire 3B Todd Frazier from Cincinnati for three prospects, the most heralded being IF Jose Peraza, then flip him to the White Sox for three other prospects, all with major league experience: Micah Johnson, Frankie Montas and Trayce Thompson.

2015 – The Dodgers acquire 3B Todd Frazier from Cincinnati for three prospects, the most heralded being IF Jose Peraza, then flip him to the White Sox for three other prospects, all with major league experience: Micah Johnson, Frankie Montas and Trayce Thompson.

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Major League Baseball’s goodwill tour to Cuba, the first official MLB visit to the country since 1999, opens with a news conference at Havana’s Hotel Nacional. Players participating in the four days of children’s clinics and charitable events include White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig, who both defected from the island nation to play baseball in the United States.

Major League Baseball’s goodwill tour to Cuba, the first official MLB visit to the country since 1999, opens with a news conference at Havana’s Hotel Nacional. Players participating in the four days of children’s clinics and charitable events include White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu and Dodger outfielder Yasiel Puig, who both defected from the island nation to play baseball in the United States.

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The Phillies and Astros swing a seven-player trade, with closer Ken Giles going to Houston, while the Phillies land the number 1 pick in the 2013 amateur draft, P Mark Appel, along with Ps Brett Oberholtzer and Vincent Velasquez headed the other way.

The Phillies and Astros swing a seven-player trade, with closer Ken Giles going to Houston, while the Phillies land the number 1 pick in the 2013 amateur draft, P Mark Appel, along with Ps Brett Oberholtzer and Vincent Velasquez headed the other way.

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The 2015-2016 Cuban All-Star Game ends in a disappointing rain-out that stops action in the top of the 5th. Yurisbel Gracial hits a three-run homer for the Occidentales, who lead 5 – 0 before the game is halted. Occidentales hurlers Erlis Casanova, Yosvani Torres, Wilber Pérez and Vladimir Baños were throwing no-hit ball to that point.

The 2015-2016 Cuban All-Star Game ends in a disappointing rain-out that stops action in the top of the 5th. Yurisbel Gracial hits a three-run homer for the Occidentales, who lead 5 – 0 before the game is halted. Occidentales hurlers Erlis Casanova, Yosvani Torres, Wilber Pérez and Vladimir Baños were throwing no-hit ball to that point.

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The 2015 Hoofdklasse awards are given out. Amsterdam Pirates veteran Rob Cordemans (6-2, 0.84) wins his 9th Pitcher of the Year award and 4th in the past five years; the 41-year-old moves within one of Herman Beidschat’s Hoofdklasse record for Pitcher of the Year honors. The MVP goes to Kinheim catcher Dashenko Ricardo, who hit .420/.441/.609 with 40 RBI in 42 games. Coach of the Year is Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen, who guided Neptunus to the 2015 Holland Series title.

The 2015 Hoofdklasse awards are given out. Amsterdam Pirates veteran Rob Cordemans (6-2, 0.84) wins his 9th Pitcher of the Year award and 4th in the past five years; the 41-year-old moves within one of Herman Beidschat’s Hoofdklasse record for Pitcher of the Year honors. The MVP goes to Kinheim catcher Dashenko Ricardo, who hit .420/.441/.609 with 40 RBI in 42 games. Coach of the Year is Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen, who guided Neptunus to the 2015 Holland Series title.

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At the Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN, the Pirates trade 2B Neil Walker to the Mets in return for P Jonathon Niese; the Yankees send reliever Justin Wilson to the Tigers for prospects Luis Cessa and Chad Green; and the Athletics send 3B Brett Lawrie to the White Sox for two prospects.

At the Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN, the Pirates trade 2B Neil Walker to the Mets in return for P Jonathon Niese; the Yankees send reliever Justin Wilson to the Tigers for prospects Luis Cessa and Chad Green; and the Athletics send 3B Brett Lawrie to the White Sox for two prospects.

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The Winter Meetings are in full swing in Nashville, TN, and a number of deals are announced. The Cubs sign free agent 2B Ben Zobrist to a four-year deal, then trade incumbent Starlin Castro to the Yankees in return for P Adam Warren and a player to be named to clear out a starting spot for him. In another trade, the Diamondbacks acquire Ps Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier from Atlanta, but the price is steep: starting OF Ender Inciarte, SS Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and minor league P Aaron Blair. The Cardinals trade OF Jon Jay to San Diego for 2B Jedd Gyorko, the Mariners land P Evan Scribner from Oakland for minor league P Trey Cochran-Gill, while C Tyler Flowers signs with Atlanta for two years and P Mark Lowe joins the Tigers, also on a two-year deal.

The Winter Meetings are in full swing in Nashville, TN, and a number of deals are announced. The Cubs sign free agent 2B Ben Zobrist to a four-year deal, then trade incumbent Starlin Castro to the Yankees in return for P Adam Warren and a player to be named to clear out a starting spot for him. In another trade, the Diamondbacks acquire Ps Shelby Miller and Gabe Speier from Atlanta, but the price is steep: starting OF Ender Inciarte, SS Dansby Swanson, the top pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and minor league P Aaron Blair. The Cardinals trade OF Jon Jay to San Diego for 2B Jedd Gyorko, the Mariners land P Evan Scribner from Oakland for minor league P Trey Cochran-Gill, while C Tyler Flowers signs with Atlanta for two years and P Mark Lowe joins the Tigers, also on a two-year deal.

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The KBO Gold Glove winners for 2015 are announced, with the NC Dinos taking four of the ten awards. Seung-yeop Lee wins his 10th award, this time at DH, becoming the first ten-time winner as well as the oldest (at age 39). Other winners are Eric Hacker (P), Eui-ji Yang (C), Eric Thames (1B), Yamaico Navarro (2B), Jae-ho Kim (SS), Seok-min Park (3B), Hyun-soo Kim (OF), Sung-bum Na (OF) and Han-joon Yoo (OF).

The KBO Gold Glove winners for 2015 are announced, with the NC Dinos taking four of the ten awards. Seung-yeop Lee wins his 10th award, this time at DH, becoming the first ten-time winner as well as the oldest (at age 39). Other winners are Eric Hacker (P), Eui-ji Yang (C), Eric Thames (1B), Yamaico Navarro (2B), Jae-ho Kim (SS), Seok-min Park (3B), Hyun-soo Kim (OF), Sung-bum Na (OF) and Han-joon Yoo (OF).

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Amanda Hopkins is hired by the A’s as a full-time major league scout, becoming the first female to hold that position in over seventy years. The 22 year-old former Central Washington University softball captain, whose dad is a scout, joins Edith Houghton and Bessie Largent, who held similar positions with the Phillies and White Sox, respectively, in the 1930s and 1940s.

Amanda Hopkins is hired by the A’s as a full-time major league scout, becoming the first female to hold that position in over seventy years. The 22 year-old former Central Washington University softball captain, whose dad is a scout, joins Edith Houghton and Bessie Largent, who held similar positions with the Phillies and White Sox, respectively, in the 1930s and 1940s.

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The Veterans Committee fails to elect any of the ten candidates from the “pre-integration era” up for consideration for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Early baseball pioneer Doc Adams comes closest with 10 votes out of the 12 required.

The Veterans Committee fails to elect any of the ten candidates from the “pre-integration era” up for consideration for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Early baseball pioneer Doc Adams comes closest with 10 votes out of the 12 required.

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The Diamondbacks obtain right-handed starter Shelby Miller from the Braves for outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair, and Dansby Swanson, the first player selected in this year’s MLB June Amateur Draft. The deal marks the first time a #1 overall pick has been traded within the first year of their career, a move made possible because teams are now allowed to trade recently drafted picks after the World Series.

The Diamondbacks obtain right-handed starter Shelby Miller from the Braves for outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair, and Dansby Swanson, the first player selected in this year’s MLB June Amateur Draft. The deal marks the first time a #1 overall pick has been traded within the first year of their career, a move made possible because teams are now allowed to trade recently drafted picks after the World Series.

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A trade between the Reds and Dodgers for All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman is held up when a police report emerges that the player fired a gun eight times after a domestic altercation on October 30th. While no charges were made a the time, the incident is still under investigation by police and Chapman also faces a possible suspension under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy.

A trade between the Reds and Dodgers for All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman is held up when a police report emerges that the player fired a gun eight times after a domestic altercation on October 30th. While no charges were made a the time, the incident is still under investigation by police and Chapman also faces a possible suspension under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy.

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2015 – The Italian Diamond Gala is held. Outfielder Roberto De Franceschi and executives Alberto De Carolis and Rino Zangheri are named to the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame. The Italian national team retires number 33, the number worn by 1950s legend Giulio Glorioso, who died this year. The MVP for 2015 goes to Giuseppe Mazzanti, who ties Claudio Liverziani as the only three-time winners. Alessandro Spera wins Umpire of the Year, Ennio Retrosi takes the Max Ott Award and Andrea Sellaroli is named top young player. Also, five MVPs are issued retroactively (Italy did not issue MVP Awards from 1983-1999), for the period 1995-1999: Roberto Bianchi in 1995, Francesco Casolari in 1996 and 1997, Federico Bassi in 1998 and David Sheldon in 1999.

2015 – The Italian Diamond Gala is held. Outfielder Roberto De Franceschi and executives Alberto De Carolis and Rino Zangheri are named to the Italian Baseball Hall of Fame. The Italian national team retires number 33, the number worn by 1950s legend Giulio Glorioso, who died this year. The MVP for 2015 goes to Giuseppe Mazzanti, who ties Claudio Liverziani as the only three-time winners. Alessandro Spera wins Umpire of the Year, Ennio Retrosi takes the Max Ott Award and Andrea Sellaroli is named top young player. Also, five MVPs are issued retroactively (Italy did not issue MVP Awards from 1983-1999), for the period 1995-1999: Roberto Bianchi in 1995, Francesco Casolari in 1996 and 1997, Federico Bassi in 1998 and David Sheldon in 1999.

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    October 14, 1965 - Game 7 1965 World Series. Sandy Koufax throws a 3 hit shutout on 2 days rest. After walking 2 in the 1st he tells catcher John Roseboro my arm is sore I can’t throw the curve. We’ll just blow them away..   Dodger manager Walt Alston was torn between starting Drysdale […]
  • Maz Walks it off - Game 7 1960 World Series Yankees vs Pirates Full Radio Broadcast October 13
    October 13, 1960 -- With the World Series between the Yankees and Pirates knotted at 3 games apiece, Game 7 at Pittsburgh's cavernous Forbes Field would provide one of the most dramatic home runs in World Series history. In the top of the 9th, with a 9-7 lead, the Pirates sent eighteen game winner Bob […]
  • After missing a sign Bob Robertson delivers a 3 run HR 1971 World Series
    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 […]
  • The Brooklyn Dodgers win their only World Series
    On October 4, 1955,  after more than half a century of futility, the Brooklyn Dodgers finally win a World Championship, thanks to Johnny Podres' 2-0 shutout of the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The turning point of the historic contest proves to be an outstanding catch by defensive replacement Sandy Amoros in the sixth inning that […]
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