Tag: December 3

1980 – Don Sutton, a longtime nemesis as a Dodger, signs a free agent contract with Houston. He would post a 24-17 record in his two abbreviated seasons as an Astro which would eventually lead to a 324-win career, a plaque at the Hall of Fame and a second career as a broadcaster. 

1980 – Don Sutton, a longtime nemesis as a Dodger, signs a free agent contract with Houston. He would post a 24-17 record in his two abbreviated seasons as an Astro which would eventually lead to a 324-win career, a plaque at the Hall of Fame and a second career as a broadcaster. 

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1974 – First baseman Lee May and outfielder Jay Schlueter are traded to Baltimore for infielders Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews. Second baseman Andrews is the guy Houston wants in the deal. He would bat .249 with no homers in two seasons before being traded. Throw-in Cabell is the one who blossoms, becoming a regular for eight seasons as an Astro. 

1974 – First baseman Lee May and outfielder Jay Schlueter are traded to Baltimore for infielders Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews. Second baseman Andrews is the guy Houston wants in the deal. He would bat .249 with no homers in two seasons before being traded. Throw-in Cabell is the one who blossoms, becoming a regular for eight seasons as an Astro. 

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1971 – Lefthander Dave Roberts is acquired from San Diego for infielder Derrel Thomas and pitchers Bill Grief and Mark Schaeffer. Roberts compiles a 47-44 mark in four seasons. His best year is a 17-11 record with a 2.85 ERA and six shutouts in 1973. 

1971 – Lefthander Dave Roberts is acquired from San Diego for infielder Derrel Thomas and pitchers Bill Grief and Mark Schaeffer. Roberts compiles a 47-44 mark in four seasons. His best year is a 17-11 record with a 2.85 ERA and six shutouts in 1973. 

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1964 – General Manager Paul Richards sparks controversy when news leaks out during the Winter Meetings in Houston that he had offered the team’s entire 40-man roster plus $5 million dollars for the 40-man roster of the Milwaukee Braves. Richards claimed to have had the backing of owners Bob Smith and Roy Hofheinz but the Braves shoot down the idea as a joke that got out of hand. Had it been consumated, future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Eddie Mathews could have been Astros.

1964 – General Manager Paul Richards sparks controversy when news leaks out during the Winter Meetings in Houston that he had offered the team’s entire 40-man roster plus $5 million dollars for the 40-man roster of the Milwaukee Braves. Richards claimed to have had the backing of owners Bob Smith and Roy Hofheinz but the Braves shoot down the idea as a joke that got out of hand. Had it been consumated, future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Eddie Mathews could have been Astros.

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P James Paxton is named the winner of the Tip O’Neill Award given by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the best baseball player from Canada. His win breaks a stranglehold on the award by Joey Votto, who had won it in seven of the previous eight years.

P James Paxton is named the winner of the Tip O’Neill Award given by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame to the best baseball player from Canada. His win breaks a stranglehold on the award by Joey Votto, who had won it in seven of the previous eight years.

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In what is looking more and more like a fire sale, the Mariners trade another veteran for prospects, sending SS Jean Segura to the Phillies for SS prospect J.P. Crawford and other youngsters. The Mariners also take on the remaining contract of 1B Carlos Santana to even out the costs, and decide to also fork over Ps Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to sweeten the deal.

In what is looking more and more like a fire sale, the Mariners trade another veteran for prospects, sending SS Jean Segura to the Phillies for SS prospect J.P. Crawford and other youngsters. The Mariners also take on the remaining contract of 1B Carlos Santana to even out the costs, and decide to also fork over Ps Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to sweeten the deal.

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New Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro selects veteran Indians executive Ross Atkins for the team’s general manager position and executive vice-president of baseball operations. The 42 year-old North Carolina native, a close friend of Shapiro from working with him in Cleveland, becomes the seventh GM in franchise history.

New Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro selects veteran Indians executive Ross Atkins for the team’s general manager position and executive vice-president of baseball operations. The 42 year-old North Carolina native, a close friend of Shapiro from working with him in Cleveland, becomes the seventh GM in franchise history.

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The Braves sign free agent OF Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract. Markakis has spent all of his career with the Baltimore Orioles and will replace recently traded right fielder Jason Heyward in Atlanta.

The Braves sign free agent OF Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract. Markakis has spent all of his career with the Baltimore Orioles and will replace recently traded right fielder Jason Heyward in Atlanta.

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Nick Markakis (276, 14, 50) and the Braves agree on a four-year deal reportedly in the range of $45 million. The Orioles had declined the 31 year-old outfielder’s $17.5 million mutual option for next season, making the two-time Gold Glover available as a free agent.

Nick Markakis (276, 14, 50) and the Braves agree on a four-year deal reportedly in the range of $45 million. The Orioles had declined the 31 year-old outfielder’s $17.5 million mutual option for next season, making the two-time Gold Glover available as a free agent.

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The Original League field in Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League Baseball, is placed on the National Register. The site is where the youth league’s founder Carl E. Stotz used newspapers as bases to determine the appropriate size of an infield for children, a year before the organization’s first game in 1939.

The Original League field in Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League Baseball, is placed on the National Register. The site is where the youth league’s founder Carl E. Stotz used newspapers as bases to determine the appropriate size of an infield for children, a year before the organization’s first game in 1939.

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It’s also a day of trades as the Rockies trade OF Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later to Houston for OF Brandon Barnes and P Jordan Lyles; the A’s acquire P Luke Gregerson from San Diego for OF Seth Smith; the Rangers send OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom to Oakland for prospects Michael Choice and Chris Bostick; and the Rays get C Ryan Hanigan and P Heath Bell in a three-team deal with the Reds and Diamondbacks, with P David Holmberg going from Arizona to Cincinnati and Justin Choate from Tampa to Arizona, while some money also changes hands to even things out.

It’s also a day of trades as the Rockies trade OF Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later to Houston for OF Brandon Barnes and P Jordan Lyles; the A’s acquire P Luke Gregerson from San Diego for OF Seth Smith; the Rangers send OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom to Oakland for prospects Michael Choice and Chris Bostick; and the Rays get C Ryan Hanigan and P Heath Bell in a three-team deal with the Reds and Diamondbacks, with P David Holmberg going from Arizona to Cincinnati and Justin Choate from Tampa to Arizona, while some money also changes hands to even things out.

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In a major coup, the Yankees grab American League stolen bases leader Jacoby Ellsbury 

In a major coup, the Yankees grab American League stolen bases leader Jacoby Ellsbury from their rivals the Red Sox, signing him to a seven-year deal worth $153 million. The Sox lose another starter from last year’s Championship team, C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who moves to the Marlins for $21 million over three years, but replace him with veteran backstop A.J. Pierzynski, plucked from the Rangers on a one-year deal. The other big signing is reliever Joe Nathan, who moves to the Tigers on a two-year contract.

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On the first day of the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox sign C Mike Napoli to a three-year deal worth $39 million With backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia already on the roster, the Sox see Napoli as a first baseman and think his power swing is ideally suited for the cozy fences of Fenway Park, but he will fail his physical examination because of a hip injury and have to settle for a one-year deal worth $5 million..

On the first day of the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox sign C Mike Napoli to a three-year deal worth $39 million With backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia already on the roster, the Sox see Napoli as a first baseman and think his power swing is ideally suited for the cozy fences of Fenway Park, but he will fail his physical examination because of a hip injury and have to settle for a one-year deal worth $5 million..

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The Veterans Committee elects three candidates from the pre-integration era to the Hall of Fame: owner Jacob Ruppert helped build the New York Yankees into the most successful franchise in the major leagues; Hank O’Day was an outstanding umpire who called the shots for the first-ever World Series game; and Deacon White was the first great catcher in baseball history, with one of the longest careers of the 19th century. The three will be inducted next July.

The Veterans Committee elects three candidates from the pre-integration era to the Hall of Fame: owner Jacob Ruppert helped build the New York Yankees into the most successful franchise in the major leagues; Hank O’Day was an outstanding umpire who called the shots for the first-ever World Series game; and Deacon White was the first great catcher in baseball history, with one of the longest careers of the 19th century. The three will be inducted next July.

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In other signings, the Rangers sign reliever Joakim Soria, coming off Tommy John surgery, and re-sign C Geovany Soto, who will be Napoli’s replacement, while the Rays ink 1B James Loney, who vacated the spot Napoli will now fill in Boston, to a one-year deal.

In other signings, the Rangers sign reliever Joakim Soria, coming off Tommy John surgery, and re-sign C Geovany Soto, who will be Napoli’s replacement, while the Rays ink 1B James Loney, who vacated the spot Napoli will now fill in Boston, to a one-year deal.

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2011 – The Blue Jays acquire C Jeff Mathis from the Angels for left-hander Brad Mills. Mathis is an outstanding fielder, but has a career batting average below .200. He will back up J.P. Arencibia, whose strengths and weaknesses are exactly opposite.

2011 – The Blue Jays acquire C Jeff Mathis from the Angels for left-hander Brad Mills. Mathis is an outstanding fielder, but has a career batting average below .200. He will back up J.P. Arencibia, whose strengths and weaknesses are exactly opposite.

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After spending lavishly to secure deals with Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski yesterday, the White Sox shed some payroll by trading veteran reliever Scott Linebrink to Atlanta in return for Class AA pitcher Kyle Cofield.

After spending lavishly to secure deals with Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski yesterday, the White Sox shed some payroll by trading veteran reliever Scott Linebrink to Atlanta in return for Class AA pitcher Kyle Cofield.

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Future Hall of Famer Ron Santo passes away

Former major league third baseman Ron Santo dies in an Arizona hospital from complications of bladder cancer and diabetes. The 70 year-old, considered one of the best players in Cubs history, rejoined the team in 1990 as the team’s WGN radio announcer, enamoring his listeners with his devotion to the lovable losers and gaining their admiration for his continued failure to gain induction into the Hall of Fame, an honor he will receive posthumously in 2012.

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The Blue Jays acquire reliever Carlos Villanueva from the Brewers for a player to be named later; the deal will be completed on December 6th when the Jays send P Shaun Marcum, their Opening Day starter, to the Brewers but also receive top prospect Brett Lawrie.

The Blue Jays acquire reliever Carlos Villanueva from the Brewers for a player to be named later; the deal will be completed on December 6th when the Jays send P Shaun Marcum, their Opening Day starter, to the Brewers but also receive top prospect Brett Lawrie.

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The A’s trade right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray and minor league prospects Matt Spencer and Ronny Morla to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Jake Fox and Aaron Miles along with cash considerations. With the addition of Fox added to their lineup, Oakland gets a much-needed power boost from the right side of the plate.

The A’s trade right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray and minor league prospects Matt Spencer and Ronny Morla to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Jake Fox and Aaron Miles along with cash considerations. With the addition of Fox added to their lineup, Oakland gets a much-needed power boost from the right side of the plate.

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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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The Veterans Committee picks Bowie Kuhn, Walter O’Malley, Dick Williams, Billy Southworth and Barney Dreyfuss as new members of the Hall of Fame. Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey miss by one vote, but will gain entrance in two years.

The Veterans Committee picks Bowie Kuhn, Walter O’Malley, Dick Williams, Billy Southworth and Barney Dreyfuss as new members of the Hall of Fame. Whitey Herzog and Doug Harvey miss by one vote, but will gain entrance in two years.

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The Japanese national team wins the 2007 Asian Championship by going 3-0. They clinch a spot in the 2008 Olympics with their win. Shinnosuke Abe leads Japan with a .769 average and wins MVP honors. Players with major league experience who appear in the event are Taiwan’s Chin-Lung Hu, Chin-Hui Tsao and Chin-Feng Chen and South Korea’s Chan-ho Park and Jae-kuk Ryu.

The Japanese national team wins the 2007 Asian Championship by going 3-0. They clinch a spot in the 2008 Olympics with their win. Shinnosuke Abe leads Japan with a .769 average and wins MVP honors. Players with major league experience who appear in the event are Taiwan’s Chin-Lung Hu, Chin-Hui Tsao and Chin-Feng Chen and South Korea’s Chan-ho Park and Jae-kuk Ryu.

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Dick Williams, who managed in Boston, Oakland, California, Montreal, San Diego, and Seattle, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Along with Bill McKechnie, another Hall of Famer, the fiery skipper is the only other manager to appear in the World Series with three different teams (1967 Red Sox, 1972-73 A’s, and 1984 Padres).

Dick Williams, who managed in Boston, Oakland, California, Montreal, San Diego, and Seattle, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Along with Bill McKechnie, another Hall of Famer, the fiery skipper is the only other manager to appear in the World Series with three different teams (1967 Red Sox, 1972-73 A’s, and 1984 Padres).

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In an effort to replace Billy Wagner, who joined the Mets as a free agent earlier in the week, the Phillies sign right-hander Tom Gordon to be the team’s closer. The 38 year-old former Yankee set up man agrees to an $18 million, three-year deal to hurl for the City of Brotherly Love.

In an effort to replace Billy Wagner, who joined the Mets as a free agent earlier in the week, the Phillies sign right-hander Tom Gordon to be the team’s closer. The 38 year-old former Yankee set up man agrees to an $18 million, three-year deal to hurl for the City of Brotherly Love.

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Uncertain of re-signing starter Kevin Millwood, the Philadelphia Phillies trade reliever Carlos Silva, infielder Nick Punto, and pitcher Danny Mota to the Minnesota Twins for starter Eric Milton. Milton, who missed most of last season after knee surgery, will join the starting rotation which will includes Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla and Brett Myers.

Uncertain of re-signing starter Kevin Millwood, the Philadelphia Phillies trade reliever Carlos Silva, infielder Nick Punto, and pitcher Danny Mota to the Minnesota Twins for starter Eric Milton. Milton, who missed most of last season after knee surgery, will join the starting rotation which will includes Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla and Brett Myers.

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Mike Lowell signs a four-year, $32 million deal with the Florida Marlins. The All-Star third baseman’s contract, however, will revert to a one-year deal with a player option for 2005 if the teams fail to secure financing for a new ballpark by November 1, 2004.

Mike Lowell signs a four-year, $32 million deal with the Florida Marlins. The All-Star third baseman’s contract, however, will revert to a one-year deal with a player option for 2005 if the teams fail to secure financing for a new ballpark by November 1, 2004.

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Mike Lowell signs a four-year, $32 million deal with the Marlins. The All-Star third baseman’s contract, however, reverts to a one-year deal with a player option for 2005 if the teams fail to secure financing for a new ballpark by November 1, 2004.

Mike Lowell signs a four-year, $32 million deal with the Marlins. The All-Star third baseman’s contract, however, reverts to a one-year deal with a player option for 2005 if the teams fail to secure financing for a new ballpark by November 1, 2004.

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2001 – Although Enron Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation says it is current on its payments and plans to keep the company’s name on the Houston Astros’ new ballpark. The downtown stadium will be known as Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment, according to team officials.

2001 – Although Enron Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation says it is current on its payments and plans to keep the company’s name on the Houston Astros’ new ballpark. The downtown stadium will be known as Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment, according to team officials.

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Although Enron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is current on its payments and plans to keep the company’s name on the Astros’ new ballpark. The downtown stadium will stay Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment according to team officials.

Although Enron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is current on its payments and plans to keep the company’s name on the Astros’ new ballpark. The downtown stadium will stay Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment according to team officials.

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The Phillies trade World Series goat, closer Mitch Williams, to the Astros for pitchers Doug Jones and Jeff Juden. The much-maligned closer, who posted a 20.25 ERA, losing twice in his three Fall Classic appearances, will be best remembered for giving up Joe Carter’s dramatic walk-off home run that clinched the World Championship for Toronto.

The Phillies trade World Series goat, closer Mitch Williams, to the Astros for pitchers Doug Jones and Jeff Juden. The much-maligned closer, who posted a 20.25 ERA, losing twice in his three Fall Classic appearances, will be best remembered for giving up Joe Carter’s dramatic walk-off home run that clinched the World Championship for Toronto.

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1990 – National League batting champion Willie McGee signs as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants, ending his three-month stint across the bay with Oakland. McGee finished the season with Oakland following a trade with the Cardinals, but he still qualified as the NL batting champion.

1990 – National League batting champion Willie McGee signs as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants, ending his three-month stint across the bay with Oakland. McGee finished the season with Oakland following a trade with the Cardinals, but he still qualified as the NL batting champion.

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1989 – The Milwaukee Brewers sign free agent DH Dave Parker, who hit 22 home runs and 97 RBI for the 1989 World Champions Oakland Athletics. Oakland receives Milwaukee’s first round pick in the 1990 amateur draft in compensation, and will use it to take pitcher Todd Van Poppel, as well as a compensation pick with which they will select another pitcher, Kirk Dressendorfer. Parker will hit 21 home runs with 92 RBI for Milwaukee next season.

1989 – The Milwaukee Brewers sign free agent DH Dave Parker, who hit 22 home runs and 97 RBI for the 1989 World Champions Oakland Athletics. Oakland receives Milwaukee’s first round pick in the 1990 amateur draft in compensation, and will use it to take pitcher Todd Van Poppel, as well as a compensation pick with which they will select another pitcher, Kirk Dressendorfer. Parker will hit 21 home runs with 92 RBI for Milwaukee next season.

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In a six-player deal, the New York Mets trade relief ace and Shea Stadium favorite Tug McGraw and two players to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Del Unser, catcher John Stearns and a pitching prospect.

In a six-player deal, the New York Mets trade relief ace and Shea Stadium favorite Tug McGraw and two players to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Del Unser, catcher John Stearns and a pitching prospect.

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