Tag: February 13

2016 – South Africa eliminates New Zealand from the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers with a 9-2 win to earn a rematch with host Australia; a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic will be at stake tomorrow. Jared Elario, Lloyd Stevens and Robert Lewis-Walker provide strong pitching while Keegan Swanepoel gets 4 hits, Anthony Phillips 4 walks and 3 runs and Kyle Botha 3 RBI for South Africa. Control is somewhat of an issue as pitchers combine for 17 walks.

2016 – South Africa eliminates New Zealand from the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers with a 9-2 win to earn a rematch with host Australia; a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic will be at stake tomorrow. Jared Elario, Lloyd Stevens and Robert Lewis-Walker provide strong pitching while Keegan Swanepoel gets 4 hits, Anthony Phillips 4 walks and 3 runs and Kyle Botha 3 RBI for South Africa. Control is somewhat of an issue as pitchers combine for 17 walks.

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The A’s sign OF Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract worth $36 million

2012 – The A’s sign OF Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year contract worth $36 million, a record for a Cuban defector, outbidding at least five other teams. The signing belies some of the A’s other off-season moves in which they traded established young players in return for prospects, but they see Cespedes as a future franchise player, and his outstanding rookie season will be a key contribution in the A’s unexpected AL West division title.

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2010 – The Rays win their salary arbitration hearing with OF B.J. Upton, who has to settle for a salary of $3 million this season, $300,000 less than he sought. It is still seven time what he made in 2009, when he hit .241 with 11 homers, 55 RBI and 42 stolen bases.

2010 – The Rays win their salary arbitration hearing with OF B.J. Upton, who has to settle for a salary of $3 million this season, $300,000 less than he sought. It is still seven time what he made in 2009, when he hit .241 with 11 homers, 55 RBI and 42 stolen bases.

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Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee testify

In a much anticipated congressional hearing, Roger Clemens and his former personal trainer, Brian McNamee, testify for four and a half hours concerning the allegations of the Rocket’s use of performance-enhancing drugs. Although no definitive conclusions are reached, Republicans appear to believe the seven-time Cy Young Award winner while Democrats seem to favor his chief accuser’s account of events.

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Houston wins and loses their arbitration case with Darryl Kile.

1997 – Houston wins and loses their arbitration case with Darryl Kile. The inconsistent pitcher asks for a salary $1.27 million dollars more than what the Astros offer. The club prevails but, under the instruction of new Astro manager Larry Dierker and pitching coach Vern Ruhle, Kile goes on to have an outstanding year only to shun Houston and leave as a free agent after the season. 

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St. Louis Cardinals complete a long-rumored swap, acquiring closer Dennis Eckersley from the Oakland Athletics

1996 – The St. Louis Cardinals complete a long-rumored swap, acquiring closer Dennis Eckersley from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league reliever Steve Montgomery. Eckersley replaces Tom Henke, who announced last month he was retiring. The Cardinals also announce that they are laying nearly three acres of grass over the field at Busch Stadium, replacing the artificial turf that has been used for 26 years. The grass turf will be ready for the April 8th opener against Montreal.

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Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend are killed in an automobile accident in San Barbara, California

A day after his 27th birthday, Paul Edmondson and his girlfriend are killed in an automobile accident in San Barbara, California when his automobile skids on a rain-slicked U.S. Route 101 and crashes into oncoming traffic. The White Sox had hoped their sophomore right-hander would become the fourth starter in the team’s rotation, after compiling a misleading 1-6 record last season.

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Roberto Clemente’s smash to straight-away center provides the margin of victory in Puerto Rico’s 1 – 0

1954 – Roberto Clemente’s smash to straight-away center provides the margin of victory in Puerto Rico’s 1 – 0 victory over the Virgin Islands in game one of a three-game exhibition inter-island tourney. Clemente’s clout combines with Tellito Lopez’s 5-hit shutout to relegate Walter “Mahoo” James to the ranks of runner-up, although the latter does record 12 strikeouts en route to his hard-luck loss.

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The Philadelphia Athletics change the name of Shibe Park to “Connie Mack Stadium”

1953 – The Philadelphia Athletics change the name of Shibe Park to “Connie Mack Stadium”, in honor of their longtime owner and manager. Mack was part-owner and manager of the franchise for a record 50 years. The Athletics will depart Philadelphia at the end of the following season, and the Phillies will continue to inhabit Connie Mack Stadium until the end of the 1970 season, when they will move to Veterans Stadium. After being badly damaged in a fire in 1971, Connie Mack Stadium will continue to decay until being torn down in 1976.

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    On May 18, 1962, At County Stadium Future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn beats the Mets on a 3 hitter. Hank Aaron, Mack Jones, and Eddie Mathews homer for the Braves. Gil Hodges knocks one out for the Mets. Mathews makes his debut at first base, Af­ter 14 years in organized baseball, Milwaukee’s strong man […]
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  • Sonny Siebert fires no hitter June 10 1966 Full Radio Broadcast
    On June 10, 1966 At Cleveland Stadium Sonny Siebert pitches a no-hitter against the Washington Senators and Leon Wagner homers off loser Phil Ortega as first-place Cleveland wins, 2 – 0. The right-hander strikes out seven batters, walking only one, in his Cleveland Stadium gem. It will be the only No Hitter of the season.   More information about todays events, players, ball park, date and […]
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