Tag: February 9

2005 – Sometimes they seem like Siamese twins even though Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are not. The two infielders receive induction into the Hall of Fame – the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, that is. Soon to be Astro teammates for 15 years straight, the pair are closing careers they hope will land them in a bigger hall – the one in Cooperstown, NY. 

2005 – Sometimes they seem like Siamese twins even though Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio are not. The two infielders receive induction into the Hall of Fame – the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in Waco, that is. Soon to be Astro teammates for 15 years straight, the pair are closing careers they hope will land them in a bigger hall – the one in Cooperstown, NY. 

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1999 – Astros agree to a contract with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez. It’s the second year in a row that none of Houston’s arbitration-eligible players actually reach a hearing. Gutierrez fights injury problems to hit .261 in his final year in Houston. 

1999 – Astros agree to a contract with shortstop Ricky Gutierrez. It’s the second year in a row that none of Houston’s arbitration-eligible players actually reach a hearing. Gutierrez fights injury problems to hit .261 in his final year in Houston. 

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1942 – Hal Gilson is born in Los Angeles, CA. The lefty has just one year in the big leagues and he misses out on a World Series share when he is sent from the first-place Cardinals to last-place Houston in 1968. Gilson appears in just two games and earns no record while an Astro.

1942 – Hal Gilson is born in Los Angeles, CA. The lefty has just one year in the big leagues and he misses out on a World Series share when he is sent from the first-place Cardinals to last-place Houston in 1968. Gilson appears in just two games and earns no record while an Astro.

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2017 – Major League Baseball announces that a variation of the “Schiller Rule” used in international baseball will be tested in two Rookie-level minor leagues this season. In the Gulf Coast League and the Arizona League, if a game is tied after nine innings, every subsequent inning will start with a runner already on second base.

2017 – Major League Baseball announces that a variation of the “Schiller Rule” used in international baseball will be tested in two Rookie-level minor leagues this season. In the Gulf Coast League and the Arizona League, if a game is tied after nine innings, every subsequent inning will start with a runner already on second base.

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2014 – In the first salary arbitration cases to be decided in two years, P Andrew Cashner wins against the San Diego Padres while Vinnie Pestano is a loser in his dispute with the Cleveland Indians. In 2013, all potential cases had been settled before a final decision by the arbitrator.

2014 – In the first salary arbitration cases to be decided in two years, P Andrew Cashner wins against the San Diego Padres while Vinnie Pestano is a loser in his dispute with the Cleveland Indians. In 2013, all potential cases had been settled before a final decision by the arbitrator.

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2013 – The Canberra Cavalry win their first Australian Baseball League title, topping the Perth Heat, 7 – 6, to sweep the best-of-three finals. 1B Aaron Sloan goes 5 for 8 with a homer in the championship series to be named MVP. In this game, Perth pitching star Warwick Saupold gives up 9 hits and 6 runs in only 3 innings, while Ryan Stovall drives in 3 for Canberra and Michael Wells hits the deciding home run in the 7th off Jack Frawley to break a 6 – 6 tie.

2013 – The Canberra Cavalry win their first Australian Baseball League title, topping the Perth Heat, 7 – 6, to sweep the best-of-three finals. 1B Aaron Sloan goes 5 for 8 with a homer in the championship series to be named MVP. In this game, Perth pitching star Warwick Saupold gives up 9 hits and 6 runs in only 3 innings, while Ryan Stovall drives in 3 for Canberra and Michael Wells hits the deciding home run in the 7th off Jack Frawley to break a 6 – 6 tie.

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P Scott Schoeneweis signs a contract with the Brewers after pitching for Arizona last season. It was a year marked by tragedy, with the sudden death of his wife Gabrielle from a drug overdose on May 20, leaving Schoeneweis in lone care of four children aged 16 or younger.

P Scott Schoeneweis signs a contract with the Brewers after pitching for Arizona last season. It was a year marked by tragedy, with the sudden death of his wife Gabrielle from a drug overdose on May 20, leaving Schoeneweis in lone care of four children aged 16 or younger.

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The Twins sign OF Jacque Jones, who played for Minnesota from 1999 to 2005. He is attempting a comeback after spending last season with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League. The Twins also lose OF Jason Pridie, who is claimed on waivers by the Mets.

The Twins sign OF Jacque Jones, who played for Minnesota from 1999 to 2005. He is attempting a comeback after spending last season with the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League. The Twins also lose OF Jason Pridie, who is claimed on waivers by the Mets.

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Alex Rodriguez publicly admits to using steroids from 2001 to 2003, while a member of the Texas Rangers

2009 – 12-time All-Star and 3-time MVP Alex Rodriguez publicly admits to using steroids from 2001 to 2003, while a member of the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez apologizes for his past errors; he had not commented on the issue since Sports Illustrated had broken a story about a positive 2003 test two days earlier.

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After auditioning for about two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues last month and considering offers from four clubs, Keith Foulke comes out of retirement, signing a $700,000, one-year contract with the A’s. The 35 year-old reliever, best known for throwing the last pitch in the 2004 World Championship for the victorious Red Sox, retired prior to the 2007 season after signing a deal with the Indians.

After auditioning for about two-thirds of the teams in the major leagues last month and considering offers from four clubs, Keith Foulke comes out of retirement, signing a $700,000, one-year contract with the A’s. The 35 year-old reliever, best known for throwing the last pitch in the 2004 World Championship for the victorious Red Sox, retired prior to the 2007 season after signing a deal with the Indians.

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2008 – Mark Kelly, a former Philadelphia Phillies farmhand, throws a one-hit shutout of the New South Wales Patriots in game two of the Claxton Shield finals to give the Western Australia Heelers the title. Kelly allows only a Gavin Fingleson single in shutting down a lineup which includes former California League batting champion Brendan Kingman. Mitch Graham’s solo homer off Pitcher of the Year Tim Cox is the only run of the contest. Kelly is named MVP of the 2008 Shield.

2008 – Mark Kelly, a former Philadelphia Phillies farmhand, throws a one-hit shutout of the New South Wales Patriots in game two of the Claxton Shield finals to give the Western Australia Heelers the title. Kelly allows only a Gavin Fingleson single in shutting down a lineup which includes former California League batting champion Brendan Kingman. Mitch Graham’s solo homer off Pitcher of the Year Tim Cox is the only run of the contest. Kelly is named MVP of the 2008 Shield.

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Deliberating for a little more than four hours, a jury rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago, the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”, prompting the city where it plays to file a law suit claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue.

Deliberating for a little more than four hours, a jury rules the Angels did not breach a contract with the city of Anaheim when the ball club changed its name. Thirteen months ago, the team known as the Anaheim Angels became the “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim”, prompting the city where it plays to file a law suit claiming the change in name amounted to at least $100 million in lost revenue.

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Free agent C Bengie Molina who hit .295 with 15 homers and 69 RBI for the Angels last year, comes to terms on a $5 million, one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2007 and a $500,000 buyout clause. Along with starter A.J. Burnett and closer B.J. Ryan, third baseman Troy Glaus and first baseman Lyle Overbay, the 31-year-old Gold Glove catcher becomes the latest blue chip player to join Toronto during the off-season.

Free agent C Bengie Molina who hit .295 with 15 homers and 69 RBI for the Angels last year, comes to terms on a $5 million, one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays with a $7.5 million mutual option for 2007 and a $500,000 buyout clause. Along with starter A.J. Burnett and closer B.J. Ryan, third baseman Troy Glaus and first baseman Lyle Overbay, the 31-year-old Gold Glove catcher becomes the latest blue chip player to join Toronto during the off-season.

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The Cubs trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth his inconsistency out of the bullpen last season made him very unpopular with the Wrigley Field fans.

2005 – The Cubs trade reliever Kyle Farnsworth (4-5, 4.73) and a player to be named to the Tigers in exchange for pitcher Roberto Novoa (1-1, 5.09) and minor leaguers Scott Moore and Bo Flowers. Farnsworth’s inconsistency out of the bullpen last season made him very unpopular with the Wrigley Field fans.

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1959 – Frank D. Lawrence, owner of the Portsmouth, VA, club, files a $250,000 suit against Commissioner Ford Frick and Major League Baseball for breach of contract, alleging that broadcasts of major league games effectively forced him out of business.

1959 – Frank D. Lawrence, owner of the Portsmouth, VA, club, files a $250,000 suit against Commissioner Ford Frick and Major League Baseball for breach of contract, alleging that broadcasts of major league games effectively forced him out of business.

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1943 – The National League is looking for a buyer for the Philadelphia Phillies, whose owner, Gerry Nugent, has fallen in arrears on rent and bank loans. The league pays $10 a share for 4,685 out of 5,000 outstanding shares in the club.

1943 – The National League is looking for a buyer for the Philadelphia Phillies, whose owner, Gerry Nugent, has fallen in arrears on rent and bank loans. The league pays $10 a share for 4,685 out of 5,000 outstanding shares in the club.

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Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith names 2B Bucky Harris, last year’s team captain, as the new Nationals’ manager

1924 – Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith names 2B Bucky Harris, last year’s team captain, as the new Nationals’ manager. Harris had annoyed Griffith by playing pro basketball over the winter, in violation of his contract, but the owner still tabs him the job. Harris, 28, team captain, is at spring training when he receives the offer by letter.

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The world tourists arrive in Rome where they stage a demonstration of the game. After a private audience with the Pope, they travel to Paris. They will be rained out in Paris and end the tour in England on February 26, playing before King George V.

The world tourists arrive in Rome where they stage a demonstration of the game. After a private audience with the Pope, they travel to Paris. They will be rained out in Paris and end the tour in England on February 26, playing before King George V.

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1Giants and Pirates outfielder Tom O’Brien, 28, dies in Phoenix, AZ.

1901 – Giants and Pirates outfielder Tom O’Brien, 28, dies in Phoenix, AZ. A popular player with the Giants, O’Brien played for Pirates in 1900, then accompanied the Giants and Superbas last fall on a trip to Cuba for a series of exhibition games. On the boat trip over, he was told that if he drank enough sea water he’d be sick, but would then be cured of any sea sickness. Both O’Brien and Kid Gleason became violently ill following the prescription, but O’Brien was so affected that all his internal organs were damaged, and he never recovered.

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