With the opposition led by New York, Boston, and Chicago owners, the American League directors pass a resolution accusing Ban Johnson of overstepping his duties. They demand that league files be turned over to them and that an auditor review all financial accounts. The three teams’ disatisfaction with Johnson can be traced back to his attempt to suspend pitcher Carl Mays after he left his team without authorization during the past season.
The two leagues agree on a permanent rotation for World Series play proposed by Charles Ebbets: the first two games at one league’s park, the next three at the other league’s park, and the last two if needed back at the first league’s park, with openers to alternate between leagues. Next year’s World Series will commence at the National League city.
The American and National League agree to a permanent rotation system for the World Series. The new agreement calls for Game 1 and 2 to be played at one league’s park, the next three at the other team’s park, with the final two games (if necessary) back at the first venue. The Senior Circuit is granted the inaugural advantage in next season’s Fall Classic.
The American League goes on record as opposing the use of rosin by pitchers, but the joint rules committee finally votes it in. The committee also agrees that future World Series games are set to start at 1:30 P.M.; 2nd-place money withheld from the eight Black Sox in 1920 is distributed to the other 1920 White Sox; and players signed by August 31st are declared eligible for World Series play. Finally, no times at bat will be charged in a fly ball advances a runner to second base or third base, as well as home.
In Chicago, a curious rule that was designed to “break up the Yankees” is continued by the American League, a rule which prohibits the team winning the championship from trading with any other club. The rule was voted in at the December, 1939 meetings by the seven other AL owners after the New York Yankees won four straight World Series. The major and minor leagues agree that players taken into the military will not count against roster limits.
At the annual meeting, the major leagues head off the quest of the Pacific Coast League for major league status and grant more territorial protection for the upper minors by creating a new AAA classification for the PCL, American Association, and International League. The Eastern and Texas Leagues are promoted from Class A to AA. The South Atlantic League moves to Class A from Class B.
Similar to the National League, the Junior Circuit opts for a three-game playoff in case of a tie at the end of the regular season. Previously, a deadlock in the American League had been broken with one-game winner-take-all format. However, the new format will never need to be used until the leagues break into two divisions in 1969.
1972 – The major leagues make modifications to the official save rule, a statistic officially adopted before the 1969 season. A pitcher shall be credited with a save if, when entering a game as a reliever, he finds the tying or winning run on base or at the plate, and he preserves the lead. Or he pitches three effective innings and preserves the lead. The rule will be tweaked again, to take its lasting form, before the 1975 season.
The American League votes unanimously to adopt the designated hitter rule on a trial basis for three years. The concept that permits a team to designate a player to bat in place of the pitcher will be implemented in some measure by most collegiate and professional circuits, with the National League and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central League being the notable exceptions.
The American League owners agree to let Bill Veeck back into baseball by allowing him to reacquire the White Sox when the maverick purchases the team from John Allyn for nearly $10 million. The Pale Hose new owner’s second tenure in the Windy City will include the infamous Disco Demolition Night promotion in 1979, which results in a riot and a forfeit to Detroit at Comiskey Park.
The Cardinals and Padres trade shortstops as Garry Templeton goes to San Diego along with outfielder Sixto Lezcano and Ozzie Smith and right-hander Steve Mura head for St. Louis. The trade, however, will not be finalized until Smith’s salary with his new club is determined by an outside arbitrator two months later.
The Cardinals and Padres trade shortstops when Garry Templeton goes to San Diego along with outfielder Sixto Lezcano as Ozzie Smith and right-hander Steve Mura head for St. Louis. The trade, however, will not be finalized until Smith’s salary with his new club is determined by an outside arbitrator two months later.
Maniford Harper, known to his friends as Hack, is true to his word when he is buried in a Cub uniform, keeping to the arrangements that made him a central Illinois celebrity in 1980. The 75 year-old Washburn (IL) native’s devotion to the team began in 1926 when as a polio-stricken 11-year-old, Chicago legend Hack Wilson, who was among several players visiting the local Shriners hospital, put his hand on the boy’s shoulder and correctly predicted, ‘Kid, stick it out. Someday you’re gonna walk’.
The Tigers make their biggest trade since 1957, sending four players to Houston in exchange for five Astros. Detroit C Brad Ausmus, P Jose Lima, lefties C.J. Nitkowski and Trever Miller, and IF Daryle Ward go to the National League for OF Brian Hunter, IF Orlando Miller, and Ps Doug Brocail and Todd Jones, and a player to come later. Brocail, also involved in the 1994 12-player swap between San Diego and Houston, will be Detroit’s Opening Day pitcher in April.
2007 – The Awards Ceremony in Italian Baseball and Softball takes place. Giuseppe Mazzanti wins the Max Ott Award as the top Italian hitter, Max De Biase wins the Robert Fontana Award as utility man, Gilberto Gerali wins the Gigi Cameroni Award as best manager and Matteo D’Angelo wins the Enzo Masci Award as Rookie of the Year. Montepaschi Grosseto is honored as 2007 Serie A1 champion. Gold Gloves go to Linc Mikkelsen (P), Kelly Ramos (C), Dean Rovinelli (1B), Davide Dallospedale (2B), Raul Marval (SS), Orlando Munoz (3B), Stefano De Simoni (OF), James Buccheri (OF) and Claudio Liverziani (OF). All-Stars are Mikkelsen, D’Angelo and Emiliano Ginanneschi (pitchers), Ramos (C), Jairo Ramos Gizzi (1B), Dallospedale (2B), Marval (SS), Mazzanti (3B), Mario Chiarini (OF), Juan Camilo (OF) and Leonardo Zileri (OF).
The New York Mets, Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians conduct a twelve-player deal at the winter meetings. New York gets J.J. Putz, Jeremy Reed and Sean Green from Seattle, the Mariners pick up Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Jason Vargas, Mike Carp, Ezequiel Carrera and Maikel Cleto from New York and Franklin Gutierrez from Cleveland, and the Indians add Luis Valbuena from Seattle and Joe Smith from New York.
*2008 With the fourth richest deal in major league history, the most ever offered to a pitcher, the Yankees and free-agent CC Sabathia agree on a $161 million, seven-year contract, with an opt-out clause after three years. The 28 year-old right-hander’s $23 million average annual salary eclipses the agreement the Mets inked with Johan Santana in February.
The 2009 Rule V Draft is held. The Nationals select OF Jamie Hoffmann from the Dodgers with the first pick, but immediately send him to the Yankees to complete an earlier trade for P Brian Bruney. The Pirates select OF John Raynor from the Marlins with the second pick. Two other selections serve to complete trades made earlier this week: P Ben Snyder, taken by the Orioles, becomes the player to be named later in yesterday’s trade with Texas which brought P Kevin Millwood to the O’s, and 3B Jorge Jimenez, taken by the Astros, is the missing piece in their trade with the Marlins for P Matt Lindstrom.
2010 – A number of players sign with new teams today, with P Scott Downs agreeing to a three-year deal with the Angels, OF Melky Cabrera going to the Royals, who immediately proclaim him their new starting centerfielder, the Astros signing P Ryan Rowland-Smith, the Brewers adding C Wil Nieves, and the Pirates coming to terms with P Scott Olsen.
Things heat up on the second day of the Winter Meetings at Lake Buena Vista, FL. In a three-team deal, the Angels send slugger Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks and receive Ps Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, who comes over from the White Sox; in turn, the Pale Hose receive young OF Adam Eaton from the D-Backs. In another trade, the Athletics send veteran P Brett Anderson to Colorado for young hurlers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen.
Major League Baseball agrees to a deal with Nippon Pro Baseball on a reform of the posting system that will see bids for players capped at $20 million. If more than one team bids the maximum amount, the player will be free to negotiate with both teams. However, the question remains open whether the Rakuten Golden Eagles will still post ace starter Masahiro Tanaka under the revised system.
Author Roger Angell is voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as winner of its annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award. The 93-year-old living legend is the first non-member of the BBWAA to receive the honor, as he was not eligible for membership because he worked for a magazine – The New Yorker – and not a newspaper.
The Dodgers make a couple of trades at the winter meetings in San Diego, CA. First, they send P Dan Haren, 2B Dee Gordon and IF Miguel Rojas to Miami for Ps Andrew Heaney and Chris Hatcher and utility players Austin Barnes and Enrique Hernandez. They then flip Heaney to the Angels for 2B Howie Kendrick, and rumors circulate that they are about to acquire SS Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies.
2017 – The Veterans Committee of the Hall of Fame, looking at players from the “Modern Era” fropm 1970 to 1987, elects long -time Detroit Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. They receive 14 and 13 of 16 votes respectively and will be inducted into Cooperstown in 2018 along with anyone elected via the BBWAA ballot. Ted Simmons misses election by one vote.
1996 – Astros swap pitchers Todd Jones and Doug Brocail along with outfielder Brian Hunter and shortstop Orlando Miller to Detroit for pitchers Jose Lima, C.J. Nitkowski and Trever Miller along with catcher Brad Ausmus and first baseman Daryle Ward. Ausmus is the man Houston really wants but Lima and Ward eventually become major contributors.
1963 – Colts acquire second baseman Nellie Fox from the White Sox for pitcher Jim Golden, outfielder Danny Murphy and cash. The veteran infielder bats .265 in two season before joining the coaching ranks. A team player, Fox leads the league in sacrifice bunts during the 1964 season while mentoring the young Colts.