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1900 – The National League considers going back to 12 teams to counter American League moves into some cities. Club owners invite Ban Johnson to come to the NL meeting, but change their mind about compromise and leave the AL head outside the meeting room. The NL awards the AL’s Minnesota and Kansas City territories to the new Western League, even before the AL officially abandons them. The NL agrees to hear the players in a public meeting, but rejects all their demands.
Continuing efforts to build a winner in New York, John McGraw acquires 34-year-old SS Bill Dahlen from Brooklyn in exchange for pitcher Jack Cronin and iron-fingered SS Charlie Babb. McGraw says this is the trade that makes the Giants into winners. In 1904, Dahlen will top the National League with 80 RBI. When he retires in 1911, he will have fielded more chances than any other SS.
1911 – A rift between the leagues develops over widespread charges of ticket speculation during the World Series, and accusations that officials of the Giants and A’s were involved. The American League passes a resolution refusing to participate in another World Series until it has control of ticket sales in its own parks. The National Commission investigates the charge that speculators were given large blocks of tickets, but takes no action and releases no findings. The following spring, the Commission finds that much scalping occurred, but there is no evidence either team was involved, and peace is declared.
The Pirates clean house in an eight-player swap with the Cardinals. Going to St. Louis is Dots Miller, a 1909 World Series hero, 14-game winner Hank Robinson, 3B Cozy Dolan, infielder Art Butler, and OF Chief Wilson, king of the triple. The Pirates receive pitcher Bob Harmon, 3B Mike Mowrey, and 1B Ed Konetchy, whom the Bucs had been after for years.
The Reds trade outfielder Bob Bescher to the Giants for shortstop Buck Herzog, who will become the player-manager of the team, replacing Joe Tinker in the Cincinnati dugout. In his 2+ plus seasons, the club’s new skipper will compile a 165-226 (.422) record, never finishing higher than seventh-place in the eight-team circuit.
In a three-team deal, the Giants send Freddie Lindstrom to the Pirates and OF Chick Fullis to the Phils, getting P Glenn Spencer and OF George “Kiddo” Davis in return. The Bucs ship OF Gus Dugas to Philly. Lindstrom’s departure was expected after he made known his disappointment in not being named John McGraw’s successor as team manager.
1954 – Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente lead the North to victory in the Puerto Rican Winter League’s annual all-star fund-raiser. The Sporting News correspondent Pita Alvarez De La Vega gives the exuberant young duo’s exploits some national exposure: “The league took a break from its pennant battle to stage the annual ‘Three Kings’ all-star game at Mayaguez. All proceeds went into a YMCA fund to buy gifts for the island’s poor children in keeping with the old Latin tradition of the Three Kings bringing gifts on January 6… The All-Star North team, made up of players from the Santurce and Mayaguez clubs, won the game, 7 to 5. Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente hit home runs for the winners.”
The U.S. Supreme Court, by a vote of 4 to 3, refuses to review Wisconsin’s suit to block the Braves’ move to Atlanta. The team originally announced its intention to move to the Peach State for the 1965 season, but the injunction filed by the state in Wisconsin forced the club to stay put in Milwaukee for one final year.
After being a member of the White Sox for two days, Dick Ruthven goes to Atlanta, along with Ken Henderson and Ozzie Osborn. Chicago receives Ralph Garr and Larvell Blanks. Blanks is then dealt to Cleveland for 2B Jack Brohamer. The Sox then trade P Rich Hinton and C Jeff Sovern to the Reds for P Clay Carroll, and finish the day by shipping IF Lee Richard to the Cards for OF Buddy Bradford and P Greg Terlecky.
1984 – St. Louis sends slugger George Hendrick and a minor leaguer to the Pirates for P John Tudor and C Brian Harper. Tudor, at 12-11, was the ace of the Bucs’ staff, which set a record by having the National League’s best ERA even though the team finished last. The 35-year-old Hendrick will play just a half season in the Iron City before going to California.
1993 – The Orioles sign free agent 1B Rafael Palmeiro, while the Indians hand free agent Dennis Martinez a two-year contract worth $9 million. With the Expos, Martinez passed up his chance to reach the playoffs with the Braves when he nixed an August 25th trade, exercising his veto rights as a 10-and-5 player. Instead he stayed with Montreal and helped them make their run at the Phillies.
Kevin Brown signing a seven-year deal with the Dodgers, becomes baseball’s first 100+ million dollar man. The right-handed free agent, who posted an 18-7, record last season with the Padres, is the first major leaguer to earn an average salary of $15 million per season, much to the chagrin of the other owners.
The Japan’s most heralded player, 28 year-old outfield slugger Hideki Matsui (.334, 50, 107) reaches a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on a $21 million, three-year contract. ‘Godzilla’, the three-time Most Valuable Player of Japan’s Central League, rejected the Yomiuri Giants’ $33 million, four-year offer, opting to play for Bronx Bombers.
The Korea Baseball Organization Gold Gloves for 2007 are announced. Unlike in the US or Japan, the Gold Glove is given to the best overall player at each position, not to the best fielder. Danny Rios becomes the first foreign pitcher to be honored while DH Jun-hyeok Yang ties the record with his 8th Award. SS Jin-man Park wins his 5th. Also honored are Kyung-wan Park (C), Dae-ho Lee (1B), Young-min Ko (2B), Dong-joo Kim (3B), Dae-hyung Lee (OF), Jeong-su Shim (OF) and Jong-wook Lee (OF).
2009 – A new batch of free agents is created as the final deadline for offering contracts for next season passes: among prominent players non-tendered are DH Jack Cust (Oakland), 3B Garrett Atkins (Colorado), P Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees), 1B Ryan Garko (San Francisco), OF Ryan Church and 2B Kelly Johnson (Atlanta), P Matt Capps (Pittsburgh) and OF Jonny Gomes (Cincinnati).
The Blue Jays acquire OF Ben Francisco from the Phillies in return form minor league P Frank Gailey. Francisco was made redundant when the Phils acquired Hunter Pence at the trading deadline, while holding on to youngsters Domonic Brown and John Mayberry to serve as back-ups. However, it is now the Jays who have a glut of outfielders following the trade.
In the annual Rule V Draft, the Rangers make the biggest splash by selecting Russell Wilson from the Rockies in the minor league phase. Not that he is likely to help on the diamond, as he is currently busy playing quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and last played minor league baseball in 2011. The first pick in the draft, P Patrick Schuster, is immediately sent by the Astros to the Padres as the player to be named later in an earlier trade for P Anthony Bass.
The Mariners land the most sought-after free agent when the team signs Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240-million contract, a value that equals Albert Pujols’ deal with the Angels for the third largest in baseball history. The Yankees, the 32 year-old’s former team who did not want to commit those kinds of dollars or years for their All-Star second baseman, recently inked outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury for $153 million (7 years) and catcher Brian McCann for $85 million (5 years).
2014 – The Red Sox complete a trade to acquire P Wade Miley from Arizona that was rumored to be in the works for a few days; Ps Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster head to the desert in return. In another trade, the Rangers get P Ross Detwiler from Washington for minor leaguers Chris Bostick and Abel De Los Santos
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 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.
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.
2007 – Houston deals five players to Baltimore for shortstop Miguel Tejada, a former American League M.V.P. The Astros send outfielder Luke Scott and minor leaguer Mike Constanzo to the Orioles along with pitchers Troy Patton, Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate. In a related move, Houston waives veteran shortstop Adam Everett.
2006 – After the departure of lefthander Andy Pettitte and the failure to land Jon Garland in trade, Houston gets their replacement by acquiring righthander Jason Jennings from the Rockies along with rookie righthander Miguel Asencio in exchange for outfielder Willy Taveras and pitchers Taylor Buchholz and Jason Hirsh. In Colorado for six seasons, Jennings had amassed a 58-56 record and was the 2002 N.L. Rookie of the Year.