This Day In Baseball December 14
Baseball history on December 14 includes Major League baseball players born that day of the year, Major League baseball players who died on that date, baseball players who made their Major League debut on that date, and Major League baseball players who appeared in their final game that date.
Pittsburgh Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss proposes that each team in the World Series be required to turn over one-fourth of its share of the gate to the league, to be divided among the other teams. Until now, ten percent of the gross went to the National Commission, 60 percent to the players, and the rest to the two pennant-winning clubs. The National League will pass the resolution and send it to the American League. It marks the beginning of changes that ultimately give players of the first four clubs a percentage of the World Series money.
Still smarting over the rejection of the official scorer’s decision in the Ty Cobb case, the national baseball writers’ group meets and votes to back the New York group’s protest. Fred Lieb, who had filled in the Associated Press box score giving Cobb the disputed hit, asks Ban Johnson to revise the records to .399 for Cobb. Johnson complains of not receiving box scores from some writers, who are appointed by the clubs as official scorers.
In a joint meeting of the two leagues, the ban on non-waiver trades after June 15th is approved. The National League favors a 50-player limit until June 15, the American League votes for 40. Judge Landis breaks the deadlock in favor of 40. Compensation of World Series umpires is changed from a percentage of the players’ pool to a flat $2,000.
In an extended trade, the St. Louis Browns acquire Smead Jolley, Ivy Andrews, and $40,000 from the Boston Red Sox for Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley, plus Jim Levey and Wally Hebert to Hollywood (Pacific Coast League) for Alan Strange. Strange will go to the Senators for Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey, meanwhile, will return east in the fall to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he will play halfback for three seasons.
Major league teams adopt several resolutions. The National League allows the Cincinnati Reds to play their season opener one day before other teams, as a way of honoring the 100th anniversary of baseball and of the 1869 Red Stockings being the first professional team. In other news, Will Harridge is re-elected as American League president and given a 10-year term. The AL permits the Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Athletics to play night games. Finally, the major leagues agree on a standard ball but disagree on increasing rosters from 23 to 25 players. Judge Landis will eventually decide on 25.
The Cleveland Indians acquire future Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn and first baseman Mickey Vernon from the Washington Senators for first baseman Eddie Robinson and pitchers Joe Haynes and Eddie Klieman. Vernon will go back to Washington in 1950 but Wynn will stay in Cleveland and will win 163 games for the Indians over the next nine seasons.
It’s a busy day for the Phillies as the team purchases pitcher Ken Trinkle from the Giants and trade pitchers Walter Dubiel and Dutch Leonard to the Cubs for first baseman Eddie Waitkus and pitcher Hank Borowy. Ruth Ann Steinhagen, a Chicago female fan totally obsessed with former Cub Waitkus, is very upset with the trade and will try to kill him upon his return to Wrigley Field with the Phillies.
1960 – The two new American League franchises, the first expansion teams in over a half of a century, select their rosters in the first ever expansion draft. The Los Angeles Angels make New York Yankees pitcher Eli Grba the first selection of the draft, and the “new” Washington Senators follow by tabbing another Yankee pitcher, Bobby Shantz. Among the Angels selections also are Jim Fregosi (SS), Ted Kluszewski (1B) and Albie Pearson (OF). Washington selections include Chuck Hinton (OF), Gene Woodling (OF) and Hal Woodeshick (P).
The St. Louis Cardinals swap blue-ribbon prospects Bobby Meacham and Stan Javier to the New York Yankees for three minor leaguers – Bob Helsom, Marty Mason, and Steve Fincher – none of which will reach the majors. Some observers think this is a lagniappe to New York for sending Willie McGee to the Cardinals last year in exchange for pitcher Bob Sykes.
1998 – This is a day rich in transactions: Minnesota trades OF Alex Ochoa to the Brewers in exchange for a player to be named; the Mets trade OF Butch Huskey to Seattle in exchange for P Lesli Brea; OF Brant Brown, whose error on September 24th almost cost the Cubs a playoff spot, is sent to the Pirates in exchange for P Jon Lieber; Marlins SS Edgar Renteria is obtained by the Cardinals in exchange for SS Pablo Ozuna and pitchers Armando Almanza and Braden Looper; Detroit signs free agent C Bill Haselman to a two-year contract, and the Royals sign free agent C Chad Kreuter.
1999 – Today’s transactions include Pittsburgh signing free agent OF Wil Cordero to a three-year contract worth $9 million; the Royals signing free agent C Brian Johnson to a contract; in a swap of unrelated Everetts, the Boston Red Sox obtaining OF Carl from the Astros in exchange for SS Adam and P Greg Miller, and the Royals also obtaining OF Todd Dunwoody from the Marlins in exchange for 1B Sean McNally.
The Cardinals trade third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames to the Expos for right-handed starter Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline. The Redbirds’ new southpaw reliever will appear in more than half of the team’s games next season, posting a 3-3 record along with nine saves in his league-leading 89 trips to the mound.
Needing to fill the void of a left-handed power hitter created by Jason Giambi’s departure to the Yankees, Oakland trades reliever Mark Guthrie and P Tyler Yates to the Mets for OF/DH David Justice. The Mets had acquired Justice only a week ago in a deal which sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees.
The A’s, needing to fill the void of a left-handed power hitter created by Jason Giambi’s departure to the Yankees, trade southpaw reliever Mark Guthrie and minor league right-hander Tyler Yates to the Mets for David Justice. The Mets had acquired the designated hitter-outfielder a week ago in a deal which sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees.
2004 – The District of Columbia Council’s decision requiring private financing for at least fifty percent of the construction costs of the Washington Nationals’ new ballpark may jeopardize the team’s tenure in Washington, DC The 7-6 vote in favor of this new provision clearly breaks the agreement Major League Baseball negotiated with the city to land the former Montreal Expos franchise in the nation’s capital.
The District of Columbia Council’s decision requiring private financing for at least fifty percent of the construction costs of the Nationals’ new ballpark may jeopardize the team’s tenure in Washington, D.C. The 7-6 vote in favor of this new proviso breaks the agreement major league baseball negotiated with the city to land the former Montreal Expos franchise in the nation’s capital.
The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control informs Major League Baseball of its decision to withhold the required permit which is needed for Cuba to play on U.S. soil during in the 16-team World Baseball Classic tournament. The Bush administration, in response to a congressional request, is concerned revenue from the WBC will wind up in the coffers of the Cuban government, which is contrary to the current embargo in place against Castro’s country.
The Oakland Athletics trade 2007 All-Star Game starting pitcher Dan Haren and Connor Robertson to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham and Carlos Gonzalez. Oakland is hoping to repeat the success of the proven player for prospects type of arrangement that netted them Haren and others in the past.
It is a busy day on the trading block for the Diamondbacks as the team acquires All-Star hurler Dan Haren (15-9, 3.07) and right-hander Connor Robertson from the A’s in exchange for Brett Anderson, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Chris Carter, Aaron Cunningham, and Carlos Gonzalez. In a separate transaction, Arizona deals Jose Valverde, the major league saves leader, to the Astros to get reliever Chad Qualls, second baseman/outfielder Chris Burke, and righty Juan Gutierrez.
David Eckstein (.309, 3, 31) and the Blue Jays finalized a $4.5 million, one-year deal which brings the short-statured shortstop north of the border. The 32 year-old All-Star infielder’s leadership and attitude played an important role on his previous two teams, the Angels and Cardinals, in winning the World Series in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
In an effort to fill the void created by Delmon Young’s trade to the Twins, the Rays sign Cliff Floyd (.284, 9, 45) to a $3 million, one-year deal to play right field in Tampa Bay. The veteran 35 year-old left-handed fly chaser has been a productive hitter during his 15-year major league career but has had difficulty staying off the disabled list.
The Royals trade hurler Billy Buckner to the Diamondbacks for switch-hitter Alberto Callaspo. Kansas City’s new player is an infielder, who appeared in 56 games for the NL West champs, mostly in a pinch-hitting role, and Arizona receives a pitcher who compiled a 1-2 record with a 5.29 ERA in 34 innings of work last season.
Rumors of a blockbuster three-team deal involving two former American League Cy Young Award winners dominate the headlines. The trade sends 2003 winner Roy Halladay from the Blue Jays to the Phillies and 2008 winner Cliff Lee from the Phils to Seattle, with the Blue Jays picking up a load of prospects. The youngsters changing teams include P Kyle Drabek, OF Michael Taylor and C Travis d’Arnaud from Philly to Toronto. For their part, the Phils pick up P Phillippe Aumont and OF Tyson Gillies and J.C. Ramirez from Seattle, while, to further complicate the deal, Toronto then flips Taylor to Oakland for another top draft pick, 1B Brett Wallace. Final confirmation of the complex transaction only takes place on December 16th.
The Orioles announce the signing of Japanese left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year, $8.15 million deal that includes a $5 million option for 2014. Baltimore hasn’t determined the role the 30 year-old Japanese hurler will play on the team but is counting on the hard-throwing southpaw to be a major upgrade to the O’s woeful pitching staff.
Kevin Youkilis, best known for being a member of the Red Sox World Championship teams in 2004 and 2007, signs a one-year, $12 million deal with the Yankees, once considered the ‘Evil Empire’ by his former club. The 33 year-old infielder, who was traded to Chicago’s south side by Boston in June, will help fill the void at third base while Alex Rodriguez recuperates from hip surgery.
After inking Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract earlier in the week, the Mets sign Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million free-agent pact. The 40 year-old All-Star right-handed starter, who is slated to replace the innings the team will need as Matt Harvey recovers from Tommy John surgery, compiled an 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the A’s last season.
Warren Cromartie, a former outfielder and first baseman with the Expos in the 1970s and ’80s, shares a $400,000 feasibility studywhich reveals that the return of major league baseball to Montreal would be feasible if a team plays its home games in a government-financed downtown stadium with an owner with deep pockets. The report suggests that MLB’s national television deal and revenue-sharing scheme, which has changed radically since the franchise moved to Washington in 2004, would ensure the team having a competitive $75-million payroll before a single ticket is sold, with the government subsidy repaid within eight years.
“Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established by the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of the circumstances that led to his permanent eligibility in 1989. Absent such credible evidence, allowing him to work in the game presents an unacceptable risk of a future violation by him of Rule 21, and thus to the integrity of our sport. I, therefore, must reject Mr. Rose’s application for reinstatement.”- COMMISSIONER MANFRED, stating his case for the denial of Pete Rose’s reinstatement. In one of his first major actions since becoming commissioner, Rob Manfred denies Pete Rose’s application for reinstatement to baseball, citing a reversal of the lifetime ban would risk the sport’s integrity. The four-page decision concludes the career hits leader had continued to gamble legally on horse racing and professional sports, including baseball, disregarding all the circumstances which led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989.
At the annual Rule 5 Draft, OF Victor Reyes is the first pick, by the Tigers from the Diamondbacks, but after that it’s a pitching smorgasbord as 15 of the other 16 players taken in the major league phase are pitchers. The most recognizable names are Ps Burch Smith and Albert Suarez, who both have major league experience, and former major league OF Anthony Gose who is hoping to make it back to the Show as a pitcher.
2007 – A whirlwind offseason in Houston continues as the Astros deal infielder Chris Burke, reliever Chad Qualls and pitcher Juan Gutierrez to Arizona for closer Jose Valverde. The move completes an almost total overhaul of Houston’s bullpen that began when Dan Wheeler was traded to Tampa Bay in August.
1999 – Outfielder Carl Everett is traded to Boston for infielder Adam Everett and pitcher Greg Miller. In two seasons, Carl Everett blossoms from a reserve outfielder to a star. In 1999, he bats .325 with 25 homers and 108 RBIs. Adam Everett would hit .248 with 35 homers over seven seasons in Houston.
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