This Day In Baseball December 3
Baseball history on December 3 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.
1989 – The Milwaukee Brewers sign free agent DH Dave Parker, who hit 22 home runs and 97 RBI for the 1989 World Champions Oakland Athletics. Oakland receives Milwaukee’s first round pick in the 1990 amateur draft in compensation, and will use it to take pitcher Todd Van Poppel, as well as a compensation pick with which they will select another pitcher, Kirk Dressendorfer. Parker will hit 21 home runs with 92 RBI for Milwaukee next season.
The Phillies trade World Series goat, closer Mitch Williams, to the Astros for pitchers Doug Jones and Jeff Juden. The much-maligned closer, who posted a 20.25 ERA, losing twice in his three Fall Classic appearances, will be best remembered for giving up Joe Carter’s dramatic walk-off home run that clinched the World Championship for Toronto.
2001 – Although Enron Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation says it is current on its payments and plans to keep the company’s name on the Houston Astros’ new ballpark. The downtown stadium will be known as Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment, according to team officials.
Although Enron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is current on its payments and plans to keep the company’s name on the Astros’ new ballpark. The downtown stadium will stay Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment according to team officials.
Uncertain of re-signing starter Kevin Millwood, the Philadelphia Phillies trade reliever Carlos Silva, infielder Nick Punto, and pitcher Danny Mota to the Minnesota Twins for starter Eric Milton. Milton, who missed most of last season after knee surgery, will join the starting rotation which will includes Randy Wolf, Vicente Padilla and Brett Myers.
The Japanese national team wins the 2007 Asian Championship by going 3-0. They clinch a spot in the 2008 Olympics with their win. Shinnosuke Abe leads Japan with a .769 average and wins MVP honors. Players with major league experience who appear in the event are Taiwan’s Chin-Lung Hu, Chin-Hui Tsao and Chin-Feng Chen and South Korea’s Chan-ho Park and Jae-kuk Ryu.
Dick Williams, who managed in Boston, Oakland, California, Montreal, San Diego, and Seattle, is elected into the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee. Along with Bill McKechnie, another Hall of Famer, the fiery skipper is the only other manager to appear in the World Series with three different teams (1967 Red Sox, 1972-73 A’s, and 1984 Padres).
The A’s trade right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray and minor league prospects Matt Spencer and Ronny Morla to the Cubs in exchange for infielders Jake Fox and Aaron Miles along with cash considerations. With the addition of Fox added to their lineup, Oakland gets a much-needed power boost from the right side of the plate.
The Veterans Committee elects three candidates from the pre-integration era to the Hall of Fame: owner Jacob Ruppert helped build the New York Yankees into the most successful franchise in the major leagues; Hank O’Day was an outstanding umpire who called the shots for the first-ever World Series game; and Deacon White was the first great catcher in baseball history, with one of the longest careers of the 19th century. The three will be inducted next July.
On the first day of the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox sign C Mike Napoli to a three-year deal worth $39 million With backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia already on the roster, the Sox see Napoli as a first baseman and think his power swing is ideally suited for the cozy fences of Fenway Park, but he will fail his physical examination because of a hip injury and have to settle for a one-year deal worth $5 million..
It’s also a day of trades as the Rockies trade OF Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later to Houston for OF Brandon Barnes and P Jordan Lyles; the A’s acquire P Luke Gregerson from San Diego for OF Seth Smith; the Rangers send OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom to Oakland for prospects Michael Choice and Chris Bostick; and the Rays get C Ryan Hanigan and P Heath Bell in a three-team deal with the Reds and Diamondbacks, with P David Holmberg going from Arizona to Cincinnati and Justin Choate from Tampa to Arizona, while some money also changes hands to even things out.
The Original League field in Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League Baseball, is placed on the National Register. The site is where the youth league’s founder Carl E. Stotz used newspapers as bases to determine the appropriate size of an infield for children, a year before the organization’s first game in 1939.
New Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro selects veteran Indians executive Ross Atkins for the team’s general manager position and executive vice-president of baseball operations. The 42 year-old North Carolina native, a close friend of Shapiro from working with him in Cleveland, becomes the seventh GM in franchise history.
In what is looking more and more like a fire sale, the Mariners trade another veteran for prospects, sending SS Jean Segura to the Phillies for SS prospect J.P. Crawford and other youngsters. The Mariners also take on the remaining contract of 1B Carlos Santana to even out the costs, and decide to also fork over Ps Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to sweeten the deal.
1974 – First baseman Lee May and outfielder Jay Schlueter are traded to Baltimore for infielders Enos Cabell and Rob Andrews. Second baseman Andrews is the guy Houston wants in the deal. He would bat .249 with no homers in two seasons before being traded. Throw-in Cabell is the one who blossoms, becoming a regular for eight seasons as an Astro.
1964 – General Manager Paul Richards sparks controversy when news leaks out during the Winter Meetings in Houston that he had offered the team’s entire 40-man roster plus $5 million dollars for the 40-man roster of the Milwaukee Braves. Richards claimed to have had the backing of owners Bob Smith and Roy Hofheinz but the Braves shoot down the idea as a joke that got out of hand. Had it been consumated, future Hall of Famers like Hank Aaron, Phil Niekro and Eddie Mathews could have been Astros.
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