This Day In Baseball February 1
Baseball history on February 1 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.
Events for February 1
Yogi Berra has filed a $10 million lawsuit with the New York supreme court against Turner Broadcaster System due to a ‘Sex and the City’ ad which used the Hall of Famer’s name as a possible answer concerning the definition of yogasm. The choices included (a) a type of yo-yo trick, (b) sex with Yogi Berra, and (c) what Samantha has with a guy from yoga class.
2005 – A web site claims Yogi Berra has filed a $10 million lawsuit against TBS due to a Sex and the City promotion which used Berra’s name as a possible answer concerning the definition of yogasm. The choices included (a) a type of yo-yo trick, (b) sex with Yogi Berra and (c) what Samantha has with a guy from yoga class.
At a luncheon at Safeco Field, Astros second baseman Craig Biggio becomes the 41st recipient of the Hutch Award. The prestigious award, named in honor of Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson, a major league pitcher and manager who died of cancer in 1964, is given annually to a Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies Hutch’s fighting spirit and competitive desire.
In the richest contract ever given to a pitcher, southpaw Johan Santana agrees to a $137.5 million, six-year deal, completing the blockbuster trade between the Twins and the Mets. In exchange for the two-time Cy Young award winner, who would be lost to free agency after the season, Minnesota gets four of New York’s highly touted minor leaguers, including three top pitching prospects, Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Deolis Guerra as well as fleet-footed outfielder Carlos Gomez.
2008 – Johan Santana signs a 6-year, $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets to become the highest-paid pitcher in major league history, breaking Barry Zito’s record. The contract is the penultimate step in a trade of Santana to New York; only a physical remains and this will be passed a day later.
The Reds trade center fielder Willy Taveras and infielder Adam Rosales to the A’s in exchange for infielder Aaron Miles and a player to be named. Cincinnati, using the money they saved in the deal, agrees to a $3.02 million, one-year contract with Orlando Cabrera to become the team’s starting shortstop
More trouble for Alex Rodriguez in the wake of earlier reports of the superstar being a client of a clinic in Boca Raton, FL, Biogenesis Laboratories, which is under investigation for supplying PEDs. ESPN reports today that he has been receiving weekly injections at home from the director of the suspect clinic, Anthony Bosch.
The 2013 Caribbean Series opens at newly-built Estadio Sonora in Hermosillo, Sonora, as Fernando Valenzuela throws the ceremonial first pitch before the game between Venezuela’s Navegantes del Magallanes and the Dominican Republic’s Leones del Escogido. Escogido wins, 7 – 2, as Francisco Pena hits a two-run homer as part of a four-run barrage in the 5th. In the second game, Yaquis de Obregón, representing the host Mexican Pacific League, shut outs the Criollos de Caguas from Puerto Rico, 3 – 0, as Luis Mendoza pitches 6 scoreless innings and Luis Ayala gets the save.
2014 – Cuba’s return to the Caribbean Series begins on a rough note. Villa Clara falls to the Naranjeros de Hermosillo, 9 – 4, thanks to a five-run 5th. Chris Roberson, a long-time Series regular, gets 4 hits, including a three-run homer in the 5th off Robelio Carrillo, to lead the Hermosillo offense. Alfredo Despaigne scores twice and homers for Cuba. In the other game of the Caribbean Series played today, the Indios de Mayagüez win a 7 – 6 contest against 10-time Series champion Licey. Down 6 – 1 after 4, Puerto Rico rallies to win with excellent relief and a balanced offense. Rey Navarro scores the winner in the 10th on a double off Guillermo Mota, a sacrifice hit and an error by Héctor Gómez.
The 2016 Caribbean Series opens in Estadio Quisqueya in Santo Domingo. In the first game, 39-year-old Freddy Garcia pitches six strong innings to lead Aragua of Venezuela over Santurce of Puerto Rico, 2 – 1. A two-run triple by José Martínez provides the offense for the victors. In the second game, Mazatlan, representing Mexico, defeat Escogido, the hometown favorites from the Dominican League, 3 – 2. Justin Greene’s 2 hits and 2 RBIs offset an inside-the-park homer by Leury Garcia.
The Yankees suffer a blow as one of their best young hitters, 1B Greg Bird, who filled in very well when Mark Teixeira went down with a season-ending injury last August, needs to undergo surgery after re-aggravating a shoulder injury in off-season workouts. He will miss the entire season as a result.
2017 – On the first day of the 2017 Caribbean Series in Culiacán, Sinaloa, the Alazanes de Granma open hostilities with a 4 – 0 blanking of Tigres del Licey behind the pitching of Lazaro Blanco. In the second game, a two-run homer by Chris Roberson in the 7th inning gives host Aguilas de Mexicali a 4 – 2 win over Criollos de Caguas.