This Day In Baseball February 10
Baseball history on February 10 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.
Enjoy today’s short walk through baseball history! On February 10 on this day in baseball history . . . .
After five months of discussion, the Mets and Keith Hernandez, who was eligible for free-agency at the end of the season, come to terms on an $8 million, five-year contract. The deal makes the first baseman the second-highest paid player in franchise history, earning slightly less than George Foster’s $10 million, five-year pact signed precisely two years ago.
Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame. Presently, the sock is part of a Red Sox memorabilia tour, along with Derek Lowe’s Game 4 jersey, Manny Ramirez’s bat, and the ball used to make the last of the Fall Classic on loan from former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who kept the historical horsehide as a personal keepsake.
In his first public appearance since allegations of usage of performance-enhancing drugs surfaced, New York Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi apologizes to his teammates, Yankees fans and to baseball fans everywhere for letting them down last season. The All-Star first baseman, however, never uses the word steroids as he “accepts full responsibility for the controversy.”
Pitcher Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the 2004 World Series to the Hall of Fame. The sock presently is part of a Red Sox memorabilia tour which also includes Derek Lowe’s Game 4 jersey, Series MVP Manny Ramirez’s bat used to tie a postseason record with a 17-game hitting streak, and Keith Foulke’s spikes worn as he threw the ball for the final out as well as the ball itself, on loan from Doug Mientkiewicz.
“There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training” – text from a joint statement released by the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez.At a meeting initiated by Alex Rodriguez, the much-maligned Yankee slugger apologizes to the team’s front office for the turbulence which has swirled around the organization during the last few years, according to a joint statement released by the team and the player. The attendees for the ‘honest and frank discussion’ of the issues included managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, assistant GM Jean Afterman, and Jim Sharp, A-Rod’s legal counsel.
2015 – Disgraced superstar Alex Rodriguez meets with owner Hank Steinbrenner, GM Brian Cashman and other members of the Yankees top brass to apologize for his past actions. Before his one-year suspension, which is now over, A-Rod was barely on speaking terms with his employer, and his representatives were routinely threatening to sue. But the meeting seems to have cleared the air: “There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training.”
Long-time Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch passes away at 88. Having made his fortune through a pizza chain, Ilitch purchased both the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League in 1982 and the Tigers a decade later. While the Tigers reached the World Series twice during his years as owner but never won the big prize, he is credited with revitalizing the franchise.
2019 – The Toros de Herrera, representing host country Panama, complete a highly successful return to the Caribbean Series in the country’s first participation since 1960 by defeating Leñadores de Las Tunas, champions of the Cuban Serie Nacional, 3 – 1, in the finale. Over 18,000 fans attend the game at Estadio Rod Carew in an electric atmosphere and see the hometown favorites take a 2 – 0 lead in the bottom of the 1st and never look back. Javy Guerra is named tournament MVP. Manny Corpas saves his 4th game to tie Francisco Butto’s ten-year-old Series record. Panama had won once previously, in 1950.