Baseball history on February 7 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.
1979 – Minor league pitcher Jesse Orosco becomes the player to be named later, going to the New York Mets in compensation for pitcher Jerry Koosman, who had been sent earlier to the Minnesota Twins. Greg Field was the other pitcher Minnesota sent to New York; he will never appear for the Mets, whereas Orosco had a long stint with them.
The Tigers sign 31 year-old right fielder Magglio Ordonez (.292, 9, 37) for five years for a reported $75 million. The contract for the free agent slugger, recovering from knee surgery, includes options which could extend the All-Star’s stay in Detroit for an additional two years, making the deal nearly $100 million.
2005 – The Detroit Tigers sign All-Star right fielder Magglio Ordóñez for five years for a reported $75 million. The contract for the free agent slugger, recovering from knee surgery, includes options which could extend his stay in Detroit for an additional two years making the deal worth nearly $100 million.
Alex Gonzalez, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent yesterday, singles in the tying run and then scores the winning run as Henry Blanco’s pop fly bounces off the head off Erick Aybar, giving Venezuela its first Caribbean Series championship since 1989. The ball, which the Dominican Republic Licey’s Tigers’ shortstop lost in the lights, is ruled a double and caps a two-run bottom of the ninth rally, resulting in 5-4 comeback victory for the Caracas Lions.
Venezuela wins its first Caribbean World Series championship since 1989 by rallying for two runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Dominican Republic, 5 – 4. Alex Gonzalez singles in the tying run off Jorge Sosa and scores the game-winning run on Henry Blanco’s pop-fly double. Series MVP Ramón Hernandez also hits a home run for Venezuela’s Caracas Lions, who finish 6-0 in the Series. In their previous game against the Dominican’s Licey Tigers (4-2), the Lions won 11 – 9 on Gonzalez’s three-run homer off Sosa in the 9th inning. In today’s opener, the Carolina Giants of Puerto Rico beat Mexico’s Mazatlan Reindeers, 3 – 2, in 11 innings, to clinch third place in the Series (2-4). Mazatlan, the defending champion, went 0-6 and finished last.
The Tigres del Licey win their record 10th Caribbean Series title, beating the Aguilas Cibaeñas, 8 – 2, in the finale of the 2008 Caribbean Series, behind the pitching of Ramon Ortiz and a balanced offense. Ortiz wins Caribbean Series MVP honors. In the other final game of the Series, the Yaquis de Obregón score 5 runs in the 9th for a 7 – 5 victory over the Tigres de Aragua.
Rusty Staub is voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, alongside P Rheal Cormier and GM Doug Melvin, the latter two Canadian natives. Staub was the first star in the history of the Montreal Expos, representing the team at three All-Star Games and seeing his number 10 retired by the team. The Canadian senior national team that won gold at the 2011 Pan American Games and bronze at the 2011 Baseball World Cup is also honored collectively.
The Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announces its 2013 class. Two left fielders of the 1980s headline it: Montreal Expos all-around star Tim Raines, a seven-time All-Star, and Toronto Blue Jays slugger and 1987 American League MVP George Bell. Also picked are 2004 Olympian Rob Ducey, who also coached for Team Canada and played in the majors for 13 seasons, including stints for both Canadian teams, Expos and Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek, and Vancouver baseball executive Nat Bailey.
A class action suit is brought to federal court by former minor league players, who allege the Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and other state wage laws by not paying the players performing in the minor leagues overtime and minimum wage. The case filed as Senne v. the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, which was initially scheduled to be heard in heard in February of 2017, will be postponed indefinitely until U.S. district court Joseph C. Spero decides the question of class certification.
Alex Rodriguez, who has consistently denied the use of banned substances while wearing Yankee pinstripes, drops his two lawsuits against MLB, ending the likelihood of a long drawn-out legal battle over his season-long suspension handed down for the alleged use of performance-enhancing substances. The Bronx Bomber third baseman was one of 14 individuals suspended due to baseball’s investigation of a Florida anti-aging clinic, but was the only player to contest his penalty, which was the longest ever given for using PEDs.
In a major reversal, Alex Rodriguez decides to drop his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Players Association. He will serve his one-year suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and will attempt to come back in 2015. He will also not attend the Yankees spring training opening shortly, where his presence would have been a major distraction.
Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, a member of the 500 Home Run Club, a Triple Crown winner, the first player to win the MVP Award in both leagues, and the first African-American manager in major league history, passes away in hospice care in Los Angeles, CA at the age of 83. He was also a senior executive for Major League Baseball and was still serving as the honorary President of the American League.