This Day In Baseball January 2
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Events for January 2
The Northwestern League, considered the first minor league circuit in baseball history, is organized in Rockford, Illinois. The fledgling organization, which includes teams from Davenport, Omaha, Dubuque, and Rockford, will be defunct before the season ends as a result of lacking a fixed schedule and paying the players more than their counterparts rival National League.
The Red Sox sign free-agent hurler Jamie Moyer. The 33 year-old southpaw will compile a 7-1 record for Boston before being traded to Seattle in July for outfielder Darren Bragg, where he will enjoy a pair of 20-game victory seasons en route to winning over 100 games during his 11-year tenure with the Mariners.
2003 – Due to a conflict with the major league schedule, the annual Hall of Fame Game which has been held the day after Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place on a different weekend for the first time in the Hall’s history. The game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Devil Rays is scheduled for June 16th, with the Hall of Fame induction taking place on July 27th.
3B Edwin Encarnacion is discharged from a hospital in Miami, FL, one day after being admitted to treat facial burns received when a firecracker exploded near him in a New Year’s Day celebration in his native La Romana, in the Dominican Republic. Encarnacion suffers some burns, but no fractures and should be ready for the start of spring training.
The postseason opens in the Venezuelan League with a 5 -2 win by the Caribes de Anzoátegui over the Navegantes del Magallanes, behind the solid pitching of Renyel Pinto. He strikes out 10, while allowing only 2 hits and a walk in 7 innings and his teammates hit four home runs to back his pitching. In the other contest today, the Tigres de Aragua beat the Tiburones de La Guaira, 13 – 7. Edgardo Alfonzohits a two-run homer in the 1st to send the Tigres on their way, while Luis Hernandez goes 5 for 5.
Avoiding arbitration, the Rays announce the team has reached an agreement with left-handed starter David Price on a one-year deal, worth $10.1125 million. The 27 year-old American League Cy Young Award winner, who finished with a 20-5 record with a 2.56 ERA last season, earned $4.35 million playing for the third-place Tampa Bay club.