This Day In Baseball January 26
On January 26 on this day in baseball history, there were over 50 notable events. There were over 46 Birthdays, 30 Deaths, all on January 26 on this Day In Baseball history.
1895 – Baseball officials discuss the possibility of reinstating the old pitcher’s distance. They are dismayed by the explosion of offense, which resulted in “long drawn out and uninteresting contests. Besides the brainy pitcher of former days would be given another chance to display his ability in the science of the game.”
2005 – The New York Mets, who failed to sign free agent Carlos Delgado who was snatched up by the Marlins yesterday, quickly fill the void at first base by trading three prospects to the Boston Red Sox for Gold Glove Award winner Doug Mientkiewicz. The Red Sox, who acquired Mientkiewicz from Minnesota to solidify their defense, will use heavy-hitting, light-fielding Kevin Millar at first.
The Yankees sign starting pitcher Andy Pettitte to a $5.5 million, one-year deal, less than half the club’s original $10 million offer. The 36 year-old southpaw, however, can make an additional $4.5 million based on innings pitched and another $2 million dependent on days spent on the active roster.
The Royals and Zack Greinke, avoiding salary arbitration, agree to a $38 million, four-year contract. The 25 year-old right-hander, grateful to the club for their understanding of his social disorder which caused him to bolt from spring training two years ago, posted a 13-10 record last season with the best ERA (3.47) by a Kansas City starter in 11 years.
2010 – Three veteran free agents sign deals with new teams today. P Ben Sheets, who missed all of last season recovering from elbow surgery, signs with the Athletics where he will be the leader of their young starting rotation; the Twins sign DH Jim Thome for one year; and the Padres add P Jon Garland for a year as well.
Ben Sheets and the A’s come to terms on a $10 million, one-year contract, making the free-agent right-hander the team’s second-highest paid player behind third baseman Eric Chavez. The 31 year-old, recovering from elbow surgery that caused him to miss all of last season, compiled an 86-83 record along with a 3.72 ERA in his first eight seasons in the major leagues, all with Milwaukee.
Desperate for pitching, the Yankees sign veteran Bartolo Colon, who did not pitch in the majors last year, to a minor league contract. He will be given a chance to make the team out of spring training after playing well in the Dominican League this winter, and will prove a godsend when Phil Hughes goes down with an injury early in the season.
The Yaquis de Obregón win their third straight Mexican Pacific League championship with a 16 – 3 drubbing of Mexicali to complete a sweep of the finals. Obregón has now won nine straight playoff games. It gives its opponents no chance, scoring five times in the 1st and again in the 3rd. Jesse Gutierrez scores three times and drives in four.
At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center during NatsFest, the Nationals introduce William Howard Taft as the fifth participant in the team’s iconic Presidents Race, a Washington, D.C. ballpark tradition since 2006. The 27th President of the United States will compete against the Rushmore Four, George, Tom, Abe, and Teddy.
The Caribes de Anzoátegui trail 3 – 0 in the bottom of the 10th against the Navegantes del Magallanes, facing elimination in the Venezuelan League finals, but they load the bases to set up a two-run double by Hector Gimenez, then Eduardo Escobar hits a walk-off three-run homer for a dramatic 5 – 3 win.
The Indios de Mayagüez top the Criollos de Caguas for the Puerto Rican League title in a reversal of 2013. In the finale today, Jorge Martinez (4 H, 10 K, 1 R in 8 IP) and Tyler Herron (1 IP) dazzle for the Indios. Michael Nix, Luis Atilano and Andres Santiago match Martinez through 7, but in the 8th, Kennys Vargas hits a grand slam off Jose de la Torre to break the game open.
2015 – The Tomateros de Culiacán win their first Mexican Pacific League title in 11 years, topping the Charros de Jalisco 4 games to 1 in the finals. In game 5, a 4-3 win, Eric Farris singles in two runs in the third and Issmael Salas adds a solo homer in the 4th for the big hits off losing pitcher Marco Tovar. Anthony Vasquez gets the win and is named finals MVP, while Oscar Villarreal notches a save.
2016 – The Venados de Mazatlán win the Mexican Pacific League championship; just like last year’s finals, this one goes 5 games, with the Venados beating the Águilas de Mexicali in four straight after dropping the opener. Today, as with last year’s finale, it is 4-3 in game 5. In the bottom of the 10th, Justin Greene reaches on an error, steals second then comes home on Cyle Hankerd’s hit off Esmailin Caridad. Hankerd also homered today. Steven Hensley gets the win, Manuel Chavez the loss. Light-hitting SS Paul León is named finals MVP after hitting .344 with a couple triples.