This Day In Baseball January 27
On January 27 on this day in baseball history, there were over 70 notable events. There were over 52 Birthdays, 33 Deaths, all on January 27 on this Day In Baseball history.
in another deal that general manager Frank Lane pulls over the protests of manager Paul Richards, the Chicago White Sox send slugging first baseman Eddie Robinson along with outfielder Ed McGhee and shortstop Joe DeMaestri to the Philadelphia Athletics for two-time batting champ Ferris Fain and another player.
1992 – In a rare spending spree, the Astros sign four free agents, pitchers Joe Boever and Rob Murphy along with infielders Ernest Riles and Denny Walling. It’s the end of the line for Walling who spent eleven years previously in Houston, a vital man in two division champions during the eighties. He’s forced out with a knee injury after three at bats. None of the others are in Houston the following season.
After stints with the Rangers and Red Sox, Jose Canseco returns to his first major league team when Boston trades the slugger to the A’s for pitcher John Wasdin and cash. The 32 year-old DH/outfielder will bat .235 and hit 23 home runs for Oakland, and Boston’s new right-hander will post a 4-6 record with a 4.40 ERA.
2005 – All-Star outfielder Lance Berkman avoids arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Houston Astros. Berkman, who hit .316 with 30 home runs and 106 RBI in 2004, suffered a serious off-season knee injury – a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament – playing flag football.
2006 – The end may be near for Jeff Bagwell’s 15-year run in Houston. The Astros announce they have filed an insurance claim to recover $15.6 million of the $24 million remaining on Bagwell’s contract, asserting he has not recovered sufficiently from shoulder surgery last year to throw a baseball. Bagwell disputes the allegation and wants to play in spring training which would jeopardize the claim. Bagwell had recently been examined by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
The multi-player deal between Boston and Cleveland, held up by Guillermo Mota’s physical results, the delay of another trade in which the Indians will obtain Jason Michaels from the Phillies, and Commissioner Bud Selig’s needed approval of any transaction worth at least $1 million, is finally completed. Eight players are exchanged, including Indians outfielder Coco Crisp, reliever David Riske, and backstop Josh Bard going to the Red Sox for recently acquired third base prospect Andy Marte, catcher Kelly Shoppach, and a player to be named later (minor league right-hander Randy Newsom).
The Yaquis de Obregón win their first Mexican Pacific League title in 27 years, topping the Mazatlan Deer in the finals, 4 games to 1. Andres Meza and four relievers combine on a 1 – 0 shutout in the finale, with Joakim Soria notching the save. Alfredo Amezaga triples off Pablo Ortega in the 6th and scores on a hit by Jorge Padilla for the game’s lone run.
The Yankees sign free agent Randy Winn to a one-year deal to be their left fielder this season. This move comes as the Yanks’ 2009 starter, Johnny Damon, is still unsigned. However, GM Brian Cashman states that the team has now reached its payroll limit and that Damon is simply too expensive. Damon will end up with Detroit.
Aragua ties up the Venezuelan League finals at 2 games each by crushing Anzoategui, 16 – 0. Tyler Greene hits a three-run double in the 2nd, starting an eight-run barrage, which Alex Romero concludes with a two-run homer. Rosman Garcia is the beneficiary of the offensive fireworks, giving up only three hits in six innings.
Aguilas Cibaenas tie the Dominican League finals at 3 games each with a 2 – 1 win over Escogido. Brandon Moss starts the game-winning rally with a single off Hector Rodriguez to lead off the 9th. Teammates Bernie Castro and Miguel Tejada move him to third with a single and a sacrifice, and Juan Carlos Perez is walked intentionally to load the bases before Hector Luna ends the game with a single.
La Guaira wins for the first time in the Venezuela League finals, 9 – 1 over Aragua, after losing the first three games. Tyson Brummett is the winner. Ray Olmedo and Gregor Blanco both hit bases loaded doubles in the early innings, then Hector Sanchez hits a three-run homer in the 6th to send La Guaira on its way. The Tiburones’ 9 runs in the game are more than the total 7 they scored in losing the first three games.
With the start of spring training just around the corner, some of the remaining unsigned players find homes for the season. The Rays sign IF Jeff Keppinger; IF Ryan Theriot goes to the Giants; P John Maine goes to the Red Sox; OF Juan Pierre signs with the Phillies; IF Matt Tuiasosopo signs with the Mets; and the Astros add P Zach Duke.
2013 – The National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues pay tribute to a local icon. On the day after Stan Musial’s funeral, every player on the team comes out for the warm-up skate before its game wearing jersey number 6, with Musial’s name in place of their own. The Montreal Canadiens had paid a similar tribute to Gary Carter last year, with everyone wearing his number 8 in the warm-up.
In a season shortened by Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican League wraps up with a three-game sweep in the finals as the Criollos de Caguas put away the Santurce Crabbers. Anthony García’s two-run homer off Mario Santiago gives Caguas all its runs to make a winner of Iván Maldonado, who allows one run in six innings.
The 9th inning of the 2017-2018 Cuban Serie Nacional finals’ Game 6 is one filled with unusual plays. With Granma trying to lock up their second straight title, they are tied 2 – 2 with Las Tunas. With one out, Las Tunas’ Yordanis Alarcón and Andrés Quiala single off Raidel Martínez. Yuniesky Larduet hits into a force out at second and Alarcón overruns third; the throw comes in and he is tagged at third by Raúl González. The umpire originally calls him out but it is overturned on video replay, giving Granma another shot. A passed ball advances Larduet while Alarcón holds up. Batting champion Jorge Yhonson is intentionally walked to bring up 41-year-old Danel Castro. Castro hammers an offering from Martínez for an apparent winning grand slam. Instead, after touching first base, he is celebrating with teammates like a much younger player and never finishes circling the bases; due to rule 9.06, it becomes a game-winning single rather than a home run.
The Caribes de Anzoátegui win their third Venezuelan Winter League title, beating the Cardenales de Lara 4 games to 2 in the finals. 41-year-old Freddy Garcia and three relievers (Carlos Teller, Mayckol Guaipe and Nick Struck) combine on a four-hit shutout, while Luis Jimenez hits a grand slam off Jorge Martinez in the first for all the game’s runs.
2019 – The Cardenales de Lara use a balanced offense in a 9-2 romp of the Leones del Caracas to win the Venezuelan League title. Raúl Rivero turned in 4 1/3 shutout innings of relief after entering in the 2nd to get the win, while Luis Díaz took the loss. The Cardenales won 4 of 5 games in the finals.