This Day In Baseball January 28
Baseball history on January 28 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.
1890 – In the first of many lawsuits filed against Players League members by their former teams, a judge refuses to grant an injunction against John Ward, president of the Brotherhood. His decision, echoed frequently by other judges, states that the “want of fairness and mutuality” in the standard National League contract, specifically the clauses relating to the reserve rule, “[is] apparent.”
Detroit trades infielder Jim Finigan and $25,000 to the Giants for first baseman Gail Harris and utility man Ozzie Virgil, who will become first non-white to play for the Tigers. The 26 year-old Dominican will make his debut at third base for the Motor City team at Griffith Stadium on June 6, doubling in the top of the eighth in the team’s 11-2 victory over Washington.
2005 – Recently-traded first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who caught and kept the ball used to make the last out giving the Boston Red Sox their first World Championship in 86 years, will lend his souvenir to his former club. The historic horsehide, which Boston claims belongs to the team, will be encased within a plaque and will become part of the victory tour which includes the World Series trophy.
In a three-team, multi-player trade, the Cleveland Indians send center fielder Coco Crisp, reliever David Riske and catcher Josh Bard to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for reliever Guillermo Mota, catcher Kelly Shoppach, infielder Andy Marte, a player to be named later and cash considerations. Cleveland then sends reliever Arthur Rhodes to the Philadelphia Phillies in return for outfielder Jason Michaels. The deal is temporarily held up because of Cleveland’s concerns about Mota’s health. If he goes on the disabled list, Cleveland will add a pitcher from Boston’s minor league system.
Four new members are voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame: Paul Quantrill (the all-time Canadian-born leader with 841 games pitched), former Toronto Blue Jays infielder Roberto Alomar (who just fell short of election to the Baseball Hall of Fame), sabermetrician Allan Roth and owner Calvin Griffith (the latter two being Montreal natives).
P Francisco Liriano leads the Leones del Escogido to the Dominican League championship, striking out 10 batters in 5 innings in a 5 – 3 win over the Gigantes del Cibao, in the 9th and decisive game of the finals. Wladimir Balentien hits a solo home run, Joaquin Arias goes 2 for 4 and Santiago Casilla picks up the save for the winners. Gustavo Chacin is the losing pitcher. It is the first time in 15 seasons that a team other than the Águilas Cibaeñas or Tigres del Licey has won the title.
2011 – The Criollos de Caguas win the Puerto Rican League championship with a 7 – 5 victory over Leones de Ponce in the decisive seventh game of the finals. For the winners, Rey Navarro goes 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI, while Luis Montanez hits a homer. With the score tied at 5 all in the 8th inning, pinch-hitter Javier Valentin leads off with a single to centerfield for Caguas, and is replaced by pinch runner Miguel Abreu. 3B Jorge Jimenez misplays a ground ball to put a second runner on with one out, and both reach scoring position on Alex Cora’s fly ball to right for the second out. Navarro then hits a single to right to plate both runners, giving Caguas its first title since 2001.
The Twins plan to remove the 14 pine trees located behind the center field wall that were planted last season to be the batter’s eye at Target Field. The evergreens, which possibly will be relocated inside the newly opened ballpark, made it difficult for hitters to pick up the ball from the pitcher’s hand due to the movement of the conifers in the wind and the shadows cast during afternoon contests.
Celebrating its first two major leaguers in Trayvon Robinson and Efren Navarro, Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy holds its almuni game in Compton, CA. The alumni, led by Robinson, defeat the Academy’s current players, 14 – 8. The alumni team is likely to only get more impressive in future years, as the Academy has opened branches in Houston, TX and Puerto Rico, and will open another in New Orleans, LA this summer, with more on the way.
The Los Angeles Dodgers announce the launch of SportsNet LA, their own regional sports network on Time Warner Cable. The deal is a prelude to a long-rumored $7 billion deal that will award Time Warner broadcast rights for Dodger games for the next 25 years. However, the Commissioner’s office is concerned about the proposed deal, as its annual value is well above that used for revenue sharing purposes, which will result in the Dodgers pocketing a huge financial windfall if no adjustments are made. The dispute may end up in court if no resolution is found.
Major League Baseball announces it has approved the use of a new pitcher’s cap with extra padding to try to cut back on injuries from liners to the mound. The headgear, which is a half-inch thicker in the front than a standard cap and an inch thicker on the sides, will be optional for players in the majors and minor leagues, although it is expected to find more users in youth leagues.
The Navegantes del Magallanes win the Venezuelan League pennant, 4 games to 1, over the Caribes de Anzoátegui. Game 5 is an 11 – 6 romp with the big bats including Ramón Hernández (4 for 5, 2 HR, 6 RBI), Endy Chávez (4 H) and Juan Rivera (3 R). Fernando Abad is the winning pitcher while Jean Toledo is handed the loss.
The Tigres del Licey win their Dominican League-record 21st title. They top the Leones del Escogido, 3 – 2, in Game 7. Rene Rivera hits a game-tying homer off Evan MacLane in the 5th and Emilio Bonifacio drives in pinch-runner Jairo Perez with the winner against Armando Rodriguez. Victor Marte gets the victory and Juan Cruz a save.
2015 – In a reversal of last year, the Caribes de Anzoátegui beat the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan League finals by a 4-1 margin. Jose Castillo goes 4 for 6 with a run and two RBI and Niuman Romero and Ehire Adrianza each have 3 hits as part of a 16-hit attack in a 8-3 win; Magallanes tries 11 different pitchers. Jairo Diaz gets the win, Maximo Nelson the loss.
For the third straight year, the Venezuelan League finals are determined on this date. The Tigres de Aragua romp past the Navegantes del Magallanes, 8-2, in game 6. They employ an international attack of Dominican Alfredo Marte (2 HR, finals MVP), Cuban Dariel Álvarez (4 H) and Venezuelan Carlos Sánchez (3 R, 2 RBI). Tony Pena Jr. gets the win and Edgar Gonzalez the loss.
In an Oklahoma City ceremony, Cy Young Award recipient Dallas Keuchel receives the Warren Spahn Award, an honor given baseball’s top left-handed pitcher. The 28 year-old southpaw, who posted a 20-8 record along with an ERA of 2.48 for the Astros this season, is the first Oklahoman to collect the prestigious pitching prize named in honor of the crafty left-hander.
The Águilas de Mexicali win their first Mexican Pacific League championship in 18 years, routing the Cañeros de Los Mochis 13-1 in game 6 of the best-of-7 finals for a 4-2 series win. Hector Velazquez gets the win and Cuban refugees Yunieski Betancourt (6 RBI) and Yordanys Linares (3 RBI) both go deep. Chris Roberson has 3 hits and Agustín Murillo scores three. Manny Barreda takes the defeat as 8 pitchers combine to surrender 16 hits.
The Tigres del Licey win their 22nd Dominican League title, topping the Águilas Cibaeñas 5 games to 4; had the Águilas Cibaeñas won, they would have tied Licey at 21 championships. In the finale, they win 6-2 as Sergio Alcantara goes 4 for 5 with a run and two RBI and Emilio Bonifacio drives in three more. César Valdéz throws five shutout innings for the win.
A year after their first Cuban Serie Nacional title, Granma wins it all again, taking the 2017-2018 championship. In the finals, the home team had won the first six games, but visiting Granma tops Las Tunas (trying for their first title) today. Granma goes up 3 – 0 entering the 9th with Alaín Sánchez working on a three-hit, no-walk shutout. After a dramatic 9th inning win yesterday, Las Tunas then begins another comeback; Yuniesky Larduet singles and Jorge Yhonson triples. Raidel Martínez enters to face the guy who hit the game-winning blow off him the day before, Danel Castro, and retires him. Yosvani Alarcón singles to make it 3 – 2 but tries to steal and breaks early, getting picked off. After singles by Alexander Ayala and Yunior Paumier, Las Tunas has the potential winning run aboard, but Martínez recovers to get Rafael Viñales to close out the title.
The Tomateros de Culiacán win their 11th Mexican Pacific League title; Game 7 against the Mayos de Navojoa goes 12 innings before Alfredo Amezaga singles in Joey Meneses with the winner. Meneses finishes with 3 hits (including a two-run homer) while Jesus Castillo homers twice in a losing cause. Casey Coleman gets the win and Chad Gaudin the save, while Carlos Bustamante (the 10th of 11 Navojoa hurlers) takes the loss.
2019 – The Charros de Jalisco win their first Mexican Pacific League championship despite a sub-.500 regular season. They top the Yaquis de Obregón in the finals, 4 games to 2. In today’s clincher, Dariel Álvarez goes 4 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBI in a 11-1 win. Marco Tovar gets the win over Yoanner Negrin.