This Day In Baseball January 3
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Events for January 3
The Yankees sign Bill Virdon as the team’s manager, after American League president Joe Cronin voids the contract the team offered A’s skipper Dick Williams. Although the former Pirates skipper will manage New York for two years, he will never win a game at Yankee Stadium, because the club will play their home games at Shea Stadium while renovations take place at Bronx ballpark.
University of Arizona standout Terry Francona wins the Golden Spikes Award, an honor given to the nation’s most outstanding amateur player by the U.S. Baseball Federation. The 21 year-old southpaw-swinging collegiate outfielder/first baseman, who was signed by the Expos, was selected by the NCAA as the College World Series MVP last season after helping the Wildcats capture the National Championship.
Commissioner Bud Selig approves the potential trade of Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson to the New York Yankees for pitcher Javier Vazquez, catcher Dioner Navarro, outfielder Brad Halsey and $9 million dollars. Arizona will then send Navarro and much of the cash to the Los Angeles Dodgers to obtain Shawn Green, another deal approved by the commissioner’s office because of the amount of money changing hands.
Hoping to make the team appeal to a broader marketplace, the Angels announce the franchise will now be known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Officials from Anaheim, CA threaten to file a lawsuit to block the change, believing the new name violates the terms of the team’s 33-year lease with the city.
Bud Selig okays the trade which will send Shawn Green to the Diamondbacks, dependent on the team and the outfielder coming to terms on a contract extension within 72 hours. The commissioner’s approval is necessary because the Dodgers will pay $8 million to help offset Green’s current contract in the finalized deal.
Commissioner Bud Selig approves the potential trade of Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson to the Yankees in exchange for Javier Vazquez, Dioner Navarro, Brad Halsey, and $9 million. Arizona will likely include Navarro and much of the cash to the Dodgers to obtain Shawn Green, another deal approved today by the commissioner’s office.
Hoping to make the team appeal to a broader marketplace, the Angels announce the franchise will now be known as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Officials from Anaheim likely will file a lawsuit to block the change, believing the new name violates the terms of the team’s 33-year lease with the city.
Continuing to deal established players, the A’s trade outfielder Nick Swisher, a fan favorite, to the White Sox for minor leaguer hurlers Gio Gonzalez and Fautino De Los Santos and fly chaser Ryan Sweeney. Two weeks ago, the club dealt front-line pitcher Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks for another threesome of promising prospects.
2011 – Accompanied by teammate Julio Lugo, Orioles P Alfredo Simon surrenders to police in a courthouse in Puerto Plata in relation to a fatal shooting on new year’s eve in the Dominican Republic. Simon concedes that he fired celebratory shots into the air to mark the new year near the two victims, but denies that these were the fatal shots; ballistics tests will be performed to confirm his story. He is detained and faces up to two years in jail for involuntary manslaughter, but will be released when investigators fail to find conclusive evidence linking his weapon to the deaths.
Star Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish, who is being courted by the Texas Rangers since they won the exclusive right to negotiate with him thanks to a record bid via the posting system last month, makes a high-profile visit to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to meet with the Rangers’ top brass. The two parties have until January 20th to come to an agreement.
2015 – The Melbourne Aces beat the Canberra Cavalry, 9 – 8, behind two homers apiece from Adam Engel and Kellin Deglan. That gives Deglan 16 home runs on the year, breaking the Australian Baseball League record (for the ABL’s second run, when the schedule was shorter than its first decade). His record-setting dinger comes off Jake Brown.
2017 – The Arizona Diamondbacks file a lawsuit against Maricopa County, owner of Chase Field, seeking to break the team’s lease which normally runs to 2028, unless the county performs “urgent repairs” to the facility, evaluated at $187 million. The County replies that a significant portion of the repairs are of a cosmetic nature and should therefore be the responsibility of the team.