This Day In Baseball January 30
Baseball history on January 30 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.
1922 – In an independent league game in Santiago de Cuba, an argument breaks out over an 8th-inning call at home. During the confrontation, Antonio Susini hits José Leblanc in the head with a bat; Leblanc suffers brain injuries and will die a day later. Susini will spend time in prison but will be back playing baseball in the US and Mexico by the late 1930s.
1926 – The Major League Rules Committee agrees that pitchers may have access to a rosin bag. On February 8, the American League will refuse to permit its use, but on April 28th, the league will give in and allow a rosin bag on the field, but discourage its use by players. The Committee also discusses the possible elimination of the intentional walk, a topic that has come up before, by making the pitcher throw to the batter. Calling a balk on the catcher if he steps out of his box has not eliminated the intentional walk as intended. No action is taken however.
1936 – The new owners of the Boston Braves conduct a survey of newspaper reporters, asking them to come up with a new nickname for the franchise. The reporters select the Bees, which will be used through the 1940 season. The new name fails to catch on, and the team will decide to switch back to “Braves”.
The Little League office is moved to Williamsport, PA, with Peter J. McGovern becoming the circuit’s first full-time president. In November of 1955, Carl Stotz, who started the youth baseball program 28 years earlier, will have strong differences with the increasing commercialization of the organization, causing the L.L.B. Inc. Board to remove him from his position as commissioner.
Commissioner Ford Frick announces that players and coaches, rather than the fans, will vote on selections for the All-Star Game. The vote will not return to the fans until 1970, when Commissioner Bowie Kuhn reverses Frick’s action. The decision is a reaction to alleged ballot box stuffing by Cincinnati fans before last year’s All-Star Game.
1959 – The Cincinnati Redlegs trade pitcher Harvey Haddix, catcher Smoky Burgess, and infielder Don Hoak to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for third baseman Frank Thomas, infielder-outfielder Jim Pendleton, outfielder Johnny Powers, pitcher Whammy Douglas and cash. The deal will turn out to be one on the worst in Cincinnati history.
1984 – After failing to trade him, the New York Mets give veteran slugger Dave Kingman his release. Kingman hit .198 with 13 home runs last year, but will find a new home as designated hitter with the Oakland Athletics, hitting 35 home runs this year, ranking second behind American League leader Tony Armas, who will finish with 43.
The Pittsburgh Pirates sign free agent second baseman Pokey Reese to a two-year contract. Pittsburgh is the fourth team for Reese since the end of the 2001 season. He finished the year with Cincinnati, and then was traded to the Colorado Rockies and the Boston Red Sox in a span of three days in December. Boston did not offer him a contract, making him a free agent.
2003 – Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. joins his father Cal Sr. by becoming the 40th member of the Orioles Hall of Fame. Ripken Jr. is elected in his first year of eligibility by a unanimous vote of the media covering the team. The formal ceremony will be take place on September 6th, which marks the eighth anniversary of the night he broke the 56-year-old record of 2,130 consecutive games played set by Lou Gehrig.
In his first year of eligibility by a unanimous vote of the media covering the team, Cal Ripken Jr. joins his dad by becoming the 40th member of the Orioles Hall of Fame. The formal ceremony will take place on September 6, 2003, which marks the eighth anniversary of the night the Baltimore infielder broke Lou Gehrig’s record consecutive games streak of 2,130 games at Camden Yards.
The Yankees, who will send coaches, scouts, and player-development staff to the Far East, agree to help establish baseball academies in China. Randy Levine, the team’s president, committed the Bronx Bombers to help the Chinese Baseball Association develop young talent while also trying to promote the game in a culture in which the sport remains virtually unknown to the Chinese.
2009 – The Tigres de Aragua take their fifth title in six Venezuelan League seasons, topping the Leones del Caracas, 4 games to 3, in the finals despite a worse record in the regular season and in the playoffs. Victor Moreno improves to 4-0, 0.77 in the postseason, getting the victory in relief of Jeff Farnsworth. 3B Matt Tolbert’s three-run homer is a key blow in the 7 – 3 victory.
The Mets avoid salary arbitration with John Maine (10-8, 4.18) when both sides agree to a $2.6 million, one-year deal. The 25 year-old right-handed starter, who missed the last five weeks of the season due to an injury to his pitching shoulder, is expected to play a major role this year in the team’s pitching rotation.
Jason Varitek reaches a preliminary agreement with the Red Sox for a reported guaranteed $5 million, one year contract which includes options for the 2010 season. The team’s catcher and captain, a 12-year veteran, accepts much less than he would have made had he taken the team’s arbitration offer made in December.
Appearing on CNN’s “Larry King Live”, Joe Torre answers questions concerning the inflammatory excerpts of his book, The Yankee Years, which caused a firestorm of reaction from former players and fans after they were released last week. The Dodgers skipper, who managed the Bronx Bombers for a dozen seasons, tells the host he believes the controversy will die down and people will cool down after they get a chance to read the actual book.
The Naranjeros de Hermosillo win the Mexican Pacific League title with a 1 – 0 victory over Mazatlan in the decisive game of the championship finals. Juan Delgadillo pitches 7 2/3 shutout innings for the win, outdueling Walter Silva, while veteran Vinny Castilla drives in the game’s only run on a 1st-inning sacrifice fly. Hermosillo joins the Leones del Caracas (Venezuelan League), Indios de Mayagüez (Puerto Rican League) and Leones del Escogido (Dominican League) in the 2010 Caribbean Series, set to begin on February 2nd on Margarita Island, off the coast of Venezuela.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette runs a front-page story that Pittsburgh Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle made an offer to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates from Bob Nutting in 2009. Pirates sources deny that there was a concrete offer and Nutting also indicates he has no interest in selling the team.
The Caribes de Anzoátegui win the Venezuelan League title with an 8 – 7 win over Tigres de Aragua in the seventh game of the finals. Series MVP 1B Luis Jimenez and OF Cesar Suarez hit 1st-inning homers to give the Caribes the lead they will never relinquish, and C Josh Kroeger adds a three-run blast. Reliever Alex Herrera is the winner and José Cabrera gets the save.
2013 – Magallanes wins the 11th Venezuelan League title in its history by disposing of Lara, 11 – 9, in the Game 7 of the finals. Pablo Sandoval is the hero, going 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and a homer; the “Kung-Fu Panda” finishes the series with a .300 average, 3 homers and 9 RBI and is named MVP of the finals. Luis Jimenez opens the scoring with a 1st-inning homer for Lara, which takes a 2 – 0 lead, but Endy Chavez replies with a solo shot in the bottom of the frame, then Magallanes tallies three runs in each of the next three innings to run away with the score. Carlos Maldonado hits a three-run blast in the 2nd, Juan Rivera a two-run shot in the 3rd, Sandoval’s homer goes for two runs in the 4th, and is followed by another long ball by Hector Gimenez that makes it 10 – 5. Lara scores a few late runs, but not enough to turn the game’s tide. Reliever Jean Machi gets credit for the win.
As the result of ruling handed down by commissioner Rob Manfred, the Cardinals will relinquish their top two picks in this year’s amateur draft and pay the Astros $2 million as punishment for hacking into Houston’s email system and scouting database. Chris Correa, the former Redbirds scouting director, who pled guilty in federal court to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer, is placed on baseball’s permanently ineligible list, after being sentenced to serve 46 months in prison.