This Day In Baseball March 3
Danny Kaye, the original owner of the Mariners, along with his partner Lester Smith from 1977 to 1981, dies of heart failure. The 74 year-old entertainer was a life-long fan of the Dodgers, recording a hit tune entitled The D-O-D-G-E-R-S Song, which detailed a fictitious encounter with the rivals Giants during the actual 1962 pennant race.
1988 – Los Angeles Dodgers star Kirk Gibson walks out of training camp after teammate Jesse Orosco plays a practical joke by placing “eyeblack” in his cap. The incident illustrates Gibson’s intensity and no-nonsense approach to the game. Gibson, who returns to camp the next day, will be the National League MVP and help the Dodgers win the World Series this season.
1997 – The New York Yankees offer the San Diego Padres a choice of one from a list of players for the negotiating rights to Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu. The list includes Brian Boehringer, David Weathers, Chris Cumberland, Andy Fox and Matt Luke. The Yankees also offer one player from a list of five minor leaguers, plus $3 million. The Padres are talking to several other teams beside the Yankees.
In the first-ever World Baseball Classic game, Jae-Weong Seo pitches two-hit ball and Chan Ho Park works three effective innings for a save to lead South Korea past Taiwan, 2 – 0. The 16-nation tournament starts at 11:30 a.m. local time and is played before a sparse crowd of 5,193 at the Tokyo Dome.
2011 – Former top OF prospect Elijah Dukes, whose once-promising career was derailed by behavioral problems, is once again in trouble with the law. Dukes, 26, is arrested in Tampa, FL on charges of aggravated battery against his pregnant former girlfriend and driving with a revoked or suspended license.
Cuba wins its opening game in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, defeating the pesky Brazilians, 5 – 2, but not before being held hitless through four innings by Andre Rienzo. However, their ace, Ismel Jiménez, is also strong, and they record the win in spite of being limited to a single extra-base hit all afternoon.
In the third game of the day, Japan beats China as expected, although once again, the two-time defending champions do not particularly impress, having to settle for a 5 – 2 win. Starting pitcher Kenta Maeda gets the Japanese off to a strong start, giving up a single hit over the first five innings, but his teammates only score once within that span, before finally erupting for four runs in the 5th, with Yoshio Itoi’s three-run double being the key blow.
Taiwan gets its second win in as many days, defeating the Netherlands, 8 – 3, even though they fall behind, 3 – 0, after 2 innings. The Dutch manage their only hit of the game during that outburst, however, and can’t reply when Tom Stuifbergen gives up 4 runs in the 4th, and Dai-Kang Yang hits a two-run homer off Shairon Martis in the 6th. Reliever Wei-Lun Pan is the winner, giving up only one hit and a walk over 4 2/3 innings.
During five exhibition contests played in Arizona and Florida; baseball introduces its new pace of play initiatives designed to make the games shorter in duration. The new rules, which includes having batters keeping one foot in the batter’s box after taking a pitch, and the use of a clock to make innings start more punctually, will be slowly introduced before penalties for the players are implemented.
2016 – The first spring training injuries hit the Dodgers and Tigers. Los Angeles P Brett Anderson will be out three to five months after undergoing surgery for a bulging disc in his back, while Detroit OF Cameron Maybin is diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist one day after being hit by a pitch in his team’s first exhibition game and will miss at least a month.