This Day In Baseball November 15
This day in baseball November 15 in baseball history, there were over 100 notable events. There were over No Debuts, Over 56 Birthdays, 14 Deaths, and 0 final games all on November 15 on this Day In Baseball history.
1922 – Former Providence Grays outfielder Paul Hines is arrested on charges of pick-pocketing. The 69-year-old Hines made a famous play in a game on May 8, 1878: the first unassisted triple play in major league history, a rare feat has only occurred 12 times after that. His accomplishment is questionable, however.
1945 – The rules are revised for election of modern players to the Hall of Fame. A runoff election is formulated as a way to qualify more players for selection, but it fails to meet its objective as no one reaches the 75 percent requirement in the runoff. Former players Frank Chance, Johnny Evers and Ed Walsh and former manager Miller Huggins come closest.
Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski (.326, 44, 121), receiving 19 of 20 first-place votes, is selected by the BBWAA as the American League Most Valuable Player. A writer puts the light-hitting Twins infielder Cesar Tovar (.267, 6, 47) on the top of his ballot, denying the 28 year-old Red Sox outfielder of being the unanimous choice for the award.
After months of deadlock, leaders of Major League Baseball and the players union reach an agreement to clean up a performance-enhancing drug scandal that has tarnished the nation’s pastime and left lawmakers worried about young athletes imitating the wrong role models. It will require baseball players to submit to several drug tests each year, during and between seasons, and will impose lengthy suspensions for steroid and amphetamine use. Repeat offenders can be banned for life. The agreement, which must be ratified by both the players and baseball owners, is similar to a proposal offered earlier this year by commissioner Bud Selig.
The players’ association and owners agree to toughen the current penalties (10 days-first offense, 30 days-second offense, and 60 days for the third time) for the use of steroids, using a 50-game suspension for a first offense, 100 games for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third. The agreement also adds the much-needed testing for amphetamines, which will result with mandatory additional testing if the test is positive the first time, with a second offense drawing a 25-game suspension, and a third offense meaning an 80 game suspension.
Joe Maddon, becoming the fourth manager in the team’s brief history, is selected by the Devil Rays to replace Lou Piniella. The former Angels bench coach believes, despite the club’s poor record and having the lowest payroll in baseball, the young talented team, based on his computer-generated analysis, can start a winning tradition in Tampa Bay.
Joe Girardi, six weeks after the Marlins fire him, wins the NL Manager of the Year award when he receives 18 of 32 first-place votes in the BBWAA’s balloting. The unemployed freshman skipper, who easily outpointed Willie Randolph of the Mets for the honor, is the first manager of a losing team (78-84) to cop the award.
Jim Leyland, who led the eventual AL champion Tigers in his first year at the helm to their first winning season since 1993, is named the American League Manager of the Year. The veteran skipper received 19 of the writers’ 28 first-place votes, easily outdistancing the Twins’ Ron Gardenhire for the award.
A federal grand jury indicts Barry Bonds, accused of lying nearly four years ago about using performance-enhancing drugs, on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice. The prodigious slugger, who has broken many cherished home run baseball records, could be sentenced to a maximum of 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
Ryne Sandberg, returning to the organization that gave him his professional start, is hired to manage the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Phillies. The diplomatic Hall of Fame second baseman, a finalist to replace Lou Piniella as the Cubs manager, decided it would be in the best interest of everyone involved not to continue managing in the Chicago minor league system.
The Phillies and Jose Contreras agree to a $5.5 million, two-year deal that will keep the 38 year-old right-hander in Philadelphia. The one-time starter played a vital role as a reliever for the NL East champions, posting a 6-4 record along with four saves in 67 appearances in his first season in the bullpen.
In what is portrayed as a classic dispute between defenders of traditional statistics and supporters of sabermetrics, 3B Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers wins the 2012 American League Most Valuable Player Award over Rookie of the Year OF Mike Trout of the Angels by a score of 362 to 281. Cabrera was the first winner of a Triple Crown in 45 years, but Trout finished ahead of him in more advanced measures of a player’s value. There is no such controversy in the National League, as C Buster Posey of the Giants is a runaway winner.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America selects Miguel Cabrera (.330, 44, 139) as the American League’s Most Valuable Player. The Tigers’ third baseman, the first Triple Crown winner since 1967, receives 22 out of the 28 writers’ first-place votes, easily outpointing Angels outfielder Mike Trout, the circuit’s Rookie of the Year.
Commissioner Bud Selig announces Petco Park will be the site of the All-Star Game in 2016, making it the first time that the same league will play host in consecutive seasons since Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and San Francisco’s AT&T Park were the venues in 2006-07. The contest will mark the third Midsummer Classic held in San Diego, following 1978 and 1992 games played at Jack Murphy Stadium.
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