This Day In Baseball November 2
Baseball history on November 2 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.
Former Blue Jay catcher (1981-86) and the team’s present TV color analyst, Buck Martinez, is hired as the Toronto manager, replacing recently-fired Jim Fregosi. The 51 year-old ESPN commentator joins Astros’ Larry Dierker and Diamondbacks’ Bob Brenly as first-time major league skippers hired from the broadcast booth.
“It’s a dud, just like the Cubs were,” -PAT CAMDEN, Chicago police spokesman comparing the team’s season and the discovery of a potentially explosive device.After a groundskeeper finds a grenade in the Wrigley Field turf, bomb and arson investigators are called to evaluate the right field discovery. The rusty, hollowed-out shell turns out to be harmless, and its origins remain a mystery.
Showing that teams put a premium on pitching, the Boston Red Sox and reliever Mike Timlin agree to a one-year contract worth about $3.25 million, and the Seattle Mariners exercise their $6.25 million option on closer Eddie Guardado, choosing to keep him rather than explore an uncertain free agent market.
Preparing their move to the American League in 2013, the Houston Astros go back to the future, unveiling a new uniform design and a logo based on the team colors in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They also bring back Orbit, their long-time spaceman mascot who had been discarded in favor of a jackrabbit character who never won much love from fans.
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