Baseball from 2000 to 2009 Chronology

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Apr 09Brewers sweep Orioles 11-3, 16-3, & 13-5 (each with a grand slam).Ref: 5
Oct 20Receiving all 28 first votes, Raul Mondesi (.306, 16, 56) is named the National League's Rookie of the Year. The Los Angeles rightfielder, who easily outdistanced John Hudek and Ryan Klesko, is the third consecutive Dodger to win the award.Ref: 1
Jun 03Expo hurler Pedro Martinez hurls nine perfect innings against Padres before giving up a double to Bip Roberts in the bottom of tenth after Montreal had taken the lead. Mel Rojas saves the 1-0 gem.Ref: 1
Nov 03In a nine-player deal, the Rangers trade super star Juan Gonzalez along with pitcher Danny Patterson and catcher Greg Zaun to the Tigers for pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb and Francisco Cordero, outfielder Gabe Kapler, catcher Bill Haselman and infielder Frank Catalanotto.Ref: 1
Jan 04The Colorado Rockies finalize Bell's first coaching staff: pitching coach Marcel Lachemann, batting coach Clint Hurdle, bench coach Toby Harrah, bullpen coach Fred Kendall, first-base coach Dallas Williams, third-base coach Rich Donnelly, senior advisor Dave Garcia and strength coach Brad Andress.Ref: 86
Jan 11Carlton Fisk, in his second year of eligibility, and Tony Perez, on his ninth try, are elected to the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Jan 14The Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames to the Expos for right-hander Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline.Ref: 1
Jan 14The Colorado Rockies GM O'Dowd brings RHP Masato Yoshii to Colorado, from the Mets for LHP Bobby M. Jones and RHP Lariel Gonzalez.Ref: 86
Jan 19Major league owners give the commissioner's office sweeping new powers. Bud Selig will be allowed to block trades and redistribute the wealth in order to restore competitive balance in baseball and under a unanimously adopted new constitution he can fine teams up to two million dollars.Ref: 1
Jan 19The Colorado Rockies introduce additions to their uniforms, as well as an alternate purple jersey, alternate home uniform and purple-billed cap.Ref: 86
Jan 31Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was suspended by baseball commissioner Bud Selig for disparaging foreigners, homosexuals and minorities in a Sports Illustrated interview.Ref: 70
Feb 03The Florida Marlins announce a continued focus on the Bicentennial site in downtown Miami as the possible location for a new baseball-only ballpark. The team hosts a design charrette to further address concerns relating to the location of the ballpark and begins to develop a site plan that addresses or mitigates core community concerns.Ref: 86
Feb 09The Reds send four players, pitcher Brett Tomko, outfielder Mike Cameron and two minor leaguers to the Mariners and agree to a contract extension to obtain Seattle's superstar Ken Griffey Jr. Junior's nine-year $116.5 million contract is the richest package in baseball history, but in the current market is considered quite a bargain.Ref: 1
Feb 10In what may be the most significant and influential trade in the history of the organization, the Cincinnati Reds acquire OF Ken Griffey Jr. from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP Brett Tomko, OF Mike Cameron and minor-leaguers Antonio Perez and Jake Meyer. Griffey, a perenial All-Star and future Hall-of-Famer, returns to his childhood home, and joins his father, Ken Sr., as a member of the Reds.Ref: 86
Feb 21Denying the acquisition of Ken Griffey, Jr. as the reason, the Reds announce the team has dropped its ban on earrings. Players have worn them in the clubhouse, but weren't allowed on the field with them.Ref: 1
Feb 23Cub manager Don Baylor names four captains including first baseman Mark Grace, right fielder Sammy Sosa, pitcher Kevin Tapani and reliever Rick Aguilera. The quartet will be the Cubs first captains since the 1960s and early 1970s when Ron Santo held the position.Ref: 1
Feb 28NY Yankee designated hitter Darryl Strawberry is suspended for one-year by Commissioner Bud Selig for testing positive for cocaine. 
Feb 29After being suspended yesterday by major league baseball for one year for testing positive for the use cocaine, Yankee outfielder/DH Darryl Strawberry is invited to join the Newark Bears during the suspension. The New Jersey franchise, which is a member of the South Atlantic Independent League, is located near the slugger's Fort Lee home.Ref: 1
Mar 01David Dombrowski is named the third President in The Florida Marlins history, becoming President and General Manager.Ref: 86
Mar 04The Florida Marlins announce their funding plan for a new, state-of-the-art, retractable roof ballpark in Downtown Miami. A key component of the proposed plan is the establishment of an independent "trust," empowered to initiate a tax referendum. The legislation allows the right of self-determination for the citizens of Miami-Dade County by assuring that the plan can only be implemented by the vote of the people.Ref: 86
Mar 15In spring training action, Red Sox star Pedro Martinez and five relievers combined on a perfect exhibition game beating the Blue Jays, 5-0.Ref: 1
Mar 18After acquiring Jesse Orosco from the Orioles in a December trade, the Mets send the veteran left-hander to the Cardinals for utility player Joe McEwing.Ref: 1
Mar 26In 17.6 seconds the Kingdome is demolished into a mound of rubble over 65 feet high thanks to 21.6 miles of detonation cord and 5,800 holes filled with gelatin dynamite.Ref: 1
Mar 30The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros play the first game in the new Enron Field, in exhibition.Ref: 35
Mar 30The New York Yankees and the Houston Astros play the first game in the new Enron Field, in exhibition.Ref: 86
Apr 05The Florida Marlins announce they will no longer pursue a Cruise Passenger Surcharge as part of their financing plan for a new ballpark after Florida Governor Jeb Bush states his opposition to the proposal.Ref: 86
Apr 07Devil Rays retire uniform No. 12 in honor of Wade Boggs. Although the former Red Sox and Yankee third baseman only spent just two years with Tampa Bay, he hit the franchise's first HR and became he 23rd member of the 3,000-hit club as a member of the team.Ref: 1
Apr 07In 15 games, a record total of 57 home runs are hit in the major leagues two more than the August 13, 1999 mark established in 17 games; 36 AL homers sets the record for a league in one day, surpassing the previous mark by 6.Ref: 1
Apr 07The Astros play a regular-season game outdoors in Houston for the first time since 1965 as Houston opens Enron Field with a 6-1 loss to the Phillies.Ref: 1
Apr 07Berley W. Visgar is sentenced to 90 days in jail and is fined $1,000 by Circuit Judge Michael Brennan for going on County Stadium's field last season and jumping onto the back of Astros' outfielder Bill Spiers. Although Visgar has no prior criminal record, the judge believes a harsh sentence will hopefully stop fans from similar actions in the future.Ref: 1
Apr 07The Tampa Bay Devil Rays host the Cleveland Indians at Tropicana Field. It is the first professional baseball game played on Field Turf, artificial grass that has all the characteristics of natural grass.Ref: 86
Apr 08Kenny Rogers has his 19-game home winning streak snapped as Blue Jay David Wells pitches a nine-hit complete game shutout beating Texas, 4-0. Rogers' streak, compiled with the Yankees, A's, Mets and Rangers, is the third-longest in major league history.Ref: 1
Apr 09The Twins beat the Royals, 13-7, as both teams each hit three consecutive home runs in the same game for the first time in major league history. Ron Coomer, Jacque Jones and Matt Lecroy connect consecutively in the sixth for Minnesota and Carlos Beltran, Jermaine Dye and Hector Carrasco go back-to-back-to-back for Kansas City.Ref: 1
Apr 09Indian first baseman Jim Thome strikes out five times to tie a major league record. Cleveland prevails posting a 17-4 victory over the Devil Rays.Ref: 1
Apr 10On his father¹s 50th birthday, Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the youngest player (30 years, 141 days) to hit 400 career homers beating Jimmie Foxx¹s previous mark (30 years, 248 days old).Ref: 1
Apr 11The Detroit Tigers first are welcomed into their new home, Comerica Park. Opening Day saw 34º weather, a sold-out crowd, and a 5-2 win against Seattle.Ref: 86
Apr 15In the 2,800th game of his career, Oriole infielder Cal Ripken lines a base hit to center off the Twins Hector Carrasco to become the 24th major leaguer to reach the 3,000 career hit milestone; the single also makes him only the seventh player to get 3,000 hits and 400 home runs in major league history.Ref: 1
Apr 16Indian starter Chuck Finley, who was already the only pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning twice, does it for the third time as the southpaw strikes out Tom Evans, Royce Clayton, Chad Curtis (who takes first on a passed ball) and Rafael Palmeiro in the third inning; Finley beats the Rangers 2-1 with the help of back-to-back ninth-inning homers from Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome .Ref: 1
Apr 18The Angels' Adam Kennedy ties a franchise mark with eight RBIs thanks to a single, triple and HR as Anaheim beats the Blue Jays,16-10.Ref: 1
Apr 18After serving a 12-game suspension for making disrespectful comments about minorities, John Rocker pitches a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies in 4-3, 12-inning home victory. The outspoken Braves' reliever is given a standing ovation as he enters the game.Ref: 1
Apr 18During the Angel's 16-10 victory over the Blue Jays, a SkyDome promotion becomes a bit too frank as fans get hit with bits of hot dogs when the wieners fall apart after being shot from the 'Hot Dog Blaster'. Undaunted by the fall out, promoters continue to propel the missles even though the hot dogs repeatedly splatter the onlookers; the Angels' Adam Kennedy ties a franchise mark contributing eight RBIs thanks to a single, triple and a HR in the effort.Ref: 1
Apr 19Veteran hurler Orel Hershiser ties a major league mark, equaled by 19 others, hitting 4 batters in one game. Astro Richard Hidalgo also ties a modern major league record by getting hit three times in a game, twice by Hershiser and a third time by Dodger reliever Matt Herges.Ref: 1
Apr 21In Cincinnati, the Dodger/Red game is delayed for 27 minutes due to the umpires' equipment being accidentally been shipped to New York. Replacement gear is secured from a downtown store but due to heavy traffic a police escort is needed to get the goods to Cinergy Field.Ref: 1
Apr 22Homers by Mark McGwire and Fernando Tatis help to establishes an NL record for the most team HRs in April as the Cardinals go yard 42 times. The Braves had hit 41 home runs in April of 1998.Ref: 1
Apr 22Angels Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon and Troy Glaus all go deep in the fourth inning against Devil Rays' hurler Dwight Gooden, and then they again all homer off Roberto Hernandez in the ninth. It is the first time in major league history that the same three players homered in the same inning twice in a game.Ref: 1
Apr 23In a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays, Yankees Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada become the first teammates to have each homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.Ref: 1
Apr 23The Dodgers sweep the Reds to notched their 1,000th over the Reds, baseball oldest professional franchise. Since 1970, Los Angeles is the only NL franchise to play over .500 ball (120-115) in Cincinnati.Ref: 1
Apr 23Two separate brawls break out in a game between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox over players being hit by pitches. It started when Detroit third baseman Dean Palmer charged the mound after being hit by a Jim Parque pitch. Parque is suspended for 3 games, Palmer 8 games. Eleven players are ejected from the game. Ultimately 16 players will be suspended for 82 games.Ref: 9
Apr 25Honoring the work stoppage called by Cuban-Americans work stoppage over the Elian Gonzalez situation, Marlins Alex Fernandez, Vladimir Nunez, Michael Tejera and Mike Lowell, DevilRays¹ Jose Canseco and Mets¹ Rey Ordonez and Cookie Rojas do not participate in major league action.Ref: 1
Apr 26The St. Louis Cardinals set a major league record by hitting 50 home runs in April. Homers by pitcher Rick Ankiel, Jim Edmonds and Fernando Tatis in the 7-0 victory over the Brewers help to break the mark established by the 1997 Indians with 49.Ref: 1
Apr 26Expo outfielder Vladimir Guerrero's 100th career home run helps Montreal beat Colorado, 9-2.Ref: 1
Apr 27Former Brewer Jose Valentin hits for the cycle helping his new team, the Chicago White Sox, defeat the Orioles, 13-4; In Milwaukee, Valetin¹s home for the past eight seasons, a player is awarded a Harley-Davidson motorcycle for hitting for the cycle. (In exactly one one month, he'll miss being the first AL player to hit for the cycle twice in one season by not getting a single).Ref: 1
Apr 27Sixteen players of the Tigers and White Sox are suspended for a total of 82 games for participating in two brawls at Comiskey Park five days ago making it the most severe punishment ever given for a bench-clearing incident. Both managers, Phil Garner and Jerry Manuel, are suspended for eight games each.Ref: 1
Apr 29The Pirates and Reds combine to tie a major league record in Cincinnati's 6-5 victory by hitting a total of five sacrifice flies.Ref: 1
Apr 29For the first time in seven tries, the Giants win at Pacific Bell Park as San Francisco becomes the first franchise to lose six games to start a season in a newly constructed ballpark. Barry Bonds' eighth inning HR proves to be the difference in a 2-1 victory over the Expos.Ref: 1
Apr 30Diamondback hurler Randy Johnson beats the Cubs, 6-0 becoming only the third pitcher baseball history to win six games in April.Ref: 1
Apr 30Cardinals Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds go deep helping St. Louis finished the month of April with 55 home runs tying 1947 NY Giants for most NL team homers hit in a month.Ref: 1
May 01With the help of a Quilvio Veras homer, the Braves establish a franchise-record 14th straight victory beating the Dodgers, 2-1.Ref: 1
May 01San Francisco's left fielder Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit a ball into San Francisco Bay (McCovey's Cove); the first 'splashdown' home run at Pacific Bell Park helps the Giants to beat the Mets, 10-3.Ref: 1
May 02With his reconstructed elbow, Cubs' Kerry Wood throws in a game for the first time in nearly 19 months, giving up one run and three hits in six innings in an 11-1 rout of the Astros.Ref: 1
May 05Former Dodger skipper Tommy Lasorda is named manager of the United States' Olympic baseball team. The Hall of Fame pilot won four NL pennants and two World Series titles with Los Angeles.Ref: 1
May 05Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits the longest home run in the 30-year history of Riverfront/Cinergy Field, but the 473-foot shot isn't enough as Ken Griffey Jr.'s homer leads the Reds past St. Louis, 3-2.Ref: 1
May 05For the first time in team history, the Rangers overcome an eight-run deficit beating the A's, 17-16. The teams tie (Red Sox and A's June 29, 1950) an American League record as 18 players score, including every starter.Ref: 1
May 11Manny Ramirez's tags a first-inning grand slam and adds a two-run homer in the sixth leading the Indians to a 16-0 rout of the Royals. The victory, which stops Kansas City's winning streak at five games, is Cleveland's most lopsided shut out in 45 years when the Tribe beat Tribe beat the Red Sox 19-0.Ref: 1
May 11At the age of 37, Joe Strong becomes the oldest player to make his big-league debut since Diomedes Olivo pitched for the Pirates in 1960 as a 41-year old. The 'seasoned' rookie throws 1 1/3 hitless innings and gets to witness a triple play in his first major league game.Ref: 1
May 11Beating the Cubs, 14-8, it takes the Brewers four hours and twenty-two minutes to play a regulation nine-inning game. The time breaks the National League record and ties the mark set by the Orioles and Yankees on September 5, 1997 for the longest non-extra inning game ever played.Ref: 1
May 13A day after failing to hustle, turning a likely double into a single, a disgruntled Rickey Henderson is let go by the Mets. The 41-year old stolen base leader is batting .219 with no homers and two RBIs at the time of his release.Ref: 1
May 13Diamondback pitcher Todd Stottlemyre wins the 136th game of his career making the Stottlemyres the first father and son to combine for 300 wins. The Diamondback pitcher plans to give game ball to dad, Mel, who began chemotherapy early this season for bone marrow cancer.Ref: 1
May 14Although Sammy Sosa gets five hits, Henry Rodriquez drives in seven runs and Eric Young steals five bases, the Cubs still manage to lose to the Expos, 16-15. Young¹s accomplishment on the bases is the most by a Cubs player since 1881 when George Gore stole seven bases.Ref: 1
May 16At Wrigley Field in the ninth inning, after a fan steals Los Angeles¹ catcher Chad Kreuter's hat and hits him in the back of the head, several Dodgers go into the stands and get into fights with the fans. When the melee ends, several fans are arrested as the game is delayed nearly ten minutes, and there is litter all over the fieldRef: 1
May 17Recently released by the Mets, Rickey Henderson reaches an agreement to play with Mariners.Ref: 1
May 18Mark McGuire hits home run #539 passing Mickey Mantle on the all-time list. He also passes Willie Mays with the most multi-home run games with 64, second only to Babe Ruth's 72. (CNN, 5/19/2000)Ref: 9
May 18In a 6-2 loss to the Padres, the Marlins steal 10 bases one shy of the NL record.Ref: 1
May 19In the park's last year, Jason Kendall became the first Pirate to hit for the cycle in Three Rivers Stadium. The Pittsburgh backstop has a two-run homer in the first, a single in the second, a double in the third and a two-run triple in the eighth to join Giant Jeff Kent (1999) as the only player to accomplish the feat in the stadium's 31-year history.Ref: 1
May 20In his initial at-bat for the Mariners, recently acquired Rickey Henderson hits his record 76th career leadoff home run against the Devil Rays.Ref: 1
May 21Major League Baseball has its first six grand-slam day less than one year after establishing the mark with 5. Angel Garret Anderson, Giant J.T. Snow, Phillie Brian Hunter, A's Jason Giambi and Dodgers Adrian Beltre and Shawn Green all contributed to the record. The NL also set a record with four of the six base-loaded homers.Ref: 1
May 22Scoring seven times in the ninth, the Brewers make their biggest comeback in franchise history knoting the score at 9 before only 3,913 fans at County Stadium. Jose Hernandez's solo homer in the next inning completes the come-from-behind victory as Milwaukee beats the Astros, 10-9.Ref: 1
May 23Joining Babe Ruth and Ted Williams, Seattle's Rickey Henderson draws his 2,000th career walk becoming only the third player in baseball history to reach the milestone.Ref: 1
May 24Shawn Estes pitches a seven-hitter and becomes the first Giants pitcher in 51 years (Monte Kennedy-1949) to hit a grand slam enroute to handing the Expos their worst defeat in franchise history, 18-0. He just misses joining Tony Cloninger as the only major league pitcher to hit two slams in a game.Ref: 1
May 24Mark McGwire becomes the fastest player to hit 20 HRs in one season reaching the mark in 35 games, six less than Mickey Mantle (1956) and his own record (1998).Ref: 1
May 24Sixteen Dodgers' players and three coaches are suspended by the commissioner's office for going into the stands during the Wrigley Field scuffle with fans on May 16. The suspensions totaling 60 games for players and 24 games for coaches is the harshest penalty ever handed down by major league baseball.Ref: 1
May 25The Devil Rays released Doc Gooden (2-3, 6.63). The former Cy Young Award winner was acquired from the Houston Astros on April 13 for cash considerations giving him a chance to pitch for his hometown team.Ref: 1
May 26At Yankee Stadium, a fan falls from the upper deck and remains motionless on the screen behind home plate for about five minutes while the game is delayed against the Red Sox. The 24-year old man suddenly sits up and raises both arms high before being arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.Ref: 1
May 27The Cardinals pay tribute to Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue of the Hall of Famer hurler by sculptor Harry Weber outside Busch Stadium. The colorful character joins Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst to honored in such a manner.Ref: 1
May 27The Reds retire the No. 24 jersey worn by Hall of Famer Tony Perez making it just the sixth to be retired by the oldest professional baseball organization. The former first baseman and manager joins Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18) and Frank Robinson (20) to be honored in such a manner. Ken Griffey Jr. after being acquired by the Reds in the off season agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number worn by his father as a member of the Big Red Machine.Ref: 1
May 28The Diamondbacks team-record 11-game home winning streak is halted by the Brewers,4-3. Marquis Grissom's RBI single in the 11th inning is the difference.Ref: 1
May 28Homering in their 15th straight game, the Astros set a team record in a 4-3 victory over the Braves. Ken Caminiti and Lance Berkman each go deep helping Houston to establish the record.Ref: 1
May 28The Angels, for the first time in franchise history, hit four home runs in one inning. Anaheim goes yard four times in the fifth inning with Darin Erstad, Mo Vaughn, Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson supplying the fireworks in the 11-4 victory.Ref: 1
May 29At Yankee Stadium, Randy Velarde completes the tenth unassisted triple play in major league history. With runners on first and second Shane Spencer hits a line drive to the A's second baseman who catches the ball, tags out Jorge Posada coming from first base and steps on second tripling up Tino Martinez who took off for third to complete the rare event.Ref: 1
May 29At the age of 104, Fred Roberts, the oldest living Dodger fan, makes his first visit to Dodger Stadium. Wearing a jersey with the number 104, the World War I veteran cheers as Sean Green's sixth inning grand slam helps to beat Al Leiter and the Mets, 4-1.Ref: 1
May 31The Arizona Diamondbacks turn the first triple play in club history in the fifth inning of their game against the St. Louis Cardinals with Mark McGwire at the plate.Ref: 86
Jun 01As owners struggle over realignment, the players' association suggest a simpler plan which only moves the Astros from the NL Central to the AL West thus creating two 15-team leagues. The owners' ideas would have the newest franchises, Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, switching leagues, the elimination of the NL wild-card, and AL Central consisting of six-teams to go along with five divisions with only four teams.Ref: 1
Jun 02With the Tigers visiting Wrigley Field for the first time since the 1945 World Series, Cub reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down a 2-0 Chicago victoryRef: 1
Jun 02For the first time a major league team chooses to honor a hero from a different sport as the Montreal Expos will wear Maurice Richard's uniform number (9) on their jerseys to honor the late Montreal Canadians star.Ref: 1
Jun 02Tampa Bay Devil Rays first baseman Fred McGriff becomes the 31st player in Major League history to reach 400 career home runs, homering off New York's Glendon Rusch at Shea Stadium.Ref: 86
Jun 04Esteban Yan of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch.Ref: 12
Jun 05For the first time, the Florida Marlins have the first overall pick in the first-year player draft and select first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, a 16-year-old native of Bonita, California. The Eastlake High School product agrees to terms with the Marlins that day.Ref: 86
Jun 06Thanks to the Angels' video crew playing a clip from the 1994 movie "Ace Ventura, Pet Detective" on the JumboTron, the Rally Monkey is born. The Anaheim Angels were losing to the San Francisco Giants. With the words "Rally Monkey" superimposed over a monkey jumping up and down in the Jim Carrey movie, the crowd goes wild as Anaheim scores two runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Giants, 6-5.Ref: 1
Jun 13Los Angeles Dodger Eric Karros blasts the 229th home run of his career and became the Los Angeles Dodgers All-Time Home Run King, passing Ron Cey.Ref: 86
Jun 18In a 19-2 rout of the Diamondbacks, it takes only first four innings for Mike Lansing to hit for the cycle getting a triple in the first, a two-run homer in the second, a double in the third and a single in the fourth.Ref: 1
Jun 18The A's slam the Royals, 21-3, as every player in the Oakland starting lineup has at least one hit, one RBI and scores a minimum of one run; the 18-run difference is largest margin of victory for the A's and the largest margin of defeat for the Royals in the team's respective histories.Ref: 1
Jun 21The Florida Legislature passes a bill that creates a nine-member Community Improvement Authority in Miami-Dade County to study ways to finance a new ballpark. Two of the members are to be appointed by the Governor, three by the County Commission, two by the City Commission and one each by the Mayors of Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami.Ref: 86
Jun 26After hitting 35 home runs in 53 minor league games, Arizona Diamondback Alex Cabrera makes his big league debut and homers as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He becomes the 78th player in baseball history to homer in his first career at bat.Ref: 86
Jun 28Jeff Cirillo hits three homers, doubles, drives in six runs and scores five times as the Rockies beat the Giants, 17-13.Ref: 1
Jun 28The Rockies draw their 20 millionth fan to one ballpark faster than any other team in major league history. Taking less than six years, Colorado eclipses the Dodgers' mark of taking nine years in two stadiums to reach the milestone.Ref: 1
Jun 29On his much awaited return to Shea Stadium, John Rocker pitches a perfect eighth inning in front of 46,998 booing fans helping the Braves to stop the Mets' winning streak at seven, 6-4. Prior to the game the Atlanta reliever read a statement apologizing for his inappropriate comments about New Yorkers which appeared in the off season in Sports Illustrated.Ref: 1
Jun 29After trying to get Juan Gonzales and Sammy Sosa to bolster their failing offense, the Yankees acquire David Justice from the Indians for Ricky Ledee and two players to be named later.Ref: 1
Jun 30Trailing 8-2 with two outs in the eighth-inning, Mike Piazza's tie-breaking three-run homer completes a 10-run miracle comeback as Mets stun the Braves, 11-8. Nine of the runs were driven in with two outs and the 10 runs equals the most ever scored in an inning by the Mets.Ref: 1
Jul 01On the country's 133rd birthday, a Canada Day pitching match up features a pair of Canadian starters in Montreal as Marlin Ryan Dempster, a native of British Columbia defeats Mike Johnson of Edmonton and the Expos, 6-5.Ref: 1
Jul 01Whitey Herzog, the winningest manager in franchise's history, and Willie Wilson, an speedy outfielder who was an offensive spark plug, become members of the Kansas City Royals' Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Jul 01BARK, Baseball Aquatic Retrieval Korps debut at Pac Bell. Six Portuguese water dogs will be used to retrieve Splashdown home runs which land in McCovey's Cove.Ref: 1
Jul 02After hitting two home runs in 2-1 victory over the Expos, Marlin outfielder Mark Smith becomes a hero for the second time this day when he pulls a man from a smoke-filled car minutes before the car explodes.Ref: 1
Jul 02At Shea Stadium, Met fan Gregory Sweeney is arrested and charged with reckless endangerment after he throws a ball back onto the field which John Rocker had tossed into the stands. In a few day later, the 26-year old Brooklyn man will be exonerated as Queens District Attorney Richard Brown concludes Mr. Sweeney had no criminal intent and was doing nothing more than following a baseball tradition of returning an unsolicited and unwanted souvenir.Ref: 1
Jul 04Becoming only the third player in Cardinal history to homer in his first career at-bat, Keith McDonald pinch hits a home run in a 14-3 victory over the Reds. Eddie Morgan [1936] and Wally Moon [1954] are the only other Redbirds to accomplish the feat.Ref: 1
Jul 05In 12-9 comeback victory over the Astros, Luis Gonzalez becomes the first Diamondback to hit for the cycle. The Arizona outfielder doubled in the first inning, singled in the third, tripled in the eighth and homered in the ninth to accomplish the feat.Ref: 1
Jul 06Homering off of Reds' hurler Osvaldo Fernandez, Cardinals' Keith McDonald becomes only the second player in history to hit a homer in his first two major league at-bats. Bob Nieman of the St. Louis Browns is the other player to accomplish the feat (9/14/51).Ref: 1
Jul 07Drawing one of its largest crowds, the Butte Copper Kings newest promotion, 'John Rocker Awareness Night' is a huge success as the Angel farm club of the Pioneer League offers free admission to anyone belonging to a group insulted by the Atlanta reliever in his Sports Illustrated interview. The 672 fans in attendance include single moms with multiple children, people with purple hair, 'foreigners', as well as people with alternative life styles.Ref: 1
Jul 08Drawing one of its largest crowds, the Butte Copper Kings newest promotion, 'John Rocker Awareness Night' is a huge success as the Angel farm club of the Pioneer League offers free admission to anyone belonging to a group insulted by the Atlanta reliever in his Sports Illustrated interview. The 672 fans in attendance include single moms with multiple children, people with purple hair, 'foreigners', as well as people with alternative life styles.Ref: 1
Jul 08The Yankees sweep their cross-town rivals in the first double-ballpark doubleheader since 1903 with identical scores, 4-2 in an afternoon tilt at Shea and 4-2 in an evening contest at Yankee Stadium. It proves to be quite an interesting day in New York as Mike Piazza is hospitalized after being beaned by Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden gets first Shea win since 1994 and a bizarre obstruction call on Mets' first baseman Todd Zielle causes the first game to be played under protest.Ref: 1
Jul 08After Jose Cruz Jr. hits #20 in a 6-3 win over the Expos, the Blue Jays become the first team in major league history to have four batters to hit 20 or more homers before the All-Star break.Ref: 1
Jul 11At Turner Field, the AL beats the National League, 6-3, in the 71st All-Star contest, dubbed the All Scar game due to the many stars absent from the both lineups because of injuries. Yankees' shortstop Derek Jeter and Braves' third baseman Chipper Jones provide the offensive punch with both going 3-for-3.Ref: 1
Jul 12In a six-player deal, the Reds trade Denny Neagle ( 8-2, 3.52) and outfielder Mike Frank to the Yankees for minor league third baseman Drew Henson, outfielder Jackson Melian and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall.Ref: 1
Jul 12The Phillies trade hurler Andy Ashby, 33, to the Braves for pitcher Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting.Ref: 1
Jul 14John Olerud has a game-tying double disallowed because first base umpire Jim Wolf had called time, but then the Mariners' first baseman hits a three-run homer helping Seattle to beat the Padres, 7-5.Ref: 1
Jul 14Major League owners decide to return to playing an unbalanced schedule (teams play more games against teams in their own division) rather than the presently used balanced schedule (play approximately the same number of games against all teams within the league). The American League has used to a balanced schedule since 1977 and the National League started in 1993.Ref: 1
Jul 14A report presented to owners, The Commissioner's Initiative: Women and Baseball, finds women make up 46 percent of the average crowd at a big league game and urges major league franchises to make more of an effort to market to women patrons. According to the same report forty-three percent of women could not name a player on their home team's roster.Ref: 1
Jul 16The Twins are looking into the possibility of playing a home series outdoors in a temporary stadium next season. The move away from the Metrodome would require approval of major league baseball, the players' association, the opponents, broadcast affiliates and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.Ref: 1
Jul 17On the first pitch he ever sees in the major leagues, Chris Richard homers helping the Cardinals defeat the Twins, 8-3.Ref: 1
Jul 18Royals' outfielder Johnny Damon's has a career-high five hits, including four doubles which ties a major league mark as KS City beats the Cubs, 12-4.Ref: 1
Jul 21Thanks to Harold Baines' four hits, the Orioles halt its 20-game Canadian losing streak defeating the Blue Jays, 9-5. It is Baltimore's first victory north of the border since June 13, 1998.Ref: 1
Jul 22The Ranger-Mariner game is delayed by rain due to Safeco Field's retractable roof failing to close. The contest is continued after 54-minutes giving the roof time to overcome its electrical problem and providing the groundskeepers an opportunity to dry the field.Ref: 1
Jul 23The Big Red Machine rolls into Cooperstown delivering first baseman Tony Perez, manager Sparky Anderson and Reds announcer Marty Brennaman into the Baseball Hall of Fame along with 1975 Red Sox World Series rival Carlton Fisk; also enshrined were 19th century Cincinnati second basemanBid McPhee and Negro League star 'Turkey' Stearnes.Ref: 1
Jul 23Joining his grandfather Gus and father Buddy, Reds' third baseman Mike Bell becomes part of the first three-generation family to play for the same team.Ref: 1
Jul 23The Astros hit four homers off Cardinal hurler Andy Benes to tie the major league record for homers allowed by one pitcher in an inning. The second inning uprising help Houston set a team record for homers in one inning and tie a team record with six home runs for the game.Ref: 1
Jul 23After rejecting a trade to the Mets, Reds' All-Star shortstop Barry Larkin agrees three-year, $27 million contract extension that will keep him Cincinnati until 2003.Ref: 1
Jul 24Ivan Rodriguez (.347, 27, 83) breaks his thumb as it is struck by Mo Vaughn's bat on a swinging third strike as the AL MVP attempts to throw out a runner stealing to second base. The TX Rangers' all-star catcher will miss the rest of the season.Ref: 1
Jul 26The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla and Nelson Figueroa.Ref: 1
Jul 27The Rockies and Red Sox complete a seven-player trade. The Red Sox receive pitchers Rolando Arrojo and Rick Croushore, infielder Mike Lansing and an undisclosed amount of cash for second baseman Jeff Frye and pitchers Brian Rose and John Wasdinas well as minor league pitcher Jeff Taglienti.Ref: 1
Jul 27Toronto skipper Jim Fregosi wins his 1,000th game as a big league manager as the Blue Jays beat the Mariners, 7-2.Ref: 1
Jul 28Unable to win in four months, David Cone is sent to the team's minor league camp in Tampa by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Cone will be under supervision of Billy Connors, the Yankees vice president of player personnel.Ref: 1
Jul 28The Mets' have a busy day on the trading block as they obtain Oriole shortstop Mike Bordick for utility players Melvin Mora and Mike Kinkade and minor pitchers Lesli Brea and Pat Gorman. A few hours later Mets complete a four-player deal with the Devil Rays receiving reliever Rick White and outfielder Bubba Trammell in exchange for minor leaguers Jason Tyner and Paul Wilson.Ref: 1
Jul 29Recently acquired Mets make a good first impression as Mike Bordick goes 2-for-3, including a homer on the first pitch he sees as a Met and Rick White pitches a scoreless inning to get the win; the other newcomer, Bubba Trammell, who doesn't play today, will homer in his first at-bat as a Met tomorrow.Ref: 1
Jul 29The Brewers hold Bob Wickman All-Star Poster Night a day after the team trades their All-Star reliever to the Indians.Ref: 1
Jul 29The White Sox trade catcher Brook Fordyce and three minor league pitchers to the Orioles for catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines.Ref: 1
Aug 01In a 10-0 victory, Mike Mussina strikes out a club-record 15 batters as he keeps the Twins hitless through six innings and finishes the game with his third career one-hitter.Ref: 1
Aug 01Craig Biggio, 34, tears the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee during a collision with Marlin outfielder Preston Wilson and will miss the rest of the season. This marks the first time the Astros' second baseman has ever been on the disabled list in his 13-year career.Ref: 1
Aug 03Sonoma County Crushers Kevin Mitchell is expelled for the rest of the season from the independent Western Baseball League for punching the owner of an opposing team. The former National League MVP allegedly hit Solano Steelheads owner Bruce Portner, who had come on the field after a brawl caused by a pitch thrown a pitch behind Mitchell had ended.Ref: 1
Aug 04Joining Dave Kingman Frank Huelsman, Willis Hudlin, Paul Lehner, Wes Covington, Ted Gray and Mike Kilkenny, Dave Martinez ties a major league record as he appears for his fourth team in a season. In the past four months the veteran outfielder/first baseman has played for the Devil Rays, Cubs, Rangers and now the Blue Jays.Ref: 1
Aug 04With 32 home games remaining, the Astros, who moved from the pitcher-friendly Astrodome to homer-haven Enron Field this season, set a franchise-record already hitting 83 homers at home this seasonRef: 1
Aug 05Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cubs' player to reach 100 RBIs six consecutive times. Hack Wilson did it for five straight seasons from 1926-30.Ref: 1
Aug 07The Yankees claim Jose Canseco off waivers from the Devil Rays.Ref: 1
Aug 08Cubs hurler Phil Norton becomes the 18th pitcher in major league history to give up four homers in one inning as the Dodgers win the game, 7-5.Ref: 1
Aug 08In the top of the ninth, A's closer Jason Isringhausen throws just two pitches and the Yankees go from losing 3-2 to winning 4-3 thanks to back-to-back home runs by Bernie Williams and David Justice.Ref: 1
Aug 10Hudson Valley righthander Doug Waechter throws the first 9-inning no-hitter in the history of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays organization. Waechter beats Pittsfield (Mets) at Hudson Valley.Ref: 86
Aug 10Winning for the first time in 16 starts, David Cone ends the worst slump of his career as the Yankees beat the A's, 12-6. Newly acquired Jose Canseco hits a three-run homer into the upper deck to help Cone stop the skid.Ref: 1
Aug 12Tim Raines is inducted into the Expos' Hall of Fame. The 21-year veteran outfielder, who is fifth on the all-time career steals with 807, broke in with Montreal in 1979 and made National League All-Star team from 1981-1987.Ref: 1
Aug 13Mike Sweeney becomes the fastest Royal player ever to reach 100 RBIs when he goes deep helping Kansas City defeat the Orioles, 10-5.Ref: 1
Aug 13Astros' first baseman Jeff Bagwell goes 4-for-5 and drives in a club-record seven runs as Houston drubs the Phillies,14-7.Ref: 1
Aug 15Club owner Ted Turner and two-time National League MVP Dale Murphy are inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame joining Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro and Warren Spahn.Ref: 1
Aug 16With six homers for the second time in four days, the Astros set a National League record 18 home runs in the last four games as they edge the Pirates, 11-10 at home run friendly Enron Field .Ref: 1
Aug 18After beating out a potential double play ball to prolong a five-run ninth inning rally which ties the game, Angel flycatcher Darin Erstad makes a 10th inning game-saving catch and follows it with a game-winning homer in the 11th to beat Yankees, 9-8.Ref: 1
Aug 20The winningest pitcher in franchise history is honored by the Yankees during Whitey Ford Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium. The crafty lefty holds the team record for victories (236) , innings pitchedRef: 1
Aug 22Hitting a solo blast and a three-run round tripper during a nine-run sixth inning of a 14-6 victory over the Expos, Dodger first baseman Eric Karros becomes the first player in the 111-year franchise history to hit two homers in an inning.Ref: 1
Aug 22Working a scoreless 12th in a 7-6 victory over the Braves, Rockies' catcher Brent Mayne becomes the first position player to be a winning pitcher since 1968 when outfielder Rocky Colavito, as a Yankee, homered and threw 2 2/3 shutout innings against his former teammates helping the Bronx Bombers to beat the Tigers.Ref: 1
Aug 22Reds' outfielder Alex Ochoa helps to set a major league record by hitting the 142nd grand slam of the season. The Cincinnatti's outfielder first career bases-full homer eclipses the previous mark of 141 grand slams established in 1996.Ref: 1
Aug 22Against the Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodger Eric Karros sent two more round trippers out of the park - in the same inning, becoming the first Dodger in franchise history to accomplish such a feat.Ref: 86
Aug 23At Comerica Park, fans flee their seats as swarms of small insects invade the stands during the first inning. The six-legged pests did not affect the players, and the game continues uninterrupted with the Tigers edging the Mariners, 6-5.Ref: 1
Aug 23Team president Bob Graziano apologizes to a female couple who were asked to leave Dodger Stadium on August 8th because the two shared a kiss during a game. The pair felt the action of the eight security guards was discriminatory because the couple's friends, a man and a woman, also kissed but were not ejected.Ref: 1
Aug 24In his fifth rehabilitation start in the minors, Devil Rays' 26-year old pitcher Tony Saunders left arm breaks again throwing a wild pitch. The Devil Ray southpaw first broke his left humerus on May 26, 1999 throwing a 3-2 pitch in a game against Rangers at Tropicana Field.Ref: 1
Aug 28The players' association has exercised its option to extend the collective bargaining agreement ensuring labor peace through October 31, 2001. The expected move comes as no surprise as the players appear to be happy with the November 1996 deal, but the owners have expressed concerns the present CBA has widened the talent gap between the high and low-revenue markets due to escalating salaries.Ref: 1
Aug 30In a 9-4 comeback victory over the Blue Jays, Angel outfielder Darin Erstad goes 3-for-5 reaching the 200-hit plateau quicker than any other player in 65 years.Ref: 1
Aug 30As Braves come to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Reds, 4-2, a power spike causes most of the lights to go out at Turner Field causing a 12-minute delay. As the Atlanta crowd waits for play to resume it is treated to a rendition of the song, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" .Ref: 1
Aug 30On a night when every player in the Astros' starting lineup gets a hit, reserve catcher Tony Eusebio's hitting streak ends at 24 games establishing a new Houston team record.Ref: 1
Aug 30Earning his 1,600th victory, Braves' manager Bobby Cox passes former Dodger skipper,Tommy Lasorda, on the career list for most managerial victories. His 5-2 victory over the Reds puts him 14th on the all-time list.Ref: 1
Aug 30With the exception of hitting his first batter and giving up an opposite field leadoff single in the ninth, Pedro Martinez is nearly perfect in Boston's win over the Devil Rays, 8-0. The brawl-filled contest features five fights with eight Devil Rays (five players, the manager and two coaches) being ejected and Carl Everett needing a single to hit for the cycle but homers for the second time.Ref: 1
Aug 31The Red Sox trade two minor league pitchers to the Reds for Dante Bichette. The 36-year-old veteran outfielder will be the designated hitter for his new team.Ref: 1
Sep 01Rogers Communications Inc. purchases 80% of the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club with Labatt's maintaining 20% interest, while CIBC relinquishes it's 10% share. Paul Godrey is named President and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays.Ref: 86
Sep 01In an unusual play, the Orioles turns a triple play as shortstop Melvin Mora purposely lets a short fly drop in left field with runners at first and second. The runner at second (Travis Fryman) is tagged out and the runner at first (Wil Cordero) is forced at second and the batter (Sandy Alomar) thinking the infield-fly rule would be enforced does not go to first and is called automatically out for going back to dugout.Ref: 1
Sep 01Darin Erstad breaks the Angels' club record for total hits in a season (202) set in 1970 by Alex Johnson by getting three hits in a 9-8 loss to the White Sox giving him 204 so far this season.Ref: 1
Sep 03Kenny Lofton's first inning run ties a 1939 major league record set by Yankees' Red Rolfe for scoring in eighteen consecutive games. The speedy Indian outfielder, besides hitting the game-winning homer in the 13th, also steals five bases tying Cleveland's single-game record set by Alex Cole (8/1/90 & 5/3/92).Ref: 1
Sep 04The Red Sox honor Hall of Famer catcher Carlton Fisk. The New Hampshire resident, who played his first nine seasons with Boston, joins Bobby Doerr (1), Joe Cronin (4), Carl Yastrzemski (8) and Ted Williams (9) in having his number (27) be retired at Fenway.Ref: 1
Sep 06Joining Bert Campaneris (A's-1965) and Cesar Tovar (Twins-1968) Ranger utility player Scott Sheldon becomes only the third player in major league history to play all nine positions in one game.Ref: 1
Sep 06After reaching an agreement with Mogan, Lewis & Bockis LLP, Major League Baseball can now use the url The law firm registered the in 1994 and refused to release the domain name making it necessary for the sport to use 1
Sep 08Florida Marlins Manager John Boles receives a one-year contract extension through the 2002 season.Ref: 86
Sep 10On his 37th birthday, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher to strikeout 3,000 batters. Marlin third baseman Mike Lowell is the ŒBig Unit¹s¹ historic victim whiffing on four pitches ending the fourth inning. The lefty¹s first strike out of the game is his 300th of the season tying him with Nolan Ryan for accomplishing the feat three consecutive years.Ref: 1
Sep 11Eric Milton pitched a no-hitter for the Minnesota Twins in their 7-to-0 win over the Anaheim Angels.Ref: 6
Sep 12In a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks, Dodger Dave Hansen breaks Johnny Frederick's 1932 major league record for pinch-hit home runs in a single season by his seventh pinch-hit homer.Ref: 1
Sep 15A's first baseman Jason Giambi sets a team record by hitting his fourth grand slam of the season as Oakland drubs the Devil Rays, 17-3. The base-loaded shot also ties a major league record for the most grand slams by a team in a single season, 12.Ref: 1
Sep 15Passing both Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Mariner Rickey Henderson scores two runs to take over second place on the career list for runs scored. Henderson with a total of 2,175 will need to tally 71 runs to pass all time leader, Ty Cobb (2,245).Ref: 1
Sep 15In a 5-4 victory over the Giants, Padres' closer Trevor Hoffman becomes the third player in baseball history to have a four 40-save seasons .Ref: 1
Sep 16In a 7-6 loss at St. Louis, Chicago Cub Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire and Babe Ruth as the only players in big-league history with more than two 50-homer seasons.Ref: 86
Sep 17The game at Tropicana Field between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Oakland Athletics is postponed because of weather conditions related to Hurricane Gordon. It is believed to be the third game in a domed stadium postponed by weather.Ref: 86
Sep 18Pitching a one-hitter against the Yankees, Indian hurler Bertran Colon nearly ends the longest streak in major league history of a team being held hitless by its opponents. The Bronx Bombers have not been denied a hit in a game since since Hoyt Wilhelm did it on September 9,1958 spanning total of 6,637 contests.Ref: 1
Sep 19A Dodger fan, in addition to other court ordered decisions, has been banned from attending home games for 18 months because he threw coffee in the face of a Met fan cheering a grand slam hit by catcher Todd Pratt.Ref: 1
Sep 21In a 10-3 victory over the Marlins, Expo right fielder Vladimir Guerrero establishes a franchise single-season HR record by hitting his 43rd round tripper.Ref: 1
Sep 22Passing the 1997 Rockies, the Astros establish a new National League team single-season home run mark hitting their 240th in a 12-5 loss to the Reds at Cinergy Field. The slugfest features nine home runs with Cincinnatti hitting six and Houston going deep three times.Ref: 1
Sep 22At Cinergy Field, Astros' Jose Lima sets an National League record by giving up his 47th home run of the season passing the 1956 mark of Robin Roberts. Bert Blyleven holds the major league mark serving up 50 gopher balls as a Twin in 1986.Ref: 1
Sep 22Mets' closer Armando Benitez blanks the Phillies in the ninth for his 39th save breaking John Franco's club record who also appeared in the Mets' 9-6 win.Ref: 1
Sep 23Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 32nd major leaguer to hit 400 career homers as he hits three-run shot in the fifth inning of a 15-4 defeat to the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington, TX.Ref: 1
Sep 23Chicago Cub Mark Grace connects for his 1,000th RBI in a 6-5 loss vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.Ref: 86
Sep 23Tampa Bay Devil Rays' First baseman Fred McGriff homers off Toronto Blue Jays's Roy Halladay at SkyDome, joining Frank Robinson as the only two players in Major League history to hit 200 home runs in both leagues.Ref: 86
Sep 23Breaking the major league team record held by the 1997 Braves and the 1999 Indians grand slams in a season, Ben Grieve's 7th inning bases-loaded home run gives the A's a record breaking 13 grand slams.Ref: 1
Sep 24Chicago Cub Corey Patterson hits an inside-the-park home run in a 15-5 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.Ref: 86
Sep 25At Jacobs Field, the Indians play both the White Sox and the Twins in the first three-team doubleheader since 1951. The Tribe wins the opener 9-2, but losses the second game, to Minnesota, 4-3 .Ref: 1
Sep 27The United States Olympic team, managed by Tommy Lasorda, stuns the world beating the much-favored Cuban team to win the country's first gold medal in its national pastime. Ben Sheets ends Cuba's 21-game Olympic winning streak with 4-0 shutout.Ref: 1
Sep 28The Brewers play the last game at Milwaukee County Stadium bowing to the Reds, 8-1 as Warren Spahn throws the ceremonial first pitch to Del Crandall, his battery on Opening Day 48 years ago in 1953 when the Spahn and the Braves beat the Cardinals in 10 innings, 3-2.Ref: 1
Sep 28Troy Glaus, who leading the American League with 45 home runs, hits his 44th playing the hot corner breaking the league record for homers by a third baseman set in 1953 by Al Rosen.Ref: 1
Sep 29Gary Sheffield ties Duke Snider's 1956 mark for the Dodgers' franchise single-season home run record with his career best 43rd round tripper as Los Angeles defeats the Padres, 3-0.Ref: 1
Sep 30In the highest scoring game in A's franchise history, Oakland defeats the Rangers 23-2 to remain a half-game ahead of the Mariners for the western division lead as Seattle scores the most runs ever against the Angels, 21-9 assuring the team at least a tie for the AL wild card.Ref: 1
Oct 01A crowd of 55,351, the largest ever to see a regular season baseball game in Pittsburgh, watches the Pirates fall to the Chicago Cubs, 10-9, in the final game at Three Rivers Stadium.Ref: 86
Oct 02Expos Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero both homer in the same game; the brothers join Hank and Tommie Aaron, Matty and Jesus Alou, Aaron and Bret Boone , Billy and Tony Conigliaro, Al and Tony Cuccinello, Rick and Wes Farrell, Vladimir and Wilton Guerrero, Graig and Jim Nettles, Cal and Billy Ripken and Paul and Lloyd Waner as siblings who have gone yard in the same game.Ref: 1
Oct 03Against the Braves, Cardinal rookie starter Rick Ankiel sets a modern day major league record by uncorking five wild pitches in the third inning of Game 1 of NLDS. He joins Buffalo's Bert Cunningham who accomplished the same feat in the first inning in an 1890 Players League contest.Ref: 1
Oct 06Reds' officials announce games played the final two seasons at Cinergy Field will be on natural grass. The surface in Cincinnati has been artificial turf since in 1970 when the ballpark opened as Riverfront Stadium.Ref: 1
Oct 06Chief executive officer John Harrington puts the Red Sox up for sale. Since the death of Jean Yawkey in 1992, the team has been owned by the Jean R.Yawkey Trust.Ref: 1
Oct 08New York Met Bobby J. Jones throws a complete-game, 4-0 one-hitter to advance the Mets to the NLCS in a 4-game sweep. Jones retired the side in eight of the nine innings.Ref: 86
Oct 10In a 2-0 Seattle victory, the Mariners (9) and Yankees (13) combined for 22 strikeouts to set an ALCS record in Game 1 of the series.Ref: 1
Oct 11The Yankees eight hits in the 8th inning set an ALCS record as they defeat the Mariners in the Game 2, 7-1. The Orioles (1970, Game 1), the Yankees (1981, Game 2, ) and the Blue Jays (1985, Game 3 ) had previously each 7 hits in one inning of a championship series.Ref: 1
Oct 13Extending his streak to 33 and a third innings, Mariano Rivera breaks the 38-year-old record of Whitey Ford for consecutive scoreless frames in postseason play as the Yankees defeat the Mariners, 8-2 in Game 3 of the ALCS. The Yankees' Hall of Fame lefty had established the record from 1960 to 1962 with 33 innings as World Series starter.Ref: 1
Oct 14Winning his second straight award and third of his career, the 'Big Unit' Randy Johnson ( 19-7, 2.64) of the Arizona Diamondbacks overwhelming wins the NL Cy Young Award.Ref: 1
Oct 16The Mets win their fourth National League Pennant by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 1.Ref: 86
Oct 17In a come-from-behind victory over the Mariners, 9-7, David Justice's three-run homer propels the Yankees to their record 37th AL pennant setting up the for the first time in 44 years a Subway Series inRef: 1
Oct 17Mariner Dan Wilson snaps the longest hitless streak in postseason history by ending his 0-for-42 skid with an opposite field single. Tiger Marv Owen had gone 0-for-31 in the 1934 and 1935 World Series.Ref: 1
Oct 19Dusty Baker, who led the Giants to a National League West flag with baseball's best record (97-65), reaches agreement with the Giants on a two-year contract extension. The pact makes, the two-time NL Manager of the Year the second highest-paid skipper in the majors.Ref: 1
Oct 20The major league play-by-play broadcasters and color commentators select Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton as the Hank Aaron Award recipients. The new award, established last year, recognizes the Blue Jay and Rockies first basemen as the best overall hitters in each league.Ref: 1
Oct 20Toronto signs Carlos Delgado to a record four-year $68 million contract. The Blue Jay first baseman's average salary of $17 million is the most in major league history.Ref: 1
Oct 21In the longest World Series game ever played, the Yankees take Game 1 of the Subway Series, thanks to Jose Vizcaino's 12th inning two-out single, defeating the Mets, 4-3 in four hours and fifty-one minutes. The victory surpasses the streak established by the Murderers' Row clubs as the present Bronx Bombers win their 13th consecutive World Series game.Ref: 1
Oct 22In Game 2, the Yankees extend their World Series winning streak to 14 consecutive games defeating the Mets, 6-5 in a game which is overshadowed by Roger Clemens throwing the barrel of a shattered bat at Mike Piazza as the Met catcher runs to first. The eagerly awaited at bat, due to the Rocket's beaning of the Mets' superstar in July, results in the two players confronting one another and the emptying of both benches.Ref: 1
Oct 23Although lacking big league managerial experience, Pirates' hitting coach Lloyd McClendon is named as the team's manager replacing recently-fired Gene Lamont.Ref: 1
Oct 24Orlando Hernandez (8-0, 1.90) losses his first postseason game as the Mets defeat the Yankees on a tie breaking eight inning double by Benny Agbayani, 4-2. NY native John Franco gets the win ending the Yankees' record 14-game World Series winning streak.Ref: 1
Oct 24Roger Clemens is fined a reported $50,000 for throwing the jagged barrel of a shattered bat in the direction of Met catcher Mike Piazza in the first inning Game 2 of the World Series.Ref: 1
Oct 26Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter becomes the first player to win the All-Star Game MVP and the World Series MVP honors in the same season.Ref: 1
Oct 26Joining Hall of Famers Joe McCarthy (7) , Casey Stengel (7) , Connie Mack (5) and Walter Alston (4), Yankee manager Joe Torre becomes only the fifth skipper to win four World Series championships.Ref: 1
Oct 26The Yankees win their 26th World Championship in five games vs. the New York Mets. It was the first "Subway Series" since 1956 and the Yankees become the first team in quarter century to win three consecutive World Championships.Ref: 86
Oct 26“It is often said that the Mayor of NY City wears many hats, while this may be true, I can assure you that for the duration of this World Series I'll be wearing a Yankees hat,” said NY City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. NY (Yankees) battled NY (Mets) during the 2000 Fall Classic and the Yankees won the Series with a 4-2 victory over the Mets in Game 5 this day at Shea Stadium. Catcher Jorge Posada scored the game-winning run as the Yankees won their third consecutive World Series and their fourth in five years.Ref: 4
Oct 27New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani thinks it is okay for children to take a day off from school to watch the Yankees' ticker-tape parade. His Honor, believing baseball can be an educational experience, has allowed his own kids, Andrew and Caroline, to miss classes in the past to watch the Bronx Bombers' post-season celebrations.Ref: 1
Oct 27The Mets, this year's runner-ups in the Subway Series, turn down New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's invitation to be part of the parade for the World Champion Yankees down the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan.Ref: 1
Oct 30Signing a three-year, $2 million contract, broadcaster Bob Brenly, 46, is named as manager of the Diamondbacks. The former major league catcher replaces Buck Showalter, the clubs' only manager, who was let go at the end of the seasonRef: 1
Nov 01Succeeding Davey Johnson, Jim Tracy, the team's bench coach, is hired as the Dodgers' manager.Ref: 1
Nov 01Larry Bowa is hired as the Phillies manager replacing the recently released Terry Franconia. The former Phillies shortstop had managed the Padres in 1987-88 to a record of 81-127.Ref: 1
Nov 02Wrigley Field has been granted preliminary landmark status by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks. Any plans to refurbish or tear down Cubs' home since 1916 will have to be reviewed by this panel.Ref: 1
Nov 02After a 15-year big league career, first baseman Will Clark announces his retirement. 'The Thrill' ends his playing days with the McGwire-less Cardinals supplying the Redbirds with much needed offense (.345,12 HRs and 42 RBIs) in a two-month span after being traded from the Orioles.Ref: 1
Nov 02Former Blue Jay catcher (1981-86) and the team's present TV color analyst, Buck Martinez, is hired as the Toronto manager. Replacing Jim Fregosi, the 51-year ESPN commentator joins Astros' Larry Dierker and Diamondbacks' Bob Brenly as first-time major league skippers hired from the broadcast booth.Ref: 1
Nov 03After being turned down by Yankees third base coach Willie Randolph and their own third base coach, Ron Oester, because of below market contract offers, the Reds hire Bob Boone as manager replacing Jack McKeon. The former catcher and present special assistant to general manager Jim Bowden had a 181-206 record as manager of the Royals.Ref: 1
Nov 06Mariner closer Kazuhiro Sasaki (2-5, 3.16, 37 saves) becomes the second-oldest major leaguer to win rookie of the year honors as the 32-year old captures the American League honor. Boston Braves rookie Sam Jethroe was 33 days older than the Japanese reliever when he won the National League award in 1950.Ref: 1
Nov 07Receiving 25-of-32 first-place votes, the BBWAA selects Rafael Furcal as the National League Rookie of the Year. The Braves shortstop, who is the only player listed on all 32 ballots, easily outdistances Cardinal pitcher Rick Ankiel and Mets outfielder Jay Payton.Ref: 1
Nov 08After leading the White Sox to their first playoffs in seven years despite having one of the lowest payrolls in the majors (21st out of 30), Jerry Manuel is selected by the BBWAA as the American League Manager of the Year.Ref: 1
Nov 09After posting the best record in baseball this season, Giant manager Dusty Baker is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. He joins Tony LaRussa (White Sox '83 and A's '88 and 92) as the only three-time winner of the award.Ref: 1
Nov 13Becoming the first pitcher to win the American League Cy Young award unanimously in consecutive years, Red Sox hurler Pedro Martinez (18-6,1.74) has copped the 'top pitcher' honor three of the last four seasons.Ref: 1
Nov 14Giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the ALCS, Roger Clemens strikes out a record-setting 15 and one-hits the Mariners, 5-0.Ref: 1
Nov 15A's Jason Giambi (.333, 43, 137) wins the AL MVP Award edging out two-time winner White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas.Ref: 1
Nov 16Giant Jeff Kent (334, 33, 125) outpoints teammate Barry Bonds to become National League's MVP. The San Francisco infielder becomes the first second baseman to win the honor in since Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs won the award in 1984.Ref: 1
Nov 17Pittsburgh catcher Jason Kendall signs the richest contract in Pirates' history. The $60 million, six-year contract extension, which includes a $4 million signing bonus, starts with a base salary of $6 million in 2002 and peaks at $13 million in 2007.Ref: 1
Nov 18The Mariners sign Orix Blue Wave's Ichiro Suzuki to a three-year deal making him the first Japanese position player in major league history. Although terms of the contract were not disclosed, Seattle agrees to pay $13 million to his former team for the right to negotiate with Japan's best hitter.Ref: 1
Nov 21Citing statistics to a U.S. Senate panel, commissioner Bud Selig states it is time for 'sweeping changes' in the game's economic make-up raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the current contract expires October 31, 2001.Ref: 1
Nov 22Although offered more money by three other clubs, switch hitting shortstop Jose Valentin elects to stay with the White Sox signing a three-year deal with a fourth-year option worth $5 million a year.Ref: 1
Nov 24Staying with his hometown Mets, John Franco signs nearly an $11 million three-year pact as a set-up man foregoing an opportunity with the Phillies to pick up 59 saves to break Lee Smith's career saves record of 478.Ref: 1
Nov 28Curtis Leskanic (9-3, 2.56,12 saves) agrees to a $7.2 million, three-year incentive-laden contract with the Brewers which can almost double with based on performance. The 32-year-old closer converted 11 of 12 save chances role after former Milwaukee closer Bob Wickman was traded to the Indians on July 28.Ref: 1
Nov 30Free agent Mike Mussina inks an $88.5 million, six-year contract with the Yankees. The ten-year veteran compiled a 147-81 record with a 3.53 ERA as an Oriole.Ref: 1
Dec 01Turk Wendell, who wears uniform number 99, agrees to a three-year deal worth $9,999,999.99 with the Mets. The New York reliever had asked that his pact include an option year in which he would play for free, but that plan was unworkable because baseball's collective bargaining agreement sets a $200,000 minimum salary.Ref: 1
Dec 11Alex Rodriguez signs the richest contract in sports history, a ten-year deal with the Rangers worth $252 million. The quarter billion dollars doubles the previous high of $126 million paid by the NBA's Timberwolves to Kevin Garnett in a six-year agreement signed in October, 1997.Ref: 1
Dec 11The Astros and Tigers complete a six-player trade with outfielder Roger Cedeno, catcher Mitch Meluskey and right-hander Chris Holt going to Detroit and catcher Brad Ausmus, relievers Doug Brocail and Nelson Cruz headed for Houston.Ref: 1
Dec 13Outbidding the Indians, the Red Sox sign free agent Manny Ramirez to a reported eight-year, $160 million contract.Ref: 1
Dec 14In the wake of the Alex Rodriquez deal, the Rangers send Royce Clayton to the White Sox for right-handed pitchers Aaron Myette and Brian Schmack.Ref: 1
Dec 14The Cardinals third baseman Fernando Tatis and right-hander Britt Reames are traded to the Expos for right-hander Dustin Hermanson and left-hander closer Steve Kline.Ref: 1
Dec 15In their third free agent signing in the last eight days, the Red Sox come to terms pitcher Hideo Nomo signing the 1995 NL Rookie of the Year to a one-year deal worth 4.5 million dollars.Ref: 1
Dec 17City and club officials announce plans for the financing and construction of a new, downtown Miami retractable roof ballpark for the Marlins. The state-of-the-art $385 million stadium, which will be a 40,000-seat facility with 60 luxury suites, includes a 40-year lease and an agreement to rename the team the Miami Marlins.Ref: 1
Dec 18Free agent Sandy Alomar Jr. agrees to a $5.4 million, two-year deal with the White Sox. The former Indians catcher will replace Charles Johnson, who earlier in the day signed to a $35 million, five-year contract with the Marlins.Ref: 1
Dec 20After trading their all-star shortstop to the Mets last season, the Orioles get him back agreeing to a two-year deal with free agent Mike Bordick. The move will send Melvin Mora, the player obtained from the Mets to replace Bordick, to the outfield where is a stronger defensive player.Ref: 1
Dec 21Hoping to pick it up where it all started , 41-year old outfielder Tim Raines agrees to a minor league contract with the Expos, the team he broke in with in 1979. After retiring in Yankee camp during spring training with .295 career batting average, he failed to make this year's U.S. Olympic team.Ref: 1
Dec 22The Mariners sign Bret Boone to a $3.25 million, one-year deal. The former Padre second baseman played in only 127 games season due to a bruised right knee which ended his season in late August.Ref: 1
Dec 22Hoping to fill the void creating by the departure of Ellis Burks, the Giants sign veteran outfielder Eric Davis to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. The Players Choice Awards 'Man of the Year' had considered retirement, but the lure of more playing time change his mind.Ref: 1
Jan 03The Astros sign free agent 32-year old hurler Ken Bottenfield,who started last season with the Angels after being traded by the Cardinals for Jim Emmonds, to a one-year contract. The deal does not work out for Anaheim as the former 19-game winner is 7-8 with an ERA of 5.71 before being dealt to the Phillies.Ref: 1
Jan 05The plan to name a new downtown Montreal ballpark Labatt Park dims as the Canadian brewery announces ending its 15-year sponsorship of the Expos. The company cited the lack of a local television contract and stalled stadium plans as factors in the decision.Ref: 1
Jan 05The Mariners sign Ichiro Suzuki to three-year $14,088,000 deal. The rights to the Japanese outfielder, who has won seven batting titles in Japan, were awarded to Seattle for approximately $13 million.Ref: 1
Jan 05Needing help due the departures of Shawon Dunston and Eric Davis, the Cardinals sign their first free agents of the off-season. The four include Bobby Bonilla, Bernard Gilkey, John Mabry and Shane Andrews.Ref: 1
Jan 08The Royals, A's, and Devil Rays participate in nine-player trade which results with outfielders Johnny Damon and Ben Grieve and reliever Roberto Hernandez on new teams. The swap sends Damon from the KS City to Oakland, Grieve goes from Oakland to Tampa Bay and Hernandez from Tampa to the KS City.Ref: 1
Jan 08Needing only 145 hits to reach 3,000, Harold Baines agrees to a minor league contract with the White Sox. The 21-season veteran, who will turn 42-years of age during spring training played with Orioles and White Sox last season.Ref: 1
Jan 09After home grown slugger Manny Ramirez signed a free-agent contract with the Boston Red Sox, the Indians needed someone to fill the clean up spot and play right field. The Tribe signed two-time AL MVP Juan Gonzalez to a one-year contract with a mutual club and player option for '02.Ref: 1
Jan 09Hoping to fill the void creating by Manny Ramirez's departure to Boston, the Indians sign Juan Gonzalez to a one-year, $10 million deal. After turning down an $143 million, eight-year extension with the Tigers last year, the two-time AL MVP leaves the Detroit after hitting .289 with only 67 RBIs in a disappointing injuried-plagued season.Ref: 1
Jan 09The Expos agree to a one-year contract with RDS and TSN to telecast 55 games (46 on RDS, 12 on TSN and 3 on both) this year. The approximately $2 million pact with French-language Reseau des Sports ends the year-long local television blackout which resulted in the departure Dave van Horne, a respected play-by-play announcer, and the loss of the team's main sponsor, Labatt Brewery, which cited the lack of local TV rights as a factor in ending its 15-year relationship with the club.Ref: 1
Jan 10In an effort to authenticate autographed and game-used merchandise sold by its licensees, Major League Baseball has hired Arthur Andersen, an accounting company to assure the authenticity of approximately 40,000 items this season. The memorabilia will have a tamper proof hologram and an ID number with a company official observing the removal of the item being physically taken from the player or event.Ref: 1
Jan 10As part of its 100th Anniversary festivities, the Indians present three-time All-Star Jim Thome with his very own bobblehead doll. The first baseman is one of seven current Cleveland players which will be part of the bobblehead doll promotional giveaways to celebrate the club's centennial this season.Ref: 1
Jan 11David Cone agrees to a one-year contract with the Red Sox. The former Cy Young Award winner could make between $4 million and $5 million with Boston, compared to $500,000 guaranteed-offer made by the Yankees, if he makes the roster and pitches regularly during the season.Ref: 1
Jan 16In the first year of eligibility, Dave Winfield and Kirby Puckett are elected to the Hall of Fame The former Twins are the fourth pair of teammates selected by BBWAA in the same year.Ref: 1
Jan 16Free agent Jose Canseco, 36, agrees to terms with the Angels. The incentive-laden contract ranging from $200,000 to as much as $5 million will be based on plate appearances as a designated hitter.Ref: 1
Jan 21In an effort to conserve electricity during California's energy crisis, the Angels turn off Edison International Field's Big A and the Little A signs. The landmark beacons, which are usually illuminated 24 hours a day, will be turned on only for stadium events.Ref: 1
Jan 22Pirate infielder Brian Giles repeats as the Roberto Clemente Award winner. Presented by the Pittsburgh chapter of the BBWAA, the award is given to the Buc player who demonstrates an high level of performance on the field as exemplified by the late Pittsburgh outfielder.Ref: 1
Jan 24Believed to be an historical first, sixty-eight major league umpires participate in a pre-season session to practice calling strikes as defined by the rule book. With the help of minor leaguers wearing tapes nine inches above their belts, the men in blue get a good look at pitches, normally called balls, which now will considered a strike as the correct interpret ion of the zone will be enforced this upcoming season.Ref: 1
Jan 26The June 8-10 (Arlington) and June 15-17 (Houston) interleague games between the Astros and Rangers will be known as the Lone Star Series. It will be first time ever the two Texan teams have ever played one another during the regular season.Ref: 1
Jan 31The Wall Street Journal quotes players Monte Irvin, Sal Yvars and Al Gettel admitting the team stole catchers' signs during the 1951 pennant race as the Giants overcame the Dodgers' 13 1/2-game lead. According to WSJ report, Bobby Thomson, whose three-run, ninth-inning homer in Game 3 of the NL playoffs won the pennant for the New York, did not, however, steal a sign before hitting his historic home run .Ref: 1
Feb 01Post season hero Jim Leyritz signs a $500,000, one-year minor league contract with the Mets. The former Yankee has hit one HR per every 7.6 postseason at-bats making it the third best performance for players with five or more postseason round trippers.Ref: 1
Feb 02It will take approximately seven more feet to hit a HR at Camden Yards this season as a result of the Orioles moving home plate. The new alignment of the field will also cut down the amount of foul territory available with the foul poles being almost flush against the left- and right-field corners.Ref: 1
Feb 06The Tampa Bay Devil Rays unveil new uniforms at a "fashion show" at Baywalk in downtown St. Petersburg.Ref: 86
Feb 11As thousands cheer, Three Rivers Stadium, 30-year-old home of the Pirates, is imploded. Roberto Clemente's 3,000th hit as well as Mike Schmidt's 500th career home run are part of the historic park's legacy.Ref: 1
Feb 14The Ford C. Frick Award, named in memory of the former baseball commissioner who was a broadcaster, will be given to Marlin's radio announcer Rafael Ramirez during Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this summer. 'Felo', who began his 56-year career broadcasting games in Cuba, has been in the Miami broadcast booth since the team's inaugural season in 1993.Ref: 1
Feb 14According to the Detroit Free Press major league baseball is informing umpires to remove pitchers from the game, without warning, who deliberately throw a beanball at a batter's head. The crackdown, according to officials, is a clarification and reinforcement of an existing rule.Ref: 1
Feb 16Yankee premier reliever, Mariano Rivera (7-4, 2.85 , 36 saves) signs a four-year approximately $40 million contract with the Bronx Bombers. The 31-year old Panama native surpassed Dennis Eckersley major league record with 16 saves in post-season games.Ref: 1
Feb 21In an effort to conserve electricity during California's energy crisis, the Angels turn off Edison International Field's Big A and the Little A signs. The landmark beacons, which are usually illuminated 24 hours a day, will be turned on only for stadium events.Ref: 1
Feb 28The Indians inked the best fielding shortstop in baseball history to a two-year contract extension. The signing likely insures that Vizquel will finish is career as an Indian.Ref: 86
Mar 03Rusty Greer, now the Rangers' new leadoff hitter due to the A-Rod deal, signs a $21.8 million, three-year contract extension with Texas. The .307 career hitting outfielder could make as much $36 million with incentives and options.Ref: 1
Mar 06The 1960 World Series hero, former Pirate second baseman Bill Mazeroski, is elected by the Veterans' Committee into the Hall of Fame along with Hilton Smith, a pitching standout with the Kansas City Monarchs.Ref: 1
Mar 07Bud Selig upholds the January 14 Blue Jay and White Sox trade which sent Toronto pitchers David Wells and Matt DeWitt to the White Sox in exchange for pitchers Mike Sirotka, Kevin Beirne and Mike Williams and outfielder Brian Simmons. Although, upon further medical examinations, Mike Sirotka was determined to be 'damaged goods' prior to the deal, the commissioner used a 'buyers beware' policy stating the individual club must take responsibility for the information originally used in making the transaction.Ref: 1
Mar 08In a press release, the Orioles announce Albert Belle, "has been found to be totally disabled and unable to perform as a Major League baseball player," due to a degenerative right hip. The Orioles will place the 34-year old outfielder on the 60-day disabled list thus beginning the process which conforms to the procedure set forth by Major League Baseball in the case of a totally disabling and permanent injury to a player.Ref: 1
Mar 11Preston Wilson signs a $32 million, five-year contract with Florida. The 26-year old Marlin center fielder, the franchise's first 30-30 player, was obtained from the Mets in the Mike Piazza deal.Ref: 1
Mar 12Richard Hidalgo signs the third-richest contract in Astro history with a four-year $32 million, deal with the club. The outfielder's pact is less than teammate's Jeff Bagwell's $85 million (5-years), and Craig Biggio's $33 million (4-years).Ref: 1
Mar 12The Cleveland Indians sign Einar Diaz to a four-year contract. After deciding not to re-sign fan favorite Sandy Alomar, Jr., the Indians decided to sign Diaz to a long-term contract.Ref: 86
Mar 13Throwing 22 strikes out of 29 pitches over two innings of shutout ball in his surprise start against the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium, Rick Ankiel makes his first appearance since the 2000 playoffs in which he loss his control throwing seven wild pitches in three postseason appearances.Ref: 1
Mar 16Slammin' Sammy Sosa signs a four-year contract extension keeping the Cub right fielder in the Windy City until 2006. The prolific home run hitter has averaged nearly sixty home runs (179HRs/3 years) for the last three season.Ref: 1
Mar 17Joe Randa agree to a two-year contract extension keeping him in Kansas City until 2003 season. The Royals' third baseman batted .304 and knocked in 106 runs for the Royals in 155 games last season.Ref: 1
Mar 24During an exhibition game against the Giants, Diamondback hurler Randy Johnson's fastball hits and instantly kills a dove flying in front of home plate. The bird appears to explode as the National League Cy Young winner's pitch sends it over catcher Rod Barajas' head.Ref: 1
Mar 29Todd Helton signs a nine-year, $141.5 million contract extension making him the highest-paid player in Rockies history. The Colorado first baseman batted .372, hit 42 homers and knocked in 147 runs.Ref: 1
Mar 30Kids will be invited from all over the nation to play baseball on the White House lawn as President George W. Bush, former owner of the Rangers, announces to a group of Hall of Famers in the East Room he has ordered a junior-size baseball field to be built outside the Oval Office.Ref: 1
Mar 30Choosing to end his career as Yankee and as member of a World Champion team, Doc Gooden, 36, retires from baseball in his hometown of Tampa. He will remain on the Yankee payroll and will have a position within the organization.Ref: 1
Apr 01In the first major league game ever played Puerto Rico, the Blue Jays defeat the Rangers, 8-1 in the major league season opener. Making his Texas debut, $252 million shortstop Alex Rodriguez gets the season's first hit and scores the first run, but also makes a throwing error on his first chance.Ref: 1
Apr 02The Cleveland Indians Opening Day Juan Gonzalez hits two homers against the Chicago White Sox, but the Tribe still lose.Ref: 86
Apr 02On Opening Day, Yankee fireballer Roger Clemens becomes the all-time AL career strike out leader passing Walter Johnson as he Ks Royals Joe Randa for his 3,509 Junior circuit victim. Passing the 'Big Train, the 'Rocket' now takes over the seventh spot in major league history.Ref: 1
Apr 02For the first time in major league history, a Japanese-born position player participates in a regular-season major league game. Ichiro Suzuki, hitless in his first three at-bats, singles in the seventh inning to ignite a two-run rally and bunts for a hit in the eighth in his Mariner debut at Safeco Field.Ref: 1
Apr 04Throwing the earliest no-hitter in major league history, Hideo Nomo blanks the Orioles, 3-0 at Camden Yards in his first start in a Red Sox uniform. Second baseman Mike Lansing makes an outstanding play with one out in the ninth to preserve the Japanese-born hurler's second career no-hitter.Ref: 1
Apr 04The Cleveland Indian sellout streak that began on June 12, 1995 ended on April 4. The 455 sellouts is a Major League record.Ref: 86
Apr 06In the Home Opener at Veteran Stadium, Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning's number 14 jersey is retired. Kentucky's Republican U.S. senator, who compiled a 224-184 in his 17-year career pitching for the Tigers, Phillies, Pirates and Dodgers, joins Richie Ashburn (1), Robin Roberts (36), Steve Carlton (32) and Mike Schmidt (20) as the fifth player to have his number retired by the Phillies.Ref: 1
Apr 06The Brewers, after a disappointing 0-4 start on the road, get into the winner's circle in front of President George W. Bush, as they beat the Reds in the major league debut of Miller Park, 5-4. Sean Casey, hits the park's first homer, but Archie Sexson's 435-foot home run in the eighth inning breaks a 4-4 deadlock giving Milwaukee its first win.Ref: 1
Apr 09Pittsburgh's PNC Park makes its major league debut as hometown product, Sean Casey, leads the visiting Reds past the Pirates, 8-2. The Cincinnati first baseman, who hit the first home run at Miller Park three days ago, goes 4-for-4 and again has the honor of hitting the first round tripper in a major league park's history. The bat, which is used to hit both historic homers, is sent the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Apr 12Wearing camouflage jerseys and green caps, the combat-ready Padres finally win the battle against the Giants, after five consecutive losses to the black and orange, 8-3. San Diego donned the uniforms to honor the area's significant military population.Ref: 1
Apr 12Two panels of Toronto's SkyDome roof collide and force the postponement of the Blue Jays and Royals game due to unsafe building conditions.Ref: 86
Apr 14By scoring in their 175th consecutive game, the Reds set the modern National League record for not being shut out by an opponent. Ironically, to break the record, Cincinnati beats Al Leiter and the Mets, 1-0, the last team and pitcher to blank the franchise.Ref: 1
Apr 14A total eleven one-run games (six in AL and five in NL) breaks a 1967 record set on May 30 when there were a combined 10 one-run contests in the major leagues.Ref: 1
Apr 15As leadoff batter Todd Hollingsworth steps into the batter's box, a swarm of bees is discovered on the right field auxiliary scoreboard. After a nine minute delay, the game starts without incident to the players, fans or bees.Ref: 1
Apr 17Gene Stechschulte of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a home run in his first major league at bat on the first pitch.Ref: 12
Apr 17Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants hit his 500th career home run, becoming the 17th major leaguer to reach the mark.Ref: 70
Apr 18Larry Rothschild, who compiled a 205-294 record in three-plus seasons as manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, is fired and replaced by bench coach Hal McRae. McRae agrees to a four-year contract through the 2003 season. Lee May also replaces Jose Cardenal as first base coach. Darren Daulton moves from catching instructor to bullpen coach. First base coach Terry Collins becomes third base coach with former third base coach Billy Hatcher becoming the bench coach. Boston takes a 9-1 victory at Tropicana Field in McRae's first game at the helm.Ref: 86
Apr 18Chicago Cub Jeff Fassero earns both saves in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies.Ref: 86
Apr 18After a 4-10 start, former Royals' skipper Hal McRae replaces Larry Rothschild as new manager of the Devil Rays. Rothschild, the only pilot in team's four-year history, finished in last place three consecutive years compiling a 205-294 record.Ref: 1
Apr 19Tampa Bay Devil Ray, RHP Travis Phelps makes his Major League debut at Tropicana Field, working two scoreless innings against the Boston Red Sox. Phelps, drafted in the 89th round of the 1996 draft, becomes the lowest-selected player to ever reach the big leagues.Ref: 86
Apr 21Hal McRae earns his first victory as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager with a 6-5 win over Baltimore at Tropicana Field.Ref: 86
Apr 21Cleveland Indian Jim Thome homers on bobble head doll day Struggling to start the season, Thome didn't even start the game against the Tigers. But in the 11th inning on his bobble head doll day, Thome homered off closer Todd Jones to give the Tribe a 5-4 victory.Ref: 86
Apr 22A new number, 455, will added with 3, 5, 14, 18, 19, 21 and 42, on the second deck in right field. The three digit number will join the other previously Indian retired numbers as a honor to the fans for setting a sellout streak record which lasted for 455 games over a five-year at Jacobs Field.Ref: 1
Apr 25Padres' outfielder Rickey Henderson, 42, breaks the career walks record established by Babe Ruth when he receives his 2,063rd base on balls.Ref: 1
Apr 25San Diego Padre Rickey Henderson works career walk No. 2,063 off Philadelphia's Jose Mesa to break Babe Ruth's M.L. record.Ref: 86
Apr 26Hideo Nomo just misses becoming the fifth pitcher since 1900 to hurl two no-hitters in a single season as former Gold Glove right fielder Darren Lewis just misses catching Torii Hunter's blooper in the top of the seventh inning. The hit, which many consider a questionable call by the scorer, is the only hit given up by the Red Sox right-hander in the 2-0 victory over the Twins.Ref: 1
Apr 26After 2½ years in the post, Kevin Malone resigns as the general manager of the Dodgers. Despite having the league's largest payroll, Los Angeles has failed to make the playoffs during his tenure.Ref: 1
Apr 28The Cleveland Indians start longest winning streak of the season. In a 7-3 win over the Texas Rangers, the Tribe embarked on season-high 10-game winning streak.Ref: 86
May 01As a result being struck by the flying barrel of a broken bat, Mike Fyhrie breaks the ulna bone in his left arm. The Cubs' righty reliever used his arm to protect himself as Padres' Santiago Perez broken bat exploded in the direction of the mound.Ref: 1
May 02At the Metrodome, Yankee right fielder Paul O'Neil singles in the ninth inning of Twin reliever LaTroy Hawkins becoming the 215th major-leaguer to record 2,000 hits.Ref: 1
May 02Over 40 fans are ejected and the game, which is delayed for 12 minutes when the umps need to pull the Yankees off the field, comes close to be forfeited by the Twins as unruly spectators at the Metrodome pummel Chuck Knoblauch with coins, plastic beer bottles and golf balls in left field. Twin skipper Tom Kelly appeals to crowd to be calm as the home team defeat their former second baseman and the Yankees, 4-2.Ref: 1
May 03Johnny Oates resigns as the Ranger manager and will be replaced by the team's third base coach Jerry Narron. A poor start of 11-17 due to a lack of pitching, and owner Tom Hicks high expectations after signing prized free agent Alex Rodriquez had led to speculation the Texas skipper would soon be fired.Ref: 1
May 03Michael Orschlin becomes the third fan this season to jump onto field at Kauffman Stadium during the ninth inning of a Royals' loss. Orschlin, who jumped to win a $400 bet from a friend, delays the game for 15 minutes as he taken away on a stretcher as a result of broken foot, and the 22-year old will face a fine of $1,000 for trespassing.Ref: 1
May 06San Diego Padre Bruce Bochy records his 500th managerial career win in Cincinnati.Ref: 86
May 09Although the deed will not be officially recognized as tying a record because the game against the Reds goes extra innings, Diamondback southpaw fireballer Randy Johnson join Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood as the only pitchers ever to strike out 20 hitters over nine innings. After being pulled in the ninth, the three-time Cy Young Award winner does not get an opportunity to break Senators' Tom Cheney's major league mark of 21 strikeouts recorded in a 16-inning contest on September 12, 1962 against the Orioles.Ref: 1
May 10A MRI reveals White Sox first baseman and two-time Most Valuable Player Frank Thomas has a right tricep tear which will require surgery. The injury, caused by diving for a ground ball, will keep the 'Big Hurt' out of action for the rest of the season.Ref: 1
May 10The Cleveland Indians 10-game winning streak comes to an end with an 8-3 loss to the Royals.Ref: 86
May 11After another dreadful appearance yesterday in which Rick Ankiel (1-2, 7.13) threw five wild pitches to the backstop, the Cardinals send the promising young fireballer to Triple-A Memphis to work on overcoming his unexplainable lack of control. The lefthander has walked 25 batters in 24 innings this season.Ref: 1
May 12Baseball is ordered by an arbitrator Alan Symonette to reinstate nine of the 22 'resigning' umpires let go two years ago and must give back pay for missed time. The order also states veteran umpires Frank Pulli and Terry Tata do not need to retire after the season as previously planned.Ref: 1
May 12Hitting his 204th home run in a Toronto uniform, Carlos Delgado surpasses Joe Carter to become the all-time Blue Jay career leader in round trippers.Ref: 1
May 12Striking out 15 Orioles, Boston's Pedro Martinez ties an American League record set in 1968 by Indian hurler Luis Tiant for most strikeouts over two games, 32. The Red Sox fireballer had 17 strikeouts in his last start against the Devil Rays.Ref: 1
May 13In a game in which every Padre regular reaches base, thanks to nine walks and a hit batter, San Diego is no-hit by A.J. Burnett. The Marlin rookie was obtained from the Mets among others in exchange for Al Leiter.Ref: 1
May 13Still angry with umpire Mike Winters' ninth inning check-swing call of the night before, Devil Rays' manager Hal McRae gets thrown out before the first pitch of the game as he steps out of the dugout to pick up his lost cause.Ref: 1
May 13Alex Rodriguez becomes fifth-youngest (25 years, 289 days) player to hit his 200th career homer. Mel Ott accomplish the feat in 1934 at the youngest age (25 years, 144days) followed by Eddie Mathews (25 years, 243 days), Jimmie Foxx (25 years,267 days) and Mickey Mantle (25 years, 280 days).Ref: 1
May 16Connecting off Astros' Shane Reynolds, Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa hits his 14th home run to become the 33rd major leaguer to reach 400 career homers. Sosa has hit 371 homers as a cub putting him third on the all-time Cub list behind Ernie Banks (512) and Billy Williams (392).Ref: 1
May 16Giant southpaw Shawn Estes (9-8, 4.02) is traded to the Mets for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (.267, 10, 56) and utility man Desi Relaford (.302, 8, 36).Ref: 1
May 19Reversing their original decision, major league baseball's official statistician, The Elias Sports Bureau, will now list Randy Johnson's 20 strikeouts as tying a record. Although the game went extra innings, the Big Unit's nine-inning performance will be noted along with the Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood 20K outings in the 2002 record book.Ref: 1
May 20Barry Bonds becomes 13th player in major league history to hit home runs in four consecutive at-bats. The Giant outfielder went yard in his final two at-bats yesterday and homers in his first two official turns at the plate today.Ref: 1
May 22The Tampa Bay Devil Rays hire John McHale, Jr. as the club's first chief operating officer. McHale comes to the Rays after serving as chief executive officer for the Detroit Tigers from 1995-2001.Ref: 86
May 22For the second time this season, Barry Bonds homers in six consecutive games. His nine homers during this span games establishes a National League mark. Senator Frank Howard's 1968 feat of hitting 10 homers in six games major league is the major league record.Ref: 1
May 24Lana Blefary, the wife of former Oriole outfielder Curt Blefary, scatters the ashes of husband's remains at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium. Although little of the stadium remains as the site is being demolished, she is able to fulfill her husband's last wishes.Ref: 1
May 24Chicago Cub Jon Lieber throws one of the best games of his career in a 3-0 victory over the Reds when he needs just 78 pitches to win the one-hit complete-game affair. Lieber allows just two base runners, but induced two double plays, meaning he faced the minimum 27 batters. It is the hurler's first career one-hitter and third shutout.Ref: 86
May 25Chicago Cub Kerry Wood follows up Lieber's one-hit wonder with one of his own against the Milwaukee Brewers. It becomes just the eighth time in Major League history that teammates have thrown back-to-back complete-game one-hitters.Ref: 86
May 28Marlin skipper John Boles (22-26, 8.5 GB) is fired a day after reliever Dan Miceli blasts the skipper and his coaching staff for their lack of major league playing experience. Tony Perez, an Hall of Farmer, is named to take Bowles place on an interim basis.Ref: 1
May 28Collecting five singles and a three-run homer, Dodger backstop Paul Lo Duca goes 6-for-6 in against the Rockies to tie a National League record for hits in an extra-inning game.Ref: 1
May 29Cleveland Indian Jim Thome passes Albert Belle on the Indians all-time home run list, hitting his 243rd career homer as an Indian in a 6-4 win over the Tigers.Ref: 86
May 30At Pac Bell, it takes 5 hours, 53 minutes and 18 innings for the Diamondbacks to defeat the Giants, 1-0. Erubiel Durazo's double plating Steve Finley accounts for the game's only run.Ref: 1
May 30Barry Bonds hits career homer No. 522 passing Willie McCovey and Ted Williams to move up to #11 on the all time list, and making him the number one lefty home run hitter in National League history. The round tripper is the 17th hit by the Giant outfielder in May breaking the record set by Mickey Mantle (1956) and Mark McGwire (1998).Ref: 1
May 31The Red Sox finally beat the Yankees in their eighth attempt, and for the first time in over a year since Pedro Martinez scoffed at the 'Curse'. The right-hander was 7-1 with a 1.44 ERA when he said, "Wake up the Bambino and let me face him -- I'll drill him in the %#$" but after the comment he managed only seven more winless starts making it first time he did not win in seven straight starts since the first seven major league appearances as a rookie with the Dodgers.Ref: 1
May 31After 25 years in the organization, manager Felipe Alou, 66, is fired by the Expos, and replaced by Jeff Torborg, an old friend of owner Jeffrey Loria. The former Montreal skipper is the winningest manager in franchise history compiling a 691-717 record in his nine year tenure.Ref: 1
Jun 03Manny Ramirez's 491-foot, fifth deck home run is the longest home run ever hit in the history of the SkyDome. The Red Sox DH's moon shot eclipses A's first baseman Mark McGwire's record established in 1996.Ref: 1
Jun 04After falling behind 3-0, Little League Robert Knight pitcher strikes out the final batter to complete a perfect game in which all 18 batters are struck out. The 5-foot-3 twelve-year old also had three hits as the Tigers beat the Giants, 7-0.Ref: 1
Jun 05The Tampa Bay Devil Rays select right-handed pitcher Dewon Brazelton with the #3 overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft. Brazelton went 13-1 with a 1.44 ERA in 14 starts during his junior season at Middle Tennessee State. The six-foot-four-inch, 215 pound right-hander struck out 148 batters while walking just 22 over 119 innings. He also went 6-0 with a 0.65 ERA for Team USA.Ref: 86
Jun 05In a 18-inning game that lasts 5 hours, 52 minutes, Manny Ramirez is intentionally walked four times tying an American League record. Yankee outfielder Roger Maris was passed intentionally four times by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962.Ref: 1
Jun 05By homering in his team's 57th game, Barry Bonds becomes the fastest player ever to hit 30 home runs. In 1928, it took Babe Ruth 63 games to reach the same mark.Ref: 1
Jun 08For the first time in major league history, the two Texan teams play one another in the regular season. The Astros beat their interstate rivals, the Rangers, 5-4 in the first game of the Lone Star Series played in Arlington, Texas.Ref: 1
Jun 08Damon Easley becomes the ninth player in Tiger history to hit for the cycle, and the first Detroit player since 1993 when Travis Fryman accomplished the feat. His eighth inning right-field triple completes the deed in the 9-4 victory over the Brewers.Ref: 1
Jun 08In front of a record-setting crowd of 45,936 at the new Comiskey Park, the White Sox beat their North Side rivals in ten-innings as Carlos Lee hits a two-out walk-off grand slam to give the Pale Hose a dramatic victory over the Cubs, 7-3.Ref: 1
Jun 12The pitching poor Rangers trade backup backstop Doug Mirabelli to the Red Sox for Double-A Trenton right-handed pitcher Justin Duchscherer (6-3, 2.44). Mirabelli will help fill the void created last week when Boston's starting catcher Jason Varitek broke his right elbow.Ref: 1
Jun 13After losing to the Expos in 12 innings on Mark Smith's home run which was clearly foul when viewed video replays, the Yankees restore the missing screen on the bottom three feet to the fair side of the left-field foul pole. The section was removed so fans sitting behind the pole would an unobstructed view of the game.Ref: 1
Jun 13The Pittsburgh Pirates trade infielder Enrique Wilson (.186, 8, 1 in 46 games) to the Yankees in exchange for Double-A Norwich relief pitcher Damaso Marte (3-1, 3.50 in 23 appearances).Ref: 1
Jun 13Hitting 16 home runs in one game, Van Meter and St. Marys (Martensdale) tie a national high school established in 1928. Twelve different players go deep with the help of the wind and a small ballpark.Ref: 1
Jun 16At Turner Field in a game which featured thousands of swarming moths, Boston beat the Braves and bugs in extra innings, 9-5. Although the insects had little bearing on the outcome of the game, the insects clearly bothered the some players, including Dave Martinez who claimed to having sucked one into his mouth.Ref: 1
Jun 16John Olerud becomes the 21st player to hit for the cycle more than once his career. Among all of the players who have accomplished hitting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game, the Mariners' first baseman has the fewest career triples with just 12 in his 13-year major league stint.Ref: 1
Jun 18Citing he wants to spend more time with his family, Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. announces he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time MVP will be best remembered for his streak of playing in consecutive 2,632 games.Ref: 1
Jun 18With the time starting when the pitcher enters fair territory, a two-minute limit for warm-up tosses thrown by relievers who come in during an inning is now mandated by the commissioner's office. At the beginning of an inning the allotted warm-up time will be 1:40 unless the game is on national television in which event the time allowed will be increased by 20 seconds.Ref: 1
Jun 20Hitting his 38th homer of the season, Barry Bonds breaks the major league mark established by Reggie Jackson (1969) and Mark McGwire (1998) for home runs hit before the All-Star game. The Giant left fielder still has 17 games to add to the record.Ref: 1
Jun 21Returning to major leagues after a stint with Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, Jose Canseco starts as the designated hitter for the White Sox. The former All Star, who has 446 career home runs (23rd all time), didn't get any offers after being released by the Angels in the spring.Ref: 1
Jun 22In a move to shore up the bullpen, the Cleveland Indians dealt Steve Karsay and Steve Reed to the Braves for left-handed closer John Rocker.Ref: 86
Jun 25In the first professional baseball game in Brooklyn after a 44-year absence, the short season class A minor league Cyclones win their home opener at Keyspan Park defeating the Scrappers 3-2 in 10 innings.Ref: 1
Jun 28After 20 seasons in San Diego, Padre outfielder Tony Gwynn announces he'll retire at the end of the season. The future Hall of Famer has the highest lifetime batting average (.338) among all active players.Ref: 1
Jun 29San Diego Padre Tony Gwynn announces 2001 will be his final season.Ref: 86
Jul 04The Brewers' new home, Miller Park, continues to be jinxed as a parachutist breaks his ankle when he misses the opening in the retractable roof and lands on a beam several hundred feet off the ground. Another member of the Sky Knights Sports Parachute Club missed the stadium completely.Ref: 1
Jul 04The fifty people stranded on the Ferris wheel ride at Comerica Park for two hours during the Royal-Tiger game are rescued by firefighters and emergency crews using a cherry picker and a fire truck ladder. The inconvenience fans will receive tickets to another game, free dinner and team autographs from the Tigers.Ref: 1
Jul 05Pirate skipper Lloyd McClendon is fined $1,000 for walking off the field with first base in the June 26 Brewers game. It's the first time a manager has been fined for 'stealing' a base.Ref: 1
Jul 06Playing in the 101st different park since 1876, the Cubs beat the Tigers in Comerica Park, 15-8. The Cubs win for the first time in Detroit in 56 years dating back to Game 3 of the 1945 World Series when Claude Passeau's threw a 3-0 shutout in Briggs Stadium.Ref: 1
Jul 07Jim Thome hits three homers and has six RBI as the Cleveland Indians routes the Cardinals, 14-2.Ref: 86
Jul 16Fred McGriff invokes his no-trade clause blocking a deal that would have sent him to the first place Cubs from the last place Devil Rays. Later in the day, the 'Crime Dog' homers helping Tampa Bay to beat Braves 6-5.Ref: 1
Jul 18In response to the grievance filed by the umpires earlier in the week, the commissioner's office announces pitch counts will not be used as an evaluation technique.Ref: 1
Jul 18Players notify stadium security, when a fan, reaching for a foul ball, drops and then retrieves a gun on the field at Comerica Park. It turns out to be a Glock pistol belonging to an embarrassed off-duty three-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department who had his weapon fall out of its holster as he went for the ball.Ref: 1
Jul 25The Tampa Bay Devil Rays acquire left-handed pitcher Nick Bierbrodt, outfielder Jason Conti and cash considerations from Arizona in exchange for right-handed pitcher Albie Lopez and catcher Mike DiFelice.Ref: 86
Jul 27The Tampa Bay Devil Rays acquire right-handed pitcher Manny Aybar and a player to be named later (infielder Jason Smith) from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for first baseman Fred McGriff and cash considerations.Ref: 86
Jul 28Oriole outfielder Melvin Mora's wife, Gisel, gives birth to quintuplets. The three boys and two girls, who all weighed in under two and half pounds, are all doing well.Ref: 1
Jul 30The Twins get Met starter Rick Reed for outfielder and leadoff batter Matt Lawton. Reed, 36, who was a member of the National League All Star team, was 8-6 with a 3.86 era for his former team this season.Ref: 1
Jul 31The Red Sox acquire Expo reliever Ugueth Urbina for two minor league pitchers, Tomo Ohka and Rich Rundles. The hard throwing closer was nearly traded to the Yankees earlier in the season, but the deal was nixed when Urbina failed a physical.Ref: 1
Aug 01For the 33rd time in the team's history, the Tigers turn a triple play as Mariner Mark McLemore lines out to second baseman Damion Easley, who throws to shortstop Deivi Cruz to double up Tom Lampkin. Cruz then relays the ball to first baseman Shane Halter catching Ichiro Suzuki off first to complete Detroit's first triple killing since July 3, 1992, when the victim was also Seattle.Ref: 1
Aug 04Glenn Ezell is named bullpen coach of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, replacing Darren Daulton, who resigns for personal reasons.Ref: 86
Aug 05The Mariners become the third team in American League history to lose after posting a 12-run lead as the Indians overcomes a seventh inning deficit of14-2 to beat Seattle in 11 innings, 15-14.Ref: 1
Aug 05Former Twin teammates Kirby Puckett and Dave Winfield along with 1960 World Series hero Bill Mazeroski and the late Negro Leagues pitcher Hilton Smith are enshrined in Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Aug 06The Hall of Fame Veterans Committee comprised of five former players, five media members and five former executives, which was established in 1953, is to be replaced by a 90-member group made up of the members of the Hall of Fame (61), the recipients of the J.G. Taylor Spink award for writers (13), the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasters (13) and current Veterans Committee members (3). The new committee will be able elect players only once every two years and executives, umpires and managers only once every four years.Ref: 1
Aug 07Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez ejects Steve 'Mongo' McMichael from Wrigley Field as the former Chicago Bear football player is about to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch. McMichael, presently a pro wrestler, tells the crowd over the P.A. system "he'll have a talk with the ump" concerning a close call made by earlier in the game and then boos and blows a kiss toward the ump.Ref: 1
Aug 07Boston's backstop Scott Hatteberg hits into a triple play, but the catcher redeems himself in his next at-bat by hitting a grand slam putting the Red Sox ahead in a 10-7 win over the Rangers. The triple killing, the third in Texas history, occurs when Hatteberg lines to shortstop Alex Rodriguez who flips to second base doubling up the runner on second with second baseman Randy Velarde tagging the running arriving from first.Ref: 1
Aug 07Passing the mark of 68 established Christy Mathewson (Giants 1913) and Randy Jones (Padres -1976), Braves right-hander Greg Maddux sets the National League record for consecutive innings without allowing a walk as he pitches six innings without a giving up a base on balls to extend the new record to 70 1-3 innings. The major league record with 84 1-3 innings set in 1962 by A's hurler Bill Fischer.Ref: 1
Aug 08C.C. Sabathia gets the win and the Cleveland Indians take first place from the Minnesota Twins. From this point on, the Indians stayed in first place.Ref: 86
Aug 10In Kotna, Poland, Khovrio of Moscow becomes the first Russian team to qualify for the Little League World Series. The team, which is also the first to be made of all native Europeans, defeats the Tbilisi YMCA of Georgia, 12-2.Ref: 1
Aug 11Using fewest number of games anyone has ever needed to hit 50 homers in a season, Giant outfielder Barry Bonds reaches the milestone in 117 contests. In 1999, Sammy Sosa reached the mark in 121 contests.Ref: 1
Aug 12When Braves' manager Bobby Cox orders an intentional walk to Steve Finley, Greg Maddux's National League record of consecutive innings without giving up a base on balls ends at 72 1-3. The major league record is 84 1-3 innings set in 1962 by A's hurler Bill Fischer.Ref: 1
Aug 15San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman works a perfect 9th to preserve a 2-1 win vs. New York to become the 14th pitcher in history to log 300 career saves.Ref: 86
Aug 16After piloting the team 13 games above .500 in spite of numerous injuries to key players, manager Jimy Williams is fired by the Red Sox. The ousted skipper is replaced by the club's well respected pitching coach, Joe Kerrigan.Ref: 1
Aug 16Barry Bonds' second home run of the game and 53rd of the season breaks the franchise record established by his godfather, Willie Mays. With his first homer, the left fielder eclipses the National League record for home runs by a left handed batter established in 1947 by another Giant, Johnny Mize.Ref: 1
Aug 17Toronto Blue Jay infielder Jeff Frye becomes the second Blue Jay to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat against the Texas Rangers with Kelly Gruber, the other Blue Jay to hit for the cycle, in attendance.Ref: 86
Aug 21The International League's Triple-A game between Rochester Red Wings (Orioles) and Ottawa Lynx (Expos) features Tim Raines and his son Tim Jr. as opponents. It is believed to be the first contest involving a dad and his son facing each other during the regular season on the professional level.Ref: 1
Aug 25The Tampa Bay Devil Rays sign first-round draft pick Dewon Brazelton to a four-year, $4.8 million major league contract.Ref: 86
Aug 25Bengie Molina sets a team record by stroking nine consecutive hits. The Angel catcher is the first Anaheim player to have consecutive four-hit games since Tim Salmon accomplished the feat in 1994.Ref: 1
Aug 26Joining Babe Ruth (1920 -21 and 1927-28) and Mark McGwire (1996-99), Sammy Sosa (1997-2001) becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 50 homers in a season four times.Ref: 1
Aug 26In the 18th inning, second string catcher Bill Haselman beats out a bases-loaded potential inning-ending double play grounder allowing Chad Curtis to score the winning run in the Rangers 8-7 victory over the Red Sox. The 6-hour and 35-minute contest is the longest game ever played in Ranger history.Ref: 1
Aug 27In the Nippon Ham Fighters-Fukuoka Daiei Hawks contest, Michihiro Ogasawara doubles and tallies on Yukio Tanaka's single breaking a 51-year Japanese record by scoring a run in 17 consecutive games. Indian Kenny Lofton (2000) and Yankee Red Rolfe (1939) share the major league record of 18 straight games.Ref: 1
Aug 27With his 17th dinger this month, Cub slugger Sammy Sosa ties the National League record for August homers established by Willie Mays in 1965. Tiger Rudy York set the major league mark going yard 18 times in the eighth month of 1937.Ref: 1
Aug 28Alex Rodriguez becomes the ninth player, and the second shortstop, in major league history to hit 40 home runs in four consecutive seasons. The first shortstop to reach the plateau was Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who accomplished the feat from 1957-60 for the Cubs.Ref: 1
Aug 29The Cardinals score two runs on a strikeout when runners, who are breaking from first and second, score after pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla strikes out throwing his bat down the third-base line causing Cardinal third baseman Phil Nevin to duck to avoid being hit by the flying lumber. At the same time, catcher Ben Davis' throw, attempting to cut down the runner at an unmanned third base, goes into left field which allows Edgar Renteria to score from second and Eli Marrero also tallies from first as left fielder Rickey Henderson misplays the ball.Ref: 1
Aug 31Due to the fact Little League World Series star pitcher Danny Almonte is 14 years old, not 12 as required by the organization's rules, the Raulindo Paulino All-Stars are stripped of all its wins. The team, which had captured the heart of the community, finished third in Williamsport and were given a parade in New York and honored before a game at Yankee Stadium.Ref: 1
Aug 31Former minor league catcher Lawrence 'Crash' Davis dies after a year long bout with cancer player. The 82-year old was made famous by the 1982 movie Bull Durham.Ref: 1
Sep 01Cub slugger Sammy Sosa hits the longest home run in Turner Field history as his 53rd of the season travels 471 feet to straight away center. The historic homer comes in the first inning off four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux.Ref: 1
Sep 02With two outs and two strikes, Red Sox pinch hitter Carl Everett singles in the bottom of the ninth to break up Mike Mussina's bid for a perfect game. The Yankee right-hander beats Boston 1-0 for his fourth career one-hitter.Ref: 1
Sep 03On Labor Day, in just his 11th start, Cardinal hurler Bud Smith no-hits the Padres, 4-0. The 21-year-old becomes the 18th rookie since 1900 to throw a complete game without giving up a hit.Ref: 1
Sep 06Joining Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season. The 37 year-old Giant left fielder, who is the oldest to join this elite group, reaches the historic plateau the quickest needing only 141 games to reach the milestone.Ref: 1
Sep 07With his 44th home run, Dodger right fielder Shawn Green breaks a club record for homers in a season established by Gary Sheffield (2000) and Duke Snider (1956).Ref: 1
Sep 07Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez breaks his American League record (42 in 1998 and 1999 for the Mariners) for home runs by shortstop with his 43rd long ball of the season. In 1958, Cub Hall of Famer Ernie Banks established the major league record for homers by a shortstop with 47.Ref: 1
Sep 11Major League Baseball postpones all scheduled games for a week after terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C. and western Pennsylvania.Ref: 86
Sep 13Due the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17. The 91 missed games, the most regular-season contests not played since World War I forced the cancellation of the final month of the 1918 season, have been re-scheduled for the week after the regular season ends meaning the World Series is likely to extend into November for the first time in history.Ref: 1
Sep 18Due to the terrorist attacks that shut down baseball and the nation, Jon Lieber became the first Cub to start consecutive contests since Scott Sanderson in 1986.Ref: 86
Sep 19Defeating White Sox, 6-3, Roger Clemens becomes the first major league pitcher to have season won-loss record of 20-1. The five-time Cy Young Award winner has won his last 16 decisions.Ref: 1
Sep 19Major League Baseball and the Players Association announce the creation of the MLB-MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund. The organizations will each donate $10 million to aid the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.Ref: 1
Sep 19Cardinal freshman Albert Pujols sets a National League rookie mark with 120 RBIs. The 21-year-old infieder broke the mark of 119 established in 1930 by Wally Berger of the Boston Braves.Ref: 1
Sep 21Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez hit his 47th home run tying the major league record for home runs in a season by a shortstop. The Cub legend Ernie Banks established the record in 1958.Ref: 1
Sep 21The Mets donate their day's pay, which totals approximately $500,000, from tonight's game with the Braves at Shea to a rescue fund for the families of the firefighters and policemen killed in the World trade Center terrorist attacks. The contest is the first professional baseball game played in New York since the tragedy.Ref: 1
Sep 21A crowd 41,235 at Shea Stadium witness the return of baseball to New York City for the first time since terrorist attacks of September 11. Uplifting ceremonies before and during the game, which include singers Diana Ross, Marc Anthony Lisa Minnelli as well as bagpipers, pay tribute to victims of the tragedy. Mike Piazza's eighth inning home run gives the Mets a 3-2 dramatic victory over the Braves.Ref: 1
Sep 23By saving NY's 5-4, 10-inning win over the Orioles at Cepeda Yards, Yankee closer Marino Rivera establishes a franchise single-season record with his 47th save. The previous record was held by Dave Righty who has 46 saves in in 1986.Ref: 1
Sep 23Hitting #'s 56, 57, and 58 off Astros' rookie Tim Redding, Sammy Sosa sets a major league record with his third three-homer game of the season. Salmon' Sammy also accomplished the feat against August 9 (Rockies) and August 22 (Brewers).Ref: 1
Sep 23Hitting his 66th round tripper off rookie Jason Middlebrow, Barry Bonds ties Sammy Sosa for the second-most home runs in a season. The Giants1 left fielder also sets a major league record with 34 road homers passing Babe Ruth (1927) and Mark McGwire (1998) , who both had 32 dinners away from home.Ref: 1
Sep 23Alex Rodriguez 48th home run breaks Ernie Banks' major league record for most in a season by a shortstop which 'Mr. Cub' established in 1957. The homer also tied A-Rod with Frank Howard (1969 as a Senator) for the franchise record for home runs in a season.Ref: 1
Sep 24Hitting his 55th home run off fireballer Daisuke Matsuzaka, former American major leaguer Tuffy Rhodes ties the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964. The Kintetsu Buffaloes outfielder has five games left to break the immortal Oh's record.Ref: 1
Sep 25In the Brewers 9-4 victory over the Diamondbacks, Richie Sexson and Jeromy Burnitz both hit three home runs. It is the first time in major league history two teammates have hit three homers in the same game.Ref: 1
Sep 28In the first home game at Wrigley since the terrorist attacks on America, Sammy Sosa, after hitting his 59th home run of the season, pulls out a small American flag and waves it as he circles the bases. After scoring and making a curtain call from the dugout, the Cub slugger continues to wave Old Glory.Ref: 1
Sep 28Ranger infielder Alex Rodriguez becomes the 20th player and first shortstop in major league history to hit 50 home runs season. The milestone blast is given up by Angel hurler Ismael Valdes in the first inning in at Edison Field in an 11-2 Texas win.Ref: 1
Sep 28Angel infielder David Eckstein breaks Frank Robinson's rookie record for getting hit by a pitch. The Halos' shortstop is struck by Rangers hurler Aaron Mayette's fifth inning pitch making it the 21st time he been plunked this season.Ref: 1
Sep 28On a night he hits his 68th round tripper of the season in quest of Mark McGwire's single season home run record, Barry Bonds is walked for the 163rd time breaking 'Big Mac's' 1998 National League record for bases on balls. The major league record is 170 walks held by Babe Ruth.Ref: 1
Sep 29On three consecutive pitches, Astros' starter Dave Mlicki gives up homers to Fred McGriff, Rondell White and Todd Hundley. The back-to-back-to-back homers enables the Cubs to beat Houston, 6-2.Ref: 1
Sep 29Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki gets his 234th hit of the season breaking 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson 1911 record for the hits in a season by a rookie. The historic hit also ties the major league record for singles in a season established in 1985 by Red Sox infielder Wade Boggs with 187.Ref: 1
Sep 29Miguel Tejada's seventh inning grand slam makes him the 15th player in A's history to hit for the cycle. The slugging shortstop had tripled in the first inning, singled in the third and doubled in the sixth.Ref: 1
Sep 30With a 9-1 win over the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians clinched their sixth division title in seven years.Ref: 86
Oct 02Slugging Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in baseball history to slug 60 home runs in three seasons. The Cub outfielder connects off Reds starter Lance Davis to reach the milestone.Ref: 1
Oct 03Barry Bonds walks three times breaking Babe Ruth's major league record of 170 base on balls. Astro reliever Nelson Cruz gives up the historic walk in the sixth.Ref: 1
Oct 04Barry Bonds ties Mark McGwire's single-season home run record established three years ago as he hits his 70th round-tripper. The historic homer, a shot to right-center at Enron Field, is given up in the ninth inning by Astro rookie hurler Wilfredo Rodriguez in a Giant 10-2 victory.Ref: 1
Oct 04With his third inning home run, 42-year-old Rickey Henderson breaks Ty Cobb's record to become the leading run-scorer in baseball history. To punctuate scoring his 2,246th run, the Padre outfielder slides into home.Ref: 1
Oct 04Appearing in a game against the Red Sox at Camden Field Oriole outfielders Tim Raines and Tim Raines Jr. become the second father-son combination played for the same team on the major league level. Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. both played for the Mariners in 1990.Ref: 1
Oct 05The Toronto Blue Jays play their second ever doubleheader at the SkyDome. Jose Cruz Jr. steals two bases in the second game of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians to make him the second player in franchise history to post 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season (Shawn Green- 1998).Ref: 86
Oct 05With their 115th victory of the season, the Seattle Mariners break the 1998 Yankee record for most wins in a season. The 1908 Cubs hold the major league record with 116 wins.Ref: 1
Oct 05Barry Bonds breaks and then extends the mark for home runs in a season. The Giant outfielder connects off Dodger starter Chan Ho Park to break Mark McGwire's 1998 record of 70, and then homers again in his next at bat to bring the new record to 72 homers.Ref: 1
Oct 05The Braves maul the Marlins, 20-3 to clinch the National League East title and becomes the first team in professional sports to win 10 consecutive division titles. The Boston Celtics (1957-65) and Los Angeles Lakers (1982-90) had both won nine in a row.Ref: 1
Oct 06With the club's 116th win, the Mariners tie 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in major league history. Bret Boone's 37th home run of the season and the shut out pitching of five Seattle pitchers proves to be the difference in the 1-0 historic win over the Rangers.Ref: 1
Oct 06At Camden Yards in front of a full house including Orioles noteables Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver as well as Commissioner Bud Selig and former President Bill Clinton, Cal Ripken plays his 3,001st and final game. After a hitless night for 41-year-old, the final out of the 5-1 loss to Red Sox is made as Cal watches from the on deck circle.Ref: 1
Oct 06With his 151st pinch hit, Lenny Harris breaks the major league mark for career pinch hits established Manny Mota. Coming off the Met bench to bat for Rey Ordonez, he lines a 1-2 pitch off Expo starter Carl Pavano for a single to become career leader in pinch hits.Ref: 1
Oct 07On the last day of the season, Rickey Henderson bloops a double down the right field line off Rockie hurler John Thomson to become the 25th major leaguer to collect 3000 career base hits. Tony Gwynn, who is playing in his last major league game and is also a member of the 3000 hit club, meets the Padre outfielder at home plate in front of a sell out crowd QualComm Park .Ref: 1
Oct 07Barry Bonds extends his major league record for home runs in season to 73 as he drives a 3-2 first inning knucleball off Dodger Dennis Spriner over the right field fence. The blast also secures two more major league records for the Giants' left fielder as he surpasses Babe Ruth (1920 .847) with a .863 season slugging percentage and bests Mark McGwire (1998 one HR every 7.27 AB) by homering in every 6.52 at-bats.Ref: 1
Oct 07Rookie C.C. Sabathia picks up his 17th win of the season against the Toronto Blue Jays. Sabathia passed Herb Score, who won 16 in 1955, for the most wins by a Cleveland Indians' rookie. 
Oct 12Tom Kelly retires as the Twins' skipper. During his 15-season tenure, the longest among current managers, he won two World Series titles and compiled a record of 1140-1244 for the small market team.Ref: 1
Oct 13Being down 2-0 in best-of-five series, the Yankees, thanks to the shut out pitching Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada's fifth-inning home run, stave off elimination beating the A's and Barry Zito, 1-0. Shortstop Derek Jeter backing up an errant relay throw down the first base and flipping it home to cut down Jeremy Giambi as the potential tying run will be remembered as one of the best defensive plays in post season history.Ref: 1
Oct 15The Yankees beat the A's 5-3 to win the ALDS. The Bronx Bombers become the first team ever to win a best-of-five series after losing the first two games at home.Ref: 1
Oct 15In only their fourth year of existence, the Diamondbacks win their post season series beating the Cardinals, 2-1, thanks to Tony Womack's two-out game-winning hit in the deciding fifth game of the NLDS. Arizona had lost their first playoff appearance to the Mets in 1999.Ref: 1
Oct 15In a classic Game 5 in the ALDS, Cleveland IndianJamie Moyer pitched great over six innings as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Indians, 3-1, thus eliminating the Tribe from the playoffs.Ref: 86
Oct 18Larry Dierker, who left the Astros' broadcast booth to take over the dugout duties as the team's skipper in 1997, resigns as Houston manager (448-362, .553, four divisional titles) despite tying the Cardinals for the best record in the National League (93-69) and winning the Central Division. The team failed to win a playoff series in his five-year tenure going 2-12 in post season action.Ref: 1
Oct 24The Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel, who led the Indians to their sixth AL Central Division crown in seven years, is retained for the 2002 season.Ref: 86
Oct 25Former Tampa Bay Devil Rays player and future Hall-of-Famer Wade Boggs resigns as hitting coach. Tom Foley is promoted to third base coach from his position as minor league field coordinator, replacing Terry Collins. Jackie Brown is named pitching coach.Ref: 86
Oct 28George W. Bush becomes the the eighth president to attend a World Series game and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a NY Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11 attacks, the Commander in Chief walks to the mound by himself, gives a thumbs up, and throws a perfect strike to the Yankees' backup catcher much to the delight of the stadium faithful.Ref: 1
Oct 28Curt Schilling, who named his son Gehrig, receives the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions to numerous charities, including ALS which is better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Diamondback right-hander, who won World Series opener yesterday, was selected due his outstanding baseball skills combined with devoted work within the community.Ref: 1
Oct 29Commissioner Bud Selig says major league baseball is considering eliminating two teams could by the start of next season. Contraction would include the Montreal Expos and either the Minnesota Twins or the Florida Marlins.Ref: 1
Oct 29Matt Williams becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams. He homered in the Fall Classic for the Indians in 1997 and the Giants in 1989.Ref: 1
Oct 30George W. Bush becomes the eighth president to attend a World Series game and the first since Dwight D. Eisenhower to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a New York Fire Department windbreaker in honor of the heroes of the September 11 attacks, the Commander in Chief walks to the mound by himself, gives a thumbs up, and throws a perfect strike to the Yankees' backup catcher much to the delight of the stadium faithful.Ref: 1
Oct 31For the first time since Philadelphia A's Mule Haas hit a game-tying two run homer in Game 5 of the 1929 World Series, a team comes from behind to tie a Fall Classic game in the ninth and goes on to win in extra innings. Tino Martinez sends the game into overtime with a two-out homer off Diamondback's closer Byung-Hyun Kim and Derek Jeter, dubbed Mr. November, wins it after the stroke of midnight with a full count two-out round tripper giving the Bronx Bombers a 3-2 victory and knots the series at two games apiece.Ref: 1
Nov 01The first major league game ever started in the month of November is a memorable one as the Yankees, for the second consecutive night, make a dramatic comeback in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and go on to victory in extra innings. Tonight's heroes are Scot Brosius, who hits a game-tying two out two-run homer to knot the game at 2-2, and Alfonso Soriano, who singles in Chuck Knoblach in the 12th giving the Yankees a 3-2 victory and 3-2 lead in the Series over the Diamondbacks.Ref: 1
Nov 01The Astros name Jimy Williams, 58, as the franchise's thirteenth skipper. The 35-year veteran, who also managed the Blue Jays and Red Sox, replaces Larry Dierker, who despite of reaching the post-season four times in five seasons was unable to win a playoff series.Ref: 1
Nov 01General manager steps down John Hart's 10-year reign of Indians GM comes to an end. Largely responsible for the winningest era in Tribe baseball, Hart brought six postseason appearances and two World Series berths to Cleveland. Assistant general manager Mark Shapiro will take over as general manager.Ref: 86
Nov 03In Game 6, the Diamondbacks get 21 hits in the first six innings against the Yankees to set a record for hits in a World Series game. The previous record of 20 was established by the 1921 Giants (Game 3 vs Yankees) and the 1946 Cardinals (Game 4 vs Red Sox).Ref: 1
Nov 04Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling are named co-MVPs of the World Series. The Diamondback hurlers are the first multiple winners since a trio of Dodgers( Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager) shared the award in 1981.Ref: 1
Nov 04In one of the most exciting editions of the World Series, the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees in seven games. Luis Gonzalez lined a Series-winning single off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning of Game 7.Ref: 86
Nov 05The Cleveland Indians sign closer Bob Wickman to a three-year deal, which includes a club option for a fourth year. Wickman anchored the Indians' strong bullpen in 2001 and saved 32 games in 35 chances. His save percentage of 91.4 ranked him fourth among American League closers. He appeared in 70 games and compiled a 5-0 record with a 2.39 ERA.Ref: 86
Nov 06Denying its a negotiating ploy, Commissioner Bud Selig is given the authority to "begin the process" of eliminating two 'to be announced' teams by the major league owners by a 28-2 vote. Donald Fehr, the Players Association executive director, calls the action of possibly eliminating the Expos, Twins or Marlins most imprudent and unfortunate and the worst manner in which to begin the process of negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.Ref: 1
Nov 07USA Today first reports that Major League Baseball is considering dropping two franchises from small market cities. The leading candidates are the Minnesota Twins and the Montreal Expos. If that happens, it is likely that the Arizona Diamondbacks will move from the National League to the American League.Ref: 13
Nov 09After exercising Omar Daal's $4.5 million contract option for 2002 yesterday, the Phillies trade the righthander to the Dodgers for minor league pitchers Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero. Philadelphia acquired Daal along with Travis Lee, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla in the 2000 deal which sent Curt Schilling to Diamondbacks.Ref: 1
Nov 11The St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire tells ESPN he will retire ending his 16-year career. The prolific home run hitter, who ranks fifth all-time with 583 career homers, has decided not to sign the two-year, $30 million extension the team had offered.Ref: 1
Nov 12Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners (AL) and Albert Pujols of the St Louis Cardinals (NL) win the Rookie of the Year Awards for there respective leagues. Suzuki garnered 27 or 28 first place votes. Pujols garnered 32 of 32 first place votes, the 9th NL rookie to do so. (USA Today, 11/13/2001, p 10C)Ref: 13
Nov 12One year after playing Class-A ball, Albert Pujols (.329, 37, 130) is named the National League Rookie of the Year by BBWAA. The Cardinal freshman set NL rookie marks RBIs (130), total bases (360)and extra base hits (88) and fell one home run shy of tying the National League rookie record of 38 established by Frank Robinson in 1956 as a member of the Reds.Ref: 1
Nov 13Randy Johnson (21-6, 2.49, 372) wins his fourth Cy Young Award, his third straight as a member of the Diamondbacks. The 'Big Unit', who also won the honor in 1995 with the Mariners, is the second pitcher to win three consecutive Cy Young awards joining Greg Maddux who won four in a row from 1992-95.Ref: 1
Nov 14For the second time in his career, Seattle skipper Lou Piniella is named the American League Manager of the Year. 'Sweet Lou', the only person to appear on every ballot, guided to the Mariners to an historical 116 victories which tied 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in major league history.Ref: 1
Nov 14Larry Bowa (86-76, .531) becomes the first Phillies manager to be named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. In his first year at the helm, Philadelphia improves by 21 games finishing the season two games behind the first-place Atlanta.Ref: 1
Nov 14Former Major League catcher Milt May becomes the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' fourth hitting coach, replacing Wade Boggs.Ref: 86
Nov 15Yankee right hander Roger Clemens (20-3, 3.51 ERA) wins the Cy Young Award for an unprecedented sixth time (Red Sox -1986, '87, '91 and Blue Jays -1997, '98). The 'Rocket' becomes the first Pinstripper to win the award since 1978 when Ron Guidry copped the honor.Ref: 1
Nov 16In a four page decision, Hennepin County District Judge Harry Seymour Crump rules the Twins must play their home portion of the 2002 baseball season at the Metrodome and prohibits Twins owner Carl Pohlad from selling the team unless the new owner agrees to play next season's games in the Metrodome. The lower court decision, which is likely to be appealed, is the result of the major league's decision to contract two teams, one of which is likely to be Minnesota.Ref: 1
Nov 19In a landslide vote (30 of 32 first-place votes) by the BBWAA, Giant left fielder Barry Bonds (.328, 137, 73) wins the the Most Valuable Player Award for an unprecedented fourth time (1990, 92-93 as a Pirate). Three-time MVPs include Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial and Mike Schmidt.Ref: 1
Nov 19The Tampa Bay Devil Rays hire Cam Bonifay as director of player personnel. Bonifay, who served the past eight seasons as senior vice president and general manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates, will oversee all of the club's scouting and player development as well as assist GM Chuck LaMar at the Major League level in this newly created position.Ref: 86
Nov 20Ichiro Suzuki becomes only the second player in major league history to win the Most Valuable player Award in the same year as being selected Rookie of the Year. The 28-year-old Mariner outfielder joins Red Sox freshman outfielder Fred Lynn, who accomplished the feat in 1975, as the only other rookie to win the MVP.Ref: 1
Nov 27The major league owners vote unanimously to extend baseball commissioner Bud Selig's contract through 2006.Ref: 1
Nov 30Unsure of their future, Montreal signs a one-year lease to play their home games of the 2002 season at Olympic Stadium. Due to the threat of being eliminated because of the proposed contraction of major league teams, the agreement gives the Expos the right to unilaterally cancel the contract.Ref: 1
Nov 30The major league's plan to contract by two teams next season is put into jeopardy by Minnesota courts. The state's Supreme Court refuses to grant the request for a speedy review of the appeal of the injunction which forces the Twins to play in 2001, and the appellate court sets the hearing for December 27, a date many believe is too late to make the elimination of two teams a reality.Ref: 1
Dec 03Although Enron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the corporation is current on its payments and plans to keep the company's name on Astro's new ballpark. The downtown stadium will stay Enron Field as long as Enron continues to exist and makes regular payments on its 30-year, $100 million commitment according to team officials.Ref: 1
Dec 05New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces he wants to complete new stadium deals for the Mets and Yankees before he leaves office at the end of the month. Before the September 11 attacks, which dramatically changed the city's financial stature, the mayor thought an arrangement in which the city, the state and the owners agreed to pay one-third of the cost of the new stadiums might complete the negotiations with the teams.Ref: 1
Dec 06Bud Selig tells the House Judiciary Committee that baseball owners, due the current system, cannot be competitive and are losing money. The commissioner uses many statistics to make his case including a team without a payroll in the top 25 percent has failed win a single World Series game over the last seven years.Ref: 1
Dec 07In a rare deal between the cross-town rivals, the Yankees trade outfielder/DH David Justice Justice (.241, 18, 51) to the Mets for third baseman Robin Ventura ( .237, 21, 61) . The teams have exchanged players only six times in forty years with the last time being in 1992 when the Mets dealt Frank Tanana for Kenny Greer, a minor league pitcher.Ref: 1
Dec 11The New York Mets acquired 12-time All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar from the Cleveland Indians in an eight-player deal that sent outfielder Matt Lawton, top prospect Alex Escobar and right-handed reliever Jerrod Riggan to the Indians.Ref: 86
Dec 13The Red Sox trade frustrated flychaser Carl Everret (.257, 14, 58) to the Rangers for left-hander Darren Oliver (11-11, 6.02). The former all star outfielder, who had his problems with players and managers in Boston, says he is looking forward to joining the veteran players inRef: 1
Dec 13Writing a 24-page pun-filled opinion, U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III upholds most of an arbitrator's decision declaring nine of 22 umpires who lost their jobs following a 1999 mass resignation must be reinstated. To make his point, the judge said it was his job to make sure the arbitrator hadn't 'missed the ball' and both parties 'make(s) a pitch that all or part of the arbitrator's ruling should be scored as an error and set aside'.Ref: 1
Dec 13Jason Giambi, the runner-up in the AL MVP balloting, signs a seven-year contract with the Yankees. Giambi's deal includes a club option for an eighth year.Ref: 86
Dec 14The Giants sign right-hander Jason Schmidt to a $31-million four-year deal. The 28 year-old free agent, after being traded by the Pirates, was 7-1 for San Francisco last season.Ref: 1
Dec 14Needing to fill the void of a left-handed power hitter created by Jason Giambi's departure to the Yankees, the A's trade left-handed reliever Mark Guthrie and minor leaguer Tyler Yates to the Mets for David Justice. The Mets had acquired the designated hitter-outfielder only a week ago in a deal which sent third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees.Ref: 1
Dec 15The Mariners acquire 32-year old two-time All-Star third baseman Jeff Cirillo (.312, 17, 83) from the Rockies in exchange for reliever Jose Paniagua and minor leaguers Dennis Stark and Brian Fuentes.Ref: 1
Dec 16Giant southpaw Shawn Estes (9-8, 4.02) is traded to the Mets for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo (.267, 10, 56) and utility man Desi Relaford (.302, 8, 36).Ref: 1
Dec 17The Cleveland Indians short search to replace 12-time All-Star second baseman Roberto Alomar ended, as the Indians inked Ricky Gutierrez to a three-year contract with a club options for a fourth year. Matt Lawton, who was part of the Roberto Alomar deal on December 11, signed a four-year contract with the Indians.Ref: 86
Dec 18Filling the void created by Mark McGwire's unexpected retirement, the Cardinals sign first baseman Tino Martinez to a $21 million, three-year contract. After he was replaced in the Yankees lineup by Jason Giambi, the former Bronx Bomber said the Cardinals were his first choice as a free agent.Ref: 1
Dec 18John Rocker is traded to the Rangers from the Indians for minor league pitcher David Elder. The reliever, not known for his clubhouse dipolmacy, will join recently acquired Carl Everett, who also has had difficulties with management and teammates.Ref: 1
Dec 19Several hours before a midnight deadline, Barry Bonds accepts the Giant's offer of salary arbitration. San Francisco's decision to go to arbitration avoids a bidding war for their franchise player, and this season's National League MVP's award will be likely worth at least $20 million for one year of service.Ref: 1
Dec 19Free agent Moises Alou (.331, 27, 108) signs a $27 million, three-year deal with the Cubs. The former Astro All-Star presence in the Chicago line-up, along with Fred McGriff and Sammy Sosa, will give the team a fearsome 3-4-5 threesome.Ref: 1
Dec 20Last season's American League strikeout leader with 220, free agent Hideo Nomo (13-10, 4.50), inks a $13.75 million, two-year deal with the Dodgers. The former Red Sox right-hander was the NL rookie of the year when he broke into the majors with Los Angeles in 1995.Ref: 1
Dec 20The Jean Yawkey Trust announces all the partners have unanimously voted to sell 100 percent of the Red Sox, a family owned business since 1933, to a group of investors led by Florida Marlins owner John Henry who also has a 1 percent share of the Yankees and is the managing partner-in-waiting of the Boston Red Sox. The price tag, rumored to be $600+ million, doubles the amount ever spent to buy a team.Ref: 1
Dec 22Highly sought free agent Chan Ho Park (15-11, 3.50) signs a five-year, $65 million deal with the Rangers. The Korean right-hander led the Dodgers last year in wins, starts, innings pitched, strikeouts and opponents' batting average.Ref: 1
Dec 25Signing a one-year, $4.7 million contract to play for the Yomiuri Giants, Hideki Matsui became the highest-paid player in Japanese baseball history. The outfielder's salary surpasses the $4 million mark the Orix Blue Wave gave Ichiro Suzuki for 2000 season.Ref: 1
Dec 26The Angels sign free agent Aaron Sele (15-5, 3.60) to a three-year contract. The 31-year old right-hander, who has pitched for the Red Sox, Rangers and Mariners has 107-68 career record.Ref: 1
Dec 27After 21 years being heard on WABC, the Yankees will broadcast its spring training, regular-season and postseason games on all -news station WCBS-AM which is owned by Infinity Broadcasting. The five-year deal with the Yankees' YES Network, created earlier this year, is worth approximately about $50 million.Ref: 1
Dec 27The Mets continue to stay busy this off season acquiring first baseman Mo Vaughn for 13-year veteran righthander Kevin Appier (11-10, 3.57) and cash. The 1995 American League MVP will join Roberto Alomar, Roger Cedeno, and Shawn Estes as newest members of the Shea Squad.Ref: 1
Dec 29Outgoing New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announces the Yankees and Mets have reached a tentative agreement with the city to build a pair of $800 million, retractable-roof stadiums. Mayor-elect Michael Bloomberg, who is concerned if the Big Apple can afford what is believed to be the largest private-public venture in baseball history, will have final word on the $1.6 billion cost of the proposed new ballparks agreements.Ref: 1
Jan 04In spite of the franchise's uncertain future due to possible contraction, Ron Gardenhire is named to replace Tom Kelly as the Minnesota manager. The Twins' coach is given a two-year pact to piliot the team.Ref: 1
Jan 04The Cardinals announce the team has agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal with Matt Morris (22-8, 3.16 ERA). The 27-year-old right-hander finished third, who missed all of the 1999 season due elbow surgery, finshed third in the Cy Young balloting this year.Ref: 1
Jan 04The Indians sign Matthew Haynes, a participant in major league's first-ever Australian Baseball Academy, which included the best 60 players from Down Under. The 6-3, 185-pound 18-year-old is a righthander who the Tribe predict will be a starter in the major leagues.Ref: 1
Jan 04Tired of the losing, Tony Tavares resigns as president of Angels. The 52-year old executive, who until today also was the chairman of the Mighty Ducks, became Anaheim's president after Disney bought the team from Jackie Autry in 1996.Ref: 1
Jan 08Turning down a deal worth a million dollars more with no deferred money offered by the Mets, Juan Gonzalez agrees to a $24 million, two-year deal with the Rangers that includes $10.5 million in deferred payments. The outfielder, who perferred to stay in the American League established franchise records for home runs, RBIs, total bases and extra-base hits while playing for Texas from 1989-1999.Ref: 1
Jan 08Ozzie Smith, a 15-time All-Star shortstop, becomes the 32nd player to be elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Dubbed the 'Wizard of Oz' due to his remarkable defensive abilities won 13 Gold Glove Awards during his 19-year career with the Padres and Cardinals.Ref: 1
Jan 09Signing a $27 million deal with the Astros, Billy Wagner becomes one of baseball's highest-paid relievers. The thirty-year old will get $8 million in each of the next three seasons with a $9 million club option for 2005 with a $3 million buyout.Ref: 1
Jan 09Post-season sparkplug Craig Counsell (.275, 4, 38) signs a three-year, $7.25 million deal with the Diamondbacks. Cut by the Dodgers in 2000, the NLCS MVP played the infield in 141 games for the World Series champion Diamondbacks last season.Ref: 1
Jan 10Although he missed most the second half of the season playing for the White Sox due to undergoing back surgery, the Yankees sign David Wells to a two-year, $7-million contract to re-join the team. After posting a 34-14 record including a perfect game from 1997-98, 'Boomer' was traded to the Blue Jays, where he had his only 20-win season, in a deal for Roger Clemens.Ref: 1
Jan 10Representative John Conyers Jr., the House Judiciary Committee's ranking Democrat, said he would back off asking Bud Selig to resign if the commissioner dropped his threat to eliminate teams this season. Selig in a two-page letter to the Michigan lawmaker was unequivocal in his response stating the suggestions made were wholly unacceptable.Ref: 1
Jan 11After a one-year experiment, the Orioles plan to return Camden Yards to its original dimensions by moving in the fences. The team, which hit only 58 homers at home 44 less than in the previous season, said the fences are returning to their initial distances because the new configuration "adversely affected the viewing angle of the batter's eye."Ref: 1
Jan 14Saying his heart has always been in San Francisco, Barry Bonds avoids arbitration agreeing to a five-year, $90 million deal with the Giants. The contract also calls for 10-year personal services commitment at the end of the 37-year left fielder's playing days.Ref: 1
Jan 15The Braves trade outfielder Brian Jordan (.295, 25, 97), pitcher Odalis Perez (7-8, 4.91), and a minor leaguer to the Dodgers to acquire All-Star outfielder Gary Sheffield (.311, 36, 100). The deal ends Sheffield's stormy tenure with Los Angeles.Ref: 1
Jan 16Free agent Pedro Astacio (8-14,5.09) agrees to a one-year, $5 million incentives-laden deal with the Mets. After being traded to the Astros by the Rockies last season, the 32-year-old righthander developed shoulder problems.Ref: 1
Jan 17Commissioner Bud Selig indicates Washington, D.C. area is a 'prime candidate' to get a team if a franchise relocates in the near future. The nation's capital has two lost major league teams, the original franchise shifted to Minnestoa and became the Twins in 1961 and were replaced by the expansion Senators who moved to Texas a decade later becoming the Rangers.Ref: 1
Jan 17Avoiding arbitration, Darin Erstad (.258, 9, 63) and the Angels agree one-year contract worth $6.25 million. The first baseman/outfielder, who can be a free agent after the season, turned down a long-term deal from the Anaheim last spring estimated to be worth $50 million.Ref: 1
Jan 17Jermaine Dye agrees to a three-year extension worth $32 million to stay with the A's. Oakland is counting on the injured outfielder (shatter his left tibia fouling a ball off his leg just below the knee in Game 4 of the ALDS) to fill the void created by Jason Giabi's depature to New York.Ref: 1
Jan 18The Mariners avoid arbitration with pitcher Freddy Garcia (18-6, 3.05) by signing him to a one-year, $3.8-million deal. The twenty-five year old standout right-handed hurler led the American League in earned run average last season.Ref: 1
Jan 18Kerry Wood (12-6, 3.36) avoids arbitration agreeing a one-year deal with the Cubs believed to be worth between $3.5 and 4 million. The right-handed fireballer, who struck out 217 batters in 174.1 innings, is again eligible for arbitration after each of the next two seasons and can become a free agent following the 2004 season.Ref: 1
Jan 18Scott Rolen (.289. 25, 107) avoids arbitration signing the largest contract in team history, a $8.6 million, one-year deal with the Phillies. The Gold Glove third baseman resisted any attempts made by Philadelphia to enter into a multiyear contract.Ref: 1
Jan 18Randomly selected from the crowd, Devil Rays' Randy Winn sinks a half court-shot at a NBA Los Angeles Clippers' game to win a Mitsubishi Lancer. The TampaBay outfielder played some college hoops at Santa Clara.Ref: 1
Jan 23The Rangers avoid salary arbitration with Jeff Zimmerman when their closer agrees to a $10 million, three-year contract. After replacing an injured Tim Crabtree, Zimmerman posted 28 saves for the Texas team.Ref: 1
Jan 26The Mariners trade David Bell to the Giants for infielder Desi Relaford. The veteran third baseman became expendable when Seattle acquired Jeff Cirillo from the Rockies earlier in the off-season.Ref: 1
Jan 29The Astros sign Lance Berkman (.331, 34, 126) to a $10.5 million, three-year contract. The All star outfielder had 94 extra-base hits last season, the most ever by a switch-hitter in major league history.Ref: 1
Feb 01Six-time All-Star Kenny Lofton (.261,14, 66) agrees to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the White Sox. The 34-year center fielder, who has played with the Indians, Braves and Astros during his 11-year major league career has a .302 life-time batting average.Ref: 1
Feb 03Yankee catcher Jorge Posada (.277, 22, 95) signs a five-year contract with the club. Terms are not announced, but the Bronx Bomber backstop was asking for $7.75 million in arbitration which would make the 30-year-old the second best paid receiver in baseball history.Ref: 1
Feb 04The Minnesota Supreme Court refuses to consider an appeal of an injunction that forces the Twins to fulfill their Metrodome lease in 2002. The decision puts an end for this season any possibility of contraction in major league baseball.Ref: 1
Feb 05Luis Arroyo is inducted into the Latin American Baseball Hall of Fame Museum. The Puerto Rican reliever, who made the National League All Star squad as a rookie with Cardinals in 1955, had a 8-year career mark of 40-32 saving 36 games with a 3.93 ERA and is best remembered for his 1961 season with the Yankees (15-5, 29 saves).Ref: 1
Feb 05Baseball announces the withdrawal of its plan for contraction this upcoming season, but the sport is still determined to eliminate two teams in 2003. Attempts to contract the Twins and Expos this season could not be accomplished due to a series of legal decisions and fierce opposition from the Players Association.Ref: 1
Feb 05Troy Percival's seven-year tenure with Anaheim, which is the longest on the current roster, will increase as the All-Star reliever signs two-year contract extension with the club. The 32-year-old righthander, who is Angels' all-time leader with 210 career saves, converted 39 of 42 save opportunities last season.Ref: 1
Feb 05The Astros file a motion in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York asking the court to determine whether the 30-year naming agreement with Enron signed in 1999 should continue. The team does not want to call its stadium Enron Field any longer due to the financial burden placed on many Houston-area residents caused by the bankrupt energy company business practices.Ref: 1
Feb 12The Red Sox sign 43-year-old Rickey Henderson to a minor-league contract. Last season with the Padres, the future Hall of Famer got his 3000th career hit and broke the all-time records for walks and runs.Ref: 1
Feb 12For the first time in its history, Major League Baseball will own a team after acquiring the Expos from Jeffrey Loria. The former Montreal owner sells the Expos for $120 million then buys the Florida Marlins for $158.5 million with the difference being made up with a loan from MLB.Ref: 1
Feb 13The Red Sox sign 43-year-old Rickey Henderson to a minor-league contract. Last season with the Padres, the future Hall of Famer got his 3000th career hit and broke the all-time records for walks and runs.Ref: 1
Feb 14The Tigers sign Dmitri Young (.302, 21, 69) to four-year contract with two team options. The Tigers traded outfielder Juan Encarnacion (.242, 12, 52) and minor league righthander Luis Pineda in December to acquire the first baseman/outfielder from the Reds.Ref: 1
Feb 19The 37-year-old Jose Canseco (.258, 16, 49) signs a minor league contract with the lame duck Expos. The 17-year veteran, who was the 1985 American League Rookie of the Year in 1985 and its 1986 MVP, is 38 homers shy of the coveted 500 mark.Ref: 1
Feb 25Diamondbacks' third baseman Matt Williams breaks a bone in his left leg during the morning workout. Arizona has decided not to issue a timetable the return of the 36-year-old veteran.Ref: 1
Feb 25The 84-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster, Ernie Harwell announces this season will be his last as the Tiger's radio play-by-play announcer. The winner of the 1981 Ford Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence has worked for Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles before moving to Detroit during his 62-year career behind the mike.Ref: 1
Mar 20The Commissioner's office announces MLB will continue the practice that began after the September 11 attacks of singing 'God Bless America' during the seventh-inning stretch in each team's first homestand. In addition, an American flag patches will be worn on the jackets of all 30 major league teams this season and special logos will be used on Opening Day, Memorial Day weekend and the Fourth of July with Canadian versions designed for the Blue Jays and Expos.Ref: 1
Mar 21The Phillies make public the one-day regular-season suspension of Larry Bowa handed down by Major League Baseball vice president for on-field operations Bob Watson. The action was taken as a result of the Philadelphia's manager's "inappropriate conduct toward the umpire" when he became enraged with the home plate umpire over two close calls on checked swings during an exhibition game against the Indians on March 9.Ref: 1
Mar 22After a poor spring trying to make the Dodgers as a bench player, 38-year-old Dante Bichette (.299, 274, 1,141) announces his retirement. The four-time All-Star played with the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds and Red Sox during his 14-year major league career.Ref: 1
Mar 27After being told he would not be an everyday player, thirty-seven year old Jose Canseco is given his release by the Expos. The 1988 American League MVP, who needs 38 homers to reach 500, batted .258 and hit 16 home runs for the White Sox last season while appearing in 76 games.Ref: 1
Mar 28The Cubs, in desperate need of a closer due to Tom Gordon's muscle tear, trade pitcher Julian Tavarez (10-9, 4.52) and three minor leaguers to the Marlins for Antonio Alfonseca (4-4, 28 saves) and right-hander Matt Clement (9-10, 5.05).Ref: 1
Mar 29Rickey Henderson is added to the Red Sox's Opening Day roster as his contract is purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket. The future Hall of Fame outfielder, who joined the exclusive 3000-hit club on the final day of last season, will begin his 24th year in majors appearing with his eighth different club.Ref: 1
Mar 29MLB announces there will be a minute of silence at 9:11 at every major league team's first night game this season to remember September 11th's tragic events. The song 'God Bless America' will continue to be sung during the seventh-inning stretch of all games.Ref: 1
Mar 29Miller Park's retractable roof will only be used on a limited basis at the start of season as engineers try to eliminate persistent noise coming from the year-old roof.Ref: 1
Apr 12In their first sellout since winning the World Series in 1991, the Twins beat the toothless Tigers in the home opener, 4-2, in front of 48,244 loud and enthusiastic fans at the Metrodome. The Minnesota franchise had been considered for elimination due to MLB's contraction plan proposed during the off-season.Ref: 1
Apr 12With his 574th career round tripper, Barry Bonds passes former Twin first baseman Harmon Killebrew and now ranks sixth on the all-time home run list. The Giants left fielder hit his milestone homer in the first inning off Nelson Figueroa in the Giants' 3-2 victory over the Brewers.Ref: 1
Apr 14Seattle Mariner Ron Wright's major league debut results in six outs in three at bats when he strikes out, and hits into both adouble-play and a triple-play. Wright is sent to the minors after the ame. (Sports Illustrated, 4/29/2002, p. 24) 
Apr 18After the Brewers' dismal start of 3-12, manager Davey Lopes is released by GM Dean Taylor. Lopes, who had a 144-195 overall record with Milwaukee, will be replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jerry Royster.Ref: 1
Apr 19Mariner third baseman Jeff Cirillo ties the major league record for consecutive errorless games at the hot corner by playing his 99th contest without a miscue. The mark took John Wehner more than eight years to establish playing as a journeyman infielder with the Dodgers, Pirates and Marlins.Ref: 1
Apr 21Atlanta shortstop Rafael Furcal ties a major league record, which was most previously done by White Sox outfielder Lance Johnson in 1995, by hitting three triples in a game. The last time a Braves' player hit three three-baggers in one contest was on June 13, 1956 when Danny O'Connell accomplished the feat.Ref: 1
Apr 26Not wanting to assign blame for the worst start in the team's history, Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd dismisses manager Buddy Bell. The 6-16 club will now be piloted by Clint Hurdle, Colorado's hitting coach for the past six years.Ref: 1
Apr 27Derek Lowe becomes the first pitcher to throw a no-hit game at Boston's Fenway Park since Dave Morehead accomplished the feat against the Indians in September of 1965. Facing 28 batters, the former closer of the team throws only 97 pitches in the 10-0 rout of the Devil Rays.Ref: 1
May 01Recording his 321st save for San Diego, Tevor Hoffman establishes a new big league record for the most saves for one team surpassing Dennis Eckersley's mark of 320 with Oakland. The long-time Padre closer, now eighth on the all-time list, was traded as a rookie pitcher by the Marlins as part of the Gary Sheffield deal in 1993.Ref: 1
May 02Just missing hitting his fifth homer in the 15-4 victory over the White Sox, Mariners outfielder Mike Cameron becomes the 13th major leaguer to hit four homers in one game. The first two dingers were followed by round trippers by second baseman Bret Boone making it the first time the same two teammates have hit back-to-back homers twice in one inning.Ref: 1
May 13Thirty-eight home runs shy of the exclusive 500 mark, one-time 'Bash Brother' Jose Canseco, 37, retires due to injuries sustained in recent years. The former American League MVP, who was cut by the Expos during spring training, had his best years in Oakland as a teammate of Mark McGwire.Ref: 1
May 14At Latino-American Stadium, 77 year-old Jimmy Carter throws the ceremonial first pitch of the Cuban League All-Star game. Warming up, the former U.S. President is coached by one-time big league pitching prospect, Fidel Castro.Ref: 1
May 15Astros' bench coach Tony Pena is named manager of the Royals replacing interim skipper John Mizerock, who had taken over the reins when Tony Muser was released on April 29. Buck Showalter and Bucky Dent were rumored to be candidates for the position.Ref: 1
May 16The New York Times reports October 1, which is the first day of the postseason, is also being considered as a possible strike date. In yesterday's edition, the newspaper had indicated an early August date was being considered for a labor action by the Players Association if a new CBA can't be reached.Ref: 1
May 19Cub first baseman Fred McGriff's two-run homer at Miller Park ties Ellis Burks' record of homering in 40 different major league parks. The 'Crime Dog's' eighth inning blast knots the score 3-3 in an eventual 4-3, 11-inning victory over the Brewers snapping Chicago's nine-game losing streak.Ref: 1
May 22Barry Bonds hits a 2-run homer off Arizona Diamondbacks Eddie Oropesa in the sixth inning for his 583rd career home run tying Mark McGuire. San Francisco wins, 12-5. (USA Today, p 1C, 5/23/2002)Ref: 13
May 22In what appears to be a lopsided trade, the A's trade a stunned Jeremy Giambi (.274, 8, 17) to Philadelphia in exchange for pinch hitter John Mabry (.286, 0, 3). The Oakland outfielder is also four years younger than the Phillies' utility man.Ref: 1
May 22Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura approves a financing framework for a $330 million open-air stadium. The bill is the result a seven-year effort by the Twins to secure help from the state, but the plan has only tepid support from the club because team officials are unsure if they'll be able to find $120 million for a required down payment and get a guarantee from major league baseball that a team will play in Minnesota for at least 30 years.Ref: 1
May 23Becoming the 14th player in major league history and the second player this month, Shawn Green hits four homers in a game. The Dodger right fielder's 6-for-6 performance in Milwaukee's Miller Park, which also includes a single and double, breaks Joe Adcock's 1954 major league mark for total bases by one with a total of 19.Ref: 1
May 24After a container is seen being dropped from low-flying plane hitting and bouncing off the stadium roof onto the street, Seattle hazardous materials crews close off the roads around Safeco Field for about an hour. The object turns outs to be the remains a unidentified man's cremated ashes.Ref: 1
May 25With four homers on Thursday (5/23), one on Friday (5/24) and two more on Saturday (5/25), Shawn Green becomes the first major leaguer to hit seven homers in three games. The Dodger outfielder's nine home runs in a week also breaks a National League record, established by Ralph Kiner with eight and tied by Ted Kluszewski and Nate Colbert.Ref: 1
May 25Getting his 3,509th K, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson passes Walter Johnson to become seventh on the all-time career strikeout list. After fanning Shawn Green in the first to catch the 'Big Train', Dodger outfielder Brian Jordan swings and misses a 2-2 pitch in the second inning to become the 'Big Unit's' historic victim.Ref: 1
May 25Former major league pitcher David Cone is hired as a part-time television analyst by the YES cable network. The assignment also includes serving as a studio analyst on selected pregame and post game shows, covering five games Staten Island Yankees (Class A) and being a WCBS announcer for the June 14th Yankees-Mets game.Ref: 1
May 29Yankee fireballer Roger Clemens becomes the third major leaguer to strike out 10 or more batters in at least 100 games. Nolan Ryan (215) and Randy Johnson (175) are the other two hurlers to have accomplish the feat.Ref: 1
Jun 03The fifth major league manager is fired since the beginning of the season as Buck Martinez (20-33) is let go by the Blue Jays. The former catcher and broadcaster will be replaced for the remainder of the season by third base coach Carlos Tosca.Ref: 1
Jun 05Houston renames Astros Field to Minute Maid Park. The original name of the stadium, Enron Field, was dropped in February when the team officials made a deal to pay the debtors of the bankrupt energy corporation the sum of $2.1 million to regain the naming rights.Ref: 1
Jun 05Ranger designated hitter Juan Gonzalez becomes the 34th major leaguer and the first from Puerto Rico to hit the 400 career home runs. The Juan Gone's milestone is hit off Anaheim hurler Jarrod Washburn's first pitch in the second inning during a 7-5 extra inning loss to the Angels.Ref: 1
Jun 05Hitting his 587th home run, Barry Bonds passes Frank Robinson becoming fourth on the all-time career home run list. The historic homer, a grand slam believed to be one of the longest homers ever hit in the 34-year history of the stadium now called Qualcomm Stadium, puts the Giants' left fielder, who also holds single-season home run record with 73, exactly 73 behind Willie Mays (660) for third on the career list.Ref: 1
Jun 06The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission agrees to drop its lawsuit against the Twins and Major League Baseball. The deal settles a lawsuit blocking baseball's contraction plan and removes the Twins from consideration for elimination for the 2003 season.Ref: 1
Jun 10At Seattle's Safeco Field, former Japanese Orix Blue Wave teammates, Ichiro Suzuki and So Taguchi play against each other as the Mariners blank the Cardinals, 10-0. It is the first time two Japanese position players have played in the same major league game.Ref: 1
Jun 10In front of 45,698 fans at Yankee Stadium, Marcus Thames becomes the 17th player in history to hit a home run on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues. The New York rookie, who hit his two-run dinger off four-time Cy Young winner Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson, joins John Miller (1966) as only the second Yankee to homer in his first at-bat.Ref: 1
Jun 11In the top of the ninth inning during the Indians and Phillies interleague game at Jacobs Field, an explosive device thrown from the upper deck, explodes in a lower-level smoking area causing minor injuries to two people. Three young men suspected of causing the blast, which is heard throughout the ballpark, are held on suspicion of felonious assault and aggravated arson.Ref: 1
Jun 14Due to 14 interleague contests all played in National League parks, a designated hitter is not used in a full slate of major league games for the first time since 1972. Visiting hurlers will get plenty of opportunities to swing the bat as there isn't a home game scheduled in American League park for the 10 consecutive days.Ref: 1
Jun 18In the first major league game to feature four players with 400 career homers, the Cubs beat the Rangers, 4-3, as Alex Gonzalez hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sammy Sosa (475), Fred McGriff (459) and Juan Gonzalez (401) watched Rafael Palmerio add his 460th home run to the total.Ref: 1
Jun 20Luis Castillo extends his hitting streak to 34 games breaking the 1922 record established by Rogers Hornsby for the longest hitting streak by a second baseman. The Dominican's infielder streak, the 14th longest in major league history, also ties Benito Santiago's record set in 1987 for longest established by a Latin player.Ref: 1
Jun 20A 4 1/2 -hour closed-casket public viewing is held at Busch Stadium for Jack Buck, the 77-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster, who died from complications following lung surgery. The bronze statue depicting him at the microphone outside the stadium is stuffed with cards, stuffed animals, photographs and other memorabilia in memory of the KMOX legend.Ref: 1
Jun 21During the New York-Penn League game between New Jersey Cardinals and Staten Island Yankees, a fan hops a fence goes and goes onto the field to argue an umpire's call at first base. The 38-year old woman is at the game with her 8-year-old daughter's Brownie troop.Ref: 1
Jun 21Luis Castillo hits safely in his 35th consecutive game tying Fred Clarke (1895), Ty Cobb (1917), and George Sisler (1924-25) for the 10-longest streak in major league history. The Marlin's infielder third inning infield hit off knuckleballer Steve Sparks's glove also surpasses 1987 Benito Santiago's for longest streak established by a Latin player.Ref: 1
Jun 22Commissioner Bud Selig decides to postpone the scheduled game between St. Louis and the Cubs when pitcher Darryl Kile is found dead in his Chicago hotel room. The 33-year old Cardinal pitcher is found dead in his Chicago hotel room apparently dying from natural causes as no signs of forced entry or foul play are found.Ref: 1
Jun 25In game which is broadcast throughout Latin America, skippers Luis Pujols of the Tigers and Tony Pena of the Royals become the first major league managers born in the Dominican Republic to oppose each other in a game. The president of the Dominican Republic, Hipolito Mejia, is on hand to watch Raul Ibanez’s double, triple and home run and four RBIs lead the hometown Royals to an 8-6 comeback victory over Detroit.Ref: 1
Jun 27As part of a six-player deal , the Indians trade their #1 starter, righthander Bartolo Colon, to the Expos for first baseman Lee Stevens, three minor league prospects and cash. In exchange, Cleveland get top prospect Brandon Phillips as well as southpaw Cliff Lee and flycatcher Grady Sizemore.Ref: 1
Jul 02Fifty-three major league players hit a record 62 home runs breaking the mark of 57 established on April 7, 2000. The barrage includes record-tying dozen hit at Chicago's Comiskey Park by the White Sox and the Tigers, the same two teams which set the major league record for homers in a game with 12 at Tiger Stadium in 1995.Ref: 1
Jul 06Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh's PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly. His fifth inning towering grand slam, which is estimated to travel 479 feet, help the Astros to rout the Pirates, 10-2.Ref: 1
Jul 09Despite chants of 'Let them play!' from the sellout crowd of 41,871 at Milwaukee's Miller Park, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig declares the 73rd All-Star Game a 7-7 tie after 11 innings. No player is selected to receive the first Ted Williams Most Valuable Player award, named in honor of the late Red Sox legend who died five days ago.Ref: 1
Jul 10Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, Ted Williams' oldest daughter, in an open letter urges former Senator John Glenn and President Bush to help in preventing her half-brother, John Henry, from freezing the body of their dad at a cryonics lab in Arizona. She believes it her father's wish to be cremated and not frozen.Ref: 1
Jul 11The Marlins are busy on the trading block making separate deals with the Expos and the Reds. Florida deals Ryan Dempster to Cincinnati for Juan Encarnacion and get four players, Carl Pavano, Graeme Lloyd, Mike Mordecai and prospect Justin Wayne from Montreal in exchange for Cliff Floyd, Wilton Guerrero and prospect Claudio Vargas.Ref: 1
Jul 11The Indians fire their manager Charlie Manuel and name third base coach Joel Skinner as the interim skipper. After issuing an ultimatum to the front office about his status, the 58-year old was released after piloting Cleveland to a 39-47 record, 9 1/2 games behind first-place Twins in the AL Central.Ref: 1
Jul 18Oriole outfielder Melvin Mora is hit by a pitch three times tying a major league record held by 21 others. Damion Easley of the Tigers was victim #20 only two days ago.Ref: 1
Jul 18The Braves set a new franchise record, surpassing the Boston Beaneaters' mark for consecutive series wins established in 1897. With a 3-1 victory over the Marlins, Atlanta improves its series record to 16-0-4 in its last 20 series.Ref: 1
Jul 18The Angels replace catcher Bengie Molina, who went on the disabled list yesterday due to a strained hamstring, with his younger brother, Jose, The younger sibling (10.5 months) was recalled from The Salt Lake Stingers (Triple- A) backstop and played 15 games with the Angels last season.Ref: 1
Jul 22Although the Los Angeles Times has reported MLB players had tentatively set a strike date of September 16, union leader Donald Fehr, through a memo sent to players, indicates no such decision has been made. It would be baseball's ninth work stoppage since 1972.Ref: 1
Jul 22Over 20,000 fans gather at Fenway for a two-hour tribute entitled, "Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero," The two hour salute of the man many consider to be the greatest hitter in baseball history, a vet of the World War II and the Korean War and a generous supporter of the Jimmy Fund, in addition to moving music and video, includes comments from present and former Red Sox players and broadcasters, historian Ken Burns, and former U.S. Senator John Glenn, who was Ted's wing man during the Korean War.Ref: 1
Jul 23Celebrating his 29th birthday by hitting three homers Boston's 22-4 rout of the Devil Rays, Nomar Garciaparra ties the major league record becoming the 26th player to hit five home runs in two games. It was Red Sox shortstops second three-homer game, who also accomplished the feat against the Mariners on May 10, 1999.Ref: 1
Jul 26Carl Everett becomes the first Ranger to hit two home runs in one inning. The Texas designated hitter homers twice in the nine-run seventh inning during the 12-4 rout of visiting A's.Ref: 1
Jul 28With the song 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' playing in the background and a copy of 'The Wizard of Oz' in his hands, Ozzie Smith, compares his baseball career to Dorothy's away trip from Kansas during his induction speech at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Cooperstown. Citing his recipe for success for his 19-year career with Cardinals and Padres, the 47-year-old tells the crowd he had the mind to dream, which the Scarecrow cherished, a heart to believe, which the Tin Man wanted, and courage, which the Lion lacked, in order to persevere.Ref: 1
Jul 28The Giants trade two minor league pitchers, right-hander Felix Diaz and left-hander Ryan Meaux , to obtain veteran center fielder Kenny Lofton from the White Sox.Ref: 1
Jul 29The text of the letter signed 40 Hall of Famers and sent to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr urges all sides 'to protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage" is released. The former outstanding players, which includes Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays and Warren Spahn, believe another work stoppage in baseball would be a terrible mistake.Ref: 1
Jul 29After playing the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, the White Sox and Rockies announce a trade which sends veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to Colorado, for right-hander class A minor-league pitcher, Enemencio Pacheco going to Chicago.Ref: 1
Jul 29The Phillies trade 27-year-old third baseman Scott Rolen along with minor league reliever Doug Nickle to the Cardinals in exchange for infielder Placido Polanco, southpaw Bud Smith and reliever Mike Timlin. Reportedly, the former Philadelphia third sacker rejected a 10-year pact estimated to be worth $140 million due to his feud with manager Larry Bowa.Ref: 1
Jul 31A plan to sell beer outside Boston's Fenway Park is approved on a trial basis by city officials. During the 14 games, brew will be available three hours before game time to one hour after games start to game ticket-holders who pass through a turnstile.Ref: 1
Aug 01The Expos trade recently acquired outfielder Cliff Floyd (.275, 21, 61) to the Red Sox for two minor league right-handed pitchers from South Korea, Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim. Although denied by all involved, it is reported Yankees owner George Steinbrenner suspects the Expos, who are owned by major league baseball, made the trade to help his club's top rival.Ref: 1
Aug 02Reds general manager Jim Bowden is fined by commissioner Bud Selig for the comments he made to reporters prior to yesterday's game against the Dodgers comparing a baseball strike with the terrorist attacks of September 11th. Quickly realizing the use of such analogy was inappropriate and insensitive, the Cincinnati GM issues an immediate apology after the game.Ref: 1
Aug 03Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels' center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.Ref: 1
Aug 03In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties a the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners' designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle's 12-4 victory over the Indians.Ref: 1
Aug 05In a make-up game against the Angels, the Tigers host 'Silent Night'. The fans hear no electronic, video and commercial enhancements during Detroit's 6-3 loss to Anaheim at CoAmerica Park.Ref: 1
Aug 06Protecting the Giants' 11-10 lead over the Cubs, 32-year old reliever Robb Nen becomes the 16th and youngest closer to record the 300th save of his career.Ref: 1
Aug 07Major leaguers agree to be checked randomly for illegal steroids starting next year. The proposal, which addresses a major issue in the current contract talks, ends the players decades-old opposition to mandatory drug testing.Ref: 1
Aug 07After piloting the club to a 45-45 record as the interim skipper, Clint Hurdle is given a two-year contract extension by the Rockies. The club's former hitting coach replaced Buddy Bell, who was fired April 26.Ref: 1
Aug 08Closer John Smoltz records his 40th save in the 114th game of the Braves' schedule making it the earliest point in a season a relief pitcher has reached that mark. Lee Smith of the Cardinals accomplished the feat in his 117th game in 1993, and White Sox Bobby Thigpen turned the trick in 118 games en route to setting the major league record with 57 saves in 1990.Ref: 1
Aug 09Barry Bonds joins Babe Ruth, Willie Mays and Hank Aaron as the only players ever to hit 600 home runs in the major leagues. The 38-year-old Giant left fielder hit the milestone homer in the sixth inning by lining 2-1 pitch thrown by Pirates starter Kip Wells over the center field wall at Pacific Bell Park.Ref: 1
Aug 09At the age of 26 years and 182 days, Vladimir Guerrero hits his 200th career home run tying the Expo right fielder with Ken Griffey, Jr. as the second-youngest player to reach 200 homer plateau. Alex Rodriguez is the youngest major leaguer to reach the 200 homer mark reaching the milestone in 25 years 290 days.Ref: 1
Aug 10Sammy Sosa hits three home runs in consecutive at bats in the third, fourth and fifth innings tying a Cubs' record with nine RBIs established by Heinie Zimmerman in 1911. With his sixth career three-homer game performance, the Chicago right fielder also ties the major league record set by Johnny Mize and he also becomes only the fifth player in big league history to homer in three straight innings.Ref: 1
Aug 11Keeping with the tradition of commemorating former players who are in the Hall of Fame, the Cardinals unveiled the 11th statue outside Busch stadium an air-borne Ozzie Smith. The bronze likeness, created by sculptor Harry Weber, captures the former shortstop stretched horizontally to the ground, trying to field a grounder in the hole.Ref: 1
Aug 11Sammy Sosa's grand slam and run-scoring double against the Rockies gives the Cubs' slugger 14 RBIs over two games establishing a new a National League record. The previous mark was 13 shared by Nate Colbert (Padres-1972) and Mark Whiten (Cardinals -1993).Ref: 1
Aug 16After four days of delaying the decision, the executive board of the Major League Players' Association votes 57-0 to set an August 30 strike date. All eight previous negotiations since 1972 have resulted in work stoppages in the national pastime.Ref: 1
Aug 17Homering in the seventh inning of Mariner stater James Baldwin, Yankee All-star Alfonso Soriano becomes the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Bobby Bonds is the only other Yankee to post a 30/30 season accomplishing the feat in 1975.Ref: 1
Aug 17Alex Rodriguez becomes the sixth player and the first infielder to compile five consecutive 40-home run seasons. The Rangers' shortstop joins Ralph Kiner (1947-51), Duke Snider (1953-57), Ken Griffey Jr (1996-2000), Sammy Sosa (1998-2002) and Babe Ruth ( 1926-32), who established the record with seven straight 40-homer seasons.Ref: 1
Aug 18In a pregame ceremony, Tommy Agee is inducted posthumously in to the Mets Hall of Fame. The Mets' center fielder (1968-72) is best remembered for two his great two catches in Game 3 of the 1969 World Series.Ref: 1
Aug 20A judge issues a temporary restraining order preventing the sale of Barry Bonds' 600th career home run ball hit into the Pacific Bell Park stands on August 9. Jay Arsenault, who allegedly promised friends after being given a game ticket to split any monetary gains if he caught the historic baseball, has been ordered to appear in court for hearing on September 5 along with the prized souvenir.Ref: 1
Aug 21The Expos' first selection in the amateur draft (fifth overall), Clint Everts signs a deal with Montreal which gives him a $2.5 million signing bonus. The Houston Cypress Falls High School's right-hander along with teammate left-hander Scott Kazmir (Mets) are only the fourth pair of high school players selected in the first round of the same draft.Ref: 1
Aug 21In longest game ever played in Little League World Series history, Louisville, Kentucky beats Fort Worth, Texas in the US semifinal in 11 innings, 2-1. A record-setting with 49 strikeouts is recorded as Fort Worth's Walker Kelly strikes out 21 in nine two-hit innings and Louisville's Aaron Alvey fans 19 batter over nine no-hit inning.Ref: 1
Aug 25Participating in a minor-league baseball promotion, a 28-year old woman collapsed and dies after running from the outfield fence to the infield in quest of a hidden diamond. She was one of approximately 250 women hoping to find a small box containing the treasure after the game between the Orlando Rays and Jacksonville Suns.Ref: 1
Aug 26With a solo shot in fourth inning in 10-3 victory over the Rangers, Yankee infielder Alfonso Soriano sets a team record for home runs by a second baseman. The previous mark of 30 was established in 1940 by Joe Gordon.Ref: 1
Aug 26The first video streaming coverage of a major league baseball game takes place on the internet. Approximately 30,000 fans visit to see the Yankees defeat the Rangers, 10-3.Ref: 1
Aug 29At Milwaukee's Miller Park, Mark Bellhorn becomes the first National Leaguer and joins Carlos Baerga as the only other switch-hitter to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The Cub infielder connects off southpaw Andrew Lorraine to start Chicago's 10-run fourth-inning and then goes deep again with a three run homer with two outs off Jose Cabrera.Ref: 1
Aug 29To show their displeasure about tomorrow's impending strike, fans at Devil Ray-Angel game begin throwing foul balls back onto the field at Edison Field and over a100 people are ejected for throwing trash. New words are added to the traditional seventh-inning rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" as many of the fans in attendance begin to chant, "Don't strike! Don't strike! Don't strike!".Ref: 1
Aug 30After marathon negotiation sessions to avoid a players' strike just hours away, Bud Selig announces the players union and owners have reached a settlement on a new four-year CBA without the need of a work stoppage. The new agreement, called 'historic' by the commissioner, gives the owners the economic restraints they wanted as the players are assured no teams will be contracted until 2007 season with a revenue sharing plan will gradually be implemented during the span of the contract.Ref: 1
Aug 31Losing their 13th consecutive game at Shea Stadium to Randy Wolf and the Phillies. 1-0, the Mets complete the worst month at home in National League history. The Amazins' join the Seattle Pilots (August-1969 ) and the Tigers (September-1996) as teams that have not won a home game in a calendar month with at least ten games.Ref: 1
Sep 01Thanks to Miguel Tejada's three-run ninth inning walkoff home run , the A's beat the Twins, 7-5 extending their winning streak to 18. The dramatic victory marks the longest streak in franchise history established by the Philadelphia A's with 17 consecutive victories 1931 .Ref: 1
Sep 03Losing their 15th straight game at Shea Stadium, the Mets pass the dubious mark set by the 1911 Braves to establish a new National league record for consecutive losses at home.Ref: 1
Sep 04In front of 55,528 fans at Coliseum, the A's set an American League record by extending winning streak to 20 consecutive games. After blowing an 11-run lead to the Royals, Scott Hatteberg's bottom of the ninth inning walk off home run gives Oakland the historic victory, 12-11.Ref: 1
Sep 06For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Hanky makes its return to the Metrodome in Minneapolis in hopes of halting the A' record-setting 20-game winning streak. Minnesota, who went 8-0 in World Series games (1987 and 1991) at the home as the waving towels became the trademark of Twins fans see the magic continue blanking Oakland, 6-0.Ref: 1
Sep 08When Rafael Palmeiro goes long against the Devil Rays in the sixth inning the Rangers establish a new a major league record by hitting a home run in their 26th consecutive game.Ref: 1
Sep 09For the fifth straight season, Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson records 300 strikeouts breaking his own record of four consecutive years. The feat also ties the 'Big Unit' with Nolan Ryan having a total of six 300 strikeout seasons.Ref: 1
Sep 09Barry Bonds' 610th career home run is the longest dinger ever hit in the three-year history of Pac Bell Park. The 491-foot sails over fans heads who are waiting in a food line in the center field bleachers.Ref: 1
Sep 10Alex Rodriguez breaks the home run record for shortstops he established last season. The Ranger infielder slugs his major league leading 52nd and 53rd home runs of the season helping Texas to defeat the Mariners, 3-2.Ref: 1
Sep 11When Rafael Palmeiro goes yard against the Devil Rays in the sixth inning, the Rangers establish a new a major league record by hitting a home run in their 26th consecutive game.Ref: 1
Sep 11Yankee legends Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzzuto unveil a monument dedicated to the victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks. The team also has a ceremonial tree planting in Monument Park in honor the of heroes and victims of horrific events of a year ago.Ref: 1
Sep 12A jury, and not a judge or umpires, will decide whether Alex Popov actually controlled Barry Bonds record setting 73rd home run in his glove. Popov, who lost possession the ball valued at approximately $1 million after being mobbed by fans, claims it should belongs to him and not Patrick Hayashi, who ended up with the historic souvenir.Ref: 1
Sep 13Oriole infielder Mike Bordick establishes a new American League record playing his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop. The mark was held by former teammate Cal Ripken.Ref: 1
Sep 13The U.S. Senate passes a resolution honoring Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell who is retiring at end of the season. The 84-year-old has been a major league baseball announcer for 55 years.Ref: 1
Sep 14Barry Bonds ties Hank Aaron for the most 100-RBI seasons by a National League player as he drives in his 100th run of the season for the 11th time in his career. The major league record is13 shared by Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Babe Ruth.Ref: 1
Sep 14Chin-Feng Chen becomes the first Taiwan-born player to appear in the major leagues as he walks and scores as a pinch-hitter for the Dodgers against the Rockies. The 24-year-old first baseman-outfielder played for the 1990 Taiwan team which won the Little League World Series.Ref: 1
Sep 15Defeating the Indians after a 67-minute rain delay, 5-0, the Twins clinch the American League Central Division flag. Minnesota, which will making its first playoff appearance since 1991, was almost eliminated during the off season due to contraction.Ref: 1
Sep 16Diamondback righty Curt Schilling K's his 300th victim to join Randy Johnson in becoming the first teammates to each strike out at least 300 batters in the same season.Ref: 1
Sep 16Giant left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times breaking his own record for base on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178) .Ref: 1
Sep 18Not too fleet-of-foot Greg Colbrunn hits an improbable triple in his last turn at bat to complete the cycle. The Diamondback infielder had five hits which included two two-run homers in the 10-3 victory over the Padres.Ref: 1
Sep 19In his major league debut, Twins' rookie Mike Ryan strokes two singles, scores two runs and drives in two runs in the nine-run first inning against the Tigers. Unfortunately, the game is rained out in the second inning meaning none of the statistics will be official.Ref: 1
Sep 19Kansas City Royals first base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by two fans, a father and son, who came out of the seats at Comiskey Park.Ref: 70
Sep 20Oriole infielder Mike Bordick sets a major league record playing his 102nd successive game at shortstop without committing an error. Rey Ordonez, playing shortstop for the Mets, had established mark in 1999-2000.Ref: 1
Sep 20With a 9-3 victory over the Astros at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals clinch the Central Division of the National League. An emotional on- field celebration includes Albert Pujols carrying Darryl Kile's No. 57 jersey onto the field in tribute of the pitcher who died unexpectedly in June.Ref: 1
Sep 22Fred McGriff becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season for five teams (Blue Jays Braves, Cubs, Devil Rays). The 'Crime Dog's' first inning PNC poke is also sets a record for being the 42nd major league park his gone yard, one more than Indian's Ellis Burks.Ref: 1
Sep 22In last game ever played at Cinergy Field, the Phillies complete a three-game sweep defeating the Reds ,4-3, in front of many of the team's former superstars except for the banished Pete Rose. The all-time hit leader, however, is not forgotten as Tom Browning, paints Rose's uniform number 14 on the pitcher's mound after the game with red spray paint and, as home plate is dug up and to be delivered next door to Great American Ball Park, the crowd begins to chant, "Pete, Pete".Ref: 1
Sep 22Greg Maddux pitches seven innings of 4-hit ball as the Braves beat the Marlins, 4-1. The San Angelo, Texas native joins Cy Young as one of only two pitchers in baseball history to win at least 15 games in 15 consecutive seasons.Ref: 1
Sep 22At the closing ceremony at Cinergy Field, former Reds pitcher Tom Browning spray-paints a red No. 14 on the pitchers mound as the stadium erupts in chants of "Pete! Pete!". (XDG, p 12, 1/06/2004)Ref: 83
Sep 23In the last public event in 32-year old Cinergy Field, over 40,000 fans attend a softball game (organized by Pete Rose) featuring Reds greats of the 'Big Red Machine' against an all-star team of players made up from the same era. Because the game is not affiliated with major league baseball, Pete Rose is allowed to play and he receives a tremendous ovation from the Cincinnati fans. One sign in the stands reads, "Pete in the Hall. Bet on it."Ref: 1
Sep 24Thanks to Jason's two home runs in the Yankees 6-0 whitewash of the Devil Rays, the Giambi brothers (Jason 40, Jeremy 20) pass the DiMaggio siblings for the highest single-season total for homers with 60. The DiMaggios (Joe 46, Vince, 13) went yard 59 times in 1937.Ref: 1
Sep 24The Astros have their first rain delay at home since July 15, 1976. To save time, officials decide to cover the Minute Maid field with a tarp during the 19-minute rather than use the retractable roof .Ref: 1
Sep 27Braves' first-year closer John Smoltz establishes a new National League mark by recording his 54th save of the season. The previous record of 53 was shared by Randy Myers (Cubs) and Trevor Hoffman (Padres) had shared the previous record.Ref: 1
Sep 27At Jacob Field, first baseman Jim Thome establishes a new single-season Indian home run record by hitting his 51st homer. Albert Belle hit 50 for the Tribe in 1995.Ref: 1
Sep 29On the last day of the season, the Braves use 24 players and the Mets use 21 to tie the major league record for the most players used in a nine-inning game The Expos and the Cubs also combined to use 45 players on Sept. 5, 1978.Ref: 1
Sep 29Barry Bonds sets a new season mark for on-base percentage with a .582 OBP. The 38-year old Giant left fielder, who became the oldest first-time winner of a batting title hitting .370, easily surpassed the 1941 mark established by Ted Williams with a .553 OBP.Ref: 1
Oct 02Former Diamondback Alex Cabrera slams his 55th home run to tie the Japanese single-season home run mark. The 31-year-old Seibu Lion joins Sadaharu Oh (1964) Tuffy Rhodes (2001) in the record book.Ref: 1
Oct 03The ax continues to drop as a total of six managers have been fired since the end of the regular season three days ago. Jerry Royster (Brewers) joins Bobby Valentine (Mets) and Jerry Narron (Rangers) who were dismissed yesterday as well as Bruce Kimm (Cubs), Luis Pujols (Tigers) and Hal McRae (Devil Rays) who were let go earlier in the week.Ref: 1
Oct 04The A's become the first team in postseason history to hit consecutive home runs to start a game. The back-to-back homers are hit by leadoff man Ray Durham (an inside-the-park round tripper) and Scott Hatteberg.Ref: 1
Oct 04Commissioner Bud Selig has apologizes to St. Louis fans for the late playoff start time for Cardinal and Diamondback Game 1 NLDS game and promises it will not happen again.. The 10 p.m. CDT start was due to many of the playoff teams coming from the west and baseball's desire not to have two game being played at the same time.Ref: 1
Oct 05For the first time in its 42-year old history, the Angels win a post-season series by beating the Yankees, 9-5 to take the ALDS, 3 games to 1. It is the first play-off appearance for the franchise since 1986 when after being a strike away from advancing the to the World Series in Game 5 of the ALCS the team loses to the Red Sox in 7 games.Ref: 1
Oct 08The Tigers select their former all-star shortstop Alan Trammell (1977-1996) to manage the faltering franchise. The Garden Grove, California native had been a coach with the Padres for the last three seasons.Ref: 1
Oct 11Former Yankee and Diamondback skipper Buck Showalter is hired by the Rangers to be the team's manager. The Cubs, Mets, Devil Rays and Brewers had also expressed interest the ESPN commentator.Ref: 1
Oct 14Light hitting second baseman Adam Kennedy becomes the fifth player to hit three homers in a postseason game helping the Angels to secure their first World Series berth in the team's 42-year history. Using a ten-run seventh inning, Anaheim beats the Twins 13-5 to win the ALCS in five games.Ref: 1
Oct 14Ending the regular season with a record of 90-46-1, Japan's Seibu Lions posts the Pacific League's highest win total in 46 years. Alex Cabrera fails to hit a in home run in the team's last five games and has to settle with tying the single season home run record with 55 along with Sadaharu Oh (1964) and Tuffy Rhodes (2001).Ref: 1
Oct 15Kirk Gibson signs a three-year deal to become the Tigers' bench coach. The aggressive former outfielder joins the staff of former 1984 teammate of the World Champion Tigers of the newly hired Detroit skipper, Alan Trammell.Ref: 1
Oct 17The legal suit against the fan who caught Barry Bond's record breaking 73rd home run at Pac Bell Park, brought three friends, claiming a promise, in exchange for a ticket to the game to split the ball's value if caught, is settled when Jay Arsenault agrees to sell the ball and divide the money. Arsenault's lawyer said had his client initially eluded the friends because of being overwhelmed by the situation.Ref: 1
Oct 19In Game 1, Tsuyoshi Shinjo becomes the Japanese-born player to appear in the World Series. The Giant designated hitter goes 1-for-3 in the 4-3 victory over the Angels.Ref: 1
Oct 20Twenty-year old Venezuelan righthander Francisco Rodriguez becomes the youngest pitcher ever to win a World Series game. With just 15 days of major league experience, K-Rod throws 37 pitches retiring 9 consecutive batters in three innings to pick up the victory as the Angels outslug the Giants in Game 2, 11-10.Ref: 1
Oct 21Florida team president David Samson, in an effort to get fans "falling back in love with the Marlins," announces plans which includes free hot dogs and a cozier atmosphere at Pro Player Stadium. The average crowd of 10,038 per home game, more than a third less than the previous season, was next-to-last in the major leagues in attendance this year.Ref: 1
Oct 22Giant P.A. announcer Rene Brooks-Moon become the first woman to announce a World Series. Her scorecard from Game 4 is being sent the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Oct 22During a promotion of baseball's "most memorable moments" before Game 4 of the World Series in San Francisco, Pete Rose receives a 70-second standing ovation and chants of "Hall of Fame" from the crowd. (XDG, p 12, 1/06/2004)Ref: 83
Oct 23Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak being broken by Cal Ripken Jr. in 1995 is voted as baseball's most memorable moment by the fan participating Major league baseball and MasterCard promotion. Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's all-time home run record, Jackie Robinson becoming the first black to play in major league baseball, Mark McGwire breaking Roger Maris' single-season home run record and Lou Gehrig's farewell speech were also in the top five events selected by the fans.Ref: 1
Oct 23Joining Roberto Clemente and Thurman Munson, Darryl Kile will become the third player to appear on the 2003 Hall of Fame ballot before the mandatory five-year waiting period. The 33-year-old Cardinal pitcher, who died of heart disease, was found dead in his Chicago hotel room in June.Ref: 1
Oct 26When Russ Ortiz, tossing 5-0 shut-out strikes out Garret Anderson to begin the seventh, the Giants appeared destined to win their first World Series since 1954. Scoring six times in the 7th and 8th innings of Game 6, the Angels' rally from five runs down to stage the biggest comeback in Series history for a team facing elimination and beat the Giants, 6-5, forcing a Game 7.Ref: 1
Oct 27In the team's 42nd season, the Angels finally win a World Series title by beating the Giants, 4-1, in Game 7 at Edison Field . Garret Anderson's three-run double provides enough offense for John Lackey to become the first rookie to win a seventh game since 1909 when Babe Adams accomplished the feat for the Pirates.Ref: 1
Oct 28The Mets, after being unable to get permission to talk to Lou Piniella from Seattle and deciding not to wait ten days after World Series for the availability Giant skipper Dusty Baker, give Art Howe a four-year, $9.4 million deal to manage the team. New York's new skipper managed the A's to two AL West titles (2000, 2002) championships with his teams winning 383 games during the last four seasons matching Joe Torre's Yankee total.Ref: 1
Oct 28The Marlins do not renew the contract of John Routh, the 43-year-old man who has been Billy the Marlin, since the Florida's first game in 1993. Although 'Billy' will return next season, a new person will be hired to wear the 35- pound costume as the team is seeks to increase the mascot's visibility by changing the overall role of the character.Ref: 1
Oct 28Signing the veteran manager to a four-year contract, the Devil Rays name Lou Piniella as their team's new skipper. As compensation to sign 'Sweet Lou' away from Seattle, Tampa Bay sends their All-Star outfielder Randy Winn (.298, 14, 75) to Seattle for minor leaguer Antonio Perez.Ref: 1
Oct 29Bringing the total to seven this month, three new managers are named including Ned Yost (Brewers), Ken Macha (A's) and Eric Wedge (Indians). Being younger than two of his players (Ellis Burks and Omar Vizquel), the Tribe's skipper, at the age of 34, becomes youngest manager in the major leagues.Ref: 1
Nov 04Eric Hinske (.279, 24, 84 ) wins American League Rookie of the Year. The 25-year-old Blue Jays third baseman receives 19 of 28 first-place votes cast by the Baseball Writers Association of America with Oriole starter Rodrigo Lopez getting the other nine first-place votes.Ref: 1
Nov 04Colorado Rockies right-hander Jason Jennings (16-6, 4.52 ) becomes first member of the Rockies to be selected by the BBWAA as the National League Rookie of the Year. The 24-year old right-hander receives 27 first-place votes from the 32 writers participating in the balloting.Ref: 1
Nov 05Randy Johnson wins his record-tying fourthstraight National League Cy Young Award. (XDG, p 4A, 11/05/2003)Ref: 83
Nov 06Citing Dusty Baker's reluctance to stay with the organization, an unhappy general manager Brian Sabean announces the Giant skipper of the last 10 years will not be back to manage in San Francisco next season. The National League pennant-winning skipper has supposedly expressed an interest in the Cubs and Mariners.Ref: 1
Nov 06Thirty-nine year old southpaw Randy Johnson wins his fifth (fourth consecutive with the Diamondbacks) Cy Young Award. The 'Big Unit' with 24 victories, 334 strikeouts and an 2.32 era becomes the first National League hurler since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to win pitching equivalent of the triple crown.Ref: 1
Nov 07A's southpaw Barry Zito (23-5, 2.75 ) is selected as the American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The 24-year sophomore, who led the AL in wins, out points Red Sox right-hander Pedro Martinez, 114 to 96.Ref: 1
Nov 07The Baseball Writers' Association of America select Mike Scioscia (World Champions Angels 99-63) and Tony La Russa (Cardinals - 97-65) as Manager of the Year for their respective leagues. The St. Louis skipper, who also won the award in the American League with White Sox (1983) and the A's (1988,1992) joins Braves' field boss Bobby Cox as the only managers to win the top honors in both leagues.Ref: 1
Nov 11Barry Bonds becomes the first player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player Award five times. The 38-year old Giant left fielder, who also won the award as a Pirate in 1990 and '92 and with San Francisco in 1993 and last season, was National League's batting champion with a .370 average and broke 1941 Ted Williams' on-base percentage record with an amazing .582.OBP.Ref: 1
Nov 12Miguel Tejada, who receives 356 points from the Baseball Writers' Association, including 21 first-place votes of the 28 cast, is selected as the American League's Most Valuable Player. The A's shortstop joins countrymen Sammy Sosa and George Bell as Dominican Republic natives to win the award.Ref: 1
Nov 13The Giants select former Expo veteran skipper Felipe Alou to replace Dusty Baker as their new manager. The 67-year-old Dominican Republic native compiled a 691-717 record during his ten years at the helm with Montreal and was selected as the National League Manager of the Year in the 1994 strike-shortened season.Ref: 1
Nov 16Diamondbacks bench coach Bob Melvin is selected to be the Mariners' 12th manager in franchise history. The 41-year-old former major league catcher is replacing Lou Pinella, who asked to be release from his contract to take a job closer to his home and will pilot the Devil Rays next season.Ref: 1
Nov 16After piloting the Giants for 10 years and winning the 2002 National League pennant, Dusty Baker inks a four-year deal to manage the Cubs. Chicago, who hasn't been to the World Series since 1945, made it clear the 53-year old three-time National League Manager of the Year was the organization's first choice to the lead the team.Ref: 1
Nov 16The Braves, Marlins, Rockies complete a three-team trade which sends starting pitcher Mike Hampton and outfielder Juan Pierre to Florida with backstop Charles Johnson, outfielder Preston Wilson, southpaw reliever Vic Darensbourg and infield prospect Pablo Ozuna to the Colorado. The Marlins then sent Hampton to the Braves in exchange for righty reliever Tim Spooneybarger and pitching prospect Ryan Baker.Ref: 1
Nov 16The New York Yankees and the Yomiuri Giants sign an agreement to form a working relationship. Being the most successful teams in their respective leagues, the organizations hope to establish scouting and marketing ties which will benefit both teams.Ref: 1
Nov 17After dropping the first three contests, the American Major League team beat the Japanese stars, 4-2, to take their fourth straight victory. It is the visitors from the United States fifth straight series win, and they haven't dropped one since 1990.Ref: 1
Nov 19Twenty-four year veteran Jesse Orosco, who is the all-time leader in games pitched at 1,187 agrees to a one-year contract with the Padres estimated at $800,000, At age 45, the lefty reliever, who started his major league with the Mets in 1979 (traded by the Twins for Jerry Koosman), is the oldest player in the majors.Ref: 1
Nov 21In an effort to appeal more to women and families, Major League Baseball announces a partnership with 5-year-old Women's Pro Softball League recently renamed National Pro Fastpitch. MLB will provide sponsorship support along with giving the softball players a presence at big league events.Ref: 1
Nov 21In the earliest scheduled season opener in major league history, the A's and Mariners will start the season in Tokyo, Japan on March 25. The two-game series will feature recent American League Rookies of the Year Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki. (2001)Ref: 1
Nov 21The Expos may play approximately twenty-five percent of their home games in (22 of 81) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Away 'home games' are not unprecedented as the Dodgers played seven games in Newark, N.J. in 1956 and 1957, and the White Sox, filling a void when the Braves left, played nine games in Milwaukee in 1968 and another 11 the following season.Ref: 1
Nov 24The Phillies, in an effort to fill void created when Scott Rolen was traded to the Cardinals last July, sign third baseman David Bell to a four-year, $17 million free agent deal. The 30-year-old infielder, who's father (Buddy) and grandfather (Gus) were also major leaguers, played for the National League champion Giants last season after being traded by the Mariners during the spring.Ref: 1
Nov 25Pete Rose and Commissioner Bud Selig meet secretly in Milwaukee about Rose's reinstatement application. (XDG, p 12, 1/06/2004)Ref: 83
Nov 25The Red Sox hire the youngest general manager in major league history. Twenty-eight year-year-old Theo Epstein, a life-time Red Sox fan who was grew up about a mile from Fenway Park, becomes the team's11th GM since the club's first established the position in 1933.Ref: 1
Nov 26Prior to playing two regular-season games against the A's to open the major league season in Japan, the Mariners will face the Seibu Lions and Yomiuri Giants in exhibition contests on March 22 and 23.Ref: 1
Dec 15With the threat of losing their heavy-hitting second baseman, Jeff Kent, the Giants sign former All-Star free agent Edgardo Alfonzo (.308, 16, 56) to a four-year deal. The 29-year-old infielder, who was named the Mets All-time second baseman in August, was not tendered arbitration after turning down a number of contract proposals from the team.Ref: 1
Dec 16After being invited to the Dominican Republic by President Hipolito Mejia, Japanese home run king Sadaharu Oh meets one his favorite players, island resident Sammy Sosa. The Dominican outfielder, who is one homer shy of the coveted 500, will have to hit several hundred more to reach the mark of 868 set by the 62-year old during his 22 seasons playing for the Yomiuri Giants.Ref: 1
Dec 16After declining the $4.6 million two-year December 7 contract offer by the Yankees, which he only had 15 minutes to consider, Mike Stanton (7-1, 3.00, 6 saves) still decides to stay in town by, agreeing to a $9 million, three-year, no trade contract with the cross-town rival Mets. The All-Star reliever wasn't offered salary arbitration by the Bronx Bombers after he failed to respond to their ultimatum.Ref: 1
Dec 17After bringing the Giants to the brink of a world championship, Russ Ortiz (14-10, 3.78) is traded by the Giant to the Braves for sophomore southpaw Damian Moss (12-6, 4.11) and minor league prospect Manuel Mateo. The 27-year old righthander left Game 6 with 5-0 margin, but the Giants bullpen was unable to hold the lead and lost the series to the Diamondbacks in seven games.Ref: 1
Dec 18After spending the previous six seasons with the Giants, the 2000 National League MVP Jeff Kent (.313, 37,108 ) signs an $18.2 million, two-year contract with the Astros. The 34-year old Texan resident's presence on the team moves four-time second base Gold Glove winner, Craig Biggio to the outfield.Ref: 1
Dec 20After rejecting salary arbitration from the Red Sox, Cliff Floyd (.288, 28, 79), agrees to a $26 million, four-year contract deal the Mets. The 30-year old outfielder played with the Marlins, Expos and Red Sox last season.Ref: 1
Dec 20Hoping to fill the void after trading Eric Karros to the Cubs, the Dodgers reached an agreement with 39-year old veteran first baseman Fred McGriff (.273, 30, 103) on a one-year deal. The 'Crime Dog', who has also played for the Blue Jays, Padres, Braves, Devil Rays as well as the Cubs, is fourth among active players behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, and Rafael Palmeiro with 478 career homers.Ref: 1
Dec 20The Japan's most heralded player, 28-year-old outfield slugger Hideki Matsui (.334, 50, 107), reaches a preliminary agreement with the Yankees on a $21 million, three-year contract. 'Godzilla' the three-time Most Valuable Player of Japan's Central League, rejected the Yomiuri Giant's $33 million, four-year offer opting to play for Bronx Bombers.Ref: 1
Dec 21After declining their club option, the Diamondbacks decide to retain veteran first baseman Mark Grace (.252, 7 , 48 ). The lifetime .305 hitter agrees to a one-year deal which includes a club option for the 2004 season.Ref: 1
Dec 24In a deal which prompts a Red Sox official to call the Yankees an evil empire, Cuban defector Jose Contreras reaches an agreement New York. The 31-year right-hander, who was considered the top pitcher on Cuba's national team, was declared a free-agent after gaining residency in Nicaragua.Ref: 1
Dec 29Three blocks away from the blast, thousands of spectators at Paul Brown Stadium cheer as 1,275 pounds of explosives implodes Cinergy Field sending a huge dust cloud down the Ohio River. The structure, formerly known as Riverfront Stadium, was the site where Hank Aaron tied Ruth's career home run record on Opening day in 1974 and Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's all-time hits record in 1985.Ref: 1
Dec 30Citing this will probably be his last year 40-year old Roger Clemens (13-6, 4.35) agrees to a $10.1 million, one-year deal with the Yankees. The 19-year veteran, who has won the Cy Young Award six times, is seven victories shy of 300.Ref: 1
Jan 02Due a conflict with the major league schedule, the annual Hall of Fame game which has been held the day after induction ceremonies will take place on different weekends for the first time in the Hall's history. The game between the Phillies and Devil Rays will take place on June 16 and with the induction taking place on July 27.Ref: 1
Jan 08Eddie Murray, the only switch-hitter with 500 home runs and 3,000 hits becomes just 38th player to be elected in his first year of eligibility by being chosen on 85 percent of the ballots cast by the BBWWA. Former All-Star Gary Carter (Expos and Mets) also is elected on his sixth try after falling 11 votes short last year.Ref: 1
Jan 16Gary Carter becomes the first and perhaps the only player, to wear an Expos hat on his plaque when he is inducted into the Hall in July at Cooperstown. Although the former Montreal catcher had expressed his desire to go in with a Mets logo, the team he is employed by and was part of its 1986 World Series championship, the Hall of Fame makes the final decision.Ref: 1
Jan 16Trying to restore a competitive edge to the All-Star game, the owners unanimously approved the winning league of the Mid-Summer classic will have home-field advantage during the World Series. Approval is needed by the players to change the current rotation between the two leagues which was put in place since its inception of the World Series in 1903.Ref: 1
Jan 17Avoiding arbitration, the Reds give Danny Graves (7-3 , 3.19 , 32 saves) a three-year deal The former Reds closer is slated to join the starting rotation this season after posting an 1-0 with a 1.89 ERA in his four appearances as a starter at the end outfielder last season.Ref: 1
Jan 17Despite his ban Cooperstown's ban in the U.S., Pete Rose is nominated for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The former member of the 1984 Montreal squad, who banged out his 4,000th career hit , a double off Jerry Koosman, as a member of the team, was named by the chairman of the newly formed Canadian Baseball League, Tony Riviera.Ref: 1
Jan 17Torii Hunter (.289, 29, 94) agrees to four-year, $32 million deal to stay with the Twins. Although being a spark plug for the AL West division winners, the 27-year old Gold Glove outfielder didn't think he would a offered multiyear contract by the small-market team.Ref: 1
Jan 22Free-agent and former Ranger catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez (.314, 19, 60) signs a one-year deal worth $10 million to play in his hometown with the Marlins. The Miami resident, who is a 10-time Gold Glove backstop, will be replacing Charles Johnson who was traded to the Rockies in the off-season.Ref: 1
Jan 30In his first year of eligibility by a unanimous 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 be 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.Ref: 1
Jan 31In an effort to secure funding for a major re-design oft he 12-year old 'new' Comiskey Park, the White Sox announces the ballpark will now be known as U.S. Cellular Field. The 23-year deal with the wireless service provider , which will pay the White Sox $68 million, changes the name used for home by the south-siders since 1910.Ref: 1
Feb 01Red Sox president Larry Lucchino announces four senators, Edward M. Kennedy D-MA, John F. Kerry D-MA, John McCain, R-AZ, and Tom Daschle, D-SD, will file legislation nominating Jackie Robinson for the Congressional Gold Medal. Other recipients of the medal have included statesman George Washington, boxer Joe Louis, and poet Robert Frost.Ref: 1
Feb 02Red Sox Manager Grady Little, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and first-base coach Dallas Williams appear at the Atrium Mall in Newton modeling the team's new look, including solid red socks. The Red Sox socks have had very little red in recent years and haven't been totally red for over fifty years.Ref: 1
Feb 12The Mets sign 40-year-old David Cone to a minor league contract. The righthander, who compiled an 80-48 record with the team from 1987-1992, is coming out of retirement hoping to win the fifth spot in the rotation.Ref: 1
Feb 12Federal Judge James Holderman has given the Cubs and the owners of rooftop bleachers which provide fans a view of Wrigley Field a year to settle their dispute. The team believes the seating provided above the field via rooftops directly compete with the club for ticket sales revenue and the surrounding neighbors, in turn, have not been sympathetic to team's expansion plans.Ref: 1
Feb 14After much speculation, the Chunichi Dragons return Kevin Millar to the Marlins for an undisclosed amount of money for relinquishing its rights. After reconsidering an offer from the Red Sox, the outfielder had a change of heart and didn't want to play for the Japanese Central League team.Ref: 1
Feb 15After the Dragons released him for an undisclosed payment, the Red Sox acquire Kevin Millar (.306, 16, 57) from the Marlins. The 31-year-old first baseman-outfielder, who had originally agreed to a two-year, $6.2 million deal to play in Japan, had a change of heart after at first rejecting Boston's waiver claim for him made in January .Ref: 1
Feb 16Although banned by major league baseball for a Cooperstown induction, Pete Rose becomes a member of the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame. 'Charlie Hustle' joins 1998 inductee Shoeless Joe Jackson, who is also banned from becoming a member of the Hall of Fame.Ref: 1
Feb 17Avoiding arbitration, the Braves and 36-year old righty Greg Maddux (16-6, 2.62 ) agree the largest one-year contract in major league history . The $14.75 million deal for the four-time Cy Young Award winner eclipses the $12 million given to David Cone by Yankees in 2000.Ref: 1
Feb 24In the wake of Steve Bechler's death, Commissioner Bud Selig decides to ban the use of ephedra in the minor leagues. Players on the current 40-man major league rosters, which would have included the 23-year old Oriole pitcher who died on February 23, are not prohibited to use the because as union members they are already covered by the drug-testing rules of the new collective bargaining agreement, which bans only drugs of abuse and certain illegal steroids.Ref: 1
Feb 25Blue Jays' World Series hero Joe Carter is selected to be inducted into Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame on June 28. Pete Rose, who played 95 games for the Expos and collected his 4000th hit with Montreal, was one of the 46 nominees considered, but was not chosen by 75 per cent of the voters.Ref: 1
Feb 27The new Veterans Hall of Fame selection committee, made up of mostly Hall of Famers, fail to select any of the 41 players, executives and umpires being considered. Gil Hodges is 11 votes shy of 75 percent needed for induction receiving 50 votes of 81 votes cast (61.7%).Ref: 1
Mar 05Although not agreeing to ban ephedra, a memo is sent to all major leaguers by the players' union strongly recommending players "be extremely reluctant to use any products " containing the substance. The diet supplement, which is available without a prescription, has been linked to the spring training death of Orioles' pitcher, Steve Belcher.Ref: 1
Mar 12The second exhibition season bench-clearing brawl this week occurs as a raging Mike Piazza, after being hit by a pitch, charges the mound in pursuit of Guillermo Mota, who makes to the dugout without being caught. The incident may be a follow-up to an incident last spring which resulted in a shoving match after a similar event and the Mets' All-Star catcher waited for the Dodger reliever, who was coming off the field in the eighth inning and grabbed him by the jersey.Ref: 1
Mar 14Able to maintain the organization's "long standing philosophy", which lets Cablevision customers choose whether or not to receive paid programming" , the cable giant agrees one-year interim deal to offer YES Network to New York Yankees fans for a fee ending a bitter and costly yearlong feud. The arrangement makes YES a premium channel instead of basic cable channel which the new network had previously mandated and would have made every subscriber pay for the channel regardless of the viewer's choice.Ref: 1
Mar 14Vladimir Guerrero is suspended for three regular-season games and Marlin starter Brad Penny for five due to igniting an exhibition game bench-clearing brawl earlier in the week . After being hit in the chest by Marlins' starter first inning pitch, the Expo All-star outfielder, with his bat in his left hand swung his right fist around Matt Treanor, the Florida catcher trying to restrain him, missing Penny, who retaliated with punch which also missed its mark.Ref: 1
Mar 14The Brewers' TV/radio play-by-play announcer, Bob Uecker is chosen for induction into the broadcasters' wing of the Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. The 68-year-old former back-up catcher, who joined the Milwaukee broadcast crew in 1971, is best known for the humor he has brought to the game through his starring role in the cult movie Major League and the beer commercial in which the phrase"Must be in the front row!' has become a familiar cry in ballparks around the country.Ref: 1
Mar 14Dependent on passing a physical, free agent Kenny Lofton agrees to a one-year pact to play the Pirates this season. The 35-year-old leadoff man would most likely start in center moving Brian Giles to left field with left fielder Reggie Sanders going to right.Ref: 1
Mar 28The commissioner's office announces teams will pay tribute to the U.S. Armed forces during the seventh-inning stretch of all home openers by having `God Bless America' performed. Although the song been part of all games since the September 11th terrorist attacks, it will only be heard in major league ballparks at the homer openers, Sunday and holidays games.Ref: 1
Mar 28Three days prior to Opening Day, the YES Network claims Cablevision has pulled out of a proposed deal signed 17 days ago which would have provided televised Yankee games nearly three million cable subscribers in the NYC metropolitan area. According to a YES Network press release, the giant cable company failed to sign a finalized version of the hand-written document that both parties exchanged on March 12, but Cablevision president ,James L. Dolan, said when YES sent him a revised typewritten draft two days later, the document contained alterations that he found unacceptable.Ref: 1
Mar 30Major League baseball returns to Brooklyn for a day as the Mets appear at KeySpan Park, the Coney Island home of the short-season single A Cyclones, for the team's final preseason workout. Although the practice session is rained out, fans enjoy meeting the players and collecting autographs and profits made from beverage and other sales will still be donated to area charities serving children.Ref: 1
Mar 31On Opening Day for most of the clubs,, the web site of major league baseball, has more than 10 million hits setting a new record. The previous mark was set last season on the final day of online voting for All-Star game starters when 3.6 million visitors were attracted to the site.Ref: 1
Mar 31Substituting for his son, a former lefty first baseman at Yale, George Bush, throws the Great American Ball Park's ceremonial first pitch as the Reds make their debut in their new ballpark. The former president and the sell-out crowd of 42,263 flag-waving fans enjoy the patriotic pre-game ceremonies and then watch the Pirates rout Cincinnati, 10-1.Ref: 1
Mar 31At Shea Stadium, the Mets Opening Day lineup includes the first regular starting double play combination in major league history featuring natives from Puerto Rico. Second baseman Roberto Alomar and shortstop Rey Sanchez combine to make two twin killings as the Cubs drub New York, 15-2.Ref: 1
Apr 02Mike Bordick's record streak for games and chances without an error by a shortstop ends as Yankee outfielder Bubba Trammell's third inning grounder tips off his glove. After converting a fielder's choice in the first inning he misplays his second chance of the game establishing 544 chances and 110 consecutive games without an error a new major league mark for shortstops.Ref: 1
Apr 02According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Tigers become the first major league team to have four pitchers make their big league debuts during the same game. Starter 20-year Jeremy Bonderman, who gave up gives up six runs on nine hits in four innings, is followed by rookies Wilfredo Ledezma, Chris Spurling and Matt Roney in the 8-1 loss the Minnesota Twins.Ref: 1
Apr 02Todd Zeile homers in first at-bat as a Yankee becoming the only major leaguer to hit a home run for ten different teams. In addition to homering with the Bronx Bomber, the infielder has also gone deep for the Cardinals, Cubs, Phillies, Orioles, Dodgers, Marlins, Rangers, Mets, and Rockies.Ref: 1
Apr 03At 27 years, 249 days of age, Alex Rodriguez becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit 300 home runs. The Ranger shortstop's fifth inning three-run blast surpasses Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx's mark who had accomplished the feat at 27 years, 328 days of age.Ref: 1
Apr 04At Cincinnati's new Great American Ball Park, Sammy Sosa becomes the first Latin American player and 18th overall to hit 500 career home runs. The milestone is reached in the seventh inning as 'Slammin' Sammy' drives a Scott Sullivan 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats.Ref: 1
Apr 04The Coneheads stage a reunion at Shea Stadium as David Cone returns to the mound after taking a year off and hurls an impressive 5 innings of shutout ball in the Mets, 4-0, victory over the Expos. In memory of one of the founders of this unique idea which started in 1988, the group hangs a banner featuring a picture of Scott Saber, who was killed during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, smiling in his Conehead.Ref: 1
Apr 05The Royals become the first major league team to begin the season 5-0 after losing 100-games the prior year. Runelvys Hernandez, the winner of a coin toss making him the Opening Day starter, wins his second game as allows two hits in seven innings beating the Indians, 2-1Ref: 1
Apr 05To show support for the U.S. troops in Iraq, the White Sox announce all active military members showing a military ID will be given free admission to home games at U.S. Cellular Field. Tickets would not be available for the Cub series in June.Ref: 1
Apr 08At the home opener at PNC Park, Pittsburgh unveils a sculpture of Ralph Kiner. The Hall of Fame home run hitter, who is depicted in the bronze artwork gripping a Kiner-model Louisville Slugger bat, joins Willie Stargell, Honus Wagner and Roberto Clemente as other former Pirates honored with a ballpark statutes.Ref: 1
Apr 08As a backlash of Canadians' reaction in Montreal last month at the singing of the Star-Spangled Banner due to their opposition of the U.S. war in Iraq, some of the 29,138 patrons at the Cub opener boo as the Canadian national anthem, O' Canada', is performed prior to the Expo game at Wrigley Field.Ref: 1
Apr 08By going went 4-for-4 along with three walks, Rockies' first baseman Todd Helton sets a club record by reaching base in all seven plate appearances. Chris Stynes also set a franchise mark for most plate appearances in a game with eight.Ref: 1
Apr 08In a frigid 35-degree home opener, with the fans chanting his name, Hideki Matsui hit his first major league home run, a grand slam into the right field bleachers. After be greeted with a warm reception in the pre-game ceremonies and a standing ovation after making a great defensive play, Godzilla receives a thunderous applause and curtain call from the sold-out Yankee Stadium crowd after his fifth inning bases-full poke against the Twins.Ref: 1
Apr 10By hitting his 31st career leadoff homer, Astros' outfielder Craig Biggio breaks Bobby Bonds' National League record. The major league mark of 80 belongs to Rickey Henderson.Ref: 1
Apr 10In a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals at Coors Field, the Rockies turned the first triple play in club history. With Scott Rolen on second base and Tino Martinez on first, Colorado's first baseman Todd Helton catches Orlando Palmeiro's soft liner for the first out and throws to shortstop Jose Hernandez who steps on second for the second out and then tags Matinez to complete the triple killing.Ref: 1
Apr 11In the first of its "home" games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Expos rout David Cone and the Mets, 10-0. The Montreal franchise, which is owned by major league baseball, will play 22 of games here this season as a new venue is sought for the poorly-attended Canadian team.Ref: 1
Apr 11Baseball Hall of Fame president, Dale Petroskey, says although he would still cancel a "Bull Durham" celebration due to anti-war criticism espoused by its co-stars, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, he should have used a different approach calling the performers to discuss the situation rather than just sending a letter. The decision sets off a fire storm of debate with Cooperstown receiving over 5000 e-mails yesterday, both pro and con, as well as noted author Roger Kahn canceling his planned August appearance to speak about his new book "October Men", a work chronicling the 1978 World Champion Yankee team, as a protest.Ref: 1
Apr 12Fenway's Green Monster, the left field wall in the major's smallest park, has a new look. Taking the place a net which use to collect home runs that cleared the wall, are seats where fans, 310 feet away and 40 feet above home plate, watch Pedro Martinez give up 10 runs in 4 1-3 innings in a 13-6 loss to the Orioles.Ref: 1
Apr 15In Chicago, in a game between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals, umpire Laz Diaz is attacked by a fan, Eric Dybas, 25, of Bollingbrook IL. (In December of 2003, Dybas will plead guilty to aggravated battery and spend six months in jail followed by 30 months probation.) (USA Today, p 25C, 12/05/2003)Ref: 13
Apr 27Needing only 108 pitches, Kevin Millwood becomes the ninth pitcher in Phillies' history to throw a no-hitter as he keeps the NL-West leaders Giants hitless. The last no-no before Millwoods' 1-0 masterpiece was thrown by Tommy Greene in 1991.Ref: 1
May 02The players' association agrees to a two-year experiment in which the winning league of the All-Star Game will have home-field advantage during the World Series. Other changes include roster increase by 2 to 32 players, a separate ballot of managers, coaches and players to be done during the week prior to the game to name the additional nine position players and eight pitchers for each team.Ref: 1
May 07A man wanted by the police on drug and parole-violations is apprehended at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The 24-year-old Westwood man's cover was blown when his parole officer saw him kissing his girlfriend on the stadium's scoreboard during Kiss Cam.Ref: 1
May 11Amidst of criticism of his handling of pitchers due the the rash of recent injuries to the team's young arms, the Marlins fire manager Jeff Torborg. Jack McKeon, who has previously managed the Royals, A's, Padres and Reds, will take over 16-22 team becoming the franchise's sixth skipper.Ref: 1
May 11In his last at-bat on the current homestand, 38-year-old first baseman Rafel Palmeiro drives a 3-2 fastball thrown by Indian hurler David Elder to become the second player this season and 19th overall to hit his 500th career home run. The 370-foot shot over the right field wall at The Ballpark in Arlington makes Raffy the first native of Cuba to reach the coveted milestone.Ref: 1
May 14Kendall and Jake Burnham become the first husband-and-wife team to appear in a professional baseball game as the newly-weds play for the San Angelo Colts of the independent Central League. With her husband Jake starting at third base, the former fastpitch softball star, with two out in the bottom of the ninth strikes out looking at three pitches in the 8-1 loss to Amarillo.Ref: 1
May 22Arturo Moreno purchases the World Champion Angels from Walt Disney for $184 million to becoming the third owner in the 43-year history of the franchise. The 56-year-old outdoor advertising tycoon, who is a fourth-generation Mexican-American, is the first Hispanic to have a controlling interest in a major league club.Ref: 1
May 27In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision preventing the Florida attorney general from investigating Major League Baseball's 2001 attempt to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision, by Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black and Richard W. Goldberg, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport's antitrust exemption and is considered to be a major victory by the commissioner's office.Ref: 1
May 28When Rafael Furcal, Mark DeRosa and Gary Sheffield all go deep off Reds' Jeff Austin in the bottom of the first inning, the Braves become only the second team in big league history to begin a game with three consecutive home runs. On April 13, 1987, in San Diego's home opener, the Padres wasted no time making up a two-run first inning deficit as the each of the first three Padres (Marvell Wynn, Tony Gwynn, and John Kruk) all went yard in the bottom of the first inning off Giant starter Roger Mason.Ref: 1
May 29The Red Sox trade All-Star third baseman Shea Hillenbrand (.303, 3, 38) to the Diamondbacks for 24-year old reliever turn starter Byung-Hyun Kim (1-5, 3.56).Ref: 1
May 30At Shea Stadium, the Braves go deep four times off former teammate Tom Glavine to tie a National League record by hitting 55 home runs in a calendar month. The New York Giants (July,1947) and the Cardinals (April, 2000) are the other teams to accomplished the feat.Ref: 1
Jun 03Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is named the 11th captain in club history, The 28-year old joins Hal Chase (1912), Roger Peckinpaugh (1914-21), Babe Ruth (1922), Everett Scott (1922), Lou Gehrig (1935-41), Thurman Munson (1976-79), Graig Nettles (1982-84), co-captains Willie Randolph and Ron Guidry (1986-89) and Don Mattingly (1991-95).Ref: 1
Jun 03Slugger Sammy Sosa is ejected from the game during the first inning after he shatters his bat and the broken remains exposes cork. The Cub outfielder will be suspended by major league baseball for 8 games (will be reduced to 7) his offense.Ref: 1
Jun 04Although his bat may have contained cork in yesterday's game, all five of Sammy Sosa's historic bats housed at the Hall of Fame and the76 of confiscated from his locker by major league baseball revealed no signs of tampering. X-rays and CT scans were used to clear cleared Cubs' slugger remaining lumber.Ref: 1
Jun 04At Puerto Rico's Hiram Bithorn Stadium, Jeff DaVanon of the Angels joins Lee May (1969, Reds), Frank Thomas (1962, Mets) and Gus Zernial (1951, A's) as the fourth player to have three consecutive multi-homer games. At the same time, the Anaheim outfielder also becomes the third player to do it from both sides of the plate in two back-to-back contests matching Ken Caminiti (1995, Padres) and Eddie Murray (1987, Orioles).Ref: 1
Jun 05In the second game of double-header loss to the Brewers, Mets southpaw John Franco pitches an inning of relief to become the eighth pitcher to make 1000 career appearances. The last time Milwaukee swept a doubleheader on the road occurred on July 5, 1992 the Brewers of the American League beat the Royals, 8-7 and 5-3.Ref: 1
Jun 05Tony Clark changes his number from 00 to 52. The Mets' reserve player wanted to give the team's mascot, Mr. Met, his identity back as he and the Mascot shared double ought.Ref: 1
Jun 06Insisting the corked bat, designed to put on home run displays during batting practice, was accidentally used in the Devil Ray's game, Cub slugger Sammy Sosa is suspended for eight games by major League baseball. Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations, agreed the Chicago's outfielder use of an illegal bat was an "isolated incident," but one that still deserved a penalty.Ref: 1
Jun 11Using a record six pitchers, the Astros no-hit the Yankees for the first time since Orioles' knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm's accomplished the feat in 1958 with a 1-0 victory . Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner are responsible for stopping the Bronx Bombers at 6,980 games with at least one hit.Ref: 1
Jun 13On his fourth attempt, Roger Clemens becomes the 21st pitcher and the first since 1990 to record 300 career wins as the 40-year-old righty goes 6 2/3 innings in the Yankees' 5-2 inter-league victory over the Cardinals. In the second inning when Edgar Renteria swings through full-count fastball, the 'Rocket' also joins Nolan Ryan (5,714) and Steve Carlton (4,136) as just the third hurler to record 4000 career strikeouts.Ref: 1
Jun 14After being activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers, first baseman Fred McGriff bats cleanup and goes 2-for-4 in his return against the Padres. It was the Crime Dog's first trip to the diabled list during his 18-year career.Ref: 1
Aug 17Peanuts character Charlie Brown joins late broadcaster Bob Prince, Negro League star Josh Gibson, former catcher Manny Sanguillen current shortstop Jack Wilson to be honored by the Pirates with a bobblehead doll give-away day. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.Ref: 1
Sep 22Three Cubs fans attempt to lift the curse when they fly to Houston, locate a goat and attempt to take into Minute Maid Park, home of the Astros with whom the Cubs were battling for the NL-C lead. They weren't allowed in, but the Astros go 3-4 in the final week of the season and the Cubs win the division. (USA Today, p 2C, 10/16/2003)Ref: 13
Sep 24Rookie center fielder Kenny Lofton establishes an Indian record stealing his 62nd base of the season.Ref: 1
Oct 07Jackie Robinson is voted the Congressional Gold Medal by the House of Representatives. Identical legislation is pending in the Senate. (USA Today, p 1C, 10/08/2003)Ref: 13
Oct 14Cubs' fan Steve Bartman deflects a foul ball from Cubs' left fielder Moises Alou in game 6 of the NLCS, resulting in Alou not being able to make a play. Subsequently, the Florida Marlins score 8 runs and win game 6 and game 7. (USA Today, p 2C, 10/16/2003)Ref: 13
Oct 15Cubs fan Steve Bartman snatches a foul ball hit by Florida Marlins Luis Castillo that appeared was going to drop into the glove of Cubs' outfielder Moises Alou. Instead of an out, Castillo walks and the Florida Marlins go on to score 8 runs that inning, overcoming a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS and beat the Chicago Cubs, 9-6, after trailing 5-3 in the fifth inning. (WSJ, p A1, 10/16/2003)Ref: 33
Oct 16The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 6-5, in the 7th game of the ALCS, on Aaron Boone's solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning at Yankee Stadium. (USA Today, p 1C, 10/17/2003)Ref: 13
Oct 25The Florida Marlins defeat the New York Yankees 2-0 to win the World Series in six games. (WSJ, p 1, 10/27/2003)Ref: 33
Oct 31Major League Baseball agrees to sell television rights in Japan to advertising powerhouse Dentsu for $275M over 6 years. (WSJ, p B4, 10/31/2003)Ref: 33
Nov 11Toronto Blue Jays' Roy Halladay is named the American League Cy Young Award Winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (USA Today, p C1, 11/12/2003)Ref: 13
Nov 12The Baseball Writers Association chooses Jack McKeon of the World Champion Florida Marlins (NL) and Tony Pena of the Kansas City Royals (AL) as Managers of the Year for their respective leagues. (USA Today, p 1C, 11/13/2003)Ref: 13
Nov 13Los Angeles Dodger relief pitcher Eric Gagne wins the National League Cy Young Award. (USA Today, p 13C, 11/14/2003)Ref: 13
Nov 17Texas Rangers shortstop, Alex Rodriguez, is named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the second player from a last place team to win that award. (Andre Dawson won the NL MVP in 1987 playing for the last place Chicago Cubs.) (XDG, p 1B, 11/18/2003)Ref: 83
Nov 18Barry Bonds (.345, 45, 90) wins his 6th National League MVP Award (a record) and the first play to capture the honor in three consecutive years. (XDG, p 3B, 11/19/2003)Ref: 83
Jan 05In excerpts from his autobiography, "My Prison Without Bars", to be released later in the week, Pete Rose admit he gambled on baseball games, including those of the Reds. (XDG, p 12, 1/06/2004)Ref: 83
Jan 06Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley are elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. (USA Today, p 1C, 1/07/2004)Ref: 13
Feb 17Alex Rodriguesz ("A-Rod") is traded to the New York Yankees from the Texas Rangers. The Yankees announce he will play third base, leaving Derek Jeter at shortstop. (USA Today, p C1, 2/18/2004)Ref: 13
Mar 11Major League Baseball adds THG (tetrahydrogestrinone) to the list of banned substances. The drug, declared illegal by the FDA on 10/28/2004, slipped under MLB's radar because it was illegal. (XDG, p 1B, 3/18/2004)Ref: 5
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