Baseball in 1995
|January 1||Major league owners lock out the 64 AL and NL umpires.|
|January 4||Five bills aimed at ending the baseball strike are introduced in Congress.|
|January 5||According to players’ union chief Donald Fehr‚ all 835 unsigned major league players are free agents since the owners unilaterally changed the uniform contract.|
|January 9||Mike Schmidt is elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.|
|January 10||Arbitrator Thomas Roberts awards 11 players a total of almost $10 million as a result of collusion charges brought against the owners.|
|January 13||Use of replacement players for spring training and regular season games is okayed by baseball’s executive council. Acting commissioner Bud Selig announces‚ “We are committed to playing the 1995 season and will do so with the best players willing to play.”|
|January 18||Former American League umpire Ron Luciano dies in Endicott‚ New York of carbon monoxide poisoning. His death is ruled a suicide.|
|January 19||Baltimore owner Peter Angelos announces that his team will not use replacement players.|
|January 26||Players and owners are told by President Clinton to resume bargaining and reach an agreement by February 6.|
|February 1||The owners agree to revoke their arbitrarily imposed salary cap and return to the old agreement.|
|February 6||President Clinton’s deadline comes and goes with no resolution of the strike.|
Darryl Strawberry is suspended for 60 days for violation of baseball’s drug policy and his aftercare program. He is also released by the Giants.
|February 9||Darryl Strawberry pleads guilty to income tax evasion and will spend 3 months in prison‚ in addition to paying back taxes‚ interest‚ and penalties.|
|February 13||The Dodgers sign Japanese League All-Star P Hideo Nomo for a reported $2 million bonus.|
|February 14||Plans are announced for the new United League to begin play in 1996.|
|February 17||Tigers manager Sparky Anderson is put on an involuntary leave of absence as he refuses to manage replacement players. The Orioles announce they will not play exhibition games against teams using replacement players.|
|February 19||The Blue Jays assign manager Cito Gaston and his coaching staff to work with minor league players so that they will not have to deal with replacement players.|
|February 23||Former NL MVP Kevin Mitchell signs with the Daiei Hawks of the Japanese League.|
|March 1||Angels replacement players play Arizona State University in an exhibition game. It is the 1st time since 1912 that replacement players have appeared in a game in major league uniforms.|
|March 2||The 1st-ever trade of replacement players is made between the Reds and Indians. The Reds obtain former major league Barbaro Garbey and 4 others in return for “future considerations.”|
At a meeting in Chicago‚ owners accept the players’ offer to return to work.
|March 7||The Veterans Committee elects former major leaguers Richie Ashburn‚ and Vic Willis‚ former NL president William Hulbert‚ and former Negro League player Leon Day to the Hall of Fame. Day will die of a heart attack 6 days from now.|
|March 9||Baseball owners vote 28-0 to admit 2 new teams-the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks-for the 1998 season. Each team will pay an expansion fee of $130 million. The D’Backs hire lawyer Joe Garagiola‚ Jr‚ as their first GM.|
|March 10||Basketball superstar Michael Jordan announces he is giving up baseball and returning to the NBA. Playing for the minor league Birmingham Barons last year‚ Jordan hit .202 in 127 games‚ collecting 3 homers in 436 at bats. He did swipe 30 bases.|
|March 14||The players’ union announces that it will not settle the strike if replacement players are used in regular season games‚ and if results are not voided.|
|March 20||The Orioles cancel the remainder of their spring training games because of the team’s refusal to use replacement players.|
|March 21||The Maryland House of Delegates approves legislation to bar teams playing at Camden Yards from using replacement players.|
|March 25||Replacement player Dave Shotkoski‚ a pitcher with the Braves‚ is shot to death in a robbery attempt near the team’s hotel in West Palm Beach‚ Florida.|
|March 26||The season opens‚ reduced to 144 games.|
|March 27||The National Labor Relations board files for an injunction to restore previous work rules to the game.|
|March 29||Players vote to return to work if a U.S. District Court judge supports the NLRB’s unfair labor practices complaint against the owners. By a vote of 26-2‚ owners support the use of replacement players.|
|March 30||In a conference call vote‚ the woners vote 26-2 to authorize the use of replacement players for the season. Initially‚ George Steinbrenner votes against it but changes his mind to show solidarity with Bud Selig. Toronto and Baltimore vote against it.|
|March 31||U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor issues a preliminary injunction requiring baseball owners to comply with the expired collective bargaining agreement. In 5 days‚ the 2nd Court of Appeals will deny the owners request to stay Sotomayor’s decision.|
|April 2||The owners reluctantly welcome the players back and‚ meeting in Chicago‚ they devise a plan for a 144-game schedule to begin April 26. Yesterday’s Marlins-Mets opener was postponed.|
|April 5||The Yankees obtain P John Wetteland from the Expos in exchange for minor league OF Fernando Seguignol‚ a player to be named‚ and cash considerations.|
The Royals trade OF Brian McRae to the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Derek Wallace and Geno Morones.
The Expos trade their ace Ken Hill (16-5) to the Cardinals for pitchers Bryan Eversgerd and Kirk Bollinger‚ and OF Darond Stovall.
|April 6||The Blue Jays acquire David Cone (16-5) from the Royals in exchange for infielders Chris Stynes and Anthony Medrano‚ and P David Sinnes.|
The Braves obtain OF Marquis Grissom from the Expos in exchange for outfielders Roberto Kelly and Tony Tarasco.
|April 7||The Marlins sign free agent IF Terry Pendleton‚ the NL’s MVP in 1991.|
|April 8||The Rockies sign free agent OF Larry Walker and free agent P Bill Swift.|
The Indians sign free agent P Orel Hershiser.
The Red Sox trade 3B Scott Cooper‚ P Cory Bailey‚ and a player to be named to the Cardinals for OF Mark Whiten‚ and P Rheal Cormier.
|April 13||The Tigers trade OF Tony Phillips to the Angels for OF Chad Curtis.|
|April 18||Veteran P Jack Morris announces his retirement after 17 years and 254 victories.|
|April 20||The Pirates release Tim Wakefield‚ 8-1 in 1993 and the NL Rookie pitcher of the Year. The knuckleballer started the 1994 opener‚ but spent most of the season in Buffalo (International League) going 5-15‚ and was shelled in his only start this spring. Wakefield will be picked up by the Red Sox.|
Jeff Reardon‚ 39‚ announces his retirement. He is 2nd on the all-time list for saves (367).
Dodgers president Peter O’Malley donates the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1955 World Championship banner to the borough in which it was won‚ saying‚ “The flag belongs in Brooklyn.”
|April 24||Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 6 months of home confinement on tax evasion charges. He must also pay the government $350‚000 in back taxes.|
|April 25||The 234-day strike ends. The 1st game pits the Dodgers against the Marlins. LA wins‚ 8-7‚ but the game is played with replacement umpires‚ as the regular umps continue to be locked out.|
|April 26||Fans in Pittsburgh disrupt Opening Day by throwing sticks on the field‚ and holding up the action for 17 minutes. Montreal eventually wins the game by a score of 6-2.|
Despite just 6‚300 fans at the Yanks pre-opening workout‚ 50‚245 show up for the opener‚ the smallest opening crowd at the Stadium since 1990. The Yankees start with a win‚ 8-6‚ over the Rangers‚ as Jimmy Key goes 5 innings to pick up the win. It is his 3rd straight opener and his Opening Day record is 6-0. Kenny Rogers is the loser‚ giving up 4 runs in 3 innings‚ including a homer to Danny Tartabull. Bernie Williams also homers.
At Kansas City‚ Royals Kevin Appier is lifted after 6 2/3 innings of no hit ball. Appier had thrown just 11 1/3 innings in spring training and manager Bob Boone does not want to risk injury. Appier is ahead 3-0 when he exits and the Royals win 5-1. Nolan Ryan‚ in the 1990 opener‚ also was lifted in a no hitter because of limited work in spring training.
Toronto scores 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coasts home to a 13-1 win over the Oakland A’s. The 11 runs is the most scored in an inning on Opening Day this century‚ but will be matched in 3 years by San Diego.
|April 27||Milwaukee’s starter Cal Eldred picks up a win with 5 innings of work in a 9-5 win over the White Sox. Tim Raines and Frank Thomas hit consecutive homers in the 7th with 2 out‚ and then in the 8th Robin Ventura hits Alberto Reyes first ML pitch for another homer.|
|April 28||The Ontario Labor Board announces that replacement umpires will not be allowed to work in Blue Jay home games. Under Ontario law‚ replacement workers may not be used during a strike or lockout.|
The Giants play Opening Day at 3Com Stadium‚ the new name for Candlestick Park. The day is a success for the Jints‚ as they shut out Florida‚ 4-0.
In Venezuela‚ former ML player Gus Palidor is murdered by two men who are trying to steal his car. Palidor had just returned from spring training‚ where he had been trying to catch on as a replacement player.
|May 1||The owners and umpires reach agreement on a 5-year contract‚ ending the lockout. Regular umpires will return to work on May 3.|
|May 2||Hideo Nomo hurls 5 innings for the Dodgers in a 13-inning‚ 4-3 loss to the Giants‚ becoming the 1st Japanese player to appear in the major leagues since 1964. He allows only 1 hit and no runs‚ while walking 4 and striking out 7. The game is scoreless after 12 innings‚ before the Dodgers plate 3 runs in the top of the 13th. The Giants come back with 4 in their half of the inning for the win.|
The Indians defeat the Tigers‚ 11-1‚ on opening day in Detroit. Fans run onto the field and throw bottles‚ baseballs‚ and batteries from the bleachers. 20 fans are arrested.
The Red Sox defeat the Yankees‚ 8-0. Boston scores its runs on grand slams in back-to-back innings by former college teammates John Valentin and Mo Vaughn. According to SABR statistician David Vincent‚ it is the 1st time ever that 2 grand slams account for all the runs scored in a game.
|May 3||David Bell makes his ML debut at 3B in the Indians 14-7 win over the Tigers. His appearance makes the Bells-with his father Buddy and his grandfather Gus-the second three-generation family in ML history (The Boones are the first). Gus Bell will pass away in 4 days.|
|May 4||The Mets defeat the Expos‚ 5-1‚ in 10 innings on Todd Hundley’s pinch-hit grand slam. Hundley becomes only the 11th player in history to hit a PH grand slam in extra innings.|
|May 6||In 7 NL games‚ the 14 teams score a total of 118 runs to tie a record as the highest-scoring day in NL history. Seven of the teams score at least 10 runs‚ led by the Dodgers who plate 17 in their 17-11 win over Colorado. Three pinch hit homers (Mitch Webster‚ John Vanderwal‚ Mike Kingery) are struck in that game‚ tying the NL & ML record‚ with 2 hit by Colorado‚ tying a ML record.|
|May 7||The Indians pound out 26 hits in their 17-inning‚ 10-9 victory over the Twins. Eddie Murray drives home 5 runs as 4 players get 4 hits each in the contest.|
Atlanta manager Bobby Cox is arrested by police at his home‚ and jailed overnight‚ as he is charged with simple battery. He is accused of punching his wife and pulling her hair. The couple will appear together at a news conference to deny that he assaulted her. Mrs. Cox called police to request their help in breaking up an argument.
|May 9||The Indians score 8 runs before any outs are recorded in the 1st inning‚ tying a major league record. Paul Sorrento‚ Kenny Lofton and Carlos Baerga each hit HRs in the stanza‚ as Cleveland goes on to a 10-0 victory behind Orel Hershiser and Paul Assenmacher.|
California DH Chili Davis leads the Angels to an 11-2 win over Texas by notching 5 hits and driving home 5 runs. Davis’ safeties include a double and HR.
High school star Shawn Gallagher is intentionally walked his last time up and goes hitless. Entering the game‚ Gallagher‚ from Wilmington‚ Delaware‚ had hit safely in 51 straight games‚ tying the prep mark set by Stan Brown of Noblesville‚ Indiana.
|May 12||Against the Pirates‚ Matt Williams hits his 7th and 8th HRs of the season‚ and in the process breaks‚ in a manner of speaking‚ Roger Maris‘ 162-game home run record. Williams hit 62 HRs in 161 games spread over 3 seasons: 11 HRs in the last 30 games of 1993‚ 43 homers in 115 games in 1994‚ and 8 HRs in the first 16 games of 1995.|
The Tigers defeat the Rangers‚ 6-1‚ with Buddy Groom getting the win. It is Groom’s 1st victory in 77 game appearances over 4 seasons in the majors. The win lets Groom narrowly avoid breaking the record set by Braves P Ed Olwine‚ who went winless in 80 appearances from 1986 to 1988.
The Dodgers defeat the Cardinals‚ 8-4‚ in a sloppy game marked by an even dozen errors. Third basemen Scott Cooper of St.‚ Louis and Garey Ingram of LA each make 3 miscues. It is the most errors made in an NL game since June 11‚ 1959.
The White Sox sign free agent 1B John Kruk.
|May 13||The San Bernardino Spirit defeats San Jose‚ 1-0‚ in 21 innings in the longest shutout in California League history. C Paul Konerko’s hit drives home the game’s only run.|
Frank Castillo allows 3 hits in 8 1/3 innings and Shawon Dunston hits a 3-run homer as the Cubs beat San Diego‚ 5-0. Two of the Padre hits are by Tony Gwynn‚ who has hit .402 in his last 162 games stretching back to July 27‚ 1993. Wad Boggs has also hit .400 over 162 games in more than one season (June 1985- June 1986).
|May 15||Ramon Martinez‚ Rudy Seanez‚ and Todd Worrell combine on a 1-hitter as the Dodgers shut out the Pirates‚ 4-0‚ to move them within 2 games of Colorado for the lead in the NL West.|
The Mariners trade P Roger Salkeld to the Reds in exchange for P Tim Belcher.
|May 16||Just 10 days after the record for the highest-scoring day in NL history is tied‚ 4 shutouts are tossed‚ by the Cubs‚ Mets‚ Padres‚ and Pirates. It is the 1st time this has happened since 1991.|
|May 17||LA pitcher Hideo Nomo hurls 7 innings of 2-hit shutout ball‚ fanning 14 batters in the process‚ but still fails to record a win. The Pirates score twice in the 8th and once in the 9th to eke out a 3-2 victory.|
|May 18||The Walt Disney Company becomes the managing partner of the Angels by purchasing 25% of the team.|
|May 20||Brewers’ P Ron Rightnowar, who was called up from the minors yesterday, makes his major league debut by hurling 2 1/3 innings of relief in Milwaukee’s 7-6 loss to Texas. In doing so, he becomes the 1st replacement player to appear in a major league game this season. Rightnowar takes over for Sid Roberson, also making his ML debut, who gets thumbed out of the game for hitting a batter with a pitch. Boston OF Ron Mahay, another replacement player, was also called up yesterday, but will not get in a game until tomorrow.|
The Mariners obtain P Salomon Torres from the Giants for pitching prospect Shawn Estes and IF Wilson Delgado.
|May 22||The Durham Bulls and Winston-Salem Warthogs engage in a brawl which sees 10 players ejected in a Carolina League game. Winston-Salem P Glen Cullop is knocked unconscious in the melee which occurs on “Strike Out Domestic Violence Night.” A total of $6‚000 in fines is levied‚ and 124 games in suspensions.|
|May 23||Houston OF Derek Bell strokes 5 hits‚ including a pair of doubles‚ but the Astros still lose to the Reds by a score of 10-5.|
|May 24||The White Sox and Rangers play the longest doubleheader in major league history‚ taking 7 hours and 39 minutes to complete the twinbill. Chicago wins the opener‚ 10-8‚ while the Rangers take the nightcap‚ 13-6.|
Seattle 3B Mike Blowers drives in 8 runs in the Mariners’ 15-6 victory over the Red Sox. He strokes 4 extra base hits in the contest-2 doubles‚ a triple‚ and a HR. The hits raise Blowers’ average 61 points-from .118 to .179.
The Expos trade OF Roberto Kelly and P Joey Eischen to the Dodgers in exchange for OF Henry Rodriguez and IF Jeff Treadway.
|May 25||Minnesota relief P Mark Guthrie hurls 6 innings against Detroit‚ fanning 12‚ to get the win in the Twins’ 4-3 victory over the Tigers. It is the most batters struck out by a relief in 15 years.|
|May 26||At the Kingdome‚ Ken Griffey hits a 5th inning homer‚ then breaks 2 bones in his left wrist making a spectacular catch against the RF wall. He will miss 73 games but will return to play with a 4 inch metal plate attached to his wrist. Seattle wins‚ 8-3 over Baltimore as Randy Johnson (5-0) strikes out 13 in 6 2/3 innings.|
Phillies rookie Michael Mimbs pitches a 2-0. 2-hit shutout over San Diego. Andy Benes (0-5) takes the loss‚ his 10th straight loss over 2 years.
In the West Regional‚ USC and Fresno State combine for 39 runs‚ a NCAA record for the post season‚ with the Trojans coming out on the long end of a 22-17 win. Houston and USC set the previous record of 36 runs in 1990.
|May 27||Steve Ontiveros hurls a 1-hit‚ 3-0 shutout over the Yankees. Luis Polonia gets the only hit for the New Yorkers as Ontiveros fans 7 and walks only 2. The victory moves the Athletics to within 1 game of the Angels for the lead in the AL West.|
The White Sox edge the Tigers‚ 1-0‚ behind Jason Bere. Bere had previously allowed 23 runs in 28 innings.
|May 28||In a 14-12 White Sox win‚ the Tigers and Chicago combine to hit 12 HRs-7 by the Tigers-and 21 extra-base hits to set a major league record (since tied) and AL mark‚ respectively. The 2-teams combine to set a ML for extra bases on long hits (45)‚ with Detroit contributing 24. The Sox start rookie James Baldwin (25 hits‚ 15 runs in 13.1 innings) and Detroit remainders him with a leadoff HR by Curtis‚ a walk‚ single and 3-run homer by Fielder. Curtis and Fielder each homer in the 2nd to finish the rookie. The Sox sink David Wells with successive homers in the 4th by Durham‚ Karkovice‚ and Grebeck. Cecil Fielder‚ Chad Curtis‚ Kirk Gibson‚ and Ron Karkovice each homer twice‚ setting another AL mark for the most players with 2 HRs in a game. Ray Durham‚ Craig Grebeck‚ Frank Thomas‚ and Lou Whitaker also connect for 4-baggers. Detroit’s Danny Bautista‚ anxious to join the HR derby‚ fans 5 times (on 18 pitches) in 6 at bats to tie another mark for a 9 inning game.|
The Braves Greg Maddux allows one hit-an 8th inning homer by Jeff Bagwell-in downing the Astros‚ 3-1.
The Padres defeat the Phillies‚ 13-5 in 10 innings. The 9 runs they score in the 10th ties the NL mark for runs scored in a 10th inning. The 1947 Reds also accomplished the feat.
|May 29||Marlins P Chris Hammond hits a grand slam in Florida’s 9-7 win over the Astros. He is the 1st pitcher to connect for a HR with the bases full since 1986. Marlins’ 3B Terry Pendleton gets 5 hits in the game‚ including a double and triple.|
|May 30||Former Dodger and Athletic OF Glenn Burke dies of AIDS at the age of 42. Burke‚ thought to be the originator of the “high five‚” was the only former major league player to have admitted to being gay‚ though it was well-known during his playing.|
|June 1||The Rangers defeat the Twins‚ 6-3‚ behind Kenny Rogers. Minnesota scores its 1st run in the 7th inning‚ ending Rogers’ scoreless-inning streak at 39. The victory brings Texas to within 1 1/2 games of California for the AL West lead.|
The California Angels select Nebraska OF Darin Erstad with the 1st pick in the amateur draft. He’ll sign for a $1.6 bonus‚ the highest signing bonus to date. Picking next‚ the Padres take high school C Ben Davis‚ and the Mariners pick Jose Cruz‚ Jr. The Cubs follow with Texas high schooler Kerry Wood. The 5th pick‚ P Ariel Prieto‚ will skip the minors and debut with the A’s on July 5. Picking 7th‚ the Rangers pass over Todd Helton to take P Jonathan Johnson. Picking next‚ Colorado takes Helton. The Brewers take future starting OF Geoff Jenkins in the first round‚ but the rest of their picks will be busts. The Red Sox take pitcher Andy Yount with #15‚ but a kitchen knife slicing injury will shorten his career. Sean Casey goes to the Indians on round 2‚ and the Royals take Carlos Beltran on the same round. Gabe Kaplan goes to the Tigers on the 57th round. The Mets strike out in the first round (18th) with SS Ryan Jaroncyk; picking in the same spot 4 years ago they took OF Al Shirley.
|June 2||The Red Sox defeat the Mariners‚ 6-5‚ as John Valentin has one of the best hitting days ever by a shortstop. Valentin goes 5-for-5‚ with 3 HRs and 4 runs scored. In doing so‚ he becomes the 1st SS ever to have 15 total bases in a game. He’s the 8th Sox player to collect 3 homers in a game.|
Veteran 2B Jose Lind walks out on the Royals after his wife files for divorce. The Royals don’t invite him back‚ either.
The White Sox fire manager Gene Lamont. 3B coach Terry Bevington is named to replace him.
|June 3||Pitching against the Padres‚ Expos P Pedro Martinez (4-1) retires the first 27 batters‚ only to see the Pods Bip Roberts lead off the 10th inning with a double. Reliever Mel Rojas then retires the next three batters. San Diego starter Joey Hamilton is almost as good‚ giving up just 3 hits and no runs through 9 innings. Reliever Brian Williams yields Jeff Treadway‘s RBI single in the top of the 10th. With the rules regarding no-hitters revised in 1991‚ Martinez receives credit for neither a perfect game nor a no-hitter. The win moves the Expos to within 3 games of the NL East-leading Phillies.|
Rangers 3B Dean Palmer‚ hitting .333 with 9 HRs and 24 RBIs in his first 114 at-bat‚ ruptures the biceps tendon in his left arm while swinging at‚ and missing‚ a pitch from Minnesota’s Kevin Tapani. Palmer will be sidelined until the final week of the season. Tapani goes on to shut out Texas‚ 4-0.
The Giants recall replacement IF Joel Chimelis from Phoenix. SF players will call meetings in protest of his presence and he will be returned to the minors in 2 days without appearing in a game.
|June 5||Reds owner Marge Schott is cleared of any wrongdoing by a jury in the Tim Sabo ‘s suit about wrongful firing. Sabo was fired in August of 1991.|
|June 6||J.D. Drew sets a college World Series record by hitting homers in his final 3 at bats as his Florida State team loses‚ 16-11 to Southern Cal. The 12 total bases is also a record.|
|June 8||The Rangers defeat the Royals‚ 10-9 in 10 innings‚ scoring all their runs after the 6th frame. In a 6-run 8th inning‚ Texas ties a major league record by getting 4 pinch-hits. Rusty Greer‚ Mike Pagliarulo‚ Shawn Hare‚ and Ivan Rodriguez all come through with singles as the Rangers cut the lead to 8-7. Texas almost wins it in the 9th when they load the bases but‚ out of position players‚ P Bob Tewksbury strikes out as a pinch hitter. Greer wins it in the 10th with a leadoff homer. The win keeps the Rangers within 1/2 game of the Angels in the race for the AL West lead.|
The first two Oriole hitters‚ Brady Anderson and Kevin Bass‚ homer to lead the O’s to a 8-2 win over Seattle. Jeff Mantos has a pair of 2-run homers to back Mike Mussina‘s pitching.
The Expos acquire 1B/OF David Segui from the Mets in exchange for P Reid Cornelius.
|June 9||The Padres defeat the Mets‚ 8-4‚ behind Joey Hamilton. To make his day complete‚ Hamilton doubles off Mets P Pete Harnisch for his 1st hit in 58 major league at bats.|
|June 10||Orioles rookie 3B Jeff Manto homers in the 2nd inning for his 4th consecutive round-tripper to tie the record for homers in consecutive games. The Orioles defeat the Angels‚ 6-2.|
Cal State Fullerton defeats Southern Cal‚ 11-5‚ to win the College WS. Mark Kotsay blasts 2 homers for the winners.
The Red Sox obtain IF Chris Donnels from the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.
|June 11||Oakland’s Mark McGwire hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox. McGwire hit 2 HRs yesterday‚ giving him a ML record-tying 5 HRs in 2 consecutive games. He is the 15th player to hit 5 homers in 2 games‚ and only the 2nd to do so twice in his career. He also hit 5 homers on June 27 and 28‚ 1987. Ralph Kiner performed the feat twice in 1947.|
Cincinnati defeats Houston‚ 3-2‚ in 10 innings on Ron Gant‘s HR. It is Gant’s 4th extra-inning homer of the season‚ tying him with Willie Mays for the NL record. Charlie Maxwell hit 5 for the Tigers in 1960.
The Giants score 4 times in the bottom of the 9th inning in their game with Montreal to tie the score at 8-8‚ but the Expos score twice in the 13th to win‚ 10-8. Montreal OF Rondell White strokes 6 hits while becoming the 4th Expo to ever hit for the cycle. White’s hits include a single‚ 2 doubles‚ a triple‚ and a HR. He scores 5 runs‚ while picking up 3 ribbies.
|June 12||The Royals send Bob Hamelin‚ the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year‚ to the their Triple-A Omaha team. Hamelin‚ hitting .175 with 2 HRs‚ is the first top rookie to be demoted in his sophomore year since 1982 when the Yankees sent Dave Righetti down.|
|June 14||The Dodgers Hideo Nomo strikes out 16 Pirates. Nomo is the 1st pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1985 to record a 14 K and 16 K game in the same season. Both of Gooden’s games came against the Giants’ Jim Gott‚ now a reliever for the Pirates.|
Minnesota defeats California by a score of 8-5‚ despite 5 hits‚ including 2 doubles‚ by Angels’ 3B Tony Phillips.
Giants’ utility IF Mike Benjamin‚ filling in for injured Matt Williams‚ compiles one of the best 3-game streaks this century. On June 11‚ Benjamin went 4-for-6 against the Expos‚ followed with 4-for-6 against the Cubs on June 13‚ and finishes with a 6-for-7 against Chicago today. The 14 hits in 3 games sets a new ML mark‚ and his 10 hits in 2 games ties the league record.
|June 15||Mike Benjamin goes 1-for-5 to total 15 hits in his last four games‚ the 1st player to do so since Detroit’s Walt Dropo in 1952. Benjamin‚ a career .185 hitter in 7 seasons before his salvo‚ had just 13 hits between June 10‚ 1994‚ and June 11‚ 1995.|
The Royals defeat the Athletics behind the 1-hit pitching of Mark Gubicza‚ who walks just 1 while fanning 5. Mark McGwire‘s single is Oakland’s only hit.
|June 16||The Cubs acquire 3B Todd Zeile from the Cardinals in exchange for P Mike Morgan and minor league IF Paul Torres and C Francisco Morales.|
The Cardinals fire manager Joe Torre‚ and replace him on an interim basis with Mike Jorgensen.
|June 17||The Angels release Mitch Williams. The Wild One‚ considered retired last year after being released by Houston‚ leaves the majors with a unique stat on his resume: 526 hits and 537 walks in 684 2/3 innings. He is the only pitcher with more than 250 innings to allow more walks than hits.|
One of the Mets prize rookies‚ Bill Pulsipher‚ makes his debut and is lit up for 4 hits and 5 runs in the first inning. He last 7 innings but loses to the Astros‚ 7-3. He’ll notch his 1st win against the Pirates on June 27.
|June 18||The Orioles trade OF Andy Van Slyke to the Phillies in exchange for P Gene Harris.|
|June 19||The Yankees sign OF Darryl Strawberry.|
|June 20||P Lee Smith saves the Angels’ 3-2 win over the Royals to set a major league record with his 18th save in 18 opportunities. His streak will end on June 28.|
In Florida’s 7-2 victory over Colorado‚ Marlins’ relief P Terry Matthews gets the win‚ and goes 3-for-3 at the plate‚ with 2 doubles‚ 2 ribbies‚ and a run scored. STATS Inc. reports that no relief hurler has had 3 hits in a game over the past 9 years‚ since it has tracked baseball performances.
|June 22||Two acoustic panels fall from the roof of the Toronto SkyDome‚ injuring 7 fans during the 7th inning of the Brewers’ 7-0 win over the Blue Jays.|
The Reds defeat the Braves‚ 9-8‚ as Cincinnati’s Eric Anthony and Eddie Taubensee both hit PH HRs in the 8th inning. It is only the 2nd time that a club has hit 2 pinch homers in the same frame in the NL since 1975.
|June 24||Phillies’ 2B Mickey Morandini strokes 5 hits to lead Philadelphia to a 10-9 win over the Cardinals. He gets 3 singles and 2 doubles‚ drives home 3 runs‚ and scores a pair to help the Phillies maintain their 5 game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.|
|June 25||Florida P David Weathers loses a chance at a no-hitter when he is hit on his pitching hand by a Tim Pugh fastball and has to leave the game against the Reds. He had held Cincinnati hitless over the 1st 5 innings. Terry Mathews replaces him and allows 3 hits in preserving the Marlins’ 5-1 win.|
Colorado 1B Andres Galarraga hits HRs in the 6th‚ 7th‚ and 8th innings against the Padres to tie the ML record: he’s the 4th major leaguer to clout 4-baggers in 3 consecutive innings. Galarraga’s 7 RBIs lead the Rockies to an 11-3 win.
The Astros pound out 19 hits in scoring a 19-6 win over the Cubs. 1B Jeff Bagwell leads the way for Houston with 5 RBIs.
|June 28||Colorado pulls off a hidden ball trick in a 2-1‚ 11-inning loss to the host San Francisco Giants. In the first inning‚ Darren Lewis is tagged out at third base by Vinny Castilla‚ with Barry Bonds at bat.|
The Cubs trade C Rick Wilkins to the Astros for OF Luis Gonzalez and C Scott Servais.
|June 29||The White Sox pound out 22 hits in a 17-13 win over the Brewers. 3B Robin Ventura gets 5 of those hits‚ including a HR‚ and scores 4 runs while driving home 3.|
The Angels stroke 21 hits in their 20-4 victory over the Rangers. OF Jim Edmonds and SS Gary DiSarcina lead the way with 4 hits apiece.
|June 30||Cleveland’s Eddie Murray singles in the 6th inning against Minnesota ‘s Mike Trombley for his 3‚000th career hit‚ just the 20th player to reach the mark. The visiting Indians beat the Twins‚ 4-1.|
Barry Bonds has 4 hits‚ including a pair of homers‚ and drives in 5 runs to pace the Giants to a 7-6 win over the Padres. His 2nd homer is a 2-run shot with 2 outs in the 9th inning off Trevor Hoffman‚ his 1st walk-off HR at home. Chris Hook (3-0) is the winner.
|July 3||Colorado downs Houston by a score of 15-10 at Coors Field. The Rockies’ attack is led by 1B Andres Galarraga‚ who strokes 3 singles‚ a double‚ and 2 HRs‚ while driving home 5 runs and scoring 4. The victory moves Colorado 1 game ahead of the idle Dodgers for 1st place in the NL West.|
The Cardinals shut out the Expos‚ 6-0‚ behind the combined 1-hit pitching of Mike Morgan and Jeff Parrett. Wil Cordero‘s single is Montreal’s only hit.
|July 4||Craig Biggio celebrates the holiday with a pair of homers and scores 5 runs as Houston tops the host Rockies‚ 16-8. Dante Bichette has a pair for the Rocks‚ both off starter and winner Mike Hampton.|
|July 5||Mariners’ 1B Tino Martinez strokes 5 hits‚ but Seattle still loses to Detroit by a score of 8-6. Martinez’s hits include a double and a pair of HRs‚ as he notches 5 ribbies.|
|July 6||Atlanta P Greg Maddux shuts out the Dodgers‚ 1-0. In the process‚ he extends his streak of innings without issuing a walk to 49.|
The Astros defeat the Padres‚ 5-4 in 12 innings‚ as Houston pitchers fan 17 SD batters. Padres’ SS Andujar Cedeno fans 5 times‚ while teammates Melvin Nieves and Roberto Petagine whiff 4 times each. According to the Elias Sports Bureau‚ no team over the past 15 years has had 3 players strike out 4 or more times in the same game. SD pitchers fan 15 Houston players themselves.
The Red Sox obtain P Rick Aguilera from the Twins in exchange for P Frankie Rodriguez and a player to be named.
|July 7||For the 2nd consecutive game‚ Houston defeats SD by a score of 5-4. Padres’ SS Andujar Cedeno strikes out 3 times in 3 ABs‚ giving him 10 K’s in 3 games to tie a major league record.|
The Twins trade P Scott Erickson to the Orioles in exchange for P Scott Klingenbeck and a player to be named.
|July 8||After each team scores a run in the 1st inning‚ the Astros and Padres play scoreless ball for the next 14 frames. Each team scores its 2nd run in the 16th stanza‚ and the Astros pull it out with a run in the last half of the 17th inning for a 3-2 win.|
|July 9||A worker installing lights for a computer trade show falls 25 feet to his death in the Toronto Sky Dome.|
|July 11||The NL defeats the AL in the All-Star Game‚ 3-2‚ on an 8th inning PH HR by Jeff Conine. Conine becomes the 10th player to homer in his 1st All-Star at bat‚ and is named the Game’s MVP. Frank Thomas‚ Craig Biggio‚ and Mike Piazza also connect for HRs.|
|July 12||Montreal defeats the Cubs by a score of 3-2. Throughout the game‚ Expo 1B David Segui shares his mitt with Chicago’s Mark Grace as Grace’s glove did not arrive at the ballpark due to a shipping mix-up. The player’s leave the mitt in the field between innings‚ as players did until the mid-50s.|
|July 13||Greg Maddux of the Braves defeats the Padres‚ 4-1. His streak of 51 innings without issuing a walk is ended when he gives up a free pass to opposing pitcher Joey Hamilton‚ a career .041 hitter.|
The Blue Jays top the Mariners‚ 4-1‚ behind a solid 8 innings from David Cone‚ who allows a solo HR by Jay Buhner. The score might’ve been higher except for Seattle reliever Jeff Nelson‚ who drops a no-out bunt in the 9th by Angel Martinez and turns it into a 1-6-3 triple play.
|July 14||Ramon Martinez of the Dodgers hurls a no-hitter against the Marlins‚ allowing only one baserunner on a walk in the 7-0 victory. The slender right hander fans 8 batters in bringing the Dodgers to within 4 games of the NL West-leading Rockies.|
San Diego Padre players complain when the team attempts to recall former replacement player Ira Smith from the minors. Management decides instead to recall Arci Cianfrocco.
|July 16||Cleveland defeats Oakland‚ 5-4 in 12 innings‚ as Indians’ 2B Carlos Baerga lashes out 5 hits‚ including a double. The win opens up Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central to 14 1/2 games.|
|July 18||The White Sox blast Yankee P Jack McDowell for 13 hits and 9 runs in 4 2/3 innings in their 11-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader. McDowell makes an obscene gesture to the fans as he is booed walking off the field.|
The Marlins score a wild 12-10‚ 14-inning victory over the Giants. Florida is led by 1B Greg Colbrunn‚ who drives in 7 runs on 2 HRs‚ offsetting a pair of homers by Barry Bonds. Colbrun hits a grand slam in the 5-run 14th inning‚ while Glenallen Hill hits a 3-run homer in the same frame.
Dave Andrews‚ public address announcer for the Abilene Prairie Dogs of the Texas-Louisiana League‚ is ejected from a game after Abilene manager Charlie Kerfeld is given the boot. Andrews proceeds to read a commercial for an eyeglass chain‚ infuriating the umpire. Andrews claims it was coincidence‚ but is still fined $50.
|July 20||Mets’ OF Brett Butler strokes 4 hits‚ but its not enough to prevent an 8-6 NY loss to the Cardinals. The hits give Butler 15 for his last 4 games‚ one shy of the record of 16 set by Brooklyn’s Milt Stock in 1925.|
|July 21||Troy O’Leary and John Valentin hit back to back leadoff homers to jump start the Red Sox to a 13-5 win over Minnesota. Mo Vaughn hits his 2nd grand slam of the season in the 6th. Twins Pedro Munoz‚ playing 1B for the first time in his career‚ helps with 3 errors good for 2 unearned runs.|
Ed Sprague hits his 2nd grand slam of the season for all the scoring in the Blue Jays‚ 4-3 win over the Mariners. Ed Hurtado‚ in his 1st ML start‚ earns the win.
Archi Cianfrocco‚ just called up from the minors when the Padres vote not to use a replacement players‚ hits a grand slam and drives in 6 runs. The Padres beat the Braves‚ 9-6.
The Reds trade OF Deion Sanders‚ pitching prospects John Roper‚ Rickey Pickett and Scott Service‚ and IF Dave McCarty to the Giants for pitchers Mark Portugal and Dave Burba‚ and OF Darren Lewis.
|July 22||White Sox SS Ozzie Guillen shoves Brewers Jeff Cirillo at 3B touching off a bench clearing brawl. The highlight is the two managers‚ Phil Garner and Terry Bevington‚ swinging at each other. Chicago goes on to a 4-2 victory.|
|July 23||Oakland P Dave Stewart announces his retirement from baseball.|
|July 24||Colorado defeats Philadelphia by a score of 11-3. Two of the Phillies’ runs score on a PH HR by P Omar Olivares in the 5th inning. Olivares is the 1st pitcher to hit a pinch homer since 1990.|
The Red Sox obtain IF Dave Hollins from the Phillies for the well-traveled Mark Whiten.
|July 25||Yankees’ 2B Randy Velarde strokes 5 hits in New York’s 8-1 win over the Royals. Velarde’s hits include 4 singles and a HR.|
|July 27||The Indians obtain P Ken Hill from the Cardinals in exchange for minor leaguers David Bell‚ Rick Heiserman‚ and Pepe McNeal.|
The White Sox trade pitchers Jim Abbott and Tim Fortugno to the Angels in exchange for minor league OF McKay Christensen and pitchers Andrew Lorraine‚ Bill Simas and John Snyder.
|July 28||The Yankees get P David Cone from the Blue Jays in a trade for minor league pitchers Marty Janzen‚ Jason Jarvis‚ and Mike Gordon. The team also trades OF-DH Danny Tartabull to the Athletics for OF-DH Ruben Sierra and minor league P Jason Beverlin.|
With baseball’s new speed up rules in place‚ the Cubs dispose of the Phillies 4-0 in a brisk 2:29. Cubs’ P Frank Castillo says‚ “It wasn’t the rule about throwing a pitch in 12 seconds since I usually throw in 5 seconds.”
The Orioles acquire 3B-OF Bobby Bonilla and a player to be named from the Mets in exchange for outfielders Alex Ochoa and Damon Buford.
|July 29||At Kauffman Stadium‚ the Royals top the Tigers 5-4 on Jon Nunnally’s HR in the 16th inning‚ KC’s first extra-base hit in the game following 21 singles‚ including 5 by OF Vince Coleman. The AL record is 26 set by the Brewers in 1992. Nine players hit in the 9th slot‚ including winning P Hipolito Pichardo‚ who bats twice‚ and pitches 5 hitless innings. He is the 1st Royals’ pitcher to go to the plate since Mark Littell in 1977‚ though IF David Howard‚ who tossed 2 innings in ’94‚ batted while pitching. Four relievers hold the Tigers hitless over the last 9.2 innings.|
Toronto defeats Oakland in an 18-11 slugfest at the SkyDome. A’s P John Briscoe allows 2 runs in the 6th inning without letting a ball leave the infield. He allows an IF hit‚ a walk‚ a hit batsman‚ another walk‚ and another hit batsman.
Star P Osvaldo Fernandez of the Cuban national team defects as his team plays Team USA in Millington‚ Tennessee.
|July 30||Mike Schmidt‚ Richie Ashburn‚ Negro League star Leon Day‚ former NL president William A. Hulbert‚ and Vic Willis are inducted into the Hall of Fame.|
Chili Davis of the Angels is charged with disorderly conduct following California’s 8-3 win over the Brewers in Milwaukee. Davis allegedly slapped a fan who was taunting him. Chili also had a hit in the game.
The Astros Jeff Bagwell suffers a broken hand when his is hit by a pitch in the 4th from Brian Williams in the Astros 7-1 win over the Padres. It is the same bone that he broke last year when he was hit by a pitch from Andy Benes on August 10‚ 2 days before the strike.
|July 31||White Sox OF-1B John Kruk singles in the 1st inning of Chicago’s game against the Orioles. He immediately announces his retirement and is replaced in the 3rd inning. The hit gives Kruk a lifetime BA of exactly .300. The Orioles win‚ 8-3.|
Colorado acquires P Bret Saberhagen and a player to be named from the Mets in exchange for minor league pitchers Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch.
The Red Sox acquire P Mike Stanton from the Braves in exchange for a two players to be named. In a month the Braves will receive Mike Jacobs and Marc Lewis‚ while sending the Sox Matt Murray.
The Tigers trade P David Wells to the Reds in exchange for pitchers C.J. Nitkowski and Dave Tuttle‚ and a player to be named.
The Twins trade pitchers Kevin Tapani and Mark Guthrie to the Dodgers for pitchers Jose Parra and Greg Hansell‚ and IF Ron Coomer.
The Mariners obtain P Andy Benes and a player to be named from the Padres for P Ron Villone and OF Marc Newfield.
|August 2||Despite tossing a one-hitter‚ Toronto rookie P Paul Menhart loses to Baltimore‚ 1-0. The Orioles’ only hit is a 2nd inning homer by DH Harold Baines.|
The Padres score all 11 of their runs in the 8th inning of their 11-3 win over SF. It is the most runs scored in an inning in the NL this year. San Diego also had the highest-scoring inning in the league in 1994 and 1993.
At Anaheim, the Angels (56-33) edge the Mariners, 5-4, behind Mike Harkey’s 6 innings pitched. Garrett Anderson has a double and homer for California, now ahead of 3rd place Seattle (43-46) by 13 games.
|August 3||The Senate Judiciary Committee sends a bill calling for the partial repeal of baseball’s antitrust exemption to the full Senate. The vote is just 9-8.|
|August 4||The Giants roll over the Dodgers‚ 15-1 as winning pitcher Bill VanLandigham hits his only career homer‚ off Tom Candiotti. Candy plunks him his next time at bat. Mark Carreon has 5 RBI and Barry Bonds goes hitless but scores 4 runs.|
At Colorado‚ the Rockies score 7 in the 1st inning‚ then hang on to beat the Padres‚ 14-12. The Pads outhit the Rocks‚ 20-12‚ with Livingstone and Finley collecting 4 hits apiece‚ and Phil Plantier htting 2 homers and scoring 4 times. Bichette has 4 hits for Colorado and Joe Girardi adds a 3-run HR.
|August 5||The Dodgers beat the Giants‚ 3-0‚ behind the 1-hit pitching of Hideo Nomo. Royce Clayton’s single is the only SF hit‚ as LA keeps pace with division-leading Colorado‚ 3 1/2 games behind the Rockies in the NL West.|
Atlanta’s newly acquired OF Marquis Grissom gets 5 singles to lead the Braves to a 9-6 triumph over the Expos‚ increasing their lead over 2nd-place Philadelphia to 1 1/2 games in the NL East.
|August 7||In a South Atlantic League game at Fayetteville‚ 4 Fayetteville pitchers combine to strike out 19 batters but still lose to Savannah‚ 6-1. Scott Gardner strikes out 5 batters in the 7th inning.|
|August 8||Yankees’ DH Ruben Sierra drives home 7 runs to lead NY to an 11-4 win over Baltimore. Sierra’s 3 hits include a single‚ double and HR.|
Pittsburgh’s Jeff King connects for 2 homers in the 9-run 2nd inning‚ and Pittsburgh rides it to a 9-5 win over the Giants. King is the first Pittsburgh player to homer twice in an inning since Jake Stenzel in 1894
The Rangers acquire P Bobby Witt from the Marlins in exchange for 2 players to be named.
|August 9||The Giants defeat the Pirates‚ 4-3. The winning pitcher is William VanLandingham and the loser‚ Jason Christiansen. The 25 letters in the surnames of the 2 pitchers of record is the most ever in a major league game.|
George Nicolau‚ baseball’s impartial arbitrator since 1986‚ is fired by major league owners.
|August 10||The Cardinals are awarded a 2-1 victory by forfeit over the Dodgers at “Ball Day” at Dodger Stadium. In the bottom of the 9th‚ Raul Mondesi strikes out and is then ejected for arguing the call. Tommy Lasorda gets thumbed as well when he joins the discussion. With that‚ the fans bombard the field with more than 200 balls they had received as souvenirs and the umps order the Cardinals into the dugout. It is the 1st forfeit in the major leagues since July 12‚ 1979.|
Yankees’ C Mike Stanley hits 3 HRs and drives home 7 runs‚ but it’s not enough to prevent New York from losing to Cleveland‚ 10-9.
The Tigers trade P Mike Henneman to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.
|August 11||Kirk Gibson and Steve Bedrosian announce their retirements.|
The Yankees trade OF Luis Polonia to the Braves for minor league OF Troy Hughes.
The Royals trade C Pat Borders to the Astros in exchange for a player to be named.
|August 12||Thanks to an odd play‚ the Dodgers defeat the Pirates‚ 11-10‚ in 11 innings. With the potential winning run at 3rd base‚ Mitch Webster of the Dodgers swings at a pitch in the dirt. When Pittsburgh rookie C Angelo Encarnacion casually picks up the ball with his mask‚ Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda appeals‚ citing the rule which awards a runner 2 bases if a fielder uses his mask to touch a thrown ball. The umpires agree and allow the winning run to score. Encarnacion is given and error.|
|August 13||The Dodgers take sole possession of first place in the NL West with a 4-1 win over the Pirates. Eric Karros hits a 2-run homer and Todd Worrell ices the win by striking out the side on 9 pitches in the 9th.|
Baseball legend Mickey Mantle dies at age 63 from liver cancer in Dallas.
|August 14||The Red Sox trade OF Wes Chamberlain to the Royals in exchange for OF Chris James.|
|August 15||Cincinnati OF Reggie Sanders hits 3 HRs to lead the Reds to an 11-3 victory over the Rockies. He drives home 4 runs with his blasts which help the Reds increase their lead in the NL Central division to 7 games over Houston.|
|August 18||In a slugfest at new Coors Field‚ the Cubs defeat the Rockies by a score of 26-7. A 2 1/2 hour rain delay interrupted the contest which takes more than 6 hours to play. OF Luis Gonzalez drives home 6 runs for Chicago while Sammy Sosa goes 4-for-4‚ with 4 RBIs and 4 runs scored. Several ML records are tied by the Cubs: 9 teammates each score 2 or more runs (Scott Servais and Sosa score 4‚ while Mark Grace plates 3); 14 Cubs hit safely‚ and 26 RBIs (ties the NL mark) are collected. The Cubs now have scored 20 or more runs 39 times‚ extending their ML record. Kevin Foster pitches the first 3 innings for Chicago‚ allowing only a Andres Galarragahomer before departing to rest with the Cubs up 9-1. Andrew Young picks up an easy win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.|
Mariners’ 3B Mike Blowers hits a grand slam and a 3-run homer in his first 2 at bats to plate 7 runs‚ in Seattle’s 9-3 win over Boston. Blowers earlier drove in 8 runs in a game.
Cards reliever Tom Henke earns a save in a 4-3 win over the Braves. It is his 300th save‚ making him just the 6th pitcher to reach that mark.
Yankees announcer‚ and former SS‚ Phil Rizzuto retires as team broadcaster after 39 years at the mike‚ reportedly because WPIX-TV refused to allow him to miss a game to attend teammate Mickey Mantle‘s funeral. Rizzuto eventually will return for the 1996 season.
|August 20||Cleveland P Jose Mesa records his 37th save in 37 opportunities to set a major league mark. The Tribe defeats the Brewers‚ 8-5. Mesa’s streak will be stopped at 38 on August 25.|
|August 25||Rounding 2B in a 17-4 blowout over the Dodgers‚‚ the Phils Darren Daulton tears the ACL in his right knee and will be out the remaining season. He’ll play just 5 games in 1996. Gregg Jefferies becomes the first Phillie in 32 years to hit for the cycle‚ and hurler Jeff Juden goes the distance for the win‚ and also hits a grand slam. It is the 3rd grand slam hit by a pitcher in the NL this season‚ setting a league record. Florida’s Chris Hammond and Pittsburgh’s Denny Neagle hit the others.|
St. Louis defeats Colorado‚ 8-3. Both leadoff hitters-Bernard Gilkey for the Cardinals and Trenidad Hubbard for the Rockies-homer in the 1st inning‚ marking the 1st time this has happened in the NL since 1986. One near tragedy occurs when 6-year-old Cameron Wilson suffers a skull fracture when hit by a foul ball off the bat of Eric Young. He will be okay.
Jose Canseco hits a homer in his 5th straight game to account for Boston’s only score in a 6-1 loss to Oakland. Canseco is the 5th Red Sox player to homer in 5 straight games. Scott Brosius clouts a pair of homers and Doug Johns hands Boston just its 3rd loss in 23 games.
|August 26||Atlanta P Greg Maddux ties a major league record by notching his 16th consecutive road win‚ a 7-2 victory over his former team‚ the Cubs. Maddux now shares the record with Denny McLain‚ Cal McLish‚ and Rich Dotson.|
The Athletics defeat the Red Sox by a score of 11-4. All Boston’s runs score on C Mike Macfarlane‘s grand slam. It is the 101st grand slam hit in the majors this season‚ breaking the record set in 1987.
|August 27||Montreal P Kirk Reuter hurls a 1-hit‚ 1-0 shutout over the Giants. SF’s only hit is a single by C Kirt Manwaring.|
Catcher Mike Piazza collects 4 long hits-2 doubles and 2 HRs‚ including a grand slam-good for 7 ribbies‚ to lead the Dodgers to a 9-1 victory over Philadelphia. Piazza is now hitting .367‚ tied for the lead in the ML.
|August 29||Pittsburgh’s Paul Wagner hurls a 1-hitter in defeating Colorado‚ 4-0. He fans 11 and walks 3‚ and allows just a single to Andres Galarraga in raising his record to 3-13.|
|August 30||Tiger teammates Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell tie an AL record by playing in their 1‚914th game together‚ a 10-7 loss to the White Sox. The record was set by KC’s George Brett and 2B Frank White.|
Angels’ power prospect Todd Greene hits his 40th HR as Vancouver (PCL) beats Salt Lake City 14-5. Greene is the first minor leaguer to reach 40 dingers since Jose Tartabull for Calgary in 1985.
|August 31||Yankees’ OF Paul O’Neill homers in his first 3 at bats and drives home 8 runs in leading the New Yorkers to an 11-6 win over California.|
The Blue Jays trade OF Candy Maldonado to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named.
|September 1||Battery charges are dropped against Atlanta manager Bobby Cox‚ who was arrested back on May 7. Cox tells a judge that counseling has helped his marriage.|
|September 3||The Yankees drop a 10-9 decision to the Athletics as SS Tony Fernandez hits for the cycle. Fernandez scores 3 runs and has 3 ribbies for NY.|
The Mets outslug the Giants‚ 11-6‚ despite Barry Bonds hitting the Giants 11‚00th franchise homer. Barry’s father hit the 8‚000th franchise homer 24 years ago‚ on September 3‚ 1971.
|September 4||Chicago 3B Robin Ventura becomes the 8th player in history to hit 2 grand slams in a single game‚ doing so in the 4th and 5th innings of the White Sox 14-3 win over the Rangers. The last to do it was Frank Robinson in 1970. Ventura adds a double and a walk.|
Toronto DH Paul Molitor strokes 5 hits and brings home 3 runs to lead the Blue Jays to a 6-1 win over the Royals. His hits include 3 singles‚ a double‚ and a HR.
Ron Maurer of the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes plays all 9 positions in his team’s 4-2 loss to Las Vegas.
|September 5||Cal Ripken ties Lou Gehrig‘s all-time mark by appearing in his 2‚130th consecutive game. The Orioles shutout the Angels behind Scott Erickson by a score of 8-0.|
The Astros defeat the Reds‚ 10-1‚ in a game marked by a bench-clearing brawl that will lead to suspensions for Xavier Hernandez (8 games)‚ Doug Drabek (5)‚ Pat Borders (5)‚ Ron Gant (4)‚ Davey Johnson (2)‚ and Terry Collins (2). Intentional walks backfire twice for Cincy. Ahead 1-0‚ they walk Jeff Bagwell in the 3rd (with Biggio on 2B and one out)and Mike Simms homers. Undeterred‚ the Reds gave a free pass to PH Dave Magadan in the 7th (with men on 2B and 3B and one out) and the score just 4-1. Derrick May then hits a grand slam.
|September 6||Cal Ripken plays in his 2‚131st consecutive game‚ breaking Lou Gehrig‘s long-standing record. The record becomes official after the Angels are retired in the top of the 5th and play is stopped for 22 minutes as Ripken takes a lap around Camden Yards. To complete the perfect evening‚ Ripken hits a HR off Shawn Boskie in the 4th inning‚ and the Orioles go on to win by a score of 4-2.|
|September 8||The Indians defeat the Orioles‚ 3-2‚ to clinch the AL Central Division title in their 123rd game of the season. It is the fastest that any team has ever won a title. The Tribe now leads 2nd-place KC by 23 1/2 games.|
The Tigers trade IF Juan Samuel to the Royals in exchange for a player to be named.
|September 9||In the Japan-Central League‚ the visiting Yakult Swallows beat the Yomiuri Giants‚ behind Terry Bross’s no hitter. Bross becomes only the second foreign-born pitcher to pitch a no-hitter.|
|September 11||At Jacobs Field‚ the Yankees record a rarity in their 4-0 win over the Indians-no assists. Jack McDowell allows 4 hits‚ walks 4 and strikes out 8 in the 9 innings as the Yanks register the 3rd no-assist game in the AL this century. Black Jack retires the side in the 9th on 3 pitches. The outfield makes 8 of the 27 putouts. It last happened in the ML in a Mets-Phils game on June 25‚ 1989‚ the only time in the NL.|
|September 14||The sale of theOakland Athletics for $85 million to Steven Schott and Ken Hoffman is approved by major league owners. A provision of the sale is that the team must remain in Oakland.|
|September 16||San Diego beats the Cubs‚ 12-4‚ as Sammy Sosa and Ken Caminiti each pound a pair of homers. Caminiti collects one from each side of the plate. Gwynn (.367) has 3 ribbies going 3-for-5.|
|September 17||Florida’s Pat Rapp 1-hits Colorado as the Marlins trounce the Rockies‚ 17-0. It’s Rapp’s 7th win in a row as a bloop single by Dante Bichette is Colorado’s only safety. The Marlins pound 6 Rockies’ pitchers for 21 safeties‚ including 5 for OF Gary Sheffield‚ who drives in 4 runs before being lifted for a PH in the 8th. Rapp will shut out the Mets in 5 days in a rain shortened game‚ the first Marlin to toss two shutouts in a row.|
San Diego whips the Cubs‚ 11-3‚ as Ken Caminiti homers from both sides of the plate for the 2nd game in a row‚ tying a ML record. Only Eddie Murray (May 8‚ 9‚ 1987) has done that.
|September 18||Gary Sheffield follows up his 5-for-5 performance of yesterday with 3 hits in 3 ABs-8 straight hits-for 7 RBIs‚ in Florida’s 13-10 loss to Philadelphia. Sheffield‚ who was on the DL‚ will hit 10 homers and club record 27 RBI in September.|
The owners hire NYC labor commissioner Randy Levine as their chief labor negotiator.
|September 19||Cleveland OF Albert Belle strokes 3 HRs the team’s 8-2 win over the White Sox‚ giving him 5 HRs over 2 consecutive games to tie a major league mark.|
San Diego pummels Colorado‚ 15-4‚ as 3B Ken Caminiti drives home 8 runs with 4 hits‚ including a pair of homers‚ again from each side of the plate. Caminiti has now hit a pair of homers‚ right and left-handed‚ in 3 of his last 4 games. He’s the only major leaguer to ever to do it 3 times in a month. Jody Reed has 4 hits and 4 runs for the Pads. Andres Galarraga connects for his 30th homer‚ giving the Rockies 4 players with 30+ homers. This matches the 1977 Dodgers.
|September 20||Maybe it shoulda rained. The Padres play their 1‚000th straight home game without a rainout‚ a streak going back to 1983‚ but the Rockies win‚ 10-2. Bill Swift (8-2) is the winner. Vinnie Castilla hits his 32nd HR and Walt Weiss his 1st of the year and scores 5 runs.|
|September 23||White Sox OF Lance Johnson strokes 6 hits-including 3 triples-scores 4 runs and drives in 4 others as Chicago defeats Minnesota‚ 14-4. 3B Robin Ventura gets 5 hits for the Chisox‚ including 3 doubles.|
|September 24||Montreal P Carlos Perez is arrested in Atlanta and charged with the rape of a 20-year-old woman.|
|September 25||Cubs’ P Frank Castillo 1-hits the Cardinals‚ winning by a score of 7-0. Castillo strikes out 13‚ walks 2‚ and allows only a triple to OF Bernard Gilkey.|
|September 28||Kirby Puckett is hit by a pitch by Cleveland’s Dennis Martinez and suffers a broken jaw and a burst artery in his mouth. The Indians go on to win the game‚ 12-4.|
The Cubs become the first team this century to come back from 6 deficits in a game‚ as they rally to defeat the Astros 12-11 in 11 innings. Craig Biggio scores 5 runs for the second time this year. During the game‚ a fan at Wrigley Field charges P Randy Myers. Myers‚ a martial arts expert‚ knocks the fan down and pins him until his teammates come to his aid.
The Angels Mark Langston holds the A’s to 6 hits and 1 run in 6 2/3 innings‚ as California wins 4-1 to keep their division hopes alive The Angels‚ in first place for 124 days‚ beat Seattle 2-0 on Wednesday‚ the 27th‚ behind the strong pitching of Chuck Finley.
Randy Johnson wins his 17th as Ken Griffey‚ Jr. snaps an 8th inning tie with a grand slam‚ as the Mariners top Texas‚ 6-2. The M’s hold a 2 game lead over the Angels.
The Reds defeat the Expos by a score of 9-7‚ with Expos reliever Greg Harris switch pitches the 9th ambidexterously. The Reds don’t score against him as he faces two with his (normal) right arm and two with his left. After Harris (right-handed) retires Reggie Sanders on a grounder‚ manager Felipe Alou permits him to do what he had wanted to try for 10 years. Following a wild lefty toss to the backstop‚ he walks Hal Morris. Remaining as a southpaw‚ though‚ he gets Eddy Taubensee to ground out. Finally‚ returning the ball to his right hand‚ he retires Bret Boone on a ground out. Harris uses a special six-finger glove‚ which is sent to the Hall of Fame. Before Harris‚ Bert Campaneris was the last pitcher to use both hands in a professional game‚ doing it in 1962 for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League. The only major leaguers to toss with each hand are: Tony Mullane (July 18‚ 1882); Larry Corcoran (June 10‚ 1884); John Roach‚ May 14‚ 1887; Elton “Icebox” Chamberlain (May 9‚ 1888); Tony Mullane again (July 14‚ 1893).
|September 29||The Cubs come back again‚ scoring three times in the 9th to tie the Astros‚ then scoring in the 10th to win 4-3. The win‚ the 8th straight for the Cubs‚ keeps their playoff hopes alive‚ and sends the Astros to their 3rd straight extra-inning loss. The Astros trail the Rockies by a game for the wild card slot.|
The Mariners clinch a tie for the A.L. West with a 4-3 victory over Texas.
Kevin Brown tops the Tigers‚ 6-0‚ for the Orioles 3rd straight complete game shutout.
The Red Sox edge the Brewers 11-9 as John Valentin drives in 4 runs. He now has 102 RBIs‚ the 4th SS in Bosox history to drive home 100 runs.
A three-judge panel in New York votes unanimously to uphold the injunction that brought the end to the strike last April. The owners had appealed the injunction issued last March 31st‚ but the panel said the Players Relation Committee had illegally attempted to eliminate free agency and salary arbitration.
|September 30||Cleveland OF Albert Belle socks his 50th HR of the season in the Indians’ 3-2 win over the Royals. The HR is Belle’s 17th of September‚ tying Babe Ruth‘s record for the month. Beginning September 13‚ Belle has hit 13 homers in 16 games (he did not play 9/24)‚ tying Frank Howard‘s mark set in May‚ 1968. With today’s homer‚ Belle becomes the first player ever to have 50 homer and 50 doubles in a season.|
|October 1||Boston’s Chris Donnels hits a 9th inning homer for Boston’s only run in an 8-1 loss to the Brewers and Scott Karl. It is Donnels last ML at bat‚ a mark he now shares with Ted Williams and Mike Trombley (August 2‚ 1994). Watching the ball sail over the RF wall is Brew’s pitcher Bill Wegman‚ installed in RF in the 9th inning. Wegman‚ with the Brewers organization since 1981‚ is making his last ML appearance as well.|
Mike Mussina (19-9) pitches a 4-0 shutout over Detroit to give Baltimore (71-73) five straight shutout wins to end the season. Only Ben McDonald’s 12-0 win on the 30th was not a complete game by the starter.
|October 2||In a one-game playoff‚ Randy Johnson pitches the Mariners to a 9-1 win over the Angels. The Cy Young winner-to be strikes out 12 and allows just 3 hits as the M’s make the post season for the first time in 19 years. Edgar Martinez is 2-for-3 to finish at .356 and win his 2nd batting title. He is the first AL right handed hitter in the last 50 years to win 2 batting titles‚ though its been done 4 times in the NL (Aaron‚ Clemente‚ Davis‚ Madlock).|
Sparky Anderson resigns as manager of the Tigers after 17 years.
Montreal GM Kevin Malone announces his resignation‚ and is replaced on an interim basis by former Expos P Bill Stoneman.
|October 3||In Game 1 of the NL Division Series‚ the Reds score 4 runs in the 1st inning and go on to defeat the Dodgers‚ 7-2 behind Pete Schourek.|
Atlanta defeats Colorado in Game 1 of the other NL Division Series‚ 5-4. 3B Chipper Jones homers twice‚ and Alejandro Pena picks up the win in relief.
The Yankees best Seattle‚ 9-6‚ in the opening game of their AL Division Series despite 2 HRs by Ken Griffey Jr.
The Indians defeat the Red Sox‚ 5-4‚ in 13 innings‚ to take Game 1 of the other AL Division Series. C Tony Pena‘s 13th-inning HR defeats his former teammates.
|October 4||The Reds take a 2-games-to-0 lead in their series‚ defeating the Dodgers‚ 5-4‚ despite 2 HRs by Eric Karros. SS Chad Fonville gets 4 hits for LA in a losing cause.|
The Braves defeat the Rockies for the 2nd straight day‚ 7-4‚ in a game featuring HRs by Larry Walker of Colorado and Marquis Grissom of Atlanta.
Behind the pitching of Orel Hershiser‚ Cleveland shuts out Boston‚ 4-0‚ for their 2nd win in their Division Series.
Jim Leyritz’s 2-run HR in the bottom of the 15th inning gives NY a 7-5 win over Seattle for their 2nd consecutive win.
|October 6||The Reds pound Hideo Nomo for 7 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings and cruise to a 10-1 win over the Dodgers to sweep the best-of-5 series. Ron Gant‚ Bret Boone‚ and Mark Lewis all homer for Cincinnati.|
The Rockies best the Braves‚ 7-5‚ in 10 innings to stay alive in their Division Series.
Randy Johnson tames the Yankees as Seattle defeats NY‚ 7-4‚ for their 1st win of the best-of-5 series.
The Indians use a 5-run 6th inning to defeat the Red Sox‚ 8-2‚ and sweep their series.
|October 7||The Mariners defeat the Yankees‚ 11-8‚ at the Kingdome. Seattle hits 4 HRs in the contest and NY one.|
The Braves win their Division Series with a 10-4 victory over Colorado. Greg Maddux notches the win‚ and Fred McGriff homers twice for Atlanta.
|October 8||Edgar Martinez’s 2-run double in the bottom half of the 11th innings gives the Mariners a dramatic 6-5 win‚ and a 3-games-to-2 victory over the Yankees in the Division Series. Martinez bats .571 with 10 RBIs against the Yankees. Ken Griffey‚ Jr.‚ who beats the relay home to score the winning run‚ has 5 homers in the series.|
|October 10||Agreement is reached on the sale of the Pittsburgh Pirates to Kevin McClatchy and partners for $85 million.|
Yankee owner George Steinbrenner is fined $50‚000 for criticizing the umpiring in the NY-Seattle playoff series.
The Braves edge the Reds‚ 2-1‚ in 11 innings in the opening game of the NLCS. Mike Devereaux‘s single is the deciding hit.
Seattle defeats Cleveland in Game 1 of the ALCS‚ 3-2‚ behind the pitching of rookie Bob Wolcott. With only 7 previous major league appearances‚ Wolcott becomes the least-experienced pitcher ever to win a postseason game in the AL.
|October 11||The Braves take their 2nd straight extra-inning win over the Reds‚ defeating Cincinnati‚ 6-2‚ in 10 innings. Javy Lopez‘s 3-run HR ices the victory.|
Cleveland OF Manny Ramirez goes 4-for-4‚ including 2 HRs‚ to pace the Indians to a 5-2 win over the Mariners in Game 2 of the ALCS. HRs by Ken Griffey Jr. and Jay Buhner account for Seattle’s runs.
|October 13||Atlanta wins its 3rd straight over Cincinnati‚ defeating the Reds‚ 5-2‚ behind Greg Maddux.|
The Mariners go ahead of the Indians‚ 2-games-to-1 with a 5-2 win in 11 innings. Jay Buhner‘s 2nd round-tripper of the contest is the game’s big blow.
|October 14||The Braves clinch the NL pennant by sweeping the Reds with a 6-0 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS. Mike Devereaux hits a 3-run homer‚ and Steve Avery stars on the mound.|
Cleveland evens the ALCS at 2 games apiece with a 7-0 win behind Ken Hill. Eddie Murray and Jim Thome homer for the Indians‚ and Orel Hershiser gets his 3rd victory of the postseason.
|October 15||Another Jim Thome homer helps Cleveland defeat the Mariners‚ 3-2‚ in Game 5 of the ALCS.|
|October 16||The Yankees sign P Dwight Gooden‚ who has been on suspension for violation of his substance abuse program.|
|October 17||The Indians shut out Seattle‚ 4-0‚ behind the pitching of Dennis Martinez‚ Julian Tavarez‚ and Jose Mesa‚ to clinch the AL pennant.|
Bobby Valentine‚ the 1st former major league manager to lead a Japanese team‚ is fired by the Chiba Lotte Marines.
|October 21||The Braves beat Cleveland‚ 3-2‚ in Game 1 of the WS behind Greg Maddux. Fred McGriff homers for Atlanta‚ while Kenny Lofton becomes the 1st player since 1921 to steal 2 bases in one inning of a Series game. The 2 teams combine for only 5 hits‚ tying a WS record for fewest hits by both clubs.|
After seven years‚ Roland Hemond resigns as General Manager of the Orioles. Baltimore will hire Pat Gillick as his replacement on the 27th.
|October 22||The Braves win again‚ 4-3‚ this time on the strength of a 2-run homer by C Javy Lopez. Tom Glavine is the winning pitcher.|
|October 23||The Cardinals hire Tony LaRussa as manager‚ replacing Mike Jorgenson|
The Yankees name Bob Watson GM‚ replacing Gene Michael.
Plans are approved for a new $320 million stadium for the Seattle Mariners.
|October 24||Before the start of game 3‚ Cleveland’s Albert Belle rants that his pre-game preparations are disrupted by the presence of NBC reporter Hannah Storm in the dugout. Belle will be rung up with a $55‚000 fine by Bud Selig and required to attend off-season counseling. An 11th-inning single by Eddie Murray gives the Indians a 7-6 win in Game 3 of the WS. Jose Mesa notches the victory with 3 shutout innings of relief. Fred McGriff and Ryan Klesko homer for Atlanta.|
|October 25||Anheuser-Busch‚ which has owned the Cardinals for 42 years‚ announces plans to sell the team.|
The Braves take a 3-games-to-1 lead in the Series with a 5-2 win behind Steve Avery. Albert Belle‚ Manny Ramirez‚ and Ryan Klesko all homer.
|October 26||Cleveland stays alive with a 5-4 win in Game 5 of the WS. Orel Hershiser gets credit for the win‚ and Albert Belle‚ Jim Thome‚ Luis Polonia‚ and Ryan Klesko all reach the seats.|
|October 28||In a pitcher’s duel‚ the Braves win Game 6 of the Series‚ 1-0‚ on a combined 1-hitter by Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers. David Justice’s 6th-inning homer accounts for the game’s only run. In winning‚ the Braves become the 1st team to win World Championships representing three different cities-Boston‚ Milwaukee‚ and Atlanta. C Tony Pena‘s leadoff single in the 6th is Cleveland’s only hit. Cleveland‚ which led the ML in homers and runs scored‚ bats just .179‚ the lowest average for a six-games series since 1911.|
|October 30||The Orioles name Davey Johnson as their new manager.|
|October 31||Cubs’ 2B Ryne Sandberg‚ who retired last year in the middle of a 4-year‚ $28.4 million contract‚ announces that he will return for the 1996 season.|
|November 2||The Yankees name Joe Torre as their new manager‚ replacing Buck Showalter.|
|November 7||Baseball signs a $1.7 billion‚ 5-year deal with Fox‚ NBC‚ ESPN‚ and Liberty Media.|
Former P Mitch Williams is cleared of rape charges filed against him by a Kentucky woman in February of 1994.
|November 9||Dodgers P Hideo Nomo (13-6) is named NL Rookie of the Year‚ becoming the 1st Japanese player ever to win a major American baseball award.|
|November 11||Minnesota’s Marty Cordova is named AL Rookie of the Year‚ winning by 6 points over California’s Garrett Anderson‚ who outhit him by 44 points.|
Gaffney Street‚ near the former site of Braves Field in Boston‚ is renamed Harry Agganis Way‚ after the former Boston College and Red Sox star who died during the 1955 season.
|November 13||Atlanta P Greg Maddux wins the NL Cy Young Award for an unprecedented 4th straight time. Maddux had a remarkable 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA‚ the 2nd year his ERA is below 1.80. Only he and Walter Johnson have done that.|
The NL MVP Award goes to Reds SS Barry Larkin.
|November 14||Mark Kotsay‚ of Cal State Fullerton‚ is named as winner of the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top amateur baseball player.|
|November 15||The Arizona Diamondbacks‚ who will not begin play until the 1998 season‚ sign Buck Showalter to a 7-year contract as manager.|
|November 16||The Oakland Athletics name Art Howe as their manager.|
|November 20||The Yankees trade minor league P Mike DeJean and a player to be named to the Rockies for C Joe Girardi. Girardi will solidify the catching for New York‚ while DeJean will set a ML mark for most appearances without a loss. He’ll go 7-0 through 1998‚ while making 88 appearances‚ breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine. DeJean will be 2-4 in ’99.|
|November 21||The Marlins sign free agent OF Devon White to a 3-year contract worth $9.9 million.|
|November 22||The Angels sign free agent INF Randy Velarde to a 3-year contract.|
|November 27||Pat Gillick is named GM of the Baltimore Orioles.|
|November 29||The Dodgers trade 2B Miguel Cairo and 3B Willis Otanez to the Mariners in exchange for 3B Mike Blowers.|
|November 30||The Dodgers sign free agent SS Greg Gagne.|
|December 1||Dodgers Hall of Famer Duke Snider is sentenced to 2 years probation and fined $5‚000 for failing to pay taxes on money earned signing autographs at card shows.|
|December 2||Michael Stirn‚ the fan who caught the ball Cal Ripken, Jr. hit for a HR on the night he broke Lou Gehrig‘s consecutive game streak‚ sells it to a Maryland businessman for $41‚736.|
|December 5||The Angels sign free agent 3B Tim Wallach.|
The Twins bring back free agent DH Paul Molitor.
|December 7||The Yankees obtain 1B Tino Martinez‚ P Jeff Nelson‚ and minor league P Jim Mecir from the Mariners in exchange for P Sterling Hitchcock and 3B Russ Davis. In a memorable day‚ Martinez signs a 5-year‚ $20.25 million contract‚ and his wife gives birth to their 3rd child.|
The Red Sox sign free agent OF-DH Jose Canseco to a 2-year contract.
|December 8||The Giants sign free agent OF Stan Javier to a 2-year contract.|
|December 11||The White Sox sign free agent DH Harold Baines.|
The Yankees sign free agent IF Mariano Duncan to a 2-year contract.
|December 12||The White Sox sign free agent OF Darren Lewis to a 2-year contract.|
|December 14||The Indians sign free agent P Jack McDowell to a 2-year contract.|
The Mets sign free agent OF Lance Johnson to a 2-year contract.
The Orioles sign free agent P Randy Myers to a 2-year contract.
The Red Sox sign free agent C Mike Stanley.
The Marlins sign free agent P Al Leiter to a 3-year contract.
The Rangers sign free agent OF Darryl Hamilton.
The Cardinals trade pitchers Allan Watson‚ Rich DeLucia and Doug Creek to the Giants in exchange for SS Royce Clayton.
|December 15||The Blue Jays sign free agent C Charlie O’Brien to a 2-year contract.|
|December 17||The Orioles acquire P Kent Mercker from the Braves in exchange for pitchers Joe Borowski and Rachaad Stewart.|
The Royals obtain SS Jose Offerman from the Dodgers in exchange for P Billy Brewer.
|December 18||The Padres sign free agent P Bob Tewksbury.|
|December 20||The Orioles sign free agent IF-OF B.J. Surhoff to a 3-year contract.|
The Astros trade P Dave Veres and minor league C Raul Chavez to the Expos in exchange for 3B Sean Berry.
|December 21||The Royals send Wally Joyner and minor league P Aaron Dorlarque to the Padres in exchange for IF Bip Roberts and minor league P Bryan Wolff|
The Red Sox sign free agent P Tom Gordon to a 2-year contract.
The Orioles sign free agent 2B Roberto Alomar to a 3-year contract.
|December 22||Anheuser-Busch agrees to sell the Cardinals for $150 million to an investment group that agrees to keep the team in St. Louis.|
The Red Sox sign free agent P Jamie Moyer.
The Marlins sign free agent P Kevin Brown to a 3-year contract.
The Phillies sign free agent 3B Todd Zeile.
|December 23||The Cardinals sign free agent P Andy Benes to a 2-year contract‚ and free agent OF Ron Gant to a 5-year contract.|
|December 26||The Orioles acquire P David Wells from the Reds in exchange for outfielders Curtis Goodwin and Trovin Valdez.|
The Cubs sign free agent Dave Magadan.
|December 28||Former major league P John D’Acquisto is arrested on charges of trying to pass off a forged $200 million certificate of deposit as collateral on a deal at Prudential Securities Inc.|
The White Sox trade veteran Tim Raines to the Yankees in exchange for future considerations.
The Pirates sign free agent 3B Charlie Hayes.
|December 29||The Padres sign free agent OF Rickey Henderson to a 2-year contract.|
|December 30||The Yankees sign free agent P Kenny Rogers to a 4-year contract.|