Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 31

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1948 At Ebbets Field No. 2, the Dodgers play their first exhibition game at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, which will remain the team's home for 61 years. Amidst much fanfare, including Governor Millard Caldwell throwing the ceremonial first pitch, Jackie Robinson homers in the first inning as Brooklyn beats its top farm club, the Montreal Royals, 5-4.

1958 Indians Gene Woodling, Dick Williams and Bud Daley are traded to the Orioles for Larry Doby and Don Ferrarese.

1961 The Pacific Coast League's proposal to use a designated hitter for the pitcher is rejected by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee by a vote of 8-1. The first use of the DH will occur in the American League in 1973.

1968 The AmericanLeague's new franchise in Seattle chooses Pilots as its nickname.

1982 Rangers trade outfielder/first baseman Al Oliver to the Expos for outfielder/third baseman Larry Parrish and minor league first baseman Dave Hostetler.

1984 On a televised episode of ABC’s Sports Beat, Howard Cossell informs interviewee Roger Maris of the Yankees' plan to retire the slugger's number 9 at the Old Timers game ceremonies in July. The former Bronx Bomber’s reaction is at first is disbelief, followed by a genuine pleasure for being recognized for his achievements during his seven years with the team.

1993 Bill White, the first black to serve as a league president, resigns from his National League post. The former Cardinal first baseman will remain at the job until March of 1994.

1994 The Mets trade hard-luck right hander Anthony Young to the Cubs for shortstop Jose Vizcaino. A-Yo holds the major league record for the most consecutive losses by a pitcher.

1994 The White Sox assign NBA superstar Michael Jordan to Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League.

1995 A crowd of 47,536 fans flock to the first baseball game ever played at Coors Field. Due the strike, the exhibition game is played replacement players with the Rockies beating the Yankees, 4-1

1996 For the first time in history, the major league season opens in March with Mariners beating the White Sox in 12 innings, 3-2.

1998 In the longest scoreless opener in National League history pinch-hitter Alberto Castillo's single with two outs and the bases loaded gives the Mets a 1-0, 14-inning victory over the Phillies.The longest Opening Day game in major league history occurred in 1926 when the Senators blanked the Philadelphia A's in 15 innings, 1-0 .

1998 At Atlanta's Turner Field, all -time home run leader and fan favorite, Hank Aaron, helps to mark Milwaukee's historic return to the National League with a rare on-the-field appearance.

1998 In front of a sellout crowd of 47,484 at Bank One Ballpark, the Arizona Diamondback lose to the Rockies, 9-2. The seven run difference matches the '62 Mets and the '77 Mariners for the most-lopsided lost by an expansion team in their first game.

1998 The Tigers spoil the Devil Rays major league debut beating the American League's newest team, 6-2 at Tropicana Field in Tampa.

1998 With a rare on-the-field appearance, Hank Aaron helps to mark Milwaukee's historic return to the Senior Circuit as the Brewers play their inaugural game as a National League team losing to the Braves at Turner Field, 2-1. Milwaukee is the first team since the inception of the American League in 1901 to switch leagues.

2003 On Opening Day for most of the clubs, MLB.com, 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.

2003 Substituting 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.

2003 At 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.

2004 With a 12-1 of the Devil Rays in Tokyo, Kevin Brown becomes the second pitcher in history to have defeated all of the thirty major league teams. The 39-year old right-hander joins Al Leiter who accomplished the feat last season pitching for the Mets.

2005 The Orioles and MLB agree on a deal which will allow Nationals games to be televised. A joint venture backed by MLB will allow fans in the Baltimore-Washington area to enjoy telecasts of both franchises and will ensure the Orioles fans in the nation’s capitol will still have an opportunity to watch their ‘Birds’.

2007 In the MLB's inaugural Civil Rights game, the Cardinals beat the Indians at AutoZone Park in Memphis, 5-1. The exhibition game, planned to be an annual event, is designed to celebrate and honor baseball's historical role in the nation's civil rights movement.

2008 On Opening Day, the Reds pay tribute to Joe Nuxhall by wearing the number 41 on their uniforms. The team’s beloved broadcaster, who spent over 60 years with the organization, including his major debut as a 15-year old hurler, died during the off-season at the age of 79.

2008 Outside of Wrigley Field, the Cubs unveil a statue of Ernie Banks done by Lou Cella. The typographical error on the base of the statue, "Lets play two", is quickly corrected when the sculptor comes down to the ballpark two days later and carves the needed apostrophe.

2009 The Tigers unexpectedly release Gary Shefield despite having $14 million left on the $28 million, two-year contract extension given to the DH/outfielder after being acquired from the Yankees in a trade for prospects. The 40-year old nine-time All-Star needs to hit one more dinger to become the 25th major league player to hit 500 career home runs.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

NATE ROBERTSON GONE!

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TIGERS ACQUIRE JAY VOSS FROM FLORIDA MARLINS FOR NATE ROBERTSON AND CASH CONSIDERATIONS

DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers today announced the club has acquired lefthanded pitcher Jay Voss from the Florida Marlins in exchange for lefthanded pitcher Nate Robertson and cash considerations.

Voss, 22, split the 2009 season between Single A Jupiter and Double A Jacksonville for the Marlins. In 10 games with Jupiter, he compiled a 2.03 ERA (13.1IP/3ER) and 10 strikeouts. Voss posted a 3-0 record, 2.97 ERA (36.1IP/12ER) and 36 strikeouts in 30 appearances with Jacksonville.

Selected by the Marlins in the eighth round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Voss saw action in 11 games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the 2009 season. He fanned 12 batters as he posted a 1-0 record and 4.91 ERA (14.2IP/8ER).

Robertson split time between the starting rotation and bullpen for the Tigers during the 2009 season. In 28 outings (six starts), he finished 2-3 with a 5.44 ERA (49.2IP/30ER). In eight seasons at the major league level, Robertson has compiled a 51-69 record and 4.92 ERA (1051.0IP575ER) in 202 games (169 starts).

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY- MARCH 30

1922 Christy Mathewson is elected as Bucknell's "B" Club first president.

1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale's refusal to report to spring training ends when the hurlers agree to the Dodgers offer of $235,000, signing for $130‚000 and $105‚000 respectively. The LA starters joint holdout lasts for 32 days and paves the way for other players to be more aggressive when negotiating with owners.

1978 The Red Sox obtain Dennis Eckersley and catcher Fred Kendall from the Indians for pitchers Rick Wise and Mike Paxton along with designated hitter Ted Cox and catcher Bo Diaz. The 'Eck' will win 20 games for Boston next season.

1984 The Padres obtain Yankee veteran third baseman Graig Nettles for pitcher Dennis Rasmussen and prospect Darin Cloniger.

1991 A sold-out Joe Robbie Stadium plays host to the Yankees and the Orioles exhibition game which draws 67,654 fans, a spring training attendance record. The two-day series between the AL East rivals is part of South Florida’s efforts to be awarded an National League expansion team.

1992 The White Sox trade Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the cross-town rival Cubs for slugger George Bell. Sosa will pass Ernie Banks as the franchise's all-time home run leader

1993 Peanuts character Charlie Brown hits a game-winning homer run, his first round tripper in 43 years. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.

2001 Kids 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.

2001 Choosing to end his career as a member of a World Champion team, 36-year old Dwight Gooden announces his retirement from baseball. 'Doc', who compiles a 194-112 record in 16 seasons playing for the Mets, Yankees, Indians, Astros, Devil Rays will remain on the Bronx Bombers' payroll and will have a position within the organization.

2003 Major 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.

2006 As a result of the recently released book detailing Barry Bonds' allegedly using performance-enhancing drugs, Bud Selig appoints George Mitchell to head an investigation into the use of steroids in baseball. The former Senate Majority Leader will have has the authority to expand the probe, which will be made public, into events prior to Fall of 2002, when such substances were banned by major league baseball.

2006 Effa Manley is one of among 17 significant figures in Negro Leagues history to selected by a special committee for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Newark Eagles executive, known as the Boss, will become the first woman to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tigers Announce Roster Moves


The Tigers today announced the club has placed righthanded pitcher Zach Miner on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26 with right elbow tendinitis and lefthanded pitcher Bobby Seay on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26 with a left shoulder strain.


Additionally, the Tigers today optioned the contracts of lefthanded pitcher Daniel Schlereth and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez to Triple A Toledo and the club assigned righthanded pitcher Enrique Gonzalez, lefthanded pitcher Phil Dumatrait and catcher Max St. Pierre to minor league camp.

The Tigers now have 32 players remaining in major league camp this spring.

Friday, March 26, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 26

1936 Tigers sign Hank Greenberg for $20,000 and Red Ruffing comes to terms with the Yankees for $12,000.

1951 During a spring exhibition game against the University outfielder Southern California at Bovard Field, Mickey Mantle hits a home run which is estimated to travel 650 feet. The rookie's performance, which includes a single, triple and another homer, is one of the highlights of the Yankees' first ever West Coast trip.

1957 Yankee manager Casey Stengel is arrested and is released on $50 bail after he allegedly curses at and kicks a newspaper photographer during an exhibition game in St. Petersburg.

1960 Due to political unrest in the area, the Orioles- Reds series scheduled to be played Havana is moved to Miami. Cincinnati, which has a farm team in Cuba wanted the exhibition games to stay on the island, but Baltimore's team president Lee MacPhail feared for his players' safety.

1974 The Red Sox release future Hall of Famers Orlando Cepeda (1999) and Luis Aparicio (1984).

1977 After thirteen years in Boston, infielder Rico Petrocelli is released by the Red Sox.

1981 Phillies trade Bob Walk to the Braves for outfielder Gary Matthews.

2000 In 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.









Wednesday, March 24, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 24

1933 Babe Ruth takes a $23,000 pay cut which is indicative of the depression era.

1936 Paul Dean signs for $10,000 with the Cardinals.

1946 In Birmingham, Alabama, police pull Edward Klep from the lineup of the Buckeyes, a visiting Negro American League team. The first white player in organized black baseball is told to change into his civilian clothes and sit away from his teammates in the "whites only" section of Rickwood Field.

1947 During a four-hour hearing with Commissioner Chandler at the Sarasota Terrace Hotel, Leo Durocher admits to playing occasional card games for money with Kirby Higbe.

1982 The Dodgers automatically renew Fernando Valenzuela's contract when he ends his three week holdout, but the portly left handed pitcher refuses to sign it.

1984 The Tigers trade utility player John Wockenfuss and outfielder Glenn Wilson to the Phillies for relief pitcher Willie Hernandez and first baseman Dave Bergman.

2001 During 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.

2006 At Mickey Mantle's restaurant in New York City, the U.S. Postal Service unveils the"Baseball Sluggers" postage stamps which will be issued on July 15 at Yankee Stadium prior to the game against the White Sox. The four Hall of Famers featured in the set all have roots in New York with Mickey Mantle (Yankees), Mel Ott (Giants) and Roy Campanella (Dodgers) playing their entire careers in the Big Apple, and the fourth, Hank Greenberg, setting schoolboy records at James Monroe High School in the Bronx.

2008 The Twins agree to a new deal with their all-star closer signing Joe Nathan (1.88, 37 saves) to a $47 million, four-year contract, which includes a 2012 club option. The 33-year-old right-hander's 160 saves over the past seasons is tied with Mariano Rivera of the Yankees for most in the American League.

2008 On the South Lawn of the White House, the Washington Nationals Presidential character mascots take part in the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll. It is reported Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington all were very comfortable in their surroundings.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Brandon Inge is Feeling Good

By Justin Cousineau
In Play Magazine

Professional athletes use their legs more than anything and having two knee surgeries could oppose a problem in most cases.

Detroit Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge has recovered very well from his surgery on both knee's during the off season. Last season Inge had hit 21 home runs before the all-star break but only capped off the season with 27 total. The big hits were affected by his tendinitis in both knees, in the 2009 season but still played 161 games.

With two good performances in his 2010 spring training campaign Inge is looking ready to play and eager to swing. This is something Tiger fans should pay attention to and see whether or not the soon to be 33 year old can produce 20 or more home runs this season.
2010 Tiger Caravan Photo by Dave Anton/In Play! Magazine

In an arguable short line-up Inge needs to have a strong performance this season batting seventh and only hitting .226 since 2007.

With 170 strikeouts last season Inge will need to be more responsible at the plate in hopes to provide support in the bottom half of the order. And getting on base or driving in 84 runs like he did last season should help his team. Home runs are something this team is going to need and with Inge who has the ability his health is going to play a major role in the outcome of his plate appearances.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 22

1939 In his second exhibition game, Dodger Pete Reiser homers in his first at-bat against the Cardinals to begin a streak of 10 consecutive hits.

1962 Roger Maris declines to pose with Mets coach Rogers Hornsby because the Hall of Famer had criticized him in the Rajah's' book, My Wars with Baseball.

1962 In the first meeting between the two clubs, the Mets defeat the World Champion Yankees in a spring training game. Casey Stengel, the former skipper of the Bronx Bombers, now the manager of the new National League expansion team in New York, clearly wanting to beat his old club, calls upon veteran outfielder Richie Ashburn, who delivers a ninth-inning pinch-hit single giving the Amazins' the dramatic walk-off 4-3 victory at Al Lang Field.

1972 The Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Red Sox for lefty reliever Albert Walter Lyle. Over the next seven years, Sparky will pitch in 420 games in relief with 57-40 record and a 2.41 ERA notching 141 saves as he helps the Bronx Bombers to appear in three World Series.

1986 Yankee pitcher Britt Burns, an 18-game winner with the White Sox last season, will miss the entire season due to a degenerative hip condition.

1993 In a tragic accident, Indian pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews are killed when their motorboat strikes a pier. Bob Ojeda is severely injured, but will return to play major league baseball.

2002 After 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.

2005 Eleven home runs shy of passing Babe Ruth on the all-time list, Giants' slugger Barry Bonds indicates he may not play this season. The 40-year old National League MVP, who has two knee operations and has been implicated in the sport's steroids scandal, cites being physically and mentally "done" and blames the media for much of his unhappiness.

Friday, March 19, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 19

1941 Recently released from the Cardinals, Paul Dean signs with the Giants. Altough he goes 4-for-4, New York also releases Dizzy's brother.

1951 Tiger player representative Fred Hutchinson asks for the players to have input in the selection of the new commissioner.

1970 Indian Ken Harrelson fractures his leg and will miss most of the season.

1977 A's pitcher Paul Lindblad is sold to the Rangers for $400,000 Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, unlike his previous Oakland A's decision, does not void the deal as not being in the best interest of baseball.

1989 Hoping to replace the injured Dave Winfield, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. The future Hall of Fame outfielder will miss the entire season due to back surgery.

2002 The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) makes its debut as regional cable TV channel. The team-owned network, similar to NESN of the Red Sox, will carry Bronx Bombers games as well as covering New Jersey Nets NBA contests.

2005 After avoiding salary arbitration by signing a one-year $10.5 million deal worth in the off season, Lance Berkman agrees to a six-year, $85 million contract. The three-time All-Star outfielder will be an Astro until 2010 with the club holding the option for an additional year.

2008 The Red Sox players voted to boycott playing in their exhibition game, scheduled to be televised nationally from the City of Palms Park, and tomorrow’s flight to Japan for the season-opening series against the A's. The dispute, which is over coaches not receiving the same $40,000 stipend negotiated by the players union, is resolved within a few hours with the game against the Blue Jays starting an hour later than planned.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Nemo's Bar & Grill Named Top 10 Sports Bars in US.


Nemo's Bar & Grill - Detroit, Michigan

It used to be a family could stop for a meal here, then walk to Tiger Stadium for a baseball game. Sadly, the Tigers have moved to Comerica Park on the other side of downtown, but Nemo's now arranges buses to the games, as well as to Lions football, Red Wings hockey games, and other major concert and entertainment events.

Customers appreciate that kind of service, as well as one of the better burgers in town. The antique-y setting, sports memorabilia-laden d├ęcor and completely unpretentious atmosphere have been a winning combination for years under the Springstead family.

The menu also includes other basics like chili and homemade soups, and throwbacks like liverwurst sandwiches. Sports fans continue to flock to what is a true Detroit classic. See more details.

Today in Baseball History - March 17

1936 Joe DiMaggio makes his Yankee debut in a big way getting four hits, including a triple in an 8-7 exhibition loss to the Cardinals.

1940 An inter-league exhibition all-star game raises over $20,000 to benefit the recently attacked country of Finland.

1953 Milwaukee County Stadium will be available to the Boston Braves at a very reasonable rental rate.

1965 Jackie Robinson becomes the first black to be a member of a national network broadcasting team when he signs on to announce games with ABC.

1966 Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale play hardball when negotiating with the Dodgers. The duo signs movie contracts showing they are serious about retiring from baseball if their salary demands are not met.

1969 Cardinals' first baseman Orlando Cepeda is traded to the Braves for catcher/first baseman Joe Torre.

1976 Commissioner Kuhn orders owners to halt their lock-out and open spring training camps as soon as possible. All clubs will comply within forty-eight hours

1977 A federal court rules in favor of Commissioner Kuhn's decision to void the 1976 A's sales of players by owner Charlie Finley.

2001 Joe Randa agrees 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.

2005 During 11+ hours of the Committee on Government Reform hearing concerning major league player use of steroids, Mark McGwire refuses to talk about the past and does not deny taking performance enhancing drugs. Other players testifying included Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, and former big leaguer Jose Canseco, whose recent book prompted the congressional hearing.

2008 The Dodgers lose to the Astros, 12-10, in their last game at Dodgertown, the team's spring training home since 1948. Eighty-one year old Carl Erskine, who pitched the first game played at Holman Stadium 55 years ago, plays the national anthem on his harmonica prior to the contest.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Today in Baseball History - March 16

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1907 After watching Ty Cobb quarrel with a black grounds keeper and with teammate Charlie Schmidt, Tiger manager Hugh Jennings tries to deal him to the Indians for outfielder Elmer Flick. The Tribe's manager Napoleon Lajoie turns down the deal for the 'Georgia Peach'.

1932 Babe Ruth signs a deal for $75,000 and a percentage of the exhibition gate. Legend has it the Bambino signed a blank contract with the amount filled in later by Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert.

1953 In an effort to oust him from the league, the AL owners reject Bill Veeck's request to move the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore.

1961 The state of New York approves a bond issue for the construction of a 55,000-seat stadium on the site of the 1939-40 World Fair in Queens Flushing Meadow area. The ballpark will be named Shea Stadium to honor William Shea, a lawyer who was instrumental in bringing the National League back to New York.

1994 Former Padres pitcher Eric Show dies of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 37.

2001 Slammin' 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 average nearly sixty home runs (179HRs/3 years) for the last three season.

2006 At Angel Stadium in front of 38,284 enthusiastic fans, Oliver Perez and seven relievers combined to lead Mexico to a stunning defeat of Roger Clemens and the United States , 2-1. The second round loss eliminates Team USA from the inaugural World Baseball Classic.

2006 Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.41) agrees to a $40 million, three-year contract extension which could keep the ‘Doc’ with the Blue Jays through the 2010. The 2003 American League Cy Young winner's season was cut short when his leg was broken as a result of being drilled by a line drive hit by Ranger Kevin Mench.

2006 At 5:00 p.m. EST airing the show Daily News Live!, the Mets begin transmission of Sportsnet New York. The team-owned network is modeled after similar regional cable television ventures by the Red Sox (NESN, 1984) and the Yankees( YES, 2002).

Monday, March 15, 2010

Today In Baseball History - March 15

1960 The Southern Association announces the New Orleans Pelicans, for the first time since 1901, will not be part of the Double-A circuit. The franchise, a major league affiliate of the Yankees in 1958, will be replaced by the Little Rock Travelers.

1971 Bernie Gera, a thirty-nine year old New York housewife, files a civil right suit against MLB after her contract to umpire in the New York-Penn League is voided after six days without an explanation.

1974 In Yuma, Arizona, Ron Bryant, a twenty-four game winner for the Giants last year, is hurt in a pool accident during spring training. The promising southpaw's record will drop to 3-15 this season, and the Redlands, California native's career will end in 1975 after a brief 0-1 stint with St. Louis.

1975 The Dodgers sign their once arch-nemesis Juan Marichal as a free agent. After two-regular season outings, that includes a loss to Cincinnati, the former San Francisco superstar and future Hall of Famer will retire in mid-April.

1977 In a nine-player spring training trade with Pittsburgh, the A's send Phil Garner, Chris Batton and Tommy Helms to the Pirates for Tony Armas, Mitchell Page and four pitchers, including Doc Medich and Dave Giusti.

1999 The Yankees name Don Zimmer as the interim skipper of the club. The team's bench coach will fill for Joe Torre, while the manager receives treatments for prostate cancer.

2000 In spring training action, Red Sox star Pedro Martinez and five relievers combined on a perfect exhibition game beating the Blue Jays, 5-0.

2008 In front of 12,224 fans, a near sellout at the new Olympic venue in Beijing, the Dodgers and the Padres played to a 3-3 tie in the first major league game ever to take place in mainland China. In the seventh inning, the crowd hears “Take Me Out to the Ballgame", but not knowing the lyrics just listen without singing.

2008 Five days after unilaterally renewing his contract for the upcoming season, the Pirates sign Ian Snell (9-12, 3.76) to three-year deal reported to be worth $8 million. The 26-year old right-hander, eligible for salary arbitration after 2009 season, has compiled a 24-26 record with the struggling ball club over the past three seasons.

Friday, March 12, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 12

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1903 The New York Highlander franchise (to be renamed Yankees in 1913) is approved as a member of the American League.

1971 The Cubs' catcher Randy Hundley suffers a badly sprained knee and will play only nine games this season. In 1968, the venerable backstop caught 160 games for Chicago.

1980 National League outfielder Chuck Klein, who compiled a .320 batting average during his 17-year career, and former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey are elected into the Hall of Fame. Yawkey is the first person to be selected who was not first a player, manager or general manager.

1991 Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer's attempted comeback at the age of 45 comes to an end when the newly elected Hall of Famer tears a hamstring during spring training.

2001 Richard 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).

2003 The second exhibition season bench-clearing brawl this week occurs when a raging Mike Piazza, after being hit by a pitch, charges the mound in pursuit of Guillermo Mota, who makes it to the dugout without being caught. The incident may be a follow-up to an similar event last spring when a shoving match between the two players resulted when the Mets' All-Star catcher waited for Mota and grabbed the Dodger reliever by the jersey as he was coming off the field in the eighth inning of the game.

2008 The benches clear in a rare spring training brawl when Shelley Duncan slides into second base, with his spikes aimed at Rays infielder Akinori Iwamura after being thrown out by a wide margin. The incident was precipitated Tampa Bay’s aggressive play four days ago which resulted in a home-plate collision which injured Yankee catcher Francisco Cervelli.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY - MARCH 11

1901 Baltimore manager John McGraw signs Tokohoma, a Cherokee Indian. Tokohoma turns out to be really a black second baseman named Charlie Grant.

1933 During an exhibition game in L.A., a significant earthquake sends the Cubs and Giants scurrying to second base until the tremors stop.

1933 After a six year absence, Rogers Hornsby returns to the Cardinals as a player. The 'Rajah' was fired as the Cubs' manager last August.

1953 Braves' owner Lou Perini proposes a ban on any major league franchise shift to an existing minor league city until October 1st.

1953 The Dodgers defeat the A's, 4-2, in the first game played in Holman Stadium, their Grapefruit League ballpark at the team's spring training complex in Vero Beach, better known as Dodgertown. Fifty-five years later Carl Erskine, the game's starting pitcher, will return to play the national anthem on his harmonica as an 81-year old at the club's last game at the storied facility.

1957 Representative Emanuel Celler, whose congressional committee has investigated baseball, calls Commissioner Ford Frick a czar.

1958 American League batters this season will be required to wear batting helmets.

2001 Preston 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.

2004 In the first game to be played at Petco Park, the San Diego Padres' new home, establishes a new record for the best attended game in college baseball history as 40,106 fans watch Tony Gwynn's San Diego State Aztecs beat University of Hawaii, 4-0. The previous mark of 27,673 was established in 2002 when state rivals LSU and Tulane met in theNew Orlean's Superdome.

2006 First baseman Nick Johnson (.289, 15, 74) and the Nationals agree to a $16.5 million, three-year contract extension. The 27-year first baseman, who signed a $3.2 million, one-year deal in January to avoid arbitration, has often been injured since making his big league debut with the Yankees five years ago.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

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Today in Baseball History - March 10

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1941 The Dodgers announce their players will begin to wear helmets when batting. The use of the safety headgear will not become mandatory in the National League until 1954 and the AL will follow suit four years later.

1951 J.Edgar Hoover , longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, declines the post of baseball commissioner. President Calvin Coolidge appointed him to 1924 and the nation's top cop remained in the FBI until his death in 1972.

1963 In an exhibition game against the White Sox, rookie Pete Rose goes 2-for-2 in his first appearance as a Red .

1992 The Pirates trade pitcher Neal Heaton (3-3, 4.33) to the Royals for outfielder Kirk Gibson (.236, 16 HR, 18 SB).

1993 Sherry Davis becomes the first woman major league public address announcer when she is hired by the Giants to work at Candlestick Park.

1995 Citing the labor unrest as the reason, former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan announces he is leaving baseball to return the NBA.

2004 When asked by Senator John McCain to renegotiate the major league baseball's contract in regard to the use of controlled substances, Donald Fehr refuses to comply. Although the union boss condemns the use of steroids, he believes the players oppose random drug testing as a violation of privacy, an argument countered by the Arizona republican as unacceptable and promised congressional action if the status quo.

2005 Singling off Brad Thompson in a Cardinal intersquad game, former pitching prospect Rick Ankiel goes 1-for-2 in his debut as a position player. Historic wildness and injuries ended the 25-year old once very promising career on the mound.

2006 Jhonny Peralta (.292, 24 ,78) agrees to a $13 million, five-year deal which includes a club option for 2011. In his first full season, the Indians shortstop established himself as one of the top offensive players for his position.

2006 Shairon Martis throws the first-ever no-hitter in WBC history as the Netherlands rout Panama, 10-0. The 19-year-old Dutch hurler threw exactly 65 pitches, which is the Classic's pitch limit, to accomplish the historic deed in a game which was called after seven innings because of the mercy rule; a 10 run lead after seven innings.

2009 At Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium, the Netherlands WBC team, made up of mostly unknown players, upsets a heavily-favored the Dominican Republic club for the second time in four days to advanced to the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans, considered to be an odds-on favorite, with a roster filled with major league All-Stars including David Ortiz (Red Sox), Hanley Ramirez (Marlins), and Miguel Tejada (Astros), are eliminated in the first round of the 16-team tournament.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Today in Baseball History - March 9

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March 9

1897- The Cleveland Spiders sign Penobscot Indian Louis Sockalexis. Although the former Holy Cross star plays only three seasons due to alcoholism, the fans admire his outstanding skills and refer to team as the 'Indians'- in 1915 the name will become official.

1943-The Dodgers trade first baseman Babe Dahlgren to the Phillies for outfielder Lloyd Waner and infielder Al Glossop.

1961- The Yankees announce the team will be leaving its spring training home in St. Petersburg to move to Fort Lauderdale by 1963. The Yankee owners also encourage new yet unnamed National League New York franchise to play its home games at the Polo Grounds and not to consider Yankee Stadium.

1979 -Fearing legal consequences, Bowie Kuhn gives access to female reporters to enter major league locker rooms. The commissioner's unpopular ruling puts the players in an awkward position in their once all-male domain.

1994- Phillies first baseman/outfielder John Kruk is diagnosed with testicular cancer. After surgery, doctors expect a full recovery. 1961 The Yankees announce the team will be leaving its spring training home in St. Petersburg to move to Fort Lauderdale by 1963. The Yankee owners also encourage new yet unnamed National League New York franchise to play its home games at the Polo Grounds and not to consider Yankee Stadium.

1995- With a vote of 28-0, the major league owners admit two new teams, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The teams will be assigned leagues in January of 1997.

2005- Current and former big leaguers players as well as baseball executives are issued subpoenas to appear on March 17 by the House Committee on Government Reform. The eleven ‘invitees’ to the congressional hearing on steroid use include Sandy Alderson, Jose Canseco, Donald Fehr, Jason Giambi, Rob Manfred, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro, Curt Schilling, Sammy Sosa and Frank Thomas and Kevin Towers.

2006- At Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan a "Down with Fidel," sign, seen by millions of television viewers -- including those watching the WBC contest in Cuba, creates an international incident. A Cuban official attending the game confront the male sign-holder, but Puerto Rican police quickly intercede take Angel Iglesias to a nearby police station where the vice president of Cuba's National Institute of Sports is reminded that Puerto Ricans enjoy the right to freedom of speech.

2009 -Alex Rodriguez undergoes an 80-minute arthroscopic surgical procedure to repair torn cartilage in his right hip. The Yankees third baseman, who will need a more extensive operation in the offseason, expects to return to the lineup in May.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Today in Baseball History March 8

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March 8

1900 -In New York, the National League decides to go with eight teams. These eight cities will remain the same for 53 years until the Braves move to Milwaukee in 1953.


1913 -In Indianapolis, John Powers, founder of last year's failed mid-western Columbian League, organizes the Federal League. To avoid the agreement of the National Commission, the upstart league will operate independently with franchises in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and St. Louis.

1923 -Despite admitting to prior knowledge of the 1919 World Series fix, Commissioner Landis allows pitcher Rube Benton to return to the NL. Benton signs with the Reds and has a 14-10 season.

1930 -Yankee superstar Babe Ruth signs a two-year deal for $160,000 making him the highest paid player of all time.

1941 -'Losing Pitcher' Hugh Mulcahy of the Phillies becomes the first major league player to be drafted into the Armed Forces. The newest member of the 101st Artillery at Cape Cod's Camp Edwards on had lost 22 games last season and 20 in 1938 to lead the National League in defeats both years.

1944 -The Tigers ask 6-foot-6 inch Ralph Stewart to attend spring training camp.

1947 -In Havana's new stadium delCerro, the Dodgers beat the Yankees, 1-0 on Snuffy Stirnweiss's tenth inning single which is the Bronx Bombers only hit.

2001 -In 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.

2006 -A Canadian team made up mostly minor leaguers stuns the baseball world by beating an highly-favored Team USA in the first round of the WBC, 8-6. Thanks center fielder, Adam Stern, who hits an inside-the-park homer, collects four RBIs and makes a pair of sensational catches, and 21-year old southpaw Adam Loewen, who gives up three hits and keeps American all-stars scoreless for 3 2-3 innings, the Canadians post their biggest victory in its national history of baseball.

2008 -In hopes of a more lucrative deal in the future, Ryan Zimmerman inks a new one-year contract to play infield with the Nationals. After he homers and drives in four runs during a 12-10 split-squad victory over the Astros, the third baseman agrees to a $465,000 deal, slightly improving his present salary.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

This Day in Baseball History


March 7

1903-The Giants trade last season's part-time manager Heinie Smith to Detroit for second baseman Kid Gleason. Gleason is immediately sent to the Phillies.

1923-Commissioner Landis turns down the American Legion requests to discontinue major league morning games on Memorial Day.

1924-At the age of 48, Reds' manager Pat Moran dies of Bright's disease at spring training.

1955-Commissioner Ford Frick announces he favors the legalization of the spitter.

1956- Still seeking workman's compensation coverage, the players accept the owners' position on the World Series television deal and the proposed minimum salary structure.

1995- The Veterans Committee selects former players Richie Ashburn‚ Vic Willis‚ and Leon Day, and past president of the National League, William Hulbert, for induction to the Hall of Fame. Day, a Negro League right hander, who played in Baltimore with the Black Sox and the Elite Giants and with the Brooklyn and Newark Eagles, will be dead of a heart attack in less than a week after hearing the good news.

2001- Bud 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.

2006- In their World Baseball Classic debut, Team USA blanks Mexico, 2-0. Home runs by Derrek Lee and Chipper Jones along with Jake Peavy and bevy of relievers combining to throw a four-hitter proves to be the difference as the United States defeat their neighbors from south of the border.

2008- With a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning off reliever Colter Bean, Danny Sandoval spoils the Braves bid for a spring training combined no-hitter. Atlanta uses seven hurlers beating the Indians at Winter Haven 4-1.

2008- The Cape Cod Times reports MLB has threaten to withhold their annual grant from from Cape League if the six teams in the 10-team circuit sharing nicknames with big league, such as the Chatham Athletics, do not purchase all future uniforms and souvenir merchandise from licensed vendors, a more expensive option. The deadline has been extended until March 21, to give league officials more time to resolve the issue.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Today in Baseball History

March 6


1884
High winds tear off the roof of the Polo Grounds’ grandstands.

1907
Phillies' owner A.J. Reach and John Rogers are acquitted of damages resulting from the 1903 National League Park disaster. A balcony had collapsed at Broad Street and Lehigh Avenue ballpark killing 12 and leaving 232 fans injured.

1922
Babe Ruth inks a three-year deal for $52,000. Home Run Baker, who makes $16,000, is the second highest paid New York player.

1923
The Cardinals announce players will wear numbers on their uniforms. The digits will correspond to the player's place in the batting order.

1945
In some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, Harry O'Neill is killed in the battle for Iwo Jima. In 1939, the fallen Marine played one game in the major leagues appearing with the A's as a catcher.

1948
The Braves acquire Eddie Stanky from the Dodgers for Bama Rowell and $60,000.

1948
The Dodgers buy heavy-hitting first baseman Dolph Camilli from the Phillies for $45,000.

1987
Free agent Andre Dawson signs a blank contract to join the Cubs. The former player for Expos will win the National League MVP making him bargain at $500,000, the amount Chicago decided to pay the All-Star outfielder.

2001
The 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.


2005
Making her debut with John Sterling on WCBS-AM (880), the radio flagship of the Yankees, Suzyn Waldman becomes the first woman to be a full-time color commentator in big league history. The former radio-talk host on WFAN, the first all-sports radio station in the country, was also the first female to broadcast on a nationally baseball telecast as well as the first to provide local TV (Yankees) major league play-by-play.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Tigers Lineup

By Justin Cousineau
In Play Magazine

Spring training is underway and its time for everyone to breakdown the players. Everyone would like to think they know what's best for their favorite teams lineup but when reality hits it's what the manager says goes.

When you look at a player like Alfonso Soriano you think lead off hitter for the Chicago Cubs. This may have been the case in the past but manager Lou Pinella had change on his mind while is lead off hitter was batting a rough .241 avg last season.

Last season Pinella put Soriano in the sixth spot and that will be his home for the 2010 season as well.

With the Tigers lacking from production from certain individuals last season like the Cubs were I'm curious to see how Jim Leyland will fill his batters card.

Curtis Granderson is gone which leaves the lead off spot open but could already be filled with Austin Jackson. I can't argue with the decision for spring training, but at the same time I won't agree with it. It's easy for us to wait for failure and say, "I knew he shouldn't have been there." Or if Jackson starts batting consistent and for average we'll say, "I knew he was the guy."

I'd like to see Johnny Damon fill that spot with his ability to hit home runs, doubles and steal bases. He's a consistent player on both sides of the ball and a fan favorite where ever he goes. That being said Jackson could learn a lot from Damon and help use his youthfulness to get on base and let Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera do their job.

When looking at the first five players on the Tiger roster the top half of the lineup can do really well as long as everyone plays their role and stays healthy.







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