After twenty-one years with the club, Luke Appling is released by the White Sox, allowing him to become the manager of the Memphis Chicks of the South Atlantic League.
Reaffirming its earlier position, the United States Supreme Court rules, 7-2, baseball is a sport and not a business. This decision exempts baseball from anti-trusts laws.
Brewers' shortstop Robin Yount (.331, 29, 114) wins the American League MVP unanimously. The 26 year-old future Hall of Famer (1999) captures all 27 first place votes, easily beating runners-up Eddie Murray and Doug DeCinces.
University of Alabama's first baseman Dave Magadan wins the Golden Spike Award as the United States top amateur player. The Tampa, Florida native hit .535 in NCAA play.
After posting the best record in baseball this season, Dusty Baker is named by the BBWAA as the National League Manager of the Year. The Giant manager joins Tony La Russa (White Sox '83 and A's '88 and '92) as the only three-time winner of the award.
After exercising Omar Daal's $4.5 million contract option for 2002 yesterday, the Phillies trade the right hander to the Dodgers for minor league pitchers Eric Junge and Jesus Cordero. Philadelphia acquired Daal along with Travis Lee, Nelson Figueroa and Vicente Padilla in the 2000 deal which sent Curt Schilling to the Diamondbacks.
After a decade as the skipper in San Francisco, Dusty Baker signs a four years deal to pilot the Cubs. The three-time NL Manager of the Year compiled an 840-715 record during his ten-year tenure with the Giants.
Hoping to fill the void created by Steve Stone’s resignation, the Cubs hire former Diamondback manager and current Fox television analyst Bob Brenly to broadcast games on WGN. After spending twenty years in the broadcast booth, Stone left Chicago after his on-air comments concerning the team’s swoon in the wild card race angered manager Dusty Baker and some of the players.
After coming out of retirement to pitch for his home town team, Roger Clemens (18-4, 218, 2.98) becomes the oldest hurler to win the Cy Young Award. The 42 year-old ‘Rocket’ has received the honor a record seven times and becomes the first to win the award with four different teams: Red Sox (1986-87, 1991), Blue Jays (1997-98), Yankees (2001) and the Astros (2004).
After his annual address to major league general managers, Bud Selig tells reporters he favors revised congressional legislation that would suspend players for a half-season for using steroids. Also, the commissioner, while admitting the postseason umpiring calls need to be examined, continued to state his opposition to use instant replay for baseball.
Ozzie Guillen is selected as the American League's Manager of the Year after guiding his team to a World Championship. The White Sox skipper joins his former field boss Bobby Cox, the NL's selection, as a recipient of the honor this season.
After leading a very young Braves team to the East Division title, Bobby Cox is named the National League's Manager of the Year. The well-respected field boss becomes the first skipper, in either league, ever to win the award in consecutive years.
Participants in a team-sponsored high school program aimed at helping Bronx youths pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, along with a few players, remove rain-soaked dirt from the former Yankee Stadium and bring it across the street to the team's new $1.3 billion field. The soil is then mixed with the new stadium's dirt around home plate and pitcher’s rubber, which were also removed from the former site during the ceremony.
In his native Venezuela, Wilson Ramos is kidnapped at gunpoint from his Santa Ines home. The 24 year-old Nationals' catcher, after being held captive for two days, will be rescued unscathed after the exchange of heavy gun fire by the police results in the arrest of his five alleged abductors.