Ground is broken in Chicago for a modern concrete-and-steel stadium to replace the obsolete South Side Park. The Pale Hose will play their first game at Comiskey Park, originally known as White Sox Park, on July 1, losing to the Browns in their new home, 2-0.
The Giants ask for waivers on Chief Meyers, but Brooklyn and Boston both refuse the team's request. When the Robins owner Charles Ebbets and Braves owners Percy D. Haughton disagree on the status of the veteran catcher, a coin toss determines the 35 year-old will play for Brooklyn, where he will hit .235 in in limited action over the next two season.
The spitball, shineball, and emeryball are outlawed by the American and National League Joint Rules Committee. Seventeen pitchers, including Burleigh Grimes, who will be the last player to legally throw a doctored pitch, are allowed to keep throwing the banned pitches until they retired.
The Yankees announced Bill White will join Phil Rizzuto and Frank Messer on the WPIX broadcast team, becoming the first black to do play-by-play regularly for a major-league baseball team. The former All-Star first baseman will stay in the booth for 18 seasons, leaving in 1989 to served as president of the National League.
The Mets agree to a $10 million, five-year deal with George Foster, completing the trade with the Reds which sent Jim Kern, Greg Harris, and Alex Trevino to Cincinnati. During his four-and-half year tenure with the team, the perennial All-Star outfielder proves to be a major offensive disappointment, and will be released outright during the 1986 season after he accuses the club of racism for benching him in favor of Kevin Mitchell, a fellow African-American.
After five months of discussion, the Mets and Keith Hernandez, who was eligible for free-agency at the end of the season, come to terms on an $8 million, five-year contract. The deal makes the first baseman the second-highest-paid player in franchise history, earning slightly less than George Foster's $10 million, five-year pact signed exactly two years ago.
After receiving a ‘hometown’ discount, the Reds trade pitchers Brett Tomko and Jake Meyer, center fielder Mike Cameron, and infielder Antonio Perez to the Mariners in exchange for the services of Ken Griffey, Jr. Cincinnati signs the 30 year-old superstar outfielder to the richest package in baseball history, but the nine-year deal worth $116.5 million is considered quite a bargain in the current market.
Curt Schilling donates the blood-stained sock he wore in Game 2 of the World Series to the Hall of Fame. The sock presently is part of a Red Sox memorabilia tour, which also includes Derek Lowe's Game 4 jersey, Series MVP Manny Ramirez's bat used to tie a postseason record with a 17-game hitting streak, and Keith Foulke’s spikes worn as he threw the ball for the final out, as well as the historic horsehide itself on loan from the team's former first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, who kept the ball as a personal keepsake.
In his first public appearance since his involvement with PEDs became public, Bronx Bombers first baseman Jason Giambi apologizes to his teammates, Yankee fans and to baseball fans, everywhere for letting them down last season. The All-Star slugger never uses the word steroids when he accepts full responsibility for the controversy.
Avoiding arbitration, Roy Oswalt (20-10, 3.49) and the Astros agree to a two-year, $16.9 million deal. The 27 year-old right-hander has posted an incredible 63-27 (.700) record during his four seasons with Houston.
Although recently acquired Alfonso Soriano (.268, 36, 104) of the Nationals loses his salary arbitration case, the former Texas Rangers infielder sets a record for the highest salary ever awarded by the process. The All-Star second baseman, who is being asked to play the outfield in Washington, will receive $10 million (he asked for $12 million), surpassing the $8.2 million awarded to Andruw Jones in his successful 2001 arbitration hearing with the Braves.
The Rangers announce the signing of Andruw Jones to a minor League contract with an invitation to spring training. The ten-time Gold Glove center fielder, trying to restore his reputation after two horrendous seasons with the Dodgers, will try to join the crowded Texas outfield which includes David Murphy in left, Josh Hamilton in center, Nelson Cruz in right, and Marlon Byrd, who is slotted to get substantial playing time in all three positions.
Josh Hamilton, avoiding arbitration, agrees to a $24 million, two-year contract with the Rangers. The American League MVP, despite missing the last month of the regular season due to broken ribs, hit a major league best .359, along with 32 homers and 100 RBIs.
"There was an honest and frank discussion on all of the issues. As far as the Yankees are concerned, the next step is to play baseball in spring training" - text from a a joint statement released by the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez.
At a meeting initiated by Alex Rodriguez, the much-malaigned Yankee slugger apologizes to the team's front office for the turbulence which has swirled around the organization during the last few years, according to a joint statement released by the team and the player. The attendees for the 'honest and frank discussion’ of the issues included managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner, club president Randy Levine, general manager Brian Cashman, assistant GM Jean Afterman, and Jim Sharp, A-Rod’s legal counsel.