Responding to Chicago's protest that Eastern teams helped Boston capture the circuit's championship, the National League rules the pennant still belongs to the Beaneaters. The pennant winners won 23 of their last 30 games, including 18 in a row.
The California Winter League holds Satchel Paige Day to honor the legend's accomplishments in this multi-racial circuit. The right-hander takes no prisoners, throwing a three-hit 5-0 shutout with 14 strikeouts in the Armistice Day contest, against Joe Pirrone’s All Stars, a team made up of big leaguers who came to the west coast to play winter league ball to earn some extra money.
Joe DiMaggio wins the American League Most Valuable Player award for the second time in his career. The Yankee Clipper edges Ted Williams, who hit .406 this season, when a writer leaves the Red Sox right-fielder off the ballot.
Joe DiMaggio undergoes surgery to remove bone spurs on his right heel at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The Yankee Clipper will not return to the Bronx Bombers' lineup until June 28, hitting a single and a two-run homer in his first two at-bats in the 5-4 victory over Boston at Fenway Park.
The American League announces the A's will play a league record 52 night games during the upcoming season. Kansas City will finish the season 19 games behind New York and in seventh place, but will compile a stellar 43-34 record in home games next year.
Cubs infielder Ken Hubbs is selected by his major league peers as the recipient of the Gold Glove for his performance at second base. The 21 year-old is the first rookie to be honored with the prestigious fielding award.
Dodger hurler Fernando Valenzuela (13-7, 2.48) becomes the first rookie ever to win the Cy Young Award. The 20 year-old southpaw, who was also selected as the NL's Rookie of the Year, edges Reds' right-hander Tom Seaver (14-2, 2.54) in the BBWAA voting for the strike-shortened season, 70-67.
The Orioles get their first new manager since 1968 as Joe Altobelli succeeds the retiring Baltimore skipper, Earl Weaver. The former San Francisco manager will compile a 212-167 (.559) record during his 2+ seasons with the team and will lead the club to a World Championship his first year in Baltimore.
In an exhibition game between American and Japanese all-star teams, Angels' ace Chuck Finley and Randy Johnson of the Mariners combine to hurl a no-hitter in the finale of an eight-game series. Japan takes the series 4-3 with one tie, making it the first time since 1970 that a team of major leaguers has left the Land of the Rising Sun with a losing record.
The Pirates and Barry Bonds agree on a deal which will keep the outfielder in Pittsburgh for another season. The contract is worth $4.7 million, which makes it the richest one-year commitment in baseball history.
The Mets trade Rico Brogna to the Phillies for relievers Toby Borland and Ricardo Jordan. The first baseman, diagnosed with a form of spinal arthritis in 1991, proves to be a good acquisition for Philadelphia when the 27 year-old infielder spends 3+ seasons as an everyday player in the City of Brotherly Love.
John Smoltz (24-8, 2.94) is named first on 26 of 28 BBWAA writers' ballots to win the National League Cy Young Award, outdistancing Florida's Kevin Brown, who finishes second in the voting. The right-handed starter is the fourth consecutive Atlanta pitcher to win the honor, with teammate Tom Glavine being the previous recipient of the prestigious pitching prize from 1993-1995.
Beginning to dismantle their World Champion team, the Marlins trade Moises Alou to the Astros for two pitchers, Oscar Henriquez and Manuel Barrios, and a player to be named later. The outfielder had helped lead Florida to the postseason, batting .292 with 23 home runs and 115 RBIs.
Mike Kelly becomes the first major leaguer obtained in a trade by the Rays when Reds deal the 27 year-old outfielder for a player to be named later. Next week, Tampa Bay will send Dmitri Young to the Reds to complete the trade.
In one of the best trades ever made in franchise history, the White Sox send center fielder Mike Cameron to the Reds for Paul Konerko, a top prospect Cincinnati had acquired from the Dodgers. The first baseman/DH, who will become a mainstay in Chicago's offense for well over a decade, hits for a .294 batting average, belts 24 home runs, and drives in 81 runs during his first season in the Windy City.
St. Louis first baseman Mark McGwire tells ESPN he plans to retire, ending his 16-year big league career. The prolific home run hitter, who ranks fifth all-time with 583 career homers, decided not to sign the two-year, $30 million extension the Cardinals had offered.
Barry Bonds becomes the first player in major league history to win the Most Valuable Player Award five times. The 38 year-old Giant left fielder, who also won the award with the Pirates in 1990 and '92 and with San Francisco in 1993 and last season, was the National League's batting champion with a .370 average and broke 1941 Ted Williams' on-base percentage record with an amazing .582 OBP.
Roy Halladay of the Blue Jays easily wins the American League Cy Young Award, garnering 26 of 28 first-place votes. The 26 year-old right-hander finished the season 22-7, including winning 15 straight decisions from May 1 to July 27.
Winning the American League top pitching honor with 28 first place votes, Johan Santana (20-6, 265, 2.61) becomes the 18th unanimous Cy Young winner selected by the BBWAA. The 25 year-old Venezuelan southpaw joins Jim Perry (1970) and Frank Viola (1988) as the only Twin hurlers to earn the award.
Although the team has declined to comment, several newspapers and internet sites report the Mets' new ballpark will be known as Citi Field. The deal with CitiCorp, the nation's largest bank, may be worth as much as $20 million annually for 20 years, making it the richest naming rights agreement in sports history, exceeding the 32-year, $300 million contract between the NFL's Texans and Reliant Energy Inc.
Joining Mike McCormick, who copped the honor in 1967, Tim Lincecum (18-5, 2.62) becomes the second San Francisco Giant hurler to win the NL Cy Young Award. Finishing his first full big league season, the 24 year-old right-hander receives 23 out of 32 first-place votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to finish ahead of Arizona's Brandon Webb and New York's Johan Santana.
The Nationals, which posted baseball's worst record last season, begin revamping their team, sending second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and two minor leaguers to the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Scott Olsen and outfielder Josh Willingham. The trade gives Washington much needed starting pitching and adds a left-fielder to an outfield corps which consists of Lastings Milledge, Elijah Dukes and Austin Kearns.
The Miami Marlins officially unveil their new name, logo and uniforms in an elaborate Friday night ceremony held for 800 celebs and VIPs in their new downtown ballpark. The team's new colorful merchandise will go on sale for the first time after the event, being made available to the general public at 11 p.m.
Rays outfielder Wil Myers, obtained in the off-season from the Royals along with three other prospects in exchange for James Shields and Wade Davis, wins the American League Rookie of the Year award. The 22 year-old North Carolina native, who received 23 of 30 first-place votes from the BBWAA, joins third baseman Evan Longoria (2008) and right-hander Jeremy Hellickson (2011) as the third Tampa Bay player in the last six years to cop the freshman honor.
The Dodgers confirm their manager Don Mattingly will return for his fourth season with the team. The skipper’s future in Los Angeles was uncertain early in the season, but his job was saved when the club went on a record-setting 42-8 tear en route to the NL West division title.
Jose Fernandez (12-6, 2.19) receives 26 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America to easily win the National League’s Rookie of the Year award. The 21 year-old right-hander, who defected from Cuba with his mother and sister in 2008, becomes the fourth Marlin player in the last 11 years to cop the freshman honor, joining Chris Coghlan (2009), Hanley Ramirez (2006) and Dontrelle Willis (2003).
The Twins announce Joe Mauer, who missed the last six weeks of the season, will move from catcher to first base on a full-time basis next season. The decision to change the 30 year-old All-Star backstop's position was prompted by the concussion he sustained when he took a foul tip off the mask in mid-August.