In failing health, Giants president John T. Brush dies in his private car aboard a train en route to California. Harry Hempstead, his son in-law, will take over the club.
The Mets unveil the team's new logo selected from over 500 entries submitted in the team's $1000 logo contest. Sports cartoonist Ray Gatto's winning design, which displays a skyline representing all five boroughs with various iconic symbols, is a blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the franchises which left the 'Big Apple' and moved to the West Coast, leaving New York without a National League representative.
Braves' general manager John McHale and six other investors buy the team from Lou Perini. William Bartholomay, an insurance executive, will be chairman of the board.
Edging out Dodger hurler Sandy Koufax (27-9, 1.73, 317 strikeouts), Roberto Clemente is named the National League MVP. The Pirates right fielder hit .317 with 29 home runs and drove in 119 runs.
The Dodgers finish their tour of Japan with the worst results ever compiled by an American big league team. The team loses the last four games of the trip, returning to the West Coast with a mediocre 9-8-1 record against their Japanese opponents.
The Angels acquire Don Baylor as a free agent. The Austin, Texas native, who played with the A's last season after being dealt by the Orioles in the Reggie Jackson trade, will become the first Angel to win the MVP Award (1979) until Vladimir Guerrero cops the honor in 2004.
Rod Carew is selected by the BBWAA as the recipient of the American League's Most Valuable Player award. The Twins' first baseman led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.
Former Red and Expo Tony Perez signs as a re-entry free agent with the Red Sox. The future Hall of Famer will spend three seasons in Boston, compiling a .266 batting average while appearing in 304 games.
Jose Canseco, who led the circuit in homers, RBIs, and slugging percentage, is the unanimous choice of the BBWAA for the MVP of the American League. The A's right fielder is the first player to be selected unanimously since Oakland outfielder Reggie Jackson was chosen by the writers in 1973.
Kevin Bass, who batted .300 for the Astros last season, signs as a free agent with the National League champion Giants. The 30 year-old outfielder will hit .249 during his three seasons with San Francisco.
Boston slugger Mo Vaughn (.300, 39, 126), taking 12 first-place votes, wins the American League Most Valuable Player award, edging Cleveland's Albert Belle in the BBWAA voting, 308-301. The Red Sox first baseman becomes the eighth player in franchise history to win the award.
Jeff Kent (.334, 33, 125) outpoints teammate Barry Bonds to become the National League's MVP. The Giants' infielder becomes the first second baseman to win the honor since Ryne Sandberg of the Cubs won the award in 1984.
In a four-page decision, Hennepin County District Judge Harry Seymour Crump rules the Twins must continue to play the home portion of their games at the Metrodome next season and prohibits Twins owner Carl Pohlad from selling the team unless the new owner also agrees to play next season's games in the team's current ball park. The lower court decision, which is likely to be appealed, is the result of MLB's decision to contract two teams, one of which is likely to be Minnesota.
After piloting the Giants for ten years and winning this season's National League pennant, Dusty Baker inks a four-year deal to manage the Cubs. Chicago, an organization which hasn't been to the World Series since 1945, made it clear the 53 year-old three-time NL Manager of the Year was the team's first choice to lead the way.
The New York Yankees and the Yomiuri Giants sign an agreement to form a working relationship. Being the most successful teams in their respective leagues, the organizations hope to establish scouting and marketing ties which will benefit both teams.
Receiving 21 of the 28 first-place votes, Vladimir Guerrero (.337, 39, 126) wins the 2004 American League's MVP Award. The 28 year-old former Expo outfielder signed as a free agent with the Angels, after the Mets refused to guarantee his salary based on advice from their medical staff.
In a close vote, the Baseball Writers' Association of America selects Albert Pujols (.330, 41, 117) as the National League’s MVP. The Cardinal first baseman outpoints Braves’ center fielder Andruw Jones, 378-351.
The Nationals name Manny Acta as the team's new manager, replacing 71 year-old Frank Robinson, the oldest pilot in baseball. The 37 year-old Dominican, who served as the Mets' third-base coach for the past two seasons, is now the youngest skipper in the majors.
Scott Boras's reputation takes another hit when free agent Kenny Rogers, formerly with the Tigers, informs big league teams that he has dismissed his agent and is now representing himself in contract talks. Earlier in the week, another client, Alex Rodriguez, reached out to the Yankees to start negotiations without his involvement.
Tom Glavine, after a five-year departure to play for the Mets, returns to the Braves, agreeing to an $8 million, one year deal. The 41 year-old southpaw, a two-time Cy Young winner with the team, left Atlanta in 2002, after negotiations as a free agent became acrimonious with team president Stan Kasten.
Chris Coghlan edges Phillies right-hander J.A. Happ, the only player named on all 32 ballots, to become the third Marlin in franchise history, along with Dontrelle Willis (2003) and Hanley Ramirez (2006), to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The 24 year-old leadoff hitter, a second baseman in the minors, hit .321 in 128 games, playing mostly left field after being called up in May.
Andrew Bailey is named the American League Rookie of the Year, the eighth A’s player in franchise history to cop the honor. The 25 year-old right-handed closer, after struggling in Double-A as a minor league starter last season, compiled 26 saves with a 1.84 ERA for Oakland.
Wally Backman is hired by the Mets to manage the Brooklyn Cyclones, their farm team in the New York-Penn League. The team's new skipper, who played a key role with the 1986 World Series championship club, had been given the Diamondbacks job in November of 2004, but was fired shortly after the New York Times revealed the former second baseman had been arrested twice and had financial difficulties.
The Marlins deal Dan Uggla to the Braves for infielder Omar Infante and left-hander Mike Dunn. Atlanta's acquisition of the two-time All-Star second baseman, who hit .287 with 33 homers and 105 RBIs last season, could be a signal the team is uncertain about Chipper Jones' status for next year after having surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee.
Roy Halladay joins Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Gaylord Perry as the fifth pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues. The Phillies right-hander, obtained as a free agent in the off-season, unanimously cops the National League honor after posting a 21-10 record along with a 2.44 ERA during the major-league leading 250.2 innings he hurled this season.
Joe Maddon wins the American League Manager of the Year Award for the second time after guiding the Rays to a 91-71 record. Thanks to Boston's late-season collapse, Tampa Bay overcame a nine-game deficit at the beginning of September to win the American League Wild Card.
In his first full season as a skipper, Kirk Gibson is named the National League's manager of the year. The 54 year-old field boss, who received 28 of the 32 first-place votes from the writers, led the Diamondbacks to a run-away NL Western Division title with a 94-68 record.
At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals unveil a jersey that for the first time in eight decades will feature the words "St. Louis” in script on the front. The Redbirds also announce the team will wear red hats on the road instead of navy and their logo will have more-detailed cardinals on the bat.
The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum announces the winners of its Legacy Awards, naming Mike Trout as its choice for the AL's Oscar Charleston Award, recognizing the 20 year-old outfielder as league's most valuable player. The Angels freshman is also the recipient of the Larry Doby Award, an honor given to the top rookie of each circuit.