Hal Chase resigns as Highlanders manager after the team finishes in sixth place with a 76-76 won-loss record. The former skipper will remain with New York as a player until he is traded to the White Sox during the 1913 season.
The Yankees purchase Joe DiMaggio from San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League. The son of Italian immigrants will be one of the three brothers to play in the major leagues.
Receiving 19 of 24 first place votes, Dodger hurler Joe Black (15-4, 2.15, 85) is selected as the National League's Rookie of the Year. Hoyt Wilhelm, Dick Groat, and Eddie Mathews also garner first place votes.
Mets' outfielder Tommy Agee becomes the first non-pitcher to win a Gold Glove in each league. The New York flycatcher also won the honor with the White Sox during his 1966 Rookie of the Year season.
Carlton Fisk (.293, 22, 61) becomes the first unanimous choice for the American League's Rookie of the Year award. The 24 year-old Red Sox All-Star backstop will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Jon Matlack (15-10, 2.32) is selected by the BBWAA as National League Rookie of the Year. The 22 year-old Mets southpaw becomes the second player in team history to win the award, joining teammate Tom Seaver, who copped the honor in 1967.
Pete Rose (274 points, 12 first-place votes) edges Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell (250 points, 10 first-place votes) to win the NL Most Valuable Player award. The Reds left fielder led the circuit in plate appearances (752) and hits (230), finishing the season with a league-leading .338 average to win his third, and last, batting title.
Mets' outfielder Darryl Strawberry breaks Los Angeles' four-year stronghold on the Rookie of the Year Award when he becomes the first non-Dodger to win the honor since 1978. Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela, and Steve Sax had been the previous winners.
The Yankees sign Pascual Pérez to a three-year, $5.7 million contract. The free-agent deal will prove to be disastrous for New York when the right-handed starter spends 150 weeks on the disabled list and will be suspended for the entire 1992 season after failing another drug test.
Mike Boddicker, 17-8 with Boston this season, signs a three-year deal with the Royals as a free agent worth approximately $9 million. The 33 year-old right-hander is slated to be the #2 starter in John Wathan's rotation, behind two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen.
After raising his batting average over 80 points from last season, Terry Pendleton (.319, 22, 86) wins the National League's Most Valuable Player Award. The Braves' third baseman surprisingly out-distances runner-up Pirate outfielder Barry Bonds (.292, 25, 116).
Citing statistics to a U.S. Senate panel, commissioner Bud Selig states it is time for 'sweeping changes' in the game's economic make-up, raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the current contract expires October 31, 2001.
In an effort to appeal more to women and families, Major League Baseball announces a partnership with five year-old Women's Pro Softball League, recently renamed National Pro Fastpitch. MLB will provide sponsorship support along with giving the softball players a presence at big league events.
In the earliest scheduled season opener in major league history, the A's and Mariners will start the season in Tokyo, Japan on March 25. The two-game series will feature recent American League Rookies of the Year Kazuhiro Sasaki (2000) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001).
The Expos may play approximately twenty-five percent of their home games in (22 of 81) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Away 'home games' are not unprecedented as the Dodgers played seven games in Newark, N.J. in 1956 and 1957, and the White Sox, filling a void when the Braves left, played nine games in Milwaukee in 1968 and another 11 the following season.
The Angels and Twins free-agent Torii Hunter agree to a five-year deal reportedly worth $90 million. The acquisition of the 32 year-old Gold Glove center fielder comes as a surprise because the Halos already have an outstanding outfield which includes Gary Matthews, Jr., Garret Anderson, and Vladimir Guerrero.
The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune report a tentative agreement between the White Sox and 19 year-old phenom Dayan Viciedo has been reached pending the outcome of a physical. The Cuban infielder/outfielder hopes to get an opportunity to play third base with the Pale Hose, his preferred position.
The Mets, in response to the fans' displeasure that little was done to commemorate the team’s past in their new home at Citi Field, announce the V.I.P. entrances will now be named for three of the persons who have had their number retired by the franchise, Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, and Casey Stengel as well as naming the bridge over the bullpen in honor of William Shea. Additionally, a team Hall of Fame and Museum will be opened, full-color banners of Mets players will be displayed in front of the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, and the light poles in the parking lots will feature team logos.
Eleven years after resigning from his last managerial position, former Houston (1994-96) and Anaheim (1997-99) manager Terry Collins is selected to replace manager Jerry Manuel, who was fired a day after the season ended. The 61 year-old new skipper, known in the past for alienating some of his players due to his old school approach, compiled a 444-434 won-loss record, finishing second five of his six years in the dugout.
Justin Verlander (24-5, 2.40) is named the American League's Most Valuable Player, becoming the first starting pitcher to receive the award since Roger Clemens was honored in 1986. The Tiger right-hander, who won the A.L. Cy Young Award unanimously last week, received 13 of 28 first-place votes and a total of 280 points, besting Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who was listed first on four writers' ballots and had 242 points.
All-Star reliever Joe Nathan agrees to a reported two-year deal worth $14.5 million to save games for the Rangers. The signing will give Neftali Feliz, the team's current closer, the opportunity to be shifted to the reigning American League champion's starting rotation.
According to Dutch police, Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death early this morning. The 24 year-old Dutch player's younger brother is under arrest and is being questioned about the killing.