The Philadelphia Athletics are expelled from the American Association for violating the league's constitution. A new team is placed in the 'City of Brotherly Love' and franchises are also awarded to Boston, Washington and Chicago.
In the first game between a Japanese and an American professional team, the Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0. The sporting good company sponsored team, which mainly consists of minor leaguers from the Pacific Coast League, will win all 17 games they played in Japan, before moving on to participate in contests in the Phillipines and Hawaii.
Charley Gelbert shatters his leg in a hunting accident. The Cardinals' shortstop will return as a part-time infielder in 1935, playing until 1940.
The Cubs trade Guy Bush, Jim Weaver, and Babe Herman to the Pirates for Larry French and Fred Lindstrom.
The Pirates purchase the contract of Roberto Clemente from Montreal, the Dodgers’ AAA farm club.
In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of the 'Splendid Splinter' leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
After 22 seasons, Larry Goetz is unwillingly 'retired' as a National League umpire by Warren Giles. The discharged arbitrator had been critical of the Senior Circuit because of the league's refusal to include umps in the players' pension fund.
The American League proposes an expansion to nine teams in both leagues with interleague play. If the National League agrees, the Junior Circuit will delay its plans for a Los Angeles franchise.
Frank Robinson becomes the first Reds' player to win the National League MVP award since first baseman Frank McCormick was selected after the 1940 season. The 26 year-old right fielder gets all of the writers' 15 first place-votes, easily outpointing Orlando Cepeda, 219-117.
Rod Carew (.292, 8, 51) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Receiving 19 of 20 first place votes, the Twins' second baseman easily outdistances Reggie Smith of the Red Sox.
Johnny Bench, who kept his freshman status by missing the final three games of the 1967 season due to a hand injury, is named the National League's Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins. The 20 year-old Reds' catcher edges Mets' southpaw Jerry Koosman for the award when Chicago American veteran scribe Jim Enright splits his choice because he "couldn't vote for one and ignore the other".
The Indians' freshman first baseman, Chris Chambliss (.275, 9, 48), wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 11 of 24 first place votes cast by the BBWAA. The runner-up is Bill Parsons, who is named on five writers' ballots after compiling a 13-17 record along with a 3.20 ERA for the Brewers this season.
Johnny Bench wins his second National League MVP award in the last three years. The runner-up is Cubs' left fielder Billy Williams.
Expo outfielder Andre Dawson (.282, 19, 65) wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by a single vote over the Mets' Steve Henderson (.297, 12, 65). New York obtained Henderson in the Seaver trade with the Reds.
The Yankees sign free-agent Rich 'Goose' Gossage to a six-year 2.75 million dollar contract. The future Hall of Famer closer had 26 saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.
Terry Forster, the American League saves leader in 1974 with the White Sox, signs a big contract with the Dodgers, becoming the team's first free agent. Last season, the southpaw compiled a 6-4 record with a 4.43 ERA pitching for the Pirates and will post an 11-13 record during his 5 years in Los Angeles.
Second baseman Lou Whitaker (.285, 3, 58) wins the American League Rookie of the Year award. The distant runner-up is Brewers' second baseman Paul Molitor.
Steve Sax (.282, 4, 47) becomes the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, and Fernando Valenzuela had been the previous winners.
Ron Kittle (.254, 35, 100) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Indians' infielder Julio Franco (.273, 8, 80) and Orioles' hurler Mike Boddicker (16-8, 2.77). The free-swinging White Sox outfielder struck out a league-leading 150 times.
Mariner first baseman/DH Alvin Davis (.284, 27, 116) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, easily outdistancing his teammate, southpaw Mark Langston, and Twins' outfielder Kirby Puckett.
Although the area has not yet been awarded a major league franchise, a groundbreaking ceremony is held to build what will eventually called Tropicana Field, a venue for hosting baseball fans from Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg. The Florida Suncoast Dome, the ballpark's original name, will be completed in 1990, but will not field a MLB team until eight years later when the Devil Rays play their first game as an expansion team, although, at various times during the interim, it's rumored the White Sox, Mariners, and Giants are making plans to be tenants in the Pinellas County facility.
Kirby Puckett becomes the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year when he inks a pact with the Twins for $9 million over three years.
The soil is poured at Tropicana Field, making it the first dirt infield on an artificial-turf field since Busch Stadium in 1975. Typically, dirt is usually only found around the bases and home plate when synthetic grass is employed.
Although offered more money by three other clubs, switch hitting shortstop Jose Valentin elects to stay with the White Sox, signing a three-year deal with a fourth-year option worth $5 million a year.
The oldest player in the major leagues next season could still be Jesse Orosco (2-2, 7.68). The 46 year-old southpaw reliever agrees to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks and will earn an $800,000 salary when he is added to the big league roster.
At a lunch time celebration at Union Station, which includes a protest, the recently relocated Washington National League franchise announces its new name, logo and colors. Using the official original name of the district’s team which used the nickname the Senators from 1901-56, the club clad in red, white, blue and gold will be known as the Nationals.
The Dodgers sign free-agent Juan Pierre to a five-year, $44 million deal. The speedy center fielder did not miss a game during his last four seasons playing with Florida and Chicago.
Joey Votto, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes, is the overwhelming choice of the BBWAA to be the National League’s Most Valuable Player. The Reds' first baseman, who helped Cincinnati reach the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, hit .324 and led the major leagues with a .424 on-base percentage.
Major League Baseball and the Players Association sign a memorandum of understanding on a new five-year Basic Agreement, ensuring fans of uninterrupted baseball through the 2016 season. The new deal includes mandatory testing of blood for HGH, 15 teams in each league by 2013, another round of playoffs, two more Wild Card teams, and the expansion of the use of instant replay.
Ryan Braun (.332, 33, 111) becomes the first Brewer to be selected as the Most Valuable Player since 1989, when Robin Yount won the award. The Milwaukee left fielder, who was listed first on 20 ballots and second on the rest of the 32 writers' ballots, outpointed runner-up LA's Matt Kemp (.324, 39, 126) in the overall voting, 388-332.