Giants' manager Bill Terry wakes a sleeping giant when he jests, "Is Brooklyn still in the league?", during an interview with the New York press. The Dodgers will knock his team out of the pennant race in September.
The Boston Braves buy Lefty Gomez from the Yankees. The southpaw hurler will be released before playing a game and will sign with the Senators in May.
The Ruppert estate sells the Yankees to Dan Topping, Del Webb and Larry MacPhail for $2.8 million. Topping and Webb, who will buy out MacPhail after two years, will sell 80% of the Bronx Bombers to CBS for $11.2 million after the 1964 season.
Five players in the Class D Evangeline League who allegedly bet on the 1946 playoffs are made ineligible. Included in this group, and later reinstated, is the all-time minor league winningest pitcher, Bill Thomas (383 wins).
Lou Boudreau signs a two-year $65,000 contact with the World Champion Indians to remain the team's player-manager. The future Hall of Famer will pilot the Tribe for nine years, six as a player, will compile a 728-649 (.529) record with the club.
Due to being recently diagnosed of having three crushed vertebrae resulting from of a childhood injury, nine-year veteran infielder Tony Kubek announces his retirement rather than risk further harm to his back. During the last game of the season, the Yankees shortstop had gone 3-for-4 at Fenway Park, including a home run in the ninth inning, which will now be remembered as the 29 year old infielder's final big league at bat.
The Mets' new owners are formally introduced to the local media at Shea Stadium's Diamond Club. It is announced Nelson Doubleday will be the new chairman of the board, replacing the outgoing Lorinda de Roulet, who will play no role in the future of the franchise, and Fred Wilpon is named president and CEO of the club.
The White Sox trade pitchers Warren Brusstar and Steve Trout to the Cubs for Dick Tidrow and Randy Martz, shortstop Scott Fletcher, and first baseman Pat Tabler. Trout will prove to be the key player in the deal as the left-hander will post a 43-38 record during his five seasons on the north side of Chicago.
The Devil Rays sign Gregg Blosser, the organization's first player with major league experience. The former Boston Red Sox outfielder, a Florida native, will never appear in a game for Tampa Bay.
The Oakland A's sign former Yankee free-agent outfielder Tim Raines for $600,000. The 39-year old switch hitter batted .290 for the World Champs last season and has a .296 career batting average.
After being aired on WOR, Channel 9 since the team's inception in 1962, Mets games this season will broadcast by WPIX, Channel 11. The Yankees games, which had been aired for nearly 50 years on Channel 11, will now be seen on Channel 5, a Fox affiliate.
Carlos Delgado (.269, 32, 99) and Florida come to terms on a four-year, $52 million contract. The 32-year old first baseman’s deal stops the intense bidding war between the Marlins, Mets, Orioles, and the Rangers for the coveted free agent.
The A’s sign aging free-agent Frank Thomas to a $500,000, one-year deal. The two-time American League MVP gives Oakland the right-handed bat the team needs in the middle of their lineup.
Willie Randolph, who brought New York within one game of a World Series appearance, agrees to a $5.65 million, three-year deal to manage the Mets through 2008. The skipper’s new deal doubles his present salary expected this season from $700,000 to $1.4 million.
In an unusual move for the club, the Yankees, rather than waiting for a young talented player to become arbitration-eligible before negotiating a deal, offer Robinson Canó (.306, 19, 97) a six-year contract worth approximately $55 million. The 25-year old second baseman will become eligible for free agency after the 2011 season if the team doesn't exercise its option in each of the following two seasons.
After seeing Torii Hunter and Carlos Silva lost to free agency and being subjected to non-stop reports of a possible trade of Johan Santana, Twins fans are delighted when the club announces Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer have both signed long term deals to stay in Minnesota. The 2006 AL MVP gets the richest contract in franchise history, $80 million for six-years, and his teammate, Cuddyer, inks an agreement worth $24 million over three years.
Jorge Posada (.273, 275, 1,065) at a SRO Yankee Stadium news conference, announces his retirement after 17 major league seasons. The 40-year old five-time All-Star catcher joins Bernie Williams and Andy Pettitte in retirement, leaving Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera remaining on the team from the core group that led New York to four World Series titles in five years from 1996-2000.