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 Braves buy future Hall of Famer Lefty Gomez from the Yankees for $10,000. The southpaw hurler, known as Goofy to his teammates will be released before playing a game with Boston, but will retire after pitching one more game when he allows four hits, four runs and walks five men hurling for the Senators, a team he will join in May, before leaving the contest in the fifth inning with a pulled shoulder muscle.
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.
Houma (LA) Indians Bill Thomas, who pitched in all four games that his team won in the final round, is among the five persons, including two of his teammates and his manager, who are put on baseball's ineligible list for allegedly betting on the 1946 Class D Evangeline League playoffs. The 41 year-old right-hander, the all-time minor league winningest pitcher with 383 wins, will be reinstated in 1949.
Lou Boudreau signs a two-year contact worth $65,000 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, and will compile a 728-649 (.529) record with the club.
Yankees shortstopTony Kubek, due to being recently diagnosed with three crushed vertebrae as a result of a childhood injury, infielder announces his retirement rather than risk further harm to his back. During the last game of the season, the nine-year veteran 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. 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 future Hall of Famer 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 the Amazins' new station, 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 37 year-old free-agent Frank Thomas to a $500,000, one-year deal. The two-time American League aging 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 continue as the manager of the Mets through 2008. The skipper’s new deal doubles his present salary 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 as the remaining members of the core group of players that led New York to four World Series titles in five years from 1996-2000.