The expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays get a rough welcome into MLB. The Detroit Tigers rip Wilson Alvarez for six runs and nine hits in 2.1 innings in an 11-6 win in the first-ever MLB game at Tropicana Field. Wade Boggs, just 200 hits shy of 3,000, hits the first home run in Tampa Bay history.
On the advice of Detroit Tigers’ legend, Ty Cobb, budding New York Yankees all-time great Joe DiMaggio reduces the weight of his bat from 40 ounces to 36 ounces. Joe D. will hit 46 HRs in ’37 along with a .346 average.
Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Dodgers spring training camp in Vero Beach, Florida. After earning just $42,500 as the winner of the N.L. Cy Young and Rookie of the Year Awards in 1981, the 21-year-old southpaw had asked for a raise to $1 million in 1982. The Dodgers unilaterally renewed his contract for a reported $350,000.…
Happy 40th birthday to former MLB pitcher Mark Buehrle! Born on this day in St. Charles, Missouri, Buehrle was 21 years old when he broke into MLB on July 16, 2000, with the Chicago White Sox. After 12 seasons with the ChiSox he also pitched for the Marlins and Blue Jays, and had a career 214 wins with 5 All-Star appearances and 4…
1986 The Yankees announce that their most celebrated off-season acquisition, 26-year-old pitcher Britt Burns, will not pitch at all this season because of a chronic deteriorating hip condition. He never again pitches in the major leagues. Burns had won 18 games for the White Sox the previous season.
1989 With Dave Winfield sidelined, the Yankees trade catcher Joel Skinner and a minor leaguer to the Indians for outfielder Mel Hall. Winfield will miss all of the 1989 season after undergoing back surgery. Hall will remain with the Bronx Bombers through the 1992 season, while future HOF’er Winfield will only play in 20 more games for the Yanks.
1980 Slugger Chuck Klein (mostly of the Phillies) and former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Yawkey is the first club owner selected who never served as a player, manager, or general manager.