2008 in baseball
Year in baseball
this year = 2008
Major League Baseball
*October 1 – ALDS and NLDS scheduled to begin
*October 9 – NLCS scheduled to begin
*October 10 – ALCS scheduled to begin
*October 22 – World Series scheduled to begin
*December 8 – Start of the Winter Meetings in
Las Vegas, Nevada
*December 11 –
Rule 5 draftin Las Vegas, Nevada
Minor League Baseball
*September 30-October 3 - Minor League Baseball promotional seminar in
Round Rock, Texas
*October, dates TBD -
Arizona Fall Leaguebegins play
*December 8 - Start of the Winter Meetings in
Las Vegas, Nevada
*December 11 -
Rule 5 draftin Las Vegas, Nevada
Major League Baseball
*Regular season champions
*World Series Champion - TBD
*Postseason - October 1 to October 30
Click on any series score to link to that series' page.
Higher seed had home field advantage during Division Series and League Championship Series.
The American League champion has home field advantage during the World Series as a result of the AL victory in the All-Star Game.
Minor League Baseball
Sacramento River Cats(Athletics)
International League: Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees(Yankees)
Pacific Coast League: Sacramento River Cats (Athletics)
Mexican League: Diablos Rojos del México
Texas League: Arkansas Travelers(Angels)
California League: Stockton Ports(Athletics)
Carolina League: Potomac Nationals(Nationals)
Florida State League: Daytona Cubs(Cubs)
Midwest League: Burlington Bees(Royals)
South Atlantic League: Augusta GreenJackets(Giants)
New York-Penn League: Batavia Muckdogs(Cardinals)
Northwest League: Spokane Indians(Rangers)
Appalachian League: Elizabethton Twins(Twins)
Gulf Coast League: Gulf Coast Phillies(Phillies)
Great Falls Voyagers(White Sox)
Arizona League: Arizona League Giants(Giants)
*Independent baseball leagues
Alaska Baseball League: Anchorage Glacier Pilots
Sioux Falls Canaries
Frontier League: Windy City ThunderBolts
Golden Baseball League: Orange County Flyers
Kansas City T-Bones
United League Baseball: Amarillo Dillas
***College World Series: Fresno State
NCAA Division II: Mount Olive College
NCAA Division III: Trinity College
Lewis-Clark State College
**Little League World Series:
***Summer Olympics at
Beijing, China: South Korea (gold); Cuba (silver); United States (bronze)
***World Junior Baseball Championship: South Korea
**International club team competitions
Tigres del Licey, Dominican Republic
***Australia - Claxton Shield:
Cuban National Series: Santiago de Cuba
***Italy - Serie A1 - San Marino
Mexican Pacific League: Yaquis de Obregón
Tigres de Aragua
Awards and honors
*Baseball Hall of Fame honors
**Rich "Goose" Gossage is elected by the
BBWAAin his ninth year of eligibility. Executives Barney Dreyfuss, Bowie Kuhnand Walter O'Malleyand managers Billy Southworthand Dick Williamsare also inducted following their election by the Veterans Committee.
Larry Whiteside, sportswriter for " The Boston Globe" from 1973 until 2004, receives the J. G. Taylor Spink Award. Dave Niehaus, broadcaster for the Seattle Marinerssince 1977, receives the Ford C. Frick Award.
*March 15 - The
Los Angeles Dodgersand San Diego Padresplay to a 3-3 tie in the first major league game ever played in China. The game is played at Wukesong Stadium in Beijing, site of the baseball competition for the 2008 Olympics. The teams meet again the next day, with the Padres winning 6-3.
*March 17 - The Dodgers depart their Dodgertown complex in
Vero Beach, Floridaafter 60 years of use. Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasordamanages the team in its final week's games, as regular manager Joe Torreis with the portion of the club that traveled to China.
*March 18 - The
New York Yankeesplay an exhibition at Virginia Tech's English Fieldto commemorate the April 2007 campus shootings.
*March 25 -
Opening Daytakes place on the earliest date in history, with the Boston Red Soxdefeating the Oakland Athletics6-5 in 10 innings in Tokyo, Japan.
*March 29 - Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their move to Los Angeles, the Dodgers play an exhibition against the Red Sox at their first Los Angeles home, the
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, losing 7-4 before an announced crowd of 115,300.
*March 30 - In the first ever game played at
Nationals Park, on Opening Night, President George W. Bushthrows out the first pitch and Ryan Zimmermanhits a walk-off home run to give the Washington Nationalsa 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
*March 31 - A statue of
Chicago Cubsgreat Ernie Banksis unveiled outside Wrigley Field.
*March 31 - Japanese sensation
Kosuke Fukudomemakes his major league debut with the Cubs, hitting a double on his first pitch. He later ties the game with a three-run homer in the 9th inning.
*March 31 - The independent
South Coast Leaguesuspends its operations after only one season of play.
*April 2 - With his 194th consecutive game without an error, Red Sox first baseman
Kevin Youkilissurpasses Steve Garvey's major league record (set from 1983 to 1985) for an errorless streak at first base; the streak began on July 5, by|2006. He is given the first base bag from the game against the Athletics.
Chase Utleyof the Phillies ties a major league record by being hit by pitches three times in a 5-2 win over the Mets.
Plácido Polanco's record streaks of 186 games and 911 chances at second base without an error come to an end with a throwing error in the third inning of the Tigers' 5-0 loss to the Red Sox; his last error was on July 1, by|2006.
*April 9 -
Iván Rodríguezbecomes the first catcher in major league history to collect 2,500 hits, reaching the milestone with a single in the eighth inning of the Tigers' 7-2 win over the Red Sox.
*April 11 - The
Florida Marlinsset a team record by hitting six home runs in their 10-6 win over the Astros.
*April 12 - The home run ball which
Barry Bondshit for his record 762nd (and possibly final) home run is auctioned for $376,612 to an anonymous bidder.
*April 13 -
Joe Credeand Paul Konerkoboth hit grand slams as the White Sox beat the Tigers 11-0.
*April 15 - José López becomes the 12th player in major league history to collect three sacrifice flies in one game, in the Mariners' 11-6 win over the Royals.
Petco Park, the Colorado Rockiesdefeat the San Diego Padres2-1 in 22 innings, in a game that lasts 6 hours 16 minutes and ends at 1:21 am after Troy Tulowitzki's RBI double with two out in the top of the inning drives in an unearned run. Inning-wise, the game is the longest in the majors since another 22-inning contest on August 21, by|1993, the longest in the history of both teams and the longest in Petco Park's 5-year history.
Chipper Jones, Mark Teixeiraand Brian McCann hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning of the Braves' 8-0 win over the Marlins.
*April 21 -
Chase Utleyties a Phillies record by homering in his fifth consecutive game.
*April 22 -
John Smoltzbecomes the 16th major league pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts, retiring Nationals pitcher John Lannanin the third inning at Turner Field, but Lannan earns the victory as Washington wins 6-0.
*April 23 - The
Chicago Cubsbecome the second major league franchise to record 10,000 victories (joining the Giants), with a 7-6 win over the Rockies in 10 innings.
*April 24 - A
David OrtizRed Sox jersey which was exhumed from the construction site of New Yankee Stadiumeleven days earlier after a foiled jinx attempt is auctioned for $175,100, with the proceeds going to a Red Sox-affiliated charity.
Miguel Tejada, Lance Berkmanand Carlos Leehit consecutive home runs in the sixth inning of the Astros' 7-4 win over the Brewers.
José Reyesfalls a home run short of the cycle when he is thrown out at the plate, while trying to stretch his second triple of the game into an inside-the-park home run, in the eighth inning of the Mets' 7-2 win over the Diamondbacks.
Gavin Floydof the White Sox takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Twins before giving up a double to Joe Mauerwith one out; Floyd and Bobby Jenkssettle for a combined 7-1 one-hitter.
Lance Berkmanhas five hits in the Astros' 6-5 win over the Nationals, tying the team record for a nine-inning game.
Carlos Gómezof the Twins hits for the cycle in a 13-1 win against the White Sox.
Cincinnati Redshit seven home runs, including three by Joey Votto, in a 9-0 victory over the Cubs; Jon Liebersurrenders four homers in the second inning.
**James Shields of the Rays pitches a 2-0 one-hitter against the Angels, allowing only
Brandon Wood's one-out single in the third inning; Evan Longoriaprovides the scoring with a two-run walk-off home run.
**Kenny Rogers picks off his 92nd career baserunner, setting a major league record since the statistic was first kept in 1974, in the Tigers' 6-5 win over the Yankees, catching
Wilson Betemitin the second inning; the mark was previously held by Mark Langston.
**In his fifth try,
Greg Madduxof the Padres becomes the ninth pitcher to win 350 career games, with a 3-2 decision against the Rockies.
Ben Sheetsbreaks Teddy Higuera's team record of 1,081 career strikeouts in the Brewers' 5-3 loss to the Cardinals.
*May 11 - The
Cincinnati Redsbat out of order in the ninth inning of their 8-3 loss to the Mets; David Ross mistakenly hits instead of Corey Pattersonto lead off the inning, and Patterson is ruled out after Ross lines out to right field. Ross then bats correctly, singling to center.
*May 12 - Indians second baseman
Asdrúbal Cabreraturns the 14th unassisted triple playin major league history in the second game of a home doubleheader against the Blue Jays. He makes a diving catch of Lyle Overbay's fifth-inning line drive for the first out, steps on second to double up Kevin Mench, then tags out Marco Scutaro, who had just passed second base. Ron Hansen, who accomplished the feat in 1968, is in attendance as a scout.
Jayson Werthhits three home runs, including a grand slam, in the Phillies' 10-3 win over the Blue Jays, tying a team record with eight runs batted in.
**Josh Hamilton gets five hits in the Rangers' 16-8 win over the Astros, tying a team record for a nine-inning game, and misses the cycle by hitting two home runs but no double. In the same game, the Astros'
Shawn Chacónsets a major league record by getting no decision in his ninth consecutive start to begin the season; the streak ends when he wins his next start against the Cubs five days later.
*May 17 -
Chan Ho Parkof South Korea, Hong-Chih Kuoof Taiwan and Takashi Saitoof Japan combine to pitch the Dodgers to a 6-3 win over the Angels, marking the first time that pitchers from three different Asian countries have appeared in a game for one team.
**After tying the record the previous night,
Ichiro Suzukisets a Mariners record with his 291st stolen base for the team, breaking the mark held by Julio Cruz.
**The Cardinals dedicate a statue of
Stan Musialat the west entrance to Busch Stadium, five days after the 50th anniversary of his 3,000th hit, with an adjacent street being renamed Stan Musial Drive.
Jon Lesterof the Red Sox pitches a 7-0 no-hitter against the Royals. His first complete game in the majors, it is the fourth no-hitter by a Red Sox pitcher since 2001, the first by a Red Sox left-hander since Mel Parnellin 1956, the fourth ever by a left-hander at Fenway Park(and the first since Parnell's), and only the second against the Royals ( Nolan Ryan, 1973). It is also the fourth no-hitter caught by Jason Varitek, who homers in the game; he also caught the Red Sox' three previous no-hitters: Hideo Nomo(2001), Derek Lowe(2002) and Clay Buchholz(2007). Varitek's feat set a major league record (under the rules in force during his career Ray Schalkcaught four, but one was disallowed in 1991 when the definition of a no-hitter was changed). [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20080519&content_id=2733852&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb No-hitter a record fourth for Varitek | MLB.com: News ] ]
Adam Dunnties a Reds record by homering in his fifth consecutive game, a 6-5 loss to the Dodgers.
*May 20 - 12-time All-Star catcher
Mike Piazzaannounces his retirement.
*May 22 -
J. D. Drewand Mike Lowellboth hit grand slams in the Red Sox' 11-8 win over the Royals.
*May 24 - Oakland's
Justin Duchschererand Huston Streetcombine for a 3-0 one-hitter over the Red Sox, with Duchsherer allowing only a single by David Ortizwith one out in the seventh inning.
*May 25 - Playing in both games of a doubleheader as the Giants are swept by the Marlins,
Omar Vizquelbreaks Luis Aparicio's major league record of 2,583 career games as a shortstop.
**In a 9-6 win over the Pirates,
Adam Dunnhits a three-run home run, his 252nd home run for the Reds, breaking Ted Kluszewski's team record for homers by a left-handed hitter.
**In their 8-2 win over the White Sox, the Indians pull off the first triple steal in the major leagues since October 1, by|1987. With the bases loaded in the sixth inning, pitcher
Ehren Wassermanfakes a throw to third before throwing to first, catching Jamey Carrollin a rundown. First baseman Paul Konerkotries to gun down David Dellucciat the plate, but his throw to catcher Toby Hallis off target, allowing Dellucci to score and Carroll and Grady Sizemoreto advance.
Hunter Pencegets five hits in the Astros' 8-2 win over the Cardinals, tying the team record for a nine-inning game.
*May 30 - The Red Sox set a team record with six stolen bases in their 5-2, 13-inning win over the Orioles.
**In a 6-3 win at Baltimore,
Manny Ramírezof the Red Sox becomes the 24th major leaguer to hit 500 home runs, with a solo shot off Chad Bradfordin the seventh inning.
Tony La Russamanages his 2,000th game for the Cardinals, breaking Red Schoendienst's club record.
*June 5 -
Chipper Jonesof the Braves hits his 400th career home run in their 7-5 win over the Marlins, joining Mickey Mantleand Eddie Murrayas the third switch hitter to reach the milestone.
**In the Red Sox' game against the Marlins,
Kevin Youkilis' record streak of errorless games at first base ends at 238 games.
**In the sixth inning of their 2-1 loss to the Padres, Mets pitchers tie a modern major league record by hitting three batters in one inning:
Brian Giles, Kevin Kouzmanoffand Khalil Greene. The Padres also set a major league record with their fourth consecutive 2-1 win.
Ken Griffey, Jr.of the Reds hits his 600th career home run in their 9-4 road win over the Marlins, connecting off Mark Hendricksonin the first inning. He becomes only the sixth member of the 600 home run club, joining Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Sammy Sosaand Barry Bonds.
Nick Swisherhits home runs from both sides of the plate as the White Sox beat the Twins 7-5.
*June 16 - The final Hall of Fame Game, between the Cubs and Padres, is cancelled due to rain.
**At 3:15 AM Eastern Time, the
New York Metsannounce the firing of manager Willie Randolphand two coaches while the team is on the West Coast, and name Jerry Manuelinterim manager.
Marcus Thamesties a Tigers record by hitting a home run in his fifth consecutive game, in a 5-1 win over the Giants.
*June 18 - Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels allows the tying run in the ninth inning against the Mets, ending his club record streak of 25 consecutive saves; the Mets win 5-4 in 10 innings.
*June 20 -
Elijah Dukesties a Nationals record with five hits in their 4-3 win over the Rangers, with his fifth hit driving in the winning run with two out in the bottom of the 14th and the bases loaded.
Jim Edmondshits two home runs in the fourth inning of the Cubs' 11-7 win over the White Sox.
Scot Shieldsrecords four strikeouts in the eighth inning of the Angels' 6-2 win over the Phillies; after he retires Greg Dobbsand Jimmy Rollins, Shane Victorinoreaches first on a wild pitch in the dirt. After issuing a walk, Shields strikes out Ryan Howardto end the inning.
*June 22 -
Mark Teixeirahits three home runs in the Braves' 8-3 win over the Mariners.
*June 23 - In the Mariners' 5-2 win over the Mets,
Félix Hernándezhits the first grand slam by an AL pitcher since May 11, by|1971; it is also the first home run ever by a Mariners pitcher.
Baseball Hall of Famededicates a revised plaque for Jackie Robinsonto include recognition of his cultural impact.
**The Pirates beat the Yankees 12-5, becoming the final major league team to get its first regular season win against the Yankees.
**Fresno State defeats Georgia to win the
2008 College World Series, becoming the lowest seeded team to win an NCAA postseason tournament and bringing the school its first NCAA men's team title. With a final record of 47-31, they finish with the most losses of any CWS champion.
Shawn Chacónof the Astros grabs general manager Ed Wadeby the neck and throws him to the ground during a confrontation, resulting in his release five days later.
**In a 5-4 loss to the Nationals,
Garret Andersonbreaks Tim Salmon's Angels record of 986 career runs; he had tied the mark five days earlier. Also in the game, Washington's Aaron Boonebecomes the fourth member of his family to collect 1,000 hits, joining his grandfather Ray, father Bob and brother Bret.
*June 26 -
Matt Garzaof the Rays pitches a 6-1 one-hitter over the Marlins, giving up only a home run by Hanley Ramírezto lead off the seventh inning.
Carlos Delgadosets a Mets record with nine RBI in their 15-6 win at Yankee Stadium over the Yankees, in the first game of a crosstown split doubleheader; the second game is played at Shea Stadium. The previous mark of eight RBI was set by Dave Kingmanin a 1976 game.
Seattle Marinersset a team record with 18 runners left on base, but still beat the Padres 5-2.
*June 28 -
Jered Weaverand José Arredondoof the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimcombine to no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgersover eight innings, but lose 1-0 when the Dodgers score in the fifth inning on two errors, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly. The game is not officially recognized by Major League Baseball as a no-hitter.
*June 30 -
Nick Swisherhomers from both sides of the plate for the second time in the month, including a grand slam batting right-handed, as the White Sox beat the Indians 9-7.
*July 2 -
Dustin Pedroiahas four hits as the Red Sox lose 7-6 to the Rays, missing the cycle when he hits his second double of the game in the eighth inning, forgoing the necessary single.
*July 3 -
Jon Lesterof the Red Sox pitches a 7-0 shutout over the Yankees, becoming the first Boston left-hander since July 27, by|1975 to throw a shutout at Yankee Stadium.
Ken Griffey, Jr.homers in the Reds' 3-0 win over the Nationals, becoming the 18th major leaguer to hit for over 5,000 total bases.
**The Rockies come back from trailing 13-4 in the fourth inning to beat the Marlins 18-17 on
Chris Iannetta's single in the bottom of the ninth; the game sets a record for most combined runs in a contest decided on a walk-off hit, and the Marlins become the sixth team since 1900 to score 17 runs but lose.
**In Boston's 6-4 win over the Yankees,
Kevin Youkilishits a drive to left field that pops out of Johnny Damon's glove, bounces a few times on top of the wall and then stops there for a few seconds before rolling onto the field for a two-run triple.
Albert Pujolshits his 300th home run in the Cardinals' 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
*July 5 - In the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Red Sox, a combined seven batters are hit, tying the modern major league record;
Manny Ramírezis hit three times, tying the individual mark.
**The Braves beat the Astros 7-6 in 17 innings, the longest game ever at
Turner Field; Mark Teixeira's single with the bases loaded and none out drives in the winning run.
**The Brewers tie club records with nine doubles and twelve extra base hits in their 11-6 win over the Pirates.
Hiroki Kurodaof the Dodgers pitches a 3-0 one-hitter against the Braves; Mark Teixeira, leading off the eighth inning with a double, is the only baserunner.
**Francisco Rodriguez earns his record 35th save before the All-Star break in the Angels' 9-6 win over the Rangers, breaking
John Smoltz's 2003 mark.
*July 8 -
Ian Kinslerties a Rangers record by scoring in his 11th consecutive game.
*July 10 -
John Lackeyof the Angels gives up 15 hits in the team's 11-10, 11-inning win over the Rangers, tying the team record set by Paul Hartzellon September 9, by|1976.
Pedro Martínez, Carlos Muñiz, Aaron Heilman, Scott Schoeneweisand Billy Wagnercombine for a one-hitter in the Mets' 3-0 win over the Rockies, with Martínez allowing only Brad Hawpe's single in the fourth inning.
Andruw Jonesties a Dodgers record by striking out five times in their 5-3, 11-inning loss to the Marlins.
*July 13 -
CC Sabathiahits a home run in the Brewers' 3-2 win over the Reds, becoming the first pitcher since Earl Wilson in 1970 to hit home runs in both leagues in one season; Sabathia had previously homered on June 21 during an Indians road win against the Dodgers.
*July 15 - The
American Leaguewins the 79th All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium, 4-3; the AL puts the winning run in scoring position in every inning from the 10th through 13th, finally scoring Justin Morneauon Michael Young's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the 15th inning. The game ties the All-Star record for most innings, and is the longest All-Star Game by time at 4 hours, 50 minutes. NL second baseman Dan Ugglasets an All-Star record with three errors, and the teams combine for record totals of stolen bases (7), pitchers (23) and strikeouts (34). It is the AL's first victory in the 11 All-Star Games which have gone to extra innings.
*July 19 -
Jeff Kenthomers in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks, making him the 48th major league player to collect 1,500 RBI, with Nap Lajoieand Rogers Hornsbybeing the only other second basemen to reach the milestone.
*July 20 - The White Sox unveil a statue of
Harold Bainesat U.S. Cellular Field, the seventh statue on the ballpark's outfield concourse.
*July 21 - In the Diamondbacks' 2-0 win over the Cubs,
Randy Johnsonrecords his 2,000th strikeout with the team, becoming the first pitcher in history to do so with two different clubs; he also runs his career record against the Cubs to 13-0, with Sal Magliebeing the only other pitcher to post 10 wins without a defeat against Chicago.
Rick VandenHurk, Joe Nelson, Renyel Pintoand Matt Lindstromof the Marlins combine for a 4-0 one-hitter against the Braves, with Nelson allowing only a single by Chipper Jonesleading off the sixth inning.
Brad Zieglerof the A's pitches two scoreless innings to extend his career-opening shutout streak to 23⅔ innings, breaking the AL record of 22 set by Boston's Dave "Boo" Ferriss in by|1945.
*July 23 - In the Angels' 14-11 win over the Indians,
Casey Kotchmangets five hits, tying the team record for a nine-inning game, and Howie Kendrickties another team mark with three doubles among his four hits; Jeff Mathisalso collects four hits, including his first career grand slam, marking the first time in team history that three players have done so in a nine-inning contest.
*July 24 - The
Milwaukee Brewersbreak their 1996 club record by getting a home run in their 20th consecutive game; the streak ends in the next day's 3-1 loss to the Astros.
*July 26 -
Skip Schumakerties a Cardinals record with six hits in their 10-8, 14-inning win over the Mets, and is on base when Albert Pujolsprovides the winning margin with a two-run home run in the top of the 14th, his fifth hit of the game.
**Two days after tying the previous mark,
Brad Zieglerof the A's sets a major league record with 27 consecutive shutout innings to begin his career, breaking the record of 25 set by George McQuillanwith the by|1907 Phillies.
**The Phillies allow the Braves to take a 5-0 lead, then move ahead 12-5 before holding off a rally to win 12-10; it is the first time since August 3, by|1958 that a team has scored the game's first five runs and last five runs yet lost.
*July 28 -
Greg Madduxof the Padres earns an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks, ending his career-worst streak of 14 starts without a victory.
*July 29 -
John Lackeyof the Angels takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Red Sox before allowing a Dustin Pedroiasingle and Kevin Youkilishome run with one out, and settles for a two-hit 6-2 win.
*July 30 -
Kelly Shoppachof the Indians hits two home runs and three doubles in a 14-12, 13-inning loss to the Tigers, tying the major league record of five extra base hits in a game; his 9th-inning homer ties the game, though he strikes out with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the 12th. The game also ties the modern record for most combined players collecting four or more hits, with the Tigers' Curtis Grandersonalso collecting five while Ben Franciscoand Asdrúbal Cabreraof the Indians and Gary Sheffieldof the Tigers each get four.
**Major deals made before the trading deadline include
Manny Ramirezbeing sent from the Red Sox to the Dodgers, and Ken Griffey, Jr.being traded from the Reds to the White Sox, one day after Iván Rodríguezwas sent from the Tigers to the Yankees.
Ron Gardenhireis ejected for arguing a strikeout call in the seventh inning of a 10-6 win over the White Sox, prompting a game delay of several minutes as fans throw baseballs and hats onto the field; Gardenhire is later suspended for one game.
*August 2 - In their 9-7 win over the White Sox, the Royals tie a club record by having five players collect three hits each:
Mike Aviles, Esteban Germán, Billy Butler, Miguel Olivoand Ross Gload.
*August 3 - Royals catcher
Miguel Olivocharges White Sox pitcher D. J. Carrascoon the mound after being hit by a pitch in the fifth inning; although the Royals were leading 6-0 and had the bases loaded, forcing in a run, Olivo insists that it was an intentional move. A brawl ensues, followed by a hit Chicago batter in the seventh inning, resulting in ejections for Olivo, both pitchers and both managers, and suspensions for all but Carrasco; although he states that it was not the case in this instance, Chicago manager Ozzie Guilléndraws criticism afterward for indicating that he sometimes has ordered batters to be hit.
*August 4 - The Mariners score ten runs in the seventh inning, coming back to beat the Twins 11-6;
Raúl Ibáñezties an AL record with six RBIs in the inning, including a grand slam, breaking the Mariners record of five set by Ken Griffey, Jr.on April 29, by|1999.
*August 5 - In Tampa Bay's 8-4 win over the Indians,
Evan Longoriasets a team record for rookies with his 22nd home run, breaking Jonny Gomes' mark set in 2005.
*August 6 -
Ryan Ludwickties a Cardinals record by homering in his fifth consecutive game, in their 9-6 win over the Dodgers.
**With 45 games remaining in the season, the
Tampa Bay Raysset a franchise reocrd with their 71st victory, an 11-3 road win over the Mariners.
Ian Kinslergets five hits in the Rangers' 15-7 win over the Orioles, tying the team record for a nine-inning game.
Greg Dobbsof the Phillies collects his 21st pinch hit of the season, breaking the team record set by Doc Millerin 1913.
**The Red Sox beat the Rangers 19-17, blowing a 10-0 first-inning lead when the Rangers take a 15-14 lead in the sixth inning but coming back to win with four runs in the eighth.
David Ortizhits a pair of three-run homers in the first-inning barrage, Marlon Byrdties a Texas record with five hits in a nine-inning game, and Scott Feldman of the Rangers becomes the first pitcher since August 3, by|1918 to give up 12 runs without being charged with the loss.
**Four days after tying the record,
Brad Zieglersets an Oakland record with 38 consecutive shutout innings, breaking Mike Torrez's 1976 mark of 37.
*August 13 - In the sixth inning of their 6-2 loss to the Astros, Giants pitchers tie a modern major league record by hitting three batters in one inning:
Humberto Quintero, Ty Wiggintonand Mark Loretta.
**In the Rays' 7–6 victory over the host Athletics,
B. J. Uptonhits an RBI double in the ninth inning off reliever Brad Zieglerto end his record scoreless streak at 39 innings. Ziegler, who began the season in the minors, posted numerous records including the most shutout innings by any pitcher to start a major league career (including the eighth inning of this game), and ties the major league single-season record for consecutive scoreless innings by a reliever, set by Cleveland's Al Bentonin 1949.
**In their 9–2 win over the visiting Royals, the White Sox become the sixth team in major league history to hit four consecutive home runs, with
Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramírezand Juan Uribeconnecting in the sixth inning. Chicago's Carlos Quentinis hit by a pitch for the sixth straight game, marking the longest such streak in the major leagues since at least 1920; the streak ends the next day.
Mark Kotsaybecomes the first Braves player to hit for the cycle since Albert Hall in 1987. His 7th-inning double that completes the cycle against the Cubs is also Kotsay's 1,500th career hit.
**In the Reds' 3-1 win over the Pirates,
Francisco Corderobecomes the 37th pitcher to earn 200 career saves.
*August 15 - In the Rockies' 4-3 win over the Nationals,
Willy Taverassteals his 54th base of the year, breaking Eric Young's team record set in 1996.
*August 16 -
Miguel Monteroand Chris Young both hit grand slams in the Diamondbacks' 11-5 win over the Astros, marking the first such occurrence in team history.
**Needing only a triple to hit for the cycle,
Melvin Morainstead hits an additional double and home run in his last two at bats as the Orioles win 16-8 at Detroit.
Alex Ríosgets five hits in the Blue Jays' 15-4 win over the Red Sox, tying a team record with four doubles; Toronto also sets a new team record with ten doubles.
Craig Biggio's number is retired by the Astros in a pre-game ceremony, Roy Oswaltand José Valverdecombine for a 3-0 two-hitter against the Diamondbacks, with Stephen Drew's singles in the third and ninth innings being the only blemishes.
**In the Mariners' 11-8 loss at Minnesota, Seattle's
R. A. Dickeyties a modern major league record by throwing four wild pitches in the fifth inning.
**In the Rays' 7-4 win at Texas,
Josh Hamiltonof the Rangers is walked intentionally with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, only the fifth known use of the strategy since 1900.
*August 19 -
Ricky Nolascoof the Florida Marlinspitches a 6-0 two-hitter against the Giants, ending Florida's major league record streak of 301 games without a complete game since September 16, by|2006; he allows only a disputed infield single off the shortstop's glove in the first inning, as well as a ninth-inning double.
*August 20 - Francisco Rodriguez earns his 48th save in the Angels' 5-4 win over the Rays, breaking his own 2006 team record.
*August 23 - South Korea upsets Cuba 3-2 to win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in
Beijing. The sport will not return at the 2012 Summer Olympicsin London.
*August 28 - The use of
instant replaybegins in Major League Baseball.
*September 1 - The Diamondbacks'
Stephen Drewbecomes the first player to hit for the cycle in Chase Field, helping Arizona rally past the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-6. Hours later in Arlington, Texas, the Mariners' Adrián Beltréduplicates the feat in Seattle's 12-6 win over Texas. Both Drew and Beltré collect five hits in their respective efforts. This marks the first time two players hit for the cycle on the same day since September 17, 1920, when Bobby Veachof the Detroit Tigersand George Burns of the New York Giants did it, according to the " Elias Sports Bureau".
*September 3 - In the Yankees' 8-4 win over the Rays, a
home runhit by New York's Alex Rodriguezwas the first ever to be reviewed by instant replay. Though the ball was initially ruled a home run, Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddonargued the ball was close enough to the left field foul poleto necessitate a review. After a conversation among the umpires, crew chief Charlie Relifordagreed to the review and eventually upheld the home run call.
**Pinch-hitting for Houston,
Mark Saccomannohomers on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues to help the Astros beat the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates, 3–2. Saccomanno becomes the 22nd player to hit a home run on his first pitch in the majors. The Cleveland Indians' Kevin Kouzmanoffwas the last to do it, according to the " Elias Sports Bureau". Kouzmanoff accomplished the feat against the Texas Rangers on September 2, 2006, becoming the only major leaguer to hit a grand slam on his first pitch.
Gary Sheffieldstill needs four home runs to reach the coveted 500 mark. In the meantime, he provided a milestone for Major League Baseball. His second home run of the night was the 250,000th in major league history and the Detroit Tigers beat the visiting Oakland Athletics, 14–8. Sheffield collected five RBI, including his 13th career grand slam. Both homers came against Gio Gonzalez. The rookie pitcher also put himself in the history books, when he hit with a pitch Mike Hessmantwice in the second inning. It is only the fifth time in modern baseball history that a batter has been hit twice in the same inning, the second time in the American League. The first was Brady Andersonon May 23, 1999, when he was hit twice in the first inning by Mike Morgan.
**Los Angeles Angels
center fielder Torii Huntergets caught in a rundownbetween third and home, and is tagged out relatively easily by New York Yankees catcherIvan "Pudge" Rodriguez. Hunter tripped slightly over the bat at home plate, and bumped Pudge after the play. Rodriguez, in turn, shoved Hunter while walking toward the mound. That prompted Hunter to shove Rodriguez, resulting in a bench-clearing brawl. Both Hunter and Rodriguez are suspended two games by Major League Baseball, and neither appeals the suspension. Angels pitcher John Lackeyreceives an undisclosed fine by MLB for his involvement.
*September 10 - With a 4-2 win over the
New York Yankeesand an 8-7 loss by the second-place Texas Rangers to the Seattle Mariners, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimclinch their seventh American League Westdivision title, becoming the earliest team to clinch that division in its history.
*September 12 -
Florida Marlinsthird baseman Jorge Cantúlaunches his team into the record books at Dolphin Stadium, when he connects for his 25th home run of the season off pitcher Shairon Martisin a 2–1 Marlins victory over the Washington Nationals. Cantú joins first baseman Mike Jacobs (32), second baseman Dan Uggla(30) and shortstop Hanley Ramírez(29) as the Marlins became the first team in Major League Baseball history to boast four infielders with at least 25 homers apiece during a regular season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimcloser Francisco Rodriguez records his 58th save of the season, breaking the single-season record set by Bobby Thigpenin by|1990.
Fenway Park, Dustin Pedroiagoes 3 for 5 with two doubles in the Boston Red Sox' 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jaysin the second game of a doubleheader. Pedroia becomes the third player in Red Sox history to accumulate 200 hits and 50 doubles in a season. The others were Tris Speaker(by|1912) and Wade Boggs(by|1989). Pedroia also becomes the eighth player in team's history with 50 doubles in a season, giving him 69 extra-base hits this season, to move into a first-place tie with Bobby Doerr(by|1940) on Boston's all-time list for extra bases in a season by a second baseman.
Hanley Ramírezhits his 30th home run, which he combined with his 33 stolen bases to become the second player in Florida Marlinshistory to have a 30-30 season. Ramírez and the Marlins rolled to their fourth consecutive victory, a 4–2 win over the Washington Nationalsat Dolphin Stadium. Preston Wilsonwas the first Marlin player to achieve the feat, with 31 homers and 36 steals in by|2000.
**As a consequence of
Hurricane Ikestriking the Houston area, two games of a series between the Houston Astrosand Chicago Cubs, originally scheduled to be played at Houston's Minute Maid Park, are relocated to Milwaukee's Miller Park, to be played September 14 and 15.
*September 14 -
Carlos Zambranoof the Chicago Cubspitches a 5–0 no-hitteragainst the Houston Astrosin a game relocated to Miller Park in Milwaukee. This is the first no-hitter in MLB history thrown at a neutral site, the second no-hitter of the 2008 season, the first of Zambrano's career, and the first for the Cubs since 1972. Zambrano had been diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitison September 4.
Minnesota Twinsand Target Corporationannounce that the naming rightsto the Twins' new stadium set to open in by|2010 have been sold to the Minneapolis-based retail giant for undisclosed financial terms. [ [http://mlb.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20080915&content_id=3479747&vkey=pr_min&fext=.jsp&c_id=min Minnesota Twins and Target announce new partnership] ]
Milwaukee Brewers, citing a late-season slump amid a postseason race, dismiss manager Ned Yostand name third base coach Dale Sveumas interim manager. [ [http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8566562?MSNHPHMA Slumping Brewers fire manager Yost] ]
*September 17 -
Ichiro Suzukiof the Seattle Marinersrecorded his 200th hit of the season. This marked the eighth consecutive season he reached the milestone, breaking the AL record previously held by Wade Boggsand tying the Major League record set by "Wee" Willie Keeler from by|1894-by|1901.
*September 19 -
Tampa Bay Raysfirst baseman Carlos Peñais awarded a home run after the original ruling of a ground-rule double due to fan interference is overturned by umpire Gerry Davisfollowing an instant replayconsultation during an 11-1 Rays victory over the Minnesota Twins. This marks the first time in major league baseball history that the instant replay rule is used to overturn a call.
Tampa Bay Raysclinch their first postseason berth in franchise history with a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Chicago Cubswin their second straight National League Centraldivision championship with a 5-4 victory over the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals.
*September 21 - The
New York Yankeesdefeat the Baltimore Orioles, 7–3, in the final game played at Yankee Stadium. Andy Pettitteis the winning pitcher and teammate José Molinabelts the last home run in the storied ballpark.
*September 23 - The
Boston Red Sox5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indianseliminates the Yankees from AL Wild Card contention and assures the Red Sox of a playoff berth. The Yankees' elimination ends a streak of 13 consecutive postseason appearances, the second longest such streak in MLB history.
*September 24 - The
Los Angeles Dodgersclinch the National League Westtitle when the second-place Arizona Diamondbacksare defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals12-3.
*September 26 - The
Tampa Bay Raysclinch the American League East division title when the second-place Boston Red Soxlose 19-8 to the New York Yankees. The Red Sox simultaneously clinch the Wild Card spot.
*September 27 - The
Philadelphia Philliesclinch the National League East divisional title when they beat the Washington Nationals4-3. Brad Lidgeearns his 41st save in 41 attempts.
Milwaukee Brewerswin the National League wild card berth by defeating the Chicago Cubs3-1 while the New York Metssimultaneously lose 4-2 to the Florida Marlins. It is the first postseason appearance by the Brewers since 1982. The Mets, in their final game ever at Shea Stadium, are eliminated from the postseason on the final day of the regular season for the second straight year.
Mike Mussinaof the New York Yankeeswins his twentieth game of the season. At 39, he is the oldest pitcher to get his first twenty-win season.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimfinished with a 100-62 record, to become the only major league team to collect 100 wins during the regular season. The Angels also entered in the baseball record books as the only team since by|1931 to win 100 games in a season without a 30-home run hitter, a 100-RBI producer, or a 20-game winning pitcher, according to the " Elias Sports Bureau".
*September 29 - One day after the originally scheduled final day of the regular season, the
Chicago White Sox, one-half game behind the Minnesota Twinsin the AL Central standings, are forced to make up a game with the Detroit Tigersthat had previously been cancelled earlier in the season. The White Sox defeat the Tigers 8-2, forcing a one game playoff with the Twins for the division title.
*September 30 - The
Chicago White Soxdefeat the Minnesota Twins1-0 in a one-game playofffor the AL Central division title. The White Sox and the Cubs both reach the postseason in the same year for the first time since by|1906.
*October 4 - Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs to advance to the NLCS.
**The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers to win their best-of-five NLDS 3-1.
**Boston Red Sox CF
Jacoby Ellsburyhits the first three-run single in Major League post-seasonhistory off of P Joe Saundersof the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The hit came with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning of Game 3 of the ALDS. Ellsbury hit a blooperon the shallow center field grass just behind second base that three Angels fielders let drop between them. Since the runners were moving with two outs, all three came in to score and Ellsbury stopped at first base. Anaheim went on to win the game, however, 5–4 in 12 innings. The win for the Angels snapped an 11-game post-season losing streak to Boston, a Major League record.
**The Tampa Bay Rays advanced to the ALCS for the first time in their 11-season history by downing the Chicago White Sox in Game 4.
**The Boston Red Sox defeated the Anaheim Angels in Game 4 to clinch their fifth ALDS title in the last six seasons.
Yomiuri Giantsdefeated the Hanshin Tigers3-1 in between their last regular season meet. The Giants finally overtaken the lead of the Central League from a 13 game-behind of Hanshin Tigers (in July 9), Giants was in M2 after the game. Giants won the League Champion two days later after they won a game against Tokyo Yakult Swallowsand Tigers lost to Yokohama Baystars. It was the grestest comeback victory since 1996.
*January 1 -
Chuck Daniel, 74, pitcher for the 1957 Detroit Tigers, and the only major leaguer to come out of the University of the Ozarks
*January 2 -
Gerry Staley, 87, All-Star pitcher for six teams from 1947-1961 who won 19 games for the 1951 Cardinals and led AL in games as a reliever for the 1959 White Sox
*January 2 -
Richard J. Thompson, 52, baseball historian and author who was a SABR member for more than 25 years and authored the book "The Ferrell Brothers of Baseball"
*January 4 -
Bill Ramsey, 87, outfielder for the 1945 Boston Braves
*January 8 -
Steve Ridzik, 78, pitcher for five teams from 1950 to 1966
*January 13 -
Johnny Podres, 75, All-Star pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers who was MVP of the 1955 World Series and also pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers' 1959 and 1963 World Series champions; led NL in ERA, shutouts and winning percentage once each
*January 14 -
Don Cardwell, 72, pitcher for five NL teams who threw a no-hitter in his first start with the Cubs in 1960
*January 17 -
John McHale, 86, executive who served as general manager of the Tigers, Braves and Expos between 1957 and 1986; previously a reserve first baseman on Detroit's 1945 World Series champions
*January 22 -
Lance Clemons, 60, relief pitcher for the Royals, Cardinals and Red Sox from 1971 to 1974
*January 24 -
Art Frantz, 86, American League umpire from 1969 to 1977 who was crew chief for the 1975 World Series; also worked the 1972 and 1976 ALCS and 1974 All-Star Game
*January 27 -
Bing Devine, 90, who transformed the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Mets into World Series champions in the 1960s in a career spanning seven decades as a baseball executive
*January 27 - Ken Hunt, 69, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds 1961 NL champions who won the "TSN" Rookie Pitcher Award in the same season
*February 2 -
Ed Vargo, 79, National League umpire from 1960 to 1983 who officiated in the World Series, NLCS and All-Star Game four times each
*February 14 -
Hal Erickson, 88, star pitcher in the minors for the Quebec Braves in the late 1940s who later became a 33-year-old rookie with the 1953 Tigers
*February 19 -
Bob Howsam, 89, general manager of the Reds from 1967 to 1977 who built the "Big Red Machine" dynasty that won four NL pennants; previously general manager of the Cardinals, and owner of minor league teams in Denver
*March 6 -
Deacon Donahue, 87, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1943-44
*March 8 -
Ossie Alvarez, 74, Cuban infielder for the Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers from 1958 to 1959 who later became a minor league manager
*March 15 -
Niles Jordan, 84, pitcher in 1951 and 1952 with the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds
*March 16 -
Bob Purkey, 78, All-Star pitcher for the Reds who was 23-5 in 1962 after losing 3-2 in Game 3 of the 1961 World Series
*March 21 - Roy Foster, 62, outfielder for the Indians from 1970 to 1972 who won the 1970 "TSN" Rookie of the Year Award
*March 27 -
Billy Consolo, 73, shortstop for five teams from 1953 to 1962 who later served as the Tigers dugout coach for 14 seasons
*April 4 -
Jerry Crider, 66, pitcher for the 1969 Twins and 1970 White Sox
*April 5 -
Walt Masterson, 87, All-Star pitcher for the Senators and Red Sox from 1939 to 1953 who started the 1948 All-Star Game; baseball coach at George Mason University in 1980-81
*April 8 -
Hersh Lyons, 92, pitcher who appeared in one game for the 1941 Cardinals
*April 14 -
Tommy Holmes, 91, All-Star right fielder for the Boston Braves from 1942 to 1951 who hit .302 lifetime and set a modern NL record in 1945 with a 37-game hitting streak; later a New York Mets executive
*April 19 -
John Marzano, 45, backup catcher for the Red Sox and Mariners who played for division champions with both teams, batting .287 for the 1997 Mariners; member of the 1984 US Olympic team
*April 27 - Art Johnson, 88, pitcher for the Boston Bees/Braves from 1940 to 1942
*May 1 -
Buzzie Bavasi, 93, general manager of the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers from 1951-68 who assembled teams that won eight NL pennants and the club's first four World Series titles; later the first GM of the San Diego Padres, and GM of the California Angels teams that won the club's first two division titles
*May 5 -
Cal Howe, 83, pitcher who played briefly for the 1952 Chicago Cubs
*May 20 -
Herb Hash, 97, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 1940 and 1941
*May 25 -
Geremi González, 33, Venezuelan pitcher for five teams between 1997 and 2006 who led the Cubs with 11 wins as a rookie
*June 10 -
Eliot Asinof, 88, writer on baseball best known for his nonfiction book "8 Men Out" about the 1919 Black Sox scandal
*June 13 -
Tim Russert, 58, broadcast journalist who was a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame's board of directors since 2003
*June 15 -
John Buzhardt, 71, pitcher for five teams from 1958 to 1968 who earned 49 of his 71 victories with the White Sox
*June 16 -
Bert Shepard, 87, pitcher who appeared in one game for the 1945 Senators despite having had his right leg amputated after his fighter plane was shot down during World War II
*July 10 -
Steve Mingori, 64, relief pitcher for the Indians and Royals from 1970 to 1979 who saved Game 4 of the 1976 ALCS
*July 11 -
Chuck Stobbs, 79, pitcher who played for the Red Sox, White Sox, Senators, Twins and Cardinals from 1947-60
*July 12 -
Bobby Murcer, 62, 5-time All-Star outfielder, best known for his years with the Yankees, who led the AL in runs, total bases and on base percentage once each; later a popular broadcaster with the Yankees
*July 13 -
Dave Ricketts, 73, catcher and longtime coach for the Cardinals who played on their 1967 World Series champions and was a coach on the 1982 World Series winners
*July 14 - Red Foley, 79, sportswriter for the "New York Daily News" for 34 years who was also an official scorer in 10 World Series, more than any other scorer in modern history
*July 19 -
Jerome Holtzman, 82, sportswriter for Chicago newspapers from 1957 to 1999 who went on to serve as Major League Baseball's official historian until his death; instigator of the save statistic in the late 1950s, he was honored with the Hall of Fame's Spink Award in 1990
*July 27 -
Russ Gibson, 69, catcher for the Red Sox and Giants who was a reserve on Boston's 1967 pennant winners
*August 3 -
Skip Caray, 68, broadcaster for the Atlanta Braves from 1976 to 2007
*August 6 -
Karl Kuehl, 70, scout and player development executive who managed the Expos for most of the 1976 season
*August 12 -
George Gick, 92, relief pitcher in two games for the White Sox in 1937 and 1938
*August 12 -
Dottie Wiltse Collins, 84, female pitcher for the Fort Wayne Daisiesfrom 1944 to 1950 who led the AAGPBL in strikeouts in 1945
*August 15 -
Darrin Winston, 42, relief pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997 to 1998
*September 2 -
Todd Cruz, 52, infielder for six different major league teams from 1978 to 1984 and a member of the 1983 World Champion Baltimore Orioles
*September 7 -
Don Gutteridge, 96, infielder for four major league teams, mainly the Cardinals and Browns, who coached for the White Sox from 1955 to 1966 and managed the team in 1969-70; was the last living Browns player from the 1944 pennant winners, and the oldest living major league manager
*September 24 -
Mickey Vernon, 90, a two-time American League batting champion with the Washington Senators and seven-time All-Star first baseman during a 20-year major league career
*September 30 -
Ed Brinkman, 66, Gold Glove shortstop during a 15-year career in the majors with the Senators, Tigers, Cardinals, Rangers and Yankees, who in by|1972 surpassed a Chico Carrasquel's record for shortstops with 72 straight errorless games –a mark Cal Ripken broke in by|1990
*October 7 -
Bruce Dal Canton, 66, relief pitcher for the Pirates, Royals, Braves and White Sox (1967-1977), who later worked for the Braves as their pitching coach (1987-1990) and as an instructor in the Atlanta farm system (1991-2008)
*October 7 -
George Kissell, 88, who had been with the St. Louis Cardinalssince 1940, including a major league stint as a coach from 1969 to 1975.
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