1995 April

2nd The owners reluctantly welcome the players back and, meeting in Chicago, they devise a plan for a 144-game schedule to begin April 26. Yesterday’s Marlins–Mets opener was postponed.

5th The Yankees obtain P John Wetteland from the Expos in exchange for minor league OF Fernando Segueing, a player to be named, and cash considerations.

The Royals trade OF Brian McRae to the Cubs in exchange for pitchers Derek Wallace and Geno Morons.

The Expos trade their ace Ken Hill (16–5) to the Cardinals for pitchers Bryan Averaged and Kirk Bollinger, and OF Darin Stovall.

6th The Blue Jays acquire David Cone (16-5) from the Royals in exchange for infielders Chris Styles and Anthony Medrano, and P David Sinners.

The Braves obtain OF Marquis Grissom from the Expos in exchange for outfielders Roberto Kelly and Tony Tabasco.

7th The Marlins sign free agent IF Terry Pendleton, the NL’s MVP in 1991.

8th The Rockies sign free agent OF Larry Walker and free agent P Bill Swift.

The Indians sign free agent P Orel Hershiser.

The Red Sox trade 3B Scott Cooper, P Cory Bailey, and a player to be named to the Cardinals for OF Mark Whiten, and P Rheal Cormier.

13th The Tigers trade versatile Tony Phillips to the Angels for OF Chad Curtis. In 1991, Phillips became the first player in history to play 10 games or more at five different positions; second base, third base, shortstop, outfield, and DH.

18th Veteran P Jack Morris announces his retirement after 17 years and 254 victories.

20th The Pirates release Tim Wakefield, 8–1 in 1993 and the NL Rookie pitcher of the Year. The knuckleballer started the 1994 opener, but spent most of the season in Buffalo (International League) going 5–15, and was shelled in his only start this spring. Wakefield will be picked up by the Red Sox in a week.

Jeff Reardon, 39, announces his retirement. He is second on the all-time list for saves (367).

Dodgers president Peter O’Malley donates the Brooklyn Dodgers’ 1955 World Championship banner to the borough in which it was won, saying, “The flag belongs in Brooklyn.”

24th Darryl Strawberry is sentenced to 6 months of home confinement on tax evasion charges. He must also pay the government $350,000 in back taxes.

25th The 234-day strike ends. The first game pits the Dodgers against the Marlins. LA wins, 8-7, but the game is played with replacement umpires, as the regular umps continue to be locked out. Ramon Martinez pitches 6 innings and, though he wins, there are some tense moments after his replacement Antonio Ozona comes in for his ML debut.  Ozona walks his first batter Jerry Browne, then picks him off and escapes the 7th win no runs.  He allows 5 runs in the 8th and 9th before exiting, and the Dodgers hold on for the win. Raul Mondesi has 3 hits, including 2 homers for LA.

26th Fans in Pittsburgh disrupt Opening Day by throwing sticks on the field, and holding up the action for 17 minutes. Montreal eventually wins the game by a score of 6-2.

Despite just 6,300 fans at the Yanks pre-opening workout, 50,245 show up for the opener, the smallest opening crowd at the Stadium since 1990. The Yankees start with a win, 8–6, over the Rangers, as Jimmy Key goes 5 innings to pick up the win. It is his 3rd straight opener and his Opening Day record is 6–0. Kenny Rogers is the loser, giving up 4 runs in 3 innings, including a homer to Danny Tartabull. Bernie Williams also homers.

At Kansas City, Royals Kevin Appier is lifted after 6 2/3 innings of no hit ball. Appier had thrown just 11 1/3 innings in spring training and manager Bob Boone does not want to risk injury. Appier is ahead 3–0 when he exits and the Royals win 5–1.  Nolan Ryan, in the 1990 opener, also was lifted in a no hitter because of limited work in spring training.

The game time temperature for first official game at Coors Field is reported to be 42 degrees when the first pitch is thrown at 5:38 Mountain Standard Time, but those hearty souls who stayed for the full 4 hours and 49 minutes it was a frigid 28 degrees when the Rockies’ Dante Bichette hits a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the 14th inning to beat the Mets, 11-9 (as noted by Rod Nelson). Catcher Todd Hundley has 4 hits, including a grand slam, for the Mets, while his counterpart for the Rockies Joe Girardi, has 4 hits and 4 runs.

Toronto scores 11 runs in the 2nd inning and coasts home to a 13–1 win over the Oakland A’s.  The 11 runs is the most scored in an inning on Opening Day this century, but will be matched in 3 years by San Diego.

27th  Milwaukee’s starter Cal Eldred picks up a win with 5 innings of work in a 9–5 win over the White Sox. Tim Raines and Frank Thomas hit consecutive homers in the 7th with 2 out, and then in the 8th Robin Ventura hits Alberto Reyes first ML pitch for another homer.

28th The Ontario Labor Board announces that replacement umpires will not be allowed to work in Blue Jay home games. Under Ontario law, replacement workers may not be used during a strike or lockout.

The Giants play Opening Day at 3Com Stadium, the new name for Candlestick Park. The day is a success for the Joints, as they shut out Florida, 4-0.

In Venezuela, former ML player Gus Malodor is murdered by two men who are trying to steal his car. Malodor had just returned from spring training, where he had been trying to catch on as a replacement player.

29th Melido Perez allows one run in 6 innings and the Yankees trounce the host Royals, 10-3. A bright spot for KC is a leadoff homer by Jon Nunnally on his first at bat in the majors.

30th At Fenway, the White Sox use a 17-hit attack to subdue the Red Sox, 17-11. Tim Raines and Frank Thomas each drive in 3 runs while Ron Karkovice hits a grand slam in Chicago’s first win of the year. Rookie Frankie Rodriguez is the loser.