1928 December

2nd  Cardinals 1B Jim Bottomley is voted NL MVP with 76 points to 70 for Giants 3B Fred Lindstrom, whose .358 BA was 3rd behind Hornsby and Paul Waner.

8th The Cardinals sell veteran SS Rabbit Maranville and George Harper to the Braves.

11th  At the NL meeting, President John Heydler proposes the designated hitter for pitchers to improve and speed up the game. He contends fans are tired of seeing weak-hitting pitchers come to bat. Heydler refers to his idea as “the tenth regular.”

Brooklyn sends P Jesse Petty to Pittsburgh for SS Glenn Wright. Wright will injure his arm in a handball accident and will play just 24 games in 1929, but in 1930 he’ll post career highs in hitting and HRs.

12th  The Pirates buy lefthander Larry French from Portland (PCL).

15th  The Red Sox trade Buddy Myer back to Washington for P Hod Lisenbee, P Milt Gaston, IF Bobby Reeves, IF Grant Gillis, and OF Elliot Bigelow. Myer will become a top player in the 1930s.

17th  At a joint meeting, a rule is changed that ends the practice of minor league teams selling star prospects to friendly ML clubs for high prices, then getting the players back, forcing another ML club to pay the reputed price for the player. Other changes ban the signing of players under the age of 17 and set a $7,500 price tag on any first-year player.

NL President John Heydler’s designated hitter idea gets the backing of John McGraw, but the AL is against it.