6th Free-agent P Al Holland, who saved just 5 games for 3 teams last season, signs with the Yankees.
13th Keep the uniforms? Two months after being traded from the Yankees to the White Sox, C Ron Hassey is traded back to the Yankees along with 3 minor leaguers in exchange for P Neil Allen, C Scott Bradley, and minor leaguer Glen Braxton. But Hassey will again go back to the White Sox on July 30th.
21st Rollie Fingers loses a chance to continue his career with the Cincinnati Reds when he refuses to shave his trademark handlebar mustache to comply with the club’s policy. Says Fingers: “I’m not about to shave it off just to play baseball.”
23rd Despite losing his arbitration case, Boston’s Wade Boggs receives the largest salary ever awarded through that process, $1.35 million.
24th High-tension Dick Williams resigns as manager of the Padres. He will be replaced by low-key Steve Boros.
27th Nine days after being arrested on drug possession charges for the 2nd time in a month, LaMarr Hoyt checks into a drug rehabilitation program and will miss most of the Padres’ spring training. Hoyt was 16-8 with a 3.47 ERA last season.
28th In baseball’s sternest disciplinary move since the Black Sox were banished for life, Commissioner Ueberroth gives 7 players who were admitted drug users a choice of a year’s suspension without pay or heavy fines and career-long drug testing, along with 100 hours of drug-related community service. Joaquin Andujar, Jeffrey Leonard, Enos Cabell, Keith Hernandez, Dave Parker, Dale Berra, and Lonnie Smith will be fined 10 percent of their annual salaries, while 14 other players will receive lesser penalties for their involvement with illegal drugs. Most of the suspensions are a result of testimony at the Pittsburgh trial.