2001 February

6th  Anaheim 1B Mo Vaughn undergoes surgery to repair a ruptured biceps tendon in his left arm. Mo will miss the entire 2001 season.

8th  The Dominican Republic defeats Mexico, 5-3, to take its fourth Caribbean Series title in five years.

11th  Phillies P Robert Person is arrested on charges of obstructing or opposing an officer without violence, and giving a false name, after failing to walk away from a fight when ordered.

Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium, the home of the Pirates since 1970, is imploded before thousands of onlookers. The team will play in new PNC Park this year.

14th  Major league baseball announces that umpires have been instructed to eject pitchers who throw deliberately at hitters, and not to give them a warning first.

15thThe Padres sign free agent P Bobby Jones to a one contract for $625.000. Jones left the Mets after 7+ seasons, declining a Mets offer of salary arbitration that would have netted him, at worst, $2 or $3 million. Last year Jones, 11–4, made $5.25M.

The Yanks sign Henry Rodriguez, to a one year contract. The agreement was reached a month ago and H-Rod is already listed in the team’s spring training program.

18thDave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Jim Rice, and Robin Yount are inducted into Ted Williams’ Hitters Hall of Fame in Hernando, Florida.

20th  Braves OF Andruw Jones wins a record $8.2 million contract in salary arbitration. The previous record of $7.25 million was set last year by Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera.

23rd  In what is believed to be a first of its kind test, umpire Mike Everitt meets with the Milwaukee Brewers to test out baseball’s new strike zone.

26thThe Dodgers obtain OF Marquis Grissom from the Brewers for OF Devon White.