1993 June

1st The Cubs trade P Heathcliff Slocumb to the Indians in exchange for minor league SS Jose Hernandez.

2nd At Tiger Stadium, Ron Karkovice hits a grand slam in Chicago’s 6-run 1st inning, then adds a solo in the 8th. Cora and Ventura homer as the White Sox roll to a 10-1 win. Jason Bere earns his first ML victory.

Roberto Alomar has 4 hits, including a pair of homers off Angels starter Julio Valero, and bangs in 5 runs as Toronto wins on the road, 7-6.  The real banging occurs in the 6thinning when Chad Curtis reaches base on a HBP and Tim Salmon homers. Curtis then pops out of the dugout and runs toward Jays 3B Ed Sprague who had been jawing at him as he circled the bases. Both benches empty and an 18-minute brawl ensues. It is promotional ball night at Anaheim Stadium and balls come raining down on the field. Sprague and Curtis earn ejections and both will be suspended for 3 games. Also ejected are four other players, including Darnell Coles, who takes a swing at a fan and hits a policeman instead.

3rd Seattle selects SS Alex Rodriguez of Westminster Christian HS in Miami with the first pick in the amateur draft. Rodriguez hit .417 with 17 homers and 90 stolen bases. The Tigers, picking 9th, take speedster Matt Brunson, who will steal 106 bases in 329 A-level minor league games: impressive, considering he will hit just .200. The Brewers get pitchers Jeff D’Amico and Kelly Wunsch with two first round picks. Both will prove injury prone, but they do take SS Mark Loretta on the 7th round. The Phils take Scott Rolen on the 2nd round; the Braves select Kevin Millwood (11th) and John Rocker (18th), while the Indians take Richie Sexson (24th). The Padres pick Gary Matthews, Jr. on the 13th round. The Dodgers pick Wichita State pitcher Darren Dreifort, who will skip the minor leagues and debut on April 7, 1994.

6th Baltimore’s Cal Ripken strains his right knee during a 7th inning brawl between the Orioles and Mariners, putting his consecutive game streak in jeopardy. He remains in the game, however, though later he says, “it was the closest I’ve come to not playing.” Eight players are suspended for their involvement in the 20-minute melee, which begins when Seattle C Bill Haselman charges the mound after being plunked by Mike Mussina. Wholesale ejections occur including Chris Bosio, Jeff Tackett, Mark Williamson, Haselman, Alan Mills, David Segui, Rick Sutcliffe, Norm Charlton, Mackey Sasser and Mariners manager Lou Piniella; pitcher Mike Mussina was not ejected. The Orioles eventually win the game by a score of 5-2.

Tigers defeat the Angels, 11-4. In the course of the game, they pull off a rare feat by hitting for the cycle in a 4-hitter span. With one out in the 3rd inning, Travis Fryman singles, Cecil Fielder homers, Kirk Gibson doubles, and Chad Kreuter triples. Of the 5 California pitchers to take the mound, the only one to retire Detroit in order is IF Rene Gonzalez, who has not pitched since American Legion ball.

7th Milwaukee P Cal Eldred defeats the Mariners, 5-3, for his 7th win of the year. This gives him 20 victories in his first 30 career appearances in the majors, tying him for the “quickest” 20 wins in history with 3 other hurlers—Boo Ferriss (1945), Russ Ford (1910), and Nick Maddox (1908).

The Montreal Expos sell Matt Stairs to the Chunichi Dragons (Japan Central). More of a rental, Montreal will re-sign him in December and sell him to the Red Sox in February.

Reds pitcher John Smiley has 4 hits and 3 RBI while pitching a complete game 12-3 victory over Montreal. Bip Roberts also has 4 hits, including 3 doubles.

8th Led by Joe Carter’s 5thinning grand slam the Blue Jays pound out 4 homers as they whip the Angels, 14-6.

9th The Padres fire GM Joe McIlvaine and appoint 29-year-old Randy Smith as VP of baseball operations and GM, making him the youngest GM in the history of major league baseball.

11th Seattle P Erik Hanson allows 4 runs on a single in the 4th inning of the Mariners’ 8-2 loss to California. With the bases loaded, Greg Myers strokes a single to left. Left fielder Henry Cotto boots the ball, then throws over the head of C Bill Haselman as 2 runs score. Hanson, who is backing up home, fires a throw over 3B Edgar Martinez’s head allowing 2 more runners to score.

The Yankees-Brewers game at County Stadium is interrupted by some 100 sea gulls who swoop down onto the field, apparently in search of moths hatching in the infield and outfield grass. The Yankees eventually win the game by a score of 5–4, winning in the 9th on a two-run pinch homer by Kevin Maas.  While no players or seagulls are hurt, Wade Boggs called the situation “terribly dangerous.” The seagulls will return for tomorrow night’s game, but the Brewers will be prepared for the birds.  Gus the wonder dog, on loan from the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, will keep them away.

The Mets trade SS Tony Fernandez to the Blue Jays in exchange for OF Darrin Jackson.

12th Giants’ second baseman Robby Thompson gets 5 hits in SF’s 5-4 victory over the Cubs.

The first two batters for Oakland, Rickey Henderson and Craig Paquette, homer off Minnesota’s Jim Deshais, but that is all the scoring the A’s can muster. Minnesota wins, 7–2.

Down 7–0 to Doug Drabek in the 3rd inning, the Rockies surge back to beat Houston, 14–11.

Tim Raines hits a leadoff homer for the White Sox, and Ron Karkovice finishes their scoring with a 15th inning homer as Chicago wins, 2-1, over Kansas City.

Behind the pitching of freshman Brett Laxton, LSU wins the College World Series with an 8-0, 3-hit victory over Wichita State in the championship game. Laxton gets the start because Mike Sirotka pitched 9 innings against Long Beach. His 16 Ks ties a mark in a final game set by ASU’s Tom Burgess in 1967. His shutout is the first and only in a series finale since 1961, when SC’s Jim Withers did it. Teammate Todd Walker, who homers today, is named the Series MVP.

15th Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. hits the 100th HR of his career in the Mariners’ 6-1 win over the Royals, making him the 6th-youngest player to reach that level in major league history.

The Braves edge the Mets, 2–1, in a pitching duel between Bret Saberhagen and Tom Glavine. Saberhagen goes 8 innings, allowing a home run to Sid Bream. Glavine finishes the Mets with 79 pitches, allowing just a HR to Darrin Jackson, his first hit as a Met since coming from Toronto. The Mets also lose closer John Franco, who walks in the winning run, then later punches the door to the sauna in the visiting clubhouse and needs stitches in the knuckle of his right index finger. Franco trashed a clubhouse last week, firing an ash tray during the tantrum.

After baseball owners have an all day meeting in Denver to discuss, among other things, bench-clearing brawls, they arrive at Mile high Stadium for the 7th inning, and witness two fights and 4 ejections. After a Ramon Martinez brushback pitch, Andres Galarraga singles and breaks for second clipping second baseman Jody Reed with his spikes. Martinez then plunks Charlie Hayes, who charges the mound, and the brawling starts. Rock’s reliever Keith Shephard, a former boxer, throws at Cory Snyder in the 8th, then gestures him to come on. Brawl 2 and 2 more ejections. The Dodgers win, 12–4.

16th Florida C Mitch Lyden becomes the 67th major league player to homer in his first at bat, doing so in the Marlins’ 6-4 loss to the Cubs. In relief, Jim Bullinger is the winner in his only decision of the year. The Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Cracker Jack, which was introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, by having Sailor Jack, the company’s mascot, throw out the ceremonial first pitch. All 31,140 fans receive free Cracker Jack.

Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals his 24th base of the year in the Athletics’ 4-0 loss to the White Sox. The SB is the 1,066th of his career, making him the world’s all-time leader, surpassing the total of 1,065 of Yutaka Fukumoto, who played in Japan from 1970 to 1988.

17th Giants OF Darren Lewis sets a major league record by playing his 243rd consecutive errorless game. It is the most ever by an OF at the start of his career. The Giants defeat the Reds, 5-1, as Bill Swift and Kevin Rogers combine to 1-hit Cincinnati. Kevin Mitchell’s infield single leading off the 8th inning is the Reds’ only hit.

Cleveland second baseman Carlos Baerga hits 3 HRs and drives in all 5 runs in the Indians’ 9-5 loss to Detroit. His teammates manage a single off winner Mike Moore. The Tigers hit 5 four-baggers of their own, including a pair each by Travis Fryman and Dan Gladden. Three players with 2 or more homers in a game ties an AL mark.

Texas OF Juan Gonzalez drives home 8 runs in the Rangers’ 18-2 win over the Angels. Gonzalez has a double and HR in his 4 hits. Strange has 4 hits and Canseco and Palmeiro also homer.

In Denver, the ML owners vote 26-2 to expand the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. With the change, 8 teams will qualify for post-season play.

The Pirates release Glenn Wilson.

18th Montreal P Dennis Martinez records his 200th career victory, getting the decision in a 2-1 win over the Braves.

The Tigers defeat the Blue Jays on “Singles Night” at Tiger Stadium. Detroit gets 15 hits in the game—all singles.

The Athletics come back from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Royals, 10-9.

19th Pittsburgh GM and former major league catcher Ted Simmons resigns after suffering a heart attack on June 8. He is succeeded by Cam Bonifay.

20th  George Bell connects for a 1st-inning grand slam and solo homer in the 4-run 8th to pace the White Sox to an 11-6 win over the host Angels.

In a 3–2 loss to Chattanooga, Knoxville Smokies manager Garth Iorg and P Travis Baptist are ejected for breaking a rule banning the use of tobacco in the dugout or clubhouse. Baptist was tossed for chewing it and Iorg for not stopping him. The rule has been in effect for all the minor leagues since June 15th.

22nd Paced by Kevin Mitchell, who has 2 doubles, a triple and a HR and 5 runs scored, the first 4 Reds in the lineup plate 14 runs in beating Colorado, 16-13. The Reds rally from deficits of 5-0, 10-6, and 11-10 to win.  Mitchell is in the middle of a 20-game hit streak but will suffer a season-ending injury in July.

Carlton Fisk of the White Sox, plays his 2,226 and final ML game, surpassing Bob Boone’s record of 2,225 for most games caught. Fisk reluctantly retires with 3,999 total bases, the most ever for a catcher. The Sox will exacerbate Fisk’s bitterness by refusing to allow him into the locker room after the Sox make the playoffs this year. When the Sox retire Fisk #72 in 1997, Fisk will request that Jerry Reinsdorf and GM Ron Schueler not be there for the ceremony, and when he goes into Cooperstown he will wear a Red Sox cap. A clerical error about 3 games caught in 1981 in which Fisk relieved initially gives him a total of 2,229 games caught. This error will appear on Fisk’s Hall of Fame plaque when he is inducted, in the 5th edition of Total Baseball, and in the 1997 edition of The Sports Encyclopedia-Baseball. Other records books such as the final edition of The Baseball Encyclopedia, the 1997 editions of The Sporting News Complete Baseball Record Book and the Elias Book of Baseball Records both correctly showed him with 2,226 games caught lifetime. SABR historian Wayne McElreavy and others note the discrepancy and the plaque and subsequent editions of the record books have corrected the total to 2,226. Ivan Rodriguez will surpass Fisk in games played in 2009.

23rd Seattle OF Jay Buhner hits for the cycle in the Mariners 8-7, 14-inning win over the Athletics.

Toronto 1B John Olerud has his 26-game hitting streak snapped in the Blue Jays’ 4-3 loss to the Yankees.

The Padres trade P Tim Scott to the Expos in exchange for IF-OF Archi Cianfrocco.

24th The Mets tie an 86-year-old record when they lose to the Cardinals, 8-5. They have not won 2 straight games for the 61st consecutive time.

After never having had a multi-homer game in his career, dating back to Little League, Giants second baseman Robby Thompson hits 2 HRs in a game for the 2nd day in a row, leading SF to a 17-2 win over the Rockies. Thompson gets 5 hits on the day for the Giants.

The Marlins obtain OF Gary Sheffield and P Rich Rodriguez from the Padres for P Trevor Hoffman, Andres Berumen and Jose Martinez. The Fish will give Sheffield a 4-year contract extension in September.

25th The host Indians down the Royals, 6-1, as Paul Sorrento belts an 8th inning grand slam off reliever Tom Gordon.

26th Knoxville Smokies pitcher Travis Baptist is the first pitcher to be ejected and fined for using snuff. The rule banning smoking and chewing tobacco in the minor leagues went into effect on June 15.  The Phoenix Firebirds protested the ban by not speaking to the media for a week, and refusing to sign autographs or make public appearances (Cultural Encyclopedia of Baseball).

Starting his third game as White Sox catcher for Fisk is Mike LaValliere and his arm proves worthy as he throws out all four would be base stealers. The White Sox beat the Mariners, 7-4, as Ellis Burks has a grand slam for Chicago. LaValliere is in the middle of a string of 12 straight base runners thrown out and he will finish this year with the Sox allowing 8 stolen bases and throwing out 24 runners.

27th Atlanta OF Ron Gant fans 4 times against Houston’s Darryl Kile, giving him 7 consecutive strikeouts, and a record-tying 10 in his last 3 games. The Astros and Kile defeat the Braves, 3-0.

In Milwaukee, the Sausage race moves from the animated scoreboard to live action when—much to the surprise of players and fans—three life sized sausages emerge from the left field gate and make their way to home plate. The Bratwurst wins the live race. The Blue Jays win the regulation game, 5-4.

The Marlins trade 3B Dave Magadan to the Mariners for OF Henry Cotto and P Jeff Darwin.

The Calgary Cannons of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League explode for 35 hits in a 23-12 pasting of the Las Vegas Stars. Cannons’ OF Lee Tinsley goes 7-for-8 in the contest. Calgary ties a PCL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 2nd inning.

28th Rangers OF Jose Canseco faces ligament transplant surgery in his arm, which he injured during his brief one inning stint on the mound in relief on May 29.

You have to wonder how “Beat It” sounds on a stadium organ?  Batting against San Francisco’s Michael Jackson in the bottom of the 9th, pinchhitter Dave Hansen clubs a grand slam to break a scoreless tie and give the Dodgers a 4-0 win. It is Hansen’s first homer of the year.

29th The Expos defeat the Pirates, 9–2, as Moises Alou, Marquis Grissom, and Larry Walker hit consecutive HRs in the 7th inning.

The Indians down the White Sox, 8-2, using a 6-run 4th inning.  Kenny Lofton hits his only homer of the year, a grand slam, in the frame.

30th The Mets defeat the Marlins, 7–1, to win their 2nd game in a row for the first time in 65 games.

The Indians finish their home stand with a 4–2 win over the White Sox. The Indians have now won 23 straight at Jacobs Field.

No mas. 70-year-old Minnie Minoso, signed by Mike Veeck, appears as a DH for the St. Paul Saints in a game against Thunder Bay in the independent Northern League. Minoso grounds back to pitcher Yoshi Seo in his only at bat. Minnie will make one more appearance, in 2003, when the Saints bring him back for one at-bat.  He’ll take walk.

The Cubs use 4 solo homers to subdue the Padres, 4-1. Wilkens, Grace and Sosa with 2 do the damage.