1986 March

5th  The Braves trade C Rick Cerone and a pair of minor leaguers to the Brewers for C Ted Simmons.

10th  Ernie Lombardi, the NL MVP in 1938, and Bobby Doerr, a 9-time AL All-Star, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee.

21st  Pittsburgh Associates, a coalition of 13 public and private investors, purchases the Pirates from the Galbreath family for $21.8 million.

      The Yankees announce that their most celebrated off-season acquisition, 26-year-old pitcher Britt Burns, will not pitch at all this season because of a chronic deteriorating hip condition.

27th  Major league baseball’s Rules Committee votes to change the DH rule for the WS, allowing a DH to be used in all games played in the AL club’s home park. Since 1976, the DH had been used in all games in alternating years.

28th  The Yankees and Red Sox swap designated hitters: Mike Easler goes to New York for Don Baylor.

      Four days before his 47th birthday, the Yankees waive pitcher Phil Niekro, 16-12 this past year. He will be signed by the Indians on April 3rd where he will go 18-22 before being traded next season.

30th  Danny Cox, who was 18-9 for the NL champion Cardinals last season, injures his ankle jumping off a sea wall while fishing and will be placed on the disabled list. He’ll be on the DL till April 29th.

31stThe Reds trade Wayne Krenchicki to the Expos for a pair of minor leaguers—Norm Charlton and Tim Barker.