2nd Hank Peters takes on the job of president of the Indians in addition to his job as GM.
3rd Oakland 1B Mark McGwire wins the AL Rookie of the Year Award, now called the Jackie Robinson Award, joining Carlton Fisk (1972) as the only player to win that league’s award unanimously. McGwire set a rookie record with 49 homers and was the first rookie to lead the majors in homers since Al Rosen in 1950.
4th Padres catcher Benito Santiago is a unanimous selection as the NL Rookie of the Year, now called the Jackie Robinson Award, while Pirates pitcher Mike Dunne is the second choice on 22 of 24 ballots.
6th The Royals trade pitcher Danny Jackson and SS Angel Salazar to the Reds for pitcher Ted Power and SS Kurt Stillwell. A good move by the Reds new GM Murray Cook, as Jackson will win 23 games in ’88.
10th In the closest vote in the award’s history, Steve Bedrosian edges Rick Sutcliffe 57-55 to win the NL Cy Young Award. Bedrosian is the 3rd reliever ever to win the award in the NL.
11th Roger Clemens becomes the first pitcher since Jim Palmer in 1975-76 to win consecutive Cy Young
The Mets trade former first rounder Terry Blocker to the Braves for a player to be named (Kevin Brown).
13th Jim Frey, who managed the Cubs to the 1984 NL East title and spent last season as a broadcaster for the club, is named the club’s director of baseball operations. His first major move will be to hire longtime friend Don Zimmer as manager on November 20th.
17th George Bell becomes the first Blue Jay ever to win the AL MVP Award, edging Detroit’s Alan Trammell 332-311. Bell hit .308 last season with 47 home runs and a league-leading 134 RBI.
18th Cubs OF Andre Dawson becomes the first player from a last-place club ever to win an MVP Award, taking NL honors for his .287-49-137 season. Dawson totaled just 32 walks.
NL umpire Dick Nello dies in a freak accident in Lakeland, Florida. Nello was standing between two parked cars chatting with a friend when a vehicle slammed into one of the cars crushing him. Nello had just finished the NL season, his 20th. He is survived by his ex-wife Chesty Morgan, a well-endowed exotic dancer and occasional film star.
27th Former NL slugging great Babe Herman dies in Glendale, California. He is survived by his wife Ann, and three children. His son Robert is the Opera Director Emeritus of the Miami Opera Company.