1988 November

1st  Chris Sabo, who hit .271 with 11 home runs and 46 stolen bases as the Reds 3B, wins the NL Rookie of the Year award. Chicago’s Mark Grace is runner-up.

2nd  Oakland SS Walt Weiss becomes the 3rd consecutive A’s player to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, joining sluggers Jose Canseco (1986) and Mark McGwire (1987).

3rd  Veteran pitcher Bert Blyleven changes clubs for the 5th time, going from the Twins to the Angels for a package of minor leaguers.

7th  Art Howe, who played for Houston from 1976-83, is named manager of the Astros, while Jim Lefebvre is named manager of the Mariners.

10th  Orel Hershiser (23-8) is a unanimous choice as NL Cy Young Award winner.

The Orioles hire the popular Roland Hemond as General Manager. He’ll last 7 years.

14th  Doug Rader, who piloted the Rangers from 1982-85, is named manager of the California Angels.

15th  Dodgers OF Kirk Gibson wins the NL MVP Award, edging Mets Darryl Strawberry and Kevin McReynolds. Gibson hit .290 with 25 home runs and just 76 RBI.

16th  Jose Canseco becomes the first unanimous AL MVP since Reggie Jackson in 1973.

23rd  Free-agent 2B Steve Sax leaves the World Champion Dodgers and signs a 3-year contract with the Yankees.

28th  Mike Moore, 9-15 last season for Seattle, signs as a free agent with the AL champion A’s.

28th  The Red Sox sign Rich Gedman to a one-year, $1.2 million contract that makes him the highest-paid catcher in the AL. He will hit .212 in 1989.

30th  The Royals sign veteran catcher Bob Boone, who hit a career-high .295 last season.