1989 November

3rd  Lou Piniella is named manager of the Reds, replacing the banned Pete Rose, and John McNamara will manage the Indians.

7th  Baltimore’s Gregg Olson becomes the first relief pitcher to win the AL Rookie of the Year Award.

8th  Cubs OF Jerome Walton wins the NL Rookie of the Year Award, collecting 22 of 24 first-place votes to defeat teammate Dwight Smith. They are the first NL teammates to finish 1-2 in the voting since the Phillies Jack Sanford and Ed Bouchee in 1957. Walton is the first Cub to win rookie honors since Billy Williams, in 1961.

14th  Padres reliever Mark Davis wins the NL Cy Young Award. He saved 44 games with a 1.85 ERA.

15th  Twenty-five-year-old Bret Saberhagen becomes the 4th pitcher ever to win the AL Cy Young Award twice, getting 27 of a possible 28 first-place votes for his 23-6, 2.16 ERA season. He also won the award in 1985.

16th  The NL champion Giants sign free-agent OF Kevin Bass, who hit .300 for Houston last season.

17th  Nick Esasky, who became one of the major leagues’ most coveted free agents after hitting .277 with 30 HRs and 108 RBI for the Red Sox last season, signs a 3-year contract with Atlanta Braves. Esasky lives in Marietta, Georgia.  Esasky will suffer from vertigo and play just 9 games with the Braves. Near the end of his contract Atlanta will release him on July 17, 1992.

20th  Brewers centerfielder Robin Yount edges the Rangers Ruben Sierra to win his second AL MVP Award. Yount, who won as a SS in 1982, hit .318 last season with 21 HRs and 103 RBI.

21st  Giants Kevin Mitchell, who led the big leagues with 47 HRs and 125 RBI, wins the NL MVP Award.

22nd  Twins OF Kirby Puckett re-signs with the club for $9 million over 3 years, making him the first ML player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year. More will follow.

27th  Five-time NL All-Star Tony Pena signs as a free agent with the Red Sox.