3rd The Yankees trade their best outfielder Roberto Kelly and minor league 1B Joe DeBerry to the Reds in exchange for lefty hitting Paul O’Neill. O’Neill’s average will jump from .259 with the Reds to .303 with New York. Kelly will have two .300+ seasons in Cincy before being swapped.
5th Former Pirate, Yankee and Mariner P Rod Scurry dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at age 36.
9th Lou Piniella is named manager of the Seattle Mariners.
Drayton McLane Jr. officially becomes owner of the Houston Astros, purchasing the team from John McMullen for $115 million.
10th Baseball owners refuse to grant permission for the SF Giants to move to St. Petersburg, Florida.
12th Arbitrator George Nicolau overturns the suspension of Yankees P Steve Howe for being too severe. The pitcher is resigned by the Yankees.
13thFormer Reds marketing director Charles Levy, in a deposition in support of fired Controller Tom Sabo’s suit against the Reds, says Marge Schott referred to former Reds Eric Davis and Dave Parker as “million-dollar niggers.” He also says she had a swastika arm band at home. Roger Blaemire, a former veep, testifies that he also heard her use racial slurs.
14th Marge Schott issue a statement saying. “I am not a racist.” On the 20th she will issue a statement saying her use of the word “nigger” and owning the Nazi arm band were not meant to offend.
16th The Rockies sign free agent 1B Andres Galarraga who rejoins Don Baylor, his hitting coach with the Cards. Galarraga is coming off his second injury-plagued year, having missed 44 days of the season after being hit on the wrist by a Wally Whitehurst pitch in the 3rd game of the season.
17th Baseball holds the expansion draft to stock the rosters of the NL’s two new teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. A total of 72 players are chosen. P David Nied is the first pick of the Rockies, while OF Nigel Wilson is selected first by the Marlins. The Fish take Jose Martinez with #2, while the Rocks pick vet Charlie Hayes. The best picks for Florida are #4 Trevor Hoffman, eventually packaged for Gary Sheffield; #11 Jeff Conine, who will hit 81 homers in 4 years; and #18 Cris Carpenter, later dealt to Texas for Rob Nen. For Colorado, they will find gold with #6 Eric Young, #10 Joe Girardi, #16 Vinny Castilla, and #18 Armando Reynoso. Picks #13 and 14 are good ones—Andy Ashby, Brad Ausmus and Doug Bochtler—but they’ll all go to the Padres in 1993 in an ill-fated deal for pricey vet pitchers Hurst and Harris.
The Reds trade P Norm Charlton to the Mariners in exchange for OF Kevin Mitchell.
The Cubs trade SS Alex Arias and 3B Gary Scott to the Marlins for P Greg Hibbard.
The Athletics trade SS Walt Weiss to the Marlins for C Eric Helfand and a player to be named.
The Rockies make their first trade a good one, sending OF Kevin Reimer to the Brewers for OF Dante Bichette. Bichette hit .287 for Milwaukee, but just .246 in the 2nd half of the year.
The Dodgers trade P Rudy Seanez to the Rockies in exchange for Jody Reed.
19th The Pirates trade 2B Jose Lind to the Royals for pitchers Dennis Moeller and Joel Johnston.
Eric Karros is named the NL’s Rookie of the Year. The Dodger 1B hit .257 with 20 homers, and was the first Dodger rookie to reach 20 HRs since Frank Howard in 1960.
22nd The AL names Milwaukee SS Pat Listach the Rookie of the Year. Listach was recalled on April 7 to replace the injured Bill Spiers and hit .290. He was the first Brewer to steal 50 bases in a season.
27th The Blue Jays sign free agent IF–OF Darnell Coles.
29th Marge Schott is quoted in today’s NY Times as saying, that Adolph Hitler was initially good for Germany, that her references to “niggers” was in jest, and she couldn’t understand why the word “Jap” was offensive. The ML will appoint a 4-man committee to investigate Schott.
30th The Reds sign free agent P John Smiley to a 4-year contract.