6th The Dodgers sign free agent OF Devon White to a 3-year contract.
3rd Ben Grieve, Oakland outfielder, is named the AL Rookie of the Year. Grieve, in the lineup since Opening Day, hit .288.
6th Cubs fireballer Kerry Wood, with a 13–6 record, wins the NL Rookie of the Year award. Wood held batters to a NL best .196 average and was 3rd in the NL in strikeouts with 233 in just 166 2/3 innings.
8th The Mets announce GM Steve Phillips will take a paid leave of absence while a threatened sexual-harassment lawsuit against him is resolved. Phillips acknowledges having had an extramarital affair with the woman, but denies having harassed her. Frank Cashen will replace Phillips on an interim basis.
The Rockies sign free agent P Brian Bohannon to a 3-year contract.
Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa is named the National League MVP. Sosa hits 66 homers and led the NL in RBIs while carrying the Cubs to the playoff.
9th The Mariners trade P Paul Spoljaric to the Phillies in exchange for P Mark Leiter.
It is revealed that Hall of Fame P Jim “Catfish” Hunter is suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the progressive, ultimately fatal neurological condition better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
10th The Braves trade P Denny Neagle, OF Michael Tucker, and minor league P Rob Bell to the Reds in exchange for second baseman Bret Boone and P Mike Remlinger.
Texas OF Juan Gonzalez is named the AL MVP. Gonzalez drove in 101 runs by the All-star break, and his 157 RBIs was the most in the AL in 49 years.
11th The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Greg Swindell to a 3-year contract, and free agent 1B Greg Colbrunn to a 2-year contract.
The White Sox trade OF Mike Cameron to the Reds in exchange for 1B Paul Konerko.
In a swap of high-priced unwanteds, the Mets send P Mel Rojas to the Dodgers for OF Bobby Bonilla. Neither will help, but the little-used, outspoken Bonilla, with a 2-year contract, will be a heavier burden than Rojas.
The Tigers sign free agent 3B Dean Palmer to a 5–year contract.
12th Roger Clemens of Toronto is named the AL CY Young winner for the second year in a row. Clemens also wins TSN’s AL pitcher of the year. His 20-6 record is the same as Tom Glavine of the Braves, who takes the NL Cy Young award, the second time he’s won it. Glavine is the first Cy Young winner not to have the most first place votes. as he is named on 11 ballots; Trevor Hoffman receives 12 first place votes and Kevin Brown, eight. Glavine misses out on the TSN NL pitchers award, which goes to Brown, but for the 4th time Glavine wins a silver bat for being the top hitter at his position. Glavine hit .239 this year; when he won his last Cy Young in 1991, his batting average of .230 won the silver bat award. He is the only pitcher to win both awards twice: Fernando Valenzuela was the Cy Young winner and silver bat winner in 1981.
The Orioles sign free agent P Mike Timlin to a 4-year contract.
The Mariners sign free agent P Jose Mesa to a 2-year contract.
13th The Babe hits new heights today: $126,500. That is the price paid for the ball he hit in 1923 for the first home run in Yankee Stadium. Mark Scala found the Ruth ball two years ago in the attic of his grandmother’s house. The bid was $110,000 and the total price includes the auction house’s 15 percent commission. Two year ago, the ball Eddie Murray hit for his 500th home run was sold for what one day could be $500,000. Michael Lasky, the founder of the Psychic Friends Network, paid $280,000 that was put in an annuity to be paid over 20 years. With interest, the annuity will be worth about $500,000, according to a spokesman for Lasky, who also operates as syndicated handicapper Mike Warren. The previous record for an auctioned baseball was $93,500 for the ball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs in the 1986 World Series. That ball was bought by actor Charlie Sheen in 1992. Other auctioned items include: the bat Pete Rose used for his 4,191st hit, which tied Ty Cobb’s career record, was sold by an unidentified Rose associate for $21,096; an autographed ball from President Franklin Roosevelt that he used to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the 1941 season opener at Griffith Stadium sold for $17,255, and a personal check signed Henry Louis Gehrig sold for $15,306.
The Red Sox sign free agent Jose Offerman, who played with the Royals, to a 4-year contract.
The Dodgers sign free agent P Alan Mills to a 3-year contract.
The Indians trade P Chad Ogea to the Phillies in exchange for P Jerry Spradlin.
15th The Astros sign free agent 3B Ken Caminiti to a multi–year contract as the Padres championship team begins to come apart.
16th The Mets reinstate GM Steve Phillips, who will continue to undergo counseling. The threatened sexual harassment suit will be settled out of court.
17th The Pirates sign free agent IF Mike Benjamin to a 2-year contract.
18th In a good swap for Pittsburgh, the Indians trade OF Brian Giles to the Pirates for P Ricardo Rincon. Giles will club 35 homers in each of his next four seasons.
19th The Phillies trade pitchers Ricky Bottalico and Garrett Stephenson to the Cardinals for OF Ron Gant, pitchers Jeff Brantley and Cliff Politte, and cash.
The Cardinals sign free agent OF Eric Davis to a 2-year contract, and free agent P Scott Radinsky to a 2-year contract.
20th The Mets trade C Jorge Fabregas to the Marlins in exchange for P Oscar Henriquez.
23rd The Braves sign free agent OF Brian Jordan to a 5–year contract. Jordan had flirted with several teams before landing the 5 year deal with the Braves.
The Marlins trade C Gregg Zaun to the Rangers in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
Bob Betts, the p.a. announcer whose distinctive baritone made him synonymous with Brewers baseball at Milwaukee County Stadium, dies at the age of 70. Betts announced the home games for 23 seasons.
24th The Indians sign free agent second baseman Roberto Alomar to a 4-year contract. Alomar joins his brother, Sandy.
Padres 1B Wally Joyner undergoes corrective eye surgery to bring his eyesight up to 20/20. His eye sight had deteriorated to 20/3000.
25th The Angels sign free agent 1B Mo Vaughn to a 6–year contract, a year longer than the Sox were willing to give Mo.
30th The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Randy Johnson to a 4-year contract.