1999 November

1st The Cubs hire Atlanta Braves coach Don Baylor as their new manager.

The Indians hire hitting coach Charlie Manuel as their new manager.

2nd The Rangers trade OF Juan Gonzalez, P Danny Patterson and C Gregg Zaun to the Tigers in exchange for pitchers Justin Thompson, Alan Webb and Francisco Cordero, OF Gabe Kapler, C Bill Haselman, and IF Frank Catalanotto.

Seattle announces that superstar Ken Griffey Jr. is requesting a trade closer to his home. The Mariners agree to try to trade him during the off season.

The St. Paul voters reject a referendum on a sales tax increase to cover 1/3 of the $325 million needed for the stadium. The plan called for the Twins to pay 1/3 and the legislature would provide the funding for the other 1/3.

4th The Brewers hire Davey Lopes as their new manager.

Larry Dolan agrees to buy the Cleveland Indians from Richard Jacobs for $320 million. The sale is subject to approval by major league owners. If approved, the deal will be a record for a baseball franchise. The O’Malley family sold the Dodgers to the Fox division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation for $311 in 1998.

5th  After 2 days of play in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup tourney in Sydney, Australia, the USA has a 2–0 record. Yesterday, they won 4–0 over Japan by scoring 4 runs in the 9th, 3 on Dan Held’s HR. Cuba beats Taiwan, 1–0, to avenge a loss yesterday to Cuba.  Australia beats Italy after winning yesterday, 4–3 over the Netherlands, behind Shayne Bennett of the Expos.

8th Cincinnati Reds relief P Scott Williamson is named the NL Rookie of the Year. Williamson was not on the Reds roster at the beginning of the year, but ended with a 12–7 record.

The Dodgers trade disgruntled OF Raul Mondesi and P Pedro Borbon to the Blue Jays for All-star OF Shawn Green and IF Jorge Nunez. Green said he wanted to play in a metropolitan city with a large Jewish population, but apparently the California native didn’t include Toronto in that.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution calling for Shoeless Joe Jackson to be honored. The resolution stops short of calling for his induction into the Hall of Fame. “It is worthy for this body to take a few minutes to stand up for fairness and right an old wrong,” said Rep. Jim DeMint, the author of the resolution who represents Jackson’s hometown of Greenville, S.C. Jackson was eligible for the Hall of Fame until 1991 but was never voted in either by the Baseball Writers’ Association of American or the veterans committee. In 1991, the Hall’s board adopted a resolution prohibiting players on the permanently banned list.  The resolution now goes to the Senate.

9th Kansas City Royals OF Carlos Beltran is named the AL Rookie of the Year. Beltran was the 1st rookie with 100+ RBI since Mike Piazza had 112 in 1993 and the 1st in the AL since Mark McGwire had 118 in 1987. He is the first rookie with 100 runs /100 RBI since Fred Lynn in 75.

10th Cincinnati Reds skipper Jack McKeon is named the NL Manager of the Year.

The Padres trade P Andy Ashby to the Phillies for RHPs Carlton Loewer, Steve Montgomery, and Adam Eaton. Loewer will break his leg in January while hunting and not pitch in the majors till June of 2001.

11th Boston Red Sox skipper Jimy Williams is named the AL Manager of the Year.

The Blue Jays trade pitchers Pat Hentgen and Paul Spoljaric to the Cardinals in exchange for P Lance Painter, C Alberto Castillo, and OF Matt DeWitt.

12thIn the 1999 Intercontinental Cup tourney in Sydney, Australia. Cuban righthander Ciro Licea shuts out Team USA, 7-0 striking out 13. Team USA will play for the bronze medal against either Australia or Japan while Cuba, with its second win against the Americans in the tournament, will play the winner of that game for the gold medal.

15th Arizona Diamondback P Randy Johnson is named the NL Cy Young Award winner. He is the 2nd pitcher to win the award in both leagues.

As reported by historian Pete Bjarkman, the one place Cuba seems less than invincible is in the Intercontinental Cup tournament, where the international powerhouse team loses in a second straight upset, this time to Australia, 4–3 in 11 innings. Cuba, which did not send its best team, also lost the Intercontinental Cup Gold Medal game two years ago in Barcelona, falling to Japan, this year’s Bronze medal winner. The USA finishes 4th.

16th Surprise! Boston Red Sox P Pedro Martinez is named the unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young Award. He led the AL in wins, strikeouts and ERA, the third year in a row a pitcher has won the AL triple crown.  Martinez also won the Cy Young in the NL, just the third pitcher to do so.

The Cardinals obtain pitchers Darryl Kile, Dave Veres, and Luther Hackman from the Rockies in exchange for pitchers Jose Jimenez, Manny Aybar and Rick Croushore, and IF Brent Butler.

17th Atlanta Braves 3B Chipper Jones is named the NL Most Valuable Player.

The Angels hire Mike Scioscia as their new manager.

The Rockies trade P Curtis Leskanic to the Brewers in exchange for P Mike Myers.

The Orioles sign free agent P Mike Trombley to a 3-year contract.

18th Texas Rangers C Ivan Rodriguez is named the AL Most Valuable Player. Rodriguez was runnerup for team MVP to Palmeiro.

23rd The Diamondbacks sign free agent P Russ Springer to a 2-year contract.

26th Arbitrator Alan Symonette rejects the owners’ attempt to dismiss the umpires grievance dismissed, giving the 22 booted umps a chance to get their jobs back. Symonette will hear the grievance beginning December 13.

30th  Members of the umpires association vote 57-35 to form a new union, with 1 vote voided because the umpire signed his ballot. The NLRB will certify the election results in 7 days, if there are no objections. But, Jerry Crawford, the president of the old union, said objections are likely to be filed.

Braves minor leaguer Roger Blanco is killed by robbers in Cita La Mar, Venezuela. Blanco, 30, was traded to the Braves in 1996 for Mark Whiten.

Pete Rose launches a new web site, allowing fans to add their names to a petition to vote for his reinstatement. He was banned from the game for gambling in August of 1989.