2005 November

1st      Outfielders Ichiro Suzuki and Torii Hunter, and 3B Eric Chavez each wins his 5thconsecutive Gold Glove Award as the winners are announced for the AL.

2ndSS Omar Vizquel wins his 10thGold Glove Award as the winners for the NL are announced. At age 38, he becomes the oldest middle IF ever cited. P Greg Maddux of the Cubs wins his 15thaward, while outfielders Jim Edmonds and Andruw Jones each wins his 8th.

3rdThe Nationals send veteran 3B Vinny Castilla to the Padres in exchange for P Brian Lawrence.

Braves OF Andruw Jones is voted ML Player of the Year by his fellow players in the 2005 Players Choice awards.

7thPhillies 1B Ryan Howard is named the NL Rookie of the Year. Howard hit 22 homers in 88 games filling in at first when Jim Thome was injured. The American League Rookie of the Year Award goes to Oakland closer Huston Street. It is the second straight year an Oakland player has won it. Five AL rookies got first place votes.

Pete Rose Jr. pleads guilt to federal charges that he distributed GBL, a drug that converts into GHB, a workout and sleep aid also known as the “date rape drug.” He faces up to two years in prison and could be fined $1 million. Rose acknowledges that he distributed the drug to teammates while playing for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts.

8thIn Venezuela, pitcher Ugueth Urbina is arrested on a charge of attempted murder. Last month, a group of men allegedly wielded machetes at several employees at his family’s ranch, then poured gasoline on them in an attempt to set them on fire. Five workers were injured, and one of them suffered burns on the back and right arm, police said. One victim accused Urbina of being among the attackers. Urbina’s lawyer said the pitcher was sleeping at the time and was not involved. Urbina is a free agent after playing the last season with the Phillies. It was the second violent incident for the Urbina family. Urbina’s mother was kidnapped by drug traffickers in September 2004 and held for $6 million. She was rescued five months later in a mountainous area in southern Venezuela.

Angels P Bartolo Colon is named the AL Cy Young Award winner.

9thOzzie Guillen of the White Sox and Bobby Cox of the Braves are named Manager of the Year in the AL and NL respectively.

Free agent RP Ugueth Urbina is formally charged with attempted murder in Caracas, Venezuela. The 31-year-old right-hander is accused of joining a group of men in attacking and injuring five workers with machetes and pouring gasoline on them last month.

10thCardinals P Chris Carpenter (21-5) edges out Florida’s Dontrelle Willis for the NL Cy Young Award for 2005. Carpenter is the first pitcher since the Dead Ball Era to make 16 starts in a row in which he went at least 7 innings and allowed three or fewer earned runs. Roger Clemens, who posted a 1.87 ERA in 211 innings, finishes third.

Orioles owner Peter Angelos fires co-GM Jim Beattie.

The Tigers take back infielder John McDonald whom they had traded to Toronto (July 10) for future considerations.

14thAlex Rodriguez beats out David Ortiz for the AL Most Valuable Player Award. It is Rodriguez’s 2ndMVP award, and the first for a Yankees since 1985.  A-Rod is the first Yankee third baseman to win the award, but with the honor it means that New York has had a winner at each position: Berra, Howard, Munson, C; Gehrig, Mattingly, 1B; Gordon, 2B; Rizzuto, SS; Maris, Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, OF; Spud Chandler, P.

The Devil Rays hire former Angels bench coach Joe Maddon as their manager to replace Lou Piniella.

15thThe Cardinals’ Albert Pujols wins the NL Most Valuable Player Award, edging out Andruw Jones of Atlanta.

MLB again amends its drug-testing program, increasing the suspension to 50 games for first-time offenders, and 100 games for second-time offenders. Third time offenders will be suspended for life. Amphetamine testing is also added in separate penalties.

16thThe Padres sign free agent 3B Geoff Blum to a contract.

17th  Free agent P Scott Eyre signs a three-year deal with the Cubs.

MLB owners vote unanimously to approve a toughened steroids policy. The new standards call for a 50-game suspension for a first offense, 100 games for a 2ndoffense, and a lifetime ban for a 3rdoffense.

18thThe Mets send OF Mike Cameron to the Padres. In return, NY gets OF/1B Xavier Nady.

The Nationals sign free agent IF/OF Marlon Anderson to a two-year deal.

21stJapanese catcher Kenji Jojima finalizes a three-year contract with the Mariners that will pay him $16.5 million. He will become the first Japanese catcher to play in the ML.

23rdFree agent P Bobby Howry signs a three-year contract with the Cubs.

The Phillies send 1B Jim Thome and cash to the White Sox in exchange for OF Aaron Rowand and minor league pitchers Giovany Gonzalez and Daniel Haigwood. The move signals the end of Frank Thomas in a White Sox uniform.

The Pirates trade IF Bobby Hill to the Padres for a player to be named (Clayton Hamilton).

24thThe Marlins continue to shed contracts by sending 1B Carlos Delgado and cash to the Mets for 1B Mike Jacobs, P Yusmeiro Petit, and IF Grant Psomas.

The Marlins send P Josh Beckett, 3B Mike Lowell, and P Guillermo Mota to the Red Sox for blue chip SS Hanley Ramirez and pitching prospects Anibal Sanchez, Jesus Delgado, and Harvey Garcia.

28thThe Blue Jays sign free agent closer BJ Ryan to a five-year contract.

The Athletics reach agreement on a three-year deal with free agent P Esteban Loaiza.

Mets reach agreement on a four-year deal with the much-pursued free agent closer Billy Wagner. They also acquire OF Tike Redman from the Pirates for cash

29thThe Phillies sign free agent IF Abraham Nunez to a two-year contract.

30thThe Yankees sign free agent C Kelly Stinnett to a contract.

The Phillies sign free agent P Julio Santana to a contract.