BR Bullpen:News Archive/2007
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December 15: 47-year-old is named Fausto Álvarez 2007 Hoofdklasse MVP. David Bergman is named Pitcher of the Year.
December 13: , Roger Clemens , and Miguel Tejada are among those named in the Andy Pettitte on the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Mitchell Report December 12: is sent from the Miguel Tejada Baltimore Orioles to the Houston Astros for Luke Scott, Matt Albers, Troy Patton, Dennis Sarfate and Michael Costanzo.
December 11: , the 2006 Kosuke Fukudome Central League MVP, signs a 4-year, $48 million deal with the Chicago Cubs, pending a physical.
December 10: The 2007 Italian baseball awards are announced. is honored as the top Italian hitter and Giuseppe Mazzanti wins Rookie of the Year honors.
Matteo D'Angelo December 4: The Detroit Tigers acquire 4-time All-Star and 2-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera from the Dontrelle Willis Florida Marlins for a package of six players, including prospects Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller.
December 3: Five new executives and managers are voted into the - Hall of Fame Billy Southworth, Barney Dreyfuss, Walter O'Malley, Bowie Kuhn and Dick Williams. Umpire Doug Harvey misses by one vote, as does Whitey Herzog.
December 3: Japan wins the to clinch a spot in the 2007 Asian Championship 2008 Olympics. The favorite, they went 3-0 in the competition. Shinnosuke Abe is named tournament MVP.
November 26: is hired to manage the Jerry Royster Lotte Giants. He will be the first foreign manager in the 26-year history of the Korea Baseball Organization.
November 23: Pitcher collapses and dies at age 28.
Joe Kennedy November 20: and Yu Darvish are named MVPs of the Michihiro Ogasawara Pacific League and Central League respectively for 2007.
November 20: wins the Jimmy Rollins 2007 National League Most Valuable Player Award.
November 19: wins the Alex Rodríguez 2007 American League Most Valuable Player Award.
November 18: The United States wins the over 2007 Baseball World Cup Cuba by a score of 6–3 in Taiwan. It is the United States' third title–its first in 33 years–and snaps Cuba's nine consecutive titles. Jayson Nix of the USA is the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
November 16: , who at age 15 was the youngest man to ever play in a Joe Nuxhall major league game, dies at age 79.
November 15: is indicted by a federal grand jury on four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice in the Barry Bonds BALCO investigation.
November 15: is the unanimous winner of the Jake Peavy 2007 National League Cy Young Award.
November 14: and Eric Wedge win the 2007 Bob Melvin Manager of the Year Awards in the majors.
November 13: Hall of Famer dies at age 80.
Kazuhisa Inao November 13: wins the C.C. Sabathia 2007 American League Cy Young Award, beating out Josh Beckett. He becomes the first African-American Cy Young Award winner since Doc Gooden in 1985 and the first African-American to win in the AL since Vida Blue in 1971.
November 12: and Ryan Braun Dustin Pedroia win the Rookie of the Year Awards in the majors.
November 11: The Chunichi Dragons top the SK Wyverns 6-5 in the finale of the Konami Cup to win it. Hirokazu Ibata wins MVP honors.
November 7: The begins in 2007 Baseball World Cup Taiwan.
November 6: wins a record 17th Greg Maddux Gold Glove award.
November 1: The win the Chunichi Dragons 2007 Japan Series for their first Japan Series title in 53 years. The last game includes the first perfect game in Series history and the first combined perfect game ever in Nippon Pro Baseball. Norihiro Nakamura wins the MVP award.
October 31: wins the Danny Rios Korea Baseball Organization MVP award for 2007 following a season in which he led the league with 22 wins and a 2.07 ERA.
October 29: wins the Yu Darvish Sawamura Award for 2007.
October 29: The SK Wyverns win their fourth game in a row to take the . 2007 Korean Series Jae-hyun Kim wins the Korean Series Most Valuable Player Award.
October 28: The Boston Red Sox sweep the Rockies in the . 2007 World Series Mike Lowell wins the World Series MVP award.
October 28: The Uni-President Lions win the in 7 games. 2007 Taiwan Series Nelson Figueroa is named Series MVP.
October 21: The defeat Boston Red Sox Cleveland 11-2 in Game 7 of the ALCS to reach the World Series where they will face the Colorado Rockies. Josh Beckett is the ALCS MVP.
October 18: is out after 12 seasons as manager of the Joe Torre New York Yankees after refusing a large pay cut to renew his contract.
October 8: collects his 203rd hit of the season, breaking the Alex Ramirez Central League record held by Tokyo Yakult Swallows teammate Norichika Aoki.
October 7: wins their second straight Corendon Kinheim Hoofdklasse title, sweeping the Konica Minolta Pioniers in the .
2007 Holland Series October 6: The and the Arizona Diamondbacks both sweep their Colorado Rockies Division Series and will meet in the National League Championship Series. It is the first time the Rockies have won a postseason series.
October 5: Dominican slugger sets new Tilson Brito Chinese Professional Baseball League records for home runs (32) and RBI (103).
October 5: Pittsburgh Pirates manager is fired as part of a front office purge.
Jim Tracy October 3: resigns after 13 seasons as Walt Jocketty General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. During his tenure, the Cardinals reached the postseason 7 times and won the 2006 World Series.
October 1: The beat the Colorado Rockies San Diego Padres 9-8 in 13 innings to clinch the National League wild card. They will face the Philadelphia Phillies in the league's Division Series.
September 30: The and San Diego Padres end the regular season tied for the Colorado Rockies National League wild card, forcing a one game playoff to determine who will play the Philadelphia Phillies in the league's Division Series.
September 28: The clinch the Boston Red Sox AL East title, bringing to an end a streak of 9 consecutive division titles by the New York Yankees, dating back to 1998. The Yankees will not miss the Postseason however, having clinched the American League Wild Card.
September 25: becomes the youngest player to hit 50 home runs in a season.
Prince Fielder September 25: is hired as General Manager of the Neal Huntington Pittsburgh Pirates, replacing Dave Littlefield.
September 20: of the Danny Rios Doosan Bears wins his 20th game, becoming the first foreigner in Korea Baseball Organization history to reach that mark and the first hurler in the 21st Century to do so.
September 20: is hired as Ed Wade General Manager of the Houston Astros, replacing Tim Purpura.
September 16: of the Jim Thome Chicago White Sox hits his 500th home run, a two-run game-winner off Dustin Moseley of the Los Angeles Angels. He is the third player to reach the milestone in 2007, after Frank Thomas and Alex Rodriguez.
September 16: The Netherlands wins the , the nation's twentieth title. The Dutch also qualify for the 2007 European Baseball Championship 2008 Olympics; medalists Great Britain and Spain qualify for the 2008 Final Olympic Tournament. Brant Ust, the Great Britain shortstop, is named MVP.
September 15: sets a new Prince Fielder Milwaukee Brewers franchise home run mark with his 46th home run of the campaign. Gorman Thomas and Richie Sexson (twice) had hit 45 in a season.
September 10: hits his 20th home run, setting a new Troy Tulowitzki National League record for rookie shortstops. Ernie Banks had held the record for 53 years.
September 9: becomes the third player in MLB history to have 20 doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in the same year. Only Curtis Granderson Wildfire Schulte and Willie Mays had done it before.
September 9: The become the third team in major league history to start a game with three consecutive homers. Brewers Phil Dumatrait serves up gopher balls to Rickie Weeks, J.J. Hardy and Ryan Braun.
September 9: doubles against Todd Helton Joe Thatcher to give him at least 35 for the 10th year in a row, a new MLB record.
September 8: hits his 49th home run to break the record for third basemen in the majors; Rodriguez and Alex Rodriguez Mike Schmidt had each hit 48. Rodriguez already held the record for a shortstop.
September 7: is fired as Dave Littlefield General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brian Graham replaces him on an interim basis.
September 5: hits his 28th homer, setting a new record for Brandon Phillips Cincinnati Reds second basemen. Joe Morgan had held the mark for 31 years.
September 4: singles home Miguel Cabrera Hanley Ramirez for his 500th RBI in the majors. Only Mel Ott and Ted Williams had ever reached 500 RBI at a younger age.
September 4: saves his 40th game of the year, a new Francisco Cordero Milwaukee Brewers record. Danny Kolb and Derrick Turnbow had held the record previously.
September 3: ties the modern Delwyn Young Pacific Coast League record for doubles (46), set in 1966 by Walt Williams.
September 3: strikes out Pedro Martínez Aaron Harang for his 3,000th major league strikeout. He is the 15th pitcher to reach that mark.
September 2: hits his 400th career home run in Tuffy Rhodes Nippon Pro Baseball. He is the 14th player and first foreigner to reach that level. It also gives him his 6th 40-homer season, second all-time to Sadaharu Oh.
September 1: of the Clay Buchholz Boston Red Sox pitches the third no-hitter of the season, beating the Baltimore Orioles 10-0 in his second career start. was the last pitcher to throw a no-hitter in his first or second career start, in Wilson Alvarez 1991.
September 1: issues a Domingo Guzman Nippon Pro Baseball record four balks in a game, doing so in under four innings of work. He ties the record of three in an inning as well. Amazingly, it is the second all-time NPB balk record set by a Dominican hurler within two weeks, as Esteban Yan had set the single-season record in late August. Like Yan, Guzman is ejected from his record-setting game after conflict with the umpires.
September 1: joins the Tomonori Maeda with his 2,000th career hit.
meikyukai August 27: is let go as manager of the Phil Garner Houston Astros. Also, is fired as Tim Purpura General Manager; Tal Smith takes over as GM and Cecil Cooper as manager, both on an interim basis.
August 26: Warner Robins, GA wins the on an extra-inning homer by Dalton Carriker off of Junsho Kiuchi of Tokyo.
2007 Little League World Series August 25: , born in Saudi Arabia, becomes the first major league player from the Middle East. He pinch-hits for Craig Stansberry Rob Mackowiak and singles off of Doug Brocail in his debut.
August 22: The score an Rangers American League record 30 runs in a game and 39 in a doubleheader against the Orioles. Star performers include Jarrod Saltalamacchia (7 RBI, 5 R), Ramon Vazquez (7 RBI), Travis Metcalf (grand slam), Marlon Byrd (grand slam) and David Murphy (5 hits, 5 R).
August 22: wins the 2007 Saga Kita summer Koshien over Kouryo High School.
August 21: becomes the sixth position player in major league history to strike out in nine straight plate appearances. He joins a group which includes Mark Reynolds Reggie Jackson, Eric Davis and Bo Jackson.
August 21: sets a Garret Anderson Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim franchise record with 10 RBI in a game.
August 21: issues his 12th Esteban Yan balk of the season, setting a new Nippon Pro Baseball record. In an unsportsmanlike and stupid act, he intentionally hits the next batter and is ejected.
August 19: whiffs his 2,913th batter with the John Smoltz Atlanta Braves, breaking Phil Niekro's franchise record for career strikeouts.
August 19: strikes out 17 batters to set a new single-game record for the Johan Santana Minnesota Twins; the old mark had been 15.
August 17: becomes the first pitcher in 19 years, since Brandon Webb Orel Hershiser, to throw 40 consecutive scoreless innings. He moves into a tie for 12th in MLB history in consecutive scoreless frames.
August 16: The season is canceled due to financial problems. It is the first break in the league's history, which dates back to 1939. In other sad international news, the Puerto Rican Winter League International Baseball Federation cancels its involvement in the World Youth Championship for 2007 due to political conflict between Venezuela and Taiwan. The Championship will be held with fewer participants.
August 14: is ejected from a game for the 132nd time, breaking the record long held by Bobby Cox John McGraw.
August 14: , the oldest living Phil Rizzuto Hall of Famer, dies at age 89.
August 13: breaks the record for consecutive error-free games at second base with his 144th. Placido Polanco Luis Castillo had held the record for less than a year.
August 12: Closer of the Bobby Jenks Chicago White Sox ties a record set by Jim Barr when he retires the 41st consecutive batter he faced.
August 10: becomes the first player to be suspended for a positive steroid test in Rick Guttormson Nippon Pro Baseball. NPB instituted drug testing this year.
August 7: homers for the 756th time in his major league career, breaking Barry Bonds Hank Aaron's all-time record. Mike Bacsik is the pitcher who is victimized. Commissioner Bud Selig is not in attendance.
August 5: wins his 300th game in the majors. As with other pitchers to reach the level, the media speculates he might be the last pitcher to ever win 300.
Tom Glavine August 4: hits the 500th home run of his career, the 22nd player to have hit so many. He is the youngest to reach the level, doing so almost a year younger than Alex Rodriguez Jimmie Foxx had been.
July 31: The trading deadline hits the majors. Among those to be sent in the flurry of action are , Jarrod Saltalamacchia Mark Teixeira, Eric Gagne, Octavio Dotel, Matt Morris and Morgan Ensberg. In the prior couple days, Luis Castillo and Tadahito Iguchi changed locales.
July 29: In a 9-3 win over the US college national team, plays in his 163rd official game for the Dirk van 't Klooster Dutch national team, tying the record.
July 29: games draw a single-day record 717,478 fans, breaking the 8-year-old mark by over 70,000.
Major League Baseball July 26: appears in his 1,000th game in the major leagues, becoming the 11th pitcher to reach that milestone.
Jose Mesa July 22: , the Rollie Stiles Oldest Living MLB Player, dies in his sleep at age 100. Billy Werber is now the oldest living former major leaguer.
July 22: While coaching first base in a AA game, is fatally struck by a line drive.
Mike Coolbaugh July 21: The Pittsburgh Pirates retire the number ( 11) worn by . It is the 10th number retired by the franchise.
Paul Waner July 20: The Cuban national team wins the , beating 2007 Pan-American Games Team USA 3-1 in the finals.
July 20: Nine Central League hurlers combine on a one-hit shutout to down the Pacific League in the first NPB All-Star Game of the year. MVP breaks the pitcher's duel open with a 2-run homer in the 7th and Alex Ramirez Tomonori Maeda follows with a blast. The next day, is the MVP as the CL wins 11-5 for their sixth straight title.
Shinnosuke Abe July 15: The lose their 10,000th game, the first professional sports team to have suffered so many defeats.
Philadelphia Phillies July 15: fires the first nine-inning Guillermo Moscoso perfect game in the New York-Penn League in over 50 years.
July 10: The American League wins the , 5-4, for their 10th straight win in 10 decisions, the second-longest streak in 2007 All-Star Game All-Star Game history. Ichiro Suzuki hits the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game records.
July 10: reaches 500 career Norichika Aoki hits the quickest in Nippon Pro Baseball history, taking 373 games. He beats the old mark by 13 contests.
July 9: wins the 2007 Vladimir Guerrero Home Run Derby.
July 8: , a 46-year, 7-month old DH, breaks the Fausto Álvarez Hoofdklasse single-season home run record in the wood bat era, with his 9th homer of the year. The mark previously belonged to Ivanon Coffie
July 8: The World beats the USA, 7-2, in the . 2007 Futures Game Chin-Lung Hu wins the Larry Doby Award as the MVP.
July 6: steps down as CEO of the Kevin McClatchy Pittsburgh Pirates.
July 2: gets his 350th Roger Clemens win in the major leagues. It has been over 43 years since a pitcher has reached that level.
July 1: surprisingly resigns as manager of the Mike Hargrove Seattle Mariners, and is fired as skipper of the Jerry Narron Cincinnati Reds. Their replacements are and John McLaren , respectively.
Pete Mackanin June 28: hits his 500th home run and Frank Thomas gets his 3000th hit on the same day.
Craig Biggio June 27: A record set earlier this season is tied when six pitchers over 40 years old ( , Roger Clemens , Jamie Moyer , Greg Maddux , Tom Glavine , and Woody Williams ) make starts on the same day, John Smoltz June 27th.
June 24: wins the Oregon State University 2007 College World Series. They are the first CWS champion to have had a losing record in their regular-season conference schedule.
June 24: makes his first relief appearance in 22 years and 341 days. It is a new MLB record for the longest time between relief appearances, breaking the 20-year-old mark held by Roger Clemens Steve Carlton.
June 23: , aged 46 years and almost 7 months, hits three home runs in a game for the Fausto Álvarez Amsterdam Pirates. The player-coach is leading Hoofdklasse in home runs after the game. He ties the league record for homers in a contest and becomes the oldest player to hit 3 homers in a game.
June 22: becomes the first major league player with a hyphenated last name as he debuts for the Ryan Rowland-Smith Mariners.
June 20: hits his 600th MLB home run, the fifth player to reach that level. He goes deep against Sammy Sosa Jason Marquis.
June 18: leads Yuki Saito Waseda University to its first All-Japan University Baseball Championship in 33 years, beating Tokai University, 4-1. He is the first freshman to win MVP honors in the tournament.
June 18: is fired as manager of the Sam Perlozzo Baltimore Orioles. Dave Trembley replaces him on an interim basis.
June 17: breaks the 95-year-old Brandon Watson International League record for the longest hitting streak by connecting for the 43rd straight contest. Jack Lelivelt had previously held the record.
June 17: hits his 244th home run as a Frank Thomas DH, breaking the record held by Edgar Martinez. It was his 496th career homer.
June 17: beats the Kinheim Rouen Huskies to win the 2007 European Cup. It is their first title.
June 12: throws the second Justin Verlander no-hitter of the season, striking out 12.
June 12: The begins in 2007 European Cup San Marino, with the in C.E.B. Cup Croatia, and in Cupwinners Cup the Netherlands starting on the following day.
June 10: , at 39 years old, becomes the oldest rookie in the majors in 46 years when he enters a game for the Masumi Kuwata Pirates.
June 9: becomes the first player in Jun-hyeok Yang Korea Baseball Organization history to reach 2,000 career hits.
June 7: is the first pick of the David Price 2007 amateur draft, taken by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
June 6: records his 500th Trevor Hoffman save in the majors, the first pitcher to reach that mark.
June 6: makes an error, ending a record streak of 143 games for a second baseman without a miscue. He had extended the record by 20 - Luis Castillo Ryne Sandberg had held it previously.
June 4: becomes the first freshman pitcher ever selected for the Yuki Saito Best Nine in the spring season of the Tokyo Big Six University League.
May 24: beats former teammate of 15 years John Smoltz Tom Glavine, 2-1. In the process, he becomes the first pitcher in MLB history to have won 200 games and saved 150 in his career.
May 23: wins a game for the 23rd consecutive season, breaking the Kimiyasu Kudoh Nippon Pro Baseball record held by Tetsuya Yoneda.
May 21: Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame member dies at age 87. Noguchi holds the Jiro Noguchi Nippon Pro Baseball record for shutouts in a season with 19.
May 18: becomes the 47th member of the Yukio Tanaka and the second to join this month when the long-time meikyukai Nippon Ham Fighters star gets his 2,000th hit.
May 6: becomes the 46th member of the Hideki Matsui when he collects the 2,000th hit of his MLB/NPB career.
meikyukai May 6: returns to the majors yet again, joining the Roger Clemens Yankees amidst significant pitching woes and injuries that have plagued the club.
May 2: breaks the 100+ year old record for the longest name in the majors. 15 prior players had 13 letters in their last name, but the 22-year-old Braves catcher tops them by one. He reaches base twice in his debut.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia April 29: of Yuki Saito Waseda University wins for the second time in two appearances. It is the first time in the 83-year history of the Tokyo Big Six University League that a freshman has won in his first two appearances during the spring season.
April 29: Colorado Rockies shortstop makes the thirteenth Troy Tulowitzki unassisted triple play in MLB history against the Atlanta Braves.
April 29: Pitcher of the Josh Hancock St. Louis Cardinals is killed in a car accident in St. Louis.
April 29: of the Alex Cabrera Seibu Lions hits his 250th home run in Nippon Pro Baseball in his 733rd game in NPB, tying Ralph Bryant in becoming the fastest player to reach that mark.
April 28: pitches in his 803rd game for the Trevor Hoffman San Diego Padres, breaking the record for appearances by a pitcher with one MLB team. The prior record-holders had been Walter Johnson and Elroy Face.
April 26: defeats the Santiago de Cuba Industriales 4 games to 2 to take the Serie Nacional title. Santiago de Cuba is aided by 11 walks by the Industriales in the finale.
April 26: makes his MLB debut and the Philip Hughes 2007 Yankees become the first team since the 1955 Cardinals to have three starting pitchers all debut in the first 20 games of the season. Hughes, Kei Igawa and Chase Wright had formed this trio.
April 22: becomes the second pitcher in Chase Wright MLB history to allow four consecutive home runs. It is Wright's second start in the majors.
April 18: throws the first Mark Buehrle no-hitter of the MLB season. He faces only 27 batters, picking off the lone batter he walks.
April 9: sets Bridgewater State College NCAA Division III records for runs (57), hits and victory margin (56) against Newbury College.
April 4: becomes the first foreigner and 28th player in Tuffy Rhodes Nippon Pro Baseball history to reach 1,000 RBI. Only two players had reached the level in fewer games.
April 3: wins the Tokoha Gakuen Kikugawa Koukou 2007 National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament.
April 2: The announces plans to sell the Tribune Company following the Chicago Cubs 2007 season.
April 1: Longtime Minnesota Twins broadcaster and Ford Frick Award Winner dies at age 83.
Herb Carneal March 28: is sentenced to 14 years in jail for the attempted murder of five workers at his ranch two years ago.
Ugueth Urbina March 22: 1988 Olympics pitcher and former Korean Series MVP dies in a car accident at age 38.
Dong-hee Park March 15: Former MLB Commissioner dies at age 80.
Bowie Kuhn March 3: becomes the first Brazilian pitcher in a MLB exhibition game.
Jô Matumoto February 22: wins the Denny Matthews Ford Frick Award.
February 6: The win their fifth Águilas Cibaeñas Caribbean Series title, going 5 - 1 in 2007 Caribbean Series play.
February 2: The begins with the longest game in its history - 18 innings. The 2007 Serie del Caribe Águilas of the Dominican Republic ( LIDOM) defeat the Tigres of Venezuela ( LVBP) 4 - 3 when drives in Tony Batista with the winner.
Bernie Castro February 1: Spring training for begins in southern Nippon Professional Baseball Japan, and Australia.
January 31: ( Reynaldo Gonzalez Lopez Cuba), ( Theo Reitsma Netherlands), and ( Harvey Schiller United States) are nominated for the International Baseball Federation's presidency. The vote will be held March 3 at the IBAF congress in Beijing, China.
January 27: The win the Victoria Aces 2007 Claxton Shield over the New South Wales Patriots.
Last week of January: The 2006/2007 winter league season ends. The league champions are Águilas Cibaeñas ( LIDOM- Dominican Republic), Naranjeros de Hermosillo ( LMP- Mexico), Gigantes de Carolina ( LBPPR- Puerto Rico), and Tigres de Aragua ( LVBP- Venezuela). The four teams will play in the 2007 Serie del Caribe.
Mid-January: The are sold and were to become the Macoto Cobras Jiuhe Dragons for the 2007 CPBL season. Four teams opposed the move and it did not take place.
January 12: and Takao Kajimoto are elected to the Reiichi Matsunaka Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
January 8: and Cal Ripken Jr. are elected to the Tony Gwynn Hall of Fame in the 2007 Hall of Fame Election.