BR Bullpen:News Archive/2008
From BR Bullpen
December 20: The awards are given out. 2008 Hoofdklasse wins MVP honors, Mark Duursma is Pitcher of the Year for the 5th time and Rob Cordemans is Coach of the Year.
Rikkert Faneyte December 8: is elected to the Joe Gordon Hall of Fame.
November 21: and Alex Ramirez are named the Hisashi Iwakuma 2008 MVPs of the Central League and Pacific League, respectively.
November 18: is honored as the Dustin Pedroia 2008 AL MVP.
November 18: wins the Hisanobu Watanabe Matsutaro Shoriki Award for 2008.
November 17: is named Albert Pujols MVP of the 2008 National League.
November 16: The win the Seibu Lions . 2008 Asia Series Tomoaki Sato is named MVP.
November 13: wins the Cliff Lee 2008 American League Cy Young Award.
November 11: wins the Tim Lincecum 2008 National League Cy Young Award.
November 9: The win the Seibu Lions . 2008 Japan Series Takayuki Kishi is named MVP.
November 6: is named Kwang-hyun Kim MVP of the 2008 Korea Baseball Organization season.
November 5: is named MVP of the Mike Johnson 2008 CPBL.
November 2: The win the Uni-President Lions . 2008 Taiwan Series Luther Hackman wins MVP honors.
October 31: The win the SK Wyverns . 2008 Korean Series Jung Choi is named MVP.
October 29: The win the Philadelphia Phillies with a 4-3 win over the 2008 World Series Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5; it is the Phillies' second title in their long history.
October 8: The win the Amsterdam Pirates in a sweep.
2008 Holland Series October 5: wins the Puerto Rico . 2008 Americas Baseball Cup Carlos Rivera wins MVP honors.
October 1: The set a new single-season SK Wyverns Korea Baseball Organization record for wins as they improve to 82-40.
September 27: The win the 2008 Regensburg Legionäre Bundesliga pennant, their first title ever. Markus Gienger is MVP of the finals.
September 21: breaks Alex Ramirez Wally Yonamine's decades-old record for hits by a foreign batter in NPB.
September 14: throws the first neutral site Carlos Zambrano no-hitter in MLB history.
September 14: wins the Danesi Nettuno .
2008 European Cup Final Four September 13: breaks the record for Francisco Rodriguez saves by earning his 58th of the season; the record had been held by Bobby Thigpen since 1990.
September 8: hits the official 250,000th home run in MLB history, a grand slam.
Gary Sheffield September 8: becomes the 20th player to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues.
Mark Saccomanno September 8: The play before their 456th consecutive sellout at Boston Red Sox Fenway Park, setting a MLB record.
September 7: The become the second team in MLB history to post a losing record for 16 consecutive seasons.
Pittsburgh Pirates September 6: wins their first T&A San Marino Serie A1 title. Max De Biase wins Series MVP honors.
September 3: is used for the first time in a major league game, as a home run call by Instant replay Brian Runge is upheld.
August 29: wins the Japan .
2008 Women's Baseball World Cup August 24: The win their 15th Mexico City Red Devils Mexican League title; Elmer Dessens picks up the decisive victory.
August 24: Waipahu, HI wins the .
2008 Little League World Series August 23: beats the South Korea Cuban national team to win Gold at the .
2008 Olympics August 18: wins the 2008 Osaka Toin High School summer Koshien Tournament.
August 14: A record four consecutive batters hit home runs as the Sox beat the Chicago White Sox Kansas City Royals 9-2.
August 4: joins the Masahiro Yamamoto with his 200th win, the 24th pitcher in meikyukai NPB history to that figure.
August 3: South Korea wins the , beating the USA 7-0 in the finale. It is their second straight World Junior Championship for South Korea.
2008 World Junior Championship July 31: In the last days before the trading deadline, Jason Bay, Manny Ramirez, Ken Griffey Jr. and Ivan Rodriguez are the biggest stars to switch teams.
July 30: reaches 3,000 hits between the major leagues and Ichiro Suzuki Nippon Pro Baseball. Only Isao Harimoto had reached 3,000 in NPB alone.
July 30: ties the major league record with five extra-base hits in a game.
Kelly Shoppach July 27: sets a new Matt Young Southern League record by collecting hits in 11 consecutive at-bats.
July 27: The USA wins the , completing a 24-0 summer. The Gold Medal game against Japan is a 1-0 11-inning pitching duel, with both starters working into extra innings.
2008 World University Championship July 27: breaks the 101-year-old record for consecutive scoreless innings at the start of a MLB career.
Brad Ziegler July 23: All eight countries have announced their .
Olympic Rosters July 15: In the longest All-Star Game in duration (4 hours, 50 minutes), the American League wins 4-3 in 15 innings in the .
2008 Midsummer Classic July 13: sets a Chin-Feng Chen Chinese Professional Baseball League record by collecting 13 total bases in a game. He goes deep three times and adds a single, driving in five.
July 13: The World team pitching staff throws a 3-hit shutout to win the over the USA. 2008 Futures Game Carlos Carrasco gets the win, Shairon Martis the save and Che-Hsuan Lin wins the Larry Doby Award as the MVP.
July 12: Former big leaguer and longtime New York Yankees broadcaster dies of cancer at age 62.
Bobby Murcer July 10: throws a Wei-Lun Pan no-hitter and walks none against the Chinatrust Whales but fails to get the first perfect game in CPBL history thanks to an error by Kuo-Ching Kao.
July 7: The lead all major league clubs with seven players selected to the Chicago Cubs .
2008 All-Star Game June 28: For the fifth time since 1900, a MLB team wins despite getting no hits. and Jered Weaver Jose Arredondo no-hit the Dodgers but lose 1-0 thanks to two errors and a sacrifice fly.
June 25: wins the Fresno State 2008 College World Series. The lowest seed ever to win, Fresno State also had the most losses of any CWS champion. The underdog Bulldogs top the University of Georgia, 2 games to 1 in the finals.
June 23: is the first Felix Hernandez American League pitcher to hit a grand slam since Steve Dunning last accomplished the feat in 1971.
June 22: The two are won by 2008 European Cups Corendon Kinheim and FC Barcelona. It is the first time more than one European Cup was played in a year.
June 10: becomes the 6th player in MLB history to hit 600 home runs when he connects off Ken Griffey Jr. Mark Hendrickson.
June 6: becomes the first pitcher in Jin-woo Song Korea Baseball Organization history to strike out 2,000 batters.
June 5: The is held. 2008 amateur draft Tim Beckham is the first pick, followed by Pedro Alvarez.
May 31: hits his 500th major league home run, the 24th player in history to reach that figure.
Manny Ramirez May 25: sets a new major league record for career games played at shortstop, breaking the mark held by Omar Vizquel Luís Aparicio.
May 24: of the Enorbel Márquez Solingen Alligators throws a 16-strikeout perfect game against the Bonn Capitals.
May 19: of the Jon Lester Boston Red Sox throws a no-hitter against the Kansas City Royals.
May 12: turns the 14th Asdrubal Cabrera unassisted triple play in major league history.
May 3: hits three home runs in a game to tie the all-time John Shelby III Carolina League record.
April 30: announces his retirement from baseball at age 49. He had been playing for the Julio Franco Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican League and had last played in the Major Leagues in 2007.
April 23: The win their 10,000th game, the second MLB franchise to reach that figure; only the Giants had done so before.
Chicago Cubs April 22: becomes the 16th major league pitcher to attain 3,000 career John Smoltz strikeouts.
April 21: sweeps Santiago de Cuba Pinar del Río in the 2007-2008 Cuban Serie Nacional finals.
April 12: joins the Tomoaki Kanemoto with his 2,000th hit in meikyukai NPB.
April 12: becomes the oldest player in Fausto Álvarez Hoofdklasse history, at 47 years and 5 months. He breaks Stan Bahnsen's record of 47 years and 4 months. In the Opening Day win for Amsterdam, the veteran slugger goes 4 for 4 with a home run.
April 5: sets a Cuban postseason record with three hits in one inning. Alexei Bell Santiago de Cuba scores a record 15 runs in the second inning of their 23-12 run in the semifinals.
April 1: The independent suspends its operations after only one season of play.
South Coast League March 30: In the first regular-season game played in Washington's new , Nationals Park Ryan Zimmerman hits a 9th-inning walk-off home run to propel the Washington Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.
March 25: The defeat the Boston Red Sox Oakland Athletics 6-5 in 10 innings in the Major League Baseball season opener at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. It is the earliest opening day in MLB history.
March 19 wins his 15th straight game of the 2007-2008 Serie Nacional season. This is a new record for consecutive wins in a Serie Nacional campaign.
Yulieski González March 18: wins his 235th game in the Cuban leagues, breaking the record held by Pedro Luis Lazo Jorge L. Valdés.
March 15: sets a new Alexei Bell Cuban Serie Nacional single-season home run record with 29 and also becomes the first 100-RBI man in league history.
March 15: sets a Georgia Southern University NCAA record with 14 home runs in one game, a 26-8 win over Columbia University.
March 13: In the , 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament Canada, South Korea and Taiwan clinch the final three spots in the 2008 Olympics.
March 6: throws the first Jonder Martínez no-hitter for La Habana in three decades in the Cuban Serie Nacional.
February 9: The win the 2008 Western Australia Heelers Claxton Shield. The MVP is Mark Kelly, a former minor leaguer.
February 7: The win the Tigres del Licey 2008 Caribbean Series, their record 10th Caribbean Series title. Ramon Ortiz wins the Caribbean Series MVP Award, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 11 2/3 IP.
February 3: The 2008 Cuban All-Star Game is played. The Occidentales beat the Orientales, 6-5. is named MVP after hitting the winning home run in the bottom of the 9th.
Yosvani Peraza February 2: The begins. In day one action, 2008 Caribbean Series Miguel Tejada breaks the record for career Caribbean Series home runs.
February 1: becomes the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history, finalizing a $137.5 million, 6-year deal.
Johan Santana January 29: The Tigres de Aragua (pictured) win their 4th Venezuelan Winter League title in the past five years under Buddy Bailey's management.
January 27: The take their first Yaquis de Obregón Mexican Pacific League flag in 26 years, beating the Mazatlan Deer in the playoffs 4 games to 1.
January 25: The win the Águilas Cibaeñas Dominican League pennant for their record 20th title. Rafael Furcal provides the winning homer and Nelson Figueroa gets the win in the championship game.
January 11: and Koji Yamamoto are voted into the Tsuneo Horiuchi Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
January 8: is voted into the Goose Gossage Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.