BR Bullpen:News Archive/2009
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December 30 The Seoul Heroes conduct a fire sale, sending away three of their best players, including Taek-keun Lee, to three different clubs, all in deals involving cash coming their way.
December 8: Eddy Garabito is honored as MVP of the Italian Baseball League for 2009.
December 7: Doug Harvey and Whitey Herzog are voted into the Hall of Fame.
December 6: Ricardo Fraccari of Italy is elected President of the International Baseball Federation, succeeding Harvey Schiller.
December 5: Yi-Chuan Lin is named 2009 CPBL MVP and Rookie of the Year.
December 2: The Korea Professional Baseball Players Association led by Min-han Son, votes to unionize.
November 24: Albert Pujols is named 2009 NL MVP, his third MVP Award.
November 23: Joe Mauer wins the 2009 AL MVP.
November 19: Tim Lincecum wins the 2009 National League Cy Young Award.
November 18: Jim Tracy and Mike Scioscia are named the 2009 MLB Managers of the Year.
November 18: Yu Darvish and Alex Ramirez are named MVPs of the Pacific League and Central League respectively for 2009.
November 17: Zach Greinke wins the 2009 American League Cy Young Award.
November 13: Dainer Moreira ties the Cuban league record with six hits in a nine-inning game.
November 7: The Yomiuri Giants win their 21st title, taking the 2009 Japan Series in six games. Shinnosuke Abe is named Series MVP.
November 4: The New York Yankees win their 27th title, defeating Philadelphia 7-3 in Game 6 of the 2009 World Series. Hideki Matsui is named Series MVP.
November 3: Alexei Bell becomes the first Cuban Serie Nacional player to hit two grand slams in an inning; he ties the single-game record of 12 RBI and sets a single-inning mark with 8 RBI.
November 2: Hideaki Wakui is named the Sawamura Award winner for 2009.
October 28: The 2009 World Series starts, matching the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies against the New York Yankees in a match-up not seen since 1950. It is the latest date for the start of the World Series in the history of the Fall Classic.
October 27: Sang-hyeon Kim is named the 2009 KBO MVP.
October 25: The Uni-President Lions win the 2009 Taiwan Series. Luther Hackman is named Series MVP.
October 24: The KIA Tigers win the 2009 Korean Series. Ji-wan Na is named Korean Series MVP.
October 3: Albert Pujols sets a new major league record for assists in a season by a first baseman.
September 27: The USA wins the 2009 Baseball World Cup. Justin Smoak wins the Baseball World Cup MVP Award.
September 22: Mark Reynolds breaks his own MLB record for strikeouts in a season.
September 13: Ichiro Suzuki reaches the 200- hit mark for the 9th straight time, become the first major leaguer to do so.
September 7: The Pittsburgh Pirates post their 17th straight consecutive losing season, a record for North American professional sports.
August 30: The Heidenheim Heideköpfe win their first Bundesliga pennant. Simon Gühring returns from a leg fracture to hit 3 homers and drive in 7 runs in the final two games.
August 30: Chula Vista, CA wins the 2009 Little League World Series.
August 29 The Saraperos de Saltillo win the 2009 Mexican League pennant. Rafael Diaz is named MVP of the finals.
August 29: DOOR Neptunus wins the 2009 Holland Series to tie for the record with 12 Hoofdklasse titles. Benjamin Dille is named Series MVP.
August 23: Eric Bruntlett of the Philadelphia Phillies executes an unassisted triple play in a victory over the New York Mets, only the second game-ending unassisted triple killing in Major League Baseball history.
August 23: The United States tops Cuba 7-6 in the finale of the 2009 World Youth Championship. Austin Cousino wins MVP honors.
August 19: Fortitudo Bologna wins the 2009 Italian Series. Claudio Liverziani is named MVP.
August 3: The Japanese national team wins the ' 2009 Asian Championship. Ikuhiro Kiyota is named MVP of the final round.
July 26: Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon are inducted in the Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Cooperstown, NY.
July 23: Mark Buehrle throws the 18th perfect game in major league history.
July 14: The American League defeats the National League 4 - 3 in the 2009 All-Star Game. Carl Crawford is the game's Most Valuable Player.
July 10: Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants pitches the first major league no-hitter of the season, blanking San Diego 8-0.
June 24: The LSU Tigers win the 2009 College World Series. Jared Mitchell is named Most Outstanding Player.
June 21: Danesi Nettuno wins the 2009 European Cup.
June 17: Ivan Rodriguez becomes the all-time leader in games played at catcher, passing Carlton Fisk.
June 9: The 2009 amateur draft is held. Stephen Strasburg is the first overall selection.
June 4: La Habana wins the 2008-2009 Serie Nacional title.
June 4: Randy Johnson becomes the 24th pitcher to win 300 games in the majors.
May 30: University of Texas at Austin defeats Boston College 3-2 in 25 innings - the longest game in NCAA history. 191 plate appearances, 171 at-bats, and 42 strikeouts are all new records established by the two teams.
May 21: Jeanmar Gomez throws a perfect game for the Eastern League Akron Aeros against the Trenton Thunder. It is the first perfecto in the minor leagues since 2007.
May 9: Joon-hyuk Yang sets a new Korea Baseball Organization home run record with the 341st of his career.
May 7: Manny Ramirez is suspended 50 games for a positive test for banned substances, one of the highest-profile players to be suspended.
May 3: ' Carl Crawford steals 6 bases in a game, becoming only the 4th major leaguer to do so since 1900.
May 3: Alfredo Despaigne hits his 32nd homer of the season, setting a new Cuban record.
April 30: ' Claudio Liverziani becomes the 7th Italian Baseball League player to collect 1,000 career hits.
April 30: Bum-ho Lee ties the Korea Baseball Organization record of 8 RBI in a game.
April 17: Gary Sheffield becomes the 25th member of the 500 Home Run Club.
April 16: Ichiro Suzuki breaks Isao Harimoto's record for most hits by a professional Japanese baseball player.
April 9: Jin-woo Song becomes the first pitcher in Korea Baseball Organization history to reach 3,000 innings.
April 9: Nick Adenhart, a top pitching prospect of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is killed in a car crash hours after making his first start of the season.
April 3 through 5: Opening Days in the Japanese Central League and Pacific League, Korea Baseball Organization, Major League Baseball and the Bundesliga.
April 2: Seihou Koukou wins the National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament
March 28: The 2009 Chinese Professional Baseball League and Division Élite seasons started.
March 23: Japan wins the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Daisuke Matsuzaka is named MVP for the second straight Classic.
March 14: The 2009 Division Honor season begins.
March 1: Jim Bowden resigns as General Manager of the Washington Nationals over several scandals.
February 23: 2009 World Baseball Classic Rosters are announced.
February 11: Miguel Tejada pleads guilty to lying to Congress, becoming the first star player convicted of a steroids-related crime.
February 9: Alex Rodriguez publicly admits using steroids from 2001-2003.
February 8: The Perth Heat win the 2009 Claxton Shield. Luke Hughes is MVP of the finals.
February 6: The Tigres de Aragua win the 2009 Caribbean Series. Francisco Butto is the Caribbean Series MVP.
February 4: Adrián González sets a new Caribbean Series record with 3 home runs in a game.
February 4: Joan Carlos Pedroso becomes the first Cuban Serie Nacional player to hit 200 home runs during the wood bat era.
February 2: Japanese Baseball Hall of Famer Kazuhiro Yamauchi dies.
January 30: The Tigres de Aragua win their 5th Venezuelan League title in six seasons.
January 25: The Venados de Mazatlán, Tigres del Licey and Leones de Ponce win three of the four major winter league titles.
January 19: Preliminary 2009 World Baseball Classic Rosters are announced.
January 13: Tsutomu Wakamatsu, Noboru Aota and two others are voted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
January 12: Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.