From BR Bullpen
- 25-year-old Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former top prospect Andy Marte, 33, die in separate automobile accidents on the same day in the Dominican Republic.
- Tim Raines (pictured) is elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in his 10th and final year of eligibility; joining him are Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez.
- Miguel Diaz is the first pick of the 2016 Rule V Draft.
- Bill King, longtime broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics, is the posthumous winner of the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
- Claire Smith, one of the first women to be a beat writer covering major league baseball, is the first woman to win the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, given out to honor meritorious contributions by a baseball writer.