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History Highlights for November 24

It was a move just too painfully characteristic of the Yankees in the eighties. On November 24, 1986, the Bombers shipped pitchers Brian Fisher, Logan Easley, and (most awfully) Doug Drabek to Pittsburgh for Rick Rhoden, Cecilio Guante, and Pat Clements. Although Guante was a serviceable reliever over the next two seasons (8-8, 12 saves), the trade must be judged by looking at the principals: the veteran Rhoden and the young arm of Drabek. The former went 28-22 in the Bronx over the next two years and was out of baseball in three. Drabek, on the other hand, would win 148 games in the National League over the next decade or so; he fashioned a 22-6 Cy Young Award-winning season in Pittsburgh in 1990. Continue reading

History Highlights for November 16

It’s unlikely that with all the hoopla to come with the retirement of Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig after several decades, and the kudos for what he has done for the game, that what happened in Minnesota on November 16, 2001, will get much play. That was the day that a judge issued an injunction forcing the Twins to play their full home schedule in the Homer Dome, thus disrupting the plan of Minnesota owner Carl Pohlad and Mr. Selig to contract a team with a viable and supportive fanbase out of existence, all because the stadium was considered to be subpar, and multibillionaire Pohlad refused to build a new one without public financing. He’s a winner though, Mr. Selig. Target Field would be built a decade later, largely on the public’s dime. Continue reading

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