Commissioner Landis suspends William Cox indefinitely after the Phillies owner acknowledges making some "sentimental" bets on his team, not knowing it was against the rules. The gambling allegations first surfaced in July, when the club's recently fired manager, Bucky Harris, revealed he had evidence that his former boss was wagering on Philadelphia's games.
The BBWAA selects Dodger shortstop Maury Wills as the National League's Most Valuable Player. The Gold Glove infielder stole a record 104 bases this season and served as a catalyst in the team's 102 victories and their attempt to capture a pennant, an effort that fell short in a three-game playoff against San Francisco.
The Mets purchase Future Hall of Fame southpaw Warren Spahn from the Braves. In addition to serving on the club's coaching staff, the crafty southpaw will post a 4-12 record in twenty appearances.
The Pirates name Bill Virdon, who will guide Pittsburgh to a 96-59 finish and a divisional flag in his managerial debut, to take over for the retiring Danny Murtaugh as the World Champion Pirates manager. The Bucs' former skipper will return to the dugout during the 1973 season to replace his replacement.
The Red Sox sign free agent Mike Torrez when the former Yankee agrees to a seven-year, $2.5 million deal to pitch for Boston. The 32-year-old right-hander compiles a 60-55 record before his trade to the Mets five years later but becomes the scapegoat for a frustrated Fenway Faithway fan base as the losing pitcher in the 1978 one-game playoff against the Bronx Bombers.
The Hewpex Sports Network replaces Early Wynn with Jerry Howarth, who will spend 36 seasons in the Blue Jays' broadcast booth before announcing his retirement at the start of spring training in 2018. For the first 23 years, he worked with legendary announcer Tom Cheek as part of Toronto's play-by-play radio team, with their partnership becoming known as "Tom and Jerry."
Steve Sax signs a three-year deal as a free agent with the Yankees worth $3.75 million. The former NL Rookie of the Year will replace fan-favorite Willie Randolph at second base, and Randolph will sign with the World Champion Dodgers, taking Sax's spot.
While visiting his wife's family and scheduled to be the best man at a wedding later in the day, Joe Kennedy awakes and collapses in the bedroom at 1:00 am and dies unexpectedly. The 6'4", 250-pound Blue Jays southpaw reliever, who signed with the club in September after being released by the Diamondbacks, also played for the A's, Rockies, and Devil Rays during his seven-year career.
The woeful Reds bullpen gets a big boost when they sign free-agent Francisco Cordero to a four-year, $46 million contract. The 32-year-old former Brewers closer collected 44 saves in 51 chances while posting a 2.98 ERA with Milwaukee last season.
Joe Mauer (.365, 28, 96) becomes the fifth Twin to be named the American League's Most Valuable Player, joining Zoilo Versalles (1965), Harmon Killebrew (1969), Rod Carew (1977), and Justin Morneau (2006). The slugging Gold Glove catcher, who missed the first month of the season with a back injury, receives 27 of 28 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA, and the St. Paul native easily outpoints Yankee teammates Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter.
Josh Hamilton joins Jeff Burroughs (1974), Juan Gonzalez (1996, 1998), Ivan Rodriguez (1999), and Alex Rodriguez (2003) as the fifth Ranger player to win the American League's Most Valuable Player award. The Texas slugging outfielder, who received 22 of the 28 first-place votes cast by the writers, led the major leagues in batting with a .359 average, hitting 32 homers and driving in 100 runs despite missing 29 games in September after suffering two broken ribs.
Aubrey Huff agrees to a $22 million, two-year deal to stay with the World Champions Giants. Last January, San Francisco signed the 33-year-old to a one-year contract hoping he could provide some pop in the middle of the batting order, and the first baseman/outfielder did not disappoint, hitting a team-leading 26 home runs along with 86 RBIs.
The A's send right-hander Gio Gonzalez and pitching prospect Robert Gilliam to the Nationals for southpaw Tommy Milone, catcher Derek Norris, right-hander Brad Peacock, and minor-league hurler A.J. Cole. After agreeing to a five-year, $42 million extension following the trade, Washington's newest member of the rotation will enjoy a spectacular first season in the nation's capital, going 21-8 with an ERA of 2.89.
The oft-injured Grady Sizemore agrees to a one-year, incentive-laden contract to stay with the Indians after the club declined his $9 million option for 2012. The Tribe will pay the 29-year-old All-Star outfielder $5 million next season, along with the opportunity to make another $4 million based on plate appearances and another $500,000 if he is selected comeback player of the year.
The Dodgers, the first club to break the color barrier when Jackie Robinson made his major league debut in 1947, hire their first minority manager in franchise history. Dave Roberts, the team's former center fielder and most recently the Padres' bench coach for the past two seasons, takes over the reins from the new Marlins skipper Don Mattingly, who left Los Angeles after guiding the club to three consecutive NL West titles.
Kansas City hires former Cardinals’ skipper Mike Matheny as a special adviser for player development. The 48-year-old may be a possible successor to the Royals’ veteran manager Ned Yost, who agreed to a one-year contract for the upcoming campaign on the final day of the season.