February 1st in baseball History | Baseballlibrary.com
It was a pretty eventful day, considering it allways happens in February. Let's start with our own and a free agent signing form pre-Billy days:
? The Athletics sign free agent 3B Kevin Seitzer. Well, Seitzer basically sucked as a hitter for the A's in 1993. But as Joe "I know a relevant stat when I see one" Morgan would later state, there has never been a finer pitching performance in MLB History. 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP and 27 K/9...
Going a bit further back...
? In an effort to add some much-needed power to their lineup, St. Louis trades OF-1B David Green, SS Jose Gonzales, P Dave LaPoint, and OF-1B Gary Rajsich to the Giants for slugging 1B Jack Clark. Gonzales will change his name to his mother's maiden name of Uribe, and win the starting shortstop job with the Giants. Which is not great news in itself, but a quote that followed definitely is:
Giants coach and resident wit Rocky Bridges will note that Jose Uribe really is, "the player to be named later."
Back in 1965, NL had it all figured out: 1965
? The National League clubs adopt an emergency team replacement plan to restock any club struck by disaster. In a later amendment, they specified that "being owned by Bud Selig does not technically qualify as a disaster".
And finally, what would a diary be without some crime and suspense? 1976
? East Lansing police arrest Dodger reliever Mike Marshall for disobeying the orders set by the Michigan State University police prohibiting him from taking batting practice.
MSU feared he would hit balls too far and injure students on an adjacent tennis court. Around the same time a San Diego toddler, two-year old Jason K., promises to his parents he will never do anything that could get him arrested...