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Elephant Rumblings: One FA Signing For The A’s, Bruce Maxwell Still in 2018 Plans, More Murphy Notes

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1886 - In the first major league trade ever, the Cincinnati Red Stockings of the American Association deal rookie catcher Jack Boyle and $400 to the St. Louis Browns for outfielder Hugh Nicol.
  • 2000 - Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics, who hit .333 with 43 home runs and 137 RBI, wins the American League MVP Award, edging out two-time winner White Sox first baseman Frank Thomas, who had a batting line of .328, 43, 112.
  • 2004 - A lawsuit by former Montreal Expos owners against Major League Baseball and former majority owner Jeffrey Loria is struck down by arbitrators, ending legal moves to keep the Expos in Montréal, QC.

Best of Twitter:

  • Sean Murphy. His scouting profile reminds me a lot of Austin Hedges’ at this stage...
  • Very cool...