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  • 2009 - The Oakland Athletics retire Rickey Henderson’s uniform number 24, to mark his recent induction into the Hall of Fame. Rickey says that he is “very, very humbled”.
  • 2016 - The trading deadline is pushed back by one day because the traditional date of July 31st falls on a Sunday this year, and teams take full advantage of the extra 24 hours as they conclude 18 trades today, involving a total of 49 players. Among the most active teams are the Rangers, who acquire C Jonathan Lucroy and P Jeremy Jeffress from Milwaukee and OF Carlos Beltran from the Yankees, giving up five prospects in return. Milwaukee also sends RP Will Smith to the Giants, who acquire P Matt Moore from Tampa Bay in a separate deal. The Dodgers land P Rich Hill and OF Josh Reddick from Oakland and P Jesse Chavez from Toronto, the latter in return for P Mike Bolsinger. Toronto also swaps P Drew Hutchison with Pittsburgh to land P Francisco Liriano, and obtain P Scott Feldman from Houston. The Mets are also active, acquiring OF Jay Bruce from Cincinnati and repatriating P Jon Niese from Pittsburgh, while the Cubs land P Joe Smith from the Angels.

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