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Elephant Rumblings: MLB considering realigning leagues as Cactus and Grapefruit for 2020

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MLB news roundup

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We normally only do Rumblings on weekdays, but I felt like doing an extra Saturday edition today, for no particular reason.

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Today in Baseball History:

  • 1907 - On Opening Day, New York Giants catcher Roger Bresnahan wears shin guards for the first time in a major league game. The leg guards, usually used in cricket, come in handy, protecting Bresnahan from a 5th-inning foul tip. Other catchers will soon follow Bresnahan’s lead and wear similar shin guards.
  • 1961 - The Los Angeles Angels play the first game in franchise history, defeating a strong Baltimore Orioles team, 7 - 2. For the Angels, Ted Kluszewski hits two home runs and Eli Grba pitches a complete game.
  • 1961 - At Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox rookie Carl Yastrzemski gets a hit off Ray Herbert of the Kansas City Athletics. It’s the first of 3,318 hits that Yastrzemski will amass over a 23-year career.
  • 1963 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves becomes the all-time winningest left-handed pitcher in major league history. Spahn’s 6 - 1 victory over the New York Mets gives him 328 career wins, moving him ahead of Eddie Plank as the all-time winningest left-hander. Except for Duke Snider’s home run, no Mets get past second base.
  • 1966 - Emmett Ashford becomes the first black umpire in major league history. Ashford, who had started his professional career 15 years earlier in the low minor leagues, makes his big league debut on Opening Day at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, in Cleveland’s 5 - 2 win against the Senators.
  • 1969 - The Seattle Pilots win in their major league season debut at Sicks Stadium behind a Gary Bell 7 - 0 shutout of the Chicago White Sox.
  • 2003 - In the first of their “home” games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Montreal Expos rout pitcher David Cone and the New York Mets, 10 - 0. The Montreal franchise, which is now owned by Major League Baseball, will play 22 of its games here this season as a new venue is sought for the poorly-attended Canadian club.
  • 2019 - Dee Gordon hits a solo homer in the 6th inning and the Mariners set a new mark, having now homered in all 15 of their games this season, breaking the record held by the 2002 Indians; they also lead the majors with 35 long balls.

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