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  • 1903 - Gordon (Mickey) Cochrane is born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Cochrane will make his major league debut in 1925, when he bats .331 for the Philadelphia Athletics. A standout defensive catcher, Cochrane will bat .320 over a 13-year career. He will gain Hall of Fame honors in 1947.
  • 1939 - A howling windstorm of 50 mph does not deter the Red Sox and Reds from playing an exhibition game in Florence‚ SC, but the weather and the rock-hard infield results in the game being called in the 9th inning when all 54 baseballs have disappeared. “Grounders were actually blown off the ground and over the outfield fences‚” observed Lou Smith in the Cincinnati Enquirer. The score is 18 - 18 when the game ends with both teams covered with grime.
  • 1972 - The first general strike in the history of the major leagues officially begins with the cancellation of Opening Day games in both leagues. The strike will be settled seven days later when the players and owners come to agreement on pension fund payments. The two sides agree not to make up the 86 missed games.
  • 1973 - At Fenway Park, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in major league history. In his first plate appearance, Blomberg walks with the bases loaded against Luis Tiant. He will end up with one hit in three at-bats. Meanwhile, Carlton Fisk hits two home runs (one a grand slam) to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 15 - 5 victory over New York.
  • 1977 - For the second time in nine years, a new franchise makes its major league debut in Seattle, Washington. The Seattle Mariners lose their first regular season game at the Kingdome to Frank Tanana and the Angels, 7 - 0. Joe Rudi is 3 for 4 with a homer and 4 RBIs. The loser for the M’s is Diego Segui‚ who pitched in the Seattle Pilots’ Opener in 1969‚ a 4 - 3 loss at Anaheim. Segui is the only player to appear for both the Pilots and the Mariners.
  • 1993 - The Phils’ Mitch Williams changes his uniform number from 28 to 99‚ the highest number in history. He picks up a save today and vows to throw at 99 mph every outing.
  • 1996 - Chan Ho Park of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the first pitcher born in South Korea to win a major league game. Park throws six shutout innings of relief to earn the decision in a 3 - 1 win over the Chicago Cubs.
  • 2013 - The Upton brothers, playing together for the Braves, stun the Cubs. With Atlanta trailing 5 - 4, B.J. Upton leads off the bottom of the 9th with a homer off Carlos Marmol, and two batters later, Justin Upton hits a walk-off blast to give the Braves a 6 - 5 win, his second long ball of the game. They are the first pair of brothers to homer in the same inning since Billy and Cal Ripken did so for Baltimore in 1996.
  • 2015 - P Sonny Gray is sharp starting on Opening Day for the A’s, as he holds the Rangers hitless until Ryan Rua leads off the 8th with a single. Oakland prevails easily, 8 - 0, and in doing so breaks a string of 10 straight losses in their opening game of the season.

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More progress on (non-roster) player compensation during the hiatus.

“If that holds true, you can kiss baseball season goodbye. Or at least your attendance at it.” -Hank Schulman, S.F. Chronicle

The A’s held an online bracket to determine the best way to start a rally in Oakland, and the classic chant won the voting.

Hughes isn’t kidding: Cabrera went 20-for-46, 7 HR, 1.513 OPS against him (only 4 Ks)

The flip by Buehrle will always be one of my favorites. (Though, this video is glaringly missing Tarp Catch, anything Chapman, and the arms of Laureano and Cespedes.)