Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This Day in New York Yankees History 8/1: Trade Deadline Special 2016

Last year the July 31st trade deadline moved to August 1st because July 31st fell on a Sunday. Weird, I know. Carry on.

It is no secret that over the years it has come across, maybe just to New York fans, that Bud Selig did not like the Yankees. It seems like every major change to Major League Baseball, international signing caps, draft caps, the luxury tax, etc., has been specifically aimed at the Yankees in an effort to keep the team down. This was no different on this day in 2002 when George Steinbrenner called out MLB on a fishy kind of one sided trade that helped out the rival Boston Red Sox. It all started when the MLB owned Montreal Expos traded away Cliff Floyd (.275 with 21 home runs and 61 RBI) to the Red Sox for two minor league pitchers from Korea Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim. Obviously everyone involved denied the allegations but at least Selig didn't exactly nix the deal for "baseball reasons."

Also on this day in 1975 the Yankees hired Billy Martin to be their manager for the first of five times. Martin replaced Bill Virdon after he never won a game at Yankee Stadium since New York was playing their home games at Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.

Finally on this day in 1941 the Yankees held Ladies Night at Yankee Stadium and were entertained by a Lefty Gomez shutout. This shutout makes today's list because Gomez set a new major league record with 11 walks in the Yankees 9-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Gomez improved his record to 10-3 and the Yankees won the game.

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