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Today in Baseball History 
November 12th

1923 Giant manager John McGraw trades outfielders Casey Stengel and Bill Cunningham along with shortstop Dave Bancroft to the Braves for pitchers Joe Oeschger and Bill Southworth.
1940 Unwilling to yield to the players' demands during the season, Alva Bradley finally fires Indian manager Oscar Vitt and replaces him with Roger Peckinpaugh. It is Peckinpaugh's second time as Cleveland's field boss.
1952 Philadelphia A's hurler Bobby Shantz (24-7, 2.48) is named as American League MVP by the baseball writers. The 27-year old southpaw, who is named first on 16 of the 20 writers' ballots, easily outdistances runner-ups Allie Reynolds and Mickey Mantle.
1955 Fred Hutchinson replaces Harry Walker as the Cardinal manager. With the departure of 'the Hat', the National League for the first time in its history will not have a player-manager in the circuit.
1958 Yankees right-hander Bob Turley, the World Series Most Valuable Player, wins the Cy Young Award edging out runner-up Warren Spahn of Milwaukee by one vote. 'Bullet Bob' posted a 2.97 ERA while compiling a 21-7 record and won another two games for New York in the Fall Classic.
1986 Red Sox right-hander Roger Clemens (24-4, 2.48) becomes only the second American League pitcher to unanimously win the Cy Young Award. Denny McLain was the first to accomplish the feat in 1968.
1996 Blue Jays right-hander Pat Hentgen (20-10) edges New York's Andy Pettitte (20-8) for the American League Cy Young Award by the narrow margin of 110-104. Mariano Rivera, the Yankee southpaw's teammate, finishes third in the ballot, getting one first-place vote.
2001 One year after playing Class-A ball, Albert Pujols (.329, 37, 130) is named the National League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA. The Cardinal freshman set NL rookie marks RBIs for (130), total bases (360) and extra-base hits (88) and falls one home run shy of tying the National League rookie record of 38 established by Frank Robinson in 1956 as a member of the Reds.
2001 Although disappointed in not winning the award unanimously, Mariners outfielder Ichiro, who led the circuit in hitting, is named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Chris Assenheimer of the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram voted for C.C. Sabathia (17-4) as his top choice citing the nine years of professional experience in Japan made Ichiro less of a rookie than 21-year old Indian hurler.
2002 Miguel Tejada, who receives 356 points from the Baseball Writers' Association, including 21 first-place votes of the 28 cast, is selected as the American League's Most Valuable Player. The A's shortstop joins countrymen Sammy Sosa and George Bell as Dominican Republic natives to win the award.
2007 In the closest election since the current method was initiated in 1980 - 5 points for 1st; 3 points for second; 1 point for third, the Baseball Writers Association of America selects Ryan Braun as the National League Rookie of the Year. By a margin of just two points, the Brewers' third baseman edges Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who was listed first on more than half of the BBWAA ballots.
2007 Dustin Pedroia (.317, 8, 50) becomes the sixth Red Sox player and the first to win the American League Rookie of the Year since Nomar Garciaparra was selected in 1997. The 5'9" second baseman, who is listed first on 24 of the 28 BBWAA ballots, easily outdistances Rays outfielder Delmon Young (.288, 13, 93).
2008 Receiving 27 of the 28 first-place votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Joe Maddon easily wins the American League Manager of the Year award. The Rays skipper, who succeeded Lou Piniella in 2006, this year's NL's choice for the honor, led Tampa Bay to a pennant after the team posted the worst record (66-96) in baseball last season.
2008 Lou Piniella wins the National League Manager of the Year award after leading the Cubs to the postseason for the second consecutive season. The fiery skipper also won the AL honor in 1995 and 2001 while managing in Seattle.
2008

The A's acquire Matt Holliday (.321, 25, 88) from the Rockies in exchange for former Rookie-of-the Year reliever Huston Street, southpaw starter Greg Smith and highly touted outfield prospect Carlos Gonzalez. The 28 year-old All-Star left fielder, who can become a free agent at the end of the season, was unable to come to terms with Colorado on a long term contract.

 

 



Also, talk about Yu Darvish...a lot. 
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