January 17, 2020
One Big Thing:
The New York Mets have announced that they mutually agreed to part ways with manager Carlos Beltran. This comes after speculation over his status and involvement in the latest cheating scandal, and follows the firings of Jeff Luhnow and AJ Hinch as well as the mutual parting between Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox.
Beltran, who played for the Houston Astros during the 2017 season, was the only player on the World Series-winning team to be implicated in MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred’s findings. He was said to have played a key role in orchestrating the elaborate system that helped the Astros steal signs from opposing teams.
Beltran and Cora played a key role in devising the sign-stealing system during their 2017 World Series-winning season. Manfred determined that Beltran and a group of unnamed players devised a plan to improve on decoding opposing teams signs and communicating the signs to the batter.
Carlos Beltran commented on his departure, “At a meeting this morning with Jeff and Brodie we mutually agreed to part ways. I’m grateful to them for giving me the opportunity, but we agreed this decision is in the best interest of the team. I couldn’t let myself be a distraction for the team. I wish the entire organization success in the future.”
On This Day:
1908 Happy Birthday Cus D’Amato, American boxing manager (d. 1985)
1931 Happy Birthday Don Zimmer, American baseball coach, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, (d. 2014)
1934 Carl Hubbell, NL MVP winner, gets $18,000 contract by the NY Giants
1942 Happy Birthday Muhammad Ali [Cassius Clay], American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1964-7 74-8), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2016)
1952 1952 NFL Draft: Bill Wade from University of Vanderbilt first pick by Los Angeles Rams
1960 10th NFL Pro Bowl, LA Memorial Coliseum: Western Conference beats Eastern Conference, 38-21; MVPs: Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts, QB; Eugene Lipscomb, Baltimore Colts, DL
1961 11th NBA All-Star Game, Onondaga County Coliseum, Syracuse, NY: West beats East, 153-131; MVP: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati Royals, PG; at 22, youngest player to receive All-Star MVP honours, 23 points & 14 assists
1963 Wilt Chamberlain of NBA SF Warriors scores 67 points vs LA
1970 Happy Birthday Jeremy Roenick, American NHL center (Team USA, Blackhawks, Coyotes), born in Boston, Massachusetts
1982 Happy Birthday Dwyane Wade, American basketball player (Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls), born in Chicago, Illinois
1988 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous “The Fumble”, Browns’ Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining
1988 NFC Championship, RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Washington Redskins beat Minnesota Vikings, 17-10
1990 NFL coach Jimmy Johnson (46) divorces Linda Kay Cooper after 26 years of marriage
1994 Patrick Ewing becomes first New York player to reach the 15,000-point mark in his NBA career; scores a game-high 34 points in the Knicks’ 106-94 win over visiting Minnesota
1996 Detroit center Steve Yzerman scores his 500th career NHL goal as the Red Wings beat Colorado, 3-2 at Joe Louis Arena and joins Gordie Howe as the only players to score 500 goals for Detroit
1997 NBA suspends Dennis Rodman indefinitely for kicking cameraman
2008 Bobby Fischer, American chess player (world champion (1972-75), dies of renal failure at 64
2012 LeBron James becomes youngest player in NBA history to record 20,000 career points during the Miami Heat’s 92-75 victory over Golden State; James, 28 years, 17 days, passes Kobe Bryant, 29 years, 122 days
2015 American boxer Deontay Wilder wins the WBC heavyweight championship by unanimous decision over Bermane Stiverne at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas; Wilder first American to hold a heavyweight title since Shannon Briggs in 2007
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Did You Know:
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