Here’s a look back at some of the more important and interesting transactions that have taken place on June 19th..
- On this date in 2006, the Red Sox designated J.T. Snow for assignment. Snow, who had a very notable career with the Giants, had a rather forgetful partial season in Boston. After batting .205/.340/.205 in 38 games and seeing sparse playing time, Snow requested to be DFA’d. That marked the “real” end of his playing career, though San Francisco signed Snow to a one-day contract in September of 2008. Snow took the field on September 27th against the Dodgers and was removed before the first pitch to allow him to retire as a member of the Giants.
- On June 19, 1999, the Dodgers signed Hong-Chih Kuo to a free agent contract with a $1.25MM bonus. Unfortunately, elbow problems kept Kuo from taking the mound for the Dodgers until the 2006 season. Kuo proved to be well worth the wait. From 2005-2010, the left-hander posted a 3.19 ERA with 10.5 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 and even earned an All-Star selection in ’10.
- On this date in 1995, Darryl Strawberry signed with the Yankees after serving a suspension stemming from cocaine use. In 32 regular season games for the Bombers that season, Strawberry posted a .276/.364/.448 slash line. Over parts of five seasons with the Bombers, Strawberry slashed .255/.362/.502.