|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 2, 1999:
The Devil Rays make Josh Hamilton the 1st HS player in six years to be selected No. one in major league baseball's amateur draft. He'll sign for $3.96 million. The Marlins take another Josh -- Josh Beckett -- with the 2nd pick and sign him for $3.625 million, while C Eric Munson, a Braves 2nd round pick in '96, goes to Detroit at number three and signs for $3.65 million. In a spending glut that will have scouts brushing up on their Latin American geography, 34 players, including all but one first rounder, will sign for $1 million or more; 76 players in the 1st ten rounds get $500,000 or more; 127 players sign for $200,000+. The Pirates ink 39th round pick Patrick O'Brien for $500,000. The Baltimore Orioles are the first team in the 35-year history of Baseball's amateur draft to have four first round picks. Only two pitchers will make it as far as AAA this year -- the A's Barry Zito and the Diamondbacks' Jeremy Ward, a 2nd round pick.
» September 4, 2001:
The Marlins Josh Beckett debuts with a 6-inning one hit effort as the Fish beat the Cubs, 8–2. Beckett, who was 14–1 in the minors, also adds a double. Kevin Millar has a grand slam and Preston Wilson a 3-run homer.