|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 4, 1996:
Pitching dominates the baseball draft as 14 of the first 22 selections are moundsmen. Clemson pitcher Kris Benson is the top choice, going to Pittsburgh, while the Twins pick power hitting Travis Lee from San Diego State as the 2nd choice. The Cards follow with Wichita State P Braden Looper. Picking 14th, the White Sox take lefty Bobby Seay, but will declare him a free agent in August when the can't reach an agreement with his agent, Scott Boras. Lee, John Patterson (Expos), and Matt White (Giants) will also not sign and become free agents: the four will ink contracts with the Devil Rays and Diamondbacks, with White getting a $10.2 bonus, the largest in history. The Marlins use their 1st pick, 9th overall, on college player of the year, Mark Kotsay, and will ink him to a $1,125,000 contract. The Royals take high schooler Dee Brown in the first round. Boston picks Shea Hillenbrand in the 10th round.
» May 5, 2001:
Dee Brown follows a Dave McCarty walk in the 12th with a homer off Travis Miller as the Royals beat the visiting Twins, 12–10. After Rey Sanchez scored, McCarty tied the score in the bottom of the 9th with a 2-out single off LaTroy Hawkins, his first blown save after a major-league record 23 straight to start a career. Sanchez scored from 3B after 1B Doug Mientkiewicz tumbled into the stands after making a diving catch.