» November 17, 1992: Baseball holds the expansion draft to stock the rosters of the National League's two new teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies. A total of 72 players are chosen. P David Nied is the 1st pick of the Rockies, while OF Nigel Wilson is selected 1st by the Marlins. The Fish take Jose Martinez with #2, while the Rocks pick vet Charlie Hayes. The best picks for Florida are #4 Trevor Hoffman, eventually packaged for Gary Sheffield; #11 Jeff Conine, who will hit 81 homers in four years; and #18 Cris Carpenter, later dealt to Texas for Robb Nen. For Colorado, they will find gold with #6 Eric Young, #10 Joe Girardi, #16 Vinny Castilla, and #18 Armando Reynoso. Picks #13 and 14 are good ones -- Andy Ashby, Brad Ausmus and Doug Bochtler -— but they'll all go to the Padres in 1993 in an ill-fated deal for pricey vet pitchers Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris.
» November 20, 1995: The Yankees trade minor league P Mike DeJean and a player to be named to the Rockies for C Joe Girardi. Girardi will solidify the catching for New York, while DeJean will set a ML mark for most appearances without a loss. He'll go 7–0 through 1998, while making 88 appearances, breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine. DeJean will be 2–4 in '99.
» October 26, 1996: The Yankees take their 4th in a row from the Braves, 3-2, giving them their 23rd World Championship. Joe Girardi's 3rd-inning triple is the key blow. Starter Jimmy Key gets the win with help from John Wetteland. Wetteland's four saves earn him the MVP trophy.
» December 5, 1996: Two days after signing C Joe Girardi, the Yankees send back-up catcher Jim Leyritz to the Angels in exchange for minor leaguers Ryan Kane and Jeremy Blevins. Leyritz, the Yankee with the longest tenure—5 years, 126 days—was vulnerable because of his $1.75 million yearly contract.
» August 26, 1997: The Yankees pound out 22 hits in an 18-2 win over Oakland. Joe Girardi and Rey Sanchez lead the way with four hits apiece.
» August 23, 1999:
The Yankees score six runs in the 1st inning on their way to a 21-3 victory over the Rangers. 3B Scott Brosius (6) and C Joe Girardi (7)—the 8th and 9th batters in the NY lineup—drive in 13 of the Yankee runs. Jeter scores his 100th run of the year, the 1st Yank to string together four straight seasons of 100+ runs since Mickey Mantle did it in nine straight seasons (1953-61).
» December 10, 1999:
The Cubs sign free agent C Joe Girardi, late of the Yankees, to a 3-year contract.
» December 16, 2002:
The Cardinals sign free agent C Joe Girardi to a contract.