» June 2, 1987: The Mariners select Cincinnati high schooler Ken Griffey Jr., the son of Braves OF Ken Griffey, with the first pick overall in the free-agent draft. Picking 2nd, the Pirates take Mark Merchant, while the Twins take another high schooler Willie Banks with the 3rd pick. The Cubs pick Mike Harkey and the White Sox pick Jack McDowell with the 6th selection. McDowell will be the first of this class to reach the majors, Picking 9th, the Royals take Kevin Appier and on the 58th round, take UCLA's Jeff Conine. With the 22nd pick, the Astros take Seton Hall's Craig Biggio, who will be the first non-pitcher from the draft to make the majors. Picking 6th in the first round, the Braves select Derek Lilliquist, and on the 13th round take Mike Stanton. Because of his expected high price tag, Mike Mussina is selected in the 13th round. Albert Belle, suspended by LSU's coach after chasing a fan, goes to the Indians in round 2. Robb Nen goes in the 32nd round.
» 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.
» May 2, 1993: Texas rolls over the Brewers, 132 collecting 15 hits. Jose Canseco has a single, double and home run before leaving for a pinch runner. Protecting a 122 lead, Jeff Bronkey pitches three innings in relief of Robb Nen, and picks up a save in his ML debut with Texas. Bronkey is the first major leaguer born in Afghanistan.
» July 17, 1993: The Rangers trade pitchers Robb Nen and Kurt Miller to the Marlins in exchange for P Cris Carpenter.
» November 18, 1997:
The Marlins trade P Robb Nen to the Giants in exchange for pitchers Joe Fontenot, Mike Villano, and Mick Pageler.
» June 26, 1999:
In San Francisco, Todd Hundley has a pair of homers, including a 9th inning 3-run HR off Robb Nen, to lift the Dodgers to a 76 win over the Giants. Hundleys HR in the 9th offsets a 3-run HR by Ellis Burks in the 8th. 1B J.T. Snow nabs pitcher Carlos Perez with a hidden ball trick, the last successful hidden ball trick this century, according to historian Bill Deane.
» July 31, 2000: The Giants edge the Brewers, 4-3 in 11 innings, as Robb Nen sets a new major league record with his 14th save of July, one shy of the mark for any month.
» April 2, 2001:
The Giants Livan Hernandez beats the Padres, 32, with relief help from Robb Nen, who K's the side in the 9th. Barry Bonds homers for the Giants. Tony Gwynn's 8th inning RBI-single is his 3,110th hit, tying him with Dave Winfield. With his start today, Gwynn becomes the 5th player in NL history to spend 20+ years while playing his entire career with one team. The others are: Cap Anson: 1871-97 Cubs (5 years in the NA); Mel Ott: 1926-47 Giants; Stan Musial: 1941-44, 1946-63 Cardinals; Willie Stargell: 1962-82 Pirates.
» June 19, 2001:
Trailing 20 with two outs in the 9th and an 02 count by Robb Nen, San Diego scores three runs and wins in the 15th, 43. Rich Aurilia's throwing error with two out allows Phil Nevin to score in the 15th. Barry Bonds belts his 37th homer, setting a mark for dingers before the All-star game. Pinch running, Rickey Henderson steals 3B, snapping a swipe drought of 24 games, his longest. Rickey will still top 20 steals this year for the 23rd straight time.
» April 28, 2002:
The Giants edge the Reds, 54, behind homers by Reggie Sanders and Benito Santiago. Robb Nen relieves in the 8th after Adam Dunn hits a 2-run home run. An insurance run in the top of the 9th offsets another Dunn homer, off Nen. Ump union head John Hirschbeck tells fellow ump Mark Carlson not to issue a warning to Reds P Gabe White after a pitch sails over the head of Barry Bonds. Hirschbeck will be sent a warning letter about this, which will end up before a judge.
» May 28, 2002: Arizona's Miguel Batista hurls nine innings of 1hit ball against the Giants, but the Giants win in 10 innings, 10. Barry Bonds walks off Myers, and Jeff Kent's 2nd hit of the game, off Bret Prinz, moves him to 3rd. Benito Santiago's single wins it. Robb Nen, in relief of Jason Schmidt, picks up the win.
» October 2, 2002:
The Giants shock the Braves by pounding Tom Glavine for six runs in five innings on their way to an 85 win in the 1st game of their division series. Gary Sheffield and Javy Lopez homer in the 8th to make the game close, but Robb Nen comes in to save the game for starter Russ Ortiz.