IN THE NEWS: Boston's Jim Rice outpoints New York's Ron Guidry, 353-291, to win the American League MVP Award. Rice led the league in hits (213), triples (15), home runs (46), RBI (139), and slugging (.600), and became the first AL player to accumulate 400 total bases in a season since Joe DiMaggio in 1937.
IN THE NEWS: The Pirates Dave Parker wins the National League MVP Award, 320-194 over the Dodgers Steve Garvey. Parker had 30 home runs, 117 RBI, and league-leading figures in batting (.334), slugging (.585), and total bases (340).
IN THE NEWS: The Reds fire manager Sparky Anderson after nine years, during which the club averaged 96 wins per season and won five divisional titles, four league pennants, and two World Championships. The surprise move comes six days after the Reds return from a trip to Japan. Anderson has one year left on a contract and had no idea he'd be fired.
The Orioles sign pitcher Steve Stone, a reentry free agent formerly with the White Sox.