|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» June 3, 1993: Seattle selects SS Alex Rodriguez of Westminster Christian HS in Miami with the 1st pick in the amateur draft. Rodriguez hit .417 with 17 homers and 90 stolen bases. The Brewers get pitchers Jeff D'Amico and Kelly Wunsch with two 1st round picks. Both will prove injury prone, but they do take SS Mark Loretta on the 7th round. The Phils take Scott Rolen on the 2nd round; the Braves select Kevin Millwood (11th) and John Rocker (18th), while the Indians take Richie Sexson (24th). |
» October 16, 1999: The Mets trip the Braves, 3-2, to stay alive in the NLCS. John Olerud drives home all three NY runs with a solo home run in the 6th inning, and a 2-run single off John Rocker in the 8th. Brian Jordan and Ryan Klesko hit back-to-back homers in the 8th for the Braves' two runs. P Rick Reed shuts out Atlanta over the first seven innings on a single hit.
» December 22, 1999: In an interview in Sports Illustrated magazine, Atlanta Braves P John Rocker offends virtually every race and ethnic group in a hateful outburst. Community leaders, media, management, coaches and teammates alike call for action to be taken against the lefty who had 38 saves for Atlanta this past season.
» January 6, 2000: Major league baseball officials order Atlanta Braves P John Rocker is to undergo psychological testing following derogatory remarks he made in an interview with Sports Illustrated magazine. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig says he will listen to what the doctors say before deciding what punishment—if any—will be handed down to the pitcher.
» January 31, 2000: Braves reliever John Rocker is suspended from baseball until May 1st by Commissioner Bud Selig for his racial and ethnic remarks in an article published in Sports Illustrated last month. He's also fined an undisclosed amount and ordered to undergo sensitivity training.
» March 1, 2000: Independent arbitrator Shyam Das cuts Braves P John Rocker's suspension from 28 days to 14 days. Rocker, who is allowed to report to spring training with the team, also has his fine cut.
» May 2, 2000: The Braves defeat the Dodgers, 5-3, to become the first NL team in 49 years to win 15 consecutive games. The last team to do so was the 1951 New York Giants. While pitching the 9th inning, Atlanta P John Rocker is approached by a fan who ran out of the stands. Before security can get to him, the man turns his back to Rocker, drops his pants, and moons the pitcher. The Braves' streak will end tomorrow.
» June 4, 2000: The Yankees edge the Braves, 7-6. Prior to the game, Atlanta P John Rocker confronts Jeff Pearlman, the reporter who wrote the infamous article about him in Sports Illustrated. Rocker reportedly threatens Pearlman, although their is no physical contact between the two.
» June 5, 2000: The Braves send P John Rocker to the minors, a day after his latest confrontation with a reporter from Sports Illustrated.
» June 9, 2000: P John Rocker makes his 1st appearance for the Richmond Braves since being sent down by Atlanta. Prior to the game, he again has words with reporters.
» April 11, 2001: The Braves defeat the Mets, 2-0, as Greg Maddux (7 innings), Mike Remlinger (1 inning), and John Rocker (1 inning) combine on a one-hitter. Todd Zeile's 2nd single is the only NY hit and Maddux retires the last 17 batters he faces. Maddux has more wins against the Mets (27–16) than he has against any other team.
» October 9, 2001: In Seattle, Bartolo Colon strikes out 10 while hurling eight innings of a 6-hit shutout as the Indians take the opener of their Divisional Series with the Mariners, 5-0. OF Ellis Burks gets three hits for Cleveland, including a home run. The action in the bullpen comes when Indians P John Rocker throws water on some heckling fans. According to Rocker, the fans' reaction is the media's fault—"You guys should see the monster you've helped create. They wouldn't be there if not for the biased coverage, so thank you for making my life on the road hell."