Yankees came out in a fury with four runs in the second inning off the bats of Andy Phillips, Melky Cabrera, Derek Jeter, and a wild pitch from Detroit starter Ramon Colon. Bernie Williams added another run in the third to make it 5-0 until Ivan Rodriguez struck a home run to put a run on the board. Yankees blew the lead when the Tigers tied it up at six apiece and it stayed that way until all hell broke lose in the 11th inning. Jason Giambi led off the inning with the game winning home run, but the Yankees got greedy and scored four more for a total of five runs in the 11th. Mariano took over the game after the ninth and held on to the tie and the lead to even his record to 3-3. This outing ties his personal record for innings pitched in a game as a reliever when he last achieved the feat back against the Toronto Blue Jays on September 6, 1996.
Final Score: Yankees 11, Tigers 6 F/11
Up Next: Yankees @ Tigers Mike Mussina (6-1, 2.72 ERA) vs. Nate Robertson (5-2, 3.02 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Sox lose to the Blue Jays and fall into a tie with the Yankees for first place.
Tonight's featured player is Leo Christopher Magee. Magee was born on June 4, 1889 in Cincinnati, Ohio and made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals on July 4, 1911. Magee made his Yankees debut after being purchased from the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the National League on January 14, 1916 and had a weak two-year stint batting .257 in 1916 and .220 the following year. He hit a total of three home runs which for his career,was average. The Yankees mainly had Magee as a base runner for he stole 29 bases in his first pinstripe season while posting a .324 on-base percentage. On July 15, 1917, he was traded to the St. Louis Browns of the American League for Armando Marsans. his non-Yankees career was more successful as he ranked in the top ten in batting average (.323, 2nd, 1915), runs (87, 7th, 1915), triples (13, 2nd, 1918), and led the league in sacrifice hits in 1914. He also placed in the top ten in stolen bases between 1914-1916 with 36, 34, and 19 respectively. Magee played his last game on September 28, 1919 and died on March 14, 1966 in Columbus, Ohio.
All of New York grunted when Randy Johnson took the mound against the blazing hot Detroit Tigers earlier this afternoon. Johnson threw one of the best games in his career when he had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning until Ivan Rodriguez broke it up with a single and then allowed a double later on. He gave up no runs while striking out four before being replaced in the seventh after feeling "woozy". Johnny Damon and Derek Jeter both drove in runs in the third inning as Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada drove in two in the fifth. However, all good things have that one bad detail. Adding to the already long list of injured players is Jeter who suffered a mild strain of his throwing hand. Johnson won his 270th career win tying him with Burleigh Grimes for 31st all-time.
Final Score: Yankees 4, Tigers 0
Up Next: Yankees (1-0) @ Tigers (0-1) Aaron Small (0-2, 8.59 ERA) vs. Roman Colon (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
Red Sox Update: At the time of this posting, the Red Sox and the Blue Jays are currently tied at sixth in the eighth.
As some of my readers may have realized, I was away on a road trip to Oklahoma to see my sister-in-law graduate from high school. Now, I am back, and proud to say that the Yankees went 3-1 during my four day absence. And now, let's look back at those four days.
May 23 Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 7-5 with Jaret Wright getting the win and manager Joe Torre placing 11th all-time on the career wins list.
May 24 Yankees took another one from the Sox with a 8-6 win with Randy Johnson finally earning a win.
May 25 Off day
May 26 The Kansas City Royals ended their 13-game losing streak against the hot Yankees (what the hell!!!!!) with a 7-6 loss. Derek Jeter got his 2,000th and 2,001st hit of his career.
May 27 Yankees extracted revenge with a 15-4 walloping of the Royals.
May 28 A close 5-4 win over the Royals put the Yankees a mere two games back on the East. Mariano Rivera recorded his 390th save putting him fourth all-time on the career saves list.
Up Next: Yankees @ Tigers Randy Johnson (6-4, 5.89 ERA) vs. Jeremy Bonderman (5-3, 4.57 ERA)
Barry Bonds: Bonds passed Babe Ruth on the all-time career home run list when he hit #715 of Byung-Hyun Kim. Yankees fans remember Kim when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks and allowing Tino Martinez, Derek Jeter, and Scott Brosious to hit those memorable home runs in the 2001 World Series.
After three months of blogging about the greatest team in baseball, it I time for me to take a break. This isn't a sabbatical or retirement planning, this break is caused by a road trip. I leave tomorrow morning to Oklahoma to see my sister-in-law graduate from high school. I should be back by Sunday to return to you. I will post a huge blog recapping the few days that I am gone. Also, I may decide to have a nice little group of featured players and will definitely have the updated power rankings. Once I get a new scanner, I will start posting a baseball card of the day. I had a sword hanging above my computer and the nail gave way sending the ten pound blade smashing the glass of my scanner. Now my three-in-one is only a one. Have a great time and of course, go Yankees!
Yankees have had a miserable season against the rival Red Sox, losing four of five and suffered through a grubbing last night. Tonight is a different story. Tonight the Yankees sent up Jaret Wright who had a great game in his last outing, but suffered a loss due to a Yankees lack of offense, a repeat performance by Wright would be a sigh of relief. And a sigh they would have. Yankees opened the game with Johnny Damon hitting a home run to make it a quick 1-0. Two more runs in the third by a two RBI single gave the Yankees a 3-0 game. Red Sox scored for the first time in the fifth by a two RBI base hit thanks in part by Doug Mirabelli and cut the lead to 4-2. A pair of three-run home runs highlighted the seventh inning. One of those shots by Alex Rodriguez for the Yankees, and one by Manny Ramirez for the Sox. The last run of the game was scored by the Sox in the eighth with a Manny single. Yankees held on to the lead in the ninth and sent up Mariano Rivera to close out the win.
Final Score: Yankees 7, Red Sox 5
Up Next: Yankees @ Red Sox Randy Johnson (5-4, 5.62 ERA) vs. Matt Clement (4-3, 5.36 ERA)
Before I get started, I love my wife very much. Ok.
Last night when the Yankees were playing the Red Sox, my wife was napping in the bedroom, I could have easily pounced on her and ripped her clothes off, but the game was on, so no sex. The Yankees took a 1-0 lead over the Sox until she woke up and joined my in the living room and 10 minutes later it was 4-1 Red Sox. They made it 9-1 going into the ninth until she went back to bed and the Yankees scored four in the final frame.
It is not just one game, this is the third time she blew it for the Yankees when they were facing the Sox. I will place a 100 mile restraining order on her come October if the Yankees and Red Sox face each other in the playoffs.
Good evening America, tonight's pitch-by-pitch account is brought to you by the cigarette in my hand. Today's featured match up is the New York Yankees at the Boston Red Sox to face thier rivals and the road to the AL East crown. Yankees need to win at least two out of three game to take sole pocession of first place and earn some much needed respect. The upcoming series will be in Boston at Fenway Park. Last time the Yankees were in Boston, fans expressed their "appreciation" for former outfielder and hero Johnny Damon. That is out of the way, this is a new series. Yankees are hurt with five members of the disaled list, however they provided a good match up against the NL East leading Mets in their previous series. Damon enters the game 1-16 against the Sox this season, tied for the worst with Ichiro and Jeter enters with a .351 average, third best in the league. Ladies and Gentlemen, PLAY BALL!!
INNING ONE Curt Schilling pitching
Johnny Damon batting: (crowd boos), strike looking, pop up to pitcher Derek Jeter batting: ball, ground out SS->1B Jason Giambi batting: strike looking, foul fly left side, ball, foul ground right, strike out swinging
Chein-Ming Wang pitching
Kevin Youkilis batting: ball low, strike looking, strike looking, ball low away in dirt, ball away, fly out left center (8) Mark Loretta batting: strike looking, base hit to right David Ortiz batting: strike, foul fly left, ball low in dirt, ground out to 1B, Loretta to second Manny Ramirez batting: ball low away, base hit to left, Loretta to third Trot Nixon batting: ball inside, ground out SS->2B
Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
INNING TWO Schilling pitching
Alex Rodriguez batting: ball inside, ground out SS->1B Jorge Posada batting: ball away, strike looking, strike swinging, ball high, strike out looking Robinson Cano batting: strike, foul ground into visiting dugout, strike out swinging
Jason Varitek batting: ball low in dirt, fly out to right Mike Lowell batting: ball low and away, foul fly right, ground out 3B->1B Willy Harris batting: fly out deep left center (8)
Yankees 0, Red Sox 0
INNING THREE Schilling pitching
Bernie Williams batting: ball inside, strike looking, foul ground right, foul ground right, strike out looking Terrance Long batting: strike looking, line out to 1B Melky Cabrera batting: double down left field line (first career extra base hit) Damon batting: strike looking, ball away, ball low, (catcher/pitcher conference), base hit to right, Cabrera scores Jeter batting: foul fly right, strike swinging, base hit to right center, Damon to second Giambi batting: (catcher/pitcher conference), foul fly left, strike looking, ball high and inside, foul fly left, ball and low away, foul ground right, foul fly left, ball low, foul fly left, pop up to 3B
During commercial break, Schilling slams glove and hat after giving up a two-out run, BITCH!
Alex Cora batting: ball inside, strike looking, pulled bunt attempt ball low, ground out SS->1B Youkilis batting: strike looking, strike looking, ball low and away, ball low and behind catcher, ball low and away, foul ground left, ball 4 low Loretta batting: pick-off attempt (safe), strike looking, strike looking, foul fly right, (catcher/pitcher conference), ball low in dirt blocked, base hit to right, Youkilis to second
(wife wakes up and come to living room, she is the jinx. Yankees 0-2 vs. Red Sox when she is present)
Ortiz batting: ball low behind catcher, Youkilis to third, Loretta to second (scored as wild pitch), ball low in dirt blocked by catcher, ball low, base hit to left, Youkilis scores, Loretta scores Ramirez batting: strike check swing, foul fly right, HOME RUN, Ortiz scores, Ramirez scores Nixon batting: ball low, strike swinging, ball low and inside, ground out SS->1B Varitek batting: ball away, line out to pitcher (gold glove play)
Yankees 1, Red Sox 4
INNING FOUR Schilling pitching
Rodriguez batting: strike looking, (time called by batter), strike swinging, ball high, strike out looking Posada batting: ball inside, ball low and inside, fly out to left Cano batting: ball inside, strike swinging, strike looking, ball low in dirt, ground foul to right, fly out to left center (7)
Lowell batting: strike looking, ground out 3B->1B Harris batting: bunt attempt pulled back ball, strike, ground out 2B->1B Cora batting: strike looking, strike swinging, ball low, base hit to right center Youkilis batting: pick-off attempt (safe), fly out to right
Yankees 1, Red Sox 4
INNING FIVE Schilling pitching
Williams batting: ball inside, ball low, foul fly to left, base hit to right Long batting: foul fly left, ball way high, ball inside, foul fly left, foul straight back, ball blocked in dirt, (Mattingly video close up shows large nostrils, damn, they are gigantic), pop up to SS Cabrera batting: ground into double play, SS->2B->1B
Loretta batting: strike looking, foul straight back, ground out SS->1B Ortiz batting: strike looking, ball low, ball low and away, strike looking (Ortiz didn"t like call), strike out looking Ramirez batting: foul fly to right, ball low, foul ground to left, grpund out 2B->1B
Yankees 1, Red Sox 4
INNING SIX Schilling pitching
Damon batting: strike looking, ball inside, ball inside, foul fly to left, foul fly left, foul ground to right, fly out to center Jeter batting: foul to right, foul fly to right, ball low in dirt, strike out swinging Giambi batting: (ESPN menu glitch), strike looking, ground out SS->1B
Jon Papelbon makes stupid face, bullpen finds it humerous
Nixon batting: strike looking, foul ground to right, ground out 1B->P Varitek batting: ball low in dirt, strike swinging, fly foul to right, ground out 2B->1B Lowell batting: ball low, line out to 1B
Yankees 1, Red Sox 4
INNING SEVEN Schilling pitching
Rodriguez batting: foul straight back, strike looking, ball high, base hit to left Posada batting: pop out to left Cano batting: foul fly left, ground into double play 1B->2B->1B
Harris batting: base hit to right Cora batting: pick-off attempt (safe), pitch out, pick-off attempt (safe), (time called by batter), pick-off atempt (safe), bunt hit, Harris to second Youkilis batting: strike looking, double off left field wall, Harris scores Ron Villone replaces Wang Loretta batting: (catcher/pitcher conference), strike looking, foul fly to right, foul straight back, ball looking, check swing ball low blocked in dirt, foul fly to left, fly out to left Ortiz batting: check swing ball, strike swinging, (catcher/pitcher conference), ball low and away in dirt, ball low in dirt, base hit to right, Cora scores, Youkilis to third Ramirez batting: foul straight back, deep sacrifice fly to right, Youkilis scores Nixon batting: ball low, ground out to 2B
Yankees 1, Red Sox 7
INNING EIGHT Schilling pitching
Williams batting: strike looking, fly out to right Long batting: ball low, fly out to center Cabrera batting: strike looking, strike looking, ball high and inside, foul fly to left, foul fly to left, ground out 1B->P
Colter Bean replaces Villone
Varitek batting: ball away, strike looking, ball high, foul fly left, ball way away, ball 4 way away Lowell batting: strike looking, pop foul right, ball away, foul fly to right, ball way inside, double off the left field wall, Varitek to third Harris batting: ball away, ball away (catcher/pitcher conference), ball away, strike looking, sacrifice fly out to center, Harris scores Cora batting: ball away, base hit to left, Lowell scores Youkilis batting: strike looking (crowd chants Yankees suck, tonight we do you faggots), ball low, foul fly to right, ground in double play SS->2B->1B
Yankees 1, Red Sox 9
INNING NINE Kieth Foulke replaces Schilling
Kevin Reese batting: base hit to left Jeter batting: ball high, ball low, strike looking, fly out to center Andy Phillips batting: ground out 2B->1B, Jeter to second Rodriguez batting: HOME RUN, Reese scores, Rodriguez scores Posada batting:HOME RUN, Posada scores Cano batting: ball low, check swing ball, double to deep left (mound visit vrom pitching coach) Williams batting: strike looking, ball high and inside, ball low blocked in dirt, double down right field line, Cano scores Long batting: strike looking, ball inside, pop out to center
FINAL SCORE Yankees 5, Red Sox 9
Nice late rally by the Yankees, shows that the game isn't over until the last out is recorded. The Yankees did earn respect as they proved that they are still a clutch team, however, they were overmatched by Curt Schilling as he won his 199th game. I still hate the bastard, but I do respect him. So good job Schill, and fuck you.
In the final battle for New York, one word was the word of the series, comeback. On Friday, the Mets rallied back and defeated the Yankees, on Saturday, the Yankees scored four in the ninth and won in extra innings, and yesterday the Mets came back and won the game. Yankees scored first in the fourth thanks in part by confusion of the Mets infield of who should catch Bernie Williams' pop up, it dropped in front of everyone and Williams hustled to second for a double. Derek Jeter, with the bases loaded in the same frame, hit one by David Wright who misplayed the ball and went into the outfield for a RBI duo. The Mets responded with back-to-back home runs, a three-run shot by Carlso Delgado and an encore from Wright. Yankees threatened in the eighth with a Jason Giambi sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one. Alex Rodriguez ended all hopes with the inning-ending double play.
Final Score: (L) Yankees 3, Mets 4
Up Next: Yankees @ Red Sox Chein-Ming Wang (4-1, 3.79 ERA) vs. Curt Schilling (6-2, 4.17 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Phillies double up the Sox 10-5.
Rumor Mill: Roger Clemens is expected to sign with a team sometime in June. Four teams are in the bidding, his current team, the Houston Astos, cross town rivals Texas Rangers, his roots team the Boston Red Sox, and the team in which he won his first World Series with, the New York Yankees.
The database is getting larger and larger. We went from one page of notes, to 24 pages of size 8 font. Even though we have a beta version available, we still want to add more dates and events.
Today, BronxBloggers will have the first installment of This Day in Yankees History
May 21 1947 - Joe DiMaggio and five other Yankees are slapped with $100 fines for not fulfilling contract requirements to do promotional duties for the Bronx Bombers.
1948 - Joe DiMaggio hits for the cycle as he delivers two home runs, a triple, double and a single helping the Yankees beat the White Sox, 13-2.
2004 - In his return to Texas, Alex Rodriguez is roundly booed by fans at the Ballpark in Arlington. The fans’ continue to show their displeasure as the Yankees’ third baseman drives a 2-1 pitch over the fence during his first inning at-bat.
Tonight's featured player is outfielder Ben Paschal. Benjamin Edwin Paschal was born on October 13, 1985 in Enterprise, Alabama and made his debut game on August 16, 1915 with the Cleveland Indians. In 1924, after a four year break, he came back and signed with the Yankees. He posted career highs with 12 home runs, 56 RBIs, 14 steals, and a .360 batting average in 1925, well enough to be considered a triple crown threat back in that style of play. He played six season with the Yankees including the 1927 team with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and helped them win the second ever World Series earning two hits a walk, and a ribbie enroute to the win. Paschal played his last game on October 6, 1929 and died on November 10, 1974 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is compared to Grady Sizemore of the Cleveland Indians.
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714 - T2 Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds
That's what the record book now says:
Career Home Runs 1 - Hank Aaron - 754 T2 - Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds - 714
I am not going to talk about Barry and the alleged steroid scandel, although I do have a lot to bitch about. Until Bonds is proven guilty, I will say this: Congratulations Barry Bonds!
But if you are found guilty, I will say many bad things.
After coming home from another little league victory, I noticed that the Yankees were trailing the Mets 4-0 going into the ninth, I accepted defeat and went to my bedroom to watch "Coming to America" starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. After the movie I went online to blog the loss and when the baseball scores loaded, I noticed that the Yankees pulled off a ninth inning rally off perennial closer Billy Wagner. Mike Mussina started the game and gave up two runs in the first and allowed only one hit after that, a solo shot to Cliff Floyd. Pedro Martinez faced the Yankees and with a long history between the Yankees and his Red Sox career, it proved to be a great game, and it was, for Pedro. He allowed two hits on seven strike outs in six innings. On to the ninth. With closer Billy Wagner on the mound, Jason Giambi reached base with a hit followed up by an Alex Rodriguez walk, and Robinson Cano singled in Giambi. Miguel Cairo flied out for the first out, but worked a 12-pitch walk to Melky Cabrera and allowed another walk to Kelly Stinnett forcing home A-Rod and cut the lead to two. Wagner then hit pinch-hitter Bernie Williams in the thigh with the first pitch, bringing Cano home to slice the Mets' lead to one run. Wagner was replaced by Pedro Feliciano and quickly ended the inning. In the 11th inning, Miguel Cairo led off with a walk and promptly stole second and third and scored the winning run thanks to the Andy Phillips game-winning hit.
Final Score: Yankees 5, Mets 4
Up Next: Yankees @ Mets Aaron Small (0-1, 8.71 ERA 10-0 in 2005) vs. Tom Glavine (6-2, 2.43 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Game does not start until 7:05 EST
Today's featured player is shortstop Ralph Young. Ralph Stuart Young was born on September 29, 1889 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Washington College and joined the Yankees in 1913. In his lone season with the team, he played seven games and earned one hit, scored two runs and stole two bases. His fielding was horrendous and marked a .857 percentage with five erros in his short stint. He left the franchise and baseball only to sign with the Detroit Tigers in 1915. Ralph died on January 24, 1965.
Randy Johnson suffered another set back last night as the Mets and the Yankees clashed for NYC bragging rights. Johnson's inconsistency has no end as he gave up six runs on eight hits and saw his ERA go from 3.72 to 5.62 in his last four starts. Honestly, Johnson is done. This proves that the Yankees need pitching and not big name players that last a year. Invest in some damn youth and get rid of the ones that need to retire. Although he did not get the loss, which he should have, it was Mariano Rivera who gave up the winning RBI hit to David Wright. Rivers is starting to show mortality as he lost his third game of the season. Johnson had a four run lead after the first, and blew it all in the same frame. His opponents have had a .350 average and scored 13 runs including three home runs in the first inning so far this season. More players are experiencing injuries. Jorge Posada was replaced by Kelly Stinnett and Kyle Farnsworth was out.
Final Score: Yankees 6, Mets 7
Up Next: Yankees @ Mets Mike Mussina (6-1, 2.56 ERA) vs. Pedro Martinez (5-0, 3.19 ERA)
You know you're in trouble when you reserves get injured, on top of that, your pitcher can't hold his composure, the bullpen is crap, and errors are present That's right, everything went wrong. Jaret Wight (god no), took the mound and surprised the hell out of everyone with his solid start and earned his first quality start of the year, only to reach the seventh inning. Wright tossed six shutout ball only to give up three runs in the seventh, all the offense Texas would need. On top of that, the bullpen allowed three more runs courtesy of Scott Erikson and a Robinson Cano error. On to the injury chapter of this sad saga. Reserve outfielder Bubba Crosby strained his hamstring on a diving attempt and joined Carl Pavano, Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and maybe soon Johnny Damon on the disabled list. What fun, Yankees spend money on hospital bills and salaries. Yankees start a tough series against the Mets and the Red Sox with a weak line up and poor pitching and lose their second day game in a row.
Final Score: Yankees 2, Rangers 6
Up Next: Yankees @ Mets Randy Johnson (5-4, 5.13 ERA) vs. Jeremi Gonzalez (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Sox didn't play, but gain the lead.
Tonight's guest is pitcher Michael Dennis Kekich. Kekich was born on April 2, 1945 in San Diego, California and was signed by the Los Angelas Dodgers in the 1964 amateur draft. On December 4, 1986, he was traded to the New York Yankees for Andy Kosco and spent five years there. He was a primary starter only to give up many decisions to the bullpen. His ERA with the Yankees was in the fours and posted a 3.70 mark in his 1972 campaign. He has career highs on 10 wins in 1972, 93 strike outs in 1971, and WHIP of 1.414 in '72, all with the Yankees. He even recorded his only triple in 1972. On June 12, 1973, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians and released the following year. He returned to baseball and signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers. On October 1, 1977, he announced his retirement. He would be compared to Tony Saunders from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, however, never broke his arm.
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What the hell?!?! Pavano, take a damn break from pitching and get healed already. Last year Carl Pavano was sent to the DL and missed the second half of the season, this year, he started the season on the DL, and is still on it. After making his third rehab start with AA Trenton, Pavano left the game after the first inning due to tightmess in his throwing arm affecting the tricep muscle. This muscle is primarily used to extend the arm and is a very important piece of anatomy to any pitcher. His last start was on June 27, 2005.
Other News: Shawn Chacon's next start against the Mets may be pushed back if the injury that he sustained during a Red Sox game in which he was hit in the leg by a batted ball persists. Aaron Small is the number one choice for his replacement.
Jason Giambi is finally back in the line up after missing a game due to a sprained neck. He will play in the designated hitter role.
Chein-Ming Wang took the start on the Yankees/Rangers rubber match. After a wild night last night, pitcher's and defense were a little more on edge, so we think. Errors still marred the game, however, Wang was able to keep the errors to a minimum as he allowed three runs, two earned last night. Posada is continuing his streak of excellence went 2-2 with two ribbies to help the Yankees win the game. Bernie Williams, Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada hit RBI singles for a two-out, three-run rally in the fifth.
Final Score: Yankees 4, Rangers 3
Up Next: Rangers @ Yankees 1:05 EST (Yankees 12-1 on day games) Jaret Wright (1-2, 5.06 ERA) vs. Vicente Padilla (3-3, 4.57 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Sox lose and fall into a tie for first.
I had a patient yesterday the knew, or should I say, met the great George Steinbrenner. His aunt apparently knows him very well and says that George is actually a pretty nice guy and would go out of his way to help people. He is obviously very competitive and the media makes him look like Darth Vader. I have yet to meet Steinbrenner, and someday I would like too and have a chat with him on his rise to power with the Yankees, but there is no way in hell I will get this chance. I do not live in New York or Florida, and the chances of meeting him on the street are pretty slim. So, I will sit here, and take in what the media says and make my own interpretation.
It looked weak for the Mudville Nine, actually, the game started off horrible for the Yankees Nine. Rangers scored twice in the first of starter Shawn Chacon for a little preview and smacked him around for two walks, three huge hits, and a hits batsman to extend the lead to 6-0. Torre replaced him immedialty for Aaron Small who gave up three more runs on a three-run home run to Hank Blalock. Yankees managed a run in their second frame and slowly chipped away the lead cutting it down to five until all hell broke lose. Derek Jeter hit a three-run home runs topped off with a Miguel Cairo two-run single to give the Yankees an 11-10 lead. The scoring was not done yet. Scott Procter started the seventh only to walk the first batter followed up by a home run to Brad Wilkerson. Yankees immediatly tied the game with Johnny Damon scoring on Robinson Cano's sacrifice fly. Mariano Rivera came in to hold the tie only to give up a run on a broken bat single to give the Rangers a 13-12 lead. With three outs to make history, Johnny Damon reached base followed up by Jeter's ground out. One out later, a base hit would have tied the game, Jorge Posada, probably tired from the monster mash, said no to the tie and hit a two-out, game-winning, walk-off home run to win the wildest game at Yankee Stadium since the Yankees and Athletic's slugged it out a few years ago on Opening Day. Both teams combined for 33 hits, 11 walks, two hit batsmen, and 27 runs. There is a record somewhere. Derek Jeter alone had seven total bases. Yankees were down 9-0 after the first, came back to take the lead, lose it, and wn it in dramatic fashion. I wish ESPN had the game on.
Final Score: Yankees 14, Rangers 13
Up Next Rangers @ Yankees 7:05 EST Chein-Ming Wang (3-1, 4.04 ERA) vs. Kameron Loe (2-3, 4.23 ERA)
Tonight's player is first baseman John Henry Ganzel. Ganzel was born on April 7, 1874 in Kalamazoo, Missouri, same birth place as current Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. John's debut game was on April 21, 1898 and played with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He took two years off after playing in 15 games and returned with the Kansas City American Association team and traded to the Chicago Orphans in 1900. After a season with the New York Giants, he took yet another break from baseball are returned to the Highlanders in 1903. He had two successful years there earning 253 hits with 102 runs scored and 109 RBI. He hit nine home runs in his Highlander stint and was hit-by-a pitch a total of 19 times. His six home runs in 1904 ranked fourth among American Leaguers. His fielding was alright considering the time frame he played in. In 1903 he played first base and committed 18 erros and made a total of 1,385 put outs. The following year, he was mostly a utility infielder playing 118 games at first, nine at second, and one at short. His fielding remained consistent with 18 errors and 1,254 put outs. His 15 minutes of fame came in 1907 with the Cincinnatti Redlegs when he led the league with 17 triples. Ganzel played his last game on September 30, 1908 and died on January 14, 1959 in Orlando, Florida. Sorry Mr. Ganzel, there is no Fountain of Youth, it was a myth.
Looks like some retard had the audacity to post a rude comment on my site calling it crap. I will give this bitch this much, she doesn't hide behind her rudeness, she wants you to know who she is. Probably not a good thing seeing as she does this quiet often. Her blog is called Trolling for Fun and since her real name is not known, I can do all the slandering and insulting without the remote possibility of being sued. So, I say to you like I did in my recent comment, take your crap, and give it to your mother you fucking cunt. Stay the fuck away from this site if you do not like what I have to say. Just in case you didn't know there is a little red 'x' in the upper left hand corner of your browser, click on it and *POOF*, my site is gone, just like your originality. I have taken the liberty of posting this same comment on her site and I hope she comes back and reads what I have to say, I love to fuck with people, especially retarded ones. I tried searching for other comments from this dee dee dee, but the authors had removed it, not me, I want to know that the author from Trolling for Fun is not a critic and her 5th grade ideas should not be taken personally. We blog because we want to blog, and we comment to respond to those blogs, not say that it is shit. I always leave great comments, and by the looks of it, the only great comment I could leave this particular author is an insulting one. I hope she doesn't go cry to her husband and tell her kids that there are rude people on the net, oh no, that would just break my fragile New York heart. Like I care, tell her kids that there are rude people out here, I will be the first one to make them cry, go cry to your husband, he isn't going to do anything, except maybe yell at me online, come over here, knock on my door and do something, and you better make it count otherwise you will be in a wheelchair going back to this wife of yours. If the author of Trolling for Fun keeps on blogging, this gives me something to rant about. Please, continue to comment on my site and other's site, that way everyone can actually feel more adult than others. I for one, am an adult, I don't leave retarded comments on other sites just so I can get a smile out of my depressing life, I leave comments because those blogs are worthy of comments. If the blog is a bad one, I won't leave a comment, unlike you, your entire blog is shit, you have no sympathy, and by the looks of it, don't really give a shit about Mother's Day. I don't know if you were beaten as a child, or if your mother is dead, she spent nine months lugging you around just so you can be an embarrassment to society. Go grow a brain tumor and suffer from it. Have a great Yankees day!
PS: Your site is neither copyrighted, not is your troll trademarked, I am liable to use them for my own personal fun. However, direct qouting from this site is illegal, and I will shut you down.
Mike Mussina three a wonderful game as he was reaching seven wins. The Yankees score early with a run in the second and the fourth. He left the game after allowing two runs on 105 pitches while striking out six. Rangers managed to hit in a pair of runs in the eighth off unsteady reliever Kyle Farnsworth as he took the loss. Robinson Cano batting in the fifth spot was the owner of both Yankees runs. Farnsworth, along with the rest of the bull pen, Rivera excluded, have been very inconsistent and putting the Yankees in a lot of trouble. What has happened to the Yankees pitching? Age and quality. Only four pitchers are worthy of being called Yankees, Shawn Chacon, Chein-Ming Wang, ace Mike Mussina and closer Mariano Rivera. Johnson had been flaky for a while, Proctor, Sturtze, and Farnsworth are not meeting up to expectation. Yankees need to play the trade market quick and play hard if they even want to think about playoffs. You don't hope to make the playoffs with luck, you make it by taking a lead, and holding onto that lead. If the relief can't hold on to the lead, get rid of them.
Final Score: Yankees 2, Rangers 4
Up Next: Rangers @ Yankees Shawn Chacon (4-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. John Koronka (4-1, 3.65 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Rain delays heat up the Sox bats, win over the Orioles.
Today's featured player is hall of famer George Halas. Yes, the pro football hall of famer head coach of the Chicago Bears once played baseball with the New York Yankees. George Stanley Halas was born on February 2, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He signed with the Yankees on December 18, 1918 and made his debut game was on May 6, 1919. His playing career lasted 12 games with the Yankees at outfield and in his 22 at-bats, managed two hits with eight strike outs. Looked like he made the right decision by switching to football. His fielding was a perfect 1.00 with eight put outs. He played his last game on July 5, 1919 and died on October 31, 1983 in his home town. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Why do sports blogs get no love? Is it the fact that people don't like sports, or that people hate my blog's team? Or is it the fact that I provide game recaps? I do more than that, more than boring recaps, anyone can go to MLB.com and find a recap. I add in my own opinions, I have featured players of the day, I have many things that you can not find at MLB.com. Also, if I want to win a battle of the blog, it is going to be with this one. To me politics are too damn boring to talk about, even think about, I don't know crap about technology except for the recent Mother's Day RAZR phone. And there is no way in hell you are going to learn about my personal life, unless you are my wife.
My blog was once ranked #493 out of nearly 40,000 blogs, yet after a winning one in my last 20 battles, I have slipped to #694. I was once four wins above.500, now my record sits at 28-44. That is crap, worse than the Devil Rays.
Sports blogs are great blogs, they provide insight, personal opinions so you know what the other's think about, and many other features. Sports is the men's version of soap opera's. Instead of Brad falling for Jeanne who is in love with her gynocologist, we have the Roger Clemens vs. Mike Piazza show of 2000, the Yankees vs. Red Sox rivalry (who will win next, stay tuned for a sneak preview), can the Braves make it 15 straight, who will be the worst, Royals or Pirates, and can the Reds keep up pace? That is drama. It makes people sit on the edge of their seats.
It can make a million people jump with joy, and yet, at the same time, make millions cry. History is being made everyday, like last night, a lot of history was made. The Chicago White Sox pulled off the second-ever Sunday Night Baseball triple play vs. the Athletic's and Mark Buehrle became the first pitcher since 1900 to allow seven runs and still win the game! One member of the Padres walked a record five times, and another struck out five times. Things happen, history happens, but if you don;t care about history and drama, vote for the other blog, maybe you can learn about the new Moto phone that Pres. Bush is using while vacationing in Bermuda as Iraq is a mess.
With that, thanks for not voting for sports blogs, we feel very special as the loners.
After two days of being lazy, the Featured Player is back and today's guest is catcher Chick Autry. Martin Gordon "Chick" Autry was born in Martindale, Texas on March 5, 1903. He played his rookie year with the Yankees making his debut on April 20, 1924. In his two lonesome games, he had one at-bat, was hit by a pitch, and wound up scoring a run. Defensive wise he made one put out. He was one of ten players at the age of 21 in his rookie year. Martin did not play baseball in 1925 and in '36, came back and signed with the Cleveland Indians. Autry retired on September 18, 1930 and died twenty years later. He was 47.
It took the Yankees 12 days to finally lost their first game. The inconsistent Randy Johnson took the mound against the Athletic's only to give up three runs in the first inning. He scattered eight hits and four runs in six innings. The only Yankees offense was Jorge Posada's fifth home run of the season in the second inning.
Honestly, I believe Johnson is done. He had three great starts to start the season, but has lost two of his last starts and has become unreliable. Yankees need to really play the free agent market and get some deals going for pitching. Forget the offense, it is useless to have a bat if there is no pitching.
Final Score: Yankees 1, Athletic's 6
Up Next: Rangers @ Yankees Kevin Millwood (3-3, 513 ERA) vs. Mike Mussina (6-1, 2.56 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Sox game rained out again.
Posted by Steve Kenul at 3:09 PM
I know I shouldn't do this in respect for Matsui, but I will, for my fans. Here is the video of the wrist game:
Due to the fact that my little league team is the Dyess AFB Yankees, I feel obligated to talk about them We had our first game this morning after two rain outs and it was like we have been playing all season. We struck first with two in the first, then was tied in the top of the second. The score was 4-2 after the second and haven't looked back since. After batting around in the fifth and out ruthless baserunning, the score rose to 11-4 Due to little league rules, all my players had to have at least one at-bat and one chance on the field, but my reserves weren't all that great, they allowed out opposing team to score a bunch while batting around the order as the opposing team complied a small rally, but it wasn't enough as the final score wound up to be 17-8. The one play that stood out was when my reserve shortstop made a beautiful catch at a hard hit ball and tagged out the runner form second. This is the same kid who took a line drive in the balls during practice and a bat in the leg from his brother during the game. One of my players asked me during pregame warm ups if it was all right to hit a home run, I said "go ahead"; he wound up hitting two inside-the-park home runs to help the offense.
Tanyon Sturtze (0-0, 7.59 ERA) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list following the Yankees 4-3 voctory over the Athletic's due to his sore right shoulder. Awww, does Tanny need a ba-ba? Scott Erickson (1-2, 4.24 AAA Columbus Clippers) will be his temporary replacement.
Oh, by the way, how come no one told me that I kept forgetting to add an 'e' at the end of Sturtze's name?
Carl Pavano Update: Pavano is expected to make his first start of the season within the week.
Sorry about this double post, I meant to post about last night's win, but los track of time. Last night Chein-Ming Wang threw a three-hit shut-out in which Mariano Rivera saved. Alex Rodriguez's solo shot was all the Yankees needed in the 2-0 vistory.
Today the Yankees took on the Athletic's to win the series with one to go. Jaret Wright took the mound, scary, I know, and tossed a brilliant game giving up two runs. Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run home run in the first to give the Yankees an early 3-0 lead and Derek Jeter homerd to make it 4-0. Wright gave up a run in the sixth and reliever Tanyon Surtz allowed one run to score which counted against Wright's record and another against his own record and the fans booed loudly. Kyle Farnsworth closed out the game for his first save of the season.
Final Score: Yankees 4, Athletic's 3
Up Next: Athletic's @ Yankees Randy Johnson (5-3, 5.01 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (2-3, 5.03 ERA)
Red Sox Update: Sox lost last night and had a rain out today and fall to second place.
Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui underwent a successful surgery today at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center performed by Dr. Dr. Melvin Rosenwasser and Yankees' Team Physician Dr. Stuart Hershon. His return is still unclear, but sources have said that it may be three months. His hitting may not return until last year. Fantasy players, drop him immediately or at least bench him.
Matsui issued this statement: "Due to this injury, I feel very sorry and, at the same time, very disappointed to have let my teammates down. I will do my best to fully recover and return to the field to help my team once again. I would like to thank Joe Torre from the bottom of my heart for having been considerate of my consecutive games played streak these past several years and for placing me in the lineup every day."
On the second play of the game, Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui fractured his wrist on a diving play. He had to be escorted off the field. He has been scheduled for surgery on Friday and will be out indefinently. This ends his record playing streak at 518 to start his career, but that is the least of his wories. Bernie Williams became his replacement. Shawn Chacon took the mound against the Red Sox and pitched sub-par game, however qualified for his fifth quality start in a row even after letting the bases load a couple times. He ran into trouble in the fifth by loading the bases, Scott Proctor came in and got out of the jam with out any damage. Derek Jeter made a beautiful stop and threw the ball a little wild to Miguel Cairo whos snow-cone catch pulled him off the bag; his attempt to tag the lead runner failed as the ball got loose and two Sox runners came in to score to make it a one-run lead for the Sox. Mariano River took over in the ninth and his Red Sox woes continued as he allowed a run to make it a two-run climb that the Yankees need. But alas, no. Fucking Sox.
Final Score: Yankees 3, Red Sox 5
Up Next: Athletic's @ Yankees Chein-Ming Wang (2-1, 4.83 ERA) vs. Barry Zito (2-2, 4.07 ERA Yankees won 15-3 on Opening Day with Zito on the mound)
Player of the Game: Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds (I know, it's not a Yankee), made a diving catch in the outfield a day after bing called off the disabled list and in the bottom of the 11th inning, down 5-2, hit a game-winning, walk-off three-run home run to win the game. Griffey may also be in the Yankees trade rumors this summer....hmmm...more hitting, or some needed pitching....hmmm....Zito will be on the block...hmmm....make the right move Cashman...
Thomas Steven Ashford played a brief stint with the Yankees. Very brief. So brief that my mentioning of how brief is longer than his Yankees career. Ashford was born on December 4, 1954 in Memphis Tennessee and graduated from the University of Mississippi and was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round, second overall in the 1974 amateur draft. On October 24, 1980, he was traded by the Texas Rangers to the New York Yankees with cash for Roger Holt. His brief career lasted three game with no at bats meaning that there is no offensive stats for Ashford. He did play two games at second base defensively and never touched the ball. On October 27, 1982, he was purchased by the Toronto Blue Jays only to be returned back to New York and left again 13 days later in a trade to the New York Mets for minor leaguer Steve Ray and a player to be named later. The player became minor leaguer Felix Perdomo. Ashford retired after being granted free agency in May of 1984. The image shown is a 1979 Topps card (#247) with his autograph when he was with the Padres.
Last night Alex Rodriguez committed two costly errors during a crucial game for the division lead against rival Boston and Yankees owner George Hitler singled him out during one of his usual yellings. Tonight was different. A-Rod took Curt Schilling deep in the fifth inning to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead that would be built onto more later. Mike Mussina started off the game with a huge two-run shot thanks to David Ortiz and later extended to a 3-0 lead. Yankees then tied it the next half inning and in the third, Jason Giambi smacked a game-tying home run. A-Rod then had his mentioned go-ahead shot with two out and two batters later, Jorge Posada made it 7-3 with his blast. Schilling took the loss and Mussina took the win.
God, I hate Curt Schilling. Ever since we was with the Diamondbacks I have hated him. One, he beats on the Yankees, two, in 2004, he mentioned something link there is no greater sound than having 57,000 New York fans shut the hell up, then the Yankees beat him. I just hate Schilling, he is a great pitcher, but there is just something about him that I hate.
Back to the recap.
Torre for some odd reason put in Mariano Rivera to close out the game in a non-save situation. Hey, Torre, save his arm, it's a long season.
With the win, the Yankees regain first place by percentage points.
Final Score: Yankees 7, Red Sox 3
Up Next: Red Sox @ Yankees Shawn Chacon (4-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. Tim Wakefield (2-4, 3.97 ERA)
Alfred Manuel "Billy" Martin (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989) was an American second baseman and manager in Major League Baseball who was best known as the manager of the New York Yankees five different times. He won two American League championships and the 1977 World Series as their manager, and led four different AL teams to division championships.
Martin was known for his ability to win with any team, and for arguing animatedly with umpires, including a widely parodied routine in which he kicked dust on their feet, but he was criticized for not getting along with veteran players, burning out young pitchers, and drinking too much.
Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974) is an American Major League Baseball player. Jeter is a seven-time All-Star shortstop and the current captain of the New York Yankees.
Jeter has spent his whole career with the New York Yankees, starting in 1995 when he was 21 years old. He has won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, the All-Star Game MVP Award , the World Series MVP Award, a Silver Slugger Award and three Gold Glove Awards. His .317 career batting average through the 2006 season ranks him with the 6th highest lifetime batting average of all active baseball players. He has been in the top seven in the American League in both hits and runs scored for nine of the past ten years. So far in the 2000s he is second in the major leagues in hits (927), sixth in runs (551), and fifteenth in batting average (.311).
George Herman "Babe" Ruth was an American original, baseball's first great slugger and the most celebrated athlete of his time. The southpaw hurler debuted with the Red Sox, winning 89 games in six years while setting the World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings. "The Sultan of Swat" converted to the outfield full-time after his sale to the Yankees in 1920 and led New York to seven American League pennants and four World Series titles. He finished with 714 home runs, leading the league 12 times, including a remarkable 60 round-trippers in 1927.
Lou Gehrig teamed with Babe Ruth to form baseball's most devastating hitting tandem ever. "The Iron Horse" had 13 consecutive seasons with both 100 runs scored and 100 RBI, averaging 139 runs and 148 RBI; set an American League mark with 184 RBI in 1931; hit a record 23 grand slams; and won the 1934 Triple Crown. His .361 batting average in seven World Series led the Yankees to six titles. A true gentleman and a tragic figure, Gehrig's consecutive games played streak ended at 2,130 when he was felled by a disease that later carried his own name.
Joe DiMaggio is remembered as one of the game's most graceful athletes - a "picture player" both at bat and in center field. Many rate his 56-consecutive-game hitting streak in 1941 as the top baseball feat of all time. "The Yankee Clipper" used an unusually wide stance in winning two batting championships and three MVP awards. In 13 seasons he amassed 361 homers, averaged 118 RBI annually and compiled a .325 lifetime batting mark. At baseball's 1969 Centennial Celebration, he was named the game's greatest living player.
Torre was named manager of the Yankees on November 2, 1995. Though he had never played or managed in the American League, and the New York City press greeted him with headlines such as "Clueless Joe", it was with the Yankees that he enjoyed the greatest success of his managerial career, leading the "Bronx Bombers" to the playoffs in each of his eleven seasons (1996-2006) with the club. In 1996, Torre, building on the Yankees' Wild Card berth in 1995, made his first-ever trip to the Fall Classic, leading the Yankees to their first World Series since 1981, defeating the Braves. After losing to the Cleveland Indians in the AL playoffs in 1997, the team won three straight World Series titles from 1998-2000, and additional American League pennants in 2001 and 2003. On May 12, 2003, he won his 1,500th game.
Mickey Mantle was a star from the start, parlaying a talent for the game and boyish good looks into iconic status. In spite of a series of devastating injuries, Mantle accumulated a long list of impressive accomplishments, finishing his 18-year career with 536 home runs and a .298 batting average. The switch-hitting "Commerce Comet" won three MVP awards (1956, ’57, ’62) and a Triple Crown (1956). He contributed to 12 pennants and seven World Series titles in his first 14 seasons, while establishing numerous World Series records, including most home runs (18).
Perhaps one of the most popular players in major league history, Yogi Berra was also a brilliant catcher and dominant hitter during his 19-year career with the New York Yankees. Berra was named to the American League All-Star team every year from 1948 to 1962. He topped the 100-RBI mark four years in a row and became a three-time American League MVP in a career that featured 14 league pennants and 10 World Series championships. Known for his “Yogi-isms,” Berra has always been a fan favorite. Following his playing career, Yogi continued in baseball as a manager and coach for several teams.
As famed sportswriter Dan Daniel once said, "Bill Dickey isn't just a catcher, he's a ball club." A key performer for the Yankees on eight American League pennant-winners and seven World Series champions, the expert handler of pitchers with the deadly accurate throwing-arm was also a clutch hitter, batting over .300 in 10 of his first 11 full seasons. Known for his durability, he set an American League record by catching 100 or more games 13 years in a row. He finished his 17-year career with a .313 batting average.
Broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run record with 61 in 1961, a record which stood until 1998…Won the AL MVP Award in 1960 and 1961…Holds Al record for most home runs in a season (61 in 1961...Holds or shares AL records for most intentional walks in a game (4) and most homers in a doubleheader (4)…In addition to his 1961 HR title, led the AL in runs, RBI and total bases that year, and, in slugging and RBI in 1960…A four-time All-Star…Won a Gold Glove in the outfield in 1960…Played in seven World Series, winning three rings.
Phil Rizzuto overcame his diminutive size to anchor a Yankees dynasty, helping them win seven of nine World Series during his 13 seasons, not counting three years lost to World War II. "The Scooter" was a durable and deft shortstop, skilled bunter and enthusiastic base runner who compiled a .273 lifetime batting average. A five-time All-Star, Rizzuto was named the American League's MVP in 1950 when he excelled with a .324 average, 200 hits and .439 slugging percentage. Upon retirement, he spent 40 years as a popular Yankees broadcaster.
1970 AL Rookie of the Year…1976 AL MVP, seventh in balloting in '75 and '77… Three Gold Gloves…Seven-time All-Star…Played in the World Series, 1976-78…Hit .529 in the 1976 WS, setting a WS record with six straight hits…Overall, hit .357 with three HR and 22 RBI in 30 post season games… Drove in 100 runs three times and hit .300 five times.
An outstanding fielder, Munson made only one error while behind the plate in 1971 (he was knocked unconscious by a runner, dislodging the ball), and went on to win three straight Gold Glove Awards starting in 1973. A seven-time All-Star, Munson hit 113 home runs, batted in 701 runners, and had a career batting average of .292 over his 10-year career. He was also the first captain named by the Yankees since Lou Gehrig. Munson helped lead his team to three consecutive World Series (1976–78), where he batted a remarkable .373 overall (.339 in the American League Championship Series. From 1975-77, Munson hit .300 or better with 100 or more RBI each year, becoming the first catcher to accomplish the feat in three consecutive years since Yankee Hall of Famer Bill Dickey did it four straight seasons from 1936-39. Since Munson's run, Mike Piazza has also accomplished it (1996-98).
Edward "Whitey" Ford was the big-game pitcher on the great Yankees teams of the 1950s and early '60s, earning him the moniker "Chairman of the Board." The wily southpaw's lifetime record of 236-106 gives him the best winning percentage (.690) of any 20th century pitcher. He paced the American League in victories three times, and in ERA and shutouts twice. The 1961 Cy Young Award winner still holds many World Series records, including 10 wins and 94 strikeouts, once pitching 33 consecutive scoreless innings in the Fall Classic.
Donald Arthur Mattingly (nicknamed "Donnie Baseball" and "The Hit Man") (born April 20, 1961) is a retired first baseman who played for the New York Yankees of the American League from 1982-1995. He is currently Joe Torre's bench coach for the Yankees.
Mattingly grew up in Evansville, Indiana and was one of the nation's top prospects as a high school player at Reitz Memorial High School in 1979, earning a brief write-up in Sports Illustrated magazine. However, most Major League Baseball teams avoided drafting Mattingly, expecting him to attend college before entering professional baseball. Taking a chance, the New York Yankees drafted Mattingly in the 19th round of the 1979 amateur draft and subsequently signed him.
14 seasons (1955-68) primarily as a catcher for the Yankees… Nine consecutive All-Star selections… MVP in 1963, first African American in AL to win it… Hit 20-plus doubles four times, 20-plus homers three times and topped .300 three times…Played 54 games in 10 World Series with five HR and 19 RBI…Won WS MVP in 1958…Two-time Gold Glove winner…Invented the "doughnut" bat weight.
Casey Stengel's distinguished 54-year professional career spanned the era from Christy Mathewson to Mickey Mantle. He batted .284 over 14 seasons in the majors and accounted for both Giant victories in the 1923 World Series by hitting home runs. It was as a colorful and successful manager, though, that he earned Hall of Fame recognition. His feat of guiding the Yankees to 10 pennants and seven world titles in a 12-year span ranks as one of the most remarkable managerial accomplishments of all time.
Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969 in Panama City, Panama) is a relief pitcher for Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. He has the 4th most regular season career saves in Major League history, is the American League career leader, and has won 4 World Series titles with the Yankees. He is the all-time Major League postseason leader in saves and ERA. Nicknamed "Mo", Rivera is frequently referred to as the greatest postseason relief pitcher of all time, and is often considered to be the greatest closer in baseball history.
Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" for his World Series heroics with both the A's and Yankees. In 27 Fall Classic games, he amassed 10 home runs - including four in consecutive at-bats - 24 RBI and a .357 batting average. As one of the game's premier power hitters, he blasted 563 career round-trippers. A terrific player in the clutch and an intimidating cleanup hitter, Jackson compiled a lifetime slugging percentage of .490 and earned American League MVP honors in 1973.
Although Guidry won over 20 games three times in his career, he is remembered for having one of the greatest single seasons ever. He was 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA in 1978, won the Cy Young Award unanimously, and finished second to Boston's Jim Rice in AL MVP voting. Guidry set club records that year in strikeouts (248) and consecutive wins at the start of a season (13). He called his Yankee-record 18 strikeouts against California on June 17 of that season "perhaps my greatest single thrill." He started the AL East playoff game on October 2, 1978 against Boston and won 5-4 in what was "probably the most tension-packed game I ever played in." Guidry was named TSN Player of the Year and Man of the Year and the Associated Press 's Male Athlete of the Year, and he made every all-star team. His nine shutouts tied Babe Ruth's AL record for a lefthander.
During the 1970s, Yankee management made a policy of acquiring pitchers through trades and free agent signings. As a result, Guidry did not find a regular place in the Yankee rotation until 1977, when he was 26 years old. Even then, there were those who felt that the 5'11" 160-lb lefty was too small to pitch effectively and last in the major leagues. Guidry dispelled the notion by going 16-7 that year and perfecting the wicked slider that became his bread and butter pitch. He went on to lead the majors in victories from 1977 through 1987 with 168, posting records of 18-8 (1979), 21-9 (1983), and 22-6 (1985). He is fourth on the all-time Yankee victory list (170), second in strikeouts (1,778), sixth in games and innings, and tied for sixth in shutouts (26). Guidry compiled a 5-2 postseason record, 3-1 in World Series play.
Bernabé "Bernie" Williams Figueroa (born September 13, 1968, in San Juan, Puerto Rico) is an outfielder for the New York Yankees and a guitar-playing jazz recording artist.
A switch hitter, Williams has played his entire career (1991-present) with the New York Yankees.
As of December 2006, he is 9th of all active players lifetime in doubles (449), and 10th in runs scored (1,366), singles (1,545), and times on base (3,444). He is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in postseason home runs (22) and runs batted in (80). He trails only Lou Gehrig's 534 for lifetime doubles as a Yankee. His batting average through 2006 is 16 points higher against lefties than against righties.
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