Posted by Steve Kenul at 9:40 PM
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
In 2003, the Florida Marlins defeated the Yankees in the World Series. Their pitching staff included Josh Beckett, Brad Penny, Dontrelle Willis, and Carl Pavano. Becket is with the Red Sox and leads the majors in wins (11). Penny is with the Dodgers and is tied for the league lead in wins (10). Dontrelle Willis is the current Marlins ace.
I got this weird comment from some idiot the other day and I would like to enlighten you about it. I have already deleted the comment, but found this interesting.
As sports memorabilia collectors learn more about the god's system they realize what they are doing is wrong. As light is shed people realize none of this material has value, and the more people understand the less value it retains. Whether the gods tell people to keep the price high ARTIFICIALLY is a different issue::::There is less demand and therefore prices should naturally fall. People just need to defy when told to buy, a common tactic the gods employ in the marketplace. These people who trade/sell after they understand this issue hurt themselves. They incurr evil because they now know they are hurting others. This also applies to selling DVDs, CDs and software.
Let's break this down. Do sports collector's have time to learn about god's system? No, we are still studying the rules of a balk and the infield fly rule.
...none of this material has value. Damn, I swore my Mickey Mantle baseball was worth at least something.
Whether the gods tell people to keep the price high... So now it's worth something? Make up your mind.
There is less demand and therefore prices should naturally fall. I think there is still a high demand for Mantle memorabilia, and since he is dead, the value of his items have naturally increased.
These people who trade/sell after they understand this issue hurt themselves. Not if I can get a good deal...
This also applies to selling DVDs, CDs and software. So buying is OK?
This person kept rambling on about a bunch or crap to even include tomatoes being the open doors for god's. Weird. Besides, I'm not going to "hell". I have a free pass.
Roger Clemens has a tireless work ethic and a splitter that still gives big league hitters fits, but The Rocket apparently can also laugh at himself.
The 44-year-old right-hander reportedly got some of the biggest laughs in the Yankees' clubhouse out of a popular Internet clip this week, which depicts the future Hall of Famer seeking a contract in the year 2057.
This the area on the field when three players, usually two outfielders and an infielder chase after a pop up. The three fielders active in the play are representing the three points on a triangle. The name Bermuda Triangle is from a nautical term defining a section in the Atlantic Ocean in which strange weather patterns have caused ships to mysterious disappear. As is in baseball, when a ball enters the triangle, it can represent a challenge for fielders. Either the fielders can run into each other; the ball falls on the field safely; or one of the fielders catches the ball.
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Please bless out bats in hopes of a win. We have been swept by the Colorado Rockies, whom ever they are, and only scored a total of four runs in a park which normally yields many more. Please bless our feet, so we may run like the wind, steal bases (forgive us), and score runs. Please bless our pitching, where ever they are. Please bless our fielding, this we have been asking since April.
I ask of you, please bless our team, we need it; and if it isn't too much, curse the Red Sox again, we'll pay you.
Posted by Steve Kenul at 5:17 PM
Statement from Commissioner Bud Selig
Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement today regarding Jason Giambi of the New York Yankees:
"Following certain statements reported in USA Today on May 18, I directed Jason Giambi to meet with members of my staff. Mr. Giambi did so and, in the opinion of my representatives, was fully cooperative and candid in explaining his personal involvement with performance-enhancing substances.
"Two weeks ago I asked Mr. Giambi to submit to an interview with Senator Mitchell and I am pleased that Mr. Giambi has agreed to do so. Mr. Giambi has informed me in a phone conversation that he is willing to discuss with Senator Mitchell his personal involvement with performance-enhancing substances. His willingness to do this is an important step forward in Senator Mitchell's continued efforts to provide me with a comprehensive report.
"Senator Mitchell has assured me that Mr. Giambi's interview will be scheduled promptly. Once the interview process has concluded, I will take Mr. Giambi's level of cooperation into account in determining appropriate further action. I will have no further comment until this procedure is completed. "
I have been getting a lot of hits with the key words "Don Zimmerman". For all of you out there, the Yankees never had a player, coach, or manager named Don Zimmerman. They did have a bench coach named Don Zimmer, who did get into altercation with former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during the 2003 ALCS.
Please make sure you type in your keys words properly, although I do appreciate the visits.
The Yankees' foray into the Far East has paid dividends, and it continued Monday.
The Yankees announced that they signed two players -- left-handed pitcher Kai Liu and catcher Zhenwang Zhang -- to Minor League contracts, with approval from the Chinese Baseball Association.
Along with team president Randy Levine and assistant general manager Jean Afterman, Cashman was part of a contingent that visited Beijing in January, announcing a working relationship with the Chinese Baseball Association that will attempt to grow the game overseas.
At the time, it was suggested that the effort might someday yield baseball's answer to basketball superstar Yao Ming. The Yankees agreed to allow Chinese teams and officials to use their training facilities in New York and at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., while swapping coaches and trainers to help the CBA's burgeoning program.
Liu, 19, began playing baseball in 2000 for the Guangdong Province team. In addition to his playing career in the six-team Chinese Baseball League with the Guangdong Leopards, he was chosen to participate as a member of the People's Republic of China National Team.
Zhang, 19, began his playing career in 1998 in the Municipality of Tianjin. He helped lead his team, the Tianjin Lions, to the CBL championship series in three of the past five seasons (2002, 2005 and 2006) and was selected to represent his country as a member of the PRC National Team. Zhang also participated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic.
Both players will be introduced at a formal press conference at Yankee Stadium on July 6. Following their introduction, the players will report to the Yankees' player development complex in Tampa.
Mike Mussina pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, surrendering six hits and two runs, as the Yankees beat the Diamondbacks, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.The 38-year-old right-hander struck out seven and didn't walk a batter, lowering his ERA to 5.17 on the season. Livan Hernandez (5-4) gave up seven earned runs on nine hits in four innings, taking the loss after he surrendered five walks and struck out just one in a 93-pitch effort.
Arizona designated hitter Conor Jackson homered with two outs in the sixth inning, bringing the score to 7-2.
In the third, Bobby Abreu extended his season-high hitting streak to 12 games with a two-out single off Hernandez. After Abreu swiped second, Alex Rodriguez singled him home through the hole on the left side. It was Abreu's 1,000th run scored in his career.
In the fourth inning, Jorge Posada walked to bring Hideki Matsui to the plate with two on and two outs, and Matsui belted a three-run homer into the right-field stands.
In the third, with Abreu on board and one out, Rodriguez came to the plate and crushed the first pitch he saw into the second deck in left field for his Major League-leading 25th homer of the season, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead that they did not relinquish.
Posada tied the game at 1 on Hernandez's first pitch of the second inning, launching a home run into right field. With the homer -- Posada's eighth this season and 206th of his career -- the 35-year-old catcher passed Dave Winfield for soul possession of ninth place on the Yankees' all-time homer list.
Arizona third baseman Mark Reynolds led off the second inning with a double over Matsui's head. Reynolds scooted to third on a ground-ball out, and then scored on center fielder Chris Young's sacrifice fly, giving the Diamondbacks a brief 1-0 advantage.
Round 1 #30 Andrew Brackman, RHP North Carolina St University The concern with Brackman heading into his first full season as a baseball player only was how durable he would be. The former basketball standout had never spent an entire college season as a starting pitcher and he ended up being shut down with a tired arm late in the year. Still, the pure stuff, including a 97-mph fastball when he's 100 percent, intrigues many scouts and despite the inconsistent year, he's still in the first-round fray as more of a college project than an advanced arm.
Round 2 #94 Austin Romine, C El Toro High School Romine hasn't always played scout league ball, limiting how often he's been seen outside of the regular season. Though he's been tough to evaluate in the past because of an ever-changing offensive approach, he's settled in and has shown good hitting potential to go along with a strong throwing arm. The only question is if Kevin's son will go pro or follow his brother's path and head to ASU.
Round 3 #124 Ryan Pope, RHP Savannah Collage of Art & Design
Round 4 #154 Bradley Suttle, 3B University of Texas Playing for a major program, Suttle certainly got plenty of looks this year. He can do some nice things with the bat, but doesn't project much power and doesn't run well. Defensively, he's OK at best. As a draft-eligible sophomore, he does have the leverage of coming back for his junior year at Texas. Right now, though, he looks more like a backup or platoon-type player.
Round 5 #184 Adam Olbrychowski, RHP Pepperdine University
Clete Boyer, a standout third baseman and key component of five New York Yankees World Series clubs, died Monday after suffering a massive stroke in Atlanta, Ga. He was 70.
Regarded as a stellar defensive third baseman, Boyer's 16-year Major League career perhaps received its greatest accolades from his outstanding play in the 1961 World Series against the Reds.
In the first game of the Fall Classic, Boyer contributed to the Yankees' efforts with two stunning plays, throwing out Gene Freese from his knees on a backhanded stop and diving to his left on a ball hit by Dick Gernert.
"I think to when we played Cincinnati, and he made those great plays at third base," former Yankees teammate Moose Skowron said. "He took a couple of balls from his knees, I remember that. He was a [heck] of a gloveman."
Boyer became the Yankees' starting third baseman in 1960 and held the job through the '66 season, when he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for prospect Bill Robinson.
While many regarded Boyer as one of the game's top defensive third basemen during his era, Boyer often did not receive the accolades offered to his contemporary, Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
Still, in years past, teammates and opponents have insisted that Boyer was every bit the defender Robinson was, helping save pitching staffs countless runs with his stellar play.
"He was a real good player," said Yankees manager Joe Torre, who was a teammate of Boyer's in 1970 and '71 with the Atlanta Braves. "He was up during the Brooksie era and didn't get as much attention because of Brooksie, but he could play third base -- great arm."
Boyer could also be a presence at the plate. In 1,725 Major League games with the Kansas City Athletics (1956-57), Yankees (1960-67) and Braves (1968-71), Boyer batted .242 and never hit higher than .272 in a single season, but he clubbed 162 career home runs, including a career high of 26 in 1967 for the Braves.
"He hit a lot of home runs in Atlanta when we were teammates," Torre said. "Plus, he was a little goofy. It certainly helps you play the game."
After his retirement, Boyer remained around the game. He was a frequent visitor to the annual Old Timers Days at Yankee Stadium and also attended the Yankees' Spring Training as a guest instructor -- a role that Skowron said Boyer was helping to fill even when he was still wearing a big-league uniform.
"He helped out a lot of third basemen who'd join the Yankees in Spring Training," Skowron said. "He'd work out with them. He gave 100 percent, and that's all you can ask."
Born in Cassville, Mo., two of Boyer's brothers -- Ken, a St. Louis Cardinals star, and Cloyd, a pitcher for St. Louis in the early 1950s -- reached the Major Leagues. Boyer, who was not married, is survived by six children.
The Yankees showed they can fight. After watching a 4-1 lead turn into a 5-4 Sox lead, they Yankees wound down to two innings, the two toughest innings they will face all season. The Red Sox turned to Hideki Okajima who has shut down the Yankees since his arrival gave up a single to Hideki Matsui and a big RBI triple to Robinson Cano.
Game is tied 5-5 entering the ninth, and come enter Jon Papelbon, another pitcher who has mastered the Yankees line up. Derek Jeter grounded out to Papelbon for the first out and Bobby Abreu struck out for the second out. Two outs, game tied, series on the line; perfect timing for Alex Rodriguez. With the humiliation he suffered through out the weekend of the mystery blond, the "I got it" play, and him being a Yankee, it was time to end the talking.
A-Rod takes Papelbon deep to right field for the go ahead home run into the Boston bullpen giving the Yankees the 6-5 lead in which Mariano Rivera will capitalize on. Mariano Rivera came in the ninth to face the beast of the Sox line up featuring David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, and Kevin Youkilis. Rivera battled Ortiz in an eleven pitch epic that Ortiz lost to a deep fly out to right. Manny jumped out ahead of Rivera 2-0, however, three strikes later, Manny sat right back down. The second pitch slipped away from Rivera and hit Kevin Youkilis on the arm. It all came down to Mike Lowell, the Red Sox leader in hits, home runs, and runs batted in, tying run on first, Lowell, the potential winning run. Rivera quickly ran the count to two strikes and no balls; Lowell responded back evening the count at 2-2. The fifth pitch ran foul and the entire stadium was on their feet looking for a last pitch comeback. Rivera said no thank and struck out Lowell on a foul tip giving him his fifth save and the Yankees the series two games to one.
Posted by Steve Kenul at 12:36 AM
Sunday, June 03, 2007
If You Were Manager...
Last week I submitted a question to Yahoo Answers to see what you would do if you were to be the Yankees manager. After a few days of accepting answers, we have reached a winner.
If I were put "in charge" and Torre were already gone (with no hope of being re-hired) I presume I would be replacing GM Brian Cashman. I would immediately place Gene Michael "Stick" as the interem manager. I would sit down Bobby Abreu and start Melky Cabrera in right field, next would be to send Phelps and Nieves to triple A and bring up Eric Duncan and Ben Davis to take their places. I would bring in Paul O'neil as hitting coach. Batting Posada 3rd in the lineup with AROD cleanup and Matsui to protect him. My starting rotation would be Clemens, Wang, Pettitte, Hughes, Mussina. Send down Proctor, Vizcaino, and Farnsworth, and put Igawa, Bruney and Clippard in the bullpen. Giambi would need to start more games at first while working Abreu into the lineup as DH to get his confidence back. Do I have the option of activating Joe Girardi as backup catcher? He is currently a YES employee. Every day starters would be Jeter at SS, Matsui LF, AROD 3rd, Cabrera RF, Damon CF, Cano 2nd, Posada C, Giambi 1st. Lineup: 1 Damon 2 Jeter 3 Posada 4 AROD 5 Matsui 6 Giambi 7 Cano 8 Cabrera 9 Abreu
And Mariano Rivera would close in save situations.
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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