March 4 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks hosted the Orioles at a very pleasant night game on March 4, 2014, but five hits and two runs (around a double play) in the bottom of the second morphed to two singles the rest of the way. David Phelps allowed one run and retired eight to start the game, but two singles, a hit by pitch, a walk, and a fielder’s choice off Chase Whitley in the seventh closed out the scoring in the O’s 3-2 win. Francisco Cervelli had his second home run, and a remarkable half a year from free agent infielder Yangervis Solarte had one of many early highlights with a two-out rbi single. Continue reading
  • March 3 in Yankee History

  • There was no question whom to feature from the Yanks’ 4-2 win over visiting Washington on March 3, 2014. Shrugging off Corban Joseph‘s error at first on his third pitch, Ivan Nova looked in midseason form setting down the next nine on 33 more pitches. And the Yanks rewarded him early, taking a 4-0, second-inning lead on rbi hits from Kelly Johnson and Ichiro Suzuki, and one from Joseph. Shawn Kelley allowed both Nats’ runs, in the fifth and sixth innings. Continue reading
  • March 2 in Yankee History

  • March 2, 2014, was a coming-out day of sorts for two young Yankee hurlers, as righthanders Bryan Mitchell and Shawn Greene allowed one run during the third through sixth innings, allowing the visiting Yankees to double up an early 4-1 lead to an 8-2 win against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. Long balls from Eduardo Nunez and Carlos Beltran (back to back in the third) and John Ryan Murphy, following Carlos in the third spot in the order, carried the day. Continue reading
  • March 1 in Yankee History

  • March 1, 2014, was the very reason thousands of Yankee fans head south for Spring Training. Under a cloudless, bright blue sky with temps in the low-70s, the Bombers unveiled a trio of stalwart hurlers and blanked the visiting Phillies 4-0 behind two innings each from CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Masahiro Tanaka. And if you’re thinking CC did not have a “stalwart” year, think again. Fourth in line was five outs from Dellin Betances. Rbi singles from Ichiro Suzuki and Francisco Cervelli got the ball started, and Adonis Garcia put the game away with a seventh-inning two-run double. Need a bad moment? Center field prospect (for some time now) Mason Williams failed to run out a 3UA that he thought would end up foul. Continue reading
  • February 28 in Yankee History

  • Several springs ago, much of the Yankee controversy spun around the late George Steinbrenner and his criticism of Derek Jeter regarding his level of intensity and commitment to his game. It seemed a tempest in a teapot when they did a series of Visa commercials together lampooning the alleged late-night partying, and then suddenly, Jeter was named team captain. Although I’m sure no one knew that Alex Rodriguez would be joining him on the left side of the Yankee infield soon, the timing of Derek’s receipt of this honor before that trade was fortuitous. These musings flow from the fact that it was February 28 in 1991 that Don Mattingly became the 10th Yankee captain. Donnie, who served in that capacity through 1995, his last year in Pinstripes, arrived on the scene as hitting coach the same year Jeter began his first full season holding that title. Donnie served as Joe Torre‘s bench coach for the Dodgers in 2007-2009, and has taken over as manager now. Continue reading
  • February 27 in Yankee History

  • The Yanks made it 0-2 on February 27, 2014, when they opened George M. Steinbrenner Field by losing 8-2 to the visiting Pirates, whom had beaten them the day before as well. The teams battled to a 2-2 tie through seven, with Kelly Johnson and John Ryan Murphy knocking in the runs, but free agent righthander Robert Coello got a horrible Spring started by allowing seven of eight to reach in the eighth, with three of the five runs scoring on Mel Rojas, Jr.‘s home run. Lefty Jeremy Bleich and righty Branden Pinder were assigned to the club that day, and Pinder allowed a run in pitching the ninth inning. Continue reading
  • February 26 in Yankee History

  • With the birthday of the Warrior Paul O’Neill just yesterday and Don Mattingly having become Joe Torre‘s bench coach after several seasons as the Yankees batting coach during this time in 2007, and his replacement as manager with LA in 2011, it would be easy to wax nostalgic about the day some of our favorite players wore the Pinstripes for the last time. The fact that Donnie was wearing Dodger Blue with Torre in 2008 and 2009, and continues to, adds to the reverie. But perhaps no day in Yankee history is as fraught with that form of bittersweet musing than February 26, 1935. That is the day the Yankees released the Sultan of Swat, Babe Ruth, so he could sign on with the Boston Braves of the National League. Of his 714 career homers and 2,213 rbi’s, the Bambino collected six and 12, respectively with the 1935 Braves. Continue reading
  • February 25 in Yankee History

  • It’s All Good! Just one of those days, so you might as well sit back and enjoy it: The Ultimate Yankee Baseball Warrior, our own beloved Paul O’Neill (1963), was born this day; as was Hall of Famer Monte Irvin (1919). As to the many superlatives of Paulie’s career, the highlights are too many: I like http://www.pauloneill21.com, but take your pick. We’ll give his Yankee stats below. Continue reading
  • February 24 in Yankee History

  • The Yankees traded catcher Aaron Robinson, lefthander Bill Wight, and righty Fred Bradley to the White Sox on February 24, 1948, for portsider Eddie Lopat. At first look, the deal was a total steal, as Lopat posted a 113-59 mark in the Bronx and won four out of five decisions for five Yankee World Series teams, all of them winners. But the Sox turned around and swiped Billy Pierce from the Tigers for Robinson. Another lefty, Pierce went 186-152 in Chicago, so the original deal was that rare phenomenon: a trade that truly helped both teams, even if the benefits to the Chisox were a bit delayed. Continue reading
  • February 23 in Yankee History

  • On February 23, 1954, the Yanks sold righty Vic Raschi to the Cards. Vic’s career winning percentage of .667 rises over .700 if his eight years in Pinstripes are isolated, and he played on six Yankee World Series teams, all winners, with four over the Dodgers, one the Giants, and the other the Phillies. Continue reading