I just saw that the Reds designated LHP Brandon Claussen for assignment. Of all the “pitchers” (meaning excluding position players who once took toe to the rubber in a pinch) who pitched in exactly one game for the Yankees, in their career, is Claussen the guy who has the best overall career numbers?
If he’s not the guy, he must be in the top five – I would imagine. Unless you want to go with Tim Redding…
By the way, in researching this, I came across a pitcher by the name of “Rugger Ardizoia” who threw one game for the Yankees back in 1947. Great name. I would love to see Bob Sheppard work that one.
“Rinaldo Joseph (Rugger) Ardizoia” was a native of Oleggio, Italy – and a teammate of Phil Rizzuto. Holy cow! Seriously, Rugger may have been the 5th best big leaguer to come from Italy (directly). Then again, there probably only 5 or 6 big league players in the history of the game that were born in Italy.
Back to Claussen – as much as I hated the trade (that sent him away) when it happened, all things considered, now, it didn’t turn out all that bad.