I recently noticed, in Baseball America, that Mike Griffin is the pitching coach for the Orioles Double-A team in Bowie. Remember Mike Griffin?
Griffin was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the 1976 amateur draft. Two years later he was part of a huge trade between the Rangers and the Yankees. Here’s the details:
On November 10, 1978, the Rangers sent Mike Griffin, Greg Jemison, Juan Beniquez, Paul Mirabella, and Dave Righetti to the Yankees for Domingo Ramos, Mike Heath, Sparky Lyle, Larry McCall, Dave Rajsich, and cash.
Ten months later, at the age of 22, Griffin made his big league debut with the Yankees.
What’s Mike Griffin’s place in Yankees history? It’s a classic Big Stein quote.
During a spring training game against the Mets, in 1981, Griffin did not do well. Afterwards, this is what George Steinbrenner had to say:
“We found out about Mike Griffin today. You say you can’t tell from one outing. The hell you can’t. Mike Griffin has fooled us long enough.”
And, in August of 1981, Mike Griffin was sent to the Chicago Cubs, as a player to be named later, to complete a trade in June where the Yankees had picked up Rick Reuschel.
It’s interesting that Griffin went on to be a pitching coach. So, many of those failed Steinbrenner young guns went into coaching: Mike Griffin, Dave Eiland, Gil Patterson…and I missing any others?