Yes, they are off to a great start. But, it’s not that much different from last year.
Derek Jeter has played the most games by any man in history who played one defensive position and never played anywhere else. He is the only big leaguer in history with 11 seasons in his career in which he batted over .300 and finished with both double-digit homers and steals. He’s one of only six players who played for the same team at age 20 and after turning 40. (The others: Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Brooks Robinson, George Brett, Cal Ripken Jr.) During his 20 years in the majors, Jeter has played in over 2,900 games (between the regular and post-season) and was never ejected by an umpire. And, he better have a voting percentage of at least 99% when his name first appears on a ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
The least amount of wins by a Yankees team, through the first 58 games of the season, since 1996:
This is the fourth time since 2005 where the Yankees have not been above .500 after 58 games. Didn’t Cashman get total control around 2005…and the non-core-four players that Michael/Watson brought in were mostly gone by then?
If they keep up that pace, it would tie for worst in franchise history:
Query: For single seasons, playing for the Yankees, from 1903 to 2014, requiring OPS+ less than or equal to 99 and qualified for league batting title, sorted by greatest number of players matching criteria.
Yogi Berra is at Yankee Stadium. It’s his 89th birthday.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgeccastillo) May 12, 2014
In games of 9 innings or less, it doesn’t happen very often!
Today was the 17th time in franchise history where they did it. Here are the other 16:
|10||1929-09-14 (1)||NYY||SLB||L 3-12||9.0||21||12||10||0||5||0||46|
|16||1928-07-09 (2)||NYY||SLB||L 6-12||9.0||20||12||12||4||2||0||50|
Very good writer.
Married with two kids? Man, I am Oh-El-Dee!
I say “full” because you have to excluded the shortened seasons of 1994-95.
Well, the last time the Yankees had back-to-back seasons where they had 85 wins or less would be 1991-1992. And, that was the tail end of 1989-1992, when it was a terrible time to be a Yankees fan.
If it happens, will that be enough to get Brian Cashman fired?
May 29th will be the 19th anniversary of Derek Jeter’s major league debut. But, the Yankees have an off-day on that date this season. The do, however, have a game at home on May 30th (against the Twins). It’s a Friday night.
At the least, when he comes to bat for the first time in the game, they should throw something up on the board regarding the anny, right?
Most will tell you – at least those smart baseball fans – that the 1939 Yankees were one of, if not the, greatest teams of all-time. And, yet, they hardly drew any fans at home:
|1||Thursday, Apr 20||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||2||0||1-0||1:47||30,278|
|5||Monday, Apr 24||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||2||1||4-1||2:48||5,820|
|6||Tuesday, Apr 25||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||8||4||5-1||1:52||7,348|
|7||Saturday, Apr 29||boxscore||NYY||WSH||L||1||3||5-2||1:58||11,473|
|8||Sunday, Apr 30||boxscore||NYY||WSH||L||2||3||5-3||2:17||23,712|
|21||Tuesday, May 16||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||7||5||16-5||2:30||6,503|
|22||Wednesday, May 17||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||4||3||17-5||1:58||7,576|
|23||Thursday, May 18||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||8||1||18-5||2:05||6,870|
|24||Friday, May 19||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||4||2||19-5||1:55||9,755|
|25||Saturday, May 20||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||5||2||20-5||1:56||18,371|
|26||Sunday, May 21||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||12||6||21-5||2:19||37,531|
|27||Tuesday, May 23||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||7||3||22-5||2:08||10,000|
|28||Wednesday, May 24||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||1||6||22-6||2:07||10,875|
|29||Thursday, May 25||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||5||2||23-6||1:55||12,087|
|30||Friday, May 26||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||1||0||24-6||2:05||5,139|
|31||Saturday, May 27 (1)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||8||2||25-6||1:50||0|
|32||Saturday, May 27 (2)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||11||9||26-6||2:15||30,358|
|33||Sunday, May 28||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||9||5||27-6||1:55||14,670|
|47||Wednesday, Jun 14||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||2||4||37-10||2:35||11,301|
|48||Thursday, Jun 15||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||1||0||38-10||1:47||9,619|
|49||Friday, Jun 16||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||4||3||39-10||1:52||10,171|
|50||Saturday, Jun 17||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||1||0||40-10||2:30||18,599|
|51||Sunday, Jun 18||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||5||8||40-11||1:55||32,679|
|52||Monday, Jun 19||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||8||5||41-11||1:47||6,469|
|53||Tuesday, Jun 20||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||13||3||42-11||2:24||5,892|
|54||Wednesday, Jun 21||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||9||8||43-11||2:20||10,045|
|55||Thursday, Jun 22||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||6||1||44-11||2:10||8,337|
|56||Saturday, Jun 24||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||2||1||45-11||2:05||11,382|
|57||Sunday, Jun 25 (1)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||L||3||7||45-12||2:30||0|
|58||Sunday, Jun 25 (2)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||11||2||46-12||2:02||40,861|
|68||Tuesday, Jul 4 (1)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||L||2||3||51-17||1:58||0|
|69||Tuesday, Jul 4 (2)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||11||1||52-17||1:48||41,808|
|70||Wednesday, Jul 5||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||6||4||53-17||2:05||3,874|
|71||Friday, Jul 7||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||3||4||53-18||2:09||6,588|
|72||Saturday, Jul 8 (1)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||1||3||53-19||2:00||27,539|
|73||Saturday, Jul 8 (2)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||2||3||53-20||1:53||27,539|
|74||Sunday, Jul 9 (1)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||3||4||53-21||2:11||0|
|75||Sunday, Jul 9 (2)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||3||5||53-22||2:55||47,652|
|88||Tuesday, Jul 25||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||5||1||63-25||2:00||6,076|
|89||Wednesday, Jul 26||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||14||1||64-25||1:56||4,843|
|90||Friday, Jul 28||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||2||1||65-25||1:57||7,946|
|91||Sunday, Jul 30 (1)||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||4||3||66-25||2:12||0|
|92||Sunday, Jul 30 (2)||boxscore||NYY||CHW||L||1||5||66-26||2:03||35,256|
|93||Tuesday, Aug 1||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||2||5||66-27||2:05||10,382|
|94||Wednesday, Aug 2||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||2||7||66-28||2:10||12,341|
|95||Thursday, Aug 3||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||12||3||67-28||2:12||9,010|
|96||Friday, Aug 4||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||5||4||68-28||2:55||6,263|
|97||Saturday, Aug 5||boxscore||NYY||CLE||W||6||1||69-28||1:37||13,207|
|98||Sunday, Aug 6 (1)||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||4||5||69-29||2:10||0|
|99||Sunday, Aug 6 (2)||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||1||7||69-30||2:07||76,753|
|107||Tuesday, Aug 15||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||3||2||74-33||1:56||8,049|
|108||Wednesday, Aug 16||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||4||0||75-33||1:37||6,607|
|109||Thursday, Aug 17||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||9||8||76-33||2:43||6,704|
|110||Friday, Aug 18||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||5||0||77-33||1:40||6,041|
|111||Sunday, Aug 20 (1)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||L||4||5||77-34||2:02||0|
|112||Sunday, Aug 20 (2)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||5||1||78-34||2:03||33,562|
|130||Wednesday, Sep 6||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||2||1||91-38||1:58||11,715|
|131||Thursday, Sep 7||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||5||2||92-38||1:52||9,379|
|132||Friday, Sep 8||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||4||1||93-38||1:20||8,475|
|133||Saturday, Sep 9||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||5||2||94-38||1:45||7,401|
|134||Sunday, Sep 10 (1)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||4||3||95-38||1:50||0|
|135||Sunday, Sep 10 (2)||boxscore||NYY||WSH||W||6||2||96-38||1:45||12,088|
|136||Tuesday, Sep 12||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||3||4||96-39||2:05||4,638|
|137||Wednesday, Sep 13||boxscore||NYY||CLE||L||4||9||96-40||2:06||9,898|
|138||Thursday, Sep 14||boxscore||NYY||DET||L||1||6||96-41||2:14||10,938|
|139||Friday, Sep 15||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||10||3||97-41||2:07||10,538|
|140||Saturday, Sep 16||boxscore||NYY||DET||W||8||5||98-41||2:14||10,626|
|141||Sunday, Sep 17 (1)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||L||4||8||98-42||2:15||0|
|142||Sunday, Sep 17 (2)||boxscore||NYY||SLB||L||1||3||98-43||1:55||21,027|
|143||Monday, Sep 18||boxscore||NYY||SLB||W||6||2||99-43||1:47||1,678|
|144||Tuesday, Sep 19||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||6||2||100-43||1:30||3,608|
|145||Wednesday, Sep 20||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||8||4||101-43||1:48||2,977|
|146||Thursday, Sep 21||boxscore||NYY||CHW||W||5||2||102-43||2:35||2,150|
|149||Thursday, Sep 28 (1)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||W||8||4||105-43||1:28||0|
|150||Thursday, Sep 28 (2)||boxscore||NYY||PHA||L||4||5||105-44||1:45||4,187|
|151||Saturday, Sep 30 (1)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||W||5||4||106-44||1:55||7,501|
|152||Saturday, Sep 30 (2)||boxscore||NYY||BOS||L||2||4||106-45||1:15||7,501|
Granted, these were all day games – back in that day. Still, think about it: There was no TV back then – and there were sooooo many games where the Yankees drew 10,000 fans a game, at home, or less that season. Crazy, eh?
In his first professional season, Derek Jeter batted .210 (in Rookie and A-Ball, combined). The next year, he had 56 errors during the year.
In the end, things worked out pretty good for him, eh?
Who caught the first and last major league pitches thrown by Mariano Rivera, Alex…
Did you know that there were 18 players in that game for Seattle – and, at one time or another, seven of the eighteen would play for the Yankees too?
Cone threw 147 pitches in seven and two-thirds in that game. Think that would happen with anyone today?
Who was the smartest Yankees player ever? I don’t mean in terms of baseball smarts. More so, I mean in terms of general intelligence?
Reggie Jackson? Mike Mussina? Joe Girardi? Bobby Brown? Doc Medich? Jim Beattie? Someone else?
You tell me.
This is never going to work. What are the odds of Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts playing more than 40 games together up the middle for the Yankees in 2014?
Is Cano The Greatest Yankees Home-Grown Player To Walk Away For The Team In The Prime Of His Career?
I can’t think of another case like this one. Granted, we’re only talking post-1976 where guys could walk.
A historic Yankees moment?
It really hasn’t happened all that much:
Will Jacoby Ellsbury join the club in 2014?
Yogi Berra will be 89 next May. And, who knows if Jeter will even make the whole season in 2014 as an active player.
What a bummer it will be in Yankeeland to have a crappy season next year AND say goodbye to two great Yankees legends.
Via the AP -
Reggie Jackson insists in his new autobiography that he never disparaged Thurman Munson in an attention-grabbing Sport magazine report 36 years ago, a claim the author immediately denied.
Jackson also criticizes Billy Martin, praises George Steinbrenner and portrays racial discrimination he faced throughout his career.
Robert Ward’s story in the June 1977 issue quoted Jackson as saying, “Munson thinks he can be the straw that stirs the drink, but he can only stir it bad.”
“It never happened. At least not like he said it did,” Jackson wrote in “Reggie Jackson: Becoming Mr. October,” scheduled for publication Tuesday by Doubleday. The Associated Press purchased an early copy.
“The whole time he was trying to feed me that quote, but I know I never said it,” Jackson said in the book, written with Kevin Baker. “There’s no way I’d be that dumb to knock the captain of the team — and, by the way, the guy who told George Steinbrenner to go get me on the free agent-market.”
Jackson has at times denied making that remark. In a telephone interview Friday, Ward stood by his report.
“He’s been lying about it since it happened,” Ward said. “He’s just lied and lied. And now I think probably he’s gotten to the age where he actually believes the stuff he says here. … I made nothing up. Not one thing.”
Ward also denied Jackson’s claim that he has refused to meet with him.
Jackson also wrote an autobiography “Reggie” with Mike Lupica that was published in 1994. This book focuses mainly on the Yankees’ 1977 and 1978 seasons.
Now a special adviser to the Yankees, Jackson has fond recollections of Steinbrenner, who owned the Yankees from 1973 until his death three years ago. He details many of his feuds with Martin, his manager for parts of three seasons.
“He lied to people,” Jackson wrote. “That was his history. He lied to the general manager; he lied to the owner. He lied to players all the time, which was a big reason why he wore out his welcome.”
Jackson also claimed Martin, who died in 1989, made anti-Semitic remarks about a Yankees pitcher. Ken Holtzman, who was Jewish, played for the Yankees in 1977. And Jackson said most of the time Willie Randolph was the only black player on the team sympathetic to him.
I wonder if anyone will really be interested in a Reggie book now?
Deep to left…
It’s amazing how the date 10/2/78 is stuck in my head.
Too bad those stupid 2004 Yankees went and ruined the whole thing…
Yankees teams with players who had 15+ homeruns in a season. Been a long time since the Yankees only had two – like this year.
If the Yankees finish in 4th place, with less than 87 wins, this year – which it’s looking good that they will – then…yes.
The last time the Yankees finished in 4th place was 1992. And, the last time the Yankees had less than 87 wins in a full 162-game season was 1992.
Those are hard, cold, facts.
How long ago was 1992? Well, in June of that year, the Yankees drafted some kid out of Kalamazoo named Derek Jeter. And, he’s now in his 22nd year of playing professional baseball.
It’s pretty rare for the Yankees to have a line-up that’s about half full of good young hitters.
Well, at the least, it’s rare in the Steinbrenner family era.
Since 1973, these are the only three teams to beat the Yankees 13+ times in season. Here they are, plus the others to come close to it:
The amazing thing is that the Orioles finished 10.5 games behind the Yankees in 1976.
Seriously, the Cat worked fast.
This date in Yankees history, 1975.