January 12 – Happy Birthday Andy Fox

andy-fox.jpgI remember being pretty happy hearing the news that Andy Fox had made the Yankee’s big league roster coming out of spring training in 1996. Living just a half-hour outside of Albany, I had become a big fan of the Albany Colonie Yankees, New York’s Double A franchise at that time. It was fun watching Fox and teammates like Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mo Rivera play for Albany and having all four of them playing in the Bronx in 1996, made rooting for that Yankee team not just easy, but special. Manager Joe Torre gave Fox quite a bit of playing time that first year, mostly at second base. The guy just loved to play the game and his hustle and enthusiasm was impossible to ignore. Unfortunately, he could not get his average above the .200 mark. At the same time, teammate and fellow second baseman Mariano Duncan was having a career year at the plate relegating Andy to a strict utility role. When he got traded to the Diamondbacks after the 1997 season and hit .277 his first year in Arizona, I thought he was on his way to a solid career. That turned out to be the best year of an otherwise mediocre nine season big league stay that ended when Texas released him in 2004. Andy was born on this date in Sacramento in 1971.

He shares his birthday with this Yankee starting pitcherthis former Yankee reliever and this former top Yankee draft pick.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1996 NYY 113 219 189 26 37 4 0 3 13 11 20 28 .196 .276 .265 .541
1997 NYY 22 40 31 13 7 1 0 0 1 2 7 9 .226 .368 .258 .626
9 Yrs 776 2194 1925 248 461 65 17 30 168 74 197 407 .239 .324 .338 .662
FLA (4 yrs) 326 905 788 94 185 23 9 10 66 41 89 177 .235 .326 .325 .651
ARI (3 yrs) 269 974 862 111 227 37 8 16 87 20 80 174 .263 .343 .381 .724
NYY (2 yrs) 135 259 220 39 44 5 0 3 14 13 27 37 .200 .290 .264 .554
TEX (1 yr) 12 13 12 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 .083 .154 .083 .237
MON (1 yr) 34 43 43 2 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 16 .093 .093 .163 .256
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/12/2014.

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