August 10 – Happy Birthday Andy Stankiewicz

Andy was already 27 years old when he made his big league debut for Buck Showalter’s 1992 Yankees. He actually took over for Randy Velarde as that team’s starting shortstop. I had first seen “Stanky” play in 1989, when he started at second base for New York’s Albany-Colonie Double A franchise. The thing that stuck out at you when you watched him on the field was his hustle. That’s why Showalter liked him and gave him the opportunity to play. That first big league season turned out to be the highlight of Andy’s seven-year career in the big leagues. Over time, however, Andy proved he couldn’t hit big league pitching well enough to play every day at that level. Andy was born on this date in 1964, in Inglewood, CA.

Also born on this date in the Big Apple in 1933 was Rocco Domenico Colavito. If you saw him play during the late fifties and sixties, you have to remember how he used to point his bat at the opposing pitcher’s head at the end of his warm-up swings. He only played a part of one season in pinstripes and it was the final season (1968) of his 14-year big league career. He hit the last five of his 374 big league home runs in a Yankee uniform. You can read more about Colavito in this post. This second Yankee outfielder and this former Yankee pitcher were also born on August 10.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1992 NYY 116 451 400 52 107 22 2 2 25 9 38 42 .268 .338 .348 .685
1993 NYY 16 10 9 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .100 .000 .100
7 Yrs 429 957 844 105 203 45 3 4 59 17 80 141 .241 .313 .315 .628
MON (2 yrs) 140 207 184 23 46 14 1 1 14 2 10 34 .250 .296 .353 .650
NYY (2 yrs) 132 461 409 57 107 22 2 2 25 9 39 43 .262 .333 .340 .672
HOU (2 yrs) 80 134 106 16 20 4 0 1 12 5 24 31 .189 .344 .255 .598
ARI (1 yr) 77 155 145 9 30 5 0 0 8 1 7 33 .207 .252 .241 .493
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/9/2013.

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