August 25th, 2010

August 25 – Happy Birthday Bobby Meacham

I remember the first time I saw Bobby Meacham taking ground balls during a Yankee spring training workout in the early eighties. Born in Los Angeles on this date in 1960, Meacham looked so smooth that morning that I thought the Yankees had found themselves a keeper. As it turned out, he played each of his six seasons and 457 big league games as a Yankee but he never became a star. He was given the opportunity when he took over New York’s starting shortstop job in 1985. Appearing in 156 games, the then 24-year-old switch hitter used his speed to steal 25 bases but he just could not hit, finishing the season with a paltry .218 batting average.

Bobby got another chance to wear Pinstripes when Joe Girardi made him his third base and infield coach for the 2008 season. Unfortunately, Meacham was replacing the popular Larry Bowa and rumors were that the Yankee front office blamed  Bobby for Robinson Cano’s uninspired infield play that season and replaced him with Robby Thomson.

Meacham was born exactly 21 years after this one-time Yankee reliever and exactly 16 years before this one.