January 4 – Happy Birthday Ted Lilly

The Yankees obtained pitcher Ted Lilly as a player to be named later in a 2000 trade that sent Hideki Irabu to Montreal. Although he was just 8-12 during his one and a half seasons in pinstripes, I remember liking the way the young left hander conducted himself on the mound. In one of his final starts as a Yankee, Lilly threw a complete game, three-hit shutout against the Padres and I was certain he was about to become a solid winner in the Yankee rotation. Shows you how astute I was about Yankee baseball. Just two weeks after that shutout, New York traded away Lilly in a three-team deal that put pitcher Jeff Weaver in Pinstripes. Irabu left baseball in 2003. Weaver never became the big winner experts thought he would. Meanwhile, Lilly won 130 games after leaving the Bronx with his best year coming in 2008, when he went 17-9  for the Cubs. Lilly was born January 4, 1976, in Torrance, CA. He announced his retirement after the 2013 postseason.

Another Yankee who celebrated his birthday on January 4 was this right-fielder who took the place of Babe Ruth in New York’s lineup, in 1935. This former Yankee GM and this former Yankee reliever were also born on January 4th.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2000 NYY 0 0 5.63 7 0 1 0 0 0 8.0 8 6 5 1 5 11 1.625
2001 NYY 5 6 .455 5.37 26 21 2 0 0 0 120.2 126 81 72 20 51 112 1.467
2002 NYY 3 6 .333 3.40 16 11 1 2 1 0 76.2 57 31 29 10 24 59 1.057
15 Yrs 130 113 .535 4.14 356 331 5 5 3 0 1982.2 1827 974 913 293 661 1681 1.255
LAD (4 yrs) 24 21 .533 3.83 58 58 0 1 1 0 341.0 296 157 145 48 95 284 1.147
CHC (4 yrs) 47 34 .580 3.70 113 113 0 0 0 0 705.2 623 306 290 101 184 598 1.144
NYY (3 yrs) 8 12 .400 4.65 49 32 4 2 1 0 205.1 191 118 106 31 80 182 1.320
TOR (3 yrs) 37 34 .521 4.52 89 89 0 2 1 0 505.1 485 269 254 77 228 424 1.411
OAK (2 yrs) 14 11 .560 4.37 38 36 0 0 0 0 201.2 202 104 98 29 65 165 1.324
MON (1 yr) 0 1 .000 7.61 9 3 1 0 0 0 23.2 30 20 20 7 9 28 1.648
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/4/2014.

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