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.
|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|