August 26 – Happy Birthday Morgan Ensberg

The Yankees were hoping Ensberg could replicate some of the offensive magic he exhibited during his 2005 breakout year with the Astros, when they signed that season’s NL Silver Slugger Award winner in 2008 to play some first base. Unfortunately, the Redondo Beach, CA native could not produce and the Yankees released him after he appeared in just 28 games. He shares his birthday with this Yankee utility infielder.

Today is a good time to share my All-Time Lineup of Yankee players with August birthdays:

1B Johnny Ellis 8/21/48
2B Bobby Richardson 8/19/35
3B Graig Nettles 8/20/44
SS Bobby Meacham 8/25/60
Jorge Posada 8/17/71
OF Gene Woodling 8/16/83
OF Brett Gardner 8/24/83
OF Melky Cabrera 8/11/84
DH Ron Blomberg 8/23/48
SP Ron Guidry 8/28/50
RP Ron Davis 8/6/55
CL John Wetteland 8/21/66
MGR Ralph Houk 8/9/19
OWN Jake Ruppert 8/5/1867

August is a strong birthday month for Yankee third basemen. In addition to Nettles, both 1998 World Series MVP Scott Brosius and the
slick-fielding Billy “The Bull” Johnson have birthdays this month.

Here are Ensberg’s Yankee and lifetime stats:

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 NYY 28 80 74 6 15 0 0 1 4 0 6 22 .203 .263 .243 .506
8 Yrs 731 2580 2204 340 579 102 10 110 347 22 332 436 .263 .362 .468 .830
HOU (7 yrs) 673 2435 2072 323 551 99 10 105 335 22 319 395 .266 .367 .475 .843
SDP (1 yr) 30 65 58 11 13 3 0 4 8 0 7 19 .224 .308 .483 .790
NYY (1 yr) 28 80 74 6 15 0 0 1 4 0 6 22 .203 .263 .243 .506
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/26/2013.

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