October 12 – Happy Birthday Tanyon Sturtze

This guy had the oddest first name of any Yankee pitcher since Spurgeon Chandler. Too bad Sturtze couldn’t pitch as well as Spud did. Tanyan did provide the Yankees with some valuable innings in 2004 and 2005 both as a spot starter and reliever. His most famous moment in pinstripes was probably when he got heavily involved in the 2004 Yankees’ Red Sox brawl that started when Jason Varitek and A-Rod went at it after Rodriguez got buzzed with a pitch from Bronson Arroryo. Sturtzie got the worst of that one but he allegedly did much better this past August when it was reported that he pummeled the boyfriend of a girl he was trying to enamor in a sports bar in his native Worcester, Massachusetts. Tanyon was 11-5 for New York during his two season playing career with the team which ended when he tore his rotator cuff in 2006. He tried to come back from that injury in 2008 with the Dodgers, but failed. He finished his career with a 40-44 record and three saves, pitching 12 seasons for a total of seven franchises. I think Sturtze looks like future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (see below). Too bad he couldn’t pitch like him either.

Today is also the birthday of this great Yankee shortstop and this Yankee utility infielder.

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Here are Sturtze’s Yankee seasonal and MLB career stats:

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2004 NYY 6 2 .750 5.47 28 3 7 0 0 1 77.1 75 49 47 9 33 56 1.397
2005 NYY 5 3 .625 4.73 64 1 12 0 0 1 78.0 76 43 41 10 27 45 1.321
2006 NYY 0 0 7.59 18 0 2 0 0 0 10.2 17 10 9 3 6 6 2.156
12 Yrs 40 44 .476 5.19 272 84 48 4 0 3 797.0 886 490 460 110 333 480 1.529
TBD (3 yrs) 19 30 .388 4.58 91 65 13 4 0 1 472.0 518 255 240 60 182 285 1.483
NYY (3 yrs) 11 5 .688 5.26 110 4 21 0 0 2 166.0 168 102 97 22 66 107 1.410
CHC (2 yrs) 1 0 1.000 9.00 8 0 3 0 0 0 13.0 18 13 13 4 6 7 1.846
CHW (2 yrs) 1 2 .333 8.72 11 2 2 0 0 0 21.2 29 23 21 4 17 8 2.123
LAD (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 0 2.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.857
TEX (1 yr) 1 1 .500 8.27 9 5 1 0 0 0 32.2 45 30 30 6 18 18 1.929
TOR (1 yr) 7 6 .538 5.94 40 8 7 0 0 0 89.1 107 67 59 14 43 54 1.679
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2013.

2 Comments

It’s my birthday as well today Michael and as far as baseball birthdays I think Joe Cronin had one today although he wasn’t a Yankee. Keep up the great work and I’m 45 today. Talk soon.Paul/Bratman

Happy Birthday Paul and thanks for following the Pinstripe Birthday Blog.

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