February 17 – Happy Birthday Cody Ransom

Remember when Cody Ransom made his Yankee debut in August of the 2008 season? Joe Girardi inserted him in a blowout game versus Kansas City as a pinch-hitter for Jason Giambi and the native of Mesa, AZ hit a two-run-home run in his first ever Yankee at bat. Five days later, Girardi again pinch hit Ransom for Giambi, this time in the ninth inning of a game against Baltimore and Ransom hit a three run home run on his second-ever Yankee at bat. He remained hot right through the first half of September before cooling down quite a bit, and he provided a welcome respite for us Yankee fans during the emotional closing days of the old Yankee Stadium, as we sadly watched our favorite team miss the playoffs for the first time in fourteen seasons.

That strong showing convinced Girardi that Ransom could fill in for Alex Rodriguez at third base to begin the 2009 season, while A-Rod recovered from off-season hip surgery. I clearly remember hoping the experiment would work but it certainly did not. I’m not exactly sure why Ransom seemed like he had completely forgotten how to hit that April. It could have been nerves or perhaps American League pitchers had gotten wise to something, but whatever the reason, over the space of a single off season, this guy had become an automatic out. By April 24, he was hitting .180 and by May, he found himself back in Scranton. He did get called back up in late June of that season but he was not put on the Yankees’ postseason roster. Fortunately by October, A-Rod’s hip had completely healed and he put together that magical postseason run that led the Yankees to their 27th World Championship.

Ransom shares his February 17th birthday with this great Yankee first baseman, this former Yankee reliever and this Hall-of-Fame Yankee announcer.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 NYY 33 51 43 9 13 3 0 4 8 0 6 12 .302 .400 .651 1.051
2009 NYY 31 86 79 11 15 9 1 0 10 2 7 25 .190 .256 .329 .585
11 Yrs 383 858 752 111 160 47 2 30 105 6 88 274 .213 .303 .400 .703
SFG (4 yrs) 114 117 105 23 25 7 0 2 13 2 8 37 .238 .298 .362 .660
ARI (2 yrs) 38 125 111 14 26 9 0 6 20 1 10 39 .234 .320 .477 .797
NYY (2 yrs) 64 137 122 20 28 12 1 4 18 2 13 37 .230 .309 .443 .751
SDP (1 yr) 5 11 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 .000 .000 .000
CHC (1 yr) 57 182 158 21 32 10 1 9 20 0 22 57 .203 .304 .449 .753
PHI (1 yr) 22 46 42 6 8 0 0 2 5 1 3 11 .190 .244 .333 .578
HOU (1 yr) 19 46 35 9 8 2 0 1 3 0 9 9 .229 .413 .371 .784
MIL (1 yr) 64 194 168 18 33 7 0 6 26 0 23 79 .196 .293 .345 .638
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/26/2014.

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