April 9 – Happy Birthday Graeme Lloyd
If you have been a Yankee fan for at least the past couple of decades, chances are that you agree that 1996 and 1998 were two of your all-time favorite baseball seasons. In 96 the Bombers weren’t picked to win anything and ended up winning everything, terminating a drought that had lasted for 18 years. Then two years later, the 1998 team put together the greatest season in franchise history. I don’t think it was a coincidence that the Yankees picked up Graeme Lloyd during the 96 season, just to get out tough lefty hitters in late-inning situations. By 1998, this 6’7″ Aussie had perfected that role and helped make the Yankee bullpen the envy of baseball.
The Yankee team of the mid nineties had a hunger and a team-spirit they have had a difficult time replicating. Veteran specialty role players like Lloyd, who had no ego and knew exactly what was expected of him, helped nurture this positive environment.
One of my all-time favorite “weird” Yankee moments was when Lloyd charged the mound and threw one of the funniest looking punches I have ever seen at Oriole reliever Armando Benitez, during a 1998 early-season contest with the Orioles. Both team’s benches and bullpens had cleared after Benitez threw a pitch at Tino Martinez.
Lloyd also pitched for the Mets in 2003, in what was his last season in the big leagues.
|MIL (4 yrs)||7||16||.304||3.67||183||0||62||0||0||7||193.2||190||87||79||16||53||99||1.255|
|NYY (3 yrs)||4||3||.571||3.51||109||0||25||0||0||1||92.1||93||45||36||10||31||52||1.343|
|MON (2 yrs)||11||8||.579||4.81||125||0||42||0||0||6||101.0||115||59||54||11||29||61||1.426|
|KCR (1 yr)||0||2||.000||10.95||16||0||4||0||0||0||12.1||29||18||15||0||7||8||2.919|
|NYM (1 yr)||1||2||.333||3.31||36||0||12||0||0||0||35.1||39||16||13||2||7||17||1.302|
|FLA (1 yr)||2||2||.500||4.44||25||0||5||0||0||0||26.1||26||13||13||1||11||20||1.405|
|TOR (1 yr)||5||3||.625||3.63||74||0||25||0||0||3||72.0||68||36||29||11||23||47||1.264|