April 12 – Happy Birthday Antonio Osuna
Today’s Pinstripe Birthday celebrant is Antonio Osuna. I remember not being at all happy when the Yankees sent Orlando Hernandez to the White
Sox for this Mexican reliever just before the 2003 spring training camps opened. Then the Sox immediately dealt Hernandez to the Expos. Osuna had just had his best big league season in the Windy City in 2002 but I loved El Duque.
The deal turned out OK for the Yanks. Osuna was nothing special pitching for them out of the pen during his only season in the Bronx but El Duque got hurt and did not pitch an inning for the Expos in 2003. Montreal then released Hernandez and the Yankees re-signed him in 2004. Torre put Hernandez in a struggling Yankee rotation in July of that year and he won eight straight.
Osuna ended up pitching in 48 games for Joe Torre’s team in 2003. He finished that season with a 2-5 record and a 3.73 ERA and was left off the New York’s postseason roster and then released. He was the last Yankee to wear uniform number 13 before it became the property of A-Rod. Osuna then signed with San Diego in 2004 and the following season he pitched in his last big league game as a member of the Nationals. He then played a few more years in his native Mexico. He was 36-29 during his 11-season big league career and earned 21 saves.
Osuna shares an April 12 birthday with this former Yankee outfielder who lost his starting job to Babe Ruth and this other outfielder, who was acquired from Detroit just before the 2013 regular season started.
|LAD (6 yrs)||24||21||.533||3.28||265||0||89||0||0||10||327.0||261||131||119||32||141||18||346||9||1.229|
|CHW (2 yrs)||8||2||.800||4.88||63||0||28||0||0||11||72.0||72||42||39||4||30||5||72||5||1.417|
|SDP (1 yr)||2||1||.667||2.45||31||0||6||0||0||0||36.2||32||11||10||3||11||0||36||1||1.173|
|WSN (1 yr)||0||0||42.43||4||0||1||0||0||0||2.1||9||11||11||2||7||1||0||0||6.857|
|NYY (1 yr)||2||5||.286||3.73||48||0||16||0||0||0||50.2||58||22||21||3||20||3||47||2||1.539|