July 22 – Happy Birthday Scott Sanderson

By the time Scott Sanderson became a Yankee, he was already a thirteen-year veteran of the big leagues. He started his career with the Expos in 1978 and was 56-47 during his six seasons up north. He then pitched another half-dozen seasons for the Cubs, where he won in double figures just once. In 1989, this right-handed native of Dearborn, MI signed a one-year free agent deal with Oakland and proceeded to have a career year. Pitching in a rotation that included 20-game-winners Dave Stewart and Bob Welch, Sanderson finished 17-11 during his first season in the American League, helping the A’s win the AL West flag. The A’s re-signed him that December and then almost immediately sold him to the Yankees.

The Yankee rotation Sanderson joined was in a shambles. Tim Leary had been New York’s biggest winner the previous season with a 9-19 record. Not one Yankee starter had managed to finish the 1990 season with a winning record. Sanderson got off to a great start as a Yankee, taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning of his pinstripe mound debut against Detroit. He finished the 1991 season with a 16-10 record and a 3.81 ERA and was the only pitcher on that horrible club to achieve double-digit victories and a winning record.

Sanderson’s second year in the Bronx was not as noteworthy. He again was the only Yankee starter with a winning record, going 12-11, but his ERA climbed to 4.93. When his contract expired at the end of the 1992 season, the Yankees did not try to re-sign him. Sanderson shares his July 22nd birthday with this former Yankee DH and this one-time Cy Young Award winner.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1991 NYY 16 10 .615 3.81 34 34 0 2 2 0 208.0 200 95 88 22 29 130 1.101
1992 NYY 12 11 .522 4.93 33 33 0 2 1 0 193.1 220 116 106 28 64 104 1.469
19 Yrs 163 143 .533 3.84 472 407 18 43 14 5 2561.2 2590 1209 1093 297 625 1611 1.255
CHC (6 yrs) 42 42 .500 3.81 160 116 12 8 1 3 737.2 729 338 312 79 172 478 1.221
MON (6 yrs) 56 47 .544 3.33 149 136 5 24 8 2 883.0 838 363 327 83 240 603 1.221
CAL (3 yrs) 8 16 .333 4.67 33 32 0 4 1 0 192.2 240 121 100 26 35 96 1.427
NYY (2 yrs) 28 21 .571 4.35 67 67 0 4 3 0 401.1 420 211 194 50 93 234 1.278
SFG (1 yr) 4 2 .667 3.51 11 8 1 0 0 0 48.2 48 20 19 12 7 36 1.130
OAK (1 yr) 17 11 .607 3.88 34 34 0 2 1 0 206.1 205 99 89 27 66 128 1.313
CHW (1 yr) 8 4 .667 5.09 18 14 0 1 0 0 92.0 110 57 52 20 12 36 1.326
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/22/2013.

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