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.
|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|