It wasn’t too long ago that pitcher Boone Logan’s claim to fame was as a traveling companion to former Yankee pitcher, Javier Vazquez. When Vazquez was dealt by the White Sox to the Braves after the 2008 season, Logan went to Atlanta with him. Than when Brian Cashman decided to give Javier a second chance in pinstripes in 2010, it was again the left-handed reliever who accompanied the starting pitcher back to the Bronx.
Vazquez’s second tour of duty as a Yankee was no more productive than his first but Logan seems to have found a home in New York. He’s appeared in more than 50 games for the Yanks in each of his three seasons. At first, Joe Girardi used him pretty much as a left hand relief specialist but Logan’s role has gradually expanded into more of a traditional late-inning set-up guy and Girardi now trusts him to also get out right-handers in plenty of situations. He’s put together an 11-3 record thus far wearing the pinstripes and a decent ERA of 3.28. Logan’s sidearm slider is particularly effective against lefty hitters and he also has a fastball that he can throw in the mid nineties. I thought he did a good job in last year’s ALDS versus Detroit and when David Robertson went on the DL right after Mariano Rivera tore his ACL this season, Logan did a great job in an expanded role out of the bullpen. He turns 28-years-old today and shares his birthday with this former Yankee shortstop
and this former Yankee starting pitcher.