October 5th, 2012

October 5 – Happy Birthday Rey Sanchez

When Mariano Duncan stopped hitting in 1997, the Yankees began experimenting with replacements at second base. One was veteran Pat Kelly, who Duncan had supplanted from the position the previous year. Another was the popular former Mariner, Luis Sojo and still another was today’s Pinstripe Birthday celebrant and former Cub, Rey Sanchez. Sojo ended up seeing the most action of the four and was the best fielder in the group as well, but in 37 games that year, Sanchez hit .312 and also played well in the field. The Yankees released Rey following that season and after spending 1998 with the Giants, he joined the Royals and played the best baseball of his career during his two-plus seasons as Kansas City’s starting shortstop. He then turned into a journeyman infielder, playing for seven different teams during the last six years of his fifteen-year career including a return to pinstripes in 2005, which was his final season as a player in the big leagues. He retired with 1,317 career hits.

Also born on this date is this former Yankee outfielder and this one too.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1997 NYY 38 150 138 21 43 12 0 1 15 0 5 21 .312 .338 .420 .758
15 Yrs 1490 5246 4850 549 1317 193 32 15 389 55 229 508 .272 .308 .334 .642
CHC (7 yrs) 594 1995 1835 185 481 78 8 6 124 22 96 187 .262 .304 .323 .627
KCR (3 yrs) 377 1489 1378 180 398 50 13 3 122 27 61 137 .289 .321 .351 .672
NYY (2 yrs) 61 198 181 28 55 13 0 1 17 0 7 24 .304 .335 .392 .727
TBD (1 yr) 91 307 285 23 70 14 3 2 26 0 12 28 .246 .281 .337 .617
NYM (1 yr) 56 183 174 11 36 3 1 0 12 1 8 18 .207 .240 .236 .476
SFG (1 yr) 109 339 316 44 90 14 2 2 30 0 16 47 .285 .325 .361 .686
ATL (1 yr) 49 163 154 10 35 4 1 0 9 2 4 15 .227 .245 .266 .512
BOS (1 yr) 107 386 357 46 102 12 3 1 38 2 17 31 .286 .318 .345 .662
SEA (1 yr) 46 186 170 22 50 5 1 0 11 1 8 21 .294 .330 .335 .665
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/5/2013.