October 18 – Happy Birthday Alan Mills

You have to be a pretty strong Yankee fan to remember when this right-handed reliever wore the pinstripes. He pitched for New York during his first two big league seasons, in 1990 and 1991. He was a member of  two of the worst pitching staffs in Yankee franchise history during those years. After the 1991 season, the Yankees traded him to the Orioles. After going 1-6 with New York with an ERA of over four, Mills became a middle relief animal for the Birds in 1993, winning ten of fourteen decisions and compiling an ERA of 2.61. That’s why I remember Alan Mills. As soon as the Yankees dealt him, he became exactly the type of pitcher the Yankees needed so desperately back then. Though he never again achieved those lofty 1993-level numbers on the mound, he was an effective member of the Orioles’ bullpen for the next seven seasons and then signed a pretty nice free agent deal with the Dodgers. He retired in 2001. Mills is a native of Lakeland, FL who was born on this date in 1966.

Another former Yankee born on this date was being groomed by Casey Stengel to take over for the Scooter, Phil Rizzuto, as Yankee shortstop. Problem was, this guy wanted to play third base. This one-time Yankee outfielder was also born on October 18th.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1990 NYY 1 5 .167 4.10 36 0 18 0 0 0 41.2 48 21 19 4 33 24 1.944
1991 NYY 1 1 .500 4.41 6 2 3 0 0 0 16.1 16 9 8 1 8 11 1.469
12 Yrs 39 32 .549 4.12 474 5 153 0 0 15 636.0 577 306 291 83 395 456 1.528
BAL (9 yrs) 32 21 .604 4.16 346 3 105 0 0 14 480.0 412 231 222 65 295 354 1.473
LAD (2 yrs) 5 5 .500 3.86 86 0 27 0 0 1 98.0 101 45 42 13 59 67 1.633
NYY (2 yrs) 2 6 .250 4.19 42 2 21 0 0 0 58.0 64 30 27 5 41 35 1.810
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/18/2013.

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