September 3 – Happy Birthday Chris Nelson

nelsonWhat do David Adams, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez, Brent Lillibridge, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Mark Reynolds, Alex Rodriguez, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youklis and today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant have in common? They all played third base for the Yankees during the 2013 regular season.

Chris Nelson was the .300-hitting starting third baseman of the Colorado Rockies during the 2012 season. That same job was his to lose on Opening Day of 2013 and he ended up losing it to Rockie rookie Nelson Aranado. When Kevin Youklis’s back did not hold up during the first month of the season, the Yankees acquired Nelson from Colorado on May 1, 2013. New York skipper, Joe Grardi then started the native of Escondido, California at the hot corner for ten straight games. Defensively, he did fine but his .222 batting average and 2 RBI’s convinced the Yankee brass he wasn’t the answer long-term and he ended up on waivers. The Angels then picked him up and on August 1. He started playing third base regularly for his third big league team this season, when LA-Anaheim’s starter at that position, Alberto Callaspo went on the DL. On August 15th, Nelson got some revenge on the Yankees when he drove in five runs against his former team to prevent New York from an important series sweep.

On August 29th, the injury bug hit Nelson too. While running to first he pulled a hamstring pretty badly and it sounds like he’s done for the season. Nelson shares a birthday with this former Yankee reliever.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2013 NYY 10 37 36 3 8 2 0 0 2 0 1 11 .222 .243 .278 .521
4 Yrs 255 820 761 91 204 36 8 16 93 8 48 189 .268 .312 .399 .712
COL (4 yrs) 212 664 616 78 172 33 6 13 73 6 39 142 .279 .322 .416 .738
LAA (1 yr) 33 119 109 10 24 1 2 3 18 2 8 36 .220 .277 .349 .626
NYY (1 yr) 10 37 36 3 8 2 0 0 2 0 1 11 .222 .243 .278 .521
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/3/2013.

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