November 21 – Happy Birthday Todd Erdos

The only member of the Yankee All-Time roster I came across, who was born on November 21 is this right handed reliever who pitched in a total of 20 games for New York during the 1998, ’99 and 2000 seasons. He recorded just one save in pinstripes during that time and had an ERA that exceed five runs for every nine innings pitched. The 1998 trade that brought Erdos to New York from the Arizona Diamondbacks was the same one that ended Andy Fox’s Yankee career. I happened to be a huge Andy Fox fan. Why? Because Andy was a member of the last Albany Colonie Yankee Team in the Double A Eastern league. That was 1994 and the following season, the Yankees switched their Double A affiliation to Greenwich, CT. The Albany ballpark was just a half-hour’s drive from my home in upstate New York. Me and my kids got to see some great future Yankees play in Albany from some very very good seats. In addition to Fox, that team’s final roster for that 1994 season included Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mo Rivera. Erdos is one of two Major League pitchers to be born in Washington, PA. The other one was also a relief pitcher for the Yankees by the name of Joe Verbanic.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1998 NYY 0 0 9.00 2 0 1 0 0 0 2.0 5 2 2 0 1 0 3.000
1999 NYY 0 0 3.86 4 0 1 0 0 0 7.0 5 4 3 2 4 4 1.286
2000 NYY 0 0 5.04 14 0 6 0 0 1 25.0 31 14 14 2 11 18 1.680
5 Yrs 2 0 1.000 5.57 63 0 21 0 0 2 93.2 105 62 58 12 45 58 1.601
NYY (3 yrs) 0 0 5.03 20 0 8 0 0 1 34.0 41 20 19 4 16 22 1.676
SDP (2 yrs) 2 0 1.000 6.23 33 0 10 0 0 1 43.1 49 33 30 6 21 29 1.615
BOS (1 yr) 0 0 4.96 10 0 3 0 0 0 16.1 15 9 9 2 8 7 1.408
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2013.

2 Comments

Pretty sure that’s Jay Tessmer, not Todd Erdos in the pic.

I think you’re right Joe, it may be Tessmer. As you can see above, I’ve substituted an image of a card of Erdos. Thank you so much for pointing out my error.

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