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June 23 – Happy Birthday Bam-Bam Meulens

Yankee fans remember the 1980’s as a bleak period in franchise history. The decade started out with such promise, when Dick Howser led the 1980 team to a 100-win season. That good Karma reversed itself quickly however, as “the Boss” fired Howser for failing to beat the Royals in the 1980 ALCS and the team’s signing of Dave Winfield did not result in another decade full of World Championship banners flying over the House that Ruth built.

Instead, the Yankee PR machine once again began to tout the team’s prospects down on the farm as the elixir the Yankees needed to get back on top again. As much as we fans wanted to believe there was a pinstriped fountain of youth flowing in towns like Columbus, Nashville and Albany, the most promising harvests of the Yankee farm system were either busts at the big league level or were quickly traded away for veterans who would then perform ineffectively once they reached the Bronx.

Two such prospects with outstanding and alliterative nicknames framed the 1980’s for New York. The first was Steve “Bye-Bye” Balboni who was supposed to become the best slugging Yankee first baseman since Lou Gehrig. Instead he became a strikeout magnet and was traded to the Royals in 1984. Then at the end of the 80’s came “Bam-Bam,” today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant. Hensley Meulens was a bonafide home run hitter, who would indeed hit over 330 home runs as a professional ball player. Unfortunately for Bam Bam and Yankee fans, he hit about 315 of them while playing in the minors, Japan, Korea and Mexico and just a dozen during the four seasons the Yankees bounced him back and forth between the Bronx and Columbus.

Meulens did make history when he made his big league debut for New York on August 23, 1989. On that day he became the first native of Curacao to play Major League baseball. By then, Steve Balboni had completed his long tenure with the Royals and Mariners and was also back in pinstripes. So for a time, the Yankees had both Bye-Bye and Bam-Bam on their roster but the duo didn’t help them win-win anything.

Muelens shares his June 23rd birthday with this former Yankee pitching prospect, this one-time Yankee starting catcher and this legendary Yankee GM.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1989 NYY 8 30 28 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 2 8 .179 .233 .179 .412
1990 NYY 23 95 83 12 20 7 0 3 10 1 9 25 .241 .337 .434 .771
1991 NYY 96 313 288 37 64 8 1 6 29 3 18 97 .222 .276 .319 .595
1992 NYY 2 6 5 1 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 .600 .667 1.200 1.867
1993 NYY 30 61 53 8 9 1 1 2 5 0 8 19 .170 .279 .340 .618
7 Yrs 182 549 496 67 109 17 2 15 53 4 42 165 .220 .288 .353 .641
NYY (5 yrs) 159 505 457 60 101 16 2 12 46 4 38 149 .221 .290 .344 .633
ARI (1 yr) 7 15 15 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 6 .067 .067 .267 .333
MON (1 yr) 16 29 24 6 7 1 0 2 6 0 4 10 .292 .379 .583 .963
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/22/2013.