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November 10 – Happy Birthday Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers was a very good Major League pitcher for two decades. New York signed him to a four-year $20 million free agent contract in December of 1995, when the left hander was thirty years old. He was the second best starting pitcher on the Yankee staff during the 1996 regular season, winning 12 of his 20 decisions. What Kenny Rogers wasn’t able to do, was pitch well for the Yankees in the postseason. If you can’t pitch well in pinstripes in October and you get paid $5 million per season, you’re in trouble. In 1996, Rogers had one of the worst postseason performances of any Yankee starting pitcher in history. He started three games, one each in the ALDS, ALCS and the Series. He did not last longer than three innings in any of them and he gave up 11 total runs for an ERA of 14.14.

Even though New York won all three of those series, Rogers became a player Yankee fans loved to hate. When he followed his disastrous postseason up by going 6-7 in 1997, he was jettisoned to Oakland for a player to be named later, who turned out to be Scott Brosius. From the date of that trade until he retired from baseball at the end of the 2008 season, Rogers went 131-77 for five different teams. In 2006 he went 3-0 in a great postseason performance for Detroit that featured a seven-plus inning shutout victory over the Yankees in the 2006 ALDS. Rogers was born in Savannah, GA, on November 10, 1964.

Kenny shares his November 10th birthday with this former Yankee DH and this long-ago Yankee outfielder.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1996 NYY 12 8 .600 4.68 30 30 0 2 1 0 179.0 179 97 93 16 83 92 1.464
1997 NYY 6 7 .462 5.65 31 22 4 1 0 0 145.0 161 100 91 18 62 78 1.538
20 Yrs 219 156 .584 4.27 762 474 133 36 9 28 3302.2 3457 1739 1568 339 1175 1968 1.403
TEX (12 yrs) 133 96 .581 4.16 528 252 128 21 6 28 1909.0 1997 986 882 195 686 1201 1.405
DET (3 yrs) 29 25 .537 4.66 75 74 1 0 0 0 440.2 472 251 228 53 158 217 1.430
OAK (2 yrs) 21 11 .656 3.54 53 53 0 10 1 0 358.0 350 162 141 27 108 206 1.279
NYY (2 yrs) 18 15 .545 5.11 61 52 4 3 1 0 324.0 340 197 184 34 145 170 1.497
MIN (1 yr) 13 8 .619 4.57 33 31 0 0 0 0 195.0 227 108 99 22 50 116 1.421
NYM (1 yr) 5 1 .833 4.03 12 12 0 2 1 0 76.0 71 35 34 8 28 58 1.303
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/9/2013.