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October 11 – Happy Birthday Orlando Hernandez

duqueI loved watching El Duque work on the mound. His ability to throw so many different pitches from that winding and unwinding motion always left me with the impression that he was conducting an orchestra instead of just pitching a baseball game. At least 33 years old when he escaped from Cuba and signed with the Yankees in 1998, his first two seasons in pinstripes were his best, winning 29 games during that span and compiling the first four of what would become eight consecutive postseason wins for New York. I clearly remember always feeling confident the Yankees would do well in any big game with Hernandez as their starting pitcher. Even after his mediocre 2000 regular season, when he finished 12-13, El Duque managed to win three straight starts that postseason.

And after New York traded him in January of 2003, Yankee fans will never forget how Hernandez rejoined the team during the 2004 season and led New York back to the playoffs by winning eight of ten decisions. Then, after spending time with both the White Sox and the Diamondbacks, El Duque joined the Mets during the 2006 season and went 18-12 during his two seasons at Shea. Perhaps if he had escaped from Castro’s Cuba a decade earlier, he would be headed for Cooperstown.

El Duque shares his October 11th birthday with this former Yankee reliever.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1998 NYY 12 4 .750 3.13 21 21 0 3 1 0 141.0 113 53 49 11 52 131 1.170
1999 NYY 17 9 .654 4.12 33 33 0 2 1 0 214.1 187 108 98 24 87 157 1.278
2000 NYY 12 13 .480 4.51 29 29 0 3 0 0 195.2 186 104 98 34 51 141 1.211
2001 NYY 4 7 .364 4.85 17 16 0 0 0 0 94.2 90 51 51 19 42 77 1.394
2002 NYY 8 5 .615 3.64 24 22 1 0 0 1 146.0 131 63 59 17 36 113 1.144
2004 NYY 8 2 .800 3.30 15 15 0 0 0 0 84.2 73 31 31 9 36 84 1.287
9 Yrs 90 65 .581 4.13 219 211 2 9 2 2 1314.2 1181 641 604 177 479 1086 1.263
NYY (6 yrs) 61 40 .604 3.96 139 136 1 8 2 1 876.1 780 410 386 114 304 703 1.237
NYM (2 yrs) 18 12 .600 3.88 47 44 0 1 0 0 264.1 212 122 114 37 105 240 1.199
ARI (1 yr) 2 4 .333 6.11 9 9 0 0 0 0 45.2 52 32 31 8 20 52 1.577
CHW (1 yr) 9 9 .500 5.12 24 22 1 0 0 1 128.1 137 77 73 18 50 91 1.457
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2013.

October 11 – Happy Birthday Gary Blaylock

Blaylock was signed by the Cardinals out of high school in 1950 and then it took him nine years to climb his way through the St. Louis farm system and make it to the parent club. In his first big league start against the Cubs, the right-hander from Clarkton, Missouri pitched eight strong innings but lost a tough 1-0 decision. By May 16th, he was 3-1 with a 2.86 ERA and Cardinal fans were most likely thinking they had a keeper. But it went downhill quickly from there for Blaylock and by late July of that ’59 season with his record at 4-4 and his ERA up to 5.13, the Cards pulled the plug and put him on waivers.

A couple weeks later, the Yankees claimed the pitcher and inserted him in Casey Stengel’s bullpen. That ’59 Yankee team Blaylock joined was an underachieving ball club that would finish the season in 3rd place behind Chicago and Cleveland. They were already a full 11.5 games behind the White Sox when Blaylock made his first appearance in pinstripes on August 2nd. After a rough first time out with New York, he pitched well in his next three appearances and Stengel rewarded him with his one and only Yankee start against the Tigers. He got shelled, failing to make it out of the second inning. He stayed on that Yankee roster through the end of the season but his career in the Bronx ended at that point and Blaylock would never again pitch in a big league game. This Cuban defector shares Blaylock’s October 11th birthday.

Let’s take a look at my selections of the all time team of players who like Blaylock played for both the Cardinals and Yankees during their professional careers.

Here are Gary Blaylock’s Yankee seasonal and MLB career stats:

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
1959 NYY 0 1 .000 3.51 15 1 7 0 0 0 25.2 30 13 10 0 15 20 1.753
1 Yr 4 6 .400 4.80 41 13 8 3 0 0 125.2 147 74 67 14 58 81 1.631
STL (1 yr) 4 5 .444 5.13 26 12 1 3 0 0 100.0 117 61 57 14 43 61 1.600
NYY (1 yr) 0 1 .000 3.51 15 1 7 0 0 0 25.2 30 13 10 0 15 20 1.753
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/11/2013.