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October 12 – Happy Birthday Tony Kubek

tony.kubekCan you imagine a rookie coming out of the Yankee farm system today and starting 31 regular-season games in right field, 22 in center, 41 at short and 38 more at third base? Then imagine this same 22-year-old kid is able to hit .297 despite all the switching from position to position, wins the Rookie of the Year Award and even hits .286 with two home runs in his very first World Series. I’ve just described Tony Kubek’s very impressive rookie season for the 1957 Yankees. It is no wonder that this native of Milwaukee, who was born on this date in 1935, became one of Casey Stengel’s favorite players. Stengel, after all, was Baseball’s master platooner. In Kubek, he had a very smart, extremely tough kid who had a shotgun for an arm and a very good bat. The only thing he couldn’t do was hit a lot of home runs. Since Stengel wanted outfielders who could hit with power, he gave up playing Tony in the outfield and decided to make him the Yankees’ next shortstop.

That’s where Kubek and Bobby Richardson became the best Yankee double-play combination in my lifetime until Robinson Cano was introduced to Derek Jeter.  Kubek was a three-time All Star and played a total of nine seasons and seven World Series in a Yankee uniform before a bad back hastened his entry into the broadcast booth, where he became one of baseball’s all-time great television analysts. Kubek was the Ford C Frick Award recipient in 2009, putting him the Baseball Hall of Fame for his broadcasting ability.

Kubek shares his October 12th birthday with this former Yankee pitcher and this Yankee utility infielder.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1957 NYY 127 475 431 56 128 21 3 3 39 6 6 24 48 .297 .335 .381 .716
1958 NYY 138 597 559 66 148 21 1 2 48 5 4 25 57 .265 .295 .317 .612
1959 NYY 132 553 512 67 143 25 7 6 51 3 3 24 46 .279 .313 .391 .704
1960 NYY 147 618 568 77 155 25 3 14 62 3 0 31 42 .273 .312 .401 .713
1961 NYY 153 657 617 84 170 38 6 8 46 1 3 27 60 .276 .306 .395 .701
1962 NYY 45 184 169 28 53 6 1 4 17 2 1 12 17 .314 .357 .432 .789
1963 NYY 135 592 557 72 143 21 3 7 44 4 2 28 68 .257 .294 .343 .637
1964 NYY 106 447 415 46 95 16 3 8 31 4 1 26 55 .229 .275 .340 .615
1965 NYY 109 370 339 26 74 5 3 5 35 1 3 20 48 .218 .258 .295 .553
9 Yrs 1092 4493 4167 522 1109 178 30 57 373 29 23 217 441 .266 .303 .364 .667
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2013.

October 12 – Happy Birthday Casey McGehee

It looks as if Casey McGehee’s Yankee days may already be over. New York GM Brian Cashman was looking for a right-handed corner infielder with some pop to play third or first while A-Rod and Mark Teixeira recovered from injuries, when he sent reliever Chad Qualls to the Pirates for today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant on July 31, 2012. McGehee, a native of Santa Cruz, CA had hit 23 home runs for the 2010 Brewers and driven in over 100 that same year. I joined Cashman in hoping that this guy would get better pitches to hit when he was surrounded by a stronger Yankee lineup. That didn’t happen.

He got a real chance to make an impression in the Bronx during the middle of August, when Girardi started him just about every game. His pinstriped high point came in the second game of a series in Toronto, on August 13th. He hit his first and only home run as a Yankee that day and drove in three runs in New York’s 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays. But it was downhill from there offensively and when A-Rod returned from the DL, probably the only reason the Yanks kept this guy on the team was because the roster expanded to 40 players on September 1. The more crowded Yankee bench, however, meant even fewer chances for McGehee to make a better impression down the stretch and when he went 0-for-September at the plate he lost his ticket on the Yankee’s postseason train to Baltimore.

McGehee turns 30 today, still young enough to contribute to a Major League team. I just don’t think that team will continue to be the Yankees. He shares his October 12th birthday with this outstanding former Yankee shortstop and this one-time Yankee reliever.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 NYY 22 59 53 9 8 3 0 1 6 0 5 10 .151 .220 .264 .484
5 Yrs 551 2041 1853 211 476 99 5 61 283 2 158 351 .257 .314 .414 .728
MIL (3 yrs) 428 1664 1511 174 403 82 4 52 237 1 129 273 .267 .322 .430 .752
CHC (1 yr) 9 25 24 1 4 1 0 0 5 0 0 8 .167 .160 .208 .368
PIT (1 yr) 92 293 265 27 61 13 1 8 35 1 24 60 .230 .297 .377 .674
NYY (1 yr) 22 59 53 9 8 3 0 1 6 0 5 10 .151 .220 .264 .484
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Generated 10/12/2013.

October 12 – Happy Birthday Tanyon Sturtze

This guy had the oddest first name of any Yankee pitcher since Spurgeon Chandler. Too bad Sturtze couldn’t pitch as well as Spud did. Tanyan did provide the Yankees with some valuable innings in 2004 and 2005 both as a spot starter and reliever. His most famous moment in pinstripes was probably when he got heavily involved in the 2004 Yankees’ Red Sox brawl that started when Jason Varitek and A-Rod went at it after Rodriguez got buzzed with a pitch from Bronson Arroryo. Sturtzie got the worst of that one but he allegedly did much better this past August when it was reported that he pummeled the boyfriend of a girl he was trying to enamor in a sports bar in his native Worcester, Massachusetts. Tanyon was 11-5 for New York during his two season playing career with the team which ended when he tore his rotator cuff in 2006. He tried to come back from that injury in 2008 with the Dodgers, but failed. He finished his career with a 40-44 record and three saves, pitching 12 seasons for a total of seven franchises. I think Sturtze looks like future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux (see below). Too bad he couldn’t pitch like him either.

Today is also the birthday of this great Yankee shortstop and this Yankee utility infielder.

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Here are Sturtze’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
2004 NYY 6 2 .750 5.47 28 3 7 0 0 1 77.1 75 49 47 9 33 56 1.397
2005 NYY 5 3 .625 4.73 64 1 12 0 0 1 78.0 76 43 41 10 27 45 1.321
2006 NYY 0 0 7.59 18 0 2 0 0 0 10.2 17 10 9 3 6 6 2.156
12 Yrs 40 44 .476 5.19 272 84 48 4 0 3 797.0 886 490 460 110 333 480 1.529
TBD (3 yrs) 19 30 .388 4.58 91 65 13 4 0 1 472.0 518 255 240 60 182 285 1.483
NYY (3 yrs) 11 5 .688 5.26 110 4 21 0 0 2 166.0 168 102 97 22 66 107 1.410
CHC (2 yrs) 1 0 1.000 9.00 8 0 3 0 0 0 13.0 18 13 13 4 6 7 1.846
CHW (2 yrs) 1 2 .333 8.72 11 2 2 0 0 0 21.2 29 23 21 4 17 8 2.123
LAD (1 yr) 0 0 0.00 3 0 1 0 0 0 2.1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.857
TEX (1 yr) 1 1 .500 8.27 9 5 1 0 0 0 32.2 45 30 30 6 18 18 1.929
TOR (1 yr) 7 6 .538 5.94 40 8 7 0 0 0 89.1 107 67 59 14 43 54 1.679
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/12/2013.