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January 9 – Happy Birthday Otis Nixon

If you were a young prospect in the Yankee organization back in the eighties, you usually were not one for very long. That’s because George Steinbrenner treated the franchise’s top minor league talent as currency for the sole purpose of being used to acquire older, more experienced big league veterans. Today’s birthday celebrant was a good example of that philosophy.

Back in 1983, Otis Nixon was considered the top outfield prospect in the Yankee organization. He had been New York’s top selection and third overall pick in the 1979 amateur draft and moved steadily up the alphabet ladder of the team’s minor league affiliates. Though he had little power, Nixon had blazing speed and a great batting eye and he raised the eyebrows of the entire Yankee organization when he stole 107 bases during the 1982 minor league season. His lowest on-base-percentage during his five year climb through the team’s farm system had been .391. New York brought Nixon up for a cup of coffee look in September of 1983. He got into 13 games, got his first two big league hits, scored his first two runs and stole his first two bases.The following February, the Yankees had to include Nixon in the deal they made with Cleveland for veteran third baseman Toby Harrah. Harrah ended up playing one season and 88 games in pinstripes. Nixon ended up playing sixteen more seasons of big league ball which included tenures with nine different teams. He collected 1,379 hits, stole 620 bases, batted .270 and had a lifetime on base percentage of .343.

Nixon was born on January 9, 1959 in Evergreen, NC. He shares his birthday with another former Yankee outfield prospect who had a long big league career away from New York, with this long-ago co-owner of the Yankee franchise and also with this former Yankee 20-game winner.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1983 NYY 13 15 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343
17 Yrs 1709 5800 5115 878 1379 142 27 11 318 620 585 694 .270 .343 .314 .658
ATL (4 yrs) 462 1670 1469 268 408 38 7 3 80 186 170 172 .278 .351 .319 .670
CLE (4 yrs) 277 407 365 85 78 8 1 3 19 57 32 54 .214 .276 .266 .542
MON (3 yrs) 335 861 760 134 180 21 6 1 56 133 89 111 .237 .316 .284 .600
TOR (2 yrs) 228 1039 897 141 247 27 2 2 55 101 123 122 .275 .362 .317 .678
MIN (1 yr) 110 500 448 71 133 6 6 1 20 37 44 56 .297 .361 .344 .705
BOS (1 yr) 103 461 398 60 109 15 1 0 25 42 55 65 .274 .360 .317 .677
LAD (1 yr) 42 191 175 30 48 6 2 1 18 12 13 24 .274 .323 .349 .671
TEX (1 yr) 139 656 589 87 174 21 2 0 45 50 58 85 .295 .357 .338 .695
NYY (1 yr) 13 15 14 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 .143 .200 .143 .343
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/10/2014.