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January 31 – Happy Birthday Rafael Santana

Santana.jpgIf you asked most Yankee fans if the shortstop Rafael Santana played for the Yankees their likely response would be, “No, he played for the Mets.” That’s because the native of the Dominican Republic did spend the vast majority of his six-season big league career with the Amazin’s and he was the starting shortstop on their 1986 World Championship team. What most of us forget is that the Yankees traded for Santana before the 1988 spring training season and he became the team’s starting shortstop for then Manager, Billy Martin. Martin, as usual got fired during the 1988 season and was replaced by Lou Piniella, who stuck with Santana at short for the rest of that year. Rafael hit just .240 for that season and his on base percentage was a putrid .289. He also played very mediocre defense. He then suffered an elbow injury that caused him to miss the entire 1989 season, making it an even easier decision for the Yankee front-office to release him when his contract expired at the end of that year. That explains why Yankee fans have a hard time remembering Santana played in pinstripes.

This hardly remembered but very effective Yankee pitcher from the late 1950s, this long ago outfielder and this more recent Yankee outfielder prospect were all also born on January 31.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1988 NYY 148 521 480 50 115 12 1 4 38 1 33 61 .240 .289 .294 .583
7 Yrs 668 2183 2021 188 497 74 5 13 156 3 138 234 .246 .295 .307 .601
NYM (4 yrs) 483 1632 1514 134 376 62 4 8 113 2 103 171 .248 .296 .310 .607
STL (1 yr) 30 17 14 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 .214 .353 .214 .567
CLE (1 yr) 7 13 13 3 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 .231 .231 .462 .692
NYY (1 yr) 148 521 480 50 115 12 1 4 38 1 33 61 .240 .289 .294 .583
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/11/2014.