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October 6 – Happy Birthday Ruben Sierra

There were two reasons why I liked Ruben Sierra. First of all, he looked exactly like a guy who used to umpire Little League games back when I was a coach for my two sons’ teams. Secondly, Ruben could hit. After the Yankees traded Danny Tartabull to Oakland for him during the 1995 season, Sierra drove in 44 runs for New York in the 56 games he played for them that year. Yes he could be moody, mouthy and sometimes too flamboyant, but I loved to watch his at bats, especially his eyes when he glared out at an opposing pitcher. Unfortunately for Ruben, Joe Torre did not like or appreciate him as much as I did. Four months into Torre’s inaugural 1996 season as Yankee skipper, New York dealt Sierra to the Tigers for slugging first baseman, Cecil Fielder. Ruben was hurt by the trade and said some unkind and exaggerated things about Torre’s managing style. The two eventually patched things up and Sierra rejoined Torre and the Yankees in June of 2003. I was amazed to find out that Ruben played for nine different teams during his 20-year big league career and hit 306 home runs. My question is, has there ever been another player who hit so many home runs playing for as many teams as Sierra did? Ruben was born in Puerto Rico on this date in 1965.

Another Yankee born on today’s date is former pitcher Steve Kline. Do you remember which Yankee playoff hero became a Yankee in a trade involving Kline? Find out here. Also born on October 6th is Yankee pitcher Freddie Garcia and this long-ago NY shortstop.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1995 NYY 56 242 215 33 56 15 0 7 44 1 22 34 .260 .322 .428 .750
1996 NYY 96 407 360 39 93 17 1 11 52 1 40 58 .258 .327 .403 .730
2003 NYY 63 189 174 19 48 8 1 6 31 1 13 20 .276 .323 .437 .760
2004 NYY 107 338 307 40 75 12 1 17 65 1 25 55 .244 .296 .456 .752
2005 NYY 61 181 170 14 39 12 0 4 29 0 9 41 .229 .265 .371 .636
20 Yrs 2186 8782 8044 1084 2152 428 59 306 1322 142 610 1239 .268 .315 .450 .765
TEX (10 yrs) 1190 4975 4580 645 1281 257 44 180 742 90 321 676 .280 .323 .473 .796
NYY (5 yrs) 383 1357 1226 145 311 64 3 45 221 4 109 208 .254 .310 .421 .730
OAK (4 yrs) 365 1560 1421 205 359 65 7 60 252 39 113 212 .253 .303 .435 .737
MIN (1 yr) 14 33 28 3 5 1 0 0 4 0 4 7 .179 .273 .214 .487
CIN (1 yr) 25 96 90 6 22 5 1 2 7 0 6 21 .244 .292 .389 .681
SEA (1 yr) 122 452 419 47 113 23 0 13 60 4 31 66 .270 .319 .418 .736
DET (1 yr) 46 180 158 22 35 9 1 1 20 3 20 25 .222 .306 .310 .616
CHW (1 yr) 27 77 74 7 16 4 1 4 11 2 3 11 .216 .247 .459 .706
TOR (1 yr) 14 52 48 4 10 0 2 1 5 0 3 13 .208 .250 .354 .604
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/6/2013.