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September 24 – Happy Birthday Eric Soderholm

This Cortland, NY native spent the last year of his nine-season big league career in pinstripes as a designated hitter and backup third baseman. That was 1980, the season the Dick Howser-managed Yankees won 103 games and reclaimed the AL East crown. It was also the same season the Kansas City Royals finally avenged their three consecutive losses to New York in the AL Championship Series by sweeping the Yankees to capture the team’s first pennant. Soderholm batted .287 that season and hit 11 home runs. His best big league season was 1977 when he came back from a knee injury to hit 25 homers for the White Sox. He finished his career with 102 round-trippers and a .264 lifetime batting average. According to his Wiki article, when his career was over, Soderholm became a ticket agent and played a huge role in lobbying for the legislation that made it legal for ticket selling firms to add huge service fees to ticket prices.Soderholm turns 64 years-old today.

Soderholm shares his September 24th birthday with this former Yankee outfielder and this former Yankee pitcher.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1980 NYY 95 304 275 38 79 13 1 11 35 0 27 25 .287 .353 .462 .815
9 Yrs 894 3255 2894 402 764 120 14 102 383 18 295 359 .264 .335 .421 .756
MIN (5 yrs) 407 1527 1345 184 345 56 7 36 161 14 151 215 .257 .336 .389 .725
CHW (3 yrs) 329 1258 1127 165 300 45 6 51 168 4 105 110 .266 .330 .453 .783
TEX (1 yr) 63 166 147 15 40 6 0 4 19 0 12 9 .272 .325 .395 .720
NYY (1 yr) 95 304 275 38 79 13 1 11 35 0 27 25 .287 .353 .462 .815
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2013.

September 24 – Happy Birthday Jeff Karstens

This native of San Diego was born on this date in 1982. The Yankees drafted the right-hander in the 19th round of the 2003 draft out of Texas Tech. He got his first call-up to the parent club in late August of 2006 and got six starts during the final month and a half of that season, winning two of his three decisions. He didn’t fare as well for New York the following year, going 1-4 with an ERA that ballooned to over 11 earned runs for every nine innings pitched. In 2008, he was made part of the package the Yankees dealt to Pittsburgh for Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte. He got off to a great start in the Steel City, winning his first two starts and not giving up a single run but then he had a tough time finding success with the poor-hitting Pirates. In 2011, the Pirate offense showed some punch and Karstens numbers have gotten demonstrably better. I was in Pittsburgh earlier this season and got to see him pitch a super game against a very tough Philadelphia line-up. He turns 29-years-old today and I think he’s young enough to put together some solid seasons in the next few years. The question is will the Pirates have a team that can score him the runs he will need to do so.

I’m sure you don’t remember when Dixie Walker wore pinstripes but are you old enough to remember when Eric Soderholm played for the Yankees? Both celebrate their birthday today.

Year Tm W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2006 NYY 2 1 .667 3.80 8 6 2 0 0 0 42.2 40 20 18 6 11 16 1.195
2007 NYY 1 4 .200 11.05 7 3 2 0 0 0 14.2 27 21 18 4 9 5 2.455
7 Yrs 26 40 .394 4.44 138 91 14 2 2 0 592.1 636 321 292 80 153 330 1.332
PIT (5 yrs) 23 35 .397 4.31 123 82 10 2 2 0 535.0 569 280 256 70 133 309 1.312
NYY (2 yrs) 3 5 .375 5.65 15 9 4 0 0 0 57.1 67 41 36 10 20 21 1.517
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2013.