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May 26 – Happy Birthday Travis Lee

Jason Giambi’s nightmare Yankee season of 2004 represented an opportunity for Travis Lee. The Yankee brass loved Lee’s glove at first base and all they wanted from him was good defense and decent at bats. So they signed him to a one year, two-million-dollar deal even though they had already signed veteran first baseman Tony Clark a few weeks earlier. But Lee hurt his shoulder in spring training and began the season on the DL. He ended up appearing in just seven games for New York that year. Instead, it was the switch-hitting Clark who became Giambi’s “designated glove” and started the most games at first base for the Yankees that season. Lee ended up back with Tampa Bay the following year and out of baseball all together following the 2006 season.

Update:  The above post was originally written in 2011. Lee left baseball because he said he had no passion left for the game. The Nationals had invited him to their 2007 spring training camp to try and win the starting first baseman’s job that was vacant as a result of one of former Yankee, Nick Johnson’s numerous injuries. Lee evidently walked into the Washington GM’s office one day and asked for his unconditional release, got it and went home.

I can remember when Lee broke into the big leagues with Arizona in 1998 because that was the Diamondbacks’ very first year in the league and former Yankee skipper Buck Showalter was in charge of baseball’s newest team on the field. The 23-year-old Lee was one of that historic squad’s bright spots, belting 151 hits, tying for the team lead in home runs with 22 and finishing third in that year’s NL Rookie of the Year Award behind Todd Helton and that year’s winner, former Yankee Kerry Wood.

Lee shares his May 26th birthday with the only Yankee ever to bat 1.000 during a pinstripe career that consisted of more than a single at bat.

Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2004 29 NYY AL 7 20 19 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 .105 .150 .158 .308
9 Yrs 1099 4233 3740 476 958 191 16 115 488 59 457 704 .256 .337 .408 .745
ARI (3 yrs) 338 1316 1161 162 292 49 4 39 162 30 150 219 .252 .336 .401 .737
TBD (3 yrs) 388 1442 1289 164 336 70 7 42 150 18 141 236 .261 .333 .424 .757
PHI (3 yrs) 366 1455 1271 149 328 71 5 34 174 11 165 246 .258 .343 .402 .745
NYY (1 yr) 7 20 19 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 1 3 .105 .150 .158 .308
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/26/2014.