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Innings is up on the digital cable, the Rocket has his
stuff, the Yanks are winning and then... Blue Jays catcher
Ken Huckaby, who was trying to cover the base after Eric
Hinske had charged toward the mound for a batted ball, came
down on Derek Jeter as he slid head-first into the bag. 15
minutes later the heart and soul of the modern Yankees was
out 4-6 weeks with a dislocated left shoulder. Despite the
devastating setback, New York went on to an 8-4 win over
Toronto and repeated the performance the following night
with a 10-1 victory thanks to a trio of longballs (two by
Jason Giambi) and a stellar performance by starter Andy
Pettitte. In other words, it's not the end of the season by
no means and the Yankees will find a way to win, with or
without their All-Star shortstop. However, his contributions
to the effort will be sorely missed and we wish him a quick
and complete recovery. Get well Derek, the Yankees might not
need you now, but my "Highlanders" certainly do as I had to
put you on my DL!
In 1991, "Donnie Baseball" was named just the 10th captain in the Yankees storied history. His contributions to the game of baseball are second to none for a player from his era and listing his lifetime statistics are perhaps the greatest tribute of all:
Major league awards: Gold Glove - '85-'89, '91-'94, American League MVP - 1985, Batting Champion - 1984, Hits Leader - 1984, 1986, RBI Leader - 1985. All-Star team selections: 6 (1984 to 1989). Ranking on all-time Yankees lists: second in doubles (442), fifth in hits (2,153), seventh in average (.307), seventh in games played (1, 783), seventh in home runs (222), and eighth in RBI's (1,099). Team records held: doubles in a season (53 in 1986); hits in a season (238 in 1986); fielding percentage, first base (.998 in 1993 and 1994). AL records held: number of seasons leading league in fielding, first base (7); most at-bats by a left hander in a season (677 in 1986); most consecutive games with one or more extra-base hits in a season (10 in July, 1987). AL records shared: double plays by a first baseman (154 in 1985). Major-league records held: most home runs in seven consecutive games (9, July 8 to 17, 1987); most home runs in eight consecutive games (10, July 8 to 18, 1987); most grand-slam home runs in a season (6 in 1987); most at-bats without a stolen base in a season (677 in 1986); career fielding percentage by a position player, 1982-94 (.99599). Major-league records shared: most doubles in an inning (2 on April 11, 1987); most consecutive games with one or more home runs (8, July 8 to 18, 1987); most sacrifice flies in a game (3 on May 3, 1986); most putouts and chances accepted by a first baseman in a nine-inning game (22 on July 20, 1987). Source: The Official Don Mattingly Website
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"The Old Professor" had a 54-year professional career that led him to become one of the greatest managers that the game has ever seen. Leading the Yankees to 10 pennants and 7 World titles in a 12-year span ranks as the most amazing managerial record of all time.
In 1927, New York outscored its opponents by nearly 400 runs and hit .307 as a team. They also set major league records with 975 runs scored, 158 home runs, 908 runs batted in, and a .489 slugging average.
"I never had to cheat, I get them with what I got."
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hit for the cycle only once in his career. When? Where? and against Who?
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