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History Highlights for December 14

Being a baseball fan is supposed to be an enjoyable and life-affirming endeavour, and despite the undeniable tension we suffer during tight games, pennant races, and playoff contests, it fills those requirements admirably. But “into each life a little rain must fall” the saying goes, and December 14 is a day dominated by poignant and sad moments for Yankee fans. We’ll begin the list with this: MVP Yankee catcher Elston Howard passed away on this day in 1980. Continue reading

History Highlights for December 11

“We play today; we win today.” Though he was a huge factor in the successful 1996 World Championship season, I am not prepared to tell you that the acquisition of free agent infielder Mariano Duncan on December 11, 1995, was the biggest Yankee news ever on the day. But his trademark quote from that glorious season is just too good to bury. The defense-challenged Duncan would survive less than half the 1997 season in Pinstripes, but the eight homers, 56 rbi’s, and in particular .340 ba were crucial to the ’96 team’s success. Continue reading

History Highlights for December 6

On December 6, 2013, the Yankees wrongly thought they had plugged a few holes when they signed free agent third baseman Kelly Johnson. Rather than thriving with his lefty power and the Stadium’s short porch, Johnson struggled from the outset, his defense at third and second was not sparkling and, perhaps most injurious of all, he did not make a good conversion to first base to back up the oft-injured Mark Teixeira. Continue reading

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