Friday, November 1, 2013

This Day In New York Yankees History 11/1

On this day in 1978 Yankees starting pitcher and World Series winning pitcher Ron Guidry would win the American League Cy Young Award unanimously. Guidry would garner all 28 first place votes and beat out Mike Caldwell and Jim Palmer for the award.

On this day in 2001, barely, we would see the first ever MLB game played in the month of November and it was Derek Jeter at the plate. Derek would kick off the November baseball month with a home run that would walk off with a win in the 2001 World Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jeter was immediately donned "Mr. November" by a fan in the stands and then Michael Kay.

On this day in 2006 the Yankees promoted long time Yankees player Don Mattingly to bench coach to serve under then manager Joe Torre. Lee Mazzilli, you remember the guy that rocked back and forth constantly, was not brought back after the 2006 season.

On this day in 2007 the Los Angeles Dodgers hired long time Yankees manager Joe Torre. Torre would become the 26th manager in the Dodgers long history and their eight since moving to Los Angeles. Torre wasted no time as he was replaced this week by the Yankees when they hired current manager Joe Girardi.

In response to Hank Steinbrenner's sarcastic comment about Alex Rodriguez having a better shot of entering the Hall of Fame as a Toledo Mudhen then he does as a New York Yankee the Toledo AAA team offered A Rod a contract. Remember A Rod was a free agent at this time after opting out of his contract during the World Series. The minor league deal included incentives for hitting 75 home runs in 2008 and leading the Tigers affiliate to ten consecutive International League titles. If only...

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