Monday, February 29, 2016

This Day in New York Yankees History: Holy Leap Year Batman!

Leap Year only comes once every four years so why limit ourselves to just Yankees history? Let's go!

On this day in 1903 Major League Baseball set the height of the pitcher's mount to a max of 15 inches. It has since been lowered while the amount of Tommy John surgeries has increased ten fold with the move. Coincidence?

Also on this day in 1967 Commissioner General William Eckert approved the BBWAA's plan to select a Cy Young Award recipient for the American and National League. Since 1956 the award had gone to just one pitcher from either league each season.

Also on this day in 1969 Mickey Mantle announced his retirement from Major League Baseball after hitting 536 home runs and batting .298 in 18 seasons. Why? Because he "can't hit when I need to."

Also on this day in 1993 George Steinbrenner was reinstated from his lifetime ban from the game after missing two-and-a-half seasons.

Also on this day in 2007 Arlington Park in Texas was announced for the Rangers organization.

Also on this day in 2012 Jason Varitek retired from MLB and the Boston Red Sox.

And finally on this day in 2012 Yadier Molina signed a five-year extension with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $75 million.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Sorry for the Capatcha... Blame the Russians :)