Thursday, July 31, 2014

Remembering Yankees of the Past: Eric Chavez

Eric Chavez announced his retirement from Major League Baseball yesterday so now seems like a good of time as any to showcase his few short years in New York. Congratulations to Chavez on a great career and we wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors both in and out of baseball.

Without further interruption let's look back at Chavez's career as a Yankee:

Chavez signed with the Yankees in February of 2011 on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Chavez ultimately made the team and had his contract purchased on March 28, 2011. The biggest weakness of Chavez's game at this point of his career would be his injuries and that would not change while in pinstripes. Chavez broke a bone in his left foot on May 5, 2011 while rounding second base and missed over two months with the injury.

Chavez finally hit his first home run of his Yankee career in 2011 when he launched a two run shot against the Chicago White Sox on August 3. Chavez did enough in New York to warrant another one year deal for the 2012 season that would guarantee him $900,000 with an additional $3.05 million to be made in incentives for being healthy and in the lineup. May of the 2012 season he suffered a concussion and spent his seven days on the concussion disabled list. Chavez made the postseason both years in New York but never got the World Series ring he was presumably chasing.

Chavez left New York for the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2012 season and that is where his career would end. Chavez finished his career with a .268 average, 260 home runs, six Gold Glove Awards, and a Silver Slugger in 2002. It's a shame he never got a chance to play for a World Series but he's still a winner.

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