Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Enhancing your Yankees All-Star knowledge
ANAHEIM -- Derek Jeter's personal kryptonite is here in Anaheim in the presence of Cincinnati Reds lefty, 40-year-old All-Star Arthur Rhodes. It makes sense that NL manager Charlie Manuel will likely use Rhodes against a left-hander, since that's where Rhodes most excels. But if Manuel checks out the matchups, he'll see it's not a bad idea to put Rhodes to use against Jeter.
Jeter got a hit against Rhodes in their first meeting on April 30, 1996. Since then, Jeter has had 12 turns against Rhodes, reached base once on a walk, and whiffed six times. If they don't meet here, file that one away should the Reds and Yankees meet in the World Series.
We're guessing you didn't know that. Here's a few other Yankee-related All-Star tidbits that you may not have known, with the help of our resources from Baseball-Reference.com, STATS LLC and the Elias Sports Bureau.
Robinson Cano is fighting a Yankees second baseman All-Star jinx. Those who have STARTED in the All-Star Game for from the Yankees are a combined 6-for-33. Willie Randolph was immune to that jinx, going 4-for-12. Alfonso Soriano (who did homer as a Yankee all-star), Steve Sax, Bobby Richardson, and Joe Gordon combined for just two hits in seven All-Star starts.
Nick Swisher will not only carry on the family name (has father Steve was a former major leaguer and one-time All-Star), but his given name as well. Swisher will be the first player of that name to play in an All-Star Game. Nick Etten made the AL All-Star team with the Yankees in 1945 but did not appear in the game. Nick's Essasky, Johnson and Punto are among those never to have been an All-Star.
Phil Hughes, who turned 24 last month, will be the youngest Yankees pitcher to appear in an All-Star Game, if he's used in relief. He'll supplant Jim Bouton, who was 24 years and four months old when he pitched in the 1963 All-Star Game. Young Yankees pitchers have done well in the All-Star Game. The 24-year-old Yankees All-Stars -- Bouton, Mel Stottlemyre and Lefty Gomez, combined for six scoreless innings in All-Star competition.
Mariano Rivera, by not pitching, will miss out on one of those quasi-records figurable only by conducting searches with intense scrutiny on Baseball-Reference.com Rivera has six scoreless All-Star outings of at least one inning, tied with Jim Bunning for fourth-most in All-Star history. Rivera will have to wait until next year to match the All-Time mark of seven, shared by Juan Marichal and two former Yankees -- Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson
Your all-time All-Star leader in doubles is former Yankee (and current ESPN Baseball analyst) Dave Winfield, with seven. In fact, Winfield's five All-Star doubles just as a Yankee are more than any player has in All-Star history. Winfield, Mickey Mantle, and ESPN's Joe Morgan also share the All-Star Game hit streak record with hits in seven straight in which they got an at-bat.