Born in Kingston, NY and raised in nearby Newburgh, Bill Short was a five foot nine inch southpaw signed by the Yankees right out of high school in 1955. He spent the next five years climbing up the alphabetized ladder of New York’s farm system. At triple A Richmond in 1959, he became a genuine top prospect when he put together a 17-6 record, a 2.48 ERA and captured the league’s pitcher of the year honors.
By the time the Yankees 1960 spring training camp opened, Casey Stengel was ready for Short to prove he had good enough stuff to crack the parent club’s starting rotation. Short pitched well enough to make the team and after his first four regular season starts, he had a 2-1 record and despite an alarming number of bases on balls, a sparkling ERA of just 2.25. But he couldn’t keep it up.
Ironically as his walks went down his ERA went up and he lost his next three starts. He also lost his spot in both the rotation and on the Yankee roster, getting sent back down to the minors to try and get it back together. He spent the rest of his only Yankee season bouncing back and forth between Richmond and the Bronx and he was left off New York’s 1960 World Series roster.
Short then spent the entire 1961 season in Richmond and when the Yankees did not protect him, Baltimore claimed him in the Rule 5 Draft. He did get back to the big leagues, first with the Orioles and later with the Red Sox, Pirates, Mets and Reds, making his final big league appearance in 1969. Never a star at the top-level, Short won 120 games in the minors and is a member of the International League Hall of Fame.
|BAL (2 yrs)||2||3||.400||4.10||11||6||1||1||1||0||41.2||42||22||19||2||16||30||1.392|
|NYM (1 yr)||0||3||.000||4.85||34||0||13||0||0||1||29.2||24||17||16||0||14||24||1.281|
|PIT (1 yr)||0||0||3.86||6||0||1||0||0||1||2.1||1||1||1||0||1||1||0.857|
|BOS (1 yr)||0||0||4.32||8||0||0||0||0||0||8.1||10||6||4||1||2||2||1.440|
|CIN (1 yr)||0||0||15.43||4||0||1||0||0||0||2.1||4||4||4||0||1||0||2.143|
|NYY (1 yr)||3||5||.375||4.79||10||10||0||2||0||0||47.0||49||25||25||5||30||14||1.681|
His real name was Leslie Ambrose Bush and he won 196 regular season games during his seventeen-year big league career that began in 1912. He pitched for seven different Major League teams during that time including the Yankees for three seasons, from 1921 through 1924. During his first year in pinstripes. he won 26 games and lost 7, marking the first and only time the right-hander reached the 20-victory plateau. His performance propelled New York to the team’s second straight AL Pennant that year, but he lost both his starts in the 1922 World Series as the Yankees were swept by the Giants. The following season Bush went 19-15 and earned a victory in that year’s Fall Classic, helping New York to finally beat their inter-city rivals from the Polo Grounds in the third straight postseason match-up of the two teams. When New York failed to make it back to the Series in 1924 and Bush went 17-16, the Yankees then traded this native of Ehime, MN to the Browns for pitcher Urban Shocker. After winning 14 games in his first season in St. Louis the bullets were gone from Bush’s right arm and he won just 11 more games during the final three seasons of his career. Bush died in 1974 at the age of 81.
|PHA (7 yrs)||65||76||.461||3.19||191||124||52||71||15||8||1115.1||1002||506||395||15||499||575||1.346|
|BOS (4 yrs)||46||39||.541||3.25||110||97||11||65||10||4||777.2||781||340||281||16||282||311||1.367|
|NYY (3 yrs)||62||38||.620||3.44||115||91||20||61||6||4||783.0||765||341||299||32||311||297||1.374|
|PIT (2 yrs)||7||8||.467||3.61||24||15||5||9||2||3||117.1||111||59||47||8||40||39||1.287|
|WSH (1 yr)||1||8||.111||6.69||12||11||1||3||0||0||71.1||83||54||53||6||35||27||1.654|
|NYG (1 yr)||1||1||.500||7.50||3||2||1||1||0||0||12.0||18||10||10||1||5||6||1.917|
|SLB (1 yr)||14||14||.500||5.09||33||30||3||15||2||0||208.2||230||129||118||18||91||63||1.538|
When Jorge Posada’s shoulder injury put him on the injured reserve list during the early part of the 2008 season, the Yankees hoped the replacement combination of Jose Molina and Chad Moeller would be enough to get them into the playoffs. The duo was OK defensively but their offensive shortcomings left a glaring hole in the Yankee lineup. New York tried to fill that hole when they sent reliever Kyle Farnsworth to Detroit for I-Rod after the All Star break. Unfortunately, the move backfired. Rodriguez hit just .219 during his 33-game stint in pinstripes and the absence of Farnsworth hurt the late-inning relief pitching effectiveness of the Yankee bullpen. Rodriguez has won a World Series (Marlins 03), an AL MVP (1999), thirteen Gold Gloves and has been named to 14 All Star teams. His next major honor will be his almost certain entry into Cooperstown. Ivan was born in Manati, Puerto Rico on November 27, 1971.
|TEX (13 yrs)||1507||6166||5754||866||1747||352||28||217||842||81||309||781||.304||.341||.488||.828|
|DET (5 yrs)||611||2523||2382||300||709||140||17||62||300||30||106||418||.298||.328||.449||.777|
|WSN (2 yrs)||155||558||522||46||133||25||1||6||68||2||26||94||.255||.291||.341||.632|
|NYY (1 yr)||33||101||96||11||21||4||0||2||3||4||4||15||.219||.257||.323||.580|
|HOU (1 yr)||93||344||327||41||82||15||2||8||34||0||13||74||.251||.280||.382||.662|
|FLA (1 yr)||144||578||511||90||152||36||3||16||85||10||55||92||.297||.369||.474||.843|