What do David Adams, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez, Brent Lillibridge, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez, Mark Reynolds, Alex Rodriguez, Vernon Wells, Kevin Youklis and today’s Pinstripe Birthday Celebrant have in common? They all played third base for the Yankees during the 2013 regular season.
Chris Nelson was the .300-hitting starting third baseman of the Colorado Rockies during the 2012 season. That same job was his to lose on Opening Day of 2013 and he ended up losing it to Rockie rookie Nelson Aranado. When Kevin Youklis’s back did not hold up during the first month of the season, the Yankees acquired Nelson from Colorado on May 1, 2013. New York skipper, Joe Grardi then started the native of Escondido, California at the hot corner for ten straight games. Defensively, he did fine but his .222 batting average and 2 RBI’s convinced the Yankee brass he wasn’t the answer long-term and he ended up on waivers. The Angels then picked him up and on August 1. He started playing third base regularly for his third big league team this season, when LA-Anaheim’s starter at that position, Alberto Callaspo went on the DL. On August 15th, Nelson got some revenge on the Yankees when he drove in five runs against his former team to prevent New York from an important series sweep.
On August 29th, the injury bug hit Nelson too. While running to first he pulled a hamstring pretty badly and it sounds like he’s done for the season. Nelson shares a birthday with this former Yankee reliever.
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|LAA (1 yr)||33||119||109||10||24||1||2||3||18||2||8||36||.220||.277||.349||.626|
|NYY (1 yr)||10||37||36||3||8||2||0||0||2||0||1||11||.222||.243||.278||.521|
Plunk was originally drafted by the Yankees in 1981. Before he pitched an inning in the big leagues, he was included in the 1984 trade that made Ricky Henderson a Yankee. Then in 1989, after going 16-16 during his first three and a half seasons in the Majors with the A’s, Plunk was traded back to the Yankees for guess who? Ricky Henderson. Eric then spent three unspectacular seasons in Pinstripes, pitching for some of the worst teams in the franchise’s storied history. He was used as both a starter and long-reliever during his stay in the Bronx and managed to accumulate a 15-13 Yankee record. Plunk had much more success as a valuable member of the Indian bullpen after his Yankee days were over. He had good enough stuff to last for fourteen Major League seasons, retiring in 1999 with 72 wins and 35 career saves. Erik was born on September 3, 1963, in Wilmington, CA.
He shares his birthday with one of the many guys who played 3B for the Yanks during the 2013 season.
|CLE (7 yrs)||36||23||.610||3.25||373||0||140||0||0||26||462.0||393||185||167||42||217||460||1.320|
|OAK (4 yrs)||16||16||.500||4.30||130||26||47||0||0||8||322.0||261||162||154||29||215||291||1.478|
|NYY (3 yrs)||15||13||.536||3.88||117||15||27||0||0||0||260.0||251||132||112||33||157||231||1.569|
|MIL (2 yrs)||5||6||.455||4.63||94||0||20||0||0||1||107.0||104||58||55||18||58||99||1.514|