Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|This pitcher became the number 1 starter for the Yankees in 2009. He is a former Cy Young Award winner and has played for the Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers. In 2008, he led the Brewers to the NL Wild Card crown, only to fall to the Phillies in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Who is he?||2009 Yankees Newcomers
C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia was tendered a contract during the offseason in 2008. Like his fellow newcomer A.J. Burnett, he was signed to help bolster a shambled pitching rotation.
|This Yankee addition was most recently the number 2 starting pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was signed to a contract during the 2008 offseason. He proudly donned the number 34 in hopes to win a title with the Yankees. Can you name this starting pitcher? ||2009 Yankees Newcomers
AJ Burnett. Burnett was signed to help bolster the Yankees' shambled pitching staff. He was very close to signing with the Atlanta Braves, but was lured away with the Bombers' tempting offer.
|This New York Yankee attended Georgia Tech in college. He has played for various teams such as the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He was signed on December 23rd, 2008. Who is this Yankee first baseman?||2009 Yankees Newcomers
Mark Teixeira. Mark Teixeira was signed to a contract just two days before Christmas in 2008. He received various other offers from the Red Sox, Orioles, and Nationals, but to no avail as he joined the Yankees in hopes for a World Series Ring.
Hideki Matsui. The 35-year old Matsui went 8-for-13, batting .615 along with three home runs. Nicknamed "Godzilla", he was born in Kanazawa, Japan, and was the first Japanese born player to win a World Series MVP Award.
26. The Yankees gave up eight more walks than the Phillies. While no Phillies pitcher walked five, Andy Pettitte of the Yankees led all pitchers by walking eight. Teammate A.J. Burnett also walked six.
Andy Pettitte. The other pitchers did not have any at-bat in the series. In game three at Philadelphia, Pettitte singled home Nick Swisher in the fifth inning, and the Yankees went on to win the game 8-5. During the regular season in interleague play, Andy had only one hit also.
Mariano Rivera. Rivera had 10 years on the others listed, and more than a year on the 38-year old Jorge Posada. Mariano was born in November 1969, while Posada in August 1971. Rivera was in his 15th season, all with the Yankees. Mariano saw his seventh pitching World Series appearance in 2009. In line for the rocking chair behind Rivera and Posada was 37-year old pitcher Andy Pettitte, 36-year old pitcher Brett Tomko, then 35-year old Johnny Damon.
Andy Pettitte. The others didn't win any. Pettitte pitched a total of 11.2 innings in his two starts, and took the wins for game three and the final in game six. Joba Chamberlain and A.J. Burnett took the other two wins for New York.
Ryan Howard. The other Phillies listed only struck out twice. Howard had 23 at-bats in the series with only four hits, batting a meager .174. He broke the record of the Kansas City Royals' Willie Wilson in the 1980 World Series. Howard also set a single season record in 2007 by striking out 199 times. Mark Reynolds of the Diamondbacks had since broken that record.
Pedro Martinez. The others didn't strikeout five. Martinez started game two and game six. He took the loss in both games while allowing nine hits with a 6.30 ERA. Pedro hadn't appeared in a World Series game in five seasons, and 2004 was his only World Series start since beginning his career in 1992 in Major League Baseball.
|In 1977, Reggie Jackson set a Major League record by hitting five home runs in a World Series. Which player equaled that record in 2009?||NY Yankees: 2009 WS Champions!
Chase Utley. Jackson set his record in the four games to two win over the Dodgers, including hitting three home runs in game six. Utley of the Phillies hit two home runs in game one, one in game four, and two more in game five. Chase accomplished this in one game less than Jackson.
Derek Jeter. It wasn't until the bottom of the ninth inning that the Yankees were on the board. After a single by Jeter, then another by Johnny Damon, Jeter scored on a groundout by Mark Teixeira. Cliff Lee then struck out the two final batters to end the game. Both Utley and Cabrera were not Yankees.
Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies put down the Colorado Rockies three games to one in the NLDS, then the Dodgers in the NLCS, four games to one. The Phillies were trying to repeat as World Series champions, as they won the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays, four games to one.
|The New York Yankees made it to the promised land in 2009. When was the last season that they appeared in a World Series prior?||NY Yankees: 2009 WS Champions!
2003. The Yankees had last appeared in the 2003 World Series, which they lost four games to two against the Florida Marlins. The Yankees' previous World Series title was in 2000 against the New York Mets, four games to one. Although the Marlins won the 2003 World Series, and with Marlins pitcher Josh Beckett winning the World Series MVP with his 1-1 record, the Yankees' Bernie Williams hit two home runs, had 10 hits, and batted .400 in the Yankees loss.
C.C. Sabathia. The others listed were all Angel players. Sabathia won game one and game four of the ALCS. C.C. had an ERA of only 1.12, a tremendous control indicator. He struck out 12, and allowed nine hits in his 12 innings pitched. Yankee Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs with six RBIs, but didn't win the award.
Kevin Long. Kevin was in his fourth season as the Yankees' hitting coach in 2009. Long was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the oblivious 31st round in the 1989 Major League Baseball draft, played for only Minor League teams, and never played one game in the big time.
|The Yankees won the ALCS against the Angels, four games to two. Which team did they go against in the ALDS and win three games to none, to take them to the ALCS level?||NY Yankees: 2009 WS Champions!
Minnesota Twins. In the other ALDS in the postseason, the Angels took out the Red Sox three games to none also. The Yankees put down the Twins in their ALDS, 7-2, 4-3, and 4-1. Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs in those three games, and pitcher Mariano Rivera struck out seven in his only 3.2 innings pitched.
Anthony Claggett. Claggett pitched in only two games in the season, and had an ERA of 33.75, an outrageous ERA. The Yankees didn't like what the saw, with Anthony giving up 11 hits, 10 runs, 2 home runs, and four walks, all in only 2.2 innings.
Robinson Cano. The others had a good season defensively, and did not commit more than five errors in the entire season. Cano, the Yankee second baseman, committed 12 errors. Alex Rodriguez, their third baseman was second on the team with nine, and shortstop Derek Jeter had eight, with catcher Jorge Posada having seven errors in the season. A very low error rate, the Yankees committed only 86 errors in the entire regular season.
|Johnny Damon was a 2009 World Series hero when he stole two bases on one pitch. He defected from the Boston Red Sox, along with his long hair after the 2005 season. Which team team did Johnny begin his Major League career with?||NY Yankees: 2009 WS Champions!
Kansas City Royals. Damon began his career as a Royal in 1995 for six seasons, then went to the Athletics for one season in 2001. In December 2001, he signed as a free agent with the Red Sox, then signed again with the Yankees as a free agent in 2006. In game four of the 2009 World Series, he stole second, then alertly took off for third base when he saw no Phillie was covering the base.
Mark Teixeira. Both Gardner and Hinske hit less than 10. Teixeira hit 39 big ones for the pinstripes. Rodriguez hit 'only' 30, his lowest total since hitting 23 with the 1997 Seattle Mariners.
|Manager Joe Girardi was in his second season with the Yankees in 2009, and his third season at the helm of a Major League Baseball team. Which team did he win his first Manager of the Year Award with?||NY Yankees: 2009 WS Champions!
Florida Marlins. Girardi began his managerial career with the 2006 Florida Marlins, taking them to a fourth place finish of 78-84. After no phone calls for the 2007 season, the Steinbrenner family called upon him to take the Yankees into the 2008 season. As a player, Joe was a catcher for the Cubs, Rockies, Yankees, and retired as a Cardinal in 2003.
Derek Jeter. The Yankees had only two starters that batted over .300. They were Jeter with his .334, and Robinson Cano with his .320 average. Teixeira batted .292, and Cabrera batted .286 in the season. Derek also led the team with his 212 hits.
Hideki Matsui. The other Yankees listed were all pitchers. Matsui appeared in more than 100 games in the 162-game season as DH. Hideki batted .274 with 125 hits, 28 home runs, and 90 RBIs. The former outfielder was in his seventh season, all with the Yankees.
C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia went 19-8 in the season. He tied Justin Verlander (Tigers) and Felix Hernandez (Mariners) for the most wins in the American League with 19. Pettitte went 14-8, and Chamberlain went 9-6. Schilling never pitched for the Yankees, and retired in 2007.
103. The Yankees were the only team in the Major Leagues to win 100+ games in the season. They went 103-59 under the guidance of manager Joe Girardi. It was the first time in five seasons that the Yankees reached the century mark in wins.
Six. The Yankees beat Charlie Manuel's Philadelphia Phillies four games to two.
|Who was a key arm in the 2009 Yankee bullpen, making a successful transition from starter to setup man?||2009 New York Yankees
Phil Hughes. Igawa spent the whole year in the Minors, Robertson was not used heavily because he was young, and Marte was used as a lefty specialist.
Single. Jeter singled to right against the Baltimore Orioles and pitcher Chris Tillman on September 11, 2009.
Jorge Posada. Posada hit a solo home run off of Cleveland Indians pitcher Cliff Lee.
|What Yankee tied the league lead in home runs with Rays first baseman Carlos Pena with 39, and led the AL in runs batted in with 122?
||2009 New York Yankees
Mark Teixeira. Rodriguez had 30 home runs with 100 RBIs, Jeter had 18 home runs with 66 RBIs, and Cano had 25 home runs and 85 RBIs.