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Five Fun Facts About Ichiro Suzuki

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on May 24, 2016

Very few players are known simply by one name, but when you are as good as Ichiro Suzuki, that’s guaranteed to happen. A lot of baseball fans were skeptical of Ichiro‘s abilities when he came to Major League Baseball from Japan, but he has gone on to prove each and every one of them wrong. Here are five fun facts about Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro Suzuki Hits Home Runs

Two of Ichiro’s first four career home runs were hit off of Rangers pitcher Jeff Zimmerman. He hit the first of his career off of him on April 6, 2001 and then the fourth of his career off of him on July 2, 2001.

Ichiro Suzuki & Hideo Nomo?

In a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox in 2001 during his rookie season with the Mariners, Ichiro Suzuki was hit by a pitch for the very first time. The pitcher who hit him was Hideo Nomo.

10 Straight Gold Gloves

Amazingly, Ichiro Suzuki won the Rawlings Gold Glove Award 10 years in a row. This happened in his first 10 seasons of Major League Baseball play.

What Would You Trade For Ichiro Suzuki

With the Mariners in rebuilding mode in 2012, Ichiro came to management and asked for a trade. The team would send him to the Yankees and in return receive Danny Farquhar and D.J. Mitchell.

Ichiro Suzuki’s First All-Star Game Hit

In the 2001 MLB All-Star Game held in Seattle, Ichiro’s first one, he got the first All-Star Game hit of his career off of former Mariners star pitcher Randy Johnson who had made the team while pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks that year. This was Johnson’s tenth and final All-Star Game. After reaching base, Ichiro would then steal second with another former Mariner, Alex Rodriguez, at the plate.

Five Fun Facts About Derek Jeter Of The New York Yankees

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 9, 2014

It is hard to think of the Yankees too much without also thinking about Derek Jeter. He is the perfect person to personify this legendary team. He has played the game the “right way” throughout his career too. Here are five fun facts about this great Yankees shortstop.

Five Before Him

Derek Jeter was picked by the Yankees with the sixth overall selection in the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft. The five players picked ahead of him were Phil Nevin, Paul Shuey, B.J. Wallace, Jeffrey Hammonds, and Chad Mottola.

His First Game Ever

Derek Jeter went 0 for 5 in his first Major League Baseball game, a Yankees loss to the Mariners in 1995.

That Took Awhile

On June 18, 2005, Derek Jeter hit the very first grand slam home run of his career. It came in an 8-1 victory off the Cubs and was hit in the sixth inning off of Joe Borowski. The three players on base at the time were Jorge Posada, Bernie Williams, and Robinson Cano.

Going Down… 25 Times

The first opposing pitcher to strike out Derek Jeter 25 times or more during his career was Pedro Martinez.

Just Missed It!

In 2006, Derek Jeter batted .343 with 14 home runs, 97 RBI, and 34 stolen bases. He finished in second place in the voting for American League MVP, just losing out on the award to Justin Morneau of the Twins.

Robinson Cano Animated Gifs! Yankees! Mariners!

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on March 28, 2014






Don Mattingly Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on December 13, 2013

Mattingly’s Yankee Pinstripes

Taking him deep!

Giving it his all!

Snack time!

Still gettin’ all fired up!

Five Fun Facts About Mariano Rivera – New York Yankees

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on December 6, 2013

Mariano Rivera has gone down as one of the best closers in the history of Major League Baseball. He is quite possibly the best to ever

Sit Down!

The player who Mariano Rivera struck out more than any other during his career was Manny Ramirez. He sent Ramirez down on strikes 15 times. Tied for second place by being struck out 10 times by Rivera were Jay Buhner, Torii Hunter, and B.J. Upton.

Four Biggies!

Mariano Rivera gave up four grand slam home runs during his career. They were hit by Geronimo Berroa, Bobby Bonilla, Bill Selby, and Jason Kubel.

The First Of Them All!

The first player to ever hit a home run off of Mariano Rivera was Jim Edmonds of the Angels on May 23, 1995.

Baltimore Again?

Mariano Rivera accumulated more saves against the Baltimore Orioles, a total of 79, than he did against any other team in the league.

The Last Of 1,173

Mariano Rivera accumulated 1,173 strikeouts during his Major League Baseball career. The last player he would ever strikeout was Ehire Adrianza in a September 22, 2013 Yankees loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Five Fun Facts About The New York Yankees’ Mickey Mantle

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on July 15, 2013

Few baseball players command the attention that Mickey Mantle once did. He was as big a star as baseball has ever produced and he belonged 100% to the New York Yankees and their fans. Here is a look at five fun facts about Mickey Mantle.

What’s In A Number

The New York Yankees retired jersey number 7 in honor of Mickey Mantle on June 8, 1969. This was the fourth number ever retired by the Yankees, following Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, and Joe DiMaggio. At the beginning of his career with the Yankees, before he was called up to the team permanently, he first wore jersey number 6. Joe Torre later wore this number as manager of the Yankees.

The Mick In The Minors?

Like most stars, Mickey Mantle too spent time in the minor leagues. He played on three teams during his minor league career. He hit seven home runs in 89 games with the Independence Yankees of the Kansas-Oklahoma-Missouri League in 1949, 26 home runs in 137 games for the Joplin Miners of the Western Association in 1950, and 11 home runs in 40 games for the Kansas City Blues of the American Association in 1951.

No Early Riser

Though known for his home runs, Mickey Mantle would strike out a lot during his career as well. The pitcher who struck him out for than any other was Early Wynn who played for the Indians and White Sox when Mantle faced him. Wynn struck out Mantle 48 times during his career.

Friendliest Place Away From Home

Mickey Mantle hit 266 of his 536 career home runs playing at home in Yankee Stadium. The visiting stadium he hit the most home runs in was Tiger Stadium where he hit 42. In second place on that list would be Fenway Park with 38 home runs hit by The Mick.

The Last Of Them All

Mickey Mantle’s final home run, the 536th of his career, was a solo shot hit on September 20, 1968 off of Jim Lonborg of the Boston Red Sox.

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