Prior to tonight’s game, the Yankees acquired INF Casey McGehee along with cash considerations from Pittsburgh in exchange for RHP Chad Qualls. McGehee has been added to the Yankees’ 40-man roster, but is not required to be added to the 25-man roster until he reports.
Additionally, the Yankees have returned from rehab and reinstated RHP Joba Chamberlain from the 60-day disabled list and he is active for tonight’s game.
The Yankees’ 40-man roster now stands at 39.
JULY 23, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YANKEES ACQUIRE OUTFIELDER ICHIRO SUZUKI
The New York Yankees today announced they have acquired 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for RHP D.J. Mitchell and RHP Danny Farquhar.
Suzuki, 38, had played his entire 12-year Major League career with the Seattle Mariners since becoming the first Japan-born position player in Major League history. He owns a .322 (2,533-for-7,858) career batting average with 1,176 runs, 295 doubles, 79 triples, 99 home runs, 633 RBI, 438 stolen bases, 513 walks and a .366 on-base percentage in 1,844 games. Among active players, Suzuki is second in steals, third in batting average (min: 3,000PA) and sixth in hits. Since his debut in 2001, he has 330 more hits than any other Major Leaguer.
In 2012, Suzuki is batting .261 (105-for-402) with 49 runs, 15 doubles, 4 home runs, 28 RBI and 15 steals in 17 attempts in 95 games (93 in RF, 2 as DH).
Suzuki will become the sixth Japan-born player in Yankees franchise history, joining Hideki Irabu (1997-99), Hideki Matsui (2003-09), Kei Igawa (2007-08), Hiroki Kuroda (2012) and Ryota Igarashi (2012).
Suzuki is a two-time AL batting champion (.350 in 2001 and .372 in 2004) and has led or tied for the Major League lead in hits seven times (2001, ’04, ‘06-10), tying Pete Rose and Ty Cobb for the most such seasons all time. Additionally, he is the only player in Major League history to accomplish the feat in five consecutive years. From his debut season through 2010, he finished first or second in the AL in hits every year, and in 2011, he finished ninth.
Prior to playing in the Majors, Suzuki played for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League for nine seasons (1992-2000) and was named the league’s MVP three times (1994-96). In 951 career games with Orix, he hit .353 (1,278-for-3,619) with 653 runs, 211 doubles, 23 triples, 118 home runs, 529 RBI and 199 stolen bases. Suzuki led the league in batting average for a Japanese-record seven straight years (1994-2000), while also winning a Gold Glove Award and being named to the Pacific League’s “Best Nine” in each of those seven seasons.
In his Major League rookie season of 2001, Suzuki batted a league-high .350 (242-for-692) with 34 doubles, 8 triples, 8 home runs, 69 RBI and a Major League-high 56 stolen bases, in becoming just one of two players all time to win the Rookie of the Year Award and the MVP in the same season, joining Boston’s Fred Lynn (1975).
In 2004, Suzuki recorded 262 hits, to set the all-time modern era (since 1900) single-season hits mark. Along with his 242 hits in 2001 and 238 hits in 2007, Suzuki owns three of the top 20 single-season hits totals in Major League history. He had at least 200 hits in 10 straight seasons from 2001 through 2010, tying Pete Rose for the most 200-hit seasons in a Major League career.
Suzuki’s 2,533 career hits since 2001 are the most by any player through his first 12 Major League seasons. In fact, at the conclusion of all but one of his 12 seasons, Suzuki has held the distinction of having more hits to start a career than any other Major Leaguer all time with the lone exception occurring after his third season, when only Lloyd Waner (678) had more hits than Suzuki’s 662 (according to data at http://www.baseball-reference.com).
Over his career, Suzuki has made 1,790 starts as an outfielder (1,525 in RF and 265 in CF) and owns a career fielding percentage of .992 with just 33 errors in 4,181 total chances. The Yankees, with 10-time Gold Glove outfielder Andruw Jones also on the roster, now have two of the six outfielders in Major League history to win at least 10 career Gold Gloves (also Roberto Clemente-12, Willie Mays-12, Ken Griffey Jr.-10 and Al Kaline-10).
Since the start of his Major League career in 2001, Suzuki has led the Majors with 1,844 games played, while missing just 35 team games.
Qualls, 33, was 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA in 35 appearances for the Phillies, finishing six games. In 31 1/3 innings, he permitted 39 hits and nine walks, striking out 19.
He was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on June 28 and is expected to join the Yankees on Monday at Tropicana Field.
“He’s another guy that can get up to 95 mph, somewhat of a power guy – a sinker guy [who is] very tough on right-handers,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We mix and match a bit here, so we hope he’s really effective for us.”
Qualls has a 39-35 record with 51 saves and a 3.82 ERA over nine seasons with the Astros, D-backs, Rays, Padres and Phillies. He could be in line to take the roster spot of struggling right-hander Cory Wade, who owns a 5.79 ERA in 33 appearances and had a 13.97 ERA in 12 June appearances.
To make room for Qualls on the 40-man roster, the Yankees designated infielder Matt Antonelli for assignment. The 27-year-old was batting .203 (29-for-143) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 41 combined games for Triple-A Norfolk, an Orioles affiliate, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Updated 6:28 p.m.
This announcement came this afternoon from the Yankees:
APRIL 27, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
YANKEES MOURN THE PASSING OF BILL “MOOSE” SKOWRON
The New York Yankees today mourn the passing of former player Bill “Moose“ Skowron, who died of congestive heart failure at age 81 early this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Ill.
Signed by the Yankees in 1950, Skowron’s Major League playing career spanned 14 seasons with the Yankees (1954-62), Los Angeles Dodgers (1963), Washington Senators (1964), Chicago White Sox (1964-67) and California Angels (1967).
The first baseman won four World Championships with the Yankees (1956, ‘58, ‘61 and ‘62) and appeared in eight World Series overall – including a fifth Series win with the Dodgers in 1963. He hit eight home runs in 39 career World Series games, including a three-run home run in the eighth inning of the Yankees’ Game 7 win over the Milwaukee Braves in the 1958 Fall Classic. He also drove in what proved to be the game-winning run with a 10th-inning RBI single in Game 6 of that same Series to force the decisive Game 7.
An eight-time All-Star (1957-61, ’65 – including twice in 1959 and 1960), Skowron combined to hit .282 (1,566-for-5,547) with 682 runs, 243 doubles, 53 triples, 211 home runs and 888 RBI in 1,658 career games. He batted over .300 in five of his first seven seasons, and collected at least 30 extra-base hits in a year 10 times – including eight straight seasons from 1955-62. His 34 doubles and 63 extra-base hits in 1960 each ranked as second-most in the American League, helping the Yankees secure the AL pennant that year.
“Moose will always be remembered as being one of the key members of the Yankees’ dynasties in the 50’s and early 60’s,” said New York Yankees Managing General Partner, Hal Steinbrenner. “He was a winner in every sense of the word, and someone the Yankees family cared deeply for. Baseball lost one of its finest ambassadors, and on behalf of the entire organization, I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, Cookie, and his entire family.”
Born in 1930 in Chicago, Skowron attended Weber High School and then Purdue University on a football scholarship before focusing on baseball.
Skowron is survived by his wife, Lorraine (also known as Cookie); daughter Lynnette, sons Greg and Steve, granddaughter Addyson and grandsons Jordan, Grant and Blake. Skowron is also survived by his brother Edward.
The Yankees will hold a moment of silence in Skowron’s honor prior to tonight’s game at Yankee Stadium vs. the Detroit Tigers.
Funeral arrangements are pending and will be passed along should they become available.
STATEMENTS FROM FORMER YANKEES:
“There weren’t many better guys than Moose. He was a dear friend and a great team man. A darn good ballplayer, too. I’m going to miss him.”
“Moose was my roommate for a while, and we were friends for so long. He was a good guy and people loved him. Moose could really hit the baseball – especially home runs to right field – and he was a good first baseman. I was glad Moose was on my team because he always wanted to win.”
“Moose was a Yankee all the way. He was a true professional who always worked hard and took the game as serious business. I am proud to have been able to call him a good friend. I remember during spring training when I was 18, he took me for my first pizza.”
YANKEES RE-SIGN LHP ANDY PETTITTE
The New York Yankees today announced they have re-signed LHP Andy Pettitte to a one-year minor-league contract with an invitation to Major League spring training.
Pettitte, 39, owns a career record of 240-138 (.635) with a 3.88 ERA (3,055.1 IP, 1,317 ER) in 479 starts over 16 Major League seasons with the Yankees (1995-2003 and ‘07-10) and Houston Astros (2004-06). He is one of just 26 pitchers all-time to be 100-or-more games over .500. Of the 19 Hall of Fame-eligible pitchers who have reached that plateau, only “Parisian” Bob Caruthers, who went 218-99 from 1884-92, is not enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Originally selected by the Yankees in the 22nd round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft, Pettitte has pitched 13 seasons with the club, going 203-112 with a 3.98 ERA (2,535.2 IP, 1,122 ER) and 1,823 strikeouts in 405 games (396 starts). In franchise history, he ranks second in strikeouts and starts, third in wins, fourth in innings pitched and eighth in appearances (405). He has appeared in eight career World Series (seven as a Yankee), winning championships with the Yankees in 1996, ‘98, ’99, 2000 and ‘09.
Among active pitchers currently in a Major League camp, he ranks second in wins, starts and strikeouts, third in innings pitched and sixth in winning percentage (min. 140 decisions).
Pettitte is the all-time winningest pitcher in postseason history, going 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 42 career starts. He also ranks first all time in postseason starts and innings pitched (263.0), and is tied for second with 173 strikeouts.
The left-hander last appeared in the Majors in 2010 with the Yankees, going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA (129.0 IP, 47 ER) in 21 starts and earning an All-Star team selection. His .786 winning percentage was the highest of his career, the best in the AL and the third-highest in the Majors. In the 2010 postseason, he went 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA (14.0 IP, 4 ER) in two combined starts at Minnesota in ALDS Game 2 on October 7, 2010 (W, 7.0 IP, 2 ER) and vs. Texas in ALCS Game 3 on October 18, 2010 (L, 7.0 IP, 2 ER).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Pettitte, a three-time All-Star (1996, 2001, ’10) and 2001 ALCS MVP, holds the distinction of being the only pitcher in Major League history to post a record of .500 or better while making at least 15 starts in each of the first 16 seasons of his career. He also posted a winning record in each of the first 13 seasons of his career (1995-2007), marking the third-longest such streak to begin a career all time, trailing only Hall of Famers Grover Cleveland Alexander (17) and Cy Young (15).