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Card Corner--Ron Davis
2007-10-16 11:08
by Bruce Markusen
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Other than Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada, no Yankee was more critical to the team’s second-half surge than Joba "The Heat" Chamberlain. Taking over what had become a seventh and eighth-inning quagmire, Chamberlain lent both stabilizing and dominating elements to the team’s bullpen equation, giving the Yankees their most effective bridge to Mariano Rivera since the days of Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton. Chamberlain also evoked comparisons to a young Rivera, who in 1996 turned the seventh and eighth innings into ongoing nightmares for most opposing hitters. Yet, Chamberlain reminds me just as much of another great Yankee set-up reliever of long ago, one who has been mostly forgotten, even by the team’s diehard observers.

Ron Davis was never a top-notch phenom in the manner of Chamberlain, who leapfrogged through the Yankee system this summer—just one year removed from being drafted out of the University of Nebraska. A non-descript reliever with a common name, Davis came to the Yankees from the Cubs in the middle of the 1978 season. Davis was the unheralded return for a washed up Ken Holtzman, who had become the bane of both Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner. Davis was actually the player to be named later in the deal, with the official announcement of his inclusion not happening until two days after Holtzman had been dispatched to the Windy City. I’m sure that few Yankee fans gave a second thought to hearing the name of Ron Davis for the first time.

Late in the 1978 season, Davis made his major league debut. He hardly made a stirring impression. In four relief appearances, he coughed up runs at a rate of nearly 12 runs per nine innings. Numbers aside, Davis didn’t look very impressive from a physical standpoint, either. With his oversized wire-frame glasses, pointy nose, and wide hips, the tall and gangly Texas looked like a misshapen schoolteacher. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Davis never pitched in the major leagues again.

Thankfully for the Yankees, my ability to evaluate talent in the late 1970s ranked right up there with my ability to slam-dunk. In 1979, Davis emerged as one of the lone bright spots during a season pockmarked with heartbreaking losses, disabling injuries, and unforeseeable tragedy. With Goose Gossage injured and Dick "Dirt" Tidrow slumping horrifically, managers Bob Lemon and Billy Martin began to turn to Davis and his hard, sinking fastball. Throwing from a distinctive three-quarters delivery, Davis didn’t strike out many batters, but that hardly mattered. It seemed that almost every game Davis entered from the bullpen, he began the proceedings by inducing a double play. Having removed the inherited runners, he usually proceeded to pitch scoreless ball, as the Yankees either clawed back from deficits or broke up ties in the late innings. By the end of the 1979 season, Davis had won 14 games while losing only two.

Logging an incredible 131 relief innings in 1980, Davis fully evolved as the set-up man to Gossage. He devoured the sixth, seventh, and sometimes the eighth innings, before turning the ball over to The Goose. He continued to rely on his sinkerball, which made him a constant double play in waiting. And then, in 1981, Davis turned on the gas. On May 4, he offered a glimpse of his renovated pitching style by striking out eight consecutive Oakland A’s. Making a stunning transition to power pitching (with a newfound emphasis on high fastballs), Davis proceeded to fan 83 batters in 73 innings during the strike-shortened season. With Davis throwing hard, and Gossage throwing harder and hardest, the Yankees cornered the market on late-inning flames. The two right-handers became the most feared relief tandem in the game, helping the Yankees come within two games of the 1981 World Series.

It was also during the 1981 season that Davis made a name for himself as a bit of an everyman. With the players opting to go on strike in mid-season, Davis didn’t have enough money to sit on his back account. Instead, he took a job as a waiter at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City. On July 18, two walkways at the hotel collapsed, killing 113 people while injuring nearly 200 others. Davis played an active role in the rescue efforts, helping bring some injured people to safety.

Having compiled three brilliant seasons in set-up relief, including an All-Star season in 1981, the 25-year-old Davis appeared destined to eventually inherit the closer’s role from Gossage. Sadly, that never happened. In fact, Davis never pitched for the Yankees again. After Davis reported to spring training in 1982, he watched the Yankees make a major trade on April 1. The April Fool’s deal brought talented reliever Shane Rawley to the Bronx, giving the Yankees a left-handed complement to Gossage. Now overloaded in the pen, the Yankees now felt they had something to trade as part of their efforts to bulk up the middle infield. Long admirers of the Twins’ talented Roy Smalley, the Yankees pulled off another headline transaction only ten days later. On April 10, the Yankees acquired the power-hitting Smalley—at the hefty price of Davis and shortstop prospect Greg Gagne. It would turn out to be one of the Yankees’ worst trades of the 1980s.

It’s not that Davis blossomed in Minnesota; he didn’t. Anointed as the Twins’ closer, Davis struggled in his new role. He would never be as dominant in the ninth inning as he had been in the sixth, seventh, and eighth. Still, the Yankees had lost their most valuable relief pitcher, a durable, hard-throwing right-hander who could give them innings—high quality innings, at that—while also closing games on days that Gossage wasn’t available. And if Davis had remained in New York, he would have eventually replaced Gossage as closer, allowing Dave Righetti to remain in the rotation—a position from which he never should have been removed.

After four mediocre seasons in Minnesota, Davis bounced from the Cubs to the Dodgers to the Giants, finishing out a journeyman career in 1988. Though only 32 years of age, Davis was already an afterthought. He exited the baseball stage just as quietly as he entered it. To this day, I rarely hear Yankee fans talk about Ron Davis. It’s as if he were a ghost that never really donned pinstripes for those four seasons in the late 1970s and early eighties.

Now what does all of this mean for Joba Chamberlain? Well, the story of Davis could be a cautionary tale, but it more than likely will draw few parallels to Chamberlain. Even at his best, Davis was basically a one-pitch pitcher, and his fastball never topped out at 100 miles per hour like it does with Joba the Heat. He also didn’t have a slider like Chamberlain, who also throws a curveball and change-up, but has rarely had to use those pitches in his limited relief outings.

Still, Davis’ saga does make you wonder. At one time, he was just as dominant as Chamberlain has been, while matching an important role as a set-up man to a future Hall of Famer. If Davis can become forgotten that quickly, perhaps anyone can be. That’s just how cruel baseball can be.


 Bruce Markusen is the author of eight books on baseball, including Out of Left Field, scheduled for publication in the spring of 2008. He also writes "Cooperstown Confidential" for

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2007-10-16 11:20:24
1.   rbj
"131 relief innings in 1980" And people think Proctor got abused.
Just astounding at that many relief innings.
2007-10-16 11:37:32
2.   Fuller R
I remember RD's debut - it was Old Timers' Day 1978 - the day the Yanks announced that Billy would be coming back as manager in 1980. I watched it on WPIX with my buddy Scott, who, coincidentally, resembled Davis in looks and pitching mechanics.

Davis stunk up the joint that day, failing to retire a batter and giving up 2 or 3 runs.

I also remember the when he was traded to Minnesota - the Yanks were snowed out, and I always figured the Boss was bored that day.

That trade never made sense to the fans - not only did it screw up the bullpen, but we already had Nettles at 3rd and Dent at SS -- the positions Smalley "played".

2007-10-16 11:39:44
3.   Rob Middletown CT
...and done by age 32.
2007-10-16 11:40:02
4.   Cliff Corcoran
1 Times were different, but it's worth noting that Davis was washed up by the age of 30. Those 131 innings surely had a lot to do with that.

Bruce is right to caution us about the ability of baseball phenoms to go bust, but Davis and Chamberlain are apples and oranges, if you ask me. Davis was a one-pitch pitcher who was monstrously overworked. Chamberlain has four pitches, three of them plus pitches (the heater, slider, and curve), and has been handled very carefully thus far.

2007-10-16 11:48:03
5.   monkeypants
1 He threw 131 INN, but in only about 50 appearances, and his maximum number of appearances was in the 60s. I'm still convinced that it would better to use RP like this: two and three innings at a time every two or three days, rather than one inning every day until they reach 80 appearances. Just my hunch though.
2007-10-16 11:51:36
6.   Cliff Corcoran
2 The problem with the Davis trade wasn't having Dent (who was awful and a little more than two years from retirement) or losing Davis, it was dumping Gagne, who became the Twins starting shortstop in 1985 and spent 13 years as light-hitting, good-fielding starting shortstop in the AL, winning two Championships with Minnesota while the Yankees endured a revolving door of Bobby Meacham, Wayne Tollison, Rafael Santana, Alvaro Espinoza, Andy Stankiewicz, Spike Owen, Mike Gallego, and Tony Fernandez among others.
2007-10-16 11:51:51
7.   NetShrine
Reportedly, Davis lived for the post-game spread. They said he was an eating machine at the buffet table.
2007-10-16 11:52:58
8.   rbj
Just that Ron seemed to have gotten better after having thrown all those innings.

I'm not too worried about Joba. He's a big kid, I think he can handle the increased work load. Still, he should be under 200 innings next year. Same for Hughes & Kennedy.

2007-10-16 11:54:12
9.   Cliff Corcoran
5 I'm tempted to agree with you, though I can't recall reading any studies that would support that hunch. Still, 131 innings of relief at age 24 is going to do some damage.
2007-10-16 12:01:45
10.   Sliced Bread
It's true, Bruce, nobody talks about Davis, but I remember him, and all the double-plays he induced. He was my kinda goon.
I think I once posted here my hope that Farnswacker would steal a page from Davis' playbook instead of pitching around guys, or going for Ks. But for Farns to pitch 130 innings the season would require 260 games.
2007-10-16 12:03:43
11.   ms october
5 Just the rest or something in addition to that?

Is the reason that all the studies about increasing a young pitcher's work load focuses only on innings rather than pitches thrown per season is because they have some pitch count guidelines in place per game?

2007-10-16 12:26:49
12.   Yankee Fan In Boston
6 i had completely forgotten about rafael santana.
2007-10-16 13:02:09
13.   Raf
12 To be fair, there wasn't much worth remembering. IIRC, that was the first trade between the two teams, which is pretty odd, when you think of it. I also believe that Santana was orginally a Yanks farmhand.

7 I'd be the same way, if given the opportunity. (:

6 Don't forget, the Yanks had Andre Robertson, I think losing him hurt more than losing Gagne.

The Yanks of the 80s were horribly constructed.

2007-10-16 13:48:20
14.   Yankee Fan In Boston
13 wait a second... "Raf"? in...


couldn't be.

2007-10-16 14:01:52
15.   JL25and3
6 I'd say the problem with the trade wasn't Davis or Dent or Gagne; it was Smalley. He was a lousy shortstop and a lousy third baseman, and George had been lusting after him for a long time, for reasons I never understood.

I think Davis was one of the very first pitchers who was used specifically in a setup role. The role of the closer itself, as a necessity that a bullpen had to be built around, was relatively new at that point. (There had been plenty of closers before, but most teams didn't have them before the 70's.) I can't recall an earlier instance of a pitcher being put in a defined setup role.

2007-10-16 14:15:13
16.   Cliff Corcoran
15 But he could hit, and his first year in pinstripes was one of his best at the plate. That was it for him, though.

As for Robertson, he couldn't hit either. His minor league numbers on his way up to the Bronx were dreadful. Gagne was much better, but the Yanks dumped him before he even hit double-A.

2007-10-16 14:37:00
17.   JohnnyC
Wasn't Smalley's uncle Gene Mauch? Maybe somebody thought the bloodlines counted for something.
2007-10-16 14:39:04
18.   Chyll Will
14 Nah, I've never seen teenage mutant ninja turtles in Castle Hill... mutant talking rats yes, but no ninja turtles >;)
2007-10-16 14:59:10
19.   JL25and3
17 Bloodlines did count for something. His father, Roy Smalley, Sr., was (I believe) the last man to make 50 errors in a season.

16 Yeah, I know he could hit a bit. But I never liked him and I hated that they traded for him, so I'm reluctant to give him credit.

I remember 1979, when he was at or near .400 for the first couple of months of the season (.392 on 6/1). He was down to .340 at the All-Star break, and finished the year at .271.

2007-10-16 16:49:49
20.   Chyll Will
(cricket, cricket...)
2007-10-16 17:42:22
21.   Mattpat11
I want to see if the Red Sox team philosophy against Paul Byrd is to sit breaking ball. It worked so well for the Yankees.
2007-10-16 17:57:20
22.   Alex Belth
Wakefield's knuckler looks stupid-ugly-dope through the first two innings...
2007-10-16 18:09:54
23.   yankz
Sorry, Bruce, but "The Heat" has to be my least favorite Joba-nickname yet.
2007-10-16 18:26:43
24.   OldYanksFan
River Ave Blues says:
Dustin Pedroia just tried to slap the ball out of Victor Martinez's hand as he went by on the first play of the game. I kid you not, rewind it on your DVR and check that shit out. It's a good play though, because he's a "gamer" and "gritty" and a "Red Sox" and "not A-Rod."

Anyone see that? Is there a pic of this anywhere?

2007-10-16 19:04:53
25.   pistolpete
The vastly superior Boston pitching staff just made it 6-0, Indians.

Go Tribe go.

2007-10-16 19:07:07
26.   OldYanksFan
If you know any Red Sox fans, now would be a good time to call and say Hello....
2007-10-16 19:08:50
27.   yankz
26 If I were a Sox fan, I'd respond with, "At least we made it this far." And then hang up.

Did we start talking about books and movies when things looked bleak? Probably, but if we did, I'm pretty embarassed of it.

2007-10-16 19:08:55
28.   monkeypants
25 I wonder if Francona panicked a bit by pulling Wakefield, who had been hit pretty hard this inning but wasalmost perfect in the first four.
2007-10-16 19:12:39
29.   OldYanksFan
Shrill, Dice-BB and Wake all go less then 5. Possibly Cleveland is a better team then we suspected?

However, most of this happened after a very lucky break for the tribe. This could very easily be 1-0. RCNB strikes again.

2007-10-16 19:13:58
30.   SF Yanks
So who are we rooting for if it's Cleveland Rocks?
2007-10-16 19:15:14
31.   OldYanksFan
Manny TheCarMan is not Joba.
2007-10-16 19:15:43
32.   pistolpete
27 All I know is that Sox fans loved to repeat the 'this ain't 1978' mantra as the Yanks came down the stretch in September.

Well guess what, Beantown? This ain't 2004 either.

2007-10-16 19:16:12
33.   yankz
30 I want Colorado to sweep.
2007-10-16 19:17:01
34.   yankz
Delcarmen has a 20.25 postseason ERA.

OTOH...I don't even want to look up Wang's.

2007-10-16 19:17:08
35.   monkeypants
30 I usually root for the AL, and I usually root against against expansion teams, and I actually kinda like this Indians team, so...
2007-10-16 19:18:38
36.   OldYanksFan
30 Who cares (says the entire nation)? Although I don't think I could take the headline:
It was God's Will ..., so maybe Cleveland.

(any other 'clever' headlines if the Rocks win?)

2007-10-16 19:18:47
37.   Shaun P
30 Rockies.
2007-10-16 19:21:37
38.   yankz
36 No, give it a break. Or put it on the last thread if you're that obsessed with it.
2007-10-16 19:21:41
39.   monkeypants
36 OTOH, given the earlier discussion, I may have to root for the Divinely sanctioned Rockies, if only to see people here grind their teeth over the post game players' comments...
2007-10-16 19:22:37
40.   monkeypants
38 Good call. I apologize for 39 .
2007-10-16 19:23:13
41.   OldYanksFan
36 My Bad (sorry, couldn't help myself)
2007-10-16 19:23:33
42.   yankz
Phew, crisis averted, thanks fellows.
2007-10-16 19:23:34
43.   Shaun P
36 But OYF, Christians are everywhere! =)

And I honestly don't expect there to be any religious-themed headlines if the Rockies win. That story is pretty old.

2007-10-16 19:24:26
44.   yankz
All of a sudden, it's 7-2...
2007-10-16 19:25:11
45.   monkeypants
Wow, that Ortiz shot was a laser.
2007-10-16 19:25:30
46.   pistolpete
44 5 runs is still 5 runs.

Last night it was 4-0 and they held on.

2007-10-16 19:26:39
47.   Max
44 Byrd is only good for "five scintillating innings of two-run ball", as we learned from Chip Carey when he pitched against us.
2007-10-16 19:30:44
48.   monkeypants
What a weird world. First an Indians' fan threw HR ball #1 back. Then another Indians' fan was going to throw HR ball #2 (Ortiz') back, when her friends told her know, then she sold the ball on the spot to a Sox fan.

I mean, maybe I'm lame, but if I ever had the chance to attend a ML play off game AND catch a HR ball, I would keep it regardless of who hit it. That would be so cool.

2007-10-16 19:32:18
49.   yankz
48 Agreed. I don't understand the whole throw it back thing.
2007-10-16 19:33:21
50.   yankz
Dayam. Wonder if the Sox fans at CG are still talking about movies.
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2007-10-16 19:33:38
51.   pistolpete
Ugh, Manny does that crap on the road too?

Wedge, you HAVE to plunk him at some point.

2007-10-16 19:34:47
52.   monkeypants
48 ..."told her 'no'.

Someone really does need to put a ball in Manny's earhole.

2007-10-16 19:35:51
53.   monkeypants
It didn't take them long to dredge up the Chase Wright 4-HR debacle. Sigh.
2007-10-16 19:36:36
54.   Marcus
Thankfully, Nancy is there to stop the bleeding.
2007-10-16 19:37:35
55.   pistolpete
48 I'd be willing to sell it. Can't prove it was a HR unless you're on TV catching it.

Nice recovery, Tribe 'pen. I think it would have been a lot worse if they had strung a bunch of extra-base hits & walks together.

Solo shots, not so bad in the scheme of things.

2007-10-16 19:41:31
56.   OldYanksFan
52 How about a few rifle shots at his feet to motivate him to run? He is absolutely the worst. The way he raises his arms, you would think he just cured cancer.

If I'm Bud, I put a fine in for showboating.

2007-10-16 19:42:09
57.   OldYanksFan
I wonder if that 2 out, 7th run will be the diference?
2007-10-16 19:44:04
58.   monkeypants
56 That's a good idea. If they want to eliminate player self-policing (making intentional beanballs illegal), they need to give the umpires a way to penalize unsportsmanlike behavior. Short of that, the league has to step in with penalties or fines.
2007-10-16 19:45:35
59.   pistolpete
56 It's like he knows if he does it, he'll be part of some lame highlight package at the beginning of the next game should the Red Sox come back & win it.
2007-10-16 19:48:48
60.   monkeypants
59 He does know, at least on a subconscious level. As long as such silly celebrations--in baseball or football or whatever--are included on ESPN or in pregame highlight package, players are only encouraged to do such nonsense all the more.
2007-10-16 19:51:44
61.   Shaun P
60 Honestly, Manny standing there and watching the ball, or throwing his arms up, or whatever, doesn't bother me at all. Nor do TO, or "Ocho Cinco" (that still cracks me up - what a maroon), or anyone else that does that kind of thing.

Let 'em do what they want, I say.

2007-10-16 19:52:22
62.   OldYanksFan
60 I think it's just Manny's 'the awesomeness of me'. I have grown to hate him. He should not be allowed to influence kids.
2007-10-16 19:56:26
63.   monkeypants
61 I find it distateful and aesthetically displeasing at best, but as with so many things, I have grown to tolerate it, mostly.
2007-10-16 19:57:55
64.   pistolpete
WOW what a catch by Cabrera.
2007-10-16 19:57:59
65.   3rd gen yankee fan
2007-10-16 20:00:23
66.   3rd gen yankee fan
63 I think it's really unprofessional. Plus lame.
2007-10-16 20:04:10
67.   OldYanksFan
Manny makes $20m compared to Papi making $13. He sould not ne calling attention to himself. I'm sure he's already forgotten he hit into a DP with men on 1st and 2nd, earlier in the game when it was 0-0.
2007-10-16 20:05:38
68.   Max
Living in Boston, I admit to extreme ambivalence regarding Manny's antics. Yet I don't hate them the way I should given how much I hate his team and the sheep-like "Nation".

The reality is that his teammates, peers, and a whole slew of advisers, friends, etc have advised him to tone down his act...yet he keeps doing it. I think the charm of his childlike obliviousness ultimately wears down people familiar with him, or at least people grudgingly turn the other cheek.

2007-10-16 20:07:47
69.   OldYanksFan
The calling of Balls and Strikes has been TERRIBLE in this series.
2007-10-16 20:08:00
70.   monkeypants
68 "his childlike obliviousness"

When does obliviousness stop being charming and childlike, and turn into self-centered, calculated, and stubbornly obnoxious?

2007-10-16 20:12:47
71.   pistolpete
Is it me or does Youkilis look like he stalks the bases instead of running them?
2007-10-16 20:14:33
72.   pistolpete
Big Pap-up.
2007-10-16 20:14:51
73.   Max
70 You would be amazed at how much that topic gets debated among the RS fans on an annual basis. Is he a "quitter", "pampered", "self-centered"? Certainly his behavior and the way some of his injuries have been treated invite such adjectives.

I do tend to feel he really is guileless and largely clueless about how his actions impact teammates and opponents. He deserves plenty of the criticism thrown his way, but as we should all well know, prodigious hitting (especially the long ball) excuses a multitude of character flaws.

2007-10-16 20:16:32
74.   Shaun P
69 And every other series too.

Those two called strikes to Lofton were horrible. The first one was around the height of his pecs. The second one was thisclose to being over the righty batter's box. Unreal.

The whole Manny thing really just doesn't bother me at all. I find it more funny than anything else. I do wonder if his name was John Smith and he did such things, if it would be such a big deal. Or Babe Ruth, for that matter. I have a hard time believing that Ruth never did the same kind of admiring.

2007-10-16 20:19:56
75.   OldYanksFan
Did Babe Ruth ever go to the bathroom in the Green Monster during the game? Manny's HR antics are just a few of his stunts.
2007-10-16 20:25:09
76.   Shaun P
75 It wouldn't surprise me.

What I really suspect is that Ruth might not have done it during an MLB game, but on some of those barnstorming tours.

Again, just food for thought - depending on who's account you believe, the "called shot" is a stunt up there at least with some of the 'showboating' that happens now.

And I'd rather have the showboating and the rest, then the bench jockeying that was common back then.

2007-10-16 20:33:35
77.   pistolpete
76 IMO Babe didn't eat as many hot dogs as Manny's guilty of being one.

BTW, how sweet would it be to see Beckett lose the elimination game on Thursday?

2007-10-16 20:34:16
78.   pistolpete
77 Should be 'as many times Manny's guilty of being one'...
2007-10-16 20:34:55
79.   pistolpete
It's over, 3-1 Tribe.
2007-10-16 20:36:34
80.   yankz
The other day my Boston friend called me to let me know that both the Sox and Pats were Vegas favorites right now.

I nearly drowned in my own vomit.

2007-10-16 20:39:57
81.   Shaun P
80 If gambling on football games were legal outside of Vegas, I would be placing large bets on the Pats. I haven't seen anything like that since the 1998 Yanks. They seem unstoppable.

77 I would take some pleasure in seeing Beckett lose on Thursday. But if it had to go to Game Six, I wouldn't mind seeing Bloody Sock get shelled either. =)

2007-10-16 20:40:37
82.   yankz
81 I agree, but the idea of Boston going nuts for a full year...jeez.
2007-10-16 20:41:18
83.   pistolpete
80 Hopefully we can avoid at least one of those.

Buck mentions the 2004 ALCS at least 5 times in the span of the last 5 innings. How long until they don't play those highlights much anymore - 10, 20, 25 years?

I finally got the image of Luis Gonzalez's bloop hit out of my head, now I have to deal with this every time Fox has a break in the action during a RS playoff game.

2007-10-16 20:43:25
84.   Shaun P
83 Further evidence that FOX needs to be stopped.

There is something to be said for watching these games online, and avoiding the TV.

2007-10-16 20:43:28
85.   OldYanksFan
Tomorrow is an off day. I don't get it.
Ahhhhhhhhh... You tell 'em Joe Girardi!
2007-10-16 20:45:06
86.   OldYanksFan
You guys hear Joe trash Manny? Beautiful!
2007-10-16 21:16:04
87.   yankz
Chyll, you'll like my comment over on the Stoneman post.
2007-10-16 21:55:52
88.   Adrian
"His kingdom come, his will be done, on Earth as it is in Denver."

Manny's just an 8 year old brain trapped in a hulking body, like Krang from TMNT only retarded. The fact that he did his hand-raising schtick with the Sox still down by 4 only confirms this.

Wang's ERA was 19.02, I think. I had that number burned into my brain for a couple of days. It's nice to see that Byrd has the goods against non-NYY teams.

2007-10-18 06:45:26
89.   Raf
Manny hits the way he does, he could do the cabbage patch around the bases, for all I care.

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