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November 01, 2005

Melido Perez 1992

I wonder how many Yankees fans realize that Melido Perez' 1992 performance for the Yankees was probably one of the twenty best single season pitching performances (in terms of effectiveness) by a Yankees right-handed starter. And, if the Yankees had any hitting that season, he could have been a 20-game winner and a legitimate Cy Young Award contender?

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 1, 2005 03:25 PM

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I did not know that.

Posted by: Nick from Washington Heights [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 1, 2005 03:37 PM

I figured as such. He was a horse that year. Before the season, I was hoping for a Pascual/Melido 1-2 punch (with a solid #3 in Scott Sanderson), but it wasn't meant to be. If Melido missed his brother, he sure didn't show it.

I thought that year took a lot out of him, he didn't seem the same after that year. Then the arm injuries came...

But I remember the optimism I had when 1993 began. Melido was coming off a hell of a year, Jimmy Key was signed (I was hoping for Key & Cone, actually; I was like "Maddux who?"), and the Yanks had gotten Jim Abbott.

IIRC, Frank Tanana & Lee Arthur Smith (a couple of my favorite players) came on board. I even got to see Smith pitch once. I thought the Yanks were going to sign him, to teach Bobby Munoz a thing or three about closing.

I thought Sam Militello (remember how Scooter used to gush about him?) was going to be a future 20 game winner; I think he had gone 12-1 one season in the minors...

Ah, those were the days. (:

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 1, 2005 04:38 PM

Sam Militello's 1st game ever was my batchelor party at the Stadium. I'll always remember him because of that.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 1, 2005 05:16 PM

I have always remembered Militello's first game because the day before was the second time I saw a Yankee game at the Stadium. Clemens outpitched Scott Kamieniecki in a 4-2 Yanks loss. Watching Militello's gem the next day (a 6-0 shutout), my brother and I wished we had picked the Sunday game, which two of our great uncles had gone to.

In retrospect, I think I'm happier knowing that I once saw a young Clemens pitch in person. But Militello looked like he had something that day.

Posted by: Shaun P. [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2005 10:15 AM

I think some were calling him the next Whitey Ford.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2005 10:58 AM

I think some were calling him the next Whitey Ford.
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His numbers were outstanding in the minors. good k/bb ratio, more than a k per inning, less than a hit per inning.

Then, all of a sudden, *poof* he lost the plate.

He coulda been something else.

Militello and Brien Taylor, what could have been...

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2005 11:22 AM