November 30, 2005
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On July 30, 1986, the Yankees traded Bill Lindsey, Ron Hassey, and Carlos Martinez to the White Sox to get Skinner, Ron Kittle and Wayne Tolleson.
Lots of good names in that trade.
Tolleson went on to be one of the few former players that Mattingly wanted back for Don Mattingly Day at the Stadium. Lindsey was a Staten Island boy. Carlos Martinez went on to hit the ball that bounced off Jose Canseco's head for a homer. Ron Hassey is now the bench coach in Seattle - and a good one. Kittle is still trying to be a baseball funny man and finds himself in the news sometimes.
But, Skinner, man, he was a bad hitter. Probably the worst hitting Yankees catcher in the last half-century:
Stats via the Sabermetric Baseball Encyclopedia.
And, for that, he'll always have a place in Yankees history.
Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 30, 2005 11:36 AM
Ah, Ron Kittle... There's a name from the past. For some reason, I link him with Dan Pasqua. They seemed identical, except they batted opposite of each other.
Anyway, the only Joel Skinner memory I have is that he was traded to the Indians for Mel Hall back in '89. A bad year, a bad team, surpassed the next year in suckiness by the 1990 squad
I just noticed the pun in the title *groan*
I was hoping someone would notice.
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at November 30, 2005 11:14 PM