Results for tag: Dave Winfree
Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on May 28, 2010 at 11:58:14 AM

Here’s a trivia question for you: Who was the Yankees’ opening day designated hitter in 1977? Here are some hints: It wasn’t Reggie Jackson; he played right field. It wasn’t Roy White; he played left. It wasn’t Lou Piniella; he didn’t play. Ready? It was Jimmy Wynn -- the Toy Cannon. He went 2-for-3 with a home run, too, the only run the Yankees would need in a 3-0 win over the Brewers.

Jimmy Wynn was 35 then. He was a heck of a player, though it’s sometimes hard to see that because he played in the 1960s and 70s, a time when offense was at a low ebb. In 1969, he hit .269/.436/.507 with 33 home runs and 148 walks. That’s roughly equivalent to hitting .305 with 40 home runs last year. He was

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jan 19, 2010 at 01:02:40 PM

After last week’s Dave Winfree entry, reader “gerald” said:

You're right. There's nothing wrong with bringing these types of guys in and seeing if they have any upside. What I don't understand is why you didn't say the same thing about Jamie Hoffmann. Hoffmann is a year older, but he's been in organized baseball for a shorter period of time. Hoffmann has a different upside -- a much better OBP and better speed.

Can the Yankees rely on the best of these guys instead of signing Reed Johnson, Rocco Baldelli, or Jerry Hairston? That's the gamble.

This is a good question, albeit one with a simple answer. I see Winfree as having exactly one tool, power, but that tool may be of use in the Major Leagues—and as I said last week, even that might

Posted by: Pinstriped Bible on Jan 15, 2010 at 03:16:49 PM

It’s probably just Dave Winfree’s name. A guy named Dave Win-something out of Minnesota? That worked well the first time; sign me up. Of course, the original Win-something had been a Major Leaguer for two years by the time he reached Winfree’s 2009 age of 23, so this is comparing apples to bruised pears or browning bananas (or mangled star fruit—I could keep going), but it’s unusual that the Yankees sign a Minor League free agent who has some hope of redemption, evocative name or not.

Winfree was a 13th-round pick of the Twins, a high school player out of Virginia Beach. The Twins took some time figuring out what his position was. At first they thought he was a third baseman, but his error rate never got to a place you would want to live with, so he was shifted