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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:31:27 AM

Today is June 26 and 37 years ago, the Yankees played a weekday afternoon game over the Indians and fell short with a 3-2 loss at Shea Stadium.

The shortstop that day for the Yankees was Jim Mason and eventually Gene Michael, who moved from second to shortstop. It was doubtful that Michael knew 18 years later he would be responsible for drafting another shortstop born sometime that day.

Elsewhere on that day, the shortstop that Michael would have a key role in drafting 18 years later was starting his life as the first Yankee to reach 3,000 hits and that would be Derek Jeter.

A month ago if you said Jeter would not have reached the milestone by now, more of that slump talk would have polluted the airwaves, but today Jeter won’t reach that mark because he is in Tampa Bay rehabbing

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:55:15 PM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Four of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant unfolded for the Yankees during the 1980s and 1990s in years that they won it and years they fell short. Initially this was going to include 2000-2009 but this was long enough already and most people know about those years, so it was skipped.


1980 – A new decade ushered in a new manager. That man was Dick Howser and his first year was a 103-win season. The Yankees reached August with a 7 ½ game lead and won four of six but saw the lead cut to 5 1/2. It was reduced

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:32:07 AM

A recent time where the Yankees were well over .500 and faced some tense times in September occurred six years ago.

It was Labor Day weekend and the Yankees were cruising along at around 30 games over .500 but they were not playing all that great.

Heading into a game with the Orioles on Sept. 5, 2004, the Yankees had lost 11 of 19 and seeing eight games chopped off their lead in the AL East.

The last week of that stretch proved to be extremely frustrating as the Indians put a 22-0 beating on the Yankees on August 31. Following two straight wins, the Yankees opened the series with the Orioles by getting outscored 10-1 and losing Kevin Brown to a broken hand when he foolishly punched a wall.

So going into a series finale and having advanced one runner past first base in the previous 17 innings,