Nick Swisher Is the Worst Player in Yankees Postseason History, and Here's Why

Phil WatsonCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 10:  Nick Swisher #33 of the New York Yankees reacts after striking out  during Game Three of the American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium on October 10, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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New York Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher went 1-for-5 in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. His one hit Saturday night was a double and he had a walk and a strikeout.

Defensively, Swisher misplayed Delmon Young’s line drive into an RBI double in the 12th inning allowing the go-ahead run to score. In the sixth inning, Swisher allowed a flare by Young to fall about a step in front of him when a dive or slide could have allowed him to make the catch. 

In six postseason games this October, Swisher is hitting .130 (3-for-23) with a double, one RBI, three walks and six strikeouts.

Swisher joined the Yankees in 2009 and in four postseasons has been a non-factor at the plate. For his Yankees career, Swisher is 19-for-123 in 34 playoff games (a .154 batting average). He’s scored 12 runs, hit six doubles and four home runs and driven in six runs. He has 15 walks and 34 strikeouts.

One series is a cold spell. Two or three is a slump. The ALCS is Swisher’s eighth series since coming to New York. We’re past cold spell and past slump—we’re all the way to trend.

Swisher is undoubtedly the worst player in the long postseason history of the Yankees.

Want proof? Below are the five lowest batting averages for players with more than 50 postseason at-bats for New York:


Nick Swisher

.154 34 123 12 19 6 0 4 6 15 34
Joe Collins
(1950-53, 1955-57)
.163 36 92 15 15 3 0 4 10 14 22
Aaron Boone
.170 17 53 4 9 1 0 2 4 1 15
Frankie Crosetti
(1932, 1936-39, 1942-43)
.174 29 115 16 20 5 1 1 11 14 20
Mariano Duncan
.180 14 50 1 9 2 0 0 3 0 11

Statistics from

The evidence is right there. Swisher is at the bottom of the Yankees' postseason barrel. The shame of it is that Swisher is a guy who plays very hard. In his four seasons with the Yankees, his triple-slash line is .268/.367/.483 and he has 105 homers and 349 RBI.

But Swisher is due to be a free agent this winter and the simple fact is that being a Yankee has never been defined by one’s regular-season success. The Yankees are judged by how they perform on the game’s biggest stage in October.

And under that microscope, Nick Swisher has come up short too many times.