Yankee Hall Of Shame: Part One
Anyone who has been to Yankee Stadium has seen the players immortalized in Monument Park. Their names, numbers and faces are forever tied to the history of the Bronx Bombers.
Names like Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra and Jackson, evoke feelings of pride, passion and greatness for all Yankee fans.
Unfortunately these names do not.
Welcome to the Yankee Hall Of Shame, where players are remember for being the worst of the worst to put on the pinstripes and trot out onto the field in the Bronx.
Despite what they might have done career wise,the Yankee Hall Of Shame remembers players for how they played while wearing a Yankee uniform, and what feelings Yankee fans remember from seeing them step on the field.
Most of the time that feeling made them sick.
Hey wait a minute? Kenny Lofton in a hall of shame?
Sadly, yes. The six-time All Star and four-time Gold Glove award winner has unfortunately made his way into the Yankee Hall Of Shame.
During his one year tenure in 2004 with the Yankees, the man who shares the all time post season steal record (33) with Ricky Henderson put up some really dismal numbers.
In one season Lofton started 83 games and had 18 RBIs and a whopping 7 stolen bases.
Those kind of career stats may get you a ticket to Cooperstown, but those Yankee statistics will get you right into the Hall Of Shame.
"The Gambler" sure lived up to his name, but the Yankees busted and were left dumbfounded when Rogers made everyone in the Yankee front office look like fools.
Yankee fans were looking for that pitcher who threw a perfect game in 1994, but Rogers in pinstripes was anything but.
Over two seasons with the Yankees Rogers compiled an abysmal record of 18-15 with an ERA over 5.
Rogers was once again an overpaid free agent who barely made the rotation in 1996.
Furthermore, Rogers came back, a new man, pitching for Detroit, to absolutely kill the Bombers in the 2006 ALDS. Rogers threw 7.2 shutout innings and gave up only five hits and two walks.
Allegations of cheating also followed Rogers anywhere he threw a pitch.
As if Yankee fans needed more reasons to hate him.
Before the days that Asian-born players were frequent in the majors, there were a few names coming out of the Far East that had fans excited.
In 1993, Hideki Irabu's fastball, clocked in at 98 mph, was a Japanese league record at the time.
The Yankees, looking for their own version of HIdeo Nomo, were graced with the exciting import Irabu.
Unfortunately all the entertainment that Irabu provided for Yankee fans was a few laughs from a Seinfeld episode and George Steinbrenner calling him a "Fat Pussy Toad"
Irabu's career season stats for the Yankees are not horrendous, but nothing that lived up to the hype that surrounded his acquisition in 1997.
Irabu's best year was in 1998 where he compiled 13 wins and a 4.06 ERA.
13 wins surely does not equal the almost $3 million the Yankees paid Irabu in 1998.
Irabu's over $3 million dollar salary for his 11-7 record in 1999 was just plain ridiculous.
Irabu sure did rob Yankee fans of not only their money, but their postseason hopes, pitching in only one game and having no decisions.
Carl Pavano is arguably the biggest bust in Yankee history.
After paying him over $30 million for the three years he wore pinstripes, his stats bring tears to the eyes of the Yankee front office.
Pavano was able to get it together and win nine games for the Bombers from 2005 to 2008, all the while being a constant member of “Club DL."
Pavano did not throw one pitch during the 2006 season.
Pavano was on the disabled list from everything from an "elbow strain" to a "bruised buttocks."
The people that most likely suffered from a bruised buttocks were the Yankee fans who were stuck in their seats due to lack of pitching excitement from Pavano.
In the worst times, people in New York started wondering if Pavano was faking it and other Yankee players as well as manager Joe Torre had to field questions of whether Pavano's injuries were just coincidences or something more.
Through all of the injuries and all of the money that just wasn't earned one thing is certain: Carl Pavano is an epic failure as a baseball player in the Bronx and has earned his spot in the Yankee Hall Of Shame.