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| 2009 New York Yankees |
American League East Champions
American League Champions
World Series Champions
|Major league affiliations|
|Local television|| YES Network|
|Local radio||New York Yankees Radio Network|
The 2009 New York Yankees season was the 107th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees opened their new Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2009, when they hosted an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs. The new stadium hosted its first regular-season game on April 16, when the Yankees played the Cleveland Indians and their first playoff game against the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS on October 7, 2009. The Yankees swept the Twins in three games to win the divisional series. They won their 40th American League pennant on October 25, 2009, defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in six games to advance to the World Series, where they defeated the Philadelphia Phillies in six games to win their 27th World Series on November 4, 2009.
Passing of controlEdit
George Steinbrenner stepped down as the main decision maker for the team on November 20, as Major League Baseball's owners approved passing control to his youngest son, 39-year-old Hal Steinbrenner. The patriarch of the Yankees success over three and a half decades since buying the team from CBS in 1973 has been in failing health, and has been reducing his role in the ownership the last several seasons. Despite his limited role, he will still remain as a team chairman with his two sons.
After the Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1993, General Manager Brian Cashman made clear that there would be offseason changes. Mike Mussina retired from baseball on November 20, 2008. Infielder Wilson Betemit was traded to the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Nick Swisher on November 13, 2008. The Yankees declined options on first baseman Jason Giambi and starting pitcher Carl Pavano. Giambi went on to sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics on January 1, 2009, and Pavano signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians on January 6, 2009. Right fielder Bobby Abreu signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and catcher Ivan Rodriguez signed a one-year pact with the Houston Astros. From those departures, the Yankees shed nearly $89 million from their payroll, enabling them to spend money to fix their team. Furthermore, the Yankees non-tendered the contracts of Chris Britton and Justin Christian, allowing them to become free agents; Britton signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres and Christian signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
The Yankees began retooling the team, when they acquired first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, along with relief prospect Kanekoa Texeira, from the Chicago White Sox for infielder Wilson Betemit, relief prospect Jhonny Nunez and starting pitching prospect Jeff Marquez.
On December 18, 2008, the Yankees announced the signings of starting pitchers CC Sabathia to a 7-year deal worth $161 million and A. J. Burnett to a 5-year deal worth $82.5 million. On January 6, 2009, the Yankees signed first baseman Mark Teixeira to a 8-year deal worth $180 million with a no-trade import. The signings of Sabathia, Teixeira and Burnett filled the Yankees' biggest needs: starting pitching and first base.
On January 26, the Yankees re-signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year deal worth $5.5 million dollar contract with performance-based incentives.
The Yankees signed starting pitcher Sergio Mitre to a split (minor/major league) contract, and signed former major leaguers such as Justin Leone, Angel Berroa, Doug Bernier, Jason Johnson, Kevin Cash, John Rodriguez, and Todd Linden; they also acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the White Sox for a player-to-be-named later.
In addition, to prevent them from becoming eligible for the Rule 5 Draft, they placed starting pitchers Wilkins De La Rosa, Christian Garcia, and Michael Dunn, as well as relief pitcher Anthony Claggett on the 40 man roster.
Third base coach and former player Bobby Meacham did not get his contract renewed and special pitching instructor Rich Monteleone was fired as well. Former major leaguer Mick Kelleher was hired as the new first-base coach, with Tony Pena moving to bench coach, and Rob Thomson moving to third-base coach.
In early 2009, before spring training, third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to using steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers during the 2001–2003 seasons. This happened right before a hip injury to Rodriguez, and that stopped his playing time from early March until mid-May. A-Rod would come back with a bang, having a 3-run homer on the first pitch he had seen since early spring training.
They traded a player to be named later for Colorado Rockies minor leaguer Jason Hirsh.
They have signed several minor league free agents throughout the season such as Russ Ortiz, Josh Towers, Brian Peterson, and Yurendell de Caster. They also released players such as Jason Johnson and Justin Leone. Todd Linden was sold to a Japanese League team per his request.
|2009 New York Yankees|
In March, Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed a hip injury and underwent surgery, sidelining him for 6 to 9 weeks. The Yankees announced that journeyman Cody Ransom would start the season as the third baseman; Ramiro Pena was assigned the back-up infielder spot.
Playing at Camden Yards, the Yankees lost the first two games of the season due to poor performances by starters CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang, though they rebounded to take the third game of the series as well as win the next two series they played against the Kansas City Royals and defending AL East Champions Tampa Bay Rays. They lost their home opener because of a shaky bullpen, but split the first series at the new Yankee Stadium. They also got swept by their rivals the Boston Red Sox in three games at Fenway Park.
In his first game back from the disabled list on May 8, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw of the season, giving the Yankees a 3-0 lead in a game they would go on to win 4-0. On May 15, 16, and 17, the Yankees had three consecutive walk-off wins against the Twins, including a home run by Rodriguez in his first series at the new Yankee Stadium.
Late in the month, Phil Hughes, who had struggled as a starter, was moved to the bullpen. His addition stabilized the bullpen and helped to turn it from a liability to a strength, as he posted a stellar 1.40 ERA as a reliever, serving as a highly effective eighth-inning set-up man for closer Mariano Rivera.
On the first day of June, the Yankees set a Major League record with 18 consecutive errorless games. Late in the month, the Yankees struggled in interleague play, losing two of three to the Nationals and Marlins, falling to five games back in the division. When the Yankees lost the first game of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, Yankee GM Brian Cashman flew down to Atlanta to motivate the team in a closed-door meeting. Initially, his words seemed to do little, as in the next game (6/24), the Yankees were being no-hit through six innings. After Brett Gardner walked and was picked off at first base - a borderline call by the umpires - Joe Girardi protested and was ejected from the game. The next batter, rookie catcher Francisco Cervelli, hit his first big-league home run, and the Yankees went on to win the game 8-4. Many sports analysts viewed this game as a major turning point in the Yankees' season.
The Yankees emerged on a hot streak after the All-Star break, winning eight consecutive games. This included sweeps of Detroit and Baltimore.
The Yankees took control of the best record in baseball, highlighted by a four-game sweep of their archrivals the Boston Red Sox from August 6–9, including a game that was scoreless until the bottom of the fifteenth inning, ending on a walk-off home run by Alex Rodriguez. The sweep also gave the team a stranglehold over the American League East and for the rest of the season, no other team would come within five games of first place.
Derek Jeter became the all-time hits leader as a member of the Yankees (2,722), passing Lou Gehrig on September 11, 2009. The hit was a single off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman in the 3rd inning. On September 22, 2009, after defeating the Los Angeles Angels, the Yankees became the first team to clinch a playoff spot for the 2009 MLB post-season. By beating the Boston Red Sox on September 27, the Yankees won their one-hundredth game of the season, and clinched the American League East Division title. This win proved especially significant because the Yankees had started out the season 0-8 against their rivals in Boston, and they ended up splitting the season series 9-9.
On October 4, Alex Rodriguez hit a three run home run, the 243rd home run of the team's season to date, breaking the team's previously set record in 2004 of 242. Later in the same inning he hit a grand slam, breaking the American League record for most RBI in one inning by a single player, setting it at seven (7). The last two at bats of Rodriguez's season allowed him to finish with 30 home runs and 100 RBI.
The Yankees started the playoffs off with a bang with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' song "Empire State of Mind" as their unofficial anthem. On October 11, the Yankees swept the Minnesota Twins, and made their first ALCS appearance in 5 years. The Yankees took on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALCS and won the series 4–2, to advance to the World Series.
On November 4, the New York Yankees won their 27th World Series after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, 4 games to 2.
Season standings Edit
|New York Yankees||103||59||.636||—||57–24||46–35|
|Boston Red Sox||95||67||.586||8||56–25||39–42|
|Tampa Bay Rays||84||78||.519||19||52–29||32–49|
|Toronto Blue Jays||75||87||.463||28||44–37||31–50|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
- Source: MLB Standings Grid
Through October 5, 2009
|2009 Game Log|
Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 2, Alex Rodriguez hit a game-tying two-run homer off Twins closer Joe Nathan. David Robertson escaped a bases-loaded, no out jam in the Top of the 11th, and Mark Teixeira lined a walk-off home run off Jose Mijares to lead off the bottom half to give the Yankees a 4-3 win.
Former Yankee Carl Pavano threw shutout ball through 6 innings in Game 3 in what would turn out to be the final baseball game ever played at the Metrodome. However, in the top of the 7th, Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each hit a home run to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, the Twins' Nick Punto made a wide turn at 3rd base after a Denard Span infield single with no one out, and was thrown out attempting to retreat back, killing the Twins' threat. The Yankees tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the 9th, and Mariano Rivera shut the door in the 9th to give the Yankees their first postseason series victory since the 2004 ALDS.
Rodriguez played a pivotal role in the Division Series, hitting two home runs (both of which were game-tying), batting .455 (5-for-11), and collecting 6 RBI. Before 2009, Rodriguez had only 4 postseason home runs in a Yankee uniform, and hadn't batted above .300 in a postseason since 2004.
The Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels in six games in the ALCS. This marks the franchise's 40th American League pennant, and the first time the Yankees have defeated the Angels in a postseason series. Yankees ace CC Sabathia was named ALCS MVP, with a 2–0 record in two starts against the Angels, and posting an ERA of 1.13.
Sabathia hurled 8 brilliant innings in a Game 1 4-1 Yankee victory, helped by three uncharacteristic Angels errors.
In a classic Game 2, the score remained tied at 2 heading to the 11th inning. In the top half, Chone Figgins broke out of his postseason slump by blooping an RBI single to left field to score Gary Matthews, Jr. to give the Angels a 3-2 lead. However, in the bottom half, Alex Rodriguez lined a home run into the short right-field porch off Angels closer Brian Fuentes to tie the game at 3. In the bottom of the 13th, Maicer Izturis threw away a potential double play ball from Melky Cabrera to score Jerry Hairston, Jr. with the winning run, giving the Yankees a 2-0 series lead.
The Angels returned the favor in Game 3 with a walk-off win of their own. Vladimir Guerrero hit a huge game tying two-run homer off Andy Pettitte with two out in the bottom of the 6th, and Jeff Mathis laced a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 11th to win the game for the Angels, 5-4. This came after a controversial decision from manager Joe Girardi to lift David Robertson for Alfredo Aceves with two out and no one on in the 11th. Aceves served up a single to Howie Kendrick, followed by the Mathis double. Four solo home runs accounted for the Yankees' scoring, hit by Derek Jeter, Rodriguez, Johnny Damon, and Jorge Posada.
Sabathia threw 8 more brilliant innings in Game 4, this time on three-days' rest. Melky Cabrera sparked the Yankees with 4 RBI's, including a huge two-run single in the 4th. Rodriguez added a two-run homer, tying a postseason record with RBI's in 8 consecutive games. Damon put the game away with a two-run homer in the 8th, and the Yankees won 10-1, putting them one win away from their 40th American League pennant.
A.J. Burnett allowed four runs before recording an out in the bottom of the first inning of Game 5, but settled down soon thereafter. The Yankees rallied for 6 runs with two outs in the top of the 7th inning, including a 3-run double by Mark Teixeira, a game-tying single by Hideki Matsui, and a two-run triple by Robinson Cano. However, in the bottom half, the Angels rallied for 3 runs of their own to regain a 7-6 lead. Phil Hughes allowed a game-tying RBI single by Guerrero and a go-ahead RBI single to Kendry Morales. The Yankees threatened in the top of the 9th, but with two out and the bases loaded, Fuentes induced Nick Swisher to pop out to shortstop Erick Aybar on a 3-2 pitch to send the series back to New York.
In Game 6, Damon sparked the Yankees with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 4th to give the Yankees a lead that they would not relinquish. Pettitte hurled 6 1/3 strong innings, allowing only one earned run. Mariano Rivera came on in the 8th for a 6 out save, but allowed an RBI single to Guerrero to make it a 3-2 Yankee lead. It was the first postseason run allowed by Rivera at home since 2000, and the only one he would give up in the 2009 postseason. In the bottom half, errors by Kendrick and Scott Kazmir gave the Yankees two insurance runs, and Rivera shut the door in the 9th to give the Yankees their 40th American League pennant.
The Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series, 4 games to 2. The Phillies were playing for their second consecutive World Series title and 3rd overall, and the Yankees won their first title since 2000, and 27th overall. The two teams' previous postseason meeting came in the 1950 World Series, with the Yankees sweeping the Phillies. After Jimmy Rollins infamously predicted that the Phillies would win the series in five games, the Yankees went on to win the series in six.
Cliff Lee shut down the Yankees in a complete game 6-1 victory for the Phillies in Game 1, but the Yankees responded in Game 2 with a 3-1 win. Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui homered off Pedro Martinez, and A.J. Burnett pitched 7 great innings.
The Yankees won Game 3 behind 6 gritty innings from Andy Pettitte, coupled with the first instant replay-overturned home run in World Series history by Alex Rodriguez and homers from Nick Swisher and Matsui.
In Game 4, the Yankees carried a 4-3 lead into the 8th inning. But with two out and no one on, Pedro Feliz lined a solo home run to left off Joba Chamberlain on a 3-2 pitch to tie the game. However, in the top of the 9th, Johnny Damon grinded out a 9 pitch at bat with two outs off Phillies closer Brad Lidge, lining a single to left center field. Damon then stole second base, and with the infield overshift on with Teixeira batting, Damon alertly stole an unoccupied third base. After Teixeira was hit by a pitch, Alex Rodriguez lined a double down the left field line to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. Jorge Posada added two insurance runs thereafter, and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th to put the Yankees one win away from winning the series.
Burnett imploded in Game 5, allowing 6 earned runs in only two innings pitched. The Yankees rallied late, but fell short as the Phillies sent the series back to The Bronx with an 8-6 win.
Matsui earned the World Series MVP award with a performance for the ages in Game 6. He became only the second player in baseball history to collect 6 RBI's in a World Series game, finishing a triple short of the cycle. This included a 2-run home run in the 2nd, a 2-run single in the 3rd, and a 2-run double in the 5th. Matsui finished the series with a .615 batting average with 3 home runs and 8 RBI's. Pitching on three-days' rest, Pettitte earned his 4th win of the postseason, becoming the second pitcher in baseball history to start and win the clinching game of all rounds in a single postseason. Rivera recorded the final five outs to give the Yankees their 27th World Series Championship, by far the most in the history of baseball and the most in North American sports.
|Postseason Game Log|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
|Jerry Hairston, Jr.||<center>45||<center>76||<center>15||<center>18||<center>5||<center>0||<center>2||<center>12||<center>11||<center>.237||<center>0|
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
- ↑ Yanks to open Stadium against Cubs
- ↑ New York Yankees to open new Stadium April 16 against Indians
- ↑ Yankees revel in victory, tough decisions ahead. Reuters (2009-11-05). Retrieved on 2009-11-05.
- ↑ Bloom, Barry (November 11, 2009). Control of Yankees shifts to son Hal. MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved on November 20, 2008.
- ↑ Urban, Mychael (January 7, 2009). Giambi 'excited to be home' with A's. MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.
- ↑ Castrovince, Anthony (January 9, 2009). Pavano finds right fit with Indians. MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.
- ↑ Spencer, Lyle (February 12, 2009). Out of left field, Abreu joins Angels. MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved on November 11, 2009.
- ↑ A-Rod opts to have 'hybrid' surgery MLB.com
- ↑ DiComo, Anthony (2009-09-12). Jeter passes Gehrig with 2722nd hit. MLB. Archived from the original on 2009-09-16. Retrieved on 2009-09-11.
- ↑ Yankees Clinch A.L. East and Expect a Lot More. New York Times (2009-09-27). Retrieved on 2009-10-01.
- ↑ With second homer of ALDS, Alex Rodriguez proving to be clutch for New York Yankees nydailynews.com
- ↑ Title puts Yankees in 27th heaven, win Series in six. USA Today (2009-11-05). Retrieved on 2009-11-05.
- 2009 New York Yankees Season Official Site
- 2009 New York Yankees Season at Baseball Reference
- 2009 Yankees Victory Parade - image slideshow by Life magazine
Tampa Bay Rays
|AL East Championship Season|
Tampa Bay Rays
|American League champion|
|World Series champions|