top of page
file.jpg
  • Writer's pictureSSTN Admin

COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Number (#57)

By Paul Semendinger

***

Number 57 just seems like a relief pitcher’s number. It seems natural that a quality relief pitcher should wear #57.

And numerous Yankee relief pitchers have…

John Habyan wore it in 1991.

Steve Howe (who was a Yankee longer than most people remember) wore #57 from 1991 to 1996.

Ramiro Mendoza, Joe Borowski, Mark Wohlers, Scott Proctor, Chad Green… the list can go on and on. A bunch of Yankees’ relief pitchers, no doubt, have worn number 57.

36 different players have worn #57 on the Yankees, but only two for any significant time- Steve Howe and Chad Green. A lefty reliever (Howe) and a righty (Green).

One of them was the best ever at this number. It’s my job to figure out who. It might be closer than the reader thinks.

(All stats as of July 9, 2021 when this was written. Note – sometimes these sit in a queue for a while before being posted.)

GAMES PITCHED – Howe wins 229 to 226

INNINGS – Green is the easy winner 329 to 227

ERA – Green 3.06 to 3.57 wins again

WINNING PERCENTAGE – It’s actually Howe here .643 (18-10) to .581 (25-18)

SAVES – Howe in a landslide 31 to 7

WHIP – Green is the master here with a fantastic WHIP of 1.008 which defeats Howe’s impressive enough 1.185.

WAR – Howe accumulated a WAR of 4.0 in the Bronx. Green is at 7.7.

In the end, it’s all Chad Green.

It’s fun to know that the greatest player to wear a uniform number is the guy actually wearing that number.

Green will soon best Howe in games pitched, he already has pitched 100 more innings, makes him the clear winner.

Steve Howe made it closer than one might think, but it’s Chad Green all the way.

***

Most of the background research for this project came from Baseball-Reference.com.

***

PREVIOUS ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES:

Kommentare


dr sem.png

Start Spreading the News is the place for some of the very best analysis and insight focusing primarily on the New York Yankees.

(Please note that we are not affiliated with the Yankees and that the news, perspectives, and ideas are entirely our own.)

blog+image+2.jpeg

Have a question for the Weekly Mailbag?

Click below or e-mail:

SSTNReaderMail@gmail.com

SSTN is proudly affiliated with Wilson Sporting Goods! Check out our press release here, and support us by using the affiliate links below:

587611.jpg
583250.jpg
Scattering the Ashes.jpeg

"Scattering The Ashes has all the feels. Paul Russell Semendinger's debut novel taps into every emotion. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reexamine those relationships that give your life meaning." — Don Burke, writer at The New York Post

The Least Among Them.png

"This charming and meticulously researched book will remind you of baseball’s power to change and enrich lives far beyond the diamond."

—Jonathan Eig, New York Times best-selling author of Luckiest Man, Opening Day, and Ali: A Life

From Compton to the Bronx.jpg

"A young man from Compton rises to the highest levels of baseball greatness.

Considered one of the classiest baseball players ever, this is Roy White's story, but it's also the story of a unique period in baseball history when the Yankees fell from grace and regained glory and the country dealt with societal changes in many ways."

foco-yankees.png

We are excited to announce our new sponsorship with FOCO for all officially licensed goods!

FOCO Featured:
carlos rodon bobblehead foco.jpg
bottom of page