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COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Numbers (#69)

By Paul Semendinger

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The Yankees made this one easy for me. Only one player in the history of the Yankees has worn #69.

Alan Mills was a Yankee in 1990 and 1991. In that time, he actually wore four different uniform numbers, 28, 45, 50, and 69.

In 1990, he wore numbers 28 and 69. He wore the other two numbers in 1991. As a player who went up and down from the big leagues to the minors, it seems that he often changed his uniform number often.

The Yankees acquired Alan Mills from the California Angels organization in 1987 in the trade for Butch Wynegar. Mills was pitching Single-A ball at the time. His path to the Major Leagues was quick.

In 1989, he was in Single-A…

In 1990, he was pitching for the Yankees (and the Triple-A, Columbus Clippers).

In 1990, Mills appeared in 36 games for the Yankees, all in relief. He compiled a 1-5, 4.10 record.

In 1991, Mills went 1-1, 4.11 in just six games for the Yankees. That year he made two starts.

By 1992, Mills was pitching for the Orioles. The Yankees traded him for two minor leaguers.

Mills pitched in the big leagues for many years and did pretty well. He pitched for the Orioles from 1992 to 1998 and again in 2000 and 2001. In 1999 and part of 2000, he pitched for the L.A. Dodgers.

All told, Alan Mills pitched in 474 games going 39-32, 4.12 with 15 saves. All but five of his appearances came out of the bullpen. He had the aforementioned two starts for the Yankees and he started three games (all in 1992) for the Orioles.

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