COUNTING DOWN: The Best Yankee At Each Uniform Numbers (#75)
By Paul Semendinger
Remember the movie Groundhog Day when the main character woke up realizing that each day was the same as the day before it?
The greatest (and only) Yankee to wear #75 has had a Groundhog Day Career.
The following comes from Baseball-Reference:
November 6, 2017: Granted Free Agency.
January 30, 2018: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
April 30, 2018: Granted Free Agency.
May 1, 2018: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
May 18, 2018: Granted Free Agency.
May 19, 2018: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
July 10, 2018: Granted Free Agency.
January 21, 2019: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
October 21, 2019: Granted Free Agency.
February 3, 2020: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.
David Hale was a Yankee, until he wasn’t, and then he became a Yankee again, until he wasn’t, until he came back time and again, only to be released time and again.
Amazingly, throughout all of that, in 28 games for the Yankees David Hale owns a nifty 2.98 ERA. He’s also never lost a game. He’s 3-0. Oh, and he has saved three games.
Wait a minute…
In 28 games, David Hale is 3-0 with 3 saves with an ERA under 3.00?!
Why do the Yankees keep releasing him?
Why can’t the Yankees keep the greatest player ever to wear #75 on their roster?
If the Phillies ever release him, I hope he comes back to the Yankees.
Come back David Hale…come back!
Most of the research for this project comes from Baseball-Reference.com
Cover image modified from MLB Getty Images/Fansided.