Okay, so you think you are an expert on the New York Yankees? Well, here we go with the new installment of “Name Your Yankee,” presented by Yankee Fan Dan. This is where the real Yankee fans step up to the plate and show their knowledge.
In case you have forgotten, here is how it works: I will provide you with a list of clues. You see how many clues it takes for you to determine who the secret Yankee player is. If you identify the player in four clues, then you are assigned to the single A team. If you only need three clues, you are in double A. Two clues will place you in triple A. If you do it in one clue, you have made the big leagues! The answer is revealed on this page.
Does that still sound easy? Well, here is the difficult part. You must identify the secret Yankee player from your knowledge and not from research. If you cheat, you will have to live with it until the end of your career. The ethics panel will ban you from baseball without the opportunity for reinstatement. So, don’t pretend the ball hit you and limp to first base. Okay, here we go.
Clue number one: He has a career ERA of 3.64.
Clue number two: He wears uniform number 41.
Clue number three: He has a record of 4-4 with a 4.08 ERA this season.
Clue number four: He pitched for Notre Dame in college.
Alright, how did you do? If you guessed that the secret Yankee player is David Phelps, than you are right! Phelps is settling in as a starter this season, but he provides the Yankees with the versatility of coming out of the bullpen if needed. He has always adapted in a professional manner to the needs of the team.
For his career, Phelps has 161 strikeouts in 168 innings. For whatever reason, he is on pace to log the most hit- batsmen of his career. He already has four. So he does need to improve that stat the rest of the way. With his Notre Dame smarts, he certainly will figure it out.
Don’t forget to check back next Thursday for another edition of Name Your Yankee.