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: His current batting average is .318.
Clue number two: He wears uniform number 45.
Clue number three: He is an outfielder.
Clue number four: He is from the Dominican Republic.
Alright, how did you do? If you guessed that the secret Yankee player is Zoilo Almonte, than you are right! Almonte has stepped right in to give the Yankees a lift since coming up from Scranton Wilkes barre. His best series came against Tampa Bay when he hit safely in seven of eleven at-bats. Although he cooled off in the first three games against the Texas Rangers, the future looks bright for Almonte. As teams make adjustments in how they pitch to him, it will be interesting to see the counter-adjustments that he makes. In particular, Robinson Cano should provide valuable assistance to help Almonte bounce back.
Don’t forget to check back next Thursday for another edition of Name Your Yankee.