David Ortiz hit another big home run against the New York Yankees, which left all Yankee fans wondering how much longer until he finally retires? Unfortunately for them, Big Papi still has another five months left before calling it quits at the end of the season, which could lead to more of these home runs. Ortiz has had a great career, but every Yankee fan will be much happier once he retires.
It’s time to take a look at some of the biggest Yankee killers in recent history not named David Ortiz:
In 203 games against the Yankees, Manny Ramirez hit 55 home runs and brought in 165 runs. His batting average was .322, his slugging percentage was an incredible .617 and his OPS was 1.030. The Yankees shouldn’t feel too bad though, as Ramirez killed a lot of teams, not just the Yankees. Ramirez also had seven multi-home run games against the Yankees, 17 three-hit games and had five four-RBI games.
He was only in Boston for eight seasons, but with the damage he and Ortiz did, it felt like decades. During his tenure in Boston, which lasted from 2001-08, Ramirez won two World Series, was named to eight All Star Games and finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting six times.
Next on the list is Miguel Cabrera. Since entering the league in 2003, Cabrera has become one of the game’s most feared hitters. He won back-to-back MVP titles in 2012 and 2013, led the league in batting four times and has driven in over 100 runs every season but two (his rookie season and his injured season.)
Cabrera absolutely crushes the ball against the Yankees and has a bunch of clutch hits against them. He is only 33 years old, which means this could continue for at least another five years. Hopefully the younger pitchers take notes and learn how to pitch to Cabrera.
Jon Lester spent his first nine seasons giving the Yankees headaches, while a member of the Red Sox. Over the time, he amassed 110 wins and struck out 1,386 batters. He was part of two World Series teams in 2007 and 2012 as the ace of the staff. He made three All Star Games and finished fourth in Cy Young voting twice.
He has held Alex Rodriguez to a .234 average with just three home runs in 47 at bats. Brett Gardner is batting .231 against Lester and Carlos Beltran in batting an even .200. Needless to say, the Yankees are happy Lester was traded away from Boston and signed with the Chicago Cubs.
Ken Griffey Jr. is one of the most feared hitters of all time, and he did what he does best against the Yankees, crush the ball. Griffey had six multi-home run games against the Yankees and four four-RBI games.”The Kid” hit 630 home runs in his career and hit many of them against the Yankees.
But it wasn’t just a good hitter beating up on the Yankees; it was revenge for Griffey. Apparently him and his brother were kicked out of the Yankees’ clubhouse when his father, Ken Griffey Sr., was a member of the Yankee. Like he really needed anymore motivation in baseball. Unfortunately for the Yankees, he was not a fan, and he made them pay.
John Lackey spent less that four years tormenting the Yankees, compiling 47 wins with the Red Sox. In his four seasons in Boston, Lackey racked up 43 losses, but always seemed to pitch well against the Yankees. Rodriguez is a career .175 hitter against Lackey, with 11 hits in 63 at-bats. He is another pitcher the Yankees are glad that have moved onto the National League.
No matter where Josh Beckett pitched, he always pitched well against the Yankees. It all started in the 2003 World Series, where Beckett was named World Series MVP. He pitched on just three-days rest in Game 6, which clinched the series for the Florida Marlins.
Just a few years later he made his way to Boston, where hit pitched seven seasons. Beckett was one of the most dominant pitchers in the game at this point, when he compiled an 89-58 record. He was part of one World Series with the Red Sox, the second of his career. He was traded to Los Angeles in 2012, leaving Yankee fans happy.
Another one of the biggest Yankee killers played for the Mariners; Edgar Martinez. His biggest hit against the Yankees came in 1995, when he doubled in the bottom of the 11th inning, down one against the Yankees. He drove in two runs on the hit, which not only gave the Mariners the game, but also the series. It went down as the greatest moment in Mariners’ history, which was at the Yankees expense.
Martinez, a career .312 hitter, had five four-RBI games against the Yankees. He was one of the games best natural hitters at a time when steroids were big. His batting averages were typically over .300 and were over .330 on five occasions. Fortunately for the Yankees, Martinez called it a career in 2004.
Roy Halladay spent 12 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, winning 203 games and a Cy Young Award. He was a six-time All Star and a big Yankee killer. At a time when the Yankees ruled the division, Halladay usually found a way to shut them down.
He shut down Derek Jeter
, he shut down Rodriguez, he shut down everyone. Halladay won a league-high 22 games in 2003, a year in which the Yankees won 101 games. Unfortunately for him he was traded to the Phillies two years too late, and his career began to fall. Halladay will go down as one of the best pitchers in modern history not to win a World Series. Luckily for the Yankees, they won despite his dominance.