Greg Allen, OF
Another player who belongs in the, "Wait, He Was Here THIS Year?" Club. Allen's 2021 stint was iconic, but his tenure in pinstripes in 2023 was interrupted, lending it an air of mystery. It all blends together after a while. All the ringless seasons become one.
Allen's final game in pinstripes this season was Aug. 20 against the Red Sox, one of the most predictably hair-tearing games of the season. Anthony Volpe tied it up late with a three-run homer, as New York tried to salvage a series finale at home. Isiah Kiner-Falefa appeared to score the winning run, but the umpiring crew overturned it with next to no basis; there was no clear evidence in either direction, especially not for a reversal. Clay Holmes broke the tie in the top of the ninth, but wriggled out of a jam with only one run's worth of damage. Allen started the bottom of the inning with a ringing double off the top of the wall, but -- naturally -- was stranded on second.
After that disastrous game, he was given his walking papers.
Allen will forever be the acquisition target who finally pushed the Yankees over the edge toward shedding Aaron Hicks from the roster, but he appeared in just 10 games before injuring himself in Los Angeles with a nasty-looking hip flexor issue. He received nine more at-bats later in the summer after being activated before he was sent back into the pool. An all-time odd Yankee tenure ended stranded on second -- unless New York's braintrust brings him back in 2024. Crazier things have happened.