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Saturday, September 23, 2006

The Yankees' New First Baseman

September 22, 2006: N.Y. Yankees 4, Tampa Bay 1

Wang got off to a rocky start, giving up a rare homer in the first inning. Wang hasn't done well on the hard turf of the Trop, but he settled down and did pretty well last night. It was an easy win for the Yanks.

Mo made his first appearance in almost a month. He was a bit rusty, but nothing a few more games won't fit. It was nice to see him back.

This game also saw the debut of Gary Sheffield at first base. He actually handled it pretty well. Nothing flashy, but he was solid enough.

Someone posted a comment here awhile back suggesting that Bubba should learn first base. He's certainly athletic enough, and being able to play another position would be handy for a utility guy. Though I've heard it's difficult for outfielders to move to the infield, because the ball just gets there so much faster than they're used to. Sheffield actually started as an infielder; he came up as a third baseman, IIRC. I don't think Bubba has ever been an infielder. He started out as a pitcher in high school, became an outfielder in college, and has been an outfielder ever since.

posted by BubbaFan, 7:00 PM


Pitchers make good first basemen. Ask any pitcher who has had to cover 1B countless times.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, September 24, 2006 2:00 AM  
True, but Bubba hasn't been a pitcher since high school. A long time ago and a whole different level.

Though I was wondering if the Clippers would try him on the mound in that game where they ran out of pitchers and ended up using their third baseman as a pitcher. :-D
commented by Blogger BubbaFan, September 24, 2006 7:44 AM  

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