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Paulwny
08-02-2002, 10:46 AM
Heard this yesterday, "When is the last time the yankmees lost a player to free agency?"

Jerry_Manuel
08-02-2002, 10:48 AM
As in someone they wanted to sign but just couldn't?

I don't know.

delben91
08-02-2002, 10:50 AM
I thought they lost one of their middle relief guys this past year. Names escape me though, so my mind could be playing games with me again.

Jerry_Manuel
08-02-2002, 10:51 AM
Originally posted by delben91
I thought they lost one of their middle relief guys this past year. Names escape me though, so my mind could be playing games with me again.

Jeff Nelson.

He went from the Yanks to the M's.

Paulwny
08-02-2002, 10:52 AM
Originally posted by Jerry_Manuel
As in someone they wanted to sign but just couldn't?

I don't know.

A player on their team they wanted to keep but left because another team offered more $$$.

Jerry_Manuel
08-02-2002, 10:53 AM
Originally posted by Paulwny
A player on their team they wanted to keep but left because another team offered more $$$.

Then it couldn't be Tino.

I'd have to say Nelson going to the M's.

BuehrleACE56
08-02-2002, 10:54 AM
my first thought was tino martinez, but i guess they didnt want him back. next after that would be nelson. sounds right.

Paulwny
08-02-2002, 10:56 AM
Originally posted by Jerry_Manuel


Then it couldn't be Tino.

I'd have to say Nelson going to the M's.


I think that's right, I'll call the talk show host, noone came up with an answer yesterday, thanks.

WinningUgly!
08-02-2002, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Paulwny



I think that's right, I'll call the talk show host, noone came up with an answer yesterday, thanks.

Yeah it was Nelson.

Jeff Nelson's flat "frisbee" curve devastated right-handed batters. During the New York Yankees' run of four championships in five years, Nelson held righties to a .118 batting average while setting up for closer Mariano Rivera. With lefty Mike Stanton and Rivera, Nelson formed one-third of a trio that shut down the opposition late in games and became a major part of the Yankees' post-season success.

Off the field, Nelson's outspoken personality emerged. In 1999, while stuck on the DL with an elbow ailment, he alienated his bullpen-mates when he told a reporter, "I don't think it's going too well for these guys…as much as I was aching to come back here, they were aching to get me back." But the big blowup occurred in July of 2000. While pitching exceptionally well in 41 appearances for the Yanks, he became furious when manager Joe Torre failed to name him to the All-Star team. After a shouting match in Torre's office, he vented his feelings to the New York Post: "If I am not going to get the respect from my manager, I am not going to be a bulldog and suck one up for the team."

Possibly as a result of the All-Star snub, at the end of the 2000 season Nelson chose to test free agency and signed with the Mariners, with whom he had begun his career in 1992.

CiscoCarlos
08-02-2002, 11:51 AM
Wow, it's so quaint that a modern-day ballplayer actually viewed being named to the All-Star game as being so important.

voodoochile
08-02-2002, 02:13 PM
Originally posted by CiscoCarlos
Wow, it's so quaint that a modern-day ballplayer actually viewed being named to the All-Star game as being so important.

Probably has more to do with his desire to see the incentive clause in his contract kick in. Most players have a clause that pays them at least $50K if they make the team. But, this does explain why Torre picks every YankME who even closely resembles an AS for the team. He probably got told by Steinbrenner that the next time he doesn't and the guy ends upleaving via FA when the team wanted him back, Torre is fired...