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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning

"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

The Park by the Airport, 0

The Park by the Airport, Part 0 of 3: Quick quiz - what do the following 93 people have in common?

Brad Ausmus, Oscar Azocar, Jesse Barfield, Tom Barrett, Rich Batchelor, Tim Belcher, Brian Boehringer, Juan Bonilla, Scott Bradley, Darrin Chapin, Mike Christopher, Andy Cook, Russ Davis, Mike DeJean, Orestos Destrade, Tom Dozier, Doug Drabek, Mike Draper, Matt Dunbar, Rob Eenhoorn, Dave Eiland,Kevin Elster, Jim Eppard, Mike Figga, Todd Fischer, Andy Fox, Steve Frey, Bill Fulton, Mike Gallego, Kenny Greer, Ron Guidry, Sterling Hitchcock, Chris Howard, Steve Howe Mark Hutton, Domingo Jean, Derek Jeter, Brian Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Kevin Jordan, ScottKamieniecki, Ryan Karp, Pat Kelly, Roberto Kelly, Steve Kiefer, Jalal Leach, Al Leiter, Jim Leyritz, Bill Lindsey, Phil Lombardi, Matt Luke, Kevin Maas, Carlos Martinez, Scott McKee, Hensley Meulens, Sam Militello, Hal Morris, Lyle Mouton, Bobby Munoz, Jerry Nielsen, Scott Nielsen, Matt Nokes, Sherman Obando, Charlie O'Brien, Kirt Ojala, Ken Patterson, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Tim Pyznarski, Luis Quinones, Darren Reed, Mariano Rivera, Carlos Rodriguez, Rick Rodriguez, Tom Romano, Steve Rosenberg, Deion Sanders, Rich Scheid, Dave Silvestri, J.T. Snow, Russ Springer, Andy Stankiewicz, Phil Stephenson, Les Straker, Mickey Tettleton, BobTewksbury, Jose Tolentino, Randy Velarde, Dean Wilkins, Bernie Williams, Gerald Williams, Mike Witt, Mike Woodard.

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At 12:51 AM , Blogger Mike Stark said:

gotta be that they all played at Heritage Field...

(I hate anything named 'Heritage', btw... the Institute ruined it all for me)    

At 4:22 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

That's quite an impressive list, God I miss those days, that team and that level of baseball around here. Anyways here's some more guys that I think you may have missed: Bubba Carpenter OF (1992-94) got into 15 games with the Colorado Rockies in 2000 and hit 3 homers, one of which beat the Mets in a game at Shea, Wade Taylor P (1990) pitched for the NY Yankees for one year in 1991, Tom Wilson C(1993-94) catcher played in the bigs from 2001- last year mostly with the Blue Jays, Bob Geren C(1987) catcher mostly for the NY Yankees for parts of 4 seasons, Kevin Mmahat P (1988-89) pitched with the NY Yankees a bit in 1989.

In addition Buck Showalter of the Texas Rangers (formerly of the D-Backs and Yankees) managed the AC Yankees, Dan Radison a one time manager has bounced around as a 3rd base coach with the Padres and Cubs amongst others, Brian Butterfield coached down here and is the Blue Jays 3rdbase coach, Gary Denbo who coached down here in 1994 was hitting coach for the NY Yankees in 2001, Rob Thomson who was a coach with the AC Yanks in the early 90's is still in the Yankees organization as a speical instructor and filled in for Luis Sojo when he was ill as 3rdbase coach.

In addition, I don't know if you remember but in their last year here in 1994 but there were two pretty cool things that happened during the strike. One night I remember Reggie Jackson came and was standing by the AC Yankees dugout throughout the entire game to work with and scout some players and I remember people were lined up behind the two ropes that seperated the walkway where people were going to catch a glimpse of Mr. October and pleading (screaming) for his autograph, he walked right by me after the game as he was trying to beat the rush to his car. The other one I remember was Buck Showalter, Gene "Stick" Michael and Billy Connors all came and sat in the orange box seats behind homeplate to scout the AC Yankees during the strike and in-between innings when the anial security left for a moment to chase kids off the hill behind the bleechers I swooped in and went down and said hello to all 3 of them and they didn't seem to mind at all and I got all of their autographs on a baseball.    

At 11:04 AM , Blogger Matt said:

Thanks for the list additions. Those are some great stories, too. I appreciate you posting them. Do you know of a good web source for AC yankees historical stats - i've been looking for one.    

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