Thursday, April 23, 2009

The ties that Albany has within Major League Baseball

After hearing Al Leiter briefly discussing his time with the Albany- Colonie Yankees, I thought it would be interesting to see what other notable alumni have developed out of the once popular Double-A Yankees that called Albany their home from from the years 1985-1994. The names I was able to find were alarming and it is pretty awesome to see the amount of talent that came up right in front of my eyes when I was a child.

Managers of the A/C Yankees:
  • 1988: Stump Merrill- Yankees Manager from 1990-1991
  • 1989: Buck Showalter- Manager of the Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Rangers
  • 1990 Rick Down, who later spent time as the hitting coach for both the Yankees and Mets
Alumni (Currently on the Yankees):
  • Derek Jeter (1994)
  • Mariano Rivera (1994)
  • Andy Pettitte (1993-1994)
  • Jorge Posada (1993)
Additional Alumni
  • Bernie Williams (1989-1990)
  • Al Leiter (1987)
  • Bob Geren (1987)- Current manager of the Oakland A's
  • Fredi Gonzalez (1987)- Current manger of the Florida Marlins
  • Casey Close (1987) Derek Jeter's agent
Other former greats: Gerald Williams, J.T. Snow, Roberto Kelly, Hal Morris, Doug Drabek, Pat Kelly, Randy Velarde, Andy Stankiewicz, Russ Davis, Sterling Hitchcock, Deion Sanders, Brad Ausmus, Russ Springer, and Mike DeJean.


Kyle said...

That's awesome. A lot of Yankee greats from the present and past played in Albany.

Bud Selig said...

I am seeking an expansion team for Albany to reward all you good fans.

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

Real funny. For that terrible comment i expect to see a Derek Jeter baseball bat in my mailbox.

Al Leiter's Bullpen Catcher said...

And to Kyle, my non-sarcastic friend, it is amazing to see all the greats that have come from Albany. I wish we still had some decent baseball here.