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NYPL All-Time Team

Starting Pitching

 


Curt Schilling made his first professional baseball appearance in 1986 with the Elmira Pioneers (Red Sox). In 16 games, Schilling went 7-3 and struck out 75 in 93.2 innings pitched. Schilling had a lifetime ERA of 3.46 over 20 years in the majors. Schilling came in 2nd in Cy Young Award voting 3 times. He pitched consecutive seasons ('97-'98) with 300-plus strikeouts with the Phillies, and earned 6 All-Star selections. In the post season, Schilling went 11-2, with a 2.23 ERA and was awarded the World Series Co-MVP (2001) and won 3 World Series with two different clubs (Boston and Arizona).

 

 

Dwight Gooden played in the NYPL in 1982 with the Little Falls Mets. Gooden went 0-1 in 2 starts with a 4.15 ERA, striking out 18 while walking 3. While in the majors, Dwight was awarded the NL Rookie of the Year in 1984 where he averaged 11.4 Ks/9, the next season, Gooden won the NL Cy Young Award while pitching towards a Triple Crown (leader in Wins, Strikeouts and ERA) in only his second year in the majors in 1985. In Gooden's 16 seasons in the majors, he collected 4 All-Star selections, 3 World Series Championships, and a No-Hitter on May 15, 1996.

 


Randy Johnson began his professional career with the Jamestown Expos in 1985. Johnson was not up to his 'Big Unit' form, going winless in 8 starts (W-L: 0-3) with a 5.93 ERA. Johnson debuted in 1988 earned 5 Cy Young Awards (4 NL, 1 AL) including 4 consecutive, a 10-time All-Star, won the World Series Co-MVP in 2001 alongside Curt Schilling. In Johnsons' 22 years in the majors, he had 6 seasons with 300-plus strikeouts and is 2nd All-time in strikeouts with 4,875. In 1990, Johnson threw a no-hitter, 14 years later he threw a perfect game. Similar to Dwight Gooden, Johnson won the pitching Triple Crown.

 


Andy Pettitte pitched for the Oneonta Yankees in 1991. In his 6 games, he went 2-2 with an ERA of 2.18. Pettitte entered the majors in 1995 with the Yankees. During Pettitte's career spanning 16 seasons between the Yankees and Astros, he struck out 2,251 batters, and finished with a 3.88 lifetime ERA. Pettitte won 5 World Series Titles, all with the Yankees, and was named the 2001 ALCS MVP with a 2-0 record and 8 Ks.

 

Relief Pitching


Billy Wagner began his major league career as a starter for the Auburn Astros in 1993. During his time in the NYPL, he started 7 games with a record of 1-3 with 31 Ks. When Wagner entered the majors, he was converted to a relief pitcher and soon made a spot as a closer for the Houston Astros. In Wagner's 16 seasons, he earned 422 saves, ranking 5th all time. Wagner collected 7 All-Star selections, and 2 Cy Young nominations.

 


Jonathan Papelbon* pitched for the Lowell Spinners in 2003. In Lowell, Papelbon threw 36 Ks in 32.2 innings through 13 games. Papelbon first threw for the Red Sox in 2005 as a starter; he began relief pitching for Boston the next year. In Papelbon's first full rookie season, he collected 35 saves, finishing with an ERA of 0.92. From 2006 to 2009, Papelbon received 4-consecutive All-Star selections with Boston. In Papelbon's young career, he will have many quality years ahead of him and is a fine addition to the NYPL All-Time Team.

 

Catcher


Jorge Posada* began his professional baseball career in 1991, catching for the Oneonta Yankees. In the NYPL, Posada batted .235 with 33 RBIs. Posada was called up to the New York Yankees in 1995, but started getting regular playing time in 1998. Posada was awarded 4 consecutive All-Star Game nominations from 2000 to 2003, then again in 2007. He earned 5 Silver Slugger Awards at catcher in those same years. In 2003, Posada tied Yogi Berra's record for most home runs in a season by a Yankee catcher with 30.

 

First Base


Don Mattingly hit .349 in 53 games as an outfielder with the Oneonta Yankees in 1979. That team later went on to sweep the Geneva Cubs in the playoffs. Mattingly debuted in the majors in 1982. In the 1985 season, Mattingly batted a career high .343 and won AL MVP honors with 23 of the 28 first place votes. Over his 14-years playing for the Yankees, Mattingly earned 6 All-Star selections (1984-1989), 9 Gold Gloves Awards and 3 Silver Slugger Awards. He was named Yankee Team Captain from 1991-1995 and has his number, 23, retired by the Yankees.

 

Second Base

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Third Base


Wade Boggs began his professional baseball career in 1976 with the Elmira Pioneers at the age of 18. Boggs batted .263 in 57 games with the Pioneers. His Major League debut came in 1982 at 3rd base for Boston. That year he hit .349 and finished 3rd in AL-ROY voting. In Boggs' 18-year career, he was selected to 12 consecutive All-Star Games, was awarded 2 Golden Gloves, 6 Silver Sluggers, and batted .328 in his career. As a member of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Boggs' 3,000th hit was a home run, the only player to ever do so. Boggs has his number, 12, retired with the Tampa Bay Rays, and is a member of the Baseball Hall Of Fame.

 

Shortstop


Robin Yount had his only experience in the minors as a member of the Newark Co-Pilots in 1973, where he hit .285 in 64 games. Yount debuted with the Brewers in 1974, and played 20 seasons at Shortstop and later outfield. In his career, Yount earned 2 AL-MVPs in 1982 with 27 of 28 first place votes, and again in 1989. In addition, he earned 3 All-Star selections, 3 Silver Sluggers and a Gold Glove. Yount finished his career with 3,142 hits, has his number, 19, retired by the Milwaukee Brewers, and is in the Hall Of Fame.

 

Outfield


Kenny Lofton began his career with the Auburn Astros in 1988. Lofton batted .232 in two seasons in the NYPL and stole 52 bases. Lofton debuted with Houston in 1991. In 1992, he finished 2nd in AL-ROY voting with Cleveland, stealing 66 bases. Lofton used his speed and quickness to run out infield singles, steal bases and hit triples. In his 17-year career with 11 teams, Lofton stole 622 bases, hit 116 triples, was a 6-time All-Star, and earned 4 Gold Glove Awards.

 


Jim Rice played with the Williamsport Red Sox in 1971, hitting .256 in 60 games with the club. Rice debuted in 1974 in left field, and in his first full year, he came in 3rd in AL-MVP voting and 2nd in AL-ROY voting. Rice played all of his 16 seasons with the Boston Red Sox. In that time, he earned the AL-MVP in 1978, 8 All-Star Selections, and 2 Silver Sluggers Awards. Rice was elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 2009 and has his number, 14, retied by the Red Sox.

 


Bernie Williams played for the Oneonta Yankees in 1987 and batted .344 in 25 games. Williams debuted for the New York Yankees in 1991, and in 16 seasons with New York, was selected for 5 consecutive All-Star Games from 1997 to 2001. Williams also earned 4 consecutive Gold Glove Awards while playing center field. He won 4 World Series titles with the Yankees and is among the top-10 in doubles, hits, home runs and RBIs all-time for the team.

 

Manager


Buck Showalter* coached in the NYPL in 1985 and 1986 for the Oneonta Yankees. In the previous season, Oneonta finished last in the Eastern Division with a record of 29-46. Showalter took control in the 1985 season and took his club from worst to first. The Yankees finished with a 55-23 record and swept a best of 3 series from the Auburn Astros. In 1986, Showalter won the Yawkey division with a 59-18 record. In the majors, Showalter began with the 1992 New York Yankees. Later, Showalter coached the Diamondbacks, Rangers and is the current manager of the Orioles. He was awarded the AL Manager of the Year in both 1994 (Yankees) and 2004 (Rangers).

* Denotes Active Player or Coach