Saturday, September 17, 2005

September 17th, 1993

Frank Tanana Traded

The trade was made by the Yankees, in a last ditch effort to catch up to the division leading Blue Jays, acquiring Tanana from the Mets for Kenny Greer, who had cups of coffee with the Mets and Giants but otherwise flamed out. (This marked a change from earlier Yankee teams which would've made this deal in August and given up Derek Jeter.) Tanana went 0-2 for the Yankees despite a pretty good performance, allowing just seven runs in three starts.

That 0-2 would be the last results of
Tanana's career, leaving him with a career record of 240-236 and a rather dubious distinction. Although Tanana won nearly two hundred and fifty games, including nineteen in 1976 and eighteen in 1978, he never crossed the boundary to win twenty. Tanana ranks then, as the man with the most career victories without ever having won twenty. For a while it seemed he might have been able to cede that crown to Mike Mussina, but “Moose” has struggled with ineffectiveness and injuries the last two years. As of today he's at two hundred twenty-three career victories, or eighteen short of passing Tanana for the honor.

Mussina will be thirty-seven next year, the last of his current Yankee contract (there's an unlikely to be picked up team option for 2007) and it will be interesting to see if he stays around long enough to reach victory number two forty-one, and take a bit of trivia away from Tanana.

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