Swisher and Choate retire.

Yankee Stadium Frieze
This week saw the retirement of two former Yankees.

Nick Swisher, RF for the 2009 WS champs (249-29-82, OPS+ 122), and a Yankee 2009-2012, retired. An All-Star in 2010, he hit .268 with 105 HR in his 4 years as a Yankee, OPS+ 124. It’s where he had his best years. For his career, he hit .249 with 245 HR, OPS+ 113. From 2004-2015 he played for the A’s, White Sox, Yankees, Indians and Braves.In the postseason, the ebullient Swish went .165-4-8 in 47 games.

Randy Choate, who was a rookie in 2000 and the last active player from that 2000 WS Championship team (0-1, 4.76), also retired.  Choate was with the Yanks 2000-2003, going 3-2, 4.43 as a Yankee, ERA+ 104. He may have been an unlikely candidate for 15 years in the majors, but that’s what being a LOOGY (Lefty One Out GuY) will do for you. In his career he went 16-14, 3.90, ERA+ 108 for the Yankees, Diamondbacks, Rays, Marlins, Dodgers and Cardinals and besides pitching for the Yanks in the 2001 WS, pitched for the Cardinals in the 2013 WS. He was 0-1, 3.38 in 21 postseason games.

 

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