June 8, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees catcher Russell Martin (55) congratulates relief pitcher Ryota Igarashi (43) after the game against the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. Yankees won 9-1. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
When Ryota Igarashi took the mound in the ninth inning of last night's Subway Series opener, he became the 113th player to suit up for both the Yankees and Mets. Somewhere up above, Marvelous Marv Thornberry, the fraternity's founding member, must have been smiling. However, Igarashi did more than just add his name to a long list. By making an appearance for the Yankees against the Mets he joined an even more select group of players who rode the rails on both sides of the Subway Series.
Subway Series Two-Timers – Position Players
Since the Subway Series was inaugurated in 1997, 10 position players have participated as a member of both teams, but only two had considerable experience playing on both sides of the
Robin Ventura had the most plate appearances among the two-timers, but didn’t distinguish himself with either team. His .597 OPS in 62 plate appearances with the Mets was probably more helpful to the Yankees than his similarly subpar performance when he traded in his orange pinstripes for navy blue. Despite his overall struggles, however, it wasn’t all bad for
Several brand name pitchers like David Cone, Dwight Gooden, and Al Leiter have pitched in the Bronx and Queens, but the short list of hurlers who experienced the Subway Series from both dugouts is much more modest. Orlando Hernandez, who is the only starting pitcher of the group, had the biggest impact, but it was one-sided in favor of the Yankees. El Duque not only lost both games he started as a Met, but while with the Yankees, he went 2-0 with one save in his four appearances. Of course, Mets’ fans can always take consolation in the 2000 World Series. In game 3, the Amazins beat El Duque for their only win of the series.
Like Igarashi, the other pitchers who played for both teams in the Subway Series were relievers, who, with the exception of Mike Stanton, had very little influence on the outcome of each game. And yet, one of these pitchers of little renowned probably appreciated the experience more than any other. Allen Watson’s eight-year major league career is likely to fade into the anonymity of baseball history, but the