New York Yankees Nick Swisher

by stephanie ~ June 8th, 2009.

Mr. Number 33, known for touching his lips and pointing to the sky after he gets a hit (a gesture he does in honor for his grandma) was traded with the Yankees in November 13, 2008. His half Italian on her mother’s side, I assume one of the reasons why he does this pointing to the sky thing on behalf of his grandmother.

He is the team’s first baseman and outfielder who throws left handed.  I guess, he followed his dad’s tracks and became an MLB player himself. He is the son of the former major league catcher Steve Swisher of the Chicago Cubs (1974-1977), St. Louis Cardinals (1978-1980), and San Diego Padres (1981-1982).

Swisher finished 6th in the American League Rookie of the Year, though his team mates Huston Street and Joe Blanton finished first and 7th. He started as a right fielder replacing Xavier Nady for the New York Yankees. Captivatingly,  he started well with the team as a great opportunity for the progress of his baseball career that he finished off with 3 for 5 with a home run and tying his career high of 5 RBI’s.

Recently, in April 13, 2009, he earned the nickname “Subway strangler” for pitching one inning, allowing one hit and one walk before retiring the next three batters in a 15-5 losing game. Consequently, he recorded a strikeout against Gabe Kapler during his first appearance in MLB. Also, he is the Yankee position player to pitch since Wade Boggs in 1997, as well as the first Yankee to home and pitch in the same game since Lindy McDaniel did it in Detroit on September 28, 1972.

The baseball player was not selected in the MLB draft out of high school so he went straight to Ohio State because they were the only one’s during that time who recruited him. He earned “All-Big 10” honors in 2002 after batting .348 with 10 homeruns and 52 RBI’s . He was feature on Michael Lewis’s  2003 book “Moneyball” about orthodox baseball thinking and the new sabermetric  influenced system put into practiced by Billy Beane.

So that’s it about Nick Fisher’s highlights in his baseball career. I hope you learned a little something to add in your New York Yankees players in your vocabulary.



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