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2009 New York Yankees season

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2009 New York Yankees
World Series Champions
American League Champions
American League East Champions
President Barack Obama meets with the 2009 World Series champion New York Yankees at the White House
President Barack Obama meets with
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New York Yankees at the White House
LeagueAmerican League
DivisionEast
BallparkYankee Stadium
CityNew York
Record103–59 (.636)
Divisional place1st
OwnersHal Steinbrenner
General managersBrian Cashman
ManagersJoe Girardi
TelevisionYES Network
WWOR-TV
(Michael Kay, Ken Singleton, several others as analysts)
RadioNew York Yankees Radio Network
(John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman)
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The 2009 New York Yankees season was the 107th season for the New York Yankees franchise. The Yankees opened their new Yankee Stadium on April 3, 2009, when they hosted an exhibition game against the Chicago Cubs. The new stadium hosted its first regular season game on April 16, when the team played against the Cleveland Indians[1][2] and their first playoff game against the Minnesota Twins in the ALDS on October 7, 2009. The Yankees swept the Twins in three games to win the divisional series. They won their 40th American League pennant on October 25, defeating the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 6 games to advance to the World Series, where they defeated the defending World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies in six games to win their 27th World Series title on November 4. The Yankees finished the regular season with 103 wins and 59 losses.[3]

The subsequent season would be the start of an ongoing 14-year World Series drought for the Yankees, as well as for the city of New York, as the Mets lost the 2015 World Series.

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Offseason

Passing of control

George Steinbrenner stepped down as the main decision maker for the team on November 20, as Major League Baseball's owners approved passing control to his youngest son, 39-year-old Hal Steinbrenner. The patriarch of the Yankees success over three and a half decades since buying the team from CBS in 1973 had been in failing health, and had been reducing his role in the ownership the last several seasons. Despite his limited role, he remained as a team chairman with his two sons until his death on July 13, 2010.[4]

Offseason departures

After the Yankees failed to make the playoffs for the first time since 1993, General Manager Brian Cashman made clear that there would be offseason changes.[5] Mike Mussina retired from baseball on November 20, 2008.[6] Infielder Wilson Betemit was traded to the Chicago White Sox in a trade for Nick Swisher on November 13, 2008. The Yankees declined options on first baseman Jason Giambi and starting pitcher Carl Pavano.[7] Giambi went on to sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Athletics on January 1, 2009,[8] and Pavano signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians on January 6, 2009.[9] Right fielder Bobby Abreu signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim,[10] and catcher Iván Rodríguez signed a one-year pact with the Houston Astros.[11] From those departures, the Yankees shed nearly $89 million from their payroll, enabling them to spend money to fix their team. Furthermore, the Yankees non-tendered the contracts of Chris Britton and Justin Christian,[12] allowing them to become free agents; Britton signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres[13] and Christian signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.[14]

Offseason acquisitions

The Yankees began retooling the team, when they acquired first baseman/outfielder Nick Swisher, along with relief prospect Kanekoa Texeira, from the Chicago White Sox for infielder Wilson Betemit, relief prospect Jhonny Núñez and starting pitching prospect Jeff Marquez.[15]

On December 18, 2008, the Yankees announced the signings of starting pitchers CC Sabathia to a 7-year deal worth $161 million[16] and A. J. Burnett to a 5-year deal worth $82.5 million.[17] On January 6, 2009, the Yankees signed first baseman Mark Teixeira to an 8-year deal worth $180 million with a no-trade clause.[18] The signings of Sabathia, Teixeira and Burnett filled the Yankees' biggest needs: starting pitching and first base.

On December 22, the Yankees re-signed Chien-Ming Wang to a 1-year deal worth $5 million, avoiding salary arbitration.[19] They would later reach deals with Brian Bruney, Melky Cabrera and Xavier Nady.[20][21]

On January 26, the Yankees re-signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year deal worth $5.5 million contract with performance-based incentives.[22]

The Yankees signed starting pitcher Sergio Mitre to a split (minor/major league) contract, [23] and signed former major leaguers such as Justin Leone,[24] Ángel Berroa,[25] Doug Bernier,[26] Jason Johnson,[26] Kevin Cash,[27] John Rodriguez[28] and Todd Linden;[29] they also acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the White Sox for a player-to-be-named later.[30]

In addition, to prevent them from becoming eligible for the Rule 5 draft, they placed starting pitchers Steven Jackson, Christian Garcia and Michael Dunn, as well as relief pitcher Anthony Claggett, on the 40 man roster.[31]

Coaching changes

Third base coach and former player Bobby Meacham did not get his contract renewed and special pitching instructor Rich Monteleone was fired as well. Former major leaguer Mick Kelleher was hired as the new first-base coach, with Tony Peña moving to bench coach, and Rob Thomson moving to third-base coach.[32][33]

Controversies

In early 2009, before spring training, third baseman Alex Rodriguez admitted to using steroids while playing for the Texas Rangers during the 2001–2003 seasons.[34] This happened right before a hip injury to Rodriguez that required surgery.[35][36] This kept him out from early March until mid-May. A-Rod would come back with a bang, hitting a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw since early spring training.[37]

Former manager Joe Torre, who at the time was managing with the Los Angeles Dodgers, published a book called The Yankee Years about his time in New York that criticized Steinbrenner, Cashman, and Rodriguez, among others.[38][39]

Midseason transactions

On June 30, the Yankees traded prospects Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson for OF/3B Eric Hinske of the Pittsburgh Pirates.[40]

On July 31, hours before the trade deadline, the Yankees traded catching prospect Chase Weems to the Cincinnati Reds for 3B Jerry Hairston Jr.[41]

On August 7, 2009, the Yankees traded for pitcher Chad Gaudin for a player to be named later.[42] They traded a player to be named later for Colorado Rockies minor league pitcher Jason Hirsh.[43]

They also signed several minor league free agents throughout the season such as Russ Ortiz,[42] Josh Towers,[44] Brian Peterson[45] and Yurendell de Caster.[46] They also released players such as Jason Johnson, Angel Berroa,[47] Brett Tomko,[48] Kevin Cash, [49]and Justin Leone.[50][51] Todd Linden was sold to a Japanese League team per his request.[52]

Steven Jackson was designated for assignment, then claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates in May.[53][54] Jose Veras was designated for assignment and traded to the Cleveland Indians for cash in June.[55] Anthony Claggett was designated for assignment and claimed by the Pirates in September.[56]

Roster

2009 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Manager

Coaches

Preseason

In March, Alex Rodriguez was diagnosed a hip injury and underwent surgery, sidelining him for 6 to 9 weeks.[57] The Yankees announced that journeyman Cody Ransom would start the season as the third baseman.[58] Ramiro Peña was assigned the back-up infielder spot.[59]

Regular season

April

Four F16s from 174th Fighter Wing of the New York Air National Guard Fly Over the New Yankee Stadium on Opening Day on April 16

Playing at Camden Yards, the Yankees lost the first two games of the season due to poor performances by starters CC Sabathia and Chien-Ming Wang. However, they rebounded to take the third game of the series as well as win the next two series they played against the Kansas City Royals and defending AL East Champions Tampa Bay Rays.[60] On April 14, Xavier Nady left the game after experiencing elbow pain and was placed on the disabled list; he would later try to rehab from the injury.[61][62] On April 16, the Yankees played the first game in the new Yankee Stadium, but they lost to the Cleveland Indians 10-2 after the bullpen allowed nine runs in one inning.[63][64] They managed to split the series despite being outscored 19 to 40.[60] The Yankees were swept later in the month by the rival Boston Red Sox in three games at Fenway Park.[60] The Yankees also placed Chien-Ming Wang, Cody Ransom, and Brian Bruney on the disabled list.[65][66][67]

May

Damaso Marte and Jorge Posada were placed on the disabled list in the first week of the month.[68][69] In his first game back from the disabled list on May 8, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run home run on the first pitch he saw of the season, giving the Yankees a 3–0 lead in a game they would go on to win 4–0 with the help of a four-hit shutout by Sabathia.[37] On May 15, 16 and 17, the Yankees had three consecutive walk-off wins against the Twins, including a home run by Rodriguez in his first series at the new Yankee Stadium.[70][71][72]

Late in the month, Phil Hughes, who had struggled as a starter, was moved to the bullpen.[73] His addition stabilized the bullpen and helped to turn it from a liability to a strength. He posted a stellar 1.40 ERA as a reliever, serving as a highly effective eighth-inning set-up man for closer Mariano Rivera.[74]

June

On the first day of June, the Yankees set a Major League record with 18 consecutive errorless games.[75] Late in the month, the Yankees struggled in interleague play, losing two of three to the Nationals and Marlins, falling to five games back in the division.[60] When the Yankees lost the first game of a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, Yankee GM Brian Cashman flew down to Atlanta to motivate the team in a closed-door meeting.[76] Initially, his words seemed to do little, as in the next game (6/24), the Yankees were no-hit through six innings. After Brett Gardner walked and was picked off at first base–a borderline call by umpire Bill WelkeJoe Girardi protested and was ejected from the baseball game by Welke. The next batter, rookie catcher Francisco Cervelli, hit his first big-league home run to tie the game at 1, and the Yankees went on to win the game 8–4.[77] Many sports analysts viewed this game as a major turning point in the Yankees' season.

July

The Yankees had a strong July, sweeping the Blue Jays, Twins, Tigers, and Orioles.[60] On July 4, the Yankees clinched a walk-off win with an RBI single from Jorge Posada in the 12th inning.[78] The team emerged on a hot streak after the All-Star break, winning eight consecutive games.[79]

Xavier Nady underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow, ending his season after spending three months attempting to rehab the injury.[80] At the end of the month, it was revealed that Wang would require season-ending shoulder surgery.[81]

August

The Yankees took control of the best record in baseball, highlighted by a four-game sweep of their archrivals the Boston Red Sox from August 6–9.[82] Entering the series, the Yankees had lost all 8 games in which they had faced the Red Sox in 2009. During Game 1 of the series, the Yankees pounded Red Sox starter John Smoltz for nine hits, four walks, and eight earned runs in 3.1 IP. Jorge Posada finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Yankees recorded 18 hits total and went on to win 13–6.[83] On Friday night, the second game of the series, it took 15 innings for a run to be recorded in the form of a walk-off two-run home run by Alex Rodriguez. Josh Beckett and AJ Burnett had started the pitchers' duel and each pitched at least seven shutout innings.[84] The Yankees also won the third game of the series on Saturday 5–0 behind CC Sabathia's 7.2 shutout innings.[85] In the series finale on Sunday Night Baseball, Johnny Damon and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning to propel the Yankees to a victory.[86] The sweep also gave the Yankees a stranglehold over the American League East and for the rest of the season, no other team would come within five games of first place.

September

Yankees celebrate Derek Jeter after Jeter breaks record for hits in Yankee history.

Derek Jeter became the all-time hits leader as a member of the Yankees (2,722), passing Lou Gehrig on September 11, 2009. The hit was a single off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman in the 3rd inning.[87] On September 22, 2009, after defeating the Los Angeles Angels, the Yankees became the first team to clinch a playoff spot for the 2009 MLB Postseason.[88] By beating the Boston Red Sox on September 27, the Yankees won their 100th game of the season, and clinched the American League East Division title.[89] This win proved especially significant because the Yankees had started out the season 0–8 against their rivals in Boston, and they ended up splitting the season series 9–9.

October

On October 4, the last game of the regular season, Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run home run, the 243rd home run of the team's season to date, breaking the team's previously set record in 2004 of 242. Later in the same inning he hit a grand slam, breaking the American League record for most RBI in one inning by a single player, setting it at seven. The last two at-bats of Rodriguez's season allowed him to finish with 30 home runs and 100 RBI.[90]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 103 59 0.636 57–24 46–35
Boston Red Sox 95 67 0.586 8 56–25 39–42
Tampa Bay Rays 84 78 0.519 19 52–29 32–49
Toronto Blue Jays 75 87 0.463 28 44–37 31–50
Baltimore Orioles 64 98 0.395 39 39–42 25–56


Record vs opponents

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 2–16 5–4 2–5 3–5 4–4 2–8 3–2 5–13 1–5 4–5 8–10 5–5 9–9 11–7
Boston 16–2 4–4 7–2 6–1 5–3 4–5 4–2 9–9 5–5 2–4 9–9 2–7 11–7 11–7
Chicago 4–5 4−4 10–8 9–9 9–9 5–4 6−12 3–4 4–5 4–5 6–2 2–4 1–6 12–6
Cleveland 5–2 2–7 8–10 4–14 10–8 2–4 8–10 3–5 2–5 6–4 5–3 1–8 4–4 5–13
Detroit 5–3 1–6 9–9 14–4 9–9 5–4 7–12 1–5 5–4 5–4 5–2 7–2 3–5 10–8
Kansas City 4–4 3–5 9–9 8–10 9–9 1–9 6–12 2–4 2–6 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–3 8–10
Los Angeles 8–2 5–4 4–5 4–2 4–5 9–1 6–4 5–5 12–7 10–9 4–2 8–11 4–4 14–4
Minnesota 2–3 2–4 12–6 10–8 12–7 12–6 4–6 0–7 4–6 5–5 3–3 6–4 3–5 12–6
New York 13–5 9–9 4–3 5–3 5–1 4–2 5–5 7–0 7–2 6–4 11–7 5–4 12–6 10–8
Oakland 5–1 5–5 5–4 5–2 4–5 6–2 7–12 6–4 2–7 5–14 6–4 11–8 3–6 5–13
Seattle 5–4 4–2 5–4 4–6 4–5 4–5 9–10 5–5 4–6 14–5 5–3 8–11 3–4 11–7
Tampa Bay 10–8 9–9 2–6 3–5 2–5 9–1 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 3–5 3–6 14–4 13–5
Texas 5–5 7–2 4–2 8–1 2–7 3–3 11–8 4–6 4–5 8–11 11–8 6–3 5–5 9–9
Toronto 9–9 7–11 6–1 4–4 5–3 3–4 4–4 5–3 6–12 6–3 4–3 4–14 5–5 7–11

Game log

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2009 game log
April (12–10)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 6 @ Orioles 10–5 Guthrie (1–0) Sabathia (0–1) 48,607 0–1
2 April 8 @ Orioles 7–5 Uehara (1–0) Wang (0–1) Sherrill (1) 22,856 0–2
3 April 9 @ Orioles 11–2 Burnett (1–0) Simón (0–1) 28,534 1–2
4 April 10 @ Royals 4–1 Pettitte (1–0) Ponson (0–1) Rivera (1) 38,098 2–2
5 April 11 @ Royals 6–1 Sabathia (1–1) H. Ramírez (0–1) 31,271 3–2
6 April 12 @ Royals 6–4 Cruz (1–0) Coke (0–1) Soria (3) 17,629 3–3
7 April 13 @ Rays 15–5 Kazmir (2–0) Wang (0–2) 36,973 3–4
8 April 14 @ Rays 7–2 Burnett (2–0) Howell (0–1) 36,973 4–4
9 April 15 @ Rays 4–3 Bruney (1–0) Percival (0–1) Rivera (2) 25,171 5–4
10 April 16 Indians 10–2 Lee (1–2) Veras (0–1) 48,271 5–5
11 April 17 Indians 6–5 Bruney (2–0) Lewis (1–1) Rivera (3) 45,101 6–5
12 April 18 Indians 22–4 Carmona (1–2) Wang (0–3) 45,167 6–6
13 April 19 Indians 7–3 Albaladejo (1–0) Lewis (1–2) 43,068 7–6
April 20 Athletics Postponed (rain). Rescheduled for July 23
14 April 21 Athletics 5–3 Pettitte (2–0) Eveland (0–1) Rivera (4) 42,065 8–6
15 April 22 Athletics 9–7 (14) Veras (1–1) Giese (0–2) 43,342 9–6
16 April 24 @ Red Sox 5–4 (11) R. Ramírez (2–0) Marte (0–1) 38,163 9–7
17 April 25 @ Red Sox 16–11 Okajima (1–0) Albaladejo (1–1) 37,699 9–8
18 April 26 @ Red Sox 4–1 Masterson (2–0) Pettitte (2–1) Saito (2) 38,154 9–9
19 April 27 @ Tigers 4–2 Verlander (1–2) Sabathia (1–2) 28,784 9–10
20 April 28 @ Tigers 11–0 Hughes (1–0) Perry (0–1) 25,519 10–10
21 April 29 @ Tigers 8–6 Chamberlain (1–0) Porcello (1–3) 28,348 11–10
22 April 30 Angels 7–4 Coke (1–1) Speier (0–1) Rivera (5) 43,388 12–10
May (17–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
23 May 1 Angels 10–9 Albaladejo (2–1) Fuentes (0–2) 44,058 13–10
24 May 2 Angels 8–4 Palmer (2–0) Sabathia (1–3) 44,970 13–11
May 3 Angels Postponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 14
25 May 4 Red Sox 6–4 Lester (2–2) Hughes (1–1) Papelbon (7) 46,426 13–12
26 May 5 Red Sox 7–3 Beckett (3–2) Chamberlain (1–1) 46,810 13–13
27 May 6 Rays 4–3 (10) Balfour (1–0) Coke (1–2) Percival (5) 42,585 13–14
28 May 7 Rays 8–6 Shouse (1–0) Rivera (0–1) Nelson (1) 43,769 13–15
29 May 8 @ Orioles 4–0 Sabathia (2–3) Guthrie (2–3) 36,926 14–15
30 May 9 @ Orioles 12–5 Eaton (2–3) Hughes (1–2) 41,825 14–16
31 May 10 @ Orioles 5–3 Chamberlain (2–1) Johnson (2–1) Rivera (6) 33,290 15–16
32 May 12 @ Blue Jays 5–1 Halladay (7–1) Burnett (2–1) 43,737 15–17
33 May 13 @ Blue Jays 8–2 Pettitte (3–1) Richmond (4–2) 20,164 16–17
34 May 14 @ Blue Jays 3–2 Sabathia (3–3) Carlson (0–2) Rivera (7) 22,667 17–17
35 May 15 Twins 5–4 Veras (2–1) Nathan (1–1) 43,856 18–17
36 May 16 Twins 6–4 (11) Aceves (1–0) Breslow (1–2) 45,455 19–17
37 May 17 Twins 3–2 (10) Aceves (2–0) Crain (2–2) 44,804 20–17
38 May 18 Twins 7–6 Pettitte (4–1) Perkins (1–3) Coke (1) 43,244 21–17
39 May 19 Orioles 9–1 Sabathia (4–3) Bergesen (1–2) 42,838 22–17
40 May 20 Orioles 11–4 Hughes (2–2) Guthrie (3–4) Rivera (8) 43,903 23–17
41 May 21 Orioles 7–4 Aceves (3–0) Eaton (2–5) Rivera (9) 43,342 24–17
42 May 22 Phillies 7–3 Myers (4–2) Burnett (2–2) 46,288 24–18
43 May 23 Phillies 5–4 Veras (3–1) Lidge (0–2) 46,889 25–18
44 May 24 Phillies 4–3 (11) Condrey (4–0) Tomko (0–1) 46,986 25–19
45 May 25 @ Rangers 11–1 Hughes (3–2) Harrison (4–4) 48,914 26–19
46 May 26 @ Rangers 7–3 Jennings (2–1) Aceves (3–1) 33,397 26–20
47 May 27 @ Rangers 9–2 Burnett (3–2) Holland (1–2) 38,409 27–20
48 May 29 @ Indians 3–1 Pettitte (5–1) Lee (2–6) Rivera (10) 32,802 28–20
49 May 30 @ Indians 10–5 Sabathia (5–3) Carmona (2–5) 34,396 29–20
50 May 31 @ Indians 5–4 Wood (2–2) Coke (1–3) 29, 405 29–21
June (15–11)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
51 June 1 @ Indians 5–2 Chamberlain (3–1) Aquino (1–1) Rivera (11) 23,651 30–21
52 June 2 Rangers 12–3 Burnett (4–2) Padilla (3–3) 43,948 31–21
53 June 3 Rangers 4–2 Feldman (5–0) Pettitte (5–2) Francisco (12) 44,452 31–22
54 June 4 Rangers 8–6 Robertson (1–0) Wilson (3–3) Rivera (12) 45,713 32–22
June 5 Rays Postponed (rain) Rescheduled for September 7
55 June 6 Rays 9–7 Howell (1–2) Rivera (0–2) Choate (3) 46,205 32–23
56 June 7 Rays 4–3 Aceves (4–1) Balfour (2–1) Rivera (13) 46,465 33–23
57 June 8 Rays 5–3 Pettitte (6–2) Sonnanstine (4–6) Rivera (14) 44,706 34–23
58 June 9 @ Red Sox 7–0 Beckett (7–2) Burnett (4–3) 37,883 34–24
59 June 10 @ Red Sox 6–5 Wakefield (8–3) Wang (0–4) Papelbon (15) 38,121 34–25
60 June 11 @ Red Sox 4–3 Saito (1–0) Sabathia (5–4) Papelbon (16) 38,153 34–26
61 June 12 Mets 9–8 Rivera (1–2) Rodríguez (1–1) 47,967 35–26
62 June 13 Mets 6–2 Nieve (1–0) Pettitte (6–3) 48,056 35–27
63 June 14 Mets 15–0 Burnett (5–3) Santana (8–4) 47,943 36–27
64 June 16 Nationals 5–3 Sabathia (6–4) Villone (3–4) Rivera (15) 44,873 37–27
65 June 17 Nationals 3–2 Lannan (4–5) Wang (0–5) MacDougal (1) 46,052 37–28
66 June 18 Nationals 3–0 Stammen (1–2) Chamberlain (3–2) MacDougal (2) 45,143 37–29
67 June 19 @ Marlins 5–1 Pettitte (7–3) West (2–2) 35,027 38–29
68 June 20 @ Marlins 2–1 Johnson (7–1) Burnett (5–4) Lindstrom (13) 46,427 38–30
69 June 21 @ Marlins 6–5 Volstad (5–7) Tomko (0–2) Lindstrom (14) 35,827 38–31
70 June 23 @ Braves 4–0 Hanson (3–0) Wang (0–6) 40,828 38–32
71 June 24 @ Braves 8–4 Chamberlain (4–2) Medlen (2–3) Rivera (16) 42,315 39–32
72 June 25 @ Braves 11–7 Aceves (5–1) Lowe (7–6) Rivera (17) 47,508 40–32
73 June 26 @ Mets 9–1 Sabathia (7–4) Pelfrey (5–3) 41,278 41–32
74 June 27 @ Mets 5–0 Burnett (6–4) Redding (1–3) 41,302 42–32
75 June 28 @ Mets 4–2 Wang (1–6) Hernández (5–3) Rivera (18) 41,315 43–32
76 June 30 Mariners 8–5 Bruney (3–0) White (2–1) Rivera (19) 46,181 44–32
July (18–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
77 July 1 Mariners 4–2 Pettitte (8–3) Washburn (4–6) Rivera (20) 45,285 45–32
78 July 2 Mariners 8–4 Batista (5–2) Sabathia (7–5) 46,142 45–33
79 July 3 Blue Jays 4–2 Burnett (7–4) Tallet (5–6) Rivera (21) 46,308 46–33
80 July 4 Blue Jays 6–5 (12) Tomko (1–2) Camp (0–4) 46,620 47–33
81 July 5 Blue Jays 10–8 Albaladejo (3–1) Ryan (1–1) Aceves (1) 46,320 48–33
82 July 6 Blue Jays 7–6 Romero (7–3) Pettitte (8–4) Frasor (3) 46,450 48–34
83 July 7 @ Twins 10–2 Sabathia (8–5) Baker (6–7) 29,540 49–34
84 July 8 @ Twins 4–3 Burnett (8–4) Swarzak (2–3) Rivera (22) 38,115 50–34
85 July 9 @ Twins 6–4 Albaladejo (4–1) Liriano (4–9) Rivera (23) 40,142 51–34
86 July 10 @ Angels 10–6 Bulger (4–1) Melancon (0–1) Fuentes (25) 44,076 51–35
87 July 11 @ Angels 14–8 Weaver (10–3) Pettitte (8–5) 42,602 51–36
88 July 12 @ Angels 5–4 Lackey (4–4) Sabathia (8–6) Fuentes (26) 41,532 51–37
All-Star Break: AL defeats NL, 4–3
89 July 17 Tigers 5–3 Hughes (4–2) Zumaya (3–3) Rivera (24) 46,197 52–37
90 July 18 Tigers 2–1 Sabathia (9–6) Verlander (10–5) Rivera (25) 46,423 53–37
91 July 19 Tigers 2–1 Chamberlain (5–2) Jackson (7–5) Rivera (26) 46,937 54–37
92 July 20 Orioles 2–1 Aceves (6–1) Johnson (3–4) 46,342 55–37
93 July 21 Orioles 6–4 Mitre (1–0) Hill (3–3) Rivera (27) 45,589 56–37
94 July 22 Orioles 6–4 Burnett (9–4) Berken (1–8) Rivera (28) 47,134 57–37
95 July 23 Athletics 6–3 Sabathia (10–6) Mazzaro (2–7) Hughes (1) 44,206 58–37
96 July 24 Athletics 8–3 Chamberlain (6–2) Anderson (5–8) 46,086 59–37
97 July 25 Athletics 6–4 Gonzalez (2–2) Pettitte (8–6) Bailey (11) 46,412 59–38
98 July 26 Athletics 7–5 Coke (2–3) Braden (7–9) Rivera (29) 46,163 60–38
99 July 27 @ Rays 11–4 Burnett (10–4) Shields (6–7) Robertson (1) 33,442 61–38
100 July 28 @ Rays 6–2 Kazmir (5–6) Sabathia (10–7) 32,304 61–39
101 July 29 @ Rays 6–2 Chamberlain (7–2) Garza (7–8) 32,398 62–39
102 July 30 @ White Sox 3–2 Thornton (5–2) Hughes (4–3) 31,305 62–40
103 July 31 @ White Sox 10–5 Peña (6–3) Robertson (1–1) 38,228 62–41
August (21–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
104 August 1 @ White Sox 14–4 Danks (9–7) Burnett (10–5) 38,763 62–42
105 August 2 @ White Sox 8–5 Sabathia (11–7) Buehrle (11–5) Rivera (30) 36,325 63–42
106 August 4 @ Blue Jays 5–3 Pettitte (9–6) Halladay (11–5) Rivera (31) 33,669 64–42
107 August 5 @ Blue Jays 8–4 Aceves (7–1) Rzepczynski (1–3) 31,402 65–42
108 August 6 Red Sox 13–6 Chamberlain (8–2) Smoltz (2–5) 49,005 66–42
109 August 7 Red Sox 2–0 (15) Coke (3–3) Tazawa (0–1) 48,262 67–42
110 August 8 Red Sox 5–0 Sabathia (12–7) Buchholz (1–2) 48,796 68–42
111 August 9 Red Sox 5–2 Coke (4–3) Bard (0–1) Rivera (32) 48,190 69–42
112 August 10 Blue Jays 5–4 Camp (1–5) Mitre (1–1) Frasor (5) 46,376 69–43
113 August 11 Blue Jays 7–5 Robertson (2–1) Carlson (1–5) Rivera (33) 46,523 70–43
114 August 12 Blue Jays 4–3 (11) Gaudin (1–0) Camp (1–6) 47,113 71–43
115 August 13 @ Mariners 11–1 Sabathia (13–7) Snell (0–1) 33,585 72–43
116 August 14 @ Mariners 4–2 Hughes (5–3) Lowe (1–5) Rivera (34) 36,769 73–43
117 August 15 @ Mariners 5–2 Mitre (2–1) French (2–3) Rivera (35) 44,272 74–43
118 August 16 @ Mariners 10–3 Fister (1–0) Chamberlain (8–3) 45,210 74–44
119 August 17 @ Athletics 3–0 Tomko (2–2) Burnett (10–6) Bailey (18) 24,409 74–45
120 August 18 @ Athletics 7–2 Sabathia (14–7) Marshall (0–1) 25,383 75–45
121 August 19 @ Athletics 3–2 Aceves (8–1) Anderson (7–9) Rivera (36) 35,067 76–45
122 August 21 @ Red Sox 20–11 Pettitte (10–6) Penny (7–8) 37,869 77–45
123 August 22 @ Red Sox 14–1 Tazawa (2–2) Burnett (10–7) 37,277 77–46
124 August 23 @ Red Sox 8–4 Sabathia (15–7) Beckett (14–5) 38,008 78–46
125 August 25 Rangers 10–9 Millwood (10–8) Chamberlain (8–4) 46,511 78–47
126 August 26 Rangers 9–2 Pettitte (11–6) Holland (7–8) 46,461 79–47
127 August 27 Rangers 7–2 Grilli (2–3) Burnett (10–8) 47,209 79–48
128 August 28 White Sox 5–2 (10) Bruney (4–0) Williams (0–1) 46,318 80–48
129 August 29 White Sox 10–0 Mitre (3–1) Contreras (5–13) 46,193 81–48
130 August 30 White Sox 8–3 Aceves (9–1) García (0–2) 46,664 82–48
131 August 31 @ Orioles 5–1 Pettitte (12–6) Guthrie (9–13) Rivera (37) 25,063 83–48
September (19–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
132 September 1 @ Orioles 9–6 Marte (1–1) Ray (0–3) Rivera (38) 25,782 84–48
133 September 2 @ Orioles 10–2 Sabathia (16–7) Mickolio (0–2) Hughes (2) 21,126 85–48
134 September 3 @ Blue Jays 10–5 Aceves (10–1) Romero (11–7) 22,773 86–48
135 September 4 @ Blue Jays 6–0 Halladay (14–8) Chamberlain (8–5) 22,179 86–49
136 September 5 @ Blue Jays 6–4 Pettitte (13–6) Cecil (6–4) Hughes (3) 31,295 87–49
137 September 6 @ Blue Jays 14–8 Tallet (6–9) Mitre (3–2) 30,873 87–50
138 September 7 Rays 4–1 Hughes (6–3) Cormier (2–2) Rivera (39) 47,436 88–50
139 September 7 Rays 11–1 Burnett (11–8) Sonnanstine (6–9) 45,953 89–50
140 September 8 Rays 3–2 Rivera (2–2) Wheeler (4–4) 45,350 90–50
141 September 9 Rays 4–2 Albaladejo (5–1) Cormier (2–3) Coke (2) 45,848 91–50
142 September 11 Orioles 10–4 Tillman (2–3) Marte (1–2) Hendrickson (1) 46,771 91–51
143 September 12 Orioles 7–3 Matsuz (5–2) Burnett (11–9) 46,497 91–52
144 September 13 Orioles 13–3 Sabathia (17–7) Guthrie (10–14) 46,413 92–52
145 September 14 Angels 5–3 Hughes (7–3) Weaver (15–6) Rivera (40) 44,701 93–52
146 September 15 Blue Jays 10–4 Halladay (15–9) Mitre (3–3) 45,847 93–53
147 September 16 Blue Jays 5–4 Rivera (3–2) Frasor (6–3) 46,046 94–53
148 September 18 @ Mariners 3–2 Hernández (16–5) Rivera (3–3) 28,395 94–54
149 September 19 @ Mariners 10–1 Sabathia (18–7) Fister (2–3) 43,173 95–54
150 September 20 @ Mariners 7–1 Snell (7–10) Chamberlain (8–6) 35,885 95–55
151 September 21 @ Angels 5–2 Saunders (14–7) Pettitte (13–7) Fuentes (44) 38,667 95–56
152 September 22 @ Angels 6–5 Hughes (8–3) Palmer (10–2) Rivera (41) 40,374 96–56
153 September 23 @ Angels 3–2 Burnett (12–9) Kazmir (9–9) Rivera (42) 35,760 97–56
154 September 25 Red Sox 9–5 Chamberlain (9–6) Lester (14–8) 48,449 98–56
155 September 26 Red Sox 3–0 Sabathia (19–7) Matsuzaka (3–6) Rivera (43) 48,809 99–56
156 September 27 Red Sox 4–2 Pettitte (14–7) Byrd (1–3) Rivera (44) 47,576 100–56
157 September 28 Royals 8–2 Gaudin (2–0) Hochevar (7–12) 45,348 101–56
158 September 29 Royals 4–3 Bruney (5–0) Farnsworth (1–5) 44,794 102–56
159 September 30 Royals 4–3 Wright (3–5) Marte (1–3) Soria (30) 46,956 102–57
October (1–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
160 October 2 @ Rays 13–4 Price (10–7) Sabathia (19–8) 22,704 102–58
161 October 3 @ Rays 5–3 Niemann (13–6) Pettitte (14–8) Balfour (4) 30,084 102–59
162 October 4 @ Rays 10–2 Burnett (13–9) Davis (2–2) 28,699 103–59

Postseason

ALDS

The Yankees defeated the Minnesota Twins in the Division Series, 3 games to 0. The two teams previously met in the 2003 and 2004 Division Series, with the Yankees winning both series in four games.

The Yankees won Game 1 behind a strong start from CC Sabathia, a pivotal two-run home run by Derek Jeter, two huge RBI singles by Alex Rodriguez and a two-run homer by Hideki Matsui.[91]

Trailing 3–1 in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 2, Alex Rodriguez hit a game-tying two-run homer off Twins closer Joe Nathan. David Robertson escaped a bases-loaded, no out jam in the Top of the 11th, and Mark Teixeira lined a walk-off home run off José Mijares to lead off the bottom half to give the Yankees a 4–3 win.[92]

Former Yankee Carl Pavano threw shutout ball through 6 innings in Game 3 in what would turn out to be the final baseball game ever played at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. However, in the top of the 7th, Rodriguez and Jorge Posada each hit a home run to give the Yankees a 2–1 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, the Twins' Nick Punto made a wide turn at 3rd base after a Denard Span infield single with no one out, and was thrown out attempting to retreat back, killing the Twins' threat. The Yankees tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the 9th, and Mariano Rivera shut the door in the 9th to give the Yankees their first postseason series victory since the 2004 ALDS.[93]

Rodriguez played a pivotal role in the Division Series, hitting two home runs (both of which were game-tying), batting .455 (5-for-11), and collecting 6 RBI.[94] Before 2009, Rodriguez had only 4 postseason home runs in a Yankee uniform, and hadn't batted above .300 in a postseason since 2004.

ALCS

The Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels in six games in the ALCS. This marked the franchise's 40th American League pennant, and the first time the Yankees had defeated the Angels in a postseason series. Yankees ace CC Sabathia was named ALCS MVP, with a 2–0 record and 1.13 ERA in two starts against the Angels.[95]

Sabathia hurled 8 brilliant innings in a Game 1 4–1 Yankee victory, helped by three uncharacteristic Angels errors.[96]

In a classic Game 2, the score remained tied at 2 heading to the 11th inning. In the top half, Chone Figgins broke out of his postseason slump by blooping an RBI single to left field to score Gary Matthews Jr. and give the Angels a 3–2 lead. However, in the bottom half, Alex Rodriguez lined a home run into the short right-field porch off Angels closer Brian Fuentes to tie the game at 3. In the bottom of the 13th, Maicer Izturis threw away a potential double play ball from Melky Cabrera to score Jerry Hairston Jr. with the winning run, giving the Yankees a 2–0 series lead.[97]

The Angels returned the favor in Game 3 with a walk-off win of their own. Vladimir Guerrero hit a huge game tying two-run homer off Andy Pettitte with two out in the bottom of the 6th, and Jeff Mathis laced a game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the 11th to win the game for the Angels, 5–4. This came after a controversial decision from manager Joe Girardi to lift David Robertson for Alfredo Aceves with two out and no one on in the 11th. Aceves served up a single to Howie Kendrick, followed by the Mathis double. Four solo home runs accounted for the Yankees' scoring, hit by Derek Jeter, Rodriguez, Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada.[98]

Sabathia threw 8 more brilliant innings in Game 4, this time on three-days' rest. Melky Cabrera sparked the Yankees with four RBIs, including a two-run single in the 4th. Rodriguez added a two-run homer, tying a postseason record with RBIs in eight consecutive games. Damon put the game away with a two-run homer in the 8th, and the Yankees won 10–1, putting them one win away from their 40th American League pennant.[99]

A. J. Burnett allowed four runs before recording an out in the bottom of the first inning of Game 5, but settled down soon thereafter. The Yankees rallied for 6 runs with two outs in the top of the 7th inning, including a 3-run double by Mark Teixeira, a game-tying single by Hideki Matsui, and a two-run triple by Robinson Canó. However, in the bottom half, the Angels rallied for 3 runs of their own to regain a 7–6 lead. Phil Hughes allowed a game-tying RBI single by Guerrero and a go-ahead RBI single to Kendry Morales. The Yankees threatened in the top of the 9th, but with two out and the bases loaded, Fuentes induced Nick Swisher to pop out to shortstop Erick Aybar on a 3–2 pitch to send the series back to New York.[100]

In Game 6, Damon sparked the Yankees with a 2-run single in the bottom of the 4th to give the Yankees a lead that they would not relinquish. Pettitte hurled 613 strong innings, allowing only one earned run. Mariano Rivera came on in the 8th for a 6 out save, but allowed an RBI single to Guerrero to make it a 3–2 Yankee lead. It was the first postseason run allowed by Rivera at home since 2000, and the only one he would give up in the 2009 postseason. In the bottom half, errors by Kendrick and Scott Kazmir gave the Yankees two insurance runs, and Rivera shut the door in the 9th to give the Yankees their 40th American League pennant.[101]

World Series

New York Yankees celebrate after their 7–3 win against the Philadelphia Phillies and win the franchise's 27th World Series championship.
Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez during the 2009 World Series parade.

The Yankees beat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2009 World Series, 4 games to 2. The Phillies were playing for their second consecutive World Series title and 3rd overall, while the Yankees won their first title since 2000, and 27th overall. The two teams' previous postseason meeting came in the 1950 World Series, with the Yankees sweeping the Phillies. After Jimmy Rollins predicted that the Phillies would win the series in five games or "six if they were nice", the Yankees went on to win the series in six.[102]

Cliff Lee shut down the Yankees in a complete game 6–1 victory for the Phillies in Game 1.[103] The Yankees responded in Game 2 with a 3–1 win. Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui homered off Pedro Martínez, and A. J. Burnett pitched 7 great innings.[104]

The Yankees won Game 3 behind 6 innings from Andy Pettitte, coupled with the first instant replay-overturned home run in World Series history by Alex Rodriguez and homers from Nick Swisher and Matsui.[105]

In Game 4, the Yankees carried a 4–3 lead into the 8th inning. But with two out and no one on, Pedro Feliz lined a solo home run to left off Joba Chamberlain on a 3–2 pitch to tie the game. However, in the top of the 9th, Johnny Damon grinded out a nine pitch at-bat with two outs off Phillies closer Brad Lidge, lining a single to left center field. Damon then stole second base, and with the infield overshift on with Teixeira batting, Damon alertly stole an unoccupied third base. After Teixeira was hit by a pitch, Alex Rodriguez lined a double down the left field line to give the Yankees a 5–4 lead. Jorge Posada added two insurance runs thereafter, and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 9th to put the Yankees one win away from winning the series.[106][107] The Yankees also lost Melky Cabrera for the remainder of the series, after he injured his hamstring running out a grounder in the sixth inning.[108]

Burnett imploded in Game 5, allowing six earned runs in only two innings pitched. The Yankees rallied late, but fell short as the Phillies sent the series back to The Bronx with an 8–6 win.[109]

Matsui earned the World Series MVP award thanks to his performance in Game 6.[110] He became only the second player in baseball history to collect six RBI in a World Series game, finishing a triple short of the cycle. This included a two-run home run in the 2nd, a two-run single in the 3rd, and a two-run double in the 5th. Matsui finished the series with a .615 batting average with three home runs and 8 RBI. Pitching on three-days' rest, Pettitte earned his 4th win of the postseason, becoming the first pitcher in baseball history to start and win the clinching game of all rounds in a single postseason (Derek Lowe did the same in 2004 but with one of his wins coming in relief). Rivera recorded the final five outs to give the Yankees their 27th World Series Championship, by far the most in the history of baseball and the most in North American sports.[111][112]

Game log

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Yankees win Yankees loss Game postponed
2009 Postseason game log
ALDS vs. Minnesota Twins (Yankees win series 3–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 7 Twins 7–2 Sabathia (1–0) Duensing (0–1) 49,464 1–0
2 October 9 Twins 4–3 (11) Robertson (1–0) Mijares (0–1) 50,006 2–0
3 October 11 @ Twins 4–1 Pettitte (1–0) Pavano (0–1) Rivera (1) 54,375 3–0
ALCS vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Yankees win series 4–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 16 Angels 4–1 Sabathia (2–0) Lackey (1–1) Rivera (2) 49,688 1–0
2 October 17 Angels 4–3 (13) Robertson (2–0) Santana (0–1) 49,922 2–0
3 October 19 @ Angels 5–4 (11) Santana (1–1) Aceves (0–1) 44,911 2–1
4 October 20 @ Angels 10–1 Sabathia (3–0) Kazmir (0–1) 45,160 3–1
5 October 22 @ Angels 7–6 Jepsen (1–0) Hughes (0–1) Fuentes (1) 45,113 3–2
October 24 Angels Postponed (rain). Rescheduled for October 25
6 October 25 Angels 5–2 Pettitte (2–0) Saunders (0–1) Rivera (3) 50,173 4–2
World Series vs. Philadelphia Phillies (Yankees win series 4–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 October 28 Phillies 6–1 Lee (3–0) Sabathia (3–1) 50,027 0–1
2 October 29 Phillies 3–1 Burnett (1–0) Martínez (0–1) Rivera (4) 50,181 1–1
3 October 31 @ Phillies 8–5 Pettitte (3–0) Hamels (1–2) 46,061 2–1
4 November 1 @ Phillies 7–4 Chamberlain (1–0) Lidge (0–1) Rivera (5) 46,145 3–1
5 November 2 @ Phillies 8–6 Lee (4–0) Burnett (1–1) Madson (1) 46,178 3–2
6 November 4 Phillies 7–3 Pettitte (4–0) Martínez (0–2) 50,315 4–2

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB AVG SB
Ángel Berroa 21 22 6 3 1 0 0 1 0 .136 0
Melky Cabrera 154 485 66 133 28 1 13 68 43 .274 10
Robinson Canó 161 637 103 204 48 2 25 85 30 .320 5
Kevin Cash 10 26 1 6 2 0 0 3 0 .231 0
Francisco Cervelli 42 94 13 28 4 0 1 11 2 .298 0
Johnny Damon 143 550 107 155 36 3 24 82 71 .282 12
Shelley Duncan 11 15 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 .200 0
Brett Gardner 108 248 48 67 6 6 3 23 26 .270 26
Freddy Guzmán 10 6 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 .167 4
Jerry Hairston Jr. 45 76 15 18 5 0 2 12 11 .237 0
Eric Hinske 39 84 13 19 3 0 7 14 10 .226 1
Derek Jeter 153 634 107 212 27 1 18 66 72 .334 30
Hideki Matsui 142 456 62 125 21 1 28 90 64 .274 0
Juan Miranda 8 9 2 3 0 0 1 3 0 .333 0
José Molina 52 138 15 30 4 0 1 11 14 .217 0
Xavier Nady 7 28 4 8 4 0 0 2 1 .286 0
Ramiro Peña 69 115 17 33 6 1 1 10 5 .287 4
Jorge Posada 111 383 55 109 25 0 22 81 48 .285 1
Cody Ransom 31 79 11 15 9 1 0 10 7 .190 2
Alex Rodriguez 124 444 78 127 17 1 30 100 80 .286 14
Nick Swisher 150 498 84 124 35 1 29 82 97 .249 0
Mark Teixeira 156 609 103 178 43 3 39 122 81 .292 2
Pitcher Totals 162 24 2 3 1 0 0 3 1 .125 0
Team Totals 162 5660 915 1604 325 21 244 831 663 .283 111

Pitching

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; CG = Complete games SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS CG SV IP R ER BB K
Alfredo Aceves 10 1 3.54 43 1 0 1 84.0 36 33 16 69
Jonathan Albaladejo 5 1 5.24 33 0 0 0 34.1 23 20 16 21
Brian Bruney 5 0 3.92 44 0 0 0 39.0 17 17 23 36
A. J. Burnett 13 9 4.04 33 33 1 0 207.0 99 93 97 195
Joba Chamberlain 9 6 4.75 32 31 0 0 157.1 94 83 76 133
Anthony Claggett 0 0 33.75 2 0 0 0 2.2 10 10 4 3
Phil Coke 4 3 4.50 72 0 0 2 60.0 34 30 20 49
Michael Dunn 0 0 6.75 4 0 0 0 4.0 3 3 5 5
Chad Gaudin 2 0 3.43 11 6 0 0 42.0 16 16 20 34
Phil Hughes 8 3 3.03 51 7 0 3 86.0 31 29 28 96
Ian Kennedy 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 2 1
Dámaso Marte 1 3 9.45 21 0 0 0 13.1 14 14 6 13
Mark Melancon 0 1 3.86 13 0 0 0 16.1 8 7 10 10
Sergio Mitre 3 3 6.79 12 9 0 0 51.2 45 39 13 32
Andy Pettitte 14 8 4.16 32 32 0 0 194.2 101 90 76 148
Edwar Ramírez 0 0 5.73 20 0 0 0 22.0 15 14 18 22
Mariano Rivera 3 3 1.76 66 0 0 44 66.1 14 13 12 72
David Robertson 2 1 3.30 45 0 0 1 43.2 19 16 23 63
CC Sabathia 19 8 3.37 34 34 2 0 230.0 96 86 67 197
Nick Swisher 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 1 1
Brett Tomko 1 2 5.23 15 0 0 0 20.2 12 12 7 11
Josh Towers 0 0 3.38 2 0 0 0 5.1 3 2 1 2
José Veras 3 1 5.96 25 0 0 0 25.2 17 17 14 18
Chien-Ming Wang 1 6 9.64 12 9 0 0 42.0 46 45 19 29
Team Totals 103 59 4.26 162 162 3 51 1450.0 753 687 574 1260

Source:2009 New York Yankees team stats at Baseball Reference

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees International League Dave Miley
AA Trenton Thunder Eastern League Tony Franklin
A Tampa Yankees Florida State League Luis Sojo
A Charleston RiverDogs South Atlantic League Torre Tyson
A-Short Season Staten Island Yankees New York–Penn League Josh Paul
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Jody Reed

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tampa Yankees and Staten Island Yankees.[113]

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