Hideki Matsui

Bernie Williams (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 59-50

As part of our weekly rankings of the best local athletes by uniform/jersey number, we continue with 59-50.

09/30/2014

Derek Jeter stretches with his teammates during batting practice against the Texas Rangers prior to Game 1 of the 2010 ALCS. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Current, Former Yankees Tell Their Favorite Derek Jeter Stories

I asked those who played alongside, managed or coached Jeter along the way for a favorite story or memory, something that stood out when they thought of the captain. This is what they told me…

09/23/2014

Derek Jeter in 1997 (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Baseball Lifers Recall First Impressions Of Derek Jeter

It’s not hard to call up images of a 20-something Jeter and look back on his career. But for those who have spent time with him up close, they have a database that can’t be Googled.

09/22/2014

Masahiro Tanaka speaks to the media in Japan on January 23, 2014.  (Photo by JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

Palladino: Can Masahiro Tanaka Be A Savior For Yankees?

If Tanaka and his Beethovian six-pitch mound symphony can turn into a No. 1 or No. 2 rotation option immediately, his richness in texture and rhythm can transform last year’s also-ran into a contender. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here.

01/24/2014

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Yankees Honor Mariano By Retiring #42 In Monument Park

The New York Yankees are honoring career saves leader Mariano Rivera in a 50 plus minute pregame ceremony.

09/22/2013

Alfonso Soriano (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Soriano Helps Yankees Avoid Sweep In Jeter’s Return With Walk-Off Hit

Alfonso Soriano lifted New York over the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

07/28/2013

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees presents former Yankee Hideki Matsui a framed jersey during during a pre game ceremony honoring Matsui before a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Matsui Retires As A Bronx Bomber, Yankees Honor Former World Series MVP

The 39-year-old Matsui put his signature to his official Major League Baseball retirement papers in an on-field ceremony before the Yankees played Tampa Bay.

07/28/2013

Don Mattingly (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Past, Present And Future — Donnie Baseball Talks Yankees And Baseball

Don Mattingly’s return to Yankee Stadium as manager of the Dodgers is unprecedented. Never has a player as iconic as Mattingly returned to New York in a visiting uniform.

06/19/2013

Hideki Matsui after the Yankees clinched the 2009 World Series. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsui Getting 1-Day Contract To Retire A Yankee

Matsui wants to go out in style — and that means pinstripes.

05/31/2013

Hideki Matsui (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Keidel: Modest Matsui Returns To Japan, But He Won’t Be Forgotten

Matsui arrived just a little late to enjoy the spoils of the 1990s. But one could easily argue that that was the only time his timing was ever off.

01/04/2013

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Hartnett: Matsui Added His Own Dose Of Class, Pride To Yanks’ Pinstripes

Hideki Matsui added an extra bit of class to the Yankee pinstripes during his seven years in the Bronx and will be remembered as a beloved Yankee.

12/28/2012

Hideki Matsui after the Yankees clinched the 2009 World Series. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Sweeny: Hideki Matsui, Goodbye And Good Luck In Retirement

Hideki Matsui announced his retirement Thursday. I went back to find what I had written about him after the 2009 season, his last as a Yankee.

12/28/2012

Raul Ibanez of the New York Yankees celebrates with Alex Rodriguez after hitting a walk-off single against the Boston Red Sox in the 12th inning. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Cool Raul Powering Yankees’ Stretch Success

Brian Cashman and the Yankees’ front office should be applauded for finding an ideal, cost-efficient fit for their playoff roster in Raul Ibanez.

10/03/2012

Phil Hughes (credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Hartnett: The Time Is Now For Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes has regained his velocity and forced his way into the Yankees rotation. 2012 could a be bounce-back season for the rejuvenated Hughes.

WFAN–03/29/2012

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Burnett Deal Finalized, Yankees’ DH Search Continues

Jon Heyman reported Sunday afternoon that they Yankees have completed the deal to trade A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, the Yankees’ DH search continues…

WFAN–02/19/2012

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