5 Yankees Who Have Been Forgotten In History

PHILADELPHIA – NOVEMBER 02: Eric Hinske #14 of the New York Yankees scores on a broken bat ground out by Johnny Damon #18 in the top of the fifth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game Five of the 2009 MLB World Series at Citizens Bank Park on November 2, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Eric Hinske (2009)

Eric Hinske spent much of his career in the AL East, but some forget some of that time included a stint in the Bronx.

Hinske started his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, where in 2002 he was named the AL Rookie of the Year after smacking 24 home runs. After five seasons North of the Border, he went onto spend two seasons with the Boston Red Sox where he earned a World Series ring in 2007. In 2008 he joined the Tampa Bay Rays, where he helped Tampa reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

The slugger signed a one-year deal with Pittsburgh prior to the 2009 season and after hitting .255 in 54 games, he was traded to the Yankees Eric Fryer and Casey Erickson at the July trade deadline.

He hit .226 with seven home runs in 84 at-bats. In the postseason, he appeared off the bench in both the ALDS and ALCS as he earned his second world series ring in three seasons.

After his half-year with the Yankees, Hinske spent three seasons with the Atlanta Braves and finished his career with the Diamondbacks in 2013. He is now Arizona’s assistant hitting coach.

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