Yesterday, the Yankees acquired Lance Lynn and cash considerations from the Twins in exchange for Tyler Austin and Luis Rijo. Austin spent the last eight years in the organization, and he was a part of several unforgettable moments that will live on in Yankees history. Here’s a look back at some of his most memorable highlights.
Austin and Aaron Judge homer in debuts
Who could forget this? Aaron Judge and Austin both made their MLB debuts on August 13, 2016. Yankees fans were most excited to get their first look at Judge, but it was thrilling when Austin and Judge hit back-to-back home runs.
Walk-off home run versus Tampa
Just a couple weeks later, the Yankees entered the ninth inning all tied up with the Rays. With two outs, Austin stepped up to the plate to face Erasmo Ramirez. After working a 3-2 count, he launched a home run into right field to walk it off.
Two multi-homer games
Austin had two multi-homer games this season. The first came on March 31st when he homered twice during the opening series against the Blue Jays.
The second came when the Yankees faced the Royals back in May. Over the course of two games, the Bombers went deep a whopping nine times. Two of those home runs were off the bat of Austin.
I don’t think Yankees fans will ever forget this one. The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry was feeling a bit stale over the past few years, but Austin ignited a new spark. It all started when he tried to break up a double play by sliding into second base. His leg clipped Brock Holt, and the second baseman didn’t like the play. Joe Kelly later retaliated by throwing at Austin in the seventh inning. After a couple of tries, he plunked him in the ribs. It was pure chaos after that as benches cleared, and the two teams brawled for a few minutes.
Honorable mention: This home run off of Chris Sale.
What was your favorite Tyler Austin moment?