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This Day in Yankees History: Dave Winfield rejects a trade and Hideki Matsui breaks a wrist

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Hideki Matsui saw his record streak end on this day thanks to a faulty wrist.

New York Yankees’ Johnny Damon comes to the aid of Hideki Ma Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Welcome to This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to take a look back through history. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us!

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21 Years Ago

Dave Winfield rejected a trade that would have sent him from the Yankees to the California Angels in exchange for pitcher Mike Witt. Days later, the Yankees and Winfield would reach an agreement that would allow the team to execute the deal. That ended the Hall-of-Fame outfielder’s excellent tenure in New York, one that included nine seasons, 205 home runs, and a 134 OPS+.

17 Years Ago

This event is only tangentially related to the Yankees, but it may have had a profound impact on the franchise’s history, so we’ll include it. With the team six games below .500, the Marlins fired manager Jeff Torborg and hired veteran stalwart Jack McKeon in his place. The Marlins would finish the season on a 75-49 tear, and of course, they downed the 2003 Yankees in the World Series, denying the Yankees championship glory after Aaron Boone’s heroics in the ALCS.

14 Years Ago

Hideki Matsui broke his wrist attempting to make a sliding catch in left field, ending his streak of 518 games played to start his career. Matsui had set the record for most consecutive games played to begin a career, surpassing Ernie Banks’ previous record of 424 games. Godzilla would only manage 51 games that year, but still posted a .887 OPS for the Yankees.

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It appears the only Yankee birthday we have today is that of Walt Terrell, who turns 62 today. Terrell only played part of one season with the Yankees, contributing 83 innings across 13 starts with a 5.20 ERA in 1989.

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We thank Baseball-Reference, FanGraphs, and Nationalpastime.com for providing background information for these posts.