We're just two days from the first official pitch of the 2009 season, so what better time is there to unveil a special 2009 preview edition of Diamond Digits? This week we're looking at how big-name hurlers fare in their first seasons in pinstripes, relievers who go out with a bang and sluggers who had power from dawn to dusk in their careers.
New York has always been in the forefront of big name acquisitions, but since first inking
With newly signed
After celebrating his 40th birthday last Nov. 18, Sheffield's next blast won't only get him into the 500 Home Run Club, it'll get him into a much more exclusive one: Players who hit a major league home run both as a teenager and as a 40-year old.
The first to do so was Hall of Famer
Playing shortstop for the Brewers at age 19, Sheffield connected off of Seattle's
Usually in this spot we'll look back at the player who enjoyed the most success in the previous week, but since the games don't count yet, I'll use it to unveil my 2009 Major League All-Star Team:
Usually in this spot we'll look back at the player who suffered through the toughest week in the big leagues, but since the games don't count yet, it'll be used to predict the best young players who have yet to enjoy a big statistical season but will in 2009: