|The remains of Heritage Park in March 2008. Heritage Park was home to the Albany-Colonie Yankees from 1985 to 1994. (G21D Photo)|
1990 Albany Yankees (31)
1 - Darrin Chapin, First Pitch
Darrin Chapin always tried to go after hitters. Eventually he did so enough to make the majors for four games.
2 - Royal Clayton, Well Kept
Royal Clayton had a professional approach to the game at Albany-Colonie. He didn't make the majors.
3 - Andy Cook, Worked Out
Andy Cook pitched well enough to make the Yankees in 1993. But he couldn't stick. Four outings and he was done.
4 - Bobby DeJardin, Mature Player
Bobby DeJardin used his biggest edge to get himself to AAA. He never could get himself to the majors.
5 - Bobby Dickerson, Taught Him
Bobby Dickerson learned from his minor league manager. He's coaching in 2013 for that manager in majors with the Orioles.
6 - Rick Down, Hands On
Rick Down was a hands-on kind of coach. He coached in the bigs for 15-plus seasons.
7 - Doug Gogolewski, Closed for Mariano
Doug Gogolewski once closed for Mariano Rivera. He also never made the majors.
8 - Freddie Hailey, Stayed Pumped
Freddie Hailey stayed pumped for his regional game in college. He stayed playing as a pro for four seasons, never made bigs.
9 - Chris Howard, Good Chance
Chris Howard came back from minor league retirement to resume his career, and make the majors.
10 - Scott Kamieniecki, Good Things
Scott Kamieniecki worked hard to return from back injury. He then played a decade in the bigs.
11 - Pat Kelly, World Stage
Pat Kelly never got to play in a World Series with the Yankees. He has since moved to other side of the world, as general manager in Australian baseball.
12 - Joe Lefebvre, Play Ball
Joe Lefebvre loved to play ball. He played ball in the majors and has moved to coaching it in the bigs.
13 - Mitch Lyden, Couldn't Script
Mitch Lyden waited a decade in the minors, then, in his first major league at bat, he hit a home run.
14 - Ramon Manon, Few Adjustments
Ramon Manon had adjustments to make after his brief stint in the majors. He never got back.
15 - Billy Masse, Proved Himself
Billy Masse felt like he proved himself at AAA and deserved a shot at the bigs. He never got that shot.
16 - Russ "Monk" Meyer, Solid Guy
Russ "Monk" Meyer had a temper, but he was a teammate guys wanted.
17 - Tom Newell, Good Arm
Tom Newell switched to a new position, then made the majors.
18 - Vince Phillips, Four Years
Vince Phillips chose pro baseball over college football scholarship. He played just four seasons, no higher than AA.
19 - John Ramos, Be Ready
John Ramos was confident he'd return after his first stint with the Yankees. He never did.
20 - Carlos Rodriguez, Extended Stay
Carlos Rodriguez tried to do his job and fill a spot in the majors in 1994. He ended up getting to stay.
21 - Jerry Rub, Tough Situation
Jerry Rub tried to get ahead of hitters at AA. He played six seasons, never made majors.
22 - Andy Skeels, Become Evident
Andy Skeels used his leadership skills in his decade as a player, and later in long career as a minor league coach and manager.
23 - Willie Smith, Turning Point
Willie Smith lost a season to shoulder surgery. He came back to make the Cardinals.
24 - Don Sparks, Program Credit
Don Sparks was talented and personable enough to play as a pro, but not quite enough to make the majors.
25 - Greg Sparks, Pressure Situations
Greg Sparks liked pressure situations. He faced them in 12 pro seasons, but never in the majors.
26 - Don Stanford, Setup Man
Don Stanford was encouraged as the Yankees seemed to be using their own prospects. Stanford, though, would never be used.
27 - Wade Taylor, Showed Confidence
Wade Taylor showed confidence in starting 22 games for the Yankees in 1991. He never played in another major league game.
28 - Ricky Torres, Long Reliever
Ricky Torres shut them down in a AA start. He never made the majors.
29 - Tim Weston, Professional Manner
Tim Weston's college trainer sparked Weston's training career.
30 - Bernie Williams, Fans Know
The White Sox wanted prospect Bernie Williams in 1990. The Yankees said no.
31 - Bob Zeihen, Took Advantage
Bob Zeihen helped Albany take advantage of a break in 1990. He played just three seasons, never got himself to the bigs.