As Masahiro Tanaka secured a new New York Yankees team record, veterans David Robertson and Brett Gardner were honored off the field.
Thursday, September 14 was a big day for the New York Yankees as they beat the Baltimore Orioles by the score of 13-5. In addition to a dominating offense, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka kept the Orioles lineup in check by throwing seven innings of two-run baseball while striking out eight.
A noticeable takeaway from this game was that Tanaka racked up strikeout number 1,394 amongst Yankees pitchers, which is now the most in a single season in franchise history. This may come as a surprise to many, as pitching was not projected to be a highlight this season.
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And The Nominees Are…
In addition to breaking records, the Yankees also announced that two of their key players have been nominated for different humanitarian awards this year.
Relief pitcher David Robertson has been nominated for the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, an award to honor a player for inspiring others around him for both their play on-field and work in the community.
In addition to being known for his ability to get out of jams and shut down dominant batters, Robertson co-founded the charity “High Socks for Hope,” which is an organization that focuses on giving long-term relief to those affected by natural disasters and homeless veterans.
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Outfielder Brett Gardner was also honored with an award nomination. The speedy lefty was announced as the Yankees’ nominee for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award. This award is presented to the man who represents the sport of baseball through exceptional character, involvement with the community and providing positive contributions both on and off the field.
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Fans can vote on both awards, so be sure to get online and support your Yankees.