The New York Yankees will honor former pitcher Cory Lidle by wearing black arm bands on the left sleeves of their uniforms, in his memory this season.
Lidle was acquired by the Yankees from the Phillies mid-season before dying in a Manhattan apartment building plane crash when he was just 34 years old.
The right-hander was signed in 1990 by the Minnesota Twins as an amateur free agent and after his release in 1993, was signed by the Milwaukee Brewers before being traded to the New York Mets in 1996. Due to his participation as a replacement player during the 1994 baseball strike, he was not eligible to join the MLB Players Union.
Lidle later appeared for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds, and Philadelphia Phillies. His best season came in 2001 when he went 13-6 with a 3.59 ERA for Athletics, helping them win the wild card spot.
In August 2002, Lidle gave up one run during the whole month, winning all five of his starts to lead the A's in their historic 20-game winning streak.
The Yankees have not assigned Lidle's #30 to any player during this spring training.
Source: Toronto Star
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