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Hideki Irabu continues to benefit the Yankees. Sorta.

Aug 2, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

Hideki Irabu AP

Good stuff from The Common Man at the Platoon Advantage: a trade tree, tracking the late Hideki Irabu’s path in and out of New York, with attention paid to what the Yankees got for him, and the next guy and so on and so on to the present day. Short version: Nick Swisher can trace his Yankees lineage, as it were, to the Irabu trade, as can a lot of other interesting Yankees from the past decade.

Significant or not, tracing back transaction history like this is pretty fun.

  1. Jonny 5 - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Butterfly effect.

  2. illcomm - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    another pointless article from Craig…

    • paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      It is a baseball blog, the nearly the entire point is to be pointless.

    • The Common Man - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:01 PM

      I find it sad that you don’t see value in random fun things. Life must be constantly underwhelming for you.

      • foreverchipper10 - Aug 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM

        Thank you Common Man for doing fun things like this. I actually forgot my boy David Justice won a 2nd ring with the Yanks.

    • losburrosinblue - Aug 2, 2011 at 3:35 PM

      Seriously, go somewhere else, then. There are a lot of who read HBT and TPA especially for this kind of stuff. If you just want someone to tell you what happened last night, go somewhere and only click the links to things that interest you. No one wants to hear what you think unless you have something interesting to say.

  3. schrutebeetfarms - Aug 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Aside from Wins, I always felt these trade tracking things were the most over-rated thing in all of baseball. Especially when people try to make the argument that an original trade which was one-sided finally paid off. (And I cite the Johan Santana trade to the Mets in this example.)

    • The Common Man - Aug 2, 2011 at 2:04 PM

      In what way has that trade, at all, paid off? A half-year of Rauch and a half year of Hardy? That’s not value. If Deolis Guerra is going to make that deal worth it, it’d be nice if he’d get to work.

      Speaking as the guy who did this one, I don’t think these trades trees are particularly useful by any stretch of the imagination. But they are fun, to see how different players connect to one another, and trace those connections through history is rewarding on its own, not necessarily because it vindicates any particular GM in history’s eyes.

  4. Walk - Aug 2, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Nice article comman man, and ty for link to it craig.

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