On his first full day with the New York Ianquis, Adam Ottavino tried to explain his words to the Swat's Sultan.
While he was a free agent last month, the 33-year reliever depreciated Babe Ruth, the beloved member of the Yankees Hall of Fame, who helped New York win four World Series titles – seven banners from the American League of 1920-1934 while transforming the sport with home runs.
"I had a discussion with a coach in Triple-A about the effectiveness of Babe Ruth in today's game," Ottavino told the MLB.com Statcast podcast. "And that was like 10 years ago. I told him:" Look, Babe Ruth, with this swing, beating the bat, I managed to hit a buck-40 with eight home runs ".
"And he says:" Are you crazy? "Babe Ruth would take 370 with 60 home runs & # 39; and I say: I would bake Babe Ruth every time & # 39; I'm not trying to miss him respect , rest in peace, call Babe Ruth, but it was a different game. I mean, the boy ate frankfurts and drank beer and did what he did, and it was just a different game. "
Ottavino agreed to a three-year contract and $ 27 million to join Dellin Betances, Zach Britton and Chad Green as preparers for Aroldis Chapman in an agreement that took place on Thursday night.
"I was surprised to be so viral," Ottavino said during a telephone conference on Friday. "But I saw when they put the appointment out of context because people were so annoying. I mean, I surely used a bad example of the point that I tried to point out: the evolution of the baseball pitch along the baseball story ". And it is likely that Babe Ruth is a name that should not have been used in this example. But I have many criticisms for this, mostly funny things, as if my uncle told me that he can not go anywhere without knowing it. things like this. But I did not want to miss the respect. I am a great baseball historian and I love the game, and it's not even something that can be proven, so I find it a bit fun. "
Native of Brooklyn, Ottavino will become the first player in the history of striped fabrics to use No. 0, his name at Berkeley Carroll High School and during the last six seasons with the Colorado Rockies.
It was thought that Derek Jeter was the last player with a single-digit uniform in the Yankees, and his No. 2 retired in 2017. New York also retired. 1 (Billy Martin), 3 (Ruth), 4 (Lou Gehrig), 5 (Joe DiMaggio), 6 (Joe Torre), 7 (Mickey Mantle), 8 (Yogi Berra and Bill Dickey) and 9 (Roger Maris).
Ottavino understands that the number could increase the expectations of fans in the Bronx.
"I could see people taking this path," he said. "But from my point of view, it is the number I have had even before, before the preparatory, and it is something I feel comfortable with. And I really understand that each type of recognition I receive from fans, the Yankees are going to depend on throwing well. So I'll try to concentrate on this, be myself and not try to make a deal too big about the name. "
Ottavino scored with a personal record of 112 and walked 36 to 77 innings last season. The right pitcher went 6-4 with an effectiveness of 2.43 to 75 appearances of relief. It reduced its percentage of fast ball, being based mainly on scroll bars and sinkers.
He is among a trio of former Rockies to join the Yankees this low season, after infielders Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu. His decision to sign with a team from the hometown has attracted additional attention from relatives and friends, including people in his daughter's school.
"This is a bit of what I have to talk to my family," said Ottavino. "We understand the implications of playing here for me. We only try to keep the circle tight and not try to read too much what they write, we only focus on doing my work every day and keeping myself up to a high level." . "
Ottavino rented a commercial store in the Harlem section of Manhattan during the low season of 2017-18 for his training and continued with his best season of Great Leagues. It cut its effectiveness from 5.06 to 2.43 and its WHIP from 1.63 to 0.99. He raised his kicks for nine entries from 10.6 to 13.0.
"Basically, the way I developed my practice plan last year was very effective, and I just tried to continue with what I was doing and developing it with small changes to see if I can get a little more of myself, "he said. he said. "I'm still working on a new release. I'm not sure if it will be ready for the game this year, but I've been working to expand my arsenal and I'm just trying to have a growth mentality every day." . "
Associated Press contributed to this report