Aug. 9, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - On a day off between series' against the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi stopped in Tuscaloosa to talk to the Alabama football team. As part of his stop in Tuscaloosa, Girardi met with the Crimson Tide coaching staff and toured the baseball facilities.
Alabama baseball has a number of connections with the New York Yankees. Former Tide pitcher David Robertson, who played at Alabama from 2004-06, is currently the set-up man in the Yankees bullpen. In his sixth season with the Yankees, Robertson is 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA, appearing in 50 games with 47.0 innings pitched in 2013.
Andy Phillips, an assistant coach with the Crimson Tide, was drafted by the Yankees in 1999 and played on the Major League club from 2004 to 2007. Taylor Dugas is currently in the Yankees farm system, playing for the Class-A Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League. Dugas is hitting .252 with a home run, 28 RBI, 48 runs scored and 13 doubles this season.
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