LADY AT THE BAT: Bash Nephew Helps Bolster Bronx Bombers

Monday, July 23, 2007

Bash Nephew Helps Bolster Bronx Bombers

When the Bash Brothers were swinging their bats for the Oakland A's, Shelley Duncan's father Dave was the team's pitching coach. Shelley got to hang out around the team and watched guys like Canseco and McGwire hit balls out of Oakland Coliseum. Apparently he was a good student. Duncan (pictured above) has played in three Big League games for the Yankees and has already hit three monster home runs. The second and third were hit yesterday during the Yankees 21-4 rout of the Devil Rays.

At 27, Duncan is only now starting his ML career. He's been a home run leader at each of the minor league levels he's played, however injuries have kept him from getting to the the Big Leagues sooner. Knowing all this, plus knowing his "association," if you will, with the Bash Brothers, makes me wonder if Duncan had any involvement with performance-enhancing drugs. I hope not but, I suppose anything is possible.

In other news: As Wil Nieves packed his bags yesterday, he wished his former Yankee teammates well. The Yankees acquired catcher Jose Molina Saturday and designated Nieves for assignment. Nieves was surprised but said he hopes to hook up with another Major League team soon. No word yet on whether Mike Mussina will demand that Molina be his personal catcher. Joe Torre claims Mussina never asked for Nieves, but knowing how much Torre protects his players, I'm not so sure I want to believe that.

The Lady

[Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images]

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