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The house Raul is tearing up

Raul Ibanez has owned the new Yankee Stadium.

The house Raul is tearing up

The Mariners´ Raul Ibanez (28) and New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine watch Ibanez´s two-run home run off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in New York. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
The Mariners' Raul Ibanez (28) and New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine watch Ibanez's two-run home run off CC Sabathia in the sixth inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in New York. (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

Former Phillie Raul Ibanez is right back at it like he was last fall, having his way with the newest version of Yankee Stadium, this time as a Seattle Mariner.

He picked BoopStats' 50th birthday (Oct. 20, 2012) to have one of the greatest postseason late-inning appearances in baseball history with a pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning to tie an ALDS game with the Orioles and another one to win it in the 12th. He added another homer there in the ALCS against the Tigers.

Now, with three home runs in the first two games there this week, he has six home runs and 13 RBI in his last seven contests there.

In his career, he has played a little more than half a full season in the House Thet George Built and has 22 homers, 57 RBI, a .300 batting average and a .638 slugging percentage.

And he has done even better there when not wearing the Yankee pinstriples. In 11 games as a visitor, he has five homers, six doubles, 15 RBI and is hitting .372 with an .860 slugging percentage.

He gets his last shot there Thursday night, unless he gets traded or the Ms and Ys meet in the postseason.

 

 IBANEZ YEAR-BY-YEAR AT NEW YANKEE STADIUM
Year      G     AB     R     H   2B   HR   RBI   BB   SO   TB
 2009    Season    3    13    2    5    1    2    3    1    0    12
 2009  World Series    3    11    1    5    4    0    2    1    4      9
 2010  Season    3   10    1    2    1    0    2    3    2      3
 2012  Season  68  187  31  51    9  14  37  21  33  102 
 2012  Postseason    3    13    3    6    1    3    5    3    2    16
 2013  Season    2      9    3    4    0    3    8    0    1    13
     Totals  84  243  41  73  16  22  57  29  42  155
   with Yankees  73  200  34  57  10  17  42  24  35  118
    vs. Yankees  11    43    7  16    6    5  15    5    7    37

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 IBANEZ PCT./AVG. AT NEW YANKEE STADIUM
   Avg.     OBA     Slg.
 Totals  .300  .377  .638   
   with Yankees     .285  .381  .590
   vs. Yankees  .372  .438  .860
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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