On December 27, 1984 — 1984 – Free agent pitcher Ed Whitson, who went 14-8 for the National League champion San Diego Padres, begins a nightmarish association with the New York Yankees by signing a five-year $4.4 million contract. By the middle of his second year with the club, Whitson gets so rattled in Yankee Stadium that manager Lou Piniella will refuse to use him in home games. He can only pitch on the road. The Yankees will ship him back to San Diego, where he will have four solid seasons.


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