2014 New York Yankees

The 2014 New York Yankees celebrate after Derek Jeter 's walk-off single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on Sep 25, 2014.
Michelle Agins
Esteban Quiñones
Thursday January 18, 2024

Table of Contents

The final standingFailed to reach the postseason
Regular season record84–78 (.519)
Post-season recordDid not play
Divisional rank2nd
ALDS record and opponentDid not play
AL rank8
ALCS record and opponentDid not play
World Series record and opponentDid not play
ManagerJoe Girardi
CaptainDerek Jeter
Top batterHome run: Brian McCann (23), Mark Teixeira (22), Brett Gardner (17)

BA: Martín Prado (.316), Francisco Cervelli (.301), Ichiro Suzuki (.284), Jacoby Ellsbury (.271)

Runs: Brett Gardner (87), Jacoby Ellsbury (71), Brian McCann (57)

RBI: Brian McCann (75), Jacoby Ellsbury (70), Mark Teixeira (62)
Top pitcher/ (W-L, ERA)Masahiro Tanaka: 13-5, 2.77
Hiroki Kuroda: 11-9, 3.71
Brandon McCarthy: 7-5, 2.89
Attendance record3,401,624 (1st of 15)

The Season: A Brief Summary

The 2014 New York Yankees season unfolded as a rollercoaster ride, filled with highs and lows that left fans with a mix of emotions. From the very start, as the Yankees kicked off the season against the Houston Astros, it became evident that this year would be different. The team finished the season in second place in the fiercely competitive American League East with an 84–78 record, marking their worst performance since 1992. This disappointment was further magnified as the 2014 New York Yankees missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, a rare occurrence for a franchise accustomed to postseason success.

The 2014 New York Yankees season had its notable moments, most poignantly being the farewell tour of team captain Derek Jeter. The iconic shortstop played his final season, leaving a void in the hearts of fans who had witnessed his legendary career. Jeter’s departure marked the end of an era, adding an emotional layer to the struggles of the team on the field.

The 2014 New York Yankees faced challenges on multiple fronts. Injuries plagued key players, with Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda spending significant time on the sidelines. The pitching staff suffered a blow with CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova undergoing season-ending surgeries, leaving a void that proved difficult to fill.

Despite the hurdles, there were bright spots. Emerging as one of the season’s highlights was the stellar performance of reliever Dellin Betances, who established himself as one of the most dominant relievers in the league. Additionally, the dynamic outfield duo of Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury proved to be the 2014 New York Yankees’ most consistent offensive contributors.

However, the offseason acquisitions of Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann did not live up to expectations, contributing to the team’s offensive struggles. Mark Teixeira’s return from wrist surgery fell short, and the replacements for departed star Robinson Cano failed to match his impact.

As the season concluded, the 2014 New York Yankees faced tough decisions, with several key players becoming free agents. The offseason game plan revolved around repairing the lineup, finding a replacement for Jeter, and addressing the designated hitter position. The pitching side saw uncertainty regarding closer David Robertson and the need for a reliable innings-eater to bolster the rotation.

Looking ahead, the 2014 New York Yankees were in a precarious position, caught between the desire to contend and the reality of an aging roster. The post-Jeter era loomed, presenting challenges that a busy offseason aimed to address. While the team remained a formidable force, the age and uncertainties surrounding certain players hinted at a transitional period. The 2014 New York Yankees were expected to be active in the free-agent market, eyeing offensive reinforcements and pitching stability.

In the end, as fans reflected on the 2014 season, they found themselves facing a mixture of nostalgia for Jeter’s farewell, frustration at missed opportunities, and anticipation for the changes that lay ahead. The Yankees, an embodiment of baseball tradition and excellence, were set to navigate the complexities of transition in their quest for future success.

2014 New York Yankees’ most memorable game

Amid a challenging season, the 2014 New York Yankees witnessed an unforgettable moment on September 25 at Yankee Stadium. This day marked Derek Jeter’s final game at shortstop, a position he had manned with unparalleled grace and skill throughout his illustrious career. The atmosphere was charged with emotion as fans gathered to witness the iconic captain bid farewell to the position that had become synonymous with his name.

Despite the 2014 New York Yankees being eliminated from postseason contention the day before, Jeter remained committed to making his last appearance at shortstop a special one. Manager Joe Girardi, respecting Jeter’s decision-making autonomy in these final games, allowed the captain to choose the extent of his participation. The anticipation built as fans wondered whether Jeter would play all three remaining games in Boston, but the legendary shortstop had other plans.

In a postgame announcement, Jeter revealed his intention to DH in the upcoming series against the Red Sox out of respect for the rivalry and its fans. This decision meant that Thursday night’s game at Yankee Stadium would be the last time Jeter would don his familiar shortstop’s glove in front of the home crowd.

The game against the Orioles unfolded as a fitting tribute to Jeter’s farewell to shortstop. In a dramatic turn of events, Jeter delivered the game-winning hit, driving in the decisive run in the Yankees’ 6-5 victory. As the stadium erupted in cheers, Jeter seized the opportunity to savour one last moment at shortstop. After the game, he returned to the field, kneeled, and absorbed the overwhelming adoration from the fans.

Reflecting on the experience, Jeter expressed gratitude and disbelief at the outpouring of support. The culmination of a dream that began in his early childhood, playing shortstop for the New York Yankees, reached a poignant conclusion. Jeter’s final act at shortstop was not just a baseball game; it was a manifestation of a lifelong journey, an emotional farewell that left an indelible mark on the hearts of Yankees fans and the history of the sport.

2014 New York Yankees season in videos

Postseason Result

(Didn’t make it to playoffs)

2014 New York Yankees roster

Alfredo Aceves31RR6′ 2″205Dec 8, 19827100-0.5
Zoilo Almonte25BR6′ 0″205Jun 10, 19892139-0.4$511,300
Dean Anna27LR5′ 11″180Nov 24, 19861st1270.1
Carlos Beltra¡n37BR6′ 1″215Apr 24, 197717109107-0.2$15,000,000
Dellin Betances26RR6′ 8″265Mar 23, 198837003.7$502,100
Bruce Billings28RR6′ 0″205Nov 18, 1985210-0.1
Cesar Cabral25LL6′ 3″250Feb 11, 1989240-0.2$510,825
Chris Capuano35LL6′ 2″225Aug 19, 19781012120.3
Francisco Cervelli28RR6′ 0″220Mar 6, 1986749441.2$700,000
Preston Claiborne26RR6′ 2″225Jan 21, 198821800.1$511,325
Matt Daley32RR6′ 2″180Jun 23, 19825130-0.4
Stephen Drew31LR6′ 0″220Mar 16, 198394640-1
Jacoby Ellsbury30LL6′ 1″195Sep 11, 198381491433.6$21,142,857
Jeff Francis33LL6′ 5″220Jan 8, 198110200
Brett Gardner30LL5′ 11″195Aug 24, 198371481423.8$5,600,000
Shane Greene25RR6′ 4″200Nov 17, 19881st15140.7
Chase Headley30BR6′ 2″215May 9, 1984858562.7$10,525,000
Rich Hill34LL6′ 5″220Mar 11, 1980101400.2
David Huff29BL6′ 1″210Aug 22, 198463001$505,000
Derek Jeter40RR6′ 3″195Jun 26, 197420145144-0.7$12,000,000
Kelly Johnson32LR6′ 1″200Feb 22, 1982977600.3$3,000,000
Shawn Kelley30RR6′ 2″237Apr 26, 19846590-0.2$1,765,000
Hiroki Kuroda39RR6′ 1″205Feb 10, 1975732322.1$16,000,000
Wade LeBlanc29LL6′ 2″195Aug 7, 1984710-0.1
Chris Leroux30LR6′ 6″225Apr 14, 1984620-0.4
Brian McCann30LR6′ 3″225Feb 20, 1984101401252.1$17,000,000
Brandon McCarthy30RR6′ 8″225Jul 7, 1983914141.6$10,250,000
Jim Miller32RR6′ 1″200Apr 28, 1982520-0.3
Bryan Mitchell23LR6′ 2″215Apr 19, 19911st310.3
John Ryan Murphy23RR5′ 11″200May 13, 1991232210.5$502,700
Ivan Nova27RR6′ 5″250Jan 12, 1987544-0.7$3,300,000
Vidal Nuno III26LL5′ 11″210Jul 26, 198721714-0.8
Josh Outman29LL6′ 1″205Sep 14, 19846900.2
Eury Perez24RR6′ 0″190May 30, 1990342-0.1
David Phelps27RR6′ 2″200Oct 9, 198633217-0.1$541,425
Michael Pineda25RR6′ 7″280Jan 18, 1989213132.7$538,475
Jose Pirela24RR6′ 0″220Nov 21, 19891st760.2
Marta­n Prado30RR6′ 0″215Oct 27, 1983937342.1$11,000,000
Jose Rami­rez24RR6′ 1″220Jan 21, 19901st80-0.1
Antoan Richardson30BR5′ 8″165Oct 8, 198321350.1
Brian Roberts36BR5′ 9″175Oct 9, 19771491850.7$2,000,000
David Robertson29RR5′ 11″195Apr 9, 198576301.2$5,215,000
Chaz Roe27RR6′ 5″190Oct 9, 1986230-0.1
Esmil Rogers28RR6′ 3″200Aug 14, 19856181-0.1
Austin Romine25RR6′ 1″216Nov 22, 1988372-0.1$524,800
Brendan Ryan32RR6′ 1″190Mar 26, 198284933-0.7$2,000,000
CC Sabathia33LL6′ 6″300Jul 21, 19801488-0.7$23,000,000
Scott Sizemore29RR6′ 0″190Jan 4, 19854650
Yangervis Solarte26BR5′ 11″220Jul 3, 19871st75700.9
Alfonso Soriano38RR6′ 1″195Jan 7, 1976166756-1.2$18,000,000
Ichiro Suzuki40LR5′ 11″175Oct 22, 197314143950.9$6,500,000
Masahiro Tanaka25RR6′ 3″218Nov 1, 19881st20203.1$22,000,000
Mark Teixeira34BR6′ 3″225Apr 11, 1980121231200.8$22,500,000
Matt Thornton37LL6′ 6″235Sep 15, 1976114600.4
Adam Warren26RR6′ 1″224Aug 25, 198736901.4$527,400
Zelous Wheeler27RR5′ 10″220Jan 16, 19871st29180
Chase Whitley25RR6′ 4″220Jun 14, 19891st2412-0.4
Chris Young30RR6′ 2″200Sep 5, 1983923191

2014 New York Yankees additions, transactions, and trades


  • Managerial Signing (October 9, 2013): Manager Joe Girardi signed a four-year, $16 million contract.
  • Derek Jeter Deal (November 1, 2013): Shortstop Derek Jeter signed a one-year, $12 million deal.
  • Brendan Ryan Signing (November 18, 2013): Utility infielder Brendan Ryan signed a two-year, $5 million deal with a mutual option for 2016.
  • Brian McCann Signing (December 3, 2013): Catcher Brian McCann signed a five-year, $85 million deal with a vesting option for a sixth year.
  • Catcher Chris Stewart was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.
  • Jacoby Ellsbury Signing (December 3, 2013): Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury signed a seven-year, $153 million deal with an option for 2021.
  • Kelly Johnson Signing (December 4, 2013): Utility player Kelly Johnson signed a one-year, $3 million deal.
  • Robinson Canó Departure (December 6, 2013): Second baseman Robinson Canó signed a ten-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners.
  • Curtis Granderson Departure (December 6, 2013): Outfielder Curtis Granderson signed a four-year, $60 million deal with the New York Mets.
  • Hiroki Kuroda Signing (December 6, 2013): Pitcher Hiroki Kuroda signed a one-year, $16 million deal.
  • Carlos Beltrán Signing (December 6, 2013): Outfielder Carlos Beltrán signed a three-year, $45 million deal.
  • Brian Roberts and Matt Thornton Signings (December 17, 2013): Infielder Brian Roberts signed a one-year, $2 million deal.
  • Reliever Matt Thornton signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract.
  • Masahiro Tanaka Signing (January 22, 2014): Starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with an opt-out clause.
  • Andrew Bailey Signing (February 22, 2014): Relief pitcher Andrew Bailey signed a minor league deal.
  • Brett Gardner Extension (February 24, 2014): Outfielder Brett Gardner extended his contract with a 4-year, $52 million deal, with a club option for 2019.
  • Derek Jeter Retirement Announcement (February 12, 2014): Shortstop Derek Jeter announced that the 2014 season would be his final season.


  • Alfonso Soriano Release (July): Outfielder/designated hitter Alfonso Soriano was designated for assignment and later released.
  • Yangervis Solarte Trade (July 22, 2014): Infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula were traded to the San Diego Padres for third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations.
  • Trade Deadline Moves (July 31, 2014): Prospect Peter O’Brien was traded to Arizona for Martín Prado. Kelly Johnson was traded to Boston for Stephen Drew. Esmil Rogers was acquired from Toronto. Scott Sizemore was unconditionally released.

Who left the 2014 New York Yankees:

  • RHP Mariano Rivera (retired)
  • LHP Andy Pettitte (retired)
  • RHP Phil Hughes (signed with Twins)
  • C Chris Stewart (traded to Pirates)
  • 1B/RF Lyle Overbay (signed with Brewers)
  • IF Eduardo Núñez (traded to Twins)
  • IF Robinson Canó (signed with Mariners)
  • IF Jayson Nix (signed with Rays)
  • OF Curtis Granderson (signed with Mets)
  • OF Vernon Wells (released)
  • IF Mark Reynolds (signed with Brewers)
  • RHP Joba Chamberlain (signed with Tigers)
  • IF Kevin Youkilis (signed with Golden Eagles)
  • RHP Brett Marshall (waiver claim by Cubs)
  • LHP David Huff (waiver claim by Giants)
  • LHP Boone Logan (signed with Rockies)
  • IF David Adams (signed with Indians)
  • Bullpen coach Mike Harkey


  • OF Jacoby Ellsbury (free agent)
  • IF Brian Roberts (free agent)
  • OF Carlos Beltrán (free agent)
  • RHP Masahiro Tanaka (free agent)
  • LHP Matt Thornton (free agent)
  • C Brian McCann (free agent)
  • RHP Andrew Bailey (free agent)
  • IF Scott Sizemore (free agent)
  • IF Kelly Johnson (free agent)
  • Bullpen coach Gary Tuck

2014 New York Yankees debuts

  • Dean Anna – 04-04-2014 – 27 years old
  • Shane Greene – 04-24-2014 – 25 years old
  • Bryan Mitchell – 08-10-2014 – 23 years old
  • Jose Pirela – 09-22-2014 – 24 years old
  • Jose Ramirez – 06-04-2014 – 24 years old
  • Yangervis Solarte – 04-02-2014 – 26 years old
  • Masahiro Tanaka – 04-04-2014 – 25 years old
  • Zelous Wheeler – 07-03-2014 – 27 years old
  • Chase Whitley – 05-15-2014 – 24 years old

2014 New York Yankees team stats (batting)

CBrian McCann301405384955711515123750032770.232
1BMark Teixeira341235084405695140226211581090.216
2BBrian Roberts369134831740751645217428530.237
SSDerek Jeter401456345814714919145010235870.256
3BYangervis Solarte267528925226641406310030340.254
LFBrett Gardner30148636555871422581758215561340.256
CFJacoby Ellsbury3014963557571156275167039549930.271
RFIchiro Suzuki401433853594210213212215321680.284
DHCarlos Beltrán37109449403469423015493137800.233
DHAlfonso Soriano38672382262250150623106710.221
CIKelly Johnson32772272012144926222123500.219
3BChase Headley30582241912850806173229490.262
CFrancisco Cervelli284916214618441112131011410.301
2BStephen Drew3146155140721803150013360.15
UTMartín Prado3037137133184290716103230.316
MIBrendan Ryan32491241145194008024300.167
CJohn Ryan Murphy233285817234019004220.284
LFChris Young3023797192080310107160.282
UTZelous Wheeler272962576110025002120.193
OFZoilo Almonte25133636250013100140.139
2BJosé Pirela247252468120300140.333
MIDean Anna2712252233101300260.136
OFAntoan Richardson3013171625000150130.313
CIScott Sizemore296161635200400080.313
UTAustin Romine257131323100100040.231
OFEury Pérez244101022000010030.2
Team Totals32.9162608254976331349247261475911122645211330.245
Rank in 15 AL teams1213131387359411

2014 New York Yankees team stats (pitching)

SPHiroki Kuroda391190.553.71323200001991919182
SPMasahiro Tanaka251350.7222.7720200310136.11234742
SPDavid Phelps27550.54.38321751011131156255
SPBrandon McCarthy30750.5832.891414011090.1913529
SPShane Greene25540.5563.781514000078.2813833
SPVidal Nuno III26250.2865.421714100078865247
CLDavid Robertson29450.4443.0863055003964.1452322
RPDellin Betances265011.4700800190461514
RPAdam Warren26360.3332.976901100378.2632726
RPShawn Kelley30360.3334.535901500451.2452626
RPMatt Thornton370302.55460600024.22397
Michael Pineda25550.51.891313000076.1561816
Chase Whitley25430.5715.232412300075.2944444
Chris Capuano35230.44.251212000065.2673431
CC Sabathia33340.4295.2888000046583127
David Huff29310.751.85300130003934108
Esmil Rogers282014.68181400025221313
Preston Claiborne2630131809000212497
Ivan Nova27220.58.2744000020.2321919
Alfredo Aceves31120.3336.52100500019.1231414
Matt Daley320105.02130500014.112118
Bryan Mitchell230102.45311000111033
Josa Ramarez240205.4805000101166
Rich Hill34001.6914020005.1611
Bruce Billings280091000004444
Josh Outman290009000003.2200
Jim Miller320020.252010002.2766
Chris Leroux3001022.52020002755
Chaz Roe270093020002332
Jeff Francis331015.42020001.2211
Wade LeBlanc2900181010001222
Cesar Cabral2500274000001433
Dean Anna2700181010001322
Team Totals29.284780.5193.75162162157524814531392664605
Rank in 15 AL teams8885948788

2014 New York Yankees vs. opponents/ team splits

Opponent (Games)WonLostWP
Baltimore Orioles (19)6130.316
Boston Red Sox (19)1270.632
Chicago Cubs (4)310.750
Chicago White Sox (7)520.714
Baltimore Orioles (19)301.000
Cleveland Indians (7)340.429
Detroit Tigers (7)430.571
Houston Astros (6)240.333
Kansas City Royals (7)340.429
Los Angeles Angels (6)420.667
Milwaukee Brewers (3)120.333
Minnesota Twins (7)430.571
New York Mets (4)220.500
Oakland Athletics (6)240.333
Pittsburgh Pirates (3)210.667
Seattle Mariners (6)330.500
St. Louis Cardinals (3)210.667
Tampa Bay Rays (19)8110.421
Texas Rangers (7)430.571
Toronto Blue Jays (19)1180.579

2014 New York Yankees monthly record

Month (Games)WonLostWP
April (26)15110.577
May (28)14140.500
June (27)12150.444
July (26)14120.538
August (28)15130.536
September (27)14130.519

2014 New York Yankees All-Stars

  • Derek Jeter
  • Dellin Betances
  • Masahiro Tanaka

2014 New York Yankees best moments

Teixeira’s Beekeeping Ballet: In a memorable spring training spectacle against the Red Sox, Mark Teixeira took center stage as an unintentional beekeeper. A swarm of bees descended, causing an unexpected delay and prompting Tex to contemplate a sweet solution.

His ingenious plan? “What I thought was, if you could just do a line of honey out to the parking lot, the bees would maybe follow it, and then just leave us alone,” mused Tex, showcasing his creative approach to bee management.

Captain Troll Strikes Again: Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki, despite facing plate struggles, found solace in their shared amusement. Post-Ichiro’s lone home run of the season, Captain Jeter sported the ultimate troll face, feigning indifference with a touch of humor. Lulz ensued in the dugout.

“It’s a Tarp!” Chronicles: Amidst the season’s rain delays, July 23rd stood out for its unexpected entertainment: “Rain Delay Theater.” An extended delay, complete with ridiculous GIFs, featured a grounds crew member wrestling with the tarp, prompting collective amusement.

Tarp Trap Tribute: In a silent homage to the unsung hero of “Rain Delay Theater,” we pay respects to the grounds crew member entangled in a tarp struggle. A moment of silence for his valiant efforts.

Gardner’s Pizza Play: Caught in the act during the rain-induced downtime, Brett Gardner was spotted on the bullpen phone, typically reserved for calling relief pitchers. Speculation abounded that Gardner, a man of practical priorities, was discreetly ordering a pizza to weather the delay.

Ryan’s Solo Celebration: Brendan Ryan, not known for his batting prowess, managed a rare feat on July 3rd with a double against the Twins. Expecting a fist bump from first base coach Mick Kelleher, Ryan found himself snubbed. Undeterred, he took matters into his own hands, delivering a self-administered fist bump with undeniable style. Honorable indeed.

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