Maciejewski turns last-minute Yankees call into a dream debut in pinstripes

Josh Maciejewski makes his Yankees debut on April 8, 2024, vs. Miami at Yankee Stadium.

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The big league debut of Josh Maciejewski with the Yankees wasn’t a lengthy affair for his family to savor. But it was certainly a memorable one. He himself felt “I blinked and it was over.” However, in that short span, he rewrote the history that every debutant in pinstripes would vie for.

Maciejewski entered the game in the ninth inning on Monday night against the Miami Marlins, following a dominant performance by starter Nestor Cortes. In a blink-and-you-miss-it display, he struck out the side on just four pitches, retiring Nick Fortes, Nick Gordon, and Bryan De La Cruz to secure a convincing 7-0 victory for the Yankees.

The 28-year-old southpaw reflected on the experience, remarking how quickly it all unfolded, feeling like the inning was over in a flash. Despite the brevity of his debut, Maciejewski expressed his eagerness to pitch longer innings in the future.


Maciejewski ends Yankees’ bullpen uncertainties

Manager Aaron Boone’s strategic use of the bullpen throughout the previous games necessitated Maciejewski’s call-up. Several relievers had seen action over the weekend, prompting the need for reinforcements. The Yankees addressed this by optioning Jake Cousins to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, selecting his contract from the RailRiders, and designating left-hander Clayton Andrews for assignment.

Drafted in the 10th round back in 2010, Maciejewski began the season at Triple-A, marking his fifth year with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre squad. Prior to his promotion, he had played winter ball in Venezuela and made two relief appearances for the RailRiders, adding to his career minor league total of 101 games.

Learning of his call-up, Maciejewski drove himself to Yankee Stadium, arriving around lunchtime (12:30 p.m.) for the game scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m.

Supporting him in the stands were his parents, Joe and Cindy, along with his brother, girlfriend, and her family, all eager to witness this momentous occasion.

Dressed in jersey number 61, Maciejewski settled into a quiet corner locker in the Yankees’ clubhouse. As the lone player without a nameplate yet, he found himself situated next to fellow rookie Jahmai Jones.

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