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Pittsburgh Pirates Catcher Chris Stewart Looks Forward to Yankee Stadium Return

May 16th, 2014 at 12:10 PM
By Mike Warsaw

Former New York Yankees Catcher Chris Stewart will make his first trip back to New York since being traded by the Yanks. On December 2, 2013, the Yankees traded Stewart to the Pittsburgh Pirates for pitcher Kyle Haynes and cash considerations. The Yankees will host Stewart and the Pirates for a three game set that begins Saturday in the Bronx.

A career backup, Stewart was an integral part of the Yankees catching rotation last season. With starting catcher Russell Martin moving onto Pittsburgh, the Yankees were faced with a catching rotation, that did not have a clear cut starter. He appeared in a career high 109 games for the Yankees, also reaching career highs with 4 home runs and 25 RBI. Stewart led the Yankees catching unit, that also included Francisco Cervelli and Austine Romine.

Although he is currently backing up former Yankee Russell Martin, he enjoyed his time in the Bronx. "I had a good time there; obviously playing for the Yankees, you really can't beat it with the history and tradition they have," Stewart said. "Playing in Yankee Stadium, obviously everything is first class, we were pretty spoiled there."

Stewart first played for New York in 2008 when he was called up from Scranton Wilkes-Barre after an injury to Jorge Posada. He then signed with the Chicago White Sox in 2009 and was promptly dealt back to the Bronx by Chicago in March of 2009. Stewart has been a Yankee, three different times in his career and definitely has enjoyed his time in pinstripes.

Stewart played in both the old Yankee Stadium and the new one. "I think {the new stadium} lost a little bit of the history, but it's still Yankee Stadium," Stewart said. "I've witnessed quite a few pop ups turn into home runs. Every Stadium kind of has their pros and cons and that's definitely one of them for left-handers and some right-handers like to go the other way. I've seen pop ups over there that have sailed out."  



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