It was pretty much a shock when Shawn Kelley found out he was being traded to the San Diego Padres after two seasons with the New York Yankees, but Kelley did leave behind some great memories. He was a reliever who battled with control but was decent when all his pitches were working, and he introduced us to Seabiscuit, the horse head Kelley bought for $20 to give the Yankees good luck. Kelley spoke to the media after he was traded, and discussed the state of the Yankees bullpen, his initial reaction to being traded and if he’ll hang up Seabiscuit when he gets to San Diego.
Shawn Kelley on being traded:
“It was a little shocking at first but I’m sure they’re still going to have a good pen, even with Robertson gone and now myself gone. I was really looking forward to a third year. I hate to go. But at the same time I’m excited for this new opportunity.”
Shawn Kelley on the state of the Yankees bullpen:
“I think Dellin, Warren, and Miller will probably pitch a lot. It’s tough—I feel like the teams that are built to go deep with offensive stuff, and sabermetrics, it’s going to the teams where the starters go five or six, and the bullpen can shut it down from that point on.
“The more arms the better—that’s one of the reasons I was shocked by this whole situation, because I thought we were going to try to have four, five, six quality arms that were all interchangeable.”
Shawn Kelley on whether he’ll hang up Seabiscuit:
“I’ll have to talk with the horse head, sleep on it for a few nights—I mean, sleep with it on—before I make any decisions.
“I don’t want to do a disservice to Major League Baseball by keeping the horsehead from baseball.”