Core Four

The "Core Four" are former New York Yankees baseball players Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, and Mariano Rivera. Each member of the Core Four was a key contributor to the Yankees' late-1990s dynasty that won four World Series championships in five years.

Jeter, Pettitte, Posada, and Rivera were drafted or signed as amateurs by the Yankees in the early 1990s. They played together in the minor leagues, and they each made their Yankee major league debuts in 1995. By 2007, they were the only remaining Yankees from the franchise's dynasty of the previous decade. All four players were on the Yankees' active roster in 2009 when the team won the 2009 World Series—its fifth championship in the previous 14 years.

Three members of the Core Four—Jeter, Rivera and Posada—played together for 17 consecutive years (1995–2011),[1] longer than any other similar group in history of North American professional sports.[2] Pettitte had a sojourn away from the team when he played for the Houston Astros for three seasons, but returned to the Yankees in 2007. He retired after the 2010 season,[3] reducing the group to the so-called Key Three.[4] Posada followed suit after 2011, ending his 17-year career with the Yankees.[5] Pettitte came out of retirement prior to the 2012 season and played for two more years.[6] Both Pettitte and Rivera retired after the 2013 season, and Jeter retired after the 2014 season.[7]

Core Four on Bernie Williams Day 2015
The Core Four in 2015. From left: Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, and Derek Jeter.

Beginnings

Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte all joined the New York Yankees organization in the early 1990s as amateurs. Rivera signed as an international free agent in February 1990.[8] The Yankees selected Pettitte in the 22nd round and Posada in the 24th round of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. Jeter was selected in the first round, with the sixth overall selection, of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft.[9]

Together, the Core Four progressed through the Yankees minor league system in the early 1990s. It was during their tenure with the Oneonta Yankees of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League in 1991 that Posada, initially an infielder, began catching for his future major league batterymate Pettitte.[10] The latter threw a knuckleball at the time, which Posada struggled to catch (hitting him mostly on the knee), prompting Pettitte to abandon the pitch.[10] Promoted to the Greensboro Hornets of the Class A South Atlantic League in 1992, Posada and Pettitte met Jeter, a highly regarded prospect, who had been assigned to the team. Posada and Pettitte initially questioned the hype surrounding Jeter, but soon recognized his talent and poise.[11] Rivera injured his elbow in 1992 and had surgery in August to repair the damage. While Rivera was pitching for Greensboro in 1993 on a strict pitch count, Jeter kept track of the count from shortstop.[12]

The four first played together with the Class AAA Columbus Clippers of the International League in 1994.[13] All four made their major league debuts in 1995.[14] Both Jeter and Rivera reached the major leagues in May, but were demoted back to the minors in June and bounced around between the minors and major leagues throughout the year.[10][15] Posada made his major league debut in September, and along with Pettitte and Rivera, was included on the Division Series roster.[15]

Jeter, Posada, and Rivera played in the same MLB game for the first time on September 28, 1996.[4] That season, Jeter, Pettitte and Rivera won their first championship together.[10]

Individual achievements

Derek Jeter

Jeter became the Yankees all-time hits leader on September 11, 2009, with his 2,722nd hit, surpassing Lou Gehrig.[16] On July 9, 2011, against the Tampa Bay Rays, he collected his 3,000th hit,[17] becoming the 28th player to reach the milestone, the first Yankee to accomplish the feat and collect all 3,000 hits with the team,[18][19] the first player to reach the milestone with a New York team,[20] the fourth-youngest player to reach the mark,[21] the second to do it by hitting a home run, the second to reach the mark in a five-hit game,[20] and the first to attain the milestone playing shortstop exclusively.[22] Furthermore, Jeter broke Rickey Henderson's franchise record for stolen bases on May 28, 2011, when he stole his 327th base against the Mariners.[23] Jeter's third milestone in 2011 was breaking Mickey Mantle's record for most games played as a Yankee, accomplishing this on August 28, 2011 against the Orioles.[24] In 2000, he became the only player to win both the World Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award and the All-Star Game MVP in the same season.[25] His #2 was retired on May 14, 2017.

Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte closeup
Andy Pettitte became the first of the Core Four to retire in 2011, but unretired in 2012.

Pettitte holds the all-time record for postseason victories, with 19 wins in total.[26] Among Yankees pitchers, he ranks first in strikeouts (2,011)[27] and third in wins (213).[28][29] He was named the 2001 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player[30][31] and won the Warren Spahn Award in 2003 as the best left-handed pitcher in baseball.[32] His #46 was retired on 23 August 2015.

Jorge Posada

Posada is only the fifth major league catcher with at least 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 runs batted in (RBIs) in a career,[33] and the only major league catcher to ever record a .330 batting average or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs, and 90 RBIs in a single season. He is only the second Yankees catcher to hit 30 home runs in a season, after Yogi Berra. Among Yankee catchers, Posada is first all-time in doubles (365),[34] walks (897),[35] and intentional walks (74),[36] and second in home runs (261)[37] and extra-base hits (636).[38] Among all Yankees players, Posada ranks sixth all-time in grand slams (10).[39] On April 16, 2009, Posada hit the first home run at the new Yankee Stadium.[40] His #20 was retired on August 22, 2015.

Mariano Rivera

Rivera played 19 seasons with the Yankees (1995–2013), serving as closer for 17 of them. He retired as MLB's career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952), having surpassed Trevor Hoffman in both categories in 2011.[41][42] Rivera's career earned run average (ERA) (2.21) and WHIP (1.00) are the lowest of any pitcher in the live-ball era.[43] In the postseason, he holds the MLB record for career saves (42) and ERA (0.71).[44] He also holds records for 15 consecutive seasons with 25 or more saves,[45] nine consecutive seasons with 30 or more saves, and 15 seasons with 30 or more saves.[46][47] From 1996 through his final season in 2013, he posted an ERA under 3.00 in all but one season (2007).[44] Selected as an All-Star 13 times, he saved a record four All-Star Games, the last coming in 2009.[48] On May 25, 2011, he became the 15th pitcher in major league history to make 1,000 appearances, and the first to do so with a single team.[49][50] His appearances total ranks as the most in American League history.[51] On September 22, 2013, Rivera became the first active Yankee player to have his number retired by the organization; he was the last major league player to wear number 42 full-time, following its league-wide retirement in honor of Jackie Robinson.[52]

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 22, 2019 with 100% of the vote, becoming the first player ever to be elected unanimously.[53]

Group achievements

Key Three
Three members of the Core Four – Posada (left), Rivera (middle), and Jeter (right) – played together for 17 consecutive years from 1995 to 2011, the longest in North American professional sports.

The Core Four won a combined total of 19 World Series rings.[54]

Pettitte and Rivera hold the all-time record for most win–save combinations with 72;[55] Bob Welch and Dennis Eckersley previously held the record with 58.[56]

In 2010, Rivera, Jeter, and Posada became the first trio in any of the four North American major sports leagues to play together on the same team for 16 consecutive seasons.[57] Posada and Jeter played their 1,660th game together on July 14, 2011. This broke the record for most regular-season games played together by two Yankee teammates, previously held by Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri.[58]

With the rise of free agency and trades, many sportswriters believe that it is highly unlikely that another group of players of comparable size will spend their entire careers with a single team.[59][60] Buck Showalter, the Yankees manager during the Core Four's major league debuts in 1995, said, "[Y]ou won't see anything like this happen again. There are too many variables for that to ever happen again. And what you have to remember is the makeup of those guys. The common thread was their agenda. They didn't branch off. They didn't want to disappoint each other. They were guys who never wanted to let their teammates down."[15]

Endings

Mariano Rivera shakes Jorge Posadas hand
Posada (left) and Rivera (right) shaking hands after the end of a game in 2009.

Pettitte was the first player of the Core Four to retire, announcing his decision at a news conference at Yankee Stadium on February 4, 2011. He told the organization "not to count on his return" after the Yankees lost the 2010 American League Championship Series to the Texas Rangers, citing his desire to spend more time with his family.[61] After spending the 2011 season away from baseball, he served as a guest instructor for the Yankees during 2012 spring training and insisted that he was not considering a comeback.[62] However, he reversed his decision on his final day as instructor and rejoined the organization on March 16, signing a $2.5 million minor league contract.[63] He pitched in both the 2012 and 2013 seasons for the Yankees before announcing his second retirement on September 20, 2013. Although he was initially not going to reveal his decision, it was at Rivera's insistence that he eventually did.[64] The Yankees held a ceremony for Pettitte five days later on September 25, with fellow Core Four members Jeter and Rivera presenting him with a framed base from his final Yankee Stadium start, signed by all his teammates.[65] He made his final appearance on September 28 against the Houston Astros, the only other team he had pitched for in his career. He pitched a complete game—his first since 2006—and by winning his last start, he finished the season with an 11–11 win–loss record. This preserved his records of never having a losing season throughout his 18-year career[66] and being the only pitcher in major league history to have 15 winning seasons (with a minimum of three starts each) without recording a losing season.[67]

The second member of the group to retire was Posada. He endured a tumultuous 2011 season that saw him lose the starting catcher job to Russell Martin, drop to 9th in the Yankee lineup after batting .165, bench himself, and then lose his spot in the lineup as the starting designated hitter altogether.[68][69] Posada had several memorable performances at the end of the year. He drove in the go-ahead runs that clinched the American League East title for the Yankees[70] and batted .429 in the 2011 American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers. After the Yankees lost the series in Game 5, he cut short a postgame interview when he teared up, coming to the realization that it could have been his final game as a Yankee.[71] He announced his decision to retire on January 24, 2012.[72]

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The Yankees retired Rivera's uniform number on September 22, 2013, making him the first active Yankee player to be honored in this way.

Rivera had hinted during 2012 spring training that the 2012 season would be his last, and confirmed that his decision was "irrevocable."[73][74] He intended to reveal his decision at the end of the year, preferring a low-key departure instead of having a farewell tour across MLB stadiums.[75] However, he reversed his decision after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and part of his meniscus while shagging fly balls on May 3, 2012.[76] This prematurely ended his season, and though there were fears that this could potentially be a career-ending injury,[76][77] he stated that he would return, declaring that he was "not going down like this."[78]

After rehabilitating his injury through the offseason, Rivera announced on March 9 that he would retire at the end of the 2013 season.[79] His farewell tour saw him meet the fans and unsung employees of opposing teams during his final visit to their ballparks to listen to their stories and thank them for supporting baseball.[80] Each opposing team reciprocated the gesture by holding an on-field ceremony and honoring him with a parting gift.[81][82] On September 22, a day that was declared "Mariano Rivera Day" by the Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, the Yankees held their own ceremony to honor Rivera, culminating in the retiring of his uniform number into Monument Park.[83] Many former teammates of his were in attendance, including Posada, who threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Rivera in a reversal of roles.[84]

Jeter was the last player of the Core Four to retire, having announced on February 12, 2014 that he would retire at the end of the 2014 season.[85]

Career statistics with Yankees

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The Core Four on the Cover of Sports Illustrated 6 Months After The Yankees' 2009 World Series Victory

Table key

  Yankee team record
^ American League record
double-dagger Major League record
dagger Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
(X) Rank within the top 10 among Yankee all-time leaders
G Games played or Games pitched
AB At bats
R Runs scored
H Hits
HR Home runs
RBI Runs batted in
BA Batting average
SB Stolen bases
IP Innings pitched
W Wins
L Losses
SV Saves
ERA Earned run average[A]
SO Strikeouts
BB Walks

Rankings are updated through September 29, 2014

Position players

Batting statistics
Player Position[B] G AB R H HR RBI BA SB Ref
Derek Jeter Shortstop 2,747 (1st) 12,602 (1st) 1,923 (3rd) 3,465 (1st) 260 (9th) 1,311 (6th) .310 (7th) 358 (1st) [88]
Jorge Posada Catcher 1,829 (8th) 6,092 900 1,664 275 (8th) 1,065 .273 20 [86]

Pitchers

Pitching statistics
Player Position[B] G IP W L SV ERA[A] SO BB Ref
Andy Pettitte Starting pitcher 447 (5th) 2,796 13 (3rd) 219 (3rd) 127 (3rd) 0 3.94 2,020 (1st) 889 (4th) [90]
Mariano Riveradagger Relief pitcher 1,115^ (1st) 1,283 23 82 60 652double-dagger (1st) 2.21 (2nd) 1,173 (8th) 286 [87]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ a b Minimum of 500 innings pitched for the Yankees.[89]
  2. ^ a b The primary fielding position of the player. Posada played 42 games at first base and 1 game at second base during his career,[86] while Rivera started 10 games (all during his 1995 rookie season).[87]

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Andy Pettitte

Andrew Eugene Pettitte (; born June 15, 1972) is an American former baseball starting pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily for the New York Yankees. He also pitched for the Houston Astros. Pettitte won five World Series championships with the Yankees and was a three-time All-Star. He ranks as MLB's all-time postseason wins leader with 19.Pettitte was drafted by the Yankees organization in 1990, and he signed with them roughly a year later. After debuting in the major leagues in 1995, Pettitte finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Rookie of the Year Award. In 1996, he led the AL with 21 wins and was runner-up for the AL Cy Young Award, and two years later, he was named the Yankees' Opening Day starter. Pettitte established himself as one of the "Core Four" players who contributed to the Yankees' late-1990s dynasty that produced four championships. Pettitte won the 2001 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in helping his team win the pennant. After spending nine seasons with the Yankees—a stint in which he won at least 12 games each season—Pettitte signed with the Astros in 2004. He rejoined the Yankees in 2007 and later that season admitted to using human growth hormone to recover from an elbow injury in 2002. Pettitte's second tenure with the team lasted six seasons, interrupted by a one-year retirement in 2011, and also produced a fifth World Series championship.

Pettitte's pitching repertoire included a four-seam and cut fastball and several off-speed pitches such as a slider, curveball, and changeup. A left-handed pitcher, he had an exceptional pickoff move to first base, which allowed him to record 98 career pickoffs. Among Yankees pitchers, Pettitte ranks first in strikeouts (2,020), third in wins (219), and tied for first in games started (438). He won the most games of any pitcher in the 2000s.

His number 46 was retired by the Yankees on August 23, 2015.

Brian Cashman

Brian McGuire Cashman (born July 3, 1967) is an American baseball executive for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He has served as the General Manager and Senior Vice President of the Yankees since 1998. During Cashman's tenure as general manager, the Yankees have won six American League pennants and four World Series championships.

Cashman began working with the Yankees organization in 1986 as an intern while still in college. He was named assistant general manager in 1992, helping to run the team while owner George Steinbrenner was suspended from baseball. He succeeded Bob Watson as the team's general manager in 1998.

Gene Michael

Eugene Richard Michael (June 2, 1938 – September 7, 2017), known as Stick, was an American shortstop, coach, scout, manager and executive in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, and Detroit Tigers from 1966 to 1975. After his playing career, Michael managed the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, and served as the Yankees' general manager. Michael built the Yankees team that became a dynasty in the late 1990s.

Investment promotion agency

An investment promotion agency (IPA) is most often a government agency (or occasionally a non-profit organization functioning similar to a chamber of commerce or business consulting corporation) whose mission is to attract investment to a country, state, region or city. Generally, IPAs have core four functions: image building of FDI hosting country, investment generation, project management and after care services. While IPAs play an important role in attracting investment to developed countries some IPAs have additional advocacy function in developing countries where investment climate is not fully favorite.

The IPA does this by introducing investors with local suppliers (raw materials or other inputs), providing userful statistical data and business information such macroeconomic indicators (GNP, GDP, HDI, inflation etc.), labor productivity, average wages, attractive sectors of domestic economy and by managing any investment incentives that the city, state or country may offer to foreign investors (companies or individuals).

Jorge Posada

Jorge Rafael Posada Villeta (born August 17, 1971) is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball catcher who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. Posada produced strong offensive numbers for his position, recording a .273 batting average, 275 home runs, and 1,065 runs batted in (RBIs) during his career. A switch hitter, Posada was a five-time All-Star, won five Silver Slugger Awards, and was on the roster for four World Series championship teams.

Drafted by the Yankees in 1990, Posada was originally an infielder before moving to catcher during his minor league career. He debuted in the major leagues in 1995, but it was not until 1998 that he found regular playing time. A solid-hitting catcher, Posada established himself as a mainstay in the Yankees lineup and as one of the "Core Four" players who contributed to the Yankees' winning seasons. In 2003, he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award and became only the second Yankees catcher after Yogi Berra to hit 30 home runs in a season. Posada added one of his best seasons in 2007 at age 35 when he batted .338. Following a stint as designated hitter in 2011, he retired.

Posada is only the fifth MLB catcher with at least 1,500 hits, 350 doubles, 275 home runs, and 1,000 RBIs in a career. From 2000 to 2011, he compiled more RBIs and home runs than any other catcher in baseball. He is the only MLB catcher to ever bat .330 or better with 40 doubles, 20 home runs, and 90 RBIs in a single season. Away from baseball, Posada is the founder of the Jorge Posada Foundation, which is involved with research for craniosynostosis, a birth defect that impacts his son.

List of Descendants characters

The following article is a list of characters appearing in the Descendants, Descendants 2, Descendants 3, Descendants: Wicked World and the Descendants book series.

Marissa Cooper

Marissa Cooper is a fictional character on the FOX television series The O.C., portrayed by Mischa Barton. Marissa was among the original "core four" characters on The O.C. She is a privileged California native born into a wealthy family, residing next to the Cohen family's house. Throughout The O.C.'s storyline, Marissa is introduced to new characters who influence her perspective on life and her personality.

Murderers' Row

Murderers' Row were the baseball teams of the New York Yankees in the late 1920s, widely considered one of the best teams in history. The nickname is in particular describing the first six hitters in the 1927 team lineup: Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel, and Tony Lazzeri.

NEC SX-ACE

The SX-ACE is a vector supercomputer from NEC Corporation. It features NEC's first multi-core vector System on a Chip design, with four cores. The SX-ACE runs at 1 GHz, has peak performance of 64 GFLOPS per core, and has 64 gigabytes per second of memory bandwidth per core. Four cores make up a shared-memory node, and 64 nodes can fit in a rack for a total performance of 16 TFLOPS per rack. The SX-ACE was released in 2013. NEC released the successor, the SX-Aurora TSUBASA in 2017.

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are an American professional baseball team based in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The Yankees compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) East division. They are one of two major league clubs based in New York City, the other being the National League (NL)'s New York Mets. The Yankees franchise began play in the 1901 season as the Baltimore Orioles (no relation to the modern Baltimore Orioles). In 1903, Frank Farrell and Bill Devery purchased the franchise after it ceased operations and moved it to New York City, renaming the club the New York Highlanders. The Highlanders were officially renamed the Yankees in 1913.The team is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises, an LLC that is controlled by the family of the late George Steinbrenner, who purchased the team in 1973. Brian Cashman is the team's general manager, and Aaron Boone is the team's field manager. The team's home games were played at the original Yankee Stadium from 1923 to 1973 and from 1976 to 2008. In 1974 and 1975, the Yankees shared Shea Stadium with the Mets, in addition to the New York Jets, and New York Giants. In 2009, they moved into a new ballpark of the same name that was constructed next door to the previous facility, which was closed and demolished. The team is perennially among the leaders in MLB attendance.

The Yankees are arguably the most successful professional sports team in the United States; they have won 40 AL pennants, and 27 World Series championships, all of which are MLB records. The Yankees have won more titles than any other franchise in the four major North American sports leagues. Forty-four Yankees players and eleven Yankees managers have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford. In pursuit of winning championships, the franchise has used a large payroll to attract talent, particularly during the Steinbrenner era. According to Forbes, the Yankees are the second highest valued sports franchise in the United States and the second in the world, with an estimated value of approximately $4 billion. The Yankees have garnered enormous popularity and a dedicated fanbase, as well as widespread enmity from fans of other MLB teams. The team's rivalry with the Boston Red Sox is one of the most well-known rivalries in U.S. sports.

From 1903–2018, the Yankees' overall win-loss record is 10,275–7,781 (a .569 winning percentage).

Opteron

Opteron is AMD's x86 former server and workstation processor line, and was the first processor which supported the AMD64 instruction set architecture (known generically as x86-64). It was released on April 22, 2003, with the SledgeHammer core (K8) and was intended to compete in the server and workstation markets, particularly in the same segment as the Intel Xeon processor. Processors based on the AMD K10 microarchitecture (codenamed Barcelona) were announced on September 10, 2007, featuring a new quad-core configuration. The most-recently released Opteron CPUs are the Piledriver-based Opteron 4300 and 6300 series processors, codenamed "Seoul" and "Abu Dhabi" respectively. In January 2016, the first ARMv8-A based Opteron SoC was released.

Serpent (album)

Serpent is the fortieth album by Finnish experimental rock band Circle.

It was recorded on 19 October 2011 at The Croft, Bristol, England. The core four-piece Circle line-up is joined by the guitarist Julius Jääskeläinen. It contains a cover of the Brian Eno song "Here Come the Warm Jets".

Seth Cohen

Seth Ezekiel Cohen is a fictional character on the FOX television series The O.C., portrayed by Adam Brody. Seth is one of the "core four" characters on The O.C. alongside Ryan Atwood, Marissa Cooper, and Summer Roberts. Seth's friendship with Ryan, who eventually became his adoptive brother, formed a focal point of the series along with their romances. Seth married Summer in the series finale. His other relationships were with Anna Stern and Alex Kelly. Seth's goal was to attend Brown University, but he ends up going to Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and continuing work on his comic book Atomic County. The role saw Brody win four Teen Choice Awards from five nominations, from 2004 to 2006.

Soundcheck (album)

Soundcheck is the thirty-third album by Finnish experimental rock band Circle.

It was issued as a limited edition vinyl LP by Full Contact in 2009. It was recorded on 31 October 2009 in Lahti, Finland. The core four-piece Circle line-up is joined by sound engineer Tuomas Laurila who supplies effects and the original live sound mix, and guitarist brothers Julius and Pekka Jääskeläinen, creating a dense, guitar-heavy sound.

Soundcheck is one of a series of vinyl-only albums released by Circle which document their often improvised freeform live shows.

Stf0 sulfotransferase

Stf0 sulfotransferases are essential for the biosynthesis of sulfolipid-1 in prokaryotes. They adopt a structure that belongs to the sulfotransferase superfamily, consisting of a single domain with a core four-stranded parallel beta-sheet flanked by alpha-helices.

Suzhou HSR New Town

Suzhou HSR New Town (Chinese: 苏州高铁新城, literally Suzhou High-Speed Rail New City), surrounding Suzhou North Railway Station on Beijing–Shanghai High-Speed Railway, is a new city located in the northern part of Suzhou, China. This new city is administrated by Xiangcheng District. It is a "city" in the "one core, four cities" (Chinese: 一核四城) plan of Suzhou. The promoter of it occupies an area of 4.7 km2, and its total area is 28.52 km2.

The O.C. (season 4)

The fourth and final season of The O.C., an American teen drama television series, aired in the United States from November 2, 2006 to February 22, 2007 and consisted of sixteen episodes. The O.C's final season aired Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET in the United States on Fox, a terrestrial television network. Fox tested a new timeslot by airing the second episode on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET against ABC's Lost and CBS's Criminal Minds. With Lost about to enter a three-month hiatus, Fox hoped that changing the timeslot for The O.C. would attract back viewers it had lost since the end of the previous season; however, the move was unsuccessful and the show returned to its Thursday timeslot.Due to the death of Marissa Cooper in the third-season finale, this was the first and only season without one of the "core four" characters of Marissa, Ryan Atwood, Seth Cohen, and Summer Roberts; however, executive producer Stephanie Savage said that Marissa's death "set up a new direction for the show". The show's creator, Josh Schwartz, promised this season would be different, saying it would "focus on [the] core characters and their relationships". He added that there was no point in worrying about ratings and that he "wanted to get the show back to an earlier place, try to get back to some of the humor and heart of the show that maybe wasn't as evident last year". The season was released on DVD as a five-disc boxed set under the title The O.C.: The Complete Fourth Season on May 22, 2007 by Warner Bros. Home Video. The season was also made available in the American versions of Zune and iTunes Store. Before the season premiered on television, it was available through on demand streaming. In the US, streaming was available from October 26, 2006 at 3:01 a.m. ET onwards, through Fox Interactive Media's MySpace and MyFoxLocal stations.In Canada, the fourth season was simulcast on the terrestrial CTV Television Network. Additionally, as a result of an agreement between Warner Bros. and CTV, the first episode was available to be streamed from October 30, 2006 at 12:00 p.m. ET onwards, through the CTV Broadband Network. In the United Kingdom the season premiered on January 9, 2007 on E4, and in Australia it was broadcast by Network Ten on November 7, 2006 at 8:30 p.m. (local time).

Yankeeography

Yankeeography is a biography-style television program that chronicles the lives and careers of the players, coaches, and other notable personnel associated with the New York Yankees Major League Baseball team. The series is aired on the YES Network and is produced by MLB Productions. The series is hosted by Yankees radio personality John Sterling. The series has earned five New York Sports Emmy Awards since its inception. In addition to airing on YES, MLB Productions has packaged many of the shows into DVD boxed sets.

After debuting as a weekly show with the 2002 launch of YES, Yankeeography only debuts new episodes periodically (as there are fewer prominent Yankees yet to be spotlighted). For instance, four episodes premiered in 2006: Tino Martinez, David Cone, the Yankees' 1996 World Series team, and Billy Martin. All Yankees with retired numbers have had shows completed with the exception of Bill Dickey. The show has been criticized for producing episodes on players who remain active while Hall of Famers from much earlier eras such as Jack Chesbro, Tony Lazzeri, Red Ruffing and Lefty Gomez were not profiled. Some profiles have been updated to reflect new developments.

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