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Yankees' Reliever Britton To Go By 'Zack' Instead Of 'Zach'

February 07, 2019 - 12:48 pm
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By WFAN.com

Zach Britton’s life changed on July 24, 2018 when he was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the New York Yankees.

In January, he signed a three-year deal to stay with the Yankees, but he won’t be the same Zach Britton they got last season. This time the big change isn't about changing teams, but about changing names. Now, he’s Zack Britton.

On Thursday, the Yankees’ reliever took to Twitter to announce the name change.

The Yankees' PR staff also sent out an email to the press informing them of the spelling correction.

The man formerly known as “Zach” looked impressive in pinstripes following the trade last year, posting a 2.88 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over 25 innings. He finished the season overall with a 3.10 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, with 34 strikeouts in 40.2 innings.

Britton also had time for a joke at the Orioles’ expense on Twitter when someone tweeted a picture of an autographed Britton Orioles jersey. 

This is of course riffing on ex-Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s much-maligned decision not to use Britton in the 2016 AL Wild Card game against the Blue Jays, which Baltimore lost 5-2 in extra innings.

If only the O's had Zack Britton available that night, he could have done the job that Showalter didn't think Zach Britton could.