Category Archives: Ex-Players

Baseball resumes/Yogi/The SS search

The ALCS gets started tonight with Game 1 between Baltimore & KC. The NLCS starts tomorrow between SF and StL.

Meanwhile, sad and disturbing news. Late Tues. night or early Wed. morning, professional thieves broke into Yogi Berra’s Museum. Items stolen include his WS rings and MVP trophies. I hope the scumbags are caught soon. Their punishment should be that every Yankees fan gets a bat and one good swing at these thieves, hitting their bodies wherever.

Yogi, of course, is devastated. The 89-year-old legend lost his wife earlier this year, and now this.

Cross J.J. Hardy off your wish list for Yankees’ SS. He won’t be going into free agency. Instead he signed a 3-yr. extension with the Orioles.

Surprises in Division Series, Jeter Rumors, and Yanks hands tied

We’ll start with the Division Series. The Royals and Orioles are both in the driver’s seat, up 2-0 in a best of five, with two thrilling wins yesterday.

KC won its third straight extra-inning postseason game, setting a postseason record, by scoring 3 in the top of the 11th to defeat the Angels, 4-1. While Mike Moustakas had the HR in the 11th inning of Game 1, this time it was Eric Hosmer with the big blow.

I like the way KC plays. Not only that, although I admire Trout and Pujols, I can’t root for the Angels. I’m tired of seeing Mike Scioscia bitching all the time about balls and strikes. I admire Scioscia as a manager and think he’s one of the best in the game, but he (and when he was managing, Bobby Cox) are two of the biggest dugout whiners and crybabies I’ve ever seen.

Meanwhile, Baltimore, down 6-3 in the bottom of the 8th, scored 4 in that inning and went on to win 7-6. Delmon Young, who while with Detroit was the ALCS MVP in 2012 against the Yankees, got revenge on his old team with a bases-loaded double. I have to admit, I have a soft spot for seeing Buck Showalter do well (as well as Donnie Mattingly with the Dodgers).

In the NLDS, a shocker. You expected a pitching duel between Clayton Kershaw and Adam Wainwright. The Dodgers knocked out Wainwright in taking a 6-1 lead. But then Kershaw, 21-3, 1.77 in the regular season, lost it. St. Louis got one in the sixth and 8 in the seventh and hung on for a 10-9 comeback victory in Game 1 of the NLDS. The Cardinals’ mastery of Kershaw goes back to last year’s postseason. They have his number, or maybe Kershaw is tipping his pitches and only St. Louis knows how?

In the other NLDS, the SF Giants won Game 1, 3-2 over the Washington Nationals.

Some great, great games in this postseason so far.

There was a good article I read about the Yankees noting how they really are hamstrung in trying to improve the team for 2015. Yes, you’d like to improve the offense, but how when players are tied up into long-term deals, are declining and have no-trade clauses? Or, if you CAN trade them, you won’t get equal value or will have to eat much of their expensive contracts? McCann, Teix, A-Rod, Beltran, Gardner, Ellsbury, CC… all these guys are signed up for 2015 AND BEYOND. (Also, younger guys like Tanaka are, but Tanaka is a different story…). Which means these guys have to improve on 2014’s performances. You are stuck with them. For some guys who are aging, you have to wonder if they EVER will get back to what they once were. And that is a problem.

There are rumors that Derek Jeter has a big to-do this weekend. Some call it a retirement party. Others say he’s getting married to Hannah Davis. If it IS a wedding, it’s on short notice, since Derek really, if things would have gone right, would be having an off-day today in the middle of playing in the Division Series. In another words, the original plan was for him to be playing ON the field and not OFF of it. We’ll wait for confirmation on that wedding rumor.

Division Series/Jeter’s new venture.

Derek Jeter didn’t waste any time opening up a new venture. The Players’ Tribune will be a digital media site in which players take stories directly to the people, eliminating the middle man (or woman) of the media.

The ALDS started yesterday. Baltimore destroyed Detroit 12-3, while Kardiac KC did it in extra innings again, defeating the Angels 3-2 in 11.

The NLDS starts today. The two Game 1’s of the NLDS, combined with two Game 2’s of the ALDS mean wall to wall baseball today, weather permitting.

Game 153. Ellsbury leads Yanks to win, but may be done for the year.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled, and drove in three runs in the Yankees’ 5-3 win over Toronto Friday night but also strained his right hamstring and, with only nine games remaining in the regular season, may be done for the year.

Toronto took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first on an Edwin Encarnacion HR off of Yankees’ starter and winner Hiroki Kuroda.

The Yanks came back in the bottom of the first on a double by Ellsbury, single by Jeter and RBI single by McCann.

Ellsbury put the Yanks up 3-2 in the third with his 16th (and final? We’ll hear about the MRI results today) HR of the season.

The Yanks made it 5-2 in the fourth when Ellsbury hit an RBI force out with the bases loaded and reached first on a bad throw by Blue Jays’ SS Jose Reyes which enabled a second run to score on the play. In running down the line, however, Ellsbury strained his hamstring.

Derek Jeter got two hits to run his career total to 3455 and lift his batting average to .252.

Kuroda (W, 11-9, 3.77) went 6 2/3, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 walks and 7 K.
Outman (overall ERA 2.86) one batter, and he gave up a double.
Rogers 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 0 K. Overall ERA 5.23
Warren (Save #3) 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.13.

The win puts the Yanks at 79-74, and two games up on Toronto for second place in the AL East. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just nine games to go. Cleveland is also 79-74, and the Yanks would have not only better the Indians in the last nine games, but also jump over KC (83-69) and Seattle (83-70) to claim that final playoff spot.

HOF 1B Willie McCovey has been hospitalized. Get Well Soon, Stretch!

 

Frank Torre passes away.

Frank Torre, brother of HOF and ex-Yankees manager Joe, died at age 82 yesterday.

He was a major leaguer himself, and helped the Milwaukee Braves to the 1957 World Championship and the 1958 NL pennant. He played for the Braves from 1956-1960 as a first baseman. Most of his time in the big leagues was spent as a defensive replacement.

In 1957, he hit .272-5-40, OPS+ 103 for the World Champion Braves. He went 3 for 10 in the WS, hitting two HR. His best year was in 1958, when he helped the Braves win the NL Pennant, hitting .309-6-55, OPS+ 127. In the WS that year, he went 3 for 17. Both WS were vs. the Yankees.

Torre was out of the majors in 1961, but returned to play for the Phillies in 1962 and 1963.

He played in 714 games, getting 1482 at bats. His career totals were .273 with 13 HR. His 162 g. ave. was .273-3-41 with an OPS+ of 100.

While his brother Joe was managing the Yanks to the 1996 WS title, Frank was getting a new heart. That new heart enabled him to live almost 18 more years.

Game 130. Yanks lose, 5-2.

The Yanks’ five-game winning streak was snapped by Detroit last night, 5-2.

Jacoby Ellsbury’s two solo HR (13) accounted for both Yankees’ runs. Believe it or not, it is Ellsbury who leads the Yanks in RBI. Didn’t see that coming when the Yanks signed him, did you?

Brandon McCarthy went 6 1/3, 5 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 5 K. He drops to an overall record of 8-13,  4.13. As a Yankee he is 5-3,  2.47.

Esmiel Rogers went 1 2/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Overall ERA 5.09.

Derek Jeter had two hits to raise his career total to 3442.

The loss dropped the Yanks 7 behind Baltimore in the AL East and 3 1/2 out of the final wild card spot. There are 32 games to go. The Yanks are 68-62. If 90 wins are what it will take to get that last wild card spot, the Yanks would have to go 22-10 to get there.

One-time Yankee backup infielder Jerry Lumpe died Aug. 16 at the age of 81. He was with the Yanks 1956-1959, then played for the KC A’s 1959-1963 and the Detroit Tigers 1964-1967. He was an All-Star in 1964 and finished 25th in the 1962 MVP voting. His 162 g. average was .268-6-54, OPS+ 87. He was 6 for 26 in two WS, 1957 and 1958 and was part of the 1956 and 1958 WS Champ Yanks as well as the 1957 AL Champs. He mostly played 2B, but also played SS and 3B.

Game 116. Jeter passes Wagner but Yanks lose, 3-0.

Derek Jeter got hit #3431 to pass Honus Wagner for sixth on the all-time hits list, but the Yanks lost to Cleveland Saturday afternoon, 3-0.

Jeter will end his career in sixth place, since he is over 80 hits short of fifth-place Tris Speaker with just 46 games to go.

Brandon McCarthy pitched another good game for the Yankees, but got no run support. McCarthy gave up just Jose Ramirez’ first MLB HR in the 2nd, a two-run shot. McCarthy falls to 7-11 (4-1 NYY) after going 6 1/3, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 8 K. Overall ERA 4.31.

Rich Hill 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. ERA 9.00.

Chase Whitley gave up a HR to Jackie Brantley in the 8th. 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks and 1 K. 5.02.

15 Yankees struck out in the game, and they got just five hits.

Before the game, the Yanks put Brian McCann on the 7-day concussion DL and brought up Austin Romine.