Category Archives: Awards

The Minors. Trenton tosses a no-no.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB scored in the bottom of the 10th to beat Lehigh Valley 4-3. Donovan Solano 3 hits. 2 hits each for Chris Parmalee and Lane Adams.

AA: Trenton no-hit New Hampshire 4-0. 8 IP for Ronald Herrera, Jonathan Holder pitched the ninth. 2 hits, RBI for Jake Cave.

High A: Tampa won 11-5. Six Tampa Yankees homered.

Low A: Charleston scored four in the top of the 11th to win 7-3. 4 hits, 2 RBI Thairo Estrada. 3 hits each for Jeff Hendrix and Angel Aguilar.

Game 14. Yanks’ skid continues.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From 4-2 to 5-9. It’s been frustrating.

The Yanks were tied 2-2 after six, but the bullpen imploded and the Yanks lost 7-3 to Oakland on Thursday night for their seven loss in their last eight games.

Aaron Hicks singled in a run in the second, but the A’s tied it in the fourth. The Yanks went up in the bottom of the fourth on an Austin Romine single, but Luis Severino gave up a HR in the fifth and the game was tied.

Chasen Shreve replaced Severino in the seventh and promptly gave up back-to-back HRs. That was the ballgame.

Starlin Castro got an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh for the Yanks to cut it to 4-3 but Johnny Barbato gave up a 2-run HR in the eighth, Kirby Yates gave up another run in the ninth, and the Yanks’ skid continued.

Hopefully they snap out of it soon.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, but Yankee batters struck out 14x.

Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 4.86. Gave up 1 HR.
Shreve (L, 1-1, 2.84) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K, gave up 2 HR..
Barbato 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 3.00 gave up 1 HR
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 2 walks, 1 K. 5.06

Jake Arrietta of the Cubs threw his 2nd career no-hitter last night as the Cubs routed the Reds.

S.T. Games 29/30. Yanks lose 2. Mitchell out 3 months.

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On a day when the Yanks found out Bryan Mitchell has a broken toe with Grade 3 turf toe, may need surgery and be out three months, they lost both exhibition games as the squad was split.

In one game, Michael Pineda gave up 4 HR (albeit, a strong wind was blowing out) as the Yanks lost 9-1 to St. Louis.

Pineda (L) 5  IP, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Chapman 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Swarzak 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up HR
Pinder 1 1/3 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Tracy 1 IP, 0 R 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.

They lost the other game 10-6 to Detroit. They are 13-15-2 for the spring.

Castro 2 hits. Romine 3 for 3, HR, 2 RBI. Mateo 2 RBI. Parmalee 2 hits, rbi.

Green (L) 4 1/3, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 H, 2 walks, 4 K. Gave up 4 HR
Webb 2 1/3, 3 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mullee 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.

Rough day for the pitchers.

Johnny Barbato and Luis Cessa made the bullpen. They were to make it before Miller and Mitchell got hurt. Miller wants to pitch through the injury to his non-throwing hand. We’ll see. But a sub must be found for Mitchell….and maybe Miller, too.

Romine is the backup catcher, Torreyes the backup IF.

The fifth starter hasn’t been named yet between CC and Nova.

Barbato won the J.P. Dawson award as best rookie in camp.

HOF, a minor move, free agency, and a passing.

A minor move the Yanks made before we get to more major things. They got Kirby Yates, who was DFA’d by Cleveland, for cash considerations.

In 2014, Yates’ rookie year, he went 0-2, 3.75 for Tampa Bay. Last year, he was downright awful. 1-0, 7.97 for Tampa Bay, and he gave up 10 HR in 20 1/3 IP.

For his career, 1-2, 5.27 in 57 games. An extreme fly ball pitcher, 30%+ of his balls were fly balls last year, and you can see the HR ratio. Not good. 63K in 56 1/3. A flyer. The Yanks gave up no players for him and I am sure the cash considerations are minimal. Cleveland purchased him off the Rays in November, and the Yanks purchased him off of Cleveland now.

Vern Rapp, who managed the Cardinals in 1977 and part of 1978, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 87. He went 83-79 for the 1977 Cards, and was fired after starting 1978 6-11.

Denard Span signed with the Giants.

The HOF voting was announced on Wednesday, and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza werer elected.

Griffey broke the record for highest percentage. Only three voters (Moe, Larry and Curly? Were these the three idiots who voted for Mike Sweeney?) didn’t vote for Griffey. Why, who knows. Egotistical assholes? Perhaps. Griffey, while young and in his prime, was as close to Willie Mays as you would want. Power (630 HR), Speed (he didn’t steal often, but he had speed), Defense and throwing (10 GG), hit for average, .284. Not .300, but….               a 13x All-Star. 1997 MVP (Tino finished 2nd).    The only thing he didn’t get was a ring.

I saw one of his last HR’s at the Stadium. I think it was #601.

He was a joy to watch, but you hated it when he beat your team. Seattle, Cincy and the Chisox. OPS+ of 136.

4x HR champ. 56 in 1997 and 1998. Topped 140 RBI in three consecutive seasons, 1996-1998.

JAWS ranks him as the 5th best CF of all-time. Behind Mays, Cobb, Speaker and Mantle, and ahead of Dimaggio and Snider. Do you who rounds out the top 10? Beltran, Lofton and Andruw Jones. (Ashburn is 11th).

Piazza’s defense wasn’t that great, but a catcher with a .308 BA and 427 HR made up for it. OPS+ 142, even higher than Griffey’s, and this was a catcher. Higher OPS+ than Griffey, and higher BA.

I hope the rumors that kept him out until now are not true. Steroids. Rumors, but not confirmed. I’d hate for those rumors to be confirmed years down the road. What then, remove him?

He and Bill Dickey, another HOF catcher, hit .362 in a season.

The 1993 ROY, Piazza finished top 10 for MVP 7X, including back-to-back runnerup finishes in 1996 and 1997 with the Dodgers.

While Griffey is going in as the first Mariner in their history, Piazza is going in as the second Met (Tom Seaver).

Close but no cigar goes to Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Significant improvement for Mike Mussina & Curt Schilling.

Even for Bonds and Clemens.

Next year, Jorge Posada is on the ballot. I’d expect a nice vote, maybe 25% but nowhere near the 75% to get in.

Vlad Guerrero comes on. I believe he will make it but on the first year may get only 63% or so.

Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, while they certainly have the stats and credentials, are linked to steroids and I don’t believe they will get in. While Pudge (Rodriguez) wasn’t convicted, Manny as suspended twice.

Harper, Donaldson, MVPs

Josh Harper of the Washington Nationals was the unanimous winner of the NL MVP, and Josh Donaldson of Toronto was announced the AL MVP last night.

Brian McCann, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira of the Yankees received consideration.

Harper is one of the youngest players to win the award.

 

Arrieta, Kuechel, CYA winners

Dallas Keuchel of Houston and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs were announced as the CYA winners last night for the AL and NL respectively.

Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances of the Yankees each got some CYA consideration in the voting.

The Brewers traded closer K-Rod to the Tigers.

The AL and NL MVPs will be announced tonight.

Maddon, Bannister Mgrs. of Year

Joe Maddon of the Cubs and Jeff Bannister of the Rangers were named the Managers of the Year last night.

Joe Girardi of the Yankees finished fifth.

David Ortiz is apparently retiring at the end of the 2016 season.