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Minor League Report. Judge, Stanton at SWB (Stanton HRs) but SWB gets hammered. Trenton gets just one hit again.

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AAA: DH Aaron Judge started his rehab for SWB, and was joined there by RF Giancarlo Stanton, but SWB (38-27) got hammered, 16-3. Judge was 0 for 4, striking out 3x. Stanton was 1 for 3, striking out 2x, but hitting a 3-run HR (and reports are it was an absolute BOMB).

2B Breyvic Valera 2 hits (.419). CF Billy Burns 2 hits. Awful night for starter Dan Camarena, who gave up 12 R, 10 ER, in 2 1/3 IP.

Danny Farquhar, trying to comeback from that brain aneurysm last year, gave up 4 runs, 2 HR, in 1 1/3 IP.

AA: Trenton (36-26) only got one hit (and no, it wasn’t a ninth-inning bunt, it was a second-inning single) in losing 3-0. Starter Garrett Whitlock 1 R in 6 IP.

High A: Tampa off. The first half of the season is over, and the FSL All-Star Game is tonight. Tampa finished the first half 28-38, sixth in the seven-team division, 13 1/2 back.

Low A: Charleston (36-32) lost 7-6 in 10 innings. CF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits, solo HR. DH Anthony Seigler (2018 1st round pick) 2 hits. 3B Max Burt 2 hits, 3 RBI.

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Game 29. CC gets 3K, but Yanks lose, 3-1.

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CC Sabathia became the third lefty (the others being Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton) to acheive 3000 or more career strikeouts, but he and the Yanks (17-12) lost to Arizona 3-1 Tuesday night.

It figured to be, and was, a pitcher’s duel between CC and Zach Greinke. Ex-Met Wilmer Flores had a solo HR and RBI single to help beat the Yanks.

The Yanks only got 5 hits. Gleyber Torres had two of them, inc. an RBI double.

Sabathia (L, 1-1, 2.66) 5 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Holder 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.  4.50
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.00

The Yanks finish April at 17-12, 2nd in AL East, 2 1/2 GB. In top wild card position as of now.

Game 21. HEROmine! Yanks win 7-6 in 10 after blowing 5-0 lead.

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James Paxton was cruising, having struck out 12 in 6 innings. The Yanks had a 5-0 lead.

But the Yanks needed Austin Romine to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth with a single and to win it in the tenth with another single to win 7-6 in 10 innings.

The Yanks (11-10) scored a run in the first when D.J. LeMahieu doubled, went to third on a deep flyout by Voit to RF and a passed ball.

In the second, Mike Ford doubled for his first MLB hit, and Romine got the first of his three singles and three RBI on the day. 2-0 Yanks.

Clint Frazier hit a 3-run HR (6) in the fifth, 5-0 Yanks.

Paxton was cruising. 12 K in 6 IP, just 3 hits.

Kahnle had a good seventh, no runs, 2 K.

But then Chad Green, who hasn’t been good at all this year, started the seventh, faced three batters and could not get anyone out. Two hits and a walk later, in came Adam Ottavino.

Ottavino maybe needed more warmup time, which he didn’t get because of Green’s failures. A double made it 5-2. Then a 3-run HR that tied the game, then another HR (back-to-back) that made it 6-5 KC, and you were thinking that this could turn out to be the Yanks’ worst loss of the season.

In the eighth, Mike Tauchman doubled to lead off the inning and two outs later, Romine singled to tie the game.

In the tenth, Tauchman led off the inning with a walk, Gio Urshela walked, and Thairo Estrada, in his first MLB plate appearance, laid down a bunt to move the runners over. Romine then singled to win the game.

This starting lineup is NOT something you expected to see two months ago:

LeMahieu 2B
Voit DH (batting 2nd!)
Gardner CF (Gardy hitting 3rd?!)
Frazier RF !
Tauchman LF !
Urshela 3B!
Ford 1B!
Romine C
Wade SS (Torres PH later, but had the day off).

As Joel Sherman of MLB network and the NY Post stated, if you took that lineup on the road for a spring training game, the other team would complain that you didn’t bring enough regulars. Such is the state of the team right now with all the injuries.

Gardner 3 hits
Frazier 3=run HR
Tauchman 2 hits
Romine 3 hits, 3 RBI.

Paxton became only the second Yankee pitcher ever (the other being David Cone in 1998) to have back-to-back 12 K games.
Paxton 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 12 K. 3.10
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.45
Green 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 12.27
Ottavino (BS, 2) 1 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.27 Gave up 2 HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.25
Britton (W, 1-0, 2.89) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

There is no minor league report because none of the Yanks’ minor league teams were scheduled for Easter Sunday.

 

Tarpley wins Dawson Award. 4 sent down.

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Stephen Tarpley was named the 2019 winner of the James P. Dawson Award, presented to the best rookie in camp.

3 more cuts: Estevan Florial (who, with his fractured wrist, is on the DL anyway), David Hale and Nestor Cortes.

UPDATE:OF Mike Tauchman, for whom the Yanks traded Philip Diehl to Colorado for, has made the 25 man Opening Day Roster. Tyler Wade has been sent down.

So what constitutes a HOF starter today?

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You can’t compare eras.

You cannot compare a starter today who pitches 215 innings a year to someone from 50 years ago who pitched 300 or more.

You can’t compare a 280 game winner from 50 years ago to a 220 game winner today.

So what does constitute a HOF starter today?

Let’s look at eras. Let’s go back 50 years to 1969 and compare things to 2018.

In 1969, these ballparks were still in play.

Yankee Stadium (original, with a 457′ LCF and 463′ CF).
Tiger Stadium, 440 to CF
Forbes Field, 457 to LCF and 435 to CF
St. Louis was 414 to CF (before fences were brought in a bit)
Jarry Park Montreal was 420 to CF
Before they brought the CF fence in in Minnesota, CF was 425
KC 421 to CF
Connie Mack Stadium still had that spite fence in RF.

So you can see bigger distances in 1969 as opposed to today. Maybe smaller down the lines in some places, but you don’t see too many 420 or more signs on outfield fences today.

In 1969, a 4-man rotation. Today, a 5-man. Instead of 40 starts a year, you may get 32 or 33.

1969 no DH in AL, now there is.

Much better bullpens today with much greater bullpen utilization.

Let’s look at leaders.

1969: IP  leader (majors) Gaylord Perry 325 1/3 IP
2018: Scherzer 220 2/3 OVER 100 IP LESS

Complete Games
1969:        Bob Gibson 28
2018: 8 pitchers tied with TWO each,

TWO

Shutouts
1969: McLain 9
2018: NINETEEN pitchers tied at ONE each.

Wins: 25 for Seaver, 24 for McLain in 1969.

2018: Snell had 21, but in the NL three tied at 18 for the NL lead.

It is impossible to compare today’s pitchers, as far as worthiness for the HOF, to the Gibsons, Koufaxs, Carltons, Seavers, Marichals of 50 years ago.

You now have to grade according to a different standard.

But, what exactly is that new standard?

How far must that bar be lowered now?

 

 

CC Officially Announces 2019 is it.

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CC Sabathia officially announced Saturday what was known for a while (since he signed his 2019 contract)—that 2019 will be his last season. CC turns 39 in July.

Here are the highlights of his career so far:

246 wins. Needs 4 for 250, 10 to tie Andy Pettitte on the all-time list.
2986 strikeouts. Needs 14 for 3000.

Cleveland 2001-2008, Milwaukee 2008, Yankees 2009-2019. If a Hall of Famer, it may be difficult to distinguish between Cleveland and the Yankees for the cap for the Hall of Fame Plaque (much like Mussina couldn’t decide between Baltimore and the Yankees).

6X All-Star. 2009 ALCS MVP. Won 1 WS (2009 Yankees). 2nd in ROY in 2001. Twice led the majors in wins (2009 and 2010). 21 game winner in 2010.

Led league in starts 2x, CG once, shutouts once. IP once. 2007 CYA winner.

Got MVP consideration 5x, finishing 6th in 2008. In 2008 he led the majors in GS, CG and IP (didn’t lead league because he split time between the AL and NL). CYA consideration 5X.

15 or more wins in a season 8X.

162 game average 16-10, 3.70, ERA+ 117.

10-7, 4.31 in the postseason.

.212-3-15 as a hitter.

With the Yankees, he’s had three careers.

The first of staff ace, 2009-2012, when he averaged 18-7, 3.22 in those four years.

The second of struggling, aging pitcher who appeared finished. From 2013-2015, he went 23-27, 4.81. An average of 8-9, 4.81 per season. He missed most of 2014.

He kicked alcohol addiction and reinvented himself from 2016-2018 to be a serviceable backend-of-the-rotation pitcher, going 32-24, 3.76 over the past three seasons. If he can maintain that average and go 11-8, 3.76 in 2019 as the #5 starter, I think we’ll take it.

Hall-of-Fame? We’ll see. Some votes have me confused.

For example

CC 16-10, 3.70 162 game average. ERA+ 117. 10-7, 4.31 postseason. 1 CYA, 5x MVP consideration.
Black ink 22/40 (2nd # average HOF); Gray ink 174/185; HOF standards 113/100, HOF monitor 46/50. He is ranked 71st in JAWS for Starting pitcher, and his WAR numbers are about 80% of the average Hall-of Famer. WAR numbers:  62.7/39.4/51 (HOF are 73.4/50/61.7 average). With 10 wins he matches Pettitte’s 256.

Andy Pettitte, meanwhile, averaged 17-10, 3.85, ERA+ 117. 19-11, 3.81 postseason. 5x WS Champ as opposed to CC’s once. Never won the CYA, finished 2nd once, considered for it 5x, same as CC. 3rd in ROY 1995. MVP consideration 2x (CC was 5). Pettitte won 20 games in a season twice (CC once). 8x 15 or more wins in a season (same as CC). But black ink 7/40; Gray ink 103/185 (both less than CC). HOF standards 128/100 (better); HOF monitor 44/50.   JAWS 90th. War numbers 60.2/34.1/47.2.

Andy is slightly below CC, but Andy only got 9.9% of the vote this year from the writers. The HGH usage hurt him. There is no HGH hints with CC, but if Andy got only 9.9% of the vote, how is CC THAT much better than Andy where CC gets the 75% or more to get in (he won’t be eligible until 2025).

This isn’t a knock on CC’s HOF credentials, but a puzzlement on Andy only getting 9.9%. Andy wasn’t a strikeout pitcher (didn’t get 2500 K, while CC is almost at 3000) but to me, there isn’t THAT much difference between the two ….

But then, you wonder …. CC at 246 wins … HOF or not? Andy 256 has a long way to go to get 75% of the writer’s vote. Mike Mussina with 270 wins finally got in on his sixth year on the ballot.

We’ll forget about Clemens and his 354 wins (Steroid allegations), but just note two others not in the Hall: Jim Kaat (283 wins) and Tommy John (288). In the cases of Kaat and John, maybe they hung on too long. Both pitched into their 40s and maybe that is what people remember the most—them hanging on possibly a bit too long. As for John, only two pitchers (Clemens with the steroid issue and Bobby Mathews, a pitcher from the 1870s and 1880s) have more wins but are not in the Hall. Only one more (Tony Mullane 1880s and 1890s) isn’t in the Hall before you get to Kaat.

Those pre-1900 pitchers are a far different breed and ballgame.

But still, I’m scratching my head over who is HOF material and who isn’t from those guys I listed.  It’s a fine line between them getting in or not.

 

 

No logo for Mussina; Umpire McKean dies.

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As what could be expected for someone who spent his HOF career almost even split between two franchises (10 years with Baltimore, 8 with the Yankees), Mike Mussina has decided to not have a logo on his cap on his HOF plaque.

The late Roy Halladay won’t either. In a somewhat surprising decision, his family decided no logo either. It was expected that Halladay may have a Blue Jay logo on his cap since he spent 12 years in Toronto, and 4 with the Phillies.

Mariano Rivera and Edgar Martinez only played for the Yankees and Mariners, respectively.

It was mentioned that Rivera will be the eighth HOF whose playing career was solely with the Yankees (Derek Jeter will be #9 next year). The others are Whitey Ford, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Phil Rizzuto, Earle Combs, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle.

Veterans’ Committee choices Harold Baines and Lee Smith, both of whom played for various teams, will both be representing Chicago: Baines the White Sox, Smith the Cubs.

Former MLB umpire Jim McKean passed away at the age of 73. He umpired in 3 WS, 1979, 1985 and 1995.