Category Archives: Ex-Players

Game 33. White Sox walk-off Yanks, 3-2.

You can’t win them all, and the Yankees (24-9) did win 17 of their previous 19 games.

Dallas Keuchel has always given the Yankees fits, going back to the former CYA winner’s days with Houston. He gave the Yanks fits again Saturday night, tossing five shutout innings as the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2, walking it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery kept the Yanks in the game despite struggling, giving up a run in the first inning and a solo HR to Yoan Moncada in the third.

The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fifth, but Anthony Rizzo grounded out.

With one out in the eighth, they pushed across a run on three consecutive singles—by Aaron Judge, Rizzo and the RBI by Giancarlo Stanton. But they could not tack on as both Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres then struck out.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. Joey Gallo led off with a walk and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled. IKF stole second. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF to tie the game but IKF made a baserunning blunder and got thrown out at third.

No one is perfect, and I think all Yankees fans have been spoiled by how easy Mariano Rivera made it look. Aroldis Chapman comes with more drama than Mariano did. Most of the time Chapman gets out of it, but not without drama. Mo made getting the last outs look so easy. Last night Chapman couldn’t get out of it, as with one out, he gave up a single, walk, then another single that won the game for Chicago, 3-2.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.06
Schmidt 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.52
Chapman (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.54

Ex-MLB pitcher David West passed away at the age of 57. He pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox from 1988-1998. He was 31-18, 4.66 in his career, ERA+ 89. He was part of the 1988 Mets that lost in the NLCS, the 1991 Twins team that won the WS and also the 1993 Phillies team that lost the WS and also the 1998 Red Sox who made the postseason. He was 1-0, 10.61 in ten postseason games. One thing that is bothersome is how many ex-Phillies all have died from brain cancer. Was something fishy about the Vet? Was, for example, too much asbestos in the home clubhouse or something? I dont know but the number of ex-Phils all succumbing to brain cancer is alarming.

Game 29. Judge walks off Blue Jays, 6-5.

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR with one out in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Toronto Tuesday night, 6-5.

George Springer led off the game by homering off of Yankees’ starter Luis Severino. Toronto got two more runs off of Severino in the second inning.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the bottom of the sixth. Down 3-0, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a double, and Judge reached on an infield single. After Anthony Rizzo flied out to moved D.J. to third, Giancarlo Stanton homered (7) to tie the game.

After that HR, Josh Donaldson was hit by a pitch, and Toronto pitcher Yimi Garcia and pitching coach Pete Walker were both ejected. Later in the game, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was also ejected.

Toronto got two runs in the top of the eighth to go up 5-3 and the Yanks went into the bottom of the ninth looking up at that score.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, both Jose Trevino and LeMahieu drew walks. Judge then crushed his tenth HR of the season, a 450 ft. shot, to win the game.

The Yanks are now 21-8, four games up on Tampa Bay and five up on Toronto. The offense is still not clicking, as they are hitting .237. But that .237 is still good for 4th in the AL. They are 2nd in HR, 3rd in OBP, 2nd in Slugging, 2nd in OPS and the OPS+ is 116. The pitching has been carrying them. The ERA of 2.59 is best in the AL, and the ERA+ is 142. (100 is average).

Judge 2 hits, 3 RBI. GW 3-run HR (10) Leads MLB in HR.
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (7).

Severino 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.08
Castro 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 1.59
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.97
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.97
Peralta (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.64

John Cumberland, briefly a Yankee from 1968-1970, passed away April 5 at the age of 74. Cumberland was with the Yankees 1968-1970, Giants 1970-1972, Cardinals 1972, and Angels 1974. As a Yankee, in 18 games, 8 starts, he was 3-4, 4.11, ERA+ 87. For his career, he was 15-16, 3.82, ERA+ 92. He started and lost Game 2 of the 1971 NLCS for the Giants.

Horlen, Pitcher for White Sox in 1960s, passes away, age 84.

Joe Horlen, a pitcher for the White Sox in the 1960s, has passed away at the age of 84, not long after his teammate, OF Pete Ward.

In the 1960s, the White Sox were a good pitching/weak hitting team that came close to winning the AL pennant in 1964 and 1967. They were led by pitchers Horlen, Gary Peters, and Tommy John.

Horlen went 13-9, 1.88 in 1964, ERA+ 184, and finished 21st in MVP voting that season.

In 1967, he got his only All-Star nod, was runnerup to Jim Lonborg for AL CYA, and finished 4th in MVP voting with a record of 19-7, 2.06. He led the AL in ERA that year, led the majors with six shutouts, and led the AL with an ERA+ of 146.

He pitched for the White Sox (1961-1971) and A’s (1972), getting a WS ring with the A’s.

He went 116-117 in his career, ERA 3.11, ERA+ 110. His 162 game average was 12-12, 3.11.

He took the loss in Game 4 of the 1972 ALCS vs. the Tigers (his only LCS appearance), and pitched in one game (Game 6) of the 1972 World Series.

On another note, I see Boston has interest in free agent OF Michael Conforto. I’d love for the Yankees to consider Conforto, but they are covered in the OF, especially with Marwin Gonzalez able to play some six different positions. I do know some people long for Brett Gardner, who would come cheaper than Conforto. But Gardner is 38, Conforto 29. Conforto is getting over a shoulder injury, suffered in January, but hit .232-14-55 last year. He has the NY experience with the Mets. He’s a lefty hitter who from 2017-2019 hit 27, 28 and 33 HR. I’d like him over Gardner. But he did make $12.25MM last year and would cost a draft pick. Still, I like the fit and would hate him to wind up with Boston.

Ex-Yankees C/1B John Ellis passes away from cancer at the age of 73.

John Ellis, a C/1B who spent 13 years in the majors, the first four with the Yankees, passed away April 7 at the age of 73 from cancer.

Ellis played with the Yankees (1969-1972), Indians (1973-1975) and Rangers (1976-1981).

He hit .262 in his MLB career, and his 162 game average was .262-13-72, OPS+ 99.

His best years were probably the following:

1973 Indians .270-14-68
1974 Indians .285-10-64
1979 Rangers .285-12-61

With the Yankees, he was basically a platoon 1B, since Thurman Munson was entrenched at catcher. Most of his catching was when he was with Cleveland.

2-time batting champ Tommy Davis passes away at the age of 83.

Tommy Davis, who won back-to-back batting titles in 1962 and 1963 with the LA Dodgers, and who later became one of the first great designated hitters while playing with Baltimore in 1973 and 1974, died Sunday night at the age of 83. He was primarily a LF before the DH, but also saw time at 3B, CF, 1B, RF and even 3 games at 2B.

Davis played for

Dodgers 1959-1966
Mets 1967
White Sox 1968
Seattle Pilots 1969
Houston 1969-1970
Oakland 1970
Chicago Cubs 1970
Oakland again 1971
Cubs again 1972
Orioles 1972-1975
Angels 1976
Royals 1976

He was only with the 1959 WS Champion Dodgers for one game, was an integral member of the 1963 WS Champion Dodgers, but broke and dislocated an ankle in May 1965, playing only 17 games for that WS Champion team. He came back for the 1966 pennant winning Dodgers. He was part of the AL West winning A’s of 1971 as well as the AL East winning Orioles of 1973 and 1974.

In 1960, he finished 5th in ROY voting, hitting .276-11-44, OPS+ 93.

In 1962, he had his best season, finishing 3rd in MVP voting behind teammate and winner Maury Wills and runner-up Willie Mays. Davis led the majors in batting average, hits and RBI, hitting .346-27-153, 18 SB, OPS+ 148.

The following season, he once again led the majors in batting average, hitting .326-16-88, 15 SB, OPS+ 142, finishing 8th in MVP voting, won by teammate Sandy Koufax.

He got MVP consideration six times, and besides the two years listed above, had another top-10 MVP finish of #10 in 1973.

A 3x All-Star, Davis hit .294 in his career. HIs 162 game average was .294-12-85, 11 SB, and an OPS+ of 108.

In 20 postseason games, he hit .313-0-5.

Leading off. Josh Donaldson?

When you think of a leadoff hitter, images of Rickey Henderson, Mickey Rivers, Willie Randolph, or a Lou Brock or Maury Wills come to mind. Speedy guys who get on and steal bases.

Even guys like Horace Clarke and Bobby Richardson (and Richardson was NOT a good choice for a leadoff hitter. He hit .266 in his career, never walked, had an OBP of just .299, and even in 1961, with Maris and Mantle hitting 115 HR behind him, only scored 80 runs that year).

But the Yankees’ leadoff hitter this year could be … Josh Donaldson.

We’ll see how it works out. It seems unconventional, but then, for most of the 1950s, the Yankees’ leadoff hitter was Hank Bauer, and Bauer didn’t hit “the mold” either. And LeMahieu isn’t the speed demon, but with averages over .300 in 2019 and 2020, did fine there as far as getting on base for the big guys.

Newly acquired Jose Trevino will be the backup catcher, as the Yankees sent down the trio of Max McDowell, Rob Brantly and David Freitas. Ben Rortvedt is still out with an oblique injury.

S.T. Game 8. Severino struggles again as Yanks lose to Phillies, 6-5.

A non-roster invitee (Ryan Weber) trying to make the team who gives up 3 runs to lose the game doesn’t bother me that much. Performances like that means he doesn’t make the team. He’s sent to the minors or released.

What does bother me is a member of your starting staff (Luis Severino) struggling greatly.

Such was the case as the Yankees (2-5-1 in spring training) lost to the Phillies, 6-5 on Friday afternoon.

Kyle Higashioka was 3 for 3 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI. Marwin Gonzalez (don’t be surprised if his versatility lets him make the team) had an RBI, as did minor leaguer Brandon Lockridge. D.J. LeMahieu had 2 hits and walked. Aaron Judge walked three times.

The Pitching line:

Severino 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 W, 0 K.
Coleman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Weissert 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Banuelos 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Weber (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.

MLB network will have a documentary on Don Mattingly on April 3.

I saw a picture of the damage Yankees’ Low A Tampa manager Rachel Balkovec received. It’s nasty. Lucky she’s ok, but she will have a shiner for a while after being struck in the face from a batted ball.

Ex-White Sox, Former Yankee Pete Ward passes away at age 84.

Pete Ward, a lefty hitting 3B/1B/OF for Baltimore (1962), the Chicago White Sox (1963-1969) and Yankees (1970) passed away last week at the age of 84.

Ward’s best years were 1963 and 1964.

1963: .295-22-84, 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting and 9th in MVP voting. OPS+ 134
1964: .282-23-94, 6th in MVP voting. OPS+ 129

Back problems began in 1965, and Ward’s last year, in 1970 with the Yankees, saw him hitting .260-1-18 in 66 games, 77 at bats, so mostly a PH. OPS+ 100. He was just 33 at the end of his final season.

His 162 game average was .254-16-71, OPS+ 115.

Ex-Yankees’ All-Star P Ralph Terry passes away at the age of 86. 1962 WS MVP.

Ralph Terry experienced the ultimate personal World Series low and the ultimate personal World Series high just two years apart.

Terry died yesterday at the age of 86. Of the major players on the great 1961 World Series Champion Yankees’ team, there are not too many left alive what with Terry’s passing. Still with us are Bobby Richardson, Tony Kubek, Hector Lopez, Billy Gardner, Rollie Sheldon and Bud Daley. Not much more MAJOR players (I’m not counting someone like Al Downing, who is still alive but who had basically just a “cup of tea” with the 1961 Yankees).

Terry pitched for the Yankees (1956-1957), Kansas City A’s (1957-1959), back with the Yankees (1959-1964), Indians (1965) KC A’s again (1966) and the Mets (1966-1967). His career was over at the young age of 31. After that, he was on the pro golf tour for a while, and won the 1980 Midwest PGA Championship.

Terry only pitched in 3 games for the 1956 WS Champion Yankees, going 1-2, 9.45 (ERA+ 42) and was not on that team’s postseason roster, but he was a major figure on the five consecutive pennant-winners of 1960-1964, two of which (1961 and 1962) won the World Series.

1960 10-8, 3.40 ERA+ 106
1961 16-3, 3.15 ERA+ 118
1962 23-12 3.19 ERA+ 118, Led AL in Wins, Games started, Innings pitched, and giving up HR. He was named to both All-Star teams (for a couple years there were two All-Star Games in that season), and was 14th in MVP voting.
1963 17-15, 3.22 ERA+ 109 (100 is average). Led AL in Games started and complete games.
1964 7-11, 4.54 ERA+ 80

In 1960, he lost two WS games to the Pirates, and was the pitcher who gave up Bill Mazeroski’s walkoff HR in the bottom of the ninth of game 7. To this day, it’s still the only Game 7 of a WS decided on a walkoff HR.

Two years later, Terry was the MVP of the 1962 World Series, going 2-1 against the Giants. He pitched a complete-game shutout in Game 7, winning 1-0 with a little bit of luck. With Matty Alou on third and Willie Mays on second with two out in the bottom of the ninth, Willie McCovey scorched a line drive right at second baseman Bobby Richardson. If the ball gets through, the Giants win 2-1. Instead, the Yankees won 1-0 and wouldn’t win another WS for 15 years.

Terry was in 9 WS games, starting six, and was 2-4, 2.93.

In the regular season, he was 107-99, 3.62, ERA+ 102. His 162 g. average was 12-11, 3.62.

Long before Don Mattingly wore #23 (and had the number retired), Terry wore that number.

A passing, and a very lucky Yankee

One lucky, and one unlucky gentleman.

Odalis Perez, 43, passed away after an accident in his home. Perez, a LHP, pitched for the Braves (1998-1999, 2001), Dodgers (2002-2006), Royals (2006-2007) and Nationals (2008). His best season was 2002 when he was an All-Star, going 15-10, ERA 3.00. For his career he was 73-82, 4.46, ERA+ 95. His 162 g. average was 10-12, 4.46. In postseason play he was 1-1, 15.00 in 5 games, 2 of them starts.

Yankee Miguel Andujar was the victim of an assault and robbery at gunpoint in the Dominican Republic. Thank goodness he is ok. Here is a link to the details: