Category Archives: Ex-Players

Ex-Yankee Steve Kline dies at age 70.

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Steve Kline, a RHP who won 16 games with a 2.40 ERA for the 1972 Yankees, died June 4 at the age of 70.

Kline pitched for the Yankees from 1970-1974, and was included in the trade in which the Yanks gave up a bunch of pitchers for Chris Chambliss. After pitching for the Yanks and Indians in 1974, Kline was out of the majors for two years before coming back briefly in 1977 with the Braves.

Kline’s best years were his first three. In 1970, he was with the Yanks for half the season, going 6-6, 3.41 in 15 starts, with one relief appearance, ERA+ 104.

He went 12-13, 2.96 in 1971, ERA+ 111 in 30 starts, one relief appearance.

In 1972, he went 16-9, 2.40, ERA+ 123 in 32 starts. He pitched over 200 innings in both 1971 and 1972.

He turned just 25 after that 1972 season, but his career went downhill from there. After going 34-28, 2.80 from 1970-1972, ERA+ 114, he went 9-17, 4.61, ERA+ 81 for the rest of his career.

He finished his career 43-45, 3.26, ERA+ 102. His 162 game average was 12-13, 3.26.

As a hitter, he hit .124.

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HOF Red Schoendienst dies at 95.

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HOF 2B Red Schoendienst passed away at the age of 95. Schoendienst played for the St. Louis Cardinals 1945-1956, winning the 1946 WS with the Cardinals. He was with the New York Giants 1956-1957 then was dealt to the Milwaukee Braves. He was with the Braves through 1960 then went back to the Cards from 1961-1963. He got into the 1957 and 1958 WS with the Braves, winning it in 1957 and losing it in 1958. In that 1957 WS, on a pickoff throw to second, Schoendienst jumped for the errant throw and landed on Mickey Mantle’s right shoulder. The damage was intensive and affected Mickey’s left-handed swing for the rest of his career. After the 1958 season, it was discovered that Red had played the 1958 season with tuberculosis. He missed almost all of the 1959 season as a result, and the Braves lost the pennant in a playoff to the Dodgers.

Schoendienst managed the Cards to the WS title in 1967 and to the NL pennant in 1968.

Schoendienst was a 10x all-star. A 2x WS champ. Four times, he finished in the top 10 for MVP. 10th in 1949, 10th in 1952, 4th in 1953, 3rd in 1957.

His 162 g. average was .289-6-57. OPS+ 94.

In 19 postseason games, he hit .269.

He managed the Cardinals from 1965-1976, then had interim stints in 1980 and 1990. He went 1041-955, winning percentage .522, as a manager.

He was named to the HOF by the Veterans’ Committee in 1989.

At the time of his passing, Schoendienst was the oldest living Hall-of-Famer. That title now goes to Tommy Lasorda. Whitey Ford is the second oldest living Hall-of-Famer.

Passings. Kison, Clark.

Bruce Kison, pitcher for the Pirates (1971-1979), Angels (1980-1984) and Red Sox (1985) died June 2 at the age of 68. Kison won Game 4 of the 1971 WS for the Pirates, the first night game in WS history.

He won WS with Pittsburgh in 1971 and 1979, and made the playoffs with the Pirates in 1972, 1974, and 1975. With the Angels, he made the playoffs in 1982.

Kison went 115-88, 3.66 in his MLB career. ERA+ 102. His 162 g. average was 12-10, 3.66.

In the postseason, he started four games and relieved in six more, going 5-1, 1.98.

As a hitter, he hit .163 with 3 HR.

Turning to football:

San Francisco 49ers’ WR Dwight Clark, famous for the catch that beat the Cowboys for the NFC Championship in January of 1982, passed away at the age of 61 due to ALS.

 

Games 55 & 56. Yanks split DH with Tigers.

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The Yanks split a DH with Detroit, winning the first game behind 3 HRs and Luis Severino 7-4, but losing the second game 4-2.

Clint Frazier was the 26th man for the DH today. Between games, Adam Warren was brought up and Tommy Kahnle was sent down.

It was an awful day for Aaron Judge, who went 0 for 9 for the day with 8 strikeouts.

Game 1:  Detroit got a run in the first on an RBI double by future HOF Miguel Cabrera. In the third, Gleyber Torres 10th HR of the season tied the game. Torres is the youngest Yankee to 10 career HR since Mickey Mantle.

The Yanks got six runs in the fourth inning. Greg Bird made it 2-1 with his second HR of the season. After that, Stanton and Didi singled, and Andujar singled to drive in a run. Frazier singled to make it 4-1. Romine hit a 3-run HR (4), 7-1. Frazier was sent back down after the DH (no room on the roster).

Detroit got an unearned run in the fifth off Severino, and two unearned runs in the ninth.

Bird solo HR
Torres solo HR
Romine 3-run HR.

Severino (W, 9-1, 2.20) 8 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 W, 10 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.75
Chapman (S, 14) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.46

Game 2: Lost 4-2. The Yanks struck out 14x. Judge with the platinum sombrero, 0 for 5, 5 strikeouts. It seems as if Domingo German pitches just well enough to lose. He’s still looking for his first MLB win. He didn’t pitch that badly, but it seems he really needs a game where the Yanks give him a lot of run support to get him off the zero-win schneid. Tanaka can give up 4 runs in 7 IP, and win 10-4, but it seems German can do it and is unlucky, and will lose 4-2 as he did tonight.

Detroit got one in the second. German reached for a ball and it went off his hand into LF for a double. Lucky he wasn’t hurt. A passed ball, walk, SF and Detroit was up 1-0.

The Yanks tied it in the third on a single by Frazier and triple by Gardner. They had the bases loaded with two out but Torres bounced back to the pitcher. In this inning, Stanton was HBP, and some hard feelings ensued. Stanton was hit in the face by the same pitcher a few years ago.

The Tigers got two in the fourth to go up 3-1. Stanton got his revenge in the sixth with HR #13 to make it 3-2.

But in the seventh, the Tigers got a run for the final of 4-2. Adam Warren relieved German with two out and a runner on second, but gave up a double and a couple of walks before getting out of the inning.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 w/RISP in this game.

German (L, 0-4, 5.44) 6 2/3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W, 3 K. The kid needs a break where he gets lots of run support.

Warren 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 1 K. 2.79

So the 38-18 Yanks stay 1 game back of idle Boston.

In the first round of the MLB draft, the Yanks selected a switch-hitting and switch-throwing (!) catcher, high-schooler Anthony Siegler.

 

Game 53. Yanks beat O’s, 4-1. Ex-Yank Barker passes away.

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Going into Friday night’s games, the Red Sox were 6-1 against Baltimore, 9-4 against Tampa Bay (13 games against the Rays already!!! The Yanks have only played them twice!), and  7-2 vs. Toronto ….. so Boston is 22-7 (29 games vs. the AL East outside of the Yanks) while the Yanks are 1-3 against Baltimore, 2-0 vs. the Rays, and 5-3 vs. Toronto (just 14 games in the AL East outside of Boston), so 8-6 against the AL East outside of Boston.

Boston 22-7 vs, the AL East outside of the Yankees.
Yankees 8-6 outside the AL East outside of Boston.

The Yanks are now 1/2 game behind Boston.

In just the AL East, outside of each other, the Red Sox are 6 1/2 games better than the Yankees.

So now you know WHY the Red Sox are ahead of the Yankees by 1/2 a game right now.   

In order to match or catch Boston, the Yanks must match or better what Boston has done vs. the dregs of the AL East, as well as beat Boston in their head to head matchups.

So the Yankees faced Baltimore, one of the worst teams in the league, tonight. The Yanks won 4-1 while Boston had a good matchup vs. Houston (the defending WS champs) and lost.

So that puts the 36-17 Yanks 1/2 game behind Boston now.

In the bottom of the first, Sonny Gray gave up a HR to Manny Machado. Two thoughts on that. The first was, that here we go again with Sonny Gray. The other? It’s Manny Machado, let’s give Sonny a pass on that.

Well, the pass worked, for other than that, Sonny was good tonight.

In the third, the Yanks tied the game but could have had so much more. Walker singled, Romine walked. Torres singled to tie the game. Gardner singled to load the bases. Big inning coming? Nope. Judge struck out, Bird hit into a force at the plate and Stanton grounded out. Aaargh.

That Torres RBI? #27. Can you believe he is just 2 RBI behind Stanton with three less weeks of playing time with the Yanks?  

In the fifth, Torres doubled, but in trying for a triple, lost a shoe and was barely thrown out at third. Gardner then singled, which could have meant a run. Gardy stole second (six for six for the season) and after Judge made out, Bird tripled to make it 2-1.

In the sixth, Didi singled and stole second (by the way, check out Didi’s Twitter account after a Yankees win for his creative use of emojis to describe various Yankees’ players). Romine, riding a 10-game hitting streak, doubled him home to make it 3-1.

At the start of spring training, Boone and his coaching staff challenged Romine, the backup catcher, to hit better. They believed he was better than the .220 hitter he has been from 2011-2017 with the Yanks, with just an OPS+ of 54.

And yes, I was down on Romine this past off-season.

Romine has so far responded to the challenge. He is at .375-3-16 so far this season, far exceeding expectations. I wanted improvement (as did Boone and the coaching staff) and he is doing much better than the improvement we were seeking.

In the seventh, Judge homered (16) to make it 4-1.

Dellin Betances gave us a scare in the eighth, but the Yanks wrapped up a win.

Gray (W, 4-4, 5.50) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP
Green (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.33
Betances (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1 HBP.  4.13
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.48

Ray Barker, who played for the Yanks 1965-1967, died this week at the age of 82. He was 0 for 6 for the 1960 Orioles, and made it back to the majors in 1965. With the Indians in 1965 he was 0 for 6 when he was traded to the Yankees for Pedro Gonzalez.

Barker, mostly a 1B, hit .254-7-31 in 205 AB for the Yanks in 1965. OPS+109. Decent.

In 1966, 75 AB, .187-3-13. OPS+ 73.

He went 2 for 26 in 17 games in 1967 for the Yanks, and was traded to the Orioles for Steve Barber. He never played in the majors again.

Barker played in 192 MLB games. He hit .214-10-44 in 318 MLB at bats, OPS + 84.

All-Star Voting began today.

 

Minor League Report. (Also, some Yankees news).

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For the second time this month, the Yanks had to spend overnight at an airport. Last night, after taking off, it was discovered that there was a malfunction, the plane had to return to Dallas and the Yanks once again had to wait hours at the airport before leaving. This happened last week in Washington, now again. Luckily both occurrences were before off-days, but the Yanks came out flat in KC after it happened. What about tomorrow vs. the Angels? At least tomorrow (Friday) the ace, Severino, is pitching.

Some interesting tidbits about Old-Timer’s Day this year. Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi will be there. Jim Leyritz is pissed because he didn’t get an invite.

Boston lost, so the lead Boston has over the Yanks is down to one. Boston is 34-16, the Yanks 31-15. So the Yanks are actually one up in the loss column, having played four less games. So if the Yanks, in those four extra games they have, go 3-1, they would be even with Boston.

He was not there long. Ryan Bollinger, brought up yesterday, was immediately sent back down. Reason? Tommy Kahnle is expected to be reactivated tomorrow.

Now for Saturday, it gets interesting, because Greg Bird is expected back on Saturday. But who does he replace? Tyler Austin? In 28 games, 101 at bats, Austin is hitting only .238, but has 8 HR, 23 RBI and has an OPS+ of 118, 18% above league average. The walk/k ratio isn’t good at 7/41, and the average isn’t hot, but it would be a tough send-down for someone with an 118 OPS+, 8 HR and 23 RBI.

Nick Swisher is with the Yanks, basically as a “scout”.

AAA: SWB (21-24) won 3-1. SS Tyler Wade (.228) 2 hits. 1B Greg Bird 1 for 5, RBI. 2B Billy Fleming 2 hits. RF L.J. Mazzilli 2 hits.

Keep an eye on Josh Rogers. If the Yanks need an emergency starter, he may be called up before Justus Sheffield. LHP, 23, 24 in July.

Rogers (W, 4-3, 2.80) 6 1/3, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Feyereisen (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.18
Coshow (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.21

AA: Trenton (27-19) lost 1-0, getting just three hits.

Keller (L, 4-3, 3.11) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.45

High A: Tampa (24-21) lost 9-1.

3B Angel Aguilar HR. RF Alexander Palma and CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits each.

Nelson (L, 1-2 6.89) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K
Trieglaff 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.70
Young 3 IP,  1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K.    5.63

Low A: Charleston (20-25) rained out.

 

 

Game 42. Yanks crush 5 HR in 8-3 win.

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The Yanks hit five homers while defeating KC 8-3 on Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 29-13 on the season and kept them percentage points above 31-15 Boston in the AL East.

The Yanks struck first by getting a run in the top of the first. Aaron Hicks singled and later scored on a double by Gary Sanchez.

In the third, Hicks hit his fourth HR of the season. It was his second inside-the-park HR of the year, and he is the first Yankee since Mickey Mantle (3 in 1958) to have more than one inside-the-park HR in a season. When Mickey played, it was 457′ to LCF and 461′ to CF right behind the monuments in the old Stadium. So if he hit a moonshot out there and it didn’t get over the fence, he’d get a 450 ft. inside the park HR. With Hicks it’s been a bit different with funky caroms off of the wall in away games. But anyway, 2-0 Yanks.

With Severino going, you figured 2-0 was enough. But while good, Seve wasn’t at his ace-like best, and gave up two runs in the third.

Gleyber Torres got the lead back for the Yanks for good in the game by crushing a 3-run HR in the fourth, his fourth HR of the season.

KC got one back in the fifth to make it 5-3, and almost got more. A Stanton to Torreyes to Sanchez relay off a double nailed a runner at the plate. KC appealed, but lost.

Sanchez homered in the seventh, his first of two homers for the game, to make it 6-3. The Yanks lost out on another run when Miguel Andujar was gunned down at the plate trying to score on a double by Clint Frazier.

In the ninth, Stanton (11) and Sanchez (12) went back-to-back with their HRs, making for the final score of 8-3.

Hicks 2 hits, solo HR.
Stanton solo HR.
Sanchez 4 hits, double, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Austin 2 hits.
Clint Frazier (1st MLB game this season) double, two walks.
Torreyes 2 hits.
Torres 3-run HR.

Severino (W, 7-1, 2.35) 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 W, 6 K.
Green (H, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.35
Betances (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.74
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.42