Category Archives: Ex-Players

Ed Charles, 1969 Met, dies at 84.

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In a famous scene of Jerry Grote hugging Jerry Koosman after the Mets won the 1969 WS, you may see a black player entering the picture.

That would be #5, the third baseman, Ed Charles, whose last MLB game was when the Mets won Game 5 of the 1969 WS to shock the world and become WS champs.

Charles died today, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the age of 84.

He got a couple of nicknames, one being the “Glider”. Mickey Mantle nicknamed him “Muffie.” He played from 1962-1967 with the Kansas City Athletics and 1967-1969 for the Mets.

From 1962-1964 with the KC A’s, he averaged .265-16-72, 16 SB and an OPS+ 101.

For those 1969 Mets, he only got in 61 games, hitting .207-3-18, OPS+ 68. He was 36 and retired after the WS. He didn’t play in the NLCS, but went 2 for 15 in the WS.

His career record was .263 with 86 HR. His 162 g. average was .263-14-68 with 14 SB, OPS+ 103.


Yanks sign 2B Neil Walker to 1 yr. $4MM deal.

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This free agent market and the bargains out there are ridiculous.

The Yanks signed veteran 2B Neil Walker to a 1-yr., $4MM deal.

Walker, 32, a switch-hitter, made $17.2 MM last year (took the qualifying offer), and 10.5 MM the year before that. MLB trade rumors had him projected to get a two-year, $20MM deal. The Yanks get him for a year at $4MM? (Plus incentives that could make him more $$).


This Yankees’ lineup is getting downright scary.

Walker has battled some injuries the past two years, but his 162 g. average is .272-20-80 with an OPS+ of 113. In this lineup he could be batting 8th or 9th.

20 HR/80 RBI from a guy hitting 8th or 9th? That reminds me of Scott Brosius in 1998 when he hit .300-19-98, OPS+ 121 batting at the bottom of the lineup, and we all know how good that 1998 team was.

Last year, Walker missed some 45 games but between the Mets and Brewers, hit .265-14-49, OPS+ 111.

Can you imagine a lineup something like Gardner/Judge (batting 2nd because of his AL leading 127 walks and an OBP of .422 last year) Stanton (so Judge and Stanton both bat in the first inning, putting that much pressure on the starting pitcher) Didi (to break up the righty bats) Sanchez, Bird, Hicks, Walker and Drury?


OK, you have an OPS+ of 100 that is average. Here is what the OPS+ was last year, with that lineup, in the order I gave you.

104/171/165/106/126/84 (Bird was hurt most of last year, but was 135 when he came up at the end of 2015 let’s hope it’s that)/ 122/111 and 89. Drury, who hit .267-13-63 is the low guy there at the end.

Let’s repeat that, and give Bird the 135.


100 is league average.


Walker has played for the Pirates (2009-2015), Mets (2016-2017) and Brewers (2017). He has that NY experience with the Mets.

Twice he has popped 20 or more HR in a season. He has one Silver Slugger Award.

It’s a one-year deal, so what it means for Gleyber Torres and/or Tyler Wade remains to be seen. For now, it probably sends them both to the minors and buys more time. SWB should have one killer team this year. How it also affects say, a Thairo Estrada or Abiatal Avelino is to be determined also, not to mention Tyler Austin or Adam Lind if Walker is slated to backup at 1B.

I wonder if some prospects could be moved in a blockbuster for a top-notch pitcher.

Primarily a 2B, Walker has a little experience at 3B and 1B also. Hopefully he does better for the Yanks in the postseason than he did for Pittsburgh. In 8 postseason games, he is 2 for 31.

To clear roster space, the Yanks DFA’d OF Jake Cave, released INF Danny Espinosa and sent INF Kyle Holder down to minor league camp.

Yankees’ advisor Reggie Jackson is scheduled for knee surgery after a fall.


Singleton to retire as Yankees’ broadcaster.

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From his Twitter account:

LOOKOUT! 👀 This will be my final season of calling baseball games. I’ve been playing or talking baseball ever since I was 4 years old. It’s time for this enjoyable ride to end. Thanks fans for allowing me into your homes & businesses. It’s been my pleasure.

Former Orioles’ reliever Stewart dies at 63.

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Sammy Stewart, who pitched for the 1979 AL Pennant winning Orioles and also for the 1983 WS winning Orioles, has died at the age of 63.

Stewart pitched for the Orioles from 1978-1985, the 1986 Red Sox (he didn’t pitch in their postseason) and the 1987 Indians.

He was 59-48 in his career, mostly in relief, with 45 saves. His ERA was 3.59, ERA+ 111.

He went 8-5, 3.52, 1 save, ERA+ 115 for the 1979 Orioles and pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in one WS game against the Pirates.

In 1983, he was 9-4, 3.62, 7 saves, ERA+ 110. He pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings in two ALCS games, getting one save against the White Sox, and in three WS games against the Phillies he pitched five scoreless innings. His total postseason record was six games, one save, 12 scoreless innings pitched.

In the strike year of 1981, he led the AL with an ERA of 2.32. Even though primarily a reliever, he averaged 122 IP/yr. from 1979-1985.

His 162 g. average was 10-9, 3.59, ERA+ 111 with 8 saves.

S.T. Game 6. Yanks lose, 9-6, but Sanchez hits tape-measure HR.

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The Yanks finally lost a S.T. game, 9-6 (not that spring training results matter), to drop to 5-1 on the exhibition season, but Gary Sanchez hit an absolute bomb of a HR in the game.

The lineup looked like what could be the Opening Day lineup: Gardner, Judge, Stanton, Sanchez, Bird, Didi, Hicks, Drury and Torres. I would move Bird, a lefty hitter, up, to split up the three righty bats of Judge, Stanton and Sanchez, but have no complaints if manager Aaron Boone wants those three right in a row.

Sanchez hit a two-run bomb, over the “o” of the scoreboard announcing George M. Steinbrenner field, in the first inning.C

Luis Cessa, who will probably start at AAA, and serve as rotation insurance in case of injury, had a good first inning, struggled in the second (not giving up a run), but came unglued in the third.

Single, single, error by Torres (who made a couple nice plays later) for a run, then gave up a 3-run HR.

The Tigers got a run in the sixth off Betances and another in the eighth off of Will Carter.

6-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth.

With two out, Erik Kratz was HBP and both Ryan McBroom and Tyler Wade walked. Estevan Florial singled in two.

One thing I’ve seen about the 20 yr. old Florial, who probably is slated for High-A Tampa, is that this kid can fly. Two triples so far in spring training. Probably two or three years away from the majors, but can he run. CF of the future (no offense to Hicks or Ellsbury).

His single made it 6-4. He stole 2nd and went to third on a WP that enabled Wade to score. He then scored on another WP to tie the game.

Michael King gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to lose the game for the Yanks, 9-6.

The Yanks only got five hits in the game, 2 by Stanton (inc. a double that hit the fence), 2 by Sanchez (inc. the bomb of a HR) and the one by Florial.

Cessa 2+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K, 1 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Carter 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
King (L) 0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Even though I do the minor league reports all year long, I have no clue who Will Carter and Michael King are.

Carter, 25, RHP, went 3-1, 3.26 in 15 games (six starts) for AA Trenton last year.

King, a 22 yr. old RHP, was in Low A for the Marlins last year, going 11-9, 3.14.

Remember that often in spring training, games are decided at the end by players who will be starting the season in maybe AA or lower.

Rudy Regalado, a backup INF for the 1954 pennant winning Cleveland Indians, has passed away at the age of 87.

Jack Hamilton, pitcher who beaned Tony C., dies at 79.

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Jack Hamilton, a pitcher who pitched for the Phillies (1962-1963), Tigers (1964-1965), Mets (1966-1967), Angels (1967-1968), Indians (1969) and White Sox (1969) has passed away at the age of 79.

Hamilton, however, is best known for one pitch he threw that got away on August 18, 1967. That pitch beaned Red Sox OF Tony Conigliaro, breaking his cheekbone, dislocating his jaw and causing retinal damage that affected his vision. Conigliaro, who had hit 100 HR by the age of 22, and who won the AL HR title at age 20 in 1965, was never the same. Tony C. missed the rest of the 1967 season, the World Series (won by St. Louis over Boston in seven games) and all of the 1968 season. He made a comeback in 1969, had a good 1969 and 1970 but was dealt to the Angels. Vision problems recurred and Conigliaro was forced to retire after the 1971 season. He did have a brief comeback in 1975 for Boston. Later, Conigliaro had a debilitating heart attack that left him basically in a vegetative state for years before he died at the age of 45 in 1990.

What could have been.

Hamilton had his best season in that year of 1967, going 11-6, 3.35, ERA+ 95 between the Mets and Angels. He started 21 games and relieved in 22 more.

For his career, Hamilton was 32-40, 4.53, ERA+ 78. His 162 g. average was 8-10, 4.53, ERA+ 78. As a hitter he hit .107-1-7 in 150 at bats.

Ex-Yanks Garcia to Toronto, Nunez stays w/Boston. Lincecum attemping comeback.

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Jaime Garcia only had 8 starts at the end of last year with the Yanks, going 0-3, 4.82, ERA+ 94. Disappointing. The free agent went to Toronto on a 1 yr., deal, $8MM.

Andrew Cashner went from Texas to Baltimore, 2 yr, $16MM

Eduardo Nunez is staying w/Boston on a 1 yr. deal. There was thoughts of bringing back Noon-E but that isn’t happening, and it does appear that Miguel Andujar has first dibs on that 3B job.

One intriguing workout today was held by Tim Lincecum. About 20 teams, inc. the Yanks, attended the workout. The 33 yr. old was great for SF from 2008-2011, winning 2 CYA and tossing 2 no-hitters. At age 28, it went downhill. He is 41-48, 4.94, ERA+ just 72 since 2011 and wasn’t in the majors at all last year. When last in the majors, he was 2-6, 9.16 for the Angels in 2016. YUK. His fastball is apparently back to 90-93 (he had had hip problems) and most likely would be worth a further look-see on a minor league deal.  In a recent photo, he appears bulked up, and maybe the year he took off helped him recover. Worth a flyer on a minor league deal?