Category Archives: Ex-Players

Yanks name more coaches.

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Ok. This morning I named Phil Nevin as the new 3B coach and Josh Bard as the new bench coach. I also mentioned that it appears as if Mike Harkey will remain bullpen coach with Marcus Thames hitting coach (with Cockrell possibly gone).

Tony Pena won’t be back.

Carlos Mendoza has been named the IF coach. He also serves as a Spanish speaking go-between. Mendoza, 43, played in only 28 major league games, going 4 for 22 with the Mets and Rockies, 1997 and 2000.

Reggie Willits becomes the 1B and baserunning coach, as well as OF coach. Willets, 36, played for the Angels 2006-2011. His best year was 2007, when the OF hit .293-0-34 with 27 SB for them, and finished fifth in ROY voting. In 414 MLB games, he hit .258-0-58, OPS+ 78. His 162 g. average was .258-0-23 w/16 SB.

 

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Tiger Town. Modern Era (1970-1987) Veterans’ Committee elects Morris & Trammell to HOF. Simmons just misses.

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The 16-member Modern Era (1970-1987) Veterans’ Committee elected former Tiger teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell to the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

You needed 12 votes or more to get in. Ex-Cardinal and Brewers catcher Ted Simmons just missed, getting 11 votes.

Morris pitched for the Tigers from 1977-1990, the Twins in 1991, and the Blue Jays 1992-1994. He was a 5x All-Star, and a WS winner in 1984, 1991 and 1992. He was the WS MVP in 1991.

Morris threw a no-hitter, and in his career was 254-186 with an ERA of 3.90, ERA+ 105. The ERA is probably what kept him out of the HOF until now. His 162 game average was 16-12, 3.90. Also, he is only listed as the 164th best pitcher of all-time on baseball reference.

But a big game pitcher, and a horse. A bulldog, if you will.

He twice led the league in wins. He led the league in games started twice and complete games once, innings pitched once, and strikeouts once.

He received CYA consideration 7x and MVP consideration 5x. He was a 20-game winner 3x.

In 1984, he went 19-11, 3.60 for the WS Champion Tigers. He won 2 WS games.

In 1991, he went 18-12, 3.43 for the WS Champion Twins, and earned WS MVP honors with his 10 inning shutout in Game 7 of the WS. He won 2 WS games.

He went 21-6, 4.04 for the 1992 Blue Jays, leading the majors in wins, but lost 2 WS games.

He also was on the 1993 Blue Jay team that won the WS, but was 7-12, 6.19 and left off the postseason roster. He went 7-4, 3.80 in the postseason in 13 starts, losing three of his last four postseason starts.

His teammate, Trammell, was a SS from 1977-1996, all with the Tigers. Trammell was the WS MVP for those 1984 Tigers. He hit .285 with over 2300 hits in his career.

He was a 6x All Star, 3x Silver Slugger and 4x Gold Glove winner.

He received MVP consideration 7x, and finished in the top 10 3x. He was runnerup for the MVP in 1987.

In 1984, he hit .314-14-69 with 19 SB. His OPS+ was 136.

In 1987, he hit .343-28-105 with 21 SB, OPS+ 155.

His 162 game average was .285-13-71 with 17 SB and an OPS+ of 110.

In 13 postseason games, he hit .333 with 3 hr and 11 RBI. He is listed as the 11th greatest SS of all-time, one notch above Derek Jeter.

Simmons, who missed by one vote, was with the Cardinals 1968-1980, the Brewers 1981-1985 and Braves 1986-1988.

Simmons, primarily a catcher, had over 2400 hits and was an 8x all-star and a 1x Silver Slugger who was overshadowed by Johnny Bench for much of his career.

Simmons received MVP consideration 7x, finishing in the top 10 3X.

His 162 game average was .285-16-92, OPS+ 118, and he is considered the 10th best catcher of all-time. His defense may be what is keeping him out of the HOF.

He was a consistent .300 hitter for a while, and drove in 100 runs in three different seasons.

He finally made the postseason in 1981 and 1982 with the Brewers, and in 17 postseason games hit .186-3-8.

Tough to miss out by just one vote.

 

 

 

 

Tracy Stallard, pitcher who served #61 to Maris, dies at 80.

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Tracy Stallard, the pitcher who gave up Roger Maris’ 61st HR on Oct. 1, 1961, died at the age of 80 a few days ago.

Stallard pitched for the Red Sox 1960-1962, the NY Mets 1963-1964, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965-1966.

He was 2-7, 4.88 in 1961 when he gave up that famous HR.

He was 6-17, 4.71 for the 1963 Mets, and 10-20, 3.79 for the Mets in 1964 when he led the majors in losses.

He went 11-8, 3.38 in 1965.

His career record was 30-57, 4.17, ERA+ 89. 162 g. average 43 games (25 starts) 7-14, 4.17.

As a hitter, .110-0-6.

 

 

 

Things not as easy for Jeter now that he’s in the front office.

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In his short time as a Marlins’ executive, Derek Jeter has made, and may yet make, some unpopular, controversial decisions, and the public relations, which always were so good when he was Yankees’ SS and captain, have been pretty bad.

First off, he let some popular Marlins figures go, including “Mr. Marlin”, Jeff Conine. Some people were offered positions back, but at significant pay cuts.

Jeter knew coming into this job that he inherited a mess. Lots of cost-cutting and decisions would have to be made that will make Jeter look like the bad guy. This was the first of those types of moves.

Some moves may be necessary, but Jeter will and has come across as heartless, cold and calculating.

Secondly, the problem with Giancarlo Stanton and his huge contract. 10 more years, $295MM. Stanton most likely will be traded this offseason, and it most likely won’t resonate well with Marlins’ fans who will hate to see the 2017 NL MVP go. Stanton won’t be alone, either. Other Marlins players will go as the Marlins seek to gut the team to get to a very low payroll.

Now, another move that is just bad P.R. and may be the icing on the cake so far. A Marlins scout was just let go. The problem is, this scout just had surgery for colon cancer, and needs a kidney transplant. The scout was informed of his layoff while he was, yup, in the hospital, and Jeter did not inform the scout personally but some underling did the dirty deed instead.

Jeter is finding out being a front office exec of the Marlins is a little different than being the beloved captain of the Yankees.

Aaron Boone to be next Yankees manager

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It hasn’t been confirmed by the Yankees, but it is being reported that Aaron Boone will be the next Yankees’ manager.

Boone hasn’t coached or managed anywhere, but has worked as an ESPN broadcaster since retiring in 2009. He is famous for his HR that won the 2003 ALCS for the Yankees over Boston.

Boone’s grandfather, father, and brother were all major leaguers themselves. His father managed as well. Boone has been around the game since, well, since he was born.

Boone, 44, a third baseman, played for the Reds 1997-2003, Yankees 2003, and after having missed 2004 due to injury, was with the Indians 2005-2006, Marlins 2007, Washington 2008 and Houston 2009.

His 162 g. average was .263-18-78 with 15 SB, OPS+ 94.

2003 was his only postseason. In 17 postseason games, he hit .170-2-4. 2003 was also his only All-Star Game selection.

The Yanks were looking for someone who would communicate better with players and was into analytics. Boone, with his broadcasting experience, has the communication and analytics chops, but this is a gamble, since he has no coaching or managing experience. It’ll be interesting to see who his bench coach will be. Maybe Tony Pena?

Boone has said no nepotism, so he wouldn’t be hiring his dad, Bob Boone, a former manager, to be his bench coach. Rest assured, Dad will probably give some advice.

Last year’s bench coach, Rob Thomson, is rumored to now be headed to the Phillies to be their bench coach for new Phillies’ manager Gabe Kapler since Thomson didn’t get the manager job with the Yankees.

Apparently Boone must have really impressed people, because Hal Steinbrenner said that lack of experience would be a concern of his. Boone must have overcome those concerns.

Now for the rest of the coaching staff. Larry Rothschild is coming back as pitching coach, but the rest of the staff is up for grabs.

Also, it’s official. Shohei Ohtani has been posted and the scramble to get him begins.

 

Yanks to interview Beltran for mgr. job. Award for Cashman.

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The sixth managerial interview for the vacant Yankees’ manager job will go to Carlos Beltran.

Beltran, who just retired after winning the WS with the Astros, played for the Yanks from 2014 until he was traded away at the 2016 trade deadline.

Meanwhile, Brian Cashman was named Executive of the Year for 2017 by Baseball America.

Teams must ace Ohtani “test”. 6-man rotation?

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From the NY Post:

An industry source confirmed that on Friday, all 30 clubs received a memo from the representative for Shohei Ohtani — authorized and distributed by the commissioner’s office — asking interested clubs to answer a flurry of questions that will help determine which MLB team Ohtani, the pitcher-outfielder for the Nippon Ham Fighters, will join.

The memo, released in the name of Nez Balelo, co-head of CAA Baseball and Ohtani’s lead agent, asks each suitor to evaluate Ohtani’s talent as a pitcher and as a hitter; to explain its player development, medical training and player-performance philosophies and facilities; to describe its minor league and spring training facilities; to detail resources for Ohtani’s cultural assimilation into the team’s city; to demonstrate a vision for how Ohtani could integrate into the team’s organization; and to tell Ohtani why the team is a desirable place to play.

The deadline? As soon as possible, as per the memo.

Let’s hope the Yankees ace the test.

Also, I’ve posted this in some different places before, but if the Yankees sign Ohtani, could they go to a six-man rotation? This would enable Ohtani greater opportunity to DH on the days he doesn’t start, and Ohtani, a lefty bat, would be a plus at Yankee Stadium.

In the article, found here,

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/yankees-land-shohei-otani-6-man-rotation-cards-article-1.3656690

The NY Daily News suggests that it could not only help Ohtani DH, but also keep him on what has been his regular Japanese schedule of pitching once a week.

But what about the others?

First off, could it keep them fresher in September and later?

Could it help Masahiro Tanaka, whose slight UCL tear has been a ticking time bomb for a couple of years?

Could it help Luis Severino and Jordan Montgomery, both youngsters who aren’t used to pitching, say, 200 innings a year?

How about Sonny Gray, who missed a significant portion of 2016 and who has battled some arm problems?

What if CC is brought back even with Ohtani there? CC turns 38 next July and has had that knee issue…

There are rumors that the Yanks could go after 30 year old Alex Cobb, who missed all of 2015 and most of 2016 with TJ surgery. Could he benefit?

How much of a benefit would it be, and how much of a detriment in throwing off a pitcher’s rhythm?

Note Cobb is older than all of the above except for CC, and Cobb is only 30.

and as the Daily News states, In any case, adding another starter would also allow the Yankees to leave Chad Green in relief and keep their loaded bullpen intact.

So, a six-man rotation could be

Ohtani
Severino
Tanaka
Gray
Montgomery
CC or Cobb

Sonny Gray as your #4? Wow.

Of course, injuries happen. If someone gets hurt, you have Chance Adams, Albert Abreu, Justus Sheffield, Domingo German, Domingo Acevedo in the minors. Some aren’t on the 40-man.

As the saying goes, you never have enough pitching.

Now combine that with

Green
Warren
Kahnle
Robertson
Betances
Chapman
Shreve

Nice bullpen, nice rotation. And you still have guys like German, Heller, Holder, Cody Carroll (not on 40 man), Cessa, Gallegos, Mitchell, in case someone gets hurt.

Of course, if the Yankees land Ohtani, someone has to go from that 40-man roster.

13 pitchers, one of whom hits well enough to DH (and who, it is said, has more power than say Headley or Ellsbury….and as I mentioned above, Ohtani is a lefty bat, nice for Yankee Stadium).

The 12 position players? Sanchez, Romine, Bird, Castro, Torreyes, Didi, Headley, Gardner, Hicks, Judge, Ellsbury, and … the last one? Clint Frazier? Gleyber Torres?

and in the minors Tyler Wade, Tyler Austin, Jake Cave, Miguel Andujar, Billy McKinney, Thairo Estrada ….

A lot of things could change between now and the start of spring training. Trades, free agent signings (Ohtani? Cobb? an Alex Avila for a backup C upgrade from Romine?), a freak offseason injury (remember Aaron Boone and the pickup basketball game?)

It’ll be interesting to see how things shake out.

It’s been quiet over the Thanksgiving holiday, but between what I wrote above, not to mention the new manager search, things could get very interesting between now and Christmas.

Could the Yanks leave some very nice presents under our (the fans) tree?

Update: Times have obviously changed, with more emphasis on the bullpen than ever before, but here is a look at the 1939 Yankees, who some contend is the greatest team of all-time, even greater than the 1927, 1961 and 1998 Yankees, or for that matter, the Big Red Machine of 1976….

Just the rotation:

Red Ruffing 28 starts (and 22 complete games!)
Lefty Gomez 26 starts (and 14 CG!)
Bump Hadley 18 starts (and 8 relief appearances, 7 CG)
Atley Donald 20 starts (4 relief appearance, and 11 CG!)
Monte Pearson 20 starts (2 relief appearance, 8 CG)
Oral Hildebrand 15 starts (6 relief, 7 CG)
Steve Sundra 11 starts (13 relief, 8 CG)
Marius Russo 11 starts (10 relief, 9 CG)

8 guys, lots of CG, and for some, most of their starts were complete games.

Johnny Murphy, Marv Breuer (one game) and Spud Chandler were used only in relief. Wes Ferrell pitched in three games, all starts, one a complete game.