Category Archives: Ex-Players

S.T. Game 27. Bird is the word. 2 HR. Tanaka dominant again. Ex-Yanks’ mgr. Green dies at 82.

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Greg Bird found out before the game that not unsurprisingly, he won the 1B job for the Yankees. He celebrated by hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs in the Yanks’ 7-3 win over the Phillies today. The win made the Yanks 20-7 for the spring.

Masahiro Tanaka pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings, continuing his dominant spring. In 19 2/3 spring training innings, he hasn’t given up a run.

Bird hit a 2-run HR in the 4th, and added a 3-run shot in the 6th. Chase Headley hit a solo HR in the 6th.

Ruben Tejada doubled a run in during the 8th inning to make it 7-0 before the Phils scored 3 late runs.

Tanaka (w) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Frieri 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Nice comeback from rough Yanks’ debut the other day.
Marsh 1 Ip, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K.
Mantiply 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

Dallas Green, who managed the Yanks for most of 1989, going 56-65, died today at the age of 82. He is most famous for managing the 1980 Phillies to the first world championship in that team’s history. He also managed the Mets. He was a major league pitcher from 1960-1967, with the Phils and Mets teams he pitched for.

I wasn’t a fan of Green, esp. in 1989 when he managed the Yanks. God bless him and his family but one thing happened to Green that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

His granddaugher was killed several years ago by that nutcase who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Giffords survived, Green’s granddaughter did not.

 

Bill Hands, 20 game winner for 1969 Cubs, dies at 76.

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The Yanks are off today. They made their first round of cuts yesterday. No surprises.

Bill Hands, who won 20 games for the 1969 Cubs, died last week at the age of 76. The 1969 Cubs had a nice lead in early August, but collapsed down the stretch and wound up 92-70, 8 games behind the eventual WS Champion Amazin’ Mets in the NL East.

Hands was 20-14, 2.49, ERA+ 162 that year, pitching 300 innings. From 1968-1971, he averaged 16-14, 3.10 and 266 innings a season, ERA+ 126 (meaning he deserved better than averaging 16-14).

For his career, he was 111-110, 3.35, ERA+ 114, meaning that he should have had a better than .500 record considering his ERA was 14% above the league average.

He spent 1965 with the SF Giants, 1966-1972 with the Cubs, 1973-1974 with the Twins, and 1974-1975 with the Rangers.

His average year was 28 starts, 12 more relief appearances, 12-12, 3.35.

 

 

 

S.T. Game 14. Yanks hit 4 HR in beating Canada’s WBC team, 10-4.

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The Yankees beat the Canadian WBC team today 10-4, hitting four HRs in the process.

Matt Holliday, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka connected.

Luis Severino had a shaky outing.

Jorge Mateo went 2 for 2 and had a SB. Hicks also had one of the three SBs for the day for the Yankees as he went 2 for 3.

Severino 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 4 k. Gave up HR.
Graham (w) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k.
Chapman 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Barbato 2 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 3 K. Gave up HR.
Enns 2 Ip, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. Gvae up 1 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

A-Rod was hired by Fox to work for Fox and FS1 and may yet be hired by the YES network. Rumors are he’s currently dating Jennifer Lopez.

S.T. Game 13. Yanks get 3 in 10th to edge Rays, 7-6.

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The Yanks improved their S.T. record to 10-3 by getting 3 in the bottom of the 10th to edge the Rays, 7-6.

CC Sabathia started and had a shaky first inning but escaped unharmed. He went two scoreless innings.

The Yanks scored in the first on a double by Sanchez, followed by singles by Holliday and Carter.

They went up 2-0 in the fourth on a single by Torreyes.

Adam Warren followed CC with two scoreless innings but gave up back-to -back homers in the fifth.

After the Rays went up 3-2 in the sixth, Kyle Higashioka hit a 2-run HR in the seventh to put the Yanks up 4-3.

Tampa got one in the 8th to tie, then two in the 10th to go up 6-4. Francisco Diaz made two errors at first to hurt the Yanks.

In the bottom of the 10th, Bird singled, Zach Zehner pinch ran. Diaz flied out but Billy McKinney singled. Both runners moved up on the throw. Ruben Tejada hit a SF.

Pete Kozma walked and Rashad Crawford hit a ground rule double to tie it up.

Tyler Wade then singled to win it.

Ronald Torreyes had 2 hits and an RBI. Higashioka with the 2-run HR.

Dustin Fowler was 2 for 2. Tyler Wade was 2 for 3 with the GW RBI.

Sabathia 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 2 K.
Warren (BS) 3 iP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Heller 1 Ip, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K.
German 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Shreve (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Gurka 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K.
Lail (w) 1 IP, 2 R (BOTH UNEARNED),  2 H, 0 walks, 0 K.

Greg Bird wanted to see more lefties and hit them better, so we was working on hitting Andy Pettitte (in for a few days as an instructor) today.

Ned Garver, one of the last St. Louis Browns’ stars, dies at 91.

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The last year of the St. Louis Browns was 1953. They moved and became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954.

For years, they shared old Sportsman’s Park with the Cardinals, but were always the poor sister. The only pennant the St. Louis Browns ever won was in 1944—because most of the good players were in the service during WWII.

Today, one of the last great Browns players, Ned Garver, died at the age of 91.

Garver pitched from 1948-1952 for the Browns, then from 1952-1956 for the Tigers. He was with the Kansas City A’s from 1957-1960 and finished his career with the expansion 1961 Los Angeles Angels.

He went 129-157, 3.73, in his major league career. His ERA+ was an impressive 112. (100 is average), proving that he suffered by being on bad teams. His 162 g. average was 12-15, 3.73.

In 1949, he went 12-17, 3.98,  leading the league in losses.

The next year, he was 13-18, 3.39, but still finished 24th in MVP voting, and led the league in ERA+ and complete games.

His best year was 1951. He was an all-star for the only time and finished second to Yogi Berra in the MVP voting. He went 20-12, 3.73 and once again led the league in complete games. The MVP voting was close, Yogi, Garver and Allie Reynolds each getting 6 first place votes with the top three finishing with 184, 157 and 125 points. Minnie Minoso finished 4th with 120 points and Bob Feller fifth with 118.

He went 14-11, 2.81 for the 1954 Tigers.

Garver was a good hitter for a pitcher, hitting .218 with 7 HR.

 

 

A-Rod to YES booth? and players soon leaving for the WBC.

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After a couple years of being praised for his contributions to the FOX postseason broadcasts, could it be that Alex Rodriguez could be doing some work for the YES network? Maybe not full-time but part-time? Rumors are that this could happen.

Some Yankees, like Didi Gregorius, who homered yesterday in the Yanks’ spring training opener and Dellin Betances will be leaving camp soon to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

The Yankees’ second spring training game is this afternoon at Clearwater, home of the Phillies. Adam Warren will start for the Yankees.

Bleier traded, A-Rod makes retirement official, A-Rod mgr.? and a rule

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Designated for assignment last week when the Yanks picked up Chris Carter, Richard Bleier was traded today to the Orioles for a player to be named later or ca$h considerations.

A-Rod showed up at spring training to be an instructor (and one expensive one at that). When asked about a comeback, he mentioned that since that last game as a Yankee on August 12th of last year that some teams reached out to him but that no, he isn’t coming back. He’s officially retired.

This week there has been some talk of A-Rod as a manager, maybe even replacing Girardi. I’m not in favor of that for a couple different reasons. First, how would he handle a pitching staff? Houk, Berra, Torre and Girardi, to name some recent Yankees managers, were all catchers. A-Rod wasn’t.

Also, take a GOOD look at some of the greatest managers of all time. How many great players do you see? Rose wasn’t especially a good manager before his suspension from baseball. Neither was Ted Williams in his short term as manager,nor Eddie Mathews or Mel Ott. Ryne Sandberg? Bust. Player-managers like Tris Speaker succeeded because they were still PLAYING.

The great managers are usually those who were NOT great when playing (Joe Torre being an exception) but who got to the majors based on their brains and tenacity not their playing skill. Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Herzog and Dick Williams weren’t great players but were great managers. Casey Stengel wasn’t known as an all-time great player, neither Miller Huggins. The same can be said for people who never made the majors like Joe Maddon, Jim Leyland, Earl Weaver or Joe McCarthy.

Being a great player doesn’t make you a great manager. Quite the opposite.

Lastly, MLB is making a change to the intentional walk. I hate it. Now, a manager only need to signal and the batter takes his base. No pitches need to be thrown. It doesn’t happen often, but I’ve seen wild pitches, passed balls, stolen bases off those balls thrown wide of the plate. Heck, last year a pitcher threw a ball not far off the plate, Gary Sanchez swung at it and just missed hitting a HR (it was caught just short of the fence for a sac fly). Terrible decision. I’m going to hate this rule.