Category Archives: Ex-Players

Ex-Giant, Yankee Jim Ray Hart dies.

Jim Ray Hart, a power-hitting 3B who played for the SF Giants in the 1960s and DH’d for the Yanks in 1973 passed away a few days ago at the age of 74.

Hart played for the Giants from 1963-1973, and topped 30 HR in 1964 and 1966. His power was overlooked on a team that had Mays, McCovey and Cepeda. He was runnerup to Dick Allen for NL ROY in 1964, was an All-Star in 1966 and three times got MVP consideration.

From 1964-1968 he hit 139 HR, an average of 28 a year.

Early in 1973, he was dealt to the Yankees, and he became a primary DH for them, often platooning with Ron Blomberg. In 114 games for the Yanks in 1973, he hit .254-13-52, OPS+ 112.

He went 1 for 19 in 10 games in 1974 for the Yanks and never played in the majors again.

He also played some LF and RF.

His 162 g. average was .278-24-83, OPS+ 127. He went 0 for 5 in his only postseason, when the 1971 Giants made the NLCS.

Game 41. Torreyes, Beltran, CC lead Yanks

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As Joe Torre used to say… small bites.

After an 8-17 start, the first order of business is getting back to .500. One step at a time.

The Yanks moved closer to that goal with an 8-3 win tonight over Oakland that put them at 19-22.

CC Sabathia came off the DL with a solid outing, going six innings and giving up only one run. I have not posted CC’s win total in a while, but this is #217 of his career, tying Mickey Lolich and Fat Freddie Fitzsimmons on the all-time list. He has passed Rick Reuschel, Mark Buehrle, Stan Coveleski, Jim Perry, Wilbur Cooper, Charlie Hough and Curt Schilling this year.

CC hasn’t really been good since 2012, and I wrote him off last year. I don’t know how much of those troubles had to do with his problems with the bottle, but then again, how was I to know he had those troubles?  No one knew.

But hopefully CC has everything going for him again and get back to somewhat close to what he used to be.

After CC gave up a run in the second, the Yanks exploded for five runs in the fourth. Ronald Torreyes tried a squeeze bunt, failed, but made up for it with a 2-run triple, putting the Yanks up 2-1. He later scored on a WP. Later in the inning Carlos Beltran had a 2-run double.

The Yanks got a run in the sixth on another RBI double by Beltran. The A’s  scored in the seventh to make it 6-2.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run triple in the 9th.The A’s scored in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 8-3 Yankees.

Beltran had 3 hits, 3 RBI. All 3 hits were doubles.

Didi Gregorius had 3 hits. Torreyes had 2 hits, 2 rbi.

I don’t know how many times this year Ellsbury reached on catcher’s interference, but it happened again tonight.

CC (w, 3-2, 3.41 nice resurgence)  6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 8 K.
Yates 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.08
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 0 K. 4.00.

A nice win where you didn’t have to use any of No-Runs DMC.




Game 38. Yanks fall, 5-3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost to Arizona and Zach Greinke Tuesday night 5-3 to drop to 16-22. With the quarter-pole of the season approaching, it is apparent some changes have to be made.

Here are just a couple of suggestions. Constructive criticism, if you will.

The Yanks are 1-11 with Pineda and Severino, with a combined ERA close to 7.00. They are 15-11 otherwise. Pineda does have options. The Yanks should consider removing both from the rotation and sending both to AAA to get straightened out or should even consider trading Pineda (but who’d take him right now?). Even John Sterling, on air, was exasperated by Pineda. Such talent, but wasting it.

But the Yanks really don’t have anyone to bring up. The loss of Bryan Mitchell really hurts here. You can’t get something for nothing in a trade. You’d have to give up a top prospect.

But the Yanks can’t just keep throwing Pineda and Severino out there.Some change has to be made, be it a promotion/demotion or a trade.

The Angels just signed Tim Lincecum. The former CYA isn’t what he used to be, but I wonder if the Yanks had any interest. They should have, considering the struggles of Pineda and Severino. Heck, maybe the Yanks could talk Mark Buehrle out of retirement.

The Yanks should also consider dropping Mark Teixeira down in the lineup. Teix, 0 for 4 with 3 strikeouts last night, has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13. You can’t just keep batting him 3rd or 4th. Here is where the loss of Greg Bird hurts.

Starlin Castro homered (5) in the second to give the Yanks a 1-0 lead but the offense didn’t do too much against Grienke. They did get two in the eighth to make the score close. Losing the DH in an NL park the past two games hasn’t helped.

Pineda (L, 1-5, 6.60) 5 IP, 5 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
9 K in 5 inn, but 5 runs given up.
Shreve 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.71.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1.76.


Game 37. Unkind welcome to the majors for Green, Yanks lose 12-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chad Green and Conor Mullee made their MLB debuts last night, but it was a rough go for both of them as the Yanks lost 12-2 in Arizona.

Mark Teixeira, who has been in his usual early season slump, got 3 hits. Hopefully it means he is snapping out of it.

Green was 2-3, 1.22 at AAA SWB, but those seven starts were his only starts above AA.

Green (L, 0-1, 9.00) 4 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 walk, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.00
Mullee 1 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 1 HBP 9.00
Coke 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.00.

Sammy Ellis 75, and Dick McAuliffe, 76, both major leaguers in the 1960s, died recently.

Ellis was a 22 game winner in 1965 for the Reds, and served as a Yankees pitching coach in the 1980s.He was 63-58, 4.15, ERA+ 88 for the Reds, Angels and White Sox 1962, 1964-1969. He was an All-Star in 1965. He finished 16th in the 1964 MVP voting.

McAuliffe was the 2B on the 1968 WS Champion Tigers when he finished 7th in the MVP voting. He was a 3x All-Star.  He was 76.  He played for the Tigers 1960-1973 and for the 1974 and 1975 Red Sox. A .247 hitter (OPS+ 109), his average 162 g. season was .247-18-64.

Game 36. Beltran’s 400th highlights Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career HR, and an awakening Chase Headley’s PH go-ahead double highlighted the Yankees’ 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Beltran trails only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) & Chipper Jones (468) for HR by a switch-hitter. Mark Teixeira is right behind Beltran at 397, but Teix has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13.

It’s nice to see Headley finally wake up. Now we need to get Teix going.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the first on singles by Ellsbury (back in the lineup after being out hurt) and Gardner and a SF by Beltran.

The White Sox tied it in the second and went up 2-1 on a HR by Adam Eaton in the third.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third when with two out and the bases loaded, Starlin Castro got an infield hit for one run and a walk to Dustin Ackley brought in the second run. The White Sox pitcher should hang his head, walking Ackley, who is struggling at .125 (5 for 40).

But Tanaka, who struggled, gave two back right away in the top of the fourth.

Beltran’s two-run HR in the sixth, his 8th of the year and #400, put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth, but Betances coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh. He did redeem himself by getting out of a nasty jam to end the inning with the score tied.

Headley’s PH RBI double in the 7th put the Yanks up 6-5 and Brian McCann’s HR in the 8th (5) gave the Yanks an insurance run.

For the second straight game, Girardi used Betances, Miller and Chapman. Who will be available on Monday?

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, 1 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (BS, 1; w, 1-2, 2.60)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (H 2), 0.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.25 (S, 3)

It’s funny. Tanaka has 8 starts, just 1 decision, at 1-0.

Nice to see Jose Bautista take a punch to the face by Roughned Odor in the Toronto-Texas game today. Serves him right for those bat flips, and anyone who thinks the bat flips look cool, I disagree with wholeheartedly. Rivera, Jeter, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Gehrig, Musial…..and many others didn’t show up their opponents like that. They  had class, which Bautista, and apparently his supporters of bat flips, do not.

Game 32. KC 7, Yanks 3.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

ESPN showed an interesting stat on Michael Pineda tonight. Entering tonight’s game, his ERA in the first two innings this year was 12.00. After that, 2.14.

So…. Pineda gave up 4 runs in the first tonight, dooming the Yankees.

I am starting to have reservations about him. So much talent, but it seems like he doesn’t have it between the ears to utilize that talent.

I am watching the first inning. He throws two killer sliders that the batter can’t touch. Then he serves up a meatball fastball. I don’t know if that is Pineda or if it is McCann’s pitch calling. But I am still scratching my head.

There was an interesting poll, asking if you had to keep one and trade the other, what you think about Eovaldi and Pineda. To me, it is a no-brainer right now. I would keep Eovaldi, thinking he may develop, and trade Pineda.

After Pineda gave up four in the first, the Yanks got two back in the second, one on Carlos Beltran’s 7th HR of the year. #399 of his career tied Al Kaline on the all-time list. Headley singled in a run later in the inning. May 11 and the Yanks main 3B still does not have an XBH.

Meanwhile, the Yanks lineup tonight had no Ellsbury, A-Rod or Teix.  Aaron Hicks had 3 hits tonight.

The Yanks cut it to 4-3 at one point but eventually lost 7-3.

Pineda (L, 1-4, 6.28) 5 2/3 IP,  6 R, 6 H, 4 walks and 7 K.
Goody 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.93
Coke 3 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 2.25.

The Yanks are 13-19. Pineda and Severino are a combined 1-9. You can do the math. Take them away, you get 12-10.  Severino is 22, in his first full season & still learning. Pineda is 27. He should have learned already.



Game 30. Yanks belt 5 HR in 6-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks belted five HR in a 6-3 win over KC Monday night.

Carlos Beltran hit two (6) to pass teammate Mark Teixeira on the all-time list, 398 to 397. Beltran is tied with Dale Murphy on that list.

Also homering were Brian McCann (4), Brett Gardner (4) and Aaron Hicks (2). Gardner and Hicks went back to back. Beltran’s second HR came just two outs after Gardner and Hicks’ b-2-b blasts.

Aroldis Chapman made his Yankees’ debut. Ben Gamel got his first MLB hit.

Nova 4 2/3, 1 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 3 K. 4.34. Gave up 1 HR
Coke 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 0 k. 0.00
Yates (w, 2-0, 2.38) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Win on official scorer discretion.
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 h, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.25. Gave up HR.
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 9.00.

The Yanks are 12-18.