Category Archives: Managers and Coaches

Ex INF, MGR Kasko dies at 88.


Eddie Kasko, a former All-Star infielder and later a manager, died at the age of 88, days ahead of his 89th birthday.

Kasko, who mostly played SS and 3B, played for the Cardinals (1957-1958), Reds (1959-1963), Colt .45s/Astros (1964-1965) and Red Sox (1966).

He was the SS on the 1961 Reds team that won the pennant. He was on both (they played two that year) All-Star teams that year, when he hit .271-2-27, OPS+ 74.

He finished 29th in MVP voting in 1962, when he hit .278-4-41, OPS+ 81.

He went 7 for 22, all singles, one RBI in the 1961 World Series against the Yankees.

His 162 game average was .264-3-39, OPS+ 76.

He managed the Red Sox from 1970-1973, posting a winning percentage of .539, which averages out to an 87=75 season. Two 3rd place finishes, and two 2nd place finishes.

In 1972, his Red Sox finished second, just 1/2 a game behind Detroit. There was a strike at the beginning of the season, and the games weren’t made up. As a result, the Tigers were 86-70, and the Red Sox 85-70. There was no wild card back then, and the Tigers went into the ALCS, losing to the A’s. The Red Sox went home.


60 game season?

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I haven’t written much because there really has been nothing to write about, and I want to write about facts—what will happen—as opposed to rumors.

Now it looks as if a brief summer “retraining” may start around July 1—a 3 week long “summer retraining” if you will— and a 60 game season could begin around July 20 to 24 and run through Sept. 27.

There isn’t much room for any rainouts.

I wonder if it’s worth it. I love baseball, but a 60 game season? Yuk. What kind of schedule would it be? Who would you play and who wouldn’t you be playing?

There would be no expanded playoffs. As for where games are played at and if there will be any fans, who knows yet.

I was hoping for at least a half a season, 80 games. 60 games to me, isn’t worth it.

Now here is something to think about…. with a 60 game season, there won’t be as much wear and tear on pitcher’s arms. Do you go to a 4 man rotation? With the Yankees’ stacked bullpen, and with expanded rosters, Gerrit Cole can pitch more games, be limited to say, six innings per start, and then let the bullpen take over. Even at 15 starts in a 60 game season, six innings per start only gives him 90 innings for the season, as opposed to the 212 1/3 (not including the postseason) he threw last year. Would you do it? Would Boone?


Ex-manager Bobby Winkles (Angels, A’s) passes away at age 90.


Bobby Winkles, who built Arizona State into a powerhouse baseball team in the 1960s and then managed in the majors, died at the age of 90.

Winkles managed the Angels in 1973 and 1974, and the A’s in 1977 and 1978. The only full season was the 1973 Angels.

His record was 170-213, a .444 winning pct., which over 162 games would be 72-90.

Ex-KC and Cubs manager Frey passes away, age 88.


From 1976 to 1978, the Yankees won three straight thrilling ALCS from the Kansas City Royals, then managed by Whitey Herzog.

But in 1980, the Royals turned the tables, sweeping the Yanks in the ALCS before losing to the Phillies in the World Series. The manager then was Jim Frey, who passed away two days ago at the age of 88.

The Royals won 97 games that year, and in 1981, were 20-30 in the first half of the strike season. Frey was fired after 10-10 start in the second half, replaced by the manager he beat in that 1980 ALCS, Dick Howser.

Frey managed the Cubs from 1984 to 1986, winning the NL East in 1984 with 96 wins and was named NL Manager of the Year that year. Those Cubs had a two game to none lead over the San Diego Padres in the NLCS but then lost three in a row and the pennant.

Frey’s managerial record was 323-287, a .530 winning percentage, which is an 86-76 regular season average.

Judge out indefinitely with broken rib.

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From ESPN:

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib and it’s not clear whether he will need surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup.

Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch in September of last season.

Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.

Judge underwent about a dozen tests, including an MRI plus CT and bone scans, to determine the source of his pain.

“It shows signs of healing so we’re going to give it the next couple and re-test to show how much healing is going on with that rib,” Boone said.

Surgery to remove the bone is a possibility, depending on the healing process.


Cole’s first S.T. game to be Monday.

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Gerrit Cole’s first spring training game is set to be Monday, as the Yanks’ line up their new ace to open the season in Baltimore on March 26.

The spring training game—-the second at home for the Yanks at their S.T. home in Tampa—will be against the team Cole broke into the majors with, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

As for Saturday and the Yanks’ S.T. opener at home vs. Toronto, the starter will be J.A. Happ.

As for Aaron Judge’s sore shoulder, if it were the regular season, he’d be playing, but there is no use in taking unnecessary risks in spring training.

With Andy Pettitte in camp as an adviser, and currently working with Masahiro Tanaka on a cutter, you have to wonder if pitching coach could be in Andy’s future?

Baker pleading for the A*trori*k* to be protected.

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Dusty Baker is in a tough situation. He has to protect players he didn’t manage when those players cheated in the past few years. Now he is begging MLB to help protect them.

One thing you learn at an early age. Respect isn’t given, it is earned. And once lost, you have to work two or three times as hard to re-earn it.

I don’t advocate beanballs, but if some pitcher decides to fire a pitch at some Astro hitters’ butt or plunk him in the ribs, I would not mind that at all.

Put it this way. Houston is damned lucky. Imagine if they were facing a lawsuit because of a hitter— knowing what pitch was coming— hitting a line drive that hit a pitcher in the head.

So looking at it THAT way, I have no problem with some pitchers looking for retaliation. But once that pitch is thrown, then warnings have to be given out so that the game doesn’t get out of hand.

But Houston, you asked for it. And some of your comments defending yourselves are flat out ridiculous, like the little kid caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

Meanwhile, a couple of Little League organizations have removed the name Astros from their league because they don’t want kids associated with a name now synonymous with cheating. They want kids doing things the right way.

I do like this, from Mike Vaccaro’s NY Post column:

Dick Schlott: Were the umpires deaf during the Astros games? It is incumbent on the umpire crews to see and hear what is going on, including strange noises coming out of a dugout!
Vac: And to think, all these years, people thought you could only make fun of umpires being blind, not deaf.

Looking at pictures of Yankees’ C Gary Sanchez in spring training, it looks like he lost a good deal of weight. Looks trim and chiseled and hopefully more mobile behind the plate. Hopefully it helps him stay off the DL more often.

Another minor signing: Yanks sign Chad Bettis RHP, 31 in April. Bettis went 1-6, 6.08 in 39 games for Colorado in 2019 (3 starts). ERA+ 86. He is 31-31 in his career with an ERA of 5.12 (ERA+ 93). His best years were in 2016 when he went 14-8, 4.79, ERA+ 101 in 32 starts, and the year before when in 20 starts he went 8-6, 4.23, ERA+ 110. His 162 game average is 8-8, 5.12, ERA+ 93, 24 starts, 20 more appearances in relief.

No offense to Bettis, but it appears to be a depth signing. Not much to get excited about. Granted Colorado doesn’t help his numbers, but…

Pitchers & Catchers report today.

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Pitchers and catchers report today to spring training for the Yankees. Their first workout is tomorrow.

Position players report Monday with the first full-squad workout on Tuesday. The first spring training game is Saturday, Feb. 22.

I am not happy about the proposed changes forthcoming to baseball’s postseason. What a joke.

The Red Sox named an interim manager, Ron Roenicke. MLB is still investigating them and hopefully any punishment to them regarding the cheating scandal will be coming soon. We’ll see how soon Boston names a permanent manager, and if it happens to be Roenicke.


Baker managing ASG? And a passing.

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In an article on, Will Leitch mentions about Dusty Baker being the Manager of the Astros this year, and in that article, has a sentence about Baker managing the next All-Star Game.

No offense to Dusty, but I don’t think he should manage by “default.” Since Hinch was suspended because of the Astros’ scandal, and fired because of it,  I feel the honor should then go to Aaron Boone, whose team lost last year’s ALCS.

Gil Coan, OF for the Washington Senators, 1946-1953, Baltimore Orioles (1955-1956), Chicago White Sox (1955), N.Y. Giants (1955-1956) passed away at the age of 97. Coan finished 23rd in MVP voting in 1951, when he hit .303-9-62.

His 162 g. average was .254-7-49 with 15 SB. OPS+ 84. 1950 and 1951 were his best years–by far—of his MLB career.

When I was a kid, I had a lot of baseball cards. Kept them in an old cedar-chest. I had some old Gil Coan card from the 1950s, probably got it from my dad.

Until the cat we had at that time mistook the chest and the cards for a litter box. Yuk.

I wonder about the value of some of the cards that had to get tossed out.

Not Coan’s, but say a Nolan Ryan rookie card? Dang that cat.

One-time Yankees’ SS Tony Fernandez in critical condition.

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Derek Jeter won the ROY Award in 1996, after a 15 game cameo in 1995.

Do you remember who was the Yankees’ starting SS before Jeter?

It was Tony Fernandez, best known for his years in Toronto.

According to the NY Post,

the 57-year-old former shortstop was in critical condition after suffering complications from polycystic kidney disease, which Fernandez revealed he had in 2017.

Fernandez played with Toronto I (1983-1990), San Diego (1991-1992), The NY Mets (1992-1993), Toronto II (1993), Cincinnati (1994), the Yankees (1995), Cleveland (1997), Toronto III (1998-1999), Milwaukee (2001) and finished his career with his FOURTH (Toronto IV) separate stint with Toronto in 2001.

In 1995 for the Yankees, Fernandez played in 108 games, basically missing six weeks, and hit .245-5-45, OPS+ just 75. Not a good year. He did hit for the cycle in one game that season, and I was at that game. He was the Yankees SS in the 1995 ALDS vs. Seattle, hitting 5 for 21.

In 1996, he broke his right (throwing) elbow in a spring training game, and missed the whole season. He was basically “Wally Pipp’d” by Jeter, who took over at SS, won the ROY and was on his way to the HOF.

A switch-hitter, Fernandez was on the 1993 WS Champion Toronto team, was a 5x All-Star and 4x Gold Glove winner. He also played for the Indians in the 1997 WS.

He got MVP consideration 4x, and finished 8th in the 1987 voting.

He hit .288 in his MLB career, with 2276 hits. His 162 game average was .288-7-63 with 18 SB and an OPS+ of 101.

In postseason play, he hit .327-1-23 in 43 games.

Primarily a SS, he did play a little 3B and 2B also.

The JAWS system on lists Fernandez #34 as far as all-time greatest SS.

One thing though…. it does seem like he always did better on astroturf (Toronto) than on grass (both NY teams, for example).

Hopefully he pulls through.

About a half hour before the start of the Super Bowl, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone tweeted out his prediction for the final score, and he nailed it dead on.

Any prediction for the Yankees this year, Skip?