Category Archives: Managers and Coaches

Minor League Report.


AAA SWB & AA Trenton off. So was Low A Charleston.

High A: Tampa (74-46) won 4-2. DH Chris Gittens 2-run HR. SS Hoy Jun Park & 2B Gosuke Katoh each had 2 hits and an RBI.

Keller (W, 4-2, 2.70) 6 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 0 W, 8 K.
Harris (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.18
Foley (H, 4) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.59
Lane (S, 1) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.38

Maybe it’s true things happen in threes. First Ara Parseghian, then Dick MacPherson and now another college football coach from long ago passed away. Frank Broyles, who coached Arkansas to the 1964 national championship, passed away. After coaching, he became a color football commentator on TV and Arkansas’ athletic director.

Game 116. “By the book” Girardi blows game, 3-2 in 10.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I know what I write here won’t be absorbed easily by many people, and may be controversial, but I truly believe Joe Girardi blew another Yankees game by his overmanaging and by the book style.

I also think it’s time for Joe to go.

The Yanks needed Jordan Montgomery to match Chris Sale. Sale is expected to win this year’s CYA so it was a tough task, made even more difficult after Montgomery got nailed in the head yesterday by a BP liner to the head.

He was up to the task. But Joe Girardi went by the book again (Please, Joe, Think outside the box once in a while?) and after Robertson went 1 2/3 (yes, time to pull him) and Betances went one inning (leave him in!) Girardi went to Chapman, who on Friday night didn’t justify anyone’s faith in him, and who got bailed out by Hicks. Sunday night Chapman gave up a HR in the top of the ninth that tied the game at 2.

Girardi and Cashman’s contracts are up at the end of the year. Personally, keep Cash, dump Girardi.

Joe. You have 3 closers. Stop solely using Chapman in the ninth, and GO WITH THE HOT HAND. Guy doing well, LEAVE HIM IN. This isn’t brain surgery. It’s quite simple. Start taking my advice. Chapman sucked the other night so you bring him in again in the ninth because “he’s the closer”? Really?

There was NO REASON to pull Betances after 12 pitches and a 1-2-3 inning. NONE. And especially for someone who was so awful two nights ago. None except by going by the book and going formula.

Joe, THINK FOR YOURSELF. Stop going formula and use your damned brain and shove that binder up your you know what.

Boston got a run in the fifth and the Yanks got it right back on an RBI triple by Austin Romine of all people. Good backup defensive catcher, can’t hit a lick. .220. The Yanks caught a break. Mookie Betts should have caught that ball.

Aaron Hicks made two great defensive plays in the game. Great plays.

Todd Frazier’s SF in the eighth made it 2-1 Yanks before Chapman gave up a HR in the ninth to blow the save.

In the tenth, Chapman blows the game. How? Wild like Friday night. HBP and a walk. Kahnle comes in, walk, base hit for a run.

This is all on Girardi. The Yanks’ real record is eight games below what it SHOULD be based on runs scored/runs allowed. The reason for that? Girardi’s overmanaging. 13-21 in one-run games. Pulling guys when they did well the previous inning. Going “by the book” instead of using his damned brain.

Simple concept. Guy pitches well, low pitch count? Leave him in.

Go with the hot hand.

I am not alone. Many other Yankees’ fans I know are tired of this bullshit.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 W, 4 K. 3.94. Great job.
Robertson 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.35
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Only 12 pitches. Why pull him?
Chapman (BS, 4; L, 4-2, 3.48) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 HBP, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 3.48.
Guess who has the highest ERA of the three? Robertson, Betances and Chapman?

I rest my case.

Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.35.


Game 115. Boston blasts Severino, Tanaka to Dl. Montgomery escapes DL. Mets trade another Yanks’ target elsewhere.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

What a bad day for the Yanks.

Masahiro Tanaka joins CC on the 10-day DL. For CC, knee. For Tanaka, shoulder inflammation.

…. Seand the Yanks almost had to put Sunday night’s starter, Jordan Montgomery, on the DL himself. He was hit in the head with a BP line drive while signing autographs before today’s game.

The Yanks fell to 61-54, 4 1/2 back of Boston due to a 10-5 loss Saturday afternoon. Luis Severino got rocked, giving up two 3-run HRs to Boston’s Andrew Benintendi.

The Yanks started well, getting a 2-run HR in the first by Gary Sanchez (19).

But Boston got five in the third, keyed by Benintendi’s first HR.

The Yanks loaded the bases with no one out in the fourth but only got one run. As you readers of mine know, I criticize Girardi for never MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. He doesn’t steal much, doesn’t hit and run, almost never bunts, and never squeezes runs home. He doesn’t play littleball. He doesn’t CREATE RUNS, and this team is having trouble scoring runs lately. It drives me crazy. Bases loaded, no one out and only one run.

Boston got five more in the fifth, keyed by another 3-run HR by Benintendi to go up 10-3.

The Yanks got back-to-back HR by Headley (7) and Ellsbury (5) in the ninth. 10-5 final.

Aaron Judges’ post All-Star game troubles are a problem. He has dropped 40 points of the batting average. .329 to .289,  W.161-5-12 since winning that HR derby. A curse. Some 43 strikeouts or so in 93 at bats. Strikeouts in his last 29 straight games. We have to get him back on track. As I mentioned, so many strikeouts are LOOKING. Pitch recognition? Aaargh. Swing that bat!

He is so strong. Stay WITH the ball and work on going the other way. He is so strong it will go out to RF.

Before the trade deadline, the Yanks were talking to the Mets about Neil Walker. They didn’t like his medicals, so a trade didn’t happen. He was dealt to the Brewers. So a third Yankees trade target from the Mets goes elsewhere. It really looks like the Mets have a thing about trading anyone to the Yankees, even if the Yanks give them a better deal (inferiority complex?). Whatever, I hope the Yanks kick the Mets’ ass this coming week as a result.

Severino (L, 9-5, 3.32) 4 1/3 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 8 H, 2 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Gallegos 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 5.79
Mitchell 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.33

I guess we can rule OUT Mitchell for Monday against the Mets (taking Tanaka’s turn).



Minor League Report.


Quick note before the minor league report. Former Syracuse football coach Dick MacPherson passed away at the age of 86.

AAA: SWB (74-41) won 7-2. 1B Ji-Man Choi 2-run HR. C Eddy Rodriguez 2-run HR. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits for CF Mason Williams. DH Tyler Austin 1 for 4, rbi on rehab.

Smith (W, 9-1, 2.39) 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Jones 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.67
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

AA: Trenton (76-37) won 7-4. 1B Mike Ford grand slam. 2 hits, solo HR for SS Thairo Estrada. DH Aaron Hicks on rehab 1 for 4, double, walk. LF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Camarena 4 1/3 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Gomez (W, 3-1, 1.88) 2 2/3, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K. Nice job.
Brewer (S, 9) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.32

High A: Tampa (68-46) won 1-0. DH Tim Lynch 2 for 2.

Widener (W, 6-7, 3.80) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 3 W, 7 K.
Frawley (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.18
Foley (S, 5) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.45

Low A: Charleston (62-52) won 5-2. LF Steven Sensley 2 hits, solo HR. SS Diego Castillo & C Eduardo Navas 2 hits each.

Perez (W, 8-3, 2.98) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Hodson (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00
Sosebee (S, 10) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.96

Ex-players Baylor & Daulton pass away.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

While the Yanks were off yesterday, MLB lost two former players as Don Baylor and Darren Daulton each passed away to various forms of cancer.

Baylor, 68, won the AL MVP in 1979 while playing for the Angels. He hit .296-36-139 that season, leading the Angels to the ALCS where they lost to the Orioles. He led the majors in RBI and runs scored that year, and the AL in games played. It was his only All-Star season, despite a fine career. He also finished in the top 10 for MVP the year before, in 1978, a year when he led the league in SF. He got MVP consideration five times.

He played in the majors from 1970-1988 with the Orioles, A’s, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox, Twins, and A’s.  Although he wasn’t there long, only 20 games at the end of the year, he got a ring with the 1987 Twins when they won the WS over the Cardinals.

He also helped the 1973 and 1974 Orioles to the postseason (where they lost to the A’s both years), as well as the 1982 Angels (lost to the Brewers), the 1986 Red Sox (lost WS to Mets) and the 1988 A’s (lost WS to Dodgers).

With the Yankees from 1983-1985, he posted

1983: .303-21-85 17 SB OPS+ 138, Silver Slugger
1984: .262-27-89 OPS+ 131
1985: .231-23-91  OPS+ 109  Silver Slugger

He hit .260 in his career, with 338 HR. His 162 g. average was .260-24-90, 20 SB, OPS+ 118. He even stole 52 bases for the 1976 A’s, finishing with 285 for his career. A batter who crowded the plate, he led the league in getting HBP 8x in his career. He got HBP a total of 267 times.   Primarily a DH, he also played LF, RF, 1B and even a little CF in his career.

In 38 postseason games, he hit .273-4-21.

He later became a MLB manager for the Rockies (1993-1998) and Cubs (2000-2002), winning Mgr. of the Year in 1995 when the Rockies won the Wild Card. They lost the Division Series in four games. His managerial record was 627-689, .476.   That averages out to a 77-95 season.

Also passing away was Darren Daulton, 55, who played 14 seasons, mostly with the Phillies. He played 1983, 1995-1997 with them and finished his career with the 1997 Marlins, earning a ring with them when they beat Cleveland in the WS. In Daulton’s 14 seasons, only five times did he play in 100 or more games, due to being a backup or because of injuries.

His best years were 1992-1994. In 1992 he led the NL in RBI. A 3x All-Star, he finished 6th in MVP voting in 1992 and 7th in 1993 when the Phils won the pennant but lost the WS to Toronto.

He hit .245 in his career with 137 HR. His 162 g. average was .245-19-82, OPS+ 114. Mostly a catcher, he did play a little LF, RF and 1B, and DH’d in a few games. He hit .281-3-10 in 22 postseason games.

Before the trade deadline, there were rumors about maybe the Yanks getting Yonder Alonso from the A’s to play 1B. Alonso was dealt from the A’s to the Mariners the other day.

Game 109. Yanks “Chase” losing streak away with 2-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth, enabling the Yanks to snap their 4-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over Cleveland Saturday night.

The win puts the Yanks at 58-51. Unfortunately, they don’t pick up ground on Boston, who won as well.

In the first, the Yanks scored on a walk to Gardner, and after an out, a single by Judge and double by Didi. But with runners on 2nd and 3rd, no out, they could not tack on.

Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the second which tied the game for some time to come.

Chase Headley’s sixth HR of the year put the Yankees up 2-1 in the eighth and was the deciding blow.

Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes each made great defensive plays in the ninth to save the game. One other ball was hit just foul, or it would have tied the game. A scary ninth for Chapman.

After Joe Girardi ripped Gary Sanchez for his defense, Sanchez DH’d tonight. Romine caught. Not only that, Matt Holliday has back issues that may force him to the DL.

The Yanks won despite striking out 15x tonight.

They must be trying to limit Montgomery’s innings and pitch count. He only went 5 innings and 65 pitches, and retired his last nine batters, but he appears to be hitting his innings limit, thus the quick hook. But… overusing the bullpen? Will they be taxed later down the stretch run?  You wonder.

Montgomery 5 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Great job, 4.05
Robertson (W, 5-2, 2.55) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.55
Betances (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.41
Chapman (S, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.87


Game 108. Yanks lose 4th in a row, 7-2.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jaime Garcia’s Yankees’ debut didn’t go well as the Yanks lost their fourth straight game, 7-2.

The loss puts the Yanks at 57-51 at the 2/3rd mark of the season, meaning they are on an 85/86 win pace.

They fell to 3 games behind Boston in the AL East. They still hold the top wild card spot.

The Yanks picked up a lot of pitching help at the trade deadline, but the bats have gone dead lately. Before the All Star Break, they averaged 5.4 runs per game. Since? 4.0.

Gary Sanchez needs to work a bit on his defense. One of the two runs Cleveland scored in the second inning came courtesy of Sanchez’ 12th passed ball of the season.

Sanchez’ passed ball was part of some sloppiness the Yanks have shown defensively over the past few games. Aaron Judge made an error in the third inning, an inning where Cleveland scored two more runs to make it 4-0. Both Garcia and Chad Green threw wild pitches in the game.

UPDATE: Joe Girardi called out Sanchez’ sloppy defense after the game.

Todd Frazier homered (18) in the fifth to put the Yanks on the board, but they left the bases loaded. Cleveland came back with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 6-1.

Cleveland got a run in the eighth and Brett Gardner’s RBI single in the ninth for the Yanks accounted for the final score of 7-2.

Five different Yanks had two hits, but the Yanks were not bunching them at the right times. Rookie Clint Frazier is another who has cooled off lately. He isn’t alone.

Garcia (L, 5-8, 4.49) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 5 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Green 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 5 K. 1.74. Green has been superb this year.
Kahnle 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44