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S.T. Game 20. Yanks rip Red Sox, 14-1. Injury updates.

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First, from MLB.com”

Luis Severino, Aaron Hicks and CC Sabathia, Yankees

Although Severino is scheduled to resume throwing March 20, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday that the right-hander won’t be ready to pitch in a Major League game until May 1 at the earliest.

Hicks, who has been sidelined for most of March by lower-back stiffness, is expected to join Severino on the injured list at the start of the season. The outfielder will likely be healthy by Opening Day, but he may need to log more at-bats and defensive reps in Minor League games before he’s up to speed.

The Yankees expect Sabathia will be ready to pitch at some point in April and may even carry him on the Opening Day roster so he can serve a five-game suspension from last season. The left-hander is a bit behind schedule after undergoing right knee surgery in October and an angioplasty in December

Now with Severino and CC both out, the Yanks need pitchers like Luis Cessa, Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga to step up while Seve and CC are down.

As of now, it appears Cessa and German are winning the battle over Loaisiga. Cessa has been great this spring, and today German was as well, pitching four scoreless innings in a 14-1 rout of the Red Sox.

Brett Gardner drove in a run and made a fine defensive play.

Aaron Judge had 2 hits, including a 3-run HR.

Prospect Trey Amburgey drove in 2 runs.

Luke Voit drove in 2 runs. If Hicks can’t make Opening Day, then maybe there is a way that Bird and Voit both make the team. For a while, anyway.

Chris Gittens and Miguel Andujar each had 2 hits and an RBI.

D.J. LeMahieu 2 RBI

German (W) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Holder 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Tarpley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. Don’t sleep on him.
Reeves 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

The Yanks are 10-6-4 this spring.

 

 

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S.T. Game 19. Yanks fit to be “tied” in today’s game. Rule changes coming this year and next.

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For the fourth time in 19 S.T. games, a Yankees game has ended in a tie. Today it was 1-1 vs. Toronto.

The Yanks’ S.T. record is 9-6-4.

Luis Cessa cemented his stake to be a temporary replacement for Luis Severino or CC Sabathia in the rotation come April. Severino and CC will be out for the first few weeks. Cessa has had a great spring so far, and today threw four shutout innings.

Singles by 2b Gleyber Torres and SS Troy Tulowitzki followed by an RBI groundout by Miguel Andujar plated the Yanks’ only run.

C Kyle Higashioka  went 2 for 2 with a double.

Cessa 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Cortes (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Coulombe (BS) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Brothers 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

From MLB.com

https://www.mlb.com/news/mlb-rules-changes

 

See the website article.

 

Hall of Fame Pitcher Tom Seaver diagnosed with dementia. One-time Yankees’ broadcaster.

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Tom Seaver, one of the greatest pitchers I have ever seen, has been diagnosed with dementia, and his family has announced that he will no longer be making any public appearances.

This is very sad, especially this year, when the Mets are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the team that won the 1969 WS, against all odds. One of the greatest underdog victories ever, and Seaver, 25-7 that year, won the CYA and was 2nd in MVP voting that year.

He is still the greatest Met of all time, with his #41 retired. 311 wins, mostly for Met teams that couldn’t hit a lick.

A 2.86 ERA. 3 Cy Young Awards. 311 wins, over 3000 Ks.

He also pitched for the Reds, White Sox (for whom he beat the Yanks for his 300th career victory on the same day that the Yanks retired #10 for Phil Rizzuto) and Red Sox.

For five years, 1989-1993, he was a broadcaster for the Yankees for WPIX. Unfortunately, those teams were awful, but Seaver’s interaction with Rizzuto was quite pleasing and hilarious at times. He, Rizzuto and Bobby Murcer made a good team.

God bless “Tom Terrific” and his family at this difficult time.

S.T. Game 10. Yanks win but now have worries about Severino.

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The Yanks beat the Braves 5-1 today to go to 5-4-1 on the spring but the game is of secondary importance.

In the game, Aaron Judge had a double and a 3-run HR.

But Luis Severino was supposed to start and did not, because of problems with his throwing shoulder. An MRI showed inflammation in the rotator cuff, (thankfully nothing worse) and Seve will be shut down for two weeks, given an injection, and also anti-inflammatory medication.

It also means that he is 99.9999999999% out as far as starting Opening Day.

Worrisome news, indeed. Thank goodness not worse, but the concern is there.

If the news WAS worse, Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez are free agents but you know the asking price would then go up.

Tarpley 1 IP,  0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Happ  (w) 3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W. 0 K.
Cortes 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

CC Sabathia will be working for ESPN as his final year progresses. Expect to see some reports from him on SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight.

Former Yanks’ broadcaster Al Leiter will be working in the Mets’ front office. ESPN announcer Jessica Mendoza will also be a special advisor for the Mets as well as keeping her Sunday night baseball gig.

Mariano is unanimous! Joins Halladay, Edgar and Mussina in HOF class

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Mariano Rivera made history by becoming the first player unanimously elected by the writers to the baseball Hall of Fame.

Should others have been unanimous before? Sure. But what an honor.

The writers also elected the late Roy Halladay, along with Edgar Martinez and Mike Mussina.

The vote: You needed 75.0% or more. Mussina barely snuck in by seven votes. Under 5% and you are off the ballot. Fortunately, Andy Pettitte stays on.

Mariano Rivera: 425 votes (100%) — 1st year on ballot
Roy Halladay: 363 (85.4%) — 1st
Edgar Martinez: 363 (85.4%) — 10th
Mike Mussina: 326 (76.7%) — 6th
Curt Schilling: 259 (60.9%) — 6th
Roger Clemens: 253 (59.5%) — 7th
Barry Bonds: 251 (59.1%) — 7th
Larry Walker: 232 (54.6%) — 9th
Omar Vizquel: 182 (42.8%) — 2nd
Fred McGriff: 169 (39.8%) — 10th
Manny Ramirez: 97 (22.8%) — 3rd
Jeff Kent: 77 (18.1%) — 6th
Billy Wagner: 71 (16.7%) — 4th
Todd Helton: 70 (16.5%) — 1st
Scott Rolen: 73 (17.2%) — 2nd
Gary Sheffield: 58 (13.6%) — 5th
Andy Pettitte: 42 (9.9%) — 1st
Sammy Sosa: 36 (8.5%) — 7th
Andruw Jones: 32 (7.5%) — 2nd

——————— Falling off the ballot are:

Michael Young: 9 (2.1%) — 1st
Lance Berkman: 5 (1.2%) — 1st
Miguel Tejada: 5 (1.2%) — 1st
Roy Oswalt: 4 (0.9) — 1st
Placido Polanco: 2 (0.5) — 1st
Rick Ankiel: 0 –1st
Jason Bay: 0 –1st
Freddy Garcia: 0 –1st
Jon Garland: 0 –1st
Travis Hafner: 0 –1st
Ted Lilly: 0 –1st
Derek Lowe: 0 –1st
Darren Oliver: 0 –1st
Juan Pierre: 0 –1st
Vernon Wells: 0 –1st

I’d like to know who the hell voted for Placido Polanco. Really? Turn in your credentials, please.

A brief summary of the four new Hall of Famers.

Rivera. A record 652 saves. 13x All Star. 5x WS Champ. 1999 WS MVP. 2003 ALCS MVP. Led the majors in saves 3x. 2.21 career ERA. Record 205 ERA+. Record 42 postseason saves. 8-1, with an amazing 0.70 ERA in the postseason, and that too, is a record for someone who threw an x amount (I believe it’s 30 or more) postseason innings. 1995-2013 NY Yankees. 6x CYA consideration, runnerup once. MVP consideration 9x, including two top-10 finishes.

Edgar Martinez. Probably the toughest batter Mariano ever faced. 1987-2004 Seattle Mariners. 7x All Star. 5x Silver Slugger. 2 batting titles. Mostly a DH. .312 career batting average. Led league in runs scored once, doubles twice. RBI once. 100 or more RBI in a season 6x. Hit .300 or better 10x. 309 career HR. 147 career OPS+. 5x MVP consideration, twice in the top 10. .266 in the postseason with 8 HR.

Halladay. 203 career wins. CYA in each league. 2x CYA winner, 2 more runnerup finishes. 8x All Star. Perfect game. Postseason no-hitter. 3x 20-game winner. 3.38 ERA. ERA+ 131. Led league in wins 2x, games started once. Complete games 7x. Shutouts 4x. Innings pitched 4x.  7x CYA consideration, 2x top-10 MVP. 3-2, 2.37 in the postseason. 1998-2009 Blue Jays, 2010-2013 Phillies. Killed piloting his plane at the age of 40 in November 2017. I would think he would enter the HOF as a Blue Jay, since he had much more time with them.

Mussina. 270 career wins. Orioles 1991-2000, Yankees 2001-2008. 20 game winner once, in his final season, when he also led the league in games started (He did that twice). 5x All Star. 7 Gold Gloves. Led league in wins once, winning % once. Shutouts once, innings pitched once. ERA+ of 123, ERA 3.68 pitching in the AL East in home parks that were home run havens. 9x CYA consideration, runnerup once. MVP consideration 3x. 7-8, 3.42 in the postseason. He has said that he can’t decide between the Orioles and Yankees and may go in with a blank cap out of respect for both franchises.

If I missed something on the four above, forgive me. Just a brief thumbnail highlight for each. Can’t write forever!

The HOF tracker got about 55% of the vote that was publicized. Of the 45% not publicized, those writers were tougher and numbers went down. They also weren’t as kind to the steroid guys like Clemens, Bonds and Manny Ramirez. The 55% publicized had Schilling, Clemens and Bonds around 72%. You can see they all wound up with about 59-60%. Larry Walker was around 65%, wound up with 54.6%. Numbers are usually lower than what the tracker shows, steroids or no steroids. Halladay and Martinez were running on the tracker at 94 and 90%, both got 85%. Mussina was running at 81% and made it by seven votes at the 76.7%.

Of course, Mo stayed consistent, getting every vote.

With Bonds and Clemens gaining little from last year, it appears that neither will get in via the writers, and the veterans committee of former players years down the road may be a tougher row to hoe because those players may have an even bigger axe to grind against players who cheated against them.

Now will Derek Jeter next year be the SECOND unanimously elected player?

In other news…. Al Leiter is leaving the YES network to spend more time with his family. He will still do work for the MLB network.

HOF ballots announced tomorrow.

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Just a reminder. The new HOF class selected by the writers will be announced tomorrow night at 6 PM.

 

 We know Mo is a certainty, Fingers crossed for Mussina, and also for Pettitte to stay on the ballot.

With 52.7% of the vote known (you need 75.0 or better to get in, and need 5% to stay on the ballot)

Mo 100%
Halladay 92.6%
Edgar Martinez 90.8%
Mussina 81.6%

Clemens 71%
Schilling and Bonds 70.5%
Walker 65.4$

Pettitte 6.9%

 

UPDATE: Wow. Just found out Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy only voted for ONE person.   Mo.

Gray deal to Reds finalized.

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The Yanks trade of Sonny Gray to the Reds is now finalized after Gray agreed to an extension with Cincinnati.

Gray and relief pitcher Reiver Sanmartin go to the Reds. The Yanks get the Reds #7 prospect, 2B/C Shed Long, and a competitive balance pick in the 2019 draft, someone between rounds 1 and 2.

Long won’t be Long with the Yankees, however. The NY Post states that the Yanks are flipping Long to the Mariners for minor league CF Josh Stowers, who was the Mariners’ 2nd round pick in 2018.

While Long would have had to be added to the 40-man roster, such is not the case with Stowers. (per MLB.com).

The trade(s) haven’t been confirmed as of yet, per MLB.com, but various sources now say it’s a done deal.

The Reds get Gray for $7.5MM this year (what he agreed to with the Yankees) and got a 3-yr. extension 2020-2022 for him for $30.5MM. There is a club option for 2023 for $12 MM.

Nice to get raises for a job not well done, right?

The trade reunites Gray with his pitching coach at Vanderbilt, Derek Johnson.

Ok, the particulars:

Gray, 29, RHP, was 11-9, 4.90 (ERA+ 89) for the Yanks in 2018. The problem was (30 games, 23 starts) he was 3.17 on the road, 6.98 at home. So there is hope for the Reds of a rebound. Maybe it was an “I cannot handle NY” kind of thing.

Gray was 4-7, 3.72 in 2017 after the Yanks acquired him in midseason. So his total time with the Yanks came out to 15-16, 4.51 (ERA+ 98, 100 being average).

He is 59-52, 3.66 (ERA+ 110) in his MLB career, which gives a 162 g. average of 13-12, 3.66. Going to a small market and to the NL could really help him. Gray was an All-Star and finished 3rd in the CYA voting in 2015.

Sanmartin 22, is a LHP who pitched in 4 levels in 2018, from Staten Island summer league right up to AA Trenton. His combined record was 5-7, 2.81 in 10 starts and 3 relief appearances. With Texas in 2017, in A ball, he was 7-2, 2.45 in 11 starts and 3 relief appearances.

Long is a lefty hitter, a 2B who has also caught some in the minors. He is 23 and in AA last year, hit .261-12-56 with 19 SB. In 2017, between High A and AA, he hit .281-16-50. Has a little pop for a 5’8″ 184 lb. guy.

Stowers turns 22 in February. A righty bat (I know, another RIGHTY bat, Yankees?) he played 58 games in low A in 2018, hitting .260-5-28 with 20 SB.