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Yankees in the WBC.

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I’ll admit, I don’t follow the WBC. This information comes from NJ.com.

Betances: Dominican Rep. 0-0, 0.00. 3 games. 2 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 2 K.

Gregorius: Netherlands. 8 for 23. .348. 4 doubles, 1 HR. 8 RBI. 5 games. Went 0 for 4 this morning vs. Cuba in Netherlands’ 14-1 win.

Clippard: USA. 1-0, 0.00. 2 games, 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 5 K.

Layne: Italy. 0-0, 0.00. 3 games, 3 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 4 K.

Solano: Colombia. 3 for 14, .267. 2 RBI in 3 games.

Gallegos: Mexico. 0-0, 4.50. 1 game. 2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 walk, 1 K,. Gave up HR.

In addition to them, 1B coach Tony Pena is managing the Dominican Republic, and third base coach Joe Espada is a coach for Puerto Rico.

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.

Marty Appel’s new book out: Casey Stengel, Baseball’s Greatest Character.

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I am so honored. Marty Appel, one-time PR director of the Yankees and who used to work in the commissioner’s office, just sent me a free copy of his new book, Casey Stengel: Baseball’s Greatest Character. I will gladly publicize and promote it in return.

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.

3 make Hall of Fame. Posada one and done.

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A few days ago, I wrote about how it was appearing that Jorge Posada would be one and done in the Hall of Fame balloting. Unfortunately, that came to pass as Posada only got 3.8% of the vote, short of the 5% needed to stay on the ballot for another year.

It amazes me how people like Posada, Bernie, Cone, Tino, Wells and O’Neill could fall off the ballot after only a year or two. I’m not saying they are Hall of Famers. I’m saying that I’m surprised they didn’t last longer on the ballot.

Here are the vote totals. 75% was needed for induction.

Some notes on some.

Jeff Bagwell, 381 votes, 86.2%
Tim Raines, 380 votes, 86.0%
Ivan Rodriguez, 336 votes, 76.0%
Trevor Hoffman, 327 votes, 74.0% Missed by 5 votes.
Vladimir Guerrero, 317 votes, 71.7% Just missed by 15 votes.
Edgar Martinez, 259 votes, 58.6%
Roger Clemens, 239 votes, 54.1% Picking up steam despite the PED allegations.
Barry Bonds, 238 votes, 53.8% See Clemens.
Mike Mussina, 229 votes, 51.8% Nice pickup in voting.
Curt Schilling, 199 votes, 45.0% Recent comments hurt him.
Lee Smith, 151 votes, 34.2%
Manny Ramirez, 105 votes, 23.8%
Larry Walker, 97 votes, 21.9%
Fred McGriff, 96 votes, 21.7% 493 HR, no steroids, no respect.
Jeff Kent, 74 votes, 16.7% One of best hitting 2B ever. 377 HR
Gary Sheffield, 59 votes, 13.3% 509 HR and ….
Billy Wagner, 45 votes, 10.2% Probably better stats than Hoffman
Sammy Sosa, 38 votes, 8.6%

Jorge Posada, 17 votes, 3.8% Too bad off ballot so soon.
Magglio Ordonez, 3 votes, 0.7%
Edgar Renteria, 2 votes, 0.5%
Jason Varitek, 2 votes, 0.5%
Tim Wakefield, 1 vote,0.2%
Casey Blake, 0 votes, 0.0%
Pat Burrell, 0 votes, 0.0%
Orlando Cabrera, 0 votes, 0.0%
Mike Cameron, 0 votes, 0.0%
J.D. Drew, 0 votes, 0.0%
Carlos Guillen, 0 votes, 0.0%
Derrek Lee, 0 votes, 0.0%
Melvin Mora, 0 votes, 0.0%
Arthur Rhodes, 0 votes, 0.0%
Freddy Sanchez, 0 votes, 0.0%
Matt Stairs, 0 votes, 0.0%

So Raines gets in. Long overdue in my opinion. 2605 hits. 808 SB. .294. OPS+ 123. One of the best leadoff hitters ever. 1979-2002. Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Expos again, Orioles and Marlins. Member of 1996 and 1998 Yankees, albeit as a part-timer then. 7x all star. 3x top 10 in MVP voting. Runnerup for 1981 ROY. Led league in runs scored 2x, batting average once, SB 4x. Doubles once. 162 g. average .294-11-63 with 52 SB.

Bagwell 1991-2005, all with Houston. 449 HR. .297. OPS+ 149 which is outstanding. ROY 1991. MVP 1994. Top 10 in MVP 5x, runnerup in 1999. 4x All Star. Led league in runs scored 3x, doubles once, RBI once. 100 or more RBI 8x, led league once, averaged 106 walks/yr. For a 1B, 202 steals, did 30/30 twice. Led league in walks once. Avg. `162 g. .297-34-115, 15 SB.

Rodriguez 1991-2011. Rangers, Tigers, Yankees (where he was lousy, just 3 RBI in 33 games) Astros, Rangers again, Nationals. 1999 MVP. 2844 hits. 14x All star. 13 Gold Gloves. 4x Top 10 MVP voting. For a catcher, 17 x had 100 or more games in a season. OPS+ 106. 162 g. ave: .296-20-85.

Ok. There are rumors about Bagwell and Rodriguez’ PED usage. Sosa didn’t pick up ground, but Bonds and Clemens did. Manny Ramirez came in low despite his 555 HR because of his two suspensions for PED usage. Where these voters stand on PED usage is anyone’s guess.

As for next year’s newcomers to the ballot, I expect Chipper Jones and Jim Thome to get in, and Andruw Jones to miss out.

Arizona Fall League; WS starts tonight

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Scottsdale lost last night last 12-4. They are 3-9. Here is how Yankees’ prospects did:

Greg Bird, DH: 2 for 5, scored 1 run, triple, 3 RBI, strikeout. .258

Miguel Andujar, 3B: 0 for 3, RBI, strikeout. .346

James Kaprielian P: took the Loss. 3 1/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 walks, 3 K. (0-1, 4.82)

The World Series is scheduled to begin in Cleveland tonight

Yankee Stadium will be undergoing changes next year.

From the NY Daily News (edited down):

….adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week with the anticipated debut coming prior to the start of the 2017 season.

Among the enhancements will be the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse, the first-ever children’s zone at the ballpark. Shaped like a mini-baseball field with a soft, artificial surface, the 2,850-square-foot area will be located on the 300 level in right field, outfitted with oversized baseballs, bases and baseball cards as well as a six-foot-high replica World Series trophy.

The team is also adding a MasterCard Batter’s Eye Deck located on the 200 level in center field, Bullpen Landings on the 100 level in left and right field, an AT&T Sports Lounge featuring DirecTV service in Section 134 and Budweiser Party Decks in Sections 311 and 328 featuring shaded stand-alone bar areas.

As a result of the enhancements, the Yankees are removing just under 2,100 seats, including 1,100 obstructed-view bleacher seats and approximately 600 Terrace level seats.

According to the team, once the enhancements are complete, more than 200,000 additional tickets priced $15 or less will be made available for the 2017 regular season.

 

Game 154. 0-ffensive. Yanks blanked for third straight game.

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You can’t win if you don’t score. For the third consecutive game, the Yanks were shut out as they lost to Toronto 3-0.

Lately, Joe Girardi’s bullpen moves have been questioned, leading Girardi to become very testy lately in his dealings with the media. Even when he appears to make the right move, as yesterday, it doesn’t work out.

CC Sabathia pitched his heart out, pitching seven shutout innings,  but was pulled for Tyler Clippard in the eighth. Clippard gave up a two-out, three-run HR to Jose Bautista to lose the game.

The Yanks managed only three hits all game. With injuries to Headley, Teixeira, Castro …. and the youngsters now on the team, the lineup lately has looked like a spring training lineup.

I worked all day yesterday, but did hear one thing on the radio on the way home. At one point in the game, Gardner was on first base. Gardner has 16 SB this season. This from a guy who led the league a few years ago. A guy who stole 49 and 47 not long ago. In other words, Gardner isn’t running enough. He should have at least twice as many steals as he has now (that goes for Ellsbury too, who has just 18). Sterling and Waldman mentioned that he doesn’t run enough, then wondered how, when he finally decides to try and steal, he tried to do so on an 0-2 pitch with two out—-the easiest pitch for the other team to pitch out on. Sure enough, Toronto pitched out and Gardner was out. Sigh.

The loss drops the Yanks to 79-75. They are 4 1/2 games out of the final wild card spot with just 8 games to go. Their tragic # is 4.

They need to go 3-5 in the last 8 games to avoid a non-winning season, which would be their first since 1992. Even at that, they have to go 5-3 even to match their worst season since 1992 (which was 2014 at 84-78). Those 8 games are against the three teams ahead of them, Toronto, Boston and Baltimore. Not only that, Tanaka, who will miss his next start, may miss the other one as well.

Sabathia 7 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 2 K. 4.02
Clippard (L, 3-5, 3.60 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 walks, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.