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Less than a month ago, former Red Sox 2B and long-time broadcaster Jerry Remy, who was battling lung cancer for a decade, threw out the first ball at Fenway Park before the wild card game between the Red Sox and Yankees.
Remy lost his battle with cancer, passing away about a week before he would have turned 69.
Remy played for the Angels (1975-1977) and Red Sox (1978-1984). He was an All-Star in 1978. He stole 30 or more bases each year from 1975-1978.
In the bottom of the ninth of the “Bucky Dent” game, game 163 of the 1978 season that decided the AL East, Remy was the one who hit the single that Lou Piniella briefly lost in the sun but then recovered to keep Rick Burleson from advancing to third.
Injuries limited him after 1978. His 162 game average was .275-1-46, 29 SB, OPS+ 82. He hit just 7 MLB HR, none after 1978.
After his career was over, he broadcast Red Sox games for many years.
They only got to the postseason (barely, by one game, and a 1-0 win on the last day of the season) on their pitching. The ERA of 3.74 was third in the league. ERA+ 115. 15% above league average. And that was mostly on the bullpen. Starters don’t go deep in games anymore. The starters weren’t bad, but only Cole, of the starters, won more than 10 games.
Players were out of position, hurting the defense. Odor paying 3B. Torres proved he isn’t a SS. LeMahieu’s best position is 2B, but then what to do with Torres? Move him to 2B, then LeMahieu went to 3B and Gio to SS–not their best natural positions. The infield must be sorted out. And I didn’t mention the defense or lack of it at catcher.
We’ll get to the positions in another post.
Hal Steinbrenner. Is he involved? How much so. I know not in the open like his father was, but behind the scenes he better be steaming. How committed is he to changing this team around? He couldn’t be pleased at how this team underperformed. One postseason game, and not even at home. How committed to the salary cap as opposed to improving the team? Yes, you have to budget, but is the budget or the quality of the team the higher priority? Or the YES network?
Cashman. I don’t feel he’s going anywhere. He’s like Tom Hagen in the Godfather—the Corleone’s adopted son (saw that somewhere, nice analogy). Only he’s Cashman and they are the Steinbrenners. But the way the pieces of this team didn’t fit, like trying to match puzzle pieces from a couple of DIFFERENT jigsaw puzzles, wasn’t good. That falls on Cashman. And some deals? Andrew Heaney? Yikes. Some were steals (Holmes) but others … ugh. But I don’t think he is going anywhere.
Boone. If he goes, he goes, I’m kind of neutral there. But I do ask. When the Yanks play Tampa Bay or Boston, do you get the feeling Boone is being outmanaged by Cash or Cora? If that answer is yes, then there is a problem. Say what you will about Billy Martin, but you never felt as if Billy was outmanaged by Earl Weaver or Whitey Herzog. You felt you were even, at least. Do you feel the same way about Boone? I don’t know why he just didn’t put Gardner in the leadoff spot for the wild card game (not that it would have helped, Gardner was 0 for 3 with 3 K) but Gardner led off a lot in his career. Batting Gardy 6th? Since when is Gardy a power hitter? Gallo 4th? Ugh. A .160 cleanup hitter. I know with some injuries, esp. to guys like Voit and LeMahieu, that Boone was limited. Also, in Fenway. Green Monster. Play Stanton in LF, Gallo in RF, Judge in CF and DH Sanchez? Yeah, Sanchez may not have done much. But the lineup that went against Boston begged for a low-scoring game. Higashioka and Velazquez in the lineup, Gardy hitting sixth. That low-scoring game is something Cole didn’t give them. If the Yanks made a change, I’d like John Flaherty. Follows and knows the team by broadcasting on YES. Former catcher. Can handle the pitching staff, not to mention the catchers. No, I don’t think Buck Showalter, Willie Randolph, Don Mattingly would be available. Maybe Espada. I’d like Flaherty, which leads me to this…
Some guys are in the broadcast booth (nice, cushy job) when they should be in uniform as coaches. Based on what the hitting was this year, the hitting coaches, Marcus Thames and P.J. Pillitere, should go. I’d love to see Paul O’Neill as hitting coach rather than broadcaster, David Cone as pitching coach (more in a moment) than broadcaster, and Flaherty as manager than as broadcaster. What’s the priority here, Hal? Ratings by having these guys broadcast or wins by having these guys coach and manage? Besides O’Neill, I’d love Matsui as hitting coach. At least those guys didn’t try to pull the ball all the time.
I think Blake was fine as pitching coach. I do not mind him staying. 3rd in league in ERA. if not him, then I would have liked Cone. Sometimes old school works. Stop it with the all the analytics already. Use analytics as an aid, not a crutch.
The bullpen was fine. Harkey. Ok there. Lots of times the best part of the team. Getting back to Cashman, I do wonder why he let Luis Cessa go (Cessa 53 games NYY/Cincy, 2.51 ERA).
Now 3B coach? Nevin got what, 23 guys thrown out at home this year? Friendship be damned, Nevin has to go. The baserunning all year was poor.
Summary: I think Cashman and Boone are staying. I am neutral on Boone, but if he goes, I have my choice as manager: Flaherty. (Update: In the past there were talks about Raul Ibanez? And if Cora can come back from “purgatory”, could the same be said for Carlos Beltran?)
But the coaching staff has to be reconfigured. Especially hitting and 3B coach.
Cashman and Hal have to be busy this offseason blowing up the team.
Next: Catcher and infield. Hint: That has to be reconfigured.
Feel free to comment with your thoughts and what you would like done.
The Yanks almost scored in the top of the second, when Gary Sanchez was robbed of a two-run HR by Orioles’ CF Cedric Mullens. Sanchez would be robbed of another hit later in the game.
They did score in the top of the third, when Gardner led off the inning with a single and Gio Urshela followed with a 2-run HR (12).
Yankees’ starter Nestor Cortes was “Nasty Nestor”, shutting out Baltimore until giving up a solo HR in the sixth. He struck out 11.
The Yanks took that 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but the Orioles got a leadoff single, then a groundout where the runner moved up. Gleyber Torres at second couldn’t start a DP (he’s been shaky defensively—on the radio Sterling and Waldman lamented that the DP wasn’t made) and it came back to hurt. A WP moved the runner to third, then a strikeout. With two out, and on an 0-2 pitch, Chad Green gave up a 2-run HR and the Orioles were up 3-2. Green, unfortunately, hasn’t been too reliable lately. It was the 14th HR Green has given up this season, and it was reported that it was the 8th HR allowed in the 7th inning or later by Green that either tied the game or gave the other team the lead. That’s the most in MLB. He had just given up the GW HR to Lindor and the Mets on Sunday night.
The Yanks miss the injured Loaisiga. (Not to mention Britton if he were healthy, O’Day, and they shouldn’t have traded Cessa).
It was a gut-punch that could have really dealt the Yanks a huge blow in this playoff race. They were now down to the ninth inning, and already knew they had to comeback to keep pace with Toronto and Boston, both who had already won.
Luke Voit led off the top of the ninth by drawing a walk. Tyler Wade PR for him. Gleyber Torres singled Wade to second. After a flyout, a double steal which proved huge. It enabled the Yanks to stay out of a game-ending DP and also forced Baltimore to bring the infield in. Gardner blooped a single over the drawn-in infield to score both runners and give the Yanks a 4-3 lead. The Yanks put another runner on, but couldn’t push another run across.
Aroldis Chapman closed out the game quite easily in the bottom of the ninth.
The Yanks kept pace, thanks to Gardner.
Torres 2 hits
Gardner 3 hits, 2 RBI, GW hit
Urshela 2-run HR (12)
Cortes 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 11 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.60 (What a revelation and savior he has been)
Green (BS, 6) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.46
Peralta (W, 5-3) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86 (Combined SF/NYY)
Chapman (S, 27) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.58