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3 make Hall of Fame. Posada one and done.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

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.

 

Game 148. Lost Weekend.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

It’s been a lost weekend for the Yankees, who lost their fourth in a row—the last three to Boston— on Saturday afternoon. The score was 6-5.

With 14 games left, the Yanks are 7 out for the division and 4 out of a playoff spot. They’d need to jump 4 teams to make the playoffs. The numbers and time left are not on their side.

Once again, the Yanks got off to a lead, and couldn’t hold it. Once again a starter couldn’t go deep into the game and the middle relief couldn’t shut down Boston.

Once again, Joe Girardi pulled Tommy Layne after Layne faced one batter and did his job, only to have the pitcher following Layne give up runs.

I like Girardi. But his penchant for the binder is killing him (and us fans) this week.The NY Post has (rightfully so, in my opinion) been questioning his moves, particularly as regards Layne, who has been pitching well, but who Girardi keeps pulling out after just one batter.

Show some confidence in him, Joe. If he is doing well, leave him in there.

Also, add the squeeze bunt to your repertoire.

Lastly, injuries struck again. This time it is Castro and Ellsbury. The Yanks are literally limping to the finish line.

The Yanks got off to a 3-0 lead in the third on an RBI triple by Gardner and a 2-run HR by Sanchez (15).

Boston got two back in the bottom of the inning.

Austin Romine doubled in two in the fourth to make it 5-2. The Yanks couldn’t score after that.

Xander Bogaerts homered in the fifth to cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-4.

The Red Sox won the game in the seventh by scoring two runs. Mookie Betts singled to tie it and the winning run scored on a WP by Adam Warren. Boston almost scored an insurance run on the same play when a disgusted Romine pulled a rock, forgot about the runner on second (the runner that was on third scored) and had to scramble back to the plate to tag him out just in time.

Sheesh.

Mitchell 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 3 earned, 5 H, 1 walk, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.75.
Severino 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 3 walks, 1 K. 6.00
Layne (H, 11) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 3.35. (Bos/NYY)
  Layne faced one batter, got him out. Threw just two pitches.  LEAVE HIM IN, JOE!
Warren (BS, 3; L, 6-4, 4.85; Cubs/NYY)   1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 1 K.

 

Game 147. Yanks lose 3rd in a row, 7-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost their 3rd game in a row, 7-4, to Boston on Friday night. The loss drops them to 77-70.

With 15 games to go, they are 6 out of the division lead and 4 out of a wild card spot. They have to top 4 teams to get that last playoff spot. Things look very bleak. They most likely have to go on a 12-3 or 13-2 run to pull it off.

Boston got two runs right away in the first inning off of Yankees starter Luis Cessa on RBIs by David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez. They added another in the fourth when Ramirez, who hit a 3-run walkoff HR on Thursday night, hit a solo HR to just about the same spot.

They Yanks got 2 runs back in the fifth on a 2-run double by Gary Sanchez.

Middle relief failed the Yanks.Instead of keeping the game close, they gave up 2 runs to Boston in the sixth and two more in the seventh. 7-2 Red Sox. Michael Kay, on TV, was questioning the use of some pitchers in a big game that had been in the minors all year and who had little MLB experience.

Maybe other, more experienced, guys were just burned out. Who knows.

Billy Butler hit his first Yankees HR in the ninth (fifth total for the year) to make it 7-4.It was a PH, 2-run shot.

 

Cessa (L, 4-2, 4.44) 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Pazos 0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 18.00  Faced one batter, gave up a hit.
Holder 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 6.75
Shreve 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.34 Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.59
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40

 

 

Game 120. Sanchez HRs again, but Yanks lose 7-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez homered again (5) but the Yanks lost Wednesday afternoon to Toronto, 7-4. They are off Thursday and now head out to the West Coast.

The Yanks fall to 61-59.

CC Sabathia struck out 12, but gave up all 7 runs.

CC gave up 3 runs in the second. Sanchez cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the second, and a HR by Starlin Castro in the fourth (15) cut it to 3-2.

But CC gave up 4 runs in the fifth, and that doomed the Yanks. Melvin Upton hit a 3-run HR for the Blue Jays.

Chase Headley’s 11th HR of the year made it 7-3 in the sixth, and Aaron Judge’s RBI single in the eighth made it the final margin of 7-4.

Sanchez and Judge were moved up in the lineup after their impressive beginnings. Sanchez hit cleanup with Judge fifth.

It looks like Sanchez has already supplanted Brian McCann as the catcher. McCann does have 2 years and $34MM left on his deal. When asked about it, McCann was quiet for a while, but then stated that Sanchez was a stud who will be an All-Star for years to come, and who was the best young catcher he has seen since coming to the majors. Nice praise. I also heard John Flaherty of YES, a former catcher himself, praise Sanchez.

What this means for McCann going forward, who knows? Talks between the Braves and Yanks regarding a possible trade fell though. Will Sanchez be the regular catcher in 2017? Will McCann be the DH in 2017? Do the Yanks think Sanchez and Romine is a good enough catching tandem to trade McCann, probably for pitching (especially with Eovaldi out all next year)? Time will tell, but this will be an interesting watch.

As for free agency in the off season, don’t expect much. There is not a good list of free agents out there to sign.

Chasen Shreve was sent down for Kirby Yates.

Sabathia (L, 7-10, 4.49) 6 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 walk, 12 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 5.52
Layne 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 2 K. 3.82 (Bos/NYY)
Swarzak 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk 1 K. 6.00.

Combined, the Yanks struck out 16 Blue Jays in the loss.

The Minors. Enns good again.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB split a DH.

In the regularly scheduled game, SWB won 2-1 in 8 innings (both games of a DH scheduled for 7). Dietrich Enns probably isn’t on the 40 man roster, and I don’t know what move the Yanks may need to make to get him on it, but I hope they do and soon. I don’t know why the NY media, be it print, TV or radio, isn’t mentioning him. The 25 year old lefty pitched 5 1/3  innings last night and gave up 1 run.  Between AA and AAA this year, he is 13-4, 1.62. How could he be better? What does he need to do for a callup? I’d like to see him get a shot. He got a ND. Johnny Barbato 2 2/3 for the win. Mason Williams 2 hits.

SWB lost 3-2 in an 8-inning game. This was a makeup of a game rained out on May 29th. Donovan Solano 2 hits, rbi. Clint Frazier 2 hits. Jake Cave 2 hits.

AA: Trenton was off.

High A: Tampa won 2-1. Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston off.