Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

Roberts to become Dodger mgr.


In 2004, Dave Roberts pinch-ran, stole second (barely) and sparked the Red Sox comeback from down 3-0 and three outs from being swept to overcoming that deficit and breaking the “Curse of the Bambino.” Those 2004 Red Sox came back from 0-3 down to beat the Yanks in the 2004 ALCS and went on the sweep the World Series. It was the Red Sox’ first WS title in 86 years.

It is being reported that Roberts will become the next manager of the Dodgers, replacing Don Mattingly, who left by mutual agreement. Mattingly is now the new manager of the Marlins.

Roberts becomes the first colored manager in Dodgers history.

Surprise, the AFL team that had Yankees prospects on it, lost the Arizona Fall League Championship a few days ago. Although catcher Gary Sanchez played well in the league and was considered, he was not named the AFL MVP.

Harkey back as bullpen coach


Mike Harkey is back as the Yankees bullpen coach as the Yanks are bringing back almost all of their coaches. The only other change was at hitting coach, reported earlier.

Yogi Berra and Willie Mays are two of the newest recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. It’s too bad Yogi died before he could receive the award.

The Rookies of the Year were named: Kris Bryant of the Cubs and Carlos Correa of Houston.

Brett Gardner may or may not be still on the trading block, but one possible suitor (Seattle) may be out after the Mariners made a deal with Texas for Leonys Martin.

The managers of the year will be announced tonight.

Boston makes splash, and a strange play.

The Red Sox made a huge splash, trading four prospects to SD for Craig Kimbrel. It sets up an interesting back end of the bullpen for them.

Meanwhile, a strange ending to an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday night. After a tenth-inning double, an appeal was made, stating that the runner missed first. The pitcher threw the ball over the first baseman’s head into the camera well for two bases—and the winning run.

McCann wins Silver Slugger Award


Well, one Yankee won a postseason award.

After getting shut out for Gold Glove winners, the Yankees’ Brian McCann nabbed a Silver Slugger Award for the best hitting catcher in the AL for 2015.

McCann hit just .232, but had 26 HR and 94 RBI. OPS+107.

The workload may have taken a toll in September, however. In the last 23 games that McCann played in the regular season, he hit .167 with just one extra-base hit, dropping that batting average from .245 to .232.  The Yanks will have to try to keep him fresh for down the stretch in September 2016.

Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Fielder, Harvey, comeback players of the year.

Prince Fielder and Matt Harvey were named Comeback Players of the Year.

Mark Teixeira and A-Rod were candidates. I would think that the voters, in A-Rod’s instance, would have preferred to vote for someone coming off injury rather than a suspension for steroid usage.

Recent passings:

Norm Siebern, a backup OF for the Yanks in 1956 and regular OF for the Yanks in 1958 and 1959. He was a 3x All-Star for the KC A’s and Baltimore Orioles, and finished 7th in the 1962 MVP voting. He hit .300 and won a Gold Glove for the 1958 WS Champion Yankees.

John Tsitouris, a pitcher for the early-60’s Reds.

Eddie Milner, OF for the 1980s Reds.

Garry Hancock, OF for the early 1980s Red Sox.  (Rookie in 1978).

Baker, not Black, gets Nats manager job

It was being reported last week, and I copied, that Bud Black would become the Nationals’ new manager.


It’s Dusty Baker instead.

Apparently negotiations with Black fell through, and Baker is now the choice.