Category Archives: Mike’s Musings

Jimmy Wynn, the “Toy Cannon”, dies at 78. Long Time Astro was briefly a Yankee in 1977.

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Jimmy Wynn, one of the Houston Astros’ (1963-1973) first stars (and they were called the Colt .45s in 1963-1964), and who later played for Los Angeles Dodgers (1974-1975), Atlanta Braves (1976), New York Yankees (1977) and Milwaukee Brewers (1977), has died at the age of 78.

Wynn was a 3x All-Star who got MVP consideration 3x, finishing 5th in the voting in 1974, when the Dodgers won the pennant (teammate Steve Garvey was the MVP).

Small but powerful, he led the majors in walks twice.

He hit 30 or more HR in a season 3x, twice with the Astros, despite playing in the Astrodome—a pitcher’s ballpark. He drove in 100 or more runs twice.

Besides power, Wynn also had speed, stealing 43 bases in 1965.

Wynn was mostly a CF, and on baseball-reference.com, JAWS has him ranked as the 17th best CF of all-time.

He hit .250 hit 291 HR and 225 SB. His 162 g. average was .250-25-81 with 19 SB.
OPS+ 129.

He only played in 30 games for the Yankees in 1977. Despite a HR on Opening Day, he went just 11 for 77 (.143) and was released in July so he had no big part in the Yanks’ WS title that year.

In his only postseason with the 1974 Dodgers, he was 2 for 10 (both doubles) and had 2 RBI in the NLCS vs. the Pirates, and was 3 for 16 with a double, a HR and 2 RBI in the WS against the A’s.

 

 

 

 

Despite the shutdown, a few moves.

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Despite the shutdown of baseball (and everything) because of the coronavirus, the Yankees did make a few moves on what was supposed to be Opening Day.

  • Optioned INF Thairo Estrada, RHP Ben Heller and RHP Michael King to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • Optioned RHP Deivi García to Double-A Trenton.

Makes you wonder if the season DID start today, would Loaisiga have been the #5 behind Cole, Tanaka, Happ, and Montgomery?

Hicks to start throwing program.

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Aaron Hicks, who had TJ surgery on his throwing elbow after last offseason, has been cleared to start a throwing program.

So if baseball does come back this year after this pandemic, maybe he won’t miss too much of the season.

And neither may others, like Stanton and Paxton. Maybe Judge, too.

Today was supposed to be Opening Day.

Until this unfortunate and dire situation resolves itself, stay safe all!

MLB suspension also pushes back German return.

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If you are wondering what the suspension of spring training and the postponement and delay of Opening Day means for Domingo German and his return to the Yankees, think no further.

It pushes it back.

German wasn’t suspended for a certain time, but for a certain amount of GAMES. So his suspension resumes whenever the games resume.

Originally considered a candidate for a June return, now, depending on when MLB does kick in, he may not be back until August.

And with the changes to MLB as far as the rosters (no increase from 25 to 40 in September, but only from 26 to 28), if this delay pushes him into September, then there could be a chance he doesn’t come back at all this year.

He’s not eligible until the Yankees’ 64th game of 2020, but who knows now when that 64th game will take place?

That 64th game was originally supposed to be June 5th. Now?


This pandemic / national emergency does give some players like Judge, Stanton and Paxton time to heal without missing games. So there is that. A silver lining.

But we wish the black cloud never would have appeared.


As expected the minors followed MLB’s lead. Minor league baseball postponed for the time being as well.

Yanks to stay in Tampa during shutdown.

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From MLB.com:

TAMPA, Fla. — The Yankees’ players voted unanimously to remain in Florida and hold informal workouts at the George M. Steinbrenner Field complex while awaiting Major League Baseball’s decision regarding the resumption of play, according to player representative Zack Britton.

That vote was held on Friday at Steinbrenner Field, following general manager Brian Cashman’s participation on a conference call with all 30 GMs. Players had the choice of returning home or to their home Major League cities, but the Yanks have decided that they will stick out the coronavirus shutdown as a team.

“We have a great group of guys,” Britton told MLB.com. “Hopefully, we’ll have a shot at a World Series title. We want to be prepared to seize that opportunity. Guys aren’t panicking about this thing; we understand that it’s serious, but the Yankees have a ton of resources in the area. We feel like this is a good place for us to be.”

Britton said the team would hold its first workout on Saturday. Activities will include hitting in the indoor batting cages, throwing from the bullpen mounds and strength work in the gymnasium.

“[Managing general partner] Hal Steinbrenner spoke with us and made it known that the facilities were available for us to use if guys wanted to stay down,” Britton said. “Guys had the option of going to New York or going home. It’s still technically Spring Training on our contracts, so we took a vote. There’s a lot of unknowns, so the guys wanted to stay at the Spring Training site and work out to be ready for the season, whenever it starts.”

Meanwhile, as expected, the minor leagues followed suit, suspending everything for now and delaying the start of their seasons also.

S.T. Game 20. Yanks fall, 3-1. Bats remain silent.

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So far this spring training, the Yankees bats have been silent. Today they only got four hits in a 3-1 loss that dropped their spring training record to 10-8-2.

Concerns: Tauchman .045; Wade .071.

Pitching line:

Deivi Garcia (L, 0-2) 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K    7.36
Cessa 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K   2.89. Great job by Cessa today.
Avilan 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  3.18

Zack Britton has a bruised right (non-throwing) wrist after being struck by a line drive off the bat of Erik Kratz in batting practice today.


 

 

S.T. Game 19. Late HR beats Yanks, 4-2. Sanchez has the flu.

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First a sore back, now the flu, will keep Gary Sanchez down a while.

Gerrit Cole and Jordan Montgomery both pitched well, but a 2-run HR in the top of the ninth off of Ben Heller beat the Yanks (10-7-2) 4-2.

Concerns: The Yanks really haven’t hit yet. Also, Gleyber Torres made his fifth error of the spring.

Good points: Pitching. Kyle Higashioka hit a HR, his 3rd of spring training.

Cole 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K.  7.00
Otero 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K.  3.86
Montgomery 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.   4.09
Heller (L, 0-1) 2/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.  27.00  Gave up a 2-run HR.
Wivinis 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.  0.00

 

An Aside: Last I saw, Didi Gregorius was 0 for 22 for the Phils so far this spring.