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S.T. Game 7. Deja Vu all over again. Yanks fall 1-0.

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Just like yesterday, the Yanks lost 1-0 in their spring training game today. Deja Vu all over again, as Yogi might have said. The loss drops the Yanks to 2-5 in spring training play.

The Yanks actually no-hit Donnie Mattingly’s Marlins for 6 2/3 innings, and gave up just two hits in the game.

The Yanks themselves managed just five hits, two by Aaron Hicks. Hicks and Rob Refsnyder had doubles.

The story today was CC Sabathia, for many reasons. CC hasn’t had a good season since 2012, and he turns 36 this year. He did pitch well once he tried a new knee brace late last season.

So it was interesting to see how he did today. Could he somehow get back to being the old CC, or would he be an “old” CC? How would he do with that brace?

Also, how is he OFF the field? For CC had to leave the Yankees right before the wild card playoff game last year (which the Yanks lost, 3-0) to check himself into a rehab clinic due to his alcoholism.

This was CC’s first appearance in any kind of game since checking himself into rehab.

It would be great to see CC get back to what he once was. Today was a good start.

More importantly, it is important for him to get his life back on track off the field.

Here is rooting for him on both accounts.

Today’s pitching line:

Sabathia 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Cessa 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Olson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.
Rumbelow (L) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Shreve 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K.

 

Chapman gets 30 game suspension

Yankees’ closer Aroldis Chapman got a 30 game suspension from MLB for a domestic violence incident which occurred last offseason before the Yanks traded for him.

He should be able to return on May 9 vs. KC.

Chapman would still be able to participate in spring training and spring training games, and since the suspension is less than 45 games, would be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

The Yanks had a team bonding event today. They begin spring training games tomorrow (Wednesday) with a game vs. Detroit. Luis Severino will start and is expected to pitch two innings.

Opening Day thoughts.

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After a quiet Yankees’ off season (which is why there hasn’t been many postings), things should heat up later this week when pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

About the only news right now would be if the Yanks sign someone like Ike Davis to play 1B down in SWB and be on call if Teix is hurt. This because Greg Bird is out for the year.

Questions remain about Tanaka’s readiness for Opening Day. He had surgery to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow in the off season. But that made me wonder about the Opening Day lineup, and not just who may pitch on that day.

Usually, the Yanks’ lineup would look something like this in 2016:

Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran RF
Teixeira 1B
A-Rod DH
McCann C
Headley 3B
Castro 2B
Gregorius SS

But the Yanks will be facing Houston on Opening Day—the same team and pitcher who beat them in the Wild Card game last October. That pitcher was lefty Dallas Keuchel, who won last year’s CYA.

So on Opening Day do the Yanks have two lefty hitters at the top of the lineup? Or do they sit one of them and play Aaron Hicks instead of Ellsbury or Gardner?

Do they go with Gary Sanchez at catcher instead of McCann?

Of course, injuries in spring training may make this a moot point.

Super Bowl 50 won’t go down as the most exciting or better of the 50 so far, but may be remembered as Peyton Manning’s last rodeo. We’ll see if he retires.

Jennry Mejia of the Mets must be a special kind of stupid. For the THIRD time in a year and a half, he failed a PED test, earning him a permanent suspension from MLB. Even if he applies for and is granted reinstatement, he would not be pitching in the majors again until 2018.

 

Irvin, NFL news….

Hall 0f Famer Monte Irvin passed away at the age of 96. Irvin couldn’t break into the majors until the age of 30 in 1949 but was, for a while, considered to maybe be what Jackie Robinson was—the man to break the color barrier.

Because of his late start, most of Irvin’s accomplishments came in the Negro Leagues, but in 1951, Irvin finished 3rd in the MVP balloting after a season where he hit .312-24-121 (leading the NL in RBI) and helped to lead the NY Giants to their improbable come from behind pennant.

Irvin had an excellent WS against the Yanks in the Giants’ loss to the Bronx Bombers. He went 11 for 24 (.458) with two RBI and even stole home in Game 1.

He was an All-Star for the only time in 1952 and finished 31st in MVP voting despite playing just 46 games because of a broken ankle.

He hit .329-21-97 in 1953, finishing 15th in the MVP voting and was a member of the 1954 WS Champion NY Giants, going 2 for 9 in that WS—the last WS Champion NY Giant team.

He played for the Giants from 1949-1955 and finished his career with the Cubs in 1956.  He hit .293 with an OPS+ of  125 in his shortened career.

After his career ended, Irvin worked in baseball for many years in the commissioners’ office.

Big news in the NFL. The St. Louis Rams are headed backed to LA, where they played from 1946-1994 (winning the NFL title in 1951 and losing Super Bowl XIV), and the San Diego Chargers may follow. The Chargers started out in the AFL in Los Angeles, playing there in 1960 before moving to San Diego. The 1960 Los Angeles Chargers lost the AFL title game to the Houston Oilers, 24-16.

The Rams are moving to LA next year, to play in the LA Coliseum. A new stadium is expected to be ready for 2019. I don’t know where they would play in 2017 and 2018, I’ll have to check.  The Chargers may move in 2017, if a lease agreement can be worked out with the Rams. If one can’t be worked out, then the Raiders may move from Oakland to LA, where they played from 1982-1994, winning Super Bowl XVIII.

Meanwhile, the playoffs are going on, and last week saw a couple of doozies. KC beat Houston 30-0 and Green Bay knocked out Washington 35-18 but it was the other two, the way they finished, that was shocking.

Minnesota missed a chippy 27 yd. FG at the end of the game to lose 10-9 to Seattle. The game was played in sub-zero degree weather.

Pittsburgh blew a 15-0 lead they had entering the fourth quarter, and had their QB hurt. They had to go with their 3rd and 4th string RBs in the game. With 1:50 left, Cincinnati, who had not won a playoff game since 1990, took a 16-15 lead. Pittsburgh’s backup QB threw a pick, and Cincy had the ball in Steelers’ territory, only to fumble the ball back with 1:23 left. Back onto the field came Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger, who was injured. We now know he suffered a sprained AC and torn ligaments in his throwing shoulder due to a sack and dirty play (knee to the shoulder after the sack) by a Cincy LB. He couldn’t throw long but got the ball to midfield with 22 seconds left. Then Cincy got called for back to back 15 yd. personal foul penalties, one on a dirty hit by the same LB, to move the ball forward 30 yards and Pittsburgh hit the 35 yd. FG to win the game 18-16.

The behavior of both teams in the game as well as fans was disgraceful (and I am saying that as a Steelers fan who is happy Pittsburgh won, but who is not happy with the actions of coaches Munchak and Porter, even though what Porter did may have affected the outcome of the game).

So Pittsburgh at Denver in the next round, but with a RB (Williams), QB (Big Ben) and WR (Brown) all questionable.

KC at New England. Seattle at 15-1 Carolina. Green Bay at Arizona.

Lastly a minor Yankees trade regarding minor leaguers. You can check it out here on Lohud’s link.

http://yankees.lhblogs.com/2016/01/12/yankees-fill-40-man-trade-lhp-tyler-olson-inf-ronald-torreyes/

 

 

Ex-Red Sox Star Malzone dead at 85.

Frank Malzone, who was an All-Star third baseman for seven seasons and a 3x Gold Glove winner for Boston in the late 1950’s/early 1960’s, died at the age of 85.

Malzone played for the Red Sox from 1955-1965 and for the California Angels in 1966. He finished runnerup for the ROY in 1957, when he finished 7th in the MVP voting.

He also received MVP consideration in 1958, 1959, and 1962.

His 162 g. average was .2744-15-82 with an OPS+ of 92.

The Philadelphia Eagles let go of Chip Kelly. It’s hard enough to coach in the NFL. Taking on more responsibilities, like GM and/or personnel decisions, was probably too much for him. My feeling is that he bit off more than he could chew in wanting total control.

As far as Chapman goes, we’ll have to wait and see about a possible suspension for the domestic issue. But the Yanks knew about that going into the deal.

Rose banishment sticks.

Commissioner Manfred today upheld the banishment on Pete Rose. Many may disagree, but I have one question for those people.

Have they ever read the Dowd report or are their opinions not based on the facts in the report, but on their own opinions?

I HAVE read the summary of the Dowd report, and there is no doubt in my mind that Rose’s banishment from baseball is deserved and should stick.

Another thing that grates on me are the people who call Rose the best hitter ever. Just because he has the most hits ever doesn’t make him the greatest hitter ever.

Really, would you take him over Ruth, Ted Williams, Mays, Aaron, Cobb, even steroid users like Barry Bonds? I wouldn’t.

Heck, Rose isn’t even the greatest switch-hitter ever. That would be Mickey Mantle.

This isn’t to knock Rose, a great player. But he isn’t the greatest hitter ever.

Those other guys didn’t get the hits Rose did because they drew many more walks—because they were FEARED more.

Rose was a great player. Greatest hitter ever? No. But also a player whose ego and transgressions sadly barred him from the game he was so great in…and deservedly so.

I  don’t have the time or place to chronicle each free agent signing, but Johnny Cueto goes to SF to team up with Samardzija and Bumgarner out there.

Lastly, a passing. Legendary NY Sportswriter Phil Pepe has died at the age of 80 from an apparent heart attack.

ALCS Set. Bad day for Texas, both teams lost. It’ll be KC-Toronto.

KC beat Houston 7-2 in Game 5 to go to the ALCS and continue to defend their AL title, while Toronto beat Texas 6-3 to come from 0-2 down to advance to the ALCS themselves.

Bad day for Texans.

The Toronto game featured a controversial call on a live ball, which resulted in Texas being awarded a late, g0-ahead run. The reaction by the Toronto crowd was disgraceful, as they threw debris onto the field. On the play, the throw back to the pitcher by catcher Russell Martin, with a man on third, struck the batter who was in the batter’s box. There was no intent to interfere, and the ball was still a live ball.

Later, Jose Bautista’s grand slam won the game for Toronto. His bat flip after hitting the HR was disgraceful.

I have a problem with people on Facebook who see no problem with Bautista’s bat flip and deride us purists. They laugh when we mention the fact that greats like Gehrig, DiMaggio, Mantle, Aaron, Mays, etc. didn’t do bullshit hot-dogging like that.

Is that what society has become? That true sportsmanship, class and dignity gets derided? I would say yes. Just look at how Tim Tebow, no matter what you think of his playing abilities, was mocked for his faith and how he shows that faith publicly.

It is sad when people are more inclined to celebrate selfish hot dogs and at the same time mock those who show any class or dignity (or, in the case of ESPN recently, to cut away once a coach started to mention God).

Yes, I am old school, and proud of it. I can’t stand this bat flipping narcissism and yes, would like to see people like Bautista buzzed or drilled (at the ribs, not the head) the next time up.

Take me back to the days of Gibson, Drysdale, Early Wynn…. where you didn’t dare “show them up.” And take me back to the days of the class of a DiMaggio.

Maybe that is why we should honor people like Cal Ripken and Mariano Rivera more…. for their class stands out greater in this era were there is so little class.

Mets-Dodgers tonight in Game 5 to determine who faces the Cubs in the NLCS.

A article by Sports on Earth (and on MLB.com) lists the greatest Game 5 ALDS’s in history. At #9 they list 1997 Indians/ Yankees where Sandy Alomar hit a game-tying HR off of Mariano Rivera and the Indians would later win the game. There is one problem. That happened in Game FOUR, not Game Five.