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The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Yankees’ top prospect Jorge Mateo has been suspended for two weeks for popping off to the front office about a promotion from High A Tampa to AA Trenton. Apparently he said to release someone else so that he could be promoted. The suspension means that Mateo will not be playing in the Futures game.

AAA: SWB won 10-0. Remember a few days ago that I told you to watch out for Dietrich Enns? 7 IP, 0 R, 2 Hits. 3-1, 0.70 at SWB. Between AA and AAA, 10-3, 1.60 this year. Green is up, and for the time being anyway, has replaced Eovaldi in the rotation. Could Enns replace Pineda or Nova? 3B Donovan Solano 4 hits, 4 RBI….. but Headley has two more years on his deal unless the Yanks move him. Solano is hitting .305 with 39 RBI. OF Ben Gamel 3 hits, rbi (.300). Home runs for 1B Tyler Austin and OFs Cesar Puello and Jake Cave. Each had two hits, Cave with 2 RBI. All three are at .290 or better. 2B Jonathan Diaz 2 hits.

AA: Trenton lost 7-1. Lane Adams two hits.

High A: Tampa lost 7-0. Will Carter 2 R in 7 IP, then the bullpen fell apart. 2B Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston lost 4-1. Nestor Cortes 7 IP, 1 R, then the bullpen gave up more. OF Jhalen Jackson solo HR, 2 hits.  2 hits each for SS Kyle Holder, OF Cesar Diaz.

Game 53. Didi’s D saves Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

He didn’t start the game, but Didi Gregorius, brought in for defense in the 8th, saved it for the Yanks.

This wasn’t the way you expected the Yanks to win a game.

Michael Pineda finally pitched a decent game, giving up just one run. The Yanks, however, didn’t get a hit until the sixth.

Rob Refsnyder, starting against a lefty (with Castro at SS) doubled for the Yanks first hit of the game. He tug up and went to third a a flyball (to left!) and scored on a SF by Ellsbury to tie the game.

The Yanks got four in the seventh, and once again Refsnyder and Ellsbury were involved. A-Rod and Headley singled and after a force out, Refsnyder singled in a run to give the Yanks the lead, 2-1. Hicks singled to make it 3-1 and Ellsbury tripled to make it 5-1.

No problem with the big 3 on the way, right? Wrong.

Betances, Miller and Chapman EACH gave up a run.

In the 8th, a run scored off Miller to make it 5-3. It would have been 5-4 except that Didi’s relay throw gunned down Upton at the plate.

In the 9th, Chapman had the bases loaded and no one out when Didi and Castro converted a tough DP. The run scored, and now the runners had the tying run on third with future HOF Miguel Cabrera at the plate. Chapman got Cabrera to ground out to Castro.

Pineda 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 8 K. 6.41. (Where was this all year?)
Betances (w, 2-2, 2.81) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Miller (H, 7) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 1.25
Chapman (S, 8) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.61.

You aren’t going to win many games when all three of Betances, Miller and Chapman give up runs.

The Yanks have to find a way to get Refsnyder’s bat into the lineup. Whether it is for Gardner in LF one day, for Headley at 3B another, for giving Didi a rest by playing 2B and having Castro slide over to SS, or if he works out at 1B, for Teixeira. Even DH him instead of A-Rod at times. He had two hits last night. As we know, Gardner, Hicks, Teix, Headley and A-Rod have all been slumping.Of those five, three are under .200, and Gardner is at .211. Maybe rotating Refsnyder around, and getting one of those five out of the lineup on each given day may help. It can’t hurt.Maybe Refsnyder can be a super sub.

Ellsbury had 3 rbi.

Cleveland’s Marlon Byrd recently was nabbed for the 2nd time for PEDs. 162 g. suspension. At his age and at this stage of his career, he is most likely done.

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


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.


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.



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.