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Recent baseball passings.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

There hasn’t been much going on in Yankeeland recently, so no recent posts. I will touch on a couple of recent baseball passings.

Phil Gagliano, a utility infielder for the 1967 and 1968 Cardinals teams that were in back to back WS, winning in 1967, losing in 1968, passed away recently at the age of 74.

Chris Cannizzaro, a C who was on the original 1962 Mets team and later on the original 1969 Padres’ team, passed away at age 78.

Hope for the future.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Age for Opening 2017 season, 2016 stats

C Kyle Higashioka 27, AA/AAA .276-21-81
1B Greg Bird missed 2016 season 24
.261-11-31 in 46 games with Yanks in 2015
1B/OF Tyler Austin 25, .241-5-12 in 31 games with Yanks in 2016
2B/SS Gleyber Torres 20, .270-11-66, 21 SB at High A in 2016
2B/SS Jorge Mateo (may be moved to CF? Has been taking instruction there. Runs like the wind, and with Torres, Didi, Castro, could be Ellsbury replacement?)

21, .254-8-47, 36 SB in High A

3B Andujar 22, .273-12-83 High A/AA
LF Clint Frazier 22, .263-16-55, 13 SB AA/AAA
RF Aaron Judge 24, .179-4-10, 27 games with Yanks in 2016

UT Rob Refsnyder 26, .262-2-17 in 74 games with Yanks 2015-2016

UT Tyler Wade 22, .259-5-27, 27 SB at AA in 2016.
CF Dustin Fowler 22, .281-12-88, 15 triples, 25 SB at AA.

OF Blake Rutherford 19, .351-3-12 in 33 games in Rookie League Ball.

P Chance Adams 22, 13-1, 2.33 between High A and AA
P Justus Sheffield 20, 10-6, 3.09 between High A and AA.
P Dietrich Enns 25, 14-4, 1.73 between AA/AAA

Add them to Gary Sanchez, 24, .299-20-42 in 53 games with the Yanks this year,

and… there’s hope for the future…

and there are others I didn’t mention.


Game 161. Yanks rally for 7-3 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Today is the final game of the season for the Yankees. They are 84-77 after yesterday’s come-from-behind, 7-3 win over Baltimore.

There are three playoff spots still to be decided, and five teams fighting for those spots, so  the possibility of a 163rd game is very real.

Unfortunately the Yanks have already been eliminated, so today is it for this year.

Eventually, the Yanks have to figure out what to do with Luis Severino. It is in their best interest that he develop into a good starter, but his splits this year make you wonder.

As a starter: 0-8, 8.50
As a reliever: 3-0, 0.39

He started yesterday, and gave up 3 runs in just 3 2/3 IP.

After the Orioles scored two off Severino in the third, and another in the fourth on Manny Machado’s 37th HR, the Yanks went to work, scoring one run in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings, and putting the game away with four in the eighth.

In the fifth, Mark Teixeira (whose last game will be today) singled, Chase Headley walked, and Austin Romine grounded into a forceout at third. Tyler Austin singled in a run to make it 3-1.

In the sixth, with two out, Billy Butler and Rob Refsnyder singled, and Headley doubled in a run.

In the seventh, Austin tied the game with his fifth HR of the year. All of his homers have been at home, and all by going the other way to right field.

In the eighth, Jacoby Ellsbury walked with one out. Headley doubled and Romine singled in two runs. After Austin struck out, Ronald Torreyes walked. Brett Gardner doubled in two runs.

Severino 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.83
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40
Bleier 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.05
Yates 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 5.23
Clippard (w, 4-6, 3.57 AZ/NYY) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 3.08

I’ve seen reports that at the trade deadline, the Yanks were looking at Joe Panik from the Giants as compensation. It didn’t happen, and you wonder what the Yanks would have done with Castro if it did. Move him to 3B? What then with Headley?

As far as WAR (wins above replacement) this year, the Yanks’ best player in 2016 has been Masahiro Tanaka.

Game 154. 0-ffensive. Yanks blanked for third straight game.

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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.


The Minors. Playoff baseball. SWB, Trenton, Tampa, all win.

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AAA: SWB shut out Lehigh Valley 7-0 to go up 2 games to none in their best of five series. Not only that, but the Railriders now go home for the remainder of the series. Phil Coke pitched seven innings, 3 hits, no walks, 7 K. 3 hits, 2 doubles, 2 RBI for Donovan Solano. 2 hits, RBI for Mason Williams. I wonder if Williams can contribute to the big club in 2017. Kyle Higashioka 2 RBI, Jake Cave 2 hits.

AA: Trenton beat Reading 9-4 to go up 2 games to none in their best of five series. The series now shifts to Reading. Dustin Fowler 2 hits, 2 RBI. Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 RBI. Miguel Andujar, Billy McKinney and Sebastian Valle each had 2 hits and an RBI.

High A: Tampa went up 2 games to one in their series with a 9-8 win. Rashad Crawford had 3 hits, a double, triple and HR, and drove in 5 runs. Gleyber Torres had 3 hits, and Trey Amburgey had a 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston was off. They are down 1 game to 0 in their series.

The Minors. Tampa wins game 1.

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I’ll get to the major league game tomorrow morning. And what a Game! The last several innings were back and forth, kept us on the edge of our seats, and in the end, the Yankees prevailed by the skin of their teeth. But that is for tomorrow morning’s post.

As for now, the minor league postseason.

Tampa won game 1 of their postseason series, 2-1 in 13 innings.

The bullpen pitched six no-hit innings.  No runs, No hits, 2 walks and 10 K in those  6 innings.

Gleyber Torres had 2 doubles. Rashad Crawford had 2 hits.

In the 13th, Thairo Estrada singled, and Torres doubled for the winning run.

A great game here, and wait until you hear the major league wrapup!


The Minors. Regular season ends, playoffs to begin.

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The regular season is over and the playoffs will be starting. In yesterday’s regular season finals:

AAA: SWB (91-52) won 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th. Clint Frazier solo HR. Donovan Solano two doubles.

AA: Trenton (87-55) gave up 5 in the 10th and lost 11-6. They finished 2 1/2 back of Reading, but still got a wild card spot. 3 hits, double, solo HR Miguel Andujar. 2 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI Dante Bichette, Jr. Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits each for Abiatal Avelino, Mike Ford and Billy Fleming.

High A: No game. Tampa starts their playoffs today (Tuesday). They were 35-31, 4th place in the second half, but were first half champs at 42-27. The strangeness of the split season: Clearwater (Phillies affiliate) had the best record in the league overall, but didn’t win either half and are out of the playoffs. Tampa’s overall record was 77-58. By contrast, Clearwater was 82-54 but they go home. Go figure.

Low A: Charleston (76-63) won 14-2. Mandy Alvarez 4 hits, 2 RBI. Jhalen Jackson 3-run HR, 4 RBI. Hoy Jun Park 2 hits, triple, 4 RBI. 3 hits for Kyle Holder, 2 hits for Vicente Conde. Estevan Florial 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits Luis Torrens. Charleston was 34-36 (3rd) in the second half after winning the first half with a 42-27 mark. In this league, Augusta, the Giants’ affiliate, got the shaft because of the split season format.