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Baseball winter meetings begin tomorrow.

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It’s been a slow offseason so far, but things could heat up as baseball’s winter meetings begin tomorrow.

The price for pitching went up, as the Cubs paid $38MM for 3 years for free agent Tyler Chatwood. MLBtr.com had him estimated at 3 years, $20MM. Big difference.

We’ll see about a lot of things soon. Stanton. Ohtani. Free agent signings. Trades.

The Yanks are trying to get under the cap to reset themselves for a big push next offseason, when the free agent class will be better.

Josh Bard has interviewed for a job on Aaron Boone’s coaching staff and we’ll see if he gets one.

 

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Mgr. of year, Doerr, AFL, & another managerial candidate.

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Paul Molitor of the Twins and Torey Luvullo of the Diamondbacks were named the AL and NL Managers of the Year, respectively.

Joe Girardi finished fourth.

HOF 2B Bobby Doerr died Monday at the age of 99. He was the oldest living HOF and oldest MLB player. Now the oldest living HOF is Red Schoendiest.

Doerr played his entire career with the Red Sox, 1937-1951, missing 1945 due to WWII service. His #1 was retired by Boston. He had to retire at the age of 33 due to a bad back.

A 9x All Star, Doerr drove in 100 runs 6x. He led the league in triples with 11 in 1950. 8x he received MVP consideration, and he finished in the top 10 twice.

His 162 g. average was .288-19-108, OPS+115. JAWS, on baseballreference.com lists him as the 22nd best 2B of all-time.

He hit .409 in his only postseason, the 1946 WS when the Red Sox lost to Schoendiest’s Cardinals in seven games.

Add Chris Woodward, Dodgers’ 3B coach, to the list of people to be interviewed by Brian Cashman for the Yankees’ managerial job. Woodward, 41, was a utility infielder for the Blue Jays, Mets, Braves, Mariners, Red Sox, Blue Jays (again) and Mariners (again) from 1999-2011. His 162 g. average was .239-8-47, OPS+ 71. He made the postseason in 2006 with the Mets, going 1 for 1 with a double, and scoring a run.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 6-5. Yankees’ prospects:

2B Kyle Holder 1 for 5, double, scored a run. .333
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 4, single, .347
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 4, .281
RF Estevan Florial 3 for 4, 2 doubles, scored a run, RBI. .273

Some Brian Cashman remarks suggest that Gleyber Torres will be given every shot to win the 3B job in spring training over Chase Headley, and it doesn’t appear they will try to sign free agent Todd Frazier. 3B Miguel Andujar is in the mix but the Yanks are worried about his glove (then DH him!). It also looks as if Jacoby Ellsbury will be a $21MM fourth outfielder, with the Yanks going with Gardner, Hicks and Judge in the OF, which would leave Clint Frazier at AAA.

The CYA will be announced today. It’s expected that Luis Severino will finish third.

UPDATE: Jim Rivera, an OF for the 1959 AL Pennant winning Go-Go White Sox, has passed away at the age of 96. Rivera played for the Browns (1952), White Sox (1952-1961) and KC A’s (1961) from 1952-1961. He led the AL in triples with 16 in 1953. He led the majors in SB with 25 in 1955. As a backup OF, he hit .220-4-19, OPS+ 77 in 1959 for the White Sox. He was 0 for 11 in the WS that year. His 162 g. average was .256-11-58, 22 SB, OPS+ 96.

 

 

 

Rothschild to return as pitching coach.

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We have no clue who the Yankees’ new manager will be, but we, and that new manager, now know who the pitching coach will be.

The Yankees are retaining Larry Rothschild as the pitching coach.

Who else is retained from the coaching staff, who knows. Joe Espada has already left for Houston. Rob Thomson, if he doesn’t get the manager’s job, has said he would still like to remain with the Yankees.

Rothschild, 63, had a short MLB career, going 0-0, 5.40 in seven games for the Tigers in 1981 and 1982. He managed Tampa Bay from 1998-2001.

Off day thoughts.

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The Yanks have made starting decisions for Games 1 and 2. Sonny Gray will start Game 1 and CC Sabathia (good road record) Game 2. I would think this sets up Severino 3, Tanaka (much better home than road) 4 and Gray 5. We’ll see.

 

Yankees news. Magic # to make the playoff now 2.

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Even though the Yanks were off on Thursday, they saw their magic # for making the playoffs reduced to two when the Angels lost to Cleveland.

The magic # to make the playoffs is 2 over the Angels and the Rangers.

The magic # to be the top wild card and host the wild card game is 4 over the Twins.

The Yanks remain 3 back of Boston in the AL East with 10 games to go.

Yanks’ minor league prospect Billy McKinney will be going to an instructional league. The OF will learn to play 1B to increase his versatility. The 23 yr. old lefty hitter hit .277-16-64 in 124 games this year, split between AA and AAA.

One-time Yankee Raul Mondesi has been sentenced to 8 years in prison and fined a hefty amount for corruption. After his playing days ended, he became a mayor of a city in the Dominican Republic. A crooked mayor, it seems….

 

Game 118. Gray seals it, but Chapman almost unseals it in a 5-4 Yanks’ win.

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Pardons to Elton John for the headline.

The Yanks have a problem on their hands. That problem is Aroldis Chapman and a second problem may be Joe Girardi’s stubbornness right now.

Sonny Gray pitched well, six shutout innings before yielding a 2-run HR in the seventh. Still, the Yanks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth, when Chapman gave up a 2-run HR to make things shaky before the Yanks finished off the Mets 5-4.

Chapman is a problem right now. As I wrote a few days ago, the Yanks have three closers. They can go with the hot hand, something Girardi mentioned sarcastically a few days ago in saying “Chapman is my closer. What am I supposed to do, go with the hot hand?”

Yes, Joe, that is exactly what we want you to do. We also want you to leave relievers performing well in for more than one inning. For you almost blew another game tonight. 

The Yanks scored first, getting a run in the third on a Torreyes double, Gardner sac bunt and Hicks single. Good. Nice to see some littleball with the bunt there.

Jacoby Ellsbury hit a 2-run HR (6) in the fourth to make it 3-0.

Gary Sanchez homered in the sixth (21) to make it 4-0. Gray gave up a 2-run HR in the seventh,  but the Yanks made it 5-2 in the eighth on a SF by Sanchez.

Then in came Chapman who almost blew the game. Why not leave Betances throw a second inning. Why not use Warren (Robertson could use the day off). But no, the “he’s my closer” stubbornness mentality almost cost the Yanks a ballgame.

You just knew when Chapman came in tonight that this wasn’t going to go smoothly.

Aaron Judge struck out for the 32nd straight game, tying a MLB record, but he did have a key double and then scored that fifth run.

Gray (W, 7-7, 3.37) 6+ IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Kahnle (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.30. Threw just 10 pitches. What, he can’t go two?
Betances (H, 17) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.20. Threw 19 pitches. He couldn’t go two?
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.89. That save rule is a joke.

Happy the Yanks won. Unhappy Girardi is so inflexible with his thinking.

UPDATE: Chapman was pretty down after the game. Not as confident as previously. It could be getting to him. On the final play, he appeared to tweak his hammy a bit.

Cessa went on the DL. Smith back up.

Game 112. Yanks beat Toronto 11-5 behind Cooper, Todd Frazier.

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Unfortunately, the Red Sox aren’t losing (they have won 8 in a row) so the Yanks could not make up ground, but the Yanks did win, so they continue to maintain or increase the advantage they have for the top wild card spot. There is a big series at home against Boston this weekend.

With tonight’s 11-5 win over Toronto, the Yanks record improves to 60-52. Fifty games left. Four back of Boston.

Before the game, Clint Frazier was a late scratch with an oblique problem. He has been slumping badly lately. Aaron Hicks was expected back Friday. That may be bumped up with this problem.

The Yanks struck first, scoring twice in the second on back to back HR by Gary Sanchez (18) and Todd Frazier (19).

Tanaka gave a run right back. 2-1 Yanks after two.

Didi Gregorius homered (18) in the third to make it 3-1 Yanks. Toronto scored in the bottom half of the frame off a stuggling Tanaka to make it 3-2.

In the fifth, with one out, Judge walked. Gregorius doubled Judge to third. After Sanchez struck out for the second out, Todd Frazier doubled in two runs. Ellsbury doubled in Frazier. 6-2 Yanks.

Jose Bautista homered off Tanaka in the bottom of the fifth, and chased him. 6-3.

Toronto got two in the fifth before the Yanks’ bullpen was able to slam the door. 6-5.

The Yanks put the game away in the last two innings. In the eighth, Garrett Cooper’s third hit of the night put runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ronald Torreyes singled in two runs.

In the ninth, with the bases loaded and no one out, a ground out by Ellsbury drove in a run. Cooper singled (his fourth hit) in two more.  11-5.

Gregorius (.311) 3 hits, HR, RBI.
Sanchez 2 hits, HR, RBI.
Todd Frazier 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 2 RBI.
Cooper 4 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Tanaka 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.92. Uncharacteristically wild.
Green (W, 2-0, 2.06) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Kahnle (H, 10) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.38
Robertson (H, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.44
Betances (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.36
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.89

With Tanaka not going the requisite five innings, it falls to the official scorer. Personally, I would not have given the W to Green (2 runs in 1 1/3?) but probably to Robertson instead. Too many official scorers are lazy, however, and go “by the book.”