One-time Yankee Damaso Garcia passes away at age 63.

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Damaso Garcia, who began his career as a Yankee before becoming a 2x All-Star 2B for Toronto, has passed away at the age of 63.

Garcia played in 18 games with the 1978 WS Champion Yankees, and in 11 more games for the Yankees in 1979. With Willie Randolph ensconced at 2B for the Yankees, there wasn’t any room for Garcia.

Garcia was traded to the Blue Jays after the 1979 season in a multi-player trade in which Chris Chambliss was also traded to Toronto. In return, the Yanks got back Rick Cerone and Tommy Underwood. Cerone was the key as far as the Yankees were concerned, since they needed a catcher, what with the death of Thurman Munson in that August 2, 1979 plane crash.

Garcia got the opportunity he was looking for with Toronto. He finished 4th in ROY voting in 1980, won a Silver Slugger in 1982, was an All-Star in 1984 and 1985, and got MVP consideration in 1982 and 1985. In 1985 he helped Toronto to the AL East title.

He hit .300 or better in 1982 and 1983.

He played for the Yankees (1978-1979), Blue Jays (1980-1986), Atlanta (1988) and Montreal (1989). His 162 g. average was .283-6-51, with 32 SB and an OPS+ of 84. He stole 54 bases in 1982 and 46 in 1984.

He was 7 for 30 with 4 doubles and an RBI in the 1985 ALCS.

Ex-KC and Cubs manager Frey passes away, age 88.

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From 1976 to 1978, the Yankees won three straight thrilling ALCS from the Kansas City Royals, then managed by Whitey Herzog.

But in 1980, the Royals turned the tables, sweeping the Yanks in the ALCS before losing to the Phillies in the World Series. The manager then was Jim Frey, who passed away two days ago at the age of 88.

The Royals won 97 games that year, and in 1981, were 20-30 in the first half of the strike season. Frey was fired after 10-10 start in the second half, replaced by the manager he beat in that 1980 ALCS, Dick Howser.

Frey managed the Cubs from 1984 to 1986, winning the NL East in 1984 with 96 wins and was named NL Manager of the Year that year. Those Cubs had a two game to none lead over the San Diego Padres in the NLCS but then lost three in a row and the pennant.

Frey’s managerial record was 323-287, a .530 winning percentage, which is an 86-76 regular season average.

Hank Steinbrenner, son of George, brother of Hal, dies at 63.

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A shocker.

From the NY Daily News:

Hank Steinbrenner, the co-owner of the New York Yankees, has died after a long illness, sources confirm to the Daily News. He was 63.

Hank, the eldest son of George Steinbrenner, had largely kept out of the spotlight over the last decade. He and his younger brother Hal inherited the team when ‘The Boss’ died in 2010. But Hal became the organization’s managing general partner and the more visible of the two brothers.

Hank Steinbrenner spoke to the Daily News in 2017 about the “Baby Bombers” and how he had no interest in trading away the Yankees’ young talent.

“We’ll never (trade away prospects). I didn’t want to do that in the ’80s. But there was somebody that disagreed with me,” Steinbrenner joked at the time, referring to his father.

His death was not related to the coronavirus, per sources.

 

Ex-Cub 2B Beckert dies at age 79.

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Glenn Beckert, 2B on the 1969 Cubs team that collapsed down the stretch and who lost the NL East that year to the Amazin’ Mets, died Sunday at the age of 79.

Beckert was a 4x All-Star who won the 1968 Gold Glove. He led the majors in runs scored in 1968 with 98.

He got MVP consideration 3x. He finished 23rd in 1966, 9th in that 1968 season, and 11th in 1971—a season in which he hit .342.

He played for the Cubs from 1965-1973, then with the Padres 1974 and 1975.

He hit .283, and had an OPS+ of 82. His 162 game average was .283-3-44. The batting average was decent, but he didn’t walk much and had little power, hitting 22 career HR.

 

 

Tiger legend, Hall-of-Famer Al Kaline passes away at the age of 85.

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Al Kaline, a Hall-of-Famer who never played in the minors, and who played his whole career with the Detroit Tigers, passed away today at the age of 85.

Kaline played for the Tigers from 1953 to 1974, amassing 3007 hits and 399 HR in his career. He was an 18x All-Star, and 10x Gold Glove winner (one of the best defensive RF ever, but overshadowed in his era by Roberto Clemente).

He played for one WS Champion team, the 1968 Tigers.

He finished in the top 10 for MVP voting 9x. He never won the award, but was runnerup to Yogi Berra in 1955, and to Elston Howard in 1963. He finished 3rd in 1956–behind Mickey Mantle and Berra.

In his second full season in the majors, at just 20 years old, he hit .340 to lead the majors.

He hit .297 in his career, and his 162 game average was .297-23-90, OPS+ 134.

He was 11 for 29 in his only WS, with 2 HR and 8 RBI. In the 1972 ALCS, he was 5 for 19 with a HR and an RBI.

Mostly a RF, he did play some CF and 1B in his career as well.

He was named to the HOF in his very first year on the ballot. His #6 is retired by the Tigers.

Baseball Reference, with their JAWS feature, has him ranked as the 7th best RF of all-time.

 

Ex-Reliever Ed Farmer dies at 70

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Ed Farmer, a reliever who was an All-Star for the 1980 White Sox, died at the age of 70. He broadcast for the White Sox after his playing days were over.

Farmer played for the Indians (1971-1973), Tigers (1973), Phillies (1974), Orioles (1977), Brewers (1978), Rangers (1979), White Sox (1979-1981), Phillies again (1982-1983) and A’s 1983.

He saved 30 games for the 1980 White Sox.

He was 30-43 in his career, 75 saves, ERA 4.30, ERA+ 90. His 162 game average was 5-7.


Not much happening with the Yankees what with the shutdown due to the coronavirus. Tanaka went back to Japan.

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.