Awards, and Yanks make a minor deal.

Gold Glove winners were announced in both leagues, and although three Yanks were up for the GG award (Didi, Teix and Gardner), none won.

The top three finishers were announced for the major awards, Mgr. of the Yr., ROY, CYA, MVP and no Yankee is among the top 3 finalists. Lorenzo Cain of KC is up for MVP. Nice to see the recognition of a good player who doesn’t have overwhelming stats, but who was the best player on the WS Champs.

Sad to see ex-Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson died of multiple organ failure. He was just 29. Autopsy and coroner reports to come.

I posted it elsewhere, but Yankees C prospect Gary Sanchez has been lighting up the Arizona Fall League and starred in their All-Star game, homering and throwing out a potential base stealer.

The Yanks may think Sanchez is ready to be a backup to McCann in the majors. They traded C John Ryan Murphy to the Twins today for Aaron Hicks.

Murphy, 24, had 155 AB for the Yanks in 2015, hitting .277-3-14, OPS+ 103. He has 262 AB in his MLB career, .267-4-24, OPS+ 91.

Hicks is 26, and a switch-hitter who can play all three OF positions. He hit .256-11-33, 13 SB for the Twins this year, OPS+ 95. For his MLB career, his 162 g. ave. is .225-13-51, 17 SB, OPS+ 80.

The Yanks also traded Jose Pirela to SD for a 20 yr. old minor league pitcher, Ron Herrera.

Pirela hit .230-1-5 in 74 AB with the Yanks this year, OPS+ 54 (100 is average). In his MLB career, 98 AB, .255-1-8, OPS+ 78.

Herrera, a 20 yr. old RHP, went 8-7, 4.08 between High A and AA this year.

Lastly, sad news for one of the greatest base stealers ever. Lou Brock had part of his left leg amputated due to an infection from a diabetic condition. Brock, most famous as a Cardinal, had over 3000 hits and 900 SB in his career.

Fielder, Harvey, comeback players of the year.

Prince Fielder and Matt Harvey were named Comeback Players of the Year.

Mark Teixeira and A-Rod were candidates. I would think that the voters, in A-Rod’s instance, would have preferred to vote for someone coming off injury rather than a suspension for steroid usage.

Recent passings:

Norm Siebern, a backup OF for the Yanks in 1956 and regular OF for the Yanks in 1958 and 1959. He was a 3x All-Star for the KC A’s and Baltimore Orioles, and finished 7th in the 1962 MVP voting. He hit .300 and won a Gold Glove for the 1958 WS Champion Yankees.

John Tsitouris, a pitcher for the early-60’s Reds.

Eddie Milner, OF for the 1980s Reds.

Garry Hancock, OF for the early 1980s Red Sox.  (Rookie in 1978).

Gardner played with wrist injury the entire season

From the Lohud blog, new hitting coach Alan Cockrell states that Brett Gardner played the entire 2015 season with a wrist injury.

Gardner’s offense began to significantly decline after the All-Star break. He was still getting on base at a pretty decent clip through the end of July, but Gardner hit just .203/.288/.290 from August 1 through the end of the year. Why would a hit by pitch in April cause a massive second-half decline? Cockrell said Gardner got injections to deal with the issue, but eventually he wasn’t allowed to get any more.

“I know he was getting some cortisone and some things like that to try to help him, and they did,” Cockrell said. “They helped him in spurts, but you can only get three of those in a year.”

That wrist injury, along with lingering trouble with Jacoby Ellsbury’s knee, might have been a factor in the Yankees’ struggles at the top of the order.

“It’s tough to hit if you don’t have legs,” Cockrell said. “And it’s tough to hit if you don’t have your hands. … I think it probably was a bigger thing than either of those guys let on.”

Also, the Yanks have let minor leaguer Kyle Roller go. Andrew Bailey is gone as a free agent. Chris Martin was released to go to a Japanese team.

Baker, not Black, gets Nats manager job

It was being reported last week, and I copied, that Bud Black would become the Nationals’ new manager.


It’s Dusty Baker instead.

Apparently negotiations with Black fell through, and Baker is now the choice.

Yanks decide on 2016 hitting coaches.

From the LoHud blog:

According to George King, the Yankees are going to promote assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell to be the primary hitting coach. They’ll also promote Marcus Thames, last year’s Triple-A hitting coach, to be the assistant hitting coach.

KC wins Series in 5 games

The Kansas City Royals scored two runs in the top of the ninth to tie it up, then added five in the twelfth to beat the Mets 7-2 in Game 5 of the World Series last night. With the win, the Royals are the champions, four games to one.

It is the second title for KC, following one that they won in 1985.

Curtis Granderson homered in the bottom of the first for the Mets, and the Mets added another run in the sixth. Matt Harvey was shutting down KC. All seemed good for the Mets as far as surviving the night.

But in the ninth, Harvey faltered and KC tied it up.

Then came the five-run outburst in the 12th, Lorenzo Cain capping it with a bases-loaded 3-run double.

Catcher Salvador Perez was named WS MVP.

Game 4. Late Rally puts KC one win away.

The Kansas City Royals scored three times in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 5-3 Saturday night in Game 4 of the World Series. The win puts KC up three games to one in the World Series. The Royals are looking for their second world championship and first since 1985.

Michael Conforto hit two solo HR for the Mets.

KC can wrap it up with a win tonight.