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Bleier traded, A-Rod makes retirement official, A-Rod mgr.? and a rule

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Designated for assignment last week when the Yanks picked up Chris Carter, Richard Bleier was traded today to the Orioles for a player to be named later or ca$h considerations.

A-Rod showed up at spring training to be an instructor (and one expensive one at that). When asked about a comeback, he mentioned that since that last game as a Yankee on August 12th of last year that some teams reached out to him but that no, he isn’t coming back. He’s officially retired.

This week there has been some talk of A-Rod as a manager, maybe even replacing Girardi. I’m not in favor of that for a couple different reasons. First, how would he handle a pitching staff? Houk, Berra, Torre and Girardi, to name some recent Yankees managers, were all catchers. A-Rod wasn’t.

Also, take a GOOD look at some of the greatest managers of all time. How many great players do you see? Rose wasn’t especially a good manager before his suspension from baseball. Neither was Ted Williams in his short term as manager,nor Eddie Mathews or Mel Ott. Ryne Sandberg? Bust. Player-managers like Tris Speaker succeeded because they were still PLAYING.

The great managers are usually those who were NOT great when playing (Joe Torre being an exception) but who got to the majors based on their brains and tenacity not their playing skill. Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin, Sparky Anderson, Whitey Herzog and Dick Williams weren’t great players but were great managers. Casey Stengel wasn’t known as an all-time great player, neither Miller Huggins. The same can be said for people who never made the majors like Joe Maddon, Jim Leyland, Earl Weaver or Joe McCarthy.

Being a great player doesn’t make you a great manager. Quite the opposite.

Lastly, MLB is making a change to the intentional walk. I hate it. Now, a manager only need to signal and the batter takes his base. No pitches need to be thrown. It doesn’t happen often, but I’ve seen wild pitches, passed balls, stolen bases off those balls thrown wide of the plate. Heck, last year a pitcher threw a ball not far off the plate, Gary Sanchez swung at it and just missed hitting a HR (it was caught just short of the fence for a sac fly). Terrible decision. I’m going to hate this rule.

Yankees to retire Jeter’s #2 on 50th anniversary of Mantle’s 500th HR.

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On Mother’s Day, May 14, 1967, a Sunday, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th HR off of Baltimore’s Stu Miller at the original Yankee Stadium.

Exactly 50 years later, on another Sunday and Mother’s Day, the new Yankee Stadium across the street will see another historic event: the retirement of #2 for Derek Jeter.

With the retirement, all single digits will be retired, unless someone decides to shine in #0 or #00 or so.

You wonder if #13 (A-Rod) could be next….

Big move by Boston today, trading 4 prospects, Moncada being the top one, to the White Sox for Chris Sale.

A big deal is brewing, as the Cubs are close to trading OF Jorge Soler to KC for reliever Wade Davis. Well, now that Chapman is probably leaving….

Game 118. Green’s gem gives Yanks 1-0 win.

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Chad Green probably will never forget the fifth start of his MLB career. That is because, no matter how many starts he has in him, he may never pitch a better one.

He needed to be that good, too, for the Yanks wasted numerous scoring opportunities, going 2 for 18 with RISP.

Aaron Judge’s RBI double in the fourth turned out to be the only run of the game in the Yanks’ 1-0 victory over Toronto. The win puts the Yanks at 61-57 for the season.

Green retired the first 13 men he faced, and struck out 11 over six innings.

Green (w, 2-2, 4.05) 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, and 11 K.
Clippard (H, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.83 (AZ/NYY)
Warren (H, 10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.50 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 2.20.

A-Rod’s publicist stated that contrary to rumors, that his client will not be signing with the Marlins but will be taking off the rest of 2016. As for 2017, who knows.

Game 115. Yanks win A-Rod finale, 6-3.

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Alex Rodriguez went 1 for 4 with an RBI double in what is expected to be his last MLB game (unless he signs elsewhere) and the Yanks beat Tampa Bay 6-3 Friday night.

Starlin Castro drove in four runs with a 2-run single and a two-run HR as the Yanks improved to 59-56.

A-Rod’s first inning RBI double tied the game after Evan Longoria homered off CC Sabathia in the top of the first.

CC gave up a run in the third, but Castro’s single in the fourth gave the Yanks a 3-2 lead.

The Rays tied it in the fifth, but Castro’s homer (13) in the sixth put the Yanks up 5-3. Aaron Hicks homered in the seventh (5) for the final score.

Unless he signs elsewhere, A-Rod finishes 2016 at .200-9-31. The hit was #3115, the RBI #2086 and double #548.His career batting average was .295, OPS+ 140, 696 HR.

Sabathia (w 7-9, 4.20) 6 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. Career win #221.
Clippard (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 4.01
Warren (H, 9) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks, 1 K. 4.60
Betances (S, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 3 K. 2.24

A-Rod took the field for one out in the ninth.

The Yanks are calling up Tyler Austin to take his place.

CC tied Joe Niekro on the all-time wins list. He started the year at 214, tied with Mark Buehrle and Rick Reuschel. This year he has passed them, Jim Perrry, Stan Coveleski, Curt Schilling, Charlie Hough, Wilbur Cooper, Mickey Lolich, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Earl Whitehill, Bob Caruthers, Kenny Rogers, Pedro Martinez, and Jerry Reuss.

His next win will tie Jerry Koosman and Tim Hudson.

Game 114. Yanks rally late for 4-2 win.

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Because of Eovaldi’s early exit on Wednesday, and Girardi’s subsequent bullpen usage, the Yanks were forced to make some moves before Thursday’s game vs. Boston. Down went Goody and Refsnyder. Up comes bullpen help in Cessa and Heller.

In what appears to be A-Rod’s last game at Fenway, he went 0 for 4 with an RBI. He didn’t get the ball out of the infield, and his season batting average dropped to .199. He’s 0 for his last 11 heading into his final game tonight (unless something happens, like he signs with another team). He’s 5 for 43 since June 30. It’s time.

Boston scored in the first, but the Yanks tied it in the third on Austin Romine’s fourth HR of the year. Boston went up 2-1 in the fifth.

Gary Sanchez started the winning 3-run rally in the eighth with a single. After Teixeira, now playing for Romine, struck out, Hicks and Gardner singled, loading the bases. Ellsbury doubled in two, and that put the Yanks up 3-2. After an intentional walk to load the bases for A-Rod, A-Rod hit a little tapper that brought in a run to make it 4-2.

Pineda 6 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 3 K. 5.07.
Cessa (w, 2-0, 3.45) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 3 K. 2.28.

The Yanks are 58-56.

Game 113. Sanchez’ first MLB HR keys Yanks’ 9-4 comeback win.

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Gary Sanchez hit his first MLB HR, and the Yanks erupted for five in the seventh and three in the eighth to beat Boston 9-4 Wednesday night. In so doing, they may have lost Nathan Eovaldi for the rest of the season. Eovaldi was pulled after one inning because of elbow discomfort.

The Yanks could bring back Severino, who they just sent down for Blake Parker, but I would do something else—bring up Dietrich Enns from SWB. Enns pitched and won for SWB last night, and the 25 yr. old lefty is 13-4 between AA/AAA this year (see my minors report for more). Why not?

Boston got a run off in the third, and another in the fourth as manager Joe Girardi had to exhaust the bullpen after Eovaldi’s early exit. The Yanks cut it to 2-1 in the fifth on Didi Gregorius’ 14th HR of the season. If I would have told you in spring training that Didi might hit 20 this year, you wouldn’t have believed it. I don’t believe it myself.

Tyler Clippard gave up a couple of runs in the sixth to make it 4-1 Red Sox, but then the Yanks exploded.

In the seventh, Didi, Sanchez and Romine all singled, with Romine’s single making it 4-2. A-Rod, pinch-hitting, flied out to RF to move Sanchez to third. Gardner struck out, but Ellsbury’s single made it 4-3.  Headley singled to tie the game, and  Teixeira walked to load the bases. Castro’s double made it 6-4, Yankees. Didi popped up to end the inning as the Yanks batted around.

In the eighth, Sanchez led off the inning with his first MLB HR, a bomb to center field. Sanchez was 4 for 5 in the game. Romine walked. After Refsnyder singled, a WP moved up the runners. Gardner flied out, but Ellsbury walked to load the bases. Two more wild pitches scored two more runs to make it 9-4.

Eovaldi 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.76
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 4.15
Parker 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 3.86 (Sea/NYY)
Goody 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 0 K. 4.23
Layne 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.11 (Bos/NYY)
Clippard (w, 3-3, 4.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk, 0 K. (Az/NYY)
Warren (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 4.70 (Cubs/NYY)
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.32
You can see above all the bullpen changes lately.

 

 

Game 112. Yanks fall, 5-3.

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After a couple nice relief outings, it was hoped that Luis Severino would carry that into his next start, but it didn’t happen. Boston knocked him out in the fifth inning and the Yanks lost 5-3. The Yankees’ flirtation with the .500 mark continues. The loss put them at 56-56.

Before the game, the Yanks made a couple of moves, getting Tommy Layne from Boston off the waiver wire, and also Blake Parker off of the waiver wire from the Mariners.

The Yanks built a 2-0 lead on an RBI double by Chase Headley in the second and an RBI single by Brian McCann in the third, but Boston tied it with two in the third and scored three in the fifth.

The Yanks got one in the ninth on a bases loaded walk to Ellsbury, but Teix then struck out looking to end the game.

Severino (L, 1-7, 6.42) 4 1/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 0 walks, 3 K.
Layne 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 3.60 (Bos/NYY)
Swarzak 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 4.97
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.01.

A-Rod didn’t play and isn’t expected to Wednesday as well. Just Thursday and Friday (weather permitting) then that’s it. It may be the only time A-Rod heard the chant “We want A-Rod” in Boston.