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D.J. 4, Gleyber 17th in MVP vote.

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Mike Trout of the Angels won his 3rd MVP—narrowly— over Alex Bregman of Houston. Trout got 17 of the 30 first place votes, Bregman the other 13.

Trout is the second youngest ever to win 3 MVP awards. The youngest being Stan Musial.

In the last eight years, Trout has 3 MVP awards, four runnerups and a fourth-place finish. If he retired NOW, he’d be in the HOF.  So close to 7 MVP Awards already.

He is tied for most in AL history. Barry Bonds won 7******** in the NL. (Asterisks necessary).

The Yankees’ D.J. LeMahieu finished 4th in the voting. Gleyber Torres finished 17th.

In the NL, Cody Bellinger won with 19 first place votes to 10 for defending MVP Chistian Yelich and one for Anthony Rendon of Washington.


Will Smith became an early free agent signing, going to Atlanta from SF for 3 yrs. $39MM.


Taking the Q.O. and NOT becoming free agents: Jake Odirizzi of the Twins and Jose Abreu of the White Sox.


 

Game 132. German outduels Kershaw. Yanks win 5-1, hit 3 HR.

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Domingo German may have come into the game 16-3, but he and his Yankees’ teammates knew they would have their hands full with Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw has an MVP award, 3 CYA, and has finished twice as the CYA runnerup.

German matched Kershaw pitch for pitch. Bested him, even.

And a guy who didn’t start the game, but who came into the game as an injury replacement (Mike Ford) turned out to be the key to the game as the Yankees (85-47) won 5-1. With the win, their lead in the AL East goes to 9 games, and the magic # to clinch the division (barring any tiebreakers) goes to 22.

Both teams started off with a bang. D.J. LeMahieu hit the third pitch of the game for his 22nd HR of the season to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Domingo German’s first pitch of the game was hit for a HR by Joc Pederson to tie up the game.

Aaron Judge homered in the third inning (16) to put the Yanks up 2-1.

Brett Gardner made a great catch to end the third inning and save two runs.

Then, in the sixth, a shocker. Mike Ford, who didn’t start the game, but who replaced Didi Gregorius in the lineup when Didi had to leave with a sore shoulder after being hit by a pitch, homered off of Kershaw (6) to put the Yanks up 3-1.

Kershaw, who came into the game with a career ERA of 2.41, and who has career numbers that compare favorably to another lefty Dodger great (Sandy Koufax), doesn’t usually give up 3 HR in a game, and especially to guys like Ford, who has spent most of the year at AAA and who is a lefty hitter.

So after six innings, Kershaw had 11 K, but had given up four hits, three of them HR. He wound up with 12 K.

In the eighth, LeMahieu singled and Ford doubled him home to make it 4-1.

The Yanks got one more run in the ninth, when Brett Gardner singled, advanced to third on an error on a pickoff attempt, and scored on a single by Gio Urshela.

Yankees pitchers really did a good job containing Cody Bellinger (ex-Yankee Clay Bellinger’s son) all weekend long.

LeMahieu HR (22), 2 hits.  .331
Judge HR (16)
Ford HR (6), 2 hits, 2 RBI.

German (W, 17-3, 4.03) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Ottavino (H, 27)  2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  1.61
Kahnle (H, 24) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.   2.79
Britton (H, 28)   1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.  2.18
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.  2.31

WS Game 3. Muncy’s walkoff HR wins it for LA in 18th, 3-2.

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In a game that ended around 3:30 AM Eastern Time, the Dodgers won the longest WS game in history, 3-2 in 18 innings, on a Max Muncy walkoff HR off of Nathan Eovaldi to avoid an 0-3 deficit in games. Boston leads two games to one.

With the game going so long, teams will have to decide who starts Game 4 (see below), and players could be exhausted. Eovaldi threw 97 pitches of relief in Game 3.

Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers in the third to put them up 1-0.

In the sixth, Manny Machado hit what he thought was a HR, showboated, and wound up with a long single instead of a double. So far this postseason, there is a lot NOT to like about a team potentially signing him as a free agent. So much talent, too many headaches. If the Yanks sign him, could they be getting another A-Rod, another person with so much talent and so many headaches?

Funny how Manny adores A-Rod, A-Rod is pushing for Machado and A-Rod despite his TV connections, is still a Yankees’ advisor. You wonder if A-Rod will bring Machado, and all his talent, but also all his problems, to the Bronx.

A-Rod redux. And just like A-Rod, a guy who wants to play one position, but is forced into another (although, with Didi’s injury, Machado may get to play the position he desires, at least temporarily, but then what? Where does Andujar go if Machado does wind up a Yankee?)

Dodgers’ starter Walker Buehler was brilliant.

But in the bottom of the eighth, Jackie Bradley tied it with a HR off of Kenley Jansen.

Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers pulled a rock, getting picked off of first in the bottom of the ninth. In the top of the tenth, he made up for it by throwing out a runner at the plate for an inning-ending DP.

Boston scored in the top of the 13th, but left the bases loaded. LA came back to tie it up with two out in the bottom of the 13th on an error, setting the stage for Muncy’s walkoff HR in the bottom of the 18th. Muncy had just missed winning it with a walkoff HR in the bottom of the 15th, as his long drive was just foul.

Wood the winner, Eovaldi the loser. As the NY Post’s Joel Sherman reports, the Dodgers didn’t use Rich Hill, and have him to start Game 4, but Boston used Price in relief, used up Eovaldi, and didn’t even use Drew Pomeranz who now may be forced to start Game 4. Who starts?

The Hank Aaron awards for league’s best hitters went to Christian Yelich of the Brewers and Boston’s J.D. Martinez.

And if you want a good chuckle, agent Scott Bora$$ says that Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready to go for the Yanks in 2019 spring training. What else did you expect Bora$$ to say? The guy is great at fleecing owners.

Dodgers repeat as NL Champs; WS to start in Boston on Tuesday.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers repeated as NL Champs, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers 5-1 on Saturday night, and are headed to Boston, where the World Series will begin on Tuesday night.

Christan Yelich, the second batter of the game, homered for the Brewers in the first, but it was all the Brewers would get. Yelich hails from my sister’s town in California.

But Cody Bellinger, the NLCS MVP, hit a 2-run HR for the Dodgers in the top of the second.

Chris Taylor made a fabulous catch in left field in the bottom of the fifth to keep the score at 2-1, and in the top of the sixth, Yasiel Puig hit a 3-run HR to ice the game for LA.

It will be the second time the Red Sox and Dodgers will have met in the World Series. In the only other time, 1916, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn, and were known as the Brooklyn Robins. Boston took that series in five games, and one of Boston’s stars was a 21 yr. old lefty pitcher named Babe Ruth.

Meanwhile, today, October 21, is the 90th birthday of the Chairman of the Board, Whitey Ford.

Wayne Krenchicki, a utility infielder in the 1980s, passed away Tuesday, age 64.

NFL great Dick Modzelewski, DT for the Redskins, Steelers, Giants and Browns from 1953-1966, died Friday, age 87. He played in the NFL Title Game in 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963 (all Giants), 1964 and 1965 (Browns). His teams won in 1956 and 1964. After retiring, he was a long-time assistant coach in the NFL, inc. for the 1981 Bengals team that reached the Super Bowl. He was the interim head coach of the Browns for the final game of the 1977 season. The Browns lost to Seattle, 20-19 (Wikipedia).

WS Game 7, Houston wins 1st WS Title. , AFL, Tanaka, Minor Leagues…

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The WS is over. Masahiro Tanaka has 3 days now to decide if he wants to opt out of his Yankees’ contract or not. We’ll know by Saturday.

The Houston Astros are WS champs for the first time in their history with a 5-1 win, because just as in Game 3, Yu Darvish stunk. In both games, Darvish was knocked out in the second inning, Games 3 and 7.

In the first inning, a double by George Springer, a 2-base error by Cody Bellinger (who set a WS record for striking out) and a groundout led to 2 runs.

In the second, after one run had already scored, Springer hit a 2-run HR to make it 5-0.

But why, down 2-0 in the bottom of the first, and needing to get back in the game, after a leadoff double, don’t the Dodgers bunt the guy over?

Springer’s HR was his fifth of the WS, tying a WS record set by Reggie Jackson (1977) and by Chase Utley (2009).

Deservedly so, Springer is the Willie Mays’ WS MVP.

For Houston, some joy after the hurricane damage.

The only thing with Utley is that his team (Phillies) lost to the Yankees, four games to two, in that WS.

Clayton Kershaw did come into Game 7 and pitch 4 scoreless innings of relief for LA, but where was that when he blew a 4-0 lead in Game 5?

In the Arizona Fall League, Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada, 1 for 5, 2 RBI. .340
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 3, walk, .310

Reliever Cody Carroll, 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 w,  K. 0.00. 4th save.

Scottsdale won 7-5.

Good news for the future for the Yankees:

MILB.com listed the Yankees as having the best farm system. Add these guys to youngsters they have now, and the future looks bright.

Kevin Reese was promoted in Yankees’ front office to take over for Gary Denbo, who left to join Jeter in FL.

Keep an eye on the Marlins this offseason. Fire sale coming which could involve big names.

Could the Yanks be interested in some of those names? At what price?

 

WS Game 4. LA evens series with 5-run 9th.

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Remember that with the dismissal of Joe Girardi, the new manager will most likely have an all new coaching staff. All of the coaches have contracts expiring Tuesday, and hiring a manager whose coaching staff has been pre-picked for him makes so sense.

The Dodgers evened the WS up at two games apiece by winning Game 4, 6-2. They scored five runs in the top of the 9th. It was the first postseason game this year that Houston lost at home.

Houston scored first, when George Springer’s homer broke up a no-hit bid and put Houston up 1-0.

Cody Bellinger doubled and scored on a Logan Forsythe single to tie the game in the seventh.

A single, walk, and double by Bellinger put LA up 2-1 in the top of the ninth. After a strikeout and intentional walk to load the bases for a possible inning-ending DP, a SF by Austin Barnes and 3-run HR by Joc Pederson put LA up 6-1. Houston got an Alex Bregman HR in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 6-2.

The two homers for the two Houston runs were the only hits Houston had all game.

Once again, a case where someone does well, and instead of leaving him in, a manager goes to his “closer.” In this case, Devenski has a 1-2-3 eighth for Houston, gets pulled and Giles blows the game.

When will managers learn to keep effective pitchers in the game?

Don’t get me wrong, because of family outside LA, I’m pulling for the Dodgers since the Yankees are out of it, but…

Game 5. Kuechel vs. Kershaw. Maybe the key game of the Series. Should be a good one.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale (8-7-1) won 11-3. Yankees’ prospects:

LF Billy McKinney 2 for 5, double, 4 RBI. .306
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 3, walked 2x, scored 2 runs. .316

Starting pitcher Justus Sheffield (W, 2-1, 2.37) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Reliever Andrew Schwaab 1 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 8.31.

Too bad MLB suspended Yuri Gurriel for 5 games next year and not for during this WS. What he did was uncalled for. But MLB wanted to penalize him and not his teammates for his inappropriate gesture.

A long shot, but besides someone like Raul Ibanez, many say Jason Giambi has what it takes to be a manager, but would Cashman hire someone without managerial experience?

Hearrtbreaker for my alma mater, Penn State, who just like in last year’s Rose Bowl, blew a 2-touchdown or more lead late in the game. This time it’s a 39-38 loss at Ohio State.

 

 

Yanks’ mgr. search, WS Game 3, AFL and Clemente award.

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Tim Naehring, front office exec, says he isn’t interested in managing the Yanks, so rule him out.

A couple other names to think about. One is Raul Ibanez, who has been talked about for a few years now as managerial material.

I wonder about Matt Holliday, who is at the end of the line. Would he retire to become manager? He has the respect of the clubhouse and is a leader, but would Cashman and Hal go with someone with no managerial experience?

John Farrell, recently canned by the Red Sox,  has interviewed with Washington.

Houston won WS Game 3, 5-3, knocking out Dodgers’ starter Yu Darvish with four runs in the second inning. Houston now has a two games to one lead in the Series. Rookie Cody Bellinger, Dodger’s 1B who set the NL rookie record for HR in a season with 39, took the Golden Sombrero. So Judge isn’t the only rookie striking out a lot this postseason.

Ex-Yankees’ C Brian McCann of Houston had 3 hits and an RBI. 1B Yuri Gurriel homered for them. Brad Peacock threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the save.

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs was named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. Brett Gardner of the Yankees was up for it.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 6-5.

Yankees’ prospects:

RF Estevan Florial, 1 for 3, doubled, scored a run, walked. .343.
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 3, rbi, walk. .290
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3 , scored a run, RBI, walk. .390

Cody Carroll got the save (3). 1 scoreless inning, 0 hits or walks, 2 K. 0.00.