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Once again, time to strip the HOF ballot from some BBWAA members.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As the Baseball HOF ballots are being counted (and new, if any, members are to be announced January 24) once again we see that the BBWAA should seriously consider stripping voting privileges away from some of its members.

This year’s case in point (so far): Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer who only voted for two ex-players: former Indians Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel.

If he wants to skip over known and suspected steroid users like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez, that is one thing.

But what about others who may need every vote they can in order to receive the 75% it takes to get in? Ex-players like Mike Mussina, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero or Edgar Martinez?

If someone like Mussina winds up with 74.7%, they don’t round up. Hoffman missed by only a handful of votes last year.

And, if someone like Mussina just misses, he has a legitimate gripe against voters like Livingston.

Voters like Livingston (and others who vote for candidates clearly not HOF worthy just to give them a vote—maybe they were drinking buddies with that player?) should have their voting privileges revoked.

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Nothing new.

I’ve been busy working a lot of OT and getting over a month of bronchitis. Meanwhile, nothing new on the Yankees’ front. Shelby Miller has been dangled by the Braves, but the asking price is Luis Severino.

The Yanks are remaining adamant in retaining Severino, Bird and Judge (the Phils asked for Judge last year in a possible Hamels transaction).

Meanwhile, Boston signed David Price to a $217MM/7 yr deal. $31MM per. What if he blows out his elbow in season 2 and needs TJ surgery?

Jordan Zimmerman went to the Tigers.

The winter meetings are next week. We’ll see what free agent signings and trades are made.

Mark McGwire is now a bench coach in SD and Barry Bonds may join Don Mattingly in Miami as a hitting coach.

Game 55. Yanks escape with 8-7 win.

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It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Yankees drove their fans crazy in the ninth inning last night before escaping with an 8-7 win over the Angels. They maintained their 1/2 game lead in the AL East in the process. They are 30-25 on the season.

They entered the top of the ninth with what seemed to be a comfortable 8-1 lead. When the inning ended, it was 8-7, and the Angels had the tying run on third and the go ahead run on first. Dellin Betances, who Joe Girardi would have wanted to have the night off, had to be rushed in to finish the game. In the process, he struggled and finally gave up his first earned run of the year (you knew it would happen sometime).

Stephen Drew got the Yanks on the board in the second inning with the first of his two homers on the night, a 2-run shot. 2-0.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run shot, #17 (#380 career) in the third. We just passed the 1/3 point of the season, and Teix has 17 HR. Forget his batting average and look at how valuable he has been to the Yanks so far this season. The V in MVP stands for valuable. MVP doesn’t necessary mean Player of the Year or Best Player in the League. It’s Most VALUABLE Player, and if the season ended today, Teix would have to be in the consideration. If he did win with a .240 batting average, it would be the lowest by a non-pitcher ever. Marty Marion of the Cardinals hit just .267 in 1944 (a WWII year, and today as I write this is D-Day) to have the lowest batting average by a non-pitcher MVP. The AL record? Roger Maris hit .269 in 1961 when he hit 61 HR. Forget the .240 Teix has. Look at what his 17 HR means to the team.

In the fifth, Gardner tripled and A-Rod singled him in to make it 5-0. A-Rod had four hits on the night to move him to 2991 for his career, just nine short of 3000. The RBI was #1997, passing Barry Bonds on the all-time list. 3 short of 2000. Unofficially, only three men have hit 2000 RBI. Aaron, Ruth and Anson, and MLB and the Elias Sports Bureau only recognize Aaron (the RBI became an official stat in 1920, eliminating some 222 Ruth RBI (they credit him with 1992) and Anson played 1871-1897).

Up 5-0, Eovaldi had to be replaced in the sixth. You wish he could have given more length than 5 1/3, but he did get the win. The Angels did get one run in the sixth but the Yanks got two back in the bottom of the inning on a McCann double, move up on a groundout, Gregorius SF and Drew’s second HR of the game (7). 7-1 Yanks.

Chris Young singled in a run in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Then came the top of the ninth. Hmm. I saw the game the night Bernie Williams’ #51 was retired, and in that game, Jose Pirela made some defensive mistakes. In the top of the ninth, with Headley having moved 3B to 1B, Drew moved to 3B from 2B and Pirela inserted at 2B (most likely to give Teix a rest with the big lead), a popup fell between Headley and Pirela. Maybe in retrospect, Pirela should have just steered clear of Headley who had it all lined up to catch. Brendan Ryan has played a couple of rehab games now. I wonder if this could be a trigger to send Pirela down and call Ryan back up. After that botched popup, if the Boss were alive and in his prime, Pirela may be on his way down.

Anyway, Esmiel Rogers started the ninth and couldn’t pitch around that mishap. (It was ruled a hit because no one touched the ball. Really, someone should have been given an error on the easy pop up). Rogers faced five batters, gave up four hits and a walk and all five batters scored.

Betances came in and gave up a run. Next thing you know it’s 8-7, fans like me are pulling their hair out (no wonder I have a big bald spot), and Betances has to escape with the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on first. I am sure, as Bob Costas stated on MLB, that manager Girardi and pitching coach Rothschild weren’t happy that Betances had to be used. After yesterday’s off-day, they wanted two consecutive days off for both Betances and Miller. Now Betances is most likely unavailable tonight after having thrown 33 pitches last night.

Eovaldi (W, 5-1, 4.16) 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 4 K.
Shreve 1 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 2.22
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.38
Rogers 0 IP (5 batters) 5 R, 4 H, 1 walk, 0 K. 6.39
Betances (2nd save) 1 Ip, 1 R (first ER of season), 1 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 0.30.

Meanwhile, in order to save Michael Pineda’s arm, the Yanks are skipping his next start and giving him some extra rest. Instead of starting Sunday, he’ll make his next start on Friday.

 

Game 14. Pre-game notes.

ESPN Sunday night game tonight. With the Knicks/Celtics starting an hour before, the remote control gets a workout.

First off, kudos to Gus Molina for the great game he called yesterday. We knew he couldn’t hit (5 for 44 in MLB career to date) but he did a good job getting the most from Garcia.

Millwood will pitch in one of Trenton’s two games today. AA. We’ll see how he does. Recent reports on him haven’t been good.

CC goes tonight. With a righty on the mound, it looks like Gardner will be back in the lineup after two lefties. He’s 6 for 41. Time to wake up and get going.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Chavez is at 3B and Alex sits. He came out of yesterday’s game with an oblique strain. With an off-day tomorrow, it’ll buy him more time to rest, and hey, Chavez is 5 for 11.

I respectfully disagree with Joel Sherman, who says he’d vote for Bonds because of what Bonds did pre-steroids. I agree with Sherman on what Bonds did, but disagree about the vote for him. Sherman should have clarified himself. If someone like Bonds (or others like him) get in, then the last line of the plaque must read: Statistics aided by the use of illegal performance-enhancing drugs.

Game #10. Yanks get game in. Win 7-4. A.J. 3-0; #617 for Alex. Save #564 for Mo. HR for Jorge. Trouble for Feliciano.

I never thought the Yanks would get the game in tonight but they did. (Sigh, if only this were the game Dennis and I were to attend last night when it was rained out). 

A 7-4 win for the Yankees tonight, as they go to 6-4 and into a first-place tie with the Orioles.

The Yanks jumped out to an early lead. In the first, Gardner singled but was CS. Jeter and Teix singled (Breaking an 0-18 slump) then Alex hit #4 for the year, #617* of his career. A quick 3-0 lead. I don’t know how far that A-Rod HR was from where my seats would have been last night, but the Gameday dot is kind of close to where it may have been.  

The Yanks added three more in the second. With one out, Martin doubled and after a groundout moved him to third, Jeter got his second and last hit of the game (2935, tied with Barry Bonds). It was an infield hit which made it 4-0. Another hit by Teix and a walk to Alex loaded the bases. Cano hit a 2-run double to make it 6-0.

In the fifth, Posada broke an 0 for 19 slump with a HR, his fourth of the year. #265 made it 7-0.

So it stayed until the 7th, when A.J. lost it after getting the leadoff batter. After that first out, double, WP, HR, walk, HR made it 7-4. David Robertson came in and got the last two outs.

A.J.: 6 1/3, 4 R, 7 H, 2 W and 5 K. He had a 4-hit shutout entering the 7th. One strange stat: 3 WP.

A.J. goes to 3-0, 4.67. Robertson’s ERA stays at 0.00.

Soriano gave up a hit in the 8th, but a scoreless inning. ERA 7.71, but that ‘s because of just one bad outing so far in his 5 appearances. 

Then the greatest. Mo. Save #5 of the year (the Yanks have only won 6 games, 6-4). #564 of his career in a 1-2-3 inning. ERA 0.00.

I haven’t had time to read the whole story, but I see where Bonds was convicted of one count of obstruction of justice and the other three counts were declared a mistrial.

Problems. Feliciano’s MRI didn’t come back clean today. There could be something there that could be significant (LoHud’s word). I don’t know how significant, but it doesn’t sound good at all (out for year?).  

Outside the lines.

Interesting stuff going on elsewhere in baseball.

A lot of rib cage injuries, Jason Bay being the latest. It’s funny how Suzyn Waldman on the radio said to stop the weightlifting. She does have a point. I remember a comment made years ago by Tony Kubek advising flexibility and not muscle-boundness. Interesting.

The sordidness of the Bonds trial is also interesting. The Giambis testimony. Jason’s testimony casts a dark spell on his time in 2003 with the Yanks (but then you wonder how it also affected his poor 2004 and therefore the ALCS of that year). So much went on then, with so many players that all you can do is shake your head. Sad. If you think this is bad enough, what happens when Clemens goes to trial?

Now the Phils have Lidge out 3-6 weeks. Utley already a question mark. Polanco has problems. … and more. Bad Karma there. I wonder what the Phils’ fans that I heard not long ago who predicted 105 wins are saying now? Hey, it’s like I’ve been saying. You have to play the games.

   

Spring and Summer of shame?

I won’t get into the legal details, but this spring and summer could get very interesting and shameful. Things seem to be speeding up regarding the Bonds and Clemens trials. Bonds’ trial is scheduled for March 21st, and it’s being reported that ex-teammates as well as Jason Giambi may be testifying.

Not long after we are done with that comes the Clemens’ trial. The defense tried to get the case dismissed, thinking too many charges are all lumped together. The prosecution doesn’t want Clemens’ lawyer cross-examining Pettitte because he worked for Pettitte before. I still wonder if Clemens’ upcoming trial is playing a part in Andy’s decision whether or not to retire.

Regardless, things could get messy for Bonds, Clemens, others, and baseball in general.