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Judge out indefinitely with broken rib.

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From ESPN:

New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has a broken rib and it’s not clear whether he will need surgery, leaving doubt when he’ll be back in the lineup.

Manager Aaron Boone said he thought the star right fielder hurt himself making a diving catch in September of last season.

Judge will rest two weeks while recovering from the stress fracture to his first right rib. He hasn’t played in any spring training games while dealing with soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder.

Judge underwent about a dozen tests, including an MRI plus CT and bone scans, to determine the source of his pain.

“It shows signs of healing so we’re going to give it the next couple and re-test to show how much healing is going on with that rib,” Boone said.

Surgery to remove the bone is a possibility, depending on the healing process.

 

Baker managing ASG? And a passing.

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In an article on MLB.com, Will Leitch mentions about Dusty Baker being the Manager of the Astros this year, and in that article, has a sentence about Baker managing the next All-Star Game.

No offense to Dusty, but I don’t think he should manage by “default.” Since Hinch was suspended because of the Astros’ scandal, and fired because of it,  I feel the honor should then go to Aaron Boone, whose team lost last year’s ALCS.


Gil Coan, OF for the Washington Senators, 1946-1953, Baltimore Orioles (1955-1956), Chicago White Sox (1955), N.Y. Giants (1955-1956) passed away at the age of 97. Coan finished 23rd in MVP voting in 1951, when he hit .303-9-62.

His 162 g. average was .254-7-49 with 15 SB. OPS+ 84. 1950 and 1951 were his best years–by far—of his MLB career.

When I was a kid, I had a lot of baseball cards. Kept them in an old cedar-chest. I had some old Gil Coan card from the 1950s, probably got it from my dad.

Until the cat we had at that time mistook the chest and the cards for a litter box. Yuk.

I wonder about the value of some of the cards that had to get tossed out.

Not Coan’s, but say a Nolan Ryan rookie card? Dang that cat.

One-time Yankees’ SS Tony Fernandez in critical condition.

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Derek Jeter won the ROY Award in 1996, after a 15 game cameo in 1995.

Do you remember who was the Yankees’ starting SS before Jeter?

It was Tony Fernandez, best known for his years in Toronto.

According to the NY Post,

the 57-year-old former shortstop was in critical condition after suffering complications from polycystic kidney disease, which Fernandez revealed he had in 2017.

Fernandez played with Toronto I (1983-1990), San Diego (1991-1992), The NY Mets (1992-1993), Toronto II (1993), Cincinnati (1994), the Yankees (1995), Cleveland (1997), Toronto III (1998-1999), Milwaukee (2001) and finished his career with his FOURTH (Toronto IV) separate stint with Toronto in 2001.

In 1995 for the Yankees, Fernandez played in 108 games, basically missing six weeks, and hit .245-5-45, OPS+ just 75. Not a good year. He did hit for the cycle in one game that season, and I was at that game. He was the Yankees SS in the 1995 ALDS vs. Seattle, hitting 5 for 21.

In 1996, he broke his right (throwing) elbow in a spring training game, and missed the whole season. He was basically “Wally Pipp’d” by Jeter, who took over at SS, won the ROY and was on his way to the HOF.

A switch-hitter, Fernandez was on the 1993 WS Champion Toronto team, was a 5x All-Star and 4x Gold Glove winner. He also played for the Indians in the 1997 WS.

He got MVP consideration 4x, and finished 8th in the 1987 voting.

He hit .288 in his MLB career, with 2276 hits. His 162 game average was .288-7-63 with 18 SB and an OPS+ of 101.

In postseason play, he hit .327-1-23 in 43 games.

Primarily a SS, he did play a little 3B and 2B also.

The JAWS system on baseball-reference.com lists Fernandez #34 as far as all-time greatest SS.

One thing though…. it does seem like he always did better on astroturf (Toronto) than on grass (both NY teams, for example).

Hopefully he pulls through.


About a half hour before the start of the Super Bowl, Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone tweeted out his prediction for the final score, and he nailed it dead on.

Any prediction for the Yankees this year, Skip?

 

Boone AL All-Star Game Mgr.?and Yanks make a minor deal.

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OK, with Hinch, last year’s pennant winning manager gone, and same with Cora, does this mean Aaron Boone, who lost last year’s ALCS, now is the AL All-Star game manager?


The Yanks made a minor deal. When Gardner’s contract was finalized last week, LHP Stephen Tarpley was DFA’d. Today they traded him to Miami for a prospect, James Nelson, 3B. Nelson will most likely be with A+ Tampa.

From MLB.com:

Nelson, 22, spent his 2019 season with Class A Advanced Jupiter, batting .228 (98-for-429) with 36 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 36 RBIs in 121 games. Over four Minor League seasons, the right-handed hitter has hit .259 with 14 homers and 147 RBIs in 328 games, playing exclusively at third base.

Tarpley, 26, made 31 Major League appearances (one start) for the Yankees from 2018-19, going 1-0 with two saves and a 5.88 ERA (22 earned runs in 33 2/3 innings).

 

MLB hammers Astros; Cora and Red Sox next.

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Worked OT, and am watching the College Football National Championship game, so I’ll do a lot of cut and pasting here.

From MLB.com (edited) Bold is from me :

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were each suspended without pay for the 2020 season by Major League Baseball, which on Monday released the findings from its investigation of Houston’s sign-stealing allegations.

Approximately one hour after the penalties were issued, Astros owner Jim Crane announced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston that Luhnow and Hinch had both been dismissed by the organization.

As part of the penalties, Houston also forfeits its first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Drafts. In addition, the Astros were fined $5 million, which is the highest allowable fine under the Major League Constitution.

Former Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman, who was dismissed by the club in October after he made offensive and insensitive comments directed at a group of female reporters at the conclusion of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 19, 2019, was also suspended for one year for his inappropriate conduct in the clubhouse. Taubman “shall be ineligible to perform services on behalf of any Major League club, either as an employee or independent contractor.”

The suspensions of Luhnow and Hinch are to begin immediately, ending on the day following the completion of the 2020 World Series. Taubman, who is currently not employed by a Major League club, will be eligible to apply for reinstatement at that same end time as well.

Should either Luhnow or Hinch be found to engage in “any future material violations” of Major League rules, the offender will be placed on the permanently ineligible list.

The report says the illegal sign-stealing was mostly player-driven, but it states that former bench coach Alex Cora, who is now the manager of the Red Sox, was involved in setting it up. Cora was not disciplined as part of this investigation, but the report states that he could face penalties at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation into allegations of illegal sign-stealing by the Red Sox during the 2018 season.

There were no penalties given to any Astros players as part of the investigation, though Mets manager Carlos Beltrán — who was a DH/outfielder on the 2017 Astros — was mentioned in the report as one of the players involved in the illegal sign-stealing. In explaining why no players would face any discipline, Commissioner Manfred wrote the following:

“Assessing discipline of players for this type of conduct is both difficult and impractical. It is difficult, because virtually all of the Astros’ players had some involvement or knowledge of the scheme, and I am not in a position based on the investigative record to determine with any degree of certainty every player who should be held accountable, or their relative degree of culpability.

“It is impractical given the large number of players involved, and the fact that many of those players now play for other clubs.”

Now the Astros need to find a new GM and manager. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that Astros bench coach Joe Espada (a one-time Yankees coach) is the favorite to become interim manager

As for Cora and Boston, be afraid. Be very, very afraid.  They may need a new manager soon as well.

Once again, from MLB.Com, once again, edited :

Red Sox manager Alex Cora was named by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred as a primary participant in the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme of 2017 and may face future discipline for his role upon the completion of an ongoing investigation into a similar scheme allegedly used by the Red Sox during Boston’s World Series championship season of 2018.

The Red Sox organization also could receive penalties when that investigation is concluded.

“Cora was involved in developing both the banging scheme and utilizing the replay review room to decode and transmit signs,” wrote Manfred. “Cora participated in both schemes, and through his active participation, implicitly condoned the players’ conduct. I will withhold determining the appropriate level of discipline for Cora until after the [Department of Investigations] completes its investigation of the allegations that the Red Sox engaged in impermissible electronic sign stealing in 2018 while Cora was the manager.”

The two teams hurt the most are the Yankees, who lost the ALCS to Houston in a series where the home team won every game, and the Dodgers, who lost the WS to Houston in 2017 and to Boston in 2018. 

One last thing: with Hinch out, don’t be surprised if Aaron Boone is now the manager of the 2020 AL All-Star team.

 

Thoughts on Mgr of Year; CYA winners announced, and Houston’s scandal.

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Another blog makes a good point. It may be that a Yankees manager may NEVER be selected Mgr. of the Year because of several reasons. One being the expectations that the Yanks are supposed to be good because of who they are and their financial resources. So if they do well, it was because they were EXPECTED to do well. The manager only did what he was expected to do.

But that wasn’t really the case this year. Yes, the Yanks were expected to do well, but with the team they EXPECTED to have, not a team ravaged by injuries. Severino and Stanton missed almost the whole year each.  Betances and Montgomery the same. Didi two and a half months, Andujar all but a handful of games,  Hicks over half the year and so on and so on. Still, the Yanks won 103 games and the AL East. Still, Boone didn’t get MOY despite managing a M*A*S*H* unit to that victory total.


It is looking more and more like Didi won’t be back. We’ll see, but in reading the tea leaves and insider commentary…


This Houston cheating scandal with the cameras, video cheating, etc. has added another s to the Astros name on various sites. You can guess where that s is going…


The CYA was announced. In the NL, Jacob DeGrom repeats as the Cy Young Award winner, getting 29 of the 30 first place votes.

It is amazing the lack of support DeGrom gets. Take a look at the win totals in these past two CYA winning seasons.

2018 10-9, 1.70, led majors in ERA.
2019 11-8, 2.43. Led NL in strikeouts.

21 wins COMBINED. The Mets are wasting his starts.

In the AL, teammates Justin Verlander & Gerrit Cole were neck and neck with Verlander winning his second CYA. He previously won the CYA in 2011 (and MVP that year too). In addition to two CYA, Verlander also has been the runnerup three times.

Verlander got 17 first place votes and 171 points to Cole’s 13 first place votes and 159 points.

Verlander 21-6, 2.58. Led majors in wins, starts and IP. Struck out 300.
Cole 20-5, 2.50. Led AL in ERA. Led majors with 326 strikeouts.

You could have flipped a coin between the two.

As for Cole, it’s expected the free agent won’t sign until the new year.

 

Boone runnerup for Mgr. of Yr.

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In a close vote, Aaron Boone came up second for the Manager of the Year Award.

Both he and Rocco Baldelli of the Twins got 13 first place votes, but Baldelli got 13 2nd place votes to Boone’s 9 and won the points count, 106-96.

In the NL, Mike Shildt of St. Louis won despite getting 10 first place votes to Craig Counsell of Milwaukee’s 13. Shildt got 95 points overall to Counsell’s 88.


Gabe Kapler has landed on his feet. Fired this offseason after two seasons as Phillies’ manager, he was hired as the new Giants manager. Former Yankee coach, and current Houston coach, Joe Espada, was in the running.


Lastly, from MLB.com:

The Astros released a statement on Tuesday afternoon saying they were beginning an investigation, in cooperation with Major League Baseball, after a story in The Athletic (subscription required) accused the club of stealing signs electronically in 2017, the year they won the World Series.