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The other #9s. Infield options.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

#9, as we know, is retired for Roger Maris.

But with this new year of 2018, it marks the 40th anniversary of the Yanks’ great comeback in 1978.

One key member of that team was Graig Nettles. Who can forget his defensive wizardry in Game 3 of that 1978 WS that turned the series around? Nettles was on 5 division winners, 4 pennant winners and 2 World Championships with the Yankees from 1973-1983. He led the AL in HR with 32 in 1976, led the Yankees in WAR (Wins above Replacement) in both 1976 and 1977, was a 5x All Star in his 11 years with the Yanks, and finished in the top 10 for AL MVP in 1977 and 1978.

Isn’t it about time Nettles, 73, was honored with a plaque in Monument Park?

And while they are at it, another player who wore #9, Hank Bauer, who played for the Yankees from 1948-1959, could be honored with a plaque as well for his WS record 17 game hitting streak. Bauer died in 2007. It’s 60 years since that streak ended in 1958.

1938, 1958, 1978, 1998… lets’ hope the Yanks 20 year streak of WS titles continues…

I am not saying co-retire the number 9, as the Yanks did with #8 (Dickey and Berra), but shouldn’t Nettles and Bauer have plaques? In the case of Nettles, especially, it is long overdue.

The Yanks may or may not be looking into additional infield help. Apparently they are talking with Ji-Man Choi about him returning to AAA SWB as insurance for a possible injury to Greg Bird. Choi was 4 for 15 for the Yanks in 2017, hitting 2 HR.

Todd Frazier and Eduardo Nunez are still on the free agent market and the Yanks could have interest in one or the other. Of course the market for them has to drop or the Yanks need to unload some $alary (Ellsbury, for example). But Richard Neer (spelling?) of WFAN suggests that the Yanks should just go with the rookies, Miguel Andujar at 3B and Gleyber Torres at 2B and see how they do and then make a move, if needed, at the trade deadline of 2018.

Will the Yanks get a veteran infielder, or will they go with two rookies to start the season? We’ll see.

So far the free agent and trade market has been glacially slow.

 

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Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (86-52) lost to Lehigh Valley 5-3. SS Tyler Wade 2 doubles. 2 hits 1B Ji Man Choi. 2 hits, RBI RF Mason Williams.

Lail 6 IP, 0 R, 3 h, 4 W, 3 K. 5.17
Feyereisen (BS, 1; L, 2-3, 3.53) 1 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.62

AA:   Trenton (91-46) won 3-2. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits. Rehabbing DH Garrett Cooper 2 hits. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, RBI.

Mesa 5 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 3 W, 6 K. 0.79
Sosebee (Bs, 1) 1 2/3 IP,  2 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 4.91
Schwaab (W, 2-0, 2.84) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.

High A: Tampa (83-50) lost 4-2. 1B Chris Gittens solo HR. LF Gosuke Katoh 2 hits.

Swanson (L, 7-3, 3.95) 5 ip, 3 R, 4 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR>
Frare 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.86
Foley 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 5 K. 2.32

Low A: Charleston (75-61) lost 1-0. They got just 3 hits, 2 by RF Isiah Gilliam.

Nelson (L, 3-12, 4.56) 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 4 W, 5 K.
Diehl 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.16

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (86-50) won 8-4 over Rochester. RF Tyler Austin HR, 3 RBI. Rehabbing DH Matt Holliday 1 for 3, 2 walks. 1B Ji Man Choi 2 doubles, 2 RBI. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI.  (Andujar is .323-16-81 at AA/AAA this year, and in his one MLB game was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI. So the bat is there but apparently the Yanks don’t like his defense so far. He’s only 22. But given what they’ve received from Headley and Frazier….)

For those in the Lehigh Valley and who are Iron Pigs’ fans, well they have had and have (tonight) to root for SWB. Lehigh Valley is 2 back of Rochester for a playoff spot, with just a handful of games to go. So they need help from SWB.

German (W, 7-2, 2.83) 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 3 W, 4 K.
Holder (H, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.88
Heller 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 0 K. 2.88
Feyereisen 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.55

AA: Trenton (89-46) won 2-1. 2 hits, solo HR for DH Garrett Cooper, on rehab. He had 2 of Trenton’s 3 hits.

Carter (W, 3-1, 3.26) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Espinal (H, 4) 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.56
Brewer (S, 11) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.34

High A: Tampa (82-49) swept a DH.

Reg. Sched. Game: Won 4-3. LF Alexander Palma, 3-run HR.

Keller (W, 5-3, 2.90) 6 IP, 3 r, 8 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Foley (S, 6) 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.17

Makeup of 8/28 rainout: Won 7-2. 2B Kyle Holder 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI, triple shy of cycle. CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens solo HR (all three going to Arizona Fall League). DH/2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI.

Rosa (W, 3-0, 4.32) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Harris 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K. 2.77

Low A: Charleston (74-60) won 2-0. DH Dermis Garcia 2-run HR. Charleston got only 3 hits. Charleston’s magic # to clinch a playoff spot is 1.

Nick Green 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K. 4.40
Morris (W, 6-2, 2.63) 2 2/3 IP, 0 r, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Wivinis (S, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00

Finally, former Villanova basketball coach Rollie Massamino died. He coached Villanova to the upset over Georgetown for the NCAA basketball title on April 1, 1985, one of the greatest games, and biggest upsets, in NCAA basketball history.

Minor League Report. Playoffs to begin next week, after Labor Day.

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AAA: Playoffs start Sept. 6th. SWB (83-50) has clinched a playoff spot. They currently have the best record in the league.

They lost Sunday, 9-2. DH Ji Man Choi 3 hits, 2 doubles. 3B Cito Culver & CF Mason WIlliams each had two hits, RBI.

Lail (L, 6-5, 5.41) 6 IP, 7 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.46
Gallegos 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K, Gave up 1 HR. 2.08

AA: Trenton will open their playoffs against Binghamton on Sept. 6th. At 87-45, they clinched their division already and have the best record in the league.

They won Sunday, 5-0. 1B Ryan McBroom 2 hits, RBI. C Sharif Othman 2 hits, 2 RBI.

Mesa (W, 4-0, 0.92) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Gomez (H, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.82
Carroll (S, 4) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.80

High A: Tampa is in the playoffs, which start Sept.  5. They don’t know who they’ll face yet. They are 79-49, won the first half with a 39-31 mark, and lead their division in the second half as well, with a 40-18 mark.

They were rained out on Sunday.

Low A: Playoffs start Sept.  6. Charleston is close to clinching the second-half division crown. Their magic # to do so is 3. They are 72-60 for the season. In the first half, they were 34-36, and finished fifth. In this split season, (High A and Low A have split seasons), they are 38-24. If they hold on to make the playoffs, the opponent is TBD.

They won Sunday 3-1. RF Isiah Gilliam, HR, 3 RBI. 2 hits each for SS Diego Castillo & LF Devyn Bolasky.

Garcia (W, 2-2, 1.97) 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Cedeno (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.56
Sosebee (S, 12) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.24.

 

Minor League Report. Castro and Bird hit back-to-back HR. Holliday 2 hits, 2 RBI.

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No reports for a couple of days. I am out of town beginning Friday afternoon, returning Sunday afternoon.

Ok, time to report on baseball with no brawls.

AAA: 2B Starlin Castro and 1B Greg Bird, both on rehab, hit back-to-back HRs in SWB’s (81–49) 8-3 win on Thursday. Castro was 2 for 4 with the solo HR. Bird was 1 for 3 with two walks. Also hitting a HR was DH Ji Man Choi. CF Mason Williams 2 hits, 2 RBI. LF Jake Cave 2 hits, RBI (hitting over .340). RF Mark Payton 2 hits, and C Eddy Rodriguez 2 hits, RBI.

Jordan Montgomery was pulled because of pitch count/innings limitations. It is no coincidence he is lined up on the same day with Garcia (who has been disappointing so far) so we’ll see what happens when rosters expand September 1.

Montgomery 3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.00 (minor league ERA)
Mantiply (W, 6-5, 3.09) 4 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Jones 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.73
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.74

AA: Trenton (85-44) lost 5-1. LF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits (.388), and 2 hits for 2B Nick Solak (.329).

Camarena (L, 2-2, 3.75) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Gomez 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.93
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.86

High A: Tampa (77-49) had a DH. Only one game got played.
Reg. sched. Game: Tampa won 10-1 in seven innings.  Rehabbing DH Matt Holliday 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Tim Lynch 2 hits, double, HR, 4 RBI. SS Kyle Holder 2 hits, RBI. Also getting two hits each: CF Trey Amburgey, RF Alexander Palma, LF Devyn Bolasky.  C Donny Sands HR, 2 RBI.

Rosa (W, 2-0, 4.91) 6 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR
Frawley 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.08

The makeup game from the 8/23 postponement was postponed b/c of lightning.

Low A: Charleston (70-59) lost 2-1, giving up both runs in the bottom of the ninth. 1B Dermis Garcia solo HR.

Nick Green 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 5 K. 4.59
Mundell (H, 4) 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.58
Sosebee (BS, 2; L, 2-3, 2.17) 1 2/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Minor League Report.

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AAA: SWB (78-45) won 5-4. Rehabbing DH Greg Bird 2 for 4, RBI. CF Jake Cave 2 hits, solo HR. 1B Ji Man Choi 2 hits, 2 RBI.  2 hits, RBI LF Mason Williams. 2 hits 2B Donovan Solano.

Lail (W, 6-4, 5.06) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 3 HR.
Gallegos (H, 4) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 4 K. 1.62
Heller (S, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W,  2 K. 2.70

AA: Trenton (80-42) won 4-3. SS Thairo Estrada 2 RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 for 2 with a walk.

Acevedo 5 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR.  2.38
Mesa (W, 2-0, 1.47) 4 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 5 W, 7 K.

High A: Tampa’s regularly scheduled game was suspended after an inning and a half because of rain. There was no score. The game of 8/16 that was to be made up on 8/17 was postponed.

Low A: Charleston (68-54) won 7-2. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 hits–double, HR, 3 RBI. DH Steven Sensley 3 RBI. 2B Diego Castillo 3 hits, RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, 2 doubles.

Vargas (W, 1-2, 2.35) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K.
Mundell (H, 3) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K. 2.70
Trieglaff 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 0.00

 

Minor League Report. Tampa wins on 1-hitter.

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ICYMI: Tyler Clippard has moved on again, now from the White Sox to Houston. Clippard, who started strong for the Yanks this year before fading and being traded away, actually did well for the White Sox in his brief time there.

AAA: SWB (77-43) scored two in the top of the ninth to win 4-2. DH Ji-Man Choi, double, 2-run HR in the top of the ninth, 4 RBI.  2B Donovan Solano 3 hits. SWB pitchers struck out 15.

Cortes 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 W, 8 K. 0.98
Brewer 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 2 K. 9.64
Heller (W, 5-3, 2.76) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (78-41) gave up the tying run in the bottom of the ninth and the winning run in the bottom of the tenth and lost 5-4. LF Zack Zehner grand slam. SS Thairo Estrada 4 hits. CF Jeff Hendrix, 3B Abiatal Avelino & C Sharif Othman 2 hits each.

Camarena 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.75
Schwaab (H, 1) 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.22
Carroll (H, 3) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.79
Coshow (BS, 4; L, 2-5, 4.11) 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.

High A: Tampa (73-46) won 3-0 on a one-hitter. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Widener 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K. 3.62
Tarpley (W, 6-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Sosebee (H, 1) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
Harvey (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.33

Low A: Charleston (66-53) won 9-2. 3B Dermis Garcia 2 HR, 3 RBI. SS Oswaldo Cabrera and C Eduardo Navas 3 hits each. DH Isiah Gilliam 2 RBI. CF Pablo Olivares 2 hits, RBI.

Perez (W, 9-3, 3.01) 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 W, 7 K.
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Trieglaff 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00