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Ump who just worked Yanks-Twins ALDS dies at 52.

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From ESPN:

Eric Cooper, a Major League Baseball umpire who worked the American League Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper’s death Sunday.

Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father’s home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he spoke with some of them Saturday about his recovery.

Cooper made his debut in the majors in 1996 as a minor league fill-in and joined the big league staff in 1999.

His most recent assignment came in the playoffs this month when he worked the New York Yankees‘ sweep of Minnesota in the ALDS. He was at second base on Oct. 7 for the clinching Game 3 at Target Field.

Cooper worked the 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. He drew that post partly due to his success rate on replay challenges. MLB took those numbers into account in picking the crew, and Cooper had only three calls reversed all season.

Cooper umpired in 10 division series, four League Championship Series and the 2005 All-Star Game, along with two World Baseball Classics.

He also was behind the plate for three no-hitters — two by Mark Buehrle, including a perfect game, and another by Hideo Nomo. Cooper worked the plate in the final game of Cal Ripken Jr.’s career.

“This is a very sad day across Major League Baseball,” Manfred said in a statement. “Eric Cooper was a highly respected umpire, a hard worker on the field and a popular member of our staff. He also served as a key voice of the MLB Umpires Association on important issues in our game.”

In a statement, players’ union chief Tony Clark said: “Eric Cooper’s friendly and familiar presence in the baseball community will be missed by all of us. He was a professional and gentleman whose passion for our game, the players and his fellow umpires was evident in the way he went about his work and life.”

Cooper was an Iowa native and Iowa State graduate. He was known for rooting for another school, Notre Dame, and frequently wore Fighting Irish gear in the umpires’ locker rooms while talking about the football team’s success.

S.T. Game 16. Didi and Judge HR, but Montgomery struggles in 7-5 loss.

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Didi Gregorius and Aaron Judge homered, but the Yanks (11-5) lost their spring training game to Miami 7-5 on Sunday.

Jordan Montgomery, recently confirmed as the #5 starter, started and struggled.

He gave up a triple to ex-Yankee Starlin Castro with two out in the first but got out of it, but gave up a 2-run double with two out in the second to Miguel Rojas.

In the third, with one out, he gave up a walk and a single. Brady Lail replaced him and gave up a 3-run HR to Brian Anderson to put the Marlins up 5-0.

The Yanks got two in the fourth when Bird and Sanchez singled and both moved up on a passed ball. Didi grounded out to score one runner and move the other up and Miguel Andujar hit a SF to score the other.

Sanchez, by the way, looks really good in spring training so far, offensively AND defensively.

Wade LeBlanc gave up a 2-run HR to Cameron Maybin in the fifth to put Miami up 7-2. This also happened with two out. With two out, Anderson doubled and Maybin hit his HR. I think it’s safe to say that LeBlanc will NOT be beating out Chasen Shreve for the second lefty in the bullpen spot behind closer Aroldis Chapman.

The Yanks got two in the top of the sixth. Sanchez reached on an error, was PR for by Kyle Higashioka, and Didi hit a 2-run HR. Miguel Andujar almost went back to back, hitting a triple off the fence, but was stranded at third.

Judge hit a mammoth shot in the seventh for the final score of 7-5.

Judge solo HR.
Didi 2-run HR, 3 RBI
Andujar triple, RBI. He’s going to make it tough to send him down.

Montgomery (L) 2 1/3 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Lail 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
LeBlanc 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Carroll 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Harvey 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K.

For Miami, Castro had that triple, and ex-Yankee Garrett Cooper had 3 hits.

Meanwhile, Clint Frazier is still having trouble with that concussion.

 

 

Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

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The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.

 

Minor League Report. SWB down 2 games to 1, Trenton gets swept.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 3 of the International League Finals and is down two games to one in the best of five series. They lost 6-2. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 1B Garrett Cooper 2 hits, SS Jonathan Diaz 2 hits.

Adams (Loss) 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Coshow 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Pena 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Frare 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton lost Game 3 and got swept in the Eastern League Finals, losing 4-2, getting just four hits. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI.

Carter (Loss) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K
Carroll 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Minor League Report. SWB evens Series, Trenton in 0-2 hole. German brilliant.

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AAA: SWB evened up the International League Finals at a game apiece with a 4-0 victory. Domingo German was brilliant. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, RBI. DH Garrett Cooper 3 hits, RBI.

German (Winner) 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 W, 8 K.
Gomez (Hold) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.

AA: Trenton is in a bind. Down 0-2 in the Eastern League finals.  RF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, RBI. 1B Billy Fleming 2 hits.

Sheffield (Loss) 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Widener 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Carroll 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Brewer 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Minor League Report. Austin HRs 2x in SWB loss. Playoffs coming now.

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AAA: SWB (86-55) lost 4-3 to Lehigh Valley in their regular season finale. Lehigh Valley swept SWB and made the playoffs as a wild card. They caught and tied Rochester, but are the wild card because they were 13-9 against Rochester this season, so they win the tiebreaker, and will now face SWB all over again….in the first round of the International League Playoffs.

DH Tyler Austin had 2 solo HR for SWB. 2B Billy Fleming and SS Jonathan Diaz each had 2 hits.

Pena (L, 0-1, 9.95) 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.83
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Jones 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.38

AA: Trenton (92-48) won their regular season finale, 3-2. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 RBI. 2 hits each for RF Jeff Hendrix & DH Garrett Cooper. Trenton now will face Binghamton in the first round of the Eastern League Playoffs.

Espinal 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 5 K. 0.46
Sosebee 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.35
Carroll (W, 2-5, 2.66) 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (S, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.57

High A: Tampa’s regular season ended Sunday. They face Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League Playoffs.

Low A: Charleston (76-63) ended their regular season with an 8-2 loss. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, solo HR.   C Ryan Lidge 3 for 3. They will play Greenville in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs.

Nick Green (L, 8-9, 4.49) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.73
Cedeno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.00

 

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