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SWB staff set. Yanks’ ticket sales WAY up.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks’ AAA affiliate has their coaching staff set for 2018. Major changes.

Manager: Bobby Mitchell
Hitting coach: Phil Plantier
Pitching coach: Tommy Phelps
Bullpen coach: Doug Davis
Defensive coach: Travis Chapman

Mitchell was with the Dodgers and Twins 1980-1983. OF. 202 MLB games. Batted & threw Lefty. .243-3-43. OPS+ 77.

Plantier: OF, Batted L, Threw R. Boston 1990-1992, SD, 1993-1994; Houston 1995; Back to SD 1995. Oakland 1996. San Diego yet again, and St. Louis 1997.

Plantier was 8th in ROY in 1991, hitting .331-11-35, OPS+ 178 in just 53 games with Boston. He hit .240-34-100, OPS+ 122 for the 1993 Padres.  In 610 MLB games, he hit .243 w/91 HR, OPS+ 104. 162 g. average, .243-24-78.

Phelps: Lefty pitcher. FL and Milw. 2003-2005. 75 games, 11 starts. 4-5, 4.34. ERA+ 97.

Davis: C, 3B. From Bloomsburg, PA. 1989 Angels, 1992 Rangers. 7 MLB games. 1 for 13.

Chapman: 3B. 2003 Phillies. 1 at bat.

The addition of Giancarlo Stanton has energized the fan base. Ticket sales are up 550,000 over last year at this time.

From MLBTR.com:

The Yankees have signed right-hander David Hale to a minor league contract, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports (Twitter link).  Hale posted a 3.30 ERA over 87 1/3 IP for the Braves as a reliever and occasional starter in 2014, but his performance suffered after a trade to Colorado that offseason.  The ground-ball specialist struggled to a 6.09 ERA over 78 1/3 IP (mostly as a starter) that year and then tossed only two MLB innings in 2016.  Hale has since pitched in the Orioles’ and Dodgers’ farm systems.

 

 

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Yankees to retire Jeter’s #2 on 50th anniversary of Mantle’s 500th HR.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

On Mother’s Day, May 14, 1967, a Sunday, Mickey Mantle hit his 500th HR off of Baltimore’s Stu Miller at the original Yankee Stadium.

Exactly 50 years later, on another Sunday and Mother’s Day, the new Yankee Stadium across the street will see another historic event: the retirement of #2 for Derek Jeter.

With the retirement, all single digits will be retired, unless someone decides to shine in #0 or #00 or so.

You wonder if #13 (A-Rod) could be next….

Big move by Boston today, trading 4 prospects, Moncada being the top one, to the White Sox for Chris Sale.

A big deal is brewing, as the Cubs are close to trading OF Jorge Soler to KC for reliever Wade Davis. Well, now that Chapman is probably leaving….

Cubs win epic game 7; first WS title since 1908. Zobrist MVP.

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First a correction. I forgot that Albert Pujols also drove in 6 RBI in a game. He was 5 for 6, scored 4 runs, had 3 HR and had 6 RBI in Game 3 of the 2011 WS. A game where he tied the WS record for HR AND RBI in one game.

So the four to drive in 6 in a WS game are Richardson, Matsui, Pujols and Russell.

Now to Game 7. Where to begin. It was epic.

The Cubs beat the Indians in ten innings, 8-7. It’s the first WS title for the Cubs since 1908. They are the sixth team to come back from down three to games to one in a best-of-seven World Series. The others: 1925 Pirates, 1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1979 Pirates and 1985 Royals.

Ben Zobrist was named WS MVP.

Dustin Fowler led off the game with a HR, the first time that ever happened in a Game 7.

The Indians tied it in the third on a single by Carlos Santana.

The Cubs got two in the fourth (Russell SF, Willson Contreras double) and two in the fifth to go up 5-1 after 4 1/2. Corey Kluber and Andrew Miller both didn’t have it. You can tell some pitchers were worn out.

Javier Baez homered for one of those Cubs runs in the fifth. The other scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo.

In the bottom of the fifth, a wild pitch let two runners score. 5-3 Cubs.

In the top of the sixth, David Ross, playing in his last MLB game, homered. What a way to retire, by homering in Game 7 of a WS. 6-3 Cubs.

Then, four outs away from victory, the Cubs let the game slip away for the time being.

With two out in the bottom of the eighth, Jose Ramirez singled and the Cubs brought in Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman’s recent workload caught up with him. He gave up a double to Brandon Guyer, and then shockingly, a 2-run HR to Rajai Davis that tied the game up.

The game went into the tenth. Kyle Schwarber singled and was PR for. After an out and an intentional walk, Zobrist doubled. After an intentional walk to load the bases back up for a DP, Miguel Montero singled to make it 8-6. Cleveland got out of the inning with no further damage, but the fatal damage was done.

The Indians didn’t go quietly however. (You knew it wasn’t going to be easy for the Cubs after 108 years, didn’t you?) After two out, a walk, an advance due to defensive indifference and a single (Davis again) made it 8-7 and put the tying run on first with the winning run at the plate. Cubs fans had to fear a game-tying double or WS winning HR. Michael Martinez grounded out and it was over.

For the Indians, another year of waiting for their first WS title since 1948.

For the Cubs, they can retire the Billy Goat. As for the 108 year gorilla (not monkey) on their backs, that’s gone, too.

Theo Epstein, president of the Cubs, can probably book his HOF ticket. As GM of Boston, he ended an 86-year old Curse of the Bambino and as President of the Cubs, ended the 108 year Cubs’ curse.

Finally, Joe Maddon, Cubs’ manager, wins a WS (he lost as Tampa Bay mgr. in 2008). Maddon comes from Hazleton, PA, about an hour’s drive from me.

Now for the hot stove league. Who gets traded? What free agents go where?

The Minors. New pickups shine for Tampa.

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AAA: SWB (70-43) won 5-1. Luis Cessa 7 2/3 IP, 11 strikeouts. Ike Davis 3 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI. Pete Kozma and Ben Gamel 2 hits each.

AA:   Trenton (70-42, note the nice records) lost 6-0. Mark Payton 2 hits.

High A: Justus Sheffield was one of the top prospects the Yanks got in the Andrew Miller deal with Cleveland. In his first start with a Yankees’ organizational team, 6 IP, 1  R, 2 H, 1 walk and 11 K in Tampa’s (65-45) 7-1 win.    Gleyber Torres, who the Yanks got from the Cubs for Chapman, 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. Torres did make two errors, though. 3 hits, rbi Zack Zehner. 2 hits, RBI Rashad Crawford (got him in Chapman deal). Wes Wilson 3 hits, rbi.

Low A: Charleston (62-47) lost 5-4. Dillon Tate, who the Yanks got for Beltran, pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Alexander Palma four hits. Austin Afenir 2 hits, RBI. 3 hits Vicente Conde.

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB won 5-4. Jonathan Holder, promoted from AA Trenton, 2 innings for the save. 2-run HR Ike Davis. 2 hits, 2 RBI Gary Sanchez. Tyler Austin and Cesar Puello 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton won 8-5. 1B Mike Ford, 2-run HR. 2 hits, RBI 3B Miguel Andujar. 3 hits Cito Culver, 2 hits & 2 RBI for Dante Bichette, Jr.

High A: In the completion of Friday’s suspended game, Tampa lost 10-7.

Jeff Hendrix 4 for 4. Abiatal Avelino 3 hits, 2 RBI. Kevin Cornelius 2 hits, rbi and the same for Wes Wilson.

Tampa won the regularly scheduled game, 2-0. Yefrey Ramirez 6 IP, 1 hit.  2 hits Zack Zehner, 2 hits and an RBI Austin Aune.

Low A: Charleston won a slugfest, 14-10. Ricardo Ferreira HR, 4 RBI. Kane Sweeney 3 hits, 2 doubles, 3 RBI. Alexander Palma 4 hits, 2 doubles, 4 RBI. 3 hits, Rbi Chris Godinez, Cesar Diaz 2 for 2, 3 walks, Rbi.

The Minors. 12-run inning for SWB.

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AAA: SWB won 14-2. Luis Severino 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 11 K. He and Johnny Barbato combined for 15 K.

SWB scored 12 in the sixth.

C Gary Sanchez 3 hits, inc. a grand slam. DH Ike Davis 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Tyler Austin 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. OF Ben Gamel 2 hits, OF Jake Cave 2 hits, rbi, SS Pete Kozma 2 hits, rbi, 3B Jose Rosario 3 hits.

AA: Trenton won 7-4. OF Dustin Fowler 2 h, double, HR, 3 RBI. 2B Vicente Conde 3 hits, rbi.

High A: Tampa won 6-0. James Reeves 7 IP, 2 H. SS Jorge Mateo returned from his suspension, HR, 2 RBI. OF Jeff Hendrix 3 hits, 3 RBI. 3 Hits, rbi for C Wes Wilson.

Low A: Charleston lost 5-4. 3 hits, RBI OF Jhalen Jackson. 2 hits, RBI C Luis Torrens. 2 hits, OF Ricardo Ferreira.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB gave up 2 in the bottom of the 9th and lost 4-3, Kirby Yates the losing pitcher. OF Mason Williams, now at SWB after a rehab stint in Tampa, 3 hits, 3 RBI. Three others (1B Ike Davis, 2B Pete Kozma, SS Jonathan Diaz) with 2 hits each.

AA: Trenton won 3-2. C Kyle Higashioka HR, 2 RBI. DH Tyler Wade 2 hits.

High A: Tampa scored a run in the top of the 9th to win 4-3. OF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits, GW RBI. 2B Thairo Estrada, SS Abiatal Avelino and C Francisco Diaz 2 hits each.

Low A: Charleston off.