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Bando, A’s 3B of 1970s champs, dies at 78; Shelley Duncan named Yanks’ AAA mgr.

Catching up on some minor and major things. Minnesota traded Luis Arraez to the Marlins for Pablo Lopez. Lopez was rumored to be a Yankees’ target but the asking price was too steep. When I heard Arraez was on the block, I hoped the Yanks could get him, but a) they didn’t have the pitching prospects the Twins wanted, and b) Arraez, although versatile and who could play LF, isn’t that great defensively.

The Yankees named Shelley Duncan as their AAA manager at SWB. Duncan was a Yankee for 68 games from 2007-2009 before going to Cleveland and Tampa Bay from 2010-2013. Shelley is the brother of Chris and son of Dave Duncan. His dad was a long-time coach after his playing career ended so Shelley can draw on his father for some coaching advice.

Prospects are suspects. No matter how highly regarded prospects are, not all pan out (Remember Jesus Montero? Clint (now Jackson) Frazier? Jose Tabata)? Didn’t make the impact in the majors you though they would. Well, Miguel Andujar was just DFA’d by Pittsburgh. Andujar was 2nd in ROY voting in 2018 (.297-27-92 with 47 doubles) but never was the same after a 2019 shoulder injury, hitting just .230 with 8 HR since then in 114 MLB games. And Justus Sheffield was DFA’d by Seattle after going just 12-12, 5.47 in 48 games (33 starts) for them. The Yanks have top prospects in Anthony Volpe, Oswald Peraza, Oswaldo Cabrera, Jasson Dominguez, Spencer Jones, Everson Pereira and Austin Wells, but how many of them will make it? You hope for another “Core 4” but you never know.

Lastly, a notable passing. Sal Bando, 3B for the A’s dynasty that won 3 straight WES from 1972-1974 has passed away at the age of 78. That team is the only team other than the Yankees (1936-1939, 1949-1953 and 1998-2000) to win 3 WS in a row. Bando played for the A’s (Kansas City and Oakland) from 1966-1976 and then for the Milwaukee Brewers 1977-1981. He was a 4x All-Star who got MVP consideration 7x. Three of those times he finished in the top 10 for MVP voting.

1971 RUNNERUP in MVP voting to teammate Vida Blue. .271-24-94, OPS+ 137.
1973 4th in MVP. .287-29-98, Led AL in doubles and total bases. OPS+ 150.
1974 3rd in MVP. .243-22-103. Led MLB in SF. OPS+ 130.

Bando averaged 154 games a year from 1968-1979, averaging .257-20-83, OPS+ 122. His 162-game average for his career was .254-19-83, OPS+ 119.

In 44 postseason games, he hit .245-5-13.

Baseball-Reference has Bando listed as the 16th best 3B of all-time. He only spent 1 year on the HOF ballot, getting just 3 out of 413 votes. I am not saying he is a Hall of Famer, and think he just misses out, but he should have received more consideration that that.

Game 144. Yanks beat Boston 10-5 behind HRs by Gleyber and Judge. Tauchman also HRs, but gets hurt.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before the game, the Yanks activated Gio Urshela off the IL and brought up Thairo Estrada (who was on rehab), Kyle Higashioka and Breyvic Valera.

The Yanks then beat Boston 10-5 behind Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Mike Tauchman, but Tauchman got hurt during the game.

With the win, the 94-50 Yankees maintain an 8 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay with 18 games to go. The magic # to reach the playoffs is 8 and the magic # to clinch the division is 10.

They remain tied with Houston for the best record in baseball but Houston has the tiebreaker. Both teams are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Dodgers.

In the second inning, Torres gave the Yanks a 2-0 lead with his 35th HR of the season after Edwin Encarnacion singled in front of him.

In the third, Tauchman singled, and D.J. LeMahieu reached on an infield single. Judge singled in a run, sending LeMahieu to third. After Didi Gregorius popped out, Gary Sanchez’ RBI groundout made it 4-0.

Staked to a four-run lead, Masahiro Tanaka couldn’t go five innings for the win. He gave up a two-run HR to Jackie Bradley in the bottom of the third that cut the Yanks’ lead to 4-2.

In the top of the fourth, Torres singled and scored two outs later on a 2-run HR by Tauchman (13) who had to leave the game later with a calf injury. He’ll be getting an MRI. Ugh. 6-2, Yanks.

With two out in the fourth, Tanaka gave up a single and two doubles and that cut the lead to 6-4. Tanaka didn’t come out for the fifth, so couldn’t get the win.

Chad Green was superb in his three innings of scoreless relief and did pick up the W. His ERA of 4.60 doesn’t look good because of those horrendous first three weeks of the season where his ERA was 16.43 and he had to be sent to the minors. Since returning, the ERA is 2.89.

In the fifth, Judge led off the inning with a HR (21) to make it 7-4, then Didi reached on an error. After a walk, Encarnacion singled Didi to third, and Didi scored on an RBI forceout by Torres. 8-4.

Judge’s HR was the Yanks’ 268th of the season, topping the mark set last year when they set a MLB record. They are eight behind the Twins (who set a new record) this season. Could they (or the Twins) hit 300?

Mookie Betts homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 8-5.

The Yanks scored two in the ninth when Didi walked, and Rafael Devers made two errors on the same play (one fielding, one throwing) to put runners on second and third. Devers had three errors in the game and was saved from a couple others. Encarnacion singled in one run, then Torres doubled in another to make it 10-5, the final score.

Judge 2 hits, 2 RBI, solo HR (21)
Encarnacion 3 hits, RBI
Torres 3 hits, 4 RBI, 2-run HR (35)
Tauchman 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (13). Injured, left game.

Tanaka 4 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR.  4.53
Green (W, 3-4, 4.60) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.   1.76
Loaisiga 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.  4.63

In the minors, Trenton (AA) will face Bowie for the Eastern League Championship. The best-of-five series begins in Trenton on Tuesday.

OF/1B Chris Duncan, ex-Cardinal and brother of one-time Yankee Shelley Duncan and son of former MLB catcher and pitching coach Dave Duncan, died of brain cancer
September 6 at the age of 38. He hit 22 HR as a part-time player for the 2006 WS Champion Cardinals and 21 the following year. In 389 MLB games, he hit .257 with 55 HR and an OPS+ of 109. He played for the Cardinals 2005-2009.

Tom Phoebus, RHP, died Sept. 5, age 77. Born in Baltimore, he pitched for his hometown Orioles 1966-1970, and was a part of two WS Champs (1966, 1970) and one AL Pennant winner (1969). He won 14, 15 and 14 games from 1967-1969. His only postseason appearance was in one game during the 1970 WS, where he got the win in Game 2. He pitched for the Padres (1971-1972) and Cubs (1972). His career MLB record was 56-52, 3.33, ERA+ 100.

A DYK: Aaron Boone now has 194 wins (and counting) in his first two seasons as Yankees’ manager. The record? Ralph Houk with 205 (1961 and 1962).

Lastly, a tip of the cap to Brian Cashman’s longevity with the Yankees. Not even a year after winning the World Series, the Red Sox fire Dave Dombrowski.


Cardinals’ coach Duncan to resign

Due to health concerns with his wife, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan will step down.

Earlier, Tony LaRussa resigned as manager after the Cards won the 2011 WS.

Of course, Pujols went west to the Angels. The Cards did pick up Beltran and will move Berkman to 1B.

I have to wonder who will be the bigger loss. Could it be Duncan?

What about Duncan?

I have to ask, now that LaRussa retired, what will his long-time right-hand man, Dave Duncan, do?

Gold Glove winners will be announced late tonight. I’m pulling for Gardner.

The Yanks declined the option on former first-round pick Andrew Brackman, making him a free agent. Brackman turns 26 soon and appeared in three games with the Yanks this year, going 0-0, 0.00 in 2 1/3 IP. 1 H, 3 walks, 0 K.

Brackman was 3-6, 6.00 at AAA this year. In 96 IP there he K’d 75 but also walked 75. In his minor league career with the Yanks, Brackman was 15-29, 5.11. 304 K in 343 1/3 IP but 190 walks.

The Yanks officially announced the Cashman signing today. 3 years.

Off Day. Joe, check the stats.

So far, Matsui has looked awful. (But then, offensively, who hasn’t?). I had wanted Duncan to DH in Game 1, and Giambi in Game 2, with the struggling Godzilla out of the lineup.

Joe didn’t do it. Even with the Yanks desperately holding on to a one-run lead, and Matsui clearly struggling, Torre didn’t PH Giambi for Matsui in the DH slot. Do you know what makes it worse?

This year, Giambi was 8 for 16, with 1 double, 4 HR, and 6 RBI vs. the Indians. Look at that again.

I am getting annoyed at the media types who are Torre apologists. Some say how sad it is that the midges could cost Torre his job and make Alex, Posada, Mo,etc. leave the Yankees.

As for the players, managers come and go. Get over it. Your job is to play, not to tell the front office what to do, especially regarding who should manage.

As for Torre, ignoring the stats on Giambi, staying with Wang too long, putting Hughes in when you are down 11-3 in the 7th and not when down 4-3 in the 5th, not bunting with certain ballplayers when it’s obvious your team’s bats seem to have problems with a different kind of bug (termites)—THAT is what would get Torre fired or have him resign, NOT the midges.

Maybe the midges helped or caused the Game 2 loss, but don’t blame them for Torre’s mismanaging.

UPDATE: According to writer Pete Abraham’s blog for LoHud (Lower Hudson Valley newspaper), Joe is thinking about it. Abraham writes, “Torre said he was considering using Jason Giambi as either the first baseman or DH. He is 6 of 14 with two homers against Westbrook, so that makes sense. Hideki Matsui 5 of 11, so maybe Mientkiewicz (5 for 21) sits.”

As for me, I stick with Mientkiewicz’ defense. He made a couple of nice plays while the Yanks were clinging to the 1-0 lead in game 2, and you can’t afford to give up any runs in ANY postseason game, much less one that is do-or-die. Right now, Matsui doesn’t look as if he can hit anybody, even someone he “owns”. Go with Giambi at DH and the Eyechart at 1b. Besides his defense, Mientkiewicz (the Eyechart) can play littleball. If Melky gets on in front of Mientkiewicz, you can have Mientkiewicz bunt.