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Yankees thoughts after getting Stanton.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

From the NY Post. Interesting words from new Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Could this be his managerial style (barring the fights, controversy and drinking that went with Billy?)

Q: If you could pick the brain of one manager in the history of baseball, who would it be?
A: I think I’d want to go back and just sit down with Billy Martin … see what’s going on there. I’ve heard, obviously a number of (chuckle) incredible stories over the years, but he’d be a guy that I think it’d be cool to sit down with and just hear him talk about the game.

Q: What do you think you might ask him?
A: (Chuckle) I don’t know if I’d ask him much. I’d rather just be a fly on the wall and sit there and say, “Just start telling these stories.” I don’t know, “Just tell me about back in the day,” not only as a player but then obviously all of his managing stints and just the colorful character that he was. I would just want to sit there and listen to some of the stories he I’m sure has for days.

Also, an interesting article in the Post about how Jeter may NOT want to help the Yankees, despite what you may see on Twitter or YouTube about any possible “collusion” because of the Stanton deal.

Jeter does hold grudges, and still may hold one because of his last contract negotiation. He really (as the article points out) hasn’t shown up at the Stadium that much since his retirement, and now, as a part-owner of the Marlins, could be expected to show up even less—and this may have occurred even without his new ownership or new fatherhood.

Also, don’t you think Jeter would be aware of the backlash that would (and is) occurring anytime he makes a deal with the Yankees?

Also, …

All the talk will be about Judge and Stanton, and deservedly so, since you have the two HR leaders from last year on the same team, with 52 and 59 HR respectively. They are the ones who finished as the AL runner up for MVP and the NL MVP.

But let’s not forget…

Gary Sanchez also was in that HR derby at last year’s All-Star game, and actually was the one who knocked out Stanton. Sanchez, despite missing a few weeks last year, hit 33 HR. And how can you forget what he did at the end of the 2016 season?

Didi Gregorius set a Yankees’ SS record with 25 HR last year, and how could you forget the two HR he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS off of Corey Kluber, the CYA winner?

Lastly, Greg Bird. Yes, Bird had a poor year because of the ankle injury that cost him most of the season and that required surgery. But remember the great spring training he had?

Not only that, but when he came back and was healthy, he hit .253-8-25 in his last 29 games.

Let’s do some math. 29 x 5 = 145. Basically a full season of 162 with some days off for rest.

Now multiply x 5. .253-40-125. Forget the batting average. 40 and 125.

Add this to Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Didi. And don’t forget that Gardner even hit 20+ HR last season.

I think a lot of people are going to overlook Bird, and barring injury, I think he will shock some people next year.

Some people have come out with their lineups. Here is mine as for now, and my reasoning:

Gardner
Judge
Bird
Stanton
Sanchez
Gregorius
Hicks
Headley
Torreyes/Wade/Torres

Ok, some people may wonder why keep Judge at 2. Here’s why: 127 walks, which led the AL. An OBP of .422. You want guys with high OBPs in front of Stanton. Some people have Didi Gregorius #2 in the lineup. Not me. Didi only walked 25 times last year. OBP .318, over 100 points lower than Judge. Give Stanton more opportunities to drive in runs. That is why I have Didi in the 6 slot. Get a high OBP guy in front of Stanton.

Bird #3. You want to break up the righty bats. And with Stanton hitting behind him, Bird, whose lefty swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium, gets protection like Maris got when Mantle was hitting behind him. Or Ruth got with Gehrig. Judge on base, you don’t want to face Stanton, Bird gets more pitches to hit.

Sanchez 5. Protects Stanton.

Torres could be in the minors until June. So Torreyes is probably a stop gap 2B until Torres is ready. Keeping Torres down for 2 1/2 weeks delays his free agency a year and keeping him there until early June delays his arbitration another year. Besides, he hasn’t played too much at 2B so he can get experience there and when he’s ready in early June you can bring him up.

Torreyes, despite hitting .292, doesn’t have much power, and only walked 11x in 2017. Hence the 9 spot.

A tough lineup to crack. Ellsbury, who is behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner, becomes the most expensive defensive replacement (and with those guys, it won’t be necessary; all are decent outfielders)/pinch runner ever. Now if the Yanks can move Ellsbury and his no-trade clause, then that can open a spot for…

Clint Frazier or Billy McKinney. Otherwise both are blocked and could be trade bait for ….

pitching help.

Also blocked, for now, are Thairo Estrada (by Torres, Didi and Headley) and Miguel Andujar (by Headley and possibly Torres).

Not trading any of those top prospects in the Stanton deal (Guzman and Devers, both of whom haven’t even played at Low A Charleston, went in the deal) leaves you open to trading one of those top prospects for a top of the line starter.

You also have pitchers who are top prospects who are, as of now, blocked. Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Domingo German to name five.

So the Yanks, should they need to make a deal, still have top prospects to trade. Also, they could try to find a taker for Ellsbury or Headley, but may have to eat $$$$ in order to do so.

Only by dumping Headley do I feel that they can retain Todd Frazier. The Yanks still want under the cap, and that became more difficult with getting Stanton.

The Modern Era HOF voting will be announced tonight. We’ll see if anyone gets in.

From mlb.com: The 10 Modern Baseball Era finalists include nine former players and one former executive: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. (One -time Yankees in bold).

 

 

 

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Game 162. Yanks end season with 2-1 loss, now to the wild card game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost a meaningless regular season finale, 2-1, to Toronto, and finished the regular season 91-71, 2 games back of Boston in the AL East. As the top wild card team, they will host the Twins in the sudden-death, wild card game on Tuesday night.

Toronto only got two hits in the game, but they were enough.

In the fourth, a walk, single and SF plated a run for the Blue Jays.

The Yanks, playing with most of the regulars getting a day off, tied it in the seventh on a HR (19) by Matt Holliday.

The Blue Jays got a run in the eighth on a strikeout, but on the play, ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder reached on a wild pitch. A walk, sac bunt and infield nubber plated the winning run.

Adam Warren got some work in before the postseason starts.

Aaron Judge got a crystal gavel for breaking the rookie HR record. He also broke Babe Ruth’s 1921 record—set at the Polo Grounds—for most HR hit at home by a Yankee in a season. 33 of Judge’s AL best 52 were at home. Judge also led the league in runs scored and walks, and led the majors in striking out 😦   . He was second in OBP, SA and OPS+.

The Yanks announced they will be extending the netting for next year to protect fans better. The little girl struck by Todd Frazier’s foul ball about two weeks ago is home, but while in the hospital, the two-year-old had tubes in her, suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone, and concern was about blood on the brain that could cause a stroke. Her vision may never recover and be the same.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.88
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.35
German (L, 0-1, 3.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82.

Ex-Yankee Pat Kelly, who grew up and graduated from high school not far from where I live, was arrested with his girlfriend (I guess he got divorced, I thought he married an Australian girl some years ago) in a Manhattan hotel early Sunday morning. Both were thrown in jail overnight for assaulting each other.

As for Tuesday, a lot of tough decisions need to be made. Who is in CF? Hicks or Ellsbury? Who DH’s? Hicks, Ellsbury, Headley or Holliday? (Bird will be at 1B, Todd Frazier at 3B). Being that it is a sudden death game, if starter Luis Severino doesn’t have it, Girardi will have to have a quick hook.

 

Game 159. Rays’ big inning dooms Yanks, 9-6.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Not what you want to see from Sonny Gray in his final regular season start before the playoffs. No command, knocked out early, gave up a lot of walks and a pair of homers, and couldn’t hold a lead.

Tampa Bay scored seven in the fifth, knocking out Gray, and beat the Yanks 9-6.

The loss kept the Yanks (89-70) three back of Boston with three games to go. It seems inevitable that the Yanks will have to settle for the top wild card.

Gray gave up a HR to the second batter of the game, but the Yanks got back-to-back HRs from Gardner (21) and Judge (51) leading off the bottom of the first to go up 2-1.

They made it 3-1 in the second on a single by Ellsbury, passed ball, and an RBI single by Todd Frazier.

The red-hot Greg Bird homered in the fourth (9) to make it 4-1. Looking good.

Then the roof fell in. That seven-run inning featured Gray throwing a HR and a WP, and catcher Gary Sanchez committing an error and a passed ball. After Gray was pulled, Jonathan Holder gave up a HBP, single and triple in getting no one out.

Starlin Castro singled in a run in the fifth to cut it to 8-5, but Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the sixth to put the Rays up 9-5.

Aaron Hicks hit his second HR (15) since coming off the DL this week to close out the scoring. It was a PH HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits.

Adam Warren is coming off the DL today.

Gray (L, 10-12, 3.55) 4 2/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 5 W, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.89
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.77 Gave up 1 HR.
Heller 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.90
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 4.87

I am impressed this year with Heller and German as far as guys who may be able to really step up and contribute more in 2018.

Game 152. Yanks win, Didi sets Yankees HR record for SS, tragedy averted, thankfully.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Before we get into the game, I must mention something that happened during this afternoon’s game that fortunately, did not turn into a tragedy.

In the middle of the game, Todd Frazier lined a ball into the stands where it struck a girl in the face. The girl, sitting in the box seats, had to be removed from the game on a stretcher, and rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Players on the field from both teams were in tears because of what happened.

Thankfully, it appears that the girl will be OK.

The girl is 2 years old.

Which raises questions. Should a 2 year old be sitting in box seats? Should you sell tickets to someone who will be sitting in box seats with a two year old or should they be required to take seats further away from the playing field?

Should protective netting be expanded to go all the way up the first and third base lines?

Should the parents be bringing a two-year old to the Stadium in the first place?

This could have been a tragedy. It wasn’t. But these questions need to be addressed. Thankfully, what could have been much worse didn’t happen.

Luis Severino was off. The Twins got three in the top of the third off off Seve, and it was a 46 pitch inning for him. Credit must be given to Joe Mauer, who had a 13-pitch at bat vs. Severino that resulted in a bases-loaded RBI single for a run. It appeared to take everything out of Severino.

The Yanks got it right back in the bottom of the third on back-to-back HRs by Judge (45) and Sanchez (32). The two-run HR by Judge put him over 100 RBI for the season.

It’s also important to remember that Sanchez missed 3-4 weeks at the beginning of the year due to injury.

Judge became the third rookie in history to have 100 walks, runs scored and RBI in a season. The others were Ted Williams in 1939 and Al Rosen in 1950.

He also became the fourth Yankee with 100 RBI in his rookie season, after Tony Lazzeri, Joe DiMaggio and Hideki Matsui.

There was talk about Rosen on the Yankees’ broadcast today. It was mentioned that Rosen broke in in 1947. But Rosen got in 7 games in 1947, 5 in 1948 and 23 in 1949. So he was still a “rookie” in 1950, not having met the criteria for not being a rookie.

In the fourth, the Yanks broke the game open, scoring six runs. With one out, the red-hot Ellsbury (finally over that concussion?) tripled. After a walk, Bird hit his second double of the game to make it 4-3. Gardner singled to make it 5-3. After Judge struck out for the second out, Sanchez singled, 6-3.

Didi Gregorius then hit a 3-run HR (25) to make it 9-3. With the HR, Didi set a new single season record for most HR in a season by a Yankees’ SS, breaking Jeter’s 1999 mark of 24.

In the fifth, Holliday singled and Ellsbury walked. This is where Frazier lined that ball off that poor child’s face. He flied out. Holliday moving up. A WP had Holliday scoring to make it 10-3 and moving Ellsbury to second. Bird singled Ellsbury to third, Gardner was HBP to load the bases, and Judge hit a SF, 11-3.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge HR (45) 3 RBI. Topped 100 RBI for the season.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 RBI, HR (32).
Gregorius HR (25), 3 RBI. Yankees’ record for HR in a season by a SS.
Ellsbury 3 hits.
Bird 3 hits, RBI.

Severino 3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.03.
Shreve (W, 4-1, 3.71) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. Great job.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.50
German 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K. 2.84

I am really impressed by what German has shown so far.

The Angels are playing as I write this. But the Yanks magic numbers for being the host wild card team and for making the playoffs at all are both 4.

Quick note: Boxer Jake LaMotta died at the age of 95. He was the subject of the movie Raging Bull, which won Robert De Niro a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of LaMotta.

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. Cycle for Estrada.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of their postseason series, 6-5 to Lehigh Valley, in 12 innings. They had a 5-1 lead after five.

2B Donovan Solano 3 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar solo HR. LF Billy McKinney 2-run HR.

German 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Mantiply (BS) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Feyereisen (L) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Jones 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton evened up their series against Binghamton at a game apiece, winning 9-6.

Cycle for SS Thairo Estrada, 4 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits, solo HR. 3 hits LF Zack Zehner. 2B Nick Solak 2 RBI. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI.

Koerner 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Reeves (Win) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Brewer (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K.

 

 

 

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.