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HOF announcement tonight.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Baseball makes its HOF announcement tonight, as we see who the writers put in the Hall to join Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, who both were selected by committee earlier.

You need 75% to get in.

As of this writing, 211 votes, 51.2%, are known.

Derek Jeter is still running unanimously at 100%, we will see tonight if that still holds up and if Jeter will join Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous selections.

Larry Walker, in his last year on the ballot, is at 83.7%. Curt Schilling is at 78.7%.

But only a little over half of the votes are known. Usually when the other, non-publicized part comes in, players drop, and someone like Schilling then is really on the bubble.

Barry Bonds and one-time Yankee Roger Clemens are at 71.6 and 70.6% respectively, thus a little short and expected to drop once more votes become known.

So it appears as if Jeter and Walker get in and the question is whether Jeter is unanimous and if Schilling joins them

Other notables: staying on the ballot would be Omar Vizquel, Gary Sheffield (the one -time Yankee at 36%), Scott Rolen, Billy Wagner, Jeff Kent, Todd Helton, Manny Ramirez, one-time Yankee Andruw Jones (23.7%), Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte (the Yankees’ great is at 10.4%) and another former Yankee, Bobby Abreu (6.2%).

You need 5% to stay on the ballot. Abreu is on the bubble. Pettitte stays on, but isn’t getting much support.

It appears like these notables will drop off the ballot, among others:

Ex-Yankees Jason Giambi (1 vote), Alfonso Soriano (0). Eric Chavez (one vote). Brian Roberts (0) and Raul Ibanez (0). 

Also dropping off would be Cliff Lee (1), Adam Dunn (0), and Paul Konerko (1).

The bold is players with Yankees’ connections, even if ever so briefly.

WS Perfect Game Pitcher Don Larsen passes away at age 90.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Don Larsen, who authored the only perfect game in WS history on October 8, 1956, has passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 90. The only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter was Roy Halladay in the NLDS in 2010.

Larsen pitched for the Browns (1953), Orioles (1954), Yankees (1955-1959) KC A’s (1960-1961) White Sox (1961), Giants (1962-1964) Colt .45s/Astros (Houston was called the Colt .45s before going into the Astrodome–1964/1965), Orioles again (1965), and Cubs (1967).

He pitched in five WS, and was part of two WS Champions in 1956 and 1958. He won the 1956 WS MVP.

Pitching on the last St. Louis Browns team in 1953, and the first Baltimore Oriole team of 1954, he went 10-33 in those years, losing a MLB leading 21 in 1954.

But things changed when he was traded to the Yankees, for whom he went 45-24 in the next five years, and for whom he pitched that perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series—-a game my father attended. Things got rough again after leaving the Yanks, as he went 1-10 in 1960. Pitching on poor teams before and after pitching for the Yankees hurt Larsen’s career numbers.

For his career, Larsen had an 81-91 record, ERA 3.78, ERA+ 99. His 162 game average would be 48 games, 20 starts. 9-11, 3.78.

He pitched in 10 WS games, starting 6. He was 4-2, 2.75 in WS play, and started Game 7 of both the 1957 (loss) and 1958 (ND) World Series for the Yankees.

He pitched seven shutout innings in winning Game 3 of the 1958 WS.

Larsen was also a good hitting pitcher, hitting .242 with 14 HR in his career. In 1958, he hit .306 with 4 HR.


Would be remiss in not pointing out the passing away of David Stern, age 77, former NBA commissioner who suffered a brain hemorrhage 3 weeks ago.


There hasn’t been much action on the Yankees’ front, so an update on the HOF voting, via a tracker set up by Ryan Thibodaux:

With 115 votes, 27.9% counted, as of now, these ex-players would reach the 75% necessary to get in:

Derek Jeter, 100%
Larry Walker 86.1%
Curt Schilling 79.1%
Barry Bonds 76.5%
Roger Clemens 76.5%

As late ballots come in, and some voters remain anonymous, those numbers generally DROP, thus really putting Schilling, Bonds and Clemens all on the bubble.

Bonds and Clemens will have some voters, especially the anonymous ones, NOT voting on them because of steroid suspicions.

We’ll see if Jeter continues at 100% and joins Mariano Rivera as a unanimous selection.

Not getting one vote so far are sluggers Jason Giambi, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Alfonso Soriano—all of whom hit over 400 HR in their careers.

 

Minor League Report. (Also, some Yankees news).

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For the second time this month, the Yanks had to spend overnight at an airport. Last night, after taking off, it was discovered that there was a malfunction, the plane had to return to Dallas and the Yanks once again had to wait hours at the airport before leaving. This happened last week in Washington, now again. Luckily both occurrences were before off-days, but the Yanks came out flat in KC after it happened. What about tomorrow vs. the Angels? At least tomorrow (Friday) the ace, Severino, is pitching.

Some interesting tidbits about Old-Timer’s Day this year. Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi will be there. Jim Leyritz is pissed because he didn’t get an invite.

Boston lost, so the lead Boston has over the Yanks is down to one. Boston is 34-16, the Yanks 31-15. So the Yanks are actually one up in the loss column, having played four less games. So if the Yanks, in those four extra games they have, go 3-1, they would be even with Boston.

He was not there long. Ryan Bollinger, brought up yesterday, was immediately sent back down. Reason? Tommy Kahnle is expected to be reactivated tomorrow.

Now for Saturday, it gets interesting, because Greg Bird is expected back on Saturday. But who does he replace? Tyler Austin? In 28 games, 101 at bats, Austin is hitting only .238, but has 8 HR, 23 RBI and has an OPS+ of 118, 18% above league average. The walk/k ratio isn’t good at 7/41, and the average isn’t hot, but it would be a tough send-down for someone with an 118 OPS+, 8 HR and 23 RBI.

Nick Swisher is with the Yanks, basically as a “scout”.

AAA: SWB (21-24) won 3-1. SS Tyler Wade (.228) 2 hits. 1B Greg Bird 1 for 5, RBI. 2B Billy Fleming 2 hits. RF L.J. Mazzilli 2 hits.

Keep an eye on Josh Rogers. If the Yanks need an emergency starter, he may be called up before Justus Sheffield. LHP, 23, 24 in July.

Rogers (W, 4-3, 2.80) 6 1/3, 1 R, 4 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Feyereisen (H, 1) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.18
Coshow (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.21

AA: Trenton (27-19) lost 1-0, getting just three hits.

Keller (L, 4-3, 3.11) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.45

High A: Tampa (24-21) lost 9-1.

3B Angel Aguilar HR. RF Alexander Palma and CF Dom Thompson-Williams 2 hits each.

Nelson (L, 1-2 6.89) 2 2/3 IP, 7 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K
Trieglaff 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.70
Young 3 IP,  1 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K.    5.63

Low A: Charleston (20-25) rained out.

 

 

WS Game 4. LA evens series with 5-run 9th.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Remember that with the dismissal of Joe Girardi, the new manager will most likely have an all new coaching staff. All of the coaches have contracts expiring Tuesday, and hiring a manager whose coaching staff has been pre-picked for him makes so sense.

The Dodgers evened the WS up at two games apiece by winning Game 4, 6-2. They scored five runs in the top of the 9th. It was the first postseason game this year that Houston lost at home.

Houston scored first, when George Springer’s homer broke up a no-hit bid and put Houston up 1-0.

Cody Bellinger doubled and scored on a Logan Forsythe single to tie the game in the seventh.

A single, walk, and double by Bellinger put LA up 2-1 in the top of the ninth. After a strikeout and intentional walk to load the bases for a possible inning-ending DP, a SF by Austin Barnes and 3-run HR by Joc Pederson put LA up 6-1. Houston got an Alex Bregman HR in the bottom of the ninth for the final score of 6-2.

The two homers for the two Houston runs were the only hits Houston had all game.

Once again, a case where someone does well, and instead of leaving him in, a manager goes to his “closer.” In this case, Devenski has a 1-2-3 eighth for Houston, gets pulled and Giles blows the game.

When will managers learn to keep effective pitchers in the game?

Don’t get me wrong, because of family outside LA, I’m pulling for the Dodgers since the Yankees are out of it, but…

Game 5. Kuechel vs. Kershaw. Maybe the key game of the Series. Should be a good one.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale (8-7-1) won 11-3. Yankees’ prospects:

LF Billy McKinney 2 for 5, double, 4 RBI. .306
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 3, walked 2x, scored 2 runs. .316

Starting pitcher Justus Sheffield (W, 2-1, 2.37) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 6 K.
Reliever Andrew Schwaab 1 IP, 1 r, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 8.31.

Too bad MLB suspended Yuri Gurriel for 5 games next year and not for during this WS. What he did was uncalled for. But MLB wanted to penalize him and not his teammates for his inappropriate gesture.

A long shot, but besides someone like Raul Ibanez, many say Jason Giambi has what it takes to be a manager, but would Cashman hire someone without managerial experience?

Hearrtbreaker for my alma mater, Penn State, who just like in last year’s Rose Bowl, blew a 2-touchdown or more lead late in the game. This time it’s a 39-38 loss at Ohio State.

 

 

Odds and Ends.

Some odds and ends.

I saw an article that stated that according to insiders, Manager Joe Girardi did broach the subject of dropping Derek Jeter down in the batting order last season. Jeter hit just .256-4-50, OPS+ just 75 in his final season. The idea was shot down by upper management, and apparently Jeter wouldn’t go for moving him out of the #2 slot in the order either. Girardi knew that to do so would open a can of worms, so before it even hit the media, he apparently went through upper management and possibly Jeter himself. Would dropping Jeter have benefitted the Yanks? Possibly. Enough to make the playoffs? Possibly not. Enough to make the playoffs and soothe Jeter’s ego? Possibly not. But it’s interesting to note that the idea of dropping Derek (where to? 8? 9?) was considered.

Jason Giambi retired. He was with the Yanks from 2002-2008, hitting 209 of his 440 HR as a Yankee. Giambi, 44, hit 440 HR in his career, hit .277 with an excellent OPS+ of 139, won an MVP award with the A’s in 2000, was runner-up in 2001, and is one of five Yankees with back-to-back 40 HR seasons (2002 and 2003). He hit two homers off of Pedro Martinez in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. He won’t make the HOF however, because of his admitted PED usage and BALCO connection. It’s said he is a great teammate, and Terry Francona, manager of the Indians (Giambi’s most recent team) states that Giambi is a “manager in waiting.” His 162 g. average was .277-32-103, OPS+ 139, with 98 walks.

Alex Rodriguez issued a written “apology.” Really, I don’t want to hear it. Who believes anything he says or does anymore? He’s exhausted all credibility. Really, A-Rod, shut up and play. Show us you have something, if anything, left. It’s noted that he was suspended for all of 2014. What’s forgotten is that he played in only 44 games in 2013 and even then looked on the downside.

The Yanks signed Jared Burton to a minor league deal. The righty reliever is 33 and went 3-5, 4.36, ERA+ 91 in 2014 for the Twins with three saves. For his career he is 18-19, 3.44, 10 saves, ERA+ 123.  A depth move. He was 3-2 with a superb 2.18 ERA (ERA+ 189) and five saves for the Twins in 2012.

When I get time (I’ve been doing my taxes, need to do other family members taxes, working (of course) and …. well, shoveling snow and freezing my ass off…) I want to look at the future. I expect the Yanks to tread water for a while, but to me, the 2020 team could be interesting. Players (top prospects) would be in their primes (providing they prove MLB caliber players and aren’t traded away), old guys like CC, Teix, Beltran and A-Rod gone (maybe McCann as well)….it could be interesting to look at what could be the Yankee future. Stay tuned. Hopefully when Yoan Moncada signs (before the end of this month) I can include him on that 2020 future team I want to write about. Will the Yanks fork over the $$$$ to land Moncada?

Game 153. Pettitte, 4 HRs lead Yanks 6-3.

Andy Pettitte tossed six shutout innings and the Yanks hit 4 HR in defeating the Twins 6-3 Monday night.

The Yanks win, coupled with Baltimore splitting a DH, pushed the Yanks a game and a half in front of the Orioles for the A.L. East lead. The Yanks’ magic number to win the division is 8.

The Yankees jumped off to a quick start. Jeter walked, Ichiro doubled. After A-Rod flied out, not bringing the run in, Cano’s groundout plated Jeter. Swisher then hit HR #23 to put the Yanks up 3-0 before Minnesota came to bat.

Pettitte got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the first.  Since returning from a broken ankle, Andy has pitched eleven scoreless innings. Pettitte, who missed all of 2011 and came out of retirement this year, has been nothing short of amazing in improving to 5-3, 2.71. Win #245 of his career tied Jack Powell and Dennis Martinez on the all-time list.

In the fourth, Curtis Granderson hit HR #40 to put the Yanks up 4-0. Granderson became the first CF since Mickey Mantle (1960-1961) to hit 40 HR in back-to-back seasons. He joined Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and Giambi as the only Yankees to have back-to-back 40 HR seasons. (Maris just missed, 39 in 1960 before 61 in 1961. Another who just missed was Alfonso Soriano, 39 in 2002 and 38 in 2003).

In the bottom of the inning, Granderson threw out a runner at the plate to end the inning.

Pettitte went 6, 0 R, 7 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

In the seventh, Ibanez, who is enjoying a revival the past few games, hit HR #18, and one batter later Chavez hit HR #14. 6-0 Yanks.

Joba had a 1-2-3 seventh. 1 IP, 0 R , 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.91. He’s been much better lately.

Then the bullpen got sloppy.

Wade 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.46.

Justin Thomas 2/3 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 8.22.

Robertson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.84.

Derek Jeter got hit #3295. Ibanez had two hits, Chavez three.

 

Game 84. Yanks sloppy in nightcap, lose 9-5.

The Yanks hit 3 HR in the nightcap of the day/night DH, but made 4 errors as they lost 9-5.

Mark Teixeira hit a three-run HR in the first, #14, to put the Yanks up 3-0.

Hughes gave up a run in the third, then the wheels fell off starting in the fifth.

RF Darnell McDonald was charged with an error on a ball that Curtis Granderson should have had easily. McDonald, just picked up from Boston a few days ago, roamed way too far into Granderson’s territory and interfered with a ball Granderson should have caught easily but dropped. Rule #1—the CF takes EVERYTHING he should cover. No way McDonald should have roamed that far. It was an easy play for Curtis.

Teix DH’d in this game, Nix at 3B, A-Rod out (he PH later). Swisher went from 1B to RF and back to 1B again! Chavez went from 1B to 3B.

In the sixth, an error by Jeter was key. Hughes didn’t pitch that badly. He was betrayed by his defense, but also, Hughes sometimes got two strikes on hitters and didn’t put them away.

Hughes (9-7, 4.33) 5 1/3, 5 R, 3 ER, 10 H, 1 walk and 3 K.

Andruw Jones hit #10, his third HR of the day (he had two in the opener) to make it 5-4 after 6 1/2. Career HR #430 enabled Jones to pass Jason Giambi on the all-time list (dependent on what Giambi did today. Giambi entered the day at 429). Earlier in the day, Jones passed Mike Piazza.

Now I question Girardi. I don’t understand this move.

Logan went 2/3, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 K. ERA to 3.77.

It is 5-4. Logan gives up a leadoff double. Girardi makes a move. But who does he bring in?

Cory Wade.

WHY?

Wade was added to the team per DH rules to be the 26th man for the DH. Fine. BUT YOU JUST SENT THE GUY DOWN BECAUSE OVER A 3-WEEK SPAN OR SO, HIS ERA WAS 15.00!

Want to use him, fine. Do so if one of the DH games is a blowout in order to save the rest of the bullpen.

BUT NOT WHEN YOU ARE DOWN 5-4 in the 7th!

This is a move I’d like to kick Girardi in the butt for. You can keep the game close here. You are still in the game. You can sweep the DH and really put it to Boston. But you are bringing into a one-run game a guy with a 15.00 ERA in the last few weeks? Who is only up because it’s a DH? Who will be sent back now after the DH?

WHY?

Sure enough, Wade goes 2/3, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks or K. His ERA, not that long ago below 3.00, goes up further—to 6.48. Read that again. He was under 3.00, was sent to the minors because it went to 5.79, Girardi brings him into a one-run game, and it’s now 6.48.

I usually don’t criticize Girardi. But this time I must.

Rapada 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.59.

D.J. Mitchell finished in what was his third MLB game. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, and 1 K. ERA to 2.45.

Eric Chavez hit a HR in the 9th to make it 9-5. His 7th.