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Once again, time to strip the HOF ballot from some BBWAA members.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

As the Baseball HOF ballots are being counted (and new, if any, members are to be announced January 24) once again we see that the BBWAA should seriously consider stripping voting privileges away from some of its members.

This year’s case in point (so far): Bill Livingston of the Cleveland Plain Dealer who only voted for two ex-players: former Indians Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel.

If he wants to skip over known and suspected steroid users like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and Manny Ramirez, that is one thing.

But what about others who may need every vote they can in order to receive the 75% it takes to get in? Ex-players like Mike Mussina, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero or Edgar Martinez?

If someone like Mussina winds up with 74.7%, they don’t round up. Hoffman missed by only a handful of votes last year.

And, if someone like Mussina just misses, he has a legitimate gripe against voters like Livingston.

Voters like Livingston (and others who vote for candidates clearly not HOF worthy just to give them a vote—maybe they were drinking buddies with that player?) should have their voting privileges revoked.

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Game 2. Yanks shut out Rays, 5-0. The Long & Short of it (hint, hint….)

Yankee Stadium Frieze

CC Sabathia is 6’7″, as is RF Aaron Judge. Ronald Torreyes is listed at 5’8″. CC and Judge are over 100 pounds heavier than Torreyes.

Tonight, CC and Torreyes combined to give the Yanks a 5-0 victory to even their record at 1-1.

Here is the long and short of it if you will…

CC had a bad spring training but pitched five scoreless innings, gaining his 224th career victory, tying him with Hall of Famers Jim Bunning and Catfish Hunter on the all-time list.

Go Figure. Tanaka had a great spring training and was bombed Opening Day.

The first two Yankees’ runs came on the first HR by a Yankee this year, and who got it? None other than the “Mighty Mite”, the smallest guy on the team, Ronald Torreyes, a 2-run shot in the third. Who was there to greet him at home plate, scoring in front of the Mighty Mite? Aaron Judge.

Later in that inning, Matt Holliday got a gift RBI double on a fly ball lost in the lights.

Chase Headley hit his first HR of the year in the sixth to make it 4-0. Headley singled in a run in the eighth for the final score of 5-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits and made a nice defensive play. Headley had the 2 hits, SB, HR and 2 RBI. Torreyes had the 2-run HR and made a nice defensive play himself.

Sabathia (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 walks, 2 K. 0.00
Mitchell 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 k. 0.00
Holder 1/3 iP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 0.00
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 0.00

In the minors, Gleyber Torres will be spending 3-4 days a week at SS, 2 days at 2B and a day at 3B. I like this. Versatility means prevention against injuries.

The Minors start Thursday.

Lastly, Pedro Guerrero, the former Dodger who was co-MVP of the 1981 WS, has suffered a massive stroke. He had a stroke a few years ago. Reports are that this stroke left him brain dead for a while and that he is comatose. Guerrero is just 60.

 

HOF, a minor move, free agency, and a passing.

A minor move the Yanks made before we get to more major things. They got Kirby Yates, who was DFA’d by Cleveland, for cash considerations.

In 2014, Yates’ rookie year, he went 0-2, 3.75 for Tampa Bay. Last year, he was downright awful. 1-0, 7.97 for Tampa Bay, and he gave up 10 HR in 20 1/3 IP.

For his career, 1-2, 5.27 in 57 games. An extreme fly ball pitcher, 30%+ of his balls were fly balls last year, and you can see the HR ratio. Not good. 63K in 56 1/3. A flyer. The Yanks gave up no players for him and I am sure the cash considerations are minimal. Cleveland purchased him off the Rays in November, and the Yanks purchased him off of Cleveland now.

Vern Rapp, who managed the Cardinals in 1977 and part of 1978, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 87. He went 83-79 for the 1977 Cards, and was fired after starting 1978 6-11.

Denard Span signed with the Giants.

The HOF voting was announced on Wednesday, and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza werer elected.

Griffey broke the record for highest percentage. Only three voters (Moe, Larry and Curly? Were these the three idiots who voted for Mike Sweeney?) didn’t vote for Griffey. Why, who knows. Egotistical assholes? Perhaps. Griffey, while young and in his prime, was as close to Willie Mays as you would want. Power (630 HR), Speed (he didn’t steal often, but he had speed), Defense and throwing (10 GG), hit for average, .284. Not .300, but….               a 13x All-Star. 1997 MVP (Tino finished 2nd).    The only thing he didn’t get was a ring.

I saw one of his last HR’s at the Stadium. I think it was #601.

He was a joy to watch, but you hated it when he beat your team. Seattle, Cincy and the Chisox. OPS+ of 136.

4x HR champ. 56 in 1997 and 1998. Topped 140 RBI in three consecutive seasons, 1996-1998.

JAWS ranks him as the 5th best CF of all-time. Behind Mays, Cobb, Speaker and Mantle, and ahead of Dimaggio and Snider. Do you who rounds out the top 10? Beltran, Lofton and Andruw Jones. (Ashburn is 11th).

Piazza’s defense wasn’t that great, but a catcher with a .308 BA and 427 HR made up for it. OPS+ 142, even higher than Griffey’s, and this was a catcher. Higher OPS+ than Griffey, and higher BA.

I hope the rumors that kept him out until now are not true. Steroids. Rumors, but not confirmed. I’d hate for those rumors to be confirmed years down the road. What then, remove him?

He and Bill Dickey, another HOF catcher, hit .362 in a season.

The 1993 ROY, Piazza finished top 10 for MVP 7X, including back-to-back runnerup finishes in 1996 and 1997 with the Dodgers.

While Griffey is going in as the first Mariner in their history, Piazza is going in as the second Met (Tom Seaver).

Close but no cigar goes to Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Significant improvement for Mike Mussina & Curt Schilling.

Even for Bonds and Clemens.

Next year, Jorge Posada is on the ballot. I’d expect a nice vote, maybe 25% but nowhere near the 75% to get in.

Vlad Guerrero comes on. I believe he will make it but on the first year may get only 63% or so.

Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, while they certainly have the stats and credentials, are linked to steroids and I don’t believe they will get in. While Pudge (Rodriguez) wasn’t convicted, Manny as suspended twice.

Game 61. The Big Man gets to hit.

CC Sabathia gets to hit tonight, and the Braves should beware the Big Man. CC is 25 for 100 in his MLB career (.250) and although there is just one walk as opposed to 27 strikeouts, he does have 3 doubles, 3 HR and 14 RBI. So if the big man gets a hold of one, look out. He could become the first Yankee pitcher to HR since Lindy McDaniel at the end of the 1972 season.

The yanks enter the game tied for 1st in the AL East at 35-25. This is one game better than their Pythagorean record. It also is tied for the best record in the AL.

Believe it or not, the ERA+ (113) is better than the OPS+ (111).  It’s a My9 game. A “homecoming” for Andruw.

Jeter 6 .315-6-20  5/6   112   3167 hits, 17 behind Ripken
Granderson 8 .251-18-34  3/6  128
Teixeira 3  .252-11-36  1/2  110
Rodriguez 5 .277-9-25  6/6  114
Cano 4 .300-11-30  1/1  135
Swisher 9  .245-9-37  1/1  103
Jones 7 .232-6-13  0/0  110  19 for 82
Stewart 2  .239-0-7  0/0  39  11 for 46
Sabathia 1   7-3, 3.69  ERA+ 115  career batting stats above

David Robertson threw a 1-2-3 inning today at AAA. More in the minor league report to come but it looks as if he’ll be back soon.

Boston released Marlon Byrd. The Blue Jays released Vlad Guerrero. CBS’ Jon Heyman reports: Jays chose not to call him up & agreed to grant him his release. so Vlad will look for different opportunity. There is no thought of retirement.

I like Vlad but see no spot for him on the Yanks. If he was a lefty hitter and could play the OF, then… but…

at this point, Mustelier, as a righty hitting OF, makes more sense than Vlad.

WFAN Sweeny Murti: Andy Pettitte going to throw bullpen session today. Said his hand feels great. Still on schedule for Sat in DC.

Clemens trial over. Now to the jury.

Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban boxer (and gold medal winner 1972, 1976, 1980, heavyweight) dies at 60. You wonder what may have happened had he fought Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Shavers, Holmes, etc.

Rangers win AL pennant.

It turns out that the Yankees did have to worry about a pitcher with the initials C.L.

Only not THAT C.L.

Yes, Cliff Lee was waiting had the series gone to a seventh game, but Colby Lewis made sure it did not go there.

For the second time in the series, Lewis beat Phil Hughes, and with the 6-1 win, Texas advances to the World Series for the first time in franchise history.

Some may criticize Hughes for losing two ALCS games, but even had he pitched a gem last night, it would most likely would have gone for naught. Lewis pitched eight innings and gave up just 1 run on 3 hits. Feliz finished up with a 1-2-3 9th.

1 run. 3 hits. Lee couldn’t have done much better himself. The question will be who Lee goes to next year, but even if he does go to the Yanks, the bigger question for the Yankees in 2011 is more advanced age.

What are they to do with Posada, who turns 40 next August in the last year of his deal? What kind of deals do you now give Jeter (37 next summer), Rivera (41 in a little over a month) and Girardi? What about Pettitte (39 next summer) or A-Rod (36 next summer). Age is becoming a big factor with key players.

As for Hughes, he went four decent innings before it all fell apart in the fifth. Hughes gave up a run in the first on a leadoff double by Andrus, who later scored on a Bad Vlad groundout.

The Yankees tied it in the fifth when A-Rod doubled, went to third on a flyball and scored on a wild pitch. Actually, it looked like the WP hit Swisher. Such was the Yanks’ night. They got what appeared to be a gift and still nothing. Posada did double after Swisher grounded out (it wouldn’t have scored Alex), but Thames struck out. That was the only Yankee rally of the game.

Given the tie, Hughes gave it back, and with two out. After a leadoff single to Moreland, Hughes got the next two batters out. No problem, right?

Um, wrong. In Game 4, the Yanks intentionally walked Murphy and Molina, the next hitter, hit a 3-run HR that basically decided the game. Here, the Yanks intentionally walked Hamilton (who was named the ALCS MVP). Vlad Guerrero then lived up to his “Bad Vlad” nickname with a two-run double that proved to be the game-winning hit.

Hughes, one batter from going 5 innings and giving up one run, was taken out. Whereupon David Robertson immediately gave up a two-run HR to Nelson Cruz. 5-1 and all hope basically gone.

Hughes went 4 2/3, 4 R, 4 H, 4 walks and 3 K. 0-2, 11.42 for the ALCS. Like I wrote above, some will blame him for the ALCS loss, but it was a team effort. No hitting. Just three hits in Game 6. Only two in Game 3. Whoever scouts for the Rangers did an excellent job and the Rangers executed that plan perfectly.

Hughes is just 24, and hopefully this is a learning experience for him. Without him, the Yanks don’t make the playoffs. He was expected to be the fifth starter. He wound up with 18 wins, second on the team. The disappointments were Burnett and Vazquez. Burnett went 10-15, 5.26 and didn’t pitch in the ALDS. Then he lost his ALCS start. As for Vazquez, 10-10, 5.32 and he wasn’t even on the postseason roster.

After Robertson got out of the fifth (1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, ALCS ERA 20.25), Wood went two innings and gave up the final run of the game in the seventh on a sac fly. 2 IP for Wood, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. Rivera finished up, a token of respect more than anything else. The great Rivera continued his postseason mastery with a 1-2-3 inning, meaningless as it was. Still, it lowered his postseason ERA from 0.714 to 0.709 (either way, it still rounds off to 0.71).

There weren’t many good numbers for the Yanks in the ALCS. They were two-hit in one game, three-hit in another. Cano wound up 8 for 23, .348, with 4 HR and 5 RBI.

Gardner was 3 for 17, .176, 1 RBI. Jeter 6 for 26, .231, 1 RBI, 7 K. A-Rod 4 for 21, .190, 2 RBI. He was caught looking to end the Yankees season. Teixeira was 0 for 14 before he got hurt. Swisher was 2 for 22 in the ALCS. For the year, including the ALCS, Swisher was 5 for 51 vs. Texas, Teixeira 4 for 38. That’s .098 for Swisher for the year vs. the Rangers, and .105 for Teixeira. Thames was 2 for 16 in the ALCS, 7 strikeouts. The team BA? .201.

Hughes was 0-2, 11.42. Burnett 0-1, 7.50. Logan 27.00. Robertson 20.25. Mitre 10.13. Heck, even CC was 1-0, 6.30.

Andy was 0-1, 2.57. Was his gutty game 3 loss to Lee his last game?

Joba 2.70. Moseley 1-0, 0.00 (and you may ask why, after a good Game 1 performance, wasn’t he used again?). Mo of course had a 0.00, but only one save. Wood a 1.50. Team ERA 6.58.

6.58 ERA. BA .201. That sums it up.

Tonight, SF tries to eliminate the Phils. SF is up 3 games to 2.

Mo’s contract is up. You don’t know if Andy will be back, and you assume Mo is returning, but Mo does turn 41 in five weeks. What if he decides that this is it?

I admit, I wasn’t thinking of that when he pitched the 8th last night. That I may be seeing him for the last time.  

Perish the thought.