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Jack Hamilton, pitcher who beaned Tony C., dies at 79.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jack Hamilton, a pitcher who pitched for the Phillies (1962-1963), Tigers (1964-1965), Mets (1966-1967), Angels (1967-1968), Indians (1969) and White Sox (1969) has passed away at the age of 79.

Hamilton, however, is best known for one pitch he threw that got away on August 18, 1967. That pitch beaned Red Sox OF Tony Conigliaro, breaking his cheekbone, dislocating his jaw and causing retinal damage that affected his vision. Conigliaro, who had hit 100 HR by the age of 22, and who won the AL HR title at age 20 in 1965, was never the same. Tony C. missed the rest of the 1967 season, the World Series (won by St. Louis over Boston in seven games) and all of the 1968 season. He made a comeback in 1969, had a good 1969 and 1970 but was dealt to the Angels. Vision problems recurred and Conigliaro was forced to retire after the 1971 season. He did have a brief comeback in 1975 for Boston. Later, Conigliaro had a debilitating heart attack that left him basically in a vegetative state for years before he died at the age of 45 in 1990.

What could have been.

Hamilton had his best season in that year of 1967, going 11-6, 3.35, ERA+ 95 between the Mets and Angels. He started 21 games and relieved in 22 more.

For his career, Hamilton was 32-40, 4.53, ERA+ 78. His 162 g. average was 8-10, 4.53, ERA+ 78. As a hitter he hit .107-1-7 in 150 at bats.


Game 70. Phils beat Yanks, 11-8.


Michael Pineda, 8-3 and pitching at an All-Star pace vs. a team that is 24-47, with a Team OPS+ of 79. (21% below league average). Mismatch, right? After all, didn’t this guy strike out 16 Orioles on Mother’s Day? Didn’t the Orioles just beat the Phillies 19-3?

It was a mismatch. But not the way we expected. You’d expect Pineda to dominate the Phillies, but it was the other way around last night as the Yanks lost, 11-8.

That’s baseball. You just don’t know.

The Yanks stay one game out of first in the AL East, at 38-32.

Pineda was knocked out in the fourth, giving up eight runs.

The Phils pounded out 18 hits, Maikel Franco getting 4 of them, hitting 2 HR and driving in 5 runs.

For the Yanks, Brett Gardner was 4 for 4 with a 3-run HR (8). Brian McCann also homered, his 11th of the season.

Diego Moreno made his MLB debut.

With the loss, the Yanks’ ERA+ dropped to 98, slightly below league average. Let’s hope the pitching gets better soon (the OPS+ is 109 for the hitters…. good). Of course, what has really hurt has been some recent outings where Eovaldi, Pineda and even Tanaka had short outings. Let’s hope CC rights the ship.

Ivan Nova will come off the DL and start Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be the 26th pitcher the Yanks will have used this year… .in less than 1/2 a season.

Pineda (L, 8-4, 4.25) 3 1/3 IP, 8 R, 11 H, 1 walk and 0 K.
Capuano 2 2/3 IP, 2 R,  3 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 5.32
Moreno 1 Ip, 0 R, 2 h, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.88
Pinder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.61.

Sad news. Ex-major leaguer Darryl Hamilton the victim of a murder-suicide. Hamilton played for several teams, including for the Mets against the Yanks in the 2000 Subway Series.

…and in other news, apparently there is now evidence that in 1986, while still a player, Pete Rose bet on baseball. Before the evidence was only as a manager….

Better 3-4 combo?

So Josh Hamilton has now become an Angel. 5 yrs., $125 MM.

That leads me to now wonder… which is the better 3-4 combo?

Do you go with the Angels and Hamilton/Pujols?

Or the Tigers with Cabrera/Fielder?

Game 80. Teix rests.

The Yanks still have a six-game lead over the Orioles as they take on the Rays tonight. Teix gets a rest. Jack Curry of the YES network reports that Teix is 6 for 48 vs. Shields, while Granderson is 5 for 52. You don’t want to sit both.

Yanks 48-31, +6 in AL East. 1 1/2 games behind Texas for best record in baseball. Two games better than the Pythagorean record. OPS+ 109, ERA+ 115 (100 is average, higher the better).

BA / HR/ RBI     SB/total att.     OPS+    (italics: team leader & notes)

Jeter SS  .298-7-25    6/8    101    3187 hits
Granderson CF  .244-2347    6/9      124
Rodriguez 3B .266-13-35  6/6    112    642 HR
Cano 2B .313-20-47    1/2     153      
Swisher RF  .265-12-46   1/2   114
Ibanez DH .232-11-35  3/3  94
Chavez 1B  .273-6-15   0/0  115
Martin C  .186-8-21   1/1   79     Awful year on the interstate for Russell
Wise LF .244-2-5    6/6  94   11 for 45

Nova RHP   9-2, 4.03   ERA+ 105

Other baseball news from Twitter: 

From last night, SWB announcer Mike Vander Woude : Ryan Howard …  I realize what he is coming back from but he looks very slow running…

Cincy’ Billy Hamilton (High A level) reached SB #100… and it’s not July 4th yet!

The Pirates sent one-time Yankees prospect Jose Tabata back to the minors.

Boston releases Bobby Jenks. Meanwhile bad news for the defending champs as Chris Carpenter needs season-ending surgery. Oakland DFA’s Brian Fuentes.

The Minors Today.

AAA: SWB (Empire State) lost 5-3. Chris Schwinden, who the Yanks just claimed off waivers, went 4 innings, 4 R, 3 ER. LF Ronnier Mustelier (.306) with a 2-run HR.

AA: Trenton was supposed to have a DH. Game 2 was ppd.

In the game that was played, Trenton won 6-3 in 11 innings. Vidal Nuno 2 R in 5 1/3 IP (ERA 1.18). Ryan Flannery 2 1/3 scoreless for the win (3-2, 3.49). CF Melky Mesa 3 run HR in the top of the 11th. 3 hits (.264-11-38).  2B David Adams with 3 h, 2 RBI (.281, 24 RBI).

High A: Tampa won 2-1 in 10. 3B Zach Wilson the GW single, 3 hits, .231.

Low A: 5-1 win for Charleston. William Oliver 1 R in 6 IP (3-3, 4.43). LF Ben Gamel 2 rbi (.295). DH Kelvin De Leon 3 h, 2 doubles, rbi (.270). 2B Ali Castillo 2 h, double, rbi (.361).

An aside: Cincinnati has a SS in High A. Billy Hamilton is hitting in the .330s, is not 22 yet but get this. Sometime THIS WEEK he’ll get his 100th SB of the year. THIS WEEK! He had 103 SB in Low A last year. What a greyhound.

Tonight’s minor league action

AAA: SWB (Empire State) lost 8-7. Ramon Ortiz 6 R in 5 2/3. Our old buddy Lance Pendleton pitched for Durham. He gave up 2 R in 5 IP. Steve Pearce solo HR, 2 for 5, .362. Ronnier Mustelier continues to hit, hit, hit. 2 for 4, double, .333 for AAA after .353 at AA. 2 hits, 2 RBI for Cervelli. 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI for Cole Garner. 3 hits, RBI for Yadil Mujica, who will lose his job to Nunez.

AA: 4-2 Loss for Trenton.  Jose Gil 2 run HR.

High A: 4-0 shutout win For Tampa. Mike O’Brien 6 IP, 0 R, 1 hit, 1 walk and 4 k.  4-1, 2.92. Tyson Blaser 2 for 4, double, 2 RBI.

Low A: 8-4 Charleston win in 10. Caleb Cotham 6 IP. 0 R, 2 h, 1 walk and 7 K. 2.18 ERA.

Caught some of MLB tonight. Josh Hamilton. Incredible. Hoping he is clean…. for many reasons. But it isn’t even Mother’s Day yet. 17 HR, 40 RBI and 7 HR in last 4 games. Can you say “beast”?

Game 29. Ibanez 2 HR leads Yanks, 5-3.

Raul Ibanez had 2 HR and 3 RBI, and Curtis Granderson added a solo shot as the Yanks held on to beat the Rays 5-3.

The Yanks got a taste of life without Mo as both Soriano and Robertson staggered in the 8th and 9th before closing it out.

Ivan Nova started and hopefully has started a new streak. The last time out, his loss snapped a 15-game regular season winning streak going back to last year. Nova, 4-1, 5.02 (ERA still ugly) went 7, 2 R both on HR, 6 h, 2 walks, 8 K.

In the 4th, Ibanez hit a 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 2-0. Granderson’s solo shot in the 5th (10) made it 3-0.

Nova gave up a HR to our old buddy Jose Molina in the 6th, then one to Luke Scott in the 7th. 3-2 and here things got hairy.

After the HR to Scott, Nova gave up a walk and a double. 3-2 Yanks, but the Rays had 2nd and 3rd, one out. A short fly couldn’t bring the runner home. Then Nova got the strikeout of the last batter he faced.

Ibanez’ 2nd HR of the game (5; 257 career) in the bottom of the 7th made it 4-2.

The Yanks would need that HR. Soriano came in and gave up a leadoff triple. He then struck out the next two hitters but then drove you nuts by letting in the run anyway on a wild pitch. 4-3. A walk, then another K.

Soriano 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 3 K. ERA 2.45.

The Yanks got an insurance run in the 8th when Alex singled, went to second on an e-8 by Upton and scored on Teix’s double. 5-3.

Jeter got hit #3137 in the game.

To the 9th. Life without Mo. Robertson in. GO, walk, single. K. Walk. Bases loaded, tying run on 2nd. Pena up. K. Nothing like making it interesting.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R (ERA 0.00), 1 hit, 2 walks and 2 K.

Yanks go to 16-13.

Congrats to Josh Hamilton. 5 for 5, double, a record-tying 4 HR, 8 RBI. I couldn’t even do that in wiffle ball.