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Angels ink two, one from Yanks. More on Ohtani. Info on Torres.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Happy Thanksgiving.

Two people previously considered as candidates for the Yankees’ managerial position have inked deals with the Angels. Former Tiger manager Brad Ausmus, who said he wanted to take time away from managing, signed on to help in the Angels’ front office.

Josh Paul, catching coordinator, signed on to be Mike Scioscia’s bench coach with the Angels.

Throwing some numbers at you.

You have two 37 year olds.

A pitcher went 14-5, 3.69 in 27 starts. (Sabathia)
A DH hit .231-19-64 in 105 games. (Holliday)

Depending on how flexible you are with your thinking, you have a 23 year old (Ohtani) who as a starter, could match what the 37 year old CC did, if not better it. He is considered one of the five best pitchers in the world, and one scout compared him to a Verlander. (If only…. I’m starting to dream…)

On the days he doesn’t pitch, he could DH and give you the power production Holliday gave you and possibly hit at least 30 points higher.

105 + 27 is 132 games, he rests for 30.

Even 27 starts and say DH in 60 games gives you nice flexibility. Since he can do both, you can squeeze another player on the roster. Maybe platoon Ohtani with someone else (righty hitter) at DH or use Ohtani and platoon him with another regular who needs the 1/2 day off, like Sanchez when he isn’t catching, or Gardner or Judge, etc. when they need a day away from the field.

For example, could getting Ohtani be the only way Clint Frazier breaks camp with the Yankees? You have Gardner, Hicks, Judge and the most expensive fourth OF in the world in Ellsbury.

But will a team take the chance of having Ohtani DH on days he doesn’t pitch? Do you take that risk?

You may have to…. or else Ohtani may not sign with you.

Is he a risk worth taking? Well, instead of bringing back two older guys in the twilight of their careers, and paying one $12MM for a year and probably around the same for the other, both going against the cap, you have the signing bonus and posting fee for the young guy, neither going against the cap. The young guy who has a ton of potential who salary-wise would come cheap.

A young guy who can team with other young guys like Judge, Sanchez, Bird, Severino, Torres (more on him in a moment), Montgomery, Clint Frazier, Adams, Sheffield, and don’t forget, guys like Didi, Castro, Tanaka, and Gray aren’t 30 yet either.

The future isn’t only now, it’s coming.

Going after Ohtani is a no-brainer.

As for other deals, like for a starter (or bringing CC back) or DH or …. that is all on the back burner for now.

Priority #1 is making sure the Yanks get this guy. If that means Tanaka and Matsui make recruiting pitches to their Japanese countryman, so be it.

Yes, there were busts like Igawa and Irabu.

There also have been successes like Tanaka and Matsui. …. and although his success came elsewhere, Ichiro, who was briefly with the Yanks as his career was winding down.

Make it happen, Yankees.

As for Gleyber Torres, don’t be surprised if he starts the year at AAA and comes up in early May. As NJ.com reports, with 20 more service days at AAA, his arbitration and free agent schedule gets pushed back one year. The Yanks may just have him open up at AAA, get just a bit more experience, push back that timetable a year and bring him up in early May. We’ll see. If there are any injuries, he may HAVE to start the year in the bigs.

Of course, he may just play his way into the bigs in spring training, and have the type of camp where there is no way you send him down.

We’ll see.

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Yankees and Baseball news.

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Free agency starts, and the Yankees didn’t offer qualifying offers ($17.4MM) to any of its free agents, Matt Holliday, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. Since Todd Frazier and Jaime Garcia were traded mid-season, they didn’t qualify for the offers.

Personally, outside of maybe re-signing CC for only a 1-yr. deal (and if they get the Japanese “Babe Ruth”, Shohei Otani, a 23 yr. old who not only pitches but hits well, CC wouldn’t be necessary), I would go after Alex Avila and see if he would back up Gary Sanchez. Avila is a lefty bat with a little pop. If he could catch 80 games, and hit .240 with 10 HR, I’d be happy. Austin Romine is a nice defensive catcher, but Romine can’t hit a lick (.218-2-21 in 80 games this year, OPS+ only 49).

As for Todd Frazier, it’s hard to see the Yanks bringing him back on a multi-year deal when they have not only Headley signed for next year, but also have prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar so close to being major league ready.

The Yanks did add Jake Cave and Nick Rumbelow to the 40-man roster. Cave, a soon to be 25 year old OF, is a lefty bat who hit .305-20-56 in 103 games between AA/AAA this year. Rumbelow, 26. a righty reliever, was briefly with the Yanks in 2015, going 1-1, 4.02. He missed all of 2016 recovering from TJ surgery, and was 5-1, 1.12 with six saves between AA and AAA this year.

Finalists for the top baseball awards were announced. Finalist means that person finished in the top three. Winners will be announced next week.

AL ROY: Benintendi, Judge, Mancini
NL ROY: Bell, Bellinger, DeJong
AL Mgr. of the Year: Molitor, Hinch, Francona
NL Mgr. of the Year: Roberts, Bud Black, Torey Luvullo.
NL CYA: Kershaw, Scherzer, Strasburg. Two teammates may cancel each other out.
AL CYA: Kluber, Sale and Severino. I expect Seve to finish 3rd.
AL MVP: Altuve, Judge, Jose Ramirez
NL MVP: Stanton, Goldschmidt, Votto

Ten candidates have been selected for Modern Era Hall of Fame consideration. 75% of the vote of a panel is necessary to enshrine these people not selected by the writers. Formerly known as the Veterans’ Committee, this year they concentrate on overlooked candidates who mostly had their impact from 1970-1987.  They are Marvin Miller (advocate for the players and the players union), Don Mattingly, Tommy John, Steve Garvey, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, and Luis Tiant. You can make a case for all of them. (Bold are players who, even briefly, played for the Yankees).

Brian Cashman came out today and said the reason Joe Girardi wasn’t brought back as manager was because of a disconnect and lack of communication with the players. Girardi stated that he would like to manage again somewhere.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 5-2. Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 3 for 4, .377
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 4, .278

SP Albert Abreu (Loss, 0-2, 3.18) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 5 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
RP Andrew Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 4.91

Yanks’ mgr. search, WS Game 3, AFL and Clemente award.

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Tim Naehring, front office exec, says he isn’t interested in managing the Yanks, so rule him out.

A couple other names to think about. One is Raul Ibanez, who has been talked about for a few years now as managerial material.

I wonder about Matt Holliday, who is at the end of the line. Would he retire to become manager? He has the respect of the clubhouse and is a leader, but would Cashman and Hal go with someone with no managerial experience?

John Farrell, recently canned by the Red Sox,  has interviewed with Washington.

Houston won WS Game 3, 5-3, knocking out Dodgers’ starter Yu Darvish with four runs in the second inning. Houston now has a two games to one lead in the Series. Rookie Cody Bellinger, Dodger’s 1B who set the NL rookie record for HR in a season with 39, took the Golden Sombrero. So Judge isn’t the only rookie striking out a lot this postseason.

Ex-Yankees’ C Brian McCann of Houston had 3 hits and an RBI. 1B Yuri Gurriel homered for them. Brad Peacock threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief for the save.

Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs was named the winner of the Roberto Clemente Award. Brett Gardner of the Yankees was up for it.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 6-5.

Yankees’ prospects:

RF Estevan Florial, 1 for 3, doubled, scored a run, walked. .343.
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 3, rbi, walk. .290
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3 , scored a run, RBI, walk. .390

Cody Carroll got the save (3). 1 scoreless inning, 0 hits or walks, 2 K. 0.00.

 

 

 

Yanks set rotation, Cubs knock off Nats, and AFL news.

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The Yanks have set their rotation for the ALCS. In a bit of a surprise, Sonny Gray was pushed back to Game 4.

Game 1 will have Tanaka, then he’ll be followed by Severino, then CC, then Gray. Houston will open with Keuchel, followed by Verlander.

With lefty Keuchel going, does Girardi go to Holliday at DH? Houston has a short LF porch, and Headley and Ellsbury didn’t do much if anything in the ALDS vs. Cleveland.

After losing Game 4 to Washington at home on Tuesday, the Cubs rebounded by beating the Nationals, 9-8 Thursday night, coming back from an early 4-1 deficit. So the NLCS will be the defending champion Cubs going up against the Dodgers.  Washington can’t get over the hump. Same for its manager, Dusty Baker.

In the Arizona Fall League, 19-yr. old OF Yankees’ prospect Estevan Florial went 4 for 5 and scored 3 runs in Scottsdale’s 8-0 win last night. Billy McKinney, an OF learning 1B, drove in 4 runs. SS Thairo Estrada was 1 for 5. Andrew Schwaab pitched one inning of scoreless relief, striking out one.

Don Lock, an OF for the Senators, Phillies and Red Sox from 1962-1969, passed away at the age of 81. He hit 27 HR and drove in 82 runs for the 1963 Senators, and followed it up with 28 and 80 in 1964 for them. His 162 g. avg. was .238-21-66, OPS+ 111.

Also, Johnny Herrnstein, 1B for the 1964 Phillies that Phlopped at the end of the season, passed away at the age of 79. He joins Bunning, Green, Amaro and Sievers as members of the 1964 Phillies who all passed away this year. In that 1964 season, Herrnstein hit .234-6-25, OPS+ 82. He played for the Phillies from 1962-1966, the Cubs in 1966 and the Braves in 1966. In 239 games, he hit .220-8-34, OPS+ 67 in 450 career at bats.

 

 

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

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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 157. Yanks clinch home wild card game with a 6-1 win.

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The Yanks beat the Rays tonight, 6-1, and in so doing ensured that the wild card play-in game will be played in Yankee Stadium.

They did pick up a game on Boston, and are still alive for the division crown, but are 3 back with five games to go. The Yanks won the season series against the Red Sox, so a tie goes to the Yankees.

With their 88th win, the Yanks have won more games than any Yankees team since 2012. You have to go back to 2012, when the Yanks last won the AL East, to find a team with more wins.

That 2012 team won the ALDS over Baltimore, thanks to Raul Ibanez’ heroics, but were swept in the ALCS by the Tigers. That ALCS is best remembered for Derek Jeter breaking his ankle in Game 1.

As for tonight, Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings to get the win, 6-1 over the Rays. He got help in the first inning from Aaron Hicks, who just came off of the DL. Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a grand slam HR. Instead it was a SF, and after that, Montgomery settled in.

Hicks drew 3 walks tonight and stole a base.

In the second, the Yanks struck for four runs. Starlin Castro hit his 15th HR leading off the inning. Singles by Todd and Clint Frazier, and then another by Ronald Torreyes, loaded the bases. Back to Back walks to Hicks and Judge forced in two runs. After a DP, Judge stole second, and a WP brought Hicks home.

In the eighth, with one out, Torreyes walked (a rarity). A WP moved him to second and after another out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled in one run, Holliday another. 6-1.

Hicks 3 walks and robbed a guy of a grand slam (wound up a SF)
Castro 3 for 3, HR.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Montgomery (W, 9-7, 3.96) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.44
Robertson (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.90
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.91

Ok, a question for you. Who would you want as the #4 starter in the postseason rotation after Severino, Gray and CC?

Tanaka? or Montgomery?

I say Montgomery. But I don’t think the Yanks will have the guts to do the right thing, and go with the rookie who has pitched better than Tanaka all season long.

I think they’ll go with the experience and with Tanaka.

But I hope I am wrong, and that do indeed they go with the guy whose ERA is one full run lower, and that’s Montgomery.

 

 

Game 156. Yanks win 11-3. Judge sets new rookie record for HR with 50.

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Ok, there will be a lot of history in this post. A lot of it.

The Yanks (87-69) won 11-3 in a makeup game against the Royals Monday afternoon (game rained out in May) to reduce their magic # for hosting the wild card game to 1.

First off, Aaron Judge hit 2 HR, giving him 50 for the season, and it sets the all-time record for HR in a season by a rookie.

He is the fifth Yankee to hit 50 in a season, following Babe Ruth (who did it 4x), Mickey Mantle (2x), Roger Maris, and A-Rod.

In addition, CC Sabathia got the win, and #236 of his career ties Whitey Ford on the all-time list.

In the first, Gardner singled, and after Judge flied out, Sanchez doubled. Didi got the run home with an RBI groundout.

Gardner walked and Judge hit his first HR of the game, #49, to tie McGwire’s 1987 mark for a rookie and make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Didi singled and Holliday doubled him home. Bird hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 6-0. Do not discount how hot Bird is getting and how important he can be.

The Royals hit back-to-back HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6–3.

The Yanks came right back on back-to-back HR by Judge (the record-setting 50th HR by a rookie) and Sanchez (#33).

In the eighth, Torreyes doubled and went to third on an error. Gardner doubled in a run to make it 9-3. Judge walked, and was replaced by PR Clint Frazier. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Didi singled to make it 10-3 and Holliday hit a SF.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge 2 HR, setting a rookie HR record of 50. 3 RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, RBI, HR #33. (27 as catcher, 5 DH, 1 1B)
Gregorius 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Holliday 2 Rbi.
Bird, HR, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

Sabathia (W, 13-5, 3.84) 6+ Ip, 3 r, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up back-to-back HR in the 7th.
Green (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93. Struck out the side.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.48

Just an aside. I am SO SICK and DISGUSTED of the NFL (and others) right now.