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3 make Hall of Fame. Posada one and done.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A few days ago, I wrote about how it was appearing that Jorge Posada would be one and done in the Hall of Fame balloting. Unfortunately, that came to pass as Posada only got 3.8% of the vote, short of the 5% needed to stay on the ballot for another year.

It amazes me how people like Posada, Bernie, Cone, Tino, Wells and O’Neill could fall off the ballot after only a year or two. I’m not saying they are Hall of Famers. I’m saying that I’m surprised they didn’t last longer on the ballot.

Here are the vote totals. 75% was needed for induction.

Some notes on some.

Jeff Bagwell, 381 votes, 86.2%
Tim Raines, 380 votes, 86.0%
Ivan Rodriguez, 336 votes, 76.0%
Trevor Hoffman, 327 votes, 74.0% Missed by 5 votes.
Vladimir Guerrero, 317 votes, 71.7% Just missed by 15 votes.
Edgar Martinez, 259 votes, 58.6%
Roger Clemens, 239 votes, 54.1% Picking up steam despite the PED allegations.
Barry Bonds, 238 votes, 53.8% See Clemens.
Mike Mussina, 229 votes, 51.8% Nice pickup in voting.
Curt Schilling, 199 votes, 45.0% Recent comments hurt him.
Lee Smith, 151 votes, 34.2%
Manny Ramirez, 105 votes, 23.8%
Larry Walker, 97 votes, 21.9%
Fred McGriff, 96 votes, 21.7% 493 HR, no steroids, no respect.
Jeff Kent, 74 votes, 16.7% One of best hitting 2B ever. 377 HR
Gary Sheffield, 59 votes, 13.3% 509 HR and ….
Billy Wagner, 45 votes, 10.2% Probably better stats than Hoffman
Sammy Sosa, 38 votes, 8.6%

Jorge Posada, 17 votes, 3.8% Too bad off ballot so soon.
Magglio Ordonez, 3 votes, 0.7%
Edgar Renteria, 2 votes, 0.5%
Jason Varitek, 2 votes, 0.5%
Tim Wakefield, 1 vote,0.2%
Casey Blake, 0 votes, 0.0%
Pat Burrell, 0 votes, 0.0%
Orlando Cabrera, 0 votes, 0.0%
Mike Cameron, 0 votes, 0.0%
J.D. Drew, 0 votes, 0.0%
Carlos Guillen, 0 votes, 0.0%
Derrek Lee, 0 votes, 0.0%
Melvin Mora, 0 votes, 0.0%
Arthur Rhodes, 0 votes, 0.0%
Freddy Sanchez, 0 votes, 0.0%
Matt Stairs, 0 votes, 0.0%

So Raines gets in. Long overdue in my opinion. 2605 hits. 808 SB. .294. OPS+ 123. One of the best leadoff hitters ever. 1979-2002. Expos, White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Expos again, Orioles and Marlins. Member of 1996 and 1998 Yankees, albeit as a part-timer then. 7x all star. 3x top 10 in MVP voting. Runnerup for 1981 ROY. Led league in runs scored 2x, batting average once, SB 4x. Doubles once. 162 g. average .294-11-63 with 52 SB.

Bagwell 1991-2005, all with Houston. 449 HR. .297. OPS+ 149 which is outstanding. ROY 1991. MVP 1994. Top 10 in MVP 5x, runnerup in 1999. 4x All Star. Led league in runs scored 3x, doubles once, RBI once. 100 or more RBI 8x, led league once, averaged 106 walks/yr. For a 1B, 202 steals, did 30/30 twice. Led league in walks once. Avg. `162 g. .297-34-115, 15 SB.

Rodriguez 1991-2011. Rangers, Tigers, Yankees (where he was lousy, just 3 RBI in 33 games) Astros, Rangers again, Nationals. 1999 MVP. 2844 hits. 14x All star. 13 Gold Gloves. 4x Top 10 MVP voting. For a catcher, 17 x had 100 or more games in a season. OPS+ 106. 162 g. ave: .296-20-85.

Ok. There are rumors about Bagwell and Rodriguez’ PED usage. Sosa didn’t pick up ground, but Bonds and Clemens did. Manny Ramirez came in low despite his 555 HR because of his two suspensions for PED usage. Where these voters stand on PED usage is anyone’s guess.

As for next year’s newcomers to the ballot, I expect Chipper Jones and Jim Thome to get in, and Andruw Jones to miss out.

Game 81. Teix gets HRs 400 & 401 in Yanks’ win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Well, the season is 1/2 over, and the Yanks are 40-41. The second half starts today, in Chicago vs. the White Sox, on Independence Day.

Mark Teixeira got his 400th and 401st career HRs in Sunday’s 6-3 win over San Diego, and starting pitcher Chad Green, in his second MLB start, let Kermit the Frog know that sometimes it IS easy being Green, since he pitched six strong innings for his first major league victory.

Green gave up a HR to ex-Yankee Yangervis Solarte in the second inning to tie the game after the Yanks scored in the top of the second, but that was the only blip he had in the game. He did pitch out of a jam in the fourth, also caused by Solarte.

The Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on Didi Gregorius’ 9th HR of the year.

A solo HR by Teixeira in the eighth put the Yanks up 3-1, and it was Teixeira’s 400th HR of his career. He became the fifth switch-hitter to hit 400, after Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504), Chipper Jones (468) and Carlos Beltran (411 and counting).

The Yanks needed insurance runs, and got them in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Gardner and Teixeira’s 2-run blast. Career HR #401 was Teix’s seventh HR of the season.

They needed those runs because Anthony Swarzak gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the ninth.

Green (1st MLB WIN. w, 1-1, 4.09) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Betances (H, 20) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 walks 2 K, 2.63
Miller (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 1.47.
Swarzak 0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.40. Faced two batters, gave up 1 HR.
Chapman (S, 16) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.86

Combined, Yankee pitchers struck out 12.

Game 36. Beltran’s 400th highlights Yankees win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Carlos Beltran hit his 400th career HR, and an awakening Chase Headley’s PH go-ahead double highlighted the Yankees’ 7-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Beltran trails only Mickey Mantle (536), Eddie Murray (504) & Chipper Jones (468) for HR by a switch-hitter. Mark Teixeira is right behind Beltran at 397, but Teix has 0 HR and 3 RBI since April 13.

It’s nice to see Headley finally wake up. Now we need to get Teix going.

The Yanks got on the board right away in the first on singles by Ellsbury (back in the lineup after being out hurt) and Gardner and a SF by Beltran.

The White Sox tied it in the second and went up 2-1 on a HR by Adam Eaton in the third.

The Yanks went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third when with two out and the bases loaded, Starlin Castro got an infield hit for one run and a walk to Dustin Ackley brought in the second run. The White Sox pitcher should hang his head, walking Ackley, who is struggling at .125 (5 for 40).

But Tanaka, who struggled, gave two back right away in the top of the fourth.

Beltran’s two-run HR in the sixth, his 8th of the year and #400, put the Yanks up 5-4 in the sixth, but Betances coughed up the lead in the top of the seventh. He did redeem himself by getting out of a nasty jam to end the inning with the score tied.

Headley’s PH RBI double in the 7th put the Yanks up 6-5 and Brian McCann’s HR in the 8th (5) gave the Yanks an insurance run.

For the second straight game, Girardi used Betances, Miller and Chapman. Who will be available on Monday?

Tanaka 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 3 walks, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.51
Yates 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.88
Betances 1 IP, 1 R,  3 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (BS, 1; w, 1-2, 2.60)
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. (H 2), 0.57
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 2.25 (S, 3)

It’s funny. Tanaka has 8 starts, just 1 decision, at 1-0.

Nice to see Jose Bautista take a punch to the face by Roughned Odor in the Toronto-Texas game today. Serves him right for those bat flips, and anyone who thinks the bat flips look cool, I disagree with wholeheartedly. Rivera, Jeter, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Gehrig, Musial…..and many others didn’t show up their opponents like that. They  had class, which Bautista, and apparently his supporters of bat flips, do not.

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.


Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 112. Yanks bats stay cold, and they fall out of first with another one-run loss.


The Yanks’ bats stayed cold last night, and it cost them first place as they lost 2-1 in Cleveland.

It is their sixth loss in the last seven games, and their fifth in a row. Four of those six losses have been by one run, and another was 2-0. Three of the losses were by 2-1 scores. One 2-1 loss was in 10 innings, another (a 5-4 loss) in 16. In the last seven games, the Yanks have scored just nine runs.That is 1.29 per game in that stretch, and remember, one game was 10 and another 16 innings.

If only for one big hit.

They are now 61-51, and 1/2 game behind the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Toronto 63-52 —
Yankees 61-51  – 1/2
Tampa Bay 58-56  -4 1/2
Baltimore 57-56   -5
Boston 50-64  -12 1/2

The Yanks managed only four hits last night, their sole run coming in the second on a Brian McCann HR (19). They had chances, like 2nd and 3rd, one out, and couldn’t score with Didi and Young at bat. A-Rod grounded into double plays twice. The Yanks struck out 11x.

Hopefully the bats wake up soon.

CC Sabathia pitched well, as have most of the Yankees’ pitchers in this stretch, but as this recent stretch has gone, received little support. He gave up solo runs in the fifth and sixth.

Sabathia (L, 4-9, 5.23) 6 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 2 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.97
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 3.86.

Because of the 16 inning game on Tuesday night, the Yanks needed pitching help, and brought back Chris Capuano and Nick Goody. Capuano had cleared waivers after being DFA’d and was back at AAA. To make room for the two, the Yanks sent Brandon Pinder back down to AAA and DFA’d Garrett Jones again. Jones was DFA’d just a couple weeks ago, cleared waivers and re-signed with the Yanks when Dustin Ackley got hurt. I doubt if Jones will come back this time.

Game 106. Severino great in debut, but Yanks fall, 2-1.


In his major league debut, Luis Severino became the first AL pitcher EVER to give up two hits or less, with no walks and 7 k in his MLB debut. Ever.

The kid (21) looked good. Went five innings, only made one or two mistakes.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that the Yanks lost 2-1, and their lead in the AL East has been cut to 4 1/2. It is six in the loss column, which is good. The Yanks have three more games to play than Toronto, which means three games in hand. If the Yanks win those three more games, there is nothing the Blue Jays can do. You control your own destiny, there.

After a week of simply pounding the baseball, and putting up run totals of 21, 13 (twice), and 12, it goes to figure that a knuckleball pitcher would throw them off their rhythm.

The only run the Yanks scored was on a seventh inning Carlos Beltran HR (9, #382 career, tying him with Jim Rice and Frank Howard on the all-time list).

Boston scored an unearned run in the second. With two out, Headley made a two-base throwing error and De Aza got an RBI double.  Ortiz homered in the fourth.

One thing I NEVER see, from Yankees’ pitchers or any other pitcher, is a brushback pitch. Fire one at Big Papi’s butt or at his feet. Nobody ever makes him move. Heck, if Drysdale or Gibson were pitching, they would knock him down. They knocked down Aaron, Mays, Frank Robinson. Pitchers let him (Ortiz) get too comfortable. Fire one inside at his butt or feet (I don’t advocate head hunting). Make him uncomfortable. Make him move his feet.

The Yanks did have two on in the ninth, but Brian McCann, pinch-hitting, flied out to end the game.

Severino (L, 0-1, 1.80) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 earned, 2 H, 0 walks, 7 K.
Warren 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.40.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 1 K. 2.13.

Before the game, Cotham and Rumbelow were sent down to make room for Severino and Jones. Yes, after DFAing Jones to make room for Ackley, the Yanks re-signed Jones because Ackley got hurt. So Jones is replacing the guy who replaced him.

Game 102. Red hot Teixeira powers Yanks, 13-6.


For the second straight night, Mark Teixeira hit two home runs in a game, and the way he did it last night established a new major league record as the Yanks beat the Chicago White Sox 13-6.

Before the game, the Yanks made no major splash at the major league trade deadline. That isn’t to say that there weren’t some minor internal moves. To make room for newly acquired Dustin Ackley, the Yanks dfa’d Garrett Jones. Chris Capuano was outrighted to AAA SWB. Esmiel Rogers was released so that he could play in Korea. Slade Heathcott was optioned to AAA (rehab over).

Top prospect Luis Severino’s next start will be for the Yanks. They are bringing the 21-year old up, and his MLB debut may be on Tuesday against Boston in the Bronx. The exact date hasn’t been determined yet. The kid was 9-2, 2.45 this year between AA/AAA.

Bryan Mitchell will start for the Yanks on Saturday night.

Some may be upset that the Yanks didn’t make a major splash, but you have to give to get, and the Yanks were NOT giving up Severino, Bird or Judge. Mateo was mostly off limits as well, but was on the table in rumors involving Craig Kimbrel of the Padres.

Let’s hope the four develop into another “core four.”

Teix hit a homer from both sides of the plate in the same game for the fourteenth time in his career, breaking the record he shared with Nick Swisher.

Carlos Beltran doubled in a run in the first, then the Yanks got five in the second on an RBI single by A-Rod and Teix’s first HR of the game—a grand slam.

After the White Sox got two in the third on a HR by Jose Abreu, the Yanks came back with another five-run inning in the top of the fourth.

Chris Young doubled and scored on two wild pitches. After A-Rod walked, Teixeira hit his second HR of the game to pout the Yanks up 9-2. This second HR, #28 of the season, was #391 of Teixeira’s career, and passed Graig Nettles on the all-time list. Later in the inning, Bredan Ryan singled in a run and Didi Gregorius’ SF made it 11-2.

A Headley single in the fifth made it 12-2.

Ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera drove in a run in the bottom of the fifth for the Pale Hose to make it 12-3.

Ellsbury’s single in the sixth made it 13-3 Yanks. Chicago got two in the seventh and one in the ninth to make it 13-6 as the final.

With the win, the Yanks are 58-44. 60 games to go, and they have a six-game lead.

A-Rod 2 for 2, 3 walks, scored 4 times.
Teixeira 3 for 4, 2 walks, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Beltran & Ryan each had 3 hits and an RBI.
The Yanks banged out 18 hits.

Eovaldi (W, 11-2, 4.30) 5 2/3 IP, 3 R, 7 H, 3 walks and 5 K.
Warren 2 1/3 IP,  2 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 4 K. 3.50
Goody 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 k. 6.75