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Hall to induct 4 more, Mussina gains but falls short.

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The BBWAA elected four more members to the Hall of Fame, but Mike Mussina fell little short. 75% is required for induction.

Joining Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were elected via a Veterans’ Committee earlier, are

Chipper Jones 97.2%: Atlanta 3B/LF 1993-2012. .303. Over 2700 hits. 468 HR. OPS+ 141 (100 is average). 1995 WS Champ. 8X All Star. 1999 MVP. 6x Top 10 MVP.

Jim Thome 89.8%. 612 HR. 1991-2012. Indians, Phillies, White Sox, Dodgers, Twins, Indians again, Phillies again, Orioles. OPS+ 147. 4x top 10 MVP. 5x All-Star. 3B/1B.

Both Jones and Thome were elected in their first year on the ballot.

Vladimir Guerrero 92.9%. 1996-2011. Expos, Angels, Rangers, Orioles. OPS+ 140. 449 HR. .318.  Almost 2600 career hits. MVP 2004. 9x All-Star. 6x top 10 in MVP.

Trevor Hoffman 79.9%. Marlins, Padres, & Brewers. 601 career saves, 2nd only to Mariano Rivera. 7X all-Star. 2x Top 10 MVP for a reliever. 4x CYA consideration, finishing as the runnerup 2x.

Those over 50% were:

Edgar Martinez: 70.4%, 20 votes short. Next year will be his last year on the ballot. That may push him over the top.

Mike Mussina 63.5%. Gaining. Should get in soon, if not 2019 with Rivera, maybe 2020 with Jeter.

Roger Clemens 57.3%

Barry Bonds 56.4% Both Clemens and Bonds hurt by the steroid allegations.

Curt Schilling 51.2% Hurt by his political stances.

Not getting 5% and falling off the ballot are Johnny Damon & Hideki Matsui.

Some coming on the ballot next year include (I won’t list their stats now, with one exception)

Mariano Rivera (a sure lock, I’d like to know NOW the idiots who WON’T vote for him),

Andy Pettitte (borderline, the HGH revelations will hurt him),

Todd Helton (as with Larry Walker, people will look at him as though his stats were inflated by Colorado, but a .316 hitter, OPS+ 133. Over 2500 hits, 3x top 10 MVP, 369 HR. 5x All Star, 3 GG, but faded too early. 1998-2005 average .338-33-113; but after age 31 .289-12-61. Personally, I feel he needed 4 more years of that 1998-2005 excellence, and why did he suddenly lose his power at age 31?)

Roy Halladay. Sympathy vote? Unfortunate plane crash, but why was traces of Ambien, morphine and amphetamines in his system? Retired at 36, back pain, can see the painkillers, but for goodness sakes, don’t fly a plane when you are on the meds.



Yanks prospects, and HOF to announce more inductees Wednesday.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Baseball America listed their top 100 prospects list and Yankee fans who have been treated to young stars like Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Luis Severino should be happy and anxious for more young players on the come.

Six Yankees’ prospects are part of that top 100.

Since Clint Frazier spent some time in the majors last year, he isn’t even listed.

The six are:

#6 INF Gleyber Torres who, if he doesn’t break camp as the Yanks’ 2B, should be called up very early this season for just that purpose.

#38. OF Estevan Florial, who will probably start at High-A Tampa.

#41. LHP Starter Justus Sheffield, probably ticketed for AAA SWB.

#59. 3B Miguel Andujar who could be the Opening Day 3B.

#77. RHP Albert Abreu who will probably start at AA or AAA.

#81. RHP Chance Adams. Probably AAA bound.

Three former Yankees’ prospects made the list as well. These are prospects traded for Sonny Gray and Giancarlo Stanton.

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame will announce who the BBWAA has selected as their HOF inductees for this year. They will join Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, who were selected via committee.

So far, with some polling done, it appears these players will get in, having met 75% of the vote:

Chipper Jones
Jim Thome
Vladimir Guerrero
Edgar Martinez
Trevor Hoffman

Close (over 60%) are

Mike Mussina (tracking around 72%)
Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds, each around 66%
Curt Schilling, around 60%

Some views of mine: Disappointed in the possible steroid users getting more votes.

And hope Mussina makes it, especially since, as I noted before, you had jerks like the one guy from Cleveland who ONLY voted for two former Indian players (Thome and Omar Vizquel) and no one else.

Cross off a possible landing spot for Jacoby Ellsbury. Although Ellsbury has a no-trade clause, there was hope among Yankees fans that Ellsbury may waive it if dealt to SF, who trains in Arizona and who isn’t far from Oregon, where Ellsbury is from. Of course, how much the Yanks would have to eat as far as that contract is concerned is another matter. Besides, who wants him? And Ellsbury doesn’t want to go anywhere, even if right now he is a 5th OF.

But there was talk of SF, who needed outfielders. Instead SF traded for Andrew McCutchen and today signed Austin Jackson as a free agent. Interesting they went for A-Jax, because Lorenzo Cain is still available.

Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

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The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.


Minor League Report. Cycle for Estrada.


AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of their postseason series, 6-5 to Lehigh Valley, in 12 innings. They had a 5-1 lead after five.

2B Donovan Solano 3 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar solo HR. LF Billy McKinney 2-run HR.

German 5 1/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Mantiply (BS) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Holder 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Feyereisen (L) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 0 K.
Jones 0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

AA: Trenton evened up their series against Binghamton at a game apiece, winning 9-6.

Cycle for SS Thairo Estrada, 4 hits, 3 RBI. 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. 3 hits, solo HR. 3 hits LF Zack Zehner. 2B Nick Solak 2 RBI. CF Rashad Crawford 3 hits. C Francisco Diaz 2 hits, RBI.

Koerner 2 2/3 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Reeves (Win) 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (H) 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (H) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Brewer (S) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 2 K.




Minor League Report. Austin HRs 2x in SWB loss. Playoffs coming now.


AAA: SWB (86-55) lost 4-3 to Lehigh Valley in their regular season finale. Lehigh Valley swept SWB and made the playoffs as a wild card. They caught and tied Rochester, but are the wild card because they were 13-9 against Rochester this season, so they win the tiebreaker, and will now face SWB all over again….in the first round of the International League Playoffs.

DH Tyler Austin had 2 solo HR for SWB. 2B Billy Fleming and SS Jonathan Diaz each had 2 hits.

Pena (L, 0-1, 9.95) 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.83
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Jones 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.38

AA: Trenton (92-48) won their regular season finale, 3-2. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 RBI. 2 hits each for RF Jeff Hendrix & DH Garrett Cooper. Trenton now will face Binghamton in the first round of the Eastern League Playoffs.

Espinal 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 5 K. 0.46
Sosebee 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.35
Carroll (W, 2-5, 2.66) 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (S, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.57

High A: Tampa’s regular season ended Sunday. They face Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League Playoffs.

Low A: Charleston (76-63) ended their regular season with an 8-2 loss. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, solo HR.   C Ryan Lidge 3 for 3. They will play Greenville in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs.

Nick Green (L, 8-9, 4.49) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.73
Cedeno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.00


Minor League Report. Off night for Adams.


AAA: Chance Adams (11-5, 2.89 at AAA, 15-5, 2.45 overall AA/AAA) had a rare off-night as SWB (86-51) lost 5-1. Rehabbing Matt Holliday 0 for 3, walk, scored a run. 3B Miguel Andujar double, rbi.

Adams (L, 11-5, 2.89) 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 W, 6 K.
Jones 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.45
Coshow 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.69

AA: Trenton (90-46) won 3-2. Solo HR 3B Dante Bichette, Jr. Rehabbing 1B Garrett Cooper 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits for LF Mark Payton.

Koerner (W, 6-3, 4.08) 6 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 3 W, 1 k.
Gomez (H, 5) 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.72
Carroll (S, 5) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.74

High A: Tampa (83-49) won 6-1. Solo HRs for C Donny Sands and 1B Tim Lynch, who also had a double. CF Estevan Florial double, 2 RBI. LF Alexander Palma 2 hits, RBI.

Abreu (W, 1-3, 4.19) 5 Ip, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 5 K.
Lane 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.32
Frawley 2 Ip, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.33

Low A: Charleston (75-60) won 10-5. DH Dermis Garcia HR, 3 RBI. LF Carlos Vidal 2 RBI. 1B Brandon Wagner 2 RBI. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 3 for 3, RBI. SS Diego Castillo 2 hits.

Perez 5 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. 2.84
Trieglaff 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.08
Cedeno (W, 6-0, 0.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Wivinis (S, 4) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00

Minor League Report. Six going to AFL.


The Yanks announced that six players will be going to the Arizona Fall League. They will be playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The players are: CF Estevan Florial, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Dillon Tate, SS Thairo Estrada, SS Kyle Holder and 1B Chris Gittens.. The manager will be Jay Bell, Tampa’s manager (the former Pirate and Diamondback SS who scored the winning run of the 2001 WS, beating the Yankees). The AFL runs from Oct. 10-Nov. 18th. Florial, Sheffield and Tate are considered top 10 Yankees’ prospects.

AAA: SWB (85-50) won 8-1. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, triple, HR, 2 RBI. C Wilkin Castillo 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. Rehabbing DH Matt Holliday 1 for 4. RF Billy McKinney 2 hits, RBI.

Cortes (W, 2-3, 1.28) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.96
Jones 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.62

AA: Trenton (88-46) lost 8-3. Estrada 2 RBI. 2B Abital Avelino 3 hits, RBI. 1B Garrett Cooper is on rehab here (0 for 1, 2 walks).

Camarena (L, 2-3, 4.18) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tarpley 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.68

High A: Tampa (80-49) won 1-0 on a 1-hitter. Florial had the RBI.

Widener 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.54
Pena (W, 3-2, 2.47) 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.47
Harvey (S, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.09

The second game was rained out.

Low A:   Charleston (73-60) won 4-3. DH Dermis Garcia (double and triple), CF Dom Thompson-Williams and 2B Oswaldo Cabrera all had 2 hits & an RBI. LF Devyn Bolasky and RF Isiah Gilliam each had 2 hits.

Vargas 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.61
Mundell (W, 1-4, 2.51) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Sosebee (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.20