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CC Nemesis Longoria traded to SF

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Outside of rumors, nothing much going on in Yankeeland.

Despite a rumor on Todd Frazier, nothing has happened.

Things are cooling on the Gerrit Cole to the Yankees for Clint Frazier and others front.

The Yanks had to pay $15.7MM for being over the cap. The Dodgers were #1 at some $36MM +. Others paying the fine are the Nationals, Giants and Tigers. Not good for the Giants and Tigers, who both stunk last year.

Without moving Jacoby Ellsbury and his salary, the Yanks can’t do too much, and Ellsbury has a no-trade clause. $21MM for a 5th OF (behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner).

CC Sabathia got a Christmas present. Tampa Bay traded Evan Longoria to SF for Denard Span and 3 prospects. Longoria has owned CC.

Orioles’ closer Zach Britton tore his achilles while running and will miss the first half of the 2018 season.

Morneau to miss first round.

If the Yanks face the Twins in the first round, they will not have to face Justin Morneau. Morneau is still recovering from a concussion. In only half a season of play (80 games), Morneau was on an MVP-type pace, .345-18-56.

The Seattle Times also reports that catcher Joe Mauer returned to the Twins’ lineup for the first time since hurting his left knee 11 days ago. And shortstop J.J. Hardy also played after missing seven of the last eight games with a sore knee and migraine headaches.

I know what Yankees’ fans are thinking…but be careful what you wish for.

LoHud reports that the Red Sox were interested in Kerry Wood but were outbid by the Yankees.

Josh Hamilton will play for the Rangers, but it won’t be easy. He broke two ribs on September 4th, and Evan Longoria of the Rays has missed seven consecutive games with a strained quad.

Survival of the fittest, anyone?    

And among the non-contenders, Miggy Cabrera and Felix Hernandez have been shut down…

    

S.T. Yanks beat Toronto 7-4. Mo is Mo again.

A.J. against the team he left behind.

From Pete Abraham:

YANKEES
Posada C
Damon LF
Swisher 1B
Matsui DH
Nady RF
Ransom 3B
Cabrera CF
Berroa 2B
Pena SS

Pitching today: A.J. Burnett followed by Mariano Rivera, Edwar Ramirez and Dan Giese.

A.J. wasn’t on, but even when off, was good. 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 hits, 3 walks only 1 K, as the Yanks won 7-4.  

Bruney had a rough go, 2 R and 2 H in 1 1/3. The four walks killed him.

Steven Jackson got his man out.

Then the one and only…..Mo. 1-2-3. Three Flyouts. Hardly broke a sweat.

Edwar gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless IP. Giese had some difficulty, 2 IP, 1 R on 4 hits.

As for the bats:

Posada 1 for 3, RBI double. Austin Jackson 1 for 1 with a walk (good to see the youngster doing well, even if AAA-bound. .310 this spring). 2 hits and an RBI for Swisher. Godzilla hit and RBI (and as it has been written, don’t expect to see him in the field). A hit and RBI for Melky. Edwar Nunez a 2-run HR.

The “Truth”, Josh, tipped me off that rumors about Cameron are surfacing again. I see Pete Abraham isn’t sold on Gardner. I just wish the Road Runner (as I call him) or Brett the Jet (as Jason calls him) gets a shot. Why go after a 37 year old Cameron after the spring Gardner has had? Remember what I wrote on this blog about two things: SS over 35 that have played won WS. (Wagner was 35 in 1909. Pee Wee was 37 in 1955. Period. Jeter turns 35 this June). Not only that, how many CF since Joe D were over 35 on a WS championship team—not many. Give Gardner a shot.

Longoria will replace Chipper on Team USA.

I see no big upsets so far in the “Big dance.” Maybe Illinois from what I see so far.

Nice to see PSU win another NIT game.

I texted Josh tonight, and it seems we both agree….the Yanks look like more of a team without Mr. Narcissism.       
  

 

Unanimous and Near Unanimous ROYs. A “Holliday” for the A’s?

The AL ROY (Rookie of the Year) was unanimous. The “Desperate Housewife,” Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay. Longoria helped lead his team into the WS by hitting .272-27-85 in 122 games. He had an OPS+ (adjusted OPS, 100=average) of 130, was 7 for 7 in SB, and was excellent defensively.

The NL ROY was almost unanimous. Geovany Soto got all but one vote. The Cubs catcher had 1, 25 and 54 AB from 2005-2007, but played in 141 games in 2008 and had 494 at bats. He hit .285-23-86 for a 120 OPS+ in helping the Cubs make the playoffs.

The only vote that didn’t go to Soto went to Joey Votto of the Reds. .297-24-84 for the Reds 1B. OPS+ 124.

Pete Abraham has some good stuff on his blog.

Here is a list of the free agents, ranked in order.

Also, Baseball America ranks its top 10 Yankee prospects:

Baseball America’s Top 10 Prospects lists are based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel. All players who haven’t exceeded the major league rookie standards of 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched (without regard to service time) are eligible.

This is their list:

1. Austin Jackson OF AA, .285-9-69-19
2. Jesus Montero C/DH Low A .326-17-87
3. Andrew Brackman Starting pitcher, Righty 6’10” In AFL now. Missed year due to TJ surgery.
4. Austin Romine C Low A. .300-10-49
5. Dellin Betances Starting pitcher, Righty 6’8″ Low A. 9-4, 3.67. 135 K in 115 1/3.
6. Zach McAllister Starting pitcher, Righty. Combined Low and High A, 14-9, 2.09. 151 IP.
7. Alfredo Aceves 8-6, 2.62 in minors. 1-0, 2.40 with Yanks in 30 innings. Righty pitcher. Started, but may be long man in 2009.
8. Phil Coke Lefty pitcher. 11-6, 2.79 in minors. 1-0, 0.61 with Yanks in 14 2/3 IP. Lefty relief?
9. Mark Melancon Righty relief pitcher. 8-1, 2.27 combined minor league record.
10. Bradley Suttle 3B .271-11-44 in Low A.

Pete doesn’t see Melancon behind Aceves and Coke, but he could not much quibble with their list otherwise.

I think Top Prospect Alert will be coming out with their list soon, and when they do, I’ll post it for comparison. I put the position after the name for your convenience, also what they did this year and where. Note some people that dropped out include Alan Horne (2-4, 8.77 in a tough, injury-plagued year), Jeff Marquez (combined 8-8, 4.47, mostly AAA), Humberto Sanchez (in AFL now, missed most of 2008 due to injury), Chase Wright (I’m surprised he dropped off the list. He was a combined 10-3, 2.80 at AA/AAA), and 1B Brandon Laird (who didn’t do badly at Low A, .273-23-86, and I’m a bit surprised he dropped off). Having Wright and Laird actually fall out of the top 10 may be a good thing. It shows depth.

Some people got enough PT in the majors to drop off the list. Hughes, Kennedy, Brett Gardner…

Well, it isn’t the Cardinals. In a bit of a shocker, Matt Holliday appears headed to the A’s.
It's just a Holiday
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Ooh youre a holiday , such a holiday

Up in the Air. Rain suspends Game 5 with score tied in the 6th.

The WS MVP? The Weather Channel?
Maybe they should just give the WS MVP to the Weather Channel.

There have been a lot of strange things in this WS. First of all, Tampa Bay is playing in it. The Trop. The Phils (after all, it’s just their 6th pennant). Bad umpiring. A game started after 10 p.m. A pitcher hitting a WS HR (for the first time in 34 years)…and now the first WS suspended game.

There have been tie games in the past, due to games called because of darkness (in those pre-night game days). 1907, 1912, and 1922 saw games end in ties (no rules regarding suspensions) because of darkness. Not the case here. The game will be resumed, but the question is when and under what conditions?

The situation is this: After 5 1/2, the game is tied 2-2. The Phils scored two in the bottom of the first as Rays’ starter Scott Kazmir hit one batter and walked two. Shane Victorino’s 2-run single gave the Phils the lead. Kazmir, who walked six in his four innings of work, then gave up a single to Pedro Feliz to load the bases. He then got out of the inning by getting Carlos Ruiz to fly to left. The Phils could have really broken open the game there.

The Rays came back to tie as Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria, who entered the game a combined 0 for 29 with 15 strikeouts in this WS, finally woke up—too late? Pena doubled and scored the first Rays run on Longoria’s single, and then…with the field becoming unplayable in a driving rain and wind, singling in Upton to tie the game in the 6th. Soon afterward, the game was stopped.

Cole Hamels was superb again, until the weather intervened, the ball got slippery, the defense slipperier, the wind howled and the field became a swamp. According to Commissioner Bud Selig, calling the game after five (and thus handing the game and the SERIES to the Phils) with the Phils holding a 2-1 lead wasn’t an option. Rightfully so. You can’t have the Rays lose a WS in a rain-shortened game.

And now the problem. The weather forecast for Tuesday in Eastern PA is thus: A HIGH of 40 degrees today. That’s a HIGH. TODAY, not TONIGHT. Rain is in the forecast today. Tonight? A good chance of snow flurries. Ok, maybe not so much in Philadelphia, but definitely in the Poconos. Me? I’m in between those two places. In other words, YUK. Winds out of the NORTH, 12-25 MPH, gusting to 45. Windy and rain AM, Rain/WET SNOW PM. Temperature tonight? A low of 32. That is the forecast for where I live—about 60 miles from Philly.

Checking the forecast for Philly Intl. Airport for 8 p.m. this evening, here is what you get: Showers/wind. 42 degrees, real-feel temperature 32. Winds WNW at 27 MPH. 50% chance of rain.

Who knows when Game 5 will resume or how it will affect both teams or the Series itself.

Tampa Bay wins 1st pennant, 3-1. It’s a Rays-Phils World Series.

Since the Yankees of 1978 pulled off the repeat, there have been just two teams to pull it off. The Blue Jays went back-to-back in 1992 and 1993, and the Yanks three-peated in 1998-99-2000.

There will be a new champion in 2008.

…and youth was served.

David Price, the #1 draft pick of 2007, got the biggest out in Tampa Bay’s history, striking out J. D. Drew with the bases loaded, two out, and Tampa Bay up 3-1 in the 8th inning. The 23-year-old Price was a late season callup, and had pitched in just five games in the majors (0-0, 1.93, 14 innings) before being put on the postseason roster. His first win was in ALCS game 2, and here he got the last four outs of Game 7 to put the Rays in the WS. We have seen something like this before. In 2002, Francisco Rodriguez had just five MLB games and 5 2/3 MLB innings under his belt before being put on the Angels postseason roster, and K-Rod got his first win in Game 2 of the ALDS that year vs. the Yankees.

Pedroia HRd in the first for Boston, but Tampa came back on RBIs by Longoria in the 4th to tie, Baldelli in the 5th to go ahead, and then Willy Aybar’s 7th inning HR gave them an insurance run. Matt Garza went 7+, giving up just 2 hits, and won the ALCS MVP award.

The repeat champs (notice how little of the NL—in bold). It’s tough to repeat.

1907-1908 Cubs (and none since)
1910-1911 Phila. A’s
1915-1916 Red Sox
1921-1922 NY Giants
1927-1928 Yankees
1929-1930 Phila. A’s
1936-1939 Yankees (1st team to win 3, then 4, in a row)
1949-1953 Yankees (the record, which will never be broken, of 5 in a row)
1961-1962 Yankees
1972-1974 Oakland A’s (only team other than Yankees to three-peat)
1975-1976 Reds
1977-1978 Yankees
1992-1993 Blue Jays
1998-2000 Yankees

…and I’m going blind from the suits that guy on TBS is wearing. I think he raided the late Lindsay Nelson’s suit rack.

You gotta be kidding me. Red Sox stay alive with unbelievable comeback, 8-7.

Boston is alive
It’s alive. It’s ALIVE!

You are kidding me. It’s too bad Jack Buck isn’t alive to tell us he can’t believe what he just saw.

9 outs away from their first pennant, and holding a 7-0 lead, Tampa blows it. The Red Sox pull one of the greatest postseason comebacks ever to save their season. 8-7 on J. D. Drew’s hit in the bottom of the 9th.

Things looked great for the Rays. Iwamura led off the game with a hit, then Upton HR’d. Later, as in Game 4, back to back HRs by Pena and Longoria. Upton drove in two later for a 4 RBI night. 3 ALCS HRs for Upton. 4 for Longoria (4th straight game). As for Pena, he was released by the Tigers in March of 2006, signed with the Yankees in April, spent the year at AAA Columbus, was released in August and finished 2006 with Boston before becoming a free agent and finding himself in Tampa. Before 2006, Pena was ok, having seasons of 18, 18, 19 and 27 HR and an 82 RBI season mixed in. But in Tampa? 77 HR, 223 RBI in the past two seasons. OPS+ of 172 (!) and 132. 9th in MVP voting last year. Who knew?

Nine outs to go. Kazmir had thrown six innings of two-hit shutout ball. He is pulled. A seven-run lead. A double, then two outs. Seven outs to go. Seven run lead. But then Tampa gave up four runs, three on a David Ortiz HR. In the 8th, Boston gets a 2-run HR by J. D. Drew, and a great AB by the Cereal Boy, Coco Crisp, who ties the game with a two-out hit. Tampa, after being stopped by Papelbon for two innings (as in desperation, he entered in the 7th) goes down against Masterson in the 9th.

Then with two out in the bottom of the 9th, Evan Longoria makes a nice pick. His throw however, is wild for a two-base error. After Jason Bay is walked to set up a force at any base, Drew wins it. Unreal.

The question is, can Tampa recover? Games 6 and 7 are in Tampa. But…

1986. One out away from the Series, and Donnie Moore gave up that HR to Dave Henderson. The Angels go on to blow their 3-1 lead.

2004. We know what happened. Up 3-0, the Yanks lost four in a row. Twice they were an inning away from the Series.

2007. The Indians blew a 3-1 lead vs. Boston.

2008??? Up 3 games to 1, we see Tampa blow a SEVEN-RUN LEAD in Game 5 with just seven outs to go. How will this one turn out?

Unreal.

Yankee fans can hate them, but you have to admire the heart of the champion.

Another Rays rout. One win away from the Series. 13-4.

Uneasy is the head that wears the crown.

The defending champs are one win away from being eliminated. Remember that in the last 30 years, since the 1978 Yankees repeated, that the only teams to defend their title have been the 1992/1993 Blue Jays and the Yankee trifecta of 1998-1999-2000.

We can’t write off the Red Sox yet. Not after they came back from down 0-2 to the A’s in the 2003 ALDS, 0-3 to the Yanks in the 2004 ALCS and 1-3 to the Indians in last year’s ALCS. But they are once again on the brink after the Rays blew them out 13-4 in Game 4.

Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria went back to back with the longball in the first, giving the Rays a quick 3-0 lead off Tim Wakefield. Carl Crawford (5 for 5, 2 RBI) and Willy Aybar (4 for 5, 5 RBI) took it from there. Andy Sonnastine pitched 7 1/3 strong innings.

…and so Cinderella is one win away from going to the ball.

One win from riding into the Series
I don’t know if midnight will strike or if it is an enchanted year,
but right now Cinderella (the Rays) is just waiting for the coach
to come to take her to the ball (the World Series).

Rays rout Bosox behind Four HR, 9-1. Take 2 games to 1 lead.

B. J. Upton hit a 3-run HR in the 3rd, Evan Longoria also HR’d in the 3rd, Rocco Baldelli hit a 3-run HR in the 8th, and Carlos Pena hit one in the 9th as Tampa beat Boston 9-1 to go up two games to one in the ALCS.

Matt Garza went six innings, giving up just one run in defeating Jon Lester. Paul Byrd gave up the HRs to Baldelli and Pena.

Rays win slugfest 9-8 in 11 to even ALCS at one apiece.

I was at one of my brothers watching the PSU whipping of Wisconsin. As the game became a blowout, we switched back and forth between PSU and the ALCS.

A postseason record-tying seven HR were hit in the game, and the Red Sox hit three in one inning, but it was B. J. Upton’s SF off Mike Timlin that won the game for the Rays in the bottom of the 11th, handing the victory to rookie David Price. Price, the hyped (for good reason) rookie, came into the ALCS with five games and 14 innings of MLB experience. The series now heads to Boston even at one game apiece.

Dustin Pedroia hit two HR for the Red Sox, and Kevin Youkulis and Jason Bay added one each. Pedroia and Youkulis HR’d off Scott Kazmir in the fifth, and after a pitching change, Bay added one off Scott Balfour. Pedroia, Youkulis and Bay had 3 hits each, 4 RBI for Bay. So far in the postseason, Bay went .412-2-5 against the Angels (7 for 17) and in two ALCS games, is 4 for 8 with a HR and 4 RBI. Jonathan Papelbon kept his postseason ERA at 0.00. He’s now at 22 IP.

For the Rays, they got HRs from Evan Longoria, B. J. Upton and Cliff Floyd. Longoria had 3 hits and 3 RBI.

As for college football, the Wisconsin game was a game I was worried about before the season started. It was still a game I worried about as the game started. After all, the Badgers were a top-10 team and after couple of losses knocked them out of the top 25, could have remade their season and started a turnaround with a win. You don’t take any opponent likely in college football. Michigan found that out in their 2007 opener vs. Appalaichian St. Same later with West Va. vs. Pitt. I don’t know what happened to Wisconsin, but was very happy to see PSU blow the Badgers out 48-7. With #1 Oklahoma losing to #5 Texas 45-35, # 3 Missouri losing to #17 Oklahoma St. 28-23, and #4 LSU getting manhandled by #11 Florida 51-21, there will be a shakeup at the top. PSU should move to at least #3.

So this alum awaits a couple games for PSU. Next week, they are home vs. Michigan and SHOULD beat the Wolverines for the first time since 1996. After all, Michigan lost to Toledo yesterday, 13-10. But there have been times since 1996 when PSU should have beaten Michigan and didn’t. Like I said, never take an opponent lightly. But one thing’s for sure. After 12 years, and with the Wolverines having a down year, the crowd and players really want this one. Twelve years of frustration to Michigan should end.

The following week will be huge. Circle it. PSU at Ohio St. on October 25th. Should PSU win that one, the old Lion—Paterno—could see the BCS title game in his grasp. On the surface, it would appear (giving no disrespect to Iowa or Indiana) that should PSU get by Ohio St., that the only thing standing in their way then would be the final regular season game of the year vs. #23 Michigan State—a home game for PSU.

But you never know. One game, one play at a time.

For the old lion, one last roar?

Out in the AFL, Austin Jackson has hit a slump after a good opening day. I believe he was 2 for 4 in the opener. He is 1 for 13 since.

Remember that YFCR is on hiatus. When YFCR returns, I’ll let you know.