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Recent baseball passings. All-Star reliever Campbell, Pennsylvania pitcher Duser.

Bill Campbell, a 1x All-Star relief pitcher who pitched for the Twins (1973-1976), Red Sox (1977-1981), Cubs (1982-1983), Phillies (1984), Cardinals (1985), Tigers (1986) and Expos (1987), passed away on January 6. Campbell went 17-5, 3.01, 20 saves (all in relief) for the Twins in 1976 and finished 7th in CYA and 8th in MVP voting that year. He led MLB in winning percentage and games finished, and the AL in games.

In 1977, he was an All-Star for Boston, going 13-9, 2.96 (once again all in relief. He only started 9 MLB games). He led the AL in games and saves (31). Besides his only All-Star selection that year, he was 5th in CYA (won by another reliever, Sparky Lyle) and 10th in MVP voting.

Campbell, nicknamed “Soup”, led MLB in games pitched in 1983 with 82.

He went 5-3, 3.50 for the NL Champ Cardinals in 1985, and was 0-0, 1.42 in six postseason games for them that year.

Campbell’s lifetime record was 83-68, 3.54, ERA+ 111, 126 saves. His 162-game average was 8-7, 3.54, 12 saves.

Campbell was 74.

Also passing away was Carl Duser on January 5 at the age of 90. Duser was born in Hazelton, PA, about an hour’s drive from me. He pitched in three MLB games, going 1-1, 7.88 for the 1956 and 1958 Kansas City Athletics (2 games in 1956 and 1 in 1958). His obituary mentions striking out Mickey Mantle, but that had to be in an exhibition game, since none of the three regular season games he pitched in were against the Yankees.

Game 39. Rays edge Yanks, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Joe Girardi was attending his daughter’s graduation. Bench coach Rob Thomson filled in as manager, and Thomson made a couple of moves that have Yankees’ fans scratching their heads after a 5-4 Yankees loss to Tampa Bay that dropped their record to 24-15.

Luis Severino gutted out five innings, giving up just one run and leaving with a 2-1 lead. The Yanks got a run in the first when with one out, Ellsbury singled, Holliday doubled and Castro got an RBI groundout. Judge singled Holliday to third and stole second, but the Yanks couldn’t add on; Didi struck out. It would cost them later.

The Rays tied the game in the bottom of the first. In the third, Gardner got a bunt single and went to second on an error by Evan Longoria. It’s about the only thing Longoria did wrong all night. He had four hits against the Yankees, including the GW RBI. Ellsbury doubled Gardner home.

Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless sixth and after that, the Yankees’ bullpen, which has been so great this year so far, let the game get away.

Thomson brought in Warren to pitch the seventh. I hate when managers go “by the book” or “by the formula.” If a pitcher is doing well, leave him in. Change for changes sake, I hate. Seventh inning guy, eighth inning guy, etc. Phooey. Too many cooks (or pitchers) spoil the soup (or game). Holder gave up a double in the sixth, but no runs and had two strikeouts. Why not leave him in? If a guy is doing well, and is smoking, use your own eyes and gut and go with the hot hand. Leave him in.

That over managing, seventh-inning guy, eighth-inning guy, etc., is a change to the game I grew up with that I do not like. A change for the worse. I’m old school, remembering the days when a Gossage or Lyle would come in in the seventh and really close a game out, going 2 1/3 scoreless or so. People older than me may remember Joe Page…

I miss those days.

The move to Warren, who has been great and probably was due for a clunker, backfired. Warren gave up 3 runs in the seventh. Rays 4-2. The key blow was a double that 3B Ronald Torreyes couldn’t come up with, shortly after it appeared Warren Shreve was squeezed on a pitch by the home plate umpire.

In the top of the eighth, Matt Holliday hit a two-run HR (8) to tie it, 4-4.

But Tyler Clippard gave up a run and the game in the bottom of the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, with two out, Thomson let Austin Romine hit for himself instead of pinch-hitting Gary Sanchez for him. This is a move, or non-move if you will, that has Yankees’ fans scratching their heads. Even the Yankees’ broadcasters on WPIX, Ken Singleton and John Flaherty, were a bit surprised by the non-move. Sanchez has a far greater chance of tying the game up with a HR than Romine did or does, and you are just PH-ing catcher for catcher. Why Sanchez wasn’t up there, who knows. Romine tapped back to the pitcher, game over. Not only that, Romine (0 for 4) has been slumping lately (0 hits in at least his last 16 at bats) and is down to .247.

So that’s that.

Ellsbury 2 for 4, RBI; Holliday 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI. Castro 2 hits, RBI (.352).

Chris Carter was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts. Tyler Austin’s start of his rehab was rained out.

Severino 5 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. 3.64
Holder (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.04
Warren (BS, 2) 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31
Shreve 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.00
Clippard (L, 0-2, 1.53) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K.


Game 40. 8 in a row. Yanks top O’s 11-4.

8 in a row for the Yanks

Who else to signify the Yanks’ 8th
win in a row?


Hughes gets the win, but I can’t tell you if he was Jekyll or Hyde tonight. Somewhere in between. Just like last time, not awful, but not great either.

The Jekyll part: 9 K in just 5 IP. Just 1 walk.

The Hyde part: 3 R in the 5 IP. The fact it was just 5 IP.    2 gopher balls among the 6 hits given up.

You see the dilemma here. The potential and the disappointment. You don’t know who will show up…sometimes within the same game. He gets the win, K’s 9 in 5, … but only goes 5. 3 R in 5 isn’t that hot.  

I asked the 5-6-7 guys to step up tonight in the previous post. I mentioned how they were slumping. Although Matsui was just one for 4, instead of a 5-6-7 trifecta, it turned out to be 6-7-8… for in the 2nd, Swisher, Cano and Melky hit consecutive HR. Three in a row.

The Yanks broke a 5-3 game open with six in the 9th.

Mo did give up a HR in the 9th but I am not worried about that. The guy who got the HR can always say that he got his first HR of his career off of Mo. What a thrill.

But why am I not worried about Mo’s gopher ball? This. It was with an 8-run lead. If you ever read Sparky Lyle’s “Bronx Zoo,” you will know this about Lyle: if something happened like what happened tonight, Lyle would request to be taken out of the game. He couldn’t pitch in a blowout. The “Closer’s Mentality,” if you will. His head just wasn’t in the game anymore.

This isn’t to make an excuse for Mo. But if you are wondering, it does happen. An eight run lead, you just throw the ball down the middle. You look for outs. If they hit it out, they hit it out. Just throw strikes. Even a .333 hitter makes out 2/3 of the time.

Now if it was Veras, he’d probably walk the ballpark. Even with an eight-run lead.

Cano had 3 hits, 3 RBI.

Aceves si, Veras no. Aceves pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief of Hughes. This while the game was still close. No walks. A 1.74 ERA since being called up.

Coke went 2/3.

Girardi—-go to him. Edwar is back in SWB. Veras should go. Now that Bruney is back (and God only knows when Marte returns, or how good he will be when he does), the back end should be Coke (situational), Aceves, Bruney and Mo. Try that and see what happens, for now.

I saw one play in the Cards-Cubs game that I must relay to you. Albert Pujols hit a hot shot towards the SS. Maybe an Ozzie Smith/Mark Belanger would come up with it. Not this SS. It ate him up. But… Pujols busted his butt getting out of the box and what could have been a 6-3 turned into a double. Yes, a double. He moved to third on a groundout and then scored on Chris Duncan’s (son of coach Dave, brother of Shelley) single. Most guys would loaf to first. Not Pujols. He not only ate up the SS with a shot but got two out of it. You gotta love it.