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Recent passings.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

A couple tragedies this past week. On the same day, in two separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic, Royals’ pitcher Yordano Ventura and former MLB infielder Andy Marte died.

Ventura, 25, was 38-31, 3.89, ERA+ 107 in his brief MLB career. He won 14 games for the 2014 AL Champs and 13 for the 2015 WS Champs. He finished 6th in ROY voting in 2014. He went 1-2, 4.66 in 10 postseason games. He was 11-12, 4.45 in 2016.

Marte, 33, played for Atlanta in 2005, Cleveland 2006-2010, and Arizona in 2014. In 308 games, 854 at bats, he hit .218-21-99. His 162 g. average was .218-11-52, OPS+ 69. He played 3B and 1B.

Also, pitcher Jackie Brown died at the age of 73 on January 8. Brown was with the Washington Senators 1970-1971, the Texas Ranger 1973-1975, Cleveland 1975-1976 and Montreal 1977. He went 47-53, 4.18 in his career, ERA+ 87. His best year was in 1974, when he went 13-12, 3.57 for a Billy Martin-led Rangers team that surprisingly finished second in the AL West. His 162 G. average was 10-11, 4.18, 22 starts, 24 more relief appearances.


2011 WS: Cards take Game 1, 3-2.

In a good game, the Cardinals captured Game 1 of the 2011 WS, 3-2 over the Rangers.

Allen Craig’s PH RBI single in the 6th was the game winner. The Cards went up 2-0 early on a Berkman double. Napoli later tied it with a 2-run HR for Texas.

It will be interesting to see how the Bengals/Raiders Palmer trade works out.

In Yankees news, they declined the option on Damaso Marte, who missed all of this year. A no-brainer. Marte hardly ever pitched for the Yanks after they acquired him, and his regular season stats, let’s be honest, sucked.

BUT… and it’s a big BUT… he owned Ryan Howard in the 2009 WS. You have to give him that much.



AAA: 4-1 win for SWB. D.J. Mitchell 6 2/3, 1 R, 8 H, 11-9, 3.40. Montero 2 HR, all 4 RBI. .288-17-66. The Carlos Pena waiver claim fell through. Yanks apparently looking for an upgrade at DH. Time to bring Montero up? Surely it’ll happen after 9/1. If he hits over the course of September, they could add him to the postseason roster. But that might mean no Posada. I can’t see them dumping Chavez, because even though he’s slumping, he can play 1B/3B. Posada hasn’t caught, and has just played 1B (not counting today’s appearance at 2B, only because the Yanks were up 14). Things could get interesting…

AA: 11-8 loss for Trenton.

High A: Tampa lost 3-2 in 10.

Low A: 5-2 loss for Charleston.

Gulf Coast League: Other than Montero, here is the story of the day. Feliciano and Marte both pitched in the game, as both are rehabbing shoulder injuries. Both haven’t pitched an inning for the Yanks this year, and won’t. 2012? Let’s see…

Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning. 0R, 0 H, 0 Walks, 1 K.

Marte? A different story. 2/3 IP, 6 R, 6 H, 0 walks, 0K and the loss.

Dante Bichette, Jr. was 2 for 4, both doubles, 1 RBI. .339


MLB news: Jim Thome returns “home.” He’s going back to the Indians for the rest of this year.

Game 128. Down 7-1 in the third, the Yanks storm back, win 22-9, hit MLB record 3 grand slams.

In a wild game, the Yankees became the first MLB team ever to hit three grand slams in the same game as they rallied from a 7-1 third inning deficit to win 22-9.

The grand slams were by Cano (22), Martin (who HR’d twice (17) in the game and who went 5 for 5 with 6 RBI) and Granderson (36). Cano and Granderson each had 5 RBI.

Andruw Jones (10) belted a solo shot, #417 of his career.

Derek Jeter had three hits as he passed Rickey Henderson on the all-time list and went to 3058. He is two short of Craig Biggio’s 3060. After Biggio comes Dave Winfield at 3110, but Jeter won’t get there this year. When Jeter began the day July 9th (the day of his 5 for 5 and 3000th hit) he was at .257. He is now at .299. Since coming off the DL, he’s been hot.

Phil Hughes started and was bombed:

Hughes 2 2/3, 6 R, 7 H, 0 walks and 5 K. ERA to 6.46.

Cory Wade gave up a 3-run HR on his first pitch. 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K, ERA to 2.36.

Hector Noesi, 1 2/3, 0 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 3.50.

Boone Logan got the win (4-2, 2.67) by striking out all four batters he faced.

Luis Ayala, 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 2 K, ERA, 1.67.

Although the Yanks claimed Carlos Pena off the Cubs on waivers, the Cubs have no intention of letting Pena go.

It appears Mike Flanagan (O’s pitcher, 1979 CYA winner) ‘s death was a suicide. The lefty was 59.

Jim Thome was claimed by his old team, the Indians. We’ll see if he gets to go “home.”

News on Feliciano and Marte in the minor league report.

I don’t know about this weekend. The LVYFC (Lehigh Valley Fan Club) has members going to Baltimore Saturday when the Yanks are scheduled for a DH vs. Baltimore. With Hurricane Irene coming, it does not look good.


Game 89. Colon bombed in 1st, Yanks routed 16-7.

Yanks 53-35, 1 gb of Boston in AL East.
Three games worse than Pythagorean record. OPS+111. ERA+119

Jeter SS  .270-3-24  8 sb/11 att OPS+ 86   3004 hits.
Granderson CF .269-25-63  15/22  149
Teixeira 1B .244-25-65  2/3  133
Cano 2B .296-15-57  6/7  130
Swisher RF .249-10-49  2/4  112
Martin C .220-10-36  7/8  91
Jones DH .195-4-12  0/0  71
Nunez 3B .279-3-14  10/14  102
Gardner LF .265-4-18  23/33  101

Colon (6-4, 3.20)  ERA+128

Baseball news today. J.C. Romero did sign a AAA deal with the Yanks, we’ll see if he has anything left to be a LOOGY.

Greg Golson brought up from AAA to take A-Rod’s roster space. He was .296-5-25 at SWB.

From Lohud:

Mark Prior is back pitching after missing almost
three months because of a strained groin. He allowed an unearned run and one hit over two innings for the Gulf Coast League Yankees against Atlanta minor leaguers.

Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano threw 25 pitches during his second batting
practice session since going on the disabled list May 17 because of right elbow

Left-hander Pedro Feliciano, hoping to avoid surgery for a left shoulder
tear, has resumed a light throwing program.

Reliever Damaso Marte, coming back
from left shoulder surgery, is continuing to throw off a bullpen mound.

An awful outing for Colon, his second in a row after being so good this year. And when I say awful, I mean COYOTE UGLY.

Colon lasted just 2/3 of an inning. 8 R, just 3 ER (error by Nunez at 3B. His D really needs improvement), 6 hits, 2 walks, 0 K. ERA from 3.20 to 3.47, but it probably should have been worse. Ayala finished the first and pitched the second. 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and K. ERA 1.59. It didn’t help matters that when Ayala relieved Colon in the first, that he balked home a run.

The Yanks got four back in the third. Jones HR’d (5, 412 career). After an out, Gardner singled, Jeter walked, Granderson tripled in two and Teix got an RBI groundout. 9-4.

Noesi in for Ayala for the 3rd.

Bautista left the game with an injured ankle. In the 6th, Andruw Jones finally does something (outside of one 2-hr game he had earlier this year). He hits a 3-run HR (6, 413 career) to have another 2-HR game this year and bring the Yanks to 9-7 down. They were down 9-0 after two innings.

From Buster Olney: Looks like Colon not completely healed with his hammy;wincing when covering first base. If Yankees stay to form, he’s probably headed to DL.         Return of Nova?

After Jones’ HR, Gardner and Jeter singled (3005 for Derek) but were left stranded. After 5 1/2, 9-7 Toronto.

…and that’s as close as they got. 16-7 loss.

Noesi, their best pitcher of the night, went 3 1/3, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 4 K. Toronto got two in the sixth to make it 11-7. Noesi’s ERA went to 3.45.

Logan got the last two outs in the sixth, none in the seventh. 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks, 0 K.  ERA to 3.63.

Then, the white flag of surrender. Mitre. Once again, the Meat Tray served meat balls. 2 IP, 4 R, 3 ER (the Yanks made 3 errors tonight, Nunez, Martin and Jeter), 5 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Overall ERA? 4.58. ERA since back with the Yankees? A whopping 14.54.  

Toronto got two in the seventh, 13-7, then three in the eighth for the final of 16-7.

Colon goes to 6-5, 3.47.

Jeter and Posada have now played in more games together than any other pair of Yankees’ teammates.

The minors today.

AAA: Surprised, as I was with the Yanks game, that they got it in. SWB got shut out, 4-0. Phelps 4 R, 3 ER, in 5 2/3.
Montero 1 for 4, two strikeouts (single) .448. 13 for 29.  

AA: Trenton was rained out.

High A: 11-5 loss for Tampa. Ugly outing for Ronnie Marte, 7 R in 2/3 of an inning. Rob Lyerly (.419) 3 hits and an RBI. Neil Medchill HR.

Low A: 11-2 win for Charleston. 19 hits.

Yankees happenings, 11/16/10

LoHud reports some interesting stuff.

  • The starter-or-reliever questions are official finished for Joba Chamberlain. “Joba to the pen,” Cashman said. “We made that decision after spring training. We’re not looking to put it back. We told him in the spring, you’re a reliever now. That’s it.”
  •  Alfredo Aceves is healthy enough that he’s expected to pitch in Mexico this winter. “His rehab resolved,” Cashman said. “He was throwing bullpens (and) felt fine. We’re probably going to be talking about winter ball here at some point. He was trying to make it. He would have been a potential guy, believe it or not, to our surprise, if we got to the World Series.”

• Aceves never had surgery.

• Cashman is moving forward with the assumption that Damaso Marte will not pitch at all next season. “Whether (a lefty reliever) is available in this particular marketplace is what I don’t know,” Cashman said. “It’s certainly an area that I would like to have two lefties in the bullpen. I just don’t know if I’ll be successful or not.”

• That said, Cashman has no plans to dump Marte from the 40-man roster. He doesn’t think he’ll need that spot to protect anyone from the Rule 5. “You don’t just release a guy,” he said. “With our Rule 5 protection, I don’t feel like I have a roster crunch.”

• Cashman said he only way he could imagine a roster crunch would be if the Yankees made a trade in which they acquired multiple players, but he doesn’t expect that sort of trade to happen.

• Cashman said he has “zero” indication whether Andy Pettitte will be back next year. Pettitte told Cashman the same thing he’s said publicly: That if he had to make a decision right now, it would probably be retirement, but he’s not planning to make a decision right now.

• The Yankees consider Ivan Nova a legitimate rotation candidate for next year.

• Last year was the final year of Juan Miranda’s four-year contract, but he doesn’t have enough service time to become a free agent, so he’s still under the Yankees control. They don’t have to offer him arbitration, he will simply come into spring training as a 40-man player who’s out of options.

• Cashman listed Miranda, Ramiro Pena, Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird as players who could play a bench role next season.

My thoughts? Watch out for Laird, who could grab a backup OF role (Gardner, Granderson and Swisher all could play CF, Swish less so, but if Laird proves capable of handling the corners, the righty who had 25 HR and 102 RBI AA/AAA this year could steal a spot).

I think the Yanks should just let Miranda go or deal him now. There is no room for him. Nova will get a shot, especially if Pettitte retires and/or no Cliff Lee. If Andy comes back and Lee is signed, Nova in AAA as a fallback in case of injury is surely possible.

The Marte news may make getting a Feliciano more of a necessity.

Good to see Joba has a set role. Now he needs to master it. No more messing around with him.

The Marlins have been busy, haven’t they? Traded Maybin to SD. Traded Uggla to Atlanta for Infante and Mike Dunn. Signing John Buck.