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S.T. Game 12. McKinney slam, Amburgey 3-Run spark late Yanks’ comeback, 11-4.

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Billy McKinney, like Miguel Andujar, may start the year at AAA, but he, like Andujar, is making some kind of impression in Spring Training so far.

The 1B/OF hit an eighth-inning grand slam, and the Yankees got ten runs in the last two innings to defeat the Mets, 11-4, on Wednesday.  The Yanks are 10-2 in spring training so far.

Trey Amburgey hit a 3-run HR in the ninth.

Domingo German started, and should have pitched three scoreless innings, but with the bases loaded and two out in the third, Estevan Florial made an error that allowed two runs to score.

Personally, I like German as the emergency starter over Luis Cessa. Of course, you have Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield, among others, still developing too.

The Yanks got one back in the fourth on singles by Tyler Austin and the red-hot Austin Romine, a passed ball that let Austin go to third, and an RBI groundout by Ronald Torreyes.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Mets in the fourth to make it 3-1. A couple of singles, an error by Yankees’ pitcher Dillon Tate and an RBI forceout made it 4-1 Mets in the sixth.

Then came six in the eighth and four in the ninth for the Yankees.

In the eighth, Abiatal Avelino singled with one out. Kyle Higashioka and Kyle Holder each singled to load the bases. Amburgey walked to force in a run, and an error forced in another before McKinney hit his grand slam.

In the ninth, Avelino singled and Higashioka hit a ground-rule double. Holder hit a pop-up single that dropped for a run, then Amburgey hit his 3-run HR.

The Yanks bashed out 17 hits.

One thing you notice late in these games, when it’s mostly AAA/AA kids playing, is how much the Yanks’ AA/AAA players seem to be better than the opponent’s.

Gardner 2 for 2 with a walk.
McKinney 1 for 1, grand slam, 4 RBI, with 2 walks.
Avelino 2 for 2.
Romine 2 for 3. Hitting .667 this spring training.
Higashioka 2 for 2.
Kyle Holder 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Amburgey 1 for 1 with a 3-run HR and bases-loaded walk. 4 RBI

German 2 2/3 IP, 2 R, both unearned, 1 H, 2 W, 5 K.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tate 2 IP, 1 R, unearned (his fielding error) 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Lail (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.




S.T. Game 11. Lind gets RBI, Yanks get double steal, and McKinney gets 3-run HR in Yanks’ 7-2 win.

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I like some aggressiveness I see in the Yanks’ spring training so far. Even with all the power, I see a drag bunt by Tyler Wade the other day and a double steal today. I like it.

Now for Aaron Boone to call what Joe Girardi never did—a squeeze.

I like the aggressiveness. The homers will come, but be aggressive. Don’t just sit and wait for the HR.

The Yanks beat the Tigers today, 7-2, to run their spring training record to 9-2.

Jordan Montgomery pitched into and out of trouble, walking four in his outing.

After Detroit got a run in the second on a bases-loaded walk, the Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth on an Aaron Hicks single.

The Tigers went up 2-1 in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the sixth when newcomer Adam Lind singled in a run.

In the eighth, a double by Tyler Austin (hard choice to back up Bird, a lefty hitter: the lefty Lind or righty Austin) an error and a walk to Erik Kratz loaded the bases. Estevan Florial grounded into a force out, scoring one run, then he and Shane Robinson, who had reached on that error, pulled off a double steal, Robinson scoring to make it 4-2. Nice aggressiveness there.

In the ninth, Tyler Wade reached on an error, Ron Torreyes singled and Billy McKinney hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

McKinney 3 run HR, his 3rd HR of spring training.
Hicks 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Lind 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Montgomery 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lane (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

S.T. Game 7. Yanks bomb 5 HR (2 by Andujar) in 6-4 win.

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There is a poem by Dylan Thomas titled Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night.

Maybe Miguel Andujar is taking that title literally.

So the Yanks traded for Brandon Drury. So they think Andujar’s defense needs improvement.

Andujar is not going gentle into that good night back to AAA.

Well, his bat is speaking volumes. Remember, spring training leaves a lot to be desired. Andujar may be doing well, but if it is against AAA or AA pitchers and not, for example, Dallas Keuchel or Justin Verlander…. you have to take that with a grain of salt.

But Andujar has been impressive. Today, 2 more HR against the Phillies in the Yanks’ 6-4 win that pushes their spring training record to 6-1.

He homered in the second inning to put the Yankees up 1-0 and again in the third to make it 2-0.

The Yanks hit five HR on the day, including another by Billy McKinney (his second). On top of that, Estevan Florial got his third triple of spring training. The guy can fly. Most players can’t get three triples in a year.

After Andujar homered in both the second and third, giving him 4 HR for spring training, the Phils got a run in the fourth on a HR by Aaron Altherr to cut the lead to 2-1.

Newly acquired Brandon Drury made it 3-1 with a HR in the top of the fifth.

Tyler Austin made it 4-1 with a HR in the top of the sixth.

The Phillies got a run in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes hit a SF to make it 5-2 and Billy McKinney hit his 2nd HR of spring training to make it 6-2.

The Phils got two in the bottom of the eighth for the final score of 6-4.

Florial triple, walk, scored a run.
Drury solo HR.
McKinney solo HR.
Andujar 2 for 4, 2 solo HR.
SS Kyle Holder 2 for 2.
Austin solo HR.
Romine 1 for 1 with a walk.


Sabathia (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
German (H) 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up Altherr HR.
LeBlanc (H) 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Gallegos 0 IP, 2 R, 2H, 2W, 0 K. Faced 4 batters, 2 scored.
Heller (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.


S.T. Game 2. McKinney’s 3-run HR gives Yanks 4-1 win.

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1B/OF Billy McKinney hit a 3-run HR in the top of the ninth to give the Yanks (2-0 in spring training) a 4-1 win over the Pirates.

The Yanks scored first on an RBI single in the fourth inning by C Erik Kratz, who was 2 for 2. The Pirates tied it in the fifth on a HR by Gregory Polanco.

Since it was a road game, the only position starter to play was 3B Brandon Drury. Adam Warren was the only regular pitcher used. The Yanks used mostly subs and minor league prospects.

German 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Warren 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Tate (BS, 1) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up HR.
Feyereisen (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Holder (S) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Yankees thoughts after getting Stanton.

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From the NY Post. Interesting words from new Yankees manager Aaron Boone. Could this be his managerial style (barring the fights, controversy and drinking that went with Billy?)

Q: If you could pick the brain of one manager in the history of baseball, who would it be?
A: I think I’d want to go back and just sit down with Billy Martin … see what’s going on there. I’ve heard, obviously a number of (chuckle) incredible stories over the years, but he’d be a guy that I think it’d be cool to sit down with and just hear him talk about the game.

Q: What do you think you might ask him?
A: (Chuckle) I don’t know if I’d ask him much. I’d rather just be a fly on the wall and sit there and say, “Just start telling these stories.” I don’t know, “Just tell me about back in the day,” not only as a player but then obviously all of his managing stints and just the colorful character that he was. I would just want to sit there and listen to some of the stories he I’m sure has for days.

Also, an interesting article in the Post about how Jeter may NOT want to help the Yankees, despite what you may see on Twitter or YouTube about any possible “collusion” because of the Stanton deal.

Jeter does hold grudges, and still may hold one because of his last contract negotiation. He really (as the article points out) hasn’t shown up at the Stadium that much since his retirement, and now, as a part-owner of the Marlins, could be expected to show up even less—and this may have occurred even without his new ownership or new fatherhood.

Also, don’t you think Jeter would be aware of the backlash that would (and is) occurring anytime he makes a deal with the Yankees?

Also, …

All the talk will be about Judge and Stanton, and deservedly so, since you have the two HR leaders from last year on the same team, with 52 and 59 HR respectively. They are the ones who finished as the AL runner up for MVP and the NL MVP.

But let’s not forget…

Gary Sanchez also was in that HR derby at last year’s All-Star game, and actually was the one who knocked out Stanton. Sanchez, despite missing a few weeks last year, hit 33 HR. And how can you forget what he did at the end of the 2016 season?

Didi Gregorius set a Yankees’ SS record with 25 HR last year, and how could you forget the two HR he hit in Game 5 of the ALDS off of Corey Kluber, the CYA winner?

Lastly, Greg Bird. Yes, Bird had a poor year because of the ankle injury that cost him most of the season and that required surgery. But remember the great spring training he had?

Not only that, but when he came back and was healthy, he hit .253-8-25 in his last 29 games.

Let’s do some math. 29 x 5 = 145. Basically a full season of 162 with some days off for rest.

Now multiply x 5. .253-40-125. Forget the batting average. 40 and 125.

Add this to Judge, Stanton, Sanchez and Didi. And don’t forget that Gardner even hit 20+ HR last season.

I think a lot of people are going to overlook Bird, and barring injury, I think he will shock some people next year.

Some people have come out with their lineups. Here is mine as for now, and my reasoning:


Ok, some people may wonder why keep Judge at 2. Here’s why: 127 walks, which led the AL. An OBP of .422. You want guys with high OBPs in front of Stanton. Some people have Didi Gregorius #2 in the lineup. Not me. Didi only walked 25 times last year. OBP .318, over 100 points lower than Judge. Give Stanton more opportunities to drive in runs. That is why I have Didi in the 6 slot. Get a high OBP guy in front of Stanton.

Bird #3. You want to break up the righty bats. And with Stanton hitting behind him, Bird, whose lefty swing is tailor made for Yankee Stadium, gets protection like Maris got when Mantle was hitting behind him. Or Ruth got with Gehrig. Judge on base, you don’t want to face Stanton, Bird gets more pitches to hit.

Sanchez 5. Protects Stanton.

Torres could be in the minors until June. So Torreyes is probably a stop gap 2B until Torres is ready. Keeping Torres down for 2 1/2 weeks delays his free agency a year and keeping him there until early June delays his arbitration another year. Besides, he hasn’t played too much at 2B so he can get experience there and when he’s ready in early June you can bring him up.

Torreyes, despite hitting .292, doesn’t have much power, and only walked 11x in 2017. Hence the 9 spot.

A tough lineup to crack. Ellsbury, who is behind Stanton, Judge, Hicks and Gardner, becomes the most expensive defensive replacement (and with those guys, it won’t be necessary; all are decent outfielders)/pinch runner ever. Now if the Yanks can move Ellsbury and his no-trade clause, then that can open a spot for…

Clint Frazier or Billy McKinney. Otherwise both are blocked and could be trade bait for ….

pitching help.

Also blocked, for now, are Thairo Estrada (by Torres, Didi and Headley) and Miguel Andujar (by Headley and possibly Torres).

Not trading any of those top prospects in the Stanton deal (Guzman and Devers, both of whom haven’t even played at Low A Charleston, went in the deal) leaves you open to trading one of those top prospects for a top of the line starter.

You also have pitchers who are top prospects who are, as of now, blocked. Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo and Domingo German to name five.

So the Yanks, should they need to make a deal, still have top prospects to trade. Also, they could try to find a taker for Ellsbury or Headley, but may have to eat $$$$ in order to do so.

Only by dumping Headley do I feel that they can retain Todd Frazier. The Yanks still want under the cap, and that became more difficult with getting Stanton.

The Modern Era HOF voting will be announced tonight. We’ll see if anyone gets in.

From mlb.com: The 10 Modern Baseball Era finalists include nine former players and one former executive: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell. (One -time Yankees in bold).




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.


Seve 3rd in CYA voting. AFL news.

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Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer were named the winners of the CYA in the AL and NL respectively.

The Yankees’ Luis Severino placed 3rd for the AL Cy Young Award, behind Kluber and Chris Sale.

I’m a little surprised that Scherzer beat Clayton Kershaw by such a wide margin (Scherzer’s teammate, Stephen Strasburg, finished third). Kershaw won more games, had the lower ERA. Scherzer struck out more because he started four more games than Scherzer. For Scherzer, his third CYA, matching Kershaw.

For Kluber, his 2nd CYA.

Tomorrow, we find out the MVPs and if Aaron Judge wins or is runnerup.

In the Arizona Fall League, Sxottsdale lost, 4-1.

Yankees prospects:

1b Billy McKinney 1 for 4, double. 2 strikeouts. .279

Andrew Schwaab RP, 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 6.35
Cody Carroll, RP, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.00

Remember that recent Yankees’ prospects who have starred in the Arizona Fall League are Greg Bird and Gleyber Torres.

Hal Steinbrenner confirmed that he thought the same way as Cashman, that it was time for Girardi to go, and he’s felt this way for a few years, not a few weeks. Hal said that he agreed with the decision, and it was a confirmation of the decision from Hal, not a persuasion.