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Judge and Bellinger unanimous ROYs. Boone, Bam-Bam next to be interviewed. Beltran retires. AFL news.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The verdict is in, and it’s unanimous for the Judge and for Cody Bellinger.

The Yankees’ Aaron Judge and the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger were unanimously selected the Rookies of the Year in the American and National Leagues, respectively.

Judge set a new rookie record with 52 HR, and Bellinger set a new NL record for rookies with 39 HR. Cody’s dad Clay was a utility player for the Yankees in the late 1990s and in 2000 and 2001.

Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery got consideration, finishing sixth in the voting.

The GM meetings are going on, and Brian Cashman won’t interview managerial candidates anymore until it’s over on Thursday, but the next two candidates are Aaron Boone and Hensley “Bam Bam” Meulens.

I wrote about Boone recently. Meulens has been a hitting coach and bench coach for the Giants, and he has managed in the World Baseball Classic and in Winter Ball. He speaks five languages and apparently has ties with Didi Gregorius.

Meulens, 50, was a much hyped prospect for the Yankees in the late 1980s and early 1990s who never panned out. He was with the Yankees for 159 games, 457 at bats, from 1989-1993. All that time basically equalled one full season. He hit .221-12-46, OPS+75 with the Yankees. He also had 16 games with the 1997 Montreal Expos and 7 with the 1998 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Carlos Beltran announced his retirement today, just weeks after finally getting a WS title. Beltran retires with 2725 hits, a .279 batting average, and 435 HR. He played 20 years, from 1998-2017 and finally got a ring with Houston in his final season. He played for KC 1998-2004, Houston (I) 2004, Mets 2005-2011, Giants 2011, Cardinals 2012-2013, Yankees 2014-2016, Texas 2016 and Houston (II) 2017. He was a ROY, 9x All-Star, 3x Gold Glove, and 2x Silver Slugger.

Beltran is (according to JAWS on the baseballreference.com site) ranked as the 8th greatest CF of all-time, behind Mays, Cobb, Speaker, Mantle, Griffey Jr., Joe DiMaggio and Duke Snider. Exclusive company.  Beltran should get into the HOF. His 162 g. average was .279-27-99, 20 SB and an OPS+ of 119. 7x he received MVP consideration, and he finished in the top 10 twice.

In 65 postseason games, he hit .307 with 16 HR, 42 RBI and 11 SB.

He would like to manage one day himself. Since he still has a home in the NY area, immediately speculation lent himself to the Yankees’ job. Much respected and bilingual, the problem is his lack of coaching and managing experience, but that isn’t hurting other candidates from being mentioned or interviewed like Boone, Cone or Flaherty.

Cross out two other candidates from the list. Brad Ausmus, recently fired by the Tigers, says he would like to take a year away from managing.

Meanwhile the Yankees asked for permission to talk to A’s manager Bob Melvin, but were refused.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale won 2-0. Yankees’prospects:

CF Estevan Florial 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts. .242. The 19 yr. old is in a bad slump.
1B Billy McKinney 1 for 3, strikeout. .300
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 3, triple, scored a run. RBI. .352
SP Albert Abreu (W, 1-2, 2.60) 5 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 2 W, 0 K.


ALDS Game 5. Yanks complete comeback! Advance to ALCS, 5-2. Didi HRs twice.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yankees stunned the baseball world, completing a comeback from an 0-2 deficit in their best-of-five ALDS series vs. Cleveland, by beating the Indians, 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Before losing the last three games of this division series, Cleveland had won 35 of their previous 39 games. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, while with Boston, led them to their historic comeback from down 0-3 to the Yankees in the 2004 ALCS, but now has seen the Indians lose a 3-1 WS lead last year, and a 2-0 ALDS lead this year.

The Indians’ last WS title? 1948.

For Joe Girardi, a reprieve from what happened with the non-challenge in Game 2.

The Yankees now head to Houston to take on the Astros for the AL pennant. The ALCS is a best-of-seven.

Didi Gregorius got the Yanks on the board in the first inning with his first HR of the night.

In the third, Didi did it again, hitting a 2-run HR to put the Yanks up 3-0.

CC Sabathia was brilliant for 4 1/3 innings, striking out nine, but faltered in the fifth, giving up four straight hits, and two runs.

David Robertson came in and got a DP to get out of the inning, then went two more innings.

It was nail-biter time until the ninth, when the Yanks got two insurance runs to put the game away. With one out, Hicks singled and went to second on an error. After an out, Todd Frazier walked, and Brett Gardner got his third hit of the night to drive in a run. When the throw to the infield got away for another Cleveland error, Frazier scored.

Aroldis Chapman then closed out the game.

The Yanks won despite striking out 16x. Judge struck out 4x. The Yanks struck out 15 Indians.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 9 K.
Robertson (Winner) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Chapman (Save) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 4 K.

Gardner 3 hits, RBI.
Didi 3 hits, 2 HR, 3 RBI.

What to do about Aaron Judge? 1 for 20 in the series with 16 strikeouts. Gary Sanchez and Greg Bird had a rough Game 5, each took 0-for’s with 3 K each. Chase Headley had an 0 for the series.

Despite some players having offensive woes that they need to break out of vs. Houston, the Yanks came back from a seemingly impossible situation and advance.

Game 1 of the ALCS is Friday in Houston. I would expect the Yanks’ rotation to go like this for the ALCS:

Severino (lined up for Games 3 and 7)

One problem with that is that Tanaka has pitched far better at home than on the road, and with this scenario, Games 2 and 6 are on the road. The Yanks could (and probably won’t) use Montgomery, but Montgomery hasn’t pitched in a while, and with that short LF fence in Houston, the Yanks probably wouldn’t want to use a lefty there.

As for that trade with Chicago this summer? Getting Robertson back has been huge.

And better things to come? The Arizona Fall League started yesterday, and Yankees’ prospects did well in a 7-4 win.

Yankees’ prospects for the Scottsdale Scorpions:
Justus Sheffield 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 6 K. Win
Cody Carroll 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. Save
SS Thairo Estrada 2 for 4, RBI
OF Billy McKinney 1 for 4, 3 -run HR.
OF Estevan Florial 1 for 4.

Lastly, Boston manager John Farrell got the axe yesterday. Brad Ausmus of the Tigers is history. So the Phils, Mets, Tigers and Red Sox are all currently looking for new managers.

Game 162. Yanks end season with 2-1 loss, now to the wild card game.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks lost a meaningless regular season finale, 2-1, to Toronto, and finished the regular season 91-71, 2 games back of Boston in the AL East. As the top wild card team, they will host the Twins in the sudden-death, wild card game on Tuesday night.

Toronto only got two hits in the game, but they were enough.

In the fourth, a walk, single and SF plated a run for the Blue Jays.

The Yanks, playing with most of the regulars getting a day off, tied it in the seventh on a HR (19) by Matt Holliday.

The Blue Jays got a run in the eighth on a strikeout, but on the play, ex-Yankee Rob Refsnyder reached on a wild pitch. A walk, sac bunt and infield nubber plated the winning run.

Adam Warren got some work in before the postseason starts.

Aaron Judge got a crystal gavel for breaking the rookie HR record. He also broke Babe Ruth’s 1921 record—set at the Polo Grounds—for most HR hit at home by a Yankee in a season. 33 of Judge’s AL best 52 were at home. Judge also led the league in runs scored and walks, and led the majors in striking out 😦   . He was second in OBP, SA and OPS+.

The Yanks announced they will be extending the netting for next year to protect fans better. The little girl struck by Todd Frazier’s foul ball about two weeks ago is home, but while in the hospital, the two-year-old had tubes in her, suffered a fractured nose and orbital bone, and concern was about blood on the brain that could cause a stroke. Her vision may never recover and be the same.

Montgomery 5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.88
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.35
German (L, 0-1, 3.14) 1 2/3 IP, 1 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1 WP.
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82.

Ex-Yankee Pat Kelly, who grew up and graduated from high school not far from where I live, was arrested with his girlfriend (I guess he got divorced, I thought he married an Australian girl some years ago) in a Manhattan hotel early Sunday morning. Both were thrown in jail overnight for assaulting each other.

As for Tuesday, a lot of tough decisions need to be made. Who is in CF? Hicks or Ellsbury? Who DH’s? Hicks, Ellsbury, Headley or Holliday? (Bird will be at 1B, Todd Frazier at 3B). Being that it is a sudden death game, if starter Luis Severino doesn’t have it, Girardi will have to have a quick hook.


Game 157. Yanks clinch home wild card game with a 6-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks beat the Rays tonight, 6-1, and in so doing ensured that the wild card play-in game will be played in Yankee Stadium.

They did pick up a game on Boston, and are still alive for the division crown, but are 3 back with five games to go. The Yanks won the season series against the Red Sox, so a tie goes to the Yankees.

With their 88th win, the Yanks have won more games than any Yankees team since 2012. You have to go back to 2012, when the Yanks last won the AL East, to find a team with more wins.

That 2012 team won the ALDS over Baltimore, thanks to Raul Ibanez’ heroics, but were swept in the ALCS by the Tigers. That ALCS is best remembered for Derek Jeter breaking his ankle in Game 1.

As for tonight, Jordan Montgomery pitched six strong innings to get the win, 6-1 over the Rays. He got help in the first inning from Aaron Hicks, who just came off of the DL. Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a grand slam HR. Instead it was a SF, and after that, Montgomery settled in.

Hicks drew 3 walks tonight and stole a base.

In the second, the Yanks struck for four runs. Starlin Castro hit his 15th HR leading off the inning. Singles by Todd and Clint Frazier, and then another by Ronald Torreyes, loaded the bases. Back to Back walks to Hicks and Judge forced in two runs. After a DP, Judge stole second, and a WP brought Hicks home.

In the eighth, with one out, Torreyes walked (a rarity). A WP moved him to second and after another out, Judge walked. Sanchez singled in one run, Holliday another. 6-1.

Hicks 3 walks and robbed a guy of a grand slam (wound up a SF)
Castro 3 for 3, HR.
Torreyes 2 hits.

Montgomery (W, 9-7, 3.96) 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Kahnle (H, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.44
Robertson (H, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.90
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.91

Ok, a question for you. Who would you want as the #4 starter in the postseason rotation after Severino, Gray and CC?

Tanaka? or Montgomery?

I say Montgomery. But I don’t think the Yanks will have the guts to do the right thing, and go with the rookie who has pitched better than Tanaka all season long.

I think they’ll go with the experience and with Tanaka.

But I hope I am wrong, and that do indeed they go with the guy whose ERA is one full run lower, and that’s Montgomery.



Game 148. Yanks bomb O’s again, 9-3. Magic #s for Playoffs reduced.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

When will Didi Gregorius get his just due?

When the Yankees got him to replace the legend, Derek Jeter, we were probably hoping for .260-9-54 and good defense. None of us knew Didi would become the first Yankees’ SS to hit 20 or more HR in back to back seasons (even Jeter didn’t do that), or become a .290 hitting, 20 HR, 80 RBI guy… and he missed the first couple weeks of this season.

Who’d have thought he’d be hitting cleanup?

Didi homered again (23) for the Yanks in their 9-3 win over Baltimore today. The Yanks remain 3 back of Boston in the AL East but increased their lead for the first wild card spot (game at home) by 5 over the Twins.

The magic # for getting the top wild card spot is 10.  With the Twins coming in Mon-Tue-Wed, the Yanks can take care of a lot of business themselves.

The Yanks’ magic # for just making the playoffs is 9 over the Angels.

Didi’s 3-Run HR (23) in the third put the Yanks up 3-0 and gave him 80 RBI on the season.

Maybe we are finally getting to see the Greg Bird we saw in spring training of this year. HR #5 made it 6-0 in the fourth.

In the fifth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled in a run to make it 7-0.

Todd Frazier hit a 2-run HR (26) in the seventh to make it 9-0.

Chasen Shreve was horrible in the ninth inning when Baltimore scored three runs.

Didi 3 for 4 , scored 3 runs, HR, 3 RBI.
Ellsbury 3 hits, RBI.
Frazier HR, 2 RBI.
Bird HR, 3 RBI.

Montgomery (W, 8-7, 4.06) 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 W, 6 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 2.58
Heller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 0 K. 1.80
Shreve 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 4 W, 1 K. 3.98  Gave up 1 HR.
Gallegos 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 6.06

With the win, the Yanks have a winning season. They haven’t had one since 1992.

Game 142. Yanks bomb Texas 16-7 on 2 HRs each by Sanchez, Judge, 4 RBI Didi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge each homered twice, and Didi Gregorius went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI as the Yankees bombed Texas 16-7 Sunday.

Sanchez got the ball rolling with his 29th HR in the first inning.

Texas’ Robinson Chirinos tied the game with a HR in the second.

In the third, Gardner singled, and after an out, Sanchez was HBP. Didi doubled in one. Castro reached on a FC, loading the bases. Judge hit a SF. 3-1.

The Yanks got six in the fourth inning to go up 9-1. Ellsbury led off the inning by getting HBP. Romine singled and Gardner tripled in two. Headley singled in a run and Sanchez doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Didi singled in one. Castro GIDP, Sanchez scoring. Judge hit HR #40.

Texas cut it to 9-3 in the bottom of the fourth, chasing Jordan Montgomery.

Ellsbury and Romine doubled to start the top of the fifth, putting men on 2nd and 3rd. After Gardner grounded out, Headley reached on an error, loading the bases. Sanchez made out, but Didi singled in two to make it 11-3.

Texas got a run in the bottom of the fifth, 11-4.

Judge hit another HR, #41, in the sixth. 12-4.

In the eighth, Sanchez hit his second HR of the game to make it 13-4. It was Sanchez’ 30th HR of the season. Now Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada (once) have the Yankees’ record for HR by a catcher, with 30. All of their HRs those years came as a catcher. Not all of Sanchez’ HR this year have come as a catcher. Both HR today were as a DH. One HR this year was as a 1B. About 6 are DH and 23 catching.

Texas got two in the eighth to make it 13-6 in the slugfest.

In the ninth, Girardi emptied the bench. Ellsbury walked and Romine singled. Tyler Wade singled in a run to make it 14-6. After an out, Erik Kratz PH for Sanchez. Kratz was picked up only to be a backup during Sanchez’ and Romine’s suspensions. The 37 year old had spent all year with Cleveland’s AAA team. Kratz doubled in two runs to make it 16-6.

Texas got one in the bottom of the ninth for the final of 16-7.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Wade 1 for 1, RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 HR, 2 RBI.
Kratz 1 for 1, 2 RBI.
Didi 4 for 4, 4 RBI.
Judge 2 for 2, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Romine 3 hits.

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (W, 4-0, 2.00) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 H, 4 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.67
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.02
Smith 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.71

With the win, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back of Boston with 20 to go. The Yanks are 3 1/2 up on the Twins for the top wild card spot, 4 1/2 over the Angels as far as getting any playoff spot.

Game 137. Castro, Didi lead Yanks to 7-4 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Starlin Castro had 3 hits, inc. a HR, and 3 RBI, and Didi Gregorius hit a 2-run HR as the Yankees (74-63) beat the Orioles Monday afternoon, 7-4.

Things didn’t start well. Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, and gave up a 2-run HR in the second. 3-0 Orioles.

The Yankees tied it in the fourth. Castro singled and Didi hit HR #20 to cut the Orioles lead to 3-2. Didi became the first Yankees SS ever to have back-to-back 20 HR seasons. Nope, Derek Jeter didn’t do that. Judge walked (he walked four times in he game) and so did Todd Frazier. Jacoby Ellsbury’s single tied the game.

In the fifth, Headley singled and Castro’s 13th HR of the season made it 5-3 Yanks.

To the sixth. Frazier and Ellsbury walked and Romine bunted them over (Sanchez’ suspension was reduced to 3 games, beginning with this game). Gardner grounded out, run scoring. Headley walked and Castro singled to make it 7-3.

Baltimore got a HR in the 9th for the final of 7-4.

Castro 3 for 5, HR, 3 RBI.
Didi 2-run HR
Judge 1 for 1, 4 walks (first rookie since Jim Gilliam, 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers, to have 100 walks in a season). The Yanks drew 10 walks in the game.

Montgomery 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up 2 HR. 4.14
Green (W, 3-0, 1.97) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. Great all year.
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 2.28. Houdini. Walked first two, then out of trouble.
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.42