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D.J. 4, Gleyber 17th in MVP vote.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Mike Trout of the Angels won his 3rd MVP—narrowly— over Alex Bregman of Houston. Trout got 17 of the 30 first place votes, Bregman the other 13.

Trout is the second youngest ever to win 3 MVP awards. The youngest being Stan Musial.

In the last eight years, Trout has 3 MVP awards, four runnerups and a fourth-place finish. If he retired NOW, he’d be in the HOF.  So close to 7 MVP Awards already.

He is tied for most in AL history. Barry Bonds won 7******** in the NL. (Asterisks necessary).

The Yankees’ D.J. LeMahieu finished 4th in the voting. Gleyber Torres finished 17th.

In the NL, Cody Bellinger won with 19 first place votes to 10 for defending MVP Chistian Yelich and one for Anthony Rendon of Washington.

Will Smith became an early free agent signing, going to Atlanta from SF for 3 yrs. $39MM.

Taking the Q.O. and NOT becoming free agents: Jake Odirizzi of the Twins and Jose Abreu of the White Sox.


Game 96. Alex (3 HR) and Murphy spark Yanks to comeback win.


Down 5-0 after three innings, the Yanks stormed back to defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-5 on Saturday night, getting four in the top of the ninth to cap things off.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 54-42.

Alex Rodriguez became the fifth oldest player to hit three home runs in a game. A-Rod turns 40 on Monday. The oldest was Stan Musial (41 yrs., 229 days) who did it against the 1962 Mets at the old Polo Grounds.

CC Sabathia fell behind 2-0 only five pitches into the game by giving up a single and a HR to the first two batters. He gave up a 3-run HR to Torii Hunter in the third.

Then A-Rod went to work, hitting a bomb for a solo HR in the fourth. The other day at Yankee Stadium, he hit a 453′ HR. Well, this one went into the third deck in LCF at Target Stadium. (Update: the 3 HRs were measured at 452, 422 and 424 feet).

In the seventh, A-Rod cut the Twins’ lead to 5-3 with a two-run HR. The Yanks tacked on another run when Teixeira doubled, moved to third on a line out and scored on a SF by Headley.

Still, the Yanks were down 5-4 entering the top of the ninth when A-Rod did it AGAIN. His third HR of the game, #23 of the season and #677 of his career, was another long HR, this one just to the left of straightaway CF, to tie the game.

Teixeira then singled and Beltran grounded into a force. Headley singled and John Ryan Murphy hit a 3-run HR to make the comeback complete and give the Yanks an 8-5 win. It was the first HR of the year for Murphy.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 5.38
Warren (W, 6-5, 3.51) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.
Miller (23rd save) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.57.

Before the game, the Yanks sent Pinder down, brought up Nick Goody, and DFA’d Gregorio Petit.

Elsewhere in baseball, Cole Hamels threw a no-no for the Phillies, and with them needing help as the trade deadline looms, you wonder if Hamels no-no happened in what could be his last Phillies’ game. Ironically, one of the teams looking to trade for him is the team he threw the no-hitter against—-the Cubs.

Game 116. Gardner saves Mo, 5-4.

For the first time in his career, Mariano Rivera has blown three straight save opportunities. Miguel Cabrera became the first to hit three HR off of Mo during Mo’s career—-and the last two came on successive at bats, also a first.

Andy Pettitte is having a lot of difficulty in tying ex-NY Giant great Carl Hubbell on the all-time list with 253 wins. Andy is stuck on 252.

Today, he went just 4 1/3, 1 R, 8 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 13 outs, 11 baserunners. A struggle. ERA 4.62. Once again, he had the first-inning blues, giving up a run.

A-Rod tied it in the 2nd with HR #648* (asterisk intended). Nunez made it 2-1 in the same inning with a sac fly. The HR was, of course, A-Rod’s first of the season.

A-Rod’s single made it 3-1 in the 3rd. This RBI was #1952* in his career, passing the great Stan Musial on the all-time list.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 20th HR of the season, #392 of his career, in the  fourth to make it 4-1. The hit was the 2000th of Soriano’s career.

Then it got interesting.

Kelley 1 1/3. 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 3.48.

Logan 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.95.

Robertson gave up a HR in the 8th. 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.84.

Then Mo gave up a HR to Cabrera to lead off the 9th. 4-3. Fielder lined out. Victor Martinez hit a HR off Mo (3 hr given up by Mo in his last 2 appearances) to tie the game. Mo rebounded with a groundout and flyout and eventually won the game.

Rivera (W, 3-2, 2.44) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. His ERA has gone from 1.56 to 2.44 in his last three outings.

With two out in the 9th, Gardner, who made a great catch that went for a DP earlier, homered (8) to win the game.

Stan the Man, 1920-2013

Hours after the HOF lost Earl Weaver, another HOF member passed away.

One of the greatest hitters of all-time, Stan Musial, died at the age of 92.

Sadly overshadowed by Ted Williams and Joe D. for a portion of his career, there is no doubt that Musial deserved to be in their company.

Musial ended his career with 3630 hits. Ironically, exactly 1515 were at home & 1515 on the road.

He had a .331 lifetime batting average with 475 HR. He won 3 MVP awards (1943, 1946 and 1948). Besides winning the MVP 3x, he was the runner-up for the award 4x, from 1949-1951 and then again in 1957. So 7x he was #1 or #2 for the MVP award.

Fourteen times, he finished in the top 10 for the MVP award. Fourteen times.

His 162 g. average was .331-25-104 with an OPS+ of 159.

He finished 25 HR short of 500. Had he not lost 1945 due to military service, who knows?

He led his league in B.A 7x. RBI 2x. Runs scored 5x. 6x in hits. 8x in doubles, 5x in triples. Ironically, never in HR. He led in RBI 2x.

Six times he led in OBP. 6x in Slugging average. 7x in OPS, 6x in OPS+.

6x in total bases.

He played in 4 WS, 1942-1946. It’s sad that he was not able to be in the postseason 1947-1963. He won 3 WS and lost 1. (Won 42-44-46 and lost 43).

In postseason play (WS), he hit .256-1-8 in 23 games.

In 1962, Musial, at the age of 41, had a great year (.330-19-82) in the next-to-last year of his career. After the season was over, President Kennedy, just three years older than Musial, remarked “they thought that I was too young for my job and that you were too young for yours. I guess we both fooled them.”

Musial was an accomplished harmonica player who would play various tunes in the clubhouse to loosen up his teammates. He was the Cards’ GM when they won the 1967 WS.

To show you how much baseball has changed, Musial NEVER made $100K in a season. The most he ever made was $75K in the early 1950s.

Very underpaid.

His HOF monitor is 454. Likely HOF 100.

HOF Standards 76. Likely HOF 50.

It’s no surprise that he was inducted on the first ballot in 1969.

JAWS ranks Musial as the 3rd greatest RF ever, after Ruth and Aaron.

That is not bad indeed.

The usual black ink for a HOF is 27. Musial’s was a 116.

Grey Ink (Black ink means he led the league. Grey ink means top 10). 390. A likely HOF is 144.

Hall of Fame Monitor. Likely HOF 100. Stan was a 454.

HOF standards. Likely HOF 50. Stan 76.

He kicked ass.

RIP Stan. One of the greatest ever.

It is fair to argue which #6 was the greatest ever. Musial or Bill Russell.

Russell had more rings.

But it is a great argument.

Where will #3000 be?

Derek Jeter is 16 hits away from #3000. Where will he get it?

My prediction? Wrigley Field in Chicago, where only Stan Musial (May 1958 as a PH) got his 3000th.

Derek is 16 away. Here is the upcoming schedule:

6/3 to 6/5. Three games at Anaheim vs. the Angels.

6/7-6/9 at home vs. Boston.

6/10-6/13 at home vs. Cleveland.

6/14-6/16 at home vs. Texas (the best bet if he does it at Yankee Stadium).

6/17-6/19 at Chicago (vs. Cubs, not White Sox) at Wrigley Field. See above.

6/20-6/22 at Cincinnati.

Ok. My prediction is at Wrigley.

If he gets hot? Yankee Stadium vs. Texas. No one has gotten #3000 at Yankee Stadium. Yaz got #3000 vs. the Yanks, in 1979, at Fenway.

If Jeter slumps a bit? At Cincy. Henry Aaron got #3000 at Cincy in May 1970, just five weeks before Crosley Field had its last game. Pete Rose got his 3000th at Riverfront Stadium in Cincy in 1978.

Nice timeline for Cincy. Aaron’s 3000th in mid-May 1970. Crosley Field’s last game in late June (6/24?). Riverfront Stadium’s first game around 6/28 and the All-Star Game (the one featuring the Rose/Fosse collision) around 7/11 (I didn’t look it up, but I’m very close with those dates).

I also checked out who the last “Mr. 3000” was before Derek. It was Craig Biggio, who got #3000 at Houston in 2007. It’s a funny one, though; for Biggio singled for #3000 and was thrown out at second trying to stretch it.

This is what baffles me

It’s interesting to hear Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, describe the negotiations with the Yankees as “baffling.”

There’s nothing baffling about it. Now I understand that Close, like any agent (and I revile sports agents as I do, say, lawyers and politicians) is trying to get the most for his client—especially since he may get a percentage for his own services.

But since this is “baffling” to him, let’s try to put things in ways that he can understand.

  • Your client will be 37 next year. I have a friend who, when JoePa signed a multi-year deal a few years ago, exclaimed “who does he think he is, Methusaleh?” Great quote. (Look up Methusaleh in the Bible if you don’t know what I mean). Well, Casey, your client will be 37 next year. Salary based on projections of current and future performance. You can’t really believe that Derek will put up the numbers at 37-39 that he put up at 27-29. If you do, then you are delusional.   
  • Current or future performance. This is on projections based on Jeter coming off his worst year of his career. One in which his OPS+ was a 90. His BA 21 points lower than any other season in his career. One in which his numbers (.270-10-67, OPS+ 90 with 18 SB, Rtot of -10)  were close to Marco Scutaro’s (.275-11-56, 5 SB. OPS+ 92, -1 RTOT at SS). Scutaro made $5.5MM in 2010, didn’t have Jeter’s SB, but had a much better Rtot. Note, Casey, $5.5MM, not Jeter’s $22.6MM. See what Derek would get on the open market.
  • If I’m paying, I’m not paying on the past. The past doesn’t win you games in 2011. Only the present does. Like I stated. See what Jeter gets on the open market. But sell him as if his name were Joe Schmoe. As if there wasn’t a past with 2926 hits, 5 rings and all the rest. Sell him as he is now. Not as he was in 2000. See what you get.   
  • This contract is about him as a player. Yes, “everything he symbolizes” comes into play. His legacy as a Yankee. His iconic stature. His conduct. His popularity. Hell, all that fits 85 year old Yogi Berra, too! The Yanks aren’t paying Yogi to catch in 2010. Yogi is just as popular on Madison Avenue (as I remember that great AFLAC commercial…)
  • Personally, I don’t go over the age of 37 on a multi-year contract with ANY player. Once 37, I would hope every team goes year by year. No multi-year deals for ANY player once they hit 37. That’s just me. Won’t happen, though. But let me dream.
  • You know the Yanks won’t release Derek. Something will eventually get done. But asking for a multi-year deal over three years at anything over $18MM/per (Yanks apparently offered 3 years, $45MM) is insane. But remember that in Feb. 1935 the Yanks actually released 39 year old Babe Ruth. Who had a better legacy or meant more to the franchise than the Babe? But time marches on and waits for no one. The Babe hit .288-22-84, OPS+ 160 in 1934 at age 39. Granted he played in 30-35 less games in 1934 than Derek did in 2010, and he was a power-hitting OF, not a sleek SS who still could steal 18—but Babe’s 1934 numbers do look a bit better than Derek’s 2010 numbers. Of course, we know what happened in 1935, when the Babe was completely kaput while with the Boston Braves, and retired.
  • In Bernie Williams’ final year, he went .281-12-61. Granted, power-hitting OF again. Bernie was 37, 38 at season’s end. OPS+ 96. Just 2 SB. Numbers similar to what Jeter put up this year. After showing signs of slippage, Bernie worked on just a $1.5MM contract in 2006, that final year, after making over $12MM in 2005. Bernie got invited to spring training in 2007 on a minor league deal. He didn’t come. He still hasn’t “officially” retired.
  • Granted, the Yanks won’t do to Derek what they did to Babe and Bernie. After all, Babe and Bernie had showed signs of decline over a couple of years (Babe 1932 to 1934, Bernie 2003-2006). But neither Babe or Bernie were working on long-term deals by that point. Jeter has showed serious decline just this past year. But “baffling” negotiations? There isn’t anything baffling about it. Old player so you don’t want many years, decline starting don’t want to commit too long, numbers going down so not worth as much. What’s “baffling about that?”

I know he has to say the right things and protect his client. But there isn’t anything “baffling” about the Yankees more-than-fair offer. What’s baffling is that greedy agents don’t get it. But then we saw this last year with the Damon situation, didn’t we?

Happy b/day to Stan Musial, NINETY yesterday (and thanks to my local paper for pointing it out)! A true treasure.

But the same paper suggests Phillies alternatives to Werth. Plan B is trading for Swisher. Sorry to rain on the parade, but the Plan B that the columnist has for the Phillies (trade for Swisher to replace the departing Werth) won’t come off, I don’t think. Sorry, but the Yankees are not after Carl Crawford (the Yanks getting him being the prereq for getting Swish). Their top target is Cliff Lee. There is no room or need for Crawford. If, somehow, the Yanks don’t get Lee, then maybe they target Crawford and try to trade an OF for pitching. But there isn’t any real decent pitching out there to trade for. Predictions? Yanks get Lee. Crawford to Angels. Werth to Boston. Maybe the Phils do the columnist’s  #1 alternative for replacing Werth—that is trade for Corey Hart of the Brewers. But maybe the columnist should contact me or other Yankees bloggers about the Yanks before she writes about them. The Yanks will keep their toes in the water to drive up the price on Crawford. But they aren’t interested in him unless they can’t get Lee. Your thoughts? But hey, the columnist covers the Phils. I really don’t think she knows the Yanks as well. 

But then, some columnists and reporters automatically tie the Yanks to everyone without looking into matters (need, what minor league prospects they have, budget [yes, they do have that]) and think they will throw money at everyone and everything. It’s like they refuse to think that Cashman may actually have a plan

Interesting show. T.O. and Ochocinco. I don’t know how the ratings are, but they better be better than the Bungles sorry 2-8 record.

Final AFL numbers of Yankee prospects:

Austin Romine 16 g. 61 AB. .279-0-7.
Manny Banuelos. 7 starts. 0-2, 3.60
Brandon Laird 27 g. 110 AB. 0236-4-22.
Craig Heyer 7 G. 3 starts. 1-2, 2.50
George Kontos. 10 g. All relief. 1-2, 12.08
Ryan Pope. 9 g. All relief. 0-1, 3.18
Jose Pirela 23 g. 89 AB. .180-1-5

You may want to read about Yankees prospects on milb.com.  But as you do, remember that Miranda has been traded to Arizona and Albaladejo was released so that he can sign in Japan.

New managerial signings recently. Hurdle to the Pirates, Terry Collins to the Mets.

Oh yeah, final thing for now. Rumors have the Yanks offering Lee $115-$120MM for five years. That’s $23-$24MM per.






All Star Game. AL again, 4-3. NL has lost each game (except for that tie) since 1996. And guess who gets the save?

Ugh. Apparently Bud Selig (as other commissioners) forgets that there is an Eastern Time Zone. After the pregame (great to see Musial, and doesn’t Gibson look great for 74?) the game started at 8:50.

Hey Bud, people on the East Coast actually WORK for a living, you know? How about starting it a half hour or an hour earlier?

I had friends who went to the All-Star Game last year.  15 innings and the game ended at what time? Between 1:30 and 2 am? They got home around 4 a.m.

C’mon, commissioners…of all sports. Give the East Coast a break.

3-3 after six. I was worried when Derek got HBP in the first. I was scared of a broken wrist there. Nice D in the game so far. There have been errors that let runs in, but otherwise, some nice plays.

I wish the game was showed more instead of the Prez, but they have done the same in the past. I remember Reagan being in the booth and calling a HR.

I still hate the concept that this game determines the WS advantage. Hate it. Especially when at the end of the game the players deciding that advantage are usually from the cellar dwellers. I mean, no offense to Ryan Zimmerman, but a National may determine WS advantage? Come on.

All the top four Yankee minor league teams off today except for Charleston, who lost 9-6. Corban Joseph 3 hits, triple, 2 rbi.

Nice catch by Crawford to rob a HR in the 7th. Kind of reminds me of Yaz robbing Bench at RFK in 1969.

3-3 entering the 8th. As a Yankee fan, I’d love to see Mo get the win or save.  

The AL takes the lead in the 8th, thanks to a Granderson triple. I may get my wish. Maddon is showing great respect here. Papelbon went the 7th. Nathan is pitching the 8th.

Which means you-know-who in the 9th. Nice job by Maddon, respecting the greatness of Mo.

…the streak could continue. The last NL team to win was the 1996 squad. We’ll see.  

…and the Greatest closes it out. Mo’s 4th (record setting) All-Star Save. He adds to one hell of a HOF resume.