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Astros win WS

The Houston Astros won the WS by winning game 6, 4-1, over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. Rookie SS Jeremy Pena, who won the ALCS MVP over the Yankees, made it a double by winning the WS MVP as well by hitting .400 (10 for 25). He became the first AL Player to achieve that double.

For Houston manager Dusty Baker, he finally wins a WS as a manager, at the age of 73. Some stats from MLB.com (I won’t list all): Baker won a WS title as a player for the Dodgers in 1981. Now this. 41-year difference. He is the only man to win a postseason MVP award (1977 NLCS MVP) and win a title as manager. He isn’t just the oldest World Series-winning manager, he’s the oldest manager or head coach in MLB, NBA, NFL or NHL history to win a championship, per STATS.

This is mind-blowing:  Just how long has Baker been around? When he made his managerial debut on April 6, 1993 with the Giants, the opposing team’s leadoff hitter was Geronimo Peña, the father of Jeremy Peña, who won ALCS and World Series MVP for the Astros this postseason. That outstanding connection was noted by NBC Sports Chicago’s Chris Kamka. What goes around comes around!

It’s not just about the postseason wait. It’s the regular-season time spent, too. Baker has managed 3,884 regular-season games, 10th-most all-time, which is also the most at the time of a manager’s first title.

The manager with most games managed without winning a title is Gene Mauch. Dusty was getting close to Mauch, just 58 games away. He doesn’t have to worry about that anymore. The manager now that is closest to Mauch? Buck Showalter, who is 653 games short of Mauch. (Just over 4 years).

More from MLB.com:

Among 94 teams that saw their bullpens log 35 or more innings in a single postseason, the Astros accomplished all of this:

• The lowest ERA: 0.83, with just five earned runs over 54 1/3 innings
• The lowest opponents’ batting average: .126
• The lowest opponents’ on-base percentage: .215
• The lowest opponents’ slugging percentage: .208
• The lowest WHIP: 0.75

Houston’s bullpen is also the first to throw at least 40 innings in a single postseason and post a sub-1.00 ERA.

In Game 6, Kyle Schwarber broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth with a HR, but after Phillies’ Manager Rob Thomson made a pitching change, Yordan Alvarez hit a 3-run HR (a 450 ft bomb) in the bottom of the sixth. Houston tacked on another run later in the inning and that was all the runs scored in the game.

The Phillies, who were no-hit in Game 4, only managed three hits in this game.



Houston heads home with 3-2 Series lead after 3-2 win.

Houston heads back home with 3 games to 2 Series lead after a 3-2 win in Game 5.

Justin Verlander finally got his first WS win (1-6, 5.63 now in WS play) but it wasn’t easy. Verlander pitched 5 innings and only gave up 1 run, but with four hits and four walks, was in trouble all night. His second pitch of the game was hit for a HR by Kyle Schwarber.

Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena combined for 5 of Houston’s 9 hits. Pena homered.

But two defensive plays, one by Trey Mancini and first base in the eighth inning and one by Chas McCormick in CF in the ninth inning, saved the day for the Astros.

Yanks name more coaches.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok. This morning I named Phil Nevin as the new 3B coach and Josh Bard as the new bench coach. I also mentioned that it appears as if Mike Harkey will remain bullpen coach with Marcus Thames hitting coach (with Cockrell possibly gone).

Tony Pena won’t be back.

Carlos Mendoza has been named the IF coach. He also serves as a Spanish speaking go-between. Mendoza, 43, played in only 28 major league games, going 4 for 22 with the Mets and Rockies, 1997 and 2000.

Reggie Willits becomes the 1B and baserunning coach, as well as OF coach. Willets, 36, played for the Angels 2006-2011. His best year was 2007, when the OF hit .293-0-34 with 27 SB for them, and finished fifth in ROY voting. In 414 MLB games, he hit .258-0-58, OPS+ 78. His 162 g. average was .258-0-23 w/16 SB.

 

Yankees let Girardi go. Who replaces him?

Yankee Stadium Frieze

So Joe Girardi’s contract has expired, and the Yankees are going in a different direction. They decided not to retain him.

So which direction do they go in?

Girardi in 10 years averaged 91-71. In ten years, he took the Yanks to the postseason six times.

He ranks sixth as far as tenure and games won in Yankees’ history.

He won a WS. Three times he took the team to the ALCS but lost. He lost one series in the ALDS and lost another year in the WC game.

He oversaw the fading out of Pettitte, Jeter, Mo, Posada and A-Rod, not to mention Teixeira.

So I break it down, the manager search, into categories.

A lot may depend on someone who may be a long-term solution with the young guys.

Popular

Willie Randolph and Don Mattingly. Both Yankees’ legends. Willie hasn’t managed since the Mets. No second offers. Donnie is still under contract with Florida. Will they let him go?

Experienced, and available.

Brad Ausmus. Just canned by the Tigers.
Dusty Baker.Just canned by Washington. I am not a fan of his.
Pete Mackanin. Just canned by the Phillies, bumped into their front office.
Terry Collins. just canned by the Mets.
John Farrell, just canned by Boston.

I don’t think they’ll go with that list above.

Other candidates include:

In the organization:
Josh Paul, in the organization.
Tim Naehring, in the organization, former MLB player.
Tony Pena, coach, Managed KC for a few years, but older than they may want. Did win a mgr. of the year w/KC, but too old for a young team?

Guys in the minors now, like

Al Pedrique: current SWB mgr. Guys had to go through him to get to the majors. Since he knew these youngsters at AAA, does he follow them to the majors?

Jay Bell. Former MLB SS managed at Tampa (A+) this year.

An ex-MLB Mgr. associated w/the Yankees:
Trey Hillman, two full years and part of a third w/kc. Currently managing a Korean club.

Guys in the majors, like:

Kevin Long: Mets hitting coach, formerly NYY hitting coach.

Current Yankees coaches like:

Joe Espada, 3B Coach
Robbie Thomson Bench Coach

 

So where do they go from here?

Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner are finalists for Gold Glove awards.

As for the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale tied 4-4.

2B Yankees’ Prospect Kyle Holder was 1 for 4 and scored a run. .417.

WS Game 3 is tonight.

 

 

 

 

Minor League Report. SWB down 2 games to 1, Trenton gets swept.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 3 of the International League Finals and is down two games to one in the best of five series. They lost 6-2. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits, RBI. 1B Garrett Cooper 2 hits, SS Jonathan Diaz 2 hits.

Adams (Loss) 4 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 H, 3 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Coshow 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Feyereisen 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Pena 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Frare 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton lost Game 3 and got swept in the Eastern League Finals, losing 4-2, getting just four hits. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI.

Carter (Loss) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K.
Espinal 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Schwaab 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K
Carroll 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.

Minor League Report. SWB and Trenton both lose Game 1 of their Finals series.

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AAA: SWB lost Game 1 of its International League Championship Series, 6-0. They only got 3 hits all night long, two by CF Mason Williams.

Herrera (L) 4 2/3 IP, 4 R, 6 IP, 0 W, 2 K
Mantiply 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Frare 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Pena 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton lost Game 1 of the Eastern League Finals, 2-1. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits RF Jeff Hendrix and CF Rashad Crawford.

Tate (L) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 3 K.
Mesa 2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 2 K.
Reeves 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Schwaab 1/3 IP, 0 R,   0 H, 0 W, 0 K.

Minor League Report. Austin HRs 2x in SWB loss. Playoffs coming now.

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AAA: SWB (86-55) lost 4-3 to Lehigh Valley in their regular season finale. Lehigh Valley swept SWB and made the playoffs as a wild card. They caught and tied Rochester, but are the wild card because they were 13-9 against Rochester this season, so they win the tiebreaker, and will now face SWB all over again….in the first round of the International League Playoffs.

DH Tyler Austin had 2 solo HR for SWB. 2B Billy Fleming and SS Jonathan Diaz each had 2 hits.

Pena (L, 0-1, 9.95) 2 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. 2.83
Gomez 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.00
Jones 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.38

AA: Trenton (92-48) won their regular season finale, 3-2. SS Abiatal Avelino 2 RBI. 2 hits each for RF Jeff Hendrix & DH Garrett Cooper. Trenton now will face Binghamton in the first round of the Eastern League Playoffs.

Espinal 3 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 5 K. 0.46
Sosebee 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 6.35
Carroll (W, 2-5, 2.66) 1 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (S, 2) 2 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.57

High A: Tampa’s regular season ended Sunday. They face Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League Playoffs.

Low A: Charleston (76-63) ended their regular season with an 8-2 loss. RF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, solo HR.   C Ryan Lidge 3 for 3. They will play Greenville in the first round of the South Atlantic League playoffs.

Nick Green (L, 8-9, 4.49) 5 2/3 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 10 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.73
Cedeno 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.00

 

Minor League Report. Six going to AFL.

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The Yanks announced that six players will be going to the Arizona Fall League. They will be playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions. The players are: CF Estevan Florial, LHP Justus Sheffield, RHP Dillon Tate, SS Thairo Estrada, SS Kyle Holder and 1B Chris Gittens.. The manager will be Jay Bell, Tampa’s manager (the former Pirate and Diamondback SS who scored the winning run of the 2001 WS, beating the Yankees). The AFL runs from Oct. 10-Nov. 18th. Florial, Sheffield and Tate are considered top 10 Yankees’ prospects.

AAA: SWB (85-50) won 8-1. 3B Miguel Andujar 2 hits, triple, HR, 2 RBI. C Wilkin Castillo 2 hits, HR, 3 RBI. Rehabbing DH Matt Holliday 1 for 4. RF Billy McKinney 2 hits, RBI.

Cortes (W, 2-3, 1.28) 5 2/3 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 1 W, 5 K.
Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.96
Jones 1/3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.62

AA: Trenton (88-46) lost 8-3. Estrada 2 RBI. 2B Abital Avelino 3 hits, RBI. 1B Garrett Cooper is on rehab here (0 for 1, 2 walks).

Camarena (L, 2-3, 4.18) 5 1/3 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Tarpley 2 1/3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.68

High A: Tampa (80-49) won 1-0 on a 1-hitter. Florial had the RBI.

Widener 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.54
Pena (W, 3-2, 2.47) 4 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 2.47
Harvey (S, 4) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 1 K. 1.09

The second game was rained out.

Low A:   Charleston (73-60) won 4-3. DH Dermis Garcia (double and triple), CF Dom Thompson-Williams and 2B Oswaldo Cabrera all had 2 hits & an RBI. LF Devyn Bolasky and RF Isiah Gilliam each had 2 hits.

Vargas 6 2/3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 W, 5 K. 3.61
Mundell (W, 1-4, 2.51) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Sosebee (S, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.20

 

Minor League/Rehab Report.

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AAA: SWB (78-47) lost 8-4. DH Greg Bird 2 for 4. SS Cito Culver solo HR. 2B Starlin Castro 1 for 3, made an error (as did Culver). The game was completed early b/c of rain.

Mantiply 3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 4 K. 3.00
Pena 3 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 6.23
Rumbelow (BS, 1; L, 5-1, 0.76) 1 1/3 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K. First runs given up all season.
Heller 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR 2.98

AA: Trenton (81-43) won 6-4. 2B Nick Solak 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI, but made 2 errors. RF Jhalian Jackson double, HR, 3 RBI. 2 hits DH Mike Ford.

Camarena (W, 2-1, 3.68) 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K.
Gomez (H, 3) 2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.76
Carroll (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.02

High A: Tampa (75-48) lost 8-3. Matt Holliday played 1B, went 0 for 2 with a walk. 2B Kyle Holder 2 hits, solo HR. CF Trey Amburgey 2 hits. Tampa made four errors in the game.

Widener (L, 6-8, 3.57) 4 IP, 5 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 W, 6 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Frare 2 1/3 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.50
Foley 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.42
Harris 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.04

Low A: Charleston (69-55) won 5-0 on a two-hitter. Diego Castillo 2 hits, RBI and the same for LF Dalton Blaser. 2 hits each for RF Steven Sensley & CF Dom Thompson-Williams.

Perez (W, 10-3, 2.88) 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 6 K.   21 years old, 6’8″, 190.
Cedeno (H, 2) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 0.69
Wivinis 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 0.00

Minor League Report. Bird starts rehab today, Castro soon.

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Greg Bird begins his rehab today (Wednesday) and Starlin Castro is expected to do so on Friday.

AAA: SWB’s game was suspended because of rain. It’ll be completed today with the regularly scheduled game then following (Bird should be in that one). SWB was losing 5-2 in the fifth at the time of the suspension.

AA: Trenton (78-42) gave up 2 in the top of the 11th and lost 6-4. 2B Nick Solak 4 hits, 2 doubles, triple, 2 RBI. SS Thairo Estrada 3 hits, 2 RBI. CF Jeff Hendrix 2 hits.

Carter 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 3.18
Pena 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.50
Gomez 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 1.57
Carroll (L, 1-5, 3.10) 2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 W, 3 K.

High A: Tampa (75-46) won 8-2. LF Devyn Bolasky 3 hits, HR shy of the cycle, 3 RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits, RBI. 2 hits 2B Kyle Holder. 2 RBI CF Trey Amburgey. Tampa pitchers K’d 12.

Hebert 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. 6.32
Frare (W, 1-2, 4.57) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 6 K. Nice.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.35

Low A: Charleston (66-54) lost 2-1. C Ryan Lidge (cousin of former MLB closer Brad Lidge) 2 hits, RBI.

Nelson (L, 2-10, 4.67) 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 5 W, 8 K.
Diehl 3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. 3.51
DeCarr 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 W, 0 K. 5.87