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HOF, a minor move, free agency, and a passing.

A minor move the Yanks made before we get to more major things. They got Kirby Yates, who was DFA’d by Cleveland, for cash considerations.

In 2014, Yates’ rookie year, he went 0-2, 3.75 for Tampa Bay. Last year, he was downright awful. 1-0, 7.97 for Tampa Bay, and he gave up 10 HR in 20 1/3 IP.

For his career, 1-2, 5.27 in 57 games. An extreme fly ball pitcher, 30%+ of his balls were fly balls last year, and you can see the HR ratio. Not good. 63K in 56 1/3. A flyer. The Yanks gave up no players for him and I am sure the cash considerations are minimal. Cleveland purchased him off the Rays in November, and the Yanks purchased him off of Cleveland now.

Vern Rapp, who managed the Cardinals in 1977 and part of 1978, died on New Year’s Eve at the age of 87. He went 83-79 for the 1977 Cards, and was fired after starting 1978 6-11.

Denard Span signed with the Giants.

The HOF voting was announced on Wednesday, and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mike Piazza werer elected.

Griffey broke the record for highest percentage. Only three voters (Moe, Larry and Curly? Were these the three idiots who voted for Mike Sweeney?) didn’t vote for Griffey. Why, who knows. Egotistical assholes? Perhaps. Griffey, while young and in his prime, was as close to Willie Mays as you would want. Power (630 HR), Speed (he didn’t steal often, but he had speed), Defense and throwing (10 GG), hit for average, .284. Not .300, but….               a 13x All-Star. 1997 MVP (Tino finished 2nd).    The only thing he didn’t get was a ring.

I saw one of his last HR’s at the Stadium. I think it was #601.

He was a joy to watch, but you hated it when he beat your team. Seattle, Cincy and the Chisox. OPS+ of 136.

4x HR champ. 56 in 1997 and 1998. Topped 140 RBI in three consecutive seasons, 1996-1998.

JAWS ranks him as the 5th best CF of all-time. Behind Mays, Cobb, Speaker and Mantle, and ahead of Dimaggio and Snider. Do you who rounds out the top 10? Beltran, Lofton and Andruw Jones. (Ashburn is 11th).

Piazza’s defense wasn’t that great, but a catcher with a .308 BA and 427 HR made up for it. OPS+ 142, even higher than Griffey’s, and this was a catcher. Higher OPS+ than Griffey, and higher BA.

I hope the rumors that kept him out until now are not true. Steroids. Rumors, but not confirmed. I’d hate for those rumors to be confirmed years down the road. What then, remove him?

He and Bill Dickey, another HOF catcher, hit .362 in a season.

The 1993 ROY, Piazza finished top 10 for MVP 7X, including back-to-back runnerup finishes in 1996 and 1997 with the Dodgers.

While Griffey is going in as the first Mariner in their history, Piazza is going in as the second Met (Tom Seaver).

Close but no cigar goes to Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines.

Significant improvement for Mike Mussina & Curt Schilling.

Even for Bonds and Clemens.

Next year, Jorge Posada is on the ballot. I’d expect a nice vote, maybe 25% but nowhere near the 75% to get in.

Vlad Guerrero comes on. I believe he will make it but on the first year may get only 63% or so.

Ivan Rodriguez and Manny Ramirez, while they certainly have the stats and credentials, are linked to steroids and I don’t believe they will get in. While Pudge (Rodriguez) wasn’t convicted, Manny as suspended twice.

Game 122. Severino gets first MLB win.

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Plagued by lack of run support in his first three MLB starts, Luis Severino finally got some support on Saturday and went on to win his first MLB game when the Yanks beat Cleveland 6-2.

It was Jorge Posada Day at the Stadium, and the Yanks retired #20. Today they will be retiring #46 for Andy Pettitte and I’ll be up for the game.

Before the game, the Yanks recalled Brandon Pinder and DFA’d Chris Capuano….again. It’s the third time in a month that he’s been DFA’d by the Yanks.

They also made it official and released Garrett Jones.

Michael Pineda will start for the Yanks on Wednesday. For now, they will be going with a six-man rotation.

Severino gave up a HR in the first and nothing more.

The Yanks got that run back and more in the bottom of the first. Ellsbury singled, Gardner homered (12) to make it 2-1 and after an out, McCann homered (22) to make it 3-1.

A Cleveland error made it 4-1 in the second and later in that inning, Beltran’s SF made it 5-1.

Both teams got runs in the eighth, the Yanks’ run coming on a SF by John Ryan Murphy.

With the win, the 68-54 Yanks stay 1/2 game ahead of the Blue Jays in the AL East.

Severino (W, 1-2, 2.74) 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 4 walks and 6 K.
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 3.16
Betances 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.25
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.03.

Game 121. Indians 7, Yanks 3.

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I don’t know why it is, but the Yanks are having trouble with Cleveland this year. They have lost four of five to them.

The Indians beat the Yanks Friday night 7-3, and in so doing, reduced the Yanks’ AL East lead to just 1/2 a game.

Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the third but a double by Beltran and single by Bird knotted it up in the fourth.

But that would be the Yanks’ only run until the eighth.

An error by Ryan let in an unearned run in the fifth. Tanaka gave up a HR in the sixth. The Indians got another in the seventh. 4-1.

In the eighth, Gardner and Headley singled, then A-Rod singled in a run to make it 4-2. After a couple of outs, Bird hit one that was an error, 4-3. Ellsbury, who had replaced Young earlier, walked to load the bases, but Drew flied out to left.

Any chance at a comeback went by the boards in the top of the ninth when Justin Wilson gave up three runs.

So the Yanks turn to rookie Luis Severino today to be the stopper. In his three MLB starts, Severino has pitched well, but has received little run support. Hopefully that changes today and the Angels help the Yanks by beating Toronto.

Jorge Posada’s #20 gets retired today. Andy Pettitte’s #46 gets retired tomorrow. I’ll be at the Sunday game.

Tanaka (L, 9-6, 3.61) 6+ IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 walk, 3 K.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 1 K. 2.01.
Rumbelow 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.35
Wilson 1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 3.20.

Game 33. Bronx Bombers! 5 HRs help CC to his first win of the year, 11-5.

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CC Sabathia finally got his first win of the year as the Yanks bombed out five home runs in a 11-5 win over Tampa Bay on Monday night. The win raises the Yanks’ record to 21-12. That means after a 1-4 start, they have gone 20-8. Red hot. They are in first with a 4-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks got one in the first on an A-Rod HR. HR #662* (8th on the season) made it 1-0. His two hits tonight put him at 2965 for his career and it was RBI #1989. (Unfortunate that asterisks are needed for all accomplishments. Pity).

After the Rays tied it in the bottom of the first, the Yanks went bombs away. In that bottom of the first, for the second time in a week, Brett Gardner threw out a runner. I still don’t know why he hasn’t won the Gold Glove yet.

Chase Headley hit a 3-run HR in the 4th to make it 4-1. (4)

Carlos Beltran, who went some 160 at bats between career HR #373 and #374 (hit yesterday), wasted no time in getting #2 on the season and #375 of his career, making it 5-1 in the fifth.

Brett Gardner hit a 3-run HR in the sixth to make it 8-1 (3). Headley’s SF in the 7th made it 9-1.

CC was doing fine until the bottom of the 7th, when he gave up 2 HR (back-to-back) and kind of stained his outing tonight. That made it 9-4.

David Carpenter gave up a run in the 8th to make it 9-5, but Mark Teixeira hit HR #11 on the season (#374 of HIS career, tying Colavito) for the final tally of 11-5. Teix was 4 for 5 tonight. Headley had 4 rbi.

CC 7 IP, 4 R, 3 ER,  6 H, 2 walks and 9 K. (W, 1-5, 5.20)
Carpenter 1 IP, 1 R, unearned, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 4.97.
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.00.

Apparently Jorge Posada has a book coming out and apparently he still holds a grudge about losing his catching job in 2011 and becoming just a DH. Sad to hear. All things must pass, and with Jorge’s defense drawing criticism in his last few years, it may be his ego talking. Sad that after some time away, he is still bitter about it.

Yanks to honor 4, retire 3 numbers.

I was going to write a column looking at 2020, and look to what we can expect in the future, but that will have to wait.

For this column is to honor the past.

Today, the Yankees announced that #51 for Bernie Williams will be retired on May 24 (I’ll be there that day. I was there for #23, Don Mattingly and for #42, Mariano Rivera). On August 22nd they will retire the number of #20, Jorge Posada (I think I have to work that day) and on August 23rd they will retire #46 for Andy Pettitte (I will be there for that one).

In addition, on Old-Timer’s Day this year, Willie Randolph will join recent legends Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Goose Gossage by getting a plaque in Monument Park (no retired number).

No word on when Jeter’s #2 gets retired.

So the Yanks are going to have a serious problem. Once Jeter’s number is retired, that will be 20 retired numbers. Now, there are a few I believe should NOT be retired. I know I’m opening a can of worms here, but here goes. Should these numbers be retired? For the way things are going, the Yanks are 1) going to look like a football team with #82 playing CF, or 2) need to go to 1A, 2A, 3A, etc.

#1 Billy Martin (I believe it shouldn’t be retired. Billy was a major factor in three WS titles as a player, and hit .333 in the WS. He was WS MVP in 1953 when he had 12 hits in six games. He made a WS saving catch in Game 7 of the 1952 Series. He managed the Yanks to a WS title—-but in comparison, Ralph Houk managed the yanks to TWO WS titles, and Houk’s #35 won’t be retired —. Billy was a .257 career hitter. He wasn’t even the best player to wear #1 (Earle Combs, a HOF, was). No).

#2 Derek Jeter (Not officially retired yet). 3465 hits and 1st ballot HOF screams yes.

#3 Babe Ruth. Ummmm…. greatest Player ever. Yes.

#4 Lou Gehrig. Yes.

#5 Joe DiMaggio. Yes.

#6 Joe Torre. Interesting question. The Yanks have so many numbers retired, that you have to ask, players only? Or include managers. If you include managers, then Torre is a Yes. If players only, no. (BTW, Miller Huggins and Joe McCarthy never wore a number).

#7 Mickey Mantle. Yes.

#8 Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra. Both Yes.

#9 Roger Maris. No. Honor Roger’s 1961 with a plaque, but not the number. .260 career hitter. GREAT for 1960 and 1961, very good in 1962, above average 1963-1964, not even average in 1965-1966. Sweeney Murti argues that Graig Nettles, who also wore #9, should get a plaque in Monument Park. Speaking of, Willie Randolph is getting a plaque. How about Tony Lazzeri and Joe Gordon getting plaques? Both are in the HOF. Willie won’t be. Love Willie, but….

#10. Phil Rizzuto. No. Plaque yes, honoring his 56 or so years of service, but not retire the number.

#13… just kidding. Based on his suspension and turbulent relations with the Yankees, I’ll be shocked if the Yanks honor A-Rod.

#15 Thurman Munson. Yes. Esp. considering the circumstances of his passing.

#16 Whitey Ford. Yes.

#20 Jorge Posada. No. No Offense to Jorge, but unless you are HOF, it’s hard to justify retiring the number.

#23. Don Mattingly. No. I was there when they retired his number. I loved Donnie, but is he more worthy or better than two people who each got a plaque but whose numbers aren’t retired? O’Neill or Tino? I think not. Also, no HOF. Should have the same treatment as Paul and Tino. Plaque, no retired #. Hey, with so many retired numbers, we have to be tough here.

#32. Elston Howard. Plaque yes, retired number, no. 1st black on the Yanks, 1st AL Black MVP, but not a HOF. Tough call, but no.

#37 Casey Stengel. See Torre above. If you want players only, no. If you include managers, yes.

#44 Reggie. No. Only was with the Yanks 1977-1981, not long enough. Plaque yes, retired number, no.

#46 Andy Pettitte. Close call. No. Chuck Knoblauch, who is in the Mitchell report along with Andy (HGH) blasts the selection of Pettitte. I’d argue yes, but it’s a close call. By the way, Red Ruffing #15 and Allie Reynolds #22 both have plaques, no retired number. Of course, #15 is retired for Munson.

#49 Ron Guidry. No. Tough Call. I loved the Gator, but no HOF and not even 200 wins.

#51 Bernie. Tough call, but no HOF. The only difference between him getting his # retired and Paul and Tino getting just plaques is that Bernie spent 16 years as a Yankee while Paul and Tino spent considerable time with other teams (Cincy and Seattle).

So I eliminated 10 numbers, 12 if you think players only should have the numbers retired. This isn’t to disrespect the players whose numbers I want to “unretire” but to state which I think should be retired vs. those I think the Yanks went overboard on.

The Yanks could have a problem in years to come. Hopefully I am alive to see it. It means I would have lived through one more dynasty.

 

 

Yankees re-sign Headley

The Yanks re-signed Chase Headley today to a 4-yr. deal worth $52MM. With the signing, the infield should be set with Teixeira at 1B, Prado at 2B, Gregorious (with Ryan) at SS and Headley at 3B. A-Rod appears to be the DH.

One thing is apparent. The infield defense should be better than last year. Last year, the Yanks had Solarte at 3b for half the year, a 36 year old Brian Roberts at 2B for most of the year, and the 40 year old Jeter at SS.

It appears as if Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela will either be on the bench or at AAA for depth in case of injury.

Headley, 30, is a switch-hitter who hit just .229-7-32, OPS+ 90 for SD for most of 2014 (77 games) but then did better with the Yanks, .262-6-17 in 58 games (OPS+ 119) to finish at .243-13-49, OPS+ 102. He had a dream year in 2012 for SD, .286-31-115 (led NL in RBI), OPS+ 145, GG, SS and 5th in MVP balloting.

His 162 g. average is .265-16-70, OPS+ 113. If he gives the Yanks that, fans should be happy.

The starting 9 appears set. C McCann, 1B Teixeira, 2b Prado, SS Gregorious (Ryan vs. lefty pitchers), 3B Headley, LF Gardner, CF Ellsbury and RF Beltran with DH A-Rod. Headley, Teix and Beltran are switch-hitters.

There are a couple of lineup scenarios. Here are three:

Ellsbury/Gardner/Beltran/Teixeira/McCann/A-Rod/Headley/Prado and Gregorious.

Ellsbury/Prado/Beltran/Teixeira/McCann/A-Rod/Headley/Gardner and Gregorious.

Gardner/Prado/Ellsbury/Teixeira/Beltran/McCann/A-Rod/Headley and Gregorious.

Just a couple of examples.

In other news, a couple of former Yanks may be suing to get back $$$$ they were bilked out of by their financial advisers. Jorge Posada apparently lost $11MM and Jose Contreras $2.4MM to these “advisers.”

Earl Weaver dies

Earl Weaver, the HOF manager of the Orioles 1968-1982, 1985-1986, died yesterday at the age of 82.

Weaver led the Orioles to four World Series (1969-1971, 1979), winning one (1970). Five of his teams won 100 games in a season, one—the 1980 Orioles—not even making the playoffs (in that pre-wild card era, they won 100 but the Yankees won 103).

He also guided the Orioles into the ALCS in 1973 and 1974.

His lifetime winning pct. was .583, which would be equal to an average of a 94-68 season.

Meanwhile, the LOHUD blog states that Jorge Posada will be in spring training camp as a guest instructor. Considering the current state of the Yankees’ catching right now, it’s a good thing that he will be. He may have a lot of work to do (Cervelli, Stewart, Romine, etc.).