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Jack Reed passes away at age 89. Only HR of career won longest-ever Yankees’ game.

The longest game in Yankees’ history occurred on June 24, 1962, at Tiger Stadium, when the Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 9-7, in 22 innings. Jack Reed, a backup outfielder who was mostly known as a defensive replacement for Mickey Mantle in order to save Mantle’s legs, hit a 2-run homer in the top of the 22nd inning to win the game.

It was the ONLY home run of Reed’s career.

Reed passed away at the age of 89 last week on November 10.

He threw and batted right-handed and played in the majors for the Yankees from 1961-1963. In 222 major league games, he only got 129 at bats, and was known as “Mantle’s caddy” or “Mickey Mantle’s legs”. For his career, he hit .233 with that one HR and 6 RBI.

In those three seasons, Reed was on two WS champions (1961 and 1962) and an AL pennant winner (1963). He got into three WS games in 1961, not getting any at bats. Although on the WS roster, he didn’t get into any WS games in 1962 or 1963.

Exhibition Game 20: Yanks beat Mets, 9-3

Yankee Stadium Frieze

MLB.com goes back to spring training when the Yanks were 11-8 in posting their boxscore. Hence the “Exhibition Game 20” headline above, and spring training (summer camp?) in my categories. In any case, the Yanks improved to 12-8 with a 9-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field.

Clint Frazier hit a 2-run HR. Mike Tauchman had 3 hits and an RBI. Gleyber Torres had two hits and an RBI. Miguel Andujar had two hits and an RBI. Erik Kratz, who just turned 40 last month, drove in two runs.

The pitching line:

Michael King (Winner) 4 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Britton 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Kahnle 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Ottavino 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Heller 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

The Mets featured ex-Yankees Robbie Cano, Melky Cabrera, Eduardo Nunez and Dellin Betances. Betances made one of the Mets’ four errors.

They’ll play another exhibition game tonight, this time at Yankee Stadium.

In other news, Domingo German took back some words he said the other day that made it seem like he was walking away from baseball. Still, don’t expect him until 2021, what with his suspension.

Ex MLB umpire Rick Reed passed away at the age of 70.

Mets get setup man; Yanks to trade Melky for Cameron?

Soon after getting K-Rod, the Mets get someone to set up for him. Pete Abraham reports the 3-team, 12-player deal:

The Mets, Mariners and Indians have a 12-player blockbuster just announced:

Mets get: RHP J.J. Putz, OF Jeremy Reed, RHP Sean Green

Mariners get: RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Endy Chavez, 1B Mike Carp, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Ezequiel Carrera, RHP Maikel Cleto, OF Frankin Gutierrez.

Indians get: RHP Joe Smith, INF Luis Valbuena.

After having the bullpen implode on them the past couple of years, the Mets get Putz to set up K-Rod. Now they have to land a starter, especially after Pedro (who hasn’t done much the past three years) is going to be gone and Oliver Perez is a free agent who may not be back. Putz was 6-5, 3.88 with 15 saves for the Mariners in 2008. ERA+ 109. He saved 36 in 2006 and 40 in 2007 for Seattle. For his career, he is 22-15, 101 saves, 3.07 (ERA+ 142). Of course, J. J. has to do well for the Mets, or some grumpy old men may call him a … well, you know.

Besides Putz, the Mets got an OF they needed in Reed, (.269-2-31, OPS+ 82) to replace Chavez, and more relief help in Sean Green, 4-5, 1 save, 4.67 (ERA+ 90) last year. But it’s the Putz/K-Rod combo that the Mets wanted the most.

Heilman wanted to go back to starting. He was just 3-8, 5.21 (ERA+ 81) for the Mets in 2008. Chavez will always be remembered for that great catch in Game 7 of the 2006 NLCS, a game in which the Mets lost anyway. .269-1-12, OPS+ just 69 in 2008.

Joe Smith will go into the Indians bullpen after going 6-3, 3.55 (ERA+ 118) for the Mets in 2008. OF Franklin Gutierrez, going to the M’s, hit .248-8-41, OPS+ 80 for the Tribe in 2008.

Earlier this week, Alan Embree signed with the Rockies. He’ll be 39 next month. In 2008, Embree was 2-5, 4.96 for the A’s. (ERA+ 82). For his career, 37-43, 25 saves, 4.55, ERA+ 95. Not amazing stats by any means (and he was terrible for the Yanks in his short time with them in 2005) but you know the saying, lefty relievers can last seemingly forever.

Abraham also mentions that the Rays also sent RHP Edwin Jackson to Detroit for OF Matt Joyce, who was one of their top prospects. Jackson was 14-11, 4.42 for the AL Champs in 2008, ERA+ 101. He is 25-30, 5.15, ERA+ 86 in his career, but has age (25) on his side. Joyce platooned in his rookie year with the Tigers, going .252-12-33, OPS+ 116 in 242 at bats. He is 24.

Sal Yvars died at 84. Yvars was in the majors from 1947-1954, getting 418 at bats. He was a backup C for the 1951 Giants, and lined into the final out of that World Series. When he lined out to Hank Bauer (who made a great, sliding catch), the tying run was at second base. That game, of course, was the final game of Joe DiMaggio’s career.

Interesting piece by Joel Sherman today about Mariano and K-Rod. Apparently K-Rod ticks off many people with his antics, even his own teammates, and Mo is one of them. According to a source Sherman uses, Rivera had just one request at last year’s All-Star Game—that K-Rod’s locker wasn’t anywhere near his.

Turning to the NFL for a moment, Pac-Man Jones season and perhaps his career could be over after a neck injury suffered in last Sunday’s Cowboys/Steelers game.

Rumors today abound that the Yanks are close to sending Melky Cabrera to the Brewers for Mike Cameron. I’ve discussed it before. What it says to me is that the Yanks have high hopes for Austin Jackson and believe he is close to arriving in the Bronx. I would hope Brett “The RoadRunner” Gardner still makes the team for defensive reasons and pinch-running. Melky is just 24, but I do wonder if he will progress. He declined last year, hitting just .249-8-37, OPS+ a miserable 68. Just 29 walks. He’s at .268 for his career, but that OF arm needs better than a career 84 OPS+ to go with it. I am worried about Cameron’s age (36 next month) but he is an upgrade on the Melkman. After being suspended for the first 25 games of 2008 for violating the banned substances policy. He came back to hit .243-25-70 with 17 SB and an OPS+ of 110. He has pop, speed and D, but also will strike out a lot. 142 times in 2008. His 162 game average for his career is .250-23-83, 28 SB OPS+ 106 but 158 strikeouts. His 106 vs. Melky’s 84. With Austin Jackson on the rise and Gardner available as a backup, Melky is expendable. Cameron has won three Gold Gloves. He only made one error last year. The age, low BA and # of K’s worries me, but for a one or two year stopgap…as long as that is all it is. Bat him 9th. Have his speed right before Damon and Jeter when the lineup turns around, and despite the whiffs, you have a bit of a power threat down there, too.

Jayson Stark had an interesting article on ESPN yesterday, “Because they are the Yankees…”

The Phils traded Jason Jaramillo (AAA catcher) to the Pirates for Ronny Paulino (.212-2-18 as a backup in 2008). Paulino did hit .310 for the Buccos in 2006. Jeff Peterson may be weighing in with more on Paulino. The Nationals released Jesus Colome. (2-2, 4.31).