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Yankees news: Silver Sluggers. Boone mgr. candidate? AFL. Another A-Rod endorsement.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Congratulations to Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, recipients of the Silver Slugger Awards at their positions.

Another player has endorsed A-Rod for Yankees’ manager: Carlos Beltran.

Here is the problem I have with A-Rod.

Back in the 1930s, Babe Ruth wanted to manage. The line teams gave on Babe Ruth was this: “if he can’t manage himself, how will he manage a team?”

The same applies to A-Rod. Suspended for a full year because of steroids, if he couldn’t manage his own affairs, how could he manage a a team?

Despite recommendations from CC and Carlos Beltran, how do they defend that question?

Besides, I don’t believe that all of A-Rod’s outside interests (including J-Lo) would permit him to manage the Yankees.

Apparently Rob Thomson had a five-hour interview with the Yanks about becoming their next manager.

Besides David Cone and John Flaherty being interested in the job, another interesting name has developed.

Aaron Boone.

Now Boone has a lot of baseball pedigree, and not only as ESPN’s voice on ball games the past few seasons. He fits as a younger manager, just 44.

The bane of Red Sox Nation since his HR to end the 2003 ALCS has a grandpa (Ray Boone) who was a 2x All-Star in the 1950s who led the AL in 1955 in RBI.

His dad, Bob, was a top-notch catcher in the 1970s and 1980s for the Phillies and Angels and who managed for a few years. Bob was a 4x All-Star, and 7x Gold Glove C who could work with Sanchez. Could Bob, even though he will be 70 soon, be a bench coach for his son and work with Sanchez?

Aaron Boone’s brother Bret was a MLB star.

In the AFL, Yankees’ prospects: (Scottsdale lost, 7-6):

SS Kyle Holder, 0 for 4, walked, Scored a run
LF Billy McKinney 1 for 3, walked 3 x.




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 156. Yanks win 11-3. Judge sets new rookie record for HR with 50.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Ok, there will be a lot of history in this post. A lot of it.

The Yanks (87-69) won 11-3 in a makeup game against the Royals Monday afternoon (game rained out in May) to reduce their magic # for hosting the wild card game to 1.

First off, Aaron Judge hit 2 HR, giving him 50 for the season, and it sets the all-time record for HR in a season by a rookie.

He is the fifth Yankee to hit 50 in a season, following Babe Ruth (who did it 4x), Mickey Mantle (2x), Roger Maris, and A-Rod.

In addition, CC Sabathia got the win, and #236 of his career ties Whitey Ford on the all-time list.

In the first, Gardner singled, and after Judge flied out, Sanchez doubled. Didi got the run home with an RBI groundout.

Gardner walked and Judge hit his first HR of the game, #49, to tie McGwire’s 1987 mark for a rookie and make it 3-0.

In the sixth, Didi singled and Holliday doubled him home. Bird hit a 2-run HR (7) to make it 6-0. Do not discount how hot Bird is getting and how important he can be.

The Royals hit back-to-back HR off of CC in the seventh to cut it to 6–3.

The Yanks came right back on back-to-back HR by Judge (the record-setting 50th HR by a rookie) and Sanchez (#33).

In the eighth, Torreyes doubled and went to third on an error. Gardner doubled in a run to make it 9-3. Judge walked, and was replaced by PR Clint Frazier. Sanchez singled to load the bases. Didi singled to make it 10-3 and Holliday hit a SF.

Gardner 2 hits, RBI.
Judge 2 HR, setting a rookie HR record of 50. 3 RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, RBI, HR #33. (27 as catcher, 5 DH, 1 1B)
Gregorius 3 hits, 2 RBI.
Holliday 2 Rbi.
Bird, HR, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.

Sabathia (W, 13-5, 3.84) 6+ Ip, 3 r, 6 H, 1 W, 4 K. Gave up back-to-back HR in the 7th.
Green (H, 8) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.87
Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.93. Struck out the side.
Kahnle 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.48

Just an aside. I am SO SICK and DISGUSTED of the NFL (and others) right now.

Game 143. Frazier’s 3-run HR keys Yanks’ 5-1 win.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Strange night. Strange venue. Strange record set. Strange pitching performance.

The Yanks were the road team in a game played at Citi Field. But the game wasn’t against the Mets. Because of Hurricane Irma, the game, supposed to be in St. Petersburg against the Tampa Bay Rays, was moved to a “neutral” site. Of course, Queens isn’t THAT far from the Bronx. You can argue about the neutrality.

Anyway, Jacoby Ellsbury set a MLB record for most times reaching on catcher’s interference in his career (breaking Pete Rose’s record) and it was a key play in a 5-1 Yankees win.

The key blow in the game was a 3-run HR (24) by Todd Frazier.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second when Adeiny Hechevarria tripled in a run. Hechevarria barely missed a cycle tonight.

The Yanks only got four hits on the night, but three came in the fourth inning, when they scored all five of their runs.

Judge walked, and Sanchez singled him to third. Didi tied the game with a SF. After Castro struck out, Holliday reached on a two-base error, Sanchez scoring. Ellsbury set that catcher’s interference record. Frazier then hit his 3-run HR.

With one out in the fourth and a 5-1 lead, Girardi pulled CC. I don’t know if the knee was acting up or what, but two outs away from getting credit for a win, and having a 4-run lead, it seemed odd.

UPDATE: Two on, one out, and Longoria owns CC. Hence the quick hook. Girardi didn’t want the 5-1 lead to get away. Went to Robertson, surprising, gutty move and the correct one.

Odder yet, was who came in to pitch in the fifth inning. David Robertson, who is more used to pitching later in ballgames. Robertson, so used to pitching one inning and closing games, pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings in gaining the win.

Greg Bird was supposed to start but was a late scratch at 1B for Tyler Austin. Austin did get a double. The Yanks got just four hits and struck out 11x, but did draw four walks and there were the two Rays’ errors (one being the catcher’s interference).

UPDATE: Bird was scratched with back spasms. Who knows when he’ll return. The guy can’t catch a break.

The win puts the 78-65 Yanks 3 back of Boston with 19 to go, and strengthened their hold on the top wild card spot.

Sabathia 4 1/3 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 2 W, 6 K. 3.85. A quick hook.
Robertson (W, 8-2, 2.10) 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 4 K. Longer than usual outing.
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 2.96
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.83

In case you missed it, Aaron Judge the other day set a rookie record for most walks in a season. Also, he is one of only 5 Yankees to have a 40 HR season age 25 or younger. The others? Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio and Mantle.

Cleveland won their 19th straight game tonight. Meanwhile, the once sizzling hot Dodgers have lost 10 in a row.

UPDATE: With these three games being moved to Citi Field, it means 17 of the last 20 games this regular season for the Yankees will be played in NY. The other 3 are in Toronto.

Minor League Report. Littell shines after callup to AA.


With various Yankees’ injuries, we’ll have to see who gets called up.

As reported in the Yankees’ report, the Yanks have shut down Greg Bird.

Hopefully no curse. The Yanks released Eric Ruth.

AAA: SWB (37-26) lost 8-2. 3B Tyler Wade (.315) 3 hits. DH Ji-man Choi (.301) 2 hits. 2B Donovan Solano 2 hits.

Mitchell (L, 0-2, 5.09) 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 1 W, 4 K. Disappointing year for him.
Wotherspoon 2 1/3 IP, 1 r, 3 H, 3 W, 2 k. 1.93
Feyereisen 2 IP, 0 r, 1 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.12
Jones 1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.55

AA: Trenton (42-22) won 5-1. SS Thairo Estrada (.320) 2 hits, RBI. 3B Miguel Andujar 3 RBI. LF Billy McKinney 2 doubles. RF Devyn Bolasky 2 hits.

Zack Littell was 8-1, 1.76 at Tampa. He was promoted to AA Trenton. This is his first AA game. He is a 21 yr. old RHP.

Littell (W, 1-0, 0.00) 7 IP, 1 R, UNEARNED, 2 H, 3 W, 10 K.
Frare 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.94
Brewer 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.76

High A: Tampa (36-31) won 3-1. 1B Tim Lynch double, HR, 3 RBI.

Clarkin 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.47
Hissong 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.97
Harvey (W 1-0, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Schwaab (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.00
Gomez (S, 1) 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.76

Low A: Charleston (32-35) lost 2-0. DH Mandy Alvarez 3 of Charleston’s 6 hits.

Orozco (L, 3-5, 4.95) 6 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Frawley 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1.53
Mundell 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.31

Minor League Report. Yanks trade Tejada to O’s for $$. Charleston romps, 17-0.

cropped-the-stadium-facade.jpgThe Yankees traded SS Ruben Tejada, the former Met who spent all this year so far at AAA SWB, to the Orioles for cash.

AAA: SWB was rained out.

AA: Trenton (35-20) lost 5-4 in 12 innings. 1B Mike Ford 2 hits, solo HR. DH Zack Zehner 2 hits. RF Billy McKinney 3 hits. CF Rashad Crawford 2 hits, RBI.

Domingo Acevedo is another prospect to watch.

Acevedo 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1.78
Wotherspoon (BS, 1) 2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1.67
Carroll 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.35.
Ruth (L, 0-2, 8.44) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K.

High A: Tampa (29-28) won 9-1 in a game completed early (7 inn.) b/c of wet grounds.

CF Tito Polo 3 hits, double, solo HR. LF Trey Amburgey 3 hits, solo HR, 2 RBI.
RF Jhalen Jackson solo HR. 1B Chris Gittens 2 H, 2 RBI.

Rehabbing DH Greg Bird 1 for 4, single, RBI.

Littell (w, 7-1, 1.94)  7 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 2 W, 6 K.

Low A: Charleston (28-28) won HUGE. 17-0.

Diego Castillo, SS, 2 hits, HR, 4 RBI.
2B Hoy Jun Park, 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.
CF Estevan Florial 3 hits, rbi.
C Donny Sands 3 hits, 3 RBI
DH Brandon Wagner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
1B Dalton Blaser 3 hits, HR, 4 RBI.

Orozco (w, 3-3, 5.21) 5 Ip, 0 R, 3 H, 4 W, 8 K.
Rosa (S, 2) 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 4 K. 4.08

An example of the stupid save rule. I mean, how do you get a “save” in a 17-0 win? What, he got the save because he didn’t give up 17 runs?

Minor League Report. Yankees promote Torres to AAA.


The Yanks have promoted INF Gleyber Torres to AA SWB and P Josh Rogers and Jose Mesa Jr., to AA Trenton.

AAA: SWB (24-17) won 5-4 in 11 on a squeeze bunt by Cito Culver (hope Girardi saw that, he NEVER squeezes).

LF Dustin Fowler solo HR. 2 hits DH Mark Payton.

Bryan Mitchell was called up to the Yanks before the game, and Giovanny Gallegos sent back to SWB.

Ruth 3 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 1 W, 1 K. 12.00 Gave up 2 HR.
Brewer 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 k. 9.53
Gurka 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2K. 5.74
Frieri 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.41
Jones (W, 2-1, 2.95) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K.

AA: Trenton (25-16) lost 1-0. SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits.

Torres played 3B before his callup. 0 for 2, 2 walks, a SB. .273-5-18, 5 SB

Tyler Austin, on rehab, played 1B, 1 for 2 (single).

Ramirez (L, 5-1, 3.00) 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 W, 8 K.
Mesa 3 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

Mesa is the son of former reliever Jose Mesa, who pitched from 1987, 1990-2007 for the Orioles, Indians, Giants, Mariners, Phillies, Pirates, Rockies, Tigers and Phillies again and who saved 321 games, going 80-109, 4.36, ERA+ 100. In 1995, he led the AL with 46 saves and finished runnerup for the CYA and 4th in MVP voting.

High A: Tampa (21-23) won 15-0. SS Kyle Holder 3 hits, 2 RBI.

RF Tito Polo 2 hits, 2 RBI. 1B Chris Gittens 4 hits, 2 HR, 4 RBI.

DH Nick Solak 3 hits, HR, 2 RBI. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 H, RBI

2B Gosuke Katoh hits, C Sharif Othman 3 hits, 2 RBI.

Rogers (w 4-3, 2.22) 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 W, 8 K. Promoted to AA after game.
Gomez 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.00
McNamara 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.42

Low A: Charleston (22-21)  won 4-2.

CF Estevan Florial 2 hits, rbi. SS Hoy Jun Park 2 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 2 hits.

Diehl (w, 5-0, 2.70) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Morris (H, 1) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 w, 3 K. 2.31
Mundell (S, 4) 1 ip, 0 r, 0 h, 0 W, 0 k. 2.70