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Games 136 & 137. Despite depleted lineups, Yanks sweep Twins. Judge hits #55, IKF, Peraza, Cole star.
The Yankees (80-54) got one heck of a scare, and perhaps a break, in the bottom of the ninth, but they held on to defeat Tampa Bay, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon.
Of course, they were led by Aaron Judge, who factored into both runs the Yanks scored.
Judge hit the second pitch of the game for his 53rd HR of the season. The 450 ft. blast set a new season high for him, passing the 52 he had in his ROY season of 2017. It also was his 115th RBI of the year, also passing his 2017 total of 114.
Judge had three of the Yankees’ six hits in the game.
In the top of the seventh, Judge doubled, and on a ball hit to short, went to third. Usually, you do NOT do that. But Judge beat the throw to third. It’s a risky play, but with the Yanks’ offense in a funk, he decided that he needed to be aggressive. It probably won the game for the Yankees. Judge then scored on a SF by Oswaldo Cabrera. The way the inning played out, if Judge did not go to third on that play, he would not have been driven in. It turned out to be the deciding run.
Meanwhile, four Yankees’ pitchers combined to shut Tampa Bay out into the ninth. Then Clay Holmes came in and things got hairy. He gave up a leadoff double. A liner to right moved the runner to third. A single made it 2-1. A liner to CF (nice range by defensive replacement Estevan Florial) for out #2. Then a double, but the potential tying run was held up at third. Then Holmes went to 3-2 on Yandy Diaz. Holmes got a called strike three call on a pitch Diaz and the Rays thought was low. Watching on TV, I thought the Yanks caught a break, for I thought it was ball four myself. Makes up for all those low strikes called on Judge.
So, the Yanks lead over Tampa Bay is five, and it’s six over Toronto. The Yanks’ magic number to clinch the AL East is 25. 28 games to go.
But some other Yankees’ related news:
Andrew Benintendi needs surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. He had problems with it before and it was removed, but either not all of it was removed or some bone grew back. The hook detached from this bone. This was the injury from the other night. At least it was caught early, due to advances in medical technology. In 1965, this was misdiagnosed for Roger Maris, and even though Maris eventually had surgery, he was never the same again and lost power in that hand.
The great Albert Pujols, retiring after this season, hit his 695th career HR yesterday, placing him 1 behind Alex Rodriguez for fourth place on the all-time HR list. Barry Bonds had 762* (asterisk intended), Henry Aaron had 755, Babe Ruth 714 and Rodriguez 696*. We will see if Pujols catches Alex and if he can even get #700 before he retires.
Judge 3 hits, Solo HR (53)
Montas (W, 5-11) 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K. 1 WP. 3.79 (combined A’s/NYY stats)
Trivino (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.76 (Combined A’s/NYY stat)
Marinaccio (H, 5) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.80
Loaisiga (H, 9) 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 4.79
Holmes (S, 18) 1 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.42
Curt Simmons was once quoted as saying, “Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak a sunrise past a rooster.”
“Hammerin’ ” Henry Aaron, one of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball, died yesterday at the age of 86.
At the time of his death, Aaron was the all-time leader in RBI and total bases. He was second in HR (755) and third in hits (3771).
Aaron played for the Milwaukee Braves, 1954-1965, Atlanta Braves 1966-1974, and Milwaukee Brewers, 1975-1976.
He was a 25x All-Star (from 1958-1962 there were TWO all-star games a year), won the 1957 NL MVP Award, was on one WS Champ (1957 Braves), another NL Champ (1958 Braves) and an NL West Champ (1969 Braves). He won 3 Gold Gloves and 2 batting titles.
Aaron led the league in runs scored 3x, in hits 2x, in doubles 4x, in HR 4x, in RBI 4x, in SA 4x, OPS 3x, OPS+ 3x, total bases 8x, and SF once.
In his 1957 MVP season, he hit .322-44-132, leading MLB in HR and RBI. OPS+ 166. It’s amazing he only won the one MVP award, and Aaron felt he was robbed of a couple. But his contemporaries in the NL were Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, and Roberto Clemente, not to mention Sandy Koufax.
Aaron was often overlooked as the great star he was, not only by the aforementioned Mays in his own league, but by Mickey Mantle in the other league.
Aaron did rack up 13 top-10 finishes in the MVP voting, and even finished third at the age of 37 in 1971. He finished top-5 eight times.
Aaron hit 44 HR at the age of 35, 47 at the age of 37, and 40 at the age of 39. On April 8, 1974, Aaron passed Babe Ruth for the all-time HR lead when he hit #715 off of Al Downing of the Dodgers. His record stood until Barry Bonds passed him in 2007. Unlike Bonds, Aaron’s mark wasn’t stained by steroid rumors.
Aaron’s mark was stained by prejudice. As he approached Ruth’s record, Aaron was subject to much hate mail and death threats, simply because he was a black man.
He started his career in the Negro Leagues, and even in 1953, played in the minors, age 19, for Jacksonville, a heavily segregated city. He had to overcome racial hatred.
Aaron hit 20 or more HR every season from 1955-1974.
11x he topped 100 RBI in a season.
In the postseason, Aaron went
1957 WS 11 for 28, 3 HR, 7 RBI. .393. WS MVP was teammate Lew Burdette who won 3 games.
1958 WS 9 for 27, 0 HR, 2 RBI. .333 Braves blew a 3 games to one lead against the Yankees.
1969 NLCS 5 for 14, 3 HR, 7 RBI. .357 Braves swept by the Mets.
One thing to know about that 1969 NLCS. Aaron played with a bad hand, and still hit a HR in each one of those three games.
He wasn’t only a hitter. He did win three Gold Gloves. He played primarily RF in his career (and is rated on baseball reference.com as the 2nd greatest RF ever, behind only Babe Ruth) but also played many games in LF, CF and 1B. He even played 43 games at 2B.
He hit .305 for his career. Only Pete Rose and Ty Cobb had more MLB hits than Aaron (Ichiro would count if you count Japan and MLB). He even stole 240 bases. In 1963 he had 44 HR and 31 SB.
His 162 game average was .305-37-113, 12 SB, OPS+ 155. (100 is normal, so he was 55% better than average hitter of his time).
He was so good, that a year like 1964 (.328-24-95, with 22 SB, OPS+ 153) looks like an off year when you look at his stats.
Aaron would have turned 87 on February 5, just two weeks away.
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, 1982. He got 406 out of 415 votes. 97.8%. I would love to know the nine voters who kept him off their ballots. They should be, or should have been, ashamed of themselves.
When Reggie Jackson joined the Yankees, he chose #44 because he wanted to keep a #44 circling the bases, in honor of Aaron, who retired after the 1976 season.
Aaron was class. A great in every way.
Speaking of the Hall of Fame, this year’s voting results will be announced in three days. It is looking like the BBWAA will not vote ANYONE in.
According to one tracker, (and you need 75% to make it in), with almost 41% of the vote known, Curt Schilling has 75.3%, which would barely get him in. But when the anonymous votes are counted, players usually drop. Last year, even Derek Jeter. The tracking had Jeter unanimous throughout, but when the final tally came in, one idiot left Jeter off his or her ballot. If Schilling drops, he does not make it.
Others are Barry Bonds, 72.8%
Roger Clemens 72.2%. When the anonymous votes come in, they usually drop 5-10%
Scott Rolen 65.4%
Todd Helton 53.1%
Billy Wagner 47.5%
Gary Sheffield 46.3%
Andruw Jones 41.4%
Omar Vizquel 38.9%
Manny Ramirez 33.3%
Jeff Kent 29.6%
Sammy Sosa 21.6%
Andy Pettitte 17.3% keeping him on the ballot for next year
Bobby Abreu 13%
Mark Buehrle 8%
Dropping off the ballot because they did not get 5% would be
Torii Hunter 4.9%
Tim Hudson 4.3%
Aramis Ramirez 0.6%
and so far, with no votes at all: Shane Victorino, A.J. Burnett, Barry Zito, Nick Swisher, Dan Haren, Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins.