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Harold Baines and Lee Smith elected to HOF. Piniella just short, no Boss.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

George Steinbrenner didn’t come close to making the HOF, as he got less than 5 of the 16 votes from the “Today’s Era” panel.

Making the hall through this method were OF/DH Harold Baines, and relief pitcher Lee Smith. Lou Piniella, who was being considered as a manager, not a player, missed out by one vote.

Baines played for the White Sox (1980-1989), Rangers (1989-1990), A’s (1990-1992), Orioles (1993-1995), White Sox again (1996-1997), Orioles again (1997-1999) Indians (1999) Orioles yet again (2000) and finished with yet another tour with the White Sox (2000-2001). His #3 was retired by the White Sox in 1989…. when he was still playing.

Baines never got more than 6.1% from the writers while on the ballot. He had 2866 hits in his career, 384 HR. He was a 6x All-Star who finished in the top 10 for MVP voting twice. His 162 g. average was .289-22-93, OPS+ 121. He hit .324-5-16 in 31 postseason games.

Smith is third on the all-time saves list with 478 saves. He pitched for the Cubs (1980-1987), Red Sox (1988-1990), Cardinals (1990-1993), Yankees (1993), Orioles (1994), Angels (1995-1996), Reds (1996) and Expos (1997). He was a 7x All-Star who never got more than 50.6% on the writer’s ballot. He was 71-92, 3.03 in his MLB career, and his 162 g. average was 5-6, 3.03, 32 saves, ERA+ 132. In four postseason games, he was 0-2, 8.44 with one save.

Piniella, who missed by one vote, managed the Yankees (1986-1988), Reds (1990-1992), Mariners (1993-2002), Devil Rays (2003-2005), and Cubs (2007-2010), winning the WS with the Reds in 1990. He managed seven teams to the postseason. He was 1835-1713 as manager, winning pct. .517. His 2001 Mariners went 116-46 before losing to the Yankees in the ALCS. Eight of his teams won 90 or more games in a season.



Game 15. Yanks maul Marlins, 12-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

You kind of wish this didn’t happen against two Yankees’ legends, CEO (Yankees #2) Derek Jeter and manager (Yankees #23) Don Mattingly of the Miami Marlins, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

The best way, it seems, for teams to get healthy right now is to play one of the Florida teams, the Rays or Marlins, because both stink.

Still, you have to win the game. The Yanks, playing after two days of rain outs, pounded the Marlins 12-1 to go to 8-7 on the season.

Going into the game, the Yanks were the perfect .500 team at 7-7. What do I mean by perfect? They scored 77 runs, and gave up 77 runs. The offense was 10% above league average, the pitching 10% below league average. If that isn’t a perfect .500 team, what is?

Before the game, some news. Jacoby Ellsbury is morphing into Carl Pavano. First a rib cage injury, then a hip injury, now it is his plantar fascitis. He hasn’t played a game for the Yanks yet, hasn’t played since how many weeks ago in spring training, is the #5 OF, is owed $68 million over this year and the next two…. Sheesh.

As for Brandon Drury, he is taking meds to calm down the migraines, but still has blurry vision. Blurry vision he says he has had over the last several years, and he admits to stepping in the batter’s box with the blurry vision! Which makes what he has done in the majors so far that much more impressive and scary. Blurry vision while facing a 100 MPH fastball? No thanks. Get that vision and migraines taken care of and hopefully, the situation isn’t major.

If he was a good player with blurry vision, what could he become with clear vision?

Now to the game. A mauling which you wish didn’t happen against Donnie and Derek, but what can you do?

Ex-Yankee Caleb Smith (there with the Yanks briefly last year) started for the Marlins and got mauled.

The Yanks scored in each of the first five innings.

In the first, Gardner singled,  Judge walked. Stanton walked to load the bases. After Didi popped up (He would make up for it later), Sanchez’ IF single brought home a run. After Hicks popped up, Austin walked to make it 2-0.

In the second, Judge homered (4) to make it 3-0. Judge became the fastest player ever to 60 career HR.

In the third, two more runs. Didi walked, Sanchez singled. Hicks doubled both home. 5-0.

In the fourth, with two out, Stanton was HBP. Didi hit a HR, his first of two on the night, to make it 7-0.

To the fifth, and the Yanks put up four more to make it 11-0. Austin led off with a double and Andujar doubled to make it 8-0. Torreyes singled Andujar to third. Gardner walked. Judge singled in a run. After two outs, Sanchez singled in two to make it 11-0.

In the seventh, Didi hit his second HR of the game (5) to make it 12-0.

Meanwhile, Severino was dealing. 6 IP, no runs, one hit. Miami got its only run of the game in the eighth, after Seve was out of the game.

15 hits, 8 walks, 1 HBP.

Didn’t realize. Jace Peterson back with the team…

Gardner 2 hits, walk, 2 runs scored.
Judge 2 hits, HR, 2 runs scored, 1 walk.
Didi 2 hits, both HR, 3 RBI, scored 3 runs. Walked. How he has developed.
Sanchez 3 hits, scored one run, drove in 3. Starting to heat up. Walk.
Hicks 2 RBI, walk
Austin 2 hits, rbi, walk.
Andujar 2 hits, scored one, drove one in. Walk. He’s starting to get hot.

Some guys, notably Andujar and Sanchez, seem to be picking it up. A good sign. Getting Hicks back helps, too.

Severino (W 3-1, 2.63) 6 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 8 K
Warren 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.18
Shreve 1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 W, 1 K. 0.00
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 7.04

Sad NBA note. #15 for the Philadelphia 76ers, G Hal Greer, passed away on April 14 at the age of 81. A great guard for the 76ers in the 1960s, and on their 1967 NBA title team.

From Wikipedia:

He played for the Syracuse Nationals / Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1958 through 1973. A guard, Greer was a 10-time NBA All-Star and was named to the All-NBA Second Team seven times. He was named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team and he had his uniform number retired by the 76ers.

Greer had an unusual but highly effective free throw technique, shooting a jump shot from the charity stripe. He is usually considered the third-best guard of the 1960s, behind Oscar Robertson and fellow West Virginia native Jerry West.




Yanks make more minor deals to set 40-man roster, get more $$ for Ohtani.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks made more minor deals today to free up more 40-man roster space and also got a little more international money that they could put towards Shohei Ohtani.

In one deal, they dealt Ronald Herrera, 22, to the Rangers for pitching prospect Reivar Sanmartin. Herrera was 0-1, 6.00 in 2 games, 3 IP, for the Yanks this year. Sanmartin, 21, is a LHP who had a 2.45 ERA at A ball. If the Yanks lose Herrera in the Rule 5 draft they can lose him for nothing, and they wanted something back. They also had people they wanted to protect on the 40 man roster who they felt were better than Herrera.

In another deal, they dealt Garrett Cooper and Caleb Smith to the Marlins. Cooper, a 1B, played in 13 games for the Yanks this year, going .326-0-6, and Smith was 0-1, 7.71 in 9 games, 2 starts. They got some international bonus $, which they could use toward Ohtani, and pitching prospect Mike King, 22. King had a 3.14 ERA at low A.

As for Ohtani, MLB extended the posting deadline to reach an agreement with Japan 24 hours. It is expected that if Ohtani is posted, the Yanks would be the heavy favorite to land him.

If they do, then they probably wouldn’t need to re-sign CC or go after Alex Cobb. Peter Gammons thinks the Cubs and Yankees are the favorites for Cobb, but if the Yanks get Ohtani, then they don’t need Cobb or CC.

Cobb, 30, is 48-35 in his MLB career, all with Tampa Bay. ERA 3.50, ERA+ 111.

With the minor deals, the Yanks were able to add to the 40 man roster Gleyber Torres, Albert Abreu, Domingo Acevedo, Thairo Estrada, Billy McKinney and Jonathan Loaisiga. I am a bit surprised Chance Adams and Justus Sheffield aren’t on the 40 man. The additions of Abreu, Acevedo and Loaisiga over Adams and Sheffield surprise me.

Hideki Matsui joins Johnny Damon, Kerry Wood and Andruw Jones as newcomers on the HOF ballot who once played for the Yankees. I don’t expect any to make it this year. All may be close but no cigar.

Matsui presents a special case. Are they judging him by just his MLB career (175 HR) or by his Japanese and MLB careers (507 HR)?

Damon had over 2700 hits and over 400 SB in his career, Jones over 400 HR with 10 Gold Glove Awards.

They join Mussina and Clemens on the ballot.


Game 142. Yanks bomb Texas 16-7 on 2 HRs each by Sanchez, Judge, 4 RBI Didi.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge each homered twice, and Didi Gregorius went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI as the Yankees bombed Texas 16-7 Sunday.

Sanchez got the ball rolling with his 29th HR in the first inning.

Texas’ Robinson Chirinos tied the game with a HR in the second.

In the third, Gardner singled, and after an out, Sanchez was HBP. Didi doubled in one. Castro reached on a FC, loading the bases. Judge hit a SF. 3-1.

The Yanks got six in the fourth inning to go up 9-1. Ellsbury led off the inning by getting HBP. Romine singled and Gardner tripled in two. Headley singled in a run and Sanchez doubled to put runners on 2nd and 3rd. Didi singled in one. Castro GIDP, Sanchez scoring. Judge hit HR #40.

Texas cut it to 9-3 in the bottom of the fourth, chasing Jordan Montgomery.

Ellsbury and Romine doubled to start the top of the fifth, putting men on 2nd and 3rd. After Gardner grounded out, Headley reached on an error, loading the bases. Sanchez made out, but Didi singled in two to make it 11-3.

Texas got a run in the bottom of the fifth, 11-4.

Judge hit another HR, #41, in the sixth. 12-4.

In the eighth, Sanchez hit his second HR of the game to make it 13-4. It was Sanchez’ 30th HR of the season. Now Yogi Berra (twice) and Jorge Posada (once) have the Yankees’ record for HR by a catcher, with 30. All of their HRs those years came as a catcher. Not all of Sanchez’ HR this year have come as a catcher. Both HR today were as a DH. One HR this year was as a 1B. About 6 are DH and 23 catching.

Texas got two in the eighth to make it 13-6 in the slugfest.

In the ninth, Girardi emptied the bench. Ellsbury walked and Romine singled. Tyler Wade singled in a run to make it 14-6. After an out, Erik Kratz PH for Sanchez. Kratz was picked up only to be a backup during Sanchez’ and Romine’s suspensions. The 37 year old had spent all year with Cleveland’s AAA team. Kratz doubled in two runs to make it 16-6.

Texas got one in the bottom of the ninth for the final of 16-7.

Gardner 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Wade 1 for 1, RBI.
Sanchez 3 hits, 2 HR, 2 RBI.
Kratz 1 for 1, 2 RBI.
Didi 4 for 4, 4 RBI.
Judge 2 for 2, 2 HR, 3 RBI.
Romine 3 hits.

Montgomery 3 1/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 4 W, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (W, 4-0, 2.00) 2 1/3 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 H, 4 K.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.67
Betances 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 2 W, 3 K. 3.02
Smith 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 7.71

With the win, the Yanks are 3 1/2 back of Boston with 20 to go. The Yanks are 3 1/2 up on the Twins for the top wild card spot, 4 1/2 over the Angels as far as getting any playoff spot.

Game 140. Yanks can’t hold early lead, lose 11-5.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

The Yanks got off to 4-0 and 5-1 leads, but the pitching couldn’t hold it. in a 11-5 loss to Texas.

The loss drops the Yanks to 4 1/2 back of Boston, 75-65, with 22 games left in the year. The division would be nice, but realistically, the Yanks have to think about retaining the top wild card spot so that that do-or-die game is played at home.

Speaking of “home”, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s games against the Rays have been moved to a “neutral” site”: Citi Field in Queens, because of Hurricane Irma striking Florida. The Yanks will bat first and will be in the road grays, but….

As for tonight, Tanaka was lousy and maybe Girardi stuck with him too long.

The Yanks got four in the second. Holliday singled, Didi reached on an error. Headley singled to load the bases. Ellsbury singled for one run, Frazier was HBP for another. Sanchez later singled in two. Up 4-0.

Tanaka gave back one run on a monster HR.

Didi HR’d in the top of the third (21) to make it 5-1 Yanks, but everything went downhill from there.

Texas got 2 in the third off of Tanaka to cut it to 5-3. At this point, my leash on Tanaka would have been VERY SHORT.

Texas got four in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. After a single and double to start the inning, I probably would have pulled Tanaka then. Instead, single, WP, double before he was pulled.

A 4-run inning put Texas up 7-5, and four in seventh made it 11-5.

After going up 5-1, the Yanks’ offense went dormant.

Sanchez, first game back from the 3-game suspension, 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Didi solo HR.

Tanaka (L 11-11, 4.82) 4 + Ip, 7 r, 8 H, 0 W, 7 K. Gave up 1 Hr.
Kahnle 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.73
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38
Smith 0 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 7.64.

A “give up” move when inserting him. Smith may have had nice numbers at SWB, but so far has not proven himself MLB ready.

Heller 2/3 iP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.25
Mitchell 1 1/3 0 R, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.45



Games 131 and 132. Bad day as Yanks are swept in a DH.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Bad day today. The Yanks were swept in a DH, Boston won, and the Yanks are now 5 1/2 games back of Boston with just 30 to go.

Yes, the Yanks now have a four-game series against Boston at the Stadium this weekend. They need to sweep to have any chance of winning the division.  They still hold the top wild card spot, but that has been reduced to 1 game over the Twins. As far as dropping out of the playoffs completely, the Yanks are up 2. There is some danger here of losing a playoff spot unless they start winning.

They may be, MAY BE, good enough for the playoffs (and that may be enough if they get hot at the right time. After all, the 2006 Cardinals won their division with an 83-78 record, got hot at the right time, and won the WS). But lately they have shown that they aren’t in the upper echelon, …. yet. They may make the playoffs, where ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN, but haven’t shown they are as good as Boston, Cleveland, or Houston.

Which isn’t too bad…. many had the Yanks as being a below .500 team this year, meaning the first losing season since 1992. So by that standard, the youth movement is progressing ahead of schedule. One worrisome thing is that after a 38-23 start, the Yanks are 32-39 since.

Hopefully the Yanks hold on to a playoff spot.

But they didn’t hit today (save for a garbage time 3-run HR by Greg Bird when they were down 9-1 in the bottom of the ninth of game 2).

Game 1 :  Lost 2-1. Finally, a good performance by Jaime Garcia (who I don’t expect the Yanks to bring back. Free agent at the end of the year. I also don’t expect Todd Frazier or CC to return, either, and Matt Holliday, 38 next year may also not be back). A PB (#13) by Sanchez led to an unearned run. Sanchez bat, great. Could hit 30 HR, 80+ RBI and he missed a few weeks. But his defense, despite his great arm, ugh. Needs improvement. Garcia gave up 2 in the first, only one earned due to the Sanchez PB. Didi RBI double in the third. Yanks get only 5 hits.

Garcia (L, 5-9, 4.43, overall record). 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Green 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 7 K. 2.05. Fantastic job.
Kahnle 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 1 K. 2.91.

Game 2: A 9-4 loss, and I wonder how much of it has to do with them d**king Montgomery around. I understand they need to protect the kid, pitch counts, innings limits, etc.

But they sent him down, brought him back (CC 10 day DL), sent him down, limited his last SWB start to three innings…. this yo yo stuff and lack of work to limit his innings probably made him rusty.

So the Yanks set it up so that their best starters go against Boston, but after the DH sweep today, it may not matter. 

Cleveland got 4 in the first. A Bird single (had all 4 Yanks’ RBI) cut it to 4-1 in the second. But that was it. The Indians tacked on and took a 9-1 lead into the ninth, when Bird’s 2nd HR of the year, a 3-run shot, made it 9-4. Hicks went 4 for 4.

Montgomery (L, 7-7, 4.15) 4 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 W, 5 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 1 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.58
Smith 3 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 W, 3 K. Gave up 2 HR. 6.11

Smith may have done well at SWB, but so far has not proven himself MLB ready.





Game 129. Yanks rout Seattle with help from Mariners, 10-1.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

I am back after a couple of days out of town, so I’ll BRIEFLY recap the Friday and Saturday games before getting into Sunday’s.

On Friday night, the Yanks lost to Seattle 2-1 in 11 innings. They were 0 for 12 w/RISP but Girardi once again got me mad. CC pitched great, 1 R in 7 IP, but Chad Green pitches the 8th, goes 1-2-3 on 8 pitches, 7 strikes, and stubborn Girardi pulls him. WHY? Let him go another inning! Instead, Girardi pulls him for Betances in the 9th, Robertson goes the 10th, and Chapman, struggling now as we all know, for the 11th, and of course, it’s Chapman who gives up the GW HR in the top of the 11th. Why pull Green? 8 pitches? Really? Let him go another inning and you can push the rest back. Joe, stop with the BS and “formula.” Guy has a 1-2-3 on few pitches, leave him in. Please.

Castro back, Wade sent down (until rosters expand Sept. 1).

On Saturday the Yanks won 6-3. Sonny Gray pitched a great game. Greg Bird back, Austin sent down (see above). Castro 2 RBI. Ellsbury 4 RBI, inc. 3-run HR.

Today, Tanaka gave up a run in the first but settled in, looking like the old Tanaka, which the Yanks need to see down the stretch. The Yanks got six in the bottom of the first, helped by FIVE Mariner errors.

Castro 4 for 4 w/an RBI.
Bird, looking good upon his return, had 2 RBI. Key for the stretch run.

Sad to see people dumping on Bird b/c of his 6 for 60 start this year. He played hurt. He hit over .430 in spring training with what, 8 HR? That misdiagnosed injury which requied surgery cost him this year. If he can have the month of September equal to the spring training he had…

Ellsbury 2 hits, 2 RBI.
Torreyes 3 hits.


Tanaka (10-10, 4.69) 7 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 W, 10 K. The Tanaka we need to go w/Severino, Gray & CC.

Smith 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.79.

The Yanks are 70-59 and now 2 1/2 back of Boston in the AL East. Big 4-game series against them next weekend at the Stadium. They don’t play each other after that.

As for Judge, we really need to get him going again. The strikeouts are something, but Aaron, they are called strikeouts. Swing the bat!

Suspensions from the Yanks/Tigers fight. We’ll see what happens w/appeals. Romine got 2 games, Sanchez 4.

Girardi got ejected from Sunday’s game.