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HOF announcement tonight.

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Baseball makes its HOF announcement tonight, as we see who the writers put in the Hall to join Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller, who both were selected by committee earlier.

You need 75% to get in.

As of this writing, 211 votes, 51.2%, are known.

Derek Jeter is still running unanimously at 100%, we will see tonight if that still holds up and if Jeter will join Mariano Rivera as the only unanimous selections.

Larry Walker, in his last year on the ballot, is at 83.7%. Curt Schilling is at 78.7%.

But only a little over half of the votes are known. Usually when the other, non-publicized part comes in, players drop, and someone like Schilling then is really on the bubble.

Barry Bonds and one-time Yankee Roger Clemens are at 71.6 and 70.6% respectively, thus a little short and expected to drop once more votes become known.

So it appears as if Jeter and Walker get in and the question is whether Jeter is unanimous and if Schilling joins them

Other notables: staying on the ballot would be Omar Vizquel, Gary Sheffield (the one -time Yankee at 36%), Scott Rolen, Billy Wagner, Jeff Kent, Todd Helton, Manny Ramirez, one-time Yankee Andruw Jones (23.7%), Sammy Sosa, Andy Pettitte (the Yankees’ great is at 10.4%) and another former Yankee, Bobby Abreu (6.2%).

You need 5% to stay on the ballot. Abreu is on the bubble. Pettitte stays on, but isn’t getting much support.

It appears like these notables will drop off the ballot, among others:

Ex-Yankees Jason Giambi (1 vote), Alfonso Soriano (0). Eric Chavez (one vote). Brian Roberts (0) and Raul Ibanez (0). 

Also dropping off would be Cliff Lee (1), Adam Dunn (0), and Paul Konerko (1).

The bold is players with Yankees’ connections, even if ever so briefly.

WS Perfect Game Pitcher Don Larsen passes away at age 90.

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Don Larsen, who authored the only perfect game in WS history on October 8, 1956, has passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 90. The only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter was Roy Halladay in the NLDS in 2010.

Larsen pitched for the Browns (1953), Orioles (1954), Yankees (1955-1959) KC A’s (1960-1961) White Sox (1961), Giants (1962-1964) Colt .45s/Astros (Houston was called the Colt .45s before going into the Astrodome–1964/1965), Orioles again (1965), and Cubs (1967).

He pitched in five WS, and was part of two WS Champions in 1956 and 1958. He won the 1956 WS MVP.

Pitching on the last St. Louis Browns team in 1953, and the first Baltimore Oriole team of 1954, he went 10-33 in those years, losing a MLB leading 21 in 1954.

But things changed when he was traded to the Yankees, for whom he went 45-24 in the next five years, and for whom he pitched that perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series—-a game my father attended. Things got rough again after leaving the Yanks, as he went 1-10 in 1960. Pitching on poor teams before and after pitching for the Yankees hurt Larsen’s career numbers.

For his career, Larsen had an 81-91 record, ERA 3.78, ERA+ 99. His 162 game average would be 48 games, 20 starts. 9-11, 3.78.

He pitched in 10 WS games, starting 6. He was 4-2, 2.75 in WS play, and started Game 7 of both the 1957 (loss) and 1958 (ND) World Series for the Yankees.

He pitched seven shutout innings in winning Game 3 of the 1958 WS.

Larsen was also a good hitting pitcher, hitting .242 with 14 HR in his career. In 1958, he hit .306 with 4 HR.


Would be remiss in not pointing out the passing away of David Stern, age 77, former NBA commissioner who suffered a brain hemorrhage 3 weeks ago.


There hasn’t been much action on the Yankees’ front, so an update on the HOF voting, via a tracker set up by Ryan Thibodaux:

With 115 votes, 27.9% counted, as of now, these ex-players would reach the 75% necessary to get in:

Derek Jeter, 100%
Larry Walker 86.1%
Curt Schilling 79.1%
Barry Bonds 76.5%
Roger Clemens 76.5%

As late ballots come in, and some voters remain anonymous, those numbers generally DROP, thus really putting Schilling, Bonds and Clemens all on the bubble.

Bonds and Clemens will have some voters, especially the anonymous ones, NOT voting on them because of steroid suspicions.

We’ll see if Jeter continues at 100% and joins Mariano Rivera as a unanimous selection.

Not getting one vote so far are sluggers Jason Giambi, Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko and Alfonso Soriano—all of whom hit over 400 HR in their careers.

 

Game 84. Yanks win 6-2 behind 3 HR, but lose Gleyber to DL.

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The Yanks kept pace with Boston, staying one game back (56-28, .667 winning pct., the Red Sox are 59-29, .670; with four less games, the Yanks would have to go 3-1 in those for a tie) by beating Atlanta 6-2, but had to put rookie sensation Gleyber Torres on the 10 day DL. The expectation and hope is that Gleyber comes back for the Subway Series against the Mets starting July 20.

It’s a hip injury.

Neil Walker and maybe Brandon Drury will man second base until Gleyber returns. Time for Walker (.188) to step up and earn his keep. He was close to a DFA before this. Tyler Wade will most likely be called from from SWB. Ronald Torreyes is away from SWB dealing with personal, family, issues.

We’ll see what happens. The Yanks were 10-9 when Gleyber made his MLB debut, and have gone 46-19 since he arrived. Some of the mediocre start you can blame on really cold weather, but you can also see the impact Gleyber had.

The Yanks got a run in the second on a double by Didi and a single by Bird.

In the third, Giancarlo Stanton hit HR #21, a 3-run shot, to make it 4-0.

Kyle Higashioka is 3 for 34 in his MLB career, but he become only the second Yankee (Alfonso Soriano) to have each of his first 3 hits be homers. HR #3 made it 5-0 in the third.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the fifth and a solo HR in the sixth, but that was all the Braves would get on the day.

Aaron Judge closed out the scoring with HR #24 in the seventh.

6-2 Yanks.

Judge solo HR.
Stanton 3-Run HR.
Didi 2 hits.
Higashioka solo HR.

CC’s 243rd career win ties Juan Marichal on the all-time list.

Sabathia (W, 6-3, 3.02) 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 3 W, 5 K. 2 HBP. Gave up 1 HR.
Green (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.96
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.  2.63
Holder 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K.  1.83

 

Game 94. Yanks shutout Orioles.

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For the first time since they were 4-2, the Yanks are two games above .500 this season after they shutout the Orioles 5-0 Wednesday night.

The Yanks jumped on the board right away. Brett Gardner tripled leading off the bottom of the first and scored on a SF by Carlos Beltran.

Mark Teixeira’s 8th HR of the year, #402 of his career, made it 2-0 Yanks in the fourth.

Teix walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to make it 3-0.

In the seventh, Ronald Torreyes, playing 3rd because Chase Headley was a last minute scratch to due personal issues (hope all is OK), tripled, and scored on a Gardner SF.

Beltran finished the scoring in the eighth, when he hit his 20th HR of the season. Career HR #412 tied Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Pineda (W, 4-9, 5.25) 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 walks, 8 K.
Betances (H, 24) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K, 2.49.
Goody 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 4.32.
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H,   0 walks, 2 K. 4.30.

 

 

Games 71-73. Yanks win 3 in a row.

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This will be quick. I apologize for no recent recaps, but I didn’t have home internet access. Something with Verizon and DSL lines.

Game 71. The Yanks got 3 HR, inc. a walkoff from Starlin Castro (10), to beat the Rockies 9-8. Chase Headley (4) had a grand slam, and Carlos Beltran hit his 19th HR,#411 career, to put him one behind Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list. Beltran’s HR was huge, as it cut an 8-4 Colorado lead down to 8-7 late in that game. Didi Gregorius then tied it with a single. Aroldis Chapman got the win.

Game 72. Rob Refsnyder got the GW RBI single, and Aaron Hicks hit his 3rd HR of the year in a 5-3 Yankees’ win. Tanaka (5-2, 3.01) with the win.

Game 73. The Yanks go over .500 to 37-36 with a 2-1 win. It was the best game Pineda pitched all year. RBI single for Beltran, and the winning run scored in the bottom of the eighth on an error. Once again, no runs DMC does the job. Teixiera returned to the lineup.

Pineda 6 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 walk, 8 K. Gave up HR. 5.51
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.97.
Miller (W, 5-0, 1.10) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 15) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 2.70.

Games 67 & 68. Yanks back at .500

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I spent a few hours in the emergency room of the hospital yesterday, and have two kidney stones which I still have to pass, so that is the reason for no reports yesterday.

A brief recap of Friday night’s game. The Yanks scored four in the first, keyed by a 2-run HR by Carlos Beltran (17/ 409 career) and that was all Masahiro Tanaka needed as he cruised to a 8-2 win. Tanaka is now 4-2, 2.91.

As for yesterday, the Yanks were down 4-0 in the top of the seventh when A-Rod homered (8, 695 career) to make it 4-2. Beltran tied it in the eighth with a 2-run shot (18, 410) and the Yanks got three in the ninth to go up 7-4. Jacoby Ellsbury’s two-run single being the key ninth inning hit.

Aroldis Chapman gave us a scare. With two out, he gave up back-to-back HRs to cut the lead to 7-6 before getting a groundout to end the game.

The Yanks are back at .500 at 34-34. Beltran needs two HR to tie Alfonso Soriano on the all-time list.

Once again, Pineda was giving up runs with two out. Sometimes with two out and two strikes. He’s had trouble closing out innings this year.

Pineda   5 1/3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 walks, 9 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.82
Swarzak 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.84
Miller (w, 4-0, 1.21) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.
Chapman (S, 13) 1 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 0 walks, 2 K. Gave up 2 HR, 3.18.

I have to admit. Sometimes I wonder if it should be Chapman setting up Miller.

The Minors.

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AAA: SWB won 2-1 in the completion of the suspended game from yesterday. Bryan Mitchell 4 Ip, 1 R. Diego Moreno (W) 3 scoreless innings, 2.01. Chris Martin , on rehab, one scoreless IP.   CF Mason “Classical Gas” Williams 2 h, rbi, 2 hits for SS Cole Figueroa.

Other game: 5-1 win. Jaron Long 5 IP, 1 R. C Austin Romine 2, 2 RBI. CF Mason Williams 2 RBI.

AA: Trenton got just 3 hits in a 3-2 loss.

High A: Tampa lost 6-2. Gregorio Petit 1 for 4 on rehab. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. just sent down to High A from AA, 3 hits. RBI.

A: Charleston lost 5-2. OF Dustin Fowler 2 hits.

The Yanks signed Sergio Santos to a minor league deal. He is a righty reliever, 7-12, 3.95 in his MLB career, ERA 3.95. Soon to be 32. Worth a gamble, he saved 30 for the 2011 White Sox.

The Cubs signed Rafael Soriano to a minor league deal.