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Judge runnerup in MVP voting. Yanks interview Meulens. AFL News.

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Aaron Judge finished 2nd in the MVP voting to Jose Altuve. I thought the vote would be closer, but it was no contest. Altuve received 27 of the 30 first place votes to win quite easily. Judge got 2 first place votes and 27 votes for second place.

In the NL, it was a razor-thin victory for Giancarlo Stanton, who won by just 2 points over Joey Votto. Both received 10 first place votes out of 30 but Stanton, barely, got more support up top than Votto.

Other Yankees to receive consideration were Didi Gregorius, who finished in a tie for 20th, and Gary Sanchez, who finished in a tie for 22nd.

We have a spelling correction. It’s Ohtani, not Otani, for the Japanese sensation.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 7-4.

Yankees’ prospects:

DH Thairo Estrada 1 for 4, RBI. .342
RF Estevan Florial 2 for 4, scored 2 runs, triple, struck out 2x. .286

The Yanks interviewed Hensley (Bam-Bam) Meulens yesterday for the managerial opening. Meulens was a top and failed prospect for the Yanks in the late 1980s, early 1990s. He has been a hitting coach and bench coach for the Giants and as such, won 3 rings (2010, 2012, 2014) and has managed in the WBC (Netherlands, featuring Didi Gregorius) and in winter ball. Meulens speaks five languages.

Of course, if the Yanks select someone like Meulens, they would break their managerial color barrier. No Yankees manager has been anything but white.

Maybe if Elston Howard would have lived, instead of succumbing to a heart condition at the age of 51, he would have become manager of the Yankees. We’ll never know.

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Wedge, Otani, April start times, AFL

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Add another surprise name to the Yankees’ managerial search. The second person to be interviewed was Eric Wedge.

Wedge will be 50 in January. He managed Cleveland from 2003-2009, and was Cleveland’s manager when the Indians beat the Yankees in the 2007 ALDS, the series known for the midges.

He also managed Seattle from 2011-2013. In his ten years as manager, his teams averaged 77-85. He won 90 or more games twice and the only team he took to the playoffs was that 2007 Indians team (which featured CC Sabathia) that blew a 3 games to 1 lead to Boston in the ALCS.

Nevertheless, Wedge was named Manager of the Year for 2007.

As a player, Wedge, a catcher, only got 86 at bats, hitting .233-5-12, OPS+ 107.

Shohei Otani has been posted by his Japanese team and is someone the Yankees are very interested in. Not only that, the Japanese “Babe Ruth” (because he pitches and hits well) would very much like to come to the Yankees. If you haven’t heard of him, he is just 23, bats left, throws right and not only pitches well (can hit 100 MPH) but also hits well also.

The Yanks are expected to be quiet on the free agent front….except for this guy and possibly bringing back CC and Todd Frazier. (I don’t think Frazier returns, because of Headley, Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, and if the Yanks do sign Otani, then CC may not be signed).

Otani has played in 403 games in Japan as a hitter, and if you take 403/3 that is 134 or about 3 seasons worth, so doing that, he has averaged .286-16-55 as a hitter.

As a pitcher, in 85 games, 82 starts, (85/3 is 28, so once again about 3 seasons worth), he has averaged 14-5, 2.52.

Brian Cashman flew to Japan in August to check on Otani personally. The Yankees have heavily scouted him.

Other teams obviously are interested also. We’ll see who gets him.

The Yanks are changing the start times of their home games (seven) in April, 2018 to a 6:35 start. This only affects the Mon-Thurs. games.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 3-1, getting only 3 hits. Rough night for Yankees’ prospects:

SS Thairo Estrada 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts. .353
LF Billy McKinney 0 for 4, 2 strikeouts. .291
RF Estevan Florial 0 for 3 with a walk. .254.

The Marlins have held preliminarty talks with four clubs about dealing Giancarlo Stanton. One team should worry the Yankees. It’s Boston. The others are the Giants, Cardinals and Phillies.

According to MLB.com,

The Marlins, under new ownership, are prepared to make “unpopular decisions” — as chief executive officer Derek Jeter put it — in order to rebuild their farm system and increase payroll flexibility. A Stanton trade could help them to do both.

Stanton, the reigning Major League home run champion, has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract, albeit with an opt-out following the 2020 season. He also possesses a full no-trade clause.

The Cardinals are considered the favorite to land Stanton. It would take a boatload of prospects (which the Yankees have) and the willingness to take on a lot of money (the Yankees could take on the $$$, but don’t have the willingness to gut their farm system or take on a contract like that, especially since Hal wants to get under that salary cap), so even though it would be intriguing to see Stanton and his 59 HR in 2017 in a lineup with Judge and Sanchez, keep dreaming. I don’t see it happening.

But if Hal can get under that cap this year, there is a huge and better free agent class after the 2018 season (Harper? Machado?) and if you still have the prospects, and now got under the cap, a big splurge could be made. That is one dream that could become reality.

Yankees prospects in the AFL, Hank Aaron awards, and WS Game 2.

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To the Arizona Fall League and Yankees’ prospects. Scottsdale, 6-7, lost 8-2.

SS Thairo Estrada, 4 for 5, .395
LF Billy McKinney 2 for 4, RBI, walk. .321

I don’t know if this will be an omen of things to come via the MVP voting, but the Hank Aaron awards went to Giancarlo Stanton in the NL and Jose Altuve in the AL.

In WS Game 2, the game went extra innings, with both bullpens failing. Houston pulled out a 7-6 win in 11 innings to even up the Series.

It is the first WS win in Houston’s history.

The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the eighth. Houston had gotten an RBI single in the third, but the Dodgers got a solo HR by Joc Pederson in the fifth, and a two-run HR by Cory Seager in the sixth.

So going into the eighth, it appeared that LA had solved Keuchel & Verlander back-to-back. Verlander only gave up two hits, but both were homers.

Then the Dodger bullpen failed. Brandon Morrow gave up a leadoff double to Alex Bregman leading off the eighth. Even though closer Kenley Jansen came in, he gave up a single to Carlos Correa which cut it to 3-2.

In the ninth, Jansen gave up a HR to Marwin Gonzalez that tied the game.

In the tenth, both teams traded blows. Josh Fields replaced Jansen and gave up back-to-back homers to Jose Altuve and to Correa. 5-3 Houston. Altuve and Correa combined as the first players to ever go back-to-back in extra innings in Fall Classic history.

But the Dodgers tied it in the bottom of the tenth. Yasier Puig homered to cut it to 5-4. After two strikeouts, Logan Forsythe, a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, walked. A WP and a single by Enrique Hernandez tied the game.

Brandon McCarthy became the new Dodgers’ pitcher and promptly gave up a single to Cameron Maybin, a SB, then a 2-run HR to George Springer which was the deciding blow.

With two out in the bottom of the eleventh, Charlie Culberson homered for the Dodgers to cut it to 7-6, but Puig then struck out to end the game.

A lot of back and forth in the last few innings, but Houston came out on top as both bullpens were bad in those last four innings.

Even though Houston won, relievers Ken Giles and winner Chris Devenski struggled.

If you check the boxscore, you’ll see too often guys who were effective for an inning pulled. Why? Effective, leave him in. Instead you get these guys who came in and stunk. Houston used five pitchers in the game, the Dodgers nine. As a result, you got that slugging match in the end.

Eight HRs were hit. According to mlb.com:

Five of those big flies came in extra innings, setting a record for any MLB game, regular season or postseason — not just the World Series.

 

 

Baseball/Minors.

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Just a combined report today, since there were no major league games yesterday due to the All-Star break, and very few minor league games either, as MLB wants to showcase the All-Star Game.

First of all, I did NOT watch the Home Run Derby (won by Giancarlo Stanton with an amazing total of 61 HR). I can’t stand Chris Berman going back-back-back all the time (please give it up or retire, Chris), and with Stanton bopping 61—all the worse. Besides, it kind of bores me. By going for the HR, some players have messed up their swings for the second half of the season.

By the way, I do NOT like the fact that the winning league of the All-Star Game gets home field advantage for the World Series. I find it a ridiculous ruling.

A-Rod is said to be working out at 1B during the break. The experiment failed last year, but it may be A-Rod’s only way (until Beltran’s hammy heals, enabling Beltran to go to RF and not DH) to get into the lineup. Teix’s knee won’t let him play every day, and as of now, Refsnyder is the backup 1B.

AAA: No games yesterday or today. All-Star Game Wednesday night.

AA: See AAA. The same applies.

High A: Tampa lost 5-3. Yelfrey Ramirez 6 IP, 2 R, 1 Earned, 4 H, 1 walk, 9 K. OF Mason Williams,   DH Trey Amburgey, OF Zack Zehner and C Francisco Diaz two hits each. No games today.

Low A: No games. Charleston does play tonight.

 

 

 

 

Stanton, Martin and a big trade.

Giancarlo Stanton was given a —- wait for it —- 13 yr.  $325MM contract by the Marlins today. Ridiculous.

Russell Martin signed with the Blue Jays.

The Cards and Braves pulled off a trade in which Justin Heyward (RF) goes to the Cards for P Shelby Miller.

Game 81. First half concludes at 44-37. Yanks 3, Mets 2. Andy win #9. Mo’s 22nd save. Yanks need to step it up in the 2nd half, but never fear, Robertson is here!

#9 Dream
Andy’s 9th isn’t a #9 Dream, but reality.

Recap: Pettitte won his 9th as the Yanks conclude the 1st half at 44-37, on pace for 88-74. Not bad, but they’ll need to pick it up in the 2nd half. Cano’s RBI single is the difference. Mo’s 22nd save (don’t anyone tell him he is 38) once again justifies Mo’s position as the Greatest when it comes to closers. Now here? David Robertson, who was 3-0, 1.39 between AA and AAA and who (last year and this) has had a 1.12 ERA in the minors. Welcome. Solidify this bullpen. Hopefully soon Bruney comes back and comes back to pre-injury Bruney. Patience, which I’ve preached about in criticizing certain players, comes through as the Yanks first two runs are set up by back to back walks off of Santana…leading off an inning and giving the Yanks 1st and 2nd with no out to work with. Do it more often, guys. Continue reading

Reds DFA Stanton, # 2 all-time in games pitched.

The “Truth” alerted me that the Reds DFA’d Mike Stanton. Stanton was born the day that Sgt. Pepper was released in the U.S. (6/2/67). As MLBTR reports, Stanton was pretty bad for the Reds last year, posting a 5.93 ERA over 57.2 innings. His splits against lefties weren’t that encouraging, either: .306/.333/.429.

Now here is an interesting list (from baseball-reference.com). It’s the all-time list of games pitched (I copied & pasted just 1000 games and up). You can see that Stanton is # 2 on the list, 74 games behind Jesse Orosco. In case you’re wondering, Mo is # 42, with 787 games pitched. Some names might surprise you… Plesac & Mesa? Mike “Thriller” Jackson?

+ – Indicates Hall of Famer. * – throws left-handed,

1. Jesse Orosco* 1252 L
2. Mike Stanton* (40) 1178 L
3. John Franco* 1119 L
4. Dennis Eckersley+ 1071 R
5. Hoyt Wilhelm+ 1070 R
6. Dan Plesac* 1064 L
7. Kent Tekulve 1050 R
8. Jose Mesa (41) 1022 R
Lee Smith 1022 R
10. Mike Timlin (41) 1011 R
11. Roberto Hernandez (42) 1010 R
12. Mike Jackson 1005 R
13. Rich Gossage+ 1002 R

Stanton was with the Yanks from 1997-2002, then again in 2005, when he was 1-2, 7.07 before being released. Ironically, his best Yankee years did NOT come in the three WS Championship years of 1998-2000. Go figure.