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Managers of the Year selected today. … and what is or isn’t a rookie?

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Awards week continues as the Managers of the Year will be named tonight.

With last night’s win of the AL ROY by Shohei Ohtani, it once again begs the question of when a Japanese player comes to the U.S. and MLB, what is and what isn’t a rookie?

Ohtani won because of his two-way play, not only hitting .285-22-61, 10 SB, OPS+ 152 in 104 games, but also going 4-2, 3.31, ERA+ 126 in 10 starts before his elbow blew out. That was enough to beat out the Yankees’ Miguel Andujar, who hit .297-27-92, OPS+ 126, but who had defensive liabilities.

The vote wasn’t as close as maybe it should have been. 25 first place votes to 5. (The Yankees’ Gleyber Torres finished third, but received no first place votes).

Because of his two-way status, I really feel that as long as Ohtani didn’t fall flat on his face, and he didn’t, that the novelty of being the first true two-way player since Babe Ruth almost 100 years ago would win him the award, and it did.

Ohtani had spent five years in the “Japanese major leagues” though. Other Japanese players have won the Rookie of the Year Award after coming over to the U.S., notably Ichiro Suzuki, who won both the AL ROY and AL MVP in 2001.

But what about 2003, when Hideki Matsui was denied the award in part because people felt he wasn’t a “rookie”, because he had spent 10 years in the “Japanese majors”?

The inconsistency of the BBWAA is still astonishing.

Of course, in a couple of months, some members will prove their ignorance in how they voted in the HOF voting.

 

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Game 31. Torres stars in Yanks’ comeback. 6-5 win.

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The Yanks took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, squandered it, but scored 3 in the top of the 9th to beat Houston 6-5.

The win is the Yanks 12th in their last 13 games and puts them at 21-10. As I write this, Boston is down 11-5 in the eighth so Boston’s lead over the Yanks looks like it will drop to one game.

The Yanks struck first. In the second, Sanchez walked, Walker was HBP, and Andujar singled. Torreyes singled in a run and Torres got a SF.

In the third, with one out, Gregorius doubled. With two out, Sanchez walked and Walker singled in a run, 3-0.

Tanaka was solid through six, but he and Chad Green faltered in the seventh, giving up 4 runs.

Green gave up a HR in the eighth, and the Yanks entered the ninth down 5-3.

Walker walked. Andujar singled and Hicks, pinch-hitting for Torreyes, singled. Bases loaded and no one out. Torres singled in two, and with one out, Judge hit into a FC (Altuve messed up trying to throw for the DP) and the run scored to make it 6-5.

In came Chapman. Two easy outs and then a strikeout but a WP let the runner on when the game should have been over. A single. Things getting scary but Chapman then struck out Altuve to end the game.

Didi 2 hits.
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 3 RBI.

Tanaka 6+ IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. 4.39
Green (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HR given up. 2.35
Shreve (W, 1-0, 0.75) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.29

Bird should start some rehab games on Monday.

He didn’t announce his retirement, but Ichiro goes into Seattle’s front office and could come back next year (Spoiler alert: Seattle opens next year against the A’s in Japan. A couple of games (the last ones) in Japan then the official retirement?)

 

Game 105. 9-run seventh keys Yanks 13-3 win.

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Brian McCann and Chris Young each had 3-run homers in a 9-run Yankees seventh inning as the Yanks beat Boston 13-3 on Tuesday night.

The win keeps the Yanks 5 1/2 up in the AL East at 60-45. Toronto (coming into the Stadium this weekend) is in second place. Baltimore is in third, 6 1/2 back. Tampa Bay is 7 1/2 out and Boston is in last, 14 out.

Chris Young singled, A-Rod walked, and Mark Teixeira singled in a run in the first to put the Yanks up 1-0, but Masahiro Tanaka gave up two runs in the fifth.

The Yanks regained the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth.  Young singled, A-Rod doubled, and Teix singled in a run to tie the game. McCann (4 RBI in the game) then doubled in a run to put the Yanks up 3-2 and Beltran’s RBI groundout made it 4-2.

After Tanaka gave up a HR to Sandoval in the top of the seventh to make it 4-3, the Yanks put the game away with nine in the bottom of the seventh.

Ellsbury reached on an error, Young walked, and A-Rod singled to make it 5-3. After Teixeira struck out, McCann hit a 3-run HR (18) to make it 8-3.

Beltran and Headley then had back-to-back doubles to make it 9-3. Gregorius flied out for the second out. Ryan walked. Ellsbury’s single made it 10-3.

Young then hit a 3-run HR (13) to cap the scoring at 13-3.

Tanaka (W, 8-4, 3.84) 6 IP,3 R, 5 H, 1 walk and 3 K.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.61
Betances 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K. 1.31
Pinder 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 2.45
Rumbelow 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 1.69.

Before the game, Dustin Ackley was DL’d with a herniated disk. He apparently did not have it or complain of it before the trade with Seattle last week, so there was no shenanigans there when the Yanks traded Ramon Flores and Jose Ramirez for him. He will be out 20-30 days and could be done for the year. He had an epidural. For now, the Yanks replaced the utility man with pitcher Caleb Cotham.

GM Brian Cashman also stated that we should not see Michael Pineda until September.

In the game, Young was 3 for 4, had the 3-run HR, and scored four runs. He is at .268-13-36, OPS+ over 120.

On another blog, one poster was complaining for months about the Yanks not keeping Ichiro and holding on to Young. He kept complaining even after it was pointed out to him that the Yanks needed a righty bat (Young), that Ichiro, being a lefty bat didn’t fit because of Gardner and Ellsbury, and that Ichiro’s lack of power and age (41) were hindrances. It got annoying hearing him b***h about Ichiro all the time.

Now, I like Ichiro. But it was time for him to go. How is Ichiro doing? .244-1-15, OPS+ 63. 9 for 14 in SB. He has a TOTAL of 6 extra base hits. Young’s OPS+ is twice that of Ichiro’s, and Young’s 13 HR means he has twice as many HR as Ichiro has extra base hits.

I hope that guy has finally shut up.

Tonight Luis Severino starts for the Yanks. The top prospect, 21 years old, will be making his MLB debut.

Game 89. Yanks edge M’s 4-3.

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Alex Rodriguez broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the 7th with a HR (19, 673 career) and the Yanks beat Seattle 4-3 in their first game after the All-Star break. The hit, #3022 of his career, puts him one behind Lou Brock on the all-time list. The win puts the Yanks at 49-40 and 4 1/2 games in front in the AL East.

Chris Young opened the scoring in the bottom of the second. His 11th HR of the year put the Yanks up 1-0.

Kyle Seager hit two HRs off of Masahiro Tanaka tonight. His first tied the game in the third. After the Yanks went up 2-1 in the fourth on a Chase Headley single, Seager’s second HR of the game put the Mariners up 3-2 in the top of the fifth.

Brian McCann’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth tied it up and set the stage for A-Rod’s GW HR in the seventh.

Before the game, the Yanks sent down Gregorio Petit and brought back Brendan Ryan, who was on rehab.

Tanaka (W, 6-3, 3.65) 7 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 7 K. Nice game except for Seager.

Betances 1 Ip, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 1.50

Miller (19th save) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.48.

Update: This is the most HR A-Rod has had in a season since he hit 30 in 2010.

Also, I remember on another blog, one poster who kept complaining that the Yanks didn’t keep Ichiro. He kept bitching and moaning about this forever. It seemed like every time he made a comment, it was about Ichiro. Well, the Yanks already had speedy hitting lefty outfielders in Gardner and Ellsbury, both of whom have more power than Ichiro, who is 41. He was complaining about the Yanks keeping Chris Young (who the Yanks kept for balance. The Yanks needed a righty hitting backup/platoon OF for balance, something Ichiro wouldn’t give, being a lefty hitter.) So, let’s compare where they are right now.

Ichiro. 84 g. 186 AB. More than I would have expected. .253-1-11. 7 of 11 in SB. OPS+ 67, 33% below league average. Only three XBH out of 47 hits. 

Young: 82 games, some 214 AB. .252-11-27. 25 extra base hits. OPS+ around a 110.

A no-brainer. I hope the guy has finally shut up.

Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, dies at 83.

Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, died at the age of 83. He would have turned 84 on January 31st.

Banks hit 512 HR in his career, all with the Chicago Cubs, that lasted from 1953-1971. He has the record for most games played without ever playing in the postseason. From 1953-1966, Banks played on only one team that had a winning record, and that team was 82-80.

Nevertheless, Banks became the first NL player to win back-to-back MVPs when he did so in 1958 and 1959. While mostly known as a SS, Banks moved to 1B in 1961 and played more games at 1B than SS.

Banks hit 40 HR or more in five of the six seasons from 1955-1960. He led the majors in HR in 1958 and 1960 and in RBI in 1958 and 1959.

Meanwhile, a couple Yankee-related news items. Eury Perez, DFA’d by the Yanks, signed with Atlanta. He had a “cup of tea” with the Yanks last year, going 2 for 10.

Ichiro Suzuki, 41, signed a one-year deal with the Marlins to be a backup OF.

Yankees re-sign OF Chris Young

Well, there goes my hope in the Yanks maybe going after Michael Morse for corner OF/backup 1B/ backup DH.

The Yanks re-signed Chris Young to be their 4th OF. The righty-hitting Young started last year with the Mets and finished it with the Yanks. He gets a one-year deal for $2.5 MM.

Young hit .222-11-38 combined last year, OPS+95. His 162 g. average is .234-23-71 with 19 SB. OPS+ 94. Has power and speed, but low batting average and averages 143 strikeouts a year.

Mostly a CF, he can play all 3 OF positions, and hit 32 HR in 2007 for Arizona. In 2010, he was an All-Star, when he hit 27 HR and had 28 SB for the D-Backs.

While Ichiro Suzuki, who just turned 41, still wants to play in the majors next year, the signing of Young probably means Ichiro is done with the Yankees. The Yanks have Gardner, Ellsbury and Beltran in the outfield, two lefty hitters and a switch-hitter, and now have Young, a righty batter, to back them up. Ichiro, of course, is a lefty hitter.

Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez isn’t only being talked about as perhaps the Yanks next hitting coach, but he also is a finalist for the Rays’ open managerial position now that Joe Maddon has gone to manage the Cubs.

New Twins manager: HOF Paul Molitor.

 

 

 

Game 162. Yanks win season/Jeter’s finale, 9-5.

The Yankees got off to a 9-0 lead and held on to win the season finale—also the last game of Derek Jeter’s career—9-5 on Sunday.

With the win, the Yankees ended the season at 84-78 and all alone in second place in the AL East (Toronto lost to Baltimore in their season finale and finished 83-79). The Yankees finished 12 back of Baltimore in the division, and 4 out of the final wild card spot.

In 2013, the Yanks finished tied for 3rd, but with 85 wins. So this year they finished better in the division, but with one less win. It was their worst record since 1992.

With the offseason moves (and lots of spending) on Ellsbury, McCann, Beltran, Tanaka, as well as the returns of Jeter and Teixeira, it was a disappointing season after a hopeful offseason.

Derek Jeter got an RBI infield single on a Baltimore chop in his last at bat to retire with 3465 hits (sixth all-time) and a .310 lifetime batting average. It was his 50th RBI of the season. He had lined to SS in the first. He was pinch-run for after his hit and finished his final game 1 for 2. His final season: .256-4-50 with 10 SB in 12 attempts. OPS+ 75.

The Yanks got four in the third on a two-run triple by Ichiro, Jeter’s single, and a SF by Teixeira.

They got five in the seventh on a two-run double by Jose Pirela, single by John Ryan Murphy, double by Austin Romine and single by Chase Headley.

Meanwhile, Michael Pineda was cruising. After he was pulled, the bullpen made things a bit sloppy by giving up five to Boston in the bottom of the seventh.

Pineda had an ERA of 1.89 this year. Too bad he only started 13 games and the Yanks didn’t give him much run support.

Pineda (W, 5-5, 1.89) 6 1/3, 1 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 10 K.

Rogers 1/3 IP, 4 R, 1 H, 2 walks, 1 HBP, 1 K. Overall ERA 5.72.

Warren 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 2.97.

Phelps 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.38.

The postseason now begins for 10 teams. In the AL Oakland (who barely held on to make the postseason) will be at KC for the wild-card playoff game, winner gets the Angels. The other ALDS has Detroit vs. Baltimore.

In the NL, SF will be at Pittsburgh in the wild-card game with the winner getting Washington. The other NLDS will be the Cardinals vs. the Dodgers.