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Minor League Report. Espinal closes strong for Charleston.


AAA: SWB (8-6) lost both games of a DH to Lehigh Valley, and both by 5-3 scores.

Game 1: SS Thairo Estrada 2 hits. 3B Mandy Alvarez 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Ryan Lavarnway 3 for 3. RF Zach Zehner 2 hits, RBI.

Loaisiga (L, 0-1, 3.60) 5 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 3 W, 7 K.

Game 2: 2B Gosuke Katoh 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR. Chance Adams gave up 5 runs in the fourth, inc. 2 HR. ERA 10.32.

AA: Trenton (8-4) also lost 5-3.  Brody Koerner 7 IP, 5 R, 3 ER.

High A: Tampa (5-9) threw a 2-hitter and scored six in the eighth to win 6-1. CF Pablo Olivares 2 RBI. DH Dermis Garcia 2 RBI. LF Isiah Gilliam 2 hits, RBI. C Donny Sands 2 hits.

Deivi Garcia 4 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 3 W, 8 K. 3.75
Bristo 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K.  2.45
Kriske (W, 1-1, 0.00) 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K.

Low A: Charleston (7-7) won 7-1. CF Josh Stowers 2 hits, RBI. 1B Max Burt 2 hits, 2 RBI.
SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits, RBI. 3B Nelson Gomez and C Mickey Gasper each with a solo HR.

Orozco (W, 1-1, 1.88) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 4 W, 3 K.
C. Espinal (S, 1) 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 7 K. 0.00  


Minor League Report. Semple dominating at Low A.


The Yanks were off yesterday. They face Boston at home tonight.

AAA: SWB (8-4) beat Lehigh Valley 6-5 in 10 innings. 2b Billy Fleming grand slam. RF/1B Ryan McBroom solo HR. LF Zach Zehner 2 hits. C Ryan Lavarnway GW single.

AA: Trenton (7-3) won 8-6. 2B Hoy Jun Park 3 hits. SS Kyle Holder 2 RBI. RF Ben Ruta 3 hits. 1B Chris Gittens 4 for 4, 5 RBI, inc. HR. C Jorge Saez 2 hits, solo HR.

High A: Tampa (4-8) lost 4-1, getting just 3 hits.

Low A: Charleston (6-6) won 6-2.

CF Brandon Lockridge solo HR
2B Kyle Gray 2 hits
1B Mickey Gaspar 3 hits, solo HR
3B Nelson Gomez 2 hits.
DH Eric Wagaman 2 hits, RBI
LF Canaan Smith 2 RBI
SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits

Reliever Shawn Semple 4 IP, 5 K.

Semple, a 23 yr. old RHP, is 1-0, 0.69 as Charleston’s closer so far this year. In three games, 13 innings, he’s given up one run on three hits and has struck out 26. Seems like the kid could be getting a promotion to Tampa soon.

Nice team effort.

Minor league report.


AAA: SWB (3-4) lost to LV 3-2. CF Trey Amburgey and 1B Mike Ford each had 2 hits and an RBI. RF Ryan McBroom 2 hits & 2 walks. DH Billy Fleming 2 hits. Nestor Cortes a no-decision, 7 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K.

AA: Trenton (3-3) lost 5-2. LF Ben Ruta 2 hits.  Nick Green 7 K in 4 1/3 IP of rellief.

High A: Tampa (2-5) lost 4-3. RF Tyler Hill 3-run HR.

Low A: Charleston (4-3) won 5-3.
LF Brandon Lockridge 2 hits
C Josh Breaux 2 hits, 2 RBI
DH Mickey Gaspar 3 hits
1B Max Burt 2 hits, RBI
SS Eduardo Torrealba 3 hits
Shawn Semple 11 K in 4 relief innings.

Acquisitions and Minors. Semple overpowers at Low A.


The Yanks made a couple minor acquisitions for depth in the past couple of days.

They picked up RHP Jake Barrett, 27. Barrett, a reliever, pitched in seven games for Arizona last year, going 0-1, 5.14. For his MLB career (2016-2018, all with AZ) he is 2-4, 4.05, ERA+ 113 in  103 games. He was 1-2, 3.49 as a rookie in 2016.

With the injuries to the infield, they also picked up infielder Cliff Pennington, 34 (35 in June), a switch-hitter. Pennington played in 16 games for the Reds in 2018. For his career, he has played for the A’s (2008-2012), Arizona (2013-2015), Blue Jays (2015), Angels (2016-2017) and Reds (2018). Mostly a SS/2B, he can play a little 3B, too. His 162 g. average for his career is .242-6-40, 14 SB , OPS+ 79. He was the A’s full-time SS 2010-2012. He has played in nine postseason games, going 4 for 15.

Both players will go to SWB.

Friday’s minor league action:

AAA: SWB (1-1) won over Buffalo 6-1. 3B Gio Urshela 3 hits, RBI. Starter and winner Nestor Cortes 5 2/3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 W, 9 K.

AA: Trenton got smoked in their opener, 11-1, getting just 3 hits. Nick Green gave up 7 runs in 2 2/3 IP of relief.

High A: Tampa (0-2) lost 5-3. RHP Deivi Garcia, 19, struck out 9 in his 10 outs (3 1/3 IP) but gave up 4 runs. 2B Oswaldo Cabrera 2 hits, RBI. OF Isiah Gilliam 3 hits, RBI.

Low A: Charleston (2-0) won 6-1. RF Josh Stowers 3 hits, RBI.  C Josh Breaux 2 RBI. SS Eduardo Torrealba 2 hits.

Matt Sauer 4 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 W, 4 K
Shawn Semple (W) 5 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 10 K.   



2011 HOF ballot. The choices.

Here is the 2011 HOF ballot. I think voters can vote for up to ten. So we’ll limit it to that. Some are tough calls to leave out. They may be popular among their fanbases, but are they worthy of the call to the Hall? (Note, this isn’t the veteran’s ballot, which includes Billy Martin and the Boss.)

My choices are in bold

First of all, you know that steroids will dominate the voting process. Besides McGwire, other suspects are on this ballot: Palmeiro, Brown, Gonzalez, Bagwell, Boone, Santiago. No bold there from me (and I know more are coming in future years, Pettitte, A-Rod, Bonds, Clemens, etc.) and here you have McGwire and Palmeiro each with over 500 HR, and Bagwell and Juan-Gone each with over 400. Of course, some are suspected, not caught. But I think that voters want someone who definitely, positively, is clean to vote on. So my rule of thumb for now is if suspected, no vote. We’ll see how the writers address this issue in the future, but with McGwire getting only 23.5% of the vote (or thereabouts) when 75% is required, you can see the trend. So if suspected, no vote.  

The complete ballot, via the AP: Roberto Alomar, Carlos Baerga, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Bert Blyleven, Bret Boone, Kevin Brown, John Franco, Juan Gonzalez, Marquis Grissom, Lenny Harris, Bobby Higginson, Charles Johnson, Barry Larkin, Al Leiter, Edgar Martinez, Tino Martinez, Don Mattingly, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Raul Mondesi, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, John Olerud, Rafael Palmeiro, Dave Parker, Tim Raines, Kirk Rueter, Benito Santiago, Lee Smith, B.J. Surhoff, Alan Trammell, Larry Walker.

I love Tino and Donnie, but they fall short. I vote for McGriff because with all the steroid users on the list now or coming on in the future with more HR (McGwire, Sosa, Alex, Palmeiro, Manny…) or close to it (Bagwell, Piazza, Juan-Gone) the crime dog’s 493 HR looks better and better. .284 with a 134 OPS+. The usual HOF monitor/standards are 100/50. McGriff is at 100/48. Close.

I liked Raines from the get-go. Overshadowed by Rickey Henderson, Raines still had over 2600 hits and over 800 SB while hitting .294. Isn’t that what leadoff hitters should do? 123 OPS+.  The 100/50 test? 90 and 47. Maybe, not being a power hitter, I grade Raines on a bit of a curve, but I think the Rock deserves it. 

I really struggle with John Franco. Sorry Lee Smith lovers, but Franco was 90-87, 2.89 with 424 saves, ERA+ 138. Smith was 71-92, 3.03, 478 saves, ERA+ 132. I’ve never sold on Smith being HOF, and if I had to choose between him and Franco, I’d choose Franco.

I also struggled with Edgar. The DH-thing. I can change my mind in future years, but I want to see how much support/non-support he gets in his first year on the ballot. How will he influence the way DH’s are viewed? .312, 309 HR, over 2200 hits, OPS+ 147. I think he gets in eventually, but the DH-thing makes him wait. Fair? Maybe not, but that’s why guys who can gather support could be on the ballot for fifteen years (like Blyleven) … HOF monitor 132/ usual HOF around 100; HOF standards (per baseball-reference) 50, usual HOFer 50.

Trammell had over 2300 hits and hit .285. For a SS, good enough for me. You have to look at middle infielders differently than you would a DH/corner infielder/OF. Usually not matching up in power. An OPS+ of just 110 could hurt him, though as does his HOF monitor/standards. Good solid SS. I’d put him in, but I can see if he’s a “tweener”. Hard to judge. Good numbers comparable to Larkin, but he may have to wait for Larkin to get in before he can (and once Jeter comes on the ballot, Trammell may be overlooked again).

Walker is another tough case. .313 BA, 383 HR. I want to wait on him and see how much support he gets from the writers. Playing in Colorado may hurt his case. Still a 140 OPS+. He, like Edgar, may get in later on as his stats look better over time. 3 batting titles, an MVP.

So I picked how many? Six. Blyleven, Alomar, Larkin, McGriff, Raines and Trammell.

I have a couple that I don’t pick now but could change my mind on later on. First-timers in  Franco, Edgar and Walker that in future years, I may be advocating. 

But you know what’s really sad? The ones who should be no-doubters, who have great numbers, but who have tainted themselves. The guys who should be HOF but aren’t. 

I mean, two members of the 500 HR club and two more of the 400 HR club. McGwire, Bagwell, Palmeiro and Juan-Gone. (No proof on Bagwell but heavily suspected, and the link that Bagwell is connected to above is quite damning).   

That is what makes this voting process sad.

Some baseball news: Yorvit Torrealba signed with Texas.   

..and if you missed it, Mariano Rivera turned 41 yesterday.

Wang, Damon deciding on a team. Delgado considering retirement.

Lots of time today to scour the Internet. It looks like I’ll miss work tomorrow as I’ll have to “dig out” from this major snowstorm we are getting.

There is talk that Chien Ming Wang will be deciding on a team soon. Some talk has it that he has already decided on the Nationals.

The Damon talk seems to have come down to the Tigers (with a seems-to-be-desperate Bore-a$$ telling the Tigers JD is a Red Wings fan? Cue Octopus’s Garden…) and the Braves. Rumor has it that Chipper Jones talked to Damon (as always, a rumor) and that the Braves offered JD a one-year deal with money deferred. The last I read, JD wants two years. In any case, I have a feeling it will be less than what the Yanks originally, and perhaps secondly, offered.   

…and according to MLBTR, the Braves offered $2m with another $2M deferred. Quite a comedown from the 2 year, $14M originally offered by the Yanks, eh? Or the rumored final offer of 1 year, $3M with $3M deferred.

How’s Bore-a$$ working out for you, Johnny? 

Hmm, Melky, Damon AND Hinske on the Braves?

MLBTR lists this: Joel Sherman of the New York Post pegs the chances at Derek Jeter re-signing with the Yankees at 98%.  Sherman’s early guess at the extension term and value: four years, $100MM.

That would be 2011-2014. Ages 37-40 (birthday in midseason).  

Also from MLBTR: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that before signing with the Padres, catcher Yorvit Torrealba “offered himself to the Mets for $1.4MM.”  The Mets “indicated they had no money to spend.” Are you kidding me? I don’t like their offseason at all. The Mets did sign Mike Jacobs .228-19-61, OPS+ 83, career .254, 162 g. average .254-29-91, OPS+ 104, 29 years old, to a minor league deal. Jacobs began his career with 30 games with the Mets before going to Florida and KC.

Carlos Delgado is said to be considering retirement. Question: If he retires now, how much HOF consideration would he get?

473 HR. Once that would have garnered significant support. Not anymore. Heck, Fred McGriff’s 493 didn’t help him on this year’s ballot. Delgado did have four top-10 MVP finishes in his career. Three years of 40 or more HR. 9 years of 100 or more RBI. Two All-Star teams, three Silver Sluggers. .280, over 2000 hits. He only made the postseason once. 2006 with the Mets. 6 for 14, 1 HR, 2 RBI in the NLDS. 7 for 23, 3 doubles, 3 HR and 9 RBI in the NLCS. Led in doubles once, RBI once. Very good, but are those stats enough?  His 162 g. average was .280-38-120 with an OPS+ of 138. He’d get my vote. But I feel that Delgado, if he does get in, will have to have to wait a while.




Kevin Gregg to Toronto.

Orlando Hudson to the Twins.

After losing out on Hudson, the Nationals signed Adam Kennedy.

Erik Bedard goes back to Seattle.

Melvin Mora to Colorado.

Torrealba to SD.