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Yanks trade McCann; MVPs announced; AFL ends.

Yankee Stadium Frieze


The Yankees traded Brian McCann to the Astros for two young righty minor league pitchers. In his three seasons with the Yankees, McCann hit 69 HR but only hit .235. The emergence of Gary Sanchez made McCann expendable. The Yanks will pay the Astros $11MM of the $34MM remaining on his contract.

In return, the Yanks get Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman. Here is what MLB Trade Rumors has to say about them:

Abreu is the more highly regarded of the two; as J.J. Cooper of Baseball America explains, he throws a live fastball that occasionally nears the triple-digits. With a four-pitch arsenal, he perhaps has a chance to stick as a starter. Still, he only just turned 21 and struggled with his command last year at the Class A and High-A levels.

Guzman, meanwhile, has even more velocity, with his heater ticking up to 102-103 mph at times. Cooper notes, though, that he’s more effective when he’s operating at a slightly lower velocity (in his case, the upper-nineties). While the long-term outlook suggests that Guzman will end up in the pen, he is said to have a promising slider and also a change-up that’s in the works. The 20-year-old has yet to move past Rookie ball, but showed big strikeout ability (12.2 K/9) in his time in the Gulf Coast and Appalachian leagues last year.

Abreu, 21, was 3-8, 3.72 between low and High A in 2016. 16 starts, 8 relief appearances. 115 K in 101 2/3 IP.

Guzman, 20, was 3-4, 4.05 in Rookie League ball. 8 starts, 5 relief appearances. 54 K in 40 IP.

MLB announced its MVPs yesterday, Mike Trout of the Angels and Kris Bryant of the Cubs.  For Trout, it’s his second MVP (he won in 2014) and he has finished 1st or 2nd in MVP in each of his five full seasons in the bigs. He is still just 25 years old.Bryant, 24, was the ROY last year and now wins the MVP in just his second MLB season.

No Yankee received MVP consideration (meaning at least a 10th place vote).

The Arizona Fall League ended yesterday. They have a championship game Saturday but Scottsdale and Yankees’ prospects will not be playing in it. Only Tyler Wade played in the final game, and he went 1 for 3, scored a run and drove in two in a 6-6 tie. Wade ended the AFL at .241. He had a SF yesterday and stole 3 bases, giving him 10 for the AFL.

Former MLB catcher and manager Russ Nixon died recently. He was 81. He played from 1957-1968 for Cleveland, Boston, Minnesota, and Cleveland again. He was the catcher when Roger Maris hit his 61st HR. Nixon later managed the Reds and Braves. He hit .268 with an OPS+ of 84.


Trout, Kershaw MVPS; Dark dies

Mike Trout was named the unanimous MVP in the American League yesterday, and Clayton Kershaw became the first N.L. pitcher since Bob Gibson in 1968 to win the CYA and the MVP in the same season.

Kershaw is the third Dodger pitcher to be the CYA winner and the MVP in the same season, following Don Newcombe (1956) and Sandy Koufax (1963). When Newcombe and Koufax won, the CYA went to only one pitcher in all of baseball. With all due respect to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, this year’s AL CYA winner, had those rules been in effect today, it’s safe to presume Kershaw would have been the CYA winner had there only been one award as it was from 1956-1966 and not have it split across leagues as it is today.

Alvin Dark, a SS and later manager, died yesterday at the age of 92. Dark played for the Boston Braves from 1946-1949, winning the NL pennant with them in 1948, the NY Giants from 1950-1956, winning the NL pennant in 1951 and the WS in 1954, the St. Louis Cardinals 1956-1958, the Chicago Cubs 1958-1959, the Philadelphia Phillies 1960 and the Milwaukee Braves 1960.

He managed the SF Giants to the 1962 pennant and the 1974 A’s to the World Championship. He won the AL West with the A’s in 1975.

He managed the Giants 1961-1964, KC A’s 1966-1967, Cleveland Indians 1968-1971, Oakland A’s 1974-1975 and SD Padres 1977.

He was a 3x All-Star and ROY in 1948.

He also was a fine football player (LSU) who was drafted by the Eagles.

His MLB debut was delayed due to WWII. When he won the ROY voting in 1948, he was 26 years old.

He was a .289 hitter with 126 HR in his career.

He finished 3rd in the voting for 1948 MVP (won by Musial), and hit .322 when the Braves won the pennant. In 1951, for the Giants, he hit .303, led the NL with 41 doubles and hit .417 in the WS. In 1954, he hit .293, had 20 HR and finished 5th in the MVP voting (won by Mays). He hit .412 in the WS that year.


AL wins All-Star Game, 5-3. Derek 2 for 2 in last ASG.

The AL will have home-field advantage for the World Series after winning the All-Star Game 5-3.

Derek Jeter, in his final All-Star Game, went 2 for 2 with a double and a single. In his career, Jeter—against the best in the other league—went 13 for 27.

Mike Trout of the Angels, arguably the best player in the game today, won the All-Star Game MVP.

The Yanks’ Dellin Betances didn’t get into the ballgame.

Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers had a 2-run HR, and his teammate Max Scherzer got the win.

The Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig had a forgettable night. 0 for 3, 3 strikeouts.

ROY to Trout, Harper

Mike Trout won the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award in a unanimous vote. The Angels’ OF hit .326-30-83, led the majors with 49 SB, led the majors in runs scored, and led the A.L. in adjusted OPS (OPS+) with a 171.

In the N.L., Washington OF Bryce Harper won a close vote over Arizona pitcher Wade Miley, 112-105. Harper received 16 first place votes to Miley’s 12. Harper hit .270-22-59 with 18 SB. OPS+ 119. Miley was 16-11, 3.33, ERA+ of 125.

The Managers of the Year will be announced today (Tuesday). I’d expect Buck Showalter of Baltimore to be the A.L. mgr. of the year.

Game 87. Three C’s key Yanks 5-3 win (Cano, Curtis, Cody).

The Yanks increased their best record in baseball to 54-33 with a 5-3 win today. I was fortunate enough to be there, Section 433, behind the LF foul pole, upper deck.

You could say that three C’s helped to key today’s victory. Cano (HR, 3 RBI), Curtis (Granderson, HR, 2 RBI) and Cody (Eppley, who bridged the gap with two scoreless innings of relief).

Freddy Garcia started and got the win, barely making it through the minimum five for the win. He struggled, giving up two runs in the first. The Angels’ superb rookie Mike Trout hit a topper down the third base line that Eric Chavez had no chance at. Trout was 3 for 5 for the day (.348) and stole two bases (30). This kid looks special. After Trout singled, and Pujols flied out deep to left, both runners advancing. Morales struck out, and up came Trumbo, who had homered in each of the five previous games that the Angels played against the Yankees. Garcia gave him one of those unintentional intentional walks but Alberto Callaspo made him pay with a two-run single.

Trumbo’s streak did come to an end as he didn’t go yard today.

In the bottom of the first, Jeter got an infield hit, career hit #3202. With two out, Cano tied the game with his 21st HR of the year, an opposite-field shot that hit the top of the wall and bounced over. Tie game.

In the bottom of the third, after Stewart singled and moved up on a WP, Jeter made an out but Granderson put the Yanks ahead to stay with a 2-run HR. 4-2, Yanks.

Garcia gave it back in the top of the fourth. He walked the leadoff man in the third, fourth, and fifth. In the fourth, it came back to bite him. Kendrick walked, stole second, and A-B-C baseball. Groundout moves him over, groundout gets him in. 4-3 Yanks.

A nice play by Swisher ended the fifth and saved Garcia from giving up a game-tying double. At this point, Garcia had thrown 98 pitches in five innings, and I said, get him out of there, which Girardi did.

Garcia (4-2, 5.25) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 5 walks, 4 K, 1 WP.

Here’s why I stated above that Cody Eppley was one of the keys to the game. Garcia didn’t go too far into the game—five innings, that’s all. Eppley entered a 4-3 game, and bridged the gap to Robertson and Soriano. 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. Superb job. His ERA goes to 2.49.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Yanks got an insurance run when A-Rod doubled and Cano singled. 5-3 Yanks, which would be the final.

It was then up to Robertson and Soriano to close it out, which they did without much drama.

Robertson 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks, 2 K.  2.45.

Soriano’s 22nd save. 1-2-3. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K.    1.51.