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Fischer, who gave up Mantle blast in 1963, dies. Free agency begins. A minor move by Yanks, and Texas has a new manager.

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Free agency season has begun, and we will see how the bidding shakes out and who goes where.

Bill Fischer, the pitcher who gave up the HR on 5/22/1963 to Mickey Mantle that almost cleared Yankee Stadium, died Oct. 30 at the age of 88. The blast missed clearing the facade (frieze) by about 18 inches.

The Yanks made a minor move on Friday, getting infielder Hanser Alberto from Texas off the waiver line. Alberto, 26, plays all infield positions and has 89 games of MLB experience, hitting .192-0-9 in 182 MLB at bats, OPS+18. He is a righty batter. Like I said, a minor move.

Forget about Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers opting out of his contract. He signed a 3 yr. extension worth $93MM.

Texas named a new manager. Dodgers’ 3B coach Chris Woodward, who last year interviewed for the Yankees’ job that went to Aaron Boone, is the choice.



Yanks interview Woodward, make minor trade.

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The Yanks interviewed Dodger coach Chris Woodward today for the managerial position. Woodward becomes the fifth candidate to interview for the job.

They also made a minor trade. From MLB.com:

The Yankees and Mariners have agreed to a deal that will send Minor League pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then to New York in exchange for Minor League right-hander Nick Rumbelow, the clubs announced Saturday.

Sears, a left-hander, went 1-2 with a 0.65 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings combined between Class A Short-Season Everett and Class A Clinton in 2017. The 21-year-old was selected in the 11th round in ’17 by Seattle.

Then, 17, was signed by the Mariners as a free agent in 2017. The right-hander went 2-2 with a 2.64 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 61 1/3 frames while making 13 starts for the Dominican Summer League Mariners.

Rumbelow was a seventh-round selection in 2013 by the Yankees. The 26-year-old is 14-8 with a 2.73 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 175 innings throughout his five seasons in the Minors. He went 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 frames for the big league club in 2015.

Boone interviews for Yankees’ managerial position, Woodward next?

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Aaron Boone has interviewed for the Yanks’ vacant managerial position, the fourth candidate after Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, and Hensley Meulens to do so.

Boone is the first to do so who doesn’t have previous coaching or managerial experience.

Chris Woodward of the Dodgers is probably slated to be interviewed next.

MLB.com has stated that Hal Steinbrenner has said that there will be less than ten candidates.

Some candidates, like Raul Ibanez, and Brad Ausmus have taken themselves out of consideration by stating that they weren’t interested at the present time.

From the NY Post:

Yankees pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to spring training on Feb. 13. Position players arrive on Feb. 18 and the first full-squad workout will be Feb. 19.

Their spring training schedule begins on Feb.23 against the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. They will visit the Mets on March 7 in Port St. Lucie and host their crosstown rivals on March 10.

The exhibition season ends for a second straight year in Atlanta, where they play the Braves on March 26 before they open the regular season in Toronto on March 29.

The Arizona Fall league has their championship game today, but Scottsdale isn’t one of the teams, so for the Yankees’ prospects, their Arizona Fall League is over.

Mgr. of year, Doerr, AFL, & another managerial candidate.

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Paul Molitor of the Twins and Torey Luvullo of the Diamondbacks were named the AL and NL Managers of the Year, respectively.

Joe Girardi finished fourth.

HOF 2B Bobby Doerr died Monday at the age of 99. He was the oldest living HOF and oldest MLB player. Now the oldest living HOF is Red Schoendiest.

Doerr played his entire career with the Red Sox, 1937-1951, missing 1945 due to WWII service. His #1 was retired by Boston. He had to retire at the age of 33 due to a bad back.

A 9x All Star, Doerr drove in 100 runs 6x. He led the league in triples with 11 in 1950. 8x he received MVP consideration, and he finished in the top 10 twice.

His 162 g. average was .288-19-108, OPS+115. JAWS, on baseballreference.com lists him as the 22nd best 2B of all-time.

He hit .409 in his only postseason, the 1946 WS when the Red Sox lost to Schoendiest’s Cardinals in seven games.

Add Chris Woodward, Dodgers’ 3B coach, to the list of people to be interviewed by Brian Cashman for the Yankees’ managerial job. Woodward, 41, was a utility infielder for the Blue Jays, Mets, Braves, Mariners, Red Sox, Blue Jays (again) and Mariners (again) from 1999-2011. His 162 g. average was .239-8-47, OPS+ 71. He made the postseason in 2006 with the Mets, going 1 for 1 with a double, and scoring a run.

In the Arizona Fall League, Scottsdale lost 6-5. Yankees’ prospects:

2B Kyle Holder 1 for 5, double, scored a run. .333
SS Thairo Estrada 1 for 4, single, .347
1B Billy McKinney 0 for 4, .281
RF Estevan Florial 3 for 4, 2 doubles, scored a run, RBI. .273

Some Brian Cashman remarks suggest that Gleyber Torres will be given every shot to win the 3B job in spring training over Chase Headley, and it doesn’t appear they will try to sign free agent Todd Frazier. 3B Miguel Andujar is in the mix but the Yanks are worried about his glove (then DH him!). It also looks as if Jacoby Ellsbury will be a $21MM fourth outfielder, with the Yanks going with Gardner, Hicks and Judge in the OF, which would leave Clint Frazier at AAA.

The CYA will be announced today. It’s expected that Luis Severino will finish third.

UPDATE: Jim Rivera, an OF for the 1959 AL Pennant winning Go-Go White Sox, has passed away at the age of 96. Rivera played for the Browns (1952), White Sox (1952-1961) and KC A’s (1961) from 1952-1961. He led the AL in triples with 16 in 1953. He led the majors in SB with 25 in 1955. As a backup OF, he hit .220-4-19, OPS+ 77 in 1959 for the White Sox. He was 0 for 11 in the WS that year. His 162 g. average was .256-11-58, 22 SB, OPS+ 96.




3/29/08 The Yankees 2008 Opening Day Roster. The long reliever is…..for now, NO ONE

Just waking up as I slept in a bit today. Checking out different news and see this from Pete A., (my comments in parens):

The Yankees just reassigned or optioned these players:

INF Nick Green
RHP Scott Patterson
RHP Darrell Rasner
LHP Kei Igawa
RHP Edwar Ramirez
RHP Jose Veras

LHP Andy Pettitte was retroactively placed on the 15-day DL. He is eligible to come off on Saturday (which would be game 5).

What this means: They will start the season without a long reliever (so no one wins the job—not even by default. You have to EARN IT). The bullpen will be:

Mariano Rivera
Joba Chamberlain
Kyle Farnsworth
LaTroy Hawkins
Billy Traber
Ross Ohlendorf (helps make the RJ deal look better; time will tell)
Jon Albaladejo
Brian Bruney

Once Pettitte is activated, one of those players will be demoted (My guess? Albaladejo). Joe Girardi made it clear that they will have a long man sometime soon. But the ability to put Pettitte on the DL gave them some leeway.

I see elsewhere that Chris Woodward, who the Yanks released the other day, signed a minor league deal with the Phillies.

More from Pete:

60-day disabled list
RHP Andrew Brackman
RHP Humberto Sanchez (he gets on the mound for the 1st time on Monday, and after TJ surgery, won’t be rushed. So end of May he gets action. See how Sheff deal works out. BTW, Whelan and Claggett will both start the year on the DL)
RHP Carl Pavano

15-day disabled list
LHP Andy Pettitte
RHP Jeff Karstens
LHP Sean Henn

Frankly, I’d have released Henn, but he’s out of options and has a sore shoulder so the Yanks probably want to get him healthy before seeing if they can get a bag of peanuts for him. Karstens will miss a month, then have to rehab (Cue Amy Winehouse). Brackman will miss the year. Sanchez is someone to watch to see how his comeback from TJ progresses. He’ll start in the bullpen and I’m wondering if the long-term plan (meaning next year) is for him to replace Joba in the bullpen when Joba moves into the rotation. I won’t say he makes it to the majors this year, but who knows? Better to be cautious however. Pavano? They created the DL for him. You can add another 0 or two after the 60.

So here is what you have to start with.

Johnny Damon LF
Derek Jeter SS
Bobby Abreu RF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Jason Giambi 1B
Jorge Posada C
Hideki Matsui DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Melky Cabrera CF

Jose Molina C
Shelley Duncan 1B-RF-LF
Morgan Ensberg 1B-3B
Wilson Betemit 1B-2B-3B-SS

RHP Chien-Ming Wang
RHP Mike Mussina
RHP Phil Hughes
RHP Ian Kennedy

RHP Mariano Rivera
RHP Joba Chamberlain
RHP LaTroy Hawkins
RHP Kyle Farnsworth
LHP Billy Traber
RHP Ross Ohlendorf
RHP Brian Bruney
RHP Jon Albaladejo (until Pettitte returns on Saturday)

It looks like Hughes and Kennedy may have to grow up fast, not to mention Ohlendorf. With no true long man, Girardi may need to go on an inning-by-inning basis. More pressure on the kids. Let’s hope they can handle it.

As for the roster, you know what I’ve written about the past two weeks or so regarding speed, too many 1b, righties, etc. No need to rehash. Maybe I’m thinking outside the box a little, (esp. regarding Gardner), but considering that the past couple of years have followed the same script, maybe it’s time to think outside the box? Isn’t that why some of us advocated that Joe (Torre, that is) must go for the past few years and wanted the change to Girardi? So you know where I stood with Ensberg/Gardner. As for taking Bruney, Ohlendorf AND Albaladejo, DL ing Pettitte (not for long) and NOT taking Rasner, I’m ok with that. Surprises me a little (thought Rasner would stay), but I’m cool with that.

You wonder what kind of 25-man Billy Martin would have picked.

You have to think just the fact Albaladejo is on the opening day roster makes the Ty Clippard trade a good one.

Hughes goes at 6 tonight in the final preseason game.

The Red Sox and Dodgers are playing each other this weekend. One game will be played at the LA Coliseum in front of some 115,000 people as a 50th anniversary tribute to the Dodgers’ move to LA. The Dodgers played in the Coliseum from 1958-1961, and won the 1959 World Series. Game 5 of the 1959 WS (White Sox over Dodgers [and Koufax] 1-0) is still the largest attendance for a WS game, and it will most likely never be broken. The field was a joke however. 300 down the line in RF was ok, since the fence went straight back to 375 (like Fenway does now, in a way). But the 251 to LF with the 40 foot high screen was a joke. See for yourself.

Baseball at the LA Coliseum 

3/26/08 Phils blank Yanks 4-0; Wang’s last tuneup has one bad inning, two more hits for Cano

Remember the call-in number for your 2008 predictions. 206-984-0596. Ty will edit the predictions down for this Sunday’s Radio Show.

Here is the lineup, provided by Pete Abraham at LOHUD.

Gardner CF (always interested in seeing how he does)
Cano 2B (hope he stays hot) (He did)
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Posada C
Betemit SS (needs to start hitting; he didn’t)
Lane LF
Wang RHP

Pete Notes: Yes, Wang is hitting. However he has been instructed not to swing. … Nick Green declined an option to become a free agent and is staying with the Yankees, even though he is likely headed to the minors.

Joba should get some work in the game today. Pete also reports that Andy Pettitte threw his bullpen session (36 pitches) and felt fine. He is being lined up to start on Saturday. Hmm…Normal rest would give him game 3 Thursday vs. the Jays.

Recap: Wang has one bad inning and all four runs score. The Yanks only get 4 hits, 2 by (who else?) the red-hot Cano. There were a couple of balls in the 4 run Phils 2nd that could have been DP balls, and maybe 4 runs don’t score but only 1 or 2. Defense is a big thing with Wang, who pitches to contact. With Giambi being at 1B most of the time, that D is more important. Details follow.

UPDATE: Pete Abraham provides some postgame updates:
Chris Woodward was released; Brett Gardner suffered a split lower lip when he fouled a ball off. He was taken to a dentist to get checked out; a flu bug is going around JD has it and Shelley Duncan and Jeff Karstens aren’t feeling so good, either. Sean Henn (tendinitis) was placed on the 15-day DL. Expect him to linger there for a month because he is out of options. He’s basically insurance in case Billy Traber can’t hack it. Traber faced two batters today and got them both out. Um, my report (see More …) didn’t know who the two batters were. Thanks to Pete, now we know… Chase Utley flied out and then Traber fanned Ryan Howard with a curveball. As Pete says, “safe to say he’s on the team.”

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3/22/08 Yanks-Jays PPD; in limited action, tough luck for Alby, Patterson impressive again.

A couple more late scratches. Albaladejo starts since Girardi wants to look at bullpen candidates and the weather is lousy. So no Igawa. This game may not last more than five. Also Cano out, Woodward in at 2b. Duncan moves to 8th in the lineup, and because of the threat of rain, goes to LF, Matsui Dhs. Woodward hits 9th. Giambi goes to 1b. Nothing serious.

Recap: Not much to report. Rain washes out the game in the bottom of the 2nd. Albaldejo gave up six runs in 1/3 of an inning but didn’t pitch that badly. Two errors, two bloops, a bad decision by an OF (no error), an infield hit and no luck. Scott Patterson impresses again, Farnsy is…well, Farnsy. Other than that, what can you say about an inning and a half? If you want more, “Read More…” Continue reading