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Friday, August 18, 2017

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge reached 40 career home runs in same game.

Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge, baby Bombers, hit career home run number 40 in the same game as did teammate Aaron Hicks, a fourth outfielder with many more games played. Sanchez and Judge did it in career games 139 and 140 respectively.

Monday, August 14, 2017
Start Time: 7:05 p.m. ET
Attendance: 45,619
Venue: Yankee Stadium III
Game Duration: 3:03
Night Game, on grass
Yankees 4, Mets 2

HR: Aaron Judge (36, off Rafael Montero, 6th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep CF-RF); Aaron Hicks (12, off Hansel Robles, 8th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF); Gary Sanchez (20, off Erik Goeddel, 8th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep RF).

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The main stream media presented it in games played, which makes much less sense than plate appearances (PA) and at bats (AB). Since then they have played three more games and Sanchez has two more home runs and Judge one. But here are their career numbers through their 40 home run game Aug. 14, 2017 and then career to date.


SanchezPAABHRBBSOAB/HR
8/14/2017588518405614512.95
8/15/201743101
8/16/201743011
8/17/201744100
career600528425714712.57
JudgePAABHRBBSOAB/HR
8/14/2017588485409619912.13
8/15/201743111
8/16/201755001
8/17/201754003
career602497419720412.12

If Mets stink, how good could the Yankees be after sweeping four games by 2,1,2,2?

The Mets were so depleted in the third of four games this week against the Yankees that the Mets started a catcher at third and tried to hide him by switching him between third and second 22 times.

After the Yankees won all four games, an old high school friend who is a Met fan sent a message stating that the Mets stink. The Mets may stink and much of that may be due to injuries but the Yankees did not blow them away and the games were all close.

So how good could the Yankees possibly be?
Gary Sanchez Yankees at Orioles 10/03/15 by Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA via Wikimedia Commons

Brian Cashman preferred Aroldis Chapman to MVP candidate Chris Sale, the difference between the Yankees and Red Sox.

Yanks lost two of three to the Red Sox last weekend in Yankee Stadium and now start a three game series in Fenway Park Boston, 4.5 games behind the first place Red Sox. Boston's best starting pitcher in 2017 is Chris Sale and Chris Sale is clearly the difference between the Yankees and the Red Sox. Yet Yankee general manage Brian Cashman preferred to pay relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman $17 million in 2017 while the Red Sox are paying Chris Sale only $12 million. Sale leads the American Conference in wins, ERA, innings (168), SO (241), ERA+, FIP, WHIP, BB9, SO9, SO/W. Chapman has thrown 35 innings. Between the 2016 and 2017 seasons the Yankees signed Chapman as a free agent and the Red Sox traded for Sale.

Cuban Missile Crisis: Cashman giving Chapman $86 million. Monday, August 14, 2017

Aroldis Chapman:
Nicknames: Cuban Missile or The Missile
Born: February 28, 1988 (Age: 29 and 167 days) in Holguin, Cuba ...

December 15, 2016: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees...

Yeah, $17 million per year for each of five years for a guy who has thrown as many as 70 innings only once, in 2012.

Oh, in last night's game Boston started a guy who is likely to win the AL Cy Young award in 2017: Chris Sale.

Brian Cashman got Sonny Gray instead of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana. Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young award in 2016 and is likely to repeat in 2017. That's three Cy Young awards for starting pitchers Cashman could have gotten but didn't. Didn't even try.
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Cashman didn't try to trade for Chris Sale when the White Sox were shopping Sale, who went to the Yankees arch rival, the Boston Red Sox.
Chris Sale August 9, 2011 by Keith Allison, via Wikimedia Commons
Chris Sale
Position: Pitcher
Bats: Left • Throws: Left
6-6, 180lb
Team: Boston Red Sox (majors)
Born: March 30, 1989 (Age: 28 and 141 days) in Lakeland, FL
December 6, 2016: Traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox for Luis Alexander Basabe (minors), Victor Diaz (minors), Michael Kopech (minors) and Yoan Moncada.

201728Boston Red Sox$12,000,0006.061
201829Boston Red Sox*$12,500,000$12.5M Team Option, $1M Buyout
201930Boston Red Sox*$13,500,000$13.5M Team Option, $1M Buyout
Earliest Free Agent: 2018

Sale is a lefty starting pitcher and younger than reliever Chapman. And now there's this:

Chris Sale for MVP
by Dave Cameron - August 14, 2017 fangraphs.com

... if the voting were held today, there would be a pretty clear choice for the American League’s Most Valuable Player, and it would be Chris Sale...

Sale’s 37% strikeout rate is the third-best any starter has ever posted in a season with at least 160 innings pitched, behind only 1999 Pedro Martinez and 2001 Randy Johnson...

... right now, Chris Sale is winning, and winning rather handily. Forget the notion that pitchers have their own award. Sale is a player, and the award is for the Most Valuable Player. To this point, in the American League, that’s been Chris Sale.
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OK, pitchers obviously are not players as has been pointed out here multiple times. They play part time and are judged on only one of the five traditional skills:
- hit
- hit with power
- run
- field
- throw.


But you get the idea. Chris Sale is having a monster pitching season. How Brian Cashman is not taken to task for ignoring yet another top starting pitcher is a mystery.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Cuban Missile Crisis: Cashman giving Chapman $86 million.

Friday night against Boston Aroldis Chapman walked the first three batters in the 9th inning, allowed one run and escaped blowing the two run lead mainly because a Red Sox base runner was barely thrown out. The Yankees won the only game they would win in this series.

Sunday night Chapman allowed his first home run of the season in 33 innings. Twenty year old Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers, who played his first game July 25, 2017, hit the homer in the 9th inning to tie the game 2-2. Chapman was charged with another run in the 10th inning and lost the game 3-2. Yanks are now down 5.5 games to Boston.

Brian Cashman:
Born: July 3, 1967 (age 50) Rockville Centre, New York
In February 1998, Bob Watson resigned from the Yankees, and Cashman was named Senior Vice-President and General Manager.


Aroldis Chapman:
Nicknames: Cuban Missile or The Missile
Born: February 28, 1988 (Age: 29 and 167 days) in Holguin, Cuba
January 11, 2010: Signed by the Cincinnati Reds as an amateur free agent.
December 28, 2015: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Yankees for Eric Jagielo (minors), Caleb CothamRookie Davis and Tony Renda.
July 25, 2016: Traded by the New York Yankees to the Chicago Cubs for Rashad Crawford (minors), Billy McKinney (minors), Gleyber Torres (minors) and Adam Warren.
November 3, 2016: Granted Free Agency.
December 15, 2016: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Yankees.

Oh, about Eric Jagielo:
Yankees drafted Eric Jagielo before Aaron Judge in 2013. Oops. Friday, July 14, 2017

Back to Chapman:
YearAgeTmSalarySrvTmSourcesNotes/Other Sources
201022Cincinnati Reds$1,000,000?
201123Cincinnati Reds$3,835,7720.034
201224Cincinnati Reds$2,000,0001.034contracts
201325Cincinnati Reds$2,000,0002.034contracts
201426Cincinnati Reds$5,000,0003.034contracts
201527Cincinnati Reds$8,050,0004.034contracts
201628Chicago Cubs$11,325,0005.034
201729New York Yankees$17,200,0006.009
201830New York Yankees$17,200,000
201931New York Yankees$17,200,000May opt out of contract following 2019 season.
202032New York Yankees$17,200,000
202133New York Yankees$17,200,000
Earliest Free Agent: 2022
Career to date (may be incomplete)$50,410,772Does not include future salaries ($68.8M)

Yeah, $17 million per year for each of five years for a guy who has thrown as many as 70 innings only once, in 2012.

Oh, in last night's game Boston started a guy who is likely to win the AL Cy Young award in 2017: Chris Sale.

Brian Cashman got Sonny Gray instead of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, Chris Sale, Jose Quintana. Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Max Scherzer won the NL Cy Young award in 2016 and is likely to repeat in 2017. That's three Cy Young awards for starting pitchers Cashman could have gotten but didn't. Didn't even try. Imagine that.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Suppose this weekend was nickname dress like a softball league weekend? Would Yankees - Red Sox seem diminished?

The Boston Red Sox are playing a "big" three game series at Yankee Stadium this weekend.

Uniform horror: pink, baby blue, camouflage, now nicknames. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio? Thursday, August 10, 2017

"The horror! The horror!" ...


As part of a Major League Baseball-wide “Players Weekend,” from Aug. 25 to 27, the Yankees will wear an alternate uniform with a script “Yankees” across the front, gray caps and — take a deep breath here — the players’ nicknames on the back of their jerseys...

It's not golf. It's a team sport in which team members dress the same. They are supposed to look alike in their uniforms. A UNIFORM is NOT an expression of individuality. Wake the heck up...

The word uniform has a meaning. Meanwhile they're allowed to jerk around interminably between pitches, which sucks the life out of a game. It's easier for the commissioner to ignore that and have them play ill conceived dress up.

And ironically, it won't attract young people. They're long gone.
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Friday, August 11, 2017

NY Times: Yankee announcers mix up Cleveland pitchers Jack Kralick and Sam McDowell in 1963.

See two recent posts on this.

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1963/06/03/102749438.html?pageNumber=48

June, 3, 1963 no byline for Times writer in this small entry:

Yankee TV Followers
Get a Fuzzy Picture

Phil Rizzuto and Jerry Coleman, Yankees' announcers, paid Sam McDowell a left handed compliment on television during yesterday's first game. They said the 20 year-old Indian southpaw was doing a fine job in shutting out the Bombers at Cleveland. In the seventh inning, Rizzuto discovered what many viewers had known for several innings. The fellow shutting out the Yankees was Jack Kralick.
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Uniform horror: pink, baby blue, camouflage, now nicknames. Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio?

"The horror! The horror!" ... movie Apocalypse Now (1979) based on Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness.”
Joe DiMaggio cropped from a posed picture of 1937 Major League Baseball All-Stars in Washington, DC., 7 July 7, 1937 by Harris & Ewing [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Nicknames on Yankees’ Backs? What Would the Bambino Think?
By BILLY WITZ AUG. 9, 2017
nytimes.com

For nearly a century, the Yankees’ uniforms have remained distinctly uniform: white with navy blue pinstripes at home, traveling grays with navy trim on the road. They are the only major league franchise that has never placed names on the back of their jerseys at home or on the road...

For the Yankees, it is a point of pride that Babe Ruth did not dress much different from Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Reggie Jackson, Don Mattingly or Derek Jeter.


But later this month, the Yankees will play a home series against the Seattle Mariners looking like something else altogether. As part of a Major League Baseball-wide “Players Weekend,” from Aug. 25 to 27, the Yankees will wear an alternate uniform with a script “Yankees” across the front, gray caps and — take a deep breath here — the players’ nicknames on the back of their jerseys...

It will also be the first time the Yankees — the only franchise to never have veered away from buttoned jerseys — will wear pullover tops.

In addition to the uniforms, players will be allowed to wear individually designed spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves, catcher’s masks and bats. And each uniform will have a blank patch on the right sleeve for players to write the name of a person or organization that was instrumental in his development.
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There follows a bunch of drivel from branding experts who stand to make money telling the Yankees that it's a good idea to dilute the Yankee brand, which includes rejecting a $2 million a year deal to sell the name of the new Yankee Stadium to some corporate entity. To the Yankees that money didn't match the branding cache of the name Yankee Stadium.

There is also a repeat of Bryce Harper babbling about baseball being a tired sport. Maybe if assholes like Harper didn't jerk around between pitches the game would have some flow.

Did Masahiro Tanaka leave Japan and join the Yankees in 2014 to play the fool? Was he one of the eleven players on an advisory committee that considered this nonsense? Was Mike Trout, the greatest baseball player on the planet? Was Aaron Judge, who according to the Times article, simply wanted to put his last name on his back for this silly promotion but was cajoled by Todd Frazier, a Yankee for three weeks, into playing the fool, too.

It's not golf. It's a team sport in which team members dress the same. They are supposed to look alike in their uniforms. A UNIFORM is NOT an expression of individuality. Wake the heck up.

The New York Yankees should refuse. Let the league and/or players association sue. I hate the pink, baby blue and camouflage uniforms. Nicknames is ridiculous. Recently some Yankee players have worn white shoes with no admonishment.

It's bad enough they wear different socks. The word uniform has a meaning. Meanwhile they're allowed to jerk around interminably between pitches, which sucks the life out of a game. It's easier for the commissioner to ignore that and have them play ill conceived dress up.

And ironically, it won't attract young people. They're long gone.

Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio
Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you
Wu wu wu
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson
Jolting Joe has left and gone away
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
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Joe DiMaggio? I'd settle for Derek Jeter speaking up.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jack Kralick and Sam McDowell were mistaken for each other by Yankee announcers. How often has that type of thing occurred?

In 1963 Yankee announcers accidentally reversed the identity of Cleveland starting pitchers Kralick and McDowell in a doubleheader. Saturday, August 5, 2017

Read the previous post first. This issue has more general ramifications.

Jack Kralick and Sam McDowell were lefty starting pitchers in a doubleheader who were mistaken for each other by Yankee announcers on June 2, 1963 in Cleveland.

28 year old Kralick: May 2, 1963: Traded by the Minnesota Twins to the Cleveland Indians for Jim Perry. Kralick was assigned Perry's number 31. 20 year old McDowell wore number 34 in 1963.

Birdie Tebbetts was the manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1963. Tebbetts had been a big league catcher for 14 seasons: 1936-1942, 1946-1952. He played 9 years for Detroit, 4 for Boston and the final two for Cleveland. He was 0 for 11 in the 1940 World Series. He managed Cincinnati 1954-1958 (first 113 games), Milwaukee Braves 1961 (last 25 games) - 1962, Cleveland 1963, 1964 (last 88 games), 1965, 1966 (first 123 games). By June 1963 Birdie Tebbetts had been around the block.

The story is that Tebbetts had Sam McDowell on his lineup card listed in the dugout as his game one pitcher. Then Yankee statistician Bill Kane got that lineup and gave it to the Yankee announcers. Then Tebbetts changed from McDowell to Kralick and subsequently had McDowell start game two instead. Apparently, Tebbetts had Kralick listed as the game one pitcher on the OFFICIAL lineup card that he presented to the umpires and to Yankee manager Ralph Houk. Otherwise, Houk could have made it an issue once the game had started, maybe requiring that McDowell be declared ineligible to relieve in game one since technically he had started and Kralick was pitching in relief.

1. What did Bill Kane have as a source of active Cleveland players? Was it a list from the team or a public scorecard? In either case, had Kralick been listed? In other words, would Kane have known Kralick's uniform number? What did the Yankee announcers have?

2. Did the Cleveland public address announcer have the final lineup or the original? Did he announce Kralick or McDowell?

3. In Cleveland in 1963 were the player's names repeated each time they came to the plate? Remember, American League pitchers batted through 1972. If so, that means that the Yankee announcers failed to hear that when Kralick and then McDowell batted. It seems implausible that the PA announcer repeated the wrong name in game one for all three plate appearances by Kralick.

McDowell batted four times in game two with a single and sacrifice bunt. McDowell bunted for a single in the second inning with two outs and a runner on base. The next batter made the third out but McDowell was on base. McDowell bunted for an out in the 4th inning and again in the 6th for his sac and McDowell reached second base on an error by Yankee pitcher Stan Williams. Presumably by then the announcers knew McDowell's identity. McDowell struck out in the 8th inning.

4.  What, if anything, was posted on the scoreboard when a batter came up? Name? Uniform number? Stats? Photo?

I addressed this in the previous post and in more research since and I'm convinced that the Cleveland player's did not have their names on the back of their uniforms in 1963.

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McDowell 1966, no name on uniform.

How did Bill Kane became aware of the error. Did he simply notice that the pitcher's number didn't match the name on the list? Did he overhear something among the writers? The writers would have been filing interim reports and then finally a story on game one at its conclusion, possibly for publication in an addition before the second game been completed. It's likely that some newspaper workers were listening to the game on the radio back in New York. Transistor radios were prevalent, including the use of an earpiece. How come some 
copy "boy" back in New York didn't notice the discrepancy? Some New York papers in 1963:
Times
Herald Tribune
Journal American
News
Post
Newsday
L.I. Press

I recall that fans would somehow contact WPIX channel 11 during games to:
- ask a question
- make a correction
- make a pertinent comment.

Not often but occasionally a Yankee announcer would address such a contact during a game. At least that's what I recall.

What do you recall about any of this? It wouldn't have been easy to check the identity of a player during a game. How often do you think this type of mistaken identity happened during radio or television broadcasts? Ever? Never?