Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mark Teixeira: back from the grave dug by too many Yankee fans, hits dramatic 9th inning homers in consecutive starts.

Mark Teixeira was the starting first baseman on the most recent and possibly last Yankee championship team back in 2009. In that first Yankee season Mark Teixeira led the American Conference in Home Runs, RBI and Total Bases. In the first three of his eight Yankee seasons:
HR: 39, 33, 39
RBI: 122, 108, 111

Season 4: 123 games, 115 OPS+
Season 5: 15 games, 68 OPS+
Season 6: 123 games, 101 OPS+
Season 7: 111 games, 144 OPS+, 31 HR
Season 8: 113 games, 75 OPS+

The Yankees broke a four game losing streak with three consecutive wins, in which their first basemen homered late to drive in the tying or winning runs.

Monday, September 26, 2016, 7:07 pm, Rogers Centre
Attendance: 44,532, Time of Game: 3:22
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5

Top of the 9th, Yankees Batting, Behind 2-3, Blue Jays' Jason Grilli facing 5-6-7
C. Headley Groundout: 1B unassisted
M. Teixeira Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 7:05 pm, Yankee Stadium III
Attendance: 35,161, Time of Game: 3:09
Yankees 6, Red Sox 4

Tyler Austin 1B, 3 for 3 batting 9th; OPS+ up to 86

Teixeira did not play

Bottom of the 7th, Yankees Batting, Tied 4-4, Red Sox' David Price facing 8-9-1
1B, T. Austin Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep RF); Romine Scores

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 7:05pm, Yankee Stadium III
Attendance: 35,520, Time of Game: 3:28
Yankees 5, Red Sox 3

Bottom of the 9th, Yankees Batting, Behind 0-3, Red Sox' Craig Kimbrel facing 1-2-3
1B, BB, BB, BB
Joe Kelly replaces Craig Kimbrel pitching
SO

pop out
M. Teixeira Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Ellsbury Scores; Torreyes Scores; Young Scores

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Grand slam walk off home run by Teixeira, the Yankees first since another banished player, Alex Rodriguez, who holds the career grand slam record with 25:

Saturday, April 7, 2007, 1:09PM, Yankee Stadium II
Attendance: 50,510, Time of Game: 3:13
Yankees 10, Orioles 7

Bottom of the 9th, Yankees Batting, Behind 6-7, Orioles' Chris Ray facing 8-9-1
Line out, SO,1B, BB,HBP
A. Rodriguez Home Run (Fly Ball to Deep CF-RF); Cano Scores; Jeter Scores; Abreu Scores


Teixeira relished it as he had his game tying home run, complete with Jose Bautista mock bat flip, in Toronto two days before.

Mark Teixeira was joyful in his post game, on field interview. Yankee fans should have treated him better all along, including and maybe especially, in this his final and most difficult season. Nobody likes front running fans. Nobody. Especially, front running Yankee fans.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Home Run 700: Ruth, Aaron, Bonds, Rodriguez (NOT).

June 19, 2016. That's when this post was drafted, awaiting the inevitable inclusion of Alex Rodriguez. At the bottom I even included Sadaharu Oh of Japan. Rodriguez had homered the day before in Yankee Stadium off Kevin Gausman of Baltimore, number 696. It was exactly one month since his previous home run. Of course, Yankee general manager Brian Cashman had field manager Joe Girardi stop playing Rodriguez, who played July 22, then July 29. Gee, for some reason, Rodriguez became even less effective. After that, the Yankees all but announced that Rodriguez was no longer wanted. Nice. Oh, and Cashman tanked the final one third of the season. So, then why not keep Rodriguez, even if just for the entertainment value? In August Rodriguez pinch hit 2, 10, then played 11, 12 for show.

Cashman had decided to purge Rodriguez and use minor league hopefuls as his means. Three prominent minor league players were brought up in August, rather than simply wait until September when the number of players on rosters increases. One of the three has thrived, two have hit like pitchers.

So instead of seeing Rodriguez inevitably reach 700, Yankee fans have deluded themselves into accepting minor league players for almost one third of the 2016 season. That will continue into 2017, since only one minor league player could reasonably be expected to be an impact player in 2017.

Has that ever happened before? Has a player so close to reaching a major career milestone been deprived? Ever? Rodriguez was cut August 13, 2016. Rodriguez is frozen, like Ruth, Aaron, Bonds, who reached 700. Rodriguez hit 696 regular season home runs.

Babe Ruth: five days after 699:

Friday, July 13, 1934, , Navin Field
Attendance: Not Given, (
New York Times estimate: 21,000) Time of Game: 0:00
Yankees 4, Tigers 2

HR: B Ruth (14, off Tommy Bridges, 3rd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to RF).


Tommy Bridges in 1934: 22-11 .667, ERA: 3.67, Innings 275, Home Runs 16
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Hank Aaron: one day after 699

Saturday, July 21, 1973, , Atlanta Stadium
Attendance: 16,236, Time of Game: 2:24
Phillies 8, Braves 4 (manager Eddie Mathews)

HR: H Aaron (27, off Ken Brett, 3rd inn, 1 on, 0 outs).


Ken Brett in 1973: 13-9 .591, ERA 3.44, Innings 211, Home Runs 19
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Barry Bonds: five days after 699

Friday, September 17, 2004, 7:15PM, SBC Park
Attendance: 42,526, Time of Game: 2:27
Giants 4, Padres 1

HR: B Bonds (42, off Jake Peavy, 3rd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to LF-CF).


Jake Peavy in 2004: 15-6 .714, ERA 2.27, Innings 166, Home Runs 13
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Alex Rodriguez:


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Sadaharu Oh:

Hit 868 Home Runs in 9,250 At Bats in the Japan Central League.

http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/0a6a2e10

... the magic number 700 was finally reached on July 23, 1976 in Kawasaki versus the Taiyo Whales (ironically in the same stadium where Oh had debuted his “flamingo” stance back in 1964). Ruth was finally overhauled on October 11 of that same season (only four games from the end of the campaign) and if there was any disappointment attached to the historic event it was only the fact that Hank Aaron had already crossed the big league milestone in Atlanta two full seasons earlier (on April 8, 1974).
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yank tank: was it worth missing the tournament by a couple of games?

The Yankees were 52-52 at the August 1 trading deadline and general manager Brian Cashman had already convinced dumb and lazy owner Hal Steinbrenner to tank the regular season with one third yet to play. Of course, adding veteran talent would have boosted the Yankees chances of qualifying for the pathetic second wild card spot, which has gone to multiple teams since 2012 with as few as 88 wins. The Yankees are currently 80-76 with six games remaining. Gee, if they win out, the Yankees would have 86 wins, just two short of a real possibility of making the tournament.

So, was it worth it? Cashman subtracted veteran players rather than adding. Cashman traded Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Carols Beltran, all of whom will be playing in the tournament with their new teams. Cashman concluded his four year campaign to purge the bitter memory of Cashman signing that ridiculous new contract with Alex Rodriguez by releasing, at full pay through 2017, Rodriguez August 13 and replacing him with minor league players Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin. Cashman got immediate gratification when Judge and Austin became the first teammates to homer back-to-back in their first plate appearances (PA). Oh boy, they joined Gary Sanchez to form the Baby Bombers who would spark the Yankees as never before.

Sanchez continues his imitation of Johnny Bench but Judge is mercifully out for the season with a non career threatening injury that interrupts his 42 SO in 84 AB and Austin is on the bench. OPS+:
Sanchez 179
Austin 62
Judge 61.

Judge and Austin quickly became the functional equivalent of good hitting pitchers in the Yankee lineup that no longer had its best hitter until Aug. 1, Carlos Beltran. In return for the traded veterans the Yankees received ten minor league players, only one of whom, Ben Heller, was good enough to be added to the Yankees. Heller is a 24 year old relief pitcher: 6 innings, ERA 7.50, 3 HR.

Neither Judge nor Austin had enough PA to be reach the rookie limit, so both will still be rookies in 2017 when both will be 25. How many 25 year old rookies make good? How many become impact players? Mickey Mantle was in his sixth season at age 25 when he achieved the triple crown: 52 HR, 130 RBI, .353 BA. Lest we forget what an exciting young player really is.

Maybe Judge and/or Austin will surprise us. Maybe some, even one, of the minor league players received for Chapman, Miller and Beltran will become impact players. Can you even name a couple of them? I'll spot you OF Clint Frazier (.674 OPS in 108 PA with AAA RailRiders), not good enough to bring up even in September when rosters inexplicably expand.

David Ortiz, Fat Papi, is coming to town. You'd better not shout, just pout. And give him a Bronx cheer (boo) he won't forget.

Yankee fans should boo David Ortiz without mercy in his final three games in New York this week. Red Sox fans did no less to Alex Rodriguez in Boston earlier this season. Rodriguez always hustled. Ortiz never did. Rodriguez always had exemplary conduct on the field. Ortiz was always boorish.

Two friends independently sent this:

The fraudulent myth of Big Papi
by Anthony L. Fisher theweek.com


It goes well with some my own posts about Fat Papi:

Weasels on parade: Pedroia, Scherzer, Longoria, maybe more. Monday, August 5, 2013

Dodger plaque hung in Yankee Stadium: prank by kids? Or are they idiots? Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mark Cuban, buy the Yankees from the Steinbrenner Kids. Monday, September 23, 2013

Time limit for running out a home RUN. Inspired by David Ortiz, Fat Papi. Wednesday, July 30, 2014

David Ortiz: high and tight, low and away. That's all you need to think about. Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If Alex Rodriguez ran his mouth like David Ortiz did this week, he'd be punished. Friday, February 27, 2015

Pace of play Kabuki dance. Monday, March 30, 2015

David Ortiz for the Hall of Fame? Of what, golf? Thursday, August 20, 2015


David Ortiz: biggest dog of the millennium. Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Don't come back to the dugout, if you're called out on strikes.

Hey, why not? Why shouldn't managers insist that their batters learn the individual strike zone of each umpire and adapt? And never agrue with an umpire or blame an umpire. Never. Deal with them. And no temper tantrums. This would also eliminate ejections.

Related posts:

Ump is always right ... unless the play can be reviewed. Never complain. Adapt to the ump. Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Balls and strikes: the ump is teaching you his strike zone. Why not learn? Friday, August 14, 2015


Automated strike zone within five years. Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Balls and Strikes still vary by umpire ... more than 2 to 1. Monday, February 8, 2016

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Most players per team: Home Runs >= 50, 40, 30.

Through 2015 at least three players with at least 30 Home Runs (HR) on the same team has been done 55 times.

The first team with at least three players with at least 30 HR:

1929 Philadelphia Phillies
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Chuck Klein 43 1929 24 PHI NL 149 679 616 126 219 45 6 145 54 61 0 9 5 .356 .407 .657 1.065 *98
2 Lefty O'Doul 32 1929 32 PHI NL 154 732 638 152 254 35 6 122 76 19 4 13 2 .398 .465 .622 1.087 *79
3 Don Hurst 31 1929 23 PHI NL 154 692 589 100 179 29 4 125 80 36 3 20 10 .304 .390 .525 .914 *3
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Teams have had four players hit at least 30 HR nine times, most recently by the 2009 Phillies. The others:
Colorado: 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999
Atlanta: 1998,
Angels: 2000
Toronto: 2000
Cubs: 2004

Three teammate outfielders, 30 home runs each, same year: 1941 Yankees, 1963 Twins. Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were the first teammates to hit at least 40 HR in the same season and the only ones prior to the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers (Duke Snider 42, Roy Campanella 41). Ruth and Gehrig did it in 1927 (60, 47), 1930, 1931. 1954 Dodgers: Gil Hodges 42, Snider 40.

Three teams have had three players hit at least 40 HR:

1973 Atlanta Braves
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Davey Johnson 43 1973 30 ATL NL 157 651 559 84 151 25 0 99 81 9 93 9 0 2 8 5 3 .270 .370 .546 .916 *4/H
2 Darrell Evans 41 1973 26 ATL NL 161 733 595 114 167 25 8 104 124 8 104 3 3 8 9 6 3 .281 .403 .556 .959 *53/H
3 Hank Aaron 40 1973 39 ATL NL 120 465 392 84 118 12 1 96 68 13 51 1 0 4 7 1 1 .301 .402 .643 1.045 *79H
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Those 1973 Atlanta Braves: was there something in the water? Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1996 Colorado Rockies
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Andres Galarraga 47 1996 35 COL NL 159 691 626 119 190 39 3 150 40 3 157 17 0 8 6 18 8 .304 .357 .601 .958 *3/H5
2 Ellis Burks 40 1996 31 COL NL 156 685 613 142 211 45 8 128 61 2 114 6 3 2 19 32 6 .344 .408 .639 1.047 *78/H
3 Vinny Castilla 40 1996 28 COL NL 160 673 629 97 191 34 0 113 35 7 88 5 0 4 20 7 2 .304 .343 .548 .892 *5/H
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1997 Colorado Rockies
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Larry Walker 49 1997 30 COL NL 153 664 568 143 208 46 4 130 78 14 90 14 0 4 15 33 8 .366 .452 .720 1.172 *9/3H8D
2 Andres Galarraga 41 1997 36 COL NL 154 674 600 120 191 31 3 140 54 2 141 17 0 3 16 15 8 .318 .389 .585 .974 *3/H
3 Vinny Castilla 40 1997 29 COL NL 159 668 612 94 186 25 2 113 44 9 108 8 0 4 17 2 4 .304 .356 .547 .904 *5/H
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And, of course, the one and only team with more than one player hitting at least 50 HR in the same year:

1961 New York Yankees
Rk Player HR Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Roger Maris 61 1961 26 NYY AL 161 698 590 132 159 16 4 141 94 0 67 7 0 7 16 0 0 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98/H
2 Mickey Mantle 54 1961 29 NYY AL 153 646 514 131 163 16 6 128 126 9 112 0 1 5 2 12 1 .317 .448 .687 1.135 *8/H
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Mantle & Maris still only teammates to hit 50 HR. Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mantle and Maris are still the only teammates to hit 50 HR. Not only are they the only pair to hit 50 in the same season but they are the only teammates to do it in any seasons.
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