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Friday, November 24, 2017

Yankees, just admit your stupidity and re-hire manager Joe Girardi.

Come on. Come on. This is ridiculous. You're looking for Joe Girardi without him being Joe Girardi. Just hire the real deal. Stop interviewing everybody but the bat boy and waiting to see how the media reacts.

Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman are so dumb, they'd reject Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy and Casey Stengel. Those are the first three Yankee managers elected to the Hall of Fame. George Steinbrenner hired the fourth, Joe Torre, but George's son Hal along with Cashman forced Torre out and then hired Girardi ten years ago and recently refused to sign Girardi to a new contract.

If either young Yankee hot shot Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez had any balls they would have stuck up for Girardi long before Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman had a chance to do their dirty deed. But too many young players are too corporate and don't even realize just how much a guy like Girardi protected them. Even now it might not be too late but if one, or preferably both, went quietly to Steinbrenner and made a plea for the Yankees to hire Joe Girardi as their new manager, it might work.

Does bringing back an exiled Yankee manager sound a bit familiar. On Yankees Old Timers Day in 1978 fired manager Billy Martin was shockingly introduced from the dugout as the new Yankee manager for 1980. George was nuts but had a flair for entertainment, like P.T. Barnum.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Brian Cashman didn't even consider signing Max Scherzer three years ago.

New York Yankee General Manager Brian Cashman was holding the line on spending ... after he lost control of himself during the 2013-2014 off season when he foolishly signed free agents Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. Only Ellsbury remains on the team and Cashman is trying to goad Ellsbury into asking for a trade to relieve the Yankees of Ellsbury's $21 million a year contract. Later that off season Cashman also signed free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka who had only pitched in Japan.

One year later Cashman had no intention of signing any expensive free agents. One who was available was Detroit Tiger starting pitcher Max Scherzer, who had won the AL Cy Young award in 2013. Scherzer led the AL in wins in 2013 and 2014: 21-3, 18-5.

Scherzer has now pitched three seasons for the team that did sign him: the Washington Capitals. Scherzer led the NL in SO the last two years and was voted the Cy Young award in both seasons. Scherzer also led in SO each of those two seasons.

Scherzer with Washington: 658 innings, 828 SO, 50-25, ERA+ 152.

But Brian Cashman didn't even consider signing Max Scherzer three years ago.

Hal Steinbrenner would have fired Joe Girardi even if Yankees won World Series.

Has rooting for the Yankees gone from rooting for U.S. Steel to rooting for Google/Apple/Microsoft? Wednesday, November 15, 2017

... owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman considered replacing field manager Joe Girardi for a few years.

Note: Girardi only had a three year contract.

Now we hear on MLB Network that Hal Steinbrenner would have fired Joe Girardi even if the Yankees had won the World Series. No manager has ever been fired after winning the World Series.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Has rooting for the Yankees gone from rooting for U.S. Steel to rooting for Google/Apple/Microsoft?

The 1950s pejorative was: rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel.

Is it now like rooting for Google/Apple/Microsoft (take your pick)?

According to Yankee announcer Micheal Kay, owner Hal Steinbrenner and general manager Brian Cashman considered replacing field manager Joe Girardi for a few years.

Note: Girardi only had a three year contract.

Then today Micheal Kay stated that Cashman said he, Cashman, is looking for someone like Joe Girardi. There are two conclusions, which are not mutually exclusive.

1. Steinbrenner and Cashman do not value the position of field manager highly enough to pay $4 million per year. An "unknown" manager would probably get no more than half a million. That whatever failures there have been in recent seasons, those failures are the fault of the field manager, not Steinbrenner and Cashman.

2. Steinbrenner and Cashman want Joe Girardi but without the blood, sweat and tears. An algorithm implementing analytics from on high.

Since Cashman is neither a former baseball player nor a statistician, one wonders what he contributes other than having survived the Steinbrenner family for 20 years as general manager.

Neither Steinbrenner nor Cashman want to actually go down into the dugout and associate with all those sweaty ball players. Is there a more bloodless pair in the Major League? They deserve each other. The question is what do Yankee fans deserve?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Ruth, Mantle, Judge: HR relative to league.

In 1927 there were only 8 teams in the American League (AL) and teams were scheduled to play 154 games.

Starting in 1961, the AL expanded from 8 to 10 teams, which played a 162 game schedule.

In 2017 there were 15 teams, which played 162 games.

In 2017 25 year old Yankee rookie Aaron Judge hit a rookie record 52 Home Runs (HR), which led the American League (AL). Judge also led the AL in Strike Outs (SO) and Bases on Balls (BB).  In a series of posts, Judge is being compared to legendary Yankee home run champions Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, who also often led the league in SO and BB. Since Judge has played only one full season, this is being done for individual seasons for Ruth and Mantle.

See the two previous posts on SO and BB. As with those, the seasons for Ruth and Mantle will be for their highest in the stat being examined, here Home Runs (HR). So for Ruth 1927 when the Babe set the season HR record for the fourth and final time with 60. For Mantle it is 1961 when he hit more than 50 for the second time but finished second to teammate Roger Maris in the great HR race 61 to 54. Obviously, Maris broke Ruth's HR record in 1961, aided by 5% more games and diluted pitching due to expansion.

Judge may have been aided by a juiced baseball, which has been addressed here and elsewhere in 2017. Given how far Judge hit many of his HR, the league HR rate may have been boosted more.

This post will subtract the individual's stats from the league to get a more accurate look. That would have helped in the two previous posts but is essential for HR. Ruth out homered every other team in both 1920 and 1927, so Ruth should dominate both Mantle and Judge. But let's see by how much and how close Mantle and Judge are to each other.

In 1927 the AL hit 439 HR, so Ruth's 60 were 13.7%. The Cleveland Indians hit the fewest HR: 26. The Philadelphia Athletics were second to the Yankees 158 with 56.  

In 1961 only the Kansas City Athletics hit fewer than 100 HR: 90. Boston was next with 112. The Yankees hit a record 240.

In 2017 Boston had the fewest HR: 168. The Yankees led with 241.

Through 1927 the most HR in a season:
1Babe Ruth6089137192732NYYAL15169154015819229816501476.356.486.7721.258*97
2Babe Ruth5981145192126NYYAL1526935401772044416168441713.378.512.8461.359*78/13
3Babe Ruth5480150192025NYYAL142616458158172369135351414.376.532.8471.379*978/3H1
4Lou Gehrig4784109192724NYYAL1557175841492185218173321108.373.474.7651.240*3
5Babe Ruth4776144192631NYYAL152652495139184305153310119.372.516.7371.253*79/H3
6Babe Ruth4681142192429NYYAL15368152914320039712446913.378.513.7391.252*97/8H
7Rogers Hornsby425065192226STLNL15470462314125046141521151712.401.459.7221.181*4
8Cy Williams415759192335PHINL13660453598157223114731110.293.371.576.947*8/H
9Babe Ruth4193170192328NYYAL1526975221512054513130431721.393.545.7641.30997/83
10Rogers Hornsby393983192529STLNL138606504133203411014321653.403.489.7561.245*4/H
11Ken Williams393174192232SLBAL15367858512819434111557123720.332.413.6271.040*78

Ruth and Gehrig were tied at 45 HR in 1927, same as Maris and Mantle in 1961.

Through 1961 all with at least 50 HR:
1Roger Maris616794196126NYYAL16169859013215916414107071600.269.372.620.993*98/H
2Babe Ruth6089137192732NYYAL15169154015819229816501476.356.486.7721.258*97
3Babe Ruth5981145192126NYYAL1526935401772044416168441713.378.512.8461.359*78/13
4Hank Greenberg5892119193827DETAL1556815561431752341473375.315.438.6831.122*3
5Jimmie Foxx5896116193224PHAAL1547025851512133391690037.364.469.7491.218*35
6Hack Wilson5684105193030CHCNL1557095851462083561911183.356.454.7231.177*8
7Mickey Mantle54112126196129NYYAL15364651413116316612890152121.317.448.6871.135*8/H
8Ralph Kiner5461117194926PITNL15266754911617019512710106.310.432.6581.089*7
9Babe Ruth5487137192833NYYAL1546845361631732981463845.323.463.7091.172*97
10Babe Ruth5480150192025NYYAL142616458158172369135351414.376.532.8471.379*978/3H1
11Mickey Mantle5299112195624NYYAL15065253313218822513062144101.353.464.7051.169*8/H
12Willie Mays516079195524NYGNL15267058012318518131271340712244.319.400.6591.059*8
13Ralph Kiner518198194724PITNL15266656511817723412721121.313.417.6391.055*7/H
14Johnny Mize514274194734NYGNL1546645861371772621384062.302.384.614.998*3
15Jimmie Foxx5076119193830BOSAL1496855651391973391750154.349.462.7041.166*3

Mantle was tied for 7th most and 11th. Ruth dominates.

Most HR through 2017:
1Barry Bonds7393177200136SFGNL153664476129156322137359025133.328.515.8631.379*7/DH
2Mark McGwire70155162199834STLNL15568150913015221014728604810.299.470.7521.222*3/H
3Sammy Sosa6617173199829CHCNL1597226431341982001581410520189.308.377.6471.024*9/8
4Mark McGwire65141133199935STLNL153661521118145211147212051200.278.424.6971.120*3/H
5Sammy Sosa64153116200132CHCNL160711577146189345160376012602.328.437.7371.174*9
6Sammy Sosa6317178199930CHCNL16271262511418024214183061778.288.367.6351.002*98
7Roger Maris616794196126NYYAL16169859013215916414107071600.269.372.620.993*98/H
8Babe Ruth6089137192732NYYAL15169154015819229816501476.356.486.7721.258*97
9Giancarlo Stanton5916385201727MIANL159692597123168320132137031322.281.376.6311.007*9/HD
10Babe Ruth5981145192126NYYAL1526935401772044416168441713.378.512.8461.359*78/13

In 2017 Aaron Judge (52) was second in the Major League to Stanton (59).

50 HR have been hit 45 times, including multiples by some players. At 52 Judge is tied for 28th most HR in a season.

OK, let's look at the HR rates, percent of at bats (AB) with HR.




YankyearDifPct Dif

The HR rates of the three Yankees are somewhat close but for the American League (AL), especially with the player's stats subtracted, the HR rates are really different. In 1927 less than one percent of at bats (AB) resulted in HR. In 1961 2.7% and in 2017 3.8%.

So Ruth, as expected, is on another planet. But Mantle, even with the AL exploding in HR in 1961, is way ahead of Judge.