You win 93 games and then go out and add Chris Sale.
Start planning on a Red Sox-Cubs World Series next year.
You win 93 games and then go out and add Chris Sale.
Start planning on a Red Sox-Cubs World Series next year.
Can you spot the former Yankees?
There are only 4 players in major league history with 2+ seasons of exactly 99 hits each season:
|1||Russell Martin||2||2011||2013||28-30||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Aaron Hill||2||2005||2016||23-34||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Bucky Dent||2||1979||1983||27-31||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Jim Hegan||2||1951||1954||30-33||Ind. Seasons|
I’m just sayin’…
Great way to piss away $13 million bucks.
OK, kidding aside, strangely, he was a beast on the road last year. Not sure what that means?
Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Blake Rutherford, Jorge Mateo, and Aaron Judge.
Luis Severino, James Kaprielian, Justus Sheffield, Chance Adams, Dustin Fowler, Domingo Acevedo and Jordan Montgomery.
Tyler Austin, Rob Refsnyder, Mason Williams, Tyler Wade, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Cessa, Jonathan Holder and Ian Clarkin.
Am I missing anyone?
Pretty safe to say that the Yankees now have 15-20 legit prospects in their system for the first time in decades?
I’ve been a fan of The Bill James Handbook since it started publishing in (June) 2003. Now, 15 editions later, we have The Bill James Handbook 2017 (which was released on November 1st.)
On the back cover of this year’s book, John Dewan shares “The Multi-Dimensional Beauty of Baseball.” This is what he wrote:
Some people are captivated by the pure physical beauty of ballparks—whether in the major or the minor leagues, on a college or high school campus, or just at a local park or playground. For example, when people see the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field—especially if it is in October when the leaves have already turned and baseball is still being played—they are transported to a magical place indeed. For others, the enjoyment of baseball is in watching one of the greatest games ever invented. There is nothing better than the drama of a close play at the plate, the grace of a fielder diving and catching a ball, or the excitement of a runner taking off to steal second base in a close game. For many of us, however, it’s the numbers of the game that provide our greatest enjoyment. Whether it is just keeping our own scorecard or understanding the nuances of On-base Plus Slugging (OPS) or Wins Above Replacement (WAR), baseball lends itself to statistical analysis perhaps better than any other human endeavor—or at least any other human endeavor that is so much fun!
If that last part resonates with you, then you must get your hands on a copy of The Bill James Handbook 2017.
Every year, this book gets better and better. And, that’s saying something since it was great when it first came out in 2003. Included in this year’s edition you can find:
Where else can you find some of this information? And, the book comes out on November 1st – as soon as the season ends! Amazing.
This is the book that should be on the desk of every member of a team’s Baseball Operations staff – from the President of Baseball Operations to the General Manager to the intern working spreadsheets. It should be next to the microphone of every major league broadcaster covering a game. Big league managers should have this book at their avail at all times.
The data in this book is the code of the baseball matrix.
If you’re a baseball fan who wants the truth, there’s a million reasons why you would want to have The Bill James Baseball Handbook 2017.
Stats. Analysis. Essays. Reports. Leader boards. Projections. It’s all there in this one. The Bill James Baseball Handbook 2017 is the best of it’s kind and nothing else is close.
|Pee Wee Reese||16||66.36|
Notable major leaguers who wore #1 for a long time in their career. Less than 20 wore it for 10+ years.
This sounds crazy. Sincerely, even to myself as I pen these thoughts, it seems a tad bizarre. But, I think it’s time to give Rafael Palmeiro a buddy pass.
Timing and the times.
Palmeiro’s career ran from 1986 through 2005. To me, that’s pretty much aligned perfectly with the steroid loosey-goosey period, as A-Rod liked to call it.
While it’s hard to say when the PED thing blossomed, it’s not unreasonable to think it started around 1983 (give or take). And, we know that Major League Baseball did not roll out a PED policy with teeth until after the 2004 season. So, to me, 1983 (or so) through 2004 was the wild, wild west of PED use in baseball. People did what they wanted and had no marshal in town since the baseball establishment – owners, players and media – pretty much completely looked the other way. There were no baseball laws to break on PED use – and anyone using at that time was not breaking any baseball laws.
Ah, yes, the law. There’s always “that.” Clearly, those using PEDs when Palmeiro played were breaking the law in that they most likely obtained the drugs illegally and were administering them without a medical doctor’s supervision. A crime? Sure…yes…no question. Then again, was it that much different from the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s when players, with the clubs’ somewhat blessing, were taking greenies (like candy) which were being used without a doctor’s script and coming from shady sources? Further, last time I checked, no one has been ever kept out of the Hall of Fame because they drank coffee everyday laced with amphetamines (supplied in the clubhouse before games in the “old days.”)
No, I haven’t forgotten about the time when Palmeiro emphatically wagged his finger back in March of 2005, claiming that he never used PEDs.
However, think about it: What was he supposed to say at that point? If he tried to plead the Fifth like McGwire or pretend that he didn’t speak English like Sosa, he would have been branded as being a user. And, if no one else was going to confess at that time, why should he?
“He cheated!,” many probably still want to say here. Well…you can say that…but, he “cheated” to do better on the field. This is not like the 1919 White Sox where people were throwing baseball games. There is an old saying in baseball: “If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.” Guys doctor baseballs, steal signs, withhold medical information, fake dates of birth, add inches to their height and shave pounds off their weight, and do other things like that in baseball – all the time. If “cheating” is bending or dancing around the rules, then there’s all sorts of cheating going on in baseball whether folks are called on it or not.
In the end, I am somewhat confident that Rafael Palmeiro will be the modern-day Shoeless Joe Jackson. One hundred years will pass and he’ll still be on the outside, looking in.
Maybe, if someone like Jim Thome, Frank Thomas or Jeff Bagwell gets outed for PED use after they were elected to the Hall of Fame, it will open a door for someone like Palmeiro to have their career re-examined?
In the meantime, it will be McGwire, Sosa and Palmeiro. They’re the PED poster boys. Nothing really to do at this point but to wear it.
Reggie. Top 4. Close to being #2.
BHM. (Big Hairy Monster.)
Is it possible that all ten of these players will be on the Yankees Opening Day roster in 2017?
I keep reading that the Yankees are going to sign at least two “big free agents” this off-season.
Boy…would that be a mistake.
This stuff has to stop. In a perfect world, barring a Jeter or Rivera type situation which is far and few between, I wish the Yankees never had a player over the age of 35…AND…had no one on their payroll making more than $17 million a year.
Old players and $100 million dollar contracts are a death sentence these days. The Yankees should have learned that by now. Of course, they still have Cashman as a G.M. as well. And, that means they don’t learn from mistakes.
McCann PLUS cash for two pitchers who have never faced a batter in Double-A.
The WAR, Games, ERA+ and Batters Faced numbers are almost identical.
Look at Reggie. No wonder why they named a candy bar after him.
Giambi = Reggie + Blomberg.
The 10 best World Series Game Seven contests just may be 2016, 2014, 2001, 1997, 1991, 1962, 1960, 1946, 1926, and 1924. In terms of grabbing national attention, for sundry reasons, you could slice the list down to 2016, 2001, 1991 and 1960 as the top four – with TV coverage giving them an assist. Picking which one of these four is the best Game Seven ever would be difficult. One thing to note is that the home team won in 1960, 1991 and 2001 – and that was not the case in 2016. This adds the element of the winning team still needing to get 3 outs to win, compared to walking off with the victory. Perhaps this additional degree of difficulty makes 2016 stand out a bit more?
This season, Kyle Hendricks, on the road, in a hitter’s ballpark, is a good pitcher – but, not a great one. That said, expect to see Jon Lester in this game tonight at some point for the Cubs. And, when that happens, Cleveland better be aggressive on the bases. (And, maybe that’s a reason for Francona to play Guyer, Davis and Crisp in the outfield tonight and bench Chisenhall and Naquin?) On the flip side, Corey Kluber should be good for 50 pitches and 4 effective innings tonight, at the least. Then, you’re going to see Shaw, Miller and Allen. Of course, Schwarber, Rizzo, Bryant, Zobrist and company can swing the bats. But, good pitching beats good hitting. If Kluber, Shaw, Miller and Allen are on tonight, I see Cleveland winning a close contest. To me, that’s the key to the game tonight: Cleveland’s best pitchers against Chicago’s great hitters. Whomever wins those battles will win the war.
Since they went to the wildcard format in baseball, in the past 21 years, only the 1998 & 1999 Yankees, and the 2005 White Sox, have won World Series rings while losing two games or less during their post-season run. (’99 Yanks and ’05 Chisox lost one. ’98 Yanks lost two.) With a win tonight, Cleveland can join the club.
Since 1973, there have ONLY been FOUR Yankees players to have 10+ seasons with the team where they played enough to qualify for the league batting title:
|1||Derek Jeter||18||1996||2014||22-40||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Bernie Williams||13||1993||2005||24-36||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Don Mattingly||11||1984||1995||23-34||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Willie Randolph||10||1977||1987||22-32||Ind. Seasons|
And, it’s going to be a long time before someone joins this group.
At the major league level, the Yankees have Gardner, Ellsbury and Hicks in the outfield next year. (Yeah, for some stupid reason, they love Hicks.)
However, they also have Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Tyler Austin very close in the wings. (I say Austin expecting Bird to play first.) And, there’s more outfielders very close and knocking on the door. You’ve got Dustin Fowler, Mark Payton…and maybe even Mason Williams or Billy McKinney (although I am not too high on the latter two). And, don’t discount Blake Rutherford being a fast mover.
I know the Yankees would love to unload Ellsbury. But, that’s not going to happen.
Sure smells like Gardner is going to get traded this off-season, no?
Mr. Miller and Mr. Chapman meet again!
This is actually a pretty cool Fall Classic match-up. Maybe the most interesting in a while.
Of course, the Cubs are STACKED. And, everyone wants them to win because it’s been since 1908, they have a curse, etc. Then again, the Indians have their thing with 1948 as well.
Don’t discount Cleveland.
Boston was better than them. Ditto Toronto. And, they beat them both. Francona just may be the best post-season manager in baseball history – at least in modern-day baseball history.
I would not be annoyed if either team won. I suppose that I am rooting for the Indians because they are the Cinderella team and it’s more than likely they won’t get too many other shots – whereas the Cubs may be great for a while.
Hopefully, it will be a great series. We had a pretty good one in 2014. But, I want this one to be better. Something along the lines of 1975 or 2001 would be nice. Even the level of 2011 or 1997 would be cool. Give us something memorable…
Full disclosure: I never saw the movie.
In any event, the next 12 months in Yankeeland are the best possible time to finally get rid of Brian Cashman. If it doesn’t happen during that time, it’s probably not going to happen until the 2020′s. (Ugh!)
For the LAST FOUR years, the Yankees have been an 85 win team. (The record speaks for itself – 85, 84, 87 and 84 is an average of 85, on the nose.)
If they pull another 85 or less, that may be enough to send Cashman packing. You don’t have to pay a GM what the Yankees are paying Cashman to get an 85 win team. For sure, if they tank and put up a losing record, that should be “Bye-bye Brian!”
But, if the Yankees do win less than 86 games in 2017, it’s probably the end for Joe Girardi as well. And, that would be sad. He’s a good man and a solid manager. In fact, if not for him, the Yankees would be more like a 79 win team each of the last four seasons. If anything, Girardi has saved Cashman’s bacon since 2013.
WWHD? (What would Hal do?)
If Yankee ownership had to choose between Cashman or Girardi to take the hit for a poor 2017, which one would get whacked?
I suspect it would be Joe.
Cashman, Trost and Levine have themselves dug in deeper than an Alabama tick and are super insulated. Plus, they have unity and Girardi is a man on an island.
Cashman survived Meanwell. In fact, he had her “taken care of” faster than you can say “Vincent Foster.”
Something big has to happen in the next 12 months to free Yankeeland of Cashman. Bigger than Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa or Javy Vazquez. Worse than Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Travis Hafner, Garrett Jones or Kevin Youkilis. It can’t just be another Cito Culver, Ty Hensley, C.J. Henry or Andrew Brackman. Cashman has proven none of that stuff sticks.
I don’t know…what do you think it would take? And, if it happened, would it be Girardi or Cashman who would be let go when it happens?
At the VERY LAST MINUTE, my son and I decided to go to the Yankees game yesterday. That’s us in the green box, above. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) It was our first time at the Stadium in a while. (We didn’t go at all last year.)
He had nothing to do and was bored. It was Game 161 on a gray day. They were giving out bobble-heads. And, the seats were $25 each on StubHub. I figured it would be easy getting in and out, etc. So, why not?
By the way, they “announced” the “paid” attendance at 33,222. Boy, that’s magic. Every section was at least half empty, or more, and there were a few sections that were totally empty. What did they have, like 13,000 who bought tickets and didn’t show? Really?
Anyway, what I found interesting was that the seats we had, while nice, did not give you the whole view of the field. We could not see anything in right field. Basically, any ball hit towards right that was more than 200 feet, we had to guess what happened based on the crowd reaction or the runners on base.
I think those tickets go for $50 each at full price. For that amount, shouldn’t you be able to see the whole field?
No, not Gary Sanchez…
The 2016 Yankees have a chance to become ONLY THE SECOND YANKEES TEAM EVER to have THREE players appear in 100+ games EACH and EACH have more strikeouts than hits. Yes, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann…we are watching you. (All Cashman imports, by the way and for the record.)
The only other time the Yankees did it? That would be that glorious 1990 squad with Steve Balboni, Jesse Barfield and Bob Geren doing the honors.
Home plate umpire Todd Tichenor is a moron. He totally mishandled the situation and was the cause for this thing escalating. MLB needs to sit him down and take some money out of his pocket.
There’s no way Severino hit Donaldson on purpose. Plus, that pitch was not that far inside.
J.A. Happ should have been warned after THE FIRST PITCH to Headley and ejected after the second one.
I actually give Girardi credit for being a better man than me. Seriously, after the Headley HBP, I would have taken my entire team off the field and said “Bleep you. We forfeit. There’s no sense playing a game when you have a home plate umpire THIS CLUELESS as to how to run a game.” And, I would have let the Blue Jays management watch 40,000 fans walk out of their building after just one inning of play. Cha-ching!
I watched the game up until the debates. The whole time I was praying that some Yankees batter would push or drag a bunt up the first base line and run up Happ’s back, pushing his face into the ground and maybe even spiking up his Achilles tendon.
Good job by Severino in the bottom of the second doing what was needed.
The Jays want to be the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. Hey, whatever. Good luck with it.
But, Todd Tichenor should be put on a performance improvement plan after the way he butchered this one. He was just horse shit last night.
Ouch. Who’s the batting coach again?
Gary Sanchez, in terms of his OPS+, is now hitting like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jason Giambi in their best seasons.
|1||Barry Bonds||4||2001||2004||36-39||Ind. Seasons|
|2||Mark McGwire||2||1998||2000||34-36||Ind. Seasons|
|3||Gary Sanchez||1||2016||2016||23-23||Ind. Seasons|
|4||Sammy Sosa||1||2001||2001||32-32||Ind. Seasons|
|5||Jason Giambi||1||2001||2001||30-30||Ind. Seasons|
Maybe not the company you want to keep?
Com’on Yankees. Just give me four more wins this year. After that, you can do whatever you want.
This team has the potential to be really good in 2018. But, with Cashman and Company at the helm, I am sure they will screw it up.
As far as the rest of this year, now it’s time to play spoiler and have some pride in doing it…