Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The Yankees will replace departed hitting coach Jeff Pentland with Alan Cockrell and promote Marcus Thames to the big league staff.
As previously reported by The Post, the Yankees announced Monday that Cockrell will move from assistant hitting coach to the top job, and Thames will be elevated from Triple-A to the big leagues.
It’s the second time the Yankees have stayed within to fill a high-profile job. When assistant GM Billy Eppler left to become the Angels general manager, Yankees GM Brian Cashman promoted professional scout Tim Naehring, though he will receive a different title.
The Yankees have been impressed with Thames, who has worked in their minor league system for three years. He was also drawing interest from other big league clubs.
Is there really much to say about this?
Monday, November 2, 2015
The Royals knew the only way to salve their regret was to win the World Series, and Sunday night at Citi Field, they accomplished that in a very Royal-like manner, with a come-from-behind 7-2 victory in 12 innings over the Mets. The victory, their fourth in five games, gave them their first championship since 1985.
The Royals survived a superb performance by the Mets’ Matt Harvey, scoring twice in the ninth inning to tie the score at 2-2 and breaking through to score five times in the 12th against relievers Addison Reed and Bartolo Colon.
With the way Harvey was throwing, I turned the game off after the top of the eighth and figured there’d be a Game Six on Tuesday. Oops.
Congratulations to the Royals and their fans. Apparently Dayton Moore actually does know what he’s doing.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
The man who replaced the man who replaced Mariano Rivera now has the award named after baseball’s greatest closer.
Andrew Miller, who was signed to replace David Robertson, was named the Mariano Rivera Award winner, which goes to the best reliever in the American League.
Miller received the award from Rivera prior to Game 2 of the World Series in Kansas City. Miller, whom the Yankees signed to a four-year, $36 million last winter, saved 36 games in 38 chances. He was 3-2 with a 2.06 ERA.
While he won the award, it could be argued he wasn’t the New York Yankees’ best reliever with Dellin Betances dominating in setup duties for most of the season. Betances finished with a 1.50 ERA. He struck out 131 batters to Miller’s 100. Betances walked 40 to Miller’s 20. Miller threw 61 2/3 innings to Betances’ major-league-reliever high of 84.
I am guessing the formula is heavily based on saves. Miller had a great season, but Betances was worth almost four wins according to Baseball Reference which is unreal for a relief pitcher.
I never expected Betances to pitch as well as he did in 2014 in 2015, and while his peripherals were a bit worse he was still fantastic, even though he seemed a bit less than fantastic down the stretch.
Let’s hope for a repeat out of both of them in 2016.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Their lives after the Yankees aren’t yet measured in decades, but judging by the intoxicating success Dave Eiland and Kevin Long have enjoyed outside The Bronx, it’s been very satisfying.
The friends and coaches who played big parts in the Yankees winning the 2009 World Series will meet in the World Series, when Eiland’s Royals pitchers attempt to muzzle Daniel Murphy and the Mets as Long’s hitters try to find a way to dent the Royals’ nuclear bullpen.
Game 1 is Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
It’s not the first time Eiland and Long have been in different dugouts: Eiland has been the Royals’ pitching coach for four years and Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach until last season. They both have a 2009 World Series ring, but only one is going to have two.
Coaches tend to get a disproportionate amount of credit or blame in my opinion, but firing them at least allows teams to give the illusion of being proactive and fixing a perceived problem.
Friday, October 23, 2015
After roughly 1642 words about the Mets, the Yankees get the following 40 words.
The Yankees are interested in a right-handed bat, middle-relief help and perhaps one starter. Jeff Samardzija could be that guy, though apparently not Price, Johnny Cueto or Greinke. They aren’t high at the moment on $200 million deals for pitchers.
They may as well not sign any pitcher if Samardzija is who they want.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Masahiro Tanaka went under the knife Tuesday, but not for the surgery so many have predicted and feared.
The Yankees right-hander underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove a pre-existing bone spur from his right elbow, the team announced. Tanaka has been pitching with a partial tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, an injury most experts believed would need Tommy John surgery eventually.
The injury dates back to his pitching career in Japan, according to the Yankees, who expect him to be ready for the start of spring training. The expected recovery time is six weeks.
Since he had this bone spur for a few years now, obviously it could not have had THAT much effect on his pitching, but you also have to figure that it can only be a good thing to have a bone spur removed, and it possibly could set him up for even better performance next year. The article features a tweet from Chris Archer giving Tanaka props for being able to pitch through the bone spur.
Tip of the hat to Discofever for the link.
On Sunday, it was revealed that Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez would serve as a postseason baseball analyst for FOX. (Apparently to celebrate, he broke a TV screen with a football on a national broadcast.)
A-Rod debuted Monday in his new role before Game 3 of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays.
How’d he do?
The reviews, if judged by Twitter (and what isn’t?), were high. Rodriguez’s knowledge of baseball—especially his ability to notice the little things that escape others—showed on the telecast as he broke down both teams’ players and their tendencies.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
For the second consecutive year, the New York Yankees have determined that a hitting coach was the cause of their offensive woes.
According to a story in Sunday’s New York Post, the Yankees have parted ways with Jeff Pentland, who was let go after one season despite marked improvements by the club in home runs and runs scored, and a return to postseason play for the first time since 2012.
Ironically, the hitting coach Pentland replaced, Kevin Long, is now working for the New York Mets, who are three victories away from the World Series.
The dismissal of Pentland, 69, comes as something of a surprise since the 2015 Yankees hit 65 more home runs (212 as opposed to 147), scored 131 more runs (764-633) and also posted a higher batting average (.251-.245) and on-base percentage (.323-.307) than the 2014 Yankees. Only three teams in baseball hit more home runs than the Yankees, and only one, the Toronto Blue Jays, scored more runs.
As I said on the last thread, I think Pentland was always a fill-in candidate. He is even quoted as saying he was told it was probably going to be a one-year deal. I think that the Yankees either wanted to sign Raul Ibanez but he didn’t want to go right into coaching or they wanted to give Marcus Thames an extra year of seasoning (he’s been promoted to each higher level of the Yankee minors as hitting coach from 2013-2015, from Single A to Triple A last year, so I guess the Majors are next).