Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

20 years ago today, good friend of the blog, David Cone was traded to the Yankees from the Toronto Blue Jays.

From the New York Times 7/29/95:

It was a day of blockbuster deals for New York’s baseball teams yesterday as the Yankees braced for a pennant race and the Mets prepared for the future. The Yankees acquired last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner, David Cone, from Toronto for three minor league pitchers, then sent the disgruntled slugger Danny Tartabull to Oakland for Ruben Sierra. The Mets traded Bobby Bonilla* to Baltimore for Alex Ochoa, a talented outfield prospect.

 

The impetus for the trades is twofold: The Yankees and Orioles are girding for the A.L. East race. The Mets and Jays are trying to shed salaries and build for the future.

From ESPN’s Page 2 where the trade was ranked the 10th worst deadline trade ever in baseball (up to that point)…for the Blue Jays:

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Quick hit: The Didi Gregorius Game

So I was in Camden Yards last night watching the O’s walk off against the Braves and I missed all of the hullabaloo in Texas – which included my boy Alex Rodriguez’s 40th birthday home run. When my friend Dave, who was with me at the game, and keeping track of the Yankee game on his phone said that Didi Gregorius tied the game with a two-run homer I replied, “Whaaaaat?” Just like that.

Then later in the game, when Gregorius plated home two more runs, my reaction was more like this:

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Anyway, here are the heat maps and spray chart of his big 3-4 with four RBI night!

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His two singles were off fastballs at 90 and 93 while his home run off an 83 mph fastball (that’s according to my system).

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As I wrote nearly a couple of weeks ago, Gregorius is slowly progressing into a solid player for the Yankees and hopefully, we’ll see more of this type of performance in the future.…

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Game 98 Recap: Yankees 6 Rangers 2

Didi HR vs TEX

Best shortstop in town. Courtesy of the AP

New York, Minnesota, Texas, doesn’t matter where.  The Yankees show up at the ballpark on any given day and they’re probably going to beat you.  That’s just how things are going right now.  Everybody is chipping in, everybody has their turn to contribute, and the Bombers are rolling like a well-oiled baseball machine as they pull away in the AL East.

Ivan Nova got the start last night and once again he turned in an outing that wasn’t nearly as good as his line made it look.  The Rangers got to him for 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, all generated with 2 outs.  Josh Hamilton singled and scored of Elvis Andrus‘ double, then Andrus came home on a Lenonys Martin.  The Rangers looked like they were going to put a hurting on Nova, then he managed to get through the next 3 innings scoreless.  He had to escape a bases loaded/1 out situation in the 4th with a couple ground ball outs, and he put 2 men on with 2 outs again in the 5th, but no more runs crossed.  …

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Game 98: Nova vs. Harrison

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

New York Yankees Texas Rangers
Brett Gardner, CF Rougned Odor, 2B
Chris Young, LF Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Alex Rodriguez, DH Prince Fielder, DH
Mark Teixeira, 1B Mitch Moreland, 1B
Brian McCann, C Adrian Beltre, 3B
Carlos Beltran, RF Josh Hamilton, LF
Chase Headley, 3B Elvis Andrus, SS
Didi Gregorius, SS Leonys Martin, CF
Brendan Ryan, 2B Robinson Chirinos, C
Ivan Nova, SP Matt Harrison, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Trade Deadline News And Notes: 7/27/15

Deadline’s right around the corner.  Here’s the latest:

– The big weekend trade was Johnny Cueto going to the Royals for a trio of lefty arms.  From what I read, it sounds like the return for Cueto wasn’t that great.  Makes you wonder what the Yanks could have done if they had a full complement of healthy pitching prospects.

- Via George King, the Yanks scouted Cueto for 5 weeks and at one point had “limited discussions” with the Reds about a deal involving Ivan Nova.  King says the Yanks are now waiting to see what the Tigers do with David Price.

– One pitcher they don’t seem interested in pursuing is Cole Hamels.  According to Joel Sherman, they aren’t interested in trading top prospects (Judge, Severino, Bird, Mateo) or taking on big money, both of which they would have to do to acquire Hamels.

- Via Jon Heyman, the Yanks “have discussed just about every available top starter and reliever”, so Cash is definitely doing his due diligence.  …

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Happy 40th Birthday, A-Rod!

A mere two days before the big 4-0, Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in a game for the first time since August 2010.

And all of them were monster shots with the “shortest one” measuring 424 feet.

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While the first one, off starter Tommy Milone, came off an 88 m.p.h. cutter and traveled the furthest, it was the game-tying shot in the ninth that was really impressive because it came against closer Glen Perkins who threw Alex a 94 m.p.h. fastball that was quickly deposited to dead centerfield.

Right now, at age 40, Rodriguez is batting .277/.375/.539/.914 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI.

His spray chart:
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No one saw this performance coming. Alex included. But it has been great to watch.

Now, I know this will probably shock most of you, but I was having a tough time coming up with something to write about today. I knew, I wanted to write about Alex turning 40 but the words were not coming to me so instead, here are some of my favorite Alex Rodriguez highlights.…

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Prospect Profile: Austin DeCarr

This week I thought we could take a look at one of the prospects that ranks on most, if not all, top Yankee prospect lists, but is still a relatively big unknown for the Yankees. Austin DeCarr was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of last year’s Draft, however, he has only appeared in a handful of rookie league games and was one of the many Yankees’ pitching prospects to go under the knife and have Tommy John surgery this year.

Austin-DeCarr-2.JPGName: Austin DeCarr
Position: Pitcher
DOB: March 14, 1995
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

DeCarr hails from Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he graduated from Xaverian High in 2013 before attending Salisbury in Connecticut for a post-grad year. DeCarr was set to attend Clemson, but after the Yankees drafted him with the 91st pick and offered him a million dollar bonus, well over slot, he signed and got his professional career underway.…

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Chase Headley Quietly Heating Up

Courtesy: Noah K Murray-USA Today Sports

Courtesy: Noah K Murray-USA Today Sports

With all the attention Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira are getting — rightfully so of course — Chase Headley has started to resemble the player the Yankees thought they were getting when they signed him over the winter. Headley started off horribly both in the field and at the plate, but has seemed to turn it around on both ends in July.

Headley came through big yesterday going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. He also contributed in Saturday’s big rally with a sac fly in the seventh inning and a single in the ninth. Headley has hit .333/.371/.421 in July with a .346 wOBA and a 120 wRC+. He has always been a second half player in his career, as he has a .279/.362/.442/.804 slash line in his career in second halves. Maybe, he’s just one of those guys who just takes awhile to get going.

Whatever weird throwing issue Headley had going has mostly gone away recently.…

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Has Alex Rodriguez Been What The Yankee Clubhouse Was Missing All Along?

Alex Rodriguez got an early 40th birthday present yesterday from his manager.  After having to take multiple brisk jogs around the bases on Saturday night, he got a day off in the series finale and watched his teammates put together another strong victory against a quality opponent.  Even though he wasn’t a direct participant in any of the on-field happenings, A-Rod did play a small part in the action by picking up Stephen Drew in a dugout pseudo-bear hug after his 2-run homer in the 6th.  It wasn’t all that different from the pseudo-bear hug he gave John Ryan Murphy after his 3-run shot completed the comeback on Saturday night.

In addition to the celebratory dugout hugs, we’ve seen A-Rod factor into a lot of the in-game team camaraderie stuff this season.  He’s always good for a laugh when he’s going first to third or second to home running the bases, and his rolling, tumbling, flop slide into home plate the other day on Chase Headley‘s 3-run double was a thing of comedic beauty.  …

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