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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dustin Fowler sues White Sox over injury at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Dustin Fowler’s lawsuit, filed Friday, claims that the Sox and the [state] agency were negligent in not securing the unpadded electrical box he collided with along the right field line during the June 29 game.

Fowler, then playing for the New York Yankees, crashed into the right field wall while chasing down a fly ball in foul territory. Fowler hit the low side of the wall at full speed, causing him to flip over. When he tried to stand up, he fell to the ground, prompting a gasp from the crowd.

The top-100 prospect, playing his first major league game, was sidelined for the rest of the season after emergency surgery at Rush University Medical Center.


Thursday, December 14, 2017

ESPN: Buster Olney: Judge Should Hit Leadoff For The Yankees

Get the pitcher sweating bullets right from the start?

But Judge can bat leadoff because he has the primary skill of the best No. 1 hitters: He gets on base a whole lot. Judge drew 127 walks, easily leading the American League and breaking Ted Williams’ 78-year-old record for a rookie, and only Mike Trout had a higher on-base percentage than Judge’s .422.

Judge also led the AL in strikeouts, with 208, and between his combination of walks and strikeouts, he averaged 4.41 pitches per plate appearance, the most in the AL. Managers often prefer to have hitters who see a lot of pitches near the top of the batting order, so that the batters who follow can watch the opposing pitcher work and learn—about what the pitcher is throwing, what he is commanding, how he is attacking hitters.
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And if Judge bats first, there would be the potential for the instant ambush of the opposing pitcher, who would be under pressure immediately. If you make a mistake to Judge, and the Yankees would have a quick run on the board; if you pitched carefully, he might take a walk and set up the rest of the inning, with Stanton looming in the middle of the order.

Interesting, but I wouldn’t go there, and I doubt that Aaron Boone, who never coached or managed at any level, will start his tenure with such an unconventional approach.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 14, 2017 at 12:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, batting order, leadoff hitter, new york yankees

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. Statcast has revealed the whole truth of Aaron Judge, and the truth is that, at least in the American League, he is one of a kind. That might make it harder to see the future, but then, maybe, it doesn’t make it harder at all.

And he just might cut down on those strikeouts.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Monday, November 13, 2017

Carlos Beltran: Muchas Gracias, Béisbol

I am blessed to have shared all of my experiences with my wife and my three kids, my family and friends. To have so many loving fans. To have been able to build a school in Puerto Rico and change the lives of so many kids. To have won the Roberto Clemente Award, which is the greatest honor I could have ever received as a ballplayer.

And I am blessed to be a champion.

But now, my time as a player has come to an end.

Today, I am officially announcing my retirement.


Monday, October 23, 2017

Aaron Judge Named Sporting News AL Rookie Of The Year

Something of a landslide:

1. Aaron Judge, New York Yankees: 138

2. Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox: 1

3. Yuli Gurriel, Houston Astros: 1

Only need to revoke two voting privileges. Pretty good!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Angell: Bringing the Yankees Home?

Wednesday’s game, at the Stadium, allowed me to continue work on my monograph about Keuchel’s whiskers. Mr. Weirdbeard shows a dense mid-chest curtain of hair depending from spaghetti-strap sideburns that might actually hook over his ears. Further observations offer a different possibility. His long, pale neck is smooth-shaven and stretches up to a high haircut trim close to his cap. The effect, seen from a slight angle astern, suggests a silken Dolce & Gabbana evening bag or, more likely, a black chemise or bit of underwear hanging on the far side of your closet door.

The box score shows that the Yankees struck out thirteen times in Game Five, contributing to their forty-nine strikeouts in the games to date. Shifting to the other league and the other side of the ledger, we come upon the Cubs’ 3–2 win in Game Four, at Wrigley Field, in which all five runs came on solo homers. Amazingly, these were also half of the hits in the game. Totals like this should no longer startle us. Baseball has irremediably altered, accumulating homers and strikeouts in ever-ascending numbers. Aaron Judge’s new rookie record of fifty-two home runs comes along with his record two hundred and eight whiffs. Major-league players hit more home runs this season than ever before, and more of them struck out as well. It’s all about size. At six feet seven and a tautly proportioned two hundred and eighty pounds, Judge is the avatar for this new generation of towering sluggers, while the pitchers, in their leaner and longer fashion, are also stronger than ever before. Launching has replaced hitting, and the batters walk away unflustered when they swing and miss at another hundred-mile-an-hour heater. This altered game is here to stay, and may even suit the distractible, phone-attached modern audience. Almost no one keeps score nowadays, and folks in the seats rise in numbers, shouting for the coming K or wowing for the departing dinger. I’m not a yearner for the past by nature, but maintain a secret fondness for a different baseball moment—a hard single up the right-field side with a man aboard, the baserunner and the relayed white ball now converging on third, and the fractional moment in which we await the call.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Angell: Yanks Get Even

C. C. will become a free agent this year, and it’s not a certainty that the Yankees will come through with an expensive new contract. He’s a different pitcher these days from what he was when he arrived, in 2009, as a high-strikeout star from the Brewers, and now thrives on angles and corners and a commanding elder presence. He went 14–5 in the regular season, but, like others, I most want to hold onto the look of him out there: the tent-like uni top, the billowing pajama pants. His cap sits askew on his bald head, just above his oddly folded ears. Most of all, at six-six and three hundred pounds, he is enormous, but this Monadnock, set in motion, becomes curved and flowing, and the departing and instantly arriving pitch completes the line and the portrait. His eyes gleam with appreciation as well as attention: he is sharing our fun.


Friday, September 29, 2017

Aaron Judge’s 51st HR Ties Babe Ruth For Most Yankee HRs At Home

Anytime you’re tied with Babe Ruth in a HR category, you’re doing pretty well:

The homer was Judge’s 32nd in 75 games at Yankee Stadium, tying Babe Ruth’s 1921 tally at the Polo Grounds for the most homers hit at home in a single season by a Yankee.

By working his AL-leading 125th walk later in the contest, Judge became the third player in history, age 25 or younger, with at least 125 runs and 125 walks in a season. Judge joined Ruth (1920, age 25) and Ted Williams (1941 and ‘42, ages 22 and 23) in that select group.
.  .  .
As the Yankees gear up for October, Judge is enjoying his best month of the season. His career-long hitting streak has reached 11 games, and Judge has reached base safely in 23 straight games, the second-longest streak of his career. He is batting .329/.486/.961 (25-for-76) with 14 homers, 29 RBIs and 26 walks during the streak. Judge also has an extra-base hit in each of his past eight games.

Three games left to break the record.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 29, 2017 at 03:21 AM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, babe ruth, home runs, new york yankees, yankee stadium

Friday, September 22, 2017

Canadian Fakin’ - Goins uses hidden ball trick to get Frazier

Ryan Goins is known for being a magician with the glove, but in Friday night’s 8-1 win over the Yanks at Rogers Centre, he unveiled his sneakiest move yet: The hidden ball trick.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury breaks Pete Rose catcher’s interference mark

[Ellsbury] reached base on catcher’s interference for the 30th time, passing the mark that had been held by Pete Rose. [...] Rose, baseball’s career hits leader, had 15,890 plate appearances. Ellsbury reached the record in 5,308.

Obscure records are the best.


 

 

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