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Friday, October 04, 2019

‘He’s a legend’: Left off ALDS roster, Yankees fighting to make sure CC Sabathia gets another shot

NEW YORK — CC Sabathia dressed quietly in the corner of the Yankees clubhouse Thursday, alone with his thoughts, wondering, praying, whether he has thrown his last professional pitch.

The Yankees open the postseason Friday in the American League Division Series against the Minnesota Twins, but while Sabathia is the heart and soul of this proud franchise, he will be relegated to be a cheerleader in the dugout.

Sabathia is not on the Yankees’ Division Series roster.

And with no guarantee the Yankees will beat the Twins, let alone whether he’ll be on the roster in the next round or potentially the World Series, Sabathia’s career may have ended a few weeks earlier than he envisioned.

That would be quite a way for a career to end, wouldn’t it?

 

QLE Posted: October 04, 2019 at 12:13 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: alds, c.c. sabathia, rosters

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Arizona Fall League rosters revealed

While Minor League regular seasons and playoffs will end by mid-September, several of baseball’s best prospects will continue to show their skills in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play on Sept. 18. Angels outfielder Jo Adell, Twins players Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff and Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley highlight the rosters for the developmental circuit, which were announced on Wednesday.

In all, 20 of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects will participate in the AFL. Besides Adell (No. 4 on the Top 100), Lewis (No. 7), Kirilloff (No. 16) and Whitley (No. 17), the others are: Giants catcher Joey Bart (No. 20), Mariners outfielder Jarred Kelenic (No. 23), Phillies third baseman Alec Bohm (No. 35), Indians third baseman Nolan Jones (No. 38), Cubs shortstop Nico Hoerner (No. 48), Cardinals outfielder Dylan Carlson (No. 50), Mariners outfielder Julio Rodriguez (No. 52), Giants outfielder Heliot Ramos (No. 53), Pirates shortstop Oneil Cruz (No. 59), Royals left-hander Daniel Lynch (No. 73), Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia (No. 77), Cubs catcher Miguel Amaya (No. 88), Mets shortstop Andres Gimenez (No. 91), Reds third baseman Jonathan India (No. 92), Rays right-hander Shane Baz (No. 93) and D-backs first baseman Seth Beer (No. 97)

More than 2,900 former Fall Leaguers have advanced to the big leagues, including Hall of Famers Roy Halladay and Mike Piazza as well as future Cooperstown locks Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols. The AFL has produced 296 All-Stars, 19 Most Valuable Players (including both 2018 honorees, Mookie Betts and Christian Yelich), six Cy Young Award winners and 30 Rookies of the Year. Gleyber Torres (2016) and Ronald Acuna (2017) won AFL MVP awards before starring in the big leagues, and other recent Fall League standouts include Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles.

Below are the initial AFL rosters, broken down by big league team (with MLB Pipeline organization Top 30 rankings in parentheses). There are still a handful of roster spots to be filled, as each team will send a minimum of seven prospects (four pitchers, three position players).

Open thread for all discussion of the Arizona Fall League.

QLE Posted: August 29, 2019 at 08:24 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: arizona fall league, rosters

 

 

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