Today’s news is powered by a classic from Tom Lehrer:
- As you likely know by now, the Yanks acquired Eric Hinske from the Pirates. GM Brian Cashman offers this on the deal:
“He’s a pro,” said Cashman, who sent two minor leaguers to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Hinske. “He’s been through the trenches in the American League East. We just felt that he can come in and help us. Doesn’t mean he will. I think our bench is better because of it. Joe (Girardi) has more choices because of it. Hopefully we’ll benefit because of it. We might not, but that’s at least the method to the madness.”
Cashman and Girardi said that Xavier Nady’s (elbow) latest setback, which will likely sideline him for the season, prompted the move. Hinske will spell Alex Rodriguez at third base, Mark Teixeira at first base and provide depth in right and left fields, Cashman and Girardi said.
[My take: The Pirates are becoming the 2000’s edition of the Kansas City A’s . . . they’re the Yanks favorite talent-feeder of late.]
- Joel Sherman lists eight reasons the Yanks acquired Hinske.
- Mr. Hinske could have been had on waivers two weeks ago.
[My take: But Cashman didn’t know that Nady was gonna be down for the count at that point.]
- Mariano Rivera was almost traded away from the Bombers early on in his career:
Michael had his own ‘What if?’ moment a few years later, in 1995, when he considered trading Rivera to the Tigers for David Wells. At the time Rivera was still trying to make it as a starter, still throwing in the low 90s, and when Michael asked the Tigers what they would want in a deal for Wells, Rivera was one of the names they put on a list.
“I never said yes,” Michael said with a chuckle Monday. “And right about that time, Mariano’s velocity in the minors jumped to 95-96. I didn’t believe it when I saw our report, but I checked it out with scouts from other teams who were there, and it was true. At that point there was no way I was trading him.”
- When will A-Rod be rested?:
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Rodriguez will be given at least one day off and potentially more during the team’s 13-game stretch leading up to the All-Star break. It is likely Rodriguez will also be used as a designated hitter on occasion, as he continues to battle back from right hip surgery.
So even though it seems clear exactly how Rodriguez will be utilized, it may not be that simple. Girardi did not offer a roadmap outlining exactly when Rodriguez will receive this promised downtime, instead presenting several scenarios.
“I will probably give him a day off in Minnesota, for sure, and DH him a day during the week and maybe even DH him two days during this week,” Girardi said. The Yankees take on the Twins from July 7-9.
Beyond that, Girardi would not specify when the off-days will come. He suggested it is possible Rodriguez gets a day during the current homestand against the Mariners or Blue Jays, but also gave a scenario in which Rodriguez gets two days off in Minnesota on the synthetic-surface field, which is notoriously tough on the body.
- Just what IS a Yurendell DeCaster?:
3B Yurendell DeCaster is trading in his RedHawks pinstripes for a set of Yankees pinstripes.The All-Star third baseman has had his contract purchased by the New York Yankees today and will report on Tuesday to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Triple-A affiliate for New York in the International League.
DeCaster, 29, joined the RedHawks this spring and was arguably the top player in the Northern League this season. Entering tonight’s play, DeCaster was leading the Northern League in hits (54), doubles (14), home runs (13), RBI (43) and slugging percentage (.682). He was batting .344, good for fifth in the league, and was second in runs scored with 36.
- One-time scouting director (’87-’90) Brian Sabean turns 53 today. Sabean is currently the GM of the Giants.
- On this date in 1935, Yankees OF George Selkirk suggests a cinder path, 6 feet wide, be installed in the outfield so a player knows when he is nearing the wall.
[My take: So the “Warning Track” could have been named the “Selkirk Track”?]
- On this date in 1941, before 52,832 at Yankee Stadium, Joe DiMaggio leads a sweep of the Red Sox, 7-2 and 9-2. The 2nd game is called after 5 innings. DiMaggio has 2 hits in the first game and one in the second to tie Willie Keeler’s major-league batting streak of 44 games with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but Joltin’ Joe is given a hit by New York World Telegram’s Dan Daniel. The Yankees have 25 hits in the two games but fail to hit a HR in the first game, ending their AL streak of 25 consecutive games with at least one HR. The previous record, set by the Tigers in 1940, was 17 games.
- On this date in 1964, it’s “Taxi Day” at Yankee Stadium and nearly 5,000 cabbies and their families are on hand as Kansas City runs up the meter to win, 5 – 4.
[My take: Nowadays, the Yankees leave the meter running at your seat while you use the restroom.]
- On this date in 1990, Yankee Andy Hawkins throws a no-hitter, but still loses 4 – 0 to the White Sox. With two out in the bottom of the 8th, New York’s Mike Blowers misplays a routine grounder for an error, and Hawkins walks two to load the bases. Outfielders Jim Leyritz and Jesse Barfield drop back-to-back fly balls to allow all four runs to score.
- On this date in 2004, the Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-4 in 13 innings. In the 12th inning, the Red Sox had runners on second and third with two outs when Trot Nixon lifted a fly ball to shallow left field. Derek Jeter raced out and caught the ball before diving headfirst into the stands and bloodying his face, forcing him to leave the game. In the top of the 13th inning, Manny Ramirez homered to give the Red Sox the lead, but the Yankees staged a two out rally in the bottom half of the inning. Ruben Sierra singled, then came around to score on Miguel Cairo’s game-tying RBI double. Pinch hitter John Flaherty, the last man off the Yankees’ bench, followed that up with a game-winning ground-rule single to score Cairo.
I’m off Thursday (at the game tonight), so I’ll see you all Friday!