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1 Shaun P.   ~  Jan 14, 2019 3:40 pm

RIP, Mel.

2 RIYank   ~  Jan 14, 2019 3:52 pm

Bye, Mel.

3 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 14, 2019 4:14 pm

Such a fine Yankee.

4 Bronx Boy in NC   ~  Jan 14, 2019 4:30 pm

Takes his seat among the Forever Yankees. RIP

5 Greg G   ~  Jan 14, 2019 5:28 pm

What an amazing man and career. He will be missed.

6 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 14, 2019 7:30 pm

The pic and the link below it actually are two separate links, the first the only respectful epilogue on the man's life I could find at the moment, and the second a clip from his last visit to Yankee Stadium where he was given the surprise honor of having a plaque dedicated to him for Memorial Park; his speech that followed was very touching and brought a tear to the eye considering all things. If you can see the whole ceremony, I highly recommend it; the Yanks do their ceremonies right.

7 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jan 14, 2019 7:40 pm


It's funny watching Jazz Jr experience HIS generation of Yankees. Judge, Sanchez, CC, Joe Girardi. Knowing he's going to look back at them the way I do to Donnie Baseball, Willie Randolph, then Jeter and Mo.

8 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jan 14, 2019 7:41 pm

[7] Incomplete post! Forgot our man Mel S. One of those guys just always a Yankee, no matter what uniform he was wearing, you know?

9 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Jan 15, 2019 10:41 am

A great Yankee. Too bad he appeared in only 1 WS as a player. That was in 64, when he came up in the summer and pitched the Yanks into the WS. He lost the last game (game 7) to Gibson, when the Yanks were down 6-0, battled back, but ultimately lost 8-6. It was the end of an era for the Yanks, Yogi got fired aas manager, and the teams had years of awful. But Mel pitched well, lots of All-Star games, winning records on bad teams. Great pitching coach too.

10 rbj   ~  Jan 15, 2019 3:46 pm

[9] Mel came along at the wrong time, with penny-pinching by ownership who couldn't sign any player they needed. Good thing those days are behind us . . .

ps, looking at the HoF voting, Mo's vote is interesting.

11 Chyll Will   ~  Jan 15, 2019 4:05 pm

I wouldn't say he came at the wrong time; he was right on time for the 80s Mets and the 90s Yanks. I would venture that for what he lost or sacrificed as a pitcher, he gained back and then some as a pitching coach. His plaque in Monument Park is well deserved.

12 Boatzilla   ~  Jan 15, 2019 8:48 pm

And don't forget his outstanding musical career with the Furious Five. Dude was a true legend.

(Humor helps the mourning process.)

13 weeping for brunnhilde   ~  Jan 15, 2019 10:43 pm

RIP, Mel. :(

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