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Friday, April 10, 2020

Articles tagged: New York Yankees

Yankees likely to call up Clint Frazier in September

Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier finally appears likely to make his return to the New York Yankees.

Manager Aaron Boone suggested Wednesday that Frazier is likely to be one of the call-ups when MLB rosters expand to 40 on Sept. 1.

Frazier’s story is an interesting one. The 24-year-old hit 11 home runs in just 53 games at the MLB level in 2019. He was suspect defensively, though, and clashed with the New York media at times before being sent down. It’s not clear if that played a role in the fact that he hasn’t been back up, and he was the subject of numerous trade rumors in late July. The fact that he remained in Triple-A despite a slew of injuries indicated that the Yankees just didn’t want him up until now. He still has no guarantee of a major role down the stretch.

MLB admits error on timeout call that cost Yankees

Gleyber Torres timeout

Major League Baseball owned up to a call that cost the New York Yankees the tying run in Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, MLB admitted that umpires erred in granting timeout to Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen, which meant that the steal of home by New York’s Gleyber Torres was disallowed.

Had timeout not been granted, Torres would have scored and the game would have been tied in the 9th. The Yankees ultimately lost, with Torres stranded on third after a pair of strikeouts.

It doesn’t appear that MLB can or will do anything else about it but apologize. That probably won’t make the Yankees, who were considering protesting the game, feel a lot better.

Yankees set remarkable record with 60th home run of August

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are putting up some unprecedented home run numbers in the month of August.

Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu led off Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. That was the 59th home run of the month hit by the team, breaking the previous Major League record for team homers in a month. Outfielder Aaron Judge would add another home run later in the game, bringing the record tally to an even 60.

60 home runs in 25 games works out to 2.4 home runs per game, which is a remarkable tally for an entire team over a fairly significant timespan.

The Yankees have a powerful lineup filled with some of the game’s finest sluggers. Cynics, however, might point out that there are some other theories why they — and other teams — are hitting more home runs than ever before in 2019.

Yankees considering protest over Gleyber Torres timeout controversy

Gleyber Torres timeout

The New York Yankees are considering a protest over the way the ninth inning of the their 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers played out on Saturday.

Gio Urshela hit into a fielder’s choice with one out and runners on first and second in the top of the ninth with his team down 2-1. The Dodgers tried to get Brett Gardner at second on a force play, but Gardner was called safe on a review. While the Dodgers were focusing on the play at second (Max Muncy had been taken down by Gardner’s slide), lead runner Gleyber Torres tried to make a break for home. He looked like he would score the tying run but the home plate umpire and Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen indicated time had been called.

The next two Yankees batters struck out to strand the bases loaded and lose the game.

After dropping the contest 2-1, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was told Gleyber did not score because time was called. He said the team was considering a protest.

Muncy said he called time on the play because he was hurt, though he acknowledged some part was an acting job because he didn’t want Torres scoring.

The teams have now split the first two games of the series. Sunday will be the rubber match of the three-game set.

Report: ‘Growing opinion’ that Yankees are aiming to intimidate young umpires

The New York Yankees have run afoul of umpires more than most teams have this season, and there’s a growing sense among some within the game that it’s not coincidental.

According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, there is a “growing opinion” among MLB umpires that the Yankees are singling out younger umpires and trying to intimidate them. The Yankees’ last three major umpire-related incidents have all involved younger umpires, including Ben May on Saturday against Cleveland.

Manager Aaron Boone denied any campaign when asked Sunday.

“Not necessarily,” Boone said. “I don’t think Ben (May) handled necessarily anything wrong yesterday. I was never that irate. I was more trying to take the attention off some of our players. … I don’t think he had a short fuse or anything like that. I thought he tried to defuse the situation as best he could and unfortunately it got a little away.”

The Yankees certainly haven’t held back when talking about umpires after these incidents, which is always going to rub umpires the wrong way. Perhaps it’s the youth angle, or perhaps there’s not as much to it, but umps are going to take notice of repeated behavior like this.

Yankees considering using opener during playoffs

New York Yankees

Thursday’s disaster aside, the strategy of using an opener to start a game has worked well for the New York Yankees. It’s been good enough to the point that team general manager Brian Cashman says he will consider using an opener in a playoff game this postseason.

Cashman told reporters prior to the Yankees’ 19-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians that using an opener would be a “possibility” that depended on many factors.

Opener Chad Green was hammered by the Indians Thursday, allowing five runs over one third of an inning. The rest of the bullpen struggled as well; the entire staff allowed seven home runs in the game. The Yankees have still won 10 of 12 games Green has opened, so it’s mostly been a successful tactic.

The Yankees’ bullpen has been rock solid this season, but Domingo German is their only starter with a sub-4.00 ERA. Using Green in a playoff game might make sense at some point.

Aaron Judge on sweeping Red Sox: ‘It’s what we’re supposed to do’

Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees buried the Boston Red Sox in the AL East by sweeping them in a four-game series that ended on Sunday night, but Aaron Judge does not seem all that excited about it.

Following his team’s 7-4 win over Boston, Judge was asked about sweeping his archrival. He said it was just business as usual for the Yankees.

The Red Sox looked like they might actually make things interesting in the AL East when they took three out of four from the Yankees a week ago, but they have now lost eight in a row and are a whopping 14.5 games back in the division. They’re also 6.5 back in the wild card, so Judge and his teammates must feel good about putting the defending champions’ backs against the wall.

The Yankees lost to Boston in the playoffs last year and watched their rival set records en route to a World Series title, and the fans certainly seemed to enjoy the weekend sweep. No matter what Judge says, it had to have felt better than sweeping the Baltimore Orioles would have.