Monday, September 17, 2012

2012 Minor League Awards

Mike over at River Avenue Blues released their version of the 2012 Minor League Awards this afternoon and it is definitely worth checking out. For the lazy I will go through a couple of them for you.

Minor League Player of the Year Award, in a shocker (not), went to Tyler Austin who hit and slugged his way from Low A Charleston all the way up to AA Trenton this season. Nik Turley took the pitcher of the year award for his work with the High A Tampa Yankees and the Trenton Thunder. Ronnier Mustelier was the minor league's hitter of the year, albeit at age 28, for the Empire State Yankees team. Most disappointing player went to Dante Bichette Jr for some reason that I will never understand. Yes he struggled, and struggles mightily I might add, but Manny Banuelos was considered major league ready LAST year and was the #1 prospect coming into this season. Injuries or not when he was on the mound, for the most part, he got bombed. Oh well these are not my rankings, enjoy!!

This Day In Yankees History : 9/17/12

In 1997 the Yankees DH Dave Kingman becomes the first player in major league history to hit a home run for four different teams in one season including the Mets, Padres, Angels, and the Yankees.

In 2008 Yankees SS Derek Jeter became the all time hits leader at Yankees Stadium just a year before it was demolished in the 2009 off season. Naturally he passed Lou Gehrig to take over the lead with his 1,270th hit.

Yankees Magic Number

The Yankees magic number to clinch the AL East is now 16 games

Andy Pettitte For 2013 ?

With Andy Pettitte coming back to pitch tomorrow against Toronto for the first time since his broken ankle kept him out for much of the second half everyone is wondering just what will Andy do in 2013. Will he stay home and be with his kids and retire again or will he give it one more go? Will he chalk up his season to injuries and take that as a sign to not come back? Will these injuries and, most likely, a season with under 100 IP give him the incentive to come back just one more time? I do not think he knows yet but I know I would not mind him back for 2013.

Lohud discussed this very topic with him and we, and when I say we I mean the group of us that want Andy back for 2013, got some very encouraging quotes from Andy:

“I hate it,” Pettitte said. “I wish I knew what I was going to do next year. But I’ll get to the offseason and think about it and try to figure out if this is something I want to do again or not.
“I can probably say that when I came back, I thought there was no chance that I was coming back (next season), that this was a one-year deal. But getting hurt and only having (about) 60 innings right now when you were hoping to have a couple hundred innings under your belt, it definitely gives me the option to consider coming back again next year, that’s for sure.
“I’m hoping to get a lot of work still this year. So we’ll what happens as this year continues on.”