Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 MLB All-Star Game Open Thread

Here we go, the game that used to mean something that no longer does is about to kick off down in Miami inside Marlins Park. The 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Here are the lineups and the starters, enjoy the game. This time, thankfully, it doesn’t count.

American League

Jose Altuve, 2B, Astros (.347, 13 HR, 50 RBI)
Jose Ramirez, 3B, Indians (.332, 17 HR, 48 RBI)
Aaron Judge, RF, Yankees (.329, 30 HR, 66 RBI)
George Springer, LF, Astros (.310, 27 HR, 61 RBI)
Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (.325, 20 HR, 65 RBI)
Justin Smoak, 1B, Blue Jays (.294, 23 HR, 56 RBI)
Corey Dickerson, DH, Rays (.312, 17 HR, 42 RBI)
Salvador Perez, C, Royals (.290, 18 HR, 57 RBI)
Mookie Betts, CF, Red Sox (.272, 16 HR, 53 RBI)

Starting pitcher: Chris Sale, Red Sox (11-4 with a 2.75 ERA, 178 strikeouts)

National League

Charlie Blackmon, CF, Rockies (.319, 20 HR, 61 RBI)
Giancarlo Stanton, DH, Marlins (.277, 26 HR, 58 RBI)
Bryce Harper, RF, Nationals (.325, 20 HR, 65 RBI)
Buster Posey, C, Giants (.324, 10 HR, 35 RBI)
Daniel Murphy, 2B, Nationals (.342, 14 HR, 64 RBI)
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (.301, 17 HR, 70 RBI)
Ryan Zimmerman, 1B, Nationals (.330, 19 HR, 63 RBI)
Marcell Ozuna, LF, Marlins (316, 23 HR, 70 RBI)
Zack Cozart, SS, Reds (.316, 9 HR, 35 RBI)

Starting pitcher: Max Scherzer, Nationals (10-5 with a 2.10 ERA, 173 strikeouts)

REPORT: White Sox Want Torres AND Frazier for Quintana

Oh, hey guys. Sorry for all that empty space, I didn’t know this thing was on and I have been dying laughing for the last 30 minutes after reading the report that the Chicago White Sox want not one but both of Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier for left-handed starter Jose Quintana. Yeah, no.

According to Jon Heyman the White Sox are “believed” to have asked New York for shortstop Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier in a trade for LHP Jose Quintana. Don’t get me wrong, Quintana may be worth two top prospects seeing as he has pitched well the last several seasons and is under team control on a team-friendly deal for a couple more seasons but I don’t think the Yankees should necessarily be the one to pay that kind of price.

Long story short, no. I would be reluctant to give up one of them for Quintana although I understand you have to give something to get something. I would definitely not give up them both. Not in any deal. Period.

What are your thoughts? Would you give up both Torres and Frazier for Quintana? Leave your thoughts below in the comments sections.

So it Seems… My Thoughts on the Yankees First Half

The New York Yankees didn’t exactly finish the first half of the season strong losing 15 of their last 26 games heading into the break. There is limping into the break and then there’s getting drug kicking and screaming into the break… and then there’s what the Yankees did. They were terrible but this can be turned around. There’s too much youth, aggression and talent not to.

The Yankees will be fine. They will either continue the youth movement if they feel too far out of contention and move contracts like Chase Headley and Brett Gardner or they will use a few prospects (Tyler Wade, Billy McKinney and Jorge Mateo most notably) to acquire what they feel the team needs to compete in 2017. I’m not ready to wave the white flag yet, not by a long shot.

Aaron Judge is awesome and Gary Sanchez hasn’t really fully awoken just yet. The best part is that there’s more reinforcements on the way from Triple-A. Clint Frazier was only the beginning. Wait until Chance Adams comes up. This is going to be a fun summer in Yankee-land, playoffs or not.

Stick to the plan and succeed. Hey you. I love you. Kari Ann Burch I love you.

This Day in New York Yankees History 7/11: Robbie Cano Wins the Derby

The New York Yankees have not been well represented over the years at the Home Run Derby but in 2011 they had Robinson Cano donning the pinstripes. Cano chose his father to throw his pitches to him in what turned out to be a great decision. Cano would hit 12 home runs in the final round of the derby to beat Adrian Gonzalez to become the fourth straight left handed swinging player to win the derby. What a moment for all families and baseball fans alike as Cano and his father shared an amazing moment.

Also on this day in 2010 the legendary Bob Sheppard died at age 99 as the "Voice of God" returned to God. Sheppard earned the nickname from former Yankee Reggie Jackson and announced over 4,500 games during his 56 years behind the microphone in Yankee Stadium.

Finally on this day in 1999 Major League Baseball held its first Future's Game and the Yankees Alfonso Soriano made the best of it going 2 for 3 hitting two home runs. The World would beat the USA 7-0 at Fenway Park and Soriano would be named the game's MVP.