2019 End-of-the-Season Awards:
The Yankees took home two pieces of hardware this year, along with receiving a runners-up highlight for one other. DJ LeMahieu won the American League Silver Slugger at second base and was one of the runners-up for the AL Rawling's Gold Glove (also at second base). Aaron Judge was the winner for right fielders in the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award, with his league-leading (tied with Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers) +19 defensive runs saved. Aaron Judge was ineligible for a Gold Glove given his lack of innings, which only goes to show how good of a defender he really is.
Lots of Pitching News:
Pinstriped Prospects: “Yankees Pitching Coach Hire a Sign of New Approach”
Matt Jarrell put together a short piece about new Yankees Pitching Coach Matt Blake, because very little is known about him outside of the industry. However, universally by insiders and players with seemingly every organization, this seems like a legitimately smart move by the Yankees front office.
Even though he is no longer writing and hosting RiverAveBlues, Mike Axisa is still one of the big names to follow for any Yankees fan as he has been a full-time writer at CBS Sports for many years. This article goes to show that even though it was 100% time for the Yankees to move on from Rothschild- same thing with Girardi two years ago- he was still respected in the league, and it doesn’t surprise me at all another team picked him up so quick.
It is a little interesting calling TMZ news, but they did get this because nobody else asked. However, it is nice to know that the Yankees players- in this case Giancarlo Stanton- agree with our philosophy when it comes to what the Yankees should to this offseason. Spend the money, Hal!
Hall of Fame Cases:
This article came out in August by Jay Dunn, but his final point- while a bit bland- still goes to show that there are murmurs within the voting crowd for the Hall of Fame about what to do with international players. The MLB does want to stress it is a worldwide sport, so shouldn’t more international players get recognition for what they did before also coming to the MLB? It’s an interesting thought.
Obviously, Derek Jeter is going to be elected to be enshrined in Cooperstown in only a few short months. However, he isn’t the only former Yankee who is also a first-timer on the ballot who may be able to grab some down-votes and stick around: Bobby Abreu, Alfonso Soriano, and Jason Giambi are the prominent names that also stick out, although their chances at the HOF are probably limited.
Sports Illustrated: “Analyzing the Hall of Fame Cases for Don Mattingly, Steve Garvey and more”
Jay Jaffe is one of the bigger names when it comes to Hall of Fame projections, as the man even has his own metric on Baseball Reference that is used to compare careers of baseball players. In this article from 2017, Jaffe analyzes the case for Don Mattingly to make it into Cooperstown.
Fangraphs: “Thurman Munson’s Case for Cooperstown”
As I said, Jaffe is the go-to name when it comes to Hall of Fame projections and opinions, as the next year he wrote an article about Thruman Munson’s shots at making the Hall of Fame. But why these two guys?
The Modern Baseball Era Hall of Fame ballot was announced recently, featuring 10 names of former greats who have another shot at making it into the hall. Outside of Mattingly and Munson, other former Yankee Tommy John is also on the ballot.