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Sheesh! I cannot leave this team for a minute. I was in Cooperstown, N.Y., the past four days for the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend, and the Yankees end up losing each day to the Athletics by one run. What a stunner.
Okay, let’s settle down. Not even the Yankees could have stayed as sizzling as they have been in recent weeks. Credit Oakland with some first-rate pitching and defense against the Yankees, who continue to have trouble hitting with runners in scoring position that caught up with them against the A’s.
Now it is off to Seattle where they will welcome a new teammate. Ichiro Suzuki will walk from the home clubhouse to the visitors’ quarters at Safeco Field. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman pulled off the deal for one of the game’s hitting machines at the cost of only two 25-year-old pitchers, D. J. Mitchell and Danny Farquar.
With Brett Gardner out for the remainder of the season and Nick Swisher out of the lineup in recent days with a strained left hip flexor, the Yankees were in need of outfield help. They have designated DeWayne Wise for assignment to make room for Ichiro, who burst on the American scene in 2001 by winning both the American League Most Valuable Player and Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards, a feat accomplished by only one other player, Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn in 1975.
The question of the day, naturally, is how much does Ichiro have left at the age of 38? He was a magnificent player in his first 10 seasons in the majors as the first Japanese-born position player. He piled up one 200-plus hit season after another. That streak ended last year when he fell under .300 (.272) and 200 hits (184) for the first time. In 95 games and 402 at-bats this year, Ichiro has 105 hits and is batting .261.
The hope, of course, is that Suzuki will be rejuvenated by getting onto to a contender and that he will be helped by making hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium his home over pitcher-friendly Safeco.
Howard Lincoln, the Mariners’ chief executive officer, said late Monday afternoon that Suzuki had recently requested a trade.
“On behalf of our ownership group and everyone in the Seattle Mariners organization, I thank Ichiro for the great career he has had here in Seattle,” Armstrong said in a statement. “Several weeks ago, Ichiro Suzuki, through his long time agent, Tony Attanasio, approached [team president] Chuck Armstrong and me to ask that the Mariners consider trading him. Ichiro knows that the club is building for the future. He felt that what was best for the team was to be traded to another club and give our younger players an opportunity to develop.
“Ichiro will be missed. He owns a long list of Major League Baseball and Mariners club records, has earned many prestigious awards, and in my opinion, he will someday be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I know that I speak for all of Ichiro’s fans, here in the Pacific Northwest, around this country and also throughout Japan, in wishing him and his wife Yumiko the very best as he continues his baseball career with the Yankees.”
Suzuki is a .322 career hitter in the U.S. with 2,533 hits, including 295 doubles, 79 triples and 99 home runs. He has scored 1,176 runs and driven in 633. Ichiro has a .366 career on-base average with 513 walks, plus 438 stolen bases. Since his American debut 11 years ago, he has 330 more hits than any player.
Ichiro will become the sixth Japan-born player in Yankees franchise history, joining Hideki Irabu (1997-99), Hideki Matsui (2003-09), Kei Igawa (2007-08), Hiroki Kuroda (2012) and Ryota Igarashi (2012).
Suzuki has won two AL batting titles (.350 in 2001, .372 in 2004) and has led or tied for the major-league lead in hits seven times (2001, ’04, ‘06-10), which is tied with Ty Cobb and Pete Rose for the most such seasons. Ichiro is the only player to do it in five consecutive years. He finished first or second in his every season from 2001 to 2010 and placed ninth in 2011.
In 2004, Suzuki totaled 262 hits to set the all-time modern era (since 1900) single-season hits record. Along with his 242 hits in 2001 and 238 hits in 2007, Ichiro owns three of the top 20 single-season hits totals in major-league history. He had at least 200 hits in 10 straight seasons from 2001 through 2010, tying Rose for the most 200-hit seasons in a major-league career.
Suzuki’s 2,533 career hits in the States are the most by any player through his first 12 seasons. At the conclusion of all but one of his 12 seasons, Ichiro has held the distinction of having more hits to start a career than any other major leaguer. The lone exception occurred after his third season, when only Lloyd Waner (678) had more hits than Suzuki’s 662 (according to data at http://www.baseball-reference.com).
Ichiro has made 1,790 starts as an outfielder (1,525 in right field and 265 in center field) and has a career fielding percentage of .992 with just 33 errors in 4,181 total chances. He has won 10 Gold Gloves for fielding. The Yankees now have two of the six outfielders to have won 10 or more Gold Gloves. The other is 10-time Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones. Willie Mays and Robertp Clemente won 12 each, and Al Kaline and Junior Griffey 10 apiece.
Prior to playing in the majors, Suzuki spent nine seasons (1992-2000) with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League was named the league’s MVP three times (1994-96). He hit .353 and led the Pacific League in batting average for seven straight years (1994-2000).
It is as impressive a resume as a player can have. The question remains, how much is left in that tank? We shall find out.
The media seems to be paying an inordinate amount of time these days asking questions about players who are not on the Yankees’ 25-man roster. Every day, general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi field questions about Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Brett Gardner and Joba Chamberlain.
Injury updates are part of the business, of course. Checking in on CC Sabathia while he was on the 15-day disabled list made sense, but the other guys are not close, so what is all the attention being focused on them?
Rivera went on the radio the other day and said it was his goal to pitch again this season. This is news? Mo told that to everybody he talked to when he attended Old Timers’ Day nine days ago. The likelihood of that is another story. He is still rehabilitating his right knee from surgery and is not anywhere near ready to start throwing again.
Girardi tried to sound optimistic, but as manager he has to be realistic, too. He pointed out that Rivera usually makes eight to 10 appearances during spring training to be ready for the regular season and that he would need to do something similar before returning. Once September rolls around, Girardi reminded, most minor-league seasons are over, so where would Mo go?
Chamberlain has started throwing off a mound, which is encouraging, and there is a good chance that he will be back before season’s end, but, again, it is not as if it will be a matter of days. As for Gardner, he keeps coming up sore after the day after simulated games. Girardi was asked if come September Gardner could be used as a pinch runner or defensive replacement since the outfielder’s problems stem from throwing. Girardi acknowledged that was possible, but does anyone expect a player so limited to be part of a post-season roster? Besides, surgery remains a possible option for Gardner, the sooner the better if it proves necessary.
Reporters keep asking Pettitte about how quickly he can return as if they have forgotten he has a broken leg, a 40-year-old one at that. The timetable is still the same for Pettitte, who should be back sometime around Labor Day if all goes well.
Despite all these injuries, the Yankees have opened a large lead in the American League East. In the time Sabathia spent on the DL, the Yanks jumped 6 ½ games in the standings. What does all this mean? Not much, except leave us let nature take its course.
Don’t expect to see Andy Pettitte back until sometime around Labor Day. The Yankees placed Pettitte on the 60-day disabled list Thursday to create roster space for the contract purchase of pitcher Adam Warren, the righthander from Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre who will start Friday night against the White Sox. The Yankees also recalled pitcher Ryota Igarashi from Triple A.
Pettitte sustained a fractured left fibula in Wednesday’s 5-4 Yankees victory over the Indians that will keep him sidelined for at least six weeks. Considering his age, 40, a prognosis of a two-month recovery seems logical. The Yankees are also without CC Sabathia, who is on the 15-day DL due to a strained left groin.
As for a spot in the rotation, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman strongly suggested that they consider Freddy Garcia their best option. Garcia got off to a horrible start in the rotation at the beginning of the year but pitched himself back into the Yankees’ good graces with quality work out of the bullpen (2-0, 1.56 ERA in 17 1/3 innings). Garcia will start Monday night at St. Petersburg, Fla., and essentially take Pettitte’s turn in the rotation.
“Freddy has done it for us before,” Girardi said. “Freddy is an experienced guy and is not going to get caught up in the moment. He did a great job for us last year. It looks like his stuff is back.”
Wednesday was supposed to be a feel-good day for Andy Pettitte. The lefthander was to spend some time with 5-year-old Andy Fass, a legally blind fan whom Pettitte met at a Double A game in Trenton back in April, as part of the HOPE Week celebration.
Pettitte didn’t feel very well in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s game when Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman drilled a liner just above the pitcher’s left ankle. Pettitte tried to tough it out and stay in the game, but one pitch later Yankees manager Joe Girardi decided to take him out and Andy limped into the dugout.
X-rays revealed a fractured fibula, which will sideline Pettitte for at least six weeks. He was on crutches and wearing a large boot after the game. Surgery will not be required, but the recovery period, especially for a 40-year-old, will not be brief.
The injury came on the same day that the Yankees placed their other left-handed starter, CC Sabathia on the disabled list due to a strained left adductor muscle near the groin. In less than 24 hours, 40 percent of the Yankees’ rotation was in sick bay.
“I know CC felt bad about going on the DL,” Pettitte said. “I think I made him feel better when I told him I’ll be on there a lot longer than he will.”
“A bad day for lefthanders,” Girardi called it. “It’s not what you’re looking for, but no one is going to feel sorry for us. We have been a resilient team. It’s what you have to do.”
General manager Brian Cashman said there is no need to go into panic mode. He does not expect Sabathia to be gone longer that two, perhaps three, starts, and there are some pitching resources within the organization to offset Pettitte’s loss before looking elsewhere. You can be sure that Cashman will get plenty of phone calls Thursday from general managers trying to stick him with overpriced and ineffective pitchers. Did someone say Carlos Zambrano? Yikes!
For the short term, the Yankees will cover the rotation holes with Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre call-up Adam Warren, who will start Friday night against the White Sox, and Freddy Garcia, who was the winning pitcher in relief of the Yanks’ 5-4 victory Wednesday, Monday night at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Garcia was originally penciled by Girardi to start Friday night but after losing Pettitte and with Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada having control issues Garcia was summoned to keep the Yanks close, which he did with 2 1/3 hitless innings with two strikeouts. Girardi reasoned correctly that you can’t worry about Friday’s game when you trying to win Wednesday’s.
Don’t forget that Garcia began the season as the Yankees’ fifth starter and has considerable experience to help them whether this storm. Freddy has done a solid job in long relief (2-0, 1.56 ERA) in 10 relief appearances spanning 17 1/3 innings to lower his season ERA to 6.39.
The other important aspect for the Yankees is that remaining starters Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes don’t go out of their way to “step it up” with Sabathia and Pettitte out. Girardi was asked about that and made it clear that none of those pitchers can replace a Sabathia or a Pettitte.
“I’m going to tell them to just be themselves and we’ll take care of the other two days,” Girardi said.
Pettitte had hoped he would be able to continue. He is used to balls being hit back to him and has the shin bruises to prove it.
“That’s what I thought it was at first,” he said. “I figured once I started throwing the pain would lessen the way it did with my shins. It was bothering me in my warm-ups, but when I threw that first pitch [after play resumed] there was an awful lot of pain. It’s frustrating because I had been feeling good. It’s time to put on the pom-poms and be a cheerleader.”
Garcia, Robinson Cano and Eric Chavez came to Pettitte’s rescue as the Yankees ran off their fifth straight victory. Cano put the Yanks ahead with a two-run home run in the sixth off Ubaldo Jimenez, one of the second baseman’s three hits in the game. Chavez drove in three runs with a two-run double in the fourth and an RBI single in the eighth for a crucial insurance run that loomed large when Rafael Soriano gave up a run.
It could have been worse, much worse, but Soriano got a huge strikeout of Johnny Damon with the bases loaded in a confrontation that pleased the Yankee Stadium crowd of 45,099. A walk pushed in the run, but Soriano got Asdrubal Cabrera on a fly ball for his 17th save.
HOPE Week will return next week for the fourth year of the Yankees’ unique involvement in community service. Originally launched in 2009, HOPE, which stands for Helping Others Persevere and Excel, Week brings to life five remarkable stories intended to inspire individuals into action in their own communities.
Each day during HOPE Week from Monday through Friday, the Yankees will reach out to an individual, family or organization worthy of recognition and support and attempt to connect personally with individuals in the settings of their greatest successes or at locations that honor the spirit of their endeavors.
Every one of the Yankees’ players and coaches as well as manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman, the franchise’s minor-league affiliates and front office staff will participate.
The Yankees first recognized the return of HOPE Week with a pregame ceremony March 23 at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, prior to their spring training game against the Twins. The Yankees were proud to host this ceremony jointly with the Twins, who have embraced the HOPE Week concept by holding their own HOPE Week in each of the past two seasons.
At the conclusion of HOPE Week 2010 and HOPE Week 2011, the Yankees and the Steinbrenner family were honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award, given “in recognition and appreciation of commitment to strengthening the Nation and for making a difference through volunteer service.”
The awards were bestowed by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Yankees were also twice honored during the recent offseason, receiving the DMF Champion of HOPE Award from Daniel’s Music Foundation Nov. 8, 2011 and the “Just Cause” Award at the PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Summit Nov. 15, 2011.
The Yankees have been without left fielder Brett Gardner for more than six weeks, and it appears that he will not return to action before the All-Star break. Gardner, who has been disabled since April 18 because of a right elbow strain, suffered a setback in his second injury-rehabilitation assignment and will visit two specialists.
The Yankees had hoped Gardner could return for their upcoming trip to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., for a couple of inter-league series, but instead he will be examined by Dr. James Andrews, the noted orthopedic surgeon, and elbow specialist Dr. Tim Kremchek. Gardner reported pain in the elbow when he played for Class A Charleston Friday on injury rehab.
“There is a concern that we won’t have him for a while,” Yankees manager Joe Giardi said. “He seems to get to a point where he can do everything he needs to do. Then when he plays in the game, maybe it is the intensity being turned up a little bit, some swinging and missing, it seems to bother him.”
Gardner played in nine games for the Yankees and hit .321 with two doubles, three RBI and two stolen bases in 28 at-bats. His place in left field has been taken by a platoon of Raul Ibanez and Andruw Jones with DeWayne Wise and Jayson Nix as defensive backups.
The drop-off in defense is the main concern to general manager Brian Cashman, who did not rule out the possibility of a trade. “I don’t want to expose the old guys,” he said, referring to Ibanez, 40, and Jones, 35.
Fans who would like to spend a game in Brian Cashman’s suite may bid on that opportunity by going to http://www.charitybuzz.com and searching for item #306401.
Up for auction are six seats in the general manager’s suite for a 2012 game at Yankee Stadium (food included) and the chance to meet the GM. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Covenant House, which Cashman supports.
The Yankees’ five minor-league affiliates will present their own community events throughout the season as an extension of the franchise’s HOPE Week in 2012. HOPE (Helping Others Persevere & Excel) Week is in its fourth season and will take place on the major-league level June 25-29.
In following the model established in 2009, the Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, the Double A Trenton Thunder and the Class A Tampa Yankees, Charleston RiverDogs and Staten Island Yankees will reach out to individuals, families and organizations worthy of recognition and support, recognizing honorees with a day celebrating their accomplishments. With outreach often taking place away from the ballpark, Yankees minor league players, coaches and staff will be able to connect personally with participants.
“As an organization, we have seen firsthand the positive impact HOPE Week has made in our community,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We have found that giving back is contagious. One of the goals of the initiative has been to inspire others to follow in our footsteps, and I’m proud that our affiliates are expanding this tradition by joining our efforts.”
The Tampa Yankees will be the first club to host HOPE Week in 2012, as they will highlight their five stories from June 4-8. Events are scheduled for Trenton June 19-22 and June 25 and for Charleston June 25-29. Dates for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Staten Island are to be determined.
Andy Pettitte’s long-awaited return to the Yankees will occur Sunday when he is scheduled to start against the Mariners at Yankee Stadium.
“We chose Sunday because it works out best for us because we can keep the bullpen intact,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Reports on Andy have been good. We feel that he is physically ready. It was always a matter of when he was ready. I think it will be a great day at the Stadium.”
Girardi did not say how the rotation would be affected by Pettitte’s return except that some pitchers will be backed up one day. The move to place Pettitte on the 40-man roster likely will be the placing of Mariano Rivera on the 60-day disabled list. Mo was not at the Stadium Tuesday but is expected to report to the club Wednesday and discuss his upcoming right knee surgery.
Pettitte, 39, made six minor-league starts and pitched to a 4.55 ERA allowing 14 earned runs, 33 hits and three walks with 26 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings. He last pitched in a major-league game Oct. 18, 2010.
Said general manager Brian Cashman, “We are looking forward to adding another healthy arm to the mix because our depth has been challenged and some of our healthy starters have been inconsistent.”
Left fielder Brett Gardner was scheduled to make an injury-rehabilitation start for Triple A Empire State Tuesday night at Rochester, N.Y., and could rejoin the Yankees later in the week.
The New York Yankees Foundation will hold the second annual New York Yankees/New Era Pinstripe Bowl Charity Golf Tournament presented by United Healthcare Tuesday, May 15 at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, N.J. Net proceeds will benefit the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pediatric Cancer Center, the Tourette Syndrome Association of Central New Jersey, the Boomer Esiason Foundation Fighting Cystic Fibrosis and United Healthcare Children’s Foundation.
Registration for the scramble format along with lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. A cocktail reception, dinner and awards presentation will take place immediately following the conclusion of the tournament. For more information, fans should call (646) 977-8400.
Last year’s inaugural event, won by the WFAN/WCBS team led by former Giants quarterback Danny Kanell, had more than 270 participants and raised nearly $130,000 for charity. This year’s tournament will include Yankees alumni, coaches from Big East football and basketball teams, broadcasters and current and former Giants football players.
General manager Brian Cashman will lead a contingent of former Yankees players in the event that includes David Cone, John Flaherty, Lee Mazzilli, Jeff Nelson, Joe Pepitone, Mickey Rivers and Roy White.
Others to take part: current Giants players Lawrence Tynes and Zack DeOssie; former Giants coach Pat Flaherty; former Giants players Amani Toomer, Carl Banks, Mark Bavaro, Howard Cross and Luke Petitgout; Temple head football coach Steve Addazio and athletic director Bill Bradshaw; Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood, former quarterback Mike Teel, head basketball coach Mike Rice and athletic director Tim Pernetti; University of Connecticut head football coach Paul Pasqualoni and athletic director Warden Manual; Lehigh athletic director Joe Sterrett; Princeton head football coach Mitch Henderson; Major League Baseball executive Kim Ng; former Syracuse quarterback Don McPherson; former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason and his WFAN partner, Craig Carton; CBS sportscaster Don Criqui and musician Duncan Sheik.