Daily Archives: July 1, 2012

2012 All-Star Game Roster

Today, Major League Baseball announced the roster for the 2012 All-Star game and the roster is interesting. Here are your 2012 All-Stars (the Yankees names will be in bold and in navy blue.)

American League Starters

Catcher: Mike Napoli (Texas Rangers)
1st Base: Prince Fielder (Detroit Tigers)
2nd Base: Robinson Cano (New York Yankees)
Shortstop: Derek Jeter (New York Yankees)
3rd Base: Adrian Beltre (Texas Rangers)
Outfield 1: Josh Hamilton (Texas Rangers)
Outfield 2: Curtis Granderson (New York Yankees)
Outfield 3: Jose Bautista (Toronto Blue Jays)
Designated Hitter: David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox)

American League Reserves:

Catcher: Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins)
Catcher: Matt Wieters (Baltimore Orioles)
Shortstop: Elvis Andrus (Texas Rangers)
Shortstop: Asdrubal Cabrera (Cleveland Indians)
3rd Base: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)
2nd Base: Ian Kinsler (Texas Rangers)
1st Base: Paul Konerko (Chicago White Sox)
Outfield: Adam Jones (Baltimore Orioles)
Outfield: Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels)
1st Base/Outfielder: Mark Trumbo (Los Angeles Angels)
1st Base: Adam Dunn (Chicago White Sox)
1st Base: Billy Butler (Kansas City Royals)

American League Pitchers:

David Price (Tampa Bay Rays)
CC Sabathia (New York Yankees)
Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers)
Jered Weaver (Los Angeles Angels)
C.J Wilson (Los Angeles Angels)
Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners)
Joe Nathan (Minnesota Twins)
Chris Perez (Cleveland Indians)
Fernando Rodney (Tampa Bay Rays)
Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox)
Jim Johnson (Baltimore Orioles)
Matt Harrison (Texas Rangers)
Ryan Cook (Oakland Athletics)

National League Starters:

Catcher: Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants)
1st Base: Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)
2nd Base: Dan Uggla (Atlanta Braves)
Shortstop: Rafael Furcal (St. Louis Cardinals)
3rd Base: Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants)
Outfielder 1: Melky Cabrera (San Francisco Giants)
Outfielder 2: Carlos Beltran (St. Louis Cardinals)
Outfielder 3: Matt Kemp (Los Angeles Dodgers)

National League Reserves:

Catcher: Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals)
Catcher: Carlos Ruiz (Philadelphia Phillies)
1st Base: Bryan LaHair (Chicago Cubs)
2nd Base: Jose Altuve (Houston Astros)
Shortstop: Starlin Castro (Chicago Cubs)
Shortstop: Ian Desmond (Washington Nationals)
3rd Base: David Wright (New York Mets)
Outfielder: Ryan Braun (Milwaukee Brewers)
Outfielder: Jay Bruce (Cincinnati Reds)
Outfielder: Carlos Gonzalez (Colorado Rockies)
Outfielder: Andrew McCutchen (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Outfielder: Giancarlo Stanton (Miami Marlins)

National League Pitchers:

Matt Cain (San Francisco Giants)
Aroldis Chapman (Cincinnati Reds)
R. A Dickey (New York Mets)
Gio Gonzalez (Washington Nationals)
Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies)
Joel Hanrahan (Pittsburgh Pirates)
Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Craig Kimbrel (Atlanta Braves)
Lance Lynn (St. Louis Cardinals)
Wade Miley (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Jonathan Papelbon (Philadelphia Phillies)
Stephen Strasburg (Washington Nationals)
Huston Street (San Diego Padres)

There is still the rule where if you are pitching on that Sunday before the All-Star break, you are not allowed to pitch in the All-Star game, so it will be interesting to see how the All-Star roster changes since then. Also CC Sabathia & Matt Kemp cannot play because they are both on the DL, so it will be interesting to see who takes their spots.

Is there a player that didn’t make it that you feel you should have? I have a couple such as A.J Burnett and Rafael Soriano. Place who you feel should have made it in the All-Star game in the comments section below.

Week 12 Yankees Player of the Week

This week in Yankees baseball was more about injuries than anything that happened on the field. The Yankees were rolling and really did not have a worry in the world. They had a 7 game lead in the loss column over the Red Sox and Rays. However, the Yankees world turned when CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte got injured on Wednesday. Sabathia will only miss 1 more start but the Yankees are just hoping Pettitte can be healthy for October. On the field the Yankees had a good week going 5-2. They beat the Mets on Sunday, swept Cleveland, and lost the first 2 out of 3 against Chicago. The one that hurts is Thursday’s loss that the Yankees had in the bag going into the 9th.  Rafael Soriano was unavailable and the combination of Cody Eppley, Clay Rapada, and David Robertson blew the game. The nominations for Week 12 Yankees Player of the Week are Hiroki Kuroda, Dewayne Wise, Robinson Cano, and Nick Swisher.

The Case For Kuroda: Kuroda came up big in a big game Saturday vs.Chicago. The Yankees were desperate for length and production from Kuroda, as their bullpen was taxed. Kuroda got over throwing a bunch of pitches early to throw 7 shutout innings. Kuroda also had 11 strike outs. Kuroda also pitched a wonderful game on Monday vs.Cleveland. Kuroda pitched 7 innings, allowed 1 run, and struck out 7. He had the young Indians looking silly on his splitter all night long.

The Case For Wise: Well who would have thought Dewayne Wise would ever be a candidate for Player of the Week? It may be the only week, but Wise certainly earned it. Wise was 7-11 on the week, with 2 HR’s, and 5 RBI. He was 3-3 in the biggest win of the week Saturday vs.Chicago.

The Case For Cano: Cano has continued his assault on baseball this week. Cano hit .429 on the week, with 4 HR’s, and 9 RBI. Cano had a hit in all 7 games this week. Cano also had an RBI on 6 of the 7 games. The fact that Cano is a 2nd half hitter should have the rest of theAL scared out of their minds.

The Case For Swisher: Swisher’s big moment of the week came Sunday at Citi Field. His 3 run home run against R.A. Dickey got the Yankees out to a 4-0 lead. Swisher hit .292 on the week, with 2 HR’s, and 4 RBI.

The Week 12 Yankees Player of the Week goes to Hiroki Kuroda. Cano was deserving as well but Kuroda almost threw 2 shutouts this week and came up huge yesterday.  This is Kuroda’s 3rd Player of the Week award this year. As always you are encouraged to vote for your choice in the poll and discuss in the comments.

Game 78 Lineup: White Sox vs. Yankees

Lineup vs. White Sox:

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Robinson Cano 2B
Nick Swisher RF
Raul Ibanez DH
Eric Chavez 3B
Russell Martin C
Dewayne Wise LF

Phil Hughes RHP

Pregame Notes:

— Mariano Rivera is at the stadium taking part in Old-Timers Day ceremonies. He’s no longer using crutches but he has a soft brace on his leg.

— Curtis Granderson, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter & CC Sabathia have all been named All-Stars for Kansas City. However barring injury only 3 of the 4 will actually play in the All-Star game: Grnaderson, Cano & Jeter.

Prospect to Watch: Mikey O’Brien (AA Trenton)

Name: Michael Todd O’Brien

Born: 3/3/1990

Birthplace: Roanoke, VA

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 185

Throws: Right

Draft: Selected in the 9th round of the 2008 MLB Draft

Mikey O’Brien has worked his way up through the ranks of the minor league system. He uses a fastball, curveball, slider/cutter, and a changeup.  When drafted as an 18 year old he made it into 6 games in the gulf coast league.  In two games started he went 1-0.  In his second year he stayed in the gulf coast league and made it into 11 games starting 8 and going 2-4 with a 5.09era.   What was impressive that year in 46 innings he had 44 strikeouts.

In 2010 (his third year in the Yankee organization)  Mikey played in 11 games for the Staten Island Yankees.  His record that year was 6-2.  In 60.2 innings pitched he had 38 strikeouts with an outstanding 2.08 ERA.

Last year he split time first with Charleston going 3-4 in 14 games started.  Mikey pitched 72.1 innings recording 68 strikeouts.  His era in that league was 3.24.   After a strong showing he was promoted to Tampa.  He started 8 games for them going 4-3 pitching in 47.1 innings.   He had 31 strikeouts and a 3.04 era for Tampa.

Mikey is still impressing this year and has earned another promotion.  He started the season with Tampa going 4-1 with 32 strikeouts in 37 innings with an average against of .230.   His era was 2.92 for the team earning him the promotion to (AA) Trenton.  So far this season with Trenton he is still doing well going 4-2 in 9 games.  He has pitched 49.2 innings and stuck out 32 batters.

Views From Others:

Baseball Instinct – (June 28th 2012) – The 2008 9th round pick keeps making the slow journey towards the majors.  His got a record of 8-2,3.16 ERA, 61/32 K/BB ratio over 82.2 innings split between the FSL and the EL.  He’s working plenty of innings and could be a decent longman out of the Yankees pen before too long.

Pending Pinstripes did an interview with Mikey in 2008.  Even though it’s from awhile back it’s still a great read to get to know the player.  Click Here to read it.


Striking out Giants Prospect Tommy Joseph (2012)

Another K (2012)

Morning Bits: Rivera, June, Wise

Good morning everyone and Happy Sunday to you all! Today is Old-Timers Day at Yankee Stadium so make sure to tune in at 11:15am on YES Network to watch the ceremony and the Old-Timers game. Followed by that will be the actual Yankees game where Phil Hughes takes the mound at 2:05pm as the Yankees look to even the series with the White Sox at 2 games apiece. Before we get to the Morning links I wonder, who are you most excited to see at Old-Timers Day? And with that, let’s move on to the morning links! 

— Speaking of Old Timers Day, Yankees fans should enjoy Mariano Rivera while they can since he may be pitching in an Old-Timers game maybe 5 years from now after he calls it a great career.

— The Yankees had a magical June going 20-7, but it may be harder to repeat in July now that the Yankees have more injuries to deal with.

 — After fooling the umpires into thinking he caught the ball, pitching to 2 batters (and getting both out) and getting 3 hits including a HR in yesterday’s game? Yep, Dewayne Wise had some week.

Here is a list of who will be at Old Timers Day.

Luis Arroyo, Jesse Barfield, Yogi Berr , Ron Blomberg, Dr. Bobby Brown, Homer Bush, Jerry Coleman, David Cone, Bucky Dent, Al Downing, Brian Doyle, Cecil Fielder, Whitey Ford, Oscar Gamble, Jake Gibbs, Joe Girardi, Rich “Goose” Gossage, Ron Guidry, Charlie Hayes, Rickey Henderson, Sterling Hitchcock, Arlene Howard, Helen Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Tommy John, Pat Kelly, Don Larsen, Graeme Lloyd, Hector Lopez, Jill Martin, Tino Martinez, Lee Mazzilli, Stump Merrill, Gene Monahan, Diana Munson, Kay Murcer, Matt Nokes, Paul O’Neill, Joe Pepitone, Lou Piniella, Willie Randolph, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Rivers, Aaron Small, Mel Stottlemyre, Darryl Strawberry, Tanyon Sturtze, Ralph Terry, Joe Torre, Bob Turley , Roy White, Bernie Williams

Note: Sturtze, Nokes, Monahan, Hitchcock and Merrill are first-time Old Timers.

Kuroda pitches gem as Yanks shut out White Sox 4-0

After yesterday’s circus performance which resulted in a 14-7 loss, the Yankees turned to Hiroki Kuroda to pitch the Yankees to victory. That was exactly what Kuroda had done as the Yankees were able to shut out the Sox 4-0.

Kuroda pitched 7 innings of shutout ball while only allowing 3 hits, at one point retiring 15 batters in a row. Kuroda was saved from trouble in the 1st inning when Alejandro De Aza was caught stealing by Martin to begin the game. David Robertson came in for the 8th inning and retired all three men he faced (2 on strikeouts, one on a shallow “Mariano Rivera style” pop up). Boone Logan came in for the 9th inning and retired one batter while Rafael Soriano retired the last 2 batters with a double play ball to short.

The Yankees were also able to take advantage of the 93 degree weather by hitting 3 home runs: 1 by Curtis Granderson in the 1st, 1 by Dewayne Wise in the 5th and 1 by Robinson Cano in the 6th. The 4th run scored on an RBI double by Dewayne Wise which plated Nick Swisher.

Tomorrow the Yankees have a big day ahead of them as it is the final home game for the first half of the season (the Yankees are on the road all next week). Also tomorrow is Old Timers Day so tune into YES Network early for extensive coverage and of the Old Timers Game. First pitch for the actual Yankees game is at 2:05pm with Phil Hughes on the mound.