Monday, June 24, 2019

Books: New Beach Reads

Photo by Jason Schott.


There are many new exciting new novels to read as summer begins and people think of what books to read as they lounge on the beach: The Friend by Joakim Zander; The Great Unexpected by Dan Mooney; Cygnet by Season Butler; A Family Of Strangers by Emilie Richards; and The Snakes by Sadie Jones.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Books: "Ten Innings At Wrigley" On One Of The Wildest Ballgames Ever




Ten Innings At Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever with Baseball on the Brink
By Kevin Cook
Henry Holt and Company; hardcover, 272 pages; $28.00

There has been a great tradition in baseball writing of books that focus on one game and all that goes into it, with a recent example Power Ball by Rob Neyer, which focused on a game in the past few years between the Houston Astros and Oakland A's and the systems they employ to win.

Yankees Set Franchise Mark With HR In 26th Straight Game

Gio Urshela approaches third base on his two-run home run Saturday night. Photo by Jason Schott.

The Yankees set a new franchise record on Sunday with home runs in 26 consecutive games when DJ LeMahieu hit a three-run home run in the 5th inning against Houston's Justin Verlander. 

The Yankees are now just one away from tying the Major League record set by the Texas Rangers, who homered in 27 straight from August 11-September 9, 2002.

The Yankees tied the prior franchise record of 25 when third baseman Gio Urshela launched his two-run home run to right field in the fifth inning of Saturday night's game with the Houston Astros.  Austin Romine hit a solo shot to right field in the seventh inning as well.


Five teams in Major League Baseball history had a home run in 25 consecutive games: The Yankees 1941 team homered in 25 straight games from June 1-29, 1941; the Detroit Tigers (May 25-June 19, 1994), Atlanta Braves (April 18-May 13, 1998), San Diego Padres (June 28-July 27, 2016), and St. Louis Cardinals (April 9-September 16, 2016).

The Yankees' prior record of 25 straight with a home run in 1941 was produced by some of the best players in their history, and here is the breakdown: Joe DiMaggio (10), Tommy Henrich (9). Charlie Keller (9), Joe Gordon (5), Red Rolfe (3), Frankie Crosetti (1), Phil Rizzuto (1), George Selkirk (1), Johnny Sturm (1). 

The Yankees have achieved this with two of their main home-run hitters, Giancarlo Stanton, and Aaron Judge, out with injury until they returned the past few days.

The home runs during the home run streak have come from: Gary Sanchez (8), Gleyber Torres (6), DJ LeMahieu (6), Brett Gardner (4), Cameron Maybin (4), Luke Voit (4), Aaron Hicks (3), Gio Urshela (4), Edwin Encarnacion (2), Clint Frazier (2), Didi Gregorius (1), and Austin Romine (1).

Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday afternoon of the home run streak and so many of his players participating in it, "Just a lot of capable guys. You've seen our depth, you've seen a lot of guys step up, and I think, as a group, they do a really good job of making it difficult on a pitcher even when he's having his way with us a time or two through the order. I think guys have been really disciplined and focused on the approach and the plan as a group, and it's allowed us to be able to consistently score runs, and then having guys that are capable also of hitting the ball out of the ballpark."

The Yankees' home runs that have made up this historic streak (Date/Opponent/Game Result/who hit it and HR number of season/inning/type of HR/score at time of game):
  1. May 26 at Kansas City - 8-7 L - Torres (13) - 6th inning - three-run homer - 7-4 KC
  2.  May 27 vs. San Diego - 5-2 W - Frazier (10) - 2nd inning - solo - 2-1 SD; Gardner (8) - 2nd - 2-run - 3-2 NYY; Sanchez (16) - 8th - solo - 4-2 NYY
  3. May 28 vs. San Diego - 5-4 L - Sanchez (17) - 4th inning - solo - 4-1 SD
  4. May 29 vs. San Diego - 7-0 W - LeMahieu (5) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY; Voit (14) - 1st - 2-0 NYY;  Urshela (3) - 2nd - solo - 3-0 NYY; Torres (14) - 7th - two-run - 7-0 NYY
  5. May 31 vs. Boston - 4-1 W - LeMahieu (6) - 5th - solo - 4-1 NYY
  6. June 1 vs. Boston - 5-3 W - Sanchez (18) - 5th - two-run - 5-3 NYY
  7. June 2 vs. Boston - 8-5 L - Voit (15) - 4th - solo - 3-1 BOS
  8. June 4 at Toronto - 4-3 L - Frazier (11) - 4th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Hicks (2) - 8th - solo - 4-3 TOR
  9. June 5 at Toronto - 11-7 L - Sanchez (19) - 4th - solo - 3-1 TOR; LeMahieu (7) - 6th - three-run - 7-4 NYY
  10. June 6 at Toronto - 6-2 W - Hicks (3) - 2nd - three-run - 4-0 NYY; Urshela (4) - 4th - solo - 5-0 NYY
  11. June 7 at Cleveland - 5-2 L - Hicks (4) - 3rd - solo - 2-0 NYY
  12. June 8 at Cleveland - 8-4 L - Gregorius (1) - 1st - two-run - 2-0 NYY
  13. June 9 at Cleveland - 7-6 W - Gardner (9) - 2nd - two-run - 2-0 NYY
  14. June 11 vs. Mets - Game 1 - 12-5 W - Urshela (5) - 4th - two-run - 4-4; Voit (16) - 4th - three-run - 7-4 NYY; Sanchez (20) - 8th - 12-5 NYY
  15. June 11 vs. Mets - Game 2 - 10-4 L - Gardner (10) - 9th - solo - 10-4 NYM
  16. June 13 at Chicago White Sox - 5-4 L - Gardner (11) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY
  17. June 14 at Chicago White Sox - 10-2 L - Voit (17) - 1st - solo - 1-0 NYY
  18. June 15 at Chicago White Sox - 8-4 W - Torres (15) - 4th - two-run - 4-0 NYY; Maybin (2) - 7th - solo - 6-0 NYY
  19. June 16 at Chicago White Sox - 10-3 W - Maybin (3) - 7th - solo - 9-2 NYY
  20. June 17 vs. Tampa Bay - 3-0 W - LeMahieu (8) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Maybin (4) - 5th - solo - 3-0 NYY
  21. June 18 vs. Tampa Bay - 6-3 W - Maybin (5) - 7th - solo - 5-3 NYY; Encarnacion (22, first as Yankee) - 8th - solo - 6-3 NYY
  22. June 19 vs. Tampa Bay - 12-1 W - Sanchez (21) - 1st - three-run 0 3-0 NYY; Torres (16) - 7th - grand slam - 12-1 NYY
  23. June 20 vs. Houston - 10-6 W - Sanchez (22) - 4th - solo - 1-0 NYY; Torres (17) - 4th - three-run - 4-0 NYY; LeMahieu (9) - 4th - 6-0 NYY; Encarnacion - 7th - two-run - 10-3 NYY
  24. June 21 vs. Houston - 4-1 W - Sanchez (23) - 3rd - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Torres (18) - 7th - two-run - 4-1 NYY
  25. June 22 vs. Houston - 7-5 W - Urshela (6) - 5th - two-run - 2-0 NYY; Romine (2) 7th - solo - 5-5
  26. June 23 vs. Houston - 9-4 L - LeMahieu (10) - 5th - three-run - HOU 9-3  

Yankees Old-Timers' Day Today; Rivera A First-Time Old-Timer

Mariano Rivera.



The Yankees have announced the roster of former Yankees who will be on hand at the 73rd annual Old-Timers’ Day on Sunday, June 23, at Yankee Stadium, which is the 11th Old-Timers’ Day at the current Stadium.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Yankees Win Slugfest With Astros For 8th Straight

Aaron Judge at the plate in the sixth inning Saturday night. Photo by Jason Schott.



Summer is here, the Yankees are in first place, all their stars have returned, and with a possible playoff preview against Houston on tap, a crowd of 46,034 created quite a raucous atmosphere at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.

Yankees' HOPE Week Magic Continues On The Field After Honoring Worthy Causes

Cameron Maybin gives Kiko Mina, whom the Yankees presented with an AdaptAbility bike, a fist bump, as Manager Aaron Boone looks on. Photo by Jason Schott.


The Yankees completed their fourth-ever HOPE Week sweep on Friday night with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium.

Finalists For First-Ever MLB All-Star Starters Election Announced

Yankee Stadium. Photo by Jason Schott.



Finalists for the first-ever Google MLB All-Star Starters Election were announced during Friday night’s MLB Network Showcase telecast of the Yankees hosting the Houston Astros.

The Starters Election features the top three vote-getters at each position (and the top nine outfielders) in each League based on vote totals from “The Primary,” which ran from May 28th through 4:00 p.m. ET this afternoon.