No Baseball Hall of Famer ever has been elected unanimously by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, until now.Yankees great Mariano Rivera became the first Tuesday night.The closer, who ranks all-times in saves and appearances, received 100 percent of the vote (412 votes). “Amazing, amazing is all I have to say,” said Rivera, while being interviewed on the MLB Network. “Me being the last player to wear No. 42 (the great late Jackie Robinson’s number) and going into the Hall of Fame is very satisfying.”Joining Rivera are Yankees teammate Mike Mussina, who also pitched for the Baltimore Orioles, Edgar Martinez and Roy Halladay, who died in 2017.Candidates must have received at least 75 percent of the vote for election. Candidates can be on the ballot for 10 years, but they must receive at least five percent of the vote every year to remain a contender.In all, there were 35 candidates on the 2019 ballot, and early voting indicates next … [Read more...] about Former Yankee great Mariano Rivera is a unanimous 2019 Baseball Hall of Famer
The Yankees may be casting a line for a big fish, after all.Apparently passing on free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, the Yankees reportedly are interested in adding Colorado Rockies superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado, who will be a free agent after the 2019 season. Would the Yankees give up what it takes now for this kind of rental?Check out our analysis.Nolan Arenado, 3BClub: Colorado Rockies.Age: 27 (28 on April 16, 2019).Size: 6-1, 210.Bats: Right.Contract: Made $17.75 million in 2018 in last season of two-year, $29.5 million deal. Eligible for salary arbitration this season and can file for free agency after the 2019 campaign.2018 stats: Rockies, .297 average, 590 AB, 104 runs, 175 hits, 38 doubles, 2 triples, 38 HR, 110 RBI, 73 BB, 122 K, 2 SB, 2 CS, .935 OPS, 156 games.Career stats: .291 average, 3,348 AB, 524 runs, 975 hits, 222 doubles, 25 triples, 186 HR, 616 RBI, 285 BB, 571 K, 13 SB, 13 CS, .886 OPS, 876 games in six seasons with Rockies (2013-18).Status: Maybe … [Read more...] about MLB trade rumors: Yankees hot for Nolan Arenado?
New Springville resident and baseball lifer Frank Menechino is back in baseball after a short hiatus.The former Major League Baseball player, who was let go as a hitting coach with the Miami Marlins in October, has been hired by the Chicago White Sox’s Triple A team -- the Charlotte Knights -- in the same capacity, the Advance has learned.It’s a homecoming of sorts for the 48-year-old Menechino, who was drafted by the White Sox out of Alabama University in the 45th round of the 1993 draft. Menechino, a football and baseball standout at Susan Wagner High School in the late 1980s, played in the majors for the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays before hanging up his playing cleats in 2005.After his playing career, the Staten Island Sports Hall of Famer landed a coaching job with the New York Yankees' Double A affiliate, the Trenton Thunder as a hitting coach, before finding work in Florida.He spent the last six seasons with the Marlins. Former Marlin and current New York … [Read more...] about Frank Menechino lands job with Chicago White Sox’s Triple A team
By Steve Politi | NJ Advance Media for NJ.comSo that’s it?The Yankees' big splash from the vaunted 2018-19 free agent class, the one fans have been hearing about for years now, is a utility infielder named DJ LeMahieu.And yes, for the record, the last name rhymes with ... who? He is a capable second baseman who once won a NL batting title. He is also -- based on our extensive research -- another infielder not named Manny Machado. This move all-but assures that, barring a surprising trade or an abrupt philosophical change, the franchise will exit the offseason without the kind of move to transform this team from very good to championship caliber.Oh, they added players. They solidified their rotation by retaining free agent J.A. Happ and acquiring James Paxton in a smart trade with Seattle. They brought back reliever Zach Britton and took a flier on shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who hasn’t played in a year and a half.They won 100 games last season and probably will win as many … [Read more...] about Yankees will regret passing on Manny Machado and going cheap in the 2018-19 free agent market
By Mike Rosenstein | NJ Advance Media for [email protected] Advance Media for NJ.comUPDATE (Wednesday, 2:36 p.m.): Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports the Yankees have not made an official offer to Manny Machado, who is still holding out for a $300 million contract. UPDATE (Wednesday, 1:48 p.m.): MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports Bryce Harper and Manny Machado could be closing in on deals.According to a source, there is momentum building toward Harper's return to Washington, while the Phillies -- who are set to meet with Harper this week in Las Vegas -- appear to be turning up their pursuit of Machado.“It’s heating up,” the source said....Harper’s deal will likely include an opt-out clause that would allow the former National League MVP Award winner to hit the free-agent market again at the age of 29 or 30, so whatever contract he signs, it will be interesting to see what the dollars look like before any opt-out clause presents … [Read more...] about MLB rumors: Manny Machado to Phillies? Bryce Harper to Nationals? Did Yankees make offer?