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News & Notes: Gold glove finalists, Didi downplays potential return, Jasson Dominguez, Marcus Stroman

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It’s been a pretty quiet week for the Yankees, but that’s to be expected. Teams aren’t supposed to make noise during the World Series, which is supposed to be front and center in the baseball world right now. Speaking of, the Rays and Dodgers are even at one a piece in the series ahead of tonight’s Game 3.

Even though the team has been quiet, there are a few things worth relaying on the Yankees’ front. Here’s the rundown:

Gio Urshela and Clint Frazier are Gold Glove Award finalists

Brett Gardner was the last Yankee to win a Gold Glove (2016). That brief drought could end this year if one of Gio Urshela and Clint Frazier beat out the other two finalists at their positions. The winners will be named on November 3rd.

It’s important to note that as a result of regionalized schedules this season, there is no voting on these awards in 2020. Rather, statistics alone will determine the winner. It’s not clear what those metrics used to decide are, though.

At third base, Urshela is up against Isiah Kiner-Falefa (Rangers) and Yoan Moncada (White Sox). Here’s a statistical comparison of the three:

PlayerDRSUZROAA
Urshela+6+5.4-1
Kiner-Falefa+8+1.1+4
Moncada-1+3.5+3

Only Kiner-Falefa ranks positively per Defensive Runs Saved, Ultimate Zone Rating, and Oats Above Average. I guess that makes him the favorite? I don’t know.

End of season press conferences: Aaron Boone and Brian Cashman

The Yankees’ manager and general manager spoke in today’s annual end of season press conference. Below are some of the highlights from this afternoon’s media briefing.

Aaron Boone

  • We’ve grown accustomed to learning about offseason surgeries scheduled in the last couple of season recap press conferences. Not this year, thankfully. The manager said that there are no surgeries needed, to his knowledge.
  • Boone noted that there are no coaching staff changes anticipated. That said, Marcus Thames’s name has come up as a managerial candidate for Detroit. That could force the team’s hand.
  • The manager reiterated how close this team is to winning a World Series. He said it a few times in this presser, in fact. Frankly, this wears a bit thin. He’s been at the helm of two ALDS knockouts and an ALCS elimination. I’m not so sure that qualifies as close. Plus, the Yankees would have fallen short of the postseason had MLB not expanded the playoffs this season.
  • Is there a starting catcher controversy next year? Boone noted that he still has plenty of confidence in Gary Sánchez and that he liked his at bats toward the end of the season. The skipper also noted that Kyle Higashioka’s performance was the driving factor in the postseason lineup cards, not Gary.
  • Gleyber Torres’s defense at shortstop was not great this season. According to Boone, it’s consistently making the routine play that will make him a better defender.
  • As you might expect, a number of questions were about Game 2 against the Rays. But how much of that was Boone’s say? The key quote, I think: “I think that room understands that I’m writing out the lineup and I’m making those decisions.”

Yankees Release 28-Man ALDS Roster

The Yankees released the 28-man roster for their ALDS series against the Rays just now. I went in-depth on the matchup earlier today, and Derek will have a series preview for the Rays a bit later on this afternoon. Stay tuned for that if you missed it.

Anyway, here is the roster in its entirety:

Position Players:

Mike Ford (INF), Clint Frazier (OF), Brett Gardner (OF), Aaron Hicks (OF), Kyle Higashioka (C), Aaron Judge (OF), DJ LeMahieu (INF), Gary Sánchez (C), Giancarlo Stanton (OF), Mike Tauchman (OF), Gleyber Torres (INF), Gio Urshela (INF), Luke Voit (INF), and Tyler Wade (INF).

Pitchers:

Zack Britton (LHP), Luis Cessa (RHP), Aroldis Chapman (LHP), Gerrit Cole (RHP), Deivi Garcia (RHP), Chad Green (RHP), J.A. Happ (LHP), Jonathan Holder (RHP), Michael King (RHP), Jonathan Loaisiga (RHP), Jordan Montgomery (LHP), Nick Nelson (RHP), Masahiro Tanaka (RHP), and Adam Ottavino (RHP).


Not many surprises here. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I am a bit surprised to see that Mike King made the cut. I was expecting Nelson to be dropped in favor of someone like Tyler Lyons, given the Rays lefty lineup. Instead, Nelson made the cut, the Yanks left Erik Kratz off, and they added King.

I know King was iffy this year but I think he makes sense. The Yankees were likely going to want a bulk reliever and they like King. I can see wanting Clarke Schmidt instead but honestly? It’s fine. King is probably more stretched out, and he has bullpen experience. Remember, this is the 27th spot on the roster – only Nelson is lower in the pecking order – and the odds King pitches are slim to none. It’s fine.

Here are some other interesting notes:

  • The Yanks are carrying 14 pitchers, which is a full 50% of the roster. It makes sense, given the lack of off-days. Let’s hope Gerrit Cole can give the Yanks length tonight.
  • We can say goodbye to the three catcher roster. It’s not a huge surprise, but they carried three catchers basically all year. (Houston is carrying three for their ALDS series, too.) I’m not sorry to see Kratz go though. He is basically a wasted spot.
  • Here is the Rays roster. They’re carrying 13 pitchers. The only big thing to note there is that Austin Meadows is back. He is probably limited, though.

The only big question left now is who is going to start Game 2 for the Yankees. We’ll find out in due time, obviously. Until then, I’m just excited for the game to start tonight. Is it 8 pm yet?

Yankees place Gio Urshela and Jonathan Loaisiga on the IL

Good grief, the hits just keep on coming. We knew about Gio Urshela’s bone spur before, but I guess it’s become troublesome enough that he needs some time on the shelf. As for Jonathan Loaisiga: this came out of the blue and sounds scary. Hoping for the best for him.

In their place, the Yankees brought up Miguel Andújar and Miguel Yajure. Andújar figures to be the everyday third baseman for the time being while Yajure is depth.

This season just really stinks overall. It’s hard for the Yankees to contend with basically everyone who was supposed to be a regular on the injured list. It’s been said ad nauseam, but if it weren’t for the expanded postseason, I’d write the Yankees off at this point. Have to hope for better health in the coming weeks and that they get hot at the right time.

MLB suspends Aroldis Chapman, Aaron Boone, and Kevin Cash

MLB handed down suspensions to Aroldis Chapman (3 games), Aaron Boone (1 game), and Kevin Cash (1 game) following last night’s postgame benches clearing shouting match. Boone and Cash will serve tonight. Chapman is appealing.

The league’s announcement states that Chapman intentionally threw at Mike Brosseau in the 9th inning last night. Boone was suspended for Chapman’s actions. Cash received his penalty for postgame comments in which he bashed the Yankees’ coaching and noted that he had “a stable of pitchers who throw 98”.

We can argue about whether or not Chapman’s pitch was purposeful or not, but I don’t understand how Boone gets the same suspension as Cash. Boone was rational in his postgame press conference, whereas Cash was a loose cannon who effectively threatened the Yankees.

Now, as for tonight, will there be any further action?

Boone also thinks it can and should be behind us. We’ll see. Still have to play nine innings tonight.

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