Games 28 & 29: Jackie Robinson Day

Today is Jackie Robinson Day across MLB. It was moved to this date as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting its traditional celebration on April 15th. The timing couldn’t have aligned better with what we’ve seen in this week with (some) professional athletes and teams. Players are taking a stand after frustration with league’s whitewashed efforts for social justice. These players are represented in the short film above narrated by Mookie Betts, and I’m proud to mention that our blog’s co-founder Randy Wilkins directed it.

If you’re on Twitter, give Randy a shout out for this alongside everyone else he worked with to get this done.

Before I get to baseball to be played today, I want to share one more piece that I thought was terrific. It’s free to read over at Baseball Prospectus: Dear Jackie, by Shakeia Taylor.

Alright, as for the Yankees today. Per Aaron Boone, the team met for an hour earlier today and decided to play. I can’t say I’m surprised, but I hope we see some sort of action taken if they’re not going to sit out in solidarity with others. These are the lineups for the first game:

New York Mets (13-16)

  1. Jeff McNeil, 2B
  2. J.D. Davis, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, RF
  4. Pete Alonso, 1B
  5. Robinson Canó, DH
  6. Wilson Ramos, C
  7. Dominic Smith, LF
  8. Jake Marisnick, CF
  9. Amed Rosario, SS

RHP Michael Wacha

New York Yankees (16-11)

  1. Luke Voit, DH
  2. Clint Frazier, RF
  3. Brett Gardner, LF
  4. Gary Sánchez, C
  5. Mike Ford, 1B
  6. Miguel Andújar, 3B
  7. Estevan Florial, CF
  8. Thairo Estrada, 2B
  9. Tyler Wade, SS

LHP Jordan Montgomery

News & Notes:

  • You read that right: Estevan Florial is starting, batting seventh, and playing center field. It’s his major league debut. He’s the 29th man for the doubleheader today. Florial has never played above High-A (!!!), so this is a massive jump for the 22 year-old prospect. Injuries and a ridiculous amount of doubleheaders have really forced the Yankees hand.
  • Can’t go a day without another injury: Gio Urshela has a bone spur in his elbow, but the team doesn’t think it’s a long-term thing. Where have we heard that before? (Erik Boland)
  • There are other roster moves, by the way. Aaron Judge is back on the injured list with that same calf strain again. Sigh.
  • The team released lefty reliever Luis Avilán, who was on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. It sounds like they want to bring him back, but the 40-man crunch left the team no choice because…
  • …Jordy Mercer’s contract was selected from the Alternate Site. He’s added middle infield depth with DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres out.
  • Speaking of LeMahieu, it seems like he’s getting closer to returning. He’s playing in a game at the Alternate Site today.
  • As for Torres, he’s expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Yikes.

Today’s action gets underway at 4:05 p.m. EDT on YES, and MLB Network (out-of-market). WFAN and WADO have the radio calls. We’ll give game two’s lineup in the first game’s recap. Enjoy the games.

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6 Comments

  1. Gerreddardit Cole

    Green is horrendous and Boone uses him like he’s Mariano. This is two games in a row Boone has lost with his poor decision making. Anybody could see that Alonso home run coming a mile away. Sell sell sell at the deadline, fire the entire training and coaching staffs and blow the whole thing to smithereens. This is the worst Yankee team I’ve seen in decades. And for the love of God bench Gary Sanchez.

  2. Brian M

    Chad Green turns back into a chud, sure why not. Maybe Voit can take a line drive off of his nutsack and miss the rest of the season for Game 2.

  3. Gerreddardit Cole

    LOL! Boone did it again! The SOB did it again! Took out a dealing starter after 68 pitches for Green and he gave up another homer! FIRE BOONE!

  4. dasit

    yankees medical staff diagnosis: bone spur
    actual ailment: compound fracture of the femur

    yankees medical staff diagnosis: calf strain
    actual ailment: dislocated shoulder

    yankees medical staff diagnosis: left thumb strain
    actual ailment: detached retina

    yankees medical staff diagnosis: hamstring/quad strain
    actual ailment: irritable bowel syndrome

    fire everyone

  5. MikeD

    “Gio Urshela has a bone spur in his elbow, but the team doesn’t think it’s a long-term thing.”

    So he’s out for the year? Seriously, few baseball things give me more concern than Boone saying it’s nothing serious.

    The Last-Man-Up meme was mostly fun last season. It’s incredibly frustrating this year.

    • MikeD

      “Next”-Man-Up meme Although, with Florial being called up, we may actually be at Last-Man-Up!

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