News & Notes: Winter league update, Hall of Fame ballot release, Kahnle, McDaniel

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Got a few tidbits to pass along today. Not much yet with regard to the hot stove, but there are a few things Yankees-related that have happened in recent days. Let’s get to it.

An update on Yankees in LIDOM

Domingo Germán pitched in his first professional game since his suspension for domestic violence began at the end of the 2019 season. He contributed four no-hit innings with seven strikeouts in Toros del Este’s combined no-hitter in its season opener. We still haven’t heard anything about Germán’s future with the Yankees other than Hal Steinbrenner’s words last month.

For whatever it’s worth, I found it interesting that Germán wasn’t listed on the following YES graphic yesterday:

Not sure if that means anything. Anyway, let’s move on to other players in the organization down in the DR.

Albert Abreu started for Licey in opposition of Germán. The righty, who is out of minor league options and may find a new MLB team by 2021, threw 3 2/3 frames, gave up two hits, walked two batters, allowed one run, and struck out five.

Miguel Andújar started at third base and hit second in the lineup. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

On Sunday, prospect Luis Gil threw three innings in relief for Licey against Leones del Escogido. He allowed four hits, two runs, and one walk. The righty also struck out three.

Hall of Fame season begins

It’s that time of the year again. The 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Hall of Fame ballot was released yesterday. There are a number of new and old candidates with Yankees’ ties (some with closer ties than others). First, those returning with last year’s voting percentage and year on the ballot.

  • Roger Clemens | 61.0% | 9th year
  • Gary Sheffield | 30.5% | 7th year
  • Andruw Jones | 19.4% | 4th year
  • Andy Pettitte | 11.3% | 3rd year
  • Bobby Abreu | 5.5% | 2nd year

Newcomers to the ballot who’ve played in pinstripes: AJ Burnett, Nick Swisher, and LaTroy Hawkins.

The BBWA will announce the results of the voting on January 26th on MLB Network. Any new inductees will be enshrined on July 25th in Cooperstown alongside those from last year’s class (Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons, and Larry Walker) whose ceremony was canceled as a result of COVID-19.

Tommy Kahnle weighing two-year offers

This makes sense. Kahnle should be back full-bore by 2022, so any team looking to acquire his services is really banking on him coming back strong for in a couple of years. Anything that’s gotten from Kahnle by the end of 2021 would be gravy. I’d love to see the Yankees try to keep Kahnle around, but I’m not expecting anything at this time.

RIP Lindy McDaniel

In some sad news, former Yankees reliever Lindy McDaniel passed away at the age of 84 from COVID-19. After spending the beginning of his career with the Cardinals, Cubs, and Giants, San Francisco dealt McDaniel to the Yankees mid-1968. He pitched in 265 games for the Bombers and recorded a 2.89 ERA. His career in the Bronx ended when the team dealt him to the Royals for Lou Piniella in 1973.

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1 Comment

  1. MikeD

    Lindy McDaniel has a slightly higher career WAR than Trevor Hoffman. I don’t mean this as a knock on Hoffman, who was excellent, or a suggestion McDaniel should be in the HOF (he shouldn’t). McDaniel was a relief pitcher from a different age, pre the one-inning or even one batter reliever. He’d either be a starter today, or more likely forced more into a one inning role. Not sure what it would take for the game to bring back the two inning reliever who can give a team 100 plus innings from the pen. It seems like a market inefficiency that needs to be discovered again!

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