Following yesterday’s season finale, Ichiro Suzuki told Dan Barbarisi he feels great and strongly indicated he will continue playing. “Obviously there’s a lot of things that go on that the fans and the media can’t see, that goes on inside (the club), but what I can say is that the experiences I had this year, those experiences are going to help me in the future,” he said cryptically to Brendan Kuty when asked if he’d be open to returning to the Yankees.
Ichiro, who will turn 41 next month, hit .284/.324/.340 (86 wRC+) with 15 steals in 385 plate appearances this year. He seemed to be at his best in a limited fourth outfielder role. His production slipped once he was pressed into everyday duty. The Yankees will need a fourth outfielder next season like every other team, and the recently claimed Eury Perez offers a similar speed and defense skillset. It’s unclear if they’re open to bringing Ichiro back or if he even wants to be back at this point. He’s 156 hits shy of 3,000 and will probably need to play two more years to get there. · (214) ·
2014 Record: 84-78 (633 RS, 664 RA, 77-85 pythag. record), didn’t qualify for postseason
Top stories from last week:
- The Yankees started the week with four games at home against the Orioles. Michael Pineda and some relievers threw a one-hitter in the first game and a comeback fell short in the second game. Wednesday’s loss officially eliminated New York from postseason contention and Joe Girardi reportedly ripped the club in a team meeting afterwards. The Yankees won the home finale thanks to Derek Jeter‘s memorable walk off single. Jeter’s final game in Yankee Stadium was the most watched game in YES Network history.
- The Yankees traveled to Boston to play the Red Sox in the final series of the season. They won a call-up filled series opener before Masahiro Tanaka got roughed up in Saturday’s loss. The Yankees closed out the season with a win yesterday. Jeter singled in his final career at-bat and was given a huge ovation when he was lifted for a pinch-runner.
- Injury Updates: CC Sabathia (knee) and Ivan Nova (elbow) are both on throwing programs as they rehab from surgery. Alex Rodriguez has been declared healthy by an insurance company and is preparing to play next season. Eric Jagielo took a fastball to the face in Instructional League but appears to have escaped without major injury.
- Brandon McCarthy said it would be “hard to find a better fit” than the Yankees when he hits free agency. Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas has a $75M offer in hand, but not from the Bombers.
- The Yankees claimed Eury Perez off waivers from the Nationals and designated Josh Outman for assignment. Perez might be something more than a warm body in September.
- Shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the rookie Gulf Coast League.
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The season is over and Derek Jeter‘s career is officially over. As far as I’m concerned, his career ended Thursday night and this weekend was just window dressing. Here’s the final hit of his career. The next stop for Jeter is Cooperstown. No doubt about it.
Now, some other important business: Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann raced before today’s game! Here’s video. Brian MacPherson says McCann false-started and Teixeira smoked him. McCann may be the slowest guy on the team, but Teixeira definitely runs the funniest. I’d rather be slow than funny-looking.
Anyway, here is your open thread for the rest of the night. MLB.tv is free this weekend, so you can catch the last few innings of whatever games are still being played. The late NFL game is the Saints and Cowboys. Talk about those games, Jeter’s exit, this afternoon’s win, or anything else right here.
And just like that, the 2014 season is over. The Yankee closed out the year with a 9-5 win over the Red Sox on what amounted to Yankees Appreciation Day at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon. Let’s recap the final game of the season:
- Two Innings: The Yankees scored all nine of their runs in just two innings. They plated four in the third on Ichiro Suzuki‘s two-run triple, Derek Jeter‘s one-run infield single, and Mark Teixeira‘s sac fly. Then, in the seventh, they scored five runs on Jose Pirela‘s two-run double, John Ryan Murphy‘s one-run single, Austin Romine‘s one-run double, and Chase Headley‘s one-run single. The Yankees went 11-for-16 (.688) with a three doubles, a triple, a walk and a sac fly in the fourth and seventh innings and 1-for-22 (.045) with a walk in all other innings.
- Large Michael: What a finish to the season for Michael Pineda. He held the BoSox to three singles and no walks in 6.1 innings while striking out ten. (He was charged with a run after Esmil Rogers made a mess in the seventh.) Pineda finishes the season with a 1.86 ERA (2.71 FIP) in 13 starts and 76.1 innings. The question at the end of the season is the same as the question coming into the season: will he stay healthy? At least now we know Big Mike is a force when he’s on the mound.
- Bullpen Schmullpen: As always, the Yankees are not allowed to have easy wins. Rogers replaced Pineda, allowed five of six batters to reach base, and was charged with four runs. Adam Warren allowed a two-run double to Mookie Betts to cap that rally off. Warren threw a perfect eighth and David Phelps threw a perfect ninth to end the season. Chris Young caught a routine fly ball for the final out.
- Leftovers: Jeter went 1-for-2 with the infield single and was lifted for a pinch-runner in the third. Here’s the video of his final at-bat and exit … Young and Pirela both had two hits apiece while Ichiro, Jeter, Murphy, Brett Gardner, Romine, and Headley had one each … the Yankees went 7-for-11 (.636) with runners in scoring position.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs some other stats, and ESPN the updated standings. The Yankees finished the season in second place in the AL East at 84-78 with a -31 run differential, 12 games back of the Orioles and one game up on the Blue Jays. Joe Girardi will hold his annual end-of-season press conference on Monday and then that’s it until the spring. Thanks for riding out the season with RAB. Should be an interesting winter.
That was one hell of a ride.
Sunday, 2:30pm: Kiley McDaniel says it sounds like Jagielo escaped major injury and is going to be okay. There has not been any sort of official word yet, however. Scouts at the game said he was on the ground for 20 minutes waiting for the ambulance.
Saturday, 12:41pm: Sherman says Jagielo’s helmet absorbed some of the blow but the ball did partially hit his face. He is heading for concussion tests and I’m sure much more.
12:14pm: Via Joel Sherman: Third base prospect Eric Jagielo took an 87 mph fastball to the face in Instructional League earlier today. He was down on the ground for an extended period of time and had to be taken away in an ambulance. No word on the severity of his injuries or anything like that. It’s too early to know. Make sure you check back for updates.
Jagielo, 22, was the Yankees’ first round pick in the 2013 draft. He hit .259/.354/.460 (132 wRC+) with 16 homers in 85 games around an oblique injury with High-A Tampa this year. Jagielo was slated to play in the Arizona Fall League starting next month, but obviously this incident could change plans. Hopefully everything is okay and he escapes with relatively little damage, like Chase Headley did when he took a fastball to the chin a few weeks ago. · (12) ·
So this is it. The final game of the season. The last six months have mostly sucked but there were plenty of awesome moments mixed in, none better than Derek Jeter‘s walk-off single in his Yankee Stadium farewell three days ago. That was just amazing. All-time great moment I’ll remember forever.
The Yankees wrap up the 2014 regular season this afternoon before heading into what I am sure will be an eventful offseason. Eventful good or eventful bad? That’s the question. I really have no idea what’s in store this winter. We can worry about all of that starting tomorrow. For now, just enjoy the last few innings of Yankees baseball until the spring. Here is the Red Sox lineup and here is the Yankees lineup:
- RF Ichiro Suzuki
- DH Derek Jeter
- CF Brett Gardner
- 1B Mark Teixeira
- 3B Chase Headley
- SS Stephen Drew
- C Frankie Cervelli
- LF Chris Young
- 2B Jose Pirela
RHP Michael Pineda
Another nice and sunny day in Boston. The weather has been pretty awesome this weekend. This afternoon’s game will begin at 1:35pm ET, but the Red Sox are having a pre-game ceremony for Jeter that is scheduled to begin around 1pm ET. You’ll be able to watch on YES locally and both TBS and MLB.tv nationally. MLB.tv is free for the weekend. Enjoy the game, folks.
Prior to yesterday’s game, Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters that Alex Rodriguez has been declared healthy by the team’s insurance company and he is preparing to play in 2015. “He’s doing two-a-days right now. Last I remember, he said he was out at UCLA. Between that and his workouts in Miami, he’s (also) going to plan on working with our staff in Tampa at some point this winter. He looks forward to reintroducing himself in a positive way for us going forward,” said the GM to Chad Jennings.
A-Rod, now 39, has opted not to play winter ball as a tune-up heading into next season. Cashman said the team ran the idea by him just so they could begin the process of getting him on a roster, but he declined. Rodriguez missed most of last season following left hip surgery after having right hip surgery in 2009. He played only 265 of 486 possible games from 2011-13. What will the Yankees get out of A-Rod next year? Who in the world knows. Cashman made it pretty clear they aren’t going to release him — they could still recoup some of the $63M they owe him through 2017 if he gets suspended or hurt again (insurance!) — so they’ll need him to contribute something more than nothing. · (177) ·
Here is your open thread for the night. MLB.tv is free all weekend, so you can watch any game your heart desires. Tigers-Twins, Royals-White Sox, Athletics-Rangers, Cardinals-Diamondbacks, and Mariners-Angels all have postseason implications. I’m sure there’s a bunch of college football on somewhere as well. Talk about those games, this afternoon’s loss, Joe Girardi ripping the team, or anything else right here.
This is the type of game that would have totally sucked had it meant something but is easily brushed off because it didn’t. The Yankees got clobbered by the Red Sox by the score of 10-4 on Saturday afternoon, in the second to last game of the 2014 season. Let’s recap:
- Ugly Ending: This was definitely not the way Masahiro Tanaka wanted to go into the offseason. He looked pretty terrible on Saturday afternoon — stuff was flat, no command at all, laboring from start to finish — and the result was seven runs (five earned) in only 1.2 innings (50 pitches). Some really bad defense didn’t help but it’s not like Tanaka was fooling anyone either. As long as his elbow is healthy — Joe Girardi said he was fine physically after the game, no injury just ineffective — the bad performance doesn’t really matter. It just would have been nice to end the season on a high note.
- Swing Away: The Yankees went into “let’s get this over with” mode after Boston’s eight-run second inning — 17 of the next 19 men they sent to the plate swung at the first or second pitch. The plan went awry in the three-run eighth inning, which was highlighted by Chris Young‘s one-run single and Stephen Drew‘s two-run ground-rule double. Three singles, including infield hits by Frankie Cervelli and Chase Headley, set that rally up. The Yankees put two on the ninth but did not score.
- Bullpen On Parade: Preston Claiborne replaced Tanaka, faced six hitters, and retired one (three hits, one walk, one error). He was charged with two unearned runs. Bryan Mitchell allowed one run while soaking up four efficient innings (44 pitches) then Chase Whitely closed it out with two quick innings. Three September call-up relievers combined to allow three runs (one earned) in 6.1 innings while striking out seven. Not awful despite Claiborne.
- Leftovers: Derek Jeter started at DH and went 1-for-2 with an infield single before being replaced … the Yankees allowed a season-high four unearned runs, which is amazing considering how terrible the infield was for much of the year … Headley, Cervelli, and Young each had two hits while Ichiro Suzuki, Jeter, Austin Romine, Drew (double), and Jose Pirela (triple) each had one. Drew and Pirela walked … Tanaka is the first Yankee to allow at least seven runs in fewer than two full innings since Phil Hughes last May.
MLB.com has the box score and video highlights, FanGraphs has some other stats, and ESPN has the updated standings. Since this was their 78th loss of the season, the Yankees will officially have a worst record than last year (85-77). Gross. Michael Pineda and Clay Buchholz will be on the mound in the 2014 season finale Sunday afternoon.