When Mariano Rivera was elected to the Hall of Fame in unanimous fashion on Tuesday, pretty much everyone -- including SNY -- noted that he was the first-ever unanimous selection.
Specifically, it was noted that Rivera was the first player to ever be named on 100 percent of the ballots that were submitted.
But was he really the first unanimous selection to the National Baseball Hall of Fame? Is there a chance another legendary Yankee was actually the first unanimous selection?
Babe Ruth and many others couldn't do it, and so went the notion that no player would ever be enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame while amassing 100 percent of the vote.
That's until Mariano Rivera perfectly closed out his first appearance on the ballot.
On Tuesday night, Mariano Rivera was not only told he would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but he was the first ever player to receive 100 percent of votes.
So, as one would expect, Rivera was all smiles and laughs at the Hall of Fame press conference that involved Edgar Martinez and former teammate Mike Mussina as well as the family of the late Roy Halladay, who was also elected to the Hall.
From his lowest points to his highest, Rivera reflected on how he eventually became the best closer in the game. And he also told Martinez that he owes him dinner for helping him get into the Hall, too...
To say Mike Mussina was a little caught off guard about getting voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame would be an understatement.
Mussina was coaching his son's basketball team when he got the official call that he had made it, and that type of humor continued in his official press conference with the other inductees Edgar Martinez, fellow Yankee Mariano Rivera, and the Roy Halladay family on hand.
"Moose" reflected on his rise to the Hall of Fame, touching on the numerous "almosts" from his multiple no-hitters and World Series win...
New York's 25-man roster will consist of five outfielders, all of whom have been above-average to elite players at varying points during their careers. Two of those outfielders are Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner - both 35 years old and on the wrong side of their production curves. And they are potentially blocking 24-year-old Clint Frazier, who some believe can become an above-average outfielder himself.
The Yankees' plans for Frazier appear hazy from the outside at this point. Frazier has plenty of potential and we have seen the electricity he can bring to the lineup. However, his 2018 season was wrought with the after-effects of a concussion that he simply could not shake. Frazier has been deemed healthy and according to his social media remarks, he is ready to fight for the starting job in left field.
The Yankees have been in pursuit of free agent 3B/SS Manny Machado, who is reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him roughly $300 million over 10 years. Here are the latest rumors...
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The Padres checked in with Machado on Wednesday, which may qualify San Diego as the "mystery team," according to Fancred's Jon Heyman. The Padres also checked in with Mike Moustakas, Marwin Gonzalez and ... Bryce Harper. Heyman said the Padres' plan is to shoot for 2020, with no word on whether they've made offers to any of the four players.
The Yankees have two players on the new Baseball Prospectus Top 101 prospects list, and one they traded away in the deal for James Paxton also made the cut.
RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (No. 64) and OF Estevan Florial (No. 66) made it for the Yanks, while LHP Justus Sheffield -- who was sent to Seattle for Paxton -- came in at No. 50.
As far as the rest of the AL East, the Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was No. 1 on the list, with Toronto having three other representatives (including SS Bo Bichette, who came in at No. 12). The Rays, who have one of the best farm systems in baseball, had six players on the list, while the Orioles had three and the Red Sox had none...
Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens and all-time home run leader Barry Bonds are making small steps in their pursuit of Hall of Fame nods.
The athletes with tainted PED pasts began under the 40 percent mark of votes on their first try in 2014 and worked their way up to nearly 60 percent of votes in 2019. Clemens and Bonds have three more years of eligibility into the Hall if they garner 75 percent of the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America.
And Alex Rodriguez is jumping up and down, waving the pompoms and cheering them on from the sidelines.
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It's not you, it's me.
The aftermath of the Sonny Gray and New York Yankees breakup revealed the right-hander has no explanation for what went wrong in New York. Whatever it was about the Bronx that made Gray pitch like a ghost of himself, rather than Oakland's All-Star ground-ball pitcher, served as a point of self-reflection for the 29-year-old.
"That's the question, isn't it?" Gray told reporters during a conference call on Tuesday when asked what went wrong. "I'm not going to lie. I felt comfortable taking the mound. I felt good. It just didn't work out. I don't know. I don't have an answer."
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : In prepping for Mariano Rivera's inevitable (duh!) election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, I toured his pages on the indispensible Baseball Reference. To go there is to get lost in a rabbit hole of Rivera's pitching excellence.
There's Rivera's absurd 205 career ERA-plus, which is the best of all time, and his 652 saves, the most ever. Or his ridiculous postseason numbers -- 0.70 ERA, 0.759 WHIP, just two October homers in 141 high-pressure innings. Keep going -- you might calculate the last digit of Pi before you run out of fascinating Rivera numbers.
Heck, he even adds a signature number now, becoming the first player to get 100% of the vote on the ballots of members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, this one included...
By becoming the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in history on Tuesday night, legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera eclipsed some of the best players to ever play the game.
Before Rivera reached the perfect voting percentage most deemed unattainable, the players with the four highest vote totals were...
Even Mike Mussina did not think he would get in the Baseball Hall of Fame this year.
The former Yankees pitcher had been trending slightly above the 75 percent threshold, but remained unfazed by it and did not plan anything special for the announcement on Tuesday night.
In fact, he revealed on Tuesday that he was coaching his son's high school basketball team when he received the phone call at the end of his practice.
With legendary closer Mariano Rivera officially taking his place in Cooperstown among the immortals in the Hall of Fame, let's take a look back at his best Yankees moments.
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Mariano Rivera made history on Tuesday when he became the first unanimous election into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
The historic news was surprising, but hardly a shock to any of those who have spent a significant time around the closer during his 19-year career with the Yankees.
Immediately following the news, Derek Jeter published a blog post on his website, The Players' Tribune, citing the only stat that he thought sums up Rivera's career.
With Mike Mussina officially taking his place in Cooperstown among the immortals in the Hall of Fame, let's take a look back at his best Yankees moments.
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That Mariano Rivera would be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer was fait accompli the second he announced his retirement. But in getting elected, he did something no one before him had done: he got 100 percent of the vote.
The Yankees legend, with his name checked off on all ballots cast, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday, along with Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, and fellow Yankees teammate Mike Mussina.
Due to Ryan Thibodaux's Hall of Fame ballot tracker, it had been known that Rivera's name had been checked off on all ballots that had been shared in public. What wasn't known was whether the ballots that were submitted but not in the tracker would have any that knocked Rivera off the 100 percent pace. They did not.
Mariano Rivera is not the only Yankees pitcher that will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer.
Mike Mussina garnered 76.7 percent of the 75 percent of the votes necessary to join Rivera, Roy "Doc" Halladay and Edgar Martinez in the Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Mussina, 50, pitched eight seasons with the Yankees and 10 with the Baltimore Orioles. He was a five-time All-Star and seven-time Gold Glove award winner.
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With any luck, this will be the only Hall of Fame column I'll ever write, because my one opinion on the place is that it should not exist.
That probably sounds unduly harsh, so let me back up and explain. This year marks my 10th in the Baseball Writers Association of America, which makes me eligible to vote for the first time. When Hall officials reached out late last year to see if I would be registering, it pained me to say no.
What kid who grew up with baseball mania wouldn't want a say in who gets into Cooperstown? The building itself is a magical place, a must-visit for all fans that captures the power and romance of the game.
The Yankees have had a relatively quiet offseason by their standards, so far resisting the urge to sign Manny Machado or Bryce Harper.
Their biggest move to date has been a trade for Mariners ace James Paxton, and they've built their bullpen into a potential powerhouse.
So, how many games should they expect to win in 2019?
You may remember Bill Ballou.
He's the Telegram & Gazette Boston Red Sox writer who decided to abstain from voting for the Hall of Fame, because if he did submit a ballot, he was not going to vote for New York Yankees legendary closer Mariano Rivera. Well, he changed his mind about both of those things.
John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | Yankees GM Brian Cashman has made precious few mistakes in recent years while building a young playoff team via trades and home-grown player development, but his whiff on Sonny Gray officially went into the books on Monday when he traded the starting pitcher for a prospect and a draft choice.
Even if the return on the three-way trade with the Reds and Mariners produces value in the coming years -- and the Yankees are high on a 21-year old outfielder named Josh Stowers -- Gray's failure in New York can't be erased.
Ideally he was supposed to be something akin to what Justin Verlander was for the Astros -- a final piece of a championship puzzle. Instead, Gray left Yankee decision-makers dumbfounded by his apparent inability to cope with pitching in New York.
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The Yankees traded pitcher Sonny Gray to the Cincinnati Reds, and the right-hander has reached an extension with his new team.
He reportedly signed a three-year, $30.5 million extension covering 2020-22, with a club option for '23.
The deal is part of a three-way trade with the Seattle Mariners. Second base prospect Shed Long, acquired from the trade for Gray, is headed to the Mariners. Seattle is sending center field prospect Josh Stowers to New York. The Yankees also received the Reds' 2019 Competitive Balance Round A draft pick (No. 36 overall), giving New York two of the first 36 picks and three of the top 68. The Yankees also traded left-handed minor league pitcher Reiver Sanmartin to the Reds.
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Josh Stowers is a 21-year-old outfielder who was a second-round pick in last year's MLB draft.
He's also the newest Yankee.
New York acquired Stowers from the Mariners on Monday in the same trade that sent RHP Sonny Gray to the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees will receive the Reds' 2019 competitive balance Round A pick (No. 36 overall), while the Mariners will receive Reds second base prospect Shed Long. Cincinnati will also receive Yankees minor league LHP Reiver Sanmartin.
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CBS NFL analyst Tony Romo knew exactly what calls the Patriots were calling before they happened in Sunday's AFC championship game.
Maybe his psychic abilities will translate to baseball free agency.
Bryce Harper, one of the biggest free agents still available in the open market, thinks Romo knows where he'll play on Opening Day.
On the heels of trading Sonny Gray to the Reds, the Yankees reportedly signed right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar on Monday to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
Farquhar, 31, suffered a life threatening brain hemorrhage and ruptured aneurysm early last season while with the White Sox. Farquhar was on the road to recovery months later, and threw out the ceremonial first pitch for Chicago in June. He said, then, that he hoped to be back and playing for the 2019 season.
The Yankees were finalizing a trade of Sonny Gray to the Reds on Saturday, reported Jon Heyman of FanCred, but the deal has not yet become official.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal noted Sunday that one potential delay in the deal being completed could be that the Reds are trying to sign Gray to an extension first.
Gray and the Reds have until the end of the day Monday to agree to an extension, according to Heyman. Should they not reach an agreement, it is possible the Yankees could negotiate with other teams, as Heyman notes the Giants, A's, Brewers and Braves could be in the mix.
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For the second-straight year, Aaron Judge of the Yankees has been ranked as MLB Network's top right fielder in baseball. And this time, he topped the reigning MVP.
Judge took the honors over Mookie Betts of the Red Sox even though Betts tore up the sport in 2018, hitting .346/.438/.640 with 32 homers, 47 doubles, and 30 stolen bases in 136 games, while continuing to be one of the best defensive right fielders in the game.
Like Betts, Judge was limited by injury in 2018. He played in just 112 games due to a broken wrist, hitting .278/.392/.528 with 27 homers and 22 doubles, and six steals.
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As spring training approaches, there are still some roster decisions in front of the Yankees as they try to push to the head of the pack in the American League in the chase for a 28th World Series title.
Here is an update of rumors surrounding the Yankees pursuits, followed by my take on how things currently stand and may shake out…
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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Free agent infielder Manny Machado has met in recent days with at least one unidentified suitor, according to major league sources.
There are at least two mystery teams pursuing Machado, in addition to the Phillies and White Sox.
Additionally, the Yankees have kept an open line of communication with Machado's camp, even after signing infielder D.J. LeMahieu, sources say
With the Yankees'potential interest in Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado, as reported by SNY's Andy Martino, it begs the question: which third baseman would you rather have?
Arenado and Machado are both similar players, and the Yankees also have a pretty good up-and-coming third baseman already on their roster in Miguel Andujar.
Let's break it down:
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When Troy Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays back in December, it appeared his MLB career was coming to a close. He hadn't seen a diamond in the bigs since July, 28, 2017, as recovery from heel surgery wasn't the eight weeks the Blue Jays thought it would be.
But then there was his open showcase at Long Beach State in December that changed that narrative.
Being a five-time All-Star normally piques the interest of MLB front offices, but Tulowitzki's workout at his alma mater opened some eyes to the point where offers were put on the table. And Long Beach State head coach Troy Buckley, who helped conduct the workout, knows exactly why.
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Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter | : Mel Zitter is already thinking about summer nights at Yankee Stadium, watching two of his former pupils working in the bullpen, wearing pinstripes.
"That's going to be a trip," Zitter says, chuckling.
It should be a point of pride for Zitter, since he runs Youth Service, the Brooklyn sandlot club that new Yankee teammates Dellin Betances and Adam Ottavino both pitched for in the mid-2000s.
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John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | Maybe Alex Cora was simply playing to the crowd at the Boston baseball writers' dinner Thursday night. But suffice it to say he didn't seem concerned that the Yankees had just added another weapon, Adam Ottavino, to the best bullpen in baseball.
"Somebody might write this, I don't care," Cora said upon receiving his AL Manager of the Year award. "If you guys thought last year was special, wait 'til this year."
Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | Earlier this week, after I published my nine millionth story of the offseason about the Yankees and Manny Machado, a major league source reached out with a suggestion: Don't sleep on the Yanks and Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Certainly, there's been smoke there already.
Back in December, WFAN's Sweeny Murti wrote about how Arenado would fit the Yankees, and on Friday morning, MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal made passing reference to the possibility on the "Hot Stove" morning show.
Manny Machado's dad is adding some more intrigue to his son's free agency.
We know Machado has at least been offered a seven or eight-year deal by the White Sox, but the elder Machado told Hector Gomez of Z101 Digital on Friday that the Phillies, Yankees and even Dodgers have all made offers to his son.
And while the White Sox appear to be the strongest suitor, Manuel hinted his son could still sign elsewhere.
The Yankees will be adding another elite arm to an already dominant bullpen, giving the club a certain advantage over virtually the entire league.
New York and free-agent right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino agreed to a three-year, $27 million deal on Thursday, SNY.tv's Andy Martino confirmed.
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The use of an "opener" in Major League Baseball is a polarizing topic. Fans either love it, or hate it. With more and more teams experimenting with the idea after Kevin Cash and the Tampa Bay Rays saw successful results, it's reasonable to think the New York Yankees could be the next club to start a relief pitcher on the mound.
For one, they've already done it. Right-handed reliever Jonathan Holder started, coincidentally, against the Rays on Sept. 24. He pitched one inning before handing the baton to Stephen Tarpley, Sonny Gray, Chad Green, David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and, finally, Zach Britton to cap the game. Given, the Rays were nine games behind the Yankees with no shot of overtaking New York for the wild card spot. So the stakes to use an "opener" were low. But the point is, eight relievers and a 4-1 win later, it worked.
Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter | The exact terms of the Chicago White Sox offer to Manny Machado are not known -- you might have noticed some drama about that topic Wednesday -- but some new details of their discussions could offer a roadmap to the Yankees, if they want to jump back into the Machado sweepstakes.
The sides have at least discussed a contract structure that would allow Chicago to exercise an option after year three that would trigger team control for an eighth or ninth year, according to major league sources. This probably accounts for some of the confusion over whether Machado has a seven or eight year offer on the table. He has likely been offered a contract that could be either.
In that structure, Machado would get to opt out after 2021 if the team doesn't opt in. The Yankees and Zach Britton recently agreed to that structure, which Britton's agent Scott Boras called a "swellopt," in an interview with Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic...
While the Yankees are making trades that may be surprising fans this offseason, there's still an expected deal remaining.
The Yankees are getting closer to trading Sonny Gray, according to a report from Fancred's Jon Heyman. In addition to Gray, teams are also asking about Tommy Kahnle and Jonathan Holder.
Per Heyman, things were "ramping up" in talks centering around Gray since CC Sabathia was given clearance to pitch. Heyman also recently reported at least six teams are interested in the right-hander, which includes the Reds, Padres, Brewers, A's, Mariners and Braves.
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The Yankees are closing in on a three-year deal with free agent reliever Adam Ottavino, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.
The deal will be worth $27 million over three years.
Ottavino is coming off a huge season where he had a 2.43 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 112 strikeouts in 77.2 innings, or a 13 K/9 ratio and did it while pitching his home games hitter-friendly Coors Field with the Rockies. His 0.99 WHIP in 2018 was much improved from a 1.63 WHIP with a 5.06 ERA in 2017...
Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier tweeted he has been cleared for spring training and hopes to win a spot on the major-league roster after he missed most of the 2018 season due to concussion-like symptoms.
Yankees fans have been a bit confused this offseason, as GM Brian Cashman has been relatively quiet with the moves he has made. Instead of spending on players like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, he has instead signed names like Troy Tulowitzki and DJ LeMahieu to fill in the gaps.
Normally, New York is the team that goes after the big shots on the market, but why hasn't that been the case this offseason?
Sweeny Murti explains how the Yankees' recent success these past two seasons has kept Cashman's checkbook in his pocket instead of hashing out the big deals...
Newest Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu was introduced on Wednesday during a conference call with the press. The three-time Gold Glove Award winner agreed to a two-year deal with the Yankees on Friday. Here's what we learned about the All-Star's upcoming role in the Bronx.
All signs point to LeMahieu serving as a super-utility man
The possibility of LeMahieu playing in multiple positions for the Yankees next season is high. New York told the infield to "bring a lot of gloves" to Spring Training, according to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler. Although LeMahieu has only patrolled second base since 2015, he said he's comfortable playing shortstop, which will aid the Yankees while Didi Gregorius recovers from surgery.
The Yankees made a trade with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, acquiring LHP Ronald Roman and cash considerations in exchange for minor-league OF Tim Locastro, per MLB Network's Mark Feinsand.
New York designated Locastro for assignment earlier this week to make room for DJ LeMahieu, and instead of letting him walk, they were able to get a return. Roman is a 17-year-old Dominican Republic product the D-Backs acquired as an international signee last year.
Roman has yet to play a professional game, while Locastro has been playing in the minors since 2013 when he was drafted by the Blue Jays. In Triple-A last season he owned a .279 average with four homers and 25 RBI.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | Archives: Manny Machado was supposed to help the Yankees surpass the Red Sox. He's apparently not coming (and neither is Bryce Harper), so the Yanks should double down on their strongest facet -- the bullpen.
If the Yankees want to measure up to the Red Sox, they must possess an advantage somewhere on the roster that unequivocally distances the World Series champs. Adding one more "elite" reliever, like Adam Ottavino, should make it next to impossible for the Red Sox to catch the Yankees in that department even if Boston re-signs Craig Kimbrel. Boston arguably has a slight edge in the rotation and the offenses are quite similar in strength, but the overall scale could tip toward New York if the Yanks add to an already dominant bullpen.
Much has been made about the Yankees "coming up short" in the offseason if they're unable to secure Machado or Harper. Expectations were high that one of the two 26-year-old stars would become part of the Yankees after the team reset their luxury tax rate. Adding Machado or Harper would have clearly pushed the Yanks offense ahead of Boston's.
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It's not just his Gold Glove the Yankees like about DJ LeMahieu.
The Yankees' internal data suggested LeMahieu was undervalued offensively, according to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. His elite defense and superior makeup are bonuses for New York, which signed the former Colorado Rockie to a two-year, $24 million contract.
Former New York Yankees closer and Texas Rangers Hall of Fame pitcher John Wetteland was arrested on Monday on a child sex abuse charge in Texas. The Dallas Morning News was the first to report the arrest.
Wetteland, 52, is accused of continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14, according to Denton County jail records. He posted a $25,000 bond and was released from custody on Monday, the same day as his arrest.
John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter | Mel Stottlemyre always seemed to be at peace with the fact that he came along at the wrong time in Yankee history, an All-Star pitcher on many bad teams during one of the longest championship droughts the franchise has ever known.
"I was always too blessed to think of it that way," Stottlemyre told me once.
Even after being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the blood cancer that he succumbed to on Monday at age 77, Stottlemyre had the relentlessly positive outlook of a man who was grateful for his lot in life, as a major league player and then coach with five world championship rings...
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Even with four newly elected Hall of Famers off the ballot, and my anti-PED stance firmly in place regarding Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens, I still voted for 10 players this year, the sixth straight time I've used the maximum number of spots allowed.
So I guess I'm officially a Big Hall guy now, after years of thinking Small Hall was the way to go. And I'm OK with that.
Not that I'm good with Harold Baines being elected by a 16-person committee in December, but I do believe that for years baseball writers as a whole tended to take too much pride in making the Hall of Fame more exclusive than those in other sports, at the expense of rewarding excellence.