Coffee and Clippings: Joe Girardi’s maneuverings fall flat, just like Yankees’ pitiful bats

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Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) of the New York Post discusses the moves that Yankee skipper Joe Girardi made ahead of the AL Wild Card Game, and how little they payed off… Not like he changed his lineup Tuesday night by benching $153 million man Jacoby Ellsbury in favor of Chris Young and putting the struggling Brett […]

Coffee and Clippings: Cubs ‘raised bar’ with 97-win season, look for more in Pittsburgh

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Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) of the Chicago Sun-Times wraps up the Cubs’ season as they get ready to take on the Pirates on Wednesday… They didn’t get home field for the wild-card game like they set out Sunday to steal, but the Cubs delivered on something much bigger when they finished off a 97-win season by […]

Coffee and Clippings: CC Sabathia comes full circle in a month

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Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) of the NY Post talks about CC Sabathia coming full circle in a month as the Yankees clinch Wild Card berth… “CC is going to pitch big in the big game. That’s what we expect of him. That’s what he did tonight,” said Adam Warren, who accepted the torch for three innings […]

Coffee and Clippings: Travis Shaw showcasing promising ability to adapt at the plate

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Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal talks about Boston’s Travis Shaw showing his ability to adapt at the plate… Shaw’s homer Wednesday came on a 3-2 splitter that Masahiro Tanaka left hanging over the plate; contrary to most home runs hit to Yankee Stadium’s right field, there was nothing cheap about a shot that […]

Peter Gammons: Ramirez and Sandoval’s future in Boston; Power arms on the rise

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The public perception is that the $173M invested in Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval played a major role in Boston ownership’s switch from Ben Cherington to Dave Dombrowski. Ramirez hit .183 with no homers in the second half of the season, Sandoval hit .245 with 10 homers for the season, and their defensive metrics in […]

Coffee and Clippings: Clayton Kershaw leads Dodgers into postseason with one-hitter

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Steve Dilbeck (@stevedilbeck) of the LA Times highlights Clayton Kershaw’s one hitter that clinched the NL West for the dodgers… Led by a masterful Clayton Kershaw one-hitter and three solo home runs off Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, the Dodgers finally clinched the National League West on Tuesday with an 8-0 victory at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The Dodgers […]

Coffee and Clippings: Wainwright, as he promised, set to appear in game

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Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright set to appear in a game before the regular season ends… What the Cardinals saw from Adam Wainwright on Monday afternoon as he bounced off the mound, darted to backup bases, and even completed a faux rundown, probably means he’s ready […]

Peter Gammons: The New Order is the child of The Old Order

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What is significant about the Red Sox announcement that Mike Hazen has been promoted to general manager is what it says about Dave Dombrowski. When the news broke that Dombrowski had been hired as President of Baseball Operations and that Ben Cherington had chosen not to remain in the new order given the blood he’d […]

Peter Gammons: From Legion fields to Fenway Park, Rich Hill’s journey continues in Boston

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It had been a long road back to the fields of the Milton American Legion team fields. It really wasn’t that long since October, 6, 2007, when he started the third game of the National League Division Series trying, unsuccessfully, to fend off the Cubs’ elimination by the Diamondbacks. Rich Hill made 32 starts for […]

Coffee and Clippings: Yankees legend Yogi Berra dies at 90

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Don Burke of the New York Post discusses the life and death of Yankee and baseball legend Yogi Berra… Berra, a catcher who was named the AL’s most valuable player in 1951, ’54 and ’55, led the Yankees to five consecutive world championships (1949-53) and also led a team that included Mickey Mantle and, for three […]