JML Update, Weekend Edition (May 26-28)

Posted on: May 29th, 2017 by Ron Kaplan

All due respect, and MLB can say what it wants about respect the occasion, but I find all these uniform amendments to be little more than a money grab. As if they’re not trying hard enough. I found this letter in the Sunday Times‘ sports section, reprinted here sans the signatory.

A Fan’s Frustration and Final Outs

To the Sports Editor:

Re “Winning Yankees Aren’t Faring Nearly as Well at the Ticket Office,” May 25: As a former die-hard Yankees fan and partial season-ticket holder, I was infuriated when the Yankees’ chief operating officer, Lonn Trost, insinuated that since I am not wealthy enough to afford premium seats, I would be an undesirable seatmate in those areas of Yankee Stadium.

In his words, it would be “a frustration to our existing fan base.”

As an existing fan, I was equally appalled by the implication that I would be “frustrated” to sit next to a fan who has a lower socioeconomic status. Astonishingly, Mr. Trost did not apologize.

As a result, I did not renew my tickets; I simply do not want any association with the Yankees’ present brand. The continued poor attendance, even with a winning team, shows the depth of the damage that Yankees executives have done to a once-iconic brand. Leadership — as well as change — starts at the top, and as long as the Yankees have a management team that has contempt toward its fans, I will stay away from Yankee Stadium.

Okay, off the soapbox.

Stats courtesy JewishBaseballNews.com

Kevin Pillar was 0-for-5 on Friday, striking out twice as the Toronto Blue Jays (23-27, last in the AL East)  held off the visiting Texas Rangers, 7-6. The Rangers scored three in the top of the ninth to make things interesting. On Saturday, Pillar was 0-for-4 with another strikeout in a 3-1 win.  He doubled and scored the Jays’ only run in the first inning of a 3-1 loss on Sunday.

Danny Valencia was 1-for-4 and grounded into a double play in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-0 loss 3-0 loss to the host Boston Red Sox on Friday. He repeated the feat on Saturday, this time in a 6-0 loss. And Sunday ended in another shutout, a 5-0 Mariners win. Valencia was 1-for-4 in that one. The Mariners are last in the AL West with a record of 22-29.

Alex Bregman struck out twice in three trips to the plate on Friday as the Houston Astros were shut out by the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 2-0. He singled and scored a run on Saturday in a 5-2 win. He did not play in Sunday’s finale, an 8-4 Astros win. Houston leads the AL West with the best record in the majors: 35-16.

Richard Bleier pitched a perfect inning for the Orioles (25-23, third in the AL East) in the Saturday game, his only appearance for the weekend.

Craig Breslow pitched another perfect inning on Friday as the Minnesota Twins (26-20, first in the AL Central) fell to the visiting Tampa Bay Rays, 5-2. He gave up two hits in 1.2 innings yesterday in an 8-6, 15-inning loss.

Scott Feldman made one mistake in his start yesterday for the Cincinnati Reds: a three-run homer as part of a four-run inning. Otherwise he pitched well enough to secure an 8-4 win over the host Philadelphia Phillies. Feldman pitched five frames, giving up eight hits, striking out four and hitting a batter although he did not yield a walk to even his record at 4-4. The Reds are fourth in the NL Central at 24-25.

Ian Kinsler walked as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of an 8-2 loss to the host Chicago White Sox in the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. The second game was postponed by rain. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday’s games because of a balky hamstring. The Tigers are 23-27, fourth in the AL Central

Joc Pederson and Ryan Braun are on the concussion and regular DLs, respectively, for the LA Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers, respectively. Milwaukee leads the NL Central — surprisingly — with a 27-20 mark. The Dodgers are 31-20, second in the NL West.

Finally — just for fun — here’s something you don’t see every day (although you would never know it by the unimpressed announcing.


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