New York Yankees Recap: Superman Giancarlo Stanton powers Yankees to second win over the Astros

Yesterday the New York Yankees met up with the Houston Astros in the first game at Yankee Stadium since it was revealed that the Astros cheated in the 2017 season, including the playoffs. Last night it was electric at the Stadium as the fans booed the Astros players. The Yankees won the game 7-3. Tonight the Yankees’ Jordan Montgomery faced the Astros Luis Garcia in the game two matchups. Montgomery wasn’t great but the Yankees won the second game 6-3.

Jose Altuve received the loudest and most constant boos to start the game, faced Montgomery in the momentary heavy rain, and led off with a single to left field. Michael Brantley faced Monty and hit into a double play. Alex Bregman flew out to Aaron Judge in right-center. At the bottom, DJ Lemahieu struck out swinging. Giancarlo Stanton struck out. Aaron Judge was struck out by the rookie Garcia to end the inning.

Montgomery, in the top of the second, struck out Yordan Alverez. Gorrea went down on strikes. Yuli gurril struck out for the strikeout of the side for Mongomery. Gio Urshela led off the bottom of the inning by walking. Gleyber Torres popped out first. Mike Ford hit sharply to Altuve to end the quick inning for both pitchers. No score.

The top of the third inning saw Aledmys Diaz started by singling to left. Myles Staw had a back-to-back single to open up the third. With two on and no outs, Jason Castro hit into a double play, but Diaz moved to third. Altuve ground out to first to end the inning scoreless. At the bottom, Gary Sanchez led off by flying to center. Gardner struck out. LeMehieu was hit by a pitch. Giancarlo Stanton hit this 11th straight hit in a game with a home run to the left-field bleachers. Aaron Judge went down on strikes, but the Yankee pulled ahead. New York Yankees 2 Astros 0.

The fourth inning was led off by Michael Brantley, who singled. Bregman followed with a single to center. Alverez singled to load the bases with Astros. Gorrea, with the bases loaded, got a force at second, but Brantley scored. Gurril hit a long one to the left, but an excellent play by Gardner prevented Alverez from scoring. Tie game. Gurril moves to second with no one covering. Diaz doubled to left to give the Astros the lead in the game. Staw flew out to Hicks, but the Astros scored 3 runs on five hits in the inning. At the bottom, Gio Urshela dribbled back to the mound for the first out. Gleyber Torres flew out to center. Ford struck out on a questionable call to end the inning. Houston Astros 3 New York Yankees 2.

At the fifth, with Montgomery on the mound, Castro struck out. Altuve lined out  to center. Brantley struck out to end the half. Aaron Hicks popped out to lead off the bottom of the inning. Gary Sanchez struck out on a ball. Brett Gardner reached with a single. LeMahieu walked. Stanton came up and singled driving in Gardner. Yankees 3 Astros 3.

Moving on to the seventh inning. Gurril lined out. Diaz flew out. Staw walked but went to second on a wild pitch. Castro struck out to end the half. At the bottom, LeMahieu singled to center. Stanton, who had driven in all the Yankee runs, walked. With two on and no outs, Aaron Judge struck out for the fourth time in the game. Gio Urshela hit into a double play to end the inning. Yankees 3 Astros 3.

At the top of the eighth inning, with Jonathan Loaisiga on the mound, the Astros had the top of the lineup at the plate. Altuve struck out to the delight of the Yankee crowd. Brantley ground out. Bregman ground out for a 1-2-3 inning for Loaisiga. The bottom of the eighth with Torres at the plate, he with Brooks Raley on the mound led off with a single. Clint Frazier walked. Aaron Hicks, with two on and no outs , Tyler Wade came in to run for Frazier, Hicks singled driving in Torres for the Yankee lead. With Sanchez due up, the Astros made a bullpen change. Joe Smith hit Sanchez loading in the bases. Gardner had a sac fly for the 5 to 3 lead. LeMahieu, with a chance to break it open for the Yankees,  got a 3 6 force, bringing up Giancarlo Stanton, who singled to drive in another run, Hicks scored. Aaron Judge struck for the fifth time on the night to end the inning, but the Yankees went ahead in the inning 6 to 3 over the Astros.

With last licks on the line for the Houston Astros and the New York Yankee closer Aroldis Chapman on the mound, Alverez struck out on a 101 mph Chapman fastball. Gorrea ground out to second. Gurril struck out for the Yankee win of the second game against the Houston Astros for the Yankee’s fifth win in a row. The winning pitcher was Jonathan Loaisiga, the loser was Brooks Raley, and the save went to Aroldis Chapman.

The New York Yankees “Golden Boy” Dr. Bobby Brown has passed away at 96

The New York Yankees have lost another great. This morning Dr. Bobby Brown the Yankees “Golden Boy’ passed away at the age of 96. Up until the coronavirus, Bobby Brown was a fixture at every Old Timer’s Day celebration. He won four championships with a batting average of .439 across 17 World Series games in his time with the Yankees. Yankee owner and general partner Hal Steinbrenner had the to say upon learning of his passing:

“Few people who have worn the pinstripes have lived such an accomplished, fulfilled, and wide-ranging life as Dr. Brown, who was beloved by our organization for his warmth, kindness and character, He represented the pinstripes with elegance throughout his playing career and in subsequent decades as a frequent, welcome guest at Old Timers’ Day. We also hold the utmost respect for the myriad of other accomplishments in his life — from service to our country, his stewardship of the American League and his longtime career as a cardiologist. The Yankees extend their deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones as we reflect on his incredible life.”

Few living New York Yankee fans know much about Bobby Brown, but you should. He was quite a guy, to put it mildly. He only played eight years for the Yankees and wasn’t their top player due to the megastars he played with, so he tends to get overlooked. Many of us see him as that old man at the Old Timers Day Game each year but know little about him.

Robert William Brown was born in 1924 in Seattle, Washington. There are few parallels in baseball that equal Bobby Brown. For the Yankees, he held down the hot corner for eight years. When you play for the Yankees, you don’t have a lot of free time, but Bobby, during his time with the Yankees, also studied to become a successful Cardiologist. He was an intelligent guy and knew he needed a job to fall back upon when his baseball days were over. Back then, players weren’t set up for life, with the big contracts given today. Bobby served in the military in 1953 in the Korean War before returning to the Yankees.

His baseball years

The “Golden boy” of the Yankees was an excellent defender at third base. Many that recall his play say he was as good as Graig Nettles. He wasn’t a home run hitter, but he was a lifetime .279 hitter with 22 home runs in his career. He would have had better stats, but he only played in half of the games, as he shared the third base with Billy Johnson. It was common during the period for managers to platoon players. He played with the likes of Billy Martin, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and Joe DiMaggio. Bobby and DiMaggio went to the same high school together.

Brown had a bases-loaded triple in Game 4 and a two-run triple in the championship-clinching Game 5 of the 1949 World Series. He tripled again in the final game of the 1950 World Series. All and all, he was a champion in four World Series while batting .439 in seventeen games.  In three of his eight Yankee years, he had a batting average of over .300. I can think of many present-day Yankees that would love to have that batting average.  At third base, he had a .948 fielding percentage and in the outfield a 1.000 fielding percentage.

A famous apocryphal story that has made the rounds for years in baseball circles concerns the time when Brown’s road roommate was star New York Yankee catcher Yogi Berra, who had little formal education. The two were reading in their hotel room one night, Berra, a comic book, and Brown, his copy of Boyd’s Pathology. Berra came to the end of his comic, tossed it aside, and asked Brown, “So, how is yours turning out?” Brown was a brilliant guy, having attended Stanford, UCLA, and Tulane, where he received his medical degree.

Life After Baseball

After Bobby Brown left baseball, he opened his Cardiology practice in Forth Worth, Texas. He took a leave from heart surgery in 1974 to become President of the Texas Rangers for a year before returning to his practice. At the age of 60, he retired from medicine and became President of the American League, a position he held until he was 70. Since then, he has been a regular at Yankee Old Timer’s Day celebrations. This amazing Yankee will be 96 this year. He is the last New York Yankee survivor of the 1947 and 1949 World Champion Series.

Now you know a bit more about Dr. Bobby Brown. We have lost so many of the Yankee greats in recent years, like Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Mel Stottlemyre, Don Larsen, Oscar Gamble, Bob Turley, and now we have lost Dr. Bobby Brown, the Yankees “Golden Boy.” For this sportswriter, it is a sad day as another childhood hero has passed.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research.  Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

 

New York Jets: The rumored favorite to replace Adam Gase

New York Jets, Adam Gase

The New York Jets have had an awful start and will likely be looking for a new head coach this offseason (0-6). With a team in one of the biggest markets in the country, there were undoubtedly going to be rumors spread early. Now, the team already has it’s first rumored coaching candidate in Iowa State Head Coach Matt Campbell.

Campbell spent a lot of time throughout in different spots through the college ranks despite his quick rise to a head coaching gig. Campbell was a Grad Assistant at Bowling Green before switching between Mount Union, Bowling Green again, and Toledo.

While at Toledo, he was the offensive coordinator before being named head coach at 32 years old. He then led Toledo to a 35-15 record with two Bowl wins. After getting offered the job at Iowa State, Campbell headed to Iowa State to resurrect their program.

After an 11-14 start over the first two seasons, Campbell has coached the team to an 18-12 record. One reason Campbell has drawn the eye of many NFL execs is because of his squad’s impressive development in the 2018 season. The team managed to pull off two massive upsets against #3 Oklahoma and #4 TCU, and wins of that level of magnitude do not go unrecognized. Those kinds of wins show a coach has built such a strong culture in a locker room that they fail to be bogged down by the weight of facing upper-echelon competition.

The Iowa State team has shown so much growth that Campbell is a 2-time Big 12 Coach of the Year recipient. Campbell was asked to interview for the Jets opening in 2018, but he declined.

Now, things could be different. With a well respected general manager in Joe Douglas and an Albert Breer report that he is going to actively pursue Campbell, the potential of the Iowa State coach heading to Florham Park. Campbell would do a number of things. He would bring a fresh, innovative offensive mind to the team while also instilling a respectable culture. Campbell has had immense success to this point, and at 40 years old, his future is very bright. The same cannot be said for the Jets, but with a coach who is respectable and shares the same fresh perspective that Douglas has, it could just have a flickering light.

New York Yankee Legends: The Yankees suffer the loss of Whitey Ford (video)

Today, the New York Yankees morn the loss of a baseball season, but there will be others. More significantly, they morn the loss of not only a Yankee legend but a baseball legend that will never be replaced.  Yesterday, before the Yankee loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, the Yankees learned that the great Whitey Ford had passed away at his Long Island home on Thursday night after an illness. Ford was 91 years old.

Yesterday, the Yankees had time to emblazon all the Yankee uniforms with the number 16, in tribute to Whitey Ford’s number. It was kind of ironic as the great Yankee pitcher spent his entire 16-year career with the New York Yankees.

For many of you aged one to fifty, you remember Whitey Ford as that old guy that showed up every year at the Yankee Old Timers Day celebration and game at Yankee Stadium. You watched him age through the years and last year, not take part in the celebration and game, but only stand atop the Yankee dugout and wave his cap to the crowd, but with thunderous applause.

New York Yankees, Whitey Ford
Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees former pitcher Whitey Ford at the Old Timer’s Day ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

For me, as a young boy, I watched Ford pitch. It was a different time and a different atmosphere.  Today you can watch baseball 24/7. When I was a boy, you had to wait for the ABC game of the week or other nationally televised events. I remember clearing my chores so I could watch Whitey Ford pitch in that Sunday afternoon game. Back then, you read more about baseball than you saw games played. I was a New York Yankee fan when my Grandfather bought us our first television, and we watched together the 1951 World Series.

My baseball idols were Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Bobby Richardson, Mickey Mantle, and yes, Whitey Ford. Much like when Mariano Rivera took the mound in the ninth, you knew that the game was won. When Whitey Ford took the mound, you knew that he would win.  And that he did, Ford was the winningest Yankees pitcher ever (236), he also holds the record for the most Yankee shutouts (45). In the New York Yankees history, only Andy Pettitte started as many games, but Ford beats him out in innings pitched (3.170).

He was a Cy Young Award winner; he was a ten-time All-Star and six-time World Series champion. In 1961, a World Series Most Valuable Player. Ford led the American League (AL) in wins three times and earned run average (ERA) twice. In the past several years, we have lost many great Yankees, Phil Rizzuto, Mel Stottlemyer, Yogi Berra, Don Larsen, and others, now we have lost the great Whitey Ford, but for those of us that watched him pitch, his memory will live on. 

Ford was a local boy, born in Queens just a few miles from the Bronx. As a child, Ford played baseball and stickball in the summer in the sandlots of the Queens, football in the fall, and roller hockey in the winter. During the summers, Ford and his friends played sandlot baseball until dark on fields next to the Madison Square Garden Bowl, about a mile from his home neighborhood. When not playing there, he and his friends would play stickball against a wall using a broomstick.

Several neighborhood fathers got together and bought uniforms for their sons. They organized a team for the 13-year-olds, called the Thirty-fourth Avenue Boys. The group stayed together for five years. Ford’s childhood baseball hero was Joe DiMaggio, who he got to see when he and his Father boarded the Subway for the trip to Yankee Stadium.

In Ford’s senior years of highschool In April 1946, he attended a Yankees tryout camp at Yankee Stadium as a first baseman. Paul Krichell, a Yankees scout, noticed Ford’s strong-arm during fielding practice. It was thought he was too small to play first base but had him throw a few pitches on the sidelines and showed him how to throw a curveball. He alternated every other game by pitching and playing at first base, in the summer after he graduated by playing with the Thirty-fourth Avenue Boys. The team went 36-0 to win the Queens-Nassau semipro league, with Ford winning 18 games without a loss when pitching.

Whitey was signed by the Yankees in 1947 as an amateur free agent and was assigned to the minor leagues. During this time, he got his nickname “Whitey” for his nearly albino blond hair. He made his major league debut on July 1, 1950, and let it be known that he was a force to be reckoned with. He won his first nine games in a row. He was named AL Rookie of the Year by sporting news. One thing most of today’s fans are not aware of is that his record would probably be even better, had Casey Stengel not saved him for the bigger games.

In 1951 Whitey would marry his wife, Joan. After the wedding, the Fords delayed their Florida honeymoon for three days so that Whitey could throw out the first pitch at the Yankees’ 1951 Opening Day in Yankee Stadium. They lived on Long Island and raised two sons and a daughter. After his first very successful first year with the Yankees, he served the next two years during the Korean War in the Army.

When returning to the Yankees in 1953, he showed he hadn’t lost any of his skills, going 18-6 on the year and pushed the Yankees to their fifth World Series win in a row. In 1954 the Yankees were loaded with great players and fully expected to win their sixth straight pennant and World Series. They won 103 games, more than in the past five seasons. But lost to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS, who would lose the World Series to the Giants.

In 1955 Ford would go 18-7, but the Yankees would not win the World Series again. In 1956 Ford would pitch even better, going 19-6. Ford was 27 years old at the beginning of the 1956 season and started off winning his first six starts while giving up only five runs. He had a minuscule 0.83 earned run average. He would have had 20 wins, but when the Yankees clinched, he decided to forgo his start and save it for the World Series. The Yankee defeated the defending Brooklyn Dodgers in the Series.

The Yankees would again win the World Series in 1958 against the 1957 Champion Milwaukee Braves. In 1961 Whitey was to have his best season ever. He went 25-4 with a 3.21 ERA. He again would be an All-Star and would win his Cy Young Award. In early September, the Yankees held “Whitey Ford Day” before a game against Cleveland, in appreciation of his outstanding season and perhaps to make up for being overshaded by the home run race of Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

The club showered him with gifts, including a six-foot package of Life Savers wheeled in from the bullpen. When it arrived on the mound, out popped the other top Yankee, Luis Arroyo. Ford took the joke all in good humor. The Yankees would go on to win the World Series in five games against the Cincinnati Reds, their 19th World Series win.

Ford had three nicknames; Whitey was one of them due to his light blonde hair. He was also called “Slick” by manager Casey Stengel. But the nickname that has always stuck is “The Chairman of the Board.” He got that moniker due to Stengel saving him for big games, and his ability to withstand high-pressure situations with an easy calm while remaining in complete control of a situation.

Ford would go on to have four more winning seasons, including another World Series win in 1962. the last success for the next 15 years. During his career, he had 13 seasons with eleven wins or more. His second best was the 24-7 season in 1963. He will go down in history as one of the greatest Yankee pitchers of all time.

“Today all of Major League Baseball mourns the loss of Whitey Ford, a New York City native who became a legend for his hometown team,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said. “Whitey earned his status as the ace of some of the most memorable teams in our sport’s rich history. Beyond the Chairman of the Board’s excellence on the mound, he was a distinguished ambassador for our National Pastime throughout his life. I extend my deepest condolences to Whitey’s family, his friends and admirers throughout our game, and all fans of the Yankees.”

Thursday night, October 8, 2020, surrounded by family in Lake Success, New York, the great Whitey Ford, while watching the Yankees play on tv, passed away twelve days short of his 92 birthday. Whitey, may you rest in peace knowing that you were loved by Yankee fans everywhere.

EmpireSportsMedia.com’s Columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. You can follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.

 

 

 

Favorite Under the Radar New York Mets: Juan Lagares

Due to Coronavirus destroying the sports landscape, all we have left is our sports memories. During the time where there is not much New York Mets news, here is the start of looking at some of the more underappreciated Mets players.

Juan Lagares instantly became a fan favorite due to his magical defense in the outfield. It seemed no ball could beat him, and he earned a 2014 Gold Glove award due to his spectacular defense. He also played center field with a swagger and confidence that had been missing since Carlos Beltran vacated the position. Lagares trademark was making an excellent catch, then firing the batch of sunflower seeds he had in his mount.

Defensive Specialist

Only over the last four seasons has Statcast kept track of defensive metrics. Although these years are not his best, he still had 16 outs above average, and the metrics showed he was very balanced in his ability to get balls in any direction. Despite not being a strong hitter, his glove consistently kept him on the roster.

Lagares is no star by any means, but he was a Met you were happy to watch succeed. He was one of the original holdovers from the rebuilding Mets to the NL championship Mets and had a final renaissance during the second half when he received playing time due to the Mets’ need for outfield defense. Outside of his hitting, injuries had always been Lagares’ Achilles heel. It hurt him the most in 2018, where he started the season hitting .339, then lost his season to a toe injury.

Lagares is now with the San Diego Padres and hopes to land a spot on a young Padres roster.

New York Yankees: Gleyber Torres Has Two Glaring Problems for 2020

New York Yankees, Gleyber Torres

At this point, it’s more than obvious that the New York Yankees intend to make Gleyber Torres the everyday shortstop for the Yankees moving forward. But, he has two massive problems moving forward, especially if we are to believe what the Yankees fans are saying on social media.

Defensive liability

Okay. So Gleyber Torres hasn’t been in the league for all that long. A two-year veteran is still pretty young. But, the problem is obvious at this point. Gleyber Torres is a better defensive second baseman than shortstop. Gleyber Torres is a league-average second baseman and a below-average shortstop. Like, when we look at his statistics and compare them to Miguel Andujar, Andujar is a Gold Glove-caliber third baseman by comparison.

But, based on what Torres is capable of doing at defense at second base, Yankees fans are more comfortable at seeing Torres at short than they are seeing Andujar at third. Tell me how this makes sense?

High strikeout rate

Gleyber is turning into an offensive marvel. A .275 career hitter, he went from 24 home runs in 2018 to 38 in 2019. But, he’s averaging 152 strikeouts PER SEASON! Yankees fans kill Stanton for how much he strikes out, just like they kill Sanchez. But if Gleyber is striking out over 150 times a season… it’s only 23 strikeouts BEHIND Sanchez per season.

So What Should the Yankees do?

Well, the obvious choice is that the New York Yankees will make him the opening day shortstop. But… with DJ as old as he is (he’s above the 30 years old line, which is a death sentence for most players), Gleyber will be moved back to second before 2025. So… while the Yankees may be shooting themselves in the foot for now… if the shortstops the Yankees have in the farms will be ready by 2022… it’s all for the best.

New York Knicks: How Will Coach Fizdale Manage Depth?

New York Knicks, David Fizdale

The New York Knicks are now very deep. Some knick fans fear the current roster is a little too deep. During the 2019-20 NBA offseason, Scott Perry, Steve Mills, and the New York Knicks determinedly established depth, especially at the forward position. The Knicks signed forwards Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, and Taj Gibson. They also drafted combo forwards RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis. Both draft picks are versatile. RJ can play point-guard and shooting-guard. Brazdeikis can possibly play shooting-guard, small-forward, and power-forward.

The New York Knicks backed away from a contract with undrafted forward Kris Wilkes due to health concerns and are now contemplating the possibility of replacing Wilkes with the shot-blocking athletic forward/center from Oregon by the name of Kenny Wooten. Former Oregon Duck, Kenny Wooten will be at training camp seeking a two-way deal. The Knicks signed a plethora of forwards, however, they are all versatile. The versatility of these players will allow Coach Fizdale to get very creative with lineups on a nightly basis.

David Fizdale’s depth management will definitely be based on the cohesion of certain players on the court. This is exactly what training camps and preseasons are for. It gives the coach a feel for guys strengths/weaknesses and what formulas to use for success. Chemistry is key for such a deep roster. It also doesn’t hurt that players started a chain text amongst one another and began taking the initiative to work out together at various locations.

Overall, David Fizdale has been a well-respected coach around the league due to his communication skills. Being clear and direct with your message is crucial when dealing with personalities. Fizdale may give the media the sugar side but behind closed doors, I guarantee David Fizdale demands a culture of winning in that Knick locker room by any means necessary.

New York Knicks: Potential Late-Round/Undrafted Picks That Could Provide Value

In the 2018-2019 season, the New York Knicks offense has been a liability, 26th in the league in PPG, and dead last in field goal percentage. With that being said, the Knicks need offense and only have one first round pick, and need to find ways to get young offense without giving up that much, or anything. Today we look at five mid-major seniors that have proven to be great scorers that the Knicks could get in the second round, or sign as an undrafted free-agent.

Chris Clemons (Campbell)

Chris Clemons is one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history, currently eighth all-time with over 3,000 career points. In his senior season, he leads college basketball at 29.8 PPG and shoots the three ball at 38 percent, and is an 86 percent free-throw shooter. His only drawback is his defense. At only 5’9, he can throw it down and gets over a steal a game, but will likely have trouble defending high level guards like James Harden, who stands at 6’5. He does rebound very well for his size, with over five a game. He could be an off-the-bench option to come in against the second string and get a few buckets and come right back out. Clemons will likely go undrafted.

Mike Daum (South Dakota State)

Mike Daum is the best forward in college basketball that nobody talks about. He averages well over a double-double a game at 25.4 PPG and 11.6 RPG. At 6’9, he shoots well and his field goal percentage is over 50 percent. He is having a down year from three at 36 percent, but shot it 43 percent just a year ago. His weakness is defense, as he averages less than a block and a steal per game, numbers that should be higher for his size. Daum could be a role player that boosts the Knicks offense and rebounding numbers. Daum will likely be a mid to late second rounder.

Justin Wright-Foreman (Hofstra)

Justin Wright-Foreman is one of the best players in the country, and is third in the NCAA at 26.3 PPG He doesn’t take a lot of shots either, with his field goal percentage at 51 percent and his three-point percentage at almost 43 percent. He is very efficient and only turns the ball over about twice per game. His free-throw shooting also makes him a guy you don’t want to foul, at almost 88 percent. Wright-Foreman could be good enough to be a sixth man, but his defense is below average, with less than a block and a steal per game. Wright-Foreman will likely be an early to mid second rounder.

Matt Morgan (Cornell)

Matt Morgan is one of the best the historic Ivy League has ever seen. He is currently at 10th in the nation in PPG at 23.6. His field goal percentage is around 52 percent and shoots the three at over 45 percent. Statistically, he is the best shooter on this list. Morgan is one of the most efficient players in the NCAA, and leads the country in POS/G (Per Synergy Basketball). He gets almost three assists and five rebounds at 6’2, putting him just under the average NBA guard height. His defense is improved and could be a three-point specialist in the NBA. Morgan would be a late second rounder to undrafted.

Jordan Davis (Northern Colorado)

Jordan Davis is 11th in the country in scoring at 23.5 PPG, but his game does have a few drawbacks. He is one of the best all-around mid major players, averaging five assists and five rebounds a game. His defense is average, providing over a steal a game. But his shooting percentages are worrisome, but improving. He shoots 47 percent from the field, but just 37 percent from three. This season is the first season that he shot over 30 percent from three, and his free-throw percentage is at 81 percent. Before this season, his highest was at 70 percent. Davis is improving, but not quite NBA ready. He may benefit from a year or two in the G-League. He will likely go undrafted.

New York Yankees Flashback: Homers, And Lots of Them

Former Mets setup man Addison Reed unwillingly became a big New York Yankees hero on August 11, 2017, as he came on for the Red Sox in the eighth inning with his club up 3-0. But he hit Brett Gardner leading off, and a home run, single, walk, single, single gave the Yanks the lead. Then another hit and Ronald Torreyes‘s sac fly one out later even gave the team a one-run cushion. This made Andrew Benintendi‘s ninth-inning sac fly too little, too late, in the 5-4 victory.

The M&M race was heating up in 1961, and the daily record of Yankee excellence defines what Yankee history is all about. On August 11 of that glorious year, both Mickey Mantle (his 44th) and Roger Maris (42nd) homered off Pete Burnside to lead the Bombers to a 12-5 win over Washington.

Babe Ruth became the first player to hit 500 home runs in a loss to Cleveland on August 11, 1929. Harmon Killebrew hit his 500th (and 501st) on this day in 1971, and Reggie Jackson hit his 400th on August 11, 1980.

David Wells held the Twins to four hits in a 4-0 win on this day in 1998. It was quite a come-down, as Wells had thrown a Perfect Game in his last start against the Minnesota-based team.

Frank Robinson broke Yankee hearts for the second time in the same season on August 11, 1966, when he dove into the stands to snatch Clete Boyer‘s bid for an 11th-inning, game-winning homer; Robby’s catch preserved a 6-5 Orioles win.