Results for tag: Mickey Mantle
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 13, 2011 at 12:38:45 PM

It was 50 years ago that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's single-season home run mark by hitting 61 during a 162-game season. It was an expansion year and eight more games were added, therefore comissioner Ford Frick decided to add an asterisk when Maris needed more than 154 games.

For most of the year until a late injury, Mantle joined Maris in pursuing the record, but in the end it was Maris' record.

In real life the chase began on April 11, 1961 and neither Maris or Mantle connected against Minnesota's Pedro Ramos. On opening day at the stadium, Ramos pitched a three-hitter and struck out the M and M boys three times during a 5-4 loss.

When I replayed that game with Strat-O-Matic's computer baseball game, the results were slightly different.

The Twins wound up winning 5-4 but Maris

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Apr 11, 2011 at 01:25:04 PM

In case you haven't noticed, professional sports is an occupation where icons tend not to age gracefully in terms of production. When that happens, it becomes a delicate balance and issue for those in charge of getting the team to succed.

Though it is only nine games, it may be the case concerning Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada's early struggles.

Jeter spent most of spring training tinkering with his stride and it seemed to work, but one week in, he is batting .206 after a 1-for-13 weekend and looks lost in one paper. A year ago, he batted .333 through nine games before tumbling to .270.

That being said, what if Jeter is still batting .206 a month from now? Would he be moved from second to the lower part of the order by Joe Girardi. The track record of Jeter seem to indicate he won't hit

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 30, 2010 at 01:56:04 AM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Three of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant and AL East title unfolded for the Yankees during the 1960s and 1970s in years that they won it and years they fell short.

1960 – In the final year under manager Casey Stengel, the Yankees were 1 ½ games behind the White Sox heading into August. They faced the White Sox in Chicago Aug. 8-10 on a 6-2 run and went up by 1 ½ games. After losing 9-1, the Yankees responded with 7-4 and 6-0 victories. A five-game losing streak in early September dropped them two games

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Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 29, 2010 at 02:46:47 AM

The Yankees have clinched their playoff spot but until 1969, there was one spot and not four.  They still have a chance for the division and for over 30 days since August 1, only one-half game has separated the Yankees and Rays. 

In Part Two of this series, here is how the races for the AL pennant unfolded for the Yankees during the 1940s and 950s in years that they won it and years they fell short.

1940 – After distant finishes, the Yankees, Indians and Tigers engaged in a three-way race for the pennant. When Schoolboy Rowe finished off an 11-2 Tigers win over the Yankees, the Bombers were 48-45 and 8 ½ out. The Yankees then dropped 10 ½ out but starting with a 6-3 win in Boston on August 7, they won eight of 11.

They only gained 0.5 game heading into a

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