1946 Red Sox – Best of All Time

Well, I’m not sure they are the best all-time, but apparently they are the best Red Sox, or Yankees, team in the last 90 years. Ted Williams must be spinning in his grave…er…cylinder…er…cylinders.

In a stunning, Cinderella-story, the 1946 Red Sox, who in real life lost to the St Louis Cardinals, have won the inaugural YRRS.

Game 5 – Box Score

Whilst not a defensive effort, game 5 proved to be a thrilling 9-8 Red Sox victory. The 1961 Yankees Mickey Mantle broke out of his slump and went 3-3 with 2 BB, 2 R, 1 HR and 4 RBI. But the Red Sox ability to contain Roger Maris, 1-4, and Yogi Berra, 0-5, afforded enough defense to get Red Sox starter Mickey Harris to the bullpen. From there, the Red Sox pen pitcheda…mediocre game, allowing 2 ER in 4 IP. Thankfully, the Yankees Art Ditmar imploded allowing a 3-run HR to Wally Moses. Moses’s HR was the penultimate at-bat, giving the 1946 Red Sox the “all-time best” team status.

1946 Red Sox Final Stats:

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1961 Yankees Final Stats:

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Pitching

Important Note: You need to select “Playoff” in the “Select Split” drop down menu.

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World Series – Game 4 – Yankees

Well, the Yankees proved they aren’t done by knocking around Red Sox ace Tex Hughson 7 ER in 5.1 IP. Yankees starter Bill Stafford wasn’t much better allowing 5 ER in 5.2 IP, but he was good enough to keep the Yankees in a slug-fest.

Game 4 – Box Score

Aside from a shaky relief appearance by Danny McDevett, the Yankees bullpen shut down the Red Sox over the last 2.2 Innings.

Game 5 at Yankees Stadium tonight.

Game Recap:

In a game the Yankees had to have they looked to Bill Stafford to show the way. In the top of the first he delivered a nice 1-2-3 inning. In the bottom of the first the Yankees provided a rare lead in this series. A leadoff off double by Bobby Richardson and a sac fly put a runner on third with one out. Roger Maris struck out swinging before Mickey Mantle singled home the game’s first run. Stafford set them down in order again in the second and the Yankees came up empty as well in the bottom frame. In the top of the third, the RedSox tied the game, a one out single by Hal Wagner, a two out walk to Wally Moses and a line drive single to right by Johnny Pesky brought in the run. In the top of the fourth the Sox went ahead when Bobby Doerr singled in Ted Williams who had reached on an error and been singled to third by Rudy York. It would stay 2-1 until the bottom of the 5th when Elston Howard smacked a leadoff double and went to third on a infield groundout. Johnny Blanchard singled him home to even the score. In the top of the sixth, the floodgates opened up and the Sox scored four times. Dom Dimaggio singled and stole second. Ted Williams was walked intentionally after the count had gone to 2-0. Rudy York doubled to center scoring Dimaggio. Doerr was walked to load the bases, still nobody out. Higgins grounded out on a slow roller to first advancing the runners and scoring Williams. After a popout by Wagner for the second out Leon Culberson singled York home for the fourth run of the inning, the Sox now led 6-2.

With their backs up against the wall the Yankees found something, finally a big inning striking back with six in the bottom of the sixth. After Maris led off with a flyout, Mantle singled, Yogi Berra singled and Bud Skowron singled Mantle in and Berra to third. Elston Howard grounded a full count pitch to left for another single bringing Berra in. After a wild pitch by Hughson put the runners on second and third, Clete Boyer laced a double to the leftfield corner scoring both. Blanchard was walked intentionally and Mace Brown was called in from the pen. Bobby Richardson tried to bunt and the lead runner was thrown out at third. Tony Kubek doubled to the gap in left scoring both Blanchard and Richardson. Yankees now had the lead back 8-6 through six.

Danny McDevitt came on in relief and got Pesky to fly out to start the seventh. Dimaggio singled to left bringing up the ever dangerous Ted Williams. Williams hit a 1-0 breaking ball deep to right for a two run homer to tie the game at eight. Sensing the urgency of the game, McDevitt’s night was over as Rollie Sheldon was brought in to get out of the inning without further damage. In the bottom of the seventh, Bill Skowron started things with a single over second. After Howard and Boyer made outs pinch runner Lee Thomas was at second for Blanchard. Blanchard drove a 3-1 pitch to left that brought in Thomas for a 9-8 lead. The score held and the Yankees had stayed alive and showed some life in the batters box with sixteen total hits.

Game 5 : Mickey Harris (3-0) vs. Bud Daley (1-1)

Red Sox Transactions

In a brief depature from the YRSS, some information on real life Red Sox news.

In what is one of the more interesting signings I have heard of in recent memory, the Red Sox have signed New Zealand softball player Te Wera Bishop to a deal. Bishop, 17, will report to extended spring training next month.

Who knows if he’ll be able to make the transition or not. Lest you think this is a publicity stunt, Bishop did try out in front of other MLB teams last month. It still might be a publicity stunt I suppose, but I doubt it given the serious nature of Theo Epstein and the baseball operations team.

Also, the Red Sox signed Dennys Reyes to a minor league deal that would be worth $900k if he makes the team. Reyes, a lefty, struggled against LHB last season but has a good track record overall against lefties. I view this as a depth signing should Hideki Okajima struggle out of the gate.

Lastly, the Red Sox truck is officially on route to Fort Myers (or at least it will be today). Pitchers and catchers report this Sunday. Spring Training is just around the corner.

World Series – Game 3 – Red Sox

Another sterling performance by a Red Sox starter brought the 1946 Red Sox one win away from a World Championship.

Game 3 – Box Score

Joe Dobson pitched a 4 hit, 1 bb, 1 er, complete game for the win. Again, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were held in check. The Red Sox had major offensive contributions from Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio and Ted Williams (combined 8-14, 5 runs and 3 RBI).

An interesting pinch hitting decision yielded much success as the Red Sox # 5 hitter, Rudy York, was pinch hit for by Catfish Metkovich who ended up 2-2 with 2 runs and 4 RBI. You normally don’t pinch hit for your # 5 hitter in the top of the 7th with a lead. Regardless, it worked.

Game 4 tonight with the Red Sox staff ace Tex Hughson against Bill Stafford of the 1961 Yankees.

Game Recap:

With his team down two games to none, Ralph Terry found himself in a must win situation. In the top of the first a leadoff walk to Wally Moses and a single by Johnny Pesky set the table. Dom Dimaggio was next and hit the first pitch to the warning track in center allowing Moses to tag and go to third. Ted Williams lofted a single to right scoring Moses for the early 1-0 lead. In the bottom frame, the 1961 Yankees fought back to tie the game. Bobby Richardson singled to start it and went to second on a slow roller to first. Big hitting Roger Maris rolled over the top of one and Bobby Doerr made the play to first for the second out with Richardson going to third. With Richardson leading off third, Joe Dobson balked and Richardson scored the run to tie the game. The score stayed 1-1 until the fifth when Pesky hit a one out single, Dimaggio singled him to third and Ted Williams brought both in with a double into the corner in right. In the top of the sixth the Sox added one more with Hal Wagner singling, moving to second on a walk to Culberson and scoring on a single up the middle by Moses providing the RedSox with a 4-1 lead. With Ralph Terry again getting the ball in the top of the 7th, the RedSox put the game out of reach. Leadoff batter Johnny Pesky singled and went to third on a double to right by Dom Dimaggio. Ted Williams was walked intentionally to load the bases for Rudy York. York was called back in favor of pinch hitter Catfish Metkovich. With an 0-2 count, Metkovich doubled to deep center clearing the bases and taking third on the throw home. That was the end of the night for Terry, perhaps a few batters too long. Hal Wagner hit a sac fly to bring Metkovich in for the fourth run of the inning and eigth overall for the RedSox. In the top of the ninth, Metkovich added a solo homerun to right for the final score of 9-1. Joe Dobson pitched the complete game allowing four hits and lowered his YRRS ERA to 2.73 to go with his 2-0 record.

World Series – Game Two – Red Sox

Got to give it to those old-timey pitchers. Boo Ferriss pitched a 125 pitch, 4 hit, 1 BB shutout to earn a 10-0 win in game two of the YRRS World Series giving the 1946 Red Sox a 2-0 lead over the 1961 Yankees.

Game 2 – Box Score

For those interested, here some stat links:

1946 Red Sox YRRS Stats (for all playoff games) – Important Note: You need to select “Playoff” in the “Select Split” drop down menu.

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Pitching

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1961 Yankees YRRS Stats (for all playoff games) – Important Note: You need to select “Playoff” in the “Select Split” drop down menu.

Offense

Pitching

Fielding

Wally Moses drove in 4 with only 1 hit that wasn’t a home run. He had a bases clearing triple and a sac fly. Rudy York drove in 1 with a solo shot and scored 3 runs and Lee Culberson went 3-3 driving in 1 and scoring 2. Hal Wagner also chipped in 2 rbi.

All in all a very good game for the 1946 Red Sox. They again kept Roger Maris under wraps and also contained Mickey Mantle who is only hitting .253 in this simulation. The ’61 Yankees got a disappointing and very uncharacteristic outing from Whitey Ford who allowed 6 ER in 6.2 IP. His simulation ERA is 9.11. Yikes.

Game 3 will feature Burrhead Dobson for the Red Sox vs. Ralph Terry for the Yankees at Yankee Stadium.

Game Recap:

Game 2 in the books
YRRS Rivalry Championship Series Game 2:

Whitey Ford (2-3) vs. Boo Ferriss (2-1)

Both pitchers kept the opposition scoreless through four innings without any real scoring chances. The Yankees through four innings had 3 singles and the RedSox had only 1 hit, also a single. After the Yankees were put out 1-2-3 in the top of the 5th the Sox broke the ice in the bottom half with a leadoff solo homerun by Rudy York, his 2nd of the YRRS.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Sox added another run when Leon Culberson singled stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Wally Moses. With the score at 2-0 through six, both teams felt the game was theirs for the taking. Unfortunately for the visiting Yankees, the bottom of the seventh proved to be the back breaker as the RedSox scored four times. With two outs and runners on the corners Hal Wagner bounced a single into left scoring York and sending Bobby Doerr to second. Leon Culberson followed with another single scoring Doerr. Wally Moses smashed a triple that scored both Wagner and Culberson, the lead was at 6-0 through seven.

With the game out of hand, the Sox added insult to injury in the bottom of the eigth with four more runs with reliever Tex Clevenger issueing 4 walks and a wild pitch in the inning. Boo Ferriss went the distance allowing four hits and striking out three in the shutout.

The Red Sox head to New York leading the series 2-0 after a 10-0 shellacking.

Next up: Joe Dobson (1-0) vs. Ralph Terry (1-3)

Ferriss Stops 3) New York 61
Dave Ferriss of the 6) Boston 46 Red Sox 46 just toyed with the 3) New York 61 Yankees 61 today, blanking them 10-0. He was almost untouchable, baffling them on a 4-hit shutout with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.

“I’m sweating now because it’s hot in here,” Ferriss said in the clubhouse after the game. “But it didn’t even feel like I was sweating out there.”

One of his teammates said it was easy to play behind him today. “It was like he’s just playing with the hitters and doing whatever he wanted to do.”

Minor Moves

The Yankees continue to stockpile All-Stars from the early 00’s. Yesterday they added Ronnie Belliard and Eric Chavez. Now they just need to create a time machine and head back to 2002 with a team of Chavez, Belliard, Colon, Prior and Garcia!

In all seriousness, these moves fall into the “why not” category. We all know what Ramiro Pena can do (field) and cannot do (hit). The Yankees gave him 167 plate appearances last year and he amassed a line of .227/.258/.247. They need to find a way to upgrade that and while I seriously doubt Belliard or Chavez is the answer, at least the Yankees are still looking for one.

It also reinforces my belief that Eduardo Nunez is going to spend the first part of the year in AAA. I don’t think the Yankees know exactly what Nunez is yet. Is he a major-league caliber shortstop or another Ramiro Pena with a better bat? More time at AAA will help them figure that out.

Number 46

In 2004 in a fit of pique “someone” and by that I mean George Steinbrenner, decided to give #46 to Donovan Osborne. It was classic George, Pettitte had signed elsewhere and there was no point in acting sentimentally over his number. The number bounced to Darrell May, Alan Embree, Scott Erickson and Aaron Guiel before returning to Pettitte in 2007.

Clearly, that mistake won’t be repeated again. The question is, what will the Yankees do with Pettitte’s number? There will be drumbeats to retire it with people pointing out that Pettitte has the 2nd-most wins in franchise history and won five championships, better numbers than Ron Guidry and his retired #49 put up.

I tackled this issue before in the wake of the LaTroy Hawkins number controversy. In that piece I talked about “great, but not great enough” Yankees and I think Pettitte falls into that category. Yes, he won a lot of ballgames for him, but 203-122 with a 3.98 ERA doesn’t put him in the retired number category in my mind. Throw in the HGH, which I will get to later, and I think Pettitte’s 46 stays in circulation.

But, I think they should honor him with another idea from that article, they should take #46 out of circulation for the next 13 seasons. I wrote then:

How should the Yankees handle the “great, but not great enough” players’ numbers? I would propose pulling the number out of circulation for a time period equal to the time the player was a Yankee. So, Paul O’Neill played nine years in New York and retired after the 2001 season. Therefore, his number should remain out of circulation until after the 2010 season.

By that system, Pettitte’s number would show up again in 2024 which gives us the chance to let history put his career in context and I think that is important. Perhaps over the next 13 seasons the Yankees will develop another homegrown starter, making Pettitte less of an anomaly. (Think about it, over the last 40 years, the Yankees have really developed two good starters- Guidry and Pettitte) Second, they might win a few more titles, making the five Pettitte won seem less important. After all, Lefty Gomez also won five World Series, 189 games for the Yankees and got into the Hall of Fame, but his number 11 is still active. (That’s not a complaint)

We will see what happens.
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As for the HGH stuff, I kept asking myself one question during the press conference today, why do we give Pettitte a “pass” on his use, but vilify guys like Palmerio, McGwire, Bonds and Clemens? Now, obviously a HUGE part of it is personality. You really have to be a miserable person to dislike Andy Pettitte. The guy is humble and personable. He always seemed willing to answer any question and it always felt like you could relate to him.

But, he initially lied about his use of HGH, in that aspect how is he different from McGwire? I keep hearing people say that he used HGH because he didn’t want to let the team down, but is that really a justification? It seems to me that we should look at Andy Pettitte as a generally good man who made a big mistake. Minimizing or attempting to justify that mistake doesn’t do any of us any favors.

World Series – Game One – Red Sox

Well, the 1946 Red Sox got off to a good start winning game one 4-2 behind another strong start from Mickey Harris (7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 5 K). Most imporantly, the Red Sox pitching staff kept Roger Maris hitless in 4 plate appearences.

The Red Sox bullpen worked 2 IP of scoreless, hitless relief.

The offensive catalysts were Wally Moses, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio (again, the best of the DiMaggio brother as evidenced by him being the last DiMaggio standing. Apologies to Vince who really wasn’t eligible in this contest) and Bobby Doerr.

Game 2 features Whitey Ford against Boo Ferris.

Game One Box Score

Pettitte Retires

Michael Kay announced that Andy Pettitte is deciding to retire. According to Jack Curry, he is going to meet with team officials today and make it formal. Ken Rosenthal says that a formal announcement will come Friday. Obviously, this is not a shock at this point, Pettitte has been sending signals that he didn’t want to pitch in 2011 for most of the offseason.

It’s a blow to the 2011 Yankees, but not as big as some people think. Pettitte was held to only 21 starts in 2010 and while they were very good starts, his ERA was the lowest it had been since 2005 when he was with Houston. Considering his age (39) and track record, it seems probable that Pettitte would have probably given them around 150 innings with an ERA over 4.

But, his retirement leaves a very big question mark in the rotation. The Yankees have plenty of candidates who could fill his spot, but no one they can count on to produce the 150 innings with an ERA around 4 that Pettitte would have. Perhaps a Brackman, Banuelos or Phelps steps up, but we won’t know the answer to that for awhile. The key for the Yankees is to stay in contention until July, they can then make adjustments from there.

1946 Red Sox Champions

I had the 1946 team as the 6th seed in the Red Sox bracket. Fairly surprised they won and are moving on to the big Red Sox v. Yankees Final.

Game 7 – Box Score

No surprise Ted Williams lead the 1946 offensive attack. Dave Ferris (2-1, 2.03 ERA), Tex Hughson (2-0, 2.48 ERA) and Mickey Harris (2-0, 1.38 ERA) all pitched excellently as did 4th starter Joe Dobson (1-0, 3.38 ERA). They will have their work cut out as they now face Roger Maris and his 12 home runs in 19 games. Hope he is due for a cool down.