GAME 138: With the sands of time running out on the Yankees 2014 season, man, did the Bombers need this one. Down 4-3 in the ninth and facing Red Sox closer Koji Uehara, Mark Teixeira got it started with a no-doubt blast into the right field seats to tie the game. Brian McCann lined out to left. Then Chase Headley rocketed a Uehara slider into the seats in right for the 5-4 walk-off victory.
Here’s the box score and recap.
CA$HMONEY BACK? Jon Heyman (CBSSports.com) reports that GM Brian Cashman is likely to receive a long-term contract offer from the club in the off-season. Cash’s current three-year is up after the current campaign ends. Here’s the article: “Despite unfulfilling season, Yankees intend to offer Cashman contract“. Yo, Jon — you’re killin’ me. “Unfulfilling season”? As Rocky’s trainer Mick once said, “I didn’t hear no bell!” … There’s still time for this club to turn it around and … ah, fuggitabout. You’re probably right.
Cashman’s longevity may be more amazing than his record, as he worked as GM for more than 10 years under George Steinbrenner before first older son Hank, then Hal, took over. Only (Ed) Barrow, who held different titles, had a longer tenure. (George) Weiss was GM for 13 years, from 1948-60, and other than Cashman, only Lee Mac Phail (1967-73) and Gene “Stick” Michael (1991-95) lasted as many as five seasons in the past half century.
While there’s been an unthinkable amount of ink dedicated to the Phillies’ Ryan Howard problem, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that the Yankees have a similar issue on their hands with Mark Teixeira. Sherman reports that while the Phillies have aggressively shopped Howard, the Yankees haven’t even tried to move Teixeira, knowing that he would be nearly impossible to jettison due to his injuries, his no-trade protection and the $45MM he’s owed in 2015-16. Teixeira, who turns 35 next April, has batted just .213/.316/.404 in 493 plate appearances over the past two seasons.
Today in Yankees Baseball History
MEMORY LANE: On today’s date in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched the Yankees’ first no-hitter in 10 years in a 4-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
On September 4, 1998, the Yankees reached 100 wins on the earliest date in Major League history – five days before the 1906 Chicago Cubs and 1954 Cleveland Indians – with an 11-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox. The ’06 Cubs set the Major League record for fewest games to reach 100 victories (132).
On September 4, 1941, the Yankees clinched their third straight pennant on the earliest date in baseball history with a 6-3 victory over Boston.
SOURCES: TodayInBaseballHistory.com, Baseball-Reference.com