Author: Aaron Gleeman

CC Sabathia

CC Sabathia hasn’t thrown off a mound yet, but says he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent”


CC Sabathia is a huge question mark for the Yankees thanks to two seasons of poor performances and chronic knee problems, but the former Cy Young winner says he’s feeling good three months after surgery.

Sabathia told Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record that he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent” and “I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason.”

For now he’s throwing twice a week off flat ground and doesn’t plan to throw off a mound until spring training, so it’ll be tough to gauge his overall readiness for a while.

Sabathia, who was shut down for the season in May, has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts since 2013. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.

Frank White joins the “back in my day …” chorus

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Breaking news: Long-retired athlete thinks things were better in his day.

This time, starring 64-year-old Royals great Frank White:

“No one ever complained” is not a particularly compelling argument against change, in baseball or in life.

As an example, for much of baseball history “no one ever complained” that non-white players weren’t allowed to play. In this case it’s basically “no one ever complained” about catchers suffering brain injuries. I’ll bet a few of them complained, in between the dizziness and nausea and sensitivity to light and memory loss.

Padres fire hitting coach Phil Plantier

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San Diego has fired hitting coach Phil Plantier after three seasons on the job, according to Corey Brock of

This year the Padres scored the fewest runs in baseball, by far, as they totaled 535 runs and the second-to-last Braves scored 573.

Pitcher-friendly Petco Park plays a huge part in the Padres’ poor offensive totals each season and in some past years they’ve produced solid numbers on the road within bad overall numbers. However, this year they ranked 29th in road scoring while hitting .222 with a .621 OPS away from San Diego.

Since moving to Petco Park in 2004 the Padres have never scored an above-average number of runs and have ranked 12th or worse among NL teams in eight of 11 seasons. It’s possible that Plantier did a bad job and deserved to be let go, but so far no one has been able to get the Padres to score runs at their home ballpark.

Mets interviewing ex-Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long

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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe the Mets will interview hitting coach Kevin Long, who was fired by the Yankees earlier this month after eight seasons on the job.

Long was the Yankees’ hitting coach from 2007-2014 and during that time they scored the second-most runs in baseball, but aging and injuries turned the lineup into one of the league’s worst for the past two seasons and he took the fall.

Dave Hudgens was fired as the Mets’ hitting coach in the middle of the season and his replacement, Lamar Johnson, was let go after the season. Hudgens has since found a new home as the Astros’ hitting coach.

Phillies re-sign Jerome Williams for $2.5 million

Jerome Williams

After pitching terribly for the Astros and Rangers to begin the season journeyman right-hander Jerome Williams was claimed off waivers by the Phillies and started nine games with a 2.83 ERA for Philadelphia.

That was apparently enough to convince general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he was worth keeping around for 2015, as the Phillies have signed Williams to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with another $1.5 million in potential incentives.

Williams has pitched for seven different MLB teams in nine seasons, posting a combined 4.40 ERA in 891 career innings. That includes ERAs of 4.58, 4.57, and 4.77 during the past three years and just once since 2004 has he posted an ERA below 4.00. At age 33 he’s strictly a back-of-the-rotation starter.