The sole line about Joe Blanton in this morning’s story about the Yankees’ rotation by Pete Caldera of the Record:
“The Phillies’ Joe Blanton is said to be available as a possible trade target”
The headline to same story:
“Yanks interested in Blanton, Garcia”
There isn’t a single quote or even an allusion to the Yankees expressing any interest in Joe Blanton whatsoever in the story. Despite this, ESPN’s trade rumor blog has already picked it up as “Yankees interested in Blanton?” And I imagine that it will show up in a couple other places by the end of the day today. Heck, the fact that I’m even mentioning it will probably cause “the rumor to gain steam.”
I’ve said a million times that I love the rumors and the gossip and the silliness, but this is taking things a bit too far.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?