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Report: Yankees to promote Justus Sheffield

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Yankees pitching prospect Justus Sheffield has been promoted to the big leagues, according to a report from Conor Foley of the Scranton Times-Tribune. The move has yet to be officially announced by the team.

Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees’ highest-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The left-hander was acquired in a deadline deal for reliever Andrew Miller back in 2016 and has been working his way through the lower levels of the Yankees’ farm system ever since. In 2018, he made the jump from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a cumulative 7-6 record in 20 starts and a 2.87 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 116 innings.

According to comments made by club GM Brian Cashman last month, the plan is to keep Sheffield in the bullpen for the time being. He was shifted to a relief role in Triple-A at the end of August and should be ready to assume a similar position at the major-league level sometime in September. It’s possible that the young lefty might also get a shot at the Yankees’ rotation when he reports to spring training next year, too.

He gone! Hawk Harrelson called his last game yesterday

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Ken Harrelson has been broadcasting for decades but yesterday was his last one. As of today the Hawk has hung up his mic and entered retirement. He gone!

Harrelson, 77, who played in the majors for nine seasons with the A’s, Red Sox, Indians and Senators and led the AL in RBI in 1968. He was also the White Sox’ general manager for a single season in the mid-80s. That didn’t go well — he famously fired Tony La Russa and Dave Dombrowski and traded away a young Bobby Bonilla, but his career as a broadcaster went swimmingly.

Harrelson served as a Red Sox broadcaster from 1975 through 1981. Despite his reputation as an unrepentant homer for his White Sox — who he called “the good guys,” as opposed to the “bad guys” playing them — he was actually fired as a Red Sox broadcaster for being critical of ownership. He then embarked on his first stint with the White Sox before his move into the front office, worked as a Yankees broadcaster from 1987-88 and worked games for NBC’s Game of the Week in the mid-1980s as well. He then returned to call games for the White Sox in 1990 and the rest is history.

Hawk will still be a team ambassador for Chicago so he not totally gone, but the White Sox broadcast booth is entering a new era.