Stanton and the Yankees make a pigeon out of Jeter

Stanton to the Yankees, but who pays the bigger price?

Stanton to the Yankees, but who pays the bigger price?

The first thing that comes to mind with the Yankees about to deal for Giancarlo Stanton is: Nationals fans can relax. Bryce Harper isn’t going to be in Yankee pinstripes next year or for the foreseeable future. Dealing for Stanton means the Yankees have likely priced themselves out of next year’s free agency market.

Stanton spurned opportunities to go to his native West Coast when he rejected a deal to the Giants. Those who’ve reported on Stanton’s thinking have said he wants to go to a provable contender, but with the Giants not looking much like one anymore that took care of that.

Stanton to hit 60? Brewers and Angels to come back in ’18?

One of the most familiar sights of 2017: Stanton coming down the third base line to touch the plate after yet another bomb . . . but will he meet the Babe and/or Roger Maris on Sunday?

One of the most familiar sights of 2017: Stanton coming down the third base line to touch the plate after yet another bomb . . . but will he meet the Babe and/or Roger Maris on Sunday?

Let’s see. Just about the only thing to watch for Sunday is whether Giancarlo Stanton can meet, greet, and pass even by one the Roger Maris of 1961. Stanton has only to hit three bombs in today’s season-ender against the Braves to do it.

Citi Field’s Animal House; or, the Wreck of the Metsperus

Mishandling Matt Harvey's migraine could prove another huge headache for the Wreck of the Metsperus . . .

Mishandling Matt Harvey’s suspension could prove a big migraine for the Wreck of the Metsperus . . .

What’s next for the New York Mess (er, Mets)? Pitchers coming in from the bullpen in the Deathmobile? Hazing their rookies by sending them on a mass Food King shoplift? A toga party at second base? A food fight in the clubhouse? Welcome to Citi Field’s Animal House.

I’d better amend one of the foregoing. At the rate they’re going, three more Mets would be injured during the food fight, one of the rookies on the mass Food King shoplift would come up with a strained oblique, and another would suffer a shoulder separation firing the pistol at the rampaging horse.

Stanton’s wrist and other sorrows, from discharged managers especially . . .

Stanton doubles over in pain as his hamate surrenders.

Stanton doubles over in pain as his hamate surrenders.

One minute Giancarlo Stanton managed to get back ahead of Nori Aoki in the National League All-Star voting. The next, he was gone, for four to six weeks and maybe more, thanks to a hamate bone fracture in his left hand. This is just what the Marlins don’t need in a year in which they were trying to build on 2014′s fifteen-game improvement.

The All-Star fan vote’s broken; here’s one way to fix (ahem,—repair!) it

Kipnis, the AL's leading WARrior at second base through Friday . . .

Kipnis, the AL’s leading WARrior at second base through Friday . . .

I didn’t cast my own All-Star vote until this past Thursday, but I’d like to think that I applied a little more intelligence and a lot less up yours to the exercise than seems to have been applied by those determined to stuff the American League’s starting lineup with Kansas City Royals whether or not said Royals (I’ll get to that shortly) actually deserve starting berths.