Mike Ford

Mike Ford

Height/Weight: 6' 0"/225 lbs
Bat: L
Throw: R
Born: Belle Mead, New Jersey
College: Princeton
Draft: Undrafted
  • Having a ball: Judge, Yankees glad to see some seats filled
    The Canadian Press

    Having a ball: Judge, Yankees glad to see some seats filled

    TAMPA, Fla. — Aaron Judge tossed several balls into the crowd, just like always. Only this year the fans can't toss them back to the New York Yankees star in a friendly game of catch. So while the souvenirs stay in the seats because of COVID-19 protocols, the slugging right fielder is still getting something in return. A reaction, even for making a routine out. "I hit a groundball but just hearing the fans kind of spark up,” Judge said. “You hear that instant crowd reaction. Kind of had little butterflies getting back to your first at-bat.” On the opening day of the exhibition season, Judge went 0 for 2 in the Yankees' 6-4 loss to Toronto in a game shortened to seven innings, as Major League Baseball is permitting in these early spring training matchups. An announced crowd of 2,637 at Steinbrenner Field — about 25 per cent of capacity — marked the first time the Yankees have played before fans since a spring training game last March 12. “We’re all excited to finally have some fans even though it wasn’t a packed house, but anything is better than nothing," Judge said. The game had most of the normal pomp and circumstance at the Yankees' spring training home opener. New York wore its pinstripe uniforms for the only time during the exhibition season. The jersey top this season has a No. 16 patch on the left sleeve honouring Hall of Famer Whitey Ford, who died last year. Both teams gathered along the infield foul lines for the announcement of the starting lineups. A moment of silence was held for Yankees co-chairperson Hank Steinbrenner, who also died in 2020. The limited crowd size is one of the safety protocols in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. “We made reference to it a couple times, how nice is it having people in the stands,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I saw a highlight before we walked out of BP. A kid chasing a ball going over the fence and those kind of things. It’s been too long.” But differences from the past remain quite evident. The Yankees’ YES Network play-by-play team of Michael Kay and David Cone both worked from home. Radio announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman called the game remotely as well. Protocols at Steinbrenner Field include a masking mandate, which was flouted by a number of fans. Judge, meanwhile, eagerly awaits a time when he can again play catch with fans in-between innings. In the meantime, he has a plan to overcome the limited interaction. “Just let my play be the connection,” Judge said. “Put on a show. I think that’s all you can really do. ” NOTES: Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and Detroit RHP Kyle Funkhouser are the scheduled starters for Monday’s game at Steinbrenner Field. It will be new Tigers manager and former Houston skipper AJ Hinch’s first game against the New York since the Astros' sign-stealing scandal broke last year — a scheme that many in the New York organization feel cost them a World Series trip in 2017. “We spoke about this at length last year and dealt with it,” Boone said. “I have beyond moved on from it.” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press

  • Spring Games Begin With Fans, New Faces, Moment For Mancini

    Spring Games Begin With Fans, New Faces, Moment For Mancini

    Nolan Arenado in his new Cardinal red, Mookie Betts back in Dodger blue. October breakout star Randy Arozarena with a hit in his first February at-bat, Buster Posey returning from an opt-out year.

  • Kay perfect as Blue Jays edge Yankees 6-4 in spring training
    The Canadian Press

    Kay perfect as Blue Jays edge Yankees 6-4 in spring training

    TAMPA, Fla. — The Blue Jays kicked off spring training action with a win Sunday, edging the New York Yankees 6-4. Rowdy Tellez got Toronto off to an early lead with a two-run double in the first inning. Lefty Anthony Kay pitched two perfect innings for the Jays, striking out the Yankees' first six batters of the day. Toronto was up 5-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth when Andrew Velazquez got New York on the board, capitalizing on a fielding error by Jays second baseman Otto Lopez. Rob Brantly narrowed Toronto's lead in the fifth, blasting a two-run homer to centre field. Mike Tauchman followed suit with a single homer on a fly ball to centre field to make the score 5-4. Right-hander Jacob Waguespack gave up all three fifth-inning runs before he was replaced on the mound by Anthony Castro. Logan Warmoth sealed the Jays' victory with a homerun to right-centre field at the top of the sixth. T.J. Zeuch was credited with the Toronto win after allowing one run on two hits over two innings. New York's Michael King took the loss after giving up three runs in the first two innings. The Jays are set to play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 28, 2021. The Canadian Press