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The more and more I think about whether Aaron Judge or Clay Holmes or Nestor Cortes is the Yankees’ MVP, the more and more I wonder if it is Mitch Garver.
Garver just might be the most important player to the construction of the 2022 Yankees. Skeptical? OK, let’s follow the bouncing Garver:
1. The Twins had been discussing a trade that would send Garver to the Rangers before the lockout and resumed those conversations when the freeze concluded. It was, in fact, the first post-lockout trade: Garver to Texas for Ronny Henriquez and Isiah Kiner-Falefa.
That frustrated the Yankees. They also had been trying to land Kiner-Falefa from the Rangers. Before the lockout, Texas had invested a half-billion dollars in free agents Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. That meant Kiner-Falefa, who had been the Rangers’ 2021 shortstop, had to move to third. Texas’ top prospect, Josh Jung, needed shoulder surgery, so the hot corner was open for Kiner-Falefa, but the Rangers still viewed him as expandable and valued the offense that Garver could provide behind the plate to pair with a defense-minded catchers Jonah Heim or Jose Trevino.
After Minnesota acquired Kiner-Falefa, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman contacted the Twins to inquire about the shortstop. Minnesota was planning on making him the starting shortstop after free agent Andrelton Simmons signed with the Cubs. But the conversations netted an alluring potential for the Twins — that to gain access to Kiner-Falefa and catcher Ben Rortvedt, the Yankees would take on all of the $50 million owed to Josh Donaldson. Minnesota wanted nothing to do with that contract or the person attached to that contract any longer.
With Garver gone, the Twins needed a catching partner for Ryan Jeffers and a stopgap shortstop until their touted prospect Royce Lewis was ready. The Yankees had Gary Sanchez, and Gio Urshela was about to do in New York (hold the position until either prospect Oswald Peraza or Anthony Volpe was ready) what Minnesota required.
So the sides made the trade. Because Garver had gone to the Rangers, Kiner-Falefa was now the Yankees’ shortstop.
2. Rortvedt injured his oblique and was never a factor in spring training. The Yankees suddenly needed a catching partner for Kyle Higashioka and had talked to Texas previously because the Rangers had Trevino and Heim — the kind of defense-first receivers they now favored — plus a prospect, Sam Huff, near ready to play.
With Garver as their frontline catcher, the Rangers had even more inventory. So when the Yankees offered the big arm of Albert Abreu, out of options and not a certainty to make their major league roster, plus Robby Ahlstrom, Texas was willing to move Trevino.
Because Garver had gone to the Rangers, Trevino was now a Yankees catcher.
3. On May 9, Garver incurred a right forearm flexor strain and was placed on the injured list, with Huff taking his place. The Rangers recognized that Garver could return more quickly from the IL if they were willing to just use him as a designated hitter while he continued to build up arm strength to catch again.
Matt Carpenter was on a minor league contract with the Rangers and there were all kinds of infield and DH blocks to his joining the major league roster. But when he heard that Garver was going to be added to the blocks, as the full-time DH, that was just too much for him. Garver returned to the Texas lineup as the DH on May 19, the same day Carpenter asked for and received his release from his minor league contract.
He returned to his Fort Worth home to wait to see if a major league job somewhere would open. The Yankees had pursued Carpenter in the offseason with a minor league pact before he decided, if he was going to play minor league ball, to do it as close to home as possible. But the Yankees called again, and when Giancarlo Stanton joined Donaldson on the injured list, they had a major league roster spot for Carpenter.
So as with Kiner-Falefa and Trevino, because Garver had gone to the Rangers, Carpenter was a Yankee.
OK, Judge is obviously the Yankees’ MVP — arguably the AL MVP (though I think that was the Guardians’ Jose Ramirez in the back of the room saying to hold his beer). But Kiner-Falefa and Trevino have been valuable to improving the Yankees’ defense and contact at the plate while Carpenter has been — at minimum — a momentary burst of power and positive energy.
That all has made Mitch Garver deeply valuable to the 2022 Yankees.
By: Ny Post
Kourtney Kardashian uses Kopari Coconut Melt to ‘look good naked’
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Kourtney Kardashian’s no stranger to showing skin.
Whether the reality star’s modeling lingerie, baring it all in a bikini or packing on PDA with husband Travis Barker, she’s clearly confident about her body — and relies on a selection of tried-and-true products to keep her skin in tip-top shape.
In one of her first-ever Poosh stories, fittingly titled “How to Look Good Naked,” the 43-year-old outlines some of her body care essentials, including La Mer The Body Crème ($300), Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Aging Body Cream ($95) and Le Labo’s Pin 12 Candle ($82) — the latter because “lighting is everything.”
“In order to achieve glowy skin, it’s important to moisturize everything — everywhere — at least once a day,” the Poosh piece reads. “Don’t forget to care for your hands and feet as well; we recommend focusing on these areas at night.”
Billed as “a deep conditioner for your bod,” the product is comprised of 100% organic, unrefined coconut oil, and Kopari suggests applying it “as soon as you step out of the shower and at the end of the day.”
What’s more, the multitasking product also works well as a hair mask, dry shave oil, bath mix-in and belly balm, per the brand.
Snag a tub for yourself below — and get ready to look fabulous in your birthday suit, too.
By: Ny Post
Carlos Carrasco’s gem, three homers propel Mets past Marlins
MIAMI — He’s one tough Cookie these days.
Carlos Carrasco isn’t going to win any contests blowing away hitters, but the right-hander’s offspeed pitches and command — and most importantly, his health — have converged this season to give the Mets an invaluable rotation piece.
On Saturday, he gave his team 7 ²/₃ shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Marlins at loanDepot park. Carrasco extended his scoreless streak over his past three starts to 18 ²/₃ innings.
The win was No. 100 in Carrasco’s career, making the 35-year-old the eighth Venezuelan-born pitcher to reach the milestone. Carrasco last surrendered a run on July 9 against the Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets (63-37) won their fifth straight and reached the 100-game mark with the franchise’s most victories since 1986.
Overall, Carrasco allowed four hits and struck out seven with two walks. Seth Lugo replaced Carrasco in the eighth inning after Charles Leblanc had doubled with two outs. But Leblanc was picked off second base by Tomas Nido, ensuring Carrasco’s scoreless streak continued.
Lugo remained in the game to pitch a scoreless ninth inning, allowing Edwin Diaz a day off following a 10-pitch outing Friday in which he struck out the side.
The Mets will try for a three-game sweep of the reeling Marlins on Sunday with Taijuan Walker on the mound.
After scuffling at the plate for seven innings, the Mets gave Carrasco breathing room in the eighth when Francisco Lindor and J.D. Davis each blasted a solo homer to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. Davis’ homer, in a pinch-hitting appearance, came as the Mets are searching on the trade market for a right-handed bat to solidify the DH spot.
The Mets have traded for two lefty bats in the last week-plus to bolster the other half of the DH equation. One of those additions, Tyler Naquin, debuted for the Mets on Saturday in left field and went 0-for-4. Daniel Vogelbach started at DH and drew a walk in four plate appearances.
Carrasco’s gem was the latest strong performance by a Mets starting pitcher. Entering play, the Mets had a 2.45 ERA from the starting rotation in July, which ranked second in the major leagues. Chris Bassitt had a rare flat start for the Mets a night earlier, when he allowed four earned runs over six innings.
Jeff McNeil hit a solo homer in the third against rookie Nick Neidert to give the Mets their first run. The homer was the first since June 14 for McNeil, who entered the day with a .162/.240/.191 slash line in July.
The Mets weren’t finished in the inning: Nido, Brandon Nimmo and Lindor all singled. Lindor’s hit extended the Mets’ lead to 2-0 and gave the shortstop 68 RBIs for the season before he reached 69 with his blast later.
Carrasco was challenged in the first inning, when he allowed a single to Miguel Rojas and walk to Jesus Aguilar before retiring JJ Bleday for the final out. In the fourth, Carrasco surrendered a leadoff single, but he escaped the inning when he got Bleday to ground into a double-play.
By: Ny Post
Career NYC criminal tries to steal moped from NYPD station
A brazen career criminal with more than 50 arrests on his rap sheet, including rape, was busted for trying to steal a moped from outside a lower Manhattan police station.
Jon Matos was caught red-handed approaching the $1,200 bike outside the 5th Precinct, sources said.
He was allegedly using a set of burglary tools Friday to try to bust the lock of the bike, which was vouchered property, cops and sources said.
Matos, a homeless father of three, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of attempted grand larceny and possession of burglary tools.
The proceeding was delayed for hours, sources said, after Matos allegedly became angry with a cellmate who used the facilities — but didn’t courtesy flush.
“I was just f–king with it. It’s not my tools,” he allegedly told an NYPD detective, said Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Megan Mers during the court proceeding.
Judge Valentina Morales Saturday agreed to give Matos supervised release in the moped case.
“Thank you, your honor,” Matos told Morales.
But instead of hitting the streets once again, Matos was held on outstanding charges from the 23rd Precinct in an unrelated case, authorities said.
It was his second appearance before a judge in a week: Matos was in court days earlier, charged with grand larceny, petit larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property and was released in yet another incident.
Matos has racked up dozens of busts for burglary, robbery, fare evasion — including the 1999 rape of a 14-year-old girl.
Crime is up in six of the seven major crimes measured by the department contributed to the increase — though the seventh category, murders, dropped a noticeable 31.6% last month in comparison to numbers compiled in June 2021, according to the NYPD’s preliminary statistics.
Grand larceny spiked 41%, robbery rose 36.1% and burglary went up 33.8%.
When addressing the crime spike last month, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department was arresting the same people for crimes “over and over again.”
Other recent and brazen repeat offenders include veteran shoplifter Isaac “Man of Steal” Rodriguez, who was finally locked up in January after dozens of arrests for stealing to support his drug habit.
Laron Mack, whose catchphrase is “I steal for a living,” has been arrested more than 50 times. Another serial stealer, James Connelly, was busted in December for involvement in 28 separate incidents over three months.
Last month, accused serial shoplifter Lorenzo McLucas, 34, was nabbed for stealing from the cosmetics counter at a Duane Reade on Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, according to cops and court documents.
McLucas, who was released on his own recognizance, has notched 122 prior arrests.
By: Ny Post
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