• The Chapman Deal

    Posted by on July 25th, 2016 · Comments (24)

    I am concerned about Torres strikeout rate and McKinney’s lack of power.

    If Torres is going to swing and miss that much at High A, what’s going to happen when he gets to more advanced levels? And, McKinney is now on his third organization in a very short period of time.

    It seems that the Yankees could have done better, in my opinion.

    I would have rather seen one solid prospect in return who was proven at the Double- or Triple-A level and just about ready for the big leagues – rather than a package of four players that only contained two reach prospects.

    Let us see if the Royals trade Wade Davis and see what they get in return. That might be an interesting yardstick.

    Kyle Schwarber

    Posted by on July 19th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    A younger Ken Phelps. Just what we need. No wonder Cashman lusts for him.

    73-75

    Posted by on July 11th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    Yup, since August 1st of last year, the New York Yankees are 73-75.

    In fact, since June of 2013, they are 269-251 (which is just .517 baseball).

    So, yeah, they are 44-44 at the All-Star break of 2016. But, based on what we have seen in the past, combined with this year, why would a reasonable person expect them to win more than 37 more games this year?

    Sell, Yankees. Sell.

    Thank You Tanaka

    Posted by on July 7th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    So far, this season, the Yankees are 12-5 in games started by Masahiro Tanaka. In games started by anyone else, they are 29-38.

    Chass On Cashman

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (20)

    Murray Chass talks about the Yankees – with a h/t to Ben M!

    Brian Cashman is in his 19th season as general manager and has been incapable of using an asset that, until recently, no other team has had. He has been allowed to spend outrageous amounts of money, and he has squandered millions and millions of dollars.

    All right, it’s not my money or yours. Why should I or we care how much money Cashman squanders? I suppose it’s the feeling of fairness in us. It’s also the incredulity. How can one man have so much money to spend and not be able to produce a consistent contender, if not winner?

    The Yankees have spent a total of $679 million on their payrolls the previous three years, but they have reached the playoffs only once in that period, and then only for a cup of coffee, going down meekly in the American League wild-card game last season without scoring a run.

    With Cashman’s $225 million payroll this year, the Yankees have shown no indication that they can attain a post-season perch. A contender? They’ve had trouble maintaining a .500 record. After two losses in San Diego they went into Sunday’s game with a 39-41 record.

    The Yankees have no such pitching depth. They don’t have much depth at all because they have done a poor job of developing players. Renowned for the Core Four of Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada, the Yankees cannot claim credit for developing top major league prospects since.

    Any team that has had the same general manager for 19 years and has not developed a strong minor league system has to be suspect. Cashman had the same development executive for 15 years and never saw the need to replace Mark Newman, who finally retired two years ago.

    Newman owed his extended employment to Cashman. Cashman, who did not respond to telephone requests for an interview, owes his extended employment to Hal Steinbrenner, son of George, who is the Yankees’ managing partner.

    The Steinbrenner son seems to be intent to run the Yankees 180 degrees from the way his father operated. If the elder Steinbrenner were alive and operating the team, he would have fired Cashman long ago. No Steinbrenner general manager survived if he didn’t produce a championship team in a period of a few years, if that long.

    Amen Murray.

    Who Is The 5th Best Manager In Yankees History?

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    You tell me.

    Rk Mgr Yrs From To W L W-L% Ties G>.500 G ▾ BestFin WrstFin AvRk
    1 Joe McCarthy HOF 16 1931 1946 1460 867 .627 21 593 2348 1 4 1.7
    2 Joe Torre HOF 12 1996 2007 1173 767 .605 2 406 1942 1 2 1.2
    3 Casey Stengel HOF 12 1949 1960 1149 696 .623 6 453 1851 1 3 1.3
    4 Miller Huggins HOF 12 1918 1929 1067 719 .597 10 348 1796 1 7 2.2
    5 Ralph Houk 11 1961 1973 944 806 .539 7 138 1757 1 10 4.1
    6 Joe Girardi 9 2008 2016 775 602 .563 0 173 1377 1 4 2.0
    7 Billy Martin 8 1975 1988 556 385 .591 0 171 941 1 5 2.2
    8 Clark Griffith HOF 6 1903 1908 419 370 .531 18 49 807 2 8 4.1
    9 Buck Showalter 4 1992 1995 313 268 .539 1 45 582 1 4 2.4
    10 Bill Donovan 3 1915 1917 220 239 .479 6 -19 465 4 6 5.0
    11 Lou Piniella 3 1986 1988 224 193 .537 0 31 417 2 5 3.4
    12 Yogi Berra HOF 3 1964 1985 192 148 .565 2 44 342 1 3 2.0
    13 Bucky Harris HOF 2 1947 1948 191 117 .620 1 74 309 1 3 2.0
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    Generated 7/4/2016.

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    Trade Aroldis Chapman Now

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    There’s probably 10 teams out there who would want to trade for him. Maybe 15? A smart GM would leverage those teams against each other and get one great package in return. There’s no need to keep him. He’s a free agent at the end of the season. You just going to let him walk in 3 months? Plus, the Yankees are not going anywhere. (Please, stop with those fantasies of getting the 2nd wildcard!) Then again, I did say “Smart GM.”

    The Last Time The Yankees Lost 42 Of Their First 81 Games…

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2016 · Comments (4)

    …was 1982. That season, the Yankees went 79-83, and finished 5th in AL East.

    Will the Yankees lose 42 of their first 81 games in 2016? We’ll have that answer later today.

    Seriously, I Would Cut A Guy…

    Posted by on July 1st, 2016 · Comments (2)

    for this.

    Pythagorean W-L: 34-42

    Posted by on June 29th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Yup, that’s what the Yankees record should be, today, based on the runs they score and the amount they let up.

    And, as bad as their are (37-39), they are better than that record. Credit Joe Girardi. It’s not the first time he’s gotten the Yankees to win more games than their Pythagorean record forecasts.

    Rk Year Tm W L W-L% pythW-L% Finish GB Managers
    1 2016 New York Yankees 37 39 .487 .453 4th of 5 9.0 J.Girardi (37-39)
    2 2015 New York Yankees 87 75 .537 .541 2nd of 5 6.0 J.Girardi (87-75)
    3 2014 New York Yankees 84 78 .519 .478 2nd of 5 12.0 J.Girardi (84-78)
    4 2013 New York Yankees 85 77 .525 .485 3rd of 5 12.0 J.Girardi (85-77)
    5 2012 New York Yankees 95 67 .586 .584 1st of 5 J.Girardi (95-67)
    6 2011 New York Yankees 97 65 .599 .624 1st of 5 J.Girardi (97-65)
    7 2010 New York Yankees 95 67 .586 .597 2nd of 5 1.0 J.Girardi (95-67)
    8 2009 New York Yankees 103 59 .636 .588 1st of 5 J.Girardi (103-59)
    9 2008 New York Yankees 89 73 .549 .537 3rd of 5 8.0 J.Girardi (89-73)
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    Generated 6/29/2016.

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    Yankees & The Rain Game

    Posted by on June 28th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    This was a cluster bleep, and, that’s being polite.

    I Agree With Joel

    Posted by on June 26th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    It would send a message to the team and the fans, and, a much needed one.

    How Excited Are You About Yankees Baseball In 2016?

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2016 · Comments (17)

    Right now, I am hooked on the College World Series. I stayed up to midnight to watch the whole Coastal Carolina – TCU game last night. And, I am really looking forward to watching the Little League World Series this summer. I’ve been hooked on that for a few years now.

    The Yankees? I really don’t go out of my way to watch them now. And, often, when I turn on one of their games, it doesn’t take long for me to click on to something else.

    Going to a Yankees game? At this point, I would only go if I had free tickets and they would have to be good seats.

    Oh, by the way, it’s June 22nd. That didn’t take long.

    The 1st 68 Games Each Season With Cashman As GM

    Posted by on June 20th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    With 34 losses in their first 68 games this season, this year is the worst start of a Cashman Yankees team ever.

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    Put that in your spreadsheet, Hal.

    Feels Like 1982

    Posted by on June 16th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    This Ike Davis thing reminds me of 1982, when the Yankees gave everyone and their brother a shot at 1B while wearing the pinstripes. (See below.) The team was not that good in ’82, either.

    Rk Player WAR/pos Year Age Tm G PA R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB BA OBP SLG Pos
    1 Lee Mazzilli 0.3 1982 27 NYY 37 144 20 34 2 6 17 15 15 2 .266 .347 .422 *3/DH7
    2 Don Mattingly -0.1 1982 21 NYY 7 13 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 .167 .154 .167 /*7H39
    3 Bob Watson -0.1 1982 36 NYY 7 20 3 4 3 0 3 3 0 0 .235 .350 .412 /*3HD
    4 John Mayberry -0.4 1982 33 NYY 69 249 20 45 7 8 27 28 38 0 .209 .313 .353 *3/DH
    5 Dave Revering -0.6 1982 29 NYY 14 44 2 6 2 0 2 3 4 0 .150 .205 .200 *3/HD
    6 Dave Collins -0.7 1982 29 NYY 111 393 41 88 12 3 25 28 49 13 .253 .315 .330 3987H/D
    7 Butch Hobson -0.8 1982 30 NYY 30 60 2 10 2 0 3 1 14 0 .172 .183 .207 *H*D3
    8 Steve Balboni -1.2 1982 25 NYY 33 114 8 20 2 2 4 6 34 0 .187 .228 .280 *3/HD
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    Generated 6/16/2016.

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    How Do You Score 7 Runs In The 8th Inning & Lose?

    Posted by on June 15th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I present your 2016 last place Yankees.

    A Tale Of Two 26 Year Olds

    Posted by on June 14th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Two Yankees players 2016 season total stats, as of this morning:

    G PA R H 2B RBI SB BB SO BA OBP OPS+
    61 248 19 60 10 25 2 10 42 .253 .286 88
    59 216 18 54 10 21 2 9 24 .266 .299 82
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    Generated 6/14/2016.

    The one on the bottom is Didi Gregorius. The one on the top is Starlin Castro. With the bat, as they are in age, they are the same.  And, neither one of them can hit for bleep.

    Suggestion: Trade Sabathia To The Giants

    Posted by on June 14th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    If they are willing to take on half or more of his remaining contract, do it and take any warm blooded body in return.

    If they are only willing to take on, say, 25% of his remaining contract, do it and ask for a decent prospect in return.

    But, do it now while he’s hot and his value is high. He will waive his no-trade to go back to the Bay Area and play for a winner. The stars are aligned. This is what a thinking GM does…

    Read the market. Sell high. It’s not rocket science.

    Blake Rutherford

    Posted by on June 11th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    For sure, I see Paul O’Neill in terms of the body and actions. Now, the Yankees just need to sign him. And, we have to see what his attitude is like…before we start calling him Warrior Jr.

    The 30-30 Yankees

    Posted by on June 10th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    17-12 at home and 13-18 on the road.

    Longest winning streak this year is 6 games. Longest losing streak is also 6 games.

    How many times will they win in the next 102 games? It will be between 50 and 60. The question is – low 50′s or high? You tell me.

    Aaron Judge In Triple-A

    Posted by on June 8th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Not exactly tearing it up so far.

    Year Age Tm Lev G PA 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2015 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 61 260 10 8 28 29 74 .224 .308 .373
    2016 24 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 55 244 12 7 29 20 61 .243 .311 .394
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Cashman’s Draft Report Card

    Posted by on June 8th, 2016 · Comments (11)

    Just another reminder not to get your hopes up tomorrow.

    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    2015 1 16 James Kaprielian (minors) RHP
    2015 1 30 Kyle Holder (minors) SS
    2013 1 26 Eric Jagielo (minors) 3B
    2013 1 32 *Aaron Judge (minors) CF
    2013 1 33 *Ian Clarkin (minors) LHP
    2012 1 30 Ty Hensley (minors) RHP
    2011 1s 51 *Dante Bichette (minors) 3B
    2010 1 32 Cito Culver (minors) RHP
    2009 1s 29 *Slade Heathcott (minors) CF 0.4
    2008 1 28 Gerrit Cole (minors) RHP 9.2
    2008 1s 44 *Jeremy Bleich (minors) LHP
    2007 1 30 Andrew Brackman (minors) RHP 0.1
    2006 1 21 *Ian Kennedy (minors) RHP 11.7
    2006 1s 41 *Joba Chamberlain (minors) RHP 7.9
    2005 1 17 *C.J. Henry (minors) SS
    2004 1 23 *Phil Hughes (minors) RHP 12.2
    2004 1s 37 *Jon Poterson (minors) C
    2004 1s 41 *Jeff Marquez (minors) RHP 0.0
    2003 1 27 Eric Duncan (minors) 3B
    2001 1 23 *John-Ford Griffin (minors) OF 0.2
    2001 1s 34 *Bronson Sardinha (minors) SS 0.0
    2001 1s 42 *Jon Skaggs (minors) RHP
    2000 1 28 Dave Parrish (minors) C
    1999 1 27 Dave Walling (minors) RHP
    1998 1 24 Andy Brown (minors) OF
    1998 1s 43 *Mark Prior (minors) RHP 16.5
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    2015 2 57 Jeff Degano (minors) LHP
    2014 2 55 Jacob Lindgren (minors) LHP -0.0
    2013 2 66 Gosuke Katoh (minors) 2B
    2012 2 89 *Austin Aune (minors) CF
    2012 2 94 Peter O’Brien (minors) C 0.1
    2011 2 88 Sam Stafford (minors) LHP
    2010 2 82 Angelo Gumbs (minors) SS
    2009 2s 76 *John Ryan Murphy (minors) C 0.3
    2008 2 75 Scott Bittle (minors) RHP
    2007 2 94 Austin Romine (minors) C -0.9
    2005 2 63 *J.B. Cox (minors) RHP
    2004 2 42 *Brett Smith (minors) RHP
    2003 2 64 Estee Harris (minors) OF
    2002 2 71 *Brandon Weeden (minors) RHP
    2001 2 62 *Jason Arnold (minors) RHP
    2001 2 63 Shelley Duncan (minors) OF 0.9
    2000 2 68 Danny Borrell (minors) LHP
    1999 2 78 Tommy Winrow (minors) OF
    1998 2 67 Randy Keisler (minors) LHP -1.5
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Year Rnd OvPck Name Pos WAR
    2015 3 92 Drew Finley (minors) RHP
    2014 3 91 Austin DeCarr (minors) RHP
    2013 3 103 Michael O’Neill (minors) CF
    2012 3 124 Nathan Mikolas (minors) OF
    2011 3 118 Jordan Cote (minors) RHP
    2010 3 112 Rob Segedin (minors) 3B
    2008 3 106 David Adams (minors) 2B -0.2
    2007 3 124 Ryan Pope (minors) RHP
    2006 3 104 Zach McAllister (minors) RHP 1.3
    2005 3 109 Brett Gardner (minors) OF 28.2
    2004 3 99 Christian Garcia (minors) RHP 0.3
    2003 3 94 Tim Battle (minors) OF
    2001 3 95 Chase Wright (minors) LHP -0.1
    2000 3 98 Jason Grove (minors) OF
    1999 3 111 Alex Graman (minors) LHP -0.5
    1998 3 97 Drew Henson (minors) 3B -0.0
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    Generated 6/8/2016.

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    Thurman Munson Would Have Been 69 Today

    Posted by on June 7th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Damn, I am old.

    More Proof Big Stein Is Long Dead

    Posted by on June 6th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Via the Post -

    Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.

    The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.

    Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.

    “When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”

    On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.

    On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”

    From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.

    From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.

    Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.

    Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.

    Maybe now that this is starting to show up where Hal lives – in his spreadsheets – it will bring cause for some much needed change in how the Yankees are operating? One can only hope…

    This Is The 8th WORST Start In Yankees HISTORY

    Posted by on June 4th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    One third of the season down. Two thirds to go. Most losses for the Yankees, since 1913, in their 1st 54 games of the season.

    Rk Year #Matching L
    1 1913 39 39 Ind. Games
    2 1990 35 35 Ind. Games
    3 1914 33 33 Ind. Games
    4 1984 31 31 Ind. Games
    5 2007 30 30 Ind. Games
    6 1971 30 30 Ind. Games
    7 1925 30 30 Ind. Games
    8 2016 29 29 Ind. Games
    9 1995 29 29 Ind. Games
    10 1991 29 29 Ind. Games
    11 1989 29 29 Ind. Games
    12 1974 29 29 Ind. Games
    13 1972 29 29 Ind. Games
    14 1968 29 29 Ind. Games
    15 1967 29 29 Ind. Games
    16 1966 29 29 Ind. Games
    17 1965 29 29 Ind. Games
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    Generated 6/4/2016.

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    Here’s the bad news: It’s not going to get better any time soon.

    Beltran & Chapman

    Posted by on June 2nd, 2016 · Comments (10)

    If the Yankees don’t trade Beltran and Chapman before the trading deadline this year, then they are not trying.

    At this point, I would say trade Gardner and Miller as well – and they are two of my favorite current Yankees!

    The Yankees farm system is a JOKE!

    Mateo is too far away.  Judge has holes in his swing that big leaguers will carve up.  Sanchez is the next Jesus Montero.  Kaprielian is a Tommy John in waiting.  Refsnyder has no position.  Fowler, Cave and Gamel are Ricky Ledee’s.  Shoot, some say that Mason Williams is still one of the Yankees 20 best prospects.  Mason…Williams…

    Com’on people!

    The Yankees need to trade and get some guys like Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, Billy McKinney, Lewis Brinson or Cody Bellinger. And, not just one. They need to get one of these marque prospects along with some pitching prospects included in the deal. You can’t tell me that Chapman and Miller would not be the most wanted commodities for a contending team at the trading deadline this year. Any and every contending team would want either one of them.

    I’m Sorry…But, THIS Is A Joke…

    Posted by on May 31st, 2016 · Comments (10)

    And, it’s a bad one. Embarrassing. Look at the OPS+ and ERA+ numbers. This is why the Yankees suck.  They have 6 batters who can’t even hit close to league average and two starting pitchers who have been total busts this year.

    Rk Player OPS+ PA Year Age G BA OBP SLG
    1 Dustin Ackley 12 70 2016 28 28 .148 .243 .148
    2 Aaron Hicks 56 116 2016 26 43 .198 .270 .297
    3 Mark Teixeira 60 175 2016 36 44 .195 .291 .286
    4 Chase Headley 72 160 2016 32 44 .229 .313 .307
    5 Alex Rodriguez 74 96 2016 40 24 .170 .240 .409
    6 Didi Gregorius 82 167 2016 26 46 .261 .291 .376
    7 Brett Gardner 91 189 2016 32 46 .217 .346 .344
    8 Starlin Castro 93 199 2016 26 49 .250 .291 .420
    9 Brian McCann 101 163 2016 32 42 .231 .325 .413
    10 Jacoby Ellsbury 109 178 2016 32 43 .280 .343 .420
    11 Carlos Beltran 121 190 2016 39 49 .264 .295 .534
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    Generated 5/31/2016.

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    Rk Player ERA+ IP Year Age G GS W L ERA FIP HR
    1 Luis Severino 56 35.0 2016 22 7 7 0 6 7.46 5.48 8
    2 Michael Pineda 60 53.1 2016 27 10 10 2 6 6.92 4.65 11
    3 Ivan Nova 104 43.0 2016 29 11 5 3 3 3.98 4.30 6
    4 Nathan Eovaldi 112 60.2 2016 26 10 10 6 2 3.71 3.52 7
    5 Masahiro Tanaka 143 65.1 2016 27 10 10 3 0 2.89 3.25 6
    6 CC Sabathia 147 41.1 2016 35 7 7 3 3 2.83 2.99 1
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    Generated 5/31/2016.

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    Slade Heathcott

    Posted by on May 27th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Just for the record, the Yankees passed on Nolan Arenado, Jason Kipnis, DJ LeMahieu, Billy Hamilton, Steven Matz, Garrett Richards and Kyle Seager in 2009 to draft this guy.

    Release Teixeira?

    Posted by on May 25th, 2016 · Comments (19)

    Not now…not yet.

    But, if his numbers at the end of June are the same as they are now, I would consider it. The money is already wasted.

    I suppose you lose the pick…if there will still be picks. But, are the Yankees really going to risk making him a qualifying offer?

    Of course, the issue is that the Yankees have NO ONE ready to step in and take over first. Not on the big club or the minors.

    That’s going to be an issue after this season. It assumes that Bird is the word. And, no one knows how he will come back or be able to perform over a full season.

    Knocking On The Door Of Five Hundred

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Thank you, Oakland.

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