• Sophie’s Choice

    Posted by on October 5th, 2016 · Comments (18)

    Full disclosure: I never saw the movie.

    In any event, the next 12 months in Yankeeland are the best possible time to finally get rid of Brian Cashman. If it doesn’t happen during that time, it’s probably not going to happen until the 2020′s. (Ugh!)

    For the LAST FOUR years, the Yankees have been an 85 win team. (The record speaks for itself – 85, 84, 87 and 84 is an average of 85, on the nose.)

    If they pull another 85 or less, that may be enough to send Cashman packing. You don’t have to pay a GM what the Yankees are paying Cashman to get an 85 win team. For sure, if they tank and put up a losing record, that should be “Bye-bye Brian!”

    But, if the Yankees do win less than 86 games in 2017, it’s probably the end for Joe Girardi as well. And, that would be sad. He’s a good man and a solid manager. In fact, if not for him, the Yankees would be more like a 79 win team each of the last four seasons. If anything, Girardi has saved Cashman’s bacon since 2013.

    WWHD? (What would Hal do?)

    If Yankee ownership had to choose between Cashman or Girardi to take the hit for a poor 2017, which one would get whacked?

    I suspect it would be Joe.

    Cashman, Trost and Levine have themselves dug in deeper than an Alabama tick and are super insulated. Plus, they have unity and Girardi is a man on an island.

    Cashman survived Meanwell. In fact, he had her “taken care of” faster than you can say “Vincent Foster.”

    Something big has to happen in the next 12 months to free Yankeeland of Cashman. Bigger than Carl Pavano, Kei Igawa or Javy Vazquez. Worse than Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, Travis Hafner, Garrett Jones or Kevin Youkilis. It can’t just be another Cito Culver, Ty Hensley, C.J. Henry or Andrew Brackman. Cashman has proven none of that stuff sticks.

    I don’t know…what do you think it would take? And, if it happened, would it be Girardi or Cashman who would be let go when it happens?

    Me, At The Yankees Game Yesterday

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2016 · Comments (2)

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    At the VERY LAST MINUTE, my son and I decided to go to the Yankees game yesterday. That’s us in the green box, above. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) It was our first time at the Stadium in a while. (We didn’t go at all last year.)

    He had nothing to do and was bored. It was Game 161 on a gray day. They were giving out bobble-heads. And, the seats were $25 each on StubHub. I figured it would be easy getting in and out, etc. So, why not?

    By the way, they “announced” the “paid” attendance at 33,222. Boy, that’s magic. Every section was at least half empty, or more, and there were a few sections that were totally empty. What did they have, like 13,000 who bought tickets and didn’t show? Really?

    Anyway, what I found interesting was that the seats we had, while nice, did not give you the whole view of the field. We could not see anything in right field. Basically, any ball hit towards right that was more than 200 feet, we had to guess what happened based on the crowd reaction or the runners on base.

    I think those tickets go for $50 each at full price. For that amount, shouldn’t you be able to see the whole field?

    Yankees 2016 – History In The Making!

    Posted by on September 28th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    No, not Gary Sanchez…

    The 2016 Yankees have a chance to become ONLY THE SECOND YANKEES TEAM EVER to have THREE players appear in 100+ games EACH and EACH have more strikeouts than hits. Yes, Chase Headley, Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann…we are watching you. (All Cashman imports, by the way and for the record.)

    The only other time the Yankees did it? That would be that glorious 1990 squad with Steve Balboni, Jesse Barfield and Bob Geren doing the honors.

    The Jays Fracas

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

    Home plate umpire Todd Tichenor is a moron. He totally mishandled the situation and was the cause for this thing escalating. MLB needs to sit him down and take some money out of his pocket.

    There’s no way Severino hit Donaldson on purpose. Plus, that pitch was not that far inside.

    J.A. Happ should have been warned after THE FIRST PITCH to Headley and ejected after the second one.

    I actually give Girardi credit for being a better man than me. Seriously, after the Headley HBP, I would have taken my entire team off the field and said “Bleep you. We forfeit. There’s no sense playing a game when you have a home plate umpire THIS CLUELESS as to how to run a game.” And, I would have let the Blue Jays management watch 40,000 fans walk out of their building after just one inning of play. Cha-ching!

    I watched the game up until the debates. The whole time I was praying that some Yankees batter would push or drag a bunt up the first base line and run up Happ’s back, pushing his face into the ground and maybe even spiking up his Achilles tendon.

    Good job by Severino in the bottom of the second doing what was needed.

    The Jays want to be the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons. Hey, whatever. Good luck with it.

    But, Todd Tichenor should be put on a performance improvement plan after the way he butchered this one. He was just horse shit last night.

    First Three-Shutout Skid Since 1975

    Posted by on September 24th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Ouch.  Who’s the batting coach again?

    Gary Sanchez…Fastest To 19

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

    Gary Sanchez, in terms of his OPS+, is now hitting like Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Jason Giambi in their best seasons.

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Barry Bonds 4 2001 2004 36-39 Ind. Seasons
    2 Mark McGwire 2 1998 2000 34-36 Ind. Seasons
    3 Gary Sanchez 1 2016 2016 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    4 Sammy Sosa 1 2001 2001 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    5 Jason Giambi 1 2001 2001 30-30 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 9/22/2016.

    Maybe not the company you want to keep?


    Posted by on September 19th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Com’on Yankees. Just give me four more wins this year. After that, you can do whatever you want.


    Posted by on September 16th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    This team has the potential to be really good in 2018. But, with Cashman and Company at the helm, I am sure they will screw it up.

    As far as the rest of this year, now it’s time to play spoiler and have some pride in doing it…

    Biggest 4 Game Series Of The Season Right Now?

    Posted by on September 15th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Ya think?

    Going, Going…

    Posted by on September 13th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    …much like the Yankees chances now.

    The Kids Are Alright

    Posted by on September 9th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    Austin powers one! Yeah, baby!

    Yanks are now 15-9 since A-Rod left. (Just saying!)

    4 Back With 24 To Go

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

    Yankees 7, Blue Jays 6

    Posted by on September 7th, 2016 · Comments (8)


    If two Martians landed today and asked “What’s baseball?,” I would tell them go watch THIS game. It’s a fun one.

    Starlin Castro Must Go

    Posted by on September 4th, 2016 · Comments (16)

    In the last 4 years, covering 2,391 Plate Appearances, Starlin Castro has an OPS+ of 90.

    An OPS+ of 100, would mean “a league average hitter.” Translated, that means for the last FOUR YEARS, Castro is 10% worse than a league average hitter.

    He is also the 2nd worst fielding 2B in the American League this year:

    Rk Player dWAR G Year Age Tm
    1 Jed Lowrie -0.7 87 2016 32 OAK
    2 Starlin Castro -0.5 132 2016 26 NYY
    3 Rougned Odor -0.4 127 2016 22 TEX
    4 Brett Lawrie -0.2 94 2016 26 CHW
    5 Gregorio Petit -0.1 72 2016 31 LAA
    6 Jonathan Schoop 0.1 135 2016 24 BAL
    7 Max Muncy 0.1 40 2016 25 OAK
    8 Johnny Giavotella 0.2 99 2016 28 LAA
    9 Tyler Ladendorf 0.2 45 2016 28 OAK
    10 Jose Altuve 0.3 134 2016 26 HOU
    11 Logan Forsythe 0.3 100 2016 29 TBR
    12 Ryan Goins 0.3 64 2016 28 TOR
    13 Devon Travis 0.5 76 2016 25 TOR
    14 Whit Merrifield 0.6 54 2016 27 KCR
    15 Brian Dozier 0.7 131 2016 29 MIN
    16 Cliff Pennington 0.7 52 2016 32 LAA
    17 Christian Colon 0.8 47 2016 27 KCR
    18 Jason Kipnis 0.8 131 2016 29 CLE
    19 Robinson Cano 1.3 134 2016 33 SEA
    20 Dustin Pedroia 1.6 129 2016 32 BOS
    21 Ian Kinsler 1.7 131 2016 34 DET
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    Generated 9/4/2016.

    Another brilliant trade by Cashman – taking on 4 years of his contract from the Cubs

    Sunday (9/4) = Must Win?

    Posted by on September 3rd, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Pretty much, no?

    Masahiro Tanaka

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

    Hands down the Yankees MVP this season?

    If not him, who? Didi Gregorius?

    The Last 10 Games Of The Season

    Posted by on September 1st, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Will that be the most important 10 games of the Yankees regular season?  What’s the magic number?  Have to win at least seven or more?  Or, will it come down to running the table?

    And, if the Yankees manage to get a home post-season game this year, do they have A-Rod come back and throw out the ceremonial first pitch?

    Yeah, I am kidding there…

    It Feels Like 1995…

    Posted by on September 1st, 2016 · Comments (9)

    It’s September 1st and the Yankees are 2.5 games back in the wildcard chase.

    I give much of the credit to Joe Girardi.  He never stopped trying to win games.  He never punted the season.

    Of course, they don’t have a snowball in hell’s chance in the post-season.    They are not Texas, Toronto, Boston or Cleveland.  Those teams have more talent.  But, just to be 2.5 back of a post-season berth now, after how the Yankees started this year, is a huge feather in the helmet of General Joe.

    Most XBH 1st Career 23 Games

    Posted by on August 28th, 2016 · Comments (5)
    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA HR XBH ▾
    1 Mandy Brooks 14 Ind. Games 61 9 21
    2 Joe DiMaggio 14 Ind. Games 74 4 19
    3 Gary Sanchez 13 Ind. Games 57 11 18
    4 Roy Weatherly 12 Ind. Games 58 1 17
    5 Trevor Story 12 Ind. Games 57 10 17
    6 Chris Dickerson 12 Ind. Games 54 6 17
    7 Josh Rutledge 11 Ind. Games 48 6 17
    8 Johnny Mize 10 Ind. Games 42 5 17
    9 Gus Zernial 13 Ind. Games 61 2 16
    10 Jeff Francoeur 13 Ind. Games 53 8 16
    11 Dick Allen 13 Ind. Games 56 6 16
    12 George Scott 12 Ind. Games 55 10 16
    13 Albert Pujols 12 Ind. Games 56 8 16
    14 Alvin Davis 12 Ind. Games 54 9 16
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    Generated 8/28/2016.

    One better than Chris Dickerson, Mr. Sanchez.

    Players With 9+ HR In Their 1st 21 Career Games

    Posted by on August 25th, 2016 · Comments (15)
    Rk Gcar Player #Matching PA AB HR ▾
    1 Trevor Story 8 Ind. Games 39 36 10
    2 George Scott 8 Ind. Games 35 32 10
    3 Alvin Davis 9 Ind. Games 41 34 9
    4 Gary Sanchez 7 Ind. Games 30 27 9
    5 Mandy Brooks 7 Ind. Games 30 28 9
    6 Dusty Rhodes 8 Ind. Games 32 29 8
    7 Carlos Delgado 7 Ind. Games 33 27 8
    8 Orlando Cepeda 7 Ind. Games 32 29 8
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    Generated 8/25/2016.

    You all remember Mandy Brooks, I am sure.

    Sanchez Rules

    Posted by on August 24th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    I hope that the Yankees, the media, and, the fans, learned from that Joba Chamberlain experience and don’t put expectations on Gary Sanchez, going forward, that are going to impossible to meet.

    I mean…if he plays 130 games next year and hits 20 homeruns and bats .280, PLEASE, be happy with THAT.

    Cy Young Catcher

    Posted by on August 24th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    I am about half way done with this one and have been enjoying it. Very candid and totally unfiltered. If you like listening to ball players talk, you will like it. If you love listening to catcher’s insights, you will love it.

    Cy Young Catcher

    Sammy Sosa, A-Rod, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada, Melky Cabrera & Jhonny Peralta

    Posted by on August 21st, 2016 · Comments (2)

    I want to write “I really hope a guy like Gary Sanchez pays attention to guys like this and learns from what happened to them.” But, then again, they all made A LOT of money doing what they did, right?

    Anyway, Sanchez is in a good spot with the Yankees, having catchers like Joe Girardi and Tony Pena on the staff. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be a jerk. I so badly want to root for this guy.

    Rob Refsnyder

    Posted by on August 20th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    They must really hate this kid. Haven’t we seen enough of Aaron Hicks already?

    Crickets For Mo?

    Posted by on August 15th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Is it just me, or, was Yankee Stadium practically empty yesterday?

    Missing Just One Thing

    Posted by on August 14th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    No more A-Rod. Revisiting the magic of 1996. And, of course, the Austin/Judge thing – which still has my jaw dropped wide open the day after it happened.

    Hands down, the best Yankees day that I can remember in a long time. Maybe since the Boone homer?

    The only thing missing was Kang and Kodos coming down in their ship and whisking away Cashman. Now, that would have made it a PERFECT day!

    A-Rod To The Orioles Effective September 1st

    Posted by on August 12th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    I’m calling it.

    Just saying.

    Juan Banco

    Posted by on August 11th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Gary Sanchez.

    I remember all those reports on his poor attitude. Lazy. Slow. Defiant.

    Also, a bad defender. Actual liability.

    Now, he looks like Johnny Bench. That block and throw out the other day in Fenway made me cry, it was so freaking pretty.

    Maturity is a good thing. I would really like to hear more about how this transformation took place. Who were his mentors? What was said that stuck? Stuff like that…

    After 4,561 Days, A-Rod Will No Longer Play For Yanks

    Posted by on August 7th, 2016 · Comments (23)

    I guess A-Rod is the new Reggie?

    Good job by the Yankees. I am all for getting rid of useless parts.

    I wonder if we’ll see A-Rod, Bonds, Giambi and McGwire all managing in the majors someday?

    The Chapman Deal

    Posted by on July 25th, 2016 · Comments (58)

    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.

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