• Zelous Wheeler & Joe Espada

    Posted by on November 30th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Earlier this month, the Yankees signed 3B Zelous Wheeler to a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training for 2014. And, New York hired former Miami Marlins third-base coach Joe Espada as a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman.

    Yeeeeah!

    It’s Time For The Yankees To Play Hardball With Cano

    Posted by on November 29th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    We keep hearing that there’s no market for Robinson Cano due to his salary demands. And, we keep hearing how the Yankees are still the best fit for him. Why not put it to a test?

    The Yankees should offer Cano a four year contract for $65 million with a mutual option for a fifth year based on performance. And, tell him it’s on the table for 10 days only – take it or leave it. And, if he leaves it, and comes back begging later to talk, the Yankees should ignore his calls for a while.

    Then, if he’s still out there, offer him a two-year deal for $36 million, take it or leave it. And, insist that it does not include a non-trade clause.

    If he and/or Jay-Z say the money is an insult, tell them to look at what the Muddy Chicken is being paid in Beantown and wish them luck getting a better deal.

    Chicken Stanley Leaves Giants

    Posted by on November 29th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I just saw this news from last month:

    Back when Jack Hiatt stepped down as the Giants’ farm director in 2007, he said it was “time to turn it over to someone younger than me.”

    He did. Hiatt was 65. Fred Stanley, the new director of player development, was 60.

    Six years, two World Series title and one Buster Posey later, Stanley sensed his time was up, too. He has tendered his resignation, CSNBayArea.com has learned, and the Giants are expected to fill his role internally.

    “Without getting into a whole bunch of stuff, it’s better I say it’s time for me to step away,” said Stanley, who resigned before the Giants could make a decision whether to extend his contract.

    “I’ve had a nice run and I appreciate the opportunity the Giants have given me over the last 13 years.”

    The decision must be amicable, since the Giants have expressed an openness to keeping Stanley in some kind of instructional or advisory position. Hiatt remains in the front office as an advisor as well, and was a key voice in the decision to take Posey with the fifth overall pick in 2008.

    Stanley’s final duties were to oversee the club’s instructional league in Arizona, where prospects are invited for additional instruction and scrimmages against other camps.

    “It’s nice to see the Belts and the Crawfords and the Pablo Sandovals and Hector Sanchezes coming up, and not just them, but all the players like a Juan Perez who does the little things, ends up leading the (outfielders) in assists,” Stanley said. “We ended up not winning this time, but you can’t overlook the contributions of the kids who came up.”

    Stanley has spent 46 years in baseball, including a 14-year big league career as an infielder for the Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Oakland A’s. A defensive specialist who went by the nickname “Chicken,” Stanley earned World Series rings with the Yankees in 1977 and ’78.

    He spent nine seasons in the Brewers organization, rising to assistant GM, before joining the Giants in 2000 as a minor league manager.

    They never all pan out, of course, and Stanley had his share of puzzles that he and his coaches haven’t been able to solve, beginning with former first-round pick Gary Brown. Stanley leaves a system that has plenty of live arms but none ready for the big leagues, and a relative paucity of premium hitting talent.

    Two top candidates to replace Stanley figure to be roving instructor Shane Turner, who managed several years at Triple-A Fresno, and former Giants catcher Steve Decker, who rose through the ranks from managing short-season Salem-Keizer all the way to Fresno before accepting a position as organizational hitting coordinator.

    Stick Michael and Chicken Stanley – two shortstops who couldn’t hit; but, who went on to have great careers in baseball after their playing days.

    Happy Tryptophan Day 2013!

    Posted by on November 28th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    I just wanted to take a quick moment to wish all the readers of WasWatching.com (and their loved ones) a happy, and a safe, Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy.

    Jack Morris Was The Best In His Time

    Posted by on November 27th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Well, he was the best at giving you 8 innings!

    From 1979 to 1993, guys with the most starts where they went 8+ innings:

    Rk Player #Matching W L W-L% ERA GS CG SHO IP WHIP
    1 Jack Morris 245 Ind. Games 149 73 .671 2.39 245 173 28 2124.1 1.03
    2 Charlie Hough 168 Ind. Games 99 49 .669 2.13 168 106 12 1467.1 1.00
    3 Roger Clemens 155 Ind. Games 114 23 .832 1.57 155 91 35 1331.0 0.88
    4 Fernando Valenzuela 152 Ind. Games 109 27 .801 1.74 152 112 31 1341.2 1.01
    5 Dave Stieb 152 Ind. Games 98 35 .737 1.73 152 103 30 1328.1 0.95
    6 Dennis Martinez 141 Ind. Games 96 31 .756 1.69 141 88 21 1221.1 0.92
    7 Mark Langston 141 Ind. Games 82 40 .672 2.17 141 75 16 1209.0 1.01
    8 Bert Blyleven 139 Ind. Games 82 41 .667 2.24 139 101 21 1204.0 0.96
    9 Frank Viola 138 Ind. Games 91 31 .746 1.93 138 73 16 1177.1 0.94
    10 Dwight Gooden 133 Ind. Games 97 13 .882 1.57 133 66 22 1139.0 0.92
    11 Nolan Ryan 128 Ind. Games 82 23 .781 1.65 128 70 24 1102.2 0.86
    12 Rick Sutcliffe 125 Ind. Games 86 27 .761 1.97 125 72 18 1080.1 1.03
    13 Bob Welch 122 Ind. Games 89 20 .817 1.47 122 57 25 1038.2 0.89
    14 Bruce Hurst 120 Ind. Games 87 18 .829 1.73 120 83 23 1046.1 0.92
    15 Steve Carlton 120 Ind. Games 90 16 .849 2.05 120 67 17 1040.2 1.03
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/27/2013.

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    Attaboy

    Posted by on November 27th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I am two months late on this; but, it’s a hoot!

    I Am Soooo Rooting For This Player To Make The Big Leagues Someday…

    Posted by on November 26th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Name: Steve Lombardi
    Born: September 20, 1993
    Hometown: Saddle River, NJ
    High School: Don Bosco Prep | Graduated in 2012
    Height / Weight: 6′ 0″ / 190 lbs
    College: Currently Sophomore @ Seton Hall
    Position: RHP

    2011 Workout Clips:

    3 X 200

    Posted by on November 26th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Only guys to retire with exactly 200 career wins:

    Rk Player WAR W From To Age G GS L W-L% IP ERA ERA+ BF
    1 Chuck Finley 58.4 200 1986 2002 23-39 524 467 173 .536 3197.1 3.85 115 13638
    2 George Uhle 44.6 200 1919 1936 20-37 513 368 166 .546 3119.2 3.99 106 13597
    3 Tim Wakefield 34.3 200 1992 2011 25-44 627 463 180 .526 3226.1 4.41 105 13939
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/26/2013.

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    Good trivia question. Try it on your friends.

    Bio Books On Baseball’s Greatest

    Posted by on November 26th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    I have read all these and recommend them:

    Babe Ruth – The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth – by Leigh Montville
    Ty Cobb – Cobb: A Biography – by Al Stump
    Willie Mays – Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend – by James S Hirsch
    Mickey Mantle – The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood – by Jane Leavy
    Tris Speaker – Tris Speaker – The Rough-and-Tumble Life of a Baseball Legend – by Timothy Gay

    I have not read these yet, but heard good things about them:

    Ted Williams – Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero – by Leigh Montville
    Lou Gehrig – Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig – by Jonathan Eig
    Hank Aaron – I Had a Hammer: The Hank Aaron Story – by Hank Aaron

    What other bio books are out there on baseball’s greatest that you would recommend?

    Happy 51st Birthday, Chuck Finely!

    Posted by on November 26th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    finleyfl

    Hey, somebody had to say it…

    What’s A Good Number For A Catcher?

    Posted by on November 24th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Brian McCann wore #16 with the Braves. But, he won’t be wearing that number with the Yankees.

    Johnny Bench wore #5.
    Wally Schang, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey and Gary Carter wore #8.
    Ivan Rodriguez wore #7. Joe Mauer wears it now too.
    Mike Piazza wore #31.
    Ted Simmons wore #23.
    Thurman Munson wore #15.
    Bill Freehan wore #11.
    Jorge Posada wore #20.
    Gabby Hartnett wore #9 and #2.
    Carlton Fisk wore #27 and #72.
    Mickey Cochrane wore #2 and #3.
    Ernie Lombardi wore close to a dozen different numbers.

    Yadier Molina wears #4. Buster Posey wears #28. Matt Wieters wears #32.

    What number will McCan wear for the Yankees?

    Yanks Sign Brian McCann For $85 Million

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2013 · Comments (31)

    The story.

    7-time all-star. But, he looks chubby to me.

    Jhonny Peralta

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Whomever signs him is an idiot. Just wait and see…

    Russo Rips Mike For Being A-Rod’s Puppet

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (1)

    True story?

    The Top 25 Career HR Hitters: 1977 & Today

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Here are the Top 25 career home run hitters entering the 1977 season:

    Rk Player HR From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Hank Aaron 755 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555
    2 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10622 .342 .474 .690
    3 Willie Mays 660 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557
    4 Frank Robinson 586 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537
    5 Harmon Killebrew 573 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509
    6 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557
    7 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609
    8 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634
    9 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10394 .274 .330 .500
    10 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509
    11 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533
    12 Lou Gehrig 493 1923 1939 20-36 2164 9663 .340 .447 .632
    13 Stan Musial 475 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12717 .331 .417 .559
    14 Willie McCovey 465 1959 1976 21-38 2174 8228 .273 .383 .531
    15 Billy Williams 426 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519 .290 .361 .492
    16 Duke Snider 407 1947 1964 20-37 2143 8237 .295 .380 .540
    17 Al Kaline 399 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11596 .297 .376 .480
    18 Willie Stargell 388 1962 1976 22-36 1870 7493 .282 .360 .529
    19 Frank Howard 382 1958 1973 21-36 1895 7352 .273 .352 .499
    20 Orlando Cepeda 379 1958 1974 20-36 2124 8698 .297 .350 .499
    21 Norm Cash 377 1958 1974 23-39 2089 7914 .271 .374 .488
    22 Rocky Colavito 374 1955 1968 21-34 1841 7559 .266 .359 .489
    23 Gil Hodges 370 1943 1963 19-39 2072 8102 .273 .359 .487
    24 Ralph Kiner 369 1946 1955 23-32 1472 6256 .279 .398 .548
    25 Joe DiMaggio 361 1936 1951 21-36 1736 7673 .325 .398 .579
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/22/2013.

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    And, here they are today:

    Rk Player HR From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Barry Bonds 762 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606 .298 .444 .607
    2 Hank Aaron 755 1954 1976 20-42 3298 13941 .305 .374 .555
    3 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 19-40 2503 10622 .342 .474 .690
    4 Willie Mays 660 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12496 .302 .384 .557
    5 Alex Rodriguez 654 1994 2013 18-37 2568 11344 .299 .384 .558
    6 Ken Griffey 630 1989 2010 19-40 2671 11304 .284 .370 .538
    7 Jim Thome 612 1991 2012 20-41 2543 10313 .276 .402 .554
    8 Sammy Sosa 609 1989 2007 20-38 2354 9896 .273 .344 .534
    9 Frank Robinson 586 1956 1976 20-40 2808 11742 .294 .389 .537
    10 Mark McGwire 583 1986 2001 22-37 1874 7660 .263 .394 .588
    11 Harmon Killebrew 573 1954 1975 18-39 2435 9833 .256 .376 .509
    12 Rafael Palmeiro 569 1986 2005 21-40 2831 12046 .288 .371 .515
    13 Reggie Jackson 563 1967 1987 21-41 2820 11418 .262 .356 .490
    14 Manny Ramirez 555 1993 2011 21-39 2302 9774 .312 .411 .585
    15 Mike Schmidt 548 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062 .267 .380 .527
    16 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 .298 .421 .557
    17 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 .325 .428 .609
    18 Frank Thomas 521 1990 2008 22-40 2322 10075 .301 .419 .555
    19 Willie McCovey 521 1959 1980 21-42 2588 9692 .270 .374 .515
    20 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 .344 .482 .634
    21 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10394 .274 .330 .500
    22 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 .271 .376 .509
    23 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 .304 .414 .533
    24 Gary Sheffield 509 1988 2009 19-40 2576 10947 .292 .393 .514
    25 Eddie Murray 504 1977 1997 21-41 3026 12817 .287 .359 .476
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 11/22/2013.

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    Think Frank Robinson will ever get knocked out of the Top Ten?  He’s been hanging in there since 1977.  In any event, why don’t people talk about Robby being one of the greatest home run hitters of all-time?  He certainly was…

    Who Are The Yanks Top 15 Players Under The Age Of 25?

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Doesn’t matter if they are on the 40-man roster or not. Who would you pick?

    Mason Williams, Rob Segedin, Gregory Bird, Gosuke Katoh, Peter O’Brien, Rob Refsnyder, Eric Jagielo, J.R. Murphy, Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez?  That’s ten hitters.  Who else would you throw in there?

    How about pitchers?  Would you include any of these:  Luis Severino, Michael Pineda, Jose Campos, Jose Ramirez or Scottie Allen?

    That would give you fifteen.

    How many of these would make your list?  Who would you not include?  Who is missing?

    And, overall, what does this say about the Yankees future?

     

    Camp A-Rod To “Release All Of The Evidence” Today

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (15)

    The story.

    What are the odds that A-Rod and/or his lawyers will be on WFAN between the hours of 1 PM and 6 PM today?

    Community Standards Reminder

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (0)

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    Bottom line, if you can’t play nice in the sandbox, you’re not going to be allowed to play in the sandbox, here, any longer. Thanks to all for their attention on this reminder.

    Seriously, I am going to start closing accounts if you cannot play nice in the sandbox. (And, I don’t care if you like Brian Cashman or not!) I would rather see no comments left at this blog than some of the nasty naming calling, etc., that I have been seeing lately. And, don’t think that you can just create another account if I lock you out…because eventually you will be found out and I will just close the new one too.

    Cashman: We Want Granderson

    Posted by on November 22nd, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Via George King

    Because Curtis Granderson rejected the Yankees’ qualifying offer of $14.1 million doesn’t mean his career in The Bronx is finished.

    Far from it.

    According to Brian Cashman, the left-handed hitting outfielder remains a big part of their offseason efforts to get the Yankees back into the postseason.

    “He is a serious part,’’ the general manager told The Post on the way out of Yankee Stadium on Wednesday. “We remain interested. He is not a [fall-back] option.’’

    My gosh, the man is an idiot. This is the last year of his contract. As Yankees fans, we can only hope that something will happen in the next 11 months that will prevent the Yankees from resigning him…again.

    The Yankees Have Signed Yamaico Navarro & Antoan Richardson This Off-Season!

    Posted by on November 21st, 2013 · Comments (1)

    We are saved!

    A-Rod’s WFAN Performance

    Posted by on November 21st, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Bob Raissman lets loose:

    After dramatically storming out of Major League Baseball’s headquarters around noon Wednesday, how long before Alex Rodriguez, and his phalanx of lawyers, decided to proceed to the Holy Airwaves for an audience with Mike (Sports Pope) Francesa?

    How long? Not long? We can only speculate as to whether God is on A-Rod’s side. No guesswork needed when it comes to the pontiff. Ever since the suspension came down, unlike the rest of Rodriguez’s legal team, Francesa has been doing pro bono work for the Yankees third baseman, serving as a combination lawyer, spin doctor and Pity Party Planner.

    With Francesa working on the cheap, there was no reason for Rodriguez to bring Jim McCarroll, one of his attorneys, whose meter must have been running during the nearly 40-minute WFAN interview. About 15 minutes before A-Rod began confessing to the Pope, another one of his lawyers, Joe Tacopina, was on ESPN-98.7 with Michael Kay and Don LaGreca previewing what his client was about to deliver to Francesa.

    No. No. No. That’s what Tacopina said. No, his client did not do PEDs since he admitted to using during 2002 and ’03. No, his client didn’t obstruct the investigation. No, he was not guilty as charged by Bud Selig and his MLB crew.

    What a coincidence. A-Rod provided similar answers to Francesa. Team A-Rod’s advance preparation worked. Yet listening to the Pope, Rodriguez’s strong denials of the charges were more a vindication of Francesa’s decision to schlep A-Rod’s water.

    “Listen, they (MLB) accused you. They said they had mountains of evidence. They said they could prove you did worse than this,” the Pope preached. “… You know how I feel. You’ve gotten railroaded… I don’t know if you’ve done steroids again or not, that’s your business. You’re stating here now that you’ve never done anything. You should be fighting this tooth and nail… I would’ve been outraged long before this.”

    The Pope also is regularly outraged when fools (i.e. anyone who disagrees with him) suggest he’s fronting for Rodriguez but is quick to accuse others of going in the tank. After the A-Rod interview, a caller to Francesa said MLB Network’s Ron Darling and Jon Heyman were supporting Seligula & Co. Francesa accused the two of doing what their employers ordered them to do. Heyman dialed up WFAN. Francesa said the reporter, who does work for the station, had breaking news.

    Heyman sounded like he wanted to break something, all right. He told Francesa no one tells him what to say, pointing out that he once defended Ryan Braun.

    The denial likely didn’t register with Francesa. He was still mesmerized by his own genius, spellbound by the A-Rod interview. How shocking that Francesa would make part of his momentous one-on-one all about him. Or that he would he embellish an answer. Like after McCarroll denied A-Rod threatened any witnesses.

    “A-Rod threatening someone? That would be the first time in your career, of your life,” Francesa said. “I didn’t know you had that much fight in you. I never saw you get mad.”

    And Francesa didn’t give him any reason to during this spin cycle. Things got very sweet when Rodriguez denied ever trying to pick up that woman with a baseball containing his telephone number. Remember? The lady sitting behind the Yankees dugout during Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against Detroit.

    “With you, I’m not worried about the home runs or the girls,” Francesa said.

    “And you,” Rodriguez would say later, “you don’t need any help with the ratings.”

    How touching. Almost as heartwarming as A-Rod, the man who has “gotten more love walking around the city” since Seligula targeted him, lamenting that he missed his daughter’s ninth birthday. Or saying how he’s exposing a one-sided arbitration procedure (which was collectively bargained) that will prevent the “next 18-year-old kid” from getting justice.

    The sad part of all this? I don’t think we’re nearing the end. This may just be the beginning. Someone get me a barf bag. Mad Magazine could do an entire series dedicated solely to this whole matter.

    Prince Fielder For Ian Kinsler

    Posted by on November 21st, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Brings back memories of Bobby Murcer for Bobby Bonds.

    A-Rod’s Hissy Fit Today

    Posted by on November 20th, 2013 · Comments (7)

    See: Alex Rodriguez storms out of hearing, calls process ‘farce’.

    Anyone who doesn’t think this was planned and rehearsed is not paying attention…

    What’s It Like Playing In Japan?

    Posted by on November 20th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Casey McGehee shared some thoughts on playing in Japan:

    Q: How different was the pitching?

    A: It was a lot different. In some ways it was better, in some ways it was worse. The velocities are not as good. The way they pitch — the mindset and mentality — is so different. They’ll throw any pitch for a strike at any time. And they’re all born with the ability to throw the forkball. It’s the great equalizer for them. It’s a pitch we don’t see. It’s half fastball and half I don’t know what. It starts down the middle and ends on your back foot. I don’t know that it’s very safe on the (pitcher’s) elbow.

    Q: What were the parks like?

    A: In the Pacific League, which is like the American League, there’s average to bigger parks. On the other side, in the Central League, the parks are more traditional. A lot of them are older and smaller. Some of them are a joke, they’re so small.

    Q: Is that why (Wladimir Balentien of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows) hit a record 60 home runs?

    A: The balls he was hitting were out anywhere. It was a joke. And he was getting Barry Bonds treatment. The pitches he was seeing weren’t all down the middle. A lot weren’t even close. He was having to work. The Japanese players don’t want the foreigners to break their records. And that’s the biggest one over there. And there is something like 18 less games their season, which makes it more impressive.

    Q: What was it like playing on the same team as pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, who went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the regular-season?

    A: He’s really good. Whatever (MLB) team gets him is going to be pleasantly surprised. They’re going to get more than they expected, especially a couple years down the road. He’s only 25. The guy’s a horse. They’re saying he has the best forkball in the world. It’s amazing the control he had. He could get it to move more or less. It was really impressive to watch. I heard about him before going over there and he blew my expectations away. He had a little different walk about him. I think he’s going to be one of the ones who comes over and has success.

    Q: What was it like in your clubhouse?

    A: Our manager, Senichi Hoshino, is probably the most favorite manager I’ve ever played for. You ever see Mr. Baseball? Well, the manager in that movie is based off our manager. He let me do my own thing to an extent. I think the reason he let me is because I was trying to buy into what they do. I tried to respect their customs and culture. … And, in addition to Andruw, I knew couple other players, like Kaz Matsui from the Mets, and I played with Takashi Saito with the Brewers, so it was good. I knew some people.

    Q: What were some of the key differences out there?

    A: You never hear anyone booing. Hardly will you hear anyone get on their own guys. And they’re knowledgeable fans. If somebody lays down a sacrifice bunt to move a runner over, they’ll go nuts. It’s just different. They’re always cheering and letting off balloons. They give you stuffed animals to throw in the stands after hitting home runs.

    Q: Do you find it ironic that both MLB teams you played for last season had issues at third base this season?

    A: The first couple of weeks over here, it drove me nuts thinking about (stuff). But I didn’t watch much MLB. I barely watched the World Series. I had to focus on what I was doing to be fair to my teammates. I had to turn (MLB) off. There were a couple of times on the bus where Andruw and I would look at highlights, but it was easier for me not to look.

    If you’ve never seen Mr. Baseball, it’s worth checking out.

    It’s November 20th, 2013 In Yankeeland

    Posted by on November 20th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Today, are the Yankees any better, or worse, than the 85-win team they were in 2013?

    Yes, it’s early. But, when does it become a timely question…and, when is it too late?

    Andy Pettitte

    Posted by on November 20th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    I miss him already.

    MLB Network Behind The Seams – The Ballpark Factor

    Posted by on November 19th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Another must see one from MLBN…

    Is 2014 The Year The Yankees Say Goodbye To Yogi & Jeter

    Posted by on November 18th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Yogi Berra will be 89 next May. And, who knows if Jeter will even make the whole season in 2014 as an active player.

    What a bummer it will be in Yankeeland to have a crappy season next year AND say goodbye to two great Yankees legends.

    The Ocala Yankees

    Posted by on November 16th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Via TBO.com

    Tampa may be losing a minor league baseball franchise when the Tampa Yankees move to Ocala, but the city will be gaining a new concert venue.

    New York Yankees officials confirmed Monday that the team’s Class A-Advanced minor league affiliate will likely play in a new Ocala ballpark in 2016. Plans for a $45 million stadium-entertainment complex near Interstate 75 and State Road 200 were to be unveiled at an Ocala City Council workshop Tuesday in the city 97 miles north of Tampa.

    The Yankees have been contemplating moving their minor league team for several years. The team draws about 1,000 to 1,500 fans per game, and might fare better in a community without all the major sports franchises that call the Tampa-St. Petersburg area home.

    Ocala is county seat of Marion County, which has a population of about 335,000.

    “We’re a big baseball community so this would be a big deal for us,” said Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn.

    George M. Steinbrenner Field will still be used during the summer months once the minor league team leaves. Preliminary plans are to hold concerts at the stadium as well as amateur baseball tournaments and other sporting events.

    “If they do leave, it just gives us flexibility,” said Howard Grosswirth, vice president of marketing for the New York Yankees. “We won’t have to go around (the Tampa Yankees’) schedule; we’ll just work around the summer, hopefully bringing back concerts.”

    The Yankees last held concerts at the stadium, then called Legends Field, in 1996. Grosswirth said the team will be working with the Tampa Bay Sports Commission to bring sporting events to the ball park.

    “It doesn’t have to be baseball,” Grosswirth said. “It could be any number of different sports.”

    With 11,000 seats, the ballpark would feature acts that draw fewer than the tens of thousands of fans at larger venues such as the Forum and Raymond James Stadium. But older groups with loyal followings could be a good fit. In May 2005, rock and country legends Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson played at Bright House Networks Field in Clearwater, spring training home of the Philadelphia Phillies and home field for the minor league Clearwater Threshers.

    The Tampa Yankees’ departure will have little impact on Hillsborough County revenues, said Bobby Silvest, spokesman for the Tampa Sports Authority, which manages Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees pay the authority about $100,000 a year to lease the county-owned stadium, plus a ticket surcharge that yielded about $135,000 in 2011, the latest figure available.

    The surcharge is added to New York Yankee spring training tickets, but not to tickets for minor league games.

    The move to Ocala still hinges on the city and Marion County building a ballpark. Guinn said the stadium complex would likely be financed by a half-cent sales tax increase that would expire after five years. The county commission would have to put the tax increase before county voters, probably in March.

    The Steinbrenners already own half of Ocala now, don’t they?

    Rickey Henderson, Leadoff Legend

    Posted by on November 15th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    I so badly want this MLB Production to be released on DVD. It’s been 4 years now. Why isn’t it out there?

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