• Closing Time

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (44)

    Do me a favor…

    …if you’re the last one here, please remember to turn out the lights and lock the door on your way out. And, thanks!

    Rob Refsnyder

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (8)

    He’s playing like a man who knows Brian Roberts is toast.

    Trea Turner

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Padres got him in the draft yesterday. He went high – as expected.

    For some reason, he’s the guy who interested me the most in this draft. I think he could be very good. Maybe not Derek Jeter. But, for sure, he’ll be better than Matt Bush.

    He’s a very exciting player – at least to me. I think he could be just as good as Jose Reyes, if things go well for him.

    Jacob Lindgren

    Posted by on June 6th, 2014 · Comments (4)

    BBA America had him at #89 in their top 200 prospects list.  Yankees took him at #55.

    Short lefty relief pitcher with a fastball-slider combo.

    At best, maybe he can be Billy Wagner or Ricardo Rincon. At the worst, he can be Joe Klink. In the end, he’ll probably be somewhere in between.

    Yankees Bad Starts Since 1996

    Posted by on June 5th, 2014 · Comments (9)

    The least amount of wins by a Yankees team, through the first 58 games of the season, since 1996:

    Rk Tm Year W ▾ L W-L%
    1 NYY 2007 27 31 Ind. Games .466
    2 NYY 2008 28 30 Ind. Games .483
    3 NYY 2005 28 30 Ind. Games .483
    4 NYY 2014 29 29 Ind. Games .500
    5 NYY 1997 31 27 Ind. Games .534
    6 NYY 2001 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    7 NYY 2013 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    8 NYY 2000 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    9 NYY 2012 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    10 NYY 2011 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    11 NYY 2003 33 25 Ind. Games .569
    12 NYY 1999 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    13 NYY 2009 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    14 NYY 1996 34 24 Ind. Games .586
    15 NYY 2006 35 23 Ind. Games .603
    16 NYY 2010 36 22 Ind. Games .621
    17 NYY 2002 37 21 Ind. Games .638
    18 NYY 2004 38 20 Ind. Games .655
    19 NYY 1998 45 13 Ind. Games .776
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 6/5/2014.

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    This is the fourth time since 2005 where the Yankees have not been above .500 after 58 games.  Didn’t Cashman get total control around 2005…and the non-core-four players that Michael/Watson brought in were mostly gone by then?

    R.I.P Don Zimmer

    Posted by on June 4th, 2014 · Comments (3)

    He had a huge hand in those Yankees rings from 1996-2000.

    So, It’s 11:46 PM On June 3rd, And, I’m Sitting Here Watching The Yankees Game On TV…

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (10)

    …and, the question is “Why?”

    Are The Yankees Going Backwards?

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Just look at how the team is trending, in terms of results, over the last six years:

    2009: Won the World Series
    2010: Lost the ALCS.
    2011: Lost the ALDS.
    2012: Lost the ALCS, very badly – after just barely getting through the ALDS.
    2013: Won 85 and missed the playoffs completely.
    2014: On pace to only win 84 games.

    The trend line here is going downward, no? See:

    • In 2009, they were a powerhouse team who won 100+ games and a World Series ring.
    • In 2010, they are a near 100-win team who pushed the ALCS to six games.
    • In 2011, it was like 2010 – except that couldn’t get back to the ALCS.
    • In 2012, they won a lot during the regular season. But, in the playoffs, they were one of the worst teams in the A.L. group.
    • In 2013, they only won 85 games and deserved to win less.
    • And, we know about this year…

    Baseball is a results driven business, right? At some point, SOMEONE in the Yankees ownership team has to see this trend-line and make a change…or, is that never going to happen?

    From The Flip To The Foul

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2014 · Comments (0)

    Somehow, I don’t think there’s going to be a line of Steiner Collectibles celebrating “The Foul.”

    The story via the AP

    Derek Jeter jogged nonchalantly down the left field line with the ball in his glove, thinking the play was over.

    For a star with a resume full of memorable moments, he then nearly made a blunder worthy of a blooper reel.

    Jeter’s rare mental mistake helped give Kyle Seager his second triple Monday night to go along with a homer and a double in the Seattle Mariners’ 10-2 victory over the New York Yankees.

    “I almost gave it to a fan,” Jeter said. “I thought for sure the ball was foul because I was in foul territory.”

    The play that confused the Yankees captain came in the fourth inning, when Seager hit a blooper down the line that bounced off the glove of sliding left fielder Brett Gardner. Jeter was also giving chase and had a chance to make the catch off the deflection, but couldn’t come up with it.

    With his back to third base umpire Brian Gorman, Jeter did not see the fair signal. When he corralled the ball in foul ground, he took several more steps toward the corner. He looked surprised when he turned, and his throw to third was too late.

    “It was a weird play,” Seager said. “I basically just kept running.”

    Yankees starter David Phelps (1-3) hollered “throw the ball!” as Seager headed to third. After the play was over, Jeter could be seen on television saying “I thought it was foul” as he walked back to the infield.

    “My emotions got the best of me,” Phelps said. “I was trying to scream at him to get his attention, hoping he didn’t throw the ball into the stands.”

    #Season2Watch

    Actually, this “play” just may become the signature moment of this Yankees season. And, that’s very sad.

    Since April 18th, The Yankees Are 19-20

    Posted by on June 2nd, 2014 · Comments (24)

    Worse, overall this season, they are 20-24 in games NOT started by Masahiro Tanaka.

    They really stink this year.

    Yankees Gave Out A Bunch Of Bats Today…

    Posted by on June 1st, 2014 · Comments (11)

    …they should have kept some for themselves.  Well, that, and, they should have prayed for rain after 8 innings.

    I was at this one today.

    Other than getting some nice seats cheap on StubHub, having my son get a free bat, not much positive to say about the trip.

    When I saw the line-up, I thought “This is a major league team?”  I got my answer once they started playing.