• How About Change Just For The Sake Of Change?

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2015 · Comments (2)

    The only baseball G.M. who has been in his current job longer than Brian Cashman is Brian Sabean. (And, Sabean’s team has actually won some World Series lately.)

    There are 9 current baseball G.M. who were hired some time in 2015. And, there’s another 5 who were hired into their position in 2014. That’s almost half of the current baseball G.M.’s being hired in the last 2 years.

    And, the Marlins and Blue Jays are still looking for a G.M.

    So, in reality, it’s 53% of big league teams out there now with really fresh blood as their G.M.

    Brian Cashman became Yankees G.M. on February 3, 1998. Of all the current G.M.’s, outside of Sabean, who is the one with the hire date next closest to Cashman? That would be Jon Daniels who was hired by Texas on October 4, 2005.

    Yes, that’s a difference of EIGHT YEARS.

    Since Cashman has become the Yankees G.M., you’ve seen several of his peers get promoted from their G.M. position to something higher. See Billy Beane, Andrew Friedman and, of course, Theo Epstein. (Peter principle, anyone?)

    Oh, and, by the way, in the last 3 years, the Yankees have won 85-84-and-87 games. In fact, in the last 9 seasons, the Yankees have finished in first a grand total of 3 times.

    Isn’t it time for a change in the Yankees G.M. position? Haven’t we had enough of the same old, same old?

    Comcast Drops YES

    Posted by on November 18th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Like a bad habit.

    A person close to Comcast with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday that it was only the second time in Comcast’s history it has dropped a network. (The other was “Estrella,” a network broadcasted in Denver, Salt Lake and Houston.)

    Comcast has cited low ratings for Yankees games as part of its reasoning for taking a hard line with the network.

    “Even during baseball season, even in playoff hunt in August, [viewership] was just was minimal,” the person close to Comcast said. “Even less than Nets. It’s just not watched.”

    Yanks To Trade Gardner To The Mariners?

    Posted by on November 11th, 2015 · Comments (23)

    Maybe, according to this report.

    On November 26, 1962, Bill Skowron was traded by the New York Yankees to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Stan Williams.

    That was probably the last time the Yankees traded a homegrown player with the resume and at the age that Brett Gardner has now. That transaction will be 53 years old later this month.

    File this under: You don’t see that everyday…in Yankeeland.

    This, Too

    Posted by on November 3rd, 2015 · Comments (0)


    A picture is worth…


    Posted by on November 1st, 2015 · Comments (15)

    World Series - Kansas City Royals v New York Mets - Game Four

    Just as much fun 19 hours after it happened as it was when it happened live.

    Can’t Do It

    Posted by on October 22nd, 2015 · Comments (10)

    “If your team is out of it, and you’re a New Yorker (or, I suppose a Tri-State Area-e-r?) then you should get behind the Mets and root them on!”

    You hear this, or something like it, a lot these days.


    If I had a dime every time (over the last 15 years or so) someone in “our area” told me they were a Red Sox fan, and, after I said “WTF?” they clarified it by saying “Well, my team is the Mets. But, in the American league, I root for the Red Sox” then I would have a whole lotta dimes, for sure.

    The majority of Mets fans don’t “get behind” the Yankees. At least not the ones that I always run into and know.

    So, don’t ask me to root for the Mets.

    If the Mets win a ring this year, they’ve earned it and deserve it. But, it will be without my “getting behind” them. I’m a Yankees fan and I just can’t do it.

    Feels Like 1986

    Posted by on October 19th, 2015 · Comments (7)

    Oh, the Mets caps and jerseys are coming out of the closets.

    Why is it when the Yankees win, this town yawns; but, when the Mets win, it’s like man landed on the moon for the first time?

    Personally, this puts me in a bad spot.

    Last time the Yankees won a ring was 2009. At the time, my daughter was 7 and my son was 5 years old. Needless to say, neither of them really remember it.

    Today, my daughter is 13 and my son is 11.

    The girl? She really doesn’t care. Baseball is boring, according to her. And, while I took her to countless games between the age of one and eleven, back in 2013 she told me “I really don’t want to go to any more baseball games.”

    My son, on the other hand, is a baseball guy. He works out for baseball, inside, from January through March. And, he’s on a baseball field 5 or 6 days a week between April and June. He also plays baseball in the fall. Basically, the only months he’s not doing much baseball related is November and December. Further, on the rare days where he’s not practicing or playing baseball, we go watch baseball games.

    He’s been raised a Yankees fan. And, he’s really feeling it now. They have practically painted his school blue and orange this month. Worse, they actually play the Mets theme song over the school P.A. every morning. (Like I said, MAN ON THE MOON!)

    The thing that really worries me is that these are different times – thanks to cable TV, the internet, and all the full-blown media coverage baseball gets today.

    When I was a kid, it was just the local teams. I watched and/or listened to every Yankees game and I lived and died with each win and loss. For him, it’s different. He’s more of a global connoisseur of the game. If you asked him to name his five favorite players in the game today, I would bet that at least four, and maybe five, of them would not be Yankees.

    If the Yankees continue to be O.K. but not great (or worse!) and the Mets continue to light the town on fire, how long will it be before he pulls a Harriet Bird and switches his gaze from the Whammer to Roy Hobbs? After all, he is just eleven. (For the record, I didn’t start following the Yankees closely until 1973…when I was 11!)

    Remind me again, how long until Cashman’s contract is up?

    Mets, Cubs, Royals & Jays

    Posted by on October 16th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Be honest. Right now, these four teams are playing baseball at a level that the 2015 Yankees were never capable of reaching.

    One World Championship In The Last 15 Years

    Posted by on October 7th, 2015 · Comments (17)

    This all goes back to the end of September 2008. That’s when Brian Cashman should have been given his walking papers. But, the Yankees extended his contract, again and again, and here we are in 2015.

    Basically, if you are the usual age of a college senior, or younger, you have no actual memory of seeing the Yankees be a dominant, World Championship, type of team. (And, spare me the “What about 2009?” stuff. That was a gift. A perfect storm of things, including the chemistry or Anthony Bosch.)

    Until the Yankees actually get an astute G.M., nothing will ever change. In baseball today, you can no longer outspend everyone – which is Cashman’s secret sauce. Other teams have money and are willing to spend these days.

    Eighteen years of Cashman is enough. Need proof? Look at the last 15 years. Hey, look at the last NINE YEARS!

    In those 9 years, the Yankees have finished first THREE TIMES. And, they’re not going to finish first next year either. Just watch.

    And, That’s A Wrap On The Yankees 2015 Season

    Posted by on October 6th, 2015 · Comments (17)

    Expect more of the same, or worse, in 2016. There’s really not going to be a lot of roster changes and/or movement among the position players.

    By the way, tonight was only the 5th time in history that the Yankees played a home game at Yankee Stadium in the post-season and had 3 hits or less. And, it’s the only time its happened to them in a potential elimination game.

    Can Someone Tell Me Why Gary Sanchez Is On The Roster Tonight?

    Posted by on October 6th, 2015 · Comments (8)


    CC To AA

    Posted by on October 5th, 2015 · Comments (4)

    Yankees say CC Sabathia is checking into alcohol rehabilitation center. I wish him luck. Addiction is a terrible burden.

    The 27-Time World Champion Yankees…

    Posted by on October 4th, 2015 · Comments (11)

    …back into home field for the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game.

    See you on Tuesday.

    A-Rod The Not So Great

    Posted by on October 4th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Coming into the last game of the season, here is Alex Rodriguez’ BA/OBA/SLG line in his last 50 games played: .189/.283/.384 (in 187 PA).

    Yes, that’s a one-eighty-nine batting average over his last one-hundred-eighty-seven plate appearances. Basically, since August 7th, A-Rod has hit like a pitcher in the National League.

    As much as people want to give A-Rod credit for lifting the Yankees this season, they should also realize he is a huge reason why they tanked down the stretch as well.

    New York @ Houston On Tuesday?

    Posted by on October 3rd, 2015 · Comments (2)

    One more Yankees loss and one more Astros win, and, that will be a reality.

    This from the Yankees team who was in 1st place with a seven game lead on July 28th.  They also had a 4-game lead in the wildcard top spot on September 23rd.

    Oh, and, by the way, the Yankees have lost 15 of their last 25 games.

    Talk about trending in the wrong direction.

    The Yankees Are In The Playoffs!

    Posted by on October 2nd, 2015 · Comments (4)

    The party is on!

    Will I watch them in the wildcard game? Of course! And, I will root for them and I hope that they win. (After all, I am a Yankees fan.)

    Do I expect them to play well and advance in the post-season? No, not really…not at all.

    I mean…have you seen them play?

    • They are 10-13 in their last 23 games.
    • They are 27-27 in their last 54 games.
    • Since July 29th, this Yankees team is 30-30.

    Heck, they have gone just 66-60 in their last 126 games. (That translates to being a 85-win team over a full season.)

    This Yankees team is a not a very good team. Yes, they made the playoffs. But, they lose as often as they win…for the last 23, 54, and 60 games. Sixty games is a huge sample size. That’s more than one-third of the season.

    There’s no way this Yankees team is going to win 12 games in the post-season. They probably won’t even win one.


    Posted by on September 30th, 2015 · Comments (10)

    Yankees are 9-12 in their last 21 games. Further, they are 25-25 in their last 50 games.

    What a way to limp into the post-season.

    Shouldn’t you play like a champion if you want any chance to be a champion?


    Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 · Comments (17)

    Yup, in their last 51 games, from July 29th through and including September 22nd, the Yankees are 26-25. That’s not exactly streaking towards the post-season, is it? I mean…51 games is like one-third of the season. So, don’t waive any sample size flags here. How can anyone get excited about this level of play?


    Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 · Comments (8)

    He had a great run. Ninety years ain’t chump change. And, they were quality years.

    When he retired as a player, he was easily in the Top 50 of greatest (Post-1900) baseball position players of all-time. And, today, he’s still in the Top 125.

    Baseball lost a great one with his passing.

    At This Point, Plan For Getting To Kansas City

    Posted by on September 21st, 2015 · Comments (3)

    The Yankees are not going to catch the Blue Jays. That ship has just about sailed.

    Luckily, New York has a pretty good footing in the wildcard race. It would take a historic collapse for the Yankees not to play in the 2015 A.L. Wildcard game at this point.

    That said, they should start aligning themselves to have their best players – including pitchers! – rested and ready to go for that wildcard game…aiming to win it…and then advance to the ALDS (where they would probably play the Royals).

    Trying to catch the Jays at this point is just futile.

    Astros, Angels & Twins

    Posted by on September 20th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    If you are the Yankees, which team do you want to face in the wildcard game?

    Of course, with Houston, you run the risk of having to face Dallas Keuchel. With the Angels, it would be Garrett Richards or maybe Andrew Heaney.

    The Twins don’t scare me. Besides, the Twins never play well against the Yankees – especially in October.

    Assuming the game is played in Yankee Stadium, the key will be keeping the ball in the park. And, the Angels do have some long ballers.

    For me, I would say the pecking order is Twins-Astros-Angels, in terms of best chances to win the game. And, I suspect it will be Masahiro Tanaka for the Yankees and then Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller. And, don’t be shocked if Betances and Miller are asked to cover 3 or 4 innings.

    Are The Mets Better Than The Yankees?

    Posted by on September 18th, 2015 · Comments (13)

    Some say the answer is yes.

    The bigger question for me is “Will the Yankees score more than 5 runs in any of these games at CitiField?” (I don’t believe that they will do it.)

    I suspect that no one will sweep this series. And, Saturday will be the swing game – meaning whomever wins on Saturday will win the series. But, that’s just my gut talking.

    Yankees Are 97 % Sure To Make The Post-Season

    Posted by on September 16th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    That’s the number according to many of the baseball playoff odds sources out there, as of this morning.

    Now, keep in mind that the Yankees are 12-13 in their last 25 games and 4-7 in the last 11 games.

    So, how do you feel? Do you think the Yankees are a lock for the 2015 post-season with 18 games left to play – including 6 on the road, in a row, against the Blue Jays and Mets?

    Personally, I think it’s going down to the last week of the season. And, then we will see how the Yankees do against the Red Sox and Orioles. Boston is 16-10 in their last 26 games. Baltimore is 8-4 in the last 12 games. If they can continue to play well leading into that last week, things could be tough for New York.

    Lastly, without question, the Yankees MUST beat up on the White Sox when they play them this month. Anything less than winning 3 out of 4 is unacceptable. Chicago is 14-17 in the last 31 games.

    Where Will The Yankees Be On The Morning Of September 24th?

    Posted by on September 12th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    In 1st place? Or, having clinched the wildcard? Or, on life support? Or…dead and buried? Oh, the next 11 days in Yankeeland are going to be interesting.


    Posted by on September 9th, 2015 · Comments (13)

    Including tonight’s loss, the Yankees are now 20-19 in their last 39 games. That’s about one-quarter of a season.

    It’s no wonder why the Mets are taking over the town. Miss you, Boss.

    John Ryan Murphy

    Posted by on September 8th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    I  really want him to be the Yankees full-time catcher by 2017.  (Let McCann and A-Rod split DH duty by that time – maybe backing up Greg Bird at first…since Tex will be gone by that season.)

    Yankees, Rangers, Twins & Angels

    Posted by on September 6th, 2015 · Comments (8)

    It’s pretty much a lock that the Yankees have a wildcard slot this year, right?

    Tm W L W-L% R RA Rdiff SRS pythWL Luck
     NYY 75 59 .560 4.9 4.2 0.6 0.9 76-58 -1
     TEX 71 63 .530 4.4 4.6 -0.2 0.1 64-70 7
     MIN 70 65 .518 4.3 4.4 -0.1 0.2 66-69 4
     LAA 68 67 .504 4.0 4.1 -0.1 0.1 66-69 2
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 9/6/2015.

    Who pitches that game for the Yankees?  Tanaka, Pineda or Severino?

    What’s Left For The 2015 Yankees?

    Posted by on August 30th, 2015 · Comments (6)

    Still to be played:

    • 6 games against the Orioles.
    • 6 games against the Rays.
    • 7 games against the Blue Jays.
    • 7 games against the Red Sox.
    • 3 games against the Mets.
    • 4 games against the White Sox.

    That’s a total of 33 games.  Some should be easy – like the ones against Boston and Chicago.  But, some will be tougher – like the ones against Jays and the Mets.  And, some will be interesting – like the ones against Baltimore and Tampa Bay.  Those dozen games against the O’s and Rays may just be the ones to push the Yankees over the top or sink their chances at hanging on to a playoff spot.

    What’s the Yankees magic number here?  Is 17 wins (in 33 games) enough to hang on and make the playoffs?  Or, does the number have to be closer to 18 or 19 wins?  What do you think?

    April & July

    Posted by on August 30th, 2015 · Comments (2)

    Two months does not a good season make, does it?

    Three New Books Every Yankees Fan Should Read

    Posted by on August 23rd, 2015 · Comments (0)
    • Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles – published April 21, 2015 – by Ed Lucas
    • The Pine Tar Game: The Kansas City Royals, the New York Yankees, and Baseball’s Most Absurd and Entertaining Controversy – published July 21, 2015 – by Filip Bondy
    • Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius – published April 7, 2015 – by Bill Pennington

    Each one of these is different. But, they are all excellent and I highly recommend reading each one of them.

    The Lucas book is an amazing story.  It’s a book for readers of any age.  Yankees fans born before (say) 1973 probably know about Lucas – thanks to listening to the Scooter talk about him.  But, you have to read this book and learn about his incredible life.  Of course, it’s full of baseball stuff. Phenomenal man. Fascinating journey. Just a wonderful read.

    The Pine Tar Game is flat out fun. It’s more than just the game – it’s backstories galore. Some of those are great trips down memory lane. Others are new to most and super-illuminating. Bondy takes you down a bunch of different roads with this one and each trip as a great story. Great baseball history stuff in this one as well.

    Pennington’s biography of Martin is a much bigger book than the other two reads. But, it’s the real deal. Think Jane Leavy’s “The Last Boy,” or Leigh Montville’s “The Big Bam” or James Hirsch’s book on Willie Mays. Without question, this book will go down in history as THE BOOK on Billy Martin. And, it’s a great one. You will not want to put it down once you start it.

    You can’t go wrong with any of these books. They are the three best baseball books that I have read this year. If you haven’t read any of these yet, check them out. Again, they’re different types of books – compared to each other. But, they’re all great.

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