• I’m A Believer

    Posted by on October 13th, 2017 · Comments (21)

    Been away on business and crazy, insanely, busy lately.

    In any event, I am now a believer.

    Never thought that they had a chance after Game 2 of the ALDS. Now, they have won me over.

    Yes, Houston is a super team. But, I think the Yankees can beat them.

    This team has a ton of character guys. It’s actually amazing how many…Todd Frazier, CC, Gardy, Robertson, Didi, Headley, Judge, Holliday, Bird…and many others. It’s an easy team to like…

    Feels like 1996. Go Yankees!!

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

    Posted by on October 7th, 2017 · Comments (15)

    Man, Game 2 of the ALDS in Cleveland was a crusher. To play for THAT LONG and not get the win. Brutal. And, Ronald Torreyes getting caught on the back pick at second? Inexcusable.

    Know what? It’s been a nice run. But, seriously, the Yankees are not in the same class as the Indians or Astros right now. Maybe in a couple of years it will be different. But, now? That’s a negative, Ghost Rider.

    Post-Season Predictions

    Posted by on September 30th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    No one asked. And, this is not scientific. But, here are my post-season predictions: Yankees over Twins. Diamondbacks over Rockies. Indians over Yankees. Diamondbacks over Dodgers. Astros over Red Sox. Cubs over Nationals. Astros over Indians. Diamondbacks over Cubs. Astros over Diamondbacks.

    Yankees In 2017 Post-Season!

    Posted by on September 23rd, 2017 · Comments (8)

    Hey, that’s some rebuilding year!

    Seriously, the Yankees were much better this season than I ever expected. It’s been fun.

    Know what? I like their chances in the post-season. For sure, they can beat the Twins. And, once you get into the real playoffs, then they have a shot. Of course, they need all the big guys to show up and play well. You can’t have the studs pulling an A-Rod.

    Wildcard Thoughts

    Posted by on September 17th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Assuming the Yankees have a chance to set up their rotation for the Wildcard game – and they should! – who would be their choice for starting pitcher? Severino? Tanaka? Sabathia? Gray? Do you go with the season stats (Severino)? Or, do you with experience (Tanaka)? Or, do you want a lefty (Sabathia)? Or, what if Gray is great over his last few starts? Do you go with the hot hand? At the least, it’s nice to have choices.

    Stick Michael

    Posted by on September 7th, 2017 · Comments (0)

    He survived working for Big Stein all those years. You’d think it would be impossible for him to have a heart attack?

    Very sad news, his passing. I will forever be grateful to him for building that Yankees team who ruled baseball from 1996 through 2001. It was an amazing team.

    Sox Caught Red Handed

    Posted by on September 5th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    It’s going to be very interesting how baseball handles this – especially since they confessed.

    What’s the proper punishment? Can it be any more than what they got for signing kids from Latin America with shady tactics? MLB has to make a statement here. Just a token fine isn’t going to cut it.

    Show Of Hands

    Posted by on August 25th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    It’s August 25th and the Yankees are 3.5 up in the wildcard.
    Show of hands…who expected this?
    Girardi deserves manager of the year.

    Aroldis Chapman

    Posted by on August 19th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Maybe it’s time for a third pitch?

    Aaron Judge’s Last 22 Games

    Posted by on August 4th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Last 22 games. 97 PA (which ain’t exactly chump change).

    .179 Batting Average. .372 Slugging. 5 extra base hits. 34 strikeouts.

    The league has adjusted. All sit down.

    Kyle Higashioka

    Posted by on July 31st, 2017 · Comments (2)

    He is the all-time Yankees leader for most career PA without ever getting a hit.

    Holy Roy Luebbe, Batman!

    The Last 60 Games Of 2017

    Posted by on July 31st, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Yeah, I know, we’re already into the last 60. But, in any event, how many of their last 60 games in 2017 do you think the Yankees will win?

    21

    Posted by on July 23rd, 2017 · Comments (7)

    So, “a couple of guys” told the Toddfather to forget about wearing #21.

    The 21 thing is interesting. Not retired. Not assigned either. I suspect the Yankees are waiting for Paulie to make the Hall via a committee, and that’s a reach. Or, maybe they are waiting until he hits 20 years as a Yankees broadcaster and then it will be like the Scooter – he’s a Yankee for life and they are retiring the number to honor it? It’s just odd that they have been sitting on it for so long. Obviously, they’re waiting for something before making a final decision on it.

    This One Stat Says It All

    Posted by on July 15th, 2017 · Comments (17)

    The Yankees (45-42) have now lost 19 of 26 games since they were 15 games over .500.

    Pretty soon it’s going to be a .500 team. Then, it’s going to be a team under .500. It will be the first time since 1992 that the Yankees finish under .500. But, that’s OK…

    If you’re not going to win and/or contend, might as well go for the draft pick.

    In the meantime, watch and enjoy the young kids who are doing well. See if Judge can hit 62 homers and set the Yankees record as a rookie. See if Severino and Montgomery can continue to develop into our version of Smoltz and Glavine.

    Root for Ellsbury to be a monster in the second half – so that the Yankees can eat his money and give him away in the winter.

    There’s lots of stuff to get into over the rest of the season. Just don’t expect it to be wins.

    23-29

    Posted by on July 5th, 2017 · Comments (8)

    That’s the Yankees record this season since May 9th.

    Sure, injuries is part of it. But, Castro was coming back down to earth before he got hurt. In fact, Castro and Gregorius are basically just league average hitters, despite their batting average, and would not be hitting in the heart of the line-up of a good team. Don’t even get me started on the production that the Yankees get from first and third base.

    Still too many guys over 32 pulling this team down. And, the pitching is a mess sans a few bright spots.

    If Judge ever goes into a deep and prolonged slump, it’s going to get even worse.

    The Yankees Youth Movement 2014-2017

    Posted by on June 30th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    And, it’s still going…

    Results
    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Mason Williams 3 2015 2017 23-25 Ind. Seasons
    2 Luis Severino 3 2015 2017 21-23 Ind. Seasons
    3 Gary Sanchez 3 2015 2017 22-24 Ind. Seasons
    4 Bryan Mitchell 3 2014 2016 23-25 Ind. Seasons
    5 Ronald Torreyes 2 2016 2017 23-24 Ind. Seasons
    6 Aaron Judge 2 2016 2017 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    7 Jonathan Holder 2 2016 2017 23-24 Ind. Seasons
    8 Ben Heller 2 2016 2017 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    9 Luis Cessa 2 2016 2017 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    10 Tyler Austin 2 2016 2017 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    11 Chasen Shreve 2 2015 2016 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    12 Rob Refsnyder 2 2015 2016 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    13 James Pazos 2 2015 2016 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    14 Nick Goody 2 2015 2016 23-24 Ind. Seasons
    15 Greg Bird 2 2015 2017 22-24 Ind. Seasons
    16 Jose Ramirez 2 2014 2015 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    17 Jose Pirela 2 2014 2015 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    18 John Ryan Murphy 2 2014 2015 23-24 Ind. Seasons
    19 Tyler Wade 1 2017 2017 22-22 Ind. Seasons
    20 Jordan Montgomery 1 2017 2017 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    21 Ronald Herrera 1 2017 2017 22-22 Ind. Seasons
    22 Domingo German 1 2017 2017 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    23 Giovanny Gallegos 1 2017 2017 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    24 Miguel Andujar 1 2017 2017 22-22 Ind. Seasons
    25 Chad Green 1 2016 2016 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    26 Ben Gamel 1 2016 2016 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    27 Johnny Barbato 1 2016 2016 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    28 Nick Rumbelow 1 2015 2015 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    29 Jacob Lindgren 1 2015 2015 22-22 Ind. Seasons
    30 Slade Heathcott 1 2015 2015 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    31 Didi Gregorius 1 2015 2015 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    32 Ramon Flores 1 2015 2015 23-23 Ind. Seasons
    33 Nathan Eovaldi 1 2015 2015 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    34 Chase Whitley 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    35 Masahiro Tanaka 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    36 Austin Romine 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    37 Michael Pineda 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    38 Eury Perez 1 2014 2014 24-24 Ind. Seasons
    39 Shane Greene 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    40 Cesar Cabral 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
    41 Zoilo Almonte 1 2014 2014 25-25 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 6/30/2017.

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    Thank You, Nick Swisher

    Posted by on June 30th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    If Swisher had not signed with the Indians as a free agent, then the Yankees wouldn’t have the draft pick that they used to take Aaron Judge.

    It sort of makes up for the fact that the Angels took Mike Trout with the Yankees pick after they signed Mark Teixeira.

    Eric Jagielo

    Posted by on June 30th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    The Yankees drafted him BEFORE Aaron Judge. Just saying…

    Dustin Fowler

    Posted by on June 30th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Terrible. When the greatest day of your life becomes a living nightmare. My heart aches for this young man. I hope he has a full recovery and is back in the bigs next year.

    25-25

    Posted by on June 26th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    That’s the Yankees record in their last 50 games. I think we may be lucky if they can match that, at best, over the next 50 games.

    Then again, that’s pretty much what everyone expected this season – about 84 to 87 wins. So, we really can’t complain.

    A Season Of Two Streaks

    Posted by on June 21st, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Yankees have lost their last 7 games in a row. From April 9th through the 17th, they won 8 games in a row.

    Outside of those two streaks, they are 30-23 this season.

    They still might win 90 games this season. But, it’s not looking good.

    Signing Manny Machado

    Posted by on June 19th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Between the financial commitment and his temperament, the team that signs him will regret it…in an A-Rod fashion. Pass.

    6 In A Row?

    Posted by on June 18th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    That’s not good.

    Of course, if they take 7 of their next 10, all will be forgiven.

    Ben Gamel

    Posted by on June 17th, 2017 · Comments (1)

    Dude is killing it. OPS is .888 in 199 PA.

    15-8

    Posted by on June 17th, 2017 · Comments (4)

    That was the Yankees record in April this year. Since then, they are 23-19.

    Love this team and most of the things that are happening; but, the water is seeking it’s own level. It’s coming folks.

    At Close Of Business June 9th…

    Posted by on June 10th, 2017 · Comments (10)

    The Yankees have the 4th best record in baseball and the second best record in the American League.

    There’s still a chance that they end up an 87-win team. But, it has been an amazing start to the season. And, it’s not chump change…we’re talking a third of the season.

    As is often the case, August will be a test. If they are still in a good position come September 1st, then it’s time to get some serious expectations.

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Posted by on June 7th, 2017 · Comments (2)

    Like every Japanese import pitcher, the bloom is starting to come off the rose. Hiroki Kuroda was probably the only exception.

    25

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Why are the Yankees sitting on uniform #25?

    All these years, 21, I get it. But, now their doing it with 25?

    Nobody wants it?

    10-12 In Their Last 22

    Posted by on June 3rd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Don’t look out the window.

    As You Sow, So Shall You Reap.

    Posted by on May 27th, 2017 · Comments (17)

    Karma is a bitch.

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