• 2015 Was The First Time In Over 20 Years Where I Did Not Attend A Yankees Game

    Posted by on March 1st, 2016 · Comments (6)

    This morning, I just realized it.

    I had season tickets from 2001 through 2014.  So, if I was to go last year, I would have needed to buy a single game on its own.

    In any event, this morning, I was trying to remember the last time I did not make a trip to Yankee Stadium during the season.   And, I can remember being there for particular games – for sure – prior to being a season ticket holder.  Recalling those, I suspect that it was probably the early 90′s where I went a full season and never got to a game.  Maybe it was 1994?  If not, it was around that time…at least 20 years ago, maybe more?

    The better question may be:  When will I attend a Yankees game in person again?


    Masahiro Tanaka

    Posted by on February 25th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    He seems like a good guy.  And, I want to like him.  But, the next time he wins more than 13 games in a season and/or pitches more than 155 innings, it will be the first time he’s ever done it.

    Even when he was in Japan, he averaged just about 25 starts per season.   (Granted, over there, he only pitched once a week.)

    I really don’t know what to expect from him this season.  Do you?

    I’d Like To Thank The Good Lord For…

    Posted by on February 19th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    …making me a motivated professional?

    Lonn Trost Vs. The People

    Posted by on February 19th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Via the Post:

    Lonn Trost has a message for certain Yankees fans: Some people just don’t belong!

    In trying to defend the team’s new home ticket policy — which is the Yankees’ latest salvo in its war with StubHub — the Bombers COO ended up sounding like an out-of-touch elitist on Thursday.

    “The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money,” Trost said on WFAN Thursday morning. “It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and (another) fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount.

    “And quite frankly,” he added, “the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”


    Trost dropped a nuclear bomb in the Bombers/Ticketmaster battle royal with StubHub while — judging from the outrage on social media — insulting a good portion of the team’s ticket buying public.

    The flub even inspired a fake Lonn Trost Twitter account (@LonnTrost), launched Thursday evening, which included the bio: “I have experience sitting in premium locations. Yankees Chief Operating Officer”

    One post on the account read: “Other baseball organizations in New York City do not have premium products. #Yankees #Ticketing #SladeHeathcott”

    A Yankee spokesman said Trost meant no offense by the comment.

    I see what Trost is trying to do here. But, it’s flawed.

    Now, if I paid $90 for a ticket to a Yankees game and the guy sitting next to me paid $2 for it, would I be pissed? Sure…but, only if that means the Yankees charged him $2 and they charged me $90 for the same seat. It doesn’t matter to me if the Yankees charged me $90 and they charged some other guy $90 – and then that other guy went out and decided to sell his ticket for $2. That’s his problem, not mine.

    In fact, it’s REALLY not my problem. I had season tickets to the Yankees from 2001 through 2014. And, a big part of why I gave them up after FOURTEEN YEARS was the fact that no one wants to pay face value for a Yankees ticket anymore and I was taking a beating on games where I couldn’t attend.

    And, that’s probably the Yankees real problem. People like me will no longer buy their tickets because of the secondary market. That’s why they want to shut down the secondary market.

    The answer? Don’t charge so much for tickets that it makes it so attractive to buy them on the secondary market at such a cheap rate. Or, put a product on the field that makes people want to see the games so bad that they would never consider selling their tickets. It’s all about supply and demand. Create the demand for the supply and the market will take care of itself.

    The Sabathia Contract

    Posted by on February 5th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    Was it worth it?  $206 million for four good years.

    John Smoltz

    Posted by on February 5th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    I never thought that much about John Smoltz when he was a player – despite his Hall of Fame career.  (Although, his second half in 1991 really saved my fantasy baseball team that season.)  But, then, I read his book.  And, recently, I see A LOT of him on the MLB Network.

    That said, I would hire him in a heartbeat to be the General Manager of my baseball team.  Shoot, I might even go up a level and make him President of Baseball Operations overseeing the General Manager.

    Just wanted to throw that out there in case the Brothers Stein are listening.

    Hanging In

    Posted by on February 3rd, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Dude is not willing to quit.  Gotta love the attitude!

    Bird Grounded

    Posted by on February 1st, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Well, this stinks.

    When Was The Last Time The Yankees Had 4 Full Seasons In A Row With 87 Or Less Wins?

    Posted by on January 29th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    In a “full season,” the answer is: 1989-1992. (Actually, that was a five year run from 1988-1992. And, that 1989-1991 team was one of the worst in Yankees history.)

    Of course, with 87 wins or less in 2016, the new answer would be 2013-2016.

    If that happens, let’s please be sure to get that on Cashman’s Monument Park plaque.

    Bryce Harper

    Posted by on January 27th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Everyone assumes he will be a Yankee in 2019. (Then again, many assumed that Carl Crawford would be a Yankee after the 2010 season.)

    Harper may come to the Yankees when he can walk away from the Nationals. But, at what cost? Maybe four hundred million? Maybe more? At that price, is it worth it?

    Where Is The Yankees Great Past?

    Posted by on January 26th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    Billy Martin, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Roger Maris, Phil Rizzuto, Thurman Munson, Elston Howard and Casey Stengel are all dead.  Whitey Ford is 87 years old and can’t be counted on to be around forever.

    Derek Jeter, since retired, doesn’t make many Yankees related appearances.  Most Yankees fans want Reggie Jackson to make less appearances.  Don Mattingly seems more like a Dodger or Marlin these days than a former Yankee. Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson are not wearing Yankees caps on their Cooperstown plaques.

    Who does that leave?  Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Willie Randolph, Roy White, Bernie Williams, Graig Nettles, Jorge Posada, Paul O’Neill, Ron Guidry and Mel Stottlemyre? Someone else?

    For me, the gold standard will always be Ruth-Gehrig-DiMaggio-Mantle-Berra. They were great baseball legends…period. The only still around former Yankees that can get in that team picture are Jeter and Rivera. (And, for the record, Paul O’Neill and Andy Pettitte are two of my all-time favorite Yankees. There’s nothing that I don’t love about them. But, they are not in the class of Jeter or Rivera with respect to standing among baseball’s greats.)

    In reality, the Yankees great past has really taken a hit in the last 50 years or so.

    In 1965, sure, you could stand there and say “Just look at what the Yankees did in the last 44 years! That’s 29 pennants and TWENTY RINGS!” But, to be truthful, from 1965 through 2015, the Yankees were awesome twice – in the late 70′s and late 90′s. That’s it. That’s 51 years and 7 rings. See the difference?

    Granted, yeah, the playoff format is different. There was less rounds before 1973, yadda-yadda. But, still, seven for fifty one is a lot different than twenty for forty four. Right?

    Where Are The Horses?

    Posted by on January 26th, 2016 · Comments (0)

    Yankees pitchers to have 30+ games started in the last 3 years:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Hiroki Kuroda 2 2013 2014 38-39 Ind. Seasons
    2 CC Sabathia 1 2013 2013 32-32 Ind. Seasons
    3 Andy Pettitte 1 2013 2013 41-41 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 1/26/2016.

    That’s it. And, for the record, the Yankees used 19 different starting pitchers in the last 3 years.

    Then again, what else can you expect from the G.M. who brought you Kei Igawa, Sidney Ponson, Carl Pavano, Javier Vazquez and Sergio Mitre?

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Posted by on January 25th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    He has a great swing and the talent is there.  Yet, the last three years his numbers have been trending in the wrong direction.  And, there’s no sense of urgency for him – as he’s getting a ton of money this season and in the three that follow.

    He’ll never be what he was in 2011.  Something was up that year.

    To be candid, I am not even sure he will play in 140 games in 2016.

    If he does bat .260 and misses 50 games this year, he’ll be a whipping boy…deservedly so.

    Yes, Cashman Called Him A Hall Of Fame Candidate

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

    Remember this?

    This season, Brian McCann has a chance to become only the second Yankees player in franchise history to have 3 years in a row where he qualified for the batting title while batting less than .235:

    Rk Name Yrs From To Age
    1 Tom Tresh 3 1966 1968 27-29 Ind. Seasons
    2 Frankie Crosetti 3 1937 1940 26-29 Ind. Seasons
    3 Roger Peckinpaugh 3 1914 1918 23-27 Ind. Seasons
    4 Brian McCann 2 2014 2015 30-31 Ind. Seasons
    5 Clete Boyer 2 1961 1964 24-27 Ind. Seasons
    6 Luke Boone 2 1914 1915 24-25 Ind. Seasons
    7 Jimmy Austin 2 1909 1910 29-30 Ind. Seasons
    8 Red Kleinow 2 1906 1908 28-30 Ind. Seasons
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    Generated 1/19/2016.


    Didi Gregorius

    Posted by on January 18th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    In 21 games last year from July 23rd through August 14th, he batted .389 (going 28 for 72).

    On the rest of the season, he batted .245.

    That one freaky hot streak was good for 20 points on his batting average.

    What’s he going to hit in 2016? Will it be over or under .250?

    One Month Untill Yankees Pitchers & Catchers Report

    Posted by on January 18th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    In the last 3 years, the Yankees have won 85-84-and 87 games.

    That’s an average of 85 wins a season, over the last 3 years.

    Is there any reason to think this year’s team is going to be any better than an 85-win team, give or take 2 wins, either way? Why?

    Good Times

    Posted by on January 9th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    Derek Cheater?

    Posted by on January 6th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    There’s no way Jeter would be this dumb. Of course, maybe I am wrong? But, given how protective he is regarding his image/brand, and knowing what happened with others, I just don’t see him taking a PED from this guy.

    Aroldis Chapman

    Posted by on December 28th, 2015 · Comments (16)

    Another high character guy…not.

    What, No Cito Culver?

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

    No Ty Hensley or Dante Bichette Jr. either.

    Greatest Yankees Position Players Of The Late 70′s

    Posted by on December 14th, 2015 · Comments (8)
    Rk Player WAR/pos From To Age G PA R H HR RBI BA OBP SLG
    1 Graig Nettles 26.4 1975 1979 30-34 777 3218 410 747 137 457 .261 .330 .454
    2 Thurman Munson 22.3 1975 1979 28-32 709 3050 362 852 56 417 .304 .346 .417
    3 Willie Randolph 20.7 1976 1979 21-24 559 2401 335 560 13 183 .273 .365 .362
    4 Mickey Rivers 15.0 1976 1979 27-30 490 2117 289 598 34 209 .299 .324 .422
    5 Chris Chambliss 14.6 1975 1979 26-30 774 3208 377 857 73 411 .287 .328 .428
    6 Roy White 12.7 1975 1979 31-35 631 2601 325 616 51 246 .274 .356 .400
    7 Reggie Jackson 11.4 1977 1979 31-33 416 1724 253 428 88 296 .285 .371 .524
    8 Bucky Dent 7.8 1977 1979 25-27 422 1445 141 309 15 121 .240 .292 .319
    9 Bobby Bonds 5.0 1975 1975 29-29 145 626 93 143 32 85 .270 .375 .512
    10 Oscar Gamble 4.7 1976 1979 26-29 146 510 64 123 28 89 .272 .350 .503
    11 Lou Piniella 4.5 1975 1979 31-35 537 1945 206 528 32 243 .294 .333 .419
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    Generated 12/14/2015.

    Yankees should have a day this year where they bring back Puff, Willow, Mick, Chambliss, Roy, Reggie, Bucky, Oscar and Lou.

    A lot of these guys are in their mid 60′s or early 70′s.   And, they will not be around forever.  It was the late 70′s team that put the franchise back on the map.

    Starlin Castro

    Posted by on December 8th, 2015 · Comments (24)

    Castro will be 26 years old next year and is owed like $41.4 million over the next 4 years. The Cubs have elected to replace him with a player who will be 35 years old next year and they will pay him $56 million over the next 4 years.

    So, the Cubs, over the next four years, are replacing Castro with a player who is NINE YEARS older and who will make $15 million more (over that span).

    Why would the Cubs do that? Sounds like they couldn’t wait to get rid of Castro…fast enough.

    By the way, Castro’s lifetime OPS+ is 97 (meaning below league average). And, his lifetime OBA outside of Wrigley Field is .318 in 1,935 PA.

    Granted, the Yankees did not give up much to acquire him. But, the question is: Is this their best option at 2B next year and beyond?

    How About Change Just For The Sake Of Change?

    Posted by on November 23rd, 2015 · Comments (13)

    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.

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