• Brett Gardner, 2018

    Posted by on February 20th, 2018 · Comments (1)

    Big decision on Gardner at the end of this season. It’s a $12.5M Team Option, or, a $2M Buyout.

    You could make a case that Gardner is one of the ten best left-fielders, all-around, in the major leagues. But, he will be 35-years old in 2019.

    You could make a case that Gardner is one of the Top 25 Yankees players of all-time. But, you also have Stanton, Judge, Hicks, and maybe Ellsbury and Frazier on the 40-man roster in 2019. Lastly, Cave, McKinney and Florial are in the wings.

    It would be fair to say that Gardner is a leader on the Yankees team. But, it’s also fair to say that he’s basically been a league average offensive player the last 3 years and his real value comes from playing the field. And, when the glove, arm, and legs start to go, he’s not a $12 million player.

    I’m sure that Gardner saw the free agent market this past off-season. He’s probably still waiting to see what happens with Melky Cabrera and what kind of deal there is for him.

    It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of season Gardner posts in 2018 and what that means for him afterwards.

    Second And Third

    Posted by on February 19th, 2018 · Comments (10)

    I really don’t understand the debate around who is playing second and third for the Yankees this season.

    Does it matter?

    We’re talking about the 8th and 9th slots in the batting order – and the first seven slots are loaded.

    Seriously, you could play Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, both, in the infield. And, as long they catch everything in the field, it doesn’t matter what they do with the bat. Literally, they could post an OPS of .600, and, who cares?

    Maybe it will be Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres? Or, maybe it will be Danny Espinosa and/or Jace Peterson?

    As long as it’s not me and you, the Yankees are going to be fine. This team is not going to win or lose because of who is batting 8th and 9th.

    96 In 18

    Posted by on February 17th, 2018 · Comments (5)

    PECOTA has the Yankees winning 96 games this season. And, all things considered, I think that is a reasonable projection.

    Of course, things can always go wrong. Stanton could miss 50 or more games with an injury. Judge could have a sophomore jinx. Tanaka’s elbow could blow out. Bird could prove to be injury prone. There’s probably 20 things that COULD go wrong. But, if MOST things do go well, this Yankees team should win more than 95 games this season.

    The last time I was “this excited” about a Yankees team heading into a season was probably Spring Training of 2001.

    Actually, that 2001 season started a helluva six year run for the Yankees where they were a beast and they really got fat on some weak teams – averaging 98.7 wins a season. Yes, almost 99 wins a year for 6 years! But, of course, there were no rings during that incredible run. And, that’s why most don’t even think about it.

    Anyway…

    96 in 2018 is a fair expectation. Anything less than 94 is a failure. Maybe it could be closer to 100? But, 96 has a nice…well…let’s hope it has a ring to it.

    The Yankees Problem That No One Wants To Talk About

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (5)

    Unless Aaron Hicks starts taking grounders at third, the Yankees have TOO MANY outfielders on their roster. It’s really a shame that they could not unload Jacoby Ellsbury. Yes, it’s good (?) insurance in case someone gets hurt – and Hicks got hurt a lot last year. But, Ellsbury is the 5th outfielder, at best, now on this team. And, he’s going to be a bad citizen if he only gets a couple of PA a week. Hopefully he lights it up this spring and then the Yankees can move him – even if it means eating money.

    Miguel Andújar

    Posted by on January 28th, 2018 · Comments (2)

    I love Todd Frazier’s leadership and what he adds to the clubhouse. That said, I am more excited about Miguel Andújar in 2018 than I am for Gleyber Torres. The kid hit the cover off the ball last year. Let him play third, bat him eighth, and see what happens. The only possible issue for him could be the lack of a mentor on the team who understands his upbringing and culture. Maybe Sanchez and Severino could help? But, they are kids themselves still.

    Chase Utley

    Posted by on January 16th, 2018 · Comments (1)

    Last year, Chase played for LA for a whopping total of $2 million bucks. Granted, he’s a SoCal guy and this was in his backyard. But, man, that was cheap.

    By most reports, the dude is a pro’s pro and a leader in the clubhouse. Sure, he is old. But, he’s got a Yankee Stadium swing and could be an excellent piece for the Yankees at 2B in terms of transitioning someone in.

    I would love to see it happen. But, I am the only one thinking about it.

    Phil Nevin

    Posted by on December 22nd, 2017 · Comments (0)

    Just saw an interview with him on the MLB Network show Hot Stove. Now, I kinda wish the Yankees had hired him as manager. Seems like a great baseball guy.

    How To Acquire Manny Machado

    Posted by on December 14th, 2017 · Comments (3)

    Call up the Orioles and offer them Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar and either Dellin Betances or Luis Cessa. That should do it.

    Yankees Trade Jaime Lannister

    Posted by on December 12th, 2017 · Comments (6)

    Too bad they had to throw in Bryan Mitchell. I thought he had David Phelp potential, at the worst.

    The Sinister Six

    Posted by on December 1st, 2017 · Comments (14)

    Aaron Boone, Carlos Beltran, Hensley Meulens, Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Chris Woodward.

    If it’s Wedge, Cashman has really lost his mind.

    I would go with Meulens (from this group). If that happens, Thomson probably walks. And, so be it.

    Some think Beltran, being last interviewed before they announced no more interviews, is the guy.
    Me? I think the New York press will eat him alive.

    Hensley Meulens

    Posted by on November 18th, 2017 · Comments (13)

    Must see TV:

    I am still pissed that Girardi was dismissed. But, it would be interesting to see what Bam Bam can do.

    Game 7

    Posted by on October 21st, 2017 · Comments (5)

    In my lifetime, the Yankees have only won Game 7 once – the Boone home run game (and I was there for that one). I just missed the McCovey liner game by one month (since I was born in November ’62). I don’t remember 1964. But, I sure did suffer the pain of 2001 and 2004. So, in the last 20,000 days, the Yankees are 1-3 in Game Sevens. (The Yankees did win Game 5 in the ALCS back in 1976 and 1977 – before that was a seven game series. But, if you’re going to count Game Fives, then the Yankees are also 5-4 in Game 5 of all the ALDS that they have played too.) In any event, if the Yankees do win tonight, it will be a pretty big deal.

    Game 6

    Posted by on October 19th, 2017 · Comments (8)

    There are 34 times in his career where Justin Verlander pitched 5 innings or less and allowed 4 earned runs or more.

    Basically, he gets rocked 1 out of every 11 starts. Hey, he ain’t God, man!

    Seriously, Yankees, do your thing. Keep the game close and get to their bullpen. Win it in six!!

    I’m A Believer

    Posted by on October 13th, 2017 · Comments (27)

    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.

    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?

    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.

    Dustin Fowler

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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?

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