• Release Teixeira?

    Posted by on May 25th, 2016 · Comments (19)

    Not now…not yet.

    But, if his numbers at the end of June are the same as they are now, I would consider it. The money is already wasted.

    I suppose you lose the pick…if there will still be picks. But, are the Yankees really going to risk making him a qualifying offer?

    Of course, the issue is that the Yankees have NO ONE ready to step in and take over first. Not on the big club or the minors.

    That’s going to be an issue after this season. It assumes that Bird is the word. And, no one knows how he will come back or be able to perform over a full season.

    Knocking On The Door Of Five Hundred

    Posted by on May 22nd, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Thank you, Oakland.

    Pin The Tail On The Pineda

    Posted by on May 18th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Over his last 158 regular season innings, Michael Pineda has an ERA of 5.47 (in 28 games).

    The guy is not good.

    Goodness, if you are not going to send him down, at the least, make him wear his cap correctly.

    Green-Goody-Mullee-Coke

    Posted by on May 17th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    No, it’s not “What four people have never been in my kitchen?”

    It’s the Yankees pitchers used in a game on May 16th 2016.

    Seriously. Those four names. Half way into the second month of the season. Ouch.

    The Last 10 Games

    Posted by on May 16th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    7-3, can’t ask for more than that, right? And, it’s against good teams (this year): Red Sox, Royals and White Sox.

    What’s the secret? Well, the bullpen has been a huge help. And, in their last 10 games, the Yankees have allowed ZERO unearned runs. So, the defense has a big hand here as well. Lastly, believe it or not, Chase Headley has been a huge part of it. In this run, his OPS is close to 1.000, and, that’s amazing. Ditto Aaron Hicks. Throw in a bunch of walks for Gardner, a lot of RBI for McCann and Didi, and some homers from Beltran.

    Can they keep it up? Time will tell.

    The State Of The 2016 Yankees Starting Pitching Staff

    Posted by on May 14th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Dung Heap

    On The Mark?

    Posted by on May 10th, 2016 · Comments (28)

    Mark Teixeira has 3 homeruns in his first 30 games for the Yankees this season.

    My 12-year old son has 3 homeruns in his first 8 games of his Little League season this year.

    Tex has 123 PA in his first 30 games. My son has 30 PA in his first 8 games.

    I’m just saying…

    Which Will Come First?

    Posted by on May 6th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    The Yankees 10th win this season or their 20th loss of the year?  Which will come first?

    One win needed.  Three losses to go.

    They almost have to win ten before they lose twenty, right?

    A-Rod’s New Number: .242

    Posted by on May 5th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    Yes, in his last 790 big league At Bats, Alex Rodriguez has a batting average of .242.

    That’s his new benchmark. Nearly 800 ABs is a fair sample size.

    That’s the best you can expect from A-Rod these days. He’s a two-forty hitter.

    Why the Yankees don’t bat him lower in the line-up is because they have so many other guys who stink. But, in reality, on a good team, he should be batting 7th in the line-up (and not batting 3rd or 5th, where they usually have him hit).

    Of course, it’s all moot now since he’s disabled.

    Can (Or Will?) The Yankees Lose 90 Games In 2016?

    Posted by on April 27th, 2016 · Comments (11)

    I’m starting to think it’s possible.

    The last time that happened was 1991.

    1-7

    Posted by on April 27th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    The Yankees are 1-7 in the 8 games started by Michael Pineda and Luis Severino this season.

    The Worst Start Of A Girardi Yankees Team

    Posted by on April 22nd, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Yes, 2016 is worse than last year. It’s worse than 2008. It’s worse by far than the slow start those years. In fact, it’s the only time a Girardi Yankees team has had a losing record at this point, starting the season.

    Now, it’s not his fault. Girardi didn’t build this team. However, we all know the person who constructed this roster will never be held accountable for this mess. He’s never had his feet held to the fire – albeit longer overdue.

    So, here’s the question: If it’s Memorial Day and this thing hasn’t turned around, will the Yankees lame blame and give General Joe his walking papers? He’s only got one year left on his contract after this season.

    Ben Gamel

    Posted by on April 20th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    At this point, I would call up Ben Gamel, cut Dustin Ackley – who serves no purpose, and have Gamel play right, move Beltran to DH and bench A-Rod.

    Hicks, Headley & A-Rod

    Posted by on April 14th, 2016 · Comments (1)

    Yeah, it’s early.  But, concerning nonetheless.

    Who Is Your Current Favorite Yankee?

    Posted by on April 5th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    My soon-to-be 14-year old daughter asked me that the other morning.

    And, for the first time in my entire life, I stalled.

    “THAT’S a GOOD question! Honestly, I do not know. Usually, I don’t even have to think about it! I really don’t have an answer for you now.”

    I guess it would be Andrew Miller. Mostly because he seems to have a great attitude.

    This used to be so easy.

    • From 1973 through 1979, it was Thurman Munson.
    • It was no one special from 1980 through 1982. But, there were many who I liked a lot.
    • From 1983 through 1995, it was Don Mattingly.
    • From 1996 through 2001, it was Paul O’Neill.
    • From 2002 through recently, I had Andy Pettitte, Mo Rivera and Derek Jeter.
    • Heck, even last year, I rooted for John Ryan Murphy.

    This year…I dunno?  Miller, for now…I guess?

    Pull That Peach!

    Posted by on March 29th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    A-Rod is slugging .394 so far this spring.

    Yeah, it’s only Spring Training. But, in the same Spring Training, Aaron Hicks is slugging .500. And, Brian McCann is slugging .484. Starlin Castro is at .657 as of this morning. Heck, even Austin Romine is higher than A-Rod, albeit barely, at .400.

    Oh, and, let’s not forget this is the A-Rod who slugged .383 in his last 227 PA of 2015.

    A-Rod has one job on this team: To Slug. He doesn’t play the field…at all.

    It’s sort of a wasted roster spot to have a guy who is only there to hit, and not field whatsoever, if the guy doesn’t hit, right?

    So, if it’s May 30th 2016 and A-Rod is slugging a sub four hundred, will the Yankees pluck him from the roster and say “Bye, bye!” to Mr. Rodriguez? After all, it’s about winning, no? And, you can’t carry dead weight on your roster and win.

    Los Yanquis?

    Posted by on March 26th, 2016 · Comments (10)

    I just read that, over the calendar year of 2015, the Yankees signed more talent from outside the United States — 57 players in all — than any team in baseball.

    I assume most of them were from Latin American countries.

    Pulse Check

    Posted by on March 22nd, 2016 · Comments (15)

    Opening Day is not far away.  Are you excited?

    No, I don’t mean are you excited for baseball.  What I mean is…are you excited for YANKEES baseball?

    Does this current Yankees team and/or their chances thrill you?  Be honest.

    2016 James P. Dawson Award

    Posted by on March 16th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Looks like no one wants this year, huh?

    Chase Headley

    Posted by on March 8th, 2016 · Comments (12)

    Nice guy.  Hard worker.  Bad fielder.  Not much power – in reality.  Under contract for 2 more years after 2016.

    Happy with this, Yankees fans?

    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?

    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!

    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?

    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.

    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?

    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.

    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.

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