• Sanchez Rules

    Posted by on August 24th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    I hope that the Yankees, the media, and, the fans, learned from that Joba Chamberlain experience and don’t put expectations on Gary Sanchez, going forward, that are going to impossible to meet.

    I mean…if he plays 130 games next year and hits 20 homeruns and bats .280, PLEASE, be happy with THAT.

    Sammy Sosa, A-Rod, Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada, Melky Cabrera & Jhonny Peralta

    Posted by on August 21st, 2016 · Comments (2)

    I want to write “I really hope a guy like Gary Sanchez pays attention to guys like this and learns from what happened to them.” But, then again, they all made A LOT of money doing what they did, right?

    Anyway, Sanchez is in a good spot with the Yankees, having catchers like Joe Girardi and Tony Pena on the staff. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be a jerk. I so badly want to root for this guy.

    Rob Refsnyder

    Posted by on August 20th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    They must really hate this kid. Haven’t we seen enough of Aaron Hicks already?

    Missing Just One Thing

    Posted by on August 14th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    No more A-Rod. Revisiting the magic of 1996. And, of course, the Austin/Judge thing – which still has my jaw dropped wide open the day after it happened.

    Hands down, the best Yankees day that I can remember in a long time. Maybe since the Boone homer?

    The only thing missing was Kang and Kodos coming down in their ship and whisking away Cashman. Now, that would have made it a PERFECT day!

    A-Rod To The Orioles Effective September 1st

    Posted by on August 12th, 2016 · Comments (13)

    I’m calling it.

    Just saying.

    Juan Banco

    Posted by on August 11th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    Gary Sanchez.

    I remember all those reports on his poor attitude. Lazy. Slow. Defiant.

    Also, a bad defender. Actual liability.

    Now, he looks like Johnny Bench. That block and throw out the other day in Fenway made me cry, it was so freaking pretty.

    Maturity is a good thing. I would really like to hear more about how this transformation took place. Who were his mentors? What was said that stuck? Stuff like that…

    Kyle Schwarber

    Posted by on July 19th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    A younger Ken Phelps. Just what we need. No wonder Cashman lusts for him.

    Thank You Tanaka

    Posted by on July 7th, 2016 · Comments (5)

    So far, this season, the Yankees are 12-5 in games started by Masahiro Tanaka. In games started by anyone else, they are 29-38.

    Trade Aroldis Chapman Now

    Posted by on July 4th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    There’s probably 10 teams out there who would want to trade for him. Maybe 15? A smart GM would leverage those teams against each other and get one great package in return. There’s no need to keep him. He’s a free agent at the end of the season. You just going to let him walk in 3 months? Plus, the Yankees are not going anywhere. (Please, stop with those fantasies of getting the 2nd wildcard!) Then again, I did say “Smart GM.”

    The Last Time The Yankees Lost 42 Of Their First 81 Games…

    Posted by on July 3rd, 2016 · Comments (4)

    …was 1982. That season, the Yankees went 79-83, and finished 5th in AL East.

    Will the Yankees lose 42 of their first 81 games in 2016? We’ll have that answer later today.

    Pythagorean W-L: 34-42

    Posted by on June 29th, 2016 · Comments (6)

    Yup, that’s what the Yankees record should be, today, based on the runs they score and the amount they let up.

    And, as bad as their are (37-39), they are better than that record. Credit Joe Girardi. It’s not the first time he’s gotten the Yankees to win more games than their Pythagorean record forecasts.

    Rk Year Tm W L W-L% pythW-L% Finish GB Managers
    1 2016 New York Yankees 37 39 .487 .453 4th of 5 9.0 J.Girardi (37-39)
    2 2015 New York Yankees 87 75 .537 .541 2nd of 5 6.0 J.Girardi (87-75)
    3 2014 New York Yankees 84 78 .519 .478 2nd of 5 12.0 J.Girardi (84-78)
    4 2013 New York Yankees 85 77 .525 .485 3rd of 5 12.0 J.Girardi (85-77)
    5 2012 New York Yankees 95 67 .586 .584 1st of 5 J.Girardi (95-67)
    6 2011 New York Yankees 97 65 .599 .624 1st of 5 J.Girardi (97-65)
    7 2010 New York Yankees 95 67 .586 .597 2nd of 5 1.0 J.Girardi (95-67)
    8 2009 New York Yankees 103 59 .636 .588 1st of 5 J.Girardi (103-59)
    9 2008 New York Yankees 89 73 .549 .537 3rd of 5 8.0 J.Girardi (89-73)
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 6/29/2016.


    Yankees & The Rain Game

    Posted by on June 28th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    This was a cluster bleep, and, that’s being polite.

    I Agree With Joel

    Posted by on June 26th, 2016 · Comments (8)

    It would send a message to the team and the fans, and, a much needed one.

    How Excited Are You About Yankees Baseball In 2016?

    Posted by on June 22nd, 2016 · Comments (17)

    Right now, I am hooked on the College World Series. I stayed up to midnight to watch the whole Coastal Carolina – TCU game last night. And, I am really looking forward to watching the Little League World Series this summer. I’ve been hooked on that for a few years now.

    The Yankees? I really don’t go out of my way to watch them now. And, often, when I turn on one of their games, it doesn’t take long for me to click on to something else.

    Going to a Yankees game? At this point, I would only go if I had free tickets and they would have to be good seats.

    Oh, by the way, it’s June 22nd. That didn’t take long.

    Suggestion: Trade Sabathia To The Giants

    Posted by on June 14th, 2016 · Comments (4)

    If they are willing to take on half or more of his remaining contract, do it and take any warm blooded body in return.

    If they are only willing to take on, say, 25% of his remaining contract, do it and ask for a decent prospect in return.

    But, do it now while he’s hot and his value is high. He will waive his no-trade to go back to the Bay Area and play for a winner. The stars are aligned. This is what a thinking GM does…

    Read the market. Sell high. It’s not rocket science.

    Blake Rutherford

    Posted by on June 11th, 2016 · Comments (9)

    For sure, I see Paul O’Neill in terms of the body and actions. Now, the Yankees just need to sign him. And, we have to see what his attitude is like…before we start calling him Warrior Jr.

    The 30-30 Yankees

    Posted by on June 10th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    17-12 at home and 13-18 on the road.

    Longest winning streak this year is 6 games. Longest losing streak is also 6 games.

    How many times will they win in the next 102 games? It will be between 50 and 60. The question is – low 50′s or high? You tell me.

    Aaron Judge In Triple-A

    Posted by on June 8th, 2016 · Comments (3)

    Not exactly tearing it up so far.

    Year Age Tm Lev G PA 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
    2015 23 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 61 260 10 8 28 29 74 .224 .308 .373
    2016 24 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre AAA 55 244 12 7 29 20 61 .243 .311 .394
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    Generated 6/8/2016.


    More Proof Big Stein Is Long Dead

    Posted by on June 6th, 2016 · Comments (7)

    Via the Post -

    Long the team America loved — and loved to hate — the Bronx Bombers over the last couple of years have not just stumbled on the field but are also losing fans across the country, according to several baseball metrics.

    The Yanks are no longer a top attendance draw on the road and have seen their YES Network ratings tumble. They haven’t had a single player’s jersey crack the Top 20 in sales since Derek Jeter retired in 2014.

    Even worse, the crosstown rival Mets — fresh off winning the 2015 National League pennant and with a roster studded with young pitching stars and the slugger Yoenis Cespedes — have passed the Yanks as an attraction on the road, in jersey sales and in local TV ratings.

    “When the Mets started winning last July, we saw an explosion in fan avidity,” said Woody Thompson, who specializes in baseball sponsorships at sports market firm Octagon. “There were so many latent followers who wanted to let their freak flags fly — and then the Mets gave them a reason to do so.”

    On the YES network, Yankees viewership is down 10 percent this year, to an average of 233,403 per game, compared to last season.

    On May 2, Yanks GM Brian Cashman even admitted, “I’m getting tired of watching this.”

    From their peak, YES ratings of Yanks’ games have dropped 50 percent.

    From 2002, when YES was launched, through 2011, the Yanks consistently drew an average of more than 400,000 viewers a game.

    Mets’ viewership on SNY, meanwhile, is up 16 percent over last year, to 280,588 — leapfrogging over the Yanks.

    Thompson predicted the Mets’s SNY ratings will benefit from the halo effect of last season’s World Series appearance for several years.

    Maybe now that this is starting to show up where Hal lives – in his spreadsheets – it will bring cause for some much needed change in how the Yankees are operating? One can only hope…

    Beltran & Chapman

    Posted by on June 2nd, 2016 · Comments (10)

    If the Yankees don’t trade Beltran and Chapman before the trading deadline this year, then they are not trying.

    At this point, I would say trade Gardner and Miller as well – and they are two of my favorite current Yankees!

    The Yankees farm system is a JOKE!

    Mateo is too far away.  Judge has holes in his swing that big leaguers will carve up.  Sanchez is the next Jesus Montero.  Kaprielian is a Tommy John in waiting.  Refsnyder has no position.  Fowler, Cave and Gamel are Ricky Ledee’s.  Shoot, some say that Mason Williams is still one of the Yankees 20 best prospects.  Mason…Williams…

    Com’on people!

    The Yankees need to trade and get some guys like Austin Meadows, Victor Robles, Billy McKinney, Lewis Brinson or Cody Bellinger. And, not just one. They need to get one of these marque prospects along with some pitching prospects included in the deal. You can’t tell me that Chapman and Miller would not be the most wanted commodities for a contending team at the trading deadline this year. Any and every contending team would want either one of them.

    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.


    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.

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