• Save, Cristina Torre

    Posted by on June 20th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Nice story

    Passerby Cristina Torre caught a baby that had managed to get out of a second-story window.

    Torre was riding her bike when she saw a 1-year-old baby boy on a second-floor fire escape. Torre put herself where she thought the baby might fall and then called 911, but during the call the baby slipped and fell. Torre caught him.

    “It just came naturally as a teacher, to protect a child that was in danger.” – Cristina Torre

    Torre, 44, is a Montessori school teacher. Witnesses confirmed her account.

    “I am just so proud of her. She always had good hands… I don’t know if they are mine or not.” – Joe Torre, MLB EVP of baseball operations

    Joe Torre was a MLB All-Star and later a manager, including for the New York Yankees, where he led the team to 4 World Series titles.

    Police say that the baby had pushed aside a piece of cardboard next to an air conditioner and crawled out onto the fire escape while his parents were sleeping. The baby was taken to a hospital for observation and was in stable condition after grazing an awning during his fall.

    The parents, in their 20’s, were arrested on child endangerment charges, and 3 other young children were taken by child services.

    The Yankees Are 11-16 Since May 21st (2013)

    Posted by on June 19th, 2013 · Comments (5)

    And, they are just 24-23 since April 29th.

    Hey, the numbers don’t lie…

    It’s The Beginning Of The Zoilo Almonte Era

    Posted by on June 19th, 2013 · Comments (20)

    From RailRider to the Stadium Subway Race…

    Via ESPN

    The Yankees called up Zoilo Almonte on Tuesday.

    Almonte will make his major league debut by starting in the nightcap of Wednesday’s doubleheader, manager Joe Girardi said.

    Almonte, 24, hit .297 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 68 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and will provide additional depth in the outfield. The Yankees like what they’ve seen offensively from Almonte.

    “We really believe this kid’s going to hit,” Girardi said. “At times we really saw it in spring training. He struggled a little bit in spring training and maybe it was the excitement of making it a team, but he has [swung] the bat well down there, especially left-handed for him.”

    The Yankees called up Almonte, as well as reliever/starter Adam Warren, after placing third baseman Kevin Youkilis and first baseman Mark Teixeira on the disabled list. By using the roster spots on an outfielder and pitcher, the Yankees are lacking bodies for the infield.

    Girardi stressed that the team will have to be creative, mentioning that outfielder Thomas Neal has played first base before, and David Adams could be used again.

    “With all of the injuries, you kind of have to do it and guys maybe have to step out of their comfort zone,” Girardi said. “They have been very willing.”

    Don-E Base-Ball

    Posted by on June 19th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Report: A-Rod Asked Bosch For Help During ALCS

    Posted by on June 19th, 2013 · Comments (4)

    Via ESPN

    A previously elusive figure in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal has spoken out, saying clinic founder Anthony Bosch paid a visit to Alex Rodriguez during last year’s ALCS after the New York Yankees slugger sought his help amid a 1-for-9 slump.

    Porter Fischer, who was been described in some clinic documents as being a marketing director before having an apparent falling out with Bosch last year, also told the Miami New Times in a story published on the weekly newspaper’s website that MLB paid him $5,000 for clinic records he turned over to the league in their investigation of the clinic’s South Florida reach.

    Sources have told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” that Fischer left Biogenesis of America in September. Fischer, two sources said, had invested $20,000 in the company, but grew disenchanted with Bosch and demanded his money. The sources said Bosch eventually paid Fischer the $20,000, but refused to pay an additional $4,000 that Fischer said he was owed.

    Bosch informed Rodriguez that Fischer was threatening to expose the operation, and Rodriguez gave Bosch at least $4,000 “to make it go away,” the sources said.

    MLB investigators have found some of Fischer’s information as it relates to Rodriguez credible, sources have told ESPN.

    According to the New Times report, Fischer also said he took Biogenesis documents and in January supplied them to the New Times — which later broke the Biogenesis story — to spite Bosch over the money he felt he was owed. Fischer also said an MLB investigator offered him $10,000 more if he handed over the remaining documents he says he had taken from the clinic.

    “My safety is worth $15,000?” Fischer asked the MLB investigator before refusing, according to the report. He also declined further offers he said, including a weekly $1,000 for playing a role as a “consultant” for a year and a final solicitation of $125,000 to sign an affidavit and supply the rest of the documents in his possession.

    Fischer said he was also told MLB was going to sue Bosch and his former associates for “tortious interference” involving the league’s collective bargaining agreement in place with the players’ union. Major League Baseball filed that lawsuit in March and have has secured a cooperative agreement with Bosch, in return for which he will not be targeted in the legal action.

    The Yankees, meanwhile, when contacted by the New York Daily News, say they had no knowledge of Bosch’s presence in Detroit at the American League Championship Series.

    Remind me again, which one was A-Rod?

    Happy 167th Birthday, Baseball

    Posted by on June 19th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    167 years ago today, the first recorded baseball contest took place on June 19, 1846 at Hoboken’s Elysian Fields.

    Brandon Nimmo & Peter O’Brien

    Posted by on June 19th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Last night, my 9-year old son and I went to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game down in Lakewood.

    The plan was: Get to the ballpark and try and get some autographs when the gates opened at 5:30 PM. See the player introductions at 6:30 PM. Watch the game which was scheduled to be a 9-inning affair with the first pitch at 7 PM. Stick around for the post-game fireworks.

    But, Mother Nature had other ideas.

    We still got to the ballpark at 5:30 PM when it opened. But, it was raining – pouring – and it didn’t let up for a looooong time. In fact, the first pitch was pushed back to 9:45 PM.  And, the game was shortened to 7 innings.

    Yup, we waited, in the ballpark, for four hours and fifteen minutes for the game to start. But, we had a blast.

    A lot of the players came out and were hanging out in the concourse area with their families, or, used the concourse to get from their clubhouse to the batting cages. And, we took advantage of it. My son got autographs from Raul Mondesi Jr., Jayce Boyd, Christian Binford, Levi Hyams, Dilson Herrera, Eric Garcia, Tyler Mizenko, Ryan Rua, Peter O’Brien, Brandon Nimmo, Alex Claudio, Rosell Herrera, Lewis BrinsonStetson Allie and Alex Smith.

    All of these players were very polite and seemed like good guys. We kidded around with Christian Binford for a bit – and I had a nice chat with his girlfriend’s mother. (It was his girlfriend’s birthday, by the way. And, they – her family and his – surprised him by coming down.)

    It was a little disturbing to see so many grown adults asking these players for autographs – especially those armed with pre-planned 8-by-10’s or 11-by-14’s glossy photos or stacks of the players baseball cards. You know a lot of that stuff is landing on eBay today.  The players were all good with it – signing everything.  But, I think it was more fun for them to see a little kid, like my son, asking them for an autograph.

    In any event, since this blog comes from the NY/NJ/CT Tri-State area, I thought I would share some comments on Yankees prospect Peter O’Brien and Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo.

    First, Peter O’Brien has forearms like a blacksmith and huge hands. His mitts are so big that it looks like he could crush an adult’s head, one-handed, with ease, like a normal person could crush a grape with two fingers. That said, he is one of the nicest young men you could meet. He was charming. And, talk about movie-star good looks! If he makes it to the Yankees, he will be a Matinee Idol, no doubt about it.  (And, yes, this is coming from a dude talking about another dude.)

    Secondly, Brandon Nimmo…

    He was amazing. Most guys signed for a few minutes and then moved along. I swear that Nimmo must have been out there for an hour – maybe longer? The guy signed everything from everyone. At one point, seeing him still out there, I went over and told him that I didn’t want an autograph – but, that I wanted to shake his hand and thank him, as a fan, for everything that he was doing during the rain delay. Really, he was incredible. The dude just keep signing, and signing, and signing…forever. Now, that’s a guy who “gets it.”

    I’m a Yankees fan.  But, I am now rooting for Nimmo to make it to the show.  How could you not like a guy like that?

    Yankees G.M. Rips The Team’s Batting Coach

    Posted by on June 18th, 2013 · Comments (23)

    Cash goes Long. Via CBS

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman insists he’s not angry with hitting coach Kevin Long. But Cashman didn’t too happy with him either when discussing Mark Teixeira’s wrist woes with reporters on Monday.

    Long said Saturday night that he wasn’t sure if Teixeira’s right wrist “has been right” since coming off the disabled list on May 31.

    “It’s alarming in the fact that K-Long would say that to the group of the reporters, but he never said that prior to that,” Cashman said. “This is a lot of times how things work out when things go bad, things get said. If K-Long felt that way he should have been saying that from Day 1, but we never heard that from K-Long.”

    Long said Teixeira was having more trouble swinging from the left side of the plate. He never reported the issue to team officials or the Yankees medical staff, Cashman said.

    “Am I mad at Kevin Long because of that? No,” said Cashman. “But do I think that commentary jibes with Kevin Long’s comments internally in that clubhouse regarding this player prior to him going down? Absolutely not. … If K-Long said that, he’s a monk because he kept his mouth shut the whole time.”

    “Some people are better with the microphone than others,” he added. “Let’s put it that way.”

    Oh, and, by the way, Kevin Long’s contract is up at the end of the year.

    Should Yasiel Puig Be On The N.L. All-Star Team?

    Posted by on June 18th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    And, why are the Dodgers only playing two games on this visit to Yankee Stadium?

    Good Ol’ Bartolo Colon…

    Posted by on June 17th, 2013 · Comments (29)

    Remember him, Yankees fans?

    Bartolo Colon

    Here’s more on him now, via Paul Gackle:

    Bud Selig’s worst nightmare is coming to life in a 40-year-old, 265-pound body.

    Bartolo Colon won his sixth straight decision for the A’s at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Sunday, improving to 9-2 on the season, continuing his mockery of Major League Baseball’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

    When news broke in August that Colon had tested positive for PEDs, many, including yours truly, assumed the tubby, strike-throwing right-hander had tossed his final big-league pitch. Synthetic testosterone had rejuvenated his arm, helping him stretch his career into the late innings, and without it, he seemed destined to hit the beaches (wearing a shirt we’d hoped) back in the Dominican Republican.

    But after serving a 50-game suspension, Colon is back on the hill, pounding the strike zone and throwing up numbers that rival his 2005 AL Cy Young award season. Right now, he’s tied for the American League lead in wins (nine), complete games (two) and shutouts (two). He’s first in fewest walks per nine innings (1.0), fifth in strikeouts-to-walks ratio (5.2) and ninth in WHIP (1.10).

    If the deadline for submitting the All-Star Game rosters were today, Colon should be a shoe-in to make the American League pitching staff, which would be colossal embarrassment for the commissioner’s office. It would suggest one of two things: PEDs don’t, in fact, enhance athletic performances, so what’s the big deal? Or he’s still cheating and he’s beating the system.

    Baseball wants us to believe that it’s capable of tidying up the sport, putting an end to the guessing game over who is cheating and who is clean. It caught Colon, Melky Cabrera and another 18 players connected to a Miami-area clinic, and those players reportedly could be suspended in the next few weeks.

    Colon’s season is, however, raising more doubt over whether testing can keep pace with the evolution of PEDs.

    Let’s be clear, I’m not accusing Colon of cheating. He could be another rubber arm, like Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson, as far as I’m concerned. But I will say that his performance is evidence that 50-game suspensions won’t cut it if baseball really wants to crack down on PED users.

    Right now, it’s worth it to take a chance. The newest innovations in PEDs are always be a step ahead of testing methods and if you happen to get caught, you only miss roughly one-third of a season. So what? You could bounce back and be an All Star the next year — even if you’re 40 years old.

    It’s really not fair that baseball gets singled out. Football, basketball and hockey players are cheating, too, but no one cares because the numbers aren’t fluctuating so dramatically. Having said that, if Selig really wants to clean up the game he needs to up the ante on the risk his players will be taking if they decide to cheat.

    How about a two-year suspension, elimination from Hall of Fame eligibility and wiping every statistic out of the record books? It might make players think twice before they dope. Remember the Black Sox? Pete Rose? No one thinks that baseball games are fixed because everyone fears the punishment.

    With the exception of taking out the stats, it’s not a terrible idea, is it?

    Whew!

    Posted by on June 16th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Too close today Yankees. Way too close.

    Old & Brittle Yankees Crumbling

    Posted by on June 16th, 2013 · Comments (19)

    Via the Times

    Even after he returned, seemingly as healthy and as strong as ever, there was an element of concern with every swing that Mark Teixeira took. Would this one reinjure his wrist? Would the next one send him back to the disabled list?

    As it turned out, Teixeira, who missed the first two months of the season, was not quite as healthy as was thought when he rejoined the Yankees on May 31, and now the rest of his season is in some doubt.

    Teixeira was removed from the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels — their fifth straight defeat — in the fourth inning Saturday and was sent back to New York, where he will visit Dr. Christopher Ahmad on Sunday, the team said.

    Manager Joe Girardi said that Teixeira did not reinjure the wrist on one swing and that he had been having difficulty generating power with it for some time. Finally it was decided to sit him down again.

    This is the fourth time this season that a key Yankees player who either had seemingly recovered from an injury or was on the path to recovery has had another injury. Derek Jeter sustained a second break in his left ankle during spring training, Curtis Granderson broke his left hand only days after recovering from a broken right arm, and Kevin Youkilis, who missed a month with a back injury, had to return to the disabled list Friday with the same injury.

    Alex Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli and Eduardo Nunez are rehabilitating injuries, too.

    Now, here’s the kicker: What makes anyone think that next year is going to be any different or better?

    Happy Father’s Day!

    Posted by on June 16th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Just as baseball and apple pie are staples of America, statistics and fathers are the hemoglobin of baseball. So, since today is Father’s Day (really, it is, Hallmark says so!), I want to wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!

    Yankees Fans Can’t Stand To Watch?

    Posted by on June 15th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Via Brian Costa

    Through Wednesday, the average ratings for Yankee games on the YES Network were down 38% compared to the same period last season, according to Nielsen figures.

    The drop is even more remarkable when you consider that last year’s ratings were the Yankees’ lowest since 2003.

    Hal, Randy and Lonn can’t exactly blame that on the weather and the kids being in school, can they?

    The Curse Of Louise Meanwell?

    Posted by on June 15th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Brian Cashman’s team this year can’t seem to get past first base.

    Yankees teams with the most games where they had no extra base hits within the team’s first 67 games, since 1973:

    Rk Tm Year #Matching W L
    1 NYY 2013 11 2 9 Ind. Games
    2 NYY 1975 11 2 9 Ind. Games
    3 NYY 1979 10 0 10 Ind. Games
    4 NYY 1989 8 2 6 Ind. Games
    5 NYY 1973 7 0 7 Ind. Games
    6 NYY 1990 7 1 6 Ind. Games
    7 NYY 1984 7 0 7 Ind. Games
    8 NYY 2000 6 0 6 Ind. Games
    9 NYY 1977 6 1 5 Ind. Games
    10 NYY 1998 6 1 5 Ind. Games
    11 NYY 1974 6 1 5 Ind. Games
    12 NYY 1983 6 2 4 Ind. Games
    13 NYY 1982 5 3 2 Ind. Games
    14 NYY 1981 5 2 3 Ind. Games
    15 NYY 1999 5 2 3 Ind. Games
    16 NYY 1976 5 3 2 Ind. Games
    17 NYY 1978 5 3 2 Ind. Games
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    Generated 6/15/2013.

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    Feels Like 1991 In Yankeeland?

    Posted by on June 15th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Dan Szymborski was right four months ago.

    José Contreras

    Posted by on June 14th, 2013 · Comments (44)

    Finally done?

    Actually, it’s amazing that he’s still been around the last six or seven years…

    Knuckleball!

    Posted by on June 13th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    I saw most of this one tonight on Showtime. It was very well done and recommend watching it.

    How Bad Was The Yanks 18-Inning Loss On June 13, 2013?

    Posted by on June 13th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    In the game in question, the Yankees played 18 innings, scored only two runs, and had ten hits.

    Since 1973, there have been only 5 other times where a team played 18+ innings and scored 2 runs or less with ten hits or less:

    Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt IP H R ER BB SO HR BF
    1 2010-04-17 STL NYM L 1-2 20.0 9 2 2 8 16 0 75
    2 2005-07-28 TOR LAA W 2-1 18.0 9 1 1 4 10 0 67
    3 2001-05-29 SFG ARI L 0-1 18.0 10 1 1 4 10 0 70
    4 2001-05-29 ARI SFG W 1-0 18.0 9 0 0 10 9 0 69
    5 1977-08-10 PIT CHC W 2-1 18.0 9 1 1 7 15 1 70
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    Generated 6/13/2013.

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    Of course, in that 2001 game, both teams did it.

    Seriously, look at those games.  Notice anything?  There’s only one A.L. game in there.

    So, you can say, since 1973, there have been only 2 A.L. teams during that time to play a game where they came to bat in 18+ innings, scored less than three runs, and had no more than 10 hits:  The 2005 Angels and the 2013 Yankees.

    Yeah, I know…the ’05 Angels were a first place team who made it to the ACLS that season.  But, the 2005 A.L. West and the 2013 A.L. East are not the same thing.

    The 18 Inning Dry Hump

    Posted by on June 13th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    Stupid Yankees.

    Most Sac Bunts In A.L. Since 1973

    Posted by on June 13th, 2013 · Comments (2)

    Here is the leaderboard:

    Rk Player SH From To Age G PA BA OBP SLG
    1 Omar Vizquel 202 1989 2012 22-45 2426 9828 .273 .338 .355
    2 Bert Campaneris 146 1973 1983 31-41 1104 4207 .256 .317 .320
    3 Ozzie Guillen 132 1985 2000 21-36 1818 6583 .264 .285 .338
    4 Alan Trammell 124 1977 1996 19-38 2293 9376 .285 .352 .415
    5 Bucky Dent 121 1973 1984 21-32 1392 5026 .247 .297 .321
    6 Jerry Remy 116 1975 1984 22-31 1154 4963 .275 .327 .328
    7 Jim Sundberg 114 1974 1989 23-38 1877 6672 .249 .327 .348
    8 Scott Fletcher 111 1983 1995 24-36 1582 5900 .263 .333 .343
    9 Mark Belanger 111 1973 1981 29-37 1171 3762 .223 .295 .277
    10 Jim Gantner 106 1976 1992 23-39 1801 6787 .274 .319 .351
    11 Mark McLemore 105 1986 2004 21-39 1811 7171 .260 .351 .343
    12 Robin Yount 104 1974 1993 18-37 2856 12249 .285 .342 .430
    13 Bobby Grich 104 1973 1986 24-37 1838 7553 .266 .373 .426
    14 Marty Barrett 102 1982 1990 24-32 929 3816 .278 .338 .347
    15 Alfredo Griffin 101 1976 1993 18-35 1481 5543 .256 .289 .333
    16 Frank White 101 1973 1990 22-39 2324 8468 .255 .293 .383
    17 Bob Boone 100 1982 1990 34-42 1139 3996 .248 .305 .321
    18 Dick Schofield 99 1983 1996 20-33 1217 4419 .233 .308 .320
    19 Roberto Alomar 98 1991 2004 23-36 1671 7359 .309 .385 .470
    20 Roy Smalley 98 1975 1987 22-34 1653 6595 .257 .345 .395
    21 Rod Carew 98 1973 1985 27-39 1742 7566 .336 .407 .440
    22 Mike Bordick 95 1990 2003 24-37 1664 6273 .260 .323 .362
    23 Felix Fermin 92 1989 1995 25-31 826 2878 .260 .304 .304
    24 Derek Jeter 89 1995 2012 21-38 2585 11895 .313 .382 .448
    25 Lou Whitaker 89 1977 1995 20-38 2390 9967 .276 .363 .426
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    Generated 6/13/2013.

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    These guys were way too good hitters to bunt that much, right?

    Rk Player OPS+ SH
    1 Rod Carew 137 98
    2 Bobby Grich 126 104
    3 Roberto Alomar 123 98
    4 Derek Jeter 117 89
    5 Lou Whitaker 117 89
    6 Robin Yount 115 104
    7 Alan Trammell 110 124
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    Generated 6/13/2013.

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    It’s Open Season On Wells, Youk, Ichiro & Tex

    Posted by on June 13th, 2013 · Comments (28)

    Have at it…

    And, I give Michael Kay credit for calling some of this out during the 9th inning of the Yankees game on Wednesday on the YES broadcast.

    Why Speed Matters: Nick’s First Pitch

    Posted by on June 12th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    So-So See-See?

    Posted by on June 12th, 2013 · Comments (15)

    Via Wally Matthews

    Sabathia has now allowed 14 home runs, more than anyone on the staff, and his ERA is up to 4.07, second-highest among Yankees starters. (Phil Hughes runs second in HRs with 12 and first in ERA at 4.80.) Sabathia has now allowed 121 baserunners in 95 innings. Perhaps most disturbing, he has yet to string together more than three strong outings at any point this season. In 14 starts, he has allowed eight or more hits eight times, and the six earned runs he surrendered Tuesday were the second-highest total of the season, since the night he allowed seven against the Rays.

    Although it’s hardly open to debate whether we’ve already seen the best of CC in a Yankees uniform (it’s hard to believe it can get any better than his 2010 season, when he went 21-7 and ran third in the AL Cy Young voting), it makes you wonder if we have already seen the best from CC this season, too.

    He threw a great game against the Red Sox on May 31, working into the eighth inning and allowing only one run and six hits. But his continuing penchant to give up hard-hit balls — only the fluky RBI double that dropped between Robinson Cano and Lyle Overbay in short right field in the second inning was not a rocket — is a disturbing omen for the rest of this season and what is left on his eight-year contract, on which the Yankees still owe an excess of $100 million.

    The home run by Norris, who came in batting .194 with two homers and 10 RBIs, was by far the most troubling moment of the night, because it was obvious Sabathia, with no real confidence in his fastball, was trying to sneak a curveball past Norris for a first-pitch strike. But the pitch hung and became a sitting duck, easily smoked over the left-center field fence for a three-run homer.

    Hey, let’s face it, if Sabathia is not “ace-like,” what really are the Yankees chances this year?

    Why Can’t The Yankees Let Cano Walk?

    Posted by on June 11th, 2013 · Comments (27)

    Why is it so important for the Yankees to resign Robinson Cano after the season? The Cardinals let Albert Pujols walk away as a free agent and they’re the best team in baseball, record-wise, this season. Or, is it just a matter of the St. Louis G.M. being better at putting a team together, farm-system included, than the Yankees G.M.?

    Good Day For The Pettitte Family

    Posted by on June 9th, 2013 · Comments (18)

    Via ESPN

    Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has had a career full of highlights in the big leagues. And Saturday he added a couple more.

    Pettitte allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings to earn his 250th career victory, leading the Yankees to a 3-1 win over the Seattle Mariners. The 47th pitcher in major league history to reach that milestone, he will turn 41 on June 15.

    But what happened just as the game ended meant even more to him. His first-born son, Josh Pettitte, a right-hand pitcher for Deer Park (Texas) High School, was drafted by the Yankees in the 37th round in the Major League Baseball draft.

    “I’ll remember this one, that’s for sure,” said Pettitte, who also picked up his 213th victory as a Yankee, putting him third on the franchise’s career list behind Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).

    Josh, who was with his father in the dugout during the game, got a call from Yankees director of amateur scouting Damon Opperheimer in the Yankee clubhouse as the game was ending.

    “I was shaving and I walked out and Damon’s on the phone,” Pettitte said. “I gave him a big hug and kiss and told him I was proud of him.

    Josh, who had a pair of no-hitters this season, has a scholarship offer to play for Baylor. That’s where his dad wants him to go.

    “It’s an honor to have the Yankees take him and we’re excited about that,” Pettitte said. “It’s a good situation to have the opportunity for a lot of teams to look at him. (But) the money wasn’t going to be there to where I felt he needed to pass up on Baylor. Dad’s hoping Baylor is what he’s going to do.”

    Asked what he gets the most satisfaction from, his 250th win or Josh being drafted, Pettitte said, “It all ties together now. You can’t separate them. It happened here with the game ending. It’s pretty cool.”

    37th round? I guess teams figure the kid is not going to sign. Either that, or, he’s not as good as the YES Network makes him out to be? In any event, here are the pitchers to win 250+ games since 1969. Nice company, Andy.

    Rk Player W From To Age G GS L W-L% IP SO ERA ERA+
    1 Greg Maddux 355 1986 2008 20-42 744 740 227 .610 5008.1 3371 3.16 132
    2 Roger Clemens 354 1984 2007 21-44 709 707 184 .658 4916.2 4672 3.12 143
    3 Nolan Ryan 318 1969 1993 22-46 784 754 282 .530 5249.0 5575 3.19 112
    4 Tom Glavine 305 1987 2008 21-42 682 682 203 .600 4413.1 2607 3.54 118
    5 Randy Johnson 303 1988 2009 24-45 618 603 166 .646 4135.1 4875 3.29 135
    6 Steve Carlton 299 1969 1988 24-43 653 637 221 .575 4715.2 3760 3.24 116
    7 Don Sutton 290 1969 1988 24-43 665 660 214 .575 4616.1 3034 3.27 110
    8 Bert Blyleven 287 1970 1992 19-41 692 685 250 .534 4970.0 3701 3.31 118
    9 Phil Niekro 287 1969 1987 30-48 702 661 247 .537 4800.1 2999 3.45 114
    10 Tom Seaver 279 1969 1986 24-41 585 578 180 .608 4254.0 3265 2.91 127
    11 Mike Mussina 270 1991 2008 22-39 537 536 153 .638 3562.2 2813 3.68 123
    12 Jamie Moyer 269 1986 2012 23-49 696 638 209 .563 4074.0 2441 4.25 104
    13 Jack Morris 254 1977 1994 22-39 549 527 186 .577 3824.0 2478 3.90 105
    14 Andy Pettitte 250 1995 2013 23-41 511 501 145 .633 3192.0 2368 3.85 117
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    Generated 6/9/2013.

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    Marlins: Thank You, Mets

    Posted by on June 8th, 2013 · Comments (8)

    Fun note from my buddy Rob today: Marlins have now beat the Mets seven times, the rest of the league ten times.

    Ian Clarkin Can Back-Pedal, But, Can He Pitch?

    Posted by on June 8th, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Via the AP

    A talented high school pitcher taken by the New York Yankees in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft is apologizing for comments that barbed the team.

    Ian Clarkin was picked by the Bombers 33rd overall Thursday night. Right after being chosen, MLB Network showed a video in which the 18-year-old from California said he “cannot stand” the Yankees.

    On a conference call Friday, Clarkin said he was sorry. He said the remarks were taken out of context and meant to tease his mother, a diehard Yankees fan. Clarkin took after his father, a Pittsburgh Pirates fan who despises the Yankees.

    “First and foremost, I want to apologize to all the Yankee fans for my comments,” Clarkin said.

    Clarkin was shown recalling his reaction to the Arizona Diamondbacks beating the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2001 World Series.

    “I cannot stand the Yankees, so I was actually in tears, I was so happy,” Clarkin said on the video.

    How old was he in 2001, something like six years old?

    Michael O’Neill: Yankees 3rd Round Draft Pick In 2013

    Posted by on June 7th, 2013 · Comments (1)

    Some said the kid had 3rd round prospect talent. If he makes the Yankees, will he wear #21?

    Ya-see-el Pweeg

    Posted by on June 7th, 2013 · Comments (0)

    Hot starters:

    Rk Gcar Player Year #Matching PA H 2B ▾ HR RBI BB
    1 Mike Jacobs 2005 3 Ind. Games 12 7 1 4 9 3
    2 Billy Conigliaro 1969 2 Ind. Games 9 5 1 3 3 0
    3 Dave Kingman 1971 2 Ind. Games 8 4 1 3 9 0
    4 Will Middlebrooks 2012 2 Ind. Games 12 5 1 3 9 0
    5 Yasiel Puig 2013 2 Ind. Games 8 5 1 3 9 0
    6 Trent Oeltjen 2009 3 Ind. Games 15 7 1 3 3 0
    7 Brant Brown 1996 2 Ind. Games 6 4 0 3 3 0
    8 Yasmani Grandal 2012 2 Ind. Games 9 4 0 3 4 0
    9 Manny Machado 2012 2 Ind. Games 8 3 0 3 6 0
    10 Yoenis Cespedes 2012 3 Ind. Games 11 3 0 3 7 0
    11 Zeke Bonura 1934 2 Ind. Games 10 3 0 3 4 1
    12 Joe Cunningham 1954 2 Ind. Games 9 4 0 3 9 1
    13 Shelley Duncan 2007 2 Ind. Games 10 3 0 3 6 2
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 6/7/2013.

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