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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Early AL Rookie of Year debate shows Yankees’ plan at work | New York Post

What is the Super Two date this year?

Going into the weekend, Haniger actually led the majors in Baseball Reference’s version of Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Judge was 11th in the stat, which tries to encompass hitting, baserunning and defense. Benintendi, the preseason favorite, was hitting .322 with an .838 OPS.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2017 at 10:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rookies

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Which rookies will shine in 2017? You can start with Andrew Benintendi

I guess he’s listed first because he’s a Yankee.

Here are a dozen other rookies to watch, according to our baseball people:
1. Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees — He needs to cut down on his swing. At 6 feet 7 inches, he has a long swing, something a lot of tall sluggers have struggled with early in their careers, including Dave Winfield and Mark McGwire. Judge’s foray into the majors last year (.179 average, 42 strikeouts in 84 at-bats) was far different than Sanchez’s, but the Yankees are committing to Judge at least for the start of the season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 04, 2017 at 08:35 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rookies

Monday, December 12, 2016

New MLB Hazing Policy Bans Dressing As Women

End of an era:

That baseball hazing ritual of dressing up rookies as Wonder Woman, Hooters Girls and Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders is now banned. Major League Baseball created an Anti-Hazing and Anti-Bullying Policy that covers the practice. As part of the sport’s new labor deal, set to be ratified by both sides on Tuesday, the players’ union agreed not to contest it.

The policy, obtained by The Associated Press, prohibits “requiring, coercing or encouraging” players from “dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.”
.  .  .
Bryce Harper as a member of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team. Mike Trout as Lady Gaga. Manny Machado in a ballet tutu. Carlos Correaas Wonder Woman. Those are all out starting next season.
.  .  .
Not all outfits are banned: Superheroes such as Batman and Spider-Man are OK. Other past costumes that would be allowed include San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner as a giant ketchup bottle, Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton on the U.S. Olympic men’s water polo team and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig as Gumby.

Some photos of past costumes at link.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: December 12, 2016 at 11:50 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: collective bargaining agreement, dress code, hazing, rookies, women

 

 

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