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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Yankees think Astros are stealing signs by whistling

During the 2018 postseason there was a bit of a thing involving the Indians and Red Sox thinking that the Astros were stealing signs and/or spying on their dugouts via the stationing of a team employee nearby. That controversy came and went with Major League Baseball issuing a statement that nothing untoward had happened.

Flash forward to this week and, once again, someone is accusing the Astros of stealing signs. This time, however, the accusation involves a far lower-tech means of doing it. From Andy Martino of SNY:

“Yankees players and coaches became angry with the Astros during Game 1 of the ALCS when they noticed a whistling sound in the Astros’ dugout — which they believed was an over-the-line example of sign stealing, and a violation of the game’s unwritten rules.

According to three sources, a Yankees coach noticed a whistling sound in the opposing dugout on certain pitches on Saturday night in Houston. The Yankees started yelling across the field, and people in the dugouts argued back and forth.

“The whole dugout was pissed,” said one source. “Everyone was chirping.””

Meanwhile, Aaron Boone is getting increasingly convinced that Carlos Correa is hypnotizing Yankees players with his teeth…..

 

QLE Posted: October 17, 2019 at 12:06 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sign-stealing, whining bunch of crybabies, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Driven out: Twins rookie _ and ex-Uber guy _ tagged by Yanks

NEW YORK (AP) — Just too much traffic for Twins rookie Randy Dobnak.

The feel-good story of the Uber driver-turned-big league pitcher came to a screeching halt Saturday when the New York Yankees tagged him from the get-go in an 8-2 rout, putting Minnesota in a serious jam in the AL Division Series.

“Nerves were fine,” Dobnak said. “I don’t know what it was.”

A week removed from his in-season wedding in Maryland, and with new bride Aerial in the stands, Dobnak soaked in the mocking, taunting cheers of “Uber, Uber” from the bleacher crowd at Yankee Stadium when he limbered up in the outfield before Game 2.

Yankees fans, showing (as they have so often this season) the sort of class and dignity that explains why so many people root for anyone else…..

QLE Posted: October 06, 2019 at 12:36 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, randy dobnak, twins, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

How Brian Cashman has survived the most volatile job in sports

NEW YORK – Back in July 1987, a teenaged member of the New York Yankees support staff happened to be in the room when Woody Woodward received a call from George Steinbrenner.

About two weeks earlier, Woodward, the Yankees general manager, had carried out The Boss’ order to trade Joe Niekro, the 42-year-old knuckleballer who had just finished his second season as a Yankee. And now, as a starter for the Minnesota Twins, Niekro had baffled the Yankees for seven innings. The Yankees wound up winning the game, but the Boss was fuming.

From the speakerphone on Woodward’s desk, the voice of Steinbrenner blared out loud and clear: “Now, Woody, this is what you’re going to do. You’re going to go down to the clubhouse and you’re going to take full responsibility for this move. You’re going to make sure the press knows I had nothing to do with this.”

All Woodward could say was, “Yes, sir. Yes, sir. Yes, sir.”

There is a cynical answer I could give to this, but I suspect it wouldn’t be popular here…..


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tauchman 30th Yankee on IL; Stanton HRs in simulated game

DETROIT (AP) — Outfielder Mike Tauchman became the New York Yankees’ 30th player on the injured list this year, the most in the major leagues in at least 15 years.

The 28-year-old strained his left calf Sunday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. New York made the roster move retroactive to Monday

Acquired from Colorado on March 23, Tauchman hit .277 with 13 homers in 260 at-bats over 87 games. He is New York’s 15th player currently on the IL.

Major League Baseball said the Yankees’ total on the injured/disabled list is the most since at least 2004, topping the 28 for the Los Angeles Dodgers in both 2016 and 2017. Boston had 27 in 2012.

So, how do they keep winning with so many players with the consistency of Waterford crystal?

 

QLE Posted: September 11, 2019 at 04:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injured list, mike tauchman, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Monday, August 26, 2019

Yeah, dominating Dodgers meant something for Yankees – ‘Even though it’s regular season, it felt big’

LOS ANGELES – In the late Sunday afternoon, life-sized shadows attached themselves to the heels of players largely indistinguishable from each other because of the non-chromatic uniforms they wore. The New York Yankees, burdened with head-to-ankles black in the 90-degree temperatures, appeared to be extensions of their own shadows. It was therefore hard to know where the Yankees ended and the shadows began, which is not an unreasonable metaphor in 2019. The answer lay somewhere in October and in a starting rotation still forming in the final days of August.

The Yankees hit their 59th, 60th and 61st home runs of August on Sunday, more than any team had ever hit in any month, and the 239th, 240th and 241st of their season, this though Aaron Judge has 16 all season and Giancarlo Stanton one. They’ve scored the most runs in the game, despite the injuries, which were – and are – plentiful. They crush left-handed pitching and are better against right-handed pitching. A few days back they gave Hyun-Jin Ryu about his worst whipping of the season, and on Sunday they hit three home runs off Clayton Kershaw, in this season unusual neither for them nor Kershaw.

So in a three-game series matching what some view to be decent World Series teams, the Yankees won two, on Sunday by 5-1. And in that series, 21 runs were scored, 15 by or as a direct result of home runs. There also were 72 strikeouts – again, in three games, a pretty good indication that October, like April through September, will be decided on the coiled back legs of hitters everywhere, swing hard in case you hit it, don’t come back ‘til you’ve blown an oblique, never mind the consequences.

The Yankees happen to be exceptional at that, as are the Dodgers. As are a lot of other teams, many of them headed for October themselves, their offensive games generally built around hitting the ball as far as they can, as often as they can. It’s how the game works now, which is fine by the Yankees, since, again, they’re loaded with those guys.

Yes, but how seriously can we take your success when it was in a match between stagehands and ice cream men?

QLE Posted: August 26, 2019 at 04:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, uniforms, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

 

 

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