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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Luis Severino struggling with slider

His slider is one part of the problem. I’ve watched a few of his starts. What I noticed is his fastball location is off. He’s catching too much of the middle of the plate. To verify I looked at his fastball heatmaps on Baseball Savant. Here’s what I found:
severino_before_after

Edit: Missed the labels somehow. On the left is Severino’s fastball before July 2nd; on the right is his fastball after July 2nd.

A slider, which isn’t breaking as much, mixed with a straight fastball, which is finding too much of the plate, is a bad combination.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2018 at 11:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

It’ll take more than blind optimism for Aaron Boone to resurrect Yankees

The whole Chicken Little baseball coverage irks me. The Yankees have injuries. Some of their better healthy players aren’t playing at their peaks. It happens. It’s a long season, though. The Yankees can pull things together in September, win the Wild Card game, and crush everyone in the playoffs. If it happens, their current stretch won’t matter. A Red Sox historic season would be tarnished. And all that is assume the Red Sox don’t get crushed by injuries and the Yankees don’t quickly rebound, which is also possible.

If baseball seasons were perfectly predicable there would be no reason for the games.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2018 at 11:09 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

No hits? No problems!

The good, the bad, and the ugly: Winning a game when you get no-hit, getting no hits, and the extra inning free runner rule.

stevegamer Posted: August 07, 2018 at 08:48 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, no hitter, phillies, yankees

Monday, July 30, 2018

Royals’ Salvador Perez turned an extremely rare unassisted double play by a catcher

New York had loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning when the Yankees’ Tyler Wade hit a tapper about 2 feet in front of the plate.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez sprang to his feet, touched home plate for the force and then tagged Wade for the second out.

It was over in a flash and Wade seemed a bit stunned because the double play happened while he was in the batter’s box.

Zach Posted: July 30, 2018 at 08:22 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: double plays, royals, salvador perez, unusual plays, yankees

Saturday, July 28, 2018

First, the Yankees Played the Indians. Then World War ll Took the Field.

Rather interesting story here, especially for those with an interest in the sort of special exhibition games we don’t seem to have anymore.

During World War II, baseball not only survived, it thrived. Games were turned into dazzling patriotic shows, and an extravaganza like the all-star game featuring the greats of the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers at Polo Grounds on Aug. 26, 1943, raised $800 million in war bonds.

But another war-relief game that summer, which raised far less money, left an enduring mark on baseball.

On July 28, 1943, the main event came after the Cleveland Indians beat the Yankees, 6-2, at Yankee Stadium.

 

QLE Posted: July 28, 2018 at 07:53 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, exhibitions, indians, navy, ted williams, world war ii, yankees

Friday, July 27, 2018

Aaron Judge has fractured right wrist, can’t swing bat for 3 weeks

NEW YORK—New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge suffered a chip fracture in his right wrist after being hit by a pitch in the first inning of Thursday night’s 7-2 win over the Kansas City Royals and is expected to miss three weeks, the Yankees announced.

The Yankees said Judge isn’t expected to need surgery, but it will be about three weeks before he can swing a bat in a game. He was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Friday and the team recalled infielder Tyler Wade from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 27, 2018 at 06:44 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, disabled list, yankees

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Yankees have deal in place for J.A. Happ | MLB.com

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported that Toronto is expected to receive infielder Brandon Drury and outfield prospect Billy McKinney, the Yankees’ No. 20 prospect.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:24 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, trades, yankees

Yanks acquire reliever Britton from Orioles

Dillon Tate, Cody Carroll, and Josh Rogers are human beings who throw baseballs and now play in the Orioles’ organization.

Ziggy's screen name Posted: July 26, 2018 at 03:22 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, trades, yankees

Sunday, July 22, 2018

The Biggest Years by the Smallest Players

Just a lil’ sumpin’ sumpin.’

gehrig97 Posted: July 22, 2018 at 10:34 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, berra, jose altuve, morgan, puckett, yankees

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Aaron Judge — Huge Talent, Phenomenal Trade Bait

...at the moment there lies an opportunity for Cashman to test his courage as never before.

That would mean jumping in with both feet to snatch Manny Machado from Baltimore and then getting on the phone with his good friend Omar Minaya, part of a triumvirate making baseball decisions for the Mets, and telling him he doesn’t want Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, the two most coveted starting pitchers on the market.

He wants them both.

And to land them he’s willing to (gulp) send Aaron Judge across town. ...

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 18, 2018 at 09:29 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, orioles, yankees

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Why the Cubs and Yankees Should Swap Tyler Chatwood and Sonny Gray

The biggest reason this perfectly reasonable idea wouldn’t happen is that Chatwood is guaranteed more money, but I like the idea behind it, at least:

Gray is still getting decent or better swinging-strike rates on his primary pitches. His velocity is pretty stable this year — and might actually be up a tick over last year — so there’s no obvious explanation for Gray’s struggles except for the change in approach he adopted when he came to New York. As for Chatwood, we knows he’s pitched poorly — and the pitch-value data suggests he’s struggled with his four-seamer and sinker more than other pitch by far. Yet those pitches also account for close to 60% of his offerings, with his changeup and curveball both in the single digits. The latter two pitches are actually above average on a rate basis, though. The whiff numbers on Chatwood’s secondaries are strong and, interestingly, Statcast suggests that Chatwood’s biggest control problems are on his four-seamer and sinker. He has better command, it seems, of his cutter, changeup, and curve.

Gray, in other words, would benefit by moving away from his secondary pitches, Chatwood by embracing them. Per Pitch Info, those two pitchers are on the worst teams for making those specific changes.

Cubs pitchers are throwing fewer secondaries than any other staff in the majors, the Yankees more of them. At some level, these figures are reliant on the actual personnel employed by the clubs. When the numbers are so divergent across an entire roster, however, it at least suggests the possibility of an organizational philosophy at work. By these numbers, Gray might benefit most from a move to Chicago, Chatwood from a move to New York.


Saturday, July 14, 2018

NYTimes: The New York Yankees Are a Moral Abomination

I mean, be reasonable: How often, as Derek Jeter’s retirement approached in 2014, were we made to endure the squealing ecstasies of television announcers too bedazzled by the fastidious delicacy of his dainty coupé-chassé en tournant on grounders to his right to notice his minuscule range or flimsy arm? Why were we forced to see him awarded a preposterous two additional Gold Gloves in his dotage when his defense was scarcely better than mediocre in his prime?

Who, moreover, can forget the obligatorily bibulous rhapsodies from sports commentators in the waning days of the old Yankee Stadium in 2008 — grown men dissolving in foaming raptures over a “great tradition” in its twilight or intoning solemn encomiums to the glorious “temple of sport” soon be reduced to dust? Temple, forsooth! More like the largest brothel in the world, being torn down only because a larger, glitzier brothel was being erected across the street. (Really, how does a Yankees fan’s pride in all those purchased championships differ from the self-delusion of a man staggering out of a bawdy house at dawn, complimenting himself on his magnificent powers of seduction?)

Who does this guy think he is?

 

Mr. Hart is the author of “The New Testament: A Translation.”

Oh, a theologian.  Well, I’m sold.  Do click through for the image of Baphomet in a Yankees uniform.


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Yankees have made ‘strong offer’ for Machado

 


Friday, June 22, 2018

Late Yankees Pitching Coach Billy Connors: A Character With A Huge Appetite For Life

Billy Connors, the former Yankees pitching guru who died on Monday at age 76, was a man of prodigious appetites.

He could eat – at the time of his death, he must have weighed close to 300 pounds, and according to friends, hadn’t been out of a chair, literally, in years. Reggie Jackson told me on Wednesday that during his days as the Yankees pitching coach, Connors would make a big show of coming to the ballpark each day with two dozen donuts that he would leave out for the players.

One day, Jackson stopped at the donut shop on his way to work – and was told by the owner that Connors had just left with his daily order – three dozen donuts “for the guys.’’ Jackson, nobody’s fool, quickly deduced that Connors made the missing dozen disappear on his drive park.

But Connors’ real appetite was for beautiful women and unusual animals. Maybe not in that order, and definitely not together. But Connors’ passion for both might have surpassed his knowledge of pitching, of which he was an acknowledged master.

After a three-year big league career as a right-handed reliever for the Cubs and Mets, Connors reinvented himself as a pitching coach. In 1982, he was hired by the Cubs, and while in Chicago he wasted none of his free time. Connors somehow became fast friends with famous Chicago resident Hugh Hefner, a magazine publisher, who as a gesture of friendship began introducing Connors to some young women he knew.

And so began Connors’ relationship with an adult-film actress who was born Dorothea Hundley but was known professionally as Seka. She was 12 years younger than Connors and needless to say, a looker. Her nickname was The Platinum Princess and she had acted alongside some of the, well, biggest names in porn. (On a sidenote, Connors was prohibited by the Cubs to bring Seka to any games at Wrigley Field on the grounds that it was a “family ballpark.’’)

The experience of dating Seka served Connors well in his day job, however; whenever he visited the mound to calm down a pitcher, his standard line was, “What are you worried about? I had to follow John Holmes.’’

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: June 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: awesome, gluttony, lust, yankees

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grumpy Gossage Napalms His Bridges:BWitz:NYT (reg req.)

Has Goose Gossage at long last grumped his way to irrelevance? Gossage has not been invited to Yankees Old Timers Day. 

Maybe the biggest problem with his grumpiness is there’s nothing new: more complaints about computers and guys from Harvard who won their rotisserie leagues. However, the portrait in the article at well-rounded, and Goose is still one of the icons of the game. Gossage was the best of both words—he lit up the spreadsheet and was fun to watch.

He had never been out of the state until he boarded a plane for Sarasota, Fla., after the Chicago White Sox drafted him in 1970 and gave him an $8,000 signing bonus.

Shortly before he left, he borrowed his brother’s car and drove to his favorite spot, near the Wilson Ranch, where his father, who had died the year before from emphysema, used to take him to hunt rabbit and deer, and forage for arrowheads.

Gossage sat under a pine tree and cried.

“I was scared to death,” he said. “I thought Hank Aaron and all the greats put their pants on different, that they were fictitious characters that didn’t really exist. But through those tears I had a talk with myself, that there aren’t going to be any woulda, shoulda, couldas. When I made that commitment to myself, I felt this weight off my shoulders.”

puck Posted: June 17, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: old man yells at cloud, yankees

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nats ride Soto’s historic 2-HR game to split in NY

NEW YORK—The first game Juan Soto played in this season came at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the Braves’ Class A Rome affiliate, which seats a little more than 5,000 people. Soto offered a glimpse of his enormous potential in that game, when he homered for Hagerstown, but even then it would have been difficult to imagine how different his stage would be just two months later. And how well he would handle it.

On Wednesday night, Soto played for the first time in his career at Yankee Stadium in front of 45,030 fans. And he responded by becoming the fifth-youngest player in Major League history to record a multihomer game, swatting a three-run homer in the fourth that squeaked over the left-field wall and a towering 436-foot solo homer to center field in the seventh to power the Nats to a 5-4 victory.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2018 at 01:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, yankees

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Yankees should trade for Paxton.

The Yankees have something special going on this season. The club owns a 30 - 13 record and has played stellar baseball for the last month or so. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. The rotation, of course, stands out as the area in most need of an upgrade. The staff contains far more question marks than sure things. Reinforcements would help.

EvilBoWeevil Posted: May 22, 2018 at 02:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners, yankees

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - New York Yankees

Ah, perhaps the toughest entry of all for me to come up with, given how I place the Yankees just above Pol Pot and one spot below You Tube stars on my hierarchy of historical malevolence, and that’s only because the Yankees have slipped down a few spaces after the nice anti-bullying video they recently did.

Yankee Stadium III is that rare new park that seems to be least appreciated by the fans of the club, particularly in comparison with the facility it replaced. From what I can tell, it tends to do better on rankings from non-Yankee partisans. 

The name has been a constant, from the place that George Herman had a hand in constructing through the 1970s renovation that maintained the old footprint through the newer place located nearby. It’s not terribly original, but it’s also hard to imagine it being called anything else. Hell, if Yankee fans at BTF are representative of the fanbase as a whole, the bigger question isn’t whether the name is good enough for the park, but whether the ballyard is good enough to be called Yankee Stadium.

Tomorrow: The Mile High Club

Ballpark History

Built: 2009

Capacity: 47,309

Name: Yankee Stadium 2009-present.

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Yankee Stadium I (version 2) 1975-2008; Shea Stadium 1973-74; Yankee Stadium I 1923-1973; Polo Grounds 1913-22; Hilltop Park, 1903-12. Stadium also used as home for Major League Soccer’s New York FC.

Distinctive Features: Monument Park; the moats; roof frieze; exterior of Indiana limestone (my Hoosier pride showing); all those damn pennants. 


Ballpark Highlights:

In the first season of the new park, the Yankees appeared on their way to a Subway Series loss to the crosstown Mets when Alex Rodriguez popped up with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth. However, Luis Castillo dropped the can of corn, giving the Yanks a 9-8 victory.

Later that year, short-rest starter Andy Pettitte extended his record for most career postseason victories to 18 in a 7-3 win over Philadelphia, giving the club its 27th World Series title.

In 2010, Alex Rodriguez homered off poor-spelling Blue Jays pitcher Shawn Marcum for his 600th career dinger, becoming the youngest to join the club. Baseball, Bud Selig and Biogenesis made sure he never reached 700.

In 2011, Derek Jeter became the second player to homer for his 3,000th hit (following equally unlikely candidate Wade Boggs). Icky Yankee mouthpiece Randy Levine strong-armed a fan out of the historic baseball.

One month later, Curtis Granderson hit an eighth-inning grand slam off Oakland’s Bruce Billings. It was the third Yankee slam in the team’s 22-9 victory, the only time in major league history a team had three homers with the bases loaded in the same game.

Teammates Pettitte and Jeter lifted Mariano Rivera with two outs in the eighth inning in the future Hall of Famer’s final game, culminating the first of back-to-back long farewell tours for Yankee greats.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium names, yankees

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Yanks, Red Sox will take rivalry to London in ‘19

NEW YORK—The most historic rivalry in baseball will break new ground in June 2019, with the Red Sox and Yankees scheduled to meet in London for the first Major League games played in Europe.

The MLB London Series will be played June 29-30, 2019, at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take on a baseball configuration for the event. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. The Red Sox will be the home team for both games, marking the first time that the clubs have met in a city that was not Boston or New York.

I’ll almost certainly go, because hey! MLB in my home city. But Yankees v Red Sox? Bleah.

manchestermets Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: london, overseas series, red sox, yankees

Monday, May 07, 2018

The Yankees’ new Death Star is fully operational | Yahoo Sports

The latest to play hero in The Bronx is none other than new second baseman Gleyber Torres — who for all intents and purposes was the final piece separating the lovable ‘Baby Bombers’ from returning to full on ‘Evil Empire’ status.

Torres became the youngest player in Yankees history to launch a walk-off home run as New York emerged with a 7-4 victory over the Indians for its 15th win in 16 games. It was Torres second homer in as many days.


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ichiro’s Playing Days Over

Seattle Mariners icon Ichiro Suzuki’s playing days are over, and will be transitioning to a role in the front office, effective Thursday, the Mariners announced.

Thanks for the memories Ichiro.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Brawl Erupts, and the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Catches Fire

BOSTON — If there was any doubt that the saltiness had returned to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, it evaporated late Wednesday night when a 97-miles-per-hour fastball from Boston reliever Joe Kelly found its intended target: Tyler Austin’s ribs.

Austin slammed his bat down, fired his helmet to the ground and charged after Kelly, and soon both benches and bullpens were empty.


Friday, March 30, 2018


Monday, March 12, 2018

Neil Walker signs one-year deal with Yankees | MLB.com

The 32-year-old Walker, who had been working out at the free-agent camp in Bradenton, is entering his 10th Major League season. His signing could signal the Yankees’ intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues.

“I don’t control that,” Torres said. “I control playing my game every day and making progress every day, staying humble and trying to help my team. I don’t know what happens right now.”

Walker’s contract is believed to be worth about $5 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, which would keep the Yankees comfortably below their envisioned $197 million payroll threshold. Walker earned $17.2 million last year after accepting a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 06:58 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Yankees need to stop messing with their star reliever | New York Post

So the whole premise of the article is pretty much bologna.

Boone pretty much solidified Green’s bullpen future when he said after the game, “I think probably our preference is to eventually move him back [to the bullpen], but we want to at least be in that position should something come up.”

The move back to the pen would be “pretty soon,” Boone said.

That would be the smart move.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: chad green, yankees

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