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Monday, November 23, 2015

Robinson Cano reportedly unhappy in Seattle, would like to go back to New York

Last week Andy Van Slyke made the news for, among other things, ripping Robinson Cano in a radio interview, claiming that he was lazy, loafed and ended up getting coaches fired in Seattle. There has been a ton of criticism of Van Slyke for saying that, and today John Harper in the Daily News offers several quotes from the Mariners’ former third base coach, Rich Donnelly, defending Cano and his work ethic.

Buried deep in that story, however, is this bit:

So maybe Van Slyke is just so bitter about being fired that he needed someone to blame. But even if Cano has had the best intentions as a Mariner, one long-time friend who spoke to him recently says the second baseman is not happy in Seattle, especially with a new regime in charge there now, and that he’d love to somehow find his way back to New York.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 23, 2015 at 11:43 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, robinson cano, yankees

Steven Van Zandt teams up with Yankees adviser for TV show

While Negron’s back story has been well-documented — as a teenager, he was nabbed by George Steinbrenner outside the old Yankee Stadium in 1973 for spray painting graffiti on its walls, only to have The Boss take Negron under his wing and steer him on a path away from trouble — Van Zandt was deeply moved by the story of the years-long friendship that developed between Steinbrenner and Negron.

“That whole thing is such a good example of what can happen. One person can make a difference in somebody’s life. A good teacher is going to do that. A good coach is going to do that. It could be an art teacher, or an English teacher, a sports figure,” says Van Zandt. “Just making that contact — like Ray made with George Steinbrenner was really special, really important. Very hip of George Steinbrenner to take that approach, which he didn’t have to do. Who has time for some kid committing a crime, in this case a rather minor crime? And (Steinbrenner) was a rather busy guy. He says, ‘I’m going to deal with this.’ We need that to happen 100,000 more times today, you know what I mean?”

eddieot Posted: November 23, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Friday, November 20, 2015

NY Times: Danger at the Ballpark, and in Fine Print

A baseball fan injured by a foul ball is challenging the notion that major league teams can avoid liability with their assumption of risk

bobm Posted: November 20, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: fans hit by projectiles, yankees

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 11-20-2015

Bridgeport Evening Farmer, November 20, 1915:

That the Yankees will erect their new baseball stadium in Long Island City became almost a certainty yesterday afternoon when Capt. T.L. Huston declared that there are three sites over in Queens that appear favorable to him and Col. Ruppert, President and principal backer of the local American League club.
[Huston:] “There has been a lot of criticism heaped upon us for thinking of deserting Manhattan Island and locating in Queens. But we are ready to sink or swim in our investment and our ideas…With the money we can save by building elsewhere we can invest in new players for the team.”

Obviously, the House That Peckinpaugh Built never actually got built. The Yankees did eventually “desert Manhattan Island”, though that seems to have worked out fairly well for them.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: November 20, 2015 at 10:03 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, stadiums, yankees

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Yankees Still Moving Toward Path to Win Without Luxury Tax - The New York Times

It’s nice to have the revenue to still make the playoffs when you are in the middle of a rebuild.

“The last couple of years, the money that has come off, we’ve had to kind of put it back in to fill voids, because we haven’t had the young players to do it with,” Steinbrenner said.

Steinbrenner knows New York has to have marquee players but said it is essential to have a mix of veterans and youngsters. That will provide more payroll flexibility.

“I feel better than I did two or three years ago,” Steinbrenner said. “It’s frustrating to have all the injuries we had two years in a row and not have anybody that’s capable of coming up and really fill in the void. ... It’s a much better situation (now). We’ve seen the two can do it now, and we have a good two or three more coming this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2015 at 06:27 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Monday, November 16, 2015

How Yankees’ optimistic A-Rod, Teixeira thinking can burn them | New York Post

“I’m going to try to upgrade our roster and not worry about regression on certain guys,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said last week at the General Managers’ Meetings. “If that’s a possibility, it’s a possibility.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2015 at 07:12 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jason Heyward likely to land monster contract | FOX Sports

How does Heyward not end up in Yankees Stadium?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 08:34 AM | 73 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, jason heyward, white sox, yankees

Yankees planning to make serious run at Wei-Yin Chen: source - NY Daily News

According to a source, the Yankees could make a serious run at Chen, who has pitched for the Orioles the past four seasons. The 30-year-old is 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA since coming to the majors, including an 11-8 record and 3.34 ERA in 31 starts last season.

“A lot of teams are going to be in on him,” the source said. “But the Yankees are going to be one of them.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 12, 2015 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: wei yin chen, yankees

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Yankees, Mariners have engaged in talks about Brett Gardner | New York Post

No trade discussions were characterized as far along or specifically targeted to just one team. Nevertheless, Gardner has long been a player whom new Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto has liked going back to his time as an executive with the Diamondbacks and Angels. The Mariners, in fact, as part of the six-player trade done last week with Tampa, obtained center field prospect Boog Powell, who is commonly compared to Gardner in projecting his future.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2015 at 07:08 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mariners, trade rumors, yankees

Gleeman: Twins trade Aaron Hicks to Yankees for John Ryan Murphy

Does this mean Gardner’s on his way out?

Hicks turned his career around this year, hitting .256 with 11 homers and a .721 OPS in 97 games for the Twins to show some of the promise that made him a top-100 prospect before back-to-back rough seasons in 2013 and 2014. He’s a speedy center fielder with a very good arm and the potential to be an above-average hitter, although so far the switch-hitting Hicks has struggled against right-handed pitching enough to question if he should be playing every day. He could fill Chris Young’s old platoon role or make Brett Gardner expendable.

Murphy has served in a backup role for the Yankees, hitting .267 with four homers and a .685 OPS in 115 total games from 2013-2015.  His numbers in the minors are similar, including a .259 batting average and .736 OPS at Triple-A, so the 24-year-old Murphy is unlikely to be a standout hitter. He’ll split playing time with veteran Kurt Suzuki, whose struggles this year convinced the Twins they needed to find outside help at catcher.

JE (Jason) Posted: November 11, 2015 at 03:20 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron hicks, hot stove, twins, yankees

Monday, November 09, 2015

What could keep Yankees away from second-tier pitchers | New York Post

Psst, the Yankees are in the middle of a rebuild.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 09, 2015 at 01:52 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Saturday, November 07, 2015


To copy the Royals, the Dodgers and the Yankees would have to strip their payrolls and start over. The Yankees would also have to jettison their vastly overrated general manager, Brian Cashman, and find a general manager more adept at putting a roster together and not do it by throwing the Yankees’ millions at free agents.


bobm Posted: November 07, 2015 at 08:32 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: dayton moore, dodgers, rays, royals, yankees

New York Yankees trade news: Brian Cashman says ‘I’m open to anything’ | FOX Sports

“I’m open to anything,” Cashman said. “I’m always open to anything. I’m not afraid.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2015 at 05:43 AM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, trades, yankees

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Masahiro Tanaka Has Bone Spur Removed - MLB Trade Rumors

Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka underwent a procedure today to have a bone spur removed from his right elbow. The spur was present before Tanaka joined the Yankees in advance of the 2014 season, the team said.

Importantly, it appears that there has been no change in the status of Tanaka’s right ulnar collateral ligament. Tanaka has been pitching through a partially torn UCL for some time now, but still has yet to require Tommy John surgery.

New York says in its announcement that the Japanese hurler will require “six weeks of exercise and strengthening, followed by a throwing program.” The club expects that he’ll be recovered in time for spring training.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 21, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Monday, October 19, 2015

MLB Daily Dish: Yankees fire hitting coach Jeff Pentland

Maybe the club can also bring in the right-field porch a wee bit more?

Replacing Kevin Long was the biggest challenge for Pentland, who said that if Long couldn’t do the job, he knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy gig. Long was fired with a year left on his deal following the 2014 season and later joined the Mets as their hitting coach.

King names a number of potential candidates for the vacant job. When the job was available the first time, Chili Davis and Dave Magadan were brought in for interviews. Davis went to the Red Sox and Magadan stayed with the Rangers. However, he was later fired by Texas and the Yankees don’t appear interested this time.

Alan Cockrell, Pentland’s assistant, is among the mix along with minor league coaches James Rowsen and Marcus Thames. One of the more surprising names that has surfaced is Raul Ibanez, who just finished playing a few weeks ago.

As a team, the Yankees hit .251/.323/.421 with a wRC+ of 103, tied for the fifth best mark in all of baseball. The Bronx Bombers have some hitters getting up their in age, so it will be interesting to see what Father Time’s effect will be on their offense. The Yankees will need somebody that can manage those guys, along with coaching the youngsters like Greg Bird, Rob Refsnyder and the other young Yankee talent.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 19, 2015 at 12:04 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: firings, hitting coaches, yankees

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Which Yankees contract would you most like to move?

The Yankees can see the finish line on a number of long and expensive deals that have worked out with varying degrees of success. Lots of fans clamor for the team to move these bad deals all the time, dreaming of a team to come along and bail the Yankees out the way the Dodgers did for the Red Sox a few years ago. Deals like that aren’t commonplace, though, and expecting the Yankees to be able to shed undesirable contracts is usually a pipe dream. If a team did come along, however, wanting to rid the Yankees of one (and only one) of their contracts gone wrong, which player would you choose to move?

EvilBoWeevil Posted: October 14, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: contract, money, yankees

Friday, October 09, 2015

Botched surgery made Joe DiMaggio impotent | Page Six

Ah, OK.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2015 at 09:14 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: joe dimaggio, yankees

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Cashman confirms Yanks rejected Refsnyder and Warren for Zobrist at trade deadline

Brian Cashman was asked about the trade deadline following last night’s game, specifically whether he regretted not making more moves. Of course he said no, but he did drop this interesting nugget. From George King:

“The only second baseman was [Ben] Zobrist and [Oakland] wanted a combo of [Adam] Warren and [Rob] Refsnyder,’’ said Cashman, who declined the offer, while Zobrist went to the Royals. “We tried to improve the bullpen and made a significant offer [to San Diego for Craig Kimbrel] and it was turned down. After the deadline, 75 percent of the players were claimed. There was nowhere to turn outside of [Triple-A] Scranton.’’

In a vacuum, trading Refsnyder and Warren for Zobrist is perfectly reasonable to me. I’m higher than most on Warren but am also probably the low guy on Refsnyder. He strikes me as a fine stopgap second baseman, but someone who has a team in contention constantly looking for an upgrade. In terms of talent and value and all that stuff, Refsnyder and Warren for Zobrist works fine.


Reports: CC Sabathia’s drinking spilled over into Yankees clubhouse

Reports have now surfaced indicating a weekend of heavy drinking in Baltimore led to Sabathia checking into rehab. The Yankees finished the season with three games on the road against the Orioles, and Sabathia was not scheduled to pitch. Emily Smith, Danika Fears and Frank Rosario of the New York Post has some details:

The last straw for Sabathia came during the team’s final regular-season series in Baltimore, where he spent most of his time pounding drinks at a hotel, the source said….

By Friday, the pitcher looked “out of it” as the team waited around Baltimore’s Camden Yards to play a game that was eventually rained out.

“He drank every day last week apart from the day he pitched,” the source said. “The tipping point was Friday when he was at the stadium. He carried on drinking Saturday.”

According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, Sabathia’s drinking even spilled over into the team’s clubhouse at some point last weekend as well.

After the Yankees’ game with the Baltimore Orioles was rained out on Friday afternoon, Sabathia was seen by reporters walking unsteadily as he left the Yankees’ clubhouse. The normally affable pitcher also failed to respond to the greetings of reporters who have known him for a long time.

A short time later, an onlooker noticed Sabathia offering a paper cup containing a brown liquid to a teammate who was finishing up a workout, urging the teammate to “take a sip.” The teammate refused, saying he still had some running to do. Sabathia was then ushered out of the building and into a waiting cab by a third teammate.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 07, 2015 at 11:48 AM | 52 comment(s)
  Beats: alcoholism, c.c. sabathia, clubhouse chemistry, yankees

Dallas Keuchel efficient in Wild Card start |

Congrats to the Astros!

“Incredible pitcher,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He showed a lot of resiliency. He wasn’t at his best, but six innings scoreless at Yankee Stadium, in the biggest moment. If that’s not his best, we can take anything he can give us.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 07, 2015 at 06:26 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, wild card, yankees

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Toronto Blue Jays Big Favorites as 2015 MLB Postseason Begins

It begins again: Rational Pastime projections for the 2015 postseason. Tonight, the RP model has the Houston Astros as slight favorites over the New York Yankees. Were these teams evenly matched, the Yanks would be favored 54-46, thanks to home field advantage. However, my RP Score system believes that the Astros are a better team.

As for the rest of the playoffs, the model—which relies on the Log 5 equation and Matt Swarz’s numbers for home field advantage—picks the Toronto Blue Jays to win it all as nearly 2:1 favorites.

J-Doug Posted: October 06, 2015 at 04:19 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, blue jays, cardinals, cubs, dodgers, mets, pirates, playoffs, projections, rangers, royals, yankees

It’s Mashiro Tanaka’s time to earn his $175 million | New York Post

Would be be too much trouble for the headline writer to get the name spelled correctly?

No pressure, Masahiro. It’s just a game where your legacy in New York.

This is a new Tanaka Time.

Masahiro Tanaka knows it’s time to earn his money.

This will be a much different Tanaka on the mound than the one whose pitches were sent into orbit by the Astros in Houston in June.
He promises.

Tanaka is not one for such bold words, but there is too much pride on the line here.

This is the Tanaka who has been waiting for the postseason lights.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:26 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Alex Rodriguez embraces the underdog role, but Dallas Keuchel isn’t buying it | Newsday

It looks like Vegas has the Astros as favorites.

“We’re underdogs coming into this game,” A-Rod said Monday after the Yankees worked out at the Stadium in preparation for Tuesday night’s wild-card playoff game against the Astros.

But Keuchel, who hasn’t allowed a run in 16 innings against the Yankees this season and will start against them Tuesday night on three days’ rest, all but scoffed at the premise.

“I don’t believe so,” the lefthander said with a smile. “We’re at their home place, we’re at Yankee Stadium. I don’t think we’re favored, I really don’t. And that’s the way we’re going to continue to play, as the underdog.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 06, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, playoffs, wild card, yankees

Monday, October 05, 2015

CC Sabathia checks into alcohol rehab, will not pitch in postseason


It hurts me deeply to do this now, but I owe it to myself and to my family to get myself right. I want to take control of my disease, and I want to be a better man, father and player.

eddieot Posted: October 05, 2015 at 01:19 PM | 71 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, postseason, yankees

Spector: Here is CC Sabathia’s full statement.

I’m sure everyone hopes CC gets the care needed.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 05, 2015 at 01:12 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, postseason, yankees

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