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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meet Ronald Herrera, the Yankees’ pet pitching prospect | New York Post

And it is not just the Yankees who appreciate him. This is from an opposing scout: “He is a medium-body right-hander who looks generic as hell. The stuff is not overpowering, but the pitchability and command are both so good. He is so poised, especially for his age. I love his makeup. I love how he mixes pitches. He is a big-league starting pitcher.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 28, 2016 at 09:44 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: ronald herrera, yankees

Monday, April 25, 2016

Yankees prospect Acevedo dies in car wreck

Yankees Minor Leaguer Sandy Acevedo was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday night, the team said. Acevedo was 18 years old.

Prior to their Sunday game against the Rays, the Yankees held a moment of silence in memory of the third baseman. Acevedo had not appeared in any Minor League games since signing with New York as an international free agent last July 6, his 18th birthday.

MLB.com’s David Adler cited a 2015 Scout.com interview in which Donny Rowland, New York’s director of international scouting, said of discovering the infielder, “Acevedo was one of the hitters that we brought in to face [pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, now the D-backs’ No. 8 prospect], and he absolutely owned him in three out of four at-bats and crushed stuff.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 25, 2016 at 02:34 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, obituaries, prospects, yankees

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury steals home | MLB.com

It ties the game too.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 23, 2016 at 07:05 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, steals home, yankees

Friday, April 22, 2016

Yankees’ grand plan doesn’t factor in losses like this | New York Post

The Yankees still have a stellar bullpen. To expect them to have a perfect bullpen expects too much.

“We’re going to get better, and it should start [Friday]” said Alex Rodriguez, who looked better at the plate, and Brett Gardner said, “I’d rather lose 9-of-14 in April than September.”

Both veterans probably are right. Without a stellar bullpen, though? This plan has no chance.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 07:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Players Honor Prince by Changing Walkup Music.

Later in the evening, a handful of players changed their walk-up music to Prince songs, including the Reds’ Brandon Phillips, the Orioles’ Adam Jones, the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez and the Rangers’ Bryan Holaday.

As a rule, I don’t get worked up over celebrity deaths. But this one hurts.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 21, 2016 at 10:59 PM | 670 comment(s)
  Beats: death, music, orioles, rangers, reds, twins, yankees

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

OTP: Randy Levine on GOP’s Foul Ball: Rules Deny Voters’ Will, Trump Wins

Working party officials, much like coaches work referees is acceptable. Sen. Cruz is doing exactly this.

But once a state votes and the results are in, the candidate who wins the most votes should be awarded the most delegates. Even more important, voters should be allowed to participate in every manner throughout the process.

A situation like Colorado, where party officials changed the rules to exclude voting is akin to a rainout that was never rescheduled or played. A game in which the umpires, not the players, decide the result.

The reality is that what seems to be going on is that certain party insiders and the party establishment do not like the results they are watching unfold on the field.

They do not like what they see on the scoreboard, and they definitely do not like the standings.

They do not like seeing Donald Trump on top.

However, just as in the world of sports, a level playing field is required in the world of politics.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 19, 2016 at 08:45 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: donald trump, opinion, politics, randy levine, yankees

Monday, April 18, 2016

Yanks’ bullpen is redefining nasty — with monstrous help coming | New York Post

Now the Yankees just need to score more runs so their bullpen will have more leads to protect.

Betances has struck out eight straight batters and 14-of-15. Miller, who picked up his third save, has struck out seven in a row and 12 of the 17 guys he has faced this season. Neither has yielded an earned run.

“Those guys are ridiculous,” Brian McCann said. “They’re as uncomfortable an at-bat as you can have in baseball.”

Yet help is coming in the form of Aroldis Chapman after he serves his 30-game, MLB-imposed suspension, which ends May 9.

“It will be better obviously,” Betances said of the bullpen. “When you add a quality arm like Chapman, it sets the tone not only for the team here but for the opposing team. They’re going to have some fear, obviously, when you’re facing a guy throwing 100-plus.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 18, 2016 at 09:15 AM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Grumbling About Socialism, the Yankees Profit From It

Paying revenue sharing, bad. Getting $1 billion in government subsidies for new stadium, good.

Hank G. Posted: April 17, 2016 at 07:45 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: corporate welfare, hypocrites, yankees

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Alex Rodriguez must hit or he has no worth for New York Yankees - Yankees Blog- ESPN

NEWSFLASH: Designated Hitter must hit to be of value to team. Story at 11!

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Monday, April 11, 2016

Yankees tentatively agree to stay in Tampa through 2046 - NY Daily News

$40 million here, $40 million there.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2016 at 03:19 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: tampa, yankees

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Now comes the hard part for Aroldis Chapman | New York Post

I’m not sure I follow the Yankees plan for Chapman. Why have him ramp up for Spring Training?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2016 at 08:39 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Miller to pitch through injury, Mitchell out with broken toe - NY Daily News

Miller plans to do more than survive. The southpaw’s intentions are to pitch through the injury, using some padding in his glove to protect the injured area.

“It’s my right hand; I don’t really need it,” said Miller, who will see a hand specialist sometime in the next few days. “I don’t see any reason I cant work around it unless for some reason the doctor tells me I have to protect it for some reason that we don’t foresee. I plan to be able to manipulate my glove around it and not really worry about it.”

And if the specialist tells him it’s not wise for him to play in his current condition?

“I’d probably find another doctor,” Miller said. “I can’t imagine not playing because of something on my right hand.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2016 at 01:51 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, yankees

Where we stand with muddled Yankees bullpen picture | New York Post

This was not a good day for the Yankees.

After the game, in which relievers Andrew Miller and Bryan Mitchell were injured, Girardi was waiting on test results and still not sure what his pen looked like.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2016 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, bryan mitchell, injuries, yankees

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Yankees’ Andrew Miller exits with injury | MLB.com

The Yankees have been blessed with good health for most of the spring, but those fortunes may have taken a turn on Wednesday afternoon when lefty reliever Andrew Miller was hit on the right wrist by a line drive. Miller immediately walked off the field after being struck with the seventh-inning drive off the bat of pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo in the Yankees’ 2-0 Grapefruit League victory over the Braves.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2016 at 07:06 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, yankees

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Yankees rejected Expos’ crazy Derek Jeter trade

According to a report from the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, then-Montreal Expos owner Jeffrey Loria wanted Derek Jeter so bad that he gave his general manager, Jim Beattie, free reign to offer everything the team had.

So, the report said, Beattie offered Yankees general manager Brian Cashman a crazy package: Pedro Martinez and Vladimir Guerrero. Obviously, Cashman rejected it.

“I can’t trade Derek Jeter,” Cashman said, according to the report.

The report didn’t say which year the deal was proposed.


Monday, March 28, 2016

Rob Refsnyder’s weekend from hell ends with sad demotion | New York Post

If he’s better at second base, he is a horrible third baseman.

As for Refsnyder, whose X-rays were negative, Girardi said he will get a steady diet of third.

“Our feeling is that we want him to play more at third. For him to be valuable to us, if he can do them both [second and third], he would be valuable to us. We are going to get him multiple days down there at third base,” Girardi said. “It’s tough. We thought he made progress while he was here. We are just asking him to make some more.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rob refsnyder, yankees

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Levine: ‘Unfair’ that Yanks pay more than Mets in revenue sharing

New York Yankees president Randy Levine complained about baseball’s revenue-sharing system in a recent interview with Fox Sports, saying it is “unfair” that the Yankees are paying considerably more than the crosstown rival New York Mets.

Levine’s comments, which were published Friday by Fox Sports, were made ahead of the looming expiration of Major League Baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement on Dec. 1, and the impending labor talks following the 2016 season.

“What is very burdensome to us—and is unfair—is the amount of money we have to pay in revenue sharing compared, for example, to teams in our market that pay 10 times less than us,” Levine told Fox Sports. “Hopefully that is something that will get looked at in the next labor agreement.” 

In a little over a year, baseball’s current labor deal will expire. And there are a number of major issues that could hang over the talks between the owners and players.
Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon declined to comment to Fox Sports when asked about Levine’s statement.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 26, 2016 at 10:41 AM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, revenue sharing, yankees

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Forbes: Baseball’s most valuable teams

The New York Yankees, worth at least $3.4 billion, have held MLB’s top spot since our first estimation of team values in 1998. That $3.4 billion represents just the enterprise value of the team and its stadium economics. But in reality, a big reason why someone would be willing to pay seven times revenue for the Yankees instead of, say, the MLB average of five times revenue, is the ability to extend the team’s brand, acumen and relationships beyond baseball into ventures such as Legends Hospitality, the YES Network, Major League Soccer and college football (full disclosure: I am co-host of Forbes SportsMoney on the YES Network).....

That said, with 2016 the last year of the CBA, I would expect the next labor pact to have two significant changes: The revenue sharing formula will be more specific in terms of how those teams who get money use it. Over the same span, the top five takers from Major League Baseball’s revenue-sharing system–the Miami Marlins, Tampa Bay Rays, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and San Diego Padres–have received a combined $642 million. Yet only the Padres rank better than 25th in payroll over that period at 20th. Instead of payroll, some owners have been using money to pay off debt or buy more shares of their team. And the $189 million payroll ceiling will be increased to at least $200 million.

But it’s a delicate balance. The World Series champion Kansas City Royals have used their revenue-sharing proceeds from the richer teams smartly by building a strong major league roster and a highly-regarded minor league system. It’s important for baseball to have small-market teams capable of competing for the series. The value of the Royals jumped 24% this year, to $865 million. The new CBA does not want to do damage to such success.

Pretty lofty values for a dying sport.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 24, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: forbes, franchise values, revenues, yankees


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Alex Rodriguez of New York Yankees to retire after 2017 season

You won’t have Arod to kick around much longer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Monday, March 21, 2016

Once the Yankees’ Future, a Big Three Settle for the Present - The New York Times

“I was, necessarily, the guinea pig — which I’m O.K. with,” Chamberlain said. “They were trying to protect me, and I blew out anyway. Innings, doing all these restrictions, that’s going to be a topic around baseball for as long as baseball goes.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2016 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: ian kennedy, joba chamberlain, phil hughes, yankees

Monday, March 14, 2016

OTP - 2016 March 14: No political baseball for Mets as team told to steer clear of talk about presidential race

Former Yankees outfielders Paul O’Neill and Johnny Damon endorsed Trump earlier this week. O’Neill attended a Trump rally on Tuesday in Florida, while Damon told the Daily News he supports his former “Celebrity Apprentice” boss’ vow to a build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico and his immigration policies.


Monday, March 07, 2016

Sabathia: My Toughest Out

Get better CC.

“I need help.”

I was in Baltimore at the time. It was the last Sunday of the regular season and we were about to start the playoffs. We’d gotten rained out on Friday, and I’d spent most of the weekend alone in my hotel room clearing out the minibar.

We had a game that day, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to help my teammates if they needed me. I was struggling to function physically, but I also felt awful in so many other ways. It struck me how tired I was of feeling sick. And how exhausted I was after keeping this secret for so long. Then it finally hit me:

You don’t have to live like this.

After years of struggling, it’s important to me to share my story in my own words. For a long time, I thought I was in this alone. But I want the world to know that there’s always people out there who understand. It’s possible to get better.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 07, 2016 at 12:08 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alcoholism, cc sabathia, yankees

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Yankees prospect Jorge Mateo continues to impress, learns important lesson | Newsday

Had my first look at him yesterday. He has an impressive skill set.

“I thought I had a home run on Wednesday,” the righthanded- hitting shortstop said through his translator. “I learned to keep on running. Running fast.”

The 20-year-old, signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, typically doesn’t have that issue. He stole a combined 82 bases in the minors last season to lead all minor-leaguers. But in the Yankees’ exhibition opener on Wednesday against the Tigers, Mateo was a tad slow — though, in fairness, not all that slow — getting out of the box on a drive he launched to leftfield in the ninth inning that didn’t clear the wall. Mateo ended up with a triple anyway, but it was a lesson learned.

“They told me to run hard all the time,” he said of the message some of his older teammates imparted after that game. “I saw video of it and I learned from it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge mateo, yankees

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Yankees Share for Sale: 1% Can Be Yours for About $24 Million - Bloomberg Business

OK, who is breaking open the piggy bank?

A minority owner of the New York Yankees is selling a 1 percent stake in the franchise for about $24 million, according to documents associated with the transaction and reviewed by Bloomberg News. The team as a whole is worth $2.75 billion to $3.25 billion, the documents say.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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