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Friday, April 19, 2019

Yankees sign Logan Morrison, who once beefed with Gary Sanchez and called their fans ‘stupid’

The New York Yankees have signed veteran first baseman Logan Morrison to a minor-league deal, the team announced on Friday. He will go to extended spring training before he ends up with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Morrison has an opt-out date of July 1 and will make $1 million if he’s added to the major league roster, reports ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Morrison will have to prove himself before getting the call-up to the big-league lineup, but it’s going to be very interesting if he does end up in the New York clubhouse. When Morrison didn’t get an invite to the 2017 Home Run Derby, he took out his frustration on Gary Sanchez.

“Gary shouldn’t be here,” Morrison said. “Gary’s a great player, but he shouldn’t be in the Home Run Derby. I remember when I had 14 home runs. That was a month and a half ago.”

John Kander and Fred Ebb wrote a great song that explains Mr. Morrison’s change of heart.


QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 09:00 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, logan morrison, yankees

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Brian Cashman defends Yankees medical staff after Greg Bird injury

Is it time for the Yankees to just move on from Greg Bird?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 17, 2019 at 09:00 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Not again: Yankees lose yet another player to injury as Gary Sánchez hits IL

The New York Yankees might want to consider taking the field wearing bubble wrap moving forward. The team was hit by yet another injury Friday, as catcher Gary Sánchez was placed on the injured list.

The 26-year-old Sánchez will miss at least the next 10 days due to a left calf strain. He was hitting .268/.333/.732 with six home runs to open the season.

The move leaves the Yankees with quite a few big names on the IL.

The New York Yankees: Making A Mockery Of Pierre Etaix Since 2019



QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:02 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, injuries, yankees

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Altuve Homers Twice as Astros Sweep Yankees for First Time

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve needed video review to confirm his first home run Wednesday night.

His second shot was a no-doubter — just like the Houston Astros’ status as a team to beat in the American League.

Altuve hit two homers, Carlos Correa homered with three RBIs and the Astros completed their first ever sweep of the New York Yankees with an 8-6 win Wednesday night.

Well, there’s always a first for everything….


QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, jose altuve, sweep, yankees

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Yanks ace Severino returning to N.Y. for MRI

HOUSTON—Yankees ace Luis Severino will be returning to New York on Monday night from Tampa, Florida, to get an MRI and be reevaluated by head team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad, manager Aaron Boone said.

The MRI and other testing will be conducted Tuesday.

Severino, who was shut down at the beginning of March due to rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder, isn’t experiencing pain; but he isn’t where he wants to be, and the team wants an examination to determine why he isn’t progressing as expected, Boone said ahead of the Yankees’ series opener in Houston.

Will the last member of the Yankees in a position to play please turn the light off on the way out?


QLE Posted: April 09, 2019 at 03:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, mri, yankees

Monday, April 08, 2019

MLB roundup: Sanchez hits 3 of Yanks’ 7 homers in walloping Orioles

Gary Sanchez homered three times while Clint Frazier homered twice as the visiting New York Yankees belted seven homers in defeating the Baltimore Orioles 15-3 Sunday afternoon.

Sanchez finished with six RBIs in his first career three-homer game, while Frazier drove in four runs. The victory completed a sweep of the three-game series. New York also got homers from Gleyber Torres and Austin Romine and finished with 14 overall during this sweep.

The first 18 runs the Yankees scored in this series came via the long ball.

Domingo German (2-0) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and gave up two runs on two hits in six innings plus two batters.

If there’s anything that we don’t have a thread on, here’s a good place to discuss it.


QLE Posted: April 08, 2019 at 09:48 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, home runs, yankees

Saturday, April 06, 2019

The Beginning of the End

This post has been more than 12 years in the making and I still don’t know how to start it, so I’m just going to come out and say it: We’ve decided it’s time to shut down RAB. More accurately, I’ve decided it’s time to shut down RAB, since I’ve been running the show the last few years.

RAB is not shutting down right away. The final day will be Monday, April 29th, so we’re going to keep going through the end of the month. It will be business as usual until then, with analysis and game stories and minor league updates and all that. It’ll be the same old RAB the next 24 days.

Believe me, this was not a rash decision. I’ve been year-to-year for a few years now, and two years ago I was leaning toward calling it quits. Then the Yankees started socking dingers and got good and fun in a hurry, so I decided to go another year. I’d been waiting nearly a decade to blog about a young and exciting team.

Like Mike said, it’s been coming, but it’s still sad news. RAB was one of (if not) the best Yankees blogs out there during its time of existence.

Another one of my formative web baseball sites bites the dust (essentially crumbles away).

Count Vorror Rairol Mencoon (CoB) Posted: April 06, 2019 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Another one down: Yanks’ Tulo leaves with strained left calf

Who has April 3rd in the pool?

Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been pulled from a game with a strained left calf and taken to a hospital for further testing, another blow for the majors’ most hobbled club.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:25 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: troy tulowitzki, yankees

Yankees injuries are destroying Aaron Boone’s long-term plan

Injuries suck.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Luke Voit irked by Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez in Yankees’ loss | Newsday

Asked what he was mad about, Voit said: “That’s the second time I’ve been hit in that area this year already. I get it — they’re trying to pitch up and in, but especially with all the injuries going on, it’s just frustrating because I could have been the guy that’s No. [10] on the [injured] list. And I get it — he’s not trying to do it on purpose, but you never know what can happen and it’s just frustrating.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 03, 2019 at 08:04 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: luke voit, yankees

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Yankees disastrous start gets even worse after Miguel Andujar tears labrum

The New York Yankees got off to an underwhelming start to the 2019 season, losing two of three games to the lowly Baltimore Orioles in their opening series. The team’s outlook didn’t improve much Monday, when both Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar were placed on the injured list with different ailments.

The 29-year-old Stanton will miss at least 10 days due to a biceps injury. Andujar could miss a lot more than 10 days.

The 24-year-old Andujar is dealing with a tear in his labrum. The team will treat him conservatively for two weeks but season-ending surgery could be on the table.

Never fear, there had to be someone Captain Intangibles will send their way in exchange for a hill of beans!



QLE Posted: April 02, 2019 at 03:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, labrum, miguel andujar, yankees

Friday, March 29, 2019

‘We can hurt you from anywhere’ – Tulowitzki on Yankees

Troy Tulowitzki believes the New York Yankees have one of the deepest line-ups in MLB.

Tulowitzki hit ninth and went one for four with a strikeout in New York’s 7-2 Opening Day win over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.

The 34-year-old shortstop, who was making his team debut, was asked about batting last when he met with reporters after the game.

“To be at the bottom of the order, that was different for me,” Tulowitzki said. “Just goes to show how good it is, it really doesn’t matter. In this line-up, we can hurt you from anywhere.”

Rather tough talk from someone who (if the last few years mean anything, as the full article notes) seems to be made of Waterford crystal….


QLE Posted: March 29, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: troy tulowitzki, yankees

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Aaron Boone sees extra motivation in 2019 Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) — Manager Aaron Boone sees even more motivation in this year’s New York Yankees.

“They’ve had a couple of really good teams here that have been close, and the disappointment of an ending when you feel like you have a team capable of greatness I think does add a log to the fire,” he said Wednesday. “It does add a little extra kick to wanting this to get done, and I think that adds to everyone’s hunger a little bit.”

New York worked out at Yankee Stadium ahead of Thursday’s opener against Baltimore. The Yankees have not reached the World Series since winning the 2009 title and haven’t finished first in the AL East since 2012.

Mind you, they’ve still made the playoffs in three of the six years since, so….


QLE Posted: March 28, 2019 at 05:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron boone, yankees

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Friday, March 22, 2019

Yankees’ Sabathia makes 1st appearance since heart procedure

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia has returned to the mound for the first time since undergoing a heart procedure in December.

Sabathia allowed one run and two hits over two innings on Thursday in a minor league exhibition game, striking out three for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre against Toledo, Detroit’s Triple-A affiliate.

Sabathia, who has announced he’s retiring after the season, said he “felt great” after his 26-pitch outing.

Positive news indeed.



QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cc sabathia, yankees

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why Yankees’ Aaron Judge is changing his two-strike approach

Read the whole thing.

Much like Ted Williams espoused, there is a science to hitting, and Judge is a student of the game and his swing.

“I think that is where a lot of guys actually get messed up, with their leg kick,’’ Judge said. “There are so many times I tell myself not to worry about it and still get messed up. My swing is pretty simple the way it is, just with a little leg kick and stuff like that, but there are times in the season I don’t even know what [the front leg] is doing. I feel like I am on time but I keep getting beat so I will have the chance to go back to the no stride, where it is kind of a rock to get into my hip and then swing, it’s simple.

“For me, I can always go back to something simple that will produce results,’’ Judge said. “Just be accurate with the barrel. That’s all I want to do.’’

That is great advice to all hitters.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2019 at 09:45 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Monday, March 11, 2019

The long, rewarding road back for Yankees’ Troy Tulowitzki

TAMPA, Fla.—A slow-played Sunday morning found half the New York Yankees boarding a bus bound for Lakeland, many with a paper coffee cup in one hand, a paper plate of eggs in the other, a bat bag slung over one shoulder. The rest stayed behind to play the Pittsburgh Pirates.

An hour’s an hour, and the disappearance of just the one served to heighten gravity’s devilish pull on another day like the one before and the one before that.

Reggie Jackson, he’s 72 now, padded into the clubhouse, nodded good morning and, on the fly, paged through a print edition of the New York Post. Ron Guidry, 68, unhurriedly chased wisps of steam from his black coffee. Willie Randolph, 64, stopped, said his oldest grandchild is 10 now and that he lives near enough to them all to see them grow, then smiled at wherever the years go.

A spring training slice-of-life, and a reminder that this is the season where hope springs forever eternal.

QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: comeback, spring training, troy tulowitzki, yankees

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Jonathan Loaisiga’s case to fill in for injured Luis Severino

How many starts would he make before Severino comes back?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2019 at 08:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jonathan loaisiga, yankees

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Luis Severino Shut Down For Two Weeks Due To Shoulder Inflammation - MLB Trade Rumors

2:53pm: The MRI showed inflammation to Severino’s rotator cuff,’s Bryan Hoch tweets. He’ll rest for at least two weeks while undergoing treatment, including injections and anti-inflammatories, before picking up a ball. That’ll likely knock Severino out for Opening Day, though it seems the broader prognosis is still generally optimistic.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Andy Pettitte Turned Down Derek Jeter’s Offer to Join Marlins and Picked Yankees Instead

​It’s not a surprise when a team decides to a hire an iconic former member of their franchise as a special adviser. That’s exactly what the ​New York Yankees announced on Monday when they ​brought Andy Pettitte aboard.

It didn’t come without some competition, however, as the Derek Jeter-led Miami Marlins tried to hire Pettitte to their own front office. The longtime MLB starter eventually turned him down and went to the Yankees.

On top of having no connection to Miami, it appears that Pettitte has a cushy job with the Yanks to count on. General manager Brian Cashman tried to explain his role as an adviser, but it sounds like a “do what you want, when you want” kind of gig.

And, of course, the side benefit of being able to keep one’s dignity, which employment with the Marlins seems to tend to take away awfully quick….


Monday, February 25, 2019

Hicks signs 7-year deal with Yankees |

A nice luxury tax friendly contract.

Outfielder Aaron Hicks has agreed to terms on a contract extension with the Yankees, a source told Friday morning. The team, which has not confirmed the report, is expected to announce the extension later today. The deal is said to be for seven years and $70 million, as was first reported by Jack Curry of YES Network.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2019 at 09:11 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron hicks, yankees

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Yankees GM Brian Cashman defends his decision to not sign Manny Machado | SNY

Clearly Hal Steinbrenner is not as obsessed with winning as his father, but it’s true that developments such as luxury-tax penalties, revenue-sharing, and capped spending on amateur talent via the draft and the international market all have made it more difficult for the Yankees to flex their financial muscle.

“Those days are gone,” Cashman said. “The system now is completely different from what The Boss had free reign on, and most of the preventative measures are because of George Steinbrenner and the New York Yankees. The game now rewards—and reward might not be the right word—but it rewards losing. It drags teams that are struggling back up into the winning environment, and penalizes teams that have been winning by pushing them back.

“We’re real proud that we haven’t been dragged down yet. We’re doing as many counter-measures to that as we possibly can. But you can’t have every great player. We’re still spending a ton of money.”

Cashman went on to defend the state of the Yankees’ farm system and the ongoing effort to develop home-grown players, and when the questions finally stopped, he said, “I haven’t talked this long in a long time.”

Bottom line, he clearly felt it was important to defend the decision not to sign Machado. And while he made some legitimate points, two of his words are sure to be remembered most if the Yankees don’t win big in 2019.

“Judge me,” Cashman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 23, 2019 at 03:05 PM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Yankees GM says ‘you can’t have’em all’ after not signing Manny Machado

When a major free agent hits the open market, it’s always anticipated that the New York Yankees will emerge as a primary suitor. It’s an expectation that never really changes, regardless of who the free agent is, how large the Yankees payroll is, or what the team’s actual needs might be.

So when an elite infielder like Manny Machado, who’s already a four-time All-Star, who’s still only 26 years old with his prime years ahead of him, and who’s desire to play for the Yankees seemed clear, everyone waited to see how aggressive general manager Brian Cashman would be.

And then they kept waiting… and waiting… and waiting, only to learn after Machado agreed to a 10-year, $300 million with the San Diego Padres that the Yankees never formally made an offer.

On the bright side, the Marlins are rapidly becoming a farm club for the Yankees, so there’s that…

QLE Posted: February 23, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, manny machado, yankees

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Luis Severino Agrees to 4-Year Deal as Yankees Try to Lock Up Young Core

Severino forfeited what would have been his first season of free agency, in 2023: The deal includes a team option for $15 million that year or a $2.75 million buyout.

The contract also holds hints of players’ fears amid tense labor relations in the majors. Severino’s deal is front-loaded: He will earn $6 million in 2019 and $10 million in 2020, and then is to receive only modest raises to $10.25 million in 2021 and $11 million in 2022. In other words, he will earn $26.25 million of the $40 million guaranteed by the 2021 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 16, 2019 at 08:09 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

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