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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Olney—Yankees can overpower all rivals after Encarnacion trade

1B DJ LeMahieu
LF Aaron Judge
CF Aaron Hicks
C Gary Sanchez
RF Giancarlo Stanton
SS Didi Gregorius
DH Edwin Encarnacion
2B Gleyber Torres
3B Gio Urshela

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:53 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Yanks acquire Encarnacion from M’s

While the Yankees hope to get sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back from injury soon, it hasn’t stopped the team from adding another slugger to the mix. New York bolstered its lineup Saturday, as the Yanks announced they have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yanks are sending 19-year-old right-hander Juan Then—their No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline—and cash considerations to Seattle. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Mariners will pick up about half the money still owed to Encarnacion (he’s owed more than $15 million in salary and buyout).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, mariners, trade, yankees

Monday, May 27, 2019

Aaron Judge revelation is cure to Yankees’ abrupt anguish

Aaron Judge is feeling pain free after suffering a serious left oblique strain on April 20 against these Royals, and if all continues to go well in his recovery he could be back on a solid baseball course after being sidelined for so long.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 27, 2019 at 07:14 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dallas Keuchel rumors: Two AL East teams reportedly expected to get in bidding war for lefty

Both the Rays and Yankees are keeping an eye on Dallas Keuchel.

Tampa Bay and New York could get in a bidding war for the 2015 American League Cy Young winner at midnight on June 2, according to The Athletic.

The odd timing is due to Keuchel getting a qualifying offer by the Astros, meaning if a team signs him they would have to give up their first selection in the MLB Draft this season. The draft pick compensation comes off of Keuchel on June 2 and then any team can pick him up without giving up a selection, or the slot money that comes with it.

The Yankees would lose the 38th pick and $1.952 million of slot money if they were to sign Keuchel before June 2 while the Rays would have to give up the No. 40 selection and $1.857 million.

So, management will fool around for months over picks that low and amounts of money that are pocket change by the standards of the game?

 

QLE Posted: May 26, 2019 at 10:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: cold stove, dallas keuchel, rays, yankees

Saturday, May 25, 2019

MLB Rumors: Phillies, Yankees Scouted Giants’ Madison Bumgarner Recently

Some interested teams reportedly got a good look at Madison Bumgarner recently.

The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees were among “several clubs” who scouted the Giants ace in his second-to-last start last Saturday, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Wednesday.  Bumgarner pitched 6 1/3 innings that day, striking out six and allowing four earned runs in a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Phillies and Yankees both reportedly feel they could use a top-line starter, although both teams entered Friday in the top 10 in earned run average. Still, both teams are on Bumgarner’s no-trade list.

What might be a bigger deal to the Giants, however, is the quality of both team’s prospects.

Rather painful to watch in multiple regards- the dominant team in one of the largest and wealthiest metropolitan areas in the United States should never be in this position….

QLE Posted: May 25, 2019 at 06:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: madison bumgarner, phillies, trade rumors, yankees

Thursday, May 23, 2019

MLB roundup: Yankees continue to punish Orioles

Gleyber Torres continued his homer barrage against Baltimore with two more on Wednesday night, and the visiting New York Yankees finished with five long balls in a 7-5 victory over the Orioles.

Torres now has 12 homers this season, with 10 off Orioles pitching. Gary Sanchez, Thairo Estrada and DJ LeMahieu also homered for the Yankees, who have hit 11 round-trippers while winning each of the first three games of the four-game series.

Nine of Sanchez’s 15 homers have come against the Orioles this season, including blasts in each of the first three games of this series. New York now has banged out 34 homers as a team against Baltimore in 2019.

The Yankees hit three or more homers in six straight games at Camden Yards. According to STATS, that’s the longest streak by any team in any major league stadium — ever. The Baltimore pitching staff now has allowed 105 homers this season. The Orioles on Tuesday became the fastest to allow 100 in a year.

If memory serves, you can obtain videos on this subject from men in dirty raincoats in the vicinity of the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: orioles, yankees

Yankees are having a tough time explaining Giancarlo Stanton’s latest injury

Giancarlo Stanton’s return to the New York Yankees lineup has been delayed once again.

On Wednesday, the team announced its slugging designated hitter has been diagnosed with a mild left calf strain while on a rehab assignment with the Tampa Tarpons, the Yankees’ high A-Ball affiliate.

The new injury — Stanton’s third already this season — will extend his absence until mid-June. So far, Stanton has been limited to three MLB games this season. He’s gone 2-for-8 with seven walks, but has yet to hit an extra-base hit.

The Yankees were hoping to have Stanton back as early as this weekend. Now they’re dealing with a new injury that is proving difficult to explain.

I don’t know- “Giancarlo Stanton appears to be made of Waterford crystal, and 2017 and 2018 were fluke years in terms of his overall durability” seems to be a good-enough explanation to me.

 

QLE Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injury-plagued, yankees

Cast of unknowns, reclamations and trash-heap finds has banged-up Yankees in first place

According to data at Spotrac, the Yankees have lost a total of 650 player days to the injured list this season, 101 more than any other team in the majors, and 218 more than any other AL team. Even now, with players slowly making their way back to the roster, their injured list includes MVP-caliber sluggers (Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton), ace-caliber starting pitchers (Luis Severino, James Paxton), a top setup man (Dellin Betances) and last year’s AL rookie of the year runner-up (Miguel Andujar).

Into this void has stepped a cast of unknowns, reclamations and trash-heap finds, who have combined to not only keep the Yankees afloat, but, at 29-17 following Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Orioles, in first place in the AL East by a game over the Tampa Bay Rays.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 23, 2019 at 10:32 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: al east, yankees

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

APNewsBreak: Yanks, Red Sox play on artificial turf London

The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century.

Major League Baseball has access to Olympic Stadium for 21 days before the games on June 29 and 30, the sport’s first regular-season contests in Europe, and just five days after to clear out. The league concluded there was not enough time to install real grass.

Starting June 6, gravel will be placed over the covering protecting West Ham’s grass soccer pitch and the running track that is a legacy from the 2012 Olympics . The artificial turf baseball field, similar to modern surfaces used by a few big league clubs, will be installed atop that.

“It’s the first Yankees-Red Sox game out of the country, so why not a lot of firsts?” New York pitcher CC Sabathia said. “I think it will be fine.”

Wonder what Tug McGraw would have thought of this….

QLE Posted: May 21, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: artificial turf, london, neutral site games, red sox, yankees

Monday, May 20, 2019

Rays’ Yandy Diaz says Yankees hit him intentionally; Daniel Robertson relieved he wasn’t hurt

“At first I thought I might have broken my wrist,’’ he said. “Of course it’s frustrating. There isn’t anything you can do about it. It happened.

Diaz said he “hopefully” will get the chance for revenge.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 20, 2019 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rays, yandy diaz, yankees

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Hal Steinbrenner pleased with injury-decimated team’s play

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is pleased with the performance of his injury-decimated team.

“Considering the adversity we’ve faced in the first two months of the season, it’s phenomenal the job these guys have done,” Steinbrenner said Friday at a Yankees extended spring training game.

The Yankees have put 17 players on the injured list for 18 total stints. Still, they entered a three-game home series against AL East-leading Tampa Bay with a 26-16 record, a half-game behind the Rays.

Domingo Germán, inserted into the starting rotation after ace Luis Severino got hurt, leads the major leagues with eight wins. Clint Frazier, who began the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, it hitting .280 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 27 games. Gio Urshela, an infield replacement bought up from the minors, is batting .330 with 15 RBIs in 33 games.

Pop Quiz:

If Hal Steinbrenner was more like his father, he would have responded to these injuries by:

a) Spending a fortune on players who weren’t worth it;

b) Firing people at random;

c) Engaging in activities that would have made any other team owner have to sell the team but instead get treated with a slap on the wrist;

d) All of the above.

 

QLE Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hal steinbrenner, injuries, yankees

Money and Modern Strategy: How the Depleted Yankees Kept Winning

It is not just the Yankees’ financial might (though their $204 million opening day roster constructed by General Manager Brian Cashman, the second largest in the major leagues, is certainly a significant aspect) but also their embrace of the modern baseball smarts that now pervade the game — along with sprinkles of opportunity and luck.

“When you have the resources that we do to go out and acquire high-end free agents but at the same time give yourself the options in AAA or AA to help cover for injuries like we are right now, it’s important,” Yankees relief pitcher Zack Britton said. “A lot of times you think about only spending money at the major league level and neglect having backups or replacements, and obviously Cashman didn’t.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 18, 2019 at 08:02 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: al east, yankees

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Cavalry arrives: New troops give ailing Yankees healthy lift

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Tauchman reported to the New York Yankees for the first time before an exhibition game at Washington, three days before opening day and two days after he was acquired from Colorado in a trade.

“Aaron Judge came over during batting practice, said, ‘Hey man, you’re here to help us win. You need anything, let me know.’” the outfielder recalled. “That’s such a little thing. It took maybe 15 seconds, but it’s great to know these guys really made me feel like part of a team from the minute I stepped in the clubhouse.”

Little did Tauchman and the Yankees know how much the club would need him.

New York already has placed 16 players on the injured list this season, four shy of its disabled list total for all of last year. Still, the Yankees are 23-16, 1½ games behind first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East.

Is Wade Boggs leading them?

 

QLE Posted: May 12, 2019 at 04:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: fresh meat, yankees

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mariners’ Dee Gordon voices displeasure with J.A. Happ after being hit by an errant pitch

Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon is in the midst of a bounceback season following a disappointing first year in the pacific northwest. He entered Thursday’s game against the New York Yankees hitting .304/.327/.406 (103 OPS+) with 10 stolen bases on 11 tries. Unfortunately, Gordon might have to put his rebound season on pause due to injury.

That’s because Gordon exited Thursday’s game after being struck in the wrist by an errant J.A. Happ pitch. Afterward Gordon, who will undergo more tests on Friday to determine if he suffered a fracture, voiced his displeasure with Happ:

...

Gordon’s frustration is understandable. Not only is he having a better season than last year, but he’s potentially missing action at a time when the Mariners need all the help they can get. That stinks—doubly so because Gordon seems like a wonderful human being on top of being an entertaining player to watch.

If I recall how the unwritten rules work, this means that, at the current rate of escalation, the entire Yankees team will be on IL/DL with baseball-related injuries- and, somehow, they’ll piece together a record above .500 using peanut vendors, clubhouse attendants, and the occasional passer-by.

QLE Posted: May 10, 2019 at 08:35 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: dee gordon, hit batsmen, j.a. happ, yankees

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Robinson Cano joins a club only occupied by Derek Jeter and Lou Gehrig with new milestone

It’s still hard to say if he reaches the vaunted 3,000 mark, but Robinson Cano entered rarefied air on Tuesday when he notched career hit No. 2,500.

Facing San Diego Padres rookie Cal Quantrill in the first inning, the New York Mets second baseman belted a ground-rule double over the Petco Park fence.

Cano is the 101st player in MLB history to record 2,500 career hits and only the third active player along with Albert Pujols (3,106) and Miguel Cabrera (2,712). Cano became the sixth Dominican-born player, joining Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Vladimir Guerrero Sr., Manny Ramirez and Julio Franco.

Cano also somehow made New York Yankees history with the hit, despite not having played for the team in six years.

For those who want a reminder as for how much the Yankees owe to having a large pocketbook and a willingness to spend….

 

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 04:02 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: dollah dollah bills, y'all, hits, robinson cano, yankees

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Latest on Yankees’ injured players: Giancarlo Stanton to take big step in rehab

The Yankees have been decimated by injuries this year, with roughly a dozen key players going down. Check back here for the latest updates on the walking wounded.

10-day IL: Dellin Betances, Greg Bird, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Giancarlo Stanton, Troy Tulowitzki.

60-day IL: Jacoby Ellsbury, Didi Gregorius, Luis Severino.

For those of you curious about the ups and downs of the Yankees’ health, a listing of short pieces from the last few days on that subject.

 

QLE Posted: May 07, 2019 at 03:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injuries, injury-plagued, walking dead, yankees

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

One of the best baseball sites there has ever been calls it quits ...

Quoted in full, because, well, it’s the end AND Mike earned and deserves it:

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret. There has never been a moment — not once — where I felt like I deserved the recognition or praise that came my way for RAB. I’m not oblivious to the site’s success and to this day I have a hard time wrapping my head around it, but I don’t feel I’ve earned it.

To me, I’m just a guy who had an internet connection and met the right people at the right time, has a love of dingers and Mariano Rivera frontdoor cutters …

… and a curiosity about baseball. When we launched RAB, it started as a passion project, and I did my best to keep up with Joe and Ben. We’ve added writers over the years to reduce my workload and also to bring different perspectives to the site, and I felt the same way. I’ve just been trying to keep up.

I never expected RAB to become what it did or last as long as it did or lead to where it did, and I feel I played only a small part in that. RAB was at its best with multiple voices and different opinions, and I am only one person. Everyone here made me better. So did all the other baseball bloggers out there, Yankees or otherwise, though they may not know it.

No one pushed me to be better more than you folks though. Through mailbag questions, emails, social media, and our comments (RIP), RAB readers pushed me to be better. You helped me broaden my horizons, helped me come up with post ideas — I couldn’t possibly tell you how many topics I “stole” from the comments or random Twitter interactions over the years — and kept me on my toes.

The Yankees provide great subject matter and a dedicated fan base, and that made RAB all the more fun. More demanding, but also more fun. Building a successful blog is almost impossible nowadays. Building one in the New York media market about this team? I look back and wonder how we managed to do it, and I know I couldn’t have done it without everyone who read. Your passion pushed me.

RAB has led to some pretty cool things, including my current spot with CBS Sports. Eventually I became credentialed — I am forever grateful to Marc Carig for showing an overwhelmed blogger the ropes in a big league clubhouse (you can all Marc thank for talking me into keeping RAB alive as long as I did) — and now I’m in the BBWAA and halfway to a Hall of Fame vote. This was not the plan, but here I am.

The best part of RAB has been the friendships, both the new ones I’ve made and the existing ones that grew stronger. I’ve put a lot of time into RAB and the friendships make it all worth it. There are things I would change if we could go back and do it again — we were jerks to people unnecessarily in the early going, which I blame on youthful know-it-all-ness — but not that. I have friends for life because of RAB.

RAB started as a hobby and evolved into a life-changing journey. I’m sad the site is shutting down but I also know it’s time. Part of me is sad to see RAB go and the rest of me is excited to figure out what’s next. Whatever it is, I know it won’t be as rewarding. Even though I never met most of you, you were part of my life for 12 years, and you helped me get to where I am today.

Thank you for reading, thank you for the thank yous and the stories about what RAB meant to you, and thank you for pushing me to make RAB the best it could possibly be.

RAB and Mike will be missed.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Yankees’ bad luck continues as new injury delays Giancarlo Stanton’s return

For every piece of good news the New York Yankees have received on the injury front this season, it seems they’ve been hit with at least two tough breaks in response.

That was the case again on Wednesday. Shortly after catcher Gary Sanchez was activated from the injured list, manager Aaron Boone revealed that Giancarlo Stanton’s return will be delayed by a new injury.

The Yankees designated hitter has fully healed from the biceps strain that sent him to the injured list on April 1. While that’s encouraging, the bad news is that Stanton’s left shoulder is now sore. The new ailment required a cortisone shot, which guarantees he won’t return on the team’s current road trip.

To make matters worse, there’s a clump of dirt waiting outside Stanton’s house- it claims to be from Pittsburgh….

 

 

QLE Posted: April 25, 2019 at 05:51 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, injury, shoulder, yankees

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Bronx Is Hurting

The Yankees stand out for two reasons. The first is that most of the teams with 13 or more players on the IL at once reached their injury peak near midseason, which makes sense—players’ bodies wear down as the season goes on. The Yankees are one of just two teams since 2002 to put 13 players on the IL in April.

The second reason is the quality of players they have on the shelf at once. Like Judge, their list of IL’d players is not only large, but quite productive. If the Yankees could put together the best 10-player lineup (eight position players, DH, starting pitcher), eight of those players, plus another member of their rotation (Montgomery) and their setup man (Betances), are currently on the IL.

It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: April 23, 2019 at 12:45 PM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: injury, yankees

Monday, April 22, 2019

Aaron Judge has a “pretty significant strain” of his oblique – HardballTalk

More bad news for the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 08:40 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

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 | 13 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

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