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Friday, August 16, 2019

Yankees first baseman Mike Ford’s pitching performance provides comic relief

NEW YORK — You wouldn’t think that when a team gets pummelled, 19-5, as the New York Yankees did by the Cleveland Indians on Thursday night, that any of the pitchers for the losing team would leave the mound to an ovation.

Especially not in Yankee Stadium, where winning brings not pleasure, but relief and championships are treated as a birthright. They don’t often raise the nice-try flag in the Bronx.

But when the “pitcher’’ is a 27-year-old rookie first baseman/designated hitter who is on the roster only because his team has been decimated by injuries, and on the mound only because the real pitchers have been decimated by the Cleveland hitters, even a Yankee Stadium crowd can be moved to recognize an effort above and beyond the call of duty.

So it was that when Mike Ford walked toward the dugout at the end of the eighth inning, having pitched no worse three of the four professional hurlers who had preceded him – and significantly better than Chad Green, who started the game as an opener – what was left of a crowd that was once 44,000 people stood and cheered Ford as if his first name were not Mike, but Whitey.

I don’t know- if the Yankess lost by a 19-to-5 margin more often, it would make many of us cheer…..

QLE Posted: August 16, 2019 at 04:12 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: mike ford, position players pitching, yankees

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A retrospective on the lost 1994 season

Twenty-five years ago today, the baseball season abruptly ended as the players went on strike, protesting a major overreach by ownership which attempted to consolidate too much power in the hands of the commissioner. Ownership really wanted to implement a salary cap, which then-union executive director Donald Fehr correctly said would come with no benefit to the players. It wasn’t just about that, though. Ownership had been deceitful many times in years past, so the union was distrustful and resentment festered.

There were no playoffs, no World Series in 1994. Awards were given out, but it was little solace for some of the players and teams in the midst of outstanding, potentially career- or franchise-altering seasons. Let’s take a look at exactly who those teams and players were.

A commentary on the statistical consequences of the 1994 strike- see if you can spot the major calculating error in this piece.

 


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sparks fly in Toronto after Gardner ejected

TORONTO—The last time Brett Gardner slammed his bat into a dugout roof, it spawned countless T-shirts playing off the phrase “Savages in the Box.” This latest installment—let’s call it “I Didn’t Say One Word”—probably will not have the same marketing potential.

Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Segal in the top of the fourth inning of Friday’s 8-2 loss at Rogers Centre, ostensibly for arguing balls and strikes. The ejection came after Gardner banged his bat in response to a pair of questionable calls against Cameron Maybin and Mike Tauchman.

“I didn’t even open my mouth, which is unusual for me,” Gardner said. “He was looking in the left-center-field bullpen and threw me out. He wanted to assume or wanted to take a guess, and he was wrong. Then he lied to me about it, which is a huge problem, and that’s what made me a little upset.”

Television replays showed Gardner protesting to Segal that he had not said anything to warrant an ejection; in fact, manager Aaron Boone, bench coach Josh Bard and Maybin appeared to be the ones chirping from the dugout.

*From the shadows, Alfred Hitchcock offers commentary concerning this state of affairs*

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, ejections, mistaken identity, yankees

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Desperate for pitching, Brian Cashman and the Yankees strike out

The New York Mets got Marcus Stroman. The Cincinnati Reds got Trevor Bauer. The Houston Astros got Zack Greinke.

And the New York Yankees got the title character in a spaghetti western.

That’s how the 2019 MLB trade deadline has shaken out for GM Brian Cashman and his staff of analytics experts.

While teams all over the league were improving their pitching staffs — especially Houston, through which New York’s road to the World Series probably passes — the Yankees added a 20-year-old left-handed pitcher in the low minors whose name might ring a bell with movie fans of a certain age.

So, what might the Yankees try next- Option J, or Operation Shutdown?

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:36 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, pitching, trade deadline, yankees

Three winners and three losers from the trade deadline

The 2019 trade deadline has passed. Unlike in past years, there is no non-waiver trade deadline, so this was it for major trades for teams wanting to recoup value on soon-to-depart players and for teams looking to make upgrades for the stretch run. With that in mind, here are three winners and three losers from the trade deadline.

As far as can be told, none of them are rolling down a mountainside.

 

QLE Posted: August 01, 2019 at 03:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, braves, dodgers, indians, red sox, yankees

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Baseball Hall of Famers considering boycotting Derek Jeter’s induction

Derek Jeter didn’t make many enemies while playing shortstop for the New York Yankees for 20 seasons.

It’s been a much different story in his less than two years as the leader of the Miami Marlins ownership group.

Since taking over the team in 2017, Jeter has garnered animosity through many of his business and baseball-related decisions. And one of those decisions may lead to two Baseball Hall of Famers boycotting Jeter’s surefire induction during the summer of 2020.

Those two men are Andre Dawson and Tony Perez. Both were part of a group of special assistants, along with Marlins legends Jack McKeon and Jeff Conine, that were unceremoniously fired during Jeter’s first round of house cleaning. And both are still harboring ill-will over how the situation was handled.

MuttsIdolCochrane Posted: July 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Cashman: Yankees engaged in trade talks with every team ‘except the Boston Red Sox’

The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees have long been rivals. And it appears that rivalry is still as strong as it is off the field as it is on the field.

Ahead of the second game of the teams’ four-game series at Fenway Park, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that the Yankees, one of the league’s top contenders, would be working hard to find upgrades for their team ahead of the trade deadline.

However, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, there is a stipulation to their activity that involves the Red Sox.

“The Philadelphia Flyers, the Sacramento Kings, Manchester City, the All-Blacks, the Dallas Aces, the Ottawa Redblacks- we’ve been in productive negotiations with all of them, but the Red Sox….”

 

QLE Posted: July 27, 2019 at 11:06 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, trade rumors, yankees

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Aaron Boone Melts All The Way Down, Torches Umpire With Incredible Rant

From the first game of yesterday’s double header against the Rays, but worth the click through just to see Brett Gardner going absolutely nuts in the dugout behind Boone

Aaron Boone did not make it very far into in this afternoon’s Rays-Yankees game. In just the second inning, umpire Brennan Miller had apparently been a bad enough job calling balls and strikes by Boone’s measure that he stormed out of his dugout and absolutely ripped into Miller. Brett Gardner had just struck out on a called third strike, and Boone let Miller have it so as to protect Gardner, who was going wild with a bat in the dugout.


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Transformation of Alex Rodriguez (SI)

This January, Rodriguez spent two weeks as a guest speaker in lecturer Allison Kluger’s class on strategic pivoting and reputation management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. “From crisis comes a decisive moment,” says Kluger. “You can make the moment work for you, or you can crawl into a hole and wait for something else to come. Alex didn’t wait.”

Rodriguez did SoulCycle with the class’s 25 students, and ordered them all a Chipotle dinner (although, as a health nut, he didn’t himself eat a burrito). The highlight of the course, most agreed, was when he narrated his own crisis, though he didn’t get into exactly what substances he ingested or injected, or when or why; he’s never done that, publicly. Even so, all 25 course evaluations offered raves. “Alex’s superpower is his storytelling,” wrote one student. “He was able to engage and connect with every student.”

 


Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The Yankees Are About To Sign a 16 Year Old Superstar Who Is Being Compared To God, Mike Trout, and Mickey Mantle - Barstool Sports

Tomorrow is a special day in the history of mankind. It’s the day Jasson Dominguez becomes a New York Yankee. I normally wouldn’t write a White Sox Dave-esque blog about a prospect because I know you guys don’t really care, BUT Jasson Dominguez might actually be the best baseball prospect in the history of the sport. He is what I like to call a God Child. And no, I will not stand for those saying there’s no way he’s 16 and that he’s actually 25. Brian Cashman is a good man with good values. Also, the rest of baseball better hope he’s 25 because if he’s actually 16 he’s still growing into his body and has limitless potential.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2019 at 10:15 AM | 63 comment(s)
  Beats: ifa, international free agents, yankees

Monday, July 01, 2019

Brian Cashman not giving up hope on Luis Severino returning in 2019

Asked if Severino would be back this year, Cashman remains encouraged.

“No, there’s still time for that. It just makes me wonder, obviously, when we’re going to get the lat right,’’ the GM said. “It’s just not healed yet, but it’s close. But it’s unfortunate that he needs more time.”

According to Boone, a scheduled MRI exam this past week showed the lat was almost healed but soreness in the area resulted in Severino being scratched from a bullpen session.

“He had a little bit of soreness and we held off a little bit. He re-MRI-ed which is what we wanted to do before he got back on the mound. He is about 90 percent healed so we kind of slowed it down,’’ Boone said. “He will probably be throwing again, hopefully, in five to seven days. He won’t get back on the mound until it’s 100 percent.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:54 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

The Yankees’ brilliance is reaching ridiculous levels

By the time they were done with two games — which lasted a combined 9 hours and 6 minutes, needed 796 pitches to complete, encompassed 50 runs on 65 hits on a turf that played quickly and alleys that welcomed extra-base hits, and extensive foul territory that evoked the unexpected and blinding sun that peeked through the overhang that looped London Stadium — the Yankees had not only won the first MLB games played on this continent, but had furthered galvanized the thought that there is magic about them.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:51 AM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Red Sox’ Alex Cora in awe of Yankees’ Carlos Beltran

“I was joking with somebody that their biggest free-agent acquisition is [special adviser] Carlos Beltran. I know how he works. He’s helped them a lot. They’re very into details, and we have to clean our details. It was eye-opening, the last two days, from top to bottom.

“I’m not saying devices, all that stuff. It’s just stuff that the game will dictate. And we’ll scream at people, and it’s right there. Throughout the evening, I was looking, and I saw it. And right now they’re doing a lot better than us. So we need to get better.”

Asked specifically whether his pitchers, who got battered for 29 runs and 32 hits over these two games, were tipping what was coming, Cora said, “This weekend, we did everything. We tipped pitches. Sequence, everything. That’s why I’m saying. I know Carlos. … That was a great addition to their staff over there.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 01, 2019 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, yankees

Thursday, June 27, 2019

385 Feet To Center? It’s Going to be a Blast

Have you ever been to London? What are you most looking forward to there?

Marcus Walden, Red Sox relief pitcher: No. The biggest thing that I would never really do, but I’m going to do, is The Eye, the big ol’ carousel thing. That’s something I rarely do. I don’t like heights. I don’t like doing it, but my wife said I have to go. That’s the one thing I would never do but I’m gonna do. I don’t know a whole lot about London. Walking around is going to be cool. My cousin is married to a professor at Oxford. She gave me a list of things that I need to go see. It’ll be cool to have her come into the game and have them show us around.

Just some conversations ahead of the London Series with players on both teams.  Some fun bits of humanity in here.

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 27, 2019 at 09:24 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: london, red sox, world champions, yankees

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Edwin Encarnación and the New York Yankees Are Built for the Modern MLB - The Ringer

Does this qualify as bludgeon baseball?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2019 at 11:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, yankees

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 | 6 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 | 65 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

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