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Friday, October 18, 2019

DJ LeMahieu Is The New Derek Jeter

Among batters with at least 1000 at-bats since 2002, Jeter and LeMahieu rank second and third, respectively, in terms of the share of balls hit in the air to the opposite field. In an age of trying to pull the ball, LeMahieu is doing the opposite — just like Jeter did.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 18, 2019 at 02:50 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Reddick: Yankees fans ‘disrespectful’ for throwing debris

NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros right fielder Josh Reddick called out Yankees fans for tossing water bottles, baseballs and other objects on the field during New York’s 4-1 loss in the AL Championship Series on Tuesday night.

“You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they’re not looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it’s definitely disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe,” Reddick said.

Fans erupted after a replay review changed Edwin Encarnación’s infield hit leading off the eighth to a groundout. Houston went on to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Ducky Medwick has known worse….

 

QLE Posted: October 16, 2019 at 12:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, josh reddick, projectiles, yankees

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Yanks, Twins epitome of baseball’s 3 True Outcomes

NEW YORK (AP) — Not until the 42nd pitch of the night was a ball was put in play to a fielder.

There were five home runs, 25 strikeouts, 14 walks, 13 pitchers and just 15 hits.

The New York Yankees’ 10-4 win over the Minnesota Twins in their AL Division Series opener on Friday was the epitome of what Major League Baseball has evolved into in 2019.

A 4-hour, 15-minute meeting between power-packed offenses was dominated by the Three True Outcomes — homers, walks, strikeouts — when the defense is superfluous other than the pitcher and catcher.

And yet this was still faster than when the Yankees play the Red Sox…..

 

QLE Posted: October 05, 2019 at 12:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: three true outcomes, twins, yankees

Thursday, October 03, 2019

A Hidden Yankees Yearbook Got Plenty of New Signatures This Year - The New York Times

In return, many new players earned the right to join a tradition. Every player to appear in a Yankees game — from the longest-serving (the former shortstop Derek Jeter) to the shortest (King) — may scribble their name onto the wall of team history. Of the 54 players used this season, 22 made their Yankees debut, including some crucial additions: outfielder Mike Tauchman, infielders D.J. LeMahieu and Gio Urshela, and pitchers Adam Ottavino and James Paxton.

“It’s a cool tradition, whether you have one day as a Yankee or 10 or 18 years,” relief pitcher Zack Britton said. “It’s cool, especially for those guys who didn’t spend that much time here. Like, maybe one day when they’re retired, they come to the clubhouse and they’re able to show their grandkids their name up on the wall.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Savage in the Dugout: Aaron Boone aims for Yankees championship while continuing family legacy

“This is a big f———- game, and my guys are f———- savages in that f———- box, right? And you’re having a horses—- start to this game. I feel bad for you, but f——— get better. That guy is a good pitcher, but our guys are f———- savages in that box, our guys are savages in the f———- box.”

NEW YORK — With those 59 words, mostly the ones that started with F, Yankees manager Aaron Boone delivered a moment so memorable the only way to surpass it will be to win a World Series.

Boone’s rant, aimed at home plate umpire Brennan Miller following a July 18 ejection, has amassed millions of views online. It’s spawned T-shirts, memes and became a calling card for this “savage” 2019 Yankees team.

The only people who loved it more than Yankees fans might be Aaron Boone’s mom and dad.

Somewhere, Earl Weaver is cursing his luck…..

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:46 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron boone, yankees

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Curse of Bunned Meat and Breadsticks: Why the Twins Can’t Beat the Yankees

On April 11, 1961, the Twins played their first game, beating the American League champion Yankees 6-0 in front of Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio and Toots Shor, who sat beneath that white scalloped frieze at Yankee Stadium, its famous arches suggesting grandeur, antiquity and empire. The new home of the Twins, meanwhile, was a minor league ballyard in a former Bloomington, Minn., cornfield, providing the first of many comparisons between the two teams and the communities they represent in which Minnesota always comes off as a lesser New York—Big Apple vs. Minneapple, Yankees vs. Twinkies, Mickey Mantle vs. Mickey Hatcher.

Even the franchise’s inaugural victory was largely forgotten by the next morning, when Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. But the ballgame remains historic, for it began the Twins’ own long-standing Cold War with the Yanks. As those two teams await the 2019 playoffs and another possible matchup, Minnesotans are keenly aware (as New Yorkers are not) that the Twins have lost a record 13 consecutive postseason games, an ignominious distinction they share with the Yankees’ more famous rivals, the Red Sox. Minnesota’s last playoff win was at the old Yankee Stadium on Oct. 5, 2004, in Game 1 of the AL Division Series. Of the 13 losses that have followed, all but three—a sweep by the A’s in the ‘06 ALDS—were to the Yankees, most recently in the ‘17 wild-card game. For almost the entire 21st century the Bronx Bombers have had Minnesota’s number, and that number is still stored in a Nokia flip phone.

The Yankees’ inexplicable domination in this century began very differently in the last one. In 1964, a recent graduate of George Washington High in Washington Heights—a Panamanian national then playing for a sandlot team in the Bronx called the N.Y. Cavaliers—traveled a couple of miles across the Harlem River to work out for the Twins at Yankee Stadium. After just a few swings Minnesota officials bundled the 19-year-old out of sight, lest he be seen by a Yankees executive with a fat book of blank checks. They spirited Rodney Cline Carew to an Italian restaurant in the Bronx, the Stella D’Oro, across from the breadstick factory of the same name, and signed the second baseman on the spot. It was a bank heist in broad daylight, and one for which there would be disproportionate karmic payback.

Carew would be named the AL Rookie of the Year in 1967, then win seven batting titles (while the scouts who signed him—Herb Stein and Monroe Katz—were given, for all we know, Bronze Breadsticks). But in ‘78, with the frugal Twins intent on dealing him, Carew expressed his desire to play for the Yankees, in the stadium where it all began. “I’d rather hit there than in any of the other teams’ parks,” said Carew, who also admired New York’s skipper, Billy Martin, his former manager in Minnesota and the godfather to the second of his three daughters. Alas, Carew also had the temerity to entertain other offers, upsetting Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who thought the future Hall of Famer didn’t sufficiently appreciate “the privilege of playing for the Yankees.” So Carew signed with the Angels and the Yankees maintained their imperious and often disdainful view of the Twins as backwater tightwads who didn’t sufficiently appreciate the privilege of playing against the Yankees, much less for them.

With Babe Ruth and the Black Sox and the billygoat and Eddie Grant no longer relevant as curses (and with Rocky Colavito coming within one overused relief pitcher of the same), it seems time for people to be creating new baseball curses, doesn’t it?

QLE Posted: September 21, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: breadsticks, curse, rod carew, twins, yankees

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Yankees’ Domingo German on leave under MLB domestic violence policy | SI.com

Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German was placed on administrative leave on Thursday under the joint MLB-MLBPA domestic violence policy, the league announced.

“We fully support all measures taken by the commissioner’s office pursuant to the policy on domestic violence,” the Yankees said in a statement on Thursday. “We support this policy that reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2019 at 03:30 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Yankees Will Play by Their Own Pitching Rules in October

Are you old enough to remember when the Yankees invited criticism for not trading for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline? Oh, right. That was only two months ago. Since then the Yankees are 30-14, and are going full steam into the postseason with a pitching script that fits the modern game, not your fossilized narrative of what wins in October.

“We’re going to be a little untraditional,” manager Aaron Boone said. “The only one we might use as a traditional starter is [James] Paxton.”

By traditional, Boone means a starting pitcher who goes as deep as he can into a game. Otherwise, New York is prepared to script each game with piggyback starters and six key relievers. That doesn’t make the Yankees vulnerable. It makes them smart.

Traditional starters always will be the preferred model in the postseason. The Astros and Nationals will try to win the traditional way. But because bullpens are so deep and because lineups are so powerful, most teams don’t have enough starters to play that game. Now postseasons are decided not by starters “pitching deep into games” but by how a team decides to deploy pitchers in “untraditional” ways–rovers, openers, third-time around pitching changes, etc.

Did Verducci forget about the Royals of 2014 and 2015, or is he hoping that we did?

 

QLE Posted: September 17, 2019 at 12:32 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: pitching, yankees

Sunday, September 08, 2019

What is the greatest collection of talent ever on one roster?

1. The 2005 Yankees, who—at 1,103 WAR—currently stand as the second-greatest collection of baseball greatness ever
The key acquisition: Randy Johnson (acquired the previous offseason)
The key debut: Robinson Cano
The other main stars: Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mike Mussina, Kevin Brown, Gary Sheffield, Mariano Rivera
Famous players you’ll never associate with that team: Ruben Sierra, Al Leiter
Total All-Stars (at any point in the players’ careers): 23

They are so close—just 35 behind the 1928 A’s—and, six months ago, I might have let myself dream. Two Yankees from that club are still active, almost 15 years later: Cano and Melky Cabrera. Cano was, as recently as last year, still a very valuable major leaguer, and not long ago he was an MVP candidate. Cabrera was still a league-average hitter and just 34 years old. (He ranks sixth among active players in career hits, if you can believe it.)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 08, 2019 at 11:28 AM | 58 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, August 31, 2019

CC Sabathia’s postseason availability suddenly in jeopardy

NEW YORK – CC Sabathia hopes the final pitch he threw in the third inning of Friday’s 8-2 loss to Oakland won’t be his last in pinstripes.

Once again, Sabathia’s balky right knee flared up to the point that he could not continue after just three frames, leaving Sabathia, who is set to retire after the Yankees’ season ends, is in a race against the clock.

The plan is to have Sabathia’s knee drained and receive a cortisone shot on Saturday, and then the 39-year-old will have roughly a month to be ready for the postseason.

The Yankees will surely try to give Sabathia every chance to prove he’s healthy, but if that knee isn’t right, and with diminished stuff, it could be a tall task.

Not the way one wants a career to end- but, quite often, the way it does….

QLE Posted: August 31, 2019 at 03:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, knee, postseason, yankees

Friday, August 30, 2019

LEADING OFF: Wild-card hopefuls set for key weekend series

STILL FIGHTING

The Rays got themselves off the ropes by rallying late to beat Houston on Thursday night, ending a four-game skid. Now the AL wild-card hopefuls open a pivotal three-game home series against Cleveland. The Indians are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot, with Oakland one game ahead for the Rays for the second. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23) is set to pitch or Cleveland against RHP Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57).

PULLING AWAY?

The Cubs host the Brewers hoping to bury another NL wild-card competitor after sweeping the Mets over three games this week. Chicago pulled five games ahead of New York for the second wild card and is four games ahead of Milwaukee. LHP Jose Quintana (11-8, 4.05) will start for the Cubs in the matinee against RHP Chase Anderson (6-3, 4.34).

This competition is not just in the majors- in Triple-A baseball, many playoff spots are still in contention with only a few games left in the season.

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:23 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, athletics, brewers, cubs, indians, rays, yankees

LEADING OFF: Wild-card hopefuls set for key weekend series

STILL FIGHTING

The Rays got themselves off the ropes by rallying late to beat Houston on Thursday night, ending a four-game skid. Now the AL wild-card hopefuls open a pivotal three-game home series against Cleveland. The Indians are 2 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay for the top wild-card spot, with Oakland one game ahead for the Rays for the second. All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6, 3.23) is set to pitch or Cleveland against RHP Austin Pruitt (2-0, 5.57).

PULLING AWAY?

The Cubs host the Brewers hoping to bury another NL wild-card competitor after sweeping the Mets over three games this week. Chicago pulled five games ahead of New York for the second wild card and is four games ahead of Milwaukee. LHP Jose Quintana (11-8, 4.05) will start for the Cubs in the matinee against RHP Chase Anderson (6-3, 4.34).

Similarly, Triple-A is starting its last homestands of the season, and there’s still competition in both the PCL and the International League to enter their playoffs.

QLE Posted: August 30, 2019 at 05:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aristides aquino, athletics, brewers, cubs, indians, rays, yankees

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

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