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Friday, February 05, 2016

Citi Field and Yankee Stadium Could Become Off Limits to Smokeless Tobacco

The effort has achieved results. Starting this season, smokeless tobacco will be banned in three of baseball’s most notable sites: AT&T Park in San Francisco, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and Fenway Park in Boston. Players will be barred from using the substance both on the field and in the clubhouse.

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Now, a member of the New York City Council, Corey Johnson, is set to introduce a bill Friday that will include language that would ban smokeless tobacco from Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, along with other public arenas in the five boroughs.

“If New York passes this bill, and I think it will, it moves us dramatically closer to the day when smokeless tobacco is prohibited in all major league cities,” said Matthew Myers, the president of Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 05, 2016 at 10:21 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, smokeless tobacco, yankees

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Suddenly Frugal Yankees Playing Long Game With Eye On Bryce Harper

For those who have more than a Passan interest in the Yankees and/or Bryce Harper’s future:

Nobody with the Yankees dared comment on Harper, even off the record, because their future marriage is considered so inevitable by most in the sport that the team dare not trifle with tampering charges. Considering the pains to which the Yankees are going to tighten finances, Harper as the endgame makes worlds of sense.

His age – and the ability to cull prime years from a free agent, a rarity – is as much of a selling point as his ability. And Harper’s transformation from enfant terrible to the most marketable player in baseball by a large margin fits the Yankees’ ethos. Star power matters to the Yankees more than any other team.

How much they’re willing to pay for their ideal fit is the question. Presuming Harper plays at a similar level for the next three years, his contract floor will be $400 million – a number, surely, at which the Washington Nationals won’t balk in their efforts to keep Harper in their uniform for his entire career. Their presence creates the prospect of a bidding war, and the idea that Harper skips $400 million altogether and aims for a half-billion-dollar deal is not altogether far-fetched. If that’s the price it takes to ensure he’s in the same lineup as Greg Bird and Aaron Judge and Jorge Mateo and Gary Sanchez, the homegrown core that the Yankees hope will have developed by then, it’s just money, something the Yankees in the past have all but printed.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: February 04, 2016 at 07:38 PM | 74 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, free agents, nationals, yankees

Monday, February 01, 2016

Yankees’ Greg Bird to miss 2016 after shoulder surgery

Yankees first baseman Greg Bird will miss the 2016 season due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Bird initially hurt his shoulder last May while in the minors, and felt discomfort again this offseason. He will have surgery Tuesday to repair the torn labrum.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2016 at 03:42 PM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, injuries, yankees

Friday, January 29, 2016

A-Rod, at 40, raring to go as Yankees’ spring training approaches | Newsday

He has spent the winter working out, spending time with his two daughters and “trying to get this old body ready to go again,’’ he said by phone from Miami yesterday. “I’ve only been 40 once, but it is new territory. I embrace it. One thing about this game, it has a funny way of humbling you and it’s such a difficult game to play every day. It’s so much of a better game today than when I first came in 1994. The young talent is as good as I’ve ever seen it.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2016 at 06:54 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Walt “No Neck” Williams passes at 72

I’m a Walt, I grew up in Chicago, I really started becoming a baseball fan in 1970.  Of course he was one of my favorite players.

RIP.

Walt Davis Posted: January 28, 2016 at 05:24 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: colt .45's, indians, walt williams, white sox, yankees

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

IMPORTANT: Here’s the Yankees’ likely 2016 lineup in anagram form

Dayn’s latest!
In the service of no discernible purpose, this scribe is going to make anagrams out of the Yankees’ projected lineup for 2016. What’s an anagram, you ask? This sports-action definition should help ...


So we’re taking the names of the players in the Yankees’ likely 2016 lineup and rearranging the letters of those names to make different words. That’s what we’re doing, OK? The motivation for doing this is the very absence of motivation. Incoming ...


Friday, January 22, 2016

Aroldis Chapman won’t face charges from October domestic case

Looks like Brian Cashman may have outsmarted 29 other GM’s

Edit: Deadspin has more info.

Captain Supporter Posted: January 22, 2016 at 10:23 AM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, yankees

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Yankees about to go full year without Major League signing

Here’s what I’ve been told: The Yankees are not planning to sign a Major League free agent this offseason.

I’m certainly not the only reporter hearing such a thing. The Yankees have taken on some money in trades, and they’re about to pay a bunch of money to arbitration eligible players — and they committed a ton of money two years ago — but it’s entirely possible, if not likely, that the Yankees will not sign a single Major League free agent this winter.

The Yankees’ last Major League free agent signing was technically Garrett Jones during weird situation last season when the Yankees released, then re-signed, then released Jones again, all within a few days.

The Yankees’ last normal Major League signing was Stephen Drew to a one-year, $5-million deal which became official last January 16, exactly a year ago tomorrow.

Just because it’s been so long — and because it might be a while longer — I tried to look back at the Yankees most recent free agent signings at each position. I looked for the last one-year deal, the last multi-year deal, and the last time the Yankees re-signed or extended a player who’d been with the team for a while (re-signing a guy like Headley or Drew is certainly different from re-signing Mariano Rivera or extending CC Sabathia). I might have missed some people, but here’s the best I could come up with.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 21, 2016 at 12:48 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, yankees

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Yankees Hot Stove: Brian Cashman on free agency - Video

Brian Cashman talks about his off-season process.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 20, 2016 at 10:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Wednesday, January 06, 2016


Tuesday, January 05, 2016

WATCH: Mickey Mantle flips his bat and it is awesome

Good stuff. Of course, this was an out.

 

Jim Furtado Posted: January 05, 2016 at 05:20 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: bat flips, mickey mantle, yankees

Red Sox Sell Babe Ruth for $100,000 Cash

Johnny Igoe, Ruth’s business manager, who is in Boston, having recently returned from the Pacific Coast, notified Ruth last evening by telegraph of his sale to the New York club, and at 11:30 received the following telegram from “Babe”:

“Will not play anywhere but Boston. Will leave for the East Monday.”

Igoe gave as a reason for Ruth’s objection to playing with any club other than the Red Sox, that the big fellow had invested his money in the cigar business in Boston and that he wished to be here as much as possible to look after his business. Also, that because of his associations here he preferred to play with a Boston club rather than any other.

Alex Speier of the Boston Globe linked to the original article from the Globe in 1920 about the sale of Ruth.  As you would expect Lucchino made sure the Sox got their licks in as Ruth left town.

Jose Remains The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 05, 2016 at 05:01 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, transactions, yankees

Monday, January 04, 2016

Harper: Yankees should look to Mets to deal Miller for ace - NY Daily News

Why would the Mets make this deal?

As impactful as the Yankees’ new three-headed bullpen monster of Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller might be in 2016, I believe GM Brian Cashman would trade Miller if such a deal could bring back a high-end starting pitcher.

Finding a trade that makes sense on both sides is the hard part, but there is one that would seem to satisfy that requirement.

If only the Mets and Yankees would be willing to take the chance.

Because wouldn’t trading Miller and Brett Gardner for Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Alejandro De Aza fill important needs for both teams?

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2016 at 06:12 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Ken Rosenthal: New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman pulling out plenty of tricks in acquiring Aroldis Chapman, Starlin Castro for mid-level prospects | FOX Sports

They didn’t give up much. They can try and sign Chapman. If they can’t they will get a compensation pick. A nice deal for the Yankees.

Oh, the Yankees hated losing right-hander Rookie Davis, whom some scouts view as a potential a No. 3 starter. Former first-round pick Eric Jagielo, though, had no chance of passing first-base prospect Greg Bird, particularly when he has struggled to stay healthy. The other two players whom the Yankees sent to the Reds—second baseman Tony Renda and right-hander Caleb Cotham—were described as organizational filler.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2015 at 06:25 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, reds, trade, yankees

Monday, December 28, 2015

Bryan Hoch on Twitter: “Yankees have acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Reds”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 88 comment(s)
  Beats: aroldis chapman, reds, trade, yankees

$241M juggling act: How Yanks tread line between threat and Phillies | New York Post

Luckily the Yankees have some big contracts coming off the books.

By the way, that restricted budget almost certainly will leave the Yankees with the majors’ second-largest payroll. That is their strange place — being called cheap while having a huge payroll and trying to win and rebuild at the same time.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2015 at 07:29 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Monday, December 21, 2015

DSPN: The Yankees Want To Know If Their Fans Are Down With Fire Pits

With a third straight disappointing season in the books, the Yankees are hoping to improve—on the field of course, but also off the field. To that end they’ve “engaged a third party” to conduct a fan survey. This is pretty standard stuff, but because of the questions asked, and because it’s the Yankees, some of it is delightful.

For instance, the Yankees would like to know which single company comes to mind when Yankees fans think about the Yankees. I’m not sure why thinking about the Yankees would conjure up images of multinational companies, but apparently it does. Apple, Google, Sony, and Sprint all make sense as answers to this strange question, but I’m forever grateful to the survey designer for including Monsanto, Goldman Sachs, Exxon Mobil, and the company that comes to our tipster’s mind — Halliburton.

I always imagined the Yankees as the Star Wars Empire… which I guess would make them Disney?

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 11:20 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: good clean fun, yankees

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Returns for 27th Season as Exclusive National MLB Game of the Week

Hope you like Red Sox vs. Yankees!

Sunday Night Baseball to document Boston Red Sox icon David Ortiz’s final season across four early appearances;
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox renew their rivalry three times, including back-to-back weeks (May 1, May 8, July 17);
NL West rivals: Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants will square off twice (April 17, June 12);
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Andrew McCutchen to appear on Sunday Night Baseball for third consecutive season (June 12), 8th appearance since 2014;
Special Sunday Night Baseball doubleheader on June 12: St Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates (5 p.m.); Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants (8:30 p.m.);
The Arizona Diamondbacks, led by new ace Zack Greinke, to make first appearance since 2008 (July 10);
The Houston Astros, led by Carlos Correa, to make first appearance since 2013 (April 24)

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: espn, mets, red sox, royals, sunday night baseball, yankees

Harper: Picturing Yanks, Mets after 2019 free-agent class - NY Daily News

John Harper fantasizes about the Yankees and Mets future. He didn’t say it but I bet it also includes a pony and a unicorn.

Between the ever-rising cost of free agents this winter, the potential availability of so many bright young stars three years from now, and the Yankees’ wait for bad contracts to expire, the winter of 2018-19 is already the talk of baseball.

After all, imagine the bidding for free agents such as Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey, Manny Machado, Dallas Keuchel, Andrew McCutchen, and Josh Donaldson — as well as Clayton Kershaw and David Price via opt-out clauses in their contracts.

“The prices then are going to make the deals for Price and (Zack) Greinke look like bargains,” a major-league executive said this week. “And if the Yankees haven’t won anything again by then, they’ll be under the luxury tax and probably ready to blow everybody away for the guys they want.”

Yes, it makes for a fascinating scenario, and so just for the fun of it I decided to try and project what both the Yankees and Mets would look like by then, going into the 2019 season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 21, 2015 at 05:57 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, mets, yankees

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dodgers hit with record $43.6 million luxury tax bill

Not that the Dodgers seem to mind. According to calculations by MLB, Los Angeles had a record payroll of $297.6 million this year — benefts included — which far exceeds the $189 million threshold. Any way you slice it, that’s a lot of money to have tied up in a baseball team, and a good chunk of that turned out to be dead money. As we noted after the Dodgers activity at the trade deadline, the team owed $87.5 million just to players who were no longer on the team. Another good chunk was tied up in players who were injured.

It’s not a new thing though under Friedman and Zaidi. The Dodgers exceeded the luxury tax the previous two seasons under Ned Colletti, paying a total of $38 million in luxury taxes.

Also worth noting, the Dodgers were far from alone this season. For the first time ever, four teams spent above the luxury tax threshold, bringing the overall total owed to $72.8 million. Of course, the New York Yankees are among them, paying $26.1 million this season. The Boston Red Sox owe $1.8 million and the San Francisco Giants will pay $1.3 million.

McCoy Posted: December 20, 2015 at 07:05 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, luxury tax, yankees

Monday, December 14, 2015

Longtime Daily News sports writer Phil Pepe dead at 80

Phil Pepe, a longtime Daily News Yankee beat writer whose career covering New York sports spanned 50 years, died Sunday at the age of 80 at his home in Englewood, N.J., a family member told The News.

Pepe covered the Yankees for The News from 1968-1981 and wrote the lead game story for every World Series from 1969-81. In 1982, he succeeded Dick Young as The News’ sports columnist.

He left the paper in 1989 for WCBS radio, where he did morning sports — including his signature “Pep Talk” — for more than 15 years. He was also the director of broadcasting/radio analyst for the Class-A New Jersey Cardinals of the New York-Penn League for 12 seasons from 1994-2005.

He was the executive director of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America for the past 21 years, having also served as the chapter’s chairman in 1975 and 1976. He attended every BBWAA awards dinner since 1962 and ran the event for more than two decades.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 14, 2015 at 10:51 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: beat writers, media, obituaries, phil pepe, reporters, yankees

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Beltran: Yankees veterans will be all over Starlin Castro | New York Post

“Starlin Castro is a very athletic guy, a guy who can play a lot of different positions on the infield,” Beltran said on Thursday while making an appearance at Lord & Taylor in Midtown. “I believe he’s going to be an important key for us this year.

“With the veterans we have, we’ll be on top of him, helping him become a better ballplayer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 07:48 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, starlin castro, yankees

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Jack Curry on Twitter: “To get Starlin Castro from the Cubs, the Yankees parted with Adam Warren and a player to be named.”

Update:

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:10 PM | 162 comment(s)
  Beats: adam warren, cubs, starlin castro, trade rumors, yankees

Friday, December 04, 2015

Yankees sign Pete Kozma

It’s to a minor league deal.

Gamingboy Posted: December 04, 2015 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: destroyer of worlds, pete kozma, transactions, yankees

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Young: Reggie’s job is to sell N.Y. on Yankee Stadium - NY Daily News

“The greatest thing I had going for me was New York,” said George Steinbrenner. “Bronfman can have his liquor in Montreal. Kroc can have his hamburgers in San Diego.”

Ray Krock, the McDonald’s man, offered a million more than Steinbrenner did. Charles Bronfman, the Seagram’s man, offered two million more, but if there’s one place on the North American continent that has worse weather than New York, it’s Montreal.

George Steinbrenner is smart. He took Reggie Jackson walking, and he took him in broad daylight. There’s a new kids’ game in New York. It’s called Hit the Old People Over the Head. The junior record was set the other night, a 102-year old woman.

“No mater how people try to demean New York,” said George Steinbrenner, “it’s still the Big Apple. If somebody would just realize that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2015 at 10:13 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: reggie jackson, yankees

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