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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yankees’ Didi Gregorius will miss Opening Day | MLB.com

Not good news for the Yankees.

Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season with a strained subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder, the Yankees said on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, wbc, yankees

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Report: Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause dies at 77

Krause was known to have a rocky relationship with then-Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, with Jackson leaving after the 1998 season and the Bulls’ sixth title. Jordan also retired after that season, although he would later briefly return to play for the Wizards.

He retired as Bulls general manager in 2003, with an official explanation pertaining to his health, and amid a struggling Bulls rebuild around young players.

Prior to working for the Bulls, Krause, a Chicago native, scouted for a handful of NBA teams and also in baseball for the Chicago White Sox, also the property of Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Krause returned to baseball scouting after leaving basketball, working for the Yankees, Mets and most recently the Diamondbacks in scouting capacities.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 02:49 PM | 56 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jerry krause, mets, white sox, yankees

Do the unthinkable, Yankees: Give Gleyber Torres a shot | New York Post

No, no, no. Give the *kid* some time in AA. If he does well, move him up to AAA. If he does well there, then, and only then, add him to the 40-Man Roster and bring him up to the big league club. If he plays well, he still makes his debut at age 20. (He was born on December 13th.)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, prospects, yankees

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yankees have to question if Luis Severino belongs in big leagues | New York Post

Severino said he gets in trouble when he rushes.

“I have to practice more in the bullpen,’’ he said of repeating his delivery and not rushing. “Sometimes the pressure of the game, you start thinking about that. I have to keep working.’’

Severino owns a 5.08 ERA this spring.

“You have to be able to slow things down and relax,’’ said Girardi, who in his playing career was always there as a catcher to try to guide the way. “The pressure of pitching in New York, the pressure of pitching in Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore and Boston, there’s pressure pitching there, too, so you have to learn to control your mind and slow things down and make your pitch.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Joe Girardi: Yankees prospects can reach Core Four heights | New York Post

“Now I don’t know if this group will reach that,’’ Girardi said, “but I think this is a broader group when you start talking the sheer number of kids that can really make an impact here. I’m really excited about the group. It’s really deep. You know it’s probably not going to work out for everyone of them, but when you watch them,’’ he said, then pointing to the field, “you feel like he’s going to play in the big leagues, he’s going to play in the big leagues and you just keep going on and on.’’

Girardi insisted he is not boasting to improve the trade value of some of the young players.

“This is what I see,’’ he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chapman trade afterthought is hitting way onto Yankees’ radar | New York Post

McKinney went 1-for-1 with a solo homer against the Orioles in a 5-4 loss at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday.

In 15 games he is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and seven RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yankees still give ‘very mature’ Jorge Mateo a big demotion | New York Post

Girardi said he spoke with Mateo on Friday before departing for Lakeland, where the Yankees visited the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.

“I told him, ‘Wherever you go, it’s your job to go down and dominate because you’re a special talent,’ ’’ Girardi said. “In a way, it’s a real blessing to have the talent that he has, but it’s also a curse. [People] are always gonna watch every move you make, because they want to see what you’re gonna do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge mateo, prospects, yankees

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What does Statcast’s catch probability tell us about Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner? - River Avenue Blues

So, while Ellsbury’s 1-for-28 effort on Five Star Outs in 2016 may not accurately reflect his true defensive ability given the limited amount of data, it did happen, and it did cost the Yankees runs. My eyes told me both Gardner and Ellsbury were still above-average defenders last season, Gardner moreso. Neither was as good as we’ve seen them in the past, I don’t think, and that makes sense given their ages. The various defensive stats say the opposite is true, that they were better than they’d been in previous years. I was hoping catching probability would clear that up for us, but alas. It’s just more information to consider, not a definitive answer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:21 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, jacoby ellsbury, yankees

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gleyber Torres isn’t making a demotion easy on Yankees | New York Post

He has looked great this spring training. There is no way he breaks with the team, though.

Of course, there’s still the reality that Torres has never played above Class A and is expected to open the season with Double-A Trenton.

General manager Brian Cashman has cautioned that Torres also hasn’t played in cold temperatures.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Yankees vs The Universe: Who Ya Got?

Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?

———

Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in his playing days. He was revered by the writers (and his teammates) for his toughness, intelligence, skill and leadership on the field, and he dominated the MVP vote during his prime. His year-by-year MVP finishes, 1950-1956: Third, first, fourth, second, first, first, second.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Clint Frazier gets haircut at Yankees camp | MLB.com

While the world has changed in any number of ways since then, Girardi believes the policy still makes sense for today’s game.

“I think it has value because it’s a tradition,” Girardi said. “It’s a tradition by a man that meant so much to this organization, and if it’s important to him and it’s important to his family, then it needs to be respected by all of us and important to us. That’s the bottom line.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2017 at 02:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Clint Frazier’s hair was too much for the Yankees

The top outfield prospect, known for his flowing red locks, was shorn Friday morning after his long hair apparently became too much of an issue around Yankees spring training.

The cut, at 7:15 a.m. in the clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, from a barber visiting special for the occasion, was scheduled after Frazier spoke with Yankees manager Joe Girardi about his personal style expression. The Yankees have a long-standing policy forbidding facial hair or overly long hair.


“I like my hair, but I love playing for this organization,” said Frazier, who is expected to begin the season at Triple-A.

“It was starting to be a distraction. It’s time to look like everybody else around here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: clint frazier, hair policies, yankees

The Easiest Question in Baseball History Might Have a New Answer

So there’s a game baseball fans like to play (and by “fans” we also include anybody, anywhere, who has ever written any words, at any time, about the sport). The game is to rank the best player who ever lived at every position…

———

The best first baseman of all time is Gehrig. Always has been.

But here’s a thought: What if… he’s not?

What if the easiest question in the history of baseball is about to get a different answer?

What if Albert Pujols – not Lou Gehrig – is the best first baseman to ever man the bag?

gehrig97 Posted: March 10, 2017 at 09:54 AM | 219 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, first basemen, gehrig, history, pujols, yankees

Monday, March 06, 2017

Everything about Gary Sanchez’s day was ‘unbelievable’ | New York Post

The Post discovered Luis Severino missed the team bus Friday from Tampa to Dunedin, Fla., where he started the game against the Blue Jays. There is more to pitching in the big leagues than throwing fastballs 99 mph, and making the bus is among the basic things.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Luis Severino hit 99 in outing, but that’s not why Girardi is pleased | New York Post

Once Severino masters his change (and it has the potential to be a really good one) he’s going to be dominant.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Yankees hot prospect Gleyber Torres not just playing shortstop | New York Post

I’ve been very impressed with Torres as well. He uses the whole field and makes very solid contact. He looks like a future 2B to me though. Don’t get me wrong, he could probably stick at short and play passably there, but that would be his cap defensively.

“I am impressed with his at-bats where he has a real good understanding of what the situation called for and what he needs to do. He adjusts with a couple of strikes,’’ Girardi said. “He runs the bases extremely well, very heads up. He is not a flier like Mateo, but he takes extra bases. I am really impressed with his maturity. You see him swing and miss early in the count but he will find a way to put in play with two strikes.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2017 at 08:22 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gleybar torres, yankees

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nick Cafardo: Alex Rodriguez, The Mentor: ‘I want the kids to learn from my mistakes’

How many teams don’t know “framing isn’t the only attribute you’re looking for in a catcher”?

6. Matt Wieters, C, Nationals — Nationals president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo is a master roster builder. The signing of Wieters could bring dividends as the switch-hitter can still produce offensively. Wieters, 30, signed a two-year deal worth about $21 million with an opt-out after one year. He’s considered to be poor at framing pitches, but Rizzo is savvy enough to know that framing isn’t the only attribute you’re looking for in a catcher. Wieters handles a pitching staff very well. Rizzo has come close to replacing the offense he lost from Wilson Ramos in free agency.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2017 at 09:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, notes, yankees

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Heyman: Romneys, who bid on Marlins, in talks to buy piece of Yankees


Mitt and Tagg Romney and family are bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled.

They’re expected to pay $25 million to $30 million per point and thought to be interested in one or two points. The Yankees are valued around $3 billion or more.

The Romneys are said to have offered $1.4 billion many months back to buy the Miami Marlins. But that appears to be off the table now, as the Romneys are talking about buying a very small piece of the Yankees instead.

“No comment,” said Marlins president David Samson on the Romneys’ try for the Marlins.

If Romney completes the purchase of the Yankees piece, that would seem to take him out of the Marlins picture. There are multiple other groups showing interest in the Marlins, sources say.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 12:02 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: mitt romney, yankees

How Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston blew away Yankees prospects

Three years ago, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said he dreamed of playing for the Yankees.

He had just gone hitless in two at-bats and played left field for Florida State against the Yankees in a spring exhibition game at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He had also just met Derek Jeter, one of his idols about to start his retirement tour.

Now, he’s motivating them—and telling them not to make the same mistakes that he did.

Winston surprised Yankees prospects last week. In a meeting room at the team’s minor league training facility, he walked in and sounded like a motivational speaker, immediately commanding the room.


He talked about determination to the attendees of Captain’s Camp, the team’s yearly top prospect program aimed at building character as much as on-field skills. Winston repeated “no limits” like it was his mantra.

And he told them to be careful about their actions.


He made a lasting impression, several Yankees said.

“It’s not everyday you can talk to an NFL quarterback,” left-hander Justus Sheffield said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 23, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jameis winston, nfl, yankees

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top Prospect Gleyber Torres’ Meteoric Rise Could Earn Him 2017 Yankees Debut | Bleacher Report

“Next year he’ll start at Trenton and get introduced to the cold weather of the Eastern League in April for the first time,” Cashman told reporters, including George A. King III of the New York Post. “He’ll be ready whenever he’s ready. I’m not currently thinking about his timeline. Once he has extensive success at Double–A level, you can start doing that. He hasn’t taken that step yet.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 22, 2017 at 08:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, prospects, yankees

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peter Gammons: Another February traveling through Florida - GammonsDaily.com

Brian Cashman had wanted to do a bridge year or two as the Yankees got old. By trading Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, then re-signing Chapman, he effectively traded two years of Miller for infielder Gleyber Torres, outfielder Clint Frazier and pitcher Justus Sheffield. Gary Sanchez hit 20 homers in 52 games and this spring puts fannies in the seats to watch him take batting practice.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, tigers, yankees

Monday, February 20, 2017

A Vindictive President Destroys a National Institution

A story of a bombastic, vindictive man who brooked no challenge to his authority, had no tolerance for weakness, and hated whom he saw as “losers.” We’re speaking, of course, of Ban Johnson, founder and president of the American League.

gehrig97 Posted: February 20, 2017 at 10:04 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ban johnson, cubs, frank chance, yankees

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dellin Betances’ lost case against the Yankees shows the arbitration system is broken | FOX Sports

I was busy yesterday and haven’t read all the hot takes but, other than it being smarter for Levine to keep his mouth shut, Betances outcome fits within the history of the arbitration framework. If the system has been truly flawed why didn’t the MLBPA make it point during the recently settled contract? I get Betances complaint but the outcome shouldn’t have been unexpected. Set-up men don’t get paid in arbitration.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 08:09 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, dellin betances, yankees

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Yankees President: Dellin Betances’ Arbitration Filing “Had No Bearings In Reality”

“It’s like me saying, I’m not the president of the Yankees, I’m an astronaut. I’m not an astronaut and Dellin Betances is not a closer,” Levine adds.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that there’s “bad blood” between Betances and the Yankees going back to last season, when the Yankees renewed Betances’ salary for the league minimum of $507K despite Betances’ strong performances to that point.

Stay classy, Randy.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: February 18, 2017 at 01:20 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, astronauts, yankees

Friday, February 17, 2017

Brian Cashman excited about position battles | MLB.com

The Yanks’ chances would jump significantly if Severino can recapture the feel of his changeup and replicate what he did at the end of 2015, when he was 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA in 11 starts. Severino was 0-8 with an 8.50 ERA in 11 starts last year, and recently sought assistance from Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez.

“Which is the real [Severino]? We hope the one that possesses three above-average pitches, an explosive fastball, a devastating slider and a wicked changeup,” Cashman said. “That’s not what we got in 2016, so tear up 2016, throw it out the door.

“He muscled up, we felt, when he showed up for spring last year. [Pitching coach] Larry [Rothschild] communicated to him—less bulk and more flexibility. He looks great. It’s clear by how he looks that he did do that. He’s got a fresh start.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 09:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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