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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Why Yankees shouldn’t be so quick to trade Brian McCann | New York Post

Posturing.

“They [McCann and Sanchez] are our best two catchers by far, and our best team has both on the field. I would venture to guess that Sanchez-McCann would be the top catcher tandem in the game. McCann has struggled in the second half, but he was a borderline All-Star this year. So as far as I am concerned, he has a lot of value to us, let alone anyone else.”

Maybe that is posturing, but I don’t think so. Cashman said the playing time is skewed now because Sanchez is hot. The 23-year-old has the AL’s second-best OPS in August (minimum 50 plate appearances) and just was named the AL Player of the Week. But this is about 2017. The Yankees are going to try to contend, and their best chance to do so would be with McCann and Sanchez because:

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2016 at 11:40 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: brian mccann, yankees

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Scout who sued Yankees for age discrimination settles case - NY Daily News

“We reached a tentative agreement that has amicably resolved the matter,” Miske’s attorney, Vincent Miranda, told the Daily News. He declined to say when the case had settled, but it appeared to have been very recent — no papers had yet been filed in the case indicating a deal.

Miske, whose most recent stint with the team began in 2009, says he was told by his boss, then-assistant general manager Billy Eppler, that “50 years in scouting is enough.”

“The Yankees often treated Mr. Miske with contempt and disrespect because of his age. By way of example, Mr. Miske was told by the Yankees that he was ‘taking well’ to receiving an iPad that they required he use, and his suggestions and comments were often ignored at scouting meetings,” the suit reads.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:20 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: scouts, yankees

Carlos Beltran says Texas is ‘more about baseball’ than New York - CBSSports.com

Beltran has taken a liking to his new haunt in other ways, too—like preferring the vibes in Texas to those in New York. Here’s what he told KESN-FM about the difference between his most-recent employers, per the Dallas Morning News:

But at the end of the day, [in] New York there’s a lot of distractions, a lot of things going on more than baseball. Here it’s more about baseball.

That’s not a surprising answer. Beltran has every reason to prefer playing in Texas—in part because, you know, the Rangers are the team paying him (okay, so technically the Yankees are paying for half his salary, too). Besides, Beltran had to deal with multiple going-away tours in New York without the benefit of a deep postseason run. He’s still very much on his honeymoon with the Rangers, meaning he hasn’t had time for the negatives to make themselves apparent.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:17 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos beltran, rangers, yankees

Friday, August 19, 2016

A Q&A with the Los Angeles Times’ Andy McCullough on the insecurity of writing, what the Royals did for his career, and Twitter schtick

Interesting candid thoughts from the Dodgers (and former Royals, Mets, and Yankees) beat writer.

This past spring, I stopped by the Royals clubhouse. “We got you promoted!” Eric Hosmer said. In that moment, your insecurity creeps in, and you want to say “Fuck you, I did this on my own!” But that’s not totally true. So I wear it. I’m sure I’ll be connected with Kansas City for a while, and I’ll stomach the occasional dweeb on the Internet telling me I owe my career to the Royals. Only Billy Zane makes his own luck…..

As for good teams and bad teams: Either one can be interesting. The 2010 Mets were a delightful trainwreck: Jose Reyes pulled an oblique muscle, and instead of putting him on the disabled list, the team told him to stop switch-hitting. Francisco Rodriguez fought his spouse’s father at the ballpark and spent the night in a cell at Citi Field; the team put K-Rod on the restricted list, and when a reporter asked Jerry Manuel how the team would welcome K-Rod back next year, Manuel replied, “I’m here next year?” There was the embarrassing Walter Reed incident. Manuel suggested John Maine could make his comeback with the team by pitching on off-days. The team played with, essentially, a 24-man roster for months, because Oliver Perez refused a minor-league assignment, and Manuel refused to use him.

I’m sure I’m forgetting like 15 other ridiculous things. I just assumed all teams were that dysfunctional. As for good teams: You have a clarity of purpose that allows you to put events into context, and it is nice being around players who give a ####. You get a lot more eyeballs on your work when the team is good. My career arc is a testament to that. So, thank you, Dave Eiland, for convincing Ned to run his bullpen better, which got people to read my stories from the playoffs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 19, 2016 at 01:58 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: andy mccullough, dodgers, journalism, mets, royals, writing, yankees

Gary Sanchez turned around work ethic, defense to start for Yanks - NY Daily News

Plus, Sanchez had maturity and discipline issues in the minors. He was suspended at Double-A Trenton in 2014 and banished back to extended spring training from Class A ball in 2011. As Cashman puts it, “We try to jump on it to get all that stuff out of the way at the lower levels.”

He struggled some years in the minors, not living up to high expectations. And when the Yankees were practically handing him the backup catcher’s job in spring training this year, he pressed and did not play well, losing out to Austin Romine.

Rowson calls it, “The normal process of growing up. It’s a credit to the organization, always remembering that Gary was a young kid. They make mistakes and the goal is to help them learn from them. It was nice to see that nothing was held against him. And it’s a credit to Gary, too. He has a baby. That kind of makes you grow up. Normal life has taken over and he really realized that he could play in the major leagues.

“The light went on.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 09:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Heyman - Alex Rodriguez Long Shot For 2017

When Alex Rodriguez’s publicist announced that A-Rod would not be coming back to play in 2016, the speculation already started up about 2017.

But that is probably a long shot, too.

A-Rod told some friends the weekend of his sendoff, “I’m done.” And perhaps we should take him at his word (though he hasn’t tipped his hand publicly).

Jim Furtado Posted: August 19, 2016 at 08:50 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hal Steinbrenner’s unusual reaction to Yankees’ youth turn | New York Post

Hal Steinbrenner isn’t his father.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Nathan Eovaldi likely to miss 2017 season | yankees.com

Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi has a partial UCL tear and a torn flexor tendon, and he will undergo surgery on both, ending his season and likely keeping him out through 2017.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, nathan eovaldi, yankees

The incredible side of Yankees prospect Clint Frazier that was a secret until now | NJ.com

Some background on Clint Frazier.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: clint frazier, yankees

Sunday, August 14, 2016

MLB.com: Yanks Duo First To HR Back-To-Back In First AB

There was a ceremony at Yankee Stadium for the 20th anniversary of the 1996 ‘Return of the Dynasty’ team. Aura & Mystique must have been in attendance, too:

Yankees prospects Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge didn’t wait long to prove they belong in the Majors. Austin and Judge made their debuts in stunning fashion during Saturday’s 8-4 win at Yankee Stadium, hammering back-to-back home runs in their first at-bats in the second inning of the game against the Rays to give New York a 2-0 lead. Austin and Judge are the first teammates to hit home runs in their first Major League at-bats in the same game. The feat was accomplished once before by opponents—the Dodgers’ Ernie Koy and the Phillies’ Heinie Mueller—on April 19, 1938.

They are also the first teammates to homer in their debuts in the same game and became the fourth and fifth players in Yankees history to hit home runs in their first career at-bat or plate appearance, joining John Miller, Andy Phillips and Yankees assistant hitting coach Marcus Thames. Austin and Judge both finished 2-for-4.

Judge did a little more than just make contact. Unlike Austin, who barely squeaked his shot over the short porch in right field for a Statcast™-projected 331-foot homer, Judge launched a projected 446-foot blast into center field, tying the Yankees record for longest home run at home in the Statcast™ era.

Video at link.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Klapisch: The many reasons why I will miss Alex Rodriguez - Sports - NorthJersey.com

Don’t worry. We’ll end up seeing more of him.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 05:15 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

New York tabloid takes parting shot at Alex Rodriguez

OK, who is their source?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Alex Rodriguez was a fantastic baseball player and we were lucky to watch him play | For The Win

A lot of people who know Alex praise him. A lot of other people who know Alex criticize him. Whose right? Both. I appreciate Alex Rodriguez as a player. I enjoyed watching him play.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, August 12, 2016

Heyman - Inside Look At Yankees’ Sale And What May Come Next

Yankees and notes.

While there’s no evidence a deal for McCann is anywhere close at this point, McCann has indeed cleared waivers, as was reported on Today’s Knuckleball. The Yankees and Braves have had extensive talks regarding the well-liked veteran catcher who grew up in the Braves’ organization, and others have shown interest, too. The Braves do seem like the most logical possible landing spot, but the Yankees’ last known request for two young players in a deal for McCann apparently was a non starter for Atlanta, who like McCann as a major clubhouse plus for their young, rebuilding team.

The Braves are said to have offered to pay close to half McCann’s $17-million annual salary, and Atlanta’s idea apparently is to surrender much lesser prospects/players. A Yankees person suggested that while they contributed $2.5 million to complete the Beltran deal, they aren’t anxious to pay down other contracts, either. So they may be worlds apart at this point. Cashman hasn’t yet gone to McCann, who has a full no-trade, to ascertain if he’d consider returning to his home-state Braves; so that could conceivably be another hurdle.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 12, 2016 at 07:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, yankees

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How Hal Steinbrenner set Girardi up for this A-Rod fiasco | New York Post

The end is difficult for many players. ARod is getting released in a couple of days. He’s not getting released because of any animus. He’s getting released because the team doesn’t believe he can play any more. He’s doesn’t deserve playing time. He’s owed a bunch of money. He’ll get the money. He’ll get one last day in Yankees Stadium. Girardi doesn’t owe him any additional playing time.

On Day 2 of the newest Yankees production, “A-Rod: You Have Got to Be Sitting Me,” Joe Girardi finally boiled this whole silly, sloppy affair down to its most basic element.

“I’m putting out what I feel is the best lineup,” Girardi began. “That’s my job. That’s in my job description.”

Standard stuff there. He has crafted the same thought a thousand different ways since Sunday, and really since it became apparent Alex Rodriguez had stopped being a part of his immediate plans. But then Girardi added this, and we got a rare chance to take a peek at a peeled-back onion:

“My job description,” Girardi said, “does not entail a farewell tour.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2016 at 08:04 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Joe Girardi benches A-Rod again, says ‘job description does not entail farewell tours’

Girardi thinks the key to winning is batting the sub .200 hitters over A-Rod.

ReggieThomasLives Posted: August 10, 2016 at 11:46 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: a-rod, yankees, yankees-no-fun-as-usual

Monday, August 08, 2016

Heyman - How Alex Rodriguez’s Exit From The Yankees Went Down

Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner came to New York for a few-day visit to see his Yankees this week, and while in town he made sure to make it his business to do something about the Alex Rodriguez “situation.”

And, indeed, it had become a situation. Rodriguez was one of the greatest players of his time — of any time really — and he was struggling to the point where he wasn’t playing for a Yankees team in transition. Speculation of an uncomfortable release was gaining in legs in the New York press, and A-Rod himself wasn’t happy to have become an albatross on the team he loved.

So Steinbrenner took it upon himself to send A-Rod a firm message, but in a nice way. The message, in effect, was “You are done,” at least as a integral part of the Yankees’ everyday playing team. But Steinbrenner said it much more gently than that.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:50 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Alex Rodriguez forced us to take the good with the bad | New York Post

Alex Rodriguez should be remembered as one of the best baseball players ever.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2016 at 09:48 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Alex Rodriguez to retire | yankees.com

If the Yankees outright release him, I believe he’s still entitled to the rest of his contract. Has this been covered in the press conference?

Update: Another report says that’s he’s still getting his money.

The Yankees today announced that Alex Rodriguez will play in his final Major League game on Friday, August 12 vs. Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium. Following the game, he will be unconditionally released by the club from his player contract in order to sign a contract to serve as a special advisor and instructor with the Yankees through December 31, 2017.

“After spending several days discussing this plan with Alex, I am pleased that he will remain a part of our organization moving forward and transition into a role in which I know he can flourish,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “We have an exciting group of talented young players at every level of our system. Our job as an organization is to utilize every resource possible to allow them to reach their potential, and I expect Alex to directly contribute to their growth and success. Baseball runs through his blood. He’s a tireless worker and an astute student of the game. Alex has already proven to be a willing and effective mentor to many players who have come through our clubhouse, and I am confident that this next phase of his baseball life will bring out the best in Alex and the next generation of Yankees.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 11:11 AM | 155 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Yanks, Alex Rodriguez to hold news conference | yankees.com

The Yankees announced on Saturday night that they will hold a news conference with designated hitter Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium prior to today’s 1:05 p.m. ET series finale against the Indians.

The news conference, which will begin at 11 a.m. and stream live on MLB.com, will also include general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi. The club has not confirmed whether the news conference will address Rodriguez’s role on the team for the remainder of this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 07, 2016 at 07:34 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, August 05, 2016

Mark Teixera to retire

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will announce his retirement, effective at the end of the season, on Friday.

reech Posted: August 05, 2016 at 01:40 PM | 76 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Alex Rodriguez’s Days as a Yankee May Be Numbered - WSJ

At this point, why not keep him? He doesn’t have to play every day.

Roster expansion is 28 days away. If the team can build any value by playing him, even if they only save a million or two, it’s still better than buying him out now.

All of this has raised speculation that the Yankees could release Rodriguez, who remains under contract in 2017 for another $20 million. At this point, the speculation hasn’t evolved into anything resembling a plan: In an interview with ESPN Radio on Tuesday, owner Hal Steinbrenner said, “None of that has been discussed with me.”

But with the Yankees looking toward 2017 and beyond, that could change, especially with Rodriguez occupying a precious roster spot while languishing on the bench. That leaves him to ponder the harsh reality that his tenure in New York—and his career—appear close to an unceremonious finale.

“I know that the organization has a brighter future today than it did last week, and hopefully I’m part of that equation,” Rodriguez said Tuesday. “But if I’m not, I can accept that very clearly.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 09:54 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The ‘uber’ Yankees? Brian Cashman’s LeBron James-like master plan - Yankees Blog- ESPN

MLB should just give them Harper, Fernandez, and Machado right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 02, 2016 at 05:47 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Monday, August 01, 2016

Heyman - Rangers Dodgers And Red Sox In Mysterious Chris Sale Derby

Could the Yankees jump in on Sale?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: chris sale, trade rumors, white sox, yankees

Yankees farm system could be MLB’s best | MLB.com

The Yankees moves have been pretty, pretty good.

After shipping Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for Adam Warren and three prospects, including shortstop Gleyber Torres (No. 26 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list), and then spinning Andrew Miller to the Indians for a four-prospect package headed by outfielder Clint Frazier (No. 24) and left-hander Justus Sheffield (No. 95), the Yankees have arguably the best and deepest farm system in the game. (We’ll update our system rankings after the Trade Deadline arrives on Monday.)

“I think our system that currently is now in play is starting to mirror what that system started to produce which propelled us into the ‘90s,” Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Sunday in a conference call following the Miller deal. “We’re trying to get back to a situation where we can build an uberteam, and a sustainable one. We’ll see where it takes us, but that’s the effort that we’ve got going on and I think fans should be excited by that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2016 at 06:51 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: trade deadline, yankees

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