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Friday, September 23, 2016

Masahiro Tanaka scratched from next start with elbow strain | New York Post

he Yankees’ dim playoff hopes took another hit Thursday, when Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a strained flexor mass in his right elbow after an MRI exam.

Joe Girardi volunteered the information before the Yankees’ 2-0 loss to the Rays Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

The manager tried to downplay the severity of the injury, calling it a “slight, slight, slight strain,” but this is Tanaka, who has had more than his fair share of elbow issues since joining the Yankees.

The strain is located more toward the wrist than the elbow, meaning the UCL isn’t involved.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2016 at 07:39 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, masahiro tanaka, yankees

Monday, September 19, 2016

Joe Girardi manages by the book and it’s tanking Yankees’ season | New York Post

Binder talk? Really?

Girardi let Sabathia pitch to Ramirez. He also let Sabathia start the sixth inning. And Girardi elected to pitch to Ramirez again in the seventh — and Clippard surrendered the go-ahead home run.

Bad Binder decisions.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 09:01 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: joe girardi, yankees

Hanley Ramirez homers twice as Sox sweep Yanks | MLB.com

Porcello has 20 wins. Hanley has put the Red Sox on his back this week. When does the Panda get activated?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 19, 2016 at 06:01 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: hanley ramirez, red sox, yankees

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Yankees agree to deal with Billy Butler, source says | Newsday

If they wanted an old washed up guy, why didn’t they just keep Arod?

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 06:53 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: billy butler, yankees

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Jacoby Ellsbury’s overpaid on many nights but not this one | New York Post

Here’s what it says: Ellsbury gets too big a paycheck for what he contributes to the team. He’s a B- player with an A+ salary. It says that Girardi wisely doesn’t concern himself about dollars or reputations. Starting the righty-swinging Refsnyder in left field, with Brett Gardner sliding over to center field, was the proper move with Urias on the hill.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 14, 2016 at 09:11 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, yankees

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What I’ll never forget about baseball’s return to New York after 9/11 | FOX Sports

Fifteen years later, I know I was silly to be upset about the debate over when play should resume. The debate was appropriate. Baseball had to return at some point. But at the time, it was difficult to see things clearly, to remove the emotion from the moment.

The sadness was overwhelming. I remember welling up with tears several times a day after the attacks, for no particular reason. I well up even now thinking about those days, and I’m sure many of you do the same. But when I flash back to that night — to Diana Ross and to Liza Minielli, to Piazza and to Valentine — I can’t get the images out of my head, the eccentric manager in particular.

Baseball came back, and we were better for it.

Sing, Bobby V, sing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 09:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, september 11th, yankees

You can try to intentionally walk Gary Sanchez but he’ll just hit an almost-homer anyway | MLB.com

He almost hit it out with a softball skip.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2016 at 08:49 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Perhaps you guys were wrong about Gary Sanchez

Enough with the Jesus Montero comparisons.  Take a look at this:

Not to mention another routine home run into Monument Park.

Captain Supporter Posted: September 10, 2016 at 06:45 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Yankees’ Rebuild - The New York Times

“No regrets,” General Manager Brian Cashman insisted before batting practice Tuesday. “None whatsoever. We mapped out what we needed to do, we had to do it, and we’re better for it. In the present and the future. Period.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 07, 2016 at 01:34 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Yankees could deal for Jose Fernandez this offseason — here’s how - NY Daily News

They will also be dealing for Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Corey Saeger, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Christian Yelich, and Jose Altuve.

What a team they will have!!

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jose fernandez, marlins, yankees

Monday, August 29, 2016


Yankees look to refinance $1B debt from new stadium | New York Post

The Yanks are roughly breaking even now. That’s just the team and doesn’t include other businesses, such as the YES Network or Legends Hospitality.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 29, 2016 at 06:58 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium financing, yankees

Sunday, August 28, 2016

How model for Yankees’ vision shows lightning-rebuild hope | New York Post

OK, they both traded for prospects. Other than that, where is the similarity?

Jim Furtado Posted: August 28, 2016 at 10:27 AM | 57 comment(s)
  Beats: dave dombrowski, tigers, yankees

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

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