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Monday, October 24, 2016

How two men brought hope back to the Chicago Cubs | FOX Sports

I’ve been impressed by Arod’s work as an analyst. He clearly works hard to prepare for the broadcasts.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 24, 2016 at 07:01 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, cubs, red sox, theo epstein, yankees

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 10-20-2016

New York World, October 20, 1916:

Yankee Owners Planning To Start Work on Their New Park by Next Spring

Nobody is more anxious to begin the erection of a new ball park than are [Yankees owners] Capt. Huston and Col. Ruppert, but the problem that is besetting them is location. They have had under consideration an excellent place in Long Island City, on the other end of the Queensboro Bridge, but there is a doubt as to whether it would be advisable to get off Manhattan Island.
The decision on location is the only thing holding back the owners of the Yanks.

“Long Island City Larrupers” doesn’t have quite as good a ring to it as “Bronx Bombers”.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 20, 2016 at 10:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, yankees

Monday, October 17, 2016

OTP 2016 Oct 17: Politics, Sports, and the ‘League of Legends’ World Championship

The closer eSports comes to mirroring real world sports, the more we’ll see the truly political components of eSports. Traditional sports have long and complex ties with politics of all sorts, and you can already see these strands in their digital counterparts.

Baseball, perhaps the most American sport, traces close connections to the US military—at least going back as far as World War II. The home plate has also been the home of culture wars. If you’ve been to any baseball games that sung “God Bless America” during the seventh-inning stretch (most common on Sundays and during Yankee’s games), you experienced the lingering cultural repercussions of post-9/11 America. After the attacks, baseball as an American pastime became a cultural representation of our nation in relation to global terrorism.

This isn’t an attack on the expression of national pride and honor at sporting events, but it’s silly to think that sports (and by extension eSports) can ever be politics free. Even the very makeup of our “American” baseball teams are political in nature. It’s always deliciously ironic when you hear the national anthem at baseball games when well over a quarter of athletes are foreign born (27.5 percent in 2016).


Bitter Mouse, Space Tyrant Posted: October 17, 2016 at 07:59 AM | 2095 comment(s)
  Beats: politics, video games, yankees

Monday, October 03, 2016

Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

SNY, cable home of the Mets, finished the regular season as baseball’s most-watched regional sports network, beating the Yankees’ YES Network, according to a statement Monday. The results mark the first time Mets games have drawn more local TV viewers than Yankees games since SNY and YES started competing against each other in 2006.

Mets games on SNY averaged 263,850 viewers, compared with about 218,000 for the Yankees on YES, according to the statement from SNY. A YES spokesman said the network will likely release its final viewership numbers on Oct. 4.

The Mets’ viewership and average household rating of 2.73 were both their highest since the 2008 season, when the team went 89-73 and missed the playoffs. New York is the nation’s biggest television market.

Part of the reason for the dip in Yankees’ ratings is the ongoing dispute between YES, majority-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., and Comcast Corp., which has kept the team’s games out of about 900,000 homes, about 65 percent of which are in the official New York TV market.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 03, 2016 at 04:42 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, television ratings, yankees

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Why Bo Jackson chose baseball

“Bo would like to visit Kansas City,” the agent said. “He’d like to see the players, see the stadium. But he doesn’t want to work out.”

Schuerholz wasn’t buying it. He suspected Jackson and his agents were merely using the Royals as a negotiating tool against the NFL, and asked Stewart for his opinion. He contacted Gonzales, who assured the director of scouting that Bo Jackson had genuine interest in the major leagues. “John,” Stewart told Schuerholz, “all I can tell you is Kenny Gonzales has spent seven years on Bo Jackson, and he knows him and his family better than anyone. We have to believe in Kenny.”

That Saturday afternoon, Jackson and Woods arrived at Royals Stadium and sat down with Schuerholz, Stewart and Gonzales. The general manager wasted no time. “Bo,” he said, “do you really want to play baseball?”

Jackson was young and green and raw but haltingly sincere and steadfast. “Mr. Schuerholz,” he replied, “that’s why I’m here.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 30, 2016 at 10:34 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, bo jackson, draft, football, royals, yankees

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fan loses ring while proposing during game at Yankee Stadium

Generally, I’m not a fan of the marriage proposal at a sporting event.

It’s become such a common event that most people just roll their eyes when there is a proposal on the big screen at a stadium. Teams, such as the New York Yankees, even encourage fans to propose at games.

However ... there are times when it’s pure magic.

Zach Posted: September 28, 2016 at 10:37 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, yankees

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Yankees say good riddance to David Ortiz, the best to ever own them | New York Post

But Ortiz is the Yankees killer to end all Yankees killers. He is the one who has given more night sweats to more Yankees pitchers (and Yankees fans) than anybody, mostly because he has played for a team (and for a city) that has been the object of Yankees obsession from the moment he arrived.

It is fair to wonder if the Red Sox’s epic, operatic drought that stood at 86 years in 2004 might not now be at 98 if not for Ortiz, whose walk-off homer won Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS, whose homer over The Wall the next night kick-started a comeback in Game 5 that he ended with a walk-off single, who added another homer for kicks in Game 7 as the Sox completed their historic comeback.

Yankees fans grumble about Ortiz, about the fact that he’s never been accorded the kind of scorn other PED scofflaws have (he allegedly tested positive in 2003, when testing was supposed to be anonymous and there were no actual repercussions for steroid use; Ortiz has always said he never “knowingly” took steroids). And they may not be happy to be honoring him.

But they’ll be delighted to see him go.

And that may be the biggest compliment of all.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2016 at 09:47 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: david ortiz, red sox, yankees

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Yankees’ half-measure failure forces grand plan into focus | New York Post

The balance of that mission now migrates up to Yankees ownership and the front office. They stockpiled their farm system with their trade-deadline maneuvers while promising they still would contend. They contended for a while. The revamp, however, has to pay off with multiple successful contentions in order for all of their wheeling and dealing to make sense.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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 |

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 |

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


“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 -

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

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