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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grumpy Gossage Napalms His Bridges:BWitz:NYT (reg req.)

Has Goose Gossage at long last grumped his way to irrelevance? Gossage has not been invited to Yankees Old Timers Day. 

Maybe the biggest problem with his grumpiness is there’s nothing new: more complaints about computers and guys from Harvard who won their rotisserie leagues. However, the portrait in the article at well-rounded, and Goose is still one of the icons of the game. Gossage was the best of both words—he lit up the spreadsheet and was fun to watch.

He had never been out of the state until he boarded a plane for Sarasota, Fla., after the Chicago White Sox drafted him in 1970 and gave him an $8,000 signing bonus.

Shortly before he left, he borrowed his brother’s car and drove to his favorite spot, near the Wilson Ranch, where his father, who had died the year before from emphysema, used to take him to hunt rabbit and deer, and forage for arrowheads.

Gossage sat under a pine tree and cried.

“I was scared to death,” he said. “I thought Hank Aaron and all the greats put their pants on different, that they were fictitious characters that didn’t really exist. But through those tears I had a talk with myself, that there aren’t going to be any woulda, shoulda, couldas. When I made that commitment to myself, I felt this weight off my shoulders.”

puck Posted: June 17, 2018 at 01:14 PM | 103 comment(s)
  Beats: old man yells at cloud, yankees

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Nats ride Soto’s historic 2-HR game to split in NY

NEW YORK—The first game Juan Soto played in this season came at State Mutual Stadium, the home of the Braves’ Class A Rome affiliate, which seats a little more than 5,000 people. Soto offered a glimpse of his enormous potential in that game, when he homered for Hagerstown, but even then it would have been difficult to imagine how different his stage would be just two months later. And how well he would handle it.

On Wednesday night, Soto played for the first time in his career at Yankee Stadium in front of 45,030 fans. And he responded by becoming the fifth-youngest player in Major League history to record a multihomer game, swatting a three-run homer in the fourth that squeaked over the left-field wall and a towering 436-foot solo homer to center field in the seventh to power the Nats to a 5-4 victory.

Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: June 14, 2018 at 01:25 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: juan soto, nationals, yankees

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Yankees should trade for Paxton.

The Yankees have something special going on this season. The club owns a 30 - 13 record and has played stellar baseball for the last month or so. That’s not to say there isn’t room for improvement. The rotation, of course, stands out as the area in most need of an upgrade. The staff contains far more question marks than sure things. Reinforcements would help.

EvilBoWeevil Posted: May 22, 2018 at 02:17 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: james paxton, mariners, yankees

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Taking Back the Ballparks - New York Yankees

Ah, perhaps the toughest entry of all for me to come up with, given how I place the Yankees just above Pol Pot and one spot below You Tube stars on my hierarchy of historical malevolence, and that’s only because the Yankees have slipped down a few spaces after the nice anti-bullying video they recently did.

Yankee Stadium III is that rare new park that seems to be least appreciated by the fans of the club, particularly in comparison with the facility it replaced. From what I can tell, it tends to do better on rankings from non-Yankee partisans. 

The name has been a constant, from the place that George Herman had a hand in constructing through the 1970s renovation that maintained the old footprint through the newer place located nearby. It’s not terribly original, but it’s also hard to imagine it being called anything else. Hell, if Yankee fans at BTF are representative of the fanbase as a whole, the bigger question isn’t whether the name is good enough for the park, but whether the ballyard is good enough to be called Yankee Stadium.

Tomorrow: The Mile High Club

Ballpark History

Built: 2009

Capacity: 47,309

Name: Yankee Stadium 2009-present.

Other ballparks used by club in its current city: Yankee Stadium I (version 2) 1975-2008; Shea Stadium 1973-74; Yankee Stadium I 1923-1973; Polo Grounds 1913-22; Hilltop Park, 1903-12. Stadium also used as home for Major League Soccer’s New York FC.

Distinctive Features: Monument Park; the moats; roof frieze; exterior of Indiana limestone (my Hoosier pride showing); all those damn pennants. 


Ballpark Highlights:

In the first season of the new park, the Yankees appeared on their way to a Subway Series loss to the crosstown Mets when Alex Rodriguez popped up with two on and two out in the bottom of the ninth. However, Luis Castillo dropped the can of corn, giving the Yanks a 9-8 victory.

Later that year, short-rest starter Andy Pettitte extended his record for most career postseason victories to 18 in a 7-3 win over Philadelphia, giving the club its 27th World Series title.

In 2010, Alex Rodriguez homered off poor-spelling Blue Jays pitcher Shawn Marcum for his 600th career dinger, becoming the youngest to join the club. Baseball, Bud Selig and Biogenesis made sure he never reached 700.

In 2011, Derek Jeter became the second player to homer for his 3,000th hit (following equally unlikely candidate Wade Boggs). Icky Yankee mouthpiece Randy Levine strong-armed a fan out of the historic baseball.

One month later, Curtis Granderson hit an eighth-inning grand slam off Oakland’s Bruce Billings. It was the third Yankee slam in the team’s 22-9 victory, the only time in major league history a team had three homers with the bases loaded in the same game.

Teammates Pettitte and Jeter lifted Mariano Rivera with two outs in the eighth inning in the future Hall of Famer’s final game, culminating the first of back-to-back long farewell tours for Yankee greats.

SoSH U at work Posted: May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: stadium names, yankees

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Yanks, Red Sox will take rivalry to London in ‘19

NEW YORK—The most historic rivalry in baseball will break new ground in June 2019, with the Red Sox and Yankees scheduled to meet in London for the first Major League games played in Europe.

The MLB London Series will be played June 29-30, 2019, at London Stadium, site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take on a baseball configuration for the event. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. The Red Sox will be the home team for both games, marking the first time that the clubs have met in a city that was not Boston or New York.

I’ll almost certainly go, because hey! MLB in my home city. But Yankees v Red Sox? Bleah.

manchestermets Posted: May 08, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: london, overseas series, red sox, yankees

Monday, May 07, 2018

The Yankees’ new Death Star is fully operational | Yahoo Sports

The latest to play hero in The Bronx is none other than new second baseman Gleyber Torres — who for all intents and purposes was the final piece separating the lovable ‘Baby Bombers’ from returning to full on ‘Evil Empire’ status.

Torres became the youngest player in Yankees history to launch a walk-off home run as New York emerged with a 7-4 victory over the Indians for its 15th win in 16 games. It was Torres second homer in as many days.


Thursday, May 03, 2018

Ichiro’s Playing Days Over

Seattle Mariners icon Ichiro Suzuki’s playing days are over, and will be transitioning to a role in the front office, effective Thursday, the Mariners announced.

Thanks for the memories Ichiro.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

A Brawl Erupts, and the Red Sox-Yankees Rivalry Catches Fire

BOSTON — If there was any doubt that the saltiness had returned to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry, it evaporated late Wednesday night when a 97-miles-per-hour fastball from Boston reliever Joe Kelly found its intended target: Tyler Austin’s ribs.

Austin slammed his bat down, fired his helmet to the ground and charged after Kelly, and soon both benches and bullpens were empty.


Friday, March 30, 2018


Monday, March 12, 2018

Neil Walker signs one-year deal with Yankees | MLB.com

The 32-year-old Walker, who had been working out at the free-agent camp in Bradenton, is entering his 10th Major League season. His signing could signal the Yankees’ intent to have touted prospects Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres begin the year in the Minor Leagues.

“I don’t control that,” Torres said. “I control playing my game every day and making progress every day, staying humble and trying to help my team. I don’t know what happens right now.”

Walker’s contract is believed to be worth about $5 million, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, which would keep the Yankees comfortably below their envisioned $197 million payroll threshold. Walker earned $17.2 million last year after accepting a qualifying offer from the Mets.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2018 at 06:58 PM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Yankees need to stop messing with their star reliever | New York Post

So the whole premise of the article is pretty much bologna.

Boone pretty much solidified Green’s bullpen future when he said after the game, “I think probably our preference is to eventually move him back [to the bullpen], but we want to at least be in that position should something come up.”

The move back to the pen would be “pretty soon,” Boone said.

That would be the smart move.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: chad green, yankees

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Neil Walker sounds bummed about Yankees’ Drury trade | New York Post

Torres looks like a better fit at 2B. Walker hasn’t played much third. Add in his back issue, his poor defense, and his salary and it’s not difficult to figure out when the Yankees preferred to trade for Drury.

Walker wishes intangibles weighed more in the Yankees’ decision.

“Maybe it’s something that’s being lost in translation with teams — how are we valuing guys?” Walker said. “Are we strictly valuing them on numbers, or are we not able to quantify how they’re making an impact, not only on the field but in the clubhouse? I’ve always felt like I’ve been somebody that’s been a leader. I guess in terms of dollars and cents, teams are not seeing that as a value at this point.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 01, 2018 at 10:18 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, neil walker, yankees

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The gambles that turned George’s Yankees into Hal’s Yankees | New York Post

Good stuff from Joel Sherman.

Steinbrenner has had what he calls a “recurring dream” for years that the Yankees could honor his twin mandates — “be under $200 million [in payroll] and be a championship-caliber team.” His goal was to do this in 2014, but he felt the club didn’t have a puncher’s chance to contend without an ace, so he approved the signing of Masahiro Tanaka.
He feels the team is there now and that the Yanks “have a lot of money to spend in July [without exceeding the $197 million threshold] should we need to — and I will.” Just as interesting was Hal did not sound like restraint this year is about budget busting next year.

The theory has been that the Yankee

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2018 at 11:41 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: hal steinbrenner, yankees

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yankees, Rays, D-backs swing three-way deal

D-backs get:
Steven Souza Jr. (from TB)
Taylor Widener (Yankees’ No. 14 prospect)

Yankees get:
Brandon Drury (from ARI)

Rays get:
Anthony Banda (D-backs’ No. 4 prospect)
Nick Solak (Yankees’ No. 8 prospect)
Two players to be named later (from ARI)

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2018 at 08:23 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rays, trades, yankees

Monday, February 19, 2018

For Yankees and Gleyber Torres, it’s about wins, not money | Newsday

We will see.

So do the math. If Torres’ major-league debut were delayed by 16 days or more, he would fall short of that critical full season, enabling the Yankees to squeeze an extra year from him before his salary begins to skyrocket through arbitration and then free agency.

For those in charge of talent compensation, such as general manager Brian Cashman, paying less for a longer period of time would seem to be the optimal course of action, as the Cubs did with Kris Bryant in 2015.

And yet Cashman insists the service-time clock will not be a factor if Torres is ready to help the Yankees on Opening Day, which is March 29 in Toronto.

“It’s not part of my evaluation process,” Cashman told Newsday. “We’re trying to win. If we feel that somebody could benefit from more time in the minors, we’ll make that decision at the end of camp. But I’ll take all the information from what I see and factor that into the evaluation. Every win for us is valuable.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2018 at 09:39 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Monday, February 12, 2018

Goose Gossage: Brian Cashman has no balls, ‘disgrace to Yankees’

The Goose has not bought in.

“If Cashman had any balls, and he doesn’t, he would have an analytical guy manage,” Gossage said. “Don’t think it hasn’t crossed his mind. But he doesn’t have the balls to do it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 12, 2018 at 05:18 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: goose gossage, yankees

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Yankees’ biggest challenge isn’t going to be on field | New York Post

It’s nice seeing the words “Spring Training” appearing all over.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2018 at 01:19 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: spring training, yankees

Friday, February 02, 2018

20 years of Brian Cashman, who’s no longer just surviving | New York Post

Cashman really has done a great job with the Yankees.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2018 at 08:03 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, yankees

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Oscar Gamble Passes Away

Oscar Gamble, a lefty-swinging hitter popularly known for the large Afro hairstyle he wore in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.

His death was confirmed by Andrew Levy, Gamble’s agent. The cause of death was not reported.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Heyman | Yankees Having Trouble Finding Taker For Ellsbury

The New York Yankees are said to be willing to pay at least half of Jacoby Ellsbury’s $22 million salary but are still having trouble stirring much trade interest at this point.

That could be because there are so many similar players still available on the free-agent market, though, and it’s possible they could find some takers later.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2018 at 09:15 AM | 131 comment(s)
  Beats: jacoby ellsbury, yankees

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Gerrit Cole to Yankees ‘inevitable’ despite Astros’ interest - NY Daily News

in·ev·i·ta·ble
inˈevidəb(ə)l/Submit
adjective
1.
certain to happen; unavoidable.
“war was inevitable”
synonyms: unavoidable, inescapable, inexorable, ineluctable; More
noun
1.
a situation that is unavoidable.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 09, 2018 at 10:36 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: gerrit cole, pirates, trade, yankees

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Heyman | Here’s How Much It’ll Cost Stanton To Be A Yankee

How much will it cost him to say at a Motel 6?

It isn’t an exact calculation, but noted tax expert Josh Rossman of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., says that if Stanton chooses to live in New York City, he will have to pay an additional $29 million in taxes on the $295 million remaining in his record $325 million contract.

Stanton benefited by being a Florida resident the first three years of his contract, but his backloaded part will be heavily taxed as a Yankee. Rossman estimated he could save about $11 million of the $29 million loss by living in the suburbs rather than New York City. But assuming he’s in any of the five boroughs, he’ll be slammed.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 30, 2017 at 06:14 PM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, yankees

Friday, December 29, 2017

Heyman | Yankees Eyeing Yu Darvish

The “reasonable” part might not be reasonable to Darvish.

New York Yankees people do like Yu Darvish, and at a reasonable price, he will be seriously considered. It seems everyone’s strategy this year is to wait for the price to drop.

The Yankees are intent on adding a fine starting pitcher and have had trade discussions regarding Gerrit Cole, Chris Archer and Michael Fulmer, and are looking at free agent Alex Cobb, and possibly some others. Cole is probably the most likely fit in terms of a trade, as Fulmer is coming off an injury and Archer plays on the division rival Rays, but word is, there’s been little progress since the Winter Meetings in talks with Pittsburgh.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 08:57 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees, yu darvish

Yankees warn everyone: We’re not done yet | New York Post

Why would they be done?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2017 at 07:21 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jim Kaat: Will we finally get The Real Deal?

Kaat Said: Orientalism.

A couple of short stories about Asian pitchers and Irabu: I was announcing Yankee games in the mid-90s when I said over the air, “I wonder if we’ll ever see an Oriental position player in the Major Leagues?” Dion James was playing for the Yankees at the time, and told me about an exciting 19-year old named Ichiro Suzuki who had a chance to be the first. We all know that story. Big fan of Bernie Williams from watching Yankee games in Japan. Wears number 51 because of that.

So, I get a letter about a week later from an Asian baseball fan. Not a malicious letter but scolding me gently for referring to Asian players as “Oriental.” He said, “Noodles and rugs are Oriental, not people. We are Asians.” Fortunately for me, he put his phone number in the letter, so I called him.

We had a pleasant conversation and I told him I certainly didn’t intentionally say “Oriental’ as a slur or condescending remark. It was said innocently out of ignorance. He understood. I asked him if he would be watching the next game we televised. He said he would. He was a huge baseball fan and was complimentary of our telecasts on the MSG Network. I asked if he would please watch and listen in the top of the 4th inning. He said he would.  I took the opportunity to clear up the Oriental/Asian situation.

...So, I’lll be keeping a close eye on Yu Darvish and see if he is finally the one to be able to challenge and dominate our bigger, more powerful big league hitters. For his and the Rangers’ sake, I hope he does. It will be good for the game and the Rangers profit and loss statement!

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:20 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: announcers, history, international, japan, media, rangers, yankees

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