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Friday, September 04, 2015

Managing challenge that could ruin Yankees, Mets playoff hopes | New York Post

Luckily for the Nationals, their back-end relievers are well rested because Matt Williams doesn’t like to use them much. They will be better off even more in October, when they are home watching the Mets in the playoffs.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2015 at 08:14 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, yankees

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Abraham Almonte embracing his chance with Cleveland Indians after ditching a life of lies, anger and alcohol

The guy polishing off another drink in the middle of the nightclub hears a voice.

Almonte has been sucked so far into this lifestyle that he can’t acknowledge his actions or their consequences. He tells his wife he’s sleeping at the baseball complex, but he’s actually careening toward the club. He’s heading for another late night, one filled with lies to his family and lies to himself.

Almonte started drinking regularly at 19 while with the Yankees’ Class A affiliate. After he underwent surgery for a torn shoulder in 2010—which ended his season after 15 games—he plunged head-first into a bottomless, alcohol-driven life.

“It really, really, really got on me,” Almonte said. “Like, every day.”

Almonte was at the club one night, downing drink after drink with a group of friends. Then, everything stopped. Almonte heard a voice.

“It told me, ‘Abraham, you think that this is my plan for you?’” he said. “‘I have special things for you, but you have to come to me.’”

This was the third occasion in which Almonte heard that voice. The first two times, he brushed it aside. That night, though, his sister also texted him.

“She said, ‘Pay attention to that voice that has spoken to you,’” he said. “At that moment, I’m like, ‘This is not a coincidence. This is something real.”

Almonte returned to the complex and slept for a few hours. He completed his baseball activities the next day and went home. There, he watched a video about a young girl who heard from God and was given 24 hours to live.

Almonte had his epiphany.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 03, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: abraham almonte, alcoholism, indians, minor leaguers, yankees

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Don’t let Bird’s bad night jump-start terrible A-Rod experiment | New York Post

ARod, team player.

“I am going to ask [Rodriguez] to take some groundballs, to see if he would be comfortable,” Girardi said before the game. “We have a lefty on Wednesday, and I am not sure what I will do.”

Both A-Rod and Brian Cashman are not sure, too. They’re not sure this is a good idea.

“Risk-reward, spring training is one thing,” said A-Rod, who went 1-for-4 with a walk in his first start since Wednesday. “Even earlier in the season, April, May you can do a trial-by-error kind of thing. It’s kind of a different story now.”

“My gut [feeling] in the end is I don’t think that’s something we’ll pursue,” Cashman said.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, joe girardi, yankees

Sunday, August 30, 2015

How Nathan Eovaldi evolved into Yankees’ possible playoff ace | New York Post

OK, maybe Severino isn’t the guy.

Eovaldi has performed like a top starter for more than two months (2.93 ERA in his last 12 starts) and something approximating an ace in his past two outings as he readies to pitch Sunday in Atlanta. That is too small a sample size to make a final determination. But not too few outings to generate some excitement for the rest of this year and beyond.

A scout familiar with Eovaldi from his NL days with the Dodgers and Marlins who saw the righty recently, said, “He is the best [starter] the Yankees have right now.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 09:19 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: nathan eovaldi, yankees

Luis Severino the starter the Yankees can trust the most | New York Post

Of course, they might need to pitch him to get there.

From what we’ve seen so far? Absolutely, you’d trust him to start for the Yankees in a one-and-done playoff game, which looks to be the team’s fate as long as the Blue Jays keep treating the rest of the industry like their personal batting-practice session.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 30, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Madden: It’s panic in the owner’s box season in baseball - NY Daily News

Andrew Friedman is not going anywhere.

And what if the Dodgers, with their $300 million payroll, somehow miss the postseason — or if they somehow don’t make it out of the first round despite having Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke pitching Games 1 & 2? If either happens, Don Mattingly will most surely be fired as manager, but president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman will also have a lot of ‘splainin’ to do. Like why, with all his money and prospect resources, didn’t he adequately address the Dodgers’ biggest needs at the deadline — a frontline starting pitcher a la Price or Hamels, and bullpen help for closer Kenley Jansen, instead settling for mediocrities in Alex Wood, Mat Latos and Jim Johnson? And why didn’t he send struggling rookie Joc Pederson back to Triple-A to work on making hitting adjustments and regaining his confidence instead of continuing to force-feed him, hopelessly overmatched, in the majors? And lastly, what was he thinking giving oft-injured Brandon McCarthy four years and $48 million last winter, and why is $87.5 million of that $300M payroll being paid to guys who no longer play for the Dodgers?


Wednesday, August 26, 2015


15 runs only hide the real alarming Yankees’ issue | New York Post

Bring on the kids.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, the same goes for an offensive revival. The Yankees employ established, elite hitters in Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira. Both men, however, have dramatically exceeded their 2015 projections, and both men currently look more fried than Harold and Kumar during their trip to White Castle.

Teixeira started at first base Tuesday, making his first appearance after seven games off to rest a bruised right lower leg, and surely everyone in the announced crowd of 38,015 cringed as Teixeira ran gingerly on a fourth-inning ground out to shortstop. He left the game in the top of the seventh, and Girardi said he wasn’t sure whether the 35-year-old would play in Wednesday’s series finale, a day game.

A-Rod went 0-for-3 with a strikeout before getting lifted, and in 21 August games, 20 of them starts, he has a brutal .145/.261/.263 slash line.

Even Carlos Beltran’s resurgence hasn’t countered the slowdown of his fellow veterans.

“Our offense is important to us,” Girardi reiterated. “We’ve got to score some runs.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 11:40 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

CC Sabathia rules out surgery, stays open to bullpen role | New York Post

CC Sabathia was encouraged by what a doctor told him Tuesday about his sore right knee.

“It went good — no surgery,’’ said Sabathia, who hopes rest will allow him to return to the Yankees this season. “I’ll start the rehab process, and I feel like if I get enough rest I can come back and be healthy enough to pitch.’’
Sabathia was so pleased with what Dr. Answorth Allen said, he thinks there is a chance he will be able to pitch when eligible to come off the disabled list on Sept. 8.

“I feel like maybe after the 15 days, as long as I keep my arm sharp throwing in the chair like I did last year,” Sabathia said before Tuesday’s 15-1 loss to the Astros at the Stadium. “We’ll wait and see what the Yankees have planned.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 26, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Monday, August 24, 2015

Andy Pettitte ‘thankful’ to have No. 46 retired by New York Yankees

Hello rook. You have number 145.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:26 AM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: andy pettitte, yankees

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Jorge Posada has No. 20 retired by Yankees - NY Daily News

On the scoreboard, the Yankees posted a message from the 90-year-old Berra, who could not attend. In grand Berra fashion, the message contained humor, saying, in part, “I am very sad that I cannot be with you today, but my knees hurt too much. Just wait — one day, you’re knees are going to hurt, too!”

“I’m proud of you kid.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2015 at 07:42 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge posada, yankees

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Madden: Who’s the boss now? Helter-skelter dealing and spending by Dodgers and Red Sox make Yankees

Unbelievable.

As for Castillo (.286/.318/.415, three steals, three doubles in 46 games entering Saturday), he spent most of the season either at Triple-A or on the disabled list, obviously falling far short of the 2015 projections (31 doubles, 22 HR, 32 steals) by Bill James, Red Sox owner John Henry’s resident sabermetrics fraud. James, who ought to be Dombrowski’s first “exit velo” candidate, also projected Allen Craig — whom Cherington acquired last summer from the Cardinals with pitcher Joe Kelly for John Lackey in one of the worst trades in Red Sox history — to hit .280 with 30 doubles, 15 homers and a .280 average. Craig ($5.5M) is at Triple-A Pawtucket and Kelly was pitching to a 6.11 ERA through Aug. 1, while Lackey, earning just $502,000 due to a special covenant in his contract, is having one of his best seasons (10-7, 2.87 ERA/1.201 WHIP) for the Cardinals.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2015 at 08:12 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, red sox, yankees

Friday, August 21, 2015

Brian Cashman told Derek Jeter in 2010 he’d rather have Tulo - NY Daily News

I hope he doesn’t ask the same thing before settling on the appropriate gift basket.

The story, written by S.L. Price, says that in one of their final face-to-face meetings, Jeter asked the GM, “Who would you rather have playing shortstop this year than me?”

Cashman replied, “Do you really want me to answer that?” Given the go-ahead, Cashman named Tulowitzki, then a star with the Colorado Rockies, and was prepared to rattle off a list of others, the story said. Cashman also added, “We’re not paying extra money for popularity. We’re paying for performance.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2015 at 08:23 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, derek jeter, yankees

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell struck in head by line drive, has nasal fracture

Always a scary moment.

The Yankees later announced that Mitchell was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was diagnosed with a small nasal fracture. Team doctors would monitor him for concussion symptoms, but he was released from the hospital and returned to Yankee Stadium as his club beat the Twins 8-7 in 10 innings.

“I talked to him, and he said he’s feeling fine,” said reliever Caleb Cotham, who entered the game for Mitchell in the second inning. “He’s here, somewhere. I think he’s doing well, all things considered.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2015 at 08:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: bryan mitchell, yankees


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Jose Reyes clears waivers; could Yankees be a fit? - CBSSports.com

Unless the Rockies would be picking up a LOT of cash, this sounds like a bad idea for the Yankees.

It’s no surprise Reyes cleared waivers as he’s surely worth a bit less than the $55 million remaining in his Marlins deal that goes through 2017. Reyes doesn’t really feel like a fit in Colorado (originally, they had preferred to do the deal without him), and while he was polite about it, Reyes sounded like a guy who wouldn’t mind a return to New York and the Mets in interviews when the Rockies came to Citi Field this week.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 15, 2015 at 08:00 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, yankees

Friday, August 14, 2015

Is it time for Alex Rodriguez to take a seat? - Yankees Blog - ESPN

It seems as if there will be no rest for the weary on Friday; Price, a left-hander, is starting, and Rodriguez, a right-handed batter, will be expected to face him.

“That’s just the nature of our game,” Girardi said. “I think sometimes we can overthink it. Do I think there’s some heavy legs today? Absolutely. There’s heavy legs on both sides, but they’ve got to learn to fight through that. As long as you’re playing 162 games in 180 days, it’s not going away.”

Alex Rodriguez already has played in 106 games, and tired or not, he’s going to have to find a way to play in most of the 49 that are left.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 14, 2015 at 08:04 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Yankees calling up Greg Bird | MLB.com

The Yankees are making room for their future. They will promote Greg Bird, their No. 4-ranked prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The club has not yet announced the move.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 13, 2015 at 01:16 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: greg bird, yankees

Monday, August 10, 2015

40 bad New Era Yankees caps you can buy right now

Here’s something vaguely interesting: New Era, producer of caps, makes a lot of Yankees-branded caps. Like, a ton. And a ton that bare little-to-no resemblance to the cap the players wear on-field. Maybe you know this – perhaps you’ve seen Yankees caps that are light blue, or that are gray or black or purple or some other bold color. But that’s barely the tip of the iceberg. Which is a confusing metaphor to use here, because caps have very little to do with frozen water. But, nevertheless.

That’s barely the tip of the iceberg. There are, for instance, a ton of New Era Yankees-branded caps that have crazy patterns (plaid, striped, speckled) and crazy prints (cosmic, woodland, tri-color). Aside from the fact they have the Yankees logo slapped on the front, these have approximately zero to do with the Yankees.

And even that is barely the tip of the iceberg. Could I interest you in different materials? Leather, perhaps? Or maybe denim?

And even that is barely the tip of the iceberg. There are limited edition caps. There are caps only available in South Korea; caps only available in Japan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 10, 2015 at 04:13 PM | 47 comment(s)
  Beats: caps, merchandise, yankees

‘You can’t assault’: Teixeira blasts fan in incident-filled game | New York Post

Teixeira, who snapped at the fan following the run-in, summed up the day: “You can insult. You can’t assault. We know you are upset we lost three in a row. Keep it to insults.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 10, 2015 at 06:02 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Tazawa Recalls Debut in Yankee Stadium Which Didn’t End Well

And that brings us to the 15th. Tazawa returned for a second inning and allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter. Johnny Damon popped up a bunt and Mark Teixeira struck out, bringing A-Rod to the plate. He did not miss a 2-1 offering, launching it into the seats in left-center, and leaving Tazawa to trudge off the mound a loser in his first game.

“What I remember about that moment is that I lost the game,” Tazawa said. “Everyone else had done their job and I hadn’t and I felt bad about that. But the thing I remember after the game is, Jason Varitek came to me and told me that the pitch that A-Rod hit, that was on him, and that he put down the wrong sign and called the wrong pitch.

“Just the fact that he said that to me, that really took a lot of pressure off my shoulders. I gained a lot of respect for him after that conversation.”

Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: August 06, 2015 at 04:33 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, walk-off, yankees

What To Expect: Luis Severino - BaseballAmerica.com

The kid was impressive in his debut.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 06, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Teixeira Homers From Both Sides as Yanks Rout White Sox 13-6 - The New York Times

The Retro Yankees stay hot.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2015 at 07:47 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: mark teixeira, yankees

Friday, July 31, 2015

Yankees remain in Kimbrel market; could active Astros join them? - CBSSports.com

Yankees looking to build a “super bullpen”.

The Yankees have expressed a willingness to pay all of the $28 million remaining through 2017 on Kimbrel’s deal, but it isn’t known what they are offering in the way of players. They declined to surrender shortstop prospect Jorge Mateo, as was already reproted on CBSSports.com.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2015 at 09:45 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, trade rumors, yankees

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Lookout Landing: Ackley Traded to Yankees for Flores and Ramirez

There’s no way to dress this up: That Dustin Ackley’s career as a Mariner ended with him being traded for one fringe 4th OF and a relief pitcher with a horrendous walk rate and iffy health history is a real shame.

Oop Ackley, as Bill the Cat might say.


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