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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Will Mets unseat king Yankees? These matchups will decide | New York Post

Joel Sherman compares the Mets and Yankees. 

Supremacy in New York could come down to who gets the best results in a few areas in which the teams have similarities such as:

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, yankees

Masahiro Tanaka can avoid surgery and still be dominant, says Adam Wainwright - Newsday

Here’s some real hope for Yankees fans.

Still, Wainwright has no regrets about going with the nonsurgical option. He felt even better about it once he did have to go through the whole Tommy John ordeal.

“What I always tell people is, if you have a great chance to come back successfully, then you should not have the surgery,” Wainwright said. “People and parents don’t really understand the Tommy John procedure and how hard the rehab is. Even though they have great numbers to verify why you should have it, there’s still a percentage of people that don’t come back healthy.”

Wainwright said he’s often approached by parents asking if their son should have Tommy John—almost as if it’s an elective surgery—with the thought being that he’ll return with increased velocity.

Wainwright usually responds, “Well, does he have a blown-out ligament?”

If not, he recommends building up strength instead—in the shoulders, forearms and hands—to guard against injuries.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 09:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: adam wainwright, masahiro tanaka, tommy john surgery, yankees

Defiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings | New York Post

I haven’t seen any of his starts. How bad has he looked?

A reporter asked the veteran lefty how much stock anyone should put in the results we’ve seen so far.

“I don’t give a [expletive] what stock they put in it,” Sabathia said, as the Yankees were losing a 10-2 game to the Orioles at Steinbrenner Field. “It is what it is. I’ve had spring trainings where I’ve given up a lot of runs and went out and had a good season. I’ve had spring trainings like last year where I didn’t give up [any] runs and I gave up [six] in the first game [April 1 at Houston]. So you all can put stock in whatever you want. I’m not really worried about it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2015 at 08:58 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: c.c. sabathia, yankees

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grantland: 2015 AL East Preview

Welcome to Grantland’s 2015 MLB division previews. From now through next week, Jonah Keri and I will analyze each team in each division, focusing on offseason triumphs and failures, roster strengths and weaknesses, telling projections, revealing stats, and off-field story lines, and wrapping up with our over/under verdicts on each team’s projected record. As always, all overly pessimistic opinions should be blamed on the well-known grudge we bear your team, and only your team, because of that thing it did to us that one time that we’re still extremely bitter about.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 26, 2015 at 12:23 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, orioles, rays, red sox, yankees

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is replacing Derek Jeter, is already garnering jaw-dropping praise from veteran teammates like Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez, particularly for his fielding and baseball smarts | FOX Sports

All hail Didi Gregorius!

Rob Thomson, the Yankees’ bench coach, said that Gregorius “really gets off the ball,” meaning that he excels at reading bat angles and hops. Thomson also praised Gregorius’ “quiet glove action,” noting that while some infielders will flip their gloves downward to make a play, Gregorius carries his glove outside his left knee and smoothly positions it in the spot where the ball arrives, almost as if he is laying it down gently.

“It’s like textbook—very quiet, very consistent,” Thomson said. “When there is a lot of glove movement, it’s like having a hitch in your swing.”

One scout following the Yankees cracked that Gregorius is the team’s best defensive shortstop since “Crosetti and Rizzuto” – Frankie Crosetti, who played from 1932 to ’48, and Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto, who played from ’41 to ’56.

That’s overstating it—Jeter was quite good defensively early in his career, as was Tony Kubek, who played short for the Yankees from 1957 to ’65, and Gene “Stick” Michael, who handled the position from ‘68 to ’74. Michael, now a vice president with the club, said of Gregorius, “I haven’t seen him drop a ball yet. I like that.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 26, 2015 at 08:44 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, didi gregorius, yankees

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yankees Insider: Alex Rodriguez a hit at DH for Girardi - NY Daily News

He likes him. He really likes him.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Yankees recreate famous Babe Ruth scene from ‘The Sandlot’

What you’ll find above is a wonderful little skit where current Yanks players recreate the famous Babe Ruth scene from the movie. It stars Brett Gardner as Smalls, learning that he just offered up a ball autographed by Ruth to Hercules, the feared ball-chomping dog that lives beyond the sandlot’s fence. Dellin Betances, Jacoby Ellsbury, C.C. Sabathia and Didi Gregorius play members of “The Sandlot” crew, but perhaps most notable is Brian McCann, who’s in the Ham Porter role and actually seems like he could be a slimmed-down, grown-up Ham.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 24, 2015 at 06:56 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: babe ruth, the sandlot, yankees

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Who will get Derek Jeter’s locker? - Newsday

How will they adjust the bathroom pecking order?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2015 at 08:52 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Neyer: Three reasons to watch the Yankees in 2015

I do hope you’€™ll give me just a few minutes to convince you that as much as you might hate them, the Yankees will be tremendously interesting in 2015, and well worth the occasional check-in. Why?

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 17, 2015 at 05:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Yankees’ 6-day solution to keep Tanaka healthy | New York Post

Are they going to have one guy on their bench?

The Yankees have been talking about going to a six-man rotation for a while. Part of the problem is they already lost their fifth starter, Chris Capuano, to a quad injury. Esmil Rogers, Bryan Mitchell, Adam Warren and Chase Whitley are in play for that spot now. But if it is a grab-and-go six-man rotation, reaching down into the minors whenever that starter is needed, that makes the situation a bit easier and more manageable.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

‘A young Derek Jeter’: How Gregorius is handling unreal hopes | New York Post

“When I saw him, he reminded me of a young Derek Jeter,” Towers said at the time.

Now that Gregorius is preparing to take over for an old Derek Jeter, Towers was asked about the comparison.

“That was kind of taken out of context,” Towers said by phone. “As a scout with Pittsburgh, I saw Jeter in high school in Kalamazoo (Mich.) in the early ’90s and Didi reminded me on defense with some of the things he did.

“He had Jeter-like mannerisms and a similar first step. He’s affable and bright. But Jeter is Jeter.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 09:34 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, yankees

5 things we’ve learned so far about Yankees - Yankees Blog - ESPN New York

Will the Yankees contend this year?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2015 at 07:30 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Robothal: Cage Match: Yankees vs. Mets

The premise is simple: Which team will win more games, Team A or Team B? In each pairing, the teams are in the same city or same state. The idea came to me one day when I started thinking, “OK, which club will be better, the Mets or Yankees?

Yankees (82 projected wins) vs. Mets (81)
My pick: Mets 84 wins, Yankees 79.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 12, 2015 at 05:30 PM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: mets, new york, yankees

Andrew Miller: This Lefty Reliever Specializes in Outs - WSJ

Specializing in outs gets a pitcher paid; specializing in home runs gets him released. Good choice, Andrew!

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: andrew miller, justin wilson, yankees

Monday, March 09, 2015

Tanaka slated for first spring start Thursday | yankees.com

The game is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. ET start in Tampa, Fla., and will air on MLB.TV, YES and MLB Network.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 09, 2015 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Sunday baseball notes: Veteran Phillies await possible trades - Sports - The Boston Globe

Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes.This is the juiciest tidbit.

According to one Phillies source, the Yankees have come the closest to landing Hamels, offering a package of prospects that at least has given the Phillies a baseline for future talks.


Saturday, March 07, 2015

Why A-Rod must shelve fielding hopes and ace job No. 1 | New York Post

Whatever? “Hey, A-Rod, would you mind retiring?”

“Whatever Joe wants me to do I’ll do,’’ Rodriguez told The Post before the game. “Whatever’s best for the team. I’m just happy to be playing baseball. I’m fortunate to be playing the game I love so much. I feel like a rookie again.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2015 at 09:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Friday, March 06, 2015

Why Masahiro Tanaka isn’t worried about the health of his elbow - Yahoo Sports

Mechanics? What did he change?

And for Tanaka, the latter begins with something so fundamental to success in his native Japan: pitching mechanics, something he believes led to his injury in 2014.

“I don’t think they were solid,” Tanaka told Yahoo Sports through interpreter Shingo Horie recently. “With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you’re able to throw a solid pitch. It’s not about how much power you can put on the throw. It’s more about the mechanics. That’s what I believe.

“I’m never really satisfied. Your body is different every day. You’ve got to talk with your body and make small or, sometimes, big adjustments to get that pitch form right. It’s hard to get to a point where you’re completely satisfied with your mechanics.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2015 at 06:56 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: masahiro tanaka, yankees

Thursday, March 05, 2015

ESPN: Cashman: Retire captaincy with Jeter

Tomorrow, Cashman will tell ESPNNewYork.com that he’s recommending that no one play SS right away….

“I think Derek did it as well as anyone can,’’ Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “He wore it well, and I’m not a big advocate of giving out the captaincy anyway. I’m not going to recommend anyone being named captain of the New York Yankees right away.’‘

Earlier in the day, Cashman had said on ESPN New York Radio 98.7 FM that he did not see a viable candidate in the Yankees clubhouse to succeed Jeter as the 16th captain in team history, a list that includes Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Thurman Munson and Don Mattingly.

“And that’s not disrespectful of any of the guys I have here that have a lot of leadership,’’ Cashman said. “As far as I’m concerned, and I’m not the decision-maker on this, that captaincy should be retired with No. 2. I wouldn’t give up another captain title to anybody else.’‘

JE (Jason) Posted: March 05, 2015 at 09:08 PM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, derek jeter, the captain, yankees

‘I thought the bat looked slow’: Scouts on A-Rod | New York Post

If he’s used right, I expect Alex will have enough in the tank to be a net positive for the Yankees. Of course, while doing that, he will be the most expensive part-time player in history.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 10:22 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Alex Rodriguez Mocked, Ridiculed On Front Page Of New York Post (Photo) | NESN.com

That’s a harsh headline. (Click through to the article.)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 06:32 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Klapisch: It’s time to give Alex Rodriguez a chance - Sports - NorthJersey.com

♬ All we are saying is…give A-Rod a chance. ♫

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 08:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Time to embrace A-Rod, just like Yankees’ spring training fans | New York Post

Huh. Maybe they will be able to market his home run milestones after all.

Think it’s a coincidence A-Rod’s Grapefruit League return comes on a home game? It’s a sound business decision for the Yankees, who surely will sell more tickets and draw more eyeballs to YES than if they fielded a lineup without their most interesting player. Or if this didn’t mark his first game back after missing all of last season due to a suspension for illegal performance-enhancing drug usage and obstruction.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 05:36 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, yankees

Man to walk from Steinbrenner Field to Yankee Stadium for charity

Richard J. Albero, a former naval officer and retired teacher, will begin his journey up the east coast on Monday, March 2, at 10:00 a.m. and he’ll be doing so primarily to honor his nephew, Gary Albero, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York.

In conjunction with that effort, Albero also intends to raise $25,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project as a nod to Gary, who he describes as a charitable man who always put in the effort to raise awareness and funds for causes that were close to him.

So far, he’s off to a pretty good start, as he’s already been able to raise $9,000.

 

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: March 03, 2015 at 12:13 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: charity, yankees

Curt Schilling outs Yankees worker who allegedly posted vulgar tweets about daughter | NJ.com

These guys should not be shocked about the consequences for their terrible posts.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 06:37 AM | 139 comment(s)
  Beats: curt schilling, social media, yankees

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