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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Prodigious talent not Aaron Judge’s only strength | New York Post

An impressive display of power.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 27, 2017 at 07:00 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The myth of Aaron Judge, our large adult baseball son

What I don’t know about the Yankees’ large adult son could fill a book, and I have filled that book with myths of his size. How old is he? No one really knows, I’ll say, clenching a corncob pipe in my teeth. People say he was 4 or 5 when the MacPhersons found him in their orchard, standing on his toes to pluck apples from the tallest branches. Where’s he from? Oh, here and there. Hard to be from any one place when three steps in any direction takes you over the state line. The less I know, the stronger his legend.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 22, 2017 at 11:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, yankees

Maybe We Were All Wrong About The Yankees Rotation

The Yankees have played really well so far. As I’ve been telling my friends who are Yankees fans, I don’t believe it’s a fluke.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 08:59 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Gary Sanchez’s popularity just reached another level | New York Post

They aren’t selling jeans; they are selling jerseys.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2017 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: gary sanchez, yankees

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sparky Lyle in Monument Park? Fans Say Yes, but He Disagrees

“The way I feel about the Yankees, I don’t think you need to be in Monument Park unless you’ve played your whole freaking career there and done something special like the original guys that are out there,” Lyle said. “You look at some of the newer guys. Come on! They’re putting them out there so they can have a 70,000-seat day and make some money.

“I’m happy right where I am,” Lyle said, “because that standard applies to me also.”

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: April 17, 2017 at 06:22 AM | 54 comment(s)
  Beats: general, yankees

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Will Jean Afterman be baseball’s first female GM? The sport should be so lucky

TODAY, YANKEES PRESIDENT Randy Levine calls it “inevitable.” Cashman says he can’t think of a reason why not. Yet there still has never been a female GM.

“I’m kind of disappointed her name never comes up,” Nomura says. “I don’t know why. It is very disappointing.”

Afterman’s résumé would certainly qualify her for the job.

“If I could be a GM, she could be a GM,” says Cashman, who, like many of his counterparts, never played professional baseball.

Afterman says she has always wanted to remain with the Yankees, and isn’t even sure other teams would look at her in that capacity.

“I like being the adviser,” Afterman says.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 16, 2017 at 11:39 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: jean afterman, women in baseball, yankees

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ranking Yankees!

“Who is the greatest Yankee in history after Babe Ruth?”

It’s not a question that would hold any interest for the late George Steinbrenner, who once quipped: “Second place is really first loser.” But we baseball fans are suckers for rankings, so rankings shall commence.

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As a hitter, Derek Jeter is second only to Honus Wagner among shortstops; as a defender, Jeter is second to literally every player to ever man the position.

gehrig97 Posted: April 14, 2017 at 11:41 AM | 53 comment(s)
  Beats: berra, dimaggio, gehrig, jeter, mantle, mariano rivera, ruth, yankees

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Will New York Yankees’ Jean Afterman be baseball’s first female GM? The sport should be so lucky

“####### it,” The Boss exploded. “I can’t believe [Irabu] guy. I’m going to stick him on the next plane right back to you.”

Afterman listened as the knockdown pitch sailed up and in. She never tolerates being spoken to disrespectfully—even by someone as legendary as The Boss.

“Seriously, great!” Afterman countered, raising Steinbrenner’s ante. “I’m going to be at the f—-ing airport. You send him back with his f—-ing signing-bonus check and we’ll go right to the bank and we’ll cash it.

“Make sure he has that f—-ing check and I will welcome him with open arms and we’ll sign him with another team tomorrow.”

The counterpunch stunned Steinbrenner.

“Hmmm, that’s not the way you talk,” Steinbrenner said.

Afterman reiterated her point, refusing to be bullied.

“Just send him back, give him his signing bonus check and we’ll rip up the contract tomorrow and we’ll sign him someplace else,” she said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 08:25 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, yankees

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This is the elusive peek at a Michael Pineda who doesn’t blink | New York Post

The Yankees, considering so many question marks in the rotation, would be hard-pressed to even make a strong run at the playoffs without excellence from the 28-year-old righty, whose motivations can hardly be stronger since he can be a free agent after the season.

Romine said he believes this performance will “help” Pineda when everything is not working quite as ideally as it did in the home opener, serving as a reminder to trust three pitches and his skills.

But as glorious as Pineda was Monday, he has a long way to go to gain full trust. Pineda does not have to be perfect — though he showed the stuff to chase just that. He just has to finally honor his outsized talent.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 11, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: michael pineda, yankees

Monday, April 10, 2017

Can This Man Revive the Yankees? - The New York Times

“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, yankees

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Nebraska native, former Husker and MLB star Bob Cerv lived ‘lucky’ life; in prime, he was All-Star i

The trade that sent Bob Cerv to Kansas City after the 1956 baseball season pulled him away from marquee times with the New York Yankees, but also gave the Nebraska-born athlete a chance to be more than a platoon player or pinch hitter.

Cerv before long would have a year good enough to make him an All-Star and put him fourth in voting for American League MVP.

Cerv bashed 38 home runs for the Kansas City Athletics in 1958, and his final statistics for 141 games included 104 RBIs, a .305 batting average and a .592 slugging percentage. Although the A’s would move to Oakland, the 38 homers remain a single-season record for any Kansas City major leaguer.

Cerv died Thursday night in Blair. He was 91.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 08, 2017 at 03:30 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: bob cerv, kansas city athletics, obituaries, yankees

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Did a top Yankees prospect ask to wear Mantle’s number? Depends who you ask - CBSSports.com

He still eats children, though, right?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2017 at 07:11 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: clint frazier, yankees

Sunday, April 02, 2017

OPENING DAY CHATTER

Yankees/Rays 1:10 PM Tanaka (0-0) Archer (0-0) 

Giants/D-backs 4:10 PM Bumgarner (0-0) Greinke (0-0) 

Cubs/Cardinals 8:35 PM Lester (0-0) Martinez (0-0)

 


Thank God

Lassus Posted: April 02, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 148 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, cubs, diamondbacks, giants, mlb, rays, yankees

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Yankees’ Didi Gregorius will miss Opening Day | MLB.com

Not good news for the Yankees.

Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season with a strained subscapularis muscle in his throwing shoulder, the Yankees said on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: didi gregorius, injuries, wbc, yankees

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Report: Former Bulls GM Jerry Krause dies at 77

Krause was known to have a rocky relationship with then-Bulls head coach Phil Jackson, with Jackson leaving after the 1998 season and the Bulls’ sixth title. Jordan also retired after that season, although he would later briefly return to play for the Wizards.

He retired as Bulls general manager in 2003, with an official explanation pertaining to his health, and amid a struggling Bulls rebuild around young players.

Prior to working for the Bulls, Krause, a Chicago native, scouted for a handful of NBA teams and also in baseball for the Chicago White Sox, also the property of Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Krause returned to baseball scouting after leaving basketball, working for the Yankees, Mets and most recently the Diamondbacks in scouting capacities.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 21, 2017 at 02:49 PM | 66 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, jerry krause, mets, white sox, yankees

Do the unthinkable, Yankees: Give Gleyber Torres a shot | New York Post

No, no, no. Give the *kid* some time in AA. If he does well, move him up to AAA. If he does well there, then, and only then, add him to the 40-Man Roster and bring him up to the big league club. If he plays well, he still makes his debut at age 20. (He was born on December 13th.)

Jim Furtado Posted: March 21, 2017 at 10:49 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, prospects, yankees

Monday, March 20, 2017

Yankees have to question if Luis Severino belongs in big leagues | New York Post

Severino said he gets in trouble when he rushes.

“I have to practice more in the bullpen,’’ he said of repeating his delivery and not rushing. “Sometimes the pressure of the game, you start thinking about that. I have to keep working.’’

Severino owns a 5.08 ERA this spring.

“You have to be able to slow things down and relax,’’ said Girardi, who in his playing career was always there as a catcher to try to guide the way. “The pressure of pitching in New York, the pressure of pitching in Tampa, Toronto, Baltimore and Boston, there’s pressure pitching there, too, so you have to learn to control your mind and slow things down and make your pitch.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: luis severino, yankees

Joe Girardi: Yankees prospects can reach Core Four heights | New York Post

“Now I don’t know if this group will reach that,’’ Girardi said, “but I think this is a broader group when you start talking the sheer number of kids that can really make an impact here. I’m really excited about the group. It’s really deep. You know it’s probably not going to work out for everyone of them, but when you watch them,’’ he said, then pointing to the field, “you feel like he’s going to play in the big leagues, he’s going to play in the big leagues and you just keep going on and on.’’

Girardi insisted he is not boasting to improve the trade value of some of the young players.

“This is what I see,’’ he said.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 20, 2017 at 06:21 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, yankees

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Chapman trade afterthought is hitting way onto Yankees’ radar | New York Post

McKinney went 1-for-1 with a solo homer against the Orioles in a 5-4 loss at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Saturday.

In 15 games he is batting .412 (7-for-17) with three homers and seven RBIs.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 19, 2017 at 09:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Yankees still give ‘very mature’ Jorge Mateo a big demotion | New York Post

Girardi said he spoke with Mateo on Friday before departing for Lakeland, where the Yankees visited the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium.

“I told him, ‘Wherever you go, it’s your job to go down and dominate because you’re a special talent,’ ’’ Girardi said. “In a way, it’s a real blessing to have the talent that he has, but it’s also a curse. [People] are always gonna watch every move you make, because they want to see what you’re gonna do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 18, 2017 at 09:22 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: jorge mateo, prospects, yankees

Thursday, March 16, 2017

What does Statcast’s catch probability tell us about Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner? - River Avenue Blues

So, while Ellsbury’s 1-for-28 effort on Five Star Outs in 2016 may not accurately reflect his true defensive ability given the limited amount of data, it did happen, and it did cost the Yankees runs. My eyes told me both Gardner and Ellsbury were still above-average defenders last season, Gardner moreso. Neither was as good as we’ve seen them in the past, I don’t think, and that makes sense given their ages. The various defensive stats say the opposite is true, that they were better than they’d been in previous years. I was hoping catching probability would clear that up for us, but alas. It’s just more information to consider, not a definitive answer.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 16, 2017 at 11:21 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: brett gardner, jacoby ellsbury, yankees

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gleyber Torres isn’t making a demotion easy on Yankees | New York Post

He has looked great this spring training. There is no way he breaks with the team, though.

Of course, there’s still the reality that Torres has never played above Class A and is expected to open the season with Double-A Trenton.

General manager Brian Cashman has cautioned that Torres also hasn’t played in cold temperatures.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 86 comment(s)
  Beats: gleyber torres, yankees

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Yankees vs The Universe: Who Ya Got?

Mike Schmidt: The greatest of them all. But third base presents an interesting dilemma: Considering their careers in total, A-Rod and Schmidt are essentially a push. Had A-Rod played his entire career at the hottest of corners, Schmidt’s unquestioned status as the best of them all… is now questionable. Is it A-Rod’s fault he was good enough to play short?

———

Yogi Berra: His post-baseball persona as a diminutive, cuddly fount of absurdist Zen koans bears no resemblance to the man in his playing days. He was revered by the writers (and his teammates) for his toughness, intelligence, skill and leadership on the field, and he dominated the MVP vote during his prime. His year-by-year MVP finishes, 1950-1956: Third, first, fourth, second, first, first, second.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Clint Frazier gets haircut at Yankees camp | MLB.com

While the world has changed in any number of ways since then, Girardi believes the policy still makes sense for today’s game.

“I think it has value because it’s a tradition,” Girardi said. “It’s a tradition by a man that meant so much to this organization, and if it’s important to him and it’s important to his family, then it needs to be respected by all of us and important to us. That’s the bottom line.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 10, 2017 at 02:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: yankees

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