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NYDN: Indians, Cubs benefiting from deadline trades with Yankees
(71 Comments - 10/20/2016 10:19:02 am)

NY Post: This is just what Yankees wanted to see from James Kaprielian
(66 Comments - 10/18/2016 3:08:21 am)

Lohud: Eight Yankees prospects get started in Arizona Fall League today
(43 Comments - 10/13/2016 9:29:30 pm)

ESPN: Yankees GM Brian Cashman will resist trading prospects for veteran stars
(121 Comments - 10/12/2016 5:31:00 pm)

FOX Sports: 20 years ago today, Jeffrey Maier gave Derek Jeter and the Yankees a boost
(73 Comments - 10/11/2016 10:24:35 pm)

Bloomberg: Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever
(86 Comments - 10/6/2016 3:29:01 pm)

NY Post: Yankees say goodbye to Mark Teixeira and end on sour note
(54 Comments - 10/4/2016 9:07:01 am)

Orioles (88-73) @ Yankees (84-77), Sunday, 10/2/2016, 3:05PM ET
(23 Comments - 10/3/2016 2:05:20 pm)

Orioles (87-72) @ Yankees (83-76), Friday, 9/30/2016, 7:05pm
(44 Comments - 10/2/2016 9:52:54 am) CC leads way as Yankees sweep Red Sox
(28 Comments - 9/30/2016 6:15:59 pm)

Look what people have to say about the RLYW!

CAIRO just takes the Marcels and changes the underlying assumptions and components in a bunch of ways that make the Yankees look better.

Wow, two stupid posts in one day. I think you’ve reached your yearly quota.

I don’t know if any of you current posters were around for that, but if so, I just can’t understand how you can call yourselves Yankee fans. Pathetic quitters is what you sounded like. Of the lame posts I could stand to read, the only person who had any confidence in the Yankees at that point was a (yeesh) Red Sox fan.
Jeter is King

Quite the attitude you have SG. Maybe you should shitcan this blog and join Steve at WasWatching? Or follow some other stupid team that has made the PS 15 of the last 17 years. Jeez… and some people think Yankee fans are entitled.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

NY Post: Scout’s mysterious concerns over Yankees’ hyped prospect

Let’s get this straight. Pitching prospect Dillon Tate, a No. 4 pick in the 2015 draft whom the Yankees acquired Aug. 1 from the Rangers in the Carlos Beltran deal, is a “nice kid” with a good arm and a strong work ethic, but he also “can’t pitch,” according to one scout.


The veteran scout, who — according to — has deep knowledge of the Yankees farm system, understands why teams marvel at the 22-year-old’s rocket arm, but he’s not convinced the right-hander has what it takes to match their high expectations.

“I can’t get into too much of why I know this, but if Tate doesn’t change his pre-game and if he doesn’t change how he goes about his work, he’ll never succeed … period,” the scout told the website before a Yankees’ Arizona Fall League game.

“He works hard. It’s not his work ethic. It’s how he works. It’s what he does and his stubbornness in it. If he doesn’t change that, he won’t succeed.”

What the hell does this even mean?

--Posted at 9:56 am by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)

Monday, October 17, 2016

NYDN: Indians, Cubs benefiting from deadline trades with Yankees

You might think Brian Cashman would be rooting against a Cubs-Indians World Series, considering that he armed each with a weapon that is vital to their hopes of winning it all.

Instead the Yankee GM indicates he’d kind of like to see such a matchup, with ex-Yankee relievers Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman each looming as difference-makers, one for the Indians, one for the Cubs.

“I want the teams that stepped up and made those trades to be rewarded for doing so,’’ Cashman said by phone on Friday. “It would justify the action they took.

“I have absolutely no regrets about the deals we made — other than being in the position we were in. We did what we had to do, and hopefully everybody wins.’’

Andrew Miller has sure been fantastic this postseason, hasn’t he?  The Yankees should bring him back in 2019.

--Posted at 10:30 am by SG / 71 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

NY Post: This is just what Yankees wanted to see from James Kaprielian

For all of the hype around Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier and Tyler Austin, they have one flaw in common: None of them can pitch.

The influx of youth in the Yankees lineup cannot be matched in the rotation, which is the team’s biggest question mark heading into the offseason. But there is one young starter who could help the Yankees next season, and James Kaprielian took a big step toward fulfilling that hope Wednesday night.

Kaprielian threw three shutout innings in the Arizona Fall League, striking out six and allowing one hit in his first live action since April.

“Yeah, I feel good,” Kaprielian told “I’m happy with where I’m at right now. I want to continue to get better, though. I think that’s the biggest thing. It’s something that I’ve taken from a lot of older guys and veterans.

It’s a long way from the AFL to the majors, but it beats throwing off flat ground.

--Posted at 1:16 pm by SG / 66 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lohud: Eight Yankees prospects get started in Arizona Fall League today

he Yankees have eight players assigned to the Fall League, and it’s a strong group that includes five of their top 14 prospects according to MLB Pipeline. Here’s a capsule look at each Yankees prospect who will be playing in the Arizona Fall League, which starts this afternoon and continues into late November.

Miguel Andujar, Third baseman, 21 years old
Greg Bird, First baseman, 23 years old
Gleyber Torres, Shortstop, 19 years old
Tyler Wade, Utility man, 21 years old
J.P. Feyereisen, Relief pitcher, 23 years old
James Kaprielian, Starting pitcher, 22 years old
Brody Koerner, Relief pitcher, 22 years old
Dillon Tate, Relief pitcher, 22 years old

Go to the linked article for a little bit of detail about each of the eight prospects listed.

--Posted at 2:53 pm by SG / 43 Comments | - (0)

Monday, October 10, 2016

FOX Sports: 20 years ago today, Jeffrey Maier gave Derek Jeter and the Yankees a boost

The Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s might have at least been slowed down a tad if not for the baseball glove of a 12-year-old boy in the right-field bleachers at Yankee Stadium.

New York — competing in its first ALCS in 15 years — trailed the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 in the bottom of the eighth in Game 1 of the 1996 edition when a rookie named Derek Jeter stepped to the plate. He did what Jeter would do so many times in his career — hit a ball to the opposite field. This one carried deep, all the way to the wall. It wasn’t quite deep enough to leave the park, though, and Orioles left-fielder Tony Tarasco was lined up for the harmless put-out. And then fortunes turned:

A boy, whose name we’d later learn was Jeffrey Maier, reached over the wall and caught Jeter’s fly ball. Right-field umpire Rich Garcia ruled it a home run, much to Tarasco’s dismay. He argued for what should’ve been ruled fan interference and was joined in protest by manager Davey Johnson and most of the rest of the team.

The call would stand, and the Yankees would go on to win on a Bernie Williams walk-off home run in the 11th to take a 1-0 series lead.

It doesn’t feel like it’s been 20 years, does it?

--Posted at 8:32 am by SG / 73 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

ESPN: Yankees GM Brian Cashman will resist trading prospects for veteran stars

When teams dangle veteran stars for prospects this offseason, New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will do his best to say no.

New York missed the playoffs for the third time in four years and at 84-78 finished four games out of an AL wild card.

The Yankees struggled to a 9-17 start, then improved in the final two months of the season after bringing up catcher Gary Sanchez, right fielder Aaron Judge and first baseman Tyler Austin.

First-base prospect Greg Bird, a late 2015 sensation, returns following shoulder surgery, and more youth could bubble up from the minors during the season.

Right now, a veteran pitcher such as White Sox ace Chris Sale probably is not a good fit for the rebuilding Baby Bombers.

“We have an exciting, young nucleus that’s coming, Some of it’s arrived, some of it’s still coming,” Cashman said Wednesday.

“You’d have to be one piece away, and I would not recommend that type of decision-making as we approach the 2017 season. I think that would be a dangerous approach.”

I agree that with the tragic death of Jose Fernandez, the trade market is now so tight that the Yankees would have to throw in everything but the kitchen sink for someone like Chris Sale, and that would not be worth it (you know that there are ChiSox fans out there who think that they would have to get back Sanchez in such a deal, as insane as that idea is). If they’re going to make a move, I think it should be in free agency, where there are two very good players available without draft picks attached to them - Aroldis Chapman and Rich Hill. Offense is a lot more difficult to find, as the best guys will all be getting Qualifying Offers. I wouldn’t give up a first rounder for Mark Trumbo, ya know? So if they want to improve the offense, they might have to make a trade.

--Posted at 2:07 pm by Brian Cronin / 121 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bloomberg: Mets Beat Yankees in Local TV Ratings for First Time Ever

The New York Mets, back in the playoffs after last year’s surprising run to the World Series, have already notched a big victory this season: outdrawing their crosstown rival New York Yankees on TV for the first time.

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.

The bold part seems to be the only reason this happened, right?  if 7.8376068% of the Comcast homes in the New York TV market would have watched the Yankees, the Yankees would have had the exact same ratings as the Mets did.

--Posted at 8:12 am by SG / 86 Comments | - (0)

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