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RSS 2.0 Atom Yankees’ CC Sabathia: I could still dominate
(42 Comments - 10/25/2014 1:22:51 am)

TGS: Hunter Strickland’s explosive October
(16 Comments - 10/23/2014 10:32:24 pm)

MLB Trade Rumors: Offseason Outlook: New York Yankees
(37 Comments - 10/23/2014 12:27:33 pm)

Newsday: Gary Denbo expected to replace Mark Newman in Yankees’ front office
(43 Comments - 10/22/2014 11:12:13 am)

NY Post: With Chili Davis off market, Yankees turn to Dave Magadan
(27 Comments - 10/21/2014 4:14:39 am)

TGS NY: Can McCann help lead the Bombers back?
(42 Comments - 10/19/2014 6:53:53 pm)

NYDN: Dave Magadan, Chili Davis are early frontrunners for Yankees hitting coach job
(34 Comments - 10/17/2014 9:05:10 am)

TGS NY: Eleven young Yankees on the rise in 2015
(76 Comments - 10/16/2014 10:13:29 am)

Newsday: Sources: Yankees considering Omar Minaya for high-ranking position in front office
(75 Comments - 10/15/2014 9:29:03 am)

NY Post: Yankees make to-do list: Third base, shortstop, rotation, closer
(63 Comments - 10/15/2014 1:12:44 am)

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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Monday, October 6, 2014

NYDN: Even with aging, overpriced sluggers and empty farm, Yankees have shot to win AL East in 2015

To hear Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman tell it, a second straight season of missing the playoffs was a freak occurrence and a product of injuries — and all the impending gloom about the post-Derek Jeter Yankees is ill-conceived.

“I honestly believe if you repeated this season 100 times, you would not get this result,” is the way Cashman put it to the Daily News’ John Harper last week, and a couple of days later, Son of Boss Hal cited the injuries, “especially to the pitchers” and added: “We did invest a lot of money ($283 million in Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann) into upgrading the offense and I don’t think anybody would have seen some of the performances we wound up having.”

It’s funny, because I played this season out 100,000 times before it started and got the same result most of the time.

--Posted at 8:12 am by SG / 74 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ALDS Day 1 - Thursday, October 2, 2014

Gameday Link: 5:30 PM ET: DET: Max Scherzer (#37, 29, RHP, 18-5, 3.15) vs. BAL: Chris Tillman (#30, 26, RHP, 13-6, 3.34)

Gameday Link: 9:00 PM ET: KC: Jason Vargas (#51, 31, LHP, 11-10, 3.71) vs. LAA: Jered Weaver (#36, 31, RHP, 18-9, 3.59)

I pretty much have reasons to dislike all these teams except Kansas City, which is unfortunately the worst of the four.  But go Royals anyway.

--Posted at 3:48 pm by SG / 119 Comments | - (0)

NY Post: Hal Steinbrenner reveals a very un-Boss-like agenda for Yankees

Hal Steinbrenner expressed “frustration” and “disappointment” in a second straight playoff-less season for the Yankees. However, in yet another example of how he will boss rather than Boss this franchise, the Yankees’ managing general partner praised the work of Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi, expressed confidence that disappointing veterans will do better in 2015, insisted the team’s player development is pointed in the right direction and even opened his arms for Alex Rodriguez.

Amid the worst phase in two decades for the Yankees, Steinbrenner responded Wednesday not only with the dispassionate logic we are now coming to expect from him, but hopefulness.

In a State of the Yankees interview after the 2014 season, Steinbrenner told The Post, “I am as disappointed as the fans are. They expect better of us and me. We will work very hard in the offseason to put together a team to win it all. It is a new slate. We need to be optimistic about our young players and believe that our veterans will be healthy and better next year.”

When Hal speaks, i fall asleep…

Is it true that Steinbrenner didn’t show up for Jeter’s last game at DNYS?  And is it time to drop the N and just call it DYS?

--Posted at 8:05 am by SG / 29 Comments | - (0)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Giants (88-74) @ Pirates (88-74), Wednesday, October 31, 2014, 8:00pm

SFG: Madison Bumgarner (#40, 24, LHP, 18-10, 2.98) vs. PIT: Edinson Volquez (#36, 30, RHP, 13-7, 3.04)

San Francisco
1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Brandon Crawford (L) SS
8. Travis Ishikawa (L) LF
9. Madison Bumgarner (R) P

1. Josh Harrison (R) 3B
2. Jordy Mercer (R) SS
3. Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
4. Russell Martin (R) C
5. Starling Marte (R) LF
6. Neil Walker (S) 2B
7. Gaby Sanchez (R) 1B
8. Travis Snider (L) RF
9. Edinson Volquez (R) P

It’s the National League, which means inferior baseball.  But as fans of a team that played inferior baseball all year, that should be right up our alley.  Or is alleys? 

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--Posted at 4:31 pm by SG / 17 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: As Yankees head into offseason, here are five must-make moves to get them back to playoffs

What do they need to do with the rest in order to get back to the postseason for the first time since 2012? Here are five ideas.


I’m on board with most of Mark Feinsand’s list here.  Tomas could end up being a $100M+ bust, but he’s young and has power, both things the Yankees need badly.

I might cross out his number four and replace it with at least kicking the tires on Jung-ho Kang.

--Posted at 8:42 am by SG / 54 Comments | - (0)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Athletics (88-74) @ Royals (89-73), Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:07 pm

OAK: Jon Lester (#31, 30, LHP, 16-11, 2.46) vs. KCR: James Shields (#33, 32, RHP, 14-8, 3.21)

1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Sam Fuld (L) LF
3. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
4. Brandon Moss (L) DH
5. Josh Reddick (L) RF
6. Jed Lowrie (S) SS
7. Stephen Vogt (L) 1B
8. Geovany Soto (R) C
9. Eric Sogard (L) 2B

Kansas City
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. Nori Aoki (L) RF
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
7. Salvador Perez (R) C
8. Omar Infante (R) 2B
9. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

I’m not sure who I’d rather see win this one.  Oakland is almost certainly the better team, but Kansas City’s fans have suffered for a long time.  I guess I don’t really care, and I’m just hoping for a compelling game.

--Posted at 3:46 pm by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)

TGS NY: Yankees prep Brian Cashman deal

The New York Yankees have begun the process of constructing a new contract for longtime general manager Brian Cashman, sources close to the situation said.

He just completed his 17th season as the Yankees’ GM, yet they failed to make the playoffs the last two years—the first time that’s happened in consecutive seasons since 1992-93.

While I wouldn’t blame Cashman for everything that has put the Yankees in the position they are in right now, I find it awfully frustrating that a team that seems to need to change something will apparently not change anything.

--Posted at 1:03 pm by SG / 17 Comments | - (0)

NYDN: Brandon McCarthy enjoyed pitching for Yankees, appears willing to return to Bombers

BOSTON — The Yankees got a good, long look at righthander Brandon McCarthy this season and he got a good, long look at them. Both liked what they saw, but only the weeks ahead will tell if they will be reunited when the 2015 season begins.

McCarthy went 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA in 14 starts after the Yankees acquired him in a trade with the Diamondbacks for Vidal Nuno on July 6. He is joining a class of free agent starting pitchers that is fairly interesting now.

The big names in the group are Max Scherzer from the Tigers, Jon Lester from the A’s and James Shields from the Royals (by coincidence Lester and Shields will be opposing one another in Tuesday’s AL Wild Card game in Kansas City). Each is expected to draw offers of five years or more with annual salaries in excess of $20 million.

The Yankees need offense a lot more than pitching, but the free agent market for offense is horrendous.  So they may be better off adding to their pitching and then freeing up some trade chips to bring in offense via avenues other than free agency.  I’d be happy to see McCarthy back on a short-term contract.  I’d certainly rather see that than another Sabathia contract to Lester or Scherzer.  McCarthy has a troubling injury history, but that should bring his cost down, and it’s not like any pitcher you sign isn’t at risk to get hurt anyway.

I’m resigned to the fact that there’s no real maneuvering the Yankees can do that will make them a good team in 2015.  But they can make themselves a slightly better than average team and roll the dice that they will luck into a postseason berth of some sort.

How exciting.

--Posted at 8:11 am by SG / 34 Comments | - (0)

Monday, September 29, 2014

NY Times: As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party

“I’ve already been talking to Alex, personally,” Cashman said. “I just talked to Alex about 10 days ago to try to get his thought process on what’s the best way to come back and how to come back, whether winter ball, for instance.”

A year ago, during the height of the tension between Rodriguez and the Yankees and Major League Baseball, Cashman said he was wary of speaking with Rodriguez because he did not want to risk becoming embroiled in a lawsuit. At the time, Rodriguez was suing or threatening to sue the Yankees’ team doctor, Commissioner Bud Selig and the players union.

Since then, Rodriguez has dropped all lawsuits and has adopted a more conciliatory approach to his team and his sport, a strategy designed by his lawyer Jim Sharp.

The return of Rodriguez should make this team the favorite to win the AL East next year.

--Posted at 8:06 am by SG / 30 Comments | - (0)

Sunday, September 28, 2014 Jeter fittingly goes out a winner in final game

BOSTON—In one of several thoughtful moments over the past several days, Derek Jeter reflected on his storied career and noted that though he shared the field with many athletes who possessed more talent, he believes that no one ever gave more of an effort.

With that in mind, Jeter’s season-long goodbye ended in fitting fashion on Sunday afternoon, running hard down the first-base line to notch the 3,465th hit of his career. He signaled for a pinch-runner and waved his batting helmet as he left the field, exiting a game that the Yankees went on to win, 9-5.

“I felt like the time was right,” Jeter said. “My emotions were so all over the place on Thursday in New York. When I got here, I was ready. I was ready for my career to be over with. I’m happy I had an opportunity to come and play here in a couple games, but I’m ready for this to be the end.”

After a stirring on-field ceremony that included several stars from the Boston sports scene, which Jeter called “unbelievable,” the Yankees captain’s final at-bat came against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.

I didn’t see any of the game or ceremony, but hopefully it wasn’t just a 2004 Red Sox ceremony disguised as a celebration of Jeter’s career.

I guess 2013 kind of prepared me for the day that Jeter wouldn’t be the Yankee shortstop anymore, but it’s still going to be odd to not have him out there.  For me, spring training never really felt like it started until Mariano Rivera got into his first game, and maybe that is why I never really go into this team this year.  Well, that and the fact that they looked to be pretty boring and mediocre and were exactly that.  Not having Jeter around is going to feel similar to me.

Anyway, Jeter had a great career, and now it’s over.  And the time is right for it to be over.  It will be interesting to see how Yankee attendance looks next year when they are running yet another boring team out there without the cachet of seeing Jeter one final time.

--Posted at 9:19 pm by SG / 7 Comments | - (0)

Yankees (83-78) @ Red Sox (71-90), Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:35pm

NYY: Michael Pineda (#35, 25, RHP, 4-5, 1.93) vs. BOS: Clay Buchholz (#11, 29, RHP, 8-10, 5.31)


Red Sox

The season that would not end finally ends today, and I could not possibly care less.  I haven’t watched either of the last two games and I won’t be watching this one.  As far as I’m concerned, the season ended with Derek Jeter’s RBI walk-off single on Thursday night.

--Posted at 8:04 am by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Yankees (82-77) @ Red Sox (70-89), Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:10pm

NYY: Chris Capuano (#26, 35, LHP, 2-4, 4.67) vs. BOS: Steven Wright (#65, 29, RHP, 0-0, 3.38)

1. Jose Pirela (R) 2B
2. Eury Perez (R) CF
3. Francisco Cervelli (R) 1B
4. Chris Young (R) LF
5. JR Murphy (R) C
6. Austin Romine (R) DH
7. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
8. Zelous Wheeler (R) 3B
9. Antoan Richardson (S) RF

1. Mookie Betts (R) 2B
2. Xander Bogaerts (R) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) DH
4. Allen Craig (R) RF
5. Garin Cecchini (L) 3B
6. Rusney Castillo (R) CF
7. Bryce Brentz (R) LF
8. Ryan Lavarnway (R) 1B
9. Dan Butler (R) C

If a mute swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?

Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice?”

Is there another word for synonym?

Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?

Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

--Posted at 3:32 pm by SG / 73 Comments | - (0)

USA Today: Derek Jeter’s unbelievable closing act at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK—Derek Jeter, trying to blink away the tears, and holding a towel over his face, walked slowly around the Yankee Stadium infield Thursday night, his head spinning, trying to digest what just happened.

When he finally reached the dugout, hugging his family, and walking through the tunnel for the final time toward the clubhouse, he finally surrendered, with the emotions oozing out of his body.

In one of the most surreal and remarkable farewells in Yankee history, leave it up to Jeter to deliver the dramatic game-winning hit in the Yankees’ 6-5 triumph over the Baltimore Orioles, just minutes after the Yankees had blown a 3-run lead.

“It was sort of an out of body experience, Jeter said. “It was a weird range of emotions. I was just trying not to cry.’‘

Jeter has tended to come off as robotic and rehearsed for almost his entire career, but he was genuine last night and it was really cool to see. 

I’m honestly not sad to see him retiring, because he’s not really an asset to the team anymore.  But he was a big asset from 1996-2012 during a fantastic time to be a Yankee fan.

Jeter’s given us a lot of memorable moments, and last night was another one to add to the pile.

I still think he should let his hit last night be the last moment of his career. 

He can sing the national anthem for the people that bought tickets to see him in Fenway.

--Posted at 8:27 am by SG / 55 Comments | - (0)

Thursday, September 25, 2014 Captain Clutch! Jeter scripts walk-off

After the Orioles tied it with homers in the ninth inning, Derek Jeter, who had three RBIs in his final Bronx game, won it with a walk-off single. Box »

I wish I wasn’t as cynical as I am sometimes, but that was fun.

I kind of wish Jeter wouldn’t play another game and this would be his post-script.

Thanks for the memories Captain.

--Posted at 9:24 pm by SG / 28 Comments | - (0)

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