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NY Post: Defiant CC Sabathia doesn’t give a ‘f–k’ about poor spring outings
(9 Comments - 3/29/2015 11:13:11 pm)

ESPN New York: Masahiro Tanaka to start opener
(38 Comments - 3/29/2015 1:39:04 pm)

Fangraphs: Who Might Adam Warren Be?
(43 Comments - 3/27/2015 8:46:45 pm)

Fox Sports: Jeter’s replacement already earning eye-popping praise from Yankee vets
(17 Comments - 3/26/2015 4:21:57 pm)

NY Post: Betances: My velocity ‘nowhere near where it should be’
(16 Comments - 3/25/2015 8:44:42 pm)

NY Post: Do Yankees have one closer, two closers or none?
(34 Comments - 3/25/2015 10:07:43 am)

Newsday: Jose Pirela suffers concussion after crashing into wall
(13 Comments - 3/24/2015 8:54:12 am)

NYDN: Hal Steinbrenner talks Yankees, Tanaka, Teixeira, Beltran and soccer in the Bronx
(77 Comments - 3/22/2015 9:18:49 pm)

NY Post: The disclaimer to Yankees’ Eovaldi’s filthy, 98-mph stuff
(69 Comments - 3/19/2015 1:20:01 pm)

Unsung Yankee History: How a Dramatic Phone Call Saved the 1996 Offseason From Going to the Birds
(104 Comments - 3/16/2015 10:52:03 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.
-alskor

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

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.
OldYanksFan




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Monday, February 16, 2015

ESPN: Yankees to honor Andy Pettitte

Andy Pettitte will have his No. 46 retired by the New York Yankees and receive a plaque in Monument Park, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Pettitte will become the 18th member of the Yankees to have his number retired. Pettitte was known for his big-game performance, helping the Yankees win five championships during his career.

The news of the honor was first tweeted by Pettitte’s son, Josh. The Yankees are also likely to retire Bernie Williams’ No. 51 and Jorge Posada’s No. 20 in the future, according to a source.

Good for Pettitte. He deserves the honor (plus, let’s be honest, it was unlikely people were going to choose #46 anyways, even if it wasn’t officially retired).

I imagine that the Yankees will parcel these things out depending on how attendance is doing.

--Posted at 9:34 am by Brian Cronin / 22 Comments | - (0)




Friday, February 13, 2015

Grantland: Frame Jobs

The Yankees couldn’t help having that conversation with me, because I barged in on the middle of it. The week before my first day, a group lunch at Sheppard’s Place, the cafeteria attached to the press box, had led to an exciting discovery. Half the front office sat together and spitballed: director of pro scouting Billy Eppler, director of quantitative analysis Michael Fishman, pro scouting manager Will Kuntz, baseball operations assistant Steve Martone, and Alex Rubin, an intern who had started the previous season.

The night before, backup catcher Jose Molina had guided Phil Hughes through six scoreless innings in Detroit, and the conversation turned to Molina’s defensive edge over regular starter Jorge Posada, who often frustrated observers by catching pitches so awkwardly that he cost his pitchers strikes. Could it be, someone wondered, that the gulf between Molina’s and Posada’s gloves could make up the difference on offense between one of baseball’s worst-hitting catchers and one of its best? The consensus was that it wasn’t possible, and the group tabled the idea.

But Rubin — who would eventually2 be hired as a full-time analyst before leaving to work for the MTA as a self-described “transportation sabermetrician”3 — had gotten curious. He was on Team Posada, and he wanted to be proven right. After lunch, while he was supposed to be doing data cleanup, he started researching the size of the strike zone with Molina and Posada behind the plate.

I thought this was an interesting read about some of the stuff we aren’t necessarily aware of that teams do behind the scenes.  Pitch framing has obviously become more widely discussed, but this takes place in 2009 when it was still relatively un-quantified.

--Posted at 10:35 am by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, February 12, 2015

NY Post: Yankees’ big plan to harness Nathan Eovaldi’s 100-mph heat

So there’s hardly a guarantee Eovaldi can duplicate his durability from a year ago, but if he does, the Yankees would like to harness his talent into becoming a better pitcher.

His ERA was significantly higher at home last season than on the road (4.66 to 4.06), which is somewhat surprising considering Marlins Park is typically considered a pitcher’s park. And despite the fact he can flirt with 100 mph on the radar gun, he struck out just 142 batters.

He already has begun working with pitching coach Larry Rothschild and Eovaldi said his primary focus will be to work on his off-speed pitches.

You know who else flirted with 100 mph?  Kyle Farnsworth…

--Posted at 9:26 am by SG / 37 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Minor League Ball: Sickels: New York Yankees Top 20 Prospects for 2015

1) Luis Severino, RHP, Grade B+/Borderline A-
2) Aaron Judge, OF, Grade B+/Borderline A-
3) Greg Bird, 1B, Grade B+/Borderline B
4) Rob Refsnyder, 2B, Grade B
5) Gary Sanchez, C, Grade B
6) Jacob Lindgren, LHP, Grade B
7) Ian Clarkin, LHP, Grade B/Borderline B-
8) Luis Torrens, C, Grade B-/Borderline B
9) Miguel Andujar, 3B, Grade B-
10) Jorge Mateo, SS, Grade B-
11) Tyler Austin, OF, Grade B-/Borderline C+
12) Eric Jagielo, 3B, Grade B-/Borderline C+
13) Domingo German, RHP, Grade C+/Borderline B-
14) Jose Ramirez, RHP, Grade C+
15) Bryan Mitchell, RHP, Grade C+
16) Jake Cave, OF, Grade C+
17) Angel Aguilar, SS, Grade C+
18) Alexander Palma, OF, Grade C+
19) Ty Hensley, RHP, Grade C+
20) Austin DeCarr, RHP, Grade C+

While the Yankees farm system is not at the very top of the organization rankings,it has improved over the last couple of years, should continue to improve, and certainly rates as an upper-tier system. The large amount of Grade C+ talent gives depth and since much of that talent is quite young and projectable with potentially higher grades to come, there is a lot to look forward to.

Are things finally looking up?  Most of their talent is still a bit too far away, but a few leaps forward in 2015 and this could be one of the top ten farm systems in baseball.  That doesn’t really mean much in and of itself, but I think it’s an encouraging trend and points to a team that will be a lot more interesting to follow in the near future.

--Posted at 9:12 am by SG / 27 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TGS NY: Reports positive on Masahiro Tanaka

TAMPA, Fla.—New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild says offseason reports on Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka’s right elbow have been positive.

“So far he’s felt good,” Rothschild said Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “He’s had a good winter.”

Tanaka is throwing and doing his normal conditioning program in Japan. Signed to a $155 million, seven-year contract in January 2014, Tanaka went 13-5 with a .277 ERA over 20 starts. He missed 2½ months while rehabilitating a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow and returned for two late-September starts. Boston chased him with an eight-run second inning in his finale on Sept. 27.

Tanaka’s .277 ERA has to be one of the most amazing feats in baseball history.  That he did it with a shredded elbow is even more awe-inspiring.

I’m not going to say the Yankees’ season hinges on Tanaka’s elbow.  He could go 35-0 with a .276 ERA this year and they still might not make the postseason.  But a healthy Tanaka is almost imperative for them (in addition to a lot of other stuff) if they are going to get to the 90 or so wins they would need to get into the postseason.

--Posted at 8:23 am by SG / 25 Comments | - (0)




Monday, February 9, 2015

NY Post: 20-year-old flame-thrower could be Yankees’ rotation savior

If the Yankees plan on contending in 2015, they will need significant bounce-back years from high-profile players like CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira, something general manager Brian Cashman conceded on Friday.

But for the Yankees to get back to the top of the AL East on a consistent basis, it won’t necessarily be up to Sabathia and Teixeira or Carlos Beltran, who the Yankees also hope is healthy and productive after he was neither last season.

Instead, their future success likely will rely more on some names fans may hardly know right now, but who will be in major league spring training for the first time this season.

And perhaps at the top of the list is right-hander Luis Severino, who has bolted up the Yankees’ farm system and become one of their top prospects.
“He’s made a lot of progress,” said Gil Patterson, who has worked with Severino as the Yankees’ minor league pitching coordinator. “It’s hard to believe he isn’t even 21 yet.”

Severino might be the one of the best five starting pitchers in the Yankees organization right now but I think it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see him in the majors this year.  He’s coming off a season where he threw a career-high 113 innings, and he will be 21 years old.  The Yankees’ offseason points to an unusual (for them) patience, and I don’t think they will disrupt that unless they turn out to be better than I expect them to be and Severino is the difference between making a run at a postseason spot or not. 

--Posted at 12:31 pm by SG / 22 Comments | - (0)




Friday, February 6, 2015

NY Times: On Deck for the Yankees, From South Korea, Rob Refsnyder

At the end of all those baseball showcases in Orange County, Calif., the format would often be the same. Few of the coaches and children who had come together for the day knew one another. The director would stand in front of the players and call out the names of those who had excelled that day: the best fielder, the best arm, the best hitter.

The name Robert Refsnyder was called out frequently, and as the Korean-born boy rose to accept his award, the people looked at him almost in bewilderment. The face did not match the name.

“Yeah, that’s me,” he would say, laughing to himself. “I’m Rob Refsnyder.”

At some point this year, whether in spring training, on opening day or later in the regular season, Refsnyder is likely to be introduced to Yankees fans for the first time, and some of them may look at him with the same bemused expression that the players and coaches at those California showcases wore.

Amy Mihyang Ginther with her birth mother, Park Jeong-hee, at Park’s home in Gimcheon, South Korea.Why a Generation of Adoptees Is Returning to South KoreaJAN. 14, 2015
Refsnyder is a top Yankees prospect, a gifted hitter who has been invited to his first major league spring training this month and hopes to soon become the team’s starting second baseman. He was adopted from South Korea by parents with German and Irish backgrounds, as was his older sister, Elizabeth, who was a talented softball player in college.

In 2012 Refsnyder was selected out of the University of Arizona in the fifth round of the amateur draft — adopted, in a sense, by the Yankees. He raced through the ranks of the minor league system, batting .297 with a .389 on-base percentage and 508 total bases in two and a half seasons, and now provides hope to fans who have been waiting for the Yankees’ farm system to produce the next Robinson Cano or Brett Gardner.

Very nice article in the Times on Refsnyder and how he has become a sort of spokesperson for adoption, even if that was not what he would have wanted for himself growing up. It’d be nice if Refsnyder stuck on this team.

--Posted at 2:44 pm by Brian Cronin / 29 Comments | - (0)



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