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Fangraphs: Who Might Adam Warren Be?
(31 Comments - 3/27/2015 12:47:45 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)

NY Post: ‘Blessed’ Yankees prospect elicits Stargell, Stanton comps
(27 Comments - 3/11/2015 11:13:52 pm)

NY Times: Yankees’ Skipper Plugs Holes in a Leaky Ship
(51 Comments - 3/11/2015 9:11:56 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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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

NY Post: ‘Blessed’ Yankees prospect elicits Stargell, Stanton comps

TAMPA — For top Yankees hitting prospect Aaron Judge, the miracle already has happened.

No matter what baseball has in store for the massive Judge, who is just 22, grace has touched his life.

Judge knows that, and so do his parents, Patty and Wayne Judge, two recently retired teachers from Linden, Calif.

Walk through the Yankees clubhouse and you will notice Judge quickly has made an impact — not only with his ability and his disciplined yet powerful approach to hitting, but with the way he carries himself.

Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, a man who knows something about the gift of being able to launch a baseball, said this about Judge: “He’s got power like [Willie] Stargell. He’s got outstanding plate discipline. It’s nice to see him at home plate with a 3-1 count.’’

Judge, 6-foot-7, 275 pounds, is ticketed for Double-A Trenton to start the year. Whenever the outfielder gets to The Bronx, you can be sure his parents will be there to enjoy the moment. Patty retired two years ago. Wayne retired this year. Both were physical education teachers.

--Posted at 9:49 am by SG / 27 Comments | - (0)




Monday, March 9, 2015

NY Times: Yankees’ Skipper Plugs Holes in a Leaky Ship

Hidden by his ubiquitous shades and his Joe McCool manner, Girardi, the Yankees’ 50-year-old manager, runs a team that has more bruised and broken — not to mention decrepit — parts than any man could be expected to keep track of.

He has a coterie of aging stars in possession of spectacular, yes-I’ll-sign-that! long-term contracts. All are in various states of disrepair and hoped-for repair.

His amiable onetime ace C. C. Sabathia, 34, is rehabbing from an operation on a degenerative knee. His new ace, Masahiro Tanaka, has a partially torn elbow ligament. His No. 2 pitcher, Ivan Nova, had a fully torn elbow ligament and is expected back by the summer.

There are promising kids wending their way up through the minor leagues. There is a formidable bullpen, as well as professional hitters and a sweet-fielding new shortstop. But Yankees management has embraced the mausoleum marketing phase of team decline: Unable to flog more retirement tours, they have turned to retiring numbers, planning days to celebrate Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams.

--Posted at 1:08 pm by SG / 51 Comments | - (0)




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Nationals (3-0) @ Yankees (3-2-1), Sunday, March 8, 2015, 1:05 pm

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Carlos Beltran DH
Brian McCann C
Satan 3B
Garrett Jones 1B
Chris Young RF
Jose Pirela 2B
Nick Noonan SS

RHP Adam Warren

--Posted at 8:25 am by Fabian / 18 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Phillies (0-0-1) @ Yankees (0-0-1), Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 1:05 pm

Didi Gregorius SS
Beelzebub DH
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira 1B
Chase Headley 3B
Stephen Drew 2B
Tyler Austin RF
Ramon Flores LF
Mason Williams CF

RHP Nathan Eovaldi

Watch as The Bronx Bombers continue their UNDEFEATED Spring Training campaign!

--Posted at 1:02 pm by Fabian / 115 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Inaugural Major Injury of the 2015 Season

The team just announced that minor league catcher Luis Torrens has been diagnosed with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He will undergo surgery tomorrow performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

I was really looking forward to see what Torrens did this year. Tough loss for the system.

--Posted at 5:11 pm by Fabian / 23 Comments | - (0)



Yankees (0-0) @ Phillies (0-0), Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 1:05 pm

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Brett Gardner LF
Chris Young RF
Garrett Jones 1B
Jose Pirela 2B
Austin Romine C
Kyle Roller DH
Jonathan Galvez 3B
Nick Noonan SS

RHP Adam Warren

The Yankees are probably going to be less than good this year, but it’s Spring Training! Severino! Bird! Judge! Refsnyder!

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--Posted at 12:26 pm by Fabian / 54 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Calculating win projections, and why Yankees aren’t stacking up

The website FanGraphs features a pair of projections systems, Steamer and ZiPS, which have spit out their anticipated 2015 statistics. Collectively, they have the Yankees finishing 82-80 by scoring 669 runs and allowing 664.

The 2014 Yankees permitted exactly 664 runs. For this group to produce the same pitching effort, it must overcome the departures of Shane Greene, Hiroki Kuroda, Brandon McCarthy and David Robertson, all of whom pitched very effectively last year. As The Post’s Joel Sherman wrote on Sunday, the Yankees’ bullpen will need to step up its already impressive effort of recent years. It also should help on the defensive side to have Gregorius and Stephen Drew occupying the middle of the infield for an entire season, assuming Drew rebounds offensively.

Let’s talk offensive rebounds. The 2014 Yankees scored 633 runs, so 669 runs would represent a 5.2 percent increase. The projection systems assert that Drew, Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, Gregorius, Chase Headley, Garrett Jones, Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira will hit better than they did, relative to the rest of the American League, in 2014. The numbers point south for Brett Gardner and Alex Rodriguez (working off his 2013 stats, since he missed all of last year due to suspension).

You don’t need a doctorate in math to see the origin of these estimations. For instance, you’d expect Beltran’s production to dwindle with age, and he’s turning 38 in April. However, his plummet from 2013 with St. Louis (.830 OPS) to 2014 with the Yankees (.703) was so precipitous that you’d forecast a jump back toward his career norms.

I’ll take the under on runs scored and the over on runs allowed.  I’ll take the under on wins and the over on losses.

--Posted at 10:23 am by SG / 6 Comments | - (0)




Monday, March 2, 2015

NY Times: 2=Jeter, 3=Ruth, 4=Gehrig. ... In the Bronx, Numbers Are Finite.

If the Yankees like to imagine they do things bigger and better than anyone else, they approach retiring numbers with the same gusto.

They have retired 18 numbers, and by the end of this summer, another three will be decommissioned: the No. 20 belonging to catcher Jorge Posada, pitcher Andy Pettitte’s 46 and the 51 worn by center fielder Bernie Williams. And it will not be long before Derek Jeter’s 2 joins them.

In addition, 21, which belonged to right fielder Paul O’Neill, seems to have been given an off-the-books retirement. In the 14 years since O’Neill retired, it has been awarded only briefly, in 2008, to LaTroy Hawkins and Morgan Ensberg, according to Baseball-Reference.com.

Throw in No. 0, which has never been worn by a Yankee, and that makes 23 numbers that are unavailable.

“They’re going to have to go to triple digits pretty soon,” said Ryan, a backup shortstop. “I don’t think they want to have to go to negative numbers.”

It would be nice if the Yankees could put a team on the field that would pull in attendance which wouldn’t have to be artificially propped up by these days honoring good (but in many instances not great) players.  Yeah, you retire Derek Jeter’s number.  Do you really retire Tino Martinez’s?

I guess it’s not going to be a big deal going forward since they won’t extend or re-sign any of their drafted/developed players once they hit free agency so it’s not like we have to worry about Robinson Cano Day or David Robertson Day. 

--Posted at 9:41 am by SG / 48 Comments | - (0)




Thursday, February 26, 2015

Capital New York: The price of Hal Steinbrenner’s expertise

But the problem here isn’t whether Yoan Moncada alone is plying his trade in New York or Boston. He may be a superstar, he may flop, he may get injured. Adding that kind of prospect to a farm system and major league team largely bereft of high-ceiling middle infielders made a ton of sense, but the Yankees should have other similar opportunities.

The real worry out of the Moncada incident is this: Just how much will the gap between what Hal Steinbrenner thinks he knows about the baseball business, and what he actually knows, cost the New York Yankees? Increasingly, it looks like it could be quite a bit.

--Posted at 3:02 pm by SG / 77 Comments | - (0)



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