Tuesday, October 25, 2016
What’s wrong with just watching a baseball game?
Yankee Stadium is preparing to become the ultimate hangout in the Bronx for adults and children alike.
The Yankees announced Monday that the Stadium will undergo its first series of major design enhancements since the ballpark opened in 2009, adding seven new social gathering spaces as well as additional food and beverage areas. Construction will begin this week with the anticipated debut coming prior to the start of the 2017 season.
“We have listened to our fans and ticketholders and their top requests were for more family-friendly and socially-oriented spaces at Yankee Stadium,” said Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner in a statement. “Yankees fans will now have many more dedicated areas for spending time with guests who have tickets in other sections of the Stadium, allowing all guests to be able to enjoy the game from multiple vantage points while having unique food and drink options available to them.
I thought people went to baseball games to watch baseball?
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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 NJ.com — 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?
Monday, October 17, 2016
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.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
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 NJ.com. “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.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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.
Monday, October 10, 2016
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?
Thursday, October 6, 2016
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.