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NY Times: As Jeter Ends Farewell Tour, Yanks Plan a Welcome Party
(30 Comments - 9/30/2014 12:50:06 am)

Yankees.com: Jeter fittingly goes out a winner in final game
(7 Comments - 9/29/2014 11:26:00 am)

Yankees (83-78) @ Red Sox (71-90), Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1:35pm
(41 Comments - 9/28/2014 6:39:02 pm)

Yankees (82-77) @ Red Sox (70-89), Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:10pm
(73 Comments - 9/28/2014 1:18:59 am)

USA Today: Derek Jeter’s unbelievable closing act at Yankee Stadium
(55 Comments - 9/26/2014 4:49:50 pm)

Yankees.com: Captain Clutch! Jeter scripts walk-off
(28 Comments - 9/26/2014 9:29:20 am)

Orioles (95-63) @ Yankees (81-77), Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:05pm
(132 Comments - 9/25/2014 10:45:17 pm)

Hardball Talk: Phil Hughes sets the all-time strikeout-to-walk ratio record
(33 Comments - 9/25/2014 5:39:12 pm)

Yankees.com: Time runs out on Yankees’ postseason chase
(20 Comments - 9/25/2014 3:13:39 pm)

Orioles (94-63) @ Yankees (81-76), Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:05pm
(41 Comments - 9/24/2014 8:41:38 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.
-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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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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 / No 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

Yankees.com: 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)

Lineups
Yankees
TBA

Red Sox
TBA

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)

Lineups
Yankees
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

Boston
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

Yankees.com: 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)



Orioles (95-63) @ Yankees (81-77), Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:05pm

BAL: Kevin Gausman (#39, 23, RHP, 7-7, 3.57) vs. NYY: Hiroki Kuroda (#18, 39, RHP, 11-9, 3.77)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Steve Pearce (R) 1B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Chase Headley (S) 3B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Jose Pirela (R) DH

Apparently this game signifies something, but I’m not really sure what. 

Aside from yet another game that Smellsbury is sitting out with an injury.

There’s lots of rain around New York right now, but because this game apparently signifies something, you can imagine they will do whatever they can to get it in.  So it may be a long night.

--Posted at 4:18 pm by SG / 132 Comments | - (0)



Hardball Talk: Phil Hughes sets the all-time strikeout-to-walk ratio record

Thanks to an ill-timed rain delay in his final start this afternoon Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is one out short of hitting 210 innings for the season, which would have triggered a $500,000 bonus.

However, in tossing eight innings of one-run ball against the Diamondbacks–instead of the necessary 8.1 innings for the bonus–Hughes did set MLB’s all-time record for best strikeout-to-walk ratio in a season:

PLAYER              YEAR     SO/BB
PHIL HUGHES         2014     11.63
Bret Saberhagen     1994     11.00
Cliff Lee           2010     10.28
Curt Schilling      2002      9.58
Pedro Martinez      2000      8.88
Greg Maddux         1997      8.85
Pedro Martinez      1999      8.46 

That’s a helluva list to sit atop.

Raise your hand if you saw that coming.

I’m happy for Hughes, who had a very good season for the Twins.

--Posted at 8:55 am by SG / 33 Comments | - (0)




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Yankees.com: Time runs out on Yankees’ postseason chase

It’s officially down to the farewell tour for Derek Jeter and the Yankees.

The Yankees have been clinging to fading postseason hopes for weeks, but their reality was confirmed on Wednesday afternoon with a 9-5 loss to the Orioles at Yankee Stadium, ensuring that the team will pack its bags and scatter at the conclusion of the weekend.

“It’s a rough feeling—it should be a rough feeling for everyone in here,” Jeter said. “We didn’t play well enough. You put a lot of work into an offseason and see it as a good opportunity to go to the playoffs, and unfortunately we’re not going.”

Despite an offseason makeover that saw the club extend nearly $500 million to Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, Masahiro Tanaka and Carlos Beltran, this marks the first time since 1992-93 that the Yankees will have watched the playoffs from the sidelines in consecutive years.

“It’s disappointing. It’s frustrating,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a lot of work that goes into it through the course of the year for everyone involved, and this is not where you want to be this time of year. And that’s why it’s frustrating.”

Well, so that’s that. I mean, don’t get me wrong, they were already effectively eliminated. It was just a matter of time for when the OFFICIAL elimination would take place. And the answer was, well, today.

I feel bad for Shane Greene that his last memory of 2014 would be him getting rocked for six runs in the fourth inning (this Kelly Johnson guy did well for the Orioles. He’s a free agent. I think that the Yankees should look into signing him).

--Posted at 7:14 pm by Brian Cronin / 20 Comments | - (0)



Orioles (94-63) @ Yankees (81-76), Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 1:05pm

BAL: Bud Norris (#25, 29, RHP, 14-8, 3.62) vs. NYY: Shane Greene (#61, 25, RHP, 5-3, 3.24)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. David Lough (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Steve Clevenger (L) 1B
6. Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
7. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) SS
9. Caleb Joseph (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) DH
3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
5. Francisco Cervelli (R) C
6. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
7. Chris Young (R) LF
8. Antoan Richardson (S) RF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

I had no idea there was a day game today.  With the forecast tomorrow, there’s a chance this will be Derek Jeter’s final game in Yankee pinstripes.  I predict he will ground out multiple times to commemorate the event.

--Posted at 12:31 pm by SG / 41 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: Expect same albatrosses in middle of 2015 Yankees lineup

With all else that went wrong for the Yankees this year, just give them wins in the four games they lost this month when giving up one or two runs and they would have begun Monday a half-game out of a wild-card spot.

That says as much about the competition as anything. But it defines why the Yankees are almost certainly not going to reach the postseason. They couldn’t score.

Now I am going to let you in on a secret: Just about nobody can. It sure does feel as if the Yankees are constantly unable to exceed two runs. They have failed to reach three runs 50 times this year, a third of their games. That was tied for 19th. That is right — 18 teams had failed to reach three runs more often than even the Yankees.

And, in a way, that is terrible for the Yankees. It emphasizes how difficult it is to find offense in this era, at a time when the Yankees are going to have to do just that again this offseason after spending nearly $300 million last winter on Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian McCann.

Translation: The Yankees are as likely to be as beholden to Beltran, McCann and Mark Teixeira next year as they have been in 2014.

Wonderful.

--Posted at 8:22 am by SG / 13 Comments | - (0)




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Orioles (93-63) @ Yankees (81-75), Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 7:05pm

BAL: Ubaldo Jimenez (#31, 30, RHP, 5-9, 4.90) vs. NYY: Brandon McCarthy (#38, 30, RHP, 10-14, 3.93)

Lineups
Orioles
1. Nick Markakis (L) RF
2. Alejandro De Aza (L) LF
3. Adam Jones (R) CF
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Kelly Johnson (L) 2B
6. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
7. Jimmy Paredes (S) 3B
8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 1B
9. Nick Hundley (R) C

Yankees
1. Brett Gardner (L) CF
2. Derek Jeter (R) SS
3. Brian McCann (L) C
4. Chase Headley (S) 3B
5. Mark Teixeira (S) 1B
6. Chris Young (R) LF
7. Stephen Drew (L) 2B
8. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
9. Jose Pirela (R) DH

--Posted at 5:38 pm by SG / 26 Comments | - (0)



NY Post: J.J. Hardy would ‘listen’ if Yankees called about shortstop opening

Pretty soon, attention will turn from Derek Jeter’s goodbye to his replacement.

And there’s a chance that player was in The Bronx on Monday.

Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy will be a free agent and is not surprisingly aware of the upcoming job opening at shortstop.

“Of course I’ve heard it,” Hardy said before Jeter began his final series at Yankee Stadium. “It’s not something I can look into the future and see what’s going to happen. I’ve just got to focus on helping our team right now and obviously the playoff this year. But if it comes to it, I’ll have to think about it more.”

And since he’s not about to be the first prospective free agent to declare he has no interest in the Yankees’ money, Hardy said he would listen if they called.

“Of course,” Hardy said.

I haven’t really looked at the numbers, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Hardy’s the best option to replace Jeter on the free agent market. 

That doesn’t necessarily make him a good option, unfortunately.

Hardy may project to be worth around 3.5 WAR in 2014.  Assuming a standard 0.7 WAR decline per season, a fair deal for Hardy might be something in the area of 4 years and $60M.  If that’s the rate, I’d be fine with him being the next Yankee shortstop, and he’d certainly be an upgrade over the current version 0.4 WAR version of Jeter.  But Hardy’s going to be 32 next season, and probably is a bit of a risk because of that.

That being said, it’s not like the Yankees have their future shortstop in the organization.

--Posted at 10:11 am by SG / 47 Comments | - (0)




Monday, September 22, 2014

Yankees.com: Jeter turns back clock with three-RBI night

NEW YORK—Derek Jeter rolled the clock back to enjoy his first three-RBI game since 2012 and Michael Pineda turned in his most dominant start in pinstripes, leading the Yankees to a 5-0 victory over the Orioles on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

Beginning the final regular-season home series of his career, Jeter ripped a two-run double down the left-field line off Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen and also knocked a run-scoring groundout, extending his hitting streak to six games.

Jose Pirela, the franchise-record 57th player used in a game by the Yankees this season, turned in a notable Major League debut by blasting a run-scoring triple off Chen in his first plate appearance, part of a two-hit performance for the 24-year-old prospect.

That was enough support for Pineda, who has looked strong in the majority of his eight starts since returning from the disabled list in August, and had all of his pitches working against a Baltimore squad trying to lock up home-field advantage for the American League Division Series.

If only the Yankees hadn’t played like complete garbage for 90% of the season…

--Posted at 9:59 pm by SG / 12 Comments | - (0)



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