Meet the August Yankees - same as the July Yankees, except with another left-handed utilityman who can't hit.Although the Yankees were linked to many top targets, including David Price, Aroldis Chapman, and Craig Kimbrel, Brian Cashman opted to stay pat, swapping only Ramon Flores for Dustin Ackley, a move that confused many, as the ex-Mariner has been a virtual clone of Stephen Drew, with the added ability to play the outfield. And, despite the front office's apparent confidence in the te...
It's a part of the stadium experience, alongside hot dogs, silly scoreboard games, and absurdly expensive drinks of all persuasions: if you are among the first 18,000 fans or so to enter the stadium, you get a cool (or a not-so-cool) knickknack to take home, like a bobblehead, or a baseball bat, or a $2 Dunkin' Donuts gift card (yes, the Yankees did that; to be honest, they might as well have handed out free donuts instead...but I digress). Pretty simple, and even when the promotion is som...
The AL East this season is completely up for grabs, with four of the five teams being within three games of the division leading Tampa Bay Rays. By season's end, just one or two games will likely mean the difference between October baseball and eighteen holes at a golf course in Florida, and while history dictates the Yankees will probably wait until closer to the trade deadline to make any moves, opportunities abound for the front office to make small but impactful moves to squeeze a few ...
James Kaprelian and Kyle Holder. I can all but guarantee that you do not know those names. They are the Yankees's first two picks of the 2015 MLB Draft, an event that only the biggest baseball fanatics tend to watch, given that these players will likely not make the Majors for three-to-five years minimum, and very few people actually know the players involved.Kaprelian, selected with the 16th overall pick, is a RHP out of UCLA. Already polished for a draftee, he sports an above...
Let's start with the obvious: as far as second basemen go, Stephen Drew is the worst. Not among the worst. The Worst. This season, his .160/.231/.301 line is literally the worst in baseball out of players eligible for the batting title, and while he has been above average with his glove, it is not good enough to make up for his bat. And yet, for some strange reason, it has seemed that, since acquiring him in a rare trade with the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees have been obse...
Since two pitchers within one week were caught with a "foreign substance" on them - Will Smith of the Brewers and Brian Matusz of the Orioles - the issue of pitchers and pine tar has, once again, become a major topic of debate amongst sports analysts and baseball enthusiasts alike.According to Major League rules, the pitcher is not allowed to have a foreign substance on his person that can be used to alter the baseball in any way, a rule added early in the history of the league because pitchers ...
So, about one-quarter of the way through the season already, and still nobody can explain the 2015 season - myself included. To start the season, they were one of baseball's worst teams; then, they grew mustaches and became one of baseball's best teams, leading the AL East. Now, after a middling May and coming off a rough road trip, the team is tied for first with the equally-surprising Tampa Bay Rays. But which of these teams - the terrible team, the league-best team, or the m...
This past week, players on the New York Yankees acted out a famous scene from the awesome baseball movie The Sandlot. If you haven't seen it already, you definitely need to. And that got me thinking....with Opening Day coming up within the next week-and-a-half, we need to take a look at this year's Yankees's projected roster - and, since there are so many of these out there, let's take some inspiration from the team and use theater (movies, musicals, and plays) to describe the team.S...
Apologies for not blogging much lately; things have been very busy. Hope you all enjoy this little parody of the famous Les Miserables song that I have written as baseball finally returns tomorrow.Alex Rodriguez: One day more, another day, another destiny, on this never-ending road to Cavalry. MLB who knows my crimes will surely come a second time, one day moreHal Steinbrennar: I did not live until today, how can I love when we are parted?Core 4: From now on we’re all worlds away, and ye...
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