Not a Yankee

January 19th, 2015 by
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Photo: Rick Osentoski/USA Today Sports

Well, the Yankees said they weren’t in the hunt for Scherzer, so I guess I shouldn’t have been disappointed last night when I read on Twitter that he’d signed with the Nationals. Still, I was hoping.

Yes, we have two new hitting coaches and a new infield guy replacing Mick Kelleher, and there have been assorted other signings I’ve paid little attention to. Talk about a lackluster off-season.

With spring training approaching, I’m sure I’ll get a little more fired up about Yankees 2015, but right now I’m feeling sort of blah about it all. I miss Jeter. I miss Mo. I bet I’ll even miss Cervelli.

I know, I know. I have to stop living in the past.

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Whaaaat?

January 6th, 2015 by

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I know it’s a new year and I’m supposed to be all cheery and optimistic, but when I read earlier today that the Yankees are on the verge (I guess that means the ink isn’t quite dry) of re-signing Stephen Drew to be our second baseman, I threw a hissy fit. Does Cashman have amnesia? Does he not remember that the guy can’t hit? Did he forget that he traded away Martin Prado, a guy who not only can hit but play other positions? Did he have a brain freeze that we already have a more-than-decent prospect named Rob Refsnyder? Maybe $5 million is no big deal to the Yankees and they don’t mind throwing it away on Drew for a year, but I mind. I do. I mind a lot.

(Had to get this off my chest. Whew.)

And I’m still waiting for Max Scherzer. Yoohoo, Cashman! He’s expensive but he can pitch!

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Ho Ho Ho!!!

December 24th, 2014 by

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Wishing anybody who stops by a very Merry Christmas. May all your Yankees dreams come true! (Mine’s Scherzer. So far he’s not under my tree.)

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Hello and Goodbye

December 19th, 2014 by
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Wasn’t Martin Prado supposed to be the Yankees’ second baseman now that Chase Headley is back? Wasn’t David Phelps supposed to be either a back-end starter or the long man out of the bullpen? They were both pretty good, so I’m still scratching my head over the trade today that sent them to the Marlins for a bunch of guys I’ve never heard of. Not that my knowledge of the Marlins or any National League team is anything to brag about, but why? Was Nathan Eovaldi really worth shipping out Prado and Phelps? He’s young and durable but his numbers aren’t great and I’d rather have Scherzer in the rotation (duh).

As for the other two we got, fine. Whatever. I hope Cashman knows what he’s doing. Domingo German sounds like a very interesting prospect, but I wouldn’t mind winning a few games in the near term, as in 2015.

 

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Welcome Back, Headley and Capuano (I think)

December 16th, 2014 by

welcome matI knew the Yankees wanted Chase Headley back, but I honestly didn’t expect them to pony up the money and years he wanted. They did, and he told the press he actually left money on the table to come back to New York. So there’s that….and the fact that he’ll be the everyday third baseman while A-Rod, should he show up at spring training ready to play, would be the mostly-regular DH. I’m OK with Headley 2.0 as long as his balky back doesn’t limit his playing time and/or ability to swing the bat. He’s been compared to Scott Brosius over the past few days and I would love to see the comparison hold true.

As for the news today that the Yanks had also brought back Chris Capuano, I wasn’t exactly blown away. Capuano was a pleasant surprise last season. I didn’t have high expectations for him and he really pitched better than his numbers would have predicted. So why not bring him back, I guess, except that Cashman said, “He definitely has a spot in the rotation.” Seriously? So he’s our Max Scherzer? That is not OK. Our rotation needs a true ace now that the health and sturdiness of both CC and Tanaka are questionable, and Capuano doesn’t fit the bill, nor does Pineda at this stage of his career. So Cashman, do me a favor. Go get Scherzer already unless some team already has and I missed it. The Yankees can afford it. We need a Christmas present. Just do it.

 

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What a Newsy Friday!

December 5th, 2014 by
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I’m not sure I get Cashman’s thinking on this trade, but the Yankees have a new shortstop and his name is Didi Gregorius. He’s young and said to be a very good defender, which is positive, but he’s not much of a hitter at all. Brendan Ryan sort of fit that bill, didn’t he? Besides which, we had to give up Shane Greene and I liked the kid. He did a great job as a starter for us, was gritty and competitive and effective. But hey, I guess good shortstops were hard to come by. And while Didi isn’t Derek, at least they have the same first initial. :)

And then there was another burst of activity.

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Andrew Miller is a great addition to the bullpen and I’m surprised the Yankees went for him and his hefty price tag. I thought the Dodgers would land him. But more to the point, I’m wondering why Cashman was hot for Miller when our homegrown Dave Robertson is asking for four years too. Maybe we’ll still sign DRob, but if not it’ll be a head scratcher. Let’s just say I’d be thrilled to have them both.

Now it’s time for a starting pitcher. I really, really hope spending $$$ on Miller doesn’t preclude that. We need help in the rotation. Seriously.

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Anyone Want to Meet Dellin Bettances and Doc Gooden?

November 19th, 2014 by

Steiner Sports “Black Friday” Extravaganza…
Steiner Sports to Host Betances, Gooden, Starks and “Rudy” at New Rochelle Headquarters on “Black Friday” (November 28) featuring exclusive Doorbuster Deals

New York, November 19 — Sports fans will be busting down the doors in New Rochelle, NY, for the best deals on the most coveted memorabilia when Steiner Sports hosts a Black Friday extravaganza on November 28th at its headquarters at 145 Huguenot Street (Doors open 8:00 AM). Yankee All-Star Dellin Betances, Met and Yankee legend Doc Gooden and former Knicks star John Starks will be joined by Notre Dame Football legend Rudy Rueitteger, the inspiration for the movie Rudy, to help to ring in the holiday shopping season when they greet fans, sign autographs and pose for pictures from 8:00 to 11:00 AM.

The blazing fastball of Betances on the mound for the Yankees launched him to an All-Star berth during his rookie season last year; Gooden was a World Champion with both the Mets and Yankees during an illustrious career which included “Rookie of the Year” honors with the Mets and hurling a No-hitter in pinstripes; Starks was a Knicks All-Star and NBA Sixth Man of the Year during a 13-year career; Rueitteger was the Notre Dame legend whose story thrilled film and sports fans alike.

For Long Island shoppers, following his appearance in New Rochelle, Rudy will make his way to the Steiner Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City from 1-3 pm to greet fans there, as well. The store will open at 6:00 AM on November 28th to accommodate shoppers.

If you’re trying to find perfect, unique holiday gifts for the sports fans in your life, look no further than Steiner Sports. Steiner offers collectibles from hundreds of teams and superstar athletes including Yankees champions Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, Rangers greats Mark Messier and Henrik Lundqvist, and Giants two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.

BLACK FRIDAY deals at www.SteinerSports.com begin 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving (November 27) and continue until midnight on November 28th. Exclusive items include a Mariano Rivera signed photo for just $189.99, a Derek Jeter signed replica line up card for $299.99, a New York Giants SB MVP photo signed by Eli Manning, Phil Simms & OJ Anderson for $299.99, a Magic Johnson signed basketball for $99.99 and a Larry Bird signed basketball for $149.99. For a sneak peak for more Black Friday deals, starting as low as $19.99, visit SteinerSports.com.

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Hello and Happy Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2014 by

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Peggy, our good friend of the blog, sent me this pic of her new granddaughter Kayleigh in her best Derek Jeter fan mode. If that isn’t enough to brighten anyone’s day I don’t know what is. Just adorable.

Here she is pretty in pink too.

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To catch up on news in Yankeeville, the Yankees re-signed Chris Young (hopefully his productivity at the end of last season after being acquired from the Mets wasn’t a fluke), made a qualifying one-year offer to Dave Robertson (he turned it down and now they’re negotiating a multi-year deal – or not), are trying to sign Chase Headley (supposedly he wants to play third everyday, not platoon, so we’ll see) and are talking to agents about various players. Oh, and Brian Cashman, who is our GM yet again (I’m not thrilled), is wearing a mustache and a goatee at the winter meetings.

And then there’s been all the gross A-Rod news – his spilling the sad truth of his PED/Biogenesis involvement to the Feds, his feud with good old cousin Yuri and his wife and other sordid details. I keep trying to picture this guy showing up at spring training (in between having to testify at Yuri’s trial) and wondering whether he’ll have a Mea Culpa press conference, do another TV interview with Peter Gammons or maybe the more local Michael Kay or Jack Curry, or just say “No comment. I’m here to play baseball.” I bet Jeter is so happy he won’t be around for any of that.

I really enjoyed the World Series this year and look forward to the baseball season, despite my skepticism about the Yankees’ roster. There are a lot of holes to fill and Hal may or may not, should or should not, open his wallet this time around.

Till next time.

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Hirings and Firings

October 12th, 2014 by

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I liked Mick Kelleher. Not just because he lives in the Santa Barbara area in the off-season and is a good friend of my neighbor. But because the players seemed to like him and his work with infielders (I’m especially thinking of Cano) was said to be exemplary. So I was sorry to read that he’d been let go earlier this week along with Kevin Long, who was not as big a loss for me; Long was the expected fall guy for the lack of offense.

The re-signing of Brian Cashman wasn’t a surprise, but it does boggle my mind how cozy he’s become with the current generation of Steinbrenners. Would George have kept Cash around for another three years? Or would he have made a change by now? I’m guessing the latter. Not that getting Headley, Prado and McCarthy weren’t clever moves, and the trade for Pineda a couple of years ago is looking like a big win for our side. I was just hoping for a fresh perspective.

I’ve been watching the Royals through their Wild Card playoff game, the ALDS and now the ALCS and marveling at what a superbly crafted team they are. So many ways to beat the opposition. They can do it all: steal bases, play Web Gem-type defense, excel at situational hitting, even go deep. And then there’s the pitching; they’ve got starters and relievers galore. And they’re young! What a joy not to see some overpaid, overfed, past-his-prime player lumber around the bases or take a giant hack at the ball when just a poke through the shift would do! Obviously, I’m rooting for them to go all the way because they’re so much fun to watch, but I’m also envious. What I wouldn’t give for a Yankees team that had so many weapons in their arsenal.

In the end, winning is about personnel, not coaches, and the guy in charge of personnel is the GM. I rest my case.

 

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The Captain’s New Life Begins

October 1st, 2014 by

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In addition to Jeter’s interview with Matt Lauer on the “Today” show, it was announced in Variety this morning that our favorite retiring Yankee is getting into the Hollywood/social media business. As predicted, his entrepreneurial career that began with his books imprint at Simon & Schuster is moving right along. Here’s the latest news:

Legendary, Derek Jeter Launch Digital Media Startup for Pro Athletes to Post ‘Unfiltered’ Content

OCTOBER 1, 2014

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Derek Jeter, the now-retired New York Yankees ballplayer, has a new career: multimedia entrepreneur.

Jeter is teaming up with movie studio Legendary Entertainment to launch The Players’ Tribune, a digital startup that promises to be a home for professional athletes to share “their unfiltered, honest and unique perspectives, bringing fans closer to the games they love.”

“I do think fans deserve more than ‘no comments’ or ‘I don’t knows,’” Jeter, the company’s founding publisher, wrote in a post on The Players’ Tribune website. “We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.”

The Players’ Tribune will let athletes develop and create content ranging from first-person written features to videos, podcasts, photo galleries, polls and more. The New York-based company plans to announce “all-star professional athlete contributors” in the coming weeks.

“I have had the privilege of knowing Derek for a number of years,” Legendary chairman and CEO Thomas Tull said in a statement. “His idea of providing athletes with a platform to communicate directly with their fans and the world at large is a forum that we are excited about.”

Tull is a well-known sports fan, who translated his love of baseball into “42,” chronicling Jackie Robinson’s break through baseball’s color barrier. Tull is also a board member of The Baseball Hall of Fame and part of the ownership group of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Legendary, in addition to producing films including “Godzilla,” “Pacific Rim” and “The Dark Knight,” also operates pop-culture website Nerdist.com and also produces content via its Legendary Digital banner.

The Players’ Tribune has hired Gary Hoenig, former editorial director of ESPN Publishing and a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, as editorial director. Maureen Cavanagh, former photo director for Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated, is the creative director and Sarah Turcotte, former senior writer/general editor at ESPN The Magazine, is executive editor. Alex Rose the company’s g.m. and Mark Grande is VP of content and strategy.

On another subject, the Daily News is reporting that the Yankees are nearing a deal to re-sign Cashman. I have mixed feelings about that. Part of me was really hoping we’d have a new GM with a fresh perspective. I’m tired of same old, same old.

And I watched last night’s wild-card playoff game between the Royals and A’s. I didn’t intend to, but I tuned in just in time to see the Royals chip away and ultimately win a thriller in extra innings. Bud Selig must have been smiling. The game was exactly what he had in mind when he lobbied for more wild card teams.

 

 

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