Posts Tagged ‘Yankees’

Shaking off the Rust

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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It’s been months since I even thought about writing a post for this blog. The holidays came and went and we were into a new year, and suddenly it was spring training. But other than A-Rod’s early arrival and various rumblings about his behavior and performance, it’s been about Tanaka’s healthy arm (knock on wood), CC’s extra weight (he says he feels better that way), Teixeira’s gluten free diet (he says he feels better that way) and Capuano’s early injury (calling Cole Hamels), and it’s been pretty lackluster. Yes, there will be numbers retired this season. Yes, we have new young players. Yes, we have Headley and Drew back. But I can’t get excited about any of it.

Maybe it’s because Jeter and Mo are gone. Maybe it’s because we didn’t make a splash during the off-season (the Cuban kid went to the Red Sox, of course, and Cashman meant it when he said we weren’t in the running for Scherzer or Shields). I’m genuinely hoping Michael Pineda has a terrific year and there’s a shot that he will. What I’m less sure about is the run production. The Yankees may emulate the Royals, but they’re not the Royals. They’ll have speed at the top of the lineup, but they’re the Bronx Bombers, pure and simple, and if they don’t do any Bronx Bombing this year, I’m not going to be very interested.

And then there’s the fact that I’m moving. I’ll be moving on Opening Day actually, which isn’t great planning on my part, so I’ll be distracted. But once I’m settled, I’ll get the YES network for real now that I’ll be on the East Coast, so if the Yankees are worth watching I’ll be able to watch. And I’ll be able to go to games at the Stadium.

I guess what I’m saying is I hope there will be stuff to write about. Until then, I’ll just go back to packing.

 

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Not a Yankee

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

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?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

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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!!!

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

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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

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

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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)

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

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!

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America

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?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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.

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Hello and Happy Veteran’s Day

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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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.

Kayleigh in pink

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

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

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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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