Thursday, July 2, 2015

BELTRAN ON THE TRADING BLOCK?


There's an amazing nugget in the New York Post today about Carlos Beltran brought to us by Joel Sherman... and it's something to think about, because if it were to come true... Aaron Judge could be manning the Yankees outfield real soon.


According to Sherman: "Beltran recently has hit far better (.841 OPS over the last 35 games), but does that justify keeping such a liability in right field, particularly because he is not countering that with power at the plate? The Angels need another bat, have an opening at DH (where Beltran belongs) and cleared some salary by moving Josh Hamilton. I wonder if the Yankees could eat some of the $15 million owed Beltran in 2016 and make that work to create a more flexible, defensively sound roster."


Purely speculation, but good speculation... something to think about. For the record, I'm all for moving Beltran down the stretch.


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LIFE MOVES PRETTY FAST...


I'm getting a lot of notes from people asking how I'm doing, and why my commentary isn't as dominant on the pages of BYB lately.  I'm flattered, but let's be honest... I don't actually know some of you.  I like you because you read us and I appreciate the support of Bleeding Yankee Blue very much. But here's the reality... I am like you.  I have a life, a family and so much going on in my real life that sometimes BYB needs to take a back seat.  My writers do their thing when I can't and you know what? Sometimes they need their time too.  Life move pretty fast, you need to spread yourself thin sometimes.  Also, and this is an important one... we have always stated here at BYB that we aren't going to just put crap out on our pages so we get clicks. What does that accomplish? In the end, you're not satisfied, we as writers are not perfecting our craft and it waters down what we accomplished here. No one wins when we do that. Other crappy blogs do that... we don't.

Bleeding Yankee Blue is a machine at this point, growing by the day because of the quality we put into it.  We aren't looking for universal dominance... we're looking to make a point.  We do that every day.  We're honest... we're friendly, we're helpful and we're smart.  We're also fans like you, and guess what else?  We're also family people. We raise our kids, put on our pants like you and go to work, food shop and coach little league games.  In my case... way too much.  But here's the thing... my goal, and this comes from great parents, is that I do that job better than anyone else I know.  I want my community to know I'm all in.  I want my wife and kids to know that I am always there.  I want to be the "most fit" dad on the baseball field. I want my kids friends to say, 'You're a great coach... thanks.' I want my family to know I'm not occupied with something else. You know what I mean?

Now yes, in the beginning, BYB was my mistress, according to my wife and she was right.  I was up way too late and up way too early perfecting what I started here, because to be honest, I couldn't believe the popularity as quickly as it came.  These days though, the kids are getting older and I'm craving vacations a helluva lot more.  You know what else? I know you get it.

What's this all about? Stick around... we're here, we're fierce, we're just as hard working as we were when it was me all by myself posting a story at 2am back in 2012.  But now I like to sleep more.  Now my writers are trying to enjoy the summer more.  Now there are others things going on.

But here's a promise... as long as there is something to say that's truly important, perhaps a commentary or report on something "big" in Yankeeland or life... we will bring it to you at BYB.  We always have, we always will.

Your support is incredible. I feel it.  I'd love to meet you all one day.  You've made my life very happy... but I'm a dad and a husband and I love that job more.  It's too damn fun.


My commentary? It will always be here on the pages of BYB.  But I need something to write about... something I'm passionate about.  Me telling you that Tanaka sucks lately isn't exactly earth shattering.  Me making up rumors about guys the Yankees might get... or not, is just irresponsible.  We don't do that here and thank God the majority of our audience knows that.  Let the crappy blogs fool you. I won't. We're honest.


So do me a favor.  Keep reading BYB.  Enjoy us here. Share us. Talk about us.


Wear us and love and respect what we're doing.


I know you do, but I like to remind you... I'm not a machine... I'm a regular person like you... I just happened to stumble into something big...

I believe in Grinding... but there is something called rest too.  I'm enjoying both right now.

Love you guys.  Don't panic... we're here and stronger than ever.




-Casey




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ERIC JAGIELO MAY NEED SURGERY


Eric Jagielo may be headed for arthroscopic surgery on his knee. That's the troubling news coming out of the Trenton Thunder. Jagielo injured his knee sliding into home plate a few weeks ago. At first the team thought it was just a bruise but after an MRI revealed that there is something more significant. The Yankees don't believe that he tore a ligament, however, a second opinion is imminent.


Jagielo was the Yankees' first-round pick in 2013 and was ranked #11 in Yankees minor league system by Baseball America. At age 23, he showed promise as a third baseman and was probably on the Yankees 2016 plan. That or he was going to be bait for a trade deadline deal. Either way, this is a loss for the organization.


Known more for his bat than his glove, he was showing some good power numbers. His OPS of .842 had him on track to complete this third consecutive season of an OPS above .800. He needs to work on his fielding and get his strikeouts down, but the kid's got potential. Even if he needs surgery, it's not the end of the world. After all, Mariano Rivera needed elbow surgery after his third season in the minors and look how he turned out.  Nevertheless, if anything major happens with this, we'll be sure to let you know.



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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES

 Right... you didn't see that title coming...


Look, this wasn't a good series for the Yanks. But lately, none are.  When you are this far into the season, win the series, every series, and you will make the playoffs. That's just common sense at this point. It's a smart strategy and yes, I know the Yanks are trying, but the last few days have been miserable.  Yesterday at least we won.  Hopefully it sticks. Hey, it could be worse... we could be the Mets.


The Yankees had 12 hits to the Angels 6.  Nathan Eovaldi started and got the win.  He's now 9-2 on the season.  Yesterday he went 5.1 innings, allowed 5 hits, zero runs and struck out 3 while walking 3.  Here's the good thing... the Angels only scored 1 run off of lefty Justin Wilson.  That was it for them.

The Yankees run scoring went like this;  In the third, Chase Headley singled, knocking in the first run for New York.  Headley actually had 3 hits yesterday.  Good for him.


In the 6th, Garrett Jones cranked out a solo shot. That was actually the difference in the game, but in the 8th, Didi Gregorius singled knocking in a run as well.  There's your three.  Now let's get rolling Yanks!

Final: Yankees 3 - Angels 1




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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WOULD YOU SIGN ODELL BECKHAM TO PITCH FOR YOU?


Funny... I send this story to my writers today hoping someone would pick it up.  They should have...it's fascinating.

(In Photo: Deion Sanders, 1990)
I was always intrigued by guys like Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders.  Guys that could play 2 professional sports and play them well for a long, long time.  I'm not saying that Odell Beckham Jr. could or would do that, but I do like this story, even though it's small. It's about the human interest part that I like.

According to YES Network: "After watching the Giants' star wide receiver hurl a softball 90 MPH, the Rockland Boulders believe he could be, offering him a contract to pitch for the Canadian American League team.



'It's apparent that Odell is a very gifted athlete regardless of his sport. We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give him the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson,' Boulders general manager Shawn Reilly said in an interview with True Jersey. 'As we are the New York area's only defending professional championship team, he will have the opportunity to learn in a first-class environment while still in close proximity to MetLife Stadium.'"


Look, the way I see it, it's just a story about publicity and natural sports talent.  Beckham is a true athlete and the Boulders want alittle bump in the publicity department.  Nothing wrong with that. But I feel like Beckham will probably stick with football.

What do you think? Would you give Beckham a shot?

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