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Monday, July 28, 2014

"I'M HERE BECAUSE OF THE NEW YORK YANKEES."


The MLB Hall of Fame. The home of the most talented individuals to have represented the MLB. It just got a whole lot cooler! This year, joining the likes of the great Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig, were Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and our own Joe Torre.


Yes, OUR Joe Torre. Torre of Torre's Terrors. The leader of the Elite Five. The manager who led the dynasty. The Torre who opened his speech with "I'm here because of the New York Yankees." Indeed, our Torre.


Torre being inducted into the HOF as manager was perfection to me. He is a hero to me. The captain at the helm when the team won the first world series of my lifetime. He is as big a part of that Dynasty era as Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada. And yeah, the Yankees have a long list of impressive managers, but Torre was it for me. You can watch his speech HERE if you missed it.


Despite being asked to keep his speech to 10 minutes, the old Yankees skipper went on for 28 minutes. Not at all complaining though. He entertained with stories of his time with the Yankees. He forgot to mention George Steinbrenner, and was very upset by the fact (HERE). "I missed mentioning the most obvious guy in the world... It was so obvious that I was going to do it that I went right passed it  -- the whole Steinbrenner family.  It's the proudest time in my whole career and I feel terrible that I omitted that." 


Still, it was an incredible speech to me. He recounted stories of his time with the Yankees. Mentioned players whom he managed, and even confirmed that they do practice the flip play, despite a certain non-believers thoughts on it. He thanked Don Zimmer, crediting him for making him the manager he was. And he thanked us, the Yankee fans. Saying "You have turned New York City into a small town for me." 

All the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees have earned a spot in there. But Torre holds a special spot for me. He is to me what Billy Martin is for the older generation, and what Joe Girardi will be for my children. One day I will visit Cooperstown with my grand kids, and I will be able to say "This manager we have... he will never be like Joe Torre.  Now THAT was a manager. I miss him."


Congratulations to all the 2014 inductees, and a special BYB congratulations to Torre! You the manager!



--Erica Morales BYB Senior Writer 
Twitter: @e_morales1804

 
  


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TULOWITZKI WANTS TO WEAR YANKEE PINSTRIPES


Ken Davidoff was on with FOX 5's Duke Castiglione late last night and they were chatting about Troy Tulowitzki showing up in the Bronx to catch a game yesterday. It was plain weird... and Duke asked Ken about it.  Ken said it simply... that there's "a code of conduct", meaning, you, as a player, never travel to another team's game and be seen by the world.  It's just not right.


But this is allegedly why Tulowitzki was there; Tulo is on the DL and he was at a doctor in Philly.  From Philly, he took a trip up to New York to catch a game. Is it weird that Tulo did that?  Well, it's only weird if he didn't want to get caught.  But I have a theory... Tulo wanted to get caught, because Tulo wants to be a New York Yankee.

Now, it's true, players don't dictate where they want to go usually, especially when they're under contract with another team and especially during the season, but Troy's showcasing himself to New York right now, whether you believe it or not.  Let's not forget, this is off the heels of Troy telling Ken Davidoff of the New York Post that he would love to one day replace Derek Jeter in the Bronx. He said that at the All-Star break. Don't forget, Derek Jeter is Tulowitzki's idol.  You can read about that exchange HERE.


If the Yankees can see the interest Tulowitzki presents, maybe they go to the Rockies and say, "Hey look, he likes us, we like him and I know you want a lot... name your price and let's try and work this out."   Then again, maybe the Rockies don't like our prospects and aren't willing to just cater to Tulo. In fact, out of spite, they may not even entertain the idea.  Why? Because they can.

I know that Tulowitzki was sending Yankee Brass a signal in the Bronx yesterday. Whether they pick up on it, I don't know.  But it's clear to me that something's going on.... because like Davidoff said, you don't just go to another team's park to watch a game during the regular season.


Well, it's my hunch that there's something more to it. I hope I'm right.

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

BULLPEN BATTLE ENDS IN A LOSS


Don't blame the Yankee pen for this one, even though they are responsible. I mean, do you realize just how good they've been all year?  It's a tough one to swallow, but we need to just get over it.  If the pen was consistently losing games after strong starts, I'd be pretty annoyed.  But between Dellin Betances, Matt Thornton and David Robertson, they've been pretty damn incredible.  Not today of course... but that's the game. That's why baseball is such an amazing sport... because, as John Sterling says... you never know what will happen next.


Shane Greene started today and did well.  I like this kid. 5.1 innings pitched, allowed 8 hits and only 3 runs.  Huff, Betances, Warren, and DRob followed.  It was in the ninth that former Yankee Dioner Navarro knocked in the go ahead run... and just like that, the Yankees couldn't tie in up in their part of the inning.

The Yankee runs went like this:


In the 5th, both Chase Headley and Francisco Cervelli homered... 2 solo shots.  In the 6th Brian McCann singled and knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury.  Don't look now, but McCann is actually being productive as of late.


In the bottom of the 8th, Carlos Beltran singled knocking in 1.  Those are the Yankees 4.  Unfortunately... the Jays scored 5.... and that's the final.

Final: Blue Jays 5 - Yankees 4

You forget this game and come back fresh for the next one... it's all you can do.

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HEY CASHMAN, WAIT FOR LESTER & TULOWITZKI


Once again, Pete Caldera nails it on the head.  If you don't know Pete or read the Bergen Record, you're missing out.  Today's column, titled Some free advice for Yanks' GM Cashman puts alot in perspective, especially with Cashman patching things together right now just to keep the Yankees going.  Now, don't get me wrong, it's working, but Pete suggests something bigger.  Something all Yankee fans should be eager about, the future and what free agents are coming down the pike! Caldera writes:

"...A few do’s and don’ts as we see it from the press-box window... 

Now that the rotation has been somewhat stabilized by McCarthy, don’t spend the roughly $50 million to buy Cliff Lee from the Phillies. It’s not that Lee couldn’t help, or that money is a factor in the Yanks’ thinking, but the cash windfall should be saved toward a real haul this winter – purchasing Max Scherzer or Jon Lester in free agency..."


Pete's right. The idea of Lester or Scherzer and their talent in Yankee pinstripes would be incredible.  While I love the idea of a lefty in Lester, it would take a helluva lot to get him to New York. Money WILL HAVE to be a factor.  Lester's loyalty to the Red Sox is documented, but money talks. Scherzer will be looking for a big pay day, and I can see him coming to New York, although, he's a righty and we have plenty of them.

Pete continues:



"...Don’t overpay in prospects for the Padres’ Ian Kennedy, who isn’t a free agent until after the 2015 season. But do take a shot at one more starter with an expiring contract, with Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa atop the list; prefer the lefty at Yankee Stadium..."

There's truth to that. Kennedy isn't worth it, especially for what Jim Bowden had suggested the other day. Read YANKS MAY TRADE JAGIELO & CLARKIN FOR IAN KENNEDY.

There's more:

"...But do keep inquiring of the Phillies on Cole Hamels and Chase Utley, though neither seems likely to be moved due to high contracts and no-trade-clause preferences. 


And don’t stop asking about the massive deal it would take to land Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki to begin the post-Derek Jeter era next season."


Cole Hamels? Absolutely, a lefty and someone the Yankees and Yankee fans have wanted for a while.  Can we get the guy? The Phillies say no... but who truly knows what's coming down the pike.



These are observations from a guy that sees this team tick every day, and you know what? Caldera's right. While Cashman needs to patch things up now, he needs to also think about the future. A Lester, a Hamels, a Scherzer are definitely guys that need to be considered.  Sure, Lester would be "a former Red Sock", but plenty have come to New York to be equally successful.


And while everyone thought I was absolutely crazy to suggest Troy Tulowitzki should eventually become a New York Yankee... I feel as though if Caldera says it, we're on the same page. I ain't so crazy now. Tulowitzki wants to be in New York and the Rockies would be smart to make the right deal for him to ship him out of Colorado and into the Bronx for whomever they want.  It's the passing of the torch, from Jeter to another player who models himself after the Captain. The transition for Yankee fans would be smooth...

Look, Pete has his finger on the pulse and there are plenty of great suggestions in his column today, all are genius, and it puts what Cashman is doing into perspective.  Fill the holes now, get us to the finish line with a surprising group of guys right now, let them gel... and then, at the same time, Cash should count his money for the next installment.  The guys Cashman has collected right now are doing the job!


McCarthy is a gamer, he's done good things so far in New York.  Chase Headley is adapting quite nicely in the Bronx, and we are all happy he's here.  Jeff Francis will be a solid lefty out of the pen, and will give Matt Thornton a break down the stretch, and there is no doubt that over the next few days, Cashman will make another deal or 2 that will bolster our team.

Bottom line is this; as of right now, sometimes a shake up jolts a team... Headley... McCarthy... these guys came in and freshened us up.  Yankee fans should welcome them. And not only that... Yankee fans should also know that we are in good hands. Cashman's also thinking about  our future... and beyond.

Caldera's spot on today.  Good work Pete.

By the way, to my BYB audience, be sure to read Mike O'Hara's piece from yesterday... titled DR. CASHMANSTEIN'S MONSTER

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JIM ABBOTT MADE ME A YANKEE FAN!

I want to introduce my BYB Audience to Valerie Snow...a reader and strong woman who reached out to me with a terrific story about hope, determination and the New York Yankees. I was truly touched by it, and so I asked her to share it with all of you. She agreed... and here it is. Enjoy this, I certainly did.  

Val, thank you, we really appreciate it here at BYB!  -Casey

This might not be all that interesting, but you know we are passionate about our teams. Growing up, there was no better team than the Oakland A's.  As the sixth child of a pretty much single mom, I'm surprised how many games we got to at Oakland County Coliseum, but we did!

My first memories are from probably 1968. I was enthralled by guys like Rollie Fingers, Vida Blue, Catfish Hunter, Sal Bando, Gene Tenace, and Bert Campaneris.


Of course we all loved Reggie! Born in Oakland, raised in Fremont, for us, it was all about the A's. I have been a baseball fan for as long as I can remember, and I never expected to love another team like I loved my A's.  Even after we left California, my team was still the A's.


We left California in early 1972, but how loudly and proudly I cheered for them in 1972, 1973 and 1974!  Yep, I was cocky.

Nothing changed for me baseball-wise over the next 5 to 6 years.  I would ALWAYS be an A's fan... or so I thought.  I remember when Billy Martin defected back to the Yankees in 1983.


We felt like our family had been punched!  It would have been okay for him to manage any other team, but the Yankees?  Now, I know Billy loved baseball as much as we do, and he was blessed to do it for a living, so I hated him a little less for that.  My mother never got over her hatred of the Yankees though...or Billy Martin.  Ironically, because both Bobby Murcer and Mickey Mantle were from her home town, and she loved them, yet, she hated that they played for the New York Yankees.

As young adult, I continued to cheer for my A's.  I never thought anything would change that.  In 1983, I had my son Leo.  Still an A's fan, but his birth would change my life. 


Significantly disabled, we didn't know if he would "catch up" developmentally, or just see the gap between where he was, and where boys his age were just widen.  It widened, and significantly.  It never mattered to us, but issues of disability became more important to us as we raised Leo.  

In the early 90's when Milwaukee was still in the American League, we went to see them play the Yankees at Old County Stadium in Milwaukee. I was living in Iowa at the time, so it was a short road trip.  I wasn't a Brewers fan, but I was, and remain to this day, a fan of baseball!  Of course, as a life-long A's fan, I had come to hate the Yankees, so I was cheering for the Brewers.  But all that changed when we got in our amazing seats, and I thought something was wrong with my glasses.  I asked my husband "Is their pitcher missing part of his arm?"  


I was shocked, but also very touched that a Major League Baseball would take a chance on a guy with an obvious disadvantage, let alone a team like the New York Yankees, who, at the time, I was sure were the Satans of baseball.  It was after that game, and when it had all sunk in well that I began to love the Yankees, and that has never changed since.  Yes, I know Jim Abbott didn't have the long career of many pitchers, but he was, and continues to be a great role model for any kid with a disability who has goals.


I live in the middle of nowhere right now.  A year ago, I lived in Iowa, and were kind of central to Minneapolis, Chicago, and Kansas City, so we could go see the Yankees whenever they were close.  I forced my family to take me to New York City in 2008 for our family vacation because I had to see old Yankee Stadium before it closed.  It was surreal for me and I really could not believe I was there! It didn't matter that the Yankees lost to the then last place Orioles.  I sat about 18 rows up, just between home plate and the Yankees dugout, and watched it all happen.  It made me entire trip! I watch every game still to this day, including pre-season.


I can't hate the A's, and as long as their play doesn't impact my Yankees standings, I wish them well.  But in the end?  I want my Yankees to be the AL team in the World Series... all because of Jim Abbott!




--Valerie Snow, Guest BYB Writer




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Saturday, July 26, 2014

YANKEES WASTE CAPUANO'S QUALITY START

Another day, another chance to play the Blue Jays, and another chance to gain some ground in the American League East. It was also a chance for the Yankees to put their latest starter acquisition on the mound and put him to the test.


Chris Capuano took the hill today in his first start as a Yankee, having joined the team just this past Thursday. The Red Sox, who used him as a middle reliever, released him earlier this month. The Colorado Rockies decided he was not worth a look, and sold his contract to the Yankees. You have to wonder why a team would use a career starter as a reliever, but that is their call. Either way, the Yankees may end up looking like geniuses, because Capuano had a very good start against the Toronto Blue Jays.


He gave up only two runs over 6 innings, giving up 5 hits, walking 4, and striking out 4. He kept batters off balance, throwing off-speed breaking balls in the mid 80's and a fastball topping out at 89 mph. The most impressive thing to me was how well he got out of trouble. He loaded the bases in the first and put men in scoring position in the second and sixth innings, but he got out without surrendering a run. He kept the run scoring limited to one inning. It was a quality start, and one the Yankees should have won.


Honorable mentions go to Derek Jeter for reaching base 3 times in 5 plate appearances, and to Chase Headley for bunting to an unmanned third base, to counter the shift, and getting a single in the process. (The picture above was taken from my seat, at the game, to show you how easy it was to do this). I noticed that the third baseman was covering his normal position the next time Headley came to the plate. I hope the Yankees noticed that too


Matt Thornton let the third run score on a bloop single that the infield should have caught. Nevertheless, the Yankees still kept it to a 1-run lead until the ninth. Dan Johnson, who had not hit a home run all season, hit a 3-run home run to give the Jays a 4-run lead. Being in the ballpark, I can tell you that the place became electric when Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run home run in the bottom of the ninth. However, talking to the others there, all we could think was that it would have been a walk-off had Chase Whitley and Jeff Francis kept the top of the ninth scoreless. When you are in a pennant race as we are, trying to make up ground, losing when your pitcher gives you a quality start comes at a high price.


Final: Blue Jays 6 - Yankees 4



--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
Twitter: @KingAgamemnon
My blog is: Shots from Murderer's Row



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DR. CASHMANSTEIN'S MONSTER

 BEWARE!! Dr. Cashmanstein is out late at night robbing graves in order to use the bodies for spare parts…


Yes, that is just flat out creepy and the thought of it is just unsettling. But in a way that’s kind of what Cashman is doing. The trade market is not too attractive at the moment, and unless you want to sell the farm for a broken down lemon like Cliff Lee…well, you’ll have to be creative.


I will give it to the fairly unpopular Yankee General Manager he is trying. Over the past week or so he has brought in Chase Headley, Brandon McCarthy and other spare parts like Chris Capuano, Jeff Francis and Hill.
(In Photo: Jeff Francis)
Yes, they aren’t names that will make you drop what you are doing and hop the 4 train to the Bronx, but they are low impact moves that may have a big upside. Both Headley and McCarthy have been pretty great since arriving from the NL West holes they were dwelling in. The chance to be in a pennant race and playing on Baseball’s Biggest Stage can be just the thing to restart a player’s engine. Both of these new Yankees have the potential to end up looking like a steal. They have both had success in the past and may thrive in New York…we’ll see.


Hey, can’t be worse than Nuno going every 5 days, and although we all loved Solarte, Headley is an ABSOLUTE defensive stud at the hot corner. With Chase and Ryan (No, I’m not retiring Jeet early, just making a point) at 3rd and Short the Yanks have the equivalent of three top notch NHL goalies on the left side of the infield.


But back to my point about what Cash is doing. I would love to see him land Matt Kemp at no real cost and have Kemp agree to play Right field, but that’s a long shot. And with Tampa still lurking you can FORGET ABOUT DAVID PRICE in pinstripes. But the moves Brian has made look like he is at least thinking like a GM. If he can construct this monster with a gaggle of “We signed who” and “He was great in 2010” type players, I will be happy to congratulate him and admit that my jabs and vote of ZERO confidence in him were premature…but if he fails I say we storm the castle, take him from his laboratory and banish him from the land for evermore!!


Good luck, Dr. Cashmanstein. We’ll be hoping to hear you cry out, “IT’S ALIVE!! IT’S ALIVE!!”

** It was a creepy post, so here’s a creepy song…by a GREAT band! **





--Mike O'Hara, MLB Fan Cave Host, Season 1
   Twitter: @mikeyoh21
    

"Paulie was always my favorite player."
 



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Friday, July 25, 2014

MAGIC HAPPENING IN YANKEELAND

Don't look now, but the Yankees are 7-1 after the break.


11 hits tonight for the Yankees.  When was the last time that happened? Ichiro hit a 3 run home run to put our club ahead? When was the last time that happened?


Hiroki Kuroda started tonight. He wasn't outstanding, but the guy is doing what needs to be done.  You can't fault Kuroda if he ever does struggle. I mean, for the past 2 years, the guy has needed to step up for the Yankees.  He has, over and over again.   Tonight he went for it once again.  He went 5.2 innings, gave up 8 hits and 4 runs.  He gave up 2 home runs to Jose Bautista, and to be honest, those were his only mistakes.


The Yankee pen did their best to hold the Blue Jays.  They are simply one of the best pens in the league.  Dellin Betances is on fire right now.  David Robertson is silently becoming one of the best closers in baseball this season.  Tip your cap, ladies and gentlemen... good things are happening.

The Yankees run scoring went like this:

In the second, Brian Roberts singled, knocking in Brian McCann.  Next, Brett Gardner sacrificed home Chase Headley.  In the third, Carlos Beltran planted one in the left field seats.


Then, Ichiro hit a 3 run shot to put the Yankees ahead for good.  It was Ichiro's first homer of the season.

Yup... 7-1 after the All-Star Break.  Big things are happening... they're doing it quietly, but they're doing it.  It's the magic we love as fans...


Go Yanks!

Final: Yankees 6 - Blue Jays 4

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