Wednesday, March 21, 2018


Source: CBS Sports New York

The New York Times printed a piece today about the Yankees having to look for something to worry about.  The Times pointed to the worry of maintaining healthy players and I agree. We need to develop a strategy to keep our players healthy since we know that injuries are commonplace. But, do we have to worry about the weather outside of the bubble of pristine Florida temperatures to break our momentum as a team ready for a run toward a 2018 Championship?

Source: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

According to AccuWeather, “The weather can impact every aspect of the game,” said Mike Collins, head baseball coach at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania."  And although your first thought is snow outs, since today in the Northeast is yet another version of winter finding a way to spoil spring, it may be more than just precipitation to break the Yankee long ball momentum specifically.

Source: CBS Sports Boston

"Imagine watching a baseball game in the middle of April in colder weather and a batter launches a pitch deep towards the fence, only to have it fall into an outfielder’s glove. If the game is played during the summer months, you could see a ball struck similarly, only this time the outfielder positions himself to catch the ball only to drift farther and farther backwards as the ball carries farther than expected. A fly ball out in April could be a home run in August," says AccuWeather.

Source: Newsday

And our guys are long ball hitters, which is expected when Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez are in your lineup.  According to the Times, "Maybe the Yankees’ hitters will strike out too much; Stanton and Judge did combine for 371 strikeouts last season. Then again, they also combined for 111 home runs. The Yankees can live with that." 


I feel like we have to get things started early and build a big lead against our AL East opponents.  And bad weather in the spring could break that momentum and this time I do mean snow outs and later on, rain outs.

Source: YES Network

Last season baseball as a whole experienced 23 postponements between April 3rd and May 20th according to Forbes. "What’s important to note is make-up games often lag behind dates in which they were initially scheduled. They become parts of double-headers, or played on Mondays where attendance has historically been low. So, the rain outs will have an impact whether the games are made up, or not."  And long games, double-headers, and postponements break the momentum of a team further compromised by low attendance and extra travel in some situations.  All of these variables could also impact the health of players, which does support the Times' original premise.

Source: Newsday

The probable inclement weather this spring could impact baseball in multiple ways.  For the Yankees, the concern is their health, their long ball and their fatigue, having to go back to cities for makeup games later in the season.  So as we dig out from huge snow falls again this season, know that this isn't only a nuisance and concern for us, but for the Yankees too.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images
And there you have it. The Orioles win the sweepstakes for Alex Cobb.  No biggie for the Yankees, but a big get for the Orioles.  Good for them.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

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"...the Orioles have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with Cobb in the range of $56 million to $60 million and does include deferred money, according to industry sources. The deal, which is still pending a club physical, is expected to be finalized Wednesday, according to a source."

But it appears done and that's that.

Carry on, folks.


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When I wrote SEVERINO EARNED THAT. WADE WILL TOO, I wasn't kidding. Tyler Wade had a moment this spring training and Aaron Boone saw something and was impressed. He said then...

"...He’s a better player than I thought... I came in, I think, with some expectations, and the organization thinks very highly of him. But getting to see him and just seeing, almost on a daily basis, something he does with his athleticism and his instincts, I think, have been impressive." 

Just like Boone did with Severino giving him the Opening Day role... he saw it in Wade too.

And now, like the Amazing Kreskin... I can confirm my prediction was true. Tyler Wade has made the Big team.

Bryan Hoch writes:

Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America
"Wade believed that he was capable of playing his way onto the Opening Day roster. That positive mindset was rewarded after Tuesday's 8-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers, as manager Aaron Boone announced that Wade will indeed come north with the big club.

'I take it day by day, but I'm kind of looking at the bigger picture here,' Wade said. 'I'm just looking forward to Opening Day and getting after it with the guys."

(March 2, 2016 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)
And there you have it. It's a big moment for Wade, who's only 23, but impressed his manager enough to give him a shot.

It's something that I'm not so sure we see if Joe Girardi is at the helm.  I'm being honest.  Let's hope Wade succeeds.  This is a great thing.

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I saw Erik Boland of Newsday tweet this out yesterday and I tweeted him back... sarcastically I might add.
Now the idea of having baseball made popular globally is great, but it just seems weird to me that this even made the press.  Bottom line, the fact that there is actually a negotiation going on tells you that someone in the front office in Yankeeland, Boston and the MLB isn't jazzed about this in some capacity. Otherwise it would be a no-brainer... you just get it done.

And again, I support it... but it's a lot of work for a 2 game series across the pond.  The New York Daily News has this story:

Photo: London's Olympic Stadium
"London is calling, and the Yankees and Red Sox may be taking their rivalry across the Atlantic. The two teams are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game, regular-season series at London’s Olympic Stadium on June 29 and 30 in 2019, the Daily News confirmed.

MLB would not comment, as the deal is not yet finalized and details are still being worked out. But if it does eventually become official, it would be the first time MLB regular-season games are played in Europe.

'Really?' Aaron Boone replied when informed of the possibility. 'I’ve never been to London, so if that’s true, maybe I’m going to London.'"

Love Boone. He's growing on me. Very casual... rolls with the punches. And yeah, it will be televised and yes, we've done this thing in Japan before and the idea of getting international exposure is wonderful.

Hey... maybe I should be more excited about this.  My friends in Australia, the Moses family LOVE baseball.  They are big time followers of the Yankees.  BYB has audience in Japan... in Europe.

I defer to all of you.  This is a good thing... right?

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Monday, March 19, 2018


Photo: New York Daily News
I've never quite seen a guy this hurt since Eric Chavez and Mark Teixeira.  To be honest... Jacoby Ellsbury takes the cake and title as the new Mr. Porcelain.  Broken all the time, wasting our money and our time and I'm over it.  He's on the DL right now and it looks like he will not be ready for Opening Day.  And this is a problem??? Is it really? Cause I don't think so.

The New York Daily News has the story:

Photo: Presswire
"Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list, according to Aaron Boone. Ellsbury (oblique) was supposed to take simulated at-bats on Monday and get a couple ABs in Lakeland against the Tigers Tuesday. But he still has flu-like symptoms so those plans were scrapped...They currently have depth in Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton."

We'll be fine without him.  But we're not fine with this... Jacoby still has 3 painful years left with the Yankees. 

Who's the genius who made this deal happen? It's been torture.


Quick note about 2 Yankee prospects that have done everything right this spring... Miguel Andujar and Domingo Acevedo.  They have each won the 2018 Kevin Lawn award.

That comes from Yankees PR...

Now everyone is thinking... that's great, but who the hell is Kevin Lawn.  Great question. has that info for us!

"The annual awards are dedicated to the memory of Kevin O'Brien Lawn - the son of longtime Yankees Vice President and Chief of Operations Jack Lawn - who passed away in 1999."

And with that context... the award makes perfect sense.  Happy Monday folks!