Tuesday, January 23, 2018

WE ALMOST DUMPED HIM!

I joke... because the whole process has been painful. I'm dead inside when it comes to Jacoby Ellsbury.

Photo: Peter G. Aiken - USA Today Sports
I'll admit it. I no longer want Jacoby on the Yankees.  We have too many outfielders.  He's the one that has to go.  I like him. His teammates love him and I get all of that.  It's just time, and that's OK.

Tony Dejak, Associated Press
I was hoping the San Francisco Giants would figure out a way to take him off the Yankees hands, with the Yankees eating all that salary or something, but no. That didn't happen. The Giants went another way.... they signed Austin Jackson.

If I'm the Giants, I sign Jackson too.  After all, Ellsbury is our problem, not theirs.

Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images
And so... we lost another potential destination for the Ells.  Hell, maybe the Tallahassee Balloons would take him off our hands. Notice what I did there? I made up a team because the likelihood of an actual major league team taking him at this point might be difficult.

Carry on.




Monday, January 22, 2018

YANKS HAVE 6 PROSPECTS IN THE TOP 100!

You can't beat it!

(Zachary Lucy/Four Seam Images via AP)
You really can't beat what Brian Cashman and the Yankees have done.  The New York Daily News has this report about the Yankees having 6 prospects in Baseball America's top 100.  It's great news actually... check out who they are:

Photo: Miguel Andujar / Charleston River Dogs
"They included Gleyber Torres (No. 6), Estevan Florial (No. 38), Justus Sheffield (No. 41), Miguel Andujar (No. 59), Albert Abreu (No. 77) and Chance Adams (No. 81)..."

And I found this nugget very interesting...

(Mark LoMoglio/Yankees)
"Abreu, the 21-year-old righty, is considered more advanced than Luis Severino at this stage of his development, according to Brian Cashman, though the GM noted that doesn't guarantee future success."

More advanced? I mean, Sevy is already good. Are you telling me there's someone better down there?  I mean, think about it... everybody is talking about guys like Torres, Sheffied and Andujar lately.  But reality is Abreu was a huge pick up and don't forget, we got him when we traded Brian McCann to the Astros.  McCann got a World Championship, but we got a hot prospect for future championships!

Look, it's just good stuff.  I had to share this.  It's an exciting time to be a Yankee fan.


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ROB MANFRED & THE PLAYER'S ASSOCIATION AREN'T PLAYING NICE

"My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other." - Rob Manfred

Photo: Getty Images
And my preferred path here is for Rob Manfred to NOT act unilaterally and not make drastic changes to the game but....we can't always get what we want according to Manfred it would appear.

So the pace of play has been a concern for awhile now. Personally, I don't have a big issue with how long the games last. Would it be nice if they went a little faster? Sure. Does it make me more or less inclined to watch an entire game? No. I love the game. I will watch it from start to finish even in extra innings and it won't bother me. If I know I can't watch the game from start to finish I have it waiting for me on my DVR. It's really not a big deal.

Photo: Getty Images
Manfred's newest proposal both a 20 second pith clock would be enforced and there would be a limit to the number of mound visits in each inning. Granted, the minor leagues already uses a pitch clock and don't seem to have many discrepancies using it big leaguers aren't sold on it. The proposal says the pitch clock would start when the pitcher gets the ball on the mound (important note: not on the rubber) and would allow for 20 seconds between each hitter. If a pitcher or batter violates the rule a warning would first be issued but another violation would result in added balls or strikes, ESPN has a breakdown of this HERE. As far as mound visits are concerned, those would be limited to one visit per pitcher, per inning whether it is from player, coach or manager. A second visit means there is a pitching change.

This seems like something both sides should be able to negotiate yet Manfred and the Player's Association can't come to an agreement and if that's the case Manfred is ready to flex his muscle and act unilaterally....which I think would be a mistake. It creates a standoff and brings extra tension to the game. It also makes Manfred look like an a-hole on a power trip.

Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America
I found an interesting piece by the Star Tribune HERE where Brian Dozier has a lot of strong opinions on the proposal that the Players' Association rejected. “We don’t want to damage the integrity of the game and change the game completely. If this does go through, it definitely changes the integrity of the game, and we are all against it. There’s so much gray area in the proposal, it just didn’t sit well with us.”

It's a reasonable concern. Baseball is a game of strategy and it has a lot of human error. We recently had the addition of instant replay and the intentional walk. The change to the intentional walk certainly makes a small change to the pace of play but I still can't say I'm in love with the idea. It changes the real time dynamic of a game. And what about instant replay? That can really slow the game down, yet it was added to help improve accuracy.


Armando Galarraga, anyone?

As for the gray areas in the proposal....that is a legitimate concern in any matter baseball related or not. If Manfred is going to unilaterally enforce his proposal he is going to have to really remove uncertainty and subjectivity from the new rules. I think Dozier's extreme example of a walk-off bases loaded home run after a batter takes too long to get into the batter's box is something that obviously needs to be addressed. "Say it’s the bottom of the ninth, full count, bases loaded, and a guy needs to take a deep breath or gets the hiccups or something. Is that a walk off? Come on."

Photo: Chicago Tribune
Dozier's example seems wild, but if Manfred wants the players to stop fighting the proposed changes he needs to address the wild and far fetched as well as the more realistic. Baseball is America's Favorite Pastime so changes need to have structure. If Manfred does act unilaterally he needs to figure it out now, Spring Training is around the corner.

I guess we'll see what happens when MLB owners meet at he end of the month. They play a big part in this too since they have to approve of the changes. I wonder what they will say. Some people are ready for some changes. I'm not one of them but I understand the concern. I'm good with the game just how it is but I guess it really doesn't matter because changes are coming.....

What are your thoughts? What, if anything do you want to see changed? Comment and tell us.



-- Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj 






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Sunday, January 21, 2018

FRAZIER & THUMBS DOWN MET FAN HANG OUT!

Source: Elsa | Getty Images

I absolutely love Todd Frazier and I am not alone.  I must get about five Tweets a day about his contributions to the team.  "He can't leave", they say.  I agree.  On Saturday, Frazier connected with the Mets fan who made him and his thumbs down logo famous and Frazier could not have been more excited.

Source: David Wexler/New York Daily News

"He's a nice guy, to finally meet him and he looks good, he's playing the part off well. He looks like an upstanding gentleman and it was nice to finally meet him,"said Frazier as reported MLB.com.

Recall, that it was this Met fan that help create the thumbs down campaign that may have led to the Yankees post season victories and then some- a positive culture which will be in place forever.

Source: David Wexler/New York Daily News

"It was the meme that spawned a team-wide trend. When Todd Frazier hit a home run in a Yankees-Rays game hosted at Citi Field due to the effects of Hurricane Irma in Florida last September, a fan in the stands was not pleased," reported MLB.com . This fan helped to create mantra, a culture that will be with this team, long after 2017.  However, if we lose Frazier, will the team ever be the same?

As reported by NJ.com in late December, "Frazier, who has made teams aware he's seeking a multi-year deal, has continued to speak with multiple clubs. It's unclear how much money he wants." Let's hope we can keep him another year and the iconic thumbs down stays as we journey toward championship 28.




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Twitter: @suzieprof




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Saturday, January 20, 2018

THE YANKS ARE HATED AGAIN? BRING IT!

Isn't that the way it always was anyway?


I mean... it's been so long since the Yankees really signed that ever-coveted player and made the whole big announcement and the whole nine.  The fact that Giancarlo was introduced the week of the GM meetings probably REALLY pissed people off. The fact that the Yankees snagged him and wasn't supposed to because Stanton was thinking Dodgers or whatever that rumor was ticks people off just as much.  But who cares. This is the baseball offseason. 

Photo: Getty Images
When the Red Sox sign a huge name, like Chris Sale or something, I get pissed too.  So yeah... the Yankees hated? Bring it.

CC Sabathia spoke about it on MLB Network, and reported by Sports Illustrated.  Here's some of that:

Photo: SNY
"After landing Giancarlo Stanton in a monster trade this winter, the Yankees are seen once again as a wildly expensive juggernaut.

'Last year, we were the team that everybody loved, that feel-good story,' Sabathia said Thursday on MLB Network. 'But getting Giancarlo just brings us back to being that hated team. That’s what we like. We want to go out there, put the best team on the field and crush everybody every game.'”


Photo: New York Daily News
And lets talk about leadership by the way.  What CC Sabathia says is so true.  And I love his Captain-style rally cry... "...go out there, put the best team on the field and crush everybody every game."


Photo: AP
Ultimately, it's what teams need to do to be competitive. No, the Yankees won't try to sign 5 top free agents anymore because the kids are kicking butt. But what is wonderful about this new young Yankees team is that if we needed a piece, and it just so happens to be a big piece in Giancarlo Stanton... we can do it.

There is nothing more exciting to me than Spring Training 2018. I can't wait to see this team come together on the fields of Florida. It's going to be great.


UPDATE ON PINEDA... JUST BECAUSE

Michael Pineda is with the Twins now.

Photo: SI.com
I've always rooted for this guy because when we traded with the Mariners and got him for Jesus Montero all those years ago, Pineda was supposed to be the next big thing.  Well he wasn't exactly. Then he got hurt... and then the Twins grabbed him, and there we have it.

Here's a Pineda update, brought to us by MLB Trade Rumors... just because. What happens next is cute.

(Frank Franklin II/AP)
"...the Twins have a few other pitchers whose injury situations bear watching. Among them is Michael Pineda, who is also working back after receiving a fresh ulnar collateral ligament. Minnesota placed a $10MM bet on his ability to get back to the mound and provide value late this year and (mostly) in 2019. Pineda, Berardino writes, has just begun a throwing program. He says it "feels great' to be throwing again, though of course this is just one step in a laborious process. Pineda’s surgery took place in the middle of July of last year, so he’s well behind May in the process."


Now "feeling great" is Pineda's go-to. We've seen it for years in New York.

Back in 2013...
(Newsday)

"'Feeling great tonight,' Pineda said after pitching for the Class-A advanced Tampa Yankees in Florida State League play against the Brevard County Manatees at Steinbrenner Field. "

He down graded to only feeling "very good" in September 2015:
(NJ.com)

"'I feel very good right now and everything is working good so sometimes you have a good game, sometimes you have a bad game,' he said."

Photo: New York Post
And in May of 2017:
(Newsday)

"'We feel great when the rotation is doing its job,' Pineda said. 'We work to every day give the team the opportunity to win a big game.'”

Whatever the case... I still like Pineda and pulling for him.  I hope he has a great season with the Twins.  He needs that.

And by the way... Jesus Montero? Hasn't been on a pro field since the Seattle Mariners in 2015.  In the 2017-2018 season he plays for the Cardenales de Lara


Venezuelan Winter League.  I found that interesting.



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