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You almost have to be my age – nearly 48 years since my Bar Mitzvah – to remember a Yankees outfielder at the end of career named Walt “No Neck” Williams.
Williams, who played 10 years in the majors – mostly with the Chicago White Sox – and later coached in the majors and managed in the minors, including the Charleston RiverDogs in 1994, was known as “No Neck’’ for his 5-foot-6, muscular build.
Those 1994 RiverDogs were a Texas affiliate and finished 50-89, but, through Williams, have a connection to the Yankees’ talent-laden 2012 Charleston club, which has started 13-3 in the South Atlantic League.
Yankees blue-chip outfield prospect Mason Williams, who is hitting .318 (21-for-66) with eight stolen bases, is distantly related to “No Neck,’’ who was his grandfather’s brother. He looks nothing like “No Neck,’’ and 6-0, 155, but can he ever play.
Williams, named as the New York-Penn League’s top prospect, is about to pass the oft-injured Slade Heathcott in the pecking order
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The Yankees got a strong start from CC Sabathia tonight and the offense continued to click as they beat the Texas Rangers 7-4. Here is our recap.
And here is the latest from the Yankees blogosphere.
The Yankee Analysts asks, at what point do you give up on Phil Hughes? As a starter, he really doesn’t have much time left but with a setback to Michael Pineda will the Yankees...
Last season it was Francisco Cervelli who caught most of CC Sabathia‘s start and so far this year Chris Stewart has caught half of them including the last two. Should we expect a similar situation to last year where Cervelli served as a de facto catcher to The Big Man? Not according to what Joe Girardi said.
“I am not looking at a personal catcher,’’ Girardi told George...
Michael Pineda (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Yankees biggest off-season news was trading top prospects Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi to the Mariners for phenom pitcher Michael Pineda.
Pineda has yet to pitch for the Yankees, as he showed up to Spring Training overweight and out-of-shape.
The Yankees thought that starting on the 15-day DL would give Pineda time to build up his arm...
ARLINGTON, Texas There's no doubt about how Ranger fans fell about now retired catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez. That affinity for the 10-time Gold Glove backstop was more than apparent before Monday's series opener with the New York Yankees.
But some say the true mark of a player's impact has on the game is in what his peers say about him. And like the fans...
New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will return to New Jersey this week to make the next start of his comeback.
Pettitte is scheduled to be on the mound Wednesday night when the Trenton Thunder, New York's Double-A team, hosts the Erie SeaWolves. It will be the second minor league game Pettitte appears in this season, as he tries to return to the majors following a one...
The New York Yankees suffered a significant loss Wednesday when the team announced 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior labral in his right shoulder, according to ESPNNewYork.com. Pineda, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners during the offseason in a trade for Jesus Montero, will undergo surgery on May 1, the...
I made a trip out to Trenton this past Saturday for a rare 5:05 start to watch the Thunder play host to the Washington Nationals Double-A affiliate, Harrisburg Senators.
Some seasons have seen Thunder manager Tony Franklin blessed with tremendous pitching staffs with zero hitting, and other seasons have seen him write in a tremendous lineup while wondering if his pitchers can limit...
According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Michael Pineda has been diagnosed with an “anterior labral tear”, and surgery is set for May 1st. Compared to elbow surgery, which has become almost routine at this point, recoveries from shoulder problems have not gone nearly as well. Since we don’t know the extent of the tear, it is impossible to say that this is the worst case scenario...
John Paul Morosi just wrote a piece breaking down the Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda trade . Now we are certain the Seattle Mariners are ahead in the deal, at least for 2012.
Pineda's second opinion on his bum shoulder discovered the need for surgery to repair an anterior laberal tear. Ouch. He'll go under the knife on May 1 and is done for the season. It's a tough...
Credit this American League East assist to the Seattle Mariners. Michael Pineda, the 22-year-old pitching phenom who was sent from Seattle to New York in the offseason for bit parts and star hitting prospect Jesus Montero, will miss the entire 2012 season, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Wednesday afternoon. Pineda has a labrum tear in his right shoulder -- his...
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda needs surgery on his right shoulder
and will miss the rest of the season, the team announced Wednesday.
The most coveted accessory in Major League Baseball is the World Series ring. After winning 27 titles, the New York Yankees boast the most impressive collection of MLB bling. As the team works towards number 28, New York based jewelry boutique, Atelier Minyon, has a created a ring for Yankee supporters that will certainly sparkle in the stands. Since most sports jewelry available...
Michael Pineda Shoulder Injury: Were the Yankees Hoodwinked? | Bleacher Report.
The sports news cycle is always an interesting one. Today, Pudge Rodriguez officially announced his retirement from baseball. Like most modern players, you get the idea that he could play and wanted to play, but teams are becoming more and more skittish about adding aging veterans to their squad. Part of that is the increasing money involved and part of that is as old...