New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka “Can’t Really Say” if he’ll be Ready for Opening Day

At this point two years ago, the Yankees were making one of the biggest offseason acquisitions when they signed Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million deal. Immediately, Tanaka was thrown into an ace role for a Yankees staff whom had just lost Andy Pettitte to retirement. Again. Last season, Tanaka started 24 games, but finished with a 12-7 record with a 3.51 ERA, and one...
Via The Sports Journal
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

CC Sabathia declares himself ‘ready to go’ after alcohol rehab

It has been more than four months since CC Sabathia left baseball to receive treatment for his alcohol abuse issue, and the New York Yankees pitcher says he is ready to focus on baseball again. In an interview with the New York Daily News Thursday night, Sabathia said he is “excited” for his 16th MLB season. “I’m definitely in a good place,” Sabathia said. “You’ve...
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shocker! A-Rod is star of this year's Yankee promotional schedule

I guess Alex Rodriguez is marketable after all. The Yankees announced their 2016 promotional schedule on Thursday. And he's the star of it! What a difference a year -- with 30+ homers for Alex -- makes. Bat Day is arguably the Yankees' most popular event. And this year, the Yanks are giving away an "Alex Rodriguez Replica Bat" on May 14 to 10,000 kids 14 and under.But what about...
Via Subway Squawkers
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

The pre-season NothingSpeak begins: Cashman says Yanks will contend... if nothing bad happens

Yesterday, Brian Cashman told reporters the key to 2016 is the Yankee rotation staying healthy.He added that the sun is warm, 2+2=4, and he hoped that we still feel small when we stand beside the ocean, that whenever one door closes, we'll see one door open, that we'll promise to give faith a fighting chance, and if we get a choice to sit it out or dance... he hoped we'll dance.Write...

Derek Jeter was Almost a Houston Astro?

It’s fun to play what might have been, right? Did you know that instead ending up with the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter was real close to being a member of the Houston Astros? It’s true. The Astros had the first pick in the 1992 draft and they were looking long and hard at the future Hall of Famer, but were scared off due to money concerns. In short…Houston thought Jeter would...
Via Hall of Very Good
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yankees will honor Mariano Rivera with plaque on August 14

The New York Yankees will be honoring Mariano Rivera with a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee Stadium before an Aug. 14 game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Yankees promo schedule is out! Don't miss Mo's Monument Park plaque dedication on 8/14. https://t.co/Yvlu1SHGFc pic.twitter.com/zOO0vvljxC — New York Yankees (@Yankees) February 11, 2016 Rivera is unquestionably worthy...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Yankees: The Most Underrated Team in Baseball

In my regular Wednesday chat this week, this question popped up: Interestingly, a few days before, I’d been thinking about the narrative of the Yankees heading into 2016, and how so much of it is being driven by their lack of free agent spending this winter. It’s almost historically unprecedented for the Yankees to sit out an entire free agent class, but this winter, the team...
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Of all the dramatic things: John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman are staying in the Yankees radio broadcast booth

Ma and Pa PinstripeOh my goodness gracious! The New York Daily News' Bob Raissman recently reported that John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman will be back in the Yankees' radio broadcast booth for their 12th and 13th seasons together. Raissman says that they have agreed in principle to new two-year deals with WFAN. "Sources said Yankees brass was committed to bringing Ma and Pa [Pinstripe...
Via Subway Squawkers
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Lockdown Bullpen 2016: Remembering When The Yankees Tried It Before

George Steinbrenner thought of it first: put together a lockdown bullpen and shorten the game. Well, at least that seems to be what he was thinking. In the off season following the 1977 championship run, the year that Yankee reliever and closer, Sparky Lyle, won the Cy Young award (which struck a blow for relief pitchers everywhere), Steinbrenner wasn't satisfied. Already armed...
Via Lady At The Bat
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yankees' Carlos Beltran: I'd rather not DH

Beltran hit 19 home runs in 2015 Watch video NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran is entering his 19th big league season in 2016. For now, he's penciled in as the Yankees' starting right fielder.  But how many games is it realistic to expect Beltran, 39 in April, to play in the field this year? Or maybe the better question is: how many...
Via NJ.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Look at the New York Yankees’ Potential Starting Rotation

The New York Yankees have struggled to put together a dominant starting rotation, since their last World Series win in 2009. While they have had a few impressive starters over that span of time, Joe Girardi has not had the three or four dominant pitchers that he has needed to fill out a truly strong rotation. Going into the 2016 season, the Yankees will once again be faced with multiple...
Via The Sports Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sabathia on post-rehab health: The best I've felt in three years

As CC Sabathia continues his journey to health not only in a physical sense but in both mind and spirit as well in the wake of a hastily arranged stay in a Connecticut rehab facility last October, he can scarcely contain his excitement for the 2016 MLB season. “I feel the best I have in three years,” Sabathia wrote in a text to the New York Post. “I am excited to get to...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A-Rod is (inadvertently) hurting the Yankees

When Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal in the winter of 2014, the Yankees envisioned a light, manageable role for the then 36-year-old. He’d end his days as an everyday outfielder and slide into the designated hitter spot, where he could age like delectable cheddar cheese. And, in 2014, that plan was executed. Beltran spent 76 games at DH and 32 games...
Via BP Bronx
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Pineda’s Changeup Could Make Him an Ace

A key for the Yankees in 2016 will be Michael Pineda. He’s shown flashes of tantalizing upside, and could be on New York’s list of most valuable pitchers. But Pineda has yet to put it all together over a full season. You likely remember May 10, which was the date of Pineda’s monstrous 16 strikeout outing. You may also recall June 22, when Pineda gave up eight runs over 3.1...
Via BP Bronx
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tanaka throws off mound after offseason elbow surgery

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, coming back after arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow last October, has thrown off a bullpen mound. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the Japanese right-hander had a throwing session Tuesday in New York. After a pre-spring training workout at Steinbrenner Field, said Rothschild said...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Feisty Food Stamps Steinbrenner has Yankees tweeting like it's October

You'll be excited to know that the Yankees traded snarky Twitter barbs yesterday with the Redsocks and Cubs.Some websites say we got the best of them in the tweetwar. I cannot verify this, mostly because I could not bring myself to read the reports. I tried. I clicked on the site, but after reading the opening paragraph, I felt chest pains. When I clicked away, the diminished. I...

Yankees 1st base: Will this position haunt them all season?

Will Bird's injury be crippling to New York?
Via NJ.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Greg Bird likely out for the season

A question that the New York Yankees needed to answer entering spring training was: where would first baseman Greg Bird fit into their 2016 plans? With Mark Teixeira recuperating and Alex Rodriguez firmly entrenched as the team’s everyday DH, Bird would’ve likely been a part-time player for the Yanks who could fill in for either of those players if they got injured. Now, however...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

After NESN departure, Don Orsillo encouraged by Yankees manager Joe Girardi

With spring training set to open later this month, Don Orsillo will soon begin calling play-by-play on TV and radio for his new team, the San Diego Padres. But until that happens, the shock over being let go by NESN after calling Boston Red Sox games for 15 years still lingers. In an interview with MLB.com’s Corey Brock, Orsillo explains that he didn’t see his dismissal coming...
Via Awful Announcing
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Which Yankee has the worst contract?

The Yankees are, quite notably, the only Major League team without a major-league free agent signing this offseason. There are many reasons for this, including a lack of glaring needs and a desire to get younger, but the primary explanation for Brian Cashman’s silence in free agency is money. The Yankees, weary of the annual luxury tax bills they’re always stuck with, are trying...
Via BP Bronx
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Cashman on A-Rod playing defense: ‘He just can’t do it’

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman railed against the notion of Alex Rodriguez ever putting on a fielder’s glove and playing some defense, saying the 40-year-old designated hitter simply isn’t capable of it anymore. “He just can’t do it [play the field], so I see no sense in belaboring it,” Cashman said of Rodriguez, via the New York Post. “He is not capable...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Yankees’ Brett Gardner remain a valuable commodity?

It’s a business and the New York Yankees believe outfielder Brett Gardner is a valuable commodity. All the same, it will be interesting to see if Gardner’s value as an asset grows or diminishes during and after the 2016 season. Is this the final season in Gardner’s contract that his performance will considerably influence his worth to the club as a trade piece?Brett GardnerPhoto...
Via Yankees Unscripted
8 days ago  |  Discuss

It's now or never for Jacoby Ellsbury

As a Yankee fan, nothing beats stealing a Redsock player and having him do well. That's why the mere mention of Wade Boggs still provokes a smile, and it's even better with a Boston fan nearby, so you can enjoy the wince.Ahh, imagining Boggs on the horse... nice, eh?Which is why Jacoby Ellsbury is so frustrating...Statistically, according to Baseball Reference, Ellsbury last year...

Alex Rodriguez: Prospect of hitting more home runs than Babe Ruth ‘overwhelming’

Alex Rodriguez is 27 home runs away from tying Babe Ruth’s all-time mark, and he admitted that he finds the prospect of it rather incredible. Kevin Kernan of the New York Post spoke with A-Rod, who called the possibility of tying the Babe “overwhelming.” “When you start playing baseball at 9 years old, you never think about tying anybody, let alone a guy like Babe Ruth...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Hannah Davis never received gift basket from Derek Jeter

Hannah Davis never had the pleasure of receiving one of her fiance’s infamous gift baskets, likely because they don’t exist. Derek Jeter finally addressed the gift basket rumor once he retired, and none of us were surprised to hear him label it a “dumb story.” During an interview with the “Shan & RJ Show” on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this week, Davis issued a denial...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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