The 2018 New York Yankees: How The Team Could be Restored to Former Glory

Didi Gregorius #1 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated by Brett Jackson #62 (L) and teammates after scoring against the San Diego Padres during the second inning of a MLB game at Chase Field. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) The New York Yankees head into the 2015 season predicted to finish no better than third in the AL East. For a Yankees team that hasn’t made the...
Via The Sports Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

We have finally gone through the wormhole into the next universe: Baseball's glamour team is the Washington Nationals

Washington... Last in war, last in peace,And first in the NL East!It will be fun this year, watching the ups and downs of America's team, the Nationals - aka the "Beltway Bombers," who play in "The House That Bush Built." The story lines are spectacular: The wunderkind, Bryce Harper... the once-a-generation arm, Stephen Strasburg... Zimmermann and Zimmerman, Jordan and Ryan... the...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees from 2014 to 2015: Position by Position

Finishing 2014 with an 84-78 record meant a distant second place in the American League East for the Yankees. It also meant four games back from playing in a one game playoff which produced a team who would finish two runs from a World Series title. While four games is surely not a death sentence, New York would have to pass a minimum of three teams this season to make it happen...
Via Baseball News Source
18 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Bullpen:- The Best In Baseball?

Jacoby Ellsbury #22 of the New York Yankees celebrates their 9-3 win against the Boston Red Sox with teammates Brian McCann #34 and Dellin Betances #68 during the game at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) With the 2015 major league baseball season fast approaching, a different feeling in the air surrounds the New York Yankees. Besides an...
Via The Sports Journal
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #176: Brian McCann | C/1B | NYY

Brian McCann is a sellout — for power, that is. Since McCann broke into the league in 2005, he’s caught 9,709.1 innings. That’s the third-most in the league over that span behind Yadier Molina (10,533) and A.J. Pierzynski (10,437). But unlike Molina, McCann’s offense hasn’t gotten better with age. In his early years (2005-2008) McCann regularly had 11-13% strikeout rates...
Via Baseball Professor
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Can’t Buy Me Championships

It’s been a long-running thought in sports—particularly baseball—that the team with the most money always wins it all. While we know that’s not entirely true, those that spend freely and carelessly on talented players should be able to compete on a yearly basis. However, this wasn’t the case for the New York Yankees in 2014. Despite committing hundreds of millions of...
Via The Sports Post
December 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Will the Yankees see light at the end of the tunnel?

The last two years were certainly a struggle for the New York Yankees. In 2013, the Bronx Bombers finished with a record of 85-77, placing them tied for third place in the American League East. This past year, the Yanks finished  84-78, placing them second place in the east. From the past two years, we see that the Yankees have had decent records but it wasn’t enough to make the...
Via Baseball Essential
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

ESPN has hilarious tagline regarding 3 underachieving Yankees

Jason Whitney ESPN New York didn’t beat around the bush when labeling Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and of course, Alex Rodriguez. The popular sports website put a hilarious tagline on the three overpaid and underachieving New York Yankees. “The Three Stooges,” was the tagline ESPN New York placed on the three Yankees players and it couldn’t be more […] Sports-Kings - The...
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October 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz? Of course! Why didn't we think of that?

Nick Carfardo, one of the Globe's gaggle of go-to Gammonites, says Prince Hal and Bathhouse Brian will be hot into the bidding war for Nelson Cruz, based on his 2014 contract season numbers and the fact that he is one of the few free agents old enough to remember Fawn Hall and Ollie North's shredding parties.Cruz would be a perfect fit for the Yankees next year because:1. He'll be...
October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

The Yankees could go with a six man rotation at firstbase

You know they say: The key to baseball is firstbasing, firstbasing, firstbasing! In fact, during Yankee blowouts, John Sterling takes pains to note that tomorrow's game will be entirely different, because both teams will field a new firstbaseman. Well, at least the Yankees will. Which brings us to Brian Cashman's latest revelation: Next season, Al Rodriguez might move across...
October 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees Eliminated: More Painful This Year Than Last Year

When the 2014 Yankees season began, not making the playoffs for the second straight year was the furthest thing from my mind. After all, this was a team that had won 85 games in 2013 with journeymen like Jayson Nix and farmhands like Zoilo Almonte.  Now, with such additions as Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury, it seemed a shoe-in that they would surpass that mark and return to...
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September 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Four Requests for Girardi With Yankees Tragic Number Down To One

With a “tragic number” of one game, the Yankees are in a bad situation. They would need the miracle of miracles to make the playoffs at this point. The New York Yankees will soon be in a position they haven’t been in for almost 20 years: missing the post-season in back to back years.Between that fact and having to say goodbye to Derek Jeter (at Fenway Park no less), it is going...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 155: McCann muscles up for Tanaka

Toronto Blue Jays 2 — New York Yankees 5 The return of Masahiro Tanaka featured franchise history. In his first start since July 8, the Blue Jays greeted Masahiro Tanaka with a pair of singles from Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista. Tanaka would return to his typical work and minimized the damage of this inning. He would generate a double play from Edwin Encarnacion and struck out Dioner...
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September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees' Shifting Infield Alignment A Potential View Of The Future

Brian McCann at 1B, Francisco Cervelli behind the plate and Mark Teixeira sitting forlornly on the bench with an ailment of some kind. That was the defensive alignment for the New York Yankees on Tuesday night and it just might be the situation for the remainder of the season as manager Joe Girardi acknowledged that he doesn’t know when Teixeira will be back.It’s also a possible...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

00000000001000000000... a lot of zeros on the 2014 Yankees

Let the record show that the 2014 Yankees - of the Incontinent Empire - didn't even make it to mid-September for playing meaningful games. Our "post-reason" race, even with the phony one-day wild card, ended before Monday's third-quarter moon. Last year, they at least made it to the final weekend. At this rate, in 2015, we'll be free on Labor Day.From now on, analysts should ignore...
September 13, 2014  |  Discuss

While McCann Deserves A Pass, Other Yankees Derserve Anything But

Fans were given another tease last night, as the Yankees came from behind to beat the Rays by a score of 8-5. Actually, there was more than one tease, including one from Brian McCann. McCann went 2-3 with three RBIs, including a home run.  Seeing performances like this from him so late in the season is beyond frustrating.In spite of the frustration, I am willing to say this: We...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 11, 2014  |  Discuss

McCann, Teixeira rally Yankees past Rays 8-5

NEW YORK (AP) Mark Teixeira made up for a botched foul pop in the Rays' four-run first inning with a go-ahead triple in the fifth, Brian McCann homered and drove in three runs, and the New York Yankees used their biggest comeback of the season to beat Tampa Bay 8-5 Wednesday night. The Yankees entered 5 1/2 games out of a playoff spot with 20 remaining, and they did not get off...
Via AP on Fox
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Stop Blaming Kevin Long For Yankees' Offensive Struggles

With the season on the line for the New York Yankees, Brian McCann has finally shown up for work.  In his last two games (including a 4-4 game against the Red Sox last night), he has gone 6-8 with two home runs and four RBIs.While it's easy to be happy for McCann, it's even easier to be angry, both with him and the New York Yankees in general. After all, with so few games remaining...
Via Lady At The Bat
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

McCann gets 4 hits, Yanks top Red Sox to end skid

NEW YORK (AP) Brian McCann will have all winter to figure out what went wrong in his first year with the New York Yankees. In the meantime, he's trying to help them make a late push to reach the playoffs. McCann homered among his career high-tying four hits and the Yankees bounced back to end a three-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Wednesday night. ''It's just...
Via AP on Fox
September 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 137: Kuroda, McCann strong in win

Boston Red Sox 1 — New York Yankees 5 Hiroki Kuroda was very strong as the Yankees continue their hunt for October baseball. After Kuroda pitched a 1-2-3 first inning, Derek Jeter hit a one-out single against Red Sox starter Anthony Ranaudo. Brett Gardner would bunt to get on base. Derek Jeter would attempt a steal of third as Ranaudo did not pay attention to him but Brett Gardner...
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September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

A sad old team, going nowhere, waiting to die

Last night, the rusted Yankee pipe-wrench known as Brian McCann homered in the ninth inning, cutting the Redsocks' lead to five. As he bulldogged around the bases, McCann looked embarrassed, like the dad who comes home puking drunk at 1 a.m., and wakes his kids to give them candy bars. Alfonso used to call them "A-Rod homers" - blast that pad personal numbers, but have no effect...
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Doucejuice of the week: Brett Gardner for hitting recently concussed Brian McCann in the head with Gatorade bucket

Last Sunday, Brian McCann hit a three-run, pinch-hit walk-off homer for the Yankees in a 7-4 win over the White Sox. Listen to Michael Kay dumbly insert his stupid 'See-Ya!' 5 seconds late, yes, but watch the number of idiot Bombers who smack the backstopper in the head. And then? Watch that imbecile Brett Gardner hit McCann in the head with a bucket of Gatorade.If you can't figure...
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August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Win Streak Ends As Detroit Shifts Yankees Offense To Neutral

Here’s the off-season homework assignment for Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann: Learn how to bunt and like it. The shift has been hurting a lot of Yankees players all season, with Tuesday night’s loss against the Detroit Tigers just the latest example. These two, however, have been affected the most.It’s not that they’re not trying. McCann tried to bunt in the bottom of...
Via Lady At The Bat
August 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees game 128: Pinch hit McCann completes the sweep

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Chicago White Sox 4 — New York Yankees 7 (10 innings) The Yankees had a tough task to overcome but it took extra innings to complete the sweep. The Yankees would have to overcome Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale to complete the sweep. Chris Capuano had the tough task of trying to match zeroes with Sale and the Yankees lefty would make an early...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss

McCann's pinch-hit HR lifts Yanks over WSox in 10

NEW YORK (AP) Pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Saturday to complete a three-game sweep. Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single and the Yankees rallied for their fourth straight victory following a 2-7 slide. Chasing an American League playoff spot, they finished a 4-2 homestand...
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August 24, 2014  |  Discuss
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