Don't call it a slump. Don't call it a collapse. Don't even blame China. It's just an overdue market correction

What goes up, must come down.Take Chris Young, for example.He is a career .233 hitter. Last year, Young hit .222 between the Mets and Yankees. (He hit .205 until the Mets waived him.) This year, Chris was on fire in April - batting .309 - and then got hot in June. This month, he's hitting .100. His average is now .247... and dropping - presumably to his career expectations.Listen...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

David Cone on pitching

David Cone was a thinking-man’s pitcher before he became a thinking-man’s analyst. The New York Yankees’ television color man took the mound for five teams in 17 major league seasons, and he logged a lion’s share of big wins along the way. Moxie played a role. The right-hander augmented his plus stuff with the same cerebral approach he now takes to the broadcast booth....
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

8/12 Recap: Small Ball Beats Big as Tribe Takes 2nd From New York

Player of the Game As we have come to expect, the Indians got another masterful pitching performance from Danny Salazar tonight. He allowed just one run on four hits through 7.1 innings and never got in trouble until the seventh. Then, he snuck out of a one out situation with runners on second and third by inducing a pop out to himself and a strike out of Chris Young. This was his...
Via Burning River Baseball
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Brett Oberholtzer: The Up-and-Down Life of a Young Pitcher

When a kid is growing up and dreaming of playing in the big leagues, the dreams rarely include trips back to the minor leagues. But for most players who scale professional baseball’s Mount Everest, the pinnacle is actually reached repeatedly, with short trips down to Triple-A between them. Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer is living life on that yo-yo. In...
Via Baseball Essential
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks opening day starters since Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson’s #51 was retired by the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday at Chase Field. Johnson dominated opening day, and every other day, for the D’Backs from 1999-2004. Here’s a list of the starters who have since opened the season. Javier Vázquez (2005) Javier Vázquez came over to the D’Backs in the Randy Johnson trade and immediately took his spot at the front of the...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox’ Adam Eaton Finally Fitting Into his Role

Chicago White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton makes a diving catch of a ball off the bat of New York Yankees’ Chris Young during the second inning of a baseball game in Chicago, on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes) The Chicago White Sox offense that finally made an appearance in July helped two of Chicago’s earn an award from the league. Both Adam Eaton and Jose Abreu...
Via The Sports Journal
28 days ago  |  Discuss

A big shoe drops today, and the mystery of Dustin Ackley will be explained

Something will happen today. It must happen. I'm sort of dreading it. Today, we will learn why, why, why the Yankees sandbagged themselves into a corner in their obsessive quest for somebody named Dustin Ackley.  I spent last night trying to figure it out. Never did. Ackley's nickname should be "The Sphinx." His presence as a Yankee - if he remains one after today - is a dark...
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Day After Stacking

Tuesday night, there was much action piling into the DFS Volkswagen that was the Toronto Blue Jays hitting. Many saw the matchup against rookie LHP Adam Morgan and stacked their rosters full of Jays accordingly. Not an inexpensive stack, the Jays proceeded to roll up runs in the first two innings, including a dinger from freshly minted leadoff man Devon Travis. The rout was on, yes...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Young Should Be Odd Man Out of Royals Rotation

  Royals new hired gun Johnny Cueto officially joined the Royals last night. To clear roster space, Joe Blanton, one day after recording his second save (this one the rare 3-inning variety) in three appearances (only two career saves), was shipped out, designated for assignment. Blanton, gave us more than we ever expected this season, producing a 3.89 ERA over 41 2/3...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Young's Grand Slam Small Part of Hit Barrage Yankees Slammed Rangers With

When the Texas Rangers scored five in the bottom of the first Rangers fans likely thought that their team was in good shape against the Yankees Tuesday night--but then the second inning came and the Yankees battered the Rangers defense with 10 hits that scored 11 runs without hitting a single home run.That alone would have been enough, but then Chris Young added to the Rangers' woes...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees score 11 runs in second inning, have 19 after six

  The New York Yankees more than doubled a big inning by the Texas Rangers. And then they really started hitting. New York had 11 runs and 10 hits in the second inning Tuesday night after Texas had taken a 5-0 lead in the first. The Yankees sent 15 batters to the plate, and Mark Teixeira was the only one without a hit in the big inning. Teixeira struck out as the first batter to...
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July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Royals' Young, Volquez approach doubleheader with relatable desires

Chris Young is enduring some home woes for the Kansas City Royals, while the Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Moore needs to put a wild season debut behind him. Kansas City's Edinson Volquez can relate to desiring a bounce-back effort after arguably his worst outing of the season. Volquez will get the start in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader after Young and Moore meet in Tuesday's opener...
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July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Young: The Hometown Babe Ruth

If you’re a Yankees fan, you probably know that Chris Young (the hitter) has been on a bit of a tear lately, forcing himself into the starting lineup on a daily basis. If you’re a general baseball fan, you also might know that Young is from Houston, Texas. How would you know a sort of […]
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Exceptional players for the month of June

The New York Yankees finished out June with a 15-12 record after yesterday’s 2-1 loss to the Angels. Earlier in the month, the Yanks rattled off a 7-game winning streak and looked to be in command atop the AL East. But injuries and inconsistency plagued them soon afterwards, and the Bronx Bombers now find themselves tied with the Blue Jays for third, both half a game behind...
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Trout Crushes Chris Young’s Dreams, Robs Him Twice In A Row (Video)

Note to Chris Young: Don’t hit hard line drives into the gap. At least not while Mike Trout is patrolling the outfield. The Los Angeles Angels superstar was Young’s greatest nemesis Monday night, thwarting the New York Yankees outfielder at every turn. It all started in the third inning, when Young ripped what could have been an RBI double to left-center field. Enter Trout....
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yanks Chris Young couldn't believe what Mike Trout did to him

NY Yankees outfielder Chris Young couldn't believe what LA Angels centerfielder Mike Trout did to him, not once but twice.And he threw in a home run for good measure. Web Gem + Home Run + Web Gem = @Angels Mike Trout's #JustRidiculous Monday night— 120 Sports (@120Sports) June 30, 2015Bam.Follow us on Twitter for exclusive stories, Subscribe by Email, or...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Trout robs Chris Young twice (Video)

Mike Trout displayed his superstar fielding skills by robbing Chris Young of two extra base hits in Monday night's game in Anaheim. The plays in the top of the third and in the top of the fifth were virtually identical, with Young hitting deep fly balls towards the warning track in left center field. In both cases, Trout ran full speed to chase them down, then leaped up to make...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Young's reaction to Mike Trout robbing him of hit is priceless (VIDEO)

Mike Trout made three sparkling defensive plays and hit a home run off CC Sabathia in the Angels' victory over the Yankees Monday night. And even the Yankees players had to marvel at Trout's skills with the glove and bat — all except one. Chris Young thought he had an extra-base hit after hitting the ball deep to centerfield ...twice. And both times, Trout was there to...
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Mike Trout puts on another show with crazy catches, home run & more

This was the 'Mike Trout Show' again on Monday, and that was no more evident than the flick of the wrist of Yankees outfielder Chris Young. Young was robbed by Trout of extra-base hits in consecutive at-bats. Trout had another one of those leaping, sprinting, out-stretched arm catches at the edge of the grass in the third inning. Young could've dealt with that, but the same thing...
Via Fox Sports West
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Chris Young saves the night, the series, the road trip, maybe the season... and most of all, face

So shoot me. I was wrong about Chris "Forever" Young. Since April, whenever he's come to bat, I'd turn in the direction of Tampa and fart. I've had it with drain-circling ex-Mets, five years past peak foliage, who take a roster slot from a kid who shall never see the light of 100 Yankee at-bats. As a juggalo-level fan, I reserve the right to throw Faygo cola at Yankee teams...
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Young's 3-run shot lifts Yankees to 3-2 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Chris Young had a go-ahead, three-run homer among three hits in his hometown, lifting the New York Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Nathan Eovaldi (7-2), another Houston native, yielded five hits and two runs with six strikeouts in six innings to give him a career-high seven wins. New York managed just three hits through the first six innings...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blanton a Blow to Royals Hope of Improving Rotation

        Who envisioned a rotation of Jeremy Guthrie, Chris Young, Edinson Volquez, Joe Blanton and Yordano Ventura in mid-June? Dayton Moore, maybe? Anyone else who imagined it considered it a scary notion. You can never have enough pitching. They say a team needs eight starters to make it through a season. But, I never...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

We are (Chris) Young

​ Give me a second I, I need to get my windup straight My teammates are in the dugout preparing to step up to the plate The batter he’s waiting for me to deliver the pitch My manager is deciding if he should perform a switch And I know I was a prospect years ago I know the scouts just can’t forget But between the hits and walking things, the holes in my swing You...
Via The Sports Post
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals Looking for First Consecutive wins in Almost two Weeks

Kansas City Royals pitcher Chris Young (32) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) The Kansas City Royals are taking on the Cleveland Indians at home, in Kauffman Stadium. This will be the final game of the series between the two American League Central teams. The Indians came...
Via The Sports Journal
June 04, 2015  |  Discuss

The Jurassic Empire: Yankee fans are growing tired of the same summer movies

Every summer, we get the same blockbuster movie: Avengers: Age of Beltran.The young, wise-cracking, impetuous - (but not cheap) - billionaire seeks to built an unbeatable Yankee team. His lovable, but flawed sidekick - the CashBot - trades several experimental life forms from the DNA pools in Trenton and Charleston. In exchange, Loki sends to the Yankees some veteran superheros...
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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