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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Do the Yankees have to worry about the Mets taking over this town?

We had quite the spirited debate on my Facebook page this past weekend about whether the Yankees had anything to fear from the Mets when it comes to being the big dogs in New York. After all, while it still sometimes seems like it was just a dream, the Mets did make it to the World Series last year!People think that the Yankees have owned this town forever. But if you look back at...
Via Subway Squawkers
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Eight best MLB spring training stadiums

Rejoice baseball fans, MLB spring training is just 30 days away! No professional sports preseason is looked forward to as much as MLB spring training is. Why? Well for starters, all 30 teams sojourn to either Arizona or Florida and spend about a month in the much warmer climate than their cities are use to- for the most part. This makes for a perfect time for all fans to ditch...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss

All-Time Indians: Charles Somers

There is an argument to be made that Charlie Somers is not only an All-Time Indian, but the first and possibly most important as if it weren’t for him, there would not have been a Cleveland based American League franchise in 1901. While baseball may have eventually returned, the years of history of the Cleveland Indians, Naps and Blues owe their existence to Somers, the franchises...
Via Burning River Baseball
January 07, 2016  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: harboring controversy while still making the team better

The New York Yankees front office seems to be channeling the ghost of George Steinbrenner with the acquisition of Aroldis Chapman. The question now becomes: Is it worth it? Most fans (including myself) say yes, one can look at the seventh, eight, and ninth innings and say that they now have the three most powerful relievers in the big leagues. All three pitchers were the only relievers...
January 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Why Hal Steinbrenner is a gold-plated cheapskate

I'd like to take a break from the gonad-popping jubilation over the Yankees' big Christmas week signings - Vinnie Pestano, Cesar Puello and Sebastian Valle! - and ponder the subtle sea changes that have happened over the last few years, because some of you are - rightfully - questioning the reasons why this blog tags Hal Steinbrenner with the nickname, "I'm Not Cheap." You say...
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

What If the Boss Were Still Here?

Following a small flurry of activity at the Winter Meetings that involved the Yankees acquiring Starlin Castro and trading away Adam Warren and Justin Wilson. Now that these moves have been dissected, reanimated with lightning and put down again, it’s time for some lighter fare and to think about what would happen if one of Yankees fans’ favorite pipe dreams were to come true...
Via BP Bronx
December 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Meanwhile, what in the world is going on in the Bronx?

(Getty Images)Bill Foley (@Foles74) Contributing Writer I’ll never forget my initial reaction to the news that Aaron “Bleeping” Boone tore an ACL while playing in a pickup basketball game late in January 2004.I laughed like crazy. No, I wasn’t celebrating the fact that Boone was injured, even if his home run to end the 2003 ALCS was still stinging. I was celebrating the...
Via RedSoxLife
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees' strategy for Winter Meetings differs from their fans' desires

The chasm is closing, but some fans still want it all, and want it now. Hal SteinbrennerPhoto credit: Jeffrey Putman via FlickrWhen the New York Yankees vowed to try and drop below the luxury tax threshold in 2012, many fans couldn’t understand how such a valuable franchise could think about penny-pinching where it concerned building their roster.Gone are the days of the old patriarch...
Via Yankees Unscripted
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees could be for sale …and Donald Trump could be a buyer?

The Steinbrenner family has owned a share of the New York Yankees since 1973 when George Steinbrenner was part of a group that bought the team from CBS for $10 million. In time, Steinbrenner became the majority owner and managing partner of the franchise. In 2008, George Steinbrenner’s sons Hank and Hal became the co-chairmen of the team as the family patriarch began to age, and...
Via The Comeback
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

MIss Congeniality: Will Hal Steinbrenner sit back and let Boston sign David Price?

Once upon a time, the prospect of facing the Evil Empire in a bidding war rendered nightmares unto so-called "small market owners" - (aka, billionaires who own minor states, such as Kansas.) This dark period ended seven years ago, when the fiscally prudent children of George Steinbrenner assumed the family business of owning.Today's Yankee owners play well with fellow owner heirs...
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: August 29, 1983

1983 – F.J. (Steve) O’Neill, the board chairman and the majority owner of the Cleveland Indians, dies from a heart attack on the way to St. Vincent Charity Hospital after waking with shortness of breath. He was 83 years old. The death of O’Neill occurs just four days after his youngest brother, William, died. His funeral was just one day before the death of Steve. The two had...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
August 29, 2015  |  Discuss

George Chauncey: The Most Important Person In Dodgers History?

George Chauncey may not immediately come to mind when discussing Dodgers history, assuming, of course, that he comes to mind at all. Perhaps he should. It was, after all, Chauncey who made a front office decision that, in retrospect, drastically improved, enhanced, and secured the team's iconic status, especially in its locus of Brooklyn. A co-owner of the Brooklyn Wonders in...
Via The Sports Post
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner Flipped Off Red Sox After 2003 ALCS, Kevin Millar Says

George Steinbrenner apparently knew how to add insult to injury. Former Boston Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar was on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Tuesday, and he told a story about something the late New York Yankees owner did after his team’s victory over the Red Sox in Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series. Boston obviously was crushed, but Steinbrenner...
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Kevin Millar: George Steinbrenner flipped Red Sox double-bird in 2003

One of the most heartbreaking losses in franchise history for the Boston Red Sox came in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS, when Aaron Boone hit a solo home run off Tim Wakefield in the 11th inning to send the New York Yankees to the World Series. Can you guess who was there to rub Boston’s nose in it after the incredible series? George Steinbrenner. The Boss himself, of course. During an...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox Millar: Steinbrenner flipped us double bird

Did The Boss taunt Boston with the bird? According to former Red Sox first baseman Kevin Millar, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner gave Boston's team bus two middle fingers after the famous Aaron Boone game. Millar, while on the "Dan Patrick Show" Tuesday, claimed that while the Red Sox were waiting to pull out of Yankee Stadium after losing the 2003 ALCS thanks to Boone's game-winning...
Via Fox Sports
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

George Steinbrenner flipped off Red Sox bus after 2003 ALCS

By Jesse Reed Divisional rivals in MLB often act a lot like siblings who cannot stop beating up on one another. Such has long been the case between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox—two of the most storied franchises in the big leagues with a long history of mutual hatred. On this note, we bring to your attention a humorous history lesson. Speaking on the “Dan Patrick...
Via Sportsnaut
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Miller on ESPN parting ways with Olbermann: Network done spending money like George Steinbrenner

Richard Deitsch of talked to James Andrew Miller about Keith Olbermann’s pending departure from ESPN. The author of the definitive ESPN book says it ultimately came down to one thing: Money. “ESPN thought about it, but then decided they weren’t going to open up SportsCenter to Olbermann, nor any of their other major vehicles,” Miller said. “Once they realized they...
Via Sherman Report
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus has lobbied NHL to make players shave playoff beards

Networks sometimes push for changes in the sports they broadcast, but it’s highly unusual to see them pushing for changes in players’ facial hair. As Ed Sherman writes in The Chicago Tribune, though, that’s NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus is doing, lobbying the NHL to try and convince its players not to participate in the famed tradition of growing playoff beards. Lazarus...
Via Awful Announcing
June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

"It's an A-Bomb... from the Antichrist!" Proposed Yankee marketing strategies to exploit A-Rod's 666th home run

1. Beezelbub Bobblehead Night.2. Michael Kay's call: "PIT... FURNACE... HELL... SEE YA!"3. First 5,000 fans in attendance get to sell souls for Yankee win.4. Team hailed as rightful keeper of "Evil Empire" copyright.5. In post-game Clubhouse Report, Suzyn interviews Adolph Hitler.6. Those aren't boos; they're fans, chanting "LOOOOO-cifer."7. On Jumbotron scoreboard, George Steinbrenner...

Has A-Rod finally met the Babadook?

Let the record show that Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez outlasted Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Curt Schilling, Willie Mays and even Derek Jeter. He's still out there - hands down, the greatest ballplayer of his generation - bating third for all to see. And someday - maybe decades from now, after the indignation and anger has settled down - A-Rod will be defined, if not appreciated...

Urban Meyer to Throw Out First Pitch At Yankee Stadium

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer will throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on May 8, when the team takes on the Baltimore Orioles in what is being dubbed “Ohio State Night”. The news was reported on the New York Yankees’ official website. The New York Yankees will host an Ohio State night on May 8, with Urban Meyer throwing out the first pitch.
Via Campus Sports Net
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill Maher Says Mets Are A Good Bet

Comedian and political satirist Bill Maher, also a minority owner of the New York Mets, tells Playboy that putting his money on the Mets was the smartest and best things he ever did. He also plans to be in his box seats at Citi Field when the Mets play in the Fall Classic later this season. You’ve done very well for yourself. Do you overspend on anything? “Not really. I don’t...
Via Mets Merized Online
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets Take Back New York, At Least For A Day

Here are the back covers of today’s New York Post and New York Daily News, highlighting Monday’s 3-1 Opening Day victory over the Washington Nationals. George Steinbrenner would have raised hell and fired half of his staff if he were alive to see the Mets stealing the Opening Day back pages. Winning the back pages is the first step to taking back New York from the Yankees....
Via Mets Merized Online
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: March 22, 1972

The purchase of the Cleveland Indians by a group headed by attorney Nick Mileti is approved by the American League. The Cleveland-born Mileti was a well-known figure already in the city, owning both the National Basketball Association’s Cleveland Cavaliers as well as the World Hockey Association’s Cleveland Crusaders. He attended Bowling Green State University and received a...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
March 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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