Yankees Opening Day Lineup for 2014

It is now official. Here is the Yankees' Opening Day lineup for the 2014 season, courtesy of Stacey Gotsulias of It's All About the Money: Ellsbury CF Jeter SS Beltran RF McCann C Teixeira 1B Soriano DH Gardner LF Johnson 3B Roberts 2B For comparison's sake, here's what the Yankees Opening Day lineup looked like at the...
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Opening Day Is A Lot Brighter Than Last Year

Last year—in the wake of the worst season in a generation—we asked the following Opening Day question: "a new era or Groundhog Day"? Your Carmine Hose started the year right by smiting Kevin Youkilis and the rest of The Evil Ones in that first game. The rest is hardball history. Today, the 2014 edition of the Red Sox is in a quite different place. Unlike last year,...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: 2014 Season Preview

Standing O Sports is previewing all 30 Major League teams seasons, division by division, team by team. Up next in the American League East is the New York Yankees. What Happened Last Season To say the New York Yankees 2013 season did not go as planned would be an understatement. Derek Jeter played in just 17 games, Mark Teixeira appeared in 13 games, and after a hot start, Kevin...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Top MLBers Stories Going into 2014

This year's Top 10 Jewish stories to look for on the Diamond:10) Re-emergence of Aaron PoredaA few years ago we were talking about Poreda as next in line of solid Jewish MLBer starters. He emerged quickly with the White Sox and was a major piece of the Jake Peavy trade. Since then his stock has plummeted and he really has not see the majors or been a mainstay in any organization...
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March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: How serious is the beard ban?

New York Yankees: How serious is the beard ban?Beard Ban in full effect It may not be news to you that the New York Yankees have banned the growth of facial hair on the team. This ban came about in 1973 and was started by George Steinbrenner and has been around ever since. Brian Wilson says no to the Yankees and yes to his beard. This is the opposite of their rival team the Boston...
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Luis Tiant: The Exception to the Red Sox Rule

I couldn't help but smile when I saw this photo of none other than Luis Tiant—El Tiante—at Red Sox Spring Training today. About a year ago, I wrote an essay about Red Sox Breakups for a book titled "How the Red Sox Explain New England," and I thought some of you might enjoy the excerpt I wrote about good old Luis. This part of the essay was speaking about...
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February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The fact is, the salary dumping of AJ Burnett was the stupidist, cheapo move the Yankees made in the last decade, and it launched a period - we're not out of it yet - to be remembered for hubris, frustration, Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells, Chris Bootcheck

AJ BrunetteBefore the Yankees signed AJ Burnett in 2009 - five years at $16.5 million - he was death to our lineup. Absolute death. Toronto had Roy Halliday and Burnett, and - frankly - I didn't know which I more feared. In four games, Burnett beat us three times, and usually pitched into the eighth. When we signed him, I knew we had a gamer. We all did. We'd seen firsthand...
February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Top 10 things Cashman should'a done, but didn't do, in 2013

1. "Accidentally" lost Kevin Youkilis' agent's phone number, missing out on chance to sign free agent slugger.2. Traded Phil Hughes immediately after one of his early few decent starts.3. Convinced Derek Jeter not to try coming back during spring training.4. Traded Joba Chamberlain, at any time, for anything.5. Told Hal Steinbrenner the $189 million payroll target...
December 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis To Play 2014 Season In Japan

  The beginning of the end for the Greek god of walks? Kevin Youkilis has agreed to play in Japan for the Ratuken Golden Eagles in 2014. This comes off the heels of what was a blur of a 2013 season with the Yankees, where he was oft injured and mostly a non-factor. Youkilis hasn’t played more than 120 games since 2009, despite being a good on base guy. Youkilis was supposed to...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis Opens Up About Decision to Play in Japan, Says ‘You’ve Got to Live Life to the Fullest’

Kevin Youkilis‘ baseball career hasn’t been the same since he left Boston in June 2012. The 34-year-old is opening up a new chapter rather than shutting the book, though, and it’s largely because of his family values. Youkilis signed a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. The deal reportedly is worth $4 million and carries an extra ...
December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Youkilis to play in Japan on $4M, 1-year deal with Rakuten

Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury plagued season and heading to Japan. The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. "They made it very apparent right from the start they were quite interested in Kevin being there," agent Joe Bick said Friday. A 34-year-old first baseman...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis signs deal to play in Japan

Kevin Youkilis was said to be seeking a deal which would allow him to play for a team near his home in California. Not quite the case, as the 34-year-old has signed a deal to play in Japan reports Nikkan Sports. A former All-Star, Youkilis will play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles in 2014 after appearing in just 28 games for the New York Yankees last season. Plagued with injuries Youkilis...
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Youkilis agrees to $4M, 1-year deal with Rakuten

Kevin Youkilis is leaving the major leagues after an injury plagued season and heading to Japan. The three-time All-Star has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League, agent Joe Bick said Friday. Youkilis, a 34-year-old first baseman and third baseman, will have a $4 million base salary and can earn $1 million bonuses - including...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis signs with Japanese team

In 2011, Kevin Youkilis was an All-Star and appeared to be settled into a role as one of the most consistent hitters in baseball. Fast forward two years and now he’ll be playing his baseball overseas. On Friday the 34-year-old Youkilis signed a contract with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan after not seeing any real interest on the major league free agent market this offseason...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis on his way to Japan

Photo from ESPNConor Frederick (@ConorJF1016)Contributing WriterThe Greek God of Walks is will be plying his trade in Japan with the Rakuten Golden Eagles next year, MLB Trade Rumors is reporting via Patrick Newman (tweet below). According to MLB Trade Rumors, Youk wanted to play on the West Coast to remain close to his family, but his wife and children agreed to go to Japan with...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Kevin Youkilis Heading to Japan to Join Rakuten Golden Eagles

Kevin Youkilis wasn’t kidding about heading west. Youkilis, who previously expressed a desire to play on the West Coast, is zooming right past California and going to Japan, according to multiple reports. Youkilis will reportedly join the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League on a one-year deal. Nikkan Sports first reported the news Friday, and it has since been confirmed...
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis Headed for Japan

Well, I have to say that I'm really glad Kevin Youkilis' tenure with the New York Yankees was short-lived. Maybe now that it's over, he can grow back his goatee. The baby face didn't really suit him. We won't be seeing Youk at all next season as he's now headed for Japan, to play for the Rakuten Golden Eagles alongside sensation Masahiro Tanaka—who...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis to Sign with the Rakuten Golden Eagles

The Yankees and the Rakuten Golden Eagles will let one team take a risk on another's player. Unfortunately, we're not talking about Masahiro Tanaka. Instead, the Golden Eagles have announced that they will sign Kevin Youkilis to a contract. Per Pinstripe Alley, who seemed to have a bunch of fun writing this one up: Like the Yankees did a year ago, it looks like...
December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis heading to Japan after being signed by Rakuten

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles are becoming firmly entrenched as the most heavily-discussed baseball team outside of North America, so it's no surprise that they're back in the news. What is surprising is the fact that it isn't the latest twist in the Masahiro Tanaka saga that has created the buzz, but the signing of free agent Kevin Youkilis.Patrick Newman of Japan...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Report: Kevin Youkilis to join Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan

According to a Nikkan Sports report passed along by NPB Tracker, free agent infielder Kevin Youkilis will join the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Terms of their contract agreement are unknown. Youkilis, 34, played only 28 games with the Yankees this past season due to back problems. He hit .219 with two home runs and a 78 OPS+. Over the last two seasons, Youkilis has hit .232/...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Is Kevin Youkilis a fit in LA?

(Yes, this is photo shopped. Found it here) Youkilis: The Greek God of Walks. Once rated in Sporting News' Top 50 Current Players for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 seasons as a Red Sox, the pudgy third basemen has since seen time with the White Sox, and an injury plagued year with the Yankees last season. Biggest reason I do not want to see Youkilis in...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis generating interest, prefers to sign with West Coast team

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe revealed in a tweet that Kevin Youkilis is generating interest on the free agent market. The 34-year old infielder is also said to prefer playing on the West Coast,  per the YES Network's Jack Curry:Cashman called Youkilis's agent to gauge interest in returning to Yankees. Youkilis appreciated call, but wants to play near home in Cali....
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Youkilis wants to play near home in California

getty images Kevin Youkilis was limited to just 28 games last season as a member of the New York Yankees but Brian Cashman gave his agent a call anyways. Cashman was told that Youkilis was seeking to finish out his career near his home in California. Set to turn 35 in March the infielder will not receive much more than a one-year offer from any interested clubs. Cashman called Youkilis’s...
December 10, 2013  |  1 Comment

The elephant in the room, or at least, the infield

At this point, I guess the metaphor should not be an elephant, but a dead horse... as in, why beat one? Altogether now: "A horse is a horse, a corpse, of course, and we shouldn't beat on its corpse, of course, that is of course, unless the corpse is the famous Mr. Jeet." (Yeah, it's Saturday morning.)We keep hearing how the Yankees need to find a thirdbaseman to...
November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Re-Sign or Let Him Walk: Kevin Youkilis

Still to this day, it’s hard to imagine Kevin Youkilis playing in pinstripes as a member of the New York Yankees. In sort of a surprise move, Youkilis signed with the Yankees on a one-year, $12 million last winter as a fill-in for Alex Rodriguez at third base while he recovered from the hip surgery that the Yanks knew would keep him out for at least half the year. Like a lot...
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November 08, 2013  |  1 Comment

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