The injury tsunami has begun, we are combing the scrap piles, and it's still April

Well, we are here. This is what catastrophe looks like.Yesterday, A-Rod diddled an oblique. He follows Aaron Hicks, who jammed a shoulder. That's what is being said publicly. But the Yankees so comfortably lie about injuries that nobody - not even the courtiers of YES - believe them anymore. The two guys who were supposed to save us from lefty pitching - they're out, and it's still...

" Seems Like Old Times....."

So I settle back into my bark-a lounger and dial up the Yankee game.At first I thought;  " This is great.  An olde fashioned pitchers' duel.  Tension on every pitch.  No margin for error on defense." Then, I realized something else;  this Yankee team cannot hit and, by definition, cannot hit when it matters ( in the clutch for those new to baseball).We surged ahead in the bottom...

Numbers Don't Lie

I spit out half my bloody mary this morning, when I glanced at the box score from yesterday's Yankee game embarrassment , and noted that Gary Sanchez, our highly touted, untouchable top-prospect catcher, is hitting 48 basis points this spring.I'm not sure that is even better than zero.Who scouted this guy?  Who works with him on his game?He might as well come here and drink bloody...

March 23rd Camp Notes: Ellsbury, Miller, Slade, Williams

The Yankees got spanked 13-0 by the Nationals earlier this evening. They committed four errors in the eighth inning alone, two by Cesar Puello. Ah, spring baseball. Masahiro Tanaka had his second straight rough outing, allowing seven runs on nine hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out three. Tanaka has one more Grapefruit League start to get things straightened out. Not much...
Via River Avenue Blues
March 23, 2016

Jake Cave could be coming home

In December, when the Yankees lost 23-year-old CF Jake Cave in the Rule 5 draft to Cincinnati, it stung but didn't fester. We had a log-jam of young outfielders, even riding the bus to Scranton. But now, with Mason Williams still missing in action, and Slade Heathcott having a horror show of a spring, we are down to stems and seeds, and it would be nice to see Cave returning.And...

Fan Confidence Poll: February 29th, 2016

Spring Record: 0-0Spring Opponents This Week: vs. Tigers (Weds. on YES, MLBN,, vs. Phillies (Thurs.), @ Tigers (Fri.), vs. Red Sox (Sat. on YES, MLBN,, @ Phillies (Sun. on MLBN, Top stories from last week: Brian Cashman “doesn’t anticipate” any additions before Opening Day. Mark Teixeira wants to play until he’s 40 and would like to remain with the...
Via River Avenue Blues
February 29, 2016

Yankees may have to tap into outfield depth earlier than expected due to Gardner’s wrist, Williams’ shoulder

More than four months after the wildcard game, Brett Gardner is still dealing with a lingering bone bruise in his left wrist after crashing into the outfield wall making a catch against the Astros. The Yankees are being cautious and will limit Gardner’s work early in Spring Training. Here’s the catch that caused the injury: “I know he feels good, we are taking it slow,” said...
Via River Avenue Blues
February 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Down at the Columbus of Pennsylvania, Greg Bird's replacement is the Human Cannonball

The Scranton Railriders - aka the Traveling Wilkes Barres - have released their 2016 promotional schedule, and it's a reason to move to Tonga. The big event, by far, takes place June 17: Human Cannonball/Man Vs. Marathon Night.A long-distance marathon will coincide with the game, answering the age-old question of which takes longer to complete? (This ignores the question of...
February 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Eight points on the Chapman deal, (one for each bullet he fired into the garage:) Is it a bold strategic plan, or a sign of desperation?

1. Considering the trade prices recently paid for top closers, the Yankees received the "Walmart Wife-Beater Discount." I'm sure you've been wondering what the "Walmart Wife-Beater Discount" is in modern professional sports. My best calculation: It equals at least one blue-chip prospect - an Aaron Judge or Gary Sanchez - which the Yankees did not give up. That's coupon shopping!2...
December 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Next spring, Scranton could be the most demoralizing place on earth for future Yankees

This morning, George King in the Murdoch Post suggests an enticing new way for the Retrieval Empire to waste Rob Refsnyder. George writes...Scouts say Refsnyder has enough arm strength to make the throw from third.Bingo. There it is, everybody. And the winnah is... MISS COLUMBIA! Refsnyder, now 25, has spent the last three years learning 2B. Why not move him to third! That could...
December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

News You Can Use, Coverage You Can Count On, It Is High On Your Side

Canseco: 'Drop the Bomb on Mars!' Idiot Pays $500K For Bubblegum Card Bombers' Ex-Boss Croaks Canned Stadium Guard Sues Fan: 'I Gate-Crashed Every Yankee Game for Years!' Booze & Dope Guru Quits on Yanks Bum Finds Bag of Guns Near Stadium Steinbrenner High Skipper Named Coach of Year A-Rod Pleader Sues Jeter Over Briefs While Yanks' NYC Xmas Stars A-Rod... ...Tampa...
December 13, 2015  |  Discuss

A Few Early August Notes

Hope you all have been enjoying the lazy, hazy days of summer.  There have been some happenings, mostly kept in the background;1.  Remember Diego ( what's his name) who pitched 5+ no-hit innings of relief during the Chris Capuano, "melt-down," game?  At 28, he is having arm surgery. And he showed such potential.2.  The aforementioned Chris is working out a deal to sell Furillo...
August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees trade rumors: Gerardo Parra edition

The New York Yankees got some good news before their 5-4 win over the Athletics on Wednesday, as center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was activated off the DL. This move was certainly one that the Yanks needed, as they already had three outfielders (Carlos Beltran, Slade Heathcott, and Mason Williams) on the disabled list. As the trade deadline approaches, the team should seriously consider...
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Aaron Judge moves up to Scranton, while Flores, Heathcott and Williams try to heal before the trade deadline

Yesterday, the Yankees promoted Aaron Judge - their most celebrated position prospect since Jesus "Ice Cream Sandwich" Montero - up from Trenton to the Scranton/Columbus RailClippers. Judge is 23, but he eats like 40. He stands 6'7" and weighs 275 pounds - C.C. Sabathia territory. At Trenton, Judge was hitting .284 with 12 home runs, (which had him tied for the Eastern League lead...

Another ( Not So ) Fun Fact:

Mason Williams will not get another hit as a Yankee.He will be the only rookie who hit a home run and nothing else, during his time in pinstripes.His batting average started at .500 and is now .091...and fading.His best at bats are now swinging strike outs. He plays great defense, but cannot hit a lick.   Like so many Yankee regulars.The bus is loading for Scranton.  I can hear...

Get Ready To Rage

Easy for me to sit around, calmly, and survey the countryside.  Listen to the birds, smell the roses and have an occasional pull on a flask of Crown Royal Reserve.The world is good.Then, I start thinking about the Yankees.  About the slimy, stupid, manipulative GM we have.  I tune in the game to find that Mason Williams got a call up.  Mason, despite my certainties of his hopelessness...

Yankees prospect Williams set for big league debut

BALTIMORE (AP) A year ago, New York Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams was struggling in the minor leagues. On Friday, the 23-year-old was set to make his big league debut against the Baltimore Orioles. Williams was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, a day off for the Yankees. Asked his reaction to the call, Williams said, ''I started sweating. I started...
Via AP on Fox
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Yanks bring up Williams for possible debut, put Miller on DL

NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees have recalled outfielder Mason Williams and right-hander Chris Martin from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and put closer Andrew Miller on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left forearm. Williams, selected by New York in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft, could make his major league debut. The 23-year-old started the season at Double...
Via AP on Fox
June 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Mason Williams is next: Are the Yankees showcasing these guys for a trade?

In the last few weeks, the Yankees have unveiled...1, Slade Heathcott, who homered, and then tweaked a gonad2. Ramon Flores, who threw out base-runners, and then got demoted3. Jose Pirela, who homered, and today has been demoted4. Mason Williams, who arrives tonight.5. The current population of Guam at 2B, including somebody named Tony Renda, whom they just got from the Nats today...

Yankees Friday News & Views: Dickens, Roster Moves, The Draft & Mel

The best and worst of times have come in unusual places and venues for this year's Yankees. Going to the west coast for the first time, a reasonable expectation would have been to win three of four in the series at Oakland. That is exactly what happened except it was the league's worst A's that won the three games against the Yankees.  Monday in Seattle, Mariner's ace Felix Hernandez was...
Via Lady At The Bat
June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees protect Mason Williams; further roster decisions loom

The New York Yankees added Tyler Austin, Danny Burawa, Branden Pinder and Mason Williams to their 40-man roster Thursday eliminating the chance of them being selected in the Rule 5 draft to be held at the upcoming Winter Meetings.Austin seemed to have the best chance of being protected in his first season eligible for the Rule 5 draft, and the selection of power arms in Burawa...
Via Yankees Unscripted
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Someone left the cake out in the rain: The Yankees may regret leaving Kyle Roller unprotected in the upcoming Rule 5 draft

Yesterday, the Evil Empire added four "kids" - Tyler Austin (age 23), Danny Burawa (25), Branden Pinder (25) and Mason Williams (23) - to their 40-man roster, protecting them in next month's Rule 5 scavenger hunt. Left outside the Bronx bubble is first-baseman Kyle Roller. I understand the decision. Roller is 26. Also, he plays a position where the Yankee drain is clogged: Mark...
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Will Yankees protect Mason Williams?

Just two years ago Mason Williams was a top prospect in the New York Yankees farm system. Come Thursday, Williams may not be protected by the club and thus be available in the Rule 5 draft held during the Winter Meetings.Williams was ranked as high as 32nd of all baseball prospects by Baseball America, 41st by and 51st by Baseball Prospectus before the 2013 season. He was...
Via Yankees Unscripted
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

No more denial, no more naive excuses for hope; it's time for the Yankiverse to accept its fate

I listened in the car - three hours of John and Suzyn's lycanthropic de-evolution from hope into sheer despair. In the beginning, their voices projected the jubilation of a ticker tape parade along the Canyon of Heroes. In the end, they were broadcasting from the viewing deck of the Hindenburg.In the first inning, they noted how Tigers' rookie Kyle Lobstein could be tight in his...
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

The Descent Begins In Earnest. Do Not Read This. It Is long, Insightful and Painful.

Duque says, "we dodged a bullet," when Cliff Lee turned up lame.  I disagree.  We tried to make that deal with the same enthusiasm and foresight the Yankees exhibited in using a top draft pick on Andy Brackman, knowing he was headed for career ending surgery.  We tried to sign Cliff Lee utilizing the same planning and keen insight it took Brian Cashman to use a top draft pick...
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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