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I Think The Safest Thing To Do Is….

1.  Think that Derek retired last year, and departed with Mariano. I watched him yesterday get thrown out by the Oriole third baseman, on a ground ball that he backhanded while sprinting up the left-field foul line onto the outfield grass.  The announcers talked about how Derek was busting it up the first base line ( and he was ), but his foot speed reflected recent leg injuries...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Down on the Farm: BronxPinstripes’ Top 20 Prospects

Gary Sanchez headlines BP’s prospect rankings for 2014 (Photo Credit: Trenton Thunder/Facebook.com) Everyone loves to look at prospects – the unproven players with a boatload of potential who could be the next face of their franchise. The reality is that most prospects never fully live up to that potential. For every Derek Jeter, there’s ten Eric Duncan’s or Brien Taylor’s...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Reason for hope: In his write-up on Yankee prospects, Keith Law calls Slade Heathcott "legitimately a crazy person."

I believe that I speak for the Yankiverse in saying: We'll take him!Actually, Law quotes an unnamed scout, who questions Heathcott's sanity.  Two years ago, the night after a torturous magazine-length feature article appeared in the local newspaper detailing Slade's troubled youth - (we're talking shotguns, booze, abandonment, and living in cars) -  this is what...
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January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Top-10 Players in the Yankees Farm System

Every time the New York Yankees are thinking of making a move, or acquire a new player, we hear a few people echo this sentiment: what about the farm? Some Yankee fans have grown quite impatient with what they deem New York’s lackluster developmental system, while others are optimistic about the pool of young talent that the Yankees possess, and simply want the team to dip into...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball America Releases Top-10 Yankees Prospect List

Gary Sanchez found his name at the top of Baseball America’s annual top Yankees prospects list (Photo: MiLB.com) Baseball America, the premiere website for minor league baseball coverage, released their annual list of the top 10 New York Yankees prospects on Monday. To no one’s surprise, catcher Gary Sanchez topped the list, which was compiled by former Trenton Thunder beat writer...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Yanks add to 40-man roster

Gary Sanchez, the organization’s top prospect, was added to the 40-man roster While the A-Rod circus reached new heights yesterday, the Yankees made a handful of roster moves. They acquired infielder Dean Anna from the Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ben Paullus. Anna, 26, hit .331 with nine homers and 73 RBI in 132 games with Triple-A Tucson in 2013. He’s viewed...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees make minor trade with Padres, add six to 40-man roster

While the Robinson Cano saga rumbles on and Alex Rodriguez continues his war of words with Bud Selig, the New York Yankees have been making rather less eye-catching moves. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that New York has acquired infielder Dean Anna from the Padres, sending right-handed pitcher Ben Paullus to San Diego in return. Anna is one of six players the Yankees added to their...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: Hal's strategy for the farms is more supervisors. Here's another plan...

The gentlemen of the club are accepting new members. "The Yankees didn't clean house. In fact, rather than fire scouts or instructors, the team is bringing more of them on."Great. Just great. Well, here are some ideas for long-term development of the Yankees:1. Never hold onto a first-round draft pick. Sign free agents that eliminate our top pick, so other teams always...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: Hal's strategy for the farms is more supervisors. Here's another plan...

The gentlemen of the club are accepting new members. "The Yankees didn't clean house. In fact, rather than fire scouts or instructors, the team is bringing more of them on."Great. Just great. Well, here are some ideas for long-term development of the Yankees:1. Never hold onto a first-round draft pick. Sign free agents that eliminate our top pick, so other teams always...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

What if the Yankees did Nothing?

How disappointed would we be if the Yankees just passed on 2014? What if the Yankees decided to do nothing? What if they decided not to resign Cano? What if Granderson and Kuroda decided not to accept their tenders? What if we didn't go all in on Tanaka, McCann or Beltran? The Yankees have been to the playoff's 17 out the last 19 years... What if Hal...
Via YanksinExile.com
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

For The New York Yankees It's Big Decisions for the Future

Another Great Post By Yanks in Exile Insider, Matthew Jarrell I’d like to begin by saying that I stand corrected: I originally predicted that the fork in the road the Yankees are currently standing at would come at the end of the previous season. The team looked washed up after the disastrous 2012 ALCS. I thought and wrote that it would be a good idea for management...
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October 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Boston's grand and glorious "tribute" to Mariano

For starters, a disclaimer: I didn't see it.  I tweaked a gonad during the NY Giants game and was still in the whirlpool, waiting to see Dr. Andrews (which would make a great phrase to describe being passed out on the couch, right?)  Also, frankly: I didn't want to see it. I figured their idea of a "tribute" would be a gag bag of cheap references to 2004. Seriously...
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September 17, 2013  |  Discuss

The Playoffs Start Tonight

Ten games at home. We need to win eight.Anybody wanna buy a bridge? Starting now, A-Rod must hit in the clutch. Beginning this weekend, Phil Hughes - or whomever it is - must be lights-out. In a few hours, Robbie's hand must heal. Maybe Slade Heathcott will jell! We must play better than we have all season. Eight out of ten. No problemo. Then, we need to drive to Baltimore and...
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August 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankees: Bronx Bombers, the number nine and playing in October

Nine. Toronto Skydome (Rogers Centre), NY Yankees vs. Blue Jays (Photo credit: Wikipedia) That is the number of games the New York Yankees have left to lose before their postseason hopes go down the drain. How did I learn this fact? Well I found an article called, We can absorb ten more losses this season by Hart Seely who runs one of my favorite Yankees blogs called It is high!...
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August 27, 2013  |  Discuss

We can absorb ten more losses this season

Ten losses. It seems like a lot, but it's not. Ten losses. That's our wiggle room.Ten losses. That's a couple Phil Hughes meltdowns, one Joba outing, a handful of those one-run scoring nights - and maybe a game pissed away by a bad umpiring call. Ten stinkin' losses.  Any more, and it's football season: How 'bout them Gints! Eleven losses, and we're looking...
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August 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Instant Replay: The already too-long game might be lengthened by 20 minutes

OK, t'is blaspheme to question the MLB leadership about the long-overdue embrace of instant replay. Truth is, they should have done it five years ago. If the Yanks lose tonight because some fat slob, who should be taking Thruway tolls, misses a call at home plate, we'll be screaming for Bud Selig's hair gerbil - just letting this ridiculousness continue for so long.Selig...
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August 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Aeros blow lead in ninth and then lose game in extras

Trenton, NJ – The Aeros held a tight lead with only one out left to go, but the Trenton Thunder scored once in the ninth and once more in the bottom of the 13th to defeat Akron 3-2 on Saturday night at Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton, New Jersey. The hero of the game was center fielder Slade Heathcott who hit a home run and the leadoff double in the 13th inning and ended...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
August 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Once Kansas City passes us, it's over

Let's be honest: 2013 has gotten way too late way too early.Still, we have way too many veteran players - (Talking to you, Mariano) - to do something rash, like trading Robbie to the Dodgers.  One 8-game winning streak would vault us back into the mix, and - well - who knows.But Kansas City has won seven straight games, They are an improving team, an emerging power, a club full...
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July 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Mighty Thor: Syndergaard Allows One Hit, Strikes Out Eight In B-Mets Win

The Binghamton Mets beat the Trenton Thunder by the score of 6-1 tonight at NYSEG Stadium. Noah Syndergaard started and was nearly perfect in his six innings of work. His only blemish was one solitary hit, but it was a home run by Trenton center fielder Slade Heathcott. He walked none in the game and struck out eight batters while tossing 47 of his 59 pitches for strikes. Pretty...
Via Mets Merized Online
July 28, 2013  |  Discuss

A Yankees System Report Featuring Mark Newman

TRENTON, N.J. – It’s always fun when Yankees Senior VP of Baseball Operations Mark Newman gets together with reporters. The discussion gives a clue about the state of the Yankees farm system. There is plenty of talent on the way. There are detractors in this department as well, but some excellent kids are on their way. Many have wondered why catcher Gary Sanchez, hitting .267...
Via Mike Silva's Sports Media Watchdog
July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Yankeetorial: The Yankacalypse is here. It's time to start earting our own

Last night should have been 2013's greatest victory. Imagine a Liliputian squad of Hafners and Overbays beating the Redsocks in Fenway. You might as well imagine a cure for greed.Well, it wasn't our worst loss. Nope. We've suffered more hideous debacles and have a few more left in our 2013 backpack. But last night was our most deflating moment since Tex went down for...
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July 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Saw the Staten Island Baby Yankees last night take on the mighty Auburn Doubledays....

We went with Mustang and his squeeze, the lovely Big Bang, to the Leo Pinckney Field at Falcoln Park, which is a lot of title for a tiny place.  Good signage in the outfield, thanks to the State Republican party. Waitresses in the box seats, decent burgers, clean rest rooms - what more is there?  So... If you're looking for a deep baseball scouting report, forget it. What do...
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July 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Hot News: Baseball America concludes that the Yankee farm system is struggling: Is it us, or the system that rates systems?

Baseball American - the Mooney's Financial Rating System of baseball - has listed the Yankees as one of five organizations whose farm system had a crummy first half. Of course, this is like Arthur Anderson saying there might be a problem with Enron - (For young readers, you'll have to Google this.)Last winter, BA - as it's known in Twitter shorthand - praised the organization...
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July 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Trenton Loses Face of the Franchise to Retirement

After 11 years serving as the bat dog of the Trenton Thunder, Chase heads off into retirement with one final ceremony. (Photo from Trenton Thunder on Facebook) Since 2002, the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, have had hundreds of players wander through their locker rooms. They’ve had a couple of different managers and dozens of coaches. However, there...
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July 06, 2013  |  Discuss

We Have To Trade Cano Now For Prospects ! There, I said it.

We all know it.Cashman may know it, but he won't admit it.The Steindolts are playing James Dolan, and don't know a thing.We have to resign ourselves to the fact that this team is below putrid and that, other than pitching prospects, we have nothing.  I mean that.  We have no prospects at all who play positions.  Everyday, someone prays for a " stranger on a white...
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July 01, 2013  |  Discuss

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