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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...

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...
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December 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Opening NIght

It has been a while since the Yankees have opened at home in the World Series.But tonight is opening night, and at the new stadium for the first time.  Girardi has hinted at some line-up changes, as the second subway series ( the real thing ) commences on this beautiful Fall day.I read a comment from tonight's starter, Tanaka, where he said, " the extended rest after the playoff...
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October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Lift A Glass

I think Boston was getting embarrassed.In the end, they knew the Yankees are going no where, and that the future belongs to the red socks, so they threw the Yankees a bone.  After all, it is fitting that the greatest franchise in our world should win their 10,000 game against their long-standing rival.  It just seems the right balance for baseball. So a lot of the regulars sat...
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October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

It’s Time to Bench Jacoby Ellsbury

He was one of the most desirable free agents on the market in 2013. A centerfielder blessed with a rare combination of speed, plate discipline and a penchant for extra base hits would be available to any of the thirty major league clubs. Christmas came early in December of 2013 for Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off seven stellar seasons with the Boston Red Sox replacing the popular Johnny...
Via Baseball Essential
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankee Management Philosophy 101 (via Professor Carlos Beltran): “He’s a guy that’s signed here for seven years, so he’s the guy.”

Two nights ago, rookie Slade Heathcott inscribed himself into the 2015 season - and psychotic Yankee fan lore - with a climatic, game-winning home run.And that's how people vanish from the New York Yankees...FACT: Amelia Earhart, before disappearing in the Pacific, went 4 for 5 in a pickup softball game managed by Joe Girardi's grandmother.FACT: Judge Crater, in his final appearance...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees at Tampa Bay Rays game preview

TV: Sun Sports Time: Pregame coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. After rallying to take the series opener at Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees can focus on continuing their season success against Jake Odorizzi. The Rays right-hander tries to avoid falling to 0-4 this season against the visiting Yankees on Tuesday night. Alex Rodriguez hit a tying double before rookie outfielder Slade Heathcott...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Alex Rodriguez, Yankees go ballistic after comeback

Facing a 1-0 deficit, the Yankees were down to their final strike in the ninth inning against the Rays on Monday night. But then Alex Rodriguez tied up the game with an RBI double. A few batters later, outfielder Slade Heathcott gave New York a 4-1 lead with a three-run homer. The opposite-field blast sent the Yankees' dugout into a complete frenzy, with a very aggressive Rodriguez...
Via Fox Sports
September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees close gap on Blue Jays in AL East chase

The New York Yankees rallied for four ninth-inning runs and stunned the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-1, on Monday at Tropicana Field. Alex Rodriguez delivered a game-tying, two-out double and Slade Heathcott launched a three-run homer off Brad Boxberger. “You get in the box, you’re trying to crush a ball,” Heathcott said. “You’re trying to get a base hit, trying to score runs...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Almost 20 years to the day, Slade Heathcott re-enacts Pat Kelly's HR to beat Toronto, a moment for the ages

In the deep recesses of my head - behind the red-haired girl I had a crush on in seventh grade, and the time I threw up on the school bus - there is a little shoe box of Yankee memories. Now and then, I pull it out and sift through it, just to remind myself of who I am. And now and then, I add a new one.These are not the memories of Mantle and Maris, or Reggie and Thurm - that is...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Grizzled Veteran & Raw Rookie Shine In Yankees' Win

CC Sabathia is one of the few players on the Yankees' current roster who has experience playing in a pennant race. Last night he showed how one is supposed to behave in just such a race. Sabathia, whose struggles this season have been more than well-documented, turned in a truly stellar performance: 6.2 IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 6K. He pitched his heart out, matching zeros with the...
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September 15, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod, Yankees rally to beat Rays 4-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez enjoyed being overshadowed by a rookie. Rodriguez had a tying, two-out RBI double in the ninth and Slade Heathcott followed with a three-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The 24-year old Heathcott's second career homer came on his first at-bat in the major's since May 27. He...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

After Yankees go hitless through 7, A-Rod delivers in 9th

  Alex Rodriguez had a tying, two-out RBI double in the ninth and Slade Heathcott followed with a three-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of AL East-leading Toronto. Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees hitless until Carlos Beltran led off the eighth with a hot shot that took...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

A-Rod, Yankees rally in ninth for 4-1 win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez had a tying, two-out RBI double in the ninth and Slade Heathcott followed with a three-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of AL East-leading Toronto. Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees hitless until Carlos Beltran led off the eighth...
Via AP on Fox
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Erasmo Ramirez flirts with no-hitter but Rays fall to Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez had a tying, two-out RBI double in the ninth and Slade Heathcott followed with a three-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of AL East-leading Toronto. Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees hitless until Carlos Beltran led off the eighth...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Erasmo Ramirez flirts with no-hitter but Rays fall to Yankees

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez had a tying, two-out RBI double in the ninth and Slade Heathcott followed with a three-run homer, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The victory moved the Yankees within three-games of AL East-leading Toronto. Erasmo Ramirez held the Yankees hitless until Carlos Beltran led off the eighth...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

The Yankees are down to stems and seeds, and there's only one castaway left on the isle of Scranton

Yesterday, Brian 3000 - the Yankees' artificially intelligent super-computer, (who was recently nominated by Sports Illustrated for the Baseball Hall of Fame) - confirmed that both Nathan Evaldi and Mark Teixeira might watch the rest of the season, which would also make them spectators in a nine-inning, wild card, Texas-style Cage Match. Trouble is, Yankee bones are not done cracking...
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September 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Thank you, Ollie Perez: A gift-wrapped victory, courtesy of a former Met, belies the Yankee reality: Help is not on the way

This is some ridiculous cyber-stat called Runs Created per Game. Basically, this isthe number of runs you'd get if you hadnine hitters like each of these guys.In the end last night, you were just glad to not be an Astros fan. That would be a soul-crusher. You escape jams all night, then have the 26th man on a 25-man roster walk the bases loaded with nobody out. Yowzer. A kidney stone...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

No One Is Talking About It

I think Brett Gardiner needs a rest.He has been hitting, lately, like Stephen Drew.  Not as well, actually.Brett carried the offense for much of the first half of the year and, legitimately, made the all star team.  Joe is resting other guys to some apparent advantage.It is time to rest Gardy.Even his base stealing has gone into the soup ( I know, he stole one yesterday.  But...
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August 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Yankees prospect Slade Heathcott makes a spectacular home run robbing catch (VIDEO)

Slade Heathcott had a taste of the big time when he played six games with the Yankees back in May and did things like this: Heathcott is currently in Triple-A with the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders working his way back from an injury, where he continues to do things to help him get back to The Show. In the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday night, robbed Rochester Red...
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August 16, 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...
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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...

The Yankees are playing two different long term strategies: One for college guys, and one for Latino teens

The Yankees this week drafted 41 amateur players - 34 from the college ranks - according to the Wall Street Journal. Over the last two years, 4 out of 5 Yankee picks have been college dudes - who are about 21, a few years older than the garden variety high-schooler. The Yankees' draft rate is 83 percent college - that's higher than the MLB average - and it's the team's highest percentages...

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...

Bad form, Yankees: How could you let Mariano Jr. be drafted by another team?

I don't generally rip Yankee draft picks, because I've never seen the kids, and what do I know? (Besides, that's Alphonso's job.) I think it's fair to note whether the brain trust is picking consensus studs (Judge, Jagielo, Clarkin, et al) or playing Instant Lotto (Andrew Brackman, Cito Culver, et al), and to occasionally ask why Hal "I'm Not Cheap" Steinbrenner - whose gold extend...
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