Professio”Nole” Athlete of the Week: Stephen Drew

The start of the 2015 Major League Baseball season is a week away and many former Florida State stars have performed well on the diamond this spring. Some are looking for roster spots while others are looking to crack the starting lineup. The top performer from FSU this week is a veteran looking for playing time with baseball’s most storied franchise. The Professio”Nole” Athlete...
Via Noled Out
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Spring training game 27: 3/28/15

The Yankees are in Tampa to take on the Orioles as spring training begins to wind down. Scott Baker gets the start, although the fifth rotation spot seems to be ticketed for Adam Warren.New York Yankees (14-11-1)Brett Gardner LFChase Headley 3BCarlos Beltran RFMark Teixeira 1BAlex Rodriguez DHChris Young CFStephen Drew 2BDidi Gregorius SSAustin Romine CRHP Scott BakerGame time: 1...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Drew, Young lead Yankees past Phillies, 10-0

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Stephen Drew had a two-run single and Chris Young added a run-scoring double in a seven-run fifth inning, and the New York Yankees romped past the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 in a game called in the top of the sixth because of rain. Michael Pineda gave up five hits in five impressive innings for New York. He struck out five. The Yankees began the fifth with...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Game 26: Pineda, Drew lead team to win

New York Yankees 10 — Philadelphia Phillies 0 (6 innings)Michael Pineda started today’s visit to the Philadelphia Phillies and would receive strong run support.In the first inning, Michael Pineda allowed a pair of singles but generated a double play. In the second inning, the Yankees attempted to score their first run. Alex Rodriguez hit a one-out single and advanced to third...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees Spring Training Battles In Home Stretch

With a little more than a week left before Opening Day, Spring Training position battles are entering the home stretch. Right now, of the major competitions, only one appears to have an obvious winner. Another was dropped into someone's lap. The others aren't so clear-cut.Fifth Starter: Adam Warren is the obvious winner here. He has blown the other candidates out of the water...
Via Lady At The Bat
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Yankees Will Win the AL East

This might be the hardest team to predict in all of baseball. Luckily I won’t have to predict and all I will have to do is tell you why the New York Yankees will win the American League East. I know plenty of people, including Yankee fans, who are already writing this team off. “They’re too old, too many injuries, they can’t hit.” Well that may all be true from last year’s...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Baby Bombers Part II – The Bronx Pinstripes Show #6

If you missed Part I, check it out here.In Part II we continue our talk with Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer74) about the Baby Bombers.We kick it by asking Dan if he thinks Refsnyder or Pirela will be taking Stephen Drew’s job any time soon. We all know Drew is not going to get anyone too excited so I think everyone wants to see a little young blood at second this summer.Dan also tells...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training game 21 lineup: 3/22/15

The Yankees and Mets square off today for some Grapefruit League subway series action. CC Sabathia gets the road start against Matt Harvey.New York Yankees (12-7-1)Didi Gregorius SSStephen Drew 2BChase Headley 3BMark Teixeira 1BGarrett Jones RFJohn Ryan Murphy CBrendan Ryan DHJose Pirela CFRamon Flores LFLHP CC SabathiaGame time: 1:05 pm ET – Tradition Field – Port St. Lucie...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training game 20 lineup: 3/21/15

As Jesus Montero embarks on his season which will start in Triple-A, Michael Pineda will start against the Astros this afternoon from George M. Steinbrenner field in Tampa. The 26 year-old has had a sparkling spring so far, giving up just one hit in 5 IP over two starts. With Austin Romine out of options to begin this season, the Yankees will showcase him at the DH spot today.New...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
10 days ago  |  Discuss

When money trumps talent: Why the Yankees won't bring up Jose Pirela

Spring training is supposed to be a time where baseball farmhands have the opportunity to play their way into the big leagues. But when it comes to the Yankees these days, "Know your place, rook" is the rule. And the place these rookies will be is the minor leagues, instead of with the Yankees. How frustrating, as I noted in this recent column.Yankee prospect Jose Pirela, after impressing...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Formula For Improving The Yankees

At present, no Yankee under contract at any level is permitted to go" more than 3 days " without shaving.This worked for a while, as our "fresh faces" policy helped us accumulate  world championships. Clearly, this policy no longer works for the Yankees.And if you peruse the line-ups of teams that have recently added to their World Series hardware display cases, many key players...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Game 17: Drew, McCann hit home runs

New York Yankees 12 — Atlanta Braves 5Masahiro Tanaka made his second start of the spring and continues to be effective. In the first inning, Tanaka generated a ground out with a pair of strikeouts, one looking and one swinging. In the second inning, Tanaka did give up a one-out single but responded with a double play. After a scoreless third inning, he would get two more outs...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training game 17 lineup: 3/18/15

The Yankees are in Orlando to play the Braves tonight. Masahiro Tanaka will take the ball in what will be his second start of the spring. Andrew Bailey is scheduled to pitch in relief; it will be his first appearance in a game in almost 20 months.New York Yankees (9-6-1)Brett Gardner CFChase Headley 3BBrian McCann CMark Teixeira DHGarrett Jones 1BStephen Drew 2BChris Young RFDidi...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
13 days ago  |  Discuss

World may be coming to end: Bill Madden makes sense

The Daily News' Bill Madden must bestride spring training press boxes like a colossus, hearkening back to the era of the late Dick Young - the hateful, hyper-righteous, acid-bombing sportswriter - the MLB equivalent of AM radio's Michael Savage. In recent years, Madden's blinding hatred for Alex Rodriguez caused him to edge shamefully into the silken bathrobes of Hal Steinbrenner...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: Stephen Drew to start at second base?

After Robinson Cano’s departure from the New York Yankees, it has been extremely hard to fill the void at second base. Cano was a power-house hitter, a stand out asset to the New York starting lineup. In 2013, his last season with the Yankees, he batted .314, while slamming 27 homeruns and knocking in 107 RBI’s. His talent speaks for itself. He could have easily been the next...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

With Stephen Drew, Yankees show (again!) that they have no imagination

Remember that talk this winter that there might actually be a competition at spring training for second base, with Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela competing for the role? Remember how Brian Cashman claims pretty much every year that the Yankees need to get younger and more athletic? Heck, even remember the fact that Cashman signed great-defensive/light-hitting infielder Brendan Ryan...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Girardi Stands by Drew

  The Yankees and Joe Girardi are continuing to back their offseason signee of Stephen Drew. Despite his slow start to spring training, Girardi said “We signed (Stephen Drew) to be our second baseman.” Tuesday morning notes: Yankees committed to Drew at second — Lohud Yankees Blog (@LoHudYankees) March 10, 2015 For all the fans out there wanting...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
21 days ago  |  Discuss

The Master: "Remember, this guy is one of the greatest hitters of all time.” The Acolyte: "We hear all this stuff about Alex being a distraction. I’m here to tell you it’s not a distraction."

The Daily News' Bob Raissman - whose stance on John Sterling has softened since he scored a phoner interview with the Master on the night of the recent apartment fire - welcomes "Ma and Pa Yankees" to 2015 in a column today.Finally, something to look forward to. Suzyn (Ma Pinstripe) Waldman and John (Pa Pinstripe) Sterling broke the seal Saturday and Sunday on the Yankees Radio...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: New York Yankees

View image | OFFSEASON OVERVIEW If you get off the 4 train outside of Yankee Stadium and listen closely, you may actually hear a pin drop.  The Yankees had one of the quietest offseasons in years, adding a left handed bullpen arm in Andrew Miller, trading for Nathan Eovaldi and Didi Gregorius, and re-signing Chase Headley and Stephen Drew.  Sounds more like...
Via The Fantasy Fix
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Assessing the 2015 damage: The Yankee Middle Infielders

The Yankees had five years to find a replacement for Derek Jeter. That's how well he telegraphed his retirement. Five years. They drafted a SS, (Cito Culver), in the first round. They signed a Manuto tribute band of nubile 16-year-old Latinos. The closest they came was Eduardo Nunez, the Butcher of Baghad with a glove. In fact, the more we saw of Nunez, the more he looked like...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Black Monday: Boston signs Moncada

Let the Yankees start ginning up their spin machine, assuring everybody that Stephen Drew is going to have a comeback year. Because after all, they are the Frugal Empire, and Yankee fans everywhere should be proud and excited about the money that Hal Steinbrenner is saving us! Last year, in slow motion, the Redsocks did everything smartly. And we - excruciatingly - continued to...
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Another canary keels over in the mine: Another sign the Yankees will poor-mouth on Moncada

Today, George A. King III - the blue-collar NY Post scribe with the uppity NY Times name - once again says the Evil Empire is turning knock-kneed over the cost of Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, the last 2015 free agent who could inject hope into what now looks like the sorriest Yankee organization since the statue of Danny Tartabull patrolled RF.Writes King:[I]f the price tag is...
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: New York Yankees

The Yankees have finished in third and second place, respectively, during the past two seasons. As you know, that doesn’t cut it in the Bronx. Yet general manager Brian Cashman apparently had little to spend this winter, after throwing big money at four top free agents last year. Will the Yankees suffer for not getting an ace-caliber starter during the offseason? Or is Cashman...
Via The Outside Corner
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rob Refsnyder: Inspiring Yankee fans everywhere - until they think of Stephen Drew

This ran Friday in the Gray Lady. It's the kind of story that makes you proud to be a Yankee fan - especially if you followed Refsnyder's rise through the minors.But then you think about how the Yankees signed Stephen Drew, this year's Brian Roberts. The YES apologists keep assuring us that this is wise, this is right, this is all good for Refsnyder - that Drew playing 2B will give...
February 07, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Sign Six Players to Minor League Deals, Invite 26 Total to Spring Training

Andrew Bailey #40 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on June 6, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Spring training is now less than two weeks away and the New York Yankees officially announced their non-roster invitees on Wednesday, via the YES Network. In addition...
Via The Sports Journal
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss
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