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Don Mattingly and NL Mgr of the Year, Reyes Negotiation Strategy, Rule V

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I was extremely skeptical of Don Mattingly taking over as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former Yankees star didn’t have any minor league experience. He was given coaching jobs with the Yankees and Dodgers due to his name and relationship with Joe Torre. When he went up for the Yankees job against Girardi it was made […]

Bleich Injury No Reason for Yankees System to Panic

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Having gotten to know many of the Yankees pitching prospects personally, I certainly have sympathy for any who are bitten by the injury bug. I’ve seen both Chris Garcia and Jeremy Bleich go down this year.  The Yankees released Garcia May 14 to open up a roster spot. He underwent elbow surgery. Bleich, who in […]

Another Young Yankees Arm Goes Down

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

The Yankees have pretty strict organizational rules about how much and when their young pitchers throw. The handling of Joba Chamberlain might go down as the most absurd development plan in the history of baseball. Along the way there have been a number of injuries in the organization: George Kontos, Christian Garcia, Alan Horne, Andrew […]

Can Any High Numbers Make the 2010 Yankees?

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The Yankees, who play their first Grapefruit League game Wednesday vs. Pittsburgh in George M. Steinbrenner Field on Dale Mabry in Tampa, have 25 non-roster players in camp. Some of the fun in spring training is watching players from any team with numbers in the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s hustling and trying to male […]

Bleich, Brackman Must Step Up in Yanks System

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

By the time I arrive at the Yankees’ Player Development facility, just a stone’s throw from George M. Steinbrenner Field, hopefully many of the questions surrounding these former top draft picks will be answered. Both are happy to see 2009 fade into oblivion. Bleich, a supplemental first-round pick out of Stanford in 2008, had a […]

Trades Don’t Mean Yanks are Downplaying Development

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Yankees fans seemed pleased with the acquisition of pitcher Javier Vazquez, a perfect No. 4 starter for the club. Mets fans, who sit waiting for a move that is at least similar, wish their team had the resources to accomplish that. Those “resources’’ are prospects and major-leaguers, not stars, such as Melky Cabrera.  The Yankees […]

Pettitte, Burnett, and Out of Answers

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

So are you still not worried about the Yankees starting rotation? AJ Burnett has pitched to an ERA over 6 since August 1st. That includes the 7.2 innings of 1 hit shutout ball against Boston at Yankee Stadium. I mentioned yesterday that Andy Pettitte should be the #2 starter in the playoffs after CC Sabathia. […]

Win a Trenton Thunder Signed Team Ball

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Wanted to pass this along. Mike Ashmore, the Trenton Thunder beat reporter for the Hunterdon County Democrat, is holding a pretty cool contest. He has an official signed team ball courtesy of the Thunder front office to give away on his site: Thunder Thoughts. It’s very democratic and easy to join. Send an email to […]

The Gap Closes On and Off the Field

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Now that the dust has settled on the trade deadline frenzy we can look at where the Yankees stand. It was a great day for those in the organization that have pushed Brian Cashman to be conservative with all his top prospects. Meanwhile, those that were concerned about the pitching and the Red Sox making […]

Yanks/Seattle Talking Washburn

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Jon Heyman just reported at twitter that the Yankees and Mariners are discussing Jarrod Washburn. Last year the two teams nearly completed a deal to bring Washburn to the Bronx. Heyman reported that Seattle asked for Hughes or Chamberlain during initial discussions. Obviously, the Yankees weren’t interested. Other names that Heyman list as “off limits” […]