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Farnham in Spotlight Catching Andy Pettitte

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Given the amount of catching prospects in the Yankees system – even with the trade of Jesus Montero to Seattle – Jeff Farnham has gone about his career as a farmhand mostly out of the spotlight. The 24-year-old , a native of Las Vegas drafted in the 27th round in 2009, is not mentioned with [...]

Pettitte Will Help, But He is No Savior

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

TRENTON, N.J. – Yankees fans, rightfully so, are a bit concerned about their favorite team’s starting rotation. Yes, Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia have been inconsistent. The injury to Michael Pineda throws another monkey wrench into the picture. Help will be coming from veteran Andy Pettitte, but not immediately.  The 39-year-old,  who has made 479 [...]

Mason Williams Leading Stacked Charleston Squad

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

You almost have to be my age – nearly 48 years since my Bar Mitzvah – to remember a Yankees outfielder at the end of career named Walt “No Neck” Williams. Williams, who played 10 years in the majors – mostly with the Chicago White Sox – and later coached in the majors and managed [...]

Cody Johnson’s Resurgence, The Pettitte Effect, Minor League Recap

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Back in 2006, the Atlanta Braves thought they had their slugger of the future in 6-foot-4, 240-pound Cody Johnson. Atlanta spent its first-round pick on the strapping Johnson, luring the native of Panama City, Fla., away from a scholarship at the University of Florida. Johnson did not disappoint. In 2007, playing with the Danville Braves [...]

Many Not Surprised With Phelps’ Success

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Even though he had pitched two-thirds of an inning effectively vs. the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla., last Sunday, Yankees right-hander David Phelps really made his mark with his effort Tuesday night in Baltimore. Phelps, 25 (he’ll turn 26 in October), threw 2.1 innings in the Yankees’ 5-4, 12-inning triumph, throwing 21 of [...]

Molina Taking Double-A Demotion in Stride

Friday, April 6th, 2012

TRENTON, N.J. – At age 30, the last place catcher Gustavo Molina figured he would be arranging his locker is in the clubhouse of the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate. A veteran of 26 major-league games over five seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Mets, Boston, Baltimore and the Yankees – just 6-for-47 (.128) [...]

Adams Hopes to Stay Healthy, Return to Form in 2012

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

TRENTON, N.J – Back in 2010, David Adams’ career was on the fast track. Grabbed by the Yankees in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Virginia, the 6-foot-1, 202-pound second baseman was turning heads. In the field, he played 39 games without an error, helping complete 24 double plays. [...]

Millwood Impresses in Start at Trenton

Monday, April 18th, 2011

TRENTON, N.J. – Kevin Millwood might be 36, coming off a 4-16, 5.10 mark with Baltimore in 2010, but he feels he can be a factor for the Yankees in 2011. Granted Double-A hitters are not big-league swatters, but Millwood, throwing a fastball that topped out at 88 mph, but also mixing speeds well, tossed [...]

Enough of the Winter of Discontent

Monday, February 14th, 2011

I realize, in what has been a legitimate Winter of Discontent for both Yankees and Mets fans, my writing has been, for the most part, absent from NYBD presentations. The reason is my recent pursuit, that of Director of Media Relations for the Trenton Steel, a new Indoor Football team which will begin play in [...]

Soriano Signing Does a Few Things for the Yankees

Friday, January 14th, 2011

I must admit I have looked on amusingly as Yankees fans both bemoaned the fact Cliff Lee signed with the Phillies and the team didn’t trade Jesus Montero and others for Zack Greinke or Felix Hernandez. Then there were the calls to send a high-level prospect, and/or Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner to the Cubs [...]

Time For Yanks to Forget Shooting at Aces

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

I’ve already written the Yankees, if they are looking to acquire a pitcher, ought to obtain a stopgap performer like Derek Lowe. The chase after former Kansas City ace Zack Greinke made for good Twitter chatter and the like, but the Yankees were smart not to trade for him to begin with. First, the club’s [...]

The Long and Short Term Impact of Cliff Lee

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

What a morning for me? In Yardley, Pa., where both I and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro live, the celebration bells are ringing. In Princeton, N.J., where I earn my money, the talk is about the Yankees missing out on Cliff Lee. Yet, on the street, nobody is wearing a frown. That’s why I enjoy [...]

Greinke Not the Man for New York

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Over the past few weeks, everyone all areas of media – from newspapers to the Tweeps – have speculated on the availability of Kansas City’s Zack Greinke to the Yankees or Mets. There were reports that Greinke, 27, the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2009, with a 16-8, 2.17 mark, would approve a [...]

Collins Using Respected Leyland as His Guide

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

So what to think about Terry Collins, who was introduced as the new manager of the New York Mets at a news conference Tuesday morning. His appointment is fine by some, being criticized by others and met with general excitement by others.  What insight can we give into this 61-year old native of Midland, Mich., [...]

No Worries, Jeter, Yanks Will Settle on Contract

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Some of the Baltimore media is promoting a dream.  They think the Orioles have a chance of signing Derek Jeter. The opinion put forward is Baltimore owner Peter Angelos would love to stick it to the Yankees.  Why don’t I think the 36-year-old Jeter wouldn’t even consider the Orioles. Because he’s an iconic Yankee.  He [...]