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Vote: Should Brian Cashman Be Fired?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

In reading the blogs and listening to sports radio, it appears many Yankee fans are calling for Brian Cashman’s head over the Michael Pineda debacle, while others fail to find fault on the GM’s part. In this election season, everyone loves a good debate so I will refrain from offering my opinion on the Pineda […]

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 […]

Did the “Yankee Way” Hurt Pineda?

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Back in the fifties, Baltimore GM Paul Richards laid the foundation for the “Oriole Way.” Baseball fundamentals became uniform in every detail between all classes within the organization. Players were patiently refined until fundamentally sound instead of being hastily advanced to the next level. The Orioles became a powerhouse because of it. Branch Rickey invented […]

Comparing Josh Hamilton’s Response to Brian Cashman’s

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Even though the primary focus on this site is the game of baseball, there are issues that happen off the field that become a part of the conversation. Yesterday, two such issues came to light with Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Back in September, Deadspin reported on a story regarding Brian Cashman having […]

Mike & the Mad Dog Reunite to Bash Mets, Talk Yankees

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Radio Row in Indianapolis was abuzz with the reunion of Mike Francesa and Chris Russo on WFAN. It was like old times for the duo, which I analyzed over at Sports Media Watchdog. Like any “Mike & the Mad Dog” show they elected to talk Yankees, bash the Mets, throw in some San Francisco Giants analysis, discuss […]

Can Brian Cashman Trade for a Hitter?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Since the deal that sent Jesus Montero to Seattle for Michael Pineda, we have been discussing which free agent DH makes sense for the Yankees. Names like Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui, Vladimir Guerrero, Raul Ibanez, and before he signed with Tampa, Carlos Pena all were debated. There is an internal option such as Jorge Vazquez […]

The Price for Matt Garza is Worth It

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Although no clear favorite has emerged in acquiring Cubs RHP Matt Garza,  Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports the Yankees, Blue Jays, Tigers, Red Sox and Marlins are all in the mix. I believe if the Yankees want Garza there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to make a deal. Although Garza isn’t Felix Hernandez, he’s probably the best […]

Derek Jeter Wins NYBD Fans 2011 “Person of the Year”

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

The results are final in the second annual NYBD “Person of the Year” and a Yankee takes the prize home for a second year in a row. Here is how you, the fan, voted: Derek Jeter - 51% The Wilpons - 21% Brian Cashman- 16% Jose Reyes - 7% Carlos Beltran - 5% Jeter now joins George […]

NY Baseball Stock Up/Stock Down Going Into 2012

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I always like to try new things here, so instead of doing a “year in review,” I am doing a “Stock Up/Stock Down” heading into 2012 for New York baseball. This includes a “watch list.” The list could include players, coaches, minor leaguers, and the media. Stock Up  Curtis Granderson - When the Yankees acquired […]

Vote: “NYBD Person of the Year”

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

The NYBD “Person of the Year” is the man, woman, or idea that ‘for better or worse,’ has most influenced New York baseball in the preceding year.” You, my readers and listeners, will vote over the next two weeks, and I will announce the winner on this site on New Year’s Day. You have until 11:59 […]

Best Winter Meetings Quote

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The big news of the Dallas Winter Meetings was the spending spree by Miami and Anaheim, but the best quote came from Brian Cashman- at least in my opinion. Check this blurb out via Yankees beat reporter Bryan Hoch: You’ve almost certainly noticed how much quieter the Yankees figure to be during these Winter Meetings. […]

Lincecum Speculation “Laughable”

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

There has been a lot of talk over the past few days in regards to the Yankees possibly making a play for Giants ace Tim Lincecum. I decided to contact a very good friend of mine, a high level executive in the Giants organization, and asked him if there was any chance that Lincecum could […]

The Yankees and the CC Sabathia Equation

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

This past weekend, I spoke with someone in the Yankees organization who gave me some insight into the whole CC Sabathia, opt-out equation. What I was told did not shock me in the least. “They’re not, I repeat, not going to let him slip away to another team. The brothers will do what they have […]

Cashman Must Not Let Sabathia “Ponzi” the Yankees

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

While the New York Yankees sit home again and watch the balance of the post season like the rest of us, the biggest concern regarding next year’s team appears to be return of highly-paid pitcher CC Sabathia. Sabathia has a clause in his current 7-year deal, signed before the 2009 season, which allows him to […]

Don’t Blame Girardi For Yankees ALDS Defeat

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The emails came fast and furious for me last night after the Yankees 3-2 series ending loss to the Tigers, as frustrated Yankees fans began asking the usual questions, like “what went wrong” and “who‘s to blame.” “I know a lot of fans hate Girardi, but Joe doesn’t hit, nor does he pitch. It’s up […]