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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) […]

Thoughts on Chris Stewart Deal

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

I reached out to a good friend in the Giants organization who had this to say about new Yankees backup catcher Chris Stewart: Chris Stewart is not only a fine guy, he does crossword puzzles. He can catch and throw but there is no bat. He will be a nice addition to the Yankee Clubhouse and […]

Romine Could Play Role on Playoff Roster

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Austin Romine collected his first big league hit last night, but he may play an even more important role come October as the Yankees backup catcher. As you already know, Francisco Cervelli is on the disabled list with a concussion after his collision with Baltimore’s Nick Markakis on September 8th. According to a source, the Yanks will […]

Morning Digest: Mets and MLB Drop the Ball on First Responder Tribute

Monday, September 12th, 2011

There was no Mike Piazza to homer off Steve Karsay last night. Even if there were, I doubt yesterday’s Mets- Cubs game could ever recreate the drama of September 21st, 2001. The Mets did a nice job honoring the ten year anniversary of 9-11. They had alums get involved all weekend and participate in charity […]

Why a Yankee Won’t Win MVP, Replay on Cervelli’s HR, Warthen’s Legacy of Failure, Val Pascucci Chant

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

We can debate the merits of Curtis Granderson or Robinson Cano when it comes to the American League MVP award, but no Yankees player will win it. Why? It has nothing to do with Jose Bautista‘s stats or the fact that three Red Sox are having MVP-caliber years. Its institutional bias against the Yankees by the baseball writers. Take this […]

Saltalamacchia’s Comments No Different than What You Hear at HOF

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Jarrod Saltalamacchia uttered the dreaded “L” word when discussing Francisco Cervelli‘s antics last night. Cervelli, who admitted earlier this year he needed to cut back on his emotional theatrics, irked John Lackey and the Red Sox with his clap at home plate after a fifth inning home run. Lackey would bean Cervelli later in the game, which […]

Importance of CC’s Victory, iPads, Kay’s Shot at the Sox, Cervelli’s Antics, Pete Rose on the Dino Costa Show

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

CC Sabathia was 0-4 with a 7.20 ERA going into last night’s game in Boston. This caused many to worry after the Sox beat Sabathia in early August. Are the Sox in Sabathia’s head? How can the Yankees win an ALCS against them with their best pitcher unable to win against Boston? As I said before, […]

Yanks Are In Good Hands With Russell Martin Behind the Plate

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Jesus Montero has been a heated debate here (sort of like Joba Chamberlain in his heyday), because results on the field haven’t matched the fan hype. On Sunday, Tim Bontemps of the NY Post told us on the radio show how he hasn’t talked to a scout that believes Montero can catch. Jeff Passan of […]

Should the Yanks Sign Bengie Molina?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

I have been saying all spring the best place for Jesus Montero, if it he wasn’t the starting catcher for the Yankees, was playing every day at Triple-A. There is merit for him spending time at the big league level with hitting coach Kevin Long, Joe Girardi, and bench coach Tony Pena, but getting playing […]

Bring Molina North, Give Backup Job to Posada

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Francisco Cervelli‘s injury puts Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero right in the drivers seat to win the backup catching job. I don’t take away a ton from spring training stats, but thus far Montero has been unimpressive at the plate. His progress on defense has been noted, however, has been noted by the coaching staff. […]