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Do the Yanks Have the Special Sauce, Pelfrey as the Closer, Bud Selig the Socialist, Was Kim Jones Influenced by Bob’s Blitz

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Over at Grantland, Jonah Keri (who will appear on Sunday’s show with me) quotes Nate Silver and Dayn Perry from their book “Baseball Between the Numbers.” The authors found three characteristics that define the majority of successful playoff teams, or as they call it the “Secret Sauce.” Those traits are: - A pitching staff with a high strikeout […]

Francesa: Josh Hamilton Closest Thing to Mantle

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

During their weekly segment on WFAN yesterday, Mike Francesa and Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated gushed over the talent of Josh Hamilton. Francesa went on to say that Hamilton is “the closest he’s ever seen to Mickey Mantle.” Heyman informed the audience that Hamilton is so good that Nolan Ryan stops to watch him take […]

Mike Francesa: 99% Chance Lee Goes to Yanks

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Do all of you still want to use him for your football picks? He also claimed the Phillies had “no chance.” This is my main issue with Francesa. He deals in absolutes when sports is anything but that. It was apparent very early in the Winter Meetings that Lee to the Yankees wasn’t a slam […]

Watch: Incarcerated Bob vs. Jon Heyman

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

The most hysterical thing about social media is how anyone can become a media star. Those who are users of Twitter know about a man named Incarcerated Bob, a man who became famous for calling the “Boomer & Carton” show on WFAN. He got his nickname for spending nine months in an upstate correctional facility […]

Mystery Team, Texas Investors, Cloud Lee Sweepstakes

Friday, December 10th, 2010

The Cliff Lee saga continues to take a few odd turns as Jon Heyman of SI reports late tonight that even though the Yankees have offered one more year and more money, Lee’s time in Texas, and a possible mystery team, could be obstacles to a deal being finalized. We have been reporting about Lee’s […]

Francoeur, Castillo, and Perez Addition By Subtraction

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Jon Heyman reported of a rumor where the Mets and Royals are talking about swapping a number of disappointing players/bad contracts. Just a few minutes ago he “tweeted” the following: SI_JonHeyman trade of well-paid players between mets, royals makes sense. francoeur, guillen, ollie, meche, castillo in the talks He went on to say “Francoeur, Ollie […]

Manuel Extension? Remember how Isiah Worked Out?

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Back in March of 2007 the Knicks spent about five minutes in a playoff spot when James Dolan awarded then Coach Isiah Thomas with a multiyear contract extension taking him off the hot seat. We all know how badly that turned out as Thomas was fired two years later for bad performance on and off […]

DeJesus A Good Fit for Yanks But is there Room?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Back in early December I brought up Kansas City outfielder David DeJesus as someone that could be a “value player” available in the marketplace. DeJesus is actually a local product that was born in Brooklyn and played for Rutgers University. He was drafted by the Mets in 1997, but did not sign. Yesterday, Jon Heyman […]

Could An Arm Be Falling to Mets at #7?

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Frank Piliere of AOL Fanhouse reported last night that Kansas City have come to a pre draft agreement with University of Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal. Why is this big news for the Mets? Most mock drafts had the Royals picking LHP Drew Pomeranz (LHP, Mississippi) or LHP Chris Sale (LHP, Florida Gulf Coast) at #4. […]

Latest Rumblings on the Starting Pitching Market

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Jon Heyman reported on WFAN yesterday the Yankees have two kinds of players they would like to add: a relief pitcher, and a hitter to presumably replace the injured Nick Johnson. I called down to my sources to see what they believe could be coming for both the local teams. - The Yankees are interested […]

Perspective on Carl Crawford and Yanks

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

With Carl Crawford rumors (fanned by Jon Heyman), once again heating up the internet, Mike Silva asked me to contact my main Yankees source down in Tampa to get his thoughts about possible destinations for Tampa’s all-star left fielder. Below is the transcript of what he told me. “I understand that writers have to come up with new things […]

Joba Out of Rotation Mix

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

I thought something was fishy about Chamberlain pitching in the intrasquad game tomorrow, but earlier tonight on Twitter Jon Heyman said that Joba “is out of the Yanks rotation derby.” Does this mean Phil Hughes has won the competition or is this down to Aceves and Hughes? Whatever the case Joba appears headed back to […]

Keith Olbermann: Late to the Party

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I will preface this post by saying I am not a huge fan of Keith Olbermann. No, it has nothing to do with politics as we keep this site pretty apolitical, but with his condescending persona. This was in full display today as Olbermann takes on Bill Simmons aka “The Sports Guy” over things said […]

How About Pineiro and Sheets?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Bengie Molina is gone and, according to SI’s Jon Heyman, the Mets are “unenthused” about Yorvit Torrealba or Rod Barajas. It’s quite possible that we see a Josh Thole/Henry Blanco tandem this season. Count me surprised, but Bengie Molina is not going to break the 2010 season. Another rumor that came out was that Carlos […]

Giving Brett Gardner His Due

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Even though he’s not a Yankee and all signs point to him not being a Yankee again, all the talk in the Yankee Universe is on Johnny Damon. Bloggers such as The Yankee Scrolls write: I know I should just move past the idea of Johnny Damon coming back to play left field for the […]