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Gary Brown Video, Hall of Fame Game, Forgotten Yankee, Yanks Should Wait Till August

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Reports are swirling that Carlos Beltran is headed to San Francisco. The main piece in the deal could be San Jose outfielder Gary Brown. Brown is the first round pick of the Giants from 2010. He was the Big West Conference Player of the Year for Cal State Fullerton that year as well. John Klima of Baseball Beginnings rated Brown as […]

Sleeper Candidate for the Yankees Starting Rotation

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Last night on 1240 AM WGBB, NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo and I talked Yankees baseball during the last 30 minutes of the show. We chatted about the Brian Cashman/Steinbrenner feud, the Andrew Jones signing, and Tampa’s recent acquisition of Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon. Joe also brought up a sleeper candidate for the starting rotation that […]

Laird Helping His Cause With Spring Training Effort

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Among the Yankees cuts over the weekend was pitcher Kei  Igawa, the type of multi-million dollar bust only the Yankees can absorb. Igawa, a 4-A player if there ever was one, vacates a locker near a 27th-round pick who is putting himself on a track to illustrate one never knows just what can happen in […]

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 […]

Listen: Chad Jennings on the Yanks

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Chad Jennings of The Journal News gives his take on some of the youngsters in camp like Kevin Russo, Ramiro Pena, Jesus Montero, and Jamie Hoffmann. I will also asked if he believes Kei Igawa has a chance to make the ballclub. Chad also gave us why Andrew Brackman has been the surprise of camp […]

Listen: Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

Headlining tonight’s podcast is Jim Hirsch, author of the book Willie Mays: The Life, The Legend. Hear me delve into the career of one of the most private players in the history of baseball. We talk about Mays and civil rights, “the catch” and his time playing for the Mets. Hirsch also goes into detail […]

Who Is the Second Lefty?

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

NJ.com a few days ago said that Joe Girardi would prefer to carry two lefties in the bullpen. Here’s a passage from the article: “We’ll see if one steps up,” he said. “Somebody would have to show us.” Barring an injury, left-hander Damaso Marte would be the Yankees’ (first) lefty in the bullpen.” That’s assuming […]

Can Igawa Be Salvaged?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

When I discussed the bullpen battles last week Kei Igawa was throw in, but never taken seriously as having a chance to make the team. It’s pretty clear that Joe Girardi will take 12 pitchers North, maybe even eight relievers for a week until a fifth starter is needed. If that is the case could […]

Cameron Would Be a Fit for Yanks

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

Those coming to the site have heard me gripe about Mike Cameron being an unacceptable option for left field for the Mets. This doesn’t mean I feel the same way about Cameron and the Yankees. If Johnny Damon prices himself out of pinstripes then Ken Rosenthal reports that baseball people believe Brian Cashman should look […]

Yanks, DeRosa, Bruney, Igawa

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

More nuggets from Chicago: - Many thought that Brian Bruney would be non tendered this offseason, but reports indicate otherwise. Bruney is in line for about a 20% raise from his current 1.25 million dollar salary. You can never have enough power arms, although I was told this summer that many believe Bruney’s elbow is […]

MILB Playoff Update

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Wanted to take a moment to update those who haven’t been paying attention to the MILB playoffs for the local teams. - The Brooklyn Cyclones were swept 2-0 to Mahoning Valley. Brooklyn had great pitching all year, including a no-hitter by Brandon Moore, but their offense left much to be desired. - Tonight is a […]

Catching up With the Scranton Yankees Tonight @6pm

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Chad Jennings, the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees beat reports for the Times Tribune, will join me tonight at 6pm. Some of the things we will talk about tonight The progress of Ian Kennedy as he recovers from the aneurysm and Damaso Marte’s rehab stint. Hear his take on some of the veterans ( Kei Igawa, […]

The Yankees are in Quite a Pickle, Aren’t They?

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

With Wang out, Chamberlain quickly coming up on the 150-160 innings “limit” the Yankees imposed on him, Sergio Mitre anything but a surefire innings-eater, what the heck do the Yankees do? OK, Petitte is mercurial—sometimes an ace, sometimes a dud. Sabathia has been ok, but not the dominator the Yankees dreamed about all winter. Burnett […]

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 […]

What If Sergio Mitre Isn’t the Answer?

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

What if Sergio Mitre comes up and pitches for the Yankees, not like the guy who was 4-1 with a 2.32 ERA in AAA, but more like the guy with the lifetime 5.36 ERA and the 1.545 WHIP? What do the Yankees do then? With the report that Chien-Ming Wang was most likely lost for […]