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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 […]

Andy Pettitte, Michael Pineda, and the Latest on the Yanks Rotation

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The setback to Michael Pineda this past weekend where he was shut down after only 15 pitches on Saturday, along with the recent struggles of the Yankees rotation, have turned the signing of Andy Pettitte from a “luxury item” to a thing of urgent necessity. So how concerned are the Yankees with Pineda’s latest setback? I spoke with a […]

Sox Bullpen Not the Only Boston Meltdown on Saturday

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

The Red Sox bullpen had an ugly Saturday afternoon by giving up 13 earned runs in 3 innings. That is a meltdown of epic proportions, but it appears the 8th inning sing-along at Fenway perturbed Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. If they play Sweet Caroline between innings, somebody should get fired. I’m sorta serious. […]

Listen to the Weekly Digest @ 8pm

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Join me on this rainy Sunday night to recap the week of New York baseball. Leading off is Hart Seely, author of the book “The JuJu Rules.” Hart, a Yankees fan, will tell us how he helps the Bombers win games from his couch! Award-winning sports columnist for Connecticut’s Valley Times, Bob Lazzari, will talk […]

Baseball Sees Itself in Canseco

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Great day I walked on to the field and then flexed for the crowd got a loud possitive cheer loved it — Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) April 21, 2012 The beauty and downfall of social media is that it allows complete transparency into the world of people. The invisible wall that once separated fans from who […]

Prince Hal’s Highlanders & Their Boring Barrage of Home Runs

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

The sky was high and the sun shining bright over the Fens on Friday afternoon. A brisk breeze kept the sellout crowd of ballpark patrons in modest comfort as they sat and partook in red hots and ate enough roasted peanuts to keep half of rural Georgia in coal and horse feed for most of […]

Should the Yanks Wear Throwbacks More Often?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

It appears the fans really like the New York Highlander 1912 throwbacks the Yankees are wearing today against the Red Sox. The Yankees are one of the few teams that don’t ever wear an alternate or throwback jersey due to the rich tradition of the pinstripes. The Bombers haven’t worn a different road uniform since […]

Bobby V Not the Only Manager that Needs a Good Weekend

Friday, April 20th, 2012

It’s Bobby Valentine vs. Joe Girardi this weekend. We all know that Valentine needs a big weekend, but the manager opposite of him might need to come away with a series victory, as well. Valentine’s controversial comments about Kevin Youkilis‘ commitment rankled Red Sox Nation- specifically Dustin Pedroia- but the struggles on the field shouldn’t be a […]

Classic John Sterling: Does it Get Any Better?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

I recently talked about the charm of the Yankees WCBS 880 broadcast team: John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. A recent game-ending call by Sterling is making it rounds across the internet and Bob’s Blitz has it for us. Is this not classic Sterling? Does it get any better?

Nelson Figueroa a Yankee

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

It looks like former Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa just signed a Minor League Deal with the Yankees. He informed everyone of the news over at Facebook.  Looks like the Yankees brought him in for pitching depth with the injury to Manny Banuelos, I spoke to Nelson on my radio program last year. He is a […]

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 […]

How Meaningful Are the First 10 Games?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Are the first 10 games a precursor of things to come? Normally you wouldn’t think so since the baseball season is 162 games long. It represents exactly 6% of the total schedule. There are, however, some trends in how a team performs the last decade. ACTA Sports produced this analysis in their latest “Stat of […]

Where Does Derek Jeter’s Ascent Up the Hit Chart Take Him?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

One of the early surprises of the season is the offensive output of Derek Jeter. Going into tonight’s matchup against Minnesota, Jeter is hitting a robust .366 with 2 HRs and 6 RBI. The slow bat that turned him into a below league average hitter the last couple of years has disappeared. I was ready to […]

Win VIP Admission to See Knuckleball!

Monday, April 16th, 2012

As I mentioned during last night’s radio program, I am giving away a free VIP admission to the baseball documentary Knuckleball! The winner and a guest will sit in a special reserved section at the premiere and receive a signed movie poster by R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Charlie Hough, and Jim Bouton. The first person […]

Weekly Roundup Tonight @ 8pm

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Join me during the Yankees-Angels game for this week’s radio program at 8pm. We will kick off talking Yankees baseball. Is Mark Teixeira on the way out? What do the Yankees do with Phil Hughes? How do the Bombers look now that they have righted the ship after a 0-3 starter? Hear NYBD contributor Joe Delgrippo and Stevem […]