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A Bad Situation Ends With a Great Yankees Collector’s Item

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

All of us here have been in agreement that it was a bad job by the Mets to deny the Yankees Triple-A affiliate in Scranton the opportunity to play in Newark while their home park, PNC Field, is under renovation. In case you are in the dark about what I am referring to, the Yankees asked […]

Despite Wilpons’ Attempt, the 2012 Scranton Yankees Not Severely Affected by Gypsy-Type Season

Friday, January 27th, 2012

A few weeks ago, several writers were asked by Mike Silva to write a small piece on “The Most Intriguing Yankees Prospects for 2012,” not necessarily the top guys, but guys who are at a crossroads or as I thought, need to have a big impact this season for the future of the parent club. […]

The Forgotten DH Candidate

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Talent evaluator on Jorge Vazquez, NYY DH candidate: “He doesn’t have a position, but he can flat-out rake. He just mashes.”Sat Jan 14 18:57:15 via webBuster OlneyBuster_ESPN I am surprised that I forgot to mention Jorge Vazquez as an internal candidate when I wrote about possible Designated Hitters the Yankees could potentially sign to fill […]

Listen: Ralph Branca “A Moment in Time” @ 8pm

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

I have the pleasure of Ralph Branca headlining the show tonight. Ralph recently published a book with David Ritz called “A Moment in Time: An American Story of Baseball, Heartbreak, and Grace.” Hear him talk about the “shot heard ’round the world” and how the Giants stole the 1951 pennant with an elaborate system to steal signs […]

Are the Mets Forcing Scranton to Barnstorm Over ’06 Snub?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Yankees have announced their Triple-A affiliate will play its home games in six different locations in 2012: Rochester, Batavia, Syracuse, Lehigh Valley, Buffalo, and Pawtucket. This is due to renovation of PNC Field, which will take the entire 2012 season. The Mets not only rejected the Yankees request to play at Bears & Eagles Stadium in […]

The Mets Out Evil the Evil Empire

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The last time the Mets blocked a minor league team from coming into the Tri-State Area it led to the wildly successful Long Island Ducks and the Atlantic League. Seventeen years later the Mets play the baseball grinch again by blocking the Scranton Yankees from playing their 2012 International League home schedule at Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium […]

What Is Your Favorite Old Ballpark? Honoring Torre, Wright’s Crossroad and Friendly Neighborhood

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Last night the SNY booth was discussing old ballparks and it gave me the idea to reach out to my Twitter and Facebook followers to ask what old ballpark would they have liked to watch a game. Here are the responses I received: Ebbetts Field Polo Grounds Crosley Field Jarry Park Original Yankee Stadium Astrodome […]

Could Rockland Be the Perfect Site for the Scranton Yankees in 2012?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Each week we take a look at what is going on with independent baseball. This week I opine about the 2012 home of the Scranton Yankees, and whether Provident Bank Park in Rockland County would be the perfect fit. Last week, Robert Pimpsner of Gotham Baseball Magazine discussed the possibility of the Scranton Yankees playing their 2012 […]

End the Season on Labor Day, Sept Trades, Scranton Yanks in Staten Island, Fan Interference

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Today is Labor Day and it’s the unofficial end of summer. School starts tomorrow, the NFL starts next Sunday, and there will be no more long weekends in the Hamptons. Should baseball end as well? Longtime journalist Frank Deford believes so. Last week, he wrote a piece for NPR where he proposes a 140 game scheduled and […]

Potential 2011 AFL Yankees Prospects

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

With the Arizona Fall League (AFL) schedule recently announced, it is time to discuss which players the New York Yankees might send to play in the desert. Each team has to send six players to the AFL and the rules clearly state that only one player may be from the A level.  Since each played […]

Book Dishes Dirt on MLB, Seagulls, Per Diem, Mark Newman

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Fans of gossip are probably familiar with Perez Hilton, which delves into the lives of celebrities, but there is a site called TerezOwens.com which appears to be doing the same for athletes. I know some like this sort of thing, and others don’t; regardless, it’s become part of the landscape so we have to talk […]

Longest Game, Gardner’s Due, Montero Scouting Report, Subjective

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Even though the Yankees played a day/night doubleheader, and it took the Mets 13 innings to win their ballgame, it still pales in comparison to the longest day of baseball in history. On Sunday, Dan Barry of the NY Times joined me on the radio show. He recently wrote a book called “Bottom of the […]

Being Blocked by a Star

Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Ben Shpigel of the Times talks to Ramiro Pena today about being blocked by a Hall of Fame shortstop. Pena has the right attitude saying that “he gets to learn from one of the very best,” but there are other young players in both Port St. Lucie and Tampa that very well may need to […]

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 […]

McAllister Helps Scranton Advance in AAA Debut

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

The Scranton Yankees defeated the Gwinnett Braves by the score of 12-3. The win clinched the best of five series 3-1. Zach McAllister made his first AAA start and pitched decently. In five and a third innings he gave up eight hit and 3 runs. Four Yankees (Guzman, Miranda, Corona, , Stewart) had two hits […]