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Unanimous HOF, Mo’s Injury, Parnell’s Key to Success

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Josh Norris of the Trentonian wonders if Derek Jeter will be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in the history of the game. To date, Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan garnered the highest percentage of the vote at 98.8%. As Norris points out, both Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson will test to the voters before […]

If No Soria, Yanks Should Turn to Downs

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Now that Joakim Soria seems to be out of the Yankees price range some of the names that appear to be a fit are Octavio Dotel and the Toronto trio of Scott Downs, Kevin Gregg, and Jason Frasor. The only one of that group that excites me is Downs, who is unfairly lumped in with […]

What to Make of Yanks Holdup on Dan Haren

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Reports today indicate that two things are holding up the Yankees from acquiring Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks: 1. Joba Chamberlain, or more appropriately, their reluctance to include him in the package. 2. The contracts of Chad Qualls and Chris Snyder. Arizona wants the Yankees to take both of them on as well as Haren’s […]

Joba Centerpiece of Haren Deal?

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Let’s recap the days events with respect to Dan Haren - This morning I suggested the Yankees should use the prospects from the Cliff Lee deal to go after Arizona RHP Dan Haren. - Ken Rosenthal called the Yankees “front runners” for Haren’s services this afternoon. NYBD contributor Frank Russo heard a deal could be […]

Yanks Should Target Lilly to Fill Rotation Void

Monday, July 19th, 2010

There has been talk of the Yankees exploring the acquisition of Kansas City closer Joakim Soria, whom Yankees fans will see later this week when the Royals visit Yankee Stadium. Soria, the 26-year-old native of Monclova, Mexico, is 0-2, 2.43, and has converted 25 of 27 save opportunities. Prior to yesterday’s injury to Andy Pettitte, […]

Yankees Pursuit of Lee is Fruition of Plans

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

A few years ago, arriving at the Yankees’ Player Development Center in Tampa, I heard some news that brought a smile to my face. The Yankees had decided, after some well-publicized back and forth between general manager Brian Cashman and others in Florida, to boost the emphasis on the farm system. Damon Oppenheimer, the club’s […]

The 2006 Yankees Draft All Over Current Roster

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

I was talking with baseball writer Joe Delgrippo yesterday about the Yankees. A point he has made on the show in the past was how solid the Yankees 2006 amateur draft was. This was early on when Brian Cashman wrestled control of the team. The organization decided to not only spend on free agents, but […]

Bleich Injury No Reason for Yankees System to Panic

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Having gotten to know many of the Yankees pitching prospects personally, I certainly have sympathy for any who are bitten by the injury bug. I’ve seen both Chris Garcia and Jeremy Bleich go down this year.  The Yankees released Garcia May 14 to open up a roster spot. He underwent elbow surgery. Bleich, who in […]

Yanks Better Be Right on Granderson

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I wouldn’t go as far to say, as Steve Lombardi of Was Watching speculates, the Curtis Granderson deal could be a modern day version of Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps, but the Yankees better be right. For all the star power on the roster, the team traded away a great deal of depth that could […]

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 […]