IIATMS Top Moment #2: The Flip Play

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I am a pretty lucky gal when it comes to my baseball fandom because thanks to my Bronx-born and bred father, I grew up a Yankee fan. Sure, there was a pretty long playoff drought during my childhood but as an adult, I’ve attended no-hitters, playoff series clinchers and World Series games. I have also been blessed enough to write about my favorite team on this and other blogs, in newspapers and in magazines, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to talk about them in an HBO documentary. And the one play I have written and talked about a few times just happens to be our #2 Top Moment which fittingly enough is “the flip play” by Derek Jeter.

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2001 is one of those years that people in the New York City metro area will never forget for one reason: 9/11 and all that happened on that dreadful day. It is also a memorable year because of what the Yankees were able to do during the playoffs that fall.…

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Quick Hit: Cash Explains The Plan For Brendan Ryan

Or does he?  I couldn’t really make any sense of his statement on the Didi Gregorius-Brendan Ryan platoon matter from yesterday (courtesy of Chad Jennings).  Here’s what he said:

“I’d just (say), it’s something we could consider, but Ryan’s also here for a reason. We have two left-handers in the middle infield in Drew and Didi, and we have Ryan as an alternative, so I trust that Joe — like he does all the time — he’ll dissect the matchups and try to put the best team on the field to win. If that means Ryan’s in there ahead of Didi on any given day, so be it.”

A reason?  What’s the reason?  It can’t be that Ryan is a good right-handed hitter because we all know that’s not true.  I’d like to think that’s why Cash was careful to call Drew and Didi “left-handers” and imply that they can actually hit a little bit and then call Ryan “an alternative,” which implies almost nothing other than being right-handed.…

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Open thread: Baseball is starting next week!

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You guys, we’re a week from Opening Day! Can you believe it? I know. I can’t either. It feels like the last month and a half or so have dragged on.

Anyway, this is your open thread for the evening. I will be linking some news for you to peruse. Feel free to discuss any/all of the articles in the comments.

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Tales of media desperation: When an article about A-Rod isn’t actually about A-Rod

Wow, the New York sports media will do anything to stir up nonsense about Alex Rodriguez.

This time it’s Bob Raissman of the Daily News who thinks it’s very telling that Alex wasn’t in the Sandlot video that the Yankees put out last week and that it somehow means that he’s being alienated by his team.

Hey! You know who else wasn’t in the video? Mark Teixeira. Oh, and Carlos Beltran. Are they being alienated too?

Here’s how the article starts:

Anyone else wondering why Alex Rodriguez did not perform in the Yankees’ recent video re-enactment of the Babe Ruth scene from the 1993 movie “The Sandlot?”

Hmmm, not really. I saw the video and the first thing I thought about was how funny it was, not why Alex wasn’t in the video. In fact, the thought never even crossed my mind.

An appearance by Rodriguez in the video would be tantamount to Yankees brass giving him their true stamp of approval and officially welcoming him back into the fold as a member in good standing.

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IIATMS Moment #3: Mr. November

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The 2001 World Series was so much more than just a series of baseball games for the city of New York.

Just months after the worst disaster to ever hit the United States occurred on 9/11, the city was still absolutely reeling. The New York Yankees were providing some comfort and an opportunity for people to get their minds away from it for a few hours a night, as they made their fourth consecutive World Series. The Yankees just weren’t playing for themselves, but for the entire city of New York.

The Yankees were down 2-1 in the series to the Arizona Diamondbacks after being dominated in the first two games in Arizona and winning Game 3 behind a strong pitching performance from Roger Clemens.

Even after the win in Game 3, things looked bleak going up against Curt Schilling after he dominated the Yankees in Game 1. He owned them again in Game 4, as Schilling only allowed one run and three hits over seven innings.…

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Musing On The Rotation A Week Away From Opening Day

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Kill ‘em, Big Mike. Courtesy of the AP

Masahiro Tanaka: 3 G, 10.1 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
Michael Pineda: 4 G, 13.2 IP, 10 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 17 K
Nathan Eovaldi: 4 G, 13.2 IP, 10 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 14 K
CC Sabathia: 2 G, 4.2 IP, 9 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Adam Warren: 5 G, 16.2 IP, 17 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 11 K

That’s the official Spring Training statistical breakdown for the projected Yankee rotation so far, and if you’re the type to put any stock in ST stats for any reason then there’s a lot to like there.  The Yankee rotation was expected to be the roster area of greatest concern this spring, in terms of performance for some but more importantly in terms of health for most.  It was almost written as a foregone conclusion that the Yanks were going to suffer multiple injuries to their rotation in camp.  …

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Spring Training Game 28 Recap: NYY 7 HOU 0

With the regular season a little more than a week away, it’s fair to start talking about games as if they matter a little more.  This afternoon’s game was a wire-to-wire victory for the Yankees in which a lot of good things happened on both sides of the scorecard.  The team hit, they fielded, and they got great pitching.  It was a solid all-around team win.

The biggest individual story to come from the game was another strong start by Nathan Eovaldi.  He continued to show improvements in his ability to finish off hitters, successfully navigate lefties, and work his way out of trouble when he did put runners on base.  He finished with 4.2 scoreless, walkless innings, only 3 hits against, and 5 strikeouts.  He threw 89 pitches and 60 strikes.

Offensively, it was Chase Headley‘s turn to carry the torch again.  His solo home run in the top of the 3rd, his third of the spring, got the scoring started for the Yanks and he finished with 3 hits and 3 RBI on the day.  …

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Spring Training Game 28: Yankees-Astros

It’s already been a busy day in Yankeeland and the game doesn’t start for another half hour.  The Yanks made some roster moves this morning, sending Kyle Davies and Bryan Mitchell to Triple-A and releasing Scott Baker, and they received another injury scare when Mark Teixeira took a pitch off the knee in his MiL game a little while ago.  It doesn’t sound serious, but reporters are all over it right now and Joe said he’d get back with the media when he knew more.

As for the game, it will feature Alex Rodriguez at first base for the first time this spring, as Joe continues to experiment with his $64 million man and see how much he can get out of him.  The rest of the starting lineup playing alongside A-Rod is as follows:

1) Brendan Ryan- SS
2) Chase Headley- 3B
3) John Ryan Murphy- C
4) A-Rod- 1B
5) Stephen Drew- 2B
6) Rob Refsnyder- DH
7) Ramon Flores- RF
8) Slade Heathcott- CF
9) Jonathan Galvez- LF

SP) Nathan Eovaldi

First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM local time.  …

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Didi Gregorius hurts wrist

Didi Gregorius dove for a ball in the infield today during the Yankees’ Spring Training game against the Orioles and hurt his wrist. The Yankees’ Twitter account is calling it a sprain and precautionary x-rays will be taken. If any further information is available, we will post it here.

**UPDATE** X-Rays were negative (exhale) and Gregorius will rest until at least Tuesday.

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