One man’s review of New York broadcasters

From my Maine location, watching games boils down to MLB.TV or the MLB Network. When watching the New York teams on MLB.TV, I will almost always switch to the New York broadcast when the games are of the away variety. Doing so gives continuity to my roots as a New Jersey boy listening to the home teams. Before launching off into this opinion piece a few disclaimers are needed. First, these opinions are my own and do not reflect on the opinions of this site and its leadership. Secondly, I listen to far more Yankee games than I do Mets games. But it seemed right to include both here even if the opinions should be stronger for the Yankees since I listen to them far more often. I do not get the post game shows, so no review of those entities are possible. I do not listen to radio broadcasts, so there will be no review of the radio personalities. I also could not include the “field” reporters because the computer broadcasts cut them out.

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Sunday Links and Commentary

-Joel Sherman with a good read on Cashman’s history as Yankee GM. I’d suggest reading it all the way through, but he comes to the conclusion that Brian Cashman has been much better at making trades (particularly in-season deals) than he has at signing free agents. That’s true on the surface, but you also must consider the nature of free agency. Teams control players they draft for the first 6-7 years through arbitration and sometimes longer via extensions. If the average age of an MLB call up is someone in their early 20’s, then their first team will have them Continue reading Sunday Links and Commentary

Yanks get better end of reunion, pummel A’s 9-2

There must be something about the West Coast. Last year at this time, the Yankees made a swing through Seattle, Oakland, and Anaheim, and the struggling Nick Swisher finally got everything clicking for him and went on to lead the team in on base percentage by year’s end. This year the Yankees are just going to Oakland and Anaheim, but another slumping slugger is already elevating his numbers in the California air.

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The Farm Report: 5/26/12

Empire State lost to Buffalo 8-7:
The Bison drew first blood, as Corey Wimberly walked in the first and scord on a double from Velntino Pascucci.  Buffalo took a large lead in the second, after making two quick outs.  Dustin Martin worked a walk and stole second.  Omar Quintanilla doubled Martin in and Wimberly walked again.  Fred Lewis then knocked a three-run homer.  Down 6-0 in the fifth, the Yankees finally did some damage.  Gustavo Molina began the inning with a solo homer to left.  Ramiro Pena lined a single to the outfield and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Matt Antonelli homered and Steve Pearce followed with a single to right.  Jack Cust then clubbed Empire State’s third homer of the inning, putting the Yankees behind by just one run.  Empire State took the lead in the bottom of the seventh.  Cust hit his second homer of the game and Brandon Laird reached on a fielding error and scored on a single from Cole Garner, putting the Yankees ahead 7-6.  Buffalo had an answer in the eighth, however, as Josh Satin singled and Manny Delcarmen walked Pascucci.  A sac bunt moved the runners over and Jordany Valdespin lined a single to left, tying the game.  Molina threw out Valdesping trying to steal, but Pascucci scored in the process.  That run gave the Bison an 8-7 lead and while the Yankees put two runners on to start the ninth, they were unable to make anything happen.

Jack Cust had a great day, going 3-5 with two homers and three RBIs.  Pearce, Garner and Pena each went 2-4 and Antonelli went 2-5 with a pair of RBIs and a homer.  D.J. Mitchell got roughed up this outing, going six innings and giving up six runs on seven hits, four walks and six Ks.  Delcarmen had his first blown save of the season, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over two innings.

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Game 46: Bartolomania!

It’s already hard to believe, but there was a stretch of 4-6 weeks last year when Bartolo Colon’s starts were the most exciting thing going for the Yankees. The rotund former Cy Young winner had improbably gotten an invitation to camp after Tony Pena coached him in winter ball and then, even more improbably, pitched well enough to make the team. After starting as the long man in the bullpen, Phil Hughes’ injury pushed him into the starting rotation, and the rest is history. He wound up running out of gas down the stretch, didn’t get included on the team’s ALCS roster, and the Yankees showed no interest in re-signing him after the season, but for a little while Bartolomania was real, and it was glorious.

Today, Colon will be facing the team that helped resurrect his major league career in the stadium that saw his brightest moment of 2011: a complete game shut out of the A’s on Memorial Day. He’ll be opposed by Yankees’ ace C.C. Sabathia, and a Yankee offense that’s scored 14 runs in their last two games. Here are the lineups:

Yankees (24-21):

Derek Jeter SS
Curtis Granderson CF
Alex Rodriguez DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Raul Ibanez LF
Nick Swisher RF
Eric Chavez 3B
Chris Stewart C

C.C. Sabathia LHP

Athletics (22-24):

Jemile Weeks 2B
Coco Crisp CF
Josh Reddick RF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Donaldson 3B
Kurt Suzuki C
Cliff Pennington SS
Adam Rosales 1B
Collin Cowgill LF

Bartolo Colon RHP

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Game 46: Some Big Pitchers

The Yankees are sending out CC Sabathia to face off against the A’s and ex-Yankee Bartolo Colon. Between these two guys, I can only hope the mound holds up. The game starts at 4:05 PM EST on YES. LHP CC Sabathia v. RHP Bartolo Colon Yankees Athletics Derek Jeter SS Jemile Weeks 2B Curtis Granderson CF Coco Crisp CF Alex Rodriguez DH Josh Reddick RF Robinson Cano 2B Jonny Gomes DH Mark Teixeira 1B Josh Donaldson 3B Raul Ibanez LF Kurt Suzuki C Nick Swisher RF Cliff Pennington SS Eric Chavez 3B Adam Rosales 1B Chris Stewart C Collin Cowgill Continue reading Game 46: Some Big Pitchers

Oakland’s ballpark is an embarrassment to baseball

After watching the Yankees defeat the Oakland Athletics last night in Oakland, the overwhelming thought was how sad it is that baseball has not resolved the stadium issue for the Athletics. There are no qualms about the team or the organization. Billy Beane and company have tried to make it work despite having little to work with. Despite being the worst hitting team in the American League, the A’s are in second place in the AL West. But forcing the A’s to languish in that dump of a park and allowing the San Francisco Giants to continue to block a team move to San Jose is unacceptable.

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Robertson won’t return next weekend

Earlier in the week, it was hoped that David Robertson would be able to return from the disabled list and rejoin the Yankees next weekend in Detroit but, via George King, you can scrap those hopes. Robertson reported to the team’s complex in Tampa to begin a throwing program on Thursday, and he’ll embark on a minor league rehab tour after that, so Detroit is not in his immediate future. “Not at all,” said Brian Cashman. Continue reading Robertson won’t return next weekend

Yankees go deep three times, beat Oakland 6-3

It has seemed at times this year as though the Yankees just can’t catch a break when someone makes a mistake on defense, with errors and botched plays coming back to bite them and then some. Friday night they turned the tables, taking advantage of a key Oakland error to get on the scoreboard and begin a barrage of A’s starter Tyson Ross. Ross had been working around trouble in the first three innings, and it appeared he had done it again in the third as Robinson Cano lined a two out bullet in the direction of centerfielder Coco Crisp. Crisp got a bad jump on the ball, however, and Cano’s liner skipped off of his glove, allowing Curtis Granderson to come around to score the game’s first run. Mark Teixeira added to the damage with a home run in the next at bat, and the Yankees came away with an early 3-0 lead after Crisp’s error.

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