Born in Dover, Delaware and raised in Danbury, Connecticut, Brad now resides in Wisconsin, where he regularly goes out of his way to remind Brewers fans that their team will never be as good as the Yankees. When he’s not writing for IIATMS, he likes to spend his time incorporating “Seinfeld” quotes into everyday conversation, critiquing WWE storylines, and drinking enough beer to be good at darts.

Author Archives: Brad Vietrogoski

Spring Training Game 2 Recap: PHI 3 NYY 1

Alex Rodriguez

Just one of the boys. Courtesy of the AP

Yesterday was the official opener, but today was the real big day thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez to game action.  Joe had him in the starting lineup hitting second and DH’ing, and all in all the day went about as well as you could have hoped if you’re pro-A-Rod.  He got a hit, looked alright swinging the bat and running the bases, got noticeably more cheers than boos from the crowd, and didn’t hurt himself.  He was the clear and obvious focal point of the day, and also one of the few highlights in a mostly nothing game from the Yankee side.

– The other major highlight was Nathan Eovaldi‘s first start as a New York Yankee.  Like Adam Warren, he was on a 2-inning/30-pitch limit and he finished the full 2 innings.  Unlike Warren, he got hit a little bit and gave up 1 earned run.  Eovaldi also showed his trademark plus fastball velocity and a nice split-change that got him his only strikeout of the day on a swing and miss.…

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The IIATMS Top 20 Yankee Moments Countdown Starts Today

So you guys remember that vote we held for the top 20 moments of the Derek Jeter era (’96-’14) a few weeks ago?  Good news, we didn’t forget about that.  The votes have been tallied, the final top 20 has been ranked, the writing assignments for each individual moment have been divvied up, and we are kicking off the countdown with moment #20 today!  Like in a few hours today.

Hopefully you remembered what moments you voted for.  If not, well then this whole countdown is going to be an extra fun experience for you, because I’m not listing all 20 moments here.  There has to be some drama to this, as much drama as possible when the topic is things that have already happened.  What I will do is link back to the original list of 56 nominees, because I am a kind and fair man.

Our plan is to count down from 20 to 1 with a new post on the next moment every other day or so leading up to Opening Day.  …

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Spring Training Game 1 Recap: NYY 5 PHI 5

Adam Warren

Courtesy of the AP

The Yankees opened their Spring Training 2015 game schedule this afternoon, giving us our first look at live Yankee baseball in over 5 months.  Obviously expectations were low given the situation, but there was a little extra excitement on the Yankee side thanks to the high number of top current and former organizational prospects playing in today’s game.  A couple of those top prospects had big moments in the game too, so that was pretty sweet from a fan perspective.

It’s still very early, the players are still more focused on getting in game shape than actually performing, and so I think it’s only fair that those same rules apply to ST game recaps.  I’m just trying to get back in the right game recap timing again, you know?  Still getting the feel for my game recap stuff back.  To make sure I don’t over-exert and strain anything, I’m gonna cover the rest of this bad boy in bullet points.…

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Quick Hit: Today’s ST Opener Starting Lineup

Man it feels good to write a title like that again!  The Yanks open their 2015 Spring Training game schedule this afternoon against the Philadelphia Phillies, who are fresh off getting beat by a college team.  If only the Daily News could find a way to work a joke about that into a joke about A-Rod on their back page.  That would be hilarious!

Anyway, here’s the starting lineup for today’s game:

1) Jacoby Ellsbury- CF
2) Brett Gardner- LF
3) Chris Young- RF
4) Garrett Jones- 1B
5) Jose Pirela- 2B
6) Austin Romine- C
7) Kyle Roller- DH
8) Jonathan Galvez- 3B
9) Nick Noonan- SS

SP) Adam Warren

There will also be a slew of top prospects playing off the bench and out of the ‘pen today, so that should be fun.  Yankee baseball, baby!  It’s back in a few short hours.

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Report: Luis Torrens Could Miss 2015 Season With A Shoulder Injury

I was going to wait until the severity of the injury was confirmed to write this, but after sleeping on it I realized I don’t expect the news to be good today anyway so why bother waiting on it?  If the news was better, the Yankees probably wouldn’t be waiting to make a formal announcement.

The bad news, via Chad Jennings, is that A-ball catching prospect Luis Torrens has suffered another injury to his right shoulder.  The Yankees are in the “still gathering info” stage of dealing with the injury, so there’s a chance it isn’t season-ending, but there were plenty of rumors out there yesterday saying it was.  That Billy Eppler is involved already and was the one talking to Jennings suggests that it’s pretty serious.

Torrens missed a few months this past season after suffering a shoulder strain very early in the Low-A season.  When he returned from the DL he was sent to SS Staten Island, where he hit .270/.327/.405 in 202 PA and continued to impress everybody with his natural hitting skills and how quickly he took to full-time catching.  …

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The First Spring A-Rod Story That Matters: Will He Play Tomorrow?

Alex Rodriguez

Courtesy of the AP

The Alex Rodriguez coverage continues to be almost entirely laughable this spring, but yesterday afternoon a few reports came out that were actually worth the time it took to write them.  With the Yankees’ ST opener about a day away, the question has been raised of whether A-Rod will play in that game and if so, at what position?  The beat guys got on this yesterday and didn’t turn up much.  Alex said he had to talk to Joe first, Joe said he had to talk to Alex first, and it sounded like everybody was going to get back and talk about it together today before making a decision.

The Yanks will play a 6-inning intrasquad game today with a pitching machine, and as of this morning it’s still unknown if A-Rod will even participate in that game.  While there will be little to take from his performance in his first game, whenever that may be, I do think the Yankees realize that this decision does carry more weight with it than it normally would.  …

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Joe Names First Three Spring Training Starters

This was supposed to be announced yesterday, but Joe wanted to wait a day and reconvene with his staff after the rainout before making the call.  The reconvening has been done, the decisions have been made, and the announcement is all but official.  Via Wally Matthews, the first 3 Spring Training starters will be Adam Warren, Nathan Eovaldi, and Esmil Rogers.  Warren gets the ST opener on Tuesday, Eovaldi will throw Wednesday, and Rogers Thursday.

The decision to start Warren and Rogers early is hardly a surprising one.  With both of them being told to stretch out and prepare as starters this offseason, they’re a step or 2 ahead of the rest of the rotation in terms of game readiness.  They also don’t have lingering injury concerns like most of the other projected starters.

Eovaldi got an early start on his spring activities as well, so it’s exciting to see him get one of the early game assignments.  …

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Quick Hit: Ryan’s Roster Chances Take Some Early Body Blows

The weather wiped out most of yesterday’s planned spring camp activities.  For Brendan Ryan, that was probably a good thing.  It hasn’t been a promising start to what is a critically important ST for him if he wants to stay in pinstripes.  He was the first official injury casualty of the spring, straining his back earlier in the week while doing biceps curls.  The Yankees have said he’s only expected to be out for 5 days, but backs can be tricky and they’ve been known to try to sell more serious injuries as minor ones.

Ryan has become a redundant piece on the roster with the signing of Stephen Drew and others, and I’ve been advocating for the Yanks to let Ryan go and use Drew in his role of utility infield backup for a while.  In addition to the early back problems, it appears as though that could be something that hurts Ryan’s roster-making chances as well.  Brendan Kuty reported yesterday that Joe is planning to get Drew some work at shortstop this spring, and why not?  …

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Saturday Morning News And Notes: 2/28/15

Have people been watching what Russell Westbrook has been doing?  Dude is out of control right now.  Must-watch TV.  Now here are some of the small Yankee-centric stories that I didn’t get to yesterday:

Brendan Ryan became the first player to suffer a ST injury when it was announced that he strained his back lifting weights.  He’s expected to miss less than a week, but you never know with back injuries.  Remember that Ryan missed all of camp and the start of the regular last year with back problems.

Via Ben Badler, the Yanks will have a spending pool of $2,262,800 for the 2015-2016 international free agent period.  Because they exceeded their spending limit this period, they will be unable to offer any contracts over 300k next year.  From what I’ve read, that means they won’t get a shot at 18-year-old Cuban pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez, who won’t be cleared in time to sign before the end of the 2014-2015 period.…

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