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.

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Report: Yasmany Tomas Officially Declared A Free Agent

When it comes to MLB free agency, the Yankees have a while to wait before they can jump in that ring.  They no longer have to wait to sign Cuban free agent outfielder Yasmany Tomas, however, as per his agent, he is now officially a free agent for any MLB team to sign.

We haven’t talked about Tomas much here, but he’s a 23-year-old outfielder with big power and big arm.  While there are some legitimate concerns about his hitting approach and swing, he projects as a middle-of-the-order power bat.  If he can harness his power, he’s a legit 30+ home run guy in the Majors.

The Yankees didn’t get involved with Jose Abreu and we don’t know how seriously involved they are with Tomas.  They did attend his showcase last month, but there has not been a report about a follow-up private workout.  George King reported that Tomas already has a $75 million offer in hand, but it is not from the Yankees.…

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Hal Speaks On The Season

Hal Stein

Courtesy of USATSI

Joe didn’t waste any time issuing his post-mortem on the season, holding his end-of-season press conference the day after the final game.  Hal Steinbrenner followed suit yesterday, talking to Michael Kay on his radio show at length about the season that was and what things he thinks the team needs to address to prepare for next season.  You can check out the entire interview here, but since Chad Jennings was nice enough to compile the money quotes, I’m going to cherry pick from those and highlight some of the more important/strange things Hal had to say.

“The hitting coach is responsible for the hitters, the pitching coach is responsible for the pitchers, and we’ve got an infield coach responsible for defense and fielding.  That comes with any position in life. You are liable for what goes on. We have not made any decisions yet as to what we’re going to do with any of the coaches.

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NL Wild Card Game Thread: SF vs. PIT

The bar for Wild Card drama was set pretty high last night, and I don’t know what the Giants and Pirates have in store for a follow-up tonight, but I doubt it’s going to live up to last night’s standards.  Madison Bumgarner gets the ball for San Fran, Edinson Volquez for the Pirates, and my Vietro Senses are telling me to go with the Giants.  Bumgarner is a stud.

Here’s your game thread if you’re watching, or feel free to talk about anything else.  Today’s Yankee injury news isn’t good, because of course it’s not when yesterday’s was.  Turns out the pitch to the head that Eric Jagielo took over the weekend broke a bone in his face and he’ll be out 4-6 weeks.  Mark Newman confirmed that to Josh Norris.  Jagielo won’t be playing in the AZFL and the Yanks will have to pick a replacement.  Bummer.

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Quick Hit: I’m As Cool As Derek Jeter Now

Didn’t take long for The Captain to get the retirement jitters, huh?  2 days in and he’s already launching his own blog.  And don’t let all the flowery language on the new homepage fool you:

“So I’m in the process of building a place where athletes have the tools they need to share what they really think and feel. We want to have a way to connect directly with our fans, with no filter.

 

I am working with other athletes, with editors and with producers to create a platform that gives us a chance to say what’s on our minds. It’s called The Players’ Tribune. Over the next few months, we’ll be introducing a strong core of athlete editors and contributors who will shape the site into an online community filled with first-person stories and behind-the-scenes content.”

That’s a blog.  A straight up blog.  Derek Jeter has retired from his 20-year awesome job to start doing what I do to get away from my crappy job.  …

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It Could Be Worse, Gang. The Yankees Could Have Ned Yost As Their Manager

Ned Yost

Every page in his binder says “Sac Bunt” in size 150 font. Courtesy of Getty Images

If you didn’t watch last night’s AL Wild Card game, you’re probably bummed out that you missed an all-time postseason classic and you should be.  It was an incredibly dramatic, entertaining game.  If you did watch it, you’re probably wondering how the Royals managed to win that game against such insurmountable odds.  Not the odds put against them by their opponent, oh no.  The odds put against them by their own manager.

Ned Yost put on a clinic in how to lose a winner-take-all game last night.  He lifted his ace starting pitcher early despite him pitching pretty well, went to a rookie starter in relief who had thrown 70+ pitches only 2 days ago, and watched as that rookie gave up a go-ahead home run.  When that 6th inning started to spiral, he elected not to go to his best reliever in the ‘pen to shut down the inning.  …

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Beltran Has Successful Elbow Surgery

Well that’s good news.  This story came out yesterday afternoon and it’s the first positive one we’ve read about Carlos Beltran‘s right elbow in a long time.  Doctors successfully removed the pesky bone spur along with some other assorted “loose pieces” yesterday, and Beltran is now on the 12-week road to recovery referenced by Feinsand.

You can call me crazy for this, and considering my thoughts on Teix maybe I am, but I really feel like this is going to help Beltran have a better year next year.  Probably not 2012 or 2013 better, but somewhere between the .350-.360 wOBA he put up in those years and the .310 he put up this year.  Hey, he might even be able to play some games in the outfield and not clog up the DH spot too.…

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Guest Post: Girardi and Pythagorean Winning Percentage Or What Happened to The Yankees in 1986?

(** Editor’s Note**- This guest post comes courtesy of commenter and friend of the blog Professor Longnose.  It is about historical Pythagorean win expectancy and what it might say about Joe Girardi’s managerial skills.)

As manager of the Yankees, Joe Girardi has his boosters and his detractors, which is no surprise.  Few Yankee fans have been happy with the results of the last 2 years, but there are arguments about how much of the blame is Girardi’s. One of the arguments I hear quite a bit is that the teams Girardi has managed weren’t very good, and were hit with injuries on top of that, so that even being in the hunt for playoff spots shows how good a job Girardi did. This is more or less the “company line” among Yankee broadcasters.

One stat used to promote this view is that the Yankees in 2013 and 2014 have outperformed their Pythagorean winning percentage. In 2014 they were 7 games better than the Pythagorean formula suggested they should have been, and in 2013 they were 6 games better.…

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AL Wild Card Game Thread: OAK vs. KC

Baseball season continues for those who were lucky and good enough to make it to the postseason tonight when the Oakland A’s and Kansas City Royals face off for the right to play in the divisional round.  Jon Lester and James Shields are the starting pitchers, both brought in to pitch in this exact type of game by their respective teams and both pitching for a big payday in the upcoming offseason.  I wouldn’t mind seeing the Yanks pursue either, but I don’t think they need to be all-in on either of them with all the pitching depth they have.

Here’s your thread for tonight’s game if you’re interested.  You can also use it to discuss Carlos Beltran‘s successful elbow surgery, continue to debate the merits of the Yankee free agents and their returning players, or as a suggestion box for more season review ideas.  We’ll start with the official review, “The Best & Worst of the 2014 Season”, next Monday.  …

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Quick Hit: Baseball America’s 2014 Top Prospects Lists Are Rolling Out

I’m a little late on this, but Baseball America is in the process of releasing its 2014 “Top 20 Prospects” rankings for each Minor League.  They posted the top 20 for the Gulf Coast League last week and the NY Penn League earlier this week.  Yankee farmhands nabbed 2 spots on the GCL list, shortstops Jorge Mateo and Angel Aguilar at #4 and #15 respectively, and catcher Luis Torrens came in at #4 on the Penn League list.

Mateo is a 19-year-old shortstop who hit .276/.354/.397 with 14 R scored and 11 stolen bases in 15 games for the GCL Yanks 1 team (65 PA).  Aguilar, also 19, hit .311/.373/.536 with 7 HR, 34 R, and 31 RBI in 39 games for the GCL 2 team (167 PA).  Torrens hit .270/.327/.405 in 202 PA for the Staten Island Yanks after an early appearance in Low-A Charleston and a shoulder injury.  He’s still only 18 years old and arguably the Yankees’ best low-level prospect.…

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