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Behold, the Nerd-cast is upon us!

RobNeyerFellow baseball NERDS, PJ-wearing basement dwellers, know-it-all-number-crunchers-who-never-played-the-game… REJOICE, a baseball broadcast specifically designed with YOU in mind is now here.

The main broadcast of Saturday’s opener between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals will be on Fox. Cable channel Fox Sports 1 will also show it, with extended replays and statistical analysis of batter-pitcher matchups, umpiring tendencies and defensive shifts.

Kevin Burkhardt will call the game from the studio alongside Gabe Kapler, CJ Nitkowski, Rob Neyer and San Diego Padres manager Bud Black. The broadcast will sometimes use a ”double box” to show the commentators and live action at the same time.

Long time readers might remember that it was the esteemed Rob Neyer who had the audacity (read: stupidity) to ask me to be his Yankees blog back when the ESPN SweetSpot Network was being formed in 2009. I will never forget to thank him for that kickstart, for without him, this site might not be up and running today, manned by these excellent writers around me.…

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R.I.P. “Gus” Gotsulias

Friends of the site, as many of you know, Stacey’s dad, Constantine “Gus” Gotsulias, had been fighting some pretty serious illness the last few weeks. Which, understandably, is why you haven’t seen or heard from her much. She’d been too busy by her Mom’s and brother’s sides, trying to nurse Gus back to health. Unfortunately, this weekend (10/3/14), Gus succumbed and passed away. Although, Stacey told me they watched Jeter’s last game together in the hospital and was able to point up at the TV when Jeter doubled in the first inning, before falling asleep before the end of the game.

I’ve been reluctant to write about this out of concern for Stacey’s privacy, but at the calling hours last night, Stacey told me it was OK to post something. It’s worth noting that Stacey and her brother had a tremendous “NY” flower arrangement last night, and her brother James had on display a 1941 style Yanks cap in honor of the year of Gus’ birth.…

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Game 20 Overflow thread: First against worst

Here’s your overflow thread, you commenting fools!

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The American League East standings look quite good right now, month be damned. Who cares if we’re less than an eighth of the way through the season, right? And, of course, it’s #TANAK day!

New York Yankees Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF Grady Sizemore, RF
Derek Jeter, SS Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Carlos Beltran, DH David Ortiz, DH
Alfonso Soriano, LF Mike Napoli, 1B
Mark Teixeira, 1B Jonny Gomes, LF
Brian McCann, C A.J. Pierzynski, C
Yangervis Solarte, 3B Xander Bogaerts, SS
Ichiro Suzuki, RF Brock Holt, 3B
Brian Roberts, 2B Jackie Bradley Jr., CF
Masahiro Tanaka, SP Jon Lester, SP
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Thoughts on Jeter retiring

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Derek Sanderson Jeter announced on Wednesday that 2014 would be his final year in pinstripes. This was not entirely a surprise given his wreck of a 2013 season and the fact that Father Time halts for no one. Even coming off a season, as a Yanks fan, which disappointed on the field, but provided an incredible chance to say farewell to two of our favorites, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte, we shouldn’t have been surprised to learn of Jeter’s decision.

Yet, when confronted with the stark, black-and-white reality of his announcement, I was stunned. Still am.

I’ve been contemplating this posting for quite some time now, actually, trying to figure out how to eulogize his career, even if he’s got one season left. A few thoughts came to mind, so since I so rarely get to sit and craft a baseball-related sentence these days, I’ll give it a shot at summarizing a few of them. I’m quite sure, too, that more thoughts and stories and whatnot will come from myself and the team here over the course of the year and I welcome all of you to add in yours whenever you feel compelled.…

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ARod’s court date set

arod93013Do you believe in coicidence?

U.S. District Court Judge Edgardo Ramos in Manhattan yesterday granted MLB’s request for a hearing in its bid to dismiss Rodriguez’s lawsuit over his suspension. He scheduled court for Feb. 14, the same day the Yankees will be opening their training camp in Tampa, Florida.

We can expect a media circus in Tampa because, well, (a) they are the Yankees, (b) Masahiro Tanaka is in town, (c) they spent a few hundred million on “others” named Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury. Oh, and (d) Derek Jeter is back.

But it’s not looking like Alex Rodriguez will be there because, I am assuming, he wants/needs to be at that hearing. I mean, he can’t storm out of that one, too, can he?

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The IIATMS interview

IIATMSLogoLast week, Stacey and I spoke with fellow writer/blogger/good person Howard Megdal for Capital New York, who was curious to talk about our history and evolution as a blog, from the beginning, to ESPN, to SNY, back to ESPN. My discussion with Howard lasted well over an hour, and I had a blast reliving some of the things that have happened to and at this site since I started it over 6 years ago. Six years in the blogosphere is forever in real life, but it has been an awesome run, a run I have no intention of stopping any time soon. So long as there are hungry, talented, and eager people willing to put their thoughts and opinions out for consumption (a brave feat, trust me), we will be here.

It’s funny, as I sit here now, it’s not about me trying to change careers or anything like that anymore. [I tried that for a split second but it wasn’t going to happen.] I’ve graduated to the parenting side of this, with pleasure.…

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Quote of the Day, Sox-slamming edition

photoESPN’s SweetSpot overlord Dave Schoenfield has quite a doozy of a mocking quote of the day while hilariously dismantling Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino’s gripes about the return of the Evil Empire:

If we win, it’s because of the smart guys like me. If we lose — at least to the Yankees or the Dodgers — it’s because we can’t spend money like they do.

Yes, that’s Dave pretending to be Lucchino. Thank you, Dave, for calling out yet another stupid troll set of comments from the Sox leadership. The worst part is that most Sox fans (no not all, but the great many) actually believe in their heart of hearts that Lucchino speaketh the truthiest truth there ever was. Except it’s not, so thanks again, Dave, for calling it out.

Sure Larry, you are a poor, small market team who possess only uber-thinkers with limited financial resources. Um hmm.

I’ve got Tampa on the line, something about them ordering a giant STFU sign for when the Sox visit.…

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My Hall Of Fame Ballot

2014-hof-ballotThis year, I was invited to vote in the IBWAA Hall Of Fame selection, thanks to IBWAA founder Howard Cole. The results were published on Monday here, where Cole noted:

In its 2014 Hall of Fame election the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) selected Greg Maddux with 98.23% of the vote, Tom Glavine with 88.50% of the vote, Frank Thomas with 84.07%, and Craig Biggio with 78.76%. A 75% threshold is required for election.

That’s a handsome group of electees, but even within this Internet-savvy group, a guy like Maddux remain not a unanimous selection. Why and who did not vote for Maddux can be found here and here, for those curious, but the short answer lies within the Limit Of 10 and these two chose to vote for others on the cusp, rather than the no-brainer. Disagree with their logic if you will, but this is the box that we were put in with the Limit Of 10.…

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Back to the future: IIATMS style

Greetings once again, friends. Welcome to 2014, officially, as everyone should be back from time off or a vacation or other method of decompression from the holiday stressors. We here at IIATMS/TYA are proud to be back, ready to roll on yet another year of baseball. We just concluded our best month ever (you guys rule!) and our best year ever (no really, you guys rule!) and are very excited to announce yet another change for this site:

Effective immediately, IIATMS is now, once again, the Yankees blog on ESPN’s SweetSpot Network!

IIATMSTYAbacktoESPN3

[exhales]

Way back in the Fall of 2009, when IIATMS was pretty much just me (Tamar had just joined me), I was invited to join ESPN’s SSN when Rob Neyer founded the mini-network, just in time to ride that wave to title #27. We were there, adding writers (Brien, William, Larry, etc.), through the end of 2011, when we jumped to SNY.  We merged with TYA in early 2013, increasing our depth of talent and our coverage of all things Yankees baseball.…

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