About Tamar Chalker

Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help - I can pay you in maple syrup.

My thoughts on the Clemens trial

I had actually dreaded the Roger Clemens trial – not because of how it would reflect on baseball, I think baseball and many of its fans accept that the “Steroid Era” existed but are ready to move past it.  No, I dreaded it because it would draw attention away from the game I love, as the media would breathe new life into this “scandalous” period of MLB history.  Of course, in the end my inner law nerd won out and I found myself earnestly following the live-tweets from Newsday columnist Jim Baumbach, who did a fantastic job of covering the trial from start to finish.

When the trial ended, I came to a surprising personal realization – I am actually quite a bit less sure that Clemens juiced than I was prior to the trial.  First, I am very much against players taking PEDs, though I am willing to forgive and move on when a player owns up to what he did and moves on with his career.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/18/12 – Short Season Opening Day

Not much offense from the Yankees tonight.  Custodio went 1-4, as did Matt Snyder.  Eicardo Cayones, who the Yankees got in the A.J. Burnett trade, went 2-3 with a double and a stolen base.  Taylor Morton had a strong start, going six innings and scattering four runs and a walk, picking up a pair of Ks.

GCL Yankees beat the GCL Braves 7-3:
The Braves struck first, as Jose Peraza walked and promptly stole second and third before scoring on a sac fly.  The Yankees responded in the top of the second, as Austin Jones doubled to right and scored on a single from Mikeson Oliberto.  Jerison Lopez doubled in Oliberto to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.  The Braves tied the game with a run in the third, but the Yankees struck again in the fourth.  Jones, Miguel Andujar and Oliberto hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases.  Lopez hit into a double play, but Jones scored.  The Braves tied the game once again, but the Yankees took the lead for good in the sixth.  … Click here to read the rest

Minor League Preview: Staten Island Yankees

This year, Staten Island will have another strong crew as they try to repeat their 2011 success.  Former Yankee farmhand, Justin Pope, makes his managerial debut, after working as a coach for Staten Island in 2010 and Trenton in 2011.  The Yankees’ roster is full of draft picks from earlier this month, primarily those with college experience.  The pitching staff holds the most unknowns, as recently drafted pitchers Derek Varnadore, Taylor Garrison, Nick Goody and Tim Flight are all going to get their professional careers started in Staten Island.  They have a handful of hurlers with some professional experience, but only time will tell what Staten Island’s pitching will look like.  Evan Rutckyj, who made six starts for Charleston this season, has been sent down to Staten Island, as has Evan DeLuca, who has made three starts for Tampa this year.

Staten Island will have more experience when it comes to their position players, as Matt Duran, Claudio Custodio, Isaias Tejeda and Ravel Santana are expected to provide some excitement for Staten Island fans.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: Father’s Day Edition

Trenton beat Harrisburg 4-0:
The Thunder broke through in the third, as Jose Gil drew a walk to start the inning.  Gil stole second and scored on a single from Yadil Mujica for the first run of the game.  Melky Mesa was hit by a pitch in the fourth, moving to second on a passed ball and stealing third.  Addison Maruszak singled to right, plating Mesa for a 2-0 lead.  Abraham Almonte singled to start the fifth, scoring on a double by Zoilo Almonte.  Trenton plated a run for the fourth straight inning in the sixth, as Mesa drew a walk and stole second.  Gil struck out on a wild pitch which allowed Mesa to advance to third.  A single from Maruszak plated Mesa and the Thunder took the 4-0 win.

Abraham went 2-4 with a run scored, a double, a stolen base and a walk.   Maruszak also went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs.  Mesa was actually 0-2 but scored twice and swiped two bags.  … Click here to read the rest

Yankees keep streaking behind Nova’s strong outing

Derek Jeter worked a full count before smacking a single to start the game.  Curtis Granderson followed by grounding a double into the corner in right.  Washington pitcher Edwin Jackson intentionally walked Robinson Cano, loading the bases for Teixeira.  Teix drove a sac fly to center, plating the Captain for the first run of the game.  Nova needed just eight pitches to get through the first inning, but gave up a lead-off homer to Adam LaRoche in the bottom of the second, tying the score.

The Nationals threatened to take the lead in the fourth, as LaRoche started the inning with a double to right and Ian Desmond‘s single put runners on the corners with one out.  Nova escaped trouble, however, as Robinson Cano turned a grounder from Danny Espinosa into an inning-ending double play.  In the top of the fifth, Curtis “I’m not a home run hitter” Granderson put the Bombers back in the lead by knocking his 21st long ball of the season.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/15/12

 Trenton lost to Harrisburg 4-3 in ten innings:
The Senators scored two runs in the bottom of the second for a quick lead.  Luke Murton homered for the Thunder in the fourth, for a 2-1 deficit.  Harrisburg got the run back in the fifth, but Zoilo Almonte started the sixth with a single to left.  Zoilo stole second and moved to third on a throwing error.  A wild pitch brought the run home and the Senators held a 3-2 lead.  Trenton tied the game in the eighth, though the game could have ended there.  Zoilo struck out with two outs, but he was able to reach first safely on the wild pitch.  He stole second and scored on a single from Melky Mesa.  The game went into extra innings, but the Senators started the tenth with a double from Chris Marrero, who was replaced by Stephen King – no doubt, an ominous sign.  An intentional walk was followed with another free pass to load the bases, as Chris McConnel drove a single to center, plating King for the 4-3 Harrisburg victory.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 6/14/12

Ronnier Mustelier went 3-4 on the night with an outfield assist.  He is hitting .352/.397/.500 in thirteen games in the month of June.  Colin Curtis went 2-4, while Francisco Cervelli had the Yankees lone extra base hit of the night with a double.  Adam Warrent went five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, three walks and two Ks.  Delcarmen lasted just .2 innings, giving up five runs (just one earned) on five hits, a walk and one K.

Trenton gave up a five-run lead, losing to Altoona 7-6 in the ninth:
Abraham Almonte started the game with a double to center, moving to third on a fly out from Jose Pirela.  David Adams and Zoilo Almonte drew walks and Abraham scored when Melky Mesa reached on catcher’s interference.  Altoona answered with a RBI double from Miles Durham to tie the game 1-1.  The Thunder wasted little time regaining the lead, however, as Jose Gil worked a lead off walk and Addison Maruszak singled.  … Click here to read the rest