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 Continue reading My thoughts on the Clemens trial

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

Trenton had the night off and Charleston is on break for the All-Star Game, but there was no shortage of excitement on the farm tonight.  Slade Heathcott appeared in his first game of the 2012 season, starting for the GCL Yankees as he works his way back from his latest shoulder injury.  Since they just started their seasons, let’s kick off tonight’s Farm Report with the short season teams.

Staten Island dropped their first game of the season to Brooklyn 2-0:
Claudio Custodio started the game by lining a single to center, but Jose Rosario flew out and Ravel Santana grounded into a double play.  Brooklyn threatened in the bottom of the fourth, as Brandon Nimmo reaced on an error and Phillip Evans lined a single to center and Alexander Sanchez loaded the bases, but the Yankees were able to escape the threat, keeping the game scoreless.  After seven innings, there was still no score, but Brooklyn finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth.  Nimmo and Evans drew back-to-back walks, while Sanchez loaded the bases with another single.  James Pazos issued his third walk of the inning, plating Nimmo for the first run of the game.  A sac fly by Cole Frenzel scored Evans and the Cyclones held a 2-0 edge for the victory.

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Roger Clemens found Not Guilty on all counts


After just over one day of deliberations, the jury in the Roger Clemens trial came back with Not Guilty verdicts on all six counts.  Clemens was charged with one count of obstruction of Congress, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury.  I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but honestly, after a trial that lasted nine weeks I figured I had at least another day before the jury would come back with the verdict.  I’m sure this verdict will elicit all kinds of emotions from fans (and Hall of Fame voters), but the verdict is hardly a surprise.  This trial was the epitome of “reasonable doubt.” Continue reading Roger Clemens found Not Guilty on all counts

Minor League Preview: Staten Island Yankees

 While Empire State, Trenton, Tampa and Charleston are all well underway, today the short-season teams will begin their 2012 season.  After a disappointing 2010 season, the Staten Island Yankees took the New York-Penn League crown for the second time in three years last  fall, defeating the Auburn Doubledays in the Championship.  The Yankees got some good performances on both sides of the field, though the big story of 2011 was the breakout performance of current Charleston outfielder Mason Williams.  Reymond Nunez, Benjamen Gamel and Matthew Tracy all played a big role in Staten Island’s success.

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The Farm Report: Father’s Day Edition

Empire State beat Syracuse 6-2:
The Yankees got off to a quick start today, as Chris Dickerson doubled and moved to third on an error in the bottom of the first.  Corban Joseph scored Dickerson on a sac fly and Ronnier Mustelier doubled to left.  He scored on a single from Jack Cust.  Russell Branyan singled and Cervelli doubled in Cust for a 3-0 lead.  Joseph hit a solo homer in the fifth, and the Yankees added more insurance in the sixth.  Cervelli singled to right and scored on a triple from Colin Curtis.  A sac fly by Ramiro Pena plated Curtis and Empire State had a 6-0 lead.  Syracuse put together a bit of a rally in the top of the seventh, plating two runs as the Yankees held on for the 6-2 victory.

Joseph, Mustelier, Cust and Cervelli each had two hits.  Joseph was 2-3 with a homer and two RBIs.  Mustelier had a double, a run scored and a stolen base.  Ramon Ortiz went 7.2 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, two walks an a strikeout.

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Yankees keep streaking behind Nova’s strong outing

The Yankees brought their win streak to nine games, as they continue to plow through the NL East.  Starting pitching has been a major part of New York’s recent success, and Ivan Nova put together another big outing for them.  Robinson Cano showed off on both sides of the field and Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson both had a good day as the Yankees beat the Nationals 4-1.

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Yankees 2012 Draft Signings Update

The Yankees still haven’t signed Ty Hensley, their first round draft pick, but expect to in the near future.  They did ink Austin Aune, the Argyle, Texas high school outfielder they drafted with the 89th pick for a $1 million bonus, far above the $548,400 slot recommendation.  While Aune is the first Yankee pick in the first five rounds to sign, they have deals in place with quite a few of their later picks.  Here is a list of who has signed so far with the round the player was drafted and any signing bonus released.  The information comes from Baseball America.

2. Austin Aune, $1 million
6. Nick Goody, $140,000 (slightly below slot)
7. Taylor Garrison, $10,000 (way below the $141,000 slot)
8. Taylor Dugas, $10,000 (also way below slot)
9. Derek Varnadore, $10,000
10. Matt Snyder, $10,000
11. Caleb Frare
12. Christopher Breen
13. James Pazos
14. Andrew Benak, $100,000
16. Stefan Lopez
17. Tim Flight
19. Dietrich Enns
27. Danny Oh
33. Saxon Butler
34. Eric Erickson
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The Farm Report: 6/15/12

Empire State beat Syracuse 5-4:
After two scoreless innings, the Yankees broke through in the bottom of the third.  Colin Curtis singled, but was called out at second on a grounder from Ramiro Pena.  Chris Dickerson singled Pena over to third and Corban Joseph knocked a sac fly to left for a 1-0 lead.  The Chiefs took the lead in the fifth on a three run homer by Xavier Paul.  They added another run in the seventh, putting Syracuse up 4-1, but Empire State struck back in the bottom of the inning.  Francisco Cervelli singled to start, moving to second on a grounder to right from Curtis.  A wild pitch moved the runners over and Pena tripled, plating two runs.  Another wild pitch plated Pena and Dickersona nd Joseph each walked.  A single from Jack Cust scored Dickerson, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead they held onto for the win.

Curtis went 2-3 with a run scored.  He’s only hitting .229 on the season, but over his last ten games he has a .361/.425/.472 line.  Pena went 1-3 with two runs scored, a triple and two RBIs.  Dellin Betances lasted just 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits, two walks and four Ks.

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The Farm Report: 6/14/12

To say it was an ugly day for the Yankees’ minor league affiliates might be an understatement.  Empire State got stomped and Trenton and Tampa both gave up leads, while Charleston lost a close one.

Empire State got blanked 10-0 by Syracuse:
After two scoreless innings, Syracuse took the lead in the third.  Seth Bynum started the inning with single to center.  Jeff Howell singled and Corey Brown walked to load the bases before Erik Komatsu hit a sac fly to left, bringing home the first run of the day.  Mark Teahen knocked a double to left, scoring Howell for a 2-0 lead.  The Chiefs doubled their lead in the fourth, while Empire State continued to struggle to string together hits.  Manny Delcarman replaced Adam Warren on the mound in the sixth and proceeded to get shelled, as Syracuse took a big 9-0 lead over the Yankees.  The Chiefs added another run in the ninth, but the Yankees couldn’t even manage a run as they took the 10-0 loss.

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