Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Quick hit: Happy trails, Eric Chavez!

Eric Chavez announced his retirement from baseball today.

Chavez, who played 17 seasons, spent the majority of those years as an Oakland Athletic. Chavez was a member of the Yankees in 2011 and 2012 and batted .274/.338/.445/.783 in 171 games.

Good luck to Chavez. Maybe he can become a broadcaster or a coach!

Click here to see one of his best moments in pinstripes. Poor Cody Eppley.

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Happy what’s wrong with the bullpen week, everyone! Yankees 12, Rangers 11

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

They usually refer to these types of high scoring games as a slugfest but let’s call this one an “ugh” fest.

How on earth can you allow the worst team in baseball to not only score 11 runs against you but make it so your entire fan base is ready to jump out of a window because nearly every reliever in the bullpen decided to pay homage to relievers of years past by reenacting Mariano Rivera‘s infamous “What’s Wrong With Mo Week? IN THE SAME DAMN GAME?! My goodness.

This game went from annoying to fun to annoying to OMG WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING?!?! to OH THANK GOD! And while yes, the end result was a win, it was definitely one of the worst wins I’ve seen in a while. You just simply cannot allow a team to get back into a game like that and especially not a team that is so feckless.

Anyway, now that I got that out of my system, let’s talk about the good stuff that happened tonight because my soon-to-be 40 year-old body feels like it has been through a 15-round bout with 1980′s Mike Tyson thanks to this shitshow of a game.…

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Quick hit: Jeter passes Yaz on all-time hit list

Congratulations to Derek Jeter who passed Carl Yastrzemski on the all-time hit list!

It was just about the only positive thing about tonight’s game.

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Announcement: Some administrative changes

Good morning, IIATMS readers! We have a couple of things happening on the site that we wanted to tell you about.

Fchanges-road-signirst up, Michael Eder is stepping down from the co-Editor-in-Chief position. Michael will be heading off to law school this Fall like a good baseball blogger (we have a few lawyer/bloggers here already and there seems to be a large number of them on the internet) and we’d like to thank him for the fantastic content he provided – especially those extremely detailed pitch F/X posts with gifs, etc. as well as the Happy Tanaka Day banner that we post for TANAK’s starts – and I’d like to thank him for the help he gave me throughout our partnership. We’d also like to wish him well at school even though we know he will kick ass.

And while I am bummed we’re losing Michael, I am thrilled to be gaining Brad Vietrogoski as a partner. Brad will be stepping into the role of my new co-Editor-in-Chief!…

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Saturday Afternoon/Evening Open Thread

So the McCarthy era is starting off nicely. Today the Yankees beat the Reds 7-1 at the Stadium and McCarthy had a very strong game – 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 9 K in 99 pitches.

Also having a very strong game? The offense! They made it possible for Yankee fans to get half off Papa John’s pizza by scoring more than six runs.

Brett Gardner had three RBI, Kelly Johnson had two, Brian Roberts scored three times (and if I recall correctly Gardner did the honors all three times.) Carlos Beltran opened the scoring by hitting a solo shot off Reds’ starter Alfredo Simon and Derek Jeter also joined the RBI party with a single in the bottom of the fifth.

The big story was McCarthy. Other than a solo home run by Chris Heisey in the top of the fifth, he held the Reds in check which is good because when he was a member of the Diamondbacks earlier in the season, he had a tough outing against them on May 31.…

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Friday Afternoon Open Thread: 7/18/14

Here is your Friday afternoon open thread.

Some things to discuss and/or watch:

In keeping with the David Cone lovefest from this morning, here’s a video of all 27 outs of his perfect game.

A big stir was created on Tuesday night during the All-Star game festivities when MLB and Fox both neglected to mention any of the former players who have passed away this year. People were outraged by the omission and even more outraged by MLB’s half-assed apology so Paul Sullivan of Sully Baseball made his own “in memoriam” video.

Enjoy your afternoon!

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Happy Anniversary, David Cone!

15 years ago today David Cone threw a perfect game.

Here are some stats about that game:

  • It was the first regular season interleague perfect game in MLB history – The Yankees beat the Montreal Expos.
  • It was the 16th perfect game (14th in the modern era) and 247th no-hitter in the MLB.
  • It was the third perfect game and 11th no-hitter for the Yankees. And the last to date. It came only 14 months after David Wells‘ (May 1998)
  • The game took two hours and 16 minutes to complete.
  • There was a 33-minute rain delay in the bottom of the third inning.
  • The temperature at first pitch was hot: 92 degrees.
  • There were 41,930 fans in attendance including both Don Larsen and Yogi Berra who were battery mates for the Yankees’ only perfect game in postseason history. It was Yogi Berra day at Yankee Stadium and Larsen threw the ceremonial first pitch to Berra.
  • Cone struck out the first batter, Wilton Guerrero, and rolled from there striking out 10 total for the game.

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Things to do while waiting for baseball to start up again

I’m bored.

I’m not sure who came up with the four day All-Star break but I’d like to smack them with something. Not too hard but hard enough for them to know that I hate it. And while I’m sure it’s great for the players to have that extra day, it is torture for me and for many others.

This extra day is slow, laborious and have I mentioned it’s torture? I mean, sure, there are minor league games but – and no offense to the people who play in them and watch them – I prefer to watch the big boys.

Anyway with that said, here is a list of things you can do while you wait for this break to come to a merciful end:

  • Crochet something.
  • Bake a cake.
  • Read a book!
  • Take a walk (weather permitted, of course).
  • See a movie!
  • Set up a brand new cellphone! Okay, fine, everyone can’t do this but I did it today.

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Judge makes Law’s Top 50 prospects list

Keith Law released his Top 50 prospects list for ESPN Insiders and the Yankees had an entry: 22 year-old Aaron Judge, who is currently with Tampa in High A, was listed at #45.

This is what Law had to say about him:

“The hype that’s going to Yankees right-hander Luis Severino should at least be shared with Judge, who’s done nothing but hit for power and get on base all year, forcing the Yankees to do what they should have done to start the season and send him up to high-A. Judge is a beast at 6-foot-7 and 230 (or more) pounds, but with a surprisingly short path to the ball for a guy his size and plenty of loft in his finish for power. He’s also quite mobile for someone his size and should be an above-average or better defender in right, with plenty of arm to stay there as well. I like Severino, who has a loose, easy arm and a chance for three above-average pitches, but Judge is higher probability and could be the middle-of-the-order bat the Yankees have tried to develop for years.”

Judge didn’t make Law’s preseason list so his appearance on this list was nice to see.…

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