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

Some Yankees news and notes: 4/2/15

Good morning!

Here’s what’s happening today:

  • The Yankees are playing a pair of split squad games with guys like Gregorius, Headley, and Teixeira facing the Tigers in Lakeland while Ellsbury, Rodriguez and McCann are facing the Pirates at home.
  • Michael Pineda is starting at home and Bryan Mitchell will be the starter in Lakeland.
  • Alex Rodriguez is slotted to bat second and play first at home which means that if you have the YES Network and the afternoon off, you will be able to watch him with his new first baseman’s glove! It’s his second start at first but his first start at first at home. Got it?
  • Didi Gregorius is returning to the lineup after suffering an injury to his wrist this past weekend and Jacoby Ellsbury is slowly making his way back from the oblique injury he suffered a few weeks back. Let’s cross our fingers and hope we don’t have a repeat of Brendan Ryan’s exit from yesterday’s game.
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Quick hit: The Yankees are a big hit in Louisiana!

Facebook released a map of the U.S. that shows where the fans of every MLB team are located by county.

It’s no surprise that the Yankees have fans all across the country but I am kind of surprised by how much of Louisiana roots for them.

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Anyway, according to this image, the Mets and A’s don’t have any fans which we all know isn’t true, but it’s still funny to see them missing from the map.

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IIATMS Top Moment #1: Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS

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[Editor’s note: This is a previously published post from the anniversary of the game (10/16/13). When I realized I had already written about it, I didn’t want to unwittingly plagiarize myself – that sometimes happens when you write about something a few times – so I decided to repost this piece. If you’re reading it for the second time, I apologize, but if you’re new to the site and reading it for the first time, welcome! -SG.  Be sure to keep an eye on MLB odds]

Where were you the night of October 16, 2003?

I was in my apartment in Manhattan watching Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. I was alone in what I called my TV room. It was really my grandmother’s former dining room which I had turned into a makeshift office by placing my giant desktop computer – it was 2003 and flat screens weren’t the norm – onto the table which was still surrounded by a number of chairs.…

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Spring Training Game 29: Yanks at Twins

This afternoon the Yankees (some of them) are traveling to Fort Myers to face off against the Minnesota Twins.

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Ryan 3B
Young CF
Jones 1B
Romine C
Refsnyder 2B
Flores RF
Noonan SS
Jagielo DH

Tanaka P

TWINS

Schafer CF
Escobar SS
Herrmann RF
Vargas 1B
Nunez 3B
Walker II DH
Robinson LF
Fryer C
Bernier 2B

Millone P

The game isn’t on YES but can be seen on MLB Network starting at 1 p.m.

LaVelle Neal who covers the Twins for the Star Tribune said in his blog (which is where I found the Twins’ starting lineup) that this is the worst Yankees’ lineup he’s ever seen in Fort Myers. Yeah, sorry the Yankees aren’t sending their more well-known players on a two-hour bus ride to face off against the Twins in Spring Training, LaVelle.

Anyway, enjoy the game!

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IIATMS Top Moment #2: The Flip Play

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I am a pretty lucky gal when it comes to my baseball fandom because thanks to my Bronx-born and bred father, I grew up a Yankee fan. Sure, there was a pretty long playoff drought during my childhood but as an adult, I’ve attended no-hitters, playoff series clinchers and World Series games. I have also been blessed enough to write about my favorite team on this and other blogs, in newspapers and in magazines, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to talk about them in an HBO documentary. And the one play I have written and talked about a few times just happens to be our #2 Top Moment which fittingly enough is “the flip play” by Derek Jeter.

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2001 is one of those years that people in the New York City metro area will never forget for one reason: 9/11 and all that happened on that dreadful day. It is also a memorable year because of what the Yankees were able to do during the playoffs that fall.…

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Open thread: Baseball is starting next week!

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You guys, we’re a week from Opening Day! Can you believe it? I know. I can’t either. It feels like the last month and a half or so have dragged on.

Anyway, this is your open thread for the evening. I will be linking some news for you to peruse. Feel free to discuss any/all of the articles in the comments.

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Tales of media desperation: When an article about A-Rod isn’t actually about A-Rod

Wow, the New York sports media will do anything to stir up nonsense about Alex Rodriguez.

This time it’s Bob Raissman of the Daily News who thinks it’s very telling that Alex wasn’t in the Sandlot video that the Yankees put out last week and that it somehow means that he’s being alienated by his team.

Hey! You know who else wasn’t in the video? Mark Teixeira. Oh, and Carlos Beltran. Are they being alienated too?

Here’s how the article starts:

Anyone else wondering why Alex Rodriguez did not perform in the Yankees’ recent video re-enactment of the Babe Ruth scene from the 1993 movie “The Sandlot?”

Hmmm, not really. I saw the video and the first thing I thought about was how funny it was, not why Alex wasn’t in the video. In fact, the thought never even crossed my mind.

An appearance by Rodriguez in the video would be tantamount to Yankees brass giving him their true stamp of approval and officially welcoming him back into the fold as a member in good standing.

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