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: Yanks sign Chris Young

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Courtesy of the Daily News

So the mutual interest that was being reported between the Yankees and Chris Young has turned into a one-year deal for the former Met outfielder.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti first tweeted the news and said that Young’s last month with the Yankees made an impression on the team – Young batted .282/.354/.521 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances.

He was released by the Mets in August and the Yankees signed him to a minor league deal. Young will be the Yankees’ fourth outfielder, you know, because of those other guys, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran.

Not a bad deal at all.

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Quick hit: Yanks to Extend Qualifying Offer to Robertson

Jack Curry of the Network YES tweeted that the Yankees will extend a qualifying offer of $15.3M to David Robertson and that the team hopes to keep him.

Robertson had a strong 2014 campaign as the Yankee closer posting a 3.08 ERA (inflated because of a couple of bad outings sprinkled into an otherwise nice year). He saved 39 games in 44 chances, and had 96 strike outs with 23 walks in 64 1/3 innings.

This would be Robertson’s first foray into free agency, if he rejects the QA, and it will be interesting to see if he decides to test the waters what teams will offer him.

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The Game 7 of the World Series Game Thread

If you were told that the pitching matchup for Game 7 of the World Series would be Tim Hudson against Jeremy Guthrie, you would probably start laughing and then ask, “No, really, who’s pitching?” But it’s true. We are here. It’s the night of Game 7 and it’s Guthrie against Hudson in a winner takes all game.

Isn’t baseball fantastic?

Here are your lineups courtesy of BaseballPress.com:

GIANTS
1. Gregor Blanco (L) CF
2. Joe Panik (L) 2B
3. Buster Posey (R) C
4. Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
5. Hunter Pence (R) RF
6. Brandon Belt (L) 1B
7. Michael Morse (R) DH
9. Juan Perez (R) LF
ROYALS
1. Alcides Escobar (R) SS
2. Nori Aoki (L) RF
3. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
5. Billy Butler (R) DH
6. Alex Gordon (L) LF
8. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9. Omar Infante (R) 2B

So, who do ya got?

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IIATMS Episode 31: World Series, Yankee Coaching and Front Office, 2015 Infield

Guess who’s back? (After some technical difficulties)

That’s right, Domenic, EJ, and yours truly actually recorded a podcast last night! We discussed the improbable World Series matchup and revealed who we were rooting for to win said matchup. (And we’ll never be… you know the rest) We also talked about the changes that have happened this past week or so within the Yankees organization, whether those changes were warranted or not and EJ and Domenic talked about what the Yankees infield could look like in 2015 and beyond while I listened intently.

Here’s a direct download link to the entire podcast.

And here is a diagram we mention during the World Series discussion. Don’t click on it until we get to it in the podcast. We want your mind to be blown like ours were while we were recording. Think of it as listener participation.

As usual, you can tweet all three of us (@domeniclanza, @ejfagan, @stacegots) with questions and/or suggestions or leave them in the comments below.…

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Just a quick note about last night’s podcast

We recorded a podcast last night and it was just over an hour long but for some reason, our podcast provider’s links only play two minutes and 15 seconds of the recording.

So, until we figure out what the heck happened, we’ll be removing the podcast post from the blog and will reschedule it when everything is straightened out.

Sorry for the inconvenience!

Stacey

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Quick hit: Yankees release their Spring Training schedule

The World Series still hasn’t started – and won’t until tomorrow night – and already, the Yankees have released their first post-Derek Jeter Spring Training schedule.

Pitcher and catchers will report to camp on February 20, position players will report on Feb. 25 and the first full-squad workout will be held on Feb. 26. They play their first game in Clearwater against the Phillies on March 3 and their home opener will be the next day, also against the Phillies. The Yankees are also going to Port St. Lucie to play the Mets on March 22 and playing them in Tampa on the March 25.

Some matchups of note (AL East edition):
Orioles – March 28 at 1:05 p.m.
Rays – March 9 at 1:05 p.m. and April 1 at 1:05 p.m.
Red Sox – March 11 at 1:05 p.m.
Blue Jays – March 17 at 7:05 p.m.

They Yankees will also be hosting four other night games (Blue Jays 3/17) at Steinbrenner Field:
March 6 vs.…

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Random baseball thoughts on a Friday

It has been a while since I’ve written one of these posts but if you’re a longtime reader, you know the drill and if you’re new to the blog, welcome and enjoy the journey into my brain: the thoughts are random and can be silly.

And away we go:

  • I missed Travis Ishikawa‘s walk off last night because I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth and wash my face before bed, though I did say to my brother that the Giants would walk off in that ninth inning.
  • And how about that walk off? Remember Ishikawa’s time with the Yankees? Probably not because it only lasted two at bats in a game against the Royals in 2013.
  • Mike Matheny really screwed up a lot during this NLCS: he made very questionable decisions and poor Michael Wacha didn’t deserve to be in the position he was in last night.
  • The Giants are unbelievable.
  • I’m also getting sick of seeing them in the World Series every other year.
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Open Thread: Royals vs. O’s Game 4

Greetings, everyone!

I thought that if you were watching Game 4 of the 2014 ALCS, you’d want a place to discuss the events and well, here we are. It’s your open/game thread for the day.

This has been some series for the Royals. They have that 2007 Rockies thing happening which could be a good thing with regards to LCS but a bad thing if there’s a long layoff between the LCS and WS. They have a chance of sweeping the O’s out of town with a win this afternoon/evening and after 29 years, the fans in KC are pumped up.

I’ll admit I’ve been watching the games with an eye on the TV and my better eye on my computer so I am only paying half attention BUT I will watch today’s game intently because it could be a clincher.

And if you’ve been away from your computers, well, you’ve missed the whole hullabaloo surrounding Jeremy Guthrie’s t-shirt last night.…

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10/15/01: A playoff game with dad

[A note: Tonight marks the 13th anniversary of what turned out to be a fun night for me and since I’m in the mood to reminisce and write about the happy memories of my father, I thought I’d share this story with all of you.

It was originally published on my Aerys Sports Yankees’ blog back in 2011 for Father’s Day and I’ve gone in and edited it a tad. Hope you enjoy it. ~Stacey]

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My dad, Gus Gotsulias, is the reason I like sports so much and why I root for the New York Yankees, Knicks, Rangers and Giants.

He took me to my first Yankees and Rangers games. He bought me my first pair of Knicks tickets but, at the time, I was 19 and wanted to go with my best friend. She ended up watching Madonna the entire time – she was sitting courtside right below us – and the Knicks beat the Heat by 35 points (Yes, it was a very long time ago.) And it always seemed that whenever my dad could get us Giants tickets, they were for November or December and he didn’t want me to freeze which, while considerate of him, still annoyed me as a kid, so I didn’t get to attend my first Giants game until 2009 when I was well into my 30’s.…

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