Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Projecting the 2014 Yankees

This piece coincides with David Schoenfield’s post over at the ESPN SweetSpot Blog. He started ranking all 30 MLB teams on February 3 and made his own predictions about the 2014 Yankees this morning, ranking the Yankees #14 in MLB. Here are mine.  -Stacey

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How they can get to 90 wins: Score 80 more runs, allow 20 fewer. They can also pray to the baseball Gods for a miracle or better yet, make voodoo dolls, dress them up in Rays and Red Sox uniforms and stab them repeatedly until those teams have tons of injuries. Okay, I’m only kidding about the voodoo dolls.

Big offseason moves: Signed C Brian McCann, OF Jacoby Ellsbury, OF Carlos Beltran, IF Brian Roberts, IF Kelly Johnson, P Matt Thornton and P Masahiro Tanaka; Re-signed P Hiroki Kuroda, P Mariano Rivera and P Andy Pettitte retired, Lost IF Robinson Cano, OF Curtis Granderson, P Phil Hughes, P Joba Chamberlain, P Boone Logan, IF Alex Rodriguez suspended 162 games; Traded C Chris Stewart to the Pirates for Minor Leaguer Kyle Haynes; DFA OF Vernon Wells

Most intriguing player: The obvious answer is Masahiro Tanaka.…

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Weekend Open Thread: 2/1/14

Good afternoon everyone,

It’s Saturday, it’s the first day of February and here are some stories for you to peruse this afternoon in case you are staying home and relaxing.

Yesterday on this site:

Elsewhere:

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Friday Night Open Thread 1/31/14

Welcome to the slightly late, Friday Night open thread.

we’re only two weeks away from pitchers and catchers day. We’re so close I can smell it!

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like.

Here’s a picture of my all-time favorite Yankee:

Mattingly young

Enjoy your night!

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Thursday Night Open Thread: 1/30/14

There are 15 days until Pitchers and Catchers report to camp and tonight, I’m honoring Thurman Munson with a picture. Munson, who passed away nearly 35 years ago, had a career line of .292/.346/.410/.756 with 113 home runs and 701 RBI.

It was a pretty quiet day in Yankeeland but in other news, Michael Young announced his retirement from baseball. He says he had three offers to play in 2014 but ultimately chose to retire so he could spend more time with his family.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, be kind and respectful to your fellow posters.

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Yanks add five to their scouting department

The Yankees announced five additions to their Major League and professional scouting department. Among them are former pitchers Dan Giese and Brandon Duckworth.

Here’s the rest of information from Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

Duckworth, 38, concluded a 16-year playing career last season. His playing career spanned eight big league seasons with the Phillies (2001-03), Astros (2004-05) and Royals (2006-08). Duckworth pitched the last two seasons for Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles as a teammate of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, completing his career by celebrating the 2013 Japan Series title.

 

Giese, 36, played 12 professional seasons and made 35 big league appearances with the Giants (2007), Yanks (’08) and Athletics (’09). With New York in 2008, Giese was 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 17 relief appearances and three starts.

 

Carter, 53, has been a national cross-checker with the Yankees for the past seven seasons. Carter was the Mariners’ west area scout from 1991-95, and he spent 11 years with the D-backs as a western region national supervisor (1996) and national scouting supervisor (1997-2006).

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Quick hit: Keith Law’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects

This week Keith Law released his Top 100 Prospects list (the Yanks had three players), his organizational list (Yanks ranked #20) and now he has released the Top 10 Prospects in each organization in the American League. He’ll be releasing the National League’s lists tomorrow.

As usual, it is an ESPN Insider article so if you don’t have access, here’s a sneak peek of the results:

1. Gary Sanchez, C (#68 in his Top 100)
2. Tyler Austin, RF (#85 in his Top 100)
3. Mason Williams, CF (87 in his Top 100)
4. J.R. Murphy, C
5. Slade Heathcott, CF
6. Aaron Judge, CF
7. Ian Clarkin, LHP
8. Eric Jagielo, 3B
9. Luis Severino, RHP
10. Greg Bird, 1B

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The IIATMS Podcast Episode Three: Burnett, Tex’s Wrist and Stats, oh my!

Domenic, E.J. and Stacey discuss A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira‘s wrist, stats and much, much more!

We now have an email address so you can send us questions and suggestions for the podcast. It’s Stupidyankeespodcast@gmail.com.

Also, be sure to rate and review the podcast on iTunes as well.

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Wednesday Night Open Thread: 1/29/14

whitey ford 1959

There are 16 days until pitchers and catchers report to camp and in honor of #16, Whitey Ford, here are 16 things we can discuss in tonight’s open thread. Some are Yankee centric, some are just general baseball and some aren’t even baseball related.

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