All posts by Stacey Gotsulias

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast.

Quick hit: The Gold Glove finalists were announced

The Gold Glove nominations were announced today and the Yankees have a few guys in the running for some hardware! The awards themselves will be announced on November 10.

Congrats to Tex, Didi and Brett on their nominations.

Mattingly to sign a four-year deal with the Marlins


Former Dodgers manager, and Yankee great, Don Mattingly, will be signing a four-year deal to manage the Miami Marlins. The news, first reported by Vice Sports, broke early this morning.

Mattingly, who managed the Dodgers for the past five seasons, interviewed with the Miami earlier this week, and will be the eighth manager of the Marlins since 2010. Let’s put that number into perspective. The Yankees have had three managers since I was in high school, and I turned 41 in August. The Marlins have had eight since I turned 36.

The one thing that may work in Mattingly’s favor is that he’s friendly with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria so he may stick around a little longer than his predecessors. Then again, it’s Loria and things can go haywire in a hurry down in Miami. He meddles with his managers, he once made his General Manager acting manager, and he will change his mind about how he wants to run the team on a dime. Remember 2012’s fire sale?

As for Mattingly, this change could be a good one for him if Loria keeps to himself. He will be going from managing a team with a $300MM payroll and extremely high expectations to managing a team known for not spending a lot and that finished 71-91 in 2015, but is anchored by young players like Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. Mattingly will also be reunited with Dee Gordon, who played under him from 2011-2014. And who knows, if Stanton can stay healthy, and the Marlins can improve their record in 2016, Loria may be inclined to spend some money and build a better team for Mattingly to manage.

Under Mattingly, the Dodgers won the National League West the past three seasons, but the team had trouble advancing past the National League Division Series, accomplishing that feat only once and watched their rivals, the San Francisco Giants, win two World Series in 2012 and 2014.

Mattingly, who went to the Dodgers in 2008 with Joe Torre, after his time on the Yankees’ coaching staff, was 446-363 with L.A. which gives him the sixth-best winning percentage in franchise history.

Random baseball thoughts on a World Series off day

This is going to be a little different than the usual random thoughts post. Instead of one or two sentence thoughts, I figured I’d behave like an actual writer for a change and compose full paragraphs.

I know, wow. Here we go.

The Relentless Royals

We are two games into the 2015 World Series and the Kansas City Royals find themselves up two games to none heading back to Flushing. They were able to beat Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom and got a tremendous pitching performance from Johnny Cueto last night. And I mean, tremendous. He’s one of only seven pitchers to pitch more than eight innings and give up only two hits in a World Series start in the past 60 years. The last guy to do it was Greg Maddux in 1995. He’s also the first American League pitcher to throw a complete game in the World Series since Jack Morris did it in 1991.

With the way Cueto pitched, the Royals didn’t need seven runs but they got them anyway. And how did they do that? Like they always do. They hit and they keep on hitting. Just when a team thinks they may have the Royals in a spot where they may not get anything done, the Royals will put up a four-spot – including scoring three runs with two outs.

It’s actually a lot of fun to watch.

Praising A-Rod

If you had told me even three months ago that Alex Rodriguez would be working for Fox Sports as an analyst during the playoffs, and that he would be getting nearly universal praise on the job he was doing, I would have said that you were insane. But it’s actually happening. He’s getting so much praise that they’re starting to have him talk to the booth during the game to give his thoughts on in-game situations and more importantly, taking time away from Harold Reynolds. It’s stunning. In a good way, of course.

It’s really a treat to see people who would normally be doing something as silly as calling A-Rod “A-Roid” actually complimenting his work on Fox. Some people even went so far as to say that they were hoping he’d permanently replace Reynolds in the booth for the rest of the World Series. I am beside myself with joy.

Oh, and Michael Kay even tweeted about Alex:

I told everyone that Alex would be good. What’s great right now is that he’s explaining baseball in a smart way but that is still easy enough for people to understand. He hasn’t been told to dumb down his analysis which is what seems to happen to a lot of guys who make the jump from playing baseball to broadcasting.

Pissy writers

There are a lot of pissy baseball writers on Twitter right now. It’s mostly tweets complaining about the airport in KC or the airlines they’re using. From the way people tweet and complain about air travel these days, I’m glad I haven’t set foot on an airplane in five years. It sounds truly miserable. People strangle their fellow passengers for reclining seats! What a world!

Rapid fire thoughts:

  • Last night, A-Rod said that it would be important for the Mets to have Yoenis Cespedes start hitting again. He added that while it’s been nice to have Daniel Murphy on such a hot streak, Cespedes is the better player and he needs to get going.
  • Pete Rose needs to be reined in a bit on the pre and postgame show. Frank Thomas joked about Cueto being one of Pete’s stepsons and Pete responded with, “My stepsons speak English.” Oy.
  • No, really, two days off? What the heck am I going to watch?
  • Maybe I can catch up on this season of The Affair. Does anyone else watch that show? It’s pretty intense and I am way behind.
  • I predicted the series would go 6 but if the Royals win on Friday or Saturday, it may only go five. I don’t see them losing two games in Citi Field.

Happy Thursday!

Quick hit: Andrew Miller and Mariano Rivera are at the World Series

Andrew Miller and Mariano Rivera are at Kauffman Stadium. No, they aren’t there to pitch for either team’s bullpen, but it looks like they are there for the presentation of the Mariano Rivera Award for the American League’s best reliever!

Miller, who converted 36 saves in his first year with the Yankees, finished with a 1.90 ERA and 2.06 xFIP in 61.2 innings of work.

Congratulations to Miller on a great season.

Wednesday afternoon news and notes: 10/28/15

It’s a slow, rainy Wednesday here in the NYC area so I figured I’d post a news and notes entry. But before I get to it, I have to ask: Did you watch the game last night? I went to bed in the ninth inning and when I woke up this morning, I couldn’t believe that the Mets lost, and that it went to 14 innings. I was also disappointed because I apparently missed Alex Rodriguez in the booth during extra innings.

Damn you, baseball Gods! And damn my body for being old and tired!

Anyway, here are some baseball articles involving the Yankees, both current and former, and various stories from around baseball.

  • The Yankees tried to hire former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington. Joel Sherman reports that Brian Cashman reached out to Cherington directly after the Red Sox named Dave Dombrokwski their new GM.
  • It looks like Derek Jeter is finally getting hitched. Congrats to him and Hannah Davis, the soon-to-be Mrs. Jeter. I hope they make lots of beautiful babies together.
  • Don Mattingly and the Florida Marlins are close to a deal. Mattingly, who recently departed Los Angeles after the Dodgers lost to the Mets in five games in the division series, is reportedly close to Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria. Should be interesting to see how that turns out.
  • Here’s a silly article from the New York Times that pits the Yankee Stadium Bleacher Creatures against Citi Field’s 7 Line Army. What’s with the New York Times lately? Geez.
  • And finally, a must read by Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus on Baseball and losing a father.
  • We apologize for the lull in posts between yesterday and today. We are working on some stuff behind the scenes that we hope to publish later this week and/or early next week.

    Enjoy your evening!

A thank you to the 2015 Yankees

Now that we’ve had a few weeks to sufficiently recover from the sad ending to the Yankees’ 2015 season, I thought it would be nice to write a post thanking the guys for some of the joy they provided us this past Spring and Summer. And while I realize the season ended in extremely disappointing fashion, this squad did finish better than expected, and there were a lot of cool moments both at the Stadium and on the road. So in no particular order, as you will see from how discombobulated this post is, here’s an extremely long, but fun thank you to the 2015 New York Yankees.

Thank you all for that 21-run outburst in Texas. I hadn’t had that much fun watching a game on TV in a long time. Just when we thought you guys would stop scoring, someone unexpected like Brendan Ryan would hit a double to make the game 11-5 in the second inning.

Thank you to Andrew Miller for his pitching performance against Troy Tulowitzki in the ninth inning of that crazy August 14th game in Toronto. That 12-pitch at bat made me age at least five years.

And to go along with that, I’m also adding a big thanks to Carlos Beltran for making Miller’s performance and save possible that day by hitting a clutch, pinch-hit, go ahead three-run tater in the eighth inning.

Thank you to Alex Rodriguez for silencing the haters and proving that he can still hit the ball far even at his advanced age. Also thanks to him for behaving this season and not giving the tabloids much to write about.

Also for giving us this Vine:

Thank you to Dellin Betances for another great year coming out of the bullpen. Sure, things got scary at times, but he still had a strong performance in 2015.

Thank you to Didi Gregorius for providing us with shortstop defense most of us haven’t seen in decades. Sorry Derek Jeter. And thank you to Didi for not giving up and continuing to improve at the plate throughout the season.

Thank you to Masahiro Tanaka‘s elbow for not shredding this season. You’re the best!

Thank you to #GREGBIRD for kicking ass and taking numbers when he was called upon to replace Mark Teixeira in the lineup and on the field.

Thank you to Brian McCann for hitting a walk off home run on the third of July and for making staying up until the 12th inning worth it.

Thank you to Chase Headley for this groundout. I know, what? This game was good because the Yankees won but it was bad because they lost Mark Teixeira for the year with a fractured leg. This was also the game in which Bryan Mitchell was hit in the face with a ball. You know what, I’ve changed my mind, this game wasn’t that good but it was the last win I saw in person so I’m going to be a little selfish here.

Thank you to Teixeira for that week in July when he had two multi-home run games. And thanks for the rest of his season. If it weren’t for that flukey leg injury, things probably could have been different down the stretch.

Thank you to Nathan Eovaldi for his eight inning of scoreless ball against the Astros on August 24. Again, maybe things could have been different down the stretch if his elbow didn’t act up.

Thank you to CC Sabathia for not giving up and for pitching better down the stretch. I hope you get well soon. Also, thanks for always sticking up for Alex. You’re a cool dude.

Thank you to Michael Pineda for that 16 K game against the Orioles. That was a lot of fun.

Thank you Stephen Drew for hitting 17 home runs this season and actually finishing with a batting average above .200! Another thanks for that pinch hit, go ahead, grand slam in Baltimore way back in April. That was fun.

Thank you to Brett Gardner for playing so well in the first half that he made this video possible:

Thank you to Slade Heathcott for one of the biggest home runs of the season.

Thank you to Diego Moreno for 5 1/3 scoreless innings after Capuano crapped the bed in that 21-5 game in Texas.

Thank you to Dustin Ackley for having a nice series against the Mets in September.

Thank you to Jacoby Ellsbury for some amazing catches this season.

Thank you to Luis Severino for giving us a glimpse into the very bright future of the Yankees.

Thank you to Adam Warren for being solid out of the bullpen and also when the Yankees needed him to start. And for making plays like this one:

Thank you to Chasen Shreve for his strong first half.

Thank you to Justin Wilson for performances like this:

Thank you to John Ryan Murphy for being a great backup for McCann, for providing funny quotes and moments, and for hitting home runs over the Green Monster.

Thanks to Rico Noel for being speedy on the bases and for allowing me to brush off my “Rico Suave” gif on Twitter.

And finally, thank you to the rest of the guys I didn’t get to mention because typing in your names didn’t yield any search results on 2015 was better than 2013 and 2014, so let’s make 2016 even better, shall we?

To root, root, root, or not to root, root, root for the Mets, that is the question

The 2015 New York Mets have shocked nearly everyone, including their own fanbase by winning the National League pennant and making it into the World Series. And a lot has been written this past week with regards to Mets fandom, Yankees fandom, bandwagons and rooting interests, so I figured, we could do point/counterpoint type of post the morning the World Series begins, which also happens to be the 29th anniversary of the Mets clinching their last World Series win and the 30th anniversary of the Royals clinching their last World Series win.

Funny how that worked out for everyone, right?

This originally started as a solo post, but then I got the bright idea, thanks to our many IIATMS email trails, to have someone else join me to write the opposing viewpoint and voila! So without further adieu, my colleague Scott Moss will be giving you a few reasons why he will be rooting for the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, and I will be giving you a few reasons why I will not be rooting for them.


Mets-Royals is a tough one for a Yankee fan. The Royals were big playoff rivals of the Yankees when I started following baseball in the 1980s; then they were mainly non-entities in the 1990s-2000s. The Mets similarly have spent most years as non-entities, but their brief successes include the insufferably arrogant and coke-addled mid-late 1980s Mets, then the 2000 team that faced the Yankees in a World Series that was less a friendly Subway Series than a bad-blood, bat-throwing grudge match.

I’m getting flashbacks to the 1986 World Series: I was about 20 rows back of first base on the field level at the infamous Game Six, screaming “nooooo” at E-Buckner because I was rooting for the Red Sox – just because, as a Yankee fan at a World Series between my two least favorite teams, New York’s fair-weather Mets mania jumped past my Sox hatred on my rage list. Mets-Royals 2015 is a tick less bad for Yankee fans than Mets-Sox 1986: the Royals are an old rival but not like the Sox; the 2015 Mets, though still the local rival, aren’t insufferable like the 1986 Mets.

And the 2015 Mets have swung me around to rooting for them. I wasn’t sure whether to root for Mattingly’s Dodgers or the Mets in the LDS, but then Chase Utley shivved the smallest guy on the Mets because gamers gonna game or some such bullshit, and I got sucked into pulling for a really interesting team. Whatever my annoyances about the 1986 or 2000 Mets, the current Mets were mostly age -5 to 10 at the time. The only way this Mets team reminds me of the 1980s is that Syndergaard and DeGrom would fit right into Hair Bands like Motley Crue and Whitesnake. Yoenis Cespedes, whom you may know from such music as Yoenis Cespedes’s privately commissioned walk-up song, is the only Met whose public arrogance may match that of the “Get Metsmerized”-singing 1986 team, but his arrogance is comically harmless — unlike, say Daryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez playing “mean girls” by constantly insulting Gary Carter for signing autographs and not “partying” like his degenerate teammates. Big, young hard throwers (Syndergaard, DeGrom, Marvey, Matz) are fun to watch, as is their Bizarro-world opposite, big (in a different way) Bartolo Colon. Several of their young position players have interesting skill sets worth watching to see if they become superstars (Conforto, D’Arnaud) or can pull off a lopsided glove-first (Lagares) or bat-first (Flores) profile. Then there’s a guy I’d viewed as their Jeter, but who may be more like their Mattingly: David Wright, the Hall-of-Fame talent struggling through a degenerative back condition (I cringe when I see him dive) and miscellaneous injuries that make it remarkable he still holds his own at third base at age 32.

So for a Yankee fan, yes, the Mets are “the other team” — but they’re not playing against the Yankees, and they’re a fun, interesting team I’ll be pulling for.


As a Yankee fan, growing up in the 1980s, I dealt with a lot of ribbing from Mets fans when their team made and won the 1986 World Series. My team only made the playoffs one time, in 1981, and they lost the World Series while theirs made and won the World Series. Advantage Mets. I also had a 7th grade homeroom teacher, Mr. Peters, who constantly ribbed me for being a Yankee fan. And you know what? I could have easily jumped ship. I was an impressionable 12 year-old girl who caved into peer pressure daily, but I held my ground, and I remained a Yankee fan. Because that’s what you do. You don’t switch alliances when your team is down which brings me to the next reason why I am not rooting for the Mets in the World Series.

I do not jump on bandwagons. And if you do, that’s perfectly fine, whatever floats your boat, but I do not, and I never did. I took my lumps when my team wasn’t good, and as I already said, I never made the jump. I also do not adhere to this whole, “I’m rooting for the Mets because they’re a New York team!” nonsense. Mets fans never root for the Yankees when they make the playoffs. If anything, they root for the Yankees to fail. This internet meme sums it up pretty well:


And they don’t need us to root for them. They have their own strong and proud rooting section. So let them enjoy their time in the sun without trying to grab onto some of the glory. Because that’s how a lot of them are viewing your sudden need to root for their team. In fact, the New York Times published an article last week about Mets fans being angry with Yankee fans feeling the need to cheer for their team.

This was my favorite passage:

At Union Grounds in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where the Mets’ march to victory blared from three walls of TVs, Jamie Meyer, 31, a film editor, used a drastic metaphor to make his point.


“It’s like postwar Germany,” he said. “ ‘Yes, I was a member of the Nazi Party during the war. But sure, I’ll come over to your house.’ No, you can’t. Some really horrible things have happened.”

You see that, Yankee fans, we’re like the Nazis. And while I do realize he was being hyperbolic, he’s the one who decided to use that really awful metaphor. Good Lord. How can I root for a team with fans who dislike me that much? No thanks.

And it’s a shame, really, because the 2015 Mets are pretty fun to watch.

So with all that being said, I say let the Mets and their fans have their moment in the sun. It’s been a long time coming for them and we have our own team from New York to root for.


Please tell us your thoughts on this subject in the comments. As usual be respectful to us and to your fellow IIATMS readers.

Flashback: October 26, 2000

15 years ago tonight, your New York Yankees won their 26th World Series title beating the New York Mets in Game 5 of the much-anticipated Subway Series.

Here’s video of Mariano Rivera’s scoreless ninth inning in that crucial fifth game which preserved a three-peat for the Yanks:

Happy Anniversary, everyone!

Forget the Sporting News, Alex Rodriguez is our comeback player of the year

The Sporting News announced the winners of their Comeback Player of the Year Awards as voted on by MLB players themselves. Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers overwhelmingly won in the American League with 112 votes. Alex Rodriguez came in second place with 14 votes. And over in the National League, Matt Harvey, tomorrow night’s Game One starter for the Mets, won a close race with 72 votes over second place vote getter Carlos Gonazlez of the Rockies who collected 66.

We’re not saying that Prince Fielder doesn’t deserve the award because he did very well this year and helped lead the Texas Rangers to the AL West title and to the division series, but forget the Sporting News (pffft) and forget the MLB players (pffft) because A-Rod is our comeback player of the year and here are a few reasons why (in backwards chronological order – September to February):

Alex starts a rally in the ninth inning that helps the Yankees to a huge comeback win against the Rays in September:

He hits his 30th home run of the season. Remember how people were saying he’d barely hit 10-15? Yep:

He hits a go ahead, grand slam against the Twins proving once and for all how “not clutch” he really is:

He belts a home run on his 40th birthday. Nice job, old man!:

He hits three home runs in a game in Minnesota and helps the Yankees to a pretty exciting comeback win:

He rolls into home plate against Baltimore because he’s a total dork and then has to get sprayed with water in the dugout because old men shouldn’t run that hard:

He clubs a home run for his 3000th hit off Justin Verlander on the first pitch he sees that night because of course he did:

He passes 2,000 RBI milestone:

He passes Willie Mays with home run #661:

He ties Willie Mays with home run #660 which is a go-ahead, ultimately game-winning, pinch-hit trip around the bases. Nice!:

He hits two home runs in Tampa to help the Yankees win the game. Both absolute bombs:

He hits a single for his first hit of the season against Toronto at the Stadium:

He draws a walk in his first at bat of the season in the home opener which should have been a sign that 2015 wasn’t going to be as bad as most people (writers) predicted:

Here’s his big return to Spring Training when everyone assumed he’d be cut from the team by the end of March. Suckers!:

Congratulations Alex. We don’t have a trophy or a plaque for you, but just knowing that you’re IIATMS’ comeback player of the year should be enough reason to celebrate.