About 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.

Mattingly to sign a four-year deal with the Marlins

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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.… Click here to read the rest

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.… Click here to read the rest

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. … Click here to read the rest

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.

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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.

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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.… Click here to read the rest

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:
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Some thoughts on Alex Rodriguez the Baseball Analyst

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If you have been following the playoffs on Fox Sports 1, you know that our very own Alex Rodriguez has been a panelist/analyst on the pregame and postgame shows during the American League Championship Series – he started the night of Game 3 – and that he will continue to work throughout the World Series. Lucky us!

The big announcement of his hiring was made last Sunday morning, and was a smashing success. Now that we are a week into his tenure on Fox Sports 1, I thought I would write a bit about what we’ve seen from him so far.

He knows his stuff

Alex Rodriguez is a baseball savant and anyone who covers the New York Yankees will tell you that. Even his detractors. Alex loves to talk about in-game strategy, pitching sequences, batting mechanics, etc., and so far, he hasn’t disappointed in that department. And to go along with knowing his stuff, Alex has correctly predicted in-game situations three different times.… Click here to read the rest