Author Archives: Stacey Gotsulias

Quick hit: Assistant Coach Rodriguez?

Oh my goodness, I love this story so much.

According to the Torrington Register Citizen, The Torrington Titans of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League, a team Stephen Strasburg was a part of during the summer of 2007, have announced that they will be offering an assistant coaching position to A-Rod.

In an obvious publicity stunt, the team said it can pay Rodriguez $5,000 for the summer and a local donut shop called The Donut station will offer Alex free coffee and donuts for the summer. Team Manager Don McNamara envisions Rodriguez as the team’s hitting coach and said, “I’ve been in professional baseball for the past six years as a player and a coach. I can teach the players about getting there. A-Rod can show them they way to the big leagues, it’s priceless.”

All joking aside, Rodriguez would actually make a great hitting coach and could probably teach those kids a lot about baseball.

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Torre to wear a Yankee cap into the Hall

The Baseball Hall of Fame issued a statement earlier today with the cap selection of each inductee. Joe Torre is going in as a Yankee, Bobby Cox – a Brave; Tom Glavine – also a Brave; Tony La Russa – no logo; Greg Maddux – no logo and Frank Thomas is going in as a White Sock.

Here’s Torre’s statement:

“I was lucky that my career took me only to great baseball towns. Every place where I played or managed is special to me because of the memories and the friendships that each afforded me. When I became the manager of the New York Yankees, it was an opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of winning the World Series. We were fortunate enough to succeed in our first season in 1996, and in the years that followed, we wrote some great new chapters in Yankee history. I am honored that I will wear the Yankee logo on my cap in Cooperstown to represent what our teams achieved together.”

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on July 27th in Cooperstown.…

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The IIATMS Podcast: Episode Two: Tanaka, the Farm and Jason Parks

Domenic, E.J., Joe and Stacey discuss the Masahiro Tanaka signing, the Yankees’ farm system, Domenic interviews Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus and there’s more Yankees trivia:

Be sure to review the podcast on iTunes and enjoy!

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Great moments in Twitterhate #TANAK

tanakaavatarBefore the news of Masahiro Tanaka signing a seven-year/$155MM contract with the Yankees, people were foaming at the mouth to get him. Cubs fans were happy to learn that their team was in the running and Dodgers fans were as well. Fans of other teams were waiting to see the Yankees get passed over because they were assuming the Yankees would be outbid because of Plan 189 or that Tanaka wouldn’t choose to play in the Bronx because the team was old.

Then, Ken Rosenthal reported the big news just before 10 A.M. Bronx Standard Time, the Yankees had signed Masahiro Tanaka.

The reaction on Twitter was swift: Tanaka suddenly wasn’t good enough or worth all the fuss. Well, what happened to his signing being a big deal? Oh, right, it would have been a good signing for anyone else but the big, bad Yankees, right?

So as goof, and at the suggestion of our Supreme Overlord, Jason Rosenberg, I searched “Tanaka Irabu” on Twitter because, you know, some people are lazy and love to hate.…

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Quick hit: Goodbye David Huff

In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Masahiro Tanaka, David Huff was DFA.

Huff appeared in 11 games for the Yankees in 2013. He was 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA in 34.2 innings.

OH MY GOSH THE YANKEES SIGNED TANAKA.

I apologize in advance but I’m going to be surprised by this for at least 24 hours, maybe as much as 36.

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Tuesday Night Snow Thread

Good evening, everyone!

If you live in the NYC area, I hope you are home and that you are safe and warm and not reading this on a mobile device stuck on a train or a bus.

Anyway, we still don’t know where Masahiro Tanaka will end up. The destination (or at least the prediction) keeps changing. One minute the Cubs are going to get him, another minute it’s the Yankees, then the Mariners are in the mix. It’s kind of annoying and I want it to end.

Here are some news items, in case you missed them:

Be safe, everyone!

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Old Time Family Baseball Blogathon 2014

For the second year in a row, I participated in Michael Clair’s Old Time Family Baseball Blogathon, which raises money for Doctors Without Borders. The goal was to raise $4,000 (last year it was $3,000) and the total as of this post is $5,180!

During the blogathon, Michael blogs every half hour for 24 hours then turns the site over to a slew of guest writers and while he’s catching up on his sleep, their pieces also go up every half an hour. This year there were so many entries, the blogathon was an extra day in duration and ended last evening. Writers from Baseball Prospectus, ESPN, SB Nation, NBC Sports and our own William Tasker participated.

If you want to check out all of the pieces, click here.

My piece, which ran late yesterday afternoon, is called “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” because I could never resist using a song title or lyric when given the chance.…

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Monday Night Open Thread

It’s Monday!

It’s nighttime!

Here’s your open thread!

  • In case you missed it, EJ wrote about young Latin American Prospects and I posted a picture of skinny CC Sabathia. (Today is a holiday and a slow news day).
  • Rumors are that the two finalists in the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes are the Cubs and the Yankees. (That’s what I saw being said on Twitter – don’t shoot the messenger) All of this is really speculation for now because Tanaka and his agent Casey Close are being really close-lipped. I’m just glad this whole thing is almost over. Maybe then, the Yankees can finish up making their moves for 2014 because the team is incomplete as is. (I don’t care what the 40-man roster says.)
  • Derek Jeter took some grounders today and survived. Hooray!

Anyway, feel free to discuss whatever you’d like, be kind and rewind.

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