Breaking news: BREAKING: Chapman suspended 30 games by MLB under domestic violence policy, source. No appeal. Story posting momentarily @nytsports — Billy Witz (@billywitz) March 1, 2016 We had been waiting on news of Aroldis Chapman‘s suspension, and wondering when it would happen and for how long, and now we know. The 30 games are regular season games and Witz added that Chapman will be eligible to play during Spring Training and also that Chapman will also be subject to meeting with a treatment board, which can require counseling, forfeiture of guns, weapons. If you’re wondering what this means with Continue reading Breaking news: Aroldis Chapman suspended 30 games
Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs rolled out his 2016 American League projections yesterday and he has the Yankees going 82-80. Here’s his explanation: The best position player is projected for 3.0 WAR, and the rotation is filled to the brim with injury question marks. The Yankees’ greatest asset is what seems like maybe the best bullpen of all time, but then we still don’t know how much time Aroldis Chapman will have to miss, and just in terms of statistical performance this year’s bullpen will have a difficult time out-performing last year’s bullpen. The Yankees won 87 games. The Yankees would Continue reading Quick hit: Another 2016 projection
We’re almost there, everyone. We’re just over two days away from baseball. Sure, the game won’t count, but it’ll still be nice to see players swinging bats, pitching balls, making plays in the field and running the bases – as long as they come out unscathed. Speaking of that, Nathan Eovaldi apparently has a groin issue. It’s tight. So his bullpen session, which was supposed to be today, has been pushed back to Wednesday. “If it was during the season, I wouldn’t have missed any time,” Eovaldi said. “It’s something so minor, they’re just being really cautious with it because Continue reading Some random thoughts and Yankees news on a rainy Monday
Welcome aboard the Alex Rodriguez love train, everyone! I am your conductor Stacey Gotsulias. I’ve been on this train for quite a long time and it is wonderful to see so many passengers coming aboard. Curmudgeonly baseball writers, stubborn Yankees fans and even fans of other teams have been boarding the love train these past few months, and it has been amazing. In fact, the train is so crowded that we may have to add some extra cars… All kidding aside, the complete turnaround of A-Rod coverage has been nothing short of a miracle. Last year, all eyes were on Continue reading Everybody loves Alex
In the midst of his media blitz during his last first week of Spring Training, soon to be retiring Boston slugger David Ortiz said a number of things that didn’t make sense. Before he said that he felt bad for guys like Jose Reyes when they are charged with domestic violence, the big, jolly Ortiz told reporters that he wanted to receive a standing ovation during his last game at Yankee Stadium on September 29.
“You know what I want most of all?” Ortiz said. “I would love it if the fans at Yankee Stadium gave me a standing ovation.
Awwwww, that’s adorable. But David, come on, man. Are you out of your damn mind?
Yankee fans don’t like you. You played a huge part in one of the worst events in this franchise’s history. If anything, any standing ovation you get would not be because the fans are paying tribute to you, it will be because they are rejoicing that you will no longer be seen in Yankee Stadium ever again.
The angels will sing, the people will dance, and the sun will shine as brightly as it can. David Ortiz will no longer torment us!
Hallelujah! Ding, ding, the witch is dead!
[To the Boston fans who will no doubt come here and claim I’m being mean to poor David Ortiz: Calm down. This is obvious sarcasm.] Continue reading Quick hit: Ortiz wants a Yankee Stadium standing ovation
Up to this point I have avoided writing my true feelings on the Yankees signing Aroldis Chapman because if I am going to be completely honest with you, I don’t actually know what they are.
Part of me is annoyed that the Yankees knowingly added a person to their roster who seems to have obvious anger issues just because he has an out-of-this-world fastball. And I’m sorry, but you usually don’t shoot off a gun eight times for no reason. Something had to set him off.
Another part of me is struggling with the idea that Chapman may have laid a hand on a woman and that she was so scared, she hid in the bushes and called 911. And sure, she has since recanted her story, and claims that she doesn’t know why she said that Chapman hit her, but a lot of domestic violence victims will do that. Just to make things better for themselves, at least for a little while until the next incident.
As a person who blogs about baseball and the Yankees, there’s also a part of me that understands the business decision the ball club made. Like I said above, he has an out-of-this-world fastball and he was cheap. As a woman who blogs about baseball and the Yankees, I’m also disgusted that they read the police reports and still decided to acquire him.
And yes, I know charges weren’t pressed against him, but that also happens a lot. The world is an imperfect place.
Can you see why this is all so hard for me to express? There are so many variables and I just don’t know how to handle everything.
For now, and until MLB commissioner Rob Manfred makes his decision on a possible suspension, Chapman is at Yankees’ training camp and he’s throwing bullpens.
This morning he spoke to the press through his interpreter and had this to say about his incident in the fall:
“I haven’t hurt anybody,” Chapman said through translator Marlon Abreu.
Chapman left Yankees camp Monday for an excused absence to return to his home in Miami to take care of what he described as a family matter.
A Davie, Florida police report from Oct. 30 alleged that Chapman choked his girlfriend and fired eight gunshots. After an investigation, no charges were pressed.
“Just, in general, I’ve never hurt anybody ever in my life,” Chapman said.
Chapman thinks that the media has been unfair to him and has painted him in an unfavorable light. He also said he will appeal any suspension handed down by the commissioner, if it indeed comes down to that.
He added, “That is not my character or the person I am.” Continue reading Chapman speaks: “I didn’t hurt anyone”
It’s been a few days since Yankees’ COO Lonn Trost said some highly questionable things about the Yankees’ new ticketing policies for 2016 and I have been quiet about it because I wanted to take the time to gather my thoughts and express them in a polite and reflective manner. I didn’t want to fly off the handle which is what I would have done had I written something on the day when Trost’s comments first came out. Here they are in case you missed them: “The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a Continue reading Don’t Trost the Yankees, they’ll throw you into a Levine
Yankees’ pitchers and catchers are officially reporting to Spring Training today and this sign greeted them: This sign is on the door to the Yankees spring clubhouse. Fired up now? pic.twitter.com/3DF6rCgRFc — Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) February 18, 2016 Hmmm. Let’s forget about the grammar issue that I spotted right off the bat (hooray baseball puns are back!) because I am more disappointed by the clichés on that sign. Hey, about for some laughs you leave your best (worst) cliches in the comments. Coming up later, Joe Girardi will be speaking to the media at 11am and it will be carried Continue reading Quick hit: The Yankees clubhouse greeting for 2016
It’s almost here you guys! Annual tweet: Welcome back to the six-week dry hump that is spring training. — Emma Span (@emmaspan) February 15, 2016 Just kidding! I actually like Spring Training. I realize nothing counts and it’s glorified practice, but I am still very excited because we’re so much closer to actual baseball than we were a week ago. So with that in mind, I have some thoughts floating around my head about this upcoming season and I figured I’d write them out for you all to read and to comment upon. Here we go: I know the projections Continue reading Thoughts on the day before Pitchers and Catchers report