Nate Should Be Odd Man Out


MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Yankees

The familiar mantra in baseball circles is that “you can never have too much pitching” and said mantra usually applies doubly when it comes to starting pitching. However, with the long-awaited return of Ivan Nova from his date with the knife and Tommy John’s namesake medical procedure, the Yankees are faced with the same proverbial dilemma.

Although Joe Girardi has committed to going with a six-man staff for at least one turn through the rotation, as our neighbors in Flushing will attest to, six-man rotations don’t work for very long. For those of you keeping score at home, the calculus of the situation means that someone is going to be relegated to a bullpen role. The popular sentiment among those who seem to be “in the know”, is that Adam Warren will the “odd man out” because of his prior in a similar role and the Bombers’ current need for a right-handed reliever, specifically one capable of bridging the gap to Dellin Betances in the Ninth.… Click here to read the rest

Jeter Departure Marks End of An Era and Tradition

This week’s new cycle as far as the Yankees are concerned will be entirely Jeter-centric as we collectively reminisce ad-nauseum over the great career of the iconic Yankee Captain. Jeter’s impending retirement marks the end of an era, an era defined by unprecedented success built around a foundation of homegrown talent commonly referred to as the “Core Four,” of which Jeter is the last remaining member. With all of the attempts to recount the best Jeter moments currently circulating the media and the interwebs, I figured I would seek some perspective from someone who had the good fortune of seeing basically all of them.

If you’re a Yankee fan that goes to game or watches them on TV, you’ve probably heard the pinstriped faithful chanting the names of players until they acknowledge them, in what has come to be known as “Roll Call.” However, what you may not know is that there is a man behind the chant, a man who whips the unwashed masses that refer to themselves as the “Bleacher Creatures” and who can be aptly described as the de facto leader of this group of die hards.… Click here to read the rest

The Death of the Dynasty


For most of us, it’s easy to remember the magic and the dominance of the late 90’s Yankees, the teams that won four World Series in five years including three straight from 1998-2000. If you remember that then you definitely remember the day the Yankee Dynasty died on a November night in Arizona with the greatest closer of all-time doing the inexplicable and literally throwing the game away.

13 or so years later no team in Major League Baseball has been able to recapture the dominance those late 90’s Yankees teams including the Yankees themselves and unfortunately it doesn’t appear that they ever will again. The Yankees are a victim of their own past success and the way in which they have decided to do business ever since that fateful night in Phoenix. Due to the success of the past two decades, the standard has been set so high that the Yankees are incapable of accepting the notion of a few down years in order to rebuild.… Click here to read the rest

Baseball Loses One of Its True Good Guys

These days it’s very easy to get caught up in thinking about what is wrong with the game of baseball, choosing to focus on the controversial figures in the sport but very rarely do we acknowledge those who do all the right things and make a tremendous impact without the fanfare. Michael Weiner was one of those who fell into that latter category, a man who spent 20-plus years at the Major League Baseball Players’ Association before being named Executive Director in 2009. A man who exemplified what it means to do things the right way, during a time in a sport characterized by scandal and excess.

You would be hard-pressed to find anyone that even come close to saying a single bad word about the man as he was as genuine as they come, beloved by virtually all those that came in contact with him. It’s plain to see what Weiner’s membership thought of him, given the outpouring of support from players following his diagnosis and subsequent battle with Stage 4 Glioblastoma.… Click here to read the rest

Scoreboard Watching: 3.5 GB

Although they dropped the series against the Rays, the Bombers still picked up half a game in the Wild Card race by virtue of the Orioles and A’s beating each other up over the weekend. The Rays still maintain that top Wild Card spot but the Yankees are closing in on the second spot so let’s see what’s going on with those other teams:

Wild Card:

TB:  74-54, GB:+2.5

We all know how this one went.

What’s Next:

As of the time this article was written, the Rays opened their series against the Kansas City Royals with a rare Monday day game as Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 5.03 ERA) takes on Jeremy Guthrie (12-10, 4.22 ERA)

OAK: 72-57

The A’s dropped two of three to the O’s over the weekend, getting trounced in the series finale by virtue of homers from J.J. Hardy, Nate McClouth, and Nick Markakis. As was mentioned, the A’s getting beaten lessened the blow of dropping the series to Tampa and kept the Yanks within striking distance of that second Wild Card spot.… Click here to read the rest

Scoreboard Watching: 4 GB

Welcome, welcome, welcome, Yankees fans. This is a brand new post-series hatched by yours truly, considering that this is the first time in a while that the Bombers haven’t been front-running going into a pennant race and in addition to just reeling off as many wins in a row as possible, we’re going to need a little help from the teams in front of us. As it stands today, there are precisely three teams: The Indians, O’s, and A’s that stand between the Yankees and a Wild Card berth and another three that are in front in the AL East race: The O’s, Rays, and of course, the Red Sox. I am going to attempt to update you guys daily on the status of all these teams as we careen towards the home stretch of the season.

Wild Card Standings:

TB: 72-53, GB: +1.5

The Rays culminated their head-to-head series with the Orioles last night in Camden Yards, dropping their only game of the series 4-2.… Click here to read the rest

A-Rod: “A Villain of Fortune”


“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

It’s funny how superhero movies and sports intersect so conveniently and so appropriately sometimes. Batman references aside, it happens in virtually every sport, players fall in and out of favor with fans like the waxing and waning of the tide. When you’re young and productive, people love you but unless you retire at the peak of your career, inevitably you hang around long enough to “see yourself become the villain” in the eyes of your fan-base, a fading star with a bloated price tag…remind you of anyone? Of course it does…

Major League Baseball is set to hand down its long-sought after Biogenesis suspensions to a number of big-name players, including one polarizing Yankee with a nine-figure balance remaining on his current contract. Given all the vitriol and condemnation pieces that have come out over the last few weeks about Alex Rodriguez, I felt the need to provide a little perspective to Yankee fans who want to see him run out of town on a rail spike.… Click here to read the rest

MLBPA Statement on Biogenesis


New York, NY, Wednesday, June 5, 2013 … 

Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner today issued the following statement regarding ESPN’s Biogenesis report.   

“The Players Association has been in regular contact with the Commissioner’s Office regarding the Biogenesis investigation.  They are in the process of interviewing players and every player has been or will be represented by an attorney from the Players Association.  The Commissioner’s Office has assured us that no decisions regarding discipline have been made or will be made until those interviews are completed.  It would be unfortunate if anyone prejudged those investigations. The Players Association has every interest in both defending the rights of players and in defending the integrity of our joint program. We trust that the Commissioner’s Office shares these interests.”

The question here is what side of this issue the MLBPA comes down on because they have to wear two hats here. On one hand, they have a fiduciary duty to represents the interests of their constituents (the players) and on the other they also have maintained a strong commitment in conjunction with the Commissioner’s office to having a clean game free of PED’s.… Click here to read the rest

Subway Series Live Blog

They’re determined to get this one in and its currently raining hard enough to make Sandy jealous, anyway looks like we’ll be in for a long night and I’ll be with you guys every step of the way, live blogging (or at least trying to) my heart out.



6:44 PM: Cats and Dogs aren’t large enough animals to describe the weather.

6:58 PM: It’s a veritable ghost town in here, definitely not getting this one off in time. This has the makings of fantastic pitcher’s duel that no one will see.

8:02 PM: Tarp is off and all five people in attendance go wild. Expected first pitch is 8:40.

8:24 PM: There’s some stirring, the windows are opened in the press box, and baseball-type activities have begun. First pitch right around the corner.

8:27 PM: Richie Cannata with a great sax rendition of the national anthem, no word on whether or not he will be coming out with Billy Joel for an encore.… Click here to read the rest