Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

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Thursday Night Open Thread: Balls, balls and more balls!

Good evening, everyone.

This is your open thread for the night. Feel free to discuss whatever your heart desires. Personally, I’m sick of hearing the word balls. Between Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the reporters at their press conferences, I’ve heard the word balls enough to last me three lifetimes. Also, when you hear that word too many times and out of context, everything become very funny and I revert to being a 12 year-old.

As for baseball, things are quiet right now. But here’s a reminder of what happened a year ago today:


Enjoy your night!

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Quick hit: Yanks moving from My9 to PIX11?

According to John Ourand of Street and Smith’s Sports Business Daily, the YES Network is closing in on a deal to move over their non-YES games from WWOR 9 to WPIX 11.

Sources said that a deal could be signed as early as this week. It is expected to be a four-year pact that would include about 21 Yankees games per season. Sources value that package at between $11-13M per year ($500,000-$600,000 per game), an asking price that was said to be too high for WWOR. WPIX already carries an over-the-air package of around 25 games with the Mets, a deal that still has a few more seasons to go. It is not clear how the station plans to schedule both teams’ games.

YES’s deal with WWOR expired last season.

As you may recall, the Yankees were carried on PIX 11 for a long time before moving to My9:

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Yankees formally announce coaching hires and changes

The Yankees made the hires of hitting coaches Jeff Pentland and Alan Cockrell, and infield coach Joe Espada official and also announced some changes within the 2015 coaching staff.

Here’s a link to the full press release press release and here are those changes:

The New York Yankees today announced Joe Girardi’s coaches for the 2015 season, with Jeff Pentland (hitting), Joe Espada (third base) and Alan Cockrell (assistant hitting) joining the staff. Larry Rothschild (pitching) and Gary Tuck (bullpen) will each return to the roles they served in 2014, while Rob Thomson will now be the club’s bench coach and Tony Pena will serve as first base coach.

No more Robby Thomson and his horrible sends home! Hooray! Though it does seem odd that Tony Pena is now the first base coach and Thomson has been promoted to bench coach – the same positions they held back in 2008, during Joe Girardi’s first year as Yankee manager.


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More coaching news: Espada to be infield coach

As you can see, Jack Curry is busy reporting hiring news today. Hey Jack, some of us (Brad V) are trying to watch football.

Anyway, Joe Espada was drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1996 and spent his entire playing career in the minors. He last played with the Pensacola Pelicans in the Central League (An independent league) in 2005.

Espada previously served as a special assistant to GM Brian Cashman. After serving as the Marlins’ third base coach, Espada turned down the Marlins’ High-A Jupiter managing position, opting instead to take the scouting position with the Yankees in 2013.

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Curry: Yankees will be hiring two hitting coaches

According to a series of tweets from the YES Network’s Jack Curry, the Yankees will be hiring two hitting coaches for the first time in the team’s history.

Jeff Pentland, who has been a hitting coach with the Marlins, Cubs, Royals, Mariners, and Dodgers will be the main hitting coach while Alan Cockrell, who has worked with the Rockies and Mariners, will be Pentland’s assistant.

Pentland worked with Joe Girardi when he was the manager of the Marlins and was also with the Royals when Tony Pena was manager and when Carlos Beltran was a member of the team.

Reports surfaced last month about Pentland’s possible hire and the Yankees will probably be making the announcement soon.

Curry also tweeted that his source said that both Pentland and Cockrell were impressive during their interviews and that the Yankees are comfortable with hiring two hitting coaches. Pentland has worked with Barry Bonds, Beltran, Gary Sheffield, Matt Kemp and Sammy Sosa.…

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Picture of the Day: Happy 112th Birthday to the Yankees!

The Yankees came to be 112 years ago today – back then they were known as the New York Highlanders – and guess what? The size of their payroll has always been a hot button issue. That’s right, folks, even way back in 1903, newspapers were complaining about the high salaries.

To be fair, it took four months for the articles to begin but at least now you know just how far back the kvetching goes.


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Yankees prospect Ty Hensley recovering from an attack over the holidays

This morning Chris Cotillo first reported that Yankees’ pitching prospect Ty Hensley was attacked in Oklahoma City over the holidays and spent some time in the hospital. He has since been released and is recovering at home.

Here is a statement from Hensley’s attorney Rob Martin of ICON Sports:

“On behalf of Ty Hensley and his family, we are able to confirm that Ty was hospitalized after being brutally attacked and assaulted over the holidays in Oklahoma City. Ty was treated and released from the hospital and is presently recovering at home from the injuries he sustained after being knocked unconscious in this vicious attack. Ty and his family are grateful for all of the support, thoughts, and prayers he’s received from friends, fans, and well-wishers. We respectfully request privacy during this difficult time. For those of us that know Ty best, this attack was shocking and disturbing both in it’s severity as well as the fact that it could not have happened to a nicer, more good-natured young man.

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 33: Hall of Fame and Women in Sports Journalism

(We recorded a podcast earlier today but only two of us – yours truly and E.J. – recorded. Domenic is on the 7-day DL and will hopefully be back for the next recording.)

In this episode we discussed the Hall of Fame results, of course. E.J. rants a little bit about certain outcomes but probably not the ones you think. We also talked about an incident that happened to me New Year’s evening which led into a discussion about women in sports journalism.

As usual, leave your thoughts below, tweet us (@ejfagan and/or @stacegots) or email us.


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Yanks trade Shawn Kelley to the Padres (UPDATED)

According to Robert Murray and Chris Cotillo, the Yankees have acquired Johnny Barbato from the Padres for reliever Shawn Kelley.

Barbato is a 22 year old right hander who last pitched for Double-A San Antonio in the Padres’ system. He was 2-2 with 2.87 ERA and earned 16 saves.

** UPDATE 6:26 PM** – Interesting comment by Kelley on the trade, via Dan Barbarisi:

“[Cash] said he hated to see me go, but they have some things they’re doing, things they’re working on, and it was part of new plan.”

A new plan, eh?  What’s involved in this new plan?  What else are the Yankees working on?  Gotta think it’s another rotation piece, no?

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