Thursday Night Open Thread: 1/30/14

There are 15 days until Pitchers and Catchers report to camp and tonight, I’m honoring Thurman Munson with a picture. Munson, who passed away nearly 35 years ago, had a career line of .292/.346/.410/.756 with 113 home runs and 701 RBI.

It was a pretty quiet day in Yankeeland but in other news, Michael Young announced his retirement from baseball. He says he had three offers to play in 2014 but ultimately chose to retire so he could spend more time with his family.

Feel free to discuss whatever you’d like. As always, be kind and respectful to your fellow posters.

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Yanks add five to their scouting department

The Yankees announced five additions to their Major League and professional scouting department. Among them are former pitchers Dan Giese and Brandon Duckworth.

Here’s the rest of information from Bryan Hoch of

Duckworth, 38, concluded a 16-year playing career last season. His playing career spanned eight big league seasons with the Phillies (2001-03), Astros (2004-05) and Royals (2006-08). Duckworth pitched the last two seasons for Japan’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles as a teammate of right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, completing his career by celebrating the 2013 Japan Series title.


Giese, 36, played 12 professional seasons and made 35 big league appearances with the Giants (2007), Yanks (’08) and Athletics (’09). With New York in 2008, Giese was 1-3 with a 3.53 ERA in 17 relief appearances and three starts.


Carter, 53, has been a national cross-checker with the Yankees for the past seven seasons. Carter was the Mariners’ west area scout from 1991-95, and he spent 11 years with the D-backs as a western region national supervisor (1996) and national scouting supervisor (1997-2006).

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Quick hit: Keith Law’s Top 10 Yankees Prospects

This week Keith Law released his Top 100 Prospects list (the Yanks had three players), his organizational list (Yanks ranked #20) and now he has released the Top 10 Prospects in each organization in the American League. He’ll be releasing the National League’s lists tomorrow.

As usual, it is an ESPN Insider article so if you don’t have access, here’s a sneak peek of the results:

1. Gary Sanchez, C (#68 in his Top 100)
2. Tyler Austin, RF (#85 in his Top 100)
3. Mason Williams, CF (87 in his Top 100)
4. J.R. Murphy, C
5. Slade Heathcott, CF
6. Aaron Judge, CF
7. Ian Clarkin, LHP
8. Eric Jagielo, 3B
9. Luis Severino, RHP
10. Greg Bird, 1B

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The IIATMS Podcast Episode Three: Burnett, Tex’s Wrist and Stats, oh my!

Domenic, E.J. and Stacey discuss A.J. Burnett, Mark Teixeira‘s wrist, stats and much, much more!

We now have an email address so you can send us questions and suggestions for the podcast. It’s

Also, be sure to rate and review the podcast on iTunes as well.


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Wednesday Night Open Thread: 1/29/14

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There are 16 days until pitchers and catchers report to camp and in honor of #16, Whitey Ford, here are 16 things we can discuss in tonight’s open thread. Some are Yankee centric, some are just general baseball and some aren’t even baseball related.

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Happy Trails to Lance Berkman

Lance Berkman may have had a short Yankee career but he did have a memorable game in Pinstripes.

It was Game Two of the 2010 Division Series against Minnesota and it is a moment I called on Twitter. I jokingly said, “Time for Lance Berkman’s True Yankee moment,” and then BOOM.

Berkman played the majority of his career – 12 years – with the Houston Astros where he had batted .296/.410/.549/.959 with 326 home runs. He was traded to the Yankees in 2010 and only played in 37 games. He then joined the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, won a World Series with them and finished his career with the Texas Rangers in 2013.

Enjoy your retirement, Lance!

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Quick hit: A list of players invited to Spring Training

Here’s a list of players being invited to Yankees’ camp in February courtesy of Anthony McCarron of the Daily News.

These are players Yankees signed nine players to minor-league deals:


And the rest:


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A.J. Burnett Redux: The Pros and Cons


(Hint: It’s mostly cons)

During this offseason, there had been whispers about A.J. Burnett retiring. He even told a Pittsburgh radio station that there was a 50/50 chance of it happening. He said it was “the Pirates or retirement” but as we all found out yesterday, Burnett has decided to pitch again in 2014.

He’s a free agent which means he can go anywhere and not necessarily back to the Pirates, though they have said they’d entertain the idea if he wants to return. The Pirates had already declined to extend a $14.1M qualifying offer to him in December which means they could have had draft pick compensation but won’t if he now signs with another team.

Burnett wasn’t terrible was pretty good in 2013. His W-L record was 10-11 but his ERA was 3.30 and he led the Pirates in innings pitched (191) and strikeouts (209).

So if he doesn’t go back to Pittsburgh, how would a reunion in the Bronx play out?…

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Quick Hit: Three Yankee Prospects Make Keith Law’s List

Keith Law of ESPN released his Top 100 Prospects list (ESPN Insiders only) and three members of the Yankees organization made it.

C Gary Sanchez #68
RF Tyler Austin #85
CF Mason Williams #87

Law’s list differs from both MLB’s prospect list and Baseball Prospectus’ list. Sanchez made both lists, Williams only made MLB’s list and Austin wasn’t even mentioned on either of them.

Law, when evaluating farm systems as a whole, ranked the Yankees 20th.

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