Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/21/14

I spent most of this week catching up on what I missed last week in my personal, professional, and blogtacular lives, so this is admittedly a shorter ‘Palooza than usual.  Let’s get right to it.

– On Monday, Chris Mitchell of Pinstripe Pundits looked ahead to the 2015 bullpen and the possibility of a group-wide regression.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog analyzed the record-setting Giancarlo Stanton contract and attempted to correct some of the misconceptions surrounding it.

– John Beck of Pinstripe Alley weighed the potential value of Brett Gardner compared to Elvis Andrus as the Yankees continue to search for a new shortstop.

– On Wednesday, Daniel Burch of The Greedy Pinstripes proposed a Yanks-Braves trade that most people probably haven’t thought about.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud looked back at past Rule 5 protection decisions and how those have worked out for the Yankees since.

– On Thursday, Mike Axisa profiled Brett Anderson as a possible buy-low FA starter target for this offseason.  …

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/14/14

It’s finally Friday! This isn’t quite a linkapalooza but here are some stories for you to look at on this lovely, cold November afternoon:

Enjoy your day!

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Wednesday Morning News and Notes: 11/12/14

So last night, I was sitting in bed, looking at my laptop and I saw someone retweet a Daily News tweet that said, “Here’s a sneak peak of tomorrow’s cover.” There wasn’t a preview of the picture so I said to myself, “It probably has to do with A-Rod.”


I mean, it’s not directly about A-Rod, because he’s not on the cover, but, I mean, ugh. And how original is Clueless Joe!?


By the way, here’s some of what Joe said about Alex: “My job is to get him ready to play baseball and to make sure he’s in that right frame of mind. I’ll watch him carefully, and we’ll talk. We have open lines of communication, and like I said, I’ll see where he’s at. I won’t make it public, but I’ll see where he’s at.”

Isn’t it terrible?…

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Monday Afternoon News and Notes: 11/10/14

Good afternoon, everyone!

Here are some links for you to look at maybe during a coffee break, during your commute home or if you are sneaky type like I usually am, you’re looking at this while you should be working. Tsk tsk. Some of the stories are Yankee related, some are not but they’re all about baseball and the occasional movie. You’ll see.


  • In not-so-shocking news, Wally Matthews is reporting that Chase Headley is a priority for the Yankees. Well, duh. No ones knows how A-Rod will play after a nearly 18-month absence from the baseball field. And that whole turning 40 during the season thing could also an issue. I turned 40 in August. It wasn’t not pretty at all and I don’t even play baseball. Anyway, the article quotes someone who isn’t involved in the discussions between the Yankees and Headley so take it with a grain of salt or whatever that saying is. I, for one, would love to see Headley back with the Yankees but what do I know?
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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/7/14

I’m heading out to Germany for another week on Sunday for my 9-5 job, so I’ll be out of the loop and away from the blog during that time.  That should be welcome news to those of you who find my brand of humor and love of A-Rod loathsome, and you already know you’re in good hands with the rest of the crew here.  The last time I left for this training in July, the Yankees lost Tanaka to his elbow injury, traded for Brandon McCarthy, and I came back to take on my current co-ed job here.  Maybe this time I’ll come home to a job offer on the Yankees’ scouting staff.  That’d be sweet.  Now onto the links!

– On Monday, Steven Jacobson of Bronx Pinstripes broke down David Huff’s pitch mix transformation in 2014.  I honestly never even gave Huff’s repertoire much thought.

– El duque of It Is High… cringed at the possibility of the Yankees losing D-Rob to monetary reasons this offseason.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/31/14

Happy Halloween, everybody.  We had power outages at my office all morning, so clearly the place is either haunted or somebody with good electrical skills is having some fun.  I don’t know when trick-or-treating before Halloween became a thing, but the designated night for it in my new neighborhood was last Sunday.  We bought 3 or 4 bags of candy to make sure we had enough for the inevitable bum rush in the afternoon.  Got no kids.  None.  Didn’t bother me because I hate kids, but it would have been nice to unload some of that candy on them.  I’ve become way too familiar with Snickers Peanut Butter Squared minis this week.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Mike Axisa of RAB reviewed the Yankees’ team and individual outfield defense in 2014.  Getting better in right should be a priority for 2015, but it won’t be.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud weighed the options the Yankees have to address third base next season.…

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/24/14

Here’s your weekly trip around the Yankosphere.  Feel free to use the comment section to explore some crazy scenarios for Joe Maddon’s future.

– On Tuesday, Jim Callis profiled Aaron Judge and the experience he went through after being drafted and getting hurt last year.

– Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record had some more details on CC Sabathia’s rehab schedule and plan to arrive early at Spring Training.

– On Wednesday, el duque of It Is High… bought in on the idea of the Yankees going after Jung-Ho Kang to play shortstop next year.

– Scott Davis of Pinstripe Alley gave an optimistic look at the potential rotation next year and how deep and talented it could be.

– Mike Axisa of RAB reviewed Shane Greene’s improbably strong rookie season.  I’m really hoping he’s for real and can keep the performance up next year.

– On Thursday, Chad Jennings of LoHud discussed the importance of improving the infield defense this offseason.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/17/14

The guy who cuts my hair is from New York.  I’ve been going to him for a while, mainly because I was still a snotty tri-stater when I moved out to Wisconsin and felt much more comfortable letting a fellow tri-state member handle my hair than a mouth-breathing midwesterner.  It really doesn’t make a difference because I get my head buzzed, but that’s neither here nor there.  The point is I’ve been a regular customer of his for years now, and because of this he usually hooks me up with a beer or 2 or a free hair wash or whatever when I come in.  And I gotta tell you, there’s a certain power move feeling that comes with strolling across an entire salon full of women getting their hair and nails done with a beer in hand to get a hair wash they know you’re not paying for.  For that handful of seconds, I’m the belle of the ball.

I’m getting my hair cut after work this afternoon and I can guarantee you that feeling that feeling today will be the highlight of my week.  …

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Season Review Recap: The Best And Worst Of The 2014 New York Yankees

This past week was 2014 season review week at IIATMS.  We reviewed the 162-game results roster group by roster group to highlight the best and worst things that each group did.  Not only were the worsts more plentiful, they were also the more impactful happenings of the season for the Yankees.  That’s how you spend half a billion dollars in the offseason and finish with a worse record than you did the year before.  If you missed any of those review posts this week, here’s your chance to catch up.

- The Infield

- The Outfield

- The Rotation

- The Bullpen

- The Bench

Tomorrow we start shifting the focus forward, to the upcoming offseason.  Dom’s going to continue to evaluate the team’s biggest positions of need, I’m going to break down the qualifying offer candidates in greater detail, and Stacey will be making her long-awaited return to the rotation.  We’re also introducing a new writer tomorrow, so make sure to be around for that.…

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