A-Rod’s Redemption Season Continues

A-Rod 661 vs BAL

Believe it or not, there was a time when Alex Rodriguez wasn’t very popular around these parts. It wasn’t just because of his past usage of steroids either. He just never seemed to fit into the Yankees. Fans could sense that he was never comfortable in his own skin, and even though he put up great numbers some could never fully embrace him.

A-Rod was crucified for his postseason struggles and his perceived narcissism. Yankee fans could not get over the fact that he wasn’t as team oriented or the leader Derek Jeter was, even though he agreed to move over to third without raising an eyebrow upon his arrival to the Yankees when he was a better shortstop than Jeter. He always seemed to stumble in his interviews and have things come out of his mouth that were not the way he intended.

Common sense would dictate that a year long performance-enhancing drug suspension would not help A-Rod’s cause among his detractors.…

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Catching up with the Thunder

thunderWhen I wrote about the RailRiders earlier this week, it wasn’t intended to start a series of similar posts, rather I was just excited by what is happening in Scranton. However, much like Scranton, Trenton is putting together a nice season, after a rather disappointing 2014. While some of the names are the same, the reasons for Trenton’s success are less clear.

Last year, the Thunder went 67-75, landing in fourth place in the EL Eastern Division. Today, they are sitting at 37-29, just half a game behind the New Britain Rock Cats. If the season ended today, Trenton would be back in the playoffs, a feat they have managed to pull of a little over half the time that Trenton has been in the Yankees’ system.

As I mentioned on Monday, offense has been the driving force behind Scranton’s strong season thusfar. Trenton’s strength seems to lie more with their pitching. As a team, Trenton has a 3.58 ERA and is tied for the most shut outs with seven.…

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About Last Night: A walk to remember

It was the walk heard around the world.

In the eighth inning of last night’s game, Marlins reliever Sam Dyson really did not want to be a part of baseball history. In fact, he seemed to do whatever he could to try and avoid it.

The right hander had just walked Chase Headley after a seven-pitch at bat and Alex Rodriguez was about to step into the batter’s box for a second shot at his 3000th hit. Rodriguez had hit a ball on the screws in his previous at bat but it floated in the air and landed in the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. And at that point, almost everyone figured we’d have to wait until Friday for the big hit to happen. Then the Yankee batters made the seventh inning last a little longer after Carlos Beltran’s two-run shot put them up 5-3 which set up the dramatic moment in the eighth. Rodriguez would come to the plate, once again, sitting on hit #2,999.…

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Game 66 Recap: Yankees 9 Marlins 4

A-Rod vs MIA

The at-bat before THE at-bat. Courtesy of Getty Images

DH makes all the difference.  After slogging through 2 losses in Miami earlier this week, the Yankees returned home and snagged 2 straight wins with their most important bat back in the lineup.  The Alex Rodriguez march to 3,000 was at the forefront of the game again last night, and highlighted a collection of good performances from pitchers and hitters alike that helped create a 5-run win.

The Yankees are the best 1st inning team in baseball.  That can’t be debated.  They scored in the 1st again last night, on 3 straight singles to open the game, and have now scored 62 1st-inning runs this season.  The next closest team (Orioles) have 47.  A-Rod was the third and run-scoring hit in the bottom of the 1st, giving him 2,998 and setting the stage for a potential record-setting night later.

CC Sabathia made the 1 run stand up the first turn through the Miami lineup.  …

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Game 66: Latos vs. Sabathia

Here’s your game thread for this evening. Tonight’s lineups are:

Miami Marlins New York Yankees
Dee Gordon, 2B Brett Gardner, LF
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS Chase Headley, 3B
Christian Yelich, LF Alex Rodriguez, DH
Giancarlo Stanton, RF Mark Teixeira, 1B
Marcell Ozuna, CF Brian McCann, C
Jeff Baker, DH Carlos Beltran, RF
Justin Bour, 1B Didi Gregorius, SS
Donovan Solano, 3B Stephen Drew, 2B
Jeff Mathis, C Mason Williams, CF
Mat Latos, SP CC Sabathia, SP

Enjoy the game!

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Happy 10th Anniversary to Derek Jeter’s First and Only Grand Slam!

I was at this game and it was awesome.

I was sitting in the left field bleachers, surrounded by Cubs fans and they were wondering why we were flipping out over a grand slam in a game the Yankees were already winning. When I told one of the girls behind me that it was the first grand slam of Jeter’s career, she couldn’t believe it. I explained to her that Jeter had good numbers with the bases loaded but just never hit the ball out until that moment.

I have to say, the Cubs fans we were sitting near were pretty cool.

That was a fun, and hot, day. Being in the old left field bleachers was like sitting one top of a giant tuna can in Connecticut. It felt far away and it was sweltering.

Anyway, happy anniversary, Derek! I can’t believe it has been 10 years.

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ARod on the road to 3,000 hits


Courtesy of Getty Images

I’m going to the Yankees game tonight. If Arod is still not at 3,000 hits, I may go tomorrow too.

It’s no secret that I don’t hate him – or many others here at IIATMS. So, I am looking forward to ARod getting his 3,000th hit. Not for me. Not for baseball. But because I think it would be good for ARod.

He needs three more hits to get that elusive mark. Just 28 players have reached that plateau in MLB history.

There has been no fanfare. No crazy marketing push. No ARod to 3K.

And that’s OK.

I think ARod has turned the corner this year. He has said the right things, which is likely calculated, but what ARod has really done this year is shown the non-robot side of him. He teared up when he tied/surpassed Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. He has been one of the biggest cheerleaders in the Yankees dugout even while not playing.…

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Lunchtime news and notes: 6/18/15

Here’s some news and notes for you to peruse during your lunch break.

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Checking in on the IIATMS Top-10

This short season has been defined, in many ways, by injuries and disappointments (excepting Messrs Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Dellin Betances, of course). An interesting side of effect of that is the constant need and demand for reinforcements and replacements, from within and outside of the system. The fact that six Yankees have made their Major League debut in 2015 thus far (Ramon Flores, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Branden Pinder, Jacob Lindgren, and Matt Tracy) is a direct result of stints on the disabled list and under-performance – and further cries for change come with each CC Sabathia start, and every Stephen Drew at-bat.

With so many players making their way to the show, and others seemingly forcing their way out, now seems like as good a time as any to check-in on the cream of the crop that the Yankees system has to offer. So let’s see how the team’s ten best prospects are doing, and wonder whether we may be seeing them in the Bronx this year.…

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