To root, root, root, or not to root, root, root for the Mets, that is the question

The 2015 New York Mets have shocked nearly everyone, including their own fanbase by winning the National League pennant and making it into the World Series. And a lot has been written this past week with regards to Mets fandom, Yankees fandom, bandwagons and rooting interests, so I figured, we could do point/counterpoint type of post the morning the World Series begins, which also happens to be the 29th anniversary of the Mets clinching their last World Series win and the 30th anniversary of the Royals clinching their last World Series win.

Funny how that worked out for everyone, right?

This originally started as a solo post, but then I got the bright idea, thanks to our many IIATMS email trails, to have someone else join me to write the opposing viewpoint and voila! So without further adieu, my colleague Scott Moss will be giving you a few reasons why he will be rooting for the New York Mets in the 2015 World Series, and I will be giving you a few reasons why I will not be rooting for them.… Click here to read the rest

Forget the Sporting News, Alex Rodriguez is our comeback player of the year

The Sporting News announced the winners of their Comeback Player of the Year Awards as voted on by MLB players themselves. Prince Fielder of the Texas Rangers overwhelmingly won in the American League with 112 votes. Alex Rodriguez came in second place with 14 votes. And over in the National League, Matt Harvey, tomorrow night’s Game One starter for the Mets, won a close race with 72 votes over second place vote getter Carlos Gonazlez of the Rockies who collected 66.

We’re not saying that Prince Fielder doesn’t deserve the award because he did very well this year and helped lead the Texas Rangers to the AL West title and to the division series, but forget the Sporting News (pffft) and forget the MLB players (pffft) because A-Rod is our comeback player of the year and here are a few reasons why (in backwards chronological order – September to February):

Alex starts a rally in the ninth inning that helps the Yankees to a huge comeback win against the Rays in September:
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Some thoughts on Alex Rodriguez the Baseball Analyst

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If you have been following the playoffs on Fox Sports 1, you know that our very own Alex Rodriguez has been a panelist/analyst on the pregame and postgame shows during the American League Championship Series – he started the night of Game 3 – and that he will continue to work throughout the World Series. Lucky us!

The big announcement of his hiring was made last Sunday morning, and was a smashing success. Now that we are a week into his tenure on Fox Sports 1, I thought I would write a bit about what we’ve seen from him so far.

He knows his stuff

Alex Rodriguez is a baseball savant and anyone who covers the New York Yankees will tell you that. Even his detractors. Alex loves to talk about in-game strategy, pitching sequences, batting mechanics, etc., and so far, he hasn’t disappointed in that department. And to go along with knowing his stuff, Alex has correctly predicted in-game situations three different times.… Click here to read the rest

Early Steamer Projections For The 2016 Yankees

FanGraphs has the early Steamer600 projections up for next year.  While it’s admittedly way too early to start thinking about 2016 projections, what with rosters set to be shaken up significantly over the course of the upcoming offseason, it is something to talk about if your team has been long eliminated from postseason contention like the Yankees have.

You can comb through the entire batch here.  FG has the whole list tabbed out by team for easy navigation, but here’s the link to the Yankees section.  Some highlights:

– Greg Bird is projected to be the best hitter on the Yankees next year by a wide margin.  .266/.341/.486 with 29 HR, a .356 wOBA, and 125 wRC+.  That would be amazing.

Mark Teixeira‘s projected line: .231/.324/.443 with 29 HR.  Big drop off from the .255/.357/.548 of 2015.

– The player projected to be the 3rd best hitter on the team isn’t even in the organization anymore.  That’d be Ramon Flores at .268/.335/.416, although I’m not sure how he’s going to come close to that coming back from his bad ankle injury in August.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Tim Naehring promoted, will take over Eppler’s duties

171-527FrTo add to Brad’s news and notes post from earlier this morning: The Yankees have made a change in their front office hierarchy following the departure of Assistant General Manager Billy Eppler to the Angels. Per Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Tim Naehring, will now be General Manager Brian Cashman’s “top guy” but instead of being called the Assistant General Manager, Naehring will have a different title which is to be determined.

Cashman has decided to promote Tim Naehring, whose entire playing career was spent in Boston, to fill Billy Eppler’s old role, a source confirmed. Eppler, who left in October to become the Angels GM, was Cashman’s assistant GM. A source said that the Yankees are reorganizing their whole player personnel department. Naehring will not have the assistant GM title, though, he will take on Eppler’s old responsibilities.

Naehring played for the Red Sox from 1990-1997 and hit .282/.365/.420. After retiring, he was a scout with the Cincinnati Reds before coming over to the Yankees in 2007.… Click here to read the rest

Sunday Morning News And Notes: 10/25/15

Been a slow few days around here.  Let’s catch up a bit.

– I’m sure everyone knows by now, but the Dodgers and Don Mattingly parted ways on Thursday.  His time there was limited once Andrew Friedman and his new front office regime came in, and the Dodgers’ inability to even make the World Series despite their massive payroll made it easy to push Mattingly out.  There’s been a little chatter about the possibility of Donnie coming back to the Yankees, but I have to think he’ll get another managerial job offering from somebody this offseason before considering going back down to the pitching coach level.

– Earlier in the week, Dan Barbarisi spoke to a doctor about Masahiro Tanaka’s bone spur surgery.  The doctor explained how the bone spur could have been related to the UCL injury and predicted additional future elbow surgeries for Tanaka.

– Via Nick Cafardo and Joel Sherman, the Yankees will promote Tim Naehring to Billy Eppler’s vacated Assistant GM position.  … Click here to read the rest

Quick Hit: The 2016 Yankee Roster Right Now

Nothing too overly thought out or strategic here.  Just a quick construction of next year’s Opening Day roster as I would build it from the players that I know could still be under team control next year.  This means no impending free agents – so long Drew, Young, and Cap – and it assumes that the Yankees will tender offers to all their key arbitration-eligible players.  Here’s how it looks:

Starting Lineup:

C- Brian McCann
1B- Mark Teixeira
2B- Rob Refsnyder/Dustin Ackley
SS- Didi Gregorius
3B- Chase Headley
LF- Brett Gardner
CF- Jacoby Ellsbury
RF- Carlos Beltran
DH- Alex Rodriguez

Rotation:

1) Masahiro Tanaka
2) Michael Pineda
3) Luis Severino
4) Nathan Eovaldi
5) CC Sabathia/Ivan Nova

Bench: John Ryan Murphy, Ackley/Refs, Brendan Ryan, Slade Heathcott

Bullpen: Andrew Miller, Dellin Betances, Justin Wilson, Adam Warren, Chasen Shreve, Bryan Mitchell, Sabathia/Nova

Not much different from the roster that opened and closed last season.  … Click here to read the rest

Report: Yankees Will Not Pursue Yoenis Cespedes This Offseason

Yesterday EJ educated you on the brilliance of Yoenis Cespedes‘ walk-up music.  The day before that, Jon Heyman had another piece of Cespedes information that concerned the Yankees.  According to Heyman, “the early belief is that the Yankees will not be players for Cespedes” when free agency opens this offseason.  Cespedes, who just turned 30 last Sunday, had a monster season, hitting .291/.328/.542 with 35 home runs, 100+ runs scored and driven in, and very good defense all over the outfield.  Through some slick initial contract clause negotiations, he’ll be eligible to hit free agency this season without having any qualifying offer draft pick compensation attached to him.

Because of that and the financial boost that will come with it on the open market, because of his age, and because they already have a crowded outfield next season, it makes sense that the Yankees would not be interested in Cespedes.  Heyman mentions his connection to Roc Nation as a potential point of concern for the Yankees, but that seems silly.  … Click here to read the rest