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

Yoenis Cespedes Wins Walkup Songs

Previous walkup song winner Jayson Werth has been dethroned. Yoenis Cespedes decided to buck tradition, flaunt his millions of dollars, and commission his own custom walk up song. Here it is:

We here at IIATMS have a long tradition of not saying nice things about the New York Mets. But I think this is a proper time to break that tradition. Props, Cespedes. Let’s hope he decides to sign somewhere else and awkwardly keep the same song. Or just play it against the Mets.… Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: Tanaka undergoes elbow surgery

Now before everyone panics because of the headline, Masahiro Tanaka had microscopic surgery on his right elbow. He did not, I repeat, he did not have Tommy John surgery.

The Yankees announced the news of the surgery this afternoon via press release. It was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the hospital for special surgery and the procedure was to done to remove a bone spur that had been there since his pitching days in Japan. Tanaka’s recovery, according to the release, will include 6 weeks of exercise/strengthening followed by a throwing program and he is expected to be ready for spring training.… Click here to read the rest

Ian Clarkin Throws 4 Innings In His 2015 Debut

Guess these fall league updates will be more frequent than I thought.  That’s with good reason this morning, as Ian Clarkin finally made his 2015 in-game debut yesterday in the AZFL.  He missed the entire MiL season due to a still undisclosed elbow injury, but started throwing bullpens and BP again in August and September and took the hill in his first real game of the year yesterday for the Surprise Saguaros.

By all accounts, I’d say it was a pretty solid debut.  Clarkin went 4 innings, gave up an earned run on 4 hits and 3 walks, and struck out 2.  He threw 64 pitches, 37 strikes, 1 wild pitch, and got 6 outs on the ground.  The command wasn’t there, as one would expect from a 20-year-old pitcher who didn’t pitch all season, but it sounds like the stuff was.  Keith Law was at the game and tweeted this about Clarkin:

Throwing with good velocity, throwing plus offspeed pitches, and coming through the outing with no physical problems.  … Click here to read the rest