Bye bye David Ortiz, don’t let the door hit you in the ass

Just putting this in here because it's always fun to watch him strike out.

Yesterday afternoon, it was reported that Red Sox player and longtime thorn in Yankee fans’ sides David Ortiz would be retiring after the 2016 season. (Ortiz himself confirmed the news about 40 minutes ago on Twitter.)

And as the news spread, I watched as people bent over backwards to compliment him on his career. Fine, whatever. He’s a good player. But what I also saw was a few people dramatically proclaiming that they couldn’t understand how anyone could possibly hate Big Papi.

Oh really? I don’t know about you guys, but it is extremely easy for me to intensely dislike David Ortiz and everything about him.

  • I don’t think he’s lovable.
  • I don’t think he’s jolly.
  • I don’t get a kick out of his obnoxious poses after he hits home runs (when he hits them against my team).
  • I don’t think it’s amusing when he destroys dugout phones or throws entire bat racks at umpires after he strikes out.
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Quick Hit: Eppler Effect Nabs Two From Yankee Front Office

Slow day yesterday, but I did see something creep over the wire that was newsworthy in Yankeeland.  Via Sweeny Murti (who still has me blocked on Twitter), Billy Eppler has poached a pair of guys from the Yankee front office/scouting staff and brought them to join him in Anaheim.  Steve Martone, who was the Yankees’ manager of pro scouting, will be Eppler’s new assistant GM, and Eric Chavez has been named special assistant to the GM.  No word yet on whether Martone will have a special assistant to the assistant GM or if that position will be filled by a former Yankee, but stay tuned.

These aren’t devastating losses for the Yankees.  They’ll replace from within on the pro scouting job and they can always bring in more ex-players to be scouts and special assistants, but there’s some significance to the loss of Chavez.  He was reportedly instrumental in convincing the team to pursue the Didi Gregorius trade last offseason after playing with Didi in Arizona.…

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Thoughts On The Early Offseason Happenings

Cash Stache

Still loving the Cash Stache as much this week as I did last week. Courtesy of the AP

You might have noticed a decrease in content on the site recently.  While that’s a natural occurrence once the season ends and there are no more games and updated stats to analyze, in my case it’s also a matter of real life taking a much bigger slice of the time pie.  My 9-5 cube monkey job has gotten very time consuming over the past month or so, to the point that I barely have the time or the mental energy to write anymore.

That can be frustrating when there’s news breaking and trades being made, as it’s never as much fun being the last blogger in with your take on something when all the relevant points have already been made, for the writer or the readers.  That said, I do want to take a little time now to go back and talk about what’s been going on in the early offseason for the Yankees because I do have opinions on this stuff and I want to try to get them out while I have the time.  …

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Quick Hit: Yankees Announce Mike Harkey’s Return And Rest Of 2016 Coaching Staff

Mike Harkey’s name was thrown out as a potential Gary Tuck replacement almost immediately, and the team made his return official a few hours ago with this tweet.  In addition to this move and the responsibilities of catching coach being reassigned to Tony Pena, the Yankees made official the returns of Larry Rothschild, Rob Thomson, and Joe Espada, and the hitting coach promotions for Alan Cockrell and Marcus Thames.  The full 2016 big league coaching staff is set.

Last offseason the Yankees waited a long time to replace the departed Kevin Long.  Not this offseason.  They were quick to make decisions on who they were letting go and quick to announce the new guys to replace them.  Good.  One more check in the box on the offseason to-do list and one less thing to worry about heading into the heart of hot stove season.…

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Report: Yankees Unlikely To Pursue Zobrist

Looks like I didn’t miss too much over the weekend.  The one new rumor with some juice that came out last night comes to us courtesy of The Post and concerns both the Yankees and the Mets and their respective plans to pursue Ben Zobrist this offseason.

Via Dan Martin and Ken Davidoff, the Yankees are unlikely to go hard after Zobrist because of his expected price tag.  The exact quote from the report says “the Yankees aren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist likely will receive”, and that the Mets will make “a strong push” for Zobrist to address their multiple roster needs.  That information comes from the always reliable unnamed “industry sources”.  They’re better than just regular unnamed sources because they’re definitely in the industry, you see.

All jokes aside, this report makes sense to me.  The MLBTR projection for Zobrist was 3 years/$51 million, this report mentions 4/$60 mil as a possibility, and I’ve already said I don’t see the Yankees going all in on Zobrist for those types of commitments.  …

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The 2016 Yankees’ Spring Training schedule has been released

The 2016 Spring Training schedule has been released.

Here are some key dates:

The Yankees will play their first spring game on March 2 at 1:05 p.m. vs. the Tigers in Tampa.


Home opponents include each of the Yankees’ four American League East rivals – Boston (March 5 at 1:05 p.m.), Toronto (March 10 at 1:05 p.m. and March 16 at 6:35 p.m.), Baltimore (March 11 at 1:05 p.m. and March 18 at 6:35 p.m.) and Tampa Bay (March 24 at 6:35 p.m.). The Yankees are scheduled to play five night games at Steinbrenner Field, with each set to begin at 6:35 p.m. – March 16 vs. Toronto, March 18 vs. Baltimore, March 22 vs. the Mets, March 24 vs. Tampa Bay and March 29 vs. Pittsburgh.


The spring slate will conclude with two games against the Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami, the first at 7:05 p.m. on April 1 and the second at 1:05 p.m. on April 2.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 11/13/15

It’s a 4-day Palooza this week.  Not including anything good that gets posted today because I’ll be kicking it in Chicago by the time this posts.  Still a very good batch of links this week.

– On Monday, Ben Diamond of BP Bronx reviewed Nathan Eovaldi’s pre- and post-splitter performance in 2015 and touched on what he needs to do to make the pitch even better in 2016.

– El duque of It Is High… concocted a few extreme ideas if Cash really is “open to anything” this offseason.  Always good to think outside the box.

– On Wednesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog laid out his plan for the offseason if ownership is willing to add payroll.  It’s got no step 3, but I think it’s still a pretty good plan.

– Chad Jennings of LoHud looked back at Cash’s recent history of acquiring young MLB-level players with upside and team control.  Been a pretty good strategy so far.…

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IIATMS Podcast Episode 42: New York Yankees Hot Stove Heats Up

With the Yankees wheelin’ and dealin’, E.J. and I decided it was time to revive the podcast. We discussed the Jose Pirela/Ronald Herrera and John Ryan Murphy/Aaron Hicks deals, the Brett Gardner and Andrew Miller rumors, and the possible trickle down effects that all of this could have. We also stepped outside of #YankeesOnly land a bit, and talked about the Andrelton Simmons pseudo-blockbuster, and New York State’s newfound stance on FanDuel and DraftKings.


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GM Meetings Day 4 Recap: A Quiet Finish

There were no last-day fireworks for the Yankees yesterday on the final day of the 2015 GM Meetings.  Cash did his damage on Wednesday and in all likelihood laid some groundwork for bigger talks next month.  Most of the big news yesterday came from the rest of the league.

– The biggest news is recent former Yankee front officer and new Anaheim GM Billy Eppler making a splash and acquiring all-world defensive shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves for Erick Aybar, prospects, and cash.  I like the move if the Angels think they can perk up Simmons’ bat, which Atlanta apparently did not think was possible anymore.  Anaheim is already in “win now” mode with the guys they’ve got, no reason for Eppler to not be aggressive if he thinks it improves the team.

– The Mariners kept dealing as well, picking up righty reliever Joaquin Benoit from the Padres.  The AL West should be fun next year.

– Via Ken Rosenthal, it sounds like Colby Rasmus will be the first player to accept his qualifying offer.  …

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