Report: Yankees Fire Hitting Coach Jeff Pentland and Bullpen Coach Gary Tuck

Well there’s something I didn’t expect to find out yesterday.  Via George King, the Yankees have fired head hitting coach Jeff Pentland and bullpen coach Gary Tuck.  Pentland confirmed this directly to King, saying “When I signed, I was told it was probably a one-year deal. That was always in the back of my mind, but we didn’t look too good the last month. It’s the Yankees, that’s the best way to describe it. I have no regrets.’’  Both Pentland and Tuck were told by Cash last week that they would not be brought back.

This hardly comes as a surprise.  The Yankees stumbled to the finish line this year after leading the division by 7 games in July, and they went out incredibly weakly in the Wild Card game.  Cash and Girardi aren’t going anywhere, it’s not that easy to get rid of the players, so somebody had to take the fall.  The Yankees scored the second most runs in MLB this season with 764, but the offense dropped off in the second half and really fell apart in September and October.  … Click here to read the rest

Another quick hit: A-Rod breaks the Fox NFL Sunday set

Alex Rodriguez is the gift that keeps on giving.

Fox was introducing their latest postseason baseball analyst to Fox’s Sunday NFL show when they asked Alex to throw a football. As most of you know, he played football in high school, and was a quarterback, so the guys wanted to see if he could still do it.

And, well, this happened… (Watch until the end)

Oh, Alex. Actually, you know what? I’ll blame Jay Glazer and his vertical leap of about two inches for that mishap.

Welcome to Fox, A-Rod! … Click here to read the rest

Quick hit: A-Rod to be part of Fox’s pregame and postgame coverage

How do you get Stacey excited on a Sunday morning?

By announcing that Alex Rodriguez will be working for Fox during their pregame and post game coverage for the remainder of the playoffs. The Daily News’s Bob Raismann had the news first, as far as I know.

Alex Rodriguez is going to the World Series.

 

The controversial Yankee will join Fox Sports’ postseason baseball studio team, according to MLB sources. The announcement is expected to be made sometime Sunday.

 

Rodriguez will likely make his debut in Fox’s baseball studio during the ALCS Game 3 (Royals-Blue Jays) pregame show Monday. He will continue behind the Fox microphone through the World Series, which means he will be offering comprehensive analysis of the Mets should they make it to the Fall Classic.

I suggested this as soon as the Yankees were beaten by Houston in the Wild Card game. A-Rod loves to talk baseball and reporters have always noted how good he is at breaking down the game so it seems like he’d be a natural fit to work the postseason, right?… Click here to read the rest

Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/16/15

Cubs over Mets in 7, Blue Jays over Royals in 6.  Let’s get to the links.

– On Tuesday, William Juliano of The Captain’s Blog looked at the staggering increase in home runs and runs scored as the result of home runs this postseason.  Guess you can hit home runs and succeed.  Who knew?

– Ben Lindbergh of Grantland analyzed managerial bullpen moves and came up with a few ways to measure who the best and worst decision makers are.  It’s a really cool read, but all you need to know for this blog’s purposes is that Joe Girardi is the best in the business according to these metrics.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB made a very compelling case for why the Yankees should go after Jason Heyward this offseason.

– Jason Cohen of Pinstripe Alley reviewed the season for the gaggle of Triple-A relievers that were shuttled up and down.  It was mostly disappointing.

– El duque of It Is High… lamented the lost opportunity to sign Jorge Soler and worried that we’d be saying the same thing about Yoan Moncada in a few years.… Click here to read the rest

Wanna watch ARod and Mo talk baseball up close and personal?

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The good peeps at Steiner Sports have made available discounted tickets to an event highlighted by Mariano Rivera and Alex Rodriguez on November 6th in NYC. General admission tickets are available for $99, but with the code IIATMSSTEINER, you can get them for $79. For those of you in the area, this should be a cool thing to attend.

Take $20 Off Steiner Sports’ Business + Baseball Event General Admission Tickets with code IIATMSSTEINER.

I’m sure we’ll get to watch ARod lustily dining on the souls of the young and being the general demon he is while Mo returns them to their rightful places, but honestly, I’d listen to Mo and ARod talk anything baseball. These guys are savants. I’ll do my best to be there, too, because I love this stuff.

And in case you missed it yesterday, here’s some video proof of ARod being the worst human on Earth.

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Friday Morning News And Notes: 10/16/15

Had to get into the office suuuuuper early this morning to talk to some colleagues across the pond, might as well write something.

– So it’s going to be Royals-Blue Jays and Mets-Cubs in the LCS series.  That should be fun to watch.  Or maybe not, since I only seem to be able to stay up to midnight or 8 PM these days.  If I had to pick a rooting interest here, I think I’d pick the Cubs.  I’ve watched them a lot the past few months and they’re just really fun to watch.  So good, so young.  And you know Theo’s adding a pitcher this offseason.  They’re already way ahead of schedule with how far they’ve made it this year.

– Via Martin and King at The Post, Chris Young sounds like he’s going to leave his options open this offseason after a strong year in pinstripes on a 1-year deal.  ““We’ll see what happens, but I’ve enjoyed being here” Young said.  … Click here to read the rest

The 2015 IIATMS Awards

Major League Baseball’s regular season awards are slated to be rather intriguing, to say the least. The narrative will likely play a huge role in several of the awards (particularly the American League MVP and National League Cy Young), and, even without extenuating circumstances largely beyond a player’s control, some are simply too damn close to call. And that’s one of the most wonderful things about baseball; the more we know, the more difficult these heretofore easy decisions become.

Without further ado:

AL MVP: Mike Trout – .299/.402/.590, 41 HR, 11 SB, 172 wRC+, 9.4 bWAR, 9.0 fWAR

For the fourth season in a row, Trout led the AL in bWAR and fWAR (and were it not for his NL counterpart, he would have led the Majors, as well), while also pacing the league in OPS+ and wRC+. He also set a career-high in home runs, SLG, and ISO, continuing his evolution into an elite (or, more accurately, even more elite) power hitter.… Click here to read the rest

Arizona Fall League Starts Off With A Bang For Yankee Prospects

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The Cubs advancing to the NLCS and the Dodgers forcing a Game 5 last night was cute, but the real highlight was the 2015 Arizona Fall League getting started with its first games.  The Yankees are well represented on the Surprise Saguaros roster, with 8 players on the team, and they had more than a few stars in last night’s 6-5 loss.

The biggest and brightest was Gary Sanchez, who popped a 3-run home run in the top of the 1st to get the Saguaros on the board early.  He finished the night 2-4 hitting from the cleanup spot, and he was matched in that feat by fellow Yankee farmhands Tyler Austin and Tyler Wade.  Both guys doubled as one of their hits and Wade drove in 2 runs batting from the 9-spot and playing second base.  Austin hit 7th and played first.

There were no Yankee pitchers involved in last night’s game, but that’s where there figures to be the biggest focus once the season gets going.  … Click here to read the rest

Sizing Up the Second Base Market

Earlier today, Brad discussed the Yankees potentially heading into 2016 with a Dustin Ackley/Rob Refsnyder platoon at second base. That duo represented a breath of fresh air over the last month of the season, combining to hit .325/.375/.638 with 5 HR in just 88 PA. Of course, those 88 PA represent a drop in the bucket, in terms of both sample size (meaning our expectations should not be terribly influenced by those gaudy numbers), and with respect to the team’s overall production at the keystone.  In 2015, Yankees second basemen batted .223/.279/.403, good for a 90 sOPS+ (meaning that Stephen Drew and Co. were about 10% below-average as a group). And despite the front office’s best efforts to maintain strong up-the-middle defense, the Yankees ranked 28th in the Majors in defensive runs saved, and dead last in UZR/150 at second. Add it all together, and the Yankees ranked 29th in the Majors in second base fWAR, at -1.1.

The team was in a similarly awkward position heading into last year’s off-season, and the free agent market offered mostly less than enthusing options.… Click here to read the rest