Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 6/5/15

Small-ish batch of regular links this week, and a real prospect-heavy batch of Yankee-centric links.  That’s partially just the luck of the draw from what stood out to me as I read and partially due to the fact that I didn’t have time to read as much as I normally do this week.  With that in mind, I’ll officially open this post up to suggestions and tips from any and all readers.  If you ever see something that you think should be in the Palooza, email it to me or tweet me @BradVietro and I’ll do my damndest to make sure it gets in.  Now onto the links!

– On Tuesday, Nicolas Stellini of Pinstripe Alley profiled Double-A lefty Eric Ruth, who has been quietly putting together a solid performance at that level and forcing himself into the fringes of the prospect scene.

– On Wednesday, Adam Lewis of ESPN.com had a small feature on Garrett Jones and how he’s adjusting to his reduced role this season.

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Report: The Yankees are awful at social media engagement

In news that won’t shock anyone who regularly uses Twitter, the Yankees’ account is really bad at engaging with their fans.

Sean Dolinar of Fangraphs wrote about how MLB teams interacted with their fans on Twitter in the off-season for his debut piece this winter and this time, he took a look at how the accounts performed in May.

While the Yankees were average at putting out content from their Twitter account (300-500 tweets is average and they came in at 359), they were terrible at interacting with their fans.

How terrible? The Yankees came in last with only three interactions.

The Chicago Cubs came in first with, get this, 2,789 interactions or engagements.

Courtesy of Fangraphs

Courtesy of Fangraphs

And yes, the Cubs’ number is really high – they’re ahead of second place Seattle by nearly 800 tweets – and the Yankees’ twitter account doesn’t need to interact with everyone that sends them a tweet or a reply but, my goodness, it’s called social media for a reason and it shouldn’t be so one-sided.…

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Flashback: June 5, 1915

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The 1915 Yankees

I’ll admit it. I panicked slightly when I remembered that I had the 10am slot and couldn’t think of anything to write about. So I did what I usually do. I went to baseball-reference.com, I went to the box scores and looked at a year that ends in a 0 or 5 and hoped that the Yankees 1) played a game or 2) won a game.

But, this time was different. When I looked at 1915 – because I thought going back 100 years would be cool – I saw that the Yankees had lost and instead of closing out and trying another year, I looked at the box score.

This is what I found:

100 years ago today, on June 5, 1915, the Yankees lost to Ty Cobb‘s Tigers by a score of 11-2.

Here are some interesting nuggets of information from that game:

  • The game was played at the Polo Grounds.
  • Cobb was 3-5 with a home run, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBI.
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Quick Hit: Another Audition For Murphy

I have to imagine I wasn’t the only one who breathed a huge sigh of relief when everything came back negative on Brian McCann’s foot yesterday.  Even though he hasn’t been what we hoped he would be offensively and his defense has slipped a bit this season, McCann has been swinging a better bat recently and is still a vital piece to the middle of the lineup.  Losing him for an extended period of time would have shortened the batting order even further and undoubtedly hurt the team.

Officially McCann is listed as day-to-day, and the smart money is on the Yankees giving him at least the next few games off.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if they gave him the whole weekend series off and Joe started giving him more regular rest to keep the wear and tear on the foot down.  If and when that happens, it will be another chance for John Ryan Murphy to show what he can do as a Major League regular.  …

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Off day open thread: 6/4/15

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Welcome to tonight’s open thread.

20 years ago this afternoon, the Yankees beat the California Angels, 11-3.

The Yankees scored eight runs in the first against Mark Langston. The winning pitcher was Melido Perez and the hitting star was Paul O’Neill who was 3-4 and hit a single, double and a home run. Rookie (!!) Derek Jeter was 2-4 with three RBI. Both O’Neill and Jeter hit run-scoring doubles in that big first inning. Robert Eenhoorn also had a double in the first and Randy Velarde, Mike Stanley, Jim Leyritz and O’Neill all had singles.

Yes, Paul O’Neill hit a double and a single in one inning.

Poor Langston lasted only a third of an inning and gave up eight runs on six hits with two walks. Woof.

The Yankees scored all of their runs in the first three innings and the only starter without a hit was first baseman Dave Silvestri. The win improved their record to 14-19 and they were 8 1/2 games back in the Division.…

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Quick hit: Some news on McCann

Well, this is good, right?

We’ll see how long this injury sidelines McCann. Mark Feinsand tweeted that McCann was “examined by both team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad and orthopedic foot and ankle specialist Dr. Justin Greisberg.”

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Thursday afternoon news and notes: 6/4/15

Courtesy: USA TODAY

Courtesy: USA TODAY

It’s another slow day so here are some links for you to look at.

And, of course, if any news breaks this afternoon or evening, we’ll have it for you.

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Thursday morning reflections after a sweep in Seattle

I said this other day after the Yankees were able to beat Felix Hernandez: This team is confounding.

They will sweep the best team in the league (in the AL and at the time the series began), lose three out of four to a terrible team in Oakland and then sweep the Mariners in Seattle while facing the aforementioned Hernandez.

And guess what? The Yankees are in first place and four games above .500! They’re 7-3 in their last 10 games, not that you’d know that with the way some people are reacting to how they’re playing.

Are they a great team? No, but in the AL Least – no, I did not spell that wrong – being just good enough will probably be more than adequate to win the division.

Were these three games against Seattle good? Yes and no.

Beating King Felix was fun but barely beating a rookie in Mike Montgomery – well, they actually didn’t beat him, they had to wait until Fernando Rodney entered the game to make some noise – and being nearly shut down by Taijuan Walker wasn’t that great.…

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Why The Yankees Got Rid Of David Carpenter

The Yankees created some roster waves yesterday, and not just because they activated Masahiro Tanaka from the DL.  To clear a 25-man roster spot for him, the Yanks elected to designate David Carpenter for assignment, the same David Carpenter they traded former top prospect Manny Banuelos to Atlanta to acquire just a handful of months ago.

Carpenter was the unquestioned worst pitcher in the Yankee bullpen as of yesterday morning.  His consistent inability to keep guys off base, strand runners, and prevent runs in key middle relief situations was a surprise and a disappointment to many given what he had done over the prior 2 years with the Braves.  And yet I noticed a fair amount of criticism for the decision to DFA him around the Yankosphere and on Twitter yesterday.  People referring back to the trade and how bad it made giving up ManBan look, people arguing that Carpenter’s past results should have granted him more time, people bringing up Carpenter’s “upside” relative to that of Esmil Rogers or Chris Capuano.…

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