Happy pitchers and catchers report day!

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Winter is over. Well, it’s over as it pertains to baseball because Spring Training is here.

Finally!

So what should we expect to see today?

  • Pictures of guys walking into Steinbrenner Field.
  • Pictures of them walking onto the field for unofficial workouts because they aren’t supposed to officially workout until tomorrow.
  • Pictures of them laughing and joking.
  • Pictures of them hugging – at least the guys who know each other. We do have a few newbies showing up to camp today.
  • Pictures of them introducing themselves to their teammates and coaches because like I just said, there are a few newbies this year.

I don’t know about you but I’m excited to find out what some of these new dudes look like.

Anyway, if any news pops up, we will be sure to bring it to you.

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Lunchtime news and notes: 2/19/15

Good afternoon, everyone.

We have just one more sleep until pitchers and catchers officially report to camp. That hasn’t stopped some of the guys from showing up and working out. Masahiro Tanaka has been showing up for the past two days. He did a long toss yesterday and this morning, he threw a 21-pitch bullpen session.

Speaking of working out, the Yankees held a second secret workout with Yoan Moncada early yesterday evening. According to George King of the NY Post, “Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the 19-year-old free agent, a switch-hitting infielder from Cuba, showcased his skills for the Yankees, who were intrigued enough to see him again.” As usual, money is a factor in whether or not the Yankees will be the trigger and try to get the 19-year-old phenom. Reports are that he would command a $30M signing bonus and since the Yankees went over their international signing limits, they’d have to pay double ($60M).…

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Discussion: Six-man rotation?

Yesterday, we heard Yankee pitching coach Larry Rothschild suggest that the Yankees may use six starters for a particularly tough stretch–30 games in 31 days–in April and May. Bryan Hoch’s story later in the day included a clarifying quotation from Rothschild:

“It’s a result of some of the stuff that’s gone on over the last few years, not just here, but everywhere,” Rothschild said. “We’re aware of situations here and early in the season, we need to get these guys through these stretches. Being that possibly early in the spring, some of them aren’t going to be able to throw a lot, we’re going to need to build them up too and give them the extra days when we can.”

My gut reaction to a six-man rotation in the past has always been aversion, and probably for good reason. Six-man rotations give a possibly fringy starter starts and they take starts away from the top pitchers in the rotation. However, the 2015 Yankee rotation is making me rethink things.…

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Not-quite-so random thoughts on a Wednesday afternoon

Good afternoon!

Things are kind of slow around here because of the lull between Alex Rodriguez apologies and pitchers and catchers reporting to camp. So, in the spirit of it being a slow day, I’m going to fire off some random and not-so-random thoughts about baseball, the media and anything else that has crossed my mind so far today.

(And yes, it’s pro A-Rod but you already know that about me.)

Enjoy.

  • I woke up this morning to see this piece J.R. Moehringer on ESPN being discussed on Twitter. Big thanks to friend of the blog Craig Calcaterra for bringing it to my attention. Here’s his summary of the piece.
  • If you haven’t read it yet, make the time to do so. It’s a longform piece so it may be better for you to do it on the train or bus home from work, or maybe later on tonight when you’re home and comfortable with time to read.
  • It took me 30 minutes.
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Voting Open: Top-20 Yankee Moments, 1996-2014

Last week, ya’ll did an amazing job nominating 56 Yankee moments from 1996-2014. After I spent a few hours trying to rank all 56, The IIATMS staff narrowed the list down to a more manageable 20 moments. Now, it’s your turn again: we want you to rank the top-20 Yankee moments of that time period.

Here is a link to a Google Document. In it, you will find all 20 moments in reverse chronological order. All you have to do to vote is pick a ‘person’ column, and rank all the moments from 1 to 20, with 1 being the best. To check your work, the column must add up to 210.

Voting closes on Friday. Have at it!

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A-Rod issues an apology

Hot on the heels of Tony Bosch being sentenced to 48 months in prison, Alex Rodriguez released a handwritten apology to the fans instead of having another press conference at Yankee Stadium.

Here’s the note (the handwritten version is here):

To the Fans,

I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I’m sorry.

I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that’s on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job.…

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25 years ago today

On February 17, 1990, the number one song in the country was “Opposites Attract” by Paula Abdul, the number one movie was Hard To Kill starring Steven Seagal and the New York Yankees signed some guy named Mariano Rivera from Panama as an amateur free agent.

I guess you can say that signing turned out to be a pretty good thing for the Yankees.

Some his career highlights:

  • 13-time AL All-Star (1997, 1999-2002, 2004-2006, 2008-2011 & 2013)
  • 3-time AL Saves Leader (1999, 2001 & 2004)
  • 30 Saves Seasons: 15 (1997-2001, 2003-2011 & 2013)
  • 40 Saves Seasons: 9 (1997, 1999, 2001, 2003-2005, 2009, 2011 & 2013)
  • 50 Saves Seasons: 2 (2001 & 2004)
  • Won five World Series (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000 & 2009)
  • Saved at least 25 games in 15 consecutive seasons
  • Posted an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons

His awards:

  • 6-time AL Reliever of the Year Award Winner (1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 & 2009)
  • 5-time AL Rolaids Relief Award Winner: (1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 & 2009)
  • 1999 World Series MVP
  • 2003 ALCS MVP
  • 2013 All-Star Game MVP
  • 2013 AL Comeback Player of the Year

Not to mention 652 career saves, a 2.21 ERA, and 1,173 strikeouts and 286 walks in 1,283.2 innings pitched.…

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Quick hit: Pictures of players on a field

Look you guys! It’s #TANAK getting out of his car!

It’s a bunch of guys on a field!

More from a field!

You know what this means? It means that we’re much closer to the real start of the baseball season. And I know, the experts are predicting another not-so-great year for the Yankees but right now, who cares! We get to see sun drenched pictures of guys doing unauthorized drills (because Spring Training doesn’t officially start for the Yankees until pitchers and catchers report on February 20) while a lot of us in the Northeast are buried under mounds of snow.…

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Quick hit: More numbers are being retired!

The Yankees have made it official. Andy Pettitte is not the only member of the core group getting his number retired this season.

Pettitte’s Day was already announced and will be held on August 23 but now we know that Bernie Williams, Jorge Posada and Willie Randolph will also be honored in 2015. Williams and Posada are having their numbers (51 and 20) retired while Randolph will be honored with a plaque in Monument Park.

Bernie Williams Day will be Sunday, May 24, Willie Randolph will be honored before Old Timers’ Day on Saturday, June 20th, and Jorge Posada will be honored the day before Pettitte on Saturday, August 22nd.

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