Some Minor League Notes

I have mentioned the various changes going on with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, most notably the renovations to PNC Field, their changes in ownership and a potential name change for 2013.  Most recently, however, they have announced a new leadership team, headed by Rob Crain as the President and General Manager.  He comes from the Pacific Coast League’s Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate for the Kansas City Royals.  Given what he did in Omaha (overseeing marketing, construction of a new field and the team’s re-branding) he seems particularly well-suited for whatever 2013 may bring for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Baseball America looked at some of the Yankees’ minor league standouts and frustrations over the break.  They praised Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin, while noting just how disappointing Dellin Betances has been.  Newcomer Saxon Butler and veteran Jack Cust were also mentioned.

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Brian Cashman and self-fulfilling prophecies

One of the things that fascinates me when it comes to the way we talk about baseball is the sheer amount of truisms we employ, mostly uncritically. Sometimes it’s because the truisms are self-evident, or seem to be, and other times it’s just because we either come to believe them reflexively or because people in the game tell us they’re so. For example, I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that Rafael Soriano just couldn’t handle not being The Closer last season in the past two months. Is that true? I wouldn’t think so. He did have some nice years as a non-closer back in 2006 and 2007, which you’d almost think would be a truism in its own right because almost all closers get “promoted” to the role after having success in the earlier innings. Off hand, I can’t think of any examples where a middle reliever has stunk and a team has said to themselves, “well, let’s make him The Closer and see if the pressure of the ninth inning focuses him into awesomeness.” And, incidentally, Soriano’s best performance of this season might have come in the eighth inning, preserving a lead against Tampa Bay that David Robertson eventually blew in the ninth inning.…

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Bringing Back the Melkman

"What shoes should I wear tomorrow?"

Ok, maybe I’m jumping the gun, but this is a slow week, and after the All-Star game, I’m ready to talk about a certain outfielder. In case you missed it last night, Melky...

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The Cano All Star experience

The entire thing was tough to take as a Yankee writer and fan. My wife was extremely upset. I thought the fans had a right to boo and be upset at Cano, but the way they continued seemed to go beyond the line of good taste. I am a high road kind of guy and this whole thing seemed low road to me. I made the huge mistake of saying so on Twitter. Most Twitter pals from the KC patronage crowd were polite in their responses of disagreement. But one response from a guy I thought was a good guy became absolutely hateful and savage in his responses. It blew me away. And yeah, it hurt. That response made me think again of the plight we have as Yankee fans. Oh, I’m sure some of you will think I am being a weak-livered wuss. But my fandom tries to be magnanimous. I was the first to congratulate Tigers’ tweeters when that team beat the Yankees in the playoffs last year.…

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2012 All-Star Game!

4 Yankees were invited to the All-Star game, Cano, Jeter, Granderson, and Sabathia. With Sabathia on the DL, only three will play, all as starters. Enjoy The game.

National League

DH Carlos Gonzalez
CF Melky Cabrera
LF Ryan Braun
1B Joey Votto
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