Roster News And Notes: 11/3/15

The offseason still has that fresh new offseason smell to it, but it’s already been an active one for the Yankees as far as the roster is concerned.  Here’s a quick catchup on yesterday’s happenings and a look ahead to what’s in store for the rest of the week.

– Free agency kicked in at 9 AM yesterday, so Chris Young, Stephen Drew, and Chris Capuano are all no longer Yankees.  I think there’s a decent chance the Yanks bring Young back if he’s willing to do another 1-year deal, a miniscule chance they bring Drew back if somebody gets hurt in the offseason or early ST, and negative infinity percent chance they bring back Cap.

– In addition to those 3 opened roster spots, the Yanks cleared 2 more by activating right-handers Sergio Santos and Diego Moreno off the 60-day DL and outrighting them to Triple-A SWB.  Santos refused the assignment and elected free agency.  I believe Moreno will become a MiL free agent this offseason.  …

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Yankees Announce Alan Cockrell As New Hitting Coach, Marcus Thames As New Assistant

After waiting for a while to replace the departed Kevin Long last offseason, the Yankees wasted no such time this year in replacing Jeff Pentland.  As first reported by George King and since confirmed by the team, the Yankees have promoted assistant hitting coach Alan Cockrell to the “head” hitting coach position and promoted former player and Triple-A SWB hitting coach Marcus Thames to Cockrell’s former assistant position.

This was the most logical move in following the dual hitting coach format that the team took on this season, and one I predicted 100% correctly on October 18th (look it up).  Cockrell was reportedly productive in working with the team’s older veteran hitters in 2015 and Thames has earned a sparkling reputation in the organization for the way he works with young hitters, so this tandem is a good fit for what the Yankees are going to look like in 2016.  They’re going to need production from their veteran bats to win games and they’re likely going to try to work in the kids even more.  …

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Quick hit: Happy Anniversary, Joe Torre!

20 years ago today, this happened:


Well, the cover was printed the next day, but the Yankees announced the hiring of Joe Torre on November 2, 1995.

It’s amazing to think of what was to come and how his tenure would turn out considering all of the negativity that surrounded the news of him taking the Yankees managerial job.

Here’s how Torre did, in case you forgot:

  • 4 World Series titles
  • 6 World Series appearances
  • 2 Manager of the Year awards
  • Leading the team to the playoffs every year he was manager
  • 1173-767 record

Was his time with the Yankees perfect? Nope. But he did have a hand in providing a lot of us with many special memories and considering the tone of that back cover, Torre definitely got the last laugh.

He’s now in the Hall of Fame and even more importantly (just kidding) his number was retired by the Yankees and he has a place in Monument Park!

Happy Monday.…

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154 Days…

The 2015 Major League Baseball season officially ended last night, which means the 2015 offseason has officially started.  The clock is already ticking on teams to make their decisions on whether to make qualifying offers to their eligible free agents, and we’ll find out those decisions by the end of this working week.

The offseason being underway also means the countdown to the start of next season is officially underway, and including today that countdown stands at 154 days.  154 days until the 2016 Opening Day edition of the Yankees takes the field at home against the Houston Astros, and presumably gets shut out by Dallas Keuchel for 8 innings in a 3-0 loss.

I’m only half-kidding about that last part.  If the Yankees show up with the same crew that finished this year, that’d be a pretty likely outcome.  We’ve spent the past few weeks since their season ended dissecting that crew, its strengths and weaknesses, what it needs to do better, and what changes have to occur to help it be better next year.  …

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Sunday night open thread 11/1/15

It’s November! How the heck did that happen? Doesn’t it seem like this year is flying by?

It feels like just yesterday when we were all lamenting the end of the Yankees’ season.

Anyway, I figured I’d post an open thread for the night, just in case you wanted to talk about some stuff, like baseball, because that’s actually still going on. Although, the season may end tonight if the Royals win, but on the flip side, it may actually be extended if the Mets and Matt Harvey can get their act together, not make any silly errors, and win which would take the series back to K.C. for Game Six.

Either way, it should be a good one tonight.

So feel free to post your thoughts in this thread.

Oh, and in case you missed it last night, Kevin Millar is really creepy and he freaked out poor A-Rod during last night’s FOX pregame show. Here’s a link to the video.…

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Flashback: October 31, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Andy Pettitte! On this day, back in 2009, you hit an RBI single and helped the Yankees win Game 3 of the World Series!

Oh, and happy Anniversary to you as well, Nick Swisher! You also had a nice night six years ago in Philly when you returned to the lineup after being benched in Game 2 and went 2-4 with a home run!

And to you too Hideki Matsui, you hit a pinch hit home run in Game 3 to give the Yanks an 8-4 lead.

I was at a Buffalo Wild Wings watching this game with my brother. It was a fun night.

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Friday Afternoon Linkapalooza: 10/30/15

My boss was in town this week, so I had to make my internet presence scarce and pretend to be a good, caring cube monkey.  He’s on a flight back to the east coast this morning and I think the best way to shake off the blog rust is with a new linkaround.  Let’s get to it.

– On Monday, Nick Shlain of BP Bronx reviewed the relatively strong roster foundation in place for next year and how that makes shoring up second base an even greater need this offseason.

– On Tuesday, Ben Farber of Pinstripe Alley looked back at the history of presidential first pitches in Yankee games.  The Bush one in the ’01 World Series is still a classic.

– On Wednesday, Mike Axisa of RAB recapped the up-and-down season of fan favorite second baseman Stephen Drew.

– On Thursday, Chris Carelli of Yankees Unscripted recapped Andrew Miller’s terrific debut Yankee season on the heels of him winning the American League Mo Award this week.…

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Saving the 2016 Season in Three (Possibly) Easy Steps

The Yankees have not played a game in twenty-four days, and it feels even longer than that – which is unfortunate, because we’re still 156 days away from Opening Day (against those dastardly Astros, to boot). The off-season has begun for the Yankees, at least in earnest, and yet we’re still a couple of weeks away from the “real” off-season kicking off. As such, we’re stuck twiddling our thumbs as we await the beginning of hot stove season. And that gives us plenty of time to tackle rumors and rosterbate with a bit more than a simple glance at the available free agents.

In the interim, we decided to discuss moves that could be made to prepare the Yankees for 2016, and hopefully set them up to stay healthy and competitive for the entire season. Or, failing that, preparing them for the future. A few of us chipped in with three ideas apiece, which range from simple and (ostensibly) cheap, to somewhat laughable and/or expensive.…

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Video: A-Rod talks about the World Series and working for Fox Sports

Alex Rodriguez went on the Michael Kay Show yesterday afternoon and he discussed what’s happened so far in the World Series, what he thinks the Mets should do in order to get back into it and he talks to Michael Kay and Don LaGreca about he prepares for his new gig as a baseball analyst for Fox Sports.

And an added bonus video, former Yankee Jason Giambi called into Dan LeBatard’s radio show and revealed that not only did Derek Jeter wear the infamous gold thong but that it helped him snap out of a long hitless streak.

Personally, I think that a site like Grantland needs to do a longform oral history about the gold thong.

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