Quick hit: Luis Severino to AA

Well, this is pretty cool.

Luis Severino had a nice showing in this past weekend’s Futures Game and now he’s been rewarded for his hard work this season.

Here’s his player card and some video from Baseball America.

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Yankeemetrics: All-Star Game Edition

Jeter hit his only All-Star Game home run in 2001 at Safeco Field. (Photo: Cheryl Hatch/AP)

Jeter hit his only All-Star Game home run in 2001 at Safeco Field. (Photo: Cheryl Hatch/AP)

Given the storied history of the franchise, it should come as no surprise that since the first game in 1933, the Yankees have had the most All-Star players (121) and most total All-Star selections (411) of any MLB team.

Here are a few fun facts and nuggets to get you ready for tonight’s game.

Let’s start with The Captain…
Derek Jeter is making his 14th All-Star Game appearance and ninth start.

Among Yankees, only Mickey Mantle (20, 13) and Yogi Berra (18, 11) have more selections and starts than Jeter. The only major-leaguers to have started more All-Star games as a shortstop are Cal Ripken Jr. (14) and Ozzie Smith (11).

Jeter won the All-Star Game MVP Award in 2000, the first Yankee to take home that honor (Mariano Rivera joined him last year). When he was later named the World Series MVP that year, Jeter became the only player in MLB history to win the World Series MVP and All-Star Game MVP in the same season.…

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Seven (straw) arguments for Ellsbury leading off

I am saving you folks a bunch of time making comments by admitting up front that I am creating a flawed statistical argument to support a personal bias and belief. I want Jacoby Ellsbury to lead off for the Yankees. That is what he was signed to do and that is not what he is doing. And since I am not a statistical genius like many of my colleagues here, I can only create weak statistical arguments to support my biased belief. I bet you have never seen an opening paragraph like this one before.

At least I am being honest here. Like many Yankee observers in 2014, I am extremely surprised by the offensive efforts of this team. Offense was not supposed to be a problem this year. And yet it is. The team is 22nd out of 30 MLB teams in runs scored. The team has a 93 OPS+. The offense more resembles last year’s ragtag outfit than a team that was “fixed” in the off season by some key upgrades.…

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Quick Hit: Alfonso Soriano Released

This news isn’t that much of a surprise but Alfonso Soriano has been released by the Yankees. After being designated for assignment, none of the other 29 teams in the league picked up Soriano so now he’s available for the league minimum, if someone is so inclined to scoop him up as a bat off the bench down the stretch. At the time he was designated for assignment, Soriano also hinted that retirement is a possibility.

After making a splash last season, hitting 17 home runs after coming back to the Yankees, the 38-year-old struggled mightily in 2014 batting .221/.244/.367/.611 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 67 games. Soriano has batted .270/.319/.500/.819 with 412 home runs in his 16-year career.

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The Chase Whitley Experiment Has To End In The Second Half

Whitley vs BAL

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I can’t imagine there was a scenario where Joe envisioned things being so bad in his rotation this year that he had to use Chase Whitley as a regular member of it.  Even the worst of your average worst-case scenarios don’t get that bad.  When CC Sabathia joined Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova on the DL in mid-May, that worst-case scenario came about in real life and the Yankees were forced to go to the Whitley well.  The move proved to be a good one for a while.  Whitley allowed 2 ER or less in 6 of his first 7 starts, 3 in the other, and gave the battered rotation a needed boost by eliminating walks and keeping the ball in the ballpark.

Right around the time that he got stretched out to a comfortable starter’s pitch count, however, the performance started to sour and sour in a hurry.  Whitley gave up 8 ER in only 3.1 innings against the Blue Jays on June 23rd, his first time facing a team for a second time, and followed that up by allowing 5 in 4+ innings against the Red Sox on June 29th.  …

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The 2014 Home Run Derby Open Thread


If you were planning on watching the Home Run Derby, why not comment about it here?

Here are the new rules per Baseball Tonight:

The thinking behind these changes is to make it so the guys participating in the derby aren’t so tired by the final round. As we famously watched in 2008, Josh Hamilton expended all of his energy in the first round by hitting about 1,000 monster home runs and then lost to Justin Morneau in the finals. This way, the guys who win the first round will be rewarded with a bye for the second round. Plus, instead of getting 10 outs, each hitter gets seven.

Here are the participants:

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays (Team captain)
Adam Jones, Orioles
Brian Dozier, Twins
Yoenis Cespedes, A’s
Josh Donaldson, A’s

Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies (Team captain)
Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers
Todd Frazier, Reds
Justin Morneau, Rockies

So who do you have winning this thing?…

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Quick hit: Jeter’s last All-Star game

It was just announced that Derek Jeter will be starting at shortstop (of course) and leading off for the American League tomorrow night. This will set up a nice moment for Derek as he steps up to the plate for his last first time at the All-Star game and for his last last time. (Get it?)

Manager John Farrell told reporters gathered in Minnesota for the festivities that Jeter “sets the bar for what all players should aspire to,” and added that, “all fans will remember Jeter’s last All-Star game.”

Here’s the rest of the AL lineup:
Derek Jeter SS
Mike Trout LF
Robinson Cano 2B
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Jose Bautista RF
Nelson Cruz DH
Adam Jones CF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Salvador Perez C

That 3-4-5 is pretty scary in a good way.

Also, the starting pitchers have been announced for the game: Felix Hernandez will be starting for the American League and Adam Wainwright for the National League which is causing some controversy because a lot of folks believe Clayton Kershaw should be starting the game over Wainwright.…

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Today is a great day for Yankee themed videos

First up: This is just a perfect tribute to Derek Jeter:

Nice job by all involved.

And in this one, poor Metallica … who will use “Enter Sandman” now that Mariano Rivera is retired?

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Yankeemetrics: July 11-13 (Orioles)

Shane Greene shut down the Orioles on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Shane Greene shut down the Orioles on Saturday. (Photo: AP)

Wild, Wild Hiroki
The Yankees have made a habit of giving fans free baseball the last few weeks, and that was...
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