IIATMS Top Moment #10: Mo’s Final Appearance

Mo YS3 Goodbye

The G.O.A.T. says his goodbyes. Courtesy of the AP

The 2013 season was a forgettable one for the Yankees and their fans.  Terrible injury luck, age-related regression across the older core, and an incredibly flawed payroll management/roster construction plan combined to keep the Yanks hovering at or just above mediocrity as they rolled out a line of replacement-level garbage to fill in for the lost regulars.

One of the biggest storylines of the 2013 season was that it would be Mariano Rivera‘s farewell season.  After missing most of 2012 due to a freak knee injury, Mo came back in 2013 determined to go out on his terms.  He announced those terms before the start of the season, telling Yankee fans that it would be his last and setting the stage for what everyone knew would be a very emotional and memorable farewell moment.

Before that could happen, however, the Yankees had to slog through their disappointing season, the first one in which they did not make the playoffs in almost 20 years.  …

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Spring Training Game 17 Quick Recap: NYY 12 ATL 5

Masahiro Tanaka

Courtesy of the AP

It was the second spring start for Masahiro Tanaka last night, and it went even better than the first.  3.2 innings of scoreless, walkless ball and a whole heaping helping of run support against an Atlanta Braves team sporting more former Yankees than Old Timers’ Day.  Only thing that would have made this game better would have been the game actually counting.

Game Notes:

– Tanaka’s full line: 3.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.  He looks great, like he never missed a beat.  In a spring that’s been littered with major starting pitching injuries, it would be pretty sweet if Tanaka was the exception and stayed healthy all year.

Andrew Bailey made his 2015 debut, his first game appearance since July of 2013 actually, and looked about how you’d expect for a guy who hasn’t pitched in that long.  He gave up a few hits, an unearned run, and was wild with his offspeed stuff despite sitting low 90s on the radar gun.…

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Open thread – Spring Training Game 17

The Yankees are in Lake Buena Vista to play the Braves tonight but the game is not being shown live on YES. Boo! It will be on MLB Network but tape delayed and at 11 p.m. Or if you’re one of those lucky people with mlb.tv, you can watch it live on your computer!

All is not lost.

Anyway, #TANAK is pitching and it’s his second outing of the season. Let’s hope it goes as well as start number one.

Here’s your lineup:
Brett Gardner CF
Chase Headley 3B
Brian McCann C
Mark Teixeira DH
Garrett Jones 1B
Stephen Drew 2B
Chris Young RF
Didi Gregorius SS
Jose Pirela LF

Enjoy!

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Quick Hit: The Upcoming Rotation Schedule

The Yankees go from one big name starter last night in CC Sabathia to another tonight in Masahiro Tanaka.  His second start will be just as closely monitored and dissected as CC’s first start was last night, and once again coming through the start healthy will be the primary and ultimately only important goal.

As for where the rotation is heading from here, Chad Jennings had the scoop on that earlier this afternoon.  Per Chad, the upcoming rotation schedule is as follows:

Thursday- Esmil Rogers
Friday- Adam Warren
Saturday- Michael Pineda
Sunday- CC Sabathia

Jennings also reported that Joe is committed to getting Bryan Mitchell “at least” 1 more start this spring.

So what does all that mean?  For starters, it means the replacement 5th starter competition is still alive and well and it should be.  Warren, Rogers, and Mitchell are the 3 clear candidates for the job, and I think it’s fair to say that this next turn for all of them will represent the start of “results matter” time.…

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IIATMS Top Moment #11: David Cone’s perfect game

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[Editor’s note: This is a personal story because I’m one of those people you always hear about that should have been at a specific game but something happened to prevent it. Also, this is a previously published story that’s been reworked a bit just for this Top Moments series so grab a drink and get comfortable. -SG]

So where were you on Sunday July 18, 1999?

I was watching David Cone‘s perfect game with my father.

Oh, no, I wasn’t in Yankee Stadium watching the drama unfold in person. I was in my den, on the couch with my left leg propped up on pillows and my left calf covered with an ice pack. My younger brother James was in Yankee Stadium, in our season ticket seats with three of his friends.

I was planning on going to the Stadium that day just like I did every Sunday that year. And that particular Sunday was going to be even more special.…

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Spring Training Game 16 Recap: TOR 4 NYY 2

CC Sabathia, Alex Rodriguez

Just a couple of old farts out there playing ball. Courtesy of the AP

So big news, gang.  I finally got to watch my first televised Yankee baseball of 2015 last night!  The girlfriend and I ran out to a bar to get takeout Reubens for dinner and the bar happened to have MLB Network on a few TVs.  It wasn’t much.  I basically got to watch the last few batters of the bottom of the 2nd and Dellin Betances give up that triple to Reyes, but it was still baseball and I’m counting it.

As for the game itself, it was chock full of storylines.  The biggest and most important was the return of CC Sabathia, but that was far from the only one.  Al from Miami was back at the hot corner and batting second as Joe continues to see what he can get out of Al in a variety of different scenarios.  While the rest of the starting lineup was in action, Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury were not, and we later found out that Ellsbury’s absence was due to the mildest ab strain in the history of human existence.…

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Spring Training Game 16 – The return of CC Sabathia

I forgot how annoying the Sunday day game to Tuesday night game layover was so a big thanks to MLB and the Yankees for reminding me.

Tonight, the Yankees will be facing the Toronto Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field. But more importantly, we will see CC Sabathia take the mound for the first time against opposing players this Spring. And we will actually see it because the game will be shown on YES. Sabathia is a big question mark in the rotation this year and a start where he isn’t pounded for seven runs in three innings and his velocity isn’t below 90 the whole time would be a very nice thing. While I realize we shouldn’t expect too much from him his first time out, it would be a nice surprise if he does well.

Here’s your lineup:
Brett Gardner LF
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Carlos Beltran RF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Brian McCann C
Garrett Jones DH
Chris Young CF
Stephen Drew 2B
Didi Gregorius SS

CC Sabathia LHP

You will notice that Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the lineup and that is due to a “mild, mild, mild, mild right (abdominal) strain.” That’s what Joe Girardi called it and he added that the doctor didn’t seem to be too concerned about it.…

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Why Sabathia’s First Spring Start Tonight Matters

It’s St. Patrick’s Day today, which for us regular people means a day of drinking green beer and pretending it doesn’t suck and eating corned beef for dinner even though that’s not an actual Irish tradition.  For the Yankees, it means Opening Day is less than 3 weeks away and Spring Training is getting to the point where it’s less about shaking off the rust and getting a feel back and more about getting physically and mentally ready for the start of the regular season and the 6-month grind that follows.

With that in mind, it only seems fitting that CC Sabathia makes his first ST start tonight.  He’s the last of the projected rotation members to do so, and coming off another disappointing and injury-shortened season in 2014.  In a rotation filled with injury concerns, his is arguably the most concerning based simply on the fact that it’s related to 15 years of irreversible wear and tear on a major body joint.  …

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IIATMS Top Moment #12: 2009 ALDS Game 2

Courtesy: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Courtesy: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez — two Yankees stars who don’t have the best reputation among some fans at the moment — combined to make 2009 ALDS Game 2 one of the most memorable Yankees playoff games ever, even if it was just the Division Series.

Teixeira hit a leadoff walk-off home run in the 11th inning off of Twins reliever Jose Mijares that just bounced off the left field wall and went over it. It was Teixeira’s shining moment of the 2009 postseason, as he had a poor postseason after being a legitimate MVP candidate during his first season with the Yankees. The ball was scorched so hard that it left the park before you could even snap your fingers.

Also, Teixeira set the stage for Rodriguez’s big moment in the bottom of the 9th inning. The Yankees were down 3-1 going into their last licks, and Teixeira opened the inning with a single. Rodriguez came into to the at-bat hitting .159 with one home run and one RBI in the postseason from 2005-2007.…

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