Monday, March 19, 2018


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I've never quite seen a guy this hurt since Eric Chavez and Mark Teixeira.  To be honest... Jacoby Ellsbury takes the cake and title as the new Mr. Porcelain.  Broken all the time, wasting our money and our time and I'm over it.  He's on the DL right now and it looks like he will not be ready for Opening Day.  And this is a problem??? Is it really? Cause I don't think so.

The New York Daily News has the story:

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"Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list, according to Aaron Boone. Ellsbury (oblique) was supposed to take simulated at-bats on Monday and get a couple ABs in Lakeland against the Tigers Tuesday. But he still has flu-like symptoms so those plans were scrapped...They currently have depth in Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton."

We'll be fine without him.  But we're not fine with this... Jacoby still has 3 painful years left with the Yankees. 

Who's the genius who made this deal happen? It's been torture.


Quick note about 2 Yankee prospects that have done everything right this spring... Miguel Andujar and Domingo Acevedo.  They have each won the 2018 Kevin Lawn award.

That comes from Yankees PR...

Now everyone is thinking... that's great, but who the hell is Kevin Lawn.  Great question. has that info for us!

"The annual awards are dedicated to the memory of Kevin O'Brien Lawn - the son of longtime Yankees Vice President and Chief of Operations Jack Lawn - who passed away in 1999."

And with that context... the award makes perfect sense.  Happy Monday folks!

Sunday, March 18, 2018


When my son was about two-years-old, we started batting practice in our small driveway in Staten Island, NY.  As I pitched to him, and gave him some very basic pointers, I always bantered about my two favorite players: Bucky Dent and Ron Guidry.  Guidry, in particular, had a special place in my heart because it was Guidry, unbeknownst to Guidry himself, who helped me as a struggling reader and learner.  Often I would visually compare him within the list of vocabulary words that plagued my homework tasks.  Words like agile and fierce were great comparative words and saunter and lackadaisical were terrific antonyms.  My son took the visual comparison one step further, by sketching a portrait of my forever favorite pitcher, #49, one Mother's Day.  The picture hangs prominently in my living room today.

Source: Chris Carbonaro

Through the years, Guidry influenced my grandparents, parents, siblings, and now my children through his passionate, focused game play and resilient competitiveness.  His influence is impactful across generations and his new book spotlights everything we loved about Guidry both on and off the field.

Guidry, affectionately known as Gator and Louisiana Lightning, penned his first memoir, Gator: My Life In Pinstripes, which is available this upcoming Tuesday, March 20th.  Through his account, Guidry talks about his relationships with his teammates and the game of baseball himself, which includes advice to young players, particularly pitchers who seek success in the major leagues.

"In 1978, Guidry, or ‘Gator’, won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball, and his many further credentials include being a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner. In Gator, Guidry recounts his ascent to prominence and discloses rare insight into the dynamics of his life both on and off the field," according publisher previews.

Source: ESPN

Beyond the statistics, there is Ron Guidry, the rock, the leader, the person who told his dugout mates how many runs he needed in order to pitch a winning game.  There's Guidry who would sprint off the mound after a strike out, closing out an incredible inning. And he is noted as the pitcher who "invented" the two-out, two-strike standing ovation. In fact he would relish the second to third strike thunderous applause, a tradition carried out across baseball even today.

If Reggie Jackson is the straw that stirred the drink then Guidry is the bartender; he created the environment, set the stage and elevated his teammates into the successful players they became in the championship years of 1977 and 1978.

As we enter the 40th anniversary season of the 1978 team, it seems fitting that Gator's book would hit the stands on the heels of what could be an equally incredible year for the Yankees. As a young pitcher just entering the scene, Guidry talks about the importance of mentorship and credits his mentors Sparky Lyle, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Dick Tidrow and Thurman Munson as guiding him toward a career that served him well. "You put all of that together and you get me," said Guidry in an interview about his book.

If you are a Guidry fan you've already told the kids in your life about him.  Maybe you still have your glove adorned with his mimeographed signature in the pocket, like I do. And maybe this text is another way to reminisce and share what you have always loved about Guidry.  That's the way I am approaching this read...and I can't wait to dig in.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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There's no question... Luis Severino has had his struggles over the past 2 years.  But it looks like he's figured some things out and has become quite dominant at times. Plus, I like how Aaron Boone approached this, giving him the opening day pitching role. It's interesting actually... he watched Yankee ace in his last out yesterday. But Masahiro Tanaka just didn't have it.  And so, Boone went the other way. Instead of chalking it up as a bad outing for Tanaka and "We'll get'em next time"... he did something else.  He went with Sevy.  This gives Sevy enough time to mentally prepare and get ready for opening day.

Boone seems to be doing the same approach with a kid like Tyler Wade.  Seeing what others haven't seen in a few years.  Here's what he just said about Wade. The Times Leader reports:

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"Tyler Wade has surprised people at spring training. And that includes New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

'Yeah, he’s a better player than I thought,' the first-year manager said. 'I came in, I think, with some expectations, and the organization thinks very highly of him. But getting to see him and just seeing, almost on a daily basis, something he does with his athleticism and his instincts, I think, have been impressive.'"

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Maybe that's how he's feeling about Sevy.  Who knows.  I like the approach though. Here's that news story about Luis Severino getting the nod. writes:

"One year after joining elite company in the American League Cy Young Award race, Luis Severino has been tabbed to start the Yankees' season opener on March 29 against the Blue Jays, manager Aaron Boone announced on Saturday.

Photo: New York Daily News
'We feel like it's his time for it,' Boone said. 'With what he was able to do last year, we feel like he's in a really good place now. We just felt like now is the time for him to take on that role and we think he's ready for it. I'm looking forward to seeing him grow in his role as one of the aces of this staff.'"

I hope Boone handled these decisions like this all season.  It's about chances and moments and motivation for these kids.  I like this alot.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018


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I am actually really happy that Neil Walker is with the Yankees. The Yankees are too.  Walker did some work at first, and will do some work at second.  I like what they're doing with them as he makes his debut.

YES Network has more:

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"Neil Walker's official Yankees debut came as a first baseman on Friday night, as he played four innings at the position (and made two plate appearances) in the team's 2-0 loss to the Astros...

'I didn't get any ground balls, but the right side of the infield feels pretty comfortable to me, and it was good to get some action,' Walker said...

Walker will be playing second base on Sunday, and likely extended to six or seven innings according to Boone, but he is ready for whatever challenge the Yankees give him. 'I've just been told to be prepared at first, second, and third; I think I'm playing second on Sunday, and then we'll go from there,' he said. 'I'm very happy with where I am right now, so it's a matter of continuing to see a lot of pitches and have good at-bats, and hopefully find some barrels here later on. It's good to know that I have another week's worth of work left before the season starts.'"

An abbreviated version of YES Network's Lou DiPietro's piece.  Good stuff and a lot of smiles when talking about Walker.

Off to baseball practice... more later on BYB.

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Friday, March 16, 2018


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And you know what? That's OK.  That's what the Spring is for.  Work out the kinks and see what everyone has.  Some guys get an opportunity and shine. Some players just can't make the cut.  It doesn't mean there's no future... it means they need more work.  All good.

I mean, look at Chance Adams.  He's struggled and so, the Yankees re-assigned him.  The New York Daily News has the story:

"Many scouts wonder whether Chance Adams can eventually be a starter in the big leagues. After an abysmal outing on Wednesday, those questions remain. Adams was shelled by the Orioles...

Adams said his velocity was also down — usual for him as he builds up his arm strength and gets ready for the upcoming season — but he didn't want to use it as an excuse, as his command was poor."

Photo: Times Leader
Sadly, it just sounds like he wasn't prepared, be it in the off season, or just building up to that start.  Whatever the case, the Yankees felt he needed to work on things, and so, that's where we are. He should start in AAA, but some scouts, according to the Daily News believe he could eventually emerge as a reliever.  We shall see.

I personally think the decision was the correct one from the Yanks perspective.  We'll hopefully see this guy this season. I have faith.  He's just not ready.

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