April’s Fools

18 Apr

For the most part, April has been a cold awakening for MLB, with temperatures in the 40’s and snow-outs and ice-outs replacing field outs.  Perhaps MLB needs to revisit its 162-game schedule and limit the number of games so play begins in more moderate weather.  Here’s an uncomfortable stat from River Ave Blues, the NYY blog: As […]

Brandon’s Blurry

17 Apr

New NYY infielder Brandon Drury has been suffering from migraines and blurred vision that landed him on the DL.  Asked how often he’s plagued by this, he answered, “all the time.” It is hard to fathom how a MLB player could be productive under those circumstances–judging balls and strikes and batted balls–and why he never […]

The-e-e-e- Yankees Suck!

11 Apr

After a crushing loss to the Boston Red Sox that revealed major fault lines in the NYY lineup–batters, bullpen and botched balls–it’s hard to be enthusiastic about a team that looks lost.  Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, captured it well: At various points, the crowd at at a frigid Fenway Park […]

Backtrack, Do It Again

2 Apr

On a snow day instead of Opening Day in the Bronx,  Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone tried to justify his moves in the Toronto series. At best, he offered obfuscation, as reported in the New York Post. “I guess I don’t deal with the second-guessing,” Boone said. “I don’t pay attention to it. We’re prepared. My […]

Rookie Mistake?

1 Apr

Rookie skipper Gabe Kapler of the Phillies made a bonehead move when he called for a bullpen pitcher in a game yesterday who had not warmed up.  Kapler, a former utility and journeyman player, already raised eyebrows by using 21 different pitchers in the first three games. He is not the only rookie skipper who […]

Opening Day Jitters

30 Mar

Ballplayers, and rookie managers, all talk about the butterflies in their bellies on Opening Day, but fans have them, too! I consider Opening Day a national holiday and celebration, and the time to stop Spring Training  speculation and see what teams are really made of. However, sometimes the banal sneaks in, too. For instance, in […]

The Known Unknowns Redux

27 Mar

The San Francisco Chronicle has a story today about Buster Posey’s first backstop gig with acquired closer Greg Holland yesterday.  Asked about how it was to catch someone he’d never caught before, Posey responded: “It’s not like I’m not somewhat familiar with him.”

Hopefully Not Bad Grammar

22 Mar

You know the season is nigh when managers start babbling in baseball doublespeak, as Yankees’ skipper Aaron Boone did in an answer to a reporter’s question at Tampa: “We have certainly some guys athletically with some speed that we’ll be able to take advantage of hopefully taking some extra bases when they’re available.”

“Look Out” Is Leaving the Broadcast Booth

15 Mar

Ken Singleton, the best of the YES broadcast voices for over two decades, will be leaving the mic after this season, much to fans’ dismay.  His famous “Look out!” call for inside pitches is legendary along with his cool, laid-back style that focuses on the action, not his ego.  Here’s what he told Newsday about […]

Longevous Lizard

12 Mar

In a story posted on the YES Yankees Web site, reporter A.J. Herrmann writes about Yankees’ hurler Luis Severino and his progression as a leader.  Unfortunately, the writer had a regression as far as spelling is concerned as he mentions Sevy taking note of veteran pitcher C.C. Sabathia: Sabathia has been one of the most […]