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Convicted Felon

19 Jun

New York Yankees’ backup catcher, Austin Romine, gave an interview after Monday’s game against the Nats describing how young relief pitcher Jonathan Holder was pitching with conviction navigating a difficult lineup. Asked how a young player could do that, Romine responded that Holder “was convicted.” Reminds me of the old Yankee skipper Billy Martin’s quip […]

Water Logged

10 Jun

The Subway Series is tilted in the New York Yankees’ favor as the Baby Bombers beat the Mets in Queens by a score of  4-3.  It didn’t start out well for the pinstripes’ pitcher Domingo German, who yielded three runs in the opening inning, but the visitors prevailed.  But Mets skipper Mickey Callaway thought his […]

Keep the Faith

28 Apr

Veteran infielder Neil Walker has not performed well since being signed by the Yankees late in Spring Training.  Some of that is due to his playing out of position (1B) and, as an unsigned free agent, sitting on the shelf.  Last night he hit what appeared to be a three-run HR, except that it was […]

Nut Up!

26 Apr

The Athletic writer T.J. Zuppe described how the Cleveland Indians bullpen had to scramble when reliever Andrew Miller felt his hamstring grab in Wednesday’s game versus the Cubs.  One of those relievers, Nick Goody, told his bullpen counterpart how to handle the situation: “It’s part of the game. Injuries happen. Accidents happen. You’ve just got to […]

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.”

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 […]

Strip Training

6 Mar

New York Post baseball beat writer Kevin Kiernan has a piece about how Aaron Boone is building relationships with the Baby Bombers, in this case, Aaron Judge.  In this statement, Judge sounds like they are preparing for a pole dance, instead of a season: I’m learning every day and the same thing with him coming […]

Tough As Nails

29 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has an interesting piece on the “quick hook” philosophy both World Series teams’ managers have with their starting pitchers, and how they use their bullpen arms to prevent, rather than smother, rallies and runs.  The piece includes this unusual phrase common in baseball by Dodgers’ pitcher Alex Wood: […]

His Words Never Fail

23 Oct

Tyler Kepner of the New York Times has a thoughtful, engaging style in his sportswriting.  In his profile of Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts whose famous running play doomed the New York Yankees’ playoff dreams years ago, he sets the tone with this opening paragraph: He could have lived a legend’s life. Dave Roberts knew this. When […]