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A Week of Misspeak

20 Jul

First it was the double negative in Helsinki, now it’s former NYY 1B Mark Teixiera interviewed on the Michael Kay radio show in New York who intoned that there is no doubt that Brian Cashman would leave a stone unturned to find a quality starting pitcher.    

Delay of Game Penalty?

4 Jul

Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees has received a $2,500-$3,500 fine from MLB for eight instances of delaying the game by moving too slowly from the on-deck circle to home plate.  Haven’t heard anyone else docked for this.  Very odd.    

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 […]

The Windup and the Bitch

16 May

Veteran Atlanta Braves broadcasters Chip Caray and Joe Simpson went on a rant during last night’s telecast of the game versus the Cubs when MLB Instant Replay in New York took an inordinate amount of time to review a call and then ruled against the Braves. Caray (son of Skip and grandson of Harry) used […]

K Boom!

1 May

Summarizing the sloppy weather month of April in MLB, Jayson Stark of The Athletic made 10 observations about the season so far, the most striking of which, pun intended, is that MLB is en route to over 42,000 Ks this season, up by 10,000 over a decade ago.  What a way to beat the infield […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]