Tuesday, September 19, 2017

OTANI: A RISK OR REWARD?


Already there is talk about next year for the New York Yankees. One of the main topics of discussion has been the Yankees pursuit of the Japenese Babe Ruth, Shohei Otani. Already gaining momentum as the season wears on, this topic can and will only grow stronger. We have seen many articles on Otani here at BYB, and have written our share as well.  In all of them, the Yankees are connected to this young man.  According to this piece from the New York Daily News, the Yankees skipper, Joe Girardi finds him to be "intriguing". 

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Shohei Otani, considered the Babe Ruth of Japan, is reportedly ready to come to the MLB next season, and the Yankees are one of several teams interested in his services. Brian Cashman and assistant GM Jean Afterman recently went overseas to see Otani, 23, pitch and hit for the Nippon Ham Fighters.

'He’s definitely intriguing,' Joe Girardi said Wednesday of the two-way international star. 'Obviously I haven’t seen much of him, I just hear reports about him. I was asked today: ‘Could a guy pitch and DH some?’ And I think it’s possible. I do."

Credit: Japan Times
Hey, that's a good question. Could he pitch and DH some too?  I'm sure he could, but I believe the better question is would you want him to? Would you like him out there running the bases on the days he's not pitching?


Thinking about that really brings back for me at least, thoughts of Chien-Ming Wang and he only had to do it for that one game. He was never the same after he got hurt running the bases in Houston. Just me being cautious is all...

A move such as this would definitely have its advantages, but it could also end up having many disadvantages as well. On first thought, it's a great idea, but in today's game where pitchers are babied, would it be a risk teams are willing to take?

What are your thoughts? When it comes to Otani, would it be a risk you would want the Yankees to take? 

Comment.



--Michael Carnesi
BYB Writer

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Monday, September 18, 2017

IT'S OVER. TIME HAS RUN OUT!

Photo: Seth Wenig, AP 
At least that is what the media wants you to think, especially the New York media. Yesterday's game sucked. It certainly wasn't the ending we wanted to see. Boston lost and it was time to gain some more ground. It didn't happen. Some media outlets think the fat lady has quietly started singing.

Gimme a break. I haven't and neither has BYB. Did Sunday suck? Yes, it would've been nice to end the day knowing that the Red Sox are watching the standings and sweating a little more. Nothing more would make me happy, actually. We don't always get what we want though, but that doesn't mean we give up. We just have to fight harder for it.

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon
I like when the Yankees beat Buck Showalter and this season we have had good luck against the Orioles. It just wasn't our day. Usually when Sonny Gray pitches the Yankees don't give him any run support and the bats are dead. Sunday he just didn't have his best stuff he wasn't throwing as many strikes, he struggled to keep the ball down low in the strike zone and his pitch count got away from him early in the game. It happens, and Buck capitalized on that and more.


We know Buck is tired of dealing with Aaron Judge so he decided to take a gamble against Gary Sanchez and won. I hate it, but it is what it is and we move on and we live to fight another day.

And that's what this is going to be.....a fight. We don't need to roll over though and just give up. The New York Post says that reality has set in. A reality has set in...but it is not the reality the are writing about. No one said this was going to be easy, but the real reality here is that the last time we played postseason baseball against Dallas Keuchel we were not that team. These Yankees are by far better than what they were two years ago and everyone knows that.


I can tell you who especially knows that....the dirty cheating Red Sox. Not to give any compliments to the Red Sox but they also have a young and talented team. I can't stand the Red Sox but even I can admit that. They have talent too but....they still don't have what WE have.

We are built for the future AND we have three big assets that are going to help us make this chase for a division title even more of a nail bitter.

1) The Yankees have 10 of their last 13 games at home and their last series is against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox on the other hand are on the road until the last week of the regular season AND their last four games are against the Astros. If it is still this close down to the end and the Astros can win those games the Yankees could still come out on top.

Photo: MLB.com
2) The Yankees have home run power up and down the lineup. We are tied with the Astros for the most amount of home runs this season at 217. Aaron Judge is a stud, so that certainly helps. The Red Sox on the other hand are tenth at 154 home runs. We can score a bunch of runs in a hurry and as young as we are we still have the fire power. Imagine what that could've been if Greg Bird actually played all season.

3) Yankee pitching has been questionable throughout the season, but even with our weak moments and injuries I have more faith in our starters. Chris Sale may be a Cy Young candidate but he hasn't beaten the Yankees this season and David Price has been a non-factor since he hasn't been healthy.

Credit: Matt West.
Last year's Cy Young winner Rick Porcello is headed towards 20 losses this season. The Red Sox have series pitching problems. A good closer like Craig Kimbrel doesn't matter if your starters can't do their jobs....and we all know how good our relievers are.

There are two weeks left in the season. This fight for the division isn't going to be easy but the Yankees don't have to give up and roll over. The fat lady isn't singing yet. The New York media needs to take a chill pill. The Red Sox haven't hit their magic number yet so it's time for the Yankees to GO BIG while we are at home!



--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor 
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

FORGET UNICORNS & ROSES: HOW ABOUT GESTURES & EMOJIS

Source: Sports Illustrated

You've all heard the expression, "it's not all unicorns and rainbows," when referring to the grass being greener on the other side of the fence, right?  What appears to be picture perfect is likely just a facade covering for a dark thunderstorm of a life behind closed doors.  Well, the 2017 Yankees have aired their dirty laundry this season: the injuries, the errors, the pitching mistakes, the bullpen woes...they placed them front and center.

Source: FRANK FRANKLIN II/AP

But even more important than that are the ways the Yankees are showcasing their best moments. They are gesturing to one another, signaling that they are a team, that they are moving ahead and that they are celebrating the great hits, amazing plays and come from behind wins that defined them during the first couple of months of the 2017 Season.


It started with the two finger pointing gesture to the dugout, when a player knocked in run, cleared the bases or simply got on base to start off a rally.  "With these Yankees, while it’s a relatively reserved double-armed salute, it’s still notable given the franchise’s staid tradition. Some players make it look as though they’re casting a spell on their teammates," reported the NY Post in early August.



The YES Network now features a segment in the post-game show that touts the announcers attempting to translate Didi Gregorius's #Startspreadingthenews Tweet of emojis of the latest Yankee win.  "Following each win, when he leaves the field and talks to some of the players, he'll use a hashtag devoted to Starlin Castro, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and others in addition to the impact plays each made during the game," reported MLB.com in June.



The latest gesture is actually "fan-grown."  It happened completely organically when a Met fan attended one of the Rays-Yankees games at Citi Field earlier in the week and expressed his displeasure with a thumb's down gesture when the Yankees Todd Frazier smashed a three-run home run in "his" home ball park.  "So just spur of the moment I came up with idea of just standing up and making the thumbs down gesture," he said. "A simple little thumbs down and all of a sudden it's become so popular. It's like a meme," said 54-year-old Gary Dunaier, the author of the Yankees' current celebratory group gesture.

Source: The Associated Press

2017 hasn't been pretty.  There have been stellar moments like the "All Rise" Aaron Judge home runs, the return of Gary Sanchez, the leadership of Brett Gardner and the birth of a new Yankee ace Luis Severino.  The Yankees shared it all with us, the good and the bad.  They told their story in gestures and let's hope that this carries them to the new start of a new glossary of gestures and emojis in the post season.




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

YANKEES MIGHT WANT HOSMER THIS OFFSEASON

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I love this nugget from Jon Heyman about the possibility of the Yankees trying to pursue Eric Hosmer this offseason... but to be honest, I'm calling BS on it.  Just because I'm not so sure we need the dude.

Whatever the case, here it is:

Photo: Getty Images
"Could he possibly benefit from a Yankees-Red Sox battle? It isn’t out of the question. Boston seems like an obvious choice. But how about the Yankees? They are talking about trying to get below the luxury tax threshold, will need pitching and still seem to hope that Greg Bird will overcome his myriad injuries and become a dependable first-base solution.

“They could be in play,” one person close to the team said.

But the Yankees are said to love Hosmer, who brings the kind of clutch and leadership they seek."

Aug. 22, 2017 - Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America
Do the Yankees like Hosmer? Everything that I have heard points to yes.  Do they need him? No. Do they love leadership in the clubhouse? Absolutely. Is Hosmer on the radar? I'm saying not now... but who knows. The idea of the Sox trying to pursue him too makes it interesting.

I still like this nugget, but we'll have to see how it plays out.  Bottom line, I would love Hosmer on our team. I just don't know if he's a good fit with what we already have.

More soon...


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SOX FINED FOR SIGN STEALING... BUT THAT'S NOT ALL

Photo: Sporting News
The Red Sox were fined for stealing signs against the Yankees. That incident happened a while back.  If you don't know what I'm talking about for some reason, I encourage you to read STEALING SIGNS THE RED SOX WAY. That will give you all you need to know about this cheap move by the Sox, but like I said then, I didn't expect much to happen, because sign stealing has been going on forever.  Even Manfred came out a day later and essentially said the same thing, adding that stealing signs was not illegal.  I find that to be crap, but whatever, it's still ethically wrong.

But as I said, the Sox were fined.  But here's the weird thing... so were the Yankees.  Brian Heyman of NorthJersey.com has the story:


"The Red Sox were caught stealing, and the Yankees haven’t always been innocent, either.
Major League Baseball fined both teams undisclosed amounts Friday, but Boston was fined more. The money is bound for the Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Florida.

The Red Sox’s transgression was for the use of electronic equipment to steal signs from the catcher during a game against the Yankees. It was the Yankees who turned in Boston, filing a complaint backed with video evidence of an athletic trainer viewing an Apple Watch before relaying the information.

The Yankees were punished for improperly using a dugout phone in a previous season."

Now look, the bottom line is that explanation that the Yankees have "done stuff too" is ridiculous. But the fact that the money will go to Irma relief is noble, and if I'm the Yankees I'm asking where to sign my check over to, and then, I double it.  

Whatever the case, that's the end of this saga.  Now we move on.


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