Thursday, August 25, 2016


Hey, great news for Bryan Mitchell... he's back! writes:

"Mitchell (toe) was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday after completing his rehab assignment...The 25-year-old had been on a rehab assignment since early August as he worked his way back from a toe injury that had sidelined him since the end of spring training."

This kid was about to be placed on the Major League roster this season when he got that toe injury.  Bummer.  Whatever the case, he's on his way again, and we wish him well.



When casting directors seek out formidable stars to fill roles for the next best blockbuster, it is more of science than an art form.  There is a formula they use, which includes the specs of the role, demographics, budget, visual and verbal performance and of course can they execute, with accuracy and believability, their lines/script.  Based on the performance of Gary Sanchez, who has stepped up with nine home runs in 19 games and 72 at bats, the phenom catcher is poised to be cast as the lead for a reboot of the movie The Rookie.  He is currently batting an even .400 since he came up in early August and he and his crew of youngsters are surprising everyone with their consistency and early successes in the big leagues.

According to the New York Post, "We knew these kids were talented, but you never know how they’ll react in this situation,’’ Girardi said of the new faces in the lineup. “It wasn’t something any of us planned on. We felt some of the young players would help us at a certain point, but I’m not sure any of us thought they’d be thrust into this role at this time," stated Yankee skipper following Wednesday win against Seattle.

I can't stop talking about him because he is the most exciting Bronx Bomber I have seen since Derek Jeter first dressed in a Yankee uniform.  I have been unimpressed with our farm system since the launch and eventual retirement of the Core Four.  But Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Austin Romine continue to keep me afloat and give me hope. As the Daily News reports after Wednesday's game that Sanchez "now has as many homers in his first 72 at-bats as Alex Rodriguez had in 225 at-bats this year — and his eighth in the past 10 games." 

I realize that it is the end of August and we are still far enough away from a Wild Card birth to get too excited about a post season Yankee team, but I like where we are headed.  With our young pitching prospects lead by Justus Sheffield and trio of guys like Sanchez, Judge and Romine already turning heads in the major leagues, we should feel the same sense of optimism as the Chicago Cubs have experienced as they built their young team piece by piece over the last couple of years.  

Whatever the magic formula is for creating a baseball blockbuster, I think we finally have it.  Quite frankly, a reboot of the 1996 World Series team is something I would like to see in the near future. We may just have a hit in the making with our crop of new talent.

--Suzie Pinstripe, BYB Senior Staff Writer
BYB Hot Stove Columnist
Twitter: @suzieprof

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


No, I'm not going to do a deep recap of last night's game because I am emotionally checked out, and Bleeding Yankee Blue was built on emotion, and so, we're not going to aimlessly write recaps every night and try to act like we know why this team is very good or very bad like the other blogs do. We're not that. Besides... you're smart... you already know!

I will tell you this... The Yankees are 5 out of the Wild Card and it's August 24th.  With alittle help from the planet's aligning, the Yankees digging deep and alittle help from other teams losing a bit... there is a chance. Slim, but possible.

But the bigger reason for me writing about last night's game is this... I liked what CC Sabathia did last night.  He looked seasoned, he looked like the old CC Monster I know and love. 7 innings pitched last night, he allowed just 3 hits and 1 run. He even struck out 7.

Jacoby Ellsbury homered to help out.  Player of the game besides CC has got to be Ronald Torreyes... I love this kid! 3-4 last night with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.  He played third.  I would suggest he stay there and we wish Chase Headley well.

Look, the win was important... the moments were huge and in the end, there's still time... not alot, but there is still time.  We need alot of luck though folks... don't get it twisted.

I just wanted to congratulate CC on a great game pitched... after all, he's always been a supporter of ours here at Bleeding Yankee Blue... we love the big lug!


Final: Yankees 5 - Mariners 1


Dillon Tate will be fine. 

Many were worried about whether or not he would show consistent velocity after coming over from the Rangers.  That doesn't appear to be a problem.  In fact, writes:

"The biggest concern regarding Tate was the mystery over why mph had melted off his fastball, which hit the high-90s in spring training and 100 mph when he pitched at University of California-Santa Barbara.

According to a report from FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, there might be an answer to that mystery:

... Tate has big potential despite what they hope is a temporary slip in velocity this year. People close to him suggest the Rangers' workout regimen didn't work for him, for whatever reason, accounting for his sudden loss of speed."

Now, according to Pinstripe Prospects

"In his first two appearances for the Yankees South Atlantic Affiliate, the Charleston RiverDogs, Tate has gotten his fastball up to 96 miles per hour and his slider is registering in the mid-80s on the gun answering any lingering questions about his stuff coming off the injury.

Tate has made great progress in just a short amount of time."

Will we monitor Tate to see if he slips back and loses a few on his fast ball over time? Absolutely. Are we worried? Nope... we're excited here at BYB. 

The youth movement is happening, folks.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Moves are happening... and even if they're small... we'll tell you about them here on BYB...we're nice.

(In Photo: Ben Heller)

Not a lot here, just being honest. It turns out Anthony Swarzak was placed on the 15 day DL and in his place, the Yankees have called up Ben Heller.  That info comes directly from the Yankees.

Not too interesting? Looking for something better?  Check out this adorable kitten...

Carry on.