Sunday, June 25, 2017

BOOED OFF THE MOUND!

Source: Paul J. Bereswill

I have never seen anything like it.  Seriously, Tyler Clippard has to be the sorriest looking pitcher on the hill right now.  And when he said that the fans have a right to be angry, he is right.  He absolutely choked on Saturday after being placed in the 9th inning hole by Joe Girardi who was hoping to snap his funk.

Source: Rich Schultz/Getty Images North America

"He coughed up four runs in the ninth inning to kill any chances the Yankees had in an 8-1 loss to the Rangers. Granted, Clippard came into the game already down 4-1, with Girardi looking for opportunities to get the 32-year-old back on track," reported the NY Post.

Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America

But this seems to be Clippard's MO, at least of late.  He has more than doubled his ERA over his last three outings from 2.22 to 4.85.  These kinds of performances are not acceptable for a team who is battling for first place and who has the charisma of a championship team from yesteryear.

Source: Reuters 

With Old Timers Day upon us, the Yankees 71st of its kind, I hope that the legends that take the field bring some much needed champion magic back to this year's team and back to Clippard who wears Catfish Hunter's number across his back.

Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America

“They have a right,” Clippard said. “They have a right to boo me. I’m pitching terrible right now. It is what it is. This is a city that demands excellence. I realize that. It is what it is.”

Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America

I think what gets me is that confused look on Clippard's face every time he makes a mistake.  He looks shocked, almost like he got busted with his fingers in the cookie jar and now has to face the consequences.  “I know I’ve been through some trouble in my career . . . I’ve had some bad times and I’ve had a lot of good times. It can’t get any worse. Hopefully, there’s some good times to come," reported Newsday.


And if Clippard doesn't have good times in his near future, I hope the team and media stop babying the guy and they send him down for the next guy in who can help us win ball games, not lose them. Honestly, I have seen enough and we, the fans, deserve a much needed break.  Besides, I am eating way too much ice cream over this guy.  For health's sake...Clippard, please take a vacation and get your head on straight.  Yanks lose a big one at home 8-1 with the rubber game later today following Old Timers' Day.



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A CAREER IS NOT DETERMINED BY 1 GAME

Yankee fans can be harsh.  Hell... baseball fans can be harsh.

(Bill Kostroun/AP) 
Now I will be the first to criticize ballplayers on bad play, maybe Girardi on using the binder too much... stuff like that.  But I know how hard it is to get to the Bigs, and then stay there.  Players have long careers or short ones based on not only game play, but sometimes in the decisions they make to come to a new club.  For Matt Holliday, it's been working out for him in the Bronx.  For Chris Carter, not so much.


But I am often reminded by something that the wise Marci Hensley said to me a while back when she spoke of her husband, Mike Hensley and his minor league playing days with the Cardinals and her son Ty, now with the Tampa Bay Rays. She said this:

"...I do know that making it to the majors is more about a bunch of factors such as health, opportunity, and work ethic coming together.  That doesn't happen in one season with kids coming out of high school. It takes some time, in pinstripes or in some other jersey, it doesn't matter."

It takes time.  Think about that.

Not gonna lie, I remember hearing that from her and it softened me.  I realize much more seeing these guys, even watching my 14 year old working hard to follow his dream. 

Instead of ripping a guy because he struck out, calling him 'terrible' or a bum, and there's no real body of work or time in the majors, you really have to put things in perspective and be quiet for a moment.  The game's hard, bottom line... and for some players, they peak and disappear.  Maybe that's Chris Carter... who knows...

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
I only bring this up because our pal Tyler Austin was given a shot yesterday, and it wasn't a nice 2017 debut. But while he may feel bad about it... today on the June 25th, he's already moved on because that's what ballplayers do.

Now, you know my perspective on players and body of work and my new "nothing is instant" mentality, I had to share this silly comment from I guess, a Yankee fan. This popped up on Twitter yesterday to me:

"Tyler is terrible..."

When I tweeted, "...from the dude sitting on his couch. Got it."

That was followed up with:

"Quick question: Are you watching this train wreck? Or just looking through the world through pinstripe glasses? This is a bad team?"

Now how would he know anything about that? Tyler's terrible? First at bats of the season? SHally we call it a career? Ship him off? Are we expecting 3 homers?

And then the bad team comment.  Bad team? Here's their record... you tell me...


My point is you can't make a determination after 1 at bat, one game, one season.  People get impatient, I've been there too... but the bottom line is, it's ridiculous.  Knee jerk reactions from one bad game is insane.  Everyone needs to calm down... including the media:

Photo: NJ.com
NJ.com gave a subtle rip at Austin yesterday too:

"His first big-league game of the year was like a lit firecracker that didn't go off.

Everything about his showing in the Yankees' 8-1 loss to the Texas Rangers was a dud. Playing first and hitting seventh, Austin took an ugly 0-for-3 collar. He struck out his first two times up, then bounced into a double-play in his last at-bat.

This was just one bad day, which is no big or little deal over a six-month season, but Austin pinpointed a reason for his bad at-bats.

"I let the game speed up on me a little bit today," Austin said.

Photo: New York Post
He probably was extra fired up over knowing he's being handed a starting job (at least until Greg Bird comes off the DL) and badly wanted to make an immediate impact for a club that has been losing a lot of games of late while getting very little production at first base."

This is a kid that works harder than any prospect I know, other than Ty Hensley.  This is a dream for these kids.  This is a moment, that yes, sometimes they get jacked up about it.  Suddenly his debut doesn't go the way YOU want it to and the kid's terrible? I am respectfully asking you to shut up.

So what's the point of all of this? Maybe this...


Before you write off the New York Yankees... calm down.  Before you crucify a player for 1 bad game... put it in perspective.  Before you get silly on Twitter... check yourself.  One thing that I have learned in life is nothing is instant.  Skill, determination, confidence... it takes time and Tyler Austin, the Yankees... hell... even Tyler Clippard who's struggling right now... every player and person out there has a bump in the road...but it's what you DO with the bump.  Do you take your ball and go home? Or... do you try and turn it around.

One bad at-bat or bad game, or even bad season does not determine a career.   And if you're sitting on your couch with zero perspective on how life works... I kindly ask you to stop trying to be part of the conversation, but instead, learn about how achievement is done.

Happy Sunday.  Go out there and do something great today.

Hey Tyler, you have our support at BYB. Always.


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SOMETHING YOU MAY NOT KNOW...

(June 23, 2017 - Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America)
I read this the other day, but when my man Jason Keidel of CBSSports.com tagged me and asked me if I knew this... I didn't quite realize just how big of a deal it was.  The streak was significant, but now it's broken.

ESPN has the nugget:

"The Orioles had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games, matching the major league mark set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies. Baltimore went 6-14 over the stretch.

Photo: Getty Images

'It's one thing to identify a problem, it's another things to solve it,' Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. 'We're in the business of trying to solve issues. You can start by looking at them and realizing that you have them, but I don't think anybody's got to tell us we've had problems with our starting pitching.'

Bundy (8-6) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings. Relievers Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens combined to keep the Rays scoreless over the final two innings.

Photo: Getty Images
'The story of the game was, probably, Dylan Bundy,' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "He did a nice job kind of quieting our hot bats.'"

Maybe, but for me, the story was that the Orioles were giving up at least 5 runs in 20 straight games, and if you're a team that's not hitting and able to score, that's big.  Now yesterday, and good for him... Bundy was able to go 7 solid, and combined with his pen, they and give up 3 runs. Will this start a new trend for the O's? Maybe...

I kind of liked it when they were giving up 5 runs in 20 straight... but that's just me, a fan of another team in their division. We want the O's in the basement.  Right now they are 5 games out and only the Blue Jays are the worst team in the AL.  Just sayin'.

Nice nugget, Keidel, you da man.


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Saturday, June 24, 2017

CARTER OUT, WONDERBOY IN!

We love Tyler Austin

Photo: Getty Images
We are not big fans of Chris Carter. Luckily for us, the latest news about Chris Carter being Designated for Assignment, and Austin coming up is music to our ears here at BYB.

Obviously several publications are reporting this, but we'll take a portion of NJ.com here:

(May 20, 2017 - Source: Brian Blanco/Getty Images North America)    

"Yankees fans let first baseman Chris Carter hear it Friday night at Yankee Stadium when he struck out swinging in the first and eighth innings.

The boos got a lot louder in the 10th inning when Carter had a chance to win the game and struck out again with a runner on third base... 


Source: Adam Hunger/Getty Images North America
A few minutes after the Yankees' 2-1 win over the Texas Rangers, Carter was designated for assignment.

With Greg Bird still on the disabled list trying to fully recover from an ankle injury, Tyler Austin is coming up from Triple-A to take over the Yankees' starting first base job."


(Feb. 20, 2017 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)     
There is nothing bad about this move.  The Yankees spent some dough on Carter, and so they were hoping for some production, but they didn't want to wait too long and now Austin is healthy.  Timing is everything and they made a smart move here.  Austin can be productive, and not only that, has earned a shot to be in the Bigs regularly.

I applaud this.  I hope injury stays clear of Austin, who plays pretty hard and has had his share.  He just needs a nice streak of quality at bats and solid play at first. 

I tip my cap and look forward to this. Kim, give your boy our best!




HEADLEY WOULDN'T HAVE DONE THAT!

Photo: AP
I hate ranking on my New York Yankees... but I am so happy that Ronald Torreyes got the winning hit last night to get the Yanks a nice 2-1 extra inning win.  (Here's the "hating on my" part).... But I gotta tell you something... thinking through that at bat from Torreyes last night... I'm not so sure Headley would have done that.  I love Torreyes and how scrappy he is.  It's kind of bad ass.

FOX Sports has this nugget:

"...After midnight, Ronald Torreyes lined an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning that sent the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday night for just their second win in 10 games.

Photo: Getty Images
”Super happy to be able to get a hit,” Torreyes said through a translator. ”Super happy for the outcome."

If Headley was in the line up? You gotta wonder.

Glad that worked out for Torreyes! Nice win, Yanks!



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Friday, June 23, 2017

THIRD BASE IS A GROWING PROBLEM... ISN'T IT?

Photo: Getty Images
Dan Martin and Brian Costello of the New York Post say it best... third base is a 'sore spot' for the Yankees.  I like Chase Headley, but it might be over for him. First there was hope that we'd see Gleyber Torres.

Photo: Getty Images
Now Headley is out with back spasms... not that that's a bad thing. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am glad it's only back spasms, but at least it gets him off the field to maybe regroup.  The problem with that however is now we need to fill the void.

The Post writes:

(May 27, 2017 - Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)
"Girardi said the spasms “probably” are related to the lower back issues Headley has dealt with in the past. Headley played well for a stretch earlier this month, but was in a 1-for-10 skid. Ronald Torreyes started in his place."

But Torreyes, as much as I love that guy, is not a third baseman and we desperately need to figure out this situation fast.  Jeana Bellezza just wrote about the third base problem in YANKEES CAN'T IGNORE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ANYMORE and might have a solution:


"2. Third Base

The Yankees have been rumored to be considering upgrades at third base for weeks now. Chase Headley is having one of the worst offensive seasons of his career and he has committed the second-most errors at third base this year. Many expect the Yankees to improve the position form within, especially with Gleyber Torres rising quickly through the minors. That may be the long term plan, but now that he has an injured elbow those plans are temporarily on hold. The Yankees will need to consider upgrades outside of the organization and the Kansas City Royals are a good trade partner. The Royals are in third place after posting the worst record in April.

(June 13, 2017 - Source: Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images North America)
Their bad start has them at a slim 6.7% chance to make the playoffs so that makes Mike Moustakas a prime trade target, read more HERE. He is in the middle of a career season and the most intriguing trade target for the team. Boston is desperately trying to solve their own third place weakness with Pablo Sandoval, so the competition may cause a higher price tag."

I'm a fan of this option.  After all, we need to do something. 

What's your idea? Comment.





THE ANGELS ARE FUNNY


Photo: NJ.com
The Yankees aren't a force like they were earlier in the season, and they lost last night again. This time Dellin Betances fell apart.

Look, I'm not gonna get into some kind of break down of what the Yankees did or didn't do.  What you need to know if they lost the game, and if you want to see the standings... here they are.


The story is this tiny nugget that came from the Angels on social media:
Now, look... that's funny. Gotta admit it. Sure you don't want to see the Yanks lose, or our coveted Aaron Judge get a mild razzing, but that's what happens when organizations praise their players publicly... you get it back once in a while.

Sure, not a big story, but a fun one.  The best part? Judge is such a class act, he'll let that one roll off.

Happy Friday.  Let's hope the Yankees can turn it around.

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