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S.T. Game 13. Sheffield, LeBlanc blow lead, Yanks lose 7-6. Cuts made.

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The Yanks made a couple of cuts after today’s 7-6 loss to the Phillies.

One was to Justus Sheffield, who, although a top prospect, had a tough spring training and a rough day today.

Others were Cale Coshow, Dillon Tate, Ryanel Espinal, Trevor Lane, and Chace Numata.

The Yanks had a 6-1 lead, but between Sheffield and Wade LeBlanc, blew it in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies that dropped their spring training record to 10-3.

Luis Severino looked good, the Phils getting an unearned run in the fourth. In the bottom of the fourth, the Yanks scored three runs when with two out, Sanchez walked, Didi hit a 2-run HR, Drury (who made the error on that unearned run) doubled, and Kratz singled him in.

The Yanks got three in the fifth when Hicks walked, Judge reached on an error, and Bird walked to load the bases. Stanton singled in two, and Sanchez singled in another.

Then Sheffield and LeBlanc let the game get away.

Hicks 1 for 1 with 2 walks.
Stanton 2 RBI.
Didi 2 -run HR.
Romine 1 for 1, hitting .692! 
Drury 2 for 3.

Severino 3 1/3 IP, 1 R, unearned, 3 H, 1 W, 3 K.
Chapman 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sheffield (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
LeBlanc (BS, L) 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 W, 2 K.

Apparently Aaron Judge is saying no to the HR derby this year.

Apparently also, the Mets have taken a cheap shot at the Yanks’ Monument Park. This from a team that has 2 WS titles since its inception, none since 1986. A team that runs as if they weren’t a big market but a small market team thanks to Bernie Madoff.

A team that boasts that they don’t retire as many numbers as the Yanks. Well, they CAN’T retire as many because not that many deserve it. Of the five numbers retired by the mets, one never played for them (Jackie Robinson’s #42, retired by all of baseball), two are managers (#14 Gil Hodges and #37 Casey Stengel, and Casey’s teams sucked) and only two are players, #41 Tom Seaver and #31 Mike Piazza. Let’s face it. The Mets’ Monument Park would be a five foot by five foot square right now.

Start by winning WS, Mets. Then you can complain about Monument Park. The dynasty you SHOULD have had in the 1980s and 1990s got pissed away by coke addicts Gooden and Strawberry (who, to be fair, George gave second chances to). Who are you going to put in your own Monument Park, Ed Kranepool? Buddy Harrelson? Please.

When you have your OWN Ruth’s, Gehrig’s, DiMaggio’s, Mantle’s, Berra’s (not as manager), Jeter…. then say something.

Don’t do it when you traded away Amos Otis, Ken Singleton, Nolan Ryan. Don’t do it when your best are good but not all-time stars.

Make your own dynasty in Queens. Don’t ridicule ours.



S.T. Game 11. Lind gets RBI, Yanks get double steal, and McKinney gets 3-run HR in Yanks’ 7-2 win.

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I like some aggressiveness I see in the Yanks’ spring training so far. Even with all the power, I see a drag bunt by Tyler Wade the other day and a double steal today. I like it.

Now for Aaron Boone to call what Joe Girardi never did—a squeeze.

I like the aggressiveness. The homers will come, but be aggressive. Don’t just sit and wait for the HR.

The Yanks beat the Tigers today, 7-2, to run their spring training record to 9-2.

Jordan Montgomery pitched into and out of trouble, walking four in his outing.

After Detroit got a run in the second on a bases-loaded walk, the Yanks tied it in the top of the fourth on an Aaron Hicks single.

The Tigers went up 2-1 in the fifth.

The Yanks tied it in the top of the sixth when newcomer Adam Lind singled in a run.

In the eighth, a double by Tyler Austin (hard choice to back up Bird, a lefty hitter: the lefty Lind or righty Austin) an error and a walk to Erik Kratz loaded the bases. Estevan Florial grounded into a force out, scoring one run, then he and Shane Robinson, who had reached on that error, pulled off a double steal, Robinson scoring to make it 4-2. Nice aggressiveness there.

In the ninth, Tyler Wade reached on an error, Ron Torreyes singled and Billy McKinney hit a 3-run HR to make it 7-2.

McKinney 3 run HR, his 3rd HR of spring training.
Hicks 2 for 2 with an RBI.
Lind 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Montgomery 3 2/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 4 W, 4 K.
Holder 1 1/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K.
Shreve 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 0 W, 3 K.
Lane (H) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Feyereisen 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.

S.T. Game 9. Yanks beat Boston, 5-3.

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The Yanks rallied late to beat Boston Saturday, 5-3, to run their spring training record to 8-1.

Aaron Hicks started the scoring with a third inning HR. Boston tied it in the fourth.

In the sixth, Gleyber Torres doubled, went to third on a balk and scored on a single by Austin Romine. 2-1 Yanks.

Boston got a couple of dunk hits to put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth for a 3-2 lead.

But in the top of the eighth, Danny Espinosa walked, and Kyle Holder doubled. After an out, Jeff Hendrix doubled in two and after a walk and the second out, Miguel Andujar (him again) singled in Hendrix.

Hicks HR
Andujar RBI single
Drury and Torres each with a double.
Romine 2 hits, RBI
Hendrix 2 RBI double
Holder double

Adams 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K.
Sheffield (BS) 2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 W, 1 K.
Lail 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Lane 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K
Carroll (W) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 0 K.
J. Holder (S) 2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.

To me, Adams just needs to work on his command a little more (the walk) and on his move. 2 SB off him last time, one on Saturday. Justus Sheffield has talent, also needs a bit more polish.

We haven’t seen Luis Severino, David Robertson or Aroldis Chapman yet. Waiting on them.






S.T. Game 3. Yanks win, 8-3

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The Yanks beat the Phils Sunday, 8-3, to run their spring training record to 3-0.

A couple of people with something to prove did so today.

First off, Jordan Montgomery, currently the #5 starter. Hearing all the talk about Lynn, Cobb or others, Montgomery went out and tossed two scoreless innings.

Secondly, Danny Espinosa. The former National (21 HR in 2011 and 24 in 2016 but years of 166, 189 and 174 strikeouts and a .221 career batting average) had a bases-loaded double in the first inning, knocking in 3 runs. An excellent defender, he has nice pop for an infielder but that batting average and way too many strikeouts…. needs to concentrate on just making contact…. forget about the power let it come.

Aaron Hicks had two hits and scored two runs.

Ronald Torreyes had a double and a SF.

Kyle Higashioka (C) was 3 for 3 and scored two runs.

Minor League OF Jeff Hendrix drove in 2 runs.

Top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield had a good first inning but ran into trouble in his second inning of work.

Montgomery (W) 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Sheffield (H) 1 2/3 IP, 3 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR (to Mikael Franco). 1 HBP.
LeBlanc (H) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 2 K.
Coshow (H) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K.
Espinal 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 2 K.
Gallegos 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K.

First full squad workout today.

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Position players had their physicals yesterday, and the first full squad workout will be held today. The first spring training game is scheduled for this Friday.

Aaron Judge, coming off shoulder surgery, will be taking it slow in the beginning.

A couple of prospects may miss a lot of spring training time as well, and maybe some of the beginning of the season, too.

I mentioned Thairo Estrada, shot in the hip during a botched robbery attempt in Venezuela in late January.

Just a few weeks ago, pitcher Albert Abreu had to undergo an emergency appendectomy. So he is recovering from that.

Gary Sanchez literally knocked the cover off of one ball in batting practice yesterday.

There is still talk and rumors of another deal, which I can’t see happening, especially in regards to 3B Mike Moustakas.

For one thing, Moustakas would put the Yanks over the cap, and the Yanks are adamant about not exceeding it.

For another, signing him would cost the Yanks a 2nd and 5th round pick in the draft, and $1MM in international bonus money.

For another, why sign him when all indications appear that the Yanks are going full bore for Machado next year, and that Machado wants to come to NY (but he also wants to play SS, and the Yanks already have Didi there)?

For another, what of young Miguel Andujar, currently considered untouchable?  Not only for this year, but for the future?

It does appear as if the Yanks will let it ride for now, and adjust later at the trade deadline.

For all the talk about Judge, Stanton, Didi, and Sanchez, don’t forget about Greg Bird. I’m just hoping he can stay healthy. Don’t forget about him and his potential.

As for Ellsbury, at least the Yanks still have him in case anything happens to Hicks. That contract of Ellsbury’s remains an albatross, however.

Waiting for some games to start!


Appearances could be deceiving….

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If you think some Yankees may look a little different this year, you would be right…

Don’t worry, it’s not Barry Bonds different where Bonds all of a sudden got a huge head and had to increase his cap size.

First off, you’ll notice Gary Sanchez. The thought is that he got too bulky and as a result, could not move and shift behind the plate as well, resulting in all those passed balls.

So he got leaner, about 20 pounds leaner, but retaining the same muscle and strength. It is supposed to help his defense.

Aaron Hicks has been working with a conditioning coach, the same one who has worked with Serena Williams.

In a recent video, Hicks looked quite bulked up from last year. Hopefully the strength helps but doesn’t limit flexibility.

Too much bulkiness isn’t good. Too many muscle sprains and tears. Strength, but flexibility.

What other Yankees may look a bit different as a result of their offseason conditioning routine? We’ll soon find out.

Did Yanks make Darvish an offer?

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Yahoo sports is reporting, through Yanks’ broadcaster Michael Kay, that the Yanks did make a 7 yr./$160MM offer to Yu Darvish with a 48 hour window that Darvish walked away from.

What they DON’T say, is WHEN that offer was made.

I can’t see it happening after the Stanton acquisition.

What I would think happened, is that the Yanks had Stanton on the back burner, didn’t know if they would get him (whether Stanton would waive his no-trade to St. Louis or SF or if another team was hot for him and was agreeable to Stanton where Stanton could have gone there) and would get back to Stanton if Darvish turned them down. Which Darvish did.

Now that Darvish turned them down, they then refocused on Stanton, knowing they had to strike while the iron was hot for Stanton, thus the 48-hour window they gave to Darvish.

But knowing now that Darvish turned them down, the Yanks could now refocus on CC too, hoping to get CC back on a hometown discount with incentives.

In order to do that, to get CC back on that discount, the Yanks needed the Marlins to pick up some of Stanton’s salary, which they are. About $30MM of the $295MM left on it.

So now the Yanks go after & get Stanton, and shortly after, get CC back on a 1-yr., $10MM deal with some incentives.

Do I have any proof of that? No, of course not. But if the Yanks DID make that offer to Darvish, they couldn’t have done it in the past week and still stay under the cap that they are hard-pressed to stay under unless they dump some salary (Ellsbury, Gardner, Robertson, Betances).

I, for one, don’t want them to touch or break up what could be the best bullpen in baseball. Just about everyone in that ‘pen has a better than 10k/9 ratio. Some are in the 13-15K/9 ratio. Ridiculous.

So is this scenario what I described above what happened? Only Cashman and the front office know, and you can think for yourselves whether it may or may not have happened and even if it is plausible.

The Yanks did sign two players yesterday and avoided the arbitration process with them. Hicks for $2.8MM, Kahnle for $1.3 and both came in around what was predicted.

That is good. A couple more to come. You hope everything gets settled amicably and we don’t have the drama that occurred last year between Betances and the front office.