Someone had the guts to ask the question

August 28, 2014 | 12 comments | in Mediot Observation | by SJK

(been traveling the last couple days – FYI – we’re back)

Ken Davidoff of the NY Post:

I had asked Girardi if he thought it was just too difficult, too hairy, to drop Jeter down in his lineup.

“Yeah,” Girardi said. “But it’s not like we have a bunch of guys hitting .300. So that’s why we’ve kept it.”

What Girardi understandably neglected to point out, and what has changed the equation of this conversation, is just how awful Jeter has been in August. Even after his productive night (he added a walk in the eighth), which contributed to an easy night for winning pitcher Shane Greene, Jeter owns an awful .226/.247/.290 slash line for the month. While it’s true, as Girardi stated, that no regular on the team carries a .300 batting average, Jeter’s .315 on-base percentage ranks him seventh on the team and his .634 OPS 11th; his .267 batting average places him fifth.

You could argue the Yankees are prioritizing the ego of their fading legend, whom the Tigers honored in a nice pregame ceremony, over their team fortunes.

Do the Yankees have enough room for error to bet on one last Jeter hot streak?

And the Emmy for the best pitching performance in Kansas City goes to…

August 25, 2014 | 14 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Michael Pineda Emmy Award NoMaas Yankees
6.1 IP, 5 K, 0 BB, 5 H, 1 ER

And the Yankees scored 8 runs (WTF?!?).

Damn girl

August 25, 2014 | 8 comments | in Mediot Observation | by Wade Garrett

Suzyn Waldman NoMaas Yankees WFAN

Mark’s hurt again

August 25, 2014 | 1 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

ESPN NY:

Outfielder Brett Gardner is out for a second straight day with a sore ankle, which was not unexpected, and first baseman Mark Teixeira took Monday off with a tender left hamstring, which came as a surprise.

“This is a brutal stretch of games and any opportunity to give it some rest, we’re going to take advantage of it,” Teixeira said. “When you’re younger, you play through them and you don’t have a problem. But sometimes you play through them and something pops and you’re out for a while.”

What a warrior.

Mark Teixeira Family Guy Hurt Knee NoMaas Yankees
Ahhhhhh

McCann walkoff brings Yankees sweep of ChiSox

August 24, 2014 | 10 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Brian McCann Yankees Sweep NoMaas
McCann got the Yankees sweeping.

Yanks win it for their old skipper on Torre Day

August 23, 2014 | 11 comments | in Featured | by SJK

On the day which saw Joe Torre’s #6 take its place among other Yankee legends, the Bombers put up a 5 spot (!!!) to defeat the White Sox, 5-3.

Joe Torre Day Retired Number NoMaas Yankees
Waiting for the pregame ceremonies to begin

Cool

August 22, 2014 | 14 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Boston.com:

According to media reports this morning, Cuban defector Rusney Castillo is on the verge of signing a record-setting six-year, $72 million deal with the Red Sox.

Cool, who wants him anyway?

August 21, 2014 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

ESPN Boston:

The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers appear to be the front-runners for the services of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, two league sources said Thursday, with a decision expected no later than the weekend.

Clubs involved in the bidding, according to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, believe Castillo ultimately will sign a five-year contract in the range of $50 million to $60 million. That would rank as the second-largest deal ever signed by an amateur player from Cuba or any other country, behind only Jose Abreu’s six-year, $68 million contract with the Chicago White Sox.

At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Castillo isn’t a pure masher in the mold of Abreu or Cespedes. But his power/speed combo has drawn comparisons to Andrew McCutchen and Yasiel Puig.

Although he played the infield at times in Cuba and took ground balls at shortstop during his workout, his best position is center field, and that’s where the teams pursuing him are likely to play him.

Golf clap

August 21, 2014 | 1 comments | in Featured | by SJK

Yay! The Yankees finally beat the Astros.

Brandon McCarthy NoMaas Yankees Tiger Woods
CG, 8 K, 0 BB, 4 H, 0 ER

And speaking of championship-caliber…

August 20, 2014 | 26 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK

Hal Steinbrenner in February 2013:

All I can assure the fans is we are always going to field a championship-caliber team. Every single year.

Hal Steinbrenner in January 2014:

We did what we needed to do to field this team to be a championship-caliber team.

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