Will “no-surgery” Tanaka strategy prove to be a big mistake?

August 30, 2014 | 12 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s attempt to return from a torn elbow ligament without undergoing Tommy John surgery hit a roadblock Friday when the New York Yankees announced he would return to New York ahead of the team with what was termed as “general soreness” in his pitching arm.

“I want to be a little bit cautious. I haven’t been throwing for a couple of weeks and then I started throwing again and built up the number of pitches that I’ve been throwing,” Tanaka said through his interpreter, Shingo Horie. “I think that’s the reason why there’s a little bit of extra soreness in the arm itself.”

“He’s not going to throw a bullpen for about maybe a week,” Girardi said. “But as I’ve said, if you shut him down, it’s surgery. It’s not like it’s going to be, ‘Well, let’s see how it is next year.’ We’re going to proceed and it’s either going to be he’s healthy or he needs surgery.”

Brian Cashman NoMaas Yankees Family Guy Prostate Exam
“Trust me, I’m a doctor.”

Ellsbury, errors help Bombers win in America’s Hat

August 30, 2014 | 0 comment | in Featured | by SJK

It got ugly in the 7th inning as both teams each committed two errors, but it was the Canadian mistakes that proved to be fatal. Jacoby Ellsbury gave the Yankees a permanent lead with a 2-run shot, although he injured his ankle later in the game. It was a critical win for NY as they cling to wild contention.

Jacoby Ellsbury Canada Blue Jays NoMaas Yankees
In Canada: 2-5, 2-run HR, 3B

Safe to say the Yanks won this trade?

August 29, 2014 | 7 comments | in Quick Analytical Blurbs | by SJK


Seattle’s Jesus Montero was involved in an altercation during short-season Everett’s game at Boise on Thursday. The first baseman exchanged words with a Mariners crosschecker and reportedly had to be physically restrained while attempting to enter the stands with a bat during the argument.

Montero was coaching first base, and at the end of an inning, the unidentified crosschecker yelled at him to hustle off the field, according to Boise official scorer Liza Safford. Montero then headed to the AquaSox dugout on the third-base side.

According to a game offical, the crosschecker then ordered an ice cream sandwich and had it sent to Montero in the dugout, escalating the confrontation further. The official said Montero — who arrived at Mariners Spring Training 40 pounds overweight this season — approached the stands with a bat while screaming profanities and threw the sandwich at the crosschecker. Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by Everett pitching coach Nasusel Cabrera, Safford said.


We are going to separate the baseball part of Jesus Montero from the human element part of Jesus Montero. Our intent is to address Jesus’ issues. There’s a history here of things that have happened .We are very, very disappointed in him,” Zduriencik said. “I think more than anything else, from a human standpoint, we have to look at Jesus Montero as a person, as a father and as a husband and how can we help Jesus Montero and his family get through this. That’s our intent. That’s our first and foremost intent. We are in the process as we speak.”


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


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

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


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


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.

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