Tuesday, March 20, 2018


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And there you have it. The Orioles win the sweepstakes for Alex Cobb.  No biggie for the Yankees, but a big get for the Orioles.  Good for them.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

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"...the Orioles have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with Cobb in the range of $56 million to $60 million and does include deferred money, according to industry sources. The deal, which is still pending a club physical, is expected to be finalized Wednesday, according to a source."

But it appears done and that's that.

Carry on, folks.


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When I wrote SEVERINO EARNED THAT. WADE WILL TOO, I wasn't kidding. Tyler Wade had a moment this spring training and Aaron Boone saw something and was impressed. He said then...

"...He’s a better player than I thought... I came in, I think, with some expectations, and the organization thinks very highly of him. But getting to see him and just seeing, almost on a daily basis, something he does with his athleticism and his instincts, I think, have been impressive." 

Just like Boone did with Severino giving him the Opening Day role... he saw it in Wade too.

And now, like the Amazing Kreskin... I can confirm my prediction was true. Tyler Wade has made the Big team.

Bryan Hoch writes:

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"Wade believed that he was capable of playing his way onto the Opening Day roster. That positive mindset was rewarded after Tuesday's 8-3 Grapefruit League loss to the Tigers, as manager Aaron Boone announced that Wade will indeed come north with the big club.

'I take it day by day, but I'm kind of looking at the bigger picture here,' Wade said. 'I'm just looking forward to Opening Day and getting after it with the guys."

(March 2, 2016 - Source: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images North America)
And there you have it. It's a big moment for Wade, who's only 23, but impressed his manager enough to give him a shot.

It's something that I'm not so sure we see if Joe Girardi is at the helm.  I'm being honest.  Let's hope Wade succeeds.  This is a great thing.

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I saw Erik Boland of Newsday tweet this out yesterday and I tweeted him back... sarcastically I might add.
Now the idea of having baseball made popular globally is great, but it just seems weird to me that this even made the press.  Bottom line, the fact that there is actually a negotiation going on tells you that someone in the front office in Yankeeland, Boston and the MLB isn't jazzed about this in some capacity. Otherwise it would be a no-brainer... you just get it done.

And again, I support it... but it's a lot of work for a 2 game series across the pond.  The New York Daily News has this story:

Photo: London's Olympic Stadium
"London is calling, and the Yankees and Red Sox may be taking their rivalry across the Atlantic. The two teams are closing in on an agreement to play a two-game, regular-season series at London’s Olympic Stadium on June 29 and 30 in 2019, the Daily News confirmed.

MLB would not comment, as the deal is not yet finalized and details are still being worked out. But if it does eventually become official, it would be the first time MLB regular-season games are played in Europe.

'Really?' Aaron Boone replied when informed of the possibility. 'I’ve never been to London, so if that’s true, maybe I’m going to London.'"

Love Boone. He's growing on me. Very casual... rolls with the punches. And yeah, it will be televised and yes, we've done this thing in Japan before and the idea of getting international exposure is wonderful.

Hey... maybe I should be more excited about this.  My friends in Australia, the Moses family LOVE baseball.  They are big time followers of the Yankees.  BYB has audience in Japan... in Europe.

I defer to all of you.  This is a good thing... right?

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Monday, March 19, 2018


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I've never quite seen a guy this hurt since Eric Chavez and Mark Teixeira.  To be honest... Jacoby Ellsbury takes the cake and title as the new Mr. Porcelain.  Broken all the time, wasting our money and our time and I'm over it.  He's on the DL right now and it looks like he will not be ready for Opening Day.  And this is a problem??? Is it really? Cause I don't think so.

The New York Daily News has the story:

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"Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to start the season on the disabled list, according to Aaron Boone. Ellsbury (oblique) was supposed to take simulated at-bats on Monday and get a couple ABs in Lakeland against the Tigers Tuesday. But he still has flu-like symptoms so those plans were scrapped...They currently have depth in Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton."

We'll be fine without him.  But we're not fine with this... Jacoby still has 3 painful years left with the Yankees. 

Who's the genius who made this deal happen? It's been torture.


Quick note about 2 Yankee prospects that have done everything right this spring... Miguel Andujar and Domingo Acevedo.  They have each won the 2018 Kevin Lawn award.

That comes from Yankees PR...

Now everyone is thinking... that's great, but who the hell is Kevin Lawn.  Great question. NJ.com has that info for us!

"The annual awards are dedicated to the memory of Kevin O'Brien Lawn - the son of longtime Yankees Vice President and Chief of Operations Jack Lawn - who passed away in 1999."

And with that context... the award makes perfect sense.  Happy Monday folks!

Sunday, March 18, 2018


When my son was about two-years-old, we started batting practice in our small driveway in Staten Island, NY.  As I pitched to him, and gave him some very basic pointers, I always bantered about my two favorite players: Bucky Dent and Ron Guidry.  Guidry, in particular, had a special place in my heart because it was Guidry, unbeknownst to Guidry himself, who helped me as a struggling reader and learner.  Often I would visually compare him within the list of vocabulary words that plagued my homework tasks.  Words like agile and fierce were great comparative words and saunter and lackadaisical were terrific antonyms.  My son took the visual comparison one step further, by sketching a portrait of my forever favorite pitcher, #49, one Mother's Day.  The picture hangs prominently in my living room today.

Source: Chris Carbonaro

Through the years, Guidry influenced my grandparents, parents, siblings, and now my children through his passionate, focused game play and resilient competitiveness.  His influence is impactful across generations and his new book spotlights everything we loved about Guidry both on and off the field.

Guidry, affectionately known as Gator and Louisiana Lightning, penned his first memoir, Gator: My Life In Pinstripes, which is available this upcoming Tuesday, March 20th.  Through his account, Guidry talks about his relationships with his teammates and the game of baseball himself, which includes advice to young players, particularly pitchers who seek success in the major leagues.

"In 1978, Guidry, or ‘Gator’, won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball, and his many further credentials include being a four-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner. In Gator, Guidry recounts his ascent to prominence and discloses rare insight into the dynamics of his life both on and off the field," according publisher previews.

Source: ESPN

Beyond the statistics, there is Ron Guidry, the rock, the leader, the person who told his dugout mates how many runs he needed in order to pitch a winning game.  There's Guidry who would sprint off the mound after a strike out, closing out an incredible inning. And he is noted as the pitcher who "invented" the two-out, two-strike standing ovation. In fact he would relish the second to third strike thunderous applause, a tradition carried out across baseball even today.

If Reggie Jackson is the straw that stirred the drink then Guidry is the bartender; he created the environment, set the stage and elevated his teammates into the successful players they became in the championship years of 1977 and 1978.

As we enter the 40th anniversary season of the 1978 team, it seems fitting that Gator's book would hit the stands on the heels of what could be an equally incredible year for the Yankees. As a young pitcher just entering the scene, Guidry talks about the importance of mentorship and credits his mentors Sparky Lyle, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Dick Tidrow and Thurman Munson as guiding him toward a career that served him well. "You put all of that together and you get me," said Guidry in an interview about his book.

If you are a Guidry fan you've already told the kids in your life about him.  Maybe you still have your glove adorned with his mimeographed signature in the pocket, like I do. And maybe this text is another way to reminisce and share what you have always loved about Guidry.  That's the way I am approaching this read...and I can't wait to dig in.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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