Wednesday, July 26, 2017

THE NO-HITTER JINX

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Yankee young ace pitcher Jordan Montgomery pitched a no-hitter into the 6th inning last night.  His stellar performance help lead the Yankees into victory over the first of two games against the Cincinnati Reds.  And although his pitching has been nothing less than consistent this season, that's not actually the topic of this piece.  It's about a no-hitter jinx that fans believe stem from broadcaster's calls from the booth.

Source: NJ.com

According to Awful Announcing, a site affiliated with NESN, "For as long as announcers have called baseball games, they’ve faced a choice in how to handle a no-no. They can either bluntly declare that there’s history in progress, or they can dance around the subject in homage to the on-field tradition of keeping the words “no-hitter” as far away from the pitcher as possible."

Source: Fox Sports

Now, clearly, I would be the first to say that when Announcer Joe Buck dances around anything with regards to baseball play-by-play, he's a jinx- remember how he ruined the All Star Game this year among other competitive events.  But what happens in the booth while players are on the field is out of their earshot, so commentator banter could not interfere with the a potential no-hitter, right?

Source: Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America

Cubs play-by-play announcer, Len Kasper heard from hordes of angry fans when he supposedly jinxed a Jake Arrieta no-no in 2014 and then again when he cursed a Jon Lester attempt the following season. “I feel like we’ve lost our way, somewhere along the line, where fans think we have some sort of mystical control over what happens,” Kasper, who has called three MLB no-hitters, told Awful Announcing."

Source: YES Network

But I think I love what former pitcher, no-hitting pitcher that is and now Yankee commentator Al Leiter said the best.  As he bantered with Michael Kay last night, who quietly alluded to the no-hitter by Montgomery through the beginning of the 6th, Leiter said that broadcasters have absolutely no affect on the performance of the pitcher on the field.  “I think it’s ridiculous,” Leiter told Awful Announcing. “Having thrown a no-hitter, I don’t believe in a jinx from somebody who is far away that’s not in earshot of the action. I find it comical, amusing or silly.”


What they do impact, however, is the fans and this impact loudly criticizes the daring broadcasters who have the audacity of saying "no-hitter." As Leiter said, it affects their passion for the game.  I for one get that, loud and clear.  I tend to stand clear of saying "no-hitter" during any game where it becomes apparent that something special could in fact happen.



Passion for the game is a good reason to get all fired up.  No-hitter jinx or not, it is great to hear fans get excited about this game.  And just so Michael Kay knows it, just talking about a no-hitter jinx could be jinx. That is all...




--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
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EDUARDO NUNEZ IS NOW WITH THE SOX

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I love following Eduardo Nunez around in his baseball career.  Now he has been traded from the San Francisco Giants to the Boston Red Sox.  Now I don't like him... I kid, I kid.

Hardball Talk writes:


"A trade went down in the wee-wee hours: the Boston Red Sox acquired third baseman Eduardo Nunez from the San Francisco Giants. The Giants will receive minor league pitchers Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos in return....

Nunez can play other infield positions, but it’s not like second base and short are problem areas for Boston."

And there was a great moment among he and his Giants teammates when word came down of the trade. Check this out...

And now he goes to Boston.  I've always liked Nunez. I wish him well.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SONNY GRAY TALKS PROGRESSING NICELY, BUT AT WHAT COST?

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You know the Athletics are asking for every prospect the Yankees have, AND Aaron Judge... AND Luis Severino... just because they can.  Look, we here at BYB have been writing about this Sonny Gray rumor for a while now, and it's one that appears to be a real thing.

(July 10, 2017 - Source: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images North America)     
A lot of talk today about how the Yankees and A's are getting much closer to a possible deal for Gray and first baseman Yonder Alonso. In fact, BYB wrote about Alonso a while ago as being part of a Gray package if it was to happen.  Read THE YANKEES CAN'T IGNORE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ANYMORE.  Jeana Bellezza wrote:

"...the Yankees could consider Yonder Alonso from the A's. He is having a breakout season and rumored to be interested in signing an extension with the team but are rarely successful in retaining high-dollar free agents. The A's are likely to make Alonso available on the trade market and his one-year, $4 million salary will make him easy to move..."

Nailed it, Sista.

MLB Trade Rumors writes today:

Photo by: Charles Wenzelberg
"...the Yankees are “making progress” toward a deal that could send both players to the Bronx..."

And of course the big question is for who.  Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted this about Yankee Prospect Estevan Florial:

All of his is interesting, but you gotta wonder if by young centerfielders, someone like Clint Frazier would be in the mix.  And what about the other prospects? What about Jorge Mateo? How about pitching? Would they want Justus Sheffield or is he untouchable?

We are following this very closely.  I do leave you with this though.  This comes from Mark Feinsand:


We will see what happens tomorrow I guess.

Stay tuned...

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HEYMAN'S BANKING ON YOU BEING STUPID

Everybody wants to be a star.  I guess Heyman can't help himself.

(July 23, 2017 - Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
We all want Giancarlo Stanton on the New York Yankees, don't we? I mean, it would be cool to see Aaron Judge and Stanton in the same lineup, wouldn't it? Well... Jon Heyman knows this.  And Jon Heyman, who, I guess is struggling with that FanRag Sports website over there... has decided to go off the reservation... perhaps going a bit rogue... and planting seeds just to get the ol' Yankee fan base riled up.


I made my calls yesterday. I checked with my bud who pretty much knows a lot about the inner workings of the Yankee organization, and he assured me there is no "real" check in with the Yankees.  If anything he says... it's a courtesy call... followed by a "no, we're not giving away the farm from Giancarlo... and a hang up." His words. Nothing more... no meetings... no nothing.  That's because there is nothing to this story and I guess Jon Heyman's clicks are more important than the integrity of his reporting.  But we at BYB aren't the only ones who have done solid research to figure this out....

Sports Illustrated dug in too with more, and sourced Jim Bowden from Sirius XM saying the whole thing was crap... much like me:

Photo: SI.com
"Did they or didn't they check in? FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported on Saturday that the Yankees were one of the teams that recently inquired about Stanton, but a day later, SiriusXM's Jim Bowden reported that the rumor was false. "

In fact there are nearly 7 teams who have at least called or been attached to the Marlins or are thinking about Stanton on their team, be it more fantasy than reality... all of them knowing that the contract that's attached to him is ridiculous.  And for the Yankees to truly "want" Stanton, all you need to do is say 2 words... Jacoby Ellsbury.  That contract is terrible and it's no where near Stanton's.

Even Joe Giglio of NJ.com has this:

"Marlins people have said that Stanton isn't "out there" on the trade market, but that hasn't stopped at least "four or five" teams from checking in while the Marlins shop several other players."




The point is, with the rumor season swirling... just read everything and trust me... don't read only Jon Heyman.  You'll get screwed every time.

Look, if there's one thing I know being a respected writer over these years (since 2010 at BYB)... it's integrity in reporting is vitally important.  You want to get it right, not first. 

The rumor season is silly, because it gets away from those principles.  And if you notice... many of these baseball insiders aren't right.  They float garbage.  Then... if a deal DOES go down, whatever it is, usually not what they originally reported, they jump on that story and get off their wrong story as "oh well... no one will notice".  Well, I notice.

In the end, they still report something, but they fall over each other as if to be first.  In reality, the final "Deal" is not the deal they originally tweeted... it's another one... but they act as if they knew it all along.  That's the rumor season... and that's stupid.

If Giancarlo Stanton came to the New York Yankees, it would be amazing... but not with that contract, and NOT without giving away everything we have built in the Yankees farm system. I find it interesting that I cannot find another solid source on this story and it's my opinion that this whole thing is BS.  My opinion of course. 

It just makes zero sense. It's stupid and Heyman's banking on you being stupid.


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Monday, July 24, 2017

HOW REAL IS THIS VERLANDER FOR ELLSBURY RUMOR?

Eh... it's not.


But damn it's fun to think about!

Hell, if we could trade Jacoby Ellbury for a years supply of Taco Bell... I'm all over that too.  I love Taco Bell. Actually, truth be told, I love tacos in general.  Fish Tacos, Beef Tacos, Chicken Tacos, soft or hard. Sometimes soft and hard combined. I don't discriminate when it comes to Tacos.


I throw grilled corn in there, some sharp cheddar... lettuce, tomato.  Gotta have the Tabasco.  Mmm... I'm friggin starving...

Anyway look.  Suzie Pinstripe sent me this text a short time ago, and I was so busy yesterday and today, I had no idea it was even 'a thing'.  And yes, technically it IS a thing, but technically it's also not.


It's speculation and rumor and while I love it... I'm not sure if this is even something the Tigers would go for.  I mean, Jacoby Ellsbury's contract is ridonk.

Then I read something in Sports Detroit Nation or Detroit Sports Nation or something, from writer Don Drysdale... I'm not kidding... who wrote this:

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"Buster Olney published a piece on Sunday titled, “Which big contract could the Yankees take on to trade Jacoby Ellsbury?” The piece is centered around the Yankees finding out a way to unload Jacoby Elsbury‘s contract which will pay him north of $21 million over each of the next three seasons with a buyout option of $5 million for the 2021 season.

Included on Olney’s list of potential trade pieces to make a deal for Ellsbury work are Tigers starting pitchers, Justin Verlander and Jordan Zimmermann."




And I'm like, "Oh, it's from Olney. When's that guy been right?"  



And so then I started thinking about how ridiculous Olney, Bill Madden and Jon Heyman are sometimes with their rumor mill and how they remind me of a bunch of dogs at a table playing cards talking about how they can make up all this garbage and folks like me write about it and get annoyed because the bottom line is... if you every follow these guys, they don't actually get their rumors right... they're only right AFTER a trade is made. You know what I mean?

So, I kept digging to see if there were any legs to this rumor...




Michael Kay and Don LaGreca spoke about it, but after the Olney report. So the bottom line is, while I kind of love this rumor, there is nothing really to it. It's pure speculation and fun to talk about.

Look, would I like to see Clint Frazier out there the outfield instead of JE? Yes.  But we're stuck with the guy I'm afraid and anyone who saw us sign Jacoby years ago knew this would happen. 

Photo: Getty Images
Do we need pitching? Yes.  Could we get some Tigers starters? Sure... but is there any way we can get rid of Jacoby in the process? Hopefully.

Well, thank God we have Cashman.  Maybe he can figure it out.

For now... I'm getting some tacos...


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