Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Current Arizona Fall League Standings - 10/30

The Scorpions are currently 4 games out of first place in the AFL East, as they are 7-11, not 7-10. Peoria's also 7-11, meaning they 4.5 games out of first in the AFL West, not 5. 

Scorpions fall to Javelinas for second straight day, 3-2

Tonight, the Scorpions traveled to Peoria looking to get revenge on the Javelinas after yesterday's defeat in Scottsdale. Going into this game, the Scorpions were just 7-10, having lost four consecutive games, while the Javelinas were 6-11, the worst record in the league. So, you can imagine that both teams wanted this game pretty badly. Unfortunetally for the Scorps, it appeares the team that wanted it more wasn't them, as they fell 3-2. 

The only Yankee who played in this one, Peter O'Brien, went 1-for-4 with a solo home run. But besides that hit, this game really was bad. This loss is their fifth straight after they won five straight. So basically, all the effort they put in earlier this month's by wasted by recent struggles. Right now, I think it's safe to say we won't see the Scorpions win the AFL East this year, much less the AFL Crown. But, they still gotta play some more games. So might as well keep following them. 

Yankees Rank 16th In Latest Baseball America List

Baseball America went around releasing their Top 20 prospects lists for every league and now those lists have been used to rank the teams with the best minor league systems with immediate reinforcements on the way. Basically this list and point system shows us who has the best and the most major league ready talent and the Yankees are ranked in the middle of the pack with a 16th ranking out of 30 teams.

The Red Sox are in first place followed by the Houston Astros and the San Diego Padres filling out the top three. The Milwaukee Brewers are the last place team, which I can agree with. With these rankings looking not only at the 2014 season but the 2015 season as well so I think the Yankees are ranked this high due to the fact that the likes of Slade Heathcott, Manny Banuelos, Tyler Austin, and maybe even Rafael DePaula may be ready by then.

Yankees Do Not Seem Interested In Kevin Youkilis Return

The New York Yankees do not seem willing or interested in bringing back Kevin Youkilis for the 2014 season and Youk's agent Joe Bick confirmed as much. Bick claims that Youk is healthy and ready to go and would have been if the Yankees had made the post season. Still Youk is 24 years old and has multiple seasons with back injuries, he is a huge question mark.

Youk only saw 118 plate appearances in 2013 and put up a weak .219/.305/.343 triple slash with only two home runs. Youk only saw 28 games after the back kept him out and missed a ton of Spring Training as well with another injury. Mark Reynolds gave us everything that Kevin Youkilis was supposed to last season so if anyone comes back it will be Reynolds and not Youkilis.

Trenton Thunder Named Minor League Team of Year

(TRENTON, NJ) MiLB.com, the official website of Minor League Baseball, has named the Trenton Thunder, Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, "Team of the Year" following a three week online voting period this month. The honor is part of the annual "MiLBY" Awards which are presented by MiLB.com each fall.

The Thunder were the champions of the Eastern League after earning the East Division Wild Card during the regular season. Trenton got hot at the end of the year and finished on a nine-game winning streak including sweeps of the first place Binghamton Mets in the Eastern Division Championship and the Western Division Champs, the Harrisburg Senators, to earn the title. Trenton became the first team to sweep both rounds of the EL postseason since 1991. 
The title is the franchise's third in its 20 seasons in Trenton, all under the watch of Manager Tony Franklin. In Franklin's seven years with the Thunder, he has led them to the EL Championship Series five times.
MiLBYs are the end-of-season awards that honor the best players, teams and performances of the Minor League season. For three weeks, fans chose their favorites in 13 categories at milb.com. The official website of Minor League Baseball announces Fans' Choice winners as well as MiLB.com staff picks for the major awards.
Trenton is a finalist for two additional MiLBY Awards that will be announced on Thursday, October 31. The Retirement Party for Chase That Golden Thunder is a nominee for "Promotion of the Year" and a tribute video for Chase is up for "Mascot Clip of the Year". 
The Thunder will begin the 2014 season on at home on Thursday, April 3. Season tickets, group outings, Pic-A-Plans, and Mini Plan renewals are on sale now. For more information about tickets, fans should call 609-394-3300 or visit trentonthunder.com.

Being posted with permission from the Trenton Thunder organization. The original article can be seen HERE

Javelinas shutout Scorpions, 4-0

Last night, the Scorpions returned from their Sunday off day in less than amazing fashion, losing at home to the Peoria Javelinas, 4-0. In the game, I must say the Scorps played terrible. As a team, they managed just 3 hits, walked just four times, and obviously never scored a run. That is simply not productive. 

Yankees outfielder Mason Williams did get a hit in his 4 at-bats, a routine single. As for the Bombers pitchers who appeared in this one, James Pazos was the only one, pitching one inning and surrendering 1 run, the first one he's allowed this season. 

World Series Week: Game 4 Of The 1998 World Series

Watch the New York Yankees beat the San Diego Padres in Game 4 of the 1998 World Series all over again here on World Series week on The Greedy Pinstripes.

Poll: What Free Agent Starter Should The Yankees Target?

What Free Agent Pitcher Should The Yankees Target
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Here is another quick poll asking you, the Yankees fans, who you want to see in pinstripes next season. You can keep it realistic and realize that Matt Garza is probably not coming to the Yankees or you can just simply get greedy and pick them all. Multiple votes allowed because we presumably need multiple starting pitchers to fill the void left behind from the likes of Phil Hughes, Hiroki Kuroda, and Andy Pettitte. Thank you in advance for the votes and your participation. 

This Day In New York Yankees History 10/29

On this day in 1920 the Yankees hired ex Boston red Sox manager Ed Barrow to be their General Manager. Over the next quarter of a century the Yankees would see 14 American League pennants and 10 World Series Championships while Barrow would see a Hall of Fame induction.

On this day in 1991 the Yankees hired Buck Schowalter to replace Stump Merrill as the Yankees manager. In four seasons, including the strike shortened 1994 season, Buck would compile a 313-268 (.539) record as a 36 year old manager. Buck would win the American League Manager of the Year Award and the AL East title in 1994 and would lead the Yankees to the playoffs in the first Wild Card series in 1995.

On this day in 2009 Derek Jeter would win the Roberto Clemente Award which is given to the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and community involvement. Jeter would be the 3rd Yankees to ever win the award, Ron Guidry and Don Baylor the other two, and would join 13 Hall of Fame players with the award.

On this day in 2010 the New York Yankees signed Joe Girardi to a new three year deal to remain the Yankees manager through the 2013 season. In 2010, much like this offseason, the Cubs were rumored to be making a run at Girardi but in the end the Yankees kept him on their bench.