Saturday, March 8, 2014

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My 2014 Mock Fantasy Baseball Draft

Getting ready for tonight's League One draft for The Greedy Pinstripes I participated in a mock draft on Yahoo. My team is below, think I did good? I admit I am not much of a fantasy baseball guy, get's kind of boring to me after the draft. Anyway, thoughts?

C - Yadier Molina
1B - Joe Mauer
2B - Martin Prado
SS - Andrelton Simmons
3B - David Wright
OF - Andrew McCutchen
OF - Adam Jones
OF - Yoenis Cespedes
UTIL - Jurrickson Profar
UTIL - Jedd Gyrko

BN - Austin Jackson
BN - Evan Gattis
BN - Jose Abreu
BN - Mark Teixeira
BN - Derek Jeter

SP - Stephen Strasburg
SP - David Price

RP - Felix Hernandez
RP - Joe Nathan

P - Masahiro Tanaka
P - Michael Wacha
P - Rafael Soriano
P - CC Sabathia

Starting pitching is absolutely stacked and I think my outfield is one of the best in the game. Of course I wen't a little Yankee heavy and chose Mark Teixeira and Derek Jeter with my last two picks, it's all for fun anyway. What say you?

Nova somewhat solid; Banuelos terrible in Yanks win over Astros

Ivan Nova gave up 3 earned runs (8 hits) in 4 innings of work today as the Yankees beat the Astros in a very competetive contest, 9-6. Throughout his first two innings this afternoon, Nova couldn't buy an out, giving up all 3 runs and 6 of those 8 hits, but in his last couple frames he seemed to turn things around, making his overall outing, as it says in the title, somewhat solid.

After #47 left this one, left-handed pitching prospect Manny Banuelos came in for his spring debut, giving up a double, a walk, and a home run to the first three guys he faced. After that disaster, he did get the next two batters (the last two batters) he faced out, but still, the damage had been done. He had been terrible.

Anyway, the Yankees, as you can see by that score, did still end up winning this game thanks to a nice offensive day, which included an RBI Double from Mason Williams, a two-run home run from Kelly Johnson, and an RBI Single from Brett Gardner. So yea, the pitching this afternoon was overall bad, but the offense was still pretty good. I guess that evens things out.

Army, UConn Face Off At Yanke Stadium In 2014

Yankee Stadium will host a college football game again this season as the Army Black Knights and the Connecticut Huskies will face off at the stadium that the boss built. The game will take place on Saturday, November 8 of this year and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Tickets for the game will go on sale on March 11 at 11:00 am ET. Tickets can be purchased at, (877) TIX-ARMY,, or (877) AT-UCONN. Obviously these will probably be available at Ticket Master and but those details are not quite available yet, stay tuned.

Ervin Santana Officially Off The Yankees Board

Everyone who disagreed with my posturing for Ervin Santana can be happy today as he comes off the Yankees board signing a one year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal is worth $14 million which is pretty much right at what he would have made accepting his qualifying offer. That has to be a bit disappointing for Santana after a 2.9 WAR season in 2013 but he has a chance to play with possibly a better team, albeit in a tougher division, in 2014. Congrats to him.

New York Yankees @ Houston Astros 3/8

The New York Yankees will travel to play the Houston Astros in the latest Spring Training game in the Grapefruit League. The game will be televised at 1:05 pm ET on MLB Network and MLB TV. Ivan Nova will look to be super again for the Yankees in this game as he makes his second start of the spring. Enjoy the day Yankees family and Go Yankees!

Here is the Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner CF
Eduardo Nunez 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Kelly Johnson DH
Francisco Cervelli C
Dean Anna SS
Scott Sizemore 3B
Zoilo Almonte LF
Mason Williams RF

Should The Yankees Be Interested In Juan Francisco?

We all heard and read that the Brewers were among the teams scouting the Yankees excess catching depth recently. Milwaukee is said to be dangling Rickie Weeks or Aramis Ramirez but why not Juan Francisco? I think we could use Francisco more for a plethora of reasons, especially if it only costs Austin Romine or John Ryan Murphy.

Francisco would give us another power hitter in the lineup and a huge bat coming off the bench from the left side of the plate. Francisco split time with the Brewers and the Atlanta Braves last season and hit 18 home runs in 348 at bats, that's a home run every 19 at bats for those without a calculator. Over a 162 game season that ranks 11th best in the American League, who couldn't use that?

Francisco also gives us a legitimate backup at both third base and first base. He won't win a Gold Glove award at either position but he is probably a better candidate than Alfonso Soriano at first and Eduardo Nunez at third base defensively right now.

Francisco also looks like he is the odd man out on the Brewers roster thanks to former Yankees Lyle Overbay and Mark Reynolds signing deals with Milwaukee over the winter. The Brewers have excess infielders and we need infielders, the Brewers need a backup catcher and we have more than a couple. Let's make a deal Brian Cashman.

New York Yankees Spring Training News & Notes 3/8

Brendan Ryan is being shut down for about a week with a sore oblique, that sucks because those injuries tend to be lingering and a general nuisance. Tests came back clean but manager Joe Girardi plans to keep Ryan out until at least the middle of next week.

Girardi also said that the Yankees probably won't make any cuts until at least after the Panama series, a little later in the spring than usual. The Panama trip ends on March 17 and the Yankees have a bunch of split squad games to Girardi wants plenty of bodies around, makes sense.

Masahiro Tanaka's next appearance will be a simulated game on Tuesday at the Yankees minor league complex.

There will be more later after the game so be sure to check back for that.

Yankee Stadium Legacy: #23 Charlie Keller

Charlie Keller was one of the main power hitters for the New York Yankees in the 1940's. Keller slugged over 20 home runs five times while hitting 30 home runs three separate seasons for New York. Keller was pitched around quite a bit due to his power displays and led the American League in walks twice in his career, surpassing the 100 walk plateau five times. Keller was a rookie in 1939 and hit three home runs and won a World Series ring.

23 days until Yankees Opening Day

This Day In New York Yankees History 3/8

On this day in 1930 Babe Ruth signed a two year deal for $160,000 with the Yankees keeping him as the highest paid player of all time for his era. Ed Barrow, the Yankees General Manager at the time, said that "no one will ever be paid more." Alex Rodriguez and Clayton Kershaw say hello.

On this day in 1947 the New York Yankees beat the Dodgers 1-0 in Havana's new stadium delCerro. The Yankees Snuffy Stirnweiss had a tenth inning single which proved to be the game winning hit, the only Yankees hit of the game.