Thursday, June 12, 2014

Game Thread: Yankees vs. Mariners 6/12

The New York Yankees will play tonight in Seattle against the Mariners in the finale of their three  game set before heading to California for the weekend. The Yankees will send Chase Whitley to the mound to face off with Roenis Elias for the Mariners. The game will be played at 10:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with WFAN.

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Yankees Have Verbal Agreements w/ Three IFA's

The International spending signing period starts on July 2 and the Yankees are ahead of the game with three verbal agreements with international free agents already. As you remember the Yankees are said to be willing to go somewhere in the $25-$30 million range this season including penalties, which would blow their international spending cap out of the water.

Shortstop Dermis Garcia is set to sign for $3.6 million, third basemen Nelson Gomez is set to sign a $2.8 million contract, and shortstop Christopher Torres is ready to sign for $2.6 million. All three players are 16 years old and from the Dominican Republic.

Yankees Sign 5th Round Pick Jordan Foley

Another day and another Yankees draft pick signed, today it's fifth round pick Jordan Foley out of Central Michigan University. Hat tip to Mike Axisa of River Avenue Blues. Foley received the full slot recommendation for the 152nd pick overall at $317,500.

The Yankees drafted Foley in 2011 in the 26th round out of High School and finally got the job done this time around.

Is It Kenny Powers Or Is It Sean Carley Flipping Us Off?

Contrary to popular belief this IS Kenny Powers and not the Yankees draftee Sean Carley. 

Preview: New York Yankees vs. Seattle Mariners 6/12

The New York Yankees will finally get out of Seattle tonight after playing the finale of their three game set at Safeco Field. The Yankees will send Chase Whitley to the mound to face off with Roenis Elias for the Mariners. The game will be played at 10:10 pm ET and can be seen on the YES Network, MLB TV, and can be heard on the radio with John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on WFAN.

Whitley is coming off his first victory as a major league pitcher after throwing seven strong innings against the Kansas City Royals his last time out. Whitley allowed five hits and two runs after recording no decisions in his last four starts. Part of the reason for that was that Whitley never went past five innings before last Friday night.

Elias is coming off his two longest starts of the season after already beating the Yankees once this season. Elias shutout the Detroit Tigers for a complete game last time out and held the Tampa Bay Rays scoreless in 7.2 innings before that. Elias beat the Yankees on May 1 with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.

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Go Yankees!!

Press Release From June 13, 2012 Game

Tanaka "Pretty Satisfied" With Second CG Win

So far this season, it's been obvious to us all that Masahiro Tanaka isn't a guy to brag. 

The indisputable ace of the Yankees staff, 10-1 with a 2.02 ERA, pitched a two-run complete game last night in Seattle, something most pitchers would consider amazing. 

Tanaka, however, doesn't completely agree, telling the NYDN's Mark Feinsand after the victory that, while he is satisfied with his performance, he's upset that he didn't get the shutout.

“Obviously I wasn’t very happy about that home run,” Tanaka said. “But at the end, I’m pretty satisfied that I was able to go all full nine innings tonight.”

That two-run home run, courtesy of ex-Yank Robinson Cano, looked like a routine double off the bat, but instead kept carrying, eventually reaching the first row.

Interestingly, it was actually Cano's first Safeco Field homer as a Mariner, and bought Tanaka's ERA up from an amazing 1.85 to where it is now.

Had the former Pinstripe not gone deep there, #19 would've become the only AL hurler with one below 2, making it something that leaves a bad taste. 

Yes, Cano is a superstar, but considering that he hadn't even gotten on base yet in the contest that shot to left-center was a pretty big shock to everyone watching.

Remembering A Hot Muggy Night In Atlanta In 2012

As many of you know, or you may not know, I moved to metro Atlanta, Georgia from the Bronx, New York back in 1999 and get to see the Yankees live very few times these days. The Yankees came down to Atlanta in 2009 and of course I attended so I was excited to see them come back down in 2012. I am a very superstitious person so the last time the Yankees came to Atlanta they won the World Series that season so I was excited for 2012. We all know the history of that season, Derek Jeter's ankle, and the offense going to sleep in October. That's not what this story is about. 

I remember a warm night on this day in 2012 the Yankees were playing in the second game of a three game set at Turner Field in Atlanta. The Yankees had the bases loaded, Alex Rodriguez was at the plate, and I was sitting in my box seats fourth row. The Braves were winning 4-0 and my phone was blowing up with texts and Facebook posts about the Braves whooping the Yankees while I was there and the streak was ready to come to an end. I am 28 years old and I have seen tons of Yankees games live and they have never lost while I was there, something I am very proud of, but the Yankees rallied.

The Yankees loaded the bases and Alex Rodriguez came to the plate. I was wearing my A Rod jersey that day, something I was reluctant to do but I was saving my Cano jersey for the next night, and the Braves had shutdown reliever Jonny Venters on the mound. Of course I was not confident, Venters was awesome, and the count got ran full before A Rod connected.... pandemonium. 

Alex had hit his 23rd career grand slam tying a 74 year old major league record held by the Yankees Lou Gehrig. A Rod tied the game in the 8th inning and the Yankees ended up winning the game 6-4. The Facebook posts stopped, the texts went silent, and I saw history. I was at the next game and was talking to the camera man at the stadium and he ended up giving me the press release for the game which talked a ton about the grand slam. I think it was because my wife was in a low cut dress and he thought she was hot because he technically gave it to her, but I'll take it. 

Oh and it was Craig Kimbrel bobblehead night which was awesome because my two sons have a bobblehead of the Braves all time saves leader.

Meet A Prospect: Connor Spencer

The New York Yankees used their eight round pick on UC Irvine's first basemen Conner Spencer. Spencer is an extra base hit and hitting in general machine but lacks the power, to this point anyway, to probably stick at first base. Spencer, who is still playing to the best of my knowledge but don't quote me on it,  has a career .351 batting average with 36 doubles, 13 triples, and one home run in his college career.

Some players can make up for their lack of power with their defensive ability but that's not something Spencer can do either. Spencer is adequate defensively but he is no Mark Teixeira. Although UC Irvine's home field is a pitchers park just one home run in three seasons speaks volumes for the future of Spencer. It seems like he will be more organizational depth than a big time prospect in the Yankees system.

Unless the Yankees hitting guru Kevin Long can get a hold of him and find some mechanical flaw this may be a guy that was drafted simply to sign well below slot and save money for an Austin DeCarr.

Can't Predict Baseball: 11 Errors In One Game?!?

The New York Highlanders, later to be named the New York Yankees, were never known for being a good team, especially on the defensive side of the ball. On this day in 1907 the Highlanders committed a total of 11 errors in one game, and that's not a typo. Eight different Highlanders committed an error in a 16-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers. The Highlanders shortstop Kid Elberfeld committed four errors by himself while playing in front of the home team at American League Park.

Also on this day in 1990 Cal Ripken Jr. continued his attack of Lou Gehrig's consecutive games streak while playing in his 1,308th consecutive game. Ripken would move into second place on the all time list ahead of former Yankees and Red Sox shortstop Everett Scott. Scott played consecutively from 1918-1925.

Quick Hit: Yankees Sign Undrafted Matt Marsh

Another day and another undrafted free agent signed by the New York Yankees, this time his name is Matt Marsh. Marsh spent his college career at Liberty College. Marsh is a right handed relief pitcher that sported a 1.53 ERA in 2014 with 34 strike outs and two walks in 29.1 innings pitched the last two seasons.

The Yankees & The World's Highest Paid Athletes

Here's a little something to depress you as you all get ready to go to your job to make significantly less than these members of the New York Yankees. Forbes released a list of the highest paid players in the world and there are more than a few members of the Yankees on the list, and the man you think it on the top is not surprisingly.

Just to get this out of the way, the highest paid athlete in the world is Floyd Mayweather raking in $105 million this year. The first Yankee to make the list is Derek Jeter in the 35th spot bringing in a reported $24.3 million in 2014, $15.3 million in salary and $9 million in endorsements.

CC Sabathia is 37th with $24.2 million, $1.2 million in endorsements. Alex Rodriguez is 48th with a technical $22.9 million and only $300K in endorsements(not from Tony Bosch). Mark Teixeira is ranked 50th with $22.7 million, $200K in endoresements.

Former Yankee Robinson Cano landed at the 60th slot, Vernon Wells is 65th and probably won't play a single game this season, and Alfonso Soriano is 93rd.

The entire list can be seen HERE.

Tanaka's Complete Game Leads Yankees to Second Straight Win Over Mariners

Going into tonight's middle game in Seattle, it was already known that Masahiro Tanaka is the Yankees ace.

The Japanese rookie, 9-1 with a 2.02 ERA in his first 12 major league starts, had already won three outings in a row, never giving up more than one earned run.

Tonight, that hot streak almost continued, with Tanaka surrendering just two earned trips around the bases over a full 9 innings as the Yanks beat the Mariners 4-2. 

Over the contest's first three frames, Tanaka didn't strike anyone out, although he was perfect, not giving up a base runner/hit until one out in the bottom of the fourth. 

In that AB, #19 did allow a pair of singles, something that didn't end up effecting his final line, as the 25-year-old got Logan Morrison swinging to end the threat.

From then until the bottom of the eighth, Tanaka became unhittable, retiring 8 hitters in a row while recording 6 of his 11 strikeouts.

In the ninth, the youngster did run into a little bit of trouble (surrendering a two-run home run to Robinson Cano), but overall, he was still pretty dominant, winning his 10th game of the year while also keeping his league-best ERA at a nice, 2.02.

Backing up the $155 million man on offense was the always solid Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira, who collected the team's only big hits off Chris Young (5 IP, 4 ER) in the third and fifth.

To start off the night of scoring, Ellsbury singled in Brian Roberts (extending his current hitting streak to 15 games), followed later by a wall-scraping, three-run home run from Teixeira, making the contest somewhat of a runaway. 

Those two knocks were the Pinstripes' only with RISP in eight chances, although that probably shouldn't matter, as the team did still score 4 times in the series-clinching W.

This Day In New York Yankees History 6/12

On this day in 1928 Lou Gehrig has a week of it by collecting fourteen total bases when he collected two triples and two home runs in the same game. The Yankees would beat the Chicago White Sox 15-7 in Comiskey Park behind Gehrig's outburst.

On this day in 1939 Lou Gehrig plays his final game as a member of the New York Yankees while in an exhibition game. A record crowd of 23,864 fans filed into Ruppert Stadium to see the Kansas City Blues play the Yankees. Gehrig played three innings and batted eight while grounding out weakly to second base in his only at bat.