Monday, August 18, 2014

Jeter Will Remain Yanks' Shortstop Despite Recent Successes of Prado and Drew

Derek Jeter will continue being the Yankees' starting shortstop despite the recent successes of fellow infielders Martin Prado and Stephen Drew. 

In the last two games of this weekend's series in St. Petersburg, as you probably remember, the defensively-average Jeter DH'd in place of Carlos Beltran, who had finally gotten healthy enough to play right field in an act that also moved Prado to second base.

No, at this point nothing about #2's near future is technically guaranteed, but since Joe Girardi did say the following quote shortly after yesterday's win over the Rays it definitely seems likely that the 40-year-old will stay at his usual position. 

“That’s not a discussion that I really want to have right now,” Girardi unsurprisingly told Chad Jennings of The Journal News. “With Carlos being able to play the outfield, I can obviously do some different things. But Jeet’s my shortstop.”

Now if you've watched any contests lately, it's undeniable that Prado and Drew are better options when it comes to using a glove, with the former's many great plays against the Rays Sunday clear signs of that statement's truth.

Nonetheless, due to Jeter's well-known reputation as The Captain something like half-benching him probably wouldn't sit well with a good amount of Yanks fans, even if doing so likely would improve the team.

Yankees Off Day Movie Recommendation: Road Trip

It's a Yankees off day and New York is using the day to travel home to Yankee Stadium, road trip! It's also 2:00 pm ET and you're probably looking to slack off at work so why not watch a full length movie right here on the blog? Today's movie is Road Trip! This movie is probably not safe for work so definitely be sure to wear some headphones. Enjoy the movie and enjoy the off day Yankees family, we will be back to work tomorrow.

Andrew Bailey Will Not Pitch For NY In 2014

The New York Yankees signed Andrew Bailey to a minor league deal this February with an option for the 2015 season as the right hander attempted to come back from a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The Yankees felt confident that Bailey could return this season, even if it was just in September, to audition for his roster spot next season. Unfortunately that will not be the case as Bailey has had multiple setbacks in his rehab program this season.

Bailey has been out since he had a torn shoulder capsule in his shoulder in July of 2013. Manager Joe Girardi would not specify on what kind of set backs Bailey has had and would not speculate on his 2015 option. Bailey could really help the Yankees bullpen next season and could really make the pen a strength in 2015 with David Robertson (if he re-signs), Dellin Betances, Shawn Kelley, and Adam Warren.

Yankees Off Day Walk Up Music Recommendation

It feels like the Yankees just had an off day not three games ago and we did one of these, probably a good reason for that I guess. Anyway, today we highlight Martin Prado's walk up music: "You Belong To Me" by Nick Fiorucci. I have never heard this song before today, enjoy.

So Much Talent Being Wasted In Scranton

The Yankees offense continues to struggle while there is so much talent just being wasted in Triple-A right now. The Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders offense may be better than the big league club's offense right now. I continue to beat the drum and I continue to ask the question, why are these guys still sitting in the minor leagues while guys like Ichiro Suzuki and Stephen Drew continue to make outs in the Bronx?

Zoilo Almonte#2589393368451031711766632387.280.323.470.793
Taylor Dugas*2444158137134351014221523.314.391.365.756
Ramon Flores*22532301992752163519322938.261.352.447.799
Adonis Garcia2980345320531031839441131748.322.357.481.838
J.R. Murphy2343167153143680421001138.235.283.366.649
Ronnier Mustelier2913535141630031029.314.340.373.712
Jose Pirela24116522480801461998511273464.304.352.431.783
Rob Refsnyder23612692334170151829343251.300.388.476.864
Kyle Roller*2688374322539119315440044105.283.380.500.880
Zelous Wheeler27793252954888250938102458.298.363.475.838

Alex Rodriguez Begins Preparing For 2015 Season

It is a foregone conclusion that Alex Rodriguez will be in pinstripes for the 2015 season, whether we want him to be or not. In preparation for next season A Rod was seen at the University of Miami and at UCLA taking ground balls, hitting off a tee, and lifting weights according to George A King III. Rodriguez is owed roughly $61 million for the 2015-1017 seasons after being suspended for all of the 2014 season with the whole Biogenesis drug scandal.

Alex is six home runs away from tying Willie Mays and seven home runs away from an extra $6 million in salary. Alex will also receive $6 million for passing Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Barry Bonds if he gets that far.

Hal Steinbrenner expects A Rod to be back in 2015, A Rod expects A Rod to be back in 2015, and the rest of the world should be ready because A Rod is come back in 2015.

This Day In New York Yankees History 8/18: Longest Nine Inning Game In MLB History

In the early to mid 2000's the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox played some of the most bitter, the most entertaining, and some of the longest games in the history of the game of baseball. The Yankees and the Red Sox played the longest nine inning game in Major League history on this day in 2006 when the Yankees would beat the Red Sox 14-11. The Yankees completed a day and night double header sweep in Fenway Park and the second game took a cool four hours and 45 minutes to play. A team scored in nine of the 18 half innings and combined for 34 hits.

Also on this day in 1989 Bucky Dent replaced Dallas Green as the Yankees manager. This would mark the 17th time the Yankees had changed managers during George Steinbrenner's 17 year tenure as the Yankees owner. The Yankees were in 5th place at the time with a 56-65 record.

Finally on this day in 1940 Yankees first baseman Lou Gehrig and roommate Bill Dickey filed a suit against the New York Daily News. Jimmy Powers, the sports editor for the Sunday New York Daily News, suggested the Yankees poor play this season was to blame for a mass polio epidemic that the team contracted from Gehrig. In the end the newspaper retracted its statement and apologized to the Iron Horse.