Monday, September 29, 2014

Derek Jeter's Final At Bat


Derek Jeter's Final Yankee Stadium Game Highlights

McCarthy Wants to Return to Yankees Next Season

Yankees' Starting Pitcher Brandon McCarthy wants to return to the team next season, he told The Star Ledger's Brendan Kuty yesterday. 

McCarthy, 31, was acquired by the Yanks from the Diamondbacks July 6 in exchange for struggling lefty Vidal Nuno. In his time with New York, which was preceded by a bad first few months, McCarthy flourished against a number of solid opponents, going 7-5 with a 2.89 ERA.

"There's nothing in my time that I've seen that makes me think (not)," he said.

McCarthy, who will be a free agent this winter, cited the people around him in the organization as reasons. Since joining the club, as you may or may not already know, McCarthy has often credited Pitching Coach Larry Rothschild for his successes due to the latter's assertion that he throw more cutters. 

"The coaching staff is great," McCarthy said. "Teammates are great. The facilities, everything is top notch. There wasn't anything that turns you off."

Hopefully the Yankees are thinking the same thing, as re-signing McCarthy would likely be a cheap way to better their rotation. 

Comparing Dellin's 2014 Season to Rivera's 1996 Season

Many all season long have compared Dellin Betances first full season in the majors to Mariano Rivera's first full season in the majors. With the season over we can truly get a look at the final products for both players and see how they compare.

90 135 1 14 4 277 1.64 0.778 3.7 1.4
107.2 130 5 25 1 240 1.88 0.994 5 2.09

The top line is the season of Dellin Betances and the bottom line was Mariano Rivera's 1996 season. I took the liberty of bolding the "better" stat from each player for their respected seasons. As you can see I think the Yankees found a gold mine at the back end of their bullpen for a long, long time.

Thank You! from The Greedy Pinstripes

Wow, what a roller coaster ride the 2014 season was, no? While the season didn't end the way any of us wanted to it was still a successful season on the blog. We just wanted to take a quick second to thank everybody  for their continued support here on the blog, in the comments section, on Twitter, on Facebook, and wherever else everyone finds us and reads our work.

A big thank you goes out to our writers Bryan Van Dusen (co-owner), Bryan Knepper (new daddy, congrats bro!), Jack Niemuth, Neil Dwyer, patrick (always a little p) Walsh, Kent Seven, Michael Pawluk, Adam Hamburger, Thomas Culkin, John Balas, Zane Lipsitz, Nick Sentman, Judy G. (guest writer), and Erik Carlson. You guys and gal continue to bring great content to the blog and the readers and myself truly appreciate it.

All our Twitter followers that interact with us on a daily basis, you're really the reason we continue to do this for free. We don't get compensated, actually this site is a money pit at times, and we don't expect it because we love what we do. If you guys weren't reading and giving us feedback, positive or negative, we wouldn't do it.

Thank you Yankees family and let's get ready for the offseason, we never take a break here!

TGP Daily Poll: Kansas City Will Defeat Oakland In Wild Card Game

Tomorrow the American League Wild Card winners, the Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics, will play in the AL Wild Card game to see who will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Oakland has fallen off the face of the Earth in recent weeks and has definitely limped into the postseason and I cannot see them taking down a young and hungry Kansas City Royals team.

Vote in our poll.

This Day In New York Yankees History 9/29: Don Mattingly Six Grand Slams

Don Mattingly had a career with the bases loaded in 1987 as he hit more home runs with the bases loaded this season then some people hit in their entire careers. Mattingly set a major league record on this day by hitting his sixth grand slam of the season passing Ernie Banks (1955 Chicago Cubs) and Jim Gentile (1961 Baltimore Orioles). What makes this more amazing is Mattingly played 14 seasons in his career and never hit another grand slam outside of the 1987 season.

Also on this day in 1934 Babe Ruth hit his 659th and final home run in a New York Yankees uniform. Ruth had 49 home runs with the Boston Red Sox before being sold to New York and would add six more with the Boston Braves before retiring in the 1935 season.