Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yankees Minor Leaguer Suspended for Amphetamine Use

A member of the New York Yankees farm system has been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for amphetamine use. Tyler Palmer, 21, spent the 2014 season splitting time between two of the team's rookie ball affiliates and hit .262 with three home runs and 24 RBI.

Palmer played shortstop, second base, third base and some right field last season after being the Marlins fourth round pick in the 2011 MLB First Year Players Draft. Palmer also failed his second test for drugs with the test so we hope that this can open his eyes and get him back on track.

We're rooting for you Tyler!

Yankees Announce 2015 Game Times

The league has announced the official game times for the upcoming season. Obviously some of these times are subject to change, especially those potential Sunday Night Baseball games on ESPN, but here they are as they stand today.

Fangraphs: Yankees Top 10 Prospects List

I really respect what Fangraphs brings to the baseball community, especially to the New York Yankees community since Kylie McDaniel is involved in a lot of the material that goes up, so when they speak I tend to listen. This week McDaniel posted in-depth scouting reports for an absolute ton of prospects in the Yankees farm system and ranked them. While I won't go over all of them I will list 's Top 10 Yankees prospects here on the blog a mere three days before Prospects Month here on The Greedy Pinstripes.

1. Luis Severino
2. Aaron Judge
3. Greg Bird
4. Jacob Lindgren
5. Jorge Mateo
6. Ian Clarkin
7. Robert Refsnyder
8. Eric Jagielo
9. John Ryan Murphy
10. Luis Torrens

The Alex Rodriguez Milestone HR Nugget We Missed

The nugget, a term that Robert Casey of Bleeding Yankee Blue taught me, is a little bit of information that is thrown into an article that is sometimes missed or purposely overlooked. On Monday we reported that the New York Yankees were looking to void the home run milestone bonuses associated in a marketing contract that Alex Rodriguez signed with the team in 2007. While writing the article, in between eye rolls anyway, I thought of the circus that Rodriguez was going to bring the team over this but when I jumped on the USA Today this morning I feel like my sarcastic eye rolls may have been directed in the wrong direction. The way the USA Today is wording it and reporting it the team may flat out refuse to pay the money to Rodriguez whether an agreement or termination of the contract comes first.

A team flat out refusing to pay a player the terms of their contract, player contract or marketing contract, would probably not be allowed by the league and the MLB Players Association. Rodriguez’s contract states that each $6 million payment is due within 15 days after the home run milestone in exchange for rights such as Rodriguez’s name and image in licensed goods. The team is arguing that nobody will be lining up to pay for these goods and merchandise, and they are right, and may flat out refuse to pay and break the contract.

This is going to get ugly and this will head to an arbitrator after a grievance is filed. Yay, another summer of the Bronx is Burning Part III.'s Top 10 Second Baseman is at it again releasing their Top 10 lists per position after covering right handed pitching and first baseman. This week's showcase will cover second baseman and the Yankees have one player that made the list in Robert Refsnyder. CLICK here to see the entire Top 10 list but as an excerpt I will post the Refsnyder write up here.

7. Rob Refsnyder, Yankees: Named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2012 College World Series, Refsnyder made a smooth transition to the professional ranks and adeptly handled a change in positions, moving from the outfield to second base. After reaching Triple-A last year, he's expected to make his big league debut sometime this season.

TGP Daily Poll: Yankees Will Pay A Rods $6 Million

The New York Yankees are strong arming Alex Rodriguez right now over his $6 million bonus he will get if and when he hits six more home runs to tie Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. New York will talk a big game but the MLBPA will not allow him to not get paid what was agreed to in his contract. He will get is $6 million if he hits six more home runs.

Vote in our prediction poll from knoda. 

The Mendoza Line Movie to be Screened in NY

Sometime last year I was privileged enough to get an advanced screening of the indie film The Mendoza Line, a baseball film that follows an illegal immigrant in the minor leagues. Next month the Mendoza Line movie will be shown in New York City at the Anthology Film Archives as a part of the VIVA Latino Film Festival.

If you want to check out the movie, which I highly recommend because I enjoyed the movie thoroughly, head out to 32 2nd Ave NY, NY 10003 on February,22 at 3:00 pm ET. You can also see the movie on the web by clicking THIS LINK. 

I don't get a dime for you clicking the link or by showing up for the screening I just truly want to spread the word about the movie because it truly was a labor of love type film. Also the man who made the movie is a fellow member of the IBWAA. Check it out if you want or wouldn't mind!

This Day in New York Yankees History 1/28: Nothing but a Bold Prediction

There was absolutely no history or news to report on this day in New York Yankees history so I will instead start the day off with a bold prediction, the Yankees will sign James Shields today. I know I’ll be wrong but why not, you have to be in it to win it.

Also enjoy this new song from Fallout Boy called “Centuries” off their new album American Beauty/American Psycho.