Thursday, June 11, 2015

Yankees Off Night Open Thread

The New York Yankees are off tonight after their second quick two-game series with the Washington Nationals this season sandwiched in between a pair of off days. Tonight the Yankees rest and presumably travel to Baltimore to prepare to take on the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow night inside Camden Yards and Oriole Park. Michael Pineda will be making his first start in almost two weeks tomorrow after New York skipped his last start in hopes of limiting his innings this season.

Should the Yankees go to a six man rotation when Ivan Nova returns off the disabled list? Should New York be skipping starters to preserve innings for later in the season and potentially a postseason run? Will the Cleveland Cavaliers shock the planet and win the NBA Finals? Talk about all of that and more tonight in this thread, go crazy.

I leave you with this musical recommendation out of my own personal music collection. The name of the song is “I Hate My Life” and the name of the band is Theory of a Deadman. Have a good night Yankees family. 

June 20, 2015 Old Timer's Day Player's List

Here's a list of every one:

  • Jesse Barfield
  • Yogi Berra
  • Ron Blomberg
  • Brian Boehringer
  • Wade Boggs
  • Scott Bradley
  • Scott Brosius
  • Dr. Bobby Brown
  • Homer Bush
  • Chris Chambliss
  • Jim Coates
  • David Cone
  • Johnny Damon
  • Bucky Dent
  • Al Downing
  • Brian Doyle
  • Cecil Fielder
  • John Flaherty
  • Whitey Ford
  • Oscar Gamble
  • Joe Girardi
  • Rich "Goose" Gossage
  • Ken Griffey Sr.
  • Ron Guidry
  • Charlie Hayes
  • Rickey Henderson
  • Arlene Howard (Widow)
  • Helen Hunter (Widow)
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Scott Kamieniecki
  • Pat Kelly
  • Don Larsen
  • Jim Leyritz
  • Graeme Lloyd
  • Hector Lopez
  • Jill Martin (Widow)
  • Lee Mazzilli
  • Stump Merrill
  • Gene "Stick" Michael
  • Gene Monahan (Trainer)
  • Diana Munson (Widow)
  • Kay Murcer (Widow)
  • Jeff Nelson
  • Paul O'Neill
  • Dan Pasqua
  • Joe Pepitone
  • Andy Phillips
  • Lou Piniella
  • Willie Randolph
  • Bobby Richardson
  • Mickey Rivers
  • Mel Stottlemyre
  • Tanyon Sturtze
  • Joe Torre
  • Roy White
  • Bernie Williams

Yankees Trade David Carpenter to Washington Nationals & Other Roster Moves

The New York Yankees designated David Carpenter for assignment last week in a move that freed up a roster spot for Masahiro Tanaka. Today the Yankees sent Carpenter to the Washington Nationals for minor league second baseman Tony Renda.  Carpenter was designated on June 3 after posting an 0-1 record with a 4.82 ERA in 22 appearances out of the Yankees bullpen.

Renda was a second round pick by the Nationals in 2012. See ya David, say hello to Matt Thornton for me. 

The team also called up Mason Williams to the major leagues, not Ramon Flores for some reason, along with Chris Martin to replace Jose Pirela and Andrew Miller on the active roster. 

Looking Back at 10 Years of Yankees #1 Draft Picks

2006 – Ian Kennedy RHP
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 21
MLB Debut: 2007 

2007 – Andrew Brackman RHP
Round- 1 
Overall Pick- 30
MLB Debut: n/a

2008 – Gerrit Cole - RHP (did not sign)
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 28
MLB Debut: 2013 (Pittsburgh)

2009 – Slade Heathcott - OF
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 29
MLB Debut: 2015

2010 – Cito Culver SS
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 32
MLB Debut: n/a

2011 – Dante Bichette Jr. 3B
Round- Compensation A
Overall Pick- 51 
MLB Debut: n/a

2012 – Ty Hensley RHP
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 30
MLB Debut: n/a

2013 – Eric Jagielo 3B
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 26
MLB Debut: n/a

2014 – Jacob Lindgren LHP
Round- 2nd
Overall Pick- 55
MLB Debut: 2015

2015 – James Kaprielian RHP
Round- 1st
Overall Pick- 16
MLB ETA: Late 2016/Early 2017

Walk Up Music for Carlos Beltran

With every off day for the New York Yankees comes an off day walk up music recommendation here on the blog. We’ve been going in order from the top of the Yankees starting lineup to the bottom starting with Jacoby Ellsbury and ending with Chase Headley on Monday, the last off day. Today we continue going down the order with the Yankees right fielder, Carlos Beltran. Beltran has hit much better lately and is actually a sight for sore eyes when he steps up to the plate inside Yankee Stadium rather than the automatic out he was for much of 2014 and for the first month of 2015.

When Beltran steps up to the plate inside Yankee Stadium in the Bronx the song "Welcome to the Jungle" is playing by Guns n Roses. Enjoy the song and enjoy the off day, we’ll be back at full strength tomorrow here on the blog when the New York Yankees travel to Baltimore to take on the Baltimore Orioles.

Wives & Girlfriends Has Been Updated

I know what you’re thinking and I know what you’re going to say, it’s about time. I know, I know I’ve been slacking in the wives and girlfriends department on the blog. We still had Alex Rodriguez and Torri Wilson on there, we still had Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte on there. We still had honorary members like Joba Chamberlain, David Aardsma and David Robertson on there. We still had players like Shawn Kelley and Brendan Ryan who’s finest Yankees moments were seen on the Wives & Girlfriends page at The Greedy Pinstripes. I slacked, and I apologize. A wrong has been righted though and the Yankees Wives & Girlfriends Page is back up and running and is completely updated.

New additions to the site are Chase Headley, Stephen Drew, Carlos Beltran, Garrett Jones, Dellin Betances and believe it or not Masahiro Tanaka. Updated pictures are also included for Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann, Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Hal Steinbrenner, Joe Girardi and CC Sabathia.

We’re up and we’re back so check it out. Yankees Wives & Girlfriends.

Yankees Leaders Through 59 Games


Games Played:

Chase Headley - 57

At Bats:

Chase Headley - 215

Runs Scored:

Brett Gardner - 40


Brett Gardner - 55


Carlos Beltran - 13

Home Runs:

Mark Teixeira - 17


Mark Teixeira - 45


Jacoby Ellsbury - .324 



CC Sabathia - 12


Dellin Betances - 29


Michael Pineda - 7


CC Sabathia - 7


Bullpen: Dellin Betances - 0.28

Rotation: Masahiro Tanaka - 2.48


Rotation: Masahiro Tanaka - 74

Bullpen: Dellin Betances - 54

Weekly Check In: Austin DeCarr

We’re going to take one more break from the TGP Daily Poll to catch up with another one of the top Yankees prospects, Mr. Austin DeCarr. DeCarr was drafted in the 2014 MLB First Year Players Draft out of college and immediately made many, if not all, Top 10 Yankees prospects lists before the season.

DeCarr is currently biding his time in  with the Staten Island Yankees waiting on his promotion and eventual call up to the major leagues. With stats like these it may not be long before he gets the call to the Charleston Riverdogs to continue his dream and his professional career.

I know we have gone prospect heavy this week on the blog and did a few of these weekly check in's but with the draft this week and all the focus being on the future of the club I figured why not. You guys have responded as well in the views department on the site so I can only assume you're enjoying it as much as I am. 

Here is his stat line from his 2014 campaign:


Weekly Check In: Ian Clarkin

This spot has been a bit of a revolving door after Tyler Austin left enough room for another prospect to slide in and take his spot. While Austin could always regain his spot, and honestly I hope that he does and I hope that he will, I decided to in a little bit of a different direction this week. We’ve seen Mason Williams and others in this spot but I want to go pitching this time around while answering a burning question on many people’s minds, where the hell is Ian Clarkin?

Clarkin was that tough sign rookie the Yankees landed in the same draft in 2013 that landed them Aaron Judge and Eric Jagielo in the first two rounds. Clarkin was the big, young projectable left hander that was thought to be the future of the Yankees farm system and the future of the Yankees pitching staff. Then 2014 came and went and with 2015 now upon us we haven’t heard as much as a peep out of him since as he has yet to make his 2015 debut. 

That changes today when we do our weekly check in with Mr. Clarkin this morning:


This Day in New York Yankees History 6/11: Andy Pettitte Wins #200

On this day in 2010 Andy Pettitte joined Yankees Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing as the only Yankees pitchers to win 200 games while in pinstripes. Andy was 37 years old and also reached the 3,000 career innings pitched mark in the first inning of the game. The Yankees would beat the Houston Astros, his former team, 4-3 in Yankee Stadium.

Also on this day in 2003 the Houston Astros no-hit the New York Yankees for the first time since 1958. In 1958 the Orioles knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm beat the Yankees 1-0 in Baltimore. On this day a record setting six pitchers combine to no-hit the Yankees and end the streak of 6,980 games with at least one hit for the Bronx Bombers. The six pitchers who made history on that day were Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner.

Also on this day in 1988 the Yankees were short on right handed hitters against the Orioles left hander Jeff Ballard and former manager Billy Martin decided to use starting pitcher Rick Rhoden at the DH spot. Rhoden became the first ever pitcher to ever start at the designated hitter position in the short history of the position. Rhoden got just one at bat and hit a sacrifice fly before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning. The Yankees would beat the Orioles 8-6 on this day.

Finally on this day in 1915 the Yankees pitcher Ray Caldwell becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in consecutive pinch hitting appearances. The Yankees would beat the Chicago White Sox on this day and the 19 game winner Caldwell would hit his second home run against the Chi Sox. Caldwell also hit a home run as a pinch hitter yesterday as well against Chicago.