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Posted: March 30, 2020, 5:27 am
New York Post | George A. King III: Gleyber Torres broke out last season with 38 dingers and was poised to continue his ascent as one of the most productive Yankees in 2020. The season has yet to begin (if it ever will), but regardless, the Yanks could still lock up the 23-year-old and offer an extension like they did with Luis Severino and Aaron Hicks. Could they be waiting to see how he handles a full-time role at shortstop?
Posted: March 30, 2020, 4:00 am
This might help explain Aroldis Chapman’s signature fastball. The star Yankees closer looked insanely jacked in a picture he shared to Instagram on Sunday (AEDT), showing himself on the far right alongside a few friends playing dominoes. Chapman has spent some of baseball’s coronavirus-induced break bulking up, as shown by another social-media photo of the 32-year-old power lifting two weeks ago.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 12:43 am
Welcome back for another edition of Yankees Rewatch, a new series at Pinstripe Alley! While we wait for the 2020 season to start, we’ll pull up some of our favorite games to enjoy together. We can chat about what we forgot, what would become important later in the season, or just catch up with old friends from the game threads.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 9:30 pm
As things started to get worse, team owners agreed to cut down on travel and even moved spring training games closer to their home stadiums. Owners tried to get exemptions for their players from fighting in the war, but to no avail. Teams were losing players to war and rosters were getting all messed up.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 6:00 pm
A lot can happen,” Kratz said during a recent interview. They said they might be trying to do it next year in July around the same time. If you think of that as a tentative date, we’re about a year and three months from there.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 4:54 pm
He’s arguably the best pitcher in baseball and best free agent pitcher ever, so the deal is commiserate with those talents. Baseball Trade Values even has him still worth positive value, making an even stronger case he’s worth the deal. Like all long term deals, Cole’s carries risk on the back end – the Yankees will be paying a 38 year old Cole a whole lot of money whether he’s throwing 98 mph, 85, or completely out of baseball.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 12:00 pm
If MLB brings back the regular season with a shortened spring training, it could mean expanding rosters big-time — at least for the first, say, month of the season — to prevent injuries, especially to pitchers. In 2020, teams were set to start the year with 26 players, one more than in previous seasons. The number could push upward of 30, if the league wants to be extra careful.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 11:00 am
Since 1988, Damon Oppenheimer has been scouting high school and college baseball players while married to the same routine of flying or driving to evaluate players and then repeating the process in the next town. This year the Yankees’ VP of domestic amateur scouting has another challenge in front of him: There are players eligible for the draft who haven’t played a game this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 8:41 am
If the final pitch of the 2020 baseball season comes closer to Christmas than Halloween, that’s fine with the players. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible. Even if it involves neutral sites in warm-weather cities and domes.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 5:56 am
The computer must have recognized this, as Torres went 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in what was a 10-5 victory for the Yanks on Opening Day. Quick disclaimer: I simulated this first series the other night, and Gerrit Cole tossed a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts on Opening Day, and for some reason, the progress didn’t save. So I had to simulate it again, and this time, Cole wasn’t as dominant in his Yankees debut.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 6:00 pm
President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump orders US troops back to active duty for coronavirus response Trump asserts power to decide info inspector general for stimulus gives Congress Fighting a virus with the wrong tools MORE reportedly reached out to former New York Yankees player and current MLB analyst Alex Rodriguez for his thoughts on the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:19 pm
Years Ago The Yankees and Red Sox make a rare trade, as the two teams decide to swap designated hitters. Coming off a Silver Slugger win with the Yankees in 1985, Don Baylor was sent to Boston in exchange for Mike Easler. On a narrative level, the Red Sox came out as clear winners, with Baylor winning another Silver Slugger and receiving down-ballot MVP votes while helping Boston make the World Series.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 4:00 pm
Per the new agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Players Association (MLBPA), the 2020 season won’t start until teams can safely travel and taking part in games doesn’t represent a health risk for teams and fans around America. Given that the United States now leads the coronavirus cases’ table, we can safely conclude that there won’t be baseball for a while.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 2:00 pm
Social distancing is one of Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole’s big priorities during baseball’s coronavirus stoppage. Another is playing catch regularly because the $324-million righty doesn’t want to have to start from scratch getting his pitching arm game ready weeks or months down the road whenever a second spring training begins. Cole’s two backyard throwing partners this past week have good arms.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 1:17 pm
On Thursday, Pinstripe Alley covered how weekly doubleheaders might work as a means to wring more games from an abbreviated 2020 schedule. It’s a proposition the league appears to be taking seriously, and now an additional wrinkle might be considered: limiting the games in doubleheaders to seven innings apiece. While it may offend the sensibilities of some traditionalists, the idea has some traction.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 12:00 pm
The belief from most in baseball is that there will be a 2020 season of some kind. No one, of course, has a clue as to what form it will take, meaning a start date, number of games, postseason format, etc. But whenever the sport gets the go-ahead to resume spring training , which was officially suspended March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic, Luke Voit said he believes the Yankees won’t require all that long to be regular season-ready.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 2:14 am
Over more than a century of team history, plenty of players with legendary nicknames have donned pinstripes. But which one is the best of all time? YES Network hosted a bracket-style tournament on Twitter – starting last Thursday – where fan votes determined which Yankees nickname advanced to the next round.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:19 pm
The Yankees’ final win of the 2019 season was an important one, despite the fact that their season would come to an end the next night. After taking Game One in Houston, the Yankees lost three straight, including a gut-wrenching extra innings loss in Game Two and back-to-back losses in front of their home crowd at Yankees Stadium. In a win-or-go-home situation, the Yankees turned to James Paxton, the left-hander who carried them through the final weeks of the regular season.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 8:00 pm
Last week I took a look at the third base position within the Yankees’ minor league system. The conclusion was that third base was a weakness in the system. This week we will look at shortstop, and it is a very different feel as it is one of the deepest and most talented positions in the Yankees’ system.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 6:00 pm
With Yahoo Fantasy Baseball here for the 2020 season, our analysts reveal their Top-300 draft rankings.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 5:22 pm
There will be no hot dogs on the grill, no beer on tap, no vendors in the stands selling peanuts and Cracker Jack. The shiny new stadium deep in the heart of Texas will still be waiting for its first Rangers game. From Baltimore to Miami in the east, San Diego to Seattle in the west – and 11 other cities that would have hosted season openers Thursday – there will be no games, or at the remaining 15 MLB stadiums, for at least a couple of more months.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 9:48 pm
Inside that huge, horseshoe-shaped ballpark, a favorite son had returned. Tom Seaver was back with the New York Mets six years after being traded away. Looked it up a little while back – at 38 years old, he shut down a pennant-winning Phillies lineup that featured Pete Rose and three Hall of Famers.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 6:15 pm
A minor league player for the Boston Red Sox has tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the team to close down its training complex in Fort Myers, Florida. The Red Sox made the announcement Tuesday, a day after the positive diagnosis. Earlier this month, the New York Yankees said two of its minor leaguers had the virus.
Posted: March 25, 2020, 3:09 am
A massive payroll has fueled the Yankees’ excellence, but what if we took away the team’s financial muscle?
Posted: March 24, 2020, 4:08 pm
Aaron Boone provided an injury update on New York Yankees pair Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
Posted: March 24, 2020, 5:34 am