10:13 AM EST, Thu January 27, 2022
Pinstripe Alley 2 hours ago
A reason for optimism about Luke Voit

A reason for optimism about Luke Voit

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ If Luke Voit has changed his weight room philosophy, that could be a sign of good things to come. Luke Voit recently shared a short video of part of his workout, which in and of itself is far from newsworthy. Athletes and non-athletes alike commonly like to let everyone know what they’re up to in the gym (for reasons I personally can’t quite understand.) That said, Voit’s video had a few details that caught my attention, and at the risk of writing with more than a glass half-full of optimism, I think the details were good signs with...
Pinstripe Alley 4 hours ago
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/27/22

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/27/22

Photo by Adam Hunger/ Thursday’s rundown. For at least a few days, the MLB offseason sprung to life, with the Hall of Fame announcement coming Tuesday and news of talks between MLB and the MLBPA coming earlier in the week. Things have calmed down again, but winter at least seems to have a bit of life now. On the site today, Matt breaks down an interesting day in the career of Lou Gehrig, and Peter analyzes the most recent reporting on the negotiations between the league and the players. We’ll also see the latest entry in our Yankees Smartest Moves series, the Johnny...
Pinstripe Alley 10 hours ago
NYY news: “Hit strikes hard”

NYY news: “Hit strikes hard”

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Yankees’ hitting coach talks about philosophy and forecasts an exciting season for the offense; Roger Clemens’ impressions after latest Hall snub; How will voters evaluate Carlos Beltran’s case for Cooperstown? MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson is known for his “hit strikes hard” philosophy, but he took some time to fully explain what he means with the phrase. “When we swing at strikes, we’re likely to make more contact. When we make more contact, we’re likely to hit the ball harder. When we make...
Pinstripe Alley 18 hours ago
Creating my own personal Franken-Yankee

Creating my own personal Franken-Yankee

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports In which I set out to stitch together the greatest Yankee of all-time from the best attributes of former and current Yankees. In Basketball and Other Things, author Shea Serrano has a section called, “Who’s Your Frankenplayer Made Out Of?” in which he sets out to create the greatest basketball player of all-time by stitching together a bunch of different physical attributes and abilities from a bunch of different players throughout the years. The lockout is killing me and the Hall of Fame has made me irrationally angry yet again,...
Newsday 21 hours ago

Yankees take different path than Mets with hitting coach Dillon Lawson

Dillon Lawson says big-league playing experience isn't the most important thing in a hitting coach.
Pinstripe Alley 22 hours ago
25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The A-Rod trade

25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: The A-Rod trade

Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via As it turns out, it’s a good idea to add the best player in baseball. Sometimes, landing the game’s best player is hard. You have to identify something in a college or high school bat that’s just different, or you have to find a way to mold a raw international free agent into a complete product. And then, sometimes, landing the game’s best player is easy — swoop in after a deal collapses and ... Trade Details: Alex Rodriguez and cash to Yankees; Alfonso Soriano and a player to be named later (Joaquin Arias) to...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 26, 2022
How would the best Yankees in MLB The Show fare in a seven-game set?

How would the best Yankees in MLB The Show fare in a seven-game set?

Perhaps not so surprisingly, the top Yankees of all-time took a big lead against the very best of the White Sox. MLB The Show is a frustrating, yet extremely entertaining game. It lets you bring your love for collecting baseball cards to virtual life. In the game, there are several ways to collect cards. They include defeating other real people online to increase your rating in a designated season, playing offline and completing a series of missions, completing real life flashback moments in baseball history, and several other game modes. This year, I finally completed the...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 26, 2022
It’s time to reevaluate Hideki Irabu’s Yankees career

It’s time to reevaluate Hideki Irabu’s Yankees career

Photo by Linda Cataffo/NY Daily News Archive via Hideki Irabu never became a dominant ace, but he was a solid contributor on two World Series winners. Hideki Irabu’s tenure as a Yankee was generally regarded as a big disappointment, and frankly, many fans and people around the organization would likely use harsher terminology. As always is the case, hindsight is clearer than real-time evaluations, which often lead to trees blocking the view of the forest. To that end, it’s worth taking two decades of hindsight to reevaluate Irabu’s career with the Yankees and...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 26, 2022
Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/26/22

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 1/26/22

Photo credit should read DAVE KAUP/AFP via Hall of Fame and CBA discussion for your Wednesday morning. Well, here we are at the end of the 2022 Hall of Fame voting cycle, and the only modern player who will be honored at Cooperstown this summer is not the man with the most homers in baseball history or the man with the most strikeouts in baseball history. It’s David Ortiz. Yippie. Anyway. Today on the site, Jon will reconsider the maligned Yankees career of Hideki Irabu, Esteban will begin a two-part series on a Yankees/White Sox experiment in MLB The Show, and Josh...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 26, 2022
NYY News: Big Papi in, A-Rod out

NYY News: Big Papi in, A-Rod out

Photo by Jerritt Clark/ Ortiz lone Hall of Fame inductee; Incremental progress in Day 2 of CBA talks; The Boss’s failed attempt to take team on tour; Braves could pass Yankees in pursuit of Olson; Should Mattingly be in Cooperstown? ESPN | Bradford Doolittle: The results of the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting were released Tuesday night, and only David Ortiz collected the required 75 percent of the vote to be inducted into Cooperstown. He received a 77.9-percent ballot share in his first year of eligibility. Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens each fell off the ballot...
Newsday Jan 25, 2022

Alex Rodriguez resoundingly denied by Baseball Hall of Fame voters in first year on ballot

The former Yankees star had the stats but may never recover from being suspended one year.
Pinstripe Alley Jan 25, 2022
How Wendy’s (almost) made me miss Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit

How Wendy’s (almost) made me miss Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit

And how my dad proved that Jays fans and Yankees fans will simply never get along. I worked at Wendy’s for eight-and-a-half years. I started working there in July 2006 when I was 14 (Canadian labor laws be damned) and didn’t leave until August 2014, when I was getting prepared to begin grad school that September. Throughout high school and undergrad, I worked somewhere in the ballpark of 30-35 hours per week — less during exam periods, more during the summer — and routinely worked as late as two in the morning most nights. I hated that job so much. In fact, I still...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 25, 2022
25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: Hideki Matsui signed

25 Smartest Moves of the Past 25 Years: Hideki Matsui signed

Photo by Doug Pensinger/ In late 2002, the Yankees secured the services of certain outfielder nicknamed ‘Godzilla’. He had sky-high expectations, but he was rock-solid. The 2002 New York Yankees won 103 games. They were good at baseball. But that year marked the first time since 1997 that the team didn’t advance to the World Series, as they fell to the Anaheim Angels in a brutal four-game ALDS. Those were the post-dynasty Yanks, without Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez, Scott Brosius, or Chuck Knoblauch. Besides Bernie Williams, that Yankees team had Raul Mondesí...
Pinstripe Alley Jan 25, 2022
NYY news: Chavy, the CBA, and meatballs

NYY news: Chavy, the CBA, and meatballs

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Yankees, Mets had understanding on Chávez; MLB & MLBPA make progress in talks; Fastballs down the middle pretty darn effective Associated Press | Jake Seiner: Despite some tabloids’ implications, there was nothing nefarious afoot when the Mets hired Eric Chávez away from his planned Yankees assistant hitting coach position to take over the primary hitting coach gig in Queens. Mets GM Billy Eppler told reporters that he was in contact with former mentor Brian Cashman about Chávez before the former slugger was officially announced by the...

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