5:22 AM EDT, Sat October 24, 2020
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NYY News: Don’t dust off those Didi jerseys yet

NYY News: Don’t dust off those Didi jerseys yet

Photo by Mitchell Leff/ Don’t hold your breath on a Gregorius reunion; Getting creative with the Yankees’ payroll; The one new MLB rule Aaron Boone didn’t like New York Post | Zach Brasiller: Gleyber Torres was not good in his first full year as the Yankees’ shortstop, but it’s probably not time to push the panic button. An old friend is available in free agency in the form of Didi Gregorius, but he doesn’t see the Yankees being interested. Gregorius expressed confidence in Torres after the rough year, saying he’s the “future” at shortstop in New York. As for Didi’s...
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The strange, short career of Dan Tipple

The strange, short career of Dan Tipple

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ It’s not every day that a career ends after two straight complete games. Dan Tipple did not have a very long Major League Baseball career. The Yankees signed him in 1915, he made just three appearances, and then never played for them or any other MLB team again. He had been spotted and signed to a sizeable for the time deal by Yankees co-owner Tillinghast L’Hommedieu Huston. The other co-owner, Jacob Ruppert, would use his lack of success as a reason against Huston whenever he wanted to get involved in player personnel moves. All of that makes it sound like...
15 hours ago
The Yankees need to get more talent, not become more “balanced”

The Yankees need to get more talent, not become more “balanced”

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via When is it a good idea to replace good players with worse ones? Just about everyone has a plan on how to “fix” the Yankees. After four years of contention but zero World Series appearances, there is fear around Yankees Universe that the “window” could be more closed than open, especially with several of the supposed core pieces hitting free agency in two years or less. Some of these plans are simple — spend more money. Others involve trading from a position of strength to address a position of weakness, or cutting payroll and embracing...
17 hours ago
This Day in Yankees History: The greatest World Series comeback

This Day in Yankees History: The greatest World Series comeback

The Yankees stun the Braves at home, knotting up the 1996 World Series Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ 41 Years Ago A lot of ink is spilled every winter over who should manage the New York Yankees. Fans didn’t...
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The three biggest surprises of the Yankees’ 2020 season

The three biggest surprises of the Yankees’ 2020 season

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via In a season full of surprises, what were the biggest for the Yankees? The glory of a baseball season is that, no matter how much time you spend reading projections, analyzing rosters, and researching the league, there will always be something that surprises you. In a year where the world turned upside down, that was truer than ever. So let’s take a step back and look at this season’s biggest surprises. The hope of young arms Since Deivi García emerged on everybody’s radar as a potential top prospect last year following comparisons to Pedro...
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Yankees Mailbag: Addressing defense, handedness and extensions

Yankees Mailbag: Addressing defense, handedness and extensions

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Here’s the answers to the latest edition of the mailbag. Good morning everyone, let’s tackle some more of your questions about the offseason. Remember to send in your questions for our weekly call by e-mail to pinstripealleyblog [at] gmail [dot] com. Range Rider asks: Will the Yankees address the elephant in the room this offseason? Statistically, the most glaring team weakness is defense. Will the Yankees try to upgrade the defense or just continue to try and outscore their opponents? If so, what position is most in need of an upgrade? I don’t think this...
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Friday’s open thread

Friday’s open thread

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Start off your Friday with an open thread. Welcome to the last weekend with baseball in it until 2021. The World Series resumes tonight, as Game Three will tip the scales back in favor of either the Dodgers or Rays. The commissioner’s trophy could be handed out by the end of the weekend, or we could get a seven-game classic. At this point, who knows what will happen to conclude such a wacky year? That’s all well and good for fans of the teams still in it, but we’ve got more content about the Yankees to get to. The mailbag returns today, and it’ll...
Oct 23, 2020
NYY News: Gold Thunder

NYY News: Gold Thunder

Photo by Christian Petersen/ Frazier, Urshela named Gold Glove finalists; Jasson Dominguez trying to block out the hype; if Yanks want Bauer, they’ll have to pay big money. Newsday | Erik Boland: The Gold Glove Award finalists have been announced, and a pair of Yankees are in position to win in 2020. One of them, Gio Urshela, isn’t exactly a stalwart in the advanced data department when it comes to his defense, but his season was loaded with highlight-reel worthy plays, including some dandies in the postseason. Meanwhile, Clint Frazier’s nomination is the continuation of one of the...
Oct 22, 2020
Fans still think the Rays have the edge over the Dodgers

Fans still think the Rays have the edge over the Dodgers

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Among fans surveyed, 31% says Rays in six. Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Yankees fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. The Tampa Bay Rays may not have the biggest national following normally, but right now they are the most popular team in baseball. According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts results, a clear majority of baseball fans want the Rays to win the World Series. Of course, just because that’s who fans want to win,...
Oct 22, 2020
Who could replace Marcus Thames as the Yankees’ new hitting coach?

Who could replace Marcus Thames as the Yankees’ new hitting coach?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/ A few candidates to consider if Thames leaves New York to manage in Detroit. Marcus Thames is rumored to be on the short list to be the Tigers’ next manager. While Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he doesn’t anticipate making any changes to the coaching staff, Thames accepting a managerial position would obviously change that. If Detroit hires Thames, who will replace him as the Yankees new hitting coach? Considering the organization overhauled their training staff last offseason, Cashman may opt to hire a coach who is familiar with the Yankees’ current roster...
Oct 22, 2020
The case against picking up Zack Britton’s option

The case against picking up Zack Britton’s option

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees’ southpaw is coming off a great season, but is it really wise to sign up for two more years? With the World Series under way and the 2020 MLB season speeding toward a conclusion, we’re only days away from the first significant decisions that will shape the 2021 edition of the New York Yankees. Perhaps chief among those, in order of chronology if not importance, is what to do with lefty reliever Zack Britton, whose unusual and complicated contract will require the club’s attention. Prior to the 2019 season, the Yankees and Britton reached...
Oct 22, 2020
This Day in Yankees History: Clemens throws bat at Piazza

This Day in Yankees History: Clemens throws bat at Piazza

On this day 20 years ago, Roger Clemens threw Mike Piazza’s broken bat back at him. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. As the offseason has begun much sooner than anyone has ever hoped for, the Pinstripe Alley team has decided to continue the revived program in its new format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (October 22) 46 years ago Considered to be the biggest one-for-one...
Oct 22, 2020
Gary Sánchez was the Yankees’ least valuable player in 2020

Gary Sánchez was the Yankees’ least valuable player in 2020

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ The Kraken finished with career-worst numbers across the board. The New York Yankees had an uneven season. I’m not particularly fond of the phrase “World Series or bust,” because defining success in baseball is more complex than that. But since the Bombers couldn’t even advance to the American League Championship Series and finished seven games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East (in a 60-game season!) tells me that there is a lot of work to be done to catch up. And while the sample is small, the evidence shows that Gary Sánchez was the least...
Oct 22, 2020
Why the Yankees can count on Jordan Montgomery in 2021

Why the Yankees can count on Jordan Montgomery in 2021

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via The ingredients are there for the talented and steady lefty to take the next step and turn into a mid-rotation stalwart When looking at the Yankees’ leaders in ERA, one won’t see Jordan Montgomery near the top of the list. His 5.11 ERA was only better than James Paxton’s 6.64 mark, but the latter only made five starts before a left flexor strain ended his campaign. Hear me out, though, because I’m betting on Montgomery to make a leap next year and deliver a solid, mid-rotation kind of performance in 2021. When evaluating a pitcher, it helps...
Oct 22, 2020
NYY News: A playoff Boone

NYY News: A playoff Boone

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Boone offers opinions on postseason expansion; Marcus Stroman takes some shots at the Yankees on Twitter; Looking back at the Clemens-Piazza incident NY Daily News | Kristie Ackert: Reflecting on how MLB got through this season before the start of the World Series, Rob Manfred commented on what he liked and didn’t like about the many changes that the sport tried out for this bizarre season. Aaron Boone responded to most of those comments, agreeing with the commissioner on the general appeal of the expanded playoffs and best-of-three Wild Card Series, though he...