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Apr 18, 2021
Why did the Yankees trade for Rougned Odor?

Why did the Yankees trade for Rougned Odor?

Photo by Julio Aguilar/ The Yankees are prioritizing payroll over defense, and it shows. The Yankees’ decision to trade for Rougned Odor, a talented, but historically streaky hitter who was designated for assignment by the Rangers, is puzzling. Although the strategy of acquiring underperforming players who are talented and undervalued has paid off before for the Yankees, Odor isn’t an obvious fit for any of the Yankees’ unmet needs. As a second baseman, adding Odor to the team further confuses a disjointed infield made up of guys who on most nights are manning a...
Apr 16, 2021
Looking back at the Yankees’ no-hitters

Looking back at the Yankees’ no-hitters

Photo by Focus on Sport via The pitchers who’ve thrown a no-no in pinstripes are an eclectic bunch. As far as impressive feats in sports go, throwing a no-hitter is unique. For a pitcher, throwing one is rare and difficult to achieve, but unlike other baseball accomplishments—say, winning the home run derby, or hitting safely in 56 consecutive games—it is not an individual effort. The feat requires teammates to support the pitcher every step of the way (and the umpire to make the correct calls). And unlike other special achievements in baseball, no-hitters are...
Apr 11, 2021
Yankees 2021 Prospects Preview: Antonio Gomez

Yankees 2021 Prospects Preview: Antonio Gomez

With only 15 Gulf Coast League games under his belt, Gomez is eager to showcase his catching skills. The Yankees farm system is pretty well-stocked behind the plate. Although the organization’s catching talent is concentrated in the lower levels of the minors, the Yankees seem especially excited about several of the organization’s young prospects who have demonstrated promise behind the plate. One of those prospects is Antonio Gomez, a catcher who the Yankees signed out of Venezuela as a 16-year-old in 2018. 2019 Stats (Rookie - DSL, GCL Yankees): 57 PA, .288/.351/.442, 1...
Apr 11, 2021
NYY News: Wade gets demoted

NYY News: Wade gets demoted

Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Rougned Odor in, Domingo Germán and Tyler Wade out; Baseball For All aims to increase opportunities for women to play baseball; A-Rod part of group buying Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx CBS Sports | R.J. Anderson: The Yankees optioned starting pitcher Domingo Germán to the alternate site following the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday. Germán struggled on the mound, allowing four runs and eight hits in four innings. After looking sharp in spring training, the righty has yielded four homers in seven innings over two...
Apr 4, 2021
Yankee Stadium has shadowy reputation in earliest games of the season

Yankee Stadium has shadowy reputation in earliest games of the season

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Late-afternoon shadows disadvantage fielders and hitters’ ball-tracking ability. After the Yankees’ home opener Thursday, Aaron Boone commended the Blue Jays’ pitching. He then told reporters how, in the later innings of the game, “we couldn’t break through with the big hit. It got pretty challenging for the hitters with the shadows, but we had our chances.” Throughout the game YES Network color commentator Paul O’ Neill described the way the angle of the sun and shadows put hitters at a disadvantage in Yankee Stadium,...
Apr 1, 2021
NYY News: Voit goes under the knife

NYY News: Voit goes under the knife

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Luke Voit undergoes knee surgery; longtime Yankees broadcaster Ken Singleton to retire after 2021; Lucas Luetge makes Opening Day roster; Miguel Andújar hits the injured list NJ.com | Randy Miller: Luke Voit underwent knee surgery on Monday to repair a partially torn meniscus after an MRI revealed the tear as the source of his knee soreness, and he’ll officially start the season on the injured list. Voit’s knee began bothering the first baseman early on in spring training and he made the difficult decision to undergo surgery, even...
Mar 28, 2021
Mike Tauchman is showing more power in Yankees camp

Mike Tauchman is showing more power in Yankees camp

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports After his bat went cold last year, Tauchman’s exit velocity has ticked up a bit in 2021 spring training. For most of spring training, Mike Tauchman’s days on the Yankees looked numbered. Tauchman, one of few lefties on the team, saw his stock fall after struggling mightily at the plate last year — even by 2020 standards. In light of the news that the outfielder has made the team, rumors of Tauchman generating trade interest can be put to bed. Although Tauchman had a breakout year in 2019 where he hit .277/.361/.504, he nonetheless...
Mar 22, 2021
NYY News: Gary takes the first pitch

NYY News: Gary takes the first pitch

Photo by Mark Brown/ Gary to catch Cole on Opening Day; A conversation on baseball’s evolution; Opening day roster spot looking likely for Bruce; Could the Yankees reunite with Betances? New York Post | Greg Joyce: Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced on Sunday that Gary Sánchez is slated to catch Gerrit Cole on Opening Day against the Blue Jays in the Bronx. After Sanchez struggled at the plate in 2020, Kyle Higashioka assumed the role of Cole’s personal catcher and started behind the dish for the Yankees in the postseason, leading to speculation over whether...
Mar 21, 2021
An overview of Corey Kluber and Eric Cressey’s decade-long relationship

An overview of Corey Kluber and Eric Cressey’s decade-long relationship

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees’ performance coach and veteran ace go way back. Corey Kluber was one of the Yankees’ high-risk, high-reward acquisitions this offseason, as it’s very hard to predict how a pitcher will perform following a (mostly) two-year hiatus. That said, it’s safe to assume the team had reason to be optimistic about Kluber’s health before signing him to a one-year, $11 million deal. The two-time Cy Young Award-winner spent the winter rehabbing with Eric Cressey, the Yankees’ director of player health and performance. While Kluber...
Mar 20, 2021
What defines the relationship between Yankees and Mets fans?

What defines the relationship between Yankees and Mets fans?

Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Rivals or brothers from another borough? Exploring the way New York’s two baseball fanbases relate. Governor Andrew Cuomo has rapidly lost credibility among New Yorkers and the politician’s popularity took another dip during a COVID-19 briefing in the city on Thursday. After delivering the news that Yankee Stadium and Citi Field will admit fans at 20 percent capacity for the 2021 MLB season, Cuomo debuted a reversible mask adorned with a Yankees insignia on one side, and Mets logos on the other. New York...

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