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Yankees: Brett Gardner’s new deal is exception to the rule

It is a safe bet that this past weekend was one, if not the best in New York Yankees Brett Gardner baseball life.

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch durin...

Brett Gardner makes a outstretched catch during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on April 24, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Yankees handed the speedy outfielder a 4-year, $52 million with a 5th year club option $12.5M or $2M buyout. The deal does not have a no-trade clause so that door is still very much open, but if the Yankees do send Gardner elsewhere he gets a $1 million goodbye gift.

Gardner is a good, gritty player who can steal bases and is a solid defender when healthy but this did not change where the Yankees rank on MLB Futures odds at TopBet Sportsbook.

The 2005 third round pick, Gardner was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, but the Yankees obviously did not want that.

Actually, Gardner has become rarefied air in the Bronx. After the departure of Robinson Cano to the Mariners, Gardner is one of the last homegrown position players the Yankees still have on their 40-man roster.  Continue reading ‘Yankees: Brett Gardner’s new deal is exception to the rule’ »

Yankees: 7 situations you want to see work

On Opening Day 2010 at Yankee Stadium, Derek J...

On Opening Day 2010 at Yankee Stadium, Derek Jeter receives his 2009 World Series Championship ring (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The hype surrounding New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter’s last season has generated a lot of emotions amid the sports world.

But as this resonates within Yankees Universe, the fans I have spoken believe that sending Jeter out on top is already preordained in baseball history.

As perfect an ending that World Series Champ would be for the Captain, a lot has to go right for the Yankees this season for them to even contend.

Not only do the Yankees have the reigning champion Red Sox to deal with in the AL East but three other competitive teams.

The Rays have won 90+ games for four seasons in a row, while the Orioles continue to grow into a more legitimate pain to beat. And the Blue Jays have had everything possible go wrong for too many years that time’s about up on their bad luck.

Add Jeter’s departure to the Yankees missing the 2013 postseason and that equals an immense amount of pressure not to fail.

Am I saying that winning #28 for Jeets is impossible for the 2014 Yankees to do? Continue reading ‘Yankees: 7 situations you want to see work’ »

Yankees: Captain Derek Jeter speaks

Every ship has a captain, and the New York Yankees are no different.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

Of course it takes an entire team to win and that is what is important, but the captain steers everything.

It is imperative whether on a ship or a baseball field for the captain to have a clear vision for a team to meet success.

And yesterday down in Tampa, Florida, Yankees Derek Jeter proved once again why he is one of the greatest examples of a captain during his Q & A with the media.

In case you missed it, here is the video for you to watch for yourself.

All I can say is Derek Jeter ain’t dead yet, so I suggest we all stop acting like it and focus on the season ahead. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Captain Derek Jeter speaks’ »

Win 2 tickets to Yankees vs. Blue Jays game

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Sorry Mark Teixeira! The Yankees aren’t back just yet

“We’re back to being the Yankees again. Last year, we weren’t the Yankees.” 

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game b...

Mark Teixeira on the basepaths during a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles on August 26, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That is how first baseman Mark Teixeira described the state of the 2014 Yankees yesterday to ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand.

Regardless if you agree or not, it is tough to knock a guy who has an attitude of positive expectation.

Following an injury-riddled season, Tex’s confidence in his ability to produce is almost a necessity even if it sounds a tad preliminary in my opinion.

His words made me pause, bringing back some haunting memories from this time last season.

If you recall, the 2013 Yankees roster read a lot different at the start of Spring Training then it did on Opening Day. As key players, like Tex, got hit with serious injuries and the Yankees were not ready for it. Continue reading ‘Sorry Mark Teixeira! The Yankees aren’t back just yet’ »

Baseball Basics: New instant replay confusion

I have been asked to explain MLB’s new expansion of instant replay enough times now that it warranted a Baseball Basic answer.

English: An umpire, the referee in baseball.

An umpire in baseball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, here is a breakdown of the new instant replay system for the newbie baseball fan.

Please keep in mind that MLB wants this to be efficient so 2014 season is sort of a test run.

Why did MLB need to expand the use of instant replay?

Humans make mistakes.

Umpires are human, and sometimes they make bad calls.

And since the use of modern technology can cut these inaccuracies there is no reason not to make some use of this in baseball.

Hence, MLB has been under pressure to develop and expand the use of instant replay for some time now.

Until now instant replay in MLB consisted of umpires being able to check what they considered to be a questionable home run. This called for the game to stop, the umpiring crew to leave the field and re-watch the disputed homer before coming to a decision.

The expansion is hoping to eradicate controversial calls like when Jim Joyce’s obstruction call against Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks that ended Game 3 of the 2013 World Series. At least that is the goal. Continue reading ‘Baseball Basics: New instant replay confusion’ »