As a member of the
Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I get a vote in their Annual Awards for the 2013 regular season.
The Lady…in NYC. (foam hand was added.)
Since Lady Loves Pinstripes is primarily a
New York Yankees blog, I voted for the American League winners.
BBA Annual Postseason Awards will be announced after the conclusion of the World Series.
Here is who I voted for, please feel free to disagree.
Connie Mack Award:
The Connie Mack Award is given to the top manager each year.
Joe Girardi, New York Yankees
Willie Mays Award:
The Willie Mays Award is given to the top rookie each year.
Wil Meyers, Tampa Bay Rays
Goose Gossage Award:
The Goose Gossage Award is given to the top reliever each year.
Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees
Walter Johnson Award:
The Walter Johnson Award is given to the top pitcher each year.
Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Stan Musial Award:
The Stan Musial Award is given to the top player each year.
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers Continue reading ‘Lady Loves Pinstripes: BBA 2013 Post Season Awards Ballot’ »
Rays vs. Red Sox – 022 (Photo credit: OkiGator)
The only encouraging thing to come from this ALDS series for the
Tampa Bay Rays thus far is that they are getting the heck out of Boston, and Fenway Park at least for Game 3.
Red Sox up 2-0 in the five-game Divisional Series, the Rays have their backs against wall, a spot Tampa Bay is familiar with.
Anyone watching the first two games would be hard pressed not to agree that the Red Sox are the superior ball club, just as they were all throughout the regular season.
The Red Sox have manhandled Rays pitching scoring 19-runs in total in the first two games. The Rays drove in six runners in total.
Bottom line is the Rays have their hands full. And unfortunately, unlike the 29 other MLB teams, home field advantage is meaningless down in Tampa Bay, as the Rays play in a dump and a minuscule fan base.
But in the words of Rays skipper Joe Maddon following his team’s 12-2 to start the ALDS:
“I’ve learned one thing, or a main thing regarding baseball — 24 hours can make a huge difference. That’s just one game, baby. That’s just one. We’ll be back tomorrow, I promise you. We’ll be ready to play. We will not be affected mentally by tonight’s game. We’ll be ready to play.” ( mlb.com) Continue reading ‘ALDS Game 3 preview: Yankees fan talks Red Sox vs. Rays’ »
The first priority on GM
Brian Cashman’s extensive off-season checklist is resigning skipper Joe Girardi, as his contract expired at the end of this past season.
English: Joe Girardi presents President Barack Obama with a New York Yankees signed team jersey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Keeping Girardi is absolutely vital more than ever, as he was the team’s nucleus through all the ups and downs that this last year doled out.
The Yankees exclusivity over Girardi until October 31 st and then other team are free to tempt him away.
And for the few Girardi-haters, here is some advice… stop your nonsense because you sound senseless by saying to let this man walk even one step away from the
Let me tell you, this is a wanted man across baseball as any team needing a new voice to lead their team will be after Girardi.
Cubs, Reds and Nationals are all said to be interested in making Girardi an offer if he decides to hear them come November.
David Kaplan of CSN Chicago tweeted that the Nationals already asked the Yankees for permission to talk to him and I think you can figure out that Cashman said absolutely not. Continue reading ‘Yankees: What team isn’t trying to steal our skipper?’ »
MLB Postseason has officially started, as the starts of the Divisional Series are already underway.
baseball nuts, like myself, made their playoff picks days ago.
But as a
Yankees fan, the reality of the situation took a little longer to set in.
Calling me a sore loser, spoiled or just in plain denial is fair as it was probably a combination of all three.
Plus there is nothing like heading to the
Bronx on the 4-train, and watching Postseason baseball at Yankee Stadium.
Hopefully the Yankees come back with a vengeance like they did in 2009 after not making the 2008 Postseason.
You remember the other time there was no baseball in the Bronx in the last two decades.
Ok I will stop now….here are my 2013 MLB Postseason picks:
My 2013 MLB POSTSEASON PICKS.
As I am watching Game One of the ALDS between the
Rays and Red Sox up in Boston, I am starting to second guess my choices.
Look the bottom line is, I am no dummy.
Continue reading ‘2013 MLB Postseason Predictions: Who did this Yankees fan pick to win?’ »
Here we go again, as another off-season full of false promises made by the
New York Yankees ownership has already begun.
In case you missed it, yesterday, GM
Brian Cashman held his annual end-of-season press conference but on the wrong end of October.
The Yankees GM answered everything asked from this past season’s failures to
Alex Rodriguez’s pending PED hearings and possible suspension.
Basically, Cashman said they want Girardi and Cano back.
And that Alex Rodriguez is playing next season until he is told otherwise.
Here are some video excerpts from Cashman’s press conference:
Talks about 2013 season…
Continue reading ‘Yankees: Cashmans press conference proves it is time to spend to contend’ »
2013 New York Yankees season might be officially and pathetically over, but the most exciting time in baseball starts tonight with a sudden-death game in the American League wild-card playoff.
Rays vs. Rangers Game 4 (Photo credit: kthypryn)
Texas Rangers will host the Tampa Bay Rays tonight in a one-game playoff to decide who wins the second AL wild-card spot.
Then either the Rays or Rangers will head to Cleveland to face the Indians, who officially own the other AL Wild Card on Wednesday night to play in another win or go home match-up.
Even though ex-Yankee fan favorite
Nick Swisher is a member of the Tribe, I am rooting for the Rays this postseason pending if they can beat the Rangers in Arlington tonight.
See, I respect the Rays for many reasons.
They are the ultimate Moneyball team.
Home is a dumpy dome known as “the Trop.”
Team has been contending since 2008, when they lost in the WS to the Phillies.
Do not have the fan base a team of the Rays caliber deserves, but you have to factor in that a majority of Florida residents are imports from other cities.
Have the best scouts in MLB, as they find talent young.
The Rays are exciting, young and cheap, as they own third lowest payroll in the Bigs at
$55,955,272. Continue reading ‘Is it smart for Rays to start David Price tonight vs. Rangers? #YanksFans4Rays’ »
New York Yankees head into the postseason as observers and not players for the second time in the last 19 seasons.
Hal Steinbrenner thanking the fans… (Photo credit: JeffreyPutman)
So, along with the other 19 non-championship caliber teams, the Yankees only hope at winning a World Series again is next season, which starts with the off-season.
Last off-season, the Yankees tried to get away with patching up holes instead of filling them.
And as most predicted, the Yankees missed the postseason because of it.
Now the question remains, will Yankees inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner do what needs to be done so this won ’ t happen again in 2014?
Hal has made no secret that he wants the Yankees payroll to be under $189 million in 2014 to avoid paying a 50% luxury tax. Reducing the payroll for just one season would also resets the tax back to 17.5%, which is the rate for a first time offender.
Yes, many teams have won spending a lot less money but the Yankees are just not built that way.
The team’s payroll for this past season was about $230 million.
A lot of cash is coming off the books but the team must resign
Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and skipper Joe Girardi to start. The bigger issue is that the Yankees have five players making a $100 million combined next season, which is more than half of what Hal wants to spend. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner needs to be The Boss’ »