Chien-Ming Wang (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Do you remember the last time you saw pitcher wear the Chien-Ming Wang pinstripes? New York Yankees
It was on July 4, 2009 and
Wang went five innings, gave up two runs, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter before being removed from the game. He was posted his lowest ERA of the 2009 season, a 10.04.
Well, the Yankees just inked Wang to a minor league deal because he pitched well for
Team Japan in the WBC. And he hasn’t pitched well since beginning of 2008.
Wang is supposedly back to start in Triple A Scranton, but I have a bad feeling that he might make the roster.
Knowing how the Yankees normally work, I would not be surprised if
Wang was brought in to sub in for an injured Phil Hughes. The Yankees might be trying to avoid having both Ivan Nova and Andy Phelps in the starting rotation, which is completely asinine.
I would rather see Nova and Phelps over
Wang any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Personally, I do not ever want to see Wang near the mound in the
Bronx again especially if his sinkerball is working.
Wang is a ground ball pitcher, which puts tremendous pressure on the infielders.
Continue reading ‘Yankees: What the Wang’ »
The original Toronto Blue Jays logo (1977–1996) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
TORONTO BLUE JAYS – 2013 PREVIEW:
Who has convinced themselves that the
Toronto Blue Jays will not be a playoff contender in 2013?
The majority who answered yes were
New York Yankees fans.
The reasons given were that the
Jays have too many new pieces thrown in the mix to be productive; or Toronto hasn’t been in the playoffs since 1993 when they won the World Series so they lack experience.
Well I am sorry to burst the bubble of the disbelieved but fact is
Toronto has the most well-rounded team in the AL East, which give them the best odds to win the division.
After finishing in fourth place for the last five seasons to then spearhead into first is no easy to do, but the Jays have time on their side.
The competition in the AL East has plummeted. The Yankees have had a stronghold in the division for over a decade, but did not retool during the off-season where Toronto did.
Without questions the Blue Jays did the most damage during this off-season, as it seemed like there was a Yankee party up in Canada.
Continue reading ‘2013 AL East preview: Can the Blue Jays dethrone the Yankees’ »
Prophesying the infamous
American League East has never been as hard as it is now.
Bench-clearing brawl on June 5, 2008 game between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The dominant days when the division belonged to the New York Yankees and
Boston Red Sox are long gone.
It started in 2008 when the
Tampa Bay Rays dropped ‘devil’ from their namesake. The just Rays made it all the way to the World Series, and left the Yankees back in September.
The Yankees did not take it to well, and the
Bronx Bombers won the World Series the following season putting the Rays back in their place.
But the big celebration was not in the Bronx it was up in
Beantown, as the Red Sox clubhouse was turning into one big keg party.
The Rays were not going to be pushed around as in 2010 they won the AL East, while the Yankees slid in as the AL Wild Card.
In 2011 the two swapped postseason spots, while the
Orioles remained in the basement; the Blue Jays were whatever; and the Red Sox sang about loving beer. Continue reading ‘AL East: O’s, Yankees, Rays, Jays, Red Sox a preview to my preview’ »
Yesterday instead of playing against the Phillies,
New York Yankees Derek Jeter went to the doctor.
Jeter’s trademark play. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Joe Girardi said that Jeter’s surgically repaired ankle was feeling cranky.
according to the New York Daily News, Jeter was sent to Dr. Daniel Murphy where he had an MRI that showed mild inflammation in his ankle.
Cranky is about how I am feeling right now with the way things are going for the
Jeter is obviously not fully healed so back on the injury list he goes. A list that way too many players have wound up on this spring.
Here is a quick list of Yankees that have endured some type of injury:
(List in random order)
Derek Jeter – Ankle
Clay Rapada – Shoulder
Boone Logan – Elbow (returned)
David Robertson – Shoulder (returned) Continue reading ‘Yankees: Captain Cranky sees the doctor’ »
“All I can continue to tell everyone is our commitment to the fans is never going to change. We will always field a championship-caliber
Justin Morneau (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
team. Is our goal 189 next year? Yes. But only if I’m convinced if the team I see, that we’ve put together, is a championship-caliber team.”
That is what
New York Yankees inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner told the NY Daily News on January 10, 2013.
So should fans presume the Yankees are hot on the trail of Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau?
One would think with the recent injury upgrade to switch-hitting, first baseman
Mark Teixeira that would be the Yankees next step.
If this was last season I would have second-guessed a trade for Morneau because of his concussion issues but that battle seems to be over.
Last season Morneau posted a .267 batting average, hit 19 homers, 77
RBIs, 26 doubles and drew 49 walks. He could slide in perfectly right behind Robinson Cano in the line-up. Continue reading ‘Yankees: The logical replacement for Mark Teixeira’ »
Are you bleeping kidding me?
Mark Teixeira (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
“I never heard anything about a sheath,” were the exact words uttered by New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman about Mark Teixeira’s right wrist injury just 10 days ago via FOX Sports.
Well either Cashman needs a hearing test, or the Yankees need some new doctors, as last night I read on E
SPN New York that Tex’s initial diagnosis was wrong.
There was no sprain; it was actually a tear in his tendon sheath.
Having had elbow tendon repair
surgery myself, I can promise you that Tex will miss more than the allotted 10 weeks.
By going the non-surgical route the risk of a re-tear route are high, and usually the outcome is even worse the second time.
Tex is no dummy, as he knows the wrist needs to be at a 110% before he swings a bat again this season.
Selfishly I, like the rest of
Yankee Universe, cannot imagine losing Tex for the entire season. But the avid tennis player in me, who three years later still cannot pick up a racket due to delaying my surgery, would tell him to nip this in the bud now. Continue reading ‘Yankees: Mark Teixeira to play or not to play’ »
I know this is old news but wait till you experience this yourself.
StubHub or Yankees Ticket Exchange?
Surely you heard how the
New York Yankees pulled out of MLB’s re-partnering deal with StubHub.
Instead, the Yankees joined with Ticketmaster to form their own
ticket resale site called Yankees Ticket Exchange.
Back on February 11
th, inherited owner Hal Steinbrenner explained the YTE concept via ESPN New York, “The Yankees Ticket Exchange will be a safe, convenient, reliable and expedient way to purchase and sell guaranteed authentic Yankees tickets. It is unfortunate that unscrupulous resellers utilize deceptive practices and tactics and employ unofficial websites, all of which give rise to counterfeit tickets.”
StubHub…. counterfeit tickets?
I have bought countless Yankees tickets on StubHub for regular season games, ALDS, ALCS and the
2009 World Series for games in both Philadelphia and the Bronx, and never once have I had any issue with a counterfeit ticket. Nor have the many friends and family I know that use StubHub regularly.
So today I started looking to buy tickets for Opening Day on April 1
st at Yankee Stadium for my father and me.
Even thought I dreaded thinking that the Yankees front office didn’t tell the truth about the Yankees Ticket Exchange, I knew there was no way Prince Hal was not gaining from this or at least attempting too.
Continue reading ‘Yankees: Don’t buy tickets to Opening Day before you read this’ »