Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TANAKA & YANKEES LOSE TO THE TWINS


Masahiro Tanaka pitched in what is no doubt his final outing of the Spring. According to MLB.com:

"Tanaka threw 76 pitches (56 for strikes) and permitted seven hits over 4 1/3 innings, including a homer, to finish the spring with a 3.07 ERA. Most importantly to the Yankees, he finished it healthy and with no setbacks after sustaining a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament last July. In 14 2/3 spring innings, Tanaka gave up five earned runs and 13 hits, with one walk, 13 strikeouts and two homers."

BYB's buddy Chris Martin was impressive today, retiring 6 batters in relief. He struck out 3.  Joe Girardi said of his outing: "good downhill angle, good breaking ball -- really good."  Remember, Martins stands at 6'8". He's a big boy. When we interviewed him about that, he said "Being a tall pitcher has its advantages and disadvantages. But the biggest advantage is the angle tall pitchers are able to produce when coming to the plate."  That's what Girardi's talking about.


Remember, we love Martin, read his interview with us HERE.

The Yankees didn't do too much offensively, only scoring 1 run which came off of Ramon Flores' bat when he was able to knock in a run. It was the 4th inning when he singled and Chris Young scored.  That was it though.

We're winding down ladies and gentlemen. It's almost Opening day. I can't wait.

Final: Twins 3 - Yankees 1

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ASK A QUESTION TO PAUL O'NEILL!


So, you know my friend Lisa Varga, right? She's a mover and a shaker, an actress, reporter, interviewer and model.  She also strikes a pose for the BYB audience in my now, world famous Bleeding Yankee Blue Tank! 


Well she is going to be interview Yankee great Paul O'Neill this week and she wants to hear from you!

Here's the deal... it's a contest, exclusively for the Bleeding Yankee Blue Audience!  If you have a question for Paul O'Neill, send your question to me at

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One question will be selected for the interview and if yours is chosen, she will ask Paul O'Neill that question and not only that... You will get a BYB shirt or tank FREE!


Look... the season is about to kick off. Everyone is excited! What better way to kick it off with a question to the Warrior!

So put your thinking caps on.  Come up with a good, solid question and send it us here at Bleeding Yankee Blue! Again, the email is:



 


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And remember... It's a contest!  Deadline for the contest is tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st at 6pm eastern time.  Trust me though... this is no April Fool's Joke. It's the real deal! Good Luck!


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GRASPING AT AROD STRAWS... OR SOMETHING


I've noticed no real Alex Rodriguez drama this spring.  None.  Zero.  Besides him come to camp early, allegedly angering Yankee brass for not giving them a heads up (That didn't really happen ladies and gentlemen), he's come, hit the ball, hit 3 home runs, played alittle 3rd, DH'd and even played first.  In other words, he's done everything right.


What will the media write about?  Well, the New York Daily News guy Bill Madden must be going crazy. He's always had a hard-on for ARod and his "Drug use". Ironically, Madden's son is having alleged drug problems of his own. Seems hypocritical. The point is, sports writers don't know what to write about when it comes to ARod these days. Well, I stand corrected. Leave it to Bob Raissman of the Daily News to come up with something really, really dumb:



" Anyone else wondering why Alex Rodriguez did not perform in the Yankees’ recent video re-enactment of the Babe Ruth scene from the 1993 movie “The Sandlot?”

Well as Jack Woltz, the big-shot studio boss in “The Godfather,” might say: “You don’t understand. A-Rod never gets that movie. That part is perfect for him.”

Indeed. An appearance by Rodriguez in the video would be tantamount to Yankees brass giving him their true stamp of approval and officially welcoming him back into the fold as a member in good standing. It would also further soften Rodriguez’s tainted image, placing him smack in the middle of a singular group of players the organization has left to market."


Hmm.  Or, how about this, Bob. If ARod did that video, he would have been further crucified by the media for "fooling around" when he "should have been working to get back into the good graces of the fans and Yankee brass."  You know that to be true, Bob, because that's what you guys do.


Raissman is grasping at straws here. I'm sure there will be more just like this in the days to come.  It's downright ridiculous.  Let's think; Anyone want to question why Masahiro Tanaka or Mark Teixeira or Garrett Jones weren't in the video? No question they could have fed Tanaka a few English lines... it would have been hilarious!  But no... it's ARod that gets heat for actually doing the right thing to stay out of trouble.


Let me guess, Raissman's theory is, "Alex Rodriguez could have played Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez... get it?"  Actually... I don't.


Look, I'm not an ARod guy. I never was.  I was always a Derek Jeter guy who admired the incredible abilities of ARod.  These days though, I'm disappointed in the man.  I am NOT however, a hater.  And when you look at the big picture, a guy who actually is doing the work and trying to better himself in pinstripes as he winds down the next few years, I see a man just doing his best to NOT be ARod.  You follow what I'm saying?  I see a guy who just wants to try to play ball and help his team win.  For many fans, the haters and non-haters... we just want the guy to help the Yankees win too.

That's what it's about these days, that's all that matters in that ARod saga.  No made up stories by Bob Raissman.  Just the Yankees, winning and ARod contributing.  Everything else... it's just crap.

Can't we get passed it already? Honestly.

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FREDDY GARCIA HAS STILL GOT IT


Quick note on a former Yankee that I've always appreciated.  Freddy Garcia just signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. That news comes from Ken Gurnick who covers the Dodgers beat:
Well that's good news.  The last we heard about Garcia, he was pitching for the EDA Rhinos of Taiwan, and that was last year. 


Before that, he split time between the Orioles and Braves in 2013.  Great nugget from Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors on Garcia's time with the Rhinos:


"...it appears that he at least threw a full season as the Taipei Times credits him with picking up a Gold Glove award."

Hence... Garcia has still got it.

Good luck to Freddy.



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TINO: FIRST A PLAQUE, NOW AN INSTRUCTOR?

Tino Martinez is having a good run!


According to several outlets, but we'll use the Associated Press here, Martinez is joining the Yankees as an instructor:

"Martinez will be at minor league spring training until it ends this weekend. He is expected to continue the role at times during the season by visiting the Yankees' minor league teams.

The former Yankees star said Monday that he enjoys working with the prospects."

I love this for the following reason; remember when Tino was part of the Marlins organization and accused of being cruel and abusive?  We wrote about it in  TINO RESIGNS FROM THE MARLINS:


"...players complained he verbally abused them...Martinez apologized for his behavior, saying he got in trouble for comments to players he intended as constructive criticism. He conceded he became frustrated in his role with the Marlins, who have ranked last in the majors in batting and runs for most of the season." 

That was from a USA Today report from 2013.

Clearly the Yankees aren't afraid of Tino's "constructive criticism", and so, he'll be working with the kids.  I like it. Maybe he'll keep the prospects motivated.

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