Saturday, October 22, 2016
Was anyone rooting for the Dodgers today? Everyone I spoke to said they wanted to see the Cubs "go all the way". Well, tonight, the Cubs made history and they are now headed to the World Series where they will play the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night.
Kyle Hendricks was incredible. I gotta tell you, I didn't know much about Hendricks before tonight because I just never thought about him, but the guy is just outstanding in every way. I mean, the biggest stage and he just delivers with such calmness. Truly incredible job.
Guys like Rizzo, Baez, Bryant... guys like David Ross, Arrieta, Lester. It's one of those teams that has such balance and energy young and old. So much fun to watch. So much excitement for the city of Chicago!
Seeing Aroldis Chapman close it out just gave me goosebumps. I'd like to think that the Yankees had a part in that and us fans are all rooting for guys like Chapman and Miller of the Indians hard because we know them... we saw them in our colors and now they move on the bigger and better things! How do you not get romantic about this sport??
Watching the post game, seeing the energy from the fans, it is such a relief considering all the aggravation and stress of our Presidential Election. For the moment, We all stand with Chicago and are excited together! Thank God!
By the way, BYB will have an incredible piece coming out early tomorrow morning about the Cubs and this season by Suzie Pinstripe. You NEED to read it and you need to share it. It sums the whole thing up beautifully.
Final: Cubs 5 - Dodgers 0
No one knew exactly what to expect from Gleyber Torres when he came to the New York Yankees. We all just knew he was a very good prospect. Well, now that he's over in the Arizona Fall League... he's able to truly express himself, and I would suggest that right now for Torres... life is good!
YES Network has the story:
"Entering play Thursday, Torres has gotten five games of experience in the Fall League to compete alongside the stiffest competition from around the league (plus Tim Tebow), and is already proving himself to be a cut above the rest. Though the 17 at-bat sample size is undoubtedly small, Torres ranks first in the league in slugging (.882), tied for second in batting average (.412), tied for second in home runs (2), and third in total bases (15).
Again, he's played just five games for the Scottsdale Scorpions. He's only 19 years old. There's plenty left to deduce about his talents and consistency beyond a very brief stint in the Fall League. But factoring in his hot start out west, along with his strong 2016 season in High-A (125 G, .270/.354/.421, 11 HR, 66 RBI, 21 SB), Torres looks to have the skill-set that Major League teams covet."
You have no idea how excited I am to see Torres, Bird, Sanchez, Judge, Williams, Austin, Frazier, Severino and all the other kids just kick ass in the near future for the New York Yankees. We have turned the page ladies and gentlemen.
Youth is coming. Get excited!
Everybody loves Scott Brosius and when we interviewed him for Bleeding Yankee Blue a few years ago, it was one of our most read interviews ever.
Scotty made a name for himself when he came to the New York Yankees after what appeared to be a pretty lame time in Oakland with the Athletics. With the Yankees, he won championships, MVPs and true recognition as being a terrific team player and excellent Yankee!
Well, I got news. Brosius is back in Major League baseball! No, not as a coach or player for the Yanks, but for the Seattle Mariners. MLB Trade Rumors has the story:
"Scott Brosius is joining the Mariners as an assistant coach, per a team announcement. Now fifty years old, Brosius spent eleven years in the majors with the Athletics and Yankees. It’s not clear precisely what his duties will be — his title is simply “assistant coach” — but Brosius served last year as the hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma."
Now when we spoke to Brosius, he was working as a coach at a college:
BYB: Many fans don't know you haven’t left baseball. You are in your fourth year as the manager of Linfield College Baseball team. Fans also might not know that you played for Linfield College for three years until being drafted by the Oakland A’s in 1987. How do you like being a manager and is managing in the Major Leagues something you would like to do one day?
Scott Brosius: I have been very fortunate to get the opportunity to coach at Linfield College, the school I played at. I knew I didn’t want to give up baseball altogether, so coaching gives me the opportunity to pass on some of what I learned along the way. I enjoy coaching tremendously, and doing so at Linfield also provides me with the balance to see my kids play as well and coach my son’s team in the summer. I am having a great time with it, and right now I don’t see myself moving back into the professional ranks, at least while my kids are still at home.
Read more at EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: SCOTT BROSIUS. That interview happened in 2011. Wow. Time flies.
Anyway, this is great news, and we obviously wish Scott well!
Friday, October 21, 2016
The conversations I've been having about Dellin Betances are interesting. Apparently, lots of people are convinced that he cannot handle the closer role. I tend to disagree. Still, I see the point that maybe his blown saves were higher than we would have liked in 2016 - 5 blown saves in 17 opportunities. While this year's free agent market is pretty thin, there are a few Closers that may get the attention of the Yankees.
The obvious one is Aroldis Chapman. Even when the trade was a lone little rumor, the talk was that the Yankees could trade him and then go after him again in the winter. That may still happen, but it will be a bidding war when he's on the mound for the save in the World Series clincher. There is no question that he has lethal stuff. His 2016 stats - K/9 of 14, a BB/9 of 2.8, a WHIP of .862, and 2 home runs over 58 innings work - paint an amazing picture of his capabilities. Someone is going to lock him in to a long-term deal, probably at 13-15M per season. With the Yankees' eye on the luxury tax savings of getting under the limit, I don't see that happening.
Then there is Mark Melancon. Remember him? Yeah, we drafted him back in 2009 and we traded him when he faltered in a deal that brought us Lance Berkman. Remember him? Yeah, I don't want to either. But Melancon found his groove as the Pirates closer. He led the NL in saves with 51 in 2015 and he's been converting saves at the rate in the mid-90% range. He played a key role in helping the Nationals make the playoffs and had a good individual postseason. This one is my favorite option, if only because he was one of ours.
The last one the Yankees may consider is Kenley Jansen. He accumulated 189 saves in his 7 years with the Dodgers with a save conversion rate of 88%. In 2016, of the 14 runners he inherited coming into games, only one scored. The thing that makes him appealing is a long track record of success and helping them get to the postseason. The downside on him will be his price tag. I expect him to sign a long-term deal at around $12M per year. At age 29, he will be a catch.
It's not clear that the Yankees will even go shopping for a closer. They could easily go with Betances and support him with the young players coming up from the farm. If you listen to Brian Cashman, his interest in his young talent is still pretty high. Still, it's nice to have options.
--Ike Dimitriadis, BYB Senior Staff Writer
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The Internet is fascinating and I say that because this was just discovered by me, and I just want to say about it... I don't believe it, I don't find a single top rate publication backing or reporting it or anything like that. But that being said... I was very intrigued.
Chatt Sports Net (I know, I never heard of it either) is reporting the following:
"McCutchen was once the face of the Pittsburgh Pirates but he struggled mightily this season. If the Pirates decide to trade him this winter, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners are most likely his favored destinations.... the Yankees have several prospects who they can offer to Pirates to sweeten the deal. Although the Yankees already have Clint Frazier, they can afford to trade Luis Severino and Jorge Mateo who both struggled to live up to their hype..."
Now again, take from this rumor what you will. I've never heard of this Sports site, but I gotta tell you, I just like the fact that they threw it out there, although, the idea of giving up 2 prospects in Severino and Mateo would almost seem that they didn't do their homework. First off... the Yankees are looking to stay young. Why give away youth for age at this point? It makes no sense. Secondly, it's not true about Mateo and Severino "living up to the hype". Three... why trade a guy who's nearly 30 and a center fielder, something we already have in Ellsbury, for a 21 year old infielder who ended his second season in Tampa with a .254 average, 8 homers and 36 stolen bases?
And look at Severino. He may not have a future as a Yankee starter (or maybe he does, he's young), but if anything, he proved he can be a pretty dominant reliever. Plus, he's 22.
We also have Aaron Judge as our rightfielder, assuming the Yankees give him that shot. Plus, as the article mentioned, Clint Frazier is just about Pro ready. We could even put Pro ready Rob Refsnyder in the outfield, the Yanks dig him!
Trust me, while I love Andrew McCutchen... I can't see it.
Anyway, I guess Chatt Sports Net gets a free shout-out by BYB. But you guys are smart. Notice no one is picking this story up.
Interesting? Yes it is. Mainstream or even a hint of truth? No... but good work with this! You got me reading!
Ah... the rumor season. Gotta love it.