Thursday, March 23, 2017

SOMETHING YOU NEED FROM BLEEDING YANKEE BLUE!


This is just a quick note to all of you as we embark on 5 million clicks here at Bleeding Yankee Blue;  We love you, we thank you for your incredible support and we'd never be here without you. That's the truth. BYB is the little engine that could and you are the fuel folks.

So much has happened in Yankeeland since the first day we wrote a story for all of you back in September 2010.  The Yankees got younger, BYB writers have come and gone, some have had babies... some have gotten chubby (that's me), some have gotten engaged...


Congratulations Jeana! And some have really become truly excellent writers. That's all of them. My group of writers kicks ass!


Ultimately, I'm happy.  I am also very happy to announce that BYB will be working with Tee Public to help sell our merchandise and ship it too!  Now look, we have NOT gone commercial! I didn't sell out like Metallica! OK! The merchandise on our Website, HERE, the original women's tanks, the Casey shirts, the sports performance tees.


They are all still on sale in the BYB store.  But as they sell out, I just may restock less as we try this new project. So you ask... WHY Casey? Why are you doing this?

The truth is my family unit is overwhelming right now with kid sports and work schedules and all of that.  In short, I needed help, and Tee Public provides it for me.


The Tee Public Bleeding Yankee Blue store is HERE and there is a wide selection of items, much more than I could have ever provided by myself.  We have everything now, from men and women shirts, to women's tanks, kids shirts, sweatshirts.


But that's not all. They have laptop cases, phone cases, mugs, travel mugs, onesies.  It's serious stuff, the quality is great. Plus, the color selections are Ridonkulous.  Example below:


You have to check it out.  Here's the link again HERE.  And throughout this post are some photos on what we will be selling.

Now I'll be updating the BYB store with these items as well as the items I still have in our warehouse.  We'll make it pretty and easy for you to check out everything. But the bottom line is, with demand, comes the help I need to get quality items out to you faster. 


The products are solid.  You will like them, but I just couldn't do it alone anymore, and so, I got some help.

Please check out Tee Public and the Bleeding Yankee Blue Store there. Here's the link again. CLICK AND SHOP.

And yes, you can continue to shop at the original BYB Store as well.  HERE. Over time though, all those products in the original store will move over to Tee Public! It will make my life a helluva lot easier!

Don't worry... I got you covered.


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THE YANKEES & WHO MAKES THE CUT

Photo: AP
It's less than two weeks until Opening Day! We're all excited and as we get closer to that day where the games count the roster is finally taking shape. Spring Training will be over soon, but there are still some decisions to be made. Some guys already know their roles....and others are still fighting for a job. The Yankees have some spring cleaning to do. So who stays and who gets tossed out?

SAFE!


Adam Warren: Not a surprise here....Brian Cashman has always said that Warren would have a role on this team but what that role will be is still unknown. The Yankees need to fill two of the five open rotation spots and both Cashman and Joe Girardi gave the same exact statement yesterday, read that HERE. The rotation battle is not going as predicted....so could Warren sneak in and steal a starting gig or does he stay in the bullpen? Maybe he does have more control over his destiny after all.


Greg Bird: If the Yankees had any doubt if Bird could be the new every day starter...he erased it. Before Wednesday's game Girardi officially named Bird the starting first baseman and then he celebrated his new role by hitting two home runs and driving in five runs. His .439 BA proves that he is physically an mentally ready for his new role. He has looked so good that he has even caught the attention of Mr. October himself Reggie Jackson who gave him high praise HERE.

OUT?:


Didi Gregorius and Rob Refsnyder: Didi is not out permanently but, he is out until May. Teams see the empty hole in the Yankees lineup and they have already made some trade proposals to the Yankees HERE but the Yankees aren't biting. Simply stated, Zack Cozart and Jose Iglesias are just too expensive and Cozart is a short term rental. If anything maybe the Yankees pursue cheaper option Nick Ahmed from the Arizona Diamondbacks but even that is unlikely considering all of the in house options they have.


Or, does this give Rob Refsnyder a temporary and small window of opportunity? It would require moving Starlin Castro back to shortstop and he has not been playing there recently. If the Yankees were to make room for Refsnyder would now be the time? The odds certainly don't look good.

Photo: NJ.com
Chris Carter: Bird is the word... and the starting first baseman. Now the ideal platoon idea that the Yankees first envisioned seems unlikely. It's hard to bench Bird with a .439 BA for Carter's .108 BA, one home run, three RBI's and 20 strikeouts. To say that Carter has struggled this spring would be an understatement, so how long do the Yankees find a way to pencil this guy into the lineup if his bt doesn't start to heat up? His 2016 season shows he is capable of more, but if he's not hitting do the Yankees try to dump him later for another piece? A serviceable arm maybe? We'll see what happens....but right now Girardi figures that Bird will get the majority of the at-bats for first base.



Luis Severino: So far 2017 looks just like last season. Severino has no fastball command and hitters like those balls high up in the zone. Severino knows this but still hasn't corrected it, read more HERE. The Yankees have never come out and said this, but with so many other unproven names fighting for a rotation spot this year this was basically his spot to lose.....and so far he is. So do the Yankees send him down to Triple-A to work on his mechanics again or do they just send him to the bullpen after having some success there last year? With quality starters getting harder and harder to find compared to those short inning relievers the Yankees look hesitant to give up on him but are they holding on to him for too long? Is it time to move on? With spring training coming to an end time is running out to convince the Yankees that he can be an effective start again.




--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
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TEAM USA: CHAMPS!

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
It happened... USA won the World Baseball Classic and huge ups to Marcus Stroman who was a superstar last night. I gotta tell ya, it must have felt amazing to wear a USA uniform and perform the way he did! He made us all proud!

CBSSports.com writes:

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
"...the United States defeated Puerto Rico by an 8-0 final to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic championship. 

Kevin Kuo, USA Today Sports
Marcus Stroman was the star of the show, tossing six no-hit innings against a previously undefeated Puerto Rico squad  before being lifted following a leadoff double. Ian Kinsler and Brandon Crawford -- Team USA’s double-play combination -- both drove in a pair of runs apiece. "

Robert Hanashiro, USA TODAY Sports
People criticize the World Baseball Classic, and sure, it may not be as popular because folks don't feel like it should happen before the regular baseball season and all of that, but in a game like last night, the pride you see on these players faces wearing their countries uniform... you kind of get why it's so important in this day and age.

Congrats Team USA!


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THERE'S MORE TO THAT COZART RUMOR

(March 8, 2017 - Source: Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images North America)
First it was Tyler Wade could possibly fit the Yankees shortstop role. Then it was that the Yankees were possibly interested in Nick Ahmed...all because Didi Gregorius is out until May 1st.  Now... a new one... this one is that the Yankees 'like' Zack Cozart. 

(Aug. 26, 2016 - Source: Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images North America)
I'm going with they are looking at the entire MLB and looking for a loaner. But here's the thing, and this hasn't been reported; while the Yankees have an idea of 'maybe' a Zack Cozart... it's not even close to 50% that it would even happen.

Photo: Getty Images
And you know who kind of hinted at that? The folks that reported the interest in the first place.  Here's that nugget not being reported by anyone else:

Red Reporter writes:



Don't fall into the trap of believing everything you read.  In fact, read more, there's knowledge out there...



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

JORDAN MONTGOMERY IS A BIG DEAL... FOR REALZ

Photo Credit: Tom Priddy
When we last spoke of Jordan Montgomery, we suggested that “he was the tits” and that’s because he is. He works his ass off and has proven to not only Yankee fans, but to the Yankees as well that he can handle a role in the Bigs. Well, now there’s more to it…

Newsday reports that Girardi isn’t too thrilled with what’s going in with the final 2 spots in the rotation race, and so, he’s considering a guy like Montgomery:

Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.
"Unhappy with the state of the battle for the final two spots in his rotation, Yankees manager Joe Girardi has added lefthander Jordan Montgomery to the mix.

Montgomery will start against the Rays in Port Charlotte on Thursday. If he does well, the 6-6, 225-pound rookie could leap ahead of the five righthanders who so far have not nailed down a spot in spring training.


'We’re looking at him,' Girardi said on Wednesday about the 24-year-old Montgomery, who has a 3.48 ERA in four outings. 'I like him a lot. I think he’s got really good downward angle. I think he’s got deception. I’m very curious.'”

Now who really knows if they’d start Jordan in the Pros or if they’d let him tweak things and prepare to come up mid-season.  But as you know, BYB is about the kids, and we love giving these guys shots. As I stated about Tyler Wade and shortstop yesterday… it’s April, why not just give the kid a few games and see what he does? Can’t hurt.

Bottom line, if it was me, I’d throw Montgomery in the rotation race mix immediately, with a very big chance for him to be our #5 starter. But that’s just me…

More to follow...