Thursday, May 5, 2016

IT WOULD BE FOOLISH FOR THE YANKS TO NOT BE IN ON LINCECUM...


The Yankees are definitely in on Tim Lincecum, despite what Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says.  The question is, would they do anything? Who the hell knows. 

I do know this, with the Yankees woes are currently on every back page of every sports publication in New York City, for them to NOT be looking at Tim Lincecum's work out on Friday would be stupid, and so, this is Jon Heyman's way of just annoying everyone. 

Heyman writes:
Now don't forget it, Bleeding Yankee Blue wrote this nice nugget a while back... a nugget none of these baseball insiders had: SOURCE: "LINCECUM COULD BE THE FINAL PIECE"was from February. That was when the guy was minutes away from auditioning.  Then, it was pushed back and pushed back and since then, the Yankees have been stinking up the joint ever since.  Meanwhile, Lincecum has not been showcased yet.


Logically, it now makes more sense than ever that the Yankees would look at every moving part available to see if they could use them.  That's why a guy like Nick Swisher signed a minor league deal.  That's why Phil Coke signed a minor league deal. Trust me, if Lincecum's possibly available, the Yankees are looking and they should be.

We wrote this back in February:


"I checked in with my bud yesterday just asking him to sniff around for me.  He was totally honest with me, telling me that he probably wouldn't be able to find out much, but he did reveal to me that he did hear from one individual with knowledge of the upcoming Tim Lincecum showcase and said if Lincecum can offer enough and can prove that he can still throw, Lincecum 'Could be the final piece.'"

The info is solid, and I guess some of these baseball insiders just don't have it.  It's fine. I never claimed to be one of them. I did promise that if I had something solid, I'd present it to my audience.  This is legit.  Whether or not the Yankees actually pull the trigger is another story. Plus, you have to believe that the Giants will ultimately resign Timmy. 

Whatever the case... Stay tuned.



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AROLDIS CHAPMAN IS MR. "TEAM USA"


Nice little nugget from Cuban Aroldis Chapman.  He wants to play for Team USA.  Gotta love this stuff.

According to ESPN, "Aroldis Chapman has no concerns about being banned from the Cuban National Team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

And that's because the embattled Yankees closer has another uniform in mind, that of Team USA.... Cuba will maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to play with the national team in the 2017 WBC, excluding not only Chapman, but also stars such as Yasiel Puig, José Abreu, Yoenis Céspedes and Kendrys Morales....


Chapman replied: 'I am a U.S. citizen; I can play for Team USA.' and said he would welcome a call from Team USA manager Jim Leyland."

Chapman became an American citizen on March 29th this year.

I hope Leyland gives him a call. I'd like him on Team USA.

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BEN GAMEL CALLED UP


Quick note about a minor league hopeful many of us Yankee fans are falling into deep like with.  It's Ben Gamel and many of us, including the Yankees liked what they saw this spring.

Well, the word is the Yankees have called up the outfielder and have optioned James Pazos, the same guy they called up yesterday when they put Alex Rodriguez on the 15 day DL with a hammy.

Here's the report by YES Network:


"Yankees have called up outfielder Ben Gamel from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and he will be in uniform for the Yankees for Thursday night's series finale in Baltimore.

To make room on the 25-man roster, the Yankees optioned LHP James Pazos back to Triple-A.

Gamel, 23, was hitting .286 with one home run, nine RBI, seven stolen bases and a .709 OPS in 23 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season."

I'm happy for Gamel, and I'm happy we all get to see him again!

Grind kid.

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WE SHOULDN'T THINK THIS WAY, CASHMAN, BUT WE ARE

"I put this roster together and it is my responsibility. We have five more months to show what they are really capable of." 
- Brian Cashman


We all have traits that we admire and strive to live up to and one of those for me, is accountability. It's easy to make excuses for things that go wrong or try and justify them. It's easy to point fingers at people and assign blame. I know one individual I would like to hold partially responsible for this train wreck so far....but that's a different story. As much as I hate the circumstance, I do appreciate hearing that Brian Cashman is taking accountability for our under performing team.

I would hate to be in Cashman's shoes right now. I am sure his meeting with Hal Steinbrenner was far from comfortable but I do like that he is reacting to all of this, you can read that HERE. The last time the Yankees started the season like this was back in 2007. I can only hope that we recover the same way we did back then, because at least we made the playoffs. But this is not 2007, we are not a team of walking dead baseball players.


Aside from Alex Rodriguez we are healthy and rested. This isn't a case of bad luck and injuries.....the Yankees just suck. Plain and simple. They are under performing and they are in control of their own destiny for now. Right now, we are playing like the entire team is on the disabled list.


So Cashman accepts responsibility for this disaster of a season so far, but the question is how does he fix it? He's crafty, and the man can make a shocking trade as we have seen in the past. But how do you make players hit and pitch effectively? This is not his job. It's the job of all of these coaches. He claims everyone else is safe and this is his mess to clean up. But if you can't make these trained professionals do their job and the coaches don't take the fall what is the next move?

It's time for Cashman to start doing what he does best....get crafty. Sure, it may be early to start pulling some back door trades but he needs to start keeping score a little more here. A spot in the post season may not be earned in May....but it certainly can slip away. The Yankees are seven games under .500 and are six games behind the Orioles so I'm sorry Cashman....but we don't have five months to wait and see what this team is capable of. By then, it will be far too late.


If Chase Headley continues to struggle then the Yankees need to take action. We cannot continue to bat him in the middle of the Yankees lineup and not hit or drive in runs! What is the answer for this if things don't improve? I don't know. The Yankees were not impressed with Rob Refsnyder at third base during spring training so internal options look to be unrealistic. A trade before June also looks unrealistic but then again this is Cashman we are talking about. He has a poker face that no one can crack.

Not to single out Headley here because he is only one small piece to the puzzle, but if things don't correct themselves as Cashman hopes they will then he is also going to have to look at the top of the lineup too.  As table setters Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner need to be doing more than what they are. They set the tone, and if they can't do it then we need to find someone who can. It's okay to think about other opportunities in fact that is called being strategic.
"The talent level we have in the clubhouse is good enough. We shouldn't have to be thinking this way." 
- Brian Cashman


While I agree with the above statement, the fans and the Steinbrenners are clearly not satisfied with the performance we have had so far. The wrong thing to do here would be to ignore the problem and hope that it fixes itself if the Yankees continue to lose. We cannot continue to do the same thing over and over again expecting different results because that is just insanity. Not only that, we are Yankee fans so patience is not our strong suit but our ability to voice our opinion most definitely is.

We have the talent on our team but we also have to stop the bleeding. It is time for someone besides Cashman and Joe Girardi to step up on this team and make us believe that this is a good, competitive team. We've said this before, but it is worth saying again because it is true....I miss the days when Derek Jeter or Jorge Posada were in the clubhouse because we clearly need that spark again. Let the naysayers call us a bad team, but use that for motivation. Stop making us think about the moves we need to make this a winning team again and just win. That's all it takes. If the Yankees want to change the behavior then they need to change the results. Until then, yes myself and others included are going to continue to consider other possibilities.

Prove us wrong.


   
--Jeana Bellezza, 
BYB Senior Writer and Editor
Twitter: @NyPrincessJ 

 



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THE STORY OF THE NIGHT: CC MONSTER!

Can we break out now? Who the hell knows.


I enjoyed not writing recaps the last few days.  It's a waste of my time, especially when they lose and the way I see it, if the Yankees lose, you know about it before I get it out to you anyway. And so, I'm out... and life goes on.

The Yankees won last night and it was a shutout.  The story of the night is that CC Sabathia grinded and got the win.  I'm not getting into big hits and big plays... it was CC and you gotta give the lug credit.

I believe in this guy. He's a gamer, always has been and now the pressure is off him and so he can go out there and do his thing when folks don't believe he can.  It's the perfect scenario for a guy like him.  Now he can build his 2016 resume and hopefully do this about a dozen more times.


Last night CC Sabathia went 7 innings, gave up 6 hits and struck out 6 walking only 2.  The most important part of that line is that he didn't not allow a home run.  He kept the Orioles off balance.


The Yankees scored 7.  The only other thing to think about in last night's game is Brett Gardner got plunked, but it was with the bases loaded.  Tests came back negative, but Gardy will now be day to day.

Bottom line... I'm not going to get too excited about this Yankee win.  It's expected.  They have the personnel to win every day.  The story last night is all CC Sabathia.  He grinded.... I'm damn proud of that big lug.

Final: Yankees 7 - Orioles 0



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