Just a quick note about Yankee prospect Greg Bird. He received the MVP.
According to MLB.com's Jim Callis:
"Greg Bird provided
the signature moment of the 2014 Arizona Fall League season, a 450-foot
home run during the midseason Fall Stars Game. The Yankees' first
baseman also was the AFL's most dangerous hitter, topping the league
with six homers and ranking among the leaders in almost every important
That made Bird an obvious choice for the league's Joe Black MVP
Award, which the AFL presented to him before Saturday's championship
game between the Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters.
'It's an honor,' Bird said. 'Being a part
of this league is huge privilege. I just came out to here to become a
better player and meet some new guys. This is icing on the cake.'"
We celebrate guys like Bird, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Dante Bichette Jr and anothers here. They had a terrific Fall season and are the Yankees future.
There is something very telling about these young men. They remind me of the guys that used to play with us. Derek Jeter. Jorge Posada. Andy Pettitte. Mariano Rivera. Bernie Williams. All still have a long career ahead of them, but all have mad potential to make it to the bigs and stay there for a long time. Yankee fans want a youth movement, and it may start with these guys.
That's why when word spread to BYB 3 days ago that the Yankees may be targeted for their prospects by the Colorado Rockies in exchange for Tulo, I became queasy. My immediate reaction was, "Oh, we're doing this again?" It just seems like the Yankees breed youth and talent just to trade them away. I hate that. How about we let kids blossom?
How about we watch big moments, allow the fans to fall in love and watch leadership develop like a few other guys I remember in the farm system. Derek Jeter. Jorge Posada. Andy Pettitte. Mariano Rivera. Bernie Williams.
Congrats to Bird. He deserves it. Let's hope the Yankees take note... and when and if the Rockies present their prospect list to the Yankees in return for Troy Tulowitzki (read SOURCE: ROX WANT "A LOT" OF TOP PROSPECTS FOR TULO) we steer them in another direction... or... we even decide to make a smarter decision... we pass.
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