Saturday, August 15, 2020

THEY DON'T MAKE 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO



We've all heard it, "I walked uphill to school...BOTH WAYS!" We've all been given the tales of guts and glory from generations past. "In my day..." was ALMOST ALWAYS a better day than today. Music meant something! Kids had jobs at 11 years old and it usually entailed lifting blocks of stone...in short, they were tough and we are soft, self-centered, gimme gimme brats. Ya know what? They're sorta right on the money.

Let's take Baseball as a smaller scale example of the larger problem when comparing generation to generation. In fact, let dial it in further to our oft injured WWE wrestler of an outfielder...Mike "But I go by Giancarlo "Now" Stanton. Yes, he's hurt again. It's his hamstring. He'll be out 4 weeks or so...this song is more familiar than the Piano Man! "Oh Giancarlo at the bar is a friend of mine...he's on the IL again tonight...and he's making big money...so it's not too funny...that he probably will be for life..."



Think of it...a hamstring. Cast your mind back to not even a generation ago. 1996. World Series. Atlanta. Paul "The Warrior" O'Neill chases down a smoked rope to the gap on ONE GOOD HAMSTRING!! The other blew out earlier in the series like the inner tube of an old Schwinn!! Yet O'Neill played. He play his ass off. 

 

Think about Munson, Nettles, Goose, Bucky, Bobby, Mick the Quick...do actually think any of them would've lasted in the Bronx Zoo claiming a tender hammy? NO. A. PRAYER. Am I saying Stanton is soft? YES!! Sure he's a muscle bound adonis, but the guy makes Tex look like a blood and guts type....by the way, Tex wasn't.



We are soft. Why? Because it's all about the image these days. The sizzle more than the steak. We specialize training, celebrate Tik-Tokers, take selfies...we are soft. Nobody is expected to go all out anymore. It's not about the fight, it's about sitting near the ring.

Look there is a much deeper undertone to this post that takes a shot at the lack of backbone in the world on a whole...but let's frame it with Mike Stanton. He's big, he's strong, he's wealthy, he's a handsome cat, seems like a good guy....and he's soft. And don't get me wrong...it ain't all Stanton's fault...he is a product of the environment of today's sports/celebrity culture. 


They get hurt so often because they train to be true specimens of the Greek Gods...it's show in THE SHOW...the game, sadly is no longer the reason...it's making that Nike swoosh flash on the pecks stretched pinstripes. They aren't ballplayers the way we remember ballplayers...they are comic book heroes...

Yes, I'm getting older and becoming my Dad in many ways...and I'm darn proud of it. He taught me things that you just don't see anymore. 3 inning saves...gone. Grinding out innings to save a taxed pen...nope. Playing so hard that you launch yourself, and that moneymaking mug into the stands to catch a foul ball against Boston...thing of the not-so-distance past. 


We won't fight. We won't sacrifice. We won't put ourselves out there....because it's just too damn hard.

Hopefully Giancarlo and this generation of Bombers will look harder....its not just about the pinstriped uniform on the player...it's about the hardened resolve and passion underneath that helps the player make those stripes mean something.

THIS ONE'S FOR THE GUY THAT PLAYED THE GAME ON RIPPED UP HAMMY....BUT MORE HEART THAT STANTON'S GOT MILLIONS!!

Where have you gone Paul O'Neill our NATION turns it's lonely eyes to you!! Atta boy, #21

 




--Mike O'Hara
BYB Contributor
Twitter: @mikeyoh21

Friday, August 14, 2020

IT'S TIME FOR THE YANKEES TO EXTEND DJ LEMAHIEU

DJ LeMahieu is locked in this summer. After recovering from COVID-19, the 32-year old has been making a difference for the Yankees. According to an NL scout, LeMahieu is smart because he can easily predict what a pitcher is about to throw. His numbers definitely back this statement up with a .431 bathing average and .479 on-base percentage.

“I feel pretty locked in right now, just part of a really good lineup and try to do my part to get on base,’’ LeMahieu said after a four-hit game Wednesday night from the leadoff spot. “If I get on base I feel like we are in good shape to score runs.’’

With how well LeMahieu is playing in just 18 games and his over .400 average, the Yankees need to keep him around in the future. After this season's World Series, he will be a free agent and I can tell you he will be in demand. 

“He is a special hitter, a guy who uses the whole field,’’ Boone said of LeMahieu. “He has pop, handles righties and lefties. He is a great hitter, tremendous bat-to-ball skills. He does a great job of laying the bat head in the zone for a really long time.’’



LeMahieu's first season for the Yankees is another reason they need to extend his contract. In 145 appearances he achieved .327/.375/.518 and a career-high 26 home runs and 102 RBIs. He was also an All-Star, Silver Slugger, and finished fourth in the AL MVP voting. All of this earned him the nickname "LeMachine." All of this just to improve in 2020. 

If you were not convinced enough already on why the Yankees need to resign him, he proves himself valuable by being a versatile player who can play numerous positions. He is a valuable leadoff hitter because he consistently gets on base. Brian Cashman also considers LeMahieu to be the "de facto" captain of the team and Ken Rosenthal said he would find is inconceivable that the team would let him walk.  

So Yankees, it is time to extend DJ LeMahieu's contract! It would be silly not to. 



--Missy O'Rourke
BYB Contributor


BUBBLE STYLE FORMAT COMING TO THE MLB POSTSEASON?


Earlier this week, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported that the MLB was thinking about holding its postseason in a bubble-style format. They have reportedly considered hosting it Southern California, the greater Chicago area, or the New York metropolitan area.

If these rumors are true, hosting the playoffs in the Northeast may not be the best course of action. Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon argued against hosting the playoffs in cities like New York and Philadelphia due to the cold weather.


MLB Network's Jon Heyman followed that up on Twitter by writing that the MLB is considering using only two cities. The choices include LA, San Diego, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Houston.

Passan also claimed that this bubble format was kicked around after the COVID outbreaks among the St. Louis Cardinals and the Miami Marlins.


If these rumors are correct, then the Yankees would have to travel out of their native land for the playoffs.

If the MLB do proceed in the bubble, they will follow in the footsteps of the NBA and NHL. Since both of these league continued their seasons in the bubble, the number of COVID cases has significantly fallen.

So far, the MLB has had at least two outbreaks of the virus, but playing in the bubble would make a big difference by keeping everyone healthy.



--Anthony Orlando
BYB Contributor

Thursday, August 13, 2020

TRY NOT TO PANIC ABOUT JUDGE....BUT IT'S HARD NOT TO!

I'm not liking the recent appearance of the Yankees familiar injury bug, especially not in a shortened season. It's the same old narrative in a brand new season and no taxi squad arrangement will ever make me feel better about it.

So last week we lost Giancarlo Stanton who is expected to be out "3 or 4 weeks" supposedly....but it is Stanton so I am not confident in the timeline. Let's not forget we have also lost: Aroldis Chapman, Kyle Higashioka,Tommy Kahnle, Luis Severino and Dan Otero. Hopefully we get Chapman back soon but still....not a good list. As much as that sucks are we about to add another name to that list?

Aaron Judge was scratched from yesterday's game after being pulled in the sixth inning on Tuesday's game. I mean, that rocket of a home run was a beauty! So to lose him right after that at bat was concerning. Yeah....I'm a little worried, and considering the vague answer we got from Aaron Boone yesterday I think we ALL should be. At any rate, Judge is out with "lower-body tightness" and I am crossing my fingers now, read more HERE.

So Boone says that playing on the astroturf may have contributed to the aches and pains, and that may be true...but with Judge it's just not that simple. Oh and Boone's answer was so vague that it's hard to feel good about the situation, "He’s just dealing with some lower-body tightness that we’re hoping to get out ahead of and hopefully prevent an injury moving forward. So, hopefully, this is something that we’re out ahead of it and will only be a couple days."

We are all hoping that is the case. Looking ahead the Yankees have a series with Boston and we all know how important those series are. Boone was asked if Judge would be available and all he answered back with was "I hope so." 

Awesome, well we ALL "hope so" because we've missed enough of Judge over the years and he's off to a hot start this season with 9 home runs and 20 RBI's. We're already missing another big bat with Stanton out, we need to stop the bleeding!

I will admit, when it comes to Judge I may overreact at times (not always) but that is because he has a track record with injuries and last season left me in a bad place. In 2018 he had the broken wrist, oblique strain and the shoulder injury. Most recently Judge had a broken right rib and somehow the Yankees medical staff missed a collapsed lung. Judge has had some extensive injuries and the past can't be ignored....and I don't think this should be either.

I know I will be watching for ANY and ALL updates about Judge over the next few days. Mike O'Hara will be making an appearance here on BYB today or tomorrow for his feels on one particular Yankee player.

Anyway... Judge has bad luck when it comes to injuries, and I'm really hoping we have better luck this time. ANY missed time with Judge is problem, and we don't need anymore problems.



--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

FRAZIER COULD BE VIABLE DH BUT IS AUDITIONING FOR 29 OTHER TEAMS


Clint Frazier was off to a good start before being demoted to the minors as the Yankees regular season heated up. Now with Giancarlo Stanton out of the mix for at least a month, Frazier is a viable replacement at designated hitter. This will not only give him a great opportunity to bring additional production at the plate but an audition for 29 other teams as the Yankees continue to crave more pitching.

"Despite his up and down Yankee career, teams remain interested in the fifth pick of the 2013 draft by the Indians because of a bat that produced a .267 average, 12 homers, 38 RBIs and an OPS of .806 in 69 big-league games a year ago," wrote the NY Post about Frazier.

Source: New York Post

The cocky outfielder is a sub-par defenseman but could fill in here and there, giving everyday players like Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner a day off. He is more suited, however at DH as Mike Tauchman offers much more consistency on the bases, in the field, and at the plate.

"Boone has done well finding a lot of playing time for fourth outfielder Mike Tauchman. Now the challenge will be to get Frazier involved on somewhat of a regular basis. Playing time in left field could come against lefty starters since Brett Gardner and Tauchman hit left-handed. Frazier could spell Aaron Judge in right, but Frazier looks more comfortable in left," reported the Post

Source: NY Daily News

Mike Ford has been doing well for the Yankees as well, picking up a few hits and RBIs in last night's win against the Braves, so he could split some playing time with Frazier and Luke Voit, in order to mix up the lineup a bit and keep opposing teams on their toes. This will be an opportunity for Clint Frazier to put himself back on the map and give the Yankees an opportunity to shop Frazier as the shortened season moves into mid-August. 





-- Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof



Monday, August 10, 2020

STANTON TO THE SHELF MEANS CHANGES ARE COMING!

 I don't think anyone is shocked that Giancarlo Stanton is injured AGAIN, but it still sucks! So here we go again, Stanton has been moved to the 10-day injured list with a hamstring injury and now we wait for more news. He will have an MRI today and then the Yankees will have some more decisions to make.

And they won't be easy ones. Yesterday, the Yankees recalled Thairo Estrada to take his place on the roster and ever since then, social media has been going crazy! Why would the Yankees recall an infielder to take the place of an outfielder when the Yankees have other options? 

Welcome to 2020 where nothing makes sense at first glance and the Taxi squad keeps rolling. The Yankees will have other options going forward, but for now Estrada is it. He was already traveling with the team and was called up for the Yankees doubleheader over the weekend, so he was already in Tampa. That's the short and easy answer.

So long term, I don't think Estrada is a guy that the Yankees will use in place of Stanton. Even Aaron Boone hinted that the team will likely go another route, read more HERE. The Yankees are definitely going to "get creative" and now we get to sit here and make our guesses.

The obvious choices to fill in for Stanton would be Miguel Andujar or Clint Frazier, right? The Yankees recently sent Andujar down last week and previous to that the Yankees sent Frazier down after a tough decision because EVEN AARON BOONE "DOESN'T KNOW" ABOUT FRAZIER'S FUTURE. So now it gets tricky.

The Yankees have recently experimented with Andujar in the outfield, so he could fill in there if he is needed. Boone can plug him in the infield also, so he has some versatility there. Then of course we know Frazier an play the outfield, and he has the pop that the Yankees could use now that Stanton is out. This season is all about versatility and being creative like Boone said, so how do the Yankees make their choice? 

A lot of people are ready and waiting to see Frazier get his chance. The Yankees need to make a decision about Frazier's future and figure out if he has a place on this team long term or not. The Yankees also have Andujar to figure out. He's coming back after a lost season and want to get him some work too. How can the Yankees use both of these guys for the rest of the season?

The short season does not fair well for Stanton. He's going to be out for awhile, not just 10 days. Given his injury history with us, I don't even know if we can say with any confidence that he will even be back. It sucks because he had such a hot start for us. I hope for the best with Stanton and hope he comes back. He was limited to just 18 games last season, and now this season we got 14. I really hope there's more to come.....

But for now we have to wait and see what happens. I really don't know what changes the Yankees will make but they are coming. I really dislike 2020 and I'm really bummed out about Stanton right now but the show must go on.



--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj