Friday, February 21, 2020

LUIS SEVERINO SHUT DOWN WITH FOREARM SORENESS


The same old same old is happening down in Florida for the Yankees with Luis Severino joining the list of players who are injured before the season has even started. The team will already be without James Paxton and Aaron Judge has also been dealing with shoulder discomfort and hasn't taken bathing practice yet.

According to Brian Cashman, Severino has had two MRIs and a CT scan after complaining of discomfort, however all tests have come back negative. He has treated with anti-inflammatories in January and apparently felt fine, but testing then revealed a "loose body" near his elbow. Are you still with me?


"It's just been fastball, slider; everything's good," Boone said. "We reintroduced [the] changeup the last couple of days on flat ground, no issues with that. And then last night, just sitting at home, he started to feel that soreness again; came in sore this morning. So we'll shut him down here for a couple days and hopefully try and get to what exactly is going on in there."

No further tests are scheduled at this time, but Cashman did not rule out that Severino might have to start the season on the injured list. It seems like a big "we'll see" right now as he only feels the pain on the changeup because of how he moves his arm.


Last season the Yanks set a major league record by sending 30 players to the injured list so this happening before the season even starts is not very surprising. However, Cashman does not seem too worried going into the season.

"Obviously you prefer to run your A-team out there. But I think we have a pretty strong B, C and D- team as well. We’ll see," said Cashman.



--Missy O'Rourke
BYB Contributor
Twitter: @missy_orourke



Thursday, February 20, 2020

CLEVINGER ON ASTROS: "BIGGEST PIECE OF SH*T IN BASEBALL HISTORY"

I don't disagree.


If you don't know Mike Clevinger, he's an Indians pitcher with a pretty honest approach to everything. Today, he launched on the Houston Astros and their cheating scandal. This report comes from Sports Illustrated, but Clevinger said it on Barstool's Starting 9.


Yup, that's Carrabis with that ridiculous Amish beard on Clevinger's right in the clip below:

"Mike Clevinger is calling out the Astros for the weak apologies they made recently in the fallout of the team's sign-stealing scandal...

'Why would you need a piece of paper to say sorry for being the biggest piece of s--- in baseball history? I don't understand that, but they did. They needed a piece of paper and read it like a robot. First I've ever heard those boys talk about it," he said. 


"They just keep on referring to one year when everybody in the right mind knows it was every single year and they just got caught.'"

Look, he's right. And now of course more and more pro players are coming forward. Aaron Judge said something the other day. Kenley Jansen is pissed. Hell, even LeBron James said something.


Just goes to show that the pressure is on and Manfred and Clark better try and fix this problem quick. Perhaps with a 2 to 3 year suspension and if I could have my way, a lifetime ban for smug a-holes like Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, George Springer and of course, the tiny dude, Jose Altuve.

Good story, nice work Barstool.

ASTROS FACE LAWSUIT OVER CHEATING SCANDAL


It sucks to be the Astros right now and it sucks to be Rob Manfred too. He gets sucked into this more and more everyday. I don't feel sorry for Manfred or the ASSTROS though, they deserve this.

If you haven't heard, the Astros have three lawsuits pending against them. Read more HERE and HERE. There are a lot of questions here, some more ridiculous then others. The real question here is....how much must everyone HATE the Astros to have so many lawsuits pending?

The world is watching and they are speaking loudly...cheating isn't okay. Cheating affects a lot of people. We already know it impacted the game and the players, but what about the fans?



"The Astros are accused of “deceptively overcharging (fans) for season tickets while defendants and their employees and representative knowingly and surreptitiously engaged in a sign stealing scheme … and secretly put a deficient product on the field that could result (and now has resulted) in severe penalties” from Major League Baseball."

"As a result of the scheme, the lawsuit claims, season ticket holders are owed refunds of what attorneys say were inappropriate increases in ticket prices for the last four seasons. The suit also seeks treble damages for the Astros’ “knowing, willful, intentional, surreptitious, wrongful and unconscionable conduct."


In addition, attorneys seek an order that would prevent the Astros from increasing season ticket prices for at least two years.




These lawsuits (no matter how ridiculous) are just more proof that this cheating scandal isn't going away anytime soon. As my husband likes to say..."Play stupid games and win stupid prizes" and the Astros have cheated a lot of people here. 

The Astros have lost all credibility and so has Rob Manfred. They have a lot of damage to try and fix. I don't think they can fix this, honestly....not without punishing the players involved. As more develops you know we will cover it because this is not over, not even close. The Astros wish they could just turn the page, but until the punishment fits the crime we won't let them!




--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

MY CALL TO MANFRED & THE PISSING MATCH BETWEEN MLB & THE PLAYER'S UNION


Tony Clark is pissed... and he should be.

Look, when you don't take care of wrongdoing when it happens... it festers and people get mad. And then, the people in charge sweat and start pointing fingers.  That's what's happening now between Rob Manfred and Tony Clark of the Player's union.

Listen... don't get it twisted. There is wrongdoing here... maybe a cover up... but definitely a favor and agreement between Jim Crane and Manfred, and without a doubt, the Player's union... forgetting about why they are there, decided to protect cheating players rather than realize that the integrity of the game was being tarnished in the process.  It's a mess. But now mounting pressure has made people in these high positions squirm and spit at each other.


The bottom line is these top guys like Tony Clark and Rob Manfred really need to think about their future. They have destroyed the game of baseball all because they will not punish the Astros players for organizing a strategic cheating ring that was planned and executed for definitely the 2017 season and most likely no question the 2018 and 2019 seasons as well.  The last 2 years are in question, but logic will tell you that if you cheat and get away with it in 2017... you don't stop in the years that follow.

In the end, the Astros players should be banned for life, Jim Crane should be forced to sell his team and Rob Manfred and Tony Clark may need to be removed as well.  Reputation is a valuable thing... and now all these guys need to be questioned 1000% percent because they didn't do their jobs, turning a blind eye, perhaps not investigating hard enough... all because they didn't want to put a black eye on the game. But in the end, their incompetence made it so much worse. Disgusting.


I called Manfred's office today. I wasn't look to be confrontational. I was looking for answers as a journalist. I spoke to the front desk who didn't transfer me to his office, but instead to Public Relations.  The woman I spoke to couldn't be nicer, but it's clear his office is playing interfere.  There's pressure there... he messed up and he knows it.

I encourage you all to call that office and demand answers.

Be polite. Here is that number again... 212-931-7800. Here's that call:


Now look, if I need to do an interview with him via email that's perfectly fine. But will he really answer? No.  I'm formulating my letter now... if you have a question you would like to ask, please send it along to me with through DM on Twitter or to my email. The P.R. office's email is in that call. Formulate you're own. Go nuts... but again, be professional.

Anyway, I will be send mine the beginning of next week.

But in the meantime, the finger pointing between Rob and Tony Clark has begun big time.  The New York Post writes:


"The Major League Baseball Players Association said in a statement late Tuesday that they fully cooperated with the league regarding the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing investigation after commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB and the union had reached an agreement for player immunity to avoid a stalemate. 

“Any suggestion that the Association failed to cooperate with the Commissioner’s investigation, obstructed the investigation, or otherwise took positions which led to a stalemate … is completely untrue,” executive director Tony Clark said in the statement. “We acted to protect the rights of our members, as is our obligation under the law.” 



And this is why I called this whole mess a cover-up a month ago. Something isn't adding up. Either Manfred did this on the sly with his MLB cronies and Jim Crane as to not embarrass the team and Manfred's legacy or he's just too stupid that he was duped into making this cheating scandal a disaster. I'm not sure what, but I do know this... the pissing match is happening and Manfred has made it worse.

Look, we're Bleeding Yankee Blue. I hate to lead every day with Astros garbage, but here's the thing... IT'S THE BIGGEST STORY SURROUNDING BASEBALL FOR US ALL IN A LONG, LONG TIME. And it stinks.  As journalists we need to report it.

Character and Integrity has gone out the window... and the Reputation of all these guys, executives and players alike will always be questioned.

The title needs to be stripped and if it's not going to be, Rob Manfred needs to take a walk. That's the bottom line.

More soon.

DUSTY BAKER'S NEW PLEA IS IRONIC & PATHETIC!


Unfit commissioner Rob Manfred knows he has a long list of problems on his hands. He's trying to get in front of them but he won't be able to. The Astros cheated, the game is disgraced and the player-driven cheating has been excused with no acceptable punishment for the masterminds. Now that baseball is back, he hopes to move forward....but this isn't over.

He thinks his stern warning to the league will keep players from seeking their own justice, but baseball doesn't care what he thinks. We don't respect his "authority" anymore and even if FOOLISH MANFRED TO PUNISH RETALIATION OVER CHEATING ASTROS and now Dusty Baker makes his own statement as he piggy backs off of Manfred's weak words.

"I'm depending on the league to try to put a stop to this seemingly premeditated retaliation that I'm hearing about. And in most instances in life, you get kind of reprimanded when you have premeditated anything. I'm just hoping that the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets 
hurt."



How pathetically ironic. "In most instances in life, you get kind of reprimanded when you have predmeditated anything..." except for when you are the ASSTROS, eh?

Someone should get Dusty Baker a dictionary!
premeditate - verb
"to think out or plan (an action, especially a crime) beforehand" 

So the ASSTROS PREMEDITATED to cheat. The players involved should have been REPRIMANDED for their actions that altered the course of the game, affected players careers and ultimately led to a tainted title. Based on what Dusty said.....Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and the entire team should be REPRIMANDED!! But they weren't....

The $5 million fine, firing of A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow and loss of draft picks have no consequence to the PLAYERS who PREMEDITATED all of this. So the players involved deserve to be protected but not punished? Oh and the rest of the baseball world isn't supposed to feel angry about it? They were denied justice and a fair game. Neither Manfred's warning nor Dusty Baker's plea will deter the course of how this season is going to go.


So Dusty....your plea for protection is pathetic. We understand you will be like every other good manager and defend your guys, but your plea does not put an end to the frustration we all have. You manage a bunch of cheaters and you may have the commissioner on your side....but that isn't enough.

Get ready, Dusty. You can continue crying about it but this is far from over. The Astros will find out exactly how it feels to be on the other end of a PREMEDITATED act and they won't like it.




--Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj 

AARON JUDGE HAS SOMETHING TO GET OFF HIS CHEST

Source: Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

The Astros cheating scandal has infiltrated every aspect of the game of baseball, from the fan, to the player to the stadium to the front office to the legacy of the game itself.  On Tuesday, the face of today's modern game, Aaron Judge, gave his 18-minutes on the Houston Astros cheating scandal.

"If I have a bad game and I mess up, I’m gonna stand in front of the mic and say, ‘Hey, I’m sorry, I messed up, I did this and that, and it’s on me,’ ” Judge said. “And not to really hear that from some of the players, I think, bothered the baseball community, bothered a lot of guys. … [To] really not seem like it’s any remorse, I guess, is what a lot of people were upset about,” Judge said as reported in the New York Post.

Source: AP

Judge spoke in an even, articulate tone, in the way he has always spoken to the media and fans since coming up from the Yankee farm system.  He talked about how the Astros cheating bothered him and not only hurt him and the guys he plays with but how it is hurt the game of baseball.  He discussed his decision to take down a post where he congratulated Jose Altuve for his MVP award.  And how he knows it is going to take time to move on from this.

"I could sit up here and lie to you and say forget about it and move on, but it’s always going to be in the back of your head a little bit,” Judge said. “… But at some point, we’re going to move on, we’re going to move forward and continue to grow this game. That’s what I care about, is growing this game,” said Judge.

Source: Am NY

It is refreshing and soothing for Judge to speak with such candor about how the Astros' actions impacted him personally and emotionally.  I mean, we have all felt the depth of this situation and it is not going away soon. But as Judge has said, soon we will get over this and hopefully learn from what has happened.  Getting this out there, off his chest, as he states, is the first of many steps to recovery.



--Suzie Pinstripe
 BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof