Saturday, March 28, 2020

ASTROS CATCHER EVAN GATTIS JUST MADE THE ASTROS CHEATING SCANDAL WORSE


I appreciate solid opinions. But I don't understand getting caught doing something wrong, having an overwhelming pressure surrounding you for doing that something wrong, and then adding fuel to the fire and then backtracking like "I didn't realize" I did something wrong, or "You got the wrong idea about me, I'm a good dude, I just thought it was funny", or like in the case of that other loser Lance McCullers Jr... "I'm doing a good deed! That deflects the pressure from me be being a cheater, don't it?" Read more on that here... MESSAGE TO LANCE MCCULLERS JR.--- YOU JUST PLAYED YOURSELF, LOSER!



Message to these Astros players everywhere... you cheated... YOU ALL CHEATED. Take your lumps, stop trying to talk your way out of it. We all know, including you that the punishment doesn't fit the crime and the smartest thing you can do during this Coronavirus pandemic is shut the F up because the world forgot about you for a bit, but not any more thanks to Evan Gattis, you piece of garbage.

We can all thank the Houston restaurant the Flying Saucer for this, because subliminally I think it tricked Gattis and it backfired bit time! They wanted publicity. Gattis fell into the trap and now he needs to pay the price of being stupid.

Yahoo Sports writes:



"For the most part, players and fans agree Fiers did the right thing by speaking out and helping initiate a full-scale investigation by Major League Baseball....

Not surprisingly, Fiers’ critics also include at least one player he shared the clubhouse with during his Astros’ career. Former catcher Evan Gattis took to Twitter to shill a “snitches gets stitches’ glass being sold at a Houston-area restaurant.

The phrase "snitches get stitches" implies that anyone who is considered a snitch should be physically beaten up. The inclusion of Fiers’ likeness speaks for itself. Apparently it’s a popular item in Houston.

The Flying Saucer reported the glass quickly sold out, with Gattis receiving the last one available.However, given the circumstances and the implications, it’s a purchase Gattis may have been wiser to keep to himself."

Then this Gattis moron tried to justify it...



Hey Gattis? STFU? Keep it to yourself. YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!


Here's the thing that these losers do not get.

The idea of cheating in the Major League's IS a thing, but the strategic, orchestrated, technological way the Astros did it was incredibly wrong.  These Astros and their fans are not registering the fact that it was the WAY they did it.  I'm not saying other teams don't cheat. I'm saying it was found out by MLB investigators that the ASTROS DID CHEAT and stole a championship in the process. And then... they kept cheating because they weren't caught in 2017.

They are tainted... like... FOREVER!

In the end, losers like Gattis… like McCullers... like Bregman and all those other idiots... they need to just shut up and be lucky you haven't been banned from the game for life.

They will never learn... and that's great for blogs like Bleeding Yankee Blue.


Friday, March 27, 2020

WHAT POSITION WILL CHUBBY GARY SANCHEZ END UP?


There has been plenty of talk about Gary Sanchez and if he's the right catcher for the job for the New York Yankees. I do know this... the Yankees love him, but I think the truth of the matter is he may not be the catcher they thought they were getting.

Now don't get me wrong, the dude is a solid hitter, but when it comes a his catching, while I love his arm behind the plate, the bottom line is... he's slow. Some would call him lazy behind the plate. I have.  In fact, in my podcast on BYB Media with Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa, our Managing Editor here... we spoke about just that



Now comes word that maybe his future isn't behind the plate at all.  Maybe it's first base or DH in the near future? Now, while this is obvious... I just wanted someone else to say it... not us.

NJ.com writes:


"We talked to a long-time major league scout this week who saw the Yankees a lot this spring to get a fresh scouting report on Sanchez. Here’s what the scout, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, had to say: The Yankees are trying to alleviate stress on his back and everything else by dropping him down on one knee. I get it. He’s been hurt a lot. But watching Sanchez catch like this, I’m thinking, ‘The only guy who was very successful catching like that was Tony Pena.'...

"It’s easy to see why the Yankees are worried about Sanchez’s health. He’s a thick-bodied guy who uses his legs to hit home runs and to hit in general..."One knee or not, Sanchez is the same guy for me behind the plate. If I’m a pitcher, I’d hate throwing to him because of balls in the dirt."



“It’s a concern. Sonny Gray didn’t want to pitch to him two years ago. He said it. He wanted (Austin) Romine catching him every game. Sanchez is a catcher because he has a great arm. You don’t want to waste that. But he’s hurt a lot and you want his bat in the lineup, so do you make him a DH or move him to first base?"

Very interesting isn't it?  Now obviously this scout doesn't want to get crucified, so his name wasn't given, but look... it's not something that hasn't been said before. It's just more interesting that a writer isn't saying it, but instead, a scout.

Wow. Anyway, I just wanted to share that. enjoy your day.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

REJOICE! THERE IS A PLAN FOR THE START OF THE SEASON


The regular season was supposed to start today...but then the coronavirus appeared and now we are just waiting for baseball to come back. Anxiously waiting in fact, but it sounds like MLB and the Players union are close to an agreement for baseball to return.

Thank goodness! This virus has affected everything in our lives. It took away our sports, then it forced most of us to stay in our homes WITHOUT our sports and now it has caused a lot of restructuring just to get baseball back.

MLB has a lot to figure out, here are some of the biggest pieces:

1. A deal with the MLB Players Association that would advance a portion of players' salaries and cover many other labor-related issues.

2. Assurances from teams that non-player employees will receive paychecks through at least April, with possible cost-cutting measures by May

3. Distributing payments to minor league players, most players have not received a paycheck since the end of last season in early September

4. Full service time should be awarded to players, even if they played a shorter season as long as it still concludes with a World Series Championship.

USA Today has a good write up on this HERE. There's definitely a lot to figure out before the season gets rolling, but when it does it sounds like MLB wants to play as close to 162 games as possible. There have been rumored proposals out there for a 100 game season that follows the original schedule. I've also seen an idea out there that every team plays one double header every week with a possible roster expansion.


I can't say that I am a fan of the doubleheader every week. I think that could be pretty risky especially for any injury plagued team like the Yankees for example. We already have injury issues with Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez as it is, I cant imagine the extra stress on these guys. We're all worried enough about Aaron Judge and his collapsed lung and cracked rib. That's a lot of stress on these guys, and at this point I have ZERO confidence in our medical staff. Hopefully we can void the doubleheader idea.

But either way, it sounds like both sides are getting closer to a deal and baseball could return by June or July if this Coronavirus finally starts to subside. Training camps would likely resume in May and playoffs would extend into November. The World Series would move to a neutral site in a warm weather market or a domed stadium if government officials allow, contingent on the containment of the coronavirus pandemic.

There is still a lot to figure out here, but it sounds like we are heading in the right direction. At this point I will take anything, I just want baseball back. It would be weird to watch baseball so late in the season, but as long as it comes back I will be a happy camper.

Stay tuned and cross your fingers folks, hopefully we get some good news soon.



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

NO ONE BETTER THAN O'HARA WHEN IT COMES TO YANKEE BASEBALL


I can talk to Mike O'Hara about baseball for hours.  He's just that knowledgeable and fun.  He and I are the same age, and so we can talk about 70's and 80's baseball like it was going out of style. We like similar players, we followed them growing up in our living rooms where ever we were at that time.  And when we chat, it just brings us back to a much simpler time, where there was no responsibly.


Only Yankee baseball on WPIX, and baseball cards and fun.

These days Mike and I are grown men, with families and plenty of responsibilities. We're in charge of making things run correctly in our respective households, or at least that's what our wives tell us.  But when it comes to the Yankees.... we'll always be kids and we'll always be in our happy place... and I think that's why O'Hara and I are so tight. We get each other... we have for a long time.


Mike reached out to me around 2011 when BYB was relatively new. He was working and hosting at the MLB Fan "CAGE" as he calls it and I was a fan of his before I even knew he was a fan of Bleeding Yankee Blue.  We started chatting it up and before I knew it, Mike was a staple in the BYB Family, writing unique stuff for our pages.  While Mike doesn't write as much anymore, he still does when he can. And let's not get it twisted... with the Coronavirus lingering, I think it's safe to say that he, and many have a lot more free time on their hands. And so, Mike wrote for us the other day to rekindle his connection with the BYB audience, and I decided that I needed to interview him for the BYB Media Podcast like I did with Suzie Pinstripe (HERE) and Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa (HERE). 


Loyalty runs deep with me... you know this by now.  And Mike? Mike's loyal and like a brother to me.


So give this interview a listen. We talked about everything, from COVID19, actor Bill Hader... to Goose Gossage to Reggie Jackson to the stupid Astros.


We talked Joba Chamberlain, David Ortiz and even Rob Manfred and George Springer.  This guy's real and honest and one of the best when it comes to talking baseball.

Let me know what you think.

And Mike? I love ya buddy. Thanks for taking the time.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

JEANA BELLEZZA-OCHOA: ONE OF THE GOOD ONES


You know a good person when you meet them. That's how I feel about Jeana Bellezza-Ochoa. I like her drive, I appreciate her passion and I love that she wanted to do more on Bleeding Yankee Blue back in 2011, and when she asked if she could start writing for BYB full time, and stop being a copy editor, I knew one thing; she wanted to improve in not only the difficult task of writing... but improve as a person.

I am a sucker for anyone that believes in themselves and their will and desire to accomplish something great in their lives. It's attractive to me. I think that's why I am surrounded by those types of people here at Bleeding Yankee Blue. The people that write for us are very special to me. They are my family.

We have had plenty of writers here at BYB over the years. But many times things change and writers can't stick around. I do not fault any of them. Be it a personal issue, or they just get bored or tired of writing, whatever it is, I never judge. But what I do believe in is loyalty and at the end of the day, there will only be a few that will stand by my side in this project.  That's Suzie, that's Mike O'Hara and yes, that's Jeana-Bellezza-Ochoa. These folks have helped me build this little thing called Bleeding Yankee Blue, and so, any opportunity I can, I will help them back with whatever they need.  It's a special give and take and loyalty with me runs deep.

And that brings me to my latest BYB Media Podcast... this one is Episode 6... with my other BYB Managing Editor, Jeana.


I hope you take the time to listen to this one today. Jeana was with me here at BYB since 2011.  She didn't start out as a writer, but over the years she's become one and it's terrific. Take a listen today, and smile. If you are a reader of BYB, no doubt you read hundreds of Jeana and Suzie's posts... and no question you can relate with them in some capacity.  It's a very special interview.


We talk about everything, from the Yankees rotation, to injury to the Astros to chubby Gary Sanchez.

A very special thank you to Jeana and Suzie... and an extra one to our BYB audience. We love you, we appreciate you and we hope to keep going. This is the year of our 10th anniversary...  wow... time flies.

GERRIT COLE KEEPS HIS THROWING ARM LOOSE WITH A NEW CATCHER

Source: AP

The coronavirus has impacted all of us, changing our routines, keeping us at home and stopping all public gatherings.  We all remain confident that with careful direction from the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, we will get through this and we will prevail.  And while we get through this, the Yankees continue stay the course.  Each of them, in their own way, are keeping healthy and staying loose, including our ace, who has found a new dancing partner to throw to, his wife Amy.

"Amy has a cannon, though that shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. We’re talking about a former college softball pitcher at UCLA (that’s where the couple met). Plus, Amy’s brother is San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. The sport, and throwing around a ball, is in her blood," reports NJ.com.  Take a look at this video of pitching practice at the Coles.


Whenever Opening Day is, Cole will be ready and from the looks of things, his wife Amy will help him get there.  Tomorrow would have been Opening Day 2020 and my son and I were going to embark on an Amtrak trip to Camden Yards for what would have been a terrific day.  Pickles Pub, Natty-Bohs and Gerrit Cole on the hill.  The smell of hotdogs and popcorn, the smiles of fans donning new Yankee jerseys with #25 sewn on their backs, the sounds of spectators cheering, balls hitting gloves, bats hitting balls and people together enjoying America's Past time.


Baseball isn't gone forever.  We all know that.  And the fact that we can spend this extra time with family, getting ready for the season, the best way we know how, well that is something special.  So to Cole, and the rest of the Yankee pitching staff, keep safe, stay healthy and stay warm.  And for my son and I, well, instead of watching the Yankees beat up on the O's at Camden Yards, we will have a catch in our own yard, as we get ready for the season to remember.



--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof