The bigger, badder RAB

Snowy Sunday Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: October 31st, 2011

Today at 11:30 you’ll see something new on RAB. It’s a byline that you might find familiar, just not around these parts. In the next week or so you’ll notice a few more of these new bylines popping up. River Ave. Blues is expanding, and we’re excited to announce a pair of new writers, plus a new twist on a current one.

The first one you’ll see is Larry Koestler. Mike, Ben, and I have known Larry for a long, long time. You might have known him from Yankeeist and then The Yankee Analysts. We like his work all the way back in his Save Phil Hughes days — he even did a guest post for us a while ago. Now he’s part of the RAB team, and will bring his consistently well-researched articles to us on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays — and perhaps more if he has the itch. If you’re not doing so already, make sure to follow Larry on Twitter: @Larry_Koestler.

Next on the list is Larry’s partner in crime, TYA co-founder Moshe Mandel. We’ve followed Moshe from his days at the The Yankee U through TYA. In fact, he succeeded Ben and I on the now-defunct MVN Yankees blog, The Bronx Block. (In our day it was Off The Facade.) If you follow Moshe’s Twitter account — @MosheRAB — you might know that he’s a recent Harvard Law grad and is on his way to a fancy schmantz job in January. Because of that he’ll post a bit less frequently: Tuesdays and Sundays. He’s on vacation this week, though, so you’ll have to wait until next week for his debut.

With new contributors on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, we thought one final contributor for Thursdays made sense. Turns out the perfect candidate for the job was right under our noses. You might know Stephen Rhoads from his weekend posts. Now he’s sliding into Thursdays so we can more prominently feature his work. He actually got a head start this week, so his regular spot is already in place. You can find him on Twitter at @sprotster.

Please, folks, give a warm welcome to the new guys. Their voices will add variety to the RAB experience, expanding discussions and providing different angles on the subjects we cover every day.

Now that we have a more robust weekday staff, we decided to install some sense of order. With just Mike, Ben, and me previously on weekdays there wasn’t much need for a hierarchy. We all founded the site and we all took care of business. But with six contributors during the week we need a figurehead. It is with great pleasure that I introduce River Ave. Blues’s first Editor-In-Chief, Mike Axisa. He’s really grabbed the reigns of RAB in 2011, and now he’s the big boss.

While this announcement represents a significant change at RAB, we clearly believe that it will create a more enjoyable experience. Larry, Moshe, and Stephen all have distinct voices that will add variety to the site that we just couldn’t achieve with the three of us. It also takes a little of the load off Mike and me, though most notably Mike. That frees us up to take care of other RAB projects, which we also know you’ll enjoy. There are some exciting times ahead for all of us. We’re thankful that you’ve all come along for the ride.

Snowy Sunday Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: October 31st, 2011
  • Steve H.

    Should we refer to you guys as the Heat or the Eagles?

    Looking forward to it.

    • Tom O


      • JGS

        Mike Axisa
        Joe Pawlikowski
        Ben Kabak
        Moshe Mandel
        Larry Koestler
        Stephen Rhodes
        Hannah Ehrlich

        Speed. Power. Plate discipline. This lineup has it all. Good luck finding a hole from 1 to 7.

        • JGS

          Crap, misspelled Stephen’s name. Where is that edit function?

          • Tom O

            Now they just need to sign Fielder to DH and Pujols to play RF and that lineup will be stacked.

            • Avi


              • Tom O

                Will I figure RAB can just sign those guys as free agents. I don’t know if they have the depth to trade for a prospect as valuable Montero lol.

        • Matt Warden


          Thanks JGS for forgetting me! Apparently I was designated for assignment.

          • Eric

            They didn’t tell you? Awkward…

            • Matt Warden

              Ahh, damn. So cold.

    • Monteroisdinero

      Larry, Moe-she and Curly.

  • Virgil Earp

    I thought Mike was already in charge since he makes by far the most posts. Does he get a pay raise?

  • bexarama

    Congrats, guys. You’re all great and this only makes RAB more awesome, woop.

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  • Sam

    Isn’t there some antitrust crap that’s supposed to block this?
    (Seriously, congrats all)

  • Greg Pomes

    Sounds like Small Market Sandy has taken over. #FireSandyAlderson #FireTerryCollins

  • AMT

    Great news and great moves. Ha, and we thought Cashman was the only ninja! Looking forward to good and insightful winter reading.

  • Eric

    Congrats to Moshe and Larry. It’s been a pleasure working with them both, and they will be a great addition to the already-stellar RAB staff.

  • Carlosologist

    I just hope that the 2012 RAB season doesn’t end in a collapse of fried chicken and beer. (Congrats to all, you’re fantastic)

    • Monteroisdinero

      I hope it doesn’t end in an Arod K like the last 2 seasons have.

    • Matt Warden

      I kind of hope it ends in fried chicken and beer. I’m a big fan of both.

  • JGS

    Huge congrats. Looking forward to all the new content.

  • Jesse

    So Mike won’t be writing as much?

    Sad face.

    • Joey


      The Editor-in-Chief title I like for him (although I strongly believe Supreme Overlord of RAB would be better) but less writing by my favorite writer is no bueno papi!

  • BigBlueAL

    Nice to have Moshe writing here now.

  • Avi

    Moshe now on RAB?
    He’s truly a great analyst. This blog has a murders’ row of writers.
    I’m pumped!

  • Tipsie

    This site is fantastic; my attention is held several times a day, even through the long & cold winter. Thanks guys.

  • Moshe Mandel

    I just want to thank the blogfathers here at RAB for bringing me aboard and giving me a chance to contribute to their fantastic site. I look forward to interacting with all of you regularly.

    • handtius

      don’t you already interact regularly? you’ve been hanging around since the infancy, until they brought you aboard. i did the same thing at my favorite skateshop back in the 90s when i was wet behind the ears. Congrats Moshe. Always loved your comments in articles and game threads…and your writing is damn fine as well. look forward to seeing more of it.

  • Joseph Cecala

    I like the Looking back looking forward guy. Any guy who uses Beavis to state a point is a friend of mine.

  • Rey22

    Just need to trade Melky + IPK for Peter Gammons and you’re set with a lineup of all-stars.

    Love the site, keep up the great work.

  • Bernies House

    Ha! Typical, just like the Yankees you guys buy all the best writers. Now go win a bunch of blog titles. Just don’t sign someone to be RAB’s A-Rod. Or is that Hannah for all the irrational hate she gets? =)

  •!/J_Yankees J_Yankees

    Moshe and Larry couldn’t win their own blog titles so they try to ride Mike’s coattails to the ship. Losers.

    (Kidding of course.. Congrats guys!!!)

  • Mister D

    Congratulations all around. I love TYA, so I welcome Moshe and Larry, but since I read both, I suppose its just a lateral move. Hopefully there are bigger and better things in store for both sites.

  • mbonzo

    Great, just when I thought I wasted enough time on here.

    Sounds like a great move for the site.

  • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

    I love this site and I’m at the point now where I can’t envision following the Yankees without RAB. I’m really looking forward to the new writers.

    • Jesse

      Random Question, but if Freddy Garcia doesn’t comeback for 2012, will you change your handle?

      • mbonzo

        Ugh, hopefully not to Phil Hughes’ 86 mph Heat.

        • Jesse


      • Freddy Garcia’s 86 mph Heat

        Yeah probably, but I haven’t really thought about that yet. Also, I bet Alfredo Aceves will be the one struggling to top 86 next year…

  • Richard Iurilli

    Congrats to Larry and Moshe! I love reading your articles and interacting with you guys on twitter, and I can’t wait to see what you’re going to bring to the table at RAB. The best Yankees blog on the Internet just got better.

  • handtius

    Congrats RAB. I’ve been reading your blog since pre-save the big three (even got the shirt, but it shrunk and doesn’t fit my 2 yr old nephew. I demand reparations!). My commenting slowed over the years as work got more and more demanding, but I still read every article. Thank you guys for keeping this place an interesting read. You keep writing, I’ll keep reading.

  • RaeGun

    Awesome news. Now I wonder, who would have a better off season, RAB or the Yankees?

  • Braun

    NoMaas is better.

    • mbonzo

      … at photoshoping.

  • the Oberamtmann

    Are Mike, Joe, and Ben still the only ones we can call RABbies? Because they need something distinguishing. what does that make the newbies? And how come only Axisa gets a title?

    Watch out, Mike. Joe’s only giving you a title and a position to drown you with paperwork so he can slow your productivity and catch up to you!

  • Steve S.

    Congrats to Mo and Larry, two terrific writers and even better dudes.

  • RobC

    good to have Moshe. It was through a blog he was on that I found RAB years ago.

  • LarryM.,Fl.

    I have been a Yankee fan since the middle ’50’s. As a kid you would read about the Yanks from the Daily News or long Island Press. Now, I log onto RAB and read about the Yanks. These readings are insightful and have brought a more knowledge of the game. I especially enjoy the front office chatter and reporting which gives a total aspect of putting a winning team on the field.

    Now RAB is growing. I appreciate your efforts and look forward to all the new reports from all the writers and from the comment section.

    Thanks again.

  • Jake H

    Congrats guys. Site will be even better.

  • rbizzler

    Great news. Cheers to old and new members of the RAB family. Thanks again for all of your hard work.

  • Davey

    Moshe lands a new gig and goes on vacation the first week? bush league!

  • Jimmy

    I’ve been following Moishe and Larry for a couple years. Anyone following RAB regularly can expect some great stuff from them. Welcome aboard and good luck.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Congrats, guys. Keep up the good work.

  • BJ

    Sorry Mike, I’m happy for you and I’ma let you finish, but River Ave. Blues has one of the best Yankees blogs of all time!

    In all seriousness, congrats to Mike, and welcome to the new writers.

  • Henry

    That’s AWESOME!!!! I am one of the original RAB followers, although I don’t comment as much now that I’m out of college as I don’t have much time anymore, I’m still an avid reader via my iPhone! You guys are doing GREAT!!!

  • Damian

    I was hoping Ted Nelson would be in the new lineup, batting cleanup.

    • Esteban

      We all were


    • Mike HC


  • Undertaker’s Dong

    I mean I think Mike might be a fine choice for figurehead, BUT you should have really chosen me. I BRING IT.

  • Jumpin’ Jack Swisher (formerly Jorge)

    Congrats to you all. A surefire sign of success.

  • http://TheOne JCYanks

    This is awesome.Congrats to everyone at RAB.
    BUT PLEASE TELL ME I hope you didnt include any opt-outs in their contracts Joe.

    But Seriously
    Dawn of a new era. I look forward to the greatness ahead. Congrats

  • JohnnyC

    Whatever. ’86 Mets blogs woulda wiped the floor with you guys.


  • Heisenberg

    I’m still waiting for the “What Went Right: Mike Axisa” from one of you guys, complete with stats.

    It needs to be done; his counting stats should be huge, with rate stats like VORP (poster) to show his value to the team.

    • Mike HC

      He was being overused and abused like Torre did to Proctor. Happy to see they made some changes before he got completely burned out like Proctor.

  • Clint Holzner

    Can we just call Axisa “The Godfather” now, like in Old School?

  • Ghost

    Mike, Joe, and Ben will always be known as the original “Big three” to us, not Phil, Joba, and Ian!

  • Mike HC

    Definitely very smart off season moves. Much needed improvement. I am glad to have been around during the RAB dynasty years, ha, but shit evolves for better or worse, and I think these writer additions are going to bring some positive new blood and energy in.

  • Rockdog!

    Congratulation to Mike, and welcome to RAB, Larry and Moshe. I have read their stuff for a while now, and it like it. Having more thoughful, informed contributors is a good thing. Hopefully it will make the offseason seem to go a little bit faster.

  • JCK

    It’s not even fair anymore — you guys just aren’t giving the other Yankees blogs a chance! The commissioner of blogging needs to install some competitive balance.

    Congrats to Mike! Can’t wait to read more from Larry and Moshe (already off to a great start today!).

  • Rainbow Connection

    Great news. I love them on TYA. Will TYA still exist?

    • Eric

      Yup, TYA is still going strong. Matt Imbrogno’s at the helm now.

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