New Year’s Open Thread

Gammons: Cashman says Yankees will not sign Stephen Drew
Poll: How much would you offer Masahiro Tanaka?

The 2013 calendar year was pretty awesome to me. Yeah, the Yankees stunk, but it’s only baseball. Everything in my personal life went great and everyone’s happy and healthy. I couldn’t ask for much more and I hope this past year was great to you as well. Hopefully 2014 is just as awesome, but with a contending Yankees team. Life is always better when the Yankees kick ass.

Here is your open thread for New Year’s. Enjoy the last night of 2013 but be safe. Lots of crazies out there, man. See you folks in 2014.

Gammons: Cashman says Yankees will not sign Stephen Drew
Poll: How much would you offer Masahiro Tanaka?
  • http://N/A Brian P

    Do you think binder Joe will consider putting Gardner, Jeter, Ellsbury 1,2,3? I realize this would be unconventional, but with how frequently Gardner and Ellsbury get on base they would score alot of runs and have a very deep lineup (potentially Beltran, McCann, Tex, Soriano 4,5,6,7-3b/2b 8,9)? Thanks

    • lightSABR

      The thing I hate about Jeter batting 2nd or 3rd is that he hits way, way too many groundballs, leading to way too many double plays. I’d rather hit him first or, ideally, ninth, so that he’s less likely to hit with a runner on first.

      • LitFig

        Hit Jeter 9th?


        Seriously, I think Jeter should be hitting 7-8-9. He doesn’t drive the ball enough to hit high in the lineup.

        • RetroRob

          What do you mean? His last full season he triple slashed along at .316/.362/.429. You want to put that at the bottom of the order?

          • forensic

            Well, the two seasons before that he was a below average hitter. Really, none of us know what to expect from him next year, but there’s a lot going against him.

            • RetroRob

              I get it, although the assumption that he somehow needs to be declared the #7 or #8 hitter by many Yankee fans is pretty odd and unfounded, especially considering there is no clear replacement.

              He was above average in both 2011 and 2012 by wRC+. 2010, however, was a different story!

              Happy New Year, all.

              • forensic

                I was talking about him being below average over the course of the two seasons combined. And I’m one of those who would certainly prefer him batting lower next season and having the great speed element of Ellsbury and Gardner at the top of the order, at least against righties.

      • Mr. Roth

        I think having Ellsbury’s speed and legit SB ability in front of Jeter will help to reduce the GIDP threat a good amount.

        I do worry about Jeter’s propensity to hit into double plays, though.

        • RetroRob

          Over Girardi’s time, one of the most optimal uses was Jeter leading off and Damon batting second. It reduced one DP opportunity at the start, and Damon historically was one of the most difficult players to double up in the history of the game. With Damon gone, having Swisher and then Granderson bat there was a good thing based on their skills. With all of them gone, there really isn’t an ideal #2 hitter. Not a big fan of Gardner batting second.

          • David in Cal

            We may not have an ideal #2 hitter, but, sadly, our lineup will likely have 3 or 4 ideal #9 hitters. ):

  • Bavarian Yankee

    half an hour to go for me :)

    I’m really glad 2013 is almost gone, I lost my father in August and it’s been a tough year for my mother, my sisters and me.

    so yeah, happy new year in advance! I wish all of you the best of luck and health in 2014!

    • Bavarian Yankee

      eh, almost forgot to thanks Mike for another awesome year of covering the Yankees. RAB is by far my favorite Yankees blog! So thanks Mike and keep up the great work! :)

      • lightSABR

        No kidding. I never knew what good baseball analysis looked like until I found this site. And now I can’t read the other stuff without cringing.

        When you wear out, Mike, find someone to pass to torch to. For all our sakes.

        • GT Yankee

          So sorry Bavarian. Lost my grandmother over the summer. I was 19 when my parents moved to California and I moved in with her while going to school. So hard to believe she’s gone. After I followed my parents out to Cali later in life, she would send me clippings and etc. Got a Daily News tee shirt from her that says “27th Heaven” with Mo celebrating when they last won the Series. Here’s to a great 2014 for all RAB readers.

          And Mike thanks for doing a great job for Yankee fans all over!

    • Betty Lizard

      Sorry, Bavarian. Here’s a virtual toast to a better year.

    • sevrox

      Sorry to hear BavYank – spent some time in S. Germany – beautiful beautiful part of the world. Hope your New Year is a better one.

      This ‘site is my one-stop shopping for everything Yankee-news related. Thanks for all the efforts.

    • LarryM Fl

      My condolences are sent to you and your family on the passing of your father. May 2014 bring you some peace and happiness.

      I’m 64 and lost my mother in October. My father died 13 years ago. As I recall the day in October. It dawn on me that I have no parents around anymore. It seemed strange but I have a wonderful wife and two adult children who will occupy a large space in my life.

      Bavarian just embrace your family and work hard not to let little things get in the way of that embrace.

      • vicki

        larry, if we live long enough, we’re all orphans.

        what’s that word for when you read an internet comments section but you don’t comment? that was me for a long time on rab. i always thought larrym was a class act.

        anyways, i say go to hell, 2013.

        let’s do this, 2014.

        • vicki


          • forensic

            Lurking on your own comments? Vicki, you’ve reached a new level… :-)

            It’s nice to not be the only one around here tonight though (at least for a few minutes).

        • Dave M

          There was an episode on Curb Your Enthusiasm about that. A 50 year old guy’s parents died and he was upset about being an orphan. Larry naturally questioned weather or not you can be considered and orphan at age 50.

  • mustang

    2013 just sucked I haven’t looked this forward to a new year in a long time.

  • Ray Fuego

    Thanks RABis for all the work you all put in day after day. I found this site back in 2008 and haven’t looked back since. I visit daily even in the off-season, you guys keep a crazy yankee fan sane.

    • jim p

      Right? Remember the pre-RAB days when we’d be refreshing the sports pages of all the local papers every day, hoping for any, just any, Yankee news at all? This baby here gets me through the off-season. Which, btw, is more than half-over at this point.

      Thanks to the RAB writers, and a great new year for them and for us all.

  • SEC42

    Thanks Mike for the continued great work on the site. I enjoyed the 2013 season a lot despite no playoffs. RAB was a big part of that. Have a great New Years Eve everyone.

  • Grit for Brains

    Was kinda hoping Drew would be signed and Jeet moved to third….Maybe today’s report was just posturing.

  • LarryM Fl

    Happy New Year and good health to all the River Ave. Blues bloggers and to our dedicate reporters for a wonderful job. As far as 2013 season is concerned. Is was a ride that I probably forget except for Mo’s retirement but will remember the team did not quit just ran out of gas .

  • Grover

    Thank you Mike for another year of wisdom. Know that most of us truly appreciate your insight and passion for the Yankees.

  • heyjoeyjojo

    Thanks to Mike and crew for everything you do all year. I’ve been following this site every day for years. I rarely post but wanted to say thanks for everything you do.

  • dkidd

    happy new year to all, and sincere thanks to mike for all of his great work

    the year of jayson nix is almost finished!

    • Betty Lizard

      I feel bad that I forgot Jayson Nix.

      Thinking back on the 2013 season made me decide to rewatch The Year of Living Dangerously.

    • forensic

      With guys like him, I’m never convinced that he won’t be back until he actually signs with another team. It’s similar to how I won’t believe that Wells won’t be with the Yankees on opening day until I see an official press release saying he’s been released.

  • forensic

    Geez, watching some of this Texas A&M game is painful with all the over-the-top talk about Manziel. It’s getting to the point where it’s up there with Tebow in terms of being unwatchable.

    • vicki

      are you a jet fan? if so, get used to it.

      • forensic

        Giants fan, not a Jets fan, thankfully (except maybe for this year, but at least as a west coaster I only had to see a few of the Giants disasters this year instead of a bunch of them).

  • forensic
  • BigBlueAL

    Happy New Year to everyone at RAB!! Hopefully we start off the new year with the signing of Tanaka lol.

    • forensic

      I’d like to start off the new year with a complete overturning of A-Rod’s suspension, followed soon thereafter by the signing of Tanaka, but I guess the order isn’t all that important as long as both happen. :-)

      • vicki

        for auld lang syne, my dear.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Happy New Year, everyone. Here’s to fresh starts and 2014 being all you want it to be.

  • mustang


    Thank God 2013 is over so looking forward to 2014 hopefully the Yankees can start this thing of right.

  • Chip Rodriguez

    Happy new year all (and a new s/n for me). Fingers crossed that ’14 brings all us Yankee fans a lot more to cheer than ’13 did, both in baseball and otherwise.

    • Betty Lizard

      Excellent user name

  • sojuyankee


    How come RAB is no longer listed in the Blog menu at Levine get torqued? It was there around 4:45pm Monday, when I read the Arod emails then I checked RAB at 6pm and it was gone! Had to go to the site map to find RAB.

    • Ray Fuego

      Wasn’t there a YES logo in the top banner somewhere? I was wondering the same thing.

  • Pinkie Pie

    R.I.P. Uncle Phil

  • LitFig

    Happy New Year to the RAB writers, editors and readers. I may not always agree with your takes on the team, but it’s good to get into spirited debates, and to occasionally get a good chuckle out of it.