Curry: Yankees calling up Greg Bird

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Next wave of pitching prospects emerging in the minors
Sorry, Greg, can't wear No. 20 in the show. (Presswire)
Sorry, Greg, can’t wear No. 20 in the show. (Presswire)

According to Jack Curry, the Yankees are calling up first base prospect Greg Bird. He’ll join the team tonight in Cleveland. The Yankees have not yet officially announced anything but there’s no reason to doubt Curry. The team will have to make both a 25-man and 40-man roster move to accommodate Bird.

Bird, 22, is hitting .277/.356/.469 (138 wRC+) with 23 doubles and 12 home runs in 318 plate appearances split between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton this year. I consider him the sixth best prospect in the system but prospect rankings are subjective as hell, and it wouldn’t be insane to say he’s the team’s second best prospect in the minors now that Luis Severino is in the big leagues. Here’s a snippet of Baseball America’s scouting report:

Scouts and evaluators rave about Bird’s approach as well as his bat. He’s a line-to-line hitter with the willingness to work deep counts and take walks if necessary … Overall, the people who saw him play this year picture Bird, at his peak, as a truly balanced hitter capable of hitting for average and with power enough for 20 or more home runs annually while not doing any damage in the field. His home run power is mostly to the pull side (all but one has gone to right field), but he can push doubles to all fields.

Curry says Bird will serve as a backup at first base and DH during this stretch of 16 games in 16 days. Bird is a first baseman and a first baseman only, so there’s really no way to get him into the lineup without sitting either Alex Rodriguez or Mark Teixeira. He’ll be a lefty bat off the bench, something the Yankees could have used last night when Chris Young faced a righty with runners on second and third and two outs, for example.

I’m not sure there’s much upside to calling Bird up only to sit on the bench, but it’s not a bad move, just kind of a weird one. Had Andrew Miller not blown the save Tuesday and forced the bullpen to throw all those innings in the 16-inning game, chances are Garrett Jones would have remained with the team and Bird would still be in Triple-A. Jones was cut yesterday to get a fresh arm on the roster. Hopefully Bird can have an impact as a pinch-hitter and spot starter at first and DH.

The Yankees currently have an eight-man bullpen and a three-man bench, so I assume they’ll send down a pitcher to make room for Bird. I’m guessing Nick Goody will be demoted since he’s pitched each of the last two days and is unlikely to be available tonight. As for the 40-man roster move … I’m not sure. Cole Figueroa and Chris Martin stand out as players who could be outrighted. We’ll see.

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  • No 2013 again

    Excited to see what he can do, but it’s a weird fit. Not sure where he’ll get AB’s.. Could A-Rod be hurt and he’ll DH?

    • Patrick Bateman

      I’ve wondered that too, maybe Teix or ARod have been nursing something and they’ll need some time? Until a coresponding move is announced, people will wonder.

  • Luis Seveddardino

    This is exactly the spark we needed to light a fire under this ballclub. It’s just like making a trade at the deadline for an impact bat. Bird gives us the power that ARod and Teixera are too tired to give us right now. Start Bird tonight at 1B, DH Teixera, sit Alex and watch the runs pour in.

  • Patrick Bateman

    The Bird will be the word, oh yes!

  • dkidd
  • Patrick Bateman

    For real though, what’s the hitting coaches name again? It doesn’t roll off the keyboard like fire Kevin Long does.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Jeff Pentland & Alan Cockrell

      • Patrick Bateman

        Fire Jeff Cockrell and Alan Pentland!

  • Dave M

    Wow! I didn’t see this one coming. I suppose they want to give Tex and ARod some rest since they are both looking gassed.

  • Patrick Bateman

    A duck walked up to a lemonade stand, he said to the man who was running the stand…hey…got any grapes? Then he waddled away, till the very next day…

    Then Greg Bird was called up, the end.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      I give it a 2.

      • Patrick Bateman

        I was expecting, “tell me another duck story.”

        You lose.

        • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          Good day, sir.

          • Patrick Bateman

            Then I waddled away, till the very next day…

  • Captain Sensible

    Whew. I thought maybe Texeira was punched in the head by IK Enemkpali

    • Patrick Bateman

      The Sox would immediately sign him for Rusney Castillo type money

  • The Original Drew
  • grandedan

    A few days ago I posted a comment regarding tweets from Donnie Collins, a beat writer for the Rail Riders. Collins was saying Bird was now ahead of Judge as a prospect and was basically done with AAA. I pointed out that prospects always tell you when they are ready, not the other way around, and sometimes this creates some roster construction difficulties. I wondered what role Bird could have on next year’s team with Beltran, Arod and Tex still on the roster.

    Well I guess now we’ll get a preview of that. I pronounced Bird the best hitting prospect in the organization two winters ago after he put up a season in 2013 reminiscent of the Great Nick Johnson. We all assume he’ll play almost right away now spelling Arod and/or Tex. It’s clearly not an upgrade because of the roster construction issue but it will be fun seeing what this kid can do.

    And please, no one on one interviews with Post until you are here at least a month!!!

    • Some Asshole

      AISFM, AISFM, AISFM, et cetera, et cetera….

    • Pkyankfan69

      I remember that comment. I loved it so much I printed it out and glued it to my ceiling right above my bed so each night as I am falling asleep I can reread it and feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        I remember that comment too, and knew the connection would be made.

    • LazerTown

      But what did Einstein say about this?

    • dave_8

      done with AAA or we had an extra-inning game that DFA’d Jones as a consequence? I’d guess that Bird is up for that reason rather than him telling Donnie Collins and everyone “Yoo hoo, I’m ready!?”. And his 2013 at 20 isn’t reminiscent of NJ. NJ was already in AA at 20 and had a season that Bird has never approached.

      They needed a bench player and there’s only 20+ games left in his AAA season anyway. The big league team winning is more important than prospect development. I don’t think this says anything about next season any more than Refs brief promotion did. They’re not thinking that far ahead. It’s about getting in the playoffs. That’s all. A-rod an Tex will get some days off — like they would’ve if Jones was still here.

      • grandedan

        If you had actually read what I wrote at the time, I was querying whether there had been a better minor league season by a Yankee prospect since the Great Nick Johnson, not that Bird’s season was better. I remember someone citing a great season by Montero which I believe qualified.

        And the point about the Collins discussion was that Bird is ready now but the Yanks do not have a roster spot for him, other than as a spot starter which of course is not the appropriate way to integrate youth, as I’ve been pointing out for months with respect to Pirela and others.

        • dave_8

          If you had read what I wrote “his 2013 at 20 isn’t reminiscent of NJ” — and what you wrote – “he put up a season in 2013 reminiscent of the Great Nick Johnson” — you wouldn’t have replied that way. I didn’t say you said Bird’s season was better. It’s just not reminiscent when you do something significantly less in A ball than your comparison did at AA at the same age.

          “I pronounced Bird the best hitting prospect in the organization two
          winters ago after he put up a season in 2013 reminiscent of the Great
          Nick Johnson. ”

          The above isnt a query.

          • grandedan

            Again, if you had read what I wrote at the time, I compared not only the quality of the season but also Bird’s patience who was among minor league leaders in walks in 2013, once again, reminiscent of the Great Nick Johnson.

            • The Great Gonzo

              ‘The Great Nick Johnson’

              Just stop

              • grandedan

                He might have been my favorite minor league Yankee, at least as a hitter that is. Moncada might have taken his place, but alas . . . .

        • dave_8

          If you had read what I wrote “his 2013 at 20 isn’t reminiscent of NJ” — and what you wrote – “he put up a season in 2013 reminiscent of the Great Nick Johnson” — you wouldn’t have replied that way. I didn’t say you said Bird’s season was better. It’s just not reminiscent when you do something significantly less in A ball than your comparison did at AA at the same age.

          “I pronounced Bird the best hitting prospect in the organization two
          winters ago after he put up a season in 2013 reminiscent of the Great
          Nick Johnson. ”

          The above isnt a query.

    • The Great Gonzo

      As happy as I am for Bird, it causes me tremendous pain and agita that you might have been right about something. Its a tremendous internal conflict for me.

  • Duzzi24

    If they were going to do this, wouldn’t they do it early in the Indians series? Have Tex and Arod well rested to play against Toronto and on the turf. Now it seems Arod and Tex will def miss some of the Toronto series this weekend. I am happy that they are promoting a top prospect. Can Bird at least fake RF in a game or 2? Beltran has been doing it all year.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    A guy named Curry talking about getting closer to a guy named Bird. Smells like a trap.

    • Some Asshole

      Curry: Unheralded Yankees prospects Rick Coconut, and Sal Cardamom have been called up to the big league table.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        If we had a guy named Rice….

        • Some Asshole

          Boston already had him. =-(

          • Robinson Tilapia

            *resists Palin joke*

            • Deep Thoughts

              There’s a John Sterling HR call somewhere in this subthread.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                “GREG BIRD HITS ONE INTO THE SEATS! AWWWWW SARAH PALIN FUCKED GLEN RICE IN COLLEGE!”

                Was that what you had in mind?

                • Deep Thoughts

                  Wait, when he was in college or she?

                • Deep Thoughts

                  Wait, when he was in college or she?

                • Adam

                  Comment of the Year nominee, right here.

                • Adam

                  Comment of the Year nominee, right here.

      • insidethescoreboard

        Wish they would scout this kid Garam Masala. All the tools.

  • Rick

    Take away? F that Miller guy for ruining everything.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Yep, Andrew owes Jones a dinner or mortgage payment or something.

  • KranmarMysteryDelicious

    Let’s hope Ref & Pirela come next, replacing Drew and Ryan. We also need another outfielder who can run, catch and throw. Bells/Young ain’t cutting it.

    • Re2pect

      youngs been tremendous

      • LazerTown

        Yep this is the typical we stick stop let’s make as many moves as we can

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Fire Meredith.

          • BigDavey88

            LOOK AT ME.

            I’m the new second baseman now

          • BigDavey88

            LOOK AT ME.

            I’m the new second baseman now

    • LazerTown

      Drew is better than Pretoria

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      I am baffled why the hate for Chris Young? He’s hit 13 HRs, more than we expected.

      • Some Asshole

        How many of those came yesterday? Zero!? Fuck that guy.

      • KranmarMysteryDelicious

        Luv his bat, just that he needs to be replaced for defensive purposes. He runs – unlike Beltran – but his glove isn’t very good and his arm is terrible. That being said, with 25 man roster, adding a defensive replacement may not be in the cards.

        • LazerTown

          How many 4th outfielders can do all

          • The Great Gonzo

            The Red Sox have a glut of do-it-all outfielders. Its the new market inefficiency.

          • The Great Gonzo

            The Red Sox have a glut of do-it-all outfielders. Its the new market inefficiency.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          DeWayne Wise would come with other concerns.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Adam, find me when the most recent “Re-sign Chris Young for the next two seasons” conversation occurred on here. I bet it hasn’t even been a week.

        I’m curious as to overlap of commenters.

      • Deep Thoughts

        Mike’s bitter because he missed his pitch to hit, the first-pitch fastball up that he fouled straight back to the backstop.

    • Robert

      Gamel Slade are 2 OF come 9/1

  • Robert

    3 man rotation now as the season has taken its toll on TEX and AROD. You got to remember both players missed all or most of 2014.
    Bird can now play 1b/DH AROD DH n Tex 1B/DH
    More Youth to come 9/1

    • LazerTown

      Let’s just go with two first base men. Eliminate 2 b

      • Robinson Tilapia

        That’s going to get some traction here.

        • LazerTown

          I’m actually a bit surprised that nobody tried it yet with all the shifts.

          • Robinson Tilapia

            “We’re playing Bird and Tex?”
            “Yes.”
            “Wait, where does that leave Step……oooooooooh!!!!!!!”

  • LiamInAlbany

    It has been a good season for Birdperson

  • Bob Loblaw

    Birdman or the unexpected virtue of the yankees collapsing

  • imadominiCAN

    Ok great to hear about Bird. Now can we please get rid of either Drew of Ryan. They are both the same terrible offensive players who provide back up defense at ss, 2b, 3b. There’s NO NEED to have them both on the roster. #refsnyder4ny needs to be a thing again.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      And why didn’t we trade Severino for David Price?

      Did you see how Frankie Cervelli is doing?

      Headley, can he throw the ball?

      What about trying Dellin as a starter again?

      Don’t Joba anyone, ever.

      The answer to all our problems lies in Dom Brown and Seth Smith. Can we trade Swisher for them?

      Play/trade the kids.

      • Deep Thoughts

        “Trade Gardner” showed up again this week as well (best time to trade him is after 2 CSs and his average drops 30 points).

        • John

          I was saying they should trade him right b4 the break. Him and Nova. Pretty sure they would HAVE brought something nice back

          • Some Asshole

            Like what? And why would the other team do it?

          • Some Asshole

            Like what? And why would the other team do it?

          • Robinson Tilapia

            Well, how about today? They can bring some dessert back to the office.

          • Deep Thoughts

            Maybe an antique armoire, or an old Honda dirt bike.

        • John

          I was saying they should trade him right b4 the break. Him and Nova. Pretty sure they would HAVE brought something nice back

        • craig

          Gardner, Bird, Garret Jones, Nick Goody, Ian Clarkin, Joba, Raul Mondesi and $400 million to Texas for Cole Hamels and 1996 Rusty Greer.

      • BigDavey88

        PLAY GREG GOLSON GODDAMIT.

        JUAN MIRANDA DESERVES A SHOT

        • Some Asshole

          I hear they have this kid named Ruben Rivera at Columbus. Man, if he’s anything like his brother Mariano, the Yankees have something!

        • The Great Gonzo

          That Ronnier Mustelier is tearing the cover off the ball. Why is he not up!?!?!? He was the hottest Cuban thing in baseball before Yeonis Cespedes made it cool.

        • The Great Gonzo

          That Ronnier Mustelier is tearing the cover off the ball. Why is he not up!?!?!? He was the hottest Cuban thing in baseball before Yeonis Cespedes made it cool.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          All Pirela/Mustellier/Chato Vazquez does is hit!

      • Literally Figurative

        There was a Gardner for Dom brown contingent on here

        • Robinson Tilapia

          If, by “contingent,” you mean “it was every other goddamn comment,” yes.

          I don’t know how to blame that one on LoHud.

  • grandedan

    You know what would be fun? Spot start Bird and have him hit two dingers. Let’s see the Yanks deal with that. At least when Ref hit a dinger he still had a position on the team he could play. For two more games.

    • Rob
      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        BigDan likee.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        BigDan likee.

    • Luis Seveddardino

      He’ll get 12 AB’s and Girardi will say, ok that’s enough of that experiment and he’ll be sent down. Girardi treats the clubhouse like Hotel California. Veterans like Ryan, Drew, CC and Capuano can check out any time they like but they can never leave.

      • Literally Figurative

        ON A DARK DESERT HIGHWAY, COOL WIND IN MY HAIR….

        • grandedan

          Good song but a great record in Spanish.

          • The Great Gonzo

            I’ll just leave this here:

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUZpoogW_40

            • grandedan

              Thanks. I actually never saw that video. I don’t even speak Spanish but that song just seems so much more haunting in Spanish, which is how I think that song should feel.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’ll sign up for that quandary.

  • I am Brett Godner’s Shoes

    How to free up a 25 man and a 40 man roster spot. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Don’t try to sneak off to the weight room Cappy. We are all looking right at you.

  • ronald frushon

    the only way to play bird is to sit out tex or alex our two best power hitters,why???????why not refsynder or even judge. i know the biggest thing they can do to help the team is to get rid of girardi,but now i am thinking they should all go,including hal,sell the team. they continue to mistake after mistake after mistake.

    • Rick

      Feel better?

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You’ve let go of the caps lock. #progress

    • Vern Sneaker

      Because.

  • I Heart Dellin

    Welcome to the show, Greg B.

    Did some stat munching this morning, in between working (or was that the other way around)?

    Going back over the last 7 games, the average Game Score for opposing SPs has been 70(!). Not like they’ve been facing dud pitchers and being rubbish. Previous high-water mark was 66 from 6/28 vs HOU (McHugh, 80 GS) through 7/5 vs TBR (Ramirez, 62 GS). Yankees were 4-3 in that stretch though – waiting out tough pitchers and doing just enough.

    I don’t know what any of that means (stats, man!) but there you go. They’ve seen good pitching the past week. What can you do.

  • Rob

    What’s this kids upside? Mattingly? Konerko? Anybody got a comparison?

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      At least one has stated Votto.

      • Rick

        If only we could be so lucky. I’d be happy for him to become Adam Lind.

        • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          Thankfully, it’s not my opinion on Votto.

          • Rick

            I hope it comes true though

        • The Great Gonzo

          Shit. Lind at his peak was nothing to scoff at.

        • The Great Gonzo

          Shit. Lind at his peak was nothing to scoff at.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Take it with the biggest grain of salt possible, obviously, but peak Overbay has been brought up more than once.

      • Rick

        Now you’re gonna tell people how much salt they can use?

        • D$

          Next thing you know, he’ll be telling you how big of a soda you can buy.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          I tell them how to do everything else already on here.

      • Frittoman626

        I would take 2004 Lyle Overbay everyday of the week.

      • Rob

        I looked back at lohud and turned into a pillar of salt.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Can I loan you some acne medication?

          • Rob

            How would I return it?

    • D$

      Not exactly what you asked for, but from preseason (http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/evaluating-the-prospects-new-york-yankees/):

      Scouting Report: Bird has been an under-the-radar prospect in a high profile system, but had a breakout year in 2014 after getting on the radar with a strong full-season debut in 2013. Bird was an overpay (for a surprisingly high amount, to the industry) in the 5th round out of a Colorado high school, so we’re talking about a high school first baseman (who caught at times, but everyone knew that wouldn’t work) with limited physical projection from a cold weather state without great competition.

      He was banged up and just alright after signing and in short-season leagues/instructs in 2012, then hit way more than expected in Low-A in 2013: .228/.428/.511 with 20 homers as a 20-year-old. Bird still has a good arm from his catching days that was enough for the Yankees to consider letting him catch after he signed, until a back injury nixed that idea. He moves pretty well around the bag and is fine defensively, but it’s all about the bat here.

      I got reports that Bird looked like a young, healthy version of Nick Johnson, but given just one season of performance with little background and the limits of a first base profile, scouts were still cautious. Bird performed well above league average while aged correctly for a prospect in High-A in 2014 (making for a scary middle of the lineup with Judge), then hit even better in a late-season Double-A promotion and carried that level of performance to the Arizona Fall League.

      Bird has an advanced feel for the strike zone and is more of a hitter who has power than a slugger that swings from his heels. One way that scouts pick up on this is that Bird will not show you all of his raw power in BP. I’ve seen Bird take BP at least a half dozen times and, while Judge will let it loose in the last round and Gary Sanchez tries to put a hole in the outfield wall in most of his BP swings, Bird will just hit line drives all over the field with every swing. I’ve seen him hit homers in games to all parts of the ballpark and seen him carry the center field wall by 30 feet. It’s plus power and it might be a 65, I just haven’t seen it in BP to confirm. I also couldn’t get this out of my head when writing this report.

      • Rob

        Thanks, that helped.

      • The Great Gonzo

        A Young Healthy Nick Johnson…. Interesting.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          His best comparison is a ghost. That’s not good.

      • The Great Gonzo

        A Young Healthy Nick Johnson…. Interesting.

    • KranmarMysteryDelicious

      I heard last night that he was rated the best defensive first baseman in his league. That was a surprise to me cause they always speak about his bat.

      • KranmarMysteryDelicious

        has only 2 errors this year

  • Chip

    I got a “Database error” message a few minutes ago and my first thought was, Greg Bird just destroyed RAB

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      We have been getting those for days.

    • Frittoman626

      For a second I though you meant regular Greg lol.

  • Luis Seveddardino

    Ryan Goins HR. Jays up 4-0. They’ll never be stopped.

    • Paul B

      im so tired of their offense clicking 1-9

      • BigDavey88

        It will eventually. Unless you wanna take a ride on the DOOOOOOOOM train

        • Deep Thoughts

          That’s what she sai—no! wait! I mean, “That’s what I said to your mom last night.” Boo-yeah!

        • Deep Thoughts

          That’s what she sai—no! wait! I mean, “That’s what I said to your mom last night.” Boo-yeah!

      • D$

        Remember when that was happening for us? Our will come back. Theirs will take a nap. So is the cyclical nature of beisbols.

      • D$

        Remember when that was happening for us? Our will come back. Theirs will take a nap. So is the cyclical nature of beisbols.

    • Rick

      After they got out of a bases loaded no outs jam in the top of the first too

  • BigDavey88

    “I’m not sure there’s much upside to calling Bird up only to sit on the bench”

    Disagree. I think quick exposures and cups of coffee are beneficial. Obviously if a prospect rots on the bench all year long that’s a waste, but he’s been playing everyday for months now. Let him get a taste of the bigs, even if it’s just the atmosphere, and maybe he’ll be better prepared for a situation when the team needs him.

    September call-ups are coming up as well, but he has a shot to do something meaningful before then. Cool.

    • Game 3

      In other words, you completely agreed with what he wrote. He wrote ‘much’, not ‘any’.

      • BigDavey88

        I’m sure Axisa is swooning over your valiant defense of him.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He had him at the “OT” reprimands.

          • Some Asshole

            OT

            • BigDavey88

              Let me have my out of context responses whenever I want dammit!

            • BigDavey88

              Let me have my out of context responses whenever I want dammit!

          • Some Asshole

            OT

        • Robinson Tilapia

          He had him at the “OT” reprimands.

  • RetroRob

    A bit surprising, but as Mike noted this was probably driven by the forced cut of Jones because of the 16-inning game. There is little logic to cutting Jones, a LH’d hitter who could play 1B and the OF, for Bird, a LH’d hitter who can only play 1B. Bird will face the same situation as Jones, which is little playing time, which is not ideal for a top prospect.

    I suspect he’ll be up for a week or so with Girardi probably playing him at 1B once, maybe DH once and then send him back down. Perhaps at that point they’ll call up Refsnyder, with Bird returning come September. Unless Tex or A-Rod gets injured or suffers a total collapse in hitting, the path really isn’t clear for Bird until 2017. He’ll get a call up again probably the second-half of next year at which point he should stick as Tex begins his sunset.

    • D$

      Yea, it’s a mildly puzzling move, but it makes sense given the circumstances. Also, I heard someone on here mention that Bird is Rule 5 eligible this offseason, so he had to be 40-man’d anyway. Also, Cashmans insistence on not moving those 4 prospects led me to believe that those 4 prospects (probably not Mateo) were going to be our marginal upgrades int he second half. So I think he was planning on this.

      • RetroRob

        I think so, at least in the case of Bird. He was going to be added to the 40 man this offseason, so it wouldn’t have been surprising if the Yankees got a month or so jump on that and gave him a September call-up. I don’t believe this move, however, was on anybody’s radar a few days back. The extra-inning game forced some roster juggling. Based on that, we probably shouldn’t assume that Jones won’t be back a third time. Beyond a quick cup of coffee for Bird, they may still prefer Jones for the position of break-glass-in-case-of-emergency role off the bench and have Bird go back to AAA to get regular ABs before he returns in September. If I was in Jones’ situation, I look around for any team that needs a LH’d DH, or a platoon player at 1B, no matter where they are in the standings. He’s best off the last two months trying to reestablish value before he a free agent, but if no team needs that right now, he may opt to return again to the Yankees.

        I’m not so sure we’ll see Judge in September since he doesn’t have to be added to the 40 man. Yet that could all change in a flash with the sight of Beltran limping off the field, which would not be a good thing. I’m quite sure we won’t see Mateo. While he seems like a logical choice for the speed-off-the-bench option the Yankees have added in Septembers past, they’re probably better off bringing back someone like Antoan Richardson, a more experienced and high-percentage base stealer than Mateo at this point, and it’s someone they can just cut once the season is done. Mateo would be a permanent addition to the 40 man, and history says Cashman won’t want to do that unless forced to by other circumstances. Richardson is with the Rangers organization now so he’s probably not available, but it seems like every year someone like him is up for grabs.

  • YankeeFan™

    Now Batting For The Yankees #33 Greg Bird #33

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Waiting for it to be confirmed, but I’d bet you’re right.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Give him #40. It’s double his old #20 and it will remind him he’s the 40th guy on the roster.

      • MB923

        Hello! That’s Severino’s number.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Not when we trade Severino for Chad Qualls in order to solidify the 15th inning.

        • Deep Thoughts

          who?

      • MB923

        Hello! That’s Severino’s number.

      • YankeeFan™

        Lol Severino has that number & I believe he’ll wear 33 he used to wear it in High School.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Give him #40. It’s double his old #20 and it will remind him he’s the 40th guy on the roster.

  • Rick

    What happens if the kid is tearing the cover off the ball while he’s up? In all seriousness, how could they consistently get him in the lineup?

    • MB923

      Sadly I have a feeling he’s going to get equal playing time as Garrett Jones the 2nd time he re-joined the team. As in, Zero playing time. I think they will send him down very soon for a pitcher again

      I surely hope I’m wrong.

    • Some Asshole

      I don’t know, but I see in the sidebar that Andruw Jones is coming back next year!

    • Some Asshole

      I don’t know, but I see in the sidebar that Andruw Jones is coming back next year!

    • dave_8

      If he tears the cover off the ball, he’ll be in there at DH or 1st.

      • Rick

        And where is ARod or Tex playing?

        • Some Asshole
        • dave_8

          Tex is playing 1st or getting a rest if he’s hitting worse. A-Rod is sitting against RH or DH’g against LH. Great problem to have. Remember you said “tearing the cover off the ball” — if anyone does that, you get them in the lineup. Bottom line is winning games in this stretch drive. Getting a hit here or there or one good game isn’t “tearing the cover off the ball”. He wasn’t doing that in the minors. Girardi would be over joyed if he had the “problem” of a Shane Spencer-like explosion from Bird. He’ll work with it; dont worry. Whatever gives you the best chance to win today’s game.

        • dave_8

          Tex is playing 1st or getting a rest if he’s hitting worse. A-Rod is sitting against RH or DH’g against LH. Great problem to have. Remember you said “tearing the cover off the ball” — if anyone does that, you get them in the lineup. Bottom line is winning games in this stretch drive. Getting a hit here or there or one good game isn’t “tearing the cover off the ball”. He wasn’t doing that in the minors. Girardi would be over joyed if he had the “problem” of a Shane Spencer-like explosion from Bird. He’ll work with it; dont worry. Whatever gives you the best chance to win today’s game.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I’m just waiting for that “Tex to third, Headley to second” suggestion.

      • D$

        Ellsbury is in a slump. Text to CF A-Rod to 1B and Bird can DH – I’ve heard his defense is nothing special. Then we swap Gardner and Didi. Viola.

        • TheEvilUmpire

          What about Frank Viola?

          • Some Asshole

            He plays second.

            • Some Asshole

              Headley plays woodchipper.

            • Some Asshole

              Headley plays woodchipper.

            • Deep Thoughts

              Second *fiddle*

            • Deep Thoughts

              Second *fiddle*

          • Some Asshole

            He plays second.

        • TheEvilUmpire

          What about Frank Viola?

      • Rick

        I was similarly waiting for A-rod to third, Headley to second

      • Rick

        I was similarly waiting for A-rod to third, Headley to second

    • Tom_hamsandwich

      Ask him if he’s ever played RF, when he says no ask again, then put him in RF.

      • D$

        “I don’t think you heard me correctly. Have you ever played right field?

    • D$

      I assume some moving platoon of A-Rod/Tex/BigBird for DH/1B (A-Rod being out of the 1B conversation). He’s a kid. He’s not going to rake for too long (if he does) so it would be a temporary problem that would be nice to get Old Balls and Fragile Fred some time off.

    • D$

      I assume some moving platoon of A-Rod/Tex/BigBird for DH/1B (A-Rod being out of the 1B conversation). He’s a kid. He’s not going to rake for too long (if he does) so it would be a temporary problem that would be nice to get Old Balls and Fragile Fred some time off.

  • YankeeFan™

    Now get a second baseman & I’ll be very happy.

    • MB923

      On MLBTR, it’s saying Marlins are open to trading Prado.

      • YankeeFan™

        I would love Prado back, Get to fucking work Cashman.

        • Some Asshole

          Trade everything for Prado! Do it or you suck, Cashman!

          • The Great Gonzo

            All the kids! All the rentals! All the fails!!!!

            • Robinson Tilapia

              We needed a fourth outfielder. Mateo for Victorino. Live for today.

          • The Great Gonzo

            All the kids! All the rentals! All the fails!!!!

          • MB923

            I have no clue about the Marlins catching depth, but let’s say they are weak in it. Would you trade Sanchez for him? Would they even accept it?

            • The Great Gonzo

              Nope, but I’d trade the shit out of Romine for him.

            • The Great Gonzo

              Nope, but I’d trade the shit out of Romine for him.

            • Some Asshole

              No. The longer the Marlins hang on to Prado, the less valuable he is.

            • Some Asshole

              No. The longer the Marlins hang on to Prado, the less valuable he is.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Fuck no.

              • MB923

                No to the former question or to the latter one? (or both lol)

              • MB923

                No to the former question or to the latter one? (or both lol)

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Fuck no.

            • Re2pect

              No

            • Re2pect

              No

            • Literally Figurative

              God no

            • Literally Figurative

              God no

          • MB923

            I have no clue about the Marlins catching depth, but let’s say they are weak in it. Would you trade Sanchez for him? Would they even accept it?

          • Axis of Mike

            He already sucks. Dustin fucking Ackley?

        • Some Asshole

          Trade everything for Prado! Do it or you suck, Cashman!

      • YankeeFan™

        I would love Prado back, Get to fucking work Cashman.

      • Deep Thoughts

        And I am open to trading this shart I found in my underpants for an unwrapped piece of Bubble Yum.

      • Deep Thoughts

        And I am open to trading this shart I found in my underpants for an unwrapped piece of Bubble Yum.

    • Deep Thoughts
    • Deep Thoughts
    • Rob
    • Rob
  • Frittoman626

    Question (Don’t know if already asked): do you think that Judge would be up instead of Bird if he hadn’t been in a slump these past couple of weeks, or is Bird still picked over him since they need a backup 1st baseman for Tex?

    • D$

      I think Bird for his utility (being that he can play 1B)

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A lot more possible than I would have thought a month ago.

      I still think he needs the time to figure out how to keep all those moving parts in sync most of the time.

      • Frittoman626

        Agreed

      • Frittoman626

        Agreed

    • Robinson Tilapia

      A lot more possible than I would have thought a month ago.

      I still think he needs the time to figure out how to keep all those moving parts in sync most of the time.

    • Deep Thoughts

      Aaron Judge will have a retirement ceremony where it is announced that he has a terminal case of Jacoby Ellsbury’s Disease, but that he “considers himself self self self…the luckiest minor leaguer leaguer leaguer…on the face of the earth earth earth.”

    • Deep Thoughts

      Aaron Judge will have a retirement ceremony where it is announced that he has a terminal case of Jacoby Ellsbury’s Disease, but that he “considers himself self self self…the luckiest minor leaguer leaguer leaguer…on the face of the earth earth earth.”

    • NYCORNERSTONE

      Imagine they wanted the left hand hitter. Refs should be called up too dfa Ryan

  • Robinson Tilapia

    So, if Bird plays about 2-3 times a week, and sits the rest, by Wayne logic, what will happen to him? Dismemberment?

  • Vern Sneaker

    Unless he turns out to be lightning in a bottle a couple of times a week resting Teixeira (fingers crossed), I doubt Bird’s going to be of much importance to our making the playoffs, but it’ll be fun getting to see another prospect.

  • Vern Sneaker

    Unless he turns out to be lightning in a bottle a couple of times a week resting Teixeira (fingers crossed), I doubt Bird’s going to be of much importance to our making the playoffs, but it’ll be fun getting to see another prospect.

  • John

    Bird?? Yanks need a 2nd baseman.

    • D$

      Am I doing it right?

    • D$

      Am I doing it right?

  • John

    Bird?? Yanks need a 2nd baseman.

  • MB923
  • MB923
  • Asher Dratel

    “I’m not sure there’s much upside to calling Bird up only to sit on the bench, but it’s not a bad move, just kind of a weird one.” was pretty much my exact reaction to reading that they were calling him up.

  • Asher Dratel

    “I’m not sure there’s much upside to calling Bird up only to sit on the bench, but it’s not a bad move, just kind of a weird one.” was pretty much my exact reaction to reading that they were calling him up.

  • D$

    My assessment:
    Greg Bird will probably hold a bat at some point. He may or may not wear a glove, but he will most likely hold a bat. He’ll hit somewhere between .000 and 1.000 (probably closer to the former than the latter) and may even make a play on the field. If he plays the field. Which he might. Or might not. He’ll hit more than less-than-zero HRs too.

    Now that I have that on record…

  • D$

    My assessment:
    Greg Bird will probably hold a bat at some point. He may or may not wear a glove, but he will most likely hold a bat. He’ll hit somewhere between .000 and 1.000 (probably closer to the former than the latter) and may even make a play on the field. If he plays the field. Which he might. Or might not. He’ll hit more than less-than-zero HRs too.

    Now that I have that on record…

    • MB923

      Oh he’ll hold a bat. In the batting cage.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        Or in bed.

      • TheEvilUmpire

        Or in bed.

    • MB923

      Oh he’ll hold a bat. In the batting cage.

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Don’t balls fouled straight back count as negative homers anymore?

    • TheEvilUmpire

      Don’t balls fouled straight back count as negative homers anymore?

  • dickylarue

    I’m betting the over eager guy in the Legends seats who bumped into Tex going for the ball injured him by merely touching him and Bird is here to give him some rest.

    • bleuboy23

      Owwwie! I’m Mark Texiera, and my multi-million dollar deal sometimes requires me to slide, or to jump! Egad! Thank God I’m all right!

  • dickylarue

    I’m betting the over eager guy in the Legends seats who bumped into Tex going for the ball injured him by merely touching him and Bird is here to give him some rest.

  • grandedan

    As has been pointed out below, apparently Prado is on the block but allegedly the price is high. I think Cashman would love to have him back. It probably depends on the price right now. Cashman won’t overpay for what he wants and he’s proven that. He’ll simply wait it out.

    I’d say it’s about even odds, perhaps a bit less, Prado comes back. If he does, he’s the favorite to start at 2b next year as the new Drew. Unless of course there’s a new Eovaldi available hahahaha!

  • grandedan

    As has been pointed out below, apparently Prado is on the block but allegedly the price is high. I think Cashman would love to have him back. It probably depends on the price right now. Cashman won’t overpay for what he wants and he’s proven that. He’ll simply wait it out.

    I’d say it’s about even odds, perhaps a bit less, Prado comes back. If he does, he’s the favorite to start at 2b next year as the new Drew. Unless of course there’s a new Eovaldi available hahahaha!

  • John

    Over or under on Greg Bird getting 4 games with the Yanks ala Refsnyder

    • MB923

      Under. Heck, I’d be willing to say Under 4 AB.

    • MB923

      Under. Heck, I’d be willing to say Under 4 AB.

    • D$

      Starting, or being on the roster? On the roster, Over, starting might be a tough one. Maybe under 2.5.

    • D$

      Starting, or being on the roster? On the roster, Over, starting might be a tough one. Maybe under 2.5.

    • D$

      Starting, or being on the roster? On the roster, Over, starting might be a tough one. Maybe under 2.5.

  • John

    Over or under on Greg Bird getting 4 games with the Yanks ala Refsnyder

  • bernbabybern

    I’ll guess Girardi will want to rest Arod before the Toronto series and Bird will either play 1B or DH today.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Probably DH

      • Frittoman626

        It would be better to put him Bird 1st and Tex at DH so that he can rest.

        • bernbabybern

          He may, the Toronto series is far more important than this game.

      • Frittoman626

        It would be better to put him Bird 1st and Tex at DH so that he can rest.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Probably DH

  • bernbabybern

    I’ll guess Girardi will want to rest Arod before the Toronto series and Bird will either play 1B or DH today.

  • NYCORNERSTONE

    Arod looks really tired

  • disqus_8E66WIUyso

    Happy to see the move. But your not gonna bench tex. His D is too valuable even if hes not hitting. Don’t bring kid up to play once a week. Sanchez is mashing also. Bring him up. Team needs a jolt. Fast.

  • bernbabybern

    Should give Bird #26 since he is the successor to Tex (#25) and give Capuano (#26) the bird.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      I would love him to get 26 since Severino didn’t.

    • Frittoman626

      That would be awesome. Each successor at 1st base should get the next # since our past 1st baseman had the numbers:
      #23 Mattingly
      #24 Tino
      #25 Tex/Giambi

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        It’s insane that 25 has been basically at 1B for the last 13 years.

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        It’s insane that 25 has been basically at 1B for the last 13 years.

    • Frittoman626

      That would be awesome. Each successor at 1st base should get the next # since our past 1st baseman had the numbers:
      #23 Mattingly
      #24 Tino
      #25 Tex/Giambi

  • NH Yankee fan

    Gardner has been a big disappointment. Didn’t he end up batting like .270 when it was all said and done last year? He starts off great but always ends up in that range.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Big disappointment? Lol how? He’s sucked the past month, but disappointment? Not even close.

      • NH Yankee fan

        Can’t steal a base! Always regresses towards the end of the season..

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Where he settles ain’t a bad place to be.

        • MB923

          Maybe it’s Girardi’s decision not to send him.

      • NH Yankee fan

        Can’t steal a base! Always regresses towards the end of the season..

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Big disappointment? Lol how? He’s sucked the past month, but disappointment? Not even close.

    • grandedan

      Gardner is only a big disappointment if you buy into the OPS+ 140 hitter he appears to be each July. In reality, he’s a very consistent player by the time the season ends. It’s just easier to bear if you forget his last two months each year.

      • NH Yankee fan

        Pretty important months to start regressing when you bat 2nd.. Didi has hit .300 since May. He’s been their best hitter. I’d rather plug him in there.

    • KranmarMysteryDelicious

      He’s had a great year but now slumping – think he needs a rest. We all think of him as youthful but he is no longer a kid.

      • KranmarMysteryDelicious

        Geez, he’ll be 32 in 10 days!

  • NH Yankee fan

    Gardner has been a big disappointment. Didn’t he end up batting like .270 when it was all said and done last year? He starts off great but always ends up in that range.

  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    I’m really hoping Bird gets the start today. Thrusting him right into a starting spot (For today) in his first day in MLB might be a bit crazy, but A-Rod/Teix clearly need the rest before a VERY important series this weekend. Bird at 1B, Teix at DH. A-Rod desperately needs a day off clearly and Teix could also use one too. Keep Teix’s bat in the lineup and rest him a good amount too.

    • Frittoman626

      They should, this offense right now needs all the help it can get. They should have also brought up Ref and gotten rid of Magnum BR.

    • Frittoman626

      They should, this offense right now needs all the help it can get. They should have also brought up Ref and gotten rid of Magnum BR.

    • Rob

      Actually, That’s kinda been Joe’s MO lately. I think he did that with Williams, Refsnyder, And maybe one other. Position players seem to get the opportunity the first night or 3, then we’ll see. And if he doesn’t play tonite, he may not play until Monday. I don’t think they would want his first game to be in TO.

  • Sir Didi Nakamura

    I’m really hoping Bird gets the start today. Thrusting him right into a starting spot (For today) in his first day in MLB might be a bit crazy, but A-Rod/Teix clearly need the rest before a VERY important series this weekend. Bird at 1B, Teix at DH. A-Rod desperately needs a day off clearly and Teix could also use one too. Keep Teix’s bat in the lineup and rest him a good amount too.

  • UnKnown

    So since I see all the Hal and Cash supporters have overtaken the thread and turned it into a circus.

    Now is the perfect time to ask, What exactly would, from what I read the smartest men in all of baseball, have to do to garner any sense of angst at all from you guys? I mean really I am quite intrigued…

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam
      • Ma-kun Fronaka

        Heh, I actually know the band behind the gif. One of those “not for the feint of heart” types.

        • bernbabybern

          Is that Henry Rollins?

          • Ma-kun Fronaka

            Nah, this guy isn’t that badass. But that isn’t a bad guess on the surface

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Who is that, though?

              • Ma-kun Fronaka

                Jamie Hanks from this band called I Declare War.

    • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

      I guess I’ll be the one to answer , baseball purgatory (not good enough to win a playoff spot & not bad enough to garner a high draft pick with a bottom half farm system & more than a handful of un movable contracts).

      • UnKnown

        So the only way you’d be upset is if they put the team in the worst spot possible.

        Wow props for being so tolerant. Lack of props for not having any kind of standard at all.

        • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

          I have two serious questions for you and you alone kid.

          1)Are you on the NYY payroll? Because in all honesty I’m not receiving any checks from being a “fanatic” or casual observer.

          2) Do you have yearly financial gains invested in with Yankees global enterprises or related to Lester Crown, Donald Keogh, Donald Marron and jerry Speyer?

          Who gives a shit about standard if you aren’t making profit from it.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Would who have to do? These are important details, sister.

    • Some Asshole

      I, for one, will attempt to be amused by your anger over the lack of anger.

      • UnKnown

        Not angry at all. You and the rest of the cronies act is pretty played out by now. It’s scroll over country at this point.

        It was however a serious question. I guess I just wanted to know. And so far I haven’t got a good answer yet. So it’s about what I expected on that front too…

        • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

          If you say so dude.

        • TripleShortOfACycle

          They will always defend the organization no matter what. Whenever something good happens they credit Cash. When something bad happens then Cash isn’t making the decisions. Hal is never faulted because they have a high payroll. The new mantra is wait till the bad contracts (which nobody except Hank gets the blame for) expire and then we will be awesome again

        • Robinson Tilapia

          It’d be helpful if you answered my question, which was “what would WHO have to do?”

          What would you have to do? Nothing, since you’re an attention-seeking troll adding nothing to any conversation. This is your niche: Complain about the others. Your old-school RAB equivalent would be Jobawockeez.

          What would the Yankees have to do to bring my angst? To what level? That I become as negative as you? Hmmmmm……

          1) They could sell to Trump, but that’s the point I just become a Mets fan.

          2) I guess actually dumping the entire farm for terrible vets, like a vintage ’84 Steinbrenner, would get me close, but probably not close enough.

          Other than that, what, miss the playoffs for a third straight season? Bitch, please. I was four when they won a championship, and waited 18 years for the next one. I gots time.

          • TripleShortOfACycle

            If they had the wildcards in the 80’s we would have made the playoffs a bunch of years

            • Some Asshole

              Yeah, but that wasn’t the case. You can only deal with the league you have, not the league you want.

              Or something.

          • UnKnown

            Actually what would be most helpful is if you didn’t read my comments because obviously they don’t jive with the thoughts of the all high and mighty RT.

            Other than that, I would expect you could have found a GIF to better sum up your temper tantrum post. Hopefully Hal or Cash can get you some cookies and milk. Take a break man.

            • Robinson Tilapia

              Yup. Nothing to say.

              Hold on a sec…..I need to pass this through my colon a sec…..oh, OK, here it is:

              O:S

              • UnKnown

                You are a strange dude… Have a good one.

            • Some Asshole

              ….what? You’re asking folks about what it would take to get angry and are annoyed by a “temper tantrum post?”

              Temper tantrums have been every Game Thread and Deadline Thread.

              • jjyank

                Not to mention the doomsayers of the RAB world outnumber the pollyannas that these idiots are so desperate to put down. I find it highly amusing that there is any implication that the haters are the minority here. These guys are worth of nothing but Nihilist Arby’s tweets, which is oddly fitting.

            • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

              I’m trying to understand you, but it’s just not working. You’re whining about Hal and Cash cronies on this board, which is something that no one here can be since we’re all just fans like you and not team employees. You’re insisting there’s no anger when all I’ve seen over the last week is constant whining about about they’re done, gloombagging that the Jays have already wrapped up the division, and general bitching about everything they didn’t do at the deadline. Then you have the fucking gall to call someone else’s post a temper tantrum? Holy shit, man.

          • Some Asshole

            God help us if Trump is the owner. I’ll be a Rays fan over that.

        • Some Asshole

          I enjoyed the fantasy that there are cronies here, doing their best to make the world safe for Hal and Cash, or something.

          As for what it would take, I’m not sure there’s anything that would get me as outraged as people got by the trade deadline, at least in the realm of possibility. I might end up being disgusted, like I am with the Knicks, but that’s been beaten over years and years. To the point where I don’t watch even when given the opportunity.

          If you’re annoyed by my lack of rage, so be it. Ultimately, this is supposed to be for entertainment and for an escape. I don’t think I can summon the persistent outrage that you apparently demand.

    • Rob

      Circus? It’s more like an amusement park, really. Lots of options. Lots.

    • dickylarue

      Trade a prospect. Any prospect for an actually good major league player making money. They hate that.

    • Preston

      I will be critical of Cashman and Hal when they make moves and decisions I don’t like. I’m never going to have a sense of angst, because I’m not a teenager going to my first middle school dance.

    • jjyank

      Draw the blinds. shut out the sun. Cry. The pile of meat has been on the table for weeks. Just eat it & go back to bed. Arbys: edible.

      • TripleShortOfACycle

        This was a productive comment

        • jjyank

          More production than half the crap on here these days…Nihilist Arby’s tweets are the way to go with folks who don’t appear interested in an actual conversation and instead just argument bait.

  • UnKnown

    So since I see all the Hal and Cash supporters have overtaken the thread and turned it into a circus.

    Now is the perfect time to ask, What exactly would, from what I read the smartest men in all of baseball, have to do to garner any sense of angst at all from you guys? I mean really I am quite intrigued…

  • Too Many Idiots
    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Not quite that bad, but the idea is good.

      • Too Many Idiots

        They’re just toying with Oakland right now. I think Bautista and Donaldson are batting left-handed today.

    • Frittoman626

      I remember the day when the Yankees were doing that, sigh.

      • pfunk42529

        You mean last Tuesday, yeah, I remember it too, was only 9 days ago…

    • Robinson Tilapia

      I guess Jesse Chavez remembered he was Jesse Chavez.

      • Too Many Idiots

        The Jays are going to make him think he’s Capuano.

    • Some Asshole

      Well, no wonder they’re winning. Too many men on the field.

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        Where’s Bob Davidson? He’d call balks on all of them….oh wait, we have him.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          #roadgeekjoke

  • Too Many Idiots
  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    http://m.mlb.com/video/v361834483/?query=oddities

    I know Royals broadcasters are bad, but seriously, it’s the Mystery Machine.

  • http://yankeecanada.com/ robertg

    one Toronto sports reporter–“You can go to the game this afternoon and watch the Jays beat up on the A’s and then you can go up and put your feet up with a cold beer and watch the Indians beat up on the Yankees”–a cocky bunch they’ve become. Gotta find a way of knocking them off their perch

    • needmoreruns

      They’re certainly enjoying the success that’s for sure. It rarely happens to them

    • Birdman jr

      It will just make their fall from grace that much more enjoyable. Bigger they are harder they fall!

    • Robinson Tilapia

      “I don’t know who Greg Bird is.”

    • jjyank

      They’re a half a game up with 47 left to play. That’s the kind of karmic jinx that will fuck you over in the end. Hopefully Toronto has now angered the baseball gods.

    • My name is Paul Heyman

      I have said it before.. Toronto will have the most amount of pressure for the remainder of the season.. They won the TD, are rolling but they wont win 40,45 of their last 50 games.. And that cockiness may hurt him (just like it did to us in some way lol)

    • Basil

      This is a very Toronto tone. We’ve not been seeing it lately because the Jays have been lousy, but it was very much the tone of the Jays’ golden years. It has a lot to do with a very old Canadian resentment of America. Whenever they think they have a reason to gloat–comparative crime stats, an Olympic win against the US, the UN identifies some Canadian city as superior to American cities, a local historian insists that Canada (doesn’t mention England) really won the War of 1812, etc., etc.–they become all excited and make awkward attempts at rhetorical swaggering.

      • Brews Bud BJs

        I actually love watching arrogant Yankee fans (and arrogant Americans)
        call us out for being cocky.
        NY acts like they deserve the AL East every year, usually try to buy all
        the top free agents and then crow about us being big mouths? When’s the
        last time NY ever shut up about how great the Yankees are? On his farewell tour (an entire season of BS) we’re to annoint Jeter as a god and bow down to his old ass? ha. So, you
        get passed in the standings and whine your way back. It’s funny how Americans can make fun of little ole Canada and those polite boring
        Canadians, yet when we get excited and start to talk some shit you go
        and act like we shit in your coffee. Or did we piss in your beer? Maybe
        get better beer.

        • Basil

          It’s fun to bait Canadians. They always respond.

  • Ma-kun Fronaka

    When people were thinking Bird coming up was a possibility yesterday, I quietly laughed at it to myself. Needless to say I was wrong, but man this is an odd call, at least to me.

    • Frittoman626

      The lineup needs some sort of spark. Tex and A-Rod also need some rest, so I’m ok with the move as long as he plays and isn’t Garrett Jones 2.0 (no PT).

      • Ma-kun Fronaka

        Yeah I don’t hate the move or anything, it just really surprised me. I figured if anyone was vying for a call-up, it would have been Refs, but the Tex and A-Rod do need some rest, so I suppose it adds up.

        • Frittoman626

          Don’t know why Ref isn’t up. The Yankees really don’t want him to be up, and at this point they can’t make up an excuse about defense since he didn’t look bad when he was up earlier this season. I’m sick and tired, just like everyone else, seeing Drew and Ryan playing everyday.

          • Ma-kun Fronaka

            They must have some serious concerns about him as a contributor at the MLB level and, for obvious reasons, aren’t letting that on. Defense is a fair worry if his offense isn’t enough to pick up where he may be a liability on that side of the ball and all, but who knows. It’s definitely odd he hasn’t been back since his first try

            • Frittoman626

              They should at least let him try and either succeed or fail instead of just assuming that he won’t succeed in the majors. I would understand if he was blocked since the players ahead of him in the depth chart were decent, but Drew and Ryan have been atrocious. Hopefully he’s given a chance in September when the rosters expand.

              • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

                No doubt he will be up in September.

              • Basil

                IF they do doubt his defense–and we should assume that they know more about this than we do–then I don’t see the point of bringing him up right now. The Yankees’ offense is terrible as it is, and it doesn’t need to have a defensive liability inserted into the lineup merely for what is likely to be a modest up-tick in offense. Sure, he’s better than Drew. But how much worse than Drew (or Ryan) may he be in the field? I’ll trust the GM’s instincts (based on the advice he’s getting from AAA) rather than RAB’s current wave of play-the-kids sentimentality.

  • Luis Seveddardino

    They could call up the 1927 Yankees and it wouldn’t make a damn bit of difference against that Toronto juggernaut. Division deficit will be 4.5 games after Sunday.

    • The Great Gonzo

      I liked free and easy Eddard Troll from the last thread better. This is just posturing.

    • Birdman jr

      That’s right I forgot the bjs are the best team in 100 years, thanks for reminder. Great analysis lol

      • Basil

        They’re not the best team in 100 years, but, unfortunately, they’re probably the best team in the AL right now. The only hope, a dim one, in sight is that each team is now due for a “correction.”

    • Rob

      Those guys are all dead.

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        We were debating last night bringing Jack Chesbro back from the dead. Then we realized he needed Tommy John Surgery.

        • Rob

          Did anybody offer to do him if you did?

          • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

            It would be kind of superfluous because skeletons have no muscle tone, so TJS is useless.

            • Rob

              Do you mean to tell me you wouldn’t bone him? I find that hard to accept.

              • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

                I prefer having flesh for my men.

                • Rob

                  So young and inexperienced

                  • Robinson Tilapia

                    Everyone always kept a nice Costco-sized bottle of KY handy back in the day.

              • Robinson Tilapia

                Agreed. He did win 40 games in a season.

    • My name is Paul Heyman

      But you said in the morning they were going to eventually cool off lol you need to go find a woman man, youre too stress out

      • jjyank

        Is this the first time you’ve read an Eddard comment? He’s straight up ignore fodder. Don’t pay attention to him.

        • My name is Paul Heyman

          Yeah i know, sometimes its hilarious, other times he tries too hard lol

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          You may be humor-impaired. He’s hilarious.

  • TCF16

    So when it comes to Bird’s defense, is he someone “who won’t do any damage in the field” or is he the “best defensive first baseman in the Eastern League.”

    The first comment comes from Baseball America, the second from a poll of managers in the Eastern League.

    I’m gonna go with the managers’ opinion and say that Bird’s D is gonna make Tex look like Giambi.

    • Ma-kun Fronaka

      He’s got really good hands, which probably is what won his the best defensive 1B in the EL, his range isn’t going to blow anyone out of the water in my opinion.

      • Cool Yankees Dude

        How many 1B are said to have good range, though?

        • Ma-kun Fronaka

          Not a whole lot, which is fair. I was just mentioning that in reference to the Tex to Giambi comp.

        • http://yankeecanada.com/ robertg

          Teixiera in his day and even now. Look at the scoopes and stretches he’s been making on Headley this year

      • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

        That was pretty much true of Giambi. He had great hands. ZERO range.

    • grandedan

      If you been following him closely the last 2-3 three years, both statements are correct but the first one is dated.

      This is really a testament to how hard Bird is working at the game of baseball. He’s a damn good prospect. Much like Severino, he just needs to stay healthy.

      • Bruce

        That being the case, you bring a guy like Bird up to play everyday. If there’s no place yet for him, you leave him alone and let him continue w/his routine. If anything, he loses valuable a/b’s playing here now rather than at scranton. This is where the starting pitching’s failure to get deeper into games really hurts this team. The 16 inning game the other night basically forced them to cut Garrett Jones in order to bring up fresh arms just to get through this Cleveland series. If Jones is still on the club, Bird stays put until the rosters expand. Bringing Bird up now is premature and desperate. On the other hand, I think Bird’s the real deal, so it’s exciting to see him playing tonight. Cockamamie ball club making it up as they go. Not the best scenario, but it is what it is.

        • grandedan

          I pretty much agree with you there. This doesn’t seem like the best operational move but I’m excited to see Bird as well. The short starter problem should be relieved quite a bit when rosters expand in a couple of weeks.

        • Bpdelia

          Dude. Bird being up for two weeks losses him like 25 ABs in the long run. Everyone m needs to calm down. He won’t be damaged by missing a handful of abs while getting his feet wet. He isn’t going to be sitting on the bench the rest of the season. He’ll be up for about ten days or however long it takes to clear Jones and get him back on the team.

  • Birdman jr

    I’m not sure bird makes a huge impact, but as a longtime fan this is one of the most exciting seasons I remember, definitely the best since 2009. Seeing all these prospects get a chance gives me a completEly unfounded confidence in the vision of the organization going forward. A shift in strategy from worn out veterans to high upside youngsters is the right direction in today’s MLB. We will have to wait and see if it’s successful or not…… only time will tell, but I’ll be damn excited until given a reason to feel otherwise!

    • Bruce

      Completely true about this being an exciting/interesting year to follow this team, BUT no way would I bring Bird up at this time as he should be playing everyday and accumulating as many a/b’s as possible until the roster’s are expanded. Pirela on the other hand had proven everything he can at Scranton and can play a passable LF. Slide Gardner into the CF spot, put Ellsbury on the D/L so he can get healthy again, cut Ryan, and bring up Refsnyder to play 2B. Either that, or find a way to acquire Prado back from the Marlins. I fail to see what’s gained here by putting Bird on the Yankee bench to spell Tex & Arod & whatever other few a/b’s he gets p.h’g.

      • Birdman jr

        I completely agree, top prospects should be playing everyday for the long term development. Exactly why I’m very cautiously excited, not sure the yanks have a long term vision, just plugging holes. I think this a reaction to the slump, trying to get tex and arod some rest while putting the best alternative bat they have into the lineup. This seems a temporary move for this 16 Game stretch, pending a Prado type trade. Then a rod can play 1st when tex sits (they tried it in spring) and Prado plays third to spell headley, prado full time 2b drew becomes utility. I pray bird is not playing 1-2 times a week for the rest of the year.
        Im not 100% sure the Yankee brass aren’t dumb enough to think bird has an innings limit. Cashman may think he’ll keep bird below his limit by using him in a part time role the rest if the year lol

        • Off the Wall

          Agreed…not to mention Tex’s Gold Glove defense, which has saved so many runs for the Yankees this year.

          Tex needs a breather, but not for an intermediate/long term period from now until the end of the season.

          A-Rod needs a break as well. But, as with Tex IMO, a day here and there.

          Given that, I don’t see the upside potential for Bird AT THIS TIME. If he’s not going to get significant playing time, then he should be in AAA until the roster expands to 40 players.

          • Birdman jr

            If he plays 50% of the games he’s up for I kind of like it. Its agressive and the best place to blossom and get experience is in the show. It’s better than our development plan of the last decade which was slow and slower then trade them.

  • Cool Yankees Dude

    Martin will unfortunately get outrighted for Bird. Shame, because I liked him. I don’t see them outrighting Figueroa who can play many different positions.

    • Frittoman626

      Meh, he had 1 good stretch in the majors. Since coming of the DL he’s been decent, but he’s definitely the worst of the options the Yankees can bring up from the minors. Would rather see Bailey come up soon.

      • http://yankeecanada.com/ robertg

        worse than Crapuano?

        • RetroRob

          Martin could have more value to the Yankees in 2016, so I’d prefer they hold him, yet the Yankees might want to keep Capuano around for the occasional 6th starter spot this year. He needs to pitch regularly to have a chance to be effective. Seldom-used bullpen guy is a very bad role for him. Send him back down to AAA. He’ll pass waivers again. Keep him pitching in the rotation at Scranton in case the Yankees need a starter.

    • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

      Martin was getting dropped from the 40 after this year, in any case.

  • bernbabybern

    Bird caught 3 games in the minors so I guess he’s the super emergency backup catcher.

    • Preston

      He was a catcher in high-school. A back injury forced him off the position. I don’t think he’ll ever put the equipment back on again.

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      If Tony Pena is ejected, Chris Capuano has played 1st Base Coach this week, so we have a backup 1BC.

      • Robinson Tilapia

        If Chris Capuano is ejected, I’ve actually done a shitty job trying to throw a ball at someone before, so I’m available.

    • Some Asshole

      I forgot all about that, but it ain’t happening. Not with major league pitching.

  • Ron De Jong

    Would also like to see Aaron Judge. To his credit, Beltran has been hitting abit, although his fielding (if that’s what they are calling it now) remains horrible. Infusing some young blood into the lineup for a few games might proof positive — if nothing else in giving the older guys a rest. (I’m excluding Drew in that because no amount of rest is going to turn him around.)

  • http://yankeecanada.com/ robertg

    jays sweep another team. That’s three sweeps in a row. 11 games in a row. And then didn’t play Tulo, saving him for the Yankees series. And EE wasn’t playing with a sore finger, probably back for the Yankees series. And their back up 2nd baseman Goins hits a 3 run home run. Amazing how a team can get all aspects of their game humming at the same time for such a long time. Pitching was not that good in the first half has really come on including the BP, lowest ERA in the majors since the ASG. Their starting pitching is stellar and their offense we don’t need to describe. And even their defense has been firing on all cylinders. Usually you have pitching hot or hitting hot but not everything for so long a time. This is going to be a real tough series this weekend. Thankfully it doesn’t look like we’re going to have to face Dickey

    • My name is Paul Heyman

      Yankees face Price, Estrada and Hutchinson if im not mistaken.. Gonna be tough but lets see if a win tonight can change the streak here

      • http://yankeecanada.com/ robertg

        you’re right on the projected pitchers for the weekend, and in that order

        • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          There was a chance that they could start Dickey on short rest.

      • Brews Bud BJs

        Maybe you can pick up 1 win off Hutch to salvage a series loss! good luck

        • Pete22

          We are Hutchisons Daddy

    • Beauee

      We didn’t lose a series in the whole month of July. We hit our worst stretch of the year as the Jays hit their best. But yeah, we need to get it together for the weekend in the worse way.

  • Adam

    Truly a bizarre panic move. Cashman wouldn’t keep Refsnyder because he wanted him to get more at-bats in the minors rather than start him over the All-Star Drew/Ryan tandem, but he’s willing to call up an even more highly-regarded prospect with no role in mind for him except pinch-hitting every now and then? Garrett Jones really couldn’t be relied on to continue filling that role? Bizarre.

    • Bruce

      Spot on analysis there, Adam; agree completely!

    • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

      Jones is gone from the 40 man. IF you believe that role is needed, bringing up Bird makes sense. Refs makes sense if you believe that role is unneeded. And if you want to bring up Refs, it makes sense to DFA Ryan (who would need to accept an assignment to the minors to keep his 2016 player option alive). So “Bird vs. Refs” is not really a trade-off.

      • RetroRob

        None of us should be surprised if Jones returns a third time and Bird is sent quickly packing. This was a roster move that came about from fallout from the 16-inning game.

  • jonathon

    Refsnyder would make a lot more sense considering the black hole at 2nd base , or even Gamel to attempt to give a spark to the offense . I’m not complaining about bird coming up but it’s just a bit odd with no real place for him in the lineup and he might be better off just getting consistent AB in AAA right now.

    • Beauee

      I think this shows that they REALLY don’t like Refs for whatever reason (I’m guessing defense, maybe makeup? who knows?). They’re sitting Teix for Bird (and yes, Teix NEEDS a day), but they won’t sit Drew for Refs (who has NEEDED a permanent day off since the beginning of the season).

      • jonathon

        His defense has gotten better as the year has gone on . I dont know why they dont like refsnyder but its bs at this point.

        There comes a point where a player stalls in his development and i have to believe being stuck in AAA if you’re ref and watching drew blocking you has to kill your confidence

        • Beauee

          Yeah I’m with ya. I wish they gave him a chance too.

        • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

          I don’t think baseball really works this way. Spending a year in AAA is not unusual. It’s not like Refsnyder has put up a 140 wRC+ for back-to-back seasons while playing great defense but being ignored. He’s been good but not great hitting at AAA. The defense is a work in progress.

          If Refsnyder is a professional (and form what I’ve read he seems to be), he will understand his job is to play hard, work hard, get better, and wait for his chance. I really don’t think a kid with a year in AAA looks at Drew and says, “Screw it, how can they not promote me over him?” Especially since Refsnyder can’t play defense as well as Drew, and it is highly unlikely he can hit 14 HRs in a bit more than 2/3 of a season like Drew has. (Not defending Drew. He’s awful. But I’m just saying that he has two facets to his game that are clearly better than Refsnyder now.)

  • jonathon

    Refsnyder would make a lot more sense considering the black hole at 2nd base , or even Gamel to attempt to give a spark to the offense . I’m not complaining about bird coming up but it’s just a bit odd with no real place for him in the lineup and he might be better off just getting consistent AB in AAA right now.

  • SweetSpot

    “I’m not sure there’s much upside to calling Bird up only to sit on the bench, but it’s not a bad move, just kind of a weird one.”

    Can’t say I agree. Bird is an excellent first-baseman and both Tex and A-Rod need rest and he’s a lefty bat off the bench. I think he will play. If he’s ready, he’s ready.

  • nyjchris

    It would be cool to see Bird get the start against the rhp tonight. Give arod a full day off and give tex a half day off. Clearly we’re not gonna see Ref again until the rosters expand, which is unfortunate.

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

    Greg Bird is wearing 31, batting seventh, playing 1st.

    • n0exit

      Woah 31?!! Bit low isn’t it?

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        Yep.

    • Beauee

      Whoa really? Teix gets the day off?

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        Yep.

        • Beauee

          Welp, I guess Cashman really meant it when he said he was going to live and die by his guys. I didn’t think he’d get a start as early as tonight.

          • http://yankeecanada.com/ robertg

            it wasn’t Cashman really. He was repeating what Hal felt and said publicly. Whether he felt as strongly about it as his owner, who knows?

      • Basil

        Tex needs the day off!

  • SweetSpot

    Sterling call?

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Bird is the word! :)

      • Todd

        He gave them the bird!

      • Todd

        He gave them the bird!

    • Birdman31

      Bird on a wire

    • bernbabybern

      Bird drops a bomb!

    • Chardee_MacDennis

      Bird… Flies One Outta Here!

    • Pete22

      Bye Bye Birdie

  • Birdman31

    He should wear 04

    • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

      Yankees don’t play around with zeroes.

      • Birdman31

        Really, is that in the employee manual?

        • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

          There has never been any 0s that are a first or only digit in Yankee history.

  • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam
    • Beauee

      I wonder how many miles that bus from SWB to NYC has on it this year…

      • https://www.flickr.com/photos/roadgeek/ Roadgeek Adam

        This one is probably a plane ride to CLE.

        • Beauee

          Don’t mind my derping out

  • dalelama

    Nice to see they brought up possible relief for the Gag Brothers. Maybe the pressure will dissipate if Aroid and Tex get some R & R. Obviously Cashman is seeing the same thing I am.

  • Monterocouldstillbedinero

    This is good although Tex is still stinging the ball and plays a great 1B. Too bad we don’t have a righty DH to sit ARod.
    Anyway, Bird has to be at least as good a hitter as all the crap the Indians throw out there every night.

  • DS8503

    Love this! Let him learn from Tex get some playing time in. He looked comfortable at the plate tonight 3 hard hit balls and a K. Didn’t get the hit but still played pretty well and pretty confident tonight!