Saturday Links: A-Rod, Best Tools, 810 River Ave., CLEAR

Beltran's clutch homer gives Yankees come from behind 4-3 win over Blue Jays
Game 115: The Day After
(Tom Pennington/Getty)
(Tom Pennington/Getty)

The Yankees and Blue Jays resume their three-game series early this afternoon. Until then, check out these stray links and news items to help you pass the time.

Pre-game ceremony for A-Rod‘s 3,000th hit

This is rich. The Yankees will hold a special on-field pre-game ceremony for Alex Rodriguez‘s 3,000th career hit later this season, the team announced. It’ll be held Sunday, September 13th, before the team’s 1pm ET game against the Blue Jays. They ask you to be in your seats by 12:30pm ET. So just a few weeks after refusing to pay A-Rod his $6M home run milestone bonus because they claimed it was unmarketable, the Yankees are honoring Alex for his 3,000th hit. Guess they’re hoping for a late-season attendance bump.

MLB.com’s farm system rankings

Jim Callis posted his updated ranking of the top ten farm systems this week, and the Yankees placed tenth. I’m not sure where Callis had the Yankees coming into the season, but most other publications had them in the 18-25 range. “New York has position prospects at every spot on the diamond, including speedy shortstop Jorge Mateo (No. 99), sweet-swinging second baseman Robert Refsnyder and slugging catcher Gary Sanchez,” wrote Callis. I don’t know if the Yankees truly have a top ten system yet — this is just one person’s rankings, of course — but the system is clearly on the rise, even if Severino graduates to the big leagues before the end of the season.

Baseball America’s Best Tools

Baseball America published their annual Best Tools survey this week, in which they poll managers, coaches, scouts … basically everyone about the best players and best tools in their individual leagues. Several Yankees players and prospects appeared throughout the survey, so here’s a quick rundown:

All of the surveys are free, you don’t need a subscription, so click the links and you can read through each category and each league. Obviously this is all very subjective — I can’t imagine there are many Yankee fans who consider Gardner the best bunter in the AL — but I’ve always found it interesting and fun to see who coaches and scouts feel have the best skills.

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New apartment tower being built next old Yankee Stadium site

According to Ondel Hylton, a new 17-story apartment building is being built on River Ave. between 157th and 158th Streets, on the old Ball Park Lanes site. (The bowling alley closed years ago.) The 134-unit building at 810 River Ave. is right across the street from the old Yankee Stadium site and is a few blocks away from the new Stadium. The neighborhood was re-zoned for buildings up to 30 stories back in 2009, and this is the first new high-rise going up in the area. Construction started in May.

CLEAR comes to Yankee Stadium

As you know, MLB mandated all 30 ballparks must have metal detectors at the entrances this season, which is a total pain. Couldn’t be any less convenient and, frankly, it doesn’t make me feel any safer. (Not that I’ve ever felt unsafe at a game, but that’s besides the point.) The Yankees recently partnered up with CLEAR to expedite the process, the team announced. It’s the same biometrics technology they use at airports for TSA pre-check. You can sign up at Gate 4, and, if approved, you’ll be able to simply scan your finger at a designated fast access lane and skip the whole metal detector process. Yankee Stadium is the third stadium with CLEAR technology, joining AT&T Park and Coors Field. So if you’ve ever wanted that airport experience at a ball park, this is your lucky day!

Beltran's clutch homer gives Yankees come from behind 4-3 win over Blue Jays
Game 115: The Day After
  • https://youtu.be/alYXF7a9N3U Memory Bread

    Best reliever entrance music : Andrew Miller ft Johnny Cash – “God’s gonna cut you down”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTCS6aWRSc

    • blake

      without question….maybe the best ever.

    • blake

      without question….maybe the best ever.

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

    Best reliever entrance music : Andrew Miller ft Johnny Cash – “God’s gonna cut you down”

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DQTCS6aWRSc

  • Gregory Eckes

    BTW, I would like to see Greg Bird start at first and Tex DH today

    • sevrox

      yes

      • Literally Figurative

        YES!

        • FriarFlyer

          Birds at first, Tex the DH. ARod sits to start. Beltran batting third… might be time to shuffle lineup when ARod back in it… Mac day off with JRM behind the plate…

          • Literally Figurative

            Yeah, I’m fine with maybe batting Alex 5th and Beltran 3rd for a while.

          • Literally Figurative

            Yeah, I’m fine with maybe batting Alex 5th and Beltran 3rd for a while.

      • Literally Figurative

        YES!

    • sevrox

      yes

  • Gregory Eckes

    BTW, I would like to see Greg Bird start at first and Tex DH today

  • blake

    sorry BA but Betances has the best curveball and is the best reliever.

    • LazerTown

      Yea. Britton having a good season, but the only thing he has on Dellin is the saves. Davis you can make the argument for, not Britton though.

      • blake

        Yea I mean it’s either Betances or Davis…..both are awesome. Davis actually has him in ERA, WHIP etc…..but Betances is much more dominating……Betances has him by a lot in K/9 and hits/9. Really the difference is that Betances walks more guys……if Dellin could get his walk rate back to where it was last year then we would be looking at all time great stuff here…..

        Dellin has been better at everything this year except the walks…..basically he’s been harder to hit…but he’s allowing more free passes.

    • LazerTown

      Yea. Britton having a good season, but the only thing he has on Dellin is the saves. Davis you can make the argument for, not Britton though.

  • blake

    sorry BA but Betances has the best curveball and is the best reliever.

  • Literally Figurative

    The yanks are bullshitting with this arod thing.

    • Wkamm

      Exactly.

    • Wkamm

      Exactly.

    • dickylarue

      I think they’re gonna Ned Stark him.

      • cashmoney

        Robb…that toronto waitress will be involved.

        • TheEvilUmpire

          Spoilers! I’m still working on the end of Season 1!

    • dickylarue

      I think they’re gonna Ned Stark him.

  • Literally Figurative

    The yanks are bullshitting with this arod thing.

  • blake

    @DAVIDprice14: I feel great today!! Box score might not show it but I GOT BETTER last night!! It’s always a process in this game…everyone can get better!

    • Electric Avenue

      Not about process David anymore. You are not at Vanderbilt. You are a hired gun and only care about cashmoney. Look at those stats for Cone, Sutcliffe, Johnson, Sabathia. You MUST go 11-2 w/ a low 1ish ERA.

      • blake

        cone had a 3.89 Era

      • blake

        cone had a 3.89 Era

      • Literally Figurative

        If Aaron Sanchez didn’t throw a meatball to beltran, that Era woulda been much lower

        • Tar

          Wasn’t that “meatball” thrown at like 97? And Price gave up three hits in that inning before he was lifted.

          • Literally Figurative

            It was right down the middle though. If you throw it right down the middle, belt high, dudes will smash them

        • Tar

          Wasn’t that “meatball” thrown at like 97? And Price gave up three hits in that inning before he was lifted.

        • Electric Avenue

          Yeah, but those hired guns kind of rarely turned it over to the pen. Look at what Johnson and Sabathia did down the stretch in ’98 and ’08 respectively. Crazy stats. This is the time of year where your hired gun shuts the other team down 1-0 and you max the guy out big time. Another is Doyle Alexander for the Tigers that YES showed for Detroit in ’87.

        • Electric Avenue

          Yeah, but those hired guns kind of rarely turned it over to the pen. Look at what Johnson and Sabathia did down the stretch in ’98 and ’08 respectively. Crazy stats. This is the time of year where your hired gun shuts the other team down 1-0 and you max the guy out big time. Another is Doyle Alexander for the Tigers that YES showed for Detroit in ’87.

      • Literally Figurative

        If Aaron Sanchez didn’t throw a meatball to beltran, that Era woulda been much lower

      • Freddy-says

        Agreed. When you’re brought in to be THE guy, THE difference maker, process is fine, but your team better win the games you pitch in. Especially when you’re pitching against the team who you need to get past in the standings.

        • Electric Avenue

          Yeah, it is not enough THIS TIME a year as a hired gun to pitch seven strong innings. You pitch 9 innings complete games and Sabathia/Johnson/Cone/Sutcliffe/Alexander it down the stretch. You are not developing and saying you “got better,” you had better already be top flight. Results and scorecard are the only things that matter. Hired guns do not need to rely on their pen to help them out.

          • Freddy-says

            Besides, while I actually understand the sentiment behind what he’s saying, is that really what he thinks Blue Jays fans want to hear right now from their #1 guy?? Right or wrong, fans don’t care if you pitched WORSE than your last time out, as long as you find a way to somehow get the outs and win the game. Because that’s what you were brought there to do. Great pitchers often come up big and win big games without their best stuff.

          • Freddy-says

            Besides, while I actually understand the sentiment behind what he’s saying, is that really what he thinks Blue Jays fans want to hear right now from their #1 guy?? Right or wrong, fans don’t care if you pitched WORSE than your last time out, as long as you find a way to somehow get the outs and win the game. Because that’s what you were brought there to do. Great pitchers often come up big and win big games without their best stuff.

        • Electric Avenue

          Yeah, it is not enough THIS TIME a year as a hired gun to pitch seven strong innings. You pitch 9 innings complete games and Sabathia/Johnson/Cone/Sutcliffe/Alexander it down the stretch. You are not developing and saying you “got better,” you had better already be top flight. Results and scorecard are the only things that matter. Hired guns do not need to rely on their pen to help them out.

      • Freddy-says

        Agreed. When you’re brought in to be THE guy, THE difference maker, process is fine, but your team better win the games you pitch in. Especially when you’re pitching against the team who you need to get past in the standings.

  • blake

    @DAVIDprice14: I feel great today!! Box score might not show it but I GOT BETTER last night!! It’s always a process in this game…everyone can get better!

  • Electric Avenue

    Best thing that could happen is that farm system takes a hit b/c we are graduating too many top prospects to the majors! (i.e., fall in the rankings b/c Severino is no longer eligible, etc.).

    Red Sox farm system is a lot like the Yankees farm system in years past in that most of their talent is unproven and at the lower levels. The Espinoza kid, who is in the GCL, is already being touted as the next “ace” of the franchise.

    • ShellyDuncanQuasimodo

      99mph and 17. Killing the GCL right now.

  • Electric Avenue

    Best thing that could happen is that farm system takes a hit b/c we are graduating too many top prospects to the majors! (i.e., fall in the rankings b/c Severino is no longer eligible, etc.).

    Red Sox farm system is a lot like the Yankees farm system in years past in that most of their talent is unproven and at the lower levels. The Espinoza kid, who is in the GCL, is already being touted as the next “ace” of the franchise.

  • blake

    @eboland11: Today’s lineup: ellsbury 8 Gardner 7 Beltran 9 teixeira 3 headley 5 Bird 3 gregorius 6 Murphy 2 drew 4 tanaka 1

    Arod off

    • Electric Avenue

      Props to Girardi. Will help in the long run, and I really like Bird’s stance and bat.

      • blake

        Bird gonna get that first hit today….maybe more

        • Electric Avenue

          Like the aggressiveness. Severino, check. Bird, check. Judge splitting time w/ Beltran next year in a Chris Young before assuming the fulltime mantle in 2017???

          • LazerTown

            Not to start the year. Maybe when an injury strikes, if not probably the last couple months if Beltran underperforming.

            • Electric Avenue

              Very true, but I also do not put anything past this fast track regime. Gamel, Heathcott, Williams, if all still here, can look into immediate BUOF, but none hit RH.

            • Electric Avenue

              Very true, but I also do not put anything past this fast track regime. Gamel, Heathcott, Williams, if all still here, can look into immediate BUOF, but none hit RH.

          • LazerTown

            Not to start the year. Maybe when an injury strikes, if not probably the last couple months if Beltran underperforming.

        • Electric Avenue

          Like the aggressiveness. Severino, check. Bird, check. Judge splitting time w/ Beltran next year in a Chris Young before assuming the fulltime mantle in 2017???

        • cashmoney

          hope so, Big Bird could go deep!

      • blake

        Bird gonna get that first hit today….maybe more

    • Electric Avenue

      Props to Girardi. Will help in the long run, and I really like Bird’s stance and bat.

  • blake

    @eboland11: Today’s lineup: ellsbury 8 Gardner 7 Beltran 9 teixeira 3 headley 5 Bird 3 gregorius 6 Murphy 2 drew 4 tanaka 1

    Arod off

  • Gregory Eckes

    ANd that’s exactly what’s happening.

    Ellsbury
    Gardner
    Beltran
    Tex (DH)
    Headley
    Bird
    Gregorius
    Murphy
    Drew

    • Electric Avenue

      Nice. Kudos to Girardi. Hopefully day of rest helps Mr. Rodriguez (plus less time on the turf). Like Bird’s approach. Potential caddy role next year (depending on what they see w/ Ackley and/or sign a Zobrist, etc.)

      • TheEvilUmpire

        Is arod offering him more than the rookie minimum to follow him around a golf course?

    • Electric Avenue

      Nice. Kudos to Girardi. Hopefully day of rest helps Mr. Rodriguez (plus less time on the turf). Like Bird’s approach. Potential caddy role next year (depending on what they see w/ Ackley and/or sign a Zobrist, etc.)

  • Gregory Eckes

    ANd that’s exactly what’s happening.

    Ellsbury
    Gardner
    Beltran
    Tex (DH)
    Headley
    Bird
    Gregorius
    Murphy
    Drew

  • Freddy-says

    Tenth best farm system in the updated rankings. Well, maybe that’s a result of the Yankees holding onto their top prospects instead of shipping them out like a lot of other teams previously ahead of them in those rankings did at the trade deadline. Can’t be completely sure, but it probably played *some* role. I know Mike is still crying at not getting David Price, but, like all things in baseball, these decisions take time to evaluate. I’m sure the 1995 Yankees could have REALLY used David Wells at the end of that season and into the post-season. It could have been the difference between going in as the wild card winner or going in as division champion. (By the way, check out the final standings in terms of wins and losses for the AL East that year. Eerily similar to how it will probably wind up this year.) It could have been the difference between getting beat in the ALDS or possibly going on to winning the World Series. Instead, the Tigers sent him to the Reds and the Yankees decided to hold onto Mariano Rivera. When Seattle beat the Yankees in the ALDS, I’m sure people were still bitching about not getting Wells at the deadline. They could have gotten him before the 1996 season as well, but decided to hold onto Rivera (again) and Jorge Posada.

    Obviously, not all decisions will work out as well as those ones did, but I’m far more willing to play the long game here with these prospects and see what happens. Even if it means not winning this year, even if it means missing the post-season again this year. Crying about deals that weren’t made (that take two teams to tango in the first place) accomplishes nothing. Turn the page, move on, and stick with the plan. The last time this team did that, it led to some pretty amazing baseball in the Bronx. They may never hit that kind of jackpot again, and nobody should expect them to, but you never really know. Some of these guys might just turn into good to very good major league players who contribute to some winning baseball in the Bronx in the next 5-10 years.

    • Electric Avenue

      2 of their top 5 prospects are already on the 25 man in a division race (Bird and Severino). 2 of their other top 5 (Kaperlain and Judge) could very well be playing on the 25 man a year from now with the third of the top 5 possibly in Trenton a year from now. It is a farm system with its top talent being used to help the 25 man roster.

      • Freddy-says

        And these rankings are adjusted how many times during the course of a season? By how many different “experts?” This is one guy’s rankings. And all of it is subjective anyway.

        • Electric Avenue

          Regardless, they are going to be meaningless the rankings b/c the prospects are graduating quicker than they have before.

        • Electric Avenue

          Regardless, they are going to be meaningless the rankings b/c the prospects are graduating quicker than they have before.

      • Freddy-says

        And these rankings are adjusted how many times during the course of a season? By how many different “experts?” This is one guy’s rankings. And all of it is subjective anyway.

      • Freddy-says

        Also, if you read the write-up in the link, it seems like he still counts Severino as a prospect (one of the 3 listed as being part of the top 100) even though he acknowledges that he’s pitching for the big league club. So who knows how these lists are constructed.

      • Freddy-says

        Also, if you read the write-up in the link, it seems like he still counts Severino as a prospect (one of the 3 listed as being part of the top 100) even though he acknowledges that he’s pitching for the big league club. So who knows how these lists are constructed.

    • Electric Avenue

      2 of their top 5 prospects are already on the 25 man in a division race (Bird and Severino). 2 of their other top 5 (Kaperlain and Judge) could very well be playing on the 25 man a year from now with the third of the top 5 possibly in Trenton a year from now. It is a farm system with its top talent being used to help the 25 man roster.

  • Freddy-says

    Tenth best farm system in the updated rankings. Well, maybe that’s a result of the Yankees holding onto their top prospects instead of shipping them out like a lot of other teams previously ahead of them in those rankings did at the trade deadline. Can’t be completely sure, but it probably played *some* role. I know Mike is still crying at not getting David Price, but, like all things in baseball, these decisions take time to evaluate. I’m sure the 1995 Yankees could have REALLY used David Wells at the end of that season and into the post-season. It could have been the difference between going in as the wild card winner or going in as division champion. (By the way, check out the final standings in terms of wins and losses for the AL East that year. Eerily similar to how it will probably wind up this year.) It could have been the difference between getting beat in the ALDS or possibly going on to winning the World Series. Instead, the Tigers sent him to the Reds and the Yankees decided to hold onto Mariano Rivera. When Seattle beat the Yankees in the ALDS, I’m sure people were still bitching about not getting Wells at the deadline. They could have gotten him before the 1996 season as well, but decided to hold onto Rivera (again) and Jorge Posada.

    Obviously, not all decisions will work out as well as those ones did, but I’m far more willing to play the long game here with these prospects and see what happens. Even if it means not winning this year, even if it means missing the post-season again this year. Crying about deals that weren’t made (that take two teams to tango in the first place) accomplishes nothing. Turn the page, move on, and stick with the plan. The last time this team did that, it led to some pretty amazing baseball in the Bronx. They may never hit that kind of jackpot again, and nobody should expect them to, but you never really know. Some of these guys might just turn into good to very good major league players who contribute to some winning baseball in the Bronx in the next 5-10 years.

  • tbone1570

    New York Yankees ?

    @Yankees
    #Yankees recall RHP Caleb Cotham from Triple-A @swbrailriders; designate LHP Chris Capuano for assignment.

    • Rob

      CC for CC to CC. How many CC’s is an overdose?

    • Rob

      CC for CC to CC. How many CC’s is an overdose?

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

      Yankees got no chill… of all the guys to DFA :/

      *begins to design ‘call up Conor Mullee’ T-Shirts & Meme’s.*

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

      Yankees got no chill… of all the guys to DFA :/

      *begins to design ‘call up Conor Mullee’ T-Shirts & Meme’s.*

    • Electric Avenue

      Wonder where things stand w/ Bailey and Pazos for the future shuttle. September guys?

    • Electric Avenue

      Wonder where things stand w/ Bailey and Pazos for the future shuttle. September guys?

  • tbone1570

    New York Yankees ?

    @Yankees
    #Yankees recall RHP Caleb Cotham from Triple-A @swbrailriders; designate LHP Chris Capuano for assignment.

  • Tar

    Cashman and Levine on the Alex ceremony

    http://media.giphy.com/media/reJOGQ43nNeGk/giphy.gif

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

      Cashman and Levine don’t have to be there. ;)

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

      Cashman and Levine don’t have to be there. ;)

  • Tar

    Cashman and Levine on the Alex ceremony

    http://media.giphy.com/media/reJOGQ43nNeGk/giphy.gif

  • Rob

    Yankees just be trolling AROD. They tell him it’s the 3,000 hit celebration and it’s really a retirement ceremony. lol

    • Electric Avenue

      Retirement to the Marlins??

      • Rob

        As Player/Manager

        • tomingeorgia

          Not out of the question.

          • Basil

            He might actually make a great manager.

        • tomingeorgia

          Not out of the question.

      • Rob

        As Player/Manager

    • Electric Avenue

      Retirement to the Marlins??

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

      Retire 13!!

      No really retire that number , I highly doubt any player for the rest of this century will put up a higher WAR with the Yankees than Alex Rodriguez did during his tenure.

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

        It’s #RET1R3!

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

        It’s #RET1R3!

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

      Retire 13!!

      No really retire that number , I highly doubt any player for the rest of this century will put up a higher WAR with the Yankees than Alex Rodriguez did during his tenure.

  • Rob

    Yankees just be trolling AROD. They tell him it’s the 3,000 hit celebration and it’s really a retirement ceremony. lol

  • Electric Avenue

    Capuano, Jones, Drew, and Young off the books that is about 16-17 million less next year. Does that take of arb raises and leave enough for Zobrist as 2b/super utility in the offseason?

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

      Young will be back.

      • Electric Avenue

        Depends on price and years.

      • Electric Avenue

        Depends on price and years.

      • levendis

        he might not, might get paid this offseason.

        • Martymartmart

          mets would pay him

      • Mandy Stankiewicz

        He’s been great, but my money is on Judge coming up as the 4OF, full time 2017.

        • Electric Avenue

          250-300 mlb ABs in 2016 for Bird and Judge, while splitting time w/ Beltran, Teixeira, and ARod

          Starters in 2017

          • LazerTown

            Bird should start in the minors as well. No reason to cost that year of team control to get someone that is only a backup 1B on the roster.

        • LazerTown

          Judge is not going to spend the majority of the year in the majors. No reason to cost yourself like that. I would figure that Slade is ahead of him as far as the 4th outfield job.

          • Mandy Stankiewicz

            Yea slade could def be 4th in 2016, judge has been moving so fast tho, and this is similar to how the yanks brought in Brett and Melky. Either way it’s great to see some of the kids up and more on the way.

        • Literally Figurative

          Why would you waste an arbitration year for judge to sit on the bench a majority of the time?

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

      Young will be back.

    • blake

      I’d take that 16-17 million and put it towards David Price’s 2016 salary…..then try to trade Nova for a 2B. ….but Hal

      • Electric Avenue

        But does SP Tanaka, Pineda, Eovaldi, Nova, Sabathia, Severino, Warren and possibly a year from now Lail and Kaperlain take care of SP for the time being?

        One thing I would also consider is possibly moving Miller from a necessity (closer) back to luxury role he was in 2014, where he was super X bullpen factor surgically coming in the 7th and 8th inning over 50-60 IP selectively chosen.

        • blake

          sure…..lot of risk though there. They need somebody that gives them more certainty and can lead the staff.

      • HoopDreams

        I see them signing a Mike Leake type, and making a few trades for a reliever and 2B. Nothing crazy, basically last off season.

        • Literally Figurative

          Tanaka
          Pineda
          Nova
          Eovaldi
          Cc
          Severino.

          Mitchell
          A rehabbing whitley
          Lail.

          Why waste money on Mike Leake of you have that kind of young pitching (outside of cc).

          If you are going to sign pitching, might as well go for the ace level. Someone legitimately better than anyone you have. Is Mike Leake better than nova? Especially accounting for the change from NL to AL.

    • dave_8

      Ackley will be your super UTL.

  • Electric Avenue

    Capuano, Jones, Drew, and Young off the books that is about 16-17 million less next year. Does that take of arb raises and leave enough for Zobrist as 2b/super utility in the offseason?

  • cashmoney

    this hasn’t been best year in terms of farm injuries goes, when if some of the clarkin, hensley, german do return, it’s only going add more depth. just keep on adding quantity and quality, maybe in a few years, NYY can afford to add a Price without shedding the bulk of the farm. definitely happy where this organization is heading in prioritizing adding talents.

    • Electric Avenue

      Allow for the bulk of the farm system to integrate into the team. Severino, Bird, Judge, Kaperlain, Sanchez.

      Once you keep costs down with those integration while also having mid-level paid guys still contribute (Gardner, McCann, Headley) then you can add the luxuries again w/ either free payroll and/or duplicative prospects from depth. Kind of like the Yanks adding a Clemens to an already great club, etc.

    • LazerTown

      Don’t think it was about depth they had. It just doesn’t make sense to give up someone of Severino’s caliber to get 2 months of Price, and that was what it would take.

      This have been an amazing year on the farm. Players always get injured, the difference this year was that they were so much deeper in actual prospects.

      • cashmoney

        it’s quality and depth, if there were 3 sev in the minor, I definitely would done it. it’s also about the team composition, windows of opportunity.

  • cashmoney

    this hasn’t been best year in terms of farm injuries goes, when if some of the clarkin, hensley, german do return, it’s only going add more depth. just keep on adding quantity and quality, maybe in a few years, NYY can afford to add a Price without shedding the bulk of the farm. definitely happy where this organization is heading in prioritizing adding talents.

  • Tyler

    Really like the lineup by Girardi today. Pretty exciting to see so many Yanks on the tools list and to have the system rated at #10. Severino with the best fastball and the best breaking ball in the International League is pretty funny. Complete domination.

    • cashmoney

      would love to see a better separation in velo on his change vs fb, obviously, he is a work in progress.

      • Electric Avenue

        And the youngest SP in mlb

      • Tyler

        Yeah definitely. I’m sure it will come over time. He’ll learn to be more economical too even though getting through 6 after the rough start in Cleveland was pretty impressive. Very glad they didn’t trade him for Price or Hamels right now.

      • Literally Figurative

        Nope. The player you are at 21 is the player you will always be. RAB professional scouts and evaluators say so all the time.

  • levendis

    I finally get to see Bird tonight. sweet. (missed Thursdays game) Apparently he looked good that day despite the 0/5 right?

    • Electric Avenue

      I liked the stance up there and the way the ball came off the bat. Looks like a very nice solid hitter who can also go up middle/other way.

    • ShellyDuncanQuasimodo

      Definitely a difference in defense than when Tex is out there. But, solid contact was made on the ball.

    • RetroRob

      Game is this afternoon, unless you’re in Europe!

      Showed good strike zone command, hit to all fields. His first three ABs were strong with well-struck balls. I thought he had a hit on his first two ABs. He looked ok in the field. Made a nice play. One ball did get by him that I believe Tex would have had (although that is hard to say), but the ball was hard hit. He didn’t botch anything out there.

      • levendis

        afternoon game on a Saturday??!?! FINALLY. And thanks for the insight man.

  • Douglas Rau

    Dustin Pedroia won best defensive for second baseman? For what, the 14 games per season he actually manages to stay on the field?

    • Rob

      But the hop, man. It’s the hop.

  • yanksgoyanks

    Sign Samarzija in the offseason.
    Tanaka
    Samarzija
    Pineda
    Eovaldi
    And I guess Sabathia
    use Nova as trade bait, have Severino open the year in AAA. He gets his spot when CC goes down or anyone else for that matter.

    • yanksgoyanks

      And as the season progresses he probably sticks and becomes a full time starter in the rotation from there on.

      • Electric Avenue

        Severino is here. School is over.

        • yanksgoyanks

          But where does he fit next season? unless they trade Nova.

          • Electric Avenue

            It will work itself out and will know more in ST next year. Right now, they need all of their bullets. They are seven deep in SP (not including Mitchell if they wanted). The chances of this entire crew staying healthy again like they did this year primarily are slim.

          • Douglas Rau

            Way too early to worry about having 6 guys for 5 rotation spots for next season. Those types of things have a way of working themselves out. Besides, if there’s one thing we Americans should understand is how quickly a surplus can become a deficit.

            • Literally Figurative

              Sign the shark and trade everyone else!!!!

    • Electric Avenue

      If you are going to sign a starter in offseason, go for one w/out a draft pick liability. Shark is going to be QOed. Leake and Price are out there. In any event, if you are going to target a pitcher with QO attached, go for Chen from the O’s.

    • ClusterDuck

      Nova has been doing well. Don’t trade him.

      • YankeesJunkie

        Also with one year left before FA he isn’t good enough to garner a lot of value except for another player with one year.

    • LazerTown

      I sure hope your getting someone good for Nova, because right now he seems to be the better pitcher.

      • RetroRob

        Plus, Nova is still in the recovery phase for TJS. Command is the last to come back, and that was never his strong point to begin with. He’s been solid, but his breaking pitches are not quite as sharp as they were in 2013. I expect they’ll improve too. He should be a good option in 2016. I couldn’t understand why people wanted to get rid of Nova and replace him with Leake.

        One advantage Samardzija brings is he’s durable and pitches deep into games, and the Yankees are lacking that in their rotation. Yet I suspect Shark will still be too expensive and require way too many years for what he delivers. I don’t really see the Yankees signing any starting pitchers in the offseason beyond some reinforcements for AAA. Major free agent signings this offseason do not fit Hal’s plan and budget.

        Next year’s rotation down to the eighth man, although not in order:

        Tanaka
        Pineda
        Severino
        Eovaldi
        Nova
        CC
        Mitchell
        Warren

        I just don’t see them adding Shark or another starter under the current budget scenario. They certainly could try and rebalance the rotation, bring in a lefty and hopefully someone who can give them length. That probably would necessitate trading one of them. CC remains an issue as long as they insist he stays in the rotation.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    Today’s lineup: ellsbury 8 Gardner 7 Beltran 9 teixeira 3 headley 5 Bird 3 gregorius 6 Murphy 2 drew 4 tanaka 1

    • Jman1213

      Both Teixeira and Bird are playing first base? That should be interesting.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        see above

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      we discussed that yesterday as an alternative to Drew.

  • blake

    An estimated 13 people a year die from vending machine accidents……no I’m really not sure metal detectors are necessary at baseball stadiums…..

  • Countdown Till Bryce’s a FA

    Ok, does anyone know the real story with cashman and the yankees and refsnyder or is it just rumors? Do they really think he’s arrogant? If so, why on earth would that be a reason to keep the better player down? I think the yankees would laugh at us if we were to believe that to be true.It has to be, defense.

    • grandedan

      It’s funny because I can’t seem to find any stat to suggest Drew is a better than average defensive 2b. At best, his fielding pct shows he’s average but range factor and dWAR suggest he’s well below.

      I think Cashman just loves Drew.

      • Douglas Rau

        Or his honest evaluation of Refsnyder isn’t that he is a superior all-around player to Drew.

        • grandedan

          That is most likely Cashman’s honest evaluation. But as one of the worst major league starters in the game for almost two years can it be anyone else’s? That’s really the point of this somewhat bizarre affair.

  • yanksgoyanks

    If Im Cashman I extend Eovaldi this offseason.

  • ClusterDuck

    Scranton and Trenton have a combined 43 game lead over their two Red Sox rivals in AAA and AA. And Scranton and Trenton are doing it with real minor league prospects and not a bunch of old scrubs.

    Yet the Red Sox farm system is rated #1 and the Yanks farm system is rated way down in the pack?

    LOL really?

  • grandedan

    So the Yanks DFA Capuano and call up Cotham. Interesting move because it opens up a 40 man spot. It also seems to suggest the Yanks feel pretty comfortable about their starting pitching depth. Perhaps they feel Pineda is close. Perhaps they feel Capuano will pass through waivers and again take his assignment to AAA. It also seems to show an affection for Cotham.

    But does it also mean a trade is coming shortly to fill the 40 man spot?

    • Jman1213

      Fingers crossed.

    • Electric Avenue

      Yanks are 7 deep with a healthy Pineda in SP (not including Mitchell)

    • Rob

      Capuano has a Class 4 licence. He drives the shuttle.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Maybe. But there are also potential Sept. callups that could need the 40-man spot (possibly guys like Bailey, Pazos, Romine, Barbato…?)

      • grandedan

        That’s def true but I don’t think you need to clear a roster spot for that on 8/15. I’d say Bailey and Pazos are most likely to get a spot and get called up. They could be adding 4-5 guys to the bullpen in Sept. Hope there are enough seats back there!

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I don’t think the timing of this move has to do with anything more than preferring Cotham to Capuano. DFA was the only way to get Cap off the roster. The free 40-man spot is just a bonus.

          • grandedan

            Except that you risk losing a starting pitcher in the exchange to waivers. Look what just happened to Burawa. Is Cotham all that necessary right now? Bullpen is short today but Wilson, Mitchell and Warren are rested. Is Cotham going to be used before them?

            • Need Pitching & Hitting

              This shows they aren’t very concerned with losing Cap. Can’t say I blame them. This just means they’d use Cotham before Cap.

              • Literally Figurative

                Yeah, I don’t think teams are running to sign capuano

    • RetroRob

      He’ll most likely clear waivers and accept an assignment back in AAA for the next few weeks before a September call-up again. He’s more effective when he pitches regularly. Fringy stuff, needs command, and that requires regular work. They’re better off having him pitch every 5th day in AAA in case they need an emergency starter. He is not built for the bullpen, or at least infrequent bullpen usage.

      I did see a story that said Pineda could pitch as soon as next week. I’m guessing that would be a minor league rehab game.

      • grandedan

        PIneda’s rehab game is this weekend. The story about Pineda next week is him pitching for the big club, taking the 6th starter spot.

  • Jman1213

    Capuano has the third best pickoff move and he STILL got DFA’d twice? Yeesh, no respect I tell ya.

  • Countdown Till Bryce’s a FA

    Crapuano only has the 3rd best pickoff move because he gets a lot of practice at it, with all the men on base

  • blake

    Eovaldi should have made the pickoff list.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      very quick feet. must play basketball.

    • RetroRob

      Lefties always have the best pick-off moves. They have a natural advantage that even the best right handers have a tough time competing against. That said, there should be another category of “Holding Runners On.” That’s an even more important skill. Andy Pettitte was consistently rated as having one of the top couple of pick-off moves in the game, but I wouldn’t say he was in the top few at holding runners on. I’m not saying he was bad at it at all. He was solid at holding runners, helped greatly by that pick-off move, but there were others overall who were better at holding runners. Eovaldi is quick and has a solid pick-off move for a righty, but he’s as good as anyone in the game at holding runners. He greatly reduces the running game, and the few times runners do try to steal, they usually get thrown out.

  • Electric Avenue

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    54m
    Sweeny Murti ? @YankeesWFAN
    ARod day off today. Teixeira is DH with Greg Bird playing 1B.

    • LazerTown

      Makes sense. Use Bird as much in the field while you got him up here.

      • Electric Avenue

        Especially if you can rest of the older legs when playing on turf as well

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    Erik Boland ? @eboland11
    Here’s @RealMichaelKay signing what I can only assume is a “free baseball.” #butseriouslyfolks pic.twitter.com/9iFzveW9gT

    So many catch phrases, so unlovable…

    • Jman1213

      Who asks for Michael Kay’s autograph? Knowing how full of himself Kay is, he probably took the ball and signed it thinking he can tell his buddies the voice of the Yankees signed a baseball for him.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        Makes him feel important.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        By the looks on their faces they don’t know who he is.

      • duckwellies

        Who said anyone asked?

    • Rob

      Is that a load a crap I see in his pants?

  • grandedan

    Last night was an awesome game but unless the Yanks at least split the next two it don’t mean Jack (Curry). Winning one of three ain’t payback. But two of three is just fine and does send a message that the Yanks aren’t rolling over to the juggernaut that is the Blue Jays. One exhausting win on a Friday night is just a dead cat bounce.

    • Rob

      You found it exhausting, I found it exhilarating.

    • Electric Avenue

      A game a time this time of year, a game at a time.

    • bernbabybern

      It prevents the sweep and that was very important. Now the potential badness is limited.

  • ClusterDuck

    “Greg Bird (best defensive first baseman)”

    This is good to hear, Some here have said that he wasn’t good defensively.

    • Wkamm

      Some posters were not willing to believe that even after reading it.

      • Austinmac

        He wasn’t supposed to be, but players improve. Headley may challenge him. :)

        • Wkamm

          Yes, I know they do. I’m okay with BA coaches and managers poll. I would bet the same posters are all in on Gardner as the best bunter and 2nd best base runner.

      • Need Pitching & Hitting

        Best in AA doesn’t necessarily mean good, fwiw.

        • Wkamm

          Doesn’t mean good. How so? No one in AA is any good?

    • Douglas Rau

      MLB.com, on its list of each organization’s top 30 prospects, ranks Bird’s “field” and “arm” both as 45 on the 20-80 scale so that would make him right around average. It does make it a little shocking that he would rank as the best in AAA but that may be as much a criticism on the rest of the AAA first baseman and it is important to keep in mind that that is only one web-site’s evaluation of Bird’s skills.

      • cashmoney

        i think the point here is that, all bird has to be is average at 1b, most believe he has the bat that would make above average aggregate player at 1b. I have been told here that he is a sub average defender, which would have reduced his values greatly since he isn’t likely to be 150 wrc+ player. cheap and viable :D.

  • Jman1213

    Somewhat OT. A-Rod’s August numbers: .152/.278/.217. Slump or running out of gas?

    • Electric Avenue

      Maybe a little of both w/ age (40).

    • Douglas Rau

      He hasn’t played a full season in 2 years and he’s played almost every day this summer, it seems. I’d be beyond shocked if he wasn’t wearing out by this point.

  • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

    Greg Johns ? @GregJohnsMLB
    OF Ramon Flores, who’d hit ,423 for Tacoma since being acquired in Ackley trade, has compound fracture in ankle and done for year.

    • Electric Avenue

      Ramon really has had the injury bug the past two years.

    • Literally Figurative

      That sucks. I root for Yankee farmhands, even after we trade them.

    • Austinmac

      Me too.He’s a good little player.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        There was no room at the Inn.

        • Austinmac

          Nope. Too many similar players. Good but not quite good enough.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

            Most will be gone soon enough.

    • Madrugador

      Give a broken player, get a broken player. The universe is in balance.
      I wish a speedy recovery for both Ackley and Flores.

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

      Wow I heard last night he had been taken away in a cart. The compound ankle fracture is one of the worst injuries a ball player can get. I wonder if there’s a dislocation as well. Something like this ended the career of a Yankee No. 1 draft pick some years back. I remember what happened to Adams but I don’t believe that was a fracture. If it were above the ankle it would be much better.

      This trade just seems to have a ton of bad karma.

  • dave_8

    I think the A-Rod 3000 thing is just to help boost attendance and concession sales too. They start losing to the NFL on Sundays in Sept. But I don’t have a problem with the deal they reached regarding his bonuses. The argument against the Yankees has been oversimplified on that one. There’s more to the language of the contract. It’s not as simple as the “unmarketable” claim. They would’ve won that battle had it gone that far.

    • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

      They are playing the BJ’s that day. Do you really think it will increase att. that much?

      • LazerTown

        Might increase hot dog and beer sales with the more time people are at the park.

      • dave_8

        It wouldn’t for me, but I think some people plan a day around something a game like that. A-Rod thing just sweetens the pot a little — and be sure to get there by 12:30pm, so you can start buying food and drink. Just don’t stay home to watch the NFL or go to the Jet game.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          There won’t be many fans there at 12:30.
          Maybe they can keep it a secret.

          • dave_8

            On a Sat or Sun you can get there early. You plan for it, family day. The weeknight games after work are the ones when people get there in the 2nd inning.

      • Wkamm

        Every penny counts.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          right i forgot…they must be doing this to save face.
          now they have to honor all the milestones.
          arod’s officially back, print the Arod 3000 tees.

    • Rob

      If they need to boost attendance for a 9/13 game against Toronto then …….. I don’t know what to say. The park should be full that day W/O any promotion.

      • dave_8

        You’re dismissing the power of Sunday NFL. And we have no idea what the standings will be at that time. Announce the A-Rod thing now, the Jays are the team now, buy your tix now.

        • Rob

          Ya you’re right. I put football out of my mind when I’m thinking about baseball. I’ll probably be at the bar myself with my boosters club at 1:00. But I wouldn’t be at the stadium anyways.

      • Freddy-says

        I don’t think many fans will be falling over themselves to get tickets BECAUSE of that pre-game ceremony. Not because of whatever nonsense surrounds A-rod, but because who really goes out of their way for these kinds of things? With the Yankees, unless it’s a number being retired, or a plaque or monument being dedicated, I don’t see it as some sort of huge draw. This ceremony will last a minute or two, they’ll give him some kind of gift, and that’s it.

    • Wkamm

      Its the same type of thing they’ve been doing with all the Monument Park plaques and retiring numbers, lately.

      • dave_8

        of course. they lose some folks to football in Sept. Also, who knows how important that game will be at that time. Right now it’s an attractive sell, Jays and A-Rod. So, when your friend asks you to go to the Jet game, you say no b/c you already got tix for the Yankees on 9/13.

  • Madrugador

    Jackie Bradley Jr. climbs above the Mendoza line with some hot hitting over his last 7 games.

  • levendis

    Beltran with a wRC+ of 116. Who would of thought that after the April he had? wow

    • LazerTown

      Exactly why the people wanting to cut him are nuts. Even with bad defense he is a valuable member of this team.

      • levendis

        it just didn’t make sense cutting him after a month coming off a year he was plagued with injuries. People forgot how he was killing the ball before he got injured last year.

        • 86w183

          I never quite got that far… but I admit I was getting close.

          The defense in RF is still a major weakness, but he’s been very productive at the plate…. even against LHP.

          • levendis

            the defense is atrocious, but the Yankees envisioned him being a DH at this stage of the contract. No one expected this type of production from Arod

      • Douglas Rau

        Just would be nice if they could somehow keep him AND A-Rod in the line-up and out of the field but that is literally impossible.

        • LazerTown

          That’s impossible, so you might as well keep trotting Beltran out there.

    • blake

      He’s hit .303 with a .900+ OPS since May 9th

    • grandedan

      Damn, should have extended him April. Now he’ll probably want another three years!!

  • Elton Cod

    If Yankee fans were starving and dying on a desert island, and Refsnyder was also on the island and had food that would save them if he got called up to MLB, Cashman and Girardi would probably still refuse to call Refsnyder up because of his fielding and let the fans die.

    • Wkamm

      But I think Hal would want the food to sell at the concession stands.

    • Rob

      Depends on how much money the fans have left in their pockets.

  • Rob

    I thought “Clear” was the stuff Bonds was accused of using. But it’s metal detectors? See, Bonds to the hall. Free of metal.

    • Austinmac

      I had the same thought. AROD could use a bit.

      • Rob

        Use a whole tube. He’d be hotter than a summer in Austin. Hell, the bats would smolder.

  • Gregory Eckes

    Pitching staff has struck 90 while allowing 83 hits, yet have a 2.14 ERA. Here is the key stat.

    BABiP for the Blue Jays staff in August: .228. That’s after BABiPs of .306,.268,.279, and .309 in the prior months.

    • levendis

      we need some regression to means, like starting today.

      • MB923

        I would say it started last night with 11 hits off Price

  • grandedan

    Ken Rosenthal ?@Ken_Rosenthal 24m24 minutes ago

    Second-base ranks by fWAR of teams known to be on Utley: CHC 23rd, LAA 25th, NYY 30th. SF, LAD in top six, but face injuries at position

    ————

    Plus an open roster spot now. Who would they replace? It would have to be Drew right? They’d want to keep Ryan’s right-handed bat I would think.

    • blake

      And Utley has been worse this year than every 2b on those teams…..maybe he could pull a Beltran and rise from the ashes for 3 months….but what if he doesn’t? What if he comes in and is worse than Drew?

      • grandedan

        I don’t see really much chance of any upside. But I doubt there’s much downside risk either. Drew is well below average offensively and defensively this year. It’s really about what Cashman and his analytical people say on Utley vs. Drew.

        • blake

          Not defensively ….drew > utley there

      • CashmanNinja

        I think Utley at least has the chance to be better than Drew. We already know what we’ll get from Drew. The only thing Drew really has going for him is that he can play SS, 2B, and 3B. That doesn’t mean he’s great defensively, but it’s still valuable. Ryan can play some as well, but eh…Drew does have a little more pop. I think Drew could be gone though because sure he can hit HRs…but a lot of times he hit his HRs in bulk when the games were already out of reach and he was stat padding. Not all of his HRs were like the other game when he had a HR that helped us while the offense was stagnant. He’s a huge reason why the offense isn’t doing much. He is literally a HR or nothing player and he hasn’t had a ton of very good games. I’m not the biggest Utley fan, but before this season he was at least a solid hitter. He used to be the premiere 2B and not just because he could hit for power, but because he could actually hit. He was a good contact guy and I think a change of scenery could really help him. I don’t think he’d be any worse than Drew, but I do think he could be better if given the chance. I’d have more faith in him than I would with Drew…that’s for sure.

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          Nothing against your post in particular, and I realize you said more than what I’m about to respond to, but: it’s tiresome to read claims that hitter X mostly hits HRs when they don’t matter, without the data to back it up indicating the said player is worse than the norm. Come on, you know that memory is biased and your observations are highly subjective, right?

          Drew’s offense is not good, as indicated by his .8 offensive WAR, supported by his 82 OPS+, .196 BA and .263 OBP. Even a marginal starter should have an offensive WAR of 1.5 or more given his number of at bats. Hitting HRs at the wrong time is not his problem.

    • Frittoman626

      How are the Royals not ranked worse? Infante makes Drew look like prime Cano.

      • MB923

        It’s Pirela (-0.6), Petit (-0.5) and Ref (-0.4) that hurt it

        Drew is at 0.3. Infante is -0.9

        Man, can’t believe Ref is at -0.4 in just 4 games and 13 PA.

        • BearNJ

          This is why WAR in such a small sample size is useless. Refs had only 2 hits in 12 AB but we all know his homer won the Boston game.

      • RetroRob

        That doesn’t make sense. Drew does have a higher fWAR than Infante. The defensive element in FanGraphs’ WAR formula doesn’t love Drew and most likely underrates him (and therefore his overall WAR), but even at that, it does rate Drew in the positive on defense and overall with a positive WAR, something Infante can not claim.

        That means the Yankees are actually hurting themselves when they play non-Drew players at 2B. Pirela, Refsnyder, Petit, Ryan all most collectively be pulling down the team’s WAR at 2B. How ironic. PLAY DREW!

  • bernbabybern

    Bird hitting above Didi, the way Didi has been hitting they must like what they see quite a bit.

    • LazerTown

      Bird has much better offensive profile. Didi is valuable because he can play SS.

      • bernbabybern

        Of course, but usually the rooks get stuffed at the very bottom of the lineup, at least initially.

        • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

          Not when the rook is a slugger and the veteran is a banjo hitting SS. The banjo hitter will be at the top or bottom of the order, while the slugger will be placed more towards the middle. Until the day Didi works his way to position 1 or 2, he’s going to be hitting below the sluggers.

          There’s also the theory that it’s good to put a decent on-base guy in the 9th position so that your leadoff guys will hit with men on base the second time around; I’m skeptical, but it is a widely held idea.

          • Austinmac

            Drew kills than plan.

            • http://shhhorsie.com Cheval Anonyme

              Drew is a weird anomaly. I actually like him on the bench, but he should not be a ML regular.

  • Pkyankfan69

    After a big win last night today is the kinda game where it would be huge for the Yanks to get on the board early and really step on their throats… Gotta carry last night’s momentum into today. A nice lead today would help to take pressure off a BP that is probably without Dellin and Miller.

  • Hankflorida

    Whatever happens between the Jays and Yanks, the loser has at least the 2nd Wildcard as their ace in the hole.

    • MB923

      I agree. Barring a huge comeback by Baltimore or Tampa

    • Rob

      I can’t believe how well the oldest Yankee fan to blog, gets this.

      • HoopDreams

        Course he does, he’s an engineer.

        • Rob

          He’s got more than 20 years on me and his mind is sharper. The guy’s a walking history book of Yankee knowledge.

    • Austinmac

      Hank, don’t get the swelled head from the praise.

  • MB923

    Forgot to mention Betances. 3rd for Best Reliever (behind Davis and Britton)

  • calripyankee

    G Bird, “best defensive 1B in AA”??? Guess some Yankee fans are gonna have to find something else to use as an excuse as to why Bird should still be in the minors..

    • RetroRob

      Derek Jeter, five time gold glove winner.

      • calripyankee

        Applies and oranges..

  • UnKnown

    So this is the Beltran that I was hoping the Yanks were getting. Clutch City!!!

  • argenys

    Sorry if brought up. But I was under the impression that Bird was merely average to slightly below average defensively. Is he really that good?