Site Registration Update: Disqus

As you can see, we now are using Disqus to handle our comments. Why the quick change?  Because from a technology standpoint we really needed something with low overhead and easy administration. Old comments should be back within the next day or so. As I mentioned previously, please act responsibly and enjoy the discussion. Thanks, Yankees Only.

Update: Here is the Disqus privacy policy, for your information.

Site Note: Commenting now requires registration

Because of a recent influx of commenters and the continued disregard of our Commenting Guidelines, RAB now requires users to register in order to comment. Go here to register. Pick a user name, enter a valid email address, and a verification email will be sent to you with your temporary password. You can pick your own password after that. The verification email may not arrive right away. Make sure to check your spam folder. We will never share your email address with anyone.

We kept our comments open and free of registration for years and years because we wanted to make it easy for readers to contribute to the conversation and be part of the RAB community, but the comment threads simply became too out of hand and difficult to moderate, so requiring registration became a necessary step. As always, thank you for reading and making RAB part of your day. We hope you register and continue to contribute to the site and the community. As always, you can contact us through the Submit A Tip box in the sidebar.

Six-game flex plan ticket giveaway with TiqIQ

Our friends at TiqIQ are giving away a pair of tickets to your choice of six 2014 Yankees games included in the flex plan package. The list of available games is right here. All you have to do to enter the giveaway contest is either login through Facebook or enter your email address in the widget below and follow the steps. That’s it. It only takes a few seconds and requires minimal brainpower. Friday is the deadline to enter, so get on it. Good luck.

RiverAveBlues.com Commenting Policy

I’d like to take a moment to just remind you of RAB’s commenting policy located at¬†http://riveraveblues.com/about/river-ave-blues-commenting-guidelines/.

We’re happy to continue with a no-registration policy for as long as possible. Abuse will not be tolerated and will lead to a far more strict system of registration and verification. We’ve felt this hasn’t been needed since a great portion of readers who contribute to the RAB comments section generally just want to discuss baseball, but we will make the change if necessary.

Thanks for understanding. We enjoy having you all part of our community and hope to see new features and possibly a new look to RAB in the future.

Commenting Guidelines reminder

Now that the trade deadline has passed and we’ve all had a second to catch our breath, please make sure you review our Commenting Guidelines. A lot of new people have migrated over to the site recently, so I want to make sure no one misses them. They’re under the “About” tab in the nav bar above, just under the street sign in the banner. We’re not asking much, just to be respectful and on-topic. Thanks in advance.

Six-game flex plan ticket giveaway with TiqIQ

Our friends at TiqIQ are giving away a pair of tickets to your choice of six 2014 Yankees games included in the flex plan package. The list of available games is right here. All you have to do to enter the giveaway contest is either login through Facebook or enter your email address in the widget below and follow the steps. That’s it. It only takes a few seconds and requires minimal brainpower. Good luck.

The 2014 Eric Jagielo Watch

(Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)
(Staten Island Advance/Hilton Flores)

Two years ago it was OF Mason Williams, last year it was OF Tyler Austin, and this year it will be 3B Eric Jagielo. The Yankees’ first first round pick in last summer’s draft won our Prospect Watch vote convincingly, receiving nearly 29% of the over 5,400 votes submitted. That’s way more votes than I expected, so thanks to everyone for taking the time to click.

Here are the full voting results:

  1. 3B Eric Jagielo, 28.7%
  2. C Gary Sanchez, 22.2%
  3. OF Aaron Judge, 17.4%
  4. LHP Manny Banuelos, 12.1%
  5. OF Slade Heathcott, 8.6%
  6. 1B Greg Bird, 7.4%
  7. OF Tyler Austin, 1.9%
  8. OF Mason Williams, 1.8%

No love for Austin or Williams, huh? Cold. I guess they’ve already had their moment in the Prospect Watch sun though. Same with Banuelos. I suspect Bird and Judge will have their time in the sidebar in a year or two. With Heathcott already on the 40-man roster and heading to Triple-A this year, it’s possible he will go his entire minor league career without being part of the Prospect Watch despite being a first round pick. Weird.

Jagielo, 21, was the 26th overall pick in last year’s draft, and he signed quickly for a $1,839,400 signing bonus, which was exactly slot money. The third baseman out of Notre Dame hit .266/.376/.451 (153 wRC+) with 14 doubles and six homers in 218 plate appearances for the Short Season Staten Island Yankees after turning pro. He will open 2014 with High-A Tampa and a promotion to Double-A Trenton at midseason is very likely if he hits like he did with the Baby Bombers. For more on Jagielo, check out his Prospect Profile.

The Prospect Watch will be up in the sidebar tomorrow afternoon. Jagielo and his Tampa Yankees teammates open the season tomorrow night, as do the other three full season affiliates. Austin was a bit of a dud last year because of his nagging wrist injury, but Williams had a very strong year in 2012 and Banuelos was solid in 2011. Barring injury, Jagielo should have no trouble putting up big numbers in Single-A. If we doesn’t, well, that will only add fuel to the Curse of the Prospect Watch fire.