Wednesday Night Open Thread

Tonight is an important night, so I’m posting the open thread a little earlier than usual. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced during an MLB Network broadcast this evening. The show starts at 6pm ET and I’m guessing the announcement will come fairly early in the broadcast. They’ll go over the ballot, announce the new Hall of Famers, then have them on for interviews and all that. The announcement won’t come at, like, 6:55pm ET or something.

Here is Ryan Thibodaux’s public ballot tracker. Jeff Bagwell and ex-Yankee Tim Raines appear to be locks for induction this year. Vlad Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, and Ivan Rodriguez are right on the bubble. Jorge Posada is in danger of falling off the ballot. As a reminder, it takes 75% for induction and 5% to remain on the ballot another year. Posada, Raines, Rodriguez, Mike Mussina, Gary Sheffield, Roger Clemens, and Lee Smith are the former Yankees on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot.

Use this open thread to talk about the Hall of Fame announcement or anything else that’s on your mind. Just not religion or politics, please. This isn’t the place for that. The Knicks are the only local sports team in action, and there’s some college hoops on the schedule too. Enjoy.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Head’s up: Brian Cashman and several of the Yankees top prospects are currently holding a town hall with fans and season ticket holders. The video is embedded above — here’s the link if the embed doesn’t work — and it’s live right now. Not sure how long it will go on. Check it out though. Cashman has been discussing the farm system and trade market, things like that.

This is tonight’s open thread. The (hockey) Rangers, Devils, and Nets are all playing, and there’s some college basketball on as well. Talk about those games, A-Rod‘s new show, or anything else right here.

Monday Night Open Thread

Earlier today the Yankees announced their first (annual?) Winter Warm-Up event, in which players and prospects will meet with fans throughout New York this week. Gary Sanchez was at the Bullpen Deli outside Yankee Stadium today. Mike Mazzeo has the story. The rest of the events this week are a surprise. This is pretty great. The Yankees don’t have any sort of winter event, like a FanFast or something, and I’ve felt their fan outreach has been lacking over the years. It’s good to see them get out in the community like this and stay in touch with fans, and maybe even cultivate some new ones.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. None of the local hockey or basketball teams are playing, so you’ve got some college hoops and not much else. Talk about whatever here. Just don’t be a jerk.

Weekend Open Thread

One week closer to Spring Training. That’s what I keep telling myself. One week closer to Spring Training. This offseason has been a major drag. There’s just nothing going on. Not with the Yankees and not with any other teams either. I knew things would be slow because of the thin free agent class, but man, I didn’t think it would be this slow. Hurry up, pitchers and catchers.

Friday: Here is your open thread for the night. The Rangers, Islanders, Devils, and Nets are all in action this evening. And that’s about it. Nothing else going on. Talk about anything but politics or religion.

Saturday: This is the open thread again. The NFL playoffs continue today with Seahawks-Falcons (4:30pm ET on FOX) and Patriots-Texans (8pm ET on CBS). The Rangers and Islanders are playing too, and there’s more college basketball than anyone could humanly watch on the schedule too. Enjoy.

Sunday: For the last time, this is the open thread. Today’s NFL playoff games are Packers-Cowboys (4:30pm ET on FOX) and Steelers-Chiefs (8pm ET on NBC). Hopefully one of them is actually compelling. The Knicks are playing right now and both the Devils and Nets are playing later tonight. There are two college hoops games too. Have at it.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Looking for something fun and interesting to read? Check out Kevin Kernan’s article on Clint Frazier. Frazier talked about his offseason and his game, the usual stuff like that, but also shared some neat stories, like the time Reggie Jackson took him for frozen yogurt after an Instructional League game in full uniform. Frazier also said he’s working on his opposite field power at a batting cage that simulates Yankee Stadium. How about that? Anyway, check it out. It’s a fun read.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all playing, though I’m not sure that’s a good thing. You’ve got a whole bunch of college basketball on the schedule too. You folks know how these things work by now, so do what you do.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Internet celebrity Chris Crawford, who has covered the draft and prospects at a variety of places (ESPN, Baseball Prospectus, etc.) released his annual AL East Prospect Guide earlier this week. You can buy it here for a mere $1.99. It comes with rankings and detailed scouting reports (20-80 grades, the whole nine) for the top 20 prospects in each system. There are prospect guides for each division plus a 2017 draft guide. I wouldn’t pass this along if it wasn’t awesome. Crawford does great work.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks and Islanders are playing, and there are a few college basketball games on as well. That’s about it. Have at it.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Last night Brian Cashman was in the YES Network studio for an appearance on Yankees Hot Stove. YES cut it up into a few different clips, so there’s one embedded above and the rest are here. If you don’t want to click through and watch them all, Brendan Kuty recapped the most important stuff. Most of it is typical CashmanSpeak, meaning lots of words but not a lot of new information. Still, check it out though. Some pretty interesting stuff in there.

Here is tonight’s open thread. The Nets are the only local pro sports team in action tonight, and there’s some college basketball on the schedule too. Not a whole lot going on, so talk about whatever here.