Weekend Open Thread

An update on the new writer(s) search: we’ve made our picks! Or at least I have. I’m waiting for everyone else here at RAB to give the thumbs up as well. Once that happens, I’ll get in touch with the folks we’d like to bring aboard and make an announcement on the site. I hope to do that next week. (Nudges Ben and Joe.) Thanks again to all who applied, especially for being so patient. There were a ton of quality submissions to dig through. Whittling the list of candidates down was not easy at all.

Friday: Here is tonight’s open thread. The Devils and Nets are the only local teams in action, and my goodness, that sounds awful. No college basketball tonight either. Geez. Anyway, talk about whatever here, just not politics or religion. Please please please no politics or religion. Thanks in advance.

Saturday: This is the open thread again. There are no NFL playoff games today — did they always play both conference championship games on Sunday? I could have sworn they used to play one on Saturday and one on Sunday — but the Knicks, Nets, Devils, and Islanders are all playing, and there’s more college basketball on than any human could watch. You know what to do here, so do it.

Sunday: For the final time, this is the open thread. The NFL playoffs resume today with Packers-Falcons (3pm ET on FOX) and Steelers-Patriots (6:30pm ET on CBS). The two winners advance to the Super Bowl. The Rangers are playing right now, so if you flip over to NBC, you can catch the end of the game. The Islanders are playing later tonight, and that’s pretty much it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Alex Rodriguez‘s post-playing career is alive and well. A-Rod is going to host a reality show pilot in which former athletes who run into financial trouble after they retire are paired with mentors who help them get back on track. The working title is “Back in the Game” and Michael Strahan is one of the executive producers. It’ll air on CNBC at some point. Business is booming for A-Rod Corp., eh? He’s not a businessman. He’s a business, man.

This is tonight’s open thread. The Knicks, Rangers, and Islanders are all playing, and there’s a ton of college hoops on the schedule too. Talk about those games, A-Rod’s new show, Brian Cashman loving RAB, or anything else right here.

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.