Monday Night Open Thread

MLB announce game start times for the 2015 season last week, so head on over to the team’s official site to see when all 162 Yankees games will start this coming season. Opening Day is an afternoon game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, a 1:05pm ET start. Game 162 is a 3:05pm ET start at Camden Yards.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The NHL is still on their All-Star break, but the Knicks and Nets are playing, and there’s some college basketball on as well. Talk about those games, the snow, or anything else right here.

Weekend Open Thread

Happy Friday, everyone. Pitchers and catchers report only four weeks from today, and that’s pretty cool. I’m going to be out of town the next few days, so unless there’s some sort of breaking news, I don’t plan to post anything this weekend. Here are some links to get you by:

  • Over at CBS, we’re in the middle of a fun series looking at the bests and worsts in the history of each franchise. Best and worst teams, trades, uniforms, etc. All sorts of fun stuff. Here is the Yankees post. I didn’t write it and I disagree with Carl Pavano being the worst free agent signing. It’s this ugly A-Rod contact, hands down.
  • Jonah Keri wrote about the upstart Marlins, who cycled between being awful and winning the World Series the last two decades. The team finally appears to be in position to have sustained success thanks not only to Giancarlo Stanton, but to a deep and well-rounded core of 20-somethings with their best years ahead of them.
  • At the FanGraphs community blog, a user wrote about the adjustments Brandon McCarthy made after being traded to the Yankees and how they might apply to Nathan Eovaldi. The team tweaked McCarthy’s pitch selection a bit and also got him to pitch inside more, especially to righties.
  • And finally, Jeff Long looked at Rays lefty Jake McGee, who has emerged as an elite reliever despite throwing almost nothing but fastballs. From July 9th through September 20th last year, McGee threw 473 fastballs out of 476 total pitches, and had a 2.37 ERA (2.14 FIP) with 40 strikeouts and seven walks in 30.1 innings. It’s a classic “it’s so good, you know it’s coming and you still can’t hit it” pitch.

Use this thread to talk about whatever’s on your mind this weekend. The Yankees, the NHL All-Star Game, college hoops, the Pro Bowl (lol), anything. Have at it.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Very sad news to pass along. Last night a massive fire ripped through one of those huge apartment complexes in Edgewater, NJ, and John Sterling’s home was destroyed. “I won’t have anything left … I’ll have to start over, as they say,” said a surprisingly upbeat Sterling to the NY Post. Hundreds of people were displaced and thankfully there were no serious injuries. I know this is a Yankees blog and we’re thinking about the memorabilia he lost, but, more importantly, that was Sterling’s home and I’m sure it was full of family memories he’ll never be able to replace. Let’s all keep him and his family in our thoughts.

This is your open thread for the evening. The NHL is on their All-Star break, but the Nets are playing and there’s some college basketball on as well. Talk about whatever’s on your mind right here.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

You guys, A-Rod is working out with Barry Bonds! This is a Very Big Deal. Josh Shea says Rodriguez and Bonds were spotted together at a Bay Area facility where apparently several players spend time working with Bonds throughout the offseason. Can’t believe A-Rod had the nerve to seek out the knowledge of the best hitter most of us will ever see. Go forth with outrage.

Anyway, this is your open thread for the night. There’s no hockey tonight, it’s all basketball. Both the Knicks and Nets are playing and there’s the usual slate of college hoops as well. Have at it.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Last week we learned new shortstop Didi Gregorius will wear No. 18 next season, and now I’ve got another new guy number to pass along. Well, potential new number. According to Jack Curry, Andrew Miller has requested No. 48, which seems to be the designated “top lefty out of the bullpen” number. Matt Thornton and Josh Outman wore the number last year, and before that it was Boone Logan‘s. Miller wore No. 48 with the Orioles, No. 30 with the Red Sox, and No. 23 with the Marlins.

Here’s the open thread for the night. The (hockey) Rangers are the only local team playing tonight, and there’s the usual slate of college basketball. Talk about those guys or anything else right here.

Monday Night Open Thread

Here is your open thread for the evening. The Knicks are playing right now, the Devils are playing later tonight, and there are a handful of college basketball games as well. That’s it. Talk about whatever you want right here.

Weekend Open Thread

Five weeks from today, pitchers and catchers are due to report to Tampa for Spring Training. That’s the best non-news day of the year. Nothing really happens that day, no real workouts or anything, but it marks the start of a new season and I can’t wait. A fun Mike Mussina video is above and the weekend links are below:

  • The Blue Jays are planning to install natural grass in Rogers Centre by 2018, and John Lott wrote about all the challenges of trying to grow grass indoors. There are a ton of logistical issues — they have to change the roof panels and rip up the concrete under the field to install irrigation and drainage — and consultants haven’t even determined the best species of grass for the job yet. Other than that, everything’s going just swell.
  • The Yankees acquired Chris Martin from the Rockies in a minor trade earlier this week, and it turns out he has one heck of a back story. As Scott Miller explained in an article last April, Martin blew out his shoulder in college and quit going to school and playing baseball. He worked at Lowe’s, UPS and an appliance store before a friend convinced him to try out for an independent team, which eventually got him signed.
  • Anthony Castrovince wrote about the non-stop tragedies veteran umpire John Hirschbeck has faced. Hirschbeck lost two sons to a rare disease and also dealt with two bouts of cancer himself, among other things. It’s a real heartbreaking story. No fans like umpires, but they’re people too and Hirschbeck has been through an awful lot.
  • Jeff Zimmerman argues that baseball needs to expand and relatively soon to avoid falling into a third Dead Ball era. He doesn’t want the league to add two teams though, he wants the league to add six teams — not all at once, of course, two at a time over a period of several years — to increase offense and add excitement.
  • And finally, Erik Malinowski wrote about the incredible story of the Dirty Dozen Rowing Club. Long story short — I’m not joking, it’s a very long read — a bunch of rugby players from the Bay Area decided to get into rowing with the goal of qualifying in the 1984 Olympics even though they only had two years to prepare.

Friday: This is your open thread for the night. The Nets, Rangers, Islanders, and Devils are all in action, and there’s the usual slate of college basketball as well. Use this thread to talk about anything on your mind. Have at it.

Saturday: Use this as your open thread again. The Nets and Islanders are both playing, and there’s college basketball on as well. Talk about whatever.

Sunday: For one last time, use this as your open thread. The Seahawks and Packers are playing right now (on FOX) and later tonight the Patriots and Colts will be in action (6:40pm ET on CBS). The winners of each game advance to the Super Bowl. Go nuts.