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.

Monday Night Open Thread

So it seems former Yankees nemesis Manny Ramirez is following the Julio Franco career path. Ramirez, now 44, has signed with the Kochi Fighting Dogs (unfortunate team name is unfortunate) of the Shikoku Island League in Japan. They’re an independent team. The Long Island Ducks of Japan, basically. Manny hasn’t played in MLB since 2011 or at all since 2014. He’s actually on the Hall of Fame ballot this year. As much as I hated him crushing the Yankees, goodness could Ramirez hit. One of the greatest right-handed hitters of all-time.

Anyway, this is the open thread for the evening. Clemson and Alabama are playing the college football National Championship Game tonight (8pm ET on ESPN), which is a pretty big deal. The Knicks and Devils are also playing, and you’ve got plenty of college hoops on the schedule too. Discuss those games, Manny’s comeback, or anything else right here.

Weekend Open Thread

An update on the comment moderator and possible new writer(s) search: I’ve made it through about 95% of the submissions and have sketched out a list of candidates to run by everyone else here. I can’t give you a firm announcement date or anything like that, but we’re close to wrapping this up. Thanks for your patience.

In the meantime, here are a bunch of links to check out this weekend. Some of them are a few weeks old. Sorry.

Friday: This is the open thread for the evening. The Knicks, Nets, Devils, and Islanders are all playing tonight, plus there’s college basketball on as well. Have at it.

Saturday: This is the open thread again. The NFL playoffs start today, so that’s fun. You’ve got Raiders-Texans (4:30pm ET on ESPN) and Lions-Seahawks (8pm ET on NBC). The Knicks, Rangers, Devils, and Islanders are all playing as well, and there’s a whole bunch of college hoops as well. Pretty nice little Saturday.

Sunday: For the last time, this is the day’s open thread. The NFL playoffs continue with Dolphins-Steelers (1pm ET on CBS) and Giants-Packers (4:30pm ET on FOX). The Nets are also playing right now, and there’s college basketball on throughout the day. Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Wanna work for the Yankees? They’re one of several teams looking to hire an in-game social media person. You’ll basically get paid to run the team’s Twitter account during games. Here’s all the info. Seven other teams are hiring too. I’m glad to see the Yankees are upping their Twitter game. Some other clubs are really funny and engaging on Twitter. (The Indians and Mariners jump to mind.)

Here is the open thread for the evening. The Nets are playing and there’s some college hoops on the schedule too. Pretty slow night. Good night for not sports. I’m watching Black Mirror these days and it is, uh, harrowing. Talk about whatever here.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

Earlier today, Nathaniel Grow at FanGraphs wrote about a little known California labor law that could, in theory, allow Mike Trout to become a free agent right now. Section 2855 of the state labor code limits all employment contracts to seven years, and since Trout has been an Angels employee since 2009, he could technically terminate his current contract and seek employment elsewhere. This applies to other longtime California players like Clayton Kershaw and Buster Posey as well. It won’t happen because the inevitable legal battle would be long and costly, but still, it’s kinda fun to think about.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the evening. The Knicks and Rangers are both playing, and there’s some college hoops on the docket as well. You folks know how these things work by now, so have at it.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

In case you missed it earlier today, ZiPS projections for the 2017 Yankees were released at FanGraphs. I’m going to write up a separate post with some thoughts once I get a chance to really dig through them, but there’s the link. The team’s top three projected home run hitters next season: Aaron Judge (30), Gary Sanchez (27), and Clint Frazier (22). Hell yeah.

This is tonight’s open thread. The (hockey) Rangers and Devils are both playing, and there’s some college hoops on the schedule as well. Talk about those games, the ZiPS projections, or anything else right here. Go nuts.

Monday Night Open Thread

Another update on the search for a comment moderator and possibly a new writer(s): I am still plugging away at the applications. There are a ton of them. Sorry it’s taking so long. I slacked off a bit last week and tried to enjoy the holiday break, so I’m not even sure I’m halfway through them at this point. I hope to be done reviewing everything by the end of next week, then I need to talk things over with the rest of the RAB brain trust. Because we have so many applications, we’re not longer accepting submissions. Thanks to all who sent something in.

Anyway, here is tonight’s open thread. The NFL regular season is over, so no Monday Night Football tonight. That’s a shame. The Knicks, Nets, and Devils are all playing, plus the Rose Bowl is on right now (Penn State vs. USC on ESPN) and the Sugar Bowl (Auburn vs. Oklahoma, 8:30pm ET on ESPN) will be on later. Talk about any of that stuff and more right here.