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Jun
10

Tuesday Night Open Thread

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The Yankees are out in Seattle to play the Mariners later tonight, so use this as your open thread until the regular game thread comes along in a few hours. The Mets are playing, plus MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. Game Three of the NBA Finals will also be on. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

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Jun
09

Monday Night Open Thread

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The Yankees and Royals were rained out tonight, and I’m not sure that’s a bad thing for the Bombers. Both the bullpen and rotation get a little extra rest, and the struggling offense gets to spend a day away from the park to clear their heads a bit. Off-days are a good thing, even surprise ones.

Here is your open thread for the sudden Yankees baseball-less night. ESPN is showing the Dodgers and Reds (Haren vs. Cingrani), plus the (hockey) Rangers are playing Game Three of the Stanley Cup Finals (8pm ET on NBCSN). They’re down two-zip in the best-of-seven series and really need a win at home. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

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Jun
08

Sunday Night Open Thread

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I know these have been out there for a few days and you’ve probably all seen them already, but I guess it’s better to post them late than never. Apparently Mark Teixeira has a fake talk show on the YES Network and you know what? It’s actually kinda funny. There’s the video above, and there’s also clips with Brian McCann (video), Masahiro Tanaka (video), and Jacoby Ellsbury (video). I can’t believe YES filmed these things in Spring Training and didn’t start posted them until recently.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the final few outs of the weekend. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Red Sox and Tigers (Lackey vs. Sanchez), plus Game Two of the NBA Finals is on as well. Talk about those games or anything else right here.

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Jun
06

2014 Draft Open Thread: Day Two

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2014 DraftThe first day of the 2014 draft is in the books and now we’re moving on to day two. The Yankees selected Mississippi State LHP Jacob Lindgren with their first and only selection on day one — everything you need to know about him is right here — after forfeiting a bunch of high picks to sign free agents last winter. It was kinda boring waiting around for their pick to come up, but that’s life.

Day two will cover rounds three through ten, and the Yankees have a pick in every one of those rounds. Their first selection of the day is 91st overall, or the 17th pick of the day. Their second pick of day two is 122nd overall, then things go back to normal and they’ll pick once every 30 picks. The Yankees will select seven eight players today and remember, these picks are all tied to the draft pool. Expect to see some regular ol’ prospects as well as some cheap college seniors picked today. The draft pool money saved on the seniors will be redirected to other players.

Here are some stray links following day one and heading into day two:

  • “I am humbled and grateful to be drafted by the New York Yankees,” said Lindgren to Michael Bonner. “This is an incredible feeling and a day I will remember for the rest of my life. I would like to thank Mississippi State University, my coaches, teammates and the greatest fans in college baseball for helping me reach this point.”
  • In ESPN’s round two analysis (subs. req’d), Chris Crawford called Lindgren the quickest to MLB pick and says he “can get left-handed hitters at the major league level out right now, as his slider is virtually unhittable against hitters from that side and he attacks batters with a 92-94 mph fastball.”
  • Here are the best available players from Keith Law (subs. req’d) and Baseball America. Virginia HS RHP Jacob Bukauskas, the consensus top available player, sent a letter to teams saying he intends to follow through on his commitment to UNC a few weeks ago, so he’s basically unsignable at this point.
  • In case you missed it yesterday, make sure you check out this FanGraphs post by former Mariners front office staffer Tony Blengino to get an idea of what it’s like inside a team’s war room during the draft.

The draft resumes at 1pm ET with a half-hour preview show beforehand, and it’ll all be streamed on MLB.com. Here’s the video link and here’s the Draft Tracker link. There won’t be a liveblog today (sorry, I just don’t have the time), so do all your draft talking here.

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Jun
05

2014 Draft Open Thread: Day One

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2014 DraftThe 2014 amateur draft begins tonight with the first round, the supplemental first round, the second round, and the two competitive balance rounds. A total of 74 picks will be made tonight, including the Yankees’ second rounder (55th overall). They don’t have a first rounder after signing all those free agents last winter. The Cardinals and Royals lead the way with four picks tonight while the Orioles are the only team without a selection on Day One.

The Yankees are said to be targeting a high school catcher or Indiana 1B Sam Travis with that 55th overall selection. Scouting director Damon Oppenheimer also has a long history of selecting players from Southern California (Ian Kennedy, Ian Clarkin, Gerrit Cole, Gosuke Katoh, Austin Romine, Tyler Wade, Angelo Gumbs, etc.), plus we know the Yankees are willing to go off the beaten path with their picks.

All of our 2014 draft coverage can be found right here. Baseball America has a list of the top 500 draft eligible prospects while MLB.com has a great top 200 list that includes video and scouting reports, all for free. If you’re wondering what it’s like in a draft war room, read this FanGraphs article by former Mariners front office staffer Tony Blengino.

All of tonight’s action, all 74 picks, will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. Here’s the video link. You can also follow the entire draft with MLB.com Draft Tracker. The broadcast is scheduled to run from 7pm to 11pm ET, so the Yankees will probably make their selection sometime during that 10 o’clock hour. That’s just a guess though.

Use this thread to day about the draft or anything else tonight. Sorry, there won’t be any liveblog(s) this year, I just don’t have the time. The Yankees already won this afternoon, so there’s no game to watch. The Mets are playing and the NBA Finals start tonight.

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Jun
01

Sunday Night Open Thread

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Here is your open thread for the last few hours of the weekend. Yesterday’s weather kinda stunk but it was gorgeous today here in New York. The ESPN Sunday Night Game is the Pirates at the Dodgers (Volquez vs. Greinke), plus the Kings and Blackhawks are playing Game Seven (8pm ET on NBCSN) to determine who will face the (hockey) Rangers in the Stanley Cup Finals, so that’s fun. Talk about this afternoon’s game, either of tonight’s games, or anything else right here. Have at it.

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May
31

Saturday Night Open Thread

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Here is your open thread for this lovely Saturday evening. I didn’t think it would end up being so nice after all that rain this afternoon. The Rays and Red Sox will be on FOX, plus MLB Network will air a different game later tonight. There also an NBA postseason game on as well. Talk about any of those games, this afternoon’s win over the Twins, or anything else right here.

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May
29

Thursday Night Open Thread

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Did you realize the Yankees are 5-1 in games immediately prior to a scheduled off-day this season? That doesn’t mean anything, it’s just kind neat. Off-days are always a little more enjoyable on the heels of a win. The bad taste of a loss can linger for a while. The one loss was the second game of the doubleheader against the Pirates, so the Yankees still had a win in the bank that day.

Anyway, here is your open thread for the off-night. The Mets are playing and MLB Network will air a game as well. Who you see depends on where you live. There are also NBA and NHL playoff games on, including the Rangers as they look to a clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. Talk about those games or anything else you want right here.

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May
26

Memorial Day Open Thread

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Happy Memorial Day to everyone, especially those who are serving or have served in the armed forces. It’s because of you folks that idiots like me get to watch baseball all day and complain about it on a blog. Hope you all enjoyed the day.

Here is your open thread for the rest of the night. MLB Network is airing a game (who you see depends on where you live) plus there will be NBA and NHL playoff games as well. Talk about any of that stuff right here.

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May
25

Sunday Night Open Thread

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Happy Sunday everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the gorgeous weather in New York, if you’re in New York. This is definitely grilling weather. Use this thread to talk about whatever you like tonight — the Cardinals and Reds are the ESPN Sunday Night Game, plus there are NBA and NHL playoff games going on — and enjoy the rest of the second day of the holiday weekend.

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