Weekend Links: Jeter, Matsui, Betances, Game 162, Cuba, In-Market Streaming

Open Thread: March 20th Camp Notes
Open Thread: March 21st Camp Notes
(Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)
(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

The Yankees are playing the Astros at 1:05pm ET this afternoon (Michael Pineda vs. Dallas Keuchel), but there will be no video broadcast of the game. No YES, no MLB.tv, no nothing. Lame. So, on this day with unwatchable Yankees baseball, here are some miscellaneous links to help you pass the time.

Jeter, Matsui To Participate In Home Run Derby For Charity

Derek Jeter and Hideki Matsui will square off in a Home Run Derby at the Tokyo Dome tomorrow to help raise money to support children affected by the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the region in 2011, reports the Associated Press. There will be over 600 participants in the event, including a group of baseball players from the Tohoku region, which was hit hardest by the disaster.

“(Derek) will make an enormous contribution to this event. He is a tremendous human being and was a great teammate and I’m sure the kids will be thrilled to see someone of his stature,” said Matsui to the Associated Press. Jeter and Matsui will also hold a baseball clinic for kids. Some photos of Jeter at sumo matches made the rounds a few days ago and I figured he was just on vacation. Great work by Jeter and Matsui to get together for charity. Hopefully some video of the Home Run Derby pops up soon.

The Deception & Dominance Of Betances

Owen Watson put together a really great article looking at an underrated part of Dellin Betances‘ game: his deception. We all know he throws high-90s with a nasty breaking ball, but his release point and delivery is incredibly consistent for both pitches, so hitters don’t get any sort of hint of what’s coming. This GIF is pretty great:

That’s two pitches laid over one another. One pitch is a 98 mph fastball (taken), the other an 82 mph curveball (swing and miss). Dellin’s delivery and release point are the same and both pitches look identical out of his hand. It’s basically impossible to tell whether a fastball or breaking ball is coming before the hitter’s brain has to tell his body to swing or not, hence all those called strikes he was getting on curveballs last year. They look like high fastballs out of the zone and hitter gives up.

Yankees Hired New Nutritionist This Offseason

The search for a competitive advantage extends beyond the field of play these days, with teams looking for ways to keep their players healthier through improved diet and rest. The Yankees hired a new nutritionist this offseason named Cynthia Sass, according to David Waldstein, and her job is to provide the team with the best possible diet and persuade players to eat it. “We’re trying to build a more perfect beast,” said Brian Cashman to Waldstein.

Teams typically provide players with two meals per day — breakfast and lunch for day games, lunch and dinner for night games — but they can’t force players to eat them. Sass, who spent the last eight years with the Rays and had previously worked with the Phillies and New York Rangers, has added healthy alternatives to the daily menu and will educate players, then adjust the menu based on their preferences. “I’m not there to shove it down their throat,” she said. “It’s not going to happen overnight. The goal is to make the best foods for athletes always available. If they want more of it, we’ll provide it.”

The Yankees have had nutrionists over the years — every team has — but the goal this winter was the refocus their efforts in hope of gaining a competitive advantage. The team also hired former minor league pitcher John Kremer as their “high performance science director” to coordinate the nutritionist, food preparation, medical staff, trainers, coaches … basically everyone who impacts team performance. Teams haven’t necessarily ignored the diet of their players, they just haven’t done as much to optimize it as you’d think. Sass was hired to do that for the Yankees.

MLB Schedules Every Game 162 At Same Time

In an effort to boost the drama and excitement of the final day of the regular season, MLB has scheduled Game 162 for every team at the exact same time this year, writes Bill Shaikin. All 15 games on October 4th — yes, the season ends October 4th — will begin at 3pm ET. The Yankees will be in Baltimore playing the Orioles that day.

“If a game impacts another game, they’re all occurring at the same time, so no team would be put into a lame-duck situation because their fate already had been decided by an earlier result,” said MLB COO Tony Petitti to Shaikin. “If we do have games coming down to the wire, we want to make sure we maximize that day.”

Last year the NL Central and second AL Wild Card spot came down to Game 162. The Pirates lost to the Reds, giving the Cardinals the division title and allowing St. Louis to scratch Adam Wainwright later that afternoon so he could start him in Game 1 of the NLDS. That sort of situation won’t happen this year. I love this idea and as a baseball fan I hope the final day of the regular season is pure chaos. Hopefully the Yankees are involved somehow.

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

MLB Likely To Play Exhibition Game In Cuba In 2016

Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed to Brian Costa the league is likely to play a Spring Training game in Cuba next season. MLB has been in talks with the government about returning to the island as the two countries work to rebuild their relationship. MLB last played a game in Cuba in 1999, when the Orioles played the Cuban National Team.

“To the extent that we can play a role in helping the United States government effectuate a change in policy, that we’re following their lead and we’re acting in a way that’s consistent with what they want us to do, that’s an honor for us,” said Manfred to Costa. “The combination of their input and where we are in our calendar for 2015 makes the most likely point in time to be Spring Training of 2016. It’s not a three-day exercise to play a meaningful exhibition game in Cuba. You need a little lead time to get that done, to put everything together, to be able to broadcast it in the way that it deserves.”

It’s unclear right now if MLB would play a single exhibition game in Cuba or several. In the past the league has played two games when playing overseas, though traveling to Cuba is much easier than traveling to, say, Taiwan, like the Dodgers did in 2010. Anyway, the Yankees are baseball’s most recognizable and marketable team, so I suspect they will be given consideration for the game(s) in Cuba next spring. Imagine the Yankees vs. Yasiel Puig and the Dodgers or Jose Abreu and the White Sox with Orlando Hernandez throwing out the first pitch. That would be fun.

In-Market Streaming May Be On The Horizon

According to Josh Kosman, MLB will soon announce a deal allowing fans to stream games online in each team’s home market. So New Yorkers will be able to watch the Yankees and Mets on their iPad or laptop instead of sitting in front of a television. The particulars (cost, etc.) aren’t known yet, but Kosman says teams with their own networks will require fans to subscribe to the network to stream online. You won’t be able to simply purchase MLB.tv and watch the Yankees, you’ll have to subscribe to YES through their cable provider. That’s better than nothing, I guess.

Open Thread: March 20th Camp Notes
Open Thread: March 21st Camp Notes
  • SweetSpot

    “We’re trying to build a more perfect beast.” — Brian Cashman
    There’s no way RAB let’s that one go by.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Bigger, hairier monsters?

      • SweetSpot

        Maybe in Bawstun. Bigger, clean shaven monsters here – as hairless as a gay porn star.

      • SweetSpot

        Maybe in Bawstun. Bigger, clean shaven monsters here – as hairless as a gay porn star.

    • Jorge Steinbrenner

      Bigger, hairier monsters?

    • blake

      Cashman must be a sci fi fan….everything is always a beast or a monster

  • SweetSpot

    “We’re trying to build a more perfect beast.” — Brian Cashman
    There’s no way RAB let’s that one go by.

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    You’re not gonna find classier athletes than Jeter and Matsui.
    The last game of the season idea is a great one IMO.
    Funny thing about Betances is his inability to repeat his delivery is what prompted him to be made a reliever from what I recall. I guess he’s learned to maintain it for short stints.
    I doubt the Yankees will want to go to Cuba since they obviously don’t like Cubans

    • Still Stucky

      I’d love the Yankees to not like me to the tune of $50m dollars.

      I’d get over not being liked … fast.

    • Still Stucky

      I’d love the Yankees to not like me to the tune of $50m dollars.

      I’d get over not being liked … fast.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      It’s a great idea for sure. Works perfectly in the NFL.

  • Farewell Mo and Jeet

    You’re not gonna find classier athletes than Jeter and Matsui.
    The last game of the season idea is a great one IMO.
    Funny thing about Betances is his inability to repeat his delivery is what prompted him to be made a reliever from what I recall. I guess he’s learned to maintain it for short stints.
    I doubt the Yankees will want to go to Cuba since they obviously don’t like Cubans

  • Jose Pireddardela

    That display of kindness and generosity by Jeter doesn’t surprise me at all. I hope they give Jete a job in the FO like they did with Hideki. He could do wonders mentoring Didi.

    Delin’s going to be the best closer in the game this season. He’ll be the next Mariano.

    The nutritionist won’t make a damn bit of difference, Mike. Do you think CC is going to eat a gluten free diet? He’s going to keep gobbling down cheeseburgers and Cap’n Crunch. Teixera went gluten free and I doubt it helps him stay on the field or hit the ball the other way.

    Very interesting idea playing every game at the same time. TV goes along with it because it’s on a Sunday. As long as they end the season on a Sunday it will work. I like it, but they need to reduce the season to 154 games so that it ends in Sept.

    We need to expand our Cuban presence and if the opportunity is offered we must take it.

    I think you should be able to watch every game on any device regardless of your location and what channel the game is on. If you’re in the midwest and the Yankees are on FOX you are likely to get a local team and are blacked out on mlb.tv. You should be able to watch every game on any device all the time.

    • SweetSpot

      Oh dear.

    • SweetSpot

      Oh dear.

    • Dalek Jeter

      Guys. I agree with everyone of Eddard’s points. Help. I’m scared. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsvK9ZbcbIA

      Except the “next Mariano” thing. That’s insane.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        You were a great man and a great commenter here, but I think it’s safe to say your life is over. Agreeing with Eddard is like agreeing to a permanent contract with Satan to be his slave for eternity. Sorry bro.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Yo dis be the realist shitt out there yO

  • Jose Pireddardela

    That display of kindness and generosity by Jeter doesn’t surprise me at all. I hope they give Jete a job in the FO like they did with Hideki. He could do wonders mentoring Didi.

    Delin’s going to be the best closer in the game this season. He’ll be the next Mariano.

    The nutritionist won’t make a damn bit of difference, Mike. Do you think CC is going to eat a gluten free diet? He’s going to keep gobbling down cheeseburgers and Cap’n Crunch. Teixera went gluten free and I doubt it helps him stay on the field or hit the ball the other way.

    Very interesting idea playing every game at the same time. TV goes along with it because it’s on a Sunday. As long as they end the season on a Sunday it will work. I like it, but they need to reduce the season to 154 games so that it ends in Sept.

    We need to expand our Cuban presence and if the opportunity is offered we must take it.

    I think you should be able to watch every game on any device regardless of your location and what channel the game is on. If you’re in the midwest and the Yankees are on FOX you are likely to get a local team and are blacked out on mlb.tv. You should be able to watch every game on any device all the time.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I heard Cynthia brings a lot of sass to her nutrition advice…

    *taps mic*

    • SweetSpot

      Boys, meet Cynthia.

      • SweetSpot

        “I’ll put anything in my mouth you tell me to. Yes ma’am I will.”

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          Any thoughts that you were Trisha are now dismissed.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            The trap has been set.

            • SweetSpot

              LOL. You do crack me up.

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          That’s what she said.

        • dave_8

          Open wide Didi, here comes the airplane…

          http://a.abcnews.com/images/GMA/abc_ann_fc_potato_101214_wg.jpg

      • SweetSpot

        “I’ll put anything in my mouth you tell me to. Yes ma’am I will.”

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        The anti-Pentland.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        Did Cash make this hire?

        • SweetSpot

          Don’t have any idea how these kind of hires are made. I would assume Cashman since it concerns direct contact with the players and what they eat, etc.

          • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

            Just thought he had an eye for the ladies.
            If that’s her, she’s a looker.

            • SweetSpot

              That’s her.

    • SweetSpot

      Boys, meet Cynthia.

    • dave_8

      McCann screams “Huh?! She wants us to eat hummus?!? What’s that?!”

      http://i0.wp.com/mfi-miami.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Fat-guy.jpg

    • dave_8

      McCann screams “Huh?! She wants us to eat hummus?!? What’s that?!”

      http://i0.wp.com/mfi-miami.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Fat-guy.jpg

      • cashmoney

        Geez dave.

        • dave_8

          Actually looks more like Nick Johnson in retirement.

      • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

        Jorge has seen better days.

      • BearNJ

        Thanks for ruining my lunch.

    • Havok9120

      Yikes.

    • dave_8

      Just read about her credentials, books and theories. We’ve got a pop diet guru on the payroll. The S.A.S.S.! approach. Oh boy. Next we’ll see Dr. Oz running out to home plate when someone gets hit by a pitch.

      • SweetSpot

        “Pop-Diet Guru.”

        Graduated with honors from Syracuse University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in nutrition/dietetics (B.S.) and a Master’s degree in nutrition science with a concentration in counseling (M.A.). She completed a second master’s degree in public health (M.P.H.) with a concentration in community and family health education at the University of South Florida.

        She is a registered dietitian (R.D.), and is Board Certified as a Specialist in Sports Dietetics (C.S.S.D.) by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also completed a personal training certification at the well known Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, Texas, and formal culinary training at the Institute for Culinary Awakening in Portland, Oregon.

        • dave_8

          Yep — pop diet guru. Do you know anything about the Syracuse program? or the USF prgoram? or worse, the Cooper Institute? Don’t be fooled by lots of letters or cooking school in Portlandia.

          http://cynthiasass.com/books/sass-yourself-slim.html

          • SweetSpot

            Her credentials and work history speak for herself. You don’t know what you’re talking about. Do you really think the New York Yankees are going to hire someone to counsel their $230 million roster who is not a top pro in their field?

            • dave_8

              Yeah, I do. I don’t think they know the difference — like you. She’s a name, a quasi-celebrity, NYT best seller, so she must be tops in her field, right? Or just expensive so she must be great, right? You reacted to those creds and website exactly the way you’re supposed to. Her marketing worked on you too. You should hire her for a session.

              • SweetSpot

                So all the sports teams that hired her – and obviously gave the Yankees glowing references – are they clueless too? She’s well known because she’s good at what she does from what I can see.

                • dave_8

                  It’s social my friend. You get good reference b/c they like working with you. Not b/c you were transformed by cutting edge nutrition science. Like I said, they’re hiring the name that she’s built up and marketed. I suspect the diet plans will be lying on a shelf next to K-Long’s Cage Rat book and dvd set in the end. When you have big bucks you tend to buy expensive stuff thinking it must be better simply b/c of the brand name and the price. I hope they don;t hire Deepak Chopra for spiritual fitness. After all those bestsellers, he must be the guy to hire for that, right?

              • ChuckIt

                Remember, quite a few years back, when they hired a California Sports fitness training co. to take over ST, and we started the season with 5 guys on the D L with hamstring problems, & Carl Pavano as the opening day starter ? They were a big deal fitness outfit too. I know Andy Pettite went back to using giant rubber bands for stretching excercises.

                • dave_8

                  Right, all the hamstring pulls. Mussina tweaked his too. They were fired after one season of latest fad techniques.

                  • ChuckIt

                    Exactly. Players mostly have their own personal fitness people (they can certainly afford them) & if they wish to choose an all natural diet, or The Babe Ruth diet, it’s up to them. I know the Dodgers brought in a highly touted nutritional expert this year, who preaches an all natural diet, & players are relegated to hiding food & condiments in their lockers. If C.C.’s career stats are do in part to Capn’ Crunch, I say “Bring on the Crunch Berries !”

          • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

            cynthia’s ass.com?

            • Deep Thoughts

              Your mother Trebek!

          • SweetSpot

            Why are you so fuckin’ negative right off the bat. If you’re a Yankee fan why not embrace this as a positive move, do you think it hurts? Do you know what her resume is in pro sports? She is one of the first registered dietitians to become board certified as a specialist in Sports Dietetics. She is/was the sports nutritionist for the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays and worked for the Philadelphia Phillies for three years. Good grief.

            • dave_8

              Yep, she’s done well for herself. And it’s b/c I’m a fan that I point this out (and hate charlatans in a field I know a lot about). It’s no different than someone hating an overpriced signing of some player that they don’t think will help. I just know something about the subject and the industry. I’m not talking out my ass. It’s about the money and the marketing. The health/fitness industry is a cesspool.

              • SweetSpot

                I know quite a bit about health and nutrition as well from personal experience and I know better than to paint every professional in the field with a broad brush. If you want to denigrate those who are less than reputable, I’m with you. But she is not one of those. She was with the Rays for 8 years!

                There are few things as important to a human being’s health than what they eat and drink. And this is especially true for high-performance athletes. As someone who ten years ago changed my eating habits dramatically after consulting a nutritionist, I can tell you at least for me, I became a different person in terms of my weight, energy level and outlook.

                • dave_8

                  It’s easy to paint with a broad brush in that industry. Esp when you see the same approach re-packaged and marketed like the last one — and the one before that, and before that. Adding some SASS to all of it does nothing but delude some into believing that her approach is somehow the special one that finally works.

                  But you’re right in one regard. It’s up to the person in the end. If you made the changes, I credit you more than the nutritionist. And I’m sure Sass could not have made any more difference to you other than except lightening your wallet a lot more than your consultation did. When I train people, I don’t do anything until the mindset shifts. It’s pointless unless there’s a serious interest in making a change. You can motivate after that but the client needs to be sincere and not think the trainer or the nutritionist is gonna wave a magic wand over them (believe me, some people are like that). Some actually want change without participating in it. I speak with them for a long time before I mention any specifics of a plan. They have to be onboard first.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            Ok, fine, slight eye roll at “Instant for Culinary Awakening.” Fucking Portland.

            In the end, though, everyone’s a pop diet guru. Knowing you’re a trainer, I’ve gotten such different and, often, left-field dietary advice from trainers throughout the years to know that, other than “don’t eat too much,” everyone’s got an opinion.

            My favorite was a trainer friend who told me the secret to fitness was a gallon of Oolong tea a day. I’ll admit to trying that.

            • dave_8

              95% of trainers know little or nothing about exercise science and nutrition. And they should never give you advice on the latter. And personal training for most becomes a social ritual. I’ve trained more people for free than paid now just to prevent them from being ripped off or steered in the wrong direction.

              I’m sure she’ll be selling SASSY bars on a shelf in GNC or Vitamin Shoppe at some point. And it will be no better than a candy bar like the rest of them.

              The whole industry is a disgrace. It’s all marketing and pseudo-science. Her diet book will be in the bargain bin once the next wave of books comes out in Jan just in time for out-of-shape people to attempt their New Year’s resolution.

              • SweetSpot

                You don’t know what you are talking about. She’s not a trainer. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition/Dietetics, a Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science and a second Master’s Degree in Public Health. There are few things more important than what you eat. It’s real science, not pseudo-science.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Training for free, you say? I could easily take back all the VHS scout jokes I made….. ;)

                • dave_8

                  You have no idea how much time I’ve spent searching for that thing so I could shove it your face. I’ll keep trying until they pry my cold dead fingers from my keypad.

                  Oh, and I had a great success story with a 6’2” 300lb Cuban (who always claimed to be 260) with high blood pressure. He really wanted to change b/c he had young children and feared not being there for them. He lost 80lb, got off his meds, and his doc told him “whatever you’re doing, keep doing it”. My payment was that he stayed that way. Still could drop a few more but his health was no longer in danger. Fear of dying young can be great motivation for some.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              Too much caffeine.

              • Deep Thoughts

                Enough with your anti-Chinese racism already.

          • ChuckIt

            Back in the late 70’s, in college, I was close to a girl who went on an all juice diet, which was the fad diet at the time. Unfortunately, one year later she died from stomach cancer which was excerbated by the erosion of the stomach lining due to the high acid content of the diet. Sad story, buy true.

            • dave_8

              That sucks. And that diet still exists. And in every diet/fitness book published there’s a tiny disclaimer about its content that everyone ignores.

              • ChuckIt

                I know. That particular diet has made a comeback, fairly recently, along with some others. With the advent of social media, a lot of people tend to take everything they see or hear on the internet as gospel. My diet is healthy, but I don’t go overboard. I’m not over weight & I exercise, but I still eat junk food on occasion, & love my bacon & eggs Sunday breakfast. I forget, are eggs good or bad for you this year ?

                • RetroRob

                  Eggs are fine. I reintroduced them into my diet about a year back. My cholesterol dropped 20 pts. (It was fine before, but even lower now.) Moderation in most cases is the key. I’m never giving up bacon!

                  • ChuckIt

                    The Key word is Cholesterol. there is “good” & “Bad cholesterol, along with “good” & “Bad” Carbs. If you eliminate you eliminate both, your not helping yourself any. A lot of people hear the word Carb, & immediately think fat.

                  • dave_8

                    You don’t have to give it up. Just go uncured. And fat — even saturated — isn’t the boogeyman for most.

        • Deep Thoughts

          I’m sure the Yankees found her brand promotion and synergizing distasteful. I wonder if she has any on-camera appearances built into her contract.

          • dave_8

            They’re gonna dump Sassy Water on players after walk-offs now. Gatorade is out.

            • ChuckIt

              What about hummus pies -in -the- face during post- game interviews ?

              • dave_8

                She’ll in be in the booth in the 3rd inning of a game in July promoting her new book.
                “How a little Sass changed the Yankees”

                • ChuckIt

                  Will they open up a concession in her name ? Speaking of which, I sure miss those Roy White Knishes !

            • Deep Thoughts

              As a blonde female with <16% body fat and a brand to promote, I have to assume the Yankees put her in the clubhouse as Alex's handler, literally and/or figuratively. She's right up his alley.

              • dave_8

                They’ll suspend A-Rod and fire her for raising his testosterone levels.

      • blake

        Who cares?

        • dave_8

          I hate the never ending BS in health and fitness. People are fatter and in worse shape than ever, and gurus like Sass just lighten their clients’ scale weight by taking a few dollars from their pockets.

    • ropeadope1

      “Is this thing on?”

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    I heard Cynthia brings a lot of sass to her nutrition advice…

    *taps mic*

  • blake

    Really cool thing Jeter and Matsui are doing and really cool Betances piece

  • Dalek Jeter

    Man, if/when I can stream Yankee games while living in the NYC area, goodbye cable. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a friends HBO Go account, really the only reason to have cable is the Yankees. Especially when you can get those digital bunny ears for basic channels for Football.

    • ChuckIt

      I’ve got a 56″ screen w/ Dolby sound. I won’t be streaming anytime soon.

      • Dalek Jeter

        Eh, I’ve got a 33 inch, and with a PS4 and an HDMI cable, and a decent internet connection Netflix and Amazon (less so HBO) are fantastic quality.

        • ChuckIt

          I subscribe to Optimum/Cablevision. I have the sports package, which gives me virtually every ESPN channel, MLB, NFL( with PPV option for sunday ticket) NBA & NHL networks, along with all the other basic channels. I don’t need HBO, Cinemax, or any other premium channels.If I want to watch any of the old movies they show, i’ll PPV ’em for a buck.

          • Dalek Jeter

            My parents have Optimum/Cablevision too, and it’s the absolute worst. The sound gets all jittery and drops out randomly like I’m going for a run with a Walkman in 1998. The DVR doesn’t record just as often as it does. With the new multiroom DVR you can’t rewind live TV unless you’re recording it. And lately sometimes channels just don’t work. At all. Oh, and on top of that, the On Demand goes down at least once a month and just doesn’t work and the box seems to need to reboot itself every couple days (it usually does it at like 2 am, which is great for normal people, but bullshit for insomniacs). I know it’s like the first world of first worldy problems, but I can honestly say that Optimum is fucking awful, I’ve been trying to convince my family to switch to Verizon since my dad left his job at Cablevision, like a decade ago.

            • ChuckIt

              I don’t have those problems, with anything- TV, Internet, or cell phone service. In my area at least.

            • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

              Does he still get a discount?

              • Dalek Jeter

                I don’t think so, because we don’t have the premium channels anymore. We actually used to get it all for essentially free, which is why I understood staying with it.

                • ChuckIt

                  The premium channels pretty much suck any way. My wife has HBO & SHO on her personal box, just to watch 3 shows. Big $ for just 3 shows. 90% of the movies are 3 yrs or older, & have been or will be on USA,TBS, FX.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    Honestly, the only reason I’d have HBO are Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Vice. In defense of the movies though, they do have some decent ones from time to time. and you also get it without commercials or censorship.

                    • ChuckIt

                      I’m an old schooler. I grew up dealing with commercial interruptions, & nowadays, censorship is waaaay more liberal. In the last 4 months i saw three movies that were on basic cable stations that were rated X when they first premiered in the movies.Antennae TV rocks!

                  • Now Batting

                    Just subscribed to HBO Go separately and you can HD stream shows using one of the devices Dalek mentioned. Youll save a boatload. Literally the only reason I pay for TWC is to watch Yankees games.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      YOu can’t subscribe strictly to HBO Go. They recently announced a stand alone streaming service called HBO Now, which will release next month, but for the foreseeable future you can only get it through Apple TV. I have HBO Go because I have a friend with HBO who was nice enough to share his password with me.

                    • Now Batting

                      Thanks, I was thinking of the new HBO Now feature.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      I’m really curious as to what that’s going to look like. I mean, a lot of HBO’s classic series (Sopranos, Oz, Deadwood, etc) are now available on Amazon Prime, so unless they have active shows (GoT, Vice, The Jinx, etc,) there’s no real reason to have it…but if they put active shows up I think a lot of people are going to leave the premium packages from cable companies.

                    • RetroRob

                      They should have active shows. I’m pretty sure I read that you’ll get the full service through HBO Now. They clearly see the trend, so they’re expanding their content to other platforms. I expect this to continue. Unfortunately, that could negate much of the cost savings if everyone starts selling their content piecemeal, but that will take time.

                    • Dalek Jeter

                      My friend did the math, he said between 3 streaming services (he has Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu) and like 3 or 4 season passes for shows that he doesn’t want to wait for he’s paying less than he would for cable…So A La Carte still seems to be cheaper, at least for now, and gives you access to better shows. Three of the best shows I’ve watched in the last few years have been House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt…all Netflix Originals, none of which would be able to do what they do on any anything but HBO.

                    • RetroRob

                      I don’t doubt it. Having lived through a few of these transitions I’m just wondering where it will all lead. I’m still connected to cable, but I’m toying with the idea of moving from it. Does anyone here have Apple TV?

                    • dave_8

                      I’m confused and overwhelmed by all the options. For once I can’t keep up despite once being considered tech-savvy. The lifespans are so short now that I’m afraid that after I make a choice and rejigger my setup, a simple, more elegant solution will emerge from all the chaos of combinations.

                    • Game 3

                      Looks like you’d still be paying for TWC, though, unless someone gives you their credentials. If you’re a customer of the cable company, you can watch the games as you want.

            • RetroRob

              Interesting. I have Optimum/Cablevision but I haven’t had those issues. I have seen the overnight reboots, but discover that the next day since I get a message to turn on the cable box. Other than that it’s been stable. I wonder if it’s the area? (Verizon FIOS is not available where I live, so I’m basically a slave to Optimum. I won’t install a dish.)

              • ChuckIt

                Usually when Optimum reboots, it’s changing programming. I usually find a new channel added to my package, no extra charge, afterwards.

                • dave_8

                  You’re right. It’s an update scheduled at a time when most aren’t watching. I have TWC and they do it between 2am and 3am.

              • Dalek Jeter

                Huh, every one of my friends in the are who has Optimum has dealt with the jittery sound, especially since the switchover to the multiroom Samsung DVR box. Maybe it is the region.

                • RetroRob

                  I don’t have DVR, which maybe why I’m not seeing it. I’ve been thinking of adding DVR, but if it’s going to cause me other issues I may not.

                  • Dalek Jeter

                    If you can get the old DVR with the internal hard drive go for it, those had very few issues. I think the biggest problem is the multiroom DVRs use off site servers, which cause basically all the issues.

      • Astropcr

        I stream on my 46″ with Dolby sound. Chromecast or SmartTV or Roku get the job done. Plus it’s usually better 1080p quality than the compressed cable or satellite picture as web video compression algorithms are generally much newer and better.

        • ChuckIt

          I like what I got, & I’m stickn’ with it. ( + my wife won’t let me upgrade yet)

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      You’re right and that’s funny. I don’t watch anything on TV besides the Yankees and Football. I watch TV shows obviously, but Netlifx or those random websites on the internet.

  • Y’s Guy

    That Betances gif is really interesting to me. When I saw him as a starter at Trenton several years ago, he came much straighter towards the plate and hid the ball very well with his head, from behind home it looked like the ball was coming out of his ear which really made it hard to tell the FB from the Change, which was his best weapon back then. I hadn’t noticed how much he’d gone to falling off to the first base side. But he’s basically ditched the Change since then and is a much better pitcher now.

  • Y’s Guy

    that last “through their cable provider” really put a damper on things. If slingtv could be my ‘provider’ it’d be great, otherwise I’m not sure it’s gonna save me money. But I will definitely subscribe and now I’m glad I haven’t subscribed to mlb.tv yet.

  • Y’s Guy

    They should put the next available All-Star game in Havana.

    • ropeadope1

      Entire post season in Havana. Removes the home field advantage (unless one team is stacked with Cubans).

      • Moncada’s Codpiece

        And think of the sandwiches.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        So Yankees will never have home field advantage? Typical Cashman.

  • TheEvilUmpire

    Dunno if el duque would be welcome back in Cuba. Wasn’t the last thing he saw as his raft sailed out of Havana harbor Castro standing on the pier, shaking his fist and giving him the “you’re dead to me” look?

  • ChuckIt

    the Jeter/ Matsui thing is pretty cool. But wasn’t Jeter supposed to take this year away from baseball to focus on his personal life, after BB ?

    • Deep Thoughts

      MI2TRUTH

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Can’t really call this baseball, this is charity.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      This is called charity and playing a fun game of baseball. I don’t get the point here. If he started playing a pick up game with his friends and family would you say the same thing?

  • ScottinSJ

    “We’re trying to build a more perfect beast,” said Brian Cashman to Waldstein.

    Jeff Pentland says hello.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      They can try, but they’ll fail.

  • calripyankee

    No need to try and schedule the Yankees for a game in Cuba.. Hal hates Cubans..

    • ChuckIt

      Players or cigars ?

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      He’d end up buying a few while there.

  • RetroRob

    Game is on AtBat for those who have it, but just the Houston audio broadcast.

  • Basil

    Have I got this right? That for those of us who live far away from New York and in some other team’s geographical sphere of interest, nothing changes We would continue to subscribe (if that’s what we’re now doing) to “Extra Innings,” stream the Yankees where ever they may be playing (except in that other team’s park) on our roku’s or whatever?

    • Now Batting

      MLB TV blows away extra innings, but yes I think if you’re out of market nothing changes for you.

      • yankinvegas

        MLB.TV is included with an ExtraInnings buy.
        I listen to John and Suzyn while I watch.

  • RetroRob

    Pineda’s line, 3.2 innings, 4 hits, zero walks (of course), two runs, 6 Ks. Gave up a two run HR in the first to Chris Carter, but the Astros broadcasters weren’t giving much insight. Seems like there were a few other hard-hit balls in the first inning, so I’d guess it was command/location. Whatever it was, he was fine from that point on.

    • Dalek Jeter

      It’s not much, but I think it’s good he got into trouble early and wasn’t struggling when he was removed from the game. It’s probably nothing, but a pticher’s gotta feel better about not leaving because they’re getting shelled, but just because they hit their pitch count.

      • RetroRob

        Yup. They pulled him with two outs in the 4th and he was cruising, so it was pitch count related.

        • ChuckIt

          EVERY pitcher related move is count related, unless the pitcher is showing obvious signs of duress. It IS still ST.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Astros, but no TV, means zero signs of my television wife.

  • ChuckIt

    i don’t think Astros broadcasters have much insight. They went to the Sterling/Waldman school of broadcasting.

  • blake

    @MartinoNYDN: Michael Pineda allowed two runs in first inning, but scout has him at 93-94, says stuff really good today, just hung a few. #Yankees

    • Farewell Mo and Jeet

      As long as he left the game healthy, everything else is secondary.

      • RetroRob

        He had to throw a few extra pitches early but he’s fine. Finished strong.

      • blake

        Yep

  • Elton Cod M.T.

    Hiring a good nutritionist is not going to give us a competitive advantage. It doesn’t take that much to figure out how to eat kale and not eat pasta.

    Our competitive advantage is money. A competitive advantage Hal proudly says he will refuse to take advantage of. We could hire 150 nutritionist celebrities for the money we should have spent on Moncada and it would not make a damn difference. Kale does not hit homeruns or get on base, two things this team is going to have a lot of trouble with.

    • Still Stucky

      Moncada might not make a damn difference either. In fact, empirically speaking, it’s more likely than he won’t than he will.

      Is there some guarantee on that 19 year old prospect with limited playing experience that your garden variety 19 year old prospects don’t come with?

      • Elton Cod M.T.

        “It is not guaranteed that all investments in players will pay off. Therefore, we should spend the money on kale instead, because nutrition will give us a competitive advantage.” – Hal Steinbrenner, investment expert

        • Still Stucky

          The point your response makes clear you don’t know how to rebut is spending $50m on an unproven 19 year old prospects is a highly inefficient method. What may have a greater likelihood of producing results is the unprecedented international spending spree Ha approved.

          But right, that doesn’t count.

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            He’s not actually being serious there.

    • LazerTown

      Pablo hasn’t figured it out yet.

    • dave_8

      We only got Sass b/c the Red Sox were on the verge of signing her. We lost Moncada but we won this one.

    • Moncada’s Codpiece
    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Because being healthy and in shape isn’t important in sports, right?

      • Elton Cod M.T.

        Sports? Sure. Baseball? Eh. The sport that Ruth built. Drink a 30-pack then go 3-for-3. Pitch a perfect game with a hangover.

        • Sir Didi Nakamura

          So it’s okay to be out of shape? No harm to get in better shape. More often than not out of shape players will do worse. Guys like CC and those guys on drugs are the outliers, not the norm.

  • Literally Figurative

    Jeter in a home run derby? If hitting soft grounders to second base count as homeruns he’d win in a landslide!

    I like the idea of starting every fame 162 at the same time. The pennant races could be epic.

    I def think the evil empire should play the exhibition games in cuba. Just makes sense.

    If the yanks hadn’t wasted their time with this nutritionist broad, they woulda focused on signing moncada, amirite dave?

    #sasscadagate

    • Moncada’s Codpiece

      Maybe it’ll be like Ichiro being Barry Bonds in batting practice.

    • Sir Didi Nakamura

      Let’s just be glad it isn’t a fielding game.

  • Gardner Called Strike 3

    Gardners terrible spring continues, Beltran is fat and Tex refuses to do anything but swing for the fences! money well spent, #FireCash

    • Moncada’s Codpiece
    • Sean H

      Well, the guy’s coming off a big year so I’m not gonna kill Gardner about a bad spring. The games are meaningless. Beltran is like 55 years old, he’s a beer league softball player who you just hope you can use in a playoff series for his clutch hitting. Teixeira you’re right about though, he has been killing us for years now. The guy simply refuses to adapt at the plate. That uppercut home run swing has gotten worse every year. Even if he hits 25-30 HR, if he does it batting .208 and pops up twice a game and never moves a runner, what’s so great about that?

    • blake

      Spring training doesn’t matter

  • Sean H

    A telling line above about just how far the Yankees have fallen: ” I love this idea and as a baseball fan I hope the final day of the regular season is pure chaos. Hopefully the Yankees are involved somehow.” There was a time not that long ago where the Yankees having to fight for a wild card the last day of the season would’ve been seen as a massive disappointment, an insult. You’re supposed to be sitting on a 10 game division lead on the last day of the regular season, not rolling around in the mud with the Royals or the A’s.

    • pat

      Just goes to show how spoiled a whole generation of Yankees fans are that the thought of competing with other teams is an insult.

      • Sir Didi Nakamura

        Who you calling spoiled? It’s my right and I demand championships.

      • Jorge Steinbrenner

        Indeed.

      • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

        If people don’t like that attitude then become a Cubs fan.
        I watched 15 years of the Yankees fighting for scraps and another 10 or so being on top of the food chain.
        I will take being lion over being jackal everyday.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          I can’t believe adults engage in this conversation.

          Rooting for any sports franchise wins accepting winning and losing. Your favorite team, in any sport, will do both within your lifetime.

          I’d be damn proud to be a Cubs fan, but I’m not.

          • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

            i understand losing is part of sport, but the only thing I accept from it is how to learn from it in order to win. That’s exactly what I expect from the teams I follow.
            The Cubs “lovable losers” I’m sorry, but I find nothing lovable in losing.

            • Jorge Steinbrenner

              They’re not lovable losers at all. They’re an incredibly proud franchise, with a rich history, and a solid fanbase.

              I tip my hat to that sort of rabid fanbase that’s there even through long periods of losing. They’re better than a hell of a lot of Yankee fans, or at least the vocal minority that treats two mid-80 win seasons like they’re the 80’s LA Clippers, that’s for sure.

              • Elton Cod M.T.

                You’ve obviously never lived in Chicago or hung out in Wrigleyville much.

            • Still Stucky

              Why are under the impression your “expectations” have any value or meaning to anyone but yourself?

              If you think this reflects well on you, I have news for you, no one cares.

              Yankee fans need to stop posing for a picture no one is taking of them.

              There are more worthwhile endeavors than watching a team on TV and commenting about them on message boards in a superior fashion to fans of other teams.

              Seriously, this is a source of price or accomplishment for some people, that you passively accept or expect things better than other fans.

              Woof…

              • Elton Cod M.T.

                If you think this reflects well on you, I have news for you, no one cares.

                • Still Stucky

                  Now you’re gettin’ it.

          • Alkaline

            How do adults not understand that teams are going to go through ups and downs? Enjoy the experience. There are too many variables to seriously believe that it must be a 10 game division lead every single year both on the team level and the parity mlb tries to instill.

            • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

              Why would I enjoy the “downs” experience?

              Understanding losing and accepting losing are 2 different things.
              I watched the home team lose in both Fenway and Wrigley Field and the reaction that I got from my small simple was that Red Sox fans seem to hate to lose while Cubs fan seem to accept losing.

              Again SMALL SIMPLE and it was just the way it came of to me.

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                Not expecting people to like it. I certainly don’t like it.

                Accepting it is a different story. Your favorite team, no matter what they spend, is going to go through periods of ups and downs. How some can imply that it is beneath the Yankees to have to fight to win is beyond me. These people simply do not understand sports. At all.

          • Sir Didi Nakamura

            I’m the guy who grew up as this generation of spoiled Yankees fans, and I can say it’s been fine. I’m not stupid like the rest calling for Hal’s head (At least not out loud) These past 3 years have been a complete 180 in my sports world. Giants and Yankees go from powerhouses/serious contenders my entire life now to garbage/on the bubble of contention. I won’t complain though, I know how everyone else has to deal with it as I’ve been living with Jets & Mets fans my entire life. I consider myself lucky!

    • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

      Be careful you will be labeled a entitled Yankees fan for even think this.

    • NH Yankee fan

      I lived through the 80’s Yankees so this recent stretch of non-playoff teams doesn’t phase me. At least they have been above .500 and been in the playoff chase a good part of the season.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    Some MiLB releases today, with Bubba Jones and Hayden Sharp being the most DOTF-worthy names on the list.

  • Y’s Guy

    From Jeff Zimmerman’s “10 bold predictions” for Rotographs:

    “8. Stephen Drew will be the highest valued Yankee infielder. I have no faith any of the players being productive except Chase Headley. I wanted to say, “Stephen Drew will be the highest valued Yankee infielder except Chase Headley.”. These are BOLD predictions, so I needed to do BOLD. Additionally, I think Drew has gotten too much bad press and could really bounce back.”
    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/jeff-zimmermans-10-bold-predictions-2/

    • calripyankee

      Jeff Zimmermann needs to have his head examined..

      • Y’s Guy

        Drew is my pick for comeback player of the year. He won’t even have to be good to win it.

        • calripyankee

          Then he should win, hands down.. Because “good” is far from what he’ll be.. More like serviceable.. Kind of a B Roberts-lite.. C’ept, B Roberts was trying to live up to Cano’s numbers, while anything the 2015 Drew does better than the 2014 Drew will be considered a rousing success..

          • Jorge Steinbrenner

            “Serviceable” is probably what you’re looking for from what you hope is, at most, a one-year stop gap.

            • calripyankee

              I agree.. Just not sure the level of serviceable he’ll provide will be good enough..

              • Jorge Steinbrenner

                To me, either you’re serviceable, or you’re not. Not understanding “levels of serviceable” here.

                Also, “serviceable” is going to be a pretty subjective term here. Are we talking replacement level as serviceable? Slightly above?

                I don’t think Drew’s going to lead the league in hitting or anything, but I do think he’s going to sizeably rebound from 2014. I do think you’re looking at someone who will give you above replacement level play for the entirety of the season.

                • calripyankee

                  Well if you look at Drew with an eye towards his 2014 stats then a .220 BA would be considered serviceable by some (esp. those that are really pulling for him, and lambasting anybody with a differing opinion).. I’m somewhere in the middle.. Hoping he does well, but, not expecting much..

                  • Y’s Guy

                    Yes if you zero in on only the worst year of his career then things look bleak. When you look at the player he’s been overall, a bounceback to ‘serviceable’ seems probable.

        • Jorge Steinbrenner

          Drew finishes second…..to Alex.

        • Tar

          lol

      • blake

        It’s a bold prediction …..but it’s certainly possible. I think Headley will be their best infielder……but if Drew hits like he did in 2013 for a full season he could be a 4 win player.

        Everybody hates Drew….but for 5 million bucks he could end up being worth WAY more than that……I actually think the odds he has a good season and we are asking ourselves if he should be signed are just as kid if not better than him being as bad as he was last year

        • http://riveraveblues.com/ Mick

          People forget he is SS insurance.

    • Game 3

      It’s bold. And beautiful.

  • calripyankee

    My BOLD prediction would be that Didi out-hits Drew.. But, I m not sure that’s bold at all.. Saying Drew will hit over .220, might be BOLDER..

  • Elton Cod M.T.

    Not many people know this, but the Articles of Confederation including a stipulation about the state of New York:

    “In addition to all the rights of citizens we have just enumerated, the citizens of the state of New York have a right to witness their Baseball Club win a Championship at least once every Four Years, and win a League Pennant at least once every Four Years.”

    If the AoC hadn’t been struck down a few years later, we wouldn’t have to keep hearing shit from the “u r entitled for wanting to win’ crowd. Those people would be arrested.

  • calripyankee

    I think Drew’s defense will be better than B Robert’s, but his hitting won’t be..

    • blake

      My crystal ball is broken….lets just see

    • Y’s Guy

      Roberts put up a 84 wRC+ for the Yankees last year, Steamers projects an 83 for Drew this season. Robert’s bat is probably a good comp for what I expect from Drew. Plus much better D. Looking at a hard-to-read graph, it looks like 87 was the average for SS’s last year so that would be acceptable with his D.

      • Wicomico Pinstripes

        Yeah, 87 wRC+ was league average for players who qualified as shortstops last year, though it was 90 on days that they actually played short.

        If Drew’s exposure to LHP is limited, and his average fly ball distance regresses to where it was prior to last year his BABIP should bounce back, hopefully resulting in a much better overall line. That 90 wRC+ seems attainable, as his wRC+ against RHP was 105 in his career prior to last year, and 112 from 11-13.

  • HoopDreams

    Bailey racked a few Ks today

    • NH Yankee fan

      Crossing my fingers with him. He’d be a nice addition to an outstanding bullpen and maybe get his closer status back!

      • Game 3

        That would make me hump the air like a banshee.

        • Havok9120

          Do….do they do that?

          • Game 3

            Of course, they do.

          • Game 3

            The best ones do.

  • ScottinSJ

    Does the Kentucky media guide list all first-year players as seniors? Just curious.

  • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

    12-7 on top of the division where they belong!!!!

    LOL

    • Havok9120

      Oh wow, we actually pulled that game out? Nice.

    • Still Stucky

      You get all the credit Mustang, because of you know, your high expectations emanating from your couch.

      • bernbabybern

        Yes, it overpowered the jackassery emanating from your couch.

        • Still Stucky

          Must have been more powerful than I thought then….

        • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

          Not worth it dude when someone takes a joke and makes it into personal shots on anonymous baseball site.

          • Still Stucky

            Yes, particularly considering the respect and restraint this forum shows to real people like Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner.

            What a breach of etiquette….

            • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

              I can’t control what others do, but don’t take personal shots at other commenters.
              In my book its plain old bitch ass.

              • Still Stucky

                By that do you mean anyone NOT a registered forum member, like the entire Chicago Cubs fanbase, is fair game?

                • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

                  I said to me there is nothing lovable about losing and that I felt they accepted losing when saw them.
                  Now if a Cubs fan wants to come on here and discuss that I’m sure we could do it without going to personal “emanating from your couch” type comments.

                  • Still Stucky

                    Your’s was a broad shot at Cubs fans. And you know what goes on regularly here for targets like Cashman, Steinbrenner, Drew and anyone wearing a Red Sox uniform. You responded “well, I can’t control that”, but do call them out like you did me?

                    And not for nothing, but you do “accept” losing. When an employee isn’t performing to necessary standards, I fire them. When a restaurant provides bad meals and/or bad service, I stop eating there. When a government representative doesn’t do the job I expect of him or her, I don’t vote for them again.

                    What is the practical application of you not “accepting” losing and the current Yankees front office and the job they are doing? How much you complain about them on message boards they aren’t reading?

                    I’m really asking. You seem to be separating yourself from Cubs fans based on some sense you get “emanating” from them about how the “accept” losing.

                    I’ll ask again, genuinely – if you, like Cubs fans, plan to remain loyal, will still follow the team and watch them on TV, and maybe even go to the Stadium and buy merchandise, what’s the practical application of what you accept and what you expect?

                    • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

                      Bottom-line if you want to comment with me please keep it respectful. If not just don’t reply to my comments and move on to someone else. As you have noted there many people here that will engage you in that type of childish back and forth.
                      Have a good evening

                    • Still Stucky

                      There was nothing disrespectful about it. It was a little sarcasm based on a POV you offered on this forum unsolicited. Unless you’re taking some offense to me implying you own a couch?

                      I’ve been paying you the respect of genuinely engaging you on a topic, again you opened unsolicited.

      • Mustang and The 2015 Upsiders

        When you accept mediocrity in anything life that what you always be mediocre!

  • Havok9120

    More than half of Houston’s outs today came by strikeout. That’s just silly.

    • Wicomico Pinstripes

      Didn’t they set the record for team strikeouts last year or something?

      Not sure, but they have 4 projected starters who had ridiculous K rates last year. (Singleton 37% – Springer 33% – Carter 31.8% – Castro 29.5%)

      There’s definitely some power there, but that’s…kind of a lot of strikeouts.

      • Preston

        They didn’t even lead baseball. The Cubs did.

        • Wicomico Pinstripes

          Sheesh, really? For some reason I thought they had set the record recently. The Cubs could potentially have even more Ks this year.

          • Preston

            2013 they struck out 1,530 times.

            • Deep Thoughts

              That is an average of 9.4 Ks/game. That’s ridiculous.

  • calripyankee

    Kris Bryant-Cubs hit his 7th and 8th HRs so far this spring.. I know ST doesn’t mean much, but, that’s impressive.. Nobody else has hit more than 4 HRs..