Results tagged ‘ No-hitter ’

Welcome to Monument Park!…

In recognition of two Yankee greats…

The Yankees continue to hold first place in the AL East by a slim margin (one game).  Losing the first two games of the Cleveland series didn’t help, but at least the Yankees captured Luis Severino’s first major league win in the third game.  Today, Andy Pettitte Day, will be the fourth game so hopefully the Yankees can at least even the series before moving on.

With Jorge Posada Day yesterday and now Andy’s day, the number selection for future Yankees keeps getting smaller.  Personally, I always thought #77 would be a cool number (double Mickey Mantle!).  Both Jorge and Andy deserve the recognition.  They were great Yankees in the current era, and the success they achieved certainly rivaled the 1950’s Yankees.


With an improved CC Sabathia recently giving credit to Andy for a talk they had earlier in the season, it’s tremendous to see the positive impact that Andy continues to have on the team.  I wish we would not have lost him for those three years to the Houston Astros, but conversely, it did give him the short opportunity to play at home before realizing that his baseball “home” was in the Bronx.


Jorge’s time with the team ended sooner than he would have liked, but I am glad to see the organization and the former player reunite.


Taking off like a Bird…

I have really enjoyed watching the success of rookie first baseman Greg Bird.  While Mark Teixeira is having a great season, Bird has been a very capable replacement during his recent absence due to injury.  Bird also gives a glimpse of the future when Teixeira’s contract comes to an end.  It’s nice to know the Yankees won’t have to trade for or sign a free agent first baseman when the time comes.

Greg Bird

While I would have liked for the Yankees to have made a trading deadline deal last month to strengthen the team, there’s no arguing that the contributions made by Luis Severino and Bird are as valuable as any deadline deal could have provided.  I am optimistic to see what September has to offer when Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder join the team after rosters expand.  I had hoped that Refsnyder would have stuck in July but it was not meant to be.  Hopefully, he’s continued to work on his defense and will be ready for the Show the next time the call comes.

With so many young players nearing major league readiness, it will be interesting to see what the Yankees do with some of the older players in the off-season.

Yankees no more…

I feel bad for a guy like Garrett Jones.  When he was cut and then returned to the team, he sounded so thankful and grateful to be a Yankee again.  Then, after a few days of not playing, he was cut again and has now been released.  I always appreciate the guys who respected the Yankees uniform and Jones did his part despite the lack of playing time.  Hopefully, he’ll get picked up by a team that can afford him more at-bats.  Same with Chris Capuano.  Cut three times, he returned after the first two.  The latest may be the death knell of his short Yankees career.  But you can’t argue with the Yankees’ preference to go with younger, fresher arms.  Plus, it didn’t help being a lefty in a pen filled with lefties.

Utley in Blue…

I was kind of hoping that the Yankees would try to make a trade for second baseman Chase Utley.  But clearly Utley wanted to play on the West Coast if he left Philadelphia so the Los Angeles Dodgers were a better fit.  It will be interesting to see what happens when Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick is healthy.  Utley’s Dodger career looks like it may be a short one if he doesn’t have a chance to start long-term.  Utley’s first game as a Dodger didn’t exactly go as planned as the Dodgers were no-hit by the Houston Astros and Mike Fiers.  I guess that means Utley has seen both sides of a no hitter this season considering the one thrown in July by then Phillie Cole Hamels (although Utley was on the DL for that game).


It seems strange seeing both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the Dodgers’ lineup, but then again, it’s not 2008 anymore.  With Corey Seager nearing his MLB arrival, it’s possible that neither Rollins nor Utley will be in Dodger Blue next season.  I only hope that the Dodgers recent struggles do not threaten the job security for manager Don Mattingly.  If the team underperforms, it will put a lot of pressure on management to make a change regardless of how much they may like Mattingly.

The final weeks of the 2015 season should be fun…


Can you throw 95 mph…and beat the Sox?…


If you can beat Boston and Tampa Bay, we want you!…

The Yankees’ season of uneven play continues.  They go to Oakland and sweep the A’s, and then lose a series to the Angels of Los Angeles but located in Anaheim or whatever they are called these days.  Granted, the Angels have always been a thorn in the Yankees’ side, but they started the season slowly so there was hope it would continue through the series with the Yankees.  Alas, it was not meant to be.  At the least the Yankees salvaged the final game of the season.  It is always good to win the get-away game regardless of the outcome of the prior games in the series.

Given the Yankees had pinned much of their 2012 hopes on starting pitcher Michael Pineda (lost for the season due to injury), it is not a surprise that trade rumors are starting to surface.  I saw one today about interest in Matt Garza of the Chicago Cubs.  I’ve always liked Garza, and even if his time in Chicago has not been stellar, the guy knows how to pitch in the AL East.  He’s not going to be the second coming of Roy Halladay, but he would be an effective choice.  I would think that a trade for Garza, among other highly touted prospects, would include either Phil Hughes or Ivan Nova.  I couldn’t see the Cubs making the trade for prospects only.  I also couldn’t see the Yankees trading Hughes given his recent strong performances.  But including Nova would cost greater minor league talent to be included.  What I don’t want to see is a trade for the Astros’ Wandy Rodriguez.  He has had a decent season so far, but the AL East is a different animal and I’d rather have someone with proven experience.

I saw a comment on one of my recent posts that Yankees fans needed to get over losing Cliff Lee.  Huh?  Where did that come from?  Yes, I would have liked to have signed Lee, but he obviously preferred to return to Philadelphia.  There’s nothing wrong with his choice.  I’ve moved on, and I think other Yankees fans have too.  Just because we are concerned about the state of the current starting rotation has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not we lost out on Lee.

Youk, the star of Chavez Ravine…

I saw today that the Boston Red Sox are trying to move Kevin Youkilis in a move that would not qualify as a surprise.  Will Middlebrooks has shown that he is major league ready and the earlier confrontation in the media between manager Bobby Valentine and Youk shows that the clutch hitter supreme might be better suited in a different uniform.  Given the Los Angeles Dodgers are my favorite NL team, I am hopeful that the Dodgers will acquire Youk for manager Donnie Baseball.  I’d really hate to see the Sox trade Youk to the Rangers and only strengthen what has been the AL’s best team.

Leave it to Santana to say “f” Mets history…

About a week ago or so, I was listening to the guys on MLB Radio talk about how the New York Mets did not have a no-hitter despite having no-hitter king Nolan Ryan on their roster at one time.  But of course all good things must end as Johan Santana threw a no-no tonight.  Congratulations to Santana as it has been a tough road since he left the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it must be a…

I am a big fan of David Robertson, but I am hopeful that manager Joe Girardi keeps Rafael Soriano in the closer role and returns Robertson to his key setup position.  Robertson is the best setup guy in baseball in my opinion.  Sori has showed signs of his dominance several seasons back as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays as the team’s closer.  He’s no Mariano Rivera, but I think Robertson-Soriano provides the Yanks with the best case scenario all things considered.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  J




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