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I can’t count how many times I watched ‘The Sandlot’ as a child. Whatever number it was, it was an unhealthy one. With some time to burn in spring training, some players on the Yankees roster re-enacted the classic scene in the movie when Smalls realizes the ball he handed over to “The Beast” was autographed by the greatest ballplayer who ever lived, Babe Ruth (and not some wimpy deer). The video stars: Dellin Betances, Brian McCann, CC Sabathia, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. McCann deserves an Oscar nomination for playing Ham Porter.

Click here to watch the video.

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In just three short weeks, the Yankees will take the field in the Bronx for Opening Day. They’ll be opening up the season at home against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 6th (1:05PM ET). After this brutally cold winter, there’s nothing I want more than a beer in my hand, a sunny day and a seat at the ballpark. See-ya then!

Joe Girardi (Photo Courtesy of Kathy Willens | AP)

 

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Photo Courtesy of ESPN The Magazine

 

Alex Rodriguez is already dominating the sports headlines as he makes his return to the New York Yankees. After having surgery and missing all of 2014, Rodriguez is hoping for a triumphant return in 2015. As expected, fans have mixed feelings on his return. Many still view him as a cheater, and some fans of the New York Yankees feel like that could become a distraction.

The attention is already starting to build for the former MVP and fantasy baseball star. He was the talk of spring training early on, and he made national headlines just for getting a hit in his 1st at-bat. With Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera retired, Rodriguez has turned into the face of the franchise. Whether or not that is a good or bad thing is up for fans to decide.

Rodriguez is a big reason why New York has not been all that successful in recent memory. Since they are paying him so much money, it cripples even the richest team in the game. That is also the reason why they have not just decided to cut him loose. They want to see if they can get some value out of him, even if it is that designated hitter or 1st base.

So far this spring, Rodriguez does appear to be a little bit healthier and ready to attack the season head-on. He knows that he is about to be 40 years of age, so he can no longer play anywhere near MVP level. With that being said, he can still provide value for the New York Yankees in a positive way if he goes about it the right way. The media and fans are going to be hounding him for most of the year, but if Rodriguez just focuses on the game, he could shut them up by the middle of the year. Helping New York win and stay in the playoff race is also the best way to turn this negative into a positive. All in all, it seems like Rodriguez understands the situation and is trying to get all of these distractions out of the way before the season starts.

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On February 25th, the New York Yankees played a spring training exhibition game against Florida State University at Steinbrenner Field. FSU takes us in a behind the scenes look of the Seminole experience. 

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Masahiro Tanaka

Masahiro Tanaka

New York Yankees (4-4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (1-6)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 13.50)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Teixeira 1B
Beltran RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Williams CF

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The game will take place at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 2:30PM ET (delayed due to rain). The game will be televised on the MLB Network.

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Jacoby Ellsbury

Jacoby Ellsbury

New York Yankees (4-2) vs Baltimore Orioles (2-2)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 4.50) vs LHP Wei-Yin Chen (0-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Ellsbury CF
Jeter DH
Beltran RF
Roberts 2B
Nunez 3B
Cervelli C
Ryan SS
Canzler 1B
Solarte LF

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on  the YES Network.

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New York Yankees (0-1) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP David Phelps (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)

Lineup

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Suzuki RF
Roberts 2B
Cervelli C
Johnson 3B
Romine DH
Canzler 1B
Williams CF

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 1:05PM ET. The game will be televised on  the YES Network (and MLB.TV – Free Game)

Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press

Photo Courtesy of the Associated Press

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If you were watching the telecast of the Yankees-Red Sox game yesterday on the YES Network, you could hear Lou Piniella use the word ‘raped’ to describe the trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins (which included Buehrle, Johnson, Reyes, etc.). He said, “I don’t want to use the word ‘raped,’ but they (Toronto) basically took a lot of talent from the Miami Marlins.” According to Bob Raissman of the NY Daily News, Sweet Lou apologized and stated, “A Yankee official said the organization stood behind Piniella while recognizing he made a mistake.”

We all know how seriously this word is taken, but their was something humorous in the fact that he said he didn’t want to use the word and then actually said it. It was a  weird moment. Ken Singleton didn’t respond and just continued calling the game. You got the feeling that it was just a slip of the tongue moment for Lou, and not grounds for firing. It was odd, that’s for sure.

Al Bello/Getty Images

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The Super Bowl is now over. We’re still in the midst of both the hockey and basketball season, but don’t fret Yankees fans. Pitchers and catchers report to Tampa on February 12th. Position players will follow on the 17th (full squad). Opening Day is 56 days away! It can’t come soon enough.

Photo by Matt Roth

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Raul Ibanez

It’s not time to hit the reset button on the Raul Ibanez signing, but those who didn’t think it was the best move Brian Cashman ever made are beginning to see the worst fears realized.

By all accounts, Ibanez is a nice guy and outstanding clubhouse presence. He certainly has plenty of postseason experience (although, a .231 career postseason average isn’t exactly tearing it up). But there is reason to worry. He is entering his age 40 season, his once shaky outfield defensive skills have diminished to the point where he is unusable as an outfielder. At bat, his contact rate and batting average on balls in play have declined at an alarming rate over the past three seasons. Add in that he no longer packs any thump against left-handed pitching (down to a .211 average with only a .585 OPS last year) or away from Citizens Bank Ballpark (only a .210 average last season) and there’s plenty to make you wonder if the $2 million the Yanks spent on him might have been better used elsewhere.

But that was last year and Ibanez does have a solid track record of (at worst) being respectable against righties. But anyone who’s watched him this spring can see trouble on the horizon. Remember Randy Winn? You’re forgiven if you don’t. His two month stint in pinstripes were about as forgettable as anyone in Yankee’s history. The Yanks signed him in 2010 to be a defensive outfielder and switch-hitting bench bat. Like Ibanez, there were signs of decline before Cashman signed him. But he proved to be worse than below average; looking inept on fly balls and overmatched at the plate. On May 28 that year the Yanks gave him his outright release. The Cardinals picked him up a week later, where he proved to be no better. It was his last hurrah – the Orioles cut him during Spring Training last year.

What has Yankee fans buzzing and the tabloids wondering is that so far this Spring, Joe Girardi gave Ibanez every chance to prove to the world he still has it. Despite garnering a team-high 61 at-bats, Ibanez has managed two hits. Just two.  And none since the opening week of exhibition. More alarming than that is the way he’s looked at the plate: confused, overmatched and late on fastballs. It begins to make you wonder if his career-low 5% walk rate last season was an aberration – to the good side.

We’re two weeks away from Opening day and all of this might be worrying about nothing. After all, it’s not as if Ibanez is being counted on to carry the offense – at best, he figured to slot seventh in the batting order. And he might ramp it up once the games are played for real. He wouldn’t be the first veteran player to just go through the motions during the Spring. One thing I know for certain, though. If he’s 0-for-April, he won’t be here come May.

For his sake, I hope he didn’t sign a long-term lease in the NYC metro area.

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Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News

Jack Curry broke the story via Twitter:

The Yankees have signed Andy Pettitte to a 1-year minor league deal worth $2.5 million. The team is thrilled to have 240-game winner back.

Who saw this coming? I can’t say I did, although when I first heard he was retiring I thought he would have an itch to come back. The man is only 39 years old, and that’s not so “out there” considering how many pitchers play into their 40’s these days.

The Yankees rotation looks like this as of now: Sabathia-Kuroda-Nova-Pineda-Hughes-Garcia. When, and IF Pettitte makes it up to the major leagues, someone is going to have to bepushed out of the rotation. Obviously, we can’t predict the future (injuries, trades, etc.), so there might even be a spot available depending on how the season plays out. It’s going to take some time for him to get in playing shape, so he won’t be joining the team anytime soon.

Yankees Universe has a really great love and admiration for Andy. The outpouring from fans in response to this news clearly shows how happy we all are to have #46 back. The man came to spring training this year as an instructor, and he clearly got that itch to put the pinstripes on again. Welcome Back, Andy.

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New York Yankees (2-4) vs Atlanta Braves (1-5)

Pitching Matchup:

RHP Freddy Garcia (0-0, 9.00) vs  RHP Julio Teheran (0-0, 31.50)

Lineup

Derek Jeter SS, Curtis Granderson CF, Robinson Cano 2B, Nick Swisher RF, Eric Chavez 3B, Russell Martin C, Andruw Jones LF, Chris Dickerson DH, Jorge Vazquez 1B

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The game will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.  It’s slated to start at 7:05PM ET. The game will be televised on both the YES & MLB Networks (MLB.TV, MLB.com). (more…)

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