This is the current state of the AL East. The Yankees in 1st place at 12-8, and the Red Sox in last at 9-12. That’s not to say this is the way it will end. That would be absolutely absurd. The Yankees still have 142 games left to play. It’s just nice to see a complete reversal of the projected standings thus far, based on many experts in the pre-season.
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Posted in Yankee News, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, Yankees Outlook, tagged AL East, Baltimor Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Major League Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays on April 23, 2014 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Baseball Statistics, Yankee Players, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, tagged 2014 World Series, Hanshin Tigers, Hideki Irabu, Hideki Matsui, Hiroki Kuroda, Ichiro Suzuki, Japan, Japanese, Joe Girardi, Kei Igawa, Los Angeles Dodgers, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York Yankees, Rakuten Golden Eagles, Ryota Igarashi on February 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is the seventh Japanese player to be part of the New York Yankees.
Before signing him, the Yankees were in the ninth place in the odds lists for winning the 2014 World Series. The favorites to win this season are Los Angeles Dodgers. You can check your favorite team’s place in SportsBettingDime.com.
Tanaka signed a seven-year $ 155 million contract, becoming the fifth Asian pitcher to join New York. The Yankees will have two Japanese in the rotation for next season, with Tanaka and veteran Hiroki Kuroda. The 25-year-old ended last season with a 24-0 record playing for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, with a 1.27 ERA. In 175 games, the Japanese threw 53 complete games with 18 shutouts and 1,238 strikeouts.
The team led by Joe Girardi has had a good experience with Japanese players (Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui), but none has excelled on the mound. The first Japanese pitcher to reach the Yankees was Hideki Irabu in 1997, who won two World Series with the team but did not take part in any game. Irabu finished with 27 wins and 24 losses in two years in New York, with a 3.31 ERA. He allowed 396 hits and 165 runs while striking out 317 rivals.
Kei Igawa was signed in 2007 and stayed only two seasons with the team. The former Hanshin Tigers player started 13 games and finished with a 2-4 record with a 6.66 ERA. He allowed 89 hits, 54 runs and 15 home runs. Due to his low-level of play, the team sent him to AAA team and tried to trade him to another squad in Japan.
Ryota Igarashi, who arrived from the Toronto Blue Jays, was the third Japanese pitcher to try his luck with the Yankees. He joined the team in 2012, but had only two appearances, pitching three innings with four hits and four runs.
After four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kuroda signed a one-year contract with New York in January 2012 and achieved a 16-11 mark. Thanks to his good numbers he stayed for another season, but only got 11 wins and closed with seven losses in his last 10 appearances.
Next season, Tanaka will be the ninth Japanese active player in the MLB, but the Yankees expect him to become the biggest star of the Rising Sun country to return to the playoffs and aspire to another World Series title.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Management, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, Yankees Outlook, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Arizona Diamondbacks, Carlos Silva, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Francisco Cervelli, John Sterling, Los Angeles Dodgers, Major League Baseball, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB, New York Yankees, Radio, Suzyn Waldman, WCBS 880 on January 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
- Carlos Silva, WCBS 880’s producer/engineer for Yankees games passed away this past Sunday after battling cancer. If you’ve ever listened to John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman on the radio, his name should definitely sound familiar. He was 50 years old.
- Masahiro Tanaka, the big off-season prize faces a 5PM deadline on Friday to choose what team he’d like to play for. According to reports, the Yankees, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Cubs have all made offers to Tanaka. It stated, “most of those were for more than $100 million over six years.” Let’s hope the Yankees land this guy. He’d be a huge asset to both the Bronx Bombers and your fantasy baseball teams.
- The Yankees and Francisco Cervelli have agreed on a one-year contract reportedly worth $700K. Who knew Cervelli was still a thing? This allows him to avoid salary arbitration and he’s back in the picture. Last year, Cervelli fractured his right hand and was suspended 50 games by MLB for violating the league’s drug program, ending the rest of his season.
Posted in Breaking News, Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Management, Yankees Opinion, Yankees Organization, tagged 2014 Baseball Season, Alex Rodriguez, Breaking News, Major League Baseball, MLB, New York Yankees on January 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Media, Yankees Opinion, Yankees: Off the field, tagged A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Ban, Bud Selig, Chris Russo, Commissioner, Jim McCarroll, Major League Baseball, Mike Francesa, Milwaukee, MLB, performance-enhancing drugs, Suspension, The Angry Puppy, The Sports Pope, WFAN, YES Network on November 23, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Chris Russo made back page headlines in yesterday’s paper when he called out his former partner, Mike Francesa, for going easy on Alex Rodriguez. Chris Russo admits himself that he’s “buddy buddy” with MLB commissioner Bud Selig, and spoke about how everyone in the business has their own “favorites.” Alex joined Mike in studio along with his lawyer, Jim McCarroll, fielding questions from The Sports Pope.
Alex said he “lost his mind” and “banged a table and kicked a briefcase” out of frustration when he realized that Bud Selig wasn’t coming in from Milwaukee to face him in person. He explained that it shows a lack of courage on the Selig’s behalf for handing out a 211-game suspension for something he didn’t do. Rodriguez said, “I shouldn’t serve one inning.” When asked if he used performance enhancing drugs, A-Rod simply stated, “no.”
What do you guys think? Was Mike giving A-Rod a “soft landing”?
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, tagged A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, Major League Baseball, MLB, S.L. Price, SI, Sports Illustrated, The End Is Pain and Pain Is Ugly, The Last Days of A-Rod on August 1, 2013 | 4 Comments »
With all the drama and news surrounding Alex Rodriguez, it doesn’t come to much of a surprise to see him don the latest cover of Sports Illustrated. It’s hard to tune into a television station these days that doesn’t mention his name. Major League Baseball is set to lay the hammer down on A-Rod and make him serve a suspension immediately. Apparently, Alex’s people and MLB are currently in talks to avoid a lifetime ban from the sport.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, Yankees Outlook, Yankees Spring Training, tagged Florida, George M. Steinbrenner Field, MLB, New York Yankees, Opening Day, Pitches and Catchers, Spring Training 2013, Tampa on February 4, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
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.
Posted in Baseball Statistics, Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, tagged Astros, Chipper Jones, Derek Jeter, Former Yankees, Major League Baseball, Mets, MLB, New York Yankees, Royals, Todd Helton on September 17, 2012 | 1 Comment »
Posted in Breaking News, Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Management, Yankees Minors, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Opinion, Yankees Organization, Yankees Outlook, Yankees Spring Training, Yankees Transactions, tagged $2.5 Million, 46, Andy Pettitte, CC Sabathia, Corey Sipkin, Freddy Garcia, Hiroki uroda, Ivan Nova, Jack Curry, Major League Baseball, Michael Pineda, Minor League Deal, MLB, New York Daily News, New York Yankees, Phil Hughes, Yankees Universe on March 16, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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.
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Stadium, Yankee Tickets, Yankees Management, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, Yankees Transactions, Yankees Videos, YES Network, tagged Brian Cashman, Chicago Cubs, Chris Russo, General Manager, Indianapolis, Jim Hendry, Mad Dog, Major League Baseball, Mike Francesa, MLB, New York Yankees, Radio Row, Tickets, WFAN, YES Network on February 1, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
Chris “Mad Dog” Russo reunited for a segment on Mike Francesa’s show on Radio Row in Indianapolis. It’s almost as if the two never split up. I don’t know about you guys, but I wish these guys were still back on the air together. It just seems so right.
- Yankees hire former Cubs GM Jim Hendry to assist Cashman: “According to reports Tuesday night, the former Cubs general manager has been hired to be the special assistant to Yankees GM Brain Cashman.”