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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Posted in Yankees Gameday, Yankees Spring Training, tagged Bright House Field, Clearwater, Florida, Kyle Kendrick, Masahiro Tanaka, MLB Network, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Spring Training on March 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
New York Yankees (4-4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (1-6)
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-0, 13.50)
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.
Posted in Yankees Gameday, Yankees Spring Training, tagged Charlie Morton, David Phelps, Florida, George M. Steinbrenner Field, MLB.TV, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa, YES Network on February 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
New York Yankees (0-1) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (1-0)
RHP David Phelps (0-0, 0.00) vs RHP Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00)
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)
Posted in Tales & Legends, Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees History, Yankees Management, Yankees Media, Yankees Memories, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Organization, tagged 1970's, Bill Guilfoile, Bob Fishel, Catfish Hunter, CBS, Chris Chambliss, Dock Ellis, Fritz Peterson, George M. Steinbrenner III, Howard Berk, Marty Appel, media, Mickey Mantle, Mickey Mantle Day, Moss Klein, Murray Chass, New York Yankees, Pinstripe Empire, Public Relations, Rich McKinney, Sparky Lyle, Thom McAn, Yankees on Demand on February 10, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Marty Appel, former PR Director of the New York Yankees, was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about our beloved team and his role with the ball club.
Q&A with Marty Appel
- A: I was always a huge fan, but the idea of writing to the Yankees for a summer job came to me after a year as sports editor of my college newspaper. It was just a bolt out of the blue; no grand scheme. And I never even thought I’d get an answer. Also, answering the fan mail wasn’t the bottom of the food chain. I’ll reserve that for the post-game cleanup crew, who used to augment their low wages by drinking the leftover beer left under the seats. I was a few rungs above that.
- A: George Steinbrenner called me in and asked if I felt ready for this assignment. No one my age had ever been a team PR Director, let alone in New York. But because I had been trained by Bob Fishel for six years, I absolutely felt ready. It was like learning democracy from Jefferson or Madison. I learned from the best and I was ready.
- A: Very dynamic guy, and he said all the right things about winning. We were hungry for that sort of direction after all the disappointing finishes in the CBS years. One thing you don’t appreciate at first is the huge celebrity he would become. He was unknown on that January day in 1973 and we didn’t see what was to come. He went out and redefined what owners did, and he made the Yankees a bigger brand than they had ever been.
- A: Well it changed a lot after 1974 with the Catfish Hunter signing, and a year later with free agency. It really made the job a 365-day task. Prior to that, the winters were slower and people used to ask “what do you do in the off-season.” Of course it was spent preparing yearbooks, media guides, scorecards; doing a winter media caravan, preparing for spring training, attending dinners, announcing the schedule and promotion dates, making news when you can. Today the newspapers are told they must have a Yankee (and Mets) story every day. Then it was more of a struggle.
- A: In season, I made all the road trips, prepared the daily press notes, fielded questions from the media, contacted the next team to exchange ‘probable pitchers,’ and established good friendships with press and the players, many of who were my age. And oh yes, in the days before ‘modern communication,’ I would often be on a pay phone in the press box, giving Mr. Steinbrenner the pitch-by-pitch account of a game if he was in Florida and couldn’t listen. And I’d fill in between pitches with plugs for the new Yankee Yearbook, which he didn’t always find amusing if we were losing.
- A: I would say Mickey Mantle Day in 1969 just edges the Chambliss home run. I had a lot to do with the planning of Mantle Day, which worked flawlessly and hit just the right emotional notes. It was one of the better “Days” I’ve ever seen. We had a great front office team in the planning then – Bill Guilfoile, Howard Berk, Bob Fishel and myself, fortunate enough to be there.
- A: The clubhouses were fun and crazy things could happen there – like Fritz Peterson’s hockey games, during which Rich McKinney got injured and it helped end his Yankee days. Mickey Rivers was always funny. Dock Ellis too – he was a special character in the clubhouse. And Sparky Lyle. Oh, I could go on. Great collection of personalities.
- A: Mickey Mantle would always give me his gift certificates from doing pre-game radio interviews. I couldn’t imagine he would use “$10 off” at Thom McAn shoe store in Yonkers, so he’d give it to me. And eventually he’d save them up from road trips and bring them back to me. I couldn’t use “free dessert” in Minnesota, but it was a fun ritual. I should have had him sign the certificates and saved them instead of using them. Nice memory. He was great to me.
- A: The role dramatically changed in the mid-’70s when, led by Murray Chass and Moss Klein, the media decided that they would decide what was news and go after it themselves, rather than using our daily press notes. So the PR department became reactive and not proactive. And it has been the same ever since, although the media gets far less access to the players today. Everything is much more controlled. Writers don’t even travel with the team anymore.
- A: The Yankees are such a strong brand, that even after you’ve left the club, your time with the team sort of defines you. And I’m happy about that – it’s a great association. I’m honored to still be connected, doing video for Yankees on Demand, or writing for their publications. I love when someone in the front office calls to clarify some piece of history. I’m actually the last man standing (and still active in the field) who worked in the original stadium, worked when Mantle played, worked when CBS owned the team. Very proud of that. And proud to have been able to write Pinstripe Empire and get a lot of those memories on record.
- A: Well, it’s hard to always give time to social media, but ultimately, they are read and they are helping to form opinions among fans. I’d lobby to add someone in the department assigned to be the contact person for that category of “media” (bloggers, online columnists, large groups on Facebook, etc., so that the team is reaching its fan base through them. I’d also suggest having a strong sense of the business of baseball so that you better understand decisions made by other departments. It’s not just knowing how many MVP awards Yogi Berra won. It’s understanding the dynamics between the players, management, media, fans, the city, and even the nation. The Yankees matter to a huge number of constituencies, and you have to be aware of all of them.
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 Breaking News, Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Management, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Opinion, Yankees Organization, Yankees Outlook, Yankees Rumors, Yankees Transactions, tagged Breaking News, Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees, The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on January 22, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankee Tickets, Yankees History, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees: Off the field, tagged Babe Ruth, Box Office, Broadway, Bronx Bombers: A New American Play, Carmen Berra, Derek Jeter, Joe Dimaggio, Lombardi, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, Play, Theater, Tickets, Yogi Berra on January 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
That’s right. The New York Yankees have hit the Broadway stage. The show comes from the same creators of Broadway’s “Lombardi.” The story centers around Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen, as they take you through the New York Yankees storied history. Legendary players such as Ruth, Mantle, DiMaggio, Gehrig, and Jeter are portrayed on the stage. I’d bet this would be a real treat for any Yankees fan to attend, both young and old.
**If you’re interested in attending a show, visit: BronxBombersPlay.com or call: 212-239-6200 / 800-432-7250. Box Office Information: Hours: Mon: 10 – 6, Tues – Sat: 10 – 8, Circle in the Square Theatre, West 50th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.**
- TV Commercial — My Yogi | BRONX BOMBERS: A New American Play
- Pitching the Yankees to Fans on Broadway
- Pinstripes and Playbills
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 Nonsense, Yankee News, Yankee Players, Yankees Humor, Yankees Media, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Videos, tagged Audience Suggestion Box, August: Osage County, CC Sabathia, Ivy, Ivy Weston, Jimmy Fallon, Julianne Nicholson, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Mark Teixeira, Meryl Streep, NBC, New York Yankees, Violet Weston on January 16, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
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 Stadium, Yankees Miscellaneous, Yankees Photos, Yankees: Off the field, tagged 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series, Babe Ruth, Bauer, Bronx, Crown Collection, Goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, Hockey, Joe Dimaggio, Lou Gehrig, New York, New York Rangers, New York Yankees, Pinstripes, Yankee Stadium on January 2, 2014 | 1 Comment »
The 2014 NHL Coors Light Stadium Series is coming up at the end of the month, and it looks like Henrik Lundqvist will be making a new fashion statement. On the right side of his new mask, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig are pictured. It’s only fitting because the two games will take place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It looks as if Henrik’s custom crown logo (from the Crown Collection) will be on the front of the mask.
Update: 7:00PM ET: Here is a full shot of the complete mask in all it’s glory:
The Henrik Lundqvist Blog also pointed out some interesting pinstriped goalie pads (made by Bauer) that he might be using in the upcoming series. This isn’t set in stone, but these could be the pads he wears: