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If you were listening to the Yankees telecast, you must have heard Michael Kay and David Cone break the news that Masahiro Tanaka has just landed on the 15-day disabled list with what they’re calling a “tender wrist.” That sounds like it’s not connected to the UCL tear and we may not have to sound the alarms just yet. Coney said that this report begs a lot of questions and wonders if Tanaka is compensating because of his elbow.

At the same time, no injury to Masahiro’s arm should be taken lightly. According to reports, Brian Cashman has stated that there is “no change” in Tanaka’s elbow. He was also asked if this could be a Tommy John surgery “precursor”…to which he said, “could be.”

Tanaka will be shut down for 7-10 days. We may not see him for another month or so. Nobody knows for sure. Now, we play a waiting game and see how this unfolds.

Masahiro Tanaka

Photo Courtesy of Getty Images

 

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ESPN New York released their “50 Greatest Yankees” list the other day. I can’t really argue too much with their list, although I probably would have swapped Thurman Munson (#12) and Bill Dickey (#10). Yes, I know Dickey is in the Hall of Fame and Munson isn’t. But it was Munson’s leadership, as much as anything else that returned the Yankees to their winning ways in the ’70s. And who knows what kind of numbers he would have put up if not for the plane crash?

Anyway, here’s their list. I’ve added in the dates they played for the Yanks, along with their position. An asterisk denotes a playing career interrupted by a military commitment; # denotes a Hall-of-Famer. Current players are in red type. Feel free to let us know how you feel about the list!

50. Mike Mussina (RHP, 2001-2008)

49. Bob Meusel (LF, 1920-1930)

48. Albert “Sparky” Lyle (LHP, 1972-1978)

47. Gil McDougald (IF, 1951-1960)

46. Jim “Catfish” Hunter (RHP, 1974-1978)#

45. David Cone (RHP, 1995-2000)

44. Roy White (LF, 1965-1979)

43. Hank Bauer (RF, 1948-1959)

42. Jack Chesbro (RHP, 1903-1909)#

41. Eddie Lopat (RHP, 1948-1955)

40. Rickey Henderson (1985-1989)#

39. Vic Raschi (RHP, 1946-1953)

38. Joe Gordon (2B, 1938-1946)*#

37. Tommy Henrich (RF, 1937-1950)*

36. Charlie “King Kong” Keller (LF, 1939-1949)*

35. Bobby Murcer (CF, 1969-1974, 1979-1983)

34. Spurgeon “Spud” Chandler (RHP, 1937-1947)

33. Willie Randolph (2B, 1976-1988)

32. Waite Hoyt (RHP, 1921-1929)#

31. Mel Stottlemyre (RHP, 1964-1974)

30. Paul O’Neill (RF, 1993-2001)

29. Graig Nettles (3B, 1973-1983)

28. Dave Winfield (OF, 1981-1990)#

27. Herb Pennock (LHP, 1923-1933)#

26. Allie “Superchief” Reynolds (RHP, 1947-1954)

25. Rich “Goose” Gossage (RHP, 1978-1983, 1989)#

24. Elston Howard (C, 1955-1967)

23. Earle Combs (CF, 1924-1935)#

22. Roger Maris (RF, 1960-1966)

21. Jorge Posada (C, 1995-present)

20. Phil Rizzuto (SS, 1941-1956)*#

19. Bernie Williams (CF, 1991-2006)

18. “Poosh ‘Em Up” Tony Lazzeri (2B, 1926-1937)#

17. Ron “Gator” Guidry (LHP, 1975-1988)

16. Andy Pettitte (LHP, 1995-2003, 2007-2010)

15. Reggie Jackson (RF, 1977-1981)#

14. Vernon “Lefty” Gomez (LHP, 1930-1942)#

13. Alex Rodriguez (3B, 2004-present)

12. Thurman Muson (C, 1969-1979)

11. Don Mattingly (1B, 1982-1995)

10. Bill Dickey (C, 1928-1946)#

9. Charles “Red” Ruffing (RHP, 1930-1942)#

8. Edward “Whitey” Ford (LHP, 1953-1967)*#

7. Derek Jeter (SS, 1995-present)

6. Lawrence “Yogi” Berra (C, 1946-1963)#

5. Mariano Rivera (RHP, 1995-present)

4. Mickey Mantle (CF, 1950-1968)#

3. “Joltin” Joe DiMaggio (CF, 1936-1951)*#

2. Lou “Iron Horse” Gehrig (1B, 1923-1939)#

1. George “Babe” Ruth (RF, 1920-1934)#

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NO ONE'S LOOKING AT YOU, MIKE! Merlyweds Michael Kay and his much, MUCH better half, Channel 11 news anchor Jodi Applegate, at their gala wedding last night at The Plaza.  'I DO': Rudy Giuliani makes the happy couple husband and wife.

The long anticipated Michael Kay wedding. Let the jokes roll in.

From the NY Post:

Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay and TV news anchor Jodi Applegate tied the knot at The Plaza last night in a lavish ceremony packed with pinstripe powerhouses and skippered by former Mayor and Bronx Bombers die-hard Rudy Giuliani.

Several former Yankee greats such as Paul O’Neill, Tino Martinez and Darryl Strawberry, were among the 350 guests who turned out to watch the lovebirds exchange vows at the storied hotel shortly after twilight.

“It’s a great day for Michael Kay,” Strawberry told The Post. “He waited this long for the right one. It’s amazing.”

Baseball bigs, including Yanks manager Joe Girardi and team co-owner Hal Steinbrenner rubbed elbows with TV personalities such as NBC anchor Brian Williams and Applegate’s WPIX/Channel 11 colleagues Kaity Tong and weatherman Mr. G.

And actor Danny Aiello, Kay’s uncle, was on hand to fete the happy couple as were former Yanks and Kay’s YES-network colleagues Al Leiter, David Cone and John Flaherty.

The president of Fordham University, Kay’s alma mater, gave the benediction before a grinning Giuliani took the helm.

Applegate donned a white empire lace dress designed by Suzanne Neville from the Wedding Atelier bridal boutique. She changed her dress three more times throughout the night, a guest said.

The auburn-haired stunner also sported sparkly, 14-carat diamond earrings on loan from London Jewelry, and custom silk gloves, silk velvet cuffs and a white fox fur stole. (more…)

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Hey, Yankees fans in Northern New Jersey: former great David Cone will be making a public appearance tomorrow, from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. You can meet him at the AT&T store located at 40 Park Place in Morristown.

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VIA Bob Klapisch:

It appears Cone’s short but brilliant run in the YES broadcast booth may be over. Sources say Cone is out after a heated disagreement with network executives.

A spokesman confirmed via e-mail: “David’s contract is up. We’d love to have him back, but he’s in the process of evaluating his various options. … He may not be back based on what he decides.”

Cone’s skill and confidence grew appreciably in the past year. Like former-Met teammate Ron Darling, he had a graceful way of explaining baseball to casual fans, but also was immersed in cutting edge sabermetrics.

Michael Kay said, “I’d come into the booth five hours before a game and Coney would already be there, buried in the computer, looking up stats. He took it very seriously.”

I hope this isn’t true, but if it is, I wish nothing but the best of luck in any future endeavors for Cone. Now, I don’t know if it’s me, but it seems as if the spokesperson was told to make it seem like he might come back and it may be true. However, if Cone was going to come back, don’t you think he would have already? I can see him on MLB network next if he doesn’t stay at YES. At least YES still has Paul O’Neill…

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     I guess this will be one of the many major stories this off-season, and I don’t see this stopping any time soon. This book has become very controversial, and people have different opinions on it. Not only will he be on Letterman, and doing his book signing at the Yogi Berra Museum, but he will also be on Larry King Live this Friday.

I think the only way you can judge Torre is after you read the book. Most people are just taking stuff from headlines and bashing Torre.

Here are some of the headlines:

Torre issues first comments on book

In his first public comments since excerpts from his book, “The Yankees Years,” began to surface over the weekend, Joe Torre told The New York Times on Tuesday that he is prepared to answer for the contents of the final product.

In the book, a third-person collaboration with Tom Verducci, Torre touches on a variety of controversial topics — among them, his dealings behind closed doors with Alex Rodriguez, general manager Brian Cashman and more.

“Knowing that my name is on it, I know I’m going to have to answer for it,” Torre told the Times in a telephone interview from Hawaii, where he is on vacation.

“I’m comfortable with what I contributed to the book, even though I’m probably going to get more credit or more blame than I deserve, whichever way you want to look at it.”

Torre’s book: Selfish players ended Yankee dynasty

Beyond the blunt critiques of Alex Rodriguez and rising tensions with Brian Cashman, one theme dominates “The Yankee Years,” the new book “co-authored” by Joe Torre:

That the Yankees of the former manager’s final six seasons were a self-absorbed, overpaid imitation of the famously gritty bunch that brought him four rings in his first six years.

“It was just not an unselfish team,” Torre says of the revelation that hit him in 2002.

“The team wasn’t tough enough . . . A lot of those players are more concerned about what it looks like as opposed to getting dirty and just getting it done. Those other teams, they were ferocious.”

TORRE’S TRASHING CONTINUES: BOOK RIPS BROWN, WELLS, PAVANO, BIG UNIT

But Torre doesn’t hold back, with more than his share of caustic comments about other players, too:

On Kevin Brown: “I think he had some emotional issues. There were a lot of demons in this guy. It was sad.”

On David Wells: “The difference between Kevin Brown and David Wells is that both make your life miserable, but David Wells meant to.”

On : “The players all hated him. It was no secret.”

In ‘The Yankee Years,’ David Cone spills juice on Joe Torre’s clubhouse

According to the authors, players often joked about teammates who worked out with McNamee when he served as an assistant strength coach for the Yankees in 2000-2001, especially players who grew dramatically stronger, bigger and leaner in a short period of time. “He’s on Mac’s program,” was the joke, or “He’s on The Program.”

“They were on his program, guys like Roger, Andy and maybe (Mike) Stanton,” the book quotes Cone as saying. He says he thought McNamee “had some GNC stuff he was putting in shakes, maybe creatine or Andro or whatever you can get over the counter.”

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“I didn’t like McNamee,” Cone said in the book. “Not that he was a bad guy. I never thought he was properly vetted.”

Torre: I didn’t feel ‘betrayed’

“I heard the word ‘betrayed’ and I knew that it wasn’t part of the actual book,” Torre told The New York Times yesterday by telephone from Hawaii in his first interview about the book. “I can tell you this much: I know there’s stuff Brian and I disagreed on, and I had one perception and he had another, which, to me, there’s nothing wrong with that. We’re obviously two different people.”

MUSSINA SAYS TORRE BOOK WON’T HURT: A-ROD CAN HANDLE ANOTHER DISTRACTION

“He’s the best player that I’ve had a chance to play with,” Mussina told The Post. “And he works hard at it and if he sat around and worried about everything that happened, he wouldn’t be able to be the player that he is.

“I was in that clubhouse for eight years. I’ve seen a lot of stuff go on. A lot of stories go out. I’ve seen Alex deal with a lot of things, this past year and in other years. I don’t foresee this as being a major issue.”

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“What goes on in the clubhouse and teammates razzing or giving each other a hard time doesn’t necessarily mean we’re cutting into people,” Mussina said. “Did I ever hear anybody call him that? It’s possible. But that doesn’t mean it’s meant in a harsh way. We’re stuck together for six months and we’re trying to have fun with each other and get people motivated. I don’t look at that as something that’s nasty. Yeah, maybe it was wrong, but it’s what guys do.”

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Joe Torre’s poison pen in ‘The Yankee Years’ could be blot on career

Some things are better left unsaid  /  Continuing the Torre story

A-Rod has been hit hard from all directions  /  Torre no longer Mr. Nice Guy

How Brian Cashman leaves Joe Torre to manage alone  /  A-Rod’s latest lie

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