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Saturday March 28th 2015

Is Rob Refsnyder or Jose Pirela the Yankees’ Future at 2nd Base?

Not long ago, second base for the New York Yankees was as stable, consistent and productive as any position on any team in Major League Baseball. These days, it's anything but. The keystone has become a key question mark for the Yankees ever since Robinson Cano—the last true star position player the club has drafted and developed—surprisingly up and left for the Seattle Mariners as a free agent in December of 2013. From 2005, his rookie campaign, through 2013, Cano registered a .309/.355/.504 triple-slash line and averaged just shy of 23 homers and just ...

New York Yankees: The Starting Rotation Needs Cole Hamels in 2015

The New York Yankees' starting rotation troubles me. Not to the point where I lie awake thinking about it at night, but close enough I guess. There's plenty of reason to be concerned with the group, and each pitcher brings his own unique set of circumstances to fret over.  Because of that, we find ourselves at an impasse. Either the group is what it is, or the front office adds to the rotation in the hopes that it can help carry the team to the playoffs. To alleviate the issues plaguing the rotation, ...

Nathan Eovaldi, Michael Pineda Ready to Be Young 2015 Breakout Duo?

There's been plenty of hand-wringing about the New York Yankees' starting five, including by yours truly, and it's (mostly) justified.  Masahiro Tanaka is pitching with a partially torn elbow ligament, and CC Sabathia packed on weight after limping through last season with a knee injury. The Yankees, though, could get a boost from Nathan Eovaldi and Michael Pineda, two young arms who have excelled this spring. Yes, it's early. And yes, spring stats are close to meaningless. But Eovaldi and Pineda have turned enough heads to give the Yankee faithful cause for cautious ...

CC Sabathia’s Shaky Spring Debut Brings Back 2014 Questions

And now for something we all ought to be used to by now: A discussion about whether veteran New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is good at pitching baseballs anymore, which will inevitably skew toward an "I'm not so sure, man" conclusion. But first, the basics. Sabathia made his 2015 spring training debut Tuesday evening against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida, and he was hit-and-miss. He struck out two without a walk in two innings but also surrendered two earned runs on four hits. On the surface, ...

Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the New York Yankees Offense in 2015

The New York Yankees offense is an interesting bunch. The group features immense levels of talent, but question marks pop up throughout the lineup in the form of injury and production concerns. That said, where there's bust potential, there also tends to be boom potential. This holds true for the Yankees offense as well. The Yankees will bank on players remaining healthy this year, and if they do, the team could easily surpass what are seemingly modest win-total projections by Baseball Prospectus for the 2015 season. So the Yankees offense presents us with ...

Alex Rodriguez’s Hot Spring Start Shows He May Be Important 2015 Asset After All

September 20, 2013—that's the last time Alex Rodriguez hit a home run in a New York Yankees uniform. (Or any uniform, for that matter.) It was a grand slam, which seems somehow fitting. A-Rod doesn't do anything half way. The drought ended, sort of, on Wednesday, when Rodriguez launched one over the left-center field wall against the Boston Red Sox, which also seems somehow fitting.  I said "sort of" a second ago because, well, it's spring.  The home run doesn't add to Rodriguez's official career tally (654 and counting) just as his hot ...

New York Yankees: 6 Players Turning Heads Early at Spring Training

The New York Yankees are just a week into spring games, but several players have already started to create some buzz in camp. The "buzz" we'll look at here is good buzz, of course. No A-Rod bashing, no harping on health issues, just standout performances that are starting to gain some extra notoriety. Though there are a number of very deserving candidates, I narrowed this list down to six players who have all put up exemplary performances down in the Grapefruit League.  The group features a nice mix of pitching and offense, but ...

Alex Rodriguez vs. Nationals: Stats, Highlights, Reaction from Spring Training

Alex Rodriguez will probably never be so much as a replacement-level defender for the rest of his career. That much is clear. But if his solid offensive start to the spring continues, the New York Yankees could still recoup some value on his onerous contract.    Playing third base for the first time since arriving in Florida, Rodriguez went 1-for-2 at the plate before leaving in the sixth inning with the Yankees ahead, 2-1.     The former MVP drilled his first extra-base hit of the spring in the second inning, taking Nationals starter Doug Fister ...

Actors Who Are Obsessed with Sports

In the same way athletes have forever admired actors, actors too have traditionally held athletes in high esteem. Of course, while many sports superstars can actually experience and try their hand in acting, most actors have to simply settle for courtside seats. Not so surprisingly, in some instances, these peripheral admirers take their passion for sport to the absolute extreme. Take Bill Murray, for example, who not only watches his favorite teams but actually owns several of them. Or Billy Crystal, who took his love for Yankee baseball to the field itself, signing a ...

Alex Rodriguez Is Showing a Modest, Humble Side This Time Around

Officially, Alex Rodriguez is more than one week into his return. Unofficially, we have learned nothing. Rodriguez returned to New York Yankees spring training camp—and Major League Baseball—last week after a yearlong suspension stemming from his involvement with Biogenesis. He has been in camp for about two weeks, but Yankees position players did not have to officially report until Feb. 25. Since making his way to the team’s complex in Tampa, Florida, A-Rod has angered the brass by not telling them he was arriving at camp, acknowledged his use of performance-enhancing drugs, ...
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