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Wednesday July 23rd 2014

Ranking the Yankees’ Best All Star-Game Candidates

With July upon us, it is time to look at which members of the New York Yankees may be representing the club at this year's All-Star Game. It has not been a great season for the Bombers, one plagued by injuries and abysmal offensive production from more than just a few of their hitters. To say past All-Stars Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Alfonso Soriano, Brian Roberts and CC Sabathia are unworthy of showing their faces at Target Field on July 15 is an understatement. Despite being under .500, there are some Yankees ...

Yankees’ Derek Jeter Ties Franchise Record for Career Doubles

With a fourth-inning leadoff two-bagger Tuesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays, Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees tied the franchise's all-time doubles record, per MLB.com. Both Jeter and Lou Gehrig now sit atop the Yankees' leaderboard with 534 doubles, with Bernie Williams a distant third at 449. A few more recognizable names round out the top five, namely current Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly sitting fourth (442) and all-time great Babe Ruth at fifth (424). Other notable Yankees whom Jeter has surpassed over his career include Joe DiMaggio ...

Will Dermis Garcia Be Prize, Future Superstar of 2014 International Class?

One name you are going to hear about a lot over the next 24 hours is Dermis Garcia. Garcia, a 16-year-old shortstop from the Dominican Republic, is viewed as one of the top prospects eligible to sign on July 2—the first day of the 2014-2015 international signing period—and he is expected to receive one of the largest bonuses among players in this year’s class. According to Kiley McDaniel of Scouting Baseball, the New York Yankees are widely believed to have a deal in place with Garcia for $3 million, as the organization ...

New York Yankees Trade Rumors: Latest Updates, News and Reaction

Those expecting the New York Yankees to sit back and wait for the nearly $500 million that they spent in free-agent additions over the winter to begin paying off simply haven't been paying attention to how things work in the Bronx. When anything less than a World Series victory is considered a failure from season to season, the Bronx Bombers are going to aggressively look to upgrade their roster, as general manager Brian Cashman recently explained to Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times: I’m looking to make some additions if I can. ...

Can the Yankees Coax Rays into Blockbuster David Price Trade?

If the price is right, one of the game's most dominant left-handed power arms could be on the move well before Major League Baseball's July 31 trade deadline. But what's the right price for a division rival to scoop him up? And what if that rival is the Evil Empire, the New York Yankees? Signs of late, per the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin, point toward the Rays' preference to ship their ace to the National League. "As for the possibility of the Rays dealing with an AL East team, the best guess is that it's not ...

Thurman Munson’s 22 Errors Deserved a Fool’s-Gold Glove

Seventh in an 11-part series examining the vagaries of awards voting. You could probably find at least one undeserved Gold Glove awarded every season. The vast majority of Gold Glove recipients are repeat winners, sort of making the award like a concussion—once a player gets one, it becomes progressively easier to get more. To be sure, most repeat winners are among the very best defenders in the league and deserve the honor, but as we saw with Jim Kaat, precedent eventually plays a big role. As well, a Gold Glove sometimes becomes a ...

Assessing Derek Jeter’s Farewell Season at the Midway Point

The 2014 season has reached its midway point, meaning Derek Jeter's farewell tour, age-40 season and goodbye to the game of baseball has reached the same juncture. When assessing Jeter's play thus far, context is critical. On the surface—looking only at the raw numbers and production from New York's shortstop—Jeter is having his worst season in the big leagues. With an OPS+ of just 83, the former MVP candidate is hitting 17 percent below league average. Defensively, the days of jump throws in the third base hole and instinctive genius across the ...

New York Yankees 2014 Trade Deadline Shopping List

As the July 31 MLB trade deadline approaches, the New York Yankees are sure to have a list of players they covet who could improve their team. The Bombers have several areas that need to be addressed, namely an injury-riddled rotation and a struggling lineup. Both are questions for which this team will try to find answers as the deadline draws near.   Starting Pitchers The loss of Ivan Nova for the season was the first blow to the Yankees rotation. CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda followed suit with trips to the disabled list. ...

New York Yankees: 5 Takeaways from Masahiro Tanaka’s 1st-Half Performance

This winter, the New York Yankees took a chance by signing Japanese star Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year contract worth $155 million (according to New York's Daily News). Tanaka hasn't been here long, but there are five big takeaways from his performance so far.    Tanaka Is the Yankees' Ace This may not seem like a bold statement now, but at the beginning of the season Tanaka was the third starter in the rotation.  After injuries to CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, the Yankees needed Hiroki Kuroda and Tanaka to step up ...

Will the Yankees Ever Learn from Repeated Megadeal Disasters?

The New York Yankees finished third in the AL East last season and missed the postseason for the first time since 2008, prompting the front office to make several big-money moves. Some contracts this winter were reminiscent of the "megadeals" that, prior to 2008, secured Alex Rodriguez for 10 years, and, prior to 2009, locked down CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira for eight years apiece. As of late June 2014, however, A-Rod remains out of baseball, Sabathia is injured and Teixeira has played 55 of a possible 75 games and struck out 45 ...
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