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New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez Wants to Emulate Keith Hernandez at 1st Base

March 30th, 2015 at 11:55 AM
By Michael Moraitis

If New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez could emulate one person at first base this season, it would be one of his heroes growing up, former New York Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez.

Rodriguez made his first base debut on Sunday and it was rather uneventful, however it shows that manager Joe Girardi is willing to trust A-Rod at his new position when needed in 2015.

Interestingly enough, it's a former Mets first baseman that A-Rod wants to be like:

While Yankees fans would surely rather it be someone like Don Mattingly, trying to be like Hernandez is not a bad thing.

Not only did he win a World Series with the Mets in 1986, but Hernandez was also a fantastic defensive first baseman with 11 Gold Gloves to prove it.

Granted, A-Rod is not going to be in the prime of his physical career to be doing what Hernandez could, but it doesn't hurt to take a few pointers. Heck, maybe even A-Rod can give Keith a call sometime.

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Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter Thinks Alex Rodriguez’s HR Trot was Slow

March 30th, 2015 at 10:00 AM
By Michael Moraitis

When asked to give his opinion of how New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez looked in the spring training game in which the 39-year-old homered, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned his home run trot.

A-Rod absolutely clubbed a homer off Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz and you can tell Rodriguez enjoyed it a little extra, with the pose and bat flip to prove it.

Showalter quipped that Rodriguez wasn't running at his normal speed after going deep on Saturday for his third homer in exhibition play, per Billy Witz of the New York Times:

“You know what’s slowed down?” Showalter asked. “The way he runs around the bases.”

Now Showalter wasn't angry in his comments because he later praised A-Rod while answering questions, but it clearly must've bothered him a bit.

Rodriguez was enjoying himself out there; however it certainly wasn't over-the-top:

Buck later went on to acknowledge that he thinks Rodriguez will be just fine this season and gives him his vote of confidence:

“I know he can hit a left-handed 89-mile-per-hour fastball pretty good,”

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Brian Cashman Says New York Yankees Prospects Jose Pirela, Rob Refsnyder ‘Still Have Work to Do’

March 30th, 2015 at 9:00 AM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is happy he signed second baseman Stephen Drew during the offseason because prospects Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder are not ready defensively.

Cashman said so on Sunday while also praising the pair's bats, per Chad Jennings of the LoHud Yankees Blog:

“I know there’s a lot of dialog wrapped around Refsnyder and Pirela,” Cashman said. “But I think also that those guys have shown they still have work to do on the defensive side still. It doesn’t mean if we have to go there we wouldn’t be comfortable doing so. I also think they’ve shown they have some development still to go, despite the bats. The bats are impressive, but you’ve seen the defensive stuff they’ve shown us in short sample sizes as well."

To be perfectly honest, Refsnyder has not been good defensively this spring, making five errors at second base thus far. Meanwhile Pirela has made two and looked more competent in the field, giving him the edge if the Yankees had to choose one of their two top prospects.

However, the Yankees are set to choose none with Drew getting the starting job and Brendan Ryan a lock for the utility spot.

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The New York Yankees, New York Mets and the “Derby”

March 30th, 2015 at 8:43 AM
By Sports Media 101

Crosstown rivals New York Yankees and New York Mets faced each other in the 2000 World Series. The disparity since that tussle between the two sides since is marked, meaning that the Yankees often look elsewhere for their biggest, most hated rivals.

The spoils in 2000 went to the elder of the two teams from New York City. The Yankees were in the midst of another dynasty, winning four World Series in five years from 1996. Since that date, the Yankees have added another World Series pennant to their haul, in 2009—whereas the Mets have floundered.

Some of the most anticipated sporting events across the world are those which are played out between geographically close teams. In the UK, soccer matches between clubs that are based in the same city are called “derby” matches. Therefore, any match between two London sides is described as a “London Derby”, and the “Manchester Derby” features the Red vs. Blue of United vs. City.

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New York Yankees Prospect Domingo German to Undergo Tommy John Surgery

March 29th, 2015 at 7:53 PM
By Michael Moraitis

New York Yankees prospect Domingo German is set to undergo Tommy John surgery. German announced it on his Instagram page with this post of him arriving in New York City:

Llegada a nueva york. Gracias el viaje fue muy cómodo

A photo posted by el negro de los guasiviri (@domingogerman75) on

"Me van a operar mi loco de Tommy yonn"

German mentions in the comments section that he is headed for Tommy John surgery, which you can read just above. If you can't understand spanish, you can pretty much figure out the Tommy John part.

German was acquired by the Bronx Bombers as part of the Nathan Eovaldi-Martin Prado deal with the Miami Marlins, making this the end of his first season with the organization.

The 22-year-old spent a brief stint with the Yankees in spring training this year, recording one strikeout in the one inning he pitched. He was later optioned to High-A Tampa. Last year German was pitching in the South Atlantic League where he was 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA.

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