July 28th, 2014 at 9:52 AM
By Doug Rush
You all remember the fan who decided to fall asleep in the game back in April between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox and was publicly broadcasted on ESPN since the game was on Sunday Night Baseball?
That fan, Andrew Rector, apparently thought he was being publicly mocked and ridiculed to the point where he filed a $10 million lawsuit against ESPN, the New York Yankees and the ESPN announcers during the game.
The lawsuit itself has been publicly criticized as many consider Rector simply looking for publicity and nothing more. Apparently he canceled his season tickets with the Yankees too as a result of the events back in April, but really, so what? It's not a birthright to have season tickets to the Yankees, it's a privilege. But Rector simply doesn't get that.
Over the weekend while speaking to Matt Lauer of NBC's The Today Show, Rector decided to explain why he went through with the ridiculous lawsuit in the first place.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 28th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Michael Moraitis
Since their starting five started dropping like flies, the New York Yankees' main focus has been on starting pitching. So much so that many people don't realize it's offense that is their biggest concern.
If you don't agree with that then you don't agree with the Yankees' general manager, Brian Cashman.
Cash has evolved in his thinking and now seems to be more inclined to add offense as opposed to pitching, per an interview he did with ESPN New York 98.7 FM, according to Bryan Hoch and Jake Kring-Schreifels of MLB.com:
"It's weird," Cashman said in an interview with ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "Our pitching has been drastically altered because of the injuries, and despite losing four out of five starters and all that stuff, our pitching has survived — surprisingly — to this point. I think our offense should be better.
"It still feels like the pitching needs more help, but honestly, the offense has been consistently poor throughout the entire year. The answer has to be an offensive piece, I guess."
He's right. Cashman hit it right on the head when he mentions the Yanks' offense as being a bigger problem than their pitching. Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 27th, 2014 at 10:53 PM
By Mike Warsaw
Bobby Cox was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame today in Cooperstown, NY. The legendary manager is fondly remembered as the longtime skipper of the Atlanta Braves. As much as Cox is associated with the Braves, his baseball bloodline started with the New York Yankees.
Cox started his ten year relationship with the Yankees as a third basemen for the Bombers, making his debut in the Bronx in 1968. Cox was the primary third baseman for the Yankees in 1968, his rookie season. Cox appeared in 135 games and hit 7 home runs with 41 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Cox played in 85 games in 1969 for the Yanks with 2 home runs and 17 RBI. Cox spent the entire 1970 season in the minors for the Yankees, appearing in 90 games at AAA-Syracuse.
Cox began his managerial career with Yankees in their farm system in 1971. Cox managed the Syracuse Chiefs to the International League Championship in 1976. The 1976 team featured future Yankees Ron Guidry, Micky Klutts and and Terry Whitfield. Cox was highly successful as a minor league skipper for the Yankees. In his six years, down on the farm, Cox had a winning percentage of .500 or better, every year. In 1972, Cox was 84-56 at AA-West Haven, for a .600 winning percentage.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 27th, 2014 at 5:55 PM
By Michael Moraitis
The New York Yankees have their sights set on adding another starting pitcher as they are discussing a trade that would send Chicago Cubs' pitcher Jake Arrieta to the Bronx.
George Ofman of WBBM radio reported the rumor:
Arrieta is having a stellar season for the lowly Cubs. The 28-year-old right-hander is 5-2 and sports an impressive 2.18 ERA in 2014. Before getting too excited, the important part about Ofman's tweet is that it will take a lot for the Yanks to get their hands on Arrieta.
Most likely that means some top prospects will be necessary to land the talented starter, whose team is in desperate need of good, young talent as it continues to rebuild in Chicago.
On the bright side, if the Yanks were to give up some of their farm, Arrieta is young and under team control for the next three seasons before becoming a free agent in 2018, which is when his agent, Scott Boras, will go to work trying to get Arrieta an astronomical amount of money.Read more... Join the Conversation...
July 27th, 2014 at 5:51 PM
By Doug Rush
The boiling point between the Colorado Rockies and their star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki, may have finally hit a point where it's at no return.
It all started over the weekend when the Colorado Rockies had a free jersey giveaway at Coors Field in which 15,000 jerseys with Tulowitzki's name on the back were misspelled.
After the jersey spelling error, on Sunday, Tulowitzki, who is currently on the disabled list with a hip strain, made an appearance at Yankee Stadium on Sunday to watch th New York Yankees take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the final game of the three-game set. Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports made mention of MLB Fan Cave tweeting the picture of the Rockies shortstop at the game being deleted.
Later on, Passan said that it wasn't an accident that Tulowitzki showed up at the game in New York and likely made Colorado very upset; the kind of thing that eventually leads to trades happening around this time.Read more... Join the Conversation...