Results for tag: Joe Girardi
Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Feb 28, 2011 at 10:51:11 PM

Mark Prior has made 106 major league appearances. None have occurred since August 10, 2006 in Milwaukee and none have occurred as a relief pitcher.

If first impressions mean anything and many times they do not, perhaps Prior could finally suit up for the Yankees. If you're reached this point, you might be wondering suit up, what do you mean?

In 1998, the Yankees actually drafted Prior out of high school with the 43rd pick at the end of the first round and then he turned a significant bonus to pitch at Vanderbilt. Eventually Prior switched to USC and was part of the 2001 draft, the same first round that produced Joe Mauer, Mark Teixeira, David Wright and Jeremy Bonderman.

A year later, Prior was in the majors and a year after that he was wowing the North Side of Chicago, going 18-6. One

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 25, 2010 at 05:40:01 PM

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."

That is the last stanza to Robert Frost's poem, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening and the reason for the headline of the post. The miles to go before I sleep can be applied to the Yankees, who are in the initial planning phase for next year.

On a normal Monday on E. 161 Street at noon, people are taking a break from being in the Bronx County Courthouse as judges, lawyers or jurors. They are usually found at one of the several lunchtime establishments, doing some shopping before returning to court or sitting outside on a surprisingly warm fall day.

Walking down the hill and crossing River Avenue, the massive two-year-old Yankee Stadium emerges from

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 20, 2010 at 04:04:09 AM

Don't push me cause I'm close to the edge, I'm trying not to lose my head, - Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

That is one of the lyrics to one of the more famous songs of 1980s hip-hop. It is a song about more serious social problems that pale in comparison to professional sports.

Since this is about the Yankees it is somewhat appropriate to the situation facing the Yankees at this afternoon.

The Yankees are at the edge as they face a three games to one deficit after getting manhandled by the Rangers. Now the question is will they lose their head (in this case meaning the 2010 season).

It does not look good, especially when Mark Teixeira is lost for the year with a strained right hamstring. It does not look good when an offense is 6-for-39 with runners in scoring position. It

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 17, 2010 at 05:35:25 PM

Today is October 17 and a year ago, the Yankees were beating the Angels in 13 innings on Jerry Hairston’s dash to the plate. That gave them a 2-0 lead heading into three games in Anaheim, meaning the Yankees had five games to win two.

Now because of the events of Game Two, the Yankees face a five-game series with the Rangers and whoever wins three games first will be the AL Champion.

Many wondered how the Rangers would respond to blowing a five-run lead in Game One. The answer was pretty clear when they laid a 7-2 beating on the Yankees yesterday.

In their first trip to Yankee Stadium since mid-April, the Rangers worked out first as by taking a loose session of fielding, throwing and batting practice to go along with a drill of pitcher’s fielding practice.

Maybe it is because

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Oct 16, 2010 at 02:38:20 AM

I haven't the slightest idea what you can say about what occured in a span of 35 minutes between 10:45 and 11:15, other than - whoa!, wow or holy @@@@!. Perhaps the win warble that John Sterling unleashed at 11:57 sums it up best, but this was a win, a hardcore comeback of epic proportions.

It can be classified this way because until about 10:30 nothing was doing and it was turning out to be a lost night since the Rangers lost their home opener to the Maple Leafs while losing two key players. So you might have been closing on acceptance, thinking, ok no big deal, the Yankees have lost Game One of a series and still won before.

Fifteen minutes later and with a run already on the board thanks to Robinson Cano's home run in the seventh, Brett Gardner legs out an infield hit with some big-time

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 27, 2010 at 04:32:07 AM

A recent time where the Yankees were well over .500 and faced some tense times in September occurred six years ago.

It was Labor Day weekend and the Yankees were cruising along at around 30 games over .500 but they were not playing all that great.

Heading into a game with the Orioles on Sept. 5, 2004, the Yankees had lost 11 of 19 and seeing eight games chopped off their lead in the AL East.

The last week of that stretch proved to be extremely frustrating as the Indians put a 22-0 beating on the Yankees on August 31. Following two straight wins, the Yankees opened the series with the Orioles by getting outscored 10-1 and losing Kevin Brown to a broken hand when he foolishly punched a wall.

So going into a series finale and having advanced one runner past first base in the previous 17 innings,

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 26, 2010 at 06:24:38 PM

Today is Sept. 26 and 49 years ago, Roger Maris tied Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record by connecting off Baltimore’s Jack Fisher at the original Yankee Stadium.

There will be no records set and the Yankees hope to avoid their season high fifth straight loss, which qualifies as a 2010 record.

The original plan was to give Dustin Moseley a second start on a Sunday night against the Red Sox. The original plan also included an “X” next to where it says Yankees in the standings, which would have indicated a playoff berth.

The Yankees have failed at that and not looked well at doing so over the last four games, getting outscored by 34-16 and not pitching well. Of course some of those mixed message bullpen moves have not helped matters.

So where there is failure

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 25, 2010 at 10:51:59 PM

If you have ever stepped foot in Yankee Stadium rooting for the visiting team, chances are at some point you might have chanted “Yankees Stink”.  Well not really stink, but another word starting with the letter “S”.

More times than not, you would be totally wrong. If you have chanted that at any point during the last four Yankee home games, you would not be inaccurate.

That is because with the exception of an aborted comeback filled with home runs Friday, the Yankees and there is no nice way to put this – have stunk and they were awful in losing to Jon Lester, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

It is not 1990-esque stink but still something rotten and it starts on the mound with starting pitcher. A.J. Burnett gets absolved because rain washed

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 25, 2010 at 02:21:42 AM

Enough already!

It is apparent that the Yankees are going to the postseason. It is also obvious and maybe a little blatant that they are willing to sacrifice a few regular season games for the scope of the bigger picture.

In other words, saying that winning the division and getting home field is all talk. It is hardly backed up by actions and that’s fine to some extent but hardly fine when you look as awful as most of the last three nights.

Most gets thrown in there because the Yankees almost pulled it off by getting the tying run up with two outs in the ninth of last night’s 10-8 loss.

In fact it might have been an impressive home run filled 8-7 victory if not for one of those sacrificial decisions.

That would be after Andy Pettitte was shelled for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3

Posted by: Larry Fleisher on Sep 23, 2010 at 06:10:04 PM

Today is September 23 and obviously the big story is the matchup between CC Sabathia and David Price.

The last time this matchup occurred it became a phenomenal game. On Sept. 13 at Tampa Bay, the Rays took a 1-0 victory decided in the 11th inning on a Reid Brignac home run off Sergio Mitre.

Sabathia went eight innings and allowed two singles while issuing two walks and nine strikeouts. Price also went eight and allowed three base hits while issuing two walks and striking out four.

Last year they faced each other on the final weekend of the season in a series that had little consequence. Like the start on Sept. 13, Sabathia was denied his 20th win as he allowed nine runs and eight hits in 2 2/3 innings. Price ended 2009 at 10-7 by allowing one run and two hits in seven innings.