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5 months ago  ::  Jan 21, 2023 - 9:21PM #18501
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I tuned into a Yankees classic game. Game 6th..Yankees/Phillies WS....2009 With Petitte on the mound with 3 days rest.

Who could forget their potent lineup...Jeter, Damon, Texieria, A-Rod, Matsui, Posada, Cano, Swisher  and Gardner....Matsui having one heck of a game.

Nice to reminiscent days gone by as Mariano excited the fans to deliver final 5 outs. That dependability is sorely  missed.

4 months ago  ::  Feb 14, 2023 - 11:35AM #18502
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4 months ago  ::  Feb 15, 2023 - 1:27PM #18503
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ESPN announced it is working on an eight-part documentary series titled "The Yankees Win." The documentary will focus on the Yankees' success including interviews and some never-before-seen footage.


3 months ago  ::  Feb 28, 2023 - 7:37PM #18504
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Yankees' Top 5 second basemen: Hoch's take

1) , 1926-37
Key fact: Holds American League record for most RBIs in a single game (11, on May 24, 1936)

Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 1991, Lazzeri was a feared clutch hitter who served as a key component alongside Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in the fabled “Murderers' Row” Yankees lineups. Lazzeri played for six American League pennant winners during his dozen years in pinstripes, batting .293/.379/.467 with 169 home runs and 1,157 RBIs.

After making his World Series debut in 1926, Lazzeri performed admirably in his next five Fall Classics, helping the Yankees to victory in each by batting .291 and slugging .494, with four homers in 79 at-bats. On May 24, 1936, Lazzeri became the first Major Leaguer to hit two grand slams in a single game, collecting 11 RBIs in a 25-2 drubbing of the Athletics. He still leads all Yanks second basemen in hits (1,784), triples (115), RBIs, on-base percentage (.379) and wOBA (.387).

"Around New York, I used to hear that expression, 'Once a Dodger, always a Dodger,'" Lazzeri once said. "But how about, 'Once a Yankee, always a Yankee?' There never was anything better than that. You never get over it."

2) , 1976-88
Key fact: Leads all Yankees second basemen in fWAR (51.4)

Acquired from the Pirates in December 1975, Randolph held second base for the next 13 seasons, serving as a model of consistency and patience during a period of turbulence in which his clubs were referred to as the “Bronx Zoo.” A five-time All-Star in pinstripes, Randolph was part of two World Series championship rosters ('77, '78) and four pennant-winning teams.

An exceptional defender who was known for his ability to turn double plays, Randolph compiled a .275 batting average and a .374 on-base percentage in his time with the club, winning the 1980 Silver Slugger Award at second base after batting .294 with a MLB-leading 119 walks. Honored with a Monument Park plaque in 2015, Randolph paces all Yanks second basemen in games (1,694), runs (1,027), walks (1,005) and stolen bases (251).

"New Yorkers love people who grew up on the same streets that they came from," the Brooklyn-raised Randolph said in 2016. "They love people who are hard workers and who play hard every time out. I think I did that, and the fans never forgot that."

3) , 2005-13
Key fact: His 375 doubles from 2005-13 topped Major Leaguers

Promoted to the Majors at age 22 in May 2005, the sweet-swinging Canó manned second base in the Bronx for the better part of nine seasons, garnering five All-Star selections, five Silver Slugger Awards and two Gold Glove Awards. A key member of the 2009 World Series championship squad, Canó placed within the top six in the AL MVP Award voting four times with the Bombers.

Though Canó appeared destined for a place in Monument Park, his Yankees career ended in the offseason prior to the 2014 campaign, when he accepted a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners. While with Seattle in 2018, Canó received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Canó leads all Yankees second basemen in doubles, homers (204), batting average (.309), slugging percentage (.504), OPS (.860) and wRC+ (126).

4) , 1938-46
Key fact: First AL second baseman to hit 20 or more homers (25, in 1938)

Inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously in 2009, Gordon earned four World Series rings with the Yankees and earned the 1942 AL MVP Award, beating out Ted Williams even though the Red Sox star won the Triple Crown (imagine what the social media reaction would look like today!). Gordon lost two prime years of his career to military service, suiting up for the Army Air Corps during World War II.

An All-Star in nine of his 11 career season, Gordon was the first AL second baseman to hit 20 homers in a season, which he did seven times, including four times with New York. Gordon went on to star for the Indians and managed four big league squads. He once held the AL record for home runs as a second baseman (246). (Canó now holds the record with 296.) Defensively, he led the AL in assists four times and in double plays three times.

5) , 1955-66
Key fact: Only MLB player to be named World Series MVP on a losing team (1960)

A slick defender and excellent contact hitter who won five Gold Glove Awards and merited eight All-Star selections, Richardson won three World Series with the Bombers. He was named the MVP of the 1960 Fall Classic despite the Yankees’ loss to the Pirates, having batted .367 (11-for-30) with a homer and 12 RBIs in a Series decided by Bill Mazeroski’s Game 7 blast.

The middle-infield glue on clubs headlined by Hall of Famers like Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Whitey Ford, Richardson was at his best under the October spotlight. His World Series slash line of .305/.331/.405 far exceeded his regular-season tally of .266/.299/.335, and Richardson made a splendid catch on a Willie McCovey liner to seal the 1962 Fall Classic over the Giants, a season in which the Yankee led the AL with 209 hits.

Honorable mentions
Gil McDougald (1951-60) was the '51 AL Rookie of the Year Award winner and spent his entire 10-year career with the Yankees, earning six All-Star selections and winning five World Series. A versatile utility man, he played 599 of his 1,391 games at second base. … Snuffy Stirnweiss ('43-50) was a two-time All-Star and won the '45 batting title, hitting .309/.385/.476. … Horace Clarke ('65-74) is best remembered for manning the position on the declining clubs of the late '60s and early '70s, playing 1,230 games. ... Billy Martin (1950-57) earned an All-Star selection in ‘56, then won two pennants and a World Series title as the Yankees’ manager.

3 months ago  ::  Mar 13, 2023 - 5:25PM #18505
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Joe Pepitone: 1940-2023. Photo of Joe Pepitone taking his batting stance in a Yankees uniform.

2 months ago  ::  Apr 20, 2023 - 10:28AM #18506
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A’s Turn Attention To Las Vegas, Agree To Land Purchase For Nevada Stadium Site

The Athletics appear on track to relocate to Las Vegas by 2027. According to a report from Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the A’s have agreed to a land deal to purchase 49 acres (with an option for an additional eight acres) just west of the Las Vegas strip. The land deal is the only official step to this point. There is no formal stadium agreement yet, but it’s clear the franchise is firmly turning its attention away from its current home.

For a while we were on parallel paths (with Oakland), but we have turned our attention to Las Vegas to get a deal here for the A’s and find a long-term home,” team president Dave Kaval told Akers. “Oakland has been a great home for us for over 50 years, but we really need this 20-year saga completed and we feel there’s a path here in Southern Nevada to do that.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the news in a statement to the Review-Journal: “We support the A’s turning their focus on Las Vegas and look forward to them bringing finality to this process by the end of the year.”

Oakland mayor Sheng Thao confirmed that negotiations between the A’s and its current city are ending (via Sarah Ravani of the San Francisco Chronicle). There’d been reports of progress between the sides in recent months as they negotiated over a possible Howard Terminal stadium in Oakland’s Jack London Square. With the revelation that won’t come to be, the mayor excoriated franchise leadership, accusing them of using negotiations with Oakland merely “to try to extract a better deal out of Las Vegas.

I am deeply disappointed that the A’s have chosen not to negotiate with the City of Oakland as a true partner, in a way that respects the long relationship between the fans, the City and the team,” Thao said. “The City has gone above and beyond in our attempts to arrive at mutually beneficial terms to keep the A’s in Oakland. In the last three months, we’ve made significant strides to close the deal. … In a time of budget deficits, I refuse to compromise the safety and well-being of our residents. Given these realities, we are ceasing negotiations and moving forward on alternatives for the redevelopment of Howard Terminal.

Howard Stutz and Tabitha Mueller of the Nevada Independent first reported late Wednesday night that the A’s and Las Vegas lawmakers have neared agreement on a stadium deal. Both the Nevada Independent and the Review-Journal report the plan is for a 35,000-seat facility with a partially retractable roof. Kaval confirmed to Akers the site is located roughly a mile north of Allegiant Stadium, home to the Raiders, and around a mile west of the Golden Knights’ T-Mobile Arena.

It’s really in the sports district,” Kaval said. “So you have all the stadiums kind of clustered in one spot. I think that creates a powerful zone, a kind of energy to it that will benefit the community and also help us be successful running a baseball team.

The club has not yet gotten official sign-off from state and local legislators. Both reports indicate that Nevada governor Joe Lombardo and top state lawmakers are in general support of the A’s plans, however. The team will make a formal proposal to state and local officials at a later date, though there no longer seems to be much doubt regarding its eventual approval. That the A’s have already entered into the land agreement points to the franchise’s comfort in getting a stadium deal done.

Once an agreement is finalized with the Nevada legislature and governor’s office, the A’s will be able to formally apply to MLB for relocation. Given Manfred’s comments, there’s no reason to believe that won’t receive a stamp of approval. MLB has previously set January 15, 2024, as a deadline for the A’s to have a binding stadium agreement in place if they’re to retain their status as revenue sharing recipients.

Assuming a deal with Las Vegas is indeed finalized by next January, Kaval confirmed plans to begin stadium construction at some time next year. The goal is for the facility to be ready for the opening of the 2027 season.

According to Stutz and Mueller, the plan is for the A’s to cover costs of the stadium. They’d be aided by the creation of a new taxation district covering the area which would allow for the reinvestment of sales tax proceeds and various tax credits. That plan still needs formal legislative approval from both the state and county. The parties will surely work on the specifics over the coming months.

It’s a monumental development for the sport, one that all but ensures the franchise’s forthcoming relocation. It’ll be the first time a club has changed cities in nearly two decades; the most recent relocation occurred in 2005, when the Montreal franchise moved to Washington and rebranded from the Expos to the Nationals. Previously, there’d been no relocations in MLB since 1972.

If the club’s final season in Oakland indeed turns out to be 2026, it’ll end a nearly six-decade run. The A’s first moved to Oakland in 1968, relocating from Kansas City. They’d go on to win four World Series, including a stretch of three consecutive titles within their first six years. They’ve played in the Coliseum for the entirety of that run. Now the fifth-oldest active park in MLB, the Coliseum has been a source of derision from the likes of players, fans and broadcasters in recent years.

Stadium situations for the A’s and Rays have become a significant concern for the league. The Rays have made progress in the past few months on a potential deal to stick in the Tampa area beyond the expiration of their lease in 2027, though nothing is yet official. With the A’s now set on relocation, it seems there’ll be official resolution on both situations within the next three to four years. Manfred has previously suggested the league wouldn’t consider expansion until those stadium issues are sorted out.

The A’s departure comes at a time when the organization has slashed spending and embarked on a full rebuild. No team opened the season with a lower player payroll than their approximate $56.8MM mark, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts. The on-field results have been dismal. They’ve started the season 3-16 and been outscored by a league-worst 86 runs.

The franchise’s likely move from Oakland to Las Vegas aligns with very different trajectories for the broader sports landscape in those cities. Oakland will have lost each of its NBA, NFL and MLB franchises dating back to 2019. The Warriors stayed in the Bay Area but moved to San Francisco; the Raiders preceded the A’s in departing Oakland for Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the Nevada metropolis will have picked up franchises in each of the NHL, NFL and MLB since 2016. Vegas was granted the Golden Knights as an expansion franchise seven years ago before the Raiders’ relocation took effect in 2020.

1 month ago  ::  May 03, 2023 - 11:02AM #18507
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North Jersey | Pete Caldera: Former Yankee legend Yogi Berra is the subject of an upcoming documentary that will discuss his war service, his long tenure with the Yankees (including his well-publicized issues with George Steinbrenner), and his long marriage, among other topics. The runtime is a tad over an hour and a half, and it looks like there is a lot of good stuff coming.

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