Monday, October 20, 2014


I hate rumors. Why? Because no one's ever correct. And if, God forbid you DO pick the right guy, then you become the "called it" guy... and no one likes them.

Dave Magadan revealed today that he is not the new Yankee Hitting coach.  According to the New York Post, "Dave Magadan was informed Monday he won’t be Kevin Long’s successor as the Yankees’ hitting coach. 'He just called and said they were going in a different direction,’ Magadan said of Yankees GM Brian Cashman. 'He said they were going to continue [the search].'’’

But what is that different direction? 

 Could it be someone like Marcus Thames who was the Trenton Thunder hitting coach and someone who knows the young players and as they come up to the majors, he can keep an eye on, know the patterns of, and know their attitudes and mold them?  Or is a promotion just not in the cards right now?

Could it be Dante Bichette Sr? I know, I don't see it happening either, but my gut is telling me Joe Girardi is laying it on real think right now. "Come on Dante, come out for a season, let's work together again.  If you don't like it after that or it doesn't work out, go back home. No Biggie." That's me seeing that conversation happening. Don't yell at me Mariana. 

James Rowson is someone the Yankees also like and he's been with the organization too. In fact, choosing Rowson makes a lot of sense. They like him.

I'm not gonna be the "called it" guy on this one.  I am telling you the search goes on... and it's anyones guess.

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For Tony Conigliaro, it marked an early turning point in a promising career and the loss of an entire season.  For Sammy Sosa, it merely meant getting part of a game off before resuming his final 40 home run campaign.  A bean ball can be a scary thing to watch for a fan, and an even scarier thing to come back from if you are a player.

The Yankees 2013 first round pick Eric Jagielo now finds himself in the unenviable position of having to bounce back from a nasty beaning.  On September 28th, the number 3 prospect in the organization took a fastball to the face while playing in an instructional league game.  The pitch resulted in a “a slight fracture in his zygomatic arch near his left eye," according to  Because of the severity of his injury, Jagielo will miss the entire Arizona Fall League as he recuperates.

The 22-year-old third baseman out of the University of Notre Dame has impressed the organization thus far, hitting 18 home runs in 92 games in 2014 while splitting his time between the Gulf Coast League (rookie) and the Florida State League (advanced A).  The left-hander represents the future of the Yankees at third base.

The beanball is part of baseball.  Pitchers need to establish the inside part of the plate as their own if they are to be successful.  If they can’t, their stay in a game is short-lived.   Unfortunately, not every pitch is going to end up where it is intended.  No hurler intends to throw at a batter’s head, but pitches like the one that hit Jagielo will happen.

The way he rebounds is now dependent upon how the third baseman’s body and mind can heal.   The Yankees director of player personnel, John Kremer says that Jagielo’s vision is OK and the team expects him back for Spring Training.  While his body should be fine, it’s the young star’s mental makeup that will determine how much of a setback this will be.

Conigliaro was also 22-years-old when he was beaned.  He was a power-hitting outfielder that already had recorded three seasons of 24 or more home runs in the major leagues, and had hit 20 through 95 games when he went down.  After a season off, the outfielder bounced back and hit 56 home runs over two seasons before damage to his retina was too much to overcome.  He played his last game at age 30.

Sosa had his helmet shattered by the pitch that hit him in 2003.  The 34-year-old suffered a few cuts and was removed from the game, but was back in the lineup the very next day.  He would hit 40 home runs and drive in 103 that year.

If Jagielo’s reaction following his injury is any indication, we don’t have to worry about him resuming his rise through the organization.  He took to Instagram from his hospital bed and posted a photo with a caption thanking everyone for their thoughts and prayers while assuring that the surgery was successful.

Given the current state of affairs on the big league club, we can only hope that Jagielo can put this behind him and resume his rise through the ranks.  While we wait out the contract of Alex Rodriguez, and hopefully re-sign Chase Headley for the present occupation of the hot corner, it remains slated to be Jagielo’s unless fate determines otherwise.


--Steve Skinner, BYB Senior Writer
Twitter: @oswegos1


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Joel Sherman's piece in the New York Post, As Jeter exits, the possible new face of baseball wears a mask,is provocative and interesting and before you start yelling at the BYB pages that "There is no next Jeter", you need to understand what Sherman is saying.  He's not replacing the great Derek Jeter, he's merely suggesting that leadership brings championships, and a young Buster Posey reminds him of a young Derek Jeter; A player who's contributes with leadership, class and talent, to an already talented club and with continued trips to the fall classic.

Sherman writes: " Shouldn’t Buster Posey be the face of this game? Is there anyone more — forgive the term — Jeter-ian than him? Excellence at a prime position plus humility times championship should equal face of the game, right? The Giants catcher has those Jeter qualities that were always hard to quantify — poise, positivity, good teammate, etc...

The Giants won in 2010 when Posey was the Rookie of the Year, just as Jeter was Rookie of the Year in 1996 when the Yanks started their dynasty. Posey missed most of the next season after fracturing his fibula in a home-plate collision with the Marlins’ Scott Cousins, an injury that was the touchstone moment that led to the new blocking home-plate rules this year. 

In 2012, he won the MVP and the Giants won it all, again. Three titles in your first five years may not be as good as four in the first five like Jeter, but it is impressive nevertheless and Posey goes for it beginning with World Series Game 1 Tuesday against the Royals."

There are comparisons, but here's my only 2 cents on this, and this is me being a New Yorker, and, mind you, my oldest son loves Buster Posey.  Is Posey as big as Jeter was? Can he be? Sure... but nationally known, on the baseball scale where kids worship their players... are kids really walking around America in #28?  We'll have to see.

Sherman writes a terrific piece here, and something people really need to think about when you talk about strong role models and leaders.  If the Giants beat the Royals in this World Series, Sherman's piece becomes much more important.  If they don't... it may just be a provocative column to read and then place in recycling. 

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


The rivalry continues, I guess...

Breaking now, it appears that the guy that was considered a top candidate for the Yankees next hitting coach is no longer in the running. The Red Sox have reportedly snagged Chili Davis...

Rod Bradford of reports:

"According to multiple major league sources, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with Chili Davis to become their next hitting coach... The Sox chose Davis from a pool that also included Red Sox hitting coordinator Tim Hyers, Red Sox Double-A hitting coach Rich Gedman, Angels hitting coordinator Paul Sorrento and former Cubs hitting coach Bill Mueller."

Wouldn't it be a hoot if we just went out and tried to now hire Bill Mueller? I kid... I kid.

I guess now we will soon know the future Yankee hitting coach. Reports are it's between Dave Magadan, Dante Bichette, Marcus Thames and James Rowson.

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Many have been blasting Brian Cashman for years. "Why is he still the Yankees GM?" Well, he was... and he is, and he will be for at least 3 more years. But did you know that Brian Cashman used to play baseball too?

Short post today, but I wanted to share this with you. Here are a few pictures of Brian Cashman when he played baseball for Catholic University back in the mid to late 80's.  I was in high school when this was happening.  Anyway. I found a terrific piece on Cash from the New York Times from back in 2011 where they spoke about his time in a uniform...

"The book on Brian Cashman was that he was a small but scrappy second baseman, excellent speed, active bat, good glove, average arm and stubborn as a Steinbrenner in his approach to the game.

As a four-year starter and leadoff hitter at Catholic University in Washington in the mid-to-late 1980s, Cashman was known for refusing to look down the third-base line at his coach for fear of seeing the take sign.

'I had trouble with secondary pitches,' he said. 'If the first pitch of the game was a fastball, I would jump on it and hammer it, opposite of the approach I have as a general manager. I like guys with high on-base percentages.'" 

The irony of his last comment is that while he may like guys with hig base percentages, years later, in 2014, we didn't get on base too much, and if we did, we couldn't knock them in.

Anyway, the piece by Harvey Araton continues on to speak about Cashman's career with the Yankees organization.  Over all, a clever piece and nice nugget on a Sunday in the Tri-state area.

Enjoy it...

Time to go turn my heat on... I hope the boiler works.

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Well, as careers go, sometimes you just know when it's time to end one.  Brian Roberts has in fact understood that maybe he couldn't play anymore... and so... he retired from baseball after 14 seasons.

According to ESPN:

" Brian Roberts, who played all but one season of his 14-year major league career with the Baltimore Orioles, confirmed Friday that he is retiring.

'It was just kind of my time,' Roberts told the Baltimore Sun. 'There were numerous reasons that I felt like I couldn't play at a level that I was accustomed to and wanted to play at if I continued to play. I always said that I wasn't going to be the guy that tried to hang on as long as I could.'

Roberts signed with the New York Yankees in 2014, but was released in August after hitting .237 in 91 games."

Truth be told, I was pulling for Roberts as a Yankee, I was hoping his veteran status could help the club, but it was clear, his playing ability was lacking.

My only signfiicant memory of playing against Roberts was when he busted his arm in a collision with Bubba Crosby back in 2005. I have always felt like he never truly recovered from that... that's probably me just talking out loud right now...

Brian Roberts will forever be an Oriole, not a Yankee... and that's OK. He had a decent career. Whatever the case, I wish Roberts well.  He's a good dude and I know for a fact, speaking to players about him, that he was great teammate too.

Good luck to Brian Roberts, from BYB.

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