April 2, 2017

2017 MLB predictions: Sanchez, Bird & Judge

Without a doubt, these 2017 Yankees are the most exciting I've ever covered on this blog, which dates back to 2009. What a good year that was to start a Yankees blog, am I right?

Anyhow, with names like Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird and Aaron Judge slotted in the Opening Day starting lineup, how can you not be pumped? Are these three the next Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez and Paul O'Neill? Only time will tell. 

And let's not forget about Gleyber Torres, the blue-chip prospect the Yankees received in last year's Aroldis Chapman trade with the Cubs. With Didi Gregorius sidelined to start the season (shoulder), it's possible Torres makes a Sanchezesque rise to the Show later this year.

As for the team's fate, unfortunately, the AL East remains one of the most competitive divisions in all of baseball. The Red Sox are the heavy favorites despite losing David Ortiz to retirement, and the Orioles and Blue Jays are still loaded too. 

The Yankees' offense looks to be much improved with a full season of Sanchez and Bird at the top of the order, plus a seemingly healthy Matt Holliday inserted at DH. Their bullpen also looks almost as good as last year, as Chapman is back in pinstripes after helping the Cubs break their curse. However, the Yankees' success will come down to starting pitching, as it usually does. 

After Masahiro Tanaka, there are a lot of question marks. Can CC Sabathia keep it together for another year? Will Michael Pineda's numbers match his electrifying stuff, for once? And which Luis Severino will we see: the 2015 dominant young stud or the 2016 bust? 

April 1, 2017

Results from my 2016 MLB predictions

Kris Bryant made me look good for the second year in a row, taking home the NL MVP a year after being named Rookie of the Year. 

Other than that, and a fluke NL East prediction, I didn't do so hot, as usual. 

February 8, 2017

Gary Sanchez honored at Thurman Munson Awards dinner

We all know the tragic ending to Thurman Munson's life in 1979. But to truly understand the magnitude of the impact he left on the Yankees community, baseball, and all New York sports teams, you've got to find yourself a seat at the annual charity dinner created in his honor.

And that's where I found myself last night: at the 37th Thurman Munson Awards dinner along with fellow New York sports bloggers and beat reporters, all organized by Thurman's widow, Diana. The awards are presented for success and inspiration on the fields of play and community spirit off the field.

This year's recipients included Victor Cruz, Wilmer Flores, and Gary Sanchez. Sanchez made a bit of news in the pre-dinner press conference by officially declaring he would not participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Gary Sanchez answers questions from a mob of media. 
"I actually said yes initially," Sanchez said through his interpreter. "This last week, I spoke to my family, and the more I thought about it the more I felt I had to be in spring training for the full spring training to get ready for the season."

Sanchez, who showed up to the dinner with a beard that Mr. Steinbrenner would not be so fond of, shied away from the idea of being the new face of the franchise. Still, it was hard not to draw comparisons of him to Munson, so I asked a couple of Munson's teammates what they thought about last year's rookie sensation.

Bucky Dent said, "Gary's got a bright future. Thurman was our captain, our leader, just a great catcher, great player. Gary has that ability to go on and do the same thing." And Graig Nettles added, "Well, I don't know about being a captain, but if he keeps doing what he's doing he's gonna have a long career."

From left to right: Roy White, Bucky Dent, Graig Nettles, Diana Munson, Victor Cruz, Gary Sanchez, and Wilmer Flores.

Dent and Nettles were honored at the dinner and were introduced by Diana and Michael Kay, respectively.

Over the years this annual dinner has raised nearly $15 million for the AHRC New York City Foundation, which aids children and adults who have intellectual and development disabilities.

All in all, it was a very classy evening filled with one moving speech after another. Read on for more nuggets from the honorees and about Thurman's legacy.

July 1, 2016

Yankees Fans: It’s time to #TakeBackTV

This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and Sling TV blogging program. I received payment and a free Sling TV trial in exchange for providing my review. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.



When Sling TV reached out about trying their service, I was skeptical. I thought, “Wait, so they want to send me another one of those boxes to sit on top of my Time Warner box?” But I kept listening. It turns out that Sling TV is not the same as Slingbox – it’s way better.

April 11, 2016

2016 MLB predictions: A-Rod's home run count, Severino victories, Chapman saves

Better late than never!

AL East 
1. Blue Jays
2. Yankees*
3. Red Sox 

4. Orioles
5. Rays

AL Central 

1. Royals
2. Indians
3. White Sox
4. Tigers
5. Twins

AL West 
1. Astros
2. Angels*
3. Rangers
4. Athletics
5. Mariners 

NL East 

1. Nationals
2. Mets*
3. Marlins
4. Phillies
5. Braves

NL Central 
1. Pirates
2. Cardinals*
3. Cubs*
4. Brewers
5. Reds

NL West 
1. Giants
2. Dodgers
3. Diamondbacks
4. Padres
5. Rockies

*Wild Card Winner 

Playoffs
AL Champion: Astros
NL Champion: Nationals
World Series Champion: Nationals, 6 games

Awards
AL MVP: Carlos Correa
NL MVP: Kris Bryant
AL Cy: Felix Hernandez
NL Cy: Jacob deGrom
AL RoY: Byron Buxton
NL RoY: Corey Seager
AL Manager: A.J. Hinch
NL Manager: Clint Hurdle

Yankee Stats 
Alex Rodriguez home runs: 26 – so he'll fall one shy of Ruth's record!
Brett Gardner SBs: 30
Starlin Castro AVG: .299
Luis Severino wins: 18
Michael Pineda ERA: 4.22
Dellin Betances holds: 35
Andrew Miller saves: 10
Aroldis Chapman saves: 31

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