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Weekend Open Thread

I didn’t have much time to read anything this week — Retro Week posts take longer to research and write than regular posts — so I don’t have any links to pass along this weekend. I do recommend checking out this series of articles by the MLB.com reporters. They asked various GMs about the trades […] The post Weekend Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
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Judge, Mateo, Kaprielian headline 2016 Spring Training invitees

Earlier today the Yankees announced their list of non-roster Spring Training invitees for the 2016 season. A total of 25 non-roster players were invited, so add in the guys on the 40-man roster, and the Yankees will have a total of 65 players in Spring Training this year. Last season they had 68. Here are […] The post Judge, Mateo, Kaprielian headline 2016 Spring Training invitees appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
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RAB Live Chat

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Back on Top of the Baseball World: Doc Gooden’s No-Hitter

It’s easy to forget Doc Gooden was only 31 when he signed with the Yankees prior to the 1996 season. He broke in with the Mets at age 19 and was a sensation. George Steinbrenner wanted a 19-year-old stud of his own, which led to Jose Rijo being brought up in 1984, but that didn’t […] The post Back on Top of the Baseball World: Doc Gooden’s No-Hitter appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
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Mailbag: Hall of Famers, Judge, Kendrick, Maddux, Bonds

Got 15 questions in the mailbag this week. They’re a mix of Retro Week questions and regular ol’ 2016 Yankees questions. Use the RABmailbag (at) gmail (dot) com email address to send us anything. Steve asks: I had this conversation with a friend the other day but how many active players would you say are […] The post Mailbag: Hall of Famers, Judge, Kendrick, Maddux, Bonds appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Thursday Night Open Thread

Two weeks from today, Yankees pitchers and catchers will report to work in Tampa. Baseball’s getting close. Among the players already working out in Tampa are CC Sabathia, Andrew Miller, Aaron Judge, Jorge Mateo, Dustin Ackley, Mason Williams, Luis Severino, Bryan Mitchell, Michael Pineda, Aaron Hicks, Ben Gamel, James Kaprielian, Rob Refsnyder, and Nathan Eovaldi, […] The post Thursday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

No Stars, No Scrubs: The 1996 Yankees Won With Depth

When we look back at the 1996 Yankees in another ten years, we might be looking at a team that had six Hall of Famers on the roster. Wade Boggs has already been inducted into Cooperstown, and both Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera will inevitably join him one day as well. Tim Raines and Andy […] The post No Stars, No Scrubs: The 1996 Yankees Won With Depth appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

The Return of Straw

I grew up in Brooklyn in a family of almost all Mets fans. I became a Yankees fan because my grandfather. My grandparents used to watch me when I was a kid while my parents worked — they lived literally right next door, so it was pretty convenient — and I used to hang out […] The post The Return of Straw appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Wednesday Night Open Thread

We are three-fifths of the way through Retro Week and I’m still hoping to post a Retro Week themed mailbag on Friday. We’ve gotten a few retro questions but I’m not sure how many I can actually answer. I may be biting off more than I can chew. Anyway, the email address is RABmailbag (at) […] The post Wednesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

We Play Today, We Win Today, Das It: The Out of Nowhere Greatness of Mariano Duncan

To win a championship in any sport, a team is going to need some players to come out of nowhere and be surprise contributors. Very few teams are truly far above everyone else in terms of talent level and very rarely does everything go right. There are injuries and poor performances, especially in baseball. Those […] The post We Play Today, We Win Today, Das It: The Out of Nowhere Greatness of Mariano Duncan appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

The Unsung Heroes of the 1996 Postseason

The 1996 World Series was the first Yankees championship of my lifetime, and my lasting memories of that October will be Jeffrey Maier, Jim Leyritz’s homer, Andy Pettitte out-dueling John Smoltz, Joe Girardi‘s triple, and Charlie Hayes squeezing his glove in foul territory. Those were the major “holy crap” moments. The Yankees got contributions from […] The post The Unsung Heroes of the 1996 Postseason appeared first on River Avenue Blues.
River Ave. Blues Feb 3, 2016

Reviewing the Yankees’ 1996 Draft Class

It’s Retro Week here at RAB and the gist is we are looking back at the 1996 season. In this post, we are going to look at how the Yankees did in that year’s MLB Draft. The 1996 MLB Draft was held from June 4-5, 1996. The first overall pick? RHP Kris Benson out of […] The post Reviewing the Yankees’ 1996 Draft Class appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

The Near No-No: David Cone’s Return from his Aneurysm

From 1982-94, the Yankees never once made the postseason. They finished higher than third in the division just twice during that time: second place finishes in 1985, 1986, and 1993, and a first place finish in 1994 before the work stoppage wiped out the postseason. The Yankees were 70-43 at the time of the strike […] The post The Near No-No: David Cone’s Return from his Aneurysm appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Guest Post: Why the Yankees should sign Ike Davis

The following is a guest post from Steven Simineri, whose work can be found at Double G Sports, among other places. He previously wrote a guest post about Chris Capuano‘s turbulent 2015 season. Seemingly out of the blue on Monday afternoon, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that promising youngster Greg Bird is […] The post Guest Post: Why the Yankees should sign Ike Davis appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Tuesday Night Open Thread

Day two of Retro Week is in the books, though the Greg Bird injury has thrown an unfortunate wrench into things. As a reminder, I’m hoping to run a Retro Week themed mailbag on Friday, so if you have any old school questions, send ’em too RABmailbag (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks in advance. Here […] The post Tuesday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Tony Fernandez: The Derek Jeter Insurance The Yankees Never Needed

The Yankees had an awful lot bad shortstops from 1986-95. A total of 23 different players played at least one game at short during that time — seven played at least 100 games at shortstop — and they combined to hit .242/.299/.317 in nearly 6,000 plate appearances. That’s roughly 25% below league average. Only the […] The post Tony Fernandez: The Derek Jeter Insurance The Yankees Never Needed appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

The Big Daddy Trade

Cecil Fielder had a pretty meandering baseball career. He broke in with the Blue Jays in 1985 and went up and down as a spare player from 1985-88. Cecil then played a season in Japan, hitting 38 home runs with the Hanshin Tigers in 1989. Fielder returned to MLB in 1990 and was an instant […] The post The Big Daddy Trade appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Thoughts following Greg Bird’s shoulder injury

We have to interrupt Retro Week for a no good, very bad reason. Greg Bird will undergo surgery to repair a torn right labrum in his shoulder later today, the Yankees announced yesterday. Although Bird was not projected to be on the Opening Day roster, he is still an important piece of the organization, and […] The post Thoughts following Greg Bird’s shoulder injury appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Yankees claim Ronald Torreyes, designate Lane Adams for assignment

This is not a joke: the Yankees have claimed infielder Ronald Torreyes off waivers from the Angels, the team announced. Outfielder Lane Adams was designated for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot. Two weeks ago the Yankees claimed Adams and designated Torreyes. Baseball transactions are a flat circle. Torreyes, 23, has gone from the […] The post Yankees claim Ronald Torreyes, designate Lane Adams for assignment appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

Monday Night Open Thread

Did you enjoy the first day of Retro Week? I always forget how much fun it is until I start researching and writing the posts. I’m hoping to do a Retro Week themed mailbag on Friday, so if you have any old school questions, particularly relating to the 1996 season, send ’em to RABmailbag (at) […] The post Monday Night Open Thread appeared first on River Avenue Blues.

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