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NYY News: It’s Gleyber (Pay)Day?

NYY News: It’s Gleyber (Pay)Day?

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ Pondering a Gleyber Torres extension; how scouting has been affected with season cancellations; Brian Cashman has stood the test of time. New York Post | George A. King III: Gleyber Torres broke out last season with 38 dingers and was poised to continue his ascent as one of the most productive Yankees in 2020. The season has yet to begin (if it ever will), but regardless, the Yanks could still lock up the 23-year-old and offer an extension like they did with Luis Severino and Aaron Hicks. Could they be waiting to see how he handles a full-time role at...
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Yankees Rewatch: Yankees top Twins in thriller

Yankees Rewatch: Yankees top Twins in thriller

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Join us at 6 PM to relive an instant classic! Welcome back for another edition of Yankees Rewatch, a new series at Pinstripe Alley! While we wait for the 2020 season to start, we’ll pull up some of our favorite games to enjoy together. We can chat about what we forgot, what would become important later in the season, or just catch up with old friends from the game threads. As soon as we started this series, we knew it made too much sense to dust off this instant Yankees classic. Billed as a showdown between the two top offenses in the American League, the final...
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A recent history of Tommy John surgery

A recent history of Tommy John surgery

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports Pitchers are throwing harder than ever, but does this correlate with a higher incidence of Tommy John surgery? Luis Severino, Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard. Three giants in the grove of baseball’s pitching elite, felled by the indiscriminate equalizer that is Tommy John surgery (TJS). It seems like more than ever, the game’s biggest stars are succumbing to this common enemy of pitchers. What is driving this epidemic? Tommy John surgery, or more scientifically ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction surgery, was invented in 1974 by Dodger’s...
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How the Yankees have performed during shortened seasons in the past

How the Yankees have performed during shortened seasons in the past

Photo credit should read DOUG COLLIER/AFP via With the likelihood of a shortened season rapidly increasing, let’s take a look back at how the Yankees played during abbreviated seasons in years prior. The Yankees were supposed to have Opening Day under their belt and were scheduled to wrap up their series against the Baltimore Orioles today. Instead, the season remains delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB and the MLBPA recently agreed on a deal for the 2020 season, and one of the agreements the two sides settled on was that the season will not start until there are no bans on...
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This Day in Yankees History: Mel Stottlemyre gets released

This Day in Yankees History: Mel Stottlemyre gets released

The future Monument Park plaquer’s playing career ended after 11 seasons with the Yankees. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (March 29th) 72 Years Ago The Yankees and the Red Sox engaged...
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Where do good teams get the most value?

Where do good teams get the most value?

Photo by Michael Reaves/ What do good teams have in common? How do good teams construct their rosters? It’s a question that fans, sports analysts, and general managers have grappled with for years, and will in all certainty continue to grapple with going forward. With the abundance of time that exists due to the lack of baseball games being played, I figured now would be a good time to dive into how the 2019 teams constructed their roster, and see what trends, if any, were shared among good teams. To do this, I recorded for all the teams in the American League the WAR values of each...
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How a cancelled season affects Gerrit Cole’s value

How a cancelled season affects Gerrit Cole’s value

Photo by Mark Brown/ The fundamental principle of long-term deals takes a hit with no 2020 season For the first time, I’m seriously entertaining the notion that the 2020 MLB season will be wholeheartedly canceled. The agreement between MLB and MLBPA to not hold games until the CDC’s recommendations against mass gatherings have ended makes it incredibly difficult to play enough games to make both the regular season and playoffs meaningful. This carries a lot of repercussions throughout baseball and beyond, but the one I want to examine today is Gerrit Cole’s contract. Now, is...
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Sunday’s open thread

Sunday’s open thread

Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire via Here’s your open thread for Sunday! Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day, and discuss to your heart’s content. Fun Questions 1. Over/under 2.5 Gleyber home runs we would’ve gotten on Opening Weekend? 2. Do you follow any esports?
Mar 29, 2020
NYY News: Pocketed Aces

NYY News: Pocketed Aces

Photo by Mark Brown/ New York pitching robbed of a potentially historic year; German’s suspension will end in 2020; A-Rod gives his thoughts to the White House NY Post | Joel Sherman: Pitching in New York was set to be better than it has been in a long time, with aces in both franchises at their peaks. Sadly, we won’t be getting a full season of Gerrit Cole or Jacob DeGrom this year, and that’s significant because of the contracts that both pitchers are on. Both players are on the other side of 30, and on expensive contracts that predicate their value from the results that...
Mar 28, 2020
PSA Plays MLB The Show, series recap: Yankees vs. Orioles

PSA Plays MLB The Show, series recap: Yankees vs. Orioles

How did the computer like the Yanks’ chances of beating the lowly O’s? Welcome everybody to the start of the 2020 season! No, it’s not the kind of season that you can buy a ticket to or stream on FoxSportsGo, but as Josh presented the other day, this is the start of our PSA Plays MLB The Show series. We’re going to bring you the next chapter of Yankees baseball, as told by computer simulation. Opening Day: Yankees 10, Orioles 5 The Bombers opened the season with a three-game set against the Orioles in Camden Yards, notably one of Gleyber Torres’ favorite places to play. The...
Mar 28, 2020
This Day in Yankees History: Yanks and Sox made a deal

This Day in Yankees History: Yanks and Sox made a deal

Back in 1986, the two rivals completed a trade with each other for the first time in 14 years. Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with us! ★ ★ ★ This Day in Yankees History (March 28th) 34 Years Ago The Yankees and Red Sox make a...
Mar 28, 2020
Delayed start of the season would give injured Yankees plenty of time to return

Delayed start of the season would give injured Yankees plenty of time to return

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Hicks, Paxton, Judge, and Stanton could all be ready when it’s time to play baseball again Per the new agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Players Association (MLBPA), the 2020 season won’t start until teams can safely travel and taking part in games doesn’t represent a health risk for teams and fans around America. Given that the United States now leads the coronavirus cases’ table, we can safely conclude that there won’t be baseball for a while. We know that, according to the CDC guidelines to which MLB complied with in March 16,...
Mar 28, 2020
The Yankees should embrace seven-inning doubleheaders

The Yankees should embrace seven-inning doubleheaders

Photo by Mark Brown/ The new format presents an opportunity for the pitching staff. On Thursday, Pinstripe Alley covered how weekly doubleheaders might work as a means to wring more games from an abbreviated 2020 schedule. It’s a proposition the league appears to be taking seriously, and now an additional wrinkle might be considered: limiting the games in doubleheaders to seven innings apiece. While it may offend the sensibilities of some traditionalists, the idea has some traction. Seven-inning doubleheaders are currently implemented in both college ball and the minors, and voices in...
Mar 28, 2020
Is it significant that Deivi Garcia was sent down to Double-A?

Is it significant that Deivi Garcia was sent down to Double-A?

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Could the top prospect find himself demoted after a rough spring training? You’d be forgiven if you missed it amidst all the other news going on, but Thursday night, the Yankees made a couple of roster moves, optioning Thairo Estrada, Ben Heller, and Michael King to Scranton and Deivi Garcia to Double-A Trenton. While just a housekeeping move, considering the fact that there won’t be a professional baseball game played anytime soon, these decisions could give us a little bit of an insight into how the position battles had been shaping up; after all, most of...
Mar 28, 2020
Saturday’s open thread

Saturday’s open thread

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Start your weekend off with an open thread How did everyone’s week go? Have you settled into this new normal yet? I’m starting to get the hang of it, I think. With no baseball for the foreseeable future, we’ll have to make do with other topics. Have at it! Fun Questions How many strikeouts would Gerrit Cole have had on Opening Day? Have you had to home school because of the shutdowns?