2:01 AM EST, Thu November 15, 2018
9 hours ago
Pinstripe Alley open thread - 11/14/18

Pinstripe Alley open thread - 11/14/18

A Wednesday night thread for your humble consideration. It’s awards week across MLB, and we now have two sets of major award winners. Shohei Ohtani defeated a pair of Yankees for American League Rookie of the Year, with Ronald Acuna taking the distinction in the NL. Bob Melvin and Brian Snitker won manager of the year in the AL and NL, respectively. Cy Young Awards will be handed out tonight, and we’ll learn the MVP winners tomorrow. No Yankees involved in either of those, though. In New York sports tonight, the Knicks take on the Thunder in Oklahoma City, while the Nets host the Heat...
11 hours ago
What are the Yankees’ options to replace Didi Gregorius?

What are the Yankees’ options to replace Didi Gregorius?

Sir Didi has been a key player for the Bombers, but there are attractive replacements available. Yankees fans were understandably shocked and concerned upon learning that Didi Gregorius would require Tommy John surgery to repair damage to his right elbow following New York’s Division Series loss to the Red Sox. The star shortstop underwent the procedure on October 17th without complications. Afterwards, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that Gregorius could return to action sometime between June and August. That estimate may be optimistic, since the average recovery time among...
13 hours ago
Pinstripe Alley Book Review:  “The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs”

Pinstripe Alley Book Review:  “The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs”

Sports Illustrated’s new collection is filled with Yankees highlights Any attempt at chronicling the complete history of baseball runs the risk of falling into two distinct pitfalls. On the one hand, the scope of the project could prove excessively large, resulting in a daunting set too long-winded for public consumption. Conversely, a shorter book may feel incomplete, as if the publisher sacrificed important details for brevity’s sake. The editors at Sports Illustrated attempt to thread this needle in their new collection, The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs. Running 223 pages...
15 hours ago
Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: David Robertson

Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: David Robertson

2018 was another solid chapter in the story of one of baseball’s most consistent relievers. Leading up to the 2017 trade deadline, the Red Sox were rumored to be interested in acquiring David Robertson and Todd Frazier from the White Sox. Brian Cashman went and got them for himself instead. He made up for a wrong that happened two years prior, and David Robertson was home again. That late season run from Robertson spoiled us Yankees fans. To say what he did over 30 games last season was remarkable would be an understatement. His 1.03 ERA (442 ERA+...is that even allowed?) and 51...
16 hours ago
Dellin Betances thinks Manny Machado would put the Yankees “over the top”

Dellin Betances thinks Manny Machado would put the Yankees “over the top”

It’s hard to argue with Betances here. Yesterday, Yankees pitchers Dellin Betances and CC Sabathia got into the Thanksgiving spirit by distributing over 600 turkeys to families at the Polo Grounds Community Center. When he wasn’t passing out poultry, Betances took a few minutes to talk baseball with members of the press. The conversation took an interesting turn when the subject of Manny Machado’s free agency came up. Betances gave a glowing endorsement of the infielder, and all but recommended the Yankees to sign him. “I think he’ll put us over the top,” Betances said of...
17 hours ago
Yankees Arizona Fall League Update: Week Five

Yankees Arizona Fall League Update: Week Five

One last update on the Yankees participating in the AFL. The Arizona Fall League comes to an end this week. There is a game tonight, one final league game tomorrow, and then the Championship game on Saturday. The Yankee participants happen to be on one of the worst teams in the league, so they won’t be playing over the weekend. Let’s take one final look at how the Yankees prospects fared over the last six weeks. Position Players Overall, the position players were pretty awful throughout the AFL. Steven Sensley, Thairo Estrada, and Estevan Florial all got off to ice cold starts. Estrada...
19 hours ago
NYY news: Cash looking to spend cash on pitching

NYY news: Cash looking to spend cash on pitching

What if the Yankees went hogwild; Cashman would like to add pitching; breaking down possible Paxton destinations. New York Times | Joel Sherman: Your best bet is probably on the Yankees making at least one big move at some point in the offseason. Maybe, it’s signing Manny Machado, or trading for Corey Kluber. One of the other connected names is Patrick Corbin, who is good, but not as headline-grabbing as some of the other names out there. However, what if the Yankees just went out and got all three of those names? It seems quite unlikely, but it would be interesting to see the Yankees...
Nov 13, 2018
Pinstripe Alley open thread - 11/13/18

Pinstripe Alley open thread - 11/13/18

Here’s your open thread for the night. So, Rookie of the Year winners were announced last night. Yankees fans (and actual players) have a lot of opinions about Miguel Andujar failing to win. How’s everyone feeling about that? Tonight we find out Manager of the Year winners, then it’s Cy Young winners on Wednesday and MVP awards on Thursday. Feel free to discuss those awards or anything else baseball related in tonight’s open thread. Fun Questions Who do you think wins the Cy Young and MVP awards? What position would you play if the Yankees signed you to a deal?
Nov 13, 2018
The Yankees should spare no expense to land an ace via trade

The Yankees should spare no expense to land an ace via trade

The Yankees are in “win now” mode, and it’s not the time for prospect hugging. The Yankees have rightly prioritized upgrading the starting rotation this winter. General Manager Brian Cashman is undoubtedly exploring deals with every top starter on the free-agent market, but unfortunately, no proven ace exists among their ranks. J.A. Happ pitched exceptionally well for the Yankees after they acquired him at the end of July, and was a big reason they were able to nail down the top Wild Card berth. Overall, Happ produced 3.3 WAR last season, after having reached a career-high 4.5 in 2016...
Nov 13, 2018
Another open letter to Shohei Ohtani

Another open letter to Shohei Ohtani

The American League Rookie of the Year didn’t respond to my first letter, so here’s a follow up. Mr. Ohtani, I sent you a letter about a year ago, but I never heard back. Maybe I had the wrong address or maybe you’ve just been really busy. Playing on both sides of the ball probably doesn’t leave you with a lot of time for pen pals. I get it. The point of that original letter was to let you know about how disappointed we in New York were to hear that you were not granting the Yankees a chance to make an in-person presentation to your camp. We thought we’d be able to woo you...
Nov 13, 2018
Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: Jordan Montgomery

Yankees 2018 Roster Report Card: Jordan Montgomery

After a breakout rookie season in 2017, Tommy John surgery quickly ended Montgomery’s sophomore campaign. Jordan Montgomery quietly had a fantastic 2017 season. He came to camp as a non-roster invitee and won himself a spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation. Granted, beating out Bryan Mitchell and Luis Cessa might not seem like much of an achievement now, but at the time, it was a big deal for the unheralded lefty from South Carolina. While there were certainly some bumps in the road, Montgomery lead all rookie pitchers in fWAR in 2017 and ultimately proved himself to be a serviceable,...
Nov 13, 2018
Some Yankees aren’t happy with the Rookie of the Year decision

Some Yankees aren’t happy with the Rookie of the Year decision

Miguel Andujar’s teammates aren’t thrilled with the voting. Last night, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America named Shohei Ohtani the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year. The Angels pitcher and designated hitter received 25 of the 30 possible first place votes. The remaining five fell to the runner-up, Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar. This decision naturally resulted in the polarization of Yankees fans. Many dug into their trenches, defending Andujar to the bitter end. They weren’t the only ones to take umbrage with the Rookie of the Year voting, however. In fact,...
Nov 13, 2018
NYY news: ROY VEY!

NYY news: ROY VEY!

Ohtani wins ROY; Much ado about Machado; Yanks buying back YES MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Miguel Andujar? More like Miguel AndWHOar! That’s what voters were 100% saying when voting for the American League Rookie of the Year. Shohei Ohtani (137 points, 25 of 30 possible first-place votes) ran away with the award. Andujar (89 points, five first-place votes) and Gleyber Torres (25 points) followed him. While some Yankees fans are understandably upset for Andujar, it’s not like he was robbed as Ohtani was definitely deserving. I’m still more mad about Michael Fulmer in 2016 over Gary Sanchez....
Nov 12, 2018
Shohei Ohtani named 2018 American League Rookie of the Year

Shohei Ohtani named 2018 American League Rookie of the Year

Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres finished second and third, respectively MLB Awards season is upon us, and the first bit of hardware has been doled out. Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani has won the American League Rookie of the Year Award, with Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres finishing in second and third place, respectively. Andujar started the season with the Yankees and was a consistent performer throughout, posting a monthly OPS below .820 only once. He was one of the most dependable run producers on the team all year, and ended the season with 27 home runs, 92 RBI, and a...
Nov 12, 2018
Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Ask Pinstripe Alley: Yankees mailbag questions request

Let’s hear your best Yankees questions! With the GM Meetings in the rearview, the baseball offseason is fully underway. The buzz around is that the Yankees are in store for an active winter. The team will reportedly prioritize starting pitching, but can you ever rule them out on anything? Before things really heat up, let’s take a few minutes for questions and answers. You may want to ask about the available starting pitchers on the free agent and trade markets. You could also ask about Gary Sanchez’s injury and what the means for the team. Of course there’s also the matter of Bryce...