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Twinkie Town

Game 144: Twins at Yankees

Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports Or should it be Game 125? First Pitch: 1:05 pm CDT TV: Bally Sports North Radio: WCCO 830, Audacy, The Wolf 102.9 FM, TIBN Know Thine Enemy: Pinstripe Alley The Twins play another allegedly rare Monday day game today, using up their scheduled off day to play a make up against the villainous Yankees. Coming off a rough series against Kansas City, John Gant will look to right the ship on the mound for the Twins today. Gant has been solid since coming to the Twins in the J.A. Happ trade, although he has been more effective in his relief...

New York Daily News

If Yankees and Mets don’t make the postseason blame the trade deadline blunders

Some five weeks after the baseball trade deadline — which they both entered into as buyers — the Yankees and Mets now find themselves engaged in the Subway Series to Nowhere.

Call to the Pen

How the New York Mets and Yankees helped a city heal after 9/11

Twenty years ago today, as first responders dug through the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York City to find survivors as well as those who had perished, everything stopped after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Nearly every event that would have a large gathering of people in the following days and close […] How the New York Mets and Yankees helped a city heal after 9/11 - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

South Side Sox

Today in White Sox History: September 11

The guy who was supposed to face the White Sox tomorrow, Chris Sale, set a Chicago team mark on this day, five years ago. | Jon Durr/ The South Side offense thwarts Chris Sale — again 2001 The White Sox were in New York, near ground zero, when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center took place. They got a firsthand look at one of the darkest days in U.S. history. Major League Baseball, in the wake of the national emergency, suspended all games for a week. The Sox returned to New York in early October to make up the three games with the Yankees. 2016 In a 2-0...

Pinstripe Alley

Randy Vasquez found his command and is flying through the Yankees system

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Randy Vasquez has developed from a little-known international prospect into one of the Yankees’ best pitching prospects. The annual international free agency period is defined by high profile prospects inking seven figure signing bonuses on the first day the newest class is eligible to sign. Those players are generally 16-year-olds, as most players older than that are passed by and garner little attention. Those players who sign later often can turn into signings that look like steals as they develop into quality players. The Yankees have...

Pinstripe Alley

Why won’t the Yankees add an ace at the trade deadline?

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees are continually settling for middle-of-the-road pitchers. The stereotype around the New York Yankees has been talked to death—evil, rich bullies (all the most hate-able bullies are rich) who push around the teams from smaller cities and buys all their championships. And yet that stereotype fades as it becomes increasingly irrelevant. More fans are growing frustrated with the hoarding prospects methodology of teams like the Baltimore Orioles, even though it was somewhat proven to work for the current first-place Houston Astros....

Pinstripe Alley

Roderick Arias is set to join a talented group of Yankees shortstop prospects

Photo by Adam Hunger/ The highly-ranked international free agent is expected to sign with the Yankees when the IFA period opens in January. Over the years, the Yankees have used various strategies to capitalize on the international free agent market. After changes to the rules in 2017, they spread the wealth around, passing on the very top prospect in the class in order to sign six of the top-30 ranked on the market. A few years later they changed course and went all-in on Jasson Dominguez, essentially spending their entire starting bonus allotment for one of the most...


Joe Maddon thought Anthony Rizzo would be perfect for Yankees

Maddon said Rizzo, a Cub from 2012 until the Yankees acquired him just before this year's trade deadline, has the ideal demeanor to handle pressure of New York.

Pinstripe Alley

What does Jason Parker bring to the Yankees organization?

The right-handed pitching prospect and PTBNL in the Cessa/Wilson trade has a nasty slider and lots of ambition On August 30th, the Reds and Yankees completed their deal from late July that sent relievers Luis Cessa and Justin Wilson to Cincinnati in exchange for a player to be named later (PTBNL). That “later” time has now arrived, as the Yankees broke the news that they had acquired right-handed pitching prospect Jason Parker. The Yankees didn’t exactly scout and identify Parker as a talent to fulfill an unmet need within the organization. As a so-called PTBNL, Parker...

Call to the Pen

MLB stars that will impact playoff hunt from Injured List

The playoff races are now heating up across MLB. The Padres and Mets are fading, while the Reds, Braves, and Yankees are rising. With the playoffs back to 5 teams per league, it will be more challenging to make it to the postseason compared to last year’s format. After a crazy trade deadline, there are […] MLB stars that will impact playoff hunt from Injured List - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates: Checking in on the Joe Musgrove Trade

January of 2021 was a busy month for the Pittsburgh Pirates, not only did they make a big deal with the Yankees, but they participated in a three-team trade that involved Joe Musgrove This past January the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and San Diego Padres struck a three-team trade. This trade sent San Diego left-handed […] Pittsburgh Pirates: Checking in on the Joe Musgrove Trade - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - Pittsburgh Pirates News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Pinstripe Alley

Joey Gallo’s glove thankfully doesn’t slump

Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports Gallo’s bat has been cold, but his defense is not. With all due respect to Anthony Rizzo, the Yankees’ acquisition of Joey Gallo from the Texas Rangers was their biggest move at the trade deadline. He’s not a pending free agent, so his influence will be felt beyond this year’s playoff push. However, notwithstanding some big and tall home runs, Gallo has not been hitting very well with New York so far. His skill has never been hitting for average, but even after a big homer last night, his .149/.315/.379 Yankees batting line is below...

Pinstripe Alley

NYY news: Kluber to start in Anaheim on Monday

Photo by Ronald Martinez/ Corey Kluber set for return; What’s fueling the Yankees’ turnaround, and how pitching has contributed; Long winning and losing streaks common across MLB in 2021; Yankees connected to highly-rated amateur free agent New York Post | Ken Davidoff: On Thursday, we got news of Corey Kluber’s return, as Aaron Boone said that the pitcher will get the start in Monday’s game against the Angels. Kluber has been out since May with a shoulder strain, after leaving early during the start that immediately followed his no-hitter. his first...

Pinstripe Alley

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 8/24/21

Photo by Todd Kirkland/ Do I hear 11 wins? 11 wins, anyone? The first clash between two of the hottest teams in baseball went in favor of the Yankees last night, and now they face the potential of a quick two-game sweep in Atlanta. The good times are rolling, and if the win streak can get through another Andrew Heaney start then you know for sure that the Yankees are playing exceptional ball. If he turns in another outing like his last one, we might even have to admit once again that Brian Cashman has a way with these out-of-nowhere trades. We’ve got a wide variety of...

Over the Monster

Red Sox vs. Twins Series Preview

Photo by David Berding/ A look at this week’s three-game set against the Twins. SB Nation Blog Twinkie Town The opponent in one sentence The Twins came into this season expecting to be among the best teams in the American League, but instead find themselves on the opposite end of the spectrum. Record 54-70 Head-to-head record Red Sox 3, Twins 1 Trend Down. The Twins actually were playing solid baseball after the trade deadline despite trading off a could of their best players, but they’ve hit a snag more recently. They lost all three games against the Yankees this...

Pinstripe Alley

Luke Voit said “bring it on,” and he’s delivered

Photo by Mike Stobe/ The righty masher has backed up his talk with some big swings during the recent winning streak. In the days leading up to the 2021 trade deadline, the relinquishment of Luke Voit by the Yankees felt imminent. With the addition of Joey Gallo to the roster — an outfielder with experience at first — and Anthony Rizzo — more notably, an elite defensive first baseman — Voit’s consistent trips to the injured list and rather lackluster offense pointed to the very strong possibility that his time with the Yankees was coming to an end. The Yankees...

Believeland Ball

The Cleveland Indians were not wrong to trade Gio Urshela

The Cleveland Indians were right to let Gio Urshela go, but should they have let Andrew Velazquez go? It has been well documented that the Cleveland Indians had third baseman Gio Urshela before he grew into the player he currently is with the New York Yankees. In 2017, Urshela was even the starting third baseman […] The Cleveland Indians were not wrong to trade Gio Urshela - Away Back Gone - Away Back Gone - Cleveland Indians News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Call to the Pen

New York Yankees may have second ace in Luis Gil

The New York Yankees had spent the vast majority of the offseason, and the 2021 regular season, looking for the Robin to Gerrit Cole‘s Batman. They made a series of moves during the offseason, making trades and signing free agents, in a quest to find that pitcher. It turns out that he may have already […] New York Yankees may have second ace in Luis Gil - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

New York Daily News

Explaining the post-trade deadline boom (Yankees) and bust (Mets) in Big Apple baseball

There is no other way to put it: The contrasting fortunes of the Yankees and Mets since the July 30 trade deadline — when they had identical 54-48 records — has been absolutely stunning.

Pinstripe Alley

Contextualizing the Yankees’ 2021 season

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports The Yankees had one outlook before the season, but have a slightly different one post-trade deadline. As the playoff situation currently stands, the New York Yankees have a 71-52 record, which puts them four games back of the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays and with a 1.5-game lead over the first team out of the Wild Card spot, the Boston Red Sox. Go back in time to the beginning of the season with that statement and the response from Yankees fans and the organization wouldn’t be the same as the current one. There’s one simple...

Pinstripe Alley

Gerrit Cole’s first year as a Yankee was one for the ages

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports Signing Gerrit Cole was by far the biggest splash the Yankees had made in free agency in almost a decade. How does his first full season stack up amongst the greats? Well, it’s been a truly bizarre journey to get here, but Gerrit Cole has, at long last, finally amassed enough starts to mark a complete season as a New York Yankee. When creating 162-game averages, Baseball Reference sets the benchmark for starting pitchers at 34 games, and Cole officially hit that mark his last time out when he threw a gem against the Los Angeles...


Yankees have lineup flexibility now as key players start to get healthy

After the trades for Anthony Rizzo and Joey Gallo and the return to health of Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez, you can forgive Yankees fans for daydreaming about a pretty imposing lineup down the stretch and for a potential AL wild-card game.

Rum Bunter

Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Diego Castillo Turning Heads in Altoona

Since being acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from the New York Yankees infielder Diego Castillo has done nothing but hit for the Double-A Altoona Curve Arguably the biggest surprise for the Pittsburgh Pirates at last month’s trade deadline was the Clay Holmes trade. Holmes being traded by the Pirates was not necessarily a surprise, the […] Pittsburgh Pirates Prospects: Diego Castillo Turning Heads in Altoona - Rum Bunter - Rum Bunter - Pittsburgh Pirates News, Rumors, and Fan Community

Pinstripe Alley

Anthony Garcia is turning heads at the Yankees complex

Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via With some of the biggest power in the Yankees system, Anthony Garcia is off to a great start to the 2021 season. During the 2017 international free agency period, the Yankees inked a player who flew a little bit under the radar at the time. Although well-known to scouts and ranked as the 28th-best prospect in the signing period by Baseball America, Anthony Garcia fell below the headline names who signed with the Yankees that year, such as Everson Pereira and Raimfer Salinas. The switch-hitting outfielder quickly turned heads...

Pinstripe Alley

On Clint Frazier and non-baseball medical concerns

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Clint Frazier took himself out of the lineup, and has been lambasted by some fans for it. That is representative of a deeper problem, not just in baseball, but in all of sports. Let’s talk about Clint Frazier. By now, you all know the story. Originally drafted by Cleveland with the fifth overall pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, he became a member of the Yankees in 2016 as part of the Andrew Miller trade, alongside Justus Sheffield, Ben Heller, and J.P. Feyereisen. Frazier made his Major League debut a little under a year later, on July 1, 2017. The...

Stephen A. goes off on Yankees for failing to acquire a starting pitcher | Stephen A. Smith Show

Stephen A. Smith goes off on Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees, saying he doesn't see them winning the 2019 World Series after failing to pick up a starting pitcher at the trade deadline. ✔

The Marcus Stroman trade makes NO SENSE for the Mets | Time to Schein

Adam Schein gives his take on Marcus Stroman being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Mets and how this unexpected deal does not make any sense. Adam Schein also discusses potential trade targets for the New York Yankees now that Marcus Str

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer? | FOX MLB

Which AL East team needs to add Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline? The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are both interested in starting pitching. #FOXSports #MLB #TrevorBauer #Yankees #RedSox