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A guide to the obscure, quirky MLB rules that arise in the 2021 postseason

A guide to the obscure, quirky MLB rules that arise in the 2021 postseason

Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Baseball has a number of rules concerning very specific and rare in-game situations. Here are three that have recently come into play. There’s always a chance you’ll see something you’ve never seen before when you watch a baseball game. No matter how much baseball I’ve watched, no matter how broad and deep my knowledge of the game is, there is always more to learn. The intricacies of baseball are astounding and weird, and sometimes it seems like there is an infinite number of them. A number of baseball’s more obscure...
Oct 9, 2021
NYY news: Offseason to-do list

NYY news: Offseason to-do list

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Cashman must reevaluate the Yankees’ offensive approach; Search for new shortstop could go a couple ways; Andrew Heaney now a free agent; Staten Island baseball close to new name FanGraphs | Jay Jaffe: Now that the Yankees have been eliminated from the postseason, the question of where the team goes from here and how it can right itself hangs in the balance. For nearly two decades, the Yankees have depended on imbuing the lineup with slugging power, believing that the lineup’s ability to hit home runs outweighs the high strikeout rates...
Oct 8, 2021
These former Yankees could play a big role on the mound in the ALDS

These former Yankees could play a big role on the mound in the ALDS

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lance Lynn, David Robertson and Adam Ottavino are all slated to pitch in the American League Division Series. There is something different about October baseball. It’s a supercharged version of the same game, but the stakes are higher and the competition more fierce. While the Yankees have been eliminated from postseason contention, the American and National League Division Series still feature a handful of players who spent time in pinstripes. One would think former Yankees are well-prepared for the intensity of competing in the...
Oct 2, 2021
Remembering Dandy, the Yankees’ short-lived, ill-fated mascot

Remembering Dandy, the Yankees’ short-lived, ill-fated mascot

Before Bronxie, there was Dandy, a pear-shaped, pinstriped, anthropomorphic bird. The Yankees are known for their adherence to tradition, their classy aesthetics, buttoned-up ways and first-rate product. Yankee Stadium lacks the frills and family-friendly entertainment commonly found in other MLB ballparks. The public address announcer isn’t campy. The seventh-inning stretch doesn’t feature races on the field or anything like that. A cartoonish mascot would feel out of place. The Yankees’ formal manner stands in contrast to the team’s latest good-luck charm, and...
Sep 28, 2021
NYY News: Curse of the foul tip

NYY News: Curse of the foul tip

Photo by Omar Rawlings/ Yankees benefit from Joe West’s blunder; at long last, fans show appreciation for Giancarlo Stanton; Yankees activate RHP Jameson Taillon and option reliever Albert Abreu; Stanton’s home run celebration is too rough for Gleyber. Boston.com | Hayden Bird: During Sunday’s 6-3 Yankees win over the Red Sox, home plate umpire Joe West made a call that later became a pivotal moment of the game. With Aaron Judge at the plate in a 1-2 count, Judge foul-tipped the ball into Red Sox catcher Christian Vázquez’s mitt. Then, while transferring the...
Sep 26, 2021
Where does Gerrit Cole stand in the Cy Young Award race?

Where does Gerrit Cole stand in the Cy Young Award race?

Photo by Rich Schultz/ There was no clear frontrunner among American League pitchers for most of the 2021 season. How does the Yankees ace stack up against other top candidates? The AL Cy Young Award race became somewhat crowded after the All-Star Break, and until the last week or two there weren’t any clear-cut frontrunners among the elite group. Yankees ace Gerrit Cole was the favorite to win the award at the start of the 2021 season, however, Cole’s campaign lost some edge after he missed two starts in August while on the COVID-IL — and then he had his outing...
Sep 24, 2021
A comparison of Boone, Girardi, and Torre’s communication styles

A comparison of Boone, Girardi, and Torre’s communication styles

How did the past three Yankees managers deal with the New York media? A lot of people comprise the behemoth that is the New York media, and collectively this group has a reputation for being extra harsh and critical. Because the Yankees are constantly the subject of such unyielding attention, the players and Yankees manager carry an additional responsibility of being available to reporters, maintaining a public image and navigating tricky questions. Managerial changes in the Bronx are interesting precisely for this reason — the person who gets the job takes on so much. It’s...

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