Tuesday, December 12, 2017


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CC Sabathia is a free agent.  And I hate that, because it means teams are looking at him and while that's great for him, I love him in pinstripes and I really hope Brian Cashman and the Yankees can see the value in a reinvented Sabathia and re-sign the guy. Seems like a no brainer to me.

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George King III has tweeted this about our big lug:

Now don't forget, they have Shohei Ohtani now too, plus Mike Trout, plus Albert Pujols and they won 80 games last season, second place in their division with room to move up easily.  CC could be a nice piece for them.

We shall see what happens.  But I hope not.

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Monday, December 11, 2017


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It was a big deal to see Giancarlo Stanton in pinstripes today.  None of us really thought this would happen.  I mean, it was mapped out.  Stanton had a 'framework' in place with either the Giants or the Cardinals. And then... suddenly, he didn't and the next thing we knew the Marlins and the Yankees were making a deal.

First things first. I loved Starlin Castro on the Yankees.  He was a lot of fun to watch, it looked like he really liked being a Yankee and it was great when he was in the Bronx.  But after the Marlins traded Dee Gordon, it was the right move and helped us too.  They got Castro, Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, and we got Stanton.  I was hoping for Martin Prado too, but hey, you can't always get what you want.

Stanton passed his physical and was introduced to the media today. He spoke fondly of the team that he can now call his own.  Here's some of that brought to you by the New York Post:

“'Watching them from afar, their young, dynamic group and the way they flow together,' Stanton said. 'The atmosphere, storied franchise. There’s not much reason why I wouldn’t want to be there.'

Stanton and Aaron Judge both play right field, and new manager Aaron Boone will have to come up with an outfield rotation that right now also would include Brett Gardner and Aaron Hicks, with Clint Frazier on the outskirts.

Stanton said he and the team have not discussed what the plan will be, but he is open to whatever would help the team. Stanton said he did speak with Judge over the weekend after it became clear Stanton to the Yankees was happening.

'We respect each other’s game and had fun at the Home Run Derby,' Stanton said. 'We spoke a couple of days ago, excited to work together, learn from each other and make each other better.' "

It's exciting guys, it really is.

Merry Christmas.

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We have a bench coach boys and girls, and his name is Josh Bard. Aaron Boone wants his friend by his side... kind of like Torre and Zimmer...

New York Daily News writes:

"Josh Bard, a former catcher and teammate of Aaron Boone’s, will be the Yankees bench coach, The News has confirmed. Bard, 39, will presumably be charged with trying to improve Gary Sanchez's defense."

(Aug. 12, 2011 - Source: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America)
Above is Bard is action in 2011. Nice!

Now I like this, and I'll tell you why.  Sanchez and his defense is horrendous!  Ha!

Anyway, let's welcome Bard. I kind of like the move. Anything to make newcomer Aaron Boone comfortable.

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Oh those returning "Evil Empire" remarks are back and more relevant than ever in recent years AND I AM LOVING IT! Seriously....this is one hell of an early Christmas present as far as I am concerned. Santa came down the chimney early this year for the Yankees all thanks to THE GRINCH OF MIAMI and all Cashman had to do was sit and wait!

I've said it before and I will say it again, Cashman is a damn genius. He's sitting back listening to his DJ Khaled "All I do is win" in his office chair dancing because BRIAN CASHMAN WINS AGAIN! He has a new five year deal and he STOLE the National League MVP. He just fell into his lap.....here is how I see it:

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The Marlins made a HUGE mistake with how they handled Giancarlo Stanton and now they will be remembered for being caught with their pants down. How embarrassing. In the Marlin's eyes, $295 million of their $400 million debt is tied up in Stanton's contract and they need to get rid of that. I get that much but here is what the Marlins should've done but didn't....actually talk to Stanton. He deserved the honesty and transparency.

"Hey Stanton. As you know the franchise is going in a new direction. You have been extremely important to the franchise and our fan base but we need to free up money and that means moving you to another team. Tell me where you would okay a trade to so we can make this happen."

Something along those lines. It would have avoided the next two blunders. The Marlin's jumped the gun and worked out deals with both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants. Both teams are anxiously thinking Stanton wants to play for them and ready to move.....but he wasn't! The Marlin's made an assumption, and a bad one because Stanton quickly vetoed both proposals. What a giant waste of time and pretty embarrassing for everyone involved.

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So after finally realizing that Stanton has four teams he would revoke his no trade clause for there was a quick process of elimination.

1. Chicago Cubs - Unlikely
2. Houston Astros - Just a flat "NO."
3. L.A Dodgers - Stanton's childhood favorite, but the Dodgers are not interested in adding anymore payroll after spending $244 million last season.
4. Yankees - Everyone else passed so no competition! OK, we are listening...

And just like that, Stanton practically falls into Cashman's lap. He didn't have to do anything at all but wait for the call. Looks like Cashman did Derek Jeter a solid by taking on a hefty contract from a financially crippled and sinking franchise. No one else was going to do it, the Marlin's had no other options. Their leverage was gone and the Yankees have a lethal bat to add into an already strong lineup. The Yankees have an insane 2-3-4 combination coming in the lineup that will scare ANY pitcher.

So as excited as I am bout this....don't think our own guys aren't equally as excited. As soon as the news broke Yankees began tweeting about it.

And a big HAHA to Didi Gregorius on that one. We are excited....and our boys are excited. Ya gotta love baseball!

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So have fun with the Angels Shohei Ohtani. Suddenly, your choice doesn't hurt anymore. Brian Cashman is a freaking genius and the Red Sox must be shaking in their boots right now and looking for a response. So thanks Cash....in fact, can anyone send me his address? I'd like to send him a big THANK YOU card and a Christmas Card too.

--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @nyprincessj

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Sunday, December 10, 2017


"It's a good time to be a Yankee," said Yankee first baseman Greg Bird after Aaron Boone took the helm of the New York Yankees.  Now, following the potential signing of NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, pending a clear physical expected on Sunday or Monday, does this mean it is a really good time to be a Yankee?  I say it's always a good time to be a Yankee, because being a Yankee means you are part of baseball history, a winning dynasty.  And we don't necessarily need a big A-Rod-like contract for it to be a good time to be a Yankee

Source: NBC Sports 

"Adding Stanton, who led the majors in homers (59) and RBIs (132) last year, certainly helps the Yankees’ chances of winning the AL East for the first time since 2012 and getting to the World Series for the first time since winning it in 2009," reported the NY Post on Saturday.

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Sure, it's an exciting venture to have the power and skill set of a Stanton on your team, but at what cost?  Apparently it's a cost that the Yankees are willing to take on and Kentucky Wildcat John Calipari thinks is worth it.

Source: Newsday

"Calipari met with GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone after the Wildcats beat Monmouth on Saturday at Madison Square Garden. 'We talked about Stanton. We’re going to get that one done,'’’ Calipari said.  I could care less what Calipari has to say about anything, quite frankly.  He needs to keep his nose out of anything but his own business, which is not always the tidiest of businesses.

Source: NJ.com

Read all you want about Stanton, his fat contract of $295 million of which the Yankees will pay $265 million, and what he could potentially contribute to the 2018 Yankees.  You may agree with Greg Bird that it's a good time to be a Yankee, or you may think that it is always a good time to be a Yankee and we don't need Stanton to give us that impression.  Whatever you think, whatever you feel, own it.  Just like I do.  I think as long as the Yankees aren't going back down the path of paying big contracts for little return (ARod) and they are keeping their home grown, legacy players like Brett Gardner, then go for it.  But if the business plan is changing and the Yankees are going back to their old ways, then we are in trouble as a franchise.

It's a good time to be a Yankee yesterday, today and tomorrow with or without Giancarlo Stanton.  One man does not make a team.  A winning team has its leadership roles fulfilled, and works together for a common goal.  New blood can add to the team as long as the fixtures, the foundation remains intact and strategic plan stays on task.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof 

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