Monday, February 20, 2017


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Educators have an interesting way of demonstrating, showcasing and defending their passions for baseball.  I spend my days with the best educators in the nation and from time to time we get to talking about the sport that's deep within our hearts.

Twice within this week I had the opportunity to chat with administrators and teachers informally about baseball and in particular the Yankees.  Now let me preface that all three educators are Met fans but their passion and commitment to their team did not leave them uneducated about the Yankees and even respectful of them.

Our first administrator and I were talking about Bleeding Yankee Blue, our very own fan blog, which he appears to read despite being a Met fan.  When I asked him why he was a Met fan and not a Yankee fan, he had a very good answer, which I could not debate.  "I'm a Met fan because the Yankees fired Yogi Berra in 1964."  Educators are passionate people and this fan was no different.

Then there was the principal who is a Met fan because he was a Brooklyn Dodger fan.  And we know what happened there. Again, I accepted his argument because of his convincing evidence.

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Finally, an assistant principal and I took part in a workshop on Friday where the question posed was "Which number does not belong here?"  The numbers were 8, 9 and 12.  I was thinking solely from a mathematics perspective since this was a math professional development session and I figured out proudly that 9 is an odd number whereas both 8 and 12 are even, so 9 didn't belong.  But I was shamed by this assistant principal who said simply, "12 doesn't belong because it's the only number of the group that has not been retired by the Yankees."  After my awe of his answer, I confirmed that Chase Headley currently wears 12 and told him how much I loved his answer.  I think he is going to be a fan of our site despite being a Met fan.

Educators are passionate about the sport of baseball and often are able to make connections to baseball and their roles in schools.  Whether using players' batting averages as engagement incentives for kids or adorning their offices with baseball pictures, educators communicate about baseball.  With all of the distasteful conversations happening in the public eye across the country, it is nice to have conversations about America's favorite past time and hear the strong convictions educators have about the sport they love.

--Suzie Pinstripe
BYB Managing Editor
Twitter: @suzieprof

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Over the years the Yankees have had a number of highly touted prospects. To me, though, there is just something about Clint Frazier that makes him stand out from the rest.

Every article I've read about this kid has left me very impressed. This article from the other day on is no different. Here's a portion...

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Clint Frazier, a big return in the Yankees' fire sale last summer, can't wait to meet the established veteran who has the starting job that figures to be his some day.... "I'm excited to meet Brett Gardner, a guy that I can probably learn some stuff from overall, and I want to see what he's got to help me out there in the outfield."...

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That is something I love to hear from a major league hopeful. He knows where he stands in the organization and, what he needs to do to make it. And he's using all the tools around him to improve. The thing I think really sets him apart, though,... it's his personality. He's got charisma unlike other prospects we've seen over the years.  He knows he's good and can't wait to show the world just how good he is. I think this article from January on NorthJersey.Com proves as much...

“I play like my hair is on fire,” Frazier said. “It’s fiery, like my personality. It’s big hair, and I try to make my personality big. I think it represents me because it’s different, I’m different, it’s unique to who I am. It makes me one of a kind.’’

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Hard work, dedication to the game... and playing hard like his hair's on fire! Love that!

Speaking of his hair, it seems as though Mr. Frazier has gotten a little chopped off. The Daily News wants to know if you think it meets Yankee standards. They literally wrote an article about it.  Are you killing? Well, I guess Joe Girardi does. I bet we all do...

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Ladies and Gentleman, it's Spring Training and we are about to embark on a new season. It's time for Clint Frazier and the others to show us what they've got and what we've got to do to move forward.

Clint probably won't be on the Opening day roster but, as I've said many times... with this Yankee team, you never really know.

Good Luck Clint!

--Michael Carnesi
BYB Writer
Twitter: @sevn4evr

Sunday, February 19, 2017


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I didn't see it coming, but any time you stockpile arms right around this time of year is a good thing. It's about variety and numbers to see what these pitchers can offer.  Throw in a minor league deal and it's just about a no-brainer. 

The Yankees have signed lefty pitcher Jon Niese.  It's a minor league deal.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the story in this tweet here:
Nice. Now Bill Baer of Hardball Talk writes this of Niese as of recently:

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"Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings."

Whatever the case, we will see what happens.  Maybe he can offer something... maybe not, but this is what you do now. Try and find guys to help out. 

Rolling the dice...



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In case you missed it, the Yankees beat Dellin Betances in their arbitration case. Now the Yankees will pay Betances the $3 million they proposed rather than the $5 million that Betances wanted. Whatever. It sucks for Betances but that is still a record salary for a first year arbitration eligible set-up man. That's not the real story here though.

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I hate to say it, but I have lost all respect right now for the Yankees so-called president Randy Levine. A leader of any organization, baseball related or not should always be a leader by example. The Yankees are a classy organization, but their president is far from it. Levine and the Yankees won their case. They saved themselves $2 million dollars (which is not even a drop in the bucket for them) so the win should've been enough for him.....but it wasn't.

After the hearing, Levine held a conference call and basically mocked Betances and his agent Jim Murray for what he considered an unrealistic salary expectation and called the idea "half baked" and "not based on reality" read that HERE. After insulting Betances Levine quickly back peddles to say that the Yankees do love and respect Betances as a player and a person.

He can't respect him too much considering he mispronounced his name calling him "Dylan." Only a brainless president makes that mistake. Journalists asked if it would be wise for Levine to have a conversation with Betances and Levine replied that he should consult with his agent instead. WOW....classless.

Naturally, after the conference call social media went crazy with responses from beat writers. Here are a few:

Whether or not Betances had an unrealistic salary request that is something that you just SHOULD NOT do. Now, Levine's stupid conference call not only jeopardized the Yankees relationship with Betances for the long haul, but they just made spring training awkward for Joe Girardi, He already had some concerns on what might need to happen once Betances arrived for camp and now that concern is sure to be magnified even more.

Since Levine's comments have gone viral, Betances has fired back at Levine and his response says it all. There is bad blood here now.

“You look at it a little differently now. I think free agency will be a little easier when the time comes.”

I hope Levine is walking around with his chest puffed up and feeling strong after all of this because no matter how you slice it, Betances has been a model employee. He is a hometown boy who cares about the community and has been very active in it and supported the Yankees endeavors. This is NO WAY to show respect to him if they love him so much.

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Arbitration hearings happen all of the time and it's always the same someone wins, and someone loses. However, at the end of the hearing there are no additional comments or press conferences! At that point, he should've been the leader he is supposed to be and worked on mending that relationship to start the season off right instead of demeaning him and trying to overlook his accomplishments.

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This is no way to treat a three time All-Star who you supposedly respect and has accomplished so much for your organization. Is Betances hurt by this? Sure, the response says it all. Is he serious about leaving the Yankees in 2020? I'm sure he is right now. Emotions are running high but by the time summer comes around this could blow over and be forgotten. Then again, it might not be forgotten by Betances but instead not talked about. No matter what future implications may be, none of what happened post arbitration hearing can be justified. It was mean spirited.

In response to your comments Levine NO you aren't an astronaut, Dellin Betances may not be a closer BUT you shouldn't be the president of a classy organization like the Yankees....because you have no class. You're trash!

I have a lot of pride in my Yankees, but unfortunately not in their "president." The right thing to do here would be to extend an olive branch and try to mend any broken bridges, but I won't hold my breath.

Finally... let me say this.  Many of us here at Bleeding Yankee Blue did not approve of Dellin asking for more money.  But when it comes to something like this... respect from the organization, we will defend him 100%.  This is insanely coming out of the mouth of a crazy person.  Perhaps it's time that Randy Levine takes a hike...

--Jeana Bellezza
BYB Managing Editor
Follow me on Twitter: @NYPrincessJ


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This came as a surprise to me, but hey, good for Weaver... he's still going!

Quick note and we'll let go with Bob Nightengale from USA today who put the news out in a tweet:
I think that could be a good marriage between Jered and the Padres. Let's see what happens there!

Now look, some have asked why we are not writing all these "great" stories coming out about the Yankees and Spring training.  There aren't any, are you kidding?

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I mean, yes, we are covering the important ones.  I mean, we're putting out a terrific story about the stupid comments from Randy Levine about Dellin Betances in a few moments.  But there really aren't too many great stories about the Yankees.  It's them arriving at Spring Training. 

What am I supposed to do, talk about how Chris Carter is #48, likes being a Yankee and dropped a deuce at his new home in Tampa?  Give me a break.

BYB has standards. We'll report on important news... not fill up the pages with a bunch of tiny stories so we get clicks.  I mean sure, we are on the brink of hitting 5 million readers here at BYB... but I'm not doing it cheap... respect that.

Have a great Sunday. 

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