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Girl hurt by Todd Frazier line drive, carried away on stretcher at Yankees-Twins game — September 20, 2017

Girl hurt by Todd Frazier line drive, carried away on stretcher at Yankees-Twins game

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The area of Yankee Stadium where a Todd Frazier foul ball struck and hurt a fan Wednesday afternoon.

By Brendan Kuty

NEW YORK — Medical personnel carried away a fan who was hit and apparently hurt by a screaming line drive foul ball in the the bottom of the fifth inning at the Yankees-Twins game Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

Play was halted for at least five minutes as other fans yelled for first responders to help the fan, who was a little girl (age unknown), according to an eyewitness on the scene.

Sean Cushing of Manhattan was standing on the concourse about 30 feet away when the accident happened.

Cushing said the ball hit the girl almost square in the mouth.

It’s unknown if the girl lost consciousness, but by the time she left the seats, Cushing said she was crying and responsive.

Cushing said the girl was taken to the first aid stand near the seats before leaving the ballpark on a stretcher.

Todd Frazier, who the line drive, spent most of the time on a knee. Yankees third base coach Joe Espada crouched and appeared to be praying.

The Yankees released a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding the accident:

“The child who was struck with a batted ball today was given first aid at the ballpark and is receiving medical attention at an area hospital. The federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, prevents the team from giving more information. We will have no further comment at this time.”

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The first aid station at Yankee Stadium where an injured fan went after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Todd Frazier.

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MLB Scoreboard / MLB Gamecast — September 16, 2017

MLB Scoreboard / MLB Gamecast

http://www.espn.com/mlb/scoreboard

Just found this cool little link , it’s a lot like MLB Gameday but I actually like this one a little better .

It’s by ESPN  and when you click on the link you’ll see the games that are being played.

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There are 3 little boxes to the right , and if you click on the one that says “Gamecast”

you will see exactly what’s going on with the game being played.

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I tried this is several types of Tablets including Amazon Fire and it works great , it can come in handy for checking scores on other games when you’re watching the Yankees.

Scout trashes Yankees’ Gary Sanchez for laziness behind plate — September 9, 2017

Scout trashes Yankees’ Gary Sanchez for laziness behind plate

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By Randy Miller

ARLINGTON, Texas Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka threw Texas Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo a 0-1 splitter in the fifth inning Friday night that was low but not in the dirt and seemingly catchable.

All-Star catcher Gary Sanchez reached out for the ball and missed it.

The tying run scored on this play that appeared to be a passed ball but was scored a wild pitch, the go-ahead run moved up to second base as well and the Rangers were on their way to an 11-5 comeback victory.

That wild pitch was one of four in the game by Yankees pitchers, and Sanchez deserves some of the blame.

On his first day back from a three-game suspension for throwing sucker punches in a brawl-filled game in Detroit on Aug 24, Sanchez once again provided offense going 2-for-3 with two RBIs while not having a great game behind the dish.

“Sanchez has got a ways to go defensively, and I knew it all along,” a Major League scout for an opposing club told NJ Advance Media. “He gets very lazy. He wants to reach instead of shifting his feet. He tries to get away with stuff because of his strong arm.”

How big a problem is this?

“I’ll tell you what,” the scout said. “I’ll go on the record right now and say it: For the playoffs, you watch, Austin Romine will catch more than Sanchez. Romine doesn’t have much of an arm, but he’s the better catcher.”

Sanchez, 24 is still in his first full season and already considered one of the best-hitting catchers in baseball. He hit 20 homers in 53 games last year as a rookie, then 28 more so far this season despite spending almost a month on the disabled list.

Behind the plate, his arm is a big strength and his game calling has been praised all year by Yankees manager Joe Girardi. But blocking balls and mistakes have been a big issue to the point Sanchez was called out by Girardi in a post-game interview last month.

Some of Sanchez’ defensive stats are scary bad.

His 14 passed balls and 12 errors lead the AL. He’s also tied for the league lead for being behind the plate for the most wild pitches, 47, and the guy he’s tied with, Mike Zunino of the Seattle Mariners, has caught 100 2/3 more innings.

“That’s not good,” the scout said. “That tells me that that’s a guy that takes more pride in his hitting than he does in his defense, and his defense is the most important part.”

How many of the Yankees’ four wild pitches on Friday are on Sanchez, who has been saying he’s working hard every day to improve?

“It’s something that I would have to look at,” Girardi said after the game. “I thought he made some pretty decent blocks on some tough splits.”

A former catcher, Girardi probably was more bothered than he let on because the wild pitch that didn’t hit the dirt contributed to a game-changing, four-run rally.

The scout who talked to NJ Advance Media said that he’s surprised Sanchez hasn’t improved a lot defensively over the last two seasons because Tony Pena is on the Yankees’ coaching staff. Pena was one of the best offensive and defensive catchers in baseball during his playing days, a five-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner.

And like Sanchez, Pena is Dominican.

“I thought Sanchez was going to take off because he’s around Tony Pena every day,” the scout said. “It hasn’t happened. But Sanchez is still young and somebody needs to beat into his head – it might have to be some pitcher – ‘Hey, look man, we know you can hit. You’re most important job is handling us. Until you get that in your head, you’re not going to be a superstar.'”

There’s another issue the scout has with Sanchez … his frequent mound visits.

“In one of the Red Sox games last weekend, Sanchez went to the mound to talk to Dellin Betances about five or six times in one inning,” the scout said. “It happened almost every time with two strikes, and I’m sitting there like, ‘Come on, the deuce is very easy (to call). Betances has a put-away breaking ball. With two strikes, it’s almost unhittable. Throw it. Trust yourself to block it if it’s in the dirt.

“You watch, somebody is going to say something, and there’s going to be some rule changes on that. The other night it got to the point where Girardi put his head down and started shaking his head.”

What does the scout think of Sanchez’ game calling?

“It’s gotten better,” he said. “It’s not elite, but it’s not the worst.”

The scout predicts all of these defensive issues will be solved long before the Yankees would even consider having preliminary internal discussions on switching Sanchez to another position, such as full-time designated hitter.

“I think he can be an everyday catcher,” the scout said. “His arm is one of the best in baseball. It might be the best in baseball. And I think there’s no question he’s the best-hitting catcher in baseball. It’s not even close.

“He’s just got to get in his mind that catching is a little bit more important than just going up there and whacking the ball over the fence all the time.”

Gene ‘Stick’ Michael, architect of Yankees dynasty, dead at 79 — September 7, 2017

Gene ‘Stick’ Michael, architect of Yankees dynasty, dead at 79

By NY Post Sports Desk

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Gene “Stick” Michael, a beloved Yankees figure who helped build the late-90s dynasty, has died from a heart attack. He was 79.

Michael was the Yankees manager in 1981-82 and the GM from 1991-95, when he drafted Derek Jeter and guided the organization during George Steinbrenner’s suspension.

Michael was the true architect of the teams that would win four World Series in five years from 1996-2000. Beyond Jeter, he drafted or signed the entire Core Four: Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Jorge Posada.

After his run as GM, Michael stuck with the organization, serving as the vice-president of major league scouting until 2003, when he was promoted to vice president and senior adviser.

As a player, “Stick” — a reference to his build — was a shortstop from 1966-75, and with the Yankees from 1968-74.

–With George A. King III

Adam Warren could be done for the season —

Adam Warren could be done for the season

By George A. King  III

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BALTIMORE — Adam Warren was placed on the DL with lower back spasms and there is a chance the valuable right-handed reliever could miss the rest of the regular season.

“Right now the doctors recommended he rest for two weeks. We were hoping to get him back here in Baltimore but we didn’t,’’ Girardi said of Warren, who last pitched Friday and experienced the problem Sunday. “We left him home Sunday and he had the tests Monday and they recommended two weeks’ rest.’’

Because Warren, who has appeared in 45 games, isn’t a starter Girardi has hope he will return before the postseason opens.

“You would think as a reliever at two weeks if he is physically OK that you could get him back at some point,’’ Girardi said of Warren, who is 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA. “But that is if he is OK after two weeks.’’

Yankees make first round of September call-ups — September 1, 2017

Yankees make first round of September call-ups

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By Randy Miller

 

Ranking Yankees worthy of being September call-up —

Ranking Yankees worthy of being September call-up

Yankees Acquire Erik Kratz From Indians — August 31, 2017

Yankees Acquire Erik Kratz From Indians

By Steve Adams

The Yankees announced that they’ve acquired veteran catcher Erik Kratz from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.

The 37-year-old Kratz has spent parts of the past seven seasons in the Majors, logging a combined .200/.248/.362 batting line in 647 plate appearances as an up-and-down reserve option. He’s had a very nice year with Cleveland’s Triple-A affiliate, however, posting a robust .270/.359/.472 slash with 13 homers in 324 plate appearances. Kratz has also thwarted 37 percent of stolen base attempts against him this season in Triple-A and posted characteristically solid framing marks (per Baseball Prospectus).

Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine figure to remain the two primary catchers in the Bronx, but the addition of Kratz gives the Yankees a veteran option to serve as a third catcher down the stretch in September when rosters expand. Notably both Sanchez and Romine are facing potential suspensions following the recent brawl with the Tigers, so Kratz can help fill in during those times as well.

Gary Denbo and the future of the Yankees’ front office — August 29, 2017

Gary Denbo and the future of the Yankees’ front office

By Mike Axisa

Yankees Spring Training at Legends Field in Tampa, Florida

While every offseason is important for every team, the upcoming offseason is a crucial one for the Yankees. They’re going to try to supplement their new and exciting young core with quality veterans, all while staying under the $197M luxury tax threshold in 2018. That is much easier said than done. They’ve put their austerity plan on hold once before and I’m sure they don’t want to do it again.

In addition to all the roster machinations, the Yankees also have to deal with the impending free agencies of Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi. They’re both on expiring contracts. I’m not sure what’ll happen with Girardi. My guess is Cashman is coming back though. I’m pretty sure of it. The quick-fix rebuild is going well and Hal Steinbrenner loves him. No reason not to think Cashman won’t get a chance to see this through.

It’s very possible the Yankees will have other front office matters to deal with in addition to Cashman’s new contract. Derek Jeter is in the process of purchasing the Marlins and, according to Mark Feinsand, industry buzz is Yankees vice president of player development Gary Denbo is a candidate for Miami’s general manager job. I had a feeling that would happen. Denbo and Jeter are very close and have known each other a long time. Since Denbo was Jeter’s minor league manager way back in the day.

Denbo has done a little of everything with the Yankees over the years. He currently runs their player development system and has since October 2014, when he replaced the retired Mark Newman. Denbo has also been a minor league manager, a hitting coordinator, the assistant minor league director, and the big league hitting coach for the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Nippon Ham Fighters. And he’s scouted a bunch. He’s done it all.

The farm system under Newman wasn’t all that productive, and things have turned around dramatically since Denbo took over. It would be folly to give him all the credit — the Yankees have a small army of people working in player development — but he certainly deserves a lot of it. Denbo created Captain’s Camp, he brought in all new minor league managers and coaches, and the recent results speak for themselves. It’s easy to understand why Jeter would want Denbo, even beyond their personal relationship.

The question is this: what can the Yankees do to keep Denbo, assuming Jeter would indeed like to bring him to Miami? A raise and a promotion is the obvious answer, but it very well might be nothing. There might be no way to keep him. Denbo could be looking for a new challenge with a new organization, a chance to captain his own ship, and the Yankees can’t really offer that opportunity. MLB’s not expanding anytime soon. A new team with a new owner is as clean a slate as you can get in this game. The Marlins offer that.

What I suppose the Yankees could do is offer Denbo their general manager position. The Yankees could create one of those new president of baseball operations positions that has become popular around baseball, bump Cashman up there, and move Denbo up into Cashman’s old job. Cashman stays — I think that’s happening no matter what — and it might allow them to keep Denbo, albeit in a new position. The problem with that is Cashman is still running the show. The general manager doesn’t have the usual autonomy under a president of baseball operations.

I thought the Yankees would do this three years ago, the last time Cashman’s contract was up, with the idea of promoting then-assistant general manager Billy Eppler to general manager. It didn’t happen and a year later Eppler left to take over as the general manager of the Angels. The Yankees moved forward and are in a much better place right now than they were two years ago. That’s not a knock on Eppler. He’s awesome. It just goes to show that you can lose a key piece like Eppler and life will go on.

And yet, losing Denbo feels like it would be a much bigger blow than losing Eppler, and Eppler was Cashman’s right-hand man. The farm system has become much more productive since Denbo took over and the Yankees have more quality prospects on the way. You don’t want to lose the guy in charge of the pipeline. Maybe the Yankees will be able to keep Denbo in some capacity. Maybe there’s nothing they could realistically offer to prevent him from leaving. Whatever happens, the goal doesn’t change. Develop players and build a championship team. If someone else has to step in and do it, so be it.

Wild pitch was just the beginning of Adam Warren’s troubles —

Wild pitch was just the beginning of Adam Warren’s troubles

By Dan Martin

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There may not have been a more effective reliever than Adam Warren for most of the summer. From May 27 through Aug. 16, the right-hander gave up just two earned runs in 27 ²/₃ innings, good for a 0.65 ERA.

Lately, though, Warren has been hit significantly harder and been off with his command.

Not only did a wild pitch lead to a run in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to Cleveland on Monday night in The Bronx, Warren also gave up a solo homer to Austin Jackson.

It was the fourth straight outing in which Warren was scored upon. And in those 3 ¹/₃ innings, he’s given up five runs, all earned — including two homers.

“He’s not making his pitches,” manager Joe Girardi said after the Yankees dropped the series opener to the Indians. “I look at tonight, it looked like it was a slider that was up in the zone [that Jackson hit out].”

Warren said he was “a little bit all over the place” and was more bothered by the wild pitch that allowed Bradley Zimmer to score from third base after Warren replaced Luis Severino with two outs in the seventh.

The pitch was supposed to be an inside fastball, but Warren held it too long and it wound up away and in the dirt and Gary Sanchez couldn’t block it.

The play gave Cleveland a 4-2 lead.

“I would rather somebody beat me than give away a run,” Warren said. “I know we have a chance with [Corey] Kluber on the mound if we keep it to one [run]. I felt like that was a big run crossing right there to make it two runs. … I completely missed my spot.”

Girardi seemed stunned by the errant pitch.

“Very seldom are you going to see Adam throw a wild pitch with a fastball in the dirt,” Girardi said. “It’s probably the first one I’ve ever seen.”

Jackson took Warren deep on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the eighth to give Cleveland more of a cushion.

Warren’s problems, though, extend beyond Monday’s game and with the Yankees also trying to get Aroldis Chapman right, they can hardly afford to see Warren scuffle for too long.

“I haven’t been as sharp,” Warren said. “I feel like I’m more throwing than pitching.”

He plans on spending time with pitching coach Larry Rothschild on Tuesday to sort it out.

“It was just one of those nights,” Warren said. “I have some things to work on [Tuesday].”