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Dellin Betances is out of chances — October 17, 2017

Dellin Betances is out of chances

By Dan Martin

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Any hope of fixing Dellin Betances this postseason was probably gone even before Monday night, but another wild outing all but ensured the right-hander won’t see another important inning this October.

Betances entered Monday’s 8-1 win over the Astrosto start the top of the ninth and immediately struggled with his control again.

For a second straight outing, he failed to record an out and had to be rescued by Tommy Kahnle.

Fortunately for the Yankees on Monday, they had a healthy lead during Betances’ latest implosion, but his inability to get through the inning forced Joe Girardi to go to one of the important parts of his relief corps — and warm up Aroldis Chapman — on a night he clearly hoped to avoid doing so.

“It’s a matter of me getting more work, but that’s hard now,” Betances said. “In the playoffs, you’re gonna rely on the arms that have been hot. Joe’s given me some of these situations to correct myself and I’ve put my teammates in bad spots.”

Betances hadn’t pitched since Game 4 of the ALDS, when he also didn’t get an out in the eighth inning of a 7-3 win. Kahnle came into that game and got the final six outs.

“He’s out of whack,” Girardi said. “He’s [gone] through it a couple of times this year and we’ve seemingly been able to get him on track a number of different times. And we’re still trying to do that. Because I still think he’s really important to us and we need him.’’

On Monday, Betances walked Marwin Gonzalez on four pitches to open the ninth.

After a visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Betances lost pinch hitter Derek Fisher on a full count to end his night.

Betances exited to a chorus of boos from the Yankee Stadium crowd for a second straight appearance.

“I don’t blame the fans,” Betances said. “I’m not doing my job. As a fan, you want the game to be over right there. You don’t want to watch a guy walk the first two.”

He believes things are only slightly off, but remains aware he might not have the opportunity to right himself.

“Physically, I feel fine,’’ Betances said. “I’m keeping my head up high.”

Kahnle entered and gave up a single to Cameron Maybin to load the bases and then struck out George Springer for the first out of the inning. Kahnle followed with a walk to Alex Bregman to force in a run — charged to Betances — as Chapman began to loosen with Jose Altuve coming to the plate.

Kahnle got Altuve to ground into a game-ending double play to get Betances off the hook and keep Chapman from having to pitch.

Adam Warren, who had also slipped into the team’s witness protection program, had a better night.

Warren came in and pitched two scoreless innings after CC Sabathia’s six shutout frames in his first appearance since giving up a run in a loss to the Indians in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Prior to that outing, Warren had pitched just once since Sept. 1; he missed much of the month with back spasms.

So while Warren may have taken a step toward redemption, Betances is even deeper into his morass.

“The good thing is we’re winning games,” Betances said. “I’ve had a lot of success in this game and I know I can get back to that and be the pitcher I know I can be.”

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Derek Jeter swoops in and poaches longtime Yankees exec — October 9, 2017

Derek Jeter swoops in and poaches longtime Yankees exec

By George A. King  III

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Yankees VP of Player Development Gary Denbo is leaving the organization to work with Derek Jeter and the Marlins, according to a person close to the situation.

Denbo, who managed Jeter in the low minors and was the Yankees’ hitting coach in 2001, will be the Marlins’ Director of Player Development and Scouting.

Denbo’s last day of working for the Yankees is Monday. He was in his 23rd season with the organization and for the last three seasons was the VP of Player Development.

Even before Bruce Sherman and Jeter purchased the Marlins, Denbo’s name was linked to joining the club because of his long history with Jeter.

Denbo has received praise inside and outside of the Yankees’ organization for his work as the head of player development.

Like many in the Yankees’ organization Denbo’s contract was up at the end of October. So, too, are the contracts of GM Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi, all the big league coaches, Tim Naehring, VP of Baseball Operations and Jim Hendry, special assignment scout.

Hendry’s name has been linked to the Marlins’ GM opening.

Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner’s take on Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi contracts, Andrew Miller trade, etc. — October 6, 2017

Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner’s take on Brian Cashman, Joe Girardi contracts, Andrew Miller trade, etc.

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By Randy Miller

Yankees’ Aaron Hicks off the DL: What it means — September 26, 2017

Yankees’ Aaron Hicks off the DL: What it means

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New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks (31) is greeted in the dugout after scoring in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians during game one of a double header at Yankee Stadium.

By Brendan Kuty

The Yankees activated outfielder Aaron Hicks off the disabled list on Tuesday, the team said.

Hicks has been out since Sept. 3 with a left oblique strain. He spent June 26 to Aug. 10 on the DL with a right oblique strain.

Here’s what it may mean for the Yankees:

4TH OUTFIELDER: When Hicks returns, it’s likely he’ll reassume the job he had at the start of the season as the team’s reserve outfielder.

MAYBE MORE?: The 27-year-old could actually see more playing time, though, and for two reasons. Manager Joe Girardi said Monday that one of his top priorities this week while gearing up for the American League Wild Card Game — the Yankees don’t have a realistic change at winning the division — was to rest his outfielders. Girardi mentioned giving Aaron Judge a day off. Brett Gardnerrecently had a pair of days off. Girardi added that Jacoby Ellsburycould get a couple days off, too. That’s where Hicks comes in.

There’s a chance Hicks takes over as the team’s starting center fielder, too, though it seems like a long shot. The California native had a strong first half. He was nearly an All-Star, hitting .290 with 10 homers and 37 RBI before going on the DL for the first time. He’s since fallen off. In 22 games since Aug. 10, he’s hit .207 with three homers. Meanwhile, Ellsbury has been very good the last month. Since Aug. 26, he’s hitting .324 with two homers and six stolen bases in 36 games.

PUSHES EVERYONE BACK: Less playing time for Clint Frazier and Tyler Wade, who weren’t getting much in the first place.

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.

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