Jordan Montgomery and the prospect of an Opening Day roster spot

Later today left-hander Jordan Montgomery will make his first Grapefruit League start as the Yankees begin to bear down and really evaluate  their Opening Day roster candidates. They have two open rotation spots and two open bullpen spots, and lots of guys competing for them. Montgomery has pitched his way into Opening Day roster consideration these last few weeks. “(Getting the...
Via River Avenue Blues
2 hours ago

Let’s See What Greg Bird Could Be

The masses are encouraged by Bryce Harper‘s spring. Everyone’s looking for a big bounceback season, so it seems like a good thing that Harper is second in spring-training home runs, with six. Well, Greg Bird is looking for a bounceback season of his own — not because he was bad in 2016, but because he wasn’t anything in 2016. Surgery’ll do that to a player. After Wednesday...
Via Fangraphs
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

How Yankees' lineup should look without Didi Gregorius

The New York Yankees have a problem without shortstop Didi Gregorius. They don't just lose an above-average glove, but a bat that's found pop and a strong combatant against lefty pitching. General manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi are going to have to figure out a batting order without him before the end of Major League Baseball spring training.
Via NJ.com
4 hours ago

How Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka could make history that won't count

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka is on the verge of history. It won't count. It's spring training. Still, making history is cool, right? Tanaka's 18 2/3 scoreless innings are the second-most since 2006, when MLB.com began tracking spring training stats, according to the website. The Tigers' Jason Verlander had 20 scoreless frames in 2014. Tanaka got to that total with 5 1/3 scoreless...
Via NJ.com
4 hours ago

In shocker, Yanks hand 1B to guy batting .421, rather than the one hitting .108

Yesterday's headline hit me like an obit about a celebrity you thought was already dead. You know... Kirk Douglas... Doris Day... Dick Van ****... The Yankees anointed Greg Bird as their 2017 starting first baseman. WTF? This is news? There was a competition? This was, gulp, in doubt?I mean, for 14 months, the Yankiverse has awaited Bird. We watched him in the Arizona Fall League...

Masahiro Tanaka is marveling everyone except himself

CLEARWATER, Fla. — According to Masahiro Tanaka, his sparkling spring training numbers aren’t as good as they look. “I will take the results of how I did this spring thus far,” Tanaka said after throwing 5¹/₃ shutout innings in a 7-3 win over the Phillies on Wednesday at Spectrum Field. In 18²/₃ frames this spring,...
Via New York Post
14 hours ago

The new Greg Bird is destructive force who’s built for Yankees

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Barrel baseball is power baseball. Greg Bird has found the power. After Joe Girardi declared Bird had won the Yankees first-base battle, the lefty slugger went out and bashed two long home runs Wednesday, his fifth and sixth of the spring, in a 7-3 win over the Phillies at Spectrum Field. This...
Via New York Post
15 hours ago

Long shot for Yankees’ staff is creeping toward pulling this off

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Jordan Montgomery was a very long shot to make the Yankees’ pitching staff when spring training opened. Thursday, the 24-year-old left-hander will start against the Rays in Port Charlotte with a chance to force himself onto the 25-man roster. Granted, the chance is tiny, but the Yankees aren’t ruling it out. “It’s...
Via New York Post
17 hours ago

Tanaka's spring scoreless streak at 18 2/3

Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka continued his scoreless spring Wednesday, keeping the Phillies off the board through 5 1/3 innings in a Grapefruit League game at Spectrum Field. The outing ran Tanaka's total to 18 2/3 scoreless frames in five spring starts.
Via Yankees.com
20 hours ago

New York Yankees: Fill-in replacements for Didi Gregorius

The biggest fear for every Major League Baseball club is having one of their players injured during the World Baseball Classic. For the New York Yankees, this is the second time they had one of their star players injured during this tournament. Gregoruis’ shoulder injury is sending flashbacks to 2013 when now retired Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira injured his wrist during a...
Via isportsweb.com
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

What can Yankees expect from Greg Bird as starting first baseman?

A look at popular projection system's prediction CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees expect Greg Bird to provide plenty of offense. That's why manager Joe Girardi confirmed the 23-year-old will be the team's starting first baseman on Opening Day. "I don't see anything changing that," Girardi told reporters before Wednesday afternoon's game against...
Via NJ.com
22 hours ago

It’s official: Yankees name Greg Bird starting first baseman

As expected, Greg Bird has officially been named the starting first baseman. Joe Girardi made the announcement this morning, according to Andrew Marchand. Bird is hitting .421/.500/.947 with four home runs and eleven extra-base hits this spring, the most in baseball. He’s been the team’s best hitter all Spring Training. Bird, 24, missed all of last season following shoulder surgery...
Via River Avenue Blues
1 day ago

WATCH: With Didi Gregorious out, who's on shortstop for the Yankees?

On SNY's Loud Mouths, Jon Hein and Sal Licata debate which young player is best suited to fill in for the injured Didi Gregorius at shortstop for the New York Yankees.
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Betances' Classic experience better than expected

For Dellin Betances, representing the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic was a more special experience than he had imagined.
Via Yankees.com
1 day ago

Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius could miss month of April with shoulder injury

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius may miss the entire month of April due to a right shoulder injury.Hoch previously reported the 27-year-old left Team Netherlands because of this injury. The initial diagnosis was a “hematoma of the subcapsular muscle.” Since then, manager Joe Girardi confirmed Gregorius will not be available come Opening Day...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Michael Irvin: Texans won’t take over Texas if they land Tony Romo

Even if the Texans land Tony Romo in a trade, the Cowboys will always own the state of Texas. At least that’s the opinion of Michael Irvin.Irvin was on The Dan Patrick Show and expressed confusion as to why Houston had not been more aggressive in its pursuit of Romo. That led to Patrick asking the Dallas legend if dealing Romo within the state would cut into the Cowboys’ fanbase...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees: evaluating the signing of Ernesto Frieri

On March 16, the New York Yankees signed relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training.  The move was somewhat surprising, but now there is a new competitor for a bullpen spot in camp.  It may be a tall order, but if Frieri could regain his previous form, the Yankees may have gotten a bargain. I will be completely honest...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Yankees no-hit the Tigers in spring training

Spring training games can be looked at in a different ways. One, they’re a chance to get locked in and ready for the upcoming regular season. Two, they’re a chance to get all of the bad stuff out of the way. The New York Yankees are hoping for the former while the Detroit Tigers are hoping for the latter.Yankees’ pitchers Masahiro Tanaka, Chasen Shreve and Jordan Montgomery...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Aaron Judge on advice from Matt Holliday

Aaron Judge talks about the advice he's gotten from Matt Holliday in this interview with YES Network's Matthew Stucko.
Via YES Network
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Clint Frazier offered free haircuts for entire Yankees career

Clint Frazier last week at long last accepted his fate and succumbed to a draconian New York Yankees policy, getting his red, curly, mop top of a hairstyle trimmed back. The much ballyhooed haircut developed into a major spring training talker (more on that here and here), but it looks like Frazier may ultimately benefit from all the coverage.How? A New York men’s salon has offered...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Girardi offers novel take on how to improve WBC

New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi, like many of his managerial colleagues, view the World Baseball Classic with a degree of skepticism and some concern. It’s hardly a surprising stance given the WBC inhibits the ability of players competing in it to get in key spring training work.Despite rules set in place to help alleviate some concerns, most major league teams watch from...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Matt Holliday & Chris Carter practicing at first base

Watch Matt Holliday & Chris Carter take a grounder at first base and some cuts in the cage at the Yankees 2017 Spring Training.
Via YES Network
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Trying to solve the enigmatic Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda is a puzzle that his own coaches can’t solve. He has “good” stuff, but he is maddeningly inconsistent. Pineda has a couple of pitches in his repertoire that are great when they’re working for him, but the problem is that when they are off, they are really off. Pineda has been with the Yankees since 2012—starting regularly since 2014—and after all this time...
Via BP Bronx
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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