New York Yankees Continue Surge and Have Chance at Playoffs

The New York Yankees, who have played in New York City for over 100 years, are the most historic and successful Major League Baseball franchise. The Yankees have won more World Series and American League titles than any other franchise and have a long list of players in the Hall of Fame. While the Yankees have historically been one of the best teams of all time, the 2016 Yankees have struggled to play well consistently. While it once appeared that the Yankees season was over, a recent publication (http://theinscribermag.com/sports/why-the-new-york-yankees-will-make-the-playoffs.html) gives reasons why the Yankees could still make the playoffs.

 

The 2016 season has been a significant season of transition for the Yankees. The Yankees are still dealing with the recent retirements of future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. During the 2016 season two additional players, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both announced that their careers were coming to an end as well. At the mid-point of the season, the Yankees looked like long shots to make the playoffs and they ended up trading several key players, including Aroldis Champan, for prospects with significant potential.

 

While the Yankees were already preparing for the 2017 season, it now appears that the team suddenly has a lot of life left. Rookie Catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He is making a strong case to be Rookie of the Year in the American League and is showing significant signs of potential. Furthermore, the pitching staff has done very well, despite having a very depleted starting rotation and bullpen.

 

As it stands today, the Yankees are fighting for one of several playoff spots. They are currently in fourth place in their division and are 6.5 games behind Toronto for the division lead. However, they are only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games behind the Orioles, which are currently the AL leaders for the two Wild Card spots. If the Yankees can play well the rest of the season, they have a very good chance of catching one of the two teams and playing in the Wild Card game. This is further supported by the fact that the Yankees have several games left with both of the teams ahead of them.

 

New York’s Boys of Summer Celebrated at Foley’s NY Pub

Sports bars are not a rare find in Ney York City, but a pub that displays Babe Ruth’s 1919 transfer agreement from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees is as rare as an $8 beer at a stadium. The contract is just the tip of the iceberg. The walls of Foley’s are plastered with more than 3,000 signed baseballs, baseball cards, lineup cards from actual games, player bobbleheads, signed jerseys, even a brick from Wrigley Field.

One of the most remarkable signed baseballs boasts both Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca’s signatures. In the first nationally televised baseball game, Bobby Thomson hit the game-winning home run giving the New York Giants the National League pennant in 1951. Ralph Blanca was the pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers who gave up the hit. This was literally the “shot heard round the world” as it was broadcast on both television and radio, including Armed Forces Radio and therefore witnessed by millions. The fact that Blanca would cosign the baseball with Thomson speaks volumes about his sportsmanship.

Bar owner Shaun Clancy created the Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Inductees include players, managers, executives, journalists, and entertainers of Irish descent who have had a positive impact on baseball. One of the more colorful inductees is Michael Joseph “King” Kelly, one of baseball’s first superstars. Kelly predominately played for the Chicago White Stockings and the Boston Beaneaters during his 16-year baseball career, which spanned from 1878 to 1893. Kelly was also a vaudeville performer and author. His autobiography, Play Ball, ghostwritten by Boston baseball writer Jack Drohan, was the first autobiography written by a baseball player.

New York Yankees Continue Surge and Have Chance at Playoffs

The New York Yankees, who have played in New York City for over 100 years, are the most historic and successful Major League Baseball franchise. The Yankees have won more World Series and American League titles than any other franchise and have a long list of players in the Hall of Fame. While the Yankees have historically been one of the best teams of all time, the 2016 Yankees have struggled to play well consistently. While it once appeared that the Yankees season was over, a recent publication (http://theinscribermag.com/sports/why-the-new-york-yankees-will-make-the-playoffs.html) gives reasons why the Yankees could still make the playoffs.

The 2016 season has been a significant season of transition for the Yankees. The Yankees are still dealing with the recent retirements of future Hall of Famers Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera. During the 2016 season two additional players, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixiera both announced that their careers were coming to an end as well. At the mid-point of the season, the Yankees looked like long shots to make the playoffs and they ended up trading several key players, including Aroldis Champan, for prospects with significant potential.

While the Yankees were already preparing for the 2017 season, it now appears that the team suddenly has a lot of life left. Rookie Catcher, Gary Sanchez, has been the hottest player in baseball over the past month. He is making a strong case to be Rookie of the Year in the American League and is showing significant signs of potential. Furthermore, the pitching staff has done very well, despite having a very depleted starting rotation and bullpen.

As it stands today, the Yankees are fighting for one of several playoff spots. They are currently in fourth place in their division and are 6.5 games behind Toronto for the division lead. However, they are only 3.5 games behind the Red Sox and 4.5 games behind the Orioles, which are currently the AL leaders for the two Wild Card spots. If the Yankees can play well the rest of the season, they have a very good chance of catching one of the two teams and playing in the Wild Card game. This is further supported by the fact that the Yankees have several games left with both of the teams ahead of them.

Brian Cashman Says That Yankees Won’t Release Alex Rodriguez

Despite being an albatross on the roster of the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez doesn’t have to be concerned about being released by the team. General Manager Brian Cashman stated that during a radio appearance on August 4, bluntly admitting that the money still owed to Rodriguez helps explain part of the reason.

Rodriguez, who turned 41 on July 27, appeared to have a comeback season in 2015 after he hit 33 home runs and drove in 86 runs. However, this season has been a disaster for the aging third baseman. In 62 games, he’s hit just nine home runs and driven in 29 runs, with a .204 batting average.

Those numbers have led many in the New York media to insist that the Yankees release Rodriguez. The former All-Star’s checkered reputation has been marked by repeated instances of steroid use. Due to those violations, he was suspended for the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez has played for the Yankees since 2004 after a trade with the Texas Rangers. At the time of the deal, he was three years into a contract paying him $252 million over 10 seasons. After the 2007 campaign, he had the chance to opt out of the contract and subsequently signed a lucrative 10-year contract with the team.

That contract is up after next year. Were the Yankees to release Rodriguez now, they would owe him approximately $27 million. Cashman’s thinking is that the team might as well use him if they have to pay him.

John McEnroe Blazes a Fastball to Start Subway Series

To get the latest edition of the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and New York Mets started, the Mets brought out tennis legend John McEnroe to throw out the first pitch for the August 1st contest at Citi Field. As opposed to others that have tried their luck at this baseball tradition, the 57-year-old McEnroe offered up a quality pitch.

A native New Yorker, McEnroe wore a blue Mets jersey and cap as he went to the mound. Showing that his athleticism was still in evidence, he threw a fastball and then quickly bounced off the mound to shake hands with the Mets’ catcher.

McEnroe’s effort was in severe contrast to some of the other individuals who have attempted to offer a first pitch from the same mound. One of the more notorious instances came in 2009 when Gary Dell’abate, a producer for the Howard Stern’s satellite radio show made his attempt. Dell’abate came to the mound and offered a pitch that didn’t come close to the plate and instead hit an umpire who was waiting for the ceremony to end. The effort resulted in a huge amount of ridicule from Stern and his staff.

McEnroe ended his singles’ tennis career in 1992 after winning three Wimbledon titles and four U.S. Open championships. However, he still competes in doubles competition and some senior events. Later this month, he will serve as a color commentator for the U.S. Open, which will take place just next door to Citi Field.