Category Archives: MLB

August 20

Court Dismisses Sleeping Fan’s Lawsuit Against MLB, ESPN, and the Yankees

Everyone should remember the story of Andrew Rector, the fan who was shown sleeping on camera during the Yankee-Red Sox Sunday night game on ESPN in April 2014, and subsequently sued Major League Baseball, ESPN New York, the Yankees, Dan Shulman, and John Kruk for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.  As we previously noted, […]

July 29

There is No “I” in “Team,” Unless You are a Reliever for the Nationals

When, fifteen  games into the 2015 season, Jonathan Papelbon expressed his desire to be traded to a contending team, many people attributed his statements to his fiercely competitive nature.   See, this desire to win trumps any individual achievements Papelbon seeks for himself.   That is why when reporters asked him about his partial no-trade clause, Papelbon […]

July 24

The Mets’ Decision to Call Up Conforto Was Not Done to Placate the Fans

From what has felt like the very first pitch of the season, Mets’ fans have been clamoring for the team to do something anything to address the team’s dumpster fire of an offense.   In recent weeks, the fans began pointing to last year’s first round pick, Michael Conforto, as the potential offensive upgrade the team […]

July 22

How Brian Cashman Explains the Inexplicable: “We’re Kicking the Can Down the Road”

When the Yankees called up second-base prospect Rob Refsnyder on July 10th, the team explained that his arrival was a short-term situation based solely on the fact that the Yankees were facing two left-handed starters heading into the All Star break. After Refsnyder remained with the team after the All-Star Break and even started against […]

July 15

The Yankees’ Midseason Unsung Hero Award Goes to Chasen Shreve

The Great Sports Void (a/k/a the days after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game) is upon us and with it comes the “midseason review” articles.  Given the opportunity to reflect upon and evaluate a team’s first half, sportswriters and bloggers will typically assign awards or grades to a team’s players.  In Yankee-land, the consensus appears to […]

December 22

The Ten Players on My Fictional 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

I do not vote for the Hall of Fame, but if I did, this would be my ballot: The No-Brainers:  This category is reserved for the players who should be on every voter’s ballot.  Most people have two players on this list this year.  I believe a third is also warranted.  Randy Johnson – The […]

December 22

Why Doesn’t Alan Trammell’s Career Get Any Respect?

Leading up to this year’s Hall of Fame voting, there has been a noticeable push from some writers and fans to elect Tim Raines, who is on the ballot for the eighth time.   While I believe that Raines deserves enshrinement, I find it odd that one of his contemporaries, who is quietly on the ballot for the […]

December 11

Instead of Chasing Headley, the Yankees Should Consider Jed Lowrie

At first glance, the free agent third-baseman cupboard certainly appears bare outside of Chase Headley.  But, this is a misperception.  What about the players who can play multiple infield positions? What about Jed? According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Jed Lowrie has let it be known that he is willing to play second base, […]

December 10

The Two-Year Black Hole at Third Base Should Not Compel the Yankees to Overpay for Chase Headley

Now that Pablo Sandoval has signed with the Red Sox, the free agent market for third basemen looks like this:  Chase Headley and – gigantic step back – everyone else (Juan Francisco, Jack Hannahan, Kelly Johnson, Donnie Murphy, Mark Reynolds).  The teams in need of an upgrade at third base include the Braves, Marlins, Yankees, […]

December 03

Bob Ryan’s Solution to Addressing PED Users and the Hall of Fame is Wrong

Bob Ryan, a very well-regarded columnist for the Boston Globe, wrote an interesting article last week regarding voting for the 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.  The major thrust of his article – and a point I generally agree with – is that there is no reason for certain players, such as Randy Johnson or […]

July 18

Three Quick Takeaways from the Astros’ Failure to Sign Aiken and Nix

As most are aware, the Astros failed to sign Brady Aiken and Jacob Nix by today’s signing deadline, with both the Astros and the MLBA (via Tony Clark) issued statements. 1.  Jacob Nix really got hosed. If the facts are correct and both sides agreed to a deal ($1.5 million) without qualifiers (i.e., he was […]

July 17

The Brady Aiken Situation Could Have Future Consequences for the Astros

As numerous sources have reported, the first overall pick in this year’s Major League Baseball draft, Brady Aiken, remains unsigned as Friday’s signing deadline quickly approaches.  The stated reason for this predicament is that, after agreeing upon a deal, a potential “elbow ligament” issue which was discovered during a routine physical.  Since the agreement was […]

July 15

Swing and a Miss: Random (Mostly Baseball) Thoughts on a Monday Night

Yesterday, Chien Ming Wang opted out of his minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds….the Yankees should be the first team he calls (no joking…have you seen the stats for the starters at Scranton-Wilkes Barre?) Todd Frazier made it to the finals of the home run derby by hitting one home run.  It immediately reminded […]

July 13

As the Trade Deadline Approaches, Can the the Yankees Be Buyers or Sellers?

In the wake of Masahiro Tanaka’s right elbow injury (which we now know to be a partially torn UCL ligament), people have been advocating for two exactly opposite strategies as the trade deadline approaches:  the Yankees should ramp up efforts to trade for impact players or, contrarily, the team should become wholesale sellers at the […]

July 08

The Napping Fan’s Defamation Lawsuit is a Swing and a Miss

I attempted to craft a catchy lede to this post regarding the lawsuit filed by the Yankee fan who fell asleep during the game, but I realized that any sentence I crafted would fall woefully short of the elegant synopsis provided in Andrew Rector’s Complaint (submitted without any corrections): On or about April 13, 2014, […]

April 05

The Real Storylines in the A.L. East for the 2014 Season

With baseball season upon us, the internet is filled with many articles about the “storylines” for each team coming into the season.  These articles typically detail stories like position battles (such as the Ike Davis–Lucas Duda–Josh Satin quagmire), or upcoming milestones, or potential breakouts, etc. Well, here is my take on the storylines that I […]

March 12

The Duality of Brett Wallace

Brett Wallace, who was released today by the Astros, has always been a contradiction. There was a distinct dichotomy between Brett Wallace the “can’t miss” prospect and Brett Wallace the stocky, unathletic player struggling just to find a position on the field.  On one hand, he was considered a tremendous offensive prospect and was one […]

February 27

The Non-Roster Players Invited to Red Sox Camp

Fresh off their 2013 World Championship, the Red Sox appear to be strong contenders to capture the AL East once again, which usually means that non-roster invites have less of a chance to make an impact.  Nonetheless, the Red Sox certainly have a few intriguing names in camp who could play a role in the […]

February 27

Tampa Bay Rays: Non-Roster Invitees Preview

The Rays certainly have a reputation for finding diamonds in the rough.  Here is a quick preview of some of the more interesting free agent invitees to the team’s spring training this season. Erik Bedard:  Bedard is a familiar name in the AL East, having spent a good portion of his career pitching for the […]

February 26

The Non-Roster Invitees of the Baltimore Orioles

The Orioles invited 20 non-roster players to camp, and a few of the most interesting names on the team’s list are profiled here. Alfredo Aceves:  Aceves is both a talented and versatile pitcher, with a notable record of success at the major league level.  So, why is he a non-roster invite?  Because, he very well […]

February 26

The Expendables: The Non-Roster Invitees of the Toronto Blue Jays

I have an unnatural infatuation with baseball non-roster invitees.  The offseason hot-stove rumors and mega-signings do not interest me as much as seeing each team’s list of players who have been signed to minor league deals with invites to spring training. I love the melting-pot aspect of it all.  The players range from young prospects […]

February 13

Alex Rodriguez Finally Moves on From The Faux-Righteous Indignation Phase of His Redemption Plan

For months, Alex Rodriguez told the public that MLB’s investigation was an unjust persecution fueled by ulterior motives of Bud Selig and the Commissioner’s Office.  Rodriguez repeatedly stated that he was “fighting for [his] life” and that the arbitrator’s ruling would not signal his surrender. Yet, last Friday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez unceremoniously dropped his pending […]

December 14

It’s Now Official: For Some Reason, River Avenue Will be Co-Named to Honor Mariano Rivera

Starting next season, fans taking the D train to Yankee Stadium will no longer be exiting at the “161st St. – River Ave.” stop.  Instead, fans will be arriving at the corner of 161st Street and Rivera Avenue. According to Beth DeFalco and George A. King III of the New York Post, on December 10th, […]

December 13

Stop Romanticizing George Steinbrenner’s Ownership: “The Boss” Does Not Belong in Cooperstown

“Mr. Steinbrenner’s team of lawyers has also raised assorted objections to the procedures employed  . . . .  I will not belabor the point other than to state that Mr. Steinbrenner has been afforded a full and fair opportunity to present to me orally and in writing his views and testimony, all of which I […]

December 06

By Signing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees’ Hal Steinbrenner is Finally Breaking Bad

According to most accounts, Hal Steinbrenner, the managing general partner of the Yankees, is a quiet and reserved individual.  In fact, in an interview with Mark Feinsand of the Daily News earlier this year, Steinbrenner described himself as “introverted” and explained that, in sharp contrast to his infamous father, he did not want “to be […]

October 15

Yasiel Puig, Get Off My Lawn!

I am ready for the inevitable backlash. I am prepared to be labeled a killjoy, a party-pooper, and a sourpuss.   I fully understand that I will be branded an unhip malcontent who is unwilling to “get with the times.” And maybe everyone else will be right.  Maybe I am an out-of-touch grouch.  Maybe, at age […]

September 20

There is No Reason to Rename a Street to Honor Mariano Rivera

The 2013 Yankee season has unquestionably – and rightfully – been the season of Mariano Rivera.  When, during his press conference on March 9th, Rivera announced that he would be retiring, everyone understood what would come next. During every road trip, announcers would wonder whether this game could be the last time Rivera pitches at […]

August 20

Why are the Yankees Distancing Themselves From Head Team Physician Dr. Ahmad?

Alex Rodriguez’s newly-retained attorney, Joseph Tacopina, has lodged some serious accusations against the New York Yankees and MLB.  In essence, Tacopina has stated screamed that the Yankees and MLB have been conspiring against Rodriguez in order to simultaneously kick him out of baseball and allow the Yankees to avoid paying the four years remaining on […]

August 16

Two Days in August

(Note:  This article was originally published on August 15th as a fan post on Pinstriped Bible.) Doc Watson, who rose to prominence during the folk music revival of the 1960s and is considered one of the most influential bluegrass and country artists of all time, released an album in 1974 entitled Two Days in November. Clocking […]

August 16

Keep Calm and A-Rod On

Yesterday’s New York Post contained an article titled “‘No pressure on me’: A-Rod finds peace on field with Yankees,” in which Kevin Kernan discusses the fact that Alex Rodriguez “is at baseball peace, with himself and his teammates.”  The article details how Rodriguez finally feels relaxed as he no longer feels that he is under […]

August 08

The 2013 Yankees: I Love It When a Plan Doesn’t Come Together

  During the off-season, Brian Cashman did his best Verbal Kint impression, as he was the man with the plan.  Cashman preached patience and continuously stated that the team could contend with the roster as constituted.  The team’s vacancies (at designated hitter, third-base, and catcher) were filled with second-tier free agents (Travis Hafner, Kevin Youkilis) or in-house players (Chris […]

August 01

Random Thoughts After a Yankee Victory

The Yankee-Dodgers game just ended, and it was a terrific win for the Yankees.  The game had the feel like a 1-0 loss, but the Yankees were able to scrape together a few runs in the ninth inning after Clayton Kershaw was removed from the game despite having  thrown only 97 pitches.  While watching the game, I […]

July 17

Two Quick Thoughts on Leyland’s Decision to Use Mariano Rivera in the Eighth Inning

During last night’s All-Star game, American League manager Jim Leyland called upon Mariano Rivera, the undisputed greatest closer of all time, to pitch the eighth inning.  It was an incredible scene as fans and players (at the game and at home) paid tribute to a truly great baseball player making his last All-Star appearance.  Unfortunately, […]

July 16

Dear Yankee Fans: Stop Trying to Defend Robinson Cano’s Lack of Hustle

There are two undisputed facts about Robinson Cano.  First, he is an amazingly gifted hitter.  Cano is one of the elite offensive players in the game of baseball, and it  is also well-documented that Cano works very hard to perfect his craft. However, there is a second fact about Cano that the Yankee organization and some […]

July 03

Keeping Russell Martin Would Not Have Solved the Problem That is the 2013 Yankee Offense

With the well-documented ineffectiveness of the Yankee offense, many fans have been vociferously lamenting the fact that Russell Martin was not re-signed this offseason.  The party line is that the Yankees failed to re-sign Martin because either Brian Cashman was inept or the Steinbrenner boys were too tight-fisted.  Either way, the proposition being set forth […]

June 30

Thanks for the Great Information ESPN

After Manny Machado hit his 38th double of the season tonight, Elias and the Bristol boys put together this gem for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball broadcast crew to analyze:  the most doubles in a season by a player during his age-20 or younger season.  Clearly, Machado (who turns 21 in 6 days) is well on his way […]

June 28

State of Play: Taking Stock of the 2013 New York Yankees

With yesterday’s lifeless loss to Greg Maddux Derek Holland and the Rangers, the Yankees’ record fell to 42-36, and the team appears to be at a legitimate crossroads as the baseball season nears the halfway point.  The Yankees have seventeen games left before the All-Star break, and how the team performs during this stretch may […]

June 03

Arrested Development Meets Major League Baseball

After a brief seven year hiatus, the fourth season of Arrested Development was released on Netflix this week.  In an interview with A.V. Club, Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of the show, discussed the difficulty in writing and filming the new episodes because of the schedules of all of the actors.  Mr. Hurwitz explained that they […]

May 15

Bryce Harper’s Collision With the Wall is Not an Example of His Passionate Play

From his controlled-rage of a swing to his aggressiveness on the base paths, Bryce Harper plays the game of baseball with an intensity that most fans normally associate with football . . . or mixed martial arts.  For this reason, Harper is often described as “gritty” and “hard-nosed” and any number of other adjectives usually reserved for […]

May 13

The Actual Reason Why the Ratings for Yankee Broadcasts in 2013 are Down

Apparently, through 28 Yankee games on the YES Network this season, the ratings are down 39% compared to the same time span in 2012.   Bob Raissman of the Daily News hypothesized that the main reason for the decline in ratings is the lack of star players, such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, in the […]