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    Pride and Pinstripes: Inside the New York Yankees

    Yankees to offer more in-depth insight into what life is like in Yankeeland

    By Dustin Ramsey,

    New York, NY -- Early today, a spokesperson for Yankees Global Enterprises LLC announced the launch of a new interactive program dubbed "Pride and Pinstripes". The new program will give fans a more in depth look into what goes on in the General Manager’s office that MLB the Show 17 simply can’t keep up with. Thus, the Yankees, MLB the Show 17 and Out of the Park Baseball 18 have teamed up to give the fans this new product.

    ‘Pride and Pinstripes’ will deviate from ESPN and YES Network as the program launches an entirely new platform, accompanied by a new website ( and a television channel to go with a team of writers and on-screen reporters. P&P also offers a mobile application, and will introduce two television shows detailing both what’s going on in the minor leagues, and what’s going on behind the scenes at the major league level. Fans will get a front office view like they’ve never gotten before.

    P&P is also introducing their first series, “Path to Pinstripes”, which will feature the Yankees minor league prospects and follow the minor league affiliates of the New York Yankees. Given the up and coming talent in the Minor Leagues, the Yankees should be able to provide plenty of interest for fans and viewers alike.

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    Pitchers and catchers have officially reported to Spring Training

    By Dustin Ramsey,

    New York, NY -- Pitchers and catchers have officially reported. Now, the flurry of tweets and news stories about pitchers and catchers reporting generally only serve as a reminder of how uneventful pitchers and catchers reporting actually is. There's not much more than some footage of players arriving in parking lots at team facilities, and a handful of shots of players stretching on a field where it is much warmer than where you are.

    Still, if pitchers and catchers reporting serves any useful purpose, it's that a signal of our national nightmare is over. Baseball really is about to return, if not entirely in earnest, with the commencement of spring training games in a matter of days. Now, with those unimportant but very real baseball games right around the corner, it's important to remember one thing: spring training doesn't matter.

    Okay, that's not entirely fair. Spring training matters in that it allows players to get their sea legs back after a cold winter. It matters because heading straight into the regular season without warning wouldn't allow players or fans adequate time to prepare for meaningful baseball. But what really, really doesn't matter in spring training are the numbers.

    It seems that every year, most on-lookers enter spring training with the knowledge that the statistics produced by these meaningless games are themselves meaningless, and every year, we find ourselves overreacting to some of them. It was only last year that the Orioles tried to back out of a multi-year deal handed out to Korean import Hyun Soo Kim after he started spring training with an 0-for-23 stretch (Kim ended up with a 119 wRC+ in 346 regular season plate appearances).

    Before getting too worked up about any of the seemingly outlandish and noteworthy performances that emerge this spring training, remind yourself of all the odd things that have happened in recent springs, and how little they mattered. Barring a player hitting multiple home runs every game, or a pitcher striking out almost every batter he faces, every number that emerges this spring should be taken with a truckload of salt.

    Look no further than just last year to find misleading spring performances. The two most impressive hitting performances for the Yankees probably belonged to Starlin Castro (.944 OPS in 49 at-bats) and Aaron Hicks (.856 OPS in 49 at-bats). Clearly that didn't mean much, as both posted regular season OPS figures more than 200 points lower.

    On the pitching side, the talk of last spring was Bryan Mitchell, who unfortunately suffered a foot injury that cost him most of the season. Beyond Mitchell, Chasen Shreve was extremely impressive, as he was nearly perfect, allowing no runs and just two base-runners in 10 spring innings. He then posted an ERA over five as a reliever in 2016.

    Going past just last year, it seems almost too fitting that the most impressive starting pitchers have generally been Michael Pineda and Nathan Eovaldi. Since 2014, Eovaldi has thrown 33.1 innings with a 2.50 ERA and 30 strikeouts in spring training, while Pineda has posted a sterling 2.25 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 48 spring innings. Add that to the running list of ways in which those two have managed to befuddle fans and evaluators alike.

    There's just no way to assign meaning to spring numbers because the numbers are created under meaningless circumstances. Once the games are acknowledged as inconsequential, everyone involved no longer has to behave as if the results matter. Players can tinker with their approach in ways they would hesitate to in July. Managers can trot out minor-league caliber lineups.

    Small sample sizes allow the level of competition to skew the numbers: hitters who face an inordinate number of terrible pitchers get a bump, pitchers who have the misfortune of facing only major-leaguers face a disadvantage, and vice versa.

    Now this isn't to say that spring training isn't worth any attention. Rather than focus on the numbers that are produced, we can focus on the players' underlying processes. Is a reliever throwing with significantly increased velocity? Has a starting pitcher unveiled an interesting new breaking ball? Has a position player introduced (or eliminated) a leg kick in his swing? We may not be able to glean anything from the results produced by such spring training adjustments, but they are still worth keeping an eye on, to see if they persist into the actual season.

    Just don't get caught up in the moment and place undue importance on the stats. Doing so generally leads to embarrassing situations like the one the Orioles faced with Kim, as they tried to cut a valuable player because of a bad week or two in March. Instead of looking foolish, just try to accept spring training for what it is: a fun exhibition and a needed change from the long offseason, rather than a sure sign of what's to come when the real season starts.

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    An extremely well-written article to start things off immediately gains my attention and respect. Glad to be following this from the beginning. Good luck to you, sir.

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    Wow man this looks awesome. Wish I had the time to post a baseball chise. Keep it up!

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    Yankees enter spring training with legitimate interests

    By Billy Witz,

    Tampa, FL -- As pitchers and catchers reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday morning for their first official day of spring training, they were greeted by an unusual sight: a parade of hydraulic lifts, buzzing power tools and workers in hard hats hustling to finish a $40 million improvement project in time for the preseason opener 10 days away.

    The Yankees’ spring training home looked much like the team itself these days — a work in progress.

    The Yankees enter the season as young and untested as they have been in decades: They could have as many as five starting players under age 28 on opening day and will almost certainly have only one member of the starting rotation — C. C. Sabathia — who is older than 29.
    Gone are Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran.

    The welcome mat has been rolled out for Gary Sanchez and … well, it is not certain who else.

    The Yankees may be brimming with talent — their farm system, fallow for so long, was rated No. 2 by Baseball America — but few of their prospects have established themselves as cornerstones of this rebuilding project. For the first time in many years, spring training may be more than a leisurely exercise to prepare for the start of the season.

    Greg Bird will have to show that he has shaken off a year of inactivity owing to a shoulder operation if he is to win the first-base job. In right field, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin will have to show more consistency than they delivered in August and September, and Aaron Hicks will have to show that there is life in his bat after a listless 2016.

    Two spots in the starting rotation could go to any of five pitchers: Luis Severino, Adam Warren, Chad Green, Luis Cessa and Bryan Mitchell. At least that many candidates will audition for the final two spots in the bullpen.

    The leadoff hitter will most likely be Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury. The spot in the lineup where the other will hit is uncertain.

    “Usually, when you come in with the Yankees, you don’t have that much competition,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “You can look at — there’s first base, right field. You look at our rotation, a couple spots in the bullpen. They’re going to have to be sorted out in the next seven or so weeks. We have plenty of time to do that, but we have more competition.”

    The competition should add some zest to spring training once position players report on Friday and the preseason games begin Feb. 24. Teams are reporting a week earlier than usual to allow players more time to prepare for the World Baseball Classic, which begins in early March. Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius (the Netherlands) and relievers Dellin Betances (the Dominican Republic) and Tyler Clippard (the United States) are scheduled to participate.

    Gregorius’s absence will allow the Yankees a look at their top-rated prospect, shortstop Gleyber Torres, 20, who is expected to begin the season at Class AA Trenton.

    “They need to get the feeling of what it’s like playing next to veteran players or guys that are big league players,” Girardi said. “He is a shortstop, and Didi’s going away, so there’s going to be some days there.”

    The uncertainty is not limited to the competition. The three starting pitchers who have set roles — Masahiro Tanaka, who is set to start on opening day for the third consecutive year, along with Michael Pineda and Sabathia — can all be free agents after this season.

    Then there is Girardi, who is entering his 10th season as the team’s manager — and the last year of his contract.

    “It doesn’t really impact me,” Girardi said of his status. “I’m going to go do my job the same way and the way that I believe is the right way to do it. I won’t seek any clarity. They have not extended managers as long as I can remember during the course of the season. I’ll just go do my job, and whatever happens happens.”

    As dynamic as Boston appears to be — after adding starting pitcher Chris Sale in a trade, the Red Sox are the favorites in the American League East — the Yankees are as optimistic as any other team in baseball.

    Girardi pointed out that the Yankees had put together a roster of young talent with a sprinkling of veterans, just as the last two World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals and the Chicago Cubs, did. And he said the Yankees’ goal was the same as always: to win a World Series. But as Sabathia acknowledged, “it will be a little more comfortable for us because nobody’s expecting anything out of us.”

    The change in expectations might have been visible in the audience for Girardi’s initial news conference, which was more sparsely attended than in recent years, when Derek Jeter’s impending retirement, Alex Rodriguez’s return from suspension and Aroldis Chapman’s domestic-violence episode drew columnists from around the country at the start of spring training.

    As Girardi prepared to leave the lectern when the news conference was over, he nearly tripped, lurching forward before catching himself.

    He quipped that it would not have been a good way to start the season — one filled with so much youth, inexperience and uncertainty that it might not be easy for the Yankees to find their footing.

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    Another excellent article. I feel like you're one of the few chisers on here that I take the time to actually read them because they are so well written.

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    Angelos' Death Cast Shadow Over 2017 Season

    By Dustin Ramsey,

    Baltimore, MD -- Angelos Funeral Tomorrow in Baltimore: Despondent and forlorn are the streets of Baltimore today. The Baltimore Orioles baseball team has lost its leader, owner Peter Angelos. He died suddenly yesterday, while on vacation. Club officials briefed the press today on the situation and released funeral plans. Services will be held day after tomorrow in Baltimore.

    As far as who will take over for Angelos, the Baltimore Orioles spokesman indicated it would be dealt with in the near future, but he had no word on who the successor would be. Press speculation is that Angelos's son, Peter, would be his replacement as owner. The younger Angelos Jr. was characterized by sources high up in the Baltimore Orioles hierarchy as charitable when it comes to money and tolerant when it comes to management.

    Note: This is why I chose to do a OOTP series, because of fun side storylines like this.

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    Didi Gregorius will miss the first four weeks of the season with a rotator cuff injury

    By Dustin Ramsey,

    Baltimore, MD -- The Yankees received dark news out of Scottsdale, AZ this morning as they learned shortstop Didi Gregorius was diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his shoulder. Gregorius strained it in on a foul ball in the seventh inning of 3-2 loss to Venezuela that officially eliminated Team Netherlands. Gregorius walked in the at-bat, and his turn in the lineup did not come again.

    Gregorius had been one of the best players on the team. He was relegated to designated hitter duties behind Xander Bogaerts, but he responded magnificently. Gregorius hit for a .450 (9-for-20) average with a home run, and five runs scored. He was the team's’ top performer throughout the tournament, hitting in the second hole.

    “It’s pretty disappointing,” said Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, “You want to see your guys go out and do cool things like play in the World Baseball Classic, and it’s really fun when those guys are performing well. So to see it end in a result like this is just disappointing.”

    So what does this mean for the Yankees? It means that the Yankees will keep both Ronald Torreyes and Rob Refsnyder up at the major league level instead of having to choose one. The Yankees are a little hamstrung as far as a starter, as Refsnyder can’t play shortstop. That only leaves Torreyes, and possibly Starlin Castro as the team’s only shortstops.

    It’s certainly not how the team wanted to end spring training, but that’s baseball. Gregorius is expected back in roughly four weeks.

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    Several Yankees made an impact on the World Stage at the WBC

    By Dustin Ramsey,

    New York, NY -- The Yankees welcomed four teammates to Spring Training on Sunday as the World Baseball Classic came to a close. Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard and Team USA won the tournament on Saturday, defeating Venezuela 10-2. I’m sure Clippard would’ve liked to claim that he had an integral part in Team USA’s ultimate victory. Unfortunately, despite staying with the team throughout the tournament, Clippard did not see any game action.

    Three Yankees did see game actions and two showed some very positive signs heading into the upcoming season. Luis Severino became an out of nowhere star for Team Dominican Republic. After not being expected to even participate, he earned the first start to open the tournament. He didn’t disappoint, leading the Dominican team to a 4-3 win over Colombia on March 9th. Severino threw 6.2 IP, allowing 3 hits and 1 earned run, while striking out five. He doubled down on his efforts nine days later against the eventual champions. This time, Severino netted 7.0 one-run innings, striking out six along the way in a 6-5 Dominican victory. Severino’s performance was truly impressive given his circumstances and it bodes well for his year in Pinstripes.

    Didi Gregorius also played a big part for Team Netherlands, as they made it to the semi-finals. Gregorius had to take a back seat at shortstop to Xander Bogaerts, but earned plenty of playing time as the team’s designated hitter. Gregorius went 9-for-20 with a solo homer, and three runs scored, for an impressive .450 batting average. The impressive showing from Gregorius catapulted Team Netherlands, and will hopefully help the Yankees out come May. Gregorius isn’t likely to make his debut until the end of April, as he strained his rotator cuff in Team Netherlands March 22nd loss to Venezuela. He’s expected to miss about four weeks.

    The final player in the Yankees organization to participate in the World Baseball Classic was reliever Dellin Betances who served as closer for the Dominican team. Betances was certainly less impressive than his Yankee counterparts. He did earn saves against Colombia on March 9th and the United States on March 12th, however he really struggled in a rematch with the U.S. team on March 18th, blowing a save and giving up four runs in the process. Following the game, Betances was removed from the closer spot and did not play again in the WBC. Maybe it was Betances - who was born in New York - giving one up for his countrymen or perhaps he was just having an off night. Either way, Yankees fans shouldn’t worry too much.

    Instead, Yankees fans should be excited to have these guys back in camp as the regular season approaches.

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    Another excellent article. I feel like you're one of the few chisers on here that I take the time to actually read them because they are so well written.

    Ha, you can probably expect the quality of the writing to drop off significantly.

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