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Yankees Rewatch: Yankees top Twins in thriller

Join us at 6 PM to relive an instant classic! Welcome back for another edition of Yankees Rewatch, a new series at Pinstripe Alley! While we wait for the 2020 season to start, we’ll pull up some of our favorite games to enjoy together. We can chat about what we forgot, what would become important later in the season, or just catch up with old friends from the game threads. As soon as we started this series, we knew it made too much sense to dust off this instant Yankees classic. Billed as...

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Peter Brody

A recent history of Tommy John surgery

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Pitchers are throwing harder than ever, but does this correlate with a higher incidence of Tommy John surgery?

Luis Severino, Chris Sale, Noah Syndergaard. Three giants in the grove of baseball’s pitching elite, felled by the indiscriminate equalizer that is Tommy John surgery (TJS). It seems like more than ever, the game’s biggest stars are succumbing to this common enemy of pitchers. What is driving this epidemic?

Tommy John surgery, or more...

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Joe LoGrippo

How the Yankees have performed during shortened seasons in the past

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With the likelihood of a shortened season rapidly increasing, let’s take a look back at how the Yankees played during abbreviated seasons in years prior.

The Yankees were supposed to have Opening Day under their belt and were scheduled to wrap up their series against the Baltimore Orioles today. Instead, the season remains delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB and the MLBPA recently agreed on a deal for the 2020 season,...

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Ryan Pavich

This Day in Yankees History: Mel Stottlemyre gets released

The future Monument Park plaquer’s playing career ended after 11 seasons with the Yankees.

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with...

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John Griffin

Where do good teams get the most value?

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What do good teams have in common?

How do good teams construct their rosters? It’s a question that fans, sports analysts, and general managers have grappled with for years, and will in all certainty continue to grapple with going forward. With the abundance of time that exists due to the lack of baseball games being played, I figured now would be a good time to dive into how the 2019 teams constructed their roster, and see what trends, if any, were...

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Joshua Diemert

How a cancelled season affects Gerrit Cole’s value

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The fundamental principle of long-term deals takes a hit with no 2020 season

For the first time, I’m seriously entertaining the notion that the 2020 MLB season will be wholeheartedly canceled. The agreement between MLB and MLBPA to not hold games until the CDC’s recommendations against mass gatherings have ended makes it incredibly difficult to play enough games to make both the regular season and playoffs meaningful.

This carries a lot of...

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Ryan Pavich

Sunday’s open thread

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Here’s your open thread for Sunday!

Hello everyone, hope you’re all doing well. Feel free to use this as your open thread for the day, and discuss to your heart’s content.

Fun Questions

1. Over/under 2.5 Gleyber home runs we would’ve gotten on Opening Weekend?

2. Do you follow any esports?

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Ryan Pavich

NYY News: Pocketed Aces

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New York pitching robbed of a potentially historic year; German’s suspension will end in 2020; A-Rod gives his thoughts to the White House

NY Post | Joel Sherman: Pitching in New York was set to be better than it has been in a long time, with aces in both franchises at their peaks. Sadly, we won’t be getting a full season of Gerrit Cole or Jacob DeGrom this year, and that’s significant because of the contracts that both pitchers are on. Both players are...

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Aaron Boone shuts down talk of Aaron Judge moving to first base

Limiting wear and tear on Aaron Judge is a real concern for the New York Yankees, but dramatically altering his spot in the field will not be the way. Appearing this week on ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone shut down the notion of Judge potentially moving from right field to first base. “No, no, no, no,” said Boone, per George A. King III of the New York Post. “Sometimes when a guy has a few injuries, and significant injuries, sometimes there is...

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Ryan Chichester

PSA Plays MLB The Show, series recap: Yankees vs. Orioles

How did the computer like the Yanks’ chances of beating the lowly O’s?

Welcome everybody to the start of the 2020 season! No, it’s not the kind of season that you can buy a ticket to or stream on FoxSportsGo, but as Josh presented the other day, this is the start of our PSA Plays MLB The Show series. We’re going to bring you the next chapter of Yankees baseball, as told by computer simulation.

Opening Day: Yankees 10, Orioles 5

The Bombers opened the season with a three-game set...

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Andrés Chávez

Delayed start of the season would give injured Yankees plenty of time to return

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Hicks, Paxton, Judge, and Stanton could all be ready when it’s time to play baseball again

Per the new agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Players Association (MLBPA), the 2020 season won’t start until teams can safely travel and taking part in games doesn’t represent a health risk for teams and fans around America. Given that the United States now leads the coronavirus cases’ table, we can safely conclude that there won’t be...

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Matt Ferenchick

This Day in Yankees History: Yanks and Sox made a deal

Back in 1986, the two rivals completed a trade with each other for the first time in 14 years.

Welcome to the relaunched This Day in Yankees History. With the start of the 2020 season delayed for the foreseeable future, the Pinstripe Alley team decided to revive the program in a slightly different format. These daily posts will highlight two or three key moments in Yankees history on a given date, as well as recognize players born on the day. Hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane with...

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John Griffin

Is it significant that Deivi Garcia was sent down to Double-A?

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Could the top prospect find himself demoted after a rough spring training?

You’d be forgiven if you missed it amidst all the other news going on, but Thursday night, the Yankees made a couple of roster moves, optioning Thairo Estrada, Ben Heller, and Michael King to Scranton and Deivi Garcia to Double-A Trenton.

While just a housekeeping move, considering the fact that there won’t be a professional baseball game played anytime soon, these decisions...

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Evan Ernst

The Yankees should embrace seven-inning doubleheaders

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The new format presents an opportunity for the pitching staff.

On Thursday, Pinstripe Alley covered how weekly doubleheaders might work as a means to wring more games from an abbreviated 2020 schedule. It’s a proposition the league appears to be taking seriously, and now an additional wrinkle might be considered: limiting the games in doubleheaders to seven innings apiece.

While it may offend the sensibilities of some traditionalists, the idea has some...

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Tyler Norton

Saturday’s open thread

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Start your weekend off with an open thread

How did everyone’s week go? Have you settled into this new normal yet? I’m starting to get the hang of it, I think. With no baseball for the foreseeable future, we’ll have to make do with other topics. Have at it!

Fun Questions

How many strikeouts would Gerrit Cole have had on Opening Day? Have you had to home school because of the shutdowns?

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Ryan Pavich

NYY News: Tampa Bay Yankees?

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Tampa Bay could be Yankees home field in 2020; Pressure on Yankees to win if season is played; Bucky Dent’s phone blows up after replays of famous home run

NJ.com | Randy Miller: If a major league baseball season is played in 2020 with fans in attendance, the Yankees may be in trouble. New York is the biggest hotspot in the country for the virus’ outbreak, and getting fans into Yankee Stadium safely may not be a possibility. MLB and the team are looking...

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Aaron Esposito

ALCS Game Five Rewind: James Paxton’s playoff arrival

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James Paxton came up clutch when the Yankees’ backs were against the wall in Game Five of the ALCS against the Astros

The Yankees’ final win of the 2019 season was an important one, despite the fact that their season would come to an end the next night. After taking Game One in Houston, the Yankees lost three straight, including a gut-wrenching extra innings loss in Game Two and back-to-back losses in front of their home crowd at Yankees Stadium. In a...

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John Griffin

Coronavirus deal between MLB, Players Association puts season in serious jeopardy

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New details revealed about agreement shows just how likely it is that we won’t see baseball until 2021.

The labor deal between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, first reported last night, has been made official, according to Jeff Passan.

New details have emerged about the deal now that it is in place. Most significantly, the league and players both agreed that games will not be played until travel restrictions and bans on mass...

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Dan Kelly

Shortstop is among the deepest positions in the Yankees’ system

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The Yankees have invested heavily in young shortstop talent over the last few years.

Last week I took a look at the third base position within the Yankees’ minor league system. The conclusion was that third base was a weakness in the system. This week we will look at shortstop, and it is a very different feel as it is one of the deepest and most talented positions in the Yankees’ system.

Over the last few seasons the Yankees have...

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Tyler Norton

PSA Night at the Movies: Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story

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Join us tonight as we watch a Chien-Ming Wang documentary

Chien-Ming Wang’s success with the Yankees burned bright and fast. His trademark sinker had the weight of a bowling ball. He dared batters to give him their best swings, More often than not, when they did, they hit the ball on the ground for an easy out. Wang’s peak, from 2006-2007, saw him finish second in the Cy Young voting in ‘06.

A baserunning accident in Houston in...

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