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Malachi Hayes

On the World Baseball Classic, what it is, and what it could be

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Reflecting on the ceiling for the international baseball tournament.

As I was piecing together my thoughts for this article, I was curious about something. I wanted to know what people thought. Using a Twitter platform with a larger reach than my own, I was able to pose the question:

Are you excited for the World Baseball Classic?

— South Side Sox (@SouthSideSox) February 7, 2023

250 responses ain’t anything conclusive, but it ain’t nothing either....

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Yankees have three players likely headed to injured list to start season

The team has a few pitchers rehabilitating from injury and could land on the IL to start the season.

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Alex Eisert

Yankees Transaction Trees: Luke Voit

Luke Voit admires a hit against the Orioles in September 2021. | Photo by Chris Bernacchi/Diamond Images via Getty Images

At one point, the Yankees appeared to be the clear winners of the Luke Voit trade. Now, a reliever they gave up has out-earned him.

When the Yankees first acquired Luke Voit for two relievers at the 2018 trade deadline, it looked like a steal. In 39 games down the stretch for the Bombers, Voit clubbed 14 round-trippers and netted 1.6 WAR, a 58-homer and 6.6 WAR...

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Gary Armida

Most Surprising NYY Seasons: 2005 Aaron Small

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Out of nowhere, the career journeyman pitcher saved the 2005 Yankees’ season with an improbable 10-0 record.

“We grew up learning to cheer on the underdog because we see ourselves in them.” — Poet, Shane Koyczan.

One of the best parts of Major League Baseball is watching players do extraordinary things. Last year, we got to witness the greatness of Aaron Judge and his quest for the Yankees’ single season home run record. We saw Jeter go...

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4 top prospects who could make noise in Spring Training

The New York Yankees set their non-roster spring training invites in motion on Tuesday, and while most of them have a long shot to earn an active roster spot, the team did include four of their top prospects in the equation.

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Yankees have 3 players likely headed to injured list to start season

The New York Yankees are entering spring training relatively healthy, with DJ LeMahieu fending off a toe injury that should not be a problem to start the year.

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Andrés Chávez

Derek Jeter, the 2006 AL MVP race, and how he wasn’t really robbed

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As good as The Captain was 17 years ago, several top sluggers and a notable pitcher were better than him.

Derek Jeter had an amazing career — you probably don’t need us to tell you that. He was particularly productive from 1998 to 2006, a period that yielded three World Series titles and five appearances in total. The Captain averaged 5.11 fWAR per campaign over that span, which we will go ahead and call his peak.

The 1999 season was arguably his...

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Esteban Rivera

Yankees Missed At-Bat of the Week: Joey Gallo (6/9)

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This at-bat was a nice showcase of Gallo’s top two skills.

I really did not mean to trigger anybody with this article, but as I was sorting through some quality at-bats from early June, it really stuck out. During the season, every time I wrote an at-bat of the week centered on Joey Gallo, there would be many jokes in the comments. To that I say, even somebody as bad as Gallo was can still have a good at-bat worth looking over!

Perhaps I could have...

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Madison Pavich

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 2/8/23

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The week marches on into Wednesday.

We’re down to just eight days until pitchers and catchers officially report to camp, though by this point many players on the team are already in Tampa getting workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. The position players won’t be far behind, and before we know it the Grapefruit League will be well underway. Does that mean much, ultimately? Not particularly, but I’ll take what I can get to wrap this winter...

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Championship review: Burnley running away with title; Martin ballistic at Swansea; Drameh's Luton class

Burnley are running away with the title, Russell Martin explodes at his Swansea City presser and Cyrus Christie does right by Liam Rosenior at Hull. All this and more from the latest round of the Championship...

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Joshua Diemert

NYY News: Nasty Nestor’s bag of tricks

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What makes Nestor so Nasty; a spring training primer; NRIs for camp; Yankees sign ex-Sox hurler.

FanGraphs | Alex Eisert: There are few pitchers in baseball more fun to watch than Nestor Cortes, who mixes arm angles and deliveries like almost no one else. In particular, his ability to drop his arm slot to sidearm, then come back up to more conventional release points, builds in deception and actually allows his pitches to play up.

MLB.com | Bryan Hoch:...

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Sam Chapman

Reining in expectations for Harrison Bader

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He had a terrific postseason, but offensive expectations should be kept reasonable for Bader.

In a trade deadline that featured a couple of big deals, the one that most exciting at the time (the Frankie Montas trade) has yet to pan out, while the head-scratcher has Yankees fans anticipating big things. Harrison Bader, who came to New York in exchange for Jordan Montgomery, is the one piece they acquired at the deadline that most agree they are looking...

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Joshua Diemert

Yankees announce 29 non-roster invitees for 2023 spring training

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The Martian, among others, will find himself down in Tampa.

Non-roster invitees are always a good signal as to the players a particular organization wants a closer look at. There’s typically a collection of veterans filling out slots within the org, but the big league camp gives an opportunity for prospects to gel with guys that have already made it to the show, and maybe surprise with better batted ball data or other...

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Breaking down all 29 non-roster Spring Training invites

With spring training just around the bend, the New York Yankees are preparing to head down to Tampa. Pitchers and catchers report in just over a week, but the Yankees are keen on giving some of their youth prospects the opportunity to win starting jobs if not land on the 40-man roster.

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Matt Ferenchick

Most Surprising NYY Seasons: 1998 Scott Brosius

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Brosius went from player to be named later to World Series MVP over the course of a magical 1998.

The November 7th deal that sent Kenny Rogers away from New York and to the Oakland Athletics was seemingly just a salary dump to get rid of a free agent signing that very much did not work out. After two less than stellar years of a contracted four, the Yankees were ready to be done with Rogers, and sent him to Oakland for a player to be named...

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Yankees still have a chance to clear over $10 million off the books

If the Yankees want to make any additional moves this off-season, offloading some bad contracts is a priority. It is no secret the general manager Brian Cashman has been trying to offload Josh Donaldson for months now, at the very least saving a portion of his salary and allocating it toward another position.

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Yankees Mock Trade: Sending Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s $6 million

The New York Yankees are preparing to create a position battle at shortstop during spring training. Veteran Isiah Kiner-Falefa will compete with Oswald Peraza and Anthony Volpe, who has been given the green light to fight for an opportunity to win the starting job.

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Andrés Chávez

How Ron Marinaccio can become a reliable weapon for the Yankees

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The right-handed changeup artist is a good reliever, but can become truly dominant with health and decrease in walks.

The Yankees are quietly putting together a potentially dominant bullpen. It will no longer have recent liability Aroldis Chapman, and it will – hopefully – have Michael King and Ron Marinaccio at full strength. Clay Holmes, Wandy Peralta, Jonathan Loásiga, Lou Trivino, Tommy Kahnle, and whoever loses the rotation battle between Clarke...

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Jake Devin

Today on Pinstripe Alley - 2/7/23

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A program for a Tuesday.

Good morning everyone, hope your week is off to a fine start. It’s the last week we’ll have before pitchers and catchers report, so in some ways it’s the last one before our long national nightmare ends. It won’t feel all that real until games start to be played, but spring thaw is nearly upon us.

On the site today, settle in with your coffee and Andres’ discussion of Ron Marinaccio, and how the reliever...

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John Griffin

NYY News: The Jersey Boy is ready for battle

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Anthony Volpe has been prepping to fight for a job since November; for the first time, the Negro Leagues appear in popular videogame series; an FAQ on the league’s new rules.

The Athletic | Brendan Kuty: (subscription required) With spring training imminent, Yankees hitting coach Dillon Lawson talked with Brendan Kuty about several of the team’s hitters, many of whom have spent time at the organization’s complex in Tampa this winter. Of...

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