Thursday, December 27, 2012

New York Yankees agree to terms with outfielder Matt Diaz

Former Atlanta Braves outfielder Matt Diaz
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the New York Yankees have agreed to a minor league deal with right hand  hitting outfielder Matt Diaz.

Diaz, 34, spent last season with the Atlanta Braves.  In 51 games he hit .222 with two home runs and 13 RBI.  Diaz went on the disabled list in July with a bruised right thumb and eventually had surgery to remove splinters which ended his season.

Diaz for his career is a .291 hitter in 726 career games.

With the Yankees having Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki, and Brett Gardner patroling the outfield and losing Nick Swisher to the Cleveland Indians, they are in need of a right hand hitting outfielder, which likely prompted the reason to sign Diaz.

The Yankees are reported also in talks of a trade to get Scott Hairston.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I'm baaaaaaaaack

Hello Yankees fans,

Obviously I haven't been on here in a long time, about a season and then some.  There were a lot of personal things going on in my life and other writing opportunities that distracted me from this page.  I've decided enough is enough, I love writing and need some more experience.  I'm revamping Kelsey's Pinstripe Corner and bringing back my Yankees intake.  I'm looking forward to getting back to working on this page.  Thank you for reading!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

September 28, 2011: The reason I love baseball

It was just past midnight.  Two games, two seasons were on the line.  Everyone in the stands, everyone at home on the edge of their seats, holding their breath.  One swing could change everything.  It took two swings to turn September 28, 2011 one of the single greatest nights in baseball history.

The American League wild card winner was coming down to this one night.  Either the Boston Red Sox or Tampa Bay Rays were walking away this night with postseason birth.

Let's backtrack a little bit...

The Boston Red Sox started the 2011 season as one of the top favorites to win the 2011 World Series.  They were projected to be too great for the old and creaking New York Yankees who missed out on Cliff Lee and mistakenly resigned a "finished" Derek Jeter to a bad contract. According to majority of the baseball world, the Red Sox were unbeatable and everyone should forfeit.

Fast forward...

September arrives, the most important month of the season as divisions are closing in.  The Red Sox shouldn't have a problem, right? Wrong!

The Red Sox performed one of the biggest collapses in the history of the game going 20-7 in the final month of the regular season.  Starting 9 games ahead in the wild card race, the Red Sox let the Rays catch all the way up to this very night.  Both teams came into this final night of the regular season tied up for the American League wild card.  The Rays played their hearts out in September and the Red Sox were slowly falling apart.

The night started off looking in the favor of the Red Sox.  Up 3-2 over the last place Baltimore Orioles and Jon Lester on the mound while the Rays trailed the Yankees 7-0.  The Red Sox players went into a rain delay without too much of a worry on their shoulders.  Yankees are winning 7-0, they should hold onto that lead, right? Nope.

When the Red Sox and Orioles resumed their game after the delay, the Rays caught up to the Yankees and were now trailing 7-6.  Not long after Dan Johnson hit his second home run of the season off Corey Wade right over the right field wall.  The game was now tied.

The Red Sox and Orioles game didn't seem like a walk in the park anymore.  Still up by one run they needed to hold the lead to at least try for a game 163 if need be.

Bottom of the 9th, same score, the Red Sox bring in their closer Jonathan Papelbon to try and save the season for at least another day.  What seemed like in the blink of an eye, Robert Andino drives in the game winning run for the Orioles in a bloop single to left where Carl Crawford could not make the shoestring catch. The Orioles are in a frenzy celebrating while the Red Sox sulk off the field in a stunned silence.  A lot of the baseball world couldn't believe what had just happened.

Just a few minutes later, also what seemed like in the blink of an eye, Evan Longoria takes Scott Proctor deep to left field for the game winning home run.  The game winning home run that officially named the Tampa Bay Rays the American League wild card winners and eliminated the Boston Red Sox from any playoff chances.

You don't have to be a fan of any of these teams that were involved in this magical night.  A true baseball fan can really taste the magic behind it all.  It puts everyone on the edge of their seat knowing at any second two destinies will be changed.  It's one of the biggest reasons why I love the game of baseball.  September 28, 2011 was the perfect display and I will never forget it for the rest of my life.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Injuries to Stars Lead to Knee-jerk Reactions

My cousin Phil pointed out something very interesting to me today.

In the beginning of baseball season there was an outcry for a new rule in home plate collisions after the season ending injury to San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.  "Baseball needs to change the rules!" "Baseball needs to protect their catchers!"

My cousin and I were two of a lot of others that spoke against these claims.  Honestly, did people really forget this game?  Home plate collisions are part of it.  They used to happen constantly.  There's even a countdown on MLB Network for the most notable collisions.

One of the things I said during this outcry was that if this wasn't Buster Posey, if this was any other catcher that wasn't a fan favorite rookie-of-the-year, no one...I mean NO ONE...would have said anything.

Fast forward...

This September the Yankees played a game against the Baltimore Orioles where back-up catcher Francisco Cervelli was involved in a home plate collision.  He suffered his fourth concussion and is out for the remainder of the season.

Now you're wondering what the public outcry for "protecting catchers" said about this.  Oh wait...they said NOTHING.

Why didn't anyone put up an outcry over this?  It's plain and simple:  outside of the Bronx, Cervelli is a nobody.  He isn't a World Series champion rookie-of-the-year.  He isn't a player who was predicted to be a future superstar.  He's just the back-up catcher for the New York Yankees.  That's it.

To all of the Buster Olney's out there:  stop making a big stink over nothing.  It's not worth it.  Maybe if you actually paid any attention to the game of baseball, you would know that this is a thing that happens in the game once in a while.  Not to mention that the hit to Posey was a perfectly clean hit.  This is a perfect example of fans, media, etc jumping the gun before really thinking about what just happened.

I quote my cousin Phil as he said to me this morning:  "Funny how injuries to superstars lead to knee-jerk reactions."