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Whether he's rehabbing from Tommy John surgery or not, you're still going to strike out against Matt Harvey.
A seemingly harmless tweet from the Mets phenom at 6:14 a.m. Monday morning drew the ire of a Yankees fan on Twitter. That comment prompted a rebuke from Harvey and eventually the righthander fired a few well placed metaphorical fastballs to end the interaction.
Here's how the...Read more »
The Yankees are already on the move after the announcement Saturday that Alex Rodriguez's suspension was dropped from 211 games to 162 games.
The team signed veteran infielder Scott Sizemore to a minor-league deal, according to multiple reports and first reported by the New York Post's Ken Davidoff. The 29-year-old has the ability to play second and third base. The Yankees will need depth...Read more »
Comparing Craig Biggio with other Hall of Fame second basemen is a keystone cop-out.
The prominent argument promoting Biggio's continued Cooperstown candidacy has revolved around the Kings Park native's 3,060 hits, a milestone total that typically guarantees election to the Hall. The only players with at least 3,000 hits not in the Hall are Biggio, Derek Jeter (active), Rafael Palmeiro (performance-enhancing...Read more »
Vernon Wells broke the news himself. Sort of.
The outfielder tweeted out a series of messages seemingly signifying that his time with the Yankees was over:
Be thankful and grateful in all things. Embrace each chapter in your book of life. — Vernon Wells (@VernonWells10) January 10, 2014
Thank you @Yankees for the opportunity to be a part of such a storied...Read more »
A fraction of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America have identified their Hall of Fame votes, which earlier this week sent Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas to Cooperstown.
So, of the folks identified, here are the worst ballots filed (non-Ken Gurnick division) in descending order:
4. Barry Rozner, Chicago Daily Herald and William Center, San Diego Union...Read more »
The Mets’ “will they-won’t they” pursuit of free agent shortstop Stephen Drew has all the drama of a series of text messages between high school crushes.
Drew: “Hey. I might go to the mall later with the Boston Red Sox, but if you’d rather hang out… But whatevs. Up 2 U.”
Mets: “Whatever u wanna do. FYI - not really looking for anything long-term.”
Red Sox: “Chillin’...Read more »
The Mets have signed catcher Taylor Teagarden to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major league spring training, the team announced Monday.
The 30-year-old has played in just 163 games over the course of six seasons in MLB with the Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He's a career .206 hitter with a .266 OBP, 20 home runs and 63 RBIs.
Teagarden will likely compete with Anthony...Read more »
The official tally will be revealed Wednesday at 2 p.m., but it appears that, for the second year in a row, Mike Piazza will miss out on election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, falling short of the 75 percent threshold for election.
Two excellent resources, Baseball Think Factory and @weird_meat, have tallied the ballots of the numerous...Read more »
Mike Piazza may finally get the Hall call this year.
Research by Baseball Think Factory shows that Piazza's Hall of Fame case is picking up steam in many of the ballots revealed by voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Players must get 75 percent of the vote to be elected to the Hall. Piazza received 57.8 percent of the vote in 2013, his first year of eligibility.
With...Read more »
Yankees president Randy Levine made steroid jokes involving Robinson Cano to Alex Rodriguez via e-mail twice during the summer of 2012, according to excerpts of several exchanges released by New York Magazine.
The series of emails allows a rare insight into the relationship between Levine and Rodriguez. What starts with lighthearted exchanges that sometimes verge on the edge of parody turns...Read more »