Newsday's new all-encompassing baseball blog on the Yankees, Mets, MLB and more from around the sport.
BloggersErik Boland Marc Carig Cody Derespina Nick Klopsis Mark La Monica David Lennon Casey Musarra Anthony Rieber
The 2013 MLB season is nearly underway. And with the beginning of every baseball season come the inevitable preseason predictions.
Will the Mets make the playoffs this season? Will the Astros win more than 60 games in thetr debut season in the American League? Will there be more no-hitters this year than last year's seven?
We've made 20 statements about the 2013 MLB season, ranging from...Read more »
The United States will take on the Chicago White Sox in an exhibition game at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Camelback Ranch - Glendale in Glendale, Ariz., before beginning its World Baseball Classic pool play schedule Friday.
David Wright is slated to bat seventh and play third base, and Mark Teixeira will bat sixth and play first base for the U.S. Here's a look at the rest of the starting lineup:
Jimmy...Read more »
Ivan Nova said before the start of spring training he feels he doesn't have anything to prove, and that he's confident he'll earn a spot in the Yankees' starting rotation this year.
The Yankees' organization must be pleased by Nova's attitude, especially after viewing his struggles in 2012 -- 12-8, 5.02 ERA -- as more of an “above the shoulders” issue than a talent problem, as Newsday's Erik...Read more »
Derek Jeter led the majors last season in plate appearances, at-bats and hits en route to a .316 batting average.
Of his 649 at-bats, only 34 weren't from the leadoff position in the lineup. Of his 216 hits, just 10 came when he hit second. (That's a .303 average hitting second, and .317 hitting first.)
Yet, in our latest reader poll -- the science of which rivals nothing -- Jeter was...Read more »
What happens when you mix Yankees ace CC Sabathia, a Segway, and a bunch of friends and family members (one of whom is dressed in a pink suit)? You get a Harlem Shake video.
Sabathia posted a YouTube video on Tuesday of himself, friends and family partaking in the latest Internet sensation.
The lefty pitcher can be seen riding around on a Segway motorized vehicle while other people ride...Read more »
Now that the Yankees will be without Curtis Granderson for 10 weeks, they're going to have to find a suitable replacement. But speed, defensive ability and power are tough to come by from one player. Could aging former Yankee Johnny Damon be that guy?
Damon seems to think so.
“Losing Curtis Granderson is definitely a tough thing to swallow, but with the way I hit at Yankee Stadium and...Read more »
Russell Martin and his 21 home runs from 2012 are gone. In his stead, the Yankees have three unproven commodities: two lifetime backup catchers and a prospect coming off a back injury.
Combined, the trio of Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine have a career batting average of .246, on-base percentage of .312 and an on-base plus slugging percentage of .640. Given 600 plate appearances,...Read more »
David Price, the reigning Cy Young winner, isn’t exactly a favorite among Yankee fans, considering he’s one of the elite pitchers in the AL East. But Price further annoyed them this week, first by criticizing the Yankees’ personal-grooming policy – no beards – and then saying he’d never sign a long-term deal there because of it.
As a result, Price said his Twitter feed (@DAVIDprice14) blew...Read more »
The poll results blog posts here come with two standard items:
1) The results of the poll.
2) The "These results are far from scientific" disclaimer.
There was No. 2. Here comes No. 1: Who will be the fifth starter when the Yankees begin the season?
61% -- Ivan Nova
25% -- David Phelps
9% -- Someone the Yankees go out and sign
5%...Read more »
Even with Roger Clemens saying Tuesday he plans to write a book of his own in the near future, he still has no intention of picking up any pointers from Mike Piazza’s recent autobiography, “Long Shot,” despite his prominent role as a villainous Yankee.
“No, I don’t need to read it,” Clemens said. “If it’s too out of bounds, somebody will text me and we’ll have a good laugh over it.”
The...Read more »