On-Base Perception

Newsday's new all-encompassing baseball blog on the Yankees, Mets, MLB and more from around the sport.

Nick Swisher on Brett Gardner: 'He's killing it, man'

Brett Gardner #11 of the Yankees connects for

(Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash)

Former Yankee Nick Swisher has been impressed with Brett Gardner and the power surge that has resulted in a career-best 15 homers.

"He's killing it, man,'' Swisher said Saturday before the Indians beat the Yankees, 3-0, at Yankee Stadium. "Signing that contract was probably the best thing to ever happen to him. He can relax now . . . He knows now that when he gets in those fastball counts,...

Read more »

Dellin Betances’ curveball ranked AL’s best

Dellin Betances of the Yankees pitches in the

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Dellin Betances rarely gets the hook from his manager. That’s probably because opposing managers hate getting the hook from Betances.

The Yankees reliever's curveball was rated the best in the American League in a Baseball America survey of all 30 MLB managers.

Betances also finished as runner-up to Kansas City’s Greg Holland for the AL’s best reliever.

Other Yankees featured were:...

Read more »

Yu Darvish blames Brett Gardner's parents for home runs

Brett Gardner of the Yankees runs the bases

(Credit: Getty Images / Ronald Martinez)

Brett Gardner is having a career year. He's batting .276 with a .352 on-base percentage, 17 stolen bases and a career-best 12 home runs to go along with excellent defense in left and centerfield. His .789 on-base plus slugging percentage leads the Yankees.

And Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish knows who's to blame for the breakout.

Gardner's parents.

Following Gardner's two home runs...

Read more »

Brett Gardner's rare Subway Series feat

Yankees batter Brett Gardner, center, is welcomed at

(Credit: Ray Stubblebine)

Brett Gardner's two-out grand slam against Bartolo Colon on Monday turned out to be inconsequential in an eventual Mets victory.

But, in the 100th game the teams have played against each other, Gardner's home run was just the seventh grand slam either team has hit. The Yankees have hit five of them, the Mets two.

Here are the others (click on the date for a full game recap and box score):

-...

Read more »

Video: Joe Girardi, Shawn Kelley ejected by Laz Diaz

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, right, argues

(Credit: AP / Chris Carlson)

Umpire Laz Diaz has a reputation for taking a tense moment and ratcheting the drama up a few degrees.

So what happened Monday night in Anaheim should have been no surprise.

Shawn Kelley was walking off the field after a rough outing during which he'd walked four hitters, allowing the go-ahead run to score for the Angels. Kelley, heading back to the dugout, was not pleased with Diaz's...

Read more »

advertisement | advertise on newsday

Baseball highlights

Vote

Which team will win the 2nd AL Wild Card?

Yankees Tigers/Royals Indians Mariners

Newsday baseball on Twitter

advertisement | advertise on newsday