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There are currently seven different prospects with roots on Long Island in major league camps this spring training.
Here’s how they’ve fared:
Marcus Stroman, RHP, Blue Jays
Stroman, 22, was born in Medford and selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2012 draft out of Duke University (he was also drafted out of Patchogue-Medford High School but chose not to...Read more »
He's supposed to be the franchise manager and reporters are talkin' 'bout practice?
The Rays have a style all to themselves, and that's no more true than in the following video, featuring manager Joe Maddon honoring 76ers great Allen Iverson by rehashing his famed "practice" answer. Iverson's jersey was retired recently by the 76ers and Maddon is a Pennsylvania native.
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So far the Yankees have had four players among the organization’s more notable prospects play in spring training games.
Here’s how they’ve fared:
Dellin Betances, RHP
Betances has been electric since converting to a full-time relief role last season. In four games this spring, he’s pitched 6.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out five.
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Why wait until Opening Day to finally here the Yankees and Mets new additions announced as part of the team's lineup?
MLB Network has you covered.
The network taped a series of promo spots featuring Yankees PA announcer Paul Olden and Mets PA announcer Alex Anthony.
Olden announces new additions Masahiro Tanaka, Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran. Anthony announced...Read more »
First baseman and trade candidate Ike Davis did not tell the Mets about an oblique injury he had during his poor 2013 season because "the timing was bad," he told the New York Post on Sunday.
But he walked back the severity of the injury during an agitated interview session with reporters on Monday morning.
Several reports indicated a loud discussion between Davis and the Post reporter ...Read more »
New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is sticking up for his $240 million man.
Seattle's skipper criticized Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long for opinions he expressed about Robinson Cano not always hustling to first base on ground balls. Cano was once one of Long’s prized pupils, but the second baseman left the Bronx for Seattle – and a megadeal – in December.
“Last time I checked, I...Read more »
ESPN's newest 30-for-30 short focuses on the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox that nearly happened -- before the Yankees stole him at the last minute.
You may know most of the details, but the excellent production features interviews with all the principals involved (sans A-Rod) including Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.
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Former Stony Brook University baseball player Maxx Tissenbaum was sent to the Tampa Bay organization on Wednesday as part of a seven-player trade between the Padres and Rays.
The full deal:
The Padres get reliever Alex Torres and minor league starter Jesse Hahn.
The Rays get Tissenbaum, versatile utility player Logan Forsythe, reliever Brad Boxberger and minor leaguers Matt Lollis...Read more »
This one is probably not a coincidence.
The MLB Productions crew put together a video showing the history of Japanese players in the major leagues...
That just happened to be released on the same day highly-sought-after righthander Masahiro Tanaka signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the Yankees.
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Here’s what we officially know about the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes: Very little.
Five teams have reportedly submitted formal offers for the highly-coveted Japanese righthander. The Yankees and Dodgers are viewed as the front runners in that group with the Cubs, Diamondbacks and White Sox bringing up the rear (likely in that order).
Now let’s get into the tea leaf reading:
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