Off Day Open Thread: 8/27/15

Good afternoon, everyone. We are about to enter the home stretch and the Yankees are dragging themselves into September by their arms as if their legs are paralyzed or broken - think James Caan in Misery. That's how the Yankees are finishing up this month and it is not pretty.

Since they're playing like crap, and I have nothing more to add to that analysis, I have decided to put up an open thread for the night.

Feel free to vent (no caps lock) about how they've been playing, discuss other games on the docket today that have may playoff implications, oh, and most importantly, if you have a question for Dom, EJ or yours truly, leave them below because we're recording a podcast tonight! It will be up tomorrow morning for your listening pleasure. And in case you missed the last podcast two weeks ago, you can listen here.

Have a good evening!

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Home Run Derby Open Thread

Welcome to the Home Run Derby Open Thread! Things are going to be different this year. The derby's now a single-elimination tournament, with three rounds.

Here are the contestants in the order of how they're seeded:

And here's the bracket! (Very exciting stuff!) home-run-derby-bracket-2015.0

Here are all of the details of the new and improved contest:

In each round, the better seed will hit second.


Each of the three rounds will consist of five minutes per batter, per round, with the time starting when the first pitch is thrown. For any home runs hit in the final minute, the clock will stop, and won't start again until the batter either hits a ball that isn't a home run or swings and misses.


Batters are allowed one 45-second timeout per round.


Batters can earn up to 90 seconds of bonus time during each round -- one minute for hitting two home runs at least 420 feet, and 30 seconds for hitting one home run at least 475 feet. The bonus will be awarded at the end of the round, with the clock never stopping during bonus time.


The batter with the most home runs in each round moves on. If the two contestants are tied, they will take part in a 90-second swing-off with no time stoppages. If the round is still tied after the 90-second swing-off, the two batters will alternate three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.


If the second batter passes the first batter, the round will end regardless of time remaining.

MLB's Statcast™ will provide the official measurements of all of the Derby homers.

As usual, keep the comments respectful and have fun!

UPDATE: There has been severe weather in Cincinnati on and off all day and it looks like the next real threat is around 11pm so they will now have four minute rounds instead of five and no more than a 30 sec bonus for 420 ft (or more) home runs.

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Off Day Open Thread: 7/6/15

Gardner vs LAA It's an off day and it's a slow news day so we're doing an open thread. The Yankees start a three-game series with the A's tomorrow, are going to Boston for a three-gamer over the weekend and then the All-Star break will be upon us. Can you believe it? This season seems to be flying by.

When I saw today's date, I realized I attended a game that ended in an exciting way so I decided to take a look back at this day in Yankees' history.

Seven years ago tonight, Brett Gardner hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning off Jonathan Papelbon to lead the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. I was at the game with a Red Sox fan. I went home happy, she didn't. Too bad, so sad.

Five years ago tonight, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs and collected five RBI en route to a 6-1 over the A's.

Three years ago tonight, the Yankees participated in a bit of a slugfest with the Red Sox that was in 5-5 tie after the first inning came to a close and ended 10-8 in the Yankees' favor. Hiroki Kuroda and Josh Beckett started the game while Boone Logan got the win and Andrew Miller picked up the loss.

A year ago this afternoon, Derek Jeter played in his last game in Target Field and finished with three hits. Well, his last regular season, non-All Star game at Target Field. Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits including a home run and the Yankees won 9-7.

Enjoy your evening!

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Weekend open thread

Welcome to your open thread which will be up until the game thread is posted at 6:30 which leads me to this... I know, I already complained about it in the morning news and notes post but I'm going to do it again. What's with the 7:15 p.m. starts on Saturdays? I don't like them. Weekend baseball should be played earlier in the day.

Oh, and the Yankees made a move:

Feel free to discuss this move, last night's game, the beautiful weather, etc.

Have a nice afternoon!

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Thursday night open thread: 6/11/15

Happy Thursday night. This is the last off day for the Yankees for the next three weeks. They are about to enter a stretch of 20 straight games and with the injury to Andrew Miller, those 20 games will be interesting to say the least.

In case you missed it, today was a big day for content on IIATMS.

EJ started things off with a post wondering if the Yankees are the best team in the American League. If they start to slump, you can blame him.

Then Brad kicked into high gear with a recap of Days 2 and 3 of the MLB Draft, he posted about the David Carpenter trade and he wrote about Joe Girardi's bullpen usage.

Next, EJ wrote about Mason Williams' promotion and how he should be platooned with Chris Young while he's up here.

Then Susan wrote about the challenges Girardi will be facing without Miller in the bullpen.

And finally Scott wrote about short players and how many of them make it big in the Majors. Apparently Tony Renda is shorter than me. I had no idea!

Feel free to discuss those pieces or anything your hearts desire as long as you keep it respectful.

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2015 MLB Draft Night 1 Live Blog/Open Thread

Draft Logo 2015 Welcome to the first night of the 2015 MLB Draft, sports fans!  As mentioned earlier this morning, the Yankees have 3 picks in tonight's first 2 rounds: the 16th, 30th, and 57th overall.  Neglected to mention it this morning, but that 16th pick is the highest the Yanks have picked in the 1st round since 1993, so it's fair to say this night is a little bit bigger deal than usual.

If you're trying to get some last-minute draft prep in, here are the latest mocks from Keith Law, John Sickels, Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo, and Kiley McDaniel.  I think any of the guys mentioned in any of these mock drafts would be fine picks.

We're going to let this serve as the update-able live blog to cover the Yankees' picks and any other news that may come up during the draft as well as the open thread for the night.  If we're lucky, some of our more draft-knowledgeable IIATMS staff members will join the discussion and offer some insight.  If we're not, I'll make a few bad jokes and people can continue to complain about Stephen Drew.  Either way it's going to be a hum-diddly-doo of a good time.

Draft starts in about an hour.  Yanks' first pick will come not too long after that.

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Weekend open thread: 6/6/15

Welcome to your open thread. Tonight's game isn't until 7:15ish (Thanks Fox!) and it's the weekend and people have things to do so use this thread to discuss whatever you'd like to discuss as long as you aren't cursing, yelling at others or yelling in general. All caps comments are a big no-no around here. They will be deleted because no one wants to read them.


By the way, this happened nine years ago tonight:

Enjoy your day!

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Off day open thread: 6/4/15

paul-oneill-yankees Welcome to tonight's open thread.

20 years ago this afternoon, the Yankees beat the California Angels, 11-3.

The Yankees scored eight runs in the first against Mark Langston. The winning pitcher was Melido Perez and the hitting star was Paul O'Neill who was 3-4 and hit a single, double and a home run. Rookie (!!) Derek Jeter was 2-4 with three RBI. Both O'Neill and Jeter hit run-scoring doubles in that big first inning. Robert Eenhoorn also had a double in the first and Randy Velarde, Mike Stanley, Jim Leyritz and O'Neill all had singles.

Yes, Paul O'Neill hit a double and a single in one inning.

Poor Langston lasted only a third of an inning and gave up eight runs on six hits with two walks. Woof.

The Yankees scored all of their runs in the first three innings and the only starter without a hit was first baseman Dave Silvestri. The win improved their record to 14-19 and they were 8 1/2 games back in the Division. Remember, it was a shorter season thanks to the strike.

Anyway, be nice to your fellow IIATMS readers and feel free to discuss whatever you'd like to discuss. There may not be any Yankees baseball on the TV but there's plenty of stuff going on.

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Evening Open Thread: 6/2/15

rickyledee Good evening!

As we wait for yet another west coast night game to begin, I figured an open thread was in order.

I went to Baseball Reference's website to look at this date in Yankee history and, if you know me well, you know I was only looking at years that ended in a "0" or a "5." Well, guess what? I looked at four different years and the Yankees lost three out of the four games. The lone victory came on June 2, 2000.

The Yankees were playing the Braves in Turner Field, El Duque made the start (and got the win) and the hitting star of the night, was none other than Ricky Ledee.

He was 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and a walk. He scored once and had four RBI.

Good for him.

Anyway, you know the drill. Discuss whatever you'd like, be respectful and enjoy your evening. The game thread will be up at 9:30.

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