Special Lou Piniella Event!

Spend an afternoon with Lou Piniella-- former New York Yankee and baseball legend on Sunday, August 18th at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey. The first hour will be a live moderated Q&A session with Lou as he answers your questions followed by meet & greets.

 Details at: www.iPlayAmerica.com/Lou

Baseball Paradise

Baseball Paradise

Let’s start today with a bit of trivia: what do Aaron Judge, DJ Lemahieu, Jonathan Holder, Mark Teixeira, John Flaherty, Todd Frazier, Andrew Miller, Joe Girardi, and Aaron Boone all have in common? OK, that’s not a fair question, since I haven’t really given you enough information to answer - sure, looking at the list you would probably guess that each of these guys have worn pinstripes at one time or another, but that’s not all they have in common. If I expanded this list of guys to include Frank Thomas, Nomar Garciaparra, Matt Wieters, Albert Belle, Yan Gomes, Tim Lincecum, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Kolton Wong, and Stephen Wright, do you know what connects all of these guys? Yes, they all have played Major League Baseball, but prior to that, they all played summer ball in college for the most prestigious amateur summer league in the country.

Deep in the heart of Red Sox country, 8 teams in the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL), consisting of the best talent college baseball has to offer, battle it out on iconic small-town American diamonds across the peninsula of Cape Cod from the beginning of June through the first week of August every year. Not only are these fields filled with fans for the summer, but at any given Cape League match-up, it is impossible not to notice anywhere from 3-15 MLB scouts in attendance. Scouts are intrigued not just by the talent pool available for viewing on any given night, but also because the CCBL allows scouts the opportunity to watch players in game settings with a wood bat. For fans of baseball, the games are fantastic for a number of reasons: a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, admission is free (though donations through 50-50 and pass-the-hat are greatly appreciated), and you can get as close to the action as your lawn chair will allow. For hardcore baseball fans who are prospect geeks, the CCBL allows you to see some of the best amateur baseball prospects in the country up close from the same angle as professional scouts. The league is truly unique, and there is some magic at each of the Cape League’s fields. I have been going to the Cape for 1-2 weeks every summer for the last 25 years, and CCBL baseball is at the heart of every trip.

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Thoughts After London

Thoughts After London

This past weekend was one of the most unique set of regular season games that I’ve ever witnessed the Yankees play. Prior to the London series, I viewed the series with little more than my typical interest in Yankees vs. Red Sox outings, but I think that the series said a lot about the state of both the Yankees and baseball as a whole.

Overall, I think that the London series was a little off, but overall a fun event. I wouldn’t put the viewing experience on plane with a playoff series, but despite some issues, I think that the on-field product was exciting. I’ve got some thoughts about London and other hot topics in the Yankee Universe here:

(Photo Credit: Frank Augstein/AP)

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Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Jonathan Loaisiga Was Different

Much of the reporting of Jonathan Loaisiga’s first start focused on how similar his results were to his Major League performance in 2018. Loaisiga displayed electric stuff in his first start of 2019, but he struggled to get outs multiple times through the order, and was unable to pitch deep into the game, forcing the Yankees to go to the bullpen after just 4 innings (and admittedly, just 70 pitches). Lost in the analysis of results was the recognition that Loaisiga did not achieve those results in exactly the same way as last season. As a disclaimer, super-small sample size certainly applies in this case, however I would like to highlight some trends that I plan to track when Loaisiga pitches this season.

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Yankees Tweet of the Day: New York Sports Tours