Yankees Links: Awards, Pitching, and Some More

Yankees Links: Awards, Pitching, and Some More

The offseason is fresh and new again for many baseball fans, as we enter into the first portion of these long winter months.

These next few weeks will revolve around many a speculation, rumor, and a whole bunch of awards and nominations for different players.

In this week’s Yankees Links, we look at the 2019 Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, and Defensive Player of the Year awards, as well as some pitching news, and a look at some Hall of Fame candidates.

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Two Decisions Provide Expectations for the Free Agent Market

Two Decisions Provide Expectations for the Free Agent Market

Two seemingly unconnected decisions involving major players in the AL East occurred earlier this week.  Somewhat unsurprisingly, the Yankees decided not to offer Didi Gregorius a Qualifying Offer, valued at approximately $17.8 million for the 2020 season, thus making Sir Didi a Free Agent.  Somewhat more surprisingly, J.D. Martinez decided not to opt-out of his contract with the Red Sox, forgoing another shot at Free Agency prior to his age-33 season in favor of the penultimate year of his original contract with the Red Sox, valued at $19.35 million.

The obvious difference here is that one player will be forced to test the waters of Free Agency, while another will play another year in familiar and friendly confines.  However, while both Gregorius and Martinez will follow different paths this off-season, the process that brought each player to their current status is telling.  What binds the Yankees and J.D. Martinez (and by extension his agent, Scott Boras) are their evaluation of what the Free Agent market will likely bring players this off-season (hint: it isn’t good for the players).

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Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting the Stanton Trade, Gardy, Monty's Contribution, and the Flip!

Weekly Mailbag: Re-Visiting the Stanton Trade, Gardy, Monty's Contribution, and the Flip!

It’s Labor Day weekend, everyone – a last respite for all of us before the summer ends, school starts, and those of us with jobs have to pay attention a little more.  Shout out to long-time reader, Mark, who asked some really good questions this week.

In this week’s mailbag, we’ll re-visit the Stanton trade, evaluate Brett Gardner now and forever, project Jordan Montgomery’s rest-of-year projection, and remember the Jeter flip!

Let’s get at it:

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June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

The following passage comes from my book of motivational essays titled Impossible is an Illusion.  This book is available on Amazon and other book sellers.

This motivational story has a distinct Yankees theme so I'll share it here.

(We have shared this story previously, but since it is a fan favorite and it’s the All-Star break, we will re-run this article today.)

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June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

June 11, 1995 (Book Excerpt from "Impossible is an Illusion")

The following passage comes from my book of motivational and reflective essays titled Impossible is an Illusion (Wipf and Stock Publishers).  

This story has a distinct Yankees theme, and since we now have so many new readers and visitors, I will once again share this motivational passage here.

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This is one of those stories that, at once, is hard to believe, but it is the absolute truth.  This is one of those stories that remind us all that failure need not be permanent.  This is true even for people who are considered the greatest of all time, for, you see, they weren’t always considered as such.

This seems like a story about baseball, but more, it’s a story about failure.  And success. 

Great success. 

Great success that came only after dismal failure.

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Why Jeter Was, and Still is, Someone to Emulate (Guest Post by John Rizzo)

Why Jeter Was, and Still is, Someone to Emulate   (Guest Post by John Rizzo)

One of my earliest memories as a child involves me sitting in my grandparent’s home in Staten Island, NY watching a Yankee game on TV.  It was the late 1990’s, maybe ’97 or ’98 – in the midst of the Yankees’ heyday.  At one point in the game, my grandfather turned to me and said “You see that guy right there, number 2? That’s Derek Jeter.  You ‘oughta try to be like him when you grow up.”  I’m sure at the time he meant purely in a baseball sense to be like Jeter, but I took those words to heart and have never forgotten them…

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Yankees Tweet of the Day: CC's Retirement Announcement Press Conference

The whole press conference is on the Yankees Official Youtube Page: here.

#LEGACCY

The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

The NY Post Listed Their Top 10 Yankees... Here Are My Top 10, Who Are Yours?

Here is a fun exercise for a Sunday afternoon. The New York Post asked its baseball writers to list the Top-Ten Yankees of all time.

I decided to follow their lead and list mine as well. I also made a few other shorter lists as well.

I created my lists before looking carefully at the lists in the Post, although I would guess the Top-10 lists are very similar.

Please add your list to the comments!

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Resigning Brett Gardner Makes the 2019 Yankees Better

Resigning Brett Gardner Makes the 2019 Yankees Better

What do the following players from Yankee history, Bob Meusel, Tommy Henrich, Charlie Keller, Gene Woodling, Roger Maris, Reggie Jackson and Paul O’Neill have in common? All were outfielders who, except for Jackson, were very good Yankee players, but not quite of Hall of Fame caliber. Reggie was a truly great player, but spent only five years in pinstripes. However, they have something else in common as well; they all played fewer games in the outfield for the Yankees than Brett Garnder has. Currently, Garnder has played the eighth most games in the outfield in Yankee history. If he plays 50 next years, he will pass Hank Bauer an move into 7th place on that list, one hundred more games patrolling left or center field will push him past Hall of Famer Earle Combs into sixth place. The next question is a little easier. What do Rickey Henderson and Derek Jeter have in common? They are the only two players who have stolen more bases with the Yankees than Gardner. 

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