Jobu analyses the Yankees’ 2013 MLB draft.
Also, I found myself excited to meet our “new sons,” which is what my buddy Tom and I refer to prospects As I’m sure many of you know, the 2013 MLB Draft took place over the weekend. It actually began last Thursday and ran through the weekend. I made it a point to try to watch most of the first round, especially the Yankees’ picks. Although it’s hard to get into the draft because college baseball isn’t very popular and most guys picked are high schoolers that even less people have heard of, I liked the job the MLB Network did of presenting the draft. I tend to believe that If you treat something like a big deal, it will some day become a big deal. MLB has gotten that off to a good start the last couple of years. Continue reading →
Jobu tunes up the old redemption radio to hear the tune of Lyle Overbay.
I know this post is a long time coming. Everyone and their mother has written about it, and I think I haven’t yet for a couple of reasons. One, I’m not sure it has processed in my brain just how good Lyle Overbay has been this year. It’s like I don’t yet believe it, so it’s hard to write about. The second reason is that, as a Yankees fan, I don’t want to jinx and ruin whatever is going on with him. However, now that it appears Mark Teixeira‘s return from his torn sheath (I don’t know why that makes me giggle) is going to be much sooner rather than later, and Lyle’s days as a regular contributor are numbered, it’s time. Continue reading →
Jobu shines the spotlight on the fresh faces that are keeping the Yankees atop the American League East.
I know we usually pick one player to profile in these, but I honestly didn’t feel like writing up three or four different posts, so I just looped it into one. Frankly, It’s nice to be able to write about Yankees rookies having an impact like this. The Yankees are known for their hefty veteran contracts creating logjams for upcoming players, so this is rare. I’m pretty sure this is the most impactful rookie class (as far as having multiple guys making impact) since the early 90s. We all remember those couple of years where Kevin Maas, Jeff Johnson, Wade Taylor, Jim Leyritz, Pat Kelly and Oscar Azocar came up? There’s a new class in 2013.
While not all of them have had a major impact, the Yankees have used seven rookies this year. They are, in alphabetical order: David Adams, Preston Claiborne, Corban Joseph, Brett Marshall, Vidal Nuno, Austin Romine and Adam Warren. Let’s meet the key players now, shall we? Continue reading →
Jobu celebrates the end of the Ben Francisco Roster Spot Watch.
That’s right, my friends. It’s all over. Put away the binoculars. Return your spyglasses to the attic crawl space where they belong. The Ben Francisco Roster Spot Watch is over! The Yankees have cut the excess baggage loose, and are taking with them only what they need to survive. Like the giant hair dryer in Spaceballs, Ben Francisco has been left on the dessert floor.
Even though they lost another outfielder to the disabled list (technically it’s one of the ones they’d already lost) when Curtis Granderson got his hand broken by a Matt Moore fastball, the Yankees designated Francisco for assignment. Once he clears waivers (I refuse to believe anyone else would ever want him on the squad), he’ll probably be in AAA Scranton. There’s a chance we might see him again, but I highly doubt it. Brennan Boesch is now the fourth outfielder, even though he’s a lefty.
The Ben Francisco era is officially over. Here are the highlights. He played in an unfathomable 21 games. He came to the plate 50 times. He managed four singles and six walks, and somehow got a ball to go over the fence against Eric Bedard, who was almost immediately removed from the Astros’ rotation. Seriously, I don’t know how he managed it, other than the fact that Bedard is just plain awful. Anyway, that’s it. That’s the Ben Francisco era. He slashed .114/.220/.182 with 1 HR and 1 RBI. Hey. At least he scored 4 runs.
Goodbye, Ben Francisco. May we never see you again.
Jobu plops down a couple of pennies on this Yankees/Manchester City/NYCFC deal.
In case you hadn’t heard, the Yankees have partnered with Manchester City of the English Premiere League to found a brand new Major League Soccer franchise called the New York City Football Club (NYCFC for short?). Some might question the decision to add another sports team to an already crowded New York market, but I don’t. It’s New York City. People will go. I once owned a New York/New Jersey Hitmen hat, for crying out loud. I really should search my parents’ house for that thing. It’s gotta be there, my XFL football is still in the garage! Um.. Ahem… I digress… Let’s gear up for Fútbol in New York City! Continue reading →