Welcome to Monument Park!…

In recognition of two Yankee greats…

The Yankees continue to hold first place in the AL East by a slim margin (one game).  Losing the first two games of the Cleveland series didn’t help, but at least the Yankees captured Luis Severino’s first major league win in the third game.  Today, Andy Pettitte Day, will be the fourth game so hopefully the Yankees can at least even the series before moving on.

With Jorge Posada Day yesterday and now Andy’s day, the number selection for future Yankees keeps getting smaller.  Personally, I always thought #77 would be a cool number (double Mickey Mantle!).  Both Jorge and Andy deserve the recognition.  They were great Yankees in the current era, and the success they achieved certainly rivaled the 1950’s Yankees.

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With an improved CC Sabathia recently giving credit to Andy for a talk they had earlier in the season, it’s tremendous to see the positive impact that Andy continues to have on the team.  I wish we would not have lost him for those three years to the Houston Astros, but conversely, it did give him the short opportunity to play at home before realizing that his baseball “home” was in the Bronx.

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Jorge’s time with the team ended sooner than he would have liked, but I am glad to see the organization and the former player reunite.

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Taking off like a Bird…

I have really enjoyed watching the success of rookie first baseman Greg Bird.  While Mark Teixeira is having a great season, Bird has been a very capable replacement during his recent absence due to injury.  Bird also gives a glimpse of the future when Teixeira’s contract comes to an end.  It’s nice to know the Yankees won’t have to trade for or sign a free agent first baseman when the time comes.

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While I would have liked for the Yankees to have made a trading deadline deal last month to strengthen the team, there’s no arguing that the contributions made by Luis Severino and Bird are as valuable as any deadline deal could have provided.  I am optimistic to see what September has to offer when Aaron Judge and Rob Refsnyder join the team after rosters expand.  I had hoped that Refsnyder would have stuck in July but it was not meant to be.  Hopefully, he’s continued to work on his defense and will be ready for the Show the next time the call comes.

With so many young players nearing major league readiness, it will be interesting to see what the Yankees do with some of the older players in the off-season.

Yankees no more…

I feel bad for a guy like Garrett Jones.  When he was cut and then returned to the team, he sounded so thankful and grateful to be a Yankee again.  Then, after a few days of not playing, he was cut again and has now been released.  I always appreciate the guys who respected the Yankees uniform and Jones did his part despite the lack of playing time.  Hopefully, he’ll get picked up by a team that can afford him more at-bats.  Same with Chris Capuano.  Cut three times, he returned after the first two.  The latest may be the death knell of his short Yankees career.  But you can’t argue with the Yankees’ preference to go with younger, fresher arms.  Plus, it didn’t help being a lefty in a pen filled with lefties.

Utley in Blue…

I was kind of hoping that the Yankees would try to make a trade for second baseman Chase Utley.  But clearly Utley wanted to play on the West Coast if he left Philadelphia so the Los Angeles Dodgers were a better fit.  It will be interesting to see what happens when Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick is healthy.  Utley’s Dodger career looks like it may be a short one if he doesn’t have a chance to start long-term.  Utley’s first game as a Dodger didn’t exactly go as planned as the Dodgers were no-hit by the Houston Astros and Mike Fiers.  I guess that means Utley has seen both sides of a no hitter this season considering the one thrown in July by then Phillie Cole Hamels (although Utley was on the DL for that game).

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It seems strange seeing both Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley in the Dodgers’ lineup, but then again, it’s not 2008 anymore.  With Corey Seager nearing his MLB arrival, it’s possible that neither Rollins nor Utley will be in Dodger Blue next season.  I only hope that the Dodgers recent struggles do not threaten the job security for manager Don Mattingly.  If the team underperforms, it will put a lot of pressure on management to make a change regardless of how much they may like Mattingly.

The final weeks of the 2015 season should be fun…

—Scott

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