Yankees: Watch Giancarlo Stanton’s mammoth home run leave the bat at 115.1 mph

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Over the years, even when he was playing with the Miami Marlins before coming over to the New York Yankees via trade, Giancarlo Stanton has developed quite a reputation as the most powerful hitter in baseball.

After all, he did knock 59 balls out of the park in 2017, his last season with the fish. However, the most impressive part of the narrative is, without a doubt, the exit velocity readings on some of his batted balls.

The Yankees’ outfielder owns the hardest hit ball in the Statcast era with 123.9 miles per hour (a groundball), and he also hit the hardest home run at 121.7 mph in 2018. The dude is a beast, and it was on full display again on Wednesday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Yankees put on a fireworks show

During the Yankees’ win in spring training, Stanton hit a home run at 115 miles per hour, an impressive feat that few major leaguers have ever done, and he did it at a warmup game! Here, take a look at this beauty:

The majestic blast traveled, according to the Yankees’ official page, 420 feet, and preceded Gleyber Torres’ own home run to make it back-to-back dingers for the Bombers, something that could potentially happen several times during the regular season.

Stanton loves Statcast, and no wonder he does.

“If you hit the ball hard and find the hole or the wall — or over the fence — that’s a good thing,” Stanton said. “It’s just extra added info that’s pretty cool to see, especially since the first half of my career I didn’t get to see that.”

Yankees’ manager is excited to have a healthy Stanton contributing every day to the lineup. “He’s such a more evolved player in his focus, his process, his plan,” the skipper said. “His understanding of what he needs to do to be successful up there, what opposing pitchers are trying to do. I just feel like he hasn’t been on the field to let that growth he’s had as a player and as a hitter manifest.”

2 cornerbacks the New York Giants could target in free agency

New York Giants, Bashaud Breeland

The New York Giants dealt with a significant issue at CB2 in 2020, with the rotation of Corey Ballentine, Ryan Lewis, and then Isaac Yiadom.

By the end of the campaign, Yiadom was the established starter, and considering he was a liability in coverage, it forced the Giants to play a predominant zone-coverage scheme to try and aid his side of the field. With James Bradberry opposite Isaac, the Giants were able to mask some of his deficiencies by providing safety help while Bradberry held his own against some of the league’s top receivers.

However, if the Giants are able to find an adequate CB2 for the 2021 season, it will allow coordinator Patrick Graham to utilize more efficient blitzing schematics.

With the salary cap set at $182.5 million, the Giants don’t have much room to work with, but there will be cost-efficient options on the market as FA progresses.

Two corners the New York Giants could sign on cost-efficient deals in FA:

1.) Bashaud Breeland

Breeland is an interesting player who has bounced around the league a bit since his inception in 2014. At 28 years old, he spent time with the Washington Football team, Green Bay Packers, and Kansas City Chiefs. One thing to note about Breeland, he’s played in two consecutive Super Bowls and has been consistent enough to garner some attention in free agency. He finished the 2020 season with a 69.4 overall coverage grade, allowing 481 yards and five touchdowns over the course of the campaign.

Breeland is an aggressive corner who also forced two interceptions last season, and I believe would be a cost-efficient veteran who can start immediately. Finding starting players in free agency will be easy this year, it’s just a matter of how much they will demand on the open market. If the Giants can restructure a few contracts and open up some room, they could be players for a few spot holders.

Considering he earned just $3 million last season as a starter and he’s entering a down market, the Giants might be able to scoop them up for half that price.

2.) Williams Jackson

Another intriguing option is William Jackson of the Cincinnati Bengals. As a former first-round pick, Jackson hasn’t lived up to his potential, but he earned an even better coverage greater than Breeland last season with a 72.4. He’s an efficient tackler and vastly underrated entering free agency.

While he did allow 537 yards, he played in every game and had a few efficient contests. With a coordinator like Graham and playing in the CB2 role, I believe Jackson could have a significant impact on the Giants’ defense.

Jackson is coming off his rookie contract, counting nearly $10M against the cap last year on his 5th-year option. You could argue he’s coming off a down season, but I believe he will reach a multi-year deal with a team willing to spend. If the Giants signed him on a long-term deal, they could push the cap hit to next season and have their CB2 for the next three years.

New York Mets: Three Fringe Players With a Chance to Make Roster

yankees, New York Mets, Luis Rojas

The New York Mets made their first round of cuts in spring training, but it only eliminated three players on the 40-man roster. Pitchers Franklyn Kilome, Sean Reid-Foley, and Thomas Szapucki became the first casualties of spring. With 37 players from the 40-man roster left in major league camp, who are three who could sneak their way onto the roster?

1. Drew Smith

Smith deserves to be on a major league roster, but it becomes a matter of the Mets making room for him. At the moment, he is more reliable than Dellin Betances and Jeurys Familia, but both will make the Opening Day roster. Last season Smith found success with a cutter that had a 66.7 whiff rate. Smith has not allowed a base runner in his two outings this spring.

2. Jordan Yamamoto

Yamamoto may have lucked himself into a roster spot with the injury news on Carlos Carrasco. Joey Lucchesi would usually be ahead of Yamamoto for a rotation spot, but he has not pitched in a game yet. Yamamoto has started his spring training strong but allowing two runs in five innings pitched. His next outing should require him to pitch four innings and should determine if he is ready for a rotation spot if Carrasco has to miss time.

3. Albert Almora 

Almora’s minor league option made him a candidate to being the year in Triple-A with Jose Martinez as an offensive option off the bench. Martinez’s knee injury makes Almora a lock to make the roster for Opening Day. Almora has flashed his great defense in multiple outfield positions and also displayed a new leg kick at the plate. He will make a good pairing with Kevin Pillar as the backup group of outfielders.

Yankees: Good news and bad news in win over Pirates, German strikes again

New York Yankees, Domingo German

The New York Yankees are coasting in spring training, overcoming the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Wednesday evening. With the majority of the starters featuring, the offense was sparked by a three-run homer by Giancarlo Stanton in the third inning. Shortly after, Gleyber Torres posted one of his own, traveling 429 feet into left field.

With April 1 just around the corner, the Yankees are making amazing progress in their quest to prepare for the 2021 season. With COVID-19 still present, the team has done a phenomenal job remaining careful.

Good news and bad news for the New York Yankees:

The good news, the Yankees put up six runs against Pittsburgh, fueled by several homers from Stanton and Torres. However, it was their depth pieces that walked it off in the bottom of the eighth inning, just edging the victory over the Pirates.

In terms of pitching, Domingo German had another outstanding performance, striking out three batters and allowing just one hit over 3.0 innings. Based on his absolute nasty stuff, German is making a very strong argument to take over the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

German is coming off an 81 game suspension but showed extreme promise in 2019 when he recorded a 4.03 ERA, and 18 went over 143 innings. If not for a suspension, German would likely be locked into a starting gig in the middle of the rotation. However, based on his recent outings, the Yankee should feel extremely confident with their unit moving forward.

There wasn’t much bad news from the victory, aside from Justin Wilson being plastered in his lone inning of work. He gave up four hits, and four earned runs, recording just one out. If not for that anomaly, the Yankees would’ve blanked Pittsburgh and displayed utter dominance.

Reserve catcher Robinson Chirinos was also plunked in the hand with a pitch, forcing him to leave the contest. He’s expected to be OK. Starting first baseman, Luke Voit is also banged up, being scratched from Tuesday’s game with “knee soreness,” but Boone stated that he should be good to go.

Luckily, the health complications are nothing serious, aside from Zack Britton, who will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his elbow to remove a bone chip. He’s expected to miss at least six weeks.

The New York Rangers get a needed shot in the arm with Panarin returning

New York Rangers, Artemi Panarin

The New York Rangers got some welcome news on Wednesday. Artemi Panarin stepped on the ice for the first time in a couple of weeks after taking time off for personal reasons. Like many around the country, Panarin’s presence should provide a big lift for a team on the outside looking in for a playoff spot.

Panarin left the team on February 22 due to a claim made by a former coach in Russia that he had physically assaulted an 18-year-old woman 10 years ago. The Rangers, in a statement that day, “vehemently and unequivocally” denied the allegations, called the story “fabricated” and an “intimidation tactic” for Panarin’s social media outspokenness in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, head coach David Quinn had said that Panarin will not play on Thursday.

“He’s here today, practiced today, will skate again tomorrow. So as far as I’m concerned he’s here and just getting ready to play.” Quinn said Wednesday after practice. “To me, he’s all-in and ready to go to. He’s been off the ice for a while, so we’ve got to get him game-ready.”

Panarin was not made available for comment after practice. He has not publicly addressed the situation since it broke in February.

Quinn also told the media that Panarin has the full support of his teammates.

“These guys are fully in his corner.” Quinn said “They understand the situation. So, the fact that he’s got such a great relationship with all these guys has made all of this a lot easier.”

Even Panarin’s presence should boost the morale of the New York Rangers

No matter when Panarin returns, his presence should give a boost to a team that has struggled in two straight losses to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Things don’t get any easier with two games against the Bruins coming up.

“It’s great having Bread back,” Ryan Lindgren said after Wednesday’s practice. “You know, he’s such a positive, energetic guy. It was just great seeing him and having him back in the locker room. There are so many different elements he brings off the ice.”

The Rangers need this kind of boost and quickly.

After Tuesday’s loss, the Rangers were seven points out of a playoff spot. The team that currently holds the final playoff spot is the same Boston Bruins that the Blueshirts face in back-to-back games. After that the Flyers come to town for two games, followed by a two-game trip to Washington to face the Capitals. All of these teams are ahead of the Rangers in the standings.

This delivery by the “Breadman”, on and off the ice, could be the boost needed to keep the Rangers in the East Division playoff hunt.



New York Yankees Recap: Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres go back to back in Yankees’ win

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Last night the New York Yankees faced the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second time, and also for the second time, Brett Gardner put the Yankees ahead with a sac fly-out hit, scoring a Yankees’ run for the lead in the game. Yankees 1 Pirates 0.

The New York Yankees Domingo German got through the third inning of spring training play without giving up a run.  In his second inning last night,, he gave up a single but struck out Wolters and got a double play in the inning to remain perfect in spring training.

In the bottom of the second, Gary Sanchez struck out. Dietrich, who is competing with Tauchman, and Bruce, took to the plate and popped up to the infield. Last night Miguel Andujar got his first chance in the outfield and outran a throw to first for a single. But DJ LeMahieu was retired on a double play. The game remained scoreless through the second inning.

In the third, German remained on the mound and ground out Cruz. Followed by a ground out of Olivia, and a Kramer strikeout, for five perfect innings in spring training. German’s dominance was unmistakable. The Yankees remained with a 1 run advantage until the Yankess half of the third inning. Giancarlo Stanton had a monster 420 foot home run with two on base and it was 4 nothing Yankees. Gleyber Torres took to the plate and went back to back with a long ball of his own for the Yankees five run lead. Urshela lined out for the first out of the inning, Gary Sanchez singled and that was a roll-over inning (opposing team elects to go on to the next inning with two outs). That was the end for starter Anderson.

The game remained the same until the top of the sixth inning. But in the Pirates sixth the Pirates came alive scoring five runs, Jared Olivia homered off of Justin Wilson and Brian Goodwin also homered off of Wilson with three on base and just like that in a matter of minutes the game was tied at 5 apiece. At the seventh Chad Green struck out 3 Pirates batters. Michael King took over for the New York Yankees in at the top of the eighth inning pitching a clean inning. In the bottom of the frame the Yankees brought another run across the plate, Cederlind came unraveled in the eighth. After a single, a hit-by-pitch, and a walk loaded the bases, infield prospect Ezequiel Duran drew a walk, pushing Mike Ford across the plate for the one run lead. King finished off the ninth scoreless, and that was the game, the Yankees 6 and the Pirates 5.

The winning pitcher was Michael King and the loser was Blake Cinderland. The good news in the game was that Dimingo German was almost perfect again, this time pitching three innings and allowing just one hit, walking none while striking out 3 Pirates hitters. Darren O’Day and Chad Green made their spring training debuts pitching scoreless innings. Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres homered in the game.  The very bad news was that Justin Wilson gave up five runs in one third of an inning for an ERA of 108.00. The Yankees also went 1-10 with men in scoring position.

In spring training the win and loss record means nothing but it is interesting. In the Grapefruit League the Yankees are in the middle of the pack with a 5-4 record. Miami leads the league with a 4-1 record and the Houston Astros hold down the losing end of the scale with a 2-5 record. In the Cactus League the Kansas City Royals are on top with a 8-3 record (they also played the most games), and the Chicago White Sox, one of the teams that did the most in the offseason to improve their team are at the bottom with a record of 1-6.

Tomorrow the New York Yankees play the Philadelphia Phillies at 1:05 pm away at BayCare Ballpark. The Yankee starter will be ace Gerrit Cole and he will face Aaron Nola. The game will not be televised for Yankees fans, but Phillies fans can watch it on NBCSP+ in Philadelphia.