Mets’ fans boo All-Star Francisco Lindor amid offensive struggles

When the New York Mets traded for Francisco Lindor (and starter Carlos Carrasco), fans envisioned highly competitive offense coupled with his trademark, elite defense. The combination, they hoped, would get the team off to a fast start and solidify an already excellent offense.

The sentiment increased when the Mets signed Lindor to a record-breaking extension – a $341 million commitment, no less – just before the season started, just like he asked: no negotiating once the campaign started.

Yet, the new face of the Mets has gotten off to a slow start at the plate. After Tuesday’s games, the All-Star shortstop was batting a meager .212/.321/.273 with only one home run and no stolen bases so far.

His defense has been mostly good, but the bat hasn’t gotten going and the Mets’ fans, impatient and frustrated, booed their star after Tuesday’s loss to the Boston Red Sox.

The Mets’ offense has been mostly absent

To be fair, the Mets have several slumping players, not just Lindor. Michael Conforto has only recently started to heat up, but was a mess to begin the year. James McCann, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil, and others have also struggled.

Yet Lindor is, perhaps unfairly, the scapegoat given his large contract and his status as one of the game’s very best players.

The Mets’ offense has been among the league’s worst so far, with only three runs per game and lots of missed opportunities when it comes to taking advantage of men on base.

Mets’ manager Luis Rojas offered his analysis on Lindor’s current slump. “Watching him in camp, how good he swung the bat in camp, I just feel that he’s one swing away, one at-bat away,” he said to MLB.com. “I keep saying it, because he’s got good body control, he’s got a good feel of what he’s doing there. Right now, his swing is just a little off.”

With such supremely talented players like Lindor, it is always a matter of time. Yet, Mets’ fans are growing impatient.

New York Rangers: The Artemi Panarin Bobblehead by Foco is on its way

New York Rangers fans will have an opportunity to bring home a unique Artemi Panarin bobblehead celebrating the success of the Breadman in New York.

Foco is offering a select number of bobbleheads for fans to purchase for $50.00.

The bobblehead, which is limited to 144 pieces, will be available to purchase on Wednesday, April 28, and is scheduled to be shipped out in August.

 

Features

  • Portrays Panarin in an action pose wearing his gameday uniform
  • Thematic Statue of Liberty backdrop with team logo display
  • Stone textured top base
  • Front name display
  • Handcrafted
  • Hand-painted

Measurements

  • Height: Approximately 9 in.

Details

  • NOTE: In order to get this bobble to as many fans as possible, we have a strict limit of four (4) of these items per person. If we find this limit is being abused, we reserve the right to cancel and refund your order. Thank you for your cooperation!
  • Due to its limited nature, sales and discounts are not applicable to this item. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Not a toy
  • Individually numbered out of 144
  • Officially licensed
  • Imported

The Breadman has had an outstanding two seasons in New York. His infectious smile is second only to his scoring prowess as he has recorded 49 goals with 102 assist for 151 points in just 107 games wearing the Rangers sweater since arriving in New York in July 2019.

Grab these bobbleheads quickly as they are sure to sell out fast.  Use this link to order your bobblehead  New York Rangers Apparel, Collectibles, and Fan Gear. FOCO

New York Jets: The best point to draft each offensive position

The New York Jets will definitely take a quarterback second overall, but where could they take some other offensive roles? 

The New York Jets know what they have to do when it comes to the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday night (8 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN/NFL Network). Questions, however, still linger. Who will they pick? When will they address each position and need?

ESM attempts to answer the latter question, starting with the offensive end…

Quarterback

It’s more or less a foregone conclusion that the Jets are taking a quarterback with the second overall pick, and John Beck has all but confirmed that it’s going to be his pupil and fellow BYU legend Zach Wilson. Whether it’s Wilson or a non-Provo surprise, the Jets have no other choice. The Deshaun Watson sweepstakes are over and their current options are James Morgan and Mike White, they of a combined zero NFL passes. Everything they’ve done this offseason has led to this: it’s quarterback or bust with their highest choice since 1996.

The Jets are in desperate need of a backup, but the draft is definitely not the place to get that, a la the Washington draft in 2012 (Robert Griffin III at No. 2, Kirk Cousins in the fourth round). Besides, they’re already burdened with one unnecessary quarterback, inexplicably draft Morgan in the fourth round before instant contributors like Gabriel Davis and DeeJay Dallas. There’s no need to add another after Wilson.

The Perfect Spot: No. 2 pick

Running Back

No matter who the Jets draft at second overall, his job can be made a whole lot easier if they have a serviceable run game to help him out. They had a trio of young projects (La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams) but enjoyed a sizable veteran upgrade capable of making an impact through the addition of Tevin Coleman. While Coleman is only in town on a one-year deal, the addition allows the Jets to bide their time in finding a long-term solution at running back. Adding another young rusher to the mix sounds fair, but Coleman and a deep rushing class allow the Jets to address other needs with their early picks.

The Perfect Spots: Day 3

Wide Receiver

The receiver spot was one of the most drastically upgraded areas on the Jets’ roster through free agency. While the Jets might still lack a true No. 1 target, they now have four guys who can realistically fill and compete for that role (newcomers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole join incumbents Denzel Mims and Jamison Crowder). Much like Coleman, the free agency haul allows them to be patient, though they could still be inspired to take a receiver after they fulfill their early needs.

The Perfect Spots: Round 3 and beyond

Tight End

The last survivor from their ill-fated fashion show, Chris Herndon is perhaps the most prominent face left over from the Todd Bowles era. Though he has struggled to maintain his rookie year production thanks to a suspension and injuries, last season ended on a promising note (11 receptions, 97 yards, 2 touchdowns over the last couple of games). That might be enough for them to wait a little bit before they add a potential replacement.

Beyond the brief Herndon resurgence, there’s a drastic talent drop in this position class after the highly coveted Kyle Pitts, who will likely be long gone by the time the Jets make their second pick in the 23rd slot. The addition of Tyler Kroft and re-signing of Daniel Brown also ensures that the Jets can wait to add another tight end. It’s not an elite group on the current roster by any stretch, but there’s enough solid personnel here that the Jets can worry about more desperate areas come Thursday and Friday.

The Perfect Spots: Day 3

Offensive Line

When it comes to their blocking, the Jets should draft early and draft often.

Had the Jets kept Sam Darnold, the second overall pick could’ve well been used on a blocker (i.e. Penei Sewell). While the Jets made some improvements throughout the roster, the blocking went mostly unaddressed as they added only Dan Feeney and Corey Levin, who likely won’t provide the blocking revolution the Jets need when making the transition to a new franchise quarterback. They have the capital to make up for lost time in the draft to put some heat on the incumbent blocking group and give the thrower, Wilson or otherwise, a solid foundation to work with.

Drafting Mekhi Becton and passing on elite receiving talent with the 11th overall pick was last season was a necessary move that paid big dividends. But more work is needed. Any pick used on a blocker after the inevitable quarterback at No. 2 can be a wise investment that continues Joe Douglas’ quest to make amends for the blocking negligence of the Mike Maccagnan era.

The Perfect Spots: Any pick beyond No. 2

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Dustin Poirier on UFC 264: ‘I’m going to stop Conor again’

On July 10th at UFC 264, we will likely see the fight that will generate the most PPV buys for the promotion in 2021. That fight is the trilogy fight between “The Notorious” Conor McGregor (22-5) and “The Diamond” Dustin Poirier (27-6, 1 NC).

McGregor and Poirier fought for the second time back in January at UFC 257. The fight started out well for McGregor who won the first round on all three judges scorecards. Poirier admitted after the fight that McGregor stunned him pretty good in the first round.

However, McGregor failed to follow up and the fight continued into the second round. While McGregor got the better of the first round, Poirier started doing damage to McGregor’s leg. McGregor took more of a boxing approach and was extremely heavy on his front leg.

Poirier started working his calf kicks later in the round and they really paid off in the second round. One massive calf kick followed with a big hook had McGregor a little wobbled against the fence.

Poirier is a dog when it comes to finishing fights and he was seeing red at UFC 257. Once McGregor was hurt against the fence, Poirier swarmed and ended up stopping McGregor and handing him his first knockout loss of his career.

Same result at UFC 264?

The lead up to this fight at UFC 264 seems to have a different feel than the one in January. Back in January, both men were extremely respectful and even posed for pictures together at the weigh-ins after Poirier gave McGregor a bottle of his hot sauce.

However, this fight has a completely different feel. After Poirier stated publicly that McGregor skipped out on a donation to his charity, McGregor completely flipped the switch and reverted to the old Conor McGregor.

McGregor threatened to fight someone else at UFC 264 and called Poirier an ‘inbred hillbilly.’ Following this spat, McGregor donated $500,000 to a charity in Lafayette, Louisiana. However, the donation didn’t go to Poirier’s charity.

Poirier told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani that he didn’t take it personally because it’s not his money. Poirier said, “At the end of the day, charity wins and that’s what matters. It wasn’t a slap in the face, it was a high five.”

Later in the interview Helwani asked Poirier about UFC 264. Poirier is expecting the best Conor McGregor, but he doesn’t see the result changing at all.

“I’m going to stop Conor again. July 10th, I’m going to get my hand raised and finish Conor McGregor again.”

Dustin Poirier on UFC 264 trilogy with Conor McGregor

The Knicks are finally drawing interest from stars after latest success

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The more desirable destinations in the world might be the Maldives or Bora-Bora, but the New York Knicks seem to be next on the list, as they have experienced an insane developmental jump this season under head coach time Thibodeau and his assistants.

The Knicks barely attracted some of the mediocre talents in the NBA, parting ways with Marcus Morris last season, retaining Julius Randle with the expectation that he might be traded at the deadline this year. However, Randle has exploded onto the scene, averaging 23.9 points, 6.0 assists, and 10.4 total rebounds, all career highs. He also has a .461 field-goal percentage and is hitting .418 from downtown, a statistical leap that bewilders mathematicians.

In fact, Randle’s success and dominance this season has single-handedly made the Knicks an interest for other star players around the league.

“There have been whispers for weeks that the Knicks’ flirtation with the East’s No. 4 seed has helped restore their reputation to the point that star players are finally prepared to consider them a destination franchise again,” according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

After beating the Atlanta Hawks a few days ago to claim the 4th seed in the Eastern conference, there is significant interest in big names that might want to take their talents to New York and play out on the biggest stage. Of course, we’ve heard names like Lonzo ball, Norman Powell, and plenty of others who could exercise player options or opt-out and take their talents to a team like the Knicks, who are primed to make a playoff push.

However, if you’re a star player and witnessing what the Knicks are accomplishing right now, you are seeing a team that has a lack of talent but an influx of heart and aggressiveness. Playing dominant defense and relying on one another, the Knicks are playing as a team and not as individuals, which attests to the old adage, “you are stronger together than you are as one.”

That mentality alone is enough to coerce big names to New York, and while the Brooklyn Nets have Kyrie Irving, James Harden, and Kevin Durant, the Knicks’ success is overwhelming in a city that has been dying to see the light at the end of the tunnel for years.

Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone says Kyle Higashioka has earned more playing time

New York Yankees, Kyle Higashioka

The New York Yankees entered the season with two really good catchers: one, Gary Sanchez, was the starter ever since he broke in with the major league team, but had a lousy season in 2020 that cost him the starting gig for the playoffs.

The other one, Kyle Higashioka, was the one who replaced Sanchez come postseason time last year, but entered the 2021 campaign in a reserve role. The tables have turned by this point, since Sanchez is once again struggling, with a .182/.308/.309 line and two homers, while Higgy has turned into quite the offensive weapon, slashing .320/.414/.880 and four dingers.

Do you care to guess who is the Yankees’ leader in Wins Above Replacement (WAR) in Fangraphs’ version? Yup, Kyle Higashioka paces all position players in the club with 0.8 after Tuesday’s games.

“He’s just earned more playing time — simple as that,” Boone said of Higashioka. “He’s done a great job. His improvements over the last couple of years on both sides of the ball have been strong. I think the way he’s played here at the onset of the season have earned him some more opportunities.”

The Yankees are trusting Higashioka’s great start

Higgy was one of the most valuable Yankees on Tuesday night, too, going 2-for-4 with a home run in the Bombers’ 5-1 victory in Camden Yards.

For Higashioka, having more playing time also means more exposure to big league pitching and testing his ability to make adjustments. But his defense alone warrants lots of games.

“[Higashioka] just has really elite glove skill,” said catching coach Tanner Swanson. “I think his hands work extremely well. They’re smooth, quiet. He’s got really strong pocket accuracy and subtly manipulates pitches back to the strike zone. He’s refined the art of that skill and is really, really consistent doing so.”

The Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone told MLB.com’s official team site that he has spoken to Sanchez about the reduction in playing time.

“They’re obviously both going to play a lot, but it’ll be kind of a day-by-day thing that I’ll try and communicate as best I can,” Boone said. “[Sánchez] understood the situation. He wants [to be] in the lineup, but I think he certainly understands that Higgy has earned some more things as well.”

UFC: Derrick Lewis says August is ‘looking real good’ for his rematch with Francis Ngannou

Last month at UFC 260, Francis Ngannou (16-3) knocked out Stipe Miocic (20-4) to become the undisputed heavyweight champion. After the fight was over, the attention immediately turned to the super fight between Ngannou and Jon Jones (26-1, 1 NC).

Jones is widely considered to be the greatest fighter in UFC history. Last year, he vacated his light heavyweight title in order to prepare for his move to the heavyweight division. The fight everyone wanted looked like it was going to happen.

However, financial negotiations never got off to a good start. There never was any positive momentum with the UFC and Jones and as of right this second, the fight appears to have no life.

With that, the promotion has moved on to the number on contender Derrick Lewis (25-7, 1 NC). The Black Beast has won four fights in a row. He’s coming off of a highlight reel knockout over Curtis Blaydes.

Lewis and Ngannou have already fought once back at UFC 226. The fight was expected to deliver a knockout, but instead, both men looked tentative and Lewis went on to win a decision due to a little more activity.

UFC 265?

Lewis spoke to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani where they talked about the rematch with Ngannou. The Black Beast said that the UFC offered the fight to both men for June, but the heavyweight champion wanted to go back to Cameroon and take some time off.

With that, Helwani followed up asking about when the next target is. Lewis responded with, “August is looking real good right now.” That would likely be slated for UFC 265 which already has the title fight between Amanda Nunes and Julianna Pena.

From all indications, this appears to be the date the UFC is pushing for. There is positive momentum towards this fight, but there is one thing that can throw a wrench into it all. That thing is Jon Jones.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion parted ways this week with his management. We don’t know if that was due to the failed negotiations, but it’s something to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t rule out Jones ultimately getting the fight, but right now the smart money is on Ngannou – Lewis 2 headlining UFC 265.

Yankees: Aggressiveness was the key for Corey Kluber’s dominant start

New York Yankees, Corey Kluber

When the New York Yankees signed Corey Kluber before the season, they expected him to attack hitters with his stuff and limit self-inflicted damage, as his career 5.6 walk rate would suggest. In the first five starts of the season, though, he has an uncharacteristically high 12.9 walk rate, coupled with a 4.15 ERA.

The Yankees’ veteran righty had trouble consistently finding the strike zone in his first four starts with his new team. But as it turns out, it was a matter of him trusting his stuff and not nibbling around the zone: attacking hitters worked out perfectly for him last night against the Baltimore Orioles.

Kluber pitched his longest game in more than a couple of years, staying on the mound for 6 2/3 very competitive innings and limiting the Orioles’ offense in a 5-1 Yankees win on the road.

“Getting the win is the most important thing, but I’ve been saying that I feel like I’m close,” Kluber said. “It was good to finally go out there and string together a good outing. Any win you can get is a special one.”

The Yankees’ starter finally trusted his stuff

Kluber was able to live in the zone with his whole arsenal: cutter, sinker and curveball. He was razor-sharp, conceding a single run on six hits and two walks. Perhaps more importantly, he provided the Yankees’ bullpen with some rest.

“That’s the goal every time out as a starter,” Kluber said. “Our bullpen has been unbelievable thus far this year. They’ve probably had to cover more innings than we’d all like this far. For them to continue to have that success throughout the course of the season, I think that as much as we can lessen their burden, the better.”

“Corey set the tone,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said, per MLB.com. “He threw the ball really well and was in command most of the night.”

His catcher Kyle Higashioka also praised him. “He was really just pounding the zone with everything — cutter, two-seamer, slider, changeup,” Higashioka said. “I think the big thing for us tonight was definitely making sure that we were pounding the zone and being aggressive with these hitters. I think it really paid off.”

If Kluber can recapture at least 85 percent of the form that made him a two-time Cy Young award winner, the Yankees would be thrilled.

Yankees: Aaron Judge dealing with ‘mystery’ injuries

New York Yankees, Aaron Judge

The New York Yankees emerged victorious against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday evening by a score of 5-1. Thanks to stellar pitching by former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, the Yankees only needed to post 5 runs.

The offense looked better than usual, posting 12 hits, six of which came from their top three batters. In fact, all of them scored a run to contribute, but there was a negative to extract from the victory.

The Yankees are once again without slugger Aaron Judge for at least a few days after experiencing lower body soreness. The exact words from Aaron Boone were he’s “pretty sore the last couple of days.”

This is no surprise, as Aaron Judge routinely misses games throughout any given season. In 2020, he played in just 28 games, logging 114 plate appearances. The hope was that he would be healthy for 2021 but played less than half of the allotted 60 games during an abbreviated season due to COVID-19.

The Yankees have played 23 games this year, and Judge has missed two, which by all measures doesn’t have much effect, but when he’s not in the lineup, the Yankees feel his loss tremendously. He’s currently hitting .263 with five home runs and 10 RBIs, striking out 25.3%, which is below his career average.

After playing consecutively for the past few weeks, Judge was removed in the ninth inning due to lower body soreness, and while it was mentioned that the injury isn’t serious, Judge will likely sit out a game over the next few days. He seems to be just fine, but maybe minor fatigue is setting in, which is always a problem this early in the season.

Yankees have two more games against the Orioles to finish out a four-game series, with Domingo German and Jordan Montgomery on the mound. Hopefully, they can emerge victorious against a weak team, giving Judge a few days rest, so he’s ready to go against the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

New York Yankees: Corey can be the Yankees’ “Klubot”

The New York Yankees entered the game last night, not knowing what to expect from starter Corey Kluber; by the time the game was over, the Yankee fans knew that answer. Kluber was nothing short of brilliant in his fifth start of the season. I started this article long before the start of the game last night, and it was originally titled “It’s not time to give up on Corey Kluber.” After the game, I decided to change that title to “Corey can be the Yankees’ Klubot,” referring to the nickname he was given in this Cy Young years.

Last night we got just a taste of what Kluber can do for the Yankees.

The New York Yankees turned off the snooze button on January 15, 2020, and signed two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to bolster their starting pitching rotation. Kluber signed a one-year deal that will pay him $11 million. He will become a free agent again at the end of the year, after viewing a pitching demonstration for 25 teams at the Yankee’s director of player health and performance, Eric Cressey’s Florida facility, where Kluber had spent most of his offseason.

This was another one of general manager Brian Cashman’s low-risk signings that could have very high rewards. After having a relatively injury-free eight-year career with the Cleveland Indians, Kluber was hit by a comebacker near the end of the 2019 season. The hit caused a fractured right arm. He tried to come back before the end of the season, but his rehab, other than a couple of starts in the minors, would not allow it.  During the offseason, the Indians traded Kluber to the Texas Rangers. That didn’t work out well for Kluber or the Rangers as he pitched in only one game in 2020 after tearing a teres major muscle after just one inning.

Kluber dazzled scouts with his Florida demonstration and appeared very healthy. He commanded his pitches well, according to scouts, and flashed typical velocity for this point in the offseason. That performance caused the New York Yankees to take a chance on the then 34-year-old. They signed him just three days later. The Yankees didn’t sign Kluber blindly; they had been watching his rehab with Cressey very carefully.

It isn’t easy to make any determination as to how Kluber did in spring training because of the fact he hadn’t pitched in nearly two years. When the regular season rolled around, Kluber got his first start of the season on April 3, a good game for Kluber, but it was a 4 inning no-decision result. His next two games were not as good as he only went 2.1 and 4 innings in those games. Fans began to wonder if Kluber would return to form. But in his fourth start of the Young season, he went 4.2 innings, threw 91 pitches with a dozen flyouts, but even though he lost the game; he started to show sparks of the pitcher he could be.

One thing that is important to know about the 2 times Cy Young Award winner because even in his Cy Young years, Kluber has always been a slow starter in April. Last night we saw the rust fall off this once-best in baseball pitcher. He still has the stuff. He became the only second Yankee pitcher to pitch into the seventh inning. He earned his first win of the season, giving up only one run in 6.2 innings of work. He struck out 5, got 7 ground outs and 13 flyball outs. He lowered his ERA to 4.15.

Here are some important things to know about Corey Kluber:

  • His biggest strength as a premier pitcher is the number of different pitches he throws. He has a five-pitch arsenal.
  • Throughout his career with the Cleveland Indians, he had what was often described as “pinpoint control.”
  • His most successful is his breaking ball. MLB’s Statcast pitch-tracking system defines the pitch. It’s known simply as “Corey Kluber’s breaking ball.”
  • During his first Cy Young year, his four-seam and two-seam fastball sat in the mid-90s in 2014; it dropped into the low nineties during his second award year in 2017 to the low nineties. Last night he reached 94 mph.
  • He has had elite swing-and-miss rates; Yankee pitching coach Matt Blake says he is still demonstrating that.
  • As I said before, he is a slow starter in April and even May, but following that, his ERA for the remainder of the season is sub 3.00.
  • If Corey Kluber can return to the pitcher he’ was in 2014 and 2017, he can be every bit as good as Gerrit Cole, if not even better.
  • The Yankees need Kluber to build up and be at his best late in the season and the postseason when he and Cole can provide that one-two punch that can win championships.

Here is Corey Kluber’s story and how he got to the New York Yankees:  Kluber arrived on the baseball scene when the San Diego Padres drafted him in 2008. Like many pitchers, Kluber showed signs of brilliance but stumbled through his minor league years and ended up being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

But let’s start at the beginning. Corey Scott Kluber was born on April 10, 1986, in Birmingham, Alabama. He grew up in Coppell, Texas, where he played baseball for the high school there. Stetson University coaches recruited him after his performance drew their attention at the World Wood Bat Championships in Jupiter, Florida.

His junior year was his last year with the Stetson Hatters, during which he registered a 12–2 win-loss record and a 2.05 ERA with 117 strikeouts. In 2007, he was named the Atlantic Sun Conference’s ‘Pitcher of the Year’ and was selected as a member of the ‘Ping! Baseball All-American Second Team’ and the ‘American Baseball Coaches Association All-Atlantic Region Second Team. That would be the end of his amateur career as the San Diego Padres drafted him.

After being traded to the Cleveland Indians, he was assigned to the Akron Aeros of the Class AA Eastern League and was added to their 40-man roster after going through the Winter Development Program. He made his Major League debut for the Indians on September 1, 2011. In August 2012, he was brought into the Indians’ rotation, and that began a career that could only be dreamed about.

Here are some career highlights: 2013, 11-5, ERA 3.85. Two back-to-back 14 strikeout games. 2014, 18-9, ERA 2.44. Two more back-to-back 14 strikeout games, player of the month. Cy Young Award winner. 2015, April an 18 strikeout game. Due to no run support, 9-16, ERA 3.49. 2016, 18-9, ERA 3.14. All-Star, Sporting News Starting Pitcher of the Year. 2017, 18-4, ERA 2.25. All-Star and second Cy Young Award. 2018, 20-7, ERA 2.89.  20 win season. September was hit by a comebacker. 2019, 2-3, in only 7 games, ERA 5.80, failed rehab. Traded. 2020 0-0, pulled shoulder after only one inning with the Rangers.

Now the New York Yankees hope the star can return to his previous greatness. If he can’t, they haven’t lost much, small dollars and only for a year, and they move on. If successful, they have a second Gerrit Cole on their hands and are on the way to a World Series. The only question then is if the New York Yankees sign him to a longer-term deal.
New York Yankee fans will be delighted to watch Corey pitch. One of the reasons he is so successful is that he is a five-pitch pitcher that can complete games. Kluber throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball, a sinker, a cutter, a breaking ball, and a change. His strikeout pitch is his dominant two-seam sinker. He has been a workhorse and will be unfazed by playing in New York as he is stoic on the mound and doesn’t lose his cool. By all accounts, he is also a nice guy and a good teammate.
Corey Kluber celebrated his 35th birthday on April 10th. Kluber and his wife, Amanda, have three children, named Kendall, Kennedy, and Camden. They reside in her hometown of Winchester, Massachusetts. Corey’s hobby is golf that he often plays with his father. In 2018, he and his wife launched The Kluber Family Foundation to help families with seriously ill and chronically ill children.
Kluber is one of the most stoic pitchers you will ever see on the mound, he is seldom fazed by defeat or victory, but after last night’s game, ace Gerrit Cole greeted Kluber in the dugout, and Kluber greeted him with an extensive smile. The two talked for some time. Make no mistake, the portrait of Corey Kluber will not be completed until this season’s end. We hope that portrait includes him holding the Yankee’s 28th World Championship trophy.
EmpireSportsMedia.com’s columnist William Parlee is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Follow me on Twitter @parleewilliam.