New York Yankees News: Gary still clueless? Could the Cressey affect be in gear again? and more

Gary Sanchez still doesn’t get it

The New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez still seems “clueless.” The clueless term came about last season when he said he didn’t understand why he wasn’t playing. He lost playing time because he wasn’t catching well, and most of all, he wasn’t hitting the ball when his backup catcher Kyle Higashioka was excelling.

Now, after losing his everyday catcher job to Higashioka again, he still seems clueless. After last night’s loss to the Baltimore Orioles, he told reporters that he wasn’t in a slump. Is he telling us this is the new normal? He said this was different and not like last year. He also said it’s early in the season and that the club hadn’t even played a month yet. Well, Gary, this writer says you are in a slump, and according to simple math, it has been a month.

To be completely fair to Sanchez, his slump is not for lack of trying. Probably no one has worked harder to get better and be prepared to play at a high level. While many players were resting and enjoying their winter off, Sanchez played winter ball and then worked out and worked on his catching at the Tampa complex. The only problem with all of that extra work is that it hasn’t translated to positive results.

Could the Yankees have another inside track?

Eric Cressey, the Yankee’s head of the training and strength/conditioning departments, was likely very influential in the hiring of  2 times Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber who had been working out with Cressey at this Florida facility during the offseason. The New York Yankees in close contact with Cressey had the inside track to how Kluber was doing. When the Yankees viewed his pitching demonstration, they hired him two days later.

Now Cressey is involved with free-agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez who has been working out with Cressey’s staff for the last three weeks. A source tells @TheAthletic. He will throw a four-inning bullpen (Friday) at Cressey Sports Performance. Sanchez is a former Cy Young nominee while with the Washington Nationals. The Athletics Ken Rosenthal says Sanchez could pick a team as early as this week. We know that Yankee’s general manager Brian Cashman leaves no stone unturned in finding talent, although there is no direct knowledge of Cashman speaking about Sanchez with Cressey.

The Astros bad blood reaction starts today

The New York Yankees return home to Yankee Stadium today to face the Detroit Tigers. They don’t face the Houston Astros until next week, but there is a connection today. The Tiger’s new manager is A.J. Hinch, the same manager involved in the cheating scandal that enveloped the Houston Astros in 2017. Hinch was suspended over a year ago for his part in the scandal. The same day he came off suspension, the Tigers hired him.

Next Tuesday, the Houston Astros will play at Yankee Stadium for the first time since MLB revealed that the Astros did cheat in 2017 that cost the Yankees a chance at a World Series appearance and that cost Aaron Judge the Rookie of the Year Award that went to Jose Altuve. If you know anything about Yankee fans, you know they have long memories. The Astros can look forward to at least loud boos when Astros players are introduced at the Stadium. We may see some of that today as well to greet A.J. Hinch.

Mike Francesa, not an Aaron Judge fan

Aaron Judge has suffered an image problem since his 2017 break-out season with one injury after another. Last season he played in less than half the games. This season already, he has had two mysterious ailments that have cost him playing time. Last night in Baltimore, he was again sat down by manager Aaron Boone. For the second night in a row, Boone described Judge’s absence by saying it’s a lower-body soreness that’s hard to describe.

WFAN’s Mike Francesa takes issue with Boone’s statement that Aaron Judge is tough as they come. Francesa suggested that the New York Yankees could have swept the Orioles, and splitting the series “doesn’t cut it.” One could wonder if that outcome would have been different if Judge was in the lineup on Wednesday and Thursday. Reacting to the “tough as they come” comment, Francesa said, “never plays.” that is, of course, an overstatement; the fact that he does seem tender at times is concerning.

 

New York Yankees News: Carlos Mendoza, Marcus Thames staying? Tigers hire shamed A. J. Hinch

New York Yankees, Carlos Mendoza

The New York Yankees were shocked to learn that the Detroit Tigers hired shamed Houston Astros manager A. J. Hinch. No matter how shocked they were, they were most likely pleased that their bench coach, Carlos Mendoza, Aaron Boone’s right-hand man, might be staying after all. They also could have potentially lost their pitching coach Marcus Thames who was also being considered. However, there is still talk that Mendoza is being considered for the Red Sox job as well. He has been interviewed twice by the Sox.

During the postseason general manager, Brian Cashman was interviewed and indicated that he was not expecting any coaching changes. Aaron Boone would be the field manager for the 2021 season.  The loss of one or both of these coaches would be hurtful to the Yankees and the overall coaching staff and would be another slot to fill in an offseason with so many decisions to be made.

A. J. Hinch will have a lot contend with as the new Detroit Tiger manager. Not only will he have to guide a team that has played so poorly in the last few years, but he will have to overcome the shame of his cheating involvement during his time with the Houston Astros. When MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason, Astros owner Jim Crane fired Hinch when he learned of the MLB suspension.

That apparently doesn’t bother the Detroit Tigers, as, within minutes of the end of the World Series, owner Al Avila of the Tigers was on the phone with Hinch, telling him to get on a plane and head for the Tiger’s Comerica Park. Hinch was interviewed and immediately hired.

MLB determined that the Houston Astros cheated during the 2017 season and postseason by using electronic equipment and by other means that Hinch must have known about. The New York Yankees lost to the Astros in the ALCS. This caused Jose Altuve to get MVP, leaving second-place Aaron Judge in the dust. Many believe that the Astros again cheated the Yankees during the 2019 season, although it was never proved.

The once-great Detroit Tigers have been lingering at the bottom of the AL Central for several years now. They finished this season better than last but still at the bottom of the heap; they went 25-35, finishing last in the AL Central. Just days before the end of the season three-year manager Ron Gardenhire retired from the game citing his health. Bench coach Lloyd McClendon took over as interim manager. The managerial search has ended with the signing of A.J. Hinch.

 

 

Should the New York Mets Fire Carlos Beltran?

New York Mets to interview Carlos Beltran.

The New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros are the respective heel characters in their sports because of their tainted success. Whether anyone agrees with their methods, they achieved things many teams fall short of year after year. After A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora lost their jobs due to the cheating scandal, firing Carlos Beltran will do more harm than good for the New York Mets future.

Beltran was a player during the time of the incident, and if we are going to throw him in with the coaches, then the other players should be dragged in as well. The penalties on the Astros were weak, and as a long-suffering Mets fan, I would gladly take the penalties to get a World Series ring. My opinion would easily differ if my job was on the line.

I would like to hear the excuse for the Astros playing better on the road during the 2017 season, but that is another topic for a much longer article.

Give Beltran a Chance

What the Astros did was cheating. Beltran gets dragged into the whole mess because he was the veteran of the team who was in the year of his career. It was not his responsibility to stop the sign stealing. His duty is equal with the other 24 men who he played with. If Beltran received a penalty, every hitter who spent time on the Astros roster in 2017 deserves a suspension.

Beltran is still a brilliant baseball mind, and his actions as a player should not equal his actions as a manager. The Mets should try to gain every legal advantage they can because clearly what they have done for the last 30 years has not resulted in any resounding success.

Many detractors of Beltran say it will be a massive distraction with the media if he stays. It will only be a distraction if the Mets allow it to be. Beltran and the Mets organization does not need to answer any question they feel is not relevant to the Mets. We have seen the Wilpons and the organization control the media narrative multiple times throughout the years, so why can’t they do it again?

While everything is still fresh with both the Astros and Red Sox investigations, the best the Mets can do is lay low and continue to handle themselves the way they have been. If the Mets want to create a distraction and media circus, they easily can. Keeping Beltran and allowing him to create his legacy as a manager will be the easiest way to bury any doubts about him.