New York Yankees: Domingo German placed on administrative leave amid domestic violence allegation

New York Yankees, Domingo German

New York Yankees’ ace Domingo German was placed on administrative leave for violating the MLB’s domestic violence policy.

The Yankees provided a statement on the matter:

“We fully support all measures being undertaken by the Commissioner’s Office pursuant to the Policy on Domestic Violence. We support this policy which reinforces that domestic violence has no place in our society and cannot be tolerated. We have followed the lead of Major League Baseball and will continue to provide our complete cooperation throughout the investigative process. We reserve any further comment until the investigation reaches its conclusion. All questions pertaining to this matter should be directed to the Office of the Commissioner.”

The MLB released a statement saying:

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that New York Yankees pitcher Domingo Germán has been placed on Administrative Leave under the Joint MLB-MLBPA Domestic Violence Policy. Per the policy, the initial period of Administrative Leave may last up to seven days, barring an extension.

Major League Baseball’s Department of Investigations has commenced an investigation into the matter that led to his placement on Administrative Leave. MLB will have no further comment until the investigation is complete.

An investigation has begun and is expected to take at least seven days granted an extension doesn’t happen.

No specific information has been released at this time.

German has been a dominant force for the Yankees 2019 campaign. He’s credited to an 18-4 record and a 4.03 ERA. The Yankees have called up Michael King in German’s absence.

New York Knicks and Their Ultra-Athletic Front-Court May Cause Matchup Problems for Opposing Teams.

The New York Knicks athletic frontcourt is young and special. Not many teams have the type of personnel which allows them to run a pick-and-roll involving their power-forward and center. The Knicks possess that kind of talent in their front-court.

As the 2019-20 NBA season approaches, many speculate that Mitchell Robinson and Julius Randle will be the Knicks front-court. Defensively Mitchell Robinson will terrorize his opponents at the rim and the three-point line. Randle defensively will benefit with Mitch Rob next to him. Offensively Mitch Rob will benefit with Randle next to him. A Randle to Mitchell Robinson lob will be tough for opposing defenses to stop but crowd-pleasing amongst Knick fans. Julius Randle also has a knack for making good reads and connecting with teammates with his excellent passing skills. Julius Randle is also very comfortable with bringing the ball up the court just like a point guard would. The Knicks newly acquired power forward will be a walking triple-double once he puts everything together. Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson complement each other on both ends of the court. If Julius Randle continues his improvement on his three-point shot, the sky is the limit.

The New York Knicks possess a high octane frontcourt with plenty of depth behind them in case they get into foul trouble or if injuries occur. Fizdale, of course, will take advantage of the depth by approaching each game with a goal of being aggressive on both ends of the court. Knicks have an ultra-athletic front-court and the Eastern Conference will get a taste of a young talented group sporting the orange and blue this upcoming season.

New York Knicks: Exactly How Well Will RJ Barrett’s Game Translate to the NBA?

New York Knicks, RJ Barrett

New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett’s game has a chance to translate well to the NBA. RJ Barrett’s style of play is predicated on making plays for his teammates and getting to the rim by any means necessary. For a rookie, RJ has amazing finishing ability at the rim. Due to the fact Barrett’s a young 19-year-old physical specimen at a chiseled 6’7 210lbs with room for growth, it certainly doesn’t hurt that he is a crafty and smart lefty who will be able to navigate his way to the rim at will due to his herky-jerky penetration style. This kind of style will cause one-on-one mismatches in the future.

Once the game slows down for the Canadian international star, he’ll live at the free-throw line and become a triple-double threat on a nightly basis, especially with his above-average rebounding. This young 19-year-old lefty scorer will need some time to adjust to the speed of the NBA game.

The New York Knicks are no longer just a misguided young team lacking leadership. This offseason, Scott Perry and Steve Mills continued spearheading the Knicks rebuild by signing a few vets including budding all-star Julius Randle. RJ Barrett having vets like Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, and Taj Gibson will only benefit his game overall. My prediction is the second half of this season, RJ Barrett will be settled in mentally and offensively/defensively improved. If RJ Barrett overachieves, the Knicks will walk into the playoffs. RJ Barrett will be a dark-horse for rookie of the year especially if he comes into the season with a suddenly improved jump shot and three-point stroke.

New York Yankees clinch their first AL East title in seven years

New York Yankees, Aaron Hicks

With their win over the Los Angeles Angels Thursday night, the New York Yankees are the 2019 champions of the American League East. The Yankees also reached a significant 100 wins.

“We got a lot bigger fish to fry, but this is the first step along the way,” said manager Aaron Boone. “Nothing has got in their way. Whatever has come adversity-wise, they faced it and powered right through it.”

The New York Yankees have been through it all this season and have overcome anything that has tried to set them back.

Masahiro Tanaka was absolutely dominating on the mound going seven full frames allowing one run on four hits while fanning six. Cory Gearrin and Aroldis Chapman came in to end the game giving the Yankees their victory.

DJ LeMahieu started things off with a three-run home run in the second inning. Brett Gardner was the name of the night, going two-for-three with a homer while knocking in two other runs. Cameron Maybin and Clint Frazier joined in on the fun each homering in the eighth inning.

This was the Yankees’ first AL East title since 2012. The past two seasons they’ve made the playoffs through the Wild Card, finishing second in the standings.

After Wednesday night’s loss, the Yankees wanted to win their way to clinching, not by another team losing. “It was probably actually a good little team building, bonding, one of those times you enjoy being together,” said Boone.

The Yankees will begin their last homestand against the Toronto Blue Jays tomorrow at 7:05 PM EST.


New York Yankees: Encouraging return for Giancarlo Stanton

New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton

Giancarlo Stanton played in his tenth game Wednesday night for the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Angels. He looked strong and healthy in everything he did last night.

“(It was) encouraging,” said manager Aaron Boone on Stanton. (He) got off some good swings, obviously the double, smoked the ball back up the middle. Made a great throw to the plate early… I thought he was moving [well] on the bases.”

Getting behind in the count 0-2 in his first at-bat, Stanton slugged a double into the left-field gap. Running the bases he looked well and comfortable, which is a great sign for the Yankees.

His second at-bat he grounded out but still hit the ball very hard. Having his bat back in the lineup who provides consistent high power regardless of what he does is huge for the lineup.

Boone had originally planned to have Stanton go half the game, “I only planned on going four, maybe five innings there, but he was doing well and we kind of talked through it there in that fifth, ‘You want to go back out for the sixth and get that last at-bat?’ And he did.”

As the New York Yankees prepare for the postseason, having Stanton’s bat back in the lineup in monumental. He’s able to go on tears where he’s terrifying at the plate.

The 29-year-old is expected to be back in the lineup tonight for the final game of the series against the Angels. A win tonight could clinch the AL East for the Yankees and bring them to their 100th win.


New York Knicks: Should The Allocation Of Minutes Really Be a Concern For The New York Knicks?

New York Knicks, Dennis Smith Jr.

David Fizdale and the rest of the New York Knicks coaching staff allegedly have a dilemma on their hands regarding playing time amongst the deep, young, and hungry roster. Many players on the Knick roster are entering the 2019-20 NBA season with severe chips on their shoulders due to their contracts. Will such a deep roster ruffle any feathers when it comes to playing time?

The allocation of minutes shouldn’t be a concern for the New York Knicks. Training camp is an opportunity for guys to earn their position. Nothing will be handed to anyone. Plus, the Knicks got the type of personnel the NFL would welcome with open arms. They wouldn’t want anything handed to them anyway, they’d rather fight it out and may the best man win. Players have a job to do, and Fizdale isn’t scared to delegate what each player’s job description is. Professionalism and stifling defense are a big part of this current Knicks culture. Whoever gets upset, with their role better not sit and sulk on the bench. They better play smart team basketball. Everybody won’t be comfortable, however, being out of the comfort zone will be extremely beneficial for each player. Diamonds are formed under immense pressure. The Knicks roster is filled with upside, but will they exceed expectations? We will surely find out this upcoming season.

The “Keep What You Kill” mindset brought forth by Fizdale will boost competition and encourage the “iron sharpen iron” culture being built in New York. A mix of talented players practicing hard against each other on a nightly basis will only improve the team in the future. If the Knicks continue this kind of culture, they won’t have to chase free-agents, the free-agents will chase the Knicks.

Overall, the allocation of minutes won’t be a big deal due to the personnel, depth, and coaching style of Fizdale. Fizdale will push the Knicks to play at an aggressively fast offensive pace and at a very high energetic, aggressively disruptive defensive pace. With players leaving it all on the court, coming out of the game will be desired due to the pace. The allocation of minutes will turn out to be a good problem for the Knicks this upcoming season.

New York Yankees: Aaron Boone’s pitching plan for the postseason is “untraditional”

New York Yankees, Aaron Boone

New York Yankees’ manager Aaron Boone said that the team will play by their own rules come October. Since the Yankees have been plagued with injuries all season, Boone plans to work many games being a little creative.

“We’re going to be a little untraditional,” said Boone. “The only one we might use as a traditional starter is (James) Paxton.

Paxton has been on fire recently for the Yankees after a hiccup earlier in the season. The left-hander has won his last nine consecutive starts and has a 14-6 record. The most dominant start he’s had this month came against the Texas Rangers where he went seven full frames allowing one hit and fanning 12.

The New York Yankees intend to utilize the “opener” strategy for the postseason. Their primary opener will most likely be Chad Green, who’s been overall dominate in that role.

Domingo German, who’s been a starter all season, is planned to follow the opener if they choose to go that route. He’s also expected to fill a variety of roles, potentially being used as a traditional starter as well.

Luis Severino will most likely do the same thing German is doing. He’s intended to work up his pitch count and innings during the month of September.

CC Sabathia is likely not going to return as a starter, but potentially in the bullpen. He clearly cannot go the distance consistently, which is key for the playoffs. However, Sabathia can still get guys out so the New YorkYankees will still look to get him innings.

Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Might Attend New York Knicks Training Camp

According to Forbes, New York Knicks, Head Coach David Fizdale invited Mike Krzyzewski to training camp. Knicks training camp starts October 1st, 2019 in Greenburgh, N.Y.

RJ Barrett averaged 22.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and less than a steal per game under Duke head coach Mike Kryzewski. Coach K could possibly help Fizdale, RJ Barrett, and the rest of the roster mesh and build chemistry in training camp.

Mike Krzyzewski thinks highly of the New York Knicks potential starting shooting guard RJ Barrett. Coach K told basketball insider Adam Zagoria of Forbes the following statement.

“The main thing is he seems like he really loves New York. He’s acclimated himself, he hasn’t hidden. He’s been out there, shown how much he loves to be there and he’s embraced the city instead of being fearful. I think that puts him in a great place, that doesn’t surprise me. He’s going to be comfortable and Fiz will do a great job of getting him comfortable.”

Knicks coaching staff will be working tirelessly this offseason in order to acclimate the young players. Knick players including rookies RJ Barrett and Ignas Brazdeikis been working out together, honing in on their individual crafts, and learning each others game before the official starting date of training camp.

Offseason individual training and the official team training camp itself definitely is crucial for any rookie coming into the NBA. The speed of the game is what most rookies struggle with in the beginning of their NBA careers. Therefore, plenty of training and scrimmages will help build confidence and basketball IQ for a young talented player like former Duke Star RJ Barrett.

New York Yankees: Luis Severino Toes the Slab with Electricity

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

The king of the New York Yankees himself, known as Luis Severino, is the talk of the town. Severino performed sufficiently on Tuesday night against the Anaheim Angels, pitching 4 innings and allowing 2 hits, no runs and striking out 4 batters on 67 pitches. Sevy averaged 96.6 MPH and maxed out at 98.8 MPH with his fastball. His changeup and slider both had filthy movement and overall, Sevy was nothing short of dominant in his first game of the 2019 season.

The bullpen, which consisted of Chance Adams, Cory Gearrin, Jonathan Loaisiga and Stephen Tarpley pitched a combined 6 innings and allowed 4 hits, no runs and struck out 9 batters on 94 pitches.

As Sevy flexed his muscles and provided an electric outing, the offense exploded with ease. In the bottom of the 2nd, Gio Urshela started the offensive production by driving in an RBI single to left field. The magic wand was passed to Cameron Maybin, who drove in a towering RBI single to left field and extending the Yanks lead over the Angels, 2-0.

The Yanks tacked on a 6-run rally in the bottom of the 6th. DJ LeMahieu, or better known as “LeMachine,” utilized his scorching-hot bat by driving in an RBI single to left field. With the bases loaded later down the road, Sir Didi Gregorius lined a 2-run double to right field. Gleyber Torres released the floodgates immediately after, hammering a 3-run blast, which traveled 410-feet with an exit velocity of 106.9 MPH. Torres definitely broke Statcast, as there is absolutely no way in shape or form this mammoth shot only traveled 410-feet. You be the judge.

The Bronx Bombers were held to 8 runs and shutout the Angels through 9 innings, claiming the victory with a final score of 8-0. The Yanks possess a 99-53 (.651) record and are on pace to become the first organization to reach 100 wins this season. Their home record remains at a dominant 54-22. As far as October is concerned, the Yanks home record is more than ample evidence that the Houston Astros need to acquire home-field advantage. The last thing they desire is to play in the Bronx with their season on the line.

New York Yankees cut Breyvic Valera to make room for Severino

New York Yankees, Luis Severino

With Luis Severino’s return, the New York Yankees had to find room for him on the roster. The club announced Tuesday that they have designated Breyvic Valera for assignment to find that room. Coming off the 60-day injured list, Severino is expected to play a significant part during the postseason if all goes well. They intend to work up his pitch count and innings, either returning as a starter or working out of the bullpen.

Severino signed a $40-million contract in February before suffering his injury during Spring Training. He had missed all season dealing with a rotator cuff, shoulder, and lat injuries. Severino had a 19-8 record last season with a 3.39 ERA and a 1.145 WHIP. He made his 2019 season debut Tuesday night where he went four innings with two hits, two walks, and four strikeouts.

Valera was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants earlier this season, who’s been in the middle of the Yankees’ “next man up mentality.” In 12 games, Valera was slashing .219/.324/.313 (Baseball-Reference). In triple-A this season with the Yankees affiliate, Valera balled out. He batted .315 with 13 home runs and 49 runs batted in.

The 27-year-old has been with four different major league teams in three seasons including the Dodgers, Orioles, and Cardinals. The Dodgers sent him to the Orioles in the Manny Machado trade.

Valera will not have minor league options next year, so if there’s any team that wants him will have to add them to their 2020 roster or pass him through waivers again (MLB Trade Rumors).